09 April 2009

Museum of Family History : New for April

The Museum of Family History's Steve Lasky is always improving the site. Here's his April update covering Latvia, the website redesign, yearbooks and Holocaust memorials.

Jews of Latvia:

Many chapters in this exhibit are now available in French (as well as English) from the Max Kaufmann book "Churbn Lettland: The Destruction of Jews of Latvia." Steve is attempting to make available for non-English speakers and he is hoping to do more in French and other langauges, if he can find more native speakers of other languages to assist him.

Steve would very much like to have the Kaufman chapters made available in Russian and invites someone who is qualified to volunteer to assist. Any language help would be appreciated.

Linked to this exhibit is the second part of "The Young Men and Women of our Town." While the first part was for Lozdzieje, Lithuania, the second is for Riga and includes a number of large group photos. In the section are 1928-1932 photos of the local Gordonia youth group. Can readers identify any of those pictured?

The "Wall of Remembrance" is dedicated to honoring the memory of those
Latvian Jews who died during the Holocaust.

For all the Latvia exhibits, click here and follow the links.

Website redesign:

Steve has redesigned a few dozen pages of his website and hopes readers like the result. Each page has a Google-powered search engine. There are separate webspages listing more than 100 audio clips and more than 60 video clips, including links to each of their pages. The redesign is still in progress. If you'd like a sneak peek at the redesign, email Steve.

Thomas Jefferson High School Yearbook Project:

Steve now includes more than sixty yearbooks, 1927-1987, with some 40,000 names for Thomas Jefferson High School. Search any book online cover to cover, or search (using Steve Morse's One-Step searchable database) the complete database by first name, surname, yearbook year or address.

Steve Morse has a similar database for nearby Samuel Tilden High School. The two databases for Tilden and Jefferson total 95 books with nearly 70,000 names. Seve and Steve hope to add more books to the database when they become available. Both schools are in Brooklyn, NY.

World Holocaust Memorials:

For Zamosc, Poland researchers, the many names inscribed on the Zamosc memorial in Beth El Cemetery (New Jersey) is now available here.

Steve is always looking for more material for the virtual Museum of Family History. If you have material to contribute, contact him - and also receive the Museum e-newsletter.

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