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JGSGW April Meeting – The Mysterious Mister Manley: How do you prove something didn’t happen?

April 14, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm UTC+0


Eloise Metzger, a relative of the speaker, was suddenly widowed at the age of 26 when her husband was killed in a tragic 1918 New York subway wreck. Within a few years, references to Eloise Metzger disappeared from public records, and Eloise Manley seemed to appear in her place. Assuming Eloise had remarried, the speaker spent years searching for evidence of a marriage between Eloise and Mr. Manley, to no avail. Were Eloise Metzger and Eloise Manley the same person? If so, who was the mysterious Mr. Manley? Did he exist, and if not, why did Eloise start using the name Manley?

Learn numerous strategies to take your research to the next level, including refining your research question, analyzing negative evidence, using nontraditional sources, and placing your research into historical context, all of which can help illuminate the lives of our ancestors.

Sue Fialkoff is a graduate of the Boston University Certificate Program in Genealogical Research and the ProGen genealogical study program, and has attended several genealogical institutes. She has provided expert genealogical testimony for the New York State Surrogate’s Court. Sue is a long-time member of the Jewish Genealogy Society of Greater Washington and is currently the editor of Mishpacha, JGSGW’s quarterly publication.

Free for members and $5 for non‐members.

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April 14, 2019
1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
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Bender JCC of Greater Washington
6125 Montrose Road
Rockville, MD 20852 United States


Jewish Genealogy Society of Greater Washington