Alex Feller to discuss Cadastral Maps at May 22, 2016, JGS of Illinois meeting #general


"Cadastral Maps as a Genealogical Resource" will be the topic of a presentation
by Alex Feller at the Sunday, May 22, 2016, meeting of the Jewish Genealogical
Society of Illinois. His presentation will begin at 2 p.m. at Temple Beth-El,
3610 Dundee Road, Northbrook, Ill.

The JGSI meeting facilities at Temple Beth-El will open at 12:30 p.m. to
accommodate those who want to use or borrow genealogy library materials, get
help with genealogy websites or ask genealogical questions before the main
program begins at 2 p.m. For more information, visit or phone 312-666-0100.

The main speaker for this meeting, Alex Feller, a board member of Gesher
Galicia, says "Cadastral maps and landowner records are sources of information
useful to a genealogist interested in creating a fuller picture of a family's
life." House numbers found in vital records and property lists can help confirm
connections between families and aid in tracking the movement of families
through time, he says. When used in conjunction with cadastral maps, house
numbers can show the location where a family lived. The cadastral maps also
show locations of Jewish cemeteries, synagogues, and schools.

"These maps can be compared with current satellite images of the town to show
where a family's house would have stood. All this information also helps the
genealogist to imagine how families within a town may have interacted with
each other," Feller says.

In 2012 the speaker became a board member of Gesher Galicia, a non-profit
organization that promotes and conducts Jewish genealogical and historical
research for Galicia, a province of the former Austro-Hungarian Empire, which
is today part of southeastern Poland and western Ukraine.

Also planned for this JGSI meeting is a short presentation by JGSI webmaster
Ron Miller, who will discuss JGSI's online Jewish burial databases.

Submitted by:
Martin Fischer
Vice President-Publicity
Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois

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