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How to change a ViewMate language request #general

Sam Eneman
 

Friends,

Through no fault of their own, people sometimes choose the wrong
language category for their ViewMate submissions.

If you find out that's the case, you can easily change the language --
or any other information in your submission. For directions, on the
ViewMate FAQs page, under "Managing Your Images," see the question:
"How do I make changes to a submission that's on the Image Gallery
viewing page."

Thanks,

Sam Eneman
ViewMate Administrator

MODERATOR NOTE: The ViewMate FAQs page may be found at:
http://www.jewishgen.org/ViewMate/faq.asp


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen How to change a ViewMate language request #general

Sam Eneman
 

Friends,

Through no fault of their own, people sometimes choose the wrong
language category for their ViewMate submissions.

If you find out that's the case, you can easily change the language --
or any other information in your submission. For directions, on the
ViewMate FAQs page, under "Managing Your Images," see the question:
"How do I make changes to a submission that's on the Image Gallery
viewing page."

Thanks,

Sam Eneman
ViewMate Administrator

MODERATOR NOTE: The ViewMate FAQs page may be found at:
http://www.jewishgen.org/ViewMate/faq.asp


Finding a death date in NYC #general

Liz Hanellin
 

Hello all,

My great grandmother, Rebecca POPKIN, died sometime between August 1962 and
September 1963, but I don't have a specific date and I don't know where she
is buried. As far as I know, she was living in Brooklyn at the time of her
death, but I don't have a record of this.

I'm not sure it's relevant to finding her death record, but POPKIN is her
second married name. She was born ELFMAN and was first married to SHAYNES
(which has many alternate spellings).

Does anyone have advice for me on how to find her death information?

Thanks in advance.

Liz Hanellin
NYC


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Finding a death date in NYC #general

Liz Hanellin
 

Hello all,

My great grandmother, Rebecca POPKIN, died sometime between August 1962 and
September 1963, but I don't have a specific date and I don't know where she
is buried. As far as I know, she was living in Brooklyn at the time of her
death, but I don't have a record of this.

I'm not sure it's relevant to finding her death record, but POPKIN is her
second married name. She was born ELFMAN and was first married to SHAYNES
(which has many alternate spellings).

Does anyone have advice for me on how to find her death information?

Thanks in advance.

Liz Hanellin
NYC


(Canada) Drouin Genealogy Institute Research Guide #general

Jan Meisels Allen
 

The Drouin Genealogy Institute (Quebec) has a 22-page research guide explaining
the three major databases on its online website to find ancestors. The guide
walks the reader through and uses screen shots to show the results. The free
guide may be accessed at:
https://www.genealogiequebec.com/documents/QcRecGuide.pdf

There are three major databases to help trace Quebec ancestry:

LaFrance Collection: Includes Catholic marriages in Quebec >from 1623 to
1913. Name spelling variations are provided even if searching one name. A
link to the original document is provided.

Men and Women Series: In Kardex provides marriages up to 1940 and includes
both Catholic and non-Catholic marriages and a link to the original record.

1926-1997 Marriage Index: Includes both Catholic and non-Catholic marriages
and a link to the original record.

As posted earlier this year, there are 1.4 million obituaries >from 1999 on
the Quebec Records and can be accessed for free >from over 2,000 Canadian
sources,

See: https://www.genealogiequebec.com/documents/AscendanceGenQuebecEn.pdf

The site itself is a paid subscription site
https://www.genealogiequebec.com/en/ . However, there are free parts of the
site which may be accessed at:
https://www.genealogiequebec.com/en/free-tools

Thank you to Genealogy a la carte blog for informing us of the Research
Guide.

Jan Meisels Allen
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen (Canada) Drouin Genealogy Institute Research Guide #general

Jan Meisels Allen
 

The Drouin Genealogy Institute (Quebec) has a 22-page research guide explaining
the three major databases on its online website to find ancestors. The guide
walks the reader through and uses screen shots to show the results. The free
guide may be accessed at:
https://www.genealogiequebec.com/documents/QcRecGuide.pdf

There are three major databases to help trace Quebec ancestry:

LaFrance Collection: Includes Catholic marriages in Quebec >from 1623 to
1913. Name spelling variations are provided even if searching one name. A
link to the original document is provided.

Men and Women Series: In Kardex provides marriages up to 1940 and includes
both Catholic and non-Catholic marriages and a link to the original record.

1926-1997 Marriage Index: Includes both Catholic and non-Catholic marriages
and a link to the original record.

As posted earlier this year, there are 1.4 million obituaries >from 1999 on
the Quebec Records and can be accessed for free >from over 2,000 Canadian
sources,

See: https://www.genealogiequebec.com/documents/AscendanceGenQuebecEn.pdf

The site itself is a paid subscription site
https://www.genealogiequebec.com/en/ . However, there are free parts of the
site which may be accessed at:
https://www.genealogiequebec.com/en/free-tools

Thank you to Genealogy a la carte blog for informing us of the Research
Guide.

Jan Meisels Allen
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


Reichsvereinigung der Juden in Deutschland #general

Lande
 

There are several online sources of information on German Jewish Holocaust
victims and one can locate scattered information on those who emigrated.
However, there is virtually no public information on those who perished
within Germany and it is extremely difficult to access such information.

Under close Gestapo supervision, the Reichsvereinigung der Juden in
Deutschland (RJD), with mandatory membership for all Jews, regardless of
citizenship, resident in Germany, maintained individual membership card
files >from 1938 to 1942. These card files, available in the huge
International Tracing Service collection, note names, dates and place of
birth and residence, and, where reported >from local branches, changes such
as emigration, deportation or death within Germany.

In connection with the research for my article in the Spring issue of
Avotaynu, which dealt with the overall fate of German Jews during the
Holocaust, I developed a database which includes all 2,805 RJD names running
from Laarsen through Lysko. To my surprise I found that roughly 60 percent
of registrants died within Germany, compared to 16% who were deported and 9%
who emigrated, with the remainder unknown.

Not surprisingly, many of the German Jewish residents had been born outside
Germany, especially in what is now Poland, particularly the Posen area.
However, the range of birthplaces is wide, ranging >from Odessa, London, New
York and Galveston.

This database is available at http://tinyurl.com/Reichsvereinigung-L

I would be happy to furnish the
complete database to anyone who wants it for any purpose. Requests for
copies of individual cards may be sent to me at plande@..., but please
be merciful in your requests, e.g. not every Levy.

Peter Lande
Washington, D.C.


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Reichsvereinigung der Juden in Deutschland #general

Lande
 

There are several online sources of information on German Jewish Holocaust
victims and one can locate scattered information on those who emigrated.
However, there is virtually no public information on those who perished
within Germany and it is extremely difficult to access such information.

Under close Gestapo supervision, the Reichsvereinigung der Juden in
Deutschland (RJD), with mandatory membership for all Jews, regardless of
citizenship, resident in Germany, maintained individual membership card
files >from 1938 to 1942. These card files, available in the huge
International Tracing Service collection, note names, dates and place of
birth and residence, and, where reported >from local branches, changes such
as emigration, deportation or death within Germany.

In connection with the research for my article in the Spring issue of
Avotaynu, which dealt with the overall fate of German Jews during the
Holocaust, I developed a database which includes all 2,805 RJD names running
from Laarsen through Lysko. To my surprise I found that roughly 60 percent
of registrants died within Germany, compared to 16% who were deported and 9%
who emigrated, with the remainder unknown.

Not surprisingly, many of the German Jewish residents had been born outside
Germany, especially in what is now Poland, particularly the Posen area.
However, the range of birthplaces is wide, ranging >from Odessa, London, New
York and Galveston.

This database is available at http://tinyurl.com/Reichsvereinigung-L

I would be happy to furnish the
complete database to anyone who wants it for any purpose. Requests for
copies of individual cards may be sent to me at plande@..., but please
be merciful in your requests, e.g. not every Levy.

Peter Lande
Washington, D.C.


Re: Creating copy of large delicate family tree at Leo Baeck in NYC #germany

Nicholas Landau <nicklandau@...>
 

I have copied music at my choir just by holding the phone
above the music - the definition of digital cameras is
amazing - far better than the Canon Sureshot that I used to have.

Nick Landau, London, UK nicklandau@...


German SIG #Germany RE: Creating copy of large delicate family tree at Leo Baeck in NYC #germany

Nicholas Landau <nicklandau@...>
 

I have copied music at my choir just by holding the phone
above the music - the definition of digital cameras is
amazing - far better than the Canon Sureshot that I used to have.

Nick Landau, London, UK nicklandau@...


Viewmate Translation Request - Hebrew #poland

Gene Dershewitz <geneder@...>
 

I've posted photos of head and foot stone in the Labowa Jewish Cemetery
that may belong to my gggf, Jacob FREI. I am looking for translation of
inscriptions, especially as they relate to family names, relationships and
dates. They are on ViewMate at the following addresses ...

http://www.jewishgen.org/viewmate/viewmateview.asp?key=VM36536
http://www.jewishgen.org/viewmate/viewmateview.asp?key=VM36535

Please respond via the form provided in the ViewMate application.

Thank you very much,

Gene Dershewitz
Marion, Oregon USA

Researching:
DERESIEWICZ - Kamienica/Stary Sacz/Labowa/ Ciakowice, Galicia;
FREI/FREY -Labowa, Galicia; SESSLER - Labowa, Galicia; SINGER -
Lukowica, Galicia; LEIBLER - Lukowica, Galicia; LACHS - Galicia;
AMSTER - Lukowica, Galicia; WEISBROD, HIRSCHKOFF - Lodz; FINKELSTEIN -
Ostrowiec Swietokrzyski;



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JRI Poland #Poland Viewmate Translation Request - Hebrew #poland

Gene Dershewitz <geneder@...>
 

I've posted photos of head and foot stone in the Labowa Jewish Cemetery
that may belong to my gggf, Jacob FREI. I am looking for translation of
inscriptions, especially as they relate to family names, relationships and
dates. They are on ViewMate at the following addresses ...

http://www.jewishgen.org/viewmate/viewmateview.asp?key=VM36536
http://www.jewishgen.org/viewmate/viewmateview.asp?key=VM36535

Please respond via the form provided in the ViewMate application.

Thank you very much,

Gene Dershewitz
Marion, Oregon USA

Researching:
DERESIEWICZ - Kamienica/Stary Sacz/Labowa/ Ciakowice, Galicia;
FREI/FREY -Labowa, Galicia; SESSLER - Labowa, Galicia; SINGER -
Lukowica, Galicia; LEIBLER - Lukowica, Galicia; LACHS - Galicia;
AMSTER - Lukowica, Galicia; WEISBROD, HIRSCHKOFF - Lodz; FINKELSTEIN -
Ostrowiec Swietokrzyski;



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Sokolow Malopolski 1853 Cadastral Map Added to Gesher Galicia's Map Room #poland

Pamela Weisberger
 

A cadastral map of Sokolow Malopolski 1853 has been added to the
Gesher Galicia Cadastral Map Room:

http://maps.geshergalicia.org/cadastral/sokolow-malopolski-1853/

This full-color map of the entire town shows the large market square
and concentrated residential area surrounded by fields of several
types and ownerships, plus two outlying hamlets, interlaced by roads
and small creeks. The town center also features a prominent synagogue,
two church/monastery complexes, a Catholic cemetery, and a lovely
depiction of the 17th century Jewish cemetery as public gardens.
Images for this map were provided to Gesher Galicia by the Archiwum
Panstwowe w Przemyslu and stitched by Jay Osborn.

Pamela Weisberger
Gesher Galicia
pweisberger@...


JRI Poland #Poland Sokolow Malopolski 1853 Cadastral Map Added to Gesher Galicia's Map Room #poland

Pamela Weisberger
 

A cadastral map of Sokolow Malopolski 1853 has been added to the
Gesher Galicia Cadastral Map Room:

http://maps.geshergalicia.org/cadastral/sokolow-malopolski-1853/

This full-color map of the entire town shows the large market square
and concentrated residential area surrounded by fields of several
types and ownerships, plus two outlying hamlets, interlaced by roads
and small creeks. The town center also features a prominent synagogue,
two church/monastery complexes, a Catholic cemetery, and a lovely
depiction of the 17th century Jewish cemetery as public gardens.
Images for this map were provided to Gesher Galicia by the Archiwum
Panstwowe w Przemyslu and stitched by Jay Osborn.

Pamela Weisberger
Gesher Galicia
pweisberger@...


ViewMate translation request - Polish #general

M. Ronn
 

Dear JewishGeners:

I've posted one JPG which includes documents in Polish for which I need a
translation. It is on ViewMate at the following address:
http://www.jewishgen.org/viewmate/viewmateview.asp?key=VM36822

Thought the JPG includes three documents, I only need certain information
translated on them:
1) Death of Jankiel: I want to know his exact date of death and his age. He
was an infant when he died.

2) Birth of Bencyal: Though recorded in 1865, I suspect that his birth
was filed late and I want to know the date and year of his birth.

3) Birth of Chawa: Though recorded in 1865, I suspect that her birth was
filed late and I want to know the date and year of his birth.

Please be so kind as to respond via the form provided in the ViewMate application.

Thank you so much for your consideration,

Michoel Ronn
Spring Valley, NY


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

M. Ronn
 

Dear JewishGeners:

I've posted one JPG which includes documents in Polish for which I need a
translation. It is on ViewMate at the following address:
http://www.jewishgen.org/viewmate/viewmateview.asp?key=VM36822

Thought the JPG includes three documents, I only need certain information
translated on them:
1) Death of Jankiel: I want to know his exact date of death and his age. He
was an infant when he died.

2) Birth of Bencyal: Though recorded in 1865, I suspect that his birth
was filed late and I want to know the date and year of his birth.

3) Birth of Chawa: Though recorded in 1865, I suspect that her birth was
filed late and I want to know the date and year of his birth.

Please be so kind as to respond via the form provided in the ViewMate application.

Thank you so much for your consideration,

Michoel Ronn
Spring Valley, NY


Thank You - JewishGen ! #southafrica

monicamcmullin@mac.com
 

Hi Everyone,

I've not posted on JewishGen for a while because I have been busy finishing my first book.
I wanted to tell members of JewishGen about it because the story is about a search for
my father and his FRIEDMAN family who were Jewish immigrants >from Sveksna,
the Lithuanian area of what was once Imperial Russia. They came to the UK in the 1870s and
first settled in Leeds before moving to Dublin and Liverpool with some of then going to
London and South Africa.

JewishGen has been a great source of help during my many years of research and I wanted
to acknowledge this here on the list as I have done in my book. My story is a great example
of why websites such as JewishGen are so important to us researchers.

My book is called - The Daddy of ALL Mysteries. The clue is in the title.
I've used the pen name of Jess WELSBY in honour of my parents and grandparents.
Jess was my nickname when I was a child and WELSBY was my maiden name,
and also my mother's maiden name.

My birth was registered in the name of Monica WELSBY. For the first 37-years of my life
I was the daughter of Catherine WELSBY, and an ink blob.
My father had been nothing more than a smudge of ink on my birth cert. He had been cloaked
in a veil of mystery throughout my younger life and I hated what that ink blob implied.

One letter, found amongst my mum's personal effects after her death in 1989, gave me a name,
and that name instigated my search.

The letter, which was in a self-addressed envelope, had been left in the custody of my childhood
teddybear, both of them wrapped in a blanket of pink tissue paper as if they were both cherished
and belonged together. The sender was a warden at Rose Bush Court retirement apartments in
Parkhill Road, Hampstead. It appeared that my mother had written to the warden enquiring about
a man who had lived in flat no. 13. The letter gave my mother the news of his death.

It was this letter that instigated my search and eventually lead me to a discovery that has left
me wondering if there is some memory hidden away - deep within our DNA, because instead of
finding the family scandal that I had expected, I found the most heartwarming story, which,
with help >from strangers and websites such as JewishGen, has slowly revealed itself >from an
unmarked grave in a London Jewish cemetery.

The story is as old as time . . . Catholic mother - Jewish father.
When I was born in Liverpool in the early 1950s, this was unacceptable by the community and
by both religions. Catholics would burn in hell and Jews could still be cast-out.

My book traces the history and tells the story of two very different families whose lives were
equally filled with sorrow and hardship. It is not a sad story by any means. My book is filled with
comical anecdotes that could only happen in Liverpool. It's a story about the struggles, fears,
laughter and tears of a generation now dead and gone.

The story of my parents' secret love and the search for my mystery father has a website following
that has accumulated close to 300,000 hits in just a few short months. I imagine it will be of interest
to everyone - no matter what religion, but especially to those of you who have an ink blob on your birth
certificate or have roots in Liverpool, Leeds and Dublin, whose ancestors originated >from the Kovno
area of what was once Imperial Russia.

With thanks to JewishGen for bringing families together who didn't have a clue about each other.
20-Years of research, coupled with 4-years of writing and rewriting have resulted in this. . .

"The Daddy of All Mysteries" by Jess Welsby

(aka Monica McMullin) Lancashire, UK
monicamcmullin@...

This is a pilot release before I self-publish in the New Year.
A snippet >from my book can be read on eBay by following the link below.
Double-click on the photo of the front cover of the book (on eBay) to zoom,
and then click on the right arrow to read the next page.

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/291288620768

*** This is the one-time commercial announcement of this book allowed
under JewishGen guidelines -- Moderator


South Africa SIG #SouthAfrica Thank You - JewishGen ! #southafrica

monicamcmullin@mac.com
 

Hi Everyone,

I've not posted on JewishGen for a while because I have been busy finishing my first book.
I wanted to tell members of JewishGen about it because the story is about a search for
my father and his FRIEDMAN family who were Jewish immigrants >from Sveksna,
the Lithuanian area of what was once Imperial Russia. They came to the UK in the 1870s and
first settled in Leeds before moving to Dublin and Liverpool with some of then going to
London and South Africa.

JewishGen has been a great source of help during my many years of research and I wanted
to acknowledge this here on the list as I have done in my book. My story is a great example
of why websites such as JewishGen are so important to us researchers.

My book is called - The Daddy of ALL Mysteries. The clue is in the title.
I've used the pen name of Jess WELSBY in honour of my parents and grandparents.
Jess was my nickname when I was a child and WELSBY was my maiden name,
and also my mother's maiden name.

My birth was registered in the name of Monica WELSBY. For the first 37-years of my life
I was the daughter of Catherine WELSBY, and an ink blob.
My father had been nothing more than a smudge of ink on my birth cert. He had been cloaked
in a veil of mystery throughout my younger life and I hated what that ink blob implied.

One letter, found amongst my mum's personal effects after her death in 1989, gave me a name,
and that name instigated my search.

The letter, which was in a self-addressed envelope, had been left in the custody of my childhood
teddybear, both of them wrapped in a blanket of pink tissue paper as if they were both cherished
and belonged together. The sender was a warden at Rose Bush Court retirement apartments in
Parkhill Road, Hampstead. It appeared that my mother had written to the warden enquiring about
a man who had lived in flat no. 13. The letter gave my mother the news of his death.

It was this letter that instigated my search and eventually lead me to a discovery that has left
me wondering if there is some memory hidden away - deep within our DNA, because instead of
finding the family scandal that I had expected, I found the most heartwarming story, which,
with help >from strangers and websites such as JewishGen, has slowly revealed itself >from an
unmarked grave in a London Jewish cemetery.

The story is as old as time . . . Catholic mother - Jewish father.
When I was born in Liverpool in the early 1950s, this was unacceptable by the community and
by both religions. Catholics would burn in hell and Jews could still be cast-out.

My book traces the history and tells the story of two very different families whose lives were
equally filled with sorrow and hardship. It is not a sad story by any means. My book is filled with
comical anecdotes that could only happen in Liverpool. It's a story about the struggles, fears,
laughter and tears of a generation now dead and gone.

The story of my parents' secret love and the search for my mystery father has a website following
that has accumulated close to 300,000 hits in just a few short months. I imagine it will be of interest
to everyone - no matter what religion, but especially to those of you who have an ink blob on your birth
certificate or have roots in Liverpool, Leeds and Dublin, whose ancestors originated >from the Kovno
area of what was once Imperial Russia.

With thanks to JewishGen for bringing families together who didn't have a clue about each other.
20-Years of research, coupled with 4-years of writing and rewriting have resulted in this. . .

"The Daddy of All Mysteries" by Jess Welsby

(aka Monica McMullin) Lancashire, UK
monicamcmullin@...

This is a pilot release before I self-publish in the New Year.
A snippet >from my book can be read on eBay by following the link below.
Double-click on the photo of the front cover of the book (on eBay) to zoom,
and then click on the right arrow to read the next page.

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/291288620768

*** This is the one-time commercial announcement of this book allowed
under JewishGen guidelines -- Moderator


Thank You - JewishGen! Announcing a new book #latvia

monicamcmullin@mac.com
 

Hi Everyone,

I've not posted on JewishGen for a while because I have been busy
finishing my first book. I wanted to tell members of JewishGen about
it because the story is about a search for my father and his FRIEDMAN
family who were Jewish immigrants >from Sveksna, the Lithuanian area
of what was once Imperial Russia. They came here in the 1870s and
first settled in Leeds before moving to Dublin and Liverpool with
some of then going to London and South Africa.

JewishGen has been a great source of help during my many years of
research and I wanted to acknowledge this here on the list as I have
done in my book. My story is a great example of why websites such as
JewishGen are so important to us researches.

My book is called - The Daddy of *all* Mysteries. The clue is in the
title. I've used the pen name of Jess WELSBY in honour of my parents
and grandparents. Jess was my nickname when I was a child and WELSBY
was my maiden name, and also my mother's maiden name.

My birth was registered in the name of Monica WELSBY. For the first
37-years of my life I was the daughter of Catherine WELSBY, and an
ink blob. My father had been nothing more than a smudge of ink on my
birth cert. He had been cloaked in a veil of mystery throughout my
younger life and I hated what that ink blob implied.

One letter; found amongst my mum's personal effects after her death
in 1989, gave me a name, and that name instigated my search.

The letter, which was in a self-addressed envelope, had been left in
the custody of my childhood teddybear, both of them wrapped in a
blanket of pink tissue paper as if they were both cherished and
belonged together. The sender was a warden at Rose Bush Court
retirement apartments in Parkhill Road, Hampstead. It appeared that
my mother had written to the warden enquiring about a man who had
lived in flat no. 13. The letter gave my mother the news of his death.

It was this letter that instigated my search and eventually lead me
to a discovery that has left me wondering if there is some memory
hidden away - deep within our DNA, because instead of finding the
family scandal that I had expected, I found the most heartwarming
story, which, with help >from strangers and websites such as JewishGen,
has slowly revealed itself >from an unmarked grave in a London Jewish
cemetery.

The story is as old as time . . . Catholic mother - Jewish father.
When I was born in Liverpool in the early 1950s, this was unacceptable
by the community and by both religions. Catholics would burn in hell
and Jews could still be cast-out.

My book traces the history and tells the story of two very different
families whose lives were equally filled with sorrow and hardship. It
is not a sad story by any means. My book is filled with comical
anecdotes that could only happen in Liverpool. It's a story about the
struggles, fears, laughter and tears of a generation now dead and gone.

The story of my parents' secret love and the search for my mystery
father has a website following that has accumulated close to 300,000
hits in just a few short months. I imagine it will be of interest to
everyone - no matter what religion, but especially to those of you who
have an ink blob on your birth certificate or have roots in Liverpool,
Leeds and Dublin, whose ancestors originated >from the Kovno area of
what was once Imperial Russia.

With thanks to JewishGen for bringing families together who didn't
have a clue about each other. 20-Years of research, coupled with
4-years of writing and rewriting have resulted in this. . .
"The Daddy of All Mysteries" by Jess Welsby

(aka Monica McMullin) Lancashire, UK
monicamcmullin@...

This is a pilot release before I self-publish in the New Year.
A snippet >from my book can be read on eBay by following the link
below. Double-click on the photo of the front cover of the book
(on eBay) to zoom, and then click on the right arrow to read the
next page.

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/291288620768

MODERATOR NOTE: This is the permitted one-time commercial mention
of a new book of genealogical interest.


Latvia SIG #Latvia Thank You - JewishGen! Announcing a new book #latvia

monicamcmullin@mac.com
 

Hi Everyone,

I've not posted on JewishGen for a while because I have been busy
finishing my first book. I wanted to tell members of JewishGen about
it because the story is about a search for my father and his FRIEDMAN
family who were Jewish immigrants >from Sveksna, the Lithuanian area
of what was once Imperial Russia. They came here in the 1870s and
first settled in Leeds before moving to Dublin and Liverpool with
some of then going to London and South Africa.

JewishGen has been a great source of help during my many years of
research and I wanted to acknowledge this here on the list as I have
done in my book. My story is a great example of why websites such as
JewishGen are so important to us researches.

My book is called - The Daddy of *all* Mysteries. The clue is in the
title. I've used the pen name of Jess WELSBY in honour of my parents
and grandparents. Jess was my nickname when I was a child and WELSBY
was my maiden name, and also my mother's maiden name.

My birth was registered in the name of Monica WELSBY. For the first
37-years of my life I was the daughter of Catherine WELSBY, and an
ink blob. My father had been nothing more than a smudge of ink on my
birth cert. He had been cloaked in a veil of mystery throughout my
younger life and I hated what that ink blob implied.

One letter; found amongst my mum's personal effects after her death
in 1989, gave me a name, and that name instigated my search.

The letter, which was in a self-addressed envelope, had been left in
the custody of my childhood teddybear, both of them wrapped in a
blanket of pink tissue paper as if they were both cherished and
belonged together. The sender was a warden at Rose Bush Court
retirement apartments in Parkhill Road, Hampstead. It appeared that
my mother had written to the warden enquiring about a man who had
lived in flat no. 13. The letter gave my mother the news of his death.

It was this letter that instigated my search and eventually lead me
to a discovery that has left me wondering if there is some memory
hidden away - deep within our DNA, because instead of finding the
family scandal that I had expected, I found the most heartwarming
story, which, with help >from strangers and websites such as JewishGen,
has slowly revealed itself >from an unmarked grave in a London Jewish
cemetery.

The story is as old as time . . . Catholic mother - Jewish father.
When I was born in Liverpool in the early 1950s, this was unacceptable
by the community and by both religions. Catholics would burn in hell
and Jews could still be cast-out.

My book traces the history and tells the story of two very different
families whose lives were equally filled with sorrow and hardship. It
is not a sad story by any means. My book is filled with comical
anecdotes that could only happen in Liverpool. It's a story about the
struggles, fears, laughter and tears of a generation now dead and gone.

The story of my parents' secret love and the search for my mystery
father has a website following that has accumulated close to 300,000
hits in just a few short months. I imagine it will be of interest to
everyone - no matter what religion, but especially to those of you who
have an ink blob on your birth certificate or have roots in Liverpool,
Leeds and Dublin, whose ancestors originated >from the Kovno area of
what was once Imperial Russia.

With thanks to JewishGen for bringing families together who didn't
have a clue about each other. 20-Years of research, coupled with
4-years of writing and rewriting have resulted in this. . .
"The Daddy of All Mysteries" by Jess Welsby

(aka Monica McMullin) Lancashire, UK
monicamcmullin@...

This is a pilot release before I self-publish in the New Year.
A snippet >from my book can be read on eBay by following the link
below. Double-click on the photo of the front cover of the book
(on eBay) to zoom, and then click on the right arrow to read the
next page.

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/291288620768

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