Wednesday, January 23, 200822:25:45 CET
Tracing Your Family Roots delves into ITS Bad Arolsen records

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In today's edition, Episode 177, of Tracing Your Family Roots show host Sallyann Amdur Sack tells about her experiences during their visit to the ITS records archives in Bad Arolsen. (Her companion was Avotaynu's Gary Mokotoff.)

Sack shares the discovery of TD files and their importance for genealogists. These are the ITS correspondence files, originally not selected for filming - due to privacy concerns. Looks like the early ones can now be added to digitization plans, to be available by 2010.

Then Sack demonstrates the rich content of various record types and the modus operandi of research in Bad Arolsen. She even mentions her discovery of records for her Hungarian family in Solotvyno, former Maramaros County.

Avotaynu has managed to get approval for a group of researchers to go to Bad Arolsen and do on-site research in May 2008. (announced in Nu? What's new? vol. 8 no. 2). The group has a limit of 40 persons. Sack mentions at the end of the above episode that more than 30 have already signed up, so, anyone interested should act fast. (Oh, I see just now that the previously announces deadline was Jan 20.) Anyway, I can imagine that further research groups might be organized in the future.

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Wednesday, January 23, 200818:10:22 CET
23andMe whole genome sequencing now available in Europe

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Got this via Megan S.: 23andMe get its feet wet in Europe (and Canada).

23andMe is a commercial service offering whole genome sequencing (personal genome service). With their price (US$ 999.00/person) this service is not cheap. Perhaps approaching a critical mass prices plummet.

filed under: DNA and genealogy

Friday, January 18, 200812:20:13 CET
Two further morsels re: Jewish research

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Arline Sachs and Sallyann Amdur Sack have been running the Tracing your family roots series for a couple of years now. They started to put the show videos to the net, to Google Video. Show #172 features Paul Shapiro of USHMM. He explains how the unleashing Bad Arolsen ITS records can help in research. (One can find a good record of the opening process by browsing through mid-2007 - early 2008 issues of Avotaynu's Nu? What's New? newsletter.) Shapiro uses the records of Zakarpattya young man Nicholas Schwartz to demonstrate the depth of info available from the ITS collection. Scroll to about 23:30 to see the documents about Nicholas.

And a blog piece from Leland Meitzler's Genealogy Blog: Non-Jewish Neighbors Restore West Side Cleveland Jewish Cemetery. Cleveland's second oldest Jewish cemetery was founded by the Liberty Aid and Hungarian Aid Societies and has been the resting place for people with Hungarian ancestry.

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Friday, January 18, 200811:22:20 CET
A new book about Hungarian Jewish metrical books - and more Jewish research items

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The archivist at the Hungarian Jewish Museum and Archives, Zsuzsanna Toronyi published an article about the history of the archives in the 2007/3 issue of the Levéltári Szemle (Archives Gazetteer, the journal of the Hungarian Archivist Association).

When writing about recent history, her footnote #34 mentions a new book that shouldn't be overlooked: Magyaroszági zsidó anyakönyvek 1760-tól napjainkig (Jewish matricula in Hungary from 1760 to our days) by Kinga Frojimovics, published in Budapest, 2007.

There aren't too many references to it yet on the net. The best I can find is the What's news page of the Budapest ELTE university Dept. of Assyriology and Hebrew Studies. According, this work is #3 in the series Magyar zsidó levéltári repertórium (Guide to Hungarian jewish archival materials), also it's #21 in the series Hungarica Judaica. The publisher is the Center of Jewish Studies at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. Number of pages: 692, ISBN 963-508-518-4. The previous work in the former series was the 1993 2 volumes by György Haraszti, the list of Jewish archival materials in Hungarian repositories.

The book can be purchased at the univ dept and probably from the Center of Jewish Studies of HAS, as well.

Kinga Frojimovics is not unknown to the Hungarian Jewish family historian. She is a former staff member of the Hungarian Jewish Archives, invited speaker at the IAJGS 2003 conference, and according to the Toronyi article Dr. Frojimovics is now the Director of the Hungarian Desk at Yad Vashem.

In her article Ms. Toronyi also makes mention of an online archival aid in progress. The archives develops a database of the 19th century personal legacies and bequests in their holdings. The (tentative?) address of the database would be this.

The TOC of issue 4 of 2007 of the Archives Gazetteer has that there is a review of yet another book of possible interest in the matter. The reviewed book is a Hungarian language guide to handling Hebrew archival materials (Segédlet a héber iratok kezeléséhez), authors are Gábor Dávid and Zsuzsanna Toronyi, Budapest, Hungarian Jewish Museum and Archives, 2006, 115 pages.

filed under: Archives, libraries, museums Jewish research

Friday, January 18, 200809:22:43 CET
Go Stefan-, go

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A researcher, using a nick-name Stefan- on the popular site forum, has been referred to as the news source of useful family tree research tools and resources several occasions on this blog. I learn only recently that there is a site maintained by him. The site, no matter how bare-bone its design is, is a good collection of links to sources, resources for the Hungarian genealogist. And beyond the links, Stefan- has stuff prepared, transcribed by himself, too, just like the 1773-1774 censi of some Szabolcs County settlements.

Stefan- drops his contributions on the Családfakutatás (genealogy) thread of

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Friday, January 18, 200808:32:21 CET
New access rules of Romanian archives in effect since Nov 2007

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An email forwarded to the listserv of Hungarian librarians contained the new rules for archives research in Romania, in effect since Nov 1, 2007. The email has them in Hungarian, perhaps its English recap won't hurt.

- Limit on the quantity of materials one can request at a time: 15 folders or 30 separate sheets or 30 xerox sheets or 10 photos or 10 seals or 5 manuscripts or 5 volumes of matricula or 5 maps or 5 photo albums or 5 microfilm rolls - these are referred to as archive units.
- In case of mixed archive units, 30 can be requested at a time.
- Requested materials would be available for 15 days and usage can be extended for 10 days.
- A written request for extra services (e.g. more materials, more research days) should be addressed to the director of the institute, who would reply within two business days.
- Requests for copies are to be approved by the archives staff member in the research room.
- Fees of xerox copies: A4: 0.35 RON (0.14 US$), A3: 0.60 RON (0.24 US$).
- Researcher can take an unlimited number photos of his/her requested materials with his/her own equipment after grabbing a day photo pass (price: 5 RON, 2 US$).
- The archives registration sheet doesn't ask for the subject of research. This way there is no way to deny access to the material based on the subject of research. Instead, there is an optional form covering research subjects, which is intended to inform archives about the materials sought after by researchers.

Well, this post might add some to the thread ignited by Janet K.'s post on the Hungary-L on RootsWeb, with follow up from Sorin F.

filed under: Archives, libraries, museums Romania

Friday, January 18, 200807:50:24 CET
Caching up with blogging

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It has been rather quiet here on RadixLog. Of course this is not a sign of lack of activity on the Hungarian genealogy scene - holidays and preparation of new stuff are to blame. There are a couple of items in the RadixLog buffer that beg for release. These include both tasty family history novelties and chunks that have been collecting dust for months (or even years, ouch). Let's get started and see how far we can get. Happy 2008 to every ancestry hunter reading!

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