IAJGS Records Access Alert Postings-November 2019

Jan Meisels Allen

As mentioned previously, every month I post a listing of the IAJGS Records Access Alert topics from the previous month for you to see the variety of issues…some were posted on this discussion group but most were not—all postings are included below.


+             (Canada) Prince Edward Island Archives and Record Office Begins Move to New Location


+             (Canada) Supreme Court of Canada Reviewing Appeal to Strike Down Protection From Genetic Discrimination


+             (Czech Republic) Czech Government Approves Digital Tax on Internet Companies


+             DNA Testing and Law Enforcement Access to DNA Databases


+             The DNA Testing Companies Reply to Warrant Permitting Police Full Access to GEDmatch Database


+             (European Union) E-Privacy Regulation-Latest Draft Being Considered


+             (France) France to be first County in EU to Introduce Facial Recognition Software for Government Services


+             (France) French Media Organizations Launch Copyright Case Against Google


+             (Germany) Court Upheld Complaint for Right to be Forgotten to Convicted Murderer


+             Google Amassing Personal Medical Records


+             (UK) General Register Office Added Death Records Index from 1984-2019


+             CORRECTION UK General Register Office Added Death Records Index From 1984-2019


+             (United Kingdom) National Archives Blog Post on Safeguarding Their Nation's Story


+             (US) Copyright Alternative In Small-Claims Enforcement Legislation Passed House of Representatives in Senate


+             (US) USCIS Proposes Fee Increases for Genealogy Records


+             (US) More on USCIS Proposes Fee Increases for Genealogy Records


+             (US) Microsoft Will Use California's Consumer Protection Act Principles Throughout the United States


+             (US) New Bill Introduced in US Senate on Privacy: COPRA


+             (US) Online Privacy Act Introduced in House of Representatives


+             (US) Privacy and Personal Data-- Pew Research


+             (US) Requesting a Vital Record of a US Citizen When Occurrence Happened Abroad I


+             (US) Secretary of Commerce Ross Releases Statement of Results of Preliminary Census Test


+             (US) Senator John Thune Introduces "Filter Bubble Transparency Act


+             (US-CA) California Attorney General Sues Facebook Over Privacy Issues


+            ( US-NY) Governor Cuomo Signs NY Adoptees Getting Original Birth Certificates into Law --Effective January 15, 2020


+             (US-VT) University of Vermont Health Network Launches DNA Risk Screening Pilot Program


+             Warrant Issued Permitting Police Full Access to GEDmatch Database-- A Game Changer



IAJGS opened its Records Access Alerts to anyone who is interested.  This was announced previously.  We now have subscribers from many genealogical organizations not previously able to subscribe. To be on top of what is happening I encourage you to register for the Records Access Alerts to receive the information in a timely manner.  If you are interested in any of the above items, please register for the IAJGS Records Access Alert and look at them in the archives.  To register for the IAJGS Records Access Alert go to: and follow the instructions to enter your email address, full name and which genealogical organization you belong to-a society, SIG  or a subscriber of JewishGen, Avotaynu, Legal Genealogist  etc. You will receive an email response that you have to reply to, or the subscription will not be finalized. The alerts are archived and once you register you may access the archives at:


The IAJGS Records Access Alert is not a daily announcement list. Depending on what happens worldwide, there may be no postings for several days and other times there may be several in one day.


These are listed alphabetically not chronologically.  Each month the locales covered differ.


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee



Polish translation of Barbasch entry

Milton Koch

I've posted a vital record in Polish for which I need a translation. It is on ViewMate at the following address ...

Please decipher the SECOND entry information for Meyer Hersh Barbasch. I am interested in the written notes as well as other family names. Thank you.

Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page.

Milton Koch

BARBASCH-Podvolochisk, Tarnopol

JGS Conejo Valley and Ventura County Meeting December 8 With David Rencher Director, Family History Library and Chief Genealogical Officer for FamilySearch.

Jan Meisels Allen

The Jewish Genealogical Society of the Conejo Valley and Ventura County's program is Sunday, December 8, 2019 1:30-3:30 PM at Temple Adat Elohim 2420 E Hillcrest Drive in Thousand Oaks. Light refreshments will be available. Come celebrate with us! This is our annual meeting and Chanukah party with valuable genealogical prizes—those who join or renew for 2020 by or at this meeting, and are at the meeting are eligible for their names to be drawn for one of a dozen valuable gifts.


Program: FamilySearch Historical Collections: Tips and Tricks


Join David Rencher, Director, Family History Library and Chief Genealogical Officer for Family Search share tips and tricks to searching record collections in FamilySearch. Learn new techniques for searching the collections, compiled genealogies and the Library Catalog.


Speaker:  David Rencher, AG®, CG®, FUGA, FIGRS, is employed as the Director, Family History Library and Chief Genealogical Officer for FamilySearch. A professional genealogist since 1977, he is one of the rare few who have earned both credentials: Accredited Genealogist® with ICAPGen in Ireland research and Certified Genealogist® with the Board for Certification of Genealogists. He is a past-president of the Federation of Genealogical Societies.


Ask the Expert: Starting at 1:00 PM  with Hal Bookbinder. Come prepared and have your questions ready!


Traveling Library: Categories A and D will available starting at 1:00 PM.  To see which books that will  be at the meeting, see the JGSCV website at:


Elections:  The Nominating Committee recommended 4 current board members to be reelected:

Warren Blatt,

Allan Linderman,

Andrea Massion

Israel “Issie” Perel.


At the November meeting one additional member self-nominated from the floor and was accepted:

Tammy Williams-Anderson


Elections were then closed. The bylaws permit 6 to 12 elected members. Therefore, the election will be for the five members by acclimation.



Take 101 Freeway - exit Rancho Road in Thousand Oaks, go north (if coming from the west, cross Thousand Oaks Blvd ) to E. Hillcrest Drive turn right on E. Hillcrest go about 1.3 miles (just east of Conejo School Road) Temple is on the right. There are approximately 75 parking spots within the complex. There is no parking on Hillcrest Drive . You may park in the complex or on any of the side streets.


Membership: We have started our 2020 Membership renewal and joining campaign. Membership forms are available at the meeting and on our website, . Anyone may join JGSCV. Annual dues are $25 for an individual and $30 for a family.  Dues increase January 1st by $5.00 so renew/join now!


Anyone who renews or joins starting with the September 15 meeting through the December 8 and attends the December 8th meeting has their name entered into a drawing for one of more than 12 excellent genealogical gifts ranging from DNA tests to subscriptions for,  Family Tree Maker, Findmypast,, Legacy FamilyTree, Legacy Webinars, MyHeritage,, Roots Magic and more! Each of these prizes is worth much more than the cost of an annual membership subscription. Please join or renew now!


The meeting is open to the public without charge. 


The Jewish Genealogical Society of the Conejo Valley and Ventura County is dedicated to sharing genealogical information, techniques and research tools with anyone interested in Jewish genealogy and family history.

For more information about JGSCV see our website:


Looking forward to seeing you at the meeting.




Jan Meisels Allen

President, JGSCV



Translation of word from unknown language #Translations #YizkorBooks #Bessarabia

R Jaffer

There is a word that was used in a Yiddish poem from the Balti/Beltz, Bessarabia/Moldova Yizkor book that appears to come from a different language: 
From the busy –[“femintener” - not sure about this word]  train station, they carried

In their arms the singer Yosef Shmidt.
Any ideas?


Re: Pinkas Krinki

Avrum Lapin

I saw mention of the year 1652 and the last entry was 1941 . I saw a story from an Auschwitz survivor.  

Like many remembrance books Pinkas Krinki is a collection of memoirs etc. 

Avrum Lapin

Re: Edelhofer family from Vienna


Dr. Max Edelhofer born 15 february 1880 in Ulrichskirchen. left the jewish community 1938, but is buried with his parents Adolf and Emma, on the jewish cemetery Floridsorf in Vienna; all other Edelhofer you will find on Have the images from the grave for Adolf Edelhofer died 18 october 1917 (age 79), his wife Emma nee Feigl, died 21 november 1914 age 61, and Max born 15 november 1880, died 24 feburay 1957; and in memoriam Tini, Willy and Adi, have also pictures for Edelhofer Bertha, died 1920, Marie, nee Oser, died 15 november 1896 age 53, Moritz died 2 april 1896 age 66. all buried in Floridsdorf
on you can see also images for Edelhofer Leopold, born 1871, died 1934, in memoriam Franziska, Helene and Elfi (buried Mistelbach) Emanuel Edelhofer died 1912, with Thekla nee Meise, died 22 september 1905 (cemetery Stockerau) Hermann Edelhofer died 1 march 1925, age 16 , born in Hautzendorf, cemetery Mistelbach, and Edelhofer Johanna nee Kessler, died 19 june 1899 age 39, cemetery Stockerau 
on www.genteam you find some other Edelhofer, go to allover search
let me know, if you want to have the images
Traude Triebel
wiener Neustadt

Re: German letter translation

David Lewin

Do I take it you are sorted out?  

If so, I am glad for you


At 22:17 28/11/2019, Helene Bergman wrote:
A kind translator has offered to help.Â

Re: Pinkas Krinki

Avrum Lapin

For 'Black Friday' USCIS wants to charge you $625 for a single paper file


🤬 NO, A 492% PRICE HIKE! 🤬

Hello again from Reclaim The Records! We're interrupting your probable post-Thanksgiving stupor to bring you some important and time-sensitive records access news.

Two weeks ago, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) proposed an unprecedented *492% increase* in fees for researchers who want copies of historical records held by their Genealogy Program.

Yes, that did say 492%. No, it's not a typo.

This special USCIS Genealogy Program was set up about a decade ago as a way for researchers to bypass the usual tedious USCIS Freedom of Information (FOIA) requests system, which can take six months or more to respond. In return for the expedited handling for these historical files, the agency charged a bit more than the usual FOIA fees, but only enough to recover the costs of running the program.

But under this brand new proposed rule change, the price of a copy of a single paper file could rise in 2020 from $65 to a whopping $625!

Obviously, we want to stop this thing. So, please read our latest newsletter, where we tell you all about it!

Here's the link:
[ TinyURL version: ]

We at Reclaim The Records are pleased to announce that we have teamed up as part of an ad hoc non-partisan group of fellow genealogists, historians, and records access advocates, to try to stop these fee hikes. And we're starting with a website to explain what these records are, why they're important, what the USCIS Genealogy Program is, and why this price hike is totally ridiculous and unjustified.

Please check out 'Records, Not Revenue' -- that's -- where you can learn about:

- The Issues: Access, Transparency, and Efficiency
Read all about the main problems with this outrageous proposal

- Who might show up in these records?
...and why you should care about preserving public access to American history

- Some conversation starters
You might want to bring these questions up in your comments

- Check out some example files!
Read and download real USCIS files that would be affected by this proposed fee hike

Note: of special interest to Jewish genealogists, the "example files" on the website were donated by various genealogists, including some real USCIS files from a German-Jewish refugee (who immigrated to the US via Cuba) in 1944, and a Czech-Jewish Holocaust survivor in 1946.

That latter file, for Bertha Fried, included this sobering answer in her paperwork:


Finally, please make sure you submit your comments to USCIS about this proposed fee hike by ***December 16, 2019***. That's not too far away!

If you're as mad about this totally needless and unjustifiable and sudden and awful fee hike on our history, as we are, we hope you'll submit your comments to them today. All the instructions are right there on the 'Records, Not Revenue' website, including a postal mail address in case a good old fashioned letter is more your style.

Thanks for reading, and we hope we'll see *your* comments in the Federal Register.

- Brooke Schreier Ganz
President and Founder, Reclaim The Records
Mill Valley, California (but currently in Sherman Oaks, California for Thanksgiving vacation)

More on USCIS Proposed Fee Increase

Marjorie Geiser

Hi all,

I had a couple comments to make on this topic, and wanted to share.

First, I received an email from Reclaim the Records that they're now involved, which is great news. The more organizations involved, the better.

Second, I have found that GJ, as well as JRI-Poland, offer invaluable search options without having to donate to the organizations. There have been so many people who have willingly responded, and helped me FIND family members, from both organizations, without asking me to pay a fee in exchange. Yet, I first had to pay $65 to see if there were ANY records through USCIS, then I can 'kindly' pay another $130 to get copies of the two file sets they found.

Third, today I took the time to follow the steps on, and I must say it was extremely easy. I first created what I wanted to say (which included " Genealogy Program and DHS Docket No. USCIS-2019-001") on a word document, so I could copy and paste. Then I opened the link on recordsnotrevenue, and pasted my comments. Since I had read all the previous comments both on this EML and on the recordsnotrevenue page, I had a good sense of what I wanted to say (which I'm happy to share with anyone). Since I already had an experience with this, I was able to include that in my comments.
Then I went to the links for both Senators and Representatives, and was able to easily paste that same document into my comments to them.

Overall, it MAYBE took me 15-20 minutes in all.

Margie Geiser
From snowy Arizona, USA


Givatayim Israel Lecture on Wed. Dec. 4 2019

Hinda Solomon

When people disappear
Stories and fairytales
Israel Genealogy Research Association - Speaker Professor Daniel H. Wagner

The lecture will be in Hebrew, accompanied by slides in English. Wednesday, December 4, 2019

AIn the history of many families, all that remains about the fate of an ancestor for whom all traces were lost are rumors, often in conflicting versions. One of the most gratifying pleasures of a genealogical quest is to unveil the true story. Two examples taken from the lecturer’s personal history will demonstrate this.

Prof. Daniel Wagner has been researching his Polish roots since 1995. He is the author of 35 genealogical papers and the editor of a book about scientific tools in genealogy. He is a member of IGRA, and a member of the Management Committee of the International Institute for Jewish Genealogy and the Paul Jacobi Center.

Shazar Community Center, 30 Yavne’eli St.,Givatayim

Entrance fee NIS 20. IGRA members no charge
19:30 Mingling and light refreshments
20:00 - 21:30 Lecture

Map: :
E-mail: hinda@...

Posted by Hinda Solomon

Re: Rzeszow mescellanious records 1790 - 1840 #Galicia #Poland #commercial


Dear Ruben,

Can you check whether you have ant APOTHEKER or ROSNER in Rzeszow?

Jacob Rosen


Re: Pinkas Krinki


I am a descendant of my late maternal grandfather who was born and grew up in Kriniki along with his parents, siblings, grandparents, etc. circa the 1700's and going forward.  The men were tanners, made leather goods and such for the soldiers, etc.
Would you happen to know if the Pinkas Kriniki and/or any of the books include the years 1700's-mid 1900's?  I am surely interested to be considered for them.
Thank you,
Barbara Klein Meyers 
Maternal  granddaughter of LOUIS (LEIZER)
ALK (any spelling/or derivative)of a name from Krinki.

Re: More on USCIS Fee Increases


Jan, as you may recall, I asked for correction if I was mistaken.  Thank you for taking the time to do so.  

Major new BRZEZINY records extraction project launched #Poland



Researchers  with family links to the town of BRZEZINY, located in the present-day Łódź Voivodeship of Poland,  will be pleased to learn that Jewish Records Indexing-Poland has embarked upon a new ‘Brzeziny Phase 3’  project. The current objective is to fully extract  all surviving Brzeziny birth, marriage and death records for the years 1822 to 1915. Progress so far ( 1st Dec 2019) is that extraction for the years 1904 to 1915 is complete and long-awaited family records from this period are now potentially available to interested researchers. . 

As Town Leader, it would be my pleasure to send you a full description of the Phase 3 project and explain how you will be able to obtain these extracts, as well as digital images of your family records, before they go online.


I look forward to hearing from you. Please reply privately by email, with the words 'Brzeziny Phase 3' included in your message header. 


Judith Silver

Town Leader, Brzeziny Phase 3 extraction project.

Re: Los Angeles guidance

Rodger Cooper

California Voter registrations might help

JEWISH FAMILIES IN SOUTH WALES frederick howard hewson #UnitedKingdom #liverpool #commercial #Names


can someone please recommend a good source of information about C19th  jewish families in south wales with possible connections to Devonport and Liverpool?

also how to find the supposed original name before frederick howard hewson. under this name my gt grandfather sold quack medicines in swansea cardiff and newport south wales in the 1880s and 1890s 

thanks df  

Re: Los Angeles guidance

Trudy Barch

thank you everyone for the helpful death dates, tips and suggestions.   Trudy

Re: More on USCIS Proposes Fee Increases - has this been posted on FB groups, yet? #United States #united #archives


I sent my (somewhat) diplomatic advisement re USCIS's desire to make searches unaffordable, to my Texas leges, Cornyn and Cruz.  

Politics aside, in the past they have both been helpful on issues that needed addressing, so I am ever hopeful they will do the right thing on this issue as well.  

Fingers crossed, and will advise when I hear back.   

Sandi Root

Bulverde, Texas

Re: Los Angeles guidance


On Fri, Nov 29, 2019 at 12:43 PM, Trudy Barch wrote:
Ancestry has a family tree for them. There is quite a lot of information. You might want to get a trial subscription, so you could print all the available documents. If not, let me know. I could copy and email to you. Maurice died 8 Jan 1990 is Orange, Orange, CA. Dora died Oct 1976 in Newhall, Los Angeles, CA. She was born, according to Maurice's naturalization document, in Starodub, Russia. My husband's grandparents were also born there.

Norma Schumow