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  • SusanneLevitsky@aol.com
    Jan 1, 2010


      Jewish Genealogical Society

      of Sacramento




      January 1, 2010


      Upcoming Meetings:


      Sunday, January 17, 10 a.m. – Joann Weiser, “Everyone Has a Story”


      Sunday, February 21, 10 a.m. -- Victoria Fisch, “Jews of the Gold Rush – Who Knew?”


      Sunday, March 21, 10 a.m. -- Liz Igra, “Connections Small and Grand: A Better Understanding of the Holocaust”



      Notes from December 20, 2009 Meeting


      President Mort Rumberg called the meeting to order.  He mentioned that Avotaynu is publishing the second edition of Sephardic Genealogy.


      Information on the 2010 international conference, to be held in Los Angeles July 11-16, is available at www.jgsla2010.com.  Several of our members have already indicated they plan to attend and hotel reservations can now be made.


      If you have not yet paid your dues for 2010, the $25 check can be given to treasurer Allan Bonderoff at the next meeting, or sent to him c/o the Albert Einstein Residence Center, 1935 Wright Street #116, Sacramento, CA 95825.  The dues help us buy books for our library, provide travel expenses and small honorariums to our speakers, and more.  Any additional sums you may wish to donate are always appreciated.


      Allan advises us that as of December 20, we have $1,214.39 in our account.


      December Speaker


      Our December program featured Ron Arons of Oakland, speaking about “Mapping Madness.”  He presented a similar talk at the 2009 Philadelphia conference.


      Ron talked about historical map collections as well as online mapping sites.  For historical maps, the New York Public Library has a large digital collection – check out http://digitalgallery.nypl.org/nypldigital/index.cfm .  There is also the David Rumsey Collection – www.davidrumsery.com.  The University of Texas has a map collection as well as the Library of Congress.  For eastern European maps, www. Feefhs.org., also Avotaynu (www.avotaynu.com).


      Ron says www.HistoricMapworks.com has wonderful maps, but charges about $30/year.  For British historical maps, try www.alangodfreymaps.co.uk.  Also check out Cyndi’s List for maps as well.


      Online mapping sites include Google’s map site  (www.maps.google.com )

       as well as images – www.images.google.com.  Microsoft has www.bing.com/maps.  “Each has its advantage,” Ron says.


      With Microsoft (and a Microsoft account), you can put up to 10 pushpins in various locations simultaneously (to show cities or locations of relatives); the Google world allows you to do more.


      Microsoft also has a bird’s-eye view feature allowing you to see in four directions from a particular location. 


      Microsoft has drawing tools built in where you can construct your own map, then send the url to people.


      Ron notes that with Google maps, if will tell you which side of the street has odd numbers, which has even.  Google has 3-D maps of buildings and also street views of various cities in the U.S. and Europe.


      Ron said he happened to be in Sonoma when the Google mapping car was taking photographs, and was able to get into a photo, which he showed us.




      With www.panaramio.com, this is a Google site where you can upload photos and videos of different locations.


      Ron did a Microsoft vs. Google test for eastern European maps, involving Suwalki, Poland.  His conclusion? You really have to use both.


      Ron also pointed out Steve Morse’s one-step tools for various maps at www.stevemorse.org.


      Other mapping tools include Microsoft Map Cruncher, which will put two maps together, superimposing the old on the new.  Also www.names.whitepages.com  and www.Muckety.com will do maps related to surnames (whitepages) and relationships among individuals (muckety), tying people of interest together.


      And there’s even www.madoffmap.com, for those who want to see a searchable map of the 8,000 victims of  Madoff.  (Ron also showed us a Google image of his former penthouse in Manhattan.  Don’t forget, Ron is the author of “The Jews of Sing Sing.”)


      IBM’s Many Eyes – http://manyeyes.alphaworks.ibm.com/manyeyes/ -- you need an IBM account for this and the data you upload is not private.


      Other sites to check out:  www.ancestralatlas.com, a service which allows bulk loading/mapping of multiple locations, and www.earth.google.com, which offers Google Spreadsheet Mapper.


      Want U-2 reconnaissance photos? Type in the National Archives site (NARA) for College Park, MD and then German aerial reconnaissance photos.  The photos are expensive, $50-75, and you have to have the coordinates of the town you’re looking for.


      There are several sites dealing with Sanborn maps (cities mapped by Sanborn), including www.proquest.com, www.lib.berkeley.edu/EART/snb-intr.html, for libraries with Sanborn map collections, and a site for ordering Sanborn maps, which Ron says are quite expensive: www.edrnet.com/sanborn/htm.





      A recent travel article in the Washington Post focused on Kiev – here’s the link:



      Visiting Kiev, the capital of Ukraine and a cradle of Russian culture




      See you Sunday, January 17.

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