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A bogus death record #general

alan rems <aprems37@...>
 

In June, an announcement was made by David Fox that Jewish vital records
from certain towns in Lida have become available >from the Mormons for
particular years. As they included 1899 death records for Rozhanka, the year
my gggrandfather Yankef Peretz Vendrovsky died in that shtetl, I hastened to
order the filmstrip. With its small Jewish population of about 550 people,
Rozhanka did not have many deaths in 1899 and a Vendrovsky death record was
quickly found. However, instead of showing the deceased to be 80 year old
Yankef Peretz, the death record claimed it was 14 year old Yisroel ben Shmul
who had died. Yisroel ben Shmul was Yankef Peretz' grandson and very much
alive. He arrived in America >from Grodno in 1904, and died tragically in
1913 in an event that was front page news in the Forward.

Presumably, the family used the occasion of the grandfather's death to kill
off the young man (on paper) and shield him >from conscription in later
years. As noted, Yisroel removed to Grodno before coming to America, and
this may have been necessary to maintain the subterfuge. What seems most
remarkable is that they were able to pull off the stratagem in such a small
shtetl. As a venerable rabbi who probably lived all his life in Rozhanka,
whose home doubled as a woolen mill that was one of the few industrial
enterprises in the shtetl,Yankef Peretz was surely one of the best known
people in town. It would seem that the action taken would have required the
knowing compliance of the witnesses as well as of the officials who recorded
the event in the separate Russian and Yiddish language portions of the
record.

Have any other Genners encountered this sort of thing in death records? It
is presumed that the recording of a false death could only be attempted when
a real death occurred. Why?

Alan Rems
Centreville, Va

Researching: Vendrovsky in Rozhanka, Lida u. and Remz/Rems in Piesk,
Wolkovysk u., Belarus


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen A bogus death record #general

alan rems <aprems37@...>
 

In June, an announcement was made by David Fox that Jewish vital records
from certain towns in Lida have become available >from the Mormons for
particular years. As they included 1899 death records for Rozhanka, the year
my gggrandfather Yankef Peretz Vendrovsky died in that shtetl, I hastened to
order the filmstrip. With its small Jewish population of about 550 people,
Rozhanka did not have many deaths in 1899 and a Vendrovsky death record was
quickly found. However, instead of showing the deceased to be 80 year old
Yankef Peretz, the death record claimed it was 14 year old Yisroel ben Shmul
who had died. Yisroel ben Shmul was Yankef Peretz' grandson and very much
alive. He arrived in America >from Grodno in 1904, and died tragically in
1913 in an event that was front page news in the Forward.

Presumably, the family used the occasion of the grandfather's death to kill
off the young man (on paper) and shield him >from conscription in later
years. As noted, Yisroel removed to Grodno before coming to America, and
this may have been necessary to maintain the subterfuge. What seems most
remarkable is that they were able to pull off the stratagem in such a small
shtetl. As a venerable rabbi who probably lived all his life in Rozhanka,
whose home doubled as a woolen mill that was one of the few industrial
enterprises in the shtetl,Yankef Peretz was surely one of the best known
people in town. It would seem that the action taken would have required the
knowing compliance of the witnesses as well as of the officials who recorded
the event in the separate Russian and Yiddish language portions of the
record.

Have any other Genners encountered this sort of thing in death records? It
is presumed that the recording of a false death could only be attempted when
a real death occurred. Why?

Alan Rems
Centreville, Va

Researching: Vendrovsky in Rozhanka, Lida u. and Remz/Rems in Piesk,
Wolkovysk u., Belarus


Sharing info with others #general

Bkhait@...
 

Integral to the pursuit of our family's history is sharing info with others
through conversation, documents, and electronic media. If you've dealt with
privacy or copyright issues in sharing info with others or they with you,
please contact me privately at bkhait@aol.com for an article I'm writing for
FAMILY CHRONICLE. The article centers around the National Genealogical
Society's guidelines for sharing information.

Barbara Khait
bkhait@aol.com
Somerset, NJ


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Sharing info with others #general

Bkhait@...
 

Integral to the pursuit of our family's history is sharing info with others
through conversation, documents, and electronic media. If you've dealt with
privacy or copyright issues in sharing info with others or they with you,
please contact me privately at bkhait@aol.com for an article I'm writing for
FAMILY CHRONICLE. The article centers around the National Genealogical
Society's guidelines for sharing information.

Barbara Khait
bkhait@aol.com
Somerset, NJ


Kriszti, Slovakia Research #hungary

bormanjl@...
 

Hello,
My GGGrandparents Samuel Hirs MOSKOVICS and Zali SAMONOWISS (SIMONOWITZ ?) were born in Kereszt, Hungary which is now Kriszti, Slovakia. Their children Hanni and Mor were also born there in approximately 1864. I would like to obtain records >from Archives in Slovakia. I have the following address:

Minister of Interior of the Slovak Republic
Krizkova 7
811 04 Bratislava
Slovak Republic

Is this the correct address for the area I am researching? Thank you in advance!

Julie Maltz Borman
MALTZ, MALCZ, MOSKOVICS, ENGEL, SCHWARTZ, ROSENBAUM, SAMONOWISS, GROSZ, TURK, SPATZ, BURGER, LILIENTHAL, ROSENFELD

Moderator VK: My father Elemer NEUMANN and his brothers Miksa and Lajos were born in Kereszt in 1899, 1901, and 1903. Their mother Hermina MOSKOVITS was born in Kis Ozstro, just north of Kereszt and now part of Sobrance. My grandparents were Markusz MOSKOVITS and Sali KOHN who lived in Szobrancz and I have other MOSKOVITS relatives >from this area so we may well have some common ancestors. I have been able to get transcripts of post-1895 records by writing to the archives in Michalovce and Presov but have had no success whatsover obtaining any Jewish records >from the Slovak archives. There are some Szobrancz jaras (district) Jewish records >from the late 18th century to 1865 in the Hungarian State Archives in Budapest. Other records are reportedly in the archives in Uzhorod. You have the correct address for making inquiries regarding records older than 100 years. I would be very surprised to learn if you are able to locate any Jewish records >from this area but, since you don't have to pay for unsuccessful searches, it's probably worth it to ask.


Hungary SIG #Hungary Kriszti, Slovakia Research #hungary

bormanjl@...
 

Hello,
My GGGrandparents Samuel Hirs MOSKOVICS and Zali SAMONOWISS (SIMONOWITZ ?) were born in Kereszt, Hungary which is now Kriszti, Slovakia. Their children Hanni and Mor were also born there in approximately 1864. I would like to obtain records >from Archives in Slovakia. I have the following address:

Minister of Interior of the Slovak Republic
Krizkova 7
811 04 Bratislava
Slovak Republic

Is this the correct address for the area I am researching? Thank you in advance!

Julie Maltz Borman
MALTZ, MALCZ, MOSKOVICS, ENGEL, SCHWARTZ, ROSENBAUM, SAMONOWISS, GROSZ, TURK, SPATZ, BURGER, LILIENTHAL, ROSENFELD

Moderator VK: My father Elemer NEUMANN and his brothers Miksa and Lajos were born in Kereszt in 1899, 1901, and 1903. Their mother Hermina MOSKOVITS was born in Kis Ozstro, just north of Kereszt and now part of Sobrance. My grandparents were Markusz MOSKOVITS and Sali KOHN who lived in Szobrancz and I have other MOSKOVITS relatives >from this area so we may well have some common ancestors. I have been able to get transcripts of post-1895 records by writing to the archives in Michalovce and Presov but have had no success whatsover obtaining any Jewish records >from the Slovak archives. There are some Szobrancz jaras (district) Jewish records >from the late 18th century to 1865 in the Hungarian State Archives in Budapest. Other records are reportedly in the archives in Uzhorod. You have the correct address for making inquiries regarding records older than 100 years. I would be very surprised to learn if you are able to locate any Jewish records >from this area but, since you don't have to pay for unsuccessful searches, it's probably worth it to ask.


MORGENSTERNs, Kohanim from Turobin, Lublin area #general

Nathalie and David klein <d_n_a@...>
 

I'd like to be in contact with researchers of MORGENSTERN families who are
Kohens and come >from Poland (possibly >from Turobin and the Lublin area). I
am checking the possibility that the WAJZER family in Turobin and Lublin
area, stems >from the same family as the MORGENSTERNs in the same location.

Thank you for your help,

Nathalie Klein
Rehovot, Israel

Researching WAJZER, FRIEDHEIM, PERSYK in Lublin area, Poland
KARPMAN >from Karczew, Tarczyn, Garwolin
KRYKSMAN >from Warka, Tarczyn
KLEIN >from Eudorf, Hessen, Germany


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen MORGENSTERNs, Kohanim from Turobin, Lublin area #general

Nathalie and David klein <d_n_a@...>
 

I'd like to be in contact with researchers of MORGENSTERN families who are
Kohens and come >from Poland (possibly >from Turobin and the Lublin area). I
am checking the possibility that the WAJZER family in Turobin and Lublin
area, stems >from the same family as the MORGENSTERNs in the same location.

Thank you for your help,

Nathalie Klein
Rehovot, Israel

Researching WAJZER, FRIEDHEIM, PERSYK in Lublin area, Poland
KARPMAN >from Karczew, Tarczyn, Garwolin
KRYKSMAN >from Warka, Tarczyn
KLEIN >from Eudorf, Hessen, Germany


Shul on 324 Fitzwater Ave in Philadelphia #general

mike <grunt614@...>
 

Hello everyone

I have family that was born in 1911 and 1913 on Fitzwater Street in
Philadelphia. Thanks to Mr.. Boonin who made me aware of the fact that 324
and 326 Fitzwater Ave. was the Address of the B'nai Israel-Ansh shul
during that period. It was converted into a synagogue in 1918 for a sum of
8,000 dollars. It was run by Nathan Brenner for a short period of time.Can
anyone tell me what it was prior to the renovations in 1918? If anyone has
a picture of the building or house whatever it was prior to 1918 I would
appreciate you sending it to me.
I ask your help in this matter because I feel I have exhausted all Avenues.


Please respond privately

Mike Broman
grunt614@aol.com


SPLAVER/JAFFE #general

carols
 

Someone out there is looking for the SPLAVER/JAFFE family. The Splavers
changed their name to Jaffe for some reason or other. I believe the
person was >from the state of NY. I may have some new info for you.
Please contact me. Thank you.

Carol Streem Cleveland, Ohio
STRIMOVSKY, STREEM........Kremenchug.....NYC.....Cleveland.
CHANOWICZ...KANOVITCH......KANOWITZ.....KANN.......KENN.....Lomza.....NYC

SMOLINSKY.....SMOLENSKY.....Vilna or Lomza?....NYC.
FRENKIEL.....FRANKEL......Lomza....NYC.
SOLONTZ....SALANT.....Minsk.....NYC.


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Shul on 324 Fitzwater Ave in Philadelphia #general

mike <grunt614@...>
 

Hello everyone

I have family that was born in 1911 and 1913 on Fitzwater Street in
Philadelphia. Thanks to Mr.. Boonin who made me aware of the fact that 324
and 326 Fitzwater Ave. was the Address of the B'nai Israel-Ansh shul
during that period. It was converted into a synagogue in 1918 for a sum of
8,000 dollars. It was run by Nathan Brenner for a short period of time.Can
anyone tell me what it was prior to the renovations in 1918? If anyone has
a picture of the building or house whatever it was prior to 1918 I would
appreciate you sending it to me.
I ask your help in this matter because I feel I have exhausted all Avenues.


Please respond privately

Mike Broman
grunt614@aol.com


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen SPLAVER/JAFFE #general

carols
 

Someone out there is looking for the SPLAVER/JAFFE family. The Splavers
changed their name to Jaffe for some reason or other. I believe the
person was >from the state of NY. I may have some new info for you.
Please contact me. Thank you.

Carol Streem Cleveland, Ohio
STRIMOVSKY, STREEM........Kremenchug.....NYC.....Cleveland.
CHANOWICZ...KANOVITCH......KANOWITZ.....KANN.......KENN.....Lomza.....NYC

SMOLINSKY.....SMOLENSKY.....Vilna or Lomza?....NYC.
FRENKIEL.....FRANKEL......Lomza....NYC.
SOLONTZ....SALANT.....Minsk.....NYC.


Re: Wording on death certificate #belarus

jerome freed <jjfreed@...>
 

I think Russian practice was to use patronymics i.e, name of father.
Basia Nisonovna REIZER would mean Basia, daughter of Nison, REIZER. At
least that is the style in which own gmother's name was written on a
Russian passport.

Jerry Freed
Kennett Square, PA,USA


Belarus SIG #Belarus Re: Wording on death certificate #belarus

jerome freed <jjfreed@...>
 

I think Russian practice was to use patronymics i.e, name of father.
Basia Nisonovna REIZER would mean Basia, daughter of Nison, REIZER. At
least that is the style in which own gmother's name was written on a
Russian passport.

Jerry Freed
Kennett Square, PA,USA


Attention Gesher Galicia members re Renewal Letters #galicia

Shelley K. Pollero
 

This message applies only to dues paying members of Gesher Galicia,

If you subscribe only to this online discussion group, please do not reply
to this message. You are certainly invited to join Gesher Galicia and obtain
our excellent publications! Our web site://www.jewishgen.org/galicia
You may download and print our membership form at:
http://www.jewishgen.org/galicia/mem_form.pdf

Each October we mail to all members of Gesher Galicia a renewal letter for
the purpose of updating contact and research information for our records and
for the Gesher Galicia Family Finder and its updates. It is anticipated that
the letters will be printed the next weekend!

Each renewal letter is personalized with all your contact and research
information and each one is individually printed and mailed. We would like
to have your correct postal mailing address NOW to avoid delays or returned
mail.

We have recently received several changes of address >from members (thank
you!) whose most recent Galitzianer journals had been forwarded to their new
address. If you already contacted us, the change has been made.

We are most interested in your CHANGE OF ADDRESS at this time. You will be
able to correct your other information (phone, fax, email, surnames, towns)
on the renewal letter which you will send in with your dues for the 2002-3
membership year.

Please wait until you receive the renewal letter before sending us your
dues. If you pay your renewal dues via PayPal at our web site, send Leon
Gold your renewal letter anyway.

Send address changes now to Peter Zavon at pzavon@Rochester.RR.Com

Thank you for your cooperation.

Sincerely,
--
Shelley K. Pollero, Coordinator
Gesher Galicia
Severna Park, Maryland
rkpollero@comcast.net


Gesher Galicia SIG #Galicia Attention Gesher Galicia members re Renewal Letters #galicia

Shelley K. Pollero
 

This message applies only to dues paying members of Gesher Galicia,

If you subscribe only to this online discussion group, please do not reply
to this message. You are certainly invited to join Gesher Galicia and obtain
our excellent publications! Our web site://www.jewishgen.org/galicia
You may download and print our membership form at:
http://www.jewishgen.org/galicia/mem_form.pdf

Each October we mail to all members of Gesher Galicia a renewal letter for
the purpose of updating contact and research information for our records and
for the Gesher Galicia Family Finder and its updates. It is anticipated that
the letters will be printed the next weekend!

Each renewal letter is personalized with all your contact and research
information and each one is individually printed and mailed. We would like
to have your correct postal mailing address NOW to avoid delays or returned
mail.

We have recently received several changes of address >from members (thank
you!) whose most recent Galitzianer journals had been forwarded to their new
address. If you already contacted us, the change has been made.

We are most interested in your CHANGE OF ADDRESS at this time. You will be
able to correct your other information (phone, fax, email, surnames, towns)
on the renewal letter which you will send in with your dues for the 2002-3
membership year.

Please wait until you receive the renewal letter before sending us your
dues. If you pay your renewal dues via PayPal at our web site, send Leon
Gold your renewal letter anyway.

Send address changes now to Peter Zavon at pzavon@Rochester.RR.Com

Thank you for your cooperation.

Sincerely,
--
Shelley K. Pollero, Coordinator
Gesher Galicia
Severna Park, Maryland
rkpollero@comcast.net


Notes from Toronto Meeting #hungary

Vivian Kahn
 

Dear Friends,

At last, we have finished the notes >from the H-SIG business meeting
in Toronto. Because our server does not accept e-mail attachments, I
have pasted the text below. If you would prefer to receive this
material as an MSWord file, please let me know.

As you will see, the members present in Toronto created an H-SIG
steering committee made up of the SIG Coordinator, Treasurer, Website
Manager, Database Manager, Recording Secretary, and 3 at-large
members, including manager of major projects. We are currently
seeking a volunteer for the position of Recording Secretary. Please
let me know if you're interested. If I'm overwhelmed with responses
we'll find additional ways to capture your enthusiasm.

Vivian Kahn, H-SIG Coordinator

Hungarian SIG Business Meeting
Monday, August 5, 2002
Sheraton Centre, Toronto

1. Introduction: Acting SIG Coordinator Vivian Kahn opened
meeting by asking members to introduce themselves and identify
surnames and towns they are researching. A sign-up sheet was
circulated to collect this information which will be used as the
basis for an H-SIG Family Finder to be uploaded to the H-SIG website
and made available to subscribers.

Vivian acknowledged the efforts of Louis Schonfeld, founder and
former H-SIG coordinator and reported that the HSIG listserv
currently has about 800 subscribers.

2. Election of Officers: The following members were nominated and
unanimously elected to serve as H-SIG leadership:

HSIG coordinator/listserv moderator-Vivian Kahn vkahn@kmort.com

Treasurer-Alfred Klein alfredklein@hotmail.com

Website manager-Lynn Saul lynnsaul@theriver.com

Database Manager-Shlomie Rosenfeld shlomie@shlomie.com


Members voted to create an H-SIG Steering Committee to streamline
decision making, prioritizing and funding for SIG projects. The HSIG
Steering Committee will be comprised of the SIG coordinator,
treasurer, web and database managers, recording secretary and 3
members at large. It was suggested that the members at large should
include coordinators or any major projects including Carol Robinson,
Coordinator of the All-Hungary Database caroljr@attbi.com will be one
of the members at large.

3. Financial Report: Vivian said that H-SIG has more than $4,000 in
its account, some of which has been earmarked by donors for special
projects. She also reported on the formation of a SIG Advisory
Committee that will advise the JewishGen Board on organizational
matters. Vivian presented some facts about the resource problems
that JewishGen is facing and introduced Joyce Field, JewishGen Board
members and Vice President for Research who addressed the group and
made the following comments:

Jewishgen has seen a tremendous increase in the numbers of people
wanting access to databases. There has also been an explosion of data
that can be made available, however, getting data to the web takes
people time and money.

The organization is in dire need of volunteers and financial
sponsorship for important research databases. Since its inception,
Jewishgen has provided invaluable information free of charge. As
demand grows, funding and volunteerism must increase as well. They
especially need for volunteers who can do data entry and data
checking. HSIG can help by exploring, identifying and cultivating
funding sources for Hungary related projects.

Jewishgen has set up a SIG Advisory Committee to formalize
relationship between the various SIGS and the Jewishgen host
organization. It would be helpful for each SIG to appoint a research
coordinator who would serve as a liason to this Jewishgen SIG
Advisory Committee.

Vivian distributed donor cards and encouraged those present to make
donations to support JewishGen.

4. All Hungary Database. Vivian reported that until now,
databases created by individual HSIG members were submitted and
posted on the HSIG website as static files in a hodgepodge of formats
and not indexed in a way that is optimally accessible or visible. In
addition, a proliferation of contributions has resulted in HSIG
consuming a disproportionately higher percentage of total bandwidth
space allotted to the Jewishgen host organization by the server.

Establishment of the JewishGen database page at
http://www.jewishgen.org/databases/ creates opportunity to develop an
All-Hungary database that will allow databases to be reorganized,
relocated, and more easily accessed. The "All Hungary" database will
be an index similar to those hosted by JewishGen for Belarus, Latvia,
Litvak, and Polish records.

Working with Webmaster Lynn Saul, Carol Robinson, the All Hungary
Database coordinator, has been reviewing the static files on the
H-SIG website to been contacting those who created or donated the
databases on our website. To conform to JewishGen website policies
and improve access, databases that include or have potential for
including 1,000 or more records will be converted to a standardized
format and transferred to the main Jewishgen database where they
would be more accessible and visible. Carol is contacting the
authors/submitters of those files for assistance and to submit
Jewishgen donor agreements. Those who submit donor agreements or
make financial donations to JewishGen will be eligible for incentives
including discounts at the JewishGen Mall and complementary
registration for the JGFF alert.

In order to allow JewishGen to deal with the large backlog of files
that are ready for uploading to the Databases page and to make
technical improvements, Vivian requested that H-SIG members not
contact JewishGen directly regarding new databases. H-SIG members
who wish to submit data files or propose new databases should contact
Vivian or Carol Robinson.


4. H-SIG Website. The Webmaster, Data Manager, and All-Hungary Data
Base Coordinator will review current static files on our website to
determine which need to be reformatted and transferred to the
JewishGen database page. Webmaster Lynn Saul is also checking and
revising all of the existing links to update and expand links
available to researchers. Primary goal is to make changes to improve
the overall appearance efficiency of the site efficiency with respect
to files, databases and links. Suggestions that have been offered
regarding future enhancements include:


=85 A history and research tutorial which might cover major events,
types of documents that may have been generated, archives and
repositories where they may be found.

=85 Reviews of relevant books or media (films, tapes).

=85 Posting logs or summaries of ancestral town visits that might serve
as a "how to" guide.

5. Coordination with ROM-SIG on Romanian Records Project. Vivian
reported that she has been in contact with ROM-SIG representatives
about the transcription of a substantial amount of material that
ROM-SIG obtained >from Prof. Ladislau Gyemant. The material includes
copies of records that Prof. Gyemant and his students collected in
connection with a research project. ROM-SIG covered the cost of
copying and shipping the records, which are presently in the
possession of ROM-SIG coordinator Rosanne Leeson. Vivian said that
she will obtain the records of interest to H-SIG after the conference
and then provide information to members regarding the content.

The business meeting adjourned at 12:30 pm.

Submitted by Mindy Soclof


* Nagyvarad photos #hungary

Tom Venetianer <tom.vene@...>
 

The Wandering Internet Jew (me) found a site which may be of interest
to those who are researching Nagyvarad (Oradea Mare), Romania. You
can see some local photos at: http://www.imrehun.com/nvarad.html
Enjoy
Tom


Global Gazetteer #hungary

Vivian Kahn
 

Here's a handy on-line gazetteer that will help you locate and find
info about places large and small based on presentday locations. Go
to http://www.calle.com/world/index.html and click on the country.
Clicking again on the first two letters in the name of the city or
town will take you to a list of places including latitude and
longitude. Click again and you'll get a crude map as well as a
button connecting to Google links.

Happy hunting.

Vivian


Hungary SIG #Hungary Notes from Toronto Meeting #hungary

Vivian Kahn
 

Dear Friends,

At last, we have finished the notes >from the H-SIG business meeting
in Toronto. Because our server does not accept e-mail attachments, I
have pasted the text below. If you would prefer to receive this
material as an MSWord file, please let me know.

As you will see, the members present in Toronto created an H-SIG
steering committee made up of the SIG Coordinator, Treasurer, Website
Manager, Database Manager, Recording Secretary, and 3 at-large
members, including manager of major projects. We are currently
seeking a volunteer for the position of Recording Secretary. Please
let me know if you're interested. If I'm overwhelmed with responses
we'll find additional ways to capture your enthusiasm.

Vivian Kahn, H-SIG Coordinator

Hungarian SIG Business Meeting
Monday, August 5, 2002
Sheraton Centre, Toronto

1. Introduction: Acting SIG Coordinator Vivian Kahn opened
meeting by asking members to introduce themselves and identify
surnames and towns they are researching. A sign-up sheet was
circulated to collect this information which will be used as the
basis for an H-SIG Family Finder to be uploaded to the H-SIG website
and made available to subscribers.

Vivian acknowledged the efforts of Louis Schonfeld, founder and
former H-SIG coordinator and reported that the HSIG listserv
currently has about 800 subscribers.

2. Election of Officers: The following members were nominated and
unanimously elected to serve as H-SIG leadership:

HSIG coordinator/listserv moderator-Vivian Kahn vkahn@kmort.com

Treasurer-Alfred Klein alfredklein@hotmail.com

Website manager-Lynn Saul lynnsaul@theriver.com

Database Manager-Shlomie Rosenfeld shlomie@shlomie.com


Members voted to create an H-SIG Steering Committee to streamline
decision making, prioritizing and funding for SIG projects. The HSIG
Steering Committee will be comprised of the SIG coordinator,
treasurer, web and database managers, recording secretary and 3
members at large. It was suggested that the members at large should
include coordinators or any major projects including Carol Robinson,
Coordinator of the All-Hungary Database caroljr@attbi.com will be one
of the members at large.

3. Financial Report: Vivian said that H-SIG has more than $4,000 in
its account, some of which has been earmarked by donors for special
projects. She also reported on the formation of a SIG Advisory
Committee that will advise the JewishGen Board on organizational
matters. Vivian presented some facts about the resource problems
that JewishGen is facing and introduced Joyce Field, JewishGen Board
members and Vice President for Research who addressed the group and
made the following comments:

Jewishgen has seen a tremendous increase in the numbers of people
wanting access to databases. There has also been an explosion of data
that can be made available, however, getting data to the web takes
people time and money.

The organization is in dire need of volunteers and financial
sponsorship for important research databases. Since its inception,
Jewishgen has provided invaluable information free of charge. As
demand grows, funding and volunteerism must increase as well. They
especially need for volunteers who can do data entry and data
checking. HSIG can help by exploring, identifying and cultivating
funding sources for Hungary related projects.

Jewishgen has set up a SIG Advisory Committee to formalize
relationship between the various SIGS and the Jewishgen host
organization. It would be helpful for each SIG to appoint a research
coordinator who would serve as a liason to this Jewishgen SIG
Advisory Committee.

Vivian distributed donor cards and encouraged those present to make
donations to support JewishGen.

4. All Hungary Database. Vivian reported that until now,
databases created by individual HSIG members were submitted and
posted on the HSIG website as static files in a hodgepodge of formats
and not indexed in a way that is optimally accessible or visible. In
addition, a proliferation of contributions has resulted in HSIG
consuming a disproportionately higher percentage of total bandwidth
space allotted to the Jewishgen host organization by the server.

Establishment of the JewishGen database page at
http://www.jewishgen.org/databases/ creates opportunity to develop an
All-Hungary database that will allow databases to be reorganized,
relocated, and more easily accessed. The "All Hungary" database will
be an index similar to those hosted by JewishGen for Belarus, Latvia,
Litvak, and Polish records.

Working with Webmaster Lynn Saul, Carol Robinson, the All Hungary
Database coordinator, has been reviewing the static files on the
H-SIG website to been contacting those who created or donated the
databases on our website. To conform to JewishGen website policies
and improve access, databases that include or have potential for
including 1,000 or more records will be converted to a standardized
format and transferred to the main Jewishgen database where they
would be more accessible and visible. Carol is contacting the
authors/submitters of those files for assistance and to submit
Jewishgen donor agreements. Those who submit donor agreements or
make financial donations to JewishGen will be eligible for incentives
including discounts at the JewishGen Mall and complementary
registration for the JGFF alert.

In order to allow JewishGen to deal with the large backlog of files
that are ready for uploading to the Databases page and to make
technical improvements, Vivian requested that H-SIG members not
contact JewishGen directly regarding new databases. H-SIG members
who wish to submit data files or propose new databases should contact
Vivian or Carol Robinson.


4. H-SIG Website. The Webmaster, Data Manager, and All-Hungary Data
Base Coordinator will review current static files on our website to
determine which need to be reformatted and transferred to the
JewishGen database page. Webmaster Lynn Saul is also checking and
revising all of the existing links to update and expand links
available to researchers. Primary goal is to make changes to improve
the overall appearance efficiency of the site efficiency with respect
to files, databases and links. Suggestions that have been offered
regarding future enhancements include:


=85 A history and research tutorial which might cover major events,
types of documents that may have been generated, archives and
repositories where they may be found.

=85 Reviews of relevant books or media (films, tapes).

=85 Posting logs or summaries of ancestral town visits that might serve
as a "how to" guide.

5. Coordination with ROM-SIG on Romanian Records Project. Vivian
reported that she has been in contact with ROM-SIG representatives
about the transcription of a substantial amount of material that
ROM-SIG obtained >from Prof. Ladislau Gyemant. The material includes
copies of records that Prof. Gyemant and his students collected in
connection with a research project. ROM-SIG covered the cost of
copying and shipping the records, which are presently in the
possession of ROM-SIG coordinator Rosanne Leeson. Vivian said that
she will obtain the records of interest to H-SIG after the conference
and then provide information to members regarding the content.

The business meeting adjourned at 12:30 pm.

Submitted by Mindy Soclof