Laura Gold: Identifying Name Changes – No the name was not changed by an immigration officer.


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Date(s) - February 18, 2018
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

American Jewish University, Burton Sperber Jewish Community Library

Laura Gold

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Identifying Name Changes – No the name was not changed by an immigration officer.

Sunday Afternoon,     February 18th, 2018  

1:30 pm at AJU

Speaker: Laura Gold:

Hitting a brick wall because you do not know your family’s name before it was changed in the United States ? This lecture focuses on methods of determining the original family name and understanding the name change process.  When and why were names changed? How can you prove the name change? Source records will be examined for clues in name identification.  After this lecture you will have the tools to identify the missing family name. When people wrongly assert that their family name was changed at Ellis Island, you can demonstrate the actual change of name process.

Biographical Background:  Laura Gold has engaged in genealogical research since about 1995 when she received family trees for her mother’s family from her cousin. In investigating the family, she found out that her mother’s maiden name “Silverman” was changed from “Srebnik.” Thus, she developed a particular interest in name changes and has assisted others in identifying their original family name. She is retired from the Office of the Attorney General were she worked as a trial lawyer. A former college debater, she is a skilled public speaker and has made genealogy presentations to women’s organizations and coordinated a Roots class at the SAGE Society. At the International Jewish Genealogical Society Los Angeles Conference she led tours of Jewish Los Angeles

The JGSLA Traveling Library will be available starting at 1:00PM.

Members free,  guests $5