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

Gary Mokotoff, Editor

Volume 20, Number 41 | October 27, 2019

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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Ancestry Announces New DNA Test Called AncestryHealth®
Ancestry has announced a new DNA test, AncestryHealth, “to help people better understand how their family health history and their genes influence their health.” The company states the test will focus on:
   • Actionable insights to improve health outcomes for themselves and their families
   • Access to education and support, including genetic counseling resources
   • A seamless handoff with their healthcare provider so they can take action together
   • Access to the most comprehensive screening technology available

A disclaimer notes that “the tests offered by AncestryHealth are physician-ordered and are not diagnostic. The tests are not reviewed or approved by the FDA and are not available in NY, NJ and RI.”

Additional information can be found at your-genes-do-not-need-to-be-your-destiny/. The kit can be ordered at

USHMM Places WWII Displaced Persons Care and Maintenance Records Online
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) has integrated into its Holocaust Survivors and Victims database (HSV) more than 800,000 name records from Arolsen Archive’s WWII Displaced Persons Care and Maintenance files. The Holocaust Survivors and Victims Database is located at This is the museum’s primary site for determining if they have information about specific Holocaust survivors or victims.

Overall, the HSV database contains more than 8M entries, with 5,669,000 of these entries available on the public website. The remainder cannot be publicly posted due to restrictions imposed by the organizations which provided the data, but all may be viewed by visitors to the Museum.

Auschwitz Exhibit at Museum of Jewish Heritage Extended Until August 30, 2020
If you live in the New York area, or plan to visit the city in the next 10 months, you must visit the Auschwitz exhibit currently on display at the Museum of Jewish Heritage. Due to overwhelming response, availability of the exhibit was recently extended to August 30, 2020.

The exhibit is the most comprehensive Holocaust exhibition about Auschwitz ever presented in North America and includes more than 700 original objects and 400 photographs. It is presented on three floors.

Information about the exhibit is at The museum encourages purchasing tickets in advance at They state it is the only way to be guaranteed admission.

Selected London RootsTech Sessions Online
The London version of RootsTech 2019 is now history. FamilySearch has placed selected lectures online. They are:
   • Comparing the Genealogy Giants: Ancestry, FamilySearch, Findmypast and MyHeritage
   • Discover Your Family at FamilySearch: Photos, Stories and Memories
   • Getting Started with DNA
   • DNA Is Dynamite - How to Ignite Your Ancestral Research
   • Tracing 20th Century English Ancestors - The Joys and Challenges
   • A Strategic Approach to Irish Genealogy

In addition, Keynote and General Sessions are online. They all can be linked to at

Reclaim The Records Adds New York City Geographic Birth Index
Reclaim The Records has acquired the New York City Geographic Birth Index for 1880–1912 (through 1917 in some boroughs other than Manhattan). Unlike a typical birth index arranged by surname or by date, this one is arranged by the child's place of birth—the actual street address. It is estimated there are about 2.8M names.

The index can be found at Additional information about the index can be found at

JewishGen Partners with Leo Baeck Institute to Place Family Trees Online
JewishGen has placed online some family trees located in the archives of Leo Baeck Institute. Leo Baeck Institute is a research library and archive focused on the history of German-speaking Jews. It currently holds hundreds of family trees. The first stage of this project, which contains 17 family trees, is now available via the JewishGen German Collection.

Additional information can be found at

FamilySearch Adds More Than 6.5M  Records This Week
A list of recent additions to FamilySearch, more than 6.5M indexed records and images, can be found at This site provides direct links to the individual collections. They include records from American Samoa, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, England, France, Guatemala, Peru, South Africa, Ukraine, Wales and 20 states of the United States.

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.

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