Ron Arons got involved with genealogy more than twenty years ago after losing both of his parents to cancer and finding both his father’s family tree and a box of postcards from the ‘old country’ in the attic of his childhood home. Ron ran with this documentation and quickly discovered that his mother’s paternal grandfather had served time in Sing Sing Prison for, of all things, bigamy. The story of this criminal ancestor continues to unfold with very recent discoveries including two different applications for Social Security and a Civil Service card (Ron’s great-grandfather, yes the criminal one, passed the Civil Service exam in 1921, qualifying him to work as an auditor for the New York State Tax Bureau.) Ron has traced his roots to England, Poland, Romania, Belarus, Ukraine, and Lithuania.
Ron has written three books: 1) The Jews of Sing Sing – about the antics of his great-grandfather and a dozen other Jewish criminals who served time in the famous prison for a variety of crimes, 2) WANTED! U.S. Criminal Records – a 388-page reference book listing where criminal record sets can be found across the country, and 3) Mind Maps for Genealogy – mind maps are radial outlining tools (used in corporate America for brainstorming, by attorneys, by teachers, and by writers to layout their stories). This last book shows how mind maps can be used to think more creatively and to solve extremely difficult genealogical research problems.
Ron will be presenting “Handwriting Analysis for Genealogy” to the Jewish Genealogical Society at 1:30-3:00pm on Sunday,10 September 2017 at the American Jewish University (Burton Sperber Library) and "Finding Living People Online" (for genealogical purposes) at the Corona Genealogical Society at 6:30-8:30pm on Monday, 11 September 2017 at the Corona Public Library. Visitors are welcome at both locations and Ron will have books for sale, so bring your checkbooks!!
Welcoming Ron back to Southern California is a pleasure and exciting for us down south to be treated to a Genealogy JourneysⓇ sponsor, talking on these interesting and helpful topics.
Check out Ron's website by clicking his photo above or his logo to the right on this blog. His books can also be ordered from that online location.
Friday, September 1, 2017
Sponsor Announcement - Ron Arons to Speak in Southern California in September
Labels: Corona Genealogical Society, Finding Living People, Handwriting Analysis, Jewish Genealogical Society, Mind Maps, ron arons
I am a native of Illinois and grew up in Wilmette, a northern suburb of Chicago. I have one sibling, an older brother. After dropping out of college, I moved to California in 1973 with my first husband. I married my present husband, Butch, in 1977 and got 4 children in the deal. They have gone on to make me a grandmother 25 times over and a great-grandmother of 19. Three years after I married Butch I returned to school. I got my bachelors and masters degrees in speech communication and was a professor in that field for 13 years. I retired in 2001 to return to school and get my doctorate in folklore. Now I meld my two interests - folklore and genealogy - and add my teaching background, resulting in my current profession: speaker/entertainer of genealogically-related topics. I play a number of folk instruments, but my preference is guitar, which I have been playing since 1963. I work in partnership with Gena Philibert-Ortega with Genealogy Journeys where we focus on educating folks about Social History. More about that can be found at http://genaandjean.blogspot.com and more about my own business projects is on my Circlemending website.