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Name "Ostraj" #general

Steve Orlen
 

Dear Cousins,

On my great-uncle's EIDB manifest it says that his destination is his friend
Ostraj Israel. Does that given name sound familiar to anyone?

Best, Steve Orlen
Tucson, Arizona


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Name "Ostraj" #general

Steve Orlen
 

Dear Cousins,

On my great-uncle's EIDB manifest it says that his destination is his friend
Ostraj Israel. Does that given name sound familiar to anyone?

Best, Steve Orlen
Tucson, Arizona


Invitation for a Dedication Ceremony of Unveiling of Memorial Plaques on the Wall of Zamosc Old Synagogue #general

Ada Holtzman
 

You are invited by the Israeli Organization of Zamosc Jewry, vicinity & their
descendants to the ceremony of unveiling of memorial plaques on the wall of
Zamosc old Synagogue.

This concludes 7(!) years in which the Zamosc Landsmanschaft tried its best, using
many ways, to achieve this.
See more at: http://www.zchor.org/zamosc/zamosc.htm

The ceremony will be held at the Zamosc City Hall, on Wednesday July 21, 2004,
17:00 p.m., under the patronage of Mr. Marcin Zamoyski, the Mayor of Zamosc.

Please wear formal if you intend to participate.

Shalom,

Ada Holtzman
www.zchor.org


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Invitation for a Dedication Ceremony of Unveiling of Memorial Plaques on the Wall of Zamosc Old Synagogue #general

Ada Holtzman
 

You are invited by the Israeli Organization of Zamosc Jewry, vicinity & their
descendants to the ceremony of unveiling of memorial plaques on the wall of
Zamosc old Synagogue.

This concludes 7(!) years in which the Zamosc Landsmanschaft tried its best, using
many ways, to achieve this.
See more at: http://www.zchor.org/zamosc/zamosc.htm

The ceremony will be held at the Zamosc City Hall, on Wednesday July 21, 2004,
17:00 p.m., under the patronage of Mr. Marcin Zamoyski, the Mayor of Zamosc.

Please wear formal if you intend to participate.

Shalom,

Ada Holtzman
www.zchor.org


Genealogical Gold - Part 3 of 3 #romania

EBII@...
 

There were other parts of the trip that were significant as well. The visit
to the archives where I was able to touch the original signatures of my great
grandfathers was but one. When I arrived at the Archives, I was told that
the acceptance of my visit to the Archives had been confirmed by mail. It did
not matter to me whether it had been or not - I got in. The lady in charge was
extremely nice, helpful, and knowledgeable - especially about the regional
history.

My guide was incredible. He had done the research into the
important sites prior to my arrival, contacted everyone, and made everything
very easy. I found him through a Rom-Sig referral, and then, when I
spoke to someone at Shtetlshleppers, they had also had positive experience with
him. After leaving Romania, I went on to Paris while my daughter jumped over to
London. I was in Paris for a day when my camera, with the disk with all of my
Romania photos, was stolen. I was absolutely devastated. I emailed my guide
that night (internet cafes are everywhere), and by return email, he agreed to
go to Ramnicu Sarat, and take pictures of everything for me. I have photos of
every seat in the synagogue in RS that had a name on it. I will be posting
those names within the next week so that everyone with roots to RS may be able
to share.

He also met with the representative of the Jewish Community of Romania, and
instructed them to clean up the cemetery in RS. using the funds I had left
with him for that purpose. Two days ago, he emailed me confirmation that
the cleanup was due to start within the next week or so. The grass will be
cut, the brush and thorn bushes will be removed. He is also going go to RS so
that he can confirm to me that the work has indeed been done.

SO, this trip had all of the excitement of discovery of genealogical gold,
the tragedy of the loss of all of my 'evidence', and the incredible thrill of
having a new found friend go out of his way to ensure that I had the most
important family information securely in my hands.

I thank my friends at Rom-Sig who sent me information about their trips so
that I could be somewhat prepared for mine; and for the referrals;
and to Shtetlshleppers, who, in spite of my planning my own solo trip, gave
me some sound advice as well.

And to each of you, I wish you success at finding your own genealogical gold!!

Les Berman
Los Angeles

MODERATOR NOTE: Please contact Les directly if you want the name of his guide.
JewishGen rules do not allow posting of guides, researchers, etc.


Romania SIG #Romania Genealogical Gold - Part 3 of 3 #romania

EBII@...
 

There were other parts of the trip that were significant as well. The visit
to the archives where I was able to touch the original signatures of my great
grandfathers was but one. When I arrived at the Archives, I was told that
the acceptance of my visit to the Archives had been confirmed by mail. It did
not matter to me whether it had been or not - I got in. The lady in charge was
extremely nice, helpful, and knowledgeable - especially about the regional
history.

My guide was incredible. He had done the research into the
important sites prior to my arrival, contacted everyone, and made everything
very easy. I found him through a Rom-Sig referral, and then, when I
spoke to someone at Shtetlshleppers, they had also had positive experience with
him. After leaving Romania, I went on to Paris while my daughter jumped over to
London. I was in Paris for a day when my camera, with the disk with all of my
Romania photos, was stolen. I was absolutely devastated. I emailed my guide
that night (internet cafes are everywhere), and by return email, he agreed to
go to Ramnicu Sarat, and take pictures of everything for me. I have photos of
every seat in the synagogue in RS that had a name on it. I will be posting
those names within the next week so that everyone with roots to RS may be able
to share.

He also met with the representative of the Jewish Community of Romania, and
instructed them to clean up the cemetery in RS. using the funds I had left
with him for that purpose. Two days ago, he emailed me confirmation that
the cleanup was due to start within the next week or so. The grass will be
cut, the brush and thorn bushes will be removed. He is also going go to RS so
that he can confirm to me that the work has indeed been done.

SO, this trip had all of the excitement of discovery of genealogical gold,
the tragedy of the loss of all of my 'evidence', and the incredible thrill of
having a new found friend go out of his way to ensure that I had the most
important family information securely in my hands.

I thank my friends at Rom-Sig who sent me information about their trips so
that I could be somewhat prepared for mine; and for the referrals;
and to Shtetlshleppers, who, in spite of my planning my own solo trip, gave
me some sound advice as well.

And to each of you, I wish you success at finding your own genealogical gold!!

Les Berman
Los Angeles

MODERATOR NOTE: Please contact Les directly if you want the name of his guide.
JewishGen rules do not allow posting of guides, researchers, etc.


The Jerusalerm Conference - Thanks to the Organizers! #general

Ada Holtzman
 

I wish to express my appreciation and thanks to Chana Furman, Daniel
Wagner, Jean-Pierre Stroweis, Eitan Shilo and all the other wonderful volunteers
who contributed to the success of the 24th IAJGS International Conference on
Jewish Genealogy in Jerusalem. It has enriched my knowledge of Jewish Genealogy
more than anything during the past 7 years I am involved in Jewish genealogy.

Special thanks to Steve Morse who gave us all, free of charge, One-Step
Search Tools, a Searching Engine which I shall implement soon for all my databases.
Alexander Beider's lecture on Search of Etymologies of Jewish Surnames was
fascinating and certainly stimulated me to study more about this subject.
It was rather difficult to chose the lecture >from the program which offered
sometimes most interesting lectures at the same time.
Quite by chance I found myself on Thursday afternoon, sitting at the video
room, to see the most moving commended documentary of an Orthodox humanist,
Mencahem Daum: "Hiding and Seeking".

As I drove myself out of beautiful Jerusalem, by the end of this special
week, I found myself singing the unforgettable song of the poet Zelda:
"Everyone has a Name" ...
words of which then have ahd a new meaning ...
http://www.zchor.org/zelda.htm

I thank again the organizers and volunteers who made the Jerusalem 24th
IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy a fantastic success.
Yishar Koach!

Ada Holtzman
www.zchor.org


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen The Jerusalerm Conference - Thanks to the Organizers! #general

Ada Holtzman
 

I wish to express my appreciation and thanks to Chana Furman, Daniel
Wagner, Jean-Pierre Stroweis, Eitan Shilo and all the other wonderful volunteers
who contributed to the success of the 24th IAJGS International Conference on
Jewish Genealogy in Jerusalem. It has enriched my knowledge of Jewish Genealogy
more than anything during the past 7 years I am involved in Jewish genealogy.

Special thanks to Steve Morse who gave us all, free of charge, One-Step
Search Tools, a Searching Engine which I shall implement soon for all my databases.
Alexander Beider's lecture on Search of Etymologies of Jewish Surnames was
fascinating and certainly stimulated me to study more about this subject.
It was rather difficult to chose the lecture >from the program which offered
sometimes most interesting lectures at the same time.
Quite by chance I found myself on Thursday afternoon, sitting at the video
room, to see the most moving commended documentary of an Orthodox humanist,
Mencahem Daum: "Hiding and Seeking".

As I drove myself out of beautiful Jerusalem, by the end of this special
week, I found myself singing the unforgettable song of the poet Zelda:
"Everyone has a Name" ...
words of which then have ahd a new meaning ...
http://www.zchor.org/zelda.htm

I thank again the organizers and volunteers who made the Jerusalem 24th
IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy a fantastic success.
Yishar Koach!

Ada Holtzman
www.zchor.org


Genealogical Gold Part 3 of 3 #general

EBII@...
 

There were other parts of the trip that were significant as well. The visit
to the archives where I was able to touch the original signatures of my
great grandfathers was but one. When I arrived at the Archives, I was told
that the acceptance of my visit to the Archives had been confirmed by mail. It
did not matter to me whether it had been or not - I got in. The lady in charge
was extremely nice, helpful, and knowledgeable - especially about the regional
history.

My guide was incredible. He had done the research into the
important sites prior to my arrival, contacted everyone, and made everything
very easy. I found him through a Rom-Sig referral, and then, when I
spoke to someone at Shtetelshleppers, they had also had positive experience
with him. But he went above and beyond.

After leaving Romania, I went on to Paris while my daughter jumped over to
London. I was in Paris for a day when my camera, with the disk with all of
my Romania photos, was stolen. I was absolutely devastated. I emailed my guide
that night (internet cafes are everywhere), and by return email, he agreed
to go to Ramnicu Sarat, and take pictures of everything for me. I have photos
of every seat in the synagogue in RS that had a name on it. I will be posting
those names within the next week so that everyone with roots to RS may be
able to share.

He also met with the representative of the Jewish Community of Romania, and
instructed them to clean up the cemetery in RS. using the funds I had left
with him for that purpose. Two days ago, he emailed me confirmation that
the cleanup was due to start within the next week or so. The grass will be
cut, the brush and thorn bushes will be removed. He is also going go to RS
so that he can confirm to me that the work has indeed been done.

SO, this trip had all of the excitement of discovery of genealogical gold,
the tragedy of the loss of all of my 'evidence', and the incredible thrill
of having a new found friend go out of his way to ensure that I had the most
important family information securely in my hands.

I thank my friends at Rom-Sig who sent me information about their trips so
that I could be somewhat prepared for mine; and for the referrals to my
guide;
and to Shtetelshleppers, who, in spite of my planning my own solo trip, gave
me some sound advice as well.

I was asked to omit the name of my guide by Jewishgen moderator. So I have -
but he was great. I will gladly supply his name and email to anyone
interested.

And to each of you, I wish you success at finding your own genealogical
gold !!

Les Berman
Los Angeles

MODERATOR NOTE:

Previous parts 1 and 2 were posted on June 27, 2004. You may
retrieve them >from the Discussion Group Archives, located at:
http://data.jewishgen.org/wconnect/wc.dll?jg~jgsys~archpop

Shtetlscheppers site can be found at:
http://www.jewishgen.org/shtetlschleppers/

ROM-Sig is located at: http://www.jewishgen.org/romsig/


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Genealogical Gold Part 3 of 3 #general

EBII@...
 

There were other parts of the trip that were significant as well. The visit
to the archives where I was able to touch the original signatures of my
great grandfathers was but one. When I arrived at the Archives, I was told
that the acceptance of my visit to the Archives had been confirmed by mail. It
did not matter to me whether it had been or not - I got in. The lady in charge
was extremely nice, helpful, and knowledgeable - especially about the regional
history.

My guide was incredible. He had done the research into the
important sites prior to my arrival, contacted everyone, and made everything
very easy. I found him through a Rom-Sig referral, and then, when I
spoke to someone at Shtetelshleppers, they had also had positive experience
with him. But he went above and beyond.

After leaving Romania, I went on to Paris while my daughter jumped over to
London. I was in Paris for a day when my camera, with the disk with all of
my Romania photos, was stolen. I was absolutely devastated. I emailed my guide
that night (internet cafes are everywhere), and by return email, he agreed
to go to Ramnicu Sarat, and take pictures of everything for me. I have photos
of every seat in the synagogue in RS that had a name on it. I will be posting
those names within the next week so that everyone with roots to RS may be
able to share.

He also met with the representative of the Jewish Community of Romania, and
instructed them to clean up the cemetery in RS. using the funds I had left
with him for that purpose. Two days ago, he emailed me confirmation that
the cleanup was due to start within the next week or so. The grass will be
cut, the brush and thorn bushes will be removed. He is also going go to RS
so that he can confirm to me that the work has indeed been done.

SO, this trip had all of the excitement of discovery of genealogical gold,
the tragedy of the loss of all of my 'evidence', and the incredible thrill
of having a new found friend go out of his way to ensure that I had the most
important family information securely in my hands.

I thank my friends at Rom-Sig who sent me information about their trips so
that I could be somewhat prepared for mine; and for the referrals to my
guide;
and to Shtetelshleppers, who, in spite of my planning my own solo trip, gave
me some sound advice as well.

I was asked to omit the name of my guide by Jewishgen moderator. So I have -
but he was great. I will gladly supply his name and email to anyone
interested.

And to each of you, I wish you success at finding your own genealogical
gold !!

Les Berman
Los Angeles

MODERATOR NOTE:

Previous parts 1 and 2 were posted on June 27, 2004. You may
retrieve them >from the Discussion Group Archives, located at:
http://data.jewishgen.org/wconnect/wc.dll?jg~jgsys~archpop

Shtetlscheppers site can be found at:
http://www.jewishgen.org/shtetlschleppers/

ROM-Sig is located at: http://www.jewishgen.org/romsig/


No Death Certificate - Pennsylvania #general

GSEaston@...
 

The Pennsylvania Department of Health told me that there is no record of my
great-grandmother's death certificate (even though i know her date of death -
1-22-1913).

Any other suggestions?

Glenn Easton


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen No Death Certificate - Pennsylvania #general

GSEaston@...
 

The Pennsylvania Department of Health told me that there is no record of my
great-grandmother's death certificate (even though i know her date of death -
1-22-1913).

Any other suggestions?

Glenn Easton


Origin info re CORAK family who we believe came from Russia #general

Ted Semegran
 

My greatgrandfather Joseph CORAK (born about 1869/1870) and his brother
Meyer (Morris) (born about 1867) came to U.S. via London on or about 1875.
We believe they came with their parents Simon CORAK and Nettie MARINOWITZ
CORAK. Simon and Nettie we believe came >from Russia (but we do not know
name of a city).
The arrival dates for Joseph and Morris came >from Census data.
Simon and Nettie may have married in London in early 1860's or in Russia
before they arrived.
Does any one have suggestions as to the town origins (or any other origins)
of the name CORAK (other possible spellings include CORAK, CHORACK, KORACK,
etc.) in Russia or Eastern Europe >from the mid 1800's?

Ted Semegran


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Origin info re CORAK family who we believe came from Russia #general

Ted Semegran
 

My greatgrandfather Joseph CORAK (born about 1869/1870) and his brother
Meyer (Morris) (born about 1867) came to U.S. via London on or about 1875.
We believe they came with their parents Simon CORAK and Nettie MARINOWITZ
CORAK. Simon and Nettie we believe came >from Russia (but we do not know
name of a city).
The arrival dates for Joseph and Morris came >from Census data.
Simon and Nettie may have married in London in early 1860's or in Russia
before they arrived.
Does any one have suggestions as to the town origins (or any other origins)
of the name CORAK (other possible spellings include CORAK, CHORACK, KORACK,
etc.) in Russia or Eastern Europe >from the mid 1800's?

Ted Semegran


KAUFMAN- N. Miami Beach, FL-1974 #general

Sharen Hogarth
 

Is there someone in the group who lives in the N.Miami Beach area who would
be willing to look up a name in a 1973/1974 area directory? I have the last
name & address but need to find out if the listing initial is 'H' for Harry
or 'M' for Morris.
I am willing to reimburse any expenses incurred.

Sharen Hogarth
Ontario, Canada
Searching:KAUFMAN-Minneapolis/Connecticut/N.Y./CA; SIEGELMAN/SIGELMAN - ?;
SILVERSTEIN-Minneapolis/Chicago; FREIDSON/SOLOMON-L.A.; MUSIMOVICH -
Odessa/Kherson/Kakhovka; RECHITSKY/DOKTOROV - Bobrovyi Kut, Ukraine;
LADIN/LADYZHENSKIJ-Calarasi;BLINDER-Israel

MODERATOR NOTE: Please reply privately.


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen KAUFMAN- N. Miami Beach, FL-1974 #general

Sharen Hogarth
 

Is there someone in the group who lives in the N.Miami Beach area who would
be willing to look up a name in a 1973/1974 area directory? I have the last
name & address but need to find out if the listing initial is 'H' for Harry
or 'M' for Morris.
I am willing to reimburse any expenses incurred.

Sharen Hogarth
Ontario, Canada
Searching:KAUFMAN-Minneapolis/Connecticut/N.Y./CA; SIEGELMAN/SIGELMAN - ?;
SILVERSTEIN-Minneapolis/Chicago; FREIDSON/SOLOMON-L.A.; MUSIMOVICH -
Odessa/Kherson/Kakhovka; RECHITSKY/DOKTOROV - Bobrovyi Kut, Ukraine;
LADIN/LADYZHENSKIJ-Calarasi;BLINDER-Israel

MODERATOR NOTE: Please reply privately.


Argentina surnames database #belarus

Boris Krantz <Boris@...>
 

There is a web-site that will allow you to search an index of almost
all the surnames actually in use in the Argentine Republic (based on
1997 data), with an indication of how many people, aged 18 or more,
have each surname. This database and search engine is in English.
This information was created as a help to those that begin a
genealogical search, or are looking for a connection with people
using some particular surname. Webmaster is at surnames@rutrin.com.ar (necessary
for right to mention--MOD)

The URL is: http://surnames.rutrin.com.ar/enterenglish.htm

Boris M. Krantz
Bedminster, NJ USA
Searching: KRANTZ, PERLIS, WELLER >from Brest (Belarus), Zamosc and
Bialystok, Poland


Belarus SIG #Belarus Argentina surnames database #belarus

Boris Krantz <Boris@...>
 

There is a web-site that will allow you to search an index of almost
all the surnames actually in use in the Argentine Republic (based on
1997 data), with an indication of how many people, aged 18 or more,
have each surname. This database and search engine is in English.
This information was created as a help to those that begin a
genealogical search, or are looking for a connection with people
using some particular surname. Webmaster is at surnames@rutrin.com.ar (necessary
for right to mention--MOD)

The URL is: http://surnames.rutrin.com.ar/enterenglish.htm

Boris M. Krantz
Bedminster, NJ USA
Searching: KRANTZ, PERLIS, WELLER >from Brest (Belarus), Zamosc and
Bialystok, Poland


Jewish SMITH's #general

Michael A Kassner <mikehanna@...>
 

July 12, 2004
Monday


I am doing research on the name SMITH. I know that this name is the most
common name in the USA and Great Britain. Many Jewish immigrants took this name
when arriving in England and the USA.

My line of SMITH'S came >from Russia in 1889/1890. First to Massachusetts,
Minnesota and Illinois. If there is anyone else that is researching
SMITH's, I would be interested in sharing info on our families.

Researching: Otto SCHWARTZ , Chicago,/ Mollie (ROSENBERG) Schwartz ,
Chicago
Florence SMITH , Chicago, / Pearl (SCHWARTZ) SMITH ,
Chicago
Bessie (SMITH) LIEBERMAN-LEIBERMAN, Chicago
Mae (SMITH) FREID-FRIED, Chicago
Anne-Anna (CHYENKUS-CHYENKERS) SMITH, Chicago
Minna-Minne (CHYENKUS-CHYENKERS) SMITH, Chicago


Michael (SMITH) Kassner
mikehanna@juno.com


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Jewish SMITH's #general

Michael A Kassner <mikehanna@...>
 

July 12, 2004
Monday


I am doing research on the name SMITH. I know that this name is the most
common name in the USA and Great Britain. Many Jewish immigrants took this name
when arriving in England and the USA.

My line of SMITH'S came >from Russia in 1889/1890. First to Massachusetts,
Minnesota and Illinois. If there is anyone else that is researching
SMITH's, I would be interested in sharing info on our families.

Researching: Otto SCHWARTZ , Chicago,/ Mollie (ROSENBERG) Schwartz ,
Chicago
Florence SMITH , Chicago, / Pearl (SCHWARTZ) SMITH ,
Chicago
Bessie (SMITH) LIEBERMAN-LEIBERMAN, Chicago
Mae (SMITH) FREID-FRIED, Chicago
Anne-Anna (CHYENKUS-CHYENKERS) SMITH, Chicago
Minna-Minne (CHYENKUS-CHYENKERS) SMITH, Chicago


Michael (SMITH) Kassner
mikehanna@juno.com