Gary Mokotoff, Editor
Volume 10, Number 12 | June 28, 2009
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Every government puts value on preserving its history. That is why we have national archives. Genealogy preserves history; the history of a family. It cannot be done without access to records, just as historians cannot preserve a nation's history without access to records. It is a greater good than the right to privacy. It is a greater good than the risk of identity theft.
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IIJG Plans Genealogical Glossary in Hebrew
The International Institute for Jewish Genealogy, in collaboration with the Israel Genealogical Society and the Web-based Tappuz “Family Roots Forum,” has embarked upon the preparation of a scientific glossary of genealogical terms in Hebrew. The Institute stated that it sees this project as part of its efforts to reach out to, and cooperate with, the wider genealogical community. It will provide Hebrew-speaking researchers and family historians with a much-needed tool.
Once compiled, the glossary will be submitted to the Academy of the Hebrew Language in Jerusalem for its official endorsement.
An Expert Working Group has been formed to complete the task. It is headed by Dr. Chanan Rapaport, the Deputy Chair of the Institute, and comprised of genealogists, philologists and Hebrew-language specialists. They include Arnon Hershkovitz, founder of the “Family Roots Forum”; Yocheved Klausner, former editor of Sharsheret Hadorot, the journal of the Israel Genealogical Society; Chana Meshler, a Hebrew philologist at the Academy of the Hebrew Language; Sasson Naor, an Arabic language consultant; Rabbi Meir Wunder, specialist in Biblical, Talmudic and Rabbinic languages; Joshua Yellin, Medieval and Modern Hebrew expert; and Prof. Israel Zak a professor emeritus of Hebrew University and amateur genealogist.
Valuable Databases to Be Available at Annual Conference
One of the benefits of attending the annual Jewish genealogy conference is the Resource Room which includes access—free of charge—to a number of web sites that require a subscription. Among the databases to be available are: Ancestry.com; British Newspapers from the British Library; FindMyPast.com/AncestorsonBoard.com; Footnote.com; Godfrey Library (without Newspaper Archive and World Vital Records); NewsBank.com; NewspaperArchive.com; ProQuest; United States Holocaust Memorial Museum; and World Vital Records.com. Also available in the room are books, maps, microfilms and other items of help in family research.
Additional information about the conference including the complete program, walking tours, bus tours and cemetery visits, can be found at the conference site: http://philly2009.org/.
Ellis Island Videos on YouTube
There are a number of original films of the Ellis Island experience on YouTube.com. Search for “Ellis Island Immigration.” One of the more interesting ones, taken in May 1909, is at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s8bPDdNRoxc There is also a 29-minute documentary at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u4wzVuXPznk.
New Web Site Information
Censuses of Scotland: ScotlandsPeople, located at http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk/, claims to be the only site to have complete Scottish census records from 1841–1901. It includes both an index as well as the actual images. This fee-for-service site also has birth, marriage and death records.
United Synagogue Marriage Authorisation Index has been updated by an additional two years and now identifies records from 17th February 1880 to the 31st December 1891. The index contains 8,236 records for England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. It is located at http://www.theus.org.uk/support_services/find_your_family/marriage_records. It is updated whenever an additional year is indexed.
Contemporary Maps of Hungary, Slovakia and Romania. It was reported on various JewishGen SIG Discussion groups that there are detailed contemporary maps of Hungary, Slovakia and Romania at http://www.hiszi-map.hu/catalog/index.php. The maps include small towns and villages. Geographic markers (roads, bridges, streams, wooded areas) as well as inhabited areas and cemetery locations are shown.
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