Re: Success Story #belarus

Susan E. King <susan.king@...>

The recent success story posted by Phil Weintraub, as well as
so many others posted in the past are incredibly gratifying to
all of us here at JewishGen. We are all "qvelling" along with Phil
so pleased that he has managed to accomplish all that he tells
us about.

Thank yous such as Phil's are what makes it all worthwhile.

Without sounding crass however, folks sometimes need to be
reminded that JewishGen survives and expands in direct
proportion to the financial support we receive >from those
who use our services day in and day out, year after year.

We do not have a dues structure, we do not charge for access to
any of the information provided on our servers and hope we never
have to go down that road of operation. But, the only way we will
be able to continue, is if the people who use and benefit >from our
would make an annual contribution as a way of saying "thanks
JewishGen, thanks for being there".

If you compare JewishGen to this small community I recently moved to,
JewishGen shares about the same population... just about 30,000.
JewishGen has nearly 800 individuals moving in each and every month
through the JGFF alone and this has been steady for the last
12 months. Our new listserver is now sending out over 16,000 pieces
of mail each and every day, and that alone annualized is nearly
6 million pieces of mail. One could only venture to say it is probably
out of line with the local post office here.

Our JewishGen community has no real operating budget, yet we continue
to provide the same level of services and then some of a small
community town.
One could only imagine how many staff persons this local government
employed to service the same amount of people. <grin>

So...just think of what we would be able to accomplish if each and
every one of the 15,000 submitters to the JGFF would
recognize this incredible tool by sending in a modest donation.
Imagine if every one of the 6,000-9,000 subscribers and newsgroup
to the JewishGen Discussion Group and Special Interest Groups
acknowledged the fact that JewishGen is important to them with an
annual donation. Imagine if every one of the 25,000-30,000
using our website would stop for just a few moments...

Not only would it relieve the traffic jam (our bandwidth is maxxed)
for a brief second... but perhaps give JewishGen the means to
handle these astounding statistics.

In any event.. it may be a pipe dream.. but it may be what is
to continue to provide the level of service to the numbers of people
are faced with today.

For those who have "deeper pockets" <grin> stay tuned for the
Tidbytes - Long and Overdue... coming your way!


X-Message-Number: 32
X-Lyris-Id: 6283
Date: Tue, 27 Oct 1998 22:55:32 EST
Subject: Success story

I thought I should post this message to thank the hard work of
so many
people that volunteer for JewishGen and to encourage new

I have been working on various family trees off and on for many
but only began to devote considerable time to it in the past two.
Although I began subscribing to the Kilce-Radom Special Interest
and Avotaynu in 1996, and had frequently visited the JewishGen
home page
and its databases, I only registered my various family names and
on the JGFF this past August. I encourage everyone searching their
family trees to do this immediately. It really works. After I
registered on the JGFF, I sent out a few e-mail inquiries to others
listed on the JGFF who were researching similar family names in
Poland and Ostrow Mazowiecka (OM), Poland. At the time, I was
not even
positive that my maternal grandfather, Manus JASINOWSKI, was
even from
OM as all I knew was that he was >from "Ostrowa" and that his
Fishel JASINOWSKI, whom I am named after, was born in Byalistok. I
subsequently learned that old memories are often wrong or

I received a number of responses to my e-mails and one in
seemed to match my family history quite well, but the name he
referred to my grandfather's father was Issachar Fishel and
Issachar was
born in OM, not in Byalistok. I made note of it, but decided we
not related. One week later another JGFF subscriber wrote re:
OM and
although we were obviously not related, she suggested that I
check the
Jewish Records Indexing (JRI) database as it is frequently
updated and
included a large number of vital records >from OM. I had not
checked the
JRI database in a long time and her suggestion proved to open up a
goldmine of records on JASINOWSKI. Even better, I finally
uncovered the
family name (IWREY or IWREJ) of my grandfathers' mother. The
JRI listed
the births of my grandfather's 10 siblings and the marriage
record of
his eldest sister. I was in heaven. Now, I realized that
grandpa Manus
had either forgotten or never knew that his father's first name was
Issachar and not Fishel. Therefore, that other JASINOWSKI
researcher was
indeed my fourth cousin and had traced our JASINOWSKI line back
to the 1700s.

That was just on one side of the family. My father's parents
were both
born in Wolbrom, Poland just before the turn of the century. My
grandmother, Feiga WEINTRAUB nee SOLARZ (Fannie SOLARSH in the
turned 100 this past June and had helped tremendously in putting
I live only one block away >from the Oakland, CA Family History
but had never requested the Polish language microfilms of vital
records. Despite Lauren Eisenberg's maxim not to be "scared of a
little extraction," I was petrified and sure it would not be
worth the effort.
I could not have been more wrong. It is tedious and slow going,
but it
is also amazing what you can learn. Be sure to use the FHC
guide to translating Polish vital records; it is quite useful.

At the end of September this year, I unexpectedly found myself
at the
Los Angeles FHC searching their Wolbrom films. They just happen
to have
on permanent loan all the FHC microfilms for Wolbrom and OM.
Also, a
Polish reading genealogist just happened to be there to guide my
way. In
15 minutes, I had found the marriage record of my great great
grandparents in 1858 and two new family names, LEWIT and
I had never even heard of. I also found their son's 1859 birth
Boruch Shmuel SOLARZ, Feiga Solarz's father. A quick check of
JGFF for
WEINDLING and LEWIT researchers and some more e-mail and
suddenly I have
dozens if not hundreds of new names and several new branches to
my tree.

Not only that, the Kilce-Radom SIG journal that had previously
publsihed the 1810-25 birth records for Wolbrom, which included
the name SOLARZ
several times, suddenly began to make sense as I recognized that
SOLARZ was the grandfather and namesake of Boruch Shmuel. Now
that I
have started to read the Polish records I know that my
ggggrandfather was
previously married to one Ruchl HORN, had five children with her
and that
Berek's father was named Gershon and his mother was named Rivkah.

To Warren Blatt, Stan Diamond, Robert Heyman, Lauren Eisenberg
Davis and
all the JewishGen volunteers thank you so much for all your
valuable work.

Phil Weintraub
Oakland, California


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