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

Gary Mokotoff, Editor

Volume 16, Number 24 | June 14, 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
Underlined words are links to sites with additional information.

Stephen P. Morse Site Unblocked
Recognizing the importance of the Stephen P. Morse site (, its Internet Service Provider, GoDaddy, has unblocked the site a number of days prior to its normal procedure. The site was taken down when GoDaddy received a complaint from a woman who stated that displaying her picture in a yearbook at the Morse site was in violation of her copyright. Morse challenged the complaint asking her to prove she was the copyright owner, and the woman was given two weeks to respond. This will end tomorrow (Monday).

FamilySearch Wiki Page Provides Links to U.S. Immigration Lists
A FamilySearch Wiki site has a page devoted to U.S. Immigration after 1820 providing links to sites, both free and fee-for-service. It is located at Ports covered are Baltimore, Boston, New Orleans, New York, Philadelphia and Canadian Border Crossings. There is also a bibliography of published lists of immigrants with links to those lists that are on the Internet. For example, the multivolume Russians to America has a link to the FamilySearch index located at

Google Must Comply With European Union Rules Globally
Jan Meisels Allen reports that the French Data Protection Agency, CNIL, has decreed that the earlier French Court decision that removing entries from Google when an individual invokes the European Union “right to be forgotten” rule applies globally, and Google must remove the information from all its non-European sites. Google has been given 15 days to comply or sanctions will be imposed. France is the first country to open a potential sanctions process against Google if its practices are not changed.

The ruling might have an impact on genealogy. For example, Geni is indexed by Google. A European citizen could request removal of the link on grounds of privacy. Google would be required to delete any online tree reference.

Note that only Google must delete the reference, not the original source. If a newspaper account 40 years ago reported a person was convicted of fraud, only the Google indexing must be removed. Going to the newspaper’s site will still pick up the reference.

A complete description of the ruling can be found at

Library and Archives Canada Allows Photographing Documents
Prior to a recent ruling, Library and Archives Canada only allowed reproduction of documents by filling out a form, handing in the information to the consultation staff, and then waiting the 30 business days for the copies to be made. Now the institution is allowing self-serve photographing of documents with certain rules some of which are:
   • You must have a wrist strap, neck strap or tripod.
   • No flash can be used.
   • Photos cannot be taken before permission is given.

The announcement is at

News of Value to German Researchers
German Address Books. has hundreds of address books from Pommern and Westpreussen (Pomerania and West Prussia). The complete listing can be found at As noted in a recent edition of Nu? What’s New?, this site also includes a search engine that limits results to Jewish-related websites.

Hamburg Vital Records. A posting to the Ger-SIG of JewishGen notes that a collection, “All Hamburg, Germany, Selected Deaths (1876–1932),” is available on at Results include the original death certificate. A follow-up comment on the Discussion Group states that this collection represents only a small part of all registers. Name indexes to Hamburg civil registration records can be accessed through 332-5-standesaemter/4133090/start/.

Hadassah Assouline Offering Professional Services
Former director of the Central Archives for the history of the Jewish People has decided to spend part of her retirement period offering professional services to people who need research in Israel. Her e-mail address is

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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
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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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