Sharla Levine <austriaczech@...>
I've just been back a week now >from the IAJGS conference in Las Vegas.
The conference marked the six-year anniversary of the start of this group as
a JewishGen SIG. Our discussion list went online for the first time on
1 October 1999 with 56 or 58 members. We now have approximately 630 people
subscribing to the mailing list. When members attending the SIG meeting
at the conference last week heard this number, they suggested we renew
member introductions to refresh our memories about who is searching for what
families and locations. More about the SIG meeting in a later message.
As people have joined along the way, many have posted to the list about
the names and places they are researching in Austria and the Czech Republic.
But new members are sometimes shy about doing so, and members of longer
standing tend to forget that it's been quite a while since they've posted
their research interests to the group.
I'd like to encourage everyone to introduce or re-introduce themselves
to the list, and perhaps we'll find some new connections!
I'll start with my own re-introduction. I live near Boston, MA, and
started researching my family tree almost 25 years ago but have worked on it
only sporadically over time, as I raised my daughter, changed careers, moved
across country, served on the board of my local Jewish Genealogical
Society as newsletter editor and on the committee of the 1996 international
conference, and became involved with JewishGen and the creation of this
The main family I am researching in the Austria-Czech area is HAMLISCH
(yes, I am related to Marvin, but have not yet been able to document exactly
how). My great grandfather Emanuel HAMLISCH was born in Austerlitz (Slavkov)
in about 1863 and my great grandmother Theresa was born in Olomouc in 1873.
I have records of HAMLISCH family members >from many towns in our
geographical area, and have every reason to believe they are all descended
from one common ancestor, who reversed the Hebrew letters of his name Shlomoh(shin, lamed, mem, hay) to create the surname Hamlisch (hay, mem, lamed, shin).
My long-term goal is to complete a family tree of the descendants of Shlomoh.
Austria-Czech SIG Coordinator