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Genealogy: cluster research and identity assessment

Join us for two virtual talks by genealogist Emily Garber: “When It Takes a Village: Applying Cluster Research Techniques” and “Conflict Management: Evaluating Evidence of Identity”.

“When it takes a village: applying cluster research techniques”

Researching our ancestors involves not only finding their origins, following them through different times and places, and viewing them in their social context, but also looking at their relatives, associates, and neighbors. This presentation shows how to apply cluster and collateral research techniques to your genealogical research problems. Topics include research planning, commonly used resources and documents, a case study following the migrations of individuals from Europe to the United States, resolving name and residency changes, and the use of evidence DNA.

“Conflict Management: Assessing Evidence of Identity”

In our family search, the records we seek do not always cooperate. The records may be wrong or the records may lie. We need to understand how the records were created and how to corroborate their information with information from other sources. How did our ancestors interact with document-generating authorities? This presentation presents a case study on the collection, evaluation and analysis of evidence from US cases. Evidence analysis techniques in the United States can help us with more difficult searches in the old country.

Emily Garber specializes in Jewish genealogical research and has worked with Jewish immigrant records from Eastern Europe and Germany. She holds a certificate from the Genealogical Research Program at Boston University. She chairs the Jewish Genealogy Group in Phoenix, Arizona, is a board member of the Arizona Jewish Historical Society, and was one of the leaders of the JewishGen Ukraine and Romanian research groups. She blogs about genealogy and speaks at many genealogy conferences.

This event is free for JGSGB members.

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