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

Volume 8, Number 7 | April 15, 2007

Today, Sunday, April 15, is Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day. In recognition of the Shoah, please read the message in the box at the end of this issue.

UK Archives Plans to Place 1911 Census Online

The British National Archives has announced plans to digitize and place online the 1911 census for England and Wales. It comprises information about more than eight million households including 35 million people. British censuses are released 100 years after they are taken, so the release date is January 3, 2012.

According to the National Archives website “over the past five years [they have] embarked on an ambitious and successful programme to digitise over 90 per cent of the most popular documents in its largely paper-based collection. It is aiming to digitise over 100 million pages by 2012. These range from Domesday Book (now available digitally at http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/domesday), through to the census records, prisoner of war records, ancient petitions, war service and medal records. Working with partners in the private sector, the National Archives has made records such as lists of emigrating passengers and the 1841–1891 census records available for research, through similar partnerships. The National Archives has also launched a digitisation-on-demand programme which makes the majority of its collection accessible to researchers from anywhere across the globe.”

Additional information about the census announcement can be found at http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/news/stories/156.htm?homepage=news


A Remarkable CD: Bibliography on German-Jewish Family Research and on Recent Regional and Local History of the Jews
Angelika Ellmann-Krüger, author of Library Resources for German-Jewish Genealogy (published by Avotaynu) and her husband, Dieter Ellmann, have created the ultimate bibliography for German-Jewish genealogy. The sources include not only books, but also articles from old and current journals, newspapers and collective works—more than 32,000 published sources, mostly in German or English. The CD has a full-word search engine.

Each entry not only identifies the resource but invariably includes one or more locations that hold the item, including the address of the location.

The cost of the CD is $65. As an introductory offer to AVOTAYNU subscribers only, the CD is available for $55 until May 1. Alternately AVOTAYNU subscribers who don’t have Krüger’s book, Library Resources for German-Jewish Genealogy, can request a free copy of the book in lieu of the discount. The book retails for $20. Indicate your preference in the comment section of the online order form.

Ordering information for the CD can be found at http://www.avotaynu.com/books/kruegercd.htm.

Edward Luft, author of 
Naturalized Jews of the Grand Duchy of Posen in 1834 and 1835 has written a comprehensive review of the CD for the Spring 2007 issue of AVOTAYNU. It is presented at the website.


Access to Romanian Archives Eases
A number of postings to the Rom-SIG Discussion Group indicate that it is becoming easier to access records in the Romanian archives, whether in person or by mail. It is no longer necessary to get permission from the National Archives in Bucuresti for permission to enter regional archives. It is recommended, however, that a person write ahead of time to the local archives indicating arrival date and what types of records and family names will be of interest. This will enable the archives to have records available upon arrival.

The Rom-SIG website now has a list of locations of Romanian archives that includes addresses, phone numbers, fax numbers, and, in a few cases, email addresses. It is a PDF file that can be downloaded at http://www.jewishgen.org/romsig/New/Links.html. Scroll down to the heading “Romanian Links.” It currently is the first entry. The site also includes a form letter, written in Romanian, for communicating with archives. It also is a PDF file that can be downloaded from the Rom-SIG home page, http://www.jewishgen.org/romsig/. It is the last entry in the left column.

It is also possible to request records by mail. The recommended procedure is to contact the Romanian embassy in your country and ask how to obtain records. They may direct you to a website where you can a download an application form. One researcher in England claims the cost was £28 (about $55) per record).


Take Advantage of Early Registration Price for Conference
April 30 is the last day to register for the 27th International conference on Jewish Genealogy at a reduced rate of $230. Registration after that date will cost an additional $45. The conference is being held this year in Salt Lake City from July 15–20. The conference features:
    • more than 120 lectures
    • computer labs to increase your skills
    • luncheons sponsored by Special Interest Groups
    • SIG meetings
    • a film festival
    • free access to Ancestry.com databases
    • vendor exhibits (including Avotaynu)
    • research at the Family History Library
    • pre- and post-convention tours in a part of the United States that has some of the most beautiful scenery in the world

Complete information about the conference as well as registrations and hotel reservation procedures can be found at the conference site: http://slc2007.org.


Jewish Holdings of Family History Library Updated Online
About five years ago, a Jewish convert to the Mormon faith, Nancy Goldberg Goodstein spent more than a year isolating the Jewish records at the LDS (Mormon) Family History Library. She published them in loose-leaf form at the Library and donated it on CD to the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies. JewishGen placed it on the Internet with a search engine at http://www.jewishgen.org/databases/FHLC.

Now Nancy, remarried to a Mormon, and using the name Nancy Goldberg Hilton, has updated the holdings acquired since January 2001 and placed the new information on her own website at http://www.nechamaslist.com. The update is available in PDF format.

New Jewish acquisitions at the Library are wide ranging and include such items as Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS) card files for 1882–1929 for the state of Massachusetts and the Zamosc, Poland, yizkor book. There are 635 entries in all. The layout of the website parallels the format of the original CD and is far superior to the JewishGen website because it allows browsing. The JewishGen site using the conventional search engine keyword approach. You can still buy the CD from IAJGS at http://iajgs.org/fhlindexcd.html.

Hilton named the web site after her grandmother, Nechama. She is the author of “My Burning Bush: My Spiritual Journey from Judaism to the Lord Jesus Christ” which is described at http://www.hiltonbooks.com


Istanbul Jewish Marriage, Death and Burial Records Online
There is now an index to more than 100 thousand Istanbul marriage, death, and burial records online at http://www.isfsp.org/istanbul/. Included are both Sephardic and Ashkenazic records as far back as the late 1800s). Surnames can be searched by soundex, exact spelling or starting letters. All surnames are in the index including bride’s surname for marriage and other surnames that appear in the record.


Winners of the AVOTAYNU Renewal Drawing
For those whose subscription to AVOTAYNU had expired this year, Avotaynu offered a drawing that awarded a copy of any book published by our company to persons who renewed their subscription by March 15.

The three winners of a copy of any book published by Avotaynu are: Deborah Peskin, Longmeadow, Massachusetts; Robert Heyman, Silver Spring, Maryland; and Martin Lefkovits, San Francisco, California. Unfortunately all winners were Americans–about 87% of AVOTAYNU subscribers are from the U.S.–but that was the result of the random drawing. The drawing was accomplished by assigning a three-digit number to each person, with those renewing for three years having three opportunities and those renewing for two years having two opportunities and persons with one-year renewals receiving one opportunity. The last three digits of the serial number on three dollar bills were used for the random numbers.


Ancestry.com Has Ties to “The Family”
A little bit of genealogy humor. Some weeks ago, Ancestry.com announced plans for a media campaign to encourage people to get interested in tracing their family history. They talked of using television to get the message across.

Sylvia Nusinov, past president of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Palm Beach County (Florida), informs me that Ancestry.com is now advertising on the television program “The Sopranos,” which is about a fictional Mafia family.


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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