Sunday Genealogy Meeting
Updated Topic for Steve Morse November 9
Steve Morse’s presentation next Sunday has evolved from a focus on the Ellis Island Web site to what he calls “One-Step Web Pages: A Hodgepodge of Lesser-Known Gems” on the http://www.stevemorse.org site. “This talk describes those gems you might not otherwise be aware of. They range from problems with genealogical searches to to identity theft problems to DNA,” Steve writes.Our meeting begins at 10 a.m., Sunday, November 9, at the Albert Einstein Residence Center.And for those who don't see Gary Mokotoff's Avotaynu E-Zine, here are a few recent items:
From the November 2 Avotaynu E-Zine
1911 Census of England and Wales To Be Released Early
British censuses are normally in the public domain 100 years after they were recorded. The British Information Commissioner has announced that the 1911 census for England and Wales will be launched three years early. Scotland does not plan to release the information until 2011.
Some of the individual data will not be released early as it’s considered personally sensitive; the full information will be available in 2011. The interim version will be available in 2009 through findmypast.com. This will allow researchers to search and download digital scans of images from the census. It will be both address and name searchable.
Complete information can be found at http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/1911census/
Back Issues of Canadian Jewish Review Now Online
Back issues of the Canadian Jewish Review are available online with full-word indexing. The digitized images run from 1921 to 1966 with some years missing and other years lacking issues. An unusual feature for sites of this type is that it not only provides the actual digitized image of the periodical but also a text version of the page. This allows easy copying of the contents of the page. To search the Canadian Jewish Review, go to http://multiculturalcanada.ca/mcc_cjr. As the domain name implies, it is a multi-cultural site containing information about other ethnic groups. Sources include newspapers, oral histories, photographs, books, newsletters, legal documents, meeting minutes and other ephemeral materials. It may be wiser to do a broader search than just the one newspaper from its home page at http://multiculturalcanada.ca/.
Odessa and Cherkassy Jewish Records To Be Indexed
Routes to Roots Foundation has signed an agreement with the Odessa Oblast Archives whereby the Foundation will index names from a collection of 4,505 heads of Jewish families in Odessa for 1894–1918. The searchable database will be added to the existing database at http://www.rtrfoundation.org. Copies of actual documents can be ordered from the Odessa archives.
The Foundation plans a similar venture to index for the 1858 revisky skasky (census) for Cherkassy. Routes to Routes Foundation has, by far, the most comprehensive list of Jewish records available in the archives of Eastern Europe. This includes the countries of Belarus, Lithuania, Moldova, Poland and Ukraine. To search the database, go to http://www.rtrfoundation.org/search.asp. The results are for Jewish records only. Absence of information does not mean there is no information about ancestors. Records independent of religion may exist such as census records.
Entries from 1909 Bukovina Directory Now Online
A posting to the ROM-SIG Digest on JewishGen indicates that the 1909 Directory of Czernowitz and suburbs (Horecza, Kaliczanka, Klokuczka, Manasteryska, and Rosch), including Radautz and Suczawa has been indexed by Edgar Hauster. The list can be found at http://czernowitz.ehpes.com. Scroll down to “1909 Directories Czernowitz and Suburbs” in the left column. Excel versions of the data can be found at http://hauster.blogspot.com/.
Wooden Tombstones of Poland
There is an interesting article about Jewish wooden tombstones of Poland written by Tomasz Wisniewski at http://www.jewishmag.com/127mag/wooden_tombstones/wooden_tombstones.htm
Hungarian Jewish Tourist Brochure available to Download
It was reported on the Hungarian SIG Discussion Group of JewishGen that the Hungarian Tourist Ag has published a full-color brochure about the history of Hungarian Jewry and sites of interest. Called “Shalom Hungary” it can be downloaded at http://www.ungarn-tourismus.de/shalomE05.qxd.pdf and includes names, addresses and phone numbers for synagogues and Jewish community organizations.