The Israel Genealogy Research Association (IGRA) will be broadcasting a free webinar in English on Sunday. April 26th 7 pm Israel Time, 12 pm (EDT). The topic of the webinar is “Location, Location, Location: How Genealogical Research Can Benefit from Historical Maps” by Ed Mitukiewicz..
Genealogy researchers frequently face the challenges of identifying ancestral towns—in particular those located in Central and Eastern Europe. This presentation demonstrates the use of readily available web-based resources—including digital repositories of historical maps, gazetteers and geographic information databases—that can help to overcome many such challenges.
Edward Mitukiewicz is a mathematician and computer scientist by education, researcher and technology consultant by profession, and amateur cartographer and genealogist by coincidence. Ed has a particular weakness for historical maps - rumor has it that Ed never met one he did not like. Ed worked as editor, translator and map consultant during the production of the 2015 “Raise the Roof” documentary film about reconstructing the roof and painted ceiling of an 18th century wooden synagogue of Gwoździec. At recent genealogy conferences in Poland, Israel and the United States Ed presented illustrative scenarios of using historical maps in genealogical research.
Registration is required as there are a limited number of “seats” available. Reminders will be sent out closer to the date of the webinar. To register go to the link below.
Elena Biegel Bazes
IGRA Publicity Chair