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  • On the Web

  • http://martinfischer.webs.com/About_Us.htm

  • http://martinfischer.webs.com/index.htm

  • About

  • Martin Fischer is vice president of publicity for the Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois and is also a member of the St. Louis Genealogical Society, Association of Professional Genealogists, International Society of Family History Writers and Editors, American Copy Editors Society, and Editorial Freelancers Association. He has written articles for Avotaynu: The International Review of Jewish Genealogy, the St. Louis Genealogical Society Quarterly, Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly, and Chicago Tribune as well as Morasha, the Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois newsletter. He is a part-time copy editor at the Chicago Tribune and an adjunct instructor at the City Colleges of Chicago, where he teaches sociology. Until recently, he also was an associate faculty member of the University of Phoenix, where he taught sociology and introductory college writing courses. He formerly worked full-time for more than 30 years for the Chicago Tribune, mostly as a copy editor.

    • MOT (Master Online Teacher certification), 2011, University of Illinois’ Illinois Online Network
    • International Society of Family History Writers and Editors 2017 Excellence-in-Writing Competition, 1st place award, Category 2-Articles, awarded August 2017, for “How the Gogolinsky Family of Warsaw Became the Barney Family of St. Louis," published in Avotaynu: The International Review of Jewish Genealogy, Spring 2016.
  • Available for conducting family history research and a wide range of freelance editing and writing assignments for print or online publication.

  • Genealogy research.

  • Contact Info

  • martinfischer@hotmail.com
  • 1032 N. Lombard Ave.
    Oak Park

  • United States
  • IL
  • 60302

  • 708-386-0173
  • 708-204-5100 (cell)
  • (GMT -6:00) Central Time (US & Canada), Mexico City
  • Writing

  • "The Most Famous Man in America: The Adventures of Col. Abraham Slupsky of St. Louis" By Martin Fischer. Currently seeking a publisher.

    • “Write It! Tips for Saving and Sharing Family History in Written Form,” Morasha, Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois newsletter, Summer 2017.
    • “Col. Abe Slupsky — Ward boss with a cigar in his mouth and a twinkle in his eye,” Morasha, Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois newsletter, Spring 2017.
    • “How the Gogolinsky Family of Warsaw Became the Barney Family of St. Louis," Avotaynu: The International Review of Jewish Genealogy, Spring 2016.
    • "A Tale of Two Photos: Using Photographic Analysis to Date a Family Store Renovation,” St. Louis Genealogical Society Quarterly, Fall 2015.
    • “Harnessing Social Media: Making the Most of Online Social Networks,” Morasha, Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois newsletter, June 2015.
    • “On Taking the Sephardic Track,” Morasha, Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois newsletter, Fall 2014.
    •  “Boston IAJGS 2013: “Serendipity Strikes in Boston,” Morasha, Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois newsletter, Fall 2013.
    • "The Palmer Raid Files: A St. Louis Genealogical Case Study,” St. Louis Genealogical Society Quarterly, Summer 2013.
    • "J. Edgar Hoover and Chicago’s Jewish Radicals," Morasha, Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois newsletter, Spring 2013 (part 1) and Summer 2013 (part 2).
    • "U.S. Bureau of Investigation Files Yield Genealogical Gems," Avotaynu: The International Review of Jewish Genealogy, Spring 2012.
    • "Online Newspaper and Book Sites for Genealogical Research." Handout prepared for Martin Fischer's March 25, 2012, presentation of a genealogical research case study "The Most Famous Man in America You Never Heard Of," at a meeting of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois.
    • "Multimedia Resources for Researching and Writing Family History." Handout prepared for the Feb. 26, 2012, "Ask the Experts" panel discussion at the Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois meeting.
    • "Pointers for Editing a Genealogy Website,” Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly, March 2011.
    • "Reversing Gears: How to Find Living Relatives," GenealogyArchives.com website, posted Dec. 23, 2009.
    • "How to Use Genetics in Family History Research," eHow.com website, posted Sept. 25, 2009.
    • "Trial by Poverty: A post-Depression environmentalist," Chicago Tribune Perspective section, Jan. 20, 2008. http://tinyurl.com/yhfbes2
    • "Altered States." Co-author. Chicago Tribune full-page graphics project, Dec 29, 1992. http://tinyurl.com/ygyp2rg
    • "Bon Voyagers." Co-author. Chicago Tribune full-page graphics project, Aug 27, 1989. http://tinyurl.com/yj4rb8z
    • "The Destruction of Hiroshima: First Atomic Bomb Hastens the End of World War II." Researcher. Chicago Tribune full-page graphics project, Aug 6, 1985. http://tinyurl.com/yhybzw8
    • "For Food Lovers, All Roads Lead to France...But We've Found a Few Dandy Detours." Chicago Tribune restaurant review, May 22, 1982. http://tinyurl.com/yzoffon
    • "Ethnic dining/Greek." Chicago Tribune restaurant review, May 17, 1980. http://tinyurl.com/yg9fc5u
    • "Cover Teas and Pews." (original unpublished title: "Minding Your Teas and Pews.") Grassroots Editor, quarterly journal of the International Society of Weekly Newspaper Editors. Winter 1977.
  • Editing

  • Most of Martin Fischer's 35-year professional journalism career was as a copy editor at the Chicago Tribune. He worked on the metro, national/foreign, and business copy desks as well as in the Tribune's informational graphics department. Since 2010, he has been working part-time as a temp copy editor for the Chicago Tribune, most recently for suburban weekly and daily newspapers.

  • During the final two years of his full-time career at the Chicago Tribune, Martin Fischer worked part of the time for chicagotribune.com, where he edited news stories, and wrote photo captions and search engine optimized headlines. Since 2010, as part of his part-time copy editing responsibilities with the Chicago Tribune, he has been copy editing online content for chicagotribune.com, especially for suburban publications.

  • Publishing

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