Announcement: JGS of Palm Beach County

DATE:  Sunday March 7, 2010  
TIME:  11:30 AM-3:00 PM
  Crown Plaza Hotel, Belvedere Road, West Palm Beach. Fl
FEE: members $25, guests $30 (reservations required by February 27)
PARKING: free valet parking
GUEST SPEAKER:  John Martino, VP Special Project Coordinator Italian Genealogy Group

John Martino, VP Special Project Coordinator, Italian Genealogy Group, will be the guest speaker at the Annual Lunch and Learn of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Palm Beach County, Inc. The luncheon is scheduled for Sunday, March 7, 2010 at the Crown Plaza Hotel,West Palm Beach, FL. Registration begins at 11:30 AM with lunch and speaker to follow.

Martino, JGS NY Vice-President Special Projects, Italian Genealogical Group has received an award from Jewish Genealogical Society NY, and his Society is the recipient of the Malcolm Stern Award from the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies for his exceptional work in developing research data bases.

John, whose topic is You Do Not Have to Be Italian to Be in the Italian Genealogical Group's Database will discuss how his 1200 worldwide volunteers created a variety of databases in New York and New Jersey and how the same can be done in Boston, Detroit, Philadelphia Chicago and elsewhere.

He will talk about the many Naturalization Records, and County, Federal, and NYC Vital Records now available on the IGG data bases that have helped many genealogists from all over the United States and the world. He will explain how to use the databases and how they were created. This information includes data for Jewish Genealogists not found elsewhere.

John Martino is one of the founding members of the Italian Genealogical Group, which was organized in 1990. He has visited Italy twice and has researched his family’s history back to 1572. Since his retirement in 2000, he has devoted most of his time to organizing volunteers to create databases. He first helped the Jewish Genealogy Society of New York with the Kings County Naturalizations. From there he did the Suffolk and Nassau County Naturalization. He then computerized the Bronx County Naturalizations, went on to the Federal records, computerized the Southern District Naturalization, and is currently working on the Eastern District Naturalization. The Commissioner of the Department of Records & Information Services, Brian Andersson, approached John to computerize the vital records at the Municipal Archives. John and his team have computerized the death records for New York City 1891 to 1929 and the Groom Index for 1895 to 1936.

For more information contact
Phyllis Frank, Reservation Chairperson 561-637-9807
or Don Hirschhorn, Chairman 561-883-8566

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