Date(s) - 03/28/2017
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
The Aaron Family JCC
HANDS-ON TIPS FOR CREATING YOUR FAMILY STORY – Genealogy Workshop
Please join the Dallas Jewish Historical Society (DJHS) and the Dallas Genealogical Society-Jewish Special Interest Group (DGS-JSIG) for the third in a quarterly series of Genealogy workshops. Each workshop will feature a speaker on some aspect of genealogical research, followed by opportunities to work in small groups on your specific needs. All levels are welcome, from “just thinking about it” to “I’ve reached a brick wall and need help moving on.”
Our March 28, 2017, workshop will feature author Deb Weingarten, speaking about her own genealogical search on both branches of her family.
Born and raised in Dallas, Texas, Debra earned two degrees in sociology. She co-authored with her mother, Ruthe Winegarten z”l, the biography of Dr. Leona “Tiny” Hawkins, one of the first African-Americans in Texas to own a nursing home. Debra’s second book was Katherine Stinson: the Flying Schoolgirl, a story of the fourth U.S. woman to earn her pilot’s license in 1912. This book was a finalist for Forward Magazine‘s Book of the Year Award.
Her third book, Mum’s the Word, arose from a secret project Debra pursued. She snuck over to her mother’s house when her mom was out-of-town. She copied all three of her mother’s Rolodexes and sent 256 letters with SASE and arequests to send back a story about her mother. Debra received 140 replies and wrote the same people back, asking them to pre-order and pre-pay for the book so she could publish it. They did and she presented the book to her mother on her mom’s 72nd birthday. Her mother didn’t remember most of the stories, but she said they “sounded like things she would have done.”
There’s Jews in Texas? Debra Winegarten’s fourth book, won the 2011 Poetica Magazine national competition. Debra works for The University of Texas at Austin’s Astronomy Department. She also teaches sociology at South University. Her fifth book, Oveta Culp Hobby: Colonel, Cabinet Member, Philanthropist, was released from UT Press in March, 2014, followed by Where Jewish Grandmothers Come From. A devout Jew, Debra attends a conservative synagogue in Austin, Texas. She shares her life with her heart partner, Cindy. They are both owned and supervised by many cats.
Bookings are closed for this event.