Seattle: Jewish cemetery discoveries, Sept. 14

Old and new world cemetery discoveries will be presented by Sally Mizroch and Nancy Adelson at the next meeting of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Washington State on Monday, September 14.

The event begins at 7pm, at the Stroum Jewish Community Center, Mercer Island.

It was Tracing the Tribe’s pleasure to meet up with both Sally and Nancy at the recent Philly 2009 conference. Sally’s excellent digital photography session provided me with information and tips I’m already using.

Cemeteries are a treasure trove of genealogical information. JGSWS members Sally Mizroch and Nancy Adelson will report on the latest in cemetery research and how information from headstones can help us answer a vast array of genealogical questions. They will present information from the JewishGen Online Worldwide Burial Registry (JOWBR) and explain how researchers in Washington State can help add to this amazing database.

They will also cover the latest information on international cemetery projects provided at August’s 29th IAJGS Conference of the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies, including European restoration projects. They will demonstrate how to access information and support restoration projects.

A founding member of JGSWS, Nancy Adelson has served as first vice president and program chair. She has researched more than 4,000 family relatives for her husband’s Sephardic family and her own Eastern and Western European family, back to the 1700s. She teaches business and Real Estate at North Seattle Community College.

Sally Mizroch’s genealogical research has led her to discover cousins all over the world. She has visited archives in Lithuania and South Africa. Her research concentrates on the professions and movements of her relatives in the old country to recreate the Eastern-European culture lost to the Holocaust. She serves as President of JGSWS and Secretary of LitvakSIG. In her professional life, Sally studies large whale populations at NOAA Fisheries National Marine Mammal Laboratory in Seattle.

For more information, visit the JGSWS website.

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