Thursday, April 26, 2018

USCIS Releases a New Documentary Video USCIS and Legacy of Ellis Island

The United states Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released a  documentary video  USCIS and the Legacy of Ellis Island.  It may be accessed on YouTube  at:

Ellis Island was open from 1892 to 1954, and over 12 million immigrants were processed  by the federal immigration service through the Ellis Island Immigration in New York. While at one time more immigrants entered through Ellis Island, eventually it was one of 200 immigrant stations nationwide.

To read the  press release see:

Jan Meisels Allen
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

Thursday, September 28, 2017

A soldier speaks with female survivors of Mauthausen shortly after the camp was liberated in May 1945.

While cleaning out his home in preparation to move, a retired truck driver found 13 photographs in the back of a cupboard. The photographs were taken by his late father-in-law, Ken Parker, who was an U.S. army photographer in World War II. The photographs were found along with an Army uniform and confiscated German pistol.  The photographs depict the liberation of Mauthausen, one of the Nazi concentration camps.  Mauthausen in Austria, had a gas chamber, torture instruments and medical experimentation.  The U.S. Army arrived in the camp on May 5, 1945 and found 18,000 prisoners. Parker used his camera in the documentation by the Allies for the purpose of prosecuting the Germans for war crimes and alerting the public to the atrocities.

Rather than discard them his wife, daughter of Ken Parker, donated them.  She sent the photographs to the Jewish Journal which published them in the article about the "find".  Some of the photographs also made it to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Photo Archive.

To read the Jewish Journal article and see the photographs go to:
Original url:

Jan Meisels Allen
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

Monday, September 4, 2017



Diahan Southard

Your DNA Guide

 Saturday, September 9th
Pinecrest Library Auditorium
5835 SW 111th St Pinecrest
1:30 PM

Bring your DNA kit number for a free drawing
For a 20 minute consultation session on your DNA results

For added excitement, there is a special offering for this session also.
You may sign up with her for a 20 minute private consultation for $25

Please register for a time after the program at

A microbiology graduate, Diahan Southard spent 15 years in the genetic genealogy industry. In her current position as Your DNA Guide, she provides personalized, interactive experiences to assist individuals and families in interpreting their genetic results in the context of their genealogical information. She is also the author of DNA Quick Guides, producer of a video tutorial series, as well as a featured author for Family Tree Magazine and regular contributor to Your Genealogy Today.

15 years of experience in the genetic genealogy industry has qualified Diahan to instruct all levels of interest. You will leave enlightened and motivated as she is upbeat and full of energy. She has a passion for genetic genealogy, a genuine love for people, and a gift for making the technical understandable.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Howdy Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Miami!
The Humble Area Genealogical Society is hosting an eConference and would appreciate if you could forward this information to any of your members that might be interested in participating.

THAGS eConference: Back to Research
Saturday, 23 September 2017 from 8:30am - 4pm CDT
Join us for an eConference! We’ve arranged for four great speakers to teach us about a variety of research topics. Registration costs $15 and you can watch the live webinar presentations or see the replay on your own schedule for up to 30 days after the eConference. During the eConference you’ll be able to ask questions through the webinar program’s chat features. After these four hours of instructions, the speakers will convene for a final panel discussion to answer questions not finished during the webinars or any additional questions you have. It will be a great day of education and entertainment.
How to Register:
Go to the conference page on our website and click on the register button or click on this link to REGISTER NOW.
After clicking the "Register Now" button, you'll be taken to PayPal, where you can pay using your PayPal account or with a credit card or eCheck. After payment is complete, you'll be directed to the "Finalize Registration" page. You'll enter your name and email (this doesn't have to be the same email as your PayPal account) to complete the registration process. An email will be sent to you with links and passwords for the eConference.
eConference Schedule:
8:30 am
Karen Rasmussen / Andrew Lee
9:00 am
Desperately Seeking Susan: Finding Female Ancestors
10:30 am
Which Charles is Which? Separating Same Name Individuals
12:00 pm
Using FamilySearch More Effectively
1:30 pm
Bankruptcy to Equity: Using Federal Court Records
3:00 pm
Panel Discussion
Family History Fanatics' "Genealogy Unscripted"
Desperately Seeking Susan: Finding Female Ancestors - Amy Johnson Crow
How do you find female ancestors when they lived in a world where most of the records were written by and about men? Explore sources and strategies to help you fill in the female half of the family tree.
Which Charles is Which? Separating Same Name Individuals - Melissa Finlay
Some individuals with similar names have been combined, crossed and muddled over time. Learn how to differentiate between same-named people using a composite of time, place, family members, occupation and other unique identifiers.
Using FamilySearch More Effectively - Devon Noel Lee has billions of names in the family tree and millions of records for genealogical research. This class discusses how to use this collaborative tree more effectively using indexed and unindexed records and leaving a trail of your research decisions along the way.
Bankruptcy to Equity: Using Federal Court Records - Michael L. Strauss
Was Grandma a bootlegger? Did Grandpa pay his taxes? Records of the Federal courts are among the National Archives’ largest holdings-and yet some of the least used records. Open a new chapter of your family history and discover little-known branches in your family tree as the records of the Federal Court system are discussed in detail.
We hope to see you online on the 23rd of September!
-The Humble Area Genealogical Society
 Humble, TX
This eConference is being produced by Family History Fanatics. 25% of the ticket price goes directly to The Humble Area Genealogical Society to support their preservation and education activities. If your society would like more information on hosting an eConference, email

Saturday, August 5, 2017

The (US) Library of Congress announced it will be launching a World War 1 webinar series which will highlight the Library's remarkable World War 1 resources such as documents, photographs, maps and personal stories collected in the Veterans History Project.   This is part of the Library's 100th year commemoration of the United States entry into World War 1.  The series will be 5- 40 minutes webinars beginning on August 22 running through the end of the year.

The free and open to the public webinars require pre-registration. Go to:
Original url:

Once the webinar series is over, the Library of Congress  will make the sessions available to the public on their Echoes of the Great War online exhibition see:

To read more about the webinar series see:

Jan Meisels Allen
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee