This post is short, because it is all about the comments. If you attended this year’s conference, please share your research experiences – great finds gained through consults, workshops, personal research, or a search in the ITS Collection. We would love to hear from you!
Another FEEFHS conference is finished – the conference end of things, that is. Some are still heading over to the Family History Library for additional consultations and research before returning home.
We have been well-taught. From the pre-conference workshops to the closing luncheon keynote, from Eastern European research basics to the the military records of Austria, there were many great presentations to choose from. And many research success stories.
Thanks to all of the instructors, volunteers, and the FEEFHS Board for another great year. We will soon have a panel of photos taken at this year’s conference by our “official blogger and photographer”, Renee Zamora, posted online where you can take some time to identify yourselves and give us some context for the photo. Should be a lot of fun. In the meantime, she has been posted some to the FEEFHS Facebook page. Head on over to take quick look.
In the meantime, safe travel.
We all come to the conference or workshop to expand our research capabilities, obtain assistance with our genealogical challenges, and meet others who are researching in the same area. Participants of this year’s conference, which starts in just one week, will receive lots of the above. Still, there have to be some door prizes. And those who complete the conference survey and turn it in prior to the closing luncheon will be entered to win one of the following:
This year’s door prizes include:
- A gift card for a One-Year World Explorer Subscription to Ancestry.com
- A certificate for a One-Year subscription to Fold3
- A certificate for a One-Year subscription to Newspapers.com
- A copy of Family Tree Maker
- A Full Access subscription to MyHeritage.com
- A Full Access subscription to MyHeritage.com (yes, this is a second one)
From the Salt Lake Plaza Hotel
- A certificate good for up to Four Nights Stay at the Plaza Hotel
- A certificate good for Full Registration for the 2015 FEEFHS Conference
- A Full Set of FEEFHS Journals digitized back issues (12 volumes in PDF)
We are sincerely grateful to the vendors who so kindly offer their support to our program. Three cheers to Ancestry, MyHeritage, and the Plaza Hotel! Thanks for helping us end this conference on a great note.
Diane Afoumado, PhD., Chief, International Tracing Service (ITS) Research Branch, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum will be visiting the upcoming FEEFHS conference, bringing her database, and presenting background on the records available for research and doing lookups. These records extend beyond the persecution of the Jews and may be of interest to anyone who may have relatives who were persecuted or displaced during WWII.
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) in Washington, DC, is the United States’ repository for the International Tracing Service (ITS) collection. Afoumado indicates that the “ITS collection contains diverse information about the persecution and murder of Jews and non-Jews—Poles, Ukrainians, Lithuanians, Latvians, Estonians, Soviet prisoners of war, Roma and Sinti, homosexuals, Jehovah’s Witnesses, and persons with disabilities—under Nazi rule.”
“The International Tracing Service helps people find their families and learn their fate using several millions of documents. The Holocaust Survivors and Victims’ Resource Center ensures that the individual experiences of survivors and victims of the Holocaust and Nazi-era persecution are collected, preserved and disseminated for future generations.
The ITS collection contains various documents such as:
• Camp arrival lists
• Grave locations
• Transport lists
• Prisoner cards
• Forced labor lists
• Death lists
• Displaced person applications for assistance
• Deportation lists
• Emigration applications/questionnaires
• Registration and work cards, sometimes with photographs
Ms. Afoumado will provide a special presentation on these records and the services of ITS on Wednesday, August 13, 2014 at 7:00 pm at the Plaza Hotel. Conference participants and public are invited to attend. She will also be present at the Tuesday Ask the Experts Workshop.
Dr. Diane F. Afoumado is Chief of the ITS Research Branch at the Holocaust Survivors and Victims Resource Center at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. Formerly Assistant Professor of Contemporary History at the University of Paris X-Nanterre and the Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales (INALCO) in Paris, she worked for the two French Commissions related to compensation to Jewish victims. She also worked as a Historian for the Archival Division of the Centre de Documentation Juive Contemporaine – Mémorial de la Shoah.
She is the author of several books: L’affiche antisémite en France sous l’Occupation, (Berg International, 2008); Exil impossible. L’errance des réfugiés juifs du paquebot « St.Louis » (L’Harmattan, 2005), co-author with Serge Klarsfeld of La spoliation dans les camps de province, (La documentation française, 2000). She participated in the following publications : Repicturing the Second World War. Representations in Film and Television, (Palgrave Macmillan, 2007); Evoking Genocide. Scholars and Activists Describe the Works That Shaped Their Lives, (The Key Publishing House Inc, 2009), and wrote more than twenty articles related to the Holocaust.
Gerald Schmidt, a former member of the San Francisco Police Department CSI Unit and recipient of the Crime Scene Investigator of the Year Award, will give the closing keynote address, “Family History Research – the CSI Connection,” at the FEEFHS Eastern European Family History Conference, to be held in Salt Lake City, August 12-15, 2014.
Schmidt, who has over thirty years of experience with investigative systems and methodologies, recently traveled to Germany and Poland to visit his great-grandfather’s place of birth, the culmination of research done and assistance gained while attending two previous FEEFHS programs. You can read more about his experiences on this blog.