Author, Genealogist and Speaker, Ron Arons, will discuss some of the reserach he did on his great-grandfather, Isaac Spier, who served time in Sing Sing Prison for bigamy and who committed other crimes. Through the years, Ron has come across records of other people with the same name who were born in the same general timeframe, lived in the same places as his great-grandfather, and who, by some stroke of luck, also found trouble, either in business or with women. With such an uncommon name as Isaac Spier, this is rather remarkable. Through his presentation, Ron shows how he untangled and organized all of these documents to determine how many distinct individuals the records represent. (The answer is truly astonishing!) As part of the lecture, Ron will discuss names and name changes, timelines, the genealogical proof standard, and a variety of non-traditional records. So this talk is about methodology and a set of colorful life stories which overlap in many ways.
This program is sponsored by the Santa Clara County Historical & Genealogical Society.