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Sunday April 21, 2024
Save the date for our next meeting!
Please join us virtually on Sunday April 21, 2024 at 1:30PM for†Lisa Belkin's presentation, "Finding the Story in the Dusty Documents."

Zoom information will be sent out the week before the meeting to JGSMD members.

So you have your stack of documents. How do you make them "come to life"? What hints do they hold that allow you to "see" your ancestors and understand them? Lisa Belkin is a longtime journalist, who began with a few documents a decade ago and used them to write Genealogy of a Murder, a book spanning four families, three generations, and... one murder. "It reads like fiction" reviewers say, and yet every word is documented and true. If your goal is not just to fill the tree, find the facts, break the brick wall, but also to weave what you learn into a compelling narrative tale, Belkin will show you where to look and how to start.

Known for tales that are deeply researched and artfully told, Lisa Belkinís career spans nearly three decades at The New York Times (mostly at the Magazine, also as creator of the Lifeís Work column and Motherlode blog) and four narrative non-fiction books (including her latest, GENEALOGY OF A MURDER, and also SHOW ME A HERO, which became an Golden Globe award winning HBO miniseries.) When not writing narrative non-fiction, she is teaching it, at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
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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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