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KaZ--abbreviation for a title? #germany

Christine Crawford-Oppenheimer
 

Dear GerSIGgers,

I've been working with a book about Frankfurt in early modern times
that has, to say the least, a lack of good source notes, and some
family connections that are almost certainly erroneous that have been
copied >from other not-well-sourced material.

This book gives the first and third husbands of Roesle/Roeslen/Reitzen
Oppenheim (d. 19 July 1689) as Leb Katz and Mosche Katz. I went to
look at the information about her gravestone in the Steinheim
Institute web site, and find that it doesn't give the name of the
first husband, but gives the name of the third husband as "Mosche KaZ."

Am I correct in guessing that the author of the book misunderstood the
"surname", and that "KaZ" is probably actually an abbreviation of a
(religious?) title? If so, what does it stand for?

Thanks! Christine Crawford-Oppenheimer Hyde Park, NY


Special Event At the DC2011 Conference #germany

31st IAJGS Conference <dc2011_conference@...>
 

Hello All,

I am pleased to announce that on Monday, August 15, DC2011 will offer a
theater performance, performed by Theater J. Theater J is a professional
theater company located in Washington, DC, founded to present works that
"celebrate the distinctive urban voice and social vision that are part
of the Jewish cultural legacy as a self-mission.

(NOTE: The link for Theater J is
<http://washingtondcjcc.org/center-for-arts/theater-j/about-us/about-us-main-page.html>)

Theaters in DC are dark in August, so we have brought a highlight of the
Theater J season to our conference hotel for conference attendees to
enjoy. In an attempt to maintain the feel of the home stage
performances, seating will be limited to 400. Tickets are $12 each.

The Moscows of Nantucket
By Sam Forman
This witty, smart, multigenerational family comedy, with moments of
poignant self-revelation and awareness, takes place on a summer weekend
at the parental home in Nantucket. Watch the fur fly as brothers play
out old family dramas, mixed with contemporary angst, passion fueled by
booze, compulsive Blackberry checking and disclosed secrets. Sam
Forman's previous play was Helen Hayes Award-nominated, "The Rise and
Fall of Annie Hall."

You will be able to purchase the tickets on the DC2011 registration web
site soon.

Hope to see you there.

Sue Isman
Co-Chair, Hospitality
31st IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy
dc2011_conference@comcast.net


German SIG #Germany KaZ--abbreviation for a title? #germany

Christine Crawford-Oppenheimer
 

Dear GerSIGgers,

I've been working with a book about Frankfurt in early modern times
that has, to say the least, a lack of good source notes, and some
family connections that are almost certainly erroneous that have been
copied >from other not-well-sourced material.

This book gives the first and third husbands of Roesle/Roeslen/Reitzen
Oppenheim (d. 19 July 1689) as Leb Katz and Mosche Katz. I went to
look at the information about her gravestone in the Steinheim
Institute web site, and find that it doesn't give the name of the
first husband, but gives the name of the third husband as "Mosche KaZ."

Am I correct in guessing that the author of the book misunderstood the
"surname", and that "KaZ" is probably actually an abbreviation of a
(religious?) title? If so, what does it stand for?

Thanks! Christine Crawford-Oppenheimer Hyde Park, NY


German SIG #Germany Special Event At the DC2011 Conference #germany

31st IAJGS Conference <dc2011_conference@...>
 

Hello All,

I am pleased to announce that on Monday, August 15, DC2011 will offer a
theater performance, performed by Theater J. Theater J is a professional
theater company located in Washington, DC, founded to present works that
"celebrate the distinctive urban voice and social vision that are part
of the Jewish cultural legacy as a self-mission.

(NOTE: The link for Theater J is
<http://washingtondcjcc.org/center-for-arts/theater-j/about-us/about-us-main-page.html>)

Theaters in DC are dark in August, so we have brought a highlight of the
Theater J season to our conference hotel for conference attendees to
enjoy. In an attempt to maintain the feel of the home stage
performances, seating will be limited to 400. Tickets are $12 each.

The Moscows of Nantucket
By Sam Forman
This witty, smart, multigenerational family comedy, with moments of
poignant self-revelation and awareness, takes place on a summer weekend
at the parental home in Nantucket. Watch the fur fly as brothers play
out old family dramas, mixed with contemporary angst, passion fueled by
booze, compulsive Blackberry checking and disclosed secrets. Sam
Forman's previous play was Helen Hayes Award-nominated, "The Rise and
Fall of Annie Hall."

You will be able to purchase the tickets on the DC2011 registration web
site soon.

Hope to see you there.

Sue Isman
Co-Chair, Hospitality
31st IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy
dc2011_conference@comcast.net


1947 Certificate of Death -- HECHT, FLEISCHER, New York State #general

Burt Hecht <burt1933@...>
 

Dear Genners,

I have a copy of a death certificate for a person >from Brooklyn,
deceased 20 Jul 1947 in upstate New York. She was Anna HECHT,
daughter of Moshe and Rifke FLEISCHER, married to one Samuel HECHT.
By coincidence I received the copy. Should you be researching this
family, please contact me. I'll send a copy to you.

Burt Hecht
Sacramento


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen 1947 Certificate of Death -- HECHT, FLEISCHER, New York State #general

Burt Hecht <burt1933@...>
 

Dear Genners,

I have a copy of a death certificate for a person >from Brooklyn,
deceased 20 Jul 1947 in upstate New York. She was Anna HECHT,
daughter of Moshe and Rifke FLEISCHER, married to one Samuel HECHT.
By coincidence I received the copy. Should you be researching this
family, please contact me. I'll send a copy to you.

Burt Hecht
Sacramento


CROOK family London #general

Chaim freedman
 

The actor Marty Feldman's mother was Cissie (Cecilia), daughter of Sam CROOK.
She had a brother David Crook.
They lived in London.
I am seeking information about this family.

Chaim Freedman
Petah Tikvah, Israel
email chaimjan@zahav.net.il


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen CROOK family London #general

Chaim freedman
 

The actor Marty Feldman's mother was Cissie (Cecilia), daughter of Sam CROOK.
She had a brother David Crook.
They lived in London.
I am seeking information about this family.

Chaim Freedman
Petah Tikvah, Israel
email chaimjan@zahav.net.il


Re: How immigrant surnames were changed #general

Joseph Fibel <jfibel@...>
 

In the families I am researching, there have been many name changes.
Here are a few:

My paternal grandfather's name was Feibel, He signed it that way on
documents including his Easton, Pa marriage certificate. My grandmother
didn't like that spelling, She changed it to Fibel in the 1870's.

My father in law and all five of his siblings' names in Poland were
Garbel. The changed it after their arrival to Garber and they all
confirmed the change in NYC court in a single hearing. The kids in the
streets called them "Garbel, garbel, Turkey.

In Europe, my wife's paternal mother's name and all of her relatives in
that line were Gradzanowskis. Most of them changed the name to Gross.
One family changed the name to Gould, one to Lewis, and one to Greene.
All these were shortened to make them more American.

A female Gradzanoski married a Kabashki male. Here they became Kubars.
One of them escaped to Danzig. He bought someone's papers and became
Kahn. He came to the u S, as Kahn. One of this same family, using the
female version of the Kubashki name, Kubashka, went to Israel and
changed the name to HaLevi.(in 1947) I still haven't found this branch
in Israel.

A couple of the Gross's came early to Westchester (in NY) Through a
cousin they were financed on their peddling routes. This cousin's name
was Sam Ellis. Despite my, and his grandson's efforts, we could not
figure out his original name. He, himself,*(Sam) changed his name
*after* he emerged >from Ellis Island in appreciation.

My wife's maternal grandfather's name in Europe was Lipkunski. He
changed it to Lipmann here. Cousins changed it to Lipcon. When one
cousin went to Israel, he changed it to Aviel.

The Olkenitzki's who went to Israel >from Voronova in Belarussia, kept
that name. In the U S, it was changed to Olken and Olkin. The
earliest member of this family that went to Israel got there illegally
in 1937. His name was Moshe Olkenitzki. He was advised to change his
name to confuse the British if he was caught. He made his father's
name Shmuel, into his last name, Shmueli. Although Moshe and his wife
Zippora are gone now several years, they have a big family now .

One of my first wife's reliatives lived in Hungary. His name was
Goodman. He wanted to go to Medical School. He surely could not go to
Med School in Hungary as Goodman so he became Gergely.(A Hungarian name)
Eventually, he headed up Obstetrics at Maimonides Hospital in Brooklyn
and delivered my two kids.

We remember them all and appreciate the true reasons for their name
changes.

These are the true and actual stories of an extended family's name
changes and their reasons.

Joe Fibel
New Rochelle, NY


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Re: How immigrant surnames were changed #general

Joseph Fibel <jfibel@...>
 

In the families I am researching, there have been many name changes.
Here are a few:

My paternal grandfather's name was Feibel, He signed it that way on
documents including his Easton, Pa marriage certificate. My grandmother
didn't like that spelling, She changed it to Fibel in the 1870's.

My father in law and all five of his siblings' names in Poland were
Garbel. The changed it after their arrival to Garber and they all
confirmed the change in NYC court in a single hearing. The kids in the
streets called them "Garbel, garbel, Turkey.

In Europe, my wife's paternal mother's name and all of her relatives in
that line were Gradzanowskis. Most of them changed the name to Gross.
One family changed the name to Gould, one to Lewis, and one to Greene.
All these were shortened to make them more American.

A female Gradzanoski married a Kabashki male. Here they became Kubars.
One of them escaped to Danzig. He bought someone's papers and became
Kahn. He came to the u S, as Kahn. One of this same family, using the
female version of the Kubashki name, Kubashka, went to Israel and
changed the name to HaLevi.(in 1947) I still haven't found this branch
in Israel.

A couple of the Gross's came early to Westchester (in NY) Through a
cousin they were financed on their peddling routes. This cousin's name
was Sam Ellis. Despite my, and his grandson's efforts, we could not
figure out his original name. He, himself,*(Sam) changed his name
*after* he emerged >from Ellis Island in appreciation.

My wife's maternal grandfather's name in Europe was Lipkunski. He
changed it to Lipmann here. Cousins changed it to Lipcon. When one
cousin went to Israel, he changed it to Aviel.

The Olkenitzki's who went to Israel >from Voronova in Belarussia, kept
that name. In the U S, it was changed to Olken and Olkin. The
earliest member of this family that went to Israel got there illegally
in 1937. His name was Moshe Olkenitzki. He was advised to change his
name to confuse the British if he was caught. He made his father's
name Shmuel, into his last name, Shmueli. Although Moshe and his wife
Zippora are gone now several years, they have a big family now .

One of my first wife's reliatives lived in Hungary. His name was
Goodman. He wanted to go to Medical School. He surely could not go to
Med School in Hungary as Goodman so he became Gergely.(A Hungarian name)
Eventually, he headed up Obstetrics at Maimonides Hospital in Brooklyn
and delivered my two kids.

We remember them all and appreciate the true reasons for their name
changes.

These are the true and actual stories of an extended family's name
changes and their reasons.

Joe Fibel
New Rochelle, NY


Re: How immigrant surnames were changed #general

Nancy Reicher
 

My husband's grandfather arrived in the U.S. in 1880. His older
brother came a few years later. The two men were partners in business
in Kansas City and then Hays, Kansas. In 1897 the two brothers and
their families moved to Cedar Rapids, Iowa where they were again in
business together. In 1899 they all moved to Vinton, Iowa. This move
began their separate buinesses, no longer partners but competitors.
Around 1909 the brother went bankrupt and went to court to change his
name before moving to Chicago. On year later Grandpa decided to move
from Vinton, Iowa to Huron, South Dakota as he had heavy coats left
over >from the warmer than usual winter. The family got on the train
with one name and got off the train with a changed name (the same as
his brother's). He never went to court. That was too costly and too
time consuming. His mother got off the boat in New York and by the
time she arrived in Chicago, in 1910, she had changed her last name
to that of her sons. Folks just did it with no formalities. These men
we no longer recent immigrants. They were Naturalized citizens.

Nancy L. Reicher
Kansas City, Missouri


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Re: How immigrant surnames were changed #general

Nancy Reicher
 

My husband's grandfather arrived in the U.S. in 1880. His older
brother came a few years later. The two men were partners in business
in Kansas City and then Hays, Kansas. In 1897 the two brothers and
their families moved to Cedar Rapids, Iowa where they were again in
business together. In 1899 they all moved to Vinton, Iowa. This move
began their separate buinesses, no longer partners but competitors.
Around 1909 the brother went bankrupt and went to court to change his
name before moving to Chicago. On year later Grandpa decided to move
from Vinton, Iowa to Huron, South Dakota as he had heavy coats left
over >from the warmer than usual winter. The family got on the train
with one name and got off the train with a changed name (the same as
his brother's). He never went to court. That was too costly and too
time consuming. His mother got off the boat in New York and by the
time she arrived in Chicago, in 1910, she had changed her last name
to that of her sons. Folks just did it with no formalities. These men
we no longer recent immigrants. They were Naturalized citizens.

Nancy L. Reicher
Kansas City, Missouri


Re: How immigrant surnames were changed #general

Zvika Welgreen
 

Dear All

First for those who didn't understand Alex Sharon's joke
"Shoyn forgossen" in Yiddish means "already forgot".

It happened in Israel during the massive Aliyah period as well.
The famous writer and satirican Efraim Kishon was born in Hungary
as Ferentz Hofman, when he arrived to Israel the Sochnut immigration
clerk told his that there is no such name as Ferentz Hofman and his
name would be >from now on Efraim Kishon. And this was his name since
then.

Zvika Welgreen
Israel
Searching for WELGRYN / WELGRIN / WELGREEN, BLUMENFELD, GOTFRYD /
GOTFRID, ZLOTOGURSKI >from Poland

On Sun, Mar 20, 2011 at 9:33 PM, Alex Sharon <a.sharon@shaw.ca> wrote:

Some 13 years ago in one of those popular indeed topics, I wrote:

It remains the story about a newly emigrated to America traditional Jew from
Poland by the name Sean Fergusson.

"How come, you have such a name?" people asked him. "When I arrived, the
immigration official have asked about my name. And I was so exited that I
simply forgot it.

And I told him: "Shoyn forgossen"."


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Re: How immigrant surnames were changed #general

Zvika Welgreen
 

Dear All

First for those who didn't understand Alex Sharon's joke
"Shoyn forgossen" in Yiddish means "already forgot".

It happened in Israel during the massive Aliyah period as well.
The famous writer and satirican Efraim Kishon was born in Hungary
as Ferentz Hofman, when he arrived to Israel the Sochnut immigration
clerk told his that there is no such name as Ferentz Hofman and his
name would be >from now on Efraim Kishon. And this was his name since
then.

Zvika Welgreen
Israel
Searching for WELGRYN / WELGRIN / WELGREEN, BLUMENFELD, GOTFRYD /
GOTFRID, ZLOTOGURSKI >from Poland

On Sun, Mar 20, 2011 at 9:33 PM, Alex Sharon <a.sharon@shaw.ca> wrote:

Some 13 years ago in one of those popular indeed topics, I wrote:

It remains the story about a newly emigrated to America traditional Jew from
Poland by the name Sean Fergusson.

"How come, you have such a name?" people asked him. "When I arrived, the
immigration official have asked about my name. And I was so exited that I
simply forgot it.

And I told him: "Shoyn forgossen"."


Re: How immigrant surnames were changed #general

MERYL RIZZOTTI
 

Hi:
Most immigrant names were changed by the immigrant.
*not* at Ellis Island, not on the voyage, not by a clerk.
Keep in mind there were more ports of entry than Ellis Island.
My ggrandfather came to the US as Joil Povlotsky.
He later changed his name to Louis Haas. No rhyme or reason.
I can't figure out why he chose that name which was German
and not Russian.
He started out on some documents as Louis Hase then to Haas.
He was naturalized as Haas and did not put his real name
anywhere on his papers. I was the one who discovered the
name change as everyone in the family believed the name
was Haas and not Povlotsky.
He seems to be the only one in his immediate family that did
this name change and his descendants carried the name Haas.
I discovered in my research that the "real" family name was
Povlotsky and found other Povlotskys that I am related to.

Meryl Rizzotti
Researching: SPECTER, POVLOTSKY, BASS, TEPEROWITZ, ACHRAMOWITZ,
KRZEWIN, CYMES, SLEPAK


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Re: How immigrant surnames were changed #general

MERYL RIZZOTTI
 

Hi:
Most immigrant names were changed by the immigrant.
*not* at Ellis Island, not on the voyage, not by a clerk.
Keep in mind there were more ports of entry than Ellis Island.
My ggrandfather came to the US as Joil Povlotsky.
He later changed his name to Louis Haas. No rhyme or reason.
I can't figure out why he chose that name which was German
and not Russian.
He started out on some documents as Louis Hase then to Haas.
He was naturalized as Haas and did not put his real name
anywhere on his papers. I was the one who discovered the
name change as everyone in the family believed the name
was Haas and not Povlotsky.
He seems to be the only one in his immediate family that did
this name change and his descendants carried the name Haas.
I discovered in my research that the "real" family name was
Povlotsky and found other Povlotskys that I am related to.

Meryl Rizzotti
Researching: SPECTER, POVLOTSKY, BASS, TEPEROWITZ, ACHRAMOWITZ,
KRZEWIN, CYMES, SLEPAK


Special Event At the DC2011 Conference #poland

31st IAJGS Conference <dc2011_conference@...>
 

Hello All,

I am pleased to announce that on Monday, August 15, DC2011 will offer a
theater performance, performed by Theater J. Theater J is a professional
theater company located in Washington, DC, founded to present works that
"celebrate the distinctive urban voice and social vision that are part
of the Jewish cultural legacy as a self-mission.

(NOTE: The link for Theater J is
<http://washingtondcjcc.org/center-for-arts/theater-j/about-us/about-us-main-page.html>)

Theaters in DC are dark in August, so we have brought a highlight of the
Theater J season to our conference hotel for conference attendees to
enjoy. In an attempt to maintain the feel of the home stage
performances, seating will be limited to 400. Tickets are $12 each.

The Moscows of Nantucket
By Sam Forman
This witty, smart, multigenerational family comedy, with moments of
poignant self-revelation and awareness, takes place on a summer weekend
at the parental home in Nantucket. Watch the fur fly as brothers play
out old family dramas, mixed with contemporary angst, passion fueled by
booze, compulsive Blackberry checking and disclosed secrets. Sam
Forman's previous play was Helen Hayes Award-nominated, "The Rise and
Fall of Annie Hall."

You will be able to purchase the tickets on the DC2011 registration web
site soon.

Hope to see you there.

Sue Isman
Co-Chair, Hospitality
31st IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy
dc2011_conference@comcast.net


JRI Poland #Poland Special Event At the DC2011 Conference #poland

31st IAJGS Conference <dc2011_conference@...>
 

Hello All,

I am pleased to announce that on Monday, August 15, DC2011 will offer a
theater performance, performed by Theater J. Theater J is a professional
theater company located in Washington, DC, founded to present works that
"celebrate the distinctive urban voice and social vision that are part
of the Jewish cultural legacy as a self-mission.

(NOTE: The link for Theater J is
<http://washingtondcjcc.org/center-for-arts/theater-j/about-us/about-us-main-page.html>)

Theaters in DC are dark in August, so we have brought a highlight of the
Theater J season to our conference hotel for conference attendees to
enjoy. In an attempt to maintain the feel of the home stage
performances, seating will be limited to 400. Tickets are $12 each.

The Moscows of Nantucket
By Sam Forman
This witty, smart, multigenerational family comedy, with moments of
poignant self-revelation and awareness, takes place on a summer weekend
at the parental home in Nantucket. Watch the fur fly as brothers play
out old family dramas, mixed with contemporary angst, passion fueled by
booze, compulsive Blackberry checking and disclosed secrets. Sam
Forman's previous play was Helen Hayes Award-nominated, "The Rise and
Fall of Annie Hall."

You will be able to purchase the tickets on the DC2011 registration web
site soon.

Hope to see you there.

Sue Isman
Co-Chair, Hospitality
31st IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy
dc2011_conference@comcast.net


Conference Drawing Winners #lithuania

31st IAJGS Conference <dc2011_conference@...>
 

At the March 13 JGSGW meeting, Betty B. Ross of Bethesda, Maryland was
selected as the winner of a 5-Night Stay at the Grand Hyatt Washington
during the DC2011 conference. When reached by phone, Betty was elated and
reported that she "never wins anything!" Congratulations to Betty.

Last month's winner of a 5-night stay was Israel Pickholtz of Jerusalem.
Israel's name was drawn >from among those people who submitted proposals to
speak at the conference. Betty was among those people who registered for the
conference during the Super Early Bird, which ended on January 31. Each of
the winners will stay in a luxurious room at the hotel for the duration of
the conference.

JGSGW, the conference host society reminds everyone that the Early Bird
rates continue through April 30. Weekly attendees save $65 by registering
early instead of waiting to register at the conference. Folks who register
by July 1, may enter the data on the names and places that they are
researching and this information will be included in the Family Finder which
will be given to full-week attendees.

The 31st IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy will take place
from August 14-19, 2011 at the Grand Hyatt Washington in Washington, DC.
More than 160 speakers >from all over the world will address the conference.
For more information visit our website at www.dc2011.com

Marlene Bishow,
Vic Cohen,
and Sue Isman,
Conference Co-Chairs
31st IAJGS Conference in Washington, DC


Lithuania SIG #Lithuania Conference Drawing Winners #lithuania

31st IAJGS Conference <dc2011_conference@...>
 

At the March 13 JGSGW meeting, Betty B. Ross of Bethesda, Maryland was
selected as the winner of a 5-Night Stay at the Grand Hyatt Washington
during the DC2011 conference. When reached by phone, Betty was elated and
reported that she "never wins anything!" Congratulations to Betty.

Last month's winner of a 5-night stay was Israel Pickholtz of Jerusalem.
Israel's name was drawn >from among those people who submitted proposals to
speak at the conference. Betty was among those people who registered for the
conference during the Super Early Bird, which ended on January 31. Each of
the winners will stay in a luxurious room at the hotel for the duration of
the conference.

JGSGW, the conference host society reminds everyone that the Early Bird
rates continue through April 30. Weekly attendees save $65 by registering
early instead of waiting to register at the conference. Folks who register
by July 1, may enter the data on the names and places that they are
researching and this information will be included in the Family Finder which
will be given to full-week attendees.

The 31st IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy will take place
from August 14-19, 2011 at the Grand Hyatt Washington in Washington, DC.
More than 160 speakers >from all over the world will address the conference.
For more information visit our website at www.dc2011.com

Marlene Bishow,
Vic Cohen,
and Sue Isman,
Conference Co-Chairs
31st IAJGS Conference in Washington, DC

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