JGSLA DATES AND UPDATES
JEWISH GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY of LOS ANGELES
· Monday, September 24, 2007, 7:30 pm ·
When Leopold Met Lena: Marriage, Divorce and Deception
We extend our condolences to the family of Dorothy Dellar Kohanski, who passed away on July 17 at 86. Dorothy served for many years as the president of the JGS of Orange County. She is survived by her sons, Ron and Dan, their wives, and five grandchildren. “Mom brought many of us together through her genealogical work. For this, and her abilities to live her life to its fullest, she will be missed,” said Ron and Dan.
Molly Breton passed away on August 10 at the age of 80. We extend our condolences to her sisters, Victoria and Sylvia, her four children, Neil, Rhonda, William and Jana, and her “other” five children, Ronnie, Laura, Martin, Amy and Jane, her 15 grandchildren, and to her many friends in our Society.
Our best to Manny and Adaire Klein who celebrated their 50 th anniversary on Aug 12, 2007.
Research in Belarus
Bobbe Mootchnik writes that she is looking for someone to do research in Gomel, Minsk, Belarus. If anyone has had success and can give her a recommendation, please e-mail her at [firstname.lastname@example.org].
British Colombia, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Nova Scotia are 4 out of the 10 Canadian provinces and 3 territories that have vital events indexes available on line. Their archives contain births of over 100 years, marriages over 75 years, and deaths of over 20 years:
Welcome New Members!
We have recently re-catalogued a number of Holocaust related books in our JGSLA Library. This way, they are together on the shelves and easier for you to find. Check them out the next time you are at the Family History Center.
Ron Arons’ recommended links
Ron Arons gave a talk at the recent IAJGS conference entitled “Using the Internet beyond Jewish Gen and Steve Morse’s Website.” In conjunction with the talk, he provided the following website, which lists many of his favorite links: [http://www.netcom.com/~reaxprs/InternetGenLinks.doc]
New Jewish resources from FamilySearch.org
FamilySearch has announced the addition of three new resources to aid Jewish genealogical research, including:
Member News Input
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A visit to the vault
Many of us have heard of “The Vault,” in which the Genealogical Society of Utah stores the masters of nearly 3 million microfilms. But few have had the opportunity to visit the facility carved into the side of a granite mountain in Little Cottenwood Canyon, 20 miles southeast of Salt Lake City. Tours were discontinued years ago.
Thanks to the persistence of Robert Neu, president of the Utah JGS, a tour was arranged for a number of international archivists who participated in the 27 th IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy this past July. As conference co-chair I was certainly not going to miss this!
On entering the facility, one sees a long hallway which runs along the edge of the mountain. In it and some attached short tunnels, workers produce copies for distribution, create new masters, catalogue films, and conduct a massive effort to digitize the films they possess. Their goal is 60 million digitized frames this year increasing to 200 million next year as they increase the number of digitizing workstations to 15. They have set aside space for 25 stations. So, they should eventually be able to digitize well over 300 million frames per year. But, with an estimated 3 billion frames of film, and more coming in every day from over 100 photographic teams around the world still using conventional photography it will be many years before the whole collection is digitized. So, they first focus on the films most in demand. The digitizing technology is amazing.
On leaving the work area, one passes through a 17-ton steel bank vault type door to enter the storage tunnels. There the temperature remains constant near 57 °F., and humidity hovers between 40% and 60%. Six tunnels are set aside for storage of microfilm and currently hold over 2.8 million rolls neatly stored in long rows of ten-foot-high cabinets. When the facility opened in the late 1960’s the projection was to run out of space in 30 years. But with digitization this has been repeatedly set back. Over 40 filming teams are currently capturing their images directly into digital format and as time goes by more of the teams will switch to digital technology. They now project that it will take at least 40 more years to fill the available space. And, in all likelihood, this date will continue to be set back.