Friday, October 26, 2012

A Search For Jewish Roots -- Genie Milgrom Speaker at November 5 JGS Conejo Valley and Ventura County Mtg

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, 7:00-9:00 p.m. on Monday, November 5, 2012 at Temple Adat Elohim 2420 E. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks, CA

NOTE: Different Day of Week and Time of Day for This One Meeting!

The Program: From the Spanish Inquisition to the Present: A Search for Jewish Roots

Whether or not you have known-Sephardic roots, you will find this program of interest-both for the genealogical techniques Genie Milgrom will discuss as well as her genealogical journey through time as she criss-crossed  the planet for her Converso or Marrano roots. Milgrom was able to document fully an unbroken maternal lineage of 15 grandmothers going back to the late 1400's. She will tell us her personal story and explain in detail the methods she used to open up the Jewish history of the small village in Spain where her ancestors resided for over 500 years. Today she is still very active and preserving her findings in the village of Fermoselle, Spain which sits on
the border between Spain and Portugal.


Speaker: Genie Milgrom is an International Businesswoman and is currently the President of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Miami. She is also the author of the book, My 15 Grandmothers and is President of Tarbut Sefarad-Fermoselle in Spain as well as an active member of the American Society of Personal Historians. You can see more information on her website
at www.geniemilgrom.com .  Book signing and purchasing opportunity--$15.00 per copy.

[Genie just returned from a trip to Fermoselle, where the town's mayor proclaimed to be making an Official Act and handed her the Symbolic Key to the Jewish Quarter of The village along with a Pergamino to serve as a Document of Historical Memory being given  to a descendent of the Jews that had lived in this town of Fermoselle. In history this is only the second time that a Mayor in Spain has given a Symbolic Key to a descendent of the Spanish Jews. If you wish to read about her trip a brief write-up is in the JGSCV's current issue of Venturing Into Our Past accessible on our website: www.jgscv.org and  click on newsletters 2012 issues for the November issue.]

Our schmoozing corner starts 20 minutes  before the program (6:40 p.m.) (note the earlier time) facilitated by Werner Frank,  founding JGSCV member.

We will have Categories A & C of our traveling library available beginning at 6:30 PM to shortly after the meeting.

Our 5-minute genealogical hint at the beginning of the program will be by JGSCV President, Jan Meisels Allen on researching US military records to commemorate Veterans Day.

 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. Our 2013 membership dues campaign has started-any one joining or renewing from now to our December 2nd meeting and is in attendance at our December  meeting is eligible to have their name drawn for great
genealogical gifts! Membership forms are available at the meeting, on the jgscv.org website and in our newsletter, Venturing Into Our Past. Annual dues  are $25 for an individual and $30 for a family. Dues paid are good  through December 2013.

For more information, including directions to the meeting, please see the JGSCV website:  www.jgscv.org

Jan Meisels Allen
President, JGSCV

 


Friday, October 19, 2012

KehilaLinks Update


Posted by Susana Leistner Bloch

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.

Created by Martin Davis
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Webpage Design by Richard Baum
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KehilaLinks webpages recently updated:

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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.

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Good News!  The following webpages were adopted:

Cherkasy (Cherkoss), Ukraine
Created by Ron Doctor and Richard Baum
Adopted by Esther Rechtschafner
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Dunayivtsi (Dunayevtsy,Dinovitz) ,  Ukraine Created by Ron Doctor and Richard Baum Adopted by Carol Rombro Rider http://kehilalinks.jewishgen.org/Dunayivtsi/
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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.
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Susana Leistner Bloch, VP, KehilaLinks, JewishGen, Inc.
Barbara Ellman, KehilaLinks Technical Coordinator

Topics from the JewishGen Digest

Listed below are the topics currently being discussed on the 10/18/2012 edition of JewishGen Discussion List.

1. 3 Translated Chapters added to "Sefer Serock"  (Yizkor Book for Serock, Poland)
2. Assistance: ALTSHULER of Suwalki
3. KehilaLinks Project Report for September 2012
4. FW: Family search: WAJNKRANC and BURSZTYN
5. Re: Small Hungarian Communities
6. Brick wall - ENZER relatives
7. Help JewishGen and Receive Tax and Income Benefits
8. Need researcher for Gorzow Wielkopolski archives
9. Re: "Denne" KLEIN Mystery?
10. 214th Mokshansk Infantry Regiment 1905
11. (USA) Deal Made on Keeping Georgia Archives Open-But Its Not Over
12. Play about Terezin in NYC
13. IGRA International Jewish Genealogy Month programs October 21-25
14. JGS of Georgia - Sunday, Oct 21, 2012

To subscribe, please visit: http://lyris.jewishgen.org/listmanager

JewishGen Discussion Groups

We have been notified that some JewishGenner's experiencing difficulty receiving their Discussion Group messages. We are working to resolve this issue quickly and appreciate your patience and understanding. In the interim, a summary of the topics beings discussed will be published here on the blog. 


When the problems have been fixed, we will post instructions on how to retrieve the posts you may have missed.

Further information and updates will continue to be posted here.

Thank you for your patience and support of JewishGen's important work. Should you require immediate assistance, please email info@JewishGen.org

Monday, October 15, 2012

New JewishGen Course


JewishGen will hold an “Advanced JewishGen Genealogy” class from November 1–30. It is Internet oriented, open 24/7, and focuses on finding family records in Eastern Europe, including the Pale of Settlement. 

Downloadable lessons include: 

  • An overview of JewishGen and its search capacities and component databases
  • An understanding of Jewish customs, geography and history, as they affect family research
  • The methodology of foreign research 
  • Jewish European research sources and how to contact other researchers
  • Hiring professional researchers in other countries to search for records

Tuition is $150. Enrollment information can be found at the JewishGen Learning Center: http://www.jewishgen.org/Education.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

The Unknown Jews of Bangladesh: Fragments of an Elusive Community

It often comes as a surprise that there was once a thriving Jewish community in Pakistan. This is well documented. The real mystery and surprise is the fact that there was also once a Jewish community in East Pakistan, today Bangladesh, of which little is known.

Click here to read the entire article.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Ireland-Pending Legislation Could Restrict Access to Records

Posted by: Jan Meisels Allen

Some in Ireland are concerned that legislation first introduced in 2006 may be reintroduced and it would restrict access to vital records for genealogical research on the ground of privacy rights. 
 
The bill can be read at:: http://tinyurl.com/998yep3
 
The bill was restored to the Order Paper of Seanad √Čireann on September 25th 2012  http://www.oireachtas.ie/documents/op/Sep12/Seanad/op250912s.pdf - no. 9 on the Order Paper.
  An article in the Irish Times  may be read  at http://goo.gl/zI9UC.
original url: http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/ireland/2012/1001/1224324668622.html

Thank you to Dick Eastman and the Eastman Online Genealogy Newsletter for alerting us to this pending legislation.  See: http://tinyurl.com/9a4rcpe
http://blog.eogn.com/eastmans_online_genealogy/2012/10/proposed-irish-legislation-could-restrict-genealogy-research.html#more

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

[USA] New FOIA Online System For National Archives

Posted by: Jan Meisels Allen

The [USA] National Archives announced effective October 1, they are joining other government agencies --Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Commerce--with a new online Freedom of Information Act [FOIA] online system.  Go to: http://FOIAonline.Regulations.gov

It offers the public one place to submit FOIA requests, track their progress, communicate with the processing agency, search other requests, access previously released responsive documents and file appeals with participating agencies. While you can send requests to the participating agencies now, the data available in the system are initially minimal and variable by agency. The partner agencies will continue to enhance the system and they welcome other agencies’ participation.  To read the National Archives press release go to: 
original url:
Jan Meisels Allen
IAJGS Vice President
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Warren Blatt Speaker --Topic: Jewish Surnames -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, October 7, 2012  1:30-3:30 p.m. at Temple Adat Elohim 2420 E Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks.
Come and celebrate our 7th anniversary.  Light refreshments will be served.

The topic: Jewish Surnames:The History of Jewish Surnames-Their Origins, Types and
Etymologies.


Learn when Jewish surnames were first used in various countries, how they developed, and their transformation upon immigration. This presentation will dispel several common myths about Jewish surnames. Classifications of surnames will include: patronymic/matronymic, toponymic, occupational, artificial, religious,
and acronyms. Discover which Jewish surnames are the most common in the U.S., Eastern Europe and Israel, as well as sources for learning more about your surnames and how they may be accessed.

Speaker:
Warren Blatt, Managing Director and Editor-in-Chief, JewishGen,(www.jewishgen.org), an affiliate of the Museum of Jewish Heritage and founding member and board member of JGSCV.


 In 2004, Warren received the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies (IAJGS) Lifetime Achievement Award. He is the author of  Resources for Jewish Genealogy in the Boston Area; and co-author of Getting Started in Jewish Genealogy. Warren has over 25 years of research experience with Russian and Polish Jewish records, and is the author of the "JewishGen FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions about Jewish Genealogy," as well as many other JewishGen InfoFiles.

Our schmoozing corner starts 20 minutes (note the earlier time) before the program (1:10 p.m.) facilitated by Hal Bookbinder,  founding JGSCV member, and past president of the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies(IAJGS).

We will have Categories A & B of our traveling library available beginning  at  1:00 PM to shortly after the meeting.

Our 5 minute genealogical hint at the beginning of the program will be by JGSCV member Diane Wainwood on: The Port of Dreams :Ballinstadt Emigration Museum in Hamburg,Germany.

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.

This meeting  starts our 2013 membership dues campaign--any one joining or renewing starting at this meeting and is in attendance at our December 2nd meeting is eligible to have their name drawn for great genealogical gifts! Membership forms are available at the meeting, on the jgscv.org website and in our newsletter, Venturing Into Our Past. Annual dues are $25 for an individual and $30 for a family. Dues paid are good through December 2013.

For more information, including directions to the meeting, please see the JGSCV website:  www.jgscv.org

Jan Meisels Allen
President, JGSCV




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Monday, October 1, 2012

Yizkor Book Project, September 2012


Shalom,

September was enjoyable punctuated with quite a number of Jewish holidays, including the Sukkot festival which begins now. In general, then, our thoughts were in other directions, however, I'm pleased to say that we did manage to make progress in a number of directions in the Yizkor Book Project. As always, there are a number of new projects brewing - more about these in coming reports...

Although we have over 700 projects already going, at various levels of completion - 72 totally translated, I know that there are so many Yizkor books that were published that we have yet to reach. Clearly, we have a lot of work on our plate and, fortunately, we have a growing number of volunteers who are taking part in this very combined effort.

And on volunteers, we are endeavoring to list all those of you who have contributed to the success of the Yizkor Book Project over the years. There are already 350 names on this list which continues to grow and it can be seen at:


So, does this encourage you to get involved? If you are, I would be more than very pleased to hear from you.

Now to facts and figures - as far as the September figures go, during this last month we have added these 6 new projects:

- Bytca, Slovakia (Jews in Bytca)

- Targu-Mures, Romania (History of the Jews in Marosvasarhely) http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/targu-mures/targu-mures.html

- Tomaszow-Lubelsk, Poland Memorial book of Tomaszow Lubelski) http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/Tomaszow-Lubelski/Tomaszow-Lubelski.html

- Zakroczym, Poland (My Zakroczym)

- Zelow, Poland (Memorial book of the community of Zelow) http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/Zelow/Zelow.html

- Zutphen, Netherlands (The Jewish Community in Zutphen) http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/Zutphen/Zutphen.html


Added in 4 new entries:

- Strakonice, Czech Republic (The Jews and Jewish Communities of Bohemia in the past and present) http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/bohemia/boh613.html

- Tiraspol, Moldova (Encyclopedia of Jewish Communities in Romania, Volume

- Valea lui Vlad, Moldova (Encyclopedia of Jewish Communities in Romania, Volume II) http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/pinkas_romania/rom2_00351.html

- Zgurita, Moldova (Encyclopedia of Jewish Communities in Romania, Volume


We have continued to update 21 of our existing projects:

- Bedzin, Poland (A Memorial to the Jewish Community of Bedzin) http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/Bedzin/Bedzin.html

- Briceni, Moldova (Brichany: its Jewry in the first half of our century) http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/Brichany/Brichany.html

- Capresti, Moldova (Kapresht, our village; memorial book for the Jewish community of Kapresht, Bessarabia) http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/Capresti/Capresti.html

- Dieveniskes, Lithuania (Devenishki book; memorial book) http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/dieveniskes/dieveniskes.html

- Dotnuva, Lithuania (Letters from Dotnuva) http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/Dotnuva/Dotnuva.html

- Dzyarzhynsk (Koidanov), Belarus (Koidanov; Memorial Volume of the Martyrs of Koidanov) http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/Dzyarzhynsk/Dzyarzhynsk.html

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

- Jozefow, Poland (Memorial book to the community of Jozefow and its

- Kremenets, Ukraine (Memorial book of Krzemieniec) http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/kremenets/kremenets.html

- Michalovce, Slovakia (The Book of Michalovce) http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/Michalovce/Michalovce.html

- Molchadz, Belarus (Molchadz, In Memory of the Jewish Community) http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/Molchadz/Molchadz.html

- Nowy Dwor Mazowiecki, Poland (Memorial book of Nowy-Dwor) http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/Nowy_Dwor/Nowy_Dwor.html

- Raciaz, Poland (Memorial book of the community of Racionz) http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/Raciaz/Raciaz.html

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

- Serock, Poland (The book of Serock)

- Sierpc, Poland (The Community of Sierpc; Memorial Book) http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/Sierpc/Sierpc.html

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

- Staszow, Poland (The Staszow book)

- Stolin, Belarus  (Stolin; a memorial to the Jewish communities of Stolin and vicinity)  http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/stolin/stolin.html

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

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


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.


Happy Sukkot,
Lance Ackerfeld
Yizkor Book Project Manager