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Re: Czar’s Dentist #russia #general

Jules Levin
 

I doubt that your great grandmother was the only person in the Palace
who could read and write.  All the nobility and the gentry, and all
medical people would have been literate in 2 or 3 languages, or more. 
The best doctors--and those in a hospital in the St Petersburg area
would be the best--had medical degrees from German universities.  In
fact many Jewish boys went to Germany to become doctors and then
returned to Russia.  But what Palace was that?  It was possible to work
on Kronshtadt and live in Tsarskoe Selo, where the Summer Palace was
located, or in St. Pete itself: there was a regularly scheduled
ferry/sleigh between Tsarskoe Selo and Kronshtadt, and the first
commuter train ran between St. Pete and Tsarskoe Selo.  The latter was
the first fully electrified city in the world.  My grandmother, educated
in Tsarskoe Selo, arrived in America at the age of 15 speaking perfect
English in 1891 and the family settled in Chicago, which she considered
a primitive frontier town compared to her beloved Petrograd.  The
family's military supply store on Kronshtadt, and birth records for them
and my greatgrandmother's two brothers' families are recorded in the
Kronshtadt Jewish synagogue.  I would imagine that records for a
hospital located there might still exist.  A newspaper existed in
Kronshtadt and a researcher might well find your family mentioned in
some article.  My ggf ran ads and I have a photocopy of one, so I know
how much an officer paid for a kortik (the dagger worn on the belt) in
1878, when they were bound for the Russo-Turkish War.

Jules Levin


On 10/15/2020 6:00 PM, GRSN@... wrote:
My Great Grandfather, Alexander Borisovich Shneyer was said to be in
Charge of the Hospital in Kronstadt (Dentist) and whose wife, Anna
Alterman Shneyer was in charge of the communication system in the
Palace because she could read and write.
I remember my Great Aunt Sara, my Grandfather’s sister-in-law telling
me that my Grandfather's childhood was one of privilege because of his
father’s stature with the czar.

Gail Roberta Shneyer  Nussbaum


Re: Researching family in Saint Petersburg, Russia #russia

Tracy Fish
 

I just wanted to chime in regarding the significance of the SPb (Saint Petersburg) records that Joel Ratner mentioned in an earlier post. I meant to write about this much earlier in the year, but at the time, health and work had both gotten in the way. As Covid first picked up and various establishments began to close, Joel had shared on a different thread SPb records were temporarily available online for free. They were written in Cyrillic and not indexed. I myself, do not read Cyrillic and with the unbelievable kindness and guidance of Joel and also using Google translater, I combed through some of the records once I knew how to read the surname FISH in Cyrillic. Lucky for me, it was a short word so it stood out when the writing was legible.

My connection to SPb: My paternal grandfather immigrated to NY and I was always told he was from Saint Petersburg. This was interesting to me considering was I never able to find any DNA matches from Saint Petersburg nor any matches with the surname FISCH. For a long time, I thought it was misinformation or perhaps the surname changed. It is solely because of the temporary access to the SPb records I located both my grandfather and great grandfather's birth certificate. It turned out both were born specifically in Kronstadt. For context of time period, my grandfather was born 1906, my great grandfather, 1875. These records eventually lead me to the names of my 2XGG (b. 1850) and 3x great grandfather, as well as their spouses with their surnames, GRUNER, PAKORNOV, SKOVRONSKY/SKOWRONSKI, SLAVIN, and various siblings, their spouses and descendants. Also, although my great grandmother Esther SKOVRONSKY was born in Kronstadt, her father, was born in Klodawa, Poland (1846).

I share this for the following reasons:
  1. With the hopes of finding others with with connections to these surnames as well as other surnames listed in my signature below for this region
  2. To share of my family being an example of Jews living around Saint Petersburg pre-1900.
  3. To stress how valuable these SPB records are. I wish I had more time to go through the records when they were available because there's still an incredible amount I didn't have the chance to go through. There are a couple of forums that Joel has shared with me that have a couple of these documents indexed (I was able to find one family member on them). That being said, this would be an incredible and beneficial project should there be the means for someone to take it on, especially one who can read Cyrillic. I totally understand the time and cost it would take to do such a thing. JewishGen has been super helpful for identifying records of specific regions, but in terms of this region in Russia there has been no information available, which is unfortunate.
  4. My family, despite seemly living in SPb for a few generations, may not have originated from there, as suggested by one specific branch, however I have not confirmed this for other branches of this lineage.

All my best,

--
Tracy Fish
Nevada/Brooklyn, New York
tsfishphotography@...
IG: @tsfish

Researching many surnames includingBelarus: DORINSON/DOROSINSKY, LEIBOWITZ/LEVOVICH, LEVIN; Hungary: FRIEDMAN, HERTZ, KLEIN, WEIS; Poland: CHELMINSKI, FRAJSTMAN/TRAJSTMAN, KIERZENBLAT, LAKOMSKA, LANGMAN, LESZCZYNSKI, LEWKOWICZ, MARKOWSKI, POTOLOWSKA, SKOVRONSKY/SKOWRONSKI, WYGODA; Russia: GORDON, JAFFE, KAPLAN, PAKORNOV, SEBULSKY; Kronstadt/Saint Petersburg, Russia: COHEN, FELDMAN, FISH/FISCH, GRUNER, TSCHESNO, SLAVIN


Translate Yiddish written postcard from Jalowka #poland #translation

ronskillian@...
 

I request help in translating a Yiddish handwritten message on the back of a postcard. The photo on the postcard front shows my great-aunt Friedel Lewin nee Jelin standing by a fencepost, presumably taken in her hometown of Jalowka, Poland. I estimate the postcard was written in the late 1930s, prior to the advent of WWII. The entire family was killed sometime between 1941-43: Friedel, husband Hersh(el), and children Mashie/Moses, Yoshua, Itzhak, and Dvorah. This may be the last communication our family holds from the Lewins. Thank you for any assistance in translating this postcard.
Ronald Killian
Newton Centre, MA


Czar’s Dentist #russia #general

GRSN@...
 

My Great Grandfather, Alexander Borisovich Shneyer was said to be in Charge of the Hospital in Kronstadt (Dentist) and whose wife, Anna Alterman Shneyer was in charge of the communication system in the Palace because she could read and write.
I remember my Great Aunt Sara, my Grandfather’s sister-in-law telling me that my Grandfather's childhood was one of privilege because of his father’s stature with the czar.

Gail Roberta Shneyer  Nussbaum


Trying to make contact with the Iglow family in Los Angeles #rabbinic #usa

Neil Rosenstein
 

Howard Martin Iglow of Chicago & Rancho Mirage, CA was the father of
Greory Baines Iglow of Los Angeles and Agoura Hills, CA. The family
descends from the Menachis-Bergson-Sonnenberg-Horowitz rabbinical
families. Neil Rosenstein, author of The Unbroken Chain.


Viewmate: Russian Translation #translation

Rusty Wilson
 

I've posted a photograph on Viewmate with a name or phrase written in what I assume is Russian at the bottom.  I'd like a translation.  

You can see the photo here:  
https://www.jewishgen.org/viewmate/viewmateview.asp?key=VM87000

Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page.
Thank you very much.

--
Rusty Wilson
Rusty.Wilson1@...


Re: SCHWARTZ/SCHVARTZ family #hungary

rich.meyersburg@...
 

Do you have any locations or other information?


Re: Jews employed by the Czars #russia

Rachelle Litt
 

My GGF was supposedly the barrel maker to the Czar.  They had a very nice house with a second house on their property because of the proceeds from providing the barrels to the Czar. That is what the family story is.

--
Rachelle Litt
Palm Beach Gardens, Florida


Reclaim The Records launches its biggest FOIA request ever, for BILLIONS of digital images and associated text metadata, from the United States National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) #records

Asparagirl
 

Hello again from Reclaim The Records! We're writing today, to let you know that we just filed the single largest Freedom of Information Act request in our organization's history, for billions of historical records. Yes, billions!

And this time, we're not just taking on a single city or state archive or agency. No, we're trying to get these billions of files from none other than the United States National Archives and Records Administration, NARA.

What kind of files? Oh, you know, basically just everything that was ever digitized through their long-running public-private digitization partnership program.

Like, say, the Census. Immigration records. Military files. Everything.
 
Most of these records were digitized years ago, through NARA's public-private digitization partnership program, but even after the embargo periods ended, NARA never got around to making the data available on their own website. And then they dodged and denied any informal requests that were made for even small parts of that data. For example, we once tried getting a digital copy of the 1910 US Federal Census from NARA, as a test case, a guinea pig. And indeed, despite many back-and-forth e-mails, NARA refused to hand over the files to us, saying just that all the data would go online on the NARA website or through their API access eventually. (Spoiler: it did not.)
 
In other words, all these amazing historical digital records of AMerican history remained available online only through expensive subscription websites, and not through the Archives, even though the files actually belong to the American taxpayers. Not cool.
 
We're working with a great FOIA lawyer on this one, a guy who just won the FOIA case against the US Department of Justice for the unredacted version of the Mueller Report two weeks ago. And now he's helping the genealogists. And when we get this NARA data, and we're pretty sure we're going to get it one way or another, we're going to put it all online, for free. No strings attached. Anyone will be able to do anything they want with the records, both the digitized images and the text metadata that goes along with them.
 
Here's the actual text of the FOIA request we sent to NARA yesterday morning:
 
 
It's really, really long, but there is a lot of background information we need to present, to put the FOIA request in its proper context -- and to help explain the whole situation to the judge, should we need to sue.

Note that this is still a FOIA request, not a full-on FOIA lawsuit just yet, but it very well might become one in the near future, depending on whether NARA chooses to follow the law and release all the records, or not.

We hope they will. But we're ready to sue if they don't.

And if you're as excited about this new FOIA request (and potential new lawsuit target) as we are, we hope you'll consider making a donation to our non-profit organization, so we can keep fighting for open records from every level of our government, from the smallest city clerk's office to the actual no-joke National Archives itself.

Public records belong to the public, and not just to people who can afford hundreds of dollars a year for subscription websites. Help us get these records back and put them online -- for free -- for everyone!

From all of us at Reclaim The Records, thank you for your support! 🤗
 
 
- Brooke Schreier Ganz
Mill Valley, California
President and Founder, Reclaim The Records


Re: Free Webinar: Translating Russian Documents for the Non-Russian Speaker #JewishGenUpdates

Avraham Groll
 

Yes. It will then be available on our Facebook page and YouTube channel.


Re: What is my best approach for finding census data on my family in Belarus born between 1885-1905. #belarus

clucenti@...
 

I have had quite a bit of success using Yad Vashem when families are known to have been residing in Europe during the interwar period, especially if they are believed to have been living there when WWII broke out. Not only are there Pages of Testimony, but other records, such as ghetto lists, lists of the persecuted, etc., are also coming online. You may find related households on Yad Vashem. I used Pages of Testimony this past week, in combination with Lithuanian Internal and Foreign passport applications I found on www.JewishGen.org, to piece together large portions of my extended family.

Best of luck.
Regards,
Cary Pollack


KAUFER family #poland #ukraine #usa

Stuart Kaufer
 

There are a number of branches of my paternal family, Kaufer in the US.  Some in Chicago, PA, Michigan and some of us have DNA connections with other branches but don't know or never heard of one another.  Some came from the area near Rzesow, some from Krakow and some from Lukovica, (now in Ukraine).   Lobl or Leib and Chaya (Chaja) Kaufer seem to be progenitors of family.   Can anyone add knowledge?    Usual searches have come up empty.  Thanks all.

Stuart Kaufer


STEIN family Chicago photos #usa

Stuart Kaufer
 

My GF Sam Stein ran a tavern at 1900 Grand Ave & my aunt and uncle a restaurant attached to the taven at Grand & Damen in Chicago.  Does anyone have memories of this, or photos?   The Tavern remained in the family until the late 60's.  Thanks.

Stuart Kaufer

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Re: Ukraine and Belarus births and marriages - what is best approach to find records? #ukraine #belarus

Gerald and Margaret
 

Please contact an organisation based in London UK and Belarus called The Together Plan.  They are helping the remnants of the  Jewish communities in Belarus realise their potential of carrying out research into families who used to make up an important part of pre-20thC European Jewry.  The researchers have huge advantages:  they speak Russian, Belarussian and English;  they live in the area;  they are only too familiar with the bureaucratic ways of this totalitarian State;  they are trained and mentored by Western experts. The Directors can provide you with testimonials.  


Good hunting,
Margaret Levin (London UK)


Re: What is my best approach for finding census data on my family in Belarus born between 1885-1905. #belarus

Gerald and Margaret
 

Please contact an organisation based in London UK and Belarus called The Together Plan.  They are helping the remnants of the  Jewish communities in Belarus realise their potential of carrying out research into families who used to make up an important part of pre-20thC European Jewry.  The researchers have huge advantages:  they speak Russian, Belarussian and English;  they live in the area;  they are only too familiar with the bureaucratic ways of this totalitarian State;  they are trained and mentored by Western experts. The Directors can provide you with testimonials.  
I'm sure they will get through the brick wall !

Good hunting,
Margaret Levin (London UK)


Re: Free Webinar: Translating Russian Documents for the Non-Russian Speaker #JewishGenUpdates

ADELA WEINSTEIN
 

Is this webinar about translating Russian documents going to also be recorded? I regret having missed previous presentations due to time conflicts.


Re: Josef Hermann Lowenthal #austria-czech

Sherri Bobish
 


David,

This may be him, found at https://www.freebmd.org.uk/search

Regards,

Sherri Bobish

Deaths Mar 1975 
LOEWENTHAL  WALTER  14MR1894  MANCHESTER  38 1524


Re: SCHWARTZ/SCHVARTZ family #hungary

George Muenz
 

Hello, I have Schwartz in my family, Marton was hte father of my Great Grandmother, Netti Schwartz

Marton Schwarz 

Gender: Male
Birth: estimated between 1792 and 1848 
Immediate Family:

Husband of Mari Schwarz
Father of Gabor SchwarzSzali WeiszNetti (Anna) MünzMor SchwarczJanka SchwarzSzerena SchwarzBertha Hochstädter and Mathild Schwarz 


George Muenz


Re: Looking for a reliable archivist to obtain family records from Belarus #belarus

Gerald and Margaret
 

Please contact an organisation based in London UK and Belarus called The Together Plan.  They are helping the remnants of the  Jewish communities in Belarus realise their potential of carrying out research into families who used to make up an important part of pre-20thC European Jewry.  The researchers have huge advantages:  they speak Russian, Belarussian and English;  they live in the area;  they are only too familiar with the bureaucratic ways of this totalitarian State;  they are trained and mentored by Western experts. The Directors can provide you with testimonials.  
Please please contact Debra (London-based) and Artur(Minsk-based) and just say the name of the town you are interested in...They will gasp with joy as that is where the whole project started, so that is where their experience lies.

Good hunting,
Margaret Levin (London UK)


Shemini Atzeret custom #galicia

Richard Gilbert
 

It wasn’t just in Bolechow.

In Israel Succot lasts only 7 days. Everywhere else it is supposed to last 8 days, but in the Torah the day after Succot is Shemini Atzeret.

Since Shemini Azeret therefore falls on what should be the 8th day of Succot the Rabbis determined that one should continue to dwell in one’s succah on Shemini Atzeret but without making the blessing of dwelling in the succah. In this way, the uniqueness of Shemini Atzeret was preserved but for those Jews living outside of Israel, they do not lose the custom of keeping an extra day for our festivals.

The last day of Succot is known as Hoshana Rabba (The Great Hoshana). It was the day that seven circuits are made round the bimah asking for G-D’s salvation. The person who leads the service on Hoshana Rabba wears a white kittel. This is replicated on Shemini Atzeret when the prayer for rain is recited during the additional musaf service.

Best wishes,

Richard Gilbert
Hertfordshire, England

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