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  • SusanneLevitsky@aol.com
    Video Virtual Tour of Lost German Synagogues Jewish Genealogical Society of Sacramento Sunday, January 13, 10 a.m. It s estimated that in Germany alone, some
    Message 1 of 4 , Jan 10, 2008

      Video Virtual Tour of Lost German Synagogues

      Jewish Genealogical Society of Sacramento

      Sunday, January 13, 10 a.m.

      It's estimated that in Germany alone, some 1400 synagogues were destroyed during the 1938 Kristallnacht, or shortly before or after.  Since 1995, at least a dozen of these synagogues that were lost have been virtually reconstructed on the computer by architectural staff and students at a German university.

      Bernie Goldberg, a retired English teacher from the Sacramento area, will present a film, “A Virtual Reconstruction of the Five Lost German Synagogues” at the January meeting of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Sacramento.  The film showcases six synagogues in Cologne, Hanover, Berlin, Plauen, Munich and Nuremberg that are among the 1400 lost during the Holocaust.

      The film is the beginning of a continuing effort to reproduce pixel by pixel the synagogues lost 
      during the war.  Each viewing begins with an actual photo of the building, instantly transformed into the computerized view of the
      same.  The camera then transports viewers around the exterior and into the front doors, sweeping 
      to the interior and ceiling, revealing the decorative art in full color.  The 22-minute film includes
      cantorial and choral accompaniment to add to the experience.


      Join us for a look at this inspirational film. The January 13th meeting will be held at 10 a.m. at the Albert Einstein Residence Center, 1935 Wright Street, Sacramento.  All are welcome to attend, and to use the JGSS library collection.  For more information about the JGSS, visit www.jgss.org, e-mail the JGSS at jgs_sacramento@... or leave a message at 916-486-0906 ext. 361.


      Steve Morse in Davis Sunday, January 27

      In case you missed Steve's presentation of this talk to us last year, here's a chance to hear it on Sunday, January 27, 2008, at 3 p.m. -- "The Jewish Calendar Demystified.at Congregation Bet Haverim, 1715 Anderson Road, Davis

      The presenter will be Dr. Stephen Morse, an international award-winning expert on geneological research.  His Web site is at www.stevemorse.org

      The Jewish calendar is important to geneologists because Jewish vital records use Jewish dates.  The Jewish calendar is both a solar and lunar calendar and its rules are complicated.  Topics include the 19-year calendar cycle, the origin of time, errors in the Jewish and secular calendars, and the use of Hebrew letters to represent dates on tombstones.
      For details,  call Congregation Bet Haverim at 530-758-0842.


      From Gary Mokotoff's Avotaynu e-Zine:

      Planned Trip to Bad Arolsen May 4–9
      As a result of discussions with the directors of the International Tracing Service at Bad Arolsen, Germany, Avotaynu is sponsoring a trip of not more than 40 genealogists to do research at ITS  May 4–9. It will provide hands-on research at the archives aided by trained ITS personnel.

      The cost will be approximately $1000 and includes six days lodging at the Welcome Hotel in Bad Arolsen, breakfast at the hotel, lunch at ITS, and shuttle service to/from the train station in Kassel, Germany. The price does not include such costs as plane fare to
      Frankfurt, Germany, train fare to Kassel, dinners and other incidental costs.

      It is expected that interest in such a trip will be high, so make a tentative commitment shortly. Send an e-mail to garymokotoff@... providing name/address/telephone number, number of rooms required and whether room will be single or double occupancy.

      MyHeritage.com Launches Powerful Search Engine
      An Israeli company has developed a search engine that will identify which of 1,331 online genealogy databases have information about a given person or surname. The search engine at http://MyHeritage.com has a powerful spelling variant system. Another unusual feature is that it will tell you if any other patron has requested the identical search.

      At the Home Page, key in a name or surname only, and you are presented with a list of possible spelling variants of the surname found in 1,131 online genealogical databases. You can select up to 10 variants. The search engine then displays which of the databases contain the selected surname with links to the databases. The Megadex (a trademarked name) search appears to be quite powerful. It not only displays phonetically similar surnames but also possible handwriting variants.

      New Latvian Internet Sites
      Kahlile Mehr of the LDS Family History Department wrote an excellent article in the Fall issue of AVOTAYNU that identified all the Internet sites of the national archives of Eastern European countries. He now informs us that the State Archives of Latvia has placed online an index to their holdings with plans to digitize many of their documents and place them on the Internet. The index is located at http://www.arhivi.gov.lv/index.php?&3. The inventory is in Latvian, of course, so search for words such as “rabin” (rabbi) or “ebreju” (Jewish) or a specific town name. I got hits in the Database of the Central Fond Register. I could not access the Database of the State Archive of Latvia. The Raduraksti (Genealogy) collection currently has Protestant records only.

      The Centre for Judaic Studies of the
      University of Latvia has developed a Holocaust database of Latvian Jews, located at http://names.lu.lv/. On the Home Page, click on “Surnames” and then select a surname of interest. This brings up a search page where you must further qualify the search by Place of Residence. When results are found, the system displays the person’s name, date of birth and prewar residence. I did not fully understand how the search engine worked. After selecting the common Jewish surname, Kagan, and requesting people from Riga, the capital of Latvia, the system displayed 550 entries, many of which did not have the surname Kagan.

      The Centre estimates that of the 94,000 Jews who lived in
      Latvia before the Holocaust, about 70,000 were killed.

      National Archives and Records Service of South Africa
      The National Archives and Records Service of South Africa has placed on the Internet a number of indexes to government records at http://www.national.archives.gov.za/index.htm. Called the National Automated Archival Information Retrieval System (NAAIRS), it can search a number of databases.

      Russian Database of Military Personnel Lost in World War II
      The Russian Defense Ministry has placed online a list of military personnel who were killed or disappeared during World War II. It is located at http://www.obd-memorial.ru/. The site is entirely in Russian. Use one of the many online Russian translators if you are not familiar with the language. If you do not have a Cyrillic keyboard, use Steve Morse’s English to Russian transliteration program to create the Cyrillic characters. A successful search provides name, date of birth and death (sometimes only year) and, apparently, place of residence. I searched for the very common Russian-Jewish surname: Kagan. There were only 30 persons listed.

      Lyakhovichi Shtetl Site
      Jewish genealogists whose ancestral town is
      Lyakhovichi, Belarus, have developed a very comprehensive website demonstrating what can be done to document a town’s history.  See http://www.shtetlinks.jewishgen.org/Lyakhovichi/lyakhovichi.html. The site contains 74 separate Web pages; 37 pages with tables of extracted data;40 maps; 600 images; name index of 19,000 names; patronymic index; Immigration index.  There are plans to post a 1784 Lithuanian Tax List and the 1834 and 1850 Russian Revisions (Census) lists early next year.

      Start the year off right. Easy ways to stay in shape in the new year.
    • SusanneLevitsky@aol.com
      This Sunday morning, 10 a.m., we ll hear reflections from Holocaust survivor Liz Igra.? Hope we ll see you there.
      Message 2 of 4 , Mar 18, 2010
        This Sunday morning, 10 a.m., we'll hear reflections from Holocaust survivor Liz Igra.  Hope we'll see you there.

      • SusanneLevitsky@...
        Jewish Genealogical Society of Sacramento Sunday, March 20, 2016, 10 a.m. Reclaim the Records: Using Freedom of Information Laws for Genealogy -- Brooke
        Message 3 of 4 , Mar 18, 2016

          Jewish Genealogical Society of Sacramento
          Sunday, March 20, 2016, 10 a.m.
          "Reclaim the Records: Using Freedom of Information Laws for Genealogy"  -- Brooke Ganz
          Tired of being told the archival records you want are inaccessible to the public, or only available in limited locations for limited hours? Come hear Brooke Schreier Ganz talk about the organization she founded, "Reclaim the Records."  The organization uses state Freedom of Information laws to get these "off-limits" genealogy records released back to the public and put online for free.
          The group successfully challenged the New York City Municipal Archives in court, acquired the first-ever 20th Century genealogy indices from New Jersey, and is working on more efforts.
          In addition to founding Reclaim the Records (reclaimtherecords.org), Ganz is a computer programmer whose open-source genealogy software LeafSeek has enabled more than a million archival records to go online for free searches. Ganz is also a director of the nonprofit genealogy organization Gesher Galicia.

           From Avotaynu, March 13:

          Top 100 Genealogy Websites
          nealogyInTime.com has published its annual top 100 genealogy sites based on the number of visits to the site. Ancestry.com continues to be number one. Jostling for the top five sites, MyHeritage is now in fourth place beating out Ancestry.co.uk. Family Tree DNA rose to 11th place from 14th. JewishGen dropped to 38th from last year’s position of 33rd. The Steve Morse site rose to 50 from 55. The complete list can be found at http://www.genealogyintime.com/ articles/top-100-genealogy-websites-of-2016-page02.html.

          USCIS Planning Webinar on Ellis Island Processing
          The U.S. Citizenship a
          nd Immigration Service will hold a seminar on Friday, March 25 at 1 pm ET on “Ellis Island Processing: The Case of Nanny (Fanny) Knowles.” This web meeting will not be recorded, so you must watch it live.

          The webinar is based on questions submitted by a researcher about a passenger list documenting Fanny Knowles' arrival, hearing, and admission at Ellis Island in 1919. Thirteen year-old Fanny was excluded as an unaccompanied minor, despite the fact she traveled with her adult sister Edith, who was a U.S. citizen. How were families processed when some were citizens and some were aliens? Was Fanny really “alone”? What resources exist to help explain more about Ellis Island (or other U.S. ports of entry) processing? These and other questions will be discussed and explored in the webinar.

          Additional information can be found at

          See you Sunday morning. 10 a.m.
        • SusanneLevitsky@...
          Join us for Emperor Norton s presentation. And a heads-up, avoid downtown due to the Amgen race.
          Message 4 of 4 , May 20, 2016
            Join us for Emperor Norton's presentation.

            And a heads-up, avoid downtown due to the Amgen race.
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