Date   

DNA and Rabbinical Descent #rabbinic

David Goldman
 

Greetings, everyone. It turns out that my DNA results indicate that I am not
a direct descendant >from Rabbi Yaakov ben Yehuda Weil but >from another line
via one of his grandfather's or great-grandfather's brothers instead.
Now it is said that he was a descendant of both Nachmanides and Rabbi Meir
of Rothenburg. Since it is unknown if I would share that descent via
marriage of his grandfather, great-grandfather etc. as opposed to descent
from a brother of theirs, the only way would be to compare DNA results with
those who claim descent >from Nachmanides and/or Maharam Rothenburg in the
same manner the Weil connection is done in the WIRTH group.
Does anyone know whether such DNA testing has been ever done for descent
from Nachmanides and/or Maharam Rothenburg?
Thanks and Shana Tova to all,
David Goldman
NYC


Rabbinic Genealogy SIG #Rabbinic DNA and Rabbinical Descent #rabbinic

David Goldman
 

Greetings, everyone. It turns out that my DNA results indicate that I am not
a direct descendant >from Rabbi Yaakov ben Yehuda Weil but >from another line
via one of his grandfather's or great-grandfather's brothers instead.
Now it is said that he was a descendant of both Nachmanides and Rabbi Meir
of Rothenburg. Since it is unknown if I would share that descent via
marriage of his grandfather, great-grandfather etc. as opposed to descent
from a brother of theirs, the only way would be to compare DNA results with
those who claim descent >from Nachmanides and/or Maharam Rothenburg in the
same manner the Weil connection is done in the WIRTH group.
Does anyone know whether such DNA testing has been ever done for descent
from Nachmanides and/or Maharam Rothenburg?
Thanks and Shana Tova to all,
David Goldman
NYC


DNA and Rabbinical Descent #dna

David Goldman
 

Greetings, everyone. It turns out that my DNA results indicate that I am not
a direct descendant >from Rabbi Yaakov ben Yehuda Weil but >from another line
via one of his grandfather's or great-grandfather's brothers instead.
Now it is said that he was a descendant of both Nachmanides and Rabbi Meir
of Rothenburg. Since it is unknown if I would share that descent via
marriage of his grandfather, great-grandfather etc. as opposed to descent
from a brother of theirs, the only way would be to compare DNA results with
those who claim descent >from Nachmanides and/or Maharam Rothenburg in the
same manner the Weil connection is done in the WIRTH group.
Does anyone know whether such DNA testing has been ever done for descent
from Nachmanides and/or Maharam Rothenburg?
Thanks and Shana Tova to all,
David Goldman
NYC


DNA Research #DNA DNA and Rabbinical Descent #dna

David Goldman
 

Greetings, everyone. It turns out that my DNA results indicate that I am not
a direct descendant >from Rabbi Yaakov ben Yehuda Weil but >from another line
via one of his grandfather's or great-grandfather's brothers instead.
Now it is said that he was a descendant of both Nachmanides and Rabbi Meir
of Rothenburg. Since it is unknown if I would share that descent via
marriage of his grandfather, great-grandfather etc. as opposed to descent
from a brother of theirs, the only way would be to compare DNA results with
those who claim descent >from Nachmanides and/or Maharam Rothenburg in the
same manner the Weil connection is done in the WIRTH group.
Does anyone know whether such DNA testing has been ever done for descent
from Nachmanides and/or Maharam Rothenburg?
Thanks and Shana Tova to all,
David Goldman
NYC


JGS of Maryland September 23, 2018, program #general

Susan Steeble
 

Jewish Genealogy Society of Maryland

Jewish Genealogy Society of Maryland
Speaker: Dr. Jude C. Richter
Title: "Documenting Holocaust Survivors and Victims at the United
States Holocaust Memorial Museum"
Date and Time: Sunday, September 23, 2018, 1:30 p.m.
Location: Pikesville Library's meeting room, 1301 Reisterstown Rd,
Pikesville, MD

Please join us on Sunday, September 23, 2018, at the Pikesville
Library's meeting room, to hear Dr. Jude C. Richter present
"Documenting Holocaust Survivors and Victims at the United States
Holocaust Memorial Museum."

Records in the collections of the United States Holocaust Memorial
Museum (USHMM) help us to document the experiences of individual
survivors and victims of the Holocaust. They usually include dates and
places of birth and, less often, the names of parents and spouses;
they are of obvious interest to genealogists. The International
Tracing Service (ITS) collection is richer for persons persecuted in
Western Europe than for those who were persecuted in Eastern Europe.
It nevertheless remains the single largest collection of records that
allows us to document the fates of individuals during the Holocaust.
This talk will demonstrate how the ITS collection and other
collections at USHMM can be of value to genealogists and especially
those researching ancestors >from Ukraine and Galicia.

Jude C. Richter received his Ph.D. in Russian history >from Indiana
University. >from 2002 through 2006, he worked for the Conference on
Jewish Material Claims against Germany, conducting research in the
collections of the USHMM to document Holocaust survivors=E2=80=99 claims.
Since 2006, he has worked for USHMM. He is currently a Research and
Reference Specialist in the Museum's Survivors and Victims Resource
Center.

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

Susan Steeble
Baltimore, MD
JGSMD Public Relations


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen JGS of Maryland September 23, 2018, program #general

Susan Steeble
 

Jewish Genealogy Society of Maryland

Jewish Genealogy Society of Maryland
Speaker: Dr. Jude C. Richter
Title: "Documenting Holocaust Survivors and Victims at the United
States Holocaust Memorial Museum"
Date and Time: Sunday, September 23, 2018, 1:30 p.m.
Location: Pikesville Library's meeting room, 1301 Reisterstown Rd,
Pikesville, MD

Please join us on Sunday, September 23, 2018, at the Pikesville
Library's meeting room, to hear Dr. Jude C. Richter present
"Documenting Holocaust Survivors and Victims at the United States
Holocaust Memorial Museum."

Records in the collections of the United States Holocaust Memorial
Museum (USHMM) help us to document the experiences of individual
survivors and victims of the Holocaust. They usually include dates and
places of birth and, less often, the names of parents and spouses;
they are of obvious interest to genealogists. The International
Tracing Service (ITS) collection is richer for persons persecuted in
Western Europe than for those who were persecuted in Eastern Europe.
It nevertheless remains the single largest collection of records that
allows us to document the fates of individuals during the Holocaust.
This talk will demonstrate how the ITS collection and other
collections at USHMM can be of value to genealogists and especially
those researching ancestors >from Ukraine and Galicia.

Jude C. Richter received his Ph.D. in Russian history >from Indiana
University. >from 2002 through 2006, he worked for the Conference on
Jewish Material Claims against Germany, conducting research in the
collections of the USHMM to document Holocaust survivors=E2=80=99 claims.
Since 2006, he has worked for USHMM. He is currently a Research and
Reference Specialist in the Museum's Survivors and Victims Resource
Center.

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

Susan Steeble
Baltimore, MD
JGSMD Public Relations


Looking for Landsman records ? #lithuania

Salinger Ralph
 

In the late 1800 until about the 1970, immigrants >from the various
shtetlach ran benevolent societies and associations to provide aid and
social programming for their landsman. These were mostly in NYC but there
were likely similar organizations in places like Baltimore.

Most or all of these have shut down as the original immigrants died and
their kids didn't have any interest in keeping them going.

But what happened to all of their records?

Did someone acquire them or did they simply end up in a landfill?
I have no idea.

Can anyone make some suggestions where to look ?

Many thanks

Ralph


Lithuania SIG #Lithuania Looking for Landsman records ? #lithuania

Salinger Ralph
 

In the late 1800 until about the 1970, immigrants >from the various
shtetlach ran benevolent societies and associations to provide aid and
social programming for their landsman. These were mostly in NYC but there
were likely similar organizations in places like Baltimore.

Most or all of these have shut down as the original immigrants died and
their kids didn't have any interest in keeping them going.

But what happened to all of their records?

Did someone acquire them or did they simply end up in a landfill?
I have no idea.

Can anyone make some suggestions where to look ?

Many thanks

Ralph


Lancut documents recently acquired #poland

Logan J. Kleinwaks
 

This is a brief summary of Lancut documents that 1) I examined and,
unless otherwise noted, photographed in July/August at AGAD in Warsaw
and at the Wawel (I) and ul. Grodzka (II) branches of the National
Archives in Krakow, and 2) were acquired as part of a Gesher Galicia
project begun in 2016 >from TsDIAL in Lviv and the Lancut Public
Library. In the process of examining the first group, I also learned
of many other Lancut documents having or likely to have Jewish
genealogical content, but I did not have time to work with them and
will try to do so in the future. Indexing status is described at the
end and in the absence of indexes I am not able to respond to lookup
requests. Full details about these documents will be announced when
indexing is complete. Thanks very much to the archivists for their
assistance.

1) Acquired July/August as private initiative

AGAD POTOCKI LANCUT ARCHIVE

1785 tax list (https://szukajwarchiwach.pl/1/350/0/-/15-02)

1794 tax list (https://szukajwarchiwach.pl/1/350/0/-/15-10)

1804-1805 tax list (https://szukajwarchiwach.pl/1/350/0/-/15-21)

1765 contract for purchase of home by Jasef Danielowicz and his wife
Szayndl daughter of Wulff Lewkowicz (>from other sources: Jasef
Danielowicz a.k.a. Jasef Lubaczower had sons who adopted surnames
KALTER, SON/SONNE, and STERN in Lancut and a son-in-law with surname
BIER); several contracts 1794-1855 mentioning Jews, not examined
carefully (https://szukajwarchiwach.pl/1/350/0/-/170)

1805 list of Jewish tavern owners(?); 1782-1822 documents related to
sale of alcohol, some mentioning Jews, not examined carefully
(https://szukajwarchiwach.pl/1/350/0/-/698)

c. 1800 contracts mentioning Jews, not examined carefully
(https://szukajwarchiwach.pl/1/350/0/-/353)

1853-1913 contracts mentioning Jews, not examined carefully; due to
time constraints, I was only able to look at pages 1-155 of about 580
(https://szukajwarchiwach.pl/1/350/0/-/354)

1862-1904 real estate documents mentioning Jews
(https://szukajwarchiwach.pl/1/350/0/-/943)

1793 document with Hebrew signature in collection with castle
inventory, not examined carefully
(https://szukajwarchiwach.pl/1/350/0/-/132)

Property ledger mentioning 1901 contract involving Leizor WANG
(https://szukajwarchiwach.pl/1/350/0/-/933-1)

In addition, I was not able to view the following items because of
their poor condition, but will explore how to get scans:
https://szukajwarchiwach.pl/1/350/0/-/932,
https://szukajwarchiwach.pl/1/350/0/-/917,
https://szukajwarchiwach.pl/1/350/0/-/699. The first two were,
unfortunately, my highest priority and might contain information about
property ownership in the mid-19th century with, hopefully,
indications of relationships between then-current and former owners
(as is the case for similarly-described documents >from another town).
The third concerns sales of alcohol.

The following items I examined but did not photograph because they did
not mention any Jews: https://szukajwarchiwach.pl/1/350/0/-/28,
https://szukajwarchiwach.pl/1/350/0/-/31,
https://szukajwarchiwach.pl/1/350/0/-/133,
https://szukajwarchiwach.pl/1/350/0/-/174,
https://szukajwarchiwach.pl/1/350/0/-/189,
https://szukajwarchiwach.pl/1/350/0/-/929

Note that the above represents only a small part of the Potocki Lancut
Archive and I plan to explore the many remaining files that seem
promising. Also, microfilm copies of the Potocki Lancut Archive are
kept at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, but are apparently
organized differently and I have not been able to reconcile the BYU
and AGAD inventories.

WAWEL BRANCH OF THE NATIONAL ARCHIVES IN KRAKOW, Teki Schneidra syg. 1034

1870 voter list

1787 list of Jewish tavern owners with narrative details about their
businesses, includes surnames (possibly a few toponymics), house
numbers, and some indications of death (undated?)

1794-1809 lists of city expenses, some with names of Jews

1795 debts, two involving Berko BAUMBERG

1803-1804 documents related to Jewish brewers/tavern owners

1819 document concerning tax payments?

1785 document concerning Jewish community and synagogue, with several
names (a copy, unfortunately, without the original signatures)

1786 contract with Michel Leyzorowicz concerning trade fair

1800-1845 documents mentioning Jews, not examined carefully

UL. GRODZKA BRANCH OF THE NATIONAL ARCHIVES IN KRAKOW

The files https://szukajwarchiwach.pl/29/318/0/2.3/331 and
https://szukajwarchiwach.pl/29/318/0/2.3/332 contain thousands of
cards with information about individuals >from Lancut, supposedly
spanning 1895-1942, organized alphabetically. Due to time
constraints, I was only able to photograph the cards for surnames
beginning with A, B, K, part of H, and part of J. I estimate that
photographing the remaining Lancut cards (front and back) would take
about 10 hours. Each card covers one person with varying information
that generally consists of the person's name, year of birth, place of
birth, address, occupation, references to other documents, and a list
of taxes by year. The cards appear to be related to business
licensing/registration or some kind of census of professional
activities. There are similar cards for many other towns (see list at
https://szukajwarchiwach.pl/29/318/0/2.3/str/1/200#tabJednostki).

2) Acquired through 2016 Gesher Galicia project

TSDIAL, LVIV

1788 Josephine cadastral survey, list of property owners (V/52)

1820 Franciscan cadastral survey, list of property owners (V/73)

undated 1788-1816 tax list; more precise dating might be possible by
comparison with some of the newly acquired items in 1) above (V/73)

LANCUT PUBLIC LIBRARY

1801-1822 narrative documents >from the Lancut Magistrate's Office
concerning real estate transactions, wills, contracts, etc., very rich
in genealogical information (sometimes, spanning surname adoption and
describing relationships between people who adopted different
surnames) (345/III)

1820s-1880s register of real estate transactions, sometimes
identifying relatives and property ownership history back to the
mid-18th century (346/III)

c. 1777 property/tax list, often identifying previous owner, too (349/III)

1938 Jewish businesses in Lancut (271/IV)

1941? Jewish residents of Lancut under Nazi occupation, can include
name, address, date of birth, date of arrival in Lancut (many
1939/1940), date of death, occupation (271/IV)

1900-1926 minutes of the Lancut Shoemakers and Saddlers Association
(maybe also including tailors and textile makers), with many Jewish
names (383/IV)

Documents concerning Marjem HELLMAN z SCHIFF (271/IV)

Property documents (incomplete) corresponding with a Lancut map dated
in some reproductions 1749, but possibly actually >from 1759 (357/III)

Small fragment (without Jews) of an 1869 census, the whereabouts are
unknown (349/III)

Note that many of the above documents include house numbers that can
be correlated, even despite a change in the house numbering scheme,
and doing so can sometimes provide proof of genealogical relationships
that no single document can provide.

INDEXING

For the documents I recently photographed as a private initiative (1),
I will index them myself or possibly solicit volunteers and then will
be happy to donate the indexes to Gesher Galicia and JRI-Poland,
pending permission >from the archives. For the narrative documents, it
will be important for researchers to have access to the photos, since
I will not provide complete transcriptions or even summaries of the
genealogical contents, but only the list of names mentioned. I do not
yet know how I will distribute the photos.

For the documents included in the Gesher Galicia project begun in 2016
(2), indexing of some documents is complete and the rest will
hopefully be finished before the end of 2018. Indexes will be given
to both Gesher Galicia and JRI-Poland and the photos were already
given to Gesher Galicia, though I am not certain how they will
ultimately be made available. For narrative documents, especially the
1801-1822 documents >from the library (345/III), researchers will want
to see the photos for the reason stated above. Donors to the project,
which was fully funded, have received extracts about their surnames as
indexing has proceeded. This project was originally approved by the
late Pamela Weisberger, who was supportive of casting a wider net in
search of sources for Lancut, >from which few vital records survive.
Thanks also to Peter Jassem for his assistance.

Finally, I would also like to mention that I visited Lancut and will
share information that might be helpful to others planning a visit in
a subsequent message.

Logan Kleinwaks
kleinwaks@alumni.princeton.edu
near Washington, D.C.


JRI Poland #Poland Lancut documents recently acquired #poland

Logan J. Kleinwaks
 

This is a brief summary of Lancut documents that 1) I examined and,
unless otherwise noted, photographed in July/August at AGAD in Warsaw
and at the Wawel (I) and ul. Grodzka (II) branches of the National
Archives in Krakow, and 2) were acquired as part of a Gesher Galicia
project begun in 2016 >from TsDIAL in Lviv and the Lancut Public
Library. In the process of examining the first group, I also learned
of many other Lancut documents having or likely to have Jewish
genealogical content, but I did not have time to work with them and
will try to do so in the future. Indexing status is described at the
end and in the absence of indexes I am not able to respond to lookup
requests. Full details about these documents will be announced when
indexing is complete. Thanks very much to the archivists for their
assistance.

1) Acquired July/August as private initiative

AGAD POTOCKI LANCUT ARCHIVE

1785 tax list (https://szukajwarchiwach.pl/1/350/0/-/15-02)

1794 tax list (https://szukajwarchiwach.pl/1/350/0/-/15-10)

1804-1805 tax list (https://szukajwarchiwach.pl/1/350/0/-/15-21)

1765 contract for purchase of home by Jasef Danielowicz and his wife
Szayndl daughter of Wulff Lewkowicz (>from other sources: Jasef
Danielowicz a.k.a. Jasef Lubaczower had sons who adopted surnames
KALTER, SON/SONNE, and STERN in Lancut and a son-in-law with surname
BIER); several contracts 1794-1855 mentioning Jews, not examined
carefully (https://szukajwarchiwach.pl/1/350/0/-/170)

1805 list of Jewish tavern owners(?); 1782-1822 documents related to
sale of alcohol, some mentioning Jews, not examined carefully
(https://szukajwarchiwach.pl/1/350/0/-/698)

c. 1800 contracts mentioning Jews, not examined carefully
(https://szukajwarchiwach.pl/1/350/0/-/353)

1853-1913 contracts mentioning Jews, not examined carefully; due to
time constraints, I was only able to look at pages 1-155 of about 580
(https://szukajwarchiwach.pl/1/350/0/-/354)

1862-1904 real estate documents mentioning Jews
(https://szukajwarchiwach.pl/1/350/0/-/943)

1793 document with Hebrew signature in collection with castle
inventory, not examined carefully
(https://szukajwarchiwach.pl/1/350/0/-/132)

Property ledger mentioning 1901 contract involving Leizor WANG
(https://szukajwarchiwach.pl/1/350/0/-/933-1)

In addition, I was not able to view the following items because of
their poor condition, but will explore how to get scans:
https://szukajwarchiwach.pl/1/350/0/-/932,
https://szukajwarchiwach.pl/1/350/0/-/917,
https://szukajwarchiwach.pl/1/350/0/-/699. The first two were,
unfortunately, my highest priority and might contain information about
property ownership in the mid-19th century with, hopefully,
indications of relationships between then-current and former owners
(as is the case for similarly-described documents >from another town).
The third concerns sales of alcohol.

The following items I examined but did not photograph because they did
not mention any Jews: https://szukajwarchiwach.pl/1/350/0/-/28,
https://szukajwarchiwach.pl/1/350/0/-/31,
https://szukajwarchiwach.pl/1/350/0/-/133,
https://szukajwarchiwach.pl/1/350/0/-/174,
https://szukajwarchiwach.pl/1/350/0/-/189,
https://szukajwarchiwach.pl/1/350/0/-/929

Note that the above represents only a small part of the Potocki Lancut
Archive and I plan to explore the many remaining files that seem
promising. Also, microfilm copies of the Potocki Lancut Archive are
kept at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, but are apparently
organized differently and I have not been able to reconcile the BYU
and AGAD inventories.

WAWEL BRANCH OF THE NATIONAL ARCHIVES IN KRAKOW, Teki Schneidra syg. 1034

1870 voter list

1787 list of Jewish tavern owners with narrative details about their
businesses, includes surnames (possibly a few toponymics), house
numbers, and some indications of death (undated?)

1794-1809 lists of city expenses, some with names of Jews

1795 debts, two involving Berko BAUMBERG

1803-1804 documents related to Jewish brewers/tavern owners

1819 document concerning tax payments?

1785 document concerning Jewish community and synagogue, with several
names (a copy, unfortunately, without the original signatures)

1786 contract with Michel Leyzorowicz concerning trade fair

1800-1845 documents mentioning Jews, not examined carefully

UL. GRODZKA BRANCH OF THE NATIONAL ARCHIVES IN KRAKOW

The files https://szukajwarchiwach.pl/29/318/0/2.3/331 and
https://szukajwarchiwach.pl/29/318/0/2.3/332 contain thousands of
cards with information about individuals >from Lancut, supposedly
spanning 1895-1942, organized alphabetically. Due to time
constraints, I was only able to photograph the cards for surnames
beginning with A, B, K, part of H, and part of J. I estimate that
photographing the remaining Lancut cards (front and back) would take
about 10 hours. Each card covers one person with varying information
that generally consists of the person's name, year of birth, place of
birth, address, occupation, references to other documents, and a list
of taxes by year. The cards appear to be related to business
licensing/registration or some kind of census of professional
activities. There are similar cards for many other towns (see list at
https://szukajwarchiwach.pl/29/318/0/2.3/str/1/200#tabJednostki).

2) Acquired through 2016 Gesher Galicia project

TSDIAL, LVIV

1788 Josephine cadastral survey, list of property owners (V/52)

1820 Franciscan cadastral survey, list of property owners (V/73)

undated 1788-1816 tax list; more precise dating might be possible by
comparison with some of the newly acquired items in 1) above (V/73)

LANCUT PUBLIC LIBRARY

1801-1822 narrative documents >from the Lancut Magistrate's Office
concerning real estate transactions, wills, contracts, etc., very rich
in genealogical information (sometimes, spanning surname adoption and
describing relationships between people who adopted different
surnames) (345/III)

1820s-1880s register of real estate transactions, sometimes
identifying relatives and property ownership history back to the
mid-18th century (346/III)

c. 1777 property/tax list, often identifying previous owner, too (349/III)

1938 Jewish businesses in Lancut (271/IV)

1941? Jewish residents of Lancut under Nazi occupation, can include
name, address, date of birth, date of arrival in Lancut (many
1939/1940), date of death, occupation (271/IV)

1900-1926 minutes of the Lancut Shoemakers and Saddlers Association
(maybe also including tailors and textile makers), with many Jewish
names (383/IV)

Documents concerning Marjem HELLMAN z SCHIFF (271/IV)

Property documents (incomplete) corresponding with a Lancut map dated
in some reproductions 1749, but possibly actually >from 1759 (357/III)

Small fragment (without Jews) of an 1869 census, the whereabouts are
unknown (349/III)

Note that many of the above documents include house numbers that can
be correlated, even despite a change in the house numbering scheme,
and doing so can sometimes provide proof of genealogical relationships
that no single document can provide.

INDEXING

For the documents I recently photographed as a private initiative (1),
I will index them myself or possibly solicit volunteers and then will
be happy to donate the indexes to Gesher Galicia and JRI-Poland,
pending permission >from the archives. For the narrative documents, it
will be important for researchers to have access to the photos, since
I will not provide complete transcriptions or even summaries of the
genealogical contents, but only the list of names mentioned. I do not
yet know how I will distribute the photos.

For the documents included in the Gesher Galicia project begun in 2016
(2), indexing of some documents is complete and the rest will
hopefully be finished before the end of 2018. Indexes will be given
to both Gesher Galicia and JRI-Poland and the photos were already
given to Gesher Galicia, though I am not certain how they will
ultimately be made available. For narrative documents, especially the
1801-1822 documents >from the library (345/III), researchers will want
to see the photos for the reason stated above. Donors to the project,
which was fully funded, have received extracts about their surnames as
indexing has proceeded. This project was originally approved by the
late Pamela Weisberger, who was supportive of casting a wider net in
search of sources for Lancut, >from which few vital records survive.
Thanks also to Peter Jassem for his assistance.

Finally, I would also like to mention that I visited Lancut and will
share information that might be helpful to others planning a visit in
a subsequent message.

Logan Kleinwaks
kleinwaks@alumni.princeton.edu
near Washington, D.C.


Kutno documents recently acquired #poland

Logan J. Kleinwaks
 

This is a brief summary of Kutno documents that I recently examined
and, unless otherwise noted, photographed at the Kutno branch of AP
Plock. Several have significant Jewish genealogical content. The
documents have not yet been indexed and I am not able to respond to
lookup requests. I will try to distribute the images to people who
can organize indexing, provided we receive the necessary permission,
and a full announcement should follow when indexing is complete.
Thanks very much to the archivists in Kutno for their generous
assistance.

1796 census of Kutno Jews and associated documents, showing families
with ages (patronymics, essentially no surnames),
https://szukajwarchiwach.pl/51/2/0/-/11

1926-1927 Kutno Jewish births, marriages, and deaths, generally with
ages and parents' names (including mothers' maiden names),
https://szukajwarchiwach.pl/51/2/0/-/830

1831-1832 Kutno Jewish marriage documents in narrative form, at least
some (all?) of which do not appear in the indexed marriage records for
this period on JRI-Poland >from FHL microfilm 730043,
https://szukajwarchiwach.pl/51/2/0/-/82

1799-1805 documents concerning Kutno Jewish "legitimations scheinen"
with a small number of names, including surnames and ages,
https://szukajwarchiwach.pl/51/2/0/-/23

c. 1799 documents concerning Kutno Jewish marriage concessions,
apparently no information about specific marriages,
https://szukajwarchiwach.pl/51/2/0/-/22

1808, 1816 lists of Kutno citizens regarding voting rights, apparently
very few if any Jews, https://szukajwarchiwach.pl/51/2/0/-/54

1807-1808 documents concerning the oath of allegiance to Frederick
Augustus, apparently very few if any Jews,
https://szukajwarchiwach.pl/51/2/0/-/30

I also examined https://szukajwarchiwach.pl/51/2/0/-/821 and
https://szukajwarchiwach.pl/51/2/0/-/822, which contain documents from
the civil registry office >from 1863-1928, but did not see any Jewish
content and did not photograph them.

Logan Kleinwaks
Descendant of CWANG, DAWIDOWICZ, FAST, JADWISZ, KALISZKA, ZYMER >from Kutno
kleinwaks@alumni.princeton.edu
near Washington, D.C.


Galician business registration? cards for many towns, 1876-1943 #poland

Logan J. Kleinwaks
 

At the ul. Grodzka branch (II) of the National Archives in Krakow, in
a collection of the Krakow Chamber of Commerce, there are cards with
information about (tens of? hundreds of?) thousands of individuals
from many Galician towns, apparently related to business
licensing/registration or some kind of census of professional
activities, with dates 1876-1943 varying by town. I only examined
(and photographed) cards >from Lancut, which are organized
alphabetically and generally contain each person's name, year of
birth, place of birth, address, occupation, references to other
documents, and a list of taxes by year. You can see some of the towns
that are covered in the inventory at
https://szukajwarchiwach.pl/29/318/0/2.3/str/1/200#tabJednostki, but
note that descriptions sometimes refer to an alphabetical range of
towns in a powiat without specifying each town.

Logan Kleinwaks
kleinwaks@alumni.princeton.edu
near Washington, D.C.


JRI Poland #Poland Kutno documents recently acquired #poland

Logan J. Kleinwaks
 

This is a brief summary of Kutno documents that I recently examined
and, unless otherwise noted, photographed at the Kutno branch of AP
Plock. Several have significant Jewish genealogical content. The
documents have not yet been indexed and I am not able to respond to
lookup requests. I will try to distribute the images to people who
can organize indexing, provided we receive the necessary permission,
and a full announcement should follow when indexing is complete.
Thanks very much to the archivists in Kutno for their generous
assistance.

1796 census of Kutno Jews and associated documents, showing families
with ages (patronymics, essentially no surnames),
https://szukajwarchiwach.pl/51/2/0/-/11

1926-1927 Kutno Jewish births, marriages, and deaths, generally with
ages and parents' names (including mothers' maiden names),
https://szukajwarchiwach.pl/51/2/0/-/830

1831-1832 Kutno Jewish marriage documents in narrative form, at least
some (all?) of which do not appear in the indexed marriage records for
this period on JRI-Poland >from FHL microfilm 730043,
https://szukajwarchiwach.pl/51/2/0/-/82

1799-1805 documents concerning Kutno Jewish "legitimations scheinen"
with a small number of names, including surnames and ages,
https://szukajwarchiwach.pl/51/2/0/-/23

c. 1799 documents concerning Kutno Jewish marriage concessions,
apparently no information about specific marriages,
https://szukajwarchiwach.pl/51/2/0/-/22

1808, 1816 lists of Kutno citizens regarding voting rights, apparently
very few if any Jews, https://szukajwarchiwach.pl/51/2/0/-/54

1807-1808 documents concerning the oath of allegiance to Frederick
Augustus, apparently very few if any Jews,
https://szukajwarchiwach.pl/51/2/0/-/30

I also examined https://szukajwarchiwach.pl/51/2/0/-/821 and
https://szukajwarchiwach.pl/51/2/0/-/822, which contain documents from
the civil registry office >from 1863-1928, but did not see any Jewish
content and did not photograph them.

Logan Kleinwaks
Descendant of CWANG, DAWIDOWICZ, FAST, JADWISZ, KALISZKA, ZYMER >from Kutno
kleinwaks@alumni.princeton.edu
near Washington, D.C.


JRI Poland #Poland Galician business registration? cards for many towns, 1876-1943 #poland

Logan J. Kleinwaks
 

At the ul. Grodzka branch (II) of the National Archives in Krakow, in
a collection of the Krakow Chamber of Commerce, there are cards with
information about (tens of? hundreds of?) thousands of individuals
from many Galician towns, apparently related to business
licensing/registration or some kind of census of professional
activities, with dates 1876-1943 varying by town. I only examined
(and photographed) cards >from Lancut, which are organized
alphabetically and generally contain each person's name, year of
birth, place of birth, address, occupation, references to other
documents, and a list of taxes by year. You can see some of the towns
that are covered in the inventory at
https://szukajwarchiwach.pl/29/318/0/2.3/str/1/200#tabJednostki, but
note that descriptions sometimes refer to an alphabetical range of
towns in a powiat without specifying each town.

Logan Kleinwaks
kleinwaks@alumni.princeton.edu
near Washington, D.C.


Palestine records early 20th century #general

Trudy Barch
 

Hi,
Where can I look for a marriage in the early 1900s possibly in Palastine?
And the birth of their daughter born 1907 in Palastine?
Husband immigrated in 1907; wife and daughter in 1912. I am guessing
from Palastine. Where can I find those records?
Thank you for any assistance.

Trudy Barch, formerly Chicago now Florida


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Palestine records early 20th century #general

Trudy Barch
 

Hi,
Where can I look for a marriage in the early 1900s possibly in Palastine?
And the birth of their daughter born 1907 in Palastine?
Husband immigrated in 1907; wife and daughter in 1912. I am guessing
from Palastine. Where can I find those records?
Thank you for any assistance.

Trudy Barch, formerly Chicago now Florida


USCIS Webinar: Introduction to Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) Records at the National Archives #general

Jan Meisels Allen
 

The United States Citizenship and Information Service (USCIS) is holding a
webinar on Thursday, September 27 at 1:00PM.
The topic:
Introduction to Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) Records at the
National Archives

The webinar will give an overview of the historical Immigration and
Naturalization Service (INS) records that are available at the National
Archives in Washington DC, covering >from the turn of the century to 1975.

The webinar is not recorded, therefore one must attend live.

Go to: https://www.uscis.gov/HGWebinars
Click on Guide to I&N History, Thursday, September 27 and click attend
session just before the webinar begins.

If you have not participated in one of the USCIS webinars before and not
used Adobe Connect I recommend following the directions listed under Adobe
Connect at the above url. Do these *before* the webinar so you are ready to
go at the correct time.
Please do *not* call the phone number on the screen.

If you are having trouble accessing a meeting, event or seminar, please
contact the event organizer for assistance. For security and privacy reasons
Adobe is unable to assist customers in gaining access to private meetings,
events or seminars. Only the meeting organizer or administrator of the web
conferencing account can register users or grant access to Adobe Connect
meetings.

Jan Meisels Allen
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen USCIS Webinar: Introduction to Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) Records at the National Archives #general

Jan Meisels Allen
 

The United States Citizenship and Information Service (USCIS) is holding a
webinar on Thursday, September 27 at 1:00PM.
The topic:
Introduction to Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) Records at the
National Archives

The webinar will give an overview of the historical Immigration and
Naturalization Service (INS) records that are available at the National
Archives in Washington DC, covering >from the turn of the century to 1975.

The webinar is not recorded, therefore one must attend live.

Go to: https://www.uscis.gov/HGWebinars
Click on Guide to I&N History, Thursday, September 27 and click attend
session just before the webinar begins.

If you have not participated in one of the USCIS webinars before and not
used Adobe Connect I recommend following the directions listed under Adobe
Connect at the above url. Do these *before* the webinar so you are ready to
go at the correct time.
Please do *not* call the phone number on the screen.

If you are having trouble accessing a meeting, event or seminar, please
contact the event organizer for assistance. For security and privacy reasons
Adobe is unable to assist customers in gaining access to private meetings,
events or seminars. Only the meeting organizer or administrator of the web
conferencing account can register users or grant access to Adobe Connect
meetings.

Jan Meisels Allen
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


Galician business registration? cards for many towns, 1876-1943 #galicia

Logan J. Kleinwaks
 

At the ul. Grodzka branch (II) of the National Archives in Krakow, in
a collection of the Krakow Chamber of Commerce, there are cards
with information about (tens of? hundreds of?) thousands of
individuals >from many Galician towns, apparently related to business
licensing/registration or some kind of census of professional
activities, with dates 1876-1943 varying by town. I only examined
(and photographed) cards >from Lancut, which are organized
alphabetically and generally contain each person's name, year of
birth, place of birth, address, occupation, references to other
documents, and a list of taxes by year. You can see some of the
towns that are covered in the inventory at
https://szukajwarchiwach.pl/29/318/0/2.3/str/1/200#tabJednostki
but note that descriptions sometimes refer to an alphabetical range
of towns in a powiat without specifying each town.

Logan Kleinwaks
kleinwaks@alumni.princeton.edu
near Washington, D.C.


Lancut documents recently acquired #galicia

Logan J. Kleinwaks
 

This is a brief summary of Lancut documents that 1) I examined and,
unless otherwise noted, photographed in July/August at AGAD in
Warsaw and at the Wawel (I) and ul. Grodzka (II) branches of the
National Archives in Krakow, and 2) were acquired as part of a Gesher
Galicia project begun in 2016 >from TsDIAL in Lviv and the Lancut Public
Library. In the process of examining the first group, I also learned of
many other Lancut documents having or likely to have Jewish
genealogical content, but I did not have time to work with them and will
try to do so in the future. Indexing status is described at the end and in
the absence of indexes I am not able to respond to lookup requests. Full
details about these documents will be announced when indexing is
complete. Thanks very much to the archivists for their assistance.

1) Acquired July/August as private initiative

AGAD POTOCKI LANCUT ARCHIVE

1785 tax list (https://szukajwarchiwach.pl/1/350/0/-/15-02)

1794 tax list (https://szukajwarchiwach.pl/1/350/0/-/15-10)

1804-1805 tax list (https://szukajwarchiwach.pl/1/350/0/-/15-21)

1765 contract for purchase of home by Jasef Danielowicz and his wife
Szayndl daughter of Wulff Lewkowicz (>from other sources: Jasef
Danielowicz a.k.a. Jasef Lubaczower had sons who adopted surnames
KALTER, SON/SONNE, and STERN in Lancut and a son-in-law with
surname BIER); several contracts 1794-1855 mentioning Jews, not
examined carefully (https://szukajwarchiwach.pl/1/350/0/-/170)

1805 list of Jewish tavern owners(?); 1782-1822 documents related to
sale of alcohol, some mentioning Jews, not examined carefully
(https://szukajwarchiwach.pl/1/350/0/-/698)

c. 1800 contracts mentioning Jews, not examined carefully
(https://szukajwarchiwach.pl/1/350/0/-/353)

1853-1913 contracts mentioning Jews, not examined carefully; due to
time constraints, I was only able to look at pages 1-155 of about 580
(https://szukajwarchiwach.pl/1/350/0/-/354)

1862-1904 real estate documents mentioning Jews
(https://szukajwarchiwach.pl/1/350/0/-/943)

1793 document with Hebrew signature in collection with castle
inventory, not examined carefully
(https://szukajwarchiwach.pl/1/350/0/-/132)

Property ledger mentioning 1901 contract involving Leizor WANG
(https://szukajwarchiwach.pl/1/350/0/-/933-1)

In addition, I was not able to view the following items because of their
poor condition, but will explore how to get scans:
https://szukajwarchiwach.pl/1/350/0/-/932,
https://szukajwarchiwach.pl/1/350/0/-/917,
https://szukajwarchiwach.pl/1/350/0/-/699
The first two were, unfortunately, my highest priority and might contain
information about property ownership in the mid-19th century with,
hopefully, indications of relationships between then-current and
former owners (as is the case for similarly-described documents >from
another town). The third concerns sales of alcohol.

The following items I examined but did not photograph because they
did not mention any Jews:
https://szukajwarchiwach.pl/1/350/0/-/28,
https://szukajwarchiwach.pl/1/350/0/-/31,
https://szukajwarchiwach.pl/1/350/0/-/133,
https://szukajwarchiwach.pl/1/350/0/-/174,
https://szukajwarchiwach.pl/1/350/0/-/189,
https://szukajwarchiwach.pl/1/350/0/-/929

Note that the above represents only a small part of the Potocki Lancut
Archive and I plan to explore the many remaining files that seem
promising. Also, microfilm copies of the Potocki Lancut Archive are kept
at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, but are apparently
organized differently and I have not been able to reconcile the BYU and
AGAD inventories.

WAWEL BRANCH OF THE NATIONAL ARCHIVES IN KRAKOW, Teki Schneidra syg. 1034

1870 voter list

1787 list of Jewish tavern owners with narrative details about their
businesses, includes surnames (possibly a few toponymics), house
numbers, and some indications of death (undated?)

1794-1809 lists of city expenses, some with names of Jews

1795 debts, two involving Berko BAUMBERG

1803-1804 documents related to Jewish brewers/tavern owners

1819 document concerning tax payments?

1785 document concerning Jewish community and synagogue, with
several names (a copy, unfortunately, without the original signatures)

1786 contract with Michel Leyzorowicz concerning trade fair

1800-1845 documents mentioning Jews, not examined carefully

UL. GRODZKA BRANCH OF THE NATIONAL ARCHIVES IN KRAKOW

The files https://szukajwarchiwach.pl/29/318/0/2.3/331 and
https://szukajwarchiwach.pl/29/318/0/2.3/332 contain thousands of
cards with information about individuals >from Lancut, supposedly
spanning 1895-1942, organized alphabetically. Due to time constraints,
I was only able to photograph the cards for surnames beginning with A,
B, K, part of H, and part of J. I estimate that photographing the
remaining Lancut cards (front and back) would take about 10 hours.
Each card covers one person with varying information that generally
consists of the person's name, year of birth, place of birth, address,
occupation, references to other documents, and a list of taxes by year.
The cards appear to be related to business licensing/registration or
some kind of census of professional activities. There are similar cards
for many other towns (see list at
https://szukajwarchiwach.pl/29/318/0/2.3/str/1/200#tabJednostki).

2) Acquired through 2016 Gesher Galicia project

TSDIAL, LVIV

1788 Josephine cadastral survey, list of property owners (V/52)

1820 Franciscan cadastral survey, list of property owners (V/73)

undated 1788-1816 tax list; more precise dating might be possible by
comparison with some of the newly acquired items in 1) above (V/73)

LANCUT PUBLIC LIBRARY

1801-1822 narrative documents >from the Lancut Magistrate's Office
concerning real estate transactions, wills, contracts, etc., very rich in
genealogical information (sometimes, spanning surname adoption and
describing relationships between people who adopted different
surnames) (345/III)

1820s-1880s register of real estate transactions, sometimes
identifying relatives and property ownership history back to the
mid-18th century (346/III)

c. 1777 property/tax list, often identifying previous owner, too (349/III)

1938 Jewish businesses in Lancut (271/IV)

1941? Jewish residents of Lancut under Nazi occupation, can include
name, address, date of birth, date of arrival in Lancut (many 1939/1940),
date of death, occupation (271/IV)

1900-1926 minutes of the Lancut Shoemakers and Saddlers Association
(maybe also including tailors and textile makers), with many Jewish
names (383/IV)

Documents concerning Marjem HELLMAN z SCHIFF (271/IV)

Property documents (incomplete) corresponding with a Lancut map
dated in some reproductions 1749, but possibly actually >from 1759 (357/III)

Small fragment (without Jews) of an 1869 census, the whereabouts are
unknown (349/III)

Note that many of the above documents include house numbers that
can be correlated, even despite a change in the house numbering
scheme, and doing so can sometimes provide proof of genealogical
relationships that no single document can provide.

INDEXING

For the documents I recently photographed as a private initiative (1), I
will index them myself or possibly solicit volunteers and then will be
happy to donate the indexes to Gesher Galicia and JRI-Poland, pending
permission >from the archives. For the narrative documents, it will be
important for researchers to have access to the photos, since I will not
provide complete transcriptions or even summaries of the genealogical
contents, but only the list of names mentioned. I do not yet know how I
will distribute the photos.

For the documents included in the Gesher Galicia project begun in 2016
(2), indexing of some documents is complete and the rest will hopefully
be finished before the end of 2018. Indexes will be given to both Gesher
Galicia and JRI-Poland and the photos were already given to Gesher
Galicia, though I am not certain how they will ultimately be made
available. For narrative documents, especially the 1801-1822 documents
from the library (345/III), researchers will want to see the photos for the
reason stated above. Donors to the project, which was fully funded, have
received extracts about their surnames as indexing has proceeded. This
project was originally approved by the late Pamela Weisberger, who was
supportive of casting a wider net in search of sources for Lancut, >from
which few vital records survive. Thanks also to Peter Jassem for his assistance.

Finally, I would also like to mention that I visited Lancut and will share
information that might be helpful to others planning a visit in a
subsequent message.

Logan Kleinwaks
kleinwaks@alumni.princeton.edu
near Washington, D.C.

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