Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Diane Afoumado, Chief of International Tracing Service (ITS), in Salt Lake City

The following is from the Utah Genealogical Association.

An opportunity to hear
Diane Afoumado, Chief of International Tracing Service (ITS), in Salt Lake City
TOMORROW (Wednesday, August 13, 2014)

FREE, open to the public

Diane Afoumado, PhD., Chief, International Tracing Service (ITS) Research Branch, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum will be speaking on the records and the services offered by the ITS onWednesday, August 13, 2014 at 7:00 pm at the Plaza Hotel in downtown Salt Lake City.  Held in conjunction with the Eastern European Family History Conference sponsored by the Foundation for East European Family History Studies (FEEFHS), the presentation is open to the public and free to attend.

While the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) in Washington, DC, is the United States’ repository for the International Tracing Service (ITS) collection, the records will be of interest to anyone with ancestors who may have been persecuted or displaced during WWII.  Afoumado reports that the ITS collection “contains diverse information about the persecution and murder of (both) Jews and non-Jews—Poles, Ukrainians, Lithuanians, Latvians, Estonians, Soviet prisoners of war, Roma and Sinti, homosexuals, Jehovah’s Witnesses, and persons with disabilities—under Nazi rule.”

Documents such as camp arrival lists, grave locations, transport lists, prisoner cards, forced labor lists, death lists, displaced person applications for assistance, deportation lists, emigration applications or questionnaires, registration and work cards, sometimes with photographs, are contained in the collection.  Research services to access those records are provided by ITS to the public at no charge.  Afoumado says the collection contains “several millions of documents,” saved by the Holocaust Survivors and Victims’ Resource Center to ensure “that the individual experiences of survivors and victims of the Holocaust and Nazi-era persecution are collected, preserved and disseminated for future generations.

Ms. Afoumado will be available on Thursdayfollowing the presentation to begin the research process with those interested, according to Peg Ivanyo, FEEFHS conference chair.  “The ITS Research Branch has dedicated both funding and personnel to bring this wonderful service to our conference, and we wish to share it broadly with the community to the extent possible,” Ivanyo says.  Anyone may attend the Wednesday evening presentation and subsequently set up an appointment to meet with Ms. Afoumado or complete the paperwork for her to begin the process of searching the records database at a later time.

Additional information about the FEEFHS conference and other services is available at feefhs.org.

Friday, August 08, 2014

International Tracing Service Chief to Speak in SLC on Wednesday free, open to the public

International Tracing Service Chief to Speak in SLC on Wednesday
free, open to the public

Diane Afoumado, PhD., Chief, International Tracing Service (ITS) Research Branch, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum will be speaking on the records and the services offered by the ITS on Wednesday, August 13, 2014 at 7:00 pm at the Plaza Hotel in downtown Salt Lake City. Held in conjunction with the Eastern European Family History Conference sponsored by the Foundation for East European Family History Studies (FEEFHS), the presentation is open to the public and free to attend.



While the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) in Washington, DC, is the United States’ repository for the International Tracing Service (ITS) collection, the records will be of interest to anyone with ancestors who may have been persecuted or displaced during WWII. Afoumado reports that the ITS collection “contains diverse information about the persecution and murder of (both) Jews and non-Jews—Poles, Ukrainians, Lithuanians, Latvians, Estonians, Soviet prisoners of war, Roma and Sinti, homosexuals, Jehovah’s Witnesses, and persons with disabilities—under Nazi rule.”

Documents such as camp arrival lists, grave locations, transport lists, prisoner cards, forced labor lists, death lists, displaced person applications for assistance, deportation lists, emigration applications or questionnaires, registration and work cards, sometimes with photographs, are contained in the collection. Research services to access those records are provided by ITS to the public at no charge. Afoumado says the collection contains “several millions of documents,” saved by the Holocaust Survivors and Victims’ Resource Center to ensure “that the individual experiences of survivors and victims of the Holocaust and Nazi-era persecution are collected, preserved and disseminated for future generations.

Ms. Afoumado will be available on Thursday following the presentation to begin the research process with those interested, according to Peg Ivanyo, FEEFHS conference chair. “The ITS Research Branch has dedicated both funding and personnel to bring this wonderful service to our conference, and we wish to share it broadly with the community to the extent possible,” Ivanyo says. Anyone may attend the Wednesday evening presentation and subsequently set up an appointment to meet with Ms. Afoumado or complete the paperwork for her to begin the process of searching the records database at a later time.

Additional information about the FEEFHS conference and other services is available at feefhs.org.

Mark Your Calendars - UVTAGG Meeting!

The next regular, second-Saturday-of-the-month meeting of the Utah Valley Technology and Genealogy Group - UVTAGG (Formerly the Utah Valley PAF Users Group - UVPAFUG) will be on Saturday, 09 Aug 2014, from 9 am to noon in the LDS "Red Chapel", 4050 North Timpview Drive (650 East), Provo.  Information about the Group, meeting location, main presentations, classes, and class notes are available on their website  http://uvtagg.org  and the press releases are at  http://blog.uvtagg.org .  On the blog you can subscribe to receive the press releases via email when they are posted a week before the meeting.

The main presentation this month at UVTAGG is by Jimmy Zimmerman of FamilySearch on DISCOVERING STORIES ON GOOGLE BOOKS.  Google has scanned millions of books and made them searchable online through Google Books.  Jimmy will discuss tips for performing effective searches, obtaining transcriptions, clipping pages, finding books when the full version isn’t available, and sharing discovered stories and photos on FamilySearch.org.  He describes himself as an Apple fanatic who loves discovering stories about his ancestors.  At FamilySearch he works with partnering organizations to help people discover, record, and share their family history.  He is a web developer and project manager and has a Master's Degree in Information Systems Management from BYU.  You can learn more about him at his blog  http://jimmyzimmerman.com/ which he has been writing since about 2005.  Among other things that you can learn there is the fact that his NoteFuser program won the Grand Prize in the 2012 RootsTech Developer Challenge.


After the main presentation the following classes are scheduled; check the meetings page at  http://uvtagg.org/  for last minute changes or additions.   
  1. Q&A: Discovering Stories on Google Books, by Jimmy Zimmerman
  2. Using LDS Partner Web Sites:  My Heritage, by Sue Maxwell
  3. Online Cemetery Sites - More Than Just Tombstones, by Sharon Monson
  4. Online Newspapers: Tips and Comparisons of the 6 Largest Databases, by Marilyn Thomsen
  5. Ask An Expert (Personal Help), by Don Engstrom & Finn Hansen
  6. Video of last month's main presentation Common Surnames - Finding Your Smith, by Juliana Szucs Smith
  7. Ancestral Quest, by Claire Brisson-Banks
  8. Getting Started with Legacy 8, by Brad Monson
  9. RootsMagic, by Bruce Buzbee.

All meetings of UVTAGG are open to the public whether members of the Group or not.  The Group has the goal of helping individuals use technology to further their family history and there are usually about 100 attending the monthly meetings on the second Saturdays, most of whom are Family History Consultants. The officers are Gerhard Ruf, President; Laurie Castillo, 1st VP; Don Snow, 2nd VP; Renee Zamora, Secretary; Liz Kennington, Newsletter Editor; Don Engstrom and Rayanne Melick, Membership and Finances; Bruce Merrill and Marie Andersen, DVD Library; and Chris Stevenson, Webmaster.  Several of these will be at the meeting to answer questions, help with membership, distribute the current issue of the monthly newsletter TAGGology, and check out and sell to members of the Group DVDs of past presentations and classes.  Many members don't live close enough to participate in the monthly meetings, but pay the $10 per year dues to belong so they can receive the monthly newsletter via email and purchase DVDs of the presentations and classes.  Gift memberships make great presents for family history-minded relatives, friends, and Family History Consultants.  See more information about the presentations, classes, class notes, and to join the Group on the websites above.  You can also contact President Gerhard Ruf at  pres@uvtagg.org  (801-225-6106), or 1st VP Laurie Castillo at  laurie@everythingisrelative.net , or 2nd VP Don Snow at  snowd@math.byu.edu .


FamilySearch New Collections Update 8 August 2014

The following is from FamilySearch.

 
FamilySearch Collections UpdateAugust 8, 2014
 
FamilySearch Adds More Than 10 Million Indexed Records and Images to Canada, Czech Republic, Ukraine, and the United States
FamilySearch has added more than 10 million indexed records and images to collections from Canada, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, New Zealand, South Korea, Ukraine, and the United States. Notable collection updates include the 3,427,354 indexed records from the Canada Census, 1911, collection; the 1,334,575 image records from the Czech Republic, Censuses, 1800–1945, collection; and the 2,545,965 indexed records from U.S., Idaho, SoutheastCounties Obituaries, 1864–2007 , collection. See the table below for the full list of updates. Search these diverse collections and more than 3.5 billion other records for free at FamilySearch.org.

Searchable historic records are made available on FamilySearch.org through the help of thousands of volunteers from around the world. These volunteers transcribe (index) information from digital copies of handwritten records to make them easily searchable online. More volunteers are needed (particularly those who can read foreign languages) to keep pace with the large number of digital images being published online at FamilySearch.org. Learn more about volunteering to help provide free access to the worldís historic genealogical records online at FamilySearch.org.

FamilySearch is the largest genealogy organization in the world. FamilySearch is a nonprofit, volunteer-driven organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Millions of people use FamilySearch records, resources, and services to learn more about their family history. To help in this great pursuit, FamilySearch and its predecessors have been actively gathering, preserving, and sharing genealogical records worldwide for over 100 years. Patrons may access FamilySearch services and resources for free at FamilySearch.org or through more than 4,600 family history centers in 132 countries, including the main Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Collection
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1,334,575
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199,481
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145,146
145,146
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143,281
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386,265
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2,545,965
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585,880
52,677
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83,424
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70,174
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143,658
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241,319
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372,279
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221,657
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511,361
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22,727
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