Our Past 2024 Events

Sunday, January 14, 2024 at 1:30 pm

(1 pm for Schmoozing and Mentoring)

Zoom Meeting


Speaker: Ava Cohn aka Sherlock Cohn, The Photo Genealogist

Known professionally as Sherlock Cohn, The Photo Genealogist, Ava has been the go-to expert on Jewish family photographs since 2009. She is internationally-known with an ever-growing list of clients from Europe, America, Israel, Australia, Canada, Germany, UK and other countries. A Brandeis University graduate, her background includes the study of decorative arts, art history, history of photography and costume/theatre history. In addition to being a popular speaker and writer on the pairing of photography and genealogy, Ava is a collector of 19th and 20th century photographs of all kinds. She is a member of JGSI and has explored her own roots in Canada, Belarus, Ukraine, Romania and the Austro-Hungarian Empire.She can be reached at her email: sherlock.cohn@comcast.net or on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/SherlockCohn


Topic: Clued-In: More Cases from Sherlock Cohn, The Photo Genealogist

The best way to learn how to analyze family photographs is by example. This new presentation, a sequel to the popular “Case Studies from Sherlock Cohn”, will present more cases to illustrate the methodology of Photo Genealogy. The program is designed to help participants explain the mystery photographs found in their shoeboxes, jewelry boxes and photo albums. After a brief discussion of the types of questions needed to be asked of every photograph, Sherlock will present a variety of her most challenging cases among the thousands she has analyzed since 2009. Depending on time, cases may include “The Case of the Mystery Pin”, “The Case of the Lady in the Locket”, “The Case of the Trombonist’s Mum”, “The Case of the Bialystoker Photographer”, “The Case of the Onboard Mystery”, “The Case of the DP Monument”. Mysteries will be chosen that represent common problems genealogists face in deciphering the clues found in their family photographs including how to accurately date a photograph, how to identify individuals in photographs, how to determine the correct generation and how to interpret clues from the past. Whether the participant is new to exploring family photographs or a seasoned veteran of photo sleuthing, there will be more tips and tricks on how to get the most information from their photographs.

Sunday, February 11, 2024 at 1:30 pm

(1 pm for Schmoozing and Mentoring)

Zoom Meeting


Speaker: Adina Newman, Professional Genealogist and Educator

Dr. Adina Newman, EdD,  the creator of My Family Genie, is a professional genealogist and educator. Her specialties include Jewish genealogy, genetic genealogy, social media, and New England, and she presents on these topics in a variety of venues, from major genealogy conferences to local genealogy societies. Her findings have received international media attention, such as mentions in The Daily Mail, Washington Post, AP News, TODAY, People, and The Times of Israel, and she has made appearances on several news outlets such as NPR and I24NEWS. She co-founded the DNA Reunion Project, a program to raise awareness about the potential of DNA testing within the Holocaust survivor community and provide survivors and their children with commercial DNA tests. She volunteers as a moderator for a Jewish genetic genealogy Facebook group and on the program committee for her local Jewish genealogical society. She was also a 2020 recipient of the AncestryProGenealogists scholarship. Website: https://www.myfamilygenie.com/

Topic: #Genealogy: Incorporating Social Media into Your Genealogical Research

Social media has become an essential tool for genealogists in the 21st century. Through platforms like Facebook, X, Instagram, Linkedin, and TikTok, genealogists have limitless opportunities for expanding research, learning new skills, and collaborating with other researchers. Whether a social media novice or seasoned expert, everyone will walk away from this presentation with new ideas for incorporating social media into their genealogical research and practice.