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

Gary Mokotoff, Editor

Volume 19, Number 7 | February 18, 2018

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.

MyHeritage Makes Numerous Announcements Regarding Their DNA Service
More Accurate DNA Matches. Persons who took a MyHeritage DNA test or uploaded DNA data from another service will now receive more accurate DNA Matches; more plentiful matches (about 10x more); fewer false positives; more specific and more accurate relationship estimates; and indications on lower confidence DNA Matches to help focus research efforts, according to a company announcement.

Chromosome Browser. They have also added a Chromosome Browser. The Browser is a schematic representation of a person’s chromosomes where DNA segments can be visualized. It is intended for viewing shared DNA segments for any DNA Match.
Additional information about the above two announcements can be found at

Contacting DNA Matches Is Now Free. In response to popular demand, contacting DNA matches is now available to all MyHeritage DNA users at no charge. This remains free for people who uploaded DNA data to MyHeritage and, for the first time, is also free to users with MyHeritage DNA kits who do not have a subscription plan.

The full announcement is at

Hotel Reservations for the Conference
If you have not registered for the Warsaw conference, be aware that the only link to make hotel reservations is through the registration process. The conference registration confirmation email includes a link to the room reservations page for the Hilton. Emails were sent to everyone who registered prior to the link being established directing them how to make a hotel reservation.

The conference webiste is at

Free Access to Immigration Records Through February 19
In recognition of the Canadian holiday, Family Day, is offering access to its immigration collection at no charge through February 19. This includes border crossings to/from Canada to the U.S. Access is at

New at
Ancestry has added/updated the following record groups at their site. Note that they do not indicate how many entries have been added. Announced collections may not be complete for the dates specified and will be added at some later date.

Updated U.S. Collections
U.S., Army Transport Service, Passenger Lists, 1910–1939
Utah, Death and Military Death Certificates, 1904–1961
South Carolina, Naturalization Records, 1868–1991
Michigan, Marriage Records, 1867–1952
Web: Isabella County, Michigan, Obituary Index, 1875–2005
Texas, Select County Marriage Records, 1837–2015
Idaho, Divorce Records, 1947–1966
U.S., Obituary Collection, 1930–2018
U.S., Homestead Records, 1863–1908
Nevada, Death Certificates, 1911–1965
U.S., Cemetery and Funeral Home Collection, 1847–2018

Updated Canada
Canadian Passenger Lists, 1865–1947
Canada, Selected School Yearbooks, 1901–2010

Updated Germany
Berlin, Germany, Deaths, 1874–1920
Berlin, Germany, Births, 1874–1899

New. London, England, City Directories, 1736–1943
England & Scotland, Select Cemetery Registers, 1800–2016
UK, Royal Hospital Chelsea Pensioner Soldier Service Records, 1760–1920
Web: Jersey, Hospital and Poor House Admissions, 1879–1916

FamilySearch Adds More Than 2 Million Records This Week
A list of recent additions to FamilySearch, more than 2 million indexed records and images, can be found at This site provides direct links to the individual collections. Those identified with a dagger (†) are Christian-only records. They include records from BillionGraves, Colombia(†), Denmark, Ecuador(†), England(†), Panama(†), Russia(†), and Slovakia.

Most notable for persons with Jewish family history are additions to the index and records of the collection, Slovakia Church and Synagogue Books (1592–1935).

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.

RootsTech 2018 Announces Free Online Broadcast Schedule
RootsTech, the world’s largest family history and technology conference, happening February 28 to March 3, has announced its free live online streaming schedule. The broadcasts give those unable to attend in-person a sampling of the show's content. Interested viewers can watch the select broadcasts live at No registration is required to view the live streams.

The list of broadcasts can be found at Additional information is at

RootsTech 2018 offers more than 300 sessions for those able to attend. The conference attracts more than 10,000 in-person and an additional 50,000 online.

Purim at RootsTech
The Jewish holiday of Purim coincides with the RootsTech conference, so Lara Diamond, one of the speakers at the conference, arranged with the conference planners to use a room in the Salt Palace Convention Center for the reading of the Megillah (Book of Esther) Wednesday night and Thursday morning. She also arranged for a kosher Shabat dinner on the Friday of the conference at a restaurant near the convention center.

Persons interested in attending any of the events should contact Lara at laradiamond AT gmail DOT com. She also is giving a lecture on endogamy the Wednesday morning of the conference.

BYOG (Bring Your Own Grogger)

JewishGen Has New Videos Primarily for Beginners
JewishGen has added five videos to its collection of educational videos. The new items are designed to acquaint newcomers to JewishGen. They are:
   • Prepare for Your Search
   • How to Navigate JewishGen
   • Communicate with Other JewishGenners Using JGFF
   • Communicate with JewishGenners on Our Discussion Lists
   • JewishGen Courseware

The complete list of educational videos is at

Use the Nu? What’s New? Archives
Periodically, I find a news items potentially worth noting in “Nu? What’s New?” only to find the information already appeared in a past issue, sometimes years ago. Nu? What’s New? has placed on the internet all back issues of the publication—except for the past six weeks—with a Google-based search engine. Perhaps we posted something of value to you before you became a subscriber? Use the search engine to discover these items. Back issues can be found at

I do not check for broken links in back issues. When that occurs, use Google to try to locate the information.

GenealogyIndexer Adds Hundreds of Directories
GenealogyIndexer has added more than 500 directories to its site, primarily from Germany. The list of locations follow.
Austria. St. Pölten
Czechoslovakia. Podersam-Jechnitz District
East Prussia. Königsberg, Niederung District
Germany. Barth,, Bernau bei Berlin and Surroundings,, Dortmund,, East Frisia, Ermsleben, Göttingen, Greifswald, Jena, Kassel Suburbs, Köln, Lower Rhein-Wupper District, Lübeck, Marburg, Mecklenburg, Meerane, Meiningen, Mettmann, Metzkausen, Minden, Möhringen auf den Fildern, Mönchengladbach District, Mülheim a. d. Ruhr, Munich, Münster (Westfalen), Nauen, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Nuremberg, Oberhausen (Ruhr), Oelde, Oldenburg, Ostkreis (Sachsen-Altenburg), Östliches Vogtland, Pfalz, Plauen (Vogtland), Quedlinburg, Rastatt, Ratingen District, Ravensburg, Remscheid, Remscheid, Rheinland-Westphalen, Rheydt, Rochlitz, Rotenburg an der Fulda, Schaumburg-Lippe, Schleswig-Holstein and Principality of Lübeck, Schmalkalden District, Schwandorf, Schwelm District, Solingen, Speyer, Stade (Elbe), Stadtroda District, Straubing, Stuttgart, Tangermünde, Treuen (Vogtland), Trier District, Uelzen District, Upper Hesse, Upper Franconia Handbook, Vegesack and Blumenthal District, Wanzleben District, Warburg, Weiden in der Oberpfalz, Weimar, Weinheim (Bergstrasse), Welheim in Oberbayern, Werden (Essen), West Middle Franconia, Westerwald District, Westphalia, Wismar, Witten, Wittenberge, Wittgenstein and Biedenkopf Districts, Wolgast, Worms District, Wülfrath, Wunsiedel District, Wuppertal, Zeulenroda, Triebes, and Surroundings, Zwickau
Poland. Belgard, Danzig, Freystadt District Cities, Grünberg, Köslin, Ohlau District, Schlawe, Rügenwalde, Pollnow and Zanow, Silesia Agricultural Directory, Stolp, Striegau
Switzerland. Zürich Citizens Directory
Multinational. 1860? Europe Photographers Directory

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