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Sunday, April 28
What's New and Relevant in Technology for Genealogists? with Dina Carson  (Programs)
9:30 am to 12:00 pm
Denver Academy of Torah (DAT), 6825 E Alameda Ave, Denver
High Tech Genealogy: What's New and Cool Out There?
DNA is one of the latest and greatest tools in the genealogist's toolbox, and there are new tools coming along all the time. Traveling for genealogical research offers opportunities for learning what you could not learn any other way, but did you know that there are new tools that help you record and share what you've learned easily? There are also some new and cool tools to keep your research backed up, and if you're drowning in a sea of photographs that need to be scanned, named, fixed and catalogued, fear not, there are new tools for that too!
 
This program is free for members and $10 for nonmembers. Nonmembers can buy a ticket using a credit card at https://squareup.com/store/jewish-genealogical-society-of-colorado (preferred), send a check to JGSCO, or pay at the door.
 
Please note DAT's policies allow you to bring in drinks such as water or coffee, etc., but outside food cannot be brought onto their premises.



Sunday, May 19
Clued-In: Interpreting Real Photo Postcards from the Diaspora with Ava Sherlock Cohn  (Programs)
9:30 am to 12:00 pm
Denver Academy of Torah (DAT), 6825 E Alameda Ave, Denver
As our ancestors moved throughout the world, they preserved their legacy with photographs sent or delivered to
relatives in many other countries. Older studio portraits gave the impression of stability and permanence while
newly introduced postcards often showed fleeting slices of life, perhaps en route from one place to another or from
our ancestors’ own home base. This talk, another in the “Clued-In” series from Sherlock Cohn, explores how Real
Photo Postcards (RPPCs) were used by our relatives in such diverse places as Israel, South America, Russia,
Romania, America, England, France and many other countries. We’ll learn what RPPCs are, how to date them, how
to determine the place they were sent from, and what clues to look for that give us a greater understanding of the
“new” technological invention that transformed how our families communicated, both in their formal and informal
portraits. Sherlock will present two of the cases she is working on to help identify individuals who are pictured on
postcards and how to reunite the image with the families’ descendants.
 
Who is Sherlock Cohn?
Ava Cohn, aka Sherlock Cohn, The Photo Genealogist, is an  internationally-known professional genealogist who specializes in the dating, identification, and interpretation of  family photographs and portraits.  Working with professional genealogists as well as those interested in learning more about their family history, she uses a multidisciplinary approach that combines knowledge of immigrant and European cultures and traditions along with research-based fashion, family histories and vital records to tell the background stories within our heirloom photographs.
Ava has a degree from Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts, with studies in decorative arts, art history, and costume history at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England.   She is a popular speaker and writer whose articles have appeared in numerous genealogy publications.  On her article in the Fall 2010 issue of AvotaynuThe International Journal of Jewish Genealogy, publisher Gary Mokotoff wrote, “ I had always been cool to the idea that this aspect of family history research had much significance, but after reading the article, I became a convert.” Editor Sallyann Amdur-Sack Pikus, called it “a stunning tour-de-force.”
Ava maintains an extensive library of primary and secondary-source fashion, furniture, military uniform and history references. Her personal family history locales include Belarus, Ukraine, Russia, Romania and the Austrian Empire.
You can reach Sherlock Cohn, The Photo Genealogist, at Sherlock.cohn@comcast.net
This program is free for members and $10 for nonmembers. Nonmembers can buy a ticket using a credit card at https://squareup.com/store/jewish-genealogical-society-of-colorado (preferred), send a check to JGSCO, or pay at the door.
 
Please note DAT's policies allow you to bring in drinks such as water or coffee, etc., but outside food cannot be brought onto their premises.



Sunday, June 2 through Sunday, June 23
Annual Meeting with Brunch, Awards, Elections and Special Events - DATE TBD  (Programs)
10:00 am to 1:00 pm
TBD
Note:  Date to be determined
Fee for members and guests:  $15 per person
Join us for annual election of officers, sharing of your stories and discoveries over the past year.