115Genealogy Mtg. Sun. Feb. 10
- Feb 2, 2008
Our Upcoming Meeting
Protecting Your Digital Genealogical Information
Sunday, February 10, 10 a.m.
Join us February 10 as our own Mark Heckman guides us on protecting digital files and photos
in the electronic age. In the course of pursuing your family history you’ll collect a large amount
of data – names and dates, documents, pictures and even audio and video recordings. More and
more of this data you’ll probably digitize and store on your computer and share in e-mail, on
CD or DVD or on the Web. Some of this data is sensitive; all of it is precious and reflects
countless hours of effort. But how safe is it? Is your data backed up? How long will backups
last? And how safe from theft is data you put on the Internet?
In this talk, first presented at the international Jewish genealogy conference last summer, Mark
will discuss ways to protect your digital data from loss and theft, both on your computer and
Mark your calendar to attend Sunday morning the 10th.
A site of interest
Alan Gold passes on this Web site worth checking out: http://www.jewishinternetsites.com .
A new book on synagogues
A new e-book by Julian Preisler, Volume One of "American Synagogues: A Photographic Journey" is now complete, for those interested in synagogue architecture and American Jewish history. Volume One contains some 3200 original color photos of 1400+ individual U.S. synagogues from all 50 states plus Washington, DC. Many of these synagogues are no longer used as Jewish houses of worship and many are located in small isolated communities.
For more information: http://www.americansynagoguearchitecture.com. Volume One is on a full CD-ROM disc priced at $18 including postage.
Searchable Surname Database
The Southern California Genealogical Society announces the roll-out of a searchable Virtual Surname Wall database. Entries from more than a thousand genealogists from around the world are now searchable by family name, by geographic region, and by each participant's Submitter ID. Access the Virtual Surname Wall at www.SCGSGenealogy.com.
From the Jan. 28, 2008 Avotaynu E-Zine
Yad Vashem Now Offers Online Inquiries to ITS Records
In conjunction with its acquisition of the International Tracing Service records, Yad Vashem in Jerusalem has developed an online application form for inquiries about the fate of persons caught up in the Holocaust. Yad Vashem will search not only the ITS records but other records in its vast collection, which, they claim includes 75 million pages of documentation, as well as photographs, testimonies, Pages of Testimony and more. The online application and downloadable form can be found at http://www1.yadvashem.org/ITS_and_YADVASHEM/home.html
Video of Arolsen Trip on the Internet
In mid-December, Sallyann Amdur Sack and I (Gary Mokotoff) made a site visit to the International Tracing Service to determine the feasibility of bringing a large group to the research facility. Sallyann discusses what we found in a half-hour interview on "Tracing Your Family Roots," a Washington D.C. area public access television station. Sallyann co-hosts the show with Arline Sachs. The interview can be found at http://tracingroots.nova.org.
The German Bundesarchiv has placed the Gedenkbuch online at http://www.bundesarchiv.de/gedenkbuch/directory.html. It's a database of 150,000 German Jews murdered in the Holocaust, giving for each, when known, name (including maiden name of women), date/place of birth, place of residence (at time of deportation or death), date/place of death.
The site defaults to searching either the family name (Familienname) or given name (Vorname). Check off “Geburtsname” (birth name) to include the maiden names of women. Uncheck given name to exclude persons whose given name happens to be identical to the surname being searched. The search engine allows for wild card searches. It is necessary to use the correct German spelling in German, with umlauted vowels. The site is only in German.
It was the original version of the Gedenkbuch that sparked the Mormon/Jewish controversy when, in 1992, the Jewish genealogical community discovered that the 128,000 German Jews in the original edition all posthumously baptized by the Mormon Church.
Registration for 2008 Chicago Conference Is Now Open
Conference and hotel registration for the 28th International Conference on Jewish Genealogy is now open. The conference will be held from August 17–22 at the Chicago Marriott Downtown. Reservations can be made at http://www.chicago2008.org.
Early-bird registration for the conference—through April 30—is $250; companion registration is $150. Hotel costs are $199 per night plus tax for single or double occupancy.
JewishGen Class on "How to Make Shtetlinks Web Pages"
JewishGen will hold an on-line class on how to make ShtetLinks web pages beginning Sunday, February 24. The six-week course will show students how to create Web pages with just a knowledge of a word processor such as Microsoft Word or WordPerfect. The fee for the course is $36. In the past, JewishGen has had online classes in Basic and Intermediate Jewish Genealogy. For details: http://www.JewishGen.org/education.
Some British Jewish Marriage Documents To Be Indexed
The Jewish Genealogical Society of Great Britain (JGSGB) and the United Synagogue have reached an agreement whereby JGSGB will index the synagogue’s Marriage Authorization documents, up to and including 1907. The content of the documents changed through the years, but they can include the names of bride and groom (both in English and Hebrew), current address and birth place of bride and groom, and date and place of marriage.
The total project will take many months, but to date more than 3,000 have been indexed. Hopefully they will be placed on the Internet shortly. Additional information can be found at http://www.jgsgb.org.uk/Marriage_Authorisations.shtml.
Plan to Digitize all Dutch Jewish Gravestones
An Israeli organization, Akevoth, and the Nederlands-Israelitisch Kerkgenootschap (Organization of Jewish Communities in the Netherlands) have undertaken a joint venture to film all the Jewish tombstones and place them onlineat http://www.stenenarchief.org. The site is currently in Dutch; an English version is under construction.
German Genealogy Group Adds Index to 19th-Century New York Vital Records
The German Genealogy Group has added indexes to late 19th-century births, marriages and deaths for the Queens and Brooklyn sections of New York City. A complete list of vital record databases at their site can be found at http://www.germangenealogygroup.com/otherdb.stm.
The listings are not limited to those of German ancestry.
See you Sunday morning, February 10th!
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