Genealogy: An Introduction to Discovering Your Heritage - With Professor Alan Steinfeld

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Teens, Adults, Seniors
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Have you wondered about your ancestry but haven’t known how to get started in researching your family tree? Do you have some old family photos and stories but don’t know how to let them tell a story? Then this class is for you. Learn why genealogy has become a popular pastime and how the personal computer and internet have revolutionized the hobby. Find out what questions to ask of your family members, where to look for more information and how to store and present what you have learned.

Presenter Alan Steinfeld has been exploring his family’s genealogy for over 40 years. A native of New York City, he traces his ancestry to Russia and the Austro-Hungarian Empire. His studies have turned up over 2500 relatives and have stimulated a book on the subject as well as a family newsletter, now in its 30th year. His support of the larger genealogy community includes participation in the indexing of records for the JewishGen Online Worldwide Burial Registry and the American Jewish Historical Society. He has written articles published in Avotaynu, the International Journal of Jewish Genealogy and contributed a chapter to the book, Every Family Has a Story. Alan has taught genealogy to students of all ages. He has helped dozens of people develop their own family trees and co-authored and published a family history with one of his students. He also uses his genealogy expertise as a volunteer with the Dobbs Ferry Historical Society. Before his retirement, Dr. Steinfeld was a Professor of Radiation Oncology at New York University. He lives with his wife, Rena, in Scarsdale.