Friday evening s edition of Who Do You Think You Are ? (8 p.m., April 1, Channel 3) will feature Gwyneth Paltrow and will focus in part on her rabbinicalMessage 1 of 1 , Mar 30, 2011View SourceFriday evening's edition of Who Do You Think You Are ? (8 p.m., April 1, Channel 3) will feature Gwyneth Paltrow and will focus in part on her rabbinical roots.According to Gary Mokotoff, producers of the show relied on the Jewish Record Indexing – Poland project to find records of her Paltrowicz ancestors. The database has 90 entries for Paltrow's ancestors who came from Suwalki, Lomza and neighboring towns.~~~~~~~~~~~~A few items from the March 27 Avotaynu:Plan to Restore Lithuanian Jewish Cemeteries
Next Friday, April 1, an event will be held at the Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania in Washington, DC, that will launch a project to restore Jewish cemeteries in Lithuania. The project will identify distressed cemeteries, obtain the necessary permission, create a plan to restore along with a long term plan for the continuance of the cemetery site. The first venture will be the restoration of the Jewish cemetery in Druskininkai.
The project is the brainchild of Harley Felstein, who is Family Services Counselor of Garden of Remembrance Cemetery, located in the Washington suburb of Clarksburg, Maryland. Felstein has spent more than 40 years administering, advising, researching and restoring cemeteries, primarily throughout North America. He can be contacted at harleyfelstein@....
A number of Jews of Lithuanian ancestry have questioned the motivation of the Washington event pointing to the Lithuanian government’s continual downplaying of the Holocaust and even overt anti-Semitic remarks by right-wing government officials. Last October Lithuanian Foreign Minister Andronius A¾ubalis declared in response to a bill that would give dual citizenship to people born in Lithuania but living in other countries, that the bill was being promoted primarily by “Jews who seek citizenship to press compensation claims against the state.” Emanuelis Zingeris is controversial among the Jews in his own country.
Information about Felstein’s previous restoration projects can be found at http://www.atlantajewishnews.com/newsarticles/part-5-restoring-jewish-cemeteries-harley-felsteins-mission.
Also read the comments by a news reporter about the recent conference on Holocaust education held in Vilnius. It questions the motivations of the Lithuanian government given its track record in downplaying the Holocaust and the role Lithuanian citizens played in the event. It can be found at http://hnn.us/roundup/entries/134211.html.
1940 Latvia Telephone Directory Online
Logan Kleinwaks has added to his collection of online directories a 1940 Latvia telephone directory. His site is http://genealogyindexer.org.
To restrict searches to only this directory, change "Any Place" to "Latvia" in the drop-down list below the search box. Because the directory is organized by locality, if you are only interested in a few small places, you might prefer to manually search/browse those places' entries, rather than rely on the full-text search across the entire directory. The search is not 100% accurate due to OCR inaccuracies. To facilitate manual searches, Kleinwaks has prepared a locality index at http://genealogyindexer.org/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1532 that links to the start of each locality's section.
FamilySearch Additions for the Week
Some additions to FamilySearch for this week include:
Canada, Quebec, Notarial Records, 1800–1900
U.S., Illinois, Probate Records, 1819–1970
U.S., New York Passenger Lists, 1820–1891
U.S., Virginia, Surry County Marriage Records, 1735–1950
U.S., California, County Marriages, 1850–1952
U.S., California, San Diego Naturalization Index, 1868–1958
U.S., California, San Mateo County Records, 1856–1967
Indexes and images:
U.S., New York, Kings County Estate Files, 1866–1923