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Re: Data Breach at GEDmatch has Concerns Over Privacy #dna #announcements

Stanley Levine
 

AND even if they did get raw data - so what! What could they do with it?


Re: Is Ojzer and Ejzer the same name as Uscher? #general

martyn@...
 

In my family for several generations there was always an OKER. I had an Uncle OKER, a great-uncle OKER and so on.  I have never found the name anywhere else and wonder whether there could be a connection with Uscher or Ojzer.  Any ideas are most welcome.

Martyn Woolf
London


BOF Khashchevatoye #ukraine #announcements #jgs-iajgs

yael polat
 

Khashchevatoye, Ukraine BOF Meeting at the IAJGS Virtual 2020 Conference

The Khashchevatoye, Ukraine BOF will meet virtually on Thursday, August 13, from 10 AM to 11 AM U.S. Eastern time. (7 AM to 8 AM US Pacific, 3 PM to 4 PM UK, 4 PM to 5 PM Western Europe, 5 PM to 6 PM Israel and Eastern Europe, Midnight to 1 AM next day Australia).

Please join us for a discussion of our active and future projects and to meet other Khashchevatoye descendents from all over the world! The meeting is open to all; you do not have to be a paid conference attendee to attend. However, whether or not you’ve paid for the conference, you do need to register to attend this and other “Free Access Sessions.” Please read more below.

PAID CONFERENCE ATTENDEES:

Go to the Attendee Service Center on the conference website (https://s4.goeshow.com/iajgs/annual/2020/asc_login.cfm, sign in, and select “Update Your Info.” Then click “Edit” and page through your registration until you reach the listing of free sessions. Select your choices, then be sure to continue to the end of the registration to save them.

FREE ACCESS ONLY:

If you have not registered for the conference and want to have access to SIG and BOF meetings and other free events, go to https://s4.goeshow.com/iajgs/annual/2020/registration_form.cfm and register for the Virtual Limited Access Conference. Select your choices, then be sure to continue to the end of the registration to save them.

If you have already registered for limited free access but did not select the meetings you want to attend, please go back and edit your registration to include your choices. Follow through to the end of the registration to save them.

I look forward to seeing you at the Khashchevatoye, Ukraine BOF meeting.

For more information about the conference see www.iajgs2020.org.  For registration questions/problems, contact registration@....

For information about the Khashchevatoye, Ukraine BOF, contact Yael Polat at polatnik@....

#Ukraine


Re: C- Files - US Naturalization Index care - what info on it? #general

Moishe Miller
 

Hi,
Are you familiar with the ordering process for a c-file? It seems you need to first request an "index search" and then a "record request". However, if I have the c-File and a-File numbers from the index available at Ancestry or FamilySearch, can I just order the c-file directly, skipping the "index search" and the fees associated with it?
 
Moishe Miller
Brooklyn, NY
JGFF# 3391


Re: Taking Photographs of Microfilm Reader Images at NYC Municipal Arc hives #usa #photographs

karen.silver@juno.com
 

I have never seen anyone take a photo of a microfilm image (at any archive), but I think it is wise to take the NYC Municipal Archives at their word.  The records may be in the public domain, but the City of New York owns the images and is free to charge a fee.  If all you want is the information, you are free to take notes and not purchase a certified copy.  Or even better than that, find the information you seek on familysearch.org or ancestry.com.  Both sites have been upgrading their NYC vital records indexes to include information previously only available from the original documents on microfilm at the NYC Municipal Archives.  
 
Good luck,
 
Karen Silver


Re: Naturalization Records for Samuel & Mary Babinski. #usa #records

Sherri Bobish
 

"Looking for naturalization records for Samuel & Mary Babinski.  Arrived in USA in 1908."

Start by searching at www.familysearch.org for nat records. 

If Samuel naturalized by 1922, and they were married by 1922, Mary would not have needed her own nat papers.

Good luck in your search,

Sherri Bobish
Princeton, N


Lipshitz family from Skokie-Chicago #usa

Neil Rosenstein
 

Trying to make contact with the family of Rabbi Dr. Abraham Lipshitz
(formerly Lippschütz), an educator, born in Lodz on May 5, 1922 and
died in 2017 (father of Ann and Rose) as well as his brother Charles
Lipshitz, also died in 2017 (father of Rabbi Leon Lipshitz and Deborah
Katz (mother of Yaakov Katz, an American-born Israeli journalist and
author and Editor-in-Chief of The Jerusalem Post since 2016 and three
other children).


Searching Serrero families from Salonica #sephardic

Rosine Nussenblatt
 

I am researching the Serrero families from Salonica.
Daniel Serrero  son of Joseph was married to Gracia Cohen born in 1858. His youngest sibling named Gabriel was born in 1869. I am looking for other Serreros who would have been born in the first half of the 19th century and whose father's name would have been Joseph. The Serrero families were relatively few in Salonica. They were mainly merchants.


Taking Photographs of Microfilm Reader Images at NYC Municipal Archives #photographs #general

jedbrickner@...
 

As many of us know, the NYC Municipal Archives charges about $15 for a certified stamped copy of a birth, marriage or death certificate, even if you go down to their office and find it yourself on their microfilm. I just care about the information  and don't care about the certification. So taking a picture of the image on the microfilm reader screen would be fine for me. I called them and they said it was not allowed. Has anyone ever actually tried this in person? Any thoughts as to whether they can legally prohibit taking a picture of a public record?

Many thanks for your thoughts.

Jed Brickner


Re: Burial Society Washington Cemetery - Bnai Menasse or Menasche #usa

Alan Reische
 

Hi Sherry - you could be correct, viz. the lack of connection to a specific township in the records. Unfortunately, the current principal at Sinai Chapels doesn't have any history on the congregation, if that's what it was. The one hint I have on one of the headstones is a reference to Przesclaw, but there's nothing in the databanks that adds to that. I've never known of any Hungarian connection, all references are to Galicia or Austria. I can check the cemeteries where other branches are buried to see if there are any clues there.

On other records - I've been through everything I can identify, from census records and city directories down to draft registration cards, and nothing so far. They were pretty good at covering up their traces. Apparently, there was a lengthy questionnaire that was completed in connection with the WPA study. If/when I can get to those - not accessible on line - I may learn more.

Alan


Re: Silverman Family of Providence #usa

a.e.rosenberg@...
 

Selma Silverman of Providence, RI, 1914-2007, shows up in my family tree.  She is the daughter of Archibald Silverman, 1880-1966, who, I believe, was in the jewelry business.  If you have not already done so, check several family trees uploaded to Ancestry for Silvermans of Providence for possible connections

Aaron Rosenberg


Re: Searching: Pintwas Moszek SZER/ Lublin #poland

Sherri Bobish
 


Jacues,

A search for Berek SZER on Ancestry shows someone with that name in Berlin phone directories in the 1960's and 1970's.

Regards,

Sherri Bobish
Princeton, NJ


Naturalization Records for Samuel & Mary Babinski. #usa #records

mbakawaii@...
 

Looking for naturalization records for Samuel & Mary Babinski.  Arrived in USA in 1908.


Ancestry to be Acquired by Blackstone Group for $4.7 Billion #announcements

Jan Meisels Allen
 

 

Blackstone Group, the world’s largest alternative asset manager has acquired a 75% stake in Ancestry.com for a deal valued at $4.7 billion.  Since 2016 Ancestry’s majority owners has been Singaporean wealth fund GIC Pte- they will retain 25% of Ancesty.com.

 

Silver Lake and GIC acquired their majority stake four years ago in a deal that valued the company at $2.6 billion. Prior owners, including management, Permira and Spectrum Equity, currently have a minority interest in the business.

 

Ancestry.com first went public in 2009, raising $100 million. It was taken private in 2012 in a $1.6 billion buyout led by private equity firm Permira, and on at least two occasions since has considered going public again, though it never got the valuation it was seeking.

 

Genomeweb.com described Ancestry: “In addition to operating in more than 30 countries, having 3 million subscribers, and $1 billion in annual revenue, Ancestry has also built a market-leading consumer genomics business through its AncestryDNA service, which focused initially on ancestry and genealogy and more recently expanded into health. The company has to date genotyped 18 million people as part of the service.”

 

Ancestry’s CEO Margo Georgiadis said, said the deal with Blackstone would "further accelerate Ancestry's global leadership in family history and consumer genomics." She added that the acquisition would enable the Lehi, Utah-based company to "expand our global family history business while bringing to life our long-term vision of personalized preventive health."

 

At the time of this posting there is nothing on the Ancestry website, but there is on Blackstone’s which can be read at:

https://www.blackstone.com/press-releases/article/blackstone-to-acquire-ancestry-leading-online-family-history-business-for-4-7-billion/

 

See: https://www.genomeweb.com/business-news/blackstone-acquire-ancestry-47b

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-08-05/blackstone-said-to-reach-4-7-billion-deal-to-buy-ancestry-com#

 

I have no relationship with Ancestry or Blackstone and am posting this solely for the information of the reader.

 

Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

 

 


Re: Looking for descendants of Rose HAMMER and possibly Joseph BODNER #galicia #usa

Sherri Bobish
 


Raylene,

1930 census in The Bronx:
Joseph Bodner 30
Rose Bodner 28
Mildred Bodner 4
Melvin Bodner 2
Is this your family?

Regards,

Sherri Bobish
Princeton, NJ


Re: KATZOFF family-Brisk/Brest-litovsk, #russia #israel #latinamerica

Sherri Bobish
 


Yoni,

More on Mannie KATZOFF.

Mannie KATZOFF's 1922 passenger manifest (under name Menasze KACAF)
says nearest relative left behind in BL was Aunt Necha WEISBROT.

His passage was paid by HIAS.

He was bound for his brother Philip KATZHAFF in Brooklyn, NY.

Hope this helps,

Sherri Bobish
Princeton, NJ


Re: KATZOFF family-Brisk/Brest-litovsk, #russia #israel #latinamerica

Sherri Bobish
 


Yoni,

There is a Mannie KATZOFF who naturalized in NYC.  He was born 19 Mar 1906 Brest-Litovsk, Russia.

Mannie was formerly known as Menasseh KACAF.

He arrived in The U.S. in 1922.

The witnesses on his nat papers were David KATZOFF, a chiropractor, and Joseph KATZ, a delicatessen owner.

Regards,

Sherri Bobish
Princeton, NJ


Searching: RATOWSKY / CHAIMSON (Ariogala / Ragola, Lith.)
WALTZMAN / WALZMAN (Ustrzyki Dolne / Istryker, Pol.)
LEVY (Tyrawa Woloska, Pol.)
LEFFENFELD / LEFENFELD (Daliowa/ Posada Jasliska, Pol.)
BOJDA (Tarnobrzeg, Pol.)
SOKALSKY / SOLON FINGER(MAN) (Grodek, Bialystok, Pol.)
BOBISH / APPEL (Odessa)


Re: Ariogala 1784 Poll Tax Question #lithuania

Sherri Bobish
 


Jeremy,

Greetings from another Ariogala researcher!

I did look at a listing I have of gravestones in Ariogala compiled by David & Sonia Hoffman in 1999.  None are old enough to be of help to you.  The two oldest years are 1832 and 1840.

Regards,

Sherri Bobish
Princeton, NJ

Searching: RATOWSKY / CHAIMSON (Ariogala / Ragola, Lith.)
WALTZMAN / WALZMAN (Ustrzyki Dolne / Istryker, Pol.)
LEVY (Tyrawa Woloska, Pol.)
LEFFENFELD / LEFENFELD (Daliowa/ Posada Jasliska, Pol.)
BOJDA (Tarnobrzeg, Pol.)
SOKALSKY / SOLON FINGER(MAN) (Grodek, Bialystok, Pol.)
BOBISH / APPEL (Odessa)
 


Re: Burial Society Washington Cemetery - Bnai Menasse or Menasche #usa

Sherri Bobish
 


Alan,

I am going to make a guess here.  I think Bnai Menashe may have been more of a family circle than a shtetl based society.

The fact that they merged with Nachlas Zwie Anshe Ungarn may or may not indicate a Hungarian connection.  It could be that people from each society knew each other, and both societies needed a merger to stay afloat.

Have you looked at other sources to pin down exactly where this family came from, i.e. naturalization records, passenger manifests, WW1 or WW11 draft cards, U.S. vital records?

Regards,

Sherri Bobish
Princeton, NJ


Searching for descendants of Nekha Gornicka from Grodno #belarus

wselias79@...
 

I am searching for any information on the descendants of Nekha Gornicka nee Keyser, born about 1900 in Grodno, Belarus and her husband Moyshe Abraham. They had three daughters, Kreyna, b. 1922, Chaya and Beyele. Chaya was married but name of husband unknown. Most likely perished in the Holocaust but I have found no records to substantiate. Thank you. Be well and safe.
Walter S. Elias, St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA