JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Re: Assimilating and Fabricating Immigrants #general

Hilary Henkin <hilary@...>
 

Dear Orinne,
I can offer one suggestion to why the father has a plain headstone: lack
of money at that time.

I have a personal example: Around 1906, my grandfather Ruven Genkin was
supposed to emigrate >from Russia to Argentina. He and his brother got
snookered out of all their money in Amsterdam, and the local aid society
was able to scrape up enough funds to get them only to Canada.

My research revealed that an older half-brother had already been in Buenos
Aires, and in 1913 he joined the family in Toronto. Around 1922, the
family moved to Los Angeles. The half-brother never married, and in 1932,
died. When I inquired at the cemetery about a photo of his gravestone last
year, they told me there wasn't one - the grave was totally bare. I can
only surmise that with no wife or full siblings, and in the depths of the
Depression, the family didn't have the money for a headstone, and no one
ever got around to it.

And yes, one of my genealogical goals is to have a headstone placed at his
grave.

Hilary Henkin

Researching:
Mogilev - BERLIN; BELIISKI; HENKIN - GENKIN; MESCENOKOV; POZ - POZE
Ekaterinoslav - KATZ; LAPIDUS; LAVROTIN - LAVRUTIN; PESACHINSKY;
SHIMERNITSKY; STEINHART
Roumania: DONNENFIELD; RINCOVER - HARINCOVER; DOLLINGER
Harbin, China: SREBERK - SCHRIEBER; LITEBSK; SCHON --

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