09 May 2007

Atlanta: Gen sources in Georgia

The Jewish Genealogical Society of Georgia is contributing to a new book covering Jewish genealogical research in North America.

A working session - at 1.30 p.m. Sunday, May 20 - is planned to create the Georgia section for the future Jewish Resources for Genealogy and Family History in the United States and Canada, by Avotaynu, which publishes most reference works for Jewish genealogy.

Helpful Hint: Check out Avotaynu's Consolidated Name Index (CJSI), which contains nearly 700,000 surnames, mostly Jewish, that appear in 42 databases totalling 7.3 million records. The names are sequenced phonetically, using the Daitch-Mokotoff Soundex System, rather than alphabetically. Name variants that sound the same are grouped together. For example, there are 40 listings for TALALAY, of which 11 are those I have found in my research. It is a very useful tool and can provide new directions and possibilities in which to search.

The meeting is at the Cuba Genealogy Center at the Breman Jewish Heritage Museum in Atlanta.

Fee: JGSG/Breman Members, no charge; others, $5.

Click here or here for more information.

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