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STERLING Surname Lodz Poland #lodz #poland

SMACKINNON@...
 

I was researching my family: Opa (Paul) STERLING. My mother (his
daughter) was born in Lodz, Poland and during the war (WW2) - since
they were German, fled to what then became American-occupied Germany.
According to my mother, they had to "prove" to the Nazis they were
German (she was an infant at the time and does not know what
this 'proof' consisted of). When they arrived in the United States,
she said that the Jewish people they met believed they were Jewish,
however, she insisted she was German. Her passport is stamped with the
Nazi swastika.

Family lore says that Paul STERLING was born a German-Czech (I
understand about changing of borders - etc). My Opa then moved(?) to
Lodz, Poland.

I guess I wonder - STERLING is a very unusual sounding "German"
surname. I wonder about the origin of the name (we are not Scottish!)-
could we possibly be of Jewish heritage (but converted to Christianity
for safety?, economics?)....

Any information - direction you could point me in would be greatly
appreciated.

Sharon MacKinnon


Lodz Area Research Group #Lodz #Poland STERLING Surname Lodz Poland #lodz #poland

SMACKINNON@...
 

I was researching my family: Opa (Paul) STERLING. My mother (his
daughter) was born in Lodz, Poland and during the war (WW2) - since
they were German, fled to what then became American-occupied Germany.
According to my mother, they had to "prove" to the Nazis they were
German (she was an infant at the time and does not know what
this 'proof' consisted of). When they arrived in the United States,
she said that the Jewish people they met believed they were Jewish,
however, she insisted she was German. Her passport is stamped with the
Nazi swastika.

Family lore says that Paul STERLING was born a German-Czech (I
understand about changing of borders - etc). My Opa then moved(?) to
Lodz, Poland.

I guess I wonder - STERLING is a very unusual sounding "German"
surname. I wonder about the origin of the name (we are not Scottish!)-
could we possibly be of Jewish heritage (but converted to Christianity
for safety?, economics?)....

Any information - direction you could point me in would be greatly
appreciated.

Sharon MacKinnon


NYC Synagogue Database circa 1939 with names of some rabbis #rabbinic

Judith27
 

For all of you who would like to be able to have a database of New
York City synagogues to search, you may be interested in knowing
about a NYC Synagogue Database based upon the 1939 WPA Project's
cataloguing of NYC Synagogues.

In 1939 the Federal Writers' Project of the Works Progress
Administration conducted a survey of all known houses of worship
in the United States, both Jewish and non-Jewish. The over 2000
synagogue listings for New York City reside on five rolls of
microfilm at the New York City Municipal Archives as Microfilm
#'s (M.N.) 21318-21322, Roll #'s 319-323.

Ada Green and Judi Langer-Surnamer Caplan have completed extracting
a great deal of the data available about all the synagogues in all
five NYC boroughs catalogued in this circa 1939 survey.

The resulting Excell spreadsheet is now available as a finding aid on
the two public computers at the NYC Municipal Archives.

In addition, this shul database will also be available for searching
on the computers in the Resource Room at the 26th IAJGS Conference.

The database field headings include: Form #, Card #, Roll #, Year
Organized, Name of Organization, Alternate Names and English
Translation, Street Number and Street, Location in Borough, Borough,
and Comments.

As each then existing NYC synagogue was given a Synagogue Records
Form containing 14 questions, under "comments" there are various
details that might show up such as the names of the rabbis, the
educational training of the rabbis or their affilaition, the
consolidation and/or dissolution of synagogues and minyanim, the
physical appearance of buildings, the cemeteries where synagogues
had burial plots, and histories of the synagogues, including former
addresses.

For more a detailed overview of the database with examples please
visit the Online Introduction to this NYC Shul database at
http://home.att.net/%7Elandsmanshaft/wpaform.htm

We all owe a great debt to the hard-working, dedicated people who
were the field researchers back in the late 1930s and early 1940s
who were involved in this WPA project surveying New York City
synagogues including: Harold Albaum, Joe Eisinger, Samuel Gerson,
William Gubin, Milton Hirsch, Bernard Kasper, Elsie Katz, Ellis
Kramer, Morris Levine, M. Portner, Doris Radzyner, William Rubin,
Celia Rogow, Beatrice Schwartz, Max Simon, Harry Sohn, Yakov Tarle,
and Helen Zuckerman. Without their valiant efforts we would not have
the wealth of material we now have today to draw upon in this
database.

Shalom,
Judi Langer-Surnamer Caplan and Ada Green


Rabbinic Genealogy SIG #Rabbinic NYC Synagogue Database circa 1939 with names of some rabbis #rabbinic

Judith27
 

For all of you who would like to be able to have a database of New
York City synagogues to search, you may be interested in knowing
about a NYC Synagogue Database based upon the 1939 WPA Project's
cataloguing of NYC Synagogues.

In 1939 the Federal Writers' Project of the Works Progress
Administration conducted a survey of all known houses of worship
in the United States, both Jewish and non-Jewish. The over 2000
synagogue listings for New York City reside on five rolls of
microfilm at the New York City Municipal Archives as Microfilm
#'s (M.N.) 21318-21322, Roll #'s 319-323.

Ada Green and Judi Langer-Surnamer Caplan have completed extracting
a great deal of the data available about all the synagogues in all
five NYC boroughs catalogued in this circa 1939 survey.

The resulting Excell spreadsheet is now available as a finding aid on
the two public computers at the NYC Municipal Archives.

In addition, this shul database will also be available for searching
on the computers in the Resource Room at the 26th IAJGS Conference.

The database field headings include: Form #, Card #, Roll #, Year
Organized, Name of Organization, Alternate Names and English
Translation, Street Number and Street, Location in Borough, Borough,
and Comments.

As each then existing NYC synagogue was given a Synagogue Records
Form containing 14 questions, under "comments" there are various
details that might show up such as the names of the rabbis, the
educational training of the rabbis or their affilaition, the
consolidation and/or dissolution of synagogues and minyanim, the
physical appearance of buildings, the cemeteries where synagogues
had burial plots, and histories of the synagogues, including former
addresses.

For more a detailed overview of the database with examples please
visit the Online Introduction to this NYC Shul database at
http://home.att.net/%7Elandsmanshaft/wpaform.htm

We all owe a great debt to the hard-working, dedicated people who
were the field researchers back in the late 1930s and early 1940s
who were involved in this WPA project surveying New York City
synagogues including: Harold Albaum, Joe Eisinger, Samuel Gerson,
William Gubin, Milton Hirsch, Bernard Kasper, Elsie Katz, Ellis
Kramer, Morris Levine, M. Portner, Doris Radzyner, William Rubin,
Celia Rogow, Beatrice Schwartz, Max Simon, Harry Sohn, Yakov Tarle,
and Helen Zuckerman. Without their valiant efforts we would not have
the wealth of material we now have today to draw upon in this
database.

Shalom,
Judi Langer-Surnamer Caplan and Ada Green


"Tracing the Tribe" Blog #ukraine

Gloria Berkenstat Freund
 

Schelly Talalay Dardashti is now writing a Jewish genealogy blog called
"Tracing the Tribe."

Its start date was selected to lead up to and cover the 26th IAJGS
International Conference on Jewish Genealogy.

Schelly will interview speakers and conference attendees, and report on
events, innovations and resources.

Find it at http://tracingthetribe.blogspot.com.

Schelly was requested to begin this new venture by JTA (Jewish Telegraphic
Agency), www.jta.org, and it is the first blog to be associated with the
news agency.

For more information on the Conference, visit www.jgsny2006.org.

Gloria Berkenstat Freund
26th IAJGS Conference Program Committee Chair
<glory1@RCN.COM>


Ukraine SIG #Ukraine "Tracing the Tribe" Blog #ukraine

Gloria Berkenstat Freund
 

Schelly Talalay Dardashti is now writing a Jewish genealogy blog called
"Tracing the Tribe."

Its start date was selected to lead up to and cover the 26th IAJGS
International Conference on Jewish Genealogy.

Schelly will interview speakers and conference attendees, and report on
events, innovations and resources.

Find it at http://tracingthetribe.blogspot.com.

Schelly was requested to begin this new venture by JTA (Jewish Telegraphic
Agency), www.jta.org, and it is the first blog to be associated with the
news agency.

For more information on the Conference, visit www.jgsny2006.org.

Gloria Berkenstat Freund
26th IAJGS Conference Program Committee Chair
<glory1@RCN.COM>


Former street name in Riga #latvia

Arlene Beare <arl@...>
 

I contacted the Archives for you and this was the reply.
Arlene Beare
UK

The street name in Riga is Kr. Valdemara.
Nobody of the SALKIND family lived in that street before the War.

In Liepaja. Nikolai Street is now Republikas Street

Original message---------------

Subject: former street name in riga and liepaja (libau0
From: "Prof Salkind" <malvin.salkind@btopenworld.com>
Does anyone know of a street in Riga or Liepaja named Nicolai Strasse.
It is where my grandfather Moshe SALKIND lived before he and my family
were shot in Riga.

Many thanks,

Mal Salkind
malvin.salkind@btopenworld.com


Latvia SIG #Latvia Former street name in Riga #latvia

Arlene Beare <arl@...>
 

I contacted the Archives for you and this was the reply.
Arlene Beare
UK

The street name in Riga is Kr. Valdemara.
Nobody of the SALKIND family lived in that street before the War.

In Liepaja. Nikolai Street is now Republikas Street

Original message---------------

Subject: former street name in riga and liepaja (libau0
From: "Prof Salkind" <malvin.salkind@btopenworld.com>
Does anyone know of a street in Riga or Liepaja named Nicolai Strasse.
It is where my grandfather Moshe SALKIND lived before he and my family
were shot in Riga.

Many thanks,

Mal Salkind
malvin.salkind@btopenworld.com


Danzigers buried in Mauritius #danzig #gdansk #germany #poland

Logan J. Kleinwaks
 

As has been discussed on this mailing list, many Danzigers trying to reach
Palestine were detained in Mauritius during 1940-1945. 127 of the
detainees, including Danzigers, never left the island and are buried in the
St. Martin Jewish Cemetery in Bambous. Henry Wellisch has transcribed data
about them >from the book "The Mauritian Shekel: The Story of the Jewish
Detainees in Mauritius, 1940-1945," by Genevieve Pitot (Port Louis,
Mauritius: Editions Vizavi, 1998), and this is now available online as part
of the JewishGen Online World Burial Registry (JOWBR) at
http://www.jewishgen.org/databases/Cemetery/. If you include "Town Is
Exactly Mauritius" in your JOWBR search, you will be searching this
information.

The surnames of the deceased identified as coming >from Danzig are:

FELD
FLATOW
FRIED
FRIEDMANN
HEYMANN
KOHN
KURNIK
LINDENBAUM
MICHELSON
REPINSKY
WARTSKI
WILDORF

It is possible that some identified only with "Germany" had Danzig
connections.

Please note that, in JOWBR, the field labelled "Place of Birth" should,
instead, be understood to be "Country of Origin."

For most of the deceased, the age at death, date of burial, and plot
location are also recorded.

Thanks very much to Henry for doing the data entry, to Owen Griffiths of
Mauritius for granting permission for us to place it online, and to Joyce
Field and Nolan Altman of JOWBR for incorporating the data into the
every-expanding database of Jewish burials (to which I expect the Danzig SIG
will contribute greatly, as we have access to information about thousands of
burials in Danzig, through our FHL and CAHJP projects, which you can read
about in the Projects section of our website).

Let us not forget the many wartime stories of flight and survival. If you
are related to one of the detainees >from Danzig, please contact me if you
would like to share his/her/your story on our website.

Best regards,

Logan Kleinwaks
Coordinator, JewishGen Danzig/Gdansk SIG
kleinwaks@alumni.princeton.edu
near Washington, D.C.


Danzig/Gedansk SIG #Danzig #Gdansk #Germany #Poland Danzigers buried in Mauritius #poland #danzig #gdansk #germany

Logan J. Kleinwaks
 

As has been discussed on this mailing list, many Danzigers trying to reach
Palestine were detained in Mauritius during 1940-1945. 127 of the
detainees, including Danzigers, never left the island and are buried in the
St. Martin Jewish Cemetery in Bambous. Henry Wellisch has transcribed data
about them >from the book "The Mauritian Shekel: The Story of the Jewish
Detainees in Mauritius, 1940-1945," by Genevieve Pitot (Port Louis,
Mauritius: Editions Vizavi, 1998), and this is now available online as part
of the JewishGen Online World Burial Registry (JOWBR) at
http://www.jewishgen.org/databases/Cemetery/. If you include "Town Is
Exactly Mauritius" in your JOWBR search, you will be searching this
information.

The surnames of the deceased identified as coming >from Danzig are:

FELD
FLATOW
FRIED
FRIEDMANN
HEYMANN
KOHN
KURNIK
LINDENBAUM
MICHELSON
REPINSKY
WARTSKI
WILDORF

It is possible that some identified only with "Germany" had Danzig
connections.

Please note that, in JOWBR, the field labelled "Place of Birth" should,
instead, be understood to be "Country of Origin."

For most of the deceased, the age at death, date of burial, and plot
location are also recorded.

Thanks very much to Henry for doing the data entry, to Owen Griffiths of
Mauritius for granting permission for us to place it online, and to Joyce
Field and Nolan Altman of JOWBR for incorporating the data into the
every-expanding database of Jewish burials (to which I expect the Danzig SIG
will contribute greatly, as we have access to information about thousands of
burials in Danzig, through our FHL and CAHJP projects, which you can read
about in the Projects section of our website).

Let us not forget the many wartime stories of flight and survival. If you
are related to one of the detainees >from Danzig, please contact me if you
would like to share his/her/your story on our website.

Best regards,

Logan Kleinwaks
Coordinator, JewishGen Danzig/Gdansk SIG
kleinwaks@alumni.princeton.edu
near Washington, D.C.


JOFFE #latvia

Robin Joffe <jofferobin@...>
 

Hi

Still trying to find anyone who might have known Nathan JOFFE.
His mother was Fried and Father David. Born around 1892.
Left >from Riga Dec.15 1909 on the Ship Birma >from Libau.

Thanks
Robin Joffe
jofferobin@yahoo.com


Latvia SIG #Latvia JOFFE #latvia

Robin Joffe <jofferobin@...>
 

Hi

Still trying to find anyone who might have known Nathan JOFFE.
His mother was Fried and Father David. Born around 1892.
Left >from Riga Dec.15 1909 on the Ship Birma >from Libau.

Thanks
Robin Joffe
jofferobin@yahoo.com


"Tracing the Tribe" blog #germany

GerSig@...
 

Schelly Talalay Dardashti is now writing a Jewish genealogy blog called
"Tracing the Tribe."

Its start date was selected to lead up to and cover the 26th IAJGS
International Conference on Jewish Genealogy.

Schelly will interview speakers and conference attendees, and report on
events, innovations and resources.

Find it at http://tracingthetribe.blogspot.com.

Schelly was requested to begin this new venture by JTA (Jewish Telegraphic Agency)
www.jta.org
and it is the first blog to be associated with the news agency.

For more information on the Conference, visit www.jgsny2006.org.

Gloria Berkenstat Freund Reply only to: <glory1@RCN.COM>
26th IAJGS Conference Program Committee Chair


German SIG #Germany "Tracing the Tribe" blog #germany

GerSig@...
 

Schelly Talalay Dardashti is now writing a Jewish genealogy blog called
"Tracing the Tribe."

Its start date was selected to lead up to and cover the 26th IAJGS
International Conference on Jewish Genealogy.

Schelly will interview speakers and conference attendees, and report on
events, innovations and resources.

Find it at http://tracingthetribe.blogspot.com.

Schelly was requested to begin this new venture by JTA (Jewish Telegraphic Agency)
www.jta.org
and it is the first blog to be associated with the news agency.

For more information on the Conference, visit www.jgsny2006.org.

Gloria Berkenstat Freund Reply only to: <glory1@RCN.COM>
26th IAJGS Conference Program Committee Chair


1784 Census of the Jews of Alsace #germany

B. Frederics <picturethisfilm@...>
 

Hi Siggers,
Is anyone familiar with the Index to the 1784 Census of the Jews of Alsace?
Does anyone have it or know where I can view it or get a copy?
Thanks in advance. Regards,

Bonnie Frederics Tucson, AZ picturethisfilm@email.com


German SIG #Germany 1784 Census of the Jews of Alsace #germany

B. Frederics <picturethisfilm@...>
 

Hi Siggers,
Is anyone familiar with the Index to the 1784 Census of the Jews of Alsace?
Does anyone have it or know where I can view it or get a copy?
Thanks in advance. Regards,

Bonnie Frederics Tucson, AZ picturethisfilm@email.com


Dr Wolff from Breslau 1870's #germany

Geoff Kaiser <geoff.kaiser@...>
 

Dear Researchers,

I have some information that has indicated that a Dr WOLFF (given name
unknown) in my family tree was appraently the Physician to Auguste Viktoria
the wife of Kaiser Wilhelm II before she married him. This was presumably
in the 1870's.

Dr WOLFF had a sister Johanna and their parents may have been Isaac WOLFF
and Hanne NATHAN.

Does any one have any suggestions for how I could gain further information
that could support or otherwise this family anecdote. Also contact >from any
one that thinks they may have a connection to either this WOLFF or NATHAN
line would be appreciated. Many thanks

Geoff Kaiser Melbourne - Australia <geoff.kaiser@hotmail.com>


German SIG #Germany Dr Wolff from Breslau 1870's #germany

Geoff Kaiser <geoff.kaiser@...>
 

Dear Researchers,

I have some information that has indicated that a Dr WOLFF (given name
unknown) in my family tree was appraently the Physician to Auguste Viktoria
the wife of Kaiser Wilhelm II before she married him. This was presumably
in the 1870's.

Dr WOLFF had a sister Johanna and their parents may have been Isaac WOLFF
and Hanne NATHAN.

Does any one have any suggestions for how I could gain further information
that could support or otherwise this family anecdote. Also contact >from any
one that thinks they may have a connection to either this WOLFF or NATHAN
line would be appreciated. Many thanks

Geoff Kaiser Melbourne - Australia <geoff.kaiser@hotmail.com>


Russian speaking Prussian ancestors #poland

Steve Levy <jtlevy1@...>
 

I am presently trying to compile information on my grandparents JACOB LEVI
(1843-1898)and HANNAH LEVI(SHERESHEVSKY) (abt 1847-1934) who emigrated >from
Prussia to America in 1875. They had 3 children born in Prussia (Amelia b.
1864, Herman b.1868,and Fannie b.1869) and 3 children born in
America/Chicago (Mose 1875-1923, Mena 1876-1946, and Michael b. 1878). The
family initially settled in Chicago, but moved to St Paul/Minneapolis
between 1880-1890, where they lived for many years.

Although I am still searching for information on Jacobs's father, Hannah's
father was MOSES SHERESHEVSKY and her mother was Anna, both >from Prussia.

The early family members listed homes as Prussia, however they all spoke
Russian and after 1900 listed Russia rather than Prussia as their homeland
on census documents.

I am not sure if this narrows down their area of homeland or not-I would
appreciate any information on location of Russian speaking portion of
Prussia or any guidance on how to gather more data on earlier Levi or
Shereshevesky relatives in Prussia.

Also have been unable to find any immigration records for Chicago around
1875-are these available ??

Thanks in advance for any assistance
Steve Levy
jtlevy1@earthlink.net
bonita springs, florida


BialyGen: Bialystok Region #Bialystok #Poland Russian speaking Prussian ancestors #poland

Steve Levy <jtlevy1@...>
 

I am presently trying to compile information on my grandparents JACOB LEVI
(1843-1898)and HANNAH LEVI(SHERESHEVSKY) (abt 1847-1934) who emigrated >from
Prussia to America in 1875. They had 3 children born in Prussia (Amelia b.
1864, Herman b.1868,and Fannie b.1869) and 3 children born in
America/Chicago (Mose 1875-1923, Mena 1876-1946, and Michael b. 1878). The
family initially settled in Chicago, but moved to St Paul/Minneapolis
between 1880-1890, where they lived for many years.

Although I am still searching for information on Jacobs's father, Hannah's
father was MOSES SHERESHEVSKY and her mother was Anna, both >from Prussia.

The early family members listed homes as Prussia, however they all spoke
Russian and after 1900 listed Russia rather than Prussia as their homeland
on census documents.

I am not sure if this narrows down their area of homeland or not-I would
appreciate any information on location of Russian speaking portion of
Prussia or any guidance on how to gather more data on earlier Levi or
Shereshevesky relatives in Prussia.

Also have been unable to find any immigration records for Chicago around
1875-are these available ??

Thanks in advance for any assistance
Steve Levy
jtlevy1@earthlink.net
bonita springs, florida