How to Find Your Ancestors Without Leaving Your Kitchen Computer: An Introduction to Jewish Genealogy
Presented by Marilyn Okonow
Join us for an introductory lecture on how to begin researching your family history.
In addition to her role as Board Member of the Vilna, Marilyn Okonow is the Outreach Coordinator for the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Boston. She began her research in earnest seven years ago; she now has 2500 family members in her family file. She traveled to Poland in April 2010, when she visited her ancestral towns on her mother's side and found her great-grandfather's birth record from 1862. Marilyn is co-founder of the Vilna Shul Genealogical Project. Together with fellow genealogist and Board Member David Rosen, they have located over 500 living descendants of the original Vilna Shul founders from the early 1900's in the West End of Boston. Their work and three annual Descendants' Days at the Vilna have been featured in the Boston Globe and the Jewish Forward.
Marilyn's presentation will include helpful Internet sites and examples of documents that she has found for herself and others. You will be amazed at the documents and resources available- you just need to know where to look!
Join us at 6:30 PM for a tour of the historic Vilna Shul and learn a bit about its history!
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Public Transit, Driving, and Walking Directions:
Validated parking is available for $5 at the underground parking lot at the Charles River Plaza. Entrance is at 165 Cambridge Street. Please be advised that drivers must have their parking tickets stamped at the Vilna Shul in order to receive the reduced parking rate. Please note that this is not the lot at Whole Foods but rather the lot between Whole Foods and Au Bon Pain.
For detailed directions to the Vilna, please click the following link to our Hours, Directions, and Parking page of our website. If you have any questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (617) 523-2324.