“‘All I Have is a Photo…’ A Research Journey from a Single Piece of Evidence”
Monday, 12 April @ 2pm (EDT)
Free Online Webinar—All Experience Levels are Welcome
Presented by Fred J. Voss, GSBC Education Chair
He: “I can’t find my great grandfather’s Ellis Island ship manifest record.”
Me: “What do you know about him?”
He: “All I have is a photo…”
And so begins a research journey about a Polish immigrant and his family. And, as is so often the case, research leads to clues, clues lead to answers, and those answers lead to more questions. Join Mr. Voss as he shows you his approach to working this case study—from the clues in a single photo, to discovering indexes and searching manifests, to records, to some answers, and (of course) more questions.
Fred J. Voss graduated from Boston College with a BA in Mathematics. He has spent his career working for and with software startup companies such as Netscape Communications, Sun Microsystems, and Oracle. Since 1990, he has specialized in Internet Identity and Security. He is also a professional genealogist, researcher, and educator. He has been doing personal genealogy for over 15 years and is a Trustee and Education Chair for the Genealogical Society of Bergen County. His areas of interest are Germany, Switzerland, and New Hampshire, with special interest in DNA, Immigration, and Naturalization. Mr. Voss is a certificate holder of the Boston University Genealogical Research Certification program (OL13). He is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists and the International Society of Genetic Genealogists as well as various regional societies. Mr. Voss volunteers as a tour guide at Ellis Island, leading both historical and photographic tours of the abandoned hospitals on the south side of the island (SaveEllisIsland.org).