Jewish Genealogy Society of Maryland
Speaker: W. Todd Knowles
Title: "Making the Most of FamilySearch for Jewish Research"
Date and Time: Sunday, January 28, 2018, 1:30 p.m.
Location: Pikesville Library's meeting room, 1301 Reisterstown Rd,
The FamilySearch web site (www.familysearch.org) holds the records of
over 6 billion people worldwide, making it the largest collection of
free family trees, genealogy records, and resources in the world. In
this presentation, Todd will guide us through the FamilySearch web
site, with an emphasis on finding our Jewish families. We will also
learn how to use the Knowles Collection, six databases that contain
the records of over 1.4 million Jewish people. These databases are:
"The Jews of the British Isles," "The Jews of Europe," "The Jews of
North America," "The Jews of South America and Caribbean," "The Jews
of the Pacific Islands," and "The Jews of Africa, Middle East and the
Orient." Todd will show us how to access the collection and how best
to apply it to our own family research.
W. Todd Knowles, Accredited Genealogist, is a member of the
International Patron Services team at the Family History Library in
Salt lake City, UT. After being introduced to family history at the
age of 12, he soon discovered his Jewish roots. The journey to find
these Polish Jews has led to the creation of the Knowles Collection
(knowlescollection.blogspot.com), which grows almost daily and is now
part of FamilySearch.org. Todd has spoken throughout the world, and
his articles have been widely published.
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.
JGSMD Public Relations