Sunday, September 7, 2008

What are JewishGen Value-Added Services?

JewishGen Value-Added Services are a special “Thank You” to all who contribute a minimum of $100 annually to the JewishGen General Fund. These Value-Added Services currently include: 
  • The JGFFAlert System
  • Additional Email Addresses
  • Advanced Database Search Features
  • Basic Genealogy Course

The JGFFAlert System
The JGFFAlert System is an “immediate advisory system”, which constantly monitors all entries and changes made to the JewishGen Family Finder (JGFF), and alerts participants immediately if a new entry into the JGFF is a potential match with one of their own entries.
As a participant in the Value-Added Services, whenever any JGFF entry is made which matches any of your current JGFF entries, the JGFFAlert System will notify you immediately via e-mail, alerting you about the matching entry. The JGFFAlert System relieves you of the need to check periodically for new entries... JewishGen does it for you!
For more information about the JGFFAlert System, please click here.

Additional Email Addresses
JewishGen recognizes the fact that some people prefer to use different email addresses for different aspects of JewishGen, so we have developed a system to accommodate this.
JewishGen's systems have been programmed to allow participants in the Value-Added Services program to have up to five email addresses in their JewishGenID record — a primary email address (for the JGFF) and up to four alternate email addresses (for mailing list subscriptions). This feature will be provided to all those who make a minimum $100 a year donation to the JewishGen General Fund.
For more information about using alternate email addresses, please click here.

Advanced Database Search Features
In JewishGen's "All Country Databases", participants in the Value-Added Services program will have the ability to use our Advanced Database Search Features, which let you combine multiple search criteria, using Boolean AND/OR searches. This allows more focused, targeted searches.
For example, you can search for all persons whose surname sounds like "Katz" and whose first name starts with "Abr". Or you can search for family groups containing a particular set of given names, within a particular town.
You can also filter searches for data updated since a specific date. So if you've already searched a database, you can now search only for data recently added/updated, since a certain date, without re-viewing data that you've previously searched.
While we never subtract anything from the basic search capabilities which always have been available, and will continue to be freely available to all, the Advanced Database Search Features is a Value-Added Service — our way of saying “Thank You” to those who provide financial support and help us pay the bills for all the programs and projects JewishGen offers as a public service.

Basic Genealogy Course
The Basic Genealogy Course is geared to beginners, and consists of eight weekly downloadable lessons. The lessons cover using genealogy forms, assembling family trees, organizing and utilizing information gathered from United States vital records, census and passenger manifests. It also demonstrates how to use the JewishGen website and databases. In an online discussion environment, we share tips on how to best use your computer and the Internet, as well as provide individualized assistance.
Our courses are fee-based, but the Basic Course is part of the Value-Added Services program.
For more information about the Basic Genealogy Course, please visit the JewishGen Learning Center by clicking here.

How to Participate
JewishGen Value-Added Services are available to all who contribute a minimum of $100 annually to the JewishGen General Fund. (Donations to hosted organizations, or to any of the SIGs or their projects do not qualify for JewishGen Value-Added Services). We urge you to participate in this program — to insure your JGFF research information is kept current and up to date, to search our databases more effectively, and to support JewishGen.

Credit Cards:
Contributions can be submitted via our secure credit card site by clicking here 

Checks:
Contributions can be sent to: JewishGen, Museum of Jewish Heritage, 36 Battery Place, New York, NY 10280

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