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From: Gladys Friedman Paulin <>
Subject: Re: [APG] re: Mormon/Jewish controversy
Date: Sat, 3 Jul 2004 10:01:43 -0400
The controversy is NOT about access to records. It is about baptism by proxy
and the IGI index which is an index to church ordnances, not an index to
Jewish genealogists and the International Association of Jewish Genealogical
Societies (IAJGS)have worked with the LDS in assisting in the microfilming of
records. In 2000, the LDS prepared a special index to Jewish records which is
available on CD-Rom through the IAJGS. There is a special guide (5 voulmes)
at the Family History library of this index.
The controversy deals with an agreement between major Jewish organizations and
the LDS which many Jews feel has not been kept or properly enforced by the LDS.
There are many Jews listed in the IGI. Most of them I have found have
incorrect information. In many of the names I have seen, the information is
inaccurate and was clearly taken from secondary sources; in many others, there
are no sources listed. So, users of the IGI can only use such listings as
clues to finding the proper documents.
As to descendants of Jews who are no longer Jewish, including many of my
dearly loved relatives, they should look to the LDS library catalog as well as
the massive amount of information available at <www.jewishgen.org> in order to
locate the proper documentation and information on their Jewish ancestors.
Gladys Friedman Paulin, CGRS
Winter Springs, FL
CGRS, Certified Genealogical Records Specialist, is a Service Mark of the
Board for Certification of Genealogists and used under license by Board-
certified persons who meet program standards and periodic rigorous
> Hi Amy,
> With all due respect, this is an important discussion for genealogists
> because one of the issues raised is that certain Jewish genealogists are
> being unreasonable by denying descendants of Jews access to records, by
> having names removed from the IGI. Professionals can learn a lesson from Gary
> Mokotoff, who points out that the records being removed are not necessarily
> This is not a discussion about religion. It is a discussion about being
> sensitive to others in course of genealogical research and that is definitely
> to professionals. I personally have learned a great deal about
> professionalism from these postings.
> Kathy Cortez
> <The discussion concerning the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
> and the filming of records has become inappropriate for this list. This is
> a professional organization and we should not use this forum to discuss or
> criticize religious beliefs.
> Please keep your postings relevant to the pursuit of professional genealogy.
> Amy Larner Giroux, CG
> APG Listmaster/Webmaster>
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