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Re: Researching grandmother Elsa HERRSTADT #germany

Fritz Neubauer
 

Edith Lynn Goldman phal4gal@gmail.com wrote on August 21:

I'm trying to trace my maternal grandmother, Elsa HERRSTADT. All I
know about her (prior to her marriage to my grandfather, Walter CAHN),
is that she was born in Cologne in 1894.
Dear Edith,

are you sure about the spelling of the surname? There are quite a few
HERRNSTADT (with the n after the "Herr"), although no Elsa, but no hits
with your spelling, perhaps that helps?

Fritz Neubauer, North Germany fritz.neubauer@uni-bielefeld.de


German SIG #Germany Re: Researching grandmother Elsa HERRSTADT #germany

Fritz Neubauer
 

Edith Lynn Goldman phal4gal@gmail.com wrote on August 21:

I'm trying to trace my maternal grandmother, Elsa HERRSTADT. All I
know about her (prior to her marriage to my grandfather, Walter CAHN),
is that she was born in Cologne in 1894.
Dear Edith,

are you sure about the spelling of the surname? There are quite a few
HERRNSTADT (with the n after the "Herr"), although no Elsa, but no hits
with your spelling, perhaps that helps?

Fritz Neubauer, North Germany fritz.neubauer@uni-bielefeld.de


Brzozow PSA Births 1885-1907 Marriages #galicia

Billie Stein <billie.stein@...>
 

I found marriage records for 3 generations of family members in the
Brzozow PSA Births 1885-1907 Marriages. Information is partial, but
the main missing item for my purposes is the year of the marriages.
There are no images attached, so I can't check that way. Is there any
way that I can find out the dates of these marriages?

Billie Stein
Givatayim, Israel

MODERATOR NOTE: The records Billie refers to are on JRI-Poland.org
(Brzozow, Lwow Wojewodztwo, records in Fond 16 Sanok Archive).


Gesher Galicia SIG #Galicia Brzozow PSA Births 1885-1907 Marriages #galicia

Billie Stein <billie.stein@...>
 

I found marriage records for 3 generations of family members in the
Brzozow PSA Births 1885-1907 Marriages. Information is partial, but
the main missing item for my purposes is the year of the marriages.
There are no images attached, so I can't check that way. Is there any
way that I can find out the dates of these marriages?

Billie Stein
Givatayim, Israel

MODERATOR NOTE: The records Billie refers to are on JRI-Poland.org
(Brzozow, Lwow Wojewodztwo, records in Fond 16 Sanok Archive).


Help with an SSD Record Application #general

Maggie Bonfield
 

I am seeking help please.

I mailed a request for deceased individual's SS record to 6401
Security Boulevard, 617 Altimeter Building, Baltimore, MD 21235.
410-965-1727, in December 2015. The application was for my
(Great-Aunt) Frances Simon born 1889 Russia - died July 1980,
residence 11434 Jamaica, Queens.N.Y.

I mailed the application recorded delivery and it was received 24th
December 2015. Since February 2016 I have phoned and emailed
regularly. I did get one answer, on May 4th, asking me to
re-supply the information, which I did, and since then have
heard nothing.

Is this normal? What can I do to progress this?

Maggie Bonfield
Exeter/England

Researching
- ROGAL(sky) Kovno/USA/London
- SISKIND Lithuania/New York


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Help with an SSD Record Application #general

Maggie Bonfield
 

I am seeking help please.

I mailed a request for deceased individual's SS record to 6401
Security Boulevard, 617 Altimeter Building, Baltimore, MD 21235.
410-965-1727, in December 2015. The application was for my
(Great-Aunt) Frances Simon born 1889 Russia - died July 1980,
residence 11434 Jamaica, Queens.N.Y.

I mailed the application recorded delivery and it was received 24th
December 2015. Since February 2016 I have phoned and emailed
regularly. I did get one answer, on May 4th, asking me to
re-supply the information, which I did, and since then have
heard nothing.

Is this normal? What can I do to progress this?

Maggie Bonfield
Exeter/England

Researching
- ROGAL(sky) Kovno/USA/London
- SISKIND Lithuania/New York


(Scotland) Scotlands People Offering Free 20 Credits (good for a year) #general

Jan Meisels Allen
 

Scotlands People is a partnership between the National Records of
Scotland and Court of the Lord Lyon, enabled by DC Thompson Family
History which also owns Findmypast.

They are offering free 20 credits (purchase of records is by credits)
through 27 August. You need to register with your name, email address.
To order your free credits go to http://scotlandspeople.gov.uk/ and
click on "purchase more Scotlands People credits" in the upper right-
hand corner. Enter Summer 16 in the Voucher Code box and proceed to
payment. You are only ordering 20 free credits which will be available
for 8,761 hours (i.e. 1 year). Some records are free to search and to
view the record costs "credits" while some record collection charge
credits to search. It is best to look at "about our records" under
Charges for determining the charge process.

If you have not previously visited the Scotlands People website, you are
encouraged to visit the help and resources area for guidance on
searching and the FAQs about the record types and payment charges.

Thank you to Gail Dever >from Genealogy a la carte for informing us
about the 20 free credits.

There are free records and a free surname search does not cost any
credits.

The free records include the military service appeals tribunal,
soldiers' wills, wills and testimonials and coats of arms. See the
left hand side of the screen on the page where you register or login.

Note that Scotlands People website will be unavailable Wednesday, 7
September at 23:59 BT and service will be resumed on Monday 23 September
for essential work to the website.

Jews have been known to be in Scotland since the 17th century and
probably earlier. For more information on the Jews of Scotland see:
http://www.scojec.org/resources/files/scotlands_jews.pdf

Thank you to David Goldberg for sharing this.

I have no affiliation with either DC Thompson Family History or
Scotlands People and am posting this solely for the information of
the reader.

Jan Meisels Allen
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen (Scotland) Scotlands People Offering Free 20 Credits (good for a year) #general

Jan Meisels Allen
 

Scotlands People is a partnership between the National Records of
Scotland and Court of the Lord Lyon, enabled by DC Thompson Family
History which also owns Findmypast.

They are offering free 20 credits (purchase of records is by credits)
through 27 August. You need to register with your name, email address.
To order your free credits go to http://scotlandspeople.gov.uk/ and
click on "purchase more Scotlands People credits" in the upper right-
hand corner. Enter Summer 16 in the Voucher Code box and proceed to
payment. You are only ordering 20 free credits which will be available
for 8,761 hours (i.e. 1 year). Some records are free to search and to
view the record costs "credits" while some record collection charge
credits to search. It is best to look at "about our records" under
Charges for determining the charge process.

If you have not previously visited the Scotlands People website, you are
encouraged to visit the help and resources area for guidance on
searching and the FAQs about the record types and payment charges.

Thank you to Gail Dever >from Genealogy a la carte for informing us
about the 20 free credits.

There are free records and a free surname search does not cost any
credits.

The free records include the military service appeals tribunal,
soldiers' wills, wills and testimonials and coats of arms. See the
left hand side of the screen on the page where you register or login.

Note that Scotlands People website will be unavailable Wednesday, 7
September at 23:59 BT and service will be resumed on Monday 23 September
for essential work to the website.

Jews have been known to be in Scotland since the 17th century and
probably earlier. For more information on the Jews of Scotland see:
http://www.scojec.org/resources/files/scotlands_jews.pdf

Thank you to David Goldberg for sharing this.

I have no affiliation with either DC Thompson Family History or
Scotlands People and am posting this solely for the information of
the reader.

Jan Meisels Allen
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


Restoration of the Bialystok Cemetery #poland

Mark Halpern
 

We, the Bialystoker diaspora community, should be very proud of a number
of people who volunteered their time last week to renovate and restore
the Bagnowka Jewish Cemetery.

For many years, Lucy Lisowska has organized a "summer camp" to clean up
and restore and Dr. Heidi Szpek has worked with Lucy to document the
Matzevot. Last year, a couple >from Massachusetts, Amy Halpern Degen (no
relation) and Josh Degen visited Bialystok, the ancestral home of Amy's
family, during "summer camp." They left with a better idea. Josh is a
stone mason and the couple decided to go back this year with
knowledgeable helpers and some heavy equipment to lift, replace, clean,
and restore as many Matzevot as they could in one week. To do this they
started a GoFundMe project https://www.gofundme.com/tngd3cw4 to raise
$10,000 for travel expense and heavy equipment rental. However, they
actually spent $12,800 and need $1,600 to break even.

The bottom line is that Josh, Amy, Amy's brother Mitchell, Heidi, Lucy,
and gang lifted, replaced, cleaned, and documented 301 Matzevot in 5 or
6 days. Quite an accomplishment. Yasher koach to the team.

The local press covered the work. See
http://bialystok.wyborcza.pl/bialystok/1,35241,20560145,cmentarz-zydowski-wyglada-jak-cmentarz-zdjecia.html.
Translate the article in Google Chrome browser.

Background article on Amy and Josh and their project can be found at
http://www.nashobavalleyvoice.com/townsend_news/ci_30152677/restoration-jewish-cemetery-preserve-vanishing-heritage.

Many photos organized by day can be found on Facebook page of Heidi
Szpek at https://www.facebook.com/heidi.szpekidzikowski?fref=ts.

Any volunteers for next year's summer camp?

Mark Halpern


BialyGen: Bialystok Region #Bialystok #Poland Restoration of the Bialystok Cemetery #poland

Mark Halpern
 

We, the Bialystoker diaspora community, should be very proud of a number
of people who volunteered their time last week to renovate and restore
the Bagnowka Jewish Cemetery.

For many years, Lucy Lisowska has organized a "summer camp" to clean up
and restore and Dr. Heidi Szpek has worked with Lucy to document the
Matzevot. Last year, a couple >from Massachusetts, Amy Halpern Degen (no
relation) and Josh Degen visited Bialystok, the ancestral home of Amy's
family, during "summer camp." They left with a better idea. Josh is a
stone mason and the couple decided to go back this year with
knowledgeable helpers and some heavy equipment to lift, replace, clean,
and restore as many Matzevot as they could in one week. To do this they
started a GoFundMe project https://www.gofundme.com/tngd3cw4 to raise
$10,000 for travel expense and heavy equipment rental. However, they
actually spent $12,800 and need $1,600 to break even.

The bottom line is that Josh, Amy, Amy's brother Mitchell, Heidi, Lucy,
and gang lifted, replaced, cleaned, and documented 301 Matzevot in 5 or
6 days. Quite an accomplishment. Yasher koach to the team.

The local press covered the work. See
http://bialystok.wyborcza.pl/bialystok/1,35241,20560145,cmentarz-zydowski-wyglada-jak-cmentarz-zdjecia.html.
Translate the article in Google Chrome browser.

Background article on Amy and Josh and their project can be found at
http://www.nashobavalleyvoice.com/townsend_news/ci_30152677/restoration-jewish-cemetery-preserve-vanishing-heritage.

Many photos organized by day can be found on Facebook page of Heidi
Szpek at https://www.facebook.com/heidi.szpekidzikowski?fref=ts.

Any volunteers for next year's summer camp?

Mark Halpern


Vilnius Revision Lists #lithuania

Dorothy Leivers
 

Vilnius District Research Group has 200 contributors but cannot afford
to do the work available. This group has varying interests and its
contributors are each at a different stage of research. Vilna
District is blessed with a large collection of records which survived
but that is also its problem. The digitised images for the 1851
revision list for the city of Vilna cost nearly $4000. The
translation of the 1851 could never have been done without the help of
volunteer translators as it would have cost over $10,000 to
accomplish.

The Lithuanian Historical Archives will be moving in January and it is
likely that the archive will effectively be closed for a considerable
time. We have a window of opportunity between now and year end during
which time the archive will digitise images for LitvakSIG and we have
3 excellent volunteers who can work >from these images and in addition
3 paid translators who would be prepared to work >from home. Thus an
ongoing flow of translations will be available to contributors.

The images on order at the moment include revision lists for the years
1816-1858 for those towns not already translated. We need
contributions to pay for them. I am asking you to please make a
donation now. I cannot overemphasize how important this is. The more
money raised, the more images we can obtain.

We have paid translators and volunteers who do excellent work. If we
lose the translators because we cannot afford to either obtain the
images or pay them any longer then we lose their skills forever.

You can make your donation at https://www.litvaksig.org/join-and-contribute/

Dorothy Leivers
Records Acquisition
LitvakSIG


Lithuania SIG #Lithuania Vilnius Revision Lists #lithuania

Dorothy Leivers
 

Vilnius District Research Group has 200 contributors but cannot afford
to do the work available. This group has varying interests and its
contributors are each at a different stage of research. Vilna
District is blessed with a large collection of records which survived
but that is also its problem. The digitised images for the 1851
revision list for the city of Vilna cost nearly $4000. The
translation of the 1851 could never have been done without the help of
volunteer translators as it would have cost over $10,000 to
accomplish.

The Lithuanian Historical Archives will be moving in January and it is
likely that the archive will effectively be closed for a considerable
time. We have a window of opportunity between now and year end during
which time the archive will digitise images for LitvakSIG and we have
3 excellent volunteers who can work >from these images and in addition
3 paid translators who would be prepared to work >from home. Thus an
ongoing flow of translations will be available to contributors.

The images on order at the moment include revision lists for the years
1816-1858 for those towns not already translated. We need
contributions to pay for them. I am asking you to please make a
donation now. I cannot overemphasize how important this is. The more
money raised, the more images we can obtain.

We have paid translators and volunteers who do excellent work. If we
lose the translators because we cannot afford to either obtain the
images or pay them any longer then we lose their skills forever.

You can make your donation at https://www.litvaksig.org/join-and-contribute/

Dorothy Leivers
Records Acquisition
LitvakSIG


Sarah Rivke MIRELS a descendant of the Maharal of Prauge #poland

Robert Tachna
 

I am a descendant of the Chacham Tzvi Hersh ASHKENAZI and his wife Sarah
Rivka MIRELS. >from what I found on Geni.com, Sarah Rivka MIRELS is a
descendant of the Maharal of Prauge Rabbi Judah ben Betzalel LOEW.
However, I have been tipped that not all information on Geni.com is
necessarily accurate or even correct. Therefore I am asking other
researchers and experts if Sarah Rivka MIRELS, the wife of the Chacham
Tzvi Hersh ASHKENAZI, is actually a descendant of the Maharal of Prauge
Rabbi Judah ben Betzalel LOEW? Are there any other sources that can
confirm it or even state otherwise?

Thank you,
Robert Tachna
rhtachna@gmail.com

MODERATOR'S NOTE: If you haven't already done so, you may want to
post your message on the RavSIG discussion group, which focuses on
Rabbinic research. Subscribe at http://lyris.jewishgen.org/ListManager


JRI Poland #Poland Sarah Rivke MIRELS a descendant of the Maharal of Prauge #poland

Robert Tachna
 

I am a descendant of the Chacham Tzvi Hersh ASHKENAZI and his wife Sarah
Rivka MIRELS. >from what I found on Geni.com, Sarah Rivka MIRELS is a
descendant of the Maharal of Prauge Rabbi Judah ben Betzalel LOEW.
However, I have been tipped that not all information on Geni.com is
necessarily accurate or even correct. Therefore I am asking other
researchers and experts if Sarah Rivka MIRELS, the wife of the Chacham
Tzvi Hersh ASHKENAZI, is actually a descendant of the Maharal of Prauge
Rabbi Judah ben Betzalel LOEW? Are there any other sources that can
confirm it or even state otherwise?

Thank you,
Robert Tachna
rhtachna@gmail.com

MODERATOR'S NOTE: If you haven't already done so, you may want to
post your message on the RavSIG discussion group, which focuses on
Rabbinic research. Subscribe at http://lyris.jewishgen.org/ListManager


Someone who can film a town in Poland for me. #poland

Robert Tachna
 

Does anyone know of anyone who I can go to to hire to make a video of my
ancestors town of Zareby Koscielne, Poland? Back in 1997 I hired Pawel
Brunon Dorman >from his website Polish Jews to make a video of my
grandfather's town of Mlawa, Poland. He did an excellent job and the
video he produced was phenomenal. Unfortunately, his website Polish Jews
no longer exists or otherwise I would ask him again. I wish I could
contact him or if anyone knows of any other reliable and honest people
or services that could make for me a video of Zareby Koscielne, Poland?

Thank you,
Robert Tachna
rhtachna@gmail.com

MODERATOR'S NOTE: Please respond privately with recommendations or
contact information.


JRI Poland #Poland Someone who can film a town in Poland for me. #poland

Robert Tachna
 

Does anyone know of anyone who I can go to to hire to make a video of my
ancestors town of Zareby Koscielne, Poland? Back in 1997 I hired Pawel
Brunon Dorman >from his website Polish Jews to make a video of my
grandfather's town of Mlawa, Poland. He did an excellent job and the
video he produced was phenomenal. Unfortunately, his website Polish Jews
no longer exists or otherwise I would ask him again. I wish I could
contact him or if anyone knows of any other reliable and honest people
or services that could make for me a video of Zareby Koscielne, Poland?

Thank you,
Robert Tachna
rhtachna@gmail.com

MODERATOR'S NOTE: Please respond privately with recommendations or
contact information.


1852 Cadastral Map of Dynow in the Gesher Galicia Map Room #poland

Jay Osborn <jay.osborn@...>
 

Today in the Gesher Galicia Map Room we've posted an excellent map of
an important Galician city: the complete 1852 cadastral map of Dynow,
now in southeast Poland near Rzeszow and Przemysl.

http://maps.geshergalicia.org/cadastral/dynow-1852/

Clearly lithographed and selectively colored, the map includes
property numbers for both buildings and parcels, enabling anyone with
vital and other records to locate family homes and businesses in the
historical city. Already in 1852, the city had a well-built market
square, and the map also shows the Great Synagogue and the large
Jewish cemetery, along with many other features of a small but solid
settlement.

Acquisition of the map scan images and assembly of this browsable map
were made possible by Gesher Galicia member contributions to the Dynow
town project, an element of our Galician Archival Records Project
(GARP); more info about our town projects is available here:
http://www.geshergalicia.org/town-projects/
The generosity of those contributions now makes this map available to everyone.

The original paper map sheets are preserved not far >from Dynow in the
Polish Historical Archives in Rzeszow:
http://www.rzeszow.ap.gov.pl/

The GG Map Room home page: http://maps.geshergalicia.org/

Jay Osborn
Gesher Galicia Digital Map Manager
Warsaw, Poland
maps@geshergalicia.org


JRI Poland #Poland 1852 Cadastral Map of Dynow in the Gesher Galicia Map Room #poland

Jay Osborn <jay.osborn@...>
 

Today in the Gesher Galicia Map Room we've posted an excellent map of
an important Galician city: the complete 1852 cadastral map of Dynow,
now in southeast Poland near Rzeszow and Przemysl.

http://maps.geshergalicia.org/cadastral/dynow-1852/

Clearly lithographed and selectively colored, the map includes
property numbers for both buildings and parcels, enabling anyone with
vital and other records to locate family homes and businesses in the
historical city. Already in 1852, the city had a well-built market
square, and the map also shows the Great Synagogue and the large
Jewish cemetery, along with many other features of a small but solid
settlement.

Acquisition of the map scan images and assembly of this browsable map
were made possible by Gesher Galicia member contributions to the Dynow
town project, an element of our Galician Archival Records Project
(GARP); more info about our town projects is available here:
http://www.geshergalicia.org/town-projects/
The generosity of those contributions now makes this map available to everyone.

The original paper map sheets are preserved not far >from Dynow in the
Polish Historical Archives in Rzeszow:
http://www.rzeszow.ap.gov.pl/

The GG Map Room home page: http://maps.geshergalicia.org/

Jay Osborn
Gesher Galicia Digital Map Manager
Warsaw, Poland
maps@geshergalicia.org


Restoration of the Bialystok Cemetery #poland

Mark Halpern
 

We, the Bialystoker diaspora community, should be very proud of a number
of people who volunteered their time last week to renovate and restore
the Bagnowka Jewish Cemetery.

For many years, Lucy Lisowska has organized a "summer camp" to clean up
and restore and Dr. Heidi Szpek has worked with Lucy to document the
Matzevot. Last year, a couple >from Massachusetts, Amy Halpern Degen (no
relation) and Josh Degen visited Bialystok, the ancestral home of Amy's
family, during "summer camp." They left with a better idea. Josh is a
stone mason and the couple decided to go back this year with
knowledgeable helpers and some heavy equipment to lift, replace, clean,
and restore as many Matzevot as they could in one week. To do this they
started a GoFundMe project https://www.gofundme.com/tngd3cw4 to raise
$10,000 for travel expense and heavy equipment rental. However, they
actually spent $12,800 and need $1,600 to break even.

The bottom line is that Josh, Amy, Amy's brother Mitchell, Heidi, Lucy,
and gang lifted, replaced, cleaned, and documented 301 Matzevot in 5 or
6 days. Quite an accomplishment. Yasher koach to the team.

The local press covered the work. See
http://bialystok.wyborcza.pl/bialystok/1,35241,20560145,cmentarz-zydowski-wyglada-jak-cmentarz-zdjecia.html.
Translate the article in Google Chrome browser.

Background article on Amy and Josh and their project can be found at
http://www.nashobavalleyvoice.com/townsend_news/ci_30152677/restoration-jewish-cemetery-preserve-vanishing-heritage.

Many photos organized by day can be found on Facebook page of Heidi
Szpek at https://www.facebook.com/heidi.szpekidzikowski?fref=ts.

Any volunteers for next year's summer camp?

Mark Halpern


JRI Poland #Poland Restoration of the Bialystok Cemetery #poland

Mark Halpern
 

We, the Bialystoker diaspora community, should be very proud of a number
of people who volunteered their time last week to renovate and restore
the Bagnowka Jewish Cemetery.

For many years, Lucy Lisowska has organized a "summer camp" to clean up
and restore and Dr. Heidi Szpek has worked with Lucy to document the
Matzevot. Last year, a couple >from Massachusetts, Amy Halpern Degen (no
relation) and Josh Degen visited Bialystok, the ancestral home of Amy's
family, during "summer camp." They left with a better idea. Josh is a
stone mason and the couple decided to go back this year with
knowledgeable helpers and some heavy equipment to lift, replace, clean,
and restore as many Matzevot as they could in one week. To do this they
started a GoFundMe project https://www.gofundme.com/tngd3cw4 to raise
$10,000 for travel expense and heavy equipment rental. However, they
actually spent $12,800 and need $1,600 to break even.

The bottom line is that Josh, Amy, Amy's brother Mitchell, Heidi, Lucy,
and gang lifted, replaced, cleaned, and documented 301 Matzevot in 5 or
6 days. Quite an accomplishment. Yasher koach to the team.

The local press covered the work. See
http://bialystok.wyborcza.pl/bialystok/1,35241,20560145,cmentarz-zydowski-wyglada-jak-cmentarz-zdjecia.html.
Translate the article in Google Chrome browser.

Background article on Amy and Josh and their project can be found at
http://www.nashobavalleyvoice.com/townsend_news/ci_30152677/restoration-jewish-cemetery-preserve-vanishing-heritage.

Many photos organized by day can be found on Facebook page of Heidi
Szpek at https://www.facebook.com/heidi.szpekidzikowski?fref=ts.

Any volunteers for next year's summer camp?

Mark Halpern

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