JGS of Illinois to hold luncheon meeting Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018 #general

Martin Fischer

Amateur genealogist Zalman Usiskin will share "Stories about Things I've Learned
from Doing Genealogy" at the Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018, special luncheon meeting of the
Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois at Temple Beth-El, 3610 Dundee Road,
Northbrook, Ill. His presentation starts at 2 p.m.

To order the $10 kosher lunch, either go to https://jgsi.org/event-3128376, email
info@jgsi.org or call 312-666-0100. Choose >from kosher veggie wrap, or tuna salad
or turkey sandwiches. Lunch orders are due by Wednesday, Dec. 12, at noon.
Participants are welcome to attend the free presentation without joining the group
for lunch. The sandwiches and the JGSI research library and genealogy help desk
will be available starting at 12:30 p.m.

Zalman Usiskin, our luncheon speaker, has been interested in the genealogy of the
various branches of his family since he was a teenager. Over the years, he has
compiled trees on three of his four grandparents with a total of more than 4,800
named relatives. On his paternal great-grandfather's line he has names of more
than 1,000 descendants of Usiskins all over the world but has never been able to
definitively verify that any are blood relatives.

In his presentation, Usiskin will tell a variety of stories that relate to almost
anyone doing Jewish genealogy and he will raise interesting questions. Some (not
all) of the questions: What original documents can be trusted? How might a person
today find cousins >from the Pale of Settlement who survived World War II? Can you
marry your cousin and, if so, where can you do that? Do we really have as many 3rd
and 4th cousins as the DNA companies and their websites suggest? Particularly for
us in Illinois, why did so many of our ancestors come to Chicago? Along the way in
his talk will be interesting and sometimes poignant stories that underscore why so
many of us delve into the genealogy of our families.

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

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