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Mark Fearer is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists and the Jewish Genealogical Society of Colorado.

Stealing our ancestors?

Recently, I was told by my credit union that there had been a security breach for cardholders, and they were issuing new cards to prevent any further problems. This kind of situation is becoming more common as technology advances, especially in the arena of identity theft. Why am I writing about this?

Because genealogy is affected by this trend everyday.

Here are some common fears we hear about when people are trying to steal our identity:

Fear: People use genealogical databases to get your mother’s maiden name.

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The bureaucracy of death, part 2

Last column, I focused on death certificates, obituaries and Social Security application records. But death leaves many other records behind. And just to be clear, I’m addressing US records (with one exception at the end). Eastern European records will be addressed in other columns.When a death occurs, there is usually a chronological order to events: if the death was notable (i.e. the person was well known, death was unusual, such as suicide or murder), there might have been news coverage, an...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 29 January 2009 08:38 )

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Death and bureaucracy, Part 1

As we have been told all our lives, death and taxes are inevitable, and fortunately for family historians, both result in a number of records being generated.Documents about deaths are probably the second most commonly sought after records, after census records, because we often don’t know when or where our ancestors were born, especially if we can’t find them in the census.In a previous column where I discussed vital records, the most obvious death record is the death certificate. The ease ...
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Let technology help you with genealogy

Since my last column focused on organizing your paper genealogy, we’ll focus this time on using your computer to organize all those genealogy material.While many family historians still limit their records to paper, almost every serious genealogist uses genealogy software.Why? First, once information is entered, you can locate anyone (and his or her family) in literally two seconds.Software is a great way to enter many pieces of information about a person in one place, and record what sources ...

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 17 February 2009 05:55 )

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Organizing the forest

As astute readers may have noticed, almost all genealogical topics fall into one of two categories: methodology or resources. Since both are critical for creating accurate family histories, I try to be even handed between the two, but like most genealogists, I tend toward the resources category (as the last two columns demonstrate) — show me the records! To balance that bias, let’s talk organization in this column.It won’t take long after you start digging up your roots, to find that you s...

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 17 February 2009 08:54 )

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Shabbat Times

JTA News

Israel to allow tougher interrogation of Jewish terrorism suspects

Julie Wiener The country’s interior security minister said the security Cabinet had deemed “any method” of interrogation “kosher,” ... [Link]

Shin Bet sees Jewish terrorist network as likely culprit in Duma attack

Julie Wiener The network, which has been operating since 2013, seeks to bring down the Israeli government and replace it with a Jewish theocracy, the security agency said. ... [Link]

For first time in 100 years, outsider tapped to lead Looksteins’ N.Y. shul

Uriel Heilman With Rabbi Haskel Lookstein set to retire, Kehilath Jeshurun is turning to a longtime Montreal spiritual leader to lead the storied modern Orthodox synagogue. ... [Link]

Palestinians file report with ICC over firebombing that killed baby

Marcy Oster A report on the attack and a rise in violence by Jewish settlers against Palestinians also has been filed with the United Nations Human Rights Council. ... [Link]

Study: N.Y., Boston and Miami are America’s 3 most Jewish cities

Uriel Heilman The most Jewish states? New York and New Jersey, at 6 percent of all residents. ... [Link]

Investigating West Bank firebombing, Shin Bet arrests Kahane grandson

Julie Wiener Meir Ettinger, 24, tops the Shin Bet’s list of most wanted Jewish criminals and is believed to head a Jewish terrorist group. ... [Link]

Rabbis, imams pray together for Palestinian 4-year-old’s recovery

Marcy Oster The initiative began with a conversation on the need for strong condemnation from both sides of terror incidents and a need for enhanced interreligious dialogue beyond times of crisis. ... [Link]

‘Skin Wars’ contestant Avi Ram brings Israeli army training to body painting

Molly Tolsky The 29-year-old told JTA that painting naked bodies on U.S. reality TV is no sweat after being a soldier and struggling artist in Israel. ... [Link]

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