Egypt: More Jewish restoration projects

In an article forecasting announcements of major archaeological discoveries in Egypt, mention is made of additional restoration projects for Jewish sites in that country.

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Zahi Hawass, Egyptian Supreme Council for Antiquities secretary general, noted that these announcements will be made over the next three months.

Most importantly for Tracing the Tribe readers, he said that Egypt is currently working on the “restoration of Jewish temples, including three temples and the restoration of five other temples would start soon.”

Other topics addressed were DNA test results on the lineage of Tutankhamun:

“Egypt will announce the secrets of the family and lineage of Tutankhamun on the 17th of February in the Egyptian Museum through the announcement of results of scientific tests conducted on the mummy of the king after the completion of DNA analysis and CT scan.”

Other announcements to be made soon will include important discoveries in the area of Saqqara and the Pyramids. Robots will be sent into the corridors of the Great Pyramid of King Khufu.

Hawass added that the Council’s work on antiquity restoration includes Pharaonic, Coptic, Jewish and Muslim within the cultural heritage of Egypt, such as the Coptic monastery of St. Anthony and restoration of Cairo’s Hanging Church.

Read the complete article for much more.

JRI-Poland: 39,000 new entries and more

Researchers looking for Polish ancestors should begin their search at Jewish Records Indexing-Poland, which has more than 3.6 million records in its database.

New material has just been posted.

Shtetl CO-OP coordinator Hadassah Lipsius recently announced that 39,000 new entries had been added to the JRI-Poland database. These had been indexed from the LDS (Mormon) microfilms.

JRI-Poland executive director Stanley Diamond of Montreal has announced that an additional batch of indices – from records not filmed by the Mormons and which are part of the PSA Project – are now online.

JRI-Poland creates indices of vital records from two main sources, the LDS microfilms of Jewish records, dating through the 1860s-1870s, which are under the Shtetl CO-OP Project; and Index pages purchased from the Polish State Archives (PSA) for Jewish records not filmed by the LDS and indexed under the JRI-Poland PSA project.

The new addition includes new and updated files with some 29,000 entries, that have been fully funded and eligible to go online.

The towns include: Bielawy, Bolimow, Filipow, Glowno, Jezow, Lancut, Mielec, Nowe Miasta nad Pilica, Nowy Korczyn, Przedborz, Sobota, Sulejow, Tuszyn and Zablocie.

Search by surname and town OR surname and geographical area. Maximize results by using geographic coordinates. Do not search by town name only (no results will be generated).

To learn more, go to JRI-Poland; contact the Town Leader for your town of interest, or the Archive Coordinator. If you have questions, send an email.

Ancestry: WDYTYA US-version website launched

The website for the US-version of “Who Do You Think You Are?” launched today, announced

The website features the seven participants’ bios, photos, video clips and articles on how to get started in family history. There’s also a 14-day free trial for those new to this major online resource.

Set to debut at 8pm (ECT) Fridays beginning March 5, on NBC, the episodes feature executive producer Lisa Kudrow, Sarah Jessica Parker, Spike Lee, Matthew Broderick, Susan Sarandon, Emmitt Smith and Brooke Shields

The family history-focused series leads the seven celebrities on a journey back in time as they discover more about the ancestors who came before them.

Inspiration: Vote for this Jewish genealogy video

“Genealogy is roots, connections, wanderings, imaginings, hearts, souls and minds,” says one participant in a short inspiring video that all genealogists – Jewish or not – should see (and vote for now).

Developed by the Jewish Genealogical Society of Colorado and produced by the multi-talented Ellen Shindelman Kowitt, this video has the potential to influence a large audience of young people and bring them into the field.

But the JGSColorado needs the help of Tracing the Tribe’s readers to do it. Watch the video here as it reveals to viewers concisely and precisely what Jewish genealogy is, why we do it and some advice for beginners.

It takes only eight minutes to view the video and a few seconds to vote for the full five stars it deserves.

Ellen is one of the most dedicated and passionate genealogy people that I know. Her work focuses on the preservation and connectivity of the Jewish community in Colorado and throughout the world. Her passion for our favorite topic has brought people to their roots and revealed stories that would have been lost forever.

The video was produced as part of a larger JGSColorado project, and the group needs your help in a grass-roots video contest.

If the video wins any final position from first to fifth place, it will be announced at the Jewlicious Festival – the largest Jewish student and young adult festival in the world – in southern California February 19-21. It is the only video with a genealogy theme in the competition.

As genealogists, we are always talking about how we can bring in younger people. Imagine if this video were played to that huge young audience? How may this video impact the future of the Jewish genealogy world?

Be a part of this dream and help the JGS of Colorado – and perhaps the entire field of Jewish genealogy – by voting for this video.

Let’s win one for Jewish genealogy! Vote now!

Send this announcement to the members of your family, to the members of your genealogy societies, to your friends who understand your passion to this field, and ask them to vote as well. This post will be on Facebook and on Twitter, so if that’s your thing, please “LIKE” it and retweet it to let people know about it.

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Some relevant quotes from the video:

According to Rabbi Josh Rose of Congregation Har HaShem:

“It isn’t just accumulating information about your [ancestors], but being drawn into the process and being affected by it. Genealogy is you. Both what we discover and the very process of discovering is at the core of what we are. Link this to the study of Torah and you are learning the story of our people, the genealogy of our people. It is not only what we discover but the process, how that learning informs you, changes you, draws you in.”

Martin Mandelsberg, a Holocaust artist, notes that genealogy asks (and sometimes answers): “Where did I come from? How far can I go back? Are there people like me? I had to come from somewhere – who am I?

Terry Lasky, who has documented 22,000 Jewish burials in Colorado, advises viewers of two important points: “Have patience. Don’t expect to find everything in an hour,” and “Never give up.”

Go to the link above, see the full video, be inspired and vote for it now.