Nu? What's New?
The E-zine of Jewish Genealogy
Gary Mokotoff, Editor

Volume 8, Number 3 | February 10, 2007

UK Emigration Lists 1890–1909 Now Online
FindMyPast.com has now expanded its index to
people emigrating from the UK to include the years 1890–1909. They claim this includes 7.5 million names from 50,553 passenger lists. Plans call for including all passenger lists up to 1960.

It is a fee-for-service site. At no charge, the site displays the passenger's name, sex, year of departure, departure port, destination port and country. A transcript of the entry for a specific passenger costs five units. To get a copy of the actual page from the passenger list costs 30 units. You can purchase a minimum of 50 units for £5 (about $10). There are discounts for larger purchases.

A transcript adds to the basic information the exact date of departure, age, marital status, occupation, names of other persons traveling with passenger, name of ship and other information about the ship. The actual page from the manifest yields no additional information, but certainly is of value to provide detail for all persons on the page and is also of interest for historical purposes. It also might disclose errors in the transcription.

If immigration records of elusive relatives, such as the Ellis Island Database, cannot be found and you know they left from the UK, you may find them on these emigration lists. I had such an experience using the data on FindMyPast.com. I am doing research on any person named Tartasky. I found two entries: one for Berke Tartassky leaving Liverpool for New York on April 7, 1906, and the other a family of Tartatz headed by mother, Malke, and children; Abram, Itzik, Manke and Rachel. I found these entries by looking for any persons whose names started with “Tart” (expressed in the search as “Tart*”).

I could not find Berke in the Ellis Island database until I used the amazing flexibility of the Stephen P. Morse site. I searched for any male who arrived on the Umbria in April 2006 and found Berka Jatarsky. Examination of the actual ship’s manifest showed his name was Berko Tartarsky, so indexes to both the emigration and immigration manifests had his name incorrect. Tartarskys are not related to Tartaskys.

Malke Tartatz is known to me. She is shown on the Ellis Island immigration lists as Malka Tartaczky with her three children: Abram, Itchik and Marien. What happened to Rachel? She appears nowhere in the ship’s manifest. I have a theory. The family is listed at the end of page 23 of the manifest. Rachel, the youngest, does not appear at the top of page 24. She may have been accidentally left off the list. In this example, note the difference between the spelling of names on the emigration and immigration lists.


Index to Jews Admitted to Switzerland at USHMM Site
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum has posted an index to all Jews who were admitted into Switzerland between 1933 and 1945. Copies of the actual files are on 534 reels of microfilm with perhaps 1,000 pages per reel. There are 10,962 case files in the collection. There may be more than one name in a case file. The index is located at http://www.ushmm.org/uia-cgi/uia_doc/archives/xRG58001. It may take a short while to download because the entire index is displayed as one page. Use the Find feature of your browser to find a person. The number associated with each individual is the microfilm reel number.


Paul A. Shapiro To Be Keynote Speaker at Conference
Paul A. Shapiro, director of the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, will be the keynote speaker at the opening session of the 26th International Conference on Jewish Genealogy to be held in Salt Lake City from July 15–20, 2007. He is expected to provide additional information about public access to the records of the International Tracing Service located at Bad Arolsen, Germany. Shapiro serves on the U.S. Interagency Working Group on Nazi War Crimes Records and the Academic Advisory Committee of the Center for Jewish History. He was a member of the International Commission on the Holocaust in Romania.

Dan Rottenberg, author of the earliest book on Jewish genealogy, Finding Our Fathers, will be the banquet speaker. He will look back at his book, the movement it launched, and address predictions about new developments and how we as genealogists can fulfill these goals.

Additional information about the conference, including how to register and make hotel reservations can be found at the conference site: http://www.slc2007.org


Sephardic Resource Book Receives Award
Guidebook for Sephardic and Oriental Genealogical Sources in Israel, by Mathilda Tagger and Yitzhak Kerem, has received Honorable Mention in the annual Reference Book Award of the Association of Jewish Libraries. This is the sixth book published by Avotaynu to have received an award from institutions that recognize Jewish books of excellence.

The book identifies the wealth of resources on Sephardic and Oriental Jewish history and genealogy in Israel including important archival collections such as the Central Archives for the History of the Jewish People; Central Zionist Archives; Jewish National and University Library - Department of Manuscripts and Archives; Jewish National and University Library - Institute of Hebrew Microfilmed Manuscripts; Ben Zvi Institute Library; Yad Vashem Library; and countless other repositories maintained by research institutes and museums and managed by various immigrant and other ethnic associations in Israel.

The book is organized alphabetically by country. There are more than 40 countries represented. Additional information can be found at http://www.avotaynu.com/books/taggerkerem.htm. Include are ordering information, a Table of Contents and a list of the more than 2,000 surnames that appear in the name lists of the book. The book is 412 pages, hard cover and costs $45.00 plus shipping.


IIJG Offering Grants for Genealogical Research Projects
One of the results of the International Institute for Jewish Genealogy symposium held in Jerusalem last September was the organization’s plans to sponsor genealogical research projects. IIJG has now posted at its website a list of 20 topic areas in which they are inviting serious research proposals. Projects can be for one or two years and the Institute is prepared to provide funding of up to $10,000 for successful proposals. Additional information can be found at http://www.iijg.org/home/projects5.html. The closing date for submitting proposals is April 15, 2007.


Website Identifies Hungarian Jews Caught Up in the Holocaust
The NEVEK website located at http://www.neveklarsfeld.org identifies more than 300,000 Jews deported from Hungary. It actually includes more than 400,000 names in the index because names of next of kin shown on the original deportation documents are included.

Information about the individual includes name, gender, date of birth and deportation information. It may also include father’s name, mother’s maiden name, mother’s given name, or next of kin.
In an attempt to protect the database, the site is very difficult to use. It would not work using the Firefox browser. It requires a piece of software called SafeView. There is a report that firewalls, proxy servers, or other gateways (usually large organizations) may not be able to download this component, or they will otherwise encounter technical problems. SafeView may not be compatible with the Mac Operating System.

I tried to use it with Internet Explorer (IE). When I went to install SafeView, it refused to install because I did not enable Active-X first. There is virtually no documentation of how to use the site. The “Back” button using IE would not work. This meant that after selecting an individual from a list of people with the same surname, it was necessary to search again the surname to get back the original list. When I went to print a record, there was a message that printing could not be done with the normal print window. When I clicked “OK,” what looked like the normal print window appeared and the document printed.

In summary, the site is not very user friendly.


“What Happens in Las Vegas Stays in Las Vegas”
That is the slogan of Las Vegas, Nevada, in an attempt to attract tourists to the town. They try to create the aura that anything is permissible in the town, and no one will ever know what happened.

An example is that you can get instantly married at any of the many 24/7 wedding chapels in the city. Also, it is almost as easy to get a divorce in the State of Nevada.

Well, in the matter of Nevada marriages and divorces, what happens in Nevada is now on the Internet. Ancestry.com has added to its tens of thousands of data bases, Nevada marriages from 1956-2005 and divorces from 1968-2005. For those who follow the lives of Hollywood celebrities, they will find the marriage of Britney Jean Spears to Jason Allen Alexander on January 3, 2004, and the divorce of Britney J. Spears to Jason A. Alexander on January 5, 2004.


Winter Issue of AVOTAYNU In the Mail
The Winter issue of AVOTAYNU is in the mail. If your subscription expires with this issue, there will be a yellow insert with the issue providing information on how to resubscribe. If you are not already an AVOTAYNU subscriber and wish to subscribe, you can do so at http://www.avotaynu.com/journal.htm. There is a special five-issue offer that includes the Winter issue.

Help Grow the Shoah Victims’ Names Database
Yad Vashem wants volunteers who are willing to contact local institutions and individuals to grow the Shoah Victims Database whose principal documents are Pages of Testimony. With the aid of promotional materials Yad Vashem has developed, volunteers will reach out to survivors and their families and assist them in registering the names of Jews who they know were murdered in the Shoah. This will be done through synagogues, Holocaust centers, Jewish Community Centers, Jewish student organizations, senior centers and social service agencies. To volunteer send your name, address, phone number and e-mail address to names.outreach@yadvashem.org.il with the subject heading "Names Volunteer"

To submit a Page of Testimony, there is a link on the left portion of the screen from the Basic Search page at http://www.yadvashem.org/lwp/workplace/IY_HON_Welcome. Click the words “Submit Additional Names.”

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