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Reclaim The Records wins lawsuit for the New York State marriage index, 1965-2017 #general

Asparagirl
 

Got any family research in New York?

The non-profit organization Reclaim The Records is ecstatic to announce that we've
just won our fourth Freedom of Information lawsuit! This one was filed against
the New York State Department of Health (NYS DOH) in the Supreme Court of New York,
Albany county. We were asking for, and won, a copy of the New York State marriage
index for 1966-2017.

We had previously received several decades of material (1881-1965)>from this same
index, in an earlier successful Freedom of Information request, which we
announced late last year. But the NYS DOH withheld the later years of the index
without any reasonable legal basis...so we sued them.

With very limited exceptions, this index does not cover marriages that took place
in New York City, which is considered as a separate vital records jurisdiction from
the rest of the state -- but we also won those NYC records in some of our earlier
lawsuits and they've been online for years.

You can read more details about this lawsuit in our latest newsletter issue:

https://mailchi.mp/reclaimtherecords/we-won-our-lawsuit-reclaim-the-records-wins-the-new-york-state-marriage-index-1966-2017-millions-of-historical-records-to-be-free

You can also read more about this case on our website, where we have
also posted copies of all our requests, denials, and appeals:
https://www.reclaimtherecords.org/records-request/9/

And here is the actual judgment >from the New York Supreme Court, which
walks through the legal issues in the case step-by-step:

https://www.reclaimtherecords.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/reclaim_the_records_vs_nys_doh_-_judgment_-_03-13-2019.pdf

As always, once we receive the records >from the state, we will post
all of them online for free public use, without any logins or paywalls
or subscriptions. Public records belong to the public!

Reclaim The Records currently has several other lawsuits in progress around the
county, at the state and federal level. And we're launching more soon...

Brooke Schreier Ganz
President and Founder, Reclaim The Records
https://www.reclaimtherecords.org/
Mill Valley, California


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Reclaim The Records wins lawsuit for the New York State marriage index, 1965-2017 #general

Asparagirl
 

Got any family research in New York?

The non-profit organization Reclaim The Records is ecstatic to announce that we've
just won our fourth Freedom of Information lawsuit! This one was filed against
the New York State Department of Health (NYS DOH) in the Supreme Court of New York,
Albany county. We were asking for, and won, a copy of the New York State marriage
index for 1966-2017.

We had previously received several decades of material (1881-1965)>from this same
index, in an earlier successful Freedom of Information request, which we
announced late last year. But the NYS DOH withheld the later years of the index
without any reasonable legal basis...so we sued them.

With very limited exceptions, this index does not cover marriages that took place
in New York City, which is considered as a separate vital records jurisdiction from
the rest of the state -- but we also won those NYC records in some of our earlier
lawsuits and they've been online for years.

You can read more details about this lawsuit in our latest newsletter issue:

https://mailchi.mp/reclaimtherecords/we-won-our-lawsuit-reclaim-the-records-wins-the-new-york-state-marriage-index-1966-2017-millions-of-historical-records-to-be-free

You can also read more about this case on our website, where we have
also posted copies of all our requests, denials, and appeals:
https://www.reclaimtherecords.org/records-request/9/

And here is the actual judgment >from the New York Supreme Court, which
walks through the legal issues in the case step-by-step:

https://www.reclaimtherecords.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/reclaim_the_records_vs_nys_doh_-_judgment_-_03-13-2019.pdf

As always, once we receive the records >from the state, we will post
all of them online for free public use, without any logins or paywalls
or subscriptions. Public records belong to the public!

Reclaim The Records currently has several other lawsuits in progress around the
county, at the state and federal level. And we're launching more soon...

Brooke Schreier Ganz
President and Founder, Reclaim The Records
https://www.reclaimtherecords.org/
Mill Valley, California


Riebnig and Tormersdorf camps #germany

Henry Graupner <graupner@...>
 

I am looking for assistance in my search for information on the
circumstances surrounding the death of my paternal grandmother Helene
GRAUPNER (a umlaut), a resident of Breslau. The German Government's
Gedenkbuch states she was deported but does not provide the destination of
the deportation. It gives the date of her death as 2 February 1942.

Since the International Tracing Service (ITS) provided input to the
Gedenkbuch, I wrote to ITS, essentially asking them how they can know the
date of death without also knowing where she died. They had no answer to my
questions.

I recently reviewed again the handouts provided by Fritz Neubauer in his
presentation to the IAJGS conference held some years ago in New York on the
subject "Genealogical Information in Memorial Books".

In the handouts, there is a list of deportation transports >from Breslau, the
first of which took place in July 1942, which is 5 months after the date of
Helene's death. But there is also a reference to the majority of Jewish
residents of Breslau having already been "konzentriert" in camps at Ribnig
(Riebnig) and Tormersdorf. Perhaps this is what happened to my grandmother.

I would be grateful to any Gersig member who can refer me to where I can
find out more about these two camps in either English or German, including
name lists, if possible. I am aware of the book by Alfred Konieczny on
these camps but I do not read or speak Polish.

Henry Graupner, Ottawa, Canada JGID 47249 graupner@...


German SIG #Germany Riebnig and Tormersdorf camps #germany

Henry Graupner <graupner@...>
 

I am looking for assistance in my search for information on the
circumstances surrounding the death of my paternal grandmother Helene
GRAUPNER (a umlaut), a resident of Breslau. The German Government's
Gedenkbuch states she was deported but does not provide the destination of
the deportation. It gives the date of her death as 2 February 1942.

Since the International Tracing Service (ITS) provided input to the
Gedenkbuch, I wrote to ITS, essentially asking them how they can know the
date of death without also knowing where she died. They had no answer to my
questions.

I recently reviewed again the handouts provided by Fritz Neubauer in his
presentation to the IAJGS conference held some years ago in New York on the
subject "Genealogical Information in Memorial Books".

In the handouts, there is a list of deportation transports >from Breslau, the
first of which took place in July 1942, which is 5 months after the date of
Helene's death. But there is also a reference to the majority of Jewish
residents of Breslau having already been "konzentriert" in camps at Ribnig
(Riebnig) and Tormersdorf. Perhaps this is what happened to my grandmother.

I would be grateful to any Gersig member who can refer me to where I can
find out more about these two camps in either English or German, including
name lists, if possible. I am aware of the book by Alfred Konieczny on
these camps but I do not read or speak Polish.

Henry Graupner, Ottawa, Canada JGID 47249 graupner@...


Birth, Marriage and Death Registers from Grabow (Mecklenburg) ? #germany

Mike Redel <redel.mike@...>
 

Dear gersigs,

I hope one of you could help.

Where could I find the Registers >from Grabow in the net?
(birth, marriage and death Registera >from Grabow (Mecklenburg)
Regards

Mike Redel, Unna - Germany redel.mike@...


German SIG #Germany Birth, Marriage and Death Registers from Grabow (Mecklenburg) ? #germany

Mike Redel <redel.mike@...>
 

Dear gersigs,

I hope one of you could help.

Where could I find the Registers >from Grabow in the net?
(birth, marriage and death Registera >from Grabow (Mecklenburg)
Regards

Mike Redel, Unna - Germany redel.mike@...


Pinkusewicz, Topola, Lichtstein and Isbee families #rabbinic

Neil@...
 

Trying to make contact with members of these family whose ancestry
traces back to Mordecai Horowitz and his ancestor Rabbi Isaac
Horowitz, Chief Rabbi of Hamburg, 1715-55.

Neil Rosenstein

MODERATOR NOTE: Please reply privately.


Rabbinic Genealogy SIG #Rabbinic Pinkusewicz, Topola, Lichtstein and Isbee families #rabbinic

Neil@...
 

Trying to make contact with members of these family whose ancestry
traces back to Mordecai Horowitz and his ancestor Rabbi Isaac
Horowitz, Chief Rabbi of Hamburg, 1715-55.

Neil Rosenstein

MODERATOR NOTE: Please reply privately.


Rabbi Yakov "Kopel Hasid" HAGER (Abt. 1730 - 1787), the TaZ and Tosafot Yom Tov #galicia

Aaron Slotnik
 

Hello,

In the course of researching Rabbi Yakov HAGER of Kolomea (also known
as Yakov Kopel Hasid), I have several questions that I'm hoping members
of this forum can assist in resolving.

Regarding his descendants, one of his sons is the well-known Rabbi
Menachem Mendel HAGER (1768 - 1825), father of the Kosover and
Vizhnitzer Hasidic dynasties. He also had a daughter named Blima who
married Rabbi Uri Strelisker (1757 - 1826). I've read that he had another
son, presumably older than R' Menachem Mendel, named Rabbi Yitzchak
Itzik. Does anyone know any additional information about this son or can
point me to sources to consult to learn about him? Does he have an entry
in Meorei Galicia?

Regarding his ancestors, there is very good, seemingly well-researched
and reliable information about him in the Kolomea (Kolomyya, Ukraine)
yizkor book at
https://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/kolomyya/kol096.html#Page112
in entry 13. The author of that section, a descendant of rabbis himself,
lists the sources he used in general but does not provide specific source
citations for each entry. He states that Rabbi Yakov Kopel's wife Chaya is a
descendant of the TaZ son Rabbi Shlomo HaLevi Segal (d. 1664) and the
Tosafot Yom Tov's sister Perl; however, assuming that is correct there
seems to be a generation or possibly two missing in each case. Can
anyone provide the correct line of descent or point me to sources that
may help clarify?

Finally, one way of interpreting the entry implies that Rabbi Kopel Hasid's
father Rabbi Nechemiah Feivel and his wife's father Rabbi Zalman were
brothers ("...Rabbi, Reb Zalman, who was also the uncle and father-in-law
of the above mentioned Rabbi, Reb Kopl Hasid..."). I suspect that is
incorrect, but that is how it is depicted on Geni. Can anyone clarify that
point?

Thank you in advance for any assistance you can provide!

Regards,
Aaron Slotnik
Chicago, IL

ZLOTNIK, RZEZNIK - Nowy Dwor Mazowiecki, Zakroczym, and Nasielsk,
Poland; SCHAPIRA - Jagielnica and Horodenka, Ukraine; BLUMENTHAL,
KANTOR, TREISTER, ELLENBOGEN - Borshchiv, Husiatyn and Horodenka,
Ukraine; WOROSHILSKY - Bialystok area, Poland; GOLDBERG, KATZ -
Dabrowa Bialostocka, Poland; BLUM, KATZ, MARTON, LIEBERMANN,
ELKOVITS, VAISZ, SAMUEL - Salaj, Satu Mare, and Maramures Counties, Romania


Gesher Galicia SIG #Galicia Rabbi Yakov "Kopel Hasid" HAGER (Abt. 1730 - 1787), the TaZ and Tosafot Yom Tov #galicia

Aaron Slotnik
 

Hello,

In the course of researching Rabbi Yakov HAGER of Kolomea (also known
as Yakov Kopel Hasid), I have several questions that I'm hoping members
of this forum can assist in resolving.

Regarding his descendants, one of his sons is the well-known Rabbi
Menachem Mendel HAGER (1768 - 1825), father of the Kosover and
Vizhnitzer Hasidic dynasties. He also had a daughter named Blima who
married Rabbi Uri Strelisker (1757 - 1826). I've read that he had another
son, presumably older than R' Menachem Mendel, named Rabbi Yitzchak
Itzik. Does anyone know any additional information about this son or can
point me to sources to consult to learn about him? Does he have an entry
in Meorei Galicia?

Regarding his ancestors, there is very good, seemingly well-researched
and reliable information about him in the Kolomea (Kolomyya, Ukraine)
yizkor book at
https://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/kolomyya/kol096.html#Page112
in entry 13. The author of that section, a descendant of rabbis himself,
lists the sources he used in general but does not provide specific source
citations for each entry. He states that Rabbi Yakov Kopel's wife Chaya is a
descendant of the TaZ son Rabbi Shlomo HaLevi Segal (d. 1664) and the
Tosafot Yom Tov's sister Perl; however, assuming that is correct there
seems to be a generation or possibly two missing in each case. Can
anyone provide the correct line of descent or point me to sources that
may help clarify?

Finally, one way of interpreting the entry implies that Rabbi Kopel Hasid's
father Rabbi Nechemiah Feivel and his wife's father Rabbi Zalman were
brothers ("...Rabbi, Reb Zalman, who was also the uncle and father-in-law
of the above mentioned Rabbi, Reb Kopl Hasid..."). I suspect that is
incorrect, but that is how it is depicted on Geni. Can anyone clarify that
point?

Thank you in advance for any assistance you can provide!

Regards,
Aaron Slotnik
Chicago, IL

ZLOTNIK, RZEZNIK - Nowy Dwor Mazowiecki, Zakroczym, and Nasielsk,
Poland; SCHAPIRA - Jagielnica and Horodenka, Ukraine; BLUMENTHAL,
KANTOR, TREISTER, ELLENBOGEN - Borshchiv, Husiatyn and Horodenka,
Ukraine; WOROSHILSKY - Bialystok area, Poland; GOLDBERG, KATZ -
Dabrowa Bialostocka, Poland; BLUM, KATZ, MARTON, LIEBERMANN,
ELKOVITS, VAISZ, SAMUEL - Salaj, Satu Mare, and Maramures Counties, Romania


(UK) Kitchner Camp Website for Descendants of WWll Kitchner Camp Refugees #general

Jan Meisels Allen
 

European Jews scattered across Europe and elsewhere with the rise of Nazis
in Germany. One place the Jewish refugees fled was to the Kitchner Camp in
England, near Sandwich, created in early 1939. The camp housed 4,000 German,
Austrian and Czech male refugees between February 1939 and when it closed in
May 1940. Inmates were only accepted if they could prove they were in
transit elsewhere. There are no records who left England or where they went.
Many went to North and South America.

A website has been created to provide information about the men who passed
through the Kitchner Camp. Information includes a list of names,
photographs. Documents, letters and more. The website may be access at:
http://www.kitchenercamp.co.uk/ and will be run by the Weiner Library in London.

If you know someone who passed through the Camp they would like to hear from
you. Please share any documents you may have at:
https://tinyurl.com/y2x72tpg
Original url:
https://www.ehri-project.eu/sites/default/files/downloads/ktichener-camp-call.pdf

To read more including what the German Jewish authorities required to be
selected for the camp see: https://tinyurl.com/y37fj3hh
Original url:
https://news.legacyfamilytree.com/legacy_news/2019/03/website-available-for-descendants-of-wwii-kitchener-camp-refugees.html

Thank you to Saul Issroff for sharing the information with us.

Jan Meisels Allen
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen (UK) Kitchner Camp Website for Descendants of WWll Kitchner Camp Refugees #general

Jan Meisels Allen
 

European Jews scattered across Europe and elsewhere with the rise of Nazis
in Germany. One place the Jewish refugees fled was to the Kitchner Camp in
England, near Sandwich, created in early 1939. The camp housed 4,000 German,
Austrian and Czech male refugees between February 1939 and when it closed in
May 1940. Inmates were only accepted if they could prove they were in
transit elsewhere. There are no records who left England or where they went.
Many went to North and South America.

A website has been created to provide information about the men who passed
through the Kitchner Camp. Information includes a list of names,
photographs. Documents, letters and more. The website may be access at:
http://www.kitchenercamp.co.uk/ and will be run by the Weiner Library in London.

If you know someone who passed through the Camp they would like to hear from
you. Please share any documents you may have at:
https://tinyurl.com/y2x72tpg
Original url:
https://www.ehri-project.eu/sites/default/files/downloads/ktichener-camp-call.pdf

To read more including what the German Jewish authorities required to be
selected for the camp see: https://tinyurl.com/y37fj3hh
Original url:
https://news.legacyfamilytree.com/legacy_news/2019/03/website-available-for-descendants-of-wwii-kitchener-camp-refugees.html

Thank you to Saul Issroff for sharing the information with us.

Jan Meisels Allen
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


Two new lists of Jewish residents of Mogilev gubernia #belarus

Shlomo Gurevich
 

A list of Jewish public workers and a list of Jewish professionals and
businessmen in Mogilev Gubernia extracted >from Mogilev Gubernia Memory Books
published in 1864-1916 were added to my website at


http://shl2gur.tripod.com/Mogilevgubernia/Mogilevgub.htm



Shlomo Gurvevich
Hoshaya, Israel

shl2gur@...


Belarus SIG #Belarus Two new lists of Jewish residents of Mogilev gubernia #belarus

Shlomo Gurevich
 

A list of Jewish public workers and a list of Jewish professionals and
businessmen in Mogilev Gubernia extracted >from Mogilev Gubernia Memory Books
published in 1864-1916 were added to my website at


http://shl2gur.tripod.com/Mogilevgubernia/Mogilevgub.htm



Shlomo Gurvevich
Hoshaya, Israel

shl2gur@...


Searching for Buczacz Records #galicia

Rachel Goldberg <rachel.goldberg100@...>
 

Dear Friends,

I am trying to collect information about the family of my grandfather
David GOLDBERG ahead of a visit to his town. He was born in Buczacz
(Buchach) on 22/1/1908 and lived there until 1935 when he moved to
Israel with his three siblings (Wolf/Zeev, Yechiel, and Rivka), and
parents (Aaron and Taube). Together with his two brothers and father,
the family had a carpentry in Buczacz, which >from what I understood
was pretty well known. They later opened their carpentry in Haifa,
Israel. Buczacz records seems to be pretty difficult to track, so any
information about their whereabouts would be appreciated.

My family and I are planning to visit Buczacz this summer and was
hoping to gather as much information as possible before our trip. I am
currently looking for (1) Any records that may indicate the exact
family address on Kolejowa street - this is my highest priority at the
moment (2) Any vital records of my grandfather, as well as his three
older siblings and their parents (3) Documents that could shed any
light on the family business in Buczacz.

from my research so far I understood that Buczacz records might be
available at the USC office in Warsaw. Here are my questions:

1) Could you recommend a local researcher who could search this
archive on my family's behalf before our arrival to Buczacz?

2) I have seen in a previous post in this group >from last March that
some Buczacz birth records were recently transferred >from the USC
to AGAD. Is it possible to search in this records collection, and will it
be available online in the near future?

3) Is it possible that some relevant documents will be available in
any local Ukraine archives? If so, could you recommend someone who
will be able to search them before our arrival?

The only document of my grandfather that I do have at the moment is
a school certificate >from Kleinmuenchen in Austria, where the family
stayed during WW1, and later went back to Buczacz.

Thank you for your help,

Rachel Goldberg
Tel Aviv, Israel


Gesher Galicia SIG #Galicia Searching for Buczacz Records #galicia

Rachel Goldberg <rachel.goldberg100@...>
 

Dear Friends,

I am trying to collect information about the family of my grandfather
David GOLDBERG ahead of a visit to his town. He was born in Buczacz
(Buchach) on 22/1/1908 and lived there until 1935 when he moved to
Israel with his three siblings (Wolf/Zeev, Yechiel, and Rivka), and
parents (Aaron and Taube). Together with his two brothers and father,
the family had a carpentry in Buczacz, which >from what I understood
was pretty well known. They later opened their carpentry in Haifa,
Israel. Buczacz records seems to be pretty difficult to track, so any
information about their whereabouts would be appreciated.

My family and I are planning to visit Buczacz this summer and was
hoping to gather as much information as possible before our trip. I am
currently looking for (1) Any records that may indicate the exact
family address on Kolejowa street - this is my highest priority at the
moment (2) Any vital records of my grandfather, as well as his three
older siblings and their parents (3) Documents that could shed any
light on the family business in Buczacz.

from my research so far I understood that Buczacz records might be
available at the USC office in Warsaw. Here are my questions:

1) Could you recommend a local researcher who could search this
archive on my family's behalf before our arrival to Buczacz?

2) I have seen in a previous post in this group >from last March that
some Buczacz birth records were recently transferred >from the USC
to AGAD. Is it possible to search in this records collection, and will it
be available online in the near future?

3) Is it possible that some relevant documents will be available in
any local Ukraine archives? If so, could you recommend someone who
will be able to search them before our arrival?

The only document of my grandfather that I do have at the moment is
a school certificate >from Kleinmuenchen in Austria, where the family
stayed during WW1, and later went back to Buczacz.

Thank you for your help,

Rachel Goldberg
Tel Aviv, Israel


Re: Jumping matches? #dna

Arline and Sidney Sachs
 

To answer Daniel Weinberger question why parents/children
matching/nonmatching relationships, below is a simple answer:
Half of everyone DNA came >from each of their parent. When one pass their
DNA to each of their children, only half of their is pass. Therefore
there is only 1/4 chance that a matching segment of DNA between two
people, that segment is not pass on to both matching people's child.
However the two children could match each other on other segments of DNA
from their non-matching parents.
Sidney Sachs
Lorton, VA


DNA Research #DNA Re: Jumping matches? #dna

Arline and Sidney Sachs
 

To answer Daniel Weinberger question why parents/children
matching/nonmatching relationships, below is a simple answer:
Half of everyone DNA came >from each of their parent. When one pass their
DNA to each of their children, only half of their is pass. Therefore
there is only 1/4 chance that a matching segment of DNA between two
people, that segment is not pass on to both matching people's child.
However the two children could match each other on other segments of DNA
from their non-matching parents.
Sidney Sachs
Lorton, VA


Re: Argentinian immigration records #general

Moshe Davis
 

Many of the Jewish immigrants to South America in the late 1800s - early 1900s came
through the Jewish Colonization Association of Baron Moshe Hirsch.

The Central Archives for the History of the Jewish People (CAHJS) in
Jerusalem contains the archives of the Paris headquarters of the
Jewish Colonization Association. You might be able to find records
there. I was able to find a number of records of my great-grandfather
and his brother and their families, who lived in the JCA colony
Mauricio in Argentina in the early 1890s.

I was also able to find records of their departure >from Argentina on
the "Hamburg Passenger Lists" manifests.

Hope this helps,
Moshe Davis
Jerusalem

Marion E Werle werleme@... wrote:

Another source of immigration information, in addition to Daniel Horowitz's
suggestion is the collection called "Hamburg Passenger Lists, 1850-1934" on
Ancestry.com, which includes ships destined for Argentina. I found a relative of
mine headed to Buenos Aires >from Latvia listed in that collection. If you don't
have a world subscription, you can access it at either a public library or
FamilySearch center.


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Re: Argentinian immigration records #general

Moshe Davis
 

Many of the Jewish immigrants to South America in the late 1800s - early 1900s came
through the Jewish Colonization Association of Baron Moshe Hirsch.

The Central Archives for the History of the Jewish People (CAHJS) in
Jerusalem contains the archives of the Paris headquarters of the
Jewish Colonization Association. You might be able to find records
there. I was able to find a number of records of my great-grandfather
and his brother and their families, who lived in the JCA colony
Mauricio in Argentina in the early 1890s.

I was also able to find records of their departure >from Argentina on
the "Hamburg Passenger Lists" manifests.

Hope this helps,
Moshe Davis
Jerusalem

Marion E Werle werleme@... wrote:

Another source of immigration information, in addition to Daniel Horowitz's
suggestion is the collection called "Hamburg Passenger Lists, 1850-1934" on
Ancestry.com, which includes ships destined for Argentina. I found a relative of
mine headed to Buenos Aires >from Latvia listed in that collection. If you don't
have a world subscription, you can access it at either a public library or
FamilySearch center.