October 29, 2018

Speaker Spotlight: Mags Gaulden and Michael Tobias

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Today continues the feature which runs over the coming weeks, bringing an insight into the fantastic arena talk programme and some fascinating facts about the speakers behind them.

Mags Gaulden

Mags is a Professional Genealogist specialising in Genetic Genealogy as a founder of Grandma’s Genes in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

Forensic Genealogy and Adoption – Betty Jean’s Story (Friday 7 June 2019 at 11:30am in Arena 2)

Finding Genealogy for your family can become a seriously daunting task if you are adopted. Betty Jean is a 90-year-old Adoptee with no paperwork or information to go on, other than her adopted birth certificate and small hints from her adoptive parents. Walk through the steps needed to find her father.

1. How far are you travelling to reach the show?

As the crow flies, 5,221km. But as the jet flies? With a layover in many possible European cities? Looks like it will be closer to 8 or 9km.

2. What are you most looking forward to at the show?

I love meeting new people! I love talking about Genetic Genealogy. I love helping people. I can’t wait to do a little discovery of Birmingham and surroundings.

3. What first sparked your interest in genealogy?

My grandmother caught me as I was being born and started telling me…”your grandfather is, your great grandfather is…” She and my other grandmother were always talking about my family and connecting the dots to who they were. Then in high school, a distant cousin gave me some research papers on my maternal line. She was the real impetus to my getting started. I recently penned a blog about her:  http://grandmasgenes.com/influencers/

4. If people want to find out more about you, where can they do so?

Oh on my Website, of course, www.GrandmasGenes.com, and my blog within the Website. They can also follow me on Twitter, @GrandmasGenes, or follow me on Facebook, Grandma’s Genes. THE best way of course, is to come see me at THE Genealogy Show where I will be my regular bright and bubbly self, walking around handing out hugs like I always do (I know english sensibilities may preclude some of my more effusive behaviour)

5. Would you care to share a fun fact about yourself or something that no else knows until now?

Here is something many people know, but not in the genealogical community. I Studied Music (Voice) until I graduated from University. I started singing in public when I was 6 years old and last performed publicly 7 years ago.

Mags Photo 2

Michael Tobias

Michael has a Master’s Degree in Genealogical, Palaeographic and Heraldic Studies from Strathclyde University. Michael is a co-founder and Board Member of Jewish Records Indexing – Poland (1995-) and Vice President, Programming of JewishGen, Inc (1999-).

Researching your Jewish Ancestors (Saturday 8 June 2019 at 10:30am in Arena 3)

This talk will cover the main sources of material that can be used to research Jewish families in the UK. Special emphasis will be given to records specific to Jewish research as well as other materials of more general interest to immigrant families.

Some guidance will be given on extending your research into countries in Central and Eastern Europe as well as Holocaust materials. The special challenges of Jewish naming conventions and Border changes will also be considered.

1. How far are you travelling to reach the show?

‘Just’ 300 miles from Glasgow.

2. What are you most looking forward to at the show?

Meeting other genealogists.

3. What first sparked your interest in genealogy?

When my grandmother, my last surviving grandparent, passed away aged 94 in 1994 I realised I knew very little about my family history. My brothers and I decided to start researching.

4. If people want to find out more about you, where can they do so?

Just google  – Michael Tobias Genealogy

5. Would you care to share a fun fact about yourself or something that no else knows until now?

I recently starred as Sir Bedevere in a production of Spamalot. Standing ovations every night but I am not sure we will have that at the Genealogy Show!

 

 

M Tobias Photo TGS

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