Jewish Genealogical Society of Sacramento _www.jgss.org_ (http://www.jgss.org/) April 5, 2006 Our next meeting: Using the Salt Lake City Family History LibraryMessage 1 of 1 , Apr 5, 2007View Source
Jewish Genealogical Society
April 5, 2006
Our next meeting:
Using the Salt Lake City Family History Library
Monday, April 16, 2007, 7 p.m.
Jewish Genealogical Society of Sacramento
Albert Einstein Residence Center, 1935 Wright Street, Sacramento
Joyce Buckland will give an in-depth slide presentation on the making the best use of the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, one of the largest collections of genealogy material in the world. She'll give us a floor-by-floor tour through the library's and learn about the collections and resources on each of the five floors. Joyce's presentation will help you to find your way around the library and show you where to go for assistance when needed. This will be invaluable for those attending this summer's international conference in Salt Lake City and good background for those who may visit the library in the future.
Joyce is a specialist in English genealogical records and has traveled extensively in England for her research. She has made annual trips to the Salt Lake City library since 1975 and is quite familiar with its collections.
Hope you'll join us Monday evening the 16th.
Our May Meeting -- State Archivist Nancy Zimmelman
Nancy Zimmelman has spoken to us at several previous meetings, but this time it will be in her new capacity as state archivist. The meeting is set for Monday, May 21 at 7 p.m.
Gerry Ross Awaiting Further Knee Surgery
After a wonderful cruise to Antarctica in December, longtime member Gerry Ross developed knee problems following an extended wait at the airport for her return flight from Chile. She hasn't been home yet -- she ended up in the hospital, where her artificial knee was removed. She's now wheelchair-bound in a Sacramento care home awaiting surgery to replace the knee. Gerry would welcome your calls -- you can reach her cell phone at (916) 600-0763.
A few items from the Avotaynu newsletter:
Ancestry.com Cancels Access to Their Databases at Family History Centers
Ancestry.com has cancelled access to its databases at all LDS (Mormon) Family History Centers and the Family History Library. Previously, they were offering access at no charge to the Church. In an official announcement from Ancestry.com, the company stated it had been operating “without a formal licensing agreement in place or any compensation from the Church,” and attempts to create a formal licensing agreement have not been successful. Because of existing agreements, a few databases will continue to be accessible inside the Family History Center. These include the 1880, 1900 and 1920 U.S. censuses, full name indices for the British 1841–1891 censuses (England and Wales) and World War I draft cards.
Peopl with individual subscriptions to Ancestry.com apparently won't be able to access the databases from these facilities even with their user names and passwords. This may yet be resolved by Ancestry.com.
Ancestry.com Adds Canadian Border Crossings to Site
Ancestry.com has added Canadian Border Crossings 1895–1956 to its site; more than four million entries. Many immigrants found that the cheapest way to get to the United States was to sail from Europe to Canada and then cross the border into the U.S. Others settled in Canada and subsequently entered the U.S.. The Canadian immigration ship’s lists aren't easily accessible, although many are now being indexed; therefore, the border crossing lists are currently the only information available.
The contents of these records varied by year. Early 20th-century records were similar to American passenger manifests and include, among other items, the person’s age, nationality, place of residence, and where the immigrant was going. Records from the 1940s and 1950s of plane and ship crossings showed little more than an address in the U.S. and nationality. However, some crossings by car showed extensive information about individuals, including exact date and place of birth.
The Canadian Border Crossings site is at http://content.ancestry.com/iexec/?htx=List&dbid=1075&offerid=0%3a7858%3a0. There is also a portal to the database at the Stephen P. Morse site: http://stevemorse.org.
U.S. House of Representatives Holds Talks on ITS Records
The U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs recently held public meetings about accelerating the process of making available the records of the International Tracing Service. A number of persons spoke, all favorable to making the records available. Notable was the testimony of Paul A. Shapiro, Director of the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Shapiro will be the keynote speaker at the annual International Conference on Jewish Genealogy to be held in Salt Lake City this July.
Meanwhile England became the fifth of eleven countries to ratify the recommendation that the records be accessible to the public. The first four are United States, Israel, Poland and The Netherlands.
On the Web:
No matter where you live, most newspapers online give access to obituaries . Local newspapers provide more details if death occurs as the result of an accident. http://www.ecola.com is a site that provides urls for newspapers worldwide.
Allan Dolgow shares with us a Web site helpful for finding the longitude and latitude of a particular town: http://www.heavens-above.com/countries.aspx
Select Country . The location database includes most towns and villages in the entire world (over two million places). Select your country from the list, then click the button to go on to the next page where you can select your town.
Schelly Talalay Dardashti, THE JERUSALEM POST
Mar. 21, 2007
Three decades ago, the groundbreaking television series "Roots" was aired. During the last week of January 1977, some 100 million US viewers, nearly half the population, watched the final episode and 85 percent of American homes with televisions watched all or part of the eight episodes, according to the Museum of Broadcast Communications. The seven episodes following the opener earned the top seven spots for the week's ratings. It was shown worldwide - even in Teheran, Iran, where I saw it.
The series, based on the best-selling book by Alex Haley, was an important breakthrough for the African-American community, naturally, but it also sparked major interest among many other ethnic groups who began to imagine the possibilities of recording their own family histories. Most importantly, it was the impetus for the contemporary Jewish genealogy movement.
While many of us sat and watched spellbound and wondered about our own histories, Dan Rottenberg of Philadelphia had been thinking about it for much longer. His book Finding Our Fathers: A Guidebook to Jewish Genealogy was published in May 1977, and is often credited as the catalyst for the modern Jewish genealogy craze. It was the first guidebook to the subject in English, or "in any other language," according to Rottenberg.
Reprinted in 1995, Rottenberg pointed to Roots in a new preface: "They say timing is everything in life. Finding Our Fathers enjoyed the good fortune to be published at precisely the moment when the entire country was salivating over Roots, Alex Haley's landmark exercise in black genealogy. And my book came out just months after America's Bicentennial celebration, which had fostered widespread interest in personal history."
Rottenberg will be the keynote speaker at the banquet for this year's conference in Salt Lake City .
He writes of meeting Arthur Kurzweil, who was thinking of writing his own genealogy book in those days, and how their "mutual passion for Jewish genealogy transcended the needs of our individual egos or wallets," as rivals for the same book-buying market. Kurzweil's 1980 book, From Generation to Generation, was the next major volume on the subject.
They realized that the key to ancestor rooting was in the creation of a Jewish genealogy community, which would provide opportunities for networking, researching and support. That community is now well established, and thousands of our brethren are tracing their families and networking internationally. For example, the JewishGen Family Finder (updated daily) today features more than 400,000 entries (100,000 surnames and 18,000 town names, indexed and cross-referenced by both). In 1995, it was a for-sale microfiche with only 222,000 entries. The website has registered nearly 8.6 million visits since November 5, 1996.
JewishGen (www.jewishgen.org) is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. In 1997, the Family Finder listed fewer than 5,300 individual researchers; today, there are more than 80,000 researchers. For example, there were only 42 researchers of Mogilev (today Mahilyow), Belarus. Today, there are 431 Mahilyow researchers investigating 724 families there.
See what's free at AOL.com.