Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois Event "Treasures in Print: Finding and Using Historical Newspapers" #general


Genealogist Robin B. Seidenberg will speak on "Treasures in Print:
Finding and Using Historical Newspapers" at the Jewish Genealogical
Society of Illinois meeting at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014, at
Temple Beth-El, 3610 Dundee Road, Northbrook.

When she started asking questions about her Hollywood producer uncle, no
one remembered or was willing to give her information. Using historical
newspapers she learned he had made millions in real estate and radio
manufacturing and was known as the "zipper king" on his arrival in

Using her uncle's story and many other examples, Seidenberg will explain
how to unlock family secrets using historical newspapers.
"Historical newspapers are a phenomenal resource for uncovering family
information that often cannot be located any other way," she said.
"Unlike censuses and other official records, they have neither time nor
privacy restrictions."

A member of the Genealogical Speakers Guild and the Association of
Professional Genealogists, Seidenberg currently serves as co-president
of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois and vice president of
PCBUG. She has been studying her family history since 1997.

She earned bachelor's and master's degrees >from the University of
Chicago and completed most of her Ph.D. requirements at the University
of Illinois. This former college French teacher has used her linguistic
skills to translate family records >from Polish and Old Cyrillic.
Seidenberg specializes in using historical newspapers to research family

The JGSI meeting facilities at Temple Beth El will open at 12:30 p.m. to
accommodate members who want to use or borrow genealogy library materials,
get help with genealogy websites or ask genealogical questions before the
main program begins. For more information, visit or phone 312-666-0100.

Sandra Kiferbaum

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