Don't Forget -- Genealogy Mtg. Sunday
Barbara Leak will talk to us about "Naturalization Rules and Records" this Sunday the 18th at 10 a.m. We bet there's a good chance you can glean new information for at least one relative from their naturalization papers.
And a few items from Avotaynu's E-Zine by Gary Mokotoff…
1911 Census of England and Wales Now Online
The 1911 census of England and Wales is now online at http://www.1911census.co.uk/. Not all counties are available, but when complete, it will identify 36 million people. At present, 27 million people are online.
One of the great assets for understanding the process of immigration to the United States is Marian L. Smith, historian of the Citizenship and Immigration Service. For years, Marian has lectured and written articles on the immigration process. She now has her own personal blog at http://mariansmith.com/.
Her first topic -- Are there missing manifests from Ellis Island? The title is “Fact or Myth: Missing (Cabin) Manifests 1897–1903
JewishGen Continues to Grow
JewishGen ended 2008 with a number of announcements demonstrating the site continues to grow. The Yizkor Book project reported that in December two new books, two new entries, and six updates have been added to the site: http://www.jewishgen.org/Yizkor/translations.html.
The JewishGen Online Worldwide Burial Registry—JOWBR—added some 50,000 burial records and 25,000 new photos of tombstones to its database at www.jewishgen.org/databases/Cemetery/tree/CemList.htm. There are now listings of 2,033 cemeteries worldwide and plots in the searchable database, comprising 1,074,427 records. New entries are for cemeteries in Alabama, Indian, Mississippi, Argentina, Israel and Romania.
The ShtetLinks project—web sites that provide information about ancestral towns—has added seven additional towns in December. The list of towns can be found at http://www.shtetlinks.jewishgen.org/.
The Mormon Church's FamilySearch has placed some 500,000 death notices from Hungary online at http://pilot.familysearch.org/recordsearch/start.html#c=1542666;t=browsable;w=;p=2. About 30% represent Budapest, the rest from surrounding areas. They have not yet integrated the names into their central index; browse the specific web site for the database.
Prague Conscription (Residence) Records Online - Progress Report
The June 17, 2007, issue of Nu? What’s New? noted that the Prague National Archive was in the process of indexing their conscription records collection (1850–1914). Conscription records are residence permits issued at the Prague police headquarters for the region. The Archive now has reported they've indexed more than one million entries partially through the letter “L.” The records are located at http://digi.nacr.cz/prihlasky2/indexen.php. Click the word “Search” to find a name.
Is it possible for Chanukah to occur before Thanksgiving? No, but they do occur on the same day about once every hundred years. The next time it will happen is in 2013.
Can Purim coincide with Valentine’s Day? Yes. It last occurred in 1995 and will take place again in 2014.
The last time the first day of Passover and Easter Sunday coincided was in 1983, and it will not occur again until 2123.
The earliest Rosh Hashanah can happen on the secular calendar is September 5, but it is rare. It will occur in 2013, but will not take place again until 2089.
These are some of the discoveries uncovered with Steve Morse’s latest contribution,“When did...” It allows comparisons between dates of the secular and Hebrew calendar. A more practical use is to determine yahrzeit (anniversary of death) dates for any year. The feature appears at the Morse site http://stevemorse.org/ in the “Calendar, Sunrise/Sunset, Maps” section.
Planned Tour of Israeli Archives
Rose Lerer Cohen, a professional genealogist, is planning an organized tour of the major Israeli archives from May 3–13. It will include tours and on-site research to such places as Yad Vashem, Central Zionist Archives, Central Archive of the History of the Jewish People, Museum of the Diaspora, and Atlit—The Museum of Illegal Immigration. Other site vists are planned. This is a privately organized tour. For more information regarding itinerary and cost contact Cohen at rlerercohen@...