Ava Cohn

1511 Sumter Drive
Long Grove, Illinois 60047

Phone: 847-229-9829

Business Phone: 847-229-9829
Fax: 847-353-8956

Email: sherlock.cohn@comcast.net
URL: www.sherlockcohn.com

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


Dating, identification, and interpretation of Jewish family photographs and portraits, primarily 1880s-1960s


"Clued-In: Case Studies from Sherlock Cohn, The Photo Genealogist"

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:

    2010-30th IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy, Los Angeles, CA


    Ava Cohn, aka Sherlock Cohn, The Photo Genealogist, is a 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 exclusively 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.

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