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

Gary Mokotoff, Editor

Volume 17, Number 5 | January 31, 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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Underlined words are links to sites with additional information.

Off to RootsTech
The next issue of Nu? What’s New? may be late because I will be attending the RootsTech conference in Salt Lake City this coming week.

KehilaLinks Site for Jews of Posen
Edward David Luft, a regular writer for AVOTAYNU, has created a website on JewishGen’s KehilaLinks for the province of Posen that has much useful information for that area. It is located at The website covers all 122 towns in which Jews lived in Posen Province as well as other locations in the province for the period 1772 to about 1923.

His latest addition is "The Jews of Posen Province in the 19th Century,” which is the result of his research for more than 28 years. It is a source of both published and archival entries, totaling of 1,990 pages and contains about 10,000 annotated citations of books, articles and archival fonds on the subject. The link also references other reliable resources for research on the Jews of Posen province. For some reason, using Firefox, when I uploaded the book the pages were sideways. Saving the file to my computer and using Adobe Acrobat Reader made the pages appear correctly.

Yet another Website:
Someone has identified more than 100 record groups on associated with Jewish genealogical research, and has provided links to the groups at a site named Those groups on Ancestry that are offered at no charge are identified as “free.” Many of these free groups have their original source at JewishGen or the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. It is a useful site for beginners as a possible starting point for research. It is useful to veterans, because it may identify sites they were unaware of. The domain name is registered to a Paul Field of New Jersey.

Video on Choosing a Genealogical Software Program
New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) has created a one-hour video on “Choosing a Genealogical Software Program.” It is available on YouTube at The genealogical community has been shaken this past year by the demise of two popular software programs, The Master Genealogist and Family Tree Maker, causing many people to look for an alternative. The genealogy programs discussed in the lecture are: Ancestral Quest, Brother's Keeper (the one I use), Heredis, iFamily, Legacy, MacFamilyTree, Reunion, and RootsMagic.

Family History Library Announces Webinars for February
During the month of February, the Family History Library will be hosting a number of free online family history classes and webinars. These classes and webinars are designed to help individuals and families find their ancestors and teach important family history techniques. They are free to the public. Information about specific classes can be found at

JRI-Poland Helping to Prove Person is Oldest Man Alive
An Israeli Holocaust survivor may be the oldest man alive and Jewish Records Indexing – Poland is providing the documentation to prove it. Yisrael Krystal is 112 years old. JRI-Poland has located his marriage certificate to prove his age, but it may not be adequate documentation, so they are searching further. The JRI-Poland participation is mentioned in an article in Haaretz, but is not viewable by non-subscribers. Numerous newspapers have picked up the news item but do not mention JRI-Poland’s participation in the search. One can be read at,

AVOTAYNU Subscriber Willing to Donate All Back Issues to an Institution
An AVOTAYNU subscriber has all back issues of AVOTAYNU from Vol.1 No.1 and is looking for a repository such as a library willing to accept the issues. If you know of such an institution, write to

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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