January 27, 2019, JGS of Maryland program #general

Susan Steeble

Speaker: Jennifer Mendelsohn
Title: “Think Like a Reporter to Avoid Rookie Genealogy Mistakes”
Date and Time: Sunday, January 27, 2019, 1:30 p.m.
Location: Pikesville Library’s meeting room, 1301 Reisterstown Rd, Pikesville, MD

Please join us on Sunday, January 27, 2019, at 1:30 p.m., at the
Pikesville Library’s meeting room, 1301 Reisterstown Road, Pikesville,
to hear Jennifer Mendelsohn present “Think Like a Reporter to Avoid
Rookie Genealogy Mistakes.”

This talk will lay out how 25 years’ worth of journalism experience
has helped to guide the speaker as a genealogist and taught her to
conduct productive searches. We’ll talk about using the “Law and
Order” method (follow the “dun duns!”) to track down information and
how relying on a simple principle like Occam’s Razor — that the most
likely scenario is the least complicated — can help you get further in
your searching. Using the scheme of a logic puzzle, we’ll go over
pitfalls like not blindly using Ancestry hints, assessing the
credibility of sources, not being wedded to spelling, and why
genealogy is like playing Concentration: you always have to remember
the cards you’ve seen and turned over.

Jennifer Mendelsohn uses her Jewish genealogy know-how to lead
exquisitely tailored life-changing journeys through family histories.
Jennifer has helped reunite long-lost family members. She’s debunked
decades-old family fairytales (aka bubbemeises). She’s built family
trees revealing the most unexpected relations. She is the founder of
the #resistancegenealogy movement, the administrator of “Jewish DNA
for Genetic Genealogy and Family Research”
(https://www.facebook.com/groups/DNAHelpJewishJourney) on Facebook,
and a board member of the Jewish Genealogy Society of Maryland.

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

Susan Steeble
JGSMD Public Relations
Baltimore, MD

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