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

Gary Mokotoff, Editor

Volume 14, Number 50 | December 29, 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
Happy New Year

Registration for Salt Lake City Conference Now Open
Registration is now open for the 34th IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy to be held at the Hilton Salt Lake City Center from July 27–August 1, 2014. As in the past, there are early registration discounts. Register by April 30, 2014, and the cost is $295 and $195 for spouse/domestic partner. Thereafter, it is $325/$225 and onsite registration is $365/$265. Registration information can be linked to from the conference home page at

For the second year, for those who cannot attend the conference, selected lectures will be streamed live on the Internet. These broadcasts will be accessible on a computer, smartphone, or tablet via Internet connection. Registrants will be able to watch sessions in real time or by playback for three months after the conference. If handouts are provided by a speaker, they will be available for download. Participants may ask questions of speakers via Twitter during the live presentation. Cost for this form of registration, which is called IAJGS 2014 LIVE, is $149.

Hotel reservations at a discounted rate of just $149 (plus tax) per night at the Hilton can now be made from the conference home page. As time progresses, additional information about the event will be posted including the program, summary of each lecture, tourist information, etc.

Salt Lake City, Utah, is home to the largest genealogy library in the world, the (Mormon) Family History Library. Its five floors provide access to 3.5 billion names; more than 2.4 million rolls of microfilmed genealogical records; 727,000 microfiche; 356,000 books, serials, and other formats; more than 4,500 periodicals and 3,725 electronic resources. This is in addition to the benefits of the conference itself which will include lectures, meetings and opportunities to network.

FamilySearch Additions for the Week
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 Austria, Denmark, Hungary and the U.S. states of Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, and South Carolina.

This includes addition of nearly 800,000 records to its Index of Baltimore Passenger Lists, 1820–1948; and a new index of 590,000 records for New York State Health Department, Genealogical Research Death Index, 1957–1963. They have also started to create Jewish Vital Records Index for Hungary, 1800–1945, which has 11,000 records.

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, which can be greater.

JewishGen Education Courses for January/February 2014
JewishGen is offering the following education courses during the first two months of 2014. Additional information and registration is located at
   • Publish Your Family History, January 2–31. Instructor: Nancy
Holden (requires application)
   • Advanced/Intermediate U.S. Genealogy, January 13–February 7.
Instructor: Phyllis Kramer
   • Basic 1 - Search Strategies, January 17–31. Moderator: Nancy
Holden (available as part of Value Added Membership)
   • Creating KehilaLinks Web Page for Your Hometown, February 3–March
3. Instructor: Mark Heckman

Legacy Family Tree Webinars for 2014
Nu? What’s New has, from time to time, mentioned the webinars available at the Legacy Family Tree website. The company has published a list of more than 50 webinars planned for 2014. They can be viewed at The webinars are at no charge when they are initially aired and for a short period thereafter. Then they are archived and are available for a subscription of $9.95/month or $49.95/year. Handouts prepared by the presenter are available with a paid subscription. Their archives now contains more than 200 previously presented webinars. Information about them can be found at

50% Discount on MyHeritage Through Eastman Online Genealogy Newsletter
If you have been contemplating getting a subscription to MyHeritage but have not determined whether it is of value to you, Eastman Online Genealogy Newsletter has an extensive description of the benefits of MyHeritage at You can then get a 50% discount on a subscription at In addition to noting the size of the collection, Eastman goes into detail about the sites Record Matching, Record Detective, Face Recognition Technology and MyHeritage’s Dictionary of (Given) Names.

FTDNA Holiday Sale Ends December 31
Family Tree DNA sale on most of their tests ends December 31. Typical are their Y-DNA tests: • Y-DNA37 was $169.00—now $119.00 • Y-DNA67 was $268.00—now $189.00 • Y-DNA111 was $359.00—now $289.00. Other discounts include upgrading for existing customers. Family Tree DNA is located on the Internet at

Last Chance To Make Donation to JewishGen or IIJG in 2013
A reminder that it is the last chance to make your 2013 financial contribution to JewishGen and the International Institute for Jewish Genealogy. Information about JewishGen donations can be found at Information about donations to IIJG is below.

Contribute to the Success of the International Institute for Jewish Genealogy
Help support a dynamic institution that in its brief existence already has been the catalyst for such benefits to Jewish genealogy as the Beider-Morse Phonetic Matching System,  Sephardic DNA and Migration project, inventorying the Paul Jacobi Collection of 400 prominent Ashkenazic lineages, the Proposed Standard for Names, Dates and Places in a Genealogical Database, and a system for Integrating Genealogical Datasets.

Visit the IIJG website at and read about these developments, as well as  ongoing and proposed projects.

Make your tax-deductible contribution by credit card or PayPal at Click the Donate link. If you prefer, mail a check to Avotaynu Foundation,  794 Edgewood Ave., New Haven, CT 06515, USA. Make the check payable to “Friends of the International Institute for Jewish Genealogy.” Donations are tax deductible for U.S. taxpayers.
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