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Deena Berton #lithuania

Dorfleiv@...
 

After many years of devoted service to LitvakSIG, Deena Berton has stepped
down as District Research Coordinator for two districts: Telsiai and
Siauliai. Deena leaves two groups which have a suberb record of supporting
translation efforts. I am sure the members of both groups would want to join
me in thanking her for her sterling efforts on their behalf. Deena, we
tnank you and all wish you well.

Dorothy Leivers
Coordinator of the District Research Groups of LitvakSIG


Lithuania SIG #Lithuania Deena Berton #lithuania

Dorfleiv@...
 

After many years of devoted service to LitvakSIG, Deena Berton has stepped
down as District Research Coordinator for two districts: Telsiai and
Siauliai. Deena leaves two groups which have a suberb record of supporting
translation efforts. I am sure the members of both groups would want to join
me in thanking her for her sterling efforts on their behalf. Deena, we
tnank you and all wish you well.

Dorothy Leivers
Coordinator of the District Research Groups of LitvakSIG


YIVO Encyclopedia #general

John Berkeley <gluckpast@...>
 

Genners,

Jan Meisels Allen is quite right to draw attention to this valuable
source but may I offer a word of advice?

We are all now accustomed to using the current name of our shtetl or
town/village of interest when searching JewishGen databases. However,
with the YIVO Encyclopedia, you need to try all possible versions of the
name in order to locate the full range of sources and references.
Entering Khust produced just two, whilst trying Huszt turned up five or
six different references and Chust a further two, not in either of the
other lists.

John Berkeley
Warwick, UK


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen YIVO Encyclopedia #general

John Berkeley <gluckpast@...>
 

Genners,

Jan Meisels Allen is quite right to draw attention to this valuable
source but may I offer a word of advice?

We are all now accustomed to using the current name of our shtetl or
town/village of interest when searching JewishGen databases. However,
with the YIVO Encyclopedia, you need to try all possible versions of the
name in order to locate the full range of sources and references.
Entering Khust produced just two, whilst trying Huszt turned up five or
six different references and Chust a further two, not in either of the
other lists.

John Berkeley
Warwick, UK


Re: YIVO Encylopedia of Eastern Europe On-Line #general

h snillop <snilloph@...>
 

'a complete picture'?

I inserted the names of the two shtetls >from which both sets of grandparents
came (and in one of which my mother was born). There was a nil response
to both.

Harold Pollins
Oxford England

snip..This website provides a complete picture of the history and
culture of Jews in Eastern Europe >from the beginnings of their
settlement in the region to the present.
snip...


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen RE: YIVO Encylopedia of Eastern Europe On-Line #general

h snillop <snilloph@...>
 

'a complete picture'?

I inserted the names of the two shtetls >from which both sets of grandparents
came (and in one of which my mother was born). There was a nil response
to both.

Harold Pollins
Oxford England

snip..This website provides a complete picture of the history and
culture of Jews in Eastern Europe >from the beginnings of their
settlement in the region to the present.
snip...


Re: ViewMate 15713 - 4 #general

Robert Israel <israel@...>
 

They may be found on
http://www.jewishgen.org/viewmate/viewmateview.asp?key=15713
and
http://www.jewishgen.org/viewmate/viewmateview.asp?key=15714.
I'm hoping that someone can translate the Hebrew words. There are some
handwritten phrases on the document. If possible, please translate them.
snip...

I can't help with decyphering the handwriting, but my grandparents' ketubah
(>from Winnipeg in October 1904) was on exactly the same form. I'm guessing
it was in common use around that time period (and inexpensive).

Robert Israel israel@...
http://www.math.ubc.ca/~israel
University of British Columbia Vancouver, BC, Canada


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Re: ViewMate 15713 - 4 #general

Robert Israel <israel@...>
 

They may be found on
http://www.jewishgen.org/viewmate/viewmateview.asp?key=15713
and
http://www.jewishgen.org/viewmate/viewmateview.asp?key=15714.
I'm hoping that someone can translate the Hebrew words. There are some
handwritten phrases on the document. If possible, please translate them.
snip...

I can't help with decyphering the handwriting, but my grandparents' ketubah
(>from Winnipeg in October 1904) was on exactly the same form. I'm guessing
it was in common use around that time period (and inexpensive).

Robert Israel israel@...
http://www.math.ubc.ca/~israel
University of British Columbia Vancouver, BC, Canada


Bessarabia Vital Records Update #ukraine

RobertW252@...
 

ROM-SIG is proud to announce that the Bessarabia Vital Records database
has been updated. There are now over 135,000 records in the vital records
database.

You are able to access it through the Romanian database at
http://www.jewishgen.org/databases/Romania/ or through the Ukraine database at
http://www.jewishgen.org/databases/Ukraine/.

This database includes all of the records for Kishinev that we presently
have. We will eventually get the records >from the Family History Library
that we do not have.

ROM-SIG can also use more people who can translate Russian, Hebrew,
German or Hungarian to work on different projects. Please contact me if you are
interested in working on any of our projects:

Bessarabia Vital Records (Bel'tsy)
Bessarabia Revision Lists
Brasov Vital Records
Cehu Silvaniei Vital Records
Simleu Silvaniei Vital Records

Bob Wascou
ROM-SIG Research Coordinator


Ukraine SIG #Ukraine Bessarabia Vital Records Update #ukraine

RobertW252@...
 

ROM-SIG is proud to announce that the Bessarabia Vital Records database
has been updated. There are now over 135,000 records in the vital records
database.

You are able to access it through the Romanian database at
http://www.jewishgen.org/databases/Romania/ or through the Ukraine database at
http://www.jewishgen.org/databases/Ukraine/.

This database includes all of the records for Kishinev that we presently
have. We will eventually get the records >from the Family History Library
that we do not have.

ROM-SIG can also use more people who can translate Russian, Hebrew,
German or Hungarian to work on different projects. Please contact me if you are
interested in working on any of our projects:

Bessarabia Vital Records (Bel'tsy)
Bessarabia Revision Lists
Brasov Vital Records
Cehu Silvaniei Vital Records
Simleu Silvaniei Vital Records

Bob Wascou
ROM-SIG Research Coordinator


Bessarabia Vital Records Update #romania

RobertW252@...
 

ROM-SIG is proud to announce that the Bessarabia Vital Records database
has been updated. There are now over 135,000 records in the vital records
database.

You are able to access it through the Romanian database at
http://www.jewishgen.org/databases/Romania/ or through the Ukraine database at
http://www.jewishgen.org/databases/Ukraine/.

This database includes all of the records for Kishinev that we presently
have. We will eventually get the records >from the Family History Library
that we do not have.

ROM-SIG can also use more people who can translate Russian, Hebrew,
German or Hungarian to work on different projects. Please contact me if you are
interested in working on any of our projects:

Bessarabia Vital Records (Bel'tsy)
Bessarabia Revision Lists
Brasov Vital Records
Cehu Silvaniei Vital Records
Simleu Silvaniei Vital Records

Bob Wascou
ROM-SIG Research Coordinator


Romania SIG #Romania Bessarabia Vital Records Update #romania

RobertW252@...
 

ROM-SIG is proud to announce that the Bessarabia Vital Records database
has been updated. There are now over 135,000 records in the vital records
database.

You are able to access it through the Romanian database at
http://www.jewishgen.org/databases/Romania/ or through the Ukraine database at
http://www.jewishgen.org/databases/Ukraine/.

This database includes all of the records for Kishinev that we presently
have. We will eventually get the records >from the Family History Library
that we do not have.

ROM-SIG can also use more people who can translate Russian, Hebrew,
German or Hungarian to work on different projects. Please contact me if you are
interested in working on any of our projects:

Bessarabia Vital Records (Bel'tsy)
Bessarabia Revision Lists
Brasov Vital Records
Cehu Silvaniei Vital Records
Simleu Silvaniei Vital Records

Bob Wascou
ROM-SIG Research Coordinator


looking for family in South Africa. " SHMUKLER from SZYDLOWIEC in Poland. #southafrica

Adrian Freedman
 

Dear Friends

An acquaintance in Israel asks for help in tracing missing relatives
in South Africa who came, in his words "to look for diamonds ".

The family named SHMUKLER came >from SZYDLOWIEC in Poland.

Their destination in South Africa is not known.

He does not know first names

. He says a branch of the family went to the USA

If anyone can help, please pass information on to me and I will be in
contact with him

Best wishes

Adrian Freedman

Raanana Israel


South Africa SIG #SouthAfrica looking for family in South Africa. " SHMUKLER from SZYDLOWIEC in Poland. #southafrica

Adrian Freedman
 

Dear Friends

An acquaintance in Israel asks for help in tracing missing relatives
in South Africa who came, in his words "to look for diamonds ".

The family named SHMUKLER came >from SZYDLOWIEC in Poland.

Their destination in South Africa is not known.

He does not know first names

. He says a branch of the family went to the USA

If anyone can help, please pass information on to me and I will be in
contact with him

Best wishes

Adrian Freedman

Raanana Israel


JGS of Colorado Awards #general

Terry Lasky <talasky@...>
 

The Jewish Genealogical Society of Colorado was proud to acknowledge
long-time members at our annual meeting last Sunday with "Pillar of
Our Society Awards." Congratulations to recipients Sandra Greenberg,
Miriam Ohr, Myndel Cohen, Anne Fendrich and RitaJo Tensly. These
recipients have been members for most or all of the 15 years of our
Society's existence and have been major contributors to our continuing
success.

JGSCO member Howard Steinmetz was also awarded with a "Spirit of JGSCO"
award. Howard's spirit in his genealogical pursuits has been amazing,
especially under trying circumstances. His spirit has gone beyond
genealogy and has touched a large number of our members in a very special
way.

Congratulations to all, and thank you for your hard work, dedication and
commitment to our organization!

Terry Lasky
Awards Committee Chairman
Centennial, CO


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen JGS of Colorado Awards #general

Terry Lasky <talasky@...>
 

The Jewish Genealogical Society of Colorado was proud to acknowledge
long-time members at our annual meeting last Sunday with "Pillar of
Our Society Awards." Congratulations to recipients Sandra Greenberg,
Miriam Ohr, Myndel Cohen, Anne Fendrich and RitaJo Tensly. These
recipients have been members for most or all of the 15 years of our
Society's existence and have been major contributors to our continuing
success.

JGSCO member Howard Steinmetz was also awarded with a "Spirit of JGSCO"
award. Howard's spirit in his genealogical pursuits has been amazing,
especially under trying circumstances. His spirit has gone beyond
genealogy and has touched a large number of our members in a very special
way.

Congratulations to all, and thank you for your hard work, dedication and
commitment to our organization!

Terry Lasky
Awards Committee Chairman
Centennial, CO


More on autosomal tests #dna

sbloom@...
 

It seems to me that there are two ways one can check on the efficacy
of the typical autosomal test that is administered by FTDNA or
23andme (yes, I realize they have somewhat different tests).

1. simulate genetic data (essentially, create genetic data for a
simulated family over, say 5 generations or what have you) and run
the test on the fake data to see if you can retrieve the known
relationships accurately.

2. retrieve genealogical data >from a known and well documented tree
and run the tests on folks >from every branch of the tree and see if
you retrieve the known relationships.

The advantage of (1) is that it is much cheaper and you can change
the data set in any number of ways (can make the data more "noisy",
can make fake ancestors that are partially related to each other or
totally unrelated, etc.). The disadvantage is that you could probably
never simulate reality with 100% accuracy.

The advantage of (2) is that it is more similar to what the average
user of the product wants to be doing. The disadvantage is that
probably the company involved will have to subsidize some testing (I
think its worth it though).

Comments?

Steve Bloom
Central Virginia


DNA Research #DNA More on autosomal tests #dna

sbloom@...
 

It seems to me that there are two ways one can check on the efficacy
of the typical autosomal test that is administered by FTDNA or
23andme (yes, I realize they have somewhat different tests).

1. simulate genetic data (essentially, create genetic data for a
simulated family over, say 5 generations or what have you) and run
the test on the fake data to see if you can retrieve the known
relationships accurately.

2. retrieve genealogical data >from a known and well documented tree
and run the tests on folks >from every branch of the tree and see if
you retrieve the known relationships.

The advantage of (1) is that it is much cheaper and you can change
the data set in any number of ways (can make the data more "noisy",
can make fake ancestors that are partially related to each other or
totally unrelated, etc.). The disadvantage is that you could probably
never simulate reality with 100% accuracy.

The advantage of (2) is that it is more similar to what the average
user of the product wants to be doing. The disadvantage is that
probably the company involved will have to subsidize some testing (I
think its worth it though).

Comments?

Steve Bloom
Central Virginia


Re: More about using Y-DNA testing #dna

Arline and Sidney Sachs
 

Jeff Malka wrote:
"But elsewhere on the FTDNA website, when I click on any of my 12 marker
exact matches it says it is a 30% possibility at 4 generations - which
sounds a lot better!

Here is what comes up for any of my exact 12 point matches:

In comparing 12 markers, the probability that Mr. ...... and .....
shared a common ancestor within the last...
Comparison Chart
Generations Percentage
4 33.57%
8 55.88% ..."

Those figure are for the general population. Not for persons with
Askenazic ancestry where persons with 12 markers matches all have a
different surnames. What I did was to add 6 generations to the number of
generations above to cover the 200 years since we began using last names.

Sidney Sachs


DNA Research #DNA Re: More about using Y-DNA testing #dna

Arline and Sidney Sachs
 

Jeff Malka wrote:
"But elsewhere on the FTDNA website, when I click on any of my 12 marker
exact matches it says it is a 30% possibility at 4 generations - which
sounds a lot better!

Here is what comes up for any of my exact 12 point matches:

In comparing 12 markers, the probability that Mr. ...... and .....
shared a common ancestor within the last...
Comparison Chart
Generations Percentage
4 33.57%
8 55.88% ..."

Those figure are for the general population. Not for persons with
Askenazic ancestry where persons with 12 markers matches all have a
different surnames. What I did was to add 6 generations to the number of
generations above to cover the 200 years since we began using last names.

Sidney Sachs