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Billy Wilder [who had been a Jewish refugee from Austria in 1934 on the immigrant experience] #germany

Yvonne Stern
 

[Billy Wilder's films included "Some Like it Hot" and "One, Two, Three", a
Cold War satirical comedy set in 1960 Berlin. The latter is hard to find
but (I think) worth looking for.]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1sKNGQ6flhk&t=344s

GerSIG friend Yvonne Stern often sends the Moderator links to Internet
content of possible interest to GerSIG readers. Moderator]

At the 1987 (60th) Academy Awards, Billy Wilder was awarded the
Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award. His memorable acceptance
speech expressed in a concise and witty manner the dramatic
situation of immigrants, [based on his own experience in 1934]
Date & Venue : April 11, 1988; Shrine Civic Auditorium, LA.

Wilder was Austrian. He was born Samuel Wilder on 22 June 1906 in
Sucha Beskidzka, Austria-Hungary, not far >from Oswiecim (Auschwitz).
The family moved to Vienna in 1916. Later he enrolled at the University
of Vienna and graduated as journalist. In 1926 he went to Berlin,
the rest is History.

Until his death in March 2002 Billy Wilder lived in Los Angeles.
During his long career he won six Oscars, three for the best picture.

You can see the video at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kebqj_grGC0

To read the speech go to : http://aaspeechesdb.oscars.org/link/060-23/

Yvonne Stern, Rio de Janeiro yvonne.stern17@gmail.com


KehilaLinks Project Report for December 2016 #germany

Susana Leistner Bloch
 

We are pleased to welcome the following webpages to JewishGen KehilaLinks
We thank the owners and webmasters of these webpages for creating fitting
memorials to these Kehilot (Jewish Communities) and for providing a
valuable resource for future generations of their descendants:

Radun (Radin), Belarus
Compiled by Ellen Sadove Renck
Webmaster: Irene Pupko Newhouse
http://kehilalinks.jewishgen.org/Lida-District/radun.htm
~~~

Vasiliki (Vasilishok), Belarus
Compiled by Ellen Sadove Renck
Webmaster: Irene Pupko Newhouse
http://kehilalinks.jewishgen.org/Lida-District/vasiliski.htm
~~~

Voranava (Voronov), Belarus
Compiled by Ellen Sadove Renck
Webmaster: Irene Pupko Newhouse
http://kehilalinks.jewishgen.org/Lida-District/voronovo.htm
~~~

Ostryna (Astryna, Ostrin), Belarus
Compiled by Ellen Sadove Renck
Webmaster: Irene Pupko Newhouse
http://kehilalinks.jewishgen.org/Lida-District/ostryna.htm
~~~

Piatra Neamt (including Negulesti), Romania
Created by Merle Kastner
Webpage Design by KehilaLinks volunteer Greg Meyer
http://www.kehilalinks.jewishgen.org/Piatra_Neamt/
~~~

Rozhanka (Rozanka), Belarus
Compiled by Ellen Sadove Renck
Webmaster: Irene Pupko Newhouse
http://kehilalinks.jewishgen.org/Lida-District/rozanka.htm
~~~

Shchuchyn (Shtutchin, Scucyn), Belarus
Compiled by Ellen Sadove Renck
Webmaster: Irene Pupko Newhouse
http://kehilalinks.jewishgen.org/Lida-District/scucyn.htm
~~~

KEHILALINKS WEBPAGES RECENTLY UPDATED:

Huncovce (Hunsdorf, Unsdorf), Slovakia
http://www.kehilalinks.jewishgen.org/huncovce/
~~~

Kesmarok (Kesmark), Slovakia
http://kehilalinks.jewishgen.org/kezmarok/

ORPHAN WEBPAGES

Some of our Kehila webpages were created by people who are no longer able
to maintain them. We thank them for their past efforts and wish them luck
on their future endeavors.

Or by people who are no longer living. May their Memory be for a Blessing

The following webpages are "orphaned" and are available for adoption.

Kopatkevichi (Kopatkevich), Belarus
http://kehilalinks.jewishgen.org/kopatkevichi/
~~~

Rozdil (Rozdol) (G), Ukraine
http://kehilalinks.jewishgen.org/Rozdol/Rozdol.htm
~~~

Tetiev, Ukraine
Created by Irwin B. Margiloff z"l
http://kehilalinks.jewishgen.org/tetiev/tetiev.htm
~~~

Shchadryn (Shchedrin), Belarus
http://kehilalinks.jewishgen.org/Scadryn/
~~~

If you wish to create a KehilaLinks webpage please contact us at:
<bloch@mts.net>.

NEED TECHNICAL HELP CREATING A WEBPAGE?: We have a team of dedicated
volunteer webpage designers who will help you create a webpage.

Susana Leistner Bloch, VP, KehilaLinks, JewishGen, Inc.
Barbara Ellman, KehilaLinks Technical Coordinator


German SIG #Germany Billy Wilder [who had been a Jewish refugee from Austria in 1934 on the immigrant experience] #germany

Yvonne Stern
 

[Billy Wilder's films included "Some Like it Hot" and "One, Two, Three", a
Cold War satirical comedy set in 1960 Berlin. The latter is hard to find
but (I think) worth looking for.]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1sKNGQ6flhk&t=344s

GerSIG friend Yvonne Stern often sends the Moderator links to Internet
content of possible interest to GerSIG readers. Moderator]

At the 1987 (60th) Academy Awards, Billy Wilder was awarded the
Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award. His memorable acceptance
speech expressed in a concise and witty manner the dramatic
situation of immigrants, [based on his own experience in 1934]
Date & Venue : April 11, 1988; Shrine Civic Auditorium, LA.

Wilder was Austrian. He was born Samuel Wilder on 22 June 1906 in
Sucha Beskidzka, Austria-Hungary, not far >from Oswiecim (Auschwitz).
The family moved to Vienna in 1916. Later he enrolled at the University
of Vienna and graduated as journalist. In 1926 he went to Berlin,
the rest is History.

Until his death in March 2002 Billy Wilder lived in Los Angeles.
During his long career he won six Oscars, three for the best picture.

You can see the video at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kebqj_grGC0

To read the speech go to : http://aaspeechesdb.oscars.org/link/060-23/

Yvonne Stern, Rio de Janeiro yvonne.stern17@gmail.com


German SIG #Germany KehilaLinks Project Report for December 2016 #germany

Susana Leistner Bloch
 

We are pleased to welcome the following webpages to JewishGen KehilaLinks
We thank the owners and webmasters of these webpages for creating fitting
memorials to these Kehilot (Jewish Communities) and for providing a
valuable resource for future generations of their descendants:

Radun (Radin), Belarus
Compiled by Ellen Sadove Renck
Webmaster: Irene Pupko Newhouse
http://kehilalinks.jewishgen.org/Lida-District/radun.htm
~~~

Vasiliki (Vasilishok), Belarus
Compiled by Ellen Sadove Renck
Webmaster: Irene Pupko Newhouse
http://kehilalinks.jewishgen.org/Lida-District/vasiliski.htm
~~~

Voranava (Voronov), Belarus
Compiled by Ellen Sadove Renck
Webmaster: Irene Pupko Newhouse
http://kehilalinks.jewishgen.org/Lida-District/voronovo.htm
~~~

Ostryna (Astryna, Ostrin), Belarus
Compiled by Ellen Sadove Renck
Webmaster: Irene Pupko Newhouse
http://kehilalinks.jewishgen.org/Lida-District/ostryna.htm
~~~

Piatra Neamt (including Negulesti), Romania
Created by Merle Kastner
Webpage Design by KehilaLinks volunteer Greg Meyer
http://www.kehilalinks.jewishgen.org/Piatra_Neamt/
~~~

Rozhanka (Rozanka), Belarus
Compiled by Ellen Sadove Renck
Webmaster: Irene Pupko Newhouse
http://kehilalinks.jewishgen.org/Lida-District/rozanka.htm
~~~

Shchuchyn (Shtutchin, Scucyn), Belarus
Compiled by Ellen Sadove Renck
Webmaster: Irene Pupko Newhouse
http://kehilalinks.jewishgen.org/Lida-District/scucyn.htm
~~~

KEHILALINKS WEBPAGES RECENTLY UPDATED:

Huncovce (Hunsdorf, Unsdorf), Slovakia
http://www.kehilalinks.jewishgen.org/huncovce/
~~~

Kesmarok (Kesmark), Slovakia
http://kehilalinks.jewishgen.org/kezmarok/

ORPHAN WEBPAGES

Some of our Kehila webpages were created by people who are no longer able
to maintain them. We thank them for their past efforts and wish them luck
on their future endeavors.

Or by people who are no longer living. May their Memory be for a Blessing

The following webpages are "orphaned" and are available for adoption.

Kopatkevichi (Kopatkevich), Belarus
http://kehilalinks.jewishgen.org/kopatkevichi/
~~~

Rozdil (Rozdol) (G), Ukraine
http://kehilalinks.jewishgen.org/Rozdol/Rozdol.htm
~~~

Tetiev, Ukraine
Created by Irwin B. Margiloff z"l
http://kehilalinks.jewishgen.org/tetiev/tetiev.htm
~~~

Shchadryn (Shchedrin), Belarus
http://kehilalinks.jewishgen.org/Scadryn/
~~~

If you wish to create a KehilaLinks webpage please contact us at:
<bloch@mts.net>.

NEED TECHNICAL HELP CREATING A WEBPAGE?: We have a team of dedicated
volunteer webpage designers who will help you create a webpage.

Susana Leistner Bloch, VP, KehilaLinks, JewishGen, Inc.
Barbara Ellman, KehilaLinks Technical Coordinator


Wrong information on census records #general

Tammy
 

Hello,
I am wondering if anyone else has encountered misinformation presented on a
census record. I have recently encountered two scenarios.

The first is a 1915 New York State Census in which the entire family (husband,
wife and 6 of 7 children) are listed. However, the wife's 1911 immigration
record states she was a widow at that time. In the son's 1918 WWI draft record,
he only mentions his mother's name and address. This WWI draft record lists the
son's birth date which is an exact match to his Bessarabian birth record, which
provides his mother and father's names as well as his paternal grandfather's
name. >from that information I found a 1910 Bessarabian death record for his
father which matches the names on the birth record, exactly. So, two records
indicate that the husband died before the family came to the US. The 1915 census
record is also odd in that the father's age is not listed. It's almost as if he
was not present for the census taker to get that information. I don't know what
to do with the 1915 Census.

The second scenario is for a divorced couple. The husband moved to another
state. His wife and child stayed behind. He divorced his wife in 1920, a number
of years after his move. Yet, I found a 1930 census record that matches the
names and ages of both the ex-wife and daughter in the original home state. The
ex-husband is listed there as the husband and his age matches, too. The only
thing that does not match is the husband's occupation. He is listed as a
plumber, when in fact, he was a sewing machine salesman. In 1940, the ex wife
lists herself and her daughter without the ex husband's name, but states
herself as married, not divorced. The surname is not common. It is hard to
believe that there could be two different families with the same surname and
same given names and ages for 3 people.

What have other researchers experienced and does anyone have suggestions as to
how to handle that information?

I would greatly appreciate input >from other researchers who have experienced
something similar.

Thank you,
Tammy Weingarten
searching: Rabinowitz, Wishnefsky, Grubin, Chaykin, Feldman, Alderman, Phenes
(Minsk); Newman, Jacobs, Simiansky, Weinberg (Chisinau); Sarote, Yanoff (Bielsk);
Weingarten, Lerner, Rosenfeld, Goldstein (Lublin and Mezrich)


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Wrong information on census records #general

Tammy
 

Hello,
I am wondering if anyone else has encountered misinformation presented on a
census record. I have recently encountered two scenarios.

The first is a 1915 New York State Census in which the entire family (husband,
wife and 6 of 7 children) are listed. However, the wife's 1911 immigration
record states she was a widow at that time. In the son's 1918 WWI draft record,
he only mentions his mother's name and address. This WWI draft record lists the
son's birth date which is an exact match to his Bessarabian birth record, which
provides his mother and father's names as well as his paternal grandfather's
name. >from that information I found a 1910 Bessarabian death record for his
father which matches the names on the birth record, exactly. So, two records
indicate that the husband died before the family came to the US. The 1915 census
record is also odd in that the father's age is not listed. It's almost as if he
was not present for the census taker to get that information. I don't know what
to do with the 1915 Census.

The second scenario is for a divorced couple. The husband moved to another
state. His wife and child stayed behind. He divorced his wife in 1920, a number
of years after his move. Yet, I found a 1930 census record that matches the
names and ages of both the ex-wife and daughter in the original home state. The
ex-husband is listed there as the husband and his age matches, too. The only
thing that does not match is the husband's occupation. He is listed as a
plumber, when in fact, he was a sewing machine salesman. In 1940, the ex wife
lists herself and her daughter without the ex husband's name, but states
herself as married, not divorced. The surname is not common. It is hard to
believe that there could be two different families with the same surname and
same given names and ages for 3 people.

What have other researchers experienced and does anyone have suggestions as to
how to handle that information?

I would greatly appreciate input >from other researchers who have experienced
something similar.

Thank you,
Tammy Weingarten
searching: Rabinowitz, Wishnefsky, Grubin, Chaykin, Feldman, Alderman, Phenes
(Minsk); Newman, Jacobs, Simiansky, Weinberg (Chisinau); Sarote, Yanoff (Bielsk);
Weingarten, Lerner, Rosenfeld, Goldstein (Lublin and Mezrich)


Unknown Sibling in Censuses #general

WALTER ELIAS
 

I am in search of a woman who appears in the 1910, 1915 (New York) and 1920
Censuses and then disappears. She is the daughter of Solomon KAISER 1891-1960
and Tillie MAYERSON 1866-1946. She appears in the 1910 Census as Edith, in the
1915 Census as Nettie, and in the 1920 Census as Natalie. Ages are consistent
with this being the same person. Her brother Louis changed his name to KEISER
upon emigration. Louis' children have no knowledge of their father ever having
a sibling. Nor does she appear in subsequent Censuses. I have been unable to
find any marriage or death record for her under her maiden name.

Any help in locating information about Natalie (Nettie, Edith) KAISER (KEISER)
is greatly appreciated.

Walter S. Elias
St. Louis Park, Minnesota


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Unknown Sibling in Censuses #general

WALTER ELIAS
 

I am in search of a woman who appears in the 1910, 1915 (New York) and 1920
Censuses and then disappears. She is the daughter of Solomon KAISER 1891-1960
and Tillie MAYERSON 1866-1946. She appears in the 1910 Census as Edith, in the
1915 Census as Nettie, and in the 1920 Census as Natalie. Ages are consistent
with this being the same person. Her brother Louis changed his name to KEISER
upon emigration. Louis' children have no knowledge of their father ever having
a sibling. Nor does she appear in subsequent Censuses. I have been unable to
find any marriage or death record for her under her maiden name.

Any help in locating information about Natalie (Nettie, Edith) KAISER (KEISER)
is greatly appreciated.

Walter S. Elias
St. Louis Park, Minnesota


LEIBOVICI among Jews in Dubossary, Moldova/Transnistria #romania

G Sles
 

Greetings all,

How can I get details, such as family member's names, for this entry in the
JewishGen Romanian database? This is all that's in the index record--no source or
town/city:


Jews Killed in Dubossary, Moldova / Transnistria
LEYBOVICH, Ya. 6 people


My most recent effort to find the family of Yosef David and Fanny LEIBOVICI
(LEIBOWITZ) was at IAJGS Seattle in August. The USHMM representative couldn't
find any such family in the databases. She suggested the family may have been
taken to Transnistria, which she said had few records.

I have a family photo >from Romania dated 1920 that I've posted previously in
ViewMate. It's in the Archived photos as VM record # 22812. (Disregard the ?? at
the end of the surname; it appears to be a stylistic flourish by whoever wrote the
surname in the note on the back of the picture card.)

Since ViewMate is in the public domain, the photo can be found on the Internet via
public search engines, including google, by searching for Yosef David LEIBOVICI .

Please respond privately, unless the information can be helpful to others seeking
details >from this database. Thank you.


Best,
Gay Slesinger
USA


Romania SIG #Romania LEIBOVICI among Jews in Dubossary, Moldova/Transnistria #romania

G Sles
 

Greetings all,

How can I get details, such as family member's names, for this entry in the
JewishGen Romanian database? This is all that's in the index record--no source or
town/city:


Jews Killed in Dubossary, Moldova / Transnistria
LEYBOVICH, Ya. 6 people


My most recent effort to find the family of Yosef David and Fanny LEIBOVICI
(LEIBOWITZ) was at IAJGS Seattle in August. The USHMM representative couldn't
find any such family in the databases. She suggested the family may have been
taken to Transnistria, which she said had few records.

I have a family photo >from Romania dated 1920 that I've posted previously in
ViewMate. It's in the Archived photos as VM record # 22812. (Disregard the ?? at
the end of the surname; it appears to be a stylistic flourish by whoever wrote the
surname in the note on the back of the picture card.)

Since ViewMate is in the public domain, the photo can be found on the Internet via
public search engines, including google, by searching for Yosef David LEIBOVICI .

Please respond privately, unless the information can be helpful to others seeking
details >from this database. Thank you.


Best,
Gay Slesinger
USA


Call for papers #courland #latvia

Arlene Beare
 

The Council of Jewish Communities of Latvia, the Museum 'Jews in Latvia',
and the Center for Judaic Studies at the University of Latvia
invites you to take part in the 10th International Conference 'Jews in a
Changing World'.
The conference is dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the Republic of
Latvia .

http://eurojewishstudies.org/homepage-announcements/call-for-papers-jews-in-
a-changing-world-the-10th-international-conference-riga-april-26-28-2017/

Arlene Beare UK
Dorfman >from Birzai Lithuania and then Riga Latvia
Sher >from Pandelys Lithuania and then Riga Latvia
Berman >from Lygumai Lithuania and the Jekabpils Latvia
Samuels/ Dembinski >from Krakow and/or Zychlin in Poland


Call for papers #southafrica

Arlene Beare
 

The Council of Jewish Communities of Latvia, the Museum 'Jews in Latvia',
and the Center for Judaic Studies at the University of Latvia
invites you to take part in the 10th International Conference 'Jews in a
Changing World'.
The conference is dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the Republic of
Latvia .

http://eurojewishstudies.org/homepage-announcements/call-for-papers-jews-in-
a-changing-world-the-10th-international-conference-riga-april-26-28-2017/

Arlene Beare UK
Dorfman >from Birzai Lithuania and then Riga Latvia
Sher >from Pandelys Lithuania and then Riga Latvia
Berman >from Lygumai Lithuania and the Jekabpils Latvia
Samuels/ Dembinski >from Krakow and/or Zychlin in Poland


Courland SIG #Courland #Latvia Call for papers #latvia #courland

Arlene Beare
 

The Council of Jewish Communities of Latvia, the Museum 'Jews in Latvia',
and the Center for Judaic Studies at the University of Latvia
invites you to take part in the 10th International Conference 'Jews in a
Changing World'.
The conference is dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the Republic of
Latvia .

http://eurojewishstudies.org/homepage-announcements/call-for-papers-jews-in-
a-changing-world-the-10th-international-conference-riga-april-26-28-2017/

Arlene Beare UK
Dorfman >from Birzai Lithuania and then Riga Latvia
Sher >from Pandelys Lithuania and then Riga Latvia
Berman >from Lygumai Lithuania and the Jekabpils Latvia
Samuels/ Dembinski >from Krakow and/or Zychlin in Poland


South Africa SIG #SouthAfrica Call for papers #southafrica

Arlene Beare
 

The Council of Jewish Communities of Latvia, the Museum 'Jews in Latvia',
and the Center for Judaic Studies at the University of Latvia
invites you to take part in the 10th International Conference 'Jews in a
Changing World'.
The conference is dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the Republic of
Latvia .

http://eurojewishstudies.org/homepage-announcements/call-for-papers-jews-in-
a-changing-world-the-10th-international-conference-riga-april-26-28-2017/

Arlene Beare UK
Dorfman >from Birzai Lithuania and then Riga Latvia
Sher >from Pandelys Lithuania and then Riga Latvia
Berman >from Lygumai Lithuania and the Jekabpils Latvia
Samuels/ Dembinski >from Krakow and/or Zychlin in Poland


The town of Brzesc Kujawski #poland

Amos Israel Zezmer
 

Dear Fellow Researchers,

Have any vital records >from Brzesc Kujawski been indexed?

Have any Jewish vital records survived?

According to JewishGen and other sources, there were nearly 800 Jews in
Brzesc Kujawski, in 1921, out of a total population of nearly 4,000.

I am looking for vital records for the MITKIEWICZ family.

Best regards,

Amos ZEZMER
Yerres, France


JRI Poland #Poland The town of Brzesc Kujawski #poland

Amos Israel Zezmer
 

Dear Fellow Researchers,

Have any vital records >from Brzesc Kujawski been indexed?

Have any Jewish vital records survived?

According to JewishGen and other sources, there were nearly 800 Jews in
Brzesc Kujawski, in 1921, out of a total population of nearly 4,000.

I am looking for vital records for the MITKIEWICZ family.

Best regards,

Amos ZEZMER
Yerres, France


Records for Pressburg [now Bratislava]'s Neolog-Judischer Freidhof #general

James
 

Georg Garusch's book referenced this Jewish Cemetery. Can anyone share
information for locating burial records for this or other Jewish
cemeteries in 19th century Pressburg[now Bratislava]?

Thanks,

James Castellan
Rose Valley, PA


JGSMD January 22 program announcement #general

Susan Steeble
 

Jewish Genealogy Society of Maryland

Speaker: Israel Pickholtz
Title: "Why Did My Father Know That His Grandfather Had an Uncle Selig?"
Date and Time: Sunday, January 22, 2017, 1:30 p.m.
Location: Pikesville Library'?s meeting room, 1301 Reisterstown Rd,
Pikesville, MD

Please join us for our next program: "Why Did My Father Know That His
Grandfather Had an Uncle Selig?" presented by Israel Pickholtz.

More than 20 years before Israel Pickholtz began doing serious
genealogy, his father sent him a postcard with three bits of family
information. One of those was that Israel's great-grandfather Hersch
Pikholz had an uncle Zelig. That information was very important in
Israel's research over the past two decades, research that was helped
along by traditional sources and more recently by genetic genealogy.

But even as he was progressing in his research, Israel could not shake
the question, "Why did my father know this?" Israel says, "My father
was 8 years old when his grandfather Hersch Pikholz died, and they
never had any real conversation. None of the cousins knew about Uncle
Zelig, even the older one who lived in the same house as my
great-grandfather. My father himself did not recall why he knew this."
And did it even matter? Israel tells the story of his
great-great-great-uncle, what he learned about his family, and why now
he thinks he knows how his father knew. And yes, it matters.

Israel Pickholtz, a native of Pittsburgh, made aliyah in 1973 from
Chicago and now lives in Jerusalem. He has done serious family
research for 20 years. His flagship work is the Pikholz Project, a
single-surname project to identify and reconnect all Pikholz
descendants. Alongside his work as a professional genealogist, taking
clients in Israel and abroad, he became heavily involved in genetic
genealogy in 2013. He manages test kits of more than 80 family
members, at last count. He recently published a book, Endogamy: One
Family, One People (available at www.endogamy-one-family.com). He
blogs at http://allmyforeparents.blogspot.com.

The program is free for paid members and $5 for non-members (applied
to membership fee when a visitor joins JGSMD) after their first
meeting. Refreshments will be available. Please check our web site at
www.jgsmd.org for late updates and for the time, location, and program
of future meetings.

Susan Steeble
JGSMD Public Relations


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Records for Pressburg [now Bratislava]'s Neolog-Judischer Freidhof #general

James
 

Georg Garusch's book referenced this Jewish Cemetery. Can anyone share
information for locating burial records for this or other Jewish
cemeteries in 19th century Pressburg[now Bratislava]?

Thanks,

James Castellan
Rose Valley, PA


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen JGSMD January 22 program announcement #general

Susan Steeble
 

Jewish Genealogy Society of Maryland

Speaker: Israel Pickholtz
Title: "Why Did My Father Know That His Grandfather Had an Uncle Selig?"
Date and Time: Sunday, January 22, 2017, 1:30 p.m.
Location: Pikesville Library'?s meeting room, 1301 Reisterstown Rd,
Pikesville, MD

Please join us for our next program: "Why Did My Father Know That His
Grandfather Had an Uncle Selig?" presented by Israel Pickholtz.

More than 20 years before Israel Pickholtz began doing serious
genealogy, his father sent him a postcard with three bits of family
information. One of those was that Israel's great-grandfather Hersch
Pikholz had an uncle Zelig. That information was very important in
Israel's research over the past two decades, research that was helped
along by traditional sources and more recently by genetic genealogy.

But even as he was progressing in his research, Israel could not shake
the question, "Why did my father know this?" Israel says, "My father
was 8 years old when his grandfather Hersch Pikholz died, and they
never had any real conversation. None of the cousins knew about Uncle
Zelig, even the older one who lived in the same house as my
great-grandfather. My father himself did not recall why he knew this."
And did it even matter? Israel tells the story of his
great-great-great-uncle, what he learned about his family, and why now
he thinks he knows how his father knew. And yes, it matters.

Israel Pickholtz, a native of Pittsburgh, made aliyah in 1973 from
Chicago and now lives in Jerusalem. He has done serious family
research for 20 years. His flagship work is the Pikholz Project, a
single-surname project to identify and reconnect all Pikholz
descendants. Alongside his work as a professional genealogist, taking
clients in Israel and abroad, he became heavily involved in genetic
genealogy in 2013. He manages test kits of more than 80 family
members, at last count. He recently published a book, Endogamy: One
Family, One People (available at www.endogamy-one-family.com). He
blogs at http://allmyforeparents.blogspot.com.

The program is free for paid members and $5 for non-members (applied
to membership fee when a visitor joins JGSMD) after their first
meeting. Refreshments will be available. Please check our web site at
www.jgsmd.org for late updates and for the time, location, and program
of future meetings.

Susan Steeble
JGSMD Public Relations

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