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Re: Proof of Inheritance #general

Ira Leviton
 

Dear Cousins,

Question: My wife has received notice >from the German government that
she in line for some sort of money because her grandfather lived in
Germany (before the war). They asked for proof of inheritance, something
indicating that she is a sole survivor in her grandfather's line. Her
uncle and his wife died in Florida, childless. She has no siblings. Her
father is dead. On what sort of document would I find that her uncle and
aunt had no children?

Response: the Florida death certificates should list the heirs of her
uncle and aunt.

My two cents: Not correct. The death certificate only names an
informant, not heirs. Heirs are named in a will, if one was made, or by
probate court, if the deceased had no will.

In this case, since there were apparently few relatives (and no 1st
degree relatives), the informant and heir might be the same person.
However, the last survivor (between the uncle and aunt) might have named
two or more heirs, in which case they'd have to split the proceeds, or
they could have given their earthly goods to one or more friends, in which
case surviving family members may be out of luck, or they could have given
everything to charity. A death certificate can be used for proof of
death, but not for proof of inheritance.

I also note that the original posting didn't mention whether the notice
from the German government turned up in the mailbox out of the sky, was in
response to inquiries about assets left in Germany before the war, or some
other situation somewhere in between. Beware of scams offering money when
none was sought.

Ira
Ira Leviton
New York, N.Y.


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Re: Proof of Inheritance #general

Ira Leviton
 

Dear Cousins,

Question: My wife has received notice >from the German government that
she in line for some sort of money because her grandfather lived in
Germany (before the war). They asked for proof of inheritance, something
indicating that she is a sole survivor in her grandfather's line. Her
uncle and his wife died in Florida, childless. She has no siblings. Her
father is dead. On what sort of document would I find that her uncle and
aunt had no children?

Response: the Florida death certificates should list the heirs of her
uncle and aunt.

My two cents: Not correct. The death certificate only names an
informant, not heirs. Heirs are named in a will, if one was made, or by
probate court, if the deceased had no will.

In this case, since there were apparently few relatives (and no 1st
degree relatives), the informant and heir might be the same person.
However, the last survivor (between the uncle and aunt) might have named
two or more heirs, in which case they'd have to split the proceeds, or
they could have given their earthly goods to one or more friends, in which
case surviving family members may be out of luck, or they could have given
everything to charity. A death certificate can be used for proof of
death, but not for proof of inheritance.

I also note that the original posting didn't mention whether the notice
from the German government turned up in the mailbox out of the sky, was in
response to inquiries about assets left in Germany before the war, or some
other situation somewhere in between. Beware of scams offering money when
none was sought.

Ira
Ira Leviton
New York, N.Y.


Proof of Childlessness #general

hekenvin@...
 

A reader asked how to prove that someone died childless. As the reader probably
knows, it often is more difficult to prove a negative.

I once had a case in which I had to prove that someone died childless. I did it
by offering in evidence a photograph of her gravestone. The gravestone had a
quotation >from the section of Proverbs (Mishle) known as "a woman of valor."
Proverbs 31:28 says (in translation), "Her children rise up and call her blessed."
The quotation on the gravestone read, "All who knew her rise up to call her
blessed." I put in an affidavit >from a rabbi, confirming the biblical text and
the change in the text on the gravestone. I urged the court to conclude >from
the change in the text of the biblical quote that she had no children to "rise
up and call her blessed." The Court accepted this offering as proof that she
had died childless.

I had to do this because there was no one still alive who knew her. A much
easier way to prove someone died childless is to put in affidavits >from people
who knew him or her. These people should be financially disinterested in the
outcome of the case.

Helene Kenvin

Researching: SCHWARTZ, WEISS, BALAJTI (Miskolc); WIESENTHAL (Skala); COHEN
(19th century Gnesen, NYC, Richmond VA); JACOBS (19th century NYC, Richmond VA,
Albany NY); ROTHOLZ (19th century Hamburg, NYC, Richmond VA, Kansas City KS);
EINBINDER, COHEN, WAXMAN (Kalarash); KHENVIN (Kiev, Kremenchug); GOODMAN (Chotin);
WALTMAN (Zvaniec, Chotin); ZEITSEV (Sofievka).


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Proof of Childlessness #general

hekenvin@...
 

A reader asked how to prove that someone died childless. As the reader probably
knows, it often is more difficult to prove a negative.

I once had a case in which I had to prove that someone died childless. I did it
by offering in evidence a photograph of her gravestone. The gravestone had a
quotation >from the section of Proverbs (Mishle) known as "a woman of valor."
Proverbs 31:28 says (in translation), "Her children rise up and call her blessed."
The quotation on the gravestone read, "All who knew her rise up to call her
blessed." I put in an affidavit >from a rabbi, confirming the biblical text and
the change in the text on the gravestone. I urged the court to conclude >from
the change in the text of the biblical quote that she had no children to "rise
up and call her blessed." The Court accepted this offering as proof that she
had died childless.

I had to do this because there was no one still alive who knew her. A much
easier way to prove someone died childless is to put in affidavits >from people
who knew him or her. These people should be financially disinterested in the
outcome of the case.

Helene Kenvin

Researching: SCHWARTZ, WEISS, BALAJTI (Miskolc); WIESENTHAL (Skala); COHEN
(19th century Gnesen, NYC, Richmond VA); JACOBS (19th century NYC, Richmond VA,
Albany NY); ROTHOLZ (19th century Hamburg, NYC, Richmond VA, Kansas City KS);
EINBINDER, COHEN, WAXMAN (Kalarash); KHENVIN (Kiev, Kremenchug); GOODMAN (Chotin);
WALTMAN (Zvaniec, Chotin); ZEITSEV (Sofievka).


1926-7 Polish Business Directory-Versus the 1929 Polish B.D. #galicia

Abuwasta Abuwasta
 

I believe that Logan Kleinwachs should be
congratulated for the tremendous effort by making this
directory available to us.
Though smaller than the 1929 Polish Business Directory
it enables an interesting comparison of the businesses
in every location in amatter of 3 years.
I myself research the KOENIGSBUCH family >from Brzesko
(image 209 in the Directory) and managed to locate
Koenigsbuchs in the 1926 version who were not there
anymore in 1929 and vice versa.Now I have the
questions which will lead me hopefully to some
answers.
Jacob Rosen
Jerusalem


Gesher Galicia SIG #Galicia 1926-7 Polish Business Directory-Versus the 1929 Polish B.D. #galicia

Abuwasta Abuwasta
 

I believe that Logan Kleinwachs should be
congratulated for the tremendous effort by making this
directory available to us.
Though smaller than the 1929 Polish Business Directory
it enables an interesting comparison of the businesses
in every location in amatter of 3 years.
I myself research the KOENIGSBUCH family >from Brzesko
(image 209 in the Directory) and managed to locate
Koenigsbuchs in the 1926 version who were not there
anymore in 1929 and vice versa.Now I have the
questions which will lead me hopefully to some
answers.
Jacob Rosen
Jerusalem


New World Jews #general

Rhonda Grace <gracefamilyschool@...>
 

Soon after the Jews were kicked out of Spain they went to the New World,
where the Jesuits followed shortly after. There are Catholic churches in
Chihuahua, Mexico that have plaques and records of how many Jews were killed
in the Mexican Inquisition. Many of the churches have museums with displayed
torture devices. The last recorded burnings were about 1890. Many of the
Jews escaped to the northern areas of Mexico, now California, New Mexico and
Arizona, and the Monterey area of Mexico, some to Jamaica and Cuba. It is a
little known fact that the Jesuits went to Mexico and killed Jews before
establishing the California Missions. This might explain the coins in
Western North America.

Why Columbus? Who knows? Eventually the Jewish community there
grew over time. If Jews were in Columbus in 1840, which was barely a
village then, then Jews could have been anywhere, again, not as a
separate community, but as individuals escaping conscription or
persecution or simply trying to start a new life.

So couldn't these coins have come >from anywhere, >from someone who
collected relics or retained items handed down in their family for
generations and they simply carried them to America when they came here?
I guess I'm missing the draw toward the complex assumption of the
establishment of an isolated American Jewish community manufacturing Bar
Kochva coins when a perfectly simple explanation could suffice.


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen New World Jews #general

Rhonda Grace <gracefamilyschool@...>
 

Soon after the Jews were kicked out of Spain they went to the New World,
where the Jesuits followed shortly after. There are Catholic churches in
Chihuahua, Mexico that have plaques and records of how many Jews were killed
in the Mexican Inquisition. Many of the churches have museums with displayed
torture devices. The last recorded burnings were about 1890. Many of the
Jews escaped to the northern areas of Mexico, now California, New Mexico and
Arizona, and the Monterey area of Mexico, some to Jamaica and Cuba. It is a
little known fact that the Jesuits went to Mexico and killed Jews before
establishing the California Missions. This might explain the coins in
Western North America.

Why Columbus? Who knows? Eventually the Jewish community there
grew over time. If Jews were in Columbus in 1840, which was barely a
village then, then Jews could have been anywhere, again, not as a
separate community, but as individuals escaping conscription or
persecution or simply trying to start a new life.

So couldn't these coins have come >from anywhere, >from someone who
collected relics or retained items handed down in their family for
generations and they simply carried them to America when they came here?
I guess I'm missing the draw toward the complex assumption of the
establishment of an isolated American Jewish community manufacturing Bar
Kochva coins when a perfectly simple explanation could suffice.


KOLUMBUS Family Info. #general

Jack Kolumbus <jackkol@...>
 

I was raised in a Christian family. However, in researching the KOLUMBUS
family name, the only records that I have found are of Jewish families from
Russia or Lithuania. Since Kolumbus is a unique last name, I find it very
reasonable to assume that my family has Jewish roots. My grandfather came
from Stara Bysrica in Slovakia. If anyone has "any" knowledge of families
with the last name of Kolumbus (or variations in the spelling), please
contact me. I am trying to leave a family history for my grandchildren.

Your assistance will be greatly appreciated.

Jack Kolumbus
jackkol@indy.net

MODERATOR NOTE: To increase your chances of success, don't forget
to list your surnames of interest in the JewishGen Family Finder,
http://www.jewishgen.org/jgff/.

Also, the JewishGen Family Finder lists a number of researchers working on
different speelings of KOLUMBUS/COLOMBUS/COLUMBUS.
You should try to contact them and find more about their research.


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen KOLUMBUS Family Info. #general

Jack Kolumbus <jackkol@...>
 

I was raised in a Christian family. However, in researching the KOLUMBUS
family name, the only records that I have found are of Jewish families from
Russia or Lithuania. Since Kolumbus is a unique last name, I find it very
reasonable to assume that my family has Jewish roots. My grandfather came
from Stara Bysrica in Slovakia. If anyone has "any" knowledge of families
with the last name of Kolumbus (or variations in the spelling), please
contact me. I am trying to leave a family history for my grandchildren.

Your assistance will be greatly appreciated.

Jack Kolumbus
jackkol@indy.net

MODERATOR NOTE: To increase your chances of success, don't forget
to list your surnames of interest in the JewishGen Family Finder,
http://www.jewishgen.org/jgff/.

Also, the JewishGen Family Finder lists a number of researchers working on
different speelings of KOLUMBUS/COLOMBUS/COLUMBUS.
You should try to contact them and find more about their research.


canadian census help #general

steven weiss <szome@...>
 

I believe my SHULMAN relatives should be listed on the 1911 Canadian census
now online as living in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. Is there a way to find
them without trolling through hundreds of pdf files? They arrived in 1910.

Steven Weiss
Chicago


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen canadian census help #general

steven weiss <szome@...>
 

I believe my SHULMAN relatives should be listed on the 1911 Canadian census
now online as living in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. Is there a way to find
them without trolling through hundreds of pdf files? They arrived in 1910.

Steven Weiss
Chicago


Seeking location of Jatyn/Jahotin in Russia/Poland #general

Deb(orah) Cohen Skolnik
 

My maternal grandmother, older brother and his family
are listed on the Ellis Island immigration records as
having come >from Jatyn/Jahotin in Russia (in
1902/1903). I haven't been successful in figuring out
where that was (or is).

If anyone out there can help with direct knowledge, or
point me towards a resource that might help, I'd be
very grateful. Thanks!

Debbie Cohen Skolnik

Searching:

LANDY, LANDE, LONDIN -- Bialystok-Chicago (Tilly Landy)
GARBARSH, GARBAR, GERBER -- Ostrow - Chicago (Jacob Gerber)
SOLUTUSZKYN -- ??Jatyn (on Ellis Island Records)-Brooklyn, NY
Peshe (Bessie) Solutuszkyn Cohen
KISSIN -- Kiev-Brooklyn, NY became Barney or Barnet
Cohen at some point

MODERATOR NOTE: Try the ShtetlSeeker database to help
find Jatyn/Jahotin. The town search is available at
< ttp://www.jewishgen.org/ShtetlSeeker/loctown.htm .


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Seeking location of Jatyn/Jahotin in Russia/Poland #general

Deb(orah) Cohen Skolnik
 

My maternal grandmother, older brother and his family
are listed on the Ellis Island immigration records as
having come >from Jatyn/Jahotin in Russia (in
1902/1903). I haven't been successful in figuring out
where that was (or is).

If anyone out there can help with direct knowledge, or
point me towards a resource that might help, I'd be
very grateful. Thanks!

Debbie Cohen Skolnik

Searching:

LANDY, LANDE, LONDIN -- Bialystok-Chicago (Tilly Landy)
GARBARSH, GARBAR, GERBER -- Ostrow - Chicago (Jacob Gerber)
SOLUTUSZKYN -- ??Jatyn (on Ellis Island Records)-Brooklyn, NY
Peshe (Bessie) Solutuszkyn Cohen
KISSIN -- Kiev-Brooklyn, NY became Barney or Barnet
Cohen at some point

MODERATOR NOTE: Try the ShtetlSeeker database to help
find Jatyn/Jahotin. The town search is available at
< ttp://www.jewishgen.org/ShtetlSeeker/loctown.htm .


Re: 1926-7 Polish Business Directory Versus the 1929 Polish B.D. #general

Alexander Sharon
 

Jacob Rosen wrote

I believe that Logan Kleinwachs should be
congratulated for the tremendous effort by making this
directory available to us.
Though smaller than the 1929 Polish Business Directory
it enables an interesting comparison of the businesses
in every location in amatter of 3 years.
I myself research the KOENIGSBUCH family >from Brzesko
(image 209 in the Directory) and managed to locate
Koenigsbuchs in the 1926 version who were not there
anymore in 1929 and vice versa. Now I have the
questions which will lead me hopefully to some
answers.
Jerusalem
I'd like to join Jacob Rosen in expressing my appreciation for Logan's
efforts and his skills.
Way to go, Logan!

Alexander Sharon
Calgary, Ab


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Re: 1926-7 Polish Business Directory Versus the 1929 Polish B.D. #general

Alexander Sharon
 

Jacob Rosen wrote

I believe that Logan Kleinwachs should be
congratulated for the tremendous effort by making this
directory available to us.
Though smaller than the 1929 Polish Business Directory
it enables an interesting comparison of the businesses
in every location in amatter of 3 years.
I myself research the KOENIGSBUCH family >from Brzesko
(image 209 in the Directory) and managed to locate
Koenigsbuchs in the 1926 version who were not there
anymore in 1929 and vice versa. Now I have the
questions which will lead me hopefully to some
answers.
Jerusalem
I'd like to join Jacob Rosen in expressing my appreciation for Logan's
efforts and his skills.
Way to go, Logan!

Alexander Sharon
Calgary, Ab


Re: 1911 Canadian Census is now on-line! #general

Nick <tulse04-news@...>
 

"jan meisels allen" < janmallen@worldnet.att.net > wrote :

Dear Jewish Genners:

The Canadian 1911 Census which has been the focus of a long legislative
battle is now on-line and accessible! It may be viewed at:

http://www.collectionscanada.ca/archivianet/1911/index-e.html


Legislation enacted only a few weeks ago -S-18 --released the 1911 census
and the censuses that follow through 2001 (each census will be released 92
years after it was taken).

A great accomplishment in a few weeks, so kudos to Ian E. Wilson, Librarian
and Archivist of Canada, and the staff at Library and Archives Canada for
their hard work in putting these valuable records online sooner than was
expected.

For those with Canadian ancestry, enjoy the census!!
What was the previous situation and what was the argument for the change?


--
Nick Landau
London, UK

COHNREICH (Anklam, Germany Krajenka, Poland) ATLAS (Wielkie Oczy (near
Lvov/Lemberg), Poland)
WECHSLER(Schwabach, Germany) KOHN (Wallerstein and Kleinerdlingen,Germany)
LANDAU/FREDKIN(Gomel, Mogilev, Belarus)


Rosie (FREINDLICH) and Moses SAMLAN #romania

Arnold Samlan
 

With the help of the JGS of Montreal, I recently located the grave of my
great grandmother Rosie (FREINDLICH) SAMLAN, who died March 21, 1915 and in
buried in Back River Cemetery there. It is possible that she was >from Romania.

She left one son, Abraham (my grandfather), born in February 1895. He
claimed to be born in Montreal, although we have no birth record to confirm that.

I am trying to locate any information about Rosie's life, including and
especially Canadian/Quebec immigration information. I'm also trying to locate any
Romanian documents or records that might shed some light on the life of her
husband, Moses, about whom we know only that he was born in Romania,
supposedly died in a war -- family legend has it as the Spanish-American War. We have
no burial information.

Any information, leads or ideas appreciated.

Arnold D. Samlan
West Hempstead, NY
MODERATOR NOTE: Private replies please

Researching: SAMLAN, FREINDLICH, KOOPERMAN


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Re: 1911 Canadian Census is now on-line! #general

Nick <tulse04-news@...>
 

"jan meisels allen" < janmallen@worldnet.att.net > wrote :

Dear Jewish Genners:

The Canadian 1911 Census which has been the focus of a long legislative
battle is now on-line and accessible! It may be viewed at:

http://www.collectionscanada.ca/archivianet/1911/index-e.html


Legislation enacted only a few weeks ago -S-18 --released the 1911 census
and the censuses that follow through 2001 (each census will be released 92
years after it was taken).

A great accomplishment in a few weeks, so kudos to Ian E. Wilson, Librarian
and Archivist of Canada, and the staff at Library and Archives Canada for
their hard work in putting these valuable records online sooner than was
expected.

For those with Canadian ancestry, enjoy the census!!
What was the previous situation and what was the argument for the change?


--
Nick Landau
London, UK

COHNREICH (Anklam, Germany Krajenka, Poland) ATLAS (Wielkie Oczy (near
Lvov/Lemberg), Poland)
WECHSLER(Schwabach, Germany) KOHN (Wallerstein and Kleinerdlingen,Germany)
LANDAU/FREDKIN(Gomel, Mogilev, Belarus)


Romania SIG #Romania Rosie (FREINDLICH) and Moses SAMLAN #romania

Arnold Samlan
 

With the help of the JGS of Montreal, I recently located the grave of my
great grandmother Rosie (FREINDLICH) SAMLAN, who died March 21, 1915 and in
buried in Back River Cemetery there. It is possible that she was >from Romania.

She left one son, Abraham (my grandfather), born in February 1895. He
claimed to be born in Montreal, although we have no birth record to confirm that.

I am trying to locate any information about Rosie's life, including and
especially Canadian/Quebec immigration information. I'm also trying to locate any
Romanian documents or records that might shed some light on the life of her
husband, Moses, about whom we know only that he was born in Romania,
supposedly died in a war -- family legend has it as the Spanish-American War. We have
no burial information.

Any information, leads or ideas appreciated.

Arnold D. Samlan
West Hempstead, NY
MODERATOR NOTE: Private replies please

Researching: SAMLAN, FREINDLICH, KOOPERMAN