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Re: TEDESCO-Venice originally DEUTSCH from Austria? #Austria-Czech

Stephen Katz
 

Debbie Lifschitz asked about researching her anctstors with surnames Tedesco and Deutsch, who were possibly from Austria.

A great database for Austrian genealogical research is GenTeam. Its web address is genteam.org. I searched both "Deutsch" and "Tedesco" and came up with many entries both in Vienna ("Wien") and Lower Austria ("Niederoesterreich"), which includes Baden bei Wien. 

The GenTeam site is free, although you have to register. It does not reproduce the actual records, but it does give basic information concerning each entry.

I hope this helps.

Stephen Katz
Researching Katz (Novograd-Volynsk, Ukraine), Kaplan (Stakliskes, Lithuania), Vitkin (Kaunas, Lithuania), 

Seeking Rabbi Aryeh Leib BIALIK (circa 1850-1912)

Richard Goldman
 

I am researching the BIALIK family from the area of Ostroleka, Poland. Rabbi Aryeh Leib BIALIK lived about 1850--1912. He had a daughter Sara BIALIK (1891-1979) who came to America and was married to Menachem SHAPIRO (1882-1967).   Rabbi BIALIK is somehow related to the the family of Benjamin BIALIK (1862-1911) married to Dina WEINGART (1863-1953) who is buried in Los Angeles with numerous descendants.

Dick Goldman
Boynton Beach, FL

Belarus SIG #Belarus RE: Geographic naming conventions #Belarus

SarahRose Werner <swerner@...>
 

I don't think one can overlook the convenience factor when sorting out
the geographical names our ancestors reported to officials. For example, my
grandmother and her brothers were >from Chepovichi in what was at the time
the Kiev gubernia. Their Ellis Island records specify Chepovichi (in
various versions of its Polish and German spellings).

However, once in the States, they all of them consistently reported
their birth places as Kiev. Why Kiev? I'm betting it's almost certainly
because Kiev is easier for American officials to spell! This would be
especially important for people like my grandmother who never learned to read and
write English.

And then there's my grandfather, born in Ozdamichi between David-Gorodok
and Turov. Thanks to the 1921 Quota Act, he kind of had to sneak into the
States by pretending his fianc=E9e's older brothers (who had become US
citizens) were *his* older brothers. As part of the charade, he
reported his place of birth on his Ellis Island records as Kiev - and then stuck
to this on all subsequent US records, including his naturalization a few
years later.

When you're evaluating information, you always need to consider not only
who was supplying the information but also whom they were supplying it *to*.

SarahRose Werner
Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada
RABINOWITZ: Chepovichi (Ukraine)
GITTELMAN: David-Gorodok/Turov (Belarus) =20

Article on Jewish Life in Prewar Rhodes--Memories of Stella Levi Age 96 #Sephardic #Holocaust #rhodes

Jan Meisels Allen
 

The New York Times has an article about Stella Levi a 96 year old Holocaust survivor from Rhodes, Greece. The article depicts her life on Rhodes until taken to Auschwitz.  The article also mentions a pop-up installation in Greenwich Village, NY using concerts conversations, films, artifacts and food to evoke Ms. . Levi’s life and Jewish culture in prewar Rhodes. The exhibit is called “Los Corassones Avlan,” which means “hearts speak,” an old Sephardic saying in Judeo-Spanish. It is on view Sundays through Thursdays from 1:00-9:00p.m. Fridays 1-4PM and Saturdays 5-10:30 PM at 148 West 4th Street through November 24th. See: http://primolevicenter.org/

 

To read the article see: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/15/nyregion/holocaust-survivor-stella-levi.html

 

Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

 

Sephardic SIG #Sephardim Article on Jewish Life in Prewar Rhodes--Memories of Stella Levi Age 96 #sephardim

Jan Meisels Allen
 

The New York Times has an article about Stella Levi a 96 year old Holocaust
survivor >from Rhodes, Greece. The article depicts her life on Rhodes until
taken to Auschwitz. The article also mentions a pop-up installation in
Greenwich Village, NY using concerts conversations, films, artifacts and
food to evoke Ms. . Levi's life and Jewish culture in prewar Rhodes. The
exhibit is called "Los Corassones Avlan," which means "hearts speak," an old
Sephardic saying in Judeo-Spanish. It is on view Sundays through Thursdays
from 1:00-9:00p.m. Fridays 1-4PM and Saturdays 5-10:30 PM at 148 West 4th
Street through November 24th. See: http://primolevicenter.org/

To read the article see:
www.nytimes.com/2019/11/15/nyregion/holocaust-survivor-stella-levi.html

Jan Meisels Allen
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

Re: Searching for Switzerland 1938 information about Bernhard SIGAL

Angie Elfassi
 

Hi,

Some years ago, I found information on line about my REICHZELIGMAN family, that had died in Zurich,

I wrote to the archives and they were very helpful.

Having said all that, I would suggest you write to the State Archives in Bern
https://www.sta.be.ch/sta/en/index/staatsarchiv/staatsarchiv/genealogie.html

They might be able to help you!

Regards
Angie Elfassi
Israel

Re: Rzeszow mescellanious records 1790 - 1840 #Galicia #Poland #commercial

Yaron Pedhazur
 

Thank you Ruben for your kind offer. 

would you be able to check out -- 


- Kalich / Kallech / Kalech
- URI / UHRI 
- Beer 
- Brawer. 

Best regards, 
Yaron Pedhazur 

yarpd@...

 

Re: Seeking Rabbi Aryeh Leib BIALIK (circa 1850-1912)

Molly Staub
 

Are you familiar with the poet Chiam Nachman Bialik? I attended the Chiam Nachman Bialik Folk Shul (a Jewish school) in West Philadelphia in the 1940s. I believe it was at 59th and Locust streets . Teacher was Mr. Shichman.

Molly Arost Staub
Boca Raton, FL
Member Jewish Genealogy of Palm Beach County

Bessarabia SIG #Bessarabia Looking for sources of photos of Kishinev pre 1907 that I can use in a family website #Bessarabia

Alan Levitt
 

Some of my cousins and I are planning to create a family website that
would include photos of Kishinev pre 1907. Am looking for
suggestions for where I can access or obtain such photos - it would be
for a private family website.

Also, I am interested in learning if anyone has developed a family
website that includes not just family genealogy, but also family
history, memories, photos (not just of relatives). What, if any,
template did you use?

Thanks

Alan Levitt
LEVITT, LEVIT - Kishinev
GURMAN, Romania

Bessarabia SIG #Bessarabia asking questions #Bessarabia

Yefim Kogan
 

Dear researchers, how are you all doing?

After my last message about new microfilms, records I received several
emails >from people who might help us translating, transcribing.
That is very good. That may speed up our work on Bessarabia Revision Lists,
and other projects.

I am also getting a lot of emails >from people who are stuck with their
research and want to see if I can help.

My first reaction usually is asking to send this post to the whole
Bessarabia SIG list. We have almost 1,000 members (Alan can correct me)
and there might people who are also researching families in the same
town or even the same families!

Here are also a few steps for our researchers:

- At the JewishGen.org registration page put as many surnames/towns you are
researching as possible
- Find out WHO else researching that town or surname/town, and communicate
with these members. This is how I found a lot of family members, my family
lost about 100(!) years ago.
- Search not only Romania (Bessarabia)databases, but all databases at
JewishGen. You may not know that your relative before coming to Kishinev,
lived in Mogilev-Podolskiy for example or in Vilna
- If you do know that your ancestors lived somewhere else, and moved, you
can search specifically that database and search by name or by "Any field"
and put value like Kishinev for example or some other town your relatives
lived in Bessarabia.
- If you know the town your ancestors lived, visit the town website, also
check out of we have Yizkor Book for that town translated.

This is like a minimum research to do, and please post message to our
group... send it to me (I would try to respond as soon as I can), not
only write Questions/issues, but also with your success stories. I know
many of you discovered a lot of your families, and I heard >from some of
you, but I want our group to hear too.

All the best,

Shabbat Shalom
Yefim Kogan
JewishGen Bessarabia SIG Leader and Coordinator

MODERATOR NOTE: As of today the Bessarabia SIG Discussion
Group has 919 members

Reichsvereinigung der Juden in Deutschland: Letter T

Lande
 

501 names of persons whose family names begin with the letter T have been added to the Reichsvereinigung database available at Steve Morse’s website under the holocaust heading Jewish Roof Organization.  This information will also be added to Jewishgen’s Holocaust database.This brings the total of names to 28,548.
 
As is the case with all of the names, the registration cards may be viewed on the Bad Arolsen website, though information and corrections have often been added from other sources.  The cards themselves often provide additional information, e.g other family members, profession, street address etc.  The database can also be searched by emigration destination, e.g. Argentina, or nature of death (suicide or euthanasia).
 
While all of the persons whose names appear in this collection resided/registered in Germany at some point between 1933 and 1942, many of them were born elsewhere, particularly in East Europe, and even in such unexpected places as New York and Tel Aviv.
 
Peter Lande
Washington, D.C.

Re: USCIS Proposes Fee Increases for Genealogy Records # United States # Records Access

Ellen
 

I found the proposed rule as it relates to genealogy records very confusing.  I recently submitted a Form G-1041 by mail - I did not see a way to submit it electronically.  I have yet to receive a response from USCIS.  What do they mean by "pre-existing digital records" and how would I know whether they are available?  Is the $385 for all records or only for a single item, like a visa application?  I'm trying to understand whether the proposed changes (other than the considerable cost increases) would be beneficial.

Ellen 
Saratoga County, NY 

Re: USCIS Proposes Fee Increases for Genealogy Records # United States # Records Access

Jan Meisels Allen
 

The home page for USCIS genealogy is: https://www.uscis.gov/genealogy  On the right under additional help is a link to order online or or go directly to:
 https://genealogy.uscis.dhs.gov/ which is the web page for requests and fill out which form you need, the index search, the search if you know the case ID or the for where you don't know the search ID.

Yes, the fees are per request so if you are looking for Hannah Gold and they have the record for her it will be $385. If you are looking for multiple people it will be a multiple of that fee.

Preexisting digital records means the records have been digitized and exist as such, If they don't have them digitized then the paper copy is the route and fee one had to pay.

I have no idea how long it takes for USCIS to reply--the request center is in Missouri.

Welcome to government speak and reading regulations.

There is nothing beneficial to the proposed rule in my estimation other than they are dramatically raising the prices so get your orders in soon before the proposed regulation becomes final.

Jan Meisels Allen
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee




On Saturday, November 16, 2019, 7:43:03 AM PST, lnmp <lnmp@...> wrote:


I found the proposed rule as it relates to genealogy records very confusing.  I recently submitted a Form G-1041 by mail - I did not see a way to submit it electronically.  I have yet to receive a response from USCIS.  What do they mean by "pre-existing digital records" and how would I know whether they are available?  Is the $385 for all records or only for a single item, like a visa application?  I'm trying to understand whether the proposed changes (other than the considerable cost increases) would be beneficial.

Ellen 
Saratoga County, NY 

Hungary SIG #Hungary Proposals and Luncheon Speaker for 2020 IAJGS Conference #Hungary

Vivian Kahn
 

Although the conference seems many, many months away, the organizers =
want to receive proposals for sessions and luncheon speakers by November =
27. I have already heard >from two researchers who have presented in the =
past and will be proposing sessions for San Diego. I would appreciate =
other suggestions. Please don=E2=80=99t suggest topics! I need ideas for =
speakers who are capable of presenting sessions on these topics. I=E2=80=99=
d appreciate receiving your suggestions ASAP.

Vivian Kahn, Oakland, California
JewishGen Hungarian Research Director=

Hungary SIG #Hungary FW: Mauthausen/Gusen Death Book #Hungary

Joyce Field
 

Questions about Mauthausen have recently been posted. I just want to point =
out that the JewishGen Holocaust Database has a datafile of over 38,000 na=
mes of prisoners in Mauthausen that you might want to search.

https://www.jewishgen.org/databases/holocaust/0117_Mauthausen-Gusen-Death-B=
ook.html

Joyce Field
jfield@...

Ukraine SIG #Ukraine Re: Russian army records from world war one #Ukraine

Beverley Davis
 

My story is a little different >from other recent messages re Russian army records >from world war one, but SIG members may find it of interest.

My uncle Leizer (Lazarus) BLATT was born in Dvinsk, Russia (later known as Denenburg, now Daugavpils, Latvia) in January 1898. When he was six months old his mother travelled to London with four children to join her husband who had come earlier. Four more children were born in London, with my late mother being the youngest.

During 1917, Britain and Russia agreed to a convention involving the introduction of conscription of Russian aliens in Britain. With the passage of an Act for the Conscripting of Friendly Aliens those Jews who were called up to the British Army were given the alternative of returning to Russia to serve in the Russian Army. Nineteen-year-old Leizer chose this option; he did not return to England, and the family presumed that he had been killed in action.

I would be doubtful (but ecstatic) if any record could be found of his service and/or his fate.

Beverley Davis
Melbourne, Australia

Ukraine SIG #Ukraine World War l Russian Army Database #Ukraine

Jan Meisels Allen
 

Nancy Summers inquired it there was a database on Jewish soldiers in the
Russian Army during World War l. I don't know of a specific Jewish database
of soldiers but there is an all-inclusive database for 1,068,811 soldiers in
World War l which may be found at:
https://1914.svrt.ru/index.php which is in Russian, but if you read the
article at it gives a method to search in English:
https://lostrussianfamily.wordpress.com/2015/02/22/time-killing-google-searc
h-leads-to-massive-wwi-database/


Jan Meisels Allen
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

Ukraine SIG #Ukraine Re: Russian army records from world war one #Ukraine

Bena Shklyanoy <benagen@...>
 

The Tsar's army didn't exist after the Bolshevik Revolution (Nov
1917). After that, the army that fought the Red Army (organized in
1918) was called the White Army (1918-1923) in contrast to the Red.
There were relatively few Jews who fought in the White Army because it
was known for its vicious pogroms whereas the Red Army was not. Can't
imagine many army records would exist >from that time period but those
that do would more probably be >from the pre-Revolution portion of the
WWI.

Bena Shklyanoy, Chicago

Bessarabia SIG #Bessarabia Business Directories 1895 - 1912 #Bessarabia

Yefim Kogan
 

Hello everybody,

We have a Business Directories translation project which was started couple
of years ago, and not moving much.
I looked into some directories today and found terrific information for us.
First of all you may know that Jews owned many of businesses even in places
where Jews were not majority of population. Our ancestors owned Drug Stores
and Groceries, Textile stores and Bread and Grain productions, mills, etc.
etc.

Is it not interesting for you to find out about a business of your
ancestors? In some cases in towns it even tells where that business was. I
was very much interested to find out about several of my relatives in a few
towns who had businesses >from pretty small to a large one.

We need a group of people who can read printed Russian to translate a
portion of the directories. If you are interested in a particular town,
village - you will receive an assignment for a district with that
town/village in.

Project Manager for the Business Directories is Jeff Wexler
(mailto:jeffwexler@... ) If you want to help with this project,
please email directly to Jeff, and let him know what District you want to
work on.

Let me know if you have any questions.

All the best,
Yefim Kogan

Bessarabia SIG #Bessarabia RE: Looking for sources of photos of Kishinev pre 1907 that I can use in a family website #Bessarabia

Yefim Kogan
 

Corrections to my message... on a best site I made a mistake. It should be

http://oldchisinau.com/

Thanks, Yefim

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