31 October 2008

Ancestry.com: Gary Mokotoff webinar, Nov. 5

Gary Mokotoff of Avotaynu.com will present an Ancestry.com webinar focused on the new Jewish Family History Collections at 8pm EST, Wednesday, November 5.

While it sounds great, 8pm Eastern is 1am in London, 3am in Israel, etc. I queried Ancestry as to whether the webinar will be archived so all of us can see it no matter where we live. Suzanne Russo Adams of TGN (Ancestry's parent company) replied: "The webinars are always archived. If you go to the help section on Ancestry and click on the “webinar” tab you will see upcoming webinars as well as all the archived webseminars that have taken place in the past."

The combined databases comprise nearly 26 million records of Jews that can be searched by Ancestry's world class technology. Some collections are reserved for subscribers, while millions of records remain freely accessible to the public. Jewish genealogy expert Gary Mokotoff will walk us through the North American, European, Holocaust and other significant Jewish collections on Ancestry.com. He will highlight some of the benefits this collection and search technology will provide to people searching for their Jewish heritage.

A 20-minute Q&A session will follow.

Although Gary's name is familiar to most readers of Tracing the Tribe, here's some background:

Gary Mokotoff is an author, lecturer and leader of Jewish genealogy. He has been recognized by three major genealogical groups for his achievements.

He is the first person to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award of the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies (IAJGS); recipient of the Grahame T. Smallwood Award of the Association of Professional Genealogists; and the Rabbi Malcolm H. Stern Humanitarian Award of the Federation of Genealogical Societies. Gary is also known for his application of computers to genealogy.

Among his accomplishments is co-authorship of the Daitch-Mokotoff soundex system; the JewishGen Family Finder, a database of ancestral towns and surnames being researched by some 50,000 Jewish genealogists throughout the world and the Consolidated Jewish Surname Index.

Register for the webinar on Ancestry's homepage. Look at the left sidebar and scroll down to Jewish Family History Webinar

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