TxSGS 2016 Speaker Spotlight: Schelly Talalay Dardashti

We are thrilled to introduce you to one of the dynamic speakers teaching at our 2016 Family History Conference in Dallas Texas on October 28-30! Online Registration closes TONIGHT Sunday, October 23rd…grab your spot now!


Schelly Talalay Dardashti

About the Speaker

Schelly Talalay Dardashti is a journalist, genealogist and speaker who has researched her families for three decades across Belarus, Russia, Lithuania, Spain and Iran. Her personal interests also include DNA and social media.

The former genealogy columnist (Jerusalem Post: “It’s All Relative”) created the award-winning “Tracing the Tribe – The Jewish Genealogy Blog”; in 2006, and founded “Tracing the Tribe – Jewish Genealogy on Facebook”, with 10,000+ and growing global members. She is the US Genealogy Advisor for MyHeritage.com. Among her affiliations: Jewish Genealogical Society of NM, Sandoval County (NM) Genealogical Society, Genealogical Society of Hispanic America, NM Genealogical Society, Israel Genealogical Research Association (IGRA), Society for Crypto-Judaic Studies, American Copy Editors Society and others.

About the Sessions

A Place in Space
This session focuses on the advantages of an online presence – versus a brick-and-mortar building – to preserve ethnic and cultural memories, while reaching the largest global audience of interested persons. Providing accessible databases, photo collections, local activities and projects in a multi-media format is of interest to global filmmakers, documentarians, students, researchers and the descendants of those who lived in a specific place. The session includes how to inform the public about the website, the importance of an internet-accessible collection, and utilizing online family websites, such as those on MyHeritage.

The Other Side of Jewish Genealogy: Sephardic Research
This session focuses on records of many types found in Spanish and Portuguese archives, including Inquisition, notarial and other records, and the family information that can be gleaned from these detailed records. Additional resources, websites and books will be discussed. These records provide a glimpse into the medieval Jewish communities of Spain, including the 1391 riots, the Inquisition, the 1492 Exile and the Sephardic Diaspora.

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Miranda Whited

Miranda Whited

Communications Intern at TxSGS
Miranda Whited is the Spring and Summer 2016 communications intern for the Texas State Genealogical Society. Miranda is interested in public outreach, archival work, and museum studies. She currently attends the University of Texas at Austin studying History, English, and Anthropology.
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