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GORDON Family of Passaic, New Jersey in 1924 #general

Jules Feldman
 

The passenger manifest for Boris GORDON who landed in New York on June
16, 1924 states that he was coming to join a cousin by the name of Asher
GORDON at 114 Morfut St, Passaic, New Jersey.
The Passaic City Directory >from 1929 has an Osher GORDON listed as a
physician, married to Henrietta and living and practicing medicine at
99 Prospect St. in Passaic. At the same address is another physician,
Abel GORDON, who seems to have shared an office with Osher and had a
room in his house, and a student, Sarah GORDON.
Any further information on this family would be appreciated.

Many thanks to Nurit Kraus-Friedberg who in an act of genealogical
kindness searched the NY archives and found the manifest and the
directory entry .

Jules Feldman
Kibbutz Yizreel.

JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen GORDON Family of Passaic, New Jersey in 1924 #general

Jules Feldman
 

The passenger manifest for Boris GORDON who landed in New York on June
16, 1924 states that he was coming to join a cousin by the name of Asher
GORDON at 114 Morfut St, Passaic, New Jersey.
The Passaic City Directory >from 1929 has an Osher GORDON listed as a
physician, married to Henrietta and living and practicing medicine at
99 Prospect St. in Passaic. At the same address is another physician,
Abel GORDON, who seems to have shared an office with Osher and had a
room in his house, and a student, Sarah GORDON.
Any further information on this family would be appreciated.

Many thanks to Nurit Kraus-Friedberg who in an act of genealogical
kindness searched the NY archives and found the manifest and the
directory entry .

Jules Feldman
Kibbutz Yizreel.

Results of testing Beider's on-line dictionary #general

Art Mayoff AA6AM
 

Genners,

Having read the many complaints about Beider's on-line dictionary, I
figured it was time for a scientific test. I just completed a random
census of the on-line database using my actual copy of "A Dictionary of
Jewish Surnames >from the Russian Empire" as the benchmark.

I elected to randomly choose one name for each letter of the alphabet.
The random names I chose are listed below and my results are summarized
as follows:

With only one exception as explained, I was one hundred percent
successful finding *every* entry attempted. The exception is for surnames
beginning with the letter "E." Probably ninty-five percent of the names
in the actual book beginning with "E" having an accent over the "E." I
was unable to get the database to recognize all my attempts with or
without the appropriate accents over the "E." Surnames in the book
beginning with "E" that do not use the accent were recognized without
problem. Additionally, I experimented with apostrophized surnames and
discovered that the apostrophy *must* be included or else there will be
negative results.

You can draw your own conclusions, but this random test indicated to me
that the on-line data base is accurate. Do not fault the search engine
or its contents. Recheck your spelling, apostrophes and accents. If
someone can advise this group how to search for surnames beginning with
the accented letter "E" please let us know.

The search engine is at:
http://www.ancestry.com/search/rectype/inddbs/3173.htm

Here are my random name findings - including the number of "hits" which
correlates exactly with Beider's dictionary.

APPEL'BAUM -2
APPELBAUM - 0 (without ' does not exist in the book or on-line)
BESHENKEVICH - 9
CHARNA - 38
DUBOV - 4
ENBINDER - 2
ELIAZOR - 0 (Accent over the "E" is needed but when used, it's still not
recognized)
ELEZEROVICH - 0 (Accent over the "E" is needed but when used, it's still
not recognized)
FAVUS - 85
FRIDMAN - 10
GLAUBERMAN - 17
GUROVITS - 2
IDELIOVICH - 2
IL'EVSKIJ - 3
KAGAN - 10
LOTKER - 2
MAJOFIS - 6
NEKHAMIN - 40
ORSHER - 9
POSTERNAK - 18
RAPPOPORT - 18
SHIMEN - 52
TOPERMAN - 2
UNGER - 2
VIL'CHEK - 2
VILCHEK - 0 (without ' does not exist in the book or on-line)
YUKEL'SON - 3
YUKELSON (without ' does not exist in the book or on-line)
ZUSKIND - 64

Not one single case of "it's in the book, but not on-line" - except for
the accented letter E problem.

Art Mayoff <mailto:@AA6AM> Benicia, California

Access The Mayoff Family Web Sites at :
http://www.mayoff.com
The Family Descendant Newsletter at:
http://www.mayoff.com/newsletter.html

PIATETSKY #general

Njturtle55@...
 

Looking for any info. on Piatetsky. I have a marriage date of June 27,
1948, somewhere in the USA. They may be related to either an Ostroff or
Winitsky (Vinitsky).

Any info greatly appreciated.

Steve Pickholtz
njturtle55@...

JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Results of testing Beider's on-line dictionary #general

Art Mayoff AA6AM
 

Genners,

Having read the many complaints about Beider's on-line dictionary, I
figured it was time for a scientific test. I just completed a random
census of the on-line database using my actual copy of "A Dictionary of
Jewish Surnames >from the Russian Empire" as the benchmark.

I elected to randomly choose one name for each letter of the alphabet.
The random names I chose are listed below and my results are summarized
as follows:

With only one exception as explained, I was one hundred percent
successful finding *every* entry attempted. The exception is for surnames
beginning with the letter "E." Probably ninty-five percent of the names
in the actual book beginning with "E" having an accent over the "E." I
was unable to get the database to recognize all my attempts with or
without the appropriate accents over the "E." Surnames in the book
beginning with "E" that do not use the accent were recognized without
problem. Additionally, I experimented with apostrophized surnames and
discovered that the apostrophy *must* be included or else there will be
negative results.

You can draw your own conclusions, but this random test indicated to me
that the on-line data base is accurate. Do not fault the search engine
or its contents. Recheck your spelling, apostrophes and accents. If
someone can advise this group how to search for surnames beginning with
the accented letter "E" please let us know.

The search engine is at:
http://www.ancestry.com/search/rectype/inddbs/3173.htm

Here are my random name findings - including the number of "hits" which
correlates exactly with Beider's dictionary.

APPEL'BAUM -2
APPELBAUM - 0 (without ' does not exist in the book or on-line)
BESHENKEVICH - 9
CHARNA - 38
DUBOV - 4
ENBINDER - 2
ELIAZOR - 0 (Accent over the "E" is needed but when used, it's still not
recognized)
ELEZEROVICH - 0 (Accent over the "E" is needed but when used, it's still
not recognized)
FAVUS - 85
FRIDMAN - 10
GLAUBERMAN - 17
GUROVITS - 2
IDELIOVICH - 2
IL'EVSKIJ - 3
KAGAN - 10
LOTKER - 2
MAJOFIS - 6
NEKHAMIN - 40
ORSHER - 9
POSTERNAK - 18
RAPPOPORT - 18
SHIMEN - 52
TOPERMAN - 2
UNGER - 2
VIL'CHEK - 2
VILCHEK - 0 (without ' does not exist in the book or on-line)
YUKEL'SON - 3
YUKELSON (without ' does not exist in the book or on-line)
ZUSKIND - 64

Not one single case of "it's in the book, but not on-line" - except for
the accented letter E problem.

Art Mayoff <mailto:@AA6AM> Benicia, California

Access The Mayoff Family Web Sites at :
http://www.mayoff.com
The Family Descendant Newsletter at:
http://www.mayoff.com/newsletter.html

JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen PIATETSKY #general

Njturtle55@...
 

Looking for any info. on Piatetsky. I have a marriage date of June 27,
1948, somewhere in the USA. They may be related to either an Ostroff or
Winitsky (Vinitsky).

Any info greatly appreciated.

Steve Pickholtz
njturtle55@...

TERSUHOW #general

Njturtle55@...
 

Additional info. on Nathan TERSUHOW.

He was a decendent of the rabbi know as Turei Zahav,
which is where his name originated. Therefore he is a Levi.

Steve Pickholtz
njturtle55@...

JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen TERSUHOW #general

Njturtle55@...
 

Additional info. on Nathan TERSUHOW.

He was a decendent of the rabbi know as Turei Zahav,
which is where his name originated. Therefore he is a Levi.

Steve Pickholtz
njturtle55@...

Conflict of Information lack thereof #general

<maybug@...>
 

I've been pushed into my genial trip into the past by my children who want
to know about their ancestors on my side, their non-Jewish side being able
trace theirs almost to the Garden itself. Not content with my buying them
their own copies of the Bible, they want more recent history.

As a beginning genner >from a family of loose or contentious ties, I have
little available family lore on one side. Most of the last 50 years I have
neglected to keep up my family connection (to our mutual satisfaction).
This represented neglect rather than animus so I am free to personally
contact those still alive.

On calling the oldest living family member to find out the names of her
siblings' spouses, children, etc, I discovered that while she was willing
to tell mostly malicious, amusing stories about them, she was totally
unwilling to let their names pass her lips and angry at herself when she
accidentally let one slip. Others are merely uninterested or unknowing.

I'm quite willing to do an archive/document crawl, but I am then confronted
with another family characteristic: Whether >from their lack of
information, >from error, or >from intention, the results are ususally
conflicting and sometimes impossible. I find, for example, that my
grandfather used different versions of his first name (understandable
difference), or that my grandmother had two very different maiden names
(Reuben/Strauss), or that she managed to give birth to two daughters in the
same year (one in April, the other in September - both living to give that
information on their marriage applications). And needless to say, I have
so far three documented countries of origin for the original immigrants and
*no* town of origin - but then as I say, I've just begun.

I use the rule of: document, then go with the preponderance of the
evidence. But after I go to the Nat'l Archives this week to get their
census data - and hopefully - their naturalization info, how do I know even
that that is correct? It's clear that in their minds official documents
did not require accurate information.

If my family is not unique in this, perhaps some more experienced, genial
researchers might give me some tips in this not so much technical as human
predicament. My thanks for any and all.

Barbara Harris

KRISLOFF and GOTCOVITCH families living in London early #general

Peter_Hills <Peter_Hills@...>
 

Myer Krisloff was born in London. Parents were Joseph Krisloff and Yetta
Gotcovitch. Variations on the names might include Kresloff or Krugilov,
and Goodkovitch. The family came to America on S.S. Philadelphia which
sailed >from Southampton in 1908.


Please let me know of any interest in either of these names - or close
variants - particularly if there any links with England. I have researched
both names at the UK Public Record Office and happy to share results.



Peter Hills
London UK

Also researching following families:

VELONSKY Jurbarkas , Raseiniai and London
RAYMOND/RAYMAN Vilna and London
BLUMENTHAL Ozerkov, Kalisz and London
PHILLIPS LA and SF

JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Conflict of Information lack thereof #general

<maybug@...>
 

I've been pushed into my genial trip into the past by my children who want
to know about their ancestors on my side, their non-Jewish side being able
trace theirs almost to the Garden itself. Not content with my buying them
their own copies of the Bible, they want more recent history.

As a beginning genner >from a family of loose or contentious ties, I have
little available family lore on one side. Most of the last 50 years I have
neglected to keep up my family connection (to our mutual satisfaction).
This represented neglect rather than animus so I am free to personally
contact those still alive.

On calling the oldest living family member to find out the names of her
siblings' spouses, children, etc, I discovered that while she was willing
to tell mostly malicious, amusing stories about them, she was totally
unwilling to let their names pass her lips and angry at herself when she
accidentally let one slip. Others are merely uninterested or unknowing.

I'm quite willing to do an archive/document crawl, but I am then confronted
with another family characteristic: Whether >from their lack of
information, >from error, or >from intention, the results are ususally
conflicting and sometimes impossible. I find, for example, that my
grandfather used different versions of his first name (understandable
difference), or that my grandmother had two very different maiden names
(Reuben/Strauss), or that she managed to give birth to two daughters in the
same year (one in April, the other in September - both living to give that
information on their marriage applications). And needless to say, I have
so far three documented countries of origin for the original immigrants and
*no* town of origin - but then as I say, I've just begun.

I use the rule of: document, then go with the preponderance of the
evidence. But after I go to the Nat'l Archives this week to get their
census data - and hopefully - their naturalization info, how do I know even
that that is correct? It's clear that in their minds official documents
did not require accurate information.

If my family is not unique in this, perhaps some more experienced, genial
researchers might give me some tips in this not so much technical as human
predicament. My thanks for any and all.

Barbara Harris

JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen KRISLOFF and GOTCOVITCH families living in London early #general

Peter_Hills <Peter_Hills@...>
 

Myer Krisloff was born in London. Parents were Joseph Krisloff and Yetta
Gotcovitch. Variations on the names might include Kresloff or Krugilov,
and Goodkovitch. The family came to America on S.S. Philadelphia which
sailed >from Southampton in 1908.


Please let me know of any interest in either of these names - or close
variants - particularly if there any links with England. I have researched
both names at the UK Public Record Office and happy to share results.



Peter Hills
London UK

Also researching following families:

VELONSKY Jurbarkas , Raseiniai and London
RAYMOND/RAYMAN Vilna and London
BLUMENTHAL Ozerkov, Kalisz and London
PHILLIPS LA and SF

Organising a Re-union #general

Rica Goldberg
 

I would like to know how a re-union for, say, 50 -100 people getting
together for an afternoon tea or similar, is funded.

I know there a books and booklets written on the subject (which I do not
have in my possession), but has anyone out there done it and what advise
would they give in this direction?

Sincerely

Rica B Goldberg
Manchester, England

Still researching the following:-
1)KAMINSKY (KAMENSHCHIK) >from Yanova (Jonava)nr Kovno,Lithuania 2)Nosson
Eliazer, Harris, Joseph and Sarah DIAMOND (DIMONT or DIAMONT) >from Kovno,
Lithuania; 3)Newman, Emanuel, Rachel & Esther LEVY, Chana & Yehuda LEV
from KROSNIEWICE in Poland;4)Isaac & Rebecca COHEN->from Poland;5)Chaim
and Rebecca ESTRY - >from Poland; 6) GOLDBERG (possibly) SCHELENGER in
Yiddish SCHLUZITSIL) >from Kovno, Lithuania;7) BERLINSKY >from ????;

JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Organising a Re-union #general

Rica Goldberg
 

I would like to know how a re-union for, say, 50 -100 people getting
together for an afternoon tea or similar, is funded.

I know there a books and booklets written on the subject (which I do not
have in my possession), but has anyone out there done it and what advise
would they give in this direction?

Sincerely

Rica B Goldberg
Manchester, England

Still researching the following:-
1)KAMINSKY (KAMENSHCHIK) >from Yanova (Jonava)nr Kovno,Lithuania 2)Nosson
Eliazer, Harris, Joseph and Sarah DIAMOND (DIMONT or DIAMONT) >from Kovno,
Lithuania; 3)Newman, Emanuel, Rachel & Esther LEVY, Chana & Yehuda LEV
from KROSNIEWICE in Poland;4)Isaac & Rebecca COHEN->from Poland;5)Chaim
and Rebecca ESTRY - >from Poland; 6) GOLDBERG (possibly) SCHELENGER in
Yiddish SCHLUZITSIL) >from Kovno, Lithuania;7) BERLINSKY >from ????;

Alfred CURSON, died January 7, 2000 in Nassau County, NY #general

Ricki L. Zunk <rickiz@...>
 

Hi All:

I'm writing this in the hope that perhaps SKS might find something
familiar and/or be willing and able to help me find a death notice or
obit for this man. I found the following information while doing one
of my regular checks at the SSDI sites to see what's new:

CURSON, Alfred
SSN 057-12-2657
Born: 5/5/1922
Died: 1/7/2000
Last Residence: Nassau County, NY
[nothing more specific]

I know that Alfred was a son of William ("Willie") and Rose CURSON. I
know that Willie died 11/1978 in Jamaica, Queens, NY, but nothing more
about him or her. I also know that Alfred had a brother (Zelig) and a
sister (Rose).

I don't know who, if anyone, >from this part of my CURSON/KURSON/CARSON
family is still alive. It is my fervent hope that finding the death
notice and/or obit will help lead me to locating a surviving member of
that part of our family. This would be wonderful, as I haven't been
able to make that connection in the 23+ years that I've been
searching.

If anyone can lend a helping hand, I would be most appreciative.

Thanks,
(Mrs.) Ricki Lynn Randall Zunk
Kendall, FL

JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Alfred CURSON, died January 7, 2000 in Nassau County, NY #general

Ricki L. Zunk <rickiz@...>
 

Hi All:

I'm writing this in the hope that perhaps SKS might find something
familiar and/or be willing and able to help me find a death notice or
obit for this man. I found the following information while doing one
of my regular checks at the SSDI sites to see what's new:

CURSON, Alfred
SSN 057-12-2657
Born: 5/5/1922
Died: 1/7/2000
Last Residence: Nassau County, NY
[nothing more specific]

I know that Alfred was a son of William ("Willie") and Rose CURSON. I
know that Willie died 11/1978 in Jamaica, Queens, NY, but nothing more
about him or her. I also know that Alfred had a brother (Zelig) and a
sister (Rose).

I don't know who, if anyone, >from this part of my CURSON/KURSON/CARSON
family is still alive. It is my fervent hope that finding the death
notice and/or obit will help lead me to locating a surviving member of
that part of our family. This would be wonderful, as I haven't been
able to make that connection in the 23+ years that I've been
searching.

If anyone can lend a helping hand, I would be most appreciative.

Thanks,
(Mrs.) Ricki Lynn Randall Zunk
Kendall, FL

A note in Polish? #general

IsraelP <zach4v6@...>
 

What seems to be the same handwritten note (in Polish?) appears
next to the birth records of all four children of Pinkas and Witie beile
Pikholz. These births were in Rozdol, circa 1890.

I'd be pleased if someone would have a look and tell me what it
says.

http://www.geocities.com/pikholz/note.htm

Thank you.

Israel Pickholtz

JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen A note in Polish? #general

IsraelP <zach4v6@...>
 

What seems to be the same handwritten note (in Polish?) appears
next to the birth records of all four children of Pinkas and Witie beile
Pikholz. These births were in Rozdol, circa 1890.

I'd be pleased if someone would have a look and tell me what it
says.

http://www.geocities.com/pikholz/note.htm

Thank you.

Israel Pickholtz

JewishGen's NEW Projects - A 2001 Odyssey #lodz #poland

Seflaum@...
 

In case you missed this important message on the JewishGen Discussion Group,
it is reproduced here:

Subject: JewishGen's NEW Projects - A 2001 Odyssey
From: "Susan E. King" <susan.king@...>
Date: Mon, 4 Sep 2000 21:47:12 -0500
X-Message-Number: 1

Those flashes of lightening in the sky are not the only energy being
generated in Texas these days. JewishGen is firing on all cylinders
and then some! <grin> Plans for all the new additions to be launched
in 2001 reveal the potential for many successful connections and the
ability for JewishGenners to access information previously unavailable
all >from the comfort of their own homes.

To handle the explosion of programs, projects and databases, Michael
Tobias, V.P. of Programming and Development, and Warren Blatt, V.P.
of Technical Operations, are busy designing a totally new
infrastructure which will house the future generation of data on the
JewishGen site Please recognize that during this time devoted to
initial design and development, no new projects requiring databases or
programming will be introduced. However, there is quite a bit that we
all can be working on while the technical aspects are being designed
and implemented across the JewishGen site.

Those who were present in Salt Lake City were introduced to the
concept. It is a little more complex than we can impart in a
single message, however, if you take a look at the All Latvia
Database, <http://www.jewishgen.org/databases/Latvia/> you will catch
a glimpse of what this new presentation will look like. Use the name
"Goldberg" for the search and review each of the returns and links.
<grin> There's really more to it.. and perhaps in the coming months,
as it develops, we will be able to share more of the elements. But,
if the feedback in Salt Lake City, is any indicator, it is really
awesome! So, in addition to the Online Worldwide Burial Registry
(OWBR)project which was announced in August
<http://www.jewishgen.org/databases/cemetery/> there are two more
projects we want you to know about.

Yad Vashem and JewishGen

During the JewishGen presentation at the July conference in Salt Lake
City, an historic data sharing agreement was signed between these
two organizations. The official press release is available at

<http://www.jewishgen.org/jewishgen/pr/YadVashemAgreement.htm>

Yad Vashem will begin to share with us some of the the 10,000 lists
available in their archives. JewishGen's role will be in providing
the network of volunteers gathered >from the special interest and
research groups we host, as well as other interested groups, to
index and digitize the data contained in these lists. The resulting
databases will be accessible on both the Yad Vashem and JewishGen web
sites. Part of our planned technical redesign is the preparation of a
special site to house all this new material.

The catch is that this will not be possible without your assistance in
volunteering for data input teams. There is still planning to complete
before we are ready for the actual work to begin. But here is what we
are doing to set up the infrastructure to handle all the new data that
will be coming our way.

1) JewishGen will be appointing a technical coordinator to work with
SIGs and other research groups to set up teams and train them on the
necessary procedures;

2) We have already received the lists identified below >from Yad Vashem
and these will be distributed to various SIGs as soon as all the
procedures have been worked out. Our intent is to start with some of
the smaller lists so we can begin to build quality assurance into the
process to insure data integrity throughout all 10,000 lists.

The first set of lists include:

List of Jews >from Szombathely, Hungary, 3200 records
List of Jews >from Debrecen, Hungary, 3964 records
Transnistra, 2320 records
Moghilev, 1973 records
Norway and Denmark, 1300 records
Prague, 1360 records
Krosno, 2070 records

To avoid confusion, we have agreed that there will be a single point
of contact between us and Yad Vashem. All work will be channeled
through Joyce Field, V.P. for Research and a technical coordinator.
Warren Blatt and Michael Tobias will head up our technical team.
Joyce, working with her counterpart at Yad Vashem will coordinate
the selection of files, and their distribution to the participating
SIGs. Later in the project the local JGSs will be asked to assist
with the project.

To cover costs of photocopying and postage, expected to be significant
due to the number of lists involved, a fundraising program has been
established and is listed at
<http://www.jewishgen.org/jewishgen-erosity/Research.html>

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM)

JewishGen has had a cooperative relationship with the USHMM since its
announcement at the 1999 New York conference. Recently JewishGen and
USHMM agreed to use the same single point of contact procedure as
outlined above for the Yad Vashem Project. All public and press
announcements regarding both projects will emanate >from the
Research Division.

The planning and organizational design are just about finalized. Now
comes the critical piece....the marshalling of forces....and that's
where you all come in. You will be just as much an important part of
this effort as the planners nd the technical staff. Make no mistake,
it's you folks out there who volunteer who actually bring these
projects to fruition. You are the volunteer army that will make it
happen.

When your SIG or Research Group announces a particular data entry
need, don't think twice, just agree to help. The more volunteers,
the less work for all, and the sooner all JewishGenners will have
an opportunity to view information previously not as easily available.

You will all be able to see it on your own computers! And more
importantly, you'll each know that you've had a hand in putting it
there.

Finally, as Glen Strauss pointed out in his recent message, it's all
the people who use JewishGen who also must come forth and support the
Operations budget. Yes...we need you to help in getting the
information together and that's why we say you've "had a hand in
putting it there". But, once it's there, we need your help in keeping
it there. The cost to maintain internet connectivity, co-location of
our servers, monthly phone bills, and technical support is growing.

The sophistication of our hardware and software needs is very
different than just a year ago. We need your help with this
too. If the truth be told, the only thing about the internet that is
free is the opportunity we provide for you to access all this
information without charging a membership or monthly fee. Will you
help up keep it that way? It's a two pronged function ...

To support the acquisition of data in a research project of interest
to you
<http://www.jewishgen.org/jewishgen-erosity/Research.html>

To help JewishGen keep it online and freely accessible
<http://www.jewishgen.org/jewishgen-erosity/Operations.html>

We look forward to shared excitement as we embark together on what
could be termed our own 2001 Odyssey. There is no doubt
there's bit of work to do, and we have only just begun. We hope all of
you will begin to make this journey with us... sharing and committing
both your time and financial support to this outstanding institution
we know as - JewishGen.

Susan

Lodz Area Research Group #Lodz #Poland JewishGen's NEW Projects - A 2001 Odyssey #poland #lodz

Seflaum@...
 

In case you missed this important message on the JewishGen Discussion Group,
it is reproduced here:

Subject: JewishGen's NEW Projects - A 2001 Odyssey
From: "Susan E. King" <susan.king@...>
Date: Mon, 4 Sep 2000 21:47:12 -0500
X-Message-Number: 1

Those flashes of lightening in the sky are not the only energy being
generated in Texas these days. JewishGen is firing on all cylinders
and then some! <grin> Plans for all the new additions to be launched
in 2001 reveal the potential for many successful connections and the
ability for JewishGenners to access information previously unavailable
all >from the comfort of their own homes.

To handle the explosion of programs, projects and databases, Michael
Tobias, V.P. of Programming and Development, and Warren Blatt, V.P.
of Technical Operations, are busy designing a totally new
infrastructure which will house the future generation of data on the
JewishGen site Please recognize that during this time devoted to
initial design and development, no new projects requiring databases or
programming will be introduced. However, there is quite a bit that we
all can be working on while the technical aspects are being designed
and implemented across the JewishGen site.

Those who were present in Salt Lake City were introduced to the
concept. It is a little more complex than we can impart in a
single message, however, if you take a look at the All Latvia
Database, <http://www.jewishgen.org/databases/Latvia/> you will catch
a glimpse of what this new presentation will look like. Use the name
"Goldberg" for the search and review each of the returns and links.
<grin> There's really more to it.. and perhaps in the coming months,
as it develops, we will be able to share more of the elements. But,
if the feedback in Salt Lake City, is any indicator, it is really
awesome! So, in addition to the Online Worldwide Burial Registry
(OWBR)project which was announced in August
<http://www.jewishgen.org/databases/cemetery/> there are two more
projects we want you to know about.

Yad Vashem and JewishGen

During the JewishGen presentation at the July conference in Salt Lake
City, an historic data sharing agreement was signed between these
two organizations. The official press release is available at

<http://www.jewishgen.org/jewishgen/pr/YadVashemAgreement.htm>

Yad Vashem will begin to share with us some of the the 10,000 lists
available in their archives. JewishGen's role will be in providing
the network of volunteers gathered >from the special interest and
research groups we host, as well as other interested groups, to
index and digitize the data contained in these lists. The resulting
databases will be accessible on both the Yad Vashem and JewishGen web
sites. Part of our planned technical redesign is the preparation of a
special site to house all this new material.

The catch is that this will not be possible without your assistance in
volunteering for data input teams. There is still planning to complete
before we are ready for the actual work to begin. But here is what we
are doing to set up the infrastructure to handle all the new data that
will be coming our way.

1) JewishGen will be appointing a technical coordinator to work with
SIGs and other research groups to set up teams and train them on the
necessary procedures;

2) We have already received the lists identified below >from Yad Vashem
and these will be distributed to various SIGs as soon as all the
procedures have been worked out. Our intent is to start with some of
the smaller lists so we can begin to build quality assurance into the
process to insure data integrity throughout all 10,000 lists.

The first set of lists include:

List of Jews >from Szombathely, Hungary, 3200 records
List of Jews >from Debrecen, Hungary, 3964 records
Transnistra, 2320 records
Moghilev, 1973 records
Norway and Denmark, 1300 records
Prague, 1360 records
Krosno, 2070 records

To avoid confusion, we have agreed that there will be a single point
of contact between us and Yad Vashem. All work will be channeled
through Joyce Field, V.P. for Research and a technical coordinator.
Warren Blatt and Michael Tobias will head up our technical team.
Joyce, working with her counterpart at Yad Vashem will coordinate
the selection of files, and their distribution to the participating
SIGs. Later in the project the local JGSs will be asked to assist
with the project.

To cover costs of photocopying and postage, expected to be significant
due to the number of lists involved, a fundraising program has been
established and is listed at
<http://www.jewishgen.org/jewishgen-erosity/Research.html>

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM)

JewishGen has had a cooperative relationship with the USHMM since its
announcement at the 1999 New York conference. Recently JewishGen and
USHMM agreed to use the same single point of contact procedure as
outlined above for the Yad Vashem Project. All public and press
announcements regarding both projects will emanate >from the
Research Division.

The planning and organizational design are just about finalized. Now
comes the critical piece....the marshalling of forces....and that's
where you all come in. You will be just as much an important part of
this effort as the planners nd the technical staff. Make no mistake,
it's you folks out there who volunteer who actually bring these
projects to fruition. You are the volunteer army that will make it
happen.

When your SIG or Research Group announces a particular data entry
need, don't think twice, just agree to help. The more volunteers,
the less work for all, and the sooner all JewishGenners will have
an opportunity to view information previously not as easily available.

You will all be able to see it on your own computers! And more
importantly, you'll each know that you've had a hand in putting it
there.

Finally, as Glen Strauss pointed out in his recent message, it's all
the people who use JewishGen who also must come forth and support the
Operations budget. Yes...we need you to help in getting the
information together and that's why we say you've "had a hand in
putting it there". But, once it's there, we need your help in keeping
it there. The cost to maintain internet connectivity, co-location of
our servers, monthly phone bills, and technical support is growing.

The sophistication of our hardware and software needs is very
different than just a year ago. We need your help with this
too. If the truth be told, the only thing about the internet that is
free is the opportunity we provide for you to access all this
information without charging a membership or monthly fee. Will you
help up keep it that way? It's a two pronged function ...

To support the acquisition of data in a research project of interest
to you
<http://www.jewishgen.org/jewishgen-erosity/Research.html>

To help JewishGen keep it online and freely accessible
<http://www.jewishgen.org/jewishgen-erosity/Operations.html>

We look forward to shared excitement as we embark together on what
could be termed our own 2001 Odyssey. There is no doubt
there's bit of work to do, and we have only just begun. We hope all of
you will begin to make this journey with us... sharing and committing
both your time and financial support to this outstanding institution
we know as - JewishGen.

Susan