INTERSECTIONS on the Ethics of Genealogy

Posted by kmintzberg
Event Date: 
December 18, 2013


Everyone Welcome | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm | 6184 Ash Street
Light refreshments will be served | $5 donation suggested at the door

Topic:  Ethics of Genealogy

Genealogy is a rewarding activity, both for the hobbyist and for the serious academic researcher. It allows us to understand our individual place in our current family, in our ancestry, and in the world at large. We make exciting discoveries, finding family members who despite very modest beginnings may have achieved great things, who ventured to strange new lands with only a few pennies in their pockets. But we may also discover shameful, painful, and tragic events - an unknown criminal past, disputes that have  severed family, ties, and within our Jewish community- the unspeakable losses of the Holocaust. How do we find a balance between our quest for information and our love and respect for our forefathers?

How do we maintain a balance between high quality investigative research and respect for family values? Can the pursuit of genealogy bring extended family closer that encourages a strong sense of belonging for all generations, OR, is the pursuit of genealogy merely a retired person's pastime?

Moderated by Catherine Youngren & Cissie Eppel.

By day, Catherine Youngren is principal of Catherine Youngren Interior Designers, a firm established 32 years ago, specializing in retail / store planning and design as well as the design of senior care facilities. By night, Catherine is a passionate genealogist, searching the web late into the night, building the history of her own families and helping other researchers. Catherine has been the President of the Jewish Genealogical Institute of British Columbia for the past 14 years.

Cissie Eppel spent her early years in Bradford, England where she was born and educated. She emigrated to Canada in 1952 with her husband Charles and infant son, Ralph.  Throughout sixty-one years living and working in Vancouver, she has held executive and managerial positions both in the general and the Jewish community. After researching and publishing her in-law’s family history in 1992, she became the Founding President of the Jewish Genealogical Institute of British Columbia.  Lecturing and publishing articles on genealogy, her research into her own family history was published in 2005.  Cissie believes that everyone has life-stories that are of significant importance to be passed on to future generations.

Co-Host: Jewish Genealogical Institute of British Columbia