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Siblings of Jacob Benedikt WOHL and Isaak Abraham KOHN (ENGLAENDER) #germany

Ralph Baer
 

Jacob Benedict WOHL (also known as Lekisch FORTH) of Schnaittach in the
present-day Landkreis Nuernberger Land, Bavaria, was a half-brother of my
ancestor Isaak Abraham KOHN (ENGLAENDER) (died 29 April 1780 Fuerth). They
had the same mother, probably named Sorle, but different fathers, most
likely Bendit (=Baruch) David WOHL of Frankfurt am Main and definitely
Abraham Isaak KOHN of Fuerth, respectively.

Jacob was childless and died in 1775. On his 1773 will, five sisters or
half-sisters are mentioned. The sisters were born in Frankfurt or Fuerth,
depending upon whether they were sisters or half-sisters. The will is now
on-line at the Leo Baeck Institute website in the Albert PHIEBIG collection.

I am interested in finding out if anyone has a connection to or knowledge of
any of these sisters and their families:

1. Fradl in Amsterdam.

2. Kanla in Mosenheim (Mainzer Land) (a town which I cannot locate, perhaps
Meisenheim). Her daughter Fromala was married to Juden Vogt in Illfeld,
Bavaria (probably Uehlfeld [now in the Landkreis Neustadt an der Aisch - Bad
Windesheim, Bavaria]), also children Kadl and Koepl.

3. Judl (umlaut on u) in Hammerstein (Mainzer Land) (another town which I am
not sure of), had a son Hirschl Josl in Hermannstein (now in the
Lahn-Dill-Kreis, Hessen). I am not certain which place named Hammerstein
belonged to Mainz, perhaps Hammerstein am Rhein in the Landkreis Neuwied.

4. A sister in Langenschwarz, given name not mentioned, (at that time
belonging to the Stift Fulda, now in the Landkreis Fulda, Hessen). Either
married to or had a son named Meyer.

5. Rosl (umlaut on o) in Wasserlos (now in the Landkreis Aschaffenburg),
died before 1773.

In addition, there was a brother, name unknown, who had two daughters, the
wife of David Low (umlaut on o) in Schwarzenberg (perhaps the one in the
Erzgebirgskreis, Sachsen) and the wife of Wolf Jacob in Illfeld, Bavaria
(again probably Uehlfeld).

The first three sisters and the brother also probably died by 1773 since the
inheritance went to their children. I realize that these references are far
from specific. E.g., there were probably a lot of Fradls in Amsterdam in the
mid-18th century.

Opinions about what the towns are which I cannot identify with certainty are
also appreciated.

[I add for informational purposes that I am a descendant of Isaak Abraham
KOHN's (ENGLAENDER's) daughter Dina ENGLAENDER (born about 1745 Fuerth, died
22 August 1785 Baiersdorf) who married Abraham Meyer AUB (born about 1743
Baiersdorf, died 30 May 1811 Baiersdorf). Albert PHIEBIG was a descendant of
Dina's younger half-brother Abraham Hirsch KOHN (ENGLAENDER) (born 22 July
1764 Fuerth, died 16 September 1788 Fuerth).]

Please reply by E-mail to:

Ralph N. Baer RalphNBaer@aol.com Washington, DC


Re: Seattle 2016 Conference - Thank you! #germany

Yonnah <bezalel.levy@...>
 

It's been a week since the conference! I still am thinking about all I
leared and what a privilege it was to be there. Thanks to all who
presented and for the encouragement I received. Now I look at the scope
of Jewish history with new eyes!

My husband and I leave for Israel in two weeks; only after we get
there will I be able to really process what I might do to be a
contributor to the GerSIG Email Forum.

Thanks again, Yonnah Ben Levy bezalel.levy@gmail.com


German SIG #Germany Siblings of Jacob Benedikt WOHL and Isaak Abraham KOHN (ENGLAENDER) #germany

Ralph Baer
 

Jacob Benedict WOHL (also known as Lekisch FORTH) of Schnaittach in the
present-day Landkreis Nuernberger Land, Bavaria, was a half-brother of my
ancestor Isaak Abraham KOHN (ENGLAENDER) (died 29 April 1780 Fuerth). They
had the same mother, probably named Sorle, but different fathers, most
likely Bendit (=Baruch) David WOHL of Frankfurt am Main and definitely
Abraham Isaak KOHN of Fuerth, respectively.

Jacob was childless and died in 1775. On his 1773 will, five sisters or
half-sisters are mentioned. The sisters were born in Frankfurt or Fuerth,
depending upon whether they were sisters or half-sisters. The will is now
on-line at the Leo Baeck Institute website in the Albert PHIEBIG collection.

I am interested in finding out if anyone has a connection to or knowledge of
any of these sisters and their families:

1. Fradl in Amsterdam.

2. Kanla in Mosenheim (Mainzer Land) (a town which I cannot locate, perhaps
Meisenheim). Her daughter Fromala was married to Juden Vogt in Illfeld,
Bavaria (probably Uehlfeld [now in the Landkreis Neustadt an der Aisch - Bad
Windesheim, Bavaria]), also children Kadl and Koepl.

3. Judl (umlaut on u) in Hammerstein (Mainzer Land) (another town which I am
not sure of), had a son Hirschl Josl in Hermannstein (now in the
Lahn-Dill-Kreis, Hessen). I am not certain which place named Hammerstein
belonged to Mainz, perhaps Hammerstein am Rhein in the Landkreis Neuwied.

4. A sister in Langenschwarz, given name not mentioned, (at that time
belonging to the Stift Fulda, now in the Landkreis Fulda, Hessen). Either
married to or had a son named Meyer.

5. Rosl (umlaut on o) in Wasserlos (now in the Landkreis Aschaffenburg),
died before 1773.

In addition, there was a brother, name unknown, who had two daughters, the
wife of David Low (umlaut on o) in Schwarzenberg (perhaps the one in the
Erzgebirgskreis, Sachsen) and the wife of Wolf Jacob in Illfeld, Bavaria
(again probably Uehlfeld).

The first three sisters and the brother also probably died by 1773 since the
inheritance went to their children. I realize that these references are far
from specific. E.g., there were probably a lot of Fradls in Amsterdam in the
mid-18th century.

Opinions about what the towns are which I cannot identify with certainty are
also appreciated.

[I add for informational purposes that I am a descendant of Isaak Abraham
KOHN's (ENGLAENDER's) daughter Dina ENGLAENDER (born about 1745 Fuerth, died
22 August 1785 Baiersdorf) who married Abraham Meyer AUB (born about 1743
Baiersdorf, died 30 May 1811 Baiersdorf). Albert PHIEBIG was a descendant of
Dina's younger half-brother Abraham Hirsch KOHN (ENGLAENDER) (born 22 July
1764 Fuerth, died 16 September 1788 Fuerth).]

Please reply by E-mail to:

Ralph N. Baer RalphNBaer@aol.com Washington, DC


German SIG #Germany Re: Seattle 2016 Conference - Thank you! #germany

Yonnah <bezalel.levy@...>
 

It's been a week since the conference! I still am thinking about all I
leared and what a privilege it was to be there. Thanks to all who
presented and for the encouragement I received. Now I look at the scope
of Jewish history with new eyes!

My husband and I leave for Israel in two weeks; only after we get
there will I be able to really process what I might do to be a
contributor to the GerSIG Email Forum.

Thanks again, Yonnah Ben Levy bezalel.levy@gmail.com


INTRO - researching BLOCH, GOLDSCHMIDT families from Niedersachsen #germany

Deborah Blinder
 

Hello. I'm new to the GerSIG list. My name is Deborah Blankenberg, and
I live in Lodi, California, USA. My native language is English.

I am researching my maternal line in Germany. My mother was Charlotte
BLOCH, born in Sulingen, Niedersachsen. Her father, Iwan BLOCH, was
born in Sulingen in 1878; her mother, Toni BLOCH, was born in 1885 in
Twistringen, Niedersachsen. My grandparents' fathers, Heinrich BLOCH
(born 1843 in Sulingen) and Julius BLOCH (born 1845 or 1853 in
Twistringen), were brothers; they were sons of Jacob BLOCH (born 1809
in Bassum, Niedersachsen) and Eva HEINEMANN (born 1809). Heinrich's
wife (Iwan's mother) was Eva COHN (born 1848 in Seesen,
Niedersachsen), and Julius' wife (Toni's mother) was Rosette
GOLDSCHMIDT. Jacob's parents were Jonas Jonathan BLOCH (born 1761 in
Schwihau-Svihov, Bohemia) and Roeschen/Roschen (o umlaut) RIS (born
1772). Jonas' father, whose date and place of birth I do not know also
was named Jacob BLOCH.

My JGFF Researcher ID number is 613395.

Deborah Blankenberg, Lodi, CA dtblankenberg@gmail.com

Welcome to GerSIG. Thanks for your INTRO message.


German SIG #Germany INTRO - researching BLOCH, GOLDSCHMIDT families from Niedersachsen #germany

Deborah Blinder
 

Hello. I'm new to the GerSIG list. My name is Deborah Blankenberg, and
I live in Lodi, California, USA. My native language is English.

I am researching my maternal line in Germany. My mother was Charlotte
BLOCH, born in Sulingen, Niedersachsen. Her father, Iwan BLOCH, was
born in Sulingen in 1878; her mother, Toni BLOCH, was born in 1885 in
Twistringen, Niedersachsen. My grandparents' fathers, Heinrich BLOCH
(born 1843 in Sulingen) and Julius BLOCH (born 1845 or 1853 in
Twistringen), were brothers; they were sons of Jacob BLOCH (born 1809
in Bassum, Niedersachsen) and Eva HEINEMANN (born 1809). Heinrich's
wife (Iwan's mother) was Eva COHN (born 1848 in Seesen,
Niedersachsen), and Julius' wife (Toni's mother) was Rosette
GOLDSCHMIDT. Jacob's parents were Jonas Jonathan BLOCH (born 1761 in
Schwihau-Svihov, Bohemia) and Roeschen/Roschen (o umlaut) RIS (born
1772). Jonas' father, whose date and place of birth I do not know also
was named Jacob BLOCH.

My JGFF Researcher ID number is 613395.

Deborah Blankenberg, Lodi, CA dtblankenberg@gmail.com

Welcome to GerSIG. Thanks for your INTRO message.


Immigrants #ukraine

GeoestherL@...
 

The only thing I have to add is that bribing the Border Guards at the
Russo-Polish border seems to have been common as both my mother's family and my
in-laws told me about having to do this. My in-laws were helped greatly
by HIAS once they had arrived in Poland, and HIAS helped arrange for their
getting to the port and arranging passage. Another common practice, at least
in my family, seemed to be altering the birth dates of children on their
manifest or on arrival.

George Liss


Ukraine SIG #Ukraine Immigrants #ukraine

GeoestherL@...
 

The only thing I have to add is that bribing the Border Guards at the
Russo-Polish border seems to have been common as both my mother's family and my
in-laws told me about having to do this. My in-laws were helped greatly
by HIAS once they had arrived in Poland, and HIAS helped arrange for their
getting to the port and arranging passage. Another common practice, at least
in my family, seemed to be altering the birth dates of children on their
manifest or on arrival.

George Liss


Article about Stanley Diamond in Harvard Business School newsletter #general

Deborah Long <debbietheteacher@...>
 

Dear Friends,

I think you will enjoy this recent article about Stanley Diamond which
appeared in the Harvard Business School alumni newsletter:

www.alumni.hbs.edu/stories/Pages/story-bulletin.aspx?num=5757&cid=alumninews-august2016b.
[MOD. NOTE: shortened URL - http://goo.gl/A6rfnc ]

If your life was influenced by Stanley's contributions to Jewish
genealogy, as was mine, you may want to add your comments at the end of
the article.

I am the North Carolina woman whose life Stanley Diamond changed. With
the records on JRI-Poland, I was able to reconstruct a fractured family
tree I never thought that I would be able to find my ancestors as my
mother had told me that she was the sole survivor of the Holocaust out
of 100s of family members. Not only was I able to discover information
about my grandparents and great-grandparents thanks to the records on
JRI-Poland, I was able to put the pieces together enough that when I
found additional records at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, I
discovered surviving family members in Sweden, Canada and Israel. A
researcher who Stanley recommended took me on an incredible adventure to
see my ancestors' villages, too.

Thank you, Stanley! Thank you, JRI-Poland!

Debbie Long
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Triangle JGS
Looking for GALAS of Poland and MUNK of Hungary and Slovakia


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Article about Stanley Diamond in Harvard Business School newsletter #general

Deborah Long <debbietheteacher@...>
 

Dear Friends,

I think you will enjoy this recent article about Stanley Diamond which
appeared in the Harvard Business School alumni newsletter:

www.alumni.hbs.edu/stories/Pages/story-bulletin.aspx?num=5757&cid=alumninews-august2016b.
[MOD. NOTE: shortened URL - http://goo.gl/A6rfnc ]

If your life was influenced by Stanley's contributions to Jewish
genealogy, as was mine, you may want to add your comments at the end of
the article.

I am the North Carolina woman whose life Stanley Diamond changed. With
the records on JRI-Poland, I was able to reconstruct a fractured family
tree I never thought that I would be able to find my ancestors as my
mother had told me that she was the sole survivor of the Holocaust out
of 100s of family members. Not only was I able to discover information
about my grandparents and great-grandparents thanks to the records on
JRI-Poland, I was able to put the pieces together enough that when I
found additional records at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, I
discovered surviving family members in Sweden, Canada and Israel. A
researcher who Stanley recommended took me on an incredible adventure to
see my ancestors' villages, too.

Thank you, Stanley! Thank you, JRI-Poland!

Debbie Long
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Triangle JGS
Looking for GALAS of Poland and MUNK of Hungary and Slovakia


New way to support Jewishgen #general

Inna Vayner <innanes@...>
 

Dear JewishGen members,

I just learned that amazon.com initiated a new offering - AmazonSmile,
under which everyone who shops at amazon can chose a charitable
organization and Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible
AmazonSmile purchases to this charity. Please consider choosing
JewishGen as a charity of your choice every time you shop at amazon.com.
You will need to login into this website
http://smile.amazon.com/ and chose JewishGen Inc.

Inna Vayner
JewishGen, Tiraspol KehilaLinks website
Bessarabian/Moldavian Jewish Roots Facebook Group Admin
https://www.facebook.com/groups/Bessarabian.Moldavian.Jewishroots/

Researching Vayner/Wainer/Weiner, Studinovskiy, Sheinfeld , Maizler,
Dekhtyar/Dechtyar/Dechter, Sobol >from Tiraspol, Nezavertailvoka,
Kishinev, and Odessa.


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen New way to support Jewishgen #general

Inna Vayner <innanes@...>
 

Dear JewishGen members,

I just learned that amazon.com initiated a new offering - AmazonSmile,
under which everyone who shops at amazon can chose a charitable
organization and Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible
AmazonSmile purchases to this charity. Please consider choosing
JewishGen as a charity of your choice every time you shop at amazon.com.
You will need to login into this website
http://smile.amazon.com/ and chose JewishGen Inc.

Inna Vayner
JewishGen, Tiraspol KehilaLinks website
Bessarabian/Moldavian Jewish Roots Facebook Group Admin
https://www.facebook.com/groups/Bessarabian.Moldavian.Jewishroots/

Researching Vayner/Wainer/Weiner, Studinovskiy, Sheinfeld , Maizler,
Dekhtyar/Dechtyar/Dechter, Sobol >from Tiraspol, Nezavertailvoka,
Kishinev, and Odessa.


Re: (US) Jews in the "Wild West" #general

Adelle Gloger
 

Jan Meisels Allen brought to our attention the article published in AISH
about "Jews in the Wild West". Interesting article.

I thought that readers in this forum would be interested in a book by
Harriet and Fred Rochlin, first published in 1984 by Houghton Mifflin Company
titled "Pioneer Jews - A New Life in the Far West". I believe the latest
addition was published in 2014 with about 20 pages added. The 1984 edition
has some 240 pages.

If the AISH article whet your appetite to learn more about the Jews in the
Early West, and how / why they went there then this book is for you.
There are photos, maps, etc.

I have no connection to the authors or the book other than I have a
paperback copy that I've had for about 30 years.

Adelle Weintraub Gloger
Shaker Hts., Ohio

agloger@aol.com

"Jan Meisels Allen" <janmallen@att.net> wrote:
AISH has published an interesting article on "Jews in the Wild West" and
how Jews helped shape the American Frontier. In 1878, a survey by the Union of
American Hebrew Congregations the article states - there were 230,257 Jews
living in the United States, there were only 21,465 in 11 western states
and territories-although there are some who believe the number is understated.
There are stories about Jews in a number of the western territories and
states that may be of interest. To read the article see:
http://www.aish.com/jw/s/Jews-in-the-Wild-West.html?s=mm
MODERATOR NOTE: This will serve as a one-time mention of a commercially available
work.


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen RE: (US) Jews in the "Wild West" #general

Adelle Gloger
 

Jan Meisels Allen brought to our attention the article published in AISH
about "Jews in the Wild West". Interesting article.

I thought that readers in this forum would be interested in a book by
Harriet and Fred Rochlin, first published in 1984 by Houghton Mifflin Company
titled "Pioneer Jews - A New Life in the Far West". I believe the latest
addition was published in 2014 with about 20 pages added. The 1984 edition
has some 240 pages.

If the AISH article whet your appetite to learn more about the Jews in the
Early West, and how / why they went there then this book is for you.
There are photos, maps, etc.

I have no connection to the authors or the book other than I have a
paperback copy that I've had for about 30 years.

Adelle Weintraub Gloger
Shaker Hts., Ohio

agloger@aol.com

"Jan Meisels Allen" <janmallen@att.net> wrote:
AISH has published an interesting article on "Jews in the Wild West" and
how Jews helped shape the American Frontier. In 1878, a survey by the Union of
American Hebrew Congregations the article states - there were 230,257 Jews
living in the United States, there were only 21,465 in 11 western states
and territories-although there are some who believe the number is understated.
There are stories about Jews in a number of the western territories and
states that may be of interest. To read the article see:
http://www.aish.com/jw/s/Jews-in-the-Wild-West.html?s=mm
MODERATOR NOTE: This will serve as a one-time mention of a commercially available
work.


Mt. Hebron and Mt. Zion Cemeteries, Queens, New York - photo request #general

Shelley Mitchell
 

If anyone is planning a visit to either Mt. Hebron cemetery or Mt. Zion Cemetery,
please let me know. I need a picture of the headstones of two married couples.
One set are right near each other and the other pair aren't that far away >from
each other. I have all the location details. Unfortunately, I am unable to visit
due to health issues.

Please contact me directly so there is no duplication of effort.
Thank you so very much.

Shelley Mitchell


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Mt. Hebron and Mt. Zion Cemeteries, Queens, New York - photo request #general

Shelley Mitchell
 

If anyone is planning a visit to either Mt. Hebron cemetery or Mt. Zion Cemetery,
please let me know. I need a picture of the headstones of two married couples.
One set are right near each other and the other pair aren't that far away >from
each other. I have all the location details. Unfortunately, I am unable to visit
due to health issues.

Please contact me directly so there is no duplication of effort.
Thank you so very much.

Shelley Mitchell


ProQuest-USC Shoah Foundation Launch Streaming Version of Visual History Archive #general

Jan Meisels Allen
 

As announced last April, ProQuest and USC Shoah Foundation, the Institute
for Visual History and Education, embarked on a landmark partnership where
ProQuest will begin distributing the USC Shoah Foundation's Visual History
Archives to colleges and universities starting during the summer of 2016.
ProQuest will be the exclusive distributor of the archive around the world
except for China. This will dramatically improve access to 53,000 video
testimonies of genocide survivors and witnesses.

The new streaming version will include ProQuest's search capabilities to
locate specific terms and ProQuest Content. More than 112,00 hours of
testimony >from survivors and witnesses of the Holocaust and other genocides
including Armenia, Rwanda and Nanjing encompass the Visual History Archive.
The interviews have been conducted in 63 countries and approximately 40
languages. Each year the Visual History Archive will grow-in 2016 1,000
testimonies >from the Holocaust as well as Cambodian and Guatemalan genocides
will be added. By late 2017, ProQuest will enable the video testimonies to
be fully cross-searched with the ProQuest content including the historical
newspapers, periodicals, magazines, government records and more,

Access to the Visual History Archive is available in libraries/archives/
institutions that subscribe to it through their ProQuest subscriptions. Not
all libraries necessarily subscribe to all of ProQuest's services. For
those libraries that subscribe to ProQuest's Historical Jewish newspapers
or History Vault with its World War ll content, may wish to add this to
their ProQuest collection enhancing the research experience.

To read the press release see:
http://www.proquest.com/about/news/2016/Landmark-Partnership-Improves-Access-to-Eyewitness-Accounts.html
[MOD. NOTE: Shortened URL - http://goo.gl/bxSoEa ]

ProQuest is best known to us for their historical newspaper archives and for
ProQuest Day at the annual IAJGS Conference where they generously provide
access to their entire historical newspaper archives and other databases
including scholarly journals and ebooks.

To help spread the word to research libraries on this new partnership, on 19
August 60 archivists and librarians >from the Association of College &
Research Libraries (ACRL) viewed a webinar about the Visual History Archive.
To read more about this see:
https://sfi.usc.edu/news/2016/08/12089-proquest-sponsors-visual-history-archive-webinar-association-college-research
[MOD. NOTE: shortened URL - https://goo.gl/3h1m3u ]

I have no affiliation with ProQuest nor the USC Shoah Foundation and am
posting this solely for the readers' information.

Jan Meisels Allen
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen ProQuest-USC Shoah Foundation Launch Streaming Version of Visual History Archive #general

Jan Meisels Allen
 

As announced last April, ProQuest and USC Shoah Foundation, the Institute
for Visual History and Education, embarked on a landmark partnership where
ProQuest will begin distributing the USC Shoah Foundation's Visual History
Archives to colleges and universities starting during the summer of 2016.
ProQuest will be the exclusive distributor of the archive around the world
except for China. This will dramatically improve access to 53,000 video
testimonies of genocide survivors and witnesses.

The new streaming version will include ProQuest's search capabilities to
locate specific terms and ProQuest Content. More than 112,00 hours of
testimony >from survivors and witnesses of the Holocaust and other genocides
including Armenia, Rwanda and Nanjing encompass the Visual History Archive.
The interviews have been conducted in 63 countries and approximately 40
languages. Each year the Visual History Archive will grow-in 2016 1,000
testimonies >from the Holocaust as well as Cambodian and Guatemalan genocides
will be added. By late 2017, ProQuest will enable the video testimonies to
be fully cross-searched with the ProQuest content including the historical
newspapers, periodicals, magazines, government records and more,

Access to the Visual History Archive is available in libraries/archives/
institutions that subscribe to it through their ProQuest subscriptions. Not
all libraries necessarily subscribe to all of ProQuest's services. For
those libraries that subscribe to ProQuest's Historical Jewish newspapers
or History Vault with its World War ll content, may wish to add this to
their ProQuest collection enhancing the research experience.

To read the press release see:
http://www.proquest.com/about/news/2016/Landmark-Partnership-Improves-Access-to-Eyewitness-Accounts.html
[MOD. NOTE: Shortened URL - http://goo.gl/bxSoEa ]

ProQuest is best known to us for their historical newspaper archives and for
ProQuest Day at the annual IAJGS Conference where they generously provide
access to their entire historical newspaper archives and other databases
including scholarly journals and ebooks.

To help spread the word to research libraries on this new partnership, on 19
August 60 archivists and librarians >from the Association of College &
Research Libraries (ACRL) viewed a webinar about the Visual History Archive.
To read more about this see:
https://sfi.usc.edu/news/2016/08/12089-proquest-sponsors-visual-history-archive-webinar-association-college-research
[MOD. NOTE: shortened URL - https://goo.gl/3h1m3u ]

I have no affiliation with ProQuest nor the USC Shoah Foundation and am
posting this solely for the readers' information.

Jan Meisels Allen
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


Re: Unusual gravestone inscription #general

Martin Fischer
 

Elayne Shapiro wrote: "Has anyone encountered cases in the U.S. where just the
first initial of the person's first name (rather than the whole first name)
plus surname is used?"

Yes. I was presented with a situation in which a ship arrival manifest for a
son listed his father, with whom he was expected to live, as B. Berman.

I found a B. Berman listed that way on a subscription Jewish burial database
for a grave in Waldheim Cemetery in Forest Park, Illinois.

When I arrived at the cemetery office, their in-house database identified B.
Berman as Barnett Berman; however, when I found his gravestone, it was inscribed
B. Berman.

I don't know whether having just the first initial on the grave marker has any
special significance; however, Barnett was probably an Americanization of Berel
(or of his Hebrew name, Baruch). It also could have saved a bit of money on the
size of the gravestone because B. Berman fit on one line, while Barnett Berman
would have taken two lines to fit on the stone.

Martin Fischer
Oak Park, Illinois


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Re: Unusual gravestone inscription #general

Martin Fischer
 

Elayne Shapiro wrote: "Has anyone encountered cases in the U.S. where just the
first initial of the person's first name (rather than the whole first name)
plus surname is used?"

Yes. I was presented with a situation in which a ship arrival manifest for a
son listed his father, with whom he was expected to live, as B. Berman.

I found a B. Berman listed that way on a subscription Jewish burial database
for a grave in Waldheim Cemetery in Forest Park, Illinois.

When I arrived at the cemetery office, their in-house database identified B.
Berman as Barnett Berman; however, when I found his gravestone, it was inscribed
B. Berman.

I don't know whether having just the first initial on the grave marker has any
special significance; however, Barnett was probably an Americanization of Berel
(or of his Hebrew name, Baruch). It also could have saved a bit of money on the
size of the gravestone because B. Berman fit on one line, while Barnett Berman
would have taken two lines to fit on the stone.

Martin Fischer
Oak Park, Illinois

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