Monday, May 28, 2012

Ships of Our Ancestors With Hal Bookbinder June 3 Program for JGS Conejo Valley and Ventura County

Posted by: Jan Meisels Allen

The Jewish Genealogical Society of the Conejo Valley and Ventura County (JGSCV) will be meeting on Sunday, June 3, 2012 1:30-3:30 pm at Temple Adat Elohim, 2420 E Hillcrest Drive in Thousand Oaks, CA.

The Topic: Ships of Our Ancestors.. First time presentation of a  new program!

Jews have been coming to the United States since the late 1500s. The first record of a non-converso Jew in America was Joachim Gans, of Prague, who settled in what would be North Carolina in 1585. He eventually returned to England. However, with the arrival in 1654 of 23 Jews from the Brazil escaping the Inquisition, Jews were here to stay.

During the active years of Ellis Island, 83,000 ship arrivals were recorded. Between 1880 and 1914, about two million Jewish immigrants arrived from Europe, with most passing through Ellis Island. Until the age of flight, immigrants arrived by sea, first on sailing ships and after the middle of the 19th Century, on steamships. This presentation focuses on the ships on which our ancestors traveled, discussing the shift from sail to steam and the governmental regulations, which made ship travel safer and more civilized. It will address the experience of our ancestors in getting to the port of embarkation, being processed for passage, life aboard the vessel and on Ellis Island.

Speaker: Hal Bookbinder, founding member of  JGSCV and former president of  JGSLA and IAJGS, created, and continues to edit the annual Jewish Genealogical Yearbook. In 2010, he received the IAJGS Lifetime Achievement Award. Hal is currently serving on the JewishGen Board of Governors. Hal has
been researching eight family lines for over 27 years, identifying 4,000 relatives and tracing two of these lines into the late 1700s.
                                                                   

Our Schmoozing corner, which starts 15 minutes before the meeting begins will be facilitated by Werner Frank, JGSCV founding member and former board member. This permits attendees to ask questions on brick walls and get directions on how to do their research.

The 5-minute genealogical technique will be presented by JSGCV president, Jan Meisels Allen on researching military records.

Our traveling library will have categories A and B books. The books are available starting 30 minutes before the program to shortly after the program. To see which books are coming to the meeting, please see our
website www.jgscv.org under traveling library.

You will also have the opportunity to sign up for the Ralphs Community Contribution program at the meeting! Please bring your Ralphs card to do so--this helps JGSCV at no cost to you--even if you are only an occasional shopper at Ralphs it helps JGSCV. You may obtain a Ralphs card at any local
Ralphs.

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. (www.jgscv.org). There is no charge to attend the meeting and all are welcome to attend. Annual dues are $25 for an individual and $30 for a family. Dues paid are good through December 2012.

For more information about JGSCV including directions see our website
www.jgscv.org

Jan Meisels Allen
President, JGSCV


Updated IAJGS Legislative Alert Posted to IAJGS Website

Posted by: Jan Meisels Allen

An updated IAJGS Legislative Alert is posted to the IAJGS website www.iajgs.org under legislation- latest alert or click directly : http://www.iajgs.org/pramc/Latest_Alert.pdf

The IAJGS statement in response to the May 8th (USA)  House of Representatives Ways and Means Joint Subcommittees on Oversight and Social Security hearing on Identity  Theft and Tax Fraud is linked. Again, the genealogical community was not invited to testify. This statement was submitted following the hearing within the time frame allotted for public statements to be submitted.

The Latest Alert also has updates on several states records access legislation that were reported on previously: Maine,  New Jersey, New York City , Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Washington State.

If you learn of any legislation or regulations worldwide that would reduce access to vital records or census, please let us know.

Jan Meisels Allen
IAJGS Vice President
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee
 


Belfast Ireland Cemetery Records OnLine Free

Posted by: Jan Meisels Allen

The Belfast (Ireland) City Council has placed on line about 360,000 burial records including Belfast City Cemetery-records from 1869 including Jewish records, as well as more recent burials at Roselawn Cemetery and Dundonald Cemetery.  When using the search mechanism--you need at a minimum the surname and the extraction will show the following information: name, age, sex, place of last residence, date of death, date of burial, cemetery, grave section and type of burial--for example, earth burial or cremation.
See: http://www.belfastcity.gov.uk/burialrecords/index.asp

Thank you to Lost Cousins for alerting us to this information.

Jan Meisels Allen
IAJGS Vice President
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

Article on 1940 Census Undercountis by 7.5 million People

Posted by: Jan Meisels Allen

The Associated Press has an article on the under reporting of 7.5 million people in the 1940 census. While the largest part of the under reported population were black the non-black population was undercounted by  5
percent or 6.3 million people.

 To read more go to:  http://tinyurl.com/723zuz8
original url:
http://news.yahoo.com/1940-us-census-records-show-black-undercount-175820718--spt.html;_ylt=A2KJ3CVXOLlPqEQAgXDQtDMD

Thank you to Randy Herschaft of the AP for alerting us to this story.

Jan Meisels Allen
IAJGS Vice President
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee
 

National Archives at San Francisco Opens Immigration Center

Posted by: Jan Meisels Allen

The (USA) National Archives announced the opening of the Immigration Center Files and dedication to the Tom Lantos* Research Center.  The National Archives and the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services joined to have the Alien Files (commonly known as the A-Files) re-designated as permanent records of  historical value.  The A-Files are immigration records created for each of the millions of aliens residing the United States since 1944.  The dedication was May 22, 2012 at 10:00 AM.  One of the dedication participants wass Jeremy Frankel, President,  San Francisco Bay Area Jewish Genealogical Society.  To read more see:http://www.archives.gov/press/press-releases/2012/nr12-118.html

The only A-files that will be housed at the Tom Lantos Research Center will be for Guam, Hawaii, Reno NV and San Francisco. All other A-Files are housed at the Kansas City Regional Archives office once the A-file subject is 100 years old.  (This was reported on this forum September 3, 2012 and the original press release is available at http://tinyurl.com/2dhc7y2
http://www.archives.gov/press/press-releases/2010/nr10-137b.html)

There are approximately 50,000 files that have been released to the San Bruno, CA Regional National Archives- Tom Lantos Research Center.- all born before 1910. They will be released to this center in 5-year blocks, therefore, in 2015 they will receive those people born between 1910-1915 from the four geographic areas mentioned in the paragraph above. These files will be screened so that others mentioned in the files that are less than 100-years are not released.  You can contact the center at: afiles.sanbruno@nara.gov

* Tom Lantos was the only  Holocaust survivor to have serve in the U.S. Congress. He was born in Budapest Hungary and served in the US Congress for 13 terms representing the northern two-thirds of San Mateo County and a small portion of southwest San Francisco. He died in 2008.

Jan Meisels Allen
IAJGS Vice President
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Update: Romanian SIG

Dear fellow Rom-SIGgers,


We are delighted to announce that we have a new Co-Coordinator of the Rom-SIG! 


Following the sad and untimely passing of Stephanie Weiner, Bob Wascou and I put a call for someone interested to come aboard, and be trained to assist us in the many chores and decisions involved in running the Rom-SIG. In seemingly no time time at all we had a wonderful response from our member, Jeni Armandez.


Jeni plunged right in to help, bringing her enthusiasm, tech knowledge, and fresh insight! She has been training with us for a few months now, and as of today she is now our official Co-Coordinator of the ROM-SIG!


We should all feel very lucky to have her, and we know it will help the SIG as we move along to new horizons!


Jeni will be in Paris, and we hope that those of you who will be there take the opportunity to get to know her, and welcome her in her new position!


Rosanne Leeson, Co-Coordinator Rom-SIG
Bob Wascou, Research Coordinator Rom-SIG

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

FamilyTreeDNA


As part of JewishGen's commitment to bring our users useful information, we want to share the following message from one of our marketing partners.
_________________________________________________________________________________
Dear Fellow JewishGenner:
It’s hard to believe that twelve years have gone by since FamilyTreeDNA first announced its creation right here on the JewishGen Discussion Groups. Since that time, genetic genealogy has become an important part of the research process, and has helped establish many connections!
Because so many people have been successful, we are asking you, as a JewishGen user, to have your DNA tested.
With DNA testing, you can use:
  • Y-DNA to confirm your surname lineage (men only).
  • mtDNA to determine your family origin. (Did you know than 40% of all Ashkenazi Jews can be traced to four women!)
  • The “Family-Finder Test” to explore relationships across geographic location. (Ever wonder if part of your family came from the Middle East?!) 
Right now, all JewishGen users are eligible for special pricing on new test kits from  FamilyTreeDNA! The test is extremely easy, quick and pain-free.
Please click here to learn more and to order your DNA test kit today.
Bennett Greenspan
President, Family Tree DNA

Friday, May 11, 2012

(USA) House Votes to Cease Funding for American Community Survey

Posted by: Jan Meisels Allen

On May 9 the House of Representatives voted an amendment by Representative Daniel Webster (R-FL) to HR 5326 to prohibit the use of funds with respect to the American Community Survey (ACS), lead the charge to dismantle the ACS entirely on the grounds that it's unconstitutional. As reported in Bloomberg Business Week, The ACS-which has a long bipartisan history, provides data that help determine how more than $400 billion in federal and state funds are spent annually. Businesses also rely heavily on it to do such things as decide where to build new stores, hire new employees, and get valuable insights on consumer spending habits. Cutting the funding is part of the desire by House Republicans to cut spending.  Originally, an amendment by Congressman Ted Poe, (TX -R) would have repealed the mandatory requirement to complete the survey, to enforce section 221(a) of title 13, United States Code,  People who refused to complete the survey could be fined up to $5,000 under Section 221(a) of Title 13 US Code .
See: http://tinyurl.com/7l3rr2f
original url:
http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2012-05-10/killing-the-american-community-survey-blinds-business

The American Community Survey is an ongoing statistical survey by the U.S. Census Bureau, sent to approximately 250,000 addresses monthly (or 3 million per year).  It regularly gathers information previously contained only in the long form of the decennial census. It is the largest survey other than the decennial census that the Census Bureau administers. (from Wikipedia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Community_Survey).  To learn more
about the American Community Survey go to: http://www.census.gov/acs/www/

This still has to go to the US Senate for discussion and a vote.

Thank you to Steve Morse for alerting us to this latest Congressional action affecting the American Community Survey.

Jan Meisels Allen
IAJGS Vice President
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

British Newspaper Archive

Posted by: Jan Meisels Allen

The British Library in partnership with Brightsolid has announced they added a newspaper title page to their British Newspaper Archive collection.You can now see 'Recently Added Issues' (titles that have been added to in the last 30 days), plus a total A-Z list of the titles that are available on the site and the year range covered.  Thousands of pages are added daily -with over 5 million pages already posted.  
 See:  http://tinyurl.com/7j38axn original url
http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/home/NewspaperTitles

Searching is free. One can search by newspaper or by key words in the archive and browse by location http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/ .
However if you wish to view the article, download or print there is a charge..various packages from 2 days  £6.95 GBP to 12 months £79.95 GBP are available for purchase with other options also available. You will need to register before you start a search--that is free.  Registration also gives you 15 free credits toward your first "purchase".  There are some "free" pages:

I have no affiliation with either British Library or Brightsolid.

Jan Meisels Allen
IAJGS Vice President
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

(USA) George Washington's 1790 Letter to Hebrew Congregation in Rhode Island to Go on Display

Posted by: Jan Meisels Allen

George Washington's 1790 letter to the Hebrew Congregation in Newport, Rhode Island, in which the first president vowed that America would give "to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance," will form the centerpiece of a special show at the National Museum of American Jewish History (Philadelphia, PA), opening on June 29 (http://www.nmajh.org/). Until recently, the letter's legal owner, the Morris Morgenstern Foundation, had refused previous requests to move the letter.

To read the letter go to:
http://gwpapers.virginia.edu/documents/hebrew/reply.html

Read more: http://tinyurl.com/d8y9wbs
original url:
http://forward.com/articles/156054/washingtons-iconic-letter-to-be-displayed/?p=all#ixzz1uRJbVsb9

The letter has not been available for viewing for over a decade and until recently many did not even known where it was stored--it turns out in a suburban Maryland warehouse  http://tinyurl.com/7nu35oa
original url:
http://forward.com/articles/138689/solving-the-mystery-of-washington-s-famous-lette/.

Jan Meisels Allen
IAJGS Vice President
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

(USA) Archivist of US Names Executive for Research Services

Posted by: Jan Meisels Allen

David S. Ferriero, Archivist of the United States,  named William Meyer as the Executive for Research Services effective June 18, 2012.  Most recently, Mr. Meyer served as the University Librarian at American University in Washington, DC.  Mr. Meyer  will direct a program that acquires, preserves, and makes historical records accessible at fifteen facilities across the country and on the archives.gov website. One of Mayer's top priorities will be to build a systematic, ongoing program to identify and meet researcher customer needs through on-site and online services.

To read more go to:
http://www.archives.gov/press/press-releases/2012/nr12-117.html

Jan Meisels Allen
IAJGS Vice President
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

Canadian Budget Cuts Effect Library and Archives Canada

Posted by: Jan Meisels Allen

As with many other countries and states struggling with diminished funding, the Canadian government has reduced the budget of Library and Archives Canada and federal libraries.  According to a statement by the Canadian Library Association, it  indicated that 430  people have been given notices at Library and Archives Canada representing over 200 positions over the next three years, approximately 20 percent of the workforce.  In addition to staff, cuts have been made in acquisitions and inter-library loan activities.  To read the Canadian Library Association statement go to:
http://tinyurl.com/72w6977
original url:
http://www.cla.ca/AM/Template.cfm?Section=Home&TEMPLATE=/CM/ContentDisplay.cfm&CONTENTID=12920

While there is nothing about the budget cuts on the Library and Archives Canada website, there is a statement about modernization innovation initiatives which focus on the core activities of human resources,
information management, appraisal, resource discovery, holdings management, digital preservation, and stakeholder engagement. To read the Library and Archives Canada statement go to:
http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/about-us/modernization/Pages/default.aspx  and  also click on "Myth Busters" link on the left for their response to the changes and some of the comments about the changes.

Jan Meisels Allen
IAJGS Vice President
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

Friday, May 4, 2012

(USA) House Ways and Means Subcommittees To Hold Joint Hearing On Identity Theft and Tax Fraud

Posted by: Jan Meisels Allen

House Ways and Means Oversight Subcommittee Chairman Charles Boustany, Jr., MD (R-LA) and Social Security Subcommittee Chairman Sam Johnson (R-TX) announced that the Subcommittees on Oversight and Social Security will hold a hearing on tax fraud involving identity theft. The hearing will take place on Tuesday, May 8, 2012, in 1100 Longworth House Office Building, beginning at 10:00 A.M EDT.  Oral testimony at this hearing will be from invited witnesses only. However, any individual or organization not scheduled for an oral appearance may submit a written statement for consideration by the Committee and for inclusion in the printed record of the hearing. We have been advised that the only invited presenters will be from government agencies.  See: http://tinyurl.com/7qnot8h
Original
url:http://waysandmeans.house.gov/News/DocumentSingle.aspx?DocumentID=293590

Anyone may watch the hearing by going to the committee website listed above and following the instructions for watching the video at the time of the hearing or clicking on committee videos on the lower left side..

For Processing Year 2011, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) reported detecting approximately 940,000 tax returns potentially filed by identity thieves and prevented issuing $6.5 billion in fraudulent tax refunds. Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA)  found that fraudulent refunds acquired through identity theft are significantly greater than the amounts detected. The use of the Death Master File (DMF) also known as the Social Security Death Index (SSDI) has been purchased by other government agencies, financial institutions, life insurance companies, credit reporting organizations, data aggregators, medical researchers, genealogists and others; and purchasers are free to re-disclose the data they obtain. This hearing will explore a major source of the problem - identity thieves who steal Social Security numbers to engage in tax fraud.

This joint subcommittee hearing has been expected since the February 2, 2012  hearing before the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Social Security.  To read the IAJGS statements submitted following the February 2 hearing and the Senate Finance Committee hearing submitted following the March 20 hearing
see www.iajgs.org and look at the latest Legislative Alert dated March 28, 2012 under "legislation" on the green tab on the left.

Jan Meisels Allen
IAJGS Vice President
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


(USA) National Archives New Exhibit on Immigration

Posted by: Jan Meisels Allen

The  (USA) National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) will open a new exhibit on June 15 on immigration entitled, "Attachments: Faces and Stories from America's Gates". It will run through September 4, 2012.  The information is not yet posted on their website (they only have information through May as of this posting) http://www.archives.gov/calendar/.

"Attachments" tells the stories of 31 men, women, and children who found themselves at the gateways to America between 1880 and the end of World War II.  Their stories are told through original documents and photographs that were "attached" to government forms, and draw from a few of the millions of  immigration case files at the National Archives.

The exhibit is divided into three sections;  Entering, Leaving and Staying. Examples of the 31 people one would "meet" in the exhibit include:

 1.  A young Polish child - whose parents are murdered by the Nazis - hides for two years in the Polish forests with an uncle and cousin.  The boy survives the war but then spends six years in four refugee camps.  Finally, in 1951, he is able to leave Germany and comes with his cousin to the U.S. He ends up in Cleveland, Ohio, where he is placed in a foster family, and becomes a U.S. citizen..

2.  A woman from Michigan, married to a Chinese man, who learns upon trying to leave the country that under U.S. law at the time, when she married her husband, she lost her U.S. citizenship and "became Chinese" for immigration purposes.

3. A Hawaiian boy taken by his parents to Japan who returns years later wanting to work in California.  However, U.S. immigration officers doubt his story and detain him at Angel Island, despite his Hawaiian birth certificate.

4. A Chinese woman who sails for the U.S. in 1927 with her new husband. The couple devises strategies that allow them to successfully negotiate prejudices about Chinese women trying to enter the country for immoral purposes. Seventy years later, their granddaughter discovers their wedding photograph in her grandmother's immigration file.

If you are planning a trip to the Washington D.C. area this summer--this is an exhibit that is worth a trip to the National Archives.

Jan Meisels Allen
IAJGS Vice President
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

JGS Conejo Valley and Ventura County May 6 Meeting on Visiting Your Ancestral Shtetl/Kahila/Town/City

 Posted by: Jan Meisels Allen

The Jewish Genealogical Society of the Conejo Valley and Ventura County (JGSCV) will be meeting on Sunday, May 6, 2012 1:30-3:30 pm at Temple Adat Elohim, 2420 E Hillcrest Drive in Thousand Oaks, CA.

The Topic: Visiting Your Ancestral Shtetl/Kahila/Town/City

One of most poignant and significant activities in genealogy is visiting your ancestral shtetl/kahila/town. JGSCV members and friends who have made trips to their ancestral towns will talk on what they did, how they prepared and what they learned. Thus far, we have speakers on Belarus, Germany, Lithuania, Poland and Wales. If you have visited your ancestral town and would like to share the experience please let us know - president@jgscv.org depending on the number of participants- every one can have up to 15 minutes
to present. If you are planning to attend the IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy in Paris this July, this program may be of assistance if  you plan to also visit your ancestral towns.

Our Schmoozing corner, which starts 15 minutes before the meeting begins will be facilitated by Marion Werle, JGSCV board member and publicity chairperson. This permits attendees to ask questions on brick walls and get directions on how to do their research.

The 5-minute genealogical technique will be presented by JSGCV president, Jan Meisels Allen on using city directories and telephone books to aide with finding people in the 1940 US Census.

Our traveling library will have categories A and D books. The books are available starting  30 minutes before the program  to shortly after the program. To see which books are coming to the meeting, please see our  website www.jgscv.org under traveling library.

You will also have the opportunity to sign up for the Ralphs Community Contribution  program at the meeting! Please bring your Ralphs card to do so--this helps JGSCV. You may obtain a Ralphs card at any local Ralphs.

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. (www.jgscv.org).  There is no charge to attend the meeting and all are welcome to attend. Annual dues are $25 for an individual and $30 for a family.
Dues paid are good through December 2012.

For more information including directions to the meeting, see our website
www.jgscv.org

Jan Meisels Allen
President, JGSCV

Study Comparing SSDI/Death Master File and Credit Applications and Services Find Identities of Nearly 2.5 Million Deceased

Posted by: Jan Meisels Allen

An issue of  concern for the genealogical community that is still before the US Congress in several pieces of legislation is public access to the Social Security Death Index[SSDI]/ Death Master File. As you may recall the legislation would limit or totally deny access to the commercial version of  the Death Master File(DMF] known as the SSDI.

A just released study from ID Analytics shows, that the identities of nearly 2.5 million deceased Americans are used improperly to apply for credit products and services each year. This is the first study to examine the extent of people improperly using a deceased person's identity to establish credit accounts. The study compared the names, dates of birth  and Social Security numbers on 100 million applications during
the first three months of 2011 to data in the DMF to find which applications used personally identifiable information associated with deceased individuals--with results showing nearly 2.5 million deceased's identity
used wrongly.

To read more about the study go to:
http://tinyurl.com/88cznot
original url:
http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/identities-of-nearly-25-million-deceased-americans-misused-each-year-148491305.html

Jan Meisels Allen
IAJGS Vice President
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

Serbian Jewish Cemterery Being Squeezed By New Construction

Posted by: Jan Meisels Allen

The Jewish Telegraphic Agency (JTA) reports a Jewish Serbian Cemetery being encroached by new construction and Roma (Gypsy) encampments.  The location, Nis,  is about 125 miles south of Belgrade. The Jewish community totals only 28 people in Nis. The Federation of Serbian Jewish Communities has protested, but the commercial construction appears not to be willing to let access to the gravestones be continued once their construction is completed.
To read more about this go to: http://tinyurl.com/7kovxpf
original
url:http://www.jta.org/news/article/2012/04/17/3092971/historic-serbian-jewish-cemetery-squeezed-by-new-construction

Jan Meisels Allen
IAJGS Vice President
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

New York City Department of Records Posts 870,000 Photos OnLine

Posted by: Jan Meisels Allen

The New York City Department of Records has posted 870,000 photographs on-line. Culled from the Municipal Archives collection of more than 2.2 million images going back to the mid-1800s, the photographs feature all manner of city oversight.   Some of the images have appeared in publications but most were accessible only by visiting the archive offices in lower Manhattan over the past few years. The collection features more than 800,000 color photographs taken with 35mm cameras of every city building in the mid-1980s to update the municipal records, and includes more than 1,300 rarely seen images taken by local photographers of the Depression-era Works Progress Administration.  It does "not" include the city's prized
collection of 720,000 photographs of every city building from 1939 to 1941.
To read about the collection see the AP article at:
http://tinyurl.com/7vgq5ne
http://news.yahoo.com/york-city-portrayed-online-870-000-images-064020853.html

The website for the NY City Department of Records is:
http://tinyurl.com/7mh83n2
http://www.nyc.gov/html/records/html/gallery/home.shtml
The direct link to the gallery is overwhelmed and you may get a message to return later.. there is a link to the gallery on the page linked above and when it works it should be:
http://www.nyc.gov/html/records/html/misc/luna.shtml .

Thank you to Randy Herschaft of the Associated Press for alerting us to this very interesting release of NYC historical photographs.

Jan Meisels Allen
IAJGS Vice President
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


Thursday, May 3, 2012

KehilaLinks Update April 2012

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.





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.



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

NEED TECHNICAL HELP CREATING A WEBPAGE?: We have a team of dedicated volunteers who will help you create a webpage.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Susana Leistner Bloch, VP, KehilaLinks, JewishGen, Inc.
Barbara Ellman, KehilaLinks Technical Coordinator






Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Yizkor Books Update: April 2012

Posted by Lance Ackerfeld

Shalom,

Once again, during the last month, the Yizkor Book Project grew in all sorts of directions. This growth includes the completion of the "The Martyrdom and Extermination of the Jews in Kielce During World War II" project and the addition of the whole of the Hebrew section from the Vishnevets, Ukraine Yizkor Book, plus substantial additions to many of our other projects currently in progress.

You will see that a number of new books from the Bessarabian region have been added and we are now looking for people to take on the coordination of these important projects. In general, if you would like to become involved in these or any of our other projects, I would definitely like to hear from you. No defined time commitments required - you are the one to generously volunteer some of your free time and you can decide how much time you are able to devote to these endeavors.

Once again, this past month, a number of necrologies have been placed online from a wide range of communities - from Estonia, Satu Mare, Romania, Mlyniv, Ukraine and Thessaloniki, Greece. These necrologies are not only a token way of immortalizing the names of Jews killed in the Holocaust, they also can provide other important genealogical details like dates, family relationships, professions and so on and for these reasons, we do place great efforts into preparing these substantial lists.

I am happy to note that the Yizkor Books in Print Project is well under way and awareness and sales are growing steadily. If you are interested in knowing more about the project, what books are available and where they may be purchased, especially in locations outside the US, you will find all this information by Clicking here

As far as the April figures go, during this last month we have added these 7 new projects:


We have continued to update 26 of our existing projects:

  • Bielsko Biala, Poland (Chapters from the past)
  • Briceni, Moldova (Brichany: its Jewry in the first half of our century)
  • Csenger, Hungary (Memorial Book of the Martyrs of Csenger, Porcsalma
  • Debica, Poland (The Book of Dembitz)  [Polish]
  • Dumbraveni, Moldova (Dombroven Book; memorial to the first Jewish Agricultural colony in Bessarabia)
  • Gargzdai, Lithuania (Gorzd book; A memorial to the Jewish community of
  • Gorodets, Belarus (Horodetz; history of a town, 1142-1942)
  • Ivanava, Belarus (Yanow near Pinsk; memorial book)
  • Kielce, Poland (The Martyrdom and Extermination of the Jews in Kielce During World War II)
  • Kurow, Poland (Yiskor book in memoriam of our hometown Kurow)
  • Lenin, Belarus (The community of Lenin; memorial book)
  • Mir, Belarus (Mir memorial book)
  • Mlyniv, Ukraine (Mlynov-Muravica memorial book)
  • Oradea, Romania (A city and yesterday; memorial book to the Jews of
  • Ostrolenka, Poland (Book of Kehilat Ostrolenka; Yizkor Book of the Jewish Community of Ostrolenka
  • Radomysl Wielki, Poland (Radomysl Wielki and Neighborhood)
  • Ratno, Ukraine (Ratno; Story of a Destroyed Jewish Community)
  • Rubiezewicze, Belarus (Rubiezewicze, Derevna and surroundings)
  • Ruskova, Romania (Memorial book of the martyrs of Ruskova and Soblas, Marmarosh district)
  • Sokolka, Poland (Memorial Book of Sokolka)
  • Sokyryany, Ukraine (Sekiryani, Bessarabia - alive and destroyed)
  • Staszow, Poland (The Staszow book)
  • Suwalki, Poland (Memorial book of Suvalk)
  • Thessaloniki, Greece (In Memorium of Salonike)
  • Tighina, Moldova (Bendery Community Yizkor Book)
  • Vishnevets, Ukraine (Memorial book to the martyrs of Vishnevets who perished in the Nazi Holocaust)
Please remember that all this month's additions and updates have been flagged at http://www.jewishgen.org/Yizkor/translations.html to make it easy to find them.