JGS of Maryland June 26 program #general

Susan Steeble

Speaker: Mindie Kaplan
Title: "Relatives, Cold Calls and Emails, & DNA Testing"
Date and Time: Sunday, June 26, 2016, 1:30 p.m.
Location: Hadassah meeting room, 3723 Old Court Rd (Dumbarton Offices entrance),
Pikesville, MD

Please join us for our next program, "Relatives, Cold Calls and Emails, & DNA
Testing," presented by Mindie Kaplan. This program provides techniques for
reaching out to relatives, including those who are reluctant to meet with a
stranger, and provides examples that will expand your research.

Relatives: What can living relatives add to my research? How do you contact
"uninterested" relatives, starting a conversation that will get them to open up?

Covered issues: family gatherings, preparation, audio/video recording, photos/
scanning, documentation, and ethics.

Cold calls: How do you find people? How do you reach out to strangers and
convince them to talk? How do phone techniques differ >from emails or social
sites such as Facebook? What if they think you're a con artist? How can you
build a relationship that will turn into a number of conversations, leading to
more relatives?

DNA testing: How do you ask someone to take a DNA test? Who pays? What are some
factors that will get them interested in participating?

Mindie Kaplan has been involved in Jewish genealogy for more than 20 years. Her
family tree currently consists of 3000 individuals. When printed (including
stories and biographies), it comprises 173 pages for the Splaver side and 99
pages for the Entes side. She has years of experience reaching out to distant
family members to learn their stories, discover old photographs, and obtain DNA
samples with the goal of putting together the story of her family. Mindie has
attended nearly every IAJGS conference since 2003 and is involved with the
Jewish Genealogy Society of Greater Washington.

The program is free for paid members and $5 for non-members (applied to
membership fee when a visitor joins JGSMD) after their first meeting.
Refreshments will be available. Please check our web site at www.jgsmd.org for
late updates and for the time, location, and program of future meetings.

Susan Steeble
Baltimore, MD
JGSMD Public Relations

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