tah-speakingI bring a fresh perspective on combining creative research, cutting-edge technology, and meaningful storytelling to make family history more engaging.  My talks combine real-world research and storytelling examples to demonstrate not only how to make surprising discoveries, but also how to share them in engaging ways.

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North American Cartographic Society Annual Meeting
October 16–19, 2019; Tacoma, Washington

  • October 17, 2 PM:  Merging GIS and Genealogy to Recreate a Forgotten Community

Penn State University
October 31, 2019; State College, PA

  • Finding My Place in American Jewish History: The Story of the Homestead Hebrews Project (guest lecture for The American Jewish Experience (JSt/Hist 115))

University of Pittsburgh
November 4, 2019; Pittsburgh, PA

  • Small Town, Big Data: Reconstructing the Forgotten History of Jewish Homestead through Mass Digitization (guest lecture for Digital Studies and Methods: Seminar (DSAM 3000))

South Hills Women’s Club
November 11, 2019, 8 PM; Bridgeville, PA

  • Lost and Found:  Rediscovering My Family History in the Internet Age

Squirrel Hill Historical Society
January 8, 2020, 7:30 PM; Pittsburgh, PA

  • Homestead and Squirrel Hill (title TBD)

The Homestead Steel Strike and the Growth of America as an Industrial Power (week-long program)
July 12-18, 2020 and July 19 – 25, 2020

  • Homestead’s Jewish community after the strike (title TBD)


International Conference on Jewish Genealogy
July 28 – August 2, 2019; Cleveland, OH

  • Monday, 7/29, 4:45 PM:  Researching Your Small-Town Jewish Community
  • Thursday, 8/1, 9:15 AM:  Small Town, Big Data: Reconstructing Defunct Communities Through Technology

Personal Digital Archiving Conference
May 2-4, 2019; University of Pittsburgh

  • Small Town, Big Data: Reconstructing the Forgotten History of Jewish Homestead through Mass Digitization

Johnstown Heritage Discovery Center
April 17, 2018, 6 PM; Johnstown, PA

  • Researching Your Jewish Ancestors in Pennsylvania

Family History Fanatics
April 5, 2019, 3 PM EDT

  • Guest for Friday Livestream (online)

Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois
March 24, 2019, 1 PM; Northbrook, IL

  • The Margarine Moonshiners from Minsk
  • Conducting Story-Driven Research

Jewish Genealogical Society of Connecticut
January 20, 2019, 1:30 PM

  • Technology for Creating Cousin Bait that Works

Jewish Genealogy Symposium
January 13, 2019; Boca Raton, FL

  • The Ancestor Deep-Drive
  • Technology for Creating Cousin Bait That Works
  • Lost and Found: Rediscovering My Family History in the Internet Age

Congregation Beth Shalom
January 5, 2019, 12:45 PM; Pittsburgh, PA

  • Secrets of the Homestead Hebrew Chapel:  Variations of a Theme of Sunt Lacrimae Rerum

Pittsburgh Jewish Genealogical Society
December 16, 2018, 10:30 AM; Heinz History Center, Pittsburgh, PA

  • Top 10 Things I Learned About My Family from My Couch

North Hills Genealogists
August 21, 2018, 6:45 PM; McCandless, PA

  • Researching Your Jewish Ancestors in Pennsylvania

Older highlights

Rauh Jewish History Program & Archives
November 12, 2017, 10:30 AM; Heinz History Center, Pittsburgh, PA

125th Anniversary of the Battle of Homestead
April 6, 2017, 7 PM; Rivers of Steel Museum, Homestead, PA

  • From Milltown to Hometown: How the Homestead Strike Shaped a Community

Family History Technology Workshop
February 7, 2017; Provo, UT

  • Data Management for Large-Scale Genealogy Projects

Carlow University
November 9, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA

  • Guest Lecturer, HS 148 DA: The Homestead Strike

Skirball Cultural Center
December 2, 2015; Los Angeles, CA

  • Annual Herscher Dialogue:  Jack Skirball, A Boy from Homestead

The Library of Congress
May 18, 2015, 12 PM; Washington, DC

  • In Search of a Usable Past:  Reconstructing the Jewish History of Homestead, Pennsylvania

Past appearances


  • RootsTech 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
  • International Conference on Jewish Genealogy 2014, 2015, 2017, 2019
  • Federation of Genealogical Societies Annual Conference 2017
  • National Genealogical Society 2014
  • New England Regional Genealogical Consortium 2015
  • Jamboree 2012, 2013, 2014
  • Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society 2014
  • Family History Technology Workshop 2017
  • A.J. Jacobs’ Global Family Reunion


  • Library of Congress
  • Skirball Cultural Center
  • New York Public Library
  • Ellis Island
  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • Heinz History Center
  • Carnegie Library of Homestead
  • BYU Radio
  • SCGS Webinars
  • Family History Fanatics

Local groups:

  • AZ:  Arizona Jewish Historical Society
  • CA:  Southern California Genealogical Society, Jewish Genealogical Society of Los Angeles, JGS of Conejo Valley & Ventura County
  • CT:  Darien Library-Family Search “Come Discover an Ancestor Day,” JGS of Connecticut
  • DC:  JGS of Greater Washington
  • FL: JGS of Palm Beach County
  • IL:  JGS of Illinois
  • MD:  JGS of Maryland
  • MA:  JGS of Greater Boston
  • NJ:  New Jersey Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists, Monmouth County Genealogical Society
  • NY:  New York Genealogical and Biographical Society, New York Metro Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists, JGS of New York
  • PA:  Carlow University, Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania, Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society, Bucks County Genealogical Society, North Hills Genealogists, South Hills Genealogy Day, JGS of Greater Philadelphia, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, Women’s Club of Upper St. Clair, Beth Samuel Jewish Center, Beth El of the South Hills, Beth Shalom Pittsburgh, JGS of Pittsburgh, Johnstown Area Heritage Association
  • UT:  Utah Genealogical Association
  • Canada:  London Jewish Book Fair & Family Festival