Genealogist to share stories and tips on how he 'found the Feldmans' through family history research

"Genealogy is Easy, Fascinating, and Fun: How I Found the Feldmans" will be the topic of a presentation by amateur genealogist Steven Flack at the Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017, meeting of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois. His presentation will begin at 2 p.m. at Temple Beth-El, 3610 Dundee Road, Northbrook, Ill.The JGSI meeting facilities at Temple Beth-El will open at 12:30 p.m. to accommodate those who want to use or borrow genealogy research library materials, get help with genealogy websites or ask genealogical questions before the main program begins at 2 p.m. For more information, see http://tinyurl.com/z4kk3gm or phone 312-666-0100.In his presentation, Steven Flack, a mostly self-taught genealogist with only four years of experience, will use his own genealogical journey to vividly illustrate the techniques that can help both novice and experienced family history researchers. He will detail his first approaches and encounters with newfound cousins, and his discoveries from estate and medical files, and will describe research visits to Upstate New York and throughout Chicagoland. Flack will tell compelling stories about what he has learned about his ancestors, some of whom were alleged to have been involved in incidents after their deaths! The techniques he has used are sure to fascinate us all.Steven facetiously notes that instead of "brick walls," he has encountered "drywalls," and methodically persevered to create a detailed mosaic of his family history. He has identified and used sources that may be fresh to many genealogists, believed not to exist or commonly thought to be inaccessible. He has surprised himself at how much he has learned about his family and how many cousins he has helped along the way. This presentation is designed to share tips on how to find the missing pieces of your family puzzle. A native New Yorker, Steven Flack has lived in the Chicago area since 1995. His career evolved from entrepreneurship to global product marketing consulting in Europe, Asia and Israel. Flack works as a project manager, leading diverse software developers to facilitate the efficient processing of prescription claims. With a full-time work schedule and family obligations, Flack feels it important to maximize the efficiency of his genealogy research effort. At each regular JGSI monthly meeting, its "help desk" will operate from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m. Member volunteers will access online databases and answer genealogical questions one-on-one for members and visitors as time allows. The JGSI library has more than 800 volumes of interest to Jewish family historians. Many are available for borrowing by JGSI members for a limited time. All are available for perusing from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m. at each regular monthly meeting. For more information about the Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois or the JGSI schedule of future events, visit http://jgsi.org/ or phone 312-666-0100. While this program is free, those who join the society have access to several valuable members-only resources on the JGSI website. They include video recordings of more than a dozen presentations from past JGSI events, valuable informational handouts from past speakers, access to past Morasha newsletters containing informative articles about Jewish genealogy, the syllabus from the 2015 JGSI conference, and more. To learn more about the benefits of joining the Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois, go to http://jgsi.org/membership_benefits.

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