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Two Talks: Sharon Zane – The Art of Taking an Oral History and Fay Bussgang – How I Put Together a Memoir

January 8, 2017 @ 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm EST

at Temple Emanuel


Oral histories can be a powerful tool for genealogists. This talk will present techniques of taking a good oral history: what to do and what not do, interviewing tips, how to handle sound equipment, the types of recording equipment available and how to handle them. Case studies drawn from the speaker’s own research will demonstrate how information, casual remarks, and other clues gathered in oral history interviews can lead to exciting, life-changing discoveries.

Sharon ZaneSharon Zane has been an oral historian for 35 years. She has completed oral history projects for large corporations, non-profit organizations, and individuals. In addition, she has authored publications based on her oral history work and has served on the board of the Oral History Association for the Mid-Atlantic Region. She is an enthusiastic long-time family genealogist.

Download or print out Sharon Zane’s  Handout.

Spotlight Talk: How I Put Together a Memoir and Prepared it for Publishing

fay-bussgangFay Bussgang will describe the mechanics of how she went about creating her new memoir and getting it ready for publication – in hopes of inspiring others to do the same with their memoirs and family histories. Fay is a former co-president of the JGSGB and an expert on Polish research, who previously edited and formatted two Yizkor books for JewishGen.org. Her new book is My Great Adventure: Europe 1954-55.

Admission is free for members, $5 for non-members. Refreshments will be served.

Special Interest Group (SIG) Meetings

Pre-lecture: 12:30 pm – 1:20 pm
Litvak-Baltic and Ukraine SIGs

Post-lecture (approx. 4:00 pm)
Belarus and Poland  SIGs



January 8, 2017
1:30 pm - 4:00 pm EST
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