[US] Freedom of Information Act Proposed Regulations

Posted by: Jan Meisels Allen

Genealogists make requests for government documents under the Freedom of
Information Act (FOIA).  The Government has proposed amendments to their
FOIA process.

The US Department of Commerce announced in the February 27 Federal Register
proposed rulemaking notice on updated and revised FOIA rules, which includes
methods of submitting requests and appeals. The notice also updates privacy
rules and requests. Comments must be submitted on or before March 31, 2014
and must include the agency name [Department of Commerce] and docket number
[Docket No. 140127076-4076-01] or RIN [RIN 0605-AA33] for this rulemaking.
The methods of submission and to where they go are included in the notice
which may be read at:

Records under the FOIA  include all Government records, regardless of
format, medium or physical characteristics, and electronic records and
information, audiotapes, videotapes, Compact Disks, DVDs, and photographs.
A request should include specific information about each record sought, such
as the date, title or name, author, recipient, and subject matter of the
record, and the name and location of the office where the record might be
Twenty (20) working days (i.e., excluding Saturdays, Sundays, and legal
public holidays) from date of receipt of the request is the amount of time
the regulation proposes to make a determination whether to comply with a
FOIA request . Whether the request is approved or not, the requestor must be
notified of the decision in writing. If the decision is to approve, payment
must be made before the information is provided.
The fees to be charged are based on the cost of the search and the salary
rate plus 16 percent for the researcher's time and any copies at $0.16 USD
per page.

Details are included in the proposed regulation that can be found at the
above-mentioned url.

Jan Meisels Allen
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

[US] National Archives March Genealogy Programs and Women’s' History Month

Posted by: Jan Meisels Allen

The National Archives (US) genealogy programs for the month of March have been announced. The focus will be on Women’s history as March is Women’s History Month.  All programs at the National Archives are free and open to the public. The programs will be held at the National Archives in Washington DC at will be held in the National Archives Building Research Center (Room G-25), in Washington, DC.  Several programs will be repeated at the College Park, MD facility—they are marked with an asterisk (*).

These are several of the programs that might be of interest:

Tuesday, March 4, at 11 a.m.  Our Ancestors are Hiding on the World Wide Web  *  March  6, 11 AM at College Park

Wednesday, March 5, at 11 a.m.  Introduction to Genealogy at the National Archives

Wednesday, March 12, at 9:30 a.m. Genealogy Lecture: National Archives Online Resources

Saturday, March 15, noon-4 p.m. "Help! I'm Stuck" Genealogy Consultation

Wednesday, March 26, at 9:30 a.m.  Genealogy Lecture: Using National Archives Online Resources

 To see a list of all March programs, go to: http://www.archives.gov/press/press-releases/2014/nr14-36.html

The National Archives regional branch in Kansas City, MO also has several genealogy programs during March which may be found at: http://www.archives.gov/kansas-city/public/genealogy-programs-january-june-2014.pdf

Other branches also have some programs of interest and they may be found at:  http://www.archives.gov/research/genealogy/events/

The National Archives Live streams and archives their book reviews and evening programs and some of the daytime programs. This is free.  Go to: http://www.ustream.tv/usnationalarchives to check if any of the above may be live streamed or archived.

To learn more about National Women’s History Month whose theme for 2014 is: Celebrating Women of Character, Courage, and Commitment Go to: http://www.nwhp.org/

Jan Meisels Allen
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

[Canada] LIbrary and Archives Canada Series on Immigration and Citizenship

Posted by: Jan Meisels Allen

The Library and Archives Canada [LAC] Blog published their second in a series on immigration and citizenship sources that they holds. This second part explains how to find arrivals between 1865 and 1935. Passenger lists include such information as the country your ancestor came from, his or her occupation and the intended destination in Canada. To view this blog go to:  http://tinyurl.com/leoksbm Original url: http://thediscoverblog.com/2014/02/20/immigration-and-citizenship-records-at-lac-did-your-ancestor-arrive-in-canada-between-1865-and-1935/

The first blog post in the series on validating arrivals pre 1865 may be read at:  http://tinyurl.com/mr9z67j Original url:

For information on the immigration and citizenship resources at LAC go to : http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/genealogy/022-908.002-e.html

Canadian arrivals after 1935 are in the custody of the immigration and citizenship located at: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/index.asp

Jan Meisels Allen
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

Roger Lustig Speaker at JGS of Conejo Valley and Ventura County March 2, 2-14

Posted by: Jan Meisels Allen

The Jewish Genealogical Society of the Conejo Valley and Ventura County (JGSCV) will hold  a general meeting, co–sponsored with Temple Adat Elohim, on Sunday, March 2, 2014 at Temple Adat Elohim 2420 E. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks, 1:30-3:30 p.m.

             The Topic:   A Hundred Germanies A Hundred Jewish Histories

              The Holy Roman Empire is neither holy, nor Roman, nor German.—Voltaire

Yet the “Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation” was German, and it defined what “German” meant. It was also the home of an ancient Jewish culture—dating back to the real Romans—and hundreds of Jewish communities, large and small.

Until 1871 Germany’s Jews were subjects of dozens of different states, each with different laws and attitudes toward its Jewish population. Napoleon emancipated most of Germany’s Jews and led Prussia to do likewise for almost all the rest; but as soon as he was gone, the many German states—most with new boundaries—returned their Jews to one or another special legal status. 

Those legal statuses, make the researcher’s job more complicated, because the same type of information—birth, change of residence, etc.—might be kept by different authorities and in different ways. Roger will review where the larger Jewish congregations and rural communities lived in Germany, and how to determine which states ruled over them at a given time using examples of how family histories are recorded across longer periods and crossing boundaries.

Speaker: Roger Lustig is a genealogical researcher based in Princeton, NJ. Since 2002 he has specialized in the Jewish families of Prussian Poland, especially Upper Silesia and West Prussia. He has worked in archives in the US, Germany and Poland He is the research coordinator for GerSIG .

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.

For more information contact information@jgscv.org or see our website at www.jgscv.org

Jan Meisels Allen
President, JGSCV