Jewish Genealogy Society of Cleveland
Listed below are descriptions of selected programs we
held in 2015
September 2, 2015
Sunny Lane Morton
Urban Genealogy: How to Research Big-City Relatives.
Big cities have their own way of doing everything,
including keeping and storing records. From the author of several
of Family Tree Magazine’s City Guides, learn how to find records
in large urban centers. Sunny Morton spoke about finding and using
city directories, street maps, address locators, city v. county
vital records, insurance atlases and more. She presented a series
of great tips on these well-known but underused sources and see
From Latvia to Geneva—Memories of Molly
Local feature writer Jerry Pockar has a rare gift
for storytelling and shares it with members and guests at our August
meeting. Often his best subjects are ordinary people who have something
extraordinary to say about their life experiences. People like Molly
Kravitz who at the age of 96 received national media attention as
the oldest of 10 women to participate in a group bat mitzvah at
Menorah Park. Pockar, a volunteer for Hospice of the Western Reserve,
has met over the past few years with 35 patients, often in the last
stages of life, who want to document their personal histories. Learn
how documenting life stories can have special meaning for loved
ones and honor the lives of family members.
Geraldine Powers Volper
"Letters from Gelvan"
Ms. Powers discussed her new book, which is about
22 Yiddish letters written between 1909 and 1925 from her grandfather
in Lithuania to her father in Cleveland.