Jewish Children Deported From Paris July 1942 to August 1944

Posted by: Jan Meisels Allen

Monsieur Charles Tremil, the gentleman who was the person responsible for getting the French police records on the Vel'D'Hiver roundup July 16-17, 1942  exhibited this summer in Paris sent me an article on the Jewish children deported  from Paris July 1942-August 1944. The article is in French,  This is the link for the article and accompanying map: . If you want to translate the article into your native language I suggest using Google translate - not perfect but you will get the gist of the article.  Below is a summary of the article that I wrote based on the Google translation into English.
Jewish children  were deported from Paris from July 1942 to August 1944.  Between 1942 and 1944, 11,400 Jewish children were arrested in France, including Paris --over 700  in Paris, 4500 including Paris and its suburbs. They were then deported to extermination sites.  The research was done by Serge Klarsfeld.  The article includes a map of where more than 6,000 Jewish children were arrested in central Paris. The map is capable of being expanded if it is accessed directly on the website above-- When you pass the cursor over the address (a tooltip displays the address and access to the list of children.).

The map was made available by the Foundation for the Memory of the Shoah. Points on the map were adapted for World War II , even if today the street names are different and some areas no longer exist due to urban redevelopment,.
If you have any questions regarding the map or the list of children I am not able to answer them -you will have to contact one of the people named under the credits in the article.
Jan Meisels Allen
IAJGS Vice President
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

Update on Death Master File and Social Security Death Index Legislation

Posted by: Jan Meisels Allen

The US Congress ( House of Representatives and Senate) has adjourned for elections and won't return until November 13 for the "lame duck" session --until the new Congress is seated in January .  No action on the six  bills before either the  House or Senate regarding the Social Security Death Index the commercial name of   the Death Master File will occur before the lame duck session -if then.  They had  been waiting for the Obama Administration bill, but with Congress out until November 13 nothing has been forthcoming from the Administration at this time.

 Jan Meisels Allen
 IAJGS Vice President
 Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

France Inaugurates Memorial to Jews Placed in Drancy Internment Camp

Posted by: Jan Meisels Allen

This summer I posted about the opening of the French Police records,  an exhibit commemorating the 70th anniversary of the roundup of the Parisian Jews known as the "Vel d'Hiv", named for the Velodrome d'Hiver before being bused to the French camp at Drancy and then taken by train to Auschwitz.

This week,  France inaugurated a memorial to the tens of thousands of Jews that were sent to Drancy--almost 65,000--en route to the death camps from 1941-1944.  The French government only acknowledged the role of the government starting with former President Jacques Chirac in the mid 1990's.
Current French  President Hollande inaugurated  the memorial on September 21.

EuroNews has a one minute video on the inauguration which may be viewed by going to:
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To read more go to:
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Thank you to Randy Herschaft, Associated Press, for advising us of this story.

Jan Meisels Allen
IAJGS Vice President
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

[UK] National Archives to Close "Your Archives" Section of Website

Posted by: Jan Meisels Allen

The National Archives of the United Kingdom announced they will be closing the "Your Archives"  section of their website. The closure will occur the end of  this month-September .

The "Your Archives" section of the website started in 2007 as an online platform for users to share their information-it is a wiki. The decision to remove the Your Archives portion of the website is based on changing technology and user expectations.  They plan the site to be preserved on the government web archive  see:
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and some information will be transferred to their Discovery Service.  See:
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The Discover service is their free on line search catalogue which is being updated and is in beta mode. Discover will also replace their DocumentsOnLine and their digitized document delivery service.

For more information See:
original url:

Jan Meisels Allen
IAJGS Vice President
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

[USA] Open Records and Freedom of Information Act

Posted by: Jan Meisels Allen

As genealogists,  we are many times stymied by impediments to access certain vital records by state laws that prevent certain information from being shared.  Most recently Virginia's law that includes provisions of its state public disclosure law that allow only its own residents access rights to public records. According to the National Freedom of Information Coalition (NFOIC) there are eight states that currently have or had in the past similar restrictive provisions: Arkansas, Georgia, New Jersey, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania,  Tennessee,  and Virginia..  see:
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Several groups and individuals are taking this provision to the U.S. Supreme Court. One individual is from Rhode Island and another from California who are challenging the Virginia Freedom of Information Act  (FOIA) provision on citizens of their state only to have access.   Two  Federal appellate courts
have each ruled differently which is why it is being appealed to the Supreme Court. A decision by the Supreme Court whether it will hear the case has not yet been rendered.

The NFOIC has on its website a listing of the State Freedom of Information Laws,
original url:  as well as sample FOIA request letters.

As genealogists, we have also found some states no longer provide cause of death on death certificates--and family medical history is critical to know. A recent  law suit in Indiana bears watching on this point where an
individual and a newspaper--the Evansville Courier Press are suing the Vanderburgh County Health Department to obtain access on cause of death stating death records are public records, while the Health Department interprets the law to have cause of death restricted.  To read more go to:
original url:

Jan Meisels Allen
IAJGS Vice President
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

Shanghai Rediscovers History of the 20,000 European Jews Who Fled There During WWII

Posted by: Jan Meisels Allen

An article in the Los Angeles Times, September 18, China's Little Vienna, is about Shanghai rediscovering the history of the 20,000 European Jews who fled to the city during WW II. 
To read the article click on
Jan Meisels Allen
IAJGS Vice President
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

[USA] National Archives Declassifies andReleases Documents Showing US Government Hushed Soviet Crime-Katyn Massacre

Posted by:  Jan Meisels Allen

The Associated Press (AP) published an article on September 10 about the [US] National Archives declassifying , releasing and  putting online about 1,000 pages of documents that lend weight to the belief that suppression within the highest levels of the U.S. government helped cover up Soviet guilt in the killing of some 22,000 Polish officers and other prisoners in the Katyn forest and other locations in 1940. The Soviet secret police who killed the 22,000 Poles with shots to the back of the head purpose was to
eliminate a Polish military and intellectual elite that would have put up stiff resistance to Soviet control. It's estimated that 700-900 victims of  the Katyn Massacre were Polish Jews.

American POWs sent secret coded messages to Washington with news of a Soviet atrocity: It was May 1943 in the Katyn forest, a part of Russia the Germans had seized from the Soviets in 1941 where the American POWs saw rows of  corpses in an advanced state of decay in the Katyn forest,  proof that the
killers could not have been the Nazis who had only recently occupied the area.  The long-held suspicion is that President Franklin Delano Roosevelt didn't want to anger Josef Stalin, an ally whom the Americans were counting on to defeat Germany and Japan during World War II.

To read the article click here:
original url:

The site at the National Archives has photos, maps and scanned documents.
To read what the National Archives has click on:   or original url
For an overview of what the National Archives has concerning the Katyn Forest Massacre  go to:    or orignal url:

A U.S. House of Representatives Select Committee was tasked in 1951 with conducting an investigation into the Katyn atrocity and concluded that the Soviets were responsible for the Katyn mass murder.

Ohio Rep. Marcy Kaptur, who helped lead a recent push for the release of the documents, and her press release is available at:
original url:

Thank you to Randy Hershaft, Associated Press, on of the authors of the rticle  for sharing this article.

Jan Meisels Allen
IAJGS Vice President
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

[USA] IRS Doesn't Consider Genealogy Humane

Posted by: Jan Meisels Allen

Below is a link to an advance copy of IRS [Internal Revenue Service] Revenue Procedure 2012-35 effective August 31, 2012

Evidently, the IRS for "humane" reasons will forward a letter for those who are attempting to locate missing persons.  This "service" is available to private individuals and state and federal agencies.  What they have done is define this service for humane reasons.  What the IRS has determined (see Section 4.02) are examples not considered as humane including: "tracing a family tree or attempting to locate individuals for reunion purposes " . What is also ironic is that the requestor must provide the missing person's
Social Security Number along with the letter to be forwarded.  The IRS is one of the government agencies trying to prevent the public, including genealogists from accessing Social Security Numbers through the SSDI (Social Security Death Index). For single individual requests there is no charge. For requests of 50 or more the charge is mentioned in the revised procedure.

Thank you to Ken Ryseky for alerting us to this recent IRS revenue

Jan Meisels Allen
IAJGS Vice President
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

[USA] Georgia State Archives to Be Closed to Public Effective November 1, 2012

Posted by: Jan Meisels Allen

Georgia Governor Deal announced that to further reduce its budget for AFY 13 and FY 14 by 3 percent the Secretary of State had to reduce services which resulted in announcement that the Georgia State Archives will be closed to the public starting November 1, 2012.  The State Archives are under the Office of the Secretary of State. Georgia will be the only state in the country that will not have a central location in which the public can visit to research and review the historical records of their government and state.

The staff that currently works to catalog, restore, and provide reference to the state of Georgia's permanent historical records will be reduced.  After November 1st, the public will only be allowed to access the building by appointment; however, the number of appointments could be limited based on the schedule of the remaining employees.  The governor stated, he will fight during this legislative session to have  the funding cuts restored. The Georgia State Archives has had their budget cut each year since 2008.  The Georgia State Archives website is:

To read more click on:
original url:

Jan Meisels Allen
IAJGS Vice President
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

[USA] National Archives Announces Increase in Copying Fees Nationwide

Posted by: Jan Meisels Allen

Effective October 1, 2012 the (USA)  National Archives has an amended fee schedule nationwide for reproduction of archival materials.  Examples of the increase include:

self service: paper to paper from $0.20-$0.25 to $0.25
                      book to paper  from $0.75 to $0.85
NARA reproduction services minimum order from $15.00 to $20.00:

NARA-made copies will be $0.80 per page

To see which fees have increased go to:
original URL:

Those services not listed are not being increased at this time.

Jan Meisels Allen
IAJGS Vice President
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

(USA) Some States Are Raising Their Fees For Vital Records

Posted by: Jan Meisels Allen

Several states have announced they recently raised or will be raising their vital records fees. Note older records in many states are retained in their state archives. Depending on what record you are looking for in a particular state you may need to also search the state archives --which may have different fee structures.

Births become public records 100 years after the event; deaths, marriages, and divorces become public records 50 years after the event.  The Alaska Bureau of Vital Statistics is increasing the fee by $5.00 for most all records effective September 4, 2012. The records effected include: increased the fees for all certified copies of vital records (birth, death, fetal death, marriage, divorce), heirloom birth and marriage certificate fees, certificate of birth resulting in stillbirth fee, affidavit of paternity, adoption, and correction processing fees, and the fee for issuing marriage licenses in Alaska.  To read more go to:

Effective August 1, 2012 the Colorado Vital Records increased the charge for a death certificate to $20.00.  All other certificates were not increased at this time.    See:
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The Division of Vital Records of the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene issues certified copies of birth, death, fetal death, and marriage certificates for events that occur in Maryland. Birth and death certificates are $24.00 (raised in July for death records). Marriage records are still $12.00. Current or former members of the Armed Services are not charged.

Jan Meisels Allen
IAJGS Vice President
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

Wishing You a Sweet New Year

Dear Friend,
1 million records. 41,000 new users. Nearly 8,000 donors.
These figures demonstrate tremendous accomplishment by JewishGen last year. First, we are actively growing our databases to meet the demand of ourconstantly expanding user base. Second, our users continue to appreciate thefree service provided by JewishGen, and are willing to financially support its mission.
There is still so much more to do.
We added more than 1 million records last year (surpassing 21 million records in total!), hundreds of Yizkor Book translations and many other important items of interest to Jewish genealogists – but there remain millions of records throughout the world that have yet to be digitized, indexed and made searchable on JewishGen. Some for-profit companies seek to obtain these records, and then charge to access them. It is our belief that Jewish family research should be freely accessible, and we are doing everything we can to keep it that way.
Within the next few weeks, we hope to publish our second annual report highlighting JewishGen’s accomplishments over the course of the previous year. Running almost 50 pages, it also includes a list of 2011 donors who permitted us to share their names and generosity with the public. We will send you an email when the report is ready. Last year’s report was viewed more than 20,000 times, and we are confident that this year’s report will reach an even wider audience.
As always, major and significant improvements (with the rapid advance of technology, these improvements are always significant) have continued to be made “behind the scenes” to help ensure an easy, powerful and secure web experience.
As you may have noticed, many of our most popular features (such as the Family Finder and Burial Registry) now have distinctively branded logos, making it easier to identify the information you are viewing. A project that has generated particular enthusiasm is our “Memorial Plaques” project, whereby volunteers throughout the world are indexing the names appearing on Memorial (Yizkor) plaques in their synagogues.
Finally, and most importantly, our loyal users continued to provide us with a strong base of financial support – we received nearly 8,000 donations last year – allowing us to operate within our budget for the third year in a row despite global economic uncertainty.
This feat was possible only because our users made a conscious decision to participate – each according to their ability – in the important service we are providing. Every single financial donor has a share in any success that results from JewishGen. While we received some donations in excess of $1000 or as modest as $5, each was significant and important to us, and we are grateful.
As the New Year approaches, we remain confident that you and other JewishGen users will once again help support our important work to the best of your ability. Each donation makes a difference, and helps us to continue offering a service that has connected thousands of families over the past two decades.
If you are in a position to make a financial contribution to JewishGen, please CLICK HERE - it will be greatly appreciated. 
Regardless of your level of financial support, we are glad that you are part of the global JewishGen community – the JewishGen family – and we wish you and your family a happy and healthy new year, a Shana Tova and a K'siva V'chasima Tova.
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How to Investigate a Family Mystery

PARIS — Almost a year ago, while covering news on the Spanish island of Majorca, I entered a cramped notions shop named Angela that had been in the Aguiló family for centuries. One of the relatives led me upstairs to show an elaborate family tree with 560 names in tidy black and blue print that spanned 500 years.
But missing from the tree was a major family drama that had affected descendants of most of its branches: A distant ancestor, Catalina Terongi, was burned at the stake in a public auto-da-fé in the 17th century after investigators for the Spanish Inquisition discovered that she and others had been secretly practicing Judaism despite their conversion to Christianity. To the end she refused to renounce her faith, urging other victims to ignore the heat of their burning clothes.
That story had power to bring the tree of names alive.
Click here to read more from the NY Times.

KehilaLinks Update - September 2012

We are pleased to welcome the following webpages to JewishGen KehilaLinks We thank the owners and webmasters of these webpages for creating fitting memorials to these Kehilot (Jewish Communities) and for providing a valuable resource for future generations of their descendants.

Argentina: Jewish Life, Events, Notables and Characters Created by Dr. Daniel AldoTeveles

Dashev (Dashiev), Ukraine
Created by Ukraine SIG / Ron Doctor
Webmaster: Richard Baum

Dunayivtsi (Dunayevtsy, Dinovitz , Ukraine Created by Ukraine SIG / Ron Doctor
Webmaster: Richard Baum

Horodyshche (Gorodishche, Horodishtch), Ukraine Created by Ukraine SIG / Ron Doctor
Webmaster: Richard Baum

Korsun-Shevchenkivs'kyy (Korsun'-Shevchenkovskiy), Ukraine Created by Ukraine SIG / Ron Doctor
Webmaster: Richard Baum

Mykolayiv (Nikolayev), Ukraine
Created by Amira Lapidot Hemme
Webpage design by KehilaLinks volunteer Martin Davis

Moskva (Moscow)
Created by Carola Murray-Seegert
Webpage design by KehilaLinks volunteer Jonny Joseph

Stavishche (Stavisht), Ukraine
Created by Vivian Linderman


KehilaLinks webpages recently updated:

Anan'yiv (Ananiev), Ukraine

Kormend, Hungary

Lackenbach, Austria

Radauti (Radautz, Radevits), Romania

Sadgora, Ukraine

Shchadryn (Shchedrin), Belarus

Tarashcha (Tarasche), Ukraine

Odessa, Ukraine

Verbovets (Verbovitz), Ukraine


Some of our Kehila webpages were created by people who are no longer able to maintain them.
We thank them for their past efforts and wish them luck on their future endeavors.
The following webpages are "orphaned" and are available for adoption.

Barysaw (Borisov), Belarus

Borzna, Ukraine

Kolomea (Komomyja) (G)

Rozdol, Ukraine (G)


If you wish to create a KehilaLinks webpage or adopt an exiting "orphaned"
webpage please contact us at: <>.

NEED TECHNICAL HELP CREATING A WEBPAGE?: We have a team of dedicated volunteers who will help you create a webpage.

Shana Tova Umetukah - A Good and Sweet Year.
Ketiva Ve-Chatima Tovah - May You Be Written and Sealed for a Good Year

Susana Leistner Bloch, VP, KehilaLinks, JewishGen, Inc.
Barbara Ellman, KehilaLinks Technical Coordinator

Irish Jewish Family History Documented

Posted by Ann Rabinowitz

After many years of research and connecting with Irish Jewish families in many far-flung places, Stuart Rosenblatt, P.C FGSI, Facilitator, Jasonia Centre, 76 Dame Street, Dublin 2, Ireland, is being recognized for his remarkable compilation of seventeen volumes of documented Irish Jewish history.  Much of this information is in the form of family trees and incorporates approximately 48,000 entries.

On Thursday, September 6, 2012, these seventeen volumes will be officially accepted by the Irish Jewish Museum and its Irish Jewish Genealogy Society Division which was founded in 1999.  This will make available the largest and most unique cache of Irish Jewish records in the world.    

Whilst the materials will be in hard copy format at the Irish Jewish Museum, the information is also in a searchable database on-line at:  Help with researching your family information can be obtained by contacting Stuart Rosenblatt at the following contact points: (e-mail): Stuart.Rosenblatt (Skype); and 353-1-677-3808 (telephone).

Mazel Tov to Stuart Rosenblatt for his great genealogical accomplishment and happy hunting to those of you with Irish Jewish connections!!!!

Yizkor Book Update - September 2012

Posted by Lance Ackerfeld

August has whizzed past but not without quite a lot to show, Yizkor-Book-Project-wise. Quite a few new books have been added and we're now talking on just over 700 books that appear in the Yizkor Book Project with varying quantities of online translations within them.

Which reminds me - quite often I receive queries about why a particular project has only a few translations and am also asked if there is a subscription needed in order to see the full translation. Well the story is that all the translations available online are the result of the hard work of many people who just haven't managed to get to all the pages in all the
700 original books, which do include more than 200,000 pages of text. We don't ask for money to see the translations - our aim is to make them freely available to as many people as possible and if your community has only a few pages translations online, the way to improve this situation is to get involved in its translation project. If you would like to know how to do this, either contact the coordinator on the main page of the particular project or myself and we'd be happy to explain and elaborate.

August also saw additional entries about Bessarabia from the Pinkas Romania (Encyclopedia of Jewish Communities in Romania) being added to the project, thanks to the initiative of Yefim Kogan. The Pinkasim series, by-the-way, cover many communities, large and small which often are not to be found in other Yizkor Books and so they are an important source for researchers. If you are looking for a small community and haven't been able to find information on it, this is the series to look at and if you need help with this, just let me know.

Now to facts and figures - as far as the August figures go, during this last month we have added these 7 new projects:

- Jozefow, Poland (Memorial book to the community of Jozefow and its

- Kostopil, Ukraine (Kostopol; the life and death of a community)

- Mateszalka, Hungary (Jews in Mateszalka)

- Michalovce, Slovakia (The Book of Michalovce)

- Rakospalota, Hungary (History of the Rakospalota community)

- Tirgu Lapus, Romania (A golden album: Childhood memories, four generations of the community of Targu-Lapus and vicinity)

- Wloclawek, Poland (Wloclawek and vicinity; memorial book)

Added in 7 new entries:

- Alexandreni, Moldova (Encyclopedia of Jewish Communities in Romania, Volume II)

- Artsyz, Ukraine (Encyclopedia of Jewish Communities in Romania, Volume II)

- Bilhorod-Dnistrovs'kyy, Ukraine (Encyclopedia of Jewish Communities in Romania, Volume II)

- Cimislia, Moldova (Encyclopedia of Jewish Communities in Romania, Volume

- Izmayil, Ukraine (Encyclopedia of Jewish Communities in Romania, Volume

- Pirlita, Moldova (Encyclopedia of Jewish Communities in Romania, Volume

- Vadul-Rascov, Moldova (Encyclopedia of Jewish Communities in Romania, Volume II)

We have continued to update 26 of our existing projects:

- Bedzin, Poland (A Memorial to the Jewish Community of Bedzin)

- Czestochowa, Poland (The Jews of Czestochowa)

- Dzyarzhynsk (Koidanov), Belarus (Koidanov; Memorial Volume of the Martyrs of Koidanov)

- Gargzdai, Lithuania (Gorzd book; A memorial to the Jewish community of

- Golub-Dobrzyn, Poland (In Memory of the Communities Dobrzyn-Gollob)

- Goniadz, Poland (Our hometown Goniondz)

- Gorokhov, Ukraine (Horchiv Memorial Book)

- Gostynin, Poland (Book of Gostynin)

- Karelichy, Belarus (Korelitz; the life and destruction of a Jewish

- Katowice, Poland (Katowice: the Rise and Decline of the Jewish community; Memorial Book)

- Korets, Ukraine (The Korets book; in memory of our community that is no

- Kremenets, Ukraine (Memorial Book of Kremenets, Vyshgorodok, and Pochayiv)

- Krivichi, Belarus (Kryvitsh Yizkor Book)

- Lipcani, Moldova  (The community of Lipkany; memorial book)

- Miedzyrzec Podlaski, Poland (Mezritsh Book, in Memory of the Martyrs of our City)

- Molchadz, Belarus (Molchadz, In Memory of the Jewish Community)

- Nowy Sacz, Poland (Sandzer Memorial Journal)

- Raciaz, Poland (Memorial book of the community of Racionz)

- Rzeszow, Poland (Rzeszow community; memorial book)

- Sierpc, Poland (The Community of Sierpc; Memorial Book)

- Sokolka, Poland (Memorial Book of Sokolka)

- Staszow, Poland (The Staszow book)

- Stowbtsy, Belarus (Memorial volume of Steibtz-Swerznie and the neighboring villages Rubezhevitz, Derevna, Nalibok)

- Suwalki, Poland (Memorial book of Suvalk)

- Tarnogrod, Poland (Book of Tarnogrod; in memory of the destroyed Jewish

- Zwolen, Poland (Zwolen Memorial Book) Zwolen/Zwolen.html

Please remember that all this month's additions and updates have been flagged at to make it easy to find them.

Since the High Holidays are just round the corner, I would like to wish all of you and your families the sweetest New Year - a new year of excellent health, dreamed of peace and nice-to-have prosperity.

Shana Tova,
Lance Ackerfeld
Yizkor Book Project Manager

JGS Conejo Valley and Ventura County September 9 Progam: Ethics, Sensitivities, Sensibilities and Property Rights Part II

Posted by: Jan Meisels Allen

The Jewish Genealogical Society of the Conejo Valley and Ventura County (JGSCV) will be meeting on Sunday, September 9,  2012 1:30-3:30 pm at Temple Adat Elohim, 2420 E Hillcrest Drive in Thousand Oaks, CA.

The Topic: Ethics, Sensitivities, Sensibilities and Property Rights-Part II

Last January's panel of the same topic was so popular we promised to do a Part II with some different panelists and different issues. How do ethics relate to family history and genealogy? The list ranges from ensuring the integrity of our research, acknowledging the intellectual property of others, not publishing false or misleading information, respecting the privacy of others and being aware of sensitive issues that may cause others distress. However, the lines are not always clearly drawn. For example, we live in the 21st century, and have become accustomed to a media environment where family scandals are commonplace and not particularly noteworthy. With our current sensibilities, it is often difficult to appreciate the shame and
stigma that surrounded family secrets that we unearth, and may, among older relatives, still be keenly felt. How do we tell our families' stories while maintaining an appropriate level of sensitivity? What is our responsibility to the "truth"? Newer issues such as DNA testing also present ethical issues, not the least of which is privacy.

Have you had the challenge of how to address family history with such issues, as adoption, conversion, an "early" birth or baby born outside of marriage, do not know family is Jewish or denial of being Jewish, intermarriage, previous marriage, or sexual preference? What about family information used without citation of sources  or permission, incorrect family information changed and publicized by someone else, consequences of encouraging people to take DNA testing, people copyrighting other people's information and photographs? Come prepared to ask questions on how to address your ethical issues.


Hal Bookbinder, founding member of JGSCV, past president of IAJGS and JGSLA, author of IAJGS Ethics Statement. Hal received the IAJGS Lifetime Achievement Award for his various contributions to Jewish genealogy. Hal was recently elected to the JewishGen Board of Governors.

Sandra Malek, president of JGSLA and attorney for over 30 years concentrating on employment law,  Sandy has been active in genealogy for nearly a decade, has grown her tree to nearly 4200 individuals.

Rabbi Richard Spiegel, spiritual leader Temple Etz Chaim, Thousand Oaks since June 2000. He is an active participant and leader in the Rabbinical Assembly. Served as past president of the Pacific Southwest Region of the Rabbinical Assembly and is a member of the Board of Jewish World Watch.

Adam Wills, Senior Editor, Jewish Journal.

Moderator: Marion Werle, JGSCV Board Member

Our traveling library will have categories A and D books. The books are available starting  30 minutes before the program to shortly after the program. To see which books are coming to the meeting, please see our website under traveling library.

Our Schmoozing corner, which starts 15 minutes before the meeting begins will be facilitated by Debra Kay-Blatt Secretary, JGSCV and a founding member of JGSCV.

This permits attendees to ask questions on brick walls and get directions on how to do their research.

To devote as much time as possible to the panel and q/a from the audience, we will not have a genealogical hint part of the meeting for this month.

The Jewish Genealogical Society of the Conejo Valley and Ventura County is dedicated to sharing genealogical information, techniques and research tools with anyone interested in Jewish genealogy and family history.

There is no charge to attend the meeting and all are welcome to attend.

For more information including directions to the meeting, see our website

Jan Meisels Allen
President, JGSCV

[USA] National Archives Holds Genealogy and Records Related Programs September and October

Posted by: Jan Meisels Allen

The [US] National Archives located in Washington DC will holding a series of programs related to genealogy and records in months of September and October. The programs will be repeated in the College Park, Maryland complex (Archives II).  The programs range from introduction to genealogy, finding birth place in federal records, what you want to know about Fold3, pension files, census search strategies and more.

To find out more go to:
original url:

Jan Meisels Allen
IAJGS Vice President
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

Paris Police Records Exhibit Brochure on 1942 Round Up Of Jews In Paris Now on IAJGS Website

Posted by: Jan Meisels Allen

I previously posted to this forum in July about the archives of  the biggest World War II deportation of French Jews being opened up to public view for the first time. It coincided with the 70th anniversary of
the Vel' d'Hiv roundup by Paris police of over 13,000 Jews over two days--July 16-17, 1942  before being bused to the French camp at Drancy and then taken by train to the Auschwitz.death camp.  The exhibit produced a 60-page brochure--only in French--with photographs of some of the documents in the exhibit.

IAJGS received permission to post the brochure to our website.  It is a VERY large file 30 MB. The brochure is posted to the IAJGS Resources, genealogy links under holocaust and may be accessed directly by clicking on this link:

The Maire du III Arrondissement where the exhibit is until the end of September, is not able to take requests for information on specific records that might pertain to your family.  The records are kept at the Mémorial de la Shoah 17,  rue Geoffroy-l'Asnier 75004 Paris, France . The link to the Mémoiral de la Shoah is also on the IAJGS website under resources: holocaust list and may be accessed by clicking:

Jan Meisels Allen
IAJGS Vice President
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

Pennsylvania Birth and Death Records To Be Digitized and Available OnIne

Posted by Jan Meisels Allen

One of the success stories for records access last year was Pennsylvania--Pennsylvania Vital Records Bill SB-361 was signed into law as Act 110 of 2011 on December 15th, 2011 and went into effect on Feb 13th, 2012.  It makes death certificates over 50 years old and birth certificates over 105 years old open records. Another provision was to transfer the certificates to the Pennsylvania State Archives once they become open records--all deaths certificates from 1906 to 1961 and birth certificates from 1906. As each year goes by another year's worth of birth and death certificates would become open records.

To achieve the goal of the records available online, the State Archives recently signed a contract with to have the records scanned and made available online. The process started on August 27 with the earliest records -1906 records starting to be transported to the site in Maryland. After each year is complete it is expected the records will be placed online and data extracted. The whole process is expected to take 18 months and as each batch of records is scanned that particular patch will not be available to patrons.  The contract gives exclusive online access to Ancestry for three years after which the database will be moved to the Pennsylvania State Archives website where it will be free to all. However, the contract does require that Pennsylvania residents have free access to this particular database on Ancestry. Many libraries and research centers everywhere provide free access to Ancestry.

The data to be extracted includes: dates of birth and death, parents' names including the mother's maiden name and hopefully the place of birth.

At this time I do not know when the records will be available on Ancestry. The information is from PaHR the People for Pennsylvania Historical Records Access, the group that was behind the legislation and led the "fight" for access to records for several years.
For more information go to:
and scroll down to " When Will the Records Be Available Online".

Jan Meisels Allen
IAJGS Vice President
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee