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    Upcoming Meetings Monday, September 10, 7 p.m. – Maria Sakovich, Jewish Immigration Through Angel Island Maria Sakovich will present a two-part program,
    Message 1 of 1 , Sep 2, 2012
      Upcoming Meetings
      Monday, September 10, 7 p.m. – Maria Sakovich, "Jewish Immigration Through Angel Island"
      Maria Sakovich will present a two-part program, focusing first on Jewish emigration from Russia to the West Coast, 1910-1940, and the reception at the Angel Island Immigration Station.  The second half of her presentation will explore immigration documents that can aid family historians: passenger arrival indexes, ship manifests, immigrant files and transcripts of immigration hearings.
      Maria Sakovich is a public historian and independent scholar who researches, writes and develops exhibits related to immigration, family and community history.  The focus of her next book is the experience of Russian refugees who arrived in the Bay Area in the 1920s, prompted by her own family experience at Angel Island and beyond.
      Sunday, October 21, 10 a.m.  -- Patricia Burrows,"Your Family History Legacy -- What Happens to Your Research After You're Gone?"
      Notes from the August 20, 2012 Meeting
      President Victoria Fisch called the meeting to order and asked members and guests to introduce themselves.  She mentioned that we will likely have a booth at the Davis Jewish Food Fair on September 30.
      Family History Day at the State Archives is set for Saturday, October 13, 8:30 to 4:30..  We'll once again have booth.  Victoria is among the speakers that day.
      It was decided not to buy audio recordings from the Paris conference.  It was noted that the topics were rather narrowly focused, and speakers had only 40 minutes to present their talks.  Victoria attended, as did Art Yates, who brought back some material for the group.
      Dave Reingold passed around a book on Angel Island, the topic to be addressed by our September speaker. The book is "Angel Island: Immigrant Gateway to America."
      August Speaker -- Ron Aron, www.ronarons.com
      "Finding Living People on the Internet"
      Why find living people?  Ron says they may have information about dead relatives, they may be related to you, and you can learn more about how they conduct their lives.  You can find out from them where people lived, what there professions may have been, and more.
      Ron provided eight "people search" websites (www.peoplefinders.com, etc.) and showed two examples of how different information might be gleaned from the different sites.
      He said a few years back he was interested in finding a girl he knew in first grade, who moved away.  He had her name at that time, but nothing else.  He was able to track her down and connect with her by e-mail.
      In a second example of the power of people-search sites, Ron said he met an attorney at a conference in San Francisco, knew her first name was Diane, knew where she went to college, and that she worked in the Bay Area. With that, he was able to find her last name and many other details about her life.  ("No, I'm not a stalker!" he joked.)
      He was also able to convince Steve Morse back in 2002 when Ron was able to find one of Steve's missing classmates, Alice Gross, for a high school reunion.  "Using Steve's website and typing Alice and her birthdate, I was able to get a list of about nine people."
      Ron noted that if you know someone's profession, there are many organizations/websites devoted to them -- from attorneys, doctors, dentists, therapists and stockbrokers to librarians, contractors, nurses and more.
      There are also aggregate websites such as www.Pipl.com and www.ZoomInfo.com.  There are also international directories, court and other government records, newspapers and of course the social networking sites. 
      "There's a great value in using multiple websites together," Ron says.
      For what Ron calls "negative research," to prove someone is actually dead, there is the Social Security Death Index and obituaries.   Obits.com, obitsarchive.com and GenealogyBank.com are a few obituary search sites.  Legacy.com has memorials.
      Mort Rumberg asked about privacy issues, with so much personal information available on line.  "I think you have a legal right to ask them to remove you," Ron said.
      Bob Wascou mentioned the value of having your own website, so people can find you, and also noted the importance of JewishGen's Family Finder.
      Some articles that may be of interest:
      From the August 19 Avotaynu E-Zine:
      Who Do You Think You Are? May Return to American Television
      Dick Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter reports that the American version of the television program Who Do You Think You Are? may return in 2013. The co-executive producer of the show, Dan Bucatinsky, posted a notice to his Facebook page.

      The program features research into the family history of celebrities. It began in the UK where it has aired since 2004. Versions of it also appear in Australia, Canada, Denmark, Ireland, Israel, The Netherlands, Norway, South Africa, Sweden and Russia.

      Riga Ghetto List Online
      The Riga Ghetto and Latvian Holocaust Museum has posted to its website a list of some 5,764 residents of the Riga ghetto at http://tinyurl.com/RigaGhettoPDF. The list is based on house registers from the Latvian State Historical Archives, with names listed by street address. To search for a particular name, use the Find function of your PDF software (usually Adobe Reader). Listed is a person's name, date and place of birth, address, date “signed in” and date “signed out.” A description of the project can be found at http://www.rgm.lv/2011/10/06/house_registers/?lang=en.

      Site Has Jewish Burials in Russia and Ukraine
      A Russian-language website includes a database of 105,772 graves located in Russia and Ukraine. It is located at http://toldot.ru/urava/cemetery/. The results include a photo of the tombstone, sometimes years of birth and death, the name of other persons buried in the plot (“buried together”) and neighboring burials. A list of cemeteries appears to the right of the search page. Searches must be in the Cyrillic alphabet. Use the Steve Morse “Transliterating English to Russian in One Step” at http://stevemorse.org/russian/eng2rus.html to convert Latin letters to Cyrillic. (MR)

      From the JGS of the Conejo Valley and Ventura County
      Ancestry.com entered into an agreement with several New York genealogy organizations and formed Ancestry.com New York, which includes a free searchable database of New York records available on Ancestry.com. Records include state censuses, naturalizations, marriages and more: http://tinyurl.com/8g3u9jk
      And probably none us have relatives who fought in this war, but interesting to know some records exist.:
      Family Tree Friday: War of 1812 certificates of discharge
      by John.Deeben@...   National Archives, August 10, 2012

      In this post I’d like to highlight a particular set of records that probably don’t get as much attention as they deserve: certificates of discharge for Regular Army soldiers from the War of 1812.  The most likely reason for the slight attention these wonderful records receive is likely the fact that only a small portion exist.  Typically, when terms of service ended, soldiers in both the Regular Army and the state militias received an official discharge certificate to document their formal separation from the Army; these documents became the veteran’s personal property and, over time, probably a cherished memento of his military service. The War Department rarely kept file copies of these records during the early 19th century, and so the original certificates usually remained in private hands–with one notable exception.
      After the war, many of these 1812 veterans applied to the War Department to collect back pay; in the process they returned their discharge certificates as proof of service.  And so, the original discharge certificates and other related records for approximately 2,200 Regular Army soldiers from the War of 1812 eventually came to the National Archives  Eventually, the discharge certificates were removed and reproduced on microfilm.
      Certificates of discharge provide a variety of useful information about the soldier. They typically include the dates of the soldier’s enlistment and discharge, the company and regiment in which he served, an inventory of clothing provided to him, and the period for which he was due pay upon discharge. To prevent fraudulent use in the event the record was lost or stolen from the veteran, the certificates also provide what would now be considered PII (personally identifable information): place of birth, age, a physical description (height, complexion, hair and eye color), and civilian occupation.
      Although they document only a small portion of the men who served in the Regular Army during the War of 1812, the certificates of discharge and related records are a valuable resource that should not be overlooked.  
      Baby names on genealogy website
      Published: August 16, 2012 5:04 PM  By PETER KING  pwking@...
      Grandma Betty is already a relic, but Grandpa James will still be around 70 years from today.
      When the 1940 Census was made public for the first time in April, it generated immense interest. Genealogy website www.findmypast.com recently crunched the data to see how the popularity of names has changed.
      In 1940, the most popular baby names were Mary and James. In 2010, Mary fell to 109th place, while James was still a strong choice at No. 19. The biggest fall in popularity for girls' names was Betty, No. 5 in 1940 but not in the top 1,000 in 2010. Biggest fall among boys' names was Donald, going from No. 9 in 1940 to No. 377 in 2010.
      And if you recently had a grandchild, there's a good chance you welcomed to the family Jacob or Isabella, the most popular boys' and girls' names in 2010.
      See you Monday evening, September 10th!
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