The Northeast Indiana Jewish Genealogy Society is proud to host genealogist, Marlis Humphrey, on Sunday, February 16 at 2:00 at the Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center. The program is free and open to the public.
Ms. Humphrey is a well-known researcher and speaker and is the immediate past president of the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies. She is also a member of the JewishGen Board of Governors, Executive Director of the Documentation of Jewish Records Worldwide Project, and the president of the Florida State Genealogical Society. She has a Masters Degree in Management of Technology and a BA in Russian Language.
Ms. Humphrey will be giving two programs on February 16th. The first, “Hidden Gems of Jewish Genealogy,” will showcase more than a dozen resources that may not be so obvious to researchers – both beginners and experienced genealogists. She will provide tools to overcome the challenges of doing research in multiple languages, with complicated naming conventions, and in locales which had been under often changing sovereignty. The second program, “Discovering Your Shtetl,” beginning about 3:30, will help researchers make that connection to their ancestral town. The challenges of family name changes, border changes and differences in town names will be addressed, and resources as varied as DNA testing, Jewish newspapers, and landsmanschaften will be discussed. Thanks to the Dr. Harry W. Salon Foundation for their support of this program.