Below is the program for the Jewish genealogy program scheduled for February 26. You are invited to join us for all or part of the day.
The program is being publicized by the History Center as part of a genealogy weekend. On Saturday, February 25, the African American Genealogy Society is having a meeting here, as well. There will be an article about genealogy at the History Center and the two programs in the Tribune Review on Sunday, February 19.
Finding Your Family’s Story: Genealogy and the Rauh Jewish Archives
Offered by the Rauh Jewish Archives at the Heinz History Center
The Rauh Jewish Archives is hosting a day of genealogical programming, with demonstrations and discussions of online genealogy resources. Presenters will be available for questions during an open-house session.
Date: Sunday, February 26, 2012
Time: Presentations: 10:00a.m. Ancestry.com: Why I like it.
Presenter: David Grinnell
David Grinnell is the Reference and Access Archivist at the University of Pittsburgh and has been an active genealogist for over thirty years. It was through genealogical research that he found his calling in the archival profession.
The presenter will take participants through Ancestry.com, illustrating with examples those options that he finds most valuable.
Presenter: Debbie Kapp
Debbie Kapp is a professional genealogist with fourteen years of research experience. She is a member of the National Genealogical Society, the Association of Professional Genealogists, and several local genealogy organizations. Debbie enjoys sharing tips and techniques that can provide a positive online search experience.
Beginning Your Journey through JewishGen is a guided tour of the go-to website for starting your Jewish family history research. We’ll look at the content of various databases, explore some of the research helps available, and review basic navigation and search techniques as they apply to the JewishGen site.
11:45a.m.-12:30p.m. Lunch on your own
12:30p.m. Mining the Pittsburgh Jewish Newspaper Project
Presenter: Martha L. Berg
Martha L. Berg is a professional archivist whose family roots in Pittsburgh go back to the 18th century. As the archivist for Rodef Shalom Congregation, she helps people all over the world discover their families’ connections with the oldest Jewish congregation in Western Pennsylvania. She is a member of the team that developed the Pittsburgh Jewish Newspaper (PJN) Project and spends part of her professional time as an archivist of the Rauh Jewish Archives.
Mining the Pittsburgh Jewish Newspaper Project will demonstrate the kinds of family information accessible through the PJN website and the most efficient ways to find it.
1:15p.m. Finding Family in the Old World
Presenter: Evan W. Wolfson
Evan W. Wolfson is an attorney who previously worked at the University of Judaism's library, assisting with research inquiries. He has been researching his family for twenty years, and currently serves on the Rauh Jewish Archives Advisory Committee and on the Production and Technical Assistance Committee of Landsmen, a publication of the Suwalk-Lomza Interest Group for Jewish Genealogists.
This seminar is designed to help you locate your family in ancestral towns and villages using readily available resources and a little ingenuity, while tackling common issues such as name changes and lack of knowledge about your family's shtetl.
2:00a.m.-4:00p.m. Open House
The presenters, David Grinnell, Debbie Kapp, Martha Berg, and Evan Wolfson will be available to assist you with your research. Alexis Macklin, Director of the Library and Archives, and Susan Melnick, Archivist, Rauh Jewish Archives, will also be on hand to answer your questions.
Refreshments will be provided. Dietary laws observed.
Location: Senator John Heinz History Center
1212 Smallman Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
To learn more and to RSVP, contact Natalie DeRiso at 412-454-6373 or nnderiso@...
Underwritten with the generous support of the William M. Lowenstein Genealogical Research Endowment Fund at the Jewish Community Foundation of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh
Susan M. Melnick
Archivist, Rauh Jewish Archives
Senator John Heinz History Center
1212 Smallman Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15222