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Open Archives 220 Million Personal Records in Dutch and Belgian Sources #announcements
Jan Meisels Allen
Open Archives has 220 million personal records in various Dutch and Belgian sources including certificates of the Civil Registry and population register. You can search in English, German, French and Dutch. This is a free website.
I tried a search using the name Goldberg --no first name . Many results—3,829-- were returned. I clicked on one for notarial records and another for death and for the death it listed the date at Auschwitz he died with the source being the Dutch Government Gazette, You are able to view and to download the records. There is an icon that states if the record is available.
Jan Meisels Allen
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee
I had such a good response to my inquiry about Mexican records that I am motivated to try again for a French question. A man named Joseph GRAND, born in Tomashev-Lubelski, Poland in 1879, came to the US in 1905. He told his son that he had two half-brothers in France. I have to assume they were somewhat older than he was and they came to France somewhat before him. His father was GRAND (original spelling), obviously and his mother was BLUM. I have no idea of any other possible surname. Are there any French immigration or census records from that period?
Thank you in advance for any help.
Carol Isenberg Clingan
Researching a possible connection between our family and the daughter
and son-in-law of R' Itzaleh of Volozhin, Rabbi Shmuel and Mrs. (?)
LANDAU. I am specifically interested in the names of ALL their
descendants. I capitilized ALL as I know of one daughter who married
Yoni Ben-Ari, Jerusalem
Sorry, Forgot to add that he had been found on lists working at the Carpathian Oil Co Lemburg as Leon David. No traces of him afterwards.
Re: Are we related? If so, how? #general
Hi, Marilyn. DNA testing might help decide if the Schaffers were the same family as the Schlifers. I agree that vowels can be disregarded in many cases. But for the ancestors to be closely related, they should have lived near each other. The other researchers may have taken your family’s data and incorporated into their trees.
Linda Wolfe Kelley
KATCHOP-Ukrainian Slavic language #ukraine
Can anyone confirm that the above term-KATCHOP- in Ukranian refers to
someone who deals with lumber. It appears in one of Chaim Nachman
Bialik (Israel's national author) as such. I believe also in other
jewish literary sources.
Yoni Ben-Ari, Jerusalem
My Father's brother Leon was born in 1912. All traces of him have been gone after the war. Leon was my father's oldest brother. He was last seen by my father in the Plaszow concentration camp sometime between June 22- September, 1944. Leon did not return nor was any trace of him found after the war. I would like to know what happened to him. I have searched on Ancestry, JewishGen and the Arolsen Collection. If anyone has ANY information, I would be eternally grateful!
If you want help, let me know.
Levine from Skidel, Poland/Russia #poland
Hi, I’m looking for information for a Morris Levine and his wife Rachel Mudrick born in Skidel, Poland/Russia and emigrated to the U.S. Any info would be appreciated.
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Searching for Engholm and Leff families last known in MN and CA #usa
Searching for long lost cousins who's names and last known residences were:
Diana Leff (Crow Wing, MN)
Robert Leff Jr (Crow Wing, MN)
Linda Leff Engholm (Alameda, CA)
They would be about 60 years olds now.
Deceased grandparents were from Lewis Cohn and Anna Chinka Balaban, both born in Russia and presumably died in MN.
Searching for Shoikhet and Chausovsky families currently in Lithuania #lithuania
I came across a Yad Vashem Page of Testimony that was submitted by a relative of mine named Feiga Shoikhet in 1991.
At that time she lived in Lithuania, Vilnius, Erfurto str 48/9.
I'm looking for suggestions on how I might be able to confirm if she or her family still lives in Lithuania today and of course try and get in touch with her.
Other relatives of hers are her:
Father Shimon Dovid
Sister Chava Shoikhet Chausovsky
Brother in law Semyon Chausovsky
Nephew Vladimir Chausovsky
Places the family has lived are:
Thank you for your help.
Do you think having a lawyer expedited the process or made it easier? If so, could you please share or PM the name of your attorney? I'm finding gathering the necessary documents daunting. I'm also worried because my German is so poor. Thank you.
Getting adoption records in NY applies to the adoptees and their descendents only.
It is entirely possible that given the time frame specified and that the "adoption" may have been within the family, that no formal adoption was made.
Secaucus NJ USA
HASSMAN, SONENTHAL, DAUERMAN, LUCHS - Drohobycz, Ukraine
HIRSCHHORN, GOLDSTEIN, BUCHWALD - Dolyna, Ukraine
ELLMAN, COIRA, MAIDMAN - Minkovtsy, Ukraine
KAGLE, FASS - Ulanow, Poland
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reference number: - 2 BvR 2628/18 -
Ernst-Peter Winter, Münster (Hessen)
Am 18.06.20 um 14:24 schrieb David Seldner:
The German Federal Constitutional Court has ruled that many
My great great grandmother, Gittle ABRAMOWITZ, came to New Haven, Ct.
somewhere between 1870 and 1890 as a widow with four youngish
orphans. The childrens' names were David (?), Sarah, Meir and Kalman.
She may have remarried on the way from Novarodok (from where she left)
and her family name may have changed.
She supposedly was in the silversmith trade (with her second husband).
One child, Meir (my great grandfather) as a child was sent to
Jerusalem (then Palestine) and the other 3 stayed in the USA. David,
the eldest, went to Boston and eventually got a job in a dept.store .
Again ,supposedly, rose to managerial level . At some point in her
life she married a LAZAROFF from London.
Sarah seems to have had a grandson, Tom, who lived ( and studied ?)
in Boston. He was about my mother's age, (b. 1914). Father may not
have been jewish. Sarah and her husband (name unknown to me) lived
and/or vacationed on Coney Island, NYC, during the 1930s
The problem with the credibility of the above data is that it derives
primarily from an autobiography of one of Meir's granddaughters which
was garnered by information received by word of mouth ("supposedly"
above). The writer of this autobiography says in the introduction
that her book " is oral history" rather than sources based. Also some
of the information is based on interviews with elderly family members
who are no longer with us.
Gittle was also supposedly related to Rabbi Isaac Simcha HOROWITZ of
Hartford, Ct. who passed away in 1936. That is my guess why she came
to New Haven in the first place (but then again why not to Hartford?)
If the above sounds familiar to anyone or can be confirmed somehow in
New Haven, I would be very grateful to hear.
BTW, the autobiography mentioned above is called : "A Child of the Desert"
by Adina Katzoff (ne ABRAMOWITZ)
Yoni Ben-Ari, Jerusalem
Harry Klayman - Need Information #usa
I have been trying to find information on my great grandfather Harry H. Klayman for many years but can never find anything after he left Petersburg, VA around 1907.
We believe we emigrated from Germany or Poland and was born on June 28, 1871. He married Martha Lamb in 1892 a native of Petersburg, VA and they had 5 daughters.
I cannot find any emigration records on him and last documented information for him was a 1900 census taken in Petersburg, VA of which they spelled the last name Clayman.
When he left Petersburg at the age 30 not trace of him can be found. I do have a photo of him attached to this request.
If anyone has knowledge about him, please let me know.
Translation of wedding record #translation
Hello ,please, translate Israel Shapiro and Tauba Bukowska's wedding record,thank you🙏
I'm very happy to say that after more than 10 years, the translation of the 1957 Tel Aviv edition of the Kovel Yizkor book is now complete, with all chapters loaded.
Many thanks to Ala Gamulka whose translations brought this effort to the finish line.
And thanks to Binny Lewis team.
Silver Spring MD
Re: Byten necrology list #yizkorbooks
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On 6/18/2020 9:17 AM, Alan Tapper via groups.jewishgen.org wrote:
Several years ago I submitted the necrology list from the yizkor book from Byten. The data was posted . It is not in the necrology lists today. Do I have to send them to you again
Does anyone have (or have link to) Reckendorf records (looking for Baum) - matrikeln, B/M/D, etc? #germany
Rob Lederer (personal gmail)
Hi All. This is and another are my first posts in 15+ years, since GerSIG days.
I'm looking for birth, marriage, death, matrikel, name change, and other records for Burgpreppach. My target ancestor is Dorrit Dorothea Baum b. ca. 1806-15 and next known to be in NYC in 1836. Later Reckendorf records may still show family members of hers even if I can't get to ones that include her specifically.
Does anyone have these records? Is there an online archive that contains them? Being that it's Bavaria, I think it's not available online.
Bohemia and US:
LEDERER, WEISSKOPF or WEISSKOPFOVA in Blovice (Blowitz) or around Pilsen, also Gablonz, Rumburk (Rumburg), and New York (and much of USA)
OPPER in Blowitz/Blovice
LORIE/LORY/LORIN of Putzlitz/Puzlic
JANOWITZ/JANOWSKY from Prague and Blowitz/BLovice
KOHN, BRETH, ROSENBAUM, ALTSCHUL in Golcuv Jenikov (Goltsch Yenikau) or Prague
STRAS, STRASS, STRASSER, STRAUSS, POPPER, KOHN, HELLER, PFEFFERKORN, FISCHER, GOLDMAN, STEINHARDT in or around Arnoltov (Arnitzgruen), Schoenlind (Krasna Lipa), Kirsch(en)birk, Cheb (Eger), Karlovy Vary (Carlsbad), and Wisconsin, Pennsylvania (Allegheny/Pittsburgh) and NYC
LOEWI / LOEWY / LEVI in or around Mastov (Maschau)
STRAUSS of Drmoul/Duerrmaul
SCHWERY? SCHWERZ? And POPPER from Beneschau/ Benesov
LOEWI of Mies / Stříbro
Germany and US:
GANS, GREIF, LEVI, HA-LEVI, HALEVI, ASCHER, MEIER, AUSCHER, MEUER, MOSES, JECHIEL, STERN, LOESER, RUBEN, ROTHSCHILD, and WEINBERG in or around Langenschwarz, Rothenkirchen, Hechelmannskirchen, Burghaun or Huensfeld in Upper Franconia (Hessen)
GANS in New York
FROMM in Rengshausen
JACOB in Merzhausen
PRETZFELD(ER) in Burgkunstadt and NY
MORGENROTH in Burgkunstadt, Bischberg and anywhere else
EHRENBACH(ER) in Kunreuth, Burgkunstadt, and anywhere else
BRUILL (or BRUELL/ BRU”LL/ BRULL/ BRILL) in Burgkunstadt and Lichtenfels
FRIEDMANN in Burgkunstadt and (Friedman in Chicago)
SACHS in Bischberg
ROTHSCHILD, WEIL, FRANK, AUERBACH(ER) in or around Nordstetten or Muehringen (near Horb) and Mississippi
HOF(F)HEIMER, ISAK, ISAAK, SCHIELE, SCHIELEN, SCHILLEN, SCHUELE, LEVY OR LEVI in or around Fellheim, (Swabian Bavaria) Germany (or Memmingen?), Altenstadt-Illereichen, (Swabian Bavaria) Germany, and Missouri and Cincinnatti
STRAS(S)BURGER, BARUCH, and NEY or NEU in Hohebach, Ailringen, or Hollenbach (Wuerttemberg/Swabia) and NY
LAMMLE or LAEMMLE or LEMMLE or LEMLE or LAMLE and JOEL and NATHAN in Braunsbach (Wuerttemberg/Swabia)
HIRSCH in Flehingen (Baden)
FLEHINGER in Flehingen (Baden)
KAHN and BAUM in Bavaria, Burgpreppach
BAUM in Reckendorf
“ANY” in Schwabisch Hall (Wuerttemberg/Swabia) [FIRST NAME Fratel]
Emanuel Pfeifer of Niederhochstadt
KAHN in Aschenhausen (Hessen) and Barchfeld (Hessen)
JOSEPH in Bromberg and Bordun or Fordon, Posen (now Bydgoszcz, Poland) and Mississippi and New Orleans
PFEIFER in Niederhochstadt (Pfalz) – now Hochstadt -- and Mississippi
WOLFERMAN(N) from Cleveland, New York, and Missouri (St. Louis and Jefferson City), and Barchfeld (Hessen), Germany
Still to add these yellow things to FTJP
VEIT from Emmendingen (Baden) and New York
BIEDERMAN(N) from Gailingen (Baden) or Emmendingen (Baden)
DETTELBACH or DEDELBACH or DEDDELBACH from Gailingen (Baden) or Emmendingen (Baden), , Schmieheim (Baden)
GUENZBERGER from Emmendingen (Baden), Schmieheim (Baden), Breisach (Baden) or elsewhere
GUGGENHEIMER from Gailingen (Baden), , Schmieheim (Baden), or elsewhere
WEIL from Emmendingen (Baden)
DREYFUS Ingenheim (Bavaria) and Brookhaven, MS
(SURNAME UNKNOWN) Schwabisch Hall and Hall
Jamaica, England, and US
HART and LEVY from Kingston, Jamaica (BWI), Spanish Town, Jamaica (BWI), and Woodville & Holmesville, Mississippi and New Orleans, LA
LEVY (aka Linn Levy) from King’s Lynn, Norfolk, England
Hungary/Slovakia and US
SCHOENSTEIN from Budapest; Nagy-Cétény; Velký Cetín; Liptovské Sliače / Haromszlecs, Slovakia; Liptovské Sliače / Szlecs, Slovakia; Ruzomberok/Rosenberg, Slovakia; Lipto, Hungary (Slovakia); Partizanska Lupca / Nemet Lipcse, Slovakia; and Richmond (Staten Island), NY and New York, NY
STRELINGER from (All in Slovakia) Tvrdosin/Turdossin, Slovakia; Ludrova/Ludrowa, Slovakia; Liptovsky Mikulas, Slovakia; Ruzomberok, Slovakia
SHLOMO from (All in Slovakia) Ruzomberok and Liptovsky Mikulas
Poland/ Polish Russia
HYMAN in "Weilga" (Vel'gia?) (possibly Wielkie Poland, which is like saying Poland) in Russian Poland, Summit, Mississippi, and New Orleans