Monday, March 27, 2006

Speaker Spotlight: Gary Mokotoff

Gary Mokotoff is an author, lecturer and leader of Jewish-American genealogy. He will be giving two lectures at the conference of interest to persons with Jewish ancestry: Beginning Jewish Genealogy and How to Document Victims and Locate Survivors of the Holocaust.
Keep Reading About Gary Mokotoff

Gary’ credentials are extensive. He is the first person to receive the ALifetime Achievement Award@ of the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies (IAJGS). He is the author of a number of books including the award-winning Where Once We Walked, a gazetteer which provides information about 23,000 towns in central and eastern Europe where Jews lived before the Holocaust, How to Document Victims and Locate Survivors of the Holocaust, and Getting Started in Jewish Genealogy.

Mokotoff is also known for his application of computers to genealogy. Among his accomplishments is co-authorship of the Daitch-Mokotoff soundex system; the JewishGen Family Finder, a database of ancestral towns and surnames being researched by some 50,000 Jewish genealogists throughout the world and the Consolidated Jewish Surname Index. He is publisher of Avotaynu, the magazine of Jewish genealogy and past president of IAJGS. He is/was on the Board of Directors of the Federation of Genealogical Societies, Association of Professional Genealogists, International Institute of Jewish Genealogy, JewishGen, Association of Jewish Book Publishers and Jewish Book Council.


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