November Genealogy Notes
Mark Your Calendars:
Sunday, December 14, 10 a.m. “Treasures from our Attics”
Start thinking now of what heirloom, photo or document you can bring to share with us from your family. This usually proves to be one of the most fascinating meetings of the year
And Upcoming in 2009:
Sunday, January 18 - Barbara Leak, Naturalization Records
Sunday, February 15 - Gary Sandler, Using One-Step: How I found my family in
Ellis Island records and so can you
Sunday, March 15 - Allan Dolgow, What Steve Morse Never Covers and also Allan's extensive trip to the old country.
A big thank you to President Mort Rumberg for providing these great minutes from the November 9 meeting.
Jewish Genealogy Society – Sacramento
Minutes of Meeting, November 9, 2008
President Mort Rumberg called the meeting to order and made several announcements:
First was a thank-you letter from the Einstein Residence Center Executive Director, Leslie Finke, thanking the JGSS for presentation of our Hanukah gift to them. The gift was a Nintendo Wii for the seniors of the Albert Einstein Center.
Mort announced that Bob Wascou is one of the coordinators for a new IAJGS project: to computerize the Jewish records of the Wiener Stadt and Landesarchiv (Vienna City and Provincial archive) filmed by the LDS Family Search – Record Services. Volunteers who would like to participate can contact Bob. Mort mentioned that he is a volunteer engaged in the L’viv vital records project and the work is not complex and involves transferring data from the record to a spreadsheet. He encouraged members to volunteer.
Since there were several new guests at the meeting, Mort suggested they introduce themselves and indicate their research objectives. As always, guests were encouraged to join JGSS, and benefits of becoming a member were mentioned.
Mort introduced our speaker, Steve Morse. Steve’s presentation was “A Hodgepodge of Lesser-Known Gems.”
The presentation began with a brief history of how these search gems were an outgrowth of his one-step web pages and Ellis Island presentations. Originally they were destined for the cutting-room floor, but have become so useful, they've been resurrected.
Steve Morse’s one-step pages offer the following search tools:
# Obtaining Ship Records – Initially, the film image covered only the left half of the manifest. Steve had to use the LDS records. First he had to locate the microfilm and search for the subject. After much effort he found the right half of the manifest.
# To get information from gravestones - Use the one-step Web site, enter the date of death - it automatically converts dates, including Hebrew, to secular.
# To find people who lost lives in wars – Israel’s Fallen, a Web site in Hebrew. One-step walks you through the process in English and transliterates foreign words into English.
Also, Russia’s Fallen – is a Web site in Russian, but the one-step site does searches in English and brings you to the original documents.
# Table Lookups are often daunting because of so much detail. One-step offers several simple table lookups.
Country Codes - a matrix displaying all country codes
Telephone Codes – a table of every prefix
Credit Card Numbers – this one-step program decodes social security numbers. There is a three digit recorder which tells where it was issued and the range of date of issue; the five digit recorder tells where and specifically when it was issued
# Finding Birthdays from Vital Records
# DNA – shows DNA markers and allows updating. Accommodates 12 to 37 markers. You can build a group chart, for example with father’s cousin, mother’s cousin, etc., to see if they’re actually related. It also shows distance (close match or not).
You can determine early migration using haplogroups. Originally maps depicting migration were quite complex, so one-step has a simplified map to show your ancestral trail of migration.
# eBay Submission – shows bids, chronology of each bid.
# Universal Book Marks – lists access to them, allows management.
# Lat/Long. – provides calculations using one-step and also provides distance between lat/long points.
# Rural area searches of federal cnsus – When names are pronounced with a heavy accent, the recorder writes the name as he hears it (or thinks he heard it), which makes it difficult to find the person. The one-step site uses Enumeration District (ED) to narrow the search and locate the person.
# One-step has a Mass Mailer, which allows a person to send out mass mailings (but it is the private section. You need to contact Steve for use of this tool.
Where is the One-Step site? Go to: www.stevemorse.org
Interested in a Lithuanian Trip?
This came in by e-mail from member Shelley Harris Ross. .
Please let the Sacramento JGS folks know that my sister Nancy and I went to Lithuania this past summer with the (Howard) Margol- (Peggy) Freedman Group. If anyone is interested in going and has questions about the trip they can contact me directly for my candid comments. Regards to all from sunny Southern Cal.
Shelley can be e-mailed at shelleyhross@...
from RootsWeb October 8, 2008
By Joan Young
Archaic and Unfamiliar Terminology in Genealogical Research
You have received your great-grandfather John MAIR's death certificate. The certificate tells you he died of "phlegmonous erysipelas." In reading your Grand-aunt Martha's diary you learn that her sister was afflicted with "ablepsy" and that your Uncle Alfred suffered from "dropsy." In the diary you also read that John MAIR worked as a "dyker" in his native Scotland. Martha's husband was a "cordwainer" and Uncle Alfred was working as a "huckster."
Genealogists frequently encounter archaic, foreign, regional, or merely unfamiliar terminology for causes of death and illnesses, as well as for our ancestors' occupations.
ILLNESSES, DISEASES, AND OTHER ARCHAIC MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY
The following Web sites are among many I've used over the years to learn the meanings of terms no longer in common use or with which I wasn't familiar:
http://www.neonatology.org/classics/old.terms.html (Terms concerning neonatology.)
http://www.antiquusmorbus.com/Index.htm (Archaic medical terms.)
DISASTERS—NATURAL and MANMADE
Sometimes the factors involved in ancestral deaths could indicate that family members died as the result of a disaster. Disasters should be considered when multiple family members died at exactly the same time. A disaster could be an earthquake, flood, fire, shipwreck, mining accident, train wreck, etc.
Deaths of more than one person over a short time period (but not necessarily on the same day), especially when children are involved, might indicate an epidemic caused by the flu, typhoid, yellow fever, or any other contagious disease.
OBSOLETE AND UNFAMILIAR OCCUPATIONAL TERMS
Unfamiliar occupational terms and obsolete occupational terminology often varies from country to country or even from region to region within a country.
http://www.olivetreegenealogy.com/misc/occupations.shtml (Medieval English and early New World.)
http://rmhh.co.uk/occup/index.html (United Kingdom.)
http://www.worldroots.com/~brigitte/occupat.htm (German occupations and illnesses.)
A quick review of the sites referenced here reveals that your great-grandfather died of a severe inflammation and fever, Martha's sister was blind, and Uncle Alfred had swelling or fluid retention (edema). Your great-grandfather worked as a stonemason in Scotland. Martha's husband was a shoemaker and Uncle Alfred sold small wares.
From Gary Mokotoff's Avotaynu’s E-Zine
Library and Archives of Canada has a Web site called the Canadian Genealogy Centre withan index to nearly three million records in a variety of categories. It is located at http://collectionscanada.ca/genealogy/index-e.html. I (Gary Mokotoff) could not find a simple list of the entire collection, but you can find it by clicking “Search fo Ancestors (Databases).” On the following page click the drop-down menu on the line “Topics.” For example, they have 830,2311 immigrations records from 1925–1935.
If you have interest in Canadian research, the entire Web site has information that may be of value. Under “Other Web Sites” it introduces you to AVITUS, a directory of Canadian genealogical resources. Using the keyword “Jewish” it provided links to the various Jewish genealogical societies in Canada as well as the site of the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies.
South African Research
The South African Jewish Rootsbank has a number of databases about the Jewish presence in that country. These include vital records as well as military, community, congregational, cemetery, immigration and naturalization records. They claim that 95% of all South African Jewish burial records are online. Immigration records cover the years 1895–1925. The site is located at http://chrysalis.its.uct.ac.za/CGI/CGI_ROOTWEB.exe?entry_point=Home.
New FamilySearch Site
I have avoided making readers aware of the new FamilySearch -- the Mormon Church genealogy site -- because most of the databases are duplicated at other free sites (Examples: Ellis Island records and Social Security Death Index) and are Christian records or pre-1880 U.S. records.
But there now are a few databases that might be of value to Jewish researchers (Example: Philadelphia Marriage Index 1885–1951). Another possible index of value might be Rio de Janeiro civil registrations, 1886–2006. The site is located at http://pilot.familysearch.org/. If you get too many hits because the results include the Ellis Island database and Social Security Index, it might be easier to search just a particular record group, by clicking on the map on the home page. This will provide a list of all the record groups for that geographic area
Incidentally, it was the Mormon Church that indexed the Ellis Island Database located at EllisIsland.org using thousands of volunteers. They donated it to the Statue of Liberty - Ellis Island Foundation who placed it on the Internet.
Ancestry.com Adds French Vital Records Index
Ancestry.com has added Parisian vital records indexes and images to their site. Specifically they are:
• Paris, France & Vicinity Births, 1700–1899 (in French)
• Paris, France & Vicinity Marriages, 1710–1907 (in French)
• Paris, France & Vicinity Deaths, 1707–1907 (in French)
• Paris, France & Vicinity Marriage Banns, 1860–1902 (in French)
All told, there are some 13 million entries.
An official government Web site, http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk/, provides many records about the people of Scotland. This includes births, 1855–2006; marriages 1855–1932; deaths 1855–2006; and censuses from 1841 to 1901. At its home page, you can do a surname search and the results will show how many hits there are for each record group. Unusual for a government site, there is a fee to see even the index portion of the actual results. You can purchase 30 credits for £6 (about $10). The charge is one credit for each page viewed of the index and five credits to retrieve the actual record, if available. I did a broad search of the surname Levy in the birth records. The results were available on 24 pages. Each page would have cost one credit to view.
Holocaust Site: Jewishtraces.org
A Web site, http://www.jewishtraces.org/, has an index to various records of people caught up in the Holocaust. Their latest addition is a list of Jewish refugees who were allowed to enter Switzerland, primarily between 1942 and 1945.
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See you Sunday, December 14 with your family heirloom!