Monday, April 30, 2012

Announcement: JGS of Palm Beach


PRESS RELEASE
JEWISH GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY OF PALM BEACH COUNTY INC
CELEBRATING OUR TWENTY FIRST YEAR
www.jgspalmbeachcounty.org

SUBJECT: MEMBERSHIP MEETING JGS OF PALM BEACH COUNTY
DATE: Wednesday, May 9, 2012
TIME: 12:15 pm – 3:00 pm
  • 12:15 pm – Registration and meet and greet
  • 12:30 pm – 1 pm BRICK WALL 
  • 1:00 pm – brief business meeting and Election of Officers, followed by afternoon program 
PLACE: South County Civic Center, 16700 Jog Road, Delray Beach, FL
FEE: Guests are welcome. There is a guest fee of $5 for those who wish to attend the general meeting. Mentors will be available for consultation after the program.
Program: Share Our Successes
Four members of JGSPBCI will share their stories about how they found family information using modern research tools. This program is always a highlight of the JGSPBCI calendar. Speakers are Molly Staub Katzman, Michael Abramson, Howard Kaufman, and Anita Goffman.
At the business meeting, the Chairperson of the Nominating Committee will submit a recommended slate of officers. Nominations will also be accepted from the floor. The election of officer follows.
Genealogy mentors will be available after the presentation. For further information about JGSPBCI and the upcoming program contact:
Sylvia Nusinov sylvia@jgspalmbeachcounty.org, (561) 483-1060 or Marilyn Newman mnewman@jgspalmbeachcounty.org, (561) 775-4920

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Israel Independence Day

Posted by Ann Rabinowitz 
(originally published May 10, 2011)



As a tribute to Israel Independence Day (observed today - May 10, 2011), the Judaica Sound Archives (JSA) located within the Florida Atlantic University Libraries in Boca Raton, Florida, had just announced a wonderful selection of Israeli music. 

This music originates from a series of English language broadcasts made by the Western Hemisphere Service and the Israel Broadcasting Service during the 1960-1970 period entitled “Vistas of Israel.” About thirteen of these broadcasts were used to prepare the musical mix mentioned above and all 400 will be online at some later date in the future according to the JSA.

The songs in this Israeli Music Mix were produced on 16-inch disks <http://faujsa.fau.edu/blog/tag/vistas-of-israel/> and are found on the following thirteen online Vistas of Israel broadcasts:

The entire range of broadcasts are divided into the following categories: Children’s Songs, Folk, Instrumental, Pop, and Special Programs.

As usual, the JSA doesn’t disappoint in their online musical programming.  It is hoped that everyone will enjoy this musical program in honor of the Israeli pioneers.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

New Book about Brzezin (Brzeziny)

Posted by Joel Alpert

Translated from the Yiddish by Renee Miller and coordinated and Edited by Fay Vogel Bussgang, the book is one of a new series of English translations of Yizkor books being made available through the auspices of JewishGen's Yizkor Books in Print project. It is published in hard cover in a 7" x 10" format. Brzezin is 466 pages with all images from the original included.

Originally published  in Yiddish in 1961 by survivors and former residents, it details through personal accounts the town, its history, personalities, and institutions as well as the World War II destruction of the Jewish community by the Nazis and their Polish collaborators.

The English translation will make the information contained in this book more readily accessible to all who have a connection to the area. Plus, having a hard cover edition offers a wonderful opportunity for you to hold in your hands the story of the Jewish people of your ancestral town so that you and all of your family members and descendants can better understand and remember the people.

The town is also known by these names: Brzeziny [Pol], Bezhezhin [Yid], Bzheziny [Rus], Berzin, Brezhin, Breziny, Bzhezini, Bzshezshin, Löwenstadt [Ger, 1941-45]


List Price: $61.95 Available on Amazon for $45.22, may have lower prices elsewhere

For more information, please click here.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

FamilySearch Adds Estonian Records From National Archives

Posted by: Jan Meisels Allen

The FamilySearch collection from the National Archives of Estonia includes a variety of records covering the period between 1918 and 1944.

These records were made after the Russian Revolution through the end of  World War II  which includes taxpayers, citizens, Jews, Germans, and prisoners of war. They include records such as inhabitant records and tax censuses. The text of the records could be written in German, Estonian, or Russian.

To read what is included in the records go to: http://tinyurl.com/756s6w6

https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Estonia,_National_Archives_Records_%28FamilySearch_Historical_Records%29

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

Canadian Mail Order Catalogues-Help With Dating Costumes In Photographs

Posted by: Jan Meisels Allen

The Canadian Museum of Civilization has put online a collection of Canadian mail order catalogues. The catalogues span the years from 1880 to 1975. If you are trying to date an old photograph by the type of hat or dress worn by the women in the image, or by the date of other artifacts in the image, then a collection of old catalogues can be a very valuable resource. Access to the catalogues is free.
http://www.civilization.ca/cmc/exhibitions/cpm/catalog/cat0000e.shtml

Thank you to GenealogyInTime Magazine Newsletter for alerting us to this interesting photography dating aide.

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

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles Exhibit on Jewish Homegrown History

Posted by: Jan Meisels Allen

The Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles, CA (USA) opened an exhibit on "Jewish Homegrown History: Immigration, Identity and Intermarriage," that will run through September 2, 2012. "Jewish Homegrown History" explores how home movies can illuminate the story of California Jewry - a community tied closer than most to the project of film. This exhibit is the brainchild of The Labyrinth Project, a hybrid art collective and digital research group based at the University of Southern California. In addition to the movies there is an interactive computer station where visitors can explore a companion website:
http://www.jewishhomegrownhistory.com/

The Forward has an overview of the exhibit at: http://tinyurl.com/7jz94bm:
Original url:
http://www.forward.com/articles/154622/homegrown-story-of-west-coast-jews/?p=all#ixzz1sAPWgjxx

 If you are planning a visit to Southern California in this time period you may wish to consider viewing the exhibit.  http://tinyurl.com/879bube
original url: http://www.skirball.org/exhibitions/jewish-homegrown-history

I have no affiliation with the Skirball.

Jan Meisels Allen
Vice President, IAJGS

Library and Archives Canada

Posted by: Jan Meisels Allen

The Library and Archives Canada released a collection of 121,000 images of  new immigration records for people who passed into Canada from United States border posts between 1908 to 1918 and 1925 to 1935. There were many unmanned border posts between the two countries during this period. Therefore, it was possible someone migrated from the United States to Canada without formally declaring themselves to the Canadian government during this time period.These are browseable images. Please note that this is not a database, therefore the images are not searchable by keyword.
See: http://tinyurl.com/6spwmznOriginal url:
http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/microform-digitization/index-e.html

The border entries are divided into two categories:

Border Entry: 1908-1918  See: http://tinyurl.com/6tcxxfs
http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/microform-digitization/006003-110.02-e.php?&q2=30&interval=50&sk=0

Border Entry: 1925-1935  See; http://tinyurl.com/792swwc
http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/microform-digitization/006003-110.02-e.php?&q2=31&interval=50&sk=0

You can view all the digitized microfilms in the Library of Canada collection, which includes passenger lists, WWI death registers, military records and more at http://tinyurl.com/28skwmc
http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/microform-digitization/006003-110.01-e.php

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

April 19 Anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprsing

Posted by: Jan Meisels Allen

April 19 is the anniversary of the  start of 1943 Warsaw Ghetto Uprising (April 19-May 16, 1943).  The Jewish Telegraphic Agency (JTA) archives has posted a news article from May 2, 1943 about the start of the uprising:
http://tinyurl.com/76wofgm
original url:
http://archive.jta.org/article/1943/05/02/2860276/jewish-groups-in-poland-form-committee-to-cooperate-with-polish-underground

To read more on the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising go to

US Holocaust Memorial Museum
http://tinyurl.com/y9752s3
http://www.ushmm.org/wlc/en/article.php?ModuleId=10005188

Yad Vashem:
http://tinyurl.com/7fn63me
http://www1.yadvashem.org/odot_pdf/microsoft%20word%20-%206509.pdf

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


(UK) National Archives Digital Microfilms On Line

Posted by: Jan Meisels Allen

The (UK) National Archives digital microfilm allows the reader to search and download some of the most popular records from the convenience of your computer. http://tinyurl.com/yc3t8ez
http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/documentsonline/digital-microfilm.asp
Previously,  these records were only available on microfilm-and available only at the Archives.  The delivery is by large pdf's--some as large as 800 pages-therefore, to access these treasures, one needs access to a broadband connection--then save the record to your hard drive. To read the pdf you will need Adobe Reader installed on your computer- which is available at no cost at: http://get.adobe.com/reader/

The records have not been indexed so scrolling through the pdfs is required. The records are free to access.

A list of which digital microfilms are currently available is on the website- and include such records as Royal Ships Musters, naval hospital books, lists of officers and entitlements 19th century Navy engagement books, indexes of passport holders for specific time periods, convict transportation registers, War Office registers of various sorts WWI Security Service papers, indexes to foreign births, marriages and deaths and more.

Thank you  to Saul Issroff for notifying of us regarding these records available on-line.

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

(USA and parts of Canada) Ancestry.com Offer; Ancestry.CA Offers Free 30 day trial

Posted by: Jan Meisels Allen

1. Ancestry.com offers "Ultimate Family History Journey"" where three persons will win a trip to their homeland including-- airfare for two, hotel and spending money, 6-month Ancestry World membership and an Ancestry.com DNA test. See the url below for Information on the offer and eligibility requirements -- open only to legal residents of the fifty (50) United States (including the District of Columbia) and Canada (excluding Quebec) See: http://www.ancestry.com/wdytyaancestrysweeps?

2. Ancestry. CA (Canada) is offering a 30-day free trial to all materials on Ancestry.ca : 8 billion historical records, 30 million family trees and more than 3 billion--sign-up is required by April 22  11:59 PM EDT.
Note: See the url for all the requirements. See: http://tinyurl.com/7dhaw29
original url:
http://www.ancestry.ca/april2012wys?o_iid=50771&o_lid=50771&o_sch=Web+Property

I have no affiliation with Ancestry.com or Ancestry.CA

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

(USA) National Archives Annual Genealogy Fair

Posted by: Jan Meisels Allen

The (USA) National Archives is holding its 8th annual genealogy fair April 18-19 at the National Archives Building, 700 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC.  The fair provides information and guidance for experienced genealogy professionals and novices alike. The fair is free and open to the public with no registration. Sessions include workshops on records relating to census, immigration, land, naturalization, military, online resources, and more.

To read the schedule and find out more information go to:
http://www.archives.gov/dc-metro/know-your-records/genealogy-fair/

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

Monday, April 16, 2012

12,000 Holocaust survivors died over the past year

Click here to read the entire article from the Jerusalem Post.

New Project from the Rom SIG

ROM-SIG is proud and excited to announce a new project. We are in the process of obtaining vital records (births, marriages and deaths) from the following towns in Suceava Judet  (County). If you have roots in any of these places now is your opportunity to help yourself, as well as many others in the ROM-SIG, now and in the future!


  • Burdujeni - Births, marriages & deaths 1860, birth & deaths 1861,  birth & deaths 1863, births, marriages & deaths 1864, births, marriages  & deaths 1865
  • Campulung Moldovenese - Births 1849-1893, deaths 1857-1877
  • Falticenti - Birth marriages & deaths 1862, birth marriages &  deaths 1864
  • Gura Humorului ---Births 1877-1900, deaths 1857-1909, marriages  1857-1876
  • Radauti ---Births 1857-1884, deaths 1857-1887, marriages 1870-1877
  • Solca ---Births 1896-2012, deaths 1896-2012, marriages 1899-2012
  • Suceava ---Births 1843-1906, deaths 1857-1906, marriages 1857-1877
There are over 4710 pages of records with about 10 -12 records per page.


We need to raise the money to pay for these records as they are not available from the Family History Library. Without your support we will be  unable to do this project. If you are researching family from any of these towns please join in and help!


Please donate to the Suceava Vital records Project at http://www.jewishgen.org/JewishGen-erosity/v_projectslist.asp?project_cat=20  


Because there is up to a two month delay before we get the financial report and we want to get the records as soon as possible please tell us what you donated at  

We need Volunteers to transcribe these records. No special language skills are needed for some of the records. Other records are in handwritten German or  Latin. Romanian translators are also needed. Please volunteer at http://tinyurl.com/vol-transcriber  and  help us to help you!

Rosanne Leeson, ROM-SIG Coordinator
Bob Wascou, ROM-SIG Research  Coordinator 

Gray and Blue Jews of the Civil War

Passover was just around the corner that spring in 1862 when J.A. Joel, like so many other Jews, sought fixings for his seder. But it was a little harder for Joel, who was stationed at Sewell Mountain in eastern Fayette County, W.Va., with the Union’s 23rd Ohio Infantry.

Click here to read the entire article from the Baltimore Jewish Times.

(hat tip: Rand Fishbein)

Monday, April 9, 2012

I Like "Barbara Warmwater"

Posted by Jim Yarin

That’s what Barbara Walters said to Professor Gates in the April 1, 2012 episode of “Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.,” when she discovered that her original family name was WARMWATER-- or more precisely, WARMWASSER. What she did not know, and what the audience watching this PBS show did not learn, was that JewishGen and hosted database Jewish Records Indexing-Poland were instrumental in that discovery.

I researched Walters’ family, and later was filmed with Professor Gates at a Newark cemetery. I searched through many sources and avenues so Walters could have her Aha! moment. The story told of the Walters’ genealogy research was interesting, but was missing a few details. I found the vital records in JRI-Poland’s database, and the Polish researcher in the show retrieved the records. The breakthrough moment was when I finally threw out the last name ABROMOWITZ/ABRAM-something and searched only on the given name combination of Barbara Walters’ great-grandfather, Tsvi Getzel.

In retrospect, that sounds like something that should have been done much earlier, but researchers before me were convinced that the name in Poland was some variation of the name the family had used in England – ABRAHAMS. Furthermore, seldom does a double-name on a gravestone match up with any other record; usually just one of the names does. I had incorrectly assumed, right up to the deadline I was given for the research, that simply searching for a name combination without a  last name would not find me the record I was seeking.

Miracle of miracles, almost at midnight and a few days after my deadline (the crew needed a few days to prepare for their filming with Ms. Walters), I tried in JRI-Poland the given name “Hirsh Getzel,” in the area of Lodz, and found three hits. I immediately eliminated two of them – impossible ages – and was left with a Hirsh Getzel WAREMWASSER. I thought to myself, “hmmm, begins with a ‘W’.” As I continued to look for more WARMWASSERs and the like in the same town, Zgierz, near Lodz, I quickly found other family members, enough to be quite certain that I had found the correct family!

With only five days before the interview, a scramble was on. I immediately began looking for WARMWATERs. We all pulled together to figure out how to get these records, and get them translated. I immediately started looking in the index to London vital records on Ancestry for the long elusive birth record of Barbara’s father, Lou Walters, who everyone was convinced was born in London as Louis ABRAHAMS. I plugged “Warmwater” into the search box, and joy of joys, there it was!!

It turned out that contrary to prior family history, this apparently from a cousin of Barbara, the grandparents were not married in England. They were married in Zgierz, just prior to emigrating. Once I found the first entry in Zgierz for this family, WARMWASSER, I found the wedding record and then several more for him and her (SZWARZ), going back another few generations. Unfortunately, for whatever reason, these direct ancestors were not included in the final cut of the show.

JRI-Poland Indexing and JewishGen together are a great team for Finding Your Roots!

Jim Yarin

Friday, April 6, 2012

The Social Security Death Index/Death Master File Access

Posted by: Jan Meisels Allen

I recently posted to the this forum announcing an updated IAJGS Legislative Alert which included a link to the IAJGS statement for the record to the Senate Finance Committee Subcommittee on Fiscal Responsibility and Economic Growth (www.iajgs.org click on legislation, then on latest alert). IAJGS's position of trying to forge a compromise is also shared by the other Records Preservation and Access Committee (RPAC) voting members:The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) and the National Genealogy Society (NGS).

On April 4th Judy Russell, author/creator of the blog: The Legal Genealogist, devoted her blog to the appropriateness of this genealogical community --as exemplified by the RPAC position. This was an unsolicited endorsement of the RPAC position. I suggest your reading of that blog entry for an in-depthreview of the position.
http://www.legalgenealogist.com/blog/2012/04/04/ssdi-the-art-of-the-possible/

All of us want the access to the SSDI to remain as it has been,--immediate and unfettered. The genealogical community was not invited to testify at either the House or Senate hearings, but we did submit statements for both. The statements of the IAJGS, FGS, NGS and RPAC and others, namely Kenneth Ryesky, a Jewish genealogist, who is a tax attorney, who teaches business law and taxation and former IRS attorney are posted to the RPAC blog: www.fgs.org/rpac . Political reality is such, that to try to get "a seat at the table", we have to be pragmatic and recognize that in the current situation of concerns over identity theft, which are not caused by genealogists, we had to forge what we thought was a reasonable approach. We recognize that some do not agree with the position, and respect their thoughts on this matter.

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

Dedicated Website by NY Public LIbrary for Digitized 1940 NYC Telephone Directories

Posted by: Jan Meisels Allen

Several weeks ago I alerted the readers about the NY Public Library digitizing the 1940 NYC telephone directories as finding locational aides for the 1940 census. The dedicated site is: http://directme.nypl.org/

Remember to look in the correct borough! A magnifying tool appears as you move through the page. When you find your person, line up the left arrow on the magnifying tool and click. This brings up a new window--to the special facility on the One-Step website of Steve Morse and Joel Weintraub.. where you type in the name and address identically as it appears in the telephone directory. This will tell you the possible ED (enumeration districts) numbers for the address. There are also maps of the area to help you narrow down the EDs,

An extra added feature from the New York Times is a running headlines for
the day in 1940.

Remember that not everyone could afford a telephone in 1940 and therefore
they might not be listed.

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

Canada's 1921 Census to Be Released June 2013

Posted by: Jan Meisels Allen

Canada has a 92 year privacy rule for release of its census. The census is in the possession of Statistics Canada. After the 92 years, the records are transferred to the Library and Archives of Canada which will release the census for public use. The June 1st 1921 census will be transferred June 1st 2013, but it will take some to record, catalogue, and scan and put the images on line...therefore public access will not occur until sometime later.

Some interesting findings in the census: the overall population of Canada was 8,788,483 individuals and there were 5 schedules with 565 questions. To read more go to:http://tinyurl.com/73wccbt
original url:
http://thediscoverblog.com/2012/03/27/1921-census-countdown/

Thank you to Dick Eastman and the Eastman Online Genealogy Newsletter for
alerting us to this upcoming census release!

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

WWII Records Free on Fold 3; Ancestry Offers Free Access to 1 Billion Records

Posted by: Jan Meisels Allen

Fold3.com --formerly known as Footnote.com--is offering throughout the month of April free access to all their WWII content. See: http://go.fold3.com/wwii/

Ancestry.com is offering free access to 1 billion records through April 10th--these records include: birth, marriage, death and military records from the 1940s, plus U.S. City Directories and the 1930 U.S. Census. http://www.ancestry.com/1940-census

Many sites are offering free access to the 1940 census.

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

Updated IAJGS Legislative Alert--Includes Information on SSDI, Kentucky, Maine and Virginia

Posted by: Jan Meisels Allen

An updated IAJGS Legislative Alert has been posted to the IAJGS website:
www.iajgs.org and click on left hand green button "Legislation" then on latest alert.

The alert contains information on the IAJGS statement for the record for the US Senate Finance Committee Subcommittee on Fiscal Responsibility and Economic Growth regarding our position on maintaining public access to the Social Security Death Index (SSDI). On page one go to the first topic under the "red box " entitled: Genealogical Community Under Attack: Potential Loss of Access to Social Security Death Index (SSDI). There is also information regarding the membership of the Subcommittee.

The genealogical community leadership as represented by the Records Preservation and Access Committee (RPAC) of which IAJGS is one of the voting members--along with FGS and NGS, decided that it was time to be pragmatic and start negotiating. We know from the House Subcommittee hearing on February 2nd that they and the Administration wanted no public access or as Social Security Administrator Astrue said in his House testimony genealogists could wait 75 years...while Senator Nelson's bill had a two
year wait (the year of death and the following year when people submit their
tax returns). This is a much more reasonable approach even though we strongly believe there should be immediate public access-and genealogists are not the cause of identity theft. It is obvious that the identity theft issue makes good politics in an election year, and we-the genealogical leadership--FGS, IAJGS and NGS decided after much consultation between ourselves and talking with others that we would support the 2 year compromise with the caveat that certain genealogists would be eligible for certification for immediate access- such as forensic genealogists, heir
researchers etc. The RPAC statement on this position is posted at www.fgs.org/rpac.

Other updates in this Legislative Alert dated March 28 include updates on legislation that have been signed into law for Maine (LD 1627)regarding marriage applications, and Virginia (SB660) reducing the wait period for marriage, divorce and death records and more, and amended legislation still in committee, Kentucky SB 54 regarding access to records and establishing a waiting period of 70 years for marriage records. For these updates scroll down to the state alphabetically in the report.

As we learn more about the SSDI issue, and as other legislative actions are taken on access to vital records the legislative alert will be updated and reported on this forum.

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

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Update: KehilaLinks

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. 

Casta (Cseszte, Schattmansdorf)
Created by Jack Jellins
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Chechelnik (Chitchilnik), Ukraine
Creted by Ariel Parkansky
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Golynka (Holinka), Belarus
Created by Ralph Remick
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Minkovtsy (Minkovitz), Ukraine
Created by Barbara Ellman
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Ostroh (Ostrog), Ukraine
Created by Ukraine SIG / Ariel Parkansky
Webmaster: Richard Baum
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Schmieheim, Germany
Created by Peter A. Dreifuss
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Stolin, Belarus
Created by Joshua S. Perlman and Adina Lipsitz http://kehilalinks.jewishgen.org/Stolin/
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Syracuse, NY, USA
Created by Linda Epstein
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Uman, UKraine
Created by Ukraine SIG / Ariel Parkansky
Webmaster: Richard Baum
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Zelva, Belarus
Created by Joseph Bekinschtein
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Zhytomyr (Zitomir)
Created by Ukraine SIG / Ariel Parkansky
Webmaster: Richard Baum

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KehilaLinks webpages recently updated:

Causeni (Kaushany) (B), Moldova
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Odessa, UKraine
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Ruzhany (Rozihnoy), Belarus

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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.

Borisov, Belarus
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Borzna, Ukraine
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Rozdol, Ukraine (G)
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GOOD NEWS!
Rivne (Rovne,(Rowno),  Ukraine
Created by Ted Kramer z"l was adopted by Dr. Leah Teicher http://kehilalinks.jewishgen.org/rovno/rovno_homepage.htm

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

NEED TECHNICAL HELP CREATING A WEBPAGE?: We have a team of dedicated volunteers who will help you create a webpage.
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Wishing you a Sweet and Joyous Pessach,

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

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

IAJGS Malcolm Stern Grant applications due by April 17th

     The 2012 IAJGS Stern Grant committee invites IAJGS member organizations to submit nominations for this important grant that memorializes the late Rabbi Malcolm Stern and his efforts to increase the availability of resources for Jewish genealogical research. 
     The intention of the Stern Grant is to encourage institutions to pursue projects, activities and acquisitions that provide new or enhanced resources to benefit Jewish genealogists. The grant is given to institutions, not to individuals. For 2012 the stipend will be $3,000.
     Nominations can be made only by IAJGS member organizations -- not by individuals. We encourage individuals, however, to participate in the process by contacting their local organizations and suggesting worthy recipients. For a list of the JGSs and SIGS that comprise IAJGS, click hereFor more information about the grant (and past grantees), click here.
     Submissions can be made online hereQuestions? Contact any committee member. The deadline for nominations is midnight April 17, 2012. To date we have  received one nomination...

2012 Stern Grant Committee
Phyllis Kramer, Nolan Altman, Jeanette Rosenberg

Monday, April 2, 2012

Success!

From: Ron
Sent: Friday, March 30, 2012 10:29 AM
To: JewishGen.org
Mr. Blatt:
            This is to let you know that I sent my check to Jewishgen yesterday. I had a very special reason I would like to share with you. Four years ago I left a post searching for an Great Uncle who settled in England in ca 1900. I knew only his Russian last name. I forgot his first name and knew that he changed his surname. I forgot all about this message.
            Two weeks ago, a distant cousin who I never knew existed apparently saw my email, recognized our relationship and emailed me. Since then I discovered that her Mother still living, who I am a year older, remembered me as children, had visited our home with her Mother. She sent me a picture of my Mother as a teenaging and filled me in on my Grandfather's brother and his family. What I thought I would never learn suddenly became a reality.
Thanks to Jewishgen. Ron      
Do you have a similar success story? We would love to publish it!                                                           Please send us a note by clicking here.
  

JewishGen Success Stories

We are pleased to announce the publication of the latest issue of JewishGen’s SUCCESS!
STORIES webzine. You can access these stories from the “About Us” button on our homepage or by following this link: http://www.jewishgen.org/JewishGen/Testimonials/.


In this issue, Sherry Levy-Reiner unravels the mystery of her great-grandfather’s death on a voyage to Palestine in the 1920s. Marla Raucher Osborn travels to her ancestral town of Rohatyn in Western Ukraine searching for traces of her family and finding an unexpected purpose. Tony Hausner relates how, as a result of the posting of his JewishGen Success Story last year, he connects with two previously unknown cousins.


This issue was prepared by JewishGen volunteers -- Nancy Siegel, Editor and Anna Blanchard, Webmaster. We are sure you will be inspired by these stories and we encourage you to send your own success stories to:

Phyllis Kramer
VP, Education& Special Projects, JewishGen, Inc.
NYC & Palm Beach Gardens, Fla

New JewishGen Course: Exploring JewishGen

From April 15 - April 30, JewishGen will hold a new education course on “JewishGen–An Essential Resource.” The course is a series of exercises that will take the student “on a guided tour of the paths and byways that make up JewishGen's massive website. 


You will visit the links that connect the composite databases, projects, SIGs and open up the wonders of JewishGen.” Tuition is $18. Additional information and registration is at http://www.jewishgen.org/education. Enrollment is limited to 50 people. Previous JewishGen courses have sold out quickly, so enroll now.