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1/  Jewish Genealogy Downunder Collection! (NEW)



 3/   Three important updates for Danzig researcher

4/   Search Israeli Online Phone Book with Latin Letters

5/   Family Tree Magazine Names 101 Best Websites for Genealogy for 2016

6/   My Heritage Free DNA matching program! (New)

7/   Software MacKiev ...... Questions answered! (New)

8/   FamilySearch Adds Nearly 7 Million Records (New)

9/   Good news for Family Tree Maker                                    

10/  What's happening at Ancestry

11/   Feedspot recently announced their Best 50 DNA Blogs



Jewish Genealogy Downunder Collection (NEW)

Under our Resources Tab search the resource collection and you will find some of our recently added Newsletters.  We hope you will find them enjoyable reading. Here is just a taste....Newsletters





Notice to: Paid up members of the LAMM LIBRARY 


Access is now available on all computers in the Lamm Library to ANCESTRY.COM (LIBRARY VERSION) 


To access ANCESTRY, click on the icon on the desktop. 

To access LDS RECORDS go to:



 Important updates for Danzig researchers:

Regarding Danzig civil vital records with online scans (PSA Gdansk, Fond

1609), Rodney Eisfelder has updated the finding aid at to cover recently added

scans.  It now covers records for 1874-1905, whereas previously it covered

1874-1899.  Also, some of the new scans include handwritten name indices,

details in the finding aid. Thank you Rodney.


Logan Kleinwaks, Coordinator, JewishGen Danzig/Gdansk SIG

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Search Israeli Online Phone Book with Latin Letters

Stephen P. Morse has reintroduced the capability at his site to search the Bezek Israeli telephone book using Latin letters. The function was removed some years ago when the Bezeq site provided its own transliteration. That feature no longer exists on Bezeq. Searching can be accomplished at .       

To use the feature, enter a surname in Latin letters. This will display possible spellings of the name in Hebrew letters. Copy the Hebrew name to the search engine and click “Search.” The results are displayed both in Hebrew and transliterated Latin letters.

It may be necessary to play with Hebrew transliterations. Searching for “Cohen” produced two Hebrew spelling variants, both of which are used by Israelis. The surnames Mokotow and Mokotoff produced no results, but Mokotov provided the list of Gary Mokotoff Israeli relatives. 



Family Tree Magazine Names 101 Best Websites for Genealogy for 2016

For the 17th consecutive year, Family Tree Magazine named its 101 best websites for genealogy. JewishGen, GenealogyIndexer are listed among the “Best International Genealogy Websites” and the Stephen P. Morse One-Step site is identified in “Best Online Tech Tools in 2016” with the erroneous title of “One-Step Web Pages.” To access the list of websites go to




MyHeritage Free DNA Matching program!

MyHeritage just announced that their DNA Matching program is now LIVE and for the time being it is free-whether one uses the basic, premium or Premium Plus version. This includes the DNA upload and the DNA Matches.


Once your DNA is uploaded for DNA Matching MyHeritage says that will be free forever, however, how long they will offer the public to upload to MyHeritage being free is not known,  and they are recommending uploading now to take advantage of the program. 

If you have taken a DNA test with DNA provides such as FamilyTree DNA, 23andMe or Ancestry these are the results that should be uploaded.


Under this program, MyHeritage compares DNA data of individuals, which has been uploaded to the MyHeritage website, in order to find matches based on shared DNA. Your DNA matches are people who are highly likely to be relatives (close or distant) because there are significant similarities between their DNA and yours. MyHeritage DNA Matching can open up new research directions, and allow you to find and connect with relatives you may not have known about previously.


To read more about this free offer and how to upload your DNA results to MyHeritage see:


I have no affiliation with MyHeritage and am posting this solely for the information of the reader.


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee




Information from My Heritage Blog……

 As promised, our DNA Matching is completely free and will remain free for those who have already uploaded their DNA test results. If you have taken a DNA test (with test providers like Family Tree DNA, 23andMe or Ancestry), or have DNA test results from other family members, and have not uploaded them to MyHeritage yet, we recommend that you hurry up and upload the DNA data now. If you do, you will still enjoy free DNA Matching on MyHeritage forever. Follow these simple instructions to export your raw DNA data from the service you tested with and import this data to MyHeritage. 



Software MacKiev ...... Questions answered!

Software MacKiev Re: Family Tree Maker’s questions answered….



We’ll be implementing Family Search in future versions of Family Tree Maker. Ancestry had actually started implementing Family Search some time ago in both Mac and Windows versions. The folks at Family Search have already reached out to us and we hope to have Family Search in FTM versions by the end of 2016.



As Ancestry has announced, you will continue to be able to access your data through TreeSync through December 31, 2016 using current versions of Family Tree Maker. As of January 1, 2017, TreeSync will not be supported by Ancestry, but we are working with them on new technologies to replace it.


3.  You do not need to re-register with Software MacKiev for your software to continue working. You should, however, sign up for the FTM Mailing List to find out about new product introductions, free updates and discounted upgrades. 


4.  Stefan Harms already has developed a free update for his Family Book Creator (FBC) for FTM 2014.1. A download link will be sent to registered FBC Newsletter subscribers and can be found inside your FBC licensing information as well. 


5.  Software MacKiev now supports all versions of Family Tree Maker. If you are having a technical problem, please start here:

6.  Family Tree Maker is available worldwide through our online store.  In the UK, FTM is also sold by My History, and it will be available soon through selected genealogy resellers in Canada and Australia.

Australians have the choice of purchasing Family Tree Maker from the online store or at VicGUM in Melbourne. Web site for VicGUM is:


For more information please visit Sortware MacKiev's website:



FamilySearch Adds Nearly 7 Million Records 



A list of recent additions to FamilySearch, nearly 7 million indexed records and images, can be found at This site provides direct links to the individual collections. They include records from Australia, England, France, Luxembourg, Namibia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Paraguay, Spain and the U.S. states of Arizona, California, Florida, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Rhode Island, Texas.Most notable for persons with Jewish family history are images of World War II Draft Registration Cards and additions to the index of Boston Passenger Lists Index 1899–1940, 


Note that at the website, announced collections may not be complete for the dates specified and will be added at some later date. Also note that counts shown in the announcement are the number added, not the total number available in the collection, which can be greater.



NOW.......Good News For Family Tree Maker

Posted by Kendall Hulet on February 2, 2016 in Family Tree Maker 

Since our Family Tree Maker announcement last December, we have continued to actively explore ways to develop and support Family Tree Maker and ensure you have choices to preserve your work in ways that matter to you.

Today, I am pleased to announce two options for desktop software that will work with Ancestry.

Software MacKiev

Software MacKiev, with whom we have a long-standing relationship, is acquiring the Family Tree Maker software line as publisher for both Mac and Windows versions. Software MacKiev has been the developer of Family Tree Maker for Mac for more than six years and is thrilled at the opportunity to publish future versions of Family Tree Maker for Mac and Windows.

This new agreement means you will receive software updates and new versions from Software MacKiev, and have the ability to purchase new versions of Family Tree Maker from Software MacKiev as they are released. You will have continued access to Ancestry Hints, Ancestry searches, and be able to save your tree on Ancestry with Family Tree Maker moving forward.

You can now purchase Family Tree Maker for PC and Mac at VicGUM 

(VicGUM also stocks Legacy Family Tree delux and Reunion for Macintosh)

VicGUM is located at....

Level B1, 257 Collins Street

Melbourne Vic 3000



We have made an agreement with RootsMagic, a leading genealogy desktop software program publisher, to connect Ancestry with the RootsMagic software by the end of 2016. With this new relationship, RootsMagic can serve as your desktop family tree software, while having access to Ancestry hints, Ancestry searches, and the ability to save your tree on Ancestry.

These new agreements will make it possible to preserve your work on Ancestry and Family Tree Maker, and enable future features and benefits to help you discover your family history. Be assured that Ancestry, in cooperation with Software MacKiev and RootsMagic, will continue to support you as you discover your family history. 

We ask for your patience as we work diligently through all the details to make these solutions available. Be sure to check back here on our blog as we share more information about Family Tree Maker in the next few months.

For more information on Software MacKiev and RootsMagic, click below:

- See more at:


Some altrnative Genealogy programs are;


 (does not support MACs, available in 5 languages)

Heredis  for MAC

Legacy Family Tree  8.0 (has

international versions)

MacFamily Tree

Reunion Genealogy Software for Mac's  (Version 11)

RootsMagic 7.0



 What's happening at Ancestry

 New records

         Victoria, Australia, Assisted and Unassisted Passenger Lists, 1839–1923 

         Camberwell and Waverley, Australia, Rate Books, 1857-1927 

         Victoria, Australia, Rate Books, 1855-1963 

         Western Australia, Public Service Lists, 1871-1905 

         Tasmania, Australia, Baptisms of Children of Convicted Women, 1833-1854 

         Tasmania, Australia, Convict Court and Selected Records, 1800-1899 

         Victoria, Australia, Lunatic Estates and Register, 1867-1906 


         Victoria, Australia, Selected Trial Brief and Correspondence Registers and Other Images, 1837-1993 



Feedspot recently announced their Best 50 DNA Blogs 

This is an international listing.  The rankings were based on the Google reputation and Google search ranking; influence and popularity on Facebook, twitter and other social media sites, quality and consistency of posts and Feedspot's editorial team review.  Many are the commercial DNA companies as well individual bloggers                                                                     See:

Thank you to Daniel Horowitz, IAJGS Board member for sharing the article.

Jan Meisels AllenChairperson,

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee 










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