08 October 2010

Northern California: Mapping madness, Oct. 18

Ron Arons will present his popular "Mapping Madness" at the San Francisco Bay Area Jewish Genealogical Society's branch meeting on Monday, October 18, in Los Altos Hills.

The program begins at 7.30pm at Congregation Beth Am, 26790 Arastradero Road, Los Altos Hills.

Author and SFBAJGS member Ron Arons will discuss numerous historical map websites, and review online mapping facilities provided by Microsoft and Google.

He will introduce the audience to several other online mapping tools, including Microsoft’s MapCruncher, IBM’s ManyEyes, and Muckety.com

Born and raised in New York, Ron has traced his roots to England, Poland, Romania, Ukraine, Belarus, and Lithuania.

In researching his book "The Jews of Sing Sing," he took a genealogical approach, collecting a variety of original source documents. The book includes biographies of more than a dozen famous gangsters and lesser-known criminals and paints a broad canvas of Jewish criminality in New York City.

Ron's newest book is the recently released "Wanted! U.S. Criminal Records: Sources and Research Methodology."

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