FW: Jewish Genealogy Society of Long Island Request
An interesting project. Does our membership have any such yearbooks?
I’m writing you today because you’re either an officer of your local JGS or you’re someone who I’ve worked with previously through JewishGen’s Holocaust Database or JOWBR projects. Today I’m writing regarding a project that I’m coordinating for my own JGS, the Jewish Genealogy Society of Long Island.
We have been operating our Yearbook Project successfully for the last 2 ½ years and have created a worthwhile resource that has attracted the attention of family members and researchers throughout the country. We originally started with our own members but since the list of yearbooks is available on our website, we expanded the program to include anyone who wished to participate.
Today our yearbook inventory includes approximately 650 books from 23 different states and 4 different countries! JGSLI acts as a matchmaker between the researcher and the owner of the yearbook. The books stay in the possession of the owner and the owner is only called upon to respond to look-ups, through blind emails, when a match has been made.
I’ve attached a copy of an article I’ve written which explains the merits of using yearbooks for genealogical purposes. It also defines the roles for JGSLI, the yearbook owner and the researcher. We would appreciate if you would consider announcing this project to your membership. If you’d like, we would be happy to permit the use of the attached, or a shorter form of it, as a piece for your Society newsletter.
Thank you in advance for your consideration and if you have any comments or questions, please feel free to contact me directly.
Coordinator – JGSLI Yearbook Project