Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois

“How I Do Genealogy: Starting Research and Beginning to Gather Information” by Barry Finkel

  • 25 Jan 2015
  • 12:30 PM
  • Temple Beth-El, 3610 Dundee Rd, Northbrook
Program: Sunday, January 25, 2015 Program starts 2:00 p.m

“How I Do Genealogy: Starting Research and Beginning to Gather Information” is the topic of a presentation by Barry Finkel, corresponding secretary of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois, planned for the Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, JGSI meeting.

The program will begin at 2 p.m. at Temple Beth-El, 3610 Dundee Rd., Northbrook, Ill. The JGSI meeting facilities at Temple Beth-El will open at 12:30 p.m. to accommodate members who want to use or borrow genealogy library materials, get help with genealogy websites or ask genealogical questions before the main program begins. For more information, visit phone 312-666-0100.

Barry Finkel, an experienced genealogist, will describe how he organizes family tree data, including the outline format he uses when gathering information. He will briefly describe the family tree database software that he and one of his brothers use to store and display their family tree. The presenter will also briefly mention some of the sources he uses in his research and will discuss some of the data files he keeps to aid in his research. In addition, he will describe the various kinds of Windows-compatible family tree software he uses as well as family tree charts.

Finkel has a bachelor of science degree in mathematics and a master of science degree in computer science, both from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He worked for more than 36 years in the computer center at Argonne National Laboratory, and in his retirement has devoted more time to working on genealogy.

He started doing genealogy in the mid-1960s, stopped for a time, and resumed in 1991. At that time, his brother in Kentucky decided to put their family genealogy into a computer. His brother designed the database, entered the data from Barry’s hand-drawn trees, and their genealogy began expanding by leaps-and-bounds.

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