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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Abraham S. Goldberg, HY'D

Rabbi Abraham S. Goldberg, HY'D

JewishGen continues to mourn the victims of yesterday’s terror attack in Jerusalem. One of the victims, Rabbi Abraham S. Goldberg, was very active on JewishGen, and helped many people research their lineage (see the post from our Rav-SIG Discussion Group below). He will be greatly missed by all. May God comfort his family, and the family of all the victims, among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem.
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Posting this morning by Sandra Rachmaniel on the JewishGen Rav-SIG Discussion Group:

It is with great sorrow that I must bring you the news that Rabbi Abraham Shmuel Goldberg, whom many of you know, was brutally murdered this morning by Palestinian terrorists while at the morning prayers in a Jerusalem synagogue.

Rabbi Goldberg was an expert in rabbinical genealogy, but was of a very humble nature and would simply sign off to most of us as Abraham. Rabbi Goldberg and I worked together for years researching the Lipkin family and the yichus of Rabbi Yisrael Lipkin Salanter. I would search for public records and send them to him by email, and he would do translations from rabbinical books.

We had an enormous amount of email sharing and he translated many rabbinical writings for me about my Ish-Horowitz Ticktin Rittenberg family. He helped countless people searching for their "yichus" because of his gemilut hasadim. I am sure many of you received help from him.

My heart goes out to his wife, children and grandchildren. May they be comforted among the mourners in Tzion.

Sandra Rachmaniel
Jerusalem, Israel

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Veterans Day - Thank You


As we do each year on Veteran's Day, we take a moment to remember, reflect, and express appreciation to all of the brave men and women who have served in the armed forces of the United States of America.

Jews have played an active and key role in the military of the United States since they first arrived from New Amsterdam in 1654. From that time until today, Jews have risen to the highest ranks and have served with valor and distinction in defense of this great country.





This link (http://www.library.fau.edu/depts/spc/brody_military.pdf) points to an online exhibit focusing on Jews in the American military. It was put together by Seymor "Sy" Brody and it tells the story of how Jews became a part of the armed forces of America (both before and after the declaration of Independence in 1776).

After you read the story, click here to view stories that Jewish war veterans who served during WWII shared with the museum as part our "Ours To Fight For: American Jews In The Second World War" exhibit.

It will serve to foster an even greater appreciation for all of the United States soldiers who have and continue to protect this great country. 



Thank You

Thursday, November 6, 2014

KehilaLinks Project Report for October 2014

We are pleased to welcome the following webpages to JewishGen KehilaLinks We thank the owners and webmasters of these webpages for creating fitting memorials to these Kehilot (Jewish Communities) and for providing a valuable resource for future generations of their descendants:


Bereznyky (Bereznek, Berezník), (S-C), Ukraine Created by Marshall Katz <http://kehilalinks.jewishgen.org/Bereznyky/>http://kehilalinks.jewishgen.org/Bereznyky/
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Berlin, Germany
Created by Eli Rabinowitz
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Bershad, Ukraine
Created by Paul Finelt
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Bilovartsi (Kiskirva, Belovarec), (S-C), Ukraine Created by Marshall Katz <http://kehilalinks.jewishgen.org/Bilovartsi/>http://kehilalinks.jewishgen.org/Bilovartsi/
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Chopivka (Beregardo, Ardov), (S-C), Ukraine Created by Marshall Katz <http://kehilalinks.jewishgen.org/Chopivka/>http://kehilalinks.jewishgen.org/Chopivka/
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Dobryans'ke (Nyagova, Njagova), (S-C), Ukraine Created by Marshall Katz <http://kehilalinks.jewishgen.org/Dobryanske/>http://kehilalinks.jewishgen.org/Dobryanske/
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Dulovo (Dulfalva, Dulovo), (S-C), Ukraine Created by Marshall Katz <http://kehilalinks.jewishgen.org/Dulovo/>http://kehilalinks.jewishgen.org/Dulovo/
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Dyula (Szollosgyula, Selesd'ula), (S-C), Ukraine Created by Marshall Katz <http://kehilalinks.jewishgen.org/Dyula/>http://kehilalinks.jewishgen.org/Dyula/
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Germiston, South Africa
Created by Eli Rabinowitz
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Kobylets'ka Polyana (Gyertyanliget, Kobylecka Polana), (S-C), Ukraine Created by Marshall Katz <http://kehilalinks.jewishgen.org/Kobyletska_Polyana/>http://kehilalinks.jewishgen.org/Kobyletska_Polyana/
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Lypetska Polyana (Lipcsemezo, Lipecka Pol'ana), (S-C), Ukraine Created by Marshall Katz <http://kehilalinks.jewishgen.org/Lypetska_Polyana/>http://kehilalinks.jewishgen.org/Lypetska_Polyana/
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Male Popovo (Papitanya, Gasparov dvor), (S-C), Ukraine Created by Marshall Katz <http://kehilalinks.jewishgen.org/Male_Popovo/>http://kehilalinks.jewishgen.org/Male_Popovo/
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Malyy Bychkiv (Kisbocsko, Mala Bockov), (S-C), Ukraine Created by Marshall Katz <http://kehilalinks.jewishgen.org/Malyy_Bychkiv/>http://kehilalinks.jewishgen.org/Malyy_Bychkiv/
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Nyzhniy Bystryy (Alsobisztra, Bystra Nizni), (S-C), Ukraine Created by Marshall Katz <http://kehilalinks.jewishgen.org/Nyzhniy_Bystryy/>http://kehilalinks.jewishgen.org/Nyzhniy_Bystryy/
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Ol'gopol' (Ol'hopil'), Ukraine
Created by Paul Finelt
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Palad'-Komarivtsi (Palagykomoroc, Palad'-Komarovce), (S-C), Ukraine Created by Marshall Katz <http://kehilalinks.jewishgen.org/Palad_Komarivtsi/>http://kehilalinks.jewishgen.org/Palad_Komarivtsi/
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Palanok (Varpalanka, Polanok), (S-C), Ukraine Created by Marshall Katz <http://kehilalinks.jewishgen.org/Palanok/>http://kehilalinks.jewishgen.org/Palanok/
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Pretoria, South Africa
Created by Eli Rabinowitz
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Radvanka (Radvancz, Radvanka), (S-C), Ukraine Created by Marshall Katz <http://kehilalinks.jewishgen.org/Radvanka/>http://kehilalinks.jewishgen.org/Radvanka/
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Stellenbosch, South Africa
Created by Eli Rabinowitz
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Ust'-Chorna (Kiralymezo, Uzcorna), (S-C), Ukraine Created by Marshall Katz <http://kehilalinks.jewishgen.org/Ust_Chorna/>http://kehilalinks.jewishgen.org/Ust_Chorna/


KEHILALINKS WEBPAGES RECENTLY UPDATED:

Dovhe (Dolha, Dovhe), (S-C), Ukraine
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Camenca (Kamenka), Moldova
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Horodyshche (Gorodishche, Horodishtch), Ukraine http://kehilalinks.jewishgen.org/Horodyshche/
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Rymanow (Rimanev) (G), Poland
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Skala-Podol'skaya (Skala) (G), Ukraine
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  Tuchin, Ukraine
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Tyachiv (Tecso, Tacova), (S-C), Ukraine
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Uzhhorod (Ungvar), (S-C), Ukraine
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Zelva, Belarus



ORPHANED WEBPAGES

Some of our Kehila webpages were created by people who are no longer able to maintain them.
We thank them for their past efforts and wish them luck on their future endeavors.
The following webpages are "orphaned" and are available for adoption.

Barysaw (Borisov), Belarus
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Rozdol, (G) Ukraine
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GOOD NEWS!  The following webpage was adopted:

Craiova, Romania
Adopted by Gregory Meyer
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Dolj County, Romania
Adopted by Gregory Meyer
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Kamiensk (Kaminska), Poland
Adopted by Gregory Meyer
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Plunge (Plungiany), Lithuania
Adopted by Eli Rabinowitz
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Priluki, Ukraine
Adopted by Gregory Meyer


If you wish to create a KehilaLinks webpage or adopt an existing "orphaned"
webpage please contact us at: < bloch@mts.net>.

NEED TECHNICAL HELP CREATING A WEBPAGE?: We have a team of dedicated volunteer webpage designers who will help you create a webpage.
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Susana Leistner Bloch, VP, KehilaLinks, JewishGen, Inc.
Barbara Ellman, KehilaLinks Technical Coordinator


Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Ukraine SIG September-October update

1) During September & October, 2014, Ukraine SIG received the following:
  • Translations of scanned vital records (material still needs to be proofread before submitting it to JewishGen for inclusion in the JewishGen Ukraine Database) from FHL film 2192583 items 17 (124 births for 1861) 18 (33 marriage records from 1862), 19 (68 death records for 1862), 21 (48 death records for 1863).
  • Translation of a list of 177 people killed in pogroms from 1918-1921 and buried in a mass grave in Fastov.
2) In September, we submitted 7,250 death records to the JewishGen Ukraine Database from: 
  • Priluki 1856, 1857, 1864, 1865.
  • Mogilev-Podolsky 1844.
  • Zaslav 1848, 1849, 1850, 1851, 1853, 1854, 1855, 1856, 1857, 1858, 1859, 1860, 1861, 1862, 1863, 1864, 1865, 1867, 1868, 1869, 1870, 1871, 1872,1873, 1874, 1875, 1876, 1877, 1878, 1879, 1880, 1881.
  • Zinkov 1839, 1849, 1850.
3) We acquired vital records images of book number 1162-1-3a from the Kiev archives. They include the following information:
  • Koshevata [now Kivshovata] 1847 births, 1847 deaths, 1849 births, 1851 births.
  • Stavyshche 1847 births, 1847 "community book."
  • Tarashcha 1846 births, 1846 marriages and divorces, 1847 births, 1847 deaths,1847 divorces, 1847 marriages, 1848 marriages, 1849 births, 1849deaths.
  • Zhashkov [now Zhashkiv] 1851 births.
  • Zhyvotiv [now Novozhyvotiv] 1851 marriages.
4) We received scans of the following FHC films:
  • Kersh 2009923 item 4 (158 images of vital records 1880-1884).
  • Priluki 2423896 items 7-20 (888 images of vital records 1885-1889).
  • Cherkassy 2289402 item 6 (153 images of marriages 1875-1878).
  • Cherkassy 2289403 items 1-6 (732 images of births 1837-1853 and deaths 1837-1849).
  • Cherkassy 2289407 items 1-3 (338 images of births 1885-1895).
  • Cherkassy Towns 2289407 item 7 (Gorodishche:14 images of marriages 1916; Orlovets: 187 images of births 1892-1911, marriages 1891, 1902,1907; Vyazivok: 29 images of births 1894, deaths 1902).
5) We are continuing to translate:
  • A 1913 business directory of the southwest provinces of the Russian Empire (so far we have translations of Mogilev-Podolsky,Kamenka-Podolia, Talnoye).
  • The list of people who relocated from Courland to Kherson in 1837 and 1840.
6) We are proofreading
  • 2361 records of ship manifests from Pereyaslav, Vishnevets, Shumsk, Verbovets, Poninka, Zenkov, Zinkov.
  • 414 records of marriages from Zinkov, Mogilev Podolsky, Priluki.
  • 1930 records of births from Nikolayev and Priluki.
7) We have begun two new fundraising projects to acquire and translate records for:
  • An 1875 conscription census which includes Zinkov, Letichev and Volkovintsy.
  • Indexes of vital records from Balta.
8) Our cooperative mapping venture with Yahad in Unum is well underway!
  • 39 town maps have been linked to their site and they are linking to our town pages. 
  • We now have 16 active KehilaLinks sites corresponding to those 39 towns, and they are being linked to Yahad in Unum as well. 
9) (drumroll please!) we have just received 25,900 pages of documents (22.5 GB) from CAHJP, which include census records, voters lists, resident lists, and more! The information covers:
  • Kremenets
  • Shumsk
  • Belozirka
  • Shepoval
  • Uman
  • Ladyzhinka
  • Kiev
Please help us continue the important work of the Ukraine SIG, and the rest of JewishGen! Your finanical support, no matter the amount, makes a difference. Click here to donate and show your support for FREE Jewish Genealogy.  To donate via PayPal, please click here.

Wishing you the best of luck with your research, 
Warren

Yizkor Book Project, October 2014

Shalom,

As with quite a few of my recent Yizkor Book Project reports, once again, I am able to announce the very gratifying news that yet another Yizkor Book has now been completely translated and appears online. This time the project which has reached this lofty goal is:  Klobuck, Poland (The Book of Klobucko; in memory of a martyred community which was destroyed) which was adeptly coordinated by Allan Mantel.

During October,  ten new entries were added from the Pinkas Hakehillot  Poland (Encyclopedia of Jewish Communities in Poland) for Ukrainian communities and I wish to thank Ron Doctor, Ellen Garshick and the Kremenets District Research Group for being the driving forces behind this welcome initiative.

For those of you who aren't familiar, the  Yad Vashem museum in Israel published a very large series of Pinkas Hakehillot  (community encyclopedias) presenting details of a huge number of communities which had a large or small Jewish presence within them before the Holocaust. As such, these volumes do present us with unique information on communities that might not have been covered in any Yizkor book and hence, their importance to us. I have pleased to see that more and more people are taking interest in these volumes and if you are contemplating in sponsoring or translating any of the articles from  these encyclopedias, please contact me and I will assist in facilitating their translation.

Now to facts and figures for October.

During this last month we have added in 2 new projects:

- Miechow, Charsznica & Ksiaz, Poland (Miechov Memorial Book, Charsznica and

- "Tales of my first life 1923-1946" by Yochanan Dvir http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/Dvir/Dvir.html


Added in 10 new entries:

- Krasnoye, Ukraine (Encyclopedia of Jewish Communities in Poland, Volume V) http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/pinkas_poland/pol5_00179a.html

- Krichil'sk, Ukraine (Encyclopedia of Jewish Communities in Poland, Volume

- Kremenets', Ukraine (Encyclopedia of Jewish Communities in Poland, Volume

- Krupets, Ukraine (Encyclopedia of Jewish Communities in Poland, Volume V) http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/pinkas_poland/pol5_00179b.html

- Krymno, Ukraine (Encyclopedia of Jewish Communities in Poland, Volume V) http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/pinkas_poland/pol5_00179c.html

- Podlesnoye, Ukraine (Encyclopedia of Jewish Communities in Poland, Volume

- Shatsk, Ukraine (Encyclopedia of Jewish Communities in Poland, Volume V) http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/pinkas_poland/pol5_00206a.html

- Shums'k, Ukraine (Encyclopedia of Jewish Communities in Poland, Volume V) http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/pinkas_poland/pol5_00206b.html

- Vishnevets, Ukraine (Encyclopedia of Jewish Communities in Poland, Volume

- Vyshgorodok, Ukraine (Encyclopedia of Jewish Communities in Poland, Volume


We have continued to update 27 of our existing projects:

- Bender, Moldova (Bendery Community Yizkor Book) http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/Bender/Bender.html

- Ciechanowiec, Poland (Ciechanoviec-Bialystok District; Memorial and

- Dzyatlava, Belarus (A memorial to the Jewish community of Zetel) http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/Dzyatlava/Dzyatlava.html

- Goworowo, Poland (Govorowo memorial book) http://www.jewishgen.org/Yizkor/Goworowo/Goworowo.html

- Jonava, Lithuania (Jonava On The Banks Of The Vylia; In memory of the destroyed Jewish community of Jonava) http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/Jonava/Jonava.html

- Kalush, Ukraine (Kalusz; The life and Destruction of the Community) http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/kalusz/kalusz.html

- Karelichy, Belarus (Korelitz; the life and destruction of a Jewish

- Klobuck, Poland (The Book of Klobucko; in memory of a martyred community which was destroyed) http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/klobuck/klobuck.html

- Kremenets, Ukraine (Memorial Book of Kremenets, Vyshgorodok, and Pochayiv) http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/kremenets3/kremenets3.html

- Krosno, Poland (Krosno by the Wislok River) http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/Krosno/Krosno.html

- Lviv, Ukraine (Lwow Volume: Part I)

- Plonsk, Poland (Memorial book of Plonsk and vicinity) http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/plonsk/plonsk.html

- Radekhov, Ukraine (Memorial Book of Radikhov) http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/Radekhov/Radekhov.html

- Radzivilov, Ukraine (Memorial Book of Radzivilov) http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/Radzivilov/Radzivilov.html

- Serock, Poland (The book of Serock)

- Siedlce, Poland (The Jews in Siedlce 1850-1945) http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/Siedlce3/Siedlce3.html

- Sokolivka, Ukraine (Sokolievka / Justingrad; a century of struggle and suffering in a Ukrainian shtetl) http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/Sokolivka/Sokolivka.html

- Stowbtsy, Belarus (Memorial volume of Steibtz-Swerznie and the neighboring villages Rubezhevitz, Derevna, Nalibok) http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/Stowbtsy/Stowbtsy.html

- Stryy, Ukraine (Book of Stryj)

- Suchowola, Poland (Suchovola Memorial Library of Jewish Communities) http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/suchowola/suchowola.html

- Suwalki, Poland (Memorial book of Suvalk) http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/Suwalki1/Suwalki1.html

- Szydlowiec, Poland (Szydlowiec Memorial Book) http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/Szydlowiec/Szydlowiec.html

- Turka, Ukraine (Memorial Book of the Community of Turka on the Stryj and

- Vileyka, Belarus  (Memorial Book of the community of Vileyka) http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/vileyka/vileyka.html

- Volodymerets', Ukraine (The book of Vladimerets) http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/Volodymerets/Volodymerets.html

- Wielun, Poland (Wielun Memorial Book)

- Wlodawa, Poland (Yizkor book in memory of Vlodava and region) http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/Wlodawa/wlodowa.html


Some important links to note:

- This month's additions and updates are flagged at http://www.jewishgen.org/Yizkor/translations.html to make it easy to find them. 
-  All you would like to know about the Yizkor Books in Print Project http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/ybip.html
-  Yizkor Book Translation Funds
where your financial support will assist in seeing more translations go online.


All the best
Lance Ackerfeld
Yizkor Book Project Manager


Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Yizkor Book Project, September 2014

Shalom,

In my Yizkor Book Project reports I freely talk about Yizkor books on the assumption that everyone knows what I'm referring to. It seems, though, that I was misguided as I learnt from a message from someone a few weeks ago who wasn't all that clear as to what was being talked about. Therefore, to explain -  Yizkor books were written after the Holocaust as memorials to Jewish communities destroyed in the Holocaust and were usually compiled  by émigré organizations from those communities and contain descriptions and histories of the community, biographies of prominent people, necrologies, photographs etc.  As such, they are an invaluable source of information for people who wish to learn about these communities and the people who lived within them. As most of the books were written in Yiddish and Hebrew, our mission is to make available the "treasures" they contain available to a much wider audience by translating them into English (and some other
languages) and this comes about thanks to a worldwide team of volunteers who share the vision behind the Yizkor Book Project.

Of course, as these books are quite often extremely long - 600 pages or more, the translation of them takes a great deal of time and financial resources. Each time we manage to place an entire book online, it is always a memorable milestone for our group and this past month two such projects were completed. So, I would like to take this opportunity to send out my many thanks to:

- Ann Belinsky and Harvey Spitzer for the incredible achievement of completely translating the Karelichy, Belarus Yizkor book
- Seth Morgulas and Helen Rosenstein Wolf for their mammoth task of preparing the text files from the English version of the Kozienice, Poland Yizkor book

Now to facts and figures for September.

During this last month we have added in 4 new projects:

- Beograd (Belgrade), Serbia (Historical Archives of Belgrade Remembrance Book of Holocaust Victims in Belgrade) http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/Belgrade/Belgrade.html

- Lask, Poland (Memorial Book of Lask)

- Sokolivka, Ukraine (Sokolievka / Justingrad; a century of struggle and suffering in a Ukrainian shtetl) http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/Sokolivka/Sokolivka.html

- Szydlowiec, Poland (Yizkor book Szydlowiec) http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/Szydlowiec1/Szydlowiec1.html


Added in 5 new entries:

- Abramowo, Belarus (Jewish Settlements in the North and South-West Provinces (1835 - 1890)) http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/belarus1/bel001.html

- Augustow, Poland (Encyclopedia of Jewish Communities in Poland, Volume IV) http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/pinkas_poland/pol4_00126.html

- Lotovo, Belarus (Jewish Settlements in the North and South-West Provinces

- Sarowo, Belarus (Jewish Settlements in the North and South-West Provinces

- Suchowola, Poland (Encyclopedia of Jewish Communities in Poland, Volume



We have continued to update 19 of our existing projects:

- Czestochowa, Poland (The Jews of Czestochowa) http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/Czestochowa1/Czestochowa1.html

- Czyzew-Osada, Poland (Czyzewo Memorial Book) http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/Czyzew/Czyzew.html

- Golub-Dobrzyn, Poland (In Memory of the Communities Dobrzyn-Gollob) http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/golub_dobrzyn/golub_dobrzyn.html

- Gorlice, Poland (Gorlice book; the community at rise and fall) http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/gorlice/gorlice.html

- Jadow, Poland (The Book of Jadow)

- Karelichy, Belarus (Korelitz; the life and destruction of a Jewish

- Klobuck, Poland (The Book of Klobucko; in memory of a martyred community which was destroyed) http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/klobuck/klobuck.html

- Kozienice, Poland (The book of Kozienice; The birth and the destruction of a Jewish community) http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/kozienice/kozienice.html

- Latvia (The Jews in Latvia)

- Lenin, Belarus (The community of Lenin; memorial book) http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/lenin/lenin.html

- Lviv, Ukraine (Lwow Volume: Part I)

- Miedzyrzec Podlaski, Poland (Mezritsh Book, in Memory of the Martyrs of our City) http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/Miedzyrzec_Podlaski/Miedzyrzec_Podlaski.html

- Ozerna, Ukraine (Memorial book of Jezierna) http://www.jewishgen.org/Yizkor/Ozerna/Ozernah.html [Hebrew]

- Sanok, Poland (Memorial Book of Sanok and Vicinity) http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/sanok/sanok.html

- Stryy, Ukraine (Book of Stryj)

- Szydlowiec, Poland (Szydlowiec Memorial Book) http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/Szydlowiec/Szydlowiec.html

- Turets, Belarus (Book of Remembrance - Tooretz-Yeremitz) http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/Turets/Turets.html

- Turka, Ukraine (Memorial Book of the Community of Turka on the Stryj and

- Wlodawa, Poland (Yizkor book in memory of Vlodava and region) http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/Wlodawa/wlodowa.html


Some important links to note:

- This month's additions and updates are flagged at http://www.jewishgen.org/Yizkor/translations.html to make it easy to find them. 
-  All you would like to know about the Yizkor Books in Print Project http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/ybip.html
-  Yizkor Book Translation Funds
where your financial support will assist in seeing more translations go online.


Lance Ackerfeld 
Yizkor Book Project Manager


Sunday, October 26, 2014

JGS of the Conejo Valley and Ventura County (JGSCV) November 3 Program The Margarine Moonshiners from Minsk: Conducting Story-Driven Research

Posted by: Jan Meisels Allen





The Jewish Genealogical Society of the Conejo Valley and Ventura County (JGSCV) will hold a general meeting, co–sponsored with Temple Adat Elohim, on Monday, November 3, 2014 7:00-9:00 PM  at Temple Adat Elohim 2420 E. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks, CA

NOTE: Please note the different day of week and time for this meeting.

The Topic:   The Margarine Moonshiners from Minsk:  Conducting Story-Driven Research

Tammy Hepps takes a journey through story-telling that is funny and yet a genealogical journey that teaches us how to research. Hepps’ routine search on her great-grandfather revealed the shocking surprise that he had been incarcerated in Leavenworth, which led her to trace a group of brothers and brothers-in-law recently emigrated from Minsk, who set out to sell margarine as butter in defiance of the law. Hepps uncovered the hijinks of her great-grandfather, who fled with his family repeatedly before the feds finally nabbed him, the brother-in-law he fingered who was excommunicated for selling lard as butter, another brother-in-law who was arrested for threatening to kill a witness, and more. Hepps uses numerous historical and genealogical repositories to retrace her journey to get to the bottom of this long-concealed chapter in her family history. You will learn how you can better pursue the fascinating leads in your family trees when you think like a story teller.

Speaker: Tammy A. Hepps is the creator of Treelines.com, a family story-sharing website and winner of the RootsTech 2013 Developer Challenge. She has fourteen years of experience in digital media with a degree from Harvard. Hepps has been working on her family tree for more than twenty years and combines in Treelines.com her depth in genealogy, technology, and storytelling. She serves on the Board of Directors for JewishGen and the Philadelphia Jewish Archive Center, and the Board of Advisers for the NY Family History School.

The Schmoozing Corner which is held starting 6:40 PM will be facilitated by JGSCV founding member   and Secretary JGSCV, Debra Kay Blatt. The Schmoozing Corner is available if you would like individual insights for your genealogical pursuits from an experienced JGSCV member 20 minutes before each meeting.
 
5-Minute Genealogical Hint:  International Jewish Genealogy Month which is celebrated during the month of Cheshvan - October 25 to November 22, 2014, honors our Jewish ancestors through the pursuit of Jewish family history research. 

Our traveling library will be available starting at 6:30 PM. To see which books are in our traveling library see our website under library- traveling (www.jgscv.org).       
                                                 
The Jewish Genealogical Society of the Conejo Valley and Ventura County is dedicated to sharing genealogical information, techniques and research tools with anyone interested in Jewish genealogy and family history.  There is no charge to attend the meeting.  Anyone may join JGSCV.



2015 Membership Drive: We have started our 2015 membership drive-- annual dues paid now are good through December 2015. Dues are $25 for an individual and $30 for a family. Forms are available at the meeting, on the JGSCV website—under Membership- and in the JGSCV newsletter, Venturing Into Our Past.

Directions: Take 101 Freeway - exit Rancho Road in Thousand Oaks, go north (if coming from the west, cross Thousand Oaks Blvd ) to E. Hillcrest Drive turn right on E. Hillcrest go about 1.3 miles (just east of Conejo School Road) Temple is on the right. There are approximately 75 parking spots within the complex. There is no parking on Hillcrest Drive . You may park in the complex or on any of the side streets.

For more information, please see the JGSCV website:  www.jgscv.org

 Light refreshments will be served.

Jan

Jan Meisels Allen
President, JGSCV