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Re: How Immigrant Surnames Changed #general

Lisa Grayson <lisa@...>
 

Here's another story: My g-grandfather came to the US >from Lithuania
with his parents around 1869. The 1870 census shows him as 15-year-old
Myer FINK, living in NYC with his parents Moses and Sarah, and sister
Rose FINK. His uncle, Alexander FINK, was born in Vilna in 1818 and
arrived in the US before 1840.

Or so I thought.

In 2009, a kind cousin sent me a 1926 letter written by A.J. SUNSTEIN
to his half-sister, Rose's daughter Daisy SUNSTEIN, that mentioned,
"Your grandfather's name before he came to this country was not Fink and
I do not remember what it was. ... Your grandfather's brother, Alexander
Fink... changed his name on arrival and your folks changed their name
when they arrived in this country."

Not only did my dozens of living FINK relatives not know what the
original surname was, they had no idea the name had been changed. And,
as my brother put it, "Why on earth did they pick Fink?"

JGenner Evan Wolfson took an interest in the Pittsburgh FINKs; through
assiduous detection, he solved the mystery via immigration records. The
key was a 1904 Bremen>Baltimore arrival document. My research showed
that my g-grandfather had an older brother, Abraham FINK, married to
Sophia. But Evan found a ship manifest listing Sosche MARUCHES >from
Sapotkin and five children, whose ages and Yiddish names on the manifest
closely matched the American versions I knew.

The true smoking gun: Sosche was headed to meet husband Abram Maruches --
and a handwritten note was added above his name, "in this country, Fink."
His address matched one I had >from my Abraham FINK in Pittsburgh.

Evan uncovered more documents showing that even the earliest family
arrival, the guy I knew as Alexander FINK, was a MARUCHES. I discovered
more evidence myself, thanks to JewishGen.

Alexander and Moses apparently had another brother, Iosel MARUCHES of
Vilna, whose descendants came to the US and changed the family surname
only slightly: MARUCHESS. And the JewishGen Family Finder helped me find
someone else who was looking for MARUCHES relatives: Ron Fish, whose
Litvak MARUCHES ancestors changed their name to MARCUS.

All of the surname changes in this case were the result of conscious
choices made by different branches of the same family once they arrived
in the US. The switch to MARUCHESS or MARCUS makes sense -- but I don't
know if I'll ever discover why my bunch chose FINK.

Lisa Grayson
Chicago, Illinois USA


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Re: How Immigrant Surnames Changed #general

Lisa Grayson <lisa@...>
 

Here's another story: My g-grandfather came to the US >from Lithuania
with his parents around 1869. The 1870 census shows him as 15-year-old
Myer FINK, living in NYC with his parents Moses and Sarah, and sister
Rose FINK. His uncle, Alexander FINK, was born in Vilna in 1818 and
arrived in the US before 1840.

Or so I thought.

In 2009, a kind cousin sent me a 1926 letter written by A.J. SUNSTEIN
to his half-sister, Rose's daughter Daisy SUNSTEIN, that mentioned,
"Your grandfather's name before he came to this country was not Fink and
I do not remember what it was. ... Your grandfather's brother, Alexander
Fink... changed his name on arrival and your folks changed their name
when they arrived in this country."

Not only did my dozens of living FINK relatives not know what the
original surname was, they had no idea the name had been changed. And,
as my brother put it, "Why on earth did they pick Fink?"

JGenner Evan Wolfson took an interest in the Pittsburgh FINKs; through
assiduous detection, he solved the mystery via immigration records. The
key was a 1904 Bremen>Baltimore arrival document. My research showed
that my g-grandfather had an older brother, Abraham FINK, married to
Sophia. But Evan found a ship manifest listing Sosche MARUCHES >from
Sapotkin and five children, whose ages and Yiddish names on the manifest
closely matched the American versions I knew.

The true smoking gun: Sosche was headed to meet husband Abram Maruches --
and a handwritten note was added above his name, "in this country, Fink."
His address matched one I had >from my Abraham FINK in Pittsburgh.

Evan uncovered more documents showing that even the earliest family
arrival, the guy I knew as Alexander FINK, was a MARUCHES. I discovered
more evidence myself, thanks to JewishGen.

Alexander and Moses apparently had another brother, Iosel MARUCHES of
Vilna, whose descendants came to the US and changed the family surname
only slightly: MARUCHESS. And the JewishGen Family Finder helped me find
someone else who was looking for MARUCHES relatives: Ron Fish, whose
Litvak MARUCHES ancestors changed their name to MARCUS.

All of the surname changes in this case were the result of conscious
choices made by different branches of the same family once they arrived
in the US. The switch to MARUCHESS or MARCUS makes sense -- but I don't
know if I'll ever discover why my bunch chose FINK.

Lisa Grayson
Chicago, Illinois USA


Re: Ghetto Fighters House Holocaust Centre Archive Search #general

m.steinberg@utoronto.ca <m.steinberg@...>
 

I was there in 2001.

Last I checked these email addresses worked but it has been a few years.

E-mail: Mr. Yossi Shavit, Archives Director, yshavit@gfh.org.il
E-mail: Mr. Simcha Stein, Director, simstein@gfh.org.il

Beit Lohamei Haghetaot
D.N Western Galilee, 25220
Israel
Phone: 972-(0)4-9958080
Fax: 972-(0)4-9958007

Moshe Steinberg,
Vancouver, Canada

Hannah Berliner Fischthal wrote on 23 mrt 2011 in soc.genealogy.jewish:

Thanks to Yohanan Loeffler for providing the link to the Ghetto
Fighters House Museum. A few searches revealed real treasures, such
as a photo of a camp uniform worn in Waldenburg, where my Dad had been
incarcerated. I would like to get permission to copy this photo. I
could not find a "Contact Us" page. Do I need to write to the Museum
via snail mail?


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Re: Ghetto Fighters House Holocaust Centre Archive Search #general

m.steinberg@utoronto.ca <m.steinberg@...>
 

I was there in 2001.

Last I checked these email addresses worked but it has been a few years.

E-mail: Mr. Yossi Shavit, Archives Director, yshavit@gfh.org.il
E-mail: Mr. Simcha Stein, Director, simstein@gfh.org.il

Beit Lohamei Haghetaot
D.N Western Galilee, 25220
Israel
Phone: 972-(0)4-9958080
Fax: 972-(0)4-9958007

Moshe Steinberg,
Vancouver, Canada

Hannah Berliner Fischthal wrote on 23 mrt 2011 in soc.genealogy.jewish:

Thanks to Yohanan Loeffler for providing the link to the Ghetto
Fighters House Museum. A few searches revealed real treasures, such
as a photo of a camp uniform worn in Waldenburg, where my Dad had been
incarcerated. I would like to get permission to copy this photo. I
could not find a "Contact Us" page. Do I need to write to the Museum
via snail mail?


Mental Hospitals Berlin / Grete SCHIFF #germany

Irene Peters <uffpet@...>
 

One of my great-grandaunts, Grete (Margarete) SCHIFF was
institutionalized in a mental hospital in Berlin. The last record
indicating this information dates >from April 1933. I have searched the
euthanasia lists published on the web at
http://www.iaapa.org.il/46024/claims#agen but came up empty. I cannot
be sure that Grete SCHIFF lived long enough to have fallen victim to
the Nazi euthanasia program and I also do not know her birth date.

My question is if anyone knows which mental hospital(s) in Berlin in
the 1930s, specifically the year 1933, were for Jewish patients. When
I checked the Bundesarchiv website at
http://www.bundesarchiv.de/geschichte_euthanasie/, they list quite a
few such institutions in Berlin but do not specify which were for
Jewish patients, at least I did not see such distinction being made.
Were there even specific mental hospitals for Jewish patients at all,
or not? How would I go about finding more information?

If anyone has done research in that area, I would be grateful to hear >from them.

Regards, Irene Peters, Dallas, Texas uffpet@gmail.com


German SIG #Germany Mental Hospitals Berlin / Grete SCHIFF #germany

Irene Peters <uffpet@...>
 

One of my great-grandaunts, Grete (Margarete) SCHIFF was
institutionalized in a mental hospital in Berlin. The last record
indicating this information dates >from April 1933. I have searched the
euthanasia lists published on the web at
http://www.iaapa.org.il/46024/claims#agen but came up empty. I cannot
be sure that Grete SCHIFF lived long enough to have fallen victim to
the Nazi euthanasia program and I also do not know her birth date.

My question is if anyone knows which mental hospital(s) in Berlin in
the 1930s, specifically the year 1933, were for Jewish patients. When
I checked the Bundesarchiv website at
http://www.bundesarchiv.de/geschichte_euthanasie/, they list quite a
few such institutions in Berlin but do not specify which were for
Jewish patients, at least I did not see such distinction being made.
Were there even specific mental hospitals for Jewish patients at all,
or not? How would I go about finding more information?

If anyone has done research in that area, I would be grateful to hear >from them.

Regards, Irene Peters, Dallas, Texas uffpet@gmail.com


WG: grave pictures Vienna ZF 1 #hungary

Traude Triebel
 

Dear All
We have added 650 new grave pictures >from the Vienna cemetery, gate 1.
You will need to register (free of charge) =A0in order to
view them
http://www.grave-pictures.at/forum/cmps_index.php?langid=3D2

Traude Triebel
A-2700 Wr. Neustadt
Email: traude.triebel@inode.at
------------------------------------------
Web: http://www.grave-pictures.at
Web: http://www.family-gruenwald.at


Special Event At the DC2011 Conference #hungary

bounce-2199172-772961@...
 

Hello All,

I am pleased to announce that on Monday, August 15, DC2011 will offer a
theater performance, performed by Theater J. Theater J is a professional
theater company located in Washington, DC, founded to present works that
"celebrate the distinctive urban voice and social vision that are part
of the Jewish cultural legacy as a self-mission.

(NOTE: The link for Theater J is
<http://washingtondcjcc.org/center-for-arts/theater-j/about-us/about-us-main-page.html>)

Theaters in DC are dark in August, so we have brought a highlight of the
Theater J season to our conference hotel for conference attendees to
enjoy. In an attempt to maintain the feel of the home stage
performances, seating will be limited to 400. Tickets are $12 each.

The Moscows of Nantucket
By Sam Forman
This witty, smart, multigenerational family comedy, with moments of
poignant self-revelation and awareness, takes place on a summer weekend
at the parental home in Nantucket. Watch the fur fly as brothers play
out old family dramas, mixed with contemporary angst, passion fueled by
booze, compulsive Blackberry checking and disclosed secrets. Sam
Forman's previous play was Helen Hayes Award-nominated, "The Rise and
Fall of Annie Hall."

You will be able to purchase the tickets on the DC2011 registration web
site soon.

Hope to see you there.

Sue Isman
Co-Chair, Hospitality
31st IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy
dc2011_conference@comcast.net


Hungary SIG #Hungary WG: grave pictures Vienna ZF 1 #hungary

Traude Triebel
 

Dear All
We have added 650 new grave pictures >from the Vienna cemetery, gate 1.
You will need to register (free of charge) =A0in order to
view them
http://www.grave-pictures.at/forum/cmps_index.php?langid=3D2

Traude Triebel
A-2700 Wr. Neustadt
Email: traude.triebel@inode.at
------------------------------------------
Web: http://www.grave-pictures.at
Web: http://www.family-gruenwald.at


Hungary SIG #Hungary Special Event At the DC2011 Conference #hungary

bounce-2199172-772961@...
 

Hello All,

I am pleased to announce that on Monday, August 15, DC2011 will offer a
theater performance, performed by Theater J. Theater J is a professional
theater company located in Washington, DC, founded to present works that
"celebrate the distinctive urban voice and social vision that are part
of the Jewish cultural legacy as a self-mission.

(NOTE: The link for Theater J is
<http://washingtondcjcc.org/center-for-arts/theater-j/about-us/about-us-main-page.html>)

Theaters in DC are dark in August, so we have brought a highlight of the
Theater J season to our conference hotel for conference attendees to
enjoy. In an attempt to maintain the feel of the home stage
performances, seating will be limited to 400. Tickets are $12 each.

The Moscows of Nantucket
By Sam Forman
This witty, smart, multigenerational family comedy, with moments of
poignant self-revelation and awareness, takes place on a summer weekend
at the parental home in Nantucket. Watch the fur fly as brothers play
out old family dramas, mixed with contemporary angst, passion fueled by
booze, compulsive Blackberry checking and disclosed secrets. Sam
Forman's previous play was Helen Hayes Award-nominated, "The Rise and
Fall of Annie Hall."

You will be able to purchase the tickets on the DC2011 registration web
site soon.

Hope to see you there.

Sue Isman
Co-Chair, Hospitality
31st IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy
dc2011_conference@comcast.net


Re: KaZ--abbreviation for a title SITE CITE #germany

Andreas Schwab <andreas.schwab@...>
 

Christine Crawford-Oppenheimer asked:

"Am I correct in guessing that the author of the book misunderstood
the "surname", and that "KaZ" is probably actually an abbreviation of
a (religious?) title?"

I quote >from Beit Hatfutsot
http://www.bh.org.il/database-articles.aspx?55484
"Sometimes family names were created by using acronyms or anagrams of
Hebrew words. Thus, the name's sound and spelling was changed,
transforming it into a European name while keeping the original
meaning: Katz, which is a Hebrew acronym of Cohen Zedek ("rightful
priest") (kaf-gershayim-tzadi) means "cat" in German. "

Andreas Schwab, Beaconsfield, Canada <andreas.schwab@mcgill.ca>

MODERATOR NOTE: Beit Hatfutsot - The Museum of the Jewish People in Tel Aviv
Home Page - http://www.bh.org.il/ The "Databases and Collections" drop-down
menu offers a wealth of information. Well worth a visit! MOD 1


Searching for Isidor WINTER Kopcany #hungary

danielat1@...
 

My great grandfather Isidor (Yitzhak) WINTER was born in Kopcany a small
town near the current Czech border with Slovakia in 1839.
I have so far been unable to find out the names of his parents or indeed any
siblings.
I wonder if anyone else in the Hungary SIG is researching Kopcany and would
be able to share information?
Daniela Torsh
Sydney Australia
danielat1@bigpond.com


German SIG #Germany Re: KaZ--abbreviation for a title SITE CITE #germany

Andreas Schwab <andreas.schwab@...>
 

Christine Crawford-Oppenheimer asked:

"Am I correct in guessing that the author of the book misunderstood
the "surname", and that "KaZ" is probably actually an abbreviation of
a (religious?) title?"

I quote >from Beit Hatfutsot
http://www.bh.org.il/database-articles.aspx?55484
"Sometimes family names were created by using acronyms or anagrams of
Hebrew words. Thus, the name's sound and spelling was changed,
transforming it into a European name while keeping the original
meaning: Katz, which is a Hebrew acronym of Cohen Zedek ("rightful
priest") (kaf-gershayim-tzadi) means "cat" in German. "

Andreas Schwab, Beaconsfield, Canada <andreas.schwab@mcgill.ca>

MODERATOR NOTE: Beit Hatfutsot - The Museum of the Jewish People in Tel Aviv
Home Page - http://www.bh.org.il/ The "Databases and Collections" drop-down
menu offers a wealth of information. Well worth a visit! MOD 1


Hungary SIG #Hungary Searching for Isidor WINTER Kopcany #hungary

danielat1@...
 

My great grandfather Isidor (Yitzhak) WINTER was born in Kopcany a small
town near the current Czech border with Slovakia in 1839.
I have so far been unable to find out the names of his parents or indeed any
siblings.
I wonder if anyone else in the Hungary SIG is researching Kopcany and would
be able to share information?
Daniela Torsh
Sydney Australia
danielat1@bigpond.com


Researching in Greek Municipal Archives #sephardic

Michael Waas
 

Hi,

Has anyone had success in performing research in the Greek Municipal
Archives? I am specifically interested in the Municipal archives of
Larissa.

Furthermore, does anyone have anyone to contact in Greece who might be
able to look into the archives in case I hear no response >from the
municipality?

Thanks!

Michael Waas
Miami and Sarasota, FL

Researching: ANGEL, AMARILLO, KABELI, BEGAS, FRANCES, TARABOULOUS,
GABAY, MIZRAHI, COHEN, MIJAN (MIZAN), YEHUDA (Larissa, Korfu,
Salonika, Volos, Trikala)


Special Event At the DC2011 Conference #sephardic

31st IAJGS Conference <dc2011_conference@...>
 

Hello All,

I am pleased to announce that on Monday, August 15, DC2011 will offer a
theater performance, performed by Theater J. Theater J is a professional
theater company located in Washington, DC, founded to present works that
"celebrate the distinctive urban voice and social vision that are part
of the Jewish cultural legacy as a self-mission.

(NOTE: The link for Theater J is
<http://washingtondcjcc.org/center-for-arts/theater-j/about-us/about-us-main-page.html>)

Theaters in DC are dark in August, so we have brought a highlight of the
Theater J season to our conference hotel for conference attendees to
enjoy. In an attempt to maintain the feel of the home stage
performances, seating will be limited to 400. Tickets are $12 each.

The Moscows of Nantucket
By Sam Forman
This witty, smart, multigenerational family comedy, with moments of
poignant self-revelation and awareness, takes place on a summer weekend
at the parental home in Nantucket. Watch the fur fly as brothers play
out old family dramas, mixed with contemporary angst, passion fueled by
booze, compulsive Blackberry checking and disclosed secrets. Sam
Forman's previous play was Helen Hayes Award-nominated, "The Rise and
Fall of Annie Hall."

You will be able to purchase the tickets on the DC2011 registration web
site soon.

Hope to see you there.

Sue Isman
Co-Chair, Hospitality
31st IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy
dc2011_conference@comcast.net


Special Event At the DC2011 Conference #yizkorbooks

31st IAJGS Conference <dc2011_conference@...>
 

Hello All,

I am pleased to announce that on Monday, August 15, DC2011 will offer a
theater performance, performed by Theater J. Theater J is a professional
theater company located in Washington, DC, founded to present works that
"celebrate the distinctive urban voice and social vision that are part
of the Jewish cultural legacy as a self-mission.

(NOTE: The link for Theater J is
<http://washingtondcjcc.org/center-for-arts/theater-j/about-us/about-us-main-page.html>)

Theaters in DC are dark in August, so we have brought a highlight of the
Theater J season to our conference hotel for conference attendees to
enjoy. In an attempt to maintain the feel of the home stage
performances, seating will be limited to 400. Tickets are $12 each.

The Moscows of Nantucket
By Sam Forman
This witty, smart, multigenerational family comedy, with moments of
poignant self-revelation and awareness, takes place on a summer weekend
at the parental home in Nantucket. Watch the fur fly as brothers play
out old family dramas, mixed with contemporary angst, passion fueled by
booze, compulsive Blackberry checking and disclosed secrets. Sam
Forman's previous play was Helen Hayes Award-nominated, "The Rise and
Fall of Annie Hall."

You will be able to purchase the tickets on the DC2011 registration web
site soon.

Hope to see you there.

Sue Isman
Co-Chair, Hospitality
31st IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy
dc2011_conference@comcast.net


Sephardic SIG #Sephardim Researching in Greek Municipal Archives #sephardic

Michael Waas
 

Hi,

Has anyone had success in performing research in the Greek Municipal
Archives? I am specifically interested in the Municipal archives of
Larissa.

Furthermore, does anyone have anyone to contact in Greece who might be
able to look into the archives in case I hear no response >from the
municipality?

Thanks!

Michael Waas
Miami and Sarasota, FL

Researching: ANGEL, AMARILLO, KABELI, BEGAS, FRANCES, TARABOULOUS,
GABAY, MIZRAHI, COHEN, MIJAN (MIZAN), YEHUDA (Larissa, Korfu,
Salonika, Volos, Trikala)


Sephardic SIG #Sephardim Special Event At the DC2011 Conference #sephardic

31st IAJGS Conference <dc2011_conference@...>
 

Hello All,

I am pleased to announce that on Monday, August 15, DC2011 will offer a
theater performance, performed by Theater J. Theater J is a professional
theater company located in Washington, DC, founded to present works that
"celebrate the distinctive urban voice and social vision that are part
of the Jewish cultural legacy as a self-mission.

(NOTE: The link for Theater J is
<http://washingtondcjcc.org/center-for-arts/theater-j/about-us/about-us-main-page.html>)

Theaters in DC are dark in August, so we have brought a highlight of the
Theater J season to our conference hotel for conference attendees to
enjoy. In an attempt to maintain the feel of the home stage
performances, seating will be limited to 400. Tickets are $12 each.

The Moscows of Nantucket
By Sam Forman
This witty, smart, multigenerational family comedy, with moments of
poignant self-revelation and awareness, takes place on a summer weekend
at the parental home in Nantucket. Watch the fur fly as brothers play
out old family dramas, mixed with contemporary angst, passion fueled by
booze, compulsive Blackberry checking and disclosed secrets. Sam
Forman's previous play was Helen Hayes Award-nominated, "The Rise and
Fall of Annie Hall."

You will be able to purchase the tickets on the DC2011 registration web
site soon.

Hope to see you there.

Sue Isman
Co-Chair, Hospitality
31st IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy
dc2011_conference@comcast.net


Yizkor Books #YizkorBooks Special Event At the DC2011 Conference #yizkorbooks

31st IAJGS Conference <dc2011_conference@...>
 

Hello All,

I am pleased to announce that on Monday, August 15, DC2011 will offer a
theater performance, performed by Theater J. Theater J is a professional
theater company located in Washington, DC, founded to present works that
"celebrate the distinctive urban voice and social vision that are part
of the Jewish cultural legacy as a self-mission.

(NOTE: The link for Theater J is
<http://washingtondcjcc.org/center-for-arts/theater-j/about-us/about-us-main-page.html>)

Theaters in DC are dark in August, so we have brought a highlight of the
Theater J season to our conference hotel for conference attendees to
enjoy. In an attempt to maintain the feel of the home stage
performances, seating will be limited to 400. Tickets are $12 each.

The Moscows of Nantucket
By Sam Forman
This witty, smart, multigenerational family comedy, with moments of
poignant self-revelation and awareness, takes place on a summer weekend
at the parental home in Nantucket. Watch the fur fly as brothers play
out old family dramas, mixed with contemporary angst, passion fueled by
booze, compulsive Blackberry checking and disclosed secrets. Sam
Forman's previous play was Helen Hayes Award-nominated, "The Rise and
Fall of Annie Hall."

You will be able to purchase the tickets on the DC2011 registration web
site soon.

Hope to see you there.

Sue Isman
Co-Chair, Hospitality
31st IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy
dc2011_conference@comcast.net

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