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Strike breaker Henoch KATZ
Seeking information on Henoch KAC (KATZ) (prob. born between 1860-1880) who came to the US between 1904-1915 from Hoshcha (Hoszcza/Goshcha), Ukraine. He died crossing picket line (he probably didn't know the language enough to know not to cross it). Per family lore, this happened in/around Boston and widow received compensation back home. Family in Europe did not immigrate to the US. Henoch may have stayed with brother-in-law and sister-in-law. The maiden name of the sister-in-Law was Zeigermakher. Possible connection to a Max Nathan Silberman. I can't find strike, insurance company, union involved, death record or burial place. Any help or hints would be appreciated.
Identifying people on Viewmate photo
I am posting this on behalf of my sister-in-law as there seem to be some technical difficulties in this post appearing - she has tried several times!
Here is Michelle's message:
I am hoping you can help me identify the members of the wedding party
in this photo. It is on ViewMate at the following address:
ViewMate - Image 78256 - Do you recognize? - Germany - Frankfurt
I am trying to confirm if this was my grandparents' wedding on
February 17, 1923 in Frankfurt-a-m, Germany and who is in the photo.
My grandmother was Lili Sander nee Wolff and my grandfather was Hugo
Sander. Lili’s parents were Dr. med Ludwig Wolff and Thekla Wolff nee
Rothschild. Thekla’s parent’s were August Rothschild and Eugenie
(Jenny) Rothschild nee Lenel and her parents were Moritz and Caroline
Lenel. Hugo Sander’s parents were Max and Lina Sander nee Haas. Max
Sander’s father was Isaak Sander and Lina’s parents were Jettchen and
My grandmother’s family came from Frankfurt-a-m and my grandfather’s
I need help in identifying all of the people in the photo.
Appreciate your help.
Please respond to me personally.
JGS of Illinois Feb. 23, 2020, program: “Unique Aspects of Jewish Genealogy”
Debbie Kroopkin, president of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois, will speak on “Unique Aspects of Jewish Genealogy” at the Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020, JGSI meeting. Her presentation will begin at 2 p.m. at Temple Beth-El, 3610 Dundee Road, Northbrook, Illinois. The JGSI research library and genealogy help desk will be available starting at 12:30 p.m.
The JGSI meeting facilities at Temple Beth-El will open at 12:30 p.m. to accommodate those who want to use or borrow genealogy library materials, get help with genealogy websites or ask genealogical questions before the main program begins at 2 p.m. For more information, see https://jgsi.org/event-3573919 or phone 312-666-0100.
In her presentation, Debbie will explain how to navigate genealogy research for Jewish families. Attendees will glean a basic understanding of variations in Jewish given names and how the surnames were acquired. She will also share Jewish community migration patterns, how to read Hebrew inscriptions on tombstones, and where to begin to search for family, including Israelis, and survivors and victims of the Holocaust.
Debbie Kroopkin has explored her family history for over two decades and now conducts research for others. She has discovered her family origins in Ukraine, Poland and Belarus. Debbie has traced her clients’ families to towns in these countries, as well as in Lithuania, Moldova, and Romania. Her roles on boards of directors have included co-president, treasurer, fundraiser, and special events coordinator. She has a master’s degree in social work administration with grant writing, interagency collaboration and program planning experience.
JGSI members have access to useful and informative online family history research resources, including a members forum, more than 50 video recordings of past speakers’ presentations, the free searchable JGSI Jewish Chicago Database, monthly JGSI E-News, quarterly Morasha JGSI newsletter, and much more.
Most monthly meetings feature informative speakers as well as access to a research library and expert volunteer genealogy help from 12:30 to 1:55 p.m.Submitted by:
Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois
JGSI Jewish Chicago Database (JJCD): https://jgsi.org/JGSI-Jewish-Chicago-Database
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JGSofIllinoisPinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/jgsofillinois
Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois
JGSI website: https://jgsi.org
JGS of Maryland February 23, 2020, program announcement
Jewish Genealogy Society of Maryland
Speaker: Rick Gwynallen
Title: “B’nai Israel Descendants’ Day Research Using Reverse Genealogy”
Date and Time: Sunday, February 23, 2020, 1:30 p.m.
Location: Pikesville Library’s meeting room, 1301 Reisterstown Road, Pikesville, MD
Please join us on Sunday, February 23, 2020, at 1:30 p.m., at the Pikesville Library’s meeting room, 1301 Reisterstown Road, Pikesville, when Rick Gwynallen presents our next program: “B’nai Israel Descendants’ Day Research Using Reverse Genealogy.”
Descendants’ Day at B’nai Israel is simultaneously an extensive genealogical and history project and a unique community-building initiative, connecting people to their heritage and drawing fresh attention and energy to the historic Jewish community of Jonestown. B’nai Israel Congregation partnered with the Jewish Genealogy Society of Maryland and the Jewish Museum of Maryland to research the living descendants of Jewish families involved in B’nai Israel and the Jonestown community, going back into the late 19th century. The project’s goal is to update the existing historical record with new and inclusive information about the people who lived, worked, and worshipped there and to identify their descendants. The Descendants' Day project is an ambitious multi-year undertaking, with the first year culminating in the first B'nai Israel Descendants' Day Shabbaton on March 20–22, 2020.
This project is an example of reverse genealogy; instead of primarily looking into the ancestry of a research subject, we are attempting to identify living descendants. Sources and strategies for this type of genealogical research will be discussed.
Richard Gwynallen is the Director of Special Projects for B’nai Israel Congregation. Just prior to his position at B’nai Israel, he spent thirteen years working in community development in West Baltimore. He writes essays on his own family’s history and has done extensive genealogical research as a passion.
The program is free for paid members and $5 for non-members (applied to JGSMD membership fee) after their first meeting. Please check our web site at www.jgsmd.org for late updates and for the time, location, and program of future meetings.
JGSMD Publications and Public Relations
Susan Kahan Steeble
Baltimore, MD, USA
Researching: FRIDGANT/FRIEDHAND and variants from Bershad, Ukraine
KESSELMAN from Chorna/Okna, Ukraine
BUDIANSKY/BUDINOFF and SLUTSKY from Korsun and Zolotonosha, Ukraine
KAHANOWITZ/KAGANOVICH from Grodno, Belarus
STUCHINSKY from Jurbarkas/Yurburg, Lithuania
Re: Isaac YOSELOWITZ, Manhattan New York #help #records #New York
Here is a 2013 article on Silver Lake Cemetery in the Richmond borough (Staten Island) of New York City:
Re: How to open Yad Vashem testimony document? Need translation of testimony
The testimony supplied by Nechama Vegmeister in 1957 has an address, from that year and period of time in Israel.
Shikun Amidar, 47/6 Hadar Yosef (near Tel Aviv)
Do you have family in Israel who may know something... do you need help with a search.
IGRA (Israel Genealogy Research Organization) meeting in Rechovot (israel) Feb,26
On February 26th our guest speaker will be Diane Brog of Kibbutz Ein Tsurim.
The lecture will cover her intriguing life story. Diane, who grew up in England, will tell us of her personal journey, interspersing her story with anecdotes from Spain and France, until she finally came to check out this country - and stayed.
She will relate how she searched for her own family origins. After you hear the twists and turns of her life story, the floor will be open to questions and comments, and maybe suggestions.
The lecture will be in English.
searching for information on family of Jake (Yankel) MUSHKAT
Jake (Yankel) MUSHKAT married my grandmother Anna (Chane) (PASSIN) SLONIMSKY on July 2, 1923, in NYC, six years after my grandfather died. According to his naturalization papers, his DOB is May 13, 1871, and he was born in Vilna, Russia, which is possibly the birth place of my grandmother as well. Anna died on Jan. 30, 1927, leaving behind my father, age 9, and his two older brothers.
I am particularly interested in why Mr. Mushkat appears to have abandoned the children at that time, but any information would be appreciated. My father was then raised by various aunts and uncles. Any information on my grandmother is also appreciated. I learned of this marriage when I was trying to find my grandparents' marriage papers in NYC. My father had never mentioned having a stepfather before that and had little to say about the man, other than that Mr. Mushkat sometimes took Dad to shul.
Translation from Yiddish
Subj: ViewMate translation request - Yiddish
I've posted a post card in Yiddish for which I need a translation. It is on ViewMate at the following address ...
Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page.
Thank you very much. I do appreciate it.
Re: Inquisition in Portugal
Schelly Talalay Dardashti
Check Sephardic names at SephardicGen.com. Go to DATABASES, click on top one (Consolidated Surname Index). There are several search parameters. Use each in turn to make sure you cover all variants. and also search under each known spelling - just in case. You can click on each name and database in the results to learn more about specific databases.
Schelly Talalay Dardashti
Re: How to open Yad Vashem testimony document? Need translation of testimony
The link that you supplied shows all of the details, but here are some specific replies for you.
To save this page, simply hover your mouse over the document (the cursor becomes a hand), and right click. A number of options will appear, including 'save'.
The Page of Testimony itself is mostly in Hebrew. Virtually all of the information in it appears at the left side of the web page, translated into English. Comparing this to the Page of Testimony, I see that one detail was not included: Faige and her husband Yosef had 4 children. Their names, however, are not given. Also not included are the address details of her nephew Nechemiah Vegmeister, the person who submitted this Page of Testimony. The Page of Testimony gives no details about where or when Faige was killed.
Brooklyn, New York, USA
PERLMAN in Warsaw
I am looking for information on Mayer (Max in English) and Gitla (Gussie in English) ADAS PERLMAN when they lived in Warsaw, Poland with their children:
Taube (born August 25, 1919) died as Harriet Drachman on August 31, 2009 in Broward County, FL
Ita Kaja (born October 20, 1921) died as Lillian Labar on December 30, 1980 in New York
Jankiel (have no information)
and 2 more sons who's English names were
Jack born about 1916 and died in 2004 in Broward County, FL
and Morris (have no information except that he appeared on the passenger list with this family
I looked through databases in JewishGen and JRI Poland but couldn't find them. I do know that they were married on November 4, 1919 in Warsaw, Poland.
Mayer and Gitla Perlman came to the USA with their children. Gitla's maiden name was ADAS. She was born in Poland but not in Warsaw. All the c children and I think their father was born in Warsaw but can't find any records.
Like Tony, I also recommend Alex Dunai who lives in Lvov, speaks English very well, and is familiar with most of western Ukraine. You can read about Rawa-Ruska in The Holocaust by Bullets, by Patrick Desbois, whose grandfather was imprisoned there by the Nazis. You can read about Alex and touring western Ukraine in Because of Eva: A Jewish Genealogical Journey,
Re: Isaac YOSELOWITZ, Manhattan New York #help #records #New York - issue solved
I want to thank the wonderful researchers who immediately replied with the requested information
which was found in Familysearch and Find a Grave: Patricia, Barbara, Aaron, Edward , Bob and Pat.
I have now Isaac's burial details and his parents names. Issue solved.
JGASGPhiladelphia February Meeting
Jewish Genealogical Archival Society of Greater Philadelphia Feb meeting
Date: Sunday, February, 23, 2020
Location: Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel
8339 Old York Road, Elkins Park, PA 19027
Speaker: Ira Siegal, JGASGP Member
Topic: The Irish Torah
A JGASGP member for the past two years, Ira Siegal has been a CPA
since 1980 and since 2010 has been a Revenue Agent at the IRS in the
Global High Wealth group in the Large Business & International division
which audits the wealthiest taxpayers. He used his audit and investigative
skills to find and pull together distant branches of a family tree.
Ira Siegal will share the story of a family heirloom, a Sefer Torah, originally
from the town of Oshmyany (now Belarus – near Vilna) that made its way
to Dublin, Ireland and then to Philadelphia, carried by his grandfather Isaac
Schreider in 1908.
Ira met with the last Schreider third cousin in Dublin in 2018 and more third
cousins in Israel this summer in Israel. Research in the archives at
Yad Vashem found information on Holocaust survivors.
Mentors will also be available from 1:00 pm until the start of the meeting
to help with your research efforts.
JGSGP website http://www.jgsgp.org is now available with latest news,
upcoming meeting notices, and links to Philadelphia resources.
We can also be found on Facebook.
Member are welcome without charge
Guest fee of $5 can be applied toward membership
Lois Sernoff [JGASGP]
Utah JGS Meeting - February 24
Banai Lynn Feldstein
The Utah Jewish Genealogical Society presents our first meeting of 2020.
Speaker: Daniel Horowitz, Genealogy Expert at MyHeritage
Lecture: Israeli and European Records Available on MyHeritage
This meeting takes place just days before RootsTech. Are you heading
to the conference? Consider this a bonus lecture.
Meeting place: Family History Library, main floor classrooms B & C
Date and time: 24 February, 6:30pm
Attendance is free to all. Join us!
Re: Motchi married Heshi...so who's Heshi #lithuania
I would automatically think Motchi was Mordechai and Cheshi was Chasia.
How to open Yad Vashem testimony document? Need translation of testimony
On the Yad Vashem testimony database web page at https://yvng.yadvashem.org/nameDetails.html?language=en&itemId=300712&ind=1, is a record of a testimony about Fajga Engelman, submitted by Fajga's nephew. Fajga died in the Shoah.
Can anyone help me with these 2 problems?
1. How do I open/display the actual transcript of the testimony on my monitor? I cannot find the link to display the actual transcript of the testimony.
2. I suspect the testimony transcript is written in a language other than English. I do not know what language, and I cannot read other languages. I would truly appreciate someone translating the actual transcript to English for me
Thank you many times over!
I would give my highest recommendation to Alex Denisenko (tuagtuag@...). Alex guided our group through these lands in August of 2018. He is based in Lviv and has intense knowledge of the Jewish history in these areas plus he is extremely personable. You can't go wrong with Alex.
I'm looking for information on a relative Abraham Miller (nee Abram Mlynarz [Mlinarsch on the ship manifest]) who was born November 15, 1892, arrived in New York on July 22, 1912.He was formerly living and born in Ostroleka Poland, and was married to Ida and heading to his brother-in-law Meyer Cohn, 275 Park Avenue, Mechanicsville, New York.
In the 1915 NY State Census he had taken the name Abraham Miller and was living at 492-494 Water Street, New York, NY, with wife and cousin Max Miller, my paternal grandfather [nee Mottel or Mordechai Mlynarz]. Max was also born in 1892, and his father Abraham Mlynarz, born in 1864, had come to New York in 1904 but returned sometimes prior to 1913 when Max arrived. The elder Abraham died in 1925 in Ostroleka.
In the 1917 World War I Draft Registration Abraham stated that he had a 2 year old child, and was living at 57 Norfolk St., in New York.
In the Census of 1915 he stated that he was employed as an operator dresses, and in 1917 that he worked for Harris & Leiman as an operator.
That's all I've found for him thus far, and my USCIS Search under the Genealogy Program turned up nothing.
Can anyone find any additional information or ideas of where to search? I've tried various sources such as Social Security, Census, and Newspaper sources.
I also hired a researcher who examined various sources in Poland [Ostroleka and Lomza] and Yad Vashem for family information.
Thanks in advance for any assistance.
I'm curious about the relationship of this Abraham to my great grandfather Abraham, and to the rest of my family, as well as to learn what happened to him after 1917.
Please reply directly to me.