Gary Mokotoff, EditorVolume 13, Number 34 | August 19, 2012
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.
Lots of little items for this slow summer week. Remarkably three of them had origins in postings by Marilyn Robinson of Florida on JewishGen Discussion Groups. They are shown with (MR) at the end of the article.
Who Do You Think You Are? May Return to American Television
Dick Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter reports that the American version of the television program Who Do You Think You Are? may return in 2013. The co-executive producer of the show, Dan Bucatinsky, posted a notice to his Facebook page.
The program features research into the family history of celebrities. It began in the UK where it has aired since 2004. Versions of it also appear in Australia, Canada, Denmark, Ireland, Israel, The Netherlands, Norway, South Africa, Sweden and Russia.
FamilySearch 1940 Census Project Nearly Complete
Only five more states must be added to the FamilySearch 1940 census site to complete the project. They are Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, South Carolina and Tennessee.
Riga Ghetto List Online
The Riga Ghetto and Latvian Holocaust Museum has posted to its website a list of some 5,764 residents of the Riga ghetto at http://tinyurl.com/RigaGhettoPDF. The list is based on Riga ghetto house registers from the Latvian State Historical Archives. The names are listed by street address. To search for a particular name, use the Find function of your PDF software (usually Adobe Reader). Each individual contains name, date and place of birth, address, date “signed in” and date “signed out.” A description of the project can be found at http://www.rgm.lv/2011/10/06/house_registers/?lang=en. (MR)
Site Has Jewish Burials in Russia and Ukraine
A Russian-language website includes a database of 105,772 graves located in Russia and Ukraine. It is located at http://toldot.ru/urava/cemetery/. The results include a photo of the tombstone, sometimes years of birth and death, the name of other persons buried in the plot (“buried together”) and neighboring burials. A list of cemeteries appears to the right of the search page. Searches must be in the Cyrillic alphabet. Use the Steve Morse “Transliterating English to Russian in One Step” at http://stevemorse.org/russian/eng2rus.html to convert Latin letters to Cyrillic. (MR)
Memorial Site to Soldiers from USSR Who Died in World War II
A memorial site to Ukrainian soldiers who died in World War II led to a more general site of soldiers from USSR who died in the war. It is located at http://www.obd-memorial.ru/html/index.html. For example, there were 638 persons named Kagan. Information provided is name (including patronymic), date and place of birth, and date of death. Use the Google Chrome browser to search the site in your native language. The source of the information is the Russian Central Archives of the Ministry of Defense and the War Memorial Center of the Armed Forces. The Ukrainian site is at http://www.memory-book.com.ua/people/search. (MR)
Romanian Doctors and Pharmacists Listed on Internet
Iancu Braustein of Romania has published three volumes regarding doctors and pharmacists found in documents of the National Archives of Romania-Iasi Branch and the archives of Grigor T. Popa University of Medicine and Pharmacy. Two of the volumes are printed; the third is only on the Internet as a PDF file at http://tinyurl.com/BrausteinDoctorsPDF.
A few years ago, Braustein published a listing of Jewish students of the University of Iasi for the period 1860–1950. It can be found at http://tinyurl.com/BrausteinStudents, as can a catalogue of Jewish craftsmen involved in the economy of Moldova at http://tinyurl.com/BrausteinMoldova.
FindMyPast.com Offering Discount
The UK-based company FindMyPast.com, who is planning to penetrate the U.S. and Canadian market, is offering a deep discount to new subscribers to their World Subscription. This would give unlimited access to their U.S. and international collection (includes Irish, English, Scottish, Welsh, Australian and New Zealand data). At this time an annual subscription is only $54.00 per year (described as $4.95 per month) which is a 76% discount. The offer is at http://tinyurl.com/FMPOffer. Based on searching for the name Mokotoff, their current U.S. collection is limited to the 1910, 1920, 1930 and 1940 censuses.
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