Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois

“Finding Your Kaplans” by Mindie Kaplan

  • 21 Mar 2021
  • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  • From the convenience of your home computer.

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Mindie Kaplan to share tips on researching common names on March 21, 2021

“Finding Your Kaplans” is the title of a webinar about researching common names for the Sunday, March 21, 2021, virtual meeting of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois. Mindie Kaplan’s live streaming presentation will begin at 2 p.m. Central Standard Time. (It will be preceded at 1 p.m. by a separate members-only genealogy question-and-answer discussion time.) 

Details about registering for this free event will be forthcoming. This webinar will be recorded so that JGSI’s paid members who are unable to view it live will be able to view the recording later.

For more information, see https://jgsi.org or phone 312-666-0100.

Mindie Kaplan has been involved in Jewish genealogy for more than 20 years. She has previously presented at the 2016, 2017, 2019 and 2020 IAJGS International Jewish Genealogy Conferences, given presentations at local JGS societies and attended nearly every IAJGS conference since 2003. Her blog is at http://mindiekaplan.blogspot.com.

Mindie says a genealogy research project often requires a family historian to try to answer such questions as: Where do I look for Harry Glassman in NYC? What happened to Max Kaplan’s daughter Eva? How do I know that I have found the right ship manifest? This live session will present case studies of how to research common names in different cities and time periods in the U.S., tips for breaking through brick walls, and how to confirm your findings with traditional methods. Mindie will also discuss when and how to use stories, photos, DNA, and other non-paper resources. You’ll walk away with a list of concrete techniques that can help you find that elusive ancestor, she says.

The Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping members collect, preserve, and perpetuate the records and history of their ancestors. JGSI is a resource for the worldwide Jewish community to research their Chicago-area roots. The JGSI motto is “Members Helping Members Since 1981.” The group has more than 300 members and is affiliated with the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies.

JGSI members have access to useful and informative online family history research resources, including a members’ forum, more than 65 video recordings of past speakers’ presentations, monthly JGSI E-News, quarterly Morasha JGSI newsletter, and much more. Members as well as non-members can look for their ancestors on the free searchable JGSI Jewish Chicago Database,

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