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Re: Fake email linked to genealogy research? #general

Alexandra Alznauer <petiealznauer@...>
 

Dear Genners:

Yes, someone seems to have devised a computer program that picks up surnames
on geneaology websites and then automatically sends spam email to
individuals with that name about a phony inheritance.

I am Jewish on my mother's side and was raised Jewish. On my father's side
I come >from a German-speaking family >from Einsiedel (Mnisek nad Hnilcom)
near Kashau (Kosice), Slovak Republic. I moderate a family Website and a
DNA project for ALZNAUERS.

One of my ALZNAUER cousins who is a member of our family website group just
emailed me >from Germany. He received an email supposedly >from Canada about
a search for heirs of Robert ALZNAUER. Well, the only Robert ALZNAUER on
the North American continent was my father and he's been dead since the
1980's. And he had a will and left everything to his immediate family.

If someone is legitimately searching for heirs you will most likely receive
a phone call (>from a lawyer or professional genealogist) or postal letter
(on a law firm's or a professional genealogist's letterhead).

If this happens, check the background of the law firm or professional
genealogist. *Never* pay money up front to receive money!

Alexandra Alznauer
Former paralegal and law student
San Francisco, California


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Re: Fake email linked to genealogy research? #general

Alexandra Alznauer <petiealznauer@...>
 

Dear Genners:

Yes, someone seems to have devised a computer program that picks up surnames
on geneaology websites and then automatically sends spam email to
individuals with that name about a phony inheritance.

I am Jewish on my mother's side and was raised Jewish. On my father's side
I come >from a German-speaking family >from Einsiedel (Mnisek nad Hnilcom)
near Kashau (Kosice), Slovak Republic. I moderate a family Website and a
DNA project for ALZNAUERS.

One of my ALZNAUER cousins who is a member of our family website group just
emailed me >from Germany. He received an email supposedly >from Canada about
a search for heirs of Robert ALZNAUER. Well, the only Robert ALZNAUER on
the North American continent was my father and he's been dead since the
1980's. And he had a will and left everything to his immediate family.

If someone is legitimately searching for heirs you will most likely receive
a phone call (>from a lawyer or professional genealogist) or postal letter
(on a law firm's or a professional genealogist's letterhead).

If this happens, check the background of the law firm or professional
genealogist. *Never* pay money up front to receive money!

Alexandra Alznauer
Former paralegal and law student
San Francisco, California


Re: Fake email linked to genealogy research? #general

Dick Plotz
 

I wouldn't dismiss the possibility that the e-mail was genuine.

If I were the executor of an estate and I had been unable to locate
certain unnamed heirs, I would by all means look at genealogy sites on
the Internet in my attempts to locate them. The fact that this person
found you linked to the name on the Internet doesn't say anything at
all about their motives or honesty.

If I got such an e-mail and I did know something about the family, I
would approach the writer very cautiously and probe to find out what
they know, how they know it, and what they're trying to find out. It
should become apparent pretty quickly whether they are legitimate, and
of course you still have the option to cut off communication, because
they still know no more about you than they did to begin with.

Sure, this may be some kind of scam, but it may also be an opportunity
to reunite two parts of a family that had lost touch with each other.

Dick Plotz
Providence RI USA

On 7/18/06, Ellen Lee <ellie2@...> wrote:

I just received an email >from someone claiming to be searching for
heirs of a possible family member. This individual must have done
some research on genalogy web-sites as that is the only place this
name is linked to mine.

This particular letter was pretty obvious, but thought I would just
alert others on Jewish Gen to the possibility of frauds.


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Re: Fake email linked to genealogy research? #general

Dick Plotz
 

I wouldn't dismiss the possibility that the e-mail was genuine.

If I were the executor of an estate and I had been unable to locate
certain unnamed heirs, I would by all means look at genealogy sites on
the Internet in my attempts to locate them. The fact that this person
found you linked to the name on the Internet doesn't say anything at
all about their motives or honesty.

If I got such an e-mail and I did know something about the family, I
would approach the writer very cautiously and probe to find out what
they know, how they know it, and what they're trying to find out. It
should become apparent pretty quickly whether they are legitimate, and
of course you still have the option to cut off communication, because
they still know no more about you than they did to begin with.

Sure, this may be some kind of scam, but it may also be an opportunity
to reunite two parts of a family that had lost touch with each other.

Dick Plotz
Providence RI USA

On 7/18/06, Ellen Lee <ellie2@...> wrote:

I just received an email >from someone claiming to be searching for
heirs of a possible family member. This individual must have done
some research on genalogy web-sites as that is the only place this
name is linked to mine.

This particular letter was pretty obvious, but thought I would just
alert others on Jewish Gen to the possibility of frauds.


Presentation at IAJGS on How Child Holocaust Survivors, Known Today as the One Thousand Children, Were Identified and Located #general

Iris Posner <posneri@...>
 

For those interested in the "how" of identifying and locating the only
unaccompanied children rescued >from the Holocaust by America, I will be
presenting a paper on this topic, August 14 at 9:30 AM at the 2006 IAJGS
Conference in NYC. To date, we have amassed virtually all the names of the
children and have located over 500. In conjunction with this presentation
and book signing to immediately follow, Praeger Publishing, has offered a
discount to persons interested in acquiring the only book of memoirs of the
One Thousand Children. Acquisition can be made in several ways: 1) at the
IAJGS book signing, 2) by calling 1-800-225-5800 and mentioning reference
code F238,
or 3)by visiting www.praeger.com and entering reference code F238.

Iris Posner
President
One Thousand Children


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Presentation at IAJGS on How Child Holocaust Survivors, Known Today as the One Thousand Children, Were Identified and Located #general

Iris Posner <posneri@...>
 

For those interested in the "how" of identifying and locating the only
unaccompanied children rescued >from the Holocaust by America, I will be
presenting a paper on this topic, August 14 at 9:30 AM at the 2006 IAJGS
Conference in NYC. To date, we have amassed virtually all the names of the
children and have located over 500. In conjunction with this presentation
and book signing to immediately follow, Praeger Publishing, has offered a
discount to persons interested in acquiring the only book of memoirs of the
One Thousand Children. Acquisition can be made in several ways: 1) at the
IAJGS book signing, 2) by calling 1-800-225-5800 and mentioning reference
code F238,
or 3)by visiting www.praeger.com and entering reference code F238.

Iris Posner
President
One Thousand Children


Announcement of Publisher's Discount #general

Iris Posner <posneri@...>
 

Subject: In conjunction with a presentation on the Rescue of the One
Thousand Children at
the IAJGS 2006 Conference, Publisher Praeger Announces a 20% Discount for
"Don't Wave Goodbye"

Persons interested in acquiring a book of memoirs of the only unaccompanied
children
rescued >from the Holocaust by private American organizations and
individuals, entitled,
Don't Wave Goodbye, can get a 20% discount by:

1) Buying the book at a book signing by one of the book's editors on Monday,
August 14th, at the IAJGS Conference, following a 9:30 AM to 10:45 AM
presentation,
or,

2) Ordering the book on-line at www.praeger.com and entering reference code
F238,
or,

3) Calling 1-800-225-5800 and mentioning reference code F238

Fore more information about the book, visit: http://onethousandchildren.org
and
www.praeger.com, or email contact@...

Iris Posner
iposner@...

MODERATOR NOTE: In accordance with JewishGen policy this is a one-time mention
of a commercial book.


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Announcement of Publisher's Discount #general

Iris Posner <posneri@...>
 

Subject: In conjunction with a presentation on the Rescue of the One
Thousand Children at
the IAJGS 2006 Conference, Publisher Praeger Announces a 20% Discount for
"Don't Wave Goodbye"

Persons interested in acquiring a book of memoirs of the only unaccompanied
children
rescued >from the Holocaust by private American organizations and
individuals, entitled,
Don't Wave Goodbye, can get a 20% discount by:

1) Buying the book at a book signing by one of the book's editors on Monday,
August 14th, at the IAJGS Conference, following a 9:30 AM to 10:45 AM
presentation,
or,

2) Ordering the book on-line at www.praeger.com and entering reference code
F238,
or,

3) Calling 1-800-225-5800 and mentioning reference code F238

Fore more information about the book, visit: http://onethousandchildren.org
and
www.praeger.com, or email contact@...

Iris Posner
iposner@...

MODERATOR NOTE: In accordance with JewishGen policy this is a one-time mention
of a commercial book.


Translation help requested- 19th century Hungarian headstone #general

Alex Skolnick <bussupp@...>
 

Could someone please translate the text of the headstone I have on
Viewmate (VM8205)? The stone is >from Balassagyarmat, Hungary in the
1800s and should be "Frumet Kastriner".

http://data.jewishgen.org/viewmate/ALL/viewmateview.asp?key=8205

Please reply to me directly.

Thank you for your efforts!

Alex Skolnick
bussupp@...

Searching:
GLEICH (Hungary), KASTRINER, RIGOTZ, SANDE, SILBERER (Balassagyarmat, Hungary)
JAKUBOVICS/JACOBS, FELDMAN (Nagy Kapos/Ungvar, Hungary)
GLUSOCK/GLUSCHAK, RADA (Dvinsk/Daugavpils, Latvia)
SKOLNICK, SHLIVKA/SCHLIFKA, IGLARZ (Ostrow Maz., Poland)
MARKOWITZ/MAKOWICZ, KOZLOWITZ (Kolno, Poland)
ROSEMAN/ROZMAN, PLOTNIK, CHAMOT/CHOMATINSKY (Kobrin)


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Translation help requested- 19th century Hungarian headstone #general

Alex Skolnick <bussupp@...>
 

Could someone please translate the text of the headstone I have on
Viewmate (VM8205)? The stone is >from Balassagyarmat, Hungary in the
1800s and should be "Frumet Kastriner".

http://data.jewishgen.org/viewmate/ALL/viewmateview.asp?key=8205

Please reply to me directly.

Thank you for your efforts!

Alex Skolnick
bussupp@...

Searching:
GLEICH (Hungary), KASTRINER, RIGOTZ, SANDE, SILBERER (Balassagyarmat, Hungary)
JAKUBOVICS/JACOBS, FELDMAN (Nagy Kapos/Ungvar, Hungary)
GLUSOCK/GLUSCHAK, RADA (Dvinsk/Daugavpils, Latvia)
SKOLNICK, SHLIVKA/SCHLIFKA, IGLARZ (Ostrow Maz., Poland)
MARKOWITZ/MAKOWICZ, KOZLOWITZ (Kolno, Poland)
ROSEMAN/ROZMAN, PLOTNIK, CHAMOT/CHOMATINSKY (Kobrin)


Re: Fake email linked to genealogy research? #general

MBernet@...
 

==Could you please give us some pointers that would help each of us
recognize this miscreant if we received an e-mail

==a summary of the content of the message, a partial source address, a full
subject line, a partial name of the sender, and just what it was that made
you suspicious--all of these or any of them would help your fellow genealogists
avoid being trapped or tricked.

==Thanks

Michael Bernet, New York


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Re: Fake email linked to genealogy research? #general

MBernet@...
 

==Could you please give us some pointers that would help each of us
recognize this miscreant if we received an e-mail

==a summary of the content of the message, a partial source address, a full
subject line, a partial name of the sender, and just what it was that made
you suspicious--all of these or any of them would help your fellow genealogists
avoid being trapped or tricked.

==Thanks

Michael Bernet, New York


Re: Fake email linked to genealogy research? #general

Harvey L Kaplan <harvey@...>
 

And by chance, I have been contacted by "three" companies in the past week
trying to find heirs of a distant relative of mine, not realising who I am,
but looking for information >from me. I went straight to a relative who has
a direct claim on this estate and I am advising him on how to go about
making a claim himself. The scam is that these researchers want their cut.
One has asked the heirs to sign over 10% of their inheritance in exchange
for being pointed in the right direction.

Harvey L Kaplan
Glasgow, Scotland

----- Original Message -----
I just recieved an email >from someone claiming to be searching for heirs
of a possible family member. This individual must have done some research
on genalogy web-sites as that is the only place this name is linked to mine.

This particular letter was pretty obvious, but thought I would just alert
others on Jewish Gen to the possibility of frauds.

Ellen Lee


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Re: Fake email linked to genealogy research? #general

Harvey L Kaplan <harvey@...>
 

And by chance, I have been contacted by "three" companies in the past week
trying to find heirs of a distant relative of mine, not realising who I am,
but looking for information >from me. I went straight to a relative who has
a direct claim on this estate and I am advising him on how to go about
making a claim himself. The scam is that these researchers want their cut.
One has asked the heirs to sign over 10% of their inheritance in exchange
for being pointed in the right direction.

Harvey L Kaplan
Glasgow, Scotland

----- Original Message -----
I just recieved an email >from someone claiming to be searching for heirs
of a possible family member. This individual must have done some research
on genalogy web-sites as that is the only place this name is linked to mine.

This particular letter was pretty obvious, but thought I would just alert
others on Jewish Gen to the possibility of frauds.

Ellen Lee


Conference Attendance #austria-czech

RHEBOB@...
 

I plan to attend the conference. Please add my name to the list.
Rhea Kantner Frankl

MODERATOR NOTE: There is a dedicated List for potential attenders,
which it might be worth your while joining. Go to:
http://www.jgsny2006.org/


Austria-Czech SIG #Austria-Czech Conference Attendance #austria-czech

RHEBOB@...
 

I plan to attend the conference. Please add my name to the list.
Rhea Kantner Frankl

MODERATOR NOTE: There is a dedicated List for potential attenders,
which it might be worth your while joining. Go to:
http://www.jgsny2006.org/


AustriaCzech SIG Business #austria-czech

Sharla Levine <austriaczech@...>
 

Yes, our Austria-Czech SIG meeting at the upcoming IAJGS conference is
scheduled for 8 AM on Wednesday, August 16. I do hope many of you will be
there.

However, it is not necessary to be there or to wait until then for some of
the information that Vera Finberg asked about. Here is a brief report,
which, if necessary, can be discussed in more depth at the meeting.

Our SIG was founded at the IAJGS conference in 1999 as a discussion list
only. I became the coordinator by default because no one else at that
meeting was willing to take the position. Very soon thereafter we added a
webpage. Over the years, we have laid the groundwork for several translation
and data acquisition/compilation/indexing projects, and now we may well have
a new opportunity to index records that are on microfilm with the FHL
(Family History Library). Our current "staff" consists of one SIG
Coordinator, one Project Coordinator, one webmaster, and two moderators.

FINANCES:
Over our seven years, we have received contributions, some designated for
specific projects, as follows:
Czech cemetery database $ 488
Terezin Ghetto list $ 427
GemeindeView $1236
General A-C SIG fund $2210

Our only expenditure has been $20 for a meeting room fee at a previous IAJGS
conference.

The funds to translate the Gold books are part of the Yizkor Book Project
and not part of our SIG funds.

PROJECTS:
We have always been lacking volunteers and funds to carry out our projects.
Most notably, we have not had volunteers step forward to take responsibility
for any specific projects. Several people have offered to do bits and pieces
of things, but we need volunteers to lead each project. The Project
Coordinator is supposed to have an overview, to prioritize, and to handle
administrative duties for the various projects. Project Leaders (volunteers
in charge of specific projects) should deal with the details of their
project, assigning portions to others and following up on them, assembling
data as it comes in and preparing it for its end-use, etc. Without
volunteers, we cannot move forward with our projects, which are intended to
benefit all of us and future researchers.

DISCUSSION LIST:
To correct Vera's recent comment, we have had at least five different
moderators over the years, usually two people sharing duties at any given
time. In general, we seek to keep the moderators anonymous, although I will
admit that I have at times served as moderator. We currently have two
moderators. More would be welcome.

WEB PAGE:
We have had three different people work on the webpage at various times. We
currently have one webmaster, who is a student and thus has only been able
to work on the page sporadically. He is eager to surrender the reins and has
suggested that job could be broken down into two or three aspects so that it
could be shared.

REQUESTING NEW VOLUNTEERS:
Due to some changes in my personal life and circumstances, I would like to
reduce my role in the SIG. Besides, as Vera suggests, some new people in all
the SIG positions should give the group some new energy, perspective, and
ideas. It would be wonderful to be able to announce and introduce new
volunteers at the upcoming meeting.

If you would like to volunteer for any position in the SIG, or if you have
suggestions of individuals who might be persuaded to take a position, please
contact me privately at austriaczech@....

Sharla Levine
Austria-Czech SIG Coordinator

Vera Finberg wrote:

Conference attendees have already heard that the SIG meeting is
scheduled for 8 AM on Wednesday. I hope we can get a report on the
status of the SIG, it's treasury (both for maintenance of the Web
page and for Research) and how many moderators we have/need as well
as co-ordinators. I do want to thank Sharla Levine who has been the
co-ordinator and a moderator for the entire time the SIG has existed,
first sharing duties with Randy and then alone?? I hope that we can
recruit new moderators, and co-ordinators who can revitalize the SIG.


EDLES Family, et. al. #austria-czech

peter bakos <pgbakos@...>
 

I would think >from the information given that your best chance would be to
write to the Hungarian SIG as the places you mention either are or were in
Hungary.

Peter Bakos
presently in Haymarket, Virginia


Austria-Czech SIG #Austria-Czech AustriaCzech SIG Business #austria-czech

Sharla Levine <austriaczech@...>
 

Yes, our Austria-Czech SIG meeting at the upcoming IAJGS conference is
scheduled for 8 AM on Wednesday, August 16. I do hope many of you will be
there.

However, it is not necessary to be there or to wait until then for some of
the information that Vera Finberg asked about. Here is a brief report,
which, if necessary, can be discussed in more depth at the meeting.

Our SIG was founded at the IAJGS conference in 1999 as a discussion list
only. I became the coordinator by default because no one else at that
meeting was willing to take the position. Very soon thereafter we added a
webpage. Over the years, we have laid the groundwork for several translation
and data acquisition/compilation/indexing projects, and now we may well have
a new opportunity to index records that are on microfilm with the FHL
(Family History Library). Our current "staff" consists of one SIG
Coordinator, one Project Coordinator, one webmaster, and two moderators.

FINANCES:
Over our seven years, we have received contributions, some designated for
specific projects, as follows:
Czech cemetery database $ 488
Terezin Ghetto list $ 427
GemeindeView $1236
General A-C SIG fund $2210

Our only expenditure has been $20 for a meeting room fee at a previous IAJGS
conference.

The funds to translate the Gold books are part of the Yizkor Book Project
and not part of our SIG funds.

PROJECTS:
We have always been lacking volunteers and funds to carry out our projects.
Most notably, we have not had volunteers step forward to take responsibility
for any specific projects. Several people have offered to do bits and pieces
of things, but we need volunteers to lead each project. The Project
Coordinator is supposed to have an overview, to prioritize, and to handle
administrative duties for the various projects. Project Leaders (volunteers
in charge of specific projects) should deal with the details of their
project, assigning portions to others and following up on them, assembling
data as it comes in and preparing it for its end-use, etc. Without
volunteers, we cannot move forward with our projects, which are intended to
benefit all of us and future researchers.

DISCUSSION LIST:
To correct Vera's recent comment, we have had at least five different
moderators over the years, usually two people sharing duties at any given
time. In general, we seek to keep the moderators anonymous, although I will
admit that I have at times served as moderator. We currently have two
moderators. More would be welcome.

WEB PAGE:
We have had three different people work on the webpage at various times. We
currently have one webmaster, who is a student and thus has only been able
to work on the page sporadically. He is eager to surrender the reins and has
suggested that job could be broken down into two or three aspects so that it
could be shared.

REQUESTING NEW VOLUNTEERS:
Due to some changes in my personal life and circumstances, I would like to
reduce my role in the SIG. Besides, as Vera suggests, some new people in all
the SIG positions should give the group some new energy, perspective, and
ideas. It would be wonderful to be able to announce and introduce new
volunteers at the upcoming meeting.

If you would like to volunteer for any position in the SIG, or if you have
suggestions of individuals who might be persuaded to take a position, please
contact me privately at austriaczech@....

Sharla Levine
Austria-Czech SIG Coordinator

Vera Finberg wrote:

Conference attendees have already heard that the SIG meeting is
scheduled for 8 AM on Wednesday. I hope we can get a report on the
status of the SIG, it's treasury (both for maintenance of the Web
page and for Research) and how many moderators we have/need as well
as co-ordinators. I do want to thank Sharla Levine who has been the
co-ordinator and a moderator for the entire time the SIG has existed,
first sharing duties with Randy and then alone?? I hope that we can
recruit new moderators, and co-ordinators who can revitalize the SIG.


Austria-Czech SIG #Austria-Czech EDLES Family, et. al. #austria-czech

peter bakos <pgbakos@...>
 

I would think >from the information given that your best chance would be to
write to the Hungarian SIG as the places you mention either are or were in
Hungary.

Peter Bakos
presently in Haymarket, Virginia