First 60 Shows Produced
How is Jewish genealogy research different from other
- How to do Interviewing with Ellen Epstein.
Ms. Epstein wrote a book on the subject. What to do and not do when interviewing.
- Sample of Interviewing with Ellen Epstein and Hans Hirsch
- Sample of Resources for a Beginner
- Recording Data Manually. Forms and suggestions
- Recording on Computer with Richard Nixon of Hearthstone
Bookshop. He talked about the different available genealogy software
for both the PC and Mac computer systems.
- Research in Israel.
Dr. Sack, editor of A Guide of Jewish Genealogical Research in
Israel, talked about how to do research there.
- Research and Travel in Ukraine with Ellen Shindelman.
She talked about her recent
trip to Ukraine and told of how to plan a trip to the old country.
- Library of Congress, Part 1 and 2.
The LOC is located in three buildings on Capitol Hill. The two
shows talked about how to use the various data and where the different
types of data can be found.
- Research at Leo Beach Institute with Karen Franklin.
Ms. Franklin is the director of family research at the Leo Baeck Institute
(a repository for German manuscripts)
in New York City and the director of the Judaica Museum at the
Hebrew Home for the Aged at Riverdale, New York. She is a member
of the advisory board of the German Jewish genealogical journal
- Holocaust Research with Peter W. Lande.
Mr. Lande was born in Germany and came to the US in 1937. He is
currently retired from the US Diplomatic Service. His genealogical
specialties are German records and Holocaust records, including
records of survivors.
- JewishGen with Susan King, President of JewishGen.
JewishGen was founded in 1985 by Susan King as a message area on
FidoNet bulletin boards, it has expanded to a gateway on the
Internet and is called JewishGen.
- IAJGS Cemetery Project.
Prof. Sachs, chairperson for the IAJGS's Cemetery Project talked about
the three phase project. Phase 1: a list of over 22,000 cemeteries
where Jews are buried. Phase 2: names of those in any single cemetery.
Phase 3: Search anywhere in the world for any last name. Phases I
can be found on the web,
while the other phases are available on a CD.
- National Archives.
Federal censuses, ship arrival records, naturalization records are
some of the records available at the U.S. National Archives and
Records Administration (NARA). They are located in several
buildings throughout the Washington, DC metropolitan area and in
regional branches throughout the United States.
- Family History Centers.
One aspect of the religious practice of the Church of Jesus Christ
of the Latter-day Saints (LDS or Mormons) is that members search for
and identify their ancestors. To aid their members in this task,
the Mormons have microfilmed (and continue to do so) records -- often
obscure -- from all over the world. The films include death, birth,
circumcision, baptism, marriage and census records, among many others.
The films are available to the public at its local branches
throughout the world at places called Family History Centers.
- Reading Jewish Tombstones with Harold Rhodes.
Harold Rhode, a past president of JGSGW, holds a degree in
Middle Eastern history and works for the government as an
analyst of the Islamic world. He has pursued his Litvak
ancestors and relatives throughout the world for more than
25 years, and his work is often published in
- U.S. Commission for the Preservation of America's Heritage
Abroad with Michael Lewan.
Hon. Lewan is Chairman of the Commission which was created by Congress
is 1985 in response to concerns about the deterioration and
destruction of cultural sites in Eastern and Central Europe of
significance to U.S. citizens.
- Galicia with Suzan Wynne.
Ms. Wynne is author of Finding Your Jewish Roots in Galicia:
A Resource Guide which is available from
She told how to do research in what used to be Galicia
in the current area of Poland and Ukraine.
- Digital Imaging with Bruce Kahn, Ph.D.
Recent developments in computer and digital imaging technology
have created many new and exciting tools that can be used by
genealogists to enhance old pictures. Dr. Kahn is
President of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Rochester, NY,
a board member of the Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies
and a member of the Monroe County Genealogical Educators.
- FAST Genealogy Service
with Boris Feldblyum.
Mr. Feldblyum is the president of the service that will do research in the
former Soviet Union.
- Russian - Jewish Given Names with
Mr. Feldblyum is the author of Russian - Jewish Given Names.
The book is available from Avotaynu
- B-Thalassemia Genetic Trait Research Project with
Mr. Diamond is a carrier of B-Thalassemia. Everyone with his unique
gene is relation to him. He had traced carrier of the gene back to
1750 to a marriage couple, one of which is a carrier.
This clean genetic pool that goes futher back than any other.
Because of the genetic research, he was able to get to get historical
Poland records not available to anyone else. These records are now
available from on the web. Show was taped at The 18th Annual Seminar
on Jewish Genealogy in Los Angles, CA on July 16.
- Finding the Ancestral Town.
Our hostesses talked about how
to find the correct town where there are multiple towns with the same
or similiar names within a country.
The books showed on show are available from Avotaynu
- The Importance of Understanding the Local History of the
area you are searching with Edward Luft. His book The
Naturalized Jews of the Grand Duchy of Posen in 1834 and 1835 can be
obtained from: Scholars Press, Professional Book Distributors,
P. O. Box 6996, Alpharetta, GA 30239-6996. Telephone 1-800-437-6692 or
1-404-442-8633 or FAX 1-404-442-9742. Specify
ISBN 1-555-40137-6 when ordering. The price is $34.95 per copy plus $3.50
per order for UPS shipment and handling in the United States and $6.00 for
shipping anywhere else in the world. The book is available in about 150
research libraries around the world.
The manuscript for his second
book, The Jews of Posen
Province 1772-1918 is not ready for publication at this time.
Mr. Luft has contriubted over 50 articles to Stammbaum and Avotaynu.
- Argentina with Rob
Weisskirch. He talked about the history and how to obtain
vitual information on Jews in Argentina. Information about the
Jewish Genealogy Society can be find on the web.
Show was taped at The 18th Annual Seminar on
Jewish Genealogy in Los Angles, CA on July 15, 1998.
Genealogical Society with its president Shirley Langdon Wilcox
describing the goals and purpose of the society.
- Jewish Museum of
Maryland with Dianne Feldman describing what kinds of
records from Maryland that are available at the museum.
- Customs Study the customs of ones family, you can learned
where one family have been since each country has their own customs.
- Hidden Jews with Jonina Duker. Since the Spanish Inquisition,
small groups of persons forms small communities, that kept their old
custom alive, passing them from generations to generations.
- The Family Tree of the Jewish People
- Jews of Australia with Beverley Davis of Victoria
- Resources in New York City with Linda Cantor, former President
of New York City's Society
- Definitions of JewishGen, GEDCOM, and other terms
- Hebraic Section of Library of Congress with Peggy Perlstein,
- Immigration and Naturalization
Service(INS) with Marian Smith. The INS has records documenting
the arrival and later naturalization of millions of American immigrants.
If you have an ancestor who immigrated in the 20th Century, INS records
could help in your family history research. Their records are subject to
the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and the Privacy Act (PA) restrictions.
- Swiss Bank Claims
Dr. Sack explained what need to be done for asking for a claim. More
information on Avotaynu
- Using Your Genealogy Research. Family history books,
family reunions, quilts and other ways were discussed.
- Resources at the DAR.
Eric Grunset, director of their library, talked about their
holdings and usage of the library
at the DAR in Washington, DC.
- Resources at US Holocaust Memorial
Museum. Vadim Altskan joined our hostesses to talked about
some of the information that is available for researching at the
- Fanconi Anemia. Phyllis Goldberg talked about the generative
disease that she is a carrier.
- Planning a Family Reunion with Myra Sklarew and Donald E.
Wolpe talked about their family reunion.
- Library of Congress' Geography and Map Division with
Stephen Paczolt. For request, e-mail up to three towns to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Annual Seminars. Our hostess talked about past seminars
and what is plan for the 2000 Salt Lake City Seminar.
- Having a Family Newsletter with Ellen Shindelman.
She have been publishing one for over 5 years.
- Plans for the Salt Lake City
Y2K Conference with Co-Chair Gary Motokoff and Sallyann Sack.
- Jewish Records Indexing -
Poland with Michael Richman and Sheila Salo.
- Avotaynu with its
publisher Gary Motokoff and editor Sallyann Sack.
- Paper Documentation
- John P. Colleta
talked about his new book "Only a Few Bones". It is a true account of the
Rolling Fork Tragedy and its aftermath.
- Highlights from the 2000 Conference on Jewish Genealogy.
- "Why We Can Be Sure That Our Ancestors Did Not Come from One
Place" with Harold Rhode.
- Some databases at the US
Holocaust Memorial Museum with Micheal Haley Goldman.
- What the 19th Century Tsarist Marriage Records Tell Us
with Harold Rhode.
- Posen with Edward Luft. An area of Poland that at one time
was part of Germany.
- Research in the Slovak Republic
with Edward Luft. It requires written permission in advance from the
Ministry of the Interior, Department of Archives, Drotarska cesta 42,
817 01 Bratislava. Also check the
Central Union of Jewish Religious Communities web site.
- Dutch Genealogy with Judith Mostyn White - part 1 and 2
Web sites mentioned were Dutch Jewish
London Dutch Jewish Information,
Center of research on
Dutch Jewry of the Hebrew University Jeruselem and
Genealogical Dictionary from Dutch to English.
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