Ava Cohn

200 North Rainbow Road
North Barrington, Illinois 60010
United States
200 North Rainbow Road

Phone: 8477219829

Business Phone: 847-721-9829
Email: sherlock.cohn@comcast.net
URL: www.sherlockcohn.com

Contact between 10:00am to 09:00pm Central


Dating, identification, and interpretation of family photographs and portraits, primarily Jewish and European but also other ethnicities.


"Clued-In: Case Studies from Sherlock Cohn, The Photo Genealogist" "Clued-In: The Stories are in the Details" "Clued-In: Interpreting Real Photo Postcards from the Diaspora" "Clued-In: Petticoats and Puttees: Identifying The Clothing in WWI Family Photographs" "Clued-In: How to Find and Interpret the Clues in Our Family Photographs"

Speaking Conditions:

  • No home housing
  • Audio taping and videotaping not permitted
  • Presentations in Keynote or Powerpoint. Email for details.
  • Computer, digital projector and laser pointer provided (will need screen supplied)
  • Microphone needed
  • Will supply masters for handouts, if requested

  • Previous Engagements:

    2017- IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy, Orlando, FLA


    Ava Cohn, aka Sherlock Cohn, The Photo Genealogist, is an internationally-recognized professional genealogist who brings a lifelong fascination with heirloom photographs and a multidisciplinary background to photo dating and interpretation. A native upstate New Yorker transplanted to Chicago, she has a degree from Brandeis University, Waltham, MA and coursework in decorative arts, art history and costume history at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Working with both hobbyists and professional genealogists, Cohn combines a specialized knowledge of immigrant and Eastern European culture and traditions, along with fashion, family histories and vital records to tell the background stories in family photographs. A member of the Association of Professional Genealogists and the Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois, Ms. Cohn is the only professional genealogist who devotes her work to Jewish family photographs. In addition to speaking, she is a popular writer whose articles have appeared in Avotaynu, The International Review of Jewish Genealogy, Morasha and RootsKey, among others.She has traced her own family to Belarus, Ukraine, Romania and the Austro-Hungarian Empire.

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