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

Gary Mokotoff, Editor

Volume 17, Number 28 | July 17, 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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Add Links to Encyclopedia of Jewish Genealogy
Philip Trauring created an Encyclopedia of Jewish Genealogy at his Blood & Frogs website that he states includes more than 11,000 links to sites valuable to Jewish family history research. He notes this is merely “priming the pump.” The encyclopedia is intended to be crowd-sourced, with users submitting the bulk of the information. Trauring states, “since no one can be an expert on every location around the globe, this site relies on the expertise of its users to fill in the missing pieces.” The system even has provision for writing a comment about your experience using a particular site.

The complete announcement can be found at how-you-can-help.html. The Encyclopedia is located at

U.S. and E.U. Adopt New Privacy Rules
Jan Meisels Allen, Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee, reports that the U.S. and European Union Commission adopted new privacy rules protecting data shared across the Atlantic. They are known as the Privacy Shield. Representatives of the 28 states of the European Union approved the final version of the Privacy Shield agreement between the United States and the EU. The Privacy Shield replaces the “Safe Harbor” agreement, the 15-year transatlantic agreement that was invalidated last October by the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) as a result of a court case against Facebook brought initially by Austrian Max Schrems through the Irish Data Privacy Regulator.

The agreement is used by about 4,500 companies, including all types of businesses such as those involved with genealogy and DNA. It is possible that further litigation may happen that brings this new agreement back to the CJEU where they may agree that it meets the EU privacy standards. It will take several years before such a case may be tried before the CJEU.

Additional information can be found at

(U.S.) National Digital Newspaper Program Expanded
The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and Library of Congress have announced expansion of the chronological scope of the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP). The current scope (1836–1922) will be expanded to 1690–1963, however post-1922 newspapers must not be under copyright; otherwise, permission of the copyright owner is required.

The results of the project can be viewed at the Chronicling America site at Currently, 39 states and one territory participate in the program. The announcement about the expansion of the project can be found at

FindMyPast Adds More British Newspapers to Collection
FindMyPast has added an additional 14 brand new titles and more than 1.8 million new articles to its British Newspaper Collection. The latest to be included are titles from London, Wales, Yorkshire and Essex. A highlight is the Illustrated London News which contains illustrations of life in London at the turn of the 20th century. Substantial add-ons are for The Cornish Telegraph (398,197 new articles), Newcastle Evening Chronicle (171,183 new articles) and Daily Gazette for Middlesbrough (162,994 new articles). The total collection includes nearly 181 million British newspaper articles.

Additional information can be found at newspapers-round-up-1915800842.html.

Who Do You Think You Are? (UK) Announces New Season
The line-up for this fall’s Who Do You Think You Are? (UK version) includes 10 episodes featuring Danny Dyer, Amanda Holden, Sir Ian McKellen, Sophie Raworth, Ricky Tomlinson, Warwick Davis, Liz Bonnin, Greg Davies, Sunetra Sarker and Cheryl. The exact dates of each episode have not yet been disclosed. Additional information is at ancestry/2016/07/15/season-13-of-who-do-you-think-you-are-is-coming.

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