The impact of a few hours time.


Last week I was in Las Vegas at the National Genealogical Society Annual Conference.  While there we assist with searches, share tips about using Ancestry, and talk to many, many researchers.  In one such conversation with Michael Brenner, a past President of the Southern Nevada Jewish Genealogical Society, I asked him if he was familiar with the World Memory Project and led him to a computer to show him all of the live databases that are part of the project.  He was excited when he learned that we had a Krakow database – yes, there were others but, “Show me Krakow.”  We searched for Brenners and I sat in awe listening as he told me that one after the other of these records were for his relatives.  Wow!

Thank you for the contributions you make that allow researchers to have the experience of reconnecting with their relatives.

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Reading this comment, I have shivers. Early on, I did some input for Krakow, the German forms. My German was not
great, but managed to be a bit successful. The translator helped a lot, too. That is the one project I really felt emotion and excitement to be able
to help make the information available to relatives of those who were lost. Sorry I could not do more.

This is the very reason I am volunteering for the World Memory Project. Not only for my own family members who died in the Holocaust, but for current and future researchers who will use this data.
I also feel a deep kinship as I type in familiar names, a sense that each name, each person, is a story waiting to be told.

Just a comment—I have been working on the Krakau and Lodz documents, going on 2 years, and it would be nice to hear from someone at Ancestry just to say, “thank you”. I am doing this because I want to and will continue to do it, but I feel like no one is “on the other side” at the Ancestry Memory Project.
Thanks.

I am indexing land details in the New South Wales Govt.gazette.I don’t know how to deal with businesses which appear.I can only key in details of individuals. Can someone help?

Margaret, go to the discussion page of that project page and search for business. You will find that some part of the business name can be entered.

Margaret
Only key business names that include peoples names.
eg. Heath & Mitchelmore would be 2 lines,”blank”(given)”Heath”(surname), then “blank”(given)”Mitchelmore”(surname).
J Ormond & Co would be “J”(given), “Ormond”(surname).
Any questions post on the Aussie board
http://boards.ancestry.com.au/wap.intlrecordsaustralia/mb.ashx
What is used for guidance is this thread, you only need to read the last post.
http://boards.ancestry.com.au/wap.intlrecordsaustralia/1845.2.1.1.1.1.1.1.1.1.1.1.1.1/mb.ashx

That must have been an amazing experience to find records of his relatives.We don’t often get to hear about the other side of the work we’re doing.I’m sure we all feel the value of making historical records more easily accessible,but it’s gratifying to hear about a person making a discovery.
I’m sure we would all enjoy more stories about peoples use of the records.
I would also add that it’s a two way street.I made a great deal of use of the JewishGen website to figure out the names of towns when I was working on the Palestine immigration records.

H Scharff -Actually, the staff of WAP have thanked us many times for the work we’re doing.More communication would be nice, of course.

Are there any plans to include or add the records from Yad Vashem in Jerusalem ?

The 1926 census of Northern Ireland has been lost:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-22848416
This isn’t to do with any specific WAP project but it is such sad news and really emphasises how important is the work we all do in preserving precious records from our past.

That article you found reminded me of the 1890 US Census, which has been lost forever. Read more here to find out what happened: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1890_US_Census