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

Gary Mokotoff, Editor

Volume 17, Number 22 | June 5, 2016

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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MyHeritage Adds Australian Newspapers to Its Collection
MyHeritage has added 11.4 million pages of Australian newspaper records to their collection. The records are available at no charge. The source is the Trove collection of the National Library of Australia. It covers newspapers from 1803 to the mid-20th century. Each Australian state and territory are represented, although the bulk of the collection consists of newspapers from New South Wales and Victoria. For my personal research, I found public notices in 1954 by my Australian cousins who were applying for citizenship. They are Holocaust survivors from Poland.

MyHeritage noted that they soon will add 5 million new pages to this collection. The collection also will be matched with all family trees on MyHeritage. The collection is at

Ancestry Adds Arizona and Indiana Vital Records
Ancestry has recently added a number of vital record collections from Arizona and Indiana. They are:
   • Arizona, County Coroner and Death Records, 1881–1971
   • Arizona, Birth Records, 1881–1948
   • Indiana, Death Certificates, 1899–2011
   • Indiana, Marriage Certificates, 1958–2005
   • Indiana, Birth Certificates, 1907–1940

Ancestry Publishes More Than 2.9 Million New German Civil Registrations
Ancestry has published more than 2.9 million new German civil registration records, which include birth, marriage and death records for the three cities of Frankenberg, Karlsruhe and Mönchengladbach. Births, marriages, and deaths were first kept by religious denominations, but a civil registry modeled on the French system was implemented on 1 October 1874 in Prussian provinces and throughout the German Empire on 1 January 1876.

Additional information is at

Library of Congress Webinar on Introduction to LOC Online Resources
The U.S. Library of Congress will hold a one-hour webinar on June 8 that is an introduction to the Library’s online collections of photographs, maps, sound recordings, films, legal and historical documents, and more. The webinar will be from 11–12 noon ET. Register at

Orientations are held in real time via webinar software, which allows participants from around the country and the world to join. Confirmation, log-on instructions, and handouts will be sent via email.

New JewishGen Class: Researching Your Roots in Belarus
JewishGen will be offering a new class, Researching Your Roots in Belarus, from June 25 - July 23. The class will cover record searches within the modern boundaries of Belarus including parts of the former Lithuania, parts of Latvia and parts of Poland. A map on the Belarus SIG home page at shows the modern boundaries.

This is a one-on-one personal mentoring class. Students will work with an instructor who will help analyze data for missing information and help in searching for records. Participants may concentrate on multiple surnames from the same district. The class includes downloadable lessons to help with surnames and given names, types of records, how to use secondary sources, how to write up your research and communicate with others.

Students should anticipate they will devote 8–10 hours per week to read the lessons, search online and interact with the instructor. To meet the needs of students worldwide; the course is open 24/7.

Tuition is $125. Enrollment is limited. Further information is at description.asp?course=40067.

JewishGen Offers Online New York Genealogy Course June 20
Those genealogists with roots in New York that have done their basic research but now want to know about more esoteric documents such as naturalization, probate, landsmanshaftn, voters’ registration, newspapers, court cases, etc., can avail themselves of a JewishGen course in New York genealogy which will be presented on June 20.

This will be an intermediate/advanced level genealogy course with eight text lessons that can be downloaded. As is true of most JewishGen courses, direction and evaluation will be available in a 24/7 FORUM. Review the course details at

Call for Proposals: RootsTech 2017
RootsTech has issued a Call for Proposals for their next conference, RootsTech and Innovator Summit 2017, that will be held February 8–11, 2017, at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. Submissions will be accepted through June 30, 2016. Additional information is at

RootsTech, hosted by FamilySearch, is described by the organization as “a major conference with a global family history event where people of all ages learn to discover, preserve, and share their family connections through technology. RootsTech offers something for everyone, regardless of experience or skill level—from expert genealogy researchers to beginners just starting their family trees.” Attendance typically exceeds 10,000.

Innovator Summit is a one-day conference event for developers, entrepreneurs, and business leaders offering the latest content and resources to inspire innovation, impact current and future technologies, and create business opportunities within family history and adjacent industries.

New England Historic Genealogical Society
Offering Free Access to New York Databases

The New England Historic Genealogical Society is offering free access to its New York databases through June 30. The organization tends to focus on pre-20th century records, so only those Jewish genealogists whose ancestors arrived before the massive immigration from Eastern Europe at the beginning of the 20th century will find their collections of interest. Access is at

Forces War Records Offers Records Access at No Charge Through June 6
IIn recognition of D-Day, the UK-based Forces War Records is offering access to 72 record collections at no charge through June 6. Registration is required. Additional information is at

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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

* Also see Russia and USSR ** Also see individual countries
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