Monday Eve. Genealogy Meeting
Jewish Genealogical Society
May 18, 2007
Monday, May 21, 7 p.m. -- State Archivist Nancy Zimmelman
Nancy Zimmelman is California's first female State Archivist. She will discuss the role of the
State Archivist, why records are important, the historical tradition of public access, the Freedom
of Information Act and California Public Records Act, the secrecy divide and the history of
secrecy in the U.S., Executive Order 13233 & the Presidential Records Act Amendments of
2007, State records restrictions, the cost of restricted access and changing the pattern.
Please join us for Nancy's presentation Monday evening.
Mark your calendars -- October 13, Family History Day
President Burt Hecht and Vice-President Mort Rumberg attended the 2007 kick-off meeting to plan the Family History Day. It will be held at the State Archives Building , Saturday, October 13. Two genealogists who have spoken to the JGSS on numerous occasions -- Steve Morse and Ron Arons -- have announced their interest in making presentations that day.
Please save the date and remind others interested to attend an interesting History Day. We also encourage members to provide some time and service efforts at the History Day events.
New York Records Online
Allan Dolgow reports he has ordered New York City archive records online. The Web site is www.nyc.gov/records.
A Few Items from the Avotaynu E-Newsletter
Access to Arolsen Records to Be ExpeditedRepresentatives of the 11 countries comprising the committee that governs the International Tracing Servicein Bad Arolsen, Germany, met Tuesday and decided to start distributing electronic copies of the ITS records, rather than wait for the remaining four countries—Luxembourg, Greece, Italy and France—to give their formal approval.
Meanwhile, the Holocaust survivor movement in the U.S. is chastising the U.S. Holocaust Memorial
Movement for not making “immediate remote access” to the Arolsen records once they have them in hand.
They are accusing Paul Shapiro, director of the museum's Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, of being
the villain. Ironic since Shapiro was probably the person most instrumental in getting the Arolsen records
released from the clutches of ITS.
The holdings of the International Tracing Service are one of the most valuable sources of information aboutthe fate of people, both victims and survivors, caught up in the Holocaust. Their records place an individual at a specific place and time during the Holocaust period. They claim to have 40 million such pieces of information. Their sources, to name a few, are deportation lists, concentration camp death lists, ghetto records and post-war refugee records.
Steve Lasky Adds More Functionality to His Site
Steve Lasky continues to add additional significant content to his Web site for Jewish genealogists,
www.museumoffamilyhistory.com. The most recent addition is digital images of all the gravestones found
in most Minsk and Grodno burial plots; also included are two Pinsk society plots. People can visit the unique
surnames lists found on his Cemetery Project page, and, if they find a name of interest, can contact him for
more information and perhaps get a photo of the gravestone
Also new on his site are:
* Guides to pronunciation for Magyar (Hungarian) and Lithuanian, using town names spoken by those native
to these countries to demonstrate the sounds and nuances of these languages;
* Individual index pages designed for specific country or regional research groups, e.g. Belarus, Galicia,
Lithuania, Poland, Ukraine and the Bialystok region;
* More photographs, now numbering over 2,000, of our families from pre-World War II Europe in his
"Postcards from Home" exhibition;
* "Walk in My Shoes: Collected Memories of the Holocaust," an exhibition containing testimonies
of Holocaust survivors who once lived in Hungary, Poland and the Ukraine.
Steve also plans a "TownSites" section providing links to all independent Jewish genealogical web sites specifically created to discuss the Jewish presence in the many town and cities throughout the world. If you've developed Web sites for ancestral towns, send site links to steve@....
The best way to find all that is available on his site is by browsing the Site Map page at www.museumoffamilyhistory.com/sm.htm.
Ancestry.com Adds Mexican Border Crossings to Their Collection
Ancestry.com has added U.S. - Mexico border crossing records 1903 - 1957 to their online collection. The records include more than 3.5 million names, primarily documenting early 20th-century Mexican immigration to the United States. They contain details such as names and birthdates of travelers, names of friends or family in Mexico or the United States, as well as some signatures.
Ancestry.com Resolves Problem of Personal Access at Family History Library
For those planning to attend the International Conference on Jewish Genealogy in July, the problem of accessing your personal Ancestry.com account at the Family History Library has been solved.
There is a new domain, www.ancestryinstitution.com, for the Family History Library and the Family History Centers to use to get access to the collections available to them by contract. With this new domain name, patrons at the FHL and local FHCs can login to their own personal accounts just like they would from other locations.
Images of Tombstones in Polish Cemeteries
From Gesher Galicia. The web site "Cmentarze Zydowskie w Polsce" (Jewish Cemeteries in Poland) at http://www.kirkuty.xip.pl/indexang.htm features photographs taken at more than 300 Jewish cemeteries in Polish towns. In most cases photos are accompanied by essays describing the cemeteries and the Jewish communities they served. There is an English version of the home page, but most of the town pages are in Polish only. If you click on the thumbnail of a picture, a larger image is provided which often has a legible tombstone inscription. In some cases it appears the photographer filled the inscription with some sort of black material to make more legible.
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See you at the next meeting, Monday, May 21!
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