JGSLI Meeting Wed, May 11 @ 7pm: Tall Tales and Transformations: Researching Two Families Who Changed More Than Their Names #jgs-iajgs #announcements

Jeff A.

The Jewish Genealogy Society of Long Island is delighted to invite you to our next meeting.


When: Wednesday, May 11, 7:00 PM, via Zoom

Topic: Tall Tales and Transformations: Researching Two Families Who Changed More Than Their Names

Speaker: Renee Steinig

Most of us have relatives who shortened their names, fudged their ages, or reported birth places that were not quite right. We will look at some instances where such changes were taken to a whole new level - cases of deliberate coverups intended to hide past scandals, or advance careers or social status. For example, we will explore the family of suffragist Dorothy Frooks and her brother, Babert Vincent Brooks, two of several siblings who reinvented themselves - managing to convince influential New Yorkers that their Russian-Jewish immigrant parents were Reginald and Rozita, a "successful businessman" and an "international socialite." We will also discuss records and strategies that help uncover hidden backgrounds and the need to use multiple sources (and a dose of skepticism) in all our research.

Renee Steinig first did genealogical research in the 1970s, inspired by a cousin who made it look easy. Many family trees and some 18 years later, she began to accept client work. Her specialties include New York research, locating lost family, and due diligence for probate cases. She is member of the Association of Professional Genealogists and has testified as an expert witness in several New York City Surrogate's Courts. Her personal research interests include towns throughout Galicia, many of which she has visited. A founding member, past president, and longtime trustee of the JGS of Long Island, Renee is also a director of Gesher Galicia and its discussion group moderator and Family Finder editor. She is also Mielec Town Leader for Jewish Records Indexing-Poland and the president of the Young Tluster Society, one of New York’s few surviving landsmanshaftn.


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Looking ahead, our next meeting will be both in-person and on Zoom on Sunday, May 22 at 2pm. Michael Waas will be talking about Understanding Y-DNA.


I look forward to seeing you all!


Jeff Austin


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