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Online Family History Research in US Grows by 14 Times Over Past Decade #general

Jan Meisels Allen
 

As if we were not aware that online family research was growing-a study
sponsored by Ancestry.com , Global Family History Report proves it! The
study goes across six developed countries: US,UK, Canada, Australia, Germany
and Sweden-shows in the United States it has grown 14 times. It appears
there is a shift back to vertical family structures-multiple generations
interacting with each other.

Interestingly, this is due to advances in technology and medicine-allowing
the older generations to live longer and connect with social media. The
study found younger people were more inspired to learn more about their
family history. The most commonly used resources in the United States-other
than speaking to family are photographs, birth, marriage and death records
and letters.

To learn more about the methodology see: http://tinyurl.com/n4bqe93
Original url:
http://corporate.ancestry.com/press/press-releases/2014/11/Online-Family-History-Research-in-United-States-Grows-by-14-Times-in-Past-Decade-/

If anyone wants to review the first chapter of Ancestry's Global Family
History Report contact mediarelations@ancestry.com

I have no affiliation with Ancestry.com and am posting about this study
solely for the information of the reader.

Jan Meisels Allen
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Online Family History Research in US Grows by 14 Times Over Past Decade #general

Jan Meisels Allen
 

As if we were not aware that online family research was growing-a study
sponsored by Ancestry.com , Global Family History Report proves it! The
study goes across six developed countries: US,UK, Canada, Australia, Germany
and Sweden-shows in the United States it has grown 14 times. It appears
there is a shift back to vertical family structures-multiple generations
interacting with each other.

Interestingly, this is due to advances in technology and medicine-allowing
the older generations to live longer and connect with social media. The
study found younger people were more inspired to learn more about their
family history. The most commonly used resources in the United States-other
than speaking to family are photographs, birth, marriage and death records
and letters.

To learn more about the methodology see: http://tinyurl.com/n4bqe93
Original url:
http://corporate.ancestry.com/press/press-releases/2014/11/Online-Family-History-Research-in-United-States-Grows-by-14-Times-in-Past-Decade-/

If anyone wants to review the first chapter of Ancestry's Global Family
History Report contact mediarelations@ancestry.com

I have no affiliation with Ancestry.com and am posting about this study
solely for the information of the reader.

Jan Meisels Allen
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


Cape Town Kehilalink goes live and coincides with the start of the Chief Rabbi's tour of Australia & New Zealand #general

Eli Rabinowitz <elirab52@...>
 

I am pleased to announce that the Cape Town Kehilalink is now live:

http://kehilalinks.jewishgen.org/capetown

Please send photos and stories that depict the Jewish life of Cape Town,
past and present, to eli@elirab.com

This new website was launched yesterday, on the day the Chief Rabbi of
the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth, Ephraim Mirvis,
commenced his first tour of Australia and New Zealand in Perth.

What is the connection?

The Chief Rabbi spent his high school years at Herzlia High School in
Cape Town. After his address to the Perth community, he was able to
catch up with Bram Beinart, a Herzlia High School classmate >from 1968 to
1973. This is the first time they have met since their school days.

There are many Capetonians in Perth as well as in Melbourne and Sydney.

For more information, also visit:

http://elirab.me/2014/11/20/chief-rabbi-mirvis-in-perth-the-first-time-in-australia/
[or http://tinyurl.com/kujt43h --Mod.]

I am now working on the Perth Kehilalink, the first one for Australian!

Best regards

Eli Rabinowitz
Perth
http://elirab.me


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Cape Town Kehilalink goes live and coincides with the start of the Chief Rabbi's tour of Australia & New Zealand #general

Eli Rabinowitz <elirab52@...>
 

I am pleased to announce that the Cape Town Kehilalink is now live:

http://kehilalinks.jewishgen.org/capetown

Please send photos and stories that depict the Jewish life of Cape Town,
past and present, to eli@elirab.com

This new website was launched yesterday, on the day the Chief Rabbi of
the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth, Ephraim Mirvis,
commenced his first tour of Australia and New Zealand in Perth.

What is the connection?

The Chief Rabbi spent his high school years at Herzlia High School in
Cape Town. After his address to the Perth community, he was able to
catch up with Bram Beinart, a Herzlia High School classmate >from 1968 to
1973. This is the first time they have met since their school days.

There are many Capetonians in Perth as well as in Melbourne and Sydney.

For more information, also visit:

http://elirab.me/2014/11/20/chief-rabbi-mirvis-in-perth-the-first-time-in-australia/
[or http://tinyurl.com/kujt43h --Mod.]

I am now working on the Perth Kehilalink, the first one for Australian!

Best regards

Eli Rabinowitz
Perth
http://elirab.me


ViewMate translation request - Russian #general

WALTER ELIAS
 

I've posted a two part vital record in Russian for which I need a
translation. I am only interested in names, dates, ages, names of
parents, occupation, and towns of origin. Surnames are GOFER and
KOZEL. It is on ViewMate at the following addresses...

http://www.jewishgen.org/viewmate/viewmateview.asp?key=VM36699
http://www.jewishgen.org/viewmate/viewmateview.asp?key=VM36700

Please respond via the form provided in the ViewMate application.
Thank you very much.

Walter S. Elias
St. Louis Park, Minnesota


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen ViewMate translation request - Russian #general

WALTER ELIAS
 

I've posted a two part vital record in Russian for which I need a
translation. I am only interested in names, dates, ages, names of
parents, occupation, and towns of origin. Surnames are GOFER and
KOZEL. It is on ViewMate at the following addresses...

http://www.jewishgen.org/viewmate/viewmateview.asp?key=VM36699
http://www.jewishgen.org/viewmate/viewmateview.asp?key=VM36700

Please respond via the form provided in the ViewMate application.
Thank you very much.

Walter S. Elias
St. Louis Park, Minnesota


Seeking descendants of GOLDENHOR family from Zhitomir region (?) #general

Matthew Kessler
 

I am searching for descendants of Chunah GOLDENHOR and his wife Toibe.

Their children were:

Elke
Blume
Motel
Krainy FURMAN
Shaindel NARODSKY
Feiga SKURATOWSKY

Feiga is my ggg-grandmother. Her husband was Ely SKURATOWSKY, son of
Yankel and Leah. They had 6 children, including Morris "Moishe"
SCARATOWSKY, Harry SKURATOFSKY, and Jake SKURATON, all 3 of whom
immigrated to Newark, NJ.

I do not know where the Goldenhor family was from; though, Feiga's son
Moishe raised his family in Zhitomir and Chudnov.

Thanks,
Matthew Kessler
New York, NY

MODERATOR NOTE: Please send contact information privately.


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Seeking descendants of GOLDENHOR family from Zhitomir region (?) #general

Matthew Kessler
 

I am searching for descendants of Chunah GOLDENHOR and his wife Toibe.

Their children were:

Elke
Blume
Motel
Krainy FURMAN
Shaindel NARODSKY
Feiga SKURATOWSKY

Feiga is my ggg-grandmother. Her husband was Ely SKURATOWSKY, son of
Yankel and Leah. They had 6 children, including Morris "Moishe"
SCARATOWSKY, Harry SKURATOFSKY, and Jake SKURATON, all 3 of whom
immigrated to Newark, NJ.

I do not know where the Goldenhor family was from; though, Feiga's son
Moishe raised his family in Zhitomir and Chudnov.

Thanks,
Matthew Kessler
New York, NY

MODERATOR NOTE: Please send contact information privately.


Temple Israel of Westport cemetery, in Norwalk Connecticut #general

Jeff at SG
 

I hope that someone happens to live in the vicinity of Temple Israel of
Westport cemetery, in Norwalk Connecticut (on Richard Street) and would
do me a great favor.

I would love to obtain a photo of the tombstone inscription on the
tombstone of
Bernard GOLDEN
It is #615, Row JJ26

I'm looking for his Hebrew first name and hope it will be on the
tombstone or perhaps in the cemetery records.

Thank you.

Jeff Malka
Vienna, VA
Searching GOLDENBERG >from Cairo, Egypt and Bucharest

MODERATOR NOTE: Please contact Jeff before going to the cemetery in
order to avoid duplication of effort.


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Temple Israel of Westport cemetery, in Norwalk Connecticut #general

Jeff at SG
 

I hope that someone happens to live in the vicinity of Temple Israel of
Westport cemetery, in Norwalk Connecticut (on Richard Street) and would
do me a great favor.

I would love to obtain a photo of the tombstone inscription on the
tombstone of
Bernard GOLDEN
It is #615, Row JJ26

I'm looking for his Hebrew first name and hope it will be on the
tombstone or perhaps in the cemetery records.

Thank you.

Jeff Malka
Vienna, VA
Searching GOLDENBERG >from Cairo, Egypt and Bucharest

MODERATOR NOTE: Please contact Jeff before going to the cemetery in
order to avoid duplication of effort.


Re: Online Family History Research in US Grows by 14 Times Over Past Decade #general

Todd Edelman <edelman@...>
 

Not surprising... yes.

What is the "shift" described moving away from?

Curious also how much genealogy-research contributes to the economy,
specifically growing turnover of services such as Ancestry, Geni, Family
Tree DNA, etc. and via more work for professional genealogists. (Amateur
is outpacing professiona but by how much - if these can be compared)

Also curious how long people stick with it -- I have a few relatively
distant - both pre-and retirement-age - cousins with whom I have traded
information but they seem to have prioritized other hobbies now. (We all
get bummed out a bit when we find someone on JGFF who could be an
amazing contact but who has not logged on in over ten years.)

- Todd Edelman, near Los Angeles, researching families >from Galicia plus
KLEIN in Bihar, KLEIN in Hajdu, MALEK/ICKOVIC in Maramaros,
KUNSTLER/ROEDER/SUSSHOLZ/WEISZ in Saros, EDELMAN/FRIEDMAN/SUSSHOLZ in
Szepes, KUNSTLER/SUSSHOLZ in Ung and WEISBERGER in Zemplen counties in
former Hungarian Empire.

On 11/19/2014 11:51 PM, Jan Meisels Allen janmallen@att.net wrote:
As if we were not aware that online family research was growing-a study
sponsored by Ancestry.com , Global Family History Report proves it! The
study goes across six developed countries: US,UK, Canada, Australia, Germany
and Sweden-shows in the United States it has grown 14 times. It appears
there is a shift back to vertical family structures-multiple generations
interacting with each other.
...


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Re: Online Family History Research in US Grows by 14 Times Over Past Decade #general

Todd Edelman <edelman@...>
 

Not surprising... yes.

What is the "shift" described moving away from?

Curious also how much genealogy-research contributes to the economy,
specifically growing turnover of services such as Ancestry, Geni, Family
Tree DNA, etc. and via more work for professional genealogists. (Amateur
is outpacing professiona but by how much - if these can be compared)

Also curious how long people stick with it -- I have a few relatively
distant - both pre-and retirement-age - cousins with whom I have traded
information but they seem to have prioritized other hobbies now. (We all
get bummed out a bit when we find someone on JGFF who could be an
amazing contact but who has not logged on in over ten years.)

- Todd Edelman, near Los Angeles, researching families >from Galicia plus
KLEIN in Bihar, KLEIN in Hajdu, MALEK/ICKOVIC in Maramaros,
KUNSTLER/ROEDER/SUSSHOLZ/WEISZ in Saros, EDELMAN/FRIEDMAN/SUSSHOLZ in
Szepes, KUNSTLER/SUSSHOLZ in Ung and WEISBERGER in Zemplen counties in
former Hungarian Empire.

On 11/19/2014 11:51 PM, Jan Meisels Allen janmallen@att.net wrote:
As if we were not aware that online family research was growing-a study
sponsored by Ancestry.com , Global Family History Report proves it! The
study goes across six developed countries: US,UK, Canada, Australia, Germany
and Sweden-shows in the United States it has grown 14 times. It appears
there is a shift back to vertical family structures-multiple generations
interacting with each other.
...


Multiple birth locations on different documents #general

Ellen Gottfried
 

My great grandfather lists his place of birth as Warsaw, Austria or
Russia on his marriage certificate, the birth certificates of his
children, the ship manifest, his Petition for Naturalization and every
census. There is no record of a naturalization certificate. His death
certificate is blank. JRI does not have any listing for NADLER in
Warsaw. His brother lists his place of birth as Tanorgrott, Poland
or Taniogrod, Poland. There are no such places. I checked with the
person who runs the Tarnogrod site and he sent the latest records,
but there are no NADLER's listed. Does anyone have an idea of where
else I could get information? Ellen Gottfried, Plainview, NY


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Multiple birth locations on different documents #general

Ellen Gottfried
 

My great grandfather lists his place of birth as Warsaw, Austria or
Russia on his marriage certificate, the birth certificates of his
children, the ship manifest, his Petition for Naturalization and every
census. There is no record of a naturalization certificate. His death
certificate is blank. JRI does not have any listing for NADLER in
Warsaw. His brother lists his place of birth as Tanorgrott, Poland
or Taniogrod, Poland. There are no such places. I checked with the
person who runs the Tarnogrod site and he sent the latest records,
but there are no NADLER's listed. Does anyone have an idea of where
else I could get information? Ellen Gottfried, Plainview, NY


Multiple Names for great grandmother #general

Ellen Gottfried
 

My great grandmother's marriage certificate lists her name as Annie
WALDERIN and her father as Louis WALDERIN. (she lived in London so it
is in English). Her death certificate lists her maiden name as Annie
KENIG and her parents as Julius KENIG and Pauline WALDHORN. She came
to the US to stay with her brother Aaron KENIG, whose parents are
Julius KENIG and Molly. I have looked at all birth and death records
of her children and the manifest of the ship but everywhere else she
is listed as Annie NADLER which was her married name. Does anyone have
an idea as to how I should proceed to find more information? Ellen
Gottfried Plainview, NY


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Multiple Names for great grandmother #general

Ellen Gottfried
 

My great grandmother's marriage certificate lists her name as Annie
WALDERIN and her father as Louis WALDERIN. (she lived in London so it
is in English). Her death certificate lists her maiden name as Annie
KENIG and her parents as Julius KENIG and Pauline WALDHORN. She came
to the US to stay with her brother Aaron KENIG, whose parents are
Julius KENIG and Molly. I have looked at all birth and death records
of her children and the manifest of the ship but everywhere else she
is listed as Annie NADLER which was her married name. Does anyone have
an idea as to how I should proceed to find more information? Ellen
Gottfried Plainview, NY


(US-Shanghai) National Archives Declassification Center Opens Records of Shanghai Diaspora Communities #general

Jan Meisels Allen
 

The (US) National Archives National Declassification Center (NDC) for
the first time has opened to the public, the Visa Investigation Records
of the Shanghai Diaspora Communities 1946-1951.

http://www.archives.gov/research/foreign-policy/shanghai-visas/

These are the visa files of the American Consulate General in Shanghai,
China and include photographs as well as detailed information about
individuals and families who sought refuge there.

The first release is 113 of the 1,300 case files as well as an applicant
name index to all materials

http://www.archives.gov/research/foreign-policy/shanghai-visas/name-lists.html
[or http://tinyurl.com/mo3rw3b --Mod.]

The name list is also available for download in pdf format.
As the case files become available they will be posted. Many applicants
were refugees who fled the Civil War in Russia, or Nazi persecution in
Poland and Germany.

There is an in-depth historical review and web resource to other
depositories with similar collections.

http://www.archives.gov/research/foreign-policy/shanghai-visas/background.html
[or http://tinyurl.com/n68dl4f --Mod.]

Jews have a long history in Shanghai. Russian Jewish and Orthodox émigrés
built an international city. Shanghai was home to prominent Sephardi
families such as the Hardoons, Kadoories and Sassoons The American Jewish
Joint Distribution Committee (AJDC) provided aid and support to the Jewish
and non-Jewish communities in pre- and post-war Shanghai, and the Hebrew
Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS) and the United Nations Relief and
Rehabilitation Administration (UNRRA) assisted the refugee and displaced
populations in receiving aid and facilitating repatriation or immigration.
After WWll some of the residents perceived the coming civil war between
Chinese Nationalists and Communists and immigrated to Australia, Canada,
Latin America and the United States.

Jan Meisels Allen
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen (US-Shanghai) National Archives Declassification Center Opens Records of Shanghai Diaspora Communities #general

Jan Meisels Allen
 

The (US) National Archives National Declassification Center (NDC) for
the first time has opened to the public, the Visa Investigation Records
of the Shanghai Diaspora Communities 1946-1951.

http://www.archives.gov/research/foreign-policy/shanghai-visas/

These are the visa files of the American Consulate General in Shanghai,
China and include photographs as well as detailed information about
individuals and families who sought refuge there.

The first release is 113 of the 1,300 case files as well as an applicant
name index to all materials

http://www.archives.gov/research/foreign-policy/shanghai-visas/name-lists.html
[or http://tinyurl.com/mo3rw3b --Mod.]

The name list is also available for download in pdf format.
As the case files become available they will be posted. Many applicants
were refugees who fled the Civil War in Russia, or Nazi persecution in
Poland and Germany.

There is an in-depth historical review and web resource to other
depositories with similar collections.

http://www.archives.gov/research/foreign-policy/shanghai-visas/background.html
[or http://tinyurl.com/n68dl4f --Mod.]

Jews have a long history in Shanghai. Russian Jewish and Orthodox émigrés
built an international city. Shanghai was home to prominent Sephardi
families such as the Hardoons, Kadoories and Sassoons The American Jewish
Joint Distribution Committee (AJDC) provided aid and support to the Jewish
and non-Jewish communities in pre- and post-war Shanghai, and the Hebrew
Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS) and the United Nations Relief and
Rehabilitation Administration (UNRRA) assisted the refugee and displaced
populations in receiving aid and facilitating repatriation or immigration.
After WWll some of the residents perceived the coming civil war between
Chinese Nationalists and Communists and immigrated to Australia, Canada,
Latin America and the United States.

Jan Meisels Allen
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


SELIG from Alsace and Philadelphia, PA #general

Fred Half
 

I am trying to determine relationships of what looks like two
different SELIG families that are part of my tree. I will list
what I know as fact and hope that someone who has researched this
family can possibly show me some verifiable links.

Moyse SELIG (died in Thuringen, Bavaria on 9 June 1809) was
married to Anne SELIG. They had one son (Seligman SELIG) that I
am certain of. Seligman was born on 13 September 1804 in Thuringen
and died on 11 January 1861 in Rothbach, Alsace, France. Seligman
was married to Gertrude UHRY in Ingwiller, Alsace, France on 4
September 1835. Gertrude was the daughter of Samuel UHRY and Dinah
MEYER. Gertrude was born 29 July 1805 in Ingwiller, Alsace, France
and died 16 April 1852 in Rothbach, Alsace, France. Seligman and
Gertrude had five children Moise (b 29 March 1837), Samuel (b 2
November 1838 - d 13 February 1839 in Rothbach, Alsace, France),
Eve (b 15 December 1840 in Rothbach, Alsace, France - d 8 January
1930 in Pittsburgh, PA, USA), Leopold (b 10 December 1842 in
Rothbach, Alsace, France), and Abraham (b 24 February 1848 in
Rothbach, Alsace, France). Eve was my paternal great grandmother
married to my paternal great grandfather Isaac HALF in
Philadelphia, PA, USA on 8 March 1865. On 15 September 1856 a
Moses SELIG arrives in New York, New York, USA aboard the R. D.
Shepherd >from Harve, France. The age matches per the birth record.
On 5 July 1860 according to the passenger list >from the Ship
Cornelia, Isaac HALF, Eve SELIG, and Leopold SELIG arrived in New
York, New York, USA >from Harve, France. The ages listed on the
manifest do not quite match in all cases (looks like the ages of
Eve and Leopold are reversed maybe on purpose to have the male be
older than the female) but I don't usually use listed ages as
verifiable sources anyway. >from the History of Hocking Valley Ohio,
1883 "He (Isaac HALF) was first employed in the upholstery house
of M. Steinhous in New York City, where he remained until the fall
of 1861 when he came to Athens, Ohio and was employed as a clerk in
the store of I. (Isaac) Selig & Co. The same company in Athens,
Albany, and Logan, Ohio employed him until 1864 when he with L.
(Leopold) Selig purchased the stock of I. Selig & Co. and
established themselves in the mercantile business at Athens under
the firm name of L. Selig & Co. In 1868 M. (Moses) & A. (Abraham)
Selig became associated with them changing the firm name to M.
Selig & Co. The firm dissolved in December 1882. The 1870 US
Federal Census has Isaac HALF and his family living in Athens, OH,
USA. This information is verifiable >from various family
documentation. What is interesting is that Leopold SELIG and
Abraham SELIG are also living there. The 1881 Philadelphia
Directory depicts a company M. Selig and Co. employing Moses,
Leopold, and Abraham SELIG along with Isaac HALF. Isaac HALF and
Abraham SELIG are shown in the directory as living in Ohio. I have
not researched any other Philadelphia Directories.

Isaac SELIG arrived with his wife Agatha and children Emil, George,
Soloman, and Leon in New York City aboard the John Wesley on 9
December 1853. They are living in the 20th Ward in Philadelphia per
the 1860 US Federal Census. There are two more children (Hanna and
Ely) plus an additional person, Moses SELIG. The age for Moses SELIG
matches that the Moses SELIG above. Isaac SELIG and family are
continued to be in Philadelphia as indicated in the 1870 and 1880 US
Federal Census. One additional daughter (Esther) was born about 1863.
A description of a very large and elaborate wedding was in the Athens
Ohio newspaper (Athens Messenger) on 8 March 1877. Abraham SELIG was
married in Philadelphia, PA, USA to Sarah STERN. Members of the bridal
party included brother and sister Hannah and Emil SELIG, and Esther,
Julia, Moses, and Leopold SELIG. It is not clear whether the
aforementioned SELIGs are matches but it seems highly likely. The only
outlier is Julia SELIG. Seligman SELIG married a second time after his
wife died and had a daughter Jutte (which could certainly become
Julia) but I have no information as to her coming to the United States.

If anyone has this family in their research or any information or ideas
as to the connection to the two families please contact me privately.
Thanks in advance for any assistance.

Fred Half
Palo Alto, CA USA
fredhalf@stanfordalumni.org


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen SELIG from Alsace and Philadelphia, PA #general

Fred Half
 

I am trying to determine relationships of what looks like two
different SELIG families that are part of my tree. I will list
what I know as fact and hope that someone who has researched this
family can possibly show me some verifiable links.

Moyse SELIG (died in Thuringen, Bavaria on 9 June 1809) was
married to Anne SELIG. They had one son (Seligman SELIG) that I
am certain of. Seligman was born on 13 September 1804 in Thuringen
and died on 11 January 1861 in Rothbach, Alsace, France. Seligman
was married to Gertrude UHRY in Ingwiller, Alsace, France on 4
September 1835. Gertrude was the daughter of Samuel UHRY and Dinah
MEYER. Gertrude was born 29 July 1805 in Ingwiller, Alsace, France
and died 16 April 1852 in Rothbach, Alsace, France. Seligman and
Gertrude had five children Moise (b 29 March 1837), Samuel (b 2
November 1838 - d 13 February 1839 in Rothbach, Alsace, France),
Eve (b 15 December 1840 in Rothbach, Alsace, France - d 8 January
1930 in Pittsburgh, PA, USA), Leopold (b 10 December 1842 in
Rothbach, Alsace, France), and Abraham (b 24 February 1848 in
Rothbach, Alsace, France). Eve was my paternal great grandmother
married to my paternal great grandfather Isaac HALF in
Philadelphia, PA, USA on 8 March 1865. On 15 September 1856 a
Moses SELIG arrives in New York, New York, USA aboard the R. D.
Shepherd >from Harve, France. The age matches per the birth record.
On 5 July 1860 according to the passenger list >from the Ship
Cornelia, Isaac HALF, Eve SELIG, and Leopold SELIG arrived in New
York, New York, USA >from Harve, France. The ages listed on the
manifest do not quite match in all cases (looks like the ages of
Eve and Leopold are reversed maybe on purpose to have the male be
older than the female) but I don't usually use listed ages as
verifiable sources anyway. >from the History of Hocking Valley Ohio,
1883 "He (Isaac HALF) was first employed in the upholstery house
of M. Steinhous in New York City, where he remained until the fall
of 1861 when he came to Athens, Ohio and was employed as a clerk in
the store of I. (Isaac) Selig & Co. The same company in Athens,
Albany, and Logan, Ohio employed him until 1864 when he with L.
(Leopold) Selig purchased the stock of I. Selig & Co. and
established themselves in the mercantile business at Athens under
the firm name of L. Selig & Co. In 1868 M. (Moses) & A. (Abraham)
Selig became associated with them changing the firm name to M.
Selig & Co. The firm dissolved in December 1882. The 1870 US
Federal Census has Isaac HALF and his family living in Athens, OH,
USA. This information is verifiable >from various family
documentation. What is interesting is that Leopold SELIG and
Abraham SELIG are also living there. The 1881 Philadelphia
Directory depicts a company M. Selig and Co. employing Moses,
Leopold, and Abraham SELIG along with Isaac HALF. Isaac HALF and
Abraham SELIG are shown in the directory as living in Ohio. I have
not researched any other Philadelphia Directories.

Isaac SELIG arrived with his wife Agatha and children Emil, George,
Soloman, and Leon in New York City aboard the John Wesley on 9
December 1853. They are living in the 20th Ward in Philadelphia per
the 1860 US Federal Census. There are two more children (Hanna and
Ely) plus an additional person, Moses SELIG. The age for Moses SELIG
matches that the Moses SELIG above. Isaac SELIG and family are
continued to be in Philadelphia as indicated in the 1870 and 1880 US
Federal Census. One additional daughter (Esther) was born about 1863.
A description of a very large and elaborate wedding was in the Athens
Ohio newspaper (Athens Messenger) on 8 March 1877. Abraham SELIG was
married in Philadelphia, PA, USA to Sarah STERN. Members of the bridal
party included brother and sister Hannah and Emil SELIG, and Esther,
Julia, Moses, and Leopold SELIG. It is not clear whether the
aforementioned SELIGs are matches but it seems highly likely. The only
outlier is Julia SELIG. Seligman SELIG married a second time after his
wife died and had a daughter Jutte (which could certainly become
Julia) but I have no information as to her coming to the United States.

If anyone has this family in their research or any information or ideas
as to the connection to the two families please contact me privately.
Thanks in advance for any assistance.

Fred Half
Palo Alto, CA USA
fredhalf@stanfordalumni.org

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