JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois Program on Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015 - "How I Do Genealogy: Starting Research and Beginning to Gather Information" #general


"How I Do Genealogy: Starting Research and Beginning to Gather
Information" is the topic of a presentation by Barry Finkel,
corresponding secretary of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois,
planned for the Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, JGSI meeting.
The program will begin at 2 p.m. at Temple Beth-El, 3610 Dundee Rd.,
Northbrook, Ill. The JGSI meeting facilities at Temple Beth-El will open
at 12:30 p.m. to accommodate members who want to use or borrow genealogy
library materials, get help with genealogy websites or ask genealogical
questions before the main program begins. For more information, visit or phone 312-666-0100.
Barry Finkel, an experienced genealogist, will describe how he organizes
family tree data, including the outline format he uses when gathering
information. He will briefly describe the family tree database software
that he and one of his brothers use to store and display their family
tree. The presenter will also briefly mention some of the sources he
uses in his research and will discuss some of the data files he keeps to
aid in his research. In addition, he will describe the various kinds of
Windows-compatible family tree software he uses as well as family tree
Finkel has a bachelor of science degree in mathematics and a master of
science degree in computer science, both >from the University of Illinois
at Urbana-Champaign. He worked for more than 36 years in the computer
center at Argonne National Laboratory, and in his retirement has devoted
more time to working on genealogy.
He started doing genealogy in the mid-1960s, stopped for a time, and
resumed in 1991. At that time, his brother in Kentucky decided to put
their family genealogy into a computer. His brother designed the
database, entered the data >from Barry's hand-drawn trees, and their
genealogy began expanding by leaps-and-bounds.

Submitted by:
Sandra Schon Kiferbaum
JGSI Vice President Publicity

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