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Re: Looking for a source for acquiring US immigration & naturalization documents #general

Moishe Miller
 

Michael,

In New York City, you can access many records online via FamilySearch,
for free. This applies to the Southern and Eastern District of New York
Federal Court naturalization records. For more detail, including
step-by-step methodology, you may want to review:
http://www.jgsob.org/KingsNY-naturalizations.html

In some cases you may need to know the Petition number in order to do the lookup.

Moishe Miller
Brooklyn, NY
moishe.miller@totalben.com

From: Palekaiko <palekaiko@gmail.com>
In the past, I have used the USCIS website to obtain these documents. In order to
save some money, I am now looking for an alternative method of obtaining these
documents.


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Re: Looking for a source for acquiring US immigration & naturalization documents #general

Moishe Miller
 

Michael,

In New York City, you can access many records online via FamilySearch,
for free. This applies to the Southern and Eastern District of New York
Federal Court naturalization records. For more detail, including
step-by-step methodology, you may want to review:
http://www.jgsob.org/KingsNY-naturalizations.html

In some cases you may need to know the Petition number in order to do the lookup.

Moishe Miller
Brooklyn, NY
moishe.miller@totalben.com

From: Palekaiko <palekaiko@gmail.com>
In the past, I have used the USCIS website to obtain these documents. In order to
save some money, I am now looking for an alternative method of obtaining these
documents.


Seeking volunteers to type 10 pages of a Shoah Memoir for publication #yizkorbooks

Joel Alpert <jalp@...>
 

Yizkor-Books-In-Print Project, part of Yizkor Books Project of
JewishGen has obtained a typed manuscript of significant memoir of a
Shoah Survivor that needs to be retyped for publication. We are
looking for volunteers who can retype 10 pages (or more). The pages
are double space with about 24 lines per page and is very easy to
read. We received the document as a scanned pdf of an old fashioned
typed manuscript (not computerized) If you can help out on this
project, please contact ybip@jewishgen.org. We will supply
volunteers with a pdf of that manuscript.

By the way, for those interested, we have tried to use OCR (Optical
Character Recognition) on the scanned pages but were very unsuccessful.

Joel Alpert, Coordinator of the Yizkor-Books-In-Print Project


Yizkor Books #YizkorBooks Seeking volunteers to type 10 pages of a Shoah Memoir for publication #yizkorbooks

Joel Alpert <jalp@...>
 

Yizkor-Books-In-Print Project, part of Yizkor Books Project of
JewishGen has obtained a typed manuscript of significant memoir of a
Shoah Survivor that needs to be retyped for publication. We are
looking for volunteers who can retype 10 pages (or more). The pages
are double space with about 24 lines per page and is very easy to
read. We received the document as a scanned pdf of an old fashioned
typed manuscript (not computerized) If you can help out on this
project, please contact ybip@jewishgen.org. We will supply
volunteers with a pdf of that manuscript.

By the way, for those interested, we have tried to use OCR (Optical
Character Recognition) on the scanned pages but were very unsuccessful.

Joel Alpert, Coordinator of the Yizkor-Books-In-Print Project


Latvia Jewish cemeteries #latvia

Barbara Hemmendinger
 

I, too, visited the Jewish cemetery in Liepaja (formerly Libau),
Latvia last year. While some 135 miles west of Riga, the Liepaja
Jewish cemetery contains many graves with Hebrew and German
inscriptions, which are listed on websites like JewishGen and in
JOWBR. In Riga itself, the main Jewish cemetery was used as a
mass burial site by the Nazis and desecrated by the Soviets. I
quote below >from the inscription at the entrance to the former
Old Jewish Cemetery in Riga on a monument erected in 2011 by the
U.S. Commission for the Preservation of America's Jewish Heritage
Abroad in cooperation with the Council of Jewish Communities in
Latvia:

"This is Riga's first Jewish cemetery. It was opened in 1725 and
burials continued here until the late 1930s. After German forces
occupied Riga in 1941, the prayer house and the mortuary were
burned down. The cemetery became a mass burial site for over 1,000
Jews killed in the streets and houses of the Riga Ghetto. Following
World War Two, many of the cemetery's tombstones were removed and
used as building material. Others deteriorated. The wall
surrounding the cemetery collapsed, and the site left uncared for
fell into disrepair. In the 1960s, the site was razed and renamed
"The Park of the Communist Brigades." In 1992, the park was renamed
"The Old Jewish Cemetery."

Barbara Hemmendinger


Latvia SIG #Latvia Latvia Jewish cemeteries #latvia

Barbara Hemmendinger
 

I, too, visited the Jewish cemetery in Liepaja (formerly Libau),
Latvia last year. While some 135 miles west of Riga, the Liepaja
Jewish cemetery contains many graves with Hebrew and German
inscriptions, which are listed on websites like JewishGen and in
JOWBR. In Riga itself, the main Jewish cemetery was used as a
mass burial site by the Nazis and desecrated by the Soviets. I
quote below >from the inscription at the entrance to the former
Old Jewish Cemetery in Riga on a monument erected in 2011 by the
U.S. Commission for the Preservation of America's Jewish Heritage
Abroad in cooperation with the Council of Jewish Communities in
Latvia:

"This is Riga's first Jewish cemetery. It was opened in 1725 and
burials continued here until the late 1930s. After German forces
occupied Riga in 1941, the prayer house and the mortuary were
burned down. The cemetery became a mass burial site for over 1,000
Jews killed in the streets and houses of the Riga Ghetto. Following
World War Two, many of the cemetery's tombstones were removed and
used as building material. Others deteriorated. The wall
surrounding the cemetery collapsed, and the site left uncared for
fell into disrepair. In the 1960s, the site was razed and renamed
"The Park of the Communist Brigades." In 1992, the park was renamed
"The Old Jewish Cemetery."

Barbara Hemmendinger


Brick wall in Butrimonys #lithuania

David Ellis
 

I'm looking for help with a brick wall in the town of Butrimonys.

The 1858 Revision List shows my gg-gf Yaker SIROTA (son of Abram) and his
family: his wife Sorka and five children: Movsha, Rivka, Libka, Chana and
my g-gm Chava.

The 1850 Revision List shows Yaker and Sorka with three daughters: Rokhka,
Rivka and Minka.

The 1834 Revision List shows Yaker with a previous wife Elka and no
children. The note says they were previously recorded in the 1818
Additional Revision List.

There is no sign of Yaker, Sorka, Elka or Abram in the 1816 Revision List,
and the archivist at the Lithuania State Historical Archive in Vilnius says
that the 1818 document is "not to be found in the archive".

So I haven't been able to find my gg-gm Sorka's maiden name or any
information about her parents.

Help is welcome. Please reply to my e-mail address below.

Thanks very much!

------
David J Ellis
Natick, MA 01760
djemkitso@verizon.net


Lithuania SIG #Lithuania Brick wall in Butrimonys #lithuania

David Ellis
 

I'm looking for help with a brick wall in the town of Butrimonys.

The 1858 Revision List shows my gg-gf Yaker SIROTA (son of Abram) and his
family: his wife Sorka and five children: Movsha, Rivka, Libka, Chana and
my g-gm Chava.

The 1850 Revision List shows Yaker and Sorka with three daughters: Rokhka,
Rivka and Minka.

The 1834 Revision List shows Yaker with a previous wife Elka and no
children. The note says they were previously recorded in the 1818
Additional Revision List.

There is no sign of Yaker, Sorka, Elka or Abram in the 1816 Revision List,
and the archivist at the Lithuania State Historical Archive in Vilnius says
that the 1818 document is "not to be found in the archive".

So I haven't been able to find my gg-gm Sorka's maiden name or any
information about her parents.

Help is welcome. Please reply to my e-mail address below.

Thanks very much!

------
David J Ellis
Natick, MA 01760
djemkitso@verizon.net


Finding southern Polish army registration records #galicia

Jessica Skippon <jskippon@...>
 

The Austrian Kreigsarchiv returned the Galician army registrations -
the "Grundbuchblaetter" - registration sheets according to territorial
recruiting districts or countries (1868-1918). All males were required
to register when they turned 18, and I believe the Jewish boys had been
exempt but when citizenship was granted in the 19th century, it included
army registration.

After WWI, Austria was required to return records to the home archives
of those who were no longer citizens, in this case, Poland. I have been
looking for the registrations of my grandmother's brothers and cousins,
who were born in Andrychow, Wadowice district, between Krakow and
Bielsko Biala.

The records are not in Warsaw or in Katowice. The other archives are
very slow to respond and I am travelling there in May. Does anyone
have experience of finding these records in Polish archives? If so, how
local were they?

Side note to those who would like further photographs of Andrychow
graves, please get in touch with me privately and I'll do my best.

Jessica Skippon
Jskipon@outlook.com
London
Researching: Schanzer, Birn, Borger, Jachzel, Glucksmann, Waldner


Gesher Galicia SIG #Galicia Finding southern Polish army registration records #galicia

Jessica Skippon <jskippon@...>
 

The Austrian Kreigsarchiv returned the Galician army registrations -
the "Grundbuchblaetter" - registration sheets according to territorial
recruiting districts or countries (1868-1918). All males were required
to register when they turned 18, and I believe the Jewish boys had been
exempt but when citizenship was granted in the 19th century, it included
army registration.

After WWI, Austria was required to return records to the home archives
of those who were no longer citizens, in this case, Poland. I have been
looking for the registrations of my grandmother's brothers and cousins,
who were born in Andrychow, Wadowice district, between Krakow and
Bielsko Biala.

The records are not in Warsaw or in Katowice. The other archives are
very slow to respond and I am travelling there in May. Does anyone
have experience of finding these records in Polish archives? If so, how
local were they?

Side note to those who would like further photographs of Andrychow
graves, please get in touch with me privately and I'll do my best.

Jessica Skippon
Jskipon@outlook.com
London
Researching: Schanzer, Birn, Borger, Jachzel, Glucksmann, Waldner


EISENSTEIN family of Salanty, Lithuania #rabbinic

Josephine Levin <josephine9762@...>
 

Searching for descendants or information about the EISENSTEIN halevi
family >from Salanty, Lithuania. Rabbi Yakov Yokel halevi Eisenstein
was a descendant of the SHeLA, Rabbi Yeshaya halevi Ish Horowitz. Does
anyone know how the Eisenstein Leviim were descended >from Rabbi
Yeshaya halevi Ish Horowitz?

Chag Pesach kasher v'sameach
Sandra Josephine Levin - Jerusalem

Researching: Bishka, Eisenstein, Ginsberg, Goldstein, Harif (Maginei
Shlomo), Ish Horowitz, Isserles, Lipkin, Lurie, Mirkis, Margoliot/s,
Natas, Rittenberg, Rokeach (Ma'asei Rokeach), Rotzker, Ticktin,
Tyckocinski

MODERATOR NOTE: Please send contact information privately.


Rabbinic Genealogy SIG #Rabbinic EISENSTEIN family of Salanty, Lithuania #rabbinic

Josephine Levin <josephine9762@...>
 

Searching for descendants or information about the EISENSTEIN halevi
family >from Salanty, Lithuania. Rabbi Yakov Yokel halevi Eisenstein
was a descendant of the SHeLA, Rabbi Yeshaya halevi Ish Horowitz. Does
anyone know how the Eisenstein Leviim were descended >from Rabbi
Yeshaya halevi Ish Horowitz?

Chag Pesach kasher v'sameach
Sandra Josephine Levin - Jerusalem

Researching: Bishka, Eisenstein, Ginsberg, Goldstein, Harif (Maginei
Shlomo), Ish Horowitz, Isserles, Lipkin, Lurie, Mirkis, Margoliot/s,
Natas, Rittenberg, Rokeach (Ma'asei Rokeach), Rotzker, Ticktin,
Tyckocinski

MODERATOR NOTE: Please send contact information privately.


Reclaim the Records founder to Address JGS Cleveland #general

Sylvia Abrams <sylvia.abrams@...>
 

Reclaim the Records founder to Address JGS Cleveland

Brooke Schreier Ganz, founder of Reclaim the Records, a not-for-profit
group that files Freedom of Information requests to get public data
released back into the public domain, will present via webinar at the
Wednesday, April 5th meeting of the Jewish Genealogy Society of
Cleveland. Its goal is to get these record sets put online for free, for everyone.

Reclaim The Records' first request was an attempt to gain access under
the New York State Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) to an index of
some old marriage documents that were stored only in the New York City
Municipal Archives in lower Manhattan. It won this case and the 48
microfilms, which yielded nearly 80,000 scanned images and about
450,000 names, are now online and free for public use.
https://archive.org/details/nycmarriageindex

Ms. Schreier Ganz, former Vice President of Gesher Galicia, designed
and built their website including its innovative All Galicia Database.
She lives in California.

The Jewish Genealogy Society of Cleveland meets on the first Wednesday
evening of the month starting at 7:30 PM in the Miller Board Room at
Menorah Park, 27100 Cedar Road, Beachwood. Board members are
available at a Help Desk >from 7:00 PM to assist with individual
research questions. Guests are welcome. RSVP to:
Programming@ClevelandJGS.org.

Sylvia F. Abrams
1st Vice-President - Programming
Jewish Genealogy Society of Cleveland


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Reclaim the Records founder to Address JGS Cleveland #general

Sylvia Abrams <sylvia.abrams@...>
 

Reclaim the Records founder to Address JGS Cleveland

Brooke Schreier Ganz, founder of Reclaim the Records, a not-for-profit
group that files Freedom of Information requests to get public data
released back into the public domain, will present via webinar at the
Wednesday, April 5th meeting of the Jewish Genealogy Society of
Cleveland. Its goal is to get these record sets put online for free, for everyone.

Reclaim The Records' first request was an attempt to gain access under
the New York State Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) to an index of
some old marriage documents that were stored only in the New York City
Municipal Archives in lower Manhattan. It won this case and the 48
microfilms, which yielded nearly 80,000 scanned images and about
450,000 names, are now online and free for public use.
https://archive.org/details/nycmarriageindex

Ms. Schreier Ganz, former Vice President of Gesher Galicia, designed
and built their website including its innovative All Galicia Database.
She lives in California.

The Jewish Genealogy Society of Cleveland meets on the first Wednesday
evening of the month starting at 7:30 PM in the Miller Board Room at
Menorah Park, 27100 Cedar Road, Beachwood. Board members are
available at a Help Desk >from 7:00 PM to assist with individual
research questions. Guests are welcome. RSVP to:
Programming@ClevelandJGS.org.

Sylvia F. Abrams
1st Vice-President - Programming
Jewish Genealogy Society of Cleveland


Orlando Conference - Bessarabia/Moldova sessions #bessarabia

Yefim Kogan
 

Dear Bessarabian researchers,

You did not hear anything about Bessarabia/Moldova at the Orlando
conference, sorry I cannot be at the conference this year, but Inna and I
will run two sessions at the conference via Skype:

Bessarabia/Moldova Questions/Answers, 2:00-3:15pm, Wednesday, July 26
There are many complex questions of geography and history a genealogist,
whether a beginner or an expert, may encounter in the search for family records.
Questions may relate to archives, genealogical records, history, websites, etc.
for the region of Bessarabia/Moldova. Yefim Kogan and Inna Vayner are going to
lead this session.

Please submit written questions in advance to the moderator (yefimk@verizon.net).
We will choose questions that hold the most interest to the greatest number of
researchers. Audience at the session
will be invited to ask questions, too.

Please submit your questions, they will be answered at the session or personally.

Bessarabia SIG Meeting, 3:30-4:45pm, Wednesday, July 26
The meeting is open to anyone with roots or interest in the region
historically known as Bessarabia, an area now comprising the
Moldova Republic and parts of Ukraine. At the end of the 19th century
and before the War, Bessarabia had significant Jewish presence.

Here are the topics we are going to discuss at the meeting:
- Progress Report
- New Projects
- Agreement with Miriam Weiner
- Connections and agreement with FHL
- How Odessa Holocaust Museum helps us
- Current connection to Bessarabia/Moldova

All the best,
Inna Vayner, Yefim Kogan
JewishGen Bessarabia SIG Leaders and Coordinators


Bessarabia SIG #Bessarabia Orlando Conference - Bessarabia/Moldova sessions #bessarabia

Yefim Kogan
 

Dear Bessarabian researchers,

You did not hear anything about Bessarabia/Moldova at the Orlando
conference, sorry I cannot be at the conference this year, but Inna and I
will run two sessions at the conference via Skype:

Bessarabia/Moldova Questions/Answers, 2:00-3:15pm, Wednesday, July 26
There are many complex questions of geography and history a genealogist,
whether a beginner or an expert, may encounter in the search for family records.
Questions may relate to archives, genealogical records, history, websites, etc.
for the region of Bessarabia/Moldova. Yefim Kogan and Inna Vayner are going to
lead this session.

Please submit written questions in advance to the moderator (yefimk@verizon.net).
We will choose questions that hold the most interest to the greatest number of
researchers. Audience at the session
will be invited to ask questions, too.

Please submit your questions, they will be answered at the session or personally.

Bessarabia SIG Meeting, 3:30-4:45pm, Wednesday, July 26
The meeting is open to anyone with roots or interest in the region
historically known as Bessarabia, an area now comprising the
Moldova Republic and parts of Ukraine. At the end of the 19th century
and before the War, Bessarabia had significant Jewish presence.

Here are the topics we are going to discuss at the meeting:
- Progress Report
- New Projects
- Agreement with Miriam Weiner
- Connections and agreement with FHL
- How Odessa Holocaust Museum helps us
- Current connection to Bessarabia/Moldova

All the best,
Inna Vayner, Yefim Kogan
JewishGen Bessarabia SIG Leaders and Coordinators


Phoenix Jewish Genealogy Group meeting - Sunday, April 2, 2017 #general

Emily Garber
 

The Phoenix Jewish Genealogy Group will hold its monthly meeting on
Sunday, April 2nd >from 1:00-3:00 PM at the Valley of the Sun Jewish
Community Center, 12701 N. Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85254 in room 102.

This month Emily Garber will do a short presentation on exploring
JewishGen InfoFiles. After that we will conduct a mentoring session
for those who would like to discuss their research challenges.

This meeting is free and open to all.

For further information, see our page on the Arizona Jewish Historical
Society website: https://www.azjhs.org/Genealogy.html

Emily Garber
Chair, Phoenix Jewish Genealogy Group


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Phoenix Jewish Genealogy Group meeting - Sunday, April 2, 2017 #general

Emily Garber
 

The Phoenix Jewish Genealogy Group will hold its monthly meeting on
Sunday, April 2nd >from 1:00-3:00 PM at the Valley of the Sun Jewish
Community Center, 12701 N. Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85254 in room 102.

This month Emily Garber will do a short presentation on exploring
JewishGen InfoFiles. After that we will conduct a mentoring session
for those who would like to discuss their research challenges.

This meeting is free and open to all.

For further information, see our page on the Arizona Jewish Historical
Society website: https://www.azjhs.org/Genealogy.html

Emily Garber
Chair, Phoenix Jewish Genealogy Group


ARONOVICI ancestors #romania

Susan Davis <susdavis@...>
 

Hello!

I am having no luck in finding records of my ARONOVICI relatives, who lived
in the city of Botosani in the 19th century (and maybe even earlier). My
great-grandfather was Carol ARONOVICI. He came to America at the end of the
19th century, through Canada. His parents' names were Julius and Pepe(Segala),
both >from Botosani. I believe Julius' father's name was Mikle and that he,
or his father, fled Odessa for Botosani, to avoid service in the Cossack Army.


If anyone has any information, I would greatly appreciate it.

Sincerely,
Susan Aronovici


Romania SIG #Romania ARONOVICI ancestors #romania

Susan Davis <susdavis@...>
 

Hello!

I am having no luck in finding records of my ARONOVICI relatives, who lived
in the city of Botosani in the 19th century (and maybe even earlier). My
great-grandfather was Carol ARONOVICI. He came to America at the end of the
19th century, through Canada. His parents' names were Julius and Pepe(Segala),
both >from Botosani. I believe Julius' father's name was Mikle and that he,
or his father, fled Odessa for Botosani, to avoid service in the Cossack Army.


If anyone has any information, I would greatly appreciate it.

Sincerely,
Susan Aronovici

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