FSI Updated Jewish Vital Records Index Published! #general

Vivian Kahn

I am very excited to announce that close to 15,000 additional vital
records have been added to the Hungarian Jewish Vital Records at
FamilySearch.org. This increases the total number of records in this
collection by almost 15,000 to a total of 26,447. You can access the
database at https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1787825

The records have been indexed by JewishGen H-SIG volunteers >from films
at the Hungarian State Archives in Budapest and county archives. The
latest batch includes additional records >from Pest-Pilis and Szabolcs,
many of which are not yet included in the JewishGen Hungary Database.
It's taking some effort to reformat the FSI spreadsheets but
once this is completed, the new records will be added to the JewishGen
Hungary database as well.

This effort wouldn't have been possible without the
participation of a number of H-SIGrs as well as some folks who learned
about our project on the FamilySearch website. In particular, I want to
single out Judy Peterson, Henry Wellisch, Pat Shaw, Imre Grosz, and
Julie Lockwood for special thanks and recognition.

This project wouldn't exist at all without the efforts and
inspiration of Sam Schleman, the former H-SIG Vital Records Coordinator,
who we sadly lost earlier this year. Sam started the project, which was
the first and, I believe, still the only Jewish partner project with
FamilySearch as a way to continue the indexing of records in the Family
Research Library collection. Instead of having to obtain images for use
at the Family Research Library, FSI sends images to volunteers who use
special software to enter information that is submitted as each batch of
records is completed. Although the process is different >from the one
that most JewishGen volunteers have used, I and others have found the
format relatively easy to use.

Please contact me off-list if you'd like to learn more about how
this works.

Vivian Kahn, Oakland, California
JewishGen Hungarian SIG Coordinator

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