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(US-Kansas) Early Jewish (US) Prairie Settlements #general

Jan Meisels Allen
 

In the 1882 before the Baron de Hirsh Fund launched the Jewish Agricultural
Society, the Beersheeba colony in Kansas was funded and conceived by the
Hebrew Union Agricultural Society. This was the brainchild of Rabbi Isaac
Mayer Wise, founder of the American Jewish Reform Movement. Jews had to
flee Russia after Czar Alexander lll rescinded the more lenient Jewish
policies developed by his late father. Under the new edicts, Jews were
prohibited >from owning or leasing land and subject to pogroms.

Rabbi Wise funded the resettlement program with appeals through the American
Israelite publication. The US government promised via the Homestead Act,
160 acres to any citizen or would-be citizen who improved their acreage,
built a dwelling or resided there for five years. Beersheba community
members would homestead in Southwestern Kansas. By July 1882, 59 families
were selected by the Society to populate the settlement.

Beersheeba was not the only farming community to be established for Jews in
the Western U.S. Communities were settled in Colorado, North Dakota, and in
Oregon. Due to disputes the Beersheeba community started to seek their
fortunes elsewhere- although about half stayed in Beersheeba, but it ended
in 1887, but six other short-lived agricultural communities, were
established between 1883 and 1890 .

To read the Tablet article on these early American Jewish agricultural
settlements in the mid-west and west see:

https://www.tabletmag.com/jewish-life-and-religion/275065/jews-on-the-prairie

Jan Meisels Allen
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen (US-Kansas) Early Jewish (US) Prairie Settlements #general

Jan Meisels Allen
 

In the 1882 before the Baron de Hirsh Fund launched the Jewish Agricultural
Society, the Beersheeba colony in Kansas was funded and conceived by the
Hebrew Union Agricultural Society. This was the brainchild of Rabbi Isaac
Mayer Wise, founder of the American Jewish Reform Movement. Jews had to
flee Russia after Czar Alexander lll rescinded the more lenient Jewish
policies developed by his late father. Under the new edicts, Jews were
prohibited >from owning or leasing land and subject to pogroms.

Rabbi Wise funded the resettlement program with appeals through the American
Israelite publication. The US government promised via the Homestead Act,
160 acres to any citizen or would-be citizen who improved their acreage,
built a dwelling or resided there for five years. Beersheba community
members would homestead in Southwestern Kansas. By July 1882, 59 families
were selected by the Society to populate the settlement.

Beersheeba was not the only farming community to be established for Jews in
the Western U.S. Communities were settled in Colorado, North Dakota, and in
Oregon. Due to disputes the Beersheeba community started to seek their
fortunes elsewhere- although about half stayed in Beersheeba, but it ended
in 1887, but six other short-lived agricultural communities, were
established between 1883 and 1890 .

To read the Tablet article on these early American Jewish agricultural
settlements in the mid-west and west see:

https://www.tabletmag.com/jewish-life-and-religion/275065/jews-on-the-prairie

Jan Meisels Allen
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


name change from Cohen to Korn #general

Sharon R. Korn <s.r.korn@...>
 

I have been told that it was common in Galicia for Jews with the surname Cohen to
change the name to Korn to seem more German. Is anyone aware of this practice, and
is there any documentation available?


Thank you.
Sharon Korn
San Diego, CA


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen name change from Cohen to Korn #general

Sharon R. Korn <s.r.korn@...>
 

I have been told that it was common in Galicia for Jews with the surname Cohen to
change the name to Korn to seem more German. Is anyone aware of this practice, and
is there any documentation available?


Thank you.
Sharon Korn
San Diego, CA


Mount Moriah Cememtery, Fairwiew NJ #general

A. E. Jordan
 

Looks like I will be making a visit to Mount Moriah Cemetery and wanted to offer to
do a number of grave photos.

Please know that the people are in the cemetery and I need specific information on
the name, date of death, and location.

I have to keep it to a manageable number because the cemetery systems are not
specific so I will have to ask them to help show me where the plots are and that
sort of limits how much I can ask them for while I am there.

In turn I do appreciate a few dollars to help offset the expense of doing this and
making it possible for me to keep doing this for everyone.

Please contact me privately (off-list) to discuss.

Allan Jordan


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Mount Moriah Cememtery, Fairwiew NJ #general

A. E. Jordan
 

Looks like I will be making a visit to Mount Moriah Cemetery and wanted to offer to
do a number of grave photos.

Please know that the people are in the cemetery and I need specific information on
the name, date of death, and location.

I have to keep it to a manageable number because the cemetery systems are not
specific so I will have to ask them to help show me where the plots are and that
sort of limits how much I can ask them for while I am there.

In turn I do appreciate a few dollars to help offset the expense of doing this and
making it possible for me to keep doing this for everyone.

Please contact me privately (off-list) to discuss.

Allan Jordan


Urbach in Wadowice #general

Nancy Blodinger
 

Does anyone have information on, or connection to, Urbach family name specifically
from Wadowice. My Urbach family seemed to immigrate to the US (NY and New Haven) at
various times between 1890-1900 >from Wadowice but I cant seem to find any good
connection >from Wadowice. I know jews were not allowed to live in the city until
about 1860 and there were very few living there around 1900. They may have only
lived there a short time but I'm not sure. Thank you,
Nancy Blodinger (Richmond, Va US)


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Urbach in Wadowice #general

Nancy Blodinger
 

Does anyone have information on, or connection to, Urbach family name specifically
from Wadowice. My Urbach family seemed to immigrate to the US (NY and New Haven) at
various times between 1890-1900 >from Wadowice but I cant seem to find any good
connection >from Wadowice. I know jews were not allowed to live in the city until
about 1860 and there were very few living there around 1900. They may have only
lived there a short time but I'm not sure. Thank you,
Nancy Blodinger (Richmond, Va US)


Jewish rabbinical records from Istanbul #general

M. Ronn
 

Hello JewishGeners:
I am in search of death record >from Istanbul >from the late 1910s or early 1920s. A
number of years ago, a database appeared online of rabbinical records of births and
deaths for Istanbul but it was removed shortly afterwards. Meanwhile, I have
contacted the emails listed on the following website:
http://www.dankazez.com/istanbul
I am looking for the death record of Mrs. Rachel Melamed who was born about 1863 in
Russia. Her father's name was Isaac and her husband's name was Avraham. She moved
to Constantinople shortly before her death.

If any of you have any further information, please email me your response
privately.

Thank you,
Michoel Ronn
netronn@...


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Jewish rabbinical records from Istanbul #general

M. Ronn
 

Hello JewishGeners:
I am in search of death record >from Istanbul >from the late 1910s or early 1920s. A
number of years ago, a database appeared online of rabbinical records of births and
deaths for Istanbul but it was removed shortly afterwards. Meanwhile, I have
contacted the emails listed on the following website:
http://www.dankazez.com/istanbul
I am looking for the death record of Mrs. Rachel Melamed who was born about 1863 in
Russia. Her father's name was Isaac and her husband's name was Avraham. She moved
to Constantinople shortly before her death.

If any of you have any further information, please email me your response
privately.

Thank you,
Michoel Ronn
netronn@...


Useful List of Fallen Jewish soldiers fighting for Germany in WW1 #general

yarrawa@...
 

While searching for my cousin, Sally (Saloman) LAZARUS who died in France in
WW1 fighting for Germany, I found this on the fee-paying website.
It has Lists for all the POSEN provinces

https://www.ancestry.com/interactive/2184/31856_A016309-00192/263388?backurl=&ssrc=&backlabel=Return&rc=1779,1970,1888,1994;1901,1967,1967,1994
(MODERATOR: https://tinyurl.com/y9yv432f)

Miriam Margolyes
now in Australia

MODERATOR NOTE: The above URL requires a subscription to Ancestry.com to use.


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Useful List of Fallen Jewish soldiers fighting for Germany in WW1 #general

yarrawa@...
 

While searching for my cousin, Sally (Saloman) LAZARUS who died in France in
WW1 fighting for Germany, I found this on the fee-paying website.
It has Lists for all the POSEN provinces

https://www.ancestry.com/interactive/2184/31856_A016309-00192/263388?backurl=&ssrc=&backlabel=Return&rc=1779,1970,1888,1994;1901,1967,1967,1994
(MODERATOR: https://tinyurl.com/y9yv432f)

Miriam Margolyes
now in Australia

MODERATOR NOTE: The above URL requires a subscription to Ancestry.com to use.


Issue 136 of Genealo-J has just been published #general

Georges Graner <georges.graner@...>
 

Genealo-J, /publication of the Jewish Genealogical Society of France,
Issue 136, Winter 2018 has just been published.

This issue begins by the memoirs of Antoine May, a glove maker
(1810-1899). Born in Hamburg in 1810, Antoine made and sold gloves there
before going to Amsterdam, Cologne, Aachen, Luneville (Lorraine), Paris,
Grenoble, and New York. The author provides a living account of his
tribulations and encounters until 1840 even though he still lived some
sixty years afterwards (Introduction by Bernard Lyon-Caen, translation
from German by Francoise Lyon-Caen).
Complementing these memoirs, Pierre-Andre Meyer explains in a separate
paper who are all the people quoted therein and who are their ancestors.
For instance, he draws the complete family tree of the Trefousse family
(Trefousse is an unusual variant of Dreyfus) >from 1670 to the present
time. The Trefousse glove factory was seized by the Vichy government in
1940, restituted to its owners in 1944 and eventually closed its doors
in 1973.

Michel Gaspard is very proud of his maternal grandfather Paul Levy
(1887-1962), a famous linguist. Paul Levy is born in Seebach, in Alsace,
which was then a part of the German Empire. In 1910 he settled in Paris
and was a student of Durkheim, Levy-Bruhl, Bergson and especially of
Charles Andler, the founder of the academic studies of German languages.
Paul Levy undertook the first complete study of the languages and
dialects of Alsace and of Lorraine. In 1914, Paul and his cousin Leo
deserted >from the German army and fought in the French Army. The author
gives Paul Levy's ancestry, poor peddlers, butchers and bakers all
living in northern Alsace and also the ancestry of his wife Elise Weil
(1893-1962). The synagogue of Wissembourg, frequented by Paul in his
childhood, was destroyed by the Nazis in 1941. A new one, built in 1950,
is now transformed into an archive building. The street along this
building has been named Paul Levy street in November 2018.

Marianne Wolff tell us about her great-grandparents. Charles Philippe
Cahen (1849-1920), Alsatian polytechnician and engineer, his wife Lucie
Cohen (1858-1920) and their offspring. Charles Cahen, an officer in the
regular army ten years older than Alfred Dreyfus, was stationed in
Besancon, Fort de France, Saigon, Arras ... until his transfer to
Montpellier far >from the Eastern borders at the time of the Dreyfus
Affair. Charles is of Alsatian descent, his parents emigrated to Elbeuf
(Normandy) in 1872. The Parisian Lucie Cohen has her origins in Lorraine
and Germany. Charles' and Lucie's two sons, Emile and Marcel Eugene,
were engineers >from the Ecole Centrale. Among his many activities Marcel
Eugene founded the publication 'Architecture 'aujourd'hui but died a
few days before its first issue.

Jean-Richard Bloch (1884-1947) and Max Jacob (1876-1944) are both well
known French characters. Bloch was an historian, writer and a prominent
communist journalist. After World War II, he even became senator. Jacob
was a famous surrealist poet and writer. He became a Roman catholic in
1915 but was nevertheless arrested by the Nazis in 1944 and died in the
camp of Drancy just before his transfer to Auschwitz. Bernard Lyon-Caen
was surprised to find that, in spite of their very different way of life
and interests, they frequently corresponded. They actually were remote
cousins. The author traces their common ancestry in Lorraine and
previously in Germany.

The present issue also contains an eulogy of Daniel Leeson, recently
deceased. He was not only a musician and musicologist but also an active
genealogist who published for our Society two important databases. He
was the husband of Rosanne Leeson, the present co-moderator of the
French-Sig of Jewishgen.

Georges Graner


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Issue 136 of Genealo-J has just been published #general

Georges Graner <georges.graner@...>
 

Genealo-J, /publication of the Jewish Genealogical Society of France,
Issue 136, Winter 2018 has just been published.

This issue begins by the memoirs of Antoine May, a glove maker
(1810-1899). Born in Hamburg in 1810, Antoine made and sold gloves there
before going to Amsterdam, Cologne, Aachen, Luneville (Lorraine), Paris,
Grenoble, and New York. The author provides a living account of his
tribulations and encounters until 1840 even though he still lived some
sixty years afterwards (Introduction by Bernard Lyon-Caen, translation
from German by Francoise Lyon-Caen).
Complementing these memoirs, Pierre-Andre Meyer explains in a separate
paper who are all the people quoted therein and who are their ancestors.
For instance, he draws the complete family tree of the Trefousse family
(Trefousse is an unusual variant of Dreyfus) >from 1670 to the present
time. The Trefousse glove factory was seized by the Vichy government in
1940, restituted to its owners in 1944 and eventually closed its doors
in 1973.

Michel Gaspard is very proud of his maternal grandfather Paul Levy
(1887-1962), a famous linguist. Paul Levy is born in Seebach, in Alsace,
which was then a part of the German Empire. In 1910 he settled in Paris
and was a student of Durkheim, Levy-Bruhl, Bergson and especially of
Charles Andler, the founder of the academic studies of German languages.
Paul Levy undertook the first complete study of the languages and
dialects of Alsace and of Lorraine. In 1914, Paul and his cousin Leo
deserted >from the German army and fought in the French Army. The author
gives Paul Levy's ancestry, poor peddlers, butchers and bakers all
living in northern Alsace and also the ancestry of his wife Elise Weil
(1893-1962). The synagogue of Wissembourg, frequented by Paul in his
childhood, was destroyed by the Nazis in 1941. A new one, built in 1950,
is now transformed into an archive building. The street along this
building has been named Paul Levy street in November 2018.

Marianne Wolff tell us about her great-grandparents. Charles Philippe
Cahen (1849-1920), Alsatian polytechnician and engineer, his wife Lucie
Cohen (1858-1920) and their offspring. Charles Cahen, an officer in the
regular army ten years older than Alfred Dreyfus, was stationed in
Besancon, Fort de France, Saigon, Arras ... until his transfer to
Montpellier far >from the Eastern borders at the time of the Dreyfus
Affair. Charles is of Alsatian descent, his parents emigrated to Elbeuf
(Normandy) in 1872. The Parisian Lucie Cohen has her origins in Lorraine
and Germany. Charles' and Lucie's two sons, Emile and Marcel Eugene,
were engineers >from the Ecole Centrale. Among his many activities Marcel
Eugene founded the publication 'Architecture 'aujourd'hui but died a
few days before its first issue.

Jean-Richard Bloch (1884-1947) and Max Jacob (1876-1944) are both well
known French characters. Bloch was an historian, writer and a prominent
communist journalist. After World War II, he even became senator. Jacob
was a famous surrealist poet and writer. He became a Roman catholic in
1915 but was nevertheless arrested by the Nazis in 1944 and died in the
camp of Drancy just before his transfer to Auschwitz. Bernard Lyon-Caen
was surprised to find that, in spite of their very different way of life
and interests, they frequently corresponded. They actually were remote
cousins. The author traces their common ancestry in Lorraine and
previously in Germany.

The present issue also contains an eulogy of Daniel Leeson, recently
deceased. He was not only a musician and musicologist but also an active
genealogist who published for our Society two important databases. He
was the husband of Rosanne Leeson, the present co-moderator of the
French-Sig of Jewishgen.

Georges Graner


(France) French National Rail to Build Holocaust Museum at Former Pithiviers Station #general

Jan Meisels Allen
 

The French National Rail company (SNCF) allotted $2.3 million to build a
Holocaust memorial at the Pithiviers train station in eastern France. The
Pithiviers station has remained abandoned for years and therefore has not
been changed since it was the gathering and dispatch point for Jews sent to
be murdered in Eastern Europe.

In May 1941 the Pithiviers station saw the arrival of more than 3,500 Jews
without French citizenship. These Jewish refugees were ordered to report to
the police stations in Paris following the Nazi invasion of France that
month. The Jews were mainly >from Poland and Czechoslovakia.

With the logistical help of SNCF some 16,000 Jews were sent to be murdered
in death camps >from Pithiviers station and the neighboring camp of
Beaune-la-Rolande in eight transports between 1941 and 1943, mostly sending
the prisoners to Auschwitz. The camp was closed in 1943 by the then
commander of the Drancy concentration camp.

CRIF, the umbrella group of French Jewish communities will partner in
designing the museum.
To read more see:
https://forward.com/fast-forward/374241/first-french-concentration-camp-being-converted-into-memorial/
(MODERATOR: https://tinyurl.com/y9je9jrw )

Jan Meisels Allen
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen (France) French National Rail to Build Holocaust Museum at Former Pithiviers Station #general

Jan Meisels Allen
 

The French National Rail company (SNCF) allotted $2.3 million to build a
Holocaust memorial at the Pithiviers train station in eastern France. The
Pithiviers station has remained abandoned for years and therefore has not
been changed since it was the gathering and dispatch point for Jews sent to
be murdered in Eastern Europe.

In May 1941 the Pithiviers station saw the arrival of more than 3,500 Jews
without French citizenship. These Jewish refugees were ordered to report to
the police stations in Paris following the Nazi invasion of France that
month. The Jews were mainly >from Poland and Czechoslovakia.

With the logistical help of SNCF some 16,000 Jews were sent to be murdered
in death camps >from Pithiviers station and the neighboring camp of
Beaune-la-Rolande in eight transports between 1941 and 1943, mostly sending
the prisoners to Auschwitz. The camp was closed in 1943 by the then
commander of the Drancy concentration camp.

CRIF, the umbrella group of French Jewish communities will partner in
designing the museum.
To read more see:
https://forward.com/fast-forward/374241/first-french-concentration-camp-being-converted-into-memorial/
(MODERATOR: https://tinyurl.com/y9je9jrw )

Jan Meisels Allen
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


(Latin America) Genetic Study of Latin Americans Reveals History of Converso Migration #sephardic

Jan Meisels Allen
 

A genetic study of over 6,500 Latin American individuals uncovered ancestry
that could be traced to North Africa and eastern Mediterranean >from several
centuries back. Historical records and genetic analyses indicate that Latin
Americans trace their ancestry mainly to the intermixing of Native
Americans, Europeans and Sub-Saharan Africans. The study could corroborate
family legends of Converso heritage. They found in the Native American
ancestry that about a quarter shared five percent or more of their ancestry
with people living in North Africa and the eastern Mediterranean, including
Sephardic Jews. The researchers timed the influx of Mediterranean ancestry
among Latin Americans to the Spanish colonization of Latin America. They
suggest that a number of recent Conversos left Spain for Latin America,
"using false documents" as they were prohibited >from leaving so by the
monarchy . The study shows that Conversos came to the Americas in
disproportionate numbers.

The researchers examined more than 500,000 autosomal SNPs typed in about
6,500 individuals who were born in Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru.
They were then compared to 2,300 people from, all over the world. The study
was reported in Nature Communications and the can be found at:
https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-018-07748-z
They also collected data >from 42 populations representing five major
bio-geographic regions: Native Americans, Europeans, East/South
Mediterranean, Sub-Saharan Africans and East Asians.

Geneticists also found rare genetic diseases prevalent among Jews popping up
in Latin America.

To read about the study see The Atlantic at: https://tinyurl.com/yam25uhb
Original url:
https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2018/12/dna-reveals-the-hidden-jewish-ancestry-of-latin-americans/578509/

Jan Meisels Allen
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


Sephardic SIG #Sephardim (Latin America) Genetic Study of Latin Americans Reveals History of Converso Migration #sephardic

Jan Meisels Allen
 

A genetic study of over 6,500 Latin American individuals uncovered ancestry
that could be traced to North Africa and eastern Mediterranean >from several
centuries back. Historical records and genetic analyses indicate that Latin
Americans trace their ancestry mainly to the intermixing of Native
Americans, Europeans and Sub-Saharan Africans. The study could corroborate
family legends of Converso heritage. They found in the Native American
ancestry that about a quarter shared five percent or more of their ancestry
with people living in North Africa and the eastern Mediterranean, including
Sephardic Jews. The researchers timed the influx of Mediterranean ancestry
among Latin Americans to the Spanish colonization of Latin America. They
suggest that a number of recent Conversos left Spain for Latin America,
"using false documents" as they were prohibited >from leaving so by the
monarchy . The study shows that Conversos came to the Americas in
disproportionate numbers.

The researchers examined more than 500,000 autosomal SNPs typed in about
6,500 individuals who were born in Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru.
They were then compared to 2,300 people from, all over the world. The study
was reported in Nature Communications and the can be found at:
https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-018-07748-z
They also collected data >from 42 populations representing five major
bio-geographic regions: Native Americans, Europeans, East/South
Mediterranean, Sub-Saharan Africans and East Asians.

Geneticists also found rare genetic diseases prevalent among Jews popping up
in Latin America.

To read about the study see The Atlantic at: https://tinyurl.com/yam25uhb
Original url:
https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2018/12/dna-reveals-the-hidden-jewish-ancestry-of-latin-americans/578509/

Jan Meisels Allen
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


early 20th century Dentist Dr Weisblum in Jerusalem #rabbinic

Neil@...
 

Trying to make contact with descendants of Dr. (unknown name)
Weisblum, a prominent Jerusalem Dentist. He would have been born about
1890/1900. His father was Naftali Aryey Weisblum who was sent in 1914
from Israel on a fund raising mission to Galicia where he stayed with
relatives but was unable to return home for a few years because of
WWI. There is/was apparently a large Jerusalemite family.

--
Neil Rosenstein

MODERATOR NOTE: Please reply privately.


Rabbinic Genealogy SIG #Rabbinic early 20th century Dentist Dr Weisblum in Jerusalem #rabbinic

Neil@...
 

Trying to make contact with descendants of Dr. (unknown name)
Weisblum, a prominent Jerusalem Dentist. He would have been born about
1890/1900. His father was Naftali Aryey Weisblum who was sent in 1914
from Israel on a fund raising mission to Galicia where he stayed with
relatives but was unable to return home for a few years because of
WWI. There is/was apparently a large Jerusalemite family.

--
Neil Rosenstein

MODERATOR NOTE: Please reply privately.

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