Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois to host University of Chicago mathematician at Aug. 25, 2019, meeting #general


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Amateur genealogist Zalman Usiskin will share "More Stories about Things
I've Learned >from Doing Genealogy" at the Sunday, Aug. 25, 2019, meeting
of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois at Temple Beth-El, 3610
Dundee Road, Northbrook, Ill. His presentation starts at 2 p.m.

Sign-in, networking with others interested in Jewish genealogy, and
access to the 800-volume JGSI research library and genealogy help desk
staffed by family history mavens will be available starting at 12:30
p.m.

Usiskin has been interested in the genealogy of the various branches of
his family since he was a teenager. Over the years, he has compiled
family 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.

Usiskin, born in Chicago, is an emeritus professor of mathematics
education at the University of Chicago. In his field, he has given talks
in all 50 states and 27 foreign countries and has been a major speaker
at national and international conferences. This will mark the fourth
time that he has spoken at a JGSI meeting. In 2002, he spoke about
writing and distributing a family tree book. In 2015, he described
three examples of how people arranged genealogical information into
coffee table books for distribution to relatives. Last December, he
delivered a presentation called "Stories about Things I've Learned >from
Doing Genealogy."

Usiskin is a fine storyteller, and JGSI immediately invited him back
when we heard that he had more stories to tell that offer research
lessons or hints that might help others doing genealogy.

In his new presentation, questions are raised and discussed: Who goes on
a family tree? To what extent are family stories "cleansed"? How did a
"black sheep" of the family turn out to be just the opposite? How did
some Jews survive World War II in Europe and how might they be found
even today? How did DNA help to find both biological parents of someone
who was adopted? And he will explain how his wife's heritage can be
traced back to Adam and Eve. (What? You are skeptical?) Come to this
event to hear his explanation.

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

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