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Jewish Genealogical Society of Sacramento
Sunday, October 18, 2009, 10 a.m. -- Jewish Genealogical Research in South Africa --Albert Einstein Residence Center, 1935 Wright Street, Sacramento
Roy Ogus will be the October speaker for the Jewish Genealogical Society of Sacramento.
Roy is vice-president of the Southern African Jewish Genealogical SIG (Special Interest Group) on the JewishGen Web site. He was born in South Africa and has lived in the Bay Area since the 1970s.
From the Oct. 13 Avotaynu E-zine:
IIJG Announces Latest Grants
The International Institute for Jewish Genealogy has award two additional grants for research associated with genealogy; one for Latvian research and the other for Hungarian Research.
The first proposal is entitled “A Systematic Study of the Riga House Registers as a Source for Jewish Genealogy in Pre-War Latvia.” It will result in a detailed database of the 20–21,000 Jews living in Riga in the inter-war period.
The second project is entitled “Communal Protocols and the Daily Life of Hungarian Jews - Proposal for a New [Genealogical] Research Tool”. Its central aim is the creation of a database of mini-biographies of Jews who lived in the 18th and 19th centuries in three major Hungarian Jewish communities—Pest, Óbuda, and Miskolc
The IIJG Web site is at http://www.iijg.org.
Museum of Family History
I (Gary Mokotoff) have not visited Steve Lasky’s Museum of Family History at http://www.museumoffamilyhistory.com/ for some time. It had always contained a wealth of useful exhibits that are ancillary to Jewish genealogical research. One reason I avoided it is that it was not wellorganized—even though it had good information—and I found I was using the site map rather than links.
This is a thing of the past. The Museum of Family History site now has a very slick design. In fact, Lasky has taken the title of his site seriously and had created a virtual museum complete with floors, theaters, dining facilities and a bookstore. If a new visitor did not catch on that the Museum exists only on the Internet, I am sure Lasky would get e-mail questioning where the facility is located and what are its hours.
Many complex Internet sites have a site map. Lasky calls it a floor plan. Visit a floor plan (site map) and you can click on the link to any of the exhibits on the virtual floor. For example, on the extreme left of the Main Floor plan are the country exhibits: Austria, France, Germany, Great Britain, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Romania, Scandinavia, Spain and Ukraine. In the center of the main floor is the Family History Theater which links to audio/visual presentations at the site.
On the more serious side are the wealth of exhibits: visual, audio and video. Here are some of the recent additions to the site:
• Shabbat and the Jewish Holidays
• Castle Garden and Ellis Island: Ports of Immigration
• Philanthropy: Jewish Hospitals and Societies which Cared for the Needy in New York City (1902)
• Screening Room: Film clip no. 21: “A Great Day on Eldridge Street” Klezmer celebration on the Lower East Side
• Photographic Studios of Europe
In the Educational Research section are items that are more pertinent to genealogy: Cemetery Project, Map Room of Eastern Europe, Synagogues of New York City and Genealogy and Family History. Visit the Museum of Family History. Lasky provides a monthly update of new items on the JewishGen Discussion Groups.
Ancestry.com Offers Webinars
Ancestry.com has a number of webinars (web-based seminars) that can be viewed at no cost. The list can be found at http://learn.ancestry.com/LearnMore/Webinars.aspx. A sample of some topics that might be of interest include:
• Genealogy in Gotham: New York City Research
• The Canadian Historical Censuses, 1851–1916
• European Research: Tips and Tools for Success,
• Genetic Genealogy Made Easy
• Planning a Perfect Family Reunion
Philadelphia Conference Session Recordings Available
All the sessions recorded at the 29th IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy (Philadelphia, August 2–7, 2009) are available for purchase online or on CD. Only those sessions where the presenter gave approval for the recording are included. You can order a set for the whole conference, specific days or individual sessions. The cost appears to be $14 per session. To order online, go to http://www.softconference.com/IAJGS/slist.asp?C=3086. To order by phone, call (314) 487-0135.
Reminder: Footnote.com Holocaust Collection Accessible at No Cost in October
Footnote.com and the U.S. National Archives and Record Administration (NARA) have announced the availability of more than one million Holocaust-related documents and an index at the Footnote.com site. For the month of October 2009 the records are available at no charge.
NARA records at the site include:
• Concentration camp registers and documents from Dachau, Mauthausen and Flossenburg.
• The Ardelia Hall Collection of records relating to the Nazi looting of Jewish possessions, including looted art.
• Captured German records including deportation and death lists from concentration camps.
• Nuremberg War Crimes Trial proceedings.
Also included are nearly 600 interactive personal accounts of those who survived or perished in the Holocaust provided by the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.
See you Sunday morning!