Upcoming 2011 Meetings:
Sunday, November 20, 10 a.m. -- Jim Rader, Surname or One-Name Study
Sunday, December 18, 10 a.m. -- Mark Heckman, Genealogy Jeopardy
Our next meeting -- a week from Sunday, on November 20, will feature longtime genealogist and teacher Jim Rader. He'll focus on what to do when you find you many people with the same name in your area of research. How do you make sure you have the right person?
Jim will share some tips on how to best research one name, and how it differs from a surname study. For ten years, Jim published a quarterly surname newsletter, Rader Ramblings. In 1999, Jim began teaching adult education classes for the computerized genealogy topics for the Folsom-Cordova Adult Education Center. He is also the coordinator for the Rader surname study at Family Tree DNA.
Join us next Sunday morning the 20th for Jim's presentation.
From the November 6 Avotaynu E-Zine by Gary Mokotoff
U.S. Social Security Death Index Having Its Wings Clipped
The long-term implication is unclear, but the Social Security Death Index (SSDI) will no longer use as a source protected death records provided by the individual states. Furthermore, the Social Security Administration will remove approximately 4.2 million records currently on the SSDI because those entries were made based on information from state death records. They also anticipate this will mean one million fewer records added annually unless another source is used.
The Social Security Administration stated it would continue to compile information from a variety of other sources including death reports from family members, funeral homes, hospitals, federal agencies, postal authorities and financial institutions. The announcement can be found at http://www.ntis.gov/pdf/import-change-dmf.pdf.
USHMM Collections Now of Ancestry.com
Four U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum collections are now available on Ancestry.com at no charge at http://search.ancestry.com/search/group/USHMM_Collection. The collections contain information on thousands of individuals including displaced Jewish orphans; Czech Jews deported to the Terezin concentration camp and camps in occupied Poland; and French victims of Nazi persecution.
The collections are being made available through the World Memory Project launched in May 2011. The project is recruiting the public to help build the world’s largest online resource on Jewish victims of the Holocaust and millions of non-Jews who were targeted for persecution by Nazi Germany and its collaborators. To date, more than 2,100 contributors from around the world have indexed in excess of 700,000 records. Anyone, anywhere can contribute to the project by simply typing information from historical records into the online database. Additional information about the project including how to participate in the extraction of records can be found at http://www.worldmemoryproject.org.
The World Memory Project use proprietary software and project management donated by Ancestry.com. Once Museum records are transcribed, the indices are hosted exclusively on Ancestry.com and are permanently free to search. The Museum provides copies of documents upon request at no cost
At Last: A Good Roman Alphabet Israeli Telephone Lookup
A search engine for Israeli phone numbers at http://IsraelPB.com appears to do an excellent job. The Bezeq directory at http://english.b144.co.il/default.aspx yields only three Mokotov listings and no Mokotow entries. The IsraelPB.com site produced 20 Mokotovs and the identical result when searching using the original Polish spelling of Mokotow. Provided is the address and telephone number.