JGS of Washington State invites you to a free program on Monday evening, 3/9/20: “Sex, Lies, and Genealogical Tape” presented by Ron Arons

Karen Campbell

The Jewish Genealogical Society of Washington State invites you to a free program,
"Sex, Lies, and Genealogical Tape"
presented by Ron Arons, Genealogical Lecturer

DATE: Monday, March 9, 2020
LOCATION: LDS Factoria Building
4200 124th Ave SE, Bellevue, WA 98006
• Doors open at 6:30 p.m., for all to enjoy our extensive library of genealogical resources, including FREE access to the FHC computers and genealogical websites!
• Free Wi-Fi available. Come early and network with other attendees!
• Presentation starts promptly at 7:15 p.m.
• Free admission and refreshments

Most genealogists naturally spend their time looking for new ancestors to expand their family trees as wide and as far back in time as possible. This is done by searching for the answers to the questions, Who? When? and Where? However, a completely different experience can be had by researching one individual in as much depth by collecting as much documentation about that person and related individuals as possible, as well as looking at the environments where they lived. By taking this approach, a researcher can explore the questions: Why? and How? For example, Why did our ancestor act the way that he or she did? How did that person have an impact on my life? How can we explain events and other things in our lives by their behavior? Individual-focused genealogy can have some unexpected positive benefits as this presentation will clearly demonstrate. Ron will demonstrate the unintended benefit of this methodology: it surprisingly let him break through some brick walls, allowing him to push his heritage back four more generations and find a plethora of living relatives he never knew beforehand. The talk will showcase a wide range of genealogical tools, records and methodologies which, if employed, could easily make anyone a better researcher.

Born in New York, Ron Arons earned a B.S. in Engineering from Princeton and an MBA from the University of Chicago. He was employed as a marketer at many high-tech companies before deciding to work full time on his first book, The Jews of Sing Sing. Ron became interested in understanding his roots after he lost both his parents to cancer almost 20 years ago. In the process of researching a criminal ancestor’s past, Ron has traced his roots to England, Poland, Romania, Ukraine, Belarus and Lithuania. Unlike his criminal ancestor, Ron was reared a goodie two shoes and has never been afoul of the law!
In 2005 Ron won a Hackman Research Residency Award from the New York State Archives to continue his research of New York Jewish criminals. In January 2008, Ron appeared on the PBS television series, “The Jewish Americans,“ as the acknowledged expert on Jewish criminals of New York’s Lower East Side. Ron has made presentations at 12 IAJGS conferences and tours the country giving educational and entertaining presentations on Jewish criminals and Jewish genealogy.

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Jewish Genealogical society of Washington State
P. O. Box 53102, Bellevue, WA 98015

Karen vanHaagen Campbell
JGSWS President/Publicity/Programs
Cell/Texts/Home: 206-790-2167
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