On Tuesday, December 14, from 7:00 t0 9:00 p.m., the Newton Free Library is hosting a viewing of the program “Who Do You Think You Are” featuring Zoe Wanamaker. It will be presented in the Druker Auditorium (first doors on your left as you come into the library from the parking lot.) Following the showing, there will be a question and answer session on researching family history led by Carol Clingan, Vice President of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Boston.
This episode of “Who Do You Think You Are” is from the original British version, not the recently aired American series. The program shows how Zoe Wanamaker, a British-American actress, researches her father’s past in America and his reasons for emigrating to Great Britain. She then tracks her grandfather, Maurice, a Russian Jew who settled in Chicago. Ultimately she is able to follow her family name back to the Ukraine. Whether you are already well into your family history research or just starting to trace your family tree, you should find both the film and the question and answer session that follows informative and useful.
On Tuesday, January 11th, beginning at 7:00 p.m. in Druker Auditorium, there will be an additional program, an Introduction to Jewish Genealogy. Cary Aufseeser, a member of the Board of the Jewish Genealogical Society, will be the presenter. He began his own genealogical research in 2002 and has been able to trace some of his family lines back to the Middle Ages.
All are welcome. No reservations are needed. If you are (or want to become) involved in your own family search, you should take advantage of the opportunity offered by these two programs. You do not have to have Jewish ancestors to find the information given here extremely relevant to your own journey of discovery.