Genealogy Update -- Next Meeting Feb. 15
Jewish Genealogical Society of Sacramento
February 7, 2009
The JGSS hits 20 years!
It's our 20th anniversary! The Jewish Genealogical Society of Sacramento was started back in 1989, and our February 15 meeting will not only feature Gary Sandler's presentation (see below) but a birthday celebration. President Mort Rumberg promises that every attendee will get a gently used gift plus a slice of cake.
Great Programs Coming Up:
Sunday, February 15, 2009, 10 a.m. -- Gary Sandler: “How My Family Unexpectedly Materialized in Ellis Island Records and So Can Yours”
JGS member Gary Sandler talks about his longtime search for family members on the Ellis Island Web site. He had heard the stories about when and how his family arrived, but scoured the records for years to no avail. He ultimately succeeded, and will share some helpful search strategies that others might use as well. And, is Gary related to Adam Sandler? Come and find out.
Sunday, March 15, 2009, 10 a.m. -- Allan Dolgow, Ukraine Scrapbook -- A Journey That Took 105 Years to Plan and Finally Take
Sunday, April 19, 2009, 10 a.m. -- Steve Morse, Phonetic Matching: An Alternative to Soundex with Fewer False Hits
JewishGen on the Move
The JewishGen Web site is now back up, although not all functions are yet available. The servers have been moved from Texas to their new location at the Ancestry.com data center.
Sutro Library Bus Trip
The Genealogy Association of Sacramento (GAS) is planning a bus trip to Sutro Library in San Francisco on Wed. Mar 25th. They hope to fill the bus and are seeking participants. The cost for non members of GAS is $40; members $35. If you'd like to go, contact Melanie Howard, president of GAS, and make a reservation. Melnesia@..., 916-383-1221.
Conference in Philadelphia, August 2-7
The 2009 IAJGS conference registration -- International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies -- is now live as is the hotel reservation link. Go to: http://www.philly2009.org/ to register for conference and to get to hotel link. One very important difference this time -- to get a printed copy of the syllabus, you have to order with registration. All registrants will get a CD.
There is also a call for papers to be presented at the conference as well as a poster contest that could win you free registration. The poster is for Jewish Genealogy Month this fall, with a theme of "From One Generation to the Next -- Passing Down our Family History in the Oral Tradition." Entries must be submitted by April 1; for details, e-mail steve725@...
January 18, 2009 Meeting Notes
The meeting was called to order by President Mort Rumberg. He noted a special discount of 25% for those interested in subscribing to ancestry.com. He also mentioned that genealogy classes are being offered through June in the Folsom-Cordova School District.
Mort introduced two guests from Root Cellar -- the Sacramento Genealogical Society -- who talked about their upcoming Spring Seminar set for March 28 from 9 to 3:45. It will feature Geoff Rasmussen of Legacy-Millenia Corporation. He is one of the developers of the Legacy software program. The seminar will be held at the Fair Oaks Presbyterian Church; cost is $22 for non-members if you register by March 14. For details, go to www.rootcellar.org.
There is also an Family History Symposium coming up on March 21 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. hosted by the El Dorado Family History Center. For details, go to
Marv Freedman passed around copies of photos he took at last month's "Treasures from our Attics" meeting.
Art Yates said he's checked out the 1911 English census online and purchased a copy of the record of his father and grandfather, which he passed around. "There's a separate page for every household, and my grandfather's includes his signature." Burt Hecht noted that Scottish records are also available.
Dave Reingold noted that he will be reinstalled as president of the Florin Historical Society at a luncheon February 7.
Bob Wascou talked about our library -- one of the advantages of being a JGS member. If you've borrowed books, please return them. Bob's ordered the new book "Google Your Family Tree."
Bob mentioned several books we have that members should know about -- Alexander Beider's "A Dictionary of Jewish Surnames from the Russian Empire (revised," "A Dictionary of Jewish Surnames from the Kingdom of Poland," and "A Dictionary of Jewish Surnames from Galicia."
Member Gloria Powers has donated several books, including "Jewish Cities, Towns, and Villages in Lithuania up to 1918," "Immigrants to Freedom," "Europe 1500-1848" and "The Jews, Biography of a People."
January Program -- Naturalization Rules and Records
Our guest was Barbara Leak, a five-term former president of the Placer County Genealogical Society who servedas president of the Genealogical and Historical Council of Sacramento Valley. She was a speaker at the 2008 Family History Day at the State Archives.
Naturalization is the process by which a foreign-born immigrant becomes a U.S. citizen. Barbara traced the process from colonial days to the present. Some highlights:
-- The Naturalization Law of 1740 required seven years of residency in the colony, sacraments of the Church of England and an oath of allegiance sworn before a local magistratet. By 1773, further British colonial naturaliztaions were banned.
-- Early U.S. Naturalization Laws -- in 1790, requirements included two years U.S. residency and one year in the state. In 1795, this changed to five years residency and a Declaration of Intent filed three years prior to the naturalization application. These basicrequirements, reiterated in 1802, would hold until 1906.
-- Special group naturalizations, receiving citizenship by acts of Congress. These included residents loyal ot the states during the Revolutionary War, residents of various territories acquired by annexation or treaty (Louisiana Purchase, 1803; Florida, 1819; Alaska, 1867); all Native Americans (1924); and former slaves and free blacks by the 14th Amendment in 1868.
-- Citizenship requirements for aliens in the military: Those serving in World War I, for example, had no residency requirement; naturalization was conferred by military posts.
-- Minor children: the child's citizenship is derived from his/her father's citizenship.
-- Women: From 1790 to 1922, a woman's citizenship is derived from her husband's citizenship. From 1907-1922, U.S. women who married aliens lost their U.S. citizenship. Since 1922, women must apply for citizenship on their own. If they're married to a citizen, do not have to file a Declaration of Intent.
-- In 1906, the Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization (BIN) was established, later becoming the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS), and then today's agency: Citizenship and Immigration Services (CIS). In 1906, the first standardized forms are created and courts are required to file copies of naturalization records with the federal government.
-- From 1906 to 1956, files are sent to the BIN in Washington, D.C. Since 1956, the files are sent to CIS district offices.
-- Declaration of Intention, also known as "First Papers." These were not required until 1795; from 1906 on a standardized form was used.
-- Petition for Citizenship, also known as Application for Citizenship, "2nd Papers" and "Final Papers." From 1790 to 1905, these were issued by the court and the format varies. From 1906 on there have been standardized forms used.
-- Repatriations were filed to reestablish citizenship, including that of women after 1922 who had lost their citizenship by marriage to aliens.
-- Which Courts to Search: Before 1906, naturalization could occur in any court of record -- federal, state, county or municipal. Barbara suggests you begin by searching the court that was closest and easiest for your ancestor to travel to.
-- After 1906, the naturalization could occur in any court, but increasingly the federal courts. The Declaration of Intent and the Petition could be filed in different courts.
Other sources of records -- the Family History Center in Salt Lake City -- do a place search for records under U.S. but also state, county and if it's a large city, the municipal courts.
-- Ordering Federal Files -- 1906 to 1956-- use Form G-1041A: Genealogy Records Request. The cost is $20-35. The C-File number is required on the form-- use Form G-1041:Genealogy Index Search Request. This costs about $20. The forms are available online: www.uscis.gov and go to the "Immigration Forms" tab.
-- For naturalizations filed since 1956, use Form G-639. Request records form the local CIS office where filed. Addresses for CIS offices are available under the "Services and Benefits" tab on the www.uscis.gov Web site.
-- All forms may be downloaded from the "Immigrations Forms" tab.
NBC Spawns Genealogy Series Featuring Sarah Jessica Parker and More
Jan 28, 2009 08:10 PM ET
How well do you really know your favorite stars?
Fans can soon see family histories of some of Hollywood's biggest celebs when NBC airs Who Do You Think You Are? this spring, Variety says. The show, based on the BBC original, will feature such stars as Lisa Kudrow, Sarah Jessica Parker and Susan Sarandon investigating their genealogy.
Kudrow will also be exec-producing the series with U.K.'s Wall to Wall. Think will hit the airwaves in Chuck's slot starting Mon., April 20 (8 pm/ET), once the spy comedy has completed its spring episodes.
From Avotaynu's E-Zine
IIJG Forms Advisory Board
The International Institute for Jewish Genealogy is formalizing its structure by setting up an Advisory Board with an extraordinary group of 12 distinguished Jews from Israel, Canada, UK and US. Nothing like this line-up has been seen in modern Jewish genealogy.
Now in its third year of existence, the Institute is already having a positive effect on Jewish family history research. The Beider-Morse Phonetic Matching System was a direct result of the IIJG project, “Reconstituting the Destroyed Jewish Communities of Eastern Europe.” The Institute has eight other projects in hand, some pure research and some designed to produce tools and technologies for Jewish family historians. One of the goals of IIJG is to have family history as a recognized academic discipline.
Information about IIJG can be found at their website: http://iijg.org.
The Advisory Board consists of:
• Irwin Cotler, member of the Canadian Parliament and former Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada
• Baroness Ruth Deech, member of the British House of Lords; former Principal, St. Anne’s College, Oxford
• Alan M. Dershowitz, Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law, Harvard Law School
• Abraham Foxman, National Director, Anti-Defamation League
• Stuart Eizenstat, former U.S. Deputy Secretary of the Treasury and Ambassador to the European Union
• Sir Martin Gilbert, historian and author, Oxford
• Arthur Kurzweil, author and a founding father of contemporary Jewish genealogy
• Rabbi Israel Meir Lau, Chairman of Yad Vashem and Chief Rabbi of Tel Aviv. Former Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi of Israel
• Senator Joseph I. Lieberman, U.S. Senator and former vice-presidential candidate
• David G. Marwell, Director, Museum of Jewish Heritage, New York
• Sir Malcolm L. Rifkind, Member of Parliament and former UK Foreign Secretary
• Henry A. Waxman, Member, U.S. House of Representatives and Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee.
MuseumOfFamilyHistory.com Adds Search Engine
Steve Lasky’s Museum of Family History Web site is a potpourri of Jewish-genealogy-relevant information from throughout the world. To gain an understanding of what is available required going to the site map. Lasky has now added a search engine at http://www.museumoffamilyhistory.com/search.htm, making it much easier to determine if there is information of value at the site.
Using the search engine, I discovered that there are Mokotoffs buried in Warsaw society burial plots in the New York City area. Prior to the search engine, the data was buried in Cemetery Project > New York and New Jersey Burials > Town List: Warszawa > (Letters) L-R. I knew this information, but the search was valuable because it demonstrated there are no Mokotoffs buried in town society plots for any of the other 200 towns that are listed at the Museum of Family History site.
Searching for my ancestral towns, I discovered there is a Warka (Poland) society burial plot. It included a photo of the gateway to the plot. The picture shows there are virtually no tombstones, almost as if the society disbanded and the burial area is unused.
See You Sunday, the 15th for our 20th Anniversary Celebration!
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