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Jewish Genealogical Society of Tampa Bay Meeting

“All the Ins and Outs of Ancestry Online Trees”

Video Recorded Presentation by Christa Cowan via Zoom

Meeting on Sunday May 17, 2020


Because of the COVID-19 epidemic, The Jewish Genealogical Society of Tampa Bay meetings for May and June will be virtual meetings held online using Zoom.  These virtual meetings will be open to paid members only.  Invitations and instructions on how to attend online will be sent by email on May 10 to all JGSTB members in good standing.  We will continue to hold virtual meetings for the duration of Coronavirus restrictions on public meetings.  As usual we will not meet during July and August.  Hopefully by September, we will be able to have public meetings again, but if Coronavirus restrictions are still applicable then, we will continue to have virtual meetings until further notice.

·      Date:         Sunday, May 17, 2020    

·      Time:        Zoom sign in – 1:00-1:30pm; Program – 1:30-3:00pm

·      Place:        Zoom website – instructions will be sent to members by email on May 10

·      Program:  “All the Ins and Outs of Ancestry Online Trees” by Crista Cowan

“All the Ins and Outs of Ancestry Online Trees” will be a video recording of a live presentation given by Crista Cowan at the 2019 IAJGS Annual Conference in Cleveland, Ohio on July 30, 2019.  There are more than 100 million family trees and more than 20 billion historical records online at Ancestry.  Crista discusses how to best setup your online family tree and how to use the data found in the family trees of others.  She discusses privacy options, data entry standards, sharing methods, search strategies, and collaboration opportunities.

Christa Cowan has long been one of the most popular presenters at IAJGS conferences and at many other genealogy conferences. Crista has been a professional genealogist since 2002 and employed by Ancestry since 2004.  Her involvement in family history, however, reaches all the way back to childhood.  She has spent thousands of hours discovering, documenting and telling family stories.  As the Corporate Genealogist at Ancestry, she teaches at genealogy conferences and events around the world.  She has produced and starred in more than 400 episodes of “The Barefoot Genealogist” on YouTube since 2012.  Past episodes of her show can be found on the Ancestry YouTube channel.  Crista Cowan currently serves on the Board of the IAJGS.

This Zoom meeting will include time for open discussion or questions after the presentation.  We hope you will join us to participate in Christa’s informative lecture.

Looking ahead: The June 14, 2020 JGSTB meeting will feature a continuation of Crista Cowan’s video lectures, this one on “The Jewish Record Collection on Ancestry.”

Other useful information: It is not necessary to have a paid subscription to set up a family tree at  Access to most of Ancestry’s extensive Jewish databases is always available to anyone without charge.  Also, the Ancestry Library Edition will be accessible remotely through May from your home with the use of your Pinellas library card login giving you access to other paid features of Ancestry if you do not have an Ancestry membership.

For further information about this program, contact Chris Burklund at (727) 641-7701 or by email at



2020 JGSTB Meeting Schedule
Date Topic Presenter
June 14, 2020

The Jewish Record Collection on Ancestry

(Video Recorded Presentation by Christa Cowan via Zoom)

Christa Cowan
May 17, 2020 All the Ins and Outs of Ancestry Online Trees
(Video Recorded Presentation by Christa Cowan via Zoom)
Christa Cowan
April 12, 2020 CANCELLATION of the Jewish Genealogical Society of
Tampa Bay
March 8, 2020 The JGSTB 2020 Guide to Jewish Genealogical Research: Part 2 Dr. Emil Isaacson
February 9, 2020 The JGSTB 2020 Guide to Jewish Genealogical Research: Part 1 Dr. Emil Isaccson
January 12, 2020 How to Locate Individuals Through Genealogy Fred Blum