23 | Jan
23 | Jan

family history today: genealogy programs at the center

Case Studies from Sherlock Cohn, The Photo Genealogist

In this fun and informative workshop, Sherlock Cohn, the internationally-known Jewish genealogy sleuth, will demonstrate how and why it is important to mine the clues our ancestors left for us in their photographs. The first part of the program will focus on understanding how immigration and assimilation, as well as religious customs and practices of our Jewish ancestors, help us learn more about the personalities and the stories hidden within our family photos. In the second portion of the program, Sherlock will use case studies, including one from Yeshiva University Museum’s current exhibition, Lost and Found – A Family Photo Album, to illustrate how photo dating, photo identification, knowledge of fashion and artifact history, and matching vital records can illuminate our relatives’ lives and help us solve some of our vexing genealogy mysteries. At the conclusion, she will help workshop attendees begin the process of analyzing their own family photos.

If you plan to attend this workshop and have a family photo you would like Sherlock Cohn to analyze, please read the photo submission guidelines here.

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

Ticket Info: Free RSVP at sherlockcohn.bpt.me or 800-838-3006

Tickets: Available online

family history today: genealogy programs at the center

Group Visits and Instructional Sessions

The Ackman & Ziff Family Genealogy Institute at the Center for Jewish History welcomes groups and classes of all ages and backgrounds. Visitors may learn how to begin tracing their roots, explore primary sources useful to genealogy research, and gain hands-on experience searching for their ancestors in online databases. We have provided personalized sessions for: high school, undergraduate, and graduate classes, non-profit organizations/societies, and senior centers. All sessions can be customized for a variety of needs and group specifications.

Potential sessions can include:

  • Orientation to genealogy research and resources at the Center for Jewish History.
  • Introduction to using archival sources in genealogy research.
  • Exploration of a selected genealogy topic using collection materials.

If you are interested in learning more please fill out the form and we will be in touch.

Information on general tours can be found here.