Monthly Archives: January 2011

Information Design

A few names that I thought were interesting during this read:

Richard Saul Wurman: http://wurman.com/rsw/

I had no idea he was the founder of TED: Technology/Entertainment/Design. He wrote 81 books on subjects that initially he could not understand and his most recent project 19.20.21 is all about documenting the surge in population and how that is affecting Urban and Business planning. http://www.192021.org/

Abbe Don: http://www.ideo.com/people/abbe-don/

She has a passion for storytelling, and her passion lead her to advance her knowledge of Interactive story telling. Growing up and hearing her grandmother talk about her life story she wanted to document it. This project is called Bubbe’s Back Porch

Leni Riefenstahl: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leni_Riefenstahl

German filmmaker who created strongly biased simulated works during the Nazi Regime. She was an artist associated with the Third Reich and was also a friend to Adolf Hitler. Which just blows my mind that she was not a blue eyed, blond haired woman but yet she managed to be free and un-persecuted during this time.

*Point of interest in organizing data that could apply to entry points for researching the Children of the Lodz Ghetto : Alphabets(currently), Locations, Time, Continuums, Numbers, Categories, Randomness.

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Ancestry.com

After talking with my mother and aunt about our family tree I headed to Ancestry.com to compile a visual. Working my way through this site made me realize how much more judicious my decisions have to be when I am researching and connecting family. My great grandmother whose maiden name was Pauline Anna Müller, came up in databases as Pauline Mueller, Pauline Miller and Carline Muller. It was difficult to match census records from 1900 and 1920 due to the handwriting, spelling and incomplete data.

It also helped greatly to have my living relatives a phone call away to check on facts like birth dates, immigration dates, death dates and social security numbers. After going through this process of checking dates, names and locations in the census reports and connecting documents it has helped me greatly in finding information on the Children of the Lodz Ghetto site.

Many of the features of the Ancestry site can be applied to the Lodz Ghetto research site:
A visual family tree:  Connect a family together
An address: Find out who lived there, tracking the migration or deportation
The Leaf Icon: This gave the researcher a hint on Ancestry.com for what records are out there that matched the persons name or birth date in your tree. Sometimes it matched sometimes it didn’t. An icon could be developed for the Lodz Ghetto inhabitants and that icon come up when matching records might be present.

Perhaps from these records researchers can build a better holistic database linking not just individuals with their past but perhaps a whole family?

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Google Books

Here is a resource I found that could be of help in researching the children of the Lodz Ghetto.

http://books.google.com/books?id=d1-U17adWKIC&printsec=frontcover&dq=The+Chronicle+of+the+Lodz+Ghetto,+1941-1944&source=bl&ots=8SOthIYIcj&sig=uedV0ZpPez3YZSNHGj-2ZMtGTc8&hl=en&ei=dsJETe-TMcH88AbjuPHOAQ&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=1&ved=0CBcQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q&f=false

More importantly this gives us a street map of the ghetto at that time to locate where the children would have lived.

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