29 August 2013

Treasure Chest Thursday: Jack Garber's Social Security Card Application

Yesterday, in response to my previous post mentioning my plan to try to find Alice Garber's maiden name by acquiring her Social Security Account Application (Form SS-5), a reader asked how does one acquire the SS-5 and what's on it. So, here is my grandfather, Jack Garber's SS-5.

Jack filled out Form SS-5 on 28 May 1937. The Social Security program was established in 1936 with passage of the Social Security Act. Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Act into law on 14 August 1935 and the first Social Security taxes were collected in January 1937.

By the time Jack applied for Social Security, his business as a glazier had failed. The Depression had, apparently, taken its toll. He reports that he is working for McKinley Edwards. McKinley Edwards is also the business that my father, Bernard Garber, worked for prior to enlisting in the Army Air Corps in February 1942.[1] My father did office renovations: moving and putting up walls. I do not know what my grandfather did for the company.

Jack reports that he was born on 15 December 1894 in Russia and that his parents were Abraham Garber and Ann Morris. As is so typical with immigrants, he Americanized his parents' names. While Abraham Garber did emigrate and did use that name, Jack's mother Chana Mazewitsky Garber died in the Old Country. Morris was the surname adopted by her brother Isidore (Jack's father-in-law/uncle) when he settled in the U.S.A.

Jack's SS-5 provides the following information:
  • Social Security number
  • Name
  • Address
  • Business and business address
  • Age, date of birth, place of birth
  • Father's name; Mother's name
  • Gender; race
  • Date of Application
  • Signature
Ordering an SS-5 is easy, but pricey. The first step is to locate, if one can, the Social Security number of the deceased person. The Social Security Death Index (SSDI), includes deceased people who had Social Security numbers and whose deaths were reported to the Social Security Administration. For the most part, the list will include only those deceased since 1962.

Initially, the list was made available and published by several entities to ward against unauthorized use of old numbers. The notion was that if Social Security numbers of deceased individuals were available to all, then it would be easy to check old numbers and prevent fraud. Recently, in (over)reaction to concerns about the reported use of old accounts, some of the online indices no longer include the deceased person's Social Security number. Go to SteveMorse.org for the most complete access to several online versions of the index.

I have checked a variety of versions of the SSDI for Jack's record and I find that it is not listed under Jack Garber, but under Jacob Garber. Jack/Jacob used both names. If one runs into this problem or one finds too many people of the same name, one may usually enter year of birth and/or death and a few other parameters to help locate a record.

One may order the SS-5 from the Social Security Administration (SSA) with or without providing the Social Security Account number. It is $27 if one provides the number and $29 if one does not. Go to this SSA page to order the SS-5. Note that the SSA will
not release the parents' names unless they are proven deceased, have a birth date more than 120 years ago, or the number holder on the SS-5 is at least 100 years of age.
One need not provide all the requested information in the online request form (especially if one can provide the Social Security number).

Access to the SSDI and possibly SS-5s is under attack. To read further about these issues and the stay up-to-date, read SSDI postings by the Judy Russell and the IAJGS's Public Access Monitoring Committee.

1. "U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs BIRLS Death File, 1850-2010," database, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 5 February 2013), entry for Bernard Garber; citing "Beneficiary Identification records Locator Subsystem (BIRLS) Death File," U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Washington, D.C.

27 August 2013

Tombstone Tuesday: Jack Garber

Here lies
Yakov son of Avraham Aba
Died 9 Sivan 5723
May his soul be bound in the bonds of eternal life


DIED JUNE 1, 1963

My grandfather, Jacob or (Jack) Garber was the fifth child and third son of Avraham Aba Garber and Chana Mazewitsky Garber and the third child to emigrate to the United States.[1] He was born in Labun, Russian Empire (today, Yurovshchina, Ukraine) on 15 December 1894.[2] 

Jack left Libau [3] on the Birma on on 20 August 1912 and arrived in New York Harbor on 3 September 1912.[4] He accompanied his brother Nathan's wife Itte (Yetta) and their two daughters on the voyage.[5] Interestingly, both Jankel and Itte and children are listed on separate pages of the manifest with the surname "Arber." This is likely a function of transliterating the name Garber from Yiddish.

On 12 August 1916, Jack married Dora Morris (nee Mazewitsky) his first cousin.[6] He had learned to be a glazier from his uncle/father-in-law, Isidore Morris. 

Jack and Dora has three children: Leah Eisenberg (1917-2006), my father Bernard Garber (1919-2002) and Leonard Garber (1923 -  ). After my grandmother Dora passed away in 1954, Jack married Alice.[7]

Jack's grave is located in one of the First Lubiner Progressive Benevolent Association plots at Montefiore Cemetery, Queens, New York: Block 89, Gate 156, Line 12R, Grave 5.
1. Two older sisters, Perl and Sarah, did not emigrate. Perl Zabarsky perished in the Holocaust in Labun along with her daughter, Chana, and Sarah Giller and her family were evacuated to Chelyabinsk and survived. 

2. Jack Garber, Social Security number 116-05-7487, 28 May 1937, Application for Account Number (Form SS-5), Social Security Administration.

Jacob Garber Petition for Naturalization number 84430 (4 November 1923), Kings County Supreme Court, C-File 2029448, National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.

3. Libau was the Polish name for the town now known as Liepaja and located in western Latvia on the Baltic Sea.

4. "New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1957," digital images, Ancestry.com
 (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed 7 February 2009), manifest, Birma, Libau to New York, arriving 3 September 1912, p. 26 (handwritten), line 8, Jankel Arber; citing National Archives Microfilm Serial T715, Roll 1926.

5. "New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1957," digital images, Ancestry.com
 (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed 7 February 2009), manifest, Birma, Libau to New York, arriving 3 September 1912, p. 4, line 17, Itte Arber; citing National Archives Microfilm Serial T715, Roll 1926.

6. New York County, New York, Certificate and Record of Marriage number 19923 (12 August 1916), Jacob Garber and Dora Morris, New York City Municipal Archives, New York.

7. I am still researching Alice. I do not have a last name for her. She had been married before and had children from that previous marriage. I believe I have located her in the Social Security Death Index and the online index for Montefiore Cemetery. Current Social Security Administration rules for releasing old SS-5s (the application for a Social Security card) are that unless the applicant is more than 100 years old (or one can prove the person is deceased), his or her parents' names will be redacted. The Alice on the record of interest was born in 1893, so I should be able to get her parents' names. I will probably order the record sooner rather than later because access to the Social Security Death Master File (the index of SS-5s) is being threatened by mis-guided notions regarding identity theft. And how long the SS-5s, which are so useful for family history research, will continue to be available is an open question.

22 August 2013

Treasure Chest Thursday: Dave Ett's Alienable Rights

I love it when new record sets come online - particularly ones that contain records for my family members. Ancestry.com made my day on 19 August 2013 when it posted "New York, Abstracts of World War I Military Service, 1917-1919." This database and its associated records enabled me to fill in some unknowns in the story of David Ett's naturalization process.
Dave was my grandmother Tillie Liebross Wilson's first cousin. He was the only son of Hersch Leib Ett and Perl Wenkert Ett and was born in 1891 in Zaleszczyki, at that time within the Austro-Hungarian Empire (now in Ukraine).

David sailed from Hamburg on the Amerika and arrived in New York Harbor on 10 November 1907. [1] He first declared his intention to become citizen on 17 September 1912. [2] He, apparently, never finished that process (I have not found a petition). 

On 16 December 1927, Dave completed a Petition for Naturalization based upon his military service during World War I. [3] The Act of 26 May 1926 (44 Stat. 654. 655) granted that alien veterans of World War I, who has served honorably between 6 April 1917 and 11 November 1918 were to be granted naturalization without having to submit a Declaration of Intent any time within two years after enactment of the Act. [4] But on 19 December 1927, David Ett's petition for citizenship was turned down. He was deemed ineligible under the Act.

The question for me, has been, "Why did he initially think he was eligible for naturalization and why was he deemed ineligible?"

The answer came from Ancestry's new record set.

"New York, Abstracts of World War I Military Service, 1917-1919," digital
 images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 21 August 2013), entry for David Ett, citing
New York (State). Adjutant General's Office. Abstracts of World War I Military Service, 1917–1919. Series B0808. New York State Archives, Albany, New York.
Dave was inducted into the army on 8 December 1917. He began his service in Battery C, 306th Field Artillery stationed at Camp Upton, Yaphank, Suffolk County, Long Island, New York. Camp Yaphank was built in 1917 and was officially opened just a days after Dave's induction. [5] [6]

On 3 January 1918 Dave was assigned to the 4th Infantry, Company M (I'm still looking into this, but I believe they were stationed in Greenville, North Carolina.) It was shortly after this that the military's intentions for Dave started to change.

The President of the United States, since before war was declared, had the authority to control the actions and movements of those deemed "enemy aliens" (defined as those born in countries with which we were at war and who had not naturalized in the United States). At first, only Germans were enemy aliens. Later anyone from the Austria-Hungary was included, as well. So, Dave Ett did not ship out overseas with his Company. By 28 June 1918 he was discharged - an enemy alien.

A newspaper article from the era explained that the military was "weeding out" enemy aliens and would require them to register where they expected to reside within ten days of their discharge. [7] [8]

Dave's discharge from the military was not considered honorable. So, when he applied for citizenship under the Act of May 26, 1926, he was deemed ineligible for the privilege of expedited naturalization.

Years later he tried again. He was granted citizenship on 18 July 1939. [9]
It is important to note that this newly available online record set is made of information abstracted from several, now likely missing, sources. Ancestry correctly notes in its background information that the process of abstraction is likely to introduce errors. One such error could be Dave Ett's assignment to the 4th Infantry. This information conflicts with information on his 1927 Petition for Naturalization [see note 3] which indicates he served in "Pt. Co. 5, Inf." Of course this latter document also said he was honorably discharged which, we find, was probably inaccurate.
1. "New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1957," digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed 5 September 2009), manifest, Amerika, Hamburg to New York, arriving 10 November 1907, list 37, line 8, Duvid Ett, citing National Archives Microfilm Serial T715.
2. Kings County, New York, Kings County Supreme Court, digital images, FamilySearch.org (https://www.familysearch.org : accessed 19 August 2013), Declaration of Intent, number 27049, vol. 55, page 49, David Ett, 17 September 1912.
3. "New York, Naturalization Records, 1882-1944," database, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 5 July 1009), Petition for Naturalization for David Ett, 16 December 1927, New York, citing United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, National Archives and records Administration Series M1972, Roll 551.
4. U.S. Department of Labor, Fourteenth Annual Report of the Secretary of Labor for the Fiscal Year Ending June 30, 1926 (Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office) 1926, page 127. Digital image, GoogleBooks.com (http://www.books.google.com : accessed 20 August 2013).
5. 'C' Battery Book, 306th F.A., 77th Div., 1917-1919. Digital image, Internet Archives, OpenLibrary.org (http://www.archive.org/stream/cbatterybook306t00broo#page/8/mode/2up : accessed 20 August 2013), page 9ff.
6. By the way, Camp Upton was also where Irving Berlin served and was the source material for his musical revue Yip Yip Yaphank and its memorable song, "Oh, How I Hate to Get Up in the Morning." 
7. "Keep Tab Discharged Soldiers: Enemy Aliens Leaving Army Will Be Registered," Seattle Spokesman-Review, 12 March 1918, digital image, Washington State University Library Digital Collections (http://content.wsulibs.wsu.edu : accessed 20 August 2013).
8. Unfortunately, New York State is, apparently, one of the many states that did not retain these records. 
9. U. S. District Court of the Eastern District of New York, Petition for Naturalization number 259528, David Ett, 18 July 1939.

20 August 2013

Tombstone Tuesday: Max Garber

Here lies
a trustworthy and dependable man
Mordechai, son of Avraham Aba
Died on the 11th day of Tishri 5796 
May his soul be bound in the bonds eternal life 
DIED OCT. 8, 1954

Max Garber, my grandfather Jack's older brother, was the second son of Avraham Aba Garber and Chana Mazewitsky Garber and the first of his family to emigrate to the United States. He was born in Labun, Russian Empire (today, Yurovshchina, Ukraine) in  September 1889. He left Hamburg on the Pretoria on on 13 December 1906 and arrived in New York Harbor on 29 December 1907.[1] 

Max was listed on the manifest as a joiner, but began candling eggs in the United States. He spent the rest of his working days in the butter and egg business. 

On 11 June 1914, Max married Mary Morgenstein. [2] They had five daughters: Ruth Levine (1915-1996), Mildred (Minnie) Palmer (12 June 1917 - 22 July 2007), Annette (24 May 1921 - 19 October 1996), Harriet (2 August 1927 - 5 October 1929), and Joan Goldman (1931 -   ). 

Max's grave is located in one of the First Lubiner Progressive Benevolent Association plots at Montefiore Cemetery, Queens, New York: Block 89, Gate 156, Line 12R, Grave 4.
1. "New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1957," digital images, Ancestry.com
 (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed 7 February 2009), manifest, Pretoria, Hamburg to New York, arriving 30 December 1907, p. 10, line 5, Motel Garber; citing National Archives Microfilm Serial T715, Roll 1067.

2. New York County, New York, Certificate and Record of Marriage number 15344 (11 June 1914), Max Garber and Mary Morgenstein, New York City Municipal Archives, New York.

14 August 2013

Treasure Chest Thursday: Sarah Garber Death Certificate

Children may be difficult to locate in some of the records we use for our genealogical research. Sarah Garber was born to Nathan and Yetta Garber on 25 December 1916 and died of Diptheria on 9 February 1919. Her short life missed being recorded in the 1915 New York State Census and the 1920 United States Federal Census. In fact, I wasn't aware of her existence at all until I'd recorded the grave stones in the First Lubiner Progressive Benevolent Association plots at Montefiore Cemetery, Queens, New York.

New York County, New York, Certificate of Death no. 5897 (9 February 1919), Sarah Garber, New York City Municipal Archives, New York.

Sarah was the third child and third daughter of Nathan and Yetta Garber and their first United States born child. She was about ten years younger than her sisters Ruth and Lillian and and must have been very special to the family. She died of Diphtheria and complications of pneumonia at two years of age. This must have been devastating for the family. 

These days with vaccines and antibiotics, Diphtheria is not the huge health concern it once was. A contagious upper respiratory tract illness, Diphtheria's symptoms include fever, chills, fatigue, bluish skin coloration, sore throat and difficulty breathing. Complications may include damage to the heart and pneumonia. Even today, children under age five who contract the disease have a fatality rate of as much as 20%.

Poor little Sarah lingered for almost ten days in the hospital before she succumbed. This was just a few years before major public health initiatives began in the 1920s. In 1921, two years after Sarah's death, 206,000 Diphtheria cases were recorded in the United States, claiming 15,520 lives. In the early 1920s, William H. Park led a huge successful public health campaign to immunize New York City school children. The campaign included mailers in both Yiddish and Italian targeting the large immigrant populations in the City.

I can imagine the pain relived when the Garbers received that mailer at their home at 232 Madison Street on the Lower East Side. At least by the time their next child, Irving (born in 1920), was ready for school, immunizations were available.

13 August 2013

Tombstone Tuesday: Nathan and Yetta Garber

Here Lies
Nachum son of Avraham Aba
Died 2 Av 5723
May his soul be bound in the bonds of eternal life
DIED AUG. 2, 1963

Here lies
Etta daughter of Levi Yitzchak
An important and righteous woman
[Descended from?] Reb Pinchas Koretzer
Died 16 Shevat 5710
May her soul be bound in the bonds of eternal life
DIED FEB. 2, 1950

Nathan Garber, my grandfather Jack's older brother, was the eldest son of Avraham Aba Garber and Chana Mazewitsky Garber. He was born in Labun, Russian Empire (today, Yurovshchina, Ukraine) in  September or October, likely in 1883 or 1884, but possibly as early as 1879.[1] He left Rotterdam on the Uranium on on 4 June 1910 and arrived in New York Harbor on 16 June 1910.[2] 

Nathan left behind his wife, Yetta (Ette), and two daughters, Rae (Ruchel) Rosenheck and Lillian (Leah), who followed him more than two years later (under the surname "Arber"), arriving in New York on the Birma from Libau on 2 September 1912.[3]

On 25 December 1916 Nathan and Yetta had a third daughter, Sarah, who died at the age of 2 (9 February 1919).[4] Their only son, Irving, was born on 26 January 1920.[5]

Sarah's death certificate indicates that Yetta's maiden name had been Shapiro.[4] The sixth line of Yetta's stone provides some fodder for future research. It may indicate that she was a descendant of Rabbi Pinchas of Korets a colleague of the Baal Shem Tov (the founder of Hasidic Judaism). JewishGen's Rabbinic Special Interest Group page indicates that Rabbi Pincha's name had been R. Pinchas b' Avraham Aba Shapira and that he lived from 1720-1790. However, the path of descent from R. Pinchas to Yetta, if true, is not, thus far, clear.

Yetta's and Nathan's graves are located in one of the First Lubiner Progressive Benevolent Association plots at Montefiore Cemetery, Queens, New York: Block 89, Gate 156, Line 12R, Graves 1 and 2.
1. Nathan's birth date varies from record to record. His manifest (see note 2) indicates he was 30 years old on 4 June 1910. If he was born in September or October, then he would have been born in 1879. Other USA records, however, indicate birth in 1883 or 1884.
October 1883 "World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918," digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 23 March 2008), card for Nathan Garber, serial number 1262, Order Number 2528, New York County, New York.
15 October 1884 - Petition for Naturalization of the US District Court for the Eastern District of New York, 1865-1937, for Nathan Garber, 1 July 1919; Microfilm Image, Family History Library, Microfilm 1,451,074; from National Archives microfilm Publication Number M1879.
15 September 1883 - "U.S. World war II Draft Registration Cards, 1942 (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 25 March 2008), card for Nathan Garber, serial number U2645, Kings County, New York; citing Selective Service Registration Cards, World War II: Fourth Registration. National Archives and Records Administration.
5 September 1884 - Social Security Death Index, Rootsweb (http://ssdi.rootsweb.ancestry.com : accessed 17 July 2009), Nathan Garber, SSN 052-09-7165, Death date August 1963, New York.

2. "New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1957," digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed 7 February 2009), manifest, Uranium, Rotterdam to New York, arriving 18 June 1910, p. 10, line 30, Nuchim Garber; citing National Archives Microfilm Serial T715, Roll 1501.

3. "New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1957," digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed 7 February 2009), manifest, Birma, Libau to New York, arriving 2 September 1912, p. 4, line 17, Itte Arber; citing National Archives Microfilm Serial T715, Roll 1926.

4. New York County, New York, Certificate of Death no. 5897 (9 February 1919), Sarah Garber, New York City Municipal Archives, New York.

5. Beth Moses Cemetery (Pinelawn, Suffolk County, New York), Irving Garber marker, Block 24, First Lubiner Progressive Benevolent Association, digital image taken by and in possession of author, 2012.

08 August 2013

Time for Blogging! IAJGS 2013 in Boston

Ah! My blog has been among the missing for several weeks. I won't provide any excuses - they'll all sound lame (and probably give you more information than you really want to know). I will say, however, that the last few days at the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies Conference in Boston have been whirl-wind and I'm just coming up for air.

The meeting started on Sunday, 4 August 2013 and I was initially busy with two time-consuming tasks: polishing my first-ever IAJGS presentation for Tuesday, 6 August, 8:15 AM delivery and serving as Volunteers Director of the JewishGen Ukraine Special Interest Group (SIG). 

On Saturday night before the conference started I checked out the St. James room of the Boston Park Plaza Hotel where I was to deliver my talk. My impression was that it seemed small, but that was somewhat of a relief - I didn't want a bunch of empty space.  I should not have worried, however. The presentation went well with extra chairs brought in, standing room only and serious concern about fire-code violations. 

My talk was titled: "Beyond the Manifest: Confirming One's Ancestral Origins Using Alternative Sources." It encouraged and provided examples of applying the Genealogical Proof Standard (GPS) to the problem of determining the name of one's Old World community. The big surprise was that more of the audience were not familiar with the GPS. I hope that I've whetted their appetite for further study of this critical part of conducting rigorous genealogical study. I've also decided that I will continue to beat the GPS drum next year at the IAJGS in Salt Lake City

On Friday morning I was pleased to hear Rhoda Miller, C.G., deliver another GPS-themed presentation: "Evidence Analysis: Determining the 'Right' Record." Rhoda talked about evaluation and analysis of sources, information and evidence. Her topic was similar to what is presented by Elizabeth Shown Mills in "Quick Lesson 17: Evidence Analysis Process Map" on her Evidence Explained website.

A few months ago I blogged about the choice of Aaron Lansky, MacArthur Award winner and Yiddish book collector, as keynote speaker for the conference. Lansky's presentation included a nice history of the Yiddish Book Center. I recalled several of his stories from his book. His talk displayed both his creative intelligence and humor - both extraordinarily admirable traits. I was pleased that my talk a couple of days later included reference to a source digitized and online at the Yiddish Book Center. To me, it helped illustrate the importance of his work for Jewish genealogists who may not have been familiar with the Jewish Book Center's website and their cooperative effort with the Steven Speilberg Digital Yiddish Library project and Internet Archive.

Aside from yours truly, there were quite a few other Jewish genealogy bloggers at the conference. Several were more successful at blogging the conference than I was. I counted:

Jenny Brown (J.S. Brown)
     "Among My People"
Ava Cohn (Sherlock Cohn)
Schelly Talalay Dardashti (Tracing the Tribe, now blogging occasionally for My Heritage)
Lara Diamond (Lara's Family Search)
     "IAJGS2013 Conference Next Week"
     "IAJGS2013 Conference - Day 1"
     "IAJGS2013 Day 1, Part 2
     "IAJGS2013 Conference - Day 2, Part 1"
     "IAJGS2013 Day2, Part 2"
     "IAJGS2013 Conference - Day 3"
     "IAJGS2013 Conference - Day 4, Part 1"
     "IAJGS2013 Conference - Day 4, Part 2"
     "IAJGS2013 Conference - Day 5"
Banai Feldstein (The Ginger Jewish Genealogist)
     "Packing for IAJGS 2013
     "IAJGS 2013 - Sunday"
     "IAJGS 2013 - Monday"
     "IAJGS 2013 - Tuesday"
     "IAJGS 2013 - Wednesday"
     "IAJGS 2013 - Thursday
     "IAJGS 2013 - All Done"
Smadar Belkind Gerson (Past-Present-Future)
     "Highlights from IAJGS International Conference of Jewish Genealogy" 
Elizabeth Handler (A Jewish Genealogical Journey)
     "IAJGS Conference Next Week
     "IAJGS 2013 Conference - First Half Report"
     "IAJGS 2013 Conference - Second Half Report"
Mark Nicholls (Jewish Genealogy? - blog of the JGS of Great Britain)
     "Another Year,.........Another Conference - Posting 1"
     "Another Year,.......Another Conference - Posting 2"
     "Another Year,.......Another Conference - Posting 3"
     "Another Year,.......Another Conference - Posting 4"
     "Another Year,.......Another Conference - Posting 5"
     "Another Year,.......Another Conference - Posting 6 and Last"
Israel Pickholtz (All My Foreparents)
     "August Abroad
     "Time To Go Home, But First A Few Words About The Last Few Weeks"
Eli Rabinowitz (EliRab)
     "The IAJGS International Jewish Genealogical Conference in Boston, MA, USA"
     "Boston Massachusetts - More on IAJGS"
Jane Neff Rollins (Kitchen Sink Genealogy)
Janice Sellers (Ancestral Discoveries)
     "IAJGS Conference, Boston - Day 1"
     "IAJGS Conference - Days 2 and 3"
     "IAJGS Conference - Days 4 and 5"
     "IAJGS Conference Wrap-Up, and Visiting Family and the Cemetery"
Jennifer Shoer (Scrappy Gen)
Philip Trauring (Blood and Frogs)
     "Genealogy Software for the Mac"
     "Routes to Roots, Improved"
Susan Weinberg (Layers of the Onion)
     "Informing Your Search Through Literature"
     "Making Sense of Genealogical Clutter"
     "Probate Records: An Often Forgotten Source"

If I missed anyone or anything for this list, please let me know.

I was able to meet and chat with most of the bloggers. I did not get a chance to meet Jenny, Phillip, Jennifer, Mark, Eli and Susan. My plan is to assemble all the attending bloggers at next year's conference in Salt Lake City for a dinner or lunch date.