Austria-Czech SIG #Austria-Czech Re: RUBIN Family from Vienna #austria-czech

E. Randol Schoenberg
 

Bob Rubin wrote:

I know very little about my great grandfather as he had separated
from my great grandmother almost a century ago. His name was Hirsh (Harry
)> RUBIN. He arrived in the United States on March 15, 1891. All of
the documents that I was able to obtain (2 United States census records,
my > grandfather=B4s birth certificate, and my great aunt's death certificate)
all indicate that Hirsh RUBIN was >from Austria.
Bob Rubin's inquiry about his great-grandfather poses a similar problem to
one I have with my wife's great-grandmother Sara WERNER. She arrived in
Milwaukee the early 1890s with her parents Max and Martha WERNER. All
records and family history say they were >from "Austria." It is very
difficult to advance further with this type of information, especially if
the name is a relatively common one. Bob Rubin at least has family history
suggesting that his ancestor came >from Vienna. Since he has an approximate
date of birth (1861) he can go to his local Mormon Family History Center
and order/view the microfilmed records of the births >from Vienna to see
if his great-grandfather appears there. He might also see if there is any
published information on the Austrian composer Marcel RUBIN, born 1905.

But failing that, there is very little that can be done to connect back
except to post the family name on JewishGen's JGFF and hope for a lucky
strike. Alex Woodle had some success by looking at cemetery records and
tombstones of people with the same name as his ancestor until he found one
that indicated a place of birth in Ckyne, Bohemia.

Bob Rubin's plight is one of the reasons I supported changing the name of
this SIG so that "Austria" would appear in the name. I suspect that there
are a large number of people in the United States who have reached a dead
end with records saying their ancestor was >from "Austria". Whether the
people came >from what is now Austria, or came instead >from present-day
Bohemia, Moravia or Galicia is often impossible to determine.

Randy Schoenberg
Los Angeles, CA

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