Gary Mokotoff, Editor
Volume 17, Number 35 | September 4, 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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Today Is the Annual European Day of Jewish Culture
Today, September 4, is the annual European Day of Jewish Culture. The event was initiated in 1996 in France and now involves twenty-seven European countries. The aim of the day is to organize activities related to Jewish culture and expose them to the public, with the intention of revealing the cultural and historical heritage of the Jewish people. Each year there is a theme. This year’s theme is Jewish languages.
Events range from exhibits to concerts to conferences to performances to
guided tours, food tastings, symposia, book fairs, publications and more. Programs of participating countries can be found at http://www.jewisheritage.org/web/edjc/2016.
New Genealogical Service Provides Personal Coaching
Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter (EOGN) notes a new service where genealogists can get one-on-one advice from a professional. You buy 15-minute increments of the person’s time.
The service has launched with 25 coaches across 47 different categories.
Topics include: getting started; genetic genealogy/DNA; tree analysis
and writing a research plan; and document translation. Coaches also
specialize in researching different regions of the world and different
ethnic groups. For example, Lara Diamond is their specialist on Jewish research. Her rate is $17.50 per 15-minute consultation.
How it works. EOGN states that shortly before the coaching session, an email link is sent that allows the user to log in to a private video chat room. There they meet face to face, via video chat, to share screens and documents with the genealogy coach, and receive the help they need to keep them moving along in their family history journey.
The service, named GenealogyDOTCoach is located at https://genealogy.coach.
Website Has Descriptions of Shtetls in Belarus
A posting by Carola Murray-Seegert to the JewishGen Belarus Discussion Group notes an Israeli website—"My Shtetl: The Voice of Jewish Settlements”—that has information on the shtetls of Belarus. Currently it only includes towns of the Minsk, Vitebsk and Mogilev regions. Grodno, Brest and Gomel regions are planned. The site is located at http://shtetle.co.il/index_eng.html.
Click on any of the three regions on the map on the home page and it will display a detailed map of the region identifying numerous towns. Click on a particular town and a narrative of the history of the town is provided. Information may include oral histories, family memories, photos and historic texts. Some descriptions are in Russian only. Use Google Translate to convert them to your native tongue.
FamilySearch Adds Nearly 7 Million Records This Week
A list of recent additions to FamilySearch, nearly 7 million indexed records and images, can be found at http://tinyurl.com/FamilySearch090116. This site provides direct links to the individual collections. They include records from Australia, England, France, Luxembourg, Namibia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Paraguay, Spain and the U.S. states of Arizona, California, Florida, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Rhode Island, Texas.
Most notable for persons with Jewish family history are images of World War II Draft Registration Cards and additions to the index of Boston Passenger Lists Index 1899–1940,
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.
JGSLI Adds Video on U.S. Immigration Ports
The Jewish Genealogy Society of Long Island (JGSLI) has added a video to its YouTube website titled “6 Popular Ports of Entry to the U.S. (Not Everyone Came through Ellis Island).” They note that there are many other ports that were used by arriving immigrants, and their means of transportation wasn’t limited to ships. This video covers the six most popular ports of entry to the U.S., between 1880 and 1920, and a few other methods used by new arrivals. The video can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUV8xttIn93AwJX2_I0AIAg/feed. This is the 21st video JGSLI has posted to their site. In 2015, the project received the “Outstanding Publication Award” of the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies.
Free Access to Ancestry Job-Related Records Until September 5
In honor of Labor Day, Ancestry is providing free access to job-related records through September 5. This includes all federal and state census records that include occupation, and special collections such as “California, Occupational Licenses, Registers, and Directories, 1876–1969.” The records can be searched at http://www.ancestry.com/cs/labor-day.
FindMyPast Adds British Army Casualty Lists 1939–1945
FindMyPast has added to their collection 1.1 million War Office records covering officers and nurses and other ranks. These lists cover individuals reported as killed in action, wounded, prisoner of war, missing, died of wounds, missing believed killed, dangerously ill, and involved in accidents. The collection is located at http://tinyurl.com/FMPCasualtyLists.
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