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  • SusanneLevitsky@aol.com
    Jewish Genealogical Society of Sacramento _www.jgss.org_ (http://www.jgss.org) January 31, 2010 Upcoming Meetings Sunday, February 21, 10 a.m. –
    Message 1 of 9 , Jan 31, 2010


      Jewish Genealogical Society

      of Sacramento



      January 31, 2010

      Upcoming Meetings

      Sunday, February 21, 10 a.m. – Victoria Fisch, Jews of the Gold Rush – Who Knew?

      Sunday, March 21, 10 a.m. – Liz Igra, Connections Small and Grand – Reflections from a Holocaust Survivor

      Sunday, April 18, 10 a.m. – Daniel Horowitz, Facial Recognition Technology for Genealogy


      January 17 Meeting Notes

      President Mort Rumberg called the meeting to order and welcomed members and guests. He noted that new members will receive a copy of the “Introduction to Jewish Genealogy” book, as well as all the other benefits of membership.  For continuing members, the $25 annual dues are due.

      Coming attractions:  Upcoming meetings will include our own Victoria Fisch February 21, on Jews of the Gold Rush, Liz Igra on March 21 on her experience as a Holocaust survivor, Dan Horowitz on April 18 on facial recognition technology, and on May 16, Leslie Nye on handwriting analysis.

      Mort passed around information about classes being held at the Sacramento Central Library during January and February, including a January 24 class by Glenda Lloyd.

      The Nevada City genealogy group is holding programs on January 26 on Web sites and February 23 on the upcoming census.   And the Family History Center on Eastern Avenue in Sacramento is holding classes on Wednesday evenings through March.

      Dave Reingold noted that the Sacramento County History Day is coming up and judges are needed to spend about a half a day reviewing student programs. Call Myron Piper at 916-868-1049 if you might be interested.

       From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on February 6 will be the county’s annual Museum Day, with free admission.    See www.sacramentomuseum.org . And Dave also passes on the Web site for the Sacramento County Historical Society: www.sachistoricalsociety.org.

      Bob Wascou said he is looking for photographs or other information on Sacramento burial plots going back to the 1800s.  Contact him if you know of someone who might have something to share on burials prior to the establishment of the Home of Peace Cemetery.

      Treasurer Allan Bonderoff reported a checking account balance of $1,414.39 after a providing a $50 honorarium to December speaker Ron Arons.  Your dues go to help us pay for speakers, books for our library, and more.

      January Program -- “Everyone Has a Story to Tell”

      Our January speaker was Joann Weiser, who was born in Oakland in 1948, on Israel’s Independence Day.  At age 5 she moved to Sacramento, where she grew up and attended school.  She attended college at U.C. Berkeley and earned a degree in American History.  Unsure of what to pursue next, she talked to a rabbi at B’nai Israel who linked her up with a program in Israel.

      “I spent a year in a kibbutz, and fell in love with Israel,” Joann said.  She returned home and began a teaching credential program at Sacramento State, where she met the head of an Israeli organization.  Two years later, she had married him and moved to Israel, where she and her husband raised a family and remained for 28 years.

      They are now back in the Sacramento area, where her mother, Dorothy Novack, still lives.

      “Everyone Has a Story to Tell” is the name of Joann’s business, which focuses on the importance of memories.  “If we don’t know where we came from and who we came from, how do we know where we’re going in the future,” she asks.

      In Israel, Joann noticed the surge in personal histories being done.   There was considerable interest in interviewing Holocaust survivors after Steven Spielberg set up his foundation. Then, in the last decade, there was an effort to interview many of the early pioneers of Israel.

      Joann started with her mother (who was on hand at the meeting) but has since completed 7 or 8 books.

      “We start with a family tree -- there’s always someone who’s been collecting family information.:”

      Joann has subsequently become a member of the Association of Personal Historians, which has about 600 members across the country.  “Most got involved by wanting to do their own family history.”

      She said family stories are very personal but also reflect a time or place in history.

      About her mother’s book, she said her children were unaware of a lot it, and there was of characteristics brought out that they’d like to share or emulate.

      “And for many books people say --‘oh, we didn’t put that in the book,’ so there’ll be a second edition.

      Joann said her mother-in-law was one of the last living members of her generation, and she knew if she didn’t start telling stories, they would never be told. The mother-in-law was born in Frankfurt and had been a dancer.  Most of the family left Germany in 1936 to link up with an uncle in the United States, but she decided to go by herself to Israel.


      Joann also did a book for Joe Schwartz of Sacramento.  The request came from his children.  While it was hoped to have the book ready for Joe’s 80th birthday, it took longer than expected to complete, about two years in all.

      In the book, Joann touches upon Joe’s family in Helena, Montana, coming to Sacramento when he was three years old, to later in life when he and his wife, Harriette, took their children and grandchildren on a trip for their 50th anniversary. 

      “I think one of the biggest gifts in this book,” Joann said, ”was recounting many of the family traditions for Yom Kippur, Chanukah, seders, etc.”

      “At the end of the book, there is a place to reflect back -- Joe talks about the technological changes he’s seen in his life.”

      What is the process Joann uses?  Here is her basis approach:

      1)Taped interviews

      2) Word-by-word transcription (for every interview hour, about 4-5 hours to transcribe)

      3) Edit material into flowing text (the most laborious part)

      4) Make corrections, additions, changes

      5) Choose pictures, letters, documents

      6) Design book

      7) Add family tree and dedication

      8) Coordinate book printings

      9) Delivery of family heirloom books   

                                                                                                                                     The books are written in a first-person narrative, so the person is telling his own story.  “It’s your book; I’m just an instrument for you.”

      Among the areas Joann asks about in her interviews are:

      Childhood memories, parents and siblings, school days, college, marriage, profession, becoming a father or mother, significant people, hobbies and passions, becoming a grandparent, losing a spouse, reflecting on life.                

      In terms of reflections, things to ask about include the legacy the person wants to leave behind, hopes and dreams, lessons learned, accomplishments, values, life then and now, what you wish for your children, the way you’d like to be remembered.

      Joann said the benefits of telling your story include sharing your thoughts and feelings, connecting the generations through a common thread, a positive emotional experience for the storyteller, enabling children and grandchildren to identify with family members from the past, capturing and giving life to a period of history that children and grandchildren never knew, and showing appreciation and telling someone how much you love them.

      “It’s an opportunity to preserve your family heritage and give a lasting gift to your family.”

      Joann added that “it’s not a confessional -- you don’t want to leave a bomb.  You have to be sensitive and discreet.

      The best classroom in the world is at the feet of an elderly person.

      -- Andy Rooney



      Kimberly's Genealogy Blog  By Kimberly Powell, About.com Guide to Genealogy

      Two New iPhone Genealogy Apps

      Tuesday January 26, 2010

      This month two nifty new genealogy apps have made their way onto my iPhone, which I thought some of you might find interesting.

      The first is a great app for iPhone / iPod Touch users of Ancestry.com Family Trees. The free new Ancestry.com Tree to Go iPhone app offers up a lighter version of your family tree that you can easily access on the go. You can search or browse your family tree while at the library, easily add a new tombstone photo right after you take it at the cemetery, or add interview notes directly to your tree as you talk to your relatives.

      You can't begin a new Family Tree via the Ancestry.com Tree to Go app (at least not yet), but you can actually scroll through your existing trees a bit easier than is offered online. The navigation is different than what you're used to online (no more pedigree view for example) due to the need for streamlining for the iPhone. You also can't yet search Ancestry.com databases and upload your finds to your tree through the app (thought that will hopefully be available in the future). But even with these limitations, I love the new Ancestry.com Tree to Go app. Download it now for free in the iTunes store and let me know what you think.

      The second is an iPhone / iTouch app for Lisa Louise Cooke's Genealogy Gems Podcast which streams her free genealogy audio and video content on the go (a nice feature for genealogists like me who are always on the go!), and also offers exclusive Bonus Content. The app streams all Genealogy Gems podcast episodes, which cover everything from research strategies to celebrity and family history expert interviews; new episodes are downloaded automatically. While Genealogy Gems podcasts are free online, the new Genealogy Gems app is available for $2.99 from the iTunes Store with exclusive bonus content such as custom genealogy themed wallpaper as well as Cooke's 20 page e-book, 5 Fabulous Google Research Strategies for the Family Historian. More bonus content will be released with future episodes.

      Comments  January 26, 2010 at 2:58 pm

      Maureen says:

      REUNION (Mac Genealogy program) also has an app for the iphone. This may have already been mentioned in previous discussions. The app has been ‘out’ for about a year.


      From the January 18th and 31st Avotaynu E-zines

      Online Information about 10,000 European Jewish Cemeteries
      An organization, Lo Tishkach Foundation, has developed an online database of more than 10,000 Jewish cemeteries located throughout
      Europe. It also includes information about mass burial sites in Eastern Europe. Many entries included pictures of the cemetery as it exists today.

      The current inventory by country is: Austria (66 cemeteries), Belarus (298), Bosnia and Herzegovina (28), Bulgaria (31), Croatia (82), Czech Republic (419), Denmark (16), Estonia (28), Finland (4), France (263), Germany (2401), Greece (31), Hungary (1313), Ireland (3), Italy (66), Kosovo (1), Latvia (169), Lithuania ( 417), Luxembourg (5), Macedonia (5), Malta (4), Moldova (41), The Netherlands (244), Norway (2), Poland (1453), Portugal (13), Romania (870), Serbia (103), Slovakia (415), Slovenia (8), Spain (26), Sweden (6), Switzerland (28), Turkey (50), Ukraine 1666), United Kingdom (196)

      The site is located at http://www.lo-tishkach.org/. Touch the “Database” tab to open a pull-down menu with the option to search the database. The Search tab on the home page is used to search the web site, not the database.

      The Lo Tishkach European Jewish Cemeteries Initiative was established in 2006 as a joint project of the Conference of European Rabbis and the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany. It aims to guarantee the effective and lasting preservation and protection of Jewish cemeteries and mass graves throughout the European continent. Lo Tishkach is Hebrew for “do not forget.”

      Register Now for the 30th IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy

      Registration is now open for the 30th IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy being held at the newly built JW Marriott Hotel Los Angeles at
      L.A. LIVE from July 11–16, 2010. The Jewish Genealogical Society of Los Angeles is the host. Full registration prior to May 1 is $265 with spouse/partner an additional $150. There are also discounts for full-time students or those 18 or younger. It is also possible to register on a daily basis.

      Register at https://www.goeshow.com/jgsla/IAJGS/2010/Registration.cfm. The complete schedule of rates including the cost for late registration can be found at http://www.goeshow.com/jgsla/IAJGS/2010/Registration_Pricing.cfm.

      The conference is the premier event of the year for Jewish genealogy. It is anticipated that more than 1000 people will attend to hear presentations by renowned scholars, archivists and research specialists from around the world. The conference will offer films, methodology workshops, evening musical and dramatic performances, and opportunities to network and schmooze with a friendly, global community of Jewish genealogists. The resource room will be staffed by representatives from the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, Shoah Foundation, Steven Spielberg Visual History Archive, Jewish Genealogy Learning Center in
      Warsaw and Yad Vashem, providing attendees with one-on-one assistance with their research.

      There are also lunches and dinners sponsored by Special Interest Groups (SIGs), Breakfast-with-the-Experts,
      Midnight with the Mavens, computer lab and tours of the Los Angeles area.

      A description of the conference hotel with a link to hotel reservations can be found at http://www.jgsla2010.com/hotel-los-angeles/the-marriott-at-l-a-live/.  The conference has an e-mail newsletter. Subscribe to it at http://www.lyris.jewishgen.org/listmanager. Login required.

      Mount Olives Cemetery Graves to be Indexed
      The graves at the world’s oldest Jewish cemetery—that on the
      Mount of Olives in Jerusalem—are in the process of being indexed and placed on the Internet at http://www.mountofolives.co.il/eng/. Approximately 20,000 of the estimated 200–300,000 graves have been indexed to date. For notable people, there is biographical information. There is an option for anyone to upload data and photographs for a given person.

      Further information about the project can be found at http://www.jpost.com/Israel/Article.aspx?id=166478

      Germany Relaxes Access to Civil Registration Records

      It was reported on the JewishGen German SIG Discussion Group that the German Standesamt (civil registration offices) have relaxed restrictions on access to post-1875 civil registration birth, marriage and death certificates. Previously laws restricted information to spouses, direct-line ancestors and direct-line descendants. Now exempt from these restrictions are records of births through 1898, marriages through 1928 and deaths through 1978. Additional information indicated that access to information will increase by one year every year. That is, birth records available after 110 years, marriage after 80 years and deaths after 30 years. After these time periods, records will be transferred from the local civil registration office to the local archives. It was also reported that it is now possible to obtain extracts of genealogical information or uncertified photocopies of these documents.

      RTR Foundation Now Has Databases (searchable by family name) and Photos

      One site I  (Gary Mokotoff) visit regularly is the Routes to Routes Foundation at http://rtrfoundation.org. The site has the most complete inventory of Jewish record holdings in the archives of
      Belarus, Lithuania, Moldova, Poland and Ukraine. If not identified at the RTRF site, the Jewish vital records (birth/marriage/death/divorce) likely do not exist. The Archive Database also includes inventories of other types of documents including census records and family lists; recruit lists; lists of voters, taxpayers, merchants and school records; Holocaust records (lists of victims and survivors); immigration/migration records; land and property records; name changes; pogrom records; local government records (such as wills, notary records, etc.).

      To search for records of a particular town, click on “Archive Database” on the home page and then click on “Archive Documents.” Type the name of the town of interest, and the next screen will display of the types of Jewish and civil records available for that town, which archive has the records, years available and archive file. There are no actual surnames in this search result, but rather an inventory of the surviving documents.

      Beginning in 2005, Logan Kleinwaks has placed digitized and indexed Eastern European directories on his Internet site. This started with ten business and phone directories for
      Galicia, Poland, Posen and Romania and now has grown to more than 100 databases. He has placed them all on their own site: http://genealogyindexer.org. They include directories from Bulgaria, France, Israel, Lithuania, Poland, Galicia, Silesia, Pomerania, Posen, Romania, Carpathian Ruthenia, South America and United Kingdom. A complete list can be found by clicking the word “Directories” at the upper left portion of the home page.

      Also at the site are 64 digitized and indexed yizkor books and lists of Polish military officers.


      See you at the next meeting, February 21…

    • SusanneLevitsky@...
      May 5, 2014 Upcoming Meetings: Sunday, May 18, 10 a.m. Surviving a Secret Childhood in Nazi-Occupied France -- Leon Malmed Sunday, June 15, 10 a.m. The
      Message 2 of 9 , May 5, 2014
      May 5, 2014
      Upcoming Meetings:
      Sunday, May 18, 10 a.m.  Surviving a Secret Childhood in Nazi-Occupied France -- Leon Malmed
      Sunday, June 15, 10 a.m.  "The Julian Calendar and Its Importance to Genealogists" -- Steve Morse
      July -- No Meeting
      April 20, 2014 Meeting Notes
      President Victoria Fisch called the meeting to order.  Mort Rumberg gave an update on Bob Wascou, who is still in recovery but now at home. He requests no calls or visits but can receive emails.
      May 4 is the Jewish Heritage Festival in Sacramento, with food, dancing, booths. We'll have a booth once again -- members are welcome to visit or volunteer.  We bring books and chat with attendees. The hours are 11 to 3.
      Victoria Fisch is the curator of an exhibit, "The Jews of the Gold Rush," at the Folsom History Museum.  Admission is $4.  Victoria says former Sacramento Mayor Anne Rudin has visited twice. On display are artifacts of different descendants. The exhibit runs through May 18.
      Teven Laxer said he attended the recent RootCellar Spring Seminar.
      Victoria noted that Paul Stanley of KISS, a former childhood friend, has written a book.  It mentions anti-Semitism he experienced growing up.
      It was mentioned that Ukraine guides are available to help you with research; due to the unrest, tourism has suffered in the country.
      On pbs.org, you can see online "The Story of the Jews."
      April Program -- Lynn Brown -- "Immigration and Naturalization Part II -- Citizenship"
      Lynn Brown returned  to tell us more about the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service --USCIS.  It has evolved from the Immigration and Naturalization Service, created in 1906 to process naturalizations and keep track of immigrants.  Copies of documents since 1906 are maintained by USCIS, with older records still at the National Archives or related archives.
      While some earlier records had been requested by Congress to be destroyed, there was no such order in World War II. 
      In 2003, the INS functions were placed under the new Department of Homeland Security.  In 2009, the USCIS created an online genealogy records request service to obtain post-1906 records.
                  www.uscis.gov/genealogy    (but loads slowly)
      The new word in the USCIS name was "Citizenship"-- up until 2003, didn't mention citizenship.  
      Some records currently available:
      -- naturalization, September 1906 to March 1956
      -- 1940 Alien Registration Act
      -- pre-1906 records reissued, updated, many women
      -- pre-1906 naturalization records, upgraded
      The Von Trapp Family story in the federal records: www.archives.gov./boston/exhibits/von-trapp.html
      Historical Records:
      -- Naturalization certificate files  (C Files): September 27 1906 to March 1956
      -- Registration Files, 1929- 1944 ( includes Bibles, letters from home)
      -- Visa Files   1924-1944
      WW II Alien Registration Records 
      There were 3.5 million aliens registered from 1940-44; more aliens than naturalized.
      Two types of alien registration files:
                  AR-2-- a lot of info, and fingerprint and photo
                  AR-3 -- what was returned to alien after processed
      Researchers must submit a request, including name, DOB, place of birth
      Germans (including Jewish Germans), Japanese -- enemy aliens 
      Third party-- can white out information relating to others, but you can call (Lynn did) and obtain more information
      Lynn says there are some records the USCIS does not have:
      -- Records stored at NARA and regional archives
      -- WW I alien registration records
      -- state archived records
      -- locally held records
      USCIS genealogy program -- offer two fee-for-service services:
      1)    The first -- Index Search, $20, G-1041-- will search citations for a particular immigrant.  (Teven -- took about 60 days to get; Art-- sometimes longer)
      2)    Record Copy Search -- G-1041A -- $20/$35.  For those with valid record citations, can request copies of historical immigration and naturalization records.
      For Index Search -- there's an online form --"I highly recommend you download the form, fill it out on paper before you do online."  The more you can provide, the more accurate research the USCIS people can do. Use variations of the name, as well. You may have to provide proof of death, which could be an obituary.
      "My mother's file had 35 pages of records -- I expected a passport application or ship's manifest," Lynn said. They do censor records, but may tell you if you ask.
      You can only request records for one immigrant at a time, not a family. You can send an email if you have the case number, and ask them to send additional documents.
      You have up to one year from the date you requested information to order citations (files) from USCIS. There's a set fee for the whole packet, whether it's one form or 50 forms.
      Freedom of Information Act Requests -- you can write a letter and specify your requests.
      National Archives -- you can register (no charge), and they can search.
      OPA -- Open  Public Access -- anything the National Archives has, including regional offices, updated twice a week.  "After you give up with OPA, you can Google it and may find what you're looking for."
      AAD -- Access to Digital Archives, search engine
      Genealogy notebook -- new rules affecting genalogy.  Can have them send you updates.
      Other places to look for information:
            -- Family History Library Catalog, familysearch.org
            -- Family Search wiki (replaces old research guides)
           -- Statew Archive Records Search
            -- Fold3 -- can access at the Family History Center (Victoria: good images of people)
      DeathCertificates.us.org to Help People Learn the Most Efficient Ways to Build Their Family Trees
      >PRWEB.COM Newswire<=""> 
      Chicago, IL (PRWEB) April 28, 2014
      DeathCertificates.us.org is launching an education program to teach people how to use genealogical methods to build a family tree quickly and easily, the company said yesterday.
      "We've taken a good hard look at the types of questions we receive from our customers," a DeathCertificates.us.org spokesman said. "What we've realized is that most of them are using our service to build their family trees. But they often don't have much experience with basic genealogy. So, it makes sense for us to provide them with that information because it will make using our service that much more valuable to them."
      DeathCertificates.us.org will work with genealogical experts to create a series of articles that will take people step by step through basic techniques to create a family tree, he said.
      DeathCertificates.us.org is the top online resource for accessing death and obituary records in the United States. With over thousands of records to search through, DeathCertificates.us.org makes finding any death record simple and efficient. Visit DeathCertificates.us.org today to chat with a live representative, 1-855-674-7444, or email manager@....
      From the JGS of Ventura County and the Conejo Valley:
      The Auschwitz  Tattoo Numbers Photography Project is led by Gabriella Y. Karin who is
      capturing and cataloguing this visual documentation of Auschwitz captives. If you
      know of an Auschwitz survivor, please contact Ms. Karin at auschwitznumbers@...
      or at the address below with the following information:
      •  Photograph  of the person showing the tattoo
      •  Photo of the forearm with the number and a close-up of the number
      •  Full name (including maiden name, if applicable), city and country where person
      •  Tattoo number written clearly
      Gabriella Y. Karin, c/o Los Angeles Museum of Holocaust, 6435 Wilshire Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90048
      May 10th:
      Sacramento German Genealogical Society's Annual Seminar, Fair Oaks 
      "The Latest German Research Tools" is the theme for this year's seminar. Kory Meyerink will lecture on three different topics. Learn more.:
      See you at our May meeting -- Sunday, May 18!
    • SusanneLevitsky@...
      February 27, 2016 Upcoming Meetings: Sunday, March 20, 10 a.m. -- Brooke Schreier Ganz, Reclaim the Records: Using Freedom of Information Laws for Genealogy
      Message 3 of 9 , Feb 27, 2016

        February 27, 2016
        Upcoming Meetings:
        Sunday, March 20, 10 a.m. -- Brooke Schreier Ganz, "Reclaim the Records: Using Freedom of Information Laws for Genealogy"
        Sunday, April 17, 2016, 10 a.m. -- Lynn Brown, "Eastern European Research"
        February 21, 2016 Meeting
        Announcements: You can get involved in Sacramento History Day by being a judge for the essay contest. Contact Dave Reingold for details -- camp_wiseowl at yahoo.com
        Jewish Heritage Day is May at Raley Field. We will have a table.
        Iris Bachman is currently at Eskaton in Carmichael. We wish her a speedy recovery.
        The JGSS has donated money to JewishData.org, which provides an initial search for free and a quarterly donation of $18 after that.  The site started by posting photos of headstones and does that and more, with images not available anywhere else.
        Jeremy Frankel noted that March 3-5 is "History Days" at the Old Mint in San Francisco. The Bay Area JGS will have a table; the location is easily accessible by BART and there is also a nearby parking garage.
        That's the same weekend as the Jewish Film Festival in Sacramento, which will be held at the California Museum.
        The Root Cellar Spring Seminar featuring Cyndi Ingle of Cyndi's List fame is now sold out.
        If you haven't paid your $25/JGSS dues for the year, please bring/send a check for $25.
        February Speaker: Marisa Louie Lee
        20th Century Immigration and Naturalization Records
        Marisa is formerly an archivist with the National Archives in San Bruno, involved with immigration records, particularly Asians. She was also responsible for the new Alien Files.
        The Alien Files, or A-Files, started in 1944. They were kept by the INS, now the USCIS. Before the A-Files, there were different filing systems used by each of the district offices.
        1940 Alien Registration Act -- all non-citizen adults over the age of 14 had to register  with the federal government, typically at the post office.  Form AR-2
        Five million individual registration cards, also fingerprinted on card.
                    PSAs, radio campaign to encourage compliance
        Wealth of information -- aliases, DOB, date of immigration, occupation, military service, crimes, naturalization attempts
        A-Files System
        Only immigrants who entered the U.S. after April 1, 1944 will have an A-File. If came before 1956, separate files for immigration and naturalization.
        What you will find on the A0-File -- No two files are the same; one can be two pages, another 100+
        Some common documents in A-Files:
                    -- naturalization records
                    --- can include petition for naturalization, list of societies she'd belonged to, marriages
                    -- immigrant visas
                    -- certificate of baptism
                    -- address report cards, allowing you to track address in non-census years
        Who has an A-File?
                    If naturalized in 1933 -- no
                    If died by 1933, no
                    If never naturalized, probably not, no future interaction with INS
                    But could have been investigated; activity you were not aware of
                    Always worth investigating.
                    Article: "The A Files -- Finding Your Immigrant Ancestors"
        How do I search for an A-File?
                    Files maintained by NARA in either Kansas City or San Francisco
                    Currently only for immigrants born in 1910 or before.
                    Part of the index for Kansas City searchable on Ancestry
                    Can search NARA catalogue -- organized by name. If an A-File, should find it.
        Not available online but can find #
        Send an email to staff, looking for the record with __#
        There is a charge per page. They should respond within 10 business days.
        Ancestry has an US Index to A-Files, but nothing from San Francisco.
        If you can't find, millions of A-Files pre-1911 not yet in holdings or catalog, not yet transferred.
                    Can submit a request to USCIS Genealogy Program
        To visit National Archives -- make an appt.
        Can request a copy via mail, email, fax -- 80/cents page, $20 minimum
        If you see a green unconsolidated notice, your cue to file a request
        If anyone naturalized 1906 and after, submit a request to the USCIS Genealogy Program.  Have to know the file number, so do the index search.
        If still living, entirely different request -- need to file a FOIA/Privacy Act request
        100-year birth rule, proof of death.
        There are files unique to the INS office in San Francisco --
                    -- Including files relating to Russian Jews detained at Angel Island from 1884 on. A lot from 1910s and after.
                    There is a microfilm index at NARA.
        Microfilm Name Index to Bureau of Naturalization Correspondence Files
                    for after 1906, published by NARA in 2012
                    140,000 index cards by surname, not online
                    Index to correspondence, including Declaration of Intention to Naturalize
        For naturalization and certificate files, 1906-56, start by requesting via an Index Search Request to USCIS
        For more information about Marisa talk, you can email her at marisalouie@...
        January 2016 Presentation -- Ron Arons on Handwriting Analysis and Graphology
        A few points he discussed:
        Ron mentioned that handwriting analysis has figured prominently in several media cases, dating back to the Lindbergh baby. More recently, it was highlighted in the film "Catch Me If You Can."
        Document examination has been around for about 90 years and used in court cases, law enforcement.
        With the advent of computers, there is software used by the U.S. Postal Service that begins with a look at zipcodes --"most people write numbers the same way."
        Ron showed examples of his famous criminal great-grandfather who had two different World War I registration cards, with a different signature on each. "He had nine different signatures."
        Handwriting is often different for happy events versus cases when someone is in trouble and it's more restrictive.
        Ron hired some professionals to look at his great-grandfather's handwriting, although he did share his criminal history.
        Graphology -- the goal is to understand the personality and behavior, past, present and future.  According to one book, should not matter if person right or left-handed.
        Things that are looked at: slant, speed, zones (Upper, middle, below the line) and margins.
        Sheila Lowe -- handwriting analysis software.  Some Android and iPhone apps.
        Andrea McNichol -- Handwriting Analysis, Putting it to work for you. -- good book.
        Pros and cons of hiring a professional -- no personal connection to you, but costs money ..
        Re DNA testing, Ron said he didn't think much of it, that it was a waste of money.

        From Avotaynu's E-Zine: New TV Show: Relative Race
        http://avotaynu.com/Gifs/NWN/RelativeRace.jpgFurther evidence of how genealogy has become part of our society’s culture is the announcement of yet another TV series with a family history theme. Called Relative Race, it is a variant of the TV program Amazing Race. It features four married couples as they travel across the U.S. in search of long lost relatives, armed with only paper maps, a rental car, $25 per diem and a flip phone.

        Using the science and technology provided by AncestryDNA, the couples embark on a journey that starts in San Francisco, ends in New York City and leads them to unknown relatives along the way. Cameras follow all four teams as they drive across the country—more than 4500 miles—in just ten days, stopping each day to complete a challenge and find (and stay with) their newly discovered relatives in a different city. At the end of each day, the team that finishes last receives a strike; after three strikes, teams are eliminated and the remaining teams travel to New York City for the grand finale where there is a $25K grand prize for the winning couple.

        The show premiered on February 28 at 8pm ET on BYUtv (Brigham Young University TV). If your cable network does not include this channel, the program can be watched live at
        Frank & Ernest
        Frank and Ernest Feb. 26, 2016
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