SFBAJGS, Palo Alto, Monday, February 24, 2020: Book 'em Dano!: Publishing Your Family's History


Topic:  Book 'em Dano!: Publishing Your Family's History
Speaker:  Jeff Lewy

Monday, February 24, 2020
Congregation Etz Chayim
4161 Alma Street
Palo Alto, CA 94306

Program begins 7:00 p.m.

Learn how to create and publish the stories of your family history without having to become a professional author first. Jeff Lewy will explain how he wrote down the family stories he acquired from others, added old photos, filled in some of the gaps with his own research, and used an online publisher/printer to create an inexpensive book his relatives are buying and telling others about. This can be helpful for your research: documenting the family history, attracting other family members to share what they know, and sparking interest among younger family members to learn about their family history through storytelling.

Jeff Lewy is the treasurer of the San Francisco Bay Area Jewish Genealogical Society. He became interested in genealogy to make sense of family photos going back four generations in the U.S. and Europe and to learn about the people in the photos. Most of his family lines arrived in the U.S. in the 1840's and 1850's, mostly in Alabama, before settling in Chicago by 1870. His family tree now includes seven or more generations for most of his family lines, and lots of interesting stories about many of his forebears.

Light kosher refreshments will be served. Meetings are free and
everyone interested is welcome to attend.  For more information visit

Janice M. Sellers, Publicity and Programming Director
San Francisco Bay Area Jewish Genealogical Society
Helping Bay Area Jews discover their family histories.

Everything turns out all right in the end. If it's not all right, it's not the end.

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