A follow-up on ShoahConnect.org... #galicia

Philip Trauring

I posted a few days ago about ShoahConnect.org. I received a
number of e-mails about my posting, some thanking me for
having spurred them to find relatives in the Yad Vashem database,
but others were by people who had trouble using the site. While
I'm not associated at all with ShoahConnect.org, I wanted to follow
up my posting with some more specific instructions in case others
are having trouble.

I wanted to add that since I posted this a few days ago nearly 50
new members have joined ShoahConnect and added nearly 500
new connections. Not bad for a few days. As the usefulness of
this site is largely determined by the amount of people using it, I
would recommend that everyone reading this post about it in
their local genealogy lists about it, and promote it. If my post on
three lists can get 50 new members and 500 association in a few
days, imagine what would happen if everyone promoted it. I would
especially ask those who are on Israeli lists in Hebrew to post
about it, since so many Pages of Testimony were submitted by
Israelis, and in order to reach them or their descendants, it would
seem like a good idea to attract as many Israelis onto the site as
possible. The site has a Hebrew interface, as well as interfaces in
Russian, Spanish, Polish, Danish and Portuguese. If you're on a
genealogy list that is in any of those languages, it would also be
good to promote it in those languages.

I also want to add that some people mentioned that they searched
Yad Vashem and didn't find any of their relatives, even though
they were known to have perished in the Holocaust. I have two
answers for this - the first is that you should definitely make use
of the Advanced Search feature on the Yad Vashem site, and try
different kinds of searches, including my town name. The Yad
Vashem search can be very powerful, but it can also miss people
if the spelling of the name is transcribed sufficiently differently
than you think it would be spelled. The second answer is that if
you know for sure your relative was killed in the Holocaust, and
there is no Page of Testimony on the Yad Vashem site, then you
should submit a page to the site, and then you can link to the
page you submitted. You can find out about submitting Pages of
Testimony on the Yad Vashem site here:


Once you find a Page of Testimony you want to connect to, here is
how ShoahConnect.org works. You start by installing the Google
Toolbar (on IE for Windows, or Firefox for Mac, Windows or Linux).
If you already have the Google Toolbar installed, go to:


and it will show you a button that looks like a C. Drag the C button
into the Google Toolbar. The C should now permanently be in the
Google Toolbar. Now when you go to the Page of Testimony you
want to link to, you press the C button to connect to that page. If
you don't have the Google Toolbar installed yet, clicking the above
link should present you with the option to install it. Once it's
installed click the link again to show the C button and drag it to the

When you press the C button, you are taken to a page on the
ShoahConnect.org site. If it's your first time using it, it will let you
set up an account. After the first time it will just ask you about
linking to that Page. You can later go to the ShoahConnect.org site
and log in to see the list of Pages you have connected to, and to add
some short notes to each one if you want.

Philip Trauring

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