Welcome to the Jewish Genealogical Society of Oregon


The Jewish Genealogical Society of Oregon 

Ava Cohen.jpgInvites you, your family and friends 

to the September 14, 2014 

Program Meeting 

1:00PM (doors open at 12:30) 

Ahavath Achim, 3225 SW Barbur Blvd.,

Portland, OR   


Sherlock cohenClued In: Case Studies from 

The Photo Genealogist

Step aside NCIS and CSI!  There are no greater detectives than genealogists when it comes to loving the hunt for information about our ancestors, and no greater tool to find out about the people and the personalities in our family trees than through our family photographs.  In this fun and informative talk, Sherlock Cohn, the Jewish genealogy sleuth, will explore how and why it is important to find the clues our ancestors left for us in their photographic portraits.  The program leads off with a definition of Photo Genealogy and explodes common myths about dating Jewish photos.  Participants will learn what clues an expert looks for in photos, how to organize your approach to dating and interpreting photos and how to match photo information with vital records to tell the stories within the photos. 

In the second half of the program, Sherlock will present two of her challenging cases.  In the true cerebral style of a Basil Rathbone (or Benedict Cumberbatch) character, she’ll offer examples of how accurate photo dating, identification of individuals in our photos, knowledge of fashion and decorative arts, and the process of matching photographs with vital records can illuminate our relatives’ lives and the social context in which their photos were taken. 

Sherlock Cohn aka Ava Cohn is a professional genealogist who brings a lifelong fascination with heirloom photographs and a multidisciplinary approach to photo dating and interpretation.  She has a degree from Brandeis University with coursework in decorative arts, art history, and costume history at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. 

Please come early if you would like help from other genealogists. 

Cost: The program is free to 2014 JGSO members. We request a $5 contribution from non-members. That fee can be applied to a membership should you decide to join JGSO at this meeting. 

For more information about the program, please write to jgsoregon@gmail.com or call Barbara Hershey at 503-249-1976.


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If you did not attend the JGSO June 8 program. You missed a lot. We had two entertaining and information packed presentations by professional genealogist Jordan Auslander – one on Gazetteers for the Kingdom of Hungary and one on Researching New York City resources, remotely. And then there was the excellent catered brunch. (Many thanks to Marcia Freed for overseeing and coordinating the brunch and the many others who helped with the set up for the brunch).
Here are links for the two handouts provided by Jordan.

Gazetteers & Research In The Kingdom Of Hungary ©2014 by Jordan Auslander

RESEARCHING NEW YORK CITY RESOURCES REMOTELY ©2014 by Jordan Auslander

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Five slices of Jewish life in Portland.
All photos courtesy Oregon Jewish Museum.
Feel free to comment on these photos at JGSOregon@gmail.com.
(Click on each photo for larger image)


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South Portland
 Football team 1915
OJM 5081 - Courtesy Oregon Jewish Museum
Young men and women at a social gathering. c.1925Young men and women at a social gathering.  c.1925
Max Simon, Morton J. Goodman, Rabbi Alvin Fine, Sam Solomon, Hilda Simon, Leo Levinson, Irvin Goodman

OJM 01910 - Courtesy Oregon Jewish Museum
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Golden Age Club meeting at the Neighborhood House 1949
Mrs. Wendla Sand
OJM 163 - Courtesy Oregon Jewish Museum
images/OJM02266t.jpgBoys studying Torah. n.d.
Teacher Asher Etinger
Copyright William Galen, OJM 2266 - Courtesy Oregon Jewish Museum
images/OJM04052t.jpgNeighborhood House May Court for the Rose Festival 1928
Minnie Berg (or maybe Mona Pautel), Grace Rogoway, ? Leopold, Helen Wolfman, ? Goldstein
OJM 4052 - Courtesy Oregon Jewish Museum


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