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Sunday June 26, 2016
Save the date for our next meeting!
Please join us on Sunday, June 26, 2016, at 1:30 p.m. at the Hadassah meeting room, 3723 Old Court Rd (Dumbarton Offices entrance), Pikesville, for our next program, “Relatives, Cold Calls and Emails, & DNA Testing,” presented by Mindie Kaplan. This program provides techniques for reaching out to relatives, including those who are reluctant to meet with a stranger, and provides examples that will expand your research.
  • Relatives: What can living relatives add to my research? How do you contact “uninterested” relatives, starting a conversation that will get them to open up? Covered issues: family gatherings, preparation, audio/video recording, photos/scanning, documentation, and ethics.
  • Cold calls: How do you find people? How do you reach out to strangers and convince them to talk? How do phone techniques differ from emails or social sites such as Facebook? What if they think you’re a con artist? How can you build a relationship that will turn into a number of conversations, leading to more relatives?
  • DNA testing: How do you ask someone to take a DNA test? Who pays? What are some factors that will get them interested in participating?

Mindie Kaplan has been involved in Jewish genealogy for more than 20 years. Her family tree currently consists of 3000 individuals. When printed (including stories and biographies), it comprises 173 pages for the Splaver side and 99 pages for the Entes side. She has years of experience reaching out to distant family members to learn their stories, discover old photographs, and obtain DNA samples with the goal of putting together the story of her family. Mindie has attended nearly every IAJGS conference since 2003 and is involved with the Jewish Genealogy Society of Greater Washington.
The program is free for paid members and $5 for non-members (applied to membership fee when a visitor joins JGSMD) after their first meeting. Refreshments will be available. Please check our web site at www.jgsmd.org for late updates and for the time, location, and program of future meetings.
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Upcoming Programs

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News Tidbits

JGS Maryland has been reconstituted!
JGSMD had its initial meeting on Sunday August 18, 2013 to see if there was interest in the group's reconstituting. The turnout was overwhelming, with 31 people attending with only a few days' notice. Look forward to new programming over the next year!
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