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Baruch Dayan HaEmet - Ruth Gamper Silver #belarus

david.feldman@...
 

It is with much sadness that we report that Ruth Gamper Silver passed away
Monday, June 25, 2018. Robinn Magid posted the following message on
Jewishgen and JRI-Poland earlier today.

I am saddened to report the recent and sudden passing of Ruth Gamper Silver,
a longtime volunteer in the Jewish Genealogy world and a good friend to many
of us. Ruth volunteered in the Belarus SIG as a data acquisition coordinator
and with Paul Zoglin and David Feldman, worked hard to create a cooperative
relationship with other SIGs. Ruth was a dedicated and active volunteer for
JRI-Poland.org working with me in the Lublin region for many years. Her
cheerful attitude, willingness to help, and ability to tell a story will be
sorely missed. Ruth loved her family and her cats very much. May her memory
be for a blessing.

Robinn Magid
Berkeley, California
robinn.magid@gmail.com

For the past 7 years, both Paul and I have worked closely with Ruth who
coordinated all of our projects. Through her tireless work she completely
reorganized the project workflow for the Belarus SIG and kept all of our
projects running smoothly. Ruth lived in Geneva Switzerland when she joined
the Belarus SIG and more recently moved to Montreal.

Here is a link to her obituary:
https://www.paperman.com/en/funerals/2018-6-28-ruth-gamper-silver

We thank Ruth for all her hard-work, dedication and friendship. You will be
sorely missed.

David Feldman
Paul Zoglin


Belarus SIG #Belarus Baruch Dayan HaEmet - Ruth Gamper Silver #belarus

david.feldman@...
 

It is with much sadness that we report that Ruth Gamper Silver passed away
Monday, June 25, 2018. Robinn Magid posted the following message on
Jewishgen and JRI-Poland earlier today.

I am saddened to report the recent and sudden passing of Ruth Gamper Silver,
a longtime volunteer in the Jewish Genealogy world and a good friend to many
of us. Ruth volunteered in the Belarus SIG as a data acquisition coordinator
and with Paul Zoglin and David Feldman, worked hard to create a cooperative
relationship with other SIGs. Ruth was a dedicated and active volunteer for
JRI-Poland.org working with me in the Lublin region for many years. Her
cheerful attitude, willingness to help, and ability to tell a story will be
sorely missed. Ruth loved her family and her cats very much. May her memory
be for a blessing.

Robinn Magid
Berkeley, California
robinn.magid@gmail.com

For the past 7 years, both Paul and I have worked closely with Ruth who
coordinated all of our projects. Through her tireless work she completely
reorganized the project workflow for the Belarus SIG and kept all of our
projects running smoothly. Ruth lived in Geneva Switzerland when she joined
the Belarus SIG and more recently moved to Montreal.

Here is a link to her obituary:
https://www.paperman.com/en/funerals/2018-6-28-ruth-gamper-silver

We thank Ruth for all her hard-work, dedication and friendship. You will be
sorely missed.

David Feldman
Paul Zoglin


DNA Testing Find People Cherry Pick Their Results #dna

Jan Meisels Allen
 

A recent study published in the American Journal of Sociology, Genetic
Options: The Impact of Genetic Ancestry Testing on Consumers' Racial and
Ethnic Identities, finds that genetic ancestry testing did not change their
"beliefs" as to whom they are, regardless of the DNA testing showing they
might have Hispanic, Native American, black or other heritage.

The study of 100 Americans >from various ethnic and racial backgrounds who
had taken the home DNA test and then the researchers returned 18 months
later to determine if the tests shifted how they saw their identity, instead
showed the DNA testes tended to "cherry pick" rather than embrace some of
their findings based on preconceived biases. Fifty-nine percent of the
participants did not alter their views on their identity, despite the
information in the tests. Another study finding was, those who embraced
their test results, more than 80% of them went on to document this change in
the census - upending the tradition of racial categories based solely on
appearance or knowledge of descent.

Some of the results as reported in The Guardian, found whites were likely to
embrace their new racial identities as long as they believed others would
still accept them. One of the comments about a participant who before the
test identified as a white Mexican American the article was, was found to
have Native American, Celtic and Jewish ancestry. Researchers found "he
embraced his Jewish roots over the other ancestries highlighted in the
test."
To read The Guardian article see:
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/jul/01/home-dna-test-kits-race-ethnicity-dna-ancestry

The study may be accessed and purchased >from the American Journal of
Sociology found at:
https://www.journals.uchicago.edu/doi/full/10.1086/697487

Thank you to Jeanette Rosenberg, JGS Great Britain, for sharing The
Guardian article with us.

Jan Meisels Allen
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


DNA Research #DNA DNA Testing Find People Cherry Pick Their Results #dna

Jan Meisels Allen
 

A recent study published in the American Journal of Sociology, Genetic
Options: The Impact of Genetic Ancestry Testing on Consumers' Racial and
Ethnic Identities, finds that genetic ancestry testing did not change their
"beliefs" as to whom they are, regardless of the DNA testing showing they
might have Hispanic, Native American, black or other heritage.

The study of 100 Americans >from various ethnic and racial backgrounds who
had taken the home DNA test and then the researchers returned 18 months
later to determine if the tests shifted how they saw their identity, instead
showed the DNA testes tended to "cherry pick" rather than embrace some of
their findings based on preconceived biases. Fifty-nine percent of the
participants did not alter their views on their identity, despite the
information in the tests. Another study finding was, those who embraced
their test results, more than 80% of them went on to document this change in
the census - upending the tradition of racial categories based solely on
appearance or knowledge of descent.

Some of the results as reported in The Guardian, found whites were likely to
embrace their new racial identities as long as they believed others would
still accept them. One of the comments about a participant who before the
test identified as a white Mexican American the article was, was found to
have Native American, Celtic and Jewish ancestry. Researchers found "he
embraced his Jewish roots over the other ancestries highlighted in the
test."
To read The Guardian article see:
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/jul/01/home-dna-test-kits-race-ethnicity-dna-ancestry

The study may be accessed and purchased >from the American Journal of
Sociology found at:
https://www.journals.uchicago.edu/doi/full/10.1086/697487

Thank you to Jeanette Rosenberg, JGS Great Britain, for sharing The
Guardian article with us.

Jan Meisels Allen
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


Hersch SCHUTZ, died 1936, Kalush Ukraine #general

Deborah Schultz
 

Hello. I have a photo of a tombstone in the old Jewish cemetery of
Kalush, Ukraine. (Before WWI, it was in Galicia. Between the wars, it
was in Poland.) The name Hersch SCHUTZ appears in Latin letters. The
rest of the inscription is in Hebrew, and gives his Hebrew name as
Tsvi son of Yitskhak HaLevi. Tsvi-Hersch died on the holiday of
Simkhat Torah 5697 (= 9 October 1936). That's all the information I
have on him.

I have been trying to find out more about him or his family, but I
can't find any vital records for Kalush. I have read that many of
these records were burned in a fire in the city during World War I. I
have tried several resources already, such as online databases
(Ancestry, Family Search, Ellis Island, JewishGen databases, and
Gesher Galicia). I have also emailed other researchers looking for the
surname SCHUTZ in Kalush. I found on Gesher Galicia that the house of
a Hersch SCHUTZ on Szewczenki Street in Kalusz was "completely
destroyed" in 1918 (by the same fire that destroyed the records?). Is
it likely this was the same man? I thought the name was fairly common.

Unfortunately, I have found no additional information about him or his
family. I want to make sure I really do try everything. I understand
that new records come online all the time, and that I should try these
searches again in a few months. My questions are:

1) Is there anything else I'm missing right now?

2) Does anybody recognize this man?

I appreciate any help, and also your time. Thanks!

--
Deborah Schultz, Metro Detroit, Michigan
schultzd@umich.edu


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Hersch SCHUTZ, died 1936, Kalush Ukraine #general

Deborah Schultz
 

Hello. I have a photo of a tombstone in the old Jewish cemetery of
Kalush, Ukraine. (Before WWI, it was in Galicia. Between the wars, it
was in Poland.) The name Hersch SCHUTZ appears in Latin letters. The
rest of the inscription is in Hebrew, and gives his Hebrew name as
Tsvi son of Yitskhak HaLevi. Tsvi-Hersch died on the holiday of
Simkhat Torah 5697 (= 9 October 1936). That's all the information I
have on him.

I have been trying to find out more about him or his family, but I
can't find any vital records for Kalush. I have read that many of
these records were burned in a fire in the city during World War I. I
have tried several resources already, such as online databases
(Ancestry, Family Search, Ellis Island, JewishGen databases, and
Gesher Galicia). I have also emailed other researchers looking for the
surname SCHUTZ in Kalush. I found on Gesher Galicia that the house of
a Hersch SCHUTZ on Szewczenki Street in Kalusz was "completely
destroyed" in 1918 (by the same fire that destroyed the records?). Is
it likely this was the same man? I thought the name was fairly common.

Unfortunately, I have found no additional information about him or his
family. I want to make sure I really do try everything. I understand
that new records come online all the time, and that I should try these
searches again in a few months. My questions are:

1) Is there anything else I'm missing right now?

2) Does anybody recognize this man?

I appreciate any help, and also your time. Thanks!

--
Deborah Schultz, Metro Detroit, Michigan
schultzd@umich.edu


Using a pre-purchased ticket under a different name #general

Toby Gass <tgass@...>
 

After years of looking for evidence of my great and great-great
grandparents' immigration to the US, I have finally found records of
ticket purchases for most of them in the Rosenbaum Bank ticket purchase
ledgers. Even with the information in the ledgers, including shipping
line names, ports, names and ages of the ticket holders, etc., I still
cannot find them on any ship manifests.

There were two trips, to different ports (Philadelphia and Baltimore),
from different ports (Antwerp and Bremen), in different years (1891 and
1893), and on different lines (Red Star and Nord Deutscher Lloyd); four
people travelled. It seems unlikely that there would be no record of any
of them.

I am wondering if anyone knows the answer to the following question: If
a ticket was purchased in the name of a certain individual, did the
person have to travel under that name, or could the ticket be used with
a different name?

Thank you for the assistance.

Toby Gass


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Using a pre-purchased ticket under a different name #general

Toby Gass <tgass@...>
 

After years of looking for evidence of my great and great-great
grandparents' immigration to the US, I have finally found records of
ticket purchases for most of them in the Rosenbaum Bank ticket purchase
ledgers. Even with the information in the ledgers, including shipping
line names, ports, names and ages of the ticket holders, etc., I still
cannot find them on any ship manifests.

There were two trips, to different ports (Philadelphia and Baltimore),
from different ports (Antwerp and Bremen), in different years (1891 and
1893), and on different lines (Red Star and Nord Deutscher Lloyd); four
people travelled. It seems unlikely that there would be no record of any
of them.

I am wondering if anyone knows the answer to the following question: If
a ticket was purchased in the name of a certain individual, did the
person have to travel under that name, or could the ticket be used with
a different name?

Thank you for the assistance.

Toby Gass


William POLLACK grave photo, Mt Hebron Cemetery, NYC #general

Shelley Mitchell
 

Hello Colleagues and Friends -

I've put in a request through Findagrave for a picture of the headstone
of William Pollack, d.1974, at Mt. Hebron in Flushing, Queens, New York.
Unfortunately, those often take a long time to be fulfilled. If anyone
is going there (presumably after the heat wave), would you be so kind as
to take a picture? I have the location of the grave so if you're going,
please contact me at shelley.mitchell@att.net privately and I will give
it to you.

Thank you in advance.

Shelley Mitchell


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen William POLLACK grave photo, Mt Hebron Cemetery, NYC #general

Shelley Mitchell
 

Hello Colleagues and Friends -

I've put in a request through Findagrave for a picture of the headstone
of William Pollack, d.1974, at Mt. Hebron in Flushing, Queens, New York.
Unfortunately, those often take a long time to be fulfilled. If anyone
is going there (presumably after the heat wave), would you be so kind as
to take a picture? I have the location of the grave so if you're going,
please contact me at shelley.mitchell@att.net privately and I will give
it to you.

Thank you in advance.

Shelley Mitchell


The B&F Compendium of Jewish Genealogy has 25,000 Jewish genealogy resources #general

bloodandfrogs@...
 

I just wanted to make people aware of the B&F Compendium of Jewish
Genealogy, which links to online resources for over 200 countries and
territories, as well as over 1350 towns in Poland.

The main site with all the countries is:

https://bloodandfrogs.com/compendium/

and the list of Polish towns is at:

https://bloodandfrogs.com/compendium/poland/cities

The site divides resources into 7 primary categories: History,
Genealogy, Cemeteries, Holocaust, Diaspora, Contemporary and Books.
For towns in Poland, there is an additional General category that
links to the town's web site and the Wikipedia article(s) about
the town.

I try to keep the site up to date with new resources, but if you're
aware of resources for a specific country or town, please let me know
(there's a way to submit new resources via the site).

There are other useful things on my site besides the compendium,
including printable forms (in English and Hebrew), and many articles
on Jewish genealogy.

Philip Trauring


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen The B&F Compendium of Jewish Genealogy has 25,000 Jewish genealogy resources #general

bloodandfrogs@...
 

I just wanted to make people aware of the B&F Compendium of Jewish
Genealogy, which links to online resources for over 200 countries and
territories, as well as over 1350 towns in Poland.

The main site with all the countries is:

https://bloodandfrogs.com/compendium/

and the list of Polish towns is at:

https://bloodandfrogs.com/compendium/poland/cities

The site divides resources into 7 primary categories: History,
Genealogy, Cemeteries, Holocaust, Diaspora, Contemporary and Books.
For towns in Poland, there is an additional General category that
links to the town's web site and the Wikipedia article(s) about
the town.

I try to keep the site up to date with new resources, but if you're
aware of resources for a specific country or town, please let me know
(there's a way to submit new resources via the site).

There are other useful things on my site besides the compendium,
including printable forms (in English and Hebrew), and many articles
on Jewish genealogy.

Philip Trauring


Lehman brothers role in Rescue - Karen Franklin, interview and talk 4 July 2018 #general

Saul Issroff
 

Karen Franklin of the Leo Baeck Institute is interviewed for the
Jewish Views radio programme (UK) on the fascinating tale of 'The
Untold Story of the Lehman Family and its Aid to Refugees: 1933-1945'.
https://tinyurl.com/y9cnux54
https://www.mixcloud.com/TheJewishViews/hrh-prince-william-in-israel-dame-esther-rantzen-and-the-untold-story-of-the-lehman-family/
Karen's interview starts at 35 minutes in the programme.

Synopsis radio interview:
... Karen Franklin tells us the fascinating details of 'The Untold
Story of the Lehman Family and its Aid to Refugees: 1933-1945', as
part of an event >from Spiro Ark, co-hosted by the Jewish Genealogy
Society of Great Britain and Central Synagogue and will be held July
4, 7.30 pm at The Central Synagogue, London W1.

event details:
The Untold Story of the Lehman family and its Aid to Refugees: 1933-1945
A lecture by Karen Franklin
Time: 7.30 pm, Wednesday 4th July 2018
Venue: Central Synagogue, 36-40 Hallam Street, Marylebone, London W1W 6NW.
Ticket: 10 GBP
www.spiroark.org or by phone 0207 794 4655

Saul Issroff
London


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Lehman brothers role in Rescue - Karen Franklin, interview and talk 4 July 2018 #general

Saul Issroff
 

Karen Franklin of the Leo Baeck Institute is interviewed for the
Jewish Views radio programme (UK) on the fascinating tale of 'The
Untold Story of the Lehman Family and its Aid to Refugees: 1933-1945'.
https://tinyurl.com/y9cnux54
https://www.mixcloud.com/TheJewishViews/hrh-prince-william-in-israel-dame-esther-rantzen-and-the-untold-story-of-the-lehman-family/
Karen's interview starts at 35 minutes in the programme.

Synopsis radio interview:
... Karen Franklin tells us the fascinating details of 'The Untold
Story of the Lehman Family and its Aid to Refugees: 1933-1945', as
part of an event >from Spiro Ark, co-hosted by the Jewish Genealogy
Society of Great Britain and Central Synagogue and will be held July
4, 7.30 pm at The Central Synagogue, London W1.

event details:
The Untold Story of the Lehman family and its Aid to Refugees: 1933-1945
A lecture by Karen Franklin
Time: 7.30 pm, Wednesday 4th July 2018
Venue: Central Synagogue, 36-40 Hallam Street, Marylebone, London W1W 6NW.
Ticket: 10 GBP
www.spiroark.org or by phone 0207 794 4655

Saul Issroff
London


GRAEBER families of SANOK, Galicia #poland

Joseph Walder <jswalder@...>
 

The passenger manifest for the Fuerst Bismarck, which arrived at New York
on about 10 July 1903, lists a Markus GRAEBER that I believe to be my great
uncle, who was born about 1884 in SANOK, Galicia. The manifest gives Markus
point of contact in the United States as one Abraham GRAEBER, evidently a
cousin. (The annotation "bro" had been crossed out and "cous" written in.)

I am trying to figure out who this Abraham GRAEBER was. I know >from a
vital-records summary for SANOK that GRAEBER was a fairly common name
there, so the idea that Markus and Abraham were cousins is hardly
shocking.

Abraham GRAEBER's address in New York City is given on the manifest
as 622 East 5th Street, which is solidly within the Lower East Side
of Manhattan.

If you believe this Abraham GRAEBER might be your ancestor, please contact
me. Thanks.

Joe Walder


JRI Poland #Poland GRAEBER families of SANOK, Galicia #poland

Joseph Walder <jswalder@...>
 

The passenger manifest for the Fuerst Bismarck, which arrived at New York
on about 10 July 1903, lists a Markus GRAEBER that I believe to be my great
uncle, who was born about 1884 in SANOK, Galicia. The manifest gives Markus
point of contact in the United States as one Abraham GRAEBER, evidently a
cousin. (The annotation "bro" had been crossed out and "cous" written in.)

I am trying to figure out who this Abraham GRAEBER was. I know >from a
vital-records summary for SANOK that GRAEBER was a fairly common name
there, so the idea that Markus and Abraham were cousins is hardly
shocking.

Abraham GRAEBER's address in New York City is given on the manifest
as 622 East 5th Street, which is solidly within the Lower East Side
of Manhattan.

If you believe this Abraham GRAEBER might be your ancestor, please contact
me. Thanks.

Joe Walder


Anyone have an XXL JRI-Poland T-Shirt? #poland

Stanley Diamond
 

Dear friends:

We have an unusual request!

A JRI-Poland team member (in Poland) has "worn out" the XXL
T-shirt he has been using for many years. Unfortunately, we
are not re-ordering T-shirts this year.

We are hoping that a JRI-Poland supporter who purchased an XXL
in the past will agree to loan it to us so that our valuable
team member will have it to wear at the conference.

Please let me know.

Stanley Diamond, M.S.M.
Executive Director, Jewish Records Indexing - Poland
jri-poland.org


JRI Poland #Poland Anyone have an XXL JRI-Poland T-Shirt? #poland

Stanley Diamond
 

Dear friends:

We have an unusual request!

A JRI-Poland team member (in Poland) has "worn out" the XXL
T-shirt he has been using for many years. Unfortunately, we
are not re-ordering T-shirts this year.

We are hoping that a JRI-Poland supporter who purchased an XXL
in the past will agree to loan it to us so that our valuable
team member will have it to wear at the conference.

Please let me know.

Stanley Diamond, M.S.M.
Executive Director, Jewish Records Indexing - Poland
jri-poland.org


Tarnow vital records #poland

Howard Fink
 

Thanks to many generous contributors another of our JRI-Poland Tarnow
PSA Projects is now online!

This batch adds:
- Births: 1871-1876, 1889-1899, 1905-1914
- Marriages: 1871-1876, 1905-1914
- Deaths: 1905-1914

More records now include additional fields, especially parents'
names, maternal grandparents' names (in Birth records) and exact
event dates.

Many more records now also include links to take you to a high
resolution image of the original record on the Polish National Archives
web site. Image linking is still in progress, so not all records in this
collection have links yet.

While assigning the image link to each record I have discovered many
records that were not part of our original index (in all years). Most of
these were birth records for children who did not live long, but the
information on the parents can still be very useful. If you had family
matches in searches of our earlier projects I recommend that you perform
new searches; you may find more records now.

We are still looking for contributions to bring the records >from our
next Tarnow project online:
- Births: 1915-1916
- Marriages: 1915-1936
- Deaths: 1915-1936
The qualifying contribution amount for this project is US $60.

Remember that becoming a qualified contributor to each project gives you
access to each unfunded project BEFORE the data goes live. Only after
the funding goal is met does the data go online.

You can always see the current funding status of our projects on our
Town page:
http://jri-poland.org/town/tarnow.htm

Contributions can be made using various methods here:
http://jri-poland.org/support.htm

Thank you to the many, many people who have donated to cover our costs
in indexing these records so that everyone may now access them.
__________

Howard Fink
Tarnow Archives Coordinator
Jewish Records Indexing - Poland


JRI Poland #Poland Tarnow vital records #poland

Howard Fink
 

Thanks to many generous contributors another of our JRI-Poland Tarnow
PSA Projects is now online!

This batch adds:
- Births: 1871-1876, 1889-1899, 1905-1914
- Marriages: 1871-1876, 1905-1914
- Deaths: 1905-1914

More records now include additional fields, especially parents'
names, maternal grandparents' names (in Birth records) and exact
event dates.

Many more records now also include links to take you to a high
resolution image of the original record on the Polish National Archives
web site. Image linking is still in progress, so not all records in this
collection have links yet.

While assigning the image link to each record I have discovered many
records that were not part of our original index (in all years). Most of
these were birth records for children who did not live long, but the
information on the parents can still be very useful. If you had family
matches in searches of our earlier projects I recommend that you perform
new searches; you may find more records now.

We are still looking for contributions to bring the records >from our
next Tarnow project online:
- Births: 1915-1916
- Marriages: 1915-1936
- Deaths: 1915-1936
The qualifying contribution amount for this project is US $60.

Remember that becoming a qualified contributor to each project gives you
access to each unfunded project BEFORE the data goes live. Only after
the funding goal is met does the data go online.

You can always see the current funding status of our projects on our
Town page:
http://jri-poland.org/town/tarnow.htm

Contributions can be made using various methods here:
http://jri-poland.org/support.htm

Thank you to the many, many people who have donated to cover our costs
in indexing these records so that everyone may now access them.
__________

Howard Fink
Tarnow Archives Coordinator
Jewish Records Indexing - Poland

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