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Ron has given 300+ presentations internationally. Hes authored three books: The Jews of Sing Sing, WANTED! U.S. Criminal Records, and, most recently, Mind Maps for Genealogy. Ron earned degrees at Princeton and the University of Chicago. In 2006 Ron won a research grant from the NY State Archives to continue his research on the topic of Jewish criminality in New York. That same year he appeared on the PBS television special, The Jewish Americans, in which Ron spoke about Jewish criminals on New Yorks Lower East Side. Ron earned a B.S. Engineering degree from Princeton University and an MBA from the University of Chicago (concentrations in marketing and finance.). Ron has earned a reputation as an entertaining (read funny), inspirational, and informative speaker.
Jane Haldeman grew up in Iowa and received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Iowa in Theater Arts. She spent 12 years working as a stagehand for NBC, WMAQ-TV in Chicago. Her passion for genealogy began in 8th grade with a school assignment. Her other passion is technology which lead her into theater as a stagehand. Today she has blended her love of family history and technology and shares that love with others.
Jane is President of Illinois State Genealogical Society, immediate Past President of Fox Valley Genealogical Society in Naperville, Illinois, past Design and Technical Editor for the Illinois State Genealogical Society Quarterly Journal, and Past Registrar Fort Payne Chapter, NSDAR. Ms Haldeman is owner of “It’s Relative” a genealogical service business providing lectures, classes and research in the Chicagoland area.
She has been lecturing in the Chicagoland area including parts of Wisconsin and Indiana since 2008. She was a speaker for RootsTech 2013, the Federation of Genealogical Societies 2011 Conference in Springfield, Illinois and the Illinois State Genealogical Society 2010 Fall Conference. Jane also was the instructor for the Illinois State Genealogical Society Youth Workshop in 2012.
Melissa C. Tennant, MLS is the Assistant Manager of The Genealogy Center at the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, IN and currently serves as a Director on the Board of FGS.