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Annual Jewish Genealogical Society of Colorado Seminar

Featuring David Laskin and Jean Unger

“Document Your Family Story”


Attendance all day is $5 for members of JGSCO. Join in advance or at the door to attend; annual individual membership is $30 or $40 per household. Registration includes a complimentary breakfast and one-year membership in the Jewish Genealogical Society of Colorado.

*Purchase tickets online at http://jgsco.org/store.php?sid=1.

*Please note that ticketing for this event is not being handled by the MACC and must be ordered from JGSCO.

The Jewish Genealogical Society of Colorado (JGSCO) partners with the MACC’s JAAMM Fest to present an All-Day Seminar on Jewish Genealogy. This year’s seminar will feature David Laskin, NY Times Journalist and Author of The Family: A Journey into the Heart of the Twentieth Century and will also include a workshop on beginning autobiography with Jean Unger.



8:30am: Registration and Complimentary Breakfast
9:00am-10:15am: David Laskin: How and Why I Wrote My Family Story

10:15am – 10:30am: Break
10:30am – 11:45am: David Laskin: The Research Behind “The Family”
11:45am -12:45pm: Lunch – Please bring your own pareve or dairy bag lunch.
12:45pm – 1:00pm: Drawings for Doorprizes
1:00pm – 2:30pm: Jean Unger: An Introduction to Guided Autobiography: Bring Your History to Life!

David Laskin
(http://davidlaskin.com/) was born in Brooklyn and raised in Great Neck, New York. He grew up hearing stories about his immigrant Jewish grandparents who told him about the “old country” (Russia) that they left at the turn of the last century. How he wished he had recorded and video-taped every one of their memories.
Laskin graduated from Harvard College in 1975 with a degree in history and literature and went on to New College, Oxford, where he received an MA in English in 1977. After a brief stint in book publishing, he launched his career as a freelance writer. In recent years, he has written suspense-driven narrative non-fiction about the lives of people caught up in events beyond their control, be it catastrophic weather, war, or genocide. His 2004 book The Children’s Blizzard, a national bestseller, won the Washington State Book Award and the Midwest Booksellers Choice Award, and was nominated for a Quill Award.  The Family also won the Washington State Book Award.
Writing frequently for the Travel section of the New York Times, he has also published in the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, the Seattle Times, the Jewish Daily Forward, Hadassah Magazine, Jewish in Seattle and Seattle Metropolitan. Laskin and his family reside in Seattle.


Jean Unger is a certified Guided Autobiography facilitator through the Birren Institute. Her love of writing and hearing stories led her to seek work helping people reflect on their lives and share their life stories with others. She is now conducting classes, and is seeing firsthand the positive impact they are having on people’s lives. Her professional history includes writing for the fitness industry, working as a medical software trainer, public relations and veterinary assistant, to name a few. She lives in Erie with her husband. A New York transplant, she loves the Colorado lifestyle.