21 May 2007

Salt Lake City: New Jewish resources

During the past year, some new Jewish resources have been added to the Family History Library. Attendees at the 27th IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy will be able to access these records at the nearby FHL:

• Canada: The 1911 Canadian census films have been cataloged and will be available during the conference.

• Boston: Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society card files for Boston (1882-1929) are on nine microfilm reels. At the last conference in Salt Lake City, we accessed the Philadelphia HIAS records. Now Boston is available and should be a valuable resource. NOTE: The Philadelphia records were very useful to me in retrieving information on the FEINSTEIN (formerly TALALAY) families who had immigrated to Philadelphia

• Lviv: In 2006, some major Jewish record groups were filmed in the Lviv archives, including metrical records (birth, marriage, death) for many Galizianer communities. A 33-reel set covers more than 60 places (1820-1939); a 10-reel set covers Lviv records (1801-1889); six reels cover Brody (1815-1871). An archival register has 376 files of Jewish congregational records in Galicia. For more information on these holdings, click here and type in "Lviv Jewish."

• Vienna: The Vienna archive of Jewish metrical books (B,M,D) includes 398 reels (1826-1943). For more information, click here and type in "Matrikel 1826-1943, Judische Gemeinde."

Another resource of interest that is about to become more accessible is the Godfrey Memorial Library, which is announcing a partnership with the Family Search Centers, including the FHL.

The Godfrey Memorial Library is private Connecticut institution that has been digitizing thousands of genealogy books and extensive hand-written materials not available elsewhere. It also produces the American Genealogical-Biographical Index (AGBI) with millions of records. The material will be available free of charge to center visitors. For more information, click here.

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