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GerSIG's Christine Crawford-Oppenheimer lecture on preserving your family papers #germany

JewishGen German Research Division Coordinator
 

The Capital Region Jewish Genealogical Society (CRJGS) is pleased to
announce Christine Crawford-Oppenheimer as the guest speaker for our
October meeting. Her presentation will be "Preserving Your Family
Papers, Photographs, Books, and Digital Materials for Future Generations".

[Time and place information below.]

Genealogy is not just about finding relatives. Many of us have
inherited fragile and sentimental photos, papers, photographs and
books >from our family. How can we best keep these materials for
future generations? Get those items out of your desk drawers,
cardboard boxes and folders and start doing it right!

Christine will teach us about archivally sound methods and materials
for storing and preserving family history items. The presentation
will cover causes of deterioration, materials to use and avoid,
choosing a location to store items, selecting safe photograph albums,
dealing with mold and mildew, storing digital files, and much more.

Christine Crawford-Oppenheimer, MLS, has a master's degree in library
science and a graduate certificate in archives. Most recently,
Christine was the reference librarian and archivist at The Culinary
Institute of America for eleven years. She has been doing genealogical
research since 1979, and was Vice President for Programs and Vice
President for Publicity for the Dutchess County Genealogical Society
from 1988 to 2018. She is Vice-Chairman for Lineage Research for
District IX, NSDAR, New York State and a member of several
genealogical and professional societies, including the Association of
Professional Genealogists, the Genealogical Speakers Guild, the
National Genealogical Society, and state and local societies.
Christine lives in Dutchess County with her husband and three cats.

When: October 21, 2018 @ 1:30 PM
Where: Jewish Federation of Northeastern New York, 184 Washington Ave.
Ext., Albany, NY 12203

RSVP to crjgs1@gmail.com.

GerSIG Moderator for Susan Kugler, Secretary -
Capital Region Jewish Genealogical Society (CRJGS)


New Success Stories Posted to JewishGen #germany

Nancy Siegel
 

Be sure to read the new stories recently published to our Success
Stories webpage. You can access these accounts >from the "About Us"
button on the website or by following this link:
http://www.jewishgen.org/jewishgen/testimonials/

**Joshua Grayson finds that his ability to read pre-revolutionary
Russian cursive writing is the key to unlocking the history of his
grandfather's family.

**When Douglas Sarbach learns that his dad's father was buried in a
Jewish cemetery in Leavenworth, Kansas, he begins to wonder. He
especially wonders why his family was Methodist and launches the
search for his father's Jewish roots.

**Ronald Miller becomes hooked on genealogy when searching for the
truth behind his grandfather's surname. He learns that the 1920 US
Census entry is mostly incorrect as he works to untangle the true
surname >from the many variations on the vital records he discovers.

We hope these new stories, and the stories in our archives, serve to
inspire and inform. We encourage you to submit your own success
stories to us at success@lyris.jewishgen.org.

Nancy Siegel, Editor; San Francisco, CA
Colin Mathias Justin, Webmaster; Walla Walla, WA - JewishGen's Success Stories


JewishGen offers Research in Belarus Class October 26 #scandinavia

Nancy Holden
 

JewishGen will offer a Research in Belarus Class October 26 - November 16

This is a three week course in researching your Belarus ancestors. It
will cover the modern boundaries of Belarus including parts of the former
Lithuania, parts of Latvia and parts of Poland.

This one-on-one personal mentoring class will concentrate on multiple
surnames >from the same District.

Choose your Gubernia and District by checking the Jewish Communities
database or Shtetls of Belarus >from the Belarus SIG website

Class includes downloadable lessons to help you with surnames and given
names, types of records, how to use secondary sources, how to write up
your research and communicate with others.

This is a personal mentoring program where students work one-on-one with
the instructor. Students should have 8-10 hours per week to read the
lessons, search online and interact with the instructor. To meet the
needs of international students this course is open 24/7.

An application should be sent before class begins so that the instructor
can plan strategies to help with your project.

Please answer these questions:
1. The family surnames I want to research are:
2. My family comes >from (Gubernia, District or Shtetl)
3. This is what I know so far: (Names Dates and Places)

The Tuition is $125.
Enrollment is limited.
Registration will close when the course is full.
If you have questions, just ask.
Send your questions and/or application to Nancy Holden
nholden@interserv.com
Instruction Manager, JewishGen


New Success Stories Posted to JewishGen #scandinavia

Nancy Siegel
 

Be sure to read the new stories recently published to our Success
Stories webpage. You can access these accounts >from the "About Us"
button on the website or by following this link:
http://www.jewishgen.org/jewishgen/testimonials/

**Joshua Grayson finds that his ability to read pre-revolutionary
Russian cursive writing is the key to unlocking the history of his
grandfather's family.

**When Douglas Sarbach learns that his dad's father was buried in a
Jewish cemetery in Leavenworth, Kansas, he begins to wonder. He
especially wonders why his family was Methodist and launches the
search for his father's Jewish roots.

**Ronald Miller becomes hooked on genealogy when searching for the
truth behind his grandfather's surname. He learns that the 1920 US
Census entry is mostly incorrect as he works to untangle the true
surname >from the many variations on the vital records he discovers.

We hope these new stories, and the stories in our archives, serve to
inspire and inform. We encourage you to submit your own success
stories to us at success@lyris.jewishgen.org.

Nancy Siegel, Editor; San Francisco, CA
Colin Mathias Justin, Webmaster; Walla Walla, WA
JewishGen's Success Stories


German SIG #Germany GerSIG's Christine Crawford-Oppenheimer lecture on preserving your family papers #germany

JewishGen German Research Division Coordinator
 

The Capital Region Jewish Genealogical Society (CRJGS) is pleased to
announce Christine Crawford-Oppenheimer as the guest speaker for our
October meeting. Her presentation will be "Preserving Your Family
Papers, Photographs, Books, and Digital Materials for Future Generations".

[Time and place information below.]

Genealogy is not just about finding relatives. Many of us have
inherited fragile and sentimental photos, papers, photographs and
books >from our family. How can we best keep these materials for
future generations? Get those items out of your desk drawers,
cardboard boxes and folders and start doing it right!

Christine will teach us about archivally sound methods and materials
for storing and preserving family history items. The presentation
will cover causes of deterioration, materials to use and avoid,
choosing a location to store items, selecting safe photograph albums,
dealing with mold and mildew, storing digital files, and much more.

Christine Crawford-Oppenheimer, MLS, has a master's degree in library
science and a graduate certificate in archives. Most recently,
Christine was the reference librarian and archivist at The Culinary
Institute of America for eleven years. She has been doing genealogical
research since 1979, and was Vice President for Programs and Vice
President for Publicity for the Dutchess County Genealogical Society
from 1988 to 2018. She is Vice-Chairman for Lineage Research for
District IX, NSDAR, New York State and a member of several
genealogical and professional societies, including the Association of
Professional Genealogists, the Genealogical Speakers Guild, the
National Genealogical Society, and state and local societies.
Christine lives in Dutchess County with her husband and three cats.

When: October 21, 2018 @ 1:30 PM
Where: Jewish Federation of Northeastern New York, 184 Washington Ave.
Ext., Albany, NY 12203

RSVP to crjgs1@gmail.com.

GerSIG Moderator for Susan Kugler, Secretary -
Capital Region Jewish Genealogical Society (CRJGS)


German SIG #Germany New Success Stories Posted to JewishGen #germany

Nancy Siegel
 

Be sure to read the new stories recently published to our Success
Stories webpage. You can access these accounts >from the "About Us"
button on the website or by following this link:
http://www.jewishgen.org/jewishgen/testimonials/

**Joshua Grayson finds that his ability to read pre-revolutionary
Russian cursive writing is the key to unlocking the history of his
grandfather's family.

**When Douglas Sarbach learns that his dad's father was buried in a
Jewish cemetery in Leavenworth, Kansas, he begins to wonder. He
especially wonders why his family was Methodist and launches the
search for his father's Jewish roots.

**Ronald Miller becomes hooked on genealogy when searching for the
truth behind his grandfather's surname. He learns that the 1920 US
Census entry is mostly incorrect as he works to untangle the true
surname >from the many variations on the vital records he discovers.

We hope these new stories, and the stories in our archives, serve to
inspire and inform. We encourage you to submit your own success
stories to us at success@lyris.jewishgen.org.

Nancy Siegel, Editor; San Francisco, CA
Colin Mathias Justin, Webmaster; Walla Walla, WA - JewishGen's Success Stories


Scandinavia SIG #Scandinavia JewishGen offers Research in Belarus Class October 26 #scandinavia

Nancy Holden
 

JewishGen will offer a Research in Belarus Class October 26 - November 16

This is a three week course in researching your Belarus ancestors. It
will cover the modern boundaries of Belarus including parts of the former
Lithuania, parts of Latvia and parts of Poland.

This one-on-one personal mentoring class will concentrate on multiple
surnames >from the same District.

Choose your Gubernia and District by checking the Jewish Communities
database or Shtetls of Belarus >from the Belarus SIG website

Class includes downloadable lessons to help you with surnames and given
names, types of records, how to use secondary sources, how to write up
your research and communicate with others.

This is a personal mentoring program where students work one-on-one with
the instructor. Students should have 8-10 hours per week to read the
lessons, search online and interact with the instructor. To meet the
needs of international students this course is open 24/7.

An application should be sent before class begins so that the instructor
can plan strategies to help with your project.

Please answer these questions:
1. The family surnames I want to research are:
2. My family comes >from (Gubernia, District or Shtetl)
3. This is what I know so far: (Names Dates and Places)

The Tuition is $125.
Enrollment is limited.
Registration will close when the course is full.
If you have questions, just ask.
Send your questions and/or application to Nancy Holden
nholden@interserv.com
Instruction Manager, JewishGen


Scandinavia SIG #Scandinavia New Success Stories Posted to JewishGen #scandinavia

Nancy Siegel
 

Be sure to read the new stories recently published to our Success
Stories webpage. You can access these accounts >from the "About Us"
button on the website or by following this link:
http://www.jewishgen.org/jewishgen/testimonials/

**Joshua Grayson finds that his ability to read pre-revolutionary
Russian cursive writing is the key to unlocking the history of his
grandfather's family.

**When Douglas Sarbach learns that his dad's father was buried in a
Jewish cemetery in Leavenworth, Kansas, he begins to wonder. He
especially wonders why his family was Methodist and launches the
search for his father's Jewish roots.

**Ronald Miller becomes hooked on genealogy when searching for the
truth behind his grandfather's surname. He learns that the 1920 US
Census entry is mostly incorrect as he works to untangle the true
surname >from the many variations on the vital records he discovers.

We hope these new stories, and the stories in our archives, serve to
inspire and inform. We encourage you to submit your own success
stories to us at success@lyris.jewishgen.org.

Nancy Siegel, Editor; San Francisco, CA
Colin Mathias Justin, Webmaster; Walla Walla, WA
JewishGen's Success Stories


JewishGen offers Research in Belarus Class October 26 #latvia

Nancy Holden
 

JewishGen will offer a Research in Belarus Class October 26 - November 16

This is a three week course in researching your Belarus ancestors. It
will cover the modern boundaries of Belarus including parts of the former
Lithuania, parts of Latvia and parts of Poland.

This one-on-one personal mentoring class will concentrate on multiple
surnames >from the same District.

Choose your Gubernia and District by checking the Jewish Communities
database or Shtetls of Belarus >from the Belarus SIG website

Class includes downloadable lessons to help you with surnames and given
names, types of records, how to use secondary sources, how to write up
your research and communicate with others.

This is a personal mentoring program where students work one-on-one with
the instructor. Students should have 8-10 hours per week to read the
lessons, search online and interact with the instructor. To meet the
needs of international students this course is open 24/7.

An application should be sent before class begins so that the instructor
can plan strategies to help with your project.

Please answer these questions:
1. The family surnames I want to research are:
2. My family comes >from (Gubernia, District or Shtetl)
3. This is what I know so far: (Names Dates and Places)

The Tuition is $125.
Enrollment is limited.
Registration will close when the course is full.
If you have questions, just ask.
Send your questions and/or application to Nancy Holden
nholden@interserv.com
Instruction Manager, JewishGen


New Success Stories Posted to JewishGen #latvia

Nancy Siegel
 

Be sure to read the new stories recently published to our Success
Stories webpage. You can access these accounts >from the "About Us"
button on the website or by following this link:
http://www.jewishgen.org/jewishgen/testimonials/

**Joshua Grayson finds that his ability to read pre-revolutionary
Russian cursive writing is the key to unlocking the history of his
grandfather's family.

**When Douglas Sarbach learns that his dad's father was buried in a
Jewish cemetery in Leavenworth, Kansas, he begins to wonder. He
especially wonders why his family was Methodist and launches the
search for his father's Jewish roots.

**Ronald Miller becomes hooked on genealogy when searching for the
truth behind his grandfather's surname. He learns that the 1920 US
Census entry is mostly incorrect as he works to untangle the true
surname >from the many variations on the vital records he discovers.

We hope these new stories, and the stories in our archives, serve to
inspire and inform. We encourage you to submit your own success
stories to us at success@lyris.jewishgen.org.

Nancy Siegel, Editor; San Francisco, CA
Colin Mathias Justin, Webmaster; Walla Walla, WA
JewishGen's Success Stories


Latvia SIG #Latvia JewishGen offers Research in Belarus Class October 26 #latvia

Nancy Holden
 

JewishGen will offer a Research in Belarus Class October 26 - November 16

This is a three week course in researching your Belarus ancestors. It
will cover the modern boundaries of Belarus including parts of the former
Lithuania, parts of Latvia and parts of Poland.

This one-on-one personal mentoring class will concentrate on multiple
surnames >from the same District.

Choose your Gubernia and District by checking the Jewish Communities
database or Shtetls of Belarus >from the Belarus SIG website

Class includes downloadable lessons to help you with surnames and given
names, types of records, how to use secondary sources, how to write up
your research and communicate with others.

This is a personal mentoring program where students work one-on-one with
the instructor. Students should have 8-10 hours per week to read the
lessons, search online and interact with the instructor. To meet the
needs of international students this course is open 24/7.

An application should be sent before class begins so that the instructor
can plan strategies to help with your project.

Please answer these questions:
1. The family surnames I want to research are:
2. My family comes >from (Gubernia, District or Shtetl)
3. This is what I know so far: (Names Dates and Places)

The Tuition is $125.
Enrollment is limited.
Registration will close when the course is full.
If you have questions, just ask.
Send your questions and/or application to Nancy Holden
nholden@interserv.com
Instruction Manager, JewishGen


Latvia SIG #Latvia New Success Stories Posted to JewishGen #latvia

Nancy Siegel
 

Be sure to read the new stories recently published to our Success
Stories webpage. You can access these accounts >from the "About Us"
button on the website or by following this link:
http://www.jewishgen.org/jewishgen/testimonials/

**Joshua Grayson finds that his ability to read pre-revolutionary
Russian cursive writing is the key to unlocking the history of his
grandfather's family.

**When Douglas Sarbach learns that his dad's father was buried in a
Jewish cemetery in Leavenworth, Kansas, he begins to wonder. He
especially wonders why his family was Methodist and launches the
search for his father's Jewish roots.

**Ronald Miller becomes hooked on genealogy when searching for the
truth behind his grandfather's surname. He learns that the 1920 US
Census entry is mostly incorrect as he works to untangle the true
surname >from the many variations on the vital records he discovers.

We hope these new stories, and the stories in our archives, serve to
inspire and inform. We encourage you to submit your own success
stories to us at success@lyris.jewishgen.org.

Nancy Siegel, Editor; San Francisco, CA
Colin Mathias Justin, Webmaster; Walla Walla, WA
JewishGen's Success Stories


Yizkor Book Project, September 2018 #usa

Lance Ackerfeld <lance.ackerfeld@...>
 

Shalom,

Without a doubt, September was definitely a record month for the Yizkor
Book Project. An important element behind this notable accomplishment,
is the people who prepare the web pages - Max Heffler and Jason
Hallgarten, who after their normal work day and other life activities
regularly manage to find some spare time to prepare and update a
multitude of pages each month. For their persistence and dedication, we
are truly indebted.

And if we are talking about dedication, I wish to note Lukasz Biedka's
coordination of the Przemysl Yizkor book over many years, which in this
past month bore fruit - the complete translation of this Yizkor book. I
send out my grateful thanks to Lukasz, who with the close collaboration
with professional translator, Jerrold Landau, together brought about
this lofty achievement.

At last count, we had 152 books that have been completely translated
within the Yizkor Book Project or include English books that were
generously donated to our project. Each month, the number in this list
continues to grow and I am certain that coming months will see more and
more of these projects completed. As always, if you are able to
financially support any of our ongoing translation projects to help us
realize our goals, bringing benefit to many, please see the link to our
JewishGen-erosity page at the end of this report.

Last month, we also saw the addition of another book published through
the auspices of the Yizkor Books in Print Project. The book I am
referring to is the "Memorial Book of Radzivilov" which is a translation
of the Yizkor book for the community of Radyvyliv, Ukraine. The talented
people in this project continue to devote time, after their usual life
commitments, to thoughtfully and carefully prepare the hard copy
versions of books that we have completely translated into English and we
do owe them our grateful thanks. For information about the books
available for purchase, please see the link at the end of this report.

And now for the additions and updates are what we've carried out during
September:

We have added in one new book:

- Dubiecko, Poland (Dubyetsko)
www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/Dubiecko/Dubiecko.html

- Otaci, Moldova (Memorial for Ataky: A Memorial Book for a Jewish
Community in Bessarabia - Supplements)
www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/Otaci1/Otaci1.html

We have added in 3 new entries:

- Dorohoi, Romania (Generations of Judaism and Zionism in Dorohoi,
Saveni, Mihaileni, Darabani, Herta, Radauti-Prut - volume 3)
www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/Dorohoi/Dorohoi3.html

- Mielagenai, Lithuania (Svintzian region: memorial book of 23
communities) www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/svencionys/Sve1583.html

- Myslowice, Poland (Sosnowiec and the Surrounding Region in Zaglembie)
www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/Sosnowiec/Sos316.html

And we have continued to update 29 of our existing projects:

- Biala Podlaska, Poland (Book of Biala Podlaska)
www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/Biala_Podlaska/Biala_Podlaska.html

- Bialystok, Poland (The chronicle of Bialystok)
www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/Bialystok/Bialystok.html

- Borshchiv, Ukraine (The Book of Bortschoff)
www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/borszczow/borszczow.html

- Czyzew-Osada, Poland (Czyzewo Memorial Book)
www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/Czyzew/Czyzew.html

- Dabrowa Gornicza, Poland (Book of the Jewish Community of Dabrowa
Gornicza and its Destruction)
www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/dabrowa/dabrowa.html

- Dieveniskis, Lithuania (Devenishki book; memorial book)
www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/dieveniskes/dieveniskes.html

- Dorohoi, Romania (Generations of Judaism and Zionism in Dorohoi,
Saveni, Mihaileni, Darabani, Herta, Radauti-Prut - volume 1)
www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/Dorohoi/Dorohoi1.html

- Dynow, Poland (The Memorial Book of Jewish Dinov)
www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/dynow1/dynow1.html

- Jonava, Lithuania (Jonava On the Banks of the Vylia; In memory of
the destroyed Jewish community of Jonava)
www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/Jonava/Jonava.html

- Kovel, Ukraine (Kowel; Testimony and Memorial Book of Our Destroyed
Community) www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/kovel1/kovel1.html

- Kherson, Ukraine (Jewish Farmers in Russian Fields)
www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/JewishFarmers/JewishFarmers.html

- Miechow, Charsznica & Ksiaz, Poland (Miechov Memorial Book,
Charsznica and Ksiaz) www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/Miechow/Miechow.html

- Miedzyrzec Podlaski, Poland (Mezritsh Book, in Memory of the Martyrs
of our City)
www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/Miedzyrzec_Podlaski/Miedzyrzec_Podlaski.html

- Minsk, Belarus (Minsk, Jewish Mother-City, a memorial anthology)
www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/minsk/minsk.html

- Monor, Hungary (Bound by Fate: In Memory of the Jewish Community of
Monor) www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/Monor/Monor.html

- Nowy Dwor Mazowiecki, Poland (Memories >from Nowy-Dwor)
www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/nowy_dwor1/nowy_dwor1.html

- Ozeryany, Ukraine (Memorial book, Jezierzany and surroundings)
www.jewishgen.org/Yizkor/Ozeryany/Ozeryany.html

- Plock, Poland (Plotzk; a history of an ancient Jewish community in
Poland) www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/plock/plock.html

- Przemysl, Poland (Przemysl memorial book)
www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/przemysl/przemysl.html

- Smarhon, Belarus (Smorgonie, District Vilna; memorial book and
testimony) www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/smorgon/smorgon.html

- Stowbtsy, Belarus (Memorial volume of Steibtz-Swerznie and the
neighboring villages Rubezhevitz, Derevna, Nalibok)
www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/Stowbtsy/Stowbtsy.html

- Svencionys, Lithuania (Svintzian region: memorial book of 23
communities) www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/svencionys/svencionys.html

- Tarnogrod, Poland (Book of Tarnogrod; in memory of the destroyed
Jewish community) www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/tarnogrod/tarnogrod.html

- Tarnow, Poland (The life and decline of a Jewish city)
www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/tarnow/tarnow.html

- The Jacob Rassen Story
www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/JacobRassen/JacobRassen.html

- Turobin, Poland (The Turobin book; in memory of the Jewish community)
www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/Turobin/Turobin.html

- We want to live www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/WantToLive/WantToLive.html

- Wojslawice, Poland (Yizkor Book in Memory of Voislavize)
www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/Wojslawice/Wojslawice.html

- Wyszkow, Poland (Wyszkow Book)
www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/Wyszkow/Wyszkow.html

Some important links to note:

- This month's additions and updates are flagged at
www.jewishgen.org/Yizkor/translations.html to make it easy to find them.
- All you would like to know about the Yizkor Books in Print Project
www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/ybip.html
- Yizkor Book Translation Funds
www.jewishgen.org/JewishGen-erosity/v_projectslist.asp?project_cat=23
where your financial support will assist in seeing more translations
go online.

All the best, Lance Ackerfeld, Yizkor Book Project Manager


Mike Getz #latvia

Barry Shay
 

I received a call a little while ago >from Hilda Getz informing me that Mike
died yesterday. I will be attending the funeral service for him tomorrow
morning at the Congregation Beth El in Bethesda, Maryland. Over the last few
years Mike and I have met for lunch every couple of months. Although he had
slowed considerably during the last year, he still maintained a deep
interest in the SIG and its role in enhancing Latvian Jewish genealogy. I
will miss him terribly.

Mike has been an inspiration to me and to many other Latvia SIG members. He
was a founding member of the SIG and the first editor of the newsletter. I
learned about the SIG >from Mike and he convinced me to take over his role as
newsletter editor. We traveled together to a number of IAJGS Conferences on
Jewish Genealogy and his knowledge of Latvian Jewish history was remarkable
as evidenced by his own presentations at those conferences.

Although Mike was >from Cape Town, South Africa and I was >from The Bronx, New
York we learned that we had a number of interesting genealogical
connections. When I discovered that I had family in Cape Town, we determined
that Mike competed against my cousin's husband in a marathon and Hilda
competed against another cousin in bridge.

For those of you who are relatively new to the SIG, I'd suggest you browse
through the newsletters on the SIG website and search for Mike Getz.

Barry Shay
Silver Spring, Maryland


Mike Getz #latvia

Arlene Beare
 

LatviaSIG has lost its Founder with the death of Mike Getz. He was a really
fine person and a good friend. His contribution to all Latvian Researchers
is inestimable. He recruited me to LatviaSIG in 1997 and asked me to see
what I could do about acquiring Data >from the Latvian Historical Archives as
they were not cooperating, He was very persuasive and thus began our close
and rewarding relationship. He served not only as the Chairman but as the
Treasurer of the SIG for many years. Under his leadership the SIG grew and
became a presence on the Jewish genealogical scene. Under his Leadership it
was a vibrant Group and he instigated Publication of a LatviaSIG Journal.
He wrote many leading articles and it was a great resource for Researchers
including articles on different Shtetlach and advice for further pursuit of
Latvian family history. He was asked by Avotaynu to write the Chapter on
Latvian Research for their Publication on Jewish Genealogical Research. The
Extraordinary Commission was established by the Soviet Union after World War
2. Mike was responsible for getting the Records for Latvian Towns and with
the help of Vadim Altskan of the Holocaust Memorial Museum he made these
records available to the SIG. He was always good Company always ready to
listen and advise and a thoroughly decent human being. Sadly I did not see
him over the past years but he will be greatly missed. I extend my sincere
condolences to his wife Hilda and his family.

Arlene Beare UK


Early American SIG #USA Yizkor Book Project, September 2018 #usa

Lance Ackerfeld <lance.ackerfeld@...>
 

Shalom,

Without a doubt, September was definitely a record month for the Yizkor
Book Project. An important element behind this notable accomplishment,
is the people who prepare the web pages - Max Heffler and Jason
Hallgarten, who after their normal work day and other life activities
regularly manage to find some spare time to prepare and update a
multitude of pages each month. For their persistence and dedication, we
are truly indebted.

And if we are talking about dedication, I wish to note Lukasz Biedka's
coordination of the Przemysl Yizkor book over many years, which in this
past month bore fruit - the complete translation of this Yizkor book. I
send out my grateful thanks to Lukasz, who with the close collaboration
with professional translator, Jerrold Landau, together brought about
this lofty achievement.

At last count, we had 152 books that have been completely translated
within the Yizkor Book Project or include English books that were
generously donated to our project. Each month, the number in this list
continues to grow and I am certain that coming months will see more and
more of these projects completed. As always, if you are able to
financially support any of our ongoing translation projects to help us
realize our goals, bringing benefit to many, please see the link to our
JewishGen-erosity page at the end of this report.

Last month, we also saw the addition of another book published through
the auspices of the Yizkor Books in Print Project. The book I am
referring to is the "Memorial Book of Radzivilov" which is a translation
of the Yizkor book for the community of Radyvyliv, Ukraine. The talented
people in this project continue to devote time, after their usual life
commitments, to thoughtfully and carefully prepare the hard copy
versions of books that we have completely translated into English and we
do owe them our grateful thanks. For information about the books
available for purchase, please see the link at the end of this report.

And now for the additions and updates are what we've carried out during
September:

We have added in one new book:

- Dubiecko, Poland (Dubyetsko)
www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/Dubiecko/Dubiecko.html

- Otaci, Moldova (Memorial for Ataky: A Memorial Book for a Jewish
Community in Bessarabia - Supplements)
www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/Otaci1/Otaci1.html

We have added in 3 new entries:

- Dorohoi, Romania (Generations of Judaism and Zionism in Dorohoi,
Saveni, Mihaileni, Darabani, Herta, Radauti-Prut - volume 3)
www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/Dorohoi/Dorohoi3.html

- Mielagenai, Lithuania (Svintzian region: memorial book of 23
communities) www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/svencionys/Sve1583.html

- Myslowice, Poland (Sosnowiec and the Surrounding Region in Zaglembie)
www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/Sosnowiec/Sos316.html

And we have continued to update 29 of our existing projects:

- Biala Podlaska, Poland (Book of Biala Podlaska)
www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/Biala_Podlaska/Biala_Podlaska.html

- Bialystok, Poland (The chronicle of Bialystok)
www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/Bialystok/Bialystok.html

- Borshchiv, Ukraine (The Book of Bortschoff)
www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/borszczow/borszczow.html

- Czyzew-Osada, Poland (Czyzewo Memorial Book)
www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/Czyzew/Czyzew.html

- Dabrowa Gornicza, Poland (Book of the Jewish Community of Dabrowa
Gornicza and its Destruction)
www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/dabrowa/dabrowa.html

- Dieveniskis, Lithuania (Devenishki book; memorial book)
www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/dieveniskes/dieveniskes.html

- Dorohoi, Romania (Generations of Judaism and Zionism in Dorohoi,
Saveni, Mihaileni, Darabani, Herta, Radauti-Prut - volume 1)
www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/Dorohoi/Dorohoi1.html

- Dynow, Poland (The Memorial Book of Jewish Dinov)
www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/dynow1/dynow1.html

- Jonava, Lithuania (Jonava On the Banks of the Vylia; In memory of
the destroyed Jewish community of Jonava)
www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/Jonava/Jonava.html

- Kovel, Ukraine (Kowel; Testimony and Memorial Book of Our Destroyed
Community) www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/kovel1/kovel1.html

- Kherson, Ukraine (Jewish Farmers in Russian Fields)
www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/JewishFarmers/JewishFarmers.html

- Miechow, Charsznica & Ksiaz, Poland (Miechov Memorial Book,
Charsznica and Ksiaz) www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/Miechow/Miechow.html

- Miedzyrzec Podlaski, Poland (Mezritsh Book, in Memory of the Martyrs
of our City)
www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/Miedzyrzec_Podlaski/Miedzyrzec_Podlaski.html

- Minsk, Belarus (Minsk, Jewish Mother-City, a memorial anthology)
www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/minsk/minsk.html

- Monor, Hungary (Bound by Fate: In Memory of the Jewish Community of
Monor) www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/Monor/Monor.html

- Nowy Dwor Mazowiecki, Poland (Memories >from Nowy-Dwor)
www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/nowy_dwor1/nowy_dwor1.html

- Ozeryany, Ukraine (Memorial book, Jezierzany and surroundings)
www.jewishgen.org/Yizkor/Ozeryany/Ozeryany.html

- Plock, Poland (Plotzk; a history of an ancient Jewish community in
Poland) www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/plock/plock.html

- Przemysl, Poland (Przemysl memorial book)
www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/przemysl/przemysl.html

- Smarhon, Belarus (Smorgonie, District Vilna; memorial book and
testimony) www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/smorgon/smorgon.html

- Stowbtsy, Belarus (Memorial volume of Steibtz-Swerznie and the
neighboring villages Rubezhevitz, Derevna, Nalibok)
www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/Stowbtsy/Stowbtsy.html

- Svencionys, Lithuania (Svintzian region: memorial book of 23
communities) www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/svencionys/svencionys.html

- Tarnogrod, Poland (Book of Tarnogrod; in memory of the destroyed
Jewish community) www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/tarnogrod/tarnogrod.html

- Tarnow, Poland (The life and decline of a Jewish city)
www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/tarnow/tarnow.html

- The Jacob Rassen Story
www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/JacobRassen/JacobRassen.html

- Turobin, Poland (The Turobin book; in memory of the Jewish community)
www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/Turobin/Turobin.html

- We want to live www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/WantToLive/WantToLive.html

- Wojslawice, Poland (Yizkor Book in Memory of Voislavize)
www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/Wojslawice/Wojslawice.html

- Wyszkow, Poland (Wyszkow Book)
www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/Wyszkow/Wyszkow.html

Some important links to note:

- This month's additions and updates are flagged at
www.jewishgen.org/Yizkor/translations.html to make it easy to find them.
- All you would like to know about the Yizkor Books in Print Project
www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/ybip.html
- Yizkor Book Translation Funds
www.jewishgen.org/JewishGen-erosity/v_projectslist.asp?project_cat=23
where your financial support will assist in seeing more translations
go online.

All the best, Lance Ackerfeld, Yizkor Book Project Manager


Latvia SIG #Latvia Mike Getz #latvia

Barry Shay
 

I received a call a little while ago >from Hilda Getz informing me that Mike
died yesterday. I will be attending the funeral service for him tomorrow
morning at the Congregation Beth El in Bethesda, Maryland. Over the last few
years Mike and I have met for lunch every couple of months. Although he had
slowed considerably during the last year, he still maintained a deep
interest in the SIG and its role in enhancing Latvian Jewish genealogy. I
will miss him terribly.

Mike has been an inspiration to me and to many other Latvia SIG members. He
was a founding member of the SIG and the first editor of the newsletter. I
learned about the SIG >from Mike and he convinced me to take over his role as
newsletter editor. We traveled together to a number of IAJGS Conferences on
Jewish Genealogy and his knowledge of Latvian Jewish history was remarkable
as evidenced by his own presentations at those conferences.

Although Mike was >from Cape Town, South Africa and I was >from The Bronx, New
York we learned that we had a number of interesting genealogical
connections. When I discovered that I had family in Cape Town, we determined
that Mike competed against my cousin's husband in a marathon and Hilda
competed against another cousin in bridge.

For those of you who are relatively new to the SIG, I'd suggest you browse
through the newsletters on the SIG website and search for Mike Getz.

Barry Shay
Silver Spring, Maryland


Latvia SIG #Latvia Mike Getz #latvia

Arlene Beare
 

LatviaSIG has lost its Founder with the death of Mike Getz. He was a really
fine person and a good friend. His contribution to all Latvian Researchers
is inestimable. He recruited me to LatviaSIG in 1997 and asked me to see
what I could do about acquiring Data >from the Latvian Historical Archives as
they were not cooperating, He was very persuasive and thus began our close
and rewarding relationship. He served not only as the Chairman but as the
Treasurer of the SIG for many years. Under his leadership the SIG grew and
became a presence on the Jewish genealogical scene. Under his Leadership it
was a vibrant Group and he instigated Publication of a LatviaSIG Journal.
He wrote many leading articles and it was a great resource for Researchers
including articles on different Shtetlach and advice for further pursuit of
Latvian family history. He was asked by Avotaynu to write the Chapter on
Latvian Research for their Publication on Jewish Genealogical Research. The
Extraordinary Commission was established by the Soviet Union after World War
2. Mike was responsible for getting the Records for Latvian Towns and with
the help of Vadim Altskan of the Holocaust Memorial Museum he made these
records available to the SIG. He was always good Company always ready to
listen and advise and a thoroughly decent human being. Sadly I did not see
him over the past years but he will be greatly missed. I extend my sincere
condolences to his wife Hilda and his family.

Arlene Beare UK


JewishGen offers Research in Belarus Class October 26 #dna

Nancy Holden
 

JewishGen will offer a Research in Belarus Class October 26 - November 16

This is a three week course in researching your Belarus ancestors. It
will cover the modern boundaries of Belarus including parts of the former
Lithuania, parts of Latvia and parts of Poland.

This one-on-one personal mentoring class will concentrate on multiple
surnames >from the same District.

Choose your Gubernia and District by checking the Jewish Communities
database or Shtetls of Belarus >from the Belarus SIG website

Class includes downloadable lessons to help you with surnames and given
names, types of records, how to use secondary sources, how to write up
your research and communicate with others.

This is a personal mentoring program where students work one-on-one with
the instructor. Students should have 8-10 hours per week to read the
lessons, search online and interact with the instructor. To meet the
needs of international students this course is open 24/7.

An application should be sent before class begins so that the instructor
can plan strategies to help with your project.

Please answer these questions:
1. The family surnames I want to research are:
2. My family comes >from (Gubernia, District or Shtetl)
3. This is what I know so far: (Names Dates and Places)

The Tuition is $125.
Enrollment is limited.
Registration will close when the course is full.
If you have questions, just ask.
Send your questions and/or application to Nancy Holden
nholden@interserv.com
Instruction Manager, JewishGen


New Success Stories Posted to JewishGen #dna

Nancy Siegel
 

Be sure to read the new stories recently published to our Success
Stories webpage. You can access these accounts >from the "About Us"
button on the website or by following this link:
http://www.jewishgen.org/jewishgen/testimonials/

**Joshua Grayson finds that his ability to read pre-revolutionary
Russian cursive writing is the key to unlocking the history of his
grandfather's family.

**When Douglas Sarbach learns that his dad's father was buried in a
Jewish cemetery in Leavenworth, Kansas, he begins to wonder. He
especially wonders why his family was Methodist and launches the
search for his father's Jewish roots.

**Ronald Miller becomes hooked on genealogy when searching for the
truth behind his grandfather's surname. He learns that the 1920 US
Census entry is mostly incorrect as he works to untangle the true
surname >from the many variations on the vital records he discovers.

We hope these new stories, and the stories in our archives, serve to
inspire and inform. We encourage you to submit your own success
stories to us at success@lyris.jewishgen.org.

Nancy Siegel, Editor; San Francisco, CA
Colin Mathias Justin, Webmaster; Walla Walla, WA
JewishGen's Success Stories

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