Upcoming genealogy meeting -- Sun. Nov. 9
Tips for Searching the Ellis Island Database
Sunday, November 9, 2008, 10 a.m.
Jewish Genealogical Society of Sacramento
Internationally renowned genealogist Steve Morse will return to Sacramento to share tips on navigating through the Ellis Island database. His talk is entitled, “What color Ellis Island search form should I use?”
In April 2001 the Ellis Island ship manifests and passenger records went online. A few weeks later Steve created the One-Step Ellis Island Web site to make this resource easier to use. Since that time the One-Step site has been greatly expanded to include new search capabilities and an array of color-coded search forms.
This talk will describe the evolution of the Web site from both a historical and a practical perspective, and provide a beacon for navigating through this color maze.
All are welcome to attend the Sunday morning, November 9 meeting at the Albert Einstein Residence Center, 1935 Wright St., Sacramento.
Documents trace lives of Jews worldwide
October 29, 2008 - 6:05PM
A genealogy Web site has brought the famed Schindler's List into the 21st century - putting it online to help potentially thousands of Jewish families to trace their personal history.
Ancestry.com has obtained 26 million documents relating to Jewish history and placed them on the website, among them Schindler's List.
The list, made famous by an Oscar-winning film, contains the names of almost 2,000 Jews working for Oskar Schindler, a German businessman who employed them in his factories in Poland and the Czech Republic in order to save them from being sent to Nazi concentration camps.
Many of the documents are online for the first time - from photographs and immigration data to memorials offering first-hand accounts of the Holocaust and its aftermath. Also on the site are records about displaced Jews provided with food, medical care, clothing and emigration assistance.
One database is a registry of more than one million Jews buried in thousands of cemeteries worldwide.
Ancestry.com Debuts Jewish History Collection
From Ancestry.com's press release: Popular genealogy Web site Ancestry.com claimed Wednesday that it now boasts the world's largest online collection of Jewish family history records. The Provo, Utah-based company said it assembled the collection of historical documents through a partnership with a pair of Jewish heritage organizations—JewishGen and the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee.
For those with (paid) access to Ancestry.com, Bob Wascou passes on this announcement:
Jewish Family History Webinar:
Let us help you find answers about your Jewish family story.
On Wednesday November 5th at 8pm ET, Jewish genealogy expert Gary Mokotoff will host a webinar offering valuable advice for successful Jewish family history research.
Space is limited. Sign up now.
Gary Mokotoff is the editor of Avotaynu and one of our previous JGSS speakers in Sacramento.