Looking for sample introductry presentation or tips

A. E. Jordan

Does anyone have a sample introduction to genealogy presentation or seen a good one they could share?

I have been asked by my local library to give a basic introduction to genealogy presentation.  The community is predominately Jewish but I will have to keep it non sectarian to some extent.  The organizers tried a presentation last year and they said it did not go over as well maybe because the person was too detailed.  The audience will be older and less computer savvy.

I have some ideas starting off with a basic discussion of why and what you can hope to find and then how to get started at the most basic levels and then a few next steps and examples.  Of course I will mention the JewishGen FAQ -- it is how I got started all those years ago.

If anyone has a presentation they want to share (please send privately) or some ideas/tips love to hear from this experienced audience.

Also thinking about how to describe and title the program to draw in the biggest audience.


Allan Jordan

Moishe Miller


You ask about a sample beginners presentation. Why not attend the one being given this Sunday, nearby to you (relatively), by the JGSLI, in PlainviewIt is called: Jewish Genealogy 101: Four Hours+ to Your Family Roots

See the attached flyer.

The location is
Mid-Island Y-JCC
45 Manetto Hill Road
Plainview, NY 

I am a member of several JGS's and had attended the workshop several years ago, for the same reason as you. I found it quite comprehensive. If you need a ride there contact me offline. 


Moishe Miller
Brooklyn, NY

Carol Stern

I have given this type of talk and find it useful to start awith a couple of very short stories of my amazing family  ‘finds’. Storytelling is very effective and grabs people on a personal level. 
Carol Handschu Stern