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Introduction to Jewish Genealogy
Introduction to Jewish GenealogySunday, November 16, 2014 2:00 pm
Why is Jewish Genealogy
Different From All Others?
In his research for The Family, author David Laskin both confirmed family lore and encountered astonishing surprises. For those inspired to begin this quest — as well as those already involved in genealogical research — Spertus invited you to join Jewish genealogy expert Mike Karsen for an exploration of what information is most beneficial to seek and the factors that make Jewish genealogy unique. At this program, he walked attendees through the basics of genealogical research, directing to the best sources for historical documentation and showing simple ways to create a family legacy.
Mike Karsen is a genealogy mentor and the past president of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois. A professional speaker, he is the author of the JewishGen website "Guide to Jewish Genealogy in Chicagoland" and has presented over 250 talks on family legacy topics — locally, nationally, and internationally.
One Book | One Community is the Chicago Jewish community's celebration of Jewish Book Month. Each year, a single book is selected as the focus of a series of activities and resources. See the sidebar at the right for programs taking place all around the Chicago area.
"a vivid, utterly compelling exploration of the forces that shaped modern history"
—Bestselling author Stephen Greenblatt
"[a] family chronicle with all of the depth
and detail of a great novel”
— Jewish Journal
This year's winning book is David Laskin’s The Family, a fascinating memoir that follows the author’s amazing ancestors across the tumultuous sweep of the twentieth century. The Family was named a best book of the year by the Seattle Times, Kirkus Review, and the New York Public Library.
The Family is currently available in hardcover and softcover versions from the Spertus Shop onsite and online. It will also be for sale at all One Book | One Community events and David Laskin will be signing books at his two author appearances on December 7.
Enjoy this special Spertus interview with author David Laskin in which he describes the many surprises he encountered while compiling research for his book, his techniques for bringing his family’s history to life, and the importance of reconnecting with the past. MORE>
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