10 March 2010

Boston: Maps and Mapping Tools, March 14

Web-based maps and mapping tools are the focus of the next meeting of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Boston on Sunday, March 14.

The program with Ron Arons and Jay Sage begins at 1:30 pm at Temple Emanuel, Newton Centre.

Ron will discuss websites that provide a broad range of historical maps.

He'll demonstrate basic and advanced features of internet-based mapping facilities developed by Google (maps.google.com) and Microsoft (www.bing.com/maps), as well as lesser known mapping facilities provided by whitepages.com, Microsoft’s MapCruncher, and IBM’s Many Eyes.

Jay will feature Google Earth - the web-based software and data that provide an amazing high-resolution three-dimensional model of the earth, based on satellite and aerial photographs - and explain how it can be used to map one’s family history or to make virtual visits to places where family events took place.

Ron has spoken at several international conferences on a variety of genealogy topics. He appeared in the PBS TV series, "The Jewish Americans," to discuss Jewish criminals of New York's Lower East Side and his book, "The Jews of Sing Sing," appeared in 2008.

Former JGSGB president, Jay is current co-editor of the Society's journal and has given lectures at international and local conferences.

Fee: JGSGB members, free; others, $5.

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