JGSLA DATES AND UPDATES
JEWISH GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY of LOS ANGELES
• Program for Monday, June 19, 2006 •
7:00 p.m.: Breaking Through Genealogical Brick Walls
In this highly interactive session, creative solutions will be discussed for problems that we run into in our genealogical research. For example, how do we find the married name for a female relative? The obvious answer would be to check the bride's registry in the city where the couple married. But what if you do not know which city or state? How do you handle the situation where relatives will not open up and share what they know? What happens when you encounter missing information in on-line databases because of transcription or other errors? During the talk, creative ways to overcome these and other obstacles will be shared by the speaker as well as through audience participation. Please come prepared to share your best methods for overcoming brick walls.
Speaker Hal Bookbinder: Hal Bookbinder has been researching his family for over 20 years, tracing two lines into the mid-18th century and identifying over 3,000 relatives. He has published numerous articles on Jewish genealogy and contributed to several comprehensive volumes on the subject. In the world beyond genealogy, Hal directs computing for UCLA Healthcare and teaches Information Technology at the university level.
Location: Jewish Federation Building, Board Room, 6505 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles.
Attendance Fees / Reservations: Free of charge, but reservations are required. Please phone (323) 761-8648 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
This talk is co-sponsored by the Jewish Community Library of Los Angeles, a department of the Bureau of Jewish Education, a beneficiary agency of the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles.
|Research links from the NY Conference Digest
Online New York Death Indexes & Records
Online Searchable New York Naturalization Records & Indexes
New York Naturalization & Vital Records Databases
New York Genealogy and History Resources - NY GenWeb Site [www.rootsweb.com/~nygenweb]
Cyndi's List - New York [www.cyndislist.com/ny.htm]
New York Passenger Lists Quick Guide 1820-1957
New York Newspapers (current)
New York Newspapers (historical) - scroll to the NY section
JGSLA at the IAJGS 2006 Conference
The JGSLA will hold a meeting at the IAJGS conference on Thursday, August 17th, 4-5 p.m. in the SOHO conference room for members to discuss which programs for which they would like to provide summaries for our “Highlights of the 2006 IAJGS Conference” program to be held in September.
We will also discuss purchasing taped sessions for the society's library, and speakers of note that we should consider for future JGSLA programs. This meeting is not restricted to members only, so anyone who lives in the Greater Los Angeles area, or has genealogical research in L.A. is invited to attend. Mark your conference calendars!
|JGSLA Membership pays off!
Although a member of JGSLA, I live in Pennsylvania. Last year, I visited a cousin in Florida who provided photos and letters that were proof that a first cousin of my father had survived the Shoah and had lived in LA in the 1960s and 1970s. The surname was APFELBLUM, an unusual surname. I was able to find one APFELBLUM family living in Northern California, but ran into a brick wall as the head of household had passed away and his daughter was not interested in connecting with family. But, this daughter did tell me that her father had four surviving sisters.
Requests for assistance
Avrohom Krauss [email@example.com], of Telz-Stone Israel, is seeking help in finding information on a Los Angeles relative. Through Yad Vashem's Pages of Testimony, he learned of an unknown cousin, Susan BELL (nee KRAUS), born 17 Mar 1915 in Przemysl, Poland. According to the SSDI, she passed away 14 May 1988. Her last residence was listed at Encino. At the time of the submission of the PoT, she lived at 855 S. Sherbourne Dr., Los Angeles. The PoT was submitted at Star Players Club, Rose Oberne, registrar. Mr. Krauss would like help finding her burial plot and any living relatives.
Please let Sandy know if you are able to successfully assist those listed in this column so we can relate success stories.
As reported in “Nu? What’s New?”
Germany announced that they now favor opening the record collection of the International Tracing Service (ITS) located in Arolsen, Germany. The agreement would permit the eleven countries that make up the ITS committee to copy the ITS material and make it available through their national archives. This decision is expected to be formally approved at the May 17 meeting of the ITS Council and then ratified by member countries. The new German position was approved by the German cabinet and announced at a news conference at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum by German Justice Minister Brigitte Zypries.
Until now, Germany resisted public access to the records citing privacy considerations. The member countries can now obtain copies of the records and make them available to the public based on each country’s privacy laws.
The holdings of the International Tracing Service are one of the most valuable sources of information about the 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
NYC Area Cemetery Interment Search Engines
Cemetery records for Mount Hebron Cemetery in Flushing, Queens, are online at [www.mounthebroncemetery.com]. A similar database, created by Mount Carmel Cemetery in Glendale, Queens, is at [www.mountcarmelcemetery.com], and Mount Moriah Cemetery in New Jersey recently put up a grave locator (searchable by name and organization only) at [www.mountmoriahcemeteryofnewjersey.org].
Several other cemeteries, including Mount Zion Cemetery (Maspeth, Queens), Mount Judah Cemetery (Ridgewood, Queens) and Mount Lebanon Cemetery (Glendale, Queens) are currently developing search engines that may be on line by the time of the upcoming conference. As additional search engines become available, information on them will be posted to [www.jgsny2006.org/ny_cemetery_information.cfm].
Jews of Czestochowa
There's a new website devoted to the Jews of Czestochowa (Poland). It's at [www.czestochowajews.org]. The website has information about the touring exhibit "The Jews of Czestochowa" and other useful links for researchers.
Anne Feder Lee [firstname.lastname@example.org]
The 2008 IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy will be in Chicago. Specific dates and venue are yet to be finalized. More information will be shared as it becomes available. For the trivia buffs, the last Chicago conference was in 1984. Of course, the conference this summer is in New York City and the 2007 conference will be in Salt Lake City.
Speaking of conferences…
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|Online Jewish Film Archive
Hal Bookbinder [email@example.com]
The Steven Spielberg Jewish Film Archive has 300 movies on Israel, Zionism, the Holocaust and Jewish life in the Diaspora available free of charge on its website. The Archive aims to add 100 movies per year. You can view them from the comfort of your home computer at [www.spielbergfilmarchive.org.il].
Five short films show footage from five Polish cities in August 1939 - just one month before the start of World War Two. The cities are Cracow, Warsaw, Bialystock, Lvov and Vilna. An American filmmaker created these for immigrants who used to live in the cities. They then sat undiscovered for years.
The archive seeks to “record life as we know it for our children and their children after them so they will know who they are and where we all came from.” It collects movies made since 1911 that deal with Israel and Jewish communities around the world. The majority of the films are in English.
They are nicely organized by category, making it relatively easy to scan the holdings and find a film that might be of interest to you.
Online sources of Vital Records for New York City