JGSLA-March Meeting-"Role of the Family Historian" & STRAUS Historical Socitey #germany
Pamela Weisberger <pweisberger@...>
The Jewish Genealogical Society of Los Angeles will be holding our next
meeting on: Monday, March 21, 2005, 7:30 p.m.
PROGRAM: "The Role of the Family Historian: How Social History Can
Complement Genealogical Research"
SPEAKER: Joan Adler, Executive Director, Straus Historical Society
Joan Adler doesn't have a single STRAUS in her own family tree, yet she has
rescued documents, identified relatives, published newsletters, organized
reunions, lobbied the U.S. government, and helped document the film
"Titanic" on behalf of the Strauses - one of America's most prominent Jewish
families. She will share the story of the Straus family and how a small ad
in the New York Times led her to her role as Straus Family Historian. She
will illustrate her talk with a beautiful 3 foot by 4 foot family tree and
with family photographs.
Ms. Adler will share her strategies for collecting materials and for
obtaining information - even when family members claim they have no more to
give. She writes a newsletter, which she considers one of her most important
research tools. She will explain how writing conveys "social history" by
placing the story of our ancestors' lives into the social, economic and
political context of their times, and how you can enhance the picture of
your family by putting their vital record information into a similar context.
Examples of the Straus Historical Society Newsletter and other family
newsletters written by JGSLA members will be on display.
Their website is: http://www.straushistoricalsociety.org
(Some of the surnames associated with her research, besides STRAUS, are:
Maas, Altschuler, Lazurus, Weiss, Roos and Tager, and the cities involved
are: Otterberg, Pforzheim and Mannheim, Germany.)
JGSLA meetings are free-of-charge and open to guests. Contact me for directions
and other details.
Pamela Weisberger 1st V.P. Programs Jewish Genealogical Society of Los Angeles