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Family Names at end of e-mails?

Kenneth Packer
 

I noticed that the e-mails in this new format, which I like, do not have lists of family names that members are looking for.  Didn't we have that in the old format?  It was very helpful in finding possible cousin matches from people we have not talked to before.  Or am I confusing that with geographic sig e-mails?
Ken Packer


Re: Aleph Yud - what does it mean?

Debbie Lifshitz
 

If the acronym was in the census, it stands for Eretz Yisrael, or Land of Israel.
During the British Mandate (1917 -1948), Jews were allowed to refer to Palestine as Eretz Yisrael. 1932 would fall into that period.
Hope this helps,
Debbie Lifschitz
Jerusalem


BADER Emma

Amit N
 

Dear all,

I am trying to crack open a black hole, with no luck so far.
My grandmother's uncle was married to a woman who according to the
family knowledge took her life at some point. I have succeeded to find
her maiden name this week. She was Dr. SPITZER Istvanne Szul BADER
Emma.
I can tell they were married before 1900, and that she died sometime
between 1910's-1930's. They lived in Sombor (Zombor in Hungarian,
nowadays Serbia).
I thought that such a case would appear on newspapers, but couldn't
find anything in Hungaricana.hu. I don't read Hungarian, so that's
another impediment...A JewishGen search also did not show results.
Do you have any idea on how to break this wall and find some
information about her and her untimely death?

Thank you all,
Amit Naor
Israel


New records online: the New York City *Geographic* Birth Index, late 19th and early 20th century, from Reclaim The Records

Asparagirl
 

Hello again from Reclaim The Records!

We've just released the first-ever online copy of the New York City
*Geographic* Birth Index. It's a new tool to help find people born in
New York City in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries,
especially if their birth records had spelling variants or poor
handwriting.

This record set is an index to all births in New York City from
roughly 1880-1912 (or 1917-ish in some cases outside of Manhattan).
But unlike a typical birth index arranged by surname or by date, this
one is arranged by the child's place of birth, the actual exact street
address.

We think there's about 2.8 million names in here, maybe more, in over
half a million images. They've never been available outside of New
York City before. And now they're all online, and all free!

Read all about it in our latest newsletter:
https://mailchi.mp/reclaimtherecords/introducing-the-new-york-city-geographic-birth-index

But you can also jump right to the records themselves, which are
available online at the Internet Archive:
https://archive.org/details/nycgeobirthindex
(Note that you can even download some or all of the half a million
images from the Internet Archive, if you really want -- although the
.zip files are pretty big!)

And the records are also online at FamilySearch:
https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/3023263?availability=Family%20History%20Library
And that's because FamilySearch generously donated the microfilm
scanning work for us again -- thank you, FamilySearch!

So if you already know the address of a New York City family from
another source, such as a census record (US Federal Census, New York
State Census, or the 1890 New York City "Police Census") or a city
directory or a vital record, go check that same address through the
years to see if any other kids with a similar surname were born at
that address, too. You might find some previously-unknown births where
the names might have been misspelled or mistranscribed in the
"regular" New York City birth index. Check out our newsletter, linked
above, to see an example of what we mean.

Reclaim The Records is a 501(c)3 non-profit, independent from
JewishGen, but we appreciate their letting us use this lovely new
discussion group to mention some of our ongoing activities. ;-)

To learn more about Reclaim The Records, and the kinds of work we do
to acquire new historical records and put them online for free public
use -- sometimes with the help of Freedom of Information lawsuits that
we file against government agencies, archives, and libraries -- please
check out our website:
https://www.ReclaimTheRecords.org/

Special shout-out to Jewish/NYC genealogist Jordan Auslander, who
first alerted us to the existence of the microfilm records at the New
York City Municipal Archives -- at an IAJGS conference session he
presented a few years ago.


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


Re: New site/app for searching graves in Israel #israel

Werner Hirsch
 

Thank you very much for this post, I was able to find the graves of several of my family members.  I did put in the names that I was looking for in English, and it found them even though there was only a Hebrew name on the stone.  So, I would guess that the site does, at least,some conversion from English to Hebrew.j


Re: Need Help Locating Marriage Certificate in Maryland

jbonline1111@...
 

I've had good luck with naturalization papers and death certificates. I think the former are more likely to be accurate than the latter.  Please remember that many people didn't know their exact birth date but were told they were born at Passover, such and such year, as my grandfather was.  My mother and her siblings "gave" my grandfather a birth date so they could celebrate.


Re: who are or where is Bialostoker #poland

Mark Halpern
 

dsyner@... asks about Bialostoker in Detroit

A Bialystoker is a person with roots in Bialystok. My mother was born in Bialystok, so I call myself a Bialystoker. See https://kehilalinks.jewishgen.org/BialyGen/ for more about Bialystok. 

Jewish Records Indexing - Poland www.jri-poland.org has indexed all the available Jewish vital records for the city of Bialystok from 1835 through 1905. These indices are all included in the JRI-Poland database https://www.jri-poland.org/jriplweb.htm. Search SYNER or ZINER using Soundex and set Geographical region to Grodno Gubernia. There are some surnames in the results but none spelled either SYNER or ZINER. If you do not find any names of interest, maybe your Bialystoker family comes from a nearby town. 

You should search all the lists and surname indices on the BialyGen website  https://kehilalinks.jewishgen.org/BialyGen/.

If your family does not show up in any of these lists/databases, you need to look at US documents such as Naturalization papers and Passenger Lists to hopefully find the town your family came from.

Best of luck,
Mark Halpern


Re: who are or where is Bialostoker #poland

Wlodek Matuszewski
 

Hi,
I guess it is about Bialystok a big town in Poland (now at the eastern part of the country) with a big Jewish population before IIWW. So it looks like your grandfather was a President of Bialystok.

Best regards
Wlodek Matuszewski


Re: who are or where is Bialostoker #poland

Jane Foss
 

In lower Manhattan..east side...cant recall exact name of that building..i think it s on Grand St. There was also a bialystoker benevolent Society



searching for cousins

Deanna Levinsky
 

I am looking for relatives who came from Kursk, Russia. Last name Grosnowitz/Grosnowicz
First names were Berel/Benjamin, Rose and Belkie/Bertha. They lived on New Jersey Ave, Brooklyn, NY
Rose married Mr. Canon Simon and they had one son.
--
Deanna M. Levinsky, Long Island, NY


Re: Date of Birth input into databases

Marion Werle
 

Currently, JewishGen (or LitvakSIG) databases are not searchable by birth year, let alone birthdate, nor are birth records complete, or even available, for every Litvak town. You should also be aware that any birthdates supplied by immigrants in the locale where they settled are not necessary accurate. All immigrants ultimately took an official birthdate, which may or may not reflect when they were actually born. In many cases, they may not even have known - maybe an approximate date and proximity to a holiday (Pesach, Purim, Shavuot). Unless you can actually find a birth record, you will be lucky to figure out the year of birth (perhaps from a revision list or marriage record, although there was also incentive to lie on revision lists, especially for males of draft age).

Marion Werle
<canadagenes@...>
Sent from my Samsung Galaxy Tab

--
Marion Werle
<canadagenes@...>


"The Lost Names of Lithuania" #lithuania

Merle Kastner <merlebk18@...>
 

Pointed out to us by Judy Clare:

"The Lost Names of Lithuania"
https://vimeo.com/369375187

Merle Kastner
JGS of Montreal
~~~~~~~~~~~~~


Lithuania SIG #Lithuania "The Lost Names of Lithuania" #lithuania

Merle Kastner <merlebk18@...>
 

Pointed out to us by Judy Clare:

"The Lost Names of Lithuania"
https://vimeo.com/369375187

Merle Kastner
JGS of Montreal
~~~~~~~~~~~~~


ViewMate: Translation from LITHUANIAN request #lithuania

Ilan Ganot
 

Dear LitvakSig members,
I have just received >from the Lithuanian Historical Archives in Vilna
documents concerning my family.

I kindly request your support in translating relevant part of the
following documents, recently uploaded to the ViewMate:

VM75698: http://www.jewishgen.org/viewmate/viewmateview.asp?key=VM75698
(page heading and Line 797 only)

VM75699: http://www.jewishgen.org/viewmate/viewmateview.asp?key=VM75699
(page heading and Line 552 only)

VM75700: http://www.jewishgen.org/viewmate/viewmateview.asp?key=VM75700
(handwritten text & original stamps)

Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page.
Thank you very much.

Ilan GANOT
Researching: ITING, TUCH, KURS >from Mazeikiai and Zidikai
ilang12350@...


Lithuania SIG #Lithuania ViewMate: Translation from LITHUANIAN request #lithuania

Ilan Ganot
 

Dear LitvakSig members,
I have just received >from the Lithuanian Historical Archives in Vilna
documents concerning my family.

I kindly request your support in translating relevant part of the
following documents, recently uploaded to the ViewMate:

VM75698: http://www.jewishgen.org/viewmate/viewmateview.asp?key=VM75698
(page heading and Line 797 only)

VM75699: http://www.jewishgen.org/viewmate/viewmateview.asp?key=VM75699
(page heading and Line 552 only)

VM75700: http://www.jewishgen.org/viewmate/viewmateview.asp?key=VM75700
(handwritten text & original stamps)

Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page.
Thank you very much.

Ilan GANOT
Researching: ITING, TUCH, KURS >from Mazeikiai and Zidikai
ilang12350@...


ViewMate translation request - Yiddish on back of photo #poland

ssroth@...
 

Dear friends,
I'm hoping somebody can help me translate a Yiddish note on the back of a
postcard. It is on ViewMate at the following address:
http://www.jewishgen.org/viewmate/viewmateview.asp?key=VM75732
Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page.

Thank you so much.
Sheree Roth
Palo Alto, CA


JRI Poland #Poland ViewMate translation request - Yiddish on back of photo #poland

ssroth@...
 

Dear friends,
I'm hoping somebody can help me translate a Yiddish note on the back of a
postcard. It is on ViewMate at the following address:
http://www.jewishgen.org/viewmate/viewmateview.asp?key=VM75732
Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page.

Thank you so much.
Sheree Roth
Palo Alto, CA


Re: Need Help Locating Marriage Certificate in Maryland

Lewis, Megan
 

Dear Ellen,

Do you mean Elkton, MD in Cecil County?  

In Maryland, marriage records are held by the clerk for the county's circuit court.  Information for Cecil County is at https://mdcourts.gov/clerks/cecil/marriage

Elkton was known as an East Coast "Graetna Green" for eloping couples because it has been well connected by roads since Colonial times, is the Cecil County seat and is where MD, PA and DE meet, making it also convenient to NJ.


Regards,

Megan, native Marylander

Megan Lewis  Reference Librarian  202.314.7860
National Institute for Holocaust Documentation


Re: Date of Birth input into databases

Russ Maurer
 

Yes, this is easy to do using either the LitvakSIG "All Lithuania Database" (https://www.litvaksig.org/search-ald) or the JewishGen Lithuania Database (https://www.jewishgen.org/databases/Lithuania/), which searches the ALD and other records. Dates of birth in ALD birth records are formatted as DD/MM/YYYY; single-digit months and days are generally recorded without leading zeros. Dates of birth sometimes are found in other kinds of records such as census, marriage, or death records and there may be differences in the format, such as the use of hyphens instead of slashes, the presence of leading zeros, or the use of alpha months in place of numerical. It is important to recognize that "/" and "-" are not permissible in the search input and must be replaced by spaces.

Thus, for example, to search for a birthday of March 9, 1875, input "any field" "contains" "9 3 1875" and, to make sure you haven't missed anything, also try the following variations:
09 3 1875
09 03 1875
9 03 1875
9 mar 1875
09 mar 1875

The ALD contains over 244,000 birth records. Good luck!

Russ Maurer, Records Acquisition & Translation Coordinator, LitvakSIG


Division of Volhynia between the wars #ukraine

Marilyn Levinson
 

Dear Researchers

When I posted my question about the inter-war boundaries of Volhynia, I
received many emails asking me for further information if I found it. I received an excellent email with an
explanation and map, that I think goes a long way to
explaining the boundaries. The site referenced in the email is:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Volhynia. I hope
this link helps clarify some of the complexities of this geographical
situation.

Marilyn Levinson
Spring Lake NC


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