Presenter: Hal Bookbinder
Hal used various resources to uncover the story of a relative who he was surprised to find to be an inmate in the Massachusetts State Prison in the 1910 census. The newspaper coverage of Louis Tennis’ murder trial, subsequent divorce, and eventual pardon was extensive and revealing. Additionally, he was able to obtain the actual court records from 1907 to 1909. The supporting documents for his successful pardon included a 14-page, typewritten plea from the prison chaplain… fascinating reading! Old newspapers and old court records, along with census, birth, marriage, and death, records allowed him to piece together lost (or hidden) family history.
Hal Bookbinder is a retired information systems professional who continues to instruct business courses at the university level. He has been actively researching his genealogy for more than three decades, identifying over 4,000 relatives and tracing two lines to the mid-1700s in modern Ukraine. Hal has written and spoken on border changes, migration, citizenship, safe computing unique research techniques. He has served as president of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Los Angeles and of the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies. He also publishes a series of monthly articles on safe computing which are freely available at https://www.tinyurl.com/SafeComputingArticles. He and his wife, Marci, were raised in the Catskills of New York State and now live in the LA area.
“Practice Safe Computing” (Tech SIG)
Learn how to stay safe from hackers while using your computer and smartphones in today’s challenging technical environment. The impact of the rise of AI on privacy will also be discussed.
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