See you Monday evening, 7 p.m.
Jewish Genealogical Society of Sacramento
Monday, June 21, 7 p.m.
Albert Einstein Residence Center
“Digging It. Researching Genealogy Out of the Box”
Our speaker Monday evening will be Marilyn Ulbricht, who will connect our family history and genealogy with archeology and anthropology. Marilyn is the current president of Root Cellar, the Sacramento Genealogical Society. She has a degree in anthropology with a subspecialty in archeology and history. Marilyn often combined both disciplines when she worked on historical archeology sites or conducted research in Sacramento and the surrounding counties.
By using more than just genealogy to do research, Marilyn says one can arrive at other conclusive evidence by researching outside the box and may just help you get through that brick wall.
Please join us Monday evening.
From the JGS of the Conejo Valley
YIVO ENCYCLOPEDIA OF JEWS IN EASTERN EUROPE
The only resource of its kind, the YIVO ENCYCLOPEDIA provides an in-depth picture of the history and culture of Jews in Eastern Europe
from the beginnings of their settlement in the region to the present. This website makes accurate, reliable, scholarly information about East
European Jewish life accessible to everyone. You can explore individual topics such as Arts, Daily Life, Language & Literature and more at:
http://tinyurl.com/35rqa5o And, it’s free.
A DIRECTORY FOR LOCATING DIRECTORIES
Google’s online Historical Directories website has organized directories from the U.S., Canada, U.K, Ireland and Thailand in one place. It is a work in progress but already includes some directories dating back to the 1600’s. The U.S. link allows you to search by state although not all states are available: http://tinyurl.com/njmnvx
From Avotaynu, June 14 by Gary Mokotoff:
Library and Archives Canada Digitizing MicroformHoldings
Library and Archives Canada is in the process of digitizing their microform collection. They have completed three projects to date:
• Form 30, Border Entry Records, 1919–1924
• School Files Series – 1879–1953 (RG10)
• Form 30A, Ocean Arrivals, 1919–1924
They can be found at http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/microform-digitization/006003-110.01-e.php. The online collection is images only, but each record group itself is in alphabetical order.
It would be a useful finding aid if some group indexed the starting and ending names of each of the digitized reels. For example, reel #1 of the Ocean Arrivals runs from Shjarre Aagard to Joshua Adams. It took me ten minutes to locate the reel in the Ocean Arrivals group that should have Mokotoffs listed and found to my horror that the records jump from Wilhemina Moir to Abram Molnacky!
Museum of Family History Adds Photos of Synagogues
The Museum of Family History has added photos of 80 synagogues from the collection of Tomasz Wisniewski to its "Synagogues of Europe: Past and Present" collection. There are now 563 photos from 22 countries: Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey and Ukraine. They can be viewed at http://www.museumoffamilyhistory.com/s/mfh-syn-europe.htm.
Now Available: Jews of the Kaiðiadorys Region of Lithuania
Avotaynu has published its 60th book, Jews of the Kaiðiadorys Region of Lithuania by Rolandas Gustaitis, and it is now available for sale.
For more than three-and-a-half centuries Jews flourished in the Kaiðiadorys region of Lithuania—the area between Lithuania’s two largest cities, Kaunas and Vilnius. It all came to an abrupt end during the Holocaust when the German SS Einsatzgruppen killing squads and their Lithuanian collaborators murdered most of the Jewish population and plundered their belongings.
The book tells the history of the Jews of the region from its earliest days, with particular emphasis on the early 20th century and Holocaust periods. The history is enriched by the naming of people—not just events. The index lists more than 400 people, mostly Jews. More than 200 pictures show the life of the Jewish people of the region as it existed before the Holocaust. The author, a Lithuanian historian, cites his sources in nearly 1,300 footnotes.
The book includes the towns of Darsûniðkis, Kaiðiadorys, Kruonis, Rumðiðkës, Þasliai, Þieþmariai and, to a lesser extent, Geguþinë, Mûro Strëvininkai, Ðilonys, Tartokas and Zûbiðkës.
The cost of the book is $45 plus shipping. Ordering information as well as the Table of Contents can be found at http://www.avotaynu.com/books/Kaisiadorys.htm.
Afterthought: Jews of the Kaiðiadorys Region of Lithuania
One of the fringe benefits of being the publisher of Avotaynu books is that I have to read all of these books. They have provided me with an enormous amount of knowledge.
I learned something from the Kaiðiadorys book. In Lithuanian, a surname is spelled four different ways. For example, the surname Similis: (1) is written Similiate for an unmarried woman, (2) is written Similienë for a married woman; Simelis for a man, and Simeliai for a husband and wife.
The translator of the book, Dr. Leonas Bekeris, a Lithuanian American, must have had genealogists in mind when he undertook the translation. He could have translated the Lithuanian to say:
The bakeries belonged to Jews: Clara Becker, Efroim Kirkliausk, Sora Muller, Josel Berzak, Base Kantor and Hinda Abrahamovich.
Instead he translated it as:
The bakeries belonged to Jews: Clara, wife of Becker; Efroim Kirkliausk; Sora, wife of Muller; Josel Berzak; Base, daughter of Kantor; and Hinda, wife of Abrahamovich.
So genealogists reading the book will be able to determine whether a woman’s surname was her married or unmarried name.
New Book on Extant Lithuanian Synagogues
Hebrew University has recently published the first of two volumes about extant synagogues in Lithuania. It identifies 96 buildings in 59 cities and towns. Before World War II there were about 1,000 synagogues..
Each entry includes a short overview of the history of the Jewish community in the town where a synagogue is preserved, comprehensive information about the vanished synagogues in that town and a detailed description of the extant synagogue building or buildings. The entries are illustrated with 501 archival historical photographs and architectural designs of the synagogues, and recent documentation of the extant buildings with measured architectural drawings.
The first volume, which costs $49 plus postage, includes the following towns: Alanta, Alsedþiai, Alytus, Anykðèiai, Balbieriðkis, Birþai, Èekiðke, Daugai, Eiðiðkes, Jonava, Joniðkelis, Joniðkis, Kaltinenai, Kalvarija, Kaunas, Kedainiai, Klaipeda, Krekenava, Kupiðkis, Kurkliai, Laukuva, Lazdijai, Linkuva, Lygumai, Marijampole, Merkine.
The second volume is due for publication at the end of 2010 and will include Pakruojis, Panevëþys, Pasvalys, Plungë, Prienai, Puðalotas, Raguva, Ramygala, Rietavas, Rozalimas, Salantai, Seda, Ðeta, Ðiauliai, Ðilalë, Simnas, Ðirvintos, Skaudvilë, Ðvëkðna, Telðiai, Tirkðliai, Troðkûnai, Ukmergë, Utena, Vabalninkas, Veisiejai, Vilnius, Viðtytis, Þagarë, Zarasai, Þasliai, Þemaièiø Naumiestis, Þieþmariai.
Ordering information can be found at http://cja.huji.ac.il/Publications/other_publ.html#SynagoguesinLithuania.
See you Monday the 21st at 7 p.m.