04 June 2011

Seattle: Cemetery research tips, June 13

Cemetery research tips will be the next program of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Washington State, on Monday, June 13.

"Carved in Stone: Tips for Cemetery Research" begins at 7pm at the Stroum JCC, on Mercer Island. The library and Wi-Fi will be available.Admission: JGSWS members, free; others, $5.

Deb Freedman of Tacoma will share tips for doing genealogical research in cemeteries, including cemetery etiquette and how to read a tombstone. She will reveal her recently discovered method for photographing headstones.

Deb will bring ideas for accessing mortuary records and obituaries, and for making virtual visits to cemeteries. You’ll learn basic abbreviations used on many stones, plus methods for figuring out Hebrew names and dates.

Freedman retired from a 20-year career as a youth services specialist for the Tacoma Public Library, which helped her to develop research and genealogy skills to dig into original research. She is a charter member of the JGSWS, past board member of the Tacoma Historical Society and the Washington State Jewish Historical Society, and current board member of Tacoma’s Home of Peace Cemetery Association and has completed a book of transcriptions of its tombstones.

An award-winning author, Freedman received the Pierce County Heritage League’s Individual Achievement Award for writing a third-grade local history supplement - "Tacoma’s Twenty-One Tales" - and is currently writing a book on Tacoma’s 19th-century Jewish merchants - tentatively titled "Dry Goods and Wet Goods."

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