December 3, 2019

US Citizen and Immigration Services

See the link under Research/World for more information on available files and links to them. Naturalization Certificate Files (C-Files), September 27, 1906 to March 31, 1956 ·         Alien Registration Forms (Form AR-2), August 1940 to March 1944 ·         Visa Files, July 1, 1924 to March 31, 1944 ·               Registry Files, […]
December 1, 2019

JGS TORONTO IN THE STAR

A few years ago, JGS Toronto hosted a program where Edmonton scholar Jars Balan outlined the fascinating story of Rhea Clyman (who was born in Poland in 1904 and who emigrated to Toronto at age 2) and her fearless travels as a journalist in the Soviet Union before and during […]
November 25, 2019

Arolsen Archives Access through Ancestry – Holocaust Records

During the IAJGS 2019 International Conference on Jewish Genealogy, Ancestry announced that through their partnership with the Arolsen Archives (formerly known as the International Tracing Service-ITS) they added new Holocaust-related databases -neither of which requires a subscription-they are indexed and free access on Ancestry.  One of these two new databases […]
October 31, 2019

Research Paper: GEDmatch Leaves Genetic Data Vulnerable to Compromise and Impersonations

Researchers from the University of Washington Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering found that GEDMatch leaves users’ sensitive genetic data vulnerable to compromise and impersonations. GEDmatch is a public site where anyone can upload their data, this is different than the private DNA genealogy sites which do […]
October 27, 2019

Easily find your ancestors

As of September 2019, Filae.com has started an English version of their genealogy website.  Filae started their website in December 2016, although Filae was originally created in 1994 by Toussaint Roze. While it allows uses to build their family tree from digitized arches what is of interest to most are the online […]
September 24, 2019

Austria to Grant Citizenship to Descendents of Victims of the Holocaust

As reported in several international newspapers, last week the Austrian Parliament voted unanimously to give descendants of the Holocaust who fled the country before 1955, eligibility for citizenship under the new law. The amended change in the law is the date of 1955 rather than 1945, the year  World War […]
August 31, 2019

Germany Eases Citizenship Rules For Descendants of Those Persecuted by the Nazis

Germany announced that descendants of those who were persecuted by the Nazis will find it easier to regain Germany citizenship. Plans were announced late this week to revise the Nationality law creating new categories of eligibility. The new categories include descendants of women who were forced to emigrate after marrying […]
July 3, 2019
CJN - Canadian Jewish Network

Genealogist Has Photographed 30,000 gravestones

See the following link to read the story: https://www.cjnews.com/news/canada/genealogist-has-photographed-30000-gravestones
July 2, 2019

Lesser Used Records for Research in the Netherlands

The Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG) is offering a free webinar, Lesser Used Records for Research in the Netherlands by Yvette Hoitink, CG, on Tuesday, 16 July 2019, at 2 p.m., U.S. Eastern Daylight Time. The webinar will cover going beyond civil registration of birth, marriages and deaths by demonstrations of […]
May 24, 2019

Brest Belarus – Volunteers Bury 1224 Remains of Holocaust Victims

Volunteers bury the remains of more than 1,000 Holocaust victims at a cemetery just outside Brest, Belarus, on Wednesday. Uladz Hrydzin/AP As reported last month a Brest, Belarus, building site yielded bones of 1,214 Holocaust victims. Construction workers who had been working on foundations for a new apartment building along […]