Chutes & Ladders: Innovative Approaches to Genealogy
Monday, May 13 at 7:30 PM
Skirball Cultural Center
2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90049
If you treat genealogical research like a game to be mastered or a puzzle to be solved, it makes the adventure of finding your family that much more enjoyable and rewarding. This lecture covers unusual databases and imaginative strategies that can lead to research breakthroughs.Highlights will be overlooked resources, new approaches to well-known Internet resources and creative ways to Google, along with thinking “outside of the box” and revisiting old research with fresh eyes. Also covered will be the surprising riches found in newspapers, directories, real estate, court, bank records and criminal records and how to tweak “people finder” sites to really find missing and elusive relatives.
Pamela Weisberger is the program chair for the Jewish Genealogical Society of Los Angeles and president and research coordinator for Gesher Galicia, the special interest group for people researching their roots in the former Austrian province of Galicia. She co-chaired the 2010 IAJGS Conference and several IAJGS film festivals, and has produced several genealogically-themed documentaries. She has lectures internationally on a variety of genealogical topics and as a professional researcher she has worked in Ukrainian, Polish and Austrian archives. Pamela holds a B.A. from Washington University and an M.S. from Boston University.