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Searching KAYE-KOSSOFSKY #general

Linda/Rob Weiss <Weiss_Designs@...>
 

I am looking for descendents of the KOSSOFSKY (KAYE)family. My
grandfather was Abraham (Johnny) Kaye. He married Mae BERNSTEIN
(March 17, 1917)I think somewhere in the greater New York City area.
They had two children, Ellis (December 10, 19l7) and Natalie
(December 22, 1918) He died in the 1920's of pernicious anemia, I
believe in California.

The Kayes were furriers and owned the Ritz store in Manhattan.

Please copy me directly on your response

Linda Weiss


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Searching KAYE-KOSSOFSKY #general

Linda/Rob Weiss <Weiss_Designs@...>
 

I am looking for descendents of the KOSSOFSKY (KAYE)family. My
grandfather was Abraham (Johnny) Kaye. He married Mae BERNSTEIN
(March 17, 1917)I think somewhere in the greater New York City area.
They had two children, Ellis (December 10, 19l7) and Natalie
(December 22, 1918) He died in the 1920's of pernicious anemia, I
believe in California.

The Kayes were furriers and owned the Ritz store in Manhattan.

Please copy me directly on your response

Linda Weiss


19th Annual Conference on Jewish Genealogy, August 8-13, 1999 - Bulletin #18 #general

Jgsny@...
 

Researchers will have an opportunity to learn about Holocaust resources and
genealogical resources in Israel at the 19th Annual Conference on Jewish
Genealogy, August 8-13, 1999. Batya Untershatz of the Search Bureau for
Missing Relatives and Diana Sommer of the Douglas E. Goldman Jewish Genealogy
Center at Beit Hatefusoth Dorot Center, will be coming >from Israel to describe
the work of their organizations. Dr. Saul Issroff of England and Rose Lehrer
Cohen of Israel will describe the Lithuanian Holocaust Names Research Project.
Paul Siverstone will provide information on Aliya Bet, the illegal immigration
to Palestine. Peter Lande will talk about Holocaust research, victims and
survivors. Vadim Altskan, Historian, Survivors Registry, US Holocaust
Memorial Museum in Washington will speak about resources in the Archives of
his organization.

A copy of the Conference registration application can be printed directly from
the web site (http://members.aol.com/nyc99conf). Check out the latest updated
list of lectures planned. The Conference will be held at the Mariott Marquis
Hotel, located in the heart of revitalized Times Square -- accessible to all
archives, libraries and resources for genealogical research. Provide the
Conference information when you make your reservations with the hotel and
airlines in order to receive the special rates for attendees. Note: Early
registration most be postmarked May 15, 1999.

See you at the Conference!
Estelle Guzik, Pres.
JGS (NY)
PS If you have any questions, write to us at nyc99conf@aol.com


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen 19th Annual Conference on Jewish Genealogy, August 8-13, 1999 - Bulletin #18 #general

Jgsny@...
 

Researchers will have an opportunity to learn about Holocaust resources and
genealogical resources in Israel at the 19th Annual Conference on Jewish
Genealogy, August 8-13, 1999. Batya Untershatz of the Search Bureau for
Missing Relatives and Diana Sommer of the Douglas E. Goldman Jewish Genealogy
Center at Beit Hatefusoth Dorot Center, will be coming >from Israel to describe
the work of their organizations. Dr. Saul Issroff of England and Rose Lehrer
Cohen of Israel will describe the Lithuanian Holocaust Names Research Project.
Paul Siverstone will provide information on Aliya Bet, the illegal immigration
to Palestine. Peter Lande will talk about Holocaust research, victims and
survivors. Vadim Altskan, Historian, Survivors Registry, US Holocaust
Memorial Museum in Washington will speak about resources in the Archives of
his organization.

A copy of the Conference registration application can be printed directly from
the web site (http://members.aol.com/nyc99conf). Check out the latest updated
list of lectures planned. The Conference will be held at the Mariott Marquis
Hotel, located in the heart of revitalized Times Square -- accessible to all
archives, libraries and resources for genealogical research. Provide the
Conference information when you make your reservations with the hotel and
airlines in order to receive the special rates for attendees. Note: Early
registration most be postmarked May 15, 1999.

See you at the Conference!
Estelle Guzik, Pres.
JGS (NY)
PS If you have any questions, write to us at nyc99conf@aol.com


Re: Q Irish-American Jews? #general

Harold Pollins <pollins@...>
 

Plutsk <plutsk@aol.com> wrote
It's St. Patrick's Day, and I find myself wondering about the apparent
absence of American Jews of Irish ancestry. I know there was or is a
sizeable Irish Jewish population, that a Mayor of Dublin was a Jew, and
so on; yet I've never heard of Irish Jews coming to the U.S. during the
Great Famine, or at any later date. Were things always so good for Jews
in Ireland that there was no impetus for a mass migration? Anyone who
knows, please share some information! > Thanks.

There has never been a sizeable Jewish community in Ireland. There were
very few before the late 19th century so that they would not have been
caught up in the Great Famine in any numbers. The first figures for the
whole of Ireland are in the 1861 Census: there were 393 people; in 1881
there were 472, and in 1901 3,769.

Harold Pollins
pollins@globalnet.co.uk


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Re: Q Irish-American Jews? #general

Harold Pollins <pollins@...>
 

Plutsk <plutsk@aol.com> wrote
It's St. Patrick's Day, and I find myself wondering about the apparent
absence of American Jews of Irish ancestry. I know there was or is a
sizeable Irish Jewish population, that a Mayor of Dublin was a Jew, and
so on; yet I've never heard of Irish Jews coming to the U.S. during the
Great Famine, or at any later date. Were things always so good for Jews
in Ireland that there was no impetus for a mass migration? Anyone who
knows, please share some information! > Thanks.

There has never been a sizeable Jewish community in Ireland. There were
very few before the late 19th century so that they would not have been
caught up in the Great Famine in any numbers. The first figures for the
whole of Ireland are in the 1861 Census: there were 393 people; in 1881
there were 472, and in 1901 3,769.

Harold Pollins
pollins@globalnet.co.uk


Lepel, Belarus researchers in London, England #general

saxe@...
 

In the 1900's people >from Lepel,Belarus immigrated to the US and
England. In America many settled in Wisconsin including my grandfather
Yehuda BENSMAN and his brothers Joseph,William,Abe and Max. Joseph spent
time with a family >from Lepel in London. We are now trying to locate
Lepel researchers in London (or in England)
Allen B. Saxe
Charlotte,NC
saxe@charlotte.infi.net

Searching

BENSMAN >from Lepel Belarus
BENSMAN (Max,Beatrice,David,Fanny,Ida) >from New York and New Jersey
SUSSMAN and AARON family >from Kamen,Belarus
ROSEN family >from Borisov,Belarus
SCHARJA ,ZECHARIAH >from Janow,Poland also in Amsterdam,Israel,France
SHOMSKY >from Janow,Warsaw,London (with name change to Sampson)


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Lepel, Belarus researchers in London, England #general

saxe@...
 

In the 1900's people >from Lepel,Belarus immigrated to the US and
England. In America many settled in Wisconsin including my grandfather
Yehuda BENSMAN and his brothers Joseph,William,Abe and Max. Joseph spent
time with a family >from Lepel in London. We are now trying to locate
Lepel researchers in London (or in England)
Allen B. Saxe
Charlotte,NC
saxe@charlotte.infi.net

Searching

BENSMAN >from Lepel Belarus
BENSMAN (Max,Beatrice,David,Fanny,Ida) >from New York and New Jersey
SUSSMAN and AARON family >from Kamen,Belarus
ROSEN family >from Borisov,Belarus
SCHARJA ,ZECHARIAH >from Janow,Poland also in Amsterdam,Israel,France
SHOMSKY >from Janow,Warsaw,London (with name change to Sampson)


Irish Jewish History #general

Michael Ordman <michael@...>
 

An excellent book - for anyone interested in Irish / Jewish History was
written by my late cousin Louis Hyman in 1972. It is called The Jews of
Ireland - >from Earliest Times to the Year 1910. The publishers are :
Irish University Press, of Shannon, Eire.

Michael Ordman
London, England.


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Irish Jewish History #general

Michael Ordman <michael@...>
 

An excellent book - for anyone interested in Irish / Jewish History was
written by my late cousin Louis Hyman in 1972. It is called The Jews of
Ireland - >from Earliest Times to the Year 1910. The publishers are :
Irish University Press, of Shannon, Eire.

Michael Ordman
London, England.


Re: Irish Jews #general

Nick Landau <nick@...>
 

Of course, Ireland has only been a separate state since 1926.

Scotland has not been a separate state since 1601 although the Scottish
National Party would like to change that.

Nick
London, UK

Must comment on Avrama Gingold's piece on Irish Jews - which was excellent.
Only quibble: she says that Ireland was the only country in Europe with no
state-sanctioned anti-Semitism. Not so - add Scotland to the very short,
but honourable list.

Harvey Kaplan


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Re: Irish Jews #general

Nick Landau <nick@...>
 

Of course, Ireland has only been a separate state since 1926.

Scotland has not been a separate state since 1601 although the Scottish
National Party would like to change that.

Nick
London, UK

Must comment on Avrama Gingold's piece on Irish Jews - which was excellent.
Only quibble: she says that Ireland was the only country in Europe with no
state-sanctioned anti-Semitism. Not so - add Scotland to the very short,
but honourable list.

Harvey Kaplan


Re: Q Irish-American Jews? #general

AliceJose@...
 

I would not presume to be an expert on Irish Jewry, but >from my reading about
Jewish people in Dublin, chiefly The Jews of Ireland by Louis Hyman, I would
add a couple of things to the message of Avrama Gingold.

from the earliest times the monks and the priests in Ireland learned Hebrew
and their attitude reflected the schizophrenic classification of "the Jews" as
both scholars and usurers.

Among certain political groupings, there has always been an ideological
identification with "the Jews" amongst the Irish. The mythology of the Irish
as the "lost tribe" was a very strong influence for hundreds of years and,
with the growth of nationalism, the Zionist cause and the Irish nationalist
cause became, in the eyes of some, a common cause.

Indeed it has even been noticed that Charles Parnell and Theodor Herzl
strongly resembled each other, both in looks and attitude!

However, >from what I gather, sympathy for the Jews in mundane life was not
particularly widespread. Many of the same prejudices found elsewhere in Europe
were found in Ireland, especially with the financial crisis at the end of the
19th century when landowners mortgaged themselves to the hilt.

Nevertheless, I believe there are a significant amount of families who are of
Jewish descent either through conversion or through marriage. Dr Barnardo's
father was not Italian. He was originally a Hamburg Jew, of Sephardi
extraction, called Bernardi. There is still a furrier's in Dublin called
Barnardo's.

Ulick O'Connor, fourth Earl of Dessart, married Ellen Odette, eldest daughter
of London banker Henry Bischoffsheim. Her sister Amelia married Sir Maurice
Fitzgerald Bart

The writer Erskine Childer's family were originally descended >from a 17th
century Jew. Marriages between Jews and non-Jews in the 18th century, as in
other European countries, were not unheard of. Edward Lysaght who wrote "The
Sprig of Shillelagh" and "The Man who led the Van of the Irish Vounteers"
married a Jewish woman, who of course lost her surname.

A Cork Jew was the ancestor of poet Sir Henry Newbolt and another descendant
married Lord Louth.

Catholics and Jews together were excluded >from the freedom of the City of
Dublin >from 1652. Jews were also excluded >from naturalisation, a privilege
only granted to them in 1816.

Parnell - whose American mother like the current Irish president maintained
she was descended >from Spanish Jews - up to a certain extent and for whatever
reason identified the Irish cause with Jewish "nationalism".

Nevertheless not everyone belonged to the circle of Parnell and its outward
looking politics. There was another Irish nationalist faction led by Arthur
Griffith, founder of Sinn Fein, who, for whatever reason, incited anti-Jewish
feeling, leading to anti-Jewish riots.

The Jews were also identified with the English colonizers. It was claimed
Cromwell invited Portugese Jews to come to Ireland to help his colonization
and keep down the Catholics.

Around 1656 James Harrington a courtier to Charles I suggested a resolution
to the Irish and Jewish problems in one stroke by the creation of Ireland as a
National Home for Jews - not something it seems that was taken up.

To return to the Irish Famine, however, the Jews did take on the role of
fundraisers for those affected by the Famine. It was Lionel de Rothschild who
negotiated the Irish Famine Loan in the 1840s, waiving all commission.

In fact the British Association for the relief of extreme distress in the
remote parishes of Ireland and Scotland was jokingly referred to as
'Rothschild, Kinnaird and some dozen other merchant princes meeting every day
and working hard".

Many leading Jews in Britain and America took on the task of fundraising for
Irish aid during the Famine.

Joyce's Ulysses is a careful, ironic dissection of the colonial city of Dublin
as a microcosm of European hostility, encased in a small island, to those
defined as "Jewish". (The protagonist Leopold Bloom's father is a Hungarian
Jew, his mother an Irish Catholic).

Set against a turbulent economic background, Dublin is shown as a microcosm of
the worst prejudices of Europe where even those who know the true history
playact, incite and take on political poses.

A headmaster, the payer of schoolteacher Stephen Dedalus's wages, claims he
himself has always 'paid his way' and never borrowed money.

He runs after the young man to tell him, "Ireland, they say, has the honour of
being the only country which never persecuted the jews. Do you know that? No.
And do you know why?" .... Because she never let them in ... She never let
them in!"

He treats what he has said as a great joke and the last line of the chapter is
"On his wise shoulders through the checkerwork of leaves the sun flung
spangles, dancing coins."

Dedalus has earlier pointed out to the headmaster that his Jewish financial
conspiracy theories are more criticisms of the nature of the money system
itself and trade, saying "A merchant is one who buys cheap and sells dear, jew
or gentile, is he not?"

But of course we're talking about fiction here, not real life ...

Perhaps someone who is >from Ireland would like to say something?

Alice Josephs
London, England


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Re: Q Irish-American Jews? #general

AliceJose@...
 

I would not presume to be an expert on Irish Jewry, but >from my reading about
Jewish people in Dublin, chiefly The Jews of Ireland by Louis Hyman, I would
add a couple of things to the message of Avrama Gingold.

from the earliest times the monks and the priests in Ireland learned Hebrew
and their attitude reflected the schizophrenic classification of "the Jews" as
both scholars and usurers.

Among certain political groupings, there has always been an ideological
identification with "the Jews" amongst the Irish. The mythology of the Irish
as the "lost tribe" was a very strong influence for hundreds of years and,
with the growth of nationalism, the Zionist cause and the Irish nationalist
cause became, in the eyes of some, a common cause.

Indeed it has even been noticed that Charles Parnell and Theodor Herzl
strongly resembled each other, both in looks and attitude!

However, >from what I gather, sympathy for the Jews in mundane life was not
particularly widespread. Many of the same prejudices found elsewhere in Europe
were found in Ireland, especially with the financial crisis at the end of the
19th century when landowners mortgaged themselves to the hilt.

Nevertheless, I believe there are a significant amount of families who are of
Jewish descent either through conversion or through marriage. Dr Barnardo's
father was not Italian. He was originally a Hamburg Jew, of Sephardi
extraction, called Bernardi. There is still a furrier's in Dublin called
Barnardo's.

Ulick O'Connor, fourth Earl of Dessart, married Ellen Odette, eldest daughter
of London banker Henry Bischoffsheim. Her sister Amelia married Sir Maurice
Fitzgerald Bart

The writer Erskine Childer's family were originally descended >from a 17th
century Jew. Marriages between Jews and non-Jews in the 18th century, as in
other European countries, were not unheard of. Edward Lysaght who wrote "The
Sprig of Shillelagh" and "The Man who led the Van of the Irish Vounteers"
married a Jewish woman, who of course lost her surname.

A Cork Jew was the ancestor of poet Sir Henry Newbolt and another descendant
married Lord Louth.

Catholics and Jews together were excluded >from the freedom of the City of
Dublin >from 1652. Jews were also excluded >from naturalisation, a privilege
only granted to them in 1816.

Parnell - whose American mother like the current Irish president maintained
she was descended >from Spanish Jews - up to a certain extent and for whatever
reason identified the Irish cause with Jewish "nationalism".

Nevertheless not everyone belonged to the circle of Parnell and its outward
looking politics. There was another Irish nationalist faction led by Arthur
Griffith, founder of Sinn Fein, who, for whatever reason, incited anti-Jewish
feeling, leading to anti-Jewish riots.

The Jews were also identified with the English colonizers. It was claimed
Cromwell invited Portugese Jews to come to Ireland to help his colonization
and keep down the Catholics.

Around 1656 James Harrington a courtier to Charles I suggested a resolution
to the Irish and Jewish problems in one stroke by the creation of Ireland as a
National Home for Jews - not something it seems that was taken up.

To return to the Irish Famine, however, the Jews did take on the role of
fundraisers for those affected by the Famine. It was Lionel de Rothschild who
negotiated the Irish Famine Loan in the 1840s, waiving all commission.

In fact the British Association for the relief of extreme distress in the
remote parishes of Ireland and Scotland was jokingly referred to as
'Rothschild, Kinnaird and some dozen other merchant princes meeting every day
and working hard".

Many leading Jews in Britain and America took on the task of fundraising for
Irish aid during the Famine.

Joyce's Ulysses is a careful, ironic dissection of the colonial city of Dublin
as a microcosm of European hostility, encased in a small island, to those
defined as "Jewish". (The protagonist Leopold Bloom's father is a Hungarian
Jew, his mother an Irish Catholic).

Set against a turbulent economic background, Dublin is shown as a microcosm of
the worst prejudices of Europe where even those who know the true history
playact, incite and take on political poses.

A headmaster, the payer of schoolteacher Stephen Dedalus's wages, claims he
himself has always 'paid his way' and never borrowed money.

He runs after the young man to tell him, "Ireland, they say, has the honour of
being the only country which never persecuted the jews. Do you know that? No.
And do you know why?" .... Because she never let them in ... She never let
them in!"

He treats what he has said as a great joke and the last line of the chapter is
"On his wise shoulders through the checkerwork of leaves the sun flung
spangles, dancing coins."

Dedalus has earlier pointed out to the headmaster that his Jewish financial
conspiracy theories are more criticisms of the nature of the money system
itself and trade, saying "A merchant is one who buys cheap and sells dear, jew
or gentile, is he not?"

But of course we're talking about fiction here, not real life ...

Perhaps someone who is >from Ireland would like to say something?

Alice Josephs
London, England


Montreal rabbi #general

NEIL185@...
 

Rabbi Solomon D. Sprince was the rabbi of Montreal about 1903. Any help
re who he was, his activities and his family???
Any help appreciated, Dr Neil Rosenstein


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Montreal rabbi #general

NEIL185@...
 

Rabbi Solomon D. Sprince was the rabbi of Montreal about 1903. Any help
re who he was, his activities and his family???
Any help appreciated, Dr Neil Rosenstein


Re: Yechial- Michael #general

Carrol & Jay Harris <cjharris@...>
 

Hi I've been reading the discussions about the name Yechial and Michael
there is another connection, many Yechial's are also Michal there full name
would be Yechial Michal. I'm told that there was a very important Shephardi
Rabbi named Yechial Michal, whose followers ended up in Poland, so that the
combination of the two names became very popular. So maybe the Micheal is
not >from the Yechial part of their name but rather >from the Michal.
Carol Harris
Ginot Shomron Israel


The Given Name Project #latvia

Prof. G. L. Esterson <jerry@...>
 

Hi LatviaSIGers,

David Curwin and I recently announced to you our project to prepare a
computer data base of given names for Jews born in Eastern Europe
(right now, for Lithuania and Latvia), some of whom may have emigrated
to other countries.

Our intent is to provide a research tool allowing one to learn about
our ancestors' given names, the names' origins, how different types of
given names & their variations were linked together (Hebrew, Yiddish,
Secular, & their nicknames), how these names translated into
foreign-language given names/nicknames when our ancestors left their
ancestral homes and immigrated to foreign countries like the U.S.,
South Africa, England, Palestine, Argentina, and so on. I think that
you can imagine how such a data base would be useful in your research!

The above data is now being inputted with a concentration on Lithuania
and Latvia, on the one hand, and the U.S. on the other. We want to
extend these data to other English-speaking countries (South Africa,
England, Canada, Australia/New Zealand), as well as to other countries
which received our ancestors in large numbers, countries where Spanish,
Portuguese, Swedish, Dutch, and other languages were spoken.

So far, we have a data base of about 650 records, each one including
the type of linked data described above. Of course, these data are not
complete for each record -- we still have much research to do for the
existing records -- and we need to add other name sets. The sources of
these data are quite varied. The Eastern Europe data cover the
earliest periods up to about 1910-20, and we are particularly
interested now in linked name sets for the period 1880 to 1910-20, when
massive emigration >from Lithuania and Latvia took place.

We realize that the linkage or equivalence between the Eastern European
data and the foreign country data will have to be statistical. That
is, we expect that a given name (say, Yehuda Leib) will translate into
a number of different English (or other language) names (say, Judah) in
a statistical way -- such as a certain fraction for this English name,
another fraction for that one, etc. And this linkage will be dependent
on the time period of emigration (and/or birth in the foreign country)
as well as the particular shtetlach or origin and the ultimate foreign
city of immigration. There were name fads on both sides of the ocean
and these fads changed >from time to time. That's life!

Dave and I are asking for your help. Please do look at your own
information, no matter how modest in scope, and submit it to us. The
kind of information we most want for each person or group of persons,
is as follows:

o the complete Hebrew/Yiddish/Secular given names/kinuim >from Europe
(ALL of them)
o the foreign-language given names & nicknames (ALL of them)
o Shtetl/country of origin, & approximate date of emigration
o Foreign city/country of immigration, & approx. date of entry

Even if your data are not as detailed as this list suggests, please DO
send it to us -- we can certainly use it.

It is our intent to publish this data base on the web so that it is
freely available to all. And we hope also to make it available to
users by download for personal viewing via a data base or spreadsheet
program, or a browser.

How about it?! Please help us -- you would be helping us all and
Jewish Genealogy!

Regards,

Jerry=20

--
Prof. G. L. Esterson, Ra'anana, Israel=A0=A0=A0 E-mail: jerry@vms.huji.ac.il
Researching:
=A0 AIZIKOWITZ, MARCUS, MICHELOVICH, MIRVIS Baisogala/Datnuva Lithuania
=A0 ESTERSON, NORINSKY=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=
Berdichev=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0 Ukraine
=A0 KRETZMER, SWEETGALL=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0 Zhaimel/Birzai=A0=A0=
=A0=A0=A0 Lithuania
=A0 HELL, WAGENHEIM=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=
Riga/Bauske=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0 Latvia
Visit the ESRA web site:=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=
<http://www.esra.org.il/>=20


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Re: Yechial- Michael #general

Carrol & Jay Harris <cjharris@...>
 

Hi I've been reading the discussions about the name Yechial and Michael
there is another connection, many Yechial's are also Michal there full name
would be Yechial Michal. I'm told that there was a very important Shephardi
Rabbi named Yechial Michal, whose followers ended up in Poland, so that the
combination of the two names became very popular. So maybe the Micheal is
not >from the Yechial part of their name but rather >from the Michal.
Carol Harris
Ginot Shomron Israel


Latvia SIG #Latvia The Given Name Project #latvia

Prof. G. L. Esterson <jerry@...>
 

Hi LatviaSIGers,

David Curwin and I recently announced to you our project to prepare a
computer data base of given names for Jews born in Eastern Europe
(right now, for Lithuania and Latvia), some of whom may have emigrated
to other countries.

Our intent is to provide a research tool allowing one to learn about
our ancestors' given names, the names' origins, how different types of
given names & their variations were linked together (Hebrew, Yiddish,
Secular, & their nicknames), how these names translated into
foreign-language given names/nicknames when our ancestors left their
ancestral homes and immigrated to foreign countries like the U.S.,
South Africa, England, Palestine, Argentina, and so on. I think that
you can imagine how such a data base would be useful in your research!

The above data is now being inputted with a concentration on Lithuania
and Latvia, on the one hand, and the U.S. on the other. We want to
extend these data to other English-speaking countries (South Africa,
England, Canada, Australia/New Zealand), as well as to other countries
which received our ancestors in large numbers, countries where Spanish,
Portuguese, Swedish, Dutch, and other languages were spoken.

So far, we have a data base of about 650 records, each one including
the type of linked data described above. Of course, these data are not
complete for each record -- we still have much research to do for the
existing records -- and we need to add other name sets. The sources of
these data are quite varied. The Eastern Europe data cover the
earliest periods up to about 1910-20, and we are particularly
interested now in linked name sets for the period 1880 to 1910-20, when
massive emigration >from Lithuania and Latvia took place.

We realize that the linkage or equivalence between the Eastern European
data and the foreign country data will have to be statistical. That
is, we expect that a given name (say, Yehuda Leib) will translate into
a number of different English (or other language) names (say, Judah) in
a statistical way -- such as a certain fraction for this English name,
another fraction for that one, etc. And this linkage will be dependent
on the time period of emigration (and/or birth in the foreign country)
as well as the particular shtetlach or origin and the ultimate foreign
city of immigration. There were name fads on both sides of the ocean
and these fads changed >from time to time. That's life!

Dave and I are asking for your help. Please do look at your own
information, no matter how modest in scope, and submit it to us. The
kind of information we most want for each person or group of persons,
is as follows:

o the complete Hebrew/Yiddish/Secular given names/kinuim >from Europe
(ALL of them)
o the foreign-language given names & nicknames (ALL of them)
o Shtetl/country of origin, & approximate date of emigration
o Foreign city/country of immigration, & approx. date of entry

Even if your data are not as detailed as this list suggests, please DO
send it to us -- we can certainly use it.

It is our intent to publish this data base on the web so that it is
freely available to all. And we hope also to make it available to
users by download for personal viewing via a data base or spreadsheet
program, or a browser.

How about it?! Please help us -- you would be helping us all and
Jewish Genealogy!

Regards,

Jerry=20

--
Prof. G. L. Esterson, Ra'anana, Israel=A0=A0=A0 E-mail: jerry@vms.huji.ac.il
Researching:
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