Sunday, May 27, 2018
1:00 PM-1:30 PM Research Help
Lecture: 1:30 PM
Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel
8339 Old York Road, Elkins Park, PA 19027
(Corner of Old York Road and Township Line Road)
Speaker: Ron Arons, Author and Speaker  


Over the past 20 years, Ron has given 450+ presentations re methodology and technology. He has authored three books, including The Jews of Sing Sing, WANTED! U.S. Criminal Records, and Mind Maps for Genealogy. In 2006 he appeared on the PBS TV series The Jewish Americans, talking about Jewish criminals on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. That same year he won a research grant from the New York State Archives to continue he research on the topic of Jewish criminals in New York City. Ron earned a B.S. in Engineering from Princeton and an MBA from the University of Chicago.
Topic: Sex, Lies, and Genealogical Tape
Most genealogists focus their efforts on collecting names, dates, and places to grow and expand their family tree as much as possible. This is quite natural. However, a much different experience can be had by focusing one’s efforts on one ancestor at a time. By doing so, one can go beyond the questions: Who?, When?, and Where?. One can explore the far more interesting and powerful questions, WHY? and HOW? Why did our ancestors act the way that they did? How did their behavior have an impact on us? Individual-focused genealogy provides additional insights not into ancestors’ lives but our own lives as well.
The truly unexpected benefit of this approach is that it broke down brick walls, allowing the speaker to push back his family tree another four generations. (Truly remarkable.) It also exposed the speaker to all sorts of records he might not have explored otherwise.     

Admission is free for members. Non-members are charged a $5.00 fee per meeting.













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