JGASGP Monthly Meeting and Steve Schecter Annual Memorial Lecture
Date: Sunday, December 15, 2019
Research Help and Registration: 1:00 PM-1:30 PM
Lecture: 1:30 PM
Location: Main Line Reform Temple
410 Montgomery Ave. Wynnewood, PA 19096
Speaker: Miriam Weiner, Genealogist, Author and “Creator of the Consolidated Eastern European Archival Database”
In 1989, Miriam Weiner accepted an invitation from the Polish National Tourist Office to visit the Polish archives as preparation for arranging genealogy tours to Poland. That visit led to a 30-year career working in the archives of Poland, Ukraine, Moldova, Belarus and Lithuania. On December 15, 2019, Miriam Weiner will give a presentation about her extraordinary and unpredictable odyssey as she “walked in the footsteps of her ancestors.”
In 1991, “The Jewish Week” in New York referred to Miriam as “The genealogist who lifted the archival iron curtain” and in 1998, “The Forward” referred to her as “The Indiana Jones of pre- war Polish Jewry.”
This lecture will focus on Ukraine (current borders) and include anecdotes about the dangers, discoveries and delights of navigating the complexities of the former Soviet Union. Miriam was the first Jewish genealogist to collaborate officially, by contract, with the archives in the foregoing countries to produce her two award-winning books and website at www.rtrfoundation.org.
Miriam is well known for her handouts and attendees at this lecture will not be disappointed!