Elise Friedman

EVENT DESCRIPTION: It's never too late to begin researching your family history, and genealogy records have never been more accessible than they are today. Every day, records that were hiding in state and national archives, vital records offices, courthouses and crumbling newspapers are being digitized, indexed and made available on genealogy websites. Locating your family's immigration records used to require a trip to the U.S. National Archives or your local Family History Center and hours of cranking through microfilm. Today, you can search for those same records and many others on your home computer. This lecture series offers a comprehensive introduction to researching your family history. You'll learn: (1) how to get started, (2) major types of genealogy records, where to find them and what types of information are provided by them, (3) tips and tricks for searching for elusive relatives and records, (4) using genealogical DNA testing to aid your genealogy research, (5) next steps for continuing your genealogy research and genealogy education. PowerPoint presentations and live internet searches will be given. Attendees will leave the series with a comprehensive understanding of how to conduct their own genealogical research.

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Elise Friedman is a professional genealogist, specializing in Jewish genealogy, genetic genealogy, and technology. She has given lectures and workshops in a variety of venues, ranging from local genealogy and community meetings, to national genealogy conferences. She has researched her own family history for more than 10 years, and has roots in Belarus, Poland, Russia and the former Galicia region of Ukraine.

Ms. Friedman is actively engaged in the genetic genealogy community, where she works as a consultant for Family Tree DNA, developed a series of genetic genealogy webinars, volunteers as JewishGen’s DNA Projects Coordinator, serves as volunteer administrator for several DNA studies, and co-authored a genetic genealogy case study that was published in the AVOTAYNU and FORUM genealogy journals.

Ms. Friedman is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, Genealogical Speakers Guild, International Society of Genetic Genealogy and Jewish Genealogical Society of Palm Beach County. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering from The Pennsylvania State University, and is a former Information Technology professional.

Time: 4:00 pm - 5:45 pm
Date: Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Location: Barry and Florence Friedberg Auditorium, Boca Raton Campus
Fees: Member advance registration - $20 per event
$50 for any combination of three events
$100 for any combination of seven events
Door price member/non-member - $25