Pinelawn Memorial Park and Arboretum launches year-long genealogy initiative

Pinelawn Memorial Park and Arboretum launches year-long genealogy initiative

Pinelawn Memorial Park and Arboretum has announced the launch of “Uncover Your Family History: A Genealogy Workshop Series.”

The initiative, which is set to launch on March 9, 2024, invites individuals to explore their ancestry with the expert guidance of professional genealogist Kerri Tannenbaum.

Intended to bridge past and present, this series provides participants with the tools and knowledge to uncover their family’s history. With a blend of expert-led workshops and hands-on research, attendees will begin their journey to connect with their roots and bring their ancestors’ stories to life.

“A common refrain we hear from many families is that they wish they captured more of their family history before their loved one passed, especially after losing the family matriarch or patriarch, said Justin Locke, president and CEO of Pinelawn Memorial Park and Arboretum. “We are very excited to offer this educational program to the community. This is a natural extension of the many programs we currently have in place. Learning how to research family history is both exciting and rewarding. We look forward to getting started.”

The eight-part series is set to take place over the course of eight months.

Based on Long Island, Kerri Tannenbaum, who is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, National Genealogical Society, and New York Genealogical and Biographical Society, is a frequent lecturer and works with families one-on-one to help them learn about their family history.

Like a detective, Tannenbaum also investigates clues, connects the dots, and aims to help solve family mysteries.

To kick off the series, Pinelawn will host “Discovering Your Family History” on Wednesday, March 9 at 5 PM as an introductory course that outlines how to use records as a foundation for starting research.

Participants who attend the first in-person event will receive specialized tools, references, and worksheets, all intended to open the door to exploration of their ancestral heritage.

This free event will be available to attend in person, as well as broadcast over Zoom for those unable to attend. Early registration is highly recommended. To sign up for the workshop, click here.

At the completion of the series, with Tannenbaum’s guidance, participants will have created a family tree, established newfound connections with relatives, overcome research problems, and potentially located their ancestors’ final resting places. They will also:

  • Learn strategies for engaging with family lore and legacy
  • Learn more about DNA test results to find relatives
  • Find out about efficient research methods to locate vital records, census data, newspaper articles, and a variety of other documents
  • Better understand how to correlate findings into a meaningful narrative
  • Learn how to navigate free online resources for genealogical research



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