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Sunday April 26, 2015
Save the date for our next meeting!
Please join us on Sunday, April 26, 2015, at 1:30 p.m. at the Pikesville Library’s meeting room, when guest speaker Ava Cohn presents “Clued-In: Case Studies from Sherlock Cohn, The Photo Genealogist.”

In this fun and informative talk, Sherlock Cohn, the Jewish genealogy sleuth, will explore how and why it is important to find the clues our ancestors left us in their photographic portraits. The program leads off with a definition of photo genealogy and explodes common myths about dating Jewish photos. Participants will learn what clues an expert looks for, how to organize your approach to dating and interpreting photos, and how to match photo information with vital records.

Sherlock will present two of her challenging cases to show how accurate dating, photo identification, knowledge of fashion, and matching records can shed light on our relatives’ lives and the social context in which their photos were taken.

There will be time at the end for members to have Ava analyze family photos—only one photo per person, please! (Should there be more photos than Ava has time to analyze in an hour, we will randomly choose which photos Ava will examine.)

Ava Cohn brings a lifelong experience with heirloom photos and a multidisciplinary approach to photo dating and interpretation. A native of upstate New York, currently residing in the Chicago area, she has a degree from Brandeis University with coursework in decorative arts, art history, and costume history at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Recognizing the need for accurate dating of Jewish family photographs, combined with specialized knowledge of immigrant and Eastern European culture and traditions, she devotes her work, almost exclusively, to Jewish family photographs. Cohn is a speaker and writer whose articles have appeared in many Jewish genealogy publications.

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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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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