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NYC Area Volunteers for a Cemetery Project this Sunday

A. E. Jordan
 

Hi. We are planning Sunday morning to begin photographing the Judah plot at Mt Zion in Queens New York

Anyone who is interested in helping please email me privately. Could use more photographers and maybe someone to take notes

Details below

Thanks 

Allan Jordan



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From: A. E. Jordan <aejordan@...>
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Sent: Wed, Oct 30, 2019 09:51 AM
Subject: NYC Area Volunteers for a Cemetery Project


I am trying to organize a cemetery project for Mt Zion Cemetery in Maspeth, Queens, New York before winter sets in (or if we fail now in the spring).

I am thinking of trying to do this (weather dependent) November 10th or November 17 -- a Sunday morning.  Roads will be quieter to drive there and hopefully the weather will not be too cold.  Plus the target plot is in about as good a condition as it will be.

Looking a for a few volunteers with the primary interest being people with a digital camera to take photos and maybe a few people to do some paperwork on site.  (Phase II might require some computer work volunteers.)  Note there are NO PATHS so it is involving walking over uneven ground, possibly climbing over or around stones, etc. and there will be some wildlife -- those tiny lizards, squirrels, and who knows.  I say this so if you are hesitant please don't volunteer although I have been though this plot a few dozen times and not had a problem with animals and maybe stumbled but never fallen.  I consider it safe but of course you are at your own risk.

The idea is there is a large plot (2,700 graves) at Mt Zion which seems to have constant interest from people but which the cemetery office has no map and limited details.  The plot is called Judah 1 and it is very challenging to find individual graves without the map because it is not one plot but actually a series of sub sections within the big plot.  Also since the burial society is long defunct the plot gets less maintenance but right now is clean cut and of course will stay that way till spring.

While the database say 2,700 stones the reality is the project will yield less since there are two large areas of children's stones that will yield little and some stones have fallen or are unreadable.  There are a few interesting and unique stones in the plot too.

My idea is volunteers will take sections of the plot and photograph every stone.  You will have to make some indications as you go to local or rows and then we can match the names and stones up and maybe even draw a map of this plot.  The individual lines are fairly small so you will do a few lines, starting from the same side and indicating when each row ends.  Final result will take some time to compile after we leave the cemetery but then we can load it to JOWBR as a gift to the broader community and if we draw a map maybe even give it to Mt Zion for their future reference.

This will be all volunteer but someone offered to buy coffee for the intrepid researchers and I am offering my time (hopefully expertise) to organize it.

If you can assist please email me directly.

Thank you

Allan Jordan


Where is Politzk, Russia? #russsia #Lithuania

lugin@...
 

My grandfather emigrated to New York City in 1913 (born in the early 1890's). I was told he was from Russia then I was told he was from Lithuania, as was msy grandmother (she was from Vilnius). His World War II registration card says he was born in "POLITZK, RUSSIA."  I cannot find this on the internet.  Does anyone know where this is or what it's called today?  Any help is appreciated.

Looking for descendants of Jacob Josef (or Josef Jacob) Horoschowski

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Looking for possible descendants in Israel and elsewhere of Jacob Josef (or Josef Jacob) Horoschowski, born 1905 in Drohobych of Benzion Weber and Etie Horoschowska, or of his sisters Chaye Sarah or Matylda, one of whom was attempting to get to Palestine with him in 1927 from Vienna. My mother, born Genya Horoschowska in Vienna, was his youngest sister, born after their parents fled to Vienna in 1914 or early 1915. She was fostered and later adopted, all the other siblings went to the Jewish orphanage as their parents had got separated on the journey and their mother had no means of subsistence. We know he was trying to emigrate to what was then Palestine in 1927, with one of his other sisters, as he came to visit my mother to tell her (but was not allowed in, and they had no further contact). His children, or his sister's children, would be my first cousins, probably in their late 70s or 80s by now.

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Re: please help Genner # 546778

David Lewin
 

At 11:37 AM 07-11-19, Kathy Miller wrote:
The oldest daughter of Israel Goldmann - Henriette - married Simon Herlitz. The couple had a lot of children and the two sonsÂ
Hans (grandfather of Hanna, 1873-1942) andÂ
Ismar (1877-1941) went from Neisse to Frankfurt.Â
The third brother in that region was Fritz Herlitz (1871 in Neisse - 1948 in Marburg).Â
I don't know how and why he, his wife and his son survived WW2. He was Jewish, his wife was Jewish and the son was Jewish. Suddenly during WW2 the wife was no longer Jewish but protestant. I don't know why because  her birth certificate has been sited.  Her mother was Jewish without any doubt.
Â
Family Herlitz moved from Frankfurt to Marburg during WW2, the son, Michael  had a cinema after the war and they lived in Bahnhofsstrasse 22.Â
Michael Herlitz lives in Bahnhofsstrasse 29Â , Marburg.
I've written to him with no response...does anyone out there know of this person or family?
Thanks in anticipation

Kathy


Have you tried www.telefonbuch.de  ?

The other thing to do is contact the civil registry authority

David Lewin
London

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finding ship manifest

Paulette Volgyesi
 


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Can anyone tell me where I can find the manifest for the Empress of France ship that sailed from Calais, France in December, 1956?
Thanks very much.

Re: Finding relatives #Hungary

Ron Hoenig
 

Vivian’s advice is very good. You might also be interested to know that ppl chose the name Bihari because it sounded less Jewish that many surnames (eg Beckmann) and refers to the county Hajdu-Bihar in Hungary in which lived or were born

Lithuanian gravestones #Help #Holocaust #Lithuania #advice

Rabbi Ben-Zion Saydman
 

Shalom Hevra:

Attached are poor copies of gravestone photographs taken in the old  Rumshishok (Rumsiskes) cemetery in 1940.  In the early 1950's the shtetl of Rumshishok and surrounding area was flooded in order to create the Kauno Marios.  Somehow just prior to the planned flooding, the shammas from Kovno arranged with the Soviet authorities to transfer the remains (but not the matzevos) from the old Rumshishok cemetery, and the killing ravine outside of town, to the Aleksotas cemetery in Kaunas.  To this day, I am in awe of this shammas for succeeding in this mitzva.  

I approach you today for two reasons.  First, for those who have AMAZING technical skills, please try and improve these photographic copies so we can read the matzevos.  The cemetery is long gone and this is all we have.  Second, and this one is a bit nutty, we found a 1944 aerial Luftwaffe photograph showing the exact latitude and longitude of the old Rumshishok cemetery.  Having this knowledge, we could send a diver down to see if the any of the matzevos survived.  Our hope is that a layer of silt may have covered the stones and protected the writing.  Your thoughts, expertise, ideas and potential plans are welcome.  

The aerial photograph, gravestone copies, and much more may be found at https://kehilalinks.jewishgen.org/Rumsiskes

Thank you!

Rabbi Benzi Saydman
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Re: Where is Politzk, Russia? #russsia #Lithuania

Elsebeth Paikin
 

Can it be Polotsk, Vitebsk gubernia, now Belarus?
best wishes
Elsebetb Paikin

Dorohi cemetery (Romania)

Malka
 

Hello Genners,

 

I have been working on the Dorohoi Jewish Cemetery listing  and it is  now at 93%.  No further images are available.  I’ll be happy to complete the listing once I am informed that the rest of the images have been released.   Shalom, Malka

 

HERLITZ from Neisse, Frankfurt, and Marburg [was: please help Genner # 546778]

Renee Steinig
 

According to an 1898 marriage record on Ancestry, Fritz HERLITZ, born 1871, married Jettchen ROTHSCHILD, born 1874. Unless Fritz had a second (and younger wife), it's unlikely that he had a son who is still alive. Perhaps the Michael Herlitz whose name shows up in a Google search is a grandson or great-grandson, if related at all.

It's interesting to see that Fritz Herlitz's 1948 death record -- clearly the right Fritz -- says that his parents were Alfred and Gretel and that he was "konfessionloss" (had no religion). Perhaps Fritz and his family survived by passing as non-Jews.

Suggestion: Post also to JewishGen's "GerSIG" list. Some of its most knowledgeable subscribers are not on this list.

Renee

Renee Stern Steinig
Dix Hills NY
genmaven@...

PS Ismar Herlitz was transported from Frankfurt to Kovno on Nov. 22, 1941. Two of my father's sisters, Sophie Stern and Toni Stern, were on the same train, which took over 900 Frankfurt Jews to what's now Kaunas, Lithuania. They were all shot to death on arrival, at the infamous Ninth Fort. A memorial to these victims was recently dedicated at the site: https://www.lzb.lt/en/2018/04/19/memorial-plaque-unveiled-on-ninth-fort-mass-murder-field/ . More information about the transport:


On Thu, Nov 7, 2019 at 8:18 AM Kathy Miller <kathyjmiller@...> wrote:
The oldest daughter of Israel Goldmann - Henriette - married Simon Herlitz. The couple had a lot of children and the two sons 
Hans (grandfather of Hanna, 1873-1942) and 
Ismar (1877-1941) went from Neisse to Frankfurt. 
The third brother in that region was Fritz Herlitz (1871 in Neisse - 1948 in Marburg). 
I don't know how and why he, his wife and his son survived WW2. He was Jewish, his wife was Jewish and the son was Jewish. Suddenly during WW2 the wife was no longer Jewish but protestant. I don't know why because  her birth certificate has been sited.  Her mother was Jewish without any doubt.
 
Family Herlitz moved from Frankfurt to Marburg during WW2, the son, Michael had a cinema after the war and they lived in Bahnhofsstrasse 22. 
Michael Herlitz lives in Bahnhofsstrasse 29, Marburg.
I've written to him with no response...does anyone out there know of this person or family?
Thanks in anticipation

Kathy

Re: finding ship manifest

Renee Steinig
 

This collection on Ancestry includes arrivals of the Empress of France on Dec. 1 and Dec. 23, 1956:

Passenger and Crew Lists for U.S.-Bound Vessels Arriving in Canada, 1912-1939 and 1953-1962
https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/quebecpasscrew/

Renee

Renee Stern Steinig
Dix Hills NY
genmaven@...


On Thu, Nov 7, 2019 at 3:17 PM <paulettev.46@...> wrote:

Can anyone tell me where I can find the manifest for the Empress of France ship that sailed from Calais, France in December, 1956?
Thanks very much.

Re: Where is Politzk, Russia? #russsia #Lithuania

Yaakov Saxon
 

I’m sure people more knowledgeable will chime in, but I wonder if Politzk might be Plotzk, the Yiddish name for Plock, Poland (then under the Russian empire - my ancestors from nearby Plonsk also have it listed as Russia)

Yaakov Saxon

Need help with: KOMINSKY, KULINSKY, KAY, BARTH, GERSON, PRELUTZKY in Illinois, USA #USA #chicago #Help

Yohanan
 

I am asking for your help in finding any contact or any more family information of families KOMINSKY, KULINSKY, KAY, BARTH, GERSON, PRELUTZKY,
probabaly from Illinois, USA.
This is a follow up to my enquiry from a few days ago " Looking for Lois KULINSKY in USA ".  
I have found out that, sadly, Lois died a couple of months ago.
Though Renne kindly sent me the attached obituary from 1989 of Lois's father Ben Kay which includes the above surnames and whom I wish to contact now.
There is a good chance that they are newly discovered cousins.

Thank you for your help

Yohanan LOEFFLER
Melbourne Australia

Re: Where is Politzk, Russia? #russsia #Lithuania

Russ Maurer
 

Consider Polatsk, Belarus, about 150 miles from Vilnius. Less likely option: Płock ("Plotsk"), Poland. Both were within the Russian empire prior to WWI.

Russ Maurer

Re: finding ship manifest

Hilary Henkin
 

Where did it sail TO?

Hilary Henkin


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Can anyone tell me where I can find the manifest for the Empress of France ship that sailed from Calais, France in December, 1956?
Thanks very much.
_._,_._,_

DNA Research #DNA Conceptual Guidance On Y111 YDNA Haplogroup Interpretation #DNA

Adam Cherson
 

Dear Genetic Genealogists,

I would like to ask the actual geneticists about something I am
encountering in my live research with the J-S12192 set of sub-branches.

In order to help explain this I have made available an image of the
current FTDNA haplotree for this region:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/b2vadr6o9eymufw/S12192_yDNA7or8_08NOV2019.JPG

On the chart I've highlighted my family's yDNA group in gray and the
other groups in yellow.

As shown there, our family is matching persons in haplogroups from
sister branches as closely, or sometimes even more closely, than persons
in our own haplogroup.

I have two questions relating to the tree shown:

1) what could it mean that there are such close Y111 distances between
persons in haplogroups across sister branches?

2) what could it mean the there is such a large gap of time between the
estimated formation of J-S12192 circa 210 CE and the formation of
J-ZS2375 circa 1080 CE, followed by the rapid fire formation of so many
sub-groups of J-ZS2375?

I look forward to hearing some guidance.

Please feel free to contact me for additional details if needed.

Adam Cherson
NY, NY

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