Join us on December 28, 2014 when Barry Nove, author of "The Ellis Island Experience: A Sampling of Stories and How You Can Research Your Own" will speak about "Ellis Island and the Immigrant Experience." He will be sharing the story of how families from Europe came to the United States in the late 19th and early 20th Centuries, what documents you can find, and research tips to help you learn your family's story.
Barry will be giving a presentation which will include photos of the ships his ancestors came over on, share a replica manifest, and offer his book for sale after the program.
Barry Nove’s fascination with the Ellis Island experience began when work and hobby aligned and he organized the first family re-enactment tour of Ellis Island in the mid-1990s. In planning the program he met with the museum archivists, arranged period clothing for the participants, and learned about the experience his grandparents, great grandparents and relatives went through when they arrived in America. The tour of the Ellis Island Museum (120 people of all ages) was filmed by PBS as part of Ancestors, a 10-part series, which aired in 1997.
Barry Nove’s Ellis Island tales have appeared in anthologies. In 2014, he published, The Ellis Island Experience: A Sampling of Stories and How You Can Research You Own. He grew up in St. Louis, Missouri. He is Executive Director of Oseh Shalom in Laurel, Maryland, and is a member of the Jewish Genealogy Society of Greater Washington D.C. He currently lives in the greater Washington DC metropolitan area. Check out his Jewish genealogy blog on his website at www.BarryNove.us or follow him on twitter at @jewishgenealogy.
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