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May 17: program on Polish roots journey at the Center for Jewish History in New York #poland

Moriah Amit
 

Please join us for the following program, presented by the Center for
Jewish History, Ackman & Ziff Family Genealogy Institute, and YIVO
Institute for Jewish Research.

First Person: Jewish Stories, Jewish Lives: Searching for Jewish
Heritage with Joseph Berger
Date: May 17, 6:30 PM
Place: Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th Street, New York, NY 10011

Description: After his parents died, Joseph Berger and his sister went back
to Poland and visited their parents' childhood homes for the first time.
What they discovered on their "roots journey" was both emotional and
surprising.

Mr. Berger, a former New York Times reporter, and the author of the
acclaimed memoir, Displaced Persons: Growing up American after the
Holocaust, will share stories and photos >from his fascinating journey
and offer tips for successful family searches abroad. Reflecting on
the current political climate in Poland and how it might impact a
similar journey today, he will be joined by Jonathan Ornstein,
Executive Director of the JCC in Krakow, and Helise Lieberman,
Director of the Taube Center for the Renewal of Jewish Life in Poland.

Tickets: $15 general; $10 CJH/partner members, seniors; $5 students;
purchase online at https://www.smarttix.com/Event/sea454

Moriah Amit, New York

JRI Poland #Poland May 17: program on Polish roots journey at the Center for Jewish History in New York #poland

Moriah Amit
 

Please join us for the following program, presented by the Center for
Jewish History, Ackman & Ziff Family Genealogy Institute, and YIVO
Institute for Jewish Research.

First Person: Jewish Stories, Jewish Lives: Searching for Jewish
Heritage with Joseph Berger
Date: May 17, 6:30 PM
Place: Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th Street, New York, NY 10011

Description: After his parents died, Joseph Berger and his sister went back
to Poland and visited their parents' childhood homes for the first time.
What they discovered on their "roots journey" was both emotional and
surprising.

Mr. Berger, a former New York Times reporter, and the author of the
acclaimed memoir, Displaced Persons: Growing up American after the
Holocaust, will share stories and photos >from his fascinating journey
and offer tips for successful family searches abroad. Reflecting on
the current political climate in Poland and how it might impact a
similar journey today, he will be joined by Jonathan Ornstein,
Executive Director of the JCC in Krakow, and Helise Lieberman,
Director of the Taube Center for the Renewal of Jewish Life in Poland.

Tickets: $15 general; $10 CJH/partner members, seniors; $5 students;
purchase online at https://www.smarttix.com/Event/sea454

Moriah Amit, New York

First Cousin Marriages #ukraine

Cynthia Klein <cfklein129@...>
 

Re: Not reporting first cousin Marriages to the authorities

In our family >from Kovel and Kamen-Koshirsky there are cousin marriages going back to 1800. The practice was common across the Jewish communities of Eastern Europe and helped bring about genetic endogamy and many of the diseases that are prevalent in the Ashkenazi community. I have only located European one civil marriage record in my tree of 2500, and that took place in 1900. Civil registration was costly, and many avoided civilly recording events of any type due to the conscription laws impact upon Jewish men.

In the US, we have several pairs of first cousins who traveled to New York State to marry because those marriages were legal there. I don't know what records you have, but your Philadelphia family may have had a small civil marriage in New York followed by a larger religious ceremony in Philadelphia.

Cynthia Klein
Grass Lake, Michigan

Ukraine SIG #Ukraine First Cousin Marriages #ukraine

Cynthia Klein <cfklein129@...>
 

Re: Not reporting first cousin Marriages to the authorities

In our family >from Kovel and Kamen-Koshirsky there are cousin marriages going back to 1800. The practice was common across the Jewish communities of Eastern Europe and helped bring about genetic endogamy and many of the diseases that are prevalent in the Ashkenazi community. I have only located European one civil marriage record in my tree of 2500, and that took place in 1900. Civil registration was costly, and many avoided civilly recording events of any type due to the conscription laws impact upon Jewish men.

In the US, we have several pairs of first cousins who traveled to New York State to marry because those marriages were legal there. I don't know what records you have, but your Philadelphia family may have had a small civil marriage in New York followed by a larger religious ceremony in Philadelphia.

Cynthia Klein
Grass Lake, Michigan

May 17: program on Polish/Galitzianer roots journey at Center for Jewish History in New York #galicia

Moriah Amit
 

Please join us for the following program, presented by the Center for
Jewish History, Ackman & Ziff Family Genealogy Institute, and YIVO
Institute for Jewish Research.

First Person: Jewish Stories, Jewish Lives: Searching for Jewish
Heritage with Joseph Berger
Date: May 17, 6:30 PM
Place: Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th Street, New York, NY 10011
Description: After his parents died, Joseph Berger and his sister went
back to Eastern Europe and visited their parents' childhood homes for
the first time, including their father's home in Borynia, Galicia (in
present-day Ukraine). What they discovered on their "roots journey"
was both emotional and surprising. Mr. Berger, a former New York
Times reporter, and the author of the acclaimed memoir, Displaced
Persons: Growing up American after the Holocaust, will share stories
and photos >from his fascinating journey and offers tips for successful
family searches abroad.

Tickets: $15 general; $10 CJH/partner members, seniors; $5 students;
purchase online at https://www.smarttix.com/Event/sea454

Moriah Amit, New York

Gesher Galicia SIG #Galicia May 17: program on Polish/Galitzianer roots journey at Center for Jewish History in New York #galicia

Moriah Amit
 

Please join us for the following program, presented by the Center for
Jewish History, Ackman & Ziff Family Genealogy Institute, and YIVO
Institute for Jewish Research.

First Person: Jewish Stories, Jewish Lives: Searching for Jewish
Heritage with Joseph Berger
Date: May 17, 6:30 PM
Place: Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th Street, New York, NY 10011
Description: After his parents died, Joseph Berger and his sister went
back to Eastern Europe and visited their parents' childhood homes for
the first time, including their father's home in Borynia, Galicia (in
present-day Ukraine). What they discovered on their "roots journey"
was both emotional and surprising. Mr. Berger, a former New York
Times reporter, and the author of the acclaimed memoir, Displaced
Persons: Growing up American after the Holocaust, will share stories
and photos >from his fascinating journey and offers tips for successful
family searches abroad.

Tickets: $15 general; $10 CJH/partner members, seniors; $5 students;
purchase online at https://www.smarttix.com/Event/sea454

Moriah Amit, New York

Figure skating history/Martin GORDAN #germany

Ryan Stevens <N_N_23@...>
 

Hello,

I'm based in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada and I write about figure (ice)
skating history.

I'm currently researching a German figure skater of note >from the early
twentieth century named Martin GORDAN. He was also a press photographer
of note who founded the Berliner Illustrationsgesellschaft in 1900.

Modern accounts note that he was the son of a wealthy Jewish shoe merchant
in Berlin. My research leads me to believe that his father may have been
Louis GORDAN, the owner of a store called Gordan & Burchard.

I've been unable to clearly ascertain a birth or death date for either
Martin GORDAN or Louis GORDAN >from Ancestry/FamilySearch/Geni, let alone
any firm details of his family and I'm kind of at a crossroads with
my research as a result. One modern account lists Martin's birth year
as 1883, but this is uncited and may be incorrect.

Any suggestions as to accessible digitized resources I could consult or
information about Martin or Louis GORDAN would be greatly appreciated.

Sincerely, Ryan Stevens, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada N_N_23@...

German SIG #Germany Figure skating history/Martin GORDAN #germany

Ryan Stevens <N_N_23@...>
 

Hello,

I'm based in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada and I write about figure (ice)
skating history.

I'm currently researching a German figure skater of note >from the early
twentieth century named Martin GORDAN. He was also a press photographer
of note who founded the Berliner Illustrationsgesellschaft in 1900.

Modern accounts note that he was the son of a wealthy Jewish shoe merchant
in Berlin. My research leads me to believe that his father may have been
Louis GORDAN, the owner of a store called Gordan & Burchard.

I've been unable to clearly ascertain a birth or death date for either
Martin GORDAN or Louis GORDAN >from Ancestry/FamilySearch/Geni, let alone
any firm details of his family and I'm kind of at a crossroads with
my research as a result. One modern account lists Martin's birth year
as 1883, but this is uncited and may be incorrect.

Any suggestions as to accessible digitized resources I could consult or
information about Martin or Louis GORDAN would be greatly appreciated.

Sincerely, Ryan Stevens, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada N_N_23@...

JGS of Illinois Award-Winning Polish Translation Guide Discount Offer #general

events@...
 

In honor of the 38th IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy,
which is the first IAJGS conference to be held in Eastern Europe, the
Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois will offer a 10 percent discount
on both the domestic and international cost of "Translation Guide to
19th-Century Civil-Registration Polish-Language Documents" by Judith R.
Frazin, when purchased >from May 1 through Sept. 1, 2018.
During that time, the cost of the book (including shipping and handling)
will be $37 for purchasers in the United States, $54 for purchasers in
Canada, and $64 for those living outside the U.S. and Canada. For more
information, including sample pages and ordering instructions, go to
jgsi.org.

The 38th IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy will take
place in Warsaw, Poland, Aug. 5-10, 2018.

"Translation Guide to 19th-Century Polish-Language Civil-Registration
Documents" by Judith R. Frazin has been one of the Jewish Genealogical
Society of Illinois' most successful special projects. This valuable
resource is of use to anyone with roots in Poland.

The current, third edition of this book explains how to find, decipher
and translate into English 19th Century Polish-language civil
registration documents, including birth, marriage and death records. It
has reproductions of actual vital statistics documents, explanations of
how to decipher 19th Century Polish script, contact information for
Polish archives, tips on finding ancestral towns on modern maps, an
explanation of how to use old Polish census records and hundreds of
vocabulary words that are likely to be encountered in Polish
genealogical research.

For her work on this book, the International Association of Jewish
Genealogical Societies (IAJGS) presented Frazin, a former president of
the Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois, with its Outstanding
Contribution to Jewish Genealogy via the Internet, Print or Electronic
Product Award in July 2010. The IAJGS noted that the translation guide
“is far more than its title would suggest, offering the researcher
well-indexed geographic and functional assistance to understanding
virtually all aspects of Polish records.

The Polish Genealogical Society of America also recognized Frazin's
contribution to the field of genealogy by selecting her to receive its
Wigilia award in 2000.
For more information, or to order a copy of "Translation Guide to
19th-Century Polish-Language Civil-Registration Documents" with a credit
card or through PayPal, see the JGSI website (direct link is
jgsi.org/Polish-Translation-Guide-2018-Special) or mail a check payable
to the Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois with your name, postal
address and email address c/o Judith R. Frazin, P.O. Box 637,
Northbrook, IL 60065-0637.

Submitted by:
Martin Fischer
Vice President-Publicity
Jewish Genealogical Society

JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen JGS of Illinois Award-Winning Polish Translation Guide Discount Offer #general

events@...
 

In honor of the 38th IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy,
which is the first IAJGS conference to be held in Eastern Europe, the
Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois will offer a 10 percent discount
on both the domestic and international cost of "Translation Guide to
19th-Century Civil-Registration Polish-Language Documents" by Judith R.
Frazin, when purchased >from May 1 through Sept. 1, 2018.
During that time, the cost of the book (including shipping and handling)
will be $37 for purchasers in the United States, $54 for purchasers in
Canada, and $64 for those living outside the U.S. and Canada. For more
information, including sample pages and ordering instructions, go to
jgsi.org.

The 38th IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy will take
place in Warsaw, Poland, Aug. 5-10, 2018.

"Translation Guide to 19th-Century Polish-Language Civil-Registration
Documents" by Judith R. Frazin has been one of the Jewish Genealogical
Society of Illinois' most successful special projects. This valuable
resource is of use to anyone with roots in Poland.

The current, third edition of this book explains how to find, decipher
and translate into English 19th Century Polish-language civil
registration documents, including birth, marriage and death records. It
has reproductions of actual vital statistics documents, explanations of
how to decipher 19th Century Polish script, contact information for
Polish archives, tips on finding ancestral towns on modern maps, an
explanation of how to use old Polish census records and hundreds of
vocabulary words that are likely to be encountered in Polish
genealogical research.

For her work on this book, the International Association of Jewish
Genealogical Societies (IAJGS) presented Frazin, a former president of
the Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois, with its Outstanding
Contribution to Jewish Genealogy via the Internet, Print or Electronic
Product Award in July 2010. The IAJGS noted that the translation guide
“is far more than its title would suggest, offering the researcher
well-indexed geographic and functional assistance to understanding
virtually all aspects of Polish records.

The Polish Genealogical Society of America also recognized Frazin's
contribution to the field of genealogy by selecting her to receive its
Wigilia award in 2000.
For more information, or to order a copy of "Translation Guide to
19th-Century Polish-Language Civil-Registration Documents" with a credit
card or through PayPal, see the JGSI website (direct link is
jgsi.org/Polish-Translation-Guide-2018-Special) or mail a check payable
to the Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois with your name, postal
address and email address c/o Judith R. Frazin, P.O. Box 637,
Northbrook, IL 60065-0637.

Submitted by:
Martin Fischer
Vice President-Publicity
Jewish Genealogical Society

Search for Dina Rosenberg #general

Peter Wollinski
 

Hi
Searching for the whereabouts or the relatives of Dina Rosenberg, last
known address was Rua Domingos Rodrigues - Lapa, Sao Paulo -
State of Sao Paulo, Brazil in 1947.

Dina approached Comite Auxiliar de Joint Sao Paulo in 1947 to enquire
about Walter Wollinski, born in 1925, and lived in Berlin prior to
being a victim of the Holocaust. Walter was a cousin of my father.

Any assistance will be greatly appreciated.

Regards
Peter Wollinski
Sydney Australia

JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Search for Dina Rosenberg #general

Peter Wollinski
 

Hi
Searching for the whereabouts or the relatives of Dina Rosenberg, last
known address was Rua Domingos Rodrigues - Lapa, Sao Paulo -
State of Sao Paulo, Brazil in 1947.

Dina approached Comite Auxiliar de Joint Sao Paulo in 1947 to enquire
about Walter Wollinski, born in 1925, and lived in Berlin prior to
being a victim of the Holocaust. Walter was a cousin of my father.

Any assistance will be greatly appreciated.

Regards
Peter Wollinski
Sydney Australia

Viewmate: Uniform identification #general

Tsiporah Trom
 

Hi,

I've posted a picture on Viewmate at the following link:
http://www.jewishgen.org/viewmate/viewmateview.asp?key=VM66579

Could you help me identify the uniform this young man is wearing ?

The picture belonged to my great grandparents: Fiszel and Mechalina
GRUNBAUM/BAUMAN.
They were both born in Warsaw in 1877 and 1884.

The photographer who took this picture was in activity >from 1893 till 1909.

The number 3 appears on the cap the man is wearing.

My question: Is it be a soldier's uniform (military service or
Russo-Japanese war) or a policeman's uniform ?

There was a rumor in my family that my grandfather's brother (born in 1873)
was a policeman in Warsaw.
Not sure if it's true. And not sure it is him in this picture.

You can either answer me directly or on the Viewmate form.

Thank you.

Tsiporah Trom
Antwerp, Belgium

JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Viewmate: Uniform identification #general

Tsiporah Trom
 

Hi,

I've posted a picture on Viewmate at the following link:
http://www.jewishgen.org/viewmate/viewmateview.asp?key=VM66579

Could you help me identify the uniform this young man is wearing ?

The picture belonged to my great grandparents: Fiszel and Mechalina
GRUNBAUM/BAUMAN.
They were both born in Warsaw in 1877 and 1884.

The photographer who took this picture was in activity >from 1893 till 1909.

The number 3 appears on the cap the man is wearing.

My question: Is it be a soldier's uniform (military service or
Russo-Japanese war) or a policeman's uniform ?

There was a rumor in my family that my grandfather's brother (born in 1873)
was a policeman in Warsaw.
Not sure if it's true. And not sure it is him in this picture.

You can either answer me directly or on the Viewmate form.

Thank you.

Tsiporah Trom
Antwerp, Belgium

Sephardic-Mizrahi Postal History & Ephemera Gallery - update #sephardic

R Laby <rlab78y@...>
 

Hello,

I have been updating the virtual archive of postcards, letters, documents,
and photos, which can be accessed and searched at:  semiph.piwigo.com

A link is also found at the SephardicGen website (database section). 
There are now more than 5000 images >from online searches.  The archive is
arranged by geographic folders, and can also be searched by text (in name
of image).  About 3000 of the images have a family name within the image
name, and so can be searched directly by the quick text search.  Tagging
is incomplete- searching by tags is not efficient, except for the "ladino"
item tag which is completed.   Otherwise please scroll through each
geographic folder.

I am not asserting copyright and the images may be downloaded (click on,
select, drag & drop).  Registration is not required.  These images are for
personal use and research only.

Please contact me privately with any questions or comments.

Thanks,
Ron Laby
rlab78y@...

Sephardic SIG #Sephardim Sephardic-Mizrahi Postal History & Ephemera Gallery - update #sephardic

R Laby <rlab78y@...>
 

Hello,

I have been updating the virtual archive of postcards, letters, documents,
and photos, which can be accessed and searched at:  semiph.piwigo.com

A link is also found at the SephardicGen website (database section). 
There are now more than 5000 images >from online searches.  The archive is
arranged by geographic folders, and can also be searched by text (in name
of image).  About 3000 of the images have a family name within the image
name, and so can be searched directly by the quick text search.  Tagging
is incomplete- searching by tags is not efficient, except for the "ladino"
item tag which is completed.   Otherwise please scroll through each
geographic folder.

I am not asserting copyright and the images may be downloaded (click on,
select, drag & drop).  Registration is not required.  These images are for
personal use and research only.

Please contact me privately with any questions or comments.

Thanks,
Ron Laby
rlab78y@...

Ancestry Matches #dna

David Goldman
 

Hello fellow Jewishgenners. I am totally new to the issue of the DNA testing
(and just read some article online about who can get access to DNA
information >from genealogy research). I got my matches, and have contacted a
number of people who also did the Ancestry test. Only a couple have so far
replied, but one of them was classified as an "extremely high match" and I
saw the closeness based on having 204 centimorgans over 8 segments. Well, we
corresponded, and she told me that her mother's side was >from England/Wales,
and her father (who was adopted) had origins supposedly in the Balkans. The
only thing we had in common was that she lived in Alberta and I was born
there myself.
Can someone shed some light on this fog? How can this demonstrate an
"extremely high" likelihood of being 2nd-3rd cousins when there were no
common geographic origins at all?
Thanks,
David Goldman
NYC

DNA Research #DNA Ancestry Matches #dna

David Goldman
 

Hello fellow Jewishgenners. I am totally new to the issue of the DNA testing
(and just read some article online about who can get access to DNA
information >from genealogy research). I got my matches, and have contacted a
number of people who also did the Ancestry test. Only a couple have so far
replied, but one of them was classified as an "extremely high match" and I
saw the closeness based on having 204 centimorgans over 8 segments. Well, we
corresponded, and she told me that her mother's side was >from England/Wales,
and her father (who was adopted) had origins supposedly in the Balkans. The
only thing we had in common was that she lived in Alberta and I was born
there myself.
Can someone shed some light on this fog? How can this demonstrate an
"extremely high" likelihood of being 2nd-3rd cousins when there were no
common geographic origins at all?
Thanks,
David Goldman
NYC

Looking for relatives of Nathan Nuson PRASHKER #general

Terry Ashton
 

I am looking for information on Nathan Nuson PRASHKER, who was born in
Poland around 1862 to Chaskiel Dawid Praszkier and Hendel Praszkier
(nee Tausk). Nathan Nuson Prashker died on November 20th 1925 and is buried
in the Montefiore Cemetery, Springfield Gardens, Queens County, New York.
Apparently his wife was Goldie Prashker.
Nathan's brother, Israel Prashker, was my great grandfather.
I am interested in finding out more about this great great uncle of mine
and finding out who his children, grandchildren etc. may have been.

Many thanks
Ms Terry Ashton
Melbourne
Australia

MODERATOR NOTE: Please send contact information privately.

JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Looking for relatives of Nathan Nuson PRASHKER #general

Terry Ashton
 

I am looking for information on Nathan Nuson PRASHKER, who was born in
Poland around 1862 to Chaskiel Dawid Praszkier and Hendel Praszkier
(nee Tausk). Nathan Nuson Prashker died on November 20th 1925 and is buried
in the Montefiore Cemetery, Springfield Gardens, Queens County, New York.
Apparently his wife was Goldie Prashker.
Nathan's brother, Israel Prashker, was my great grandfather.
I am interested in finding out more about this great great uncle of mine
and finding out who his children, grandchildren etc. may have been.

Many thanks
Ms Terry Ashton
Melbourne
Australia

MODERATOR NOTE: Please send contact information privately.