Belarus SIG #Belarus The JewishGen ShtetlSeeker is now the JewishGen Gazetteer #belarus


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On August 16th, at the recent IAJGS Conference on Jewish Genealogy,
Warren Blatt announced that the "JewishGen ShtetlSeeker" was being
renamed to become the "JewishGen Gazetteer." This name was chosen to
more accurately reflect the contents of the database.

The JewishGen Gazetteer is based upon data >from the U.S. Board on
Geographic Names, and contains the names of one million localities
from 54 countries throughout Europe, North Africa, the Middle East,
and Central Asia.

Along with the name change, a number of significant improvements
have been made:

1. The geographic scope has been expanded to include:
a. Scandinavia: Denmark, Sweden, Norway, and Finland.
b. Iberia: Spain and Portugal.
c. Luxembourg.
d. Kyrgyzstan (the only former Soviet Republic not previously included).
e. Yemen.

2. Improved Search Functionality:
a. Names in non-Latin alphabets (such as Arabic and Cyrillic) are
now displayed (this is extremely useful when trying to locate towns based
upon old documents).
b. "Beider-Morse Phonetic Matching," a more advanced and accurate
form of Soundex coding, has been implemented.
c. Search results are now displayed in order of relevance, with
the most likely matches appearing first.

The JewishGen Gazetteer has helped thousands of people identify the places
where their ancestors lived. The new name of the database, along with the
technical improvements, will enable JewishGen to continue helping amateur
and professional genealogists as they research their Jewish family history
and heritage.

The database can be accessed by visiting
<http://www.jewishgen.org/Communities/LocTown.asp>.
If you have any questions or suggestions, please email info@....

We hope you will find this change beneficial, and thank you for your
continued support of JewishGen's important work.

Avraham Groll
Director of Business Operations
agroll@...

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