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JewishGen FTJP security #general

Warren Blatt <wblatt@...>
 

There seems to be some significant mis-information floating around
regarding the security of data in the JewishGen online version of
the Family Tree of The Jewish People (FTJP).

The data in the JewishGen online version of the FTJP is stored
in a database. That data is NOT accessible to Internet spiders,
or for random retrieval of information.

All JewishGen databases are protected >from spiders because they
are located on a part of our web server which cannot be seen from
the outside world -- there are no paths or mappings to them. The
only way to access the data is via our own search engine interface.
Spiders and other automated data-mining robots do not access data
via search engine interfaces -- they only access data on static
web pages.

The FTJP is further protected because a JGFF researcher code and
password are required to begin using the search engine.

Data in all JewishGen databases is very well protected. Usage
is carefully monitored by our volunteers. We always know who is
accessing any database, how they are querying it, etc. We always
have detailed log files of every transaction, and can track any
user back to their ISP in case of abuse.

We also have a system set up which will not allow a user to hit
any of our databases in rapid succession for very long because
alarms are generated if anything out of the ordinary occurs.

These database protection mechanisms have been in place for quite
some time.


Furthermore, all the GEDCOM data submitted to the JewishGen FTJP
is first stripped of all data for living persons, using the
"100 year rule". Only the names and relationships of living
persons appear -- neither birthdates nor birthplaces nor marriage
dates/places are included.


Researchers are entitled to be concerned about the security of their
genealogical data, and its accuracy. We anticipated these concerns
when designing the new JewishGen online FTJP.

JewishGen can and will remove any submitter's data >from the online
version within in a matter of seconds, upon request of the submitter
to <ftjphelp@...>.

People have already asked us to remove their data >from the FTJP, for
a variety of reasons. Security is way down at the bottom of the list
of reasons. Most data has been removed because errors were spotted
in the data and the researcher wanted it removed as quickly as possible
while a revised file was prepared.

Once informed that the data is to be removed, for whatever reason,
the FTJP Help Desk can do so in a matter of seconds.

JewishGen's FTJP is the only practical way to get family trees up
on the Web with password protection.

For more information about the JewishGen FTJP, see
<http://www.jewishgen.org/gedcom>, and address your concerns to:
<ftjphelp@...>.

Warren

Warren Blatt
Boston, MA
JewishGen, Inc.
<wblatt@...>


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen JewishGen FTJP security #general

Warren Blatt <wblatt@...>
 

There seems to be some significant mis-information floating around
regarding the security of data in the JewishGen online version of
the Family Tree of The Jewish People (FTJP).

The data in the JewishGen online version of the FTJP is stored
in a database. That data is NOT accessible to Internet spiders,
or for random retrieval of information.

All JewishGen databases are protected >from spiders because they
are located on a part of our web server which cannot be seen from
the outside world -- there are no paths or mappings to them. The
only way to access the data is via our own search engine interface.
Spiders and other automated data-mining robots do not access data
via search engine interfaces -- they only access data on static
web pages.

The FTJP is further protected because a JGFF researcher code and
password are required to begin using the search engine.

Data in all JewishGen databases is very well protected. Usage
is carefully monitored by our volunteers. We always know who is
accessing any database, how they are querying it, etc. We always
have detailed log files of every transaction, and can track any
user back to their ISP in case of abuse.

We also have a system set up which will not allow a user to hit
any of our databases in rapid succession for very long because
alarms are generated if anything out of the ordinary occurs.

These database protection mechanisms have been in place for quite
some time.


Furthermore, all the GEDCOM data submitted to the JewishGen FTJP
is first stripped of all data for living persons, using the
"100 year rule". Only the names and relationships of living
persons appear -- neither birthdates nor birthplaces nor marriage
dates/places are included.


Researchers are entitled to be concerned about the security of their
genealogical data, and its accuracy. We anticipated these concerns
when designing the new JewishGen online FTJP.

JewishGen can and will remove any submitter's data >from the online
version within in a matter of seconds, upon request of the submitter
to <ftjphelp@...>.

People have already asked us to remove their data >from the FTJP, for
a variety of reasons. Security is way down at the bottom of the list
of reasons. Most data has been removed because errors were spotted
in the data and the researcher wanted it removed as quickly as possible
while a revised file was prepared.

Once informed that the data is to be removed, for whatever reason,
the FTJP Help Desk can do so in a matter of seconds.

JewishGen's FTJP is the only practical way to get family trees up
on the Web with password protection.

For more information about the JewishGen FTJP, see
<http://www.jewishgen.org/gedcom>, and address your concerns to:
<ftjphelp@...>.

Warren

Warren Blatt
Boston, MA
JewishGen, Inc.
<wblatt@...>


Summer Seminar In NYC - Volunteer(s) Needed #belarus

David M. Fox <fox@...>
 

Dear Members of the Belarus SIG (especially those in the NY area),

As you probably are aware, this summer's Jewish genealogy conference will
take place Aug. 8-13 in New York City. I would like some member(s) of the
SIG to be able to assemble a modest packet of information concerning
"Resources for Belarus Jewish Genealogy in the New York City area", and
also possibly to organize an excursion or two to some sites of interest
to Belaus Jewish genealogists. If you would like to volunteer for either
of these tasks, please contact me by private e-mail at <fox@...>.

David Fox
fox@...
Belarus SIG Coordinator


Belarus SIG #Belarus Summer Seminar In NYC - Volunteer(s) Needed #belarus

David M. Fox <fox@...>
 

Dear Members of the Belarus SIG (especially those in the NY area),

As you probably are aware, this summer's Jewish genealogy conference will
take place Aug. 8-13 in New York City. I would like some member(s) of the
SIG to be able to assemble a modest packet of information concerning
"Resources for Belarus Jewish Genealogy in the New York City area", and
also possibly to organize an excursion or two to some sites of interest
to Belaus Jewish genealogists. If you would like to volunteer for either
of these tasks, please contact me by private e-mail at <fox@...>.

David Fox
fox@...
Belarus SIG Coordinator


On-line family histories #general

Louis Schonfeld <lmagyar@...>
 

Where would I find a database or comprehensive list of Jewish family
genealogies, published or in manuscript form?

An unrelated question: Any websites where I could purchase a used
microfilm reader?

Louis Schonfeld


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen On-line family histories #general

Louis Schonfeld <lmagyar@...>
 

Where would I find a database or comprehensive list of Jewish family
genealogies, published or in manuscript form?

An unrelated question: Any websites where I could purchase a used
microfilm reader?

Louis Schonfeld


Maiden Names, Thank You #general

molly gordy <mgordy@...>
 

Thanks to all you generous and well-informed souls who responded to my query
about maiden names. You have saved me countless hours and dollars.

Molly Gordy, NYC

SEARCHING: GORODETSKY (Zhitomir, Novograd-Volinsky, Urals) HORODETSKY
(Malin, Tel Aviv) LITOVSKY (Ekaterinaslav) and RASKIN (Ekaterinaslav).


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Maiden Names, Thank You #general

molly gordy <mgordy@...>
 

Thanks to all you generous and well-informed souls who responded to my query
about maiden names. You have saved me countless hours and dollars.

Molly Gordy, NYC

SEARCHING: GORODETSKY (Zhitomir, Novograd-Volinsky, Urals) HORODETSKY
(Malin, Tel Aviv) LITOVSKY (Ekaterinaslav) and RASKIN (Ekaterinaslav).


Searching: Regina LEWKOWITZ, Sosnowitz and Chorzow, Poland #general

Henry Birnbrey <HBirnbrey@...>
 

Searching for Regina LEWKOWITZ, or her survivors, formerly >from Sosnowitz
Poland and later reported to have been in Chorzow, Poland. Brother of
Regina just now learned that she had survived Holocaust. Any help or leads
would be appreciated.

Henry Birnbrey
Atlanta, Ga


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Searching: Regina LEWKOWITZ, Sosnowitz and Chorzow, Poland #general

Henry Birnbrey <HBirnbrey@...>
 

Searching for Regina LEWKOWITZ, or her survivors, formerly >from Sosnowitz
Poland and later reported to have been in Chorzow, Poland. Brother of
Regina just now learned that she had survived Holocaust. Any help or leads
would be appreciated.

Henry Birnbrey
Atlanta, Ga


Searching: Ruth FRANK, Stendal (Altmark, Germany) #general

Henry Birnbrey <HBirnbrey@...>
 

Searching for Ruth FRANK or family of Ruth Frank, formerly >from Stendal
(Altmark) Germany. Any leads would be appreciated.

Henry Birnbrey
Atlanta, Ga.


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Searching: Ruth FRANK, Stendal (Altmark, Germany) #general

Henry Birnbrey <HBirnbrey@...>
 

Searching for Ruth FRANK or family of Ruth Frank, formerly >from Stendal
(Altmark) Germany. Any leads would be appreciated.

Henry Birnbrey
Atlanta, Ga.


Surnames/Family names #general

judylab <judylab@...>
 

Ten or fifteen years ago, long before I had an interest in genealogy, I was
told that when Hungarian Jews were required to take surnames, that the Jews
were divided into four groups: Black, White, Large and Small -- hence the
four very common Hungarian names:Schwartz, Weiss, Gross and Klein.

Does anyone know if this is true or is it a Hungarian urban legend.?

Judith Labowitz
Munster, IN


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Surnames/Family names #general

judylab <judylab@...>
 

Ten or fifteen years ago, long before I had an interest in genealogy, I was
told that when Hungarian Jews were required to take surnames, that the Jews
were divided into four groups: Black, White, Large and Small -- hence the
four very common Hungarian names:Schwartz, Weiss, Gross and Klein.

Does anyone know if this is true or is it a Hungarian urban legend.?

Judith Labowitz
Munster, IN


Searching: Bessie ISRAELTON/Isadore SANDLER, Davinsk to NY, 1914 #general

IMAOFFIVE@...
 

I am new to genealogy and am searching for information about the family of
Bessie (Baska) ISRAELTON and Isadore SANDLER >from Davinsk (Daugavpils) Latvia.
Bessie arrived in New York on July 1, 1914 and Isadore arrived a few years
earlier. They lived on Riverdale Avenue and later on Newport Street in
Brooklyn, New York. Can anyone help me?

Marlene S.Berman


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Searching: Bessie ISRAELTON/Isadore SANDLER, Davinsk to NY, 1914 #general

IMAOFFIVE@...
 

I am new to genealogy and am searching for information about the family of
Bessie (Baska) ISRAELTON and Isadore SANDLER >from Davinsk (Daugavpils) Latvia.
Bessie arrived in New York on July 1, 1914 and Isadore arrived a few years
earlier. They lived on Riverdale Avenue and later on Newport Street in
Brooklyn, New York. Can anyone help me?

Marlene S.Berman


I Have Naturalization Papers for Samuel FINKESLTEIN #general

Ricki L. Zunk <rickiz@...>
 

Late last summer I wrote a letter to INS in Washington, DC, requesting
naturalization or redident alien records for one Samuel FINKELSTEIN from
Szumsk, Russia. This past weekend I received copies of a different
Samuel FINKELSTEIN. If this sounds like someone in your family, PLEASE
contact me immediately and directly, and I will be happy to pass these
papers on to you.

Samuel FINKELSTEIN
920 Prospect Avenue, NY, NY
Occupation: Painting contractor
Birth: April 6, 1867 at Lemberg, Austria
Arrived USA at Port of NY, November 22, 1888, aboard the SS Moravia
Wife's name: Dora
Children: Adolph; David; Max; Jennie; Joseph; Etta; and Fannie

If this is your relative, please let me know so that I may send these
papers along to you.

(Mrs.) Ricki L. Zunk
Kendall, FL


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen I Have Naturalization Papers for Samuel FINKESLTEIN #general

Ricki L. Zunk <rickiz@...>
 

Late last summer I wrote a letter to INS in Washington, DC, requesting
naturalization or redident alien records for one Samuel FINKELSTEIN from
Szumsk, Russia. This past weekend I received copies of a different
Samuel FINKELSTEIN. If this sounds like someone in your family, PLEASE
contact me immediately and directly, and I will be happy to pass these
papers on to you.

Samuel FINKELSTEIN
920 Prospect Avenue, NY, NY
Occupation: Painting contractor
Birth: April 6, 1867 at Lemberg, Austria
Arrived USA at Port of NY, November 22, 1888, aboard the SS Moravia
Wife's name: Dora
Children: Adolph; David; Max; Jennie; Joseph; Etta; and Fannie

If this is your relative, please let me know so that I may send these
papers along to you.

(Mrs.) Ricki L. Zunk
Kendall, FL


Avotaynu declares Jewish Genealogy Month #general

GARY MOKOTOFF <garymokotoff@...>
 

Avotaynu is taking a major step toward bringing the merits of
genealogy to the Jewish community at large with the declaration of
the month of Nisan 5759 (March 18-April 16)--the Passover season--as
"Jewish Genealogy Month." In association with this event, we have
created a poster; five copies that will be distributed free of
charge to every Jewish genealogical society. Societies will be
encouraged to post them in synagogues and other Jewish institutions
in their area and to include the address and phone number of the
local society so that residents can contact them for information.
Individuals who would like to receive copies of the poster can
write for information to Avotaynu's offices at 155 N.
Washington Ave., Bergenfield, NJ 07621. The poster can be viewed at
Avotaynu's web site http://www.avotaynu.com/poster.htm.

Those of us who have been tracing our family histories for a
substantial time know that, as a necessary condition of successful
research, we must read Jewish and world history; in the process, we
learn much about Jewish customs, Jewish culture, and the Jewish
religion. Pursuing genealogy makes us feel much more Jewish. In his
book "Will We Have Jewish Grandchildren?" Rabbi Jonathan Sacks,
chief rabbi of England, says that the way to combat today's rampant
intermarriage and assimilation is to provide our children with a
good Jewish education. Doing family history and learning the
details of our grandparents' and great-grandparents' lives is one
element of that good Jewish education.

Now it is time for us to bring the message of Jewish genealogy
into our local Jewish communities more than ever before. During
Jewish Genealogy Month, March 18-April 16 let us all do our part to
promote Jewish genealogy and family history. Place posters in local
synagogues, community centers, Jewish day schools, and retirement
homes--everywhere that the Jews of your community congregate. Offer
to give talks on how to do Jewish genealogy, volunteer to teach
classes at your religious schools, and help seniors record what
they remember.

The genesis of the project was a suggestion by Bernie Kouchel,
president of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Broward County
(Florida), that a poster be created promoting Jewish genealogy.
AVOTAYNU publisher, Gary Mokotoff, is on the Board of Directors of
the Jewish Book Council, the organization that sponsors Jewish Book
Month, which creates a new poster annually for Jewish Book Month.

Gary Mokotoff, Publisher
Sallyann Amdur Sack, President
Avotaynu, Inc.

Visit our Web site at http://www.avotaynu.com


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Avotaynu declares Jewish Genealogy Month #general

GARY MOKOTOFF <garymokotoff@...>
 

Avotaynu is taking a major step toward bringing the merits of
genealogy to the Jewish community at large with the declaration of
the month of Nisan 5759 (March 18-April 16)--the Passover season--as
"Jewish Genealogy Month." In association with this event, we have
created a poster; five copies that will be distributed free of
charge to every Jewish genealogical society. Societies will be
encouraged to post them in synagogues and other Jewish institutions
in their area and to include the address and phone number of the
local society so that residents can contact them for information.
Individuals who would like to receive copies of the poster can
write for information to Avotaynu's offices at 155 N.
Washington Ave., Bergenfield, NJ 07621. The poster can be viewed at
Avotaynu's web site http://www.avotaynu.com/poster.htm.

Those of us who have been tracing our family histories for a
substantial time know that, as a necessary condition of successful
research, we must read Jewish and world history; in the process, we
learn much about Jewish customs, Jewish culture, and the Jewish
religion. Pursuing genealogy makes us feel much more Jewish. In his
book "Will We Have Jewish Grandchildren?" Rabbi Jonathan Sacks,
chief rabbi of England, says that the way to combat today's rampant
intermarriage and assimilation is to provide our children with a
good Jewish education. Doing family history and learning the
details of our grandparents' and great-grandparents' lives is one
element of that good Jewish education.

Now it is time for us to bring the message of Jewish genealogy
into our local Jewish communities more than ever before. During
Jewish Genealogy Month, March 18-April 16 let us all do our part to
promote Jewish genealogy and family history. Place posters in local
synagogues, community centers, Jewish day schools, and retirement
homes--everywhere that the Jews of your community congregate. Offer
to give talks on how to do Jewish genealogy, volunteer to teach
classes at your religious schools, and help seniors record what
they remember.

The genesis of the project was a suggestion by Bernie Kouchel,
president of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Broward County
(Florida), that a poster be created promoting Jewish genealogy.
AVOTAYNU publisher, Gary Mokotoff, is on the Board of Directors of
the Jewish Book Council, the organization that sponsors Jewish Book
Month, which creates a new poster annually for Jewish Book Month.

Gary Mokotoff, Publisher
Sallyann Amdur Sack, President
Avotaynu, Inc.

Visit our Web site at http://www.avotaynu.com