Thursday, January 30, 2014

How to Search Online to Break Down Genealogy Brick Walls

ORLANDO, FL, January 23, 2014 — Join the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Orlando (JGSGO) for a program featuring local Jewish genealogy mavens, Laurence “Larry” Morrell and Dave Rowitt, “How to Search Online to Break Down Genealogical Brick Walls ”.

Dave and Larry will walk through the techniques they used to assist members
r requests for help with breaking down their genealogical brick wall. They will provide friendly advice on searching,, and They will show attendees how a non-professional can use these sources in their searches. They will then hold an open Q&A session. 

Prior to the program, starting at 6:30pm, there will be time for newcomers to network and to receive free consulting assistance or mentoring from a Jewish genealogy maven

Laurence Morrell, an Orlando native of 71 years, has been engaged in genealogy research for 12 years. He has travelled to Poland and Hungary to see the places his ancestors lived, see the same rivers they saw, walk the same streets they walked, and see many of the same buildings they saw. He has over 1,000 names attached to his family tree and it continues to grow. An active member of the JGSGO, Larry served past president. He has attended two International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies (IAJGS) annual conferences. Larry has taught a beginners genealogy class at the Jewish Academy of Orlando and will teach  it again this Spring. Larry is a strong advocate of writing Ethical Wills and has spoken to groups about the importance of that topic.

Dave Rowitt has been researching his family for over ten years. It all started with a phone call from a second cousin who wanted to know more about their family. One question led to many and before he knew it, he was hooked on genealogy. Dave has discovered and located the vast majority of his family that resided in the U.S. Dave’s background as an Information Technology and Business Analyst for over 30 years has given him the skills to deeply probe the area of genealogy with proven results. He, along with his cousin, have identified nearly 3,000 members of their family -  leading to some intriguing family reunions.

DATE: Tuesday, February 4, 2014
TIME: 7:00pm - 9:00pm (6:30pm for networking and mavens)
ADMISSION: Open to the public. $5.00 for non-members. Free for members.

LOCATION: Jewish Community Center of Greater Orlando – Roth JCC – Maitland Campus, Senior Lounge, 851 N. Maitland Ave., Maitland, FL 32751.

About the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Orlando
The Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Orlando (JGSGO) is a not for profit organization dedicated to sharing genealogical information, techniques and research tools with anyone interested in Jewish genealogy and family history. Anyone may join JGSGO. Annual dues are $25 for an individual and $30 for a family. For more information visit our blog at , “like” us at  or call us at 407-494-4230.

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Contact Information: 
Marlis Humphrey
JGSGO VP Programs & Publicity