JGS Conejo Valley and Ventura County January 4 Program Changing Borders of Eastern Europe with Hal Bookbinder

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, January 4, 2015 at Temple Adat Elohim 2420 E. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks, 1:30-3:30 p.m.
The Topic:  The Changing Borders of Eastern Europe

Few Jews lived in Eastern Europe 1,000 years ago. Ye, it was to become the home of 80 percent of the World’s Jews. As Russia expanded westward, more and more Jews came within the Russian Empire.This talk examines Russia’s efforts to limit the Jews in its midst and the Eastern European borders changes which frequently resulted in ancestral towns coming under the rule of several countries over time. Recognizing which governments were in control at various times can help in understanding the environment in which ancestors lived, events that stimulated migration, languages in which records were kept and likely locations where these records might be found.

Speaker:  Hal Bookbinder’s  areas of interest include Jewish history, finding missing 
relatives, European border changes, immigration, citizenship and safe computing. He is a former president of the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies (IAJGS) and currently serves on the JewishGen Board of Governors. Hal is a founding member of JGSCV. Hal has identified over 4,000 relatives, tracing his roots to modern Ukraine and adjacent areas.

The Schmoozing Corner: which is held starting 1:10PM will be facilitated by JGSCV founding member and board member, Warren Blatt  The Schmoozing Corner is available if you would like individual insights for your genealogical pursuits from an experienced JGSCV member 20 minutes before each meeting.

Our traveling library will be available starting at 1:00PM. To see which books are in our traveling library see our website under library- traveling (www.jgscv.org)
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.  Anyone may join JGSCV.

The 2015 Membership Drive is well on its way. Annual dues paid now are good through December 2015. Forms are available at the meeting, on the JGSCV website-under Membership- and in the JGSCV newsletter, Venturing Into Our Past.
For more information, including directions, please see the JGSCV website: www.jgscv.org

Jan Meisels Allen
President, JGSCV

(US) Notice of Proposed Rule Making for Certification for Accessing the Death Master File

Posted by: Jan Meisels Allen

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The National Technical Information Service (NTIS) is publishing a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (Notice) describing a rule that would, if implemented, establish, pursuant to Section 203 of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013 (Pub. L. 113-67), a certification program to replace the temporary certification program currently in place for access to the DMF.  The Notice will be published in the Federal Register before the end of December  (originally it stated it would be published on December 24 but as of the date of this posting it has not yet been published).  The Notice invites public comments on the proposed rule and certification program, and sets a 30 day comment period.  The Notice may be reviewed at http://www.ntis.gov/assets/pdf/interim12-19-2014.pdf   If there are any inconsistencies between this document and the version published in the Federal Register, the version published in the Federal Register governs.

Please note that the temporary certification program, established by NTIS under the Interim Final Rule (79 Fed. Reg. 16668, March 26, 2014), remains in effect.

Comments are due within 30 days of the notice of publication in the Federal Register.  The proposed rule has added a provision not in the interim the rules which requires an attestation from an accredited certification body (independent  third party)  that the person has security systems in place to protect the information. The proposed rule requires that  the accreditation body is accredited to the ISO/IEC Standard 27006-201 Information technology. There is nothing in the notice that states what the fees will be for accessing the actual data. IAJGS commented in the proposed interim rules that the fees were exorbitant for those solo and small businesses.

For those considering certification in order to access the restricted Death Master File I strongly encourage you to read the article by Dee Dee King (see below) , the first forensic genealogist to be certified.  Not only is the access to the information very costly, the restricted database no longer provides many of the data elements we were used to in the Social Security Death Index (SSDI)—the commercial version of the DMF, nor does it have a search engine that the genealogical firms used that facilitated the search.

Dee Dee’s article : http://tinyurl.com/kr9g48z

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When the NPRM is posted in the Federal Register and the final date of submitting comments is therefore available it will be posted to this blog. 

Jan Meisels Allen
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

Family Chronicle Magazine Changes Name to Your Genealogy Today

Posted by: Jan Meisels Allen

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Family Chronicle Magazine, owned by Moorshead Publishing, announced they are changing the name of the Family Chronicle Magazine to Your Genealogy Today effective with their next issue-March April 2015. Their new web domain name effective March 1, 2015 will be: www.YourGenealogyToday.com. The name change after 18 years reflects a renewed look to be more recognizable within the genealogical community.

To read more see: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/551652/images/2014/FC_Jan_Feb_2015_Page3.pdf  There is a subscription for the magazine.

Thank you to Dick Eastman and the Eastman Online Genealogy Newsletter for alerting us to the name change.

I have no affiliation with Moorshead Publishing or Family Chronicle Magazine and am posting this solely for the information of the reader.

Jan Meisels Allen
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


Ancestry.com Free Search For Best 2014 Collections Through December 29, 2014

Posted by: Jan Meisels Allen

Ancestry.com announces free search to the best collections of 2014 in their global records through December 29 11:59 PM  ET.  You need to register with your name and email address and password-- if you do not have a password from a previous Ancestry.com sign-in they will send you one.  Go to: http://www.ancestry.com/cs/lookback2014

To see the list of collections included in the free search go to: http://search.ancestry.com/search/group/global_new_year.  If when doing your search you go to one of the collections not covered by the best collections of 2014 you will be promoted to purchase a subscription or try their 14-day free trial which requires your providing your credit card number.  No credit card information is required for the be collections of 2014.

I have no relationship to Ancestry.com and am posting this solely for the information of the reader.

Jan Meisels Allen
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee