ESP Biography


Major: Biology

College/Employer: Columbia University

Year of Graduation: 2022

Picture of Aurora Golden-Appleton

Brief Biographical Sketch:

I fell in love with genealogy as a young teenager and have been obsessed with "tracing my tribe" ever since. My heritage stems from Ireland (maternal side) and Russian Jewish communities on my paternal lines. I have a particular interest in genetic genealogy and how it can be harnessed to learn more about historically endogamic populations.

Past Classes

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Y745: The History of You: Discovering Digital Genealogy in Splash Fall 2018 (Oct. 28, 2018)
Here in New York City, we are blessed to be surrounded by many vibrant cultures, but have you ever wondered about your own heritage? The days of genealogy as a paper-based pastime for exclusively geriatric populations are long gone: welcome to family history in the digital age, where millions of records from around the globe are available to you with the click of a button—and often, for free! In this class, we will learn the basics of genealogy using free digital resources, discuss ways to bring your family's history to life, and explore the resources available to you in New York City as you continue on your genealogy journey! Whether you don't know your parents or come from a family of genealogists, I hope you'll be able to use this class as a springboard in discovering your personal history through rigorous and accurate genealogical methods.