JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Scandal! JGSLA Sept.24th Meeting #general

Pamela Weisberger <pweisberger@...>

George Bernard Shaw once said: "If you cannot get rid of the family skeleton,
you may as well make it dance."

Have you ever discovered a scandal in the course of your genealogical research?
Join the Jewish Genealogical Society of Los Angeles when this juicy topic is
presented in our program:

"When Leopold Met Lena: Marriage, Divorce and Deception in 1892 New York"

Monday, September 24, 2007, 7:30 p.m.

Skirball Cultural Center, Magnin Auditorium, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd. Los Angeles,


First came love, then came marriage -- but on the heels of the baby in the baby
carriage came accusations of adultery and two trials in New York City's Court
of Common Pleas. The unexpected discovery of a divorce decree in the 1890s New
York Times "News of the Courts" leads to scandal-ridden court transcripts held
at the NYC municipal archives and revelations of a family secret. Beginning in
Czestochowa, Poland and Cracow, (Galicia) Austria and continuing on to
Manhattan's Lower East Side and Little Rock, Arkansas--the tumultuous, romantic
and litigious world of our immigrant ancestors is brought to life in court
records, graveyard inscriptions, newspaper articles, oral histories, JRI-Poland
documents, city directories, census and vital records. Enjoy the ride as Besser
v. Besser is deconstructed and learn how present-day genealogical research can
be used to solve 19th century mysteries.

SPEAKER: Pamela Weisberger, program chair for the Jewish Genealogical Society of
Los Angeles

Attendance Fees / Reservations: Free to JGSLA members. $5 guest fee.

for more info visit our website: or go directly to the
program page:

Audience participation! At the end of the program you will have an opportunity
to (briefly) share your own genealogically-discovered family secrets and scandals
with the group.

Pamela Weisberger
Program Chair, JGSLA
Santa Monica, CA

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