Free program will give you tools to uncover your history!
The value of l’dor v’dor – from generation to generation – links our history with that of our ancestors. It refers to continuity and responsibility of passing on the customs, heritage, and collective memory of those who came before us. With the advancement in science and technology, investigating the generations before us is more exciting than ever!
Learn how to discover your roots and how to document your family history in a free, five-part genealogy series presented by Jewish Family Services and The Heritage Center of the Jewish Community Center (The J). Ron Doctor, Ph.D., will facilitate the five, one-hour monthly sessions. All sessions explore a distinct topic in genealogy and takes place 1-2 p.m. in the MAC Room of the Jewish Community Campus, 5801 W. 115th St. in Overland Park.
The first session in the five-part series will be held Thursday, May 23, with the topic “Genetic Genealogy: You’ve taken a DNA test. Now what do you do?” The presentation will begin with a discussion of DNA basics. This will help you understand the various tests, what they reveal and what to do with the results. Doctor will talk about the various testing companies and the services they provide.
Additional programs and their descriptions include:
- June 13 – “Exploring JewishGen, Part 1: JewishGen is the online gateway to Jewish genealogy connecting hundreds of thousands of people researching their Jewish ancestry. It offers databases, education, and services that are not available elsewhere. Learn how to explore JewishGen’s resources and how to use its key facilities for developing your family history.
- July 11 – “Exploring JewishGen, Part 2”: Continue exploring JewishGen with in-depth looks at country and region specific webpages like Jewish Records Indexing Poland (JRI-Poland), Litvak Special Interest Group, Ukraine SIG, Belarus SIG and Hungary SIG. Learn how to tap into JewishGen’s translation and education services, and how to connect with other people whose research interests are similar to yours.
- August 8 – “Getting the most from Ancestry, MyHeritage and FamilySearch”: Learn how to use these three important online resources and explore the databases and services they offer. Learn techniques for doing basic searches and methods for making search results more relevant to your needs.
- September 12 – “Putting it all together in your Family Tree software”: Family Tree computer programs help you record and display the data you’ve found. They also have many features that make genealogy research more enjoyable. This session explores one of these programs, RootsMagic. Learn tips and tricks to get the most from the program and how to link people in your family tree to data in major online databases.
Attend one or all the sessions!
A passionate teacher of genealogy, Doctor has been interested in the subject for a number of years. When Doctor earned his Ph.D. in nuclear engineering in 1967, he became known as “Dr. Doctor”. He would not learn until many years later that in so doing he was mirroring his ancestors, who also had a surname that reflected their professions.
Near the end of his lengthy career in the energy industry and as a professor, Doctor began researching his genealogy. His work resulted in a lifetime achievement award from the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies.