Next Meeting, Monday, Sept. 14, 7 p.m.
Jewish Genealogical Society of Sacramento Using the Internet for Genealogy Monday, Sept. 14, 2009, 7 p.m.
Jerry Unruh, a longtime member of the Placer County Genealogical Society, will speak about how you can effectively search for your ancestors on the Internet. Although the Web contains a vast amount of information, the majority is not about our ancestors. What can you do to find the information you know is out there. Jerry will share the procedures and techniques he uses to research the Internet.
Jerry Unruh is a Loomis resident who’s been researching his genealogy for more than 25 years. Early on, he wrote his own genealogy program when the few programs available were unable to meet his needs. He eventually switched to Family Tree Maker to be able to more easily exchange data with other family members. Jerry has been a member of the Placer County Genealogical Society for the last twenty years, including three years as president. He currently maintains their Web site, is their newsletter editor and has been supporting their Family Tree Maker User Group for the last several years.
From the August 30 Avotaynu E-Zine:
CJSI to be Updated
Avotaynu plans to update its Consolidated Jewish Surname Index (CJSI) in the next few months. CJSI is the gateway to information about 700,000 surnames, mostly Jewish, that appear in different databases. These include most of the JewishGen surname databases, all surname books published by Avotaynu and other databases such as the Poor Jews Temporary Shelter, Sephardic surname databases, and Holocaust memorial books such as Gedenkbuch and Memorial to the Jews Deported from France. The database is sequenced phonetically rather than alphabetically using the Daitch-Mokotoff Soundex System. Therefore, spelling variants of a name that sound the same are grouped together.
The major advantage to genealogists with Jewish heritage is that it is not necessary to search all the individual=20databases. CJSI will identify which database being searched has the surname (and its variants). For each online database in CJSI there is a link to the site where the surname can be individually searched, or there is link to a website where additional information can be found about those databases not online.
CJSI is used by non-Jews who think they may have Jewish heritage to determine if a surname is Jewish. This misuse of the database is so great that the matter is addressed at the site where there is a discussion of what is a Jewish surname. It notes that a surnames in CJSI is not necessarily Jewish because:
• Jews and non-Jews share surnames. The third most common Jewish surname in the United States (after Cohen and Levy) is Miller. Clearly Miller in both non-Jewish and Jewish.
• Intermarriage and conversion. The fact that the surname McKenney appears in CJSI does not mean necessarily that Jews bore this name. One source , the Family Tree of the Jewish People, is a database of family trees developed by Jewish genealogists, but these trees would also include non-Jewish branches of families.
• Nature of database. Some of the databases named are predominantly Jewish but do contain non-Jewish individuals. An example is the Russian Consular Records database of people who transacted business with the czarist consulates in the United States.
Some years ago I found a link to CJSI at an anti-Semitic site. The site stated that if you want to know if you are dealing with a Jew, go to CJSI and see if his surname appears. This is nonsense because of the reasons described above.
CJSI is the most-visited page at the Avotaynu website with more than 2,500 visits per week. It is located at http://www.avotaynu.com/csi/csi-home.htm
IAJGS Plans Multilingual Conference Internet Site
Planners for the 30th International conference on Jewish Genealogy are looking for volunteers to translate the informational pages of the conference’s website. The event will be held July 2010 in Los Angeles. The languages are Farsi, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Lithuanian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Ukrainian. Translation is needed for descriptive text of about 1,000 words. Persons fluent in any of these languages willing to volunteer for the project should contact Pamela Weisberger, Co-Chair IAJGS Conference 2010 at pweisberger@....
Ancestry.com Is Going Public
Ancestry.com has filed an Initial Public Offering to sell $75 million of stock to the public. The filing requires disclosure of the company’s operations. As of June 30, 2009:
• they had just short of one million paid subscribers
• revenue from paid subscribers approaches $200 million per year
• they spend $60 million per year on marketing and advertising
The full public disclosure document can be found at http://sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/1469433/000095012309028902/d68252orsv1.htm
New England genealogy 101: top 10 reasons to print on paper
August 26, 9:21 AMBoston Genealogy ExaminerRobin C. Mason
Print your genealogy research for future generations
Why should I print my genealogy research on paper (in manuscript form, in a magazine or journal, or as a book) when there are so many easier and cheaper ways to go?
Technology is ever changing. Your computer files and multimedia formats may not be accessible in the future.
Web addresses and Internet Service Providers change, making it more difficult to find your material. Search engines cannot keep up with the number of web sites in existence.
Databases such as Ancestral File and World Family Tree may be good for clues, but are not necessarily reliable. Many of these databases do not cite sources, one of the critical keys to good research.
Name collectors---people who download GEDCOM files and merge them with their genealogy databases without checking sources or verifying data---may graft your online tree onto their own unpruned database and then spread misinformation to others, many times over.
Facts—such as names, dates, and places—cannot be copyrighted but books and articles are.
Researchers are more likely to quote from articles and books with proper citations (especially compared to web publishing and database file exchanges), giving you credit where credit is due.
Your article or book is accessible through libraries and interlibrary loans. (Make sure a copy of your book goes to the Library of Congress, the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, and other genealogical/historical and local libraries as appropriate.)
Unlike memory books and scrapbooks, you can have more than one copy.
Paper has been around for hundreds of years.
You'll have something tangible to pass on to future generations.
You can read it in bed.
Ride in to Celebrate 150 years of Denver Jewish Life
“Cowboys, Rebels and Trailblazers” Ride in to Celebrate 150 Years of Denver Jewish Life
DENVER - “Pioneering Jews: Cowboys, Rebels and Trailblazers,” sponsored by the Center for Judaic Studies , opens Sunday, Sept. 13 at the Jewish Community Center. The nine-month celebration of 150 years of Jewish life in Colorado will kick off with the opening of an exhibition on Denver’s first Jewish residents and free presentations on Jewish genealogy by author and speaker Arthur Kurzweil. “Kurzweil’s sessions on Jewish genealogical research fit well with our exhibition’s focus on Denver’s earliest Jewish families, some of whose descendants still live here,” says Jeanne Abrams, professor of Judaic Studies at the University of Denver and curator of the exhibit.
The exhibit titled, “Blazing the trail: Denver’s Jewish Pioneers,” includes photos, documents and household items that will be displayed at the JCC until November. Abrams notes that objects in the exhibit come from the Rocky Mountain Jewish Historical Society’s Ira M. Beck Memorial Archives, part of CJS. Among the items shown are furnishings from the 2900 Champa Street home of Louis and Louise Anfenger, who moved to Denver in 1870. Anfenger was a founder of the B’nai B’rith chapter and Temple Emanuel, and an ancestor of Denver resident Louann Miller.
One kiosk will feature women’s history and another will be an interactive scroll through history for children. “It is significant that Denver is also celebrating its 150th anniversary this year, because it means that Jews were here at the very beginning of the city, and helped it become what it is today,” Abrams says. A kosher dessert reception will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Phillips Social Hall. Immediately following, Kurzweil will deliver a genealogy lecture. Please, call (303) 871-3016 to RSVP. This event is made possible through the generosity of the Rose Community Foundation, and is co-sponsored by The Mizel Museum, MACC at the JCC, the Jewish Genealogical Society of Colorado and the Allied Jewish Federation.
- The Cherry Creek News -
See you Monday evening, Sept. 14.