JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen JGS Greater Orlando Meeting - "JewishGen's JOWBR Project - The Genealogical Value of Jewish Cemetery Records" - January 17th #general

Marlis Humphrey

The Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Orlando (JGSGO) proudly
presents globally known and highly regarded expert, Nolan Altman,
as Speaker of the Month. He will discuss "JewishGen's JOWBR Project
-- The Genealogical Value of Jewish Cemetery Records."

Jewish headstone inscriptions and burial records can provide crucial
information to genealogists. Hebrew name inscriptions, based on
patronymics, can link together two generations of Hebrew names unlike
any other source document. This can be especially helpful when
trying to link first generation American ancestors to their European

Nolan Altman, JewishGen's Vice President for Data Acquisition and
coordinator for their JOWBR (JewishGen's Online Worldwide Burial
Registry) and Memorial Plaque databases, will explain the importance
of Jewish cemetery records. Through photographic examples and case
studies, you will see what information and symbols are found on
stones and how the information can help to create your family tree.

Nolan Altman was bit by the "genealogy bug" when he was inspired to
write his family history in 1996 in memory of his mother. After
making use of the valuable information on JewishGen, he volunteered
to do data entry on various projects. In time, he was asked to
become the Coordinator for JewishGen's Holocaust Database and
subsequently the Coordinator for the JOWBR project. Nolan works with
volunteers >from around the world helping to grow both databases for
the benefit of family members and researchers. Nolan's current
focus is on growing the JOWBR and Holocaust databases.

Nolan has made various presentations and conducted computer workshops
at the IAJGS (International Association of Jewish Genealogical
Societies) annual conferences in Washington, D.C., New York City,
Chicago, Philadelphia and Los Angeles. He continues to present his
"How to Document and Research Your Family History" seminar to adult
and continuing education classes as well as university Holocaust and
European history classes. He has published articles in Avotaynu,
Dorot, Stammbaum, Shemot and the FEEFHS Journal. He is on the Board
of the IAJGS and is the President of the JGS of Long Island, where he
coordinates their Yearbook, Cemetery, and Memorial Plaque Projects.
Nolan is also a member of the JGS of New York.

This will be the JGSGO's first evening meeting at the Southwest
Orlando Jewish Congregation. New location, new time, great program!
Nolan Altman is the expert in his field and this information can help
you "cross the pond" and more. Nolan will present to the group >from
New York live via Skype. If you ever thought about starting on your
family history research journey, this is the meeting for you. Don't
miss out!

DATE: Tuesday, January 17, 2012
TIME: 7:00 P.M. - 9:00 P.M.
LOCATION: Southwest Orlando Jewish Congregation, Social Hall, 11200
South Apopka Vineland Road, Orlando, FL 32836
FREE: Open to the public

About the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Orlando
The Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Orlando (JGSGO) is a not
for profit organization dedicated to sharing genealogical information,
techniques and research tools with anyone interested in Jewish
genealogy and family history. There is no charge to attend the
meeting. Anyone may join JGSGO. Annual dues are $25 for an individual
and $30 for a family. For more information visit our blog at .

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Contact Information:
Marlis Humphrey
JGSGO VP Programs & Publicity

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