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Genealogy Notes, Web Sites

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  • SusanneLevitsky@aol.com
    First, two Web sites of interest: Teven Laxer discovered this one: www.zabasearch.com This site allows you to search without charge for people in the United
    Message 1 of 1 , Sep 7 8:30 PM
      First, two Web sites of interest:

      Teven Laxer discovered this one: www.zabasearch.com
      This site allows you to search without charge for people in the United States
      by name and state; many names come up with a birth month and year included.
      It's similar in some ways to the old anybirthday.com site. Specific street
      addresses also come up. Teven himself has already found a cousin he was
      looking for for five years. While occasionally there's no response in connecting to
      the site, keep trying, you'll likely find most of the names you're seeking.

      And another site: www.mapyourancestry.com. This is an unusual, geographic
      approach to looking at a family tree. (And no political endorsement of the
      example used...)

      Notes for August 22, 2005

      President Mark Heckman called the meeting to order; Allan
      Bonderoff then presented the treasurer's report. We have a balance of $1,053.59 in
      our account.

      Vice President Burt Hecht talked about upcoming meetings. Monday,
      September 19, Daniel Khazzoom, a Baghdad native, will talk about that city's
      Jewish community. In October, John Powell, a professional genealogist and
      probate researcher, will talk about city directories and how they help in
      research. In November, Stuart Tower, author of "The Wayfayers," a historical novel
      about f 60 young Jewish men and women and their march across 1500 miles of
      Europe in the early 1900s.

      In December, Steve Morse will return to talk about the off year
      New York censuses -- 1905, 1915, and 1925.

      Mark showed off a new book purchased for our library: "French
      Children of the Holocaust, A Memorial by Serge Klarsfeld." Lester Smith noted
      several other new purchases: the "1890 New York City Police Census," "New York
      Genealogical Research," two copies of this year's Las Vegas conference
      yearbook, which include thorough summaries of the talks, "The Pictorial History of
      the Jewish Community in Sacramento," and "New York State Probate Records."

      Art Yates reported on the activities of the local council of
      genealogical societies. He said we are one of about 40 groups in the greater
      Sacramento area, about 20 of them active. The annual Family History Day will be
      held on October 15 at the California State Archives, 1020 O Street, from 8:30
      a.m. to 4 p.m.

      Mark mentioned that there is also a presentation by Steve Morse
      at the Nevada County Genealogical Society, set for Saturday, September 24.

      The program for the August meeting was the report back from the
      July conference in Las Vegas. Each of those attending shared some impressions.

      Mark Heckman was part of the organizing committee and organized
      the computer room, providing after meeting use for attendees.

      The conference just about broke even, Mark said, so it was a
      success. The talks went very well and there was a nice variety, ranging from Ron
      Arons talking about Meyer Lansky and Bugsy Siegel -- the Flamingo Hotel, site
      of the conference was their hotel -- to a presentation on Hitler's Jewish
      soldiers and from Steve Morse, five different talks.

      Bob Wascou presented a brief look at some of the updated features
      on the JewishGen Web site (www.JewishGen.org) which were unveiled at the
      conference. He said the shtetl seeker, the gazetteer of towns in Eastern Europe
      is now new and improved. He said there is an expanded scope of countries now
      featured, going from 24 to 31 and including all the former Soviet republics.
      There are also more towns included (from 589 to 767 now, including the Balkan
      regions.) And all synonyms for towns are show together.

      On the improved JewishGen site, there is also a choice of mapping
      software and the ability to do a radius search for towns within 10 miles of a
      particular location. There is also a synonym table of towns (for example,
      Vilna, Lithuania is the same as Vilnius, etc.)

      Bib said there are three new all-country databases -- Germany,
      Ukraine and the U.S.,, where you can filter geographic data, surnames and first
      names. For Jewish Online Burial Research, there is a new user interface with
      a menu at the top of the page.

      `"I urge people to click on every single link -- there's so much
      here," Bob said.

      On a personal note, Bob said he unexpectedly met the college
      roommate of a cousin at the conference, and also received CDs full of records for
      the Kishinev/Moldova translation project he heads up.

      Art Yates attended a Hungarian lunch which had an excellent
      speaker, and learned more about going to Hungary as a tourist. He said the most
      interesting lecture he attended was by Ernie Gordon, on social security records.
      Gordon was able to research a history of his parents -- where they worked,
      how much they earned, what jobs they had, from social security records. Art
      hopes to do the same for his wife's father.

      Lester Smith said he found two lectures at the conference
      particularly interesting. John Colletta was "amazing," Lester said of the author of
      "They Came in Ships." He was a great speaker with a great delivery style.
      Colletta talked about doing genealogy through newspaper research, going beyond
      biographical data to learn more about what's happening in a geographic area at
      the time your family lived there.

      Colletta cited the US Newspaper Project, a list of almost every
      paper, who has it, and what years. For more information, the Web site is

      The other lecture Lester found particularly impressive related to
      18th century census material from the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. That was the
      largest country in Europe at one time, and the presenter, David Hoffman, said
      80 percent of the Jews in the world can trace their ancestry back to
      Lithuania. The real power at that time was in magnates, who owned towns, not the

      For more information, visit www.jewishfamilyhistory.org. This
      was the era before Jews had surnames. There is a list of towns (kahals) for
      which they data, including shtetls, inns and taverns.

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