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How to Use Hashtags
HOW TO USE HASHTAGS
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This week's Yizkor book excerpt on the JewishGen Facebook page
One dark cloud that hung over the head of many Jews in the Pale was the prospect of getting conscripted into the Russian army. This loomed large after Czar Nicholas, in 1827, made Jews liable to army service and cancelled their prior privilege of providing money ransom instead of conscripts. In “Military Conscription in Lipkan” from the Yizkor book of that Moldovan town, the writer recounts: “There were four ways to get out of being drafted, and these four ways were each designated with a ticket of a different color. There was a white one, a blue one, a red one, and a green one. A white ticket meant that the young man was very ill–with heart disease or tuberculosis, or something else of which he had no hope of being cured.” There were many ways to achieve this ranging from starving one’s self or shaving one’s head so as to look younger than the required age of 21 to the examiners. Other Yizkor books have accounts of young Jews maiming themselves (such as by cutting off a finger). If someone did not report for the draft, his closest family had to pay a fine of 300 rubles (a fine that was apparently levied on some of my own ancestors who left Kovel for America in 1904, according to records I found).
Silver Spring MD
Researching: DRACH, EBERT, KIMMEL, ZLOTNICK
Towns: Wojnilow, Kovel
"Esther Euriather" in the 1881 England Census
The 1881 England Census lists someone who ancestry and FindMyPast both transcribe her name as Esther Euriather, age 16, along with her son Richard, age 1. I can't find them under this spelling in any other records. Does anyone have any ideas for a different transcription of this surname or any other leads?
Please respond privately.
Thank you and have wonderful day,
Re: Help Identify a TV Actor Cousin Posted on ViewMate
Could it be Wolf Martin Garber (May 18, 1922 – October 17, 2019), known professionally as Bill Macy, an American television, film, and stage actor, best known for his role in the CBS television series Maude (1972–78)?
According to Wikipedia, "Macy was born in May 1922 in Revere, Massachusetts to Mollie (née Friedopfer; 1889–1986) and Michael Garber (1884–1974), a manufacturer. He was raised Jewish in Brooklyn, New York. He worked as a cab driver for a decade before being cast as Walter Matthau's understudy in Once More, with Feeling on Broadway in 1958."
Re: Sarah Klenoff at New Montifiore
Right next to Sarah is Jacob Klenoff. Does that help you in your research?
When researching, I think it important to also compare the society name, to see if other family members match. Also, when asking for help, you might want to include a map. New Montefiore makes both these items available for free, on their website (note, the attached map is TWO pages):
Also, I checked Ancestry, and there is a tree of this family posted at
showing Sarah to be born 1886 in Starodub, Bryansk, Russia with a Marriage on 10 Dec 1904, Krolevets, Sumy, Ukraine, to Yankel-Jacob Zalman Klinov-Klenoff (1884–1969). Sarah passed away in Dade county, Florida. Sarah was the daughter of Pinchas Velvel Tsymbarov. The tree owner is Lisa Liel of Jerusalem, Israel. I have no other detail.
Re: Operation Todt - Saint Maur, France [ Richard KAHN]
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That is most interesting - thank you!!
I wish I could find an archive of OPeration Todt
At 15:49 29/01/2020, Valentin Lupu wrote:
A search for Saint-Maur in France reveals 8 different places:
Baron Hirsch Cemetery -Staten Island - Felshtin Society Burial Plot
This is from Author Barbara Fischkin. I am a trustee of the Felshtin Society felshtin.org. Felshtin was a shtetl in Western Ukraine (Podolia). My late mother (Ida Siegel Fischkin) was born there and came here, as a child, with her family after the 1919 pogrom. My grandparents are buried in the cemetery and we are looking for others with roots in Felshtin who might have relatives buried there - and I might also be interested in our efforts to restore the Felshtin Society Plot. My grandparents are among those buried there. (Gertrude and Isaac Siegel). If you think you have relatives buried in this section of the Baron Hirsch Cemetery and would like to help, please let me know. I have names of those who are on headstones but no contact information for many of their descendants. Thank you very much.
Re: Help Identify a TV Actor Cousin Posted on ViewMate
I thought perhaps it was the actor Roy Schneider who was in the movies 'Jaws' and 'All That Jazz', but I don't recognise him from the photograph.
Re: town finder in Bohemia from 1800s
I believe the town is Dolní Jamné, Bezvěrov, okres Plzeň-sever, Plzeňský kraj, known as Unter Jamny in German. There is one existing vital register, HBMa 315, at http://www.badatelna.eu/fond/1073/zaznam/412/reprodukce/toggle quoted messageShow quoted text
Fort Collins, CO USA
Re: Dutch translation
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At 23:35 30/01/2020, Shelly Crane via Groups.Jewishgen.Org wrote:
Intro. to Jewish Genealogy offered at the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh, July 2020
Commit to furthering your genealogy education! Wednesday, 5 February 2020 marks the opening of registration for all courses offered during this coming summer at the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP), one of the premiere genealogical institutes in the United States. This year, for the first time, GRIP will offer “Introduction to Jewish Genealogy.” This in-depth course will provide a foundation for family history research on Ashkenazi Jewish people in Eastern Europe and the United States and will be offered from July 19-24, 2020.
Topics will include: Changing boundaries in Europe; European industrialization and migration; Hebrew and vernacular first names; Ashkenazi surname adoption; developing a Jewish genealogy research plan; immigration, settlement and naturalization in the United States; considerations for analyzing Jewish DNA for genealogy; records specific to the Jewish community; burial customs and cemetery records; identifying immigrants’ original first and last names and communities of origin in the Old Country; conducting research in Russian and Austrian-Hungarian Empire records; getting creative when records are scarce; Holocaust and pogrom records; and essential Jewish genealogy websites.
Emily Garber will serve as course coordinator for “Introduction to Jewish Genealogy.” The teaching cadre will include Emily, Dr. Janette Silverman, Lara Diamond, and Marian Smith.
Genealogical institutes offer students options for intensive study of genealogical topics during five days of classes taught by well-known and respected experts. In 2020, GRIP will offer 20 courses in three separate week-long learning opportunities at La Roche University in Pittsburgh, PA. Other courses offered in 2020 include genetic genealogy; forensic genealogy; genealogical documentation; New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and German genealogy research; immigration; land and property records; and more! A list of courses may be seen at https://www.gripitt.org/courses/ where each course title links a description and schedule of each of the 18 sessions being presented.
Online registration for courses at the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh opens on 5 February 2020. Some courses will fill quickly and it is advisable to register as soon as possible to ensure enrollment. For further information about registration see: https://www.gripitt.org/registration/ .
Emily H. Garber
Phoenix, Arizona, USA
Re: town finder in Bohemia from 1800s
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The place appears to be what's now Dolní Jamné (4958 1303) in the Czech Republic.
I found it by searching the JewishGen Gazetteer (https://www.jewishgen.org/Communities/LocTown.asp) for a town name that contains the text JAM, near Prague.
Renee Stern Steinig
Dix Hills NY
Shelly Crane <Crzprncess@...> asked:
Help Identify a TV Actor Cousin Posted on ViewMate
I'm trying to determine the identity of a cousin of my mother (maiden name SCHNEIDER) for genealogical purposes. He was an actor on television (in the 1970s) and was possibly in a few films. I don't believe he was a SCHNEIDER. I came across his photo that I put up on ViewMate at http://www.jewishgen.org/viewmate/viewmateview.asp?key=VM78097. If you have any ideas please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page.
town finder in Bohemia from 1800s
I'm trying to find a modern day town for a shtetl written on several family documents. Town search hasn't been helpful. I've seen different spellings "Untergamnie,"
"Unter Jamney," "Unterjanij," "Unter-Tomnie." The family name is Bymel and they immigrated to Chicago.
Thanks in advance.
SFBAJGS, San Francisco, Sunday, February 9, 2020: Getting Ready for the 1950 Census: Searching with and without a Name Index
Topic: Getting Ready for the 1950 Census: Searching with and without a Name Index
Speaker: Dr. Steve Morse
Sunday, February 9, 2020
San Francisco Public Library, Main Branch
100 Larkin Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
Program begins 1:30 p.m.
When the 1950 census is released in April 2022, it will not have a name index. So finding people in the census will involve searching by location instead. Even when a name index becomes available, there will still be many reasons for doing locational searches. The census is organized by Enumeration Districts (EDs), so the location needs to be converted to an ED before the census can be accessed. The One-Step Website contains numerous tools for obtaining EDs. This talk will present the various tools and show circumstances in which each can be used.
Steve Morse is the creator of the One-Step Website, for which he has received both the Lifetime Achievement Award and the Outstanding Contribution Award from IAJGS, the Award of Merit from the National Genealogical Society, the first ever Excellence Award from the Association of Professional Genealogists, and two awards that he cannot pronounce from Polish genealogical societies. In his other life Morse is a computer professional with a doctorate degree in electrical engineering. He has held various research, development, and teaching positions, authored numerous technical papers, and written four textbooks and holds four patents.
Meetings are free and everyone interested is welcome to attend. For more information visit http://www.sfbajgs.org/.
Everything turns out all right in the end. If it's not all right, it's not the end.
Is there anyone who can translate a document from Dutch to English? It's from my great great grandmother.
Please reply privately,
SURNAMES: Lomza Gubernia, Poland: GABELMAN, LANGUS, LIPOWICZ, MILEWICZ. Kiev and surrounding areas: BLAS, KVACHINSKIJ, LEFELMAN, SHIFMAN, WILEDNIK,
A great discovery, egg on my face, and thanks for help
Over the years so many of you have helped me in my quest to find out
what happened to my grandmother's long-lost brother, Wolf Pfeiffer,
rejected at Ellis Island in 1906 due to spinal curvature. Among many
others, David and Susan Rosen, Alan Jordan, Dennis Gries, and Yehudah
ben Shlomo, who found so much stuff on collateral relatives that I
dropped out of choral society for a cycle to process it all. Whoever I
forgot to mention - please let me know!
We were working on the "family legend" that said that he had somehow
re-entered the country and lived out his life here. At least when I
was working with folks I did make it clear that it was "family
Because when I got sick of scouring census and immigration records I
started researching my mother's "distant" cousins. I found out that
they were not so "distant." Some were first cousins and one of them
was the son of said Wolf. I am now in touch with Wolf's granddaughter
in Israel (special thanks to Israel Picholz for helping to track her
down), and we are learning so much about what happened. Long story
short, he returned to Zurawno, became a fruit peddler, and died in his
sleep in 1922.
So. Egg on my face for barking up the wrong family legend all those years.
Time-worn, hackneyed moral of the story: work from what you know with
a capital K.
Thank you all. Be well,
Searching: Zurawno, Argentina, Uruguay, Israel: BLITZ, PFEIFFER (ALL SPELLINGS)
Ekaterinoslaw (Dniepro): DWASS, SOROKOFF, GARFINKEL
Nowy Sacz area: EINHORN, WENZELBERG (ALL SPELLINGS), SHIFULDREM
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My sincere gratitude to everyone that continues to help reunite families that were displaced during the Holocaust. Being the 75th anniversary of the Auschwitz liberation, it stands as a reminder to those who made the ultimate sacrifice and those that survived at a time when I’m sure they thought all Hope was lost. Here in America, there should be more reminders and remembrance days for the survivors of the Holocaust and especially for those that were lost. So many beautiful, brilliant, and kind people were killed for no reason...no reason at all. I have a personal connection with the Holocaust because my Great-Aunt was a Holocaust survivor from Poland. I had the privilege and honor of knowing her when I was a teenager. My Great-Uncle was a US Army Lieutenant and met her when they liberated the camp in 1945. They were married in Germany and he sent her home to America, later following her when his Military Orders were completed in Europe. I only knew her for a short time before she passed away, but I’ve never met anyone like her since then. She was a beautiful woman inside and out and cherished life. Her memory lives on in me and everyone who knew her. Lastly, the one thing she told me was this: “Don’t ever let anyone tell you the Holocaust did not happen. It was real and should never be forgotten or allowed to be repeated in History.” Blessings to all who perished during this time and much love to those who survived. Humanity will overcome hatred everyday. Live for those who were gone too soon and for those that continue to survive today. Thank you to everyone for your determination to keep what happened during the Holocaust alive today. In my humble opinion, I believe it is the least we can do for all those that were lost. Never Forget the past and teach the younger generation about what happened.
On Jan 27, 2020, at 10:29 AM, Avraham Groll <agroll@...> wrote:
Descendants of Reb Chaim of Volozhin
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From: Yonatan Ben-Ari <yonibenari@...>
Date: Sat, Jan 18, 2020 at 10:13 PM
Subject: Descendants of Reb Chaim of Volozhin
To: JewishGen Discussion Group <jewishgen@...>,
<ravsig@...>, Horowitz Association
I am researching the possibility that we are descendants of Reb. Chaim
of Volozhin. I haven't found a definite line as yet but have a few
hints to possible connections.
My great great grandmother Sarah Hinde (the supposed descendant) was
married to Shlomo KANTOR of Karlin (Pinsk). According to a family
story, they or her parents were taken to their wedding by Reb. Itzaleh
, Reb. Chaim's son as she was orphaned at the time of her marriage.:
According to published biographies of the "Volozhin family" , Reb.
Itzaleh did bury his daughter and son-in-law (LANDAU) . I haven't
found any mention of my ancestress in published biographies. Could the
LANDAU's have had other daughters which were not mentioned?
Another track: Reb. Chaim of Volozhin had another son, Joseph, who
seems to have been "purged" by family biographers who married a woman
from Shershev, and whose son became a Chassid (possible reason for
Joseph's disappearance from the charts.) Does anyone have a detailed
list of Joseph's descendants?
Among better known children of Sarah Hinde KANTOR was Chaim Dov KANTOR
an religious Israeli pioneer who lived in Zichron Yaacov and (nearby)
Yoni Ben-Ari, Jerusalem
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