Speaker: Ava Cohn
Title: "Clued-In: Case Studies >from Sherlock Cohn, The Photo Genealogist"
Date and Time: Sunday, April 26, 2015, at 1:30 p.m.
Location: Pikesville Library's meeting room
In this fun and informative talk, Sherlock Cohn, the Jewish genealogy
sleuth, will explore how and why it is important to find the clues our
ancestors left us in their photographic portraits. The program leads
off with a definition of photo genealogy and explodes common myths
about dating Jewish photos. Participants will learn what clues an
expert looks for, how to organize your approach to dating and
interpreting photos, and how to match photo information with vital
Sherlock will present two of her challenging cases to show how
accurate dating, photo identification, knowledge of fashion, and
matching records can shed light on our relatives' lives and the social
context in which their photos were taken.
There will be time at the end for members to have Ava analyze family
photos -- only one photo per person, please!
Ava Cohn brings a lifelong experience with heirloom photos and a
multidisciplinary approach to photo dating and interpretation. A
native of upstate New York, currently residing in the Chicago area,
she has a degree >from Brandeis University with coursework in
decorative arts, art history, and costume history at the Victoria and
Albert Museum, London. Recognizing the need for accurate dating of
Jewish family photographs, combined with specialized knowledge of
immigrant and Eastern European culture and traditions, she devotes her
work, almost exclusively, to Jewish family photographs. Cohn is a
speaker and writer whose articles have appeared in many Jewish
The program is free for paid members and $5 for non-members (applied
to membership fee when a visitor joins JGSMD) after their first
meeting. Refreshments will be available. Please check our web site at
www.jgsmd.org for late updates and for the time, location, and program
of future meetings.
JGSMD Public Relations