Announcement: JGS of Palm Beach County

Posted by Jacqueline Fineblit


Wednesday, March 9, 2011


South County Civic Center, 16700 Jog Road, Delray Beach, FL

12:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Non-members--$5 (guest fee may be applied toward membership dues)

"Clued-In: Case Studies from Sherlock Cohn, The Photo Genealogist"

Ava Cohn

Ava Cohn, The Photo Genealogist is the guest speaker at the March 9 meeting of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Palm Beach County. The meeting will be held at the South County Civic Center, 16700 Jog Road, Delray Beach, FL.

Ms Cohn aka Sherlock Cohn, The Photo Genealogist, brings a lifelong fascination with heirloom photographs and a multidisciplinary background to photo dating and interpretation.

As Sherlock Cohn, the Jewish genealogy sleuth, she will demonstrate how and why it is important to mine the clues our ancestors left in their photos. Whether families came from Poland, Belarus, Ukraine, Galicia, Romania, Germany or other parts of Eastern Europe or the world, whether they were Ashkenazic or Sephardic, they left very personal records of their lives in the photographs and portraits for which they sat. Analyzing Jewish family photographs presents unique challenges unlike those of any other ethnic groups.

“Sherlock” will show how accurate photo dating, photo identification, knowledge of fashion and artifact history, and matching of vital records can illuminate relatives’ lives, and help solve some of the vexing family genealogy mysteries.

Cohn has made it her mission to help as many Jewish genealogists as possible to recover the personal information that their ancestors knew when they had their portraits originally taken and as such, specializes in the period of most Jewish photographs, 1880-1960.

Ms. Cohn holds a BA degree in Theatre Arts from Brandeis University with coursework in decorative arts, art history, and costume history at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.
A former marketing executive, she has been studying her family history as a hobby for over 30 years and full time since 2005.

The Poland/Belarus Special Interest Group will meet 11:30 am-12:15 pm in Rooms 1 and 2 with Paul Baranik and Marvin Lopatin, 11:30 am-12:15 pm

Genealogy mentors are available after the presentation. Guests are welcome. There is a guest fee of $5 for those who wish to attend either the Special Interest Group or the general meeting. The guest fee may be applied toward membership dues.

For meeting information contact:
Sylvia Nusinov, (561) 483-1060
Marilyn Newman, (561) 775-4920

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