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Sunday, August 1 through Thursday, August 5
41st IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy  (International Conferences)

IAJGS 2021 Conference Goes All-Virtual. This will be a new virtual experience with live-streaming and pre-recorded sessions on all the proposed themes. There will be an Expo Hall for exhibitors and sponsors, a Resource Library for at-home research, and maybe even a game or two. For details, go to the Registration Overview page.

This conference was originally planned to be held in Philadelphia, a uniquely historic place in the American Jewish experience. Philadelphia sparked multiple Conference themes seeking to investigate genealogy “from the past into the future.” How do our combined Jewish and American pasts affect us and what does the future of genealogy look like?

Early Jewish Settlers of the Americas will offer sessions exploring the communal contributions of Jews in the New World, starting from the Colonial periods with a focus on Pennsylvania and surrounding states.

The Heritage and Cultural Material theme explores the cultural context of family heirlooms, recipes, and objects to enhance our genealogical explorations by looking at more than vital statistics.

The Methodology and Mechanics theme, endeavors to look at how genealogists employ advanced computer tools to enhance research.

The Beginners theme offers a way to work on basic skills for the Conference attendees are just starting to discover the puzzle of their families.

This year’s DNA Insights for Genealogy track includes presentations about data visualization and Y-DNA investigations.

The Keepers of the Shoah Memory track offers insight and expertise on writing the stories of Holocaust survivors and preserving their memories.

Thursday, August 12
City Directories: No Town Too Small, No Clue Too Little  (AAGS Meetings)
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Online - Registration Required for non-AAGS members
Anne Arundel Genealogy Society’s August meeting will take place via Zoom on the SECOND Thursday of the month, rather than our usual first Thursday. The meeting date is Thursday, August 12, 2021, at 7:00 PM.
We’re bringing back Thomas MacEntee after he was so well received by our members when he spoke to us in November about future-proofing your genealogy research. Thomas is known for his web site, Genealogy Bargains (www.genealogybargains.com), his Genealogy Do-Over Workbook, and his daily email newsletter that provides readers with updates about all things genealogy. In the newsletter, Thomas often links topics to genealogy that at first glance, seem not to relate at all! For example, in one recent daily email, Thomas discussed Amy Vanderbilt and her famous book about etiquette. He tied this to genealogy by describing how he learned mealtime manners as a young child from his great-grandparents at weekly family dinners. You can subscribe to Thomas' email newsletter at his web site. 
Thomas’ program for this meeting is titled “City Directories: No Town Too Small, No Clue Too Little.” It is one of his most popular presentations. Thomas describes the program this way:
“Most genealogists aren’t taking full advantage of all the clues available in city directories. Learn how go beyond a mere “lookup” of your ancestor and their family. Understand how city directories were created, the secrets of various abbreviations, and how to use the F.A.N. Club approach to getting the most information possible. Participants will learn the history of city directories, how important they were to even the smallest town, and how to extract every possible clue for your genealogy research. We’ll cover digital/online directories, how to deal with numbering grid and street name changes, what those “weird codes” mean and more.”
If you have friends or relatives who are not members and would like to attend this program, they may register and pay by credit card or PayPal here. We request that you register at least two days before the meeting date, so we can send you the link to the program, in a timely manner.
We will email the Zoom link for this program to our members and others who have registered on August 11, 2021, the day before the event.

Saturday, August 14
Save a Story! An Introduction to DIY Oral History Interviewing  (Online Events)
10:30 am to 12:00 pm
Online - Registration Not Required

Enoch Pratt Free Library
Virtual program!

The first step many genealogists take to preserve their family history is interviewing and recording the stories of their living ancestors.  Join us for this virtual program on capturing successful do-it-yourself oral histories of those treasured storytellers in your family. You will learn how to plan a guided interview, prompt a speaker with prepared questions, and record the interview for safekeeping, using easily accessible equipment such as a smartphone, audio recorder, or video camera. 
The program is presented by Debra Elfenbein, a librarian in the Pratt’s Special Collections Department.
DIAL-IN INFORMATIONPlease click the link below to join the webinar:
Passcode: 932427
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Webinar ID: 960 2066 9004
Passcode: 932427
    International numbers available: https://marylandlibraries.zoom.us/u/aOdLgby1u

The presentation will also be broadcast on the Enoch Pratt Free Library Facebook page.  It can be watched after the broadcast on the library's Facebook Live. Click here for the Live video library.

Registration not required.