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The Hebrew Date of 5689 corresponds to 1929.
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Elm Ridge Drive, Toronto #canada
Twenty some years ago, in a talk at the Los Angeles conference, I stressed the importance of reviewing previously acquired material as it may contain important, earlier overlooked, information. "... One man's background noise is another man's great-grandfather..." It is time to put the theory to the test.
In 1922, a young couple by the names Naftali b. Ber Lasutra and his wife Nechama b. Meishe (nee Gluzman), both natives of a small shtetl Pulin near Zhitomir, arrived in Toronto. Within the first ten years, they changed names to Nathan and Annie Lester. They lived on Borden Street for a number of years. By two independent accounts, they did not have children, although Nechama had a sister named Khaya who may have also lived in Toronto.
In the late 1940's, they moved to a new development on Elm Ridge Drive. Annie Lester died in 1956. In a year, Nathan Lester left for Israel where his brother, a photographer and a documentary filmmaker Yaacov Ben-Dov lived since 1907. Nathan died in 1974 and is buried in Holon.
There is evidence suggesting that Nathan Lester and some of his neighbors at Elm Ridge Drive were long time friends. It is therefore logical to assume that he wrote them from Israel.
So, if you research any of the names below, please check your "other stuff" folder. It may contain a never translated letter in Yiddish, or a picture of "uncle Sam with neighbours", or something else.
The names are copied from the 1951 Toronto City Directory The numbers are house numbers. Just in case, the entire page can be viewed at http://www.bfcollection.net/images/torontocitydirectory1951_2043.jpg
139 Max Solomon
141 Banjamin Scinberg
142 Morris Rubinoff
143 Ciro Romanin
144 Joseph Steinberg
145 Albert Ciavir
146 Sam Berke
148 Nathan Lester
149 Boris Litman
150 Israel Rotblott
151 Harry H Berman
153 Max Axsmith
155 Samuel Blustein
157 Harry Goodfellow
159 Samuel Samer
FAST Genealogy Service
The Dear Woman and a Good Soul
The Crown of her Husband, the Glory of her Children
Mrs. Cirka daughter of
???? Rabi Yoel Betzalel the Levite
her death is painful for her husband and all her houshold
in the 5 day of the month of AV in the year 1929
her soul shall be bound in the bundle of life
(notice the discrepany in the year of death!)
researching Rovno & Dubno
Here is buried
The beloved woman and good soul
The crown of her husband and glory of her children
Mrs Tzilka daughter of our teacher the rabbi Yoel Betzalel the Levi
Died to the despair of her husband and all her family
The 5th day of month of Menachem-Av the year 5689
May her soul be bound in the bond of life
Regarding research in Carpathia , you can contact Mr. Bela ( Baruch) Huber from Ungvar ( Uzhgorod) .
His email : huberbelay@...
All the best ,
Hello all, I have been helping my dad with the maternal side of my genealogy, but we both seem to have hit a wall at my great grandfather's side of the family and I am hoping some distant relatives are using this site as well and have some pieces to this puzzle that I am missing.
Thanks in advance for your help, long drawn out context below!
My grandmother's father was Harold BUCHHALTER who married Bessie BLACK. Harold had a brother, Barton, and two sisters, Malkah Ruth (FRIEDMAN) and Faye (LEWIS), all now deceased but with living descendants. Joseph BUCHHALTER and Libby GREINETZ were their parents, Joseph supposedly being the only child of Moses or Moshe BUCHHALTER and Leia Riwka GINSBERG. Leia had a brother, Mendel who moved to Denver with his wife, Frieda in 1911.
Before Harold passed, he told us that the family surname is actually MIODEK or a variation of such, first changed when Moses settled in Denver around 1890.
Moses is supposedly the first BUCHHALTER after changing his name. He was born c. 1867 and died in Tel Aviv in 1963. According to Harold, his father was Itzrok MIODEK, who married Tzipa/Cipa SHEINBLOOM/SCHONBLUM. Tzipa also made her way to Denver, but not with Itzrok unless he changed his name too. This is where our trail seems to get cold, as none of the information available on ancestry or JewishGen seems to match up with dates of significant events in their lives.
Harold told us that Moses had five siblings:
There are few results for the surname MIODEK on JewishGen, however there are significantly more results for MIODECKI/MIODECKA, and I'm wondering if this is the same surname and the gender suffix was dropped. It also appears in several cases that this surname is used interchangeably with MIODOWNIK as there are a few marriages and births under both surnames that appear to match up.
Surnames of the more recent surnames associated with that side of the family include: WILNER/VILNER; POPPICH; GINSBERG/GINSBURG/KRISEL/
I think you should definitely do a DNA test which will give you your Ethnicity. There are many Companies to choose from such as MyHeritage.com, FTDNA. com (Family Tree DNA). Ancestry.com and others. The name Erika Dreznieks sounds Latvian but not Jewish. Matilda Jonuss likewise does not sound Jewish as Matilda is not a common Jewish name. . Ancestry has the largest database but My heritage has the largest Jewish database. FTDNA has the advantage that part from autosomal DNA which means you inherit half from each parent they also do Mitochondrial DNA which is the maternal line and Y DNA which is the paternal line. You just need to test autosomal DNA(called Family Finder) in the first instance. The Ethnicity results also vary with different testing Companies depending on the pool they have tested. IF you test with Ancestry as with any of the Companies you are able to download your Raw DNA data and upload to other Companies but you cannot upload Raw data from other Companies to Ancestry.
The name Late Mazus may be Jewish. Jekab Jonuss also cannot be ruled out. as it may be a Jewish Name.
I think you need to have your Ethnicity results and can then pursue the research depending on the results. We will be happy to help you if you find that you do have Jewish heritage.
Co-Director Latvia Research Division
Is there any JewishGeners whose family name is/was GEDALI or a variant in
the spelling of this name and lived in the mid 19th century and onwards in the
Hungarian town called Batiz (which later became part of Romania). If there is please reply to my personal email address sabaisio@.... Thank you in advance, now y'all stay safe, sound, and very healthy during this pandemic,
Aizic Sechter from the Lone Magen David Star state of Israel.
Re: How can I research famliy members from the Volyn area (Ratno, Kovel, etc). that emigrated in the late 19th and early 20th Century to the US? #ukraine
Check into the Kovel group on Facebook.
Very interesting. The transit camp at Mechelen was a place where many of our Galitzianer ancestors who had resettled in Western Europe were then shipped back east to be murdered. The link to the Auschwitz camp exhibit is broken. Please provide a new link.
Steven S. Turner
President, Gesher Galicia
Re: research the Volyn area (Ratno, Kovel, etc). #ukraine
Family and DNA
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Hope this helps!
On 10/20/2020 18:31, Bruce Drake wrote:
Juliana Berland (France)
/// Russia/Ukraine: BENIN / BERLAND Czernigow; Romny, Poltava > (Paris>) Chicago AMBURG / BERKOWITZ / EPSTEIN Odessa, Kherson, Poltava > (Paris >) Buffalo NY; Chicago GELBURD / GAYLBURD / GOLDBERG / GILBERT Vinnitsya; Nemyriv; Priluki Staraya; Podolia gub. > Philadelphia; Atlantic City; Milwaukee /// Galicia/Poland/Ukraine: BADER Felsztyn (Skelivka) > Philadelphia BADIAN Komarno? FELDMA(N)N Wolanka / Boryslaw > Philadelphia FREIDENHEIM Stryj, Drohobycz, etc. GERTLER Komarno, Wolanka, Stryj, Drohobycz, etc. WEINER/WIENER ? /// Germany: ADELSDORFER ? BÄR / BAER Buttenhausen > mid-W US, esp. near Vandenburgh Co, IN. EPSTEI(N)N Röhrenfurth/Melsungen, Sachsenhausen, Guxhagen > Luxembourg; Amsterdam; MW US, esp. near Vandenburgh Co, IN HAUSSMAN Heidenheim? ISAAK Fellheim? MEYER Hannover > Aurora, IN. MOSES Gotte(rs?n?)heim, Sachsenhausen, Röhrenfurth. ROSENSTEIN Stuttgart; Elberfeld? > Philadelphia, Lancaster, PA.
Hebrew Translation Request #translation
Please translate the Hebrew on this headstone of my grandparents in Munich.
Researching Lowin in Radziechow, Vienna and Munich.
Ingrid Anna Jansons <jansons.ingrid@...>
I am researching my father's family from Latvia. My grandparents were Displaced People (officially non-Jewish) and came to Australia after World War 2.
Here are my family:
My grandmother, Erika Deznieks (1924 - 2018). Born in Ezere, Latvia. Lived in Priekule, Latvia.
My great grandmother, MATILDA JONUSA/JONAS (1897 - 1977). Born in Nigrande, Latvia. Lived in St Petersburg during World War 1 (reason unknown).
My great-great grandparents, LATE MAZUS (1870 - 1952) and JEKABS JONUSS (1858 - 1941). From Lithuania.
My first question is, do I have Jewish heritage? There is confusion in my family and we have spent many years researching. Any insight would be helpful.
My second question is, can DNA testing officially trace Jewish heritage?
Ingrid Anna Jansons
Orange County California JGS Upcoming Meetings #events
The Orange County California JGS has these upcoming meetings
scheduled. Registration is necessary to attend a meeting. You can
register on our website at www.ocjgs.org. New lectures will be on the
website in the next week or two. All times are Pacific TIme Zone.
November 22nd 10:00 am Judy Baston - Lithuanian Research
December 20th 10:00 am Lara Diamond - Tracing Ancestors in Eastern Europe
January 24th 10:00 am Alexander Beider - How he does the research to
write his books
February 28th 10:00 am an interview with Gary Mokotoff and Sallann
Amdur Sack Picus
March 21st 10:00 am Todd Knowles - What's New in FamilySearch
April 25th 10:00 am Ellen Kowitt - Ukraine 2020: Updating your Research Plan
May 23rd 10:00 am Aaron Ginsburg - Finding Your Shtetl
June 13th Gil Bardige - DNA
September 19th Greg Nelson - Procuring Records from Eastern Europe for
the Family History Library
Vice President of Programming
Orange County California JGS
Retheir: Contact Burial Society Chevra Chesed Shel Emeth of Brownsville #usa
I doubt that the Chevra Chesed Shel Emeth of Brownsville is still active - Brownsville used to be a neighborhood with many Jews, but there are few if any left. However, sometimes an attorney or somebody remains in charge of a society that has no active members, just to issue permits for children of former members. who may have inherited graves and don't have deeds. I have found that the Montefiore Cemetery office staff to be unhelpful at times, even when I was there in person, but they certainly should be able to tell you whether it's an active society, and even if it's not active, when the last burial took place and who the last contact person was.
Ira Leviton, New York, N.Y.
JGS of Toronto. Free Virtual Meeting. JRI-Poland. Stanley Diamond. Wed 28 Oct 2020 at 7:30 pm ET.
Jewish Records Indexing (JRI)–Poland
VIRTUAL MEETING: Join from Home
Wednesday, 28 October 2020, at 7:30 p.m. ET.
There are two ways to attend.
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View this livestream meeting on our YouTube channel:
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JGS of Toronto is a registered charity so Canadian donors will receive a tax receipt.
Jewish Records Indexing (JRI) - Poland
Send your questions to Les Kelman,
Mr. Diamond is a graduate of McGill and received his MBA from Harvard.
Jewish Genealogical Society of Toronto. 2901 Bayview Avenue, PO Box 91006. Toronto, Ontario. M2K 2Y6.
Jewish genealogy online class, October 21 #education
I will be teaching (virtually) part 3 of 3 on Jewish Genealogy Basics tomorrow (Oct 21) at 5pm EST, "The Old Country": Introduction to locating where your ancestors came from in Europe. Background discussion on European historical borders and how they have shifted through time. Exploration of the best sources to use in order to locate what town in Europe your family came from, and where to turn next once you have located that information.
Registration information for this course is available here (including fee info): https://www.moritzresearch.com/virtual-classes/register
Thanks to those who have participated!
Michael Moritz (info@...)
Note this is not associated with JewishGen
Jan Meisels Allen
Due to the pandemic opportunities to travel and visit the museum have been reduced, and Kazerne Dossin has opened up more of their collection online.
The most visited temporary exhibit at Kazerne Dossin is their Auschwitz camp exhibit. It may be viewed at: https://auschwitz.camp/en/
In addition to English, the exhibit is available in French and Dutch. In Kazerne Dossin (Mechelen, Belgium) the exhibit was presented from 24 October 2019 to 6 September 2020.
If you click on any of the icons they will open with a photograph and more information about that part of the site.
Kazerne Dossin is a memorial, museum and research center on Holocaust and Human Rights. On the site of the museum between 1942 and 1944. the Nazis used the Dossin barracks
in Mechelen as a transit camp from where 26,000 Jews, Roma and Sinti were deported to Auschwitz-Birkenau by means of 28 train-transports. Only about 5 % of the deported survived.
The Memorial website offers the opportunity to view portraits of deportees and publishes stories on those deported.
To visit the website go to: https://kazernedossin.memorial/remember/memoriaal/?lang=en
The online exhibit is made possible by a generous support from the Claims Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany (http://www.claimscon.org/)
Jan Meisels Allen
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee
I perhaps should have mentioned that I have many U.S. records for the family. None of them says where Bernard was born (except for one reference to the nonexistent "Darthmouth, Austria"), which is why it took me ten years to figure out where he came from.