What's new in resources for researching Central and Eastern Europe

  • Speaker: Hadassah Lipsius, Rhoda Miller, Chuck Weinstein
  • Lecture Date: 03-26-2017

Getting started: Finding and interpreting census and vital records

  • Speaker: Randi Koenig
  • Lecture Date: 03-26-2017

Discovering immigration and naturalization records

  • Speaker: Avrum Geller
  • Lecture Date: 03-26-2017

Jewish Families Yesterday, Today - And Tomorrow?

  • Speaker: Jonathan Boyarin
  • Lecture Date: 02-12-2017

DNA Leads an Adopted Daughter to Her Birth Mother: Kelly's Story - Karen Franklin, Kelly Moore

  • Speaker: Karen Franklin and Kelly Moore
  • Lecture Date: 12-17-2016

Summary

Long Island's Jewish History

  • Speaker: Rhoda Miller
  • Lecture Date: 10-30-2016

DNA.Land and Genetic Genealogy

  • Speaker: Dr. Yaniv Erlich
  • Lecture Date: 09-18-2016

You've Found The Town Name - Now What?

  • Speaker: Phyllis Kramer
  • Lecture Date: 06-26-2016

Leo Baeck Institute Family History Success Stories

  • Speaker: Karen Franklin, Michael Simonson, Moriah Amit
  • Lecture Date: 05-15-2016

Forgetting Fathers: Untold Stories from an Orphaned Past

  • Speaker: David Marshall, PhD
  • Lecture Date: 04-17-2016

Description

Award-winning author David Marshall will speak about his book, "Forgetting Fathers: Untold Stories from an Orphaned Past," which has been described by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. as an “un-forgettable detective story born in a deeply felt, personal quest to solve the mystery of his grandfather’s name.” Marshall weaves together the stories of his grandfather and great-grandfather with his own quest to solve the mystery of his family’s past. Beginning as a search for his lost family name, he seeks to understand the origins of his grandfather, who spent part of his childhood in the Hebrew Orphan Asylum of the City of New York. He also reconstructs the life and death of his great-grandfather, a Russian immigrant tailor who lived on the Lower East Side and died at age thirty-six in a private sanitarium dedicated to the treatment of mental and nervous diseases.
In addition to discussing his book, Marshall will talk about the compulsion to search for life stories and the challenge of reconstructing family histories from public documents, historical records, family stories, and memories, especially when families preferred to forget rather than remember their pasts.

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