February 2007

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February 2007


Monday, February 19, 2007

Assisted Research Day at the LDS Family History Center
1:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Join fellow JGSLA members and mentor-volunteers at our assisted research day. Our members will assist you in the microfilm room and at computer stations, showing you how to access records on Ancestry, JewishGen, JRI-Poland and the ItalianGen/New York City vital and naturalization records websites. Search the newly-added Ancestry.com databases for the Hamburg emigration lists and Ellis Island records. There will also be demonstrations throughout the day on using the FHC’s new facilities for uploading microfilm images onto your computer’s hard drive or flash drive. The following classes, taught by our knowledgeable members, will be offered in the classroom:

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.: “Resources at the Family History Center,” Barbara Algaze , JGSLA Librarian
If you are unfamiliar with the FHC microfilm and book collections and computer databases, this introductory talk will demystify them, providing examples of the different types of birth, marriage, death, immigration, naturalization, and census records you can locate at the Center.

2:45 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.: Video Presentation: The Lost: with Daniel Mendelsohn
If you missed this wonderful program which was held at the Skirball on December 11th, we will show the video of Mendelsohn’s lecture and discussion with audience members.

4:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.: 27th Annual IAJGS Conference on Jewish Genealogy – Sneak Preview:
Are you curious about what’s in store for genealogists at this summer’s IAJGS conference, taking place in Salt Lake City from July 15th – 20th? Pamela Weisberger will fill you in on some of the planned programs, films and lectures along with highlighting the resources and research opportunities at the LDS Family History Library.

The Los Angeles Family History Library (FHC) is located at 10741 Santa Monica Blvd., West Los Angeles on the grounds of the LDS Temple. Turn onto Manning from Santa Monica Blvd. and turn left onto Eastborne. Turn right on entering the Temple grounds. The FHC is located in the Visitor’s Center Building. [www.lafhl.org]

Important Reminders:
The assisted research day is open only to JGSLA members, but non-members can join at the door. Consider bringing a friend, giving a membership as a gift. Bring a brown-bag lunch or snack to eat downstairs. Parking is free.


The following individuals were elected to three year terms at the December meeting of the society; Ann Harris, Mel Sofian Pamela Weisberger, and Marion Werle. The officers were elected at the first board meeting of the year. Below are the officers and directors for 2007:

Sandy Malek, President
Pamela Weisberger, 1st Vice President, Programs
Barbara Furst, 2nd Vice President, Membership
Nancy Biederman, Chief Financial Officer
Gloria Burney, Recording Secretary
Ann Harris, Publicity Chair
David Hoffman, Website Editor
Hale Porter, Membership Committee
Arnie Schwartz, Education Coordinator
Mel Sofian, SIG Group Coordinator
Marion Werle, At-large Director
Sonia Hoffman, Past President

Help Carry On The Roots-Key Tradition
Sandy Malek, President [president@jgsla.org]
JGSLA is looking for a creative, organized, inspirational, dedicated, eager, and genealogically driven person to be editor of our award-winning quarterly journal, Roots-Key.

Our editor is retiring and we need a creative individual to set the tone for the journal, determine its content, and encourage authors. Once articles are obtained, the editor ensures their professional editing and layout, and that publication is completed on schedule. The editor works closely with a publications committee, copy editors, proof- readers, and others who provide expert assistance under the editor’s direction.

If you have an interest in continuing the great tradition and have some ideas about what you would like to see in the journal, please contact Sandy Malek [president@jgsla.org] to discuss your interest and learn more about this opportunity.

UK Outbound Passenger Lists
Bobby Furst [bobby@jgsla.org]
Findmypast, a fee-based service, now has records of people leaving the United Kingdom on long-distance voyages between 1890 and 1899. Records vary, but transcriptions usually provide name, age, occupation, destination, travel and ship details as well as other people of the same name traveling on the ship. While you can find whether a record exists for a particular name without cost, viewing the original document requires a fee. To view these records and original documents you will need to buy pay-perview units from the website. Units are available from £5 ($9.80) for 50 units. It costs 5 units to view each transcription and 30 units to view high resolution color images. [www.ancestorsonboard.com]

National Archives Records available on Footnote
Hal Bookbinder, Editor [hal@jgsla.org]

Footnote, a fee-based service, is now digitizing vast amounts of documents from the National Archives and making them available at [www.footnote.com/nara]. 4.5 million pages of microfilmed documents have been digitized thus far with millions more to be made available each month. The agreement allows for no charge access to this material from the National Archives research rooms in Washington D.C. and regional facilities across the country (the closest one to us is in Laguna Niguel). After an interval of five years, all images digitized through this agreement will be available at no charge through the National Archives website.

There is no fee to register with Footnote and once registered, you can search their databases of scanned documents. You can easily find out how many documents they have scanned that fit your criteria, can see a little about the document and view a small version of it. However, for full information on the document and a larger, more readable, view of it, you must have a paid subscription (at a cost of $10/month).

A search for Bookbinder / Buchbinder returned 132 documents. A search for Barenberg / Berenberg found 65. These are the surnames of my paternal grandfather and grandmother. Many of the hits seemed worthy of follow-up.

Poland maps 1919-1939
Nancy Biederman [nancyb@jgsla.org]

The Polish Military Geographical Institute (1919-1939) developed and printed topographic maps of pre-WW2 Poland, which may be used to locate villages which have disappeared and cannot be found on modern maps. These include a wide variety of maps in scales from 1:300,000 down to 1:25,000. The Archivist for Maps of the WIG (Wojskowy Instytut Geograficzny) is scanning the maps and making them available online at [www.mapywig.org].

Four hundred eleven 1:100,000 maps covering about half of prewar Poland are included (as of mid January) with half of these loaded in the last few weeks. These maps have terrific detail, even showing streets, cemeteries (designated by a cross or a star of David), and even individual buildings. View the site in English or Polish. The English index page for towns in the 1:100,000 series is [www.mapywig.org/viewpage.php?page_id=12] Be aware that these are large files (greater than 10MB) and may take a while to download and view.

Center for Jewish History Integrated Index Now Online
from: Nu? What’s New
The Center for Jewish History now has an integrated online index to the holdings of the institutions located at the Center. This includes the American Jewish Historical Society, American Sefardi Federation, Leo Baeck Institute, Yeshiva University Museum and YIVO Institute for Jewish Research. Considering the diversity of these groups and their extensive holdings, the index provides an excellent source for determining what material is available on a given subject. The search engine allows wild card searches for many languages, including Yiddish and Hebrew. It can search over the entire contents of the catalog entry including author, title, subject and description. It can be accessed at [catalog.cjh.org]. Note that certain collections at the Center are stand alone and have their own indices which are not integrated into the combined index. For example, it does not include YIVO’s photographic collection, which can be found at [yivo1000towns.cjh.org]. This collection includes many photographs of the shtetls of Eastern Europe.

Hamburg Departures
Bobby Furst [bobby@jgsla.org]

Ancestry, a fee-based service, has the passenger manifests for Hamburg departures. Only the years 1890-1913 have been indexed so far. However, all of the images for 1850-1934 are available for browsing. LDS Family History Centers provide free access to its patrons to access Ancestry. [www.ancestry.com]

Free Access to Historical LA and NY Times
Jan Meisels Allen [janmallen@worldnet.att.net]

The Ventura County Library System (VCLS) offers free Internet access to ProQuest Historical Los Angeles Times (1881-1985), the New York Times (1851-2003) and 350 current newspapers (1980-present) to those with VCLS library cards.

California residents can obtain a free library card at any of the 15 libraries comprising the Ventura County Library System. You must present a photographic ID with your California address to obtain the library card. The Oak Park Branch, 899 North Kanan Road, is the closest one to LA County. For more info, see [www.vencolibrary.org].

Alternative Searching of the Family History Catalog
Hal Bookbinder [hal@jgsla.org]

Periodically, I check the Family History Catalog, at [www.familysearch.org], to see if the Family History Library has acquired any new items for my ancestral towns. One of these towns is Soroca, Moldova (then Soroki, Besarabia). Recently, I tried this, by typing “Soroca” into the “Place Name” search. To little surprise, I found nothing new and nothing Jewish.

But, I then tried typing “Jewish Soroca” into the “Keyword” search. To my surprise it returned, “Посемейные списки : еврейская колония Вертюжаны, 1859 Бессарабия (губерния). Казенная палата”, and when I clicked on the details, it explained this to be “Family lists (tax poll census) for Vertiuzhany (Jewish colony), Soroki, Besarabia, Russia; later Vârtejeni-Colonie, Soroca, Romania; now in Moldova. These lists were created to record information on the representatives of the taxable social classes. Text in Russian.” They contain the names and ages of all family members for about 1,800 individuals. So, use the keyword search, as well as the place name search!

New Galician Resource
Hal Bookbinder [hal@jgsla.org]
During this past year, the Genealogical Society of Utah filmed Jewish metrical books from the L’viv archives. This includes congregations in Galicia, Austria; later in Poland; now in L’viv, Ternopil’ and Ivano-Frankivs’k districts, Ukraine. Most film notes cover inclusive dates and events may be missing for some years. Text in Latin with some German, Polish or Ukrainian.

Below is a list of the various record groups in the 33 films that make up this series. The series is available at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City and may be a great resource to check on your trip there for this Summer’s Conference.

If you cannot wait, consider putting some/all of the films on loan at the LA Regional Family History Center. They are LDS film #’s 2,405,309 to 2,405,328, 2,405,335 to 2,405,344 and 2,405,430 to 2,405,432.
To find the specific reel on which any of these lists are to be found, go to [www.familysearch.org], select the LIBRARY tab, select “Family History Library Catalog”, select “Keyword Search”, enter “Jewish Lviv”. The first result, “Metrical books, 1820-1939 Jewish Congregation. L′viv” is this series. Click on it and you will see some more about it. Click now on “View Film Notes” and you will see a short description of what is on each reel. Please note that the descriptions omit reel #2,405,432, which contains birth, marriage and death records from L’viv. This has been reported to the Library and so may be corrected by the time you read this.

Births, marriages, deaths 1820-1864 (Berezhany)
Deaths 1823-1869 (Bilyĭ Kamin′)
Births, marriages, deaths 1811-1847, 1847-1856 (Bolekhiv)
Births, marriages, deaths 1857-1876 (Bolekhiv)
Deaths 1872-1876 (Borshchiv)
Births, marriages, deaths 1815-1831, 1829-1844, 1844-1854,
1854-1858, 1857-1860 (Brody)
Births 1860 (Brody)
Births, marriages, deaths 1825-1939 (Budzaniv; now Budaniv)
Births 1840-1865 (Bukachivtsi

Births, marriages, deaths 1816-1869, 1935 (Drohobych)

Deaths 1852-1876 (Hlyniany)
Births 1851-1867 (Horodenka)
Births, marriages, deaths 1922-1939 (Horodenka)
Births 1847-1869 (Horodok)
Marriages 1890-1940 (Hrymaliv)
Deaths 1816-1876 (Husiatyn)

Births 1859 (Kozel′nyky)
Marriages 1877-1901, 1902-1939 (Kozliv)
Births 1865 (Kolomyia)
Births, marriages 1842-1876 (Kosiv)
Marriages 1851-1875 (Kryvcha)
Deaths 1854-1876 (Kudryntsi)

Births, marriages, deaths (Liubych)
Births, marriages, deaths 1801-1808, 1808-1813, 1810-1932,
1832-1842, 1837-1844, 1841-1854, 1848-1859, 1851-1866,
1859-1880, 1870-1896 (L′viv)

Births 1896 (L′viv)
Index 1852-1939 (L′viv)
Certificates 1890, 1902-1912 (L′viv)
Births certificates 1844-1850 (L′viv?)

Births, deaths 1820-1876 (Mel′nytsia)
Death index 1835-1858 (Mykulynisii)
Deaths 1877, 1885, 1887-1899 (Mykulynisii)
Marriages 1900, Births 1901, Name changes 1905-1922
Deaths 1929 — Marriages 1932-1936 (Mykulynisii)
Births, deaths 1827-1885 (Mostys′ka)
Births, deaths 1877-1881, 1881-1899, 1899-1907 (Navariia)
Births 1850-1865 (Nadvirna)
Births, deaths 1839-1898 (Naraïv)
Births, marriages, deaths 1900-1936 (Naraïv)

Births 1876-1898, 1886-1942 (Ozerna)
Births, marriages, deaths 1816-1876 (Ozeriany)
Deaths 1823-1876 (Okopy)
Births 1852-1876 (Oles′ko)

Birth and deaths indexes 1877-1900 (Pidvolochys′k)
Deaths 1877-1942 (Pidvolochys′k)
Births, deaths 1854-1916, 1883-1893 (Pidhaĭtsi)
Deaths 1893-1897 (Pidhaĭtsi)
Deaths 1817-1876 (Probizhna)

Births 1832-1860 (Radekhiv)
Births 1832-1868 (Rozdol)
Births, deaths 1850-1866 (Rudky)

Births 1829, 1833-1852 (Sambir)
Births, marriages, deaths 1829-1876 (Sambir)
Deaths 1827-1845 — Births 1897 (Skalat)
Births 1831-1858 (Sokal′)
Births, marriages, deaths 1789-1871 (Stanislaviv; now Ivano-
Deaths 1856-1876 (Stare Misto)
Births, marriages, deaths 1827-1876 (Stryĭ)
Deaths 1864-1876 (Stryĭ)
Births, marriages, deaths 1837-1870 (Strusiv)
Births, marriages, deaths 1814-1876 (Sukhostav)

Births 1815-1856 (Tartakiv)
Births indexes 1924, 1927 (Ternopil′)
Births, marriages, deaths 1816-1865, 1858-1942 (Ternopil′)

Births, deaths 1813-1876 (Velyki Mosty)
Deaths 1813-1876 (Velyki Mosty)
Births, deaths 1791-1853 (Velyki Ochi)
Births 1857-1926 (Vynnyky)
Births 1829-1860 (Vytkiv Novyĭ; now Novyĭ Vitkiv)

Deaths 1855-1870 (Z’Hovkva; now Nesterov)
Births, deaths 1805-1858, 1831-1876 (Zbarazh)
Deaths 1894-191, 1914-1942 (Zbarazh)
Births, deaths 1819-1864 (Zboriv)
Births 1858-1869 (Znesinnia)
Births, deaths 1825-1894 (Zolochiv)
Deaths 1875-1876 (Zboriv)
Births 1854 (Zymna Voda; now Vodiane)