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Certain NY Vital Records for 2 Dollars each from FHL #general

Marty & Gail
 

I am writing this on the possibility that some people might not know how to
get New York birth, marriage and death certificates for certain years for $2
each. Though I thought most people knew this, recently I saw some posting
on Jewishgen that made me think otherwise.

If you go to Stephen Morse's website, http://www.stevemorse.org/index.html
and go to the Vital Records you will see that Mr. Morse has used his
knowledge to link to certain databases offered by the Italian Genealogical
Group. If you have success and find a hit, Mr. Morse provides you with all
the information you need.

You then go to http://tinyurl.com/7tn8xyo which is the Request for
Photocopies >from the Family Search site. Fill out the form, send it in and
you will receive your documents in the mail for $2 each whether it is one
page or two pages. For those who knew about this, please excuse me for
writing about this.

Gail & Marty Grossman
Cerritos, CA


Internal Passports Issued in Panevezys in the Inter-War Period #lithuania

William Yoffee
 

A list of internal passports (identity cards) issued to Jewish residents of
the Panevezys District between the two World Wars is now available on the
Panevezys District Research Group's Shutterfly website in the form of an
Excel spreadsheet. This is thanks to the efforts of Howard Margol,
Coordinator of the LitvakSIG Internal Passport Project. The list contains
10,384 lines of data for individuals all but 15 of whom are identified by
Jewish surname, and 1003 of whom are also identified by Jewish maiden
surname. Most of these are also identified by Lithuanian surname.

During World War I, by 1915, the German army had occupied most of the
Western part of the Lithuania territory. In the mistaken belief that the
Jews would be spies for the Germans, the Tsar gave orders that all Jews in
the parts of the Lithuania territory not already occupied by the Germans
would have to evacuate and go deep into the Eastern part of Russia. In
1919, Lithuania became an independent country and, many of the Jews who
were forced to evacuate, returned. Within 30 days of their return, they
had to apply for an internal passport or face heavy fines. The internal
passport was not designed for travel but for identification purposes.
The Jewish population grew >from 153,743, according to the 1923 Census,
to around 220,000 at the outbreak of WWII, or between 10% and 11% of
the total population.

According to the issue dates in spreadsheet columns M. N and O, the first
eight internal passports were issued to Jews in Panevezys in the third
quarter of 1919; more than half of the total had been issued by the end of
1921 and another one-fourth were issued between 1922 and 1926. Much smaller
numbers were issued in later years. Only 189 were issued in 1939, 200 in
1940 and five in 1941. The vast majority of the internal passports in this
list were issued to residents of Panevezys city, but they were also issued
to residents of 36 other towns and villages in the Panevezys District,
according to street and town addresses listed in spreadsheet columns P, Q
and R. The spreadsheet overall contains 22 columns of data. In addition to
those already mentioned (including surname and maiden name), given name,
father's name, age or date of birth, place of birth and occupation are among
those listed. The last column V, Comments, indicates those whose files
contain photos of the individual and which files contain previously issued
foreign passports (mainly German and Russian) that may also contain photos
and, more important, may contain evidence of who and possibly where the
individual was displaced during the First World War. The list as a whole
may provide the last evidence of some individuals who were lost during the
Holocaust.

This spreadsheet will be available to participants in the Panevezys District
Research Group on its Shutterfly website. Contributions to that Group of
$100 or more entitles researchers to access the website for at least the
next five years, where these data and all newly translated data will be
available to them for at least 18 months before they become available to
the public in the All Lithuania Database (ALD).

Contributions may be made by email to www.litvaksig.org/contribute by
credit card or to the mailing address given at that site by check. Early
access to each of the various parts of the Internal Passport Database, which
eventually will cover all the towns of Lithuania where records exist, will
be available to anyone who contributes $100 per town. For a number of
very small towns or villages, only a $25 contribution is required. These
exceptions are noted when the availability of the town records are
announced. All contributions are tax deductible to U.S. taxpayers.

Alphabetical lists of 1,480 different Jewish surnames and 648 different
Jewish maiden surnames and an alphabetical list of the 36 towns and villages
will be available to ANYONE on request to me at the email address below. The
surname lists should be examined carefully because numerous spelling
variations in the English alphabet for Jewish surnames may not be equivalent
to modern American or English surnames. Also, the initial letter of the
Lithuanian surname does not always transliterate to the same letter/sound in
the English alphabet. For example, the letter C at the beginning of a
Lithuanian surname transliterates to the sounds TS or TC (ch), H, or KH;
the letter Z transliterates to the sound TS; and the letter J is
transliterated to the English Y. Essential to understanding the
significance of this list and the internal passport in general is the
article by Howard Margol, Lithuania Internal Passports Database, 1919-1940,
at http://www.jewishgen.org/databases/lithuania/internalpassports.htm

Bill Yoffee
Panevezys District Research Coordinator
kidsbks@verizon.net


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Certain NY Vital Records for 2 Dollars each from FHL #general

Marty & Gail
 

I am writing this on the possibility that some people might not know how to
get New York birth, marriage and death certificates for certain years for $2
each. Though I thought most people knew this, recently I saw some posting
on Jewishgen that made me think otherwise.

If you go to Stephen Morse's website, http://www.stevemorse.org/index.html
and go to the Vital Records you will see that Mr. Morse has used his
knowledge to link to certain databases offered by the Italian Genealogical
Group. If you have success and find a hit, Mr. Morse provides you with all
the information you need.

You then go to http://tinyurl.com/7tn8xyo which is the Request for
Photocopies >from the Family Search site. Fill out the form, send it in and
you will receive your documents in the mail for $2 each whether it is one
page or two pages. For those who knew about this, please excuse me for
writing about this.

Gail & Marty Grossman
Cerritos, CA


Lithuania SIG #Lithuania Internal Passports Issued in Panevezys in the Inter-War Period #lithuania

William Yoffee
 

A list of internal passports (identity cards) issued to Jewish residents of
the Panevezys District between the two World Wars is now available on the
Panevezys District Research Group's Shutterfly website in the form of an
Excel spreadsheet. This is thanks to the efforts of Howard Margol,
Coordinator of the LitvakSIG Internal Passport Project. The list contains
10,384 lines of data for individuals all but 15 of whom are identified by
Jewish surname, and 1003 of whom are also identified by Jewish maiden
surname. Most of these are also identified by Lithuanian surname.

During World War I, by 1915, the German army had occupied most of the
Western part of the Lithuania territory. In the mistaken belief that the
Jews would be spies for the Germans, the Tsar gave orders that all Jews in
the parts of the Lithuania territory not already occupied by the Germans
would have to evacuate and go deep into the Eastern part of Russia. In
1919, Lithuania became an independent country and, many of the Jews who
were forced to evacuate, returned. Within 30 days of their return, they
had to apply for an internal passport or face heavy fines. The internal
passport was not designed for travel but for identification purposes.
The Jewish population grew >from 153,743, according to the 1923 Census,
to around 220,000 at the outbreak of WWII, or between 10% and 11% of
the total population.

According to the issue dates in spreadsheet columns M. N and O, the first
eight internal passports were issued to Jews in Panevezys in the third
quarter of 1919; more than half of the total had been issued by the end of
1921 and another one-fourth were issued between 1922 and 1926. Much smaller
numbers were issued in later years. Only 189 were issued in 1939, 200 in
1940 and five in 1941. The vast majority of the internal passports in this
list were issued to residents of Panevezys city, but they were also issued
to residents of 36 other towns and villages in the Panevezys District,
according to street and town addresses listed in spreadsheet columns P, Q
and R. The spreadsheet overall contains 22 columns of data. In addition to
those already mentioned (including surname and maiden name), given name,
father's name, age or date of birth, place of birth and occupation are among
those listed. The last column V, Comments, indicates those whose files
contain photos of the individual and which files contain previously issued
foreign passports (mainly German and Russian) that may also contain photos
and, more important, may contain evidence of who and possibly where the
individual was displaced during the First World War. The list as a whole
may provide the last evidence of some individuals who were lost during the
Holocaust.

This spreadsheet will be available to participants in the Panevezys District
Research Group on its Shutterfly website. Contributions to that Group of
$100 or more entitles researchers to access the website for at least the
next five years, where these data and all newly translated data will be
available to them for at least 18 months before they become available to
the public in the All Lithuania Database (ALD).

Contributions may be made by email to www.litvaksig.org/contribute by
credit card or to the mailing address given at that site by check. Early
access to each of the various parts of the Internal Passport Database, which
eventually will cover all the towns of Lithuania where records exist, will
be available to anyone who contributes $100 per town. For a number of
very small towns or villages, only a $25 contribution is required. These
exceptions are noted when the availability of the town records are
announced. All contributions are tax deductible to U.S. taxpayers.

Alphabetical lists of 1,480 different Jewish surnames and 648 different
Jewish maiden surnames and an alphabetical list of the 36 towns and villages
will be available to ANYONE on request to me at the email address below. The
surname lists should be examined carefully because numerous spelling
variations in the English alphabet for Jewish surnames may not be equivalent
to modern American or English surnames. Also, the initial letter of the
Lithuanian surname does not always transliterate to the same letter/sound in
the English alphabet. For example, the letter C at the beginning of a
Lithuanian surname transliterates to the sounds TS or TC (ch), H, or KH;
the letter Z transliterates to the sound TS; and the letter J is
transliterated to the English Y. Essential to understanding the
significance of this list and the internal passport in general is the
article by Howard Margol, Lithuania Internal Passports Database, 1919-1940,
at http://www.jewishgen.org/databases/lithuania/internalpassports.htm

Bill Yoffee
Panevezys District Research Coordinator
kidsbks@verizon.net


Yizkor Books In Print Project volunteers with graphic skills #germany

Lance Ackerfeld <lance.ackerfeld@...>
 

Shalom,

The "Yizkor Books In Print Project" is looking for about 5 volunteers to
help process images for new books to be published. The volunteers should
have Photoshop or similar software to be able to open PDF files with images,
copy and crop the images of photographs, illustrations, maps and create JPEG
files of the individual images, so that they can be inserted into the text
files by our layout volunteers. If you can devote a minimum of an hour or
two a week to help with this project, please contact Joel Alpert,
Coordinator of the Yizkor Books in Print Project whose address can be found
at http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/ybip.html

Background: We are fortunate to have just reached an agreement with the
National Yiddish Book Center in Holyoke, MA and the New York Public Library,
for use of their PDF files of high resolution scanned images of photos and
maps and illustrations of their huge collection of Yizkor Books. This will
insure high quality reproduction of the images >from the original Yizkor
Books. All the best,

Lance Ackerfeld Yizkor Book Project Manager


German SIG #Germany Yizkor Books In Print Project volunteers with graphic skills #germany

Lance Ackerfeld <lance.ackerfeld@...>
 

Shalom,

The "Yizkor Books In Print Project" is looking for about 5 volunteers to
help process images for new books to be published. The volunteers should
have Photoshop or similar software to be able to open PDF files with images,
copy and crop the images of photographs, illustrations, maps and create JPEG
files of the individual images, so that they can be inserted into the text
files by our layout volunteers. If you can devote a minimum of an hour or
two a week to help with this project, please contact Joel Alpert,
Coordinator of the Yizkor Books in Print Project whose address can be found
at http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/ybip.html

Background: We are fortunate to have just reached an agreement with the
National Yiddish Book Center in Holyoke, MA and the New York Public Library,
for use of their PDF files of high resolution scanned images of photos and
maps and illustrations of their huge collection of Yizkor Books. This will
insure high quality reproduction of the images >from the original Yizkor
Books. All the best,

Lance Ackerfeld Yizkor Book Project Manager


Education: Beyond the Basics and Breaking Brick Walls in the U.S. #germany

Phyllis Kramer
 

Today we are announcing two advanced courses:

1.Ever dream of a genealogical search companion? JewishGen is offering
Beyond the Basics, an Independent Study class, Feb 22-March 25th 2012.
Your topic, your schedule, your questions. Is this course right for
you? Please read the details at http://www.jewishgen.org/education,
then send your qualifying paragraph to Nancy Holden any time after
February 10, 2012 for consideration. Students will be notified of
enrollment procedures by email (Enrollment is limited to 12-15 students).

2.Breaking Down Brick Walls in the United States begins March 12th.
This course is for researchers who have completed the basics (census,
vital records, ellis island), and wish to understand Naturalization,
Government Records, Newspapers, Archives and other more complex research.

For both classes the details, requirements, tuition and enrollment
procedures are at http://www.jewishgen.org/education. There is also a
video on the bottom of our education page which describes the format
of the classes. For questions, please email
JewishGen-Education@lyris.JewishGen.org

Thankyou and happy hunting!
Phyllis Kramer, V.P., Education
Nancy Holden, Instruction Manager


German SIG #Germany Education: Beyond the Basics and Breaking Brick Walls in the U.S. #germany

Phyllis Kramer
 

Today we are announcing two advanced courses:

1.Ever dream of a genealogical search companion? JewishGen is offering
Beyond the Basics, an Independent Study class, Feb 22-March 25th 2012.
Your topic, your schedule, your questions. Is this course right for
you? Please read the details at http://www.jewishgen.org/education,
then send your qualifying paragraph to Nancy Holden any time after
February 10, 2012 for consideration. Students will be notified of
enrollment procedures by email (Enrollment is limited to 12-15 students).

2.Breaking Down Brick Walls in the United States begins March 12th.
This course is for researchers who have completed the basics (census,
vital records, ellis island), and wish to understand Naturalization,
Government Records, Newspapers, Archives and other more complex research.

For both classes the details, requirements, tuition and enrollment
procedures are at http://www.jewishgen.org/education. There is also a
video on the bottom of our education page which describes the format
of the classes. For questions, please email
JewishGen-Education@lyris.JewishGen.org

Thankyou and happy hunting!
Phyllis Kramer, V.P., Education
Nancy Holden, Instruction Manager


Pennsylvania Death Indices 1906-1961 #general

dennis gries
 

The PA law requiring the Dept of Health to give the State Archives death
records over 50 years old became law on Feb 13.

The Dept of Health has cooperated in a good first step by creating a web site:
http://www.portal.state.pa.us/
Each year >from 1906 thru 1961 is a separate "clickable year."
The click returns a choice of several large pdf files for each year, and
from that is either a conventional alphabetic listing with surname, first
name, death place, date, and cert number, or a soundex listing with first
name, surname, death place, date, and cert number.

The DofH offers an order system for a copy at $3 with a 16-18 week delivery
time.

This is an evolving process and see www.pahr-access.org for more info.

Dennis Gries


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Pennsylvania Death Indices 1906-1961 #general

dennis gries
 

The PA law requiring the Dept of Health to give the State Archives death
records over 50 years old became law on Feb 13.

The Dept of Health has cooperated in a good first step by creating a web site:
http://www.portal.state.pa.us/
Each year >from 1906 thru 1961 is a separate "clickable year."
The click returns a choice of several large pdf files for each year, and
from that is either a conventional alphabetic listing with surname, first
name, death place, date, and cert number, or a soundex listing with first
name, surname, death place, date, and cert number.

The DofH offers an order system for a copy at $3 with a 16-18 week delivery
time.

This is an evolving process and see www.pahr-access.org for more info.

Dennis Gries


1917 post card from a German soldier or sailor - U-Boat "Deutschland" link - ViewMate #germany

John Paul Lowens <jplowens@...>
 

ViewMate 21654 and 21653
http://www.jewishgen.org/viewmate/viewmateview.asp?key=21653
http://www.jewishgen.org/viewmate/viewmateview.asp?key=21654

The inscription says: "Captain Koenig with his officers and the crew
on board of the freight submarine Deutschland after entering the mouth
of the river Weser."

I have already received both a transcription and a translation of the
text post card's message.

Your thoughts on the possible identity of "Onkel Karl" and his possible
relationship to the 13 year-old girl will be appreciated.

My aunt Betty Loewenstein was 13 when she received this postcard from
"Onkel Karl". My aunt had no uncle Karl. She DID have a first cousin
Karl Barmann who fought in the war. But by 1917 that cousin had already been
killed. (LaGuarde, Belgium - August 11, 1914)

I'm seeking clues to the probable age and identity of the writer of this
1917 post card and his relationship to young Betty and her family.

The photo on the other side of the card may or may not be a clue.
http://www.jewishgen.org/viewmate/viewmateview.asp?key=21654
Ludwig Schwarzschild, >from a family living near and distantly related
to Betty, was a member of the crew of the U-Boat" Deutschland" (U-155)
- the then famous "freight" submarine that evaded the British blockade
of German shipping during World War 1.

Informed comments on the story of U-155 and this and similar momentos of
the vessel's historic voyages will be much appreciated.

John Paul Lowens, Suburban NYC JPLowens@gmail.com


German SIG #Germany 1917 post card from a German soldier or sailor - U-Boat "Deutschland" link - ViewMate #germany

John Paul Lowens <jplowens@...>
 

ViewMate 21654 and 21653
http://www.jewishgen.org/viewmate/viewmateview.asp?key=21653
http://www.jewishgen.org/viewmate/viewmateview.asp?key=21654

The inscription says: "Captain Koenig with his officers and the crew
on board of the freight submarine Deutschland after entering the mouth
of the river Weser."

I have already received both a transcription and a translation of the
text post card's message.

Your thoughts on the possible identity of "Onkel Karl" and his possible
relationship to the 13 year-old girl will be appreciated.

My aunt Betty Loewenstein was 13 when she received this postcard from
"Onkel Karl". My aunt had no uncle Karl. She DID have a first cousin
Karl Barmann who fought in the war. But by 1917 that cousin had already been
killed. (LaGuarde, Belgium - August 11, 1914)

I'm seeking clues to the probable age and identity of the writer of this
1917 post card and his relationship to young Betty and her family.

The photo on the other side of the card may or may not be a clue.
http://www.jewishgen.org/viewmate/viewmateview.asp?key=21654
Ludwig Schwarzschild, >from a family living near and distantly related
to Betty, was a member of the crew of the U-Boat" Deutschland" (U-155)
- the then famous "freight" submarine that evaded the British blockade
of German shipping during World War 1.

Informed comments on the story of U-155 and this and similar momentos of
the vessel's historic voyages will be much appreciated.

John Paul Lowens, Suburban NYC JPLowens@gmail.com


Yizkor Books In Print Project volunteers with graphic skills #warsaw #poland

Lance Ackerfeld <lance.ackerfeld@...>
 

Shalom,

The "Yizkor Books In Print Project" is looking for about 5 volunteers to
help process images for new books to be published. The volunteers should
have Photoshop or similar software to be able to open PDF files with images,
copy and crop the images of photographs, illustrations, maps and create JPEG
files of the individual images, so that they can be inserted into the text
files by our layout volunteers. If you can devote a minimum of an hour or
two a week to help with this project, please contact Joel Alpert,
Coordinator of the Yizkor Books in Print Project whose address can be found
at http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/ybip.html

Background: We are fortunate to have just reached an agreement with the
National Yiddish Book Center in Holyoke, MA and the New York Public Library,
for use of their PDF files of high resolution scanned images of photos and
maps and illustrations of their huge collection of Yizkor Books. This will
insure high quality reproduction of the images >from the original Yizkor
Books.

All the best,
Lance Ackerfeld
Yizkor Book Project Manager


Warszawa Research Group #Warsaw #Poland Yizkor Books In Print Project volunteers with graphic skills #warsaw #poland

Lance Ackerfeld <lance.ackerfeld@...>
 

Shalom,

The "Yizkor Books In Print Project" is looking for about 5 volunteers to
help process images for new books to be published. The volunteers should
have Photoshop or similar software to be able to open PDF files with images,
copy and crop the images of photographs, illustrations, maps and create JPEG
files of the individual images, so that they can be inserted into the text
files by our layout volunteers. If you can devote a minimum of an hour or
two a week to help with this project, please contact Joel Alpert,
Coordinator of the Yizkor Books in Print Project whose address can be found
at http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/ybip.html

Background: We are fortunate to have just reached an agreement with the
National Yiddish Book Center in Holyoke, MA and the New York Public Library,
for use of their PDF files of high resolution scanned images of photos and
maps and illustrations of their huge collection of Yizkor Books. This will
insure high quality reproduction of the images >from the original Yizkor
Books.

All the best,
Lance Ackerfeld
Yizkor Book Project Manager


Education: Beyond the Basics and Breaking Brick Walls in the U.S. #warsaw #poland

Phyllis Kramer
 

Today we are announcing two advanced courses:

1.Ever dream of a genealogical search companion? JewishGen is offering
Beyond the Basics, an Independent Study class, Feb 22-March 25th 2012.
Your topic, your schedule, your questions. Is this course right for
you? Please read the details at http://www.jewishgen.org/education,
then send your qualifying paragraph to Nancy Holden any time after
February 10, 2012 for consideration. Students will be notified of
enrollment procedures by email (Enrollment is limited to 12-15
students).

2.Breaking Down Brick Walls in the United States begins March 12th.
This course is for researchers who have completed the basics (census,
vital records, ellis island), and wish to understand Naturalization,
Government Records, Newspapers, Archives and other more complex
research.

For both classes the details, requirements, tuition and enrollment
procedures are at http://www.jewishgen.org/education. There is also a
video on the bottom of our education page which describes the format
of the classes. For questions, please email
JewishGen-Education@lyris.JewishGen.org

Thankyou and happy hunting!
Phyllis Kramer, V.P., Education
Nancy Holden, Instruction Manager


Warszawa Research Group #Warsaw #Poland Education: Beyond the Basics and Breaking Brick Walls in the U.S. #warsaw #poland

Phyllis Kramer
 

Today we are announcing two advanced courses:

1.Ever dream of a genealogical search companion? JewishGen is offering
Beyond the Basics, an Independent Study class, Feb 22-March 25th 2012.
Your topic, your schedule, your questions. Is this course right for
you? Please read the details at http://www.jewishgen.org/education,
then send your qualifying paragraph to Nancy Holden any time after
February 10, 2012 for consideration. Students will be notified of
enrollment procedures by email (Enrollment is limited to 12-15
students).

2.Breaking Down Brick Walls in the United States begins March 12th.
This course is for researchers who have completed the basics (census,
vital records, ellis island), and wish to understand Naturalization,
Government Records, Newspapers, Archives and other more complex
research.

For both classes the details, requirements, tuition and enrollment
procedures are at http://www.jewishgen.org/education. There is also a
video on the bottom of our education page which describes the format
of the classes. For questions, please email
JewishGen-Education@lyris.JewishGen.org

Thankyou and happy hunting!
Phyllis Kramer, V.P., Education
Nancy Holden, Instruction Manager


LEVINEs from Uzda #general

Sy Pearlman
 

I am searching for descendants of Barnett, Esther, Jacob and Bessie LEVINE
who buried next to each other in the Uzda Society section of Mt. Judah
Cemetery in Queens, New York.

Thanks,
Sy Pearlman


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen LEVINEs from Uzda #general

Sy Pearlman
 

I am searching for descendants of Barnett, Esther, Jacob and Bessie LEVINE
who buried next to each other in the Uzda Society section of Mt. Judah
Cemetery in Queens, New York.

Thanks,
Sy Pearlman


Re: Contacting Relatives on Facebook #general

Lisa Grayson <lisa@...>
 

Rashi Rosenzweig asked if any of us had advice for initiating contact with
younger relatives of two family members he had already contacted, without
coming off "like a 'nudnick' or some sort of creep." Since RR's message was
titled "Contacting Relatives on Facebook," I'll limit myself to that subject.

I suppose the obvious suggestion is to ask the two gentlemen you have a
cordial relationship with to introduce you to their relatives via e-mail
(or phone, or conventional letter). The men can explain who you are and why
you may be contacting them on Facebook. Of course you can first contact the
younger relatives directly, and (with the blessing of the two older fellows)
explain yourself.

I've made a few Facebook connections, and I always try to supply my contact
with a lot of information about my family history and how I am related to
him/her. I think this reduces the "creep factor," since the other person can
check me out. Try offering a mini-pedigree showing your connection to your
common ancestor(s). I generally ask people to write to me at my regular
e-mail address for more information -- then, if I receive a reply, I e-mail
a photo or other tidbit I have (e.g., census record, birth certificate, etc.)
that might be of interest to the other person.

Yes, there definitely are creeps out there. If your new contacts don't
reply, please don't take it personally. They might not check their Facebook
messages that often, might have so many messages that they lose track, or
just might not be interested in genealogy. But if you may find some
wonderful new family members.

Good luck with your search!

Yours sincerely,
Lisa Grayson
Chicago, Illinois USA

Researching: MARUCHES, FINK, ROSENTHAL in Vilna, Moletai, Grodno,
Sopotskin, Özery, Liverpool; LEVIN in Grodno; HIRSCHBERG in Vilna and
Grodno; GOLDMAN in Danzig/Gdansk; ROSENBLOOM in Liverpool; ROSEN and
ROSENKRANTZ in Warsaw; BARMON in Lipno and Rypin; WEINER in Berdichev;
GOLDBERG in Berdichev and Odessa


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Re: Contacting Relatives on Facebook #general

Lisa Grayson <lisa@...>
 

Rashi Rosenzweig asked if any of us had advice for initiating contact with
younger relatives of two family members he had already contacted, without
coming off "like a 'nudnick' or some sort of creep." Since RR's message was
titled "Contacting Relatives on Facebook," I'll limit myself to that subject.

I suppose the obvious suggestion is to ask the two gentlemen you have a
cordial relationship with to introduce you to their relatives via e-mail
(or phone, or conventional letter). The men can explain who you are and why
you may be contacting them on Facebook. Of course you can first contact the
younger relatives directly, and (with the blessing of the two older fellows)
explain yourself.

I've made a few Facebook connections, and I always try to supply my contact
with a lot of information about my family history and how I am related to
him/her. I think this reduces the "creep factor," since the other person can
check me out. Try offering a mini-pedigree showing your connection to your
common ancestor(s). I generally ask people to write to me at my regular
e-mail address for more information -- then, if I receive a reply, I e-mail
a photo or other tidbit I have (e.g., census record, birth certificate, etc.)
that might be of interest to the other person.

Yes, there definitely are creeps out there. If your new contacts don't
reply, please don't take it personally. They might not check their Facebook
messages that often, might have so many messages that they lose track, or
just might not be interested in genealogy. But if you may find some
wonderful new family members.

Good luck with your search!

Yours sincerely,
Lisa Grayson
Chicago, Illinois USA

Researching: MARUCHES, FINK, ROSENTHAL in Vilna, Moletai, Grodno,
Sopotskin, Özery, Liverpool; LEVIN in Grodno; HIRSCHBERG in Vilna and
Grodno; GOLDMAN in Danzig/Gdansk; ROSENBLOOM in Liverpool; ROSEN and
ROSENKRANTZ in Warsaw; BARMON in Lipno and Rypin; WEINER in Berdichev;
GOLDBERG in Berdichev and Odessa

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