Next Meeting Monday Evening, June 15
Jewish Genealogy Society of Sacramento
Next Meeting: Monday, June 15, 2009, 7 p.m.
Using Ancestry.Com to Enhance Your Family History Research
You’ve probably seen the television commercials for Ancestry.com, where a woman goes online and find a leaf of her family tree. Next Monday, the JGSS will hear from Anna Fechter, of Utah, Community Operations Manager for The Generations Network, which oversees Ancestry.com. She’ll talk about the Web site, which is the number one online source for family history information, including the Web’s largest collection of historical records.
Anna, who has been with The Generations Network for four years, currently works with
RootsWeb, the Learning Center and the World Archives Project. She is a long-time user of Ancestry.com and RootsWeb and enjoys the challenge of piecing together her own and others’ family history research.
Newspaper Archives Online
Here’s a free site you should check out – www.newspaperarchive.com -- sponsored by Heritage Microfilm, which says it’s the “world’s leading provider of historical newspaper content, focusing on individual people and the events that impacted their lives.”
NewspaperARCHIVE.com, the largest historical newspaper database online, contains tens of millions of newspaper pages from 1759 to present. Every newspaper in the archive is fully searchable by keyword and date .NewspaperARCHIVE.com is adding about 2.5 million newspaper pages per month. The Web site claims billons of birth notices, death notices and the lives in between.
(A personal testimonial: I had never heard of this site until last month. I decided to look for an obituary of a great-aunt with a not-so-common name who had died at 5 of scarlet fever in 1906. (I used her first name + last name, rather than the name as a whole.) While I didn’t find anything on her, I found two brief “comings and goings” articles from 1933 and 1934 in a small California paper. One mentioned my aunt, with the same first name, and her grandmother (the same last name), as well as four other named family members, “motoring” to Lake Tahoe for the Fourth of July.
So I encourage you to give it a try, especially if you can search a less common name on your family tree. – Susanne)
From Avotaynu’s May 31 E-Zine
Aufbau Indexing Project Has 47,600 Records Online
The Aufbau Indexing Project plans to index announcements of all births, engagements, marriages, deaths and other special occasions that appeared in the pages of Aufbau between 1934 and 2004. Aufbau is a German-language Jewish newspaper founded in New York in 1934, and since 2004, published in Zurich. The data online can be found at http://www.calzareth.com/aufbau/search.html. When completed, the project expects to have more than 150,000 announcements in the database. Volunteers are sought to help complete the project; send e-mail to aufbauindexingproject@... .
St. Petersburg's Preobrazhenskiy Jewish Cemetery Now Online
Information about 75,000 persons buried in the Preobrazhenskiy Jewish cemetery in St. Petersburg, Russia, is now online. The site, located at http://www.Jekl.ru, provides name, birth and death information and a picture of the grave site. It is completely in Russian. Use the Google translator at http://translate.google.com, which does a good job of converting Russian to your native language. In addition, if you are unfamiliar with the Cyrillic alphabet, use the English to Russian alphabet converter at http://stevemorse.org. Searches must be done using the Cyrillic alphabet
Looking at the pictures shows the deplorable condition of the older graves at the cemetery. I searched the surname Pevsner, the name of the chief rabbi of St. Petersburg. Almost every grave more than 50 years old was overgrown with underbrush and trees. The cemetery plans a program where people can pay for the maintenance of a particular grave.
Second Source for Auschwitz Deaths
For a number of years, the museum at Auschwitz has had a searchable list of 69,000 Auschwitz deaths at http://en.auschwitz.org.pl. Most of the records were destroyed by the Germans shortly before the Russian army occupied the camp. The list is of those recorded deaths that survived. A posting to the JewishGen Discussion Group notes there is a second site that has the information. It is located at http://houston.indymedia.org/news/2007/03/56657.php. The Auschwitz Museum site has a conventional search engine that is used to locate a person. The alternate site downloads all the records by initial letter of the surname. The advantage of the second site is that it gives the researcher the opportunity to locate a person by alternate spellings or misspellings of the name. The site, however, takes much more time to download, because it supplies all the records for a given letter of the alphabet.
All-Hungarian Database Now Has 800,000 Records
Tthe Hungarian Special Interest Group (SIG) Discussion Group that the All-Hungarian Database (AHD) has been updated with some 105,000 new vital records. The AHD, which now contains around 800,000 records, includes 180,000 birth, 45,000 death, and 25,000 marriage records. It is located at http://www.jewishgen.org/Hungary.
Included among the new records are vital records for Bezi, Budapest, Csenger, Eger, Erdotelek, Erk, Eperejes, Fuzesabony, Gyomore, Gyongyos, Hodasz, Jarmi, Kassa, Kemcse, Kisleta, Koszeg, Mateszalka, Miskolc, Moson, Sztropko, Szeged, Szobrance, and Vag Besztercze. Of these, Budapest, Gyongyos, Miskolc and Szeged are still ongoing efforts. The AHD now includes more than 20,000 records from Miskolc and 60,000 records from Budapest. The Hungarian SIG is working on the records for Budapest, including those for the Budapest orthodox community, Miskolc, Anarcs, Apagy, Baja, Papa, Sopron, Szeged and Lackenbach.
The work of the Hungarian SIG is done by volunteers. Persons interested in assisting in growing the database can contact the group through their web site.
Most Special Interest Groups under the JewishGen umbrella have projects to index records of their (usually geographic) area. A complete list of regional SIGS can be found at http://www.jewishgen.org/JewishGen/sigs.htm.
FamilySearch Has Records for Numerous Southern U.S. States
FamilySearch, the genealogy arm of the Mormon Church, has announced that in the past 18 months they have added numerous digital images and indexes of records from Southern U.S. states. The records can be searched at the Record Search pilot at http://familysearch.org. Click “Search Records,” and then click “Record Search pilot”.
Among the records are:
• Alabama Deaths 1908–1974 (Index only)
• Arkansas County Marriages: 1837–1957
• Florida Deaths 1877–1939 (Index only)
• Florida State Censuses: 1855, 1935, 1945 (Images only)
• Georgia Deaths 1914–1927
• North Carolina Deaths 1906–1930
• North Carolina, Davidson County Marriages and Deaths, 1867–1984 (Images only)
• South Carolina Deaths 1915–1943
• South Carolina Deaths 1944–1955 (Index only)
• Texas Deaths 1964–1998 (Index only)
• Texas Deaths 1890–1976
• West Virginia Births 1853–1990 (Index only)
• West Virginia Marriages 1853–1970 (Index only)
• West Virginia Deaths 1853–1970 (Index only)
More Items of Interest (courtesy of the Bay Area JGS)
Los Angeles, California Address Directories
Selected Los Angeles city directories and address directories from 1915–1987 are accessible at http://rescarta.lapl.org:8080/ResCarta-Web/jsp/RcWebBrowse.jsp
The search engine will indicate which of the directories has the surname requested.
Baltimore, Maryland Jewish Cemeteries
The Jewish Museum of Maryland has five pdf files available for download that have the burial listings for the cemeteries of Baltimore, Maryland. From Steve Lasky, JewishGen Digest, Feb 9, 2009.
Jewish Agricultural Colonies in the Ukraine – new material
Recent additions to the site include:
1) Translation from Russian of a list of over 700 Holocaust victims killed in the Jewish colony Novozlatopol.
2) Full translation of the 1858 Revision list from the colonies Grafskoy (Prolotarsky) and Mezeritch.
3) Full translation of the 1852 list of settlers on Novozlatopol who came from Latvia in 1846, mainly from the town Lutzin (Ludza).
4) Prenumeranten list of 2000 names in colonies and towns of Yekaterinoslav and Kherson Guberniyas, from ‘Imrei Shmuel’, Part three, 1912. (in Hebrew). From Chaim Freedman, JewishGen Digest, March 12, 2009
See You Monday Evening!