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Family Search Libraries and Corona Viruses

Jan Meisels Allen
 

 

 

David Rencher, Director of the Family History Library and Chief Genealogical Officer, Family Search noticed that effective Friday March 13 at 5:00PM the Family History Library in Salt Lake City is closed until further notice to support preventive efforts to control the spread of the CoronaVirus. 

 

The regional FamilySearch centers and libraries have been asked to consider the direction of their local and government leaders, and then make informed decisions about temporary closures.

It is recommended if you plan to visit a FamilySearch center soon to call ahead to ensure it is open at the regular times.

 

The resources on https://www.FamilySearch.org  are still available.  During the time the Family History Library is closed, personal assistance will continue to be provided online through FamilySearch Community (see video) and Family History Library Classes and Webinars.

 

To see a list of FamilySearch Centers and Libraries with temporary closures see:

https://media.familysearch.org/family-history-library-closure/

The list may not be comprehensive and others may be added.


To find a FamilySearch history center and affiliate libraries worldwide see:

https://www.familysearch.org/help/fhcenters/locations/

The map does not indicate if the Family Search center/library is closed due to the Corona Virus but does have the local telephone number and addresses available.

 

Remember to call ahead if you are planning on visiting a FamilySearch center.

 

Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

 


Family Search Libraries and Corona Viruses

Jan Meisels Allen
 

 

 

David Rencher, Director of the Family History Library and Chief Genealogical Officer, Family Search noticed that effective Friday March 13 at 5:00PM the Family History Library in Salt Lake City is closed until further notice to support preventive efforts to control the spread of the CoronaVirus. 

 

The regional FamilySearch centers and libraries have been asked to consider the direction of their local and government leaders, and then make informed decisions about temporary closures.

It is recommended if you plan to visit a FamilySearch center soon to call ahead to ensure it is open at the regular times.

 

The resources on https://www.FamilySearch.org  are still available.  During the time the Family History Library is closed, personal assistance will continue to be provided online through FamilySearch Community (see video) and Family History Library Classes and Webinars.

 

To see a list of FamilySearch Centers and Libraries with temporary closures see:

https://media.familysearch.org/family-history-library-closure/

The list may not be comprehensive and others may be added.


To find a FamilySearch history center and affiliate libraries worldwide see:

https://www.familysearch.org/help/fhcenters/locations/

The map does not indicate if the Family Search center/library is closed due to the Corona Virus but does have the local telephone number and addresses available.

 

Remember to call ahead if you are planning on visiting a FamilySearch center.

 

Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

 


Re: (Belgium) Historians Quit Belgium's Holocaust Museum over Anti-Israel Activist Being Honored

Glenda Rubin
 

I just read the guidelines for posting to the group <https://www.jewishgen.org/InfoFiles/rules.htm#Q5.2> and I don't think the content of this message conforms to them. It does not have genealogical-related content.  The news is about Israel government policy in the occupied territories and BDS; a controversial subject that is off-topic for the group.

in my opinion, such posts don't have a place here.

Glenda Rubin
Richmond, CA



On Fri, Mar 13, 2020 at 4:37 PM Jan Meisels Allen <janmallen@...> wrote:

Kazerne Dossin

 

 

Kazerne Dossin is Belgium’s Holocaust Memorial Museum and Documentation Center located in Mechelen, Belgium, and is the location where between 1942 and 1944 over 25,000 Jews and 352 Roma and Sinti were deported to Auschwitz-Birkenau. Many of these people were not from Belgium originally but fled there as the war expanded to their  European countries.  Only just over 5% returned. During this time it was known as the SS-Sammellager Mechelen, a Nazi collection and deportation camp.  The Museum was built by constructing the new museum opposite the old barracks, opening in 2012.

 

In late 2019, the then museum director resigned because he felt the daily management was focused too much on the Holocaust memorial aspect and not enough on documenting current human rights violations. Earlier this month 10 historians stepped down in protest of canceling an event honoring a vocal Israel critic. Brigitte Herremans, an activist who has called on the European Union to sanction Israel and its citizens, and has accused Israel’s supporters of “inflating anti-Semitism” to deflect criticism, was set to be honored as an “ambassador of peace” by the Catholic aid group Pax Christi.  The Board of Kazerne Dossin suggested it would continue to resist initiatives that it believes will dilute its core mission of commemorating the genocide perpetrated by the Nazis and their collaborators against Jews and other victims.

 

In full disclosure I have visited this museum in 2012 and IAJGS had as a speaker at one of its conference’s the then director of the Museum.

 

The website for the Museum is: https://www.kazernedossin.eu/EN/Museumsite/Museum/Inleiding

Their Documentation Center is https://beeldbank.kazernedossin.eu/ The Site is available in Dutch and English. Click on search key.  If you would like to consult the archive or the library you need to submit a research statement. The form is downloadable

at: https://www.kazernedossin.eu/EN/Museumsite/Documentatiecentrum/Archief-leeszaal

 

This is not the only Holocaust Museum that has undergone similar controversy. Last year the Jewish Telegraphic Agency reports, “the director of Berlin’s Jewish museum resigned after the museum tweeted a link to an article defending the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel that the German parliament declared to be anti-Semitic the previous month. The Jewish museum of  Munich was accused last July of libeling Israel in an exhibition that suggested that it is an occupying force.”

 

To read more see:  https://www.jta.org/2020/03/12/global/lawmakers-worry-about-the-future-of-belgiums-holocaust-museum-after-historians-resign-in-israel-spat

 

Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

 


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Glenda Rubin
San Francisco Bay Area
Researching: STRYZEWSKI, STRAUSS, JANOFSKY, JANOFF, OBODOV, WERNICK, GREENBERG, KROCHAK. Shtetls: Lipovets, Ilintsy, Pliskov, Starokonstantinov, Krasilov


Re: Family Tree of the Jewish People

Fred Half
 

It is not a direct link. From the new Homepage, Go to Search and then to Databases.

Fred

Fred Half
fredhalf@...


Re: JGS of Long Island Meeting cancelled

Judy Salomon
 

The JGS of North Jersey has also cancelled its meeting scheduled for March 22nd.
Judy Salomon
Membership VP
JGS of North Jersey

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Judith Salomon
VP of Membership, JGS of North Jersey
FREUND Pruchnik, FELDMAUS Lezajnsk
SULTAN, Husiatyn, GOLDBERG Mostiska
SALOMON, HIRSCH, THAL Neumagen, Germany


Great-grandfather Saul Isaiah BERALL from Romania #romania

edibl1@...
 

Shalom!
I’m asking for help finding information regarding my great-grandparents Sal BERALL and Frieda ABRAMOWITZ, who emigrated from what soon became Romania to NYC, USA in 1887. Their respective father’s names in Romania were Eliya David BERALL and Isaiah ABRAMOWITZ. This was while Romanian principalities were still under nominal Ottoman suzerainty, but also considered part of Austria-Hungary by some US immigration officials. Thanks for your help!

Erik Berall


JGS Conejo Valley and Ventura County Cancels April 6 Meeting

Jan Meisels Allen
 

The Board of Directors of the JGS Conejo Valley and Ventura County (JGSCV) has cancelled the scheduled April 6 program, the movie Sepharad due to concerns over our members and attendees possible exposure due to  the Coronavirus.


We will look month-to-month about whether we hold our meetings and will announce that shortly before the meeting date.

 

Jan Meisels Allen

President, JGSCV


JGSCT March 16 Meeting Postponed to April 19 Webinar

gkr
 

Due to current health concerns, the JGSCT meeting scheduled for Sunday, March 26, 2020, has been postponed and will take place as a webinar on Sunday, April 19, 2020, at 4 pm.

Visit www.jgsct.org for additional information.
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Gail K Reynolds, Publicity Chair, Jewish Genealogical Society of Connecticut


Re: The Name Jur #names

Margalit Ashira Ir
 

Hello Daniel,
My family is from Biala Podlaska, Poland.  My father is Samuel IR, in polish it is written as JR ,  My aunt used JUR, she is long gone.  My cousins in Israel use JUR (yud, vov, reish).  As you can see, I and my siblings use IR.  An interesting family.

Alexander Beider lists IR as a surname from the city of Shavli (Šiauliai), Lithuania.  I don't have more information than that.  But since you asked, I am wondering what is your relationship to the JUR family, would you like to connect privately?

Margalit
San Francisco

SEARCHING:  IR, TUGENDER, EDELMAN, EKSZTEIN, OCHMAN - Biala Podlaska
MAJERSDORF - Warsaw;  JEKIEL, LANDMAN, FISCHLER - Stanislaw, Buczacz, Ukrain.


JGS of Long Island Meeting cancelled

Jackie Wasserstein
 


The JGSLI meeting scheduled for March 22 has been cancelled.  Our meeting place, The Mid-Island Y JCC, has cancelled all outside organizational programs due to the Corona virus.

Jacqueline Wasserstein


Family Tree of the Jewish People

Ellen Barnett Cleary
 

My go-to place for posting my family tree has been JewishGen.org.

Has this feature of the site ceased to exist?  I don't see a link to it on the home page.  And I can no longer upload my gedcom for it to be updated.

Is this feature a thing of the past or is it coming back....I HOPE it's coming back.
--
Ellen Barnett Cleary
San Francisco CA
USA


How to Look for Ancestors Bernard Goldman b ~1830 and Bessie Weintraub b 1832? #ukraine

nicollegoldman@...
 

I'm looking into the ancestors of Bernard Goldman born 1856 Russia, and his wife Bessie Weintraub born 1867 (supposedly in Belogorodka, Zaslav, Volhynia, Ukraine, but no one provided the source for that information).  
I found them both in the Iowa Census in 1895.
I've found 17 sources for him in the USA.  All my work is in FamilySearch (see LYWN-HDN Bernard Goldman).
I don't have any information on his parents. 
Bessie's parents were Abraham Weintraub and Ida Sara Roth (born about 1832 Pilkee, Russia -- but again unsourced).

My problem is, once the search moves beyond the USA (or England) I don't know how to look.  

How can I find some sources?
Thank you for your help.
Nicolle


Re: Actively Searching . . .

jbonline1111@...
 

FWIW, a close friend of my father from childhood was Jerry Fox, b. Brooklyn, 1910s, later lived in Margate, NJ, and Baltimore, married Sandy, maiden name unknown, in 1940 or so. If that rings a bell for anyone, I can probably put you in touch with his daughter.  Jerry was well known as an artist and featured in the Baltimore Sun at one time. 
--
Barbara Sloan
Conway, SC


This week's Yizkor book excerpt on the JewishGen Facebook page

Bruce Drake
 

I struggled this week to find a Yizkor book excerpt that felt right to me. The last few weeks have been grim ones for many, out of fear of the coronavirus, the sicknesses and deaths it has caused, and the disruptions to peoples’ lives. As important as it is to constantly remind ourselves of the overwhelming horrors of the Holocaust, my heart wasn’t in a dark excerpt. A pleasant slice-of-life chapter also seemed out of place this week.

So, instead I collected some passages about caring for the sick — “a custom so embedded in Jewish tradition that even the non-religious Jews observed it scrupulously,” according to the Yizkor book of Zloczew, Poland. Part of the tradition was represented by the concept of Bikur Cholim (visiting the sick), which also was a social institution in many communities. “We know that a healthy person needs a friend, the sick person needs even more a human being that is willing to listen to him,” the Zloczew book says. The book of Rozniatow, Ukraine remembers that family members of an ill person “would leave their business and activities and devote their energies [which] would be drained from the effort of caring for the sick person,” and that Bikur Cholim would find ways to give them some rest. A chapter in the book of Sokolivka, Ukraine recounts: “When an epidemic broke out, such as the cholera, there were people who volunteered to wage war against the disease. Healthy and courageous men did not flinch from the danger.”


URL: https://www.facebook.com/JewishGen.org/posts/2895996527089150?__tn__=K-R


Bruce Drake

Silver Spring MD 


Researching: DRACH, EBERT, KIMMEL, ZLOTNICK

Towns: Wojnilow, Kovel


(Belgium) Historians Quit Belgium's Holocaust Museum over Anti-Israel Activist Being Honored

Jan Meisels Allen
 

Kazerne Dossin

 

 

Kazerne Dossin is Belgium’s Holocaust Memorial Museum and Documentation Center located in Mechelen, Belgium, and is the location where between 1942 and 1944 over 25,000 Jews and 352 Roma and Sinti were deported to Auschwitz-Birkenau. Many of these people were not from Belgium originally but fled there as the war expanded to their  European countries.  Only just over 5% returned. During this time it was known as the SS-Sammellager Mechelen, a Nazi collection and deportation camp.  The Museum was built by constructing the new museum opposite the old barracks, opening in 2012.

 

In late 2019, the then museum director resigned because he felt the daily management was focused too much on the Holocaust memorial aspect and not enough on documenting current human rights violations. Earlier this month 10 historians stepped down in protest of canceling an event honoring a vocal Israel critic. Brigitte Herremans, an activist who has called on the European Union to sanction Israel and its citizens, and has accused Israel’s supporters of “inflating anti-Semitism” to deflect criticism, was set to be honored as an “ambassador of peace” by the Catholic aid group Pax Christi.  The Board of Kazerne Dossin suggested it would continue to resist initiatives that it believes will dilute its core mission of commemorating the genocide perpetrated by the Nazis and their collaborators against Jews and other victims.

 

In full disclosure I have visited this museum in 2012 and IAJGS had as a speaker at one of its conference’s the then director of the Museum.

 

The website for the Museum is: https://www.kazernedossin.eu/EN/Museumsite/Museum/Inleiding

Their Documentation Center is https://beeldbank.kazernedossin.eu/ The Site is available in Dutch and English. Click on search key.  If you would like to consult the archive or the library you need to submit a research statement. The form is downloadable

at: https://www.kazernedossin.eu/EN/Museumsite/Documentatiecentrum/Archief-leeszaal

 

This is not the only Holocaust Museum that has undergone similar controversy. Last year the Jewish Telegraphic Agency reports, “the director of Berlin’s Jewish museum resigned after the museum tweeted a link to an article defending the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel that the German parliament declared to be anti-Semitic the previous month. The Jewish museum of  Munich was accused last July of libeling Israel in an exhibition that suggested that it is an occupying force.”

 

To read more see:  https://www.jta.org/2020/03/12/global/lawmakers-worry-about-the-future-of-belgiums-holocaust-museum-after-historians-resign-in-israel-spat

 

Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

 


FamilySearch Upgrade Has Temporarily Disabled Some Collections

Jan Meisels Allen
 

 

 

I have had confirmed by David Rencher, Director, Family Search Library and Chief Genealogical Officer, FamilySearch that FamilySearch has temporarily disabled some collections. Due to the issue affecting many collections it will take a few days to fix. As of now if you try to reach an unrestricted collection –unrestricted as listed in the FamilySearch collection, a message displays that the image is only available at a Family History Center when you click on the camera icon.

 

Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

 


JGS of Maryland March 22 meeting cancelled

Susan Steeble
 

The March 22 meeting of the Jewish Genealogy Society of Maryland has been cancelled due to concern for the health and safety of our members and guests during the current Coronavirus outbreak. Programs will be rescheduled as soon as the pandemic subsides in our area.

 

Meanwhile, JGSMD members are encouraged to join our new JGSMD discussion list, on which we can hold occasional discussions on genealogical topics, ask and answer questions, and keep connected (see your email for a message from JGS Maryland on 3/12/2020, and click on the link to apply for membership in the discussion group).

 

Please check our web site, www.jgsmd.org, for announcements about the status of future meetings of the JGSMD.

Susan Steeble
JGSMD Public Relations



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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: Sadovnick-Belfer family history

bat2@...
 

I know the name Aaron Sadovnick born 1924, I don't know where. The name of his father was Benjamin.


Re: The Name Jur #names

David Zoldan
 

The Jura I was researching in Poland turned out to be Yair confirmed by the family.

David Zoldan

Researcher - 382214

Researching Rosenknopf, Chesner, Sowa, Bienenfeld, Tyk, Kapota, others


Re: Actively Searching . . .

Joann Morris Gudzus
 

Hi Sandi,

I have been working quite a bit for the past 15 years on my family tree.  My maternal grandfather was from Ragua(sp.?), Lithuania b.12/23/1888-1890 d. 11/23/1957 Santa Rosa, California
His Hebrew name was Chiam Yona, son of Leib. Yona was his middle name Jonah. His name was Herman Liebowitz.  He came to America through Philadelphia in March, 1907.  He married my grandmother Brucha, daughter of Borukh on 1/2/1910, one year exactly after they married.  They had four children, Benjamin Herman Liebowitz, David Morris Liebowitz, Lillian Loretta Liebowitz and Robert Bernard Liebowitz.
I also have a Siegel in my family by marriage.  His name was Sheldon Colman Siegel and he was a Pediatrician in Los Angeles,California.  He and his wife Priscilla had two girls, Linda Sue Siegel and Nancy Jean Siegel.  Sheldon had a brother Samuel, his father was Carl and grandfather was Michel Segal. Sheldon's mother was Bess Rothchild.
If you like more information about any of these relatives, please don't hesitate to ask.  Please use my personal email address:  chachkasmom@...