• NGS Announces Program for the 2018 Conference

    posted by Daniel | category Miscellaneous

    The National Genealogical Society is pleased to announce the release of its 2018 Family History Conference program, Paths to Your Past. The program, which includes more than 175 lectures, is now available online and as a downloadable sixteen-page registration brochure. Sew here for more info on the NGS 2018 Family History Conference.

  • Jewish School Records from Gorlice, (Galicia) Poland

    posted by Daniel | category Vital Records

    Russ Maurer of Pepper Pike, OH (researching RIEGER in Gorlice) posted to JewishGen that the that the Przemysl branch of the Polish State Archives posted some records of Gorlice schools. The school years span from 1893-1925, and years of birth from roughly 1880 to WWI. Russ created a spreadsheet for most of the Jewish students and downloaded their detail at least once into an Excel spreadsheet. It can be downloaded this line http://goo.gl/E8ro3b.

  • Jewish Cemetery in Tarnow, Poland

    posted by Daniel | category Vital Records

    The website is https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BxqHbCHAlXC2SFdWY0V5Um9ZWkk/view.
    From Tomasz Malec, Chairman of AntiSchemes 2 Foundation, on behalf of the Board:
    In July 2016, the Foundation, with a group of 13 volunteers (students from Tarnow's high schools and Institute of Jewish Studies at Jagiellonian University) under the supervision of Prof. Leszek Hondo did the inventory of 299 matzevot (gravestones) at Tarnow's Jewish Cemetery. About 100 stones were impossible to read, the rest were inventoried. The result of the whole project was on-line publication.

    Right now we are working on the printed form of publication with the whole material which we have possessed as well as map of location of those gravestones. Unfortunately it takes more time than we have expected. In the beginning of this year we have got the information that Prof. Hondo is seriously ill and it slowed our work very much. The good news is that he feels much better now and we came back to the preparation for the book as well as fact that the publishing house Austeria (www.austeria.pl) is interested in our work which will allow us for better distribution of this book.

    We would like to inform you that we have also conducted the second edition of the project this summer. We have applied for the support from the National Heritage Board of Poland. Thanks to it was possible to bring students of the Institute of Jewish Studies at Jagiellonian University to work together with our volunteers from Tarnow at the Jewish cemetery for 10 days. It also covered the cost of stay of Dr. Dina Weiner from the Gidonim Project (www.gidonim.com) with whom we have started the cooperation. During this summer's inventory it was possible to complete section E at the Jewish cemetery, which is more than 250 gravestones, as well as about 500 gravestones in the front part of the cemetery. Now we are in the process of documenting it and matching it with the archives.
  • JewishGen and Jewish Genealogy Portal

    posted by Daniel | category Miscellaneous

    The website is www.facebook.com/groups/JewishGenealogyPortal.
    JewishGen.org has joined together with The Jewish Genealogy Portal on Facebook. Having an active Facebook presence will serve as a companion platform to JewishGen's Discussion Lists. Facebook will allow for instant communication to researchers.
    The traditional Discussion Lists will continue to allow for archiving and searching historical posts. Depending on the post, researchers can use either The Jewish Genealogy Portal, the JewishGen Discussion Lists or both.

  • JRI-Poland Agreement with The Routes to Roots Foundation

    posted by Daniel | category VitalRecords

    JRI Poland announces an agreement with Routes to Roots Foundation that will provide researchers of Polish Jewish family histories with new materials freely offered online through the JRI-Poland website.

    More about this agreement can be found by clicking on http://www.jri-poland.org/announcements.htm#miriam-weiner

    A partial list of the contents of the new Polish material can be found at http://www.jri-poland.org/miriam-weiner-rtrf-agreement.htm.

  • U.S. Visas: Background and How to Research Them

    posted by Daniel | category VitalRecords

    Subject: U.S. Visas: Background and How to Research Them
    From: Phyllis Kramer
    Date: Sat, 3 Jun 2017 14:26:48 -0400

    Some background for those asking about Visas: Beginning July 1, 1924, everyone coming into the U.S. had to have an entry document.

    Citizens needed either a birth record or naturalization certificate. Non-citizen's who wanted to move here permanently applied for immigrant visas. Eastern Europeans applied for quota visas, while persons from Western Hemisphere countries applied for non-quota visas. (These were filed at the USCIS as visa files until after April 1944, when they were filed as alien files.)

    Non-citizens traveling to the U.S. for a limited time (for example, foreign students, businessmen, visitors and tourists) applied for a non-immigrant visa. These temporary packets were later destroyed.

    Visas are applied for at U.S. embassies abroad. For more details, see Marian Smith's article at http://www.jewishgen.org/InfoFiles/Manifests/other/visa/ or the USCIS at https://www.uscis.gov/history-and-genealogy/genealogy/visa-files-july-1-1924-march-31-1944

    These immigrant visas contain valuable genealogical information, including exact date and place of birth, names of parents and children, all places of residence for 5 full years prior to immigration, and a photograph. They usually also contain vital documents (e.g., birth and marriage certificates).

    Genealogists can request copies of visa files from the USCIS under the Freedom of Information/Privacy Act or directly through the USCIS Genealogy Program. Unless you already know the visa file number (it is not on the manifest), ask for an index search first (fee: $65) to determine the file numbers available for that individual Then if a visa file is found, you can request a copy; the fee is also $65.

    Happy hunting!!


    Phyllis Kramer, New York City, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla

  • A small searchable database for Transylvania

    posted by Daniel | category Miscellaneous

    The website is hpdt.ro:4080.
    The Transylvania database (see below) has a nice feature: the original town name and the modern name of the town are both given.
    This is a project between University Babes-Bolyai from Cluj-Napoca Romania and Norwegian Historical Data Center of University from Tromso called Historical Population Database of Transylvania 1850-1914 released in April-May 2017.
    It contains twelve selected micro zones incorporate as a sample covering about 7% of the historical population of Transylvania.
    The database is open and searchable (English and Romanian). Note: This database contains transcriptions from civil registers (births, marriages, deaths)for only a few places in the area of Transylvania.
    A list of the communities that are part of the database is available at this link: http://hpdt.ro:4080/docs/documents/docs/1/original_Surse_baza_de_date.pdf

  • Ellis Island Book Indexes: Name Index

    posted by Daniel | category VitalRecords

    The website is http://tinyurl.com/krwf62w.
    This is a 799 roll film series which are book lists of immigrants arriving at Ellis Island from 1906 through 1940 on specific ships. The small books record, on separate pages, the names of the immigrants, one page for each letter of the alphabet for the start of the last name, and the location on the manifest for that person.
    The books were probably transcribed directly from the ship manifest on their voyage to Ellis Island. You need to know the ship name, date of arrival, and shipping line to get to a particular film. The films were digitized at FamilySearch library.
    Using these films, one can find the name of a passenger whose name has been ripped off of the manifest before filming and then their place on the damaged manifest by looking for their location (page/group# and line #) from the book. You can also get a second opinion as to the name of a person on the ship manifest image, and what the first letter of the last name is as some letters, unless you know the stylistic handwriting, are ambiguous.
    These books have been at least partially name indexed. The description states Additional images will be added as they become available.
    As is the case with many early stage indexing projects, there are some limitations. Searching is not possible by year of interest, ship name, shipping company, or port of departure. Searching by birth dates and use of wild cards for the name are possible.
    The book name index can be an important new tool for finding those elusive relatives at Ellis Island.

  • New York Probate Records and Research

    posted by Daniel | category VitalRecords

    Subject: re: new york research
    From: Phyllis Kramer
    Date: Tue, 16 May 2017 10:39:43 -0400

    Elena Bazes posted:

    I am planning a research trip to New York City. I have a list of the repositories for the area, but it is extensive. I don't want to waste my time at a place that would not be helpful, since there are so many to choose from and I have a limited time to research. I would like to visit repositories that either do not have their records online, either partially or completely....I would appreciate recommendations from those who have done research at these places and feel that they are worth my while.

    Elena...
    i would suggest researching Probate as a first stop. You can find the addresses, hours, transportation etc from E. Guzik's book and much of this is online at the New York JGS site (jgsny.org under resources). Probate yields children's married names and addresses, and details other relationships. Death certificates are sometimes included, even when they are within the privacy period. Probate is difficult and expensive from afar...locally you need the boro (Brooklyn, Manhattan, Bronx ...) and the year of death. There are indexes in every court so look for relatives in that index too. In my online course each summer i offer a field trip to a probate office (see below).

    The vital records are online within New York City's privacy limits; if you see "newer" records, you must adhere to the strict regulations of the Board of Health. But the marriage licenses (as differentiated from the marriage certificates) at the Municipal archives will sometimes yield a goldmine of additional information, such as divorce records. Additional marriage record years from the City Clerk are now available.

    The cemeteries are also worth visiting as many were buried within the same plots and sometimes you can connect other individuals or find the names from second marriages. Sometimes a date of birth will lead you to the maiden name via SSDI.

    Sometimes we think New York City, but we really want another county. So a good resource is the microfiche index for New York State's vital records, which are held at the NARA on Bowling Green. Also consider the individual town halls or archives for many of the Long Island (Nassau/Suffolk) and Westchester towns.

    These are some of what we cover in text and discussion in the New York research class... every summer online at JewishGen (www.jewishgen.org/education for calendar and http://www.jewishgen.org/education/description.asp?course=40088 for class description).

    Good luck with your trip

    Phyllis Kramer, New York City, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla


    V.P.Education, JewishGen Inc: www.JewishGen.org/education
    Researching (all Galicia)
    KRAMER, BEIM from Jasienica Rosielna
    SCHEINER, KANDEL from Strzyzow & Dubiecko
    LINDNER, EICHEL from Rohatyn, Burstyn
    STECHER, TRACHMAN from Nowy Zmigrod, Dukla
    family web site: KehilaLinks.JewishGen.org/Krosno/Kramer.htm

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    Subject: Re: new york research
    From: emilyhgarber@gmail.com
    Date: Wed, 17 May 2017 09:53:05 -0700

    Both Phyllis Kramer and Allan Jordan about covered it in terms of what one should consider before heading the NYC for research. I do want to add one resource for NYC probate records that one might check before heading to the City: FamilySearch.org.

    If you go to https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https://familysearch.org/recapi/sord/collection/1920234/waypoints
    [MOD. NOTE: shortened URL - https://goo.gl/OVSX9U ]
    you will find that they have digitized the index cards one may view in person at the Kings County and Queens County Surrogate Courts. The Kings County cards are supposedly through 1971 and the Queens County cards are through 1987.

    If you find an online card image for a relative, you might consider calling the court and asking if they would pull files for you in advance of your visit. I don't know if they would do that, but it doesn't hurt to ask.

    Emily Garber
    Phoenix, AZ

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    Subject: Re: new york research
    From: aejordan@aol.com
    Date: Wed, 17 May 2017 18:23:41 -0400

    Emily H Garber wrote:


    > [snip] I do want to add one resource for NYC probate records that one might
    > check before heading to the City: FamilySearch.org.[snip]

    I thought I mentioned the existence of online records at FamilySearch and Ancestry for New York City probates.

    Family Search has the index cards from Brooklyn (Kings County) and Queens but they are not indexed so you have to browse to hunt out the information. Also a big caveat from personal experience there are errors in the scanning-- I have a file from a family member and I went to the online images of the index and that person is not shown. The next time I was in the Brooklyn records room I checked the actual cards and the person is there -- somehow it was missed when they put the images online.

    Family Search also has some Manhattan records, plus scanned but not searchable probates from The Bronx and Queens online but you have to browse the files.

    Ancestry also has some of the earlier probate records from New York.

    Also from personal experience I would say none of the courts have been willing to take phone requests and pull files so they are waiting for you. If you get that service please tell because I can not tell you how much time I have spent waiting for files to be retrieved.

    Allan Jordan

  • Exciting announcement for Long Island residents, the formation of a new genealogy group called DNA Genealogy Group of Long Island (DDGLI)

    posted by Moishe | category Miscellaneous

    The website is DGGLI.org.
    Mission: To educate and inform people about the use of DNA testing for genealogical purposes.
    Description: Small group discussions based on experience level and individual help with DNA results. Periodic lectures and guest speakers.

  • Online Gazeteer - a map-finding Program

    posted by Moishe | category Miscellaneous

    The website is hannivoort.org/test/FindinGmaps.asp.
    Evertjan Hannivoort writes: This will work on modern town-names [or decimal coordinates].
    Evertjan Hannivoort is from the Netherlands and can be contacted at exjxwxhannivoortATinterxnlxnet (Please change the x'es to dots).

  • The JGS of Brooklyn is now a Member Society of the IAJGS

    posted by Moishe | category Miscellaneous

    The JGS of Brooklyn is listed as a member Society on the IAJGS website

  • Reclaim The Records

    posted by Daniel | category Vital Records

    Reclaim The Records has posted images of the index to marriages in NYC for 1930-1945

    View the Newsletter

  • The International Tracing Service Places their General Inventory Online

    posted by Daniel | category Vital Records

    The inventory provides an overview of 30 million documents on the Nazi persecution and forced labor and the fates of the survivors.

    ITS Press Release

  • New Google App for Pics

    posted by Daniel | category Miscellaneous

    A new app linked to Google Photos turns your phone into a scanner, preserving print images digitally without removing them from an album or frame.

    View the Article

  • NYC Directories (1786 - 1923)

    posted by Daniel | category Vital Records

    The New York Public Library is digitizing its collection of New York City Directories, 1786 through 1922/3, serving them free through the NYPL Digital Collections portal.

    View the NYPL Blog

  • Reclaim The Records

    posted by Daniel | category Vital Records

    Reclaim The Records has posted a serchable index to New York City marriages 1950-1995.

    This data set, which covers sixty-five years, contains the index to about three million New York City marriage records.

    View the Newsletter

  • FamilySearch Releases Index to 1890 New York City Police Census

    posted by Daniel | category Vital Records

    The release includes 87 percent of the people recorded in the census. The index covers the 894 of the original 1008 volumes as 114 volumes have been lost. It includes 1,479,855 names in the census. This is especially important as the 1890 Federal Census was destroyed and this can be used for genealogical research in place of the destroyed census-albeit with less information.

    There are no images of the actual records. To see the actual census you will need to go to a library or Family History Center that has the collection. The information on the FamilySearch index includes the Family History Library microfilm number. FamilySearch wiki has helpful information on how to search and what you will find on this new digitized collection. See the Wiki entry.

    New York City was not consolidated until 1898. Therefore, not all 5 boroughs as we know them today are included in the 1890 census. In 1890 it was Manhattan and most of the Bronx as we know it today.

    Search the Index

  • Reclaim The Records

    posted by Daniel | category Vital Records

    Reclaim The Records has created a new online website to search the index of NYC marriage records from 1930 - 1955.

    The search engine even recognizes soundalike surnames, spelling variants, wildcards (with no minimum number of letters needed), common nicknames, year ranges, borough preferences, and more. Or you can download all the raw data files in XLS, CSV, or SQL format!

    View the Newsletter

  • NY Immigration Film Scans: New Utility

    posted by Daniel | category Vital Records

    How to possibly get better manifest images from the New York immigration films.

    View the Detail

  • Genealogy, Newspapers " Nostalgia from Szabolcs-Szatmar-Bereg

    posted by Iva Holland on Facebook | category Miscellaneous

    See a large amount of detail regarding Satu Mare, including newspapers from Szabolcs-Szatmar-Bereg county, Hungary and Transylvania. Recommended for a quick search of family names in that region.

    See the: Facebook Page on Satu Mare

  • Orthodox Jewish Cemetery from Sathmar

    posted by Moishe | category Tombstones

    Documentation of the Orthodox Jewish Cemetery from Sathmar.

    View the Website

  • Some more Szatmar links:

    posted by Iva Holland via TTT (Facebook) | category Vital Records

    Some more Szatmar links:

    View the Szatmari Memento - Ghetto Memorial

    View the Jewish Orthodox Burial Register of Satu Mare

    View the Jewish Orthodox Marriage Records of Satu Mare

    View the Necrology of the Jews of Satu Mare

    View the Yizkor Book Translations* (English)

  • The Israel State Archives

    posted by Daniel | category Vital Records

    Israel State Archives has launched an online search website with over 9 million documents.

    View the Website

  • New Family Tree Maker Options

    posted by Moishe | category Miscellaneous

    Software MacKiev is acquiring the Family Tree Maker software line as publisher for both Mac and Windows versions.

    RootsMagic software is to connect with Ancestry by the end of 2016.

    See the full announcement: http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2016/02/02/good-news-for-users-of-family-tree-maker/

  • Alien Registration Forms (AR-2): YouTube Video

    posted by Daniel | category Vital Records

    JGSLI posted a "15 Questions on an Alien Registration Form (AR-2) To Help Your Family Research". The Declaration of Intention or Petition for Naturalization offer detail for citizens. But what if your ancestor wasn't naturalized? Is there another way to find out some of the same information? The Alien Registration Form could be your answer.

    View the Video

  • Webinar: Choosing a Family Tree Software Program

    posted by Moishe | category Miscellaneous

    The New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) has produced a webinar on Choosing a Genealogical Software Program. It is available on their YouTube station for free. It runs 45 minutes presented by Rhonda McClure.

    Over the past 18 months several genealogy software programs have either already (The Master Genealogist)or will be no longer supported after the end of this year (Family Tree Maker). The purpose of the webinar is to assist the individual in making an informed decision as to which program to consider using. The genealogy programs that are discussed are: Ancestral Quest, Brother's Keeper, Heredis, iFamily, Legacy, MacFamilyTree, Reunion, and RootsMagic. The webinar demonstrates the basics on each software's data entry screen and import features. The webpage also offers a comparison chart.

    The webinar is available at: http://www.americanancestors.org/education/learning-resources/read/genealogical-software-programs

  • Jewish Cemetery in Eisenstadt, Austria

    posted by Yosef Boruch | category Tombstones

    Tombstone images posted online for this Austria Jewish cemetery.

    View Cemetery Website

    View Cemetery Announcement

  • Replacing Family Tree Maker- the series

    posted by Moishe | category Miscellaneous

    Article by Keith R: Replacing Family Tree Maker: Steps to export from FTM and then import to new software, without loss of data.

    The Replacing Family Tree Maker Series

    Part 1: How to Scrub Your Data
    Part 2: How to Get Your Tree out of FTM
    Part 3: Importing Your FTM Tree into RootsMagic 7
    Part 4: Importing Your FTM Tree into Reunion 11
    Part 5: Importing Your FTM Tree into MacFamilyTree 7
    Part 6: Importing Your FTM Tree into Family Tree Builder 7
    Part 7: Importing Your FTM Tree into Heredis 2015
    Part 8: Importing Your FTM Tree into Gramps 4
    Part 9: Importing Your FTM Tree into iFamily for Mac
    Part 10: Importing Your FTM Tree into GEDitCOM II
    Part 11: Importing Your FTM Tree into Legacy Family Tree 8
    Part 12: Importing Your FTM Tree into Ancestral Quest 14
    Part 13: Importing Your FTM Tree into Family Historian 6

  • WW I Lodz Resident Registration

    posted by Daniel | category Vital Records

    The Polish State Archives added digital images of about 135,000 Lodz registration cards for the 1916 - 1921 timeperiod.

    View Lodz Registration Records

  • Swiss Banks Name Holders of Dormant Accounts

    posted by Daniel | category Miscellaneous

    The Swiss Bankers Association did say that the total of all of the accounts amounted to roughly 44 million Swiss francs.

    Accounts in Switzerland are considered dormant after a decade without contact from a client, though only accounts that have been inactive for six decades or more will be published online each year.

    The Swiss Bankers Association recommended that people who think they are entitled to the dormant accounts make requests via the website dormantaccounts.ch, which will be forwarded to the relevant bank.

    View Dormant Swiss Bank Accounts

  • More from Ancestry on Family Tree Maker Software

    posted by Moishe | category Miscellaneous

    Ancestry.com responded to the thousands of comments by users. Ancestry is exploring possible relationships with other desktop software solutions.

    View Ancestry Follow-up

  • JewishGen MythBusters

    posted by Moishe | category Miscellaneous

    Warren Blatt, Managing Director of JewishGen posted a handy web page with the perfect responses to all the most common mistakes that some people might make when it comes to Jewish genealogy.

    View JewishGen MythBusters

  • Ancestry Announces Retirement of Family Tree Maker Software

    posted by Moishe | category Miscellaneous

    Ancestry.com announced they will cease selling Family Tree Maker as of December 31, 2015 but will continue supporting their longtime #1 genealogy software, Family Tree Maker at least through January 1, 2017.

    View Ancestry Announcement

  • Jewish Birth Records in Mukacheve, Ukraine

    posted by Yosef Boruch | category Vital Records

    1168 entries spanning at least the 1860 - 1920 timeperiod.

    View/Order Mukacheve Records

  • Jewish Cemetery in Krakow, Poland

    posted by Yosef Boruch | category Tombstones

    700 tombstone images posted online for this Krakow Jewish cemetery.

    View iVelt Website

  • Jewish Cemetery in Dubnik, Slovakia

    posted by Yosef Boruch | category Tombstones

    73 tombstone images posted online for this Dubnik, Slovakia Jewish cemetery.

    View iVelt website

  • Jewish Cemetery in Carei, Romania

    posted by Yosef Boruch | category Tombstones

    230 tombstone images posted online for this Carei, Romania Jewish cemetery.

    View iVelt Website

  • Index to Various Jewish Cemeteries

    posted by Yosef Boruch | category Tombstones

    An index page on the iVelt website to various Jewish cemeteries throughout the world.

    View iVelt Website

  • Jewish Cemetery in Conoplja, Serbia

    posted by Yosef Boruch | category Tombstones

    25 tombstone images at the Jewish Cemetery in Conoplja, Serbia.

    View iVelt Website

  • Jewish Cemetery in Uzhhorod, Ukraine

    posted by Yosef Boruch | category Tombstones

    78 of the over 1000 tombstone images posted online for the Uzhhorod, Ukraine Jewish cemetery.

    View iVelt Website

  • Jewish Cemetery in Sighetu Marmatiei, Romania

    posted by Yosef Boruch | category Tombstones

    About 1000 tombstone images posted online for the Sighetu Marmatiei, Romania Jewish cemetery.

    View iVelt Website

  • Jewish Cemetery in Tarnow, Poland

    posted by Yosef Boruch | category Tombstones

    Some tombstone images posted online for the Tarnow, Poland Jewish cemetery.

    View iVelt Website

  • Jewish Cemetery in Eisenstadt, Austria

    posted by Yosef Boruch | category Tombstones

    Selected tombstone images posted online from the Eisenstadt, Austria Jewish cemetery.

    View iVelt Website

  • Get Your Akt Together

    posted by Daniel | category Vital Records

    Subject: Get your Akt together
    From: michael@ ... .net
    Date: Thu, 8 Oct 2015 01:50:42 +0200

    Thank you to all who enquired about this document, which is a guide to locating records in the online Polish State Archives. I put it together a couple of years ago, but I haven't used it for a while, I hope it still serves. And apologies for the delay in responding, I'm away from home and don't have internet access on my laptop at the moment.

    This is (I hope) a link to the document on my Google Drive - it should be accessible: http://bit.ly/akttogether

    Best wishes,
    Michael Shade
    Brighton, UK

    View the Document Locally

  • Holocaust-era archive places thousands of documents from massive collection online

    posted by Daniel | category Vital Records

    The archive, located in the German town of Bad Arolsen, said the materials are available at no charge on its site. The 50,000 images posted so far represent only a small part of its collection of some 30 million documents.

    AP Press Release: ITS has begun putting its archive online

  • Reclaim The Records

    posted by Daniel | category Vital Records

    Reclaim The Records has won its first court case and will now have many thousands of records released.

    They will now try to get the more records from the archives in New York City

    View the Press Release

  • Reclaim The Records

    posted by Daniel | category Vital Records

    An organization using state and Federal FOI laws and Open Data initiatives to get copies of this information released back to the public.

    They are starting with archives in New York City

    View Their Website

  • Jewish Cemetery in Ste. Sophie, QC

    posted by Yosef Boruch | category Tombstones

    500 tombstone images posted online for this Canadian Jewish cemetery.

    View iVelt Website

  • Yizkor Books

    posted by Daniel | category Towns

    Online digital collection of over 650 books at the NY Public Library

    View NYPL Website