02 December 2008

Seattle: Digital imagery tips, Dec. 8

While we may be daunted by new technology, there are always people out there to help us out with the tips and tricks of using these innovative features.

The next program of the Jewish Genealogy Society of Washington State (JGSWS) will feature Sally Mizroch on "Tips and Tricks on Digital Imagery for Genealogy," at 7pm, Monday, December 8.

The JGSWS meets at the Stroum JCC on Mercer Island. Admission for JGSWS members, free; others, $5. WiFi is available (bring your laptops).
The digital revolution is in full swing and there are many, many ways to digitize old photos, records, and other genealogical data. This program will present a comprehensive overview of digitizing methods and photo editing software. You’ll learn about clever ways to label your digital images that integrate well with websites such as Google Earth and Flickr. You'll also learn how to use hardware and software that allow you to georeference your images. Digital beginners and experts are welcome.

Sally began exploring her Litvak family genealogy in summer 2003, when she answered a posting on the JewishGen Family Finder (JGFF) for information about her grandmother, Sarah Mizroch. Since then, she has discovered and visited cousins all over the world.

She has used web-based databases and visited archives in Lithuania and South Africa in search of information about her ancestors. Sally’s genealogical research focuses not only on the “where and when” facts of her ancestors, but also on the professions, distribution and movements of relatives in the old country to recreate the lost Eastern-European-based culture.

A marine biologist, Sally studies large whale populations at NOAA Fisheries National Marine Mammal Laboratory in Seattle, using both photo-identification and historical whaling data to estimate whale life history parameters, vital rates, distribution, and abundance.

The first time I met Sally in Seattle, she showed me a whale family tree!

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