Ron Arons will discuss a variety of websites that offer historical maps for genealogical research and will review the basics of both Google and Microsoft's Internet-based mapping facilities (maps.google.com and www.bing.com/maps, respectively), providing additional discussion of the more advanced functionality of both systems. Ron will also introduce other online mapping facilities provided by whitepages.com, Microsoft's MapCruncher, IBM's Many Eyes, and more. Things are constantly in flux on the Internet, including information from Microsoft & Google, and Ron keeps up-to-the-minute with these changes and discuss them at his presentation.
Ron began researching his roots a dozen years ago and has spoken at eight previous IAJGS conferences. A popular and entertaining speaker, Ron has also given presentations on Jewish genealogy and Jewish criminality at local JGSs, synagogues, JCCs, history conferences, and book fairs across the country and internationally. Last June, after a decade of research, his book, The Jews of Sing Sing, was published. In January 2008 he discussed Jewish criminals of New York's Lower East Side on the PBS TV series, The Jewish Americans. Ron earned a B.S. in Engineering from Princeton and an MBA from the University of Chicago.