Part of our RYDZ family >from Zareby Koscielne, Poland arrived in the US as
Father: Szlama, b 1880, arrived NY before 1920
Mother: Fejga, b 1876-77, arrived NY August 1920 with her children:
Szejna Rywka, b 1904
Basia, b 1909
Icek, b 1910
Szlama & Fejga are my father's uncle & aunt, the three children his
cousins. Anyone in JewishGen or JRI-Poland descended >from this RYDZ
family? (Please reply privately.)
Now, the success story that led me to this family and the discovery that
they came to America:
Some years ago, when I was starting the "quest", I asked my father (now
86) if he knew anything about his aunts, uncles or cousins. He reminded
me that he was the youngest of 7 children, the first 4 of whom had been
born in the "old country", and that his father had died when he was quite
young. He apologized for the fact that he did not know even if he had any
aunts or uncles.
Last week, I asked him if he remembered my "aunts & uncles" question of
several years ago, and what his answer was. He said, "Yes, I remember."
I handed him a list, the result of the tale described below. "These are
your uncles Leybko, Wolf, Mordko and Szlama. These are your aunts Tauba
and Fejga. These are your cousins Szejna, Basia and Icek. And, Dad, they
came to America by 1920."
How did I find out all this? In September(?) I attended a JewishGen
workshop at the Skirball Center, and was advised to check the JRI-Poland
database. I hadn't done so for quite some time. For the town of Zareby
Koscielne, I was referred to the Jewish Historical Institute in Warsaw as
a source of records not filmed by the Mormon Church. I saw that JHI-Warsaw
possibly held 90 such vital records of personal interest, in the family
names of Rozen, Rydz and Wierzba. I wrote them a letter (and enclosed a
check to their "Javne Fund", which is for archival preservation.)
Last week I received a very nice letter >from director Yale Reisner, and
two thick envelopes of photocopies. Not only did they send me the
photocopies, but they provided brief translations (names, dates, etc.).
So far, I have identified more than 15 of the records as definite "hits",
including the above aunts, uncles and cousins. Wow, it was like hitting
the lottery! I saw an identical notation on the simultaneous 1920
registrations of the births of the three cousins: "Late registration due
to father's departure for America."
Today I found Passenger Arrival soundex cards for aunt Fejga and the three
Rydz children. The film is ordered, and I'm on a new quest-- To find the
descendants of that family, and get them together with my father, their
So, Thank You to: JewishGen, JRI-Poland, JHI-Warsaw, and the wonderful,
dedicated people that make it all happen!
MODERATOR NOTE: The Author mentions a JewishGen workshop at the Skirball
Center. This workshop was actually sponsored by Jewish Genealogy Society,