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

Gary Mokotoff, Editor

Volume 22, Number 30 | August 1, 2021

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.

Little to announce this week despite more than 25 sources of information are evaluated for potential articles. Perhaps everyone was busy watching the Olympics.

JewishGen Now Has Website for Children and Young Adults
JewishGen now has an educational website for children and young adults to give each group a taste of what genealogy is all about. It is located at

For children, there are three levels of education: elementary school, middle school and high school. Each has its own educational pieces. For example, each has a tutorial on “What Is Genealogy?”, but the tutorials are different; geared toward the level of education.

There are also guides for parents, tutors and teachers.

Legacy Offers Webinars at No Charge During “Webtember”
Each Friday during the month of September, Legacy Family Tree Webinars, a subsidiary of MyHeritage, will be offering, at no charge, webinars from its collection. There will be 30 live and pre-recorded webinars in all. If there is a webinar of interest, but you can’t make the date, all will be free of charge to view through the end of the month.

Additional information, including how to register, can be found at

MyHeritage Now Has Vital Records for New Zealand
MyHeritage has announced its collection now includes more than 4.7M vital records for New Zealand. They include:
   • Birth Index, 1840–1901
   • Marriage Index, 1840–1901
   • Death Index, 1840–2021.

The announcement can be found at

FamilySearch Adds 7.5M Records This Week
A list of recent additions to FamilySearch, 7.5M index records, can be found at This site provides direct links to the individual collections. They include records from Argentina, Australia, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, England, France, French Polynesia, Guatemala, Jamaica, Liberia, Mexico, Netherlands, Panama, Paraguay, Puerto Rico, Samoa, South Africa, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Vanatu, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

The large quantity is due primarily to church records. Large exceptions are:
   • Canada, Ontario Tax Assessment Rolls, 1834–1899, 929,646 records
   • Netherlands, Archival Indexes, Vital Records, 1600–2000, 3,788,825 records
   • Massachusetts, Boston Tax Records, 1822–1918, 435,764 records

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.

New Collections at
Ancestry has added/updated the following record groups at their site. The list with links to individual collections can be found at Announced collections may not be complete for the dates specified and will be added at some later date. There is also no indication of how many records were added to the updated collections.

New Collections
New Hampshire, Pardons, 1934–1937
New Hampshire, Court Rosters, 1800–1961
New Hampshire, Government Petitions, 1700–1826

Updated Collections
Canada, Marriage Index, 1800s–1999
Massachusetts, Boston Archdiocese Roman Catholic Sacramental Records, 1789–1920
New York, New York, Riverside Church Records, 1841–1945
Norway, Church Records, 1812–1938
U.S., Marriage Index, 1800s–1999
UK and Ireland, Outward Passenger Lists, 1890–1960

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