Ann Rabinowitz <annrab@...>
Being housebound should not stop someone >from locating information they
require about their family . . . you can easily become an armchair
Try the following:
1. Contact your Aunt Jessie's children or grandchildren, if she had any.
They would be the ones who would probably have her bible.
2. If she had no children, I would determine what happened to her husband
and then what happened to his effects when he passed away.
3. If she had no husband, I would find out who was the executor of her
estate, perhaps one of her siblings or a niece or nephew. You would
probably get an indication of this by who is listed on her death
certificate. They or their children could then direct you to the
whereabouts of her belongings, if they still exist. You can also get a
copy of your Aunt's will if she had one and this will give the disposition
of her belongings.
If all this fails to bring forth the elusive bible, consider it lost.
However, your quest to locate the information contained in the bible is not
finished. You can reconstruct that information by making contacts via
e-mail, telephone, or mail.
The first thing you should do is sign up for the JGFF on JewishGen and then
speak to all of your oldest living relatives. Determine where the family
originated in Europe. Follow this up by obtaining all the records you can
obtain >from State and local jurisdictions where your family lived in
America. Contact information can be easily found on the Internet or by
calling the appropriate agencies.
InfoFiles on doing research are to be found on JewishGen and you can always
contact your locale library for assistance. Many libraries are now on-line
and actual records are on-line too for free such as the Ellis Island
Database, some as subscriptions such as the 1900 U.S. Census, and a number
of them such as the 1910 U.S. Census can be obtained on CD-ROM or
microfiche >from various sources. This means that researchers are no longer
restricted by lack of access to information located in places far >from
Arrange to go to a Jewish Genealogical Society meeting in your area.
Usually, you can gain insight into doing your research >from other members
and take advantage of the JGS's library. Perhaps one of the members can
pick you up and take you to the meeting. If this is not possible, there
are special taxis in many parts of the U.S. to help handicapped individuals
go to their appointments.
So, as you see, your situation should not limit your research capabilities.