Nu? What's New?
The E-zine of Jewish Genealogy From Avotaynu

Gary Mokotoff, Editor

Volume 14, Number 36 | September 15, 2013
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.

Past issues of Nu? What's New? are archived at
GenealogyInTime Magazine Indexes 2.7 Billion Records
The online index of GenealogyInTime magazine contains 2.7 billion records from a potpourri of more than 1,000 websites. The search engine is located at Searching for my family surnames provided links to such sites as:
   • JewishGen sites that have lists of names
   • Yad Vashem photo archives at
   • Yad Vashem data previously unknown to me such as a list of German Jews extracted from Pages of Testimony at
   • A few Pages of Testimony
   • Jews deported from France
   • Back issues of Mishpacha, the newsletter of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Washington. They are located on the JewishGen website.
   • Findagrave collection
   • Google News Archive which includes more than 2,000 historic newspapers

The site is definitely worth a visit.

American Version of Who Do You Think You Are? Renewed for Second Year
The American TLC channel has announced that Who Do You Think You Are? has been renewed for a second season in 2014 for 10 episodes. The program has averaged 1.8 million total viewers in its first season on TLC. The announcement can be viewed at

Jewish Genealogy Month October 5 – November 3
For the 15th consecutive year, the Jewish genealogy community will celebrate Jewish Genealogy Month. This year it is during the Jewish month of Cheshvan - October 5 to November 3 2013. To support the event, a poster is created annually. Copies of the poster will be distributed to Jewish genealogical societies for placement in synagogues and other Jewish institutions in their area. Some societies plan events in conjunction with Jewish Genealogy Month to encourage other members of the Jewish community to research their family history. Previous years’ posters can be seen at

FamilySearch Additions for the Week
Everything seems to have slowed down for the Jewish High Holy days. FamilySearch added only 352,000 records this past week and 260,000 the previous week. Normally the weekly total is in the millions. Recent additions to FamilySearch, both indexes and browseable images, can be found at This site provides direct links to the individual collections. They include records from Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland (Catholic records), and an update of the U.S. Social Security Death Index.

Note that at the website announced collections may not be complete for the dates specified and will be added at some later date. Also note that counts shown in the announcement are the number added, not the total number available in the collection.

To submit a Page of Testimony, go to Click the words “Submit Pages of Testimony (online).”

Join the ranks of Yad Vashem’s worldwide network of volunteers working in one-on-one outreach efforts with Holocaust survivors and members of their generation to recover the names of Shoah victims before they are lost forever. For ideas and resources on how to launch a names recovery campaign in your area, visit Yad Vashem’s Community Outreach Guide for updated program information on the project in Israel and in Russian speaking Jewish communities around the world.

Yad Vashem has provided a 10-minute Pages of Testimony tutorial video at the site to learn how to help survivors and others from their generation to fill out Pages of Testimony. To volunteer for the project or for more information contact
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