JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen April 2016 MNJGS Meeting #general


The next meeting of the MN Jewish Genealogical Society is scheduled for Tuesday,
April 19, 2016 >from 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM at the Golden Valley Public Library (main
meeting room) -see link for address and directions below.

Our meeting will focus on breaking down Brick Walls; in genealogy speak, how to
overcome those dreaded and all too common research dead-ends.

The structure of our April meeting will include presentation of current Brick Wall
examples provided by you our members, (which the group attending will respond to)
based upon information the presenter will provide in advance (see process below)
as well as examples of Brick Wall challenges that have been overcome (and how).

In order to manage our meeting time effectively, for those interested in sharing
their research challenges (both open and solved), we are asking members to submit
to the Planning Committee in advance and in writing, examples of Brick Walls they
would like the group to help them with using the process as described below. Given
the complexity of many research challenges and the relatively brief time that the
Planning Committee and members will have to review, presenters should not expect
that their Brick Walls will be solved at the meeting, but rather that they might
learn about new paths to take and sources to find that will help them in their
research process.

Process and information for considering a Brick Wall example:
1) Submitters send a succinct summary of the brick wall challenge to be solved
including enough detail for others to follow, i.e., names, dates, places,
relationships to the submitter, including a portion of your family tree only with
people relevant to the Brick Wall- please do not send a tree with hundreds or even
dozens of names. The summary should include the paths of research the submitter has
already taken including the specific documents and information sources reviewed and
the results of those reviews.
2)In the case of Brick Walls that have been solved, forward the information above,
and include in the brief summary how the challenge was solved including the process
taken and documents and information sources that led to the success.
3)The Planning Committee will review the Brick Walls submitted and send its own
summary of those that will be considered at our meeting to all members in advance
of the meeting for their review. Members should review the information and come
prepared to offer help or suggestions if they can. All suggestions of help will be
welcomed and appreciated.

For those who anticipate providing Brick Wall information for our April 19 meeting, please forward the information to the Planning Committee members at their email addresses below no later than Sunday, April 3rd.
Walter Elias
Steven Greenstein

Other Society member related items:
Please remember to check the Society's website at for
meeting announcements, various updates on genealogy topics, local meetings of
relevance, etc..

Map/Directions to the Golden Valley Public Library, 830 Winnetka Ave. North,
Golden Valley, MN. 55427,-93.3815207,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x0:0x1bd2c25fc5490bb3

Steven Greenstein, MNJGS Secretary
MN Jewish Genealogical Society Planning Committee

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