Friday, March 28, 2014

[US] Interim Rule for Certification to Access to the Death Master File Posted In Federal Register

Posted by: Jan Meisels Allen



If you want to have continued access to the Death Master File you need to file the certification form today- March 26, 2014. For those who are not certified under the Department of Commerce rules access the Death Master File (DMF), commercially known as the Social Security Death Index (SSDI) access will be limited to those whose date of death is at three years or more. More information including the form may be accessed at: http://www.ntis.gov/products/ssa-dmf.aspx   . There is a $200 processing fee.

The proposed interim rules for certification to access to the Death Master File has been published in the Federal Register. There is a 30 day comment period --all comments must be received no later than April 25, 2014 5 PM Eastern Time. To read the proposed interim rules go to: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-03-26/pdf/2014-06701.pdf

Comments may be submitted to the National Technical Information Service (NTIS) of the Department of Commerce and sent to: John Hounsell by email at jhounsell@ntis.gov

Or by mail to:
John Hounsell
NTIS,
Department of Commerce
5301 Shawnee
Road, Alexandria, VA 22312.


Jan Meisels Allen
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


[Poland] Exhibition By Museum of the History of Polish Jews On Pre-WWII Life

Posted by: Jan Meisels Allen



The Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw opens a new exhibit on March 28 which will run through June 30. The exhibit, The "Warszawa, Warsze" — "Warsaw"  is on Jewish Life in Warsaw before World War II.  It shows how the city and Jews interacted.  Before the War one out three Warsaw residents was Jewish and was the second largest Jewish community after New York City.  To read the article and view several photographs go to: http://tinyurl.com/mk3twqo Original url:
http://www.chron.com/entertainment/article/Exhibition-by-Jewish-museum-shows-pre-WWII-life-5353787.php#photo-6079714http://www.chron.com/entertainment/article/Exhibition-by-Jewish-museum-shows-pre-WWII-life-5353787.php#photo-6079714

The website for the museum is http://www.jewishmuseum.org.pl/enwhich also has a write-up on the exhibit with several of the exhibit photos.

Thank you to Randy Herschaft, Associated Press for alerting us to the article.


Jan Meisels Allen
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


[UK] The Gazette Has A New Website

Posted by: Jan Meisels Allen



The Gazette will launch their new website on March 31—it is free access but you will need to register. To register go to: https://www.thegazette.co.uk/my-gazette/account?register=true&type=research, complete the form and submit and they will send you an activation email where you complete the process.  The website is:  https://www.thegazette.co.uk/ .

The existing website will be decommissioned on Friday 28th March, and links will be redirected to the new site.

The Gazette has been the official journal of record and the newspaper of the Crown and has been published for almost 350 years. The Gazette is also famous for being the bearer of official War Office and Ministry of Defense events, including listing those 'Mentioned in Despatches' (MIDs), where notable individuals are recognized for their activities in the theater of war.  It also includes Wills and Probate, Insolvency and the  Public Noticeboard.

Thank you to Saul Issroff for alerting us this change in the website address and Saul advises that this site is useful for name changes and war decorations etc.


Jan Meisels Allen
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

Smithsonian Channel to Air Documentary on Findings at Treblinka

Posted by: Jan Meisels Allen



The Smithsonian Channel will air on Saturday, March 29 at 8PM (ET, PT), Treblinka Hitler’s Killing Machine, focusing on the work of British forensic archeologist, Dr. Caroline Sturdy Colls, and what she and her team found at Treblinka I and II-including a heretofore unknown mass grave proving that Treblinka I was more than a labor camp. They also excavated a secret gas chamber in Treblinka II. Between 1942 and 1943, 900,000 Jews were sent to their deaths at Treblinka. To find which station the Smithsonian Channel airs on your cable serviced go to: http://tinyurl.com/mhl83rq Original url: http://www.smithsonianchannel.com/sc/web/show/3403868/treblinka-hitlers-killing-machine and click on channel finder. It may also be best to check the time it is shown in your area. From the list of  cable stations and Dish Network and Direct TV it may be only being shown in the United States. There are two short videos about the findings on the same website. You will notice that the Smithsonian Channel is also airing several other Nazi-related stories which you may find of interest:  Secrets of Third Reich which premieres on Monday March 31 at 8:00 PM ET

An article in the Forward about the archeologist and the program may be read at: http://tinyurl.com/kcfkjkz Original url:

I have no affiliation with the Smithsonian Channel.

Jan Meisels Allen
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

Sunday, March 23, 2014

[Australia and New Zealand] Discovering Anzacs -World War I Profiles of Those Who Served

Posted by: Jan Meisels Allen
 


The National Archives of Australia and the Archives of New Zealand have joined forces to create a new website called Discovering Anzacs. The objective is to create a profile of every Anzac who enlisted in World War I linked to their service record. People can also contribute their own personal family stories and photographs as well as help transcribe war diaries and service records. To see more go to: http://discoveringanzacs.naa.gov.au/
There are links on the website to help transcribe records to help go to: http://discoveringanzacs.naa.gov.au/transcribe.htm
to identify soldiers by looking at photographs go to: http://discoveringanzacs.naa.gov.au/identify.htm
and/or contribute by sharing photos, stories etc.  go to:  http://discoveringanzacs.naa.gov.au/contribute.htm

Access is free.

If you would like to subscribe to be kept informed and help with the project complete the form available at: http://discoveringanzacs.naa.gov.au/subscribe.asp

A major theme of the IAJGS 34th International Conference on Jewish Genealogy is the centennial of WW I which began July 1914 exactly 100 years before the IAJGS conference begins 

Thank you to Genealogy In Time for alerting us to this new website.

Jan Meisels Allen
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee