24 October 2006

Deeper in the heart of Texas

Genealogical societies are always good sources for local information, and the Greater Houston Jewish Genealogical Society has some great ideas if you're looking for Texas family.

Since 2001, JGS volunteers have been transcribing life-cycle events from the microfilms of Houston's Jewish Herald-Voice. The first phase of the project resulted in a life-cycle index from the newspapaper's founding in 1908 through 1979.

Existing microfilms have been digitized onto CDs and the remaining film has been purchased. JGS members, working at home, are now working on transcribing the years from 1980 to the present. The society anticipates the index will be current by the end of 2006.

The searchable online index, 1908-1979 is on JewishGen.

There are two databases, individual and couples.

Examples of individual events would be births, death, unveilings, brit, bar/bat mitzvahs, birthdays, etc. Currently, there are 26,232 events listed.

The couples events include engagements, marriages, and anniversaries. Currently, there are 12,454 events.

Copies of the articles themselves are available through the JGSGH.

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