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The Origin of My Surname, Bramson #poland

rbramson@...
 

I have a question about how my family name may have come about. While
visiting Jerusalem last week, I met with my second cousin Moshe Sne, a
grandson of my paternal great-uncle Moshe Goldberg, who was Secretary
of the Bialystoker Gymnasium until 1931. Moshe Sne recounted that he had
been told that the family name Bramson was based on the name "Ben Moshe
Stavisker." Stawiski is (or rather was) a Polish town northwest of
Bialystok and, in Yiddish, someone >from Stavisk (Yiddish pronunciation)
is a Stavisker.

But how does "Ben Moshe Stavisker" become Bramson? That is the question.
I know >from translations of formal Bialystok records that the name
"Bramson" existed in Bialystok in the 1820s.

Why was my paternal Great-Uncle named Goldberg, while I am Bramson? It
was part of a draft-avoidance scheme, going back to the 1850s (in
Bialystok). My great-great grandparents were named Bramson. Their first
son kept the surname Bramson. To avoid the draft, the second son, my
great-grandfather, was given the surname Goldberg of childless relatives
(and the third son the name Ginsberg for the same reasons). Thus, my
"Bramson" line were surnamed Goldberg until 1946, when my father learned
that almost all Bialystok Bramsons were murdered by the Nazis (as I
learned >from the Bialystoker Stimme a few years ago, two of the Bramsons
were on the "kinder train") and had our name legally changed to Bramson.

An interesting Bialystoker side-note. When I learned the story of the
Bramson name, I was in Israel visiting my son Jim and daughter-in-law
Nanci (and their three children), who are there on "sabbatical." When
I recounted the above story re the origin of our Bramson family name,
Nanci said that her maternal grandfather, Baruch Silverstein (a
well-known Brooklyn Rabbi until his death), was >from Stavisk and went
to the Bialystoker Yeshiva. The town of Stavisk was wiped out by the
Nazis, and Nanci said that -when her grandfather went there to visit
many years ago - only one house was left.

Thanks in advance for the help.

Bob Bramson


BialyGen: Bialystok Region #Bialystok #Poland The Origin of My Surname, Bramson #poland

rbramson@...
 

I have a question about how my family name may have come about. While
visiting Jerusalem last week, I met with my second cousin Moshe Sne, a
grandson of my paternal great-uncle Moshe Goldberg, who was Secretary
of the Bialystoker Gymnasium until 1931. Moshe Sne recounted that he had
been told that the family name Bramson was based on the name "Ben Moshe
Stavisker." Stawiski is (or rather was) a Polish town northwest of
Bialystok and, in Yiddish, someone >from Stavisk (Yiddish pronunciation)
is a Stavisker.

But how does "Ben Moshe Stavisker" become Bramson? That is the question.
I know >from translations of formal Bialystok records that the name
"Bramson" existed in Bialystok in the 1820s.

Why was my paternal Great-Uncle named Goldberg, while I am Bramson? It
was part of a draft-avoidance scheme, going back to the 1850s (in
Bialystok). My great-great grandparents were named Bramson. Their first
son kept the surname Bramson. To avoid the draft, the second son, my
great-grandfather, was given the surname Goldberg of childless relatives
(and the third son the name Ginsberg for the same reasons). Thus, my
"Bramson" line were surnamed Goldberg until 1946, when my father learned
that almost all Bialystok Bramsons were murdered by the Nazis (as I
learned >from the Bialystoker Stimme a few years ago, two of the Bramsons
were on the "kinder train") and had our name legally changed to Bramson.

An interesting Bialystoker side-note. When I learned the story of the
Bramson name, I was in Israel visiting my son Jim and daughter-in-law
Nanci (and their three children), who are there on "sabbatical." When
I recounted the above story re the origin of our Bramson family name,
Nanci said that her maternal grandfather, Baruch Silverstein (a
well-known Brooklyn Rabbi until his death), was >from Stavisk and went
to the Bialystoker Yeshiva. The town of Stavisk was wiped out by the
Nazis, and Nanci said that -when her grandfather went there to visit
many years ago - only one house was left.

Thanks in advance for the help.

Bob Bramson


Maria FRIEDIGER #general

frededit@...
 

I am trying to find a record of Maria FRIEDIGER, or FREIDIGER. Maria was a
young Jewish woman who had escaped to Czechoslovakia >from Austria when
Germany invaded that country in 1938. Later, when the Germans were forcing
emigrants out of Czechoslovakia, she sought refuge in Haiti. I want to know
if anyone knows of her presence during that period and what happened to her.
Fred Gross
frededit@bellsouth.net


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Maria FRIEDIGER #general

frededit@...
 

I am trying to find a record of Maria FRIEDIGER, or FREIDIGER. Maria was a
young Jewish woman who had escaped to Czechoslovakia >from Austria when
Germany invaded that country in 1938. Later, when the Germans were forcing
emigrants out of Czechoslovakia, she sought refuge in Haiti. I want to know
if anyone knows of her presence during that period and what happened to her.
Fred Gross
frededit@bellsouth.net


Isidor and Anna GUGGENHEIM-KALMAR, Gailingen/Zuerich and daughter Dory Guggenheim #general

castaneye@...
 

I am looking for any information on descendants of Isidor and Anna
GUGGENHEIM-KALMAR or their daughter Dory. The family moved >from
Gailingen to Zuerich in 1939 and asked for an admission certificate to
the USA in 1951. Isidor (died 1982) and his wife Anna (died in 1991)
lived first in New York and then in Fairfield,CT I assume that both are
buried in Fairfield.

I am looking to find out if their daughter Dory is still alive and would
like her contact details or those of her desendants. Dory may be married
and have another name.

Shulamit Spain, Scotland


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Isidor and Anna GUGGENHEIM-KALMAR, Gailingen/Zuerich and daughter Dory Guggenheim #general

castaneye@...
 

I am looking for any information on descendants of Isidor and Anna
GUGGENHEIM-KALMAR or their daughter Dory. The family moved >from
Gailingen to Zuerich in 1939 and asked for an admission certificate to
the USA in 1951. Isidor (died 1982) and his wife Anna (died in 1991)
lived first in New York and then in Fairfield,CT I assume that both are
buried in Fairfield.

I am looking to find out if their daughter Dory is still alive and would
like her contact details or those of her desendants. Dory may be married
and have another name.

Shulamit Spain, Scotland


South Philadelphia & People of the Arts #general

Kathi Freudenheim
 

My family members owned a house in South Philly and rented apts/rooms
to many people who worked in the Yiddish Theater and the Arts.
There were writers and actors renting and it made life pretty
colorful. My mother used to practice lines with them at the house and
at the theater.
Famous people such as Molly Picon & Herschel Bernardi stayed there.
Members of my family still tell stories about who was living there &
what they did. If anyone has a name of interest & would like the
location of the house/area please contact me privately.

Kathi Freudenheim
Buffalo, NY

kfreud2@gmail.com

Researching: FREUDENHEIM (Galicia & Phila,PA), GERTLER (Galicia),
BRAUDE (Phila, PA & Neustadt,Lithuania)
ISAACSON (Lithuania & Phila, PA),
BARSKY & KRANTZ (Elizavetgrad,Russia & Phila, PA)

MODERATOR NOTE: You may want to submit your question to JewishGen's
Yiddish Theater and Vaudeville list as well. See
http://www.jewishgen.org/InfoFiles/ytheatre.htm
for more information.


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen South Philadelphia & People of the Arts #general

Kathi Freudenheim
 

My family members owned a house in South Philly and rented apts/rooms
to many people who worked in the Yiddish Theater and the Arts.
There were writers and actors renting and it made life pretty
colorful. My mother used to practice lines with them at the house and
at the theater.
Famous people such as Molly Picon & Herschel Bernardi stayed there.
Members of my family still tell stories about who was living there &
what they did. If anyone has a name of interest & would like the
location of the house/area please contact me privately.

Kathi Freudenheim
Buffalo, NY

kfreud2@gmail.com

Researching: FREUDENHEIM (Galicia & Phila,PA), GERTLER (Galicia),
BRAUDE (Phila, PA & Neustadt,Lithuania)
ISAACSON (Lithuania & Phila, PA),
BARSKY & KRANTZ (Elizavetgrad,Russia & Phila, PA)

MODERATOR NOTE: You may want to submit your question to JewishGen's
Yiddish Theater and Vaudeville list as well. See
http://www.jewishgen.org/InfoFiles/ytheatre.htm
for more information.


Husi and Gusitei, Romania #general

rennie and jack
 

Thanks to all of you who responded to my request for information that could
be entered into a ShtetLink site for Husi. I have kept your emails. If
anyone has traveled to Husi(I have not) I would really like your input. I
hope I will hear >from more of you as we approach a time to enter the
information.

I would like to add the small area of Gusitei to that request. >from a
transcription of a tape made many years ago, I know that Jewish families
traveling into Romania in the mid 1800's through Russia, passed through a
small town known as Gusitei. It appears to have been a gathering place for
Jews at that time. My great grandfather and his mother, and perhaps others,
remained there for some time. It was very close to Husi. If you know
anything about this town or the people there, please contact me. Thanks

Rennie M. Salz
Fair Haven, NJ

Researching: Herscovitz, Markowitz, David, Feurestein, Miller, Cohen,
Fabish, Carp, Losner, Raiter, Marcus, Rosenthal, Wexler---all >from Husi,
Romania


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Husi and Gusitei, Romania #general

rennie and jack
 

Thanks to all of you who responded to my request for information that could
be entered into a ShtetLink site for Husi. I have kept your emails. If
anyone has traveled to Husi(I have not) I would really like your input. I
hope I will hear >from more of you as we approach a time to enter the
information.

I would like to add the small area of Gusitei to that request. >from a
transcription of a tape made many years ago, I know that Jewish families
traveling into Romania in the mid 1800's through Russia, passed through a
small town known as Gusitei. It appears to have been a gathering place for
Jews at that time. My great grandfather and his mother, and perhaps others,
remained there for some time. It was very close to Husi. If you know
anything about this town or the people there, please contact me. Thanks

Rennie M. Salz
Fair Haven, NJ

Researching: Herscovitz, Markowitz, David, Feurestein, Miller, Cohen,
Fabish, Carp, Losner, Raiter, Marcus, Rosenthal, Wexler---all >from Husi,
Romania


Finding relatives in Israel (Mea Shearim)? #general

Lauren Shulsky Orenstein
 

Hello all,

I have a brick wall that I would love some advice to crack.

Recently, I found out that a relative who was killed in World War I in
Poland had a wife & children (names unknown). Apparently, his son was
also killed during WWI, but his wife & daughters (3?) went to what was
then British Palestine. I believe that the relatives my grandparents
visited in Mea Shearim in the 1970's may be connected to this family.
Obviously, tracking down the daughters would be very difficult without
their married names, but I am hoping to find some record of the wife
(as long as she did not remarry).

The father/husband was Joseph LAUB & was probably born c. 1880 in the
area around Jaroslaw, Poland. I would assume that his wife was born
sometime after that & she immigrated c. 1918 or later. Presumably, her
children would have been in their teens or twenties by this time.

Does anyone know of records kept by the Mea Shearim community that an
outsider would be permitted to investigate? I do not know if the wife
died before or after 1948. Is there any possibility of finding marriage
records for the daughters just based on their maiden name (LAUB) &
father's name (Joseph). I know these are not uncommon names!

I would really appreciate any help you have. Unless it would be of
interest to the group, please reply privately.

Thanks so much!
Lauren Shulsky Orenstein
orensal@aol.com

Researching: LAUB, PRINZ, ROSENFELD, MAGGENHEIM, SPRUNG, MARGOLIS,
JACOBS, NARZISSENFELD, GROJER, FROYSHGANG, SIEGELHEIM, GLICK, SHIFFER,
WEISMANN-- all >from the area of Jaroslaw, Mirocin, Prezworsk, Przemysl,
Sienawa, Dynow, Zolynia, Nielepkowice, Poland


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Finding relatives in Israel (Mea Shearim)? #general

Lauren Shulsky Orenstein
 

Hello all,

I have a brick wall that I would love some advice to crack.

Recently, I found out that a relative who was killed in World War I in
Poland had a wife & children (names unknown). Apparently, his son was
also killed during WWI, but his wife & daughters (3?) went to what was
then British Palestine. I believe that the relatives my grandparents
visited in Mea Shearim in the 1970's may be connected to this family.
Obviously, tracking down the daughters would be very difficult without
their married names, but I am hoping to find some record of the wife
(as long as she did not remarry).

The father/husband was Joseph LAUB & was probably born c. 1880 in the
area around Jaroslaw, Poland. I would assume that his wife was born
sometime after that & she immigrated c. 1918 or later. Presumably, her
children would have been in their teens or twenties by this time.

Does anyone know of records kept by the Mea Shearim community that an
outsider would be permitted to investigate? I do not know if the wife
died before or after 1948. Is there any possibility of finding marriage
records for the daughters just based on their maiden name (LAUB) &
father's name (Joseph). I know these are not uncommon names!

I would really appreciate any help you have. Unless it would be of
interest to the group, please reply privately.

Thanks so much!
Lauren Shulsky Orenstein
orensal@aol.com

Researching: LAUB, PRINZ, ROSENFELD, MAGGENHEIM, SPRUNG, MARGOLIS,
JACOBS, NARZISSENFELD, GROJER, FROYSHGANG, SIEGELHEIM, GLICK, SHIFFER,
WEISMANN-- all >from the area of Jaroslaw, Mirocin, Prezworsk, Przemysl,
Sienawa, Dynow, Zolynia, Nielepkowice, Poland


email for Paul BRENNER #general

paulsara62@...
 

Does anyone have a current email address for Paul BRENNER, researcher
#3670, who registered an interest in the names Liberman, Bluszteyn
and Luft in the town of Konstantynow, Poland in 1997? Please answer
privately.
Sara Grosbein
ELBERG ROJZMAN SAMUEL EPELBAUM SOBELMAN in Konstantinow nad Bugiem
and area.


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen email for Paul BRENNER #general

paulsara62@...
 

Does anyone have a current email address for Paul BRENNER, researcher
#3670, who registered an interest in the names Liberman, Bluszteyn
and Luft in the town of Konstantynow, Poland in 1997? Please answer
privately.
Sara Grosbein
ELBERG ROJZMAN SAMUEL EPELBAUM SOBELMAN in Konstantinow nad Bugiem
and area.


Cadastral Map & Landowner Records Project - Gesher Galicia Update #general

pweisberger@...
 

Gesher Galicia's Cadastral Map & Landowner Records Project is continuing
in June at the Lviv Archive with Phase Three.

We have inventoried over 60 Galician towns to date. To view the towns
that have already been inventoried -- as well as those we have obtained
records or maps for -- click here for our new, searchable database:

http://www.jewishgen.org/galicia/cadastral_maps_and_landowners_project/records.php

This project primarily involves Galician towns that are today in Ukraine,
or, in a few cases, towns in Poland that lie close to the Ukrainian
border. If your town has not yet been inventoried, but you are interested
in participating in Phase Three, please contact me privately as soon as
possible for more information.

The indexing and cataloging of these maps and records are ongoing and
will eventually be made available to all researchers on our website or
on your town's shtetlink pages.

Pamela Weisberger
President & Research Coordinator
Gesher Galicia
pweisberger@hotmail.com


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Cadastral Map & Landowner Records Project - Gesher Galicia Update #general

pweisberger@...
 

Gesher Galicia's Cadastral Map & Landowner Records Project is continuing
in June at the Lviv Archive with Phase Three.

We have inventoried over 60 Galician towns to date. To view the towns
that have already been inventoried -- as well as those we have obtained
records or maps for -- click here for our new, searchable database:

http://www.jewishgen.org/galicia/cadastral_maps_and_landowners_project/records.php

This project primarily involves Galician towns that are today in Ukraine,
or, in a few cases, towns in Poland that lie close to the Ukrainian
border. If your town has not yet been inventoried, but you are interested
in participating in Phase Three, please contact me privately as soon as
possible for more information.

The indexing and cataloging of these maps and records are ongoing and
will eventually be made available to all researchers on our website or
on your town's shtetlink pages.

Pamela Weisberger
President & Research Coordinator
Gesher Galicia
pweisberger@hotmail.com


ShtetLinks Project Report for April 2009 #sephardic

bounce-1828777-772978@...
 

We are pleased to welcome the following webpages to JewishGen
ShtetLinks. We thank the owners and webmasters of these shtetlpages
for creating fitting memorials to the Jewish Communities that once
lived in those shtetlach and for providing a valuable resource for
future generations of their descendants.

Aukstoji Panemune (Panemon, Poniemon Frentzela), Lithuania
Created by Rabbi Jeffrey A. Marx
Web Design by Vincent Prichard
http://www.shtetlinks.jewishgen.org/Aukstoji_Panemune/
~~~~~

Bodrogkeresztur (Keresztur), Hungary
Created by Stuart Ungar
http://www.shtetlinks.jewishgen.org/Bodrogkeresztur/Welcome.html
~~~~~

Dabrowa Tarnowska (Dombrowa) (G), Poland
Created by Steven D. Perlman
http://www.shtetlinks.jewishgen.org/dabrowa_tarnowska/
~~~~~

Mizhhirya (Okormezo , Volovo), Ukraine
Created by Amos Israel Zezmer and Marshall J. Katz
http://www.shtetlinks.jewishgen.org/Mizhhirya/
~~~~~

Oliscani (Olishkan), Moldova
Created by Cassio Tolpolar
Web Design by Alan Raskin
http://www.shtetlinks.jewishgen.org/Oliscani/index.html
~~~~~

Valea lui Mihai (Ermihalyfalva), Romania
Created by Eugene Katz and Marshall J. Katz
http://www.shtetlinks.jewishgen.org/Valea_lui_Mihai/
~~~~~

Voynilov (Wojnilow) (G), Ukraine
Created by Bruce Drake
http://www.shtetlinks.jewishgen.org/Voynilov/Voynilov.html
~~~~~

If you wish to follow their example and create a ShtetLinks webpage
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~~~~~

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Kamenka, Belarus
Created by Ze'ev Sharon
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~~~~~

Krasilov (Krasyliv), Ukraine
Created by Barry Chernick
http://www.shtetlinks.jewishgen.org/Krasilov/index.html
~~~~~

Mazheik (Mazeikiai), Lithuania
Created by Raymond Ravinsky
http://www.shtetlinks.jewishgen.org/mazeikiai/introduction.html
~~~~~

Pilzno (G), Poland
Created by Sharlene Krantz.
Web design by Sam Glaser
http://www.shtetlinks.jewishgen.org/Pilzno/Pilzno.html
~~~~~

GOOD NEWS!! As a result for our appeal for HTML volunteers we now have
a team of dedicated people who will help you create a webpage for
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Please contact us if you would like help in creating a ShtetLinks webpage.

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Barbara Ellman, ShtetLinks Technical Coordinator


AJONA in Spain (Navarra) Follow-up #sephardic

judigenie@...
 

Dear Siggers,
I had posted a query re. the AJONA surname (maternal surname of my
ex-husband, who always maintained he was an ethnic Basque)as there
was a brief piece on misapellidos.com about a Jewish man called
AHONA who settled in the town of Arroniz (my ex's birth town, BTW),
converted, married a Christian woman, etc. I thank those who sent
some thought-provoking responses to the SIG, including Mathilde Tagger.
My attempts to contact members of the family were successful, as was
my request that they do a Y-dna test. Result of the test: They are
of the haplogroup J2, origin: the Fertile Crescent! Just a reminder
not to rule out dna in family searches, although of course the results
are more anthropological than genealogical.
Judith Berlowitz
Oakland, CA


Sephardic SIG #Sephardim ShtetLinks Project Report for April 2009 #sephardic

bounce-1828777-772978@...
 

We are pleased to welcome the following webpages to JewishGen
ShtetLinks. We thank the owners and webmasters of these shtetlpages
for creating fitting memorials to the Jewish Communities that once
lived in those shtetlach and for providing a valuable resource for
future generations of their descendants.

Aukstoji Panemune (Panemon, Poniemon Frentzela), Lithuania
Created by Rabbi Jeffrey A. Marx
Web Design by Vincent Prichard
http://www.shtetlinks.jewishgen.org/Aukstoji_Panemune/
~~~~~

Bodrogkeresztur (Keresztur), Hungary
Created by Stuart Ungar
http://www.shtetlinks.jewishgen.org/Bodrogkeresztur/Welcome.html
~~~~~

Dabrowa Tarnowska (Dombrowa) (G), Poland
Created by Steven D. Perlman
http://www.shtetlinks.jewishgen.org/dabrowa_tarnowska/
~~~~~

Mizhhirya (Okormezo , Volovo), Ukraine
Created by Amos Israel Zezmer and Marshall J. Katz
http://www.shtetlinks.jewishgen.org/Mizhhirya/
~~~~~

Oliscani (Olishkan), Moldova
Created by Cassio Tolpolar
Web Design by Alan Raskin
http://www.shtetlinks.jewishgen.org/Oliscani/index.html
~~~~~

Valea lui Mihai (Ermihalyfalva), Romania
Created by Eugene Katz and Marshall J. Katz
http://www.shtetlinks.jewishgen.org/Valea_lui_Mihai/
~~~~~

Voynilov (Wojnilow) (G), Ukraine
Created by Bruce Drake
http://www.shtetlinks.jewishgen.org/Voynilov/Voynilov.html
~~~~~

If you wish to follow their example and create a ShtetLinks webpage
for your ancestral shtetl or adopt an exiting "orphaned" shtetlpage
please contact us at: < shtetl-help@jewishgen.org >
~~~~~

ShtetLinks webpages recently updated:

Kamenka, Belarus
Created by Ze'ev Sharon
http://www.shtetlinks.jewishgen.org/Kamenka/kamenka.html
~~~~~

Krasilov (Krasyliv), Ukraine
Created by Barry Chernick
http://www.shtetlinks.jewishgen.org/Krasilov/index.html
~~~~~

Mazheik (Mazeikiai), Lithuania
Created by Raymond Ravinsky
http://www.shtetlinks.jewishgen.org/mazeikiai/introduction.html
~~~~~

Pilzno (G), Poland
Created by Sharlene Krantz.
Web design by Sam Glaser
http://www.shtetlinks.jewishgen.org/Pilzno/Pilzno.html
~~~~~

GOOD NEWS!! As a result for our appeal for HTML volunteers we now have
a team of dedicated people who will help you create a webpage for
your ancestral home.
Please contact us if you would like help in creating a ShtetLinks webpage.

Susana Leistner Bloch, VP, ShtetLinks, JewishGen, Inc.
Barbara Ellman, ShtetLinks Technical Coordinator


Sephardic SIG #Sephardim AJONA in Spain (Navarra) Follow-up #sephardic

judigenie@...
 

Dear Siggers,
I had posted a query re. the AJONA surname (maternal surname of my
ex-husband, who always maintained he was an ethnic Basque)as there
was a brief piece on misapellidos.com about a Jewish man called
AHONA who settled in the town of Arroniz (my ex's birth town, BTW),
converted, married a Christian woman, etc. I thank those who sent
some thought-provoking responses to the SIG, including Mathilde Tagger.
My attempts to contact members of the family were successful, as was
my request that they do a Y-dna test. Result of the test: They are
of the haplogroup J2, origin: the Fertile Crescent! Just a reminder
not to rule out dna in family searches, although of course the results
are more anthropological than genealogical.
Judith Berlowitz
Oakland, CA