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Sarina Roffé is a professional genealogist, editor of Dorot: The Journal of the Jewish Genealogical Society (of New York), and founder of the Sephardic Heritage Project. She is responsible for translation and databasing of marriage and brit milah records on JewishGen.org. While on the board of governors of JewishGen, she acquired several databases of Sephardic records, including cemetery records from Mexico, Venezuela, Cuba, and Argentina. She serves on the IAJGS board of directors and presents often at IAJGS International Jewish Genealogy Conferences. Sarina has completed over a dozen genealogies.
Genetic genealogy has become a major component of genealogical research, confirming hundreds of years of documentation and breaking down brick walls.
This talk covers how more than two decades of journalism experience has helped Jennifer as a genealogist, both to zero in on reliable information and not to be duped by unreliable information. She will talk about using the “Law and Order” method (follow the “dun duns!”) to track down information and how relying on simple principles like Occam’s Razor – that the most likely scenario is the least complicated – and logic grids can help you get further. We’ll go over pitfalls like not blindly using Ancestry hints, assessing the credibility of sources, not being wedded to spelling, (hello, wildcard searches!) and why genealogy is like playing Concentration: you always have to remember the cards you’ve seen and turned over.
One-Step Webpages : A Potpourri of Genealogical Search ToolThe One-Step website started out as an aid for finding passengers in the Ellis Island database. Shortly afterwards it was expanded to help with searching in the 1930 census. Over the years it has continued to evolve and today includes about 300 web based tools divided into 16 separate categories ranging from genealogical searches to astronomical calculations to last minute bidding on eBay. This presentation will describe the range of tools available and give the highlights of each one.
Case Study: Genealogy of Renee Kaufman This lecture presents a case study using the One Step Webpages as well as other websites to develop a family history It illustrates how with a minimal amount of initial information, an entire genealogy can be obtained. It also shows how to obtain records in spite of name misspellings, and how to avoid accepting wrong information.
Jewish headstone inscriptions and burial records can provide crucial information to family historians. Hebrew name inscriptions that are based on patronymics can link together two generations of Hebrew names unlike any other source document. This can be especially helpful when trying to connect first generation American ancestors with their European families.
Using photographs and case studies, Nolan Altman will explain the symbols and details found on headstones and describe how this information can provide important data and context for your family research. He will also direct you to the major websites that can help you locate the burial sites of your ancestors.
Naturalization is the process by which an alien becomes an American citizen. These records can provide a researcher with valuable information such as an ancestor’s person‘s birth date, birth location in the old country, occupation , immigration year, marital status, spouse information, witnesses‘ names and addresses. Naturalization and the individual steps to citizenship could be done at any “court of record” of which there were 5,000 in the United States.
Join TJGS founder Debbie Long in a discussion of how hometowns shaped you and your ancestors PLUS a special movie about Debbie‘s hometown. The discussion will also include a review of Kehilalinks.