1950 Census Released, Early Discoveries Made

Submitted by tim on Sun, 04/10/2022 - 10:21
JENKINTOWN, Pennsylvania (GBT) — The National Archives and Records Administration released the 1950 Census online last Friday, April 1st, 2022. Every ten years the administration publicly releases the census taken 72 prior to the release date. Prior to April 1st, the most recent census released by the administration was the 1940 census, which it released on April 1st, 2012. Each census release is a bonanza for genealogists, who can trace family relationships, movements, and occupations through the documents.

Mykolaiv Oblast Archive Website Back Up as Russian Army Closes In

Submitted by tim on Sun, 03/06/2022 - 19:01
MYKOLAIV, Ukraine (GBT) — The website of the State Archive of Mykolaiv Oblast is back up as the Russian Army closes in on its seat. The site first went down on the 23rd of February, when Russian soldiers first invaded the country. The condition of the archive facility is unclear, as fierce fighting has been reported near Mykolaiv's southern border. Some residential buildings have either suffered serious damage or were destroyed.


Reports: Kherson falls to Russia, 'Fierce Battle' in Mykolaiv

Submitted by tim on Sun, 03/06/2022 - 15:11
MYKOLAIV, Ukraine (GBT) — International news outlets including Al-Jazeera, The Times of Israel, and the New York Times have reported that Kherson fell to Russian troops last Wednesday, the first such city to fall to the invading Russian army since it invaded Ukraine on the 23rd of February. Kherson is some 40 miles southeast of the port and shipbuilding town of Mykolaiv. Several Anflick vital records are presumably stored in the Mykolaiv Oblast Archives.


Tim G. Registered for RootsTech 2022, Relatives Discovered

Submitted by tim on Sun, 02/27/2022 - 07:21
JENKINTOWN, Pennsylvania (GBT) — Tim G. registered for RootsTech 2022 last week. RootsTech is one of the nation's largest and most popular annual genealogy conferences, and has been informing and inspiring genealogists of all skill levels since 2011. Organized by FamilySearch International, the conference has traditionally taken place at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. The conference was held as a free online event in 2021 after the COVID-19 pandemic forced the cancellation of in-person events across the nation. Tim G. attended portions of last year's the event, and hopes to participate more in this year's event, which will take place during March 3-5.


State Archival Service of Ukraine Website Down Amid Russian Invasion

Submitted by tim on Thu, 02/24/2022 - 17:25
KYIV, Ukraine (GBT) — The website of the State Archival Service of Ukraine is down following last night's invasion by the Russian military. The outage is among many to have been reported across the nation, including those of several Ukrainian government agencies and media outlets. Data Centre Dynamics, Ltd., has reported that "the public-facing websites of the Cabinet of Ministers, Security Service of Ukraine, the Verkhovna Rada legislature, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs were brought offline by DDoS attacks on the 23rd, according to Ukraine’s Center for Strategic Communications." Kyiv Internet traffic was also reported to have dropped 60 percent over the course of the day.


Hyman Cohen Discovered With Family in 1920 Census

Submitted by tim on Sun, 02/13/2022 - 07:27
JENKINTOWN, Pennsylvania (GBT) — Hyman Cohen, uncle of Minnie Snyder Anflick, presumed brother of Eva Cohen Snyder, was found living with his wife and three children in the 1920 census. The record was discovered upon a closer reading of Herman Snyder's 1920 Lipshutz Bank passage order, which brought his mother, Eva, and siblings Lillian and Motel to America in 1922. That document identifies Herman Snyder of 911 N. 6th Street as the primary purchaser. The purchase order continues on the subsequent row, however, and also identifies Rose Cohen, of 3126 Montgomery Avenue, as a secondary purchaser.

Anflick Vital Records Discovered in Ukrainian Archive Index

Submitted by tim on Mon, 01/31/2022 - 19:37
JENKINTOWN, Pennsylvania (GBT) — A surname search through the website of Miriam Weiner's Routes to Roots Foundation last week revealed multiple index entries for Anflick vital records that are presumably on file at the Mykolaiv Oblast Archives in the southern part of Ukraine. Anflick association with Mykolaiv had previously been established through a Blitzstein Bank passage order executed by Louis Anflick on the 23rd of September 1900. The newly discovered indices prove Anflick ties to the region that extend beyond the passage order.

Lipschutz Bank Record Reveals Details of Snyder Voyage

Submitted by tim on Sun, 01/30/2022 - 10:04
JENKINTOWN, Pennsylvania (GBT) — A Lipschutz Bank passage order available through Temple University's Special Research Collection Center has revealed details of the Snyder family's 1922 voyage to America. The document, unavailable on the center's web site, was delivered through email correspondence last week. According to the passage order, Herman Snyder, brother of Minnie Snyder Anflick, purchased four tickets on December 14, 1920 for his family's passage from eastern Europe to America.

Minnie Snyder's Passenger List Discovered on AncestryLibrary

Submitted by tim on Mon, 01/17/2022 - 11:20
JENKINTOWN, Pennsylvania (GBT) — A document likely to be Minnie Snyder's immigrant passenger list was discovered yesterday afternoon on AncestryLibrary. The document was indexed under the name Mincze Schneider, and shows her departure from the port of Bremen aboard the SS Prinzess Alice on the 8th of June 1907, and her arrival at the port of New York some two weeks later on the 20th of June.