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

Gary Mokotoff, Editor

Volume 16, Number 2 | January 11,  2015

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
New Guide to Salt Lake City
Planning a trip to Salt Lake City to do research at the Family History Library? Yet another book has been written about how to make the trip a success—with a twist. The book does not discuss any aspect of the Library but instead focuses on all the other considerations for making a trip to that city a pleasant experience.

Written by Janet Havorka, who calls herself the Chart Chick, the 24-page PDF file describes lodging, transportation (getting around), the beautiful Wasatch Mountains, where to eat, other libraries and archives in the Salt Lake City area, historical sites, religious institutions (noting two synagogues), shopping (with emphasis on the City Creek Center), parks, weather, potential day trips. There is a section on “Bringing the Family” which describes how to keep your family busy and happy while you do research.

The title of the book is The Chart Chick Insider's Guide to Salt Lake City: Everything a Genealogist Needs to Know Outside the Library. Download the book (PDF format) at no charge at Registration is required. There is also a printed version sold for $14.95 at

FamilySearch Indexing Projects
For those anxious to know what will be the next indexing projects to be completed by FamilySearch and what other projects are in the planning stage, you can find a list at the FamilySearch site at

Reminder: Genealogy Roadshow first program January 13
Genealogy Roadshow will start its new season on PBS channels this Tuesday, January 13 at 8pm. A takeoff on the program Antiques Roadshow, it features Kenyatta D. Berry, Joshua Taylor and Mary Tedesco solving specific genealogy problems of the participants who have unique claims and storylines. Examples are a woman seeking to find out if she is descended from the infamous pirate Blackbeard; and a pair of sisters exploring connections to a survivor of the legendary Donner party. The show’s website is at

Webinar: Introduction to Library of Congress Online Resources
The U.S. Library of Congress will be holding its regular webinar—an introduction to its online resources—on a number of days in January-February. This orientation will provide an overview of what is available, provide strategies for accessing the materials, and introduce the participant to the resources created by its staff to further research into the Library's collections.

Dates/times are: January 13, 11am; January 21, 3 pm; February 18, 11 am; and February 24, 2:30 pm. All times shown are Eastern time. The webinar lasts for an hour. Registration is at

The Library of Congress is the largest library in the world, with more than 158 million items—including books, recordings, photographs, maps, sheet music, manuscripts—in its collections.

Index to South Africa Voter Lists on now has voter indexes from South Africa from 1719–1996. There are about 220,000 names. Because of the wide range of years, information about an individual varies but typically includes name, place of residence and occupation. When searching for a specific person (Hyam Levy) in the general search, this database was not yet included. The index is located at

Global Family Reunion
If Geni is right, that indeed we are all cousins, how about a family reunion where we are all invited. Such is the dream of A. J. (Arnold) Jacobs a journalist, author, and lecturer. Titled a Global Family Reunion, the main event will take place on June 6 in the New York Hall of Science which is on the grounds of the 1964 World’s Fair. There will also be dozens of simultaneous satellite parties all over the world, from Salt Lake City to Bulgaria, from Texas to New Zealand.

All seven billion members of the human family are invited. Those with a proven connection will get a bracelet and will be part of what is hoped will be the biggest family photo in history. Come meet your mishpocha. Additional information is at

Group Trip to Lithuania - July 21–31, 2015
For the 22nd year, Howard Margol and Peggy Mosinger Freedman are organizing a group trip to Lithuania from July 21–31, 2015. Included are visits to the various archives, synagogues, ghettos, Holocaust sites, meetings with Jewish leaders, sightseeing, guide/interpreters, and two days to visit and spend time in your shtetl, or shtetlach of interest. All meals are included (except for one dinner and two lunches), the finest hotels (new and modern), modern buses, and much more. This year the group size will be limited to 25. Details and a full itinerary of the trip can be found at or contact the tour leaders at

1942 Transport lists from Lodz Ghetto to Chelmno
A posting to the JRI-Poland Discussion Group notes that 1942 transport lists of Jews deported from the Lodz ghetto to the Chelmno extermination camp has been placed online by the Polish State Archives at The list appears to include about 8,000 names. You can browse through the pages by using the roller on your mouse.

Webinar: Genealogical Resources at the American Jewish Historical Society–New England Archives
The New England Historic Genealogical Society will present a one-hour webinar titled Genealogical Resources at the American Jewish Historical Society–New England Archives on January 29 at 3:00pm ET. The New England branch of AJHS preserves and makes available for research the documented history of the Greater Boston and New England Jewish communities. Register for the webinar at

UK WWI Missing/Killed In Action Database Now Available has added to their collection a database of more than 800,000 records of UK servicemen who were identified as killed or missing in action. The status of many of the persons initially identified as missing in action were subsequently changed to killed, prisoner of war, wounded, not missing or rejoined. The is a fee-for-service site and the database is only available to its Diamond members. A list of all their databases can be found at

Avotaynu Anthology of Jewish Genealogy
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Number of articles in Anthology by topic:

Algeria 8
Argentina 21
Australia 36
Austria 17
Austro-Hungary 7**
Belarus* 26
Belgium 24
Bermuda 1
Book Reviews 289
Brazil 25
Bulgaria 5
Burma 1
Canada 94
Caribbean 9
Cuba 3

China 10

Computers 21
Conferences 52
Costa Rica 1
Croatia 3
Cyprus 1
Czech Republic 33
Denmark 2
DNA 25
East Europe– Gen’l
Egypt 11
England 125
Estonia* 5
Europe-General 25
Finland 1

France 102
Galicia 20
General 233
Germany 173
Gibraltar 1
Greece 12
Holland 83
Holocaust 177
Hungary 46
India 6
Iraq 3
Iran 5
Ireland 2
Israel 125
Italy 14 
Latvia* 26

LDS 29
Libya 1
Lithuania* 71
Methodology 84
Moldova* 5
Morocco 18
New Zealand 13
North Africa 2
Poland 118
Portugal 21
Rabbinic 57
Romania 33
Russia 46** 
Scotland 27
Sephardic 42
Serbia 2

Slovakia 1
South Africa 22
South America 1
Spain 13
Sudan 1
Sweden 5
Switzerland 27
Syria 3
Tunisia 3
Turkey 22
Ukraine* 57
United States   227
USSR 92**
Venezuela 1
Zimbabwe 1

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