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MARKSTEIN and HOCHWALD, 1939 refugees in UK #general

Alison Painter <daal@...>
 

Dear Fellow Researchers

I am currently researching the MARKSTEIN and HOCHWALD families who arrived
in the UK in 1939 as refugees. They were not interned and living in Kent at
the time the Register was taken. They came under the auspices of the Jewish
Aid Committee but I should like to know how this worked and whether or not
people were able to choose where to live on arrival in the UK. Were such
details finalised in their home countries.

I should welcome your thoughts on the above.

Please note my family tree is not on the internet but I am happy answer
questions where possible.

Kind regards

Alison Paiter
Romsey UK


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen MARKSTEIN and HOCHWALD, 1939 refugees in UK #general

Alison Painter <daal@...>
 

Dear Fellow Researchers

I am currently researching the MARKSTEIN and HOCHWALD families who arrived
in the UK in 1939 as refugees. They were not interned and living in Kent at
the time the Register was taken. They came under the auspices of the Jewish
Aid Committee but I should like to know how this worked and whether or not
people were able to choose where to live on arrival in the UK. Were such
details finalised in their home countries.

I should welcome your thoughts on the above.

Please note my family tree is not on the internet but I am happy answer
questions where possible.

Kind regards

Alison Paiter
Romsey UK


Schonmann & Appel families #general

Steven Warner
 

Researching for info regarding Elias SCHONMANN born sometime around
1770s and Emanuel APPEL born 1830. Both families originate near the
Dietesheim, Hochstadt, and Obertshausen area of Hessen, Germany east of
Offenbach. I have checked the JGFF for anyone else researching these
family names, but nobody has logged on in several years, so I thought of
asking here. I am looking specifically to see exactly how these families
connect to the Worms family >from Sulzbach am Main. Elias Schonmann's wife
was Rosa (Reis) Worms, but not exactly certain where/ how she fits in.

Steven Warner
SWarner317@aol.com


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Schonmann & Appel families #general

Steven Warner
 

Researching for info regarding Elias SCHONMANN born sometime around
1770s and Emanuel APPEL born 1830. Both families originate near the
Dietesheim, Hochstadt, and Obertshausen area of Hessen, Germany east of
Offenbach. I have checked the JGFF for anyone else researching these
family names, but nobody has logged on in several years, so I thought of
asking here. I am looking specifically to see exactly how these families
connect to the Worms family >from Sulzbach am Main. Elias Schonmann's wife
was Rosa (Reis) Worms, but not exactly certain where/ how she fits in.

Steven Warner
SWarner317@aol.com


Re: Seeking information on Alois MUNK #general

Fritz Neubauer
 

Dear Peter ,

the "Book of Remembrance: The German, Austrian and Czechoslovakian Jews
deported to the Baltic States" published by Saur Publishers in Muenchen
2003 has an entry for Alois MUNK on page 617:

Munk, Alois
born 10.02.1876 in Maehrisch-Kromau, then Austria
Last address: Hamburg, Kielortallee 13

There is no other MUNK on this transport, but a Samuel MUNK, 23-Mar-1861
in Altona is mentioned in the Hamburg Book as having been deported to
Theresienstadt in 1942, where he died on 31-Jan-1943, possibly a relative?
According to the data in this book and also in the book "Hamburger
juedische Opfer des Nationalsozialismus: Gedenkbuch", published by the
Hamburg State Archiv in 1995, Alois Munk was deported >from Hamburg to
Riga, altogether at least 726 Hamburg victims, on 06-Dec-1941.

The Book of Remembrance also details what happened to the deportees
after their arrival.

There is a problem finding out about his fate,  because I am not sure
about this citizenship. This may not have mattered to the Gestapo
bureaucrats who compiled the deportation list, but I could not find
Alois' name in the Austrian, Czech or German victims' listings, nor in
the USHMM data, because, I assume, each of the countries thinks that he
was not their citizen ... I would like to inform them to add him to
their list, but I am not sure which passport he held ... Possibly there
is more information in Hamburg?

I hope that helps nevertheless

Fritz Neubauer

From: Peter Wells <peterpixel@runbox.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Aug 2017 10:23:23 +0100
...
Alois MUNK was my Grandfather. He was born in Feb 1876 in Krumlov Moravsky ...
I believe Alois perished in Riga.

If anyone has more information on Alois or any of his family, please do
contact me.


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Re: Seeking information on Alois MUNK #general

Fritz Neubauer
 

Dear Peter ,

the "Book of Remembrance: The German, Austrian and Czechoslovakian Jews
deported to the Baltic States" published by Saur Publishers in Muenchen
2003 has an entry for Alois MUNK on page 617:

Munk, Alois
born 10.02.1876 in Maehrisch-Kromau, then Austria
Last address: Hamburg, Kielortallee 13

There is no other MUNK on this transport, but a Samuel MUNK, 23-Mar-1861
in Altona is mentioned in the Hamburg Book as having been deported to
Theresienstadt in 1942, where he died on 31-Jan-1943, possibly a relative?
According to the data in this book and also in the book "Hamburger
juedische Opfer des Nationalsozialismus: Gedenkbuch", published by the
Hamburg State Archiv in 1995, Alois Munk was deported >from Hamburg to
Riga, altogether at least 726 Hamburg victims, on 06-Dec-1941.

The Book of Remembrance also details what happened to the deportees
after their arrival.

There is a problem finding out about his fate,  because I am not sure
about this citizenship. This may not have mattered to the Gestapo
bureaucrats who compiled the deportation list, but I could not find
Alois' name in the Austrian, Czech or German victims' listings, nor in
the USHMM data, because, I assume, each of the countries thinks that he
was not their citizen ... I would like to inform them to add him to
their list, but I am not sure which passport he held ... Possibly there
is more information in Hamburg?

I hope that helps nevertheless

Fritz Neubauer

From: Peter Wells <peterpixel@runbox.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Aug 2017 10:23:23 +0100
...
Alois MUNK was my Grandfather. He was born in Feb 1876 in Krumlov Moravsky ...
I believe Alois perished in Riga.

If anyone has more information on Alois or any of his family, please do
contact me.


Will of George May #unitedkingdom

richard may
 

Dear community,

My great grandfather's brother, George May,
who lived at 17 Lymington Road West Hampstead, in the County of London,
died in 1912. His last will and testament indicated that the gross value
of his estate was
[pound symbol] 7282. 17. 7.
and the net value of his personal estate was
[pound symbol] 6589. 15. 8.

Was the value of his "personal estate" a subset of the gross value of his
estate after various subtractions for debt and fees or must the two
figures be added together to obtain the total value of his estate?
What do the numbers mean to the right of the first decimal point in each
number, shillings and pence?

Is there a website which can accurately convert the value
of his 1912 estate to pounds or dollar values in 2017?

Thank you for your kind erudite help!

Richard May, ferdlilac@yahoo.com
North Carolina, U.S.A.


JCR-UK SIG #UnitedKingdom Will of George May #unitedkingdom

richard may
 

Dear community,

My great grandfather's brother, George May,
who lived at 17 Lymington Road West Hampstead, in the County of London,
died in 1912. His last will and testament indicated that the gross value
of his estate was
[pound symbol] 7282. 17. 7.
and the net value of his personal estate was
[pound symbol] 6589. 15. 8.

Was the value of his "personal estate" a subset of the gross value of his
estate after various subtractions for debt and fees or must the two
figures be added together to obtain the total value of his estate?
What do the numbers mean to the right of the first decimal point in each
number, shillings and pence?

Is there a website which can accurately convert the value
of his 1912 estate to pounds or dollar values in 2017?

Thank you for your kind erudite help!

Richard May, ferdlilac@yahoo.com
North Carolina, U.S.A.


RAUZUK family from Vilkaviskis #general

Mark Strauss
 

If you are seeking to find long lost relatives and make new connections to
reveal family relationships, I can't emphasize enough how important it is
to take the long view and recognize that solving family mysteries does not
happen instantly. It's very important to leave messages in family forums on
ancestry websites and enter family names on family finder sites. One may not
get a reply, that week, that month or that year. However, if the message is
there, there is a good chance, that a reply will come one day, and a memoir
or a letter will appear that will answer a load of family questions.

Case in point: My maternal great-grandmother was Esther Wolf, who married my
great-grandfather Joseph Brody. The family came >from Lithuania, and
immigrated to Youngstown Ohio. My great-grandmother's brother, Louis Wolf,
partnered with his first cousin, Gustave Efroymson to found a number of
department stores in Indianapolis, including Wassons. Esther and Louis's
parents were Velvile Rousuck and Chai Ephraimson >from Vilkaviskis. Through
research on Ancestry, I had discovered that the Wolf name was originally
Rauzuk and most of the family immigrated to Indianapolis, where the name
was changed.

In 2010, I responded to a message board on Ancestry for the Rosuck family
that included posts that went back to 2001. A number of persons posted
messages about Rausuk/Rousuck family members coming >from Wilkowski (now
Vilkaviskis) and settling in Indianapolis. When I first posted, I had
discovered >from an old passport application that a Wolf cousin had
changed his name >from Rousuck to Wolf, when he immigrated >from
Vilkaviskis to Indianapolis, in the early 1900's and found reference to
the Rousuck name in other family documents. Additionally, a number of
Wolf/Rousuck and Efroymson nieces, nephews and cousins came to
Indianapolis to work for the family businesses, including my grandfather,
Ben Brodie. Since my great-great-grandfather was Velvile (Yiddish for
Wolf) Rousuck, I assume that the name change >from Rousuck to Wolf was a
patronymic reference to my great-great grandfather. I also believe that
it made the family name seem less Russian, because on census documents,
family members began to say they were German.

Upon reading the messages on Ancestry, I discovered that there were also
many Rousucks who came to Indianapolis >from Vilkaviskis, who did not
change their name, or the name morphed to Rose or Rosen. I corresponded
with about half a dozen persons who shared similar stories. We were never
able to find an exact connection to my family, but we assumed that there
must be a relation. Additionally, I made a number of significant DNA
connections with persons who had Rauzuk/Rousuck ancestry >from the area,
but we were never able to confirm the exact connection to my family.
However, through one person who had posted on the Rousuck message board,
Allison Vrolijk, we were able to test her male Rosuck cousin and
discovered he shared a Y DNA match with a known Wolf cousin of mine,
Jeffrey Wolf. They both shared the same J-M172 Haplogroup.

Fast forward to this past weekend: Last Saturday, I found a post >from
Jane Brown on the Rousuck Ancestry message board that said, "I am a
descendent, granddaughter, of Louis Rossuck >from Chicago via Verbolin
?) Russia. I have a letter dated 1952 and posted >from Indianapolis
from a Manuel Freeman, whose mother was a Rossuck. He says that the
name has morphed into Rausuk, Rosen and Ross. He says there were 8
brothers. Some even changed to Wolf. I found this letter recently
addressed to one of my mother's sisters, Madeline Rossuck."

I immediately sent Jane a note and asked to see a copy of the 1952
letter. I also did a google search of Verbolin Russia and discovered
it is today, Virbalis, Lithuania, located 15 km east of the City
Vilkaviskis, a three hour walk. Jane's letter turned out to be the
Rosetta Stone (or should I say "Rousuka Stone") connecting many of
the Rousucks, Rosens and Wolfs of Indianapolis. The letter, written
by Manuel Freeman, told the story of eight Rossuck brothers who came
from the Suwalk region, where Vilkaviskis is located. He says that,
"some spelled it Rausuk, some call themselves Rosen, and some changed
their name to Wolf." The letter actually references, Louis Wolf, my
great-great Uncle, and confirms that he changed his name >from Rossuck.

Interestingly, the letter also illuminates an old family story that I
was never able to confirm. In my mother's family, we were always told
that a cousin of ours was the Governor of the Virgin Islands. I since
found reference to Ralph Moses Paiewonsky, governor of the Virgin
Islands in the 1960s, whose family was originally >from Lithuania, but I
was never able to find the exact connection to my family. In the same
letter that clarifies the Rousuck/Wolf family in Indianapolis, Manuel
Freeman also mentions that his Aunt (the sister of his Rousuck mother)
married into the Piawonski family in St. Thomas, as well as another first
cousin named Kushner. On a family tree on the ancestry, I discovered that
Ralph Palewonsky mother was Rebecca Kushner. I also discovered the family
was originally >from Vilkaviskis.

Although Manuel's letter doesn't connect all the dots, it confirms that
there is a relationship to Jane Brown's family. It also reveals the
relationship to one of my strongest DNA connections, Margery Mendelsen.
Margery's daughter-in-law, Shirley Mendelsen, corresponded with me and
esearched her mother-in-law's family. She revealed that Margery was a
Rosen by birth, and was the daughter of Isaac Rousuck >from Vilkaviskis.
This past weekend, Shirley also shared that Margery was also directly
related to Manuel Freeman, through her Rousuck family, the writer of
the letter >from 1952 to Jane Brown's aunt, Madeline Rossuck.

The next step is to figure out who were the original eight Rousuck
brothers >from Vilkaviskis, and how they connect to my new found family.
Recently, Jewishgen added taxpayer and voter lists for Vilkaviskis >from
the 1860's that names nearly a dozen Rousuck men, including my great-
grandfather, who is listed as Wolf Rauzuk. Some of the names also
include a father's name. One can assume that many of these men were
brothers, and if we can tie them to my new found connections, we will be
able to document some of the new branches of the family, and extend the
family tree by another generation.

I hope this story will help others with there own research.

Mark Strauss
markes@aol.com


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen RAUZUK family from Vilkaviskis #general

Mark Strauss
 

If you are seeking to find long lost relatives and make new connections to
reveal family relationships, I can't emphasize enough how important it is
to take the long view and recognize that solving family mysteries does not
happen instantly. It's very important to leave messages in family forums on
ancestry websites and enter family names on family finder sites. One may not
get a reply, that week, that month or that year. However, if the message is
there, there is a good chance, that a reply will come one day, and a memoir
or a letter will appear that will answer a load of family questions.

Case in point: My maternal great-grandmother was Esther Wolf, who married my
great-grandfather Joseph Brody. The family came >from Lithuania, and
immigrated to Youngstown Ohio. My great-grandmother's brother, Louis Wolf,
partnered with his first cousin, Gustave Efroymson to found a number of
department stores in Indianapolis, including Wassons. Esther and Louis's
parents were Velvile Rousuck and Chai Ephraimson >from Vilkaviskis. Through
research on Ancestry, I had discovered that the Wolf name was originally
Rauzuk and most of the family immigrated to Indianapolis, where the name
was changed.

In 2010, I responded to a message board on Ancestry for the Rosuck family
that included posts that went back to 2001. A number of persons posted
messages about Rausuk/Rousuck family members coming >from Wilkowski (now
Vilkaviskis) and settling in Indianapolis. When I first posted, I had
discovered >from an old passport application that a Wolf cousin had
changed his name >from Rousuck to Wolf, when he immigrated >from
Vilkaviskis to Indianapolis, in the early 1900's and found reference to
the Rousuck name in other family documents. Additionally, a number of
Wolf/Rousuck and Efroymson nieces, nephews and cousins came to
Indianapolis to work for the family businesses, including my grandfather,
Ben Brodie. Since my great-great-grandfather was Velvile (Yiddish for
Wolf) Rousuck, I assume that the name change >from Rousuck to Wolf was a
patronymic reference to my great-great grandfather. I also believe that
it made the family name seem less Russian, because on census documents,
family members began to say they were German.

Upon reading the messages on Ancestry, I discovered that there were also
many Rousucks who came to Indianapolis >from Vilkaviskis, who did not
change their name, or the name morphed to Rose or Rosen. I corresponded
with about half a dozen persons who shared similar stories. We were never
able to find an exact connection to my family, but we assumed that there
must be a relation. Additionally, I made a number of significant DNA
connections with persons who had Rauzuk/Rousuck ancestry >from the area,
but we were never able to confirm the exact connection to my family.
However, through one person who had posted on the Rousuck message board,
Allison Vrolijk, we were able to test her male Rosuck cousin and
discovered he shared a Y DNA match with a known Wolf cousin of mine,
Jeffrey Wolf. They both shared the same J-M172 Haplogroup.

Fast forward to this past weekend: Last Saturday, I found a post >from
Jane Brown on the Rousuck Ancestry message board that said, "I am a
descendent, granddaughter, of Louis Rossuck >from Chicago via Verbolin
?) Russia. I have a letter dated 1952 and posted >from Indianapolis
from a Manuel Freeman, whose mother was a Rossuck. He says that the
name has morphed into Rausuk, Rosen and Ross. He says there were 8
brothers. Some even changed to Wolf. I found this letter recently
addressed to one of my mother's sisters, Madeline Rossuck."

I immediately sent Jane a note and asked to see a copy of the 1952
letter. I also did a google search of Verbolin Russia and discovered
it is today, Virbalis, Lithuania, located 15 km east of the City
Vilkaviskis, a three hour walk. Jane's letter turned out to be the
Rosetta Stone (or should I say "Rousuka Stone") connecting many of
the Rousucks, Rosens and Wolfs of Indianapolis. The letter, written
by Manuel Freeman, told the story of eight Rossuck brothers who came
from the Suwalk region, where Vilkaviskis is located. He says that,
"some spelled it Rausuk, some call themselves Rosen, and some changed
their name to Wolf." The letter actually references, Louis Wolf, my
great-great Uncle, and confirms that he changed his name >from Rossuck.

Interestingly, the letter also illuminates an old family story that I
was never able to confirm. In my mother's family, we were always told
that a cousin of ours was the Governor of the Virgin Islands. I since
found reference to Ralph Moses Paiewonsky, governor of the Virgin
Islands in the 1960s, whose family was originally >from Lithuania, but I
was never able to find the exact connection to my family. In the same
letter that clarifies the Rousuck/Wolf family in Indianapolis, Manuel
Freeman also mentions that his Aunt (the sister of his Rousuck mother)
married into the Piawonski family in St. Thomas, as well as another first
cousin named Kushner. On a family tree on the ancestry, I discovered that
Ralph Palewonsky mother was Rebecca Kushner. I also discovered the family
was originally >from Vilkaviskis.

Although Manuel's letter doesn't connect all the dots, it confirms that
there is a relationship to Jane Brown's family. It also reveals the
relationship to one of my strongest DNA connections, Margery Mendelsen.
Margery's daughter-in-law, Shirley Mendelsen, corresponded with me and
esearched her mother-in-law's family. She revealed that Margery was a
Rosen by birth, and was the daughter of Isaac Rousuck >from Vilkaviskis.
This past weekend, Shirley also shared that Margery was also directly
related to Manuel Freeman, through her Rousuck family, the writer of
the letter >from 1952 to Jane Brown's aunt, Madeline Rossuck.

The next step is to figure out who were the original eight Rousuck
brothers >from Vilkaviskis, and how they connect to my new found family.
Recently, Jewishgen added taxpayer and voter lists for Vilkaviskis >from
the 1860's that names nearly a dozen Rousuck men, including my great-
grandfather, who is listed as Wolf Rauzuk. Some of the names also
include a father's name. One can assume that many of these men were
brothers, and if we can tie them to my new found connections, we will be
able to document some of the new branches of the family, and extend the
family tree by another generation.

I hope this story will help others with there own research.

Mark Strauss
markes@aol.com


Rauzuk family from Vilkaviskis #lithuania

Mark Strauss
 

I recently posted this on a number of Jewish genealogy Facebook sites and
it was suggested that I also post on Litvaksig:

If you are seeking to find long lost relatives and make new connections to
reveal family relationships, I can't emphasize enough how important
it is to take the long view and recognize that solving family mysteries
does not happen instantly. It's very important to leave messages in
family forums on ancestry websites and enter family names on family finder
sites. One may not get a reply, that week, that month or that year. However,
if the message is there, there is a good chance, that a reply will come
one day, and a memoir or a letter will appear that will answer a load of
family questions.

Case in point: My maternal great-grandmother was Esther Wolf, who married
my great-grandfather Joseph Brody. The family came >from Lithuania, and
immigrated to Youngstown Ohio. My great-grandmother's brother, Louis Wolf
partnered with his first cousin, Gustave Efroymson to found a number of
department stores in Indianapolis, including Wassons. Esther and Louis's
parents were Velvile Rousuck and Chai Ephraimson >from Vilkaviskis.
Through research on Ancestry, I had discovered that the Wolf name was
originally Rauzuk and most of the family immigrated to Indianapolis,
where the name was changed.

In 2010, I responded to a message board on Ancestry for the Rosuck family
that included posts that went back to 2001. A number of persons posted
messages about Rausuk/Rousuck family members coming >from Wilkowski
(now Vilkaviskis) and settling in Indianapolis. When I first posted,
I had discovered >from an old passport application that a Wolf cousin
had changed his name >from Rousuck to Wolf, when he immigrated >from
Vilkaviskis to Indianapolis, in the early 1900's and found reference
to the Rousuck name in other family documents. Additionally, a number
of Wolf/Rousuck and Efroymson nieces, nephews and cousins came to
Indianapolis to work for the family businesses, including my grandfather,
Ben Brodie. Since my great-great-grandfather was Velvile (Yiddish for
Wolf) Rousuck, I assume that the name change >from Rousuck to Wolf was a
patronymic reference to my great-great grandfather. I also believe that
it made the family name seem less Russian, because on census documents
family members began to say they were German.

Upon reading the messages on Ancestry, I discovered that there were also
many Rousucks who came to Indianapolis >from Vilkaviskis, who did not change
their name, or the name morphed to Rose or Rosen. I corresponded with about
half a dozen persons who shared similar stories. We were never able to find
an exact connection to my family, but we assumed that there must be a
relatioon. Additionally, I made a number of significant DNA connections with
persons who had Rauzuk/Rousuck ancestry >from the area, but we were never able
to confirm the exact connection to my family. However, through one person
who had posted on the Rousuck message board, Allison Vrolijk, we were able
to test her male Rosuck cousin and discovered he shared a Y DNA match with a
known Wolf cousin of mine, Jeffrey Wolf. They both shared the same J-M172
Haplogroup.

Fast forward to this past weekend: Last Saturday, I found a post >from Jane
Brown on the Rousuck Ancestry message board that said, I am a descendant,
granddaughter, of Louis Rossuck >from Chicago via Verbolin (?) Russia.
I have a letter dated 1952 and posted >from Indianapolis >from a Manuel
Freeman, whose mother was a Rossuck. He says that the name has morphed
into Riausuk, Rosen and Ross. He says there were 8 brothers. Some even
changed to Wolf. I found this letter recently addressed to one of my
mother's sisters, Madeline Rossuck.

I immediately sent Jane a note and asked to see a copy of the 1952 letter.
I also did a google search of Verbolin Russia and discovered it is today,
Virbalis, Lithuania, located 15 km east of the City Vilkaviskis, a three
hour walk. Jane's letter turned out to be the Rosetta Stone (or should
I say "Rousuka Stone") connecting many of the Rousucks, Rosens and
Wolfs of Indianapolis. The letter, written by Manuel Freeman, told
the story of eight Rossuck brothers who came >from the Suwalk region, where
Vilkaviskis is located. He says that, some spelled it Rausuk, some
call themselves Rosen, and some changed their name to Wolf. The
letter actually references, Louis Wolf, my great-great Uncle, and confirms
that he changed his name >from Rossuck.

Interestingly, the letter also illuminates an old family story that I was
never able to confirm. In my mother's family, we were always told that
a cousin of ours was the Governor of the Virgin Islands. I since found
reference to Ralph Moses Paiewonsky, governor of the Virgin Islands in the
1960s, whose family was originally >from Lithuania, but I was never
able to find the exact connection to my family. In the same letter that
clarifies the Rousuck/Wolf family in Indianapolis, Manuel Freeman also
mentions that his Aunt (the sister of his Rousuck mother) married into
the Piawonski family in St. Thomas, as well as another first cousin
named Kushner. On a family tree on the ancestry, I discovered that
Ralph Palewonsky mother was Rebecca Kushner. I also discovered the
family was originally >from Vilkaviskis.

Although Manuel's letter doesn't connect all the dots, it confirms
that there is a relationship to Jane Brown's family. It also
reveals the relationship to one of my strongest DNA connections, Margery
Mendelsen. Margery's daughter-in-law, Shirley Mendelsen, corresponded with
me and researched her mother-in-law's family. She revealed that Margery was
a Rosen by birth, and was the daughter of Isaac Rousuck >from Vilkaviskis.
This past weekend, Shirley also shared that Margery was also directly
related to Manuel Freeman, through her Rousuck family, the writer of the
letter >from 1952 to Jane Brown's aunt, Madeline Rossuck.

The next step is to figure out who were the original eight Rousuck brothers
>from Vilkaviskis, and how they connect to my new found family. Recently,
LitvakSIG added taxpayer and voter lists for Vilkaviskis >from the 1860's
that names nearly a dozen Rousuck men, including my great-grandfather, who is
listed as Wolf Rauzuk. Some of the names also include a father's name. One
can assume that many of these men were brothers, and if we can tie them to
my new found connections, we will be able to document some of the new branches
of the family, and extend the family tree by another generation.

I hope this story will help others with their own research.

Mark Strauss
markes@aol.com


Lithuania SIG #Lithuania Rauzuk family from Vilkaviskis #lithuania

Mark Strauss
 

I recently posted this on a number of Jewish genealogy Facebook sites and
it was suggested that I also post on Litvaksig:

If you are seeking to find long lost relatives and make new connections to
reveal family relationships, I can't emphasize enough how important
it is to take the long view and recognize that solving family mysteries
does not happen instantly. It's very important to leave messages in
family forums on ancestry websites and enter family names on family finder
sites. One may not get a reply, that week, that month or that year. However,
if the message is there, there is a good chance, that a reply will come
one day, and a memoir or a letter will appear that will answer a load of
family questions.

Case in point: My maternal great-grandmother was Esther Wolf, who married
my great-grandfather Joseph Brody. The family came >from Lithuania, and
immigrated to Youngstown Ohio. My great-grandmother's brother, Louis Wolf
partnered with his first cousin, Gustave Efroymson to found a number of
department stores in Indianapolis, including Wassons. Esther and Louis's
parents were Velvile Rousuck and Chai Ephraimson >from Vilkaviskis.
Through research on Ancestry, I had discovered that the Wolf name was
originally Rauzuk and most of the family immigrated to Indianapolis,
where the name was changed.

In 2010, I responded to a message board on Ancestry for the Rosuck family
that included posts that went back to 2001. A number of persons posted
messages about Rausuk/Rousuck family members coming >from Wilkowski
(now Vilkaviskis) and settling in Indianapolis. When I first posted,
I had discovered >from an old passport application that a Wolf cousin
had changed his name >from Rousuck to Wolf, when he immigrated >from
Vilkaviskis to Indianapolis, in the early 1900's and found reference
to the Rousuck name in other family documents. Additionally, a number
of Wolf/Rousuck and Efroymson nieces, nephews and cousins came to
Indianapolis to work for the family businesses, including my grandfather,
Ben Brodie. Since my great-great-grandfather was Velvile (Yiddish for
Wolf) Rousuck, I assume that the name change >from Rousuck to Wolf was a
patronymic reference to my great-great grandfather. I also believe that
it made the family name seem less Russian, because on census documents
family members began to say they were German.

Upon reading the messages on Ancestry, I discovered that there were also
many Rousucks who came to Indianapolis >from Vilkaviskis, who did not change
their name, or the name morphed to Rose or Rosen. I corresponded with about
half a dozen persons who shared similar stories. We were never able to find
an exact connection to my family, but we assumed that there must be a
relatioon. Additionally, I made a number of significant DNA connections with
persons who had Rauzuk/Rousuck ancestry >from the area, but we were never able
to confirm the exact connection to my family. However, through one person
who had posted on the Rousuck message board, Allison Vrolijk, we were able
to test her male Rosuck cousin and discovered he shared a Y DNA match with a
known Wolf cousin of mine, Jeffrey Wolf. They both shared the same J-M172
Haplogroup.

Fast forward to this past weekend: Last Saturday, I found a post >from Jane
Brown on the Rousuck Ancestry message board that said, I am a descendant,
granddaughter, of Louis Rossuck >from Chicago via Verbolin (?) Russia.
I have a letter dated 1952 and posted >from Indianapolis >from a Manuel
Freeman, whose mother was a Rossuck. He says that the name has morphed
into Riausuk, Rosen and Ross. He says there were 8 brothers. Some even
changed to Wolf. I found this letter recently addressed to one of my
mother's sisters, Madeline Rossuck.

I immediately sent Jane a note and asked to see a copy of the 1952 letter.
I also did a google search of Verbolin Russia and discovered it is today,
Virbalis, Lithuania, located 15 km east of the City Vilkaviskis, a three
hour walk. Jane's letter turned out to be the Rosetta Stone (or should
I say "Rousuka Stone") connecting many of the Rousucks, Rosens and
Wolfs of Indianapolis. The letter, written by Manuel Freeman, told
the story of eight Rossuck brothers who came >from the Suwalk region, where
Vilkaviskis is located. He says that, some spelled it Rausuk, some
call themselves Rosen, and some changed their name to Wolf. The
letter actually references, Louis Wolf, my great-great Uncle, and confirms
that he changed his name >from Rossuck.

Interestingly, the letter also illuminates an old family story that I was
never able to confirm. In my mother's family, we were always told that
a cousin of ours was the Governor of the Virgin Islands. I since found
reference to Ralph Moses Paiewonsky, governor of the Virgin Islands in the
1960s, whose family was originally >from Lithuania, but I was never
able to find the exact connection to my family. In the same letter that
clarifies the Rousuck/Wolf family in Indianapolis, Manuel Freeman also
mentions that his Aunt (the sister of his Rousuck mother) married into
the Piawonski family in St. Thomas, as well as another first cousin
named Kushner. On a family tree on the ancestry, I discovered that
Ralph Palewonsky mother was Rebecca Kushner. I also discovered the
family was originally >from Vilkaviskis.

Although Manuel's letter doesn't connect all the dots, it confirms
that there is a relationship to Jane Brown's family. It also
reveals the relationship to one of my strongest DNA connections, Margery
Mendelsen. Margery's daughter-in-law, Shirley Mendelsen, corresponded with
me and researched her mother-in-law's family. She revealed that Margery was
a Rosen by birth, and was the daughter of Isaac Rousuck >from Vilkaviskis.
This past weekend, Shirley also shared that Margery was also directly
related to Manuel Freeman, through her Rousuck family, the writer of the
letter >from 1952 to Jane Brown's aunt, Madeline Rossuck.

The next step is to figure out who were the original eight Rousuck brothers
>from Vilkaviskis, and how they connect to my new found family. Recently,
LitvakSIG added taxpayer and voter lists for Vilkaviskis >from the 1860's
that names nearly a dozen Rousuck men, including my great-grandfather, who is
listed as Wolf Rauzuk. Some of the names also include a father's name. One
can assume that many of these men were brothers, and if we can tie them to
my new found connections, we will be able to document some of the new branches
of the family, and extend the family tree by another generation.

I hope this story will help others with their own research.

Mark Strauss
markes@aol.com


RAPKIN/SORKIN in Paris #general

Isabel Cymerman <isabelcym3@...>
 

I'm searching for RAPKIN/SORKIN in Paris. Originally >from Bobruisk.

Isabel Cymerman
Southbury, CT


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen RAPKIN/SORKIN in Paris #general

Isabel Cymerman <isabelcym3@...>
 

I'm searching for RAPKIN/SORKIN in Paris. Originally >from Bobruisk.

Isabel Cymerman
Southbury, CT


Tarnopol (Termopil), Ukraine KehilaLinks webpage #galicia

Susana Leistner Bloch
 

Dear Tarnopol researcher,

I have reserved a KehilaLinks site for a Tarnopol (Ternopil), Ukraine
webpage and am looking for material

A webpage dedicated to one's ancestral home has two functions:
1. Memorialize the Jewish community that once lived there.
2. Provide a resource for present and future generations of the
descendants of the people who once lived in that shtetl.

Here is a list of material suitable for a webpage. If you have any of
the material described below or something I omitted to mention
and refers to Tarnopol, please donate it to the Tarnopol webpage.

. Family / People photos taken in shtetl
. Family Histories - not long schematic Family trees but an account
of the family branch that lived in your shtetl and neighbouring
shtetlach and what they did for a living, etc...
. Photos of the town before the Holocaust
. Photos of the town as it is now.
. Articles about the shtetl, including survivors' / former residents'
accounts / interviews.
. Stories, reminiscences, anecdotes about the shtetl and the
people who lived there.
. Any other information they might have: historical, communal or
personal.
. Landsmanshaft Material (if there was one for your shtetl)
. History
. Geography ( including maps)
. Travelogues by people who visited the shtetl
. Examples of any type of document issued in the shtetl
. Letters and Postcards sent by the people of the shtetl to
families abroad (preferably those that describe the activities in the
shtetl and the local situation)
. Holocaust material about the people of the shtetl and their fate,
including the ghettos and camps were they were transported.
. Information about emigration and immigration
. Famous sons and daughters (people of the shtetl that
distinguished themselves both locally and in the country of
immigration)
. Business Directories

Regards,

Susana

Susana Leistner Bloch, Coordinator
Suchostaw Region Research Group


Gesher Galicia SIG #Galicia Tarnopol (Termopil), Ukraine KehilaLinks webpage #galicia

Susana Leistner Bloch
 

Dear Tarnopol researcher,

I have reserved a KehilaLinks site for a Tarnopol (Ternopil), Ukraine
webpage and am looking for material

A webpage dedicated to one's ancestral home has two functions:
1. Memorialize the Jewish community that once lived there.
2. Provide a resource for present and future generations of the
descendants of the people who once lived in that shtetl.

Here is a list of material suitable for a webpage. If you have any of
the material described below or something I omitted to mention
and refers to Tarnopol, please donate it to the Tarnopol webpage.

. Family / People photos taken in shtetl
. Family Histories - not long schematic Family trees but an account
of the family branch that lived in your shtetl and neighbouring
shtetlach and what they did for a living, etc...
. Photos of the town before the Holocaust
. Photos of the town as it is now.
. Articles about the shtetl, including survivors' / former residents'
accounts / interviews.
. Stories, reminiscences, anecdotes about the shtetl and the
people who lived there.
. Any other information they might have: historical, communal or
personal.
. Landsmanshaft Material (if there was one for your shtetl)
. History
. Geography ( including maps)
. Travelogues by people who visited the shtetl
. Examples of any type of document issued in the shtetl
. Letters and Postcards sent by the people of the shtetl to
families abroad (preferably those that describe the activities in the
shtetl and the local situation)
. Holocaust material about the people of the shtetl and their fate,
including the ghettos and camps were they were transported.
. Information about emigration and immigration
. Famous sons and daughters (people of the shtetl that
distinguished themselves both locally and in the country of
immigration)
. Business Directories

Regards,

Susana

Susana Leistner Bloch, Coordinator
Suchostaw Region Research Group


Translation from German of 4 vital records #general

John Anderson
 

I've posted 4 vital records in German for which I need translations.
They are on ViewMate at the following addresses ...

http://www.jewishgen.org/viewmate/viewmateview.asp?key=VM58866
http://www.jewishgen.org/viewmate/viewmateview.asp?key=VM58864
http://www.jewishgen.org/viewmate/viewmateview.asp?key=VM58865
http://www.jewishgen.org/viewmate/viewmateview.asp?key=VM58863

Please respond via the form provided in the ViewMate application with
as much detail as possible. They all relate to an Isaac WOLF who may
be related to my great grandfather.

Thank you very much.

John Anderson,
Orlando, FL


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Translation from German of 4 vital records #general

John Anderson
 

I've posted 4 vital records in German for which I need translations.
They are on ViewMate at the following addresses ...

http://www.jewishgen.org/viewmate/viewmateview.asp?key=VM58866
http://www.jewishgen.org/viewmate/viewmateview.asp?key=VM58864
http://www.jewishgen.org/viewmate/viewmateview.asp?key=VM58865
http://www.jewishgen.org/viewmate/viewmateview.asp?key=VM58863

Please respond via the form provided in the ViewMate application with
as much detail as possible. They all relate to an Isaac WOLF who may
be related to my great grandfather.

Thank you very much.

John Anderson,
Orlando, FL


photo ID wanted on Viewmate #general

Paul Silverstone
 

I've posted a photograph for which I need an identification. This is a
portrait of an RCAF officer by the famous photographer Karsh, and was
found among the photos of my cousin Clive Finkelstein, DFC who flew
about 30 missions over Germany/

It is on ViewMate at the following address ...

http://www.jewishgen.org/viewmate/viewmateview.asp?key=VM58782

Please respond via the form provided in the ViewMate application.
Thank you very much.
--
Paul Silverstone
New York


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen photo ID wanted on Viewmate #general

Paul Silverstone
 

I've posted a photograph for which I need an identification. This is a
portrait of an RCAF officer by the famous photographer Karsh, and was
found among the photos of my cousin Clive Finkelstein, DFC who flew
about 30 missions over Germany/

It is on ViewMate at the following address ...

http://www.jewishgen.org/viewmate/viewmateview.asp?key=VM58782

Please respond via the form provided in the ViewMate application.
Thank you very much.
--
Paul Silverstone
New York

57681 - 57700 of 665518