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

Gary Mokotoff, Editor

Volume 22, Number 32 | August 15, 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.

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2022 IAJGS Conference to Be Held in Philadelphia
The 2020 IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy was to be held in Philadelphia, but the pandemic forced it to go virtual. The 2021 IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy was to be held in Philadelphia, but the pandemic forced it to go virtual. Now the 2022 IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy is planned for Philadelphia from August 22–25, 2022. Let us hope we have the Delta virus and any future variants are under control so that the conference can be held with people meeting face to face.

The recently completed 2021 Virtual conference was a great success. There were 1,100 attendees from 25 different countries and 41 U.S. states. There were nearly 9,000 views of handouts and more than 10,000 sign-ins to view the various live webinars and meetings.

The entire Virtual Venue will remain open to registrants until October 5. All on-demand and the recorded live sessions will also be available for viewing until October 5. Until then, it will be possible to download handouts, view sessions, and contact fellow attendees. The Expo Hall still has booth website links and documents, but there are no appointments or chats with booth staff, translators, or mentors.

How to Make Sure Your Genealogy Research Outlives You
Those of us who are advanced in age should start to contemplate what will happen to the years of toil put in to documenting our families’ histories when we are no longer alive? MyHeritage has published an excellent essay on the subject at It is a summarization of a lecture hosted by MyHeritage given by Thomas Macentee. The video can be found at

A few of the key points are:
   • Make our wishes clear to the people who are most likely to be handling our affairs, and make it easy for them to carry out those wishes.
   • Be sure that whatever technology we’re using to preserve the information will stand the test of time.
   • Keep the items well-labeled and organized.
   • Consider donating items to societies, libraries, and archives.
   • Consider donating your items now rather than waiting until after your passing.

MyHeritage Adds 9.7M Records from the State of Pernambuco, Brazil
MyHeritage has added to its collection 9.7M records from the state of Pernambuco, Brazil, from three record collections: Pernambuco Births, 1800–1920, Marriages, 1800–1960, and Deaths, 1820–2017.

Pernambuco births and marriages are new collections to MyHeritage. Pernambuco deaths was first published last year and is now updated with m-illions of new records. The collections are exclusive to MyHeritage and each contain scanned images of the original records alongside a detailed index.

The announcement can be found at

Forces War Records Adds 3M Royal Air Force Records from 1918 to 1975
The Forces War Records website has added 3M UK Royal Air Force records from 1918 to 1975. Information includes name, service number, maiden names or aliases, enlisted after date, place of enlistment, trade and nationality.

Paid subscribers can search these records at The site currently contains more than 26M records.

FamilySearch Adds 1.9M Records This Week
A list of recent additions to FamilySearch, 1.9M index records and images, can be found at Also included were 18M Norway Church Books, 1815–1930 and 720K England, Nottinghamshire, Church Records, 1578–1937.

This site provides direct links to the individual collections. They include records from Australia, Brazil, Ecuador, El Salvador, England, France Jamaica, Norway, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Samoa, South Africa, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Vanuatu, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Notable new collections are:
   • Oregon, Center for Health Statistics, Birth Records, 1903–1918
   • Oregon, Oregon State Archives, Births, 1842–1917

Notable additions to collections are:
   • Georgia, Tax Digests, 1787–1900, 272,111 records
   • Louisiana, Orleans and St. Tammany Parish, Voter Registration Records, 1867–1905, 280,311 records
   • Massachusetts, Boston Tax Records, 1822–1918, 313,556 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
American Historical Society of Germans from Russia Obituaries, 1899–2012
Westminster, London, England, Wills and Probates, 1504–1829

Updated Collections
Halle(Saale), Germany, Burial and Cemetery Registers, 1720–1934
Halle(Saale), Germany, Military Recruitment Lists, 1828–1888
Halle, Germany, Thadden Regiment, Muster Roll, 1752 and 1792
Florida, U.S., County Marriage Records, 1823–1982
New York State, Birth Index, 1881–1942
Pennsylvania, U.S., Birth Certificates, 1906–1913

Additions to FindMyPast This Week
One addition this week to the FindMyPast collection possibly relevant to Jewish family history research is completion of the collection British Army, Royal Engineers 1900-1949. Recently added were more than 130,000 more tracer card records, most from World War II.

Information can be found at

The Unbroken Chain - Third Edition (First five volumes)
Author Neil Rosenstein has devoted the past 27 years to updating and improving his landmark work The Unbroken Chain and now is in the process of publishing its Third Edition. The new edition is a major improvement to the previous edition both in number of persons and quality of the work.

The volumes identify more than 42,000 people with a full name index. There are 300 illustrations, thousands of footnotes and up to 22 generations.

Addtional informaton, including the a complete list of names can be found at Check to see if your family is included.

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