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  • SusanneLevitsky@aol.com
    Oct 2, 2012
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      Our Next Meeting -- October 21, 10 a.m., back to Sunday schedule:
      "Planning Your Family History Legacy -- What Happens to your Research After You're Gone?"
      Patricia Burrow will get us thinking about all that genealogy material and boxes full of memorabilia.  Do your children know what to do with it all?  Patricia will talk about some of the things we can do to ensure that those family stories don't get lost again and that our research is preserved for future generations.
      Patricia retired from a Silicon Valley tech career and went on to publish a few articles about her ancestors. She's now working on a book about her adopted grandmother.  Patricia leads several genealogy groups, including an indexing project at the Santa Clara County Archives, a family surname group and a surname DNA project.  She also teaches Reunion for Mac users.
      JGSSer on the Stage
      Longtime JGSS member and past president Mark Heckman is currently appearing in a timely production of "The Best Man" by Gore Vidal for the next two weekends (Thurs-Sun).  He plays the Henry Fonda (movie) role in the Actor's Workshop of Sacramento production.  Here's a link to the dates and details:  http://www.actinsac.com/now_showing
      From Gary Mokotoff's September 30 Avotaynu E-Zine:
      2014 Conference Dates Announced
      For those who like to plan far ahead, the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies has posted to their website that the 34th International Conference on Jewish Genealogy will be held July 27–August 1, 2014, in Salt Lake City at the Hilton Salt Lake City Center, just three blocks from the Mormon Family History Center. No other particulars are available.

      The 2013 conference is in Boston from August 4
      9. Information about that conference is at http://iajgs.org/2013_Boston/2013.html.
      IIJG Announces Research Grants
      The International Institute for Jewish Genealogy has announced it has awarded two grants from proposals it has received for family history research. One is for a study into "Family and Kinship in the Jewish City of Piotrków Trybunalski in the 19th Century” by Tomasz Jankowski of Wroclaw, Poland. The second is to Laurence Leitenberg of Lausanne, Switzerland, who, together with Sandy Crystall of Bow, New Hampshire, USA, will create a series of "Digital Maps of Jewish Populations in Europe (1750–1930)" for online viewing.

      IIJG reports that the Jankowski work will be wholly innovative, because he proposes to use sophisticated family reconstruction techniques that have never been applied in a systematic fashion to a large Jewish community. If successful, the work will have broad implications for the genealogical reconstruction of Jewish communities. The Leitenberg-Crystall maps fall into the category of the "Tools and Technologies" which the Institute strives to produce for Jewish family historians and social scientists generally.

      Status of Various Freedom of Information Activities in the U.S.
      Jan Meisels Allen, IAJGS vice president and chair of its Public Records Access Monitoring Committee, provides an update re access to government records important to family history research.

      Six bills before Congress regarding the Social Security Death Index (Death Master File) have not been acted on, and Congress has adjourned until after the elections. If the bills aren't passed by the time the new Congress is seated in January, they'll die and have to be reintroduced. All these bills limit access to the SSDI in some way.

      Laws at the state level which restrict access are being challenged, Allen reports. The State of Virginia recently passed a law that includes provisions of its state public disclosure law that allows only its own residents access rights to public records. This is now being challenged in federal courts. Information can be found at http://tinyurl.com/99emf8o. Some states no longer provide cause of death on death certificates, something important to family medical history. Such a law is being challenged in Indiana. An article about the topic can be viewed at http://tinyurl.com/8dm3xz5
      See you Sunday morning, October 21!
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