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Ancestry.com - Resource Room


The 27th IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy is very grateful for the grant from Ancestry.com, which helps support the 25 computers, printers, copy machine, and Internet access in the Resource Room for use by the conference attendees. In addition to providing the grant for the resource room, Ancestry.com has generously provided access to their full library (domestic and international) on all the Ancestry.com Resource Room computers.

The Ancestry.com Resource Room will be located in the Topaz Room on the second floor of the hotel. The hours of operation are as follows:

Sunday 1:00 P.M.-5:00 P.M.
Monday 9:00A.M.-6:00 P.M.
Tuesday 9:00 A.M.-6:00 P.M.
Wednesday 9:00 A.M.-6:00 P.M.
Thursday 9:00 A.M.-4:00 P.M.

We will have a large selection of books, maps, and databases available for viewing. We are accepting contributions of books, databases, and individual research projects that may be useful to other conference attendees. Please contact our coordinator, Banai Lynn Feldstein, banai@slc2007.org if you would like to volunteer your time or resources.

Books and Other Resources
The Ancestry.com Resource Room will have a selection of reference books useful to Jewish genealogy research as well as some books on CD. To borrow these resources, you will be required to provide a government-issued ID. Most of these resources are the personal possessions of other attendees, and we want to be sure to protect their property while allowing you access to the valuable resources they provide.

Additional resources will also be available, including one database, provided by the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, containing more than three million names of Holocaust victims and survivors.

 

Computers
We will have 25 computers with full Internet access as well as access to many databases available online. We have arranged for unlimited access to the  full library of  Ancestry.com.  We will have access to the following subscription websites on the Ancestry.com Resource Room computers and some websites will be available on our wireless network available throughout the conference floor:

 

  •   Ancestry.com  http://ancestry.com has more than 5 billion names and 24,000 searchable databases.  We will have access to both the domestic and international libraries.  Ancestry.com representatives will be available to help you with using Ancestry.com databases.  Additionally, patrons of the Ancestry.com Resource Room can also sign up for one-on-one time with an Ancestry.com expert in the resource room.
  •   Find My Past http://findmypast.com  is based in London, England, with UK records for birth, marriage, death, census, and more. Ancestors On Board http://ancestorsonboard.com , powered by FindMyPast, and contains UK outbound passenger ship lists from 1890 to 1960, currently complete from 1890 to 1929.
  •   FootNote http://footnote.com  contains scans of more than 10 million American historical documents and photographs.    A representative will be scheduled at various times to help with the Footnote.com database       
  •   HeritageQuest Online includes images and indexes of the US federal censuses, more than 20,000 book titles, more than 250 primary source documents, and more. http://heritagequestonline.com
  •    The ProQuest Historical Newspapers database has digitizations and indexes of nine major newspapers, including The New York Times 1851-2003, the Los  Angeles Times 1881-1985, and the Chicago Tribune 1849-1985. For the complete list, see  http://proquest.com/products_pq/hnp/default.shtml
  •    World Vital Records http://worldvitalrecords.com offers access to over 10,000 databases, with records for US and international locations, with more added daily.   

Maps

 

For those of us who love to have maps of our ancestral towns and countries,  the conference has made a special effort to enhance our own personal map libraries! We have arranged to borrow three sets of maps from the Family History Library:

 

  •  The German Map Series, of the German Empire before World War I, including parts of Poland and Russia, scale 1:100,000.  These maps are neither bound nor secured in protective plastic coverings, therefore, great care in handling is required.
  •  The Austrian Pre-World War I Military Map Series, scale 1:75,000. This set is bound in large map books with some loose maps.
  •  A Polish Map series, created between World War I and World War II (1918-1939), scale 1:100,000.  These maps are laminated and are usually available in the Family History Library map case.               

The three map series provide extensive coverage of Eastern Europe in significant detail.  Normally, two of the sets are not accessible to library patrons, except on microfilm, so this is a great opportunity to see the actual maps.  Bring your digital camera to make "copies" of these maps. We will also provide links to a collection of websites with maps online. Use your flash (USB) drive to save the map images from the websites. 

 

As a special opportunity for this conference, conference vendor, Generation Maps, will be able to reproduce many of the maps that will be on loan in the Ancestry.com Resource Room.  Just bring your digital camera to take a picture of the map, take the digital picture file to the Generation Maps booth in the Vendor Room, and for a fee they can reproduce it for you in small, medium or large scale.  Generation Maps may also copy the maps you copied to your flash drive from the various Internet sites.  This is a wonderful chance to get copies of those maps that will advance your research and help you share your heritage with your family.


Orphaned Documents
If you have sent away for documents only to find that you have received the death record of an Abraham Miller who is not your great-uncle, bring it to the conference and maybe we'll find someone else who has been looking for him. We can also accept lists or databases if you have collected many of these types of records.

 

Translators
Translators will be available to help you decipher documents in Russian, Polish, Hebrew, Yiddish, and other languages. The translators will interpret short documents or extract information from longer documents, but cannot translate long articles. When appropriate, we recommend that you bring photocopies and not original documents to the conference. Be sure that your copies are clear and readable.   Enlarge the copy if possible; sometimes a document is undecipherable at its original size, but is clearer at 400%. Translators' schedules will be posted in the Resource Room.

 

Banai Lynn Feldstein
Resource Room Coordinator
banai@slc2007.org