Fall issue of AVOTAYANU

Gary Mokotoff

The Fall issue of AVOTAYANU will go to the printer this week. One unusual aspect of it is that it will be 76 pages—eight pages more than the usual size. This was triggered by an 18-page article about researching landsmanshaftn societies. Its importance is not so much about these societies but the genealogical methodology the author used to acquire information about these groups. Read it because it may make you aware of genealogical resources not previously known to you, or research techniques that might assist in other parts of your research.


The lead article is by IAJGS past president, Marlis Humphrey, about a new IAJGS venture to develop an online catalog of information about record collections of Jewish genealogical value. Emphasis will be to root out what AVOTAYNU editor, Sallyann Sack-Pikus, calls “second tier” records—records that have information about Jewish persons but are not obviously Jewish.


This article is followed by an article about facial recognition software. We all struggle with photos of family members taken at various times of their lives, and question whether a face in one picture is the same as another taken decades later. Facial recognition software can help with these decisions.


The third article focuses on solving genealogical photo mysteries. It is written by Ava Cohn, who has dubbed herself “Sherlock Cohn” and is a professional analyzer of photos. She can help you date family photos.


All told there are 11 articles plus the usual columns, From Our Contributing editors, U.S. Update, Ask Dr. Beider About Names, Brick Walls, Book Review and From Our Mailbox.


View the issue’s Table of Contents at http://avotaynu.com/2019FallPage01.pdf.

Additional information about AVTAYNU can be found at http://avotaynu.com/journal.htm.


Gary Mokotoff


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