JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen JGSGW June Luncheon - This Sunday, June 9 #general

Marlene Bishow

The Jewish Genealogy Society of Greater Washington will host its annual
Member Appreciation Potluck Luncheon on June 9, 2013 at 12:00 (noon)

At the Potomac Community Center 11315 Falls Road Potomac, MD

Program: "Clued-In: Case Studies >from Sherlock Cohn, The Photo Genealogist"
Speaker: Ava Cohn, AKA Sherlock Cohn The Photo Genealogist
Step aside NCIS and CSI! There are no greater detectives than Jewish genealogists
when it comes to loving the hunt for information about our ancestors, and no
greater tool to find out about the people and the personalities in our family trees
than through our family photographs.

In this fun and informative talk, Sherlock Cohn, the Jewish genealogy sleuth, will
introduce attendees to the discipline of Photo Genealogy. She'll explore how and
why it is important to find the clues our ancestors left for us in their
photographic portraits. The program leads off with a definition of Photo Genealogy
and explodes commonly held myths about dating Jewish photos. Participants will
learn what clues an expert looks for in photos, how to organize your approach to
dating and interpreting photos and how to match photo information with vital
records to tell the stories within the photos.

In the second half of the presentation, Sherlock will present two of her
challenging cases, The Case of the Mistaken DateĀ and The Case of the Immigration
Snafu. In the true cerebral style of a Basil Rathbone character, she'll offer
examples of how accurate photo dating, identification of individuals in our photos,
knowledge of fashion and decorative arts, and the process of matching photographs
with vital records can illuminate our relatives' lives and the social context in
which their photos were taken.

Please bring your old photos!

After the presentation, Sherlock will help attendees get started on exploring the
dates and answers to other questions they may have about their own photographs.
Attendees may bring their photo for evaluation. Limit is one photo per person,
unless a second photo is brought for purposes of identifying the person in the
first photo. Due to time constraints, not all attendees will be able to have their
photos evaluated. Selection of attendees to have their photo evaluated will be by

Cost for Program: Free to members of JGSGW. This meeting is a benefit of
membership - Members only. No guests, please!

Our new Membership Directory & Family Finder will be distributed at the luncheon.
This is another benefit of membership and if you do not pick it up this Sunday, you
can get it at a fall meeting. Lots of great information.

Members should have received an email with instructions regarding bringing a
contribution to the potluck luncheon.

There is ample parking.

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Marlene Bishow
VP Programs
Immediate Past President
Co-Chair, 31st IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy
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