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A report from Boston meeting! #romania

Rosanne Leeson
 

Dear All,

The Rom-SIG had a an exciting time in Boston during which we celebrated
our 20th Anniversary as a SIG!

Beginning with the SHARE Fair on Sunday afternoon we decorated our table
with plastic tablecloths in the three colors of the Romanian Flag,
floated red helium balloons, with "20 years" on one side, and "Rom-SIG"
in gold on the other. Very eye-catching, and many stopped by to
congratulate us and to ask questions! We also had a large sign
proclaiming our anniversary, and another asking for help >from volunteers
and/or donations to help our projects along. We took these with us >from
place to place, and eventually had them attached by the IAJGS table, to
be viewed by one and all. They seemed to be a big hit!

Our SIG meeting on Tuesday, August 6 had a very good turnout. As
attendees entered they were serenaded by a performance of
"Rumania,Rumania",>from Bob Wascou's Smartphone. Got a big laugh!

Following that, a brief humorous skit between Bob and a cousin, located
when doing volunteer data entry, pointed out one of the benefits of
coming aboard to assist us as a volunteer,and how simple it was even if
one did not understand Romanian! Bob and I then reported on the many
new records that we have been able to acquire in the last year, some of
which are already online, and others waiting for the JewishGen team to
catch up with and add to our databases!

The main projects that we are working on are Marriages >from Bucharest,
Births, Marriages and Deaths >from Bucovina Region and Births and
Marriages >from the Moldavia Region. We expect to start getting Births
from Bucharest and Deaths >from Iasi very soon.
We need volunteers to help translate the records that we have. Volunteer
at <http://tinyurl.com/vol-transcriber>

We also need donations so that we can continue to get records >from
Romania. Please donate at <http://tinyurl.com/ROM-SIG-donation>

Here is a brief outline of the number of new records we have added
so far:

Bukovina region Births: 6445
Moldavia region: Births: 9635
Marriages: 2648
Deaths: 1461
Bessarabia: Births: 4604



We have also started a new project to find out information for people
who want to visit Romania. If you have visited Romania or intend to do
please fill out the form at <http://tinyurl.com/Visiting-Romania>
Please be specific.


The reaction to these successes, and the hopes for even more, was
electric! Those among us who had thirsted for information for years
finally were having their thrst slaked. We had 23 who immediately
signed our sheets to either volunteer or donate, or both. A couple have
already carried through their promise to donate.

Which now brings us to the need for others to come forward to join Bob,
Jeni and me, and to begin to be trained as Project Coordinators -
possibly for your town of interest - to coordinate the other volunteers
who are working on various town or area records. Similar to being a Town
Coordinator. We also are looking for some among you who would be
interested in becoming an apprentice of sorts, to learn about running
the SIG, when the time comes for us to quietly retire! Bob and I are no
longer kids, have been doing this for so many years, and are concerned
about having others prepared to step in to continue to keep our SIG
active and growing! Should anything happen to either of us there is no
one who knows the hows and whos and wheres of what we do, etc,.etc.
Those who are longtime members may recall the near disaster that
occurred when Sam Elpern z"l, the founder of the original Rom-SIG
suddenly passed away. It was at that time that a couple of us were
able to bring the SIG in under the JewishGen umbrella, thanks to Susan
King's understanding. Without others prepared to take over >from us the
entire SIG may founder and die. Please give this matter some hard
thought, and get back to us if you think you would like to keep us "on a
roll"!

Rosanne Leeson
Jeni Armandez
Co-Coordinators
Bob Wascou
Research Coordinator
Rom-SIG


Romania SIG #Romania A report from Boston meeting! #romania

Rosanne Leeson
 

Dear All,

The Rom-SIG had a an exciting time in Boston during which we celebrated
our 20th Anniversary as a SIG!

Beginning with the SHARE Fair on Sunday afternoon we decorated our table
with plastic tablecloths in the three colors of the Romanian Flag,
floated red helium balloons, with "20 years" on one side, and "Rom-SIG"
in gold on the other. Very eye-catching, and many stopped by to
congratulate us and to ask questions! We also had a large sign
proclaiming our anniversary, and another asking for help >from volunteers
and/or donations to help our projects along. We took these with us >from
place to place, and eventually had them attached by the IAJGS table, to
be viewed by one and all. They seemed to be a big hit!

Our SIG meeting on Tuesday, August 6 had a very good turnout. As
attendees entered they were serenaded by a performance of
"Rumania,Rumania",>from Bob Wascou's Smartphone. Got a big laugh!

Following that, a brief humorous skit between Bob and a cousin, located
when doing volunteer data entry, pointed out one of the benefits of
coming aboard to assist us as a volunteer,and how simple it was even if
one did not understand Romanian! Bob and I then reported on the many
new records that we have been able to acquire in the last year, some of
which are already online, and others waiting for the JewishGen team to
catch up with and add to our databases!

The main projects that we are working on are Marriages >from Bucharest,
Births, Marriages and Deaths >from Bucovina Region and Births and
Marriages >from the Moldavia Region. We expect to start getting Births
from Bucharest and Deaths >from Iasi very soon.
We need volunteers to help translate the records that we have. Volunteer
at <http://tinyurl.com/vol-transcriber>

We also need donations so that we can continue to get records >from
Romania. Please donate at <http://tinyurl.com/ROM-SIG-donation>

Here is a brief outline of the number of new records we have added
so far:

Bukovina region Births: 6445
Moldavia region: Births: 9635
Marriages: 2648
Deaths: 1461
Bessarabia: Births: 4604



We have also started a new project to find out information for people
who want to visit Romania. If you have visited Romania or intend to do
please fill out the form at <http://tinyurl.com/Visiting-Romania>
Please be specific.


The reaction to these successes, and the hopes for even more, was
electric! Those among us who had thirsted for information for years
finally were having their thrst slaked. We had 23 who immediately
signed our sheets to either volunteer or donate, or both. A couple have
already carried through their promise to donate.

Which now brings us to the need for others to come forward to join Bob,
Jeni and me, and to begin to be trained as Project Coordinators -
possibly for your town of interest - to coordinate the other volunteers
who are working on various town or area records. Similar to being a Town
Coordinator. We also are looking for some among you who would be
interested in becoming an apprentice of sorts, to learn about running
the SIG, when the time comes for us to quietly retire! Bob and I are no
longer kids, have been doing this for so many years, and are concerned
about having others prepared to step in to continue to keep our SIG
active and growing! Should anything happen to either of us there is no
one who knows the hows and whos and wheres of what we do, etc,.etc.
Those who are longtime members may recall the near disaster that
occurred when Sam Elpern z"l, the founder of the original Rom-SIG
suddenly passed away. It was at that time that a couple of us were
able to bring the SIG in under the JewishGen umbrella, thanks to Susan
King's understanding. Without others prepared to take over >from us the
entire SIG may founder and die. Please give this matter some hard
thought, and get back to us if you think you would like to keep us "on a
roll"!

Rosanne Leeson
Jeni Armandez
Co-Coordinators
Bob Wascou
Research Coordinator
Rom-SIG


PASSPORT HISTORY #poland

Lily Kohn <fergiecat@...>
 

Hello. When someone came to the U.S. >from Poland during the mass migration
of the late 19th century and first quarter of the 20th century, did they
have Polish passports and what happened to those passports once they got
to America? Did they relinquish them to the U.S. government when they
applied for U.S. citizenship? For the most part, did people not travel
on passports during that era (that is what I thought) as immigration was
open until it wasn't?

Thank you!
Lily Kohn

Researching MARKHEIM MENDELSON DOMOWITZ MENDELSON =


JRI Poland #Poland PASSPORT HISTORY #poland

Lily Kohn <fergiecat@...>
 

Hello. When someone came to the U.S. >from Poland during the mass migration
of the late 19th century and first quarter of the 20th century, did they
have Polish passports and what happened to those passports once they got
to America? Did they relinquish them to the U.S. government when they
applied for U.S. citizenship? For the most part, did people not travel
on passports during that era (that is what I thought) as immigration was
open until it wasn't?

Thank you!
Lily Kohn

Researching MARKHEIM MENDELSON DOMOWITZ MENDELSON =


[Poland] Resurrection of Jewish Aspect of Town of Chmielnik #poland

Jan Meisels Allen
 

An article in the Forward discusses the resurrection of this small
town in Southeast Poland -Chmielnik-- which pre-World War lI had a high
Jewish population-reported in the story at 80 percent. Piotr Krawczyk,
a local resident, took it upon himself to research about the former Jewish
population over the past 15 years, and is the "driving force behind a
remarkable series of initiatives encompassing education, commemoration,
outreach and tourism". Through his efforts he helped preserve the
remnants of Chmeilnik's devastated Jewish cemeteries and helped with
the erection of a Holocaust memorial. Through his efforts he has helped
turn the opinions of locals about the former Jewish community.

The most ambitious project is the restoration of the former synagogue
and the Swietokrzyski Shtetl Education and Museum Center dedicated to
Jews and Jewish history in Chmielnik, which opened in June with funding
provided by Polish governments - federal and local - and the European
Union.

To read about this go to:

http://forward.com/articles/182261/the-resurrection-of-chmielnik/

The Jewish Museum opened in June of this year. To learn more about that
go to: http://tinyurl.com/l99stkk

Original url:
http://www.jewish-heritage-europe.eu/ai1ec_event/opening-of-jewish-museum
-in-synagogue-at-chmielnik-poland?instance_id

Thank you to Eden Joachim for alerting us to this interesting article.

Jan Meisels Allen
IAJGS Vice President
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


JRI Poland #Poland [Poland] Resurrection of Jewish Aspect of Town of Chmielnik #poland

Jan Meisels Allen
 

An article in the Forward discusses the resurrection of this small
town in Southeast Poland -Chmielnik-- which pre-World War lI had a high
Jewish population-reported in the story at 80 percent. Piotr Krawczyk,
a local resident, took it upon himself to research about the former Jewish
population over the past 15 years, and is the "driving force behind a
remarkable series of initiatives encompassing education, commemoration,
outreach and tourism". Through his efforts he helped preserve the
remnants of Chmeilnik's devastated Jewish cemeteries and helped with
the erection of a Holocaust memorial. Through his efforts he has helped
turn the opinions of locals about the former Jewish community.

The most ambitious project is the restoration of the former synagogue
and the Swietokrzyski Shtetl Education and Museum Center dedicated to
Jews and Jewish history in Chmielnik, which opened in June with funding
provided by Polish governments - federal and local - and the European
Union.

To read about this go to:

http://forward.com/articles/182261/the-resurrection-of-chmielnik/

The Jewish Museum opened in June of this year. To learn more about that
go to: http://tinyurl.com/l99stkk

Original url:
http://www.jewish-heritage-europe.eu/ai1ec_event/opening-of-jewish-museum
-in-synagogue-at-chmielnik-poland?instance_id

Thank you to Eden Joachim for alerting us to this interesting article.

Jan Meisels Allen
IAJGS Vice President
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


Polish Colonies #poland

Fred Huss
 

Does anyone have information about Polish colonies in Galicia? I read a
Wikipedia link that explains their existence. My parents tell me there
was one near their town of Horodenka.

Are there any maps or other tools that show or list where they were?
It would help with my research of Horodenka and the surrounding environs.

Researching: Horodenka HUSS, FETTNER, SILBER, GLOGER, LADENHEIM, PERLBINDER,
DIENER, WITTES, JURMANN

Obertyn HUSS

Fred Huss
Chicago, IL


JRI Poland #Poland Polish Colonies #poland

Fred Huss
 

Does anyone have information about Polish colonies in Galicia? I read a
Wikipedia link that explains their existence. My parents tell me there
was one near their town of Horodenka.

Are there any maps or other tools that show or list where they were?
It would help with my research of Horodenka and the surrounding environs.

Researching: Horodenka HUSS, FETTNER, SILBER, GLOGER, LADENHEIM, PERLBINDER,
DIENER, WITTES, JURMANN

Obertyn HUSS

Fred Huss
Chicago, IL


LIKHTMAKHER SISTERS FROM VILNA #lithuania

Howard Margol
 

<< From: "Brenda Habshush" <brentsi@sde-boker.org.il>
The family named Lightman,originally Likhtmakher originated in Vilna.
Gnendel Likhtmakher (37) married Itzko Kuritskes(45) in 1898(second
marriage for both) Dveira Likhtmakher (22) married Itsko Soloveichik
(27) in 1899. All the families >from Vilna.

On the Yad Vashem database I found the name, Dveira Soloveicik in the list
of murdered Jews >from Vilna 1941-1944.

I am now in the process of searching for any further information, possible
siblings and families with the above names originating >from Vilnius. >>

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

If they lived in Vilnius between 1919-1940, they had to have an internal
passport. The files contain approximately 45,000 Jewish Vilnius internal
passport applications as well as many additional documents of various types
in the individual files. So far, 10,423 of the Vilnius records have been
translated and work is continuing to translate the remainder.

To see information about the Vilnius internal passports, go to
https://vilniusinternalpassports19191940.shutterfly.com/

On the site, you will see that 107,875 internal passport records have been
translated for other towns in Lithuania. The index shows the number of
records and the district the town is located in. All of those records are
available on the various Litvak SIG District web sites. You may want to
contribute to one or more districts and gain access to those internal
passport records as well.

Also on the site you will see a sample of some of the various surnames
included in the Vilnius internal passport records, including the maiden
name of the married females. This is only a small sample taken >from the
total Vilnius internal passports that have been translated.

To access the Vilnius translated internal passport records, a $100
contribution to Litvak SIG is required and it is good for a period
of 5 years. Go to www.litvaksig.org/contribute Scroll down to
Special Projects and select internal passports. In the NOTES block,
key in Vilnius. You can use your credit card as the site is secure.

Howard Margol
Litvak SIG Coordinator for records acquisition.


Lithuania SIG #Lithuania LIKHTMAKHER SISTERS FROM VILNA #lithuania

Howard Margol
 

<< From: "Brenda Habshush" <brentsi@sde-boker.org.il>
The family named Lightman,originally Likhtmakher originated in Vilna.
Gnendel Likhtmakher (37) married Itzko Kuritskes(45) in 1898(second
marriage for both) Dveira Likhtmakher (22) married Itsko Soloveichik
(27) in 1899. All the families >from Vilna.

On the Yad Vashem database I found the name, Dveira Soloveicik in the list
of murdered Jews >from Vilna 1941-1944.

I am now in the process of searching for any further information, possible
siblings and families with the above names originating >from Vilnius. >>

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

If they lived in Vilnius between 1919-1940, they had to have an internal
passport. The files contain approximately 45,000 Jewish Vilnius internal
passport applications as well as many additional documents of various types
in the individual files. So far, 10,423 of the Vilnius records have been
translated and work is continuing to translate the remainder.

To see information about the Vilnius internal passports, go to
https://vilniusinternalpassports19191940.shutterfly.com/

On the site, you will see that 107,875 internal passport records have been
translated for other towns in Lithuania. The index shows the number of
records and the district the town is located in. All of those records are
available on the various Litvak SIG District web sites. You may want to
contribute to one or more districts and gain access to those internal
passport records as well.

Also on the site you will see a sample of some of the various surnames
included in the Vilnius internal passport records, including the maiden
name of the married females. This is only a small sample taken >from the
total Vilnius internal passports that have been translated.

To access the Vilnius translated internal passport records, a $100
contribution to Litvak SIG is required and it is good for a period
of 5 years. Go to www.litvaksig.org/contribute Scroll down to
Special Projects and select internal passports. In the NOTES block,
key in Vilnius. You can use your credit card as the site is secure.

Howard Margol
Litvak SIG Coordinator for records acquisition.


Records for Milejczyce #poland

Jrbaston
 

If you search the JewishGen Belarus Database
http://www.jewishgen.org/databases/#Belarus
putting Milejczyce in a town field, and using
a "Sounds Like" search with square brackets around
the first letter of the town -- [M]ilejczyce --
you will get 38 search results for people >from that town
from the 1897 Census >from Grodno Gubernia.
There are also a few marriage records in which one party
came >from Milejczyce, and also some other listings.

It is important to note that there are quite a few variant spellings
of this town name in the database so use the search method
I suggest above for best results.

Judy Baston
San Francisco, CA


BialyGen: Bialystok Region #Bialystok #Poland Records for Milejczyce #poland

Jrbaston
 

If you search the JewishGen Belarus Database
http://www.jewishgen.org/databases/#Belarus
putting Milejczyce in a town field, and using
a "Sounds Like" search with square brackets around
the first letter of the town -- [M]ilejczyce --
you will get 38 search results for people >from that town
from the 1897 Census >from Grodno Gubernia.
There are also a few marriage records in which one party
came >from Milejczyce, and also some other listings.

It is important to note that there are quite a few variant spellings
of this town name in the database so use the search method
I suggest above for best results.

Judy Baston
San Francisco, CA


Re: Milejczyce #poland

Mark Halpern
 

Dear Richard:

Like many other towns near Bialystok, the Jewish vital records for
Milejczyce have not survived. A search of Miriam Weiner's Routes to Routes
Foundation Archival database http://www.rtrfoundation.org/search.php shows
no other similar types of records. It is known that the Belarus Historical
Archive in Grodno has some 19th Century revision lists for Bielsk Uyezd.
This Uyezd included Milejczyce.

Mark Halpern

----- Original Message -----

Hello,

Where would Jewish records >from Milejczyce, Poland be found >from turn
of the 20th century?
Thank you

Richard B Silver, MD MBA


BialyGen: Bialystok Region #Bialystok #Poland Re: Milejczyce #poland

Mark Halpern
 

Dear Richard:

Like many other towns near Bialystok, the Jewish vital records for
Milejczyce have not survived. A search of Miriam Weiner's Routes to Routes
Foundation Archival database http://www.rtrfoundation.org/search.php shows
no other similar types of records. It is known that the Belarus Historical
Archive in Grodno has some 19th Century revision lists for Bielsk Uyezd.
This Uyezd included Milejczyce.

Mark Halpern

----- Original Message -----

Hello,

Where would Jewish records >from Milejczyce, Poland be found >from turn
of the 20th century?
Thank you

Richard B Silver, MD MBA


Re: Name change registery USA? #general

A. E. Jordan
 

From: hotdog <hotdog@inbox.com>
Is there a registry somewhere that lists first name and surnames changes for
people who lived in the USA?? Immigrants often changed first and or surnames
it would be helpful to find the new names....
Jay the name cxhange process in the USA was never that simple. Some of
it depdns on what time frame and what location you are talking about.

The immigrants of the 1880s-1900s could mostly change name at will. They did
not have the legal papers, bank accounts. etc. that we have to worry about
today. So in the morning Shmul Abamovitz could wake up and say "Today I will
becone Jack Gold," using that name because it sounded "rich". WHen hios
friends started to make fun of him with his fancy new name he might so, "So
ok ,,,, I will be Sam Abrams" and so it was. Very rarely did people in tyhose
years bother to go to the courts to have their names legally changed.

In some cases an immigrant would change their name during the naturalization
process. In those cases you may find a notation on the file showing the name
they were adopting. In my own great grandfather's file there was a small card
also signed off by the court that said He will now be known as .... when they
finalized his naturalization. He however had been using that name for years
before then.

I helped someone in New York recently look through the court files to find a
name change. In this case we only had a susp[icion of the original name and
knew that by a certain date he was using the new name. The court in New York
City where I looked had old ledger books where sometimes it shows the old name
and sometimes the new name. It is sorted by date and then by name so you have
to look through lots of pages. We got very lucky and I found it fairly quickly.

Some individual courts kept indexes of the name changes and in some cases they
have been computerized. However you need to know which court the person would
have gone to when they did the name change. There is no central record or
central ID in the USA.

Allan Jordan


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Re: Name change registery USA? #general

A. E. Jordan
 

From: hotdog <hotdog@inbox.com>
Is there a registry somewhere that lists first name and surnames changes for
people who lived in the USA?? Immigrants often changed first and or surnames
it would be helpful to find the new names....
Jay the name cxhange process in the USA was never that simple. Some of
it depdns on what time frame and what location you are talking about.

The immigrants of the 1880s-1900s could mostly change name at will. They did
not have the legal papers, bank accounts. etc. that we have to worry about
today. So in the morning Shmul Abamovitz could wake up and say "Today I will
becone Jack Gold," using that name because it sounded "rich". WHen hios
friends started to make fun of him with his fancy new name he might so, "So
ok ,,,, I will be Sam Abrams" and so it was. Very rarely did people in tyhose
years bother to go to the courts to have their names legally changed.

In some cases an immigrant would change their name during the naturalization
process. In those cases you may find a notation on the file showing the name
they were adopting. In my own great grandfather's file there was a small card
also signed off by the court that said He will now be known as .... when they
finalized his naturalization. He however had been using that name for years
before then.

I helped someone in New York recently look through the court files to find a
name change. In this case we only had a susp[icion of the original name and
knew that by a certain date he was using the new name. The court in New York
City where I looked had old ledger books where sometimes it shows the old name
and sometimes the new name. It is sorted by date and then by name so you have
to look through lots of pages. We got very lucky and I found it fairly quickly.

Some individual courts kept indexes of the name changes and in some cases they
have been computerized. However you need to know which court the person would
have gone to when they did the name change. There is no central record or
central ID in the USA.

Allan Jordan


Parka iela 1-a,dz 3 Riga address of hotel owned by my great grandparents in the 1920s? #latvia

Eilat Gordin Levitan
 

A first cousin of my father is flying to Riga Tomorrow. In her
mother's old papers she found an address in Riga for the Chait family
( my great grandparents)
Parka iela 1-a,dz 3. We know that in the 1920s ( until c 1931) my
great grandparents owned a small hotel catering to young Jewish men
who came to Riga for school. Is it likely that Parka iela 1 was a
small hotel in the 1920s? I know that it is right by Brivibas iela
(a long main street in Riga). How far is it >from the city center?

Thanks for your help,

Eilat Gordin Levitan


Latvia SIG #Latvia Parka iela 1-a,dz 3 Riga address of hotel owned by my great grandparents in the 1920s? #latvia

Eilat Gordin Levitan
 

A first cousin of my father is flying to Riga Tomorrow. In her
mother's old papers she found an address in Riga for the Chait family
( my great grandparents)
Parka iela 1-a,dz 3. We know that in the 1920s ( until c 1931) my
great grandparents owned a small hotel catering to young Jewish men
who came to Riga for school. Is it likely that Parka iela 1 was a
small hotel in the 1920s? I know that it is right by Brivibas iela
(a long main street in Riga). How far is it >from the city center?

Thanks for your help,

Eilat Gordin Levitan


Latvia list messages and Boston #latvia

Arlene Beare
 

Jo Ann has injected some new life into the newsgroup . It is really helpful
to other researchers when messages and answers are posted as there are new
researchers who learn >from the postings. I would thus urge you to post
messages if you need help.
Henry Goldberg has generously said that he will take over convening Latvia
SIG and it is hoped that some of you will come forward and offer your
services to him as he cannot do it alone.
His email address is- Henry Blumberg <henry@blumbergs.ca>
He is to be thanked for organising a very interesting number of talks with
Latvian interest at the Conference in Boston.
He traced the steps he had taken in order to find his family when starting
with very little information. This gave participants a chance to see what
Archival and other Genealogical sources are available to Latvian
Researchers.
Nick Evans spoke eloquently on ships leaving Direct to America >from Libau
(now Liepaja) which occurred at the end of the 19th Century. Prior to this
passengers left >from Libau for other ports such as Hull or Grimsby in
England and then went >from Liverpool to the States. They also went to
Hamburg as well as other ports and then on to England and then to the
States.
Nick also gave a talk on Jewish Ship Builders in England which was a
revelation as I am sure not many at the talk knew how many Jewish ship
Builders there were in the early 1900's.

Arlene Beare UK

Researching Dorfman (Birzai Lithuania and then Riga) Scher /Blum(Pandelys
Lithuania and then Riga)
Berman (Lygumai Lithuania and then Jekabpils Latvia)
Samuels Poland possibly Krakow and Zyechliin


Latvia SIG #Latvia Latvia list messages and Boston #latvia

Arlene Beare
 

Jo Ann has injected some new life into the newsgroup . It is really helpful
to other researchers when messages and answers are posted as there are new
researchers who learn >from the postings. I would thus urge you to post
messages if you need help.
Henry Goldberg has generously said that he will take over convening Latvia
SIG and it is hoped that some of you will come forward and offer your
services to him as he cannot do it alone.
His email address is- Henry Blumberg <henry@blumbergs.ca>
He is to be thanked for organising a very interesting number of talks with
Latvian interest at the Conference in Boston.
He traced the steps he had taken in order to find his family when starting
with very little information. This gave participants a chance to see what
Archival and other Genealogical sources are available to Latvian
Researchers.
Nick Evans spoke eloquently on ships leaving Direct to America >from Libau
(now Liepaja) which occurred at the end of the 19th Century. Prior to this
passengers left >from Libau for other ports such as Hull or Grimsby in
England and then went >from Liverpool to the States. They also went to
Hamburg as well as other ports and then on to England and then to the
States.
Nick also gave a talk on Jewish Ship Builders in England which was a
revelation as I am sure not many at the talk knew how many Jewish ship
Builders there were in the early 1900's.

Arlene Beare UK

Researching Dorfman (Birzai Lithuania and then Riga) Scher /Blum(Pandelys
Lithuania and then Riga)
Berman (Lygumai Lithuania and then Jekabpils Latvia)
Samuels Poland possibly Krakow and Zyechliin

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