In this talk as Dvorah shares her own journey, attendees will learn how to trace orphan ancestors through go-to genealogical records, like census and city directories, as well as the types of records created by the orphanages themselves from annual reports to internal newsletters. Researching orphanage records is what originally sparked Dvorah's interest in conducting her own genealogical research.
About the speaker:
Dvorah Lewis joined the California State Library in June of 2017 as the Genealogy & Local History Librarian as the Sutro Library. She is also a board member for the San Francisco Bay Area Jewish Genealogical Society. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in English with a minor in Jewish Studies at UC Irvine and earned her Master's in Library & Information Science at UCLA. Her passion for archives and genealogy was inspired by an interview with her great Aunt Essie, the then eldest member of her family. She is excited to help researchers learn how to navigate the State Library’s extraordinary collections and resources. Dvorah feels that by preserving the past we can understand the present and bring positive change to the future.
More about the History and Genealogy in Sonoma County:
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