Date   

Re: Help Stop USCIS Genealogy Program Fee Hikes

Avraham Groll
 

Bob - 

Thank you for participating on the JewishGen.org Discussion Group. To clarify two points:

  1. JewishGen.org is offered as a free resource to the Jewish community. These forums, along with our archival collections, and informational resources, are offered at no charge. But we do ask that people help support our work, if they are in a position to do so. To learn more about getting involved with supporting our important work, please click here.
  2. The JewishGen.org Discussion Group is designed to bring Jewish genealogical researchers together and to help connect them with others who share a similar interest.  We encourage a diversity of opinions and do not censor posts that are related to Jewish Genealogy. Please note that JewishGen does not independently check the accuracy of information that is contributed/posted. Each member of the JewishGen Discussion Group, as a condition to be a Member, disclaims and releases JewishGen from any liability based on the use and posting of any information on this Discussion Group. 

I wish you all the best with your research. For any further questions, please contact support@....

Avraham Groll
Executive Director
JewishGen.org


Eilat Gordin Levitan

Neil Rosenstein
 

Trying to make contact with Eilat to get help on the Weinberg Dynasty of Slonim


Re: Deportations from France #france #holocaust

geoffrey
 

Thank you for this information. For those of us who do not speak French can these search pages be translated to English ?
Regards
Geoff Ackerman
Melbourne
Australia


Re: Grave at Washington Cemetery in Brooklyn

Richard
 

What name are you looking for


Re: Grave at Washington Cemetery in Brooklyn

Jacob Heisler
 

Hi Laurie,

I'd recommend you take a look at https://jewishdata.com/ They have a
ton of Jewish gravestone pictures, including of Washington Cemetery. I
should be clear that they don't have every single gravestone in the
cemetery. The website requires a subscription, but I have one and
would be more than happy to do a quick lookup for you and send you the
gravestone picture if they have your great-great-grandfather's
gravestone photograph.

From,
Jacob Heisler


On Sun, Nov 24, 2019 at 4:38 PM Laurie <1sociologist@...> wrote:

Hello JewishGenners,
After calling every cemetery in the Brooklyn/Queens area, I have
finally located the grave of my great great grandfather. He is buried
at Washington Cemetery in Brooklyn. The cemetery gave me a “possible”
location - post 403, row one, grave one - but warned that the “post”
might not be quite correct. I wondered if anyone in this group takes
regular trips out to this cemetery, and might be willing to help me
find the correct location of my great great grandfather’s grave and
take a picture. I have been searching for him for quite some time, so
this is very exciting! I wish I could go myself, but I am in
California.
Thank you so much!
Laurie Duchowny


Re: Help Stop USCIS Genealogy Program Fee Hikes

Bob Bloomberg
 

But JewishGen is the forum and platform on which this discussion is happening--unless you believe JewishGen supports the increases?

On Sun, Nov 24, 2019 at 5:08 PM Renée Carl <rkcarl@...> wrote:
JewishGen is not the advocate here. I am, along with other volunteers.

On Sun, Nov 24, 2019 at 5:06 PM Bob Bloomberg <rpbrpb2012@...> wrote:
>
> I was not addressing my comment to you, and I apologize if you took it that way..  I was pointing out the inconsistency of JewishGen advocating for lower fees when they charge an exorbitant amount to get current information.
>
> On Sun, Nov 24, 2019 at 5:01 PM Renée Carl <rkcarl@...> wrote:
>>
>> Bob, I do not work for nor do I represent JewishGen. Also please note
>> that #LitvakSIG is a separate 501c3 organization that coordinates with
>> JewishGen.
>> I am a researcher like many people on this message board, and I am a
>> volunteer helping to advocate to stop the fee hikes to the USCIS
>> Genealogy Program, which is run by the federal government.
>>
>> On Sun, Nov 24, 2019 at 4:49 PM Bob Bloomberg <rpbrpb2012@...> wrote:
>> >
>> > You want to cut the costs of getting records from USCIS, but charge $100 to get the records from JewishGen's Lithuania SIG.  Anybody see the inconsistency?


New format

Robert Hanna
 

I like your new format except for the colors.  Blue on light blue is difficult to read.  Can you change either the typeface color or the background color or both?

Thanks,
Robert Hanna
NYC


Re: Grave at Washington Cemetery in Brooklyn

Marilyn Robinson
 

Laurie,
You can ask via telephone some questions regarding the information found in their burial files. I found out the name of the burial society for my gr. grandparents & an alternate name---Leurie/Luria (or variation) for Levine (which is what their surname became in the US). Ask specific questions, as those who check the files are not particularly forth coming with information that is not directly requested.
Regards,
Marilyn Robinson


Re: Graves at Washington Cemetery in Brooklyn:LEVINE/LEURIE (Luria??)

Marilyn Robinson
 

My Great Grandparents are also buried in Brooklyn, NY's Washington Cemetery: Solomon (Zalman) LEVINE & Rebecca LEVINE. I have photos of their headstones but would like someone to photograph the office records for these burials. I've spoken to several different people at the cemetery and each have given me different tidbits of information. Therefore, I'd like to read the information myself. I live in Florida so a  personal visit is impossible. So, if you are visiting this cemetery, I would appreciate any help you can give to me.

For a fee the cemetery will send photos of the headstones. I did that several years ago for about $15. but I don't know present costs.

Regards,
Marilyn Robinson
Florida


Where to send comments on USCIS Proposed Raise in Fees

Jan Meisels Allen
 

In addition to the portal  which Renee showed how to do at:

https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=USCIS-2019-0010-0001

 

You can submit a snail mail letter to:

 

Samantha Deshommes,

Chief, Regulatory Coordination Division,

Office of Policy and Strategy,

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services,

Department of Homeland Security,

20 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Mailstop  #2140,

Washington, DC 20529–2140.

 

Please reference DHS Docket No. USCIS–2019– 0010 in your correspondence

 

Remember all comments must be submitted on or before December 16, 2019

 

Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

 

 


Re: Help Stop USCIS Genealogy Program Fee Hikes

Renée K. Carl
 

JewishGen is not the advocate here. I am, along with other volunteers.


On Sun, Nov 24, 2019 at 5:06 PM Bob Bloomberg <rpbrpb2012@...> wrote:

I was not addressing my comment to you, and I apologize if you took it that way.. I was pointing out the inconsistency of JewishGen advocating for lower fees when they charge an exorbitant amount to get current information.

On Sun, Nov 24, 2019 at 5:01 PM Renée Carl <rkcarl@...> wrote:

Bob, I do not work for nor do I represent JewishGen. Also please note
that #LitvakSIG is a separate 501c3 organization that coordinates with
JewishGen.
I am a researcher like many people on this message board, and I am a
volunteer helping to advocate to stop the fee hikes to the USCIS
Genealogy Program, which is run by the federal government.

On Sun, Nov 24, 2019 at 4:49 PM Bob Bloomberg <rpbrpb2012@...> wrote:

You want to cut the costs of getting records from USCIS, but charge $100 to get the records from JewishGen's Lithuania SIG. Anybody see the inconsistency?


Re: Help Stop USCIS Genealogy Program Fee Hikes

Bob Bloomberg
 

I was not addressing my comment to you, and I apologize if you took it that way..  I was pointing out the inconsistency of JewishGen advocating for lower fees when they charge an exorbitant amount to get current information.

On Sun, Nov 24, 2019 at 5:01 PM Renée Carl <rkcarl@...> wrote:
Bob, I do not work for nor do I represent JewishGen. Also please note
that #LitvakSIG is a separate 501c3 organization that coordinates with
JewishGen.
I am a researcher like many people on this message board, and I am a
volunteer helping to advocate to stop the fee hikes to the USCIS
Genealogy Program, which is run by the federal government.

On Sun, Nov 24, 2019 at 4:49 PM Bob Bloomberg <rpbrpb2012@...> wrote:
>
> You want to cut the costs of getting records from USCIS, but charge $100 to get the records from JewishGen's Lithuania SIG.  Anybody see the inconsistency?


Re: Help Stop USCIS Genealogy Program Fee Hikes

Renée K. Carl
 

Bob, I do not work for nor do I represent JewishGen. Also please note
that #LitvakSIG is a separate 501c3 organization that coordinates with
JewishGen.
I am a researcher like many people on this message board, and I am a
volunteer helping to advocate to stop the fee hikes to the USCIS
Genealogy Program, which is run by the federal government.


On Sun, Nov 24, 2019 at 4:49 PM Bob Bloomberg <rpbrpb2012@...> wrote:

You want to cut the costs of getting records from USCIS, but charge $100 to get the records from JewishGen's Lithuania SIG. Anybody see the inconsistency?


Re: Help Stop USCIS Genealogy Program Fee Hikes

Bob Bloomberg
 

You want to cut the costs of getting records from USCIS, but charge $100 to get the records from JewishGen's Lithuania SIG.  Anybody see the inconsistency?


DNA Testing and Law Enforcement Access to DNA Databases #dna

Jan Meisels Allen
 

There has been much in the press about the recent disclosure that a Florida judge provided a warrant for law enforcement to search an entire voluntary  DNA genealogy database (GEDMatch) to help solve a violent crime.  That is different than the private DNA testing companies. The DNA testing companies state they are protecting your data and will fight even warrants, with FamilyTree DNA offering an opt-out option. According to a Baylor University Study, the majority of people -90 percent- favored police access to consumer DNA when it comes to murder cases. Rape is also considered a violent crime.  Non-violent crimes faired about 34 percent of people in favor of police wanting the names of account holders.  The privacy wonks are opposed to the warrant that was issued in Florida saying it was too broad, and are concerned it may be emulated elsewhere.  The Los Angeles Times  published an article on the issue today. See:  https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2019-11-24/law-enforcement-dna-crime-cases-privacy

 

Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

 

 


USCIS Increase in Fees-Yes the Coalition is Having it on FB genealogy pages #United States

Jan Meisels Allen
 

To the question if Facebook genealogy pages are being included in the campaign against the USCIS fee increase, according to the coalition their Outreach Task List" includes FB pages. If you have questions about that please contact them  https://www.recordsnotrevenue.com/ and sign  up for their updates.

 

Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

 

 


Re: More on USCIS Proposes Fee Increases - has this been posted on FB groups, yet? #United States

Jan Meisels Allen
 

No petitions to my knowledge. Thousands of letters will do the best to show the amount of interest. They are required to respond in the Federal Register to each letter they receive not to a petition . No form letters. USCIS needs to hear from the thousands who oppose this.

A coalition of genealogists, historians and records access advocates have created a portal about this with suggestions.  Please see: https://www.recordsnotrevenue.com/



Jan Meisels Allen
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


On Sunday, November 24, 2019, 6:22:39 AM PST, mpitler@... <mpitler@...> wrote:


As I had asked in a prior post (I had two typos of which I'm horribly embarrassed), do you know of any petitions? Perhaps the group spearheading this could create one. 
A petition may gain more traction than letter writing. Marilen Pitler, St. Louis


Re: Help Stop USCIS Genealogy Program Fee Hikes

Renée K. Carl
 

Hi Sarah
I created this image to show you where the "Comment" button is
(attached). It's not easy to spot.
Thank you for helping!
Renee


On Sun, Nov 24, 2019 at 1:35 PM <sarahlmeyer@...> wrote:

Will someone please post the email address or form to fill in to send comments? Yes I will copy my senators and representatives. I have read the conversation starters. And the contact us page on the federal register said not for comments on regulations. Personally at $65 for a search and then $65 for the record, the cost is already very unreasonable. The record cost should be something like 50c/page with a limit of $65. And there should be a way to cut the search costs as well. The only thing that raising these costs by 400% will do - which is 1200% of three years ago is to put the whole program into a death spiral. In fact the tripling three years ago probably started the spiral.
Sarah


Re: Help Stop USCIS Genealogy Program Fee Hikes

Renée K. Carl
 

It is not possible to submit a petition. A petition would not help the effort. The only way to make a difference in this case is to submit online comments through the Federal Rulemaking Portal.
Here are a couple ideas to help you start your statement:
--These records are important to me because...
--I have ordered ___ records from the USCIS Genealogy Program and found out the following great information...
--I think the $625 fee hike is outrageous because...
--Without these records, I would never have known/seen...

Thank you for taking the extra time to write a statement and submit it to the Federal Rulemaking Portal. Even a short letter will make a difference.
Renee


Re: Help Stop USCIS Genealogy Program Fee Hikes

Sarah L Meyer
 

Will someone please post the email address or form to fill in to send comments?  Yes I will copy my senators and representatives.  I have read the conversation starters.  And the contact us page on the federal register said not for comments on regulations.  Personally at $65 for a search and then $65 for the record, the cost is already very unreasonable.  The record cost should be something like 50c/page with a limit of $65.  And there should be a way to cut the search costs as well.    The only thing that raising these costs by 400% will do - which is 1200% of three years ago is to put the whole program into a death spiral.  In fact the tripling three years ago probably started the spiral.
Sarah

27581 - 27600 of 665648