Our 20th Anniv. Genealogy Mtg. Sunday
Jewish Genealogical Society of Sacramento
Sunday, February 15, 2009, 10 a.m.
20th Anniversary Meeting!
“How My Family Unexpectedly Materialized in Ellis Island Records and So Can Yours” -- Gary Sandler
Join us this Sunday, February 15 as JGSS 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.
Gary has been a “computer guy” for more than 30 years. His interest in genealogy sprang from his curiosity about whether he was related to the actor Adam Sandler. For more than eight years, he’s been researching and documenting his Russian, Lithuanian and Polish roots. In 2006 and 2007, Gary worked with Steve Morse to create the “Gold Form” for searching Ellis Island passenger records.
Steve Morse Speaking in Davis Feb. 22
Steve Morse is scheduled for our April JGSS meeting, but you can also catch him at Congregation Bet Haverim in Davis on Sunday, Feb. 22 from 1 to 4 p.m., talking about "Genealogy Made Simple." For details, call (530) 758-0842.
Thanks to Allan Dolgow for passing this on:
The Museum's Web site is now offering podcasts — a media file that can be automatically played on a computer or iPod. This technology allows visitors to re-live the exciting sold-out program or to experience it for the first time.
From the Feb. 8 Avotaynu E-Zine by Gary Mokotoff
JewishGen Now on Ancestry Servers
JewishGen is now operational on Ancestry.com servers and the performance difference is remarkable. The increasing popularity of this “Home of Jewish Genealogy” overtaxed the organization’s servers, often to the point where searches would time out. Now all the JewishGen data is housed on high-speed equipment and search results are almost instantaneous. A search of the JewishGen Family Finder was executed in two seconds; Family Tree of the Jewish People also in two seconds and a Jewish Records Indexing-Poland search in 11 seconds. The latter search used to take upwards of a minute.
JewishGen and Ancestry are not merging; Ancestry gained the rights for selective databases from JewishGen. JewishGen will continue to exist independent of Ancestry. The principal advantage to users is that in one location, Ancestry.com, you can find Jewish and secular information about individuals. For example, at the Ancestry site, I was able to find Reuben Mokotoff in the Social Security Death Index and the JewishGen Online Worldwide Burial Registry (JOWBR). The disadvantage of the Ancestry site is that, for some reason, they did not necessarily copy all the components of certain JewishGen databases. In the case of JOWBR, Ancestry states that Reuben Mokotoff is buried in New York State. JewishGen gives the exact cemetery: Mt. Sinai Cemetery in Pine Bush, NY.
Riverside Cemetery Is Eighth New York-area Jewish Cemetery To Go Online
Riverside Cemetery in Saddle Brook, New Jersey has become the eighth Jewish cemetery in the New York City area to go online. It may be the first that is genealogy-friendly -- it has a “Genealogy Search” button on its home page. http://www.riversidecemetery.org/.
Other cemeteries in the New York City area with online burial information are:
Mount Ararat Cemetery
Mount Carmel Cemetery
Mount Hebron Cemetery
Mount Moriah Cemetery, Fairview, New Jersey
Mount Zion Cemetery
See You Sunday for a piece of 20th Anniversary cake and a great meeting!
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