Meeting set for this Sunday the 17th, 10 a.m. to noon -- Steve Morse will be giving an overview/update of his One-Step web pages (www.stevemorse.org) and also a case study of Renee Kauffman using some of those pages. Join us at 10 a.m.
at the Einstein Center in Sacramento for his presentation.
Dues due -- And this would be a great time to bring in your $25 check to the Jewish Genealogical Society of Sacramento for your 2014 membership dues. The dues support our ongoing efforts, speaker honorariums, book purchases and other costs
during the year.
And we now offer a lifetime membership -- $300, and no more pesky requests for annual dues.
Einstein Holiday Faire -- After Sunday's meeting, stop by the Holiday Faire hosted by Einstein residents from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the dining room. The faire will offer antiques, collectibles, jewelry, art, stamps, dolls, music
boxes, chocolate, cookies, and more!
From Avotaynu's recent E-Zine by Gary Mokotoff:
FindAGrave Now Has Holocaust Victims
In what I consider a strange decision, FindAGrave.com now includes Jews murdered
in the Holocaust who have no gravesite. According to Barbara Algaze, FindAGrave now includes lists of Jews from the Shoah Memorial in Ile-de-France; Jews of Germany murdered in the Holocaust (source “Berlin Center”); Dachau, Theresienstadt and some Auschwitz
internments. Algaze cites the source as the International Wargraves Photograpic Project,
but a check of Mokotow Holocaust victims in the FindAGrave database includes persons not in the Wargraves Project database.
FindMyPast Has Free Access to 1940 Census and Vital Records Until January 31
FindMyPast.com is providing free access to the 1940 U.S. census and their new
U.S. vital records collection until January 31, 2014. The vital records collection includes:
• Births and christenings in California, Indiana and Utah
• Marriages in Alabama, California, Indiana, Iowa and Virginia
• Deaths in Alabama and North Carolina
British Newspaper Archive Passes the 7 Million Page Mark
The British Newspaper Archive (BNA) located at http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk
has now digitized more than 7 million pages. Launched in November 2011, it hopes to transcribe 40 million pages by 2021. Newspapers date back the early 18th century.
Access to the index is at no charge. Purchasing a subscription is needed to retrieve the actual pages. British Newspaper Archive is a partnership project between the British Library and the parent company of FindMyPast.com.
Contribute to the JewishGen Memorial Plaque Project
The next update to JewishGen's Memorial Plaque Project (http://www.jewishgen.org/databases/Memorial/)
will be at year-end and will
include all submissions made through November 30.
This is a database primarily of plaques placed on a memorial board on synagogue walls. Also known as “yahrzeit plaques,” they exist to memorialize relatives, usually parents or siblings. On the anniversary of the person’s death (yahrzeit), the plaque is illuminated
by a small light on each side. The name is read to the congregation at the Sabbath service before the yahrzeit (reckoned by the Hebrew calendar). These plaques are of genealogical value because they usually include the name of the deceased, date of death reckoned
by both the secular and Jewish calendars and the person’s religious name, which includes the name of the person’s father (example: Chaim ben [son of] Meir.)
The Memorial Plaque Project database currently contains nearly 30,000 records from 46 synagogues/organizations in 3 countries. If you'd like to volunteer to transcribe the memorial plaques of your local synagogue, see "Submitting Data to the JewishGen Memorial
Plaque Database" at
Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies
The Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies is a group of 4,500 survivor testimonies that got its start before the better-known Stephen Spielberg Shoah Foundation project. The interviews are located at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut.
To find testimonies, search the Orbis Yale University Library database by including the words “Holocaust Survivors Film Project” in quotes as part of the search argument. This will limit results to this project. It is not possible to search by a person’s name.
Unfortunately the surnames of the survivors giving testimony have been replaced by the first letter of the surname. An example is the testimony of “Dori K.” On rare occasions the surname is revealed, for example, the survivor wrote a book. “Dori K” is revealed
as Dori Katz because her name is part of the citation for a book she wrote about her experiences during the Holocaust. Instead of searching by name, search by town name. The results will list all persons identified as being from that town. Perhaps it then
will be possible to identify a person by given name and first letter of last name.
Search the Orbis database at http://orbis.library.yale.edu. Information
about the project is located at https://www.library.yale.edu/testimonies/
See you Sunday morning!