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Re: Have you found using data from LitvakSIG useful? #lithuania #general

Harlan Levinson
 

Thank you all SO MUCH for your info. My background - I made a family tree 50 years ago when I was about 14.I have been trying to get info, particularly grandfather's birth certificate for over 7 years. The lack of info has been offputting. Basically no info from before arriving in the US. A wonderful person, who is an experienced researcher, has helped us and found some great clues. But nothing conclusive.
The main problem is we are not sure what the family's name was.Family lore is that the first to arrive bought a peddlers license and changed the name from Zass to Levinson. But we have clues that point to both names as possibilities. (My family tree lists relatives as Romm, and there are many listed in Zasliai, but no one, even 50 years ago, new the exact family connection.)
We found my grandfathers step-mother and step-siblings on a ship manifest from 1899. The name listed is Levinson and says they are from Zosle.
But looking at the data bases, not much else. The ZAS-1874-1875 family list has the possible Surnames, but the Given names are not a match. Same with the ZAS-1858-1899-Additional.
We have a US passport application that says the first to arrive Morris Levinson (possibly originally Israel) arrived around June 15, 1884. But I looked at the ship manifests  around that time on stevemorse, but do not see anything.
Familysearch shows Harry Levinson born Sept 27 1874, which  is probably from US census data.(parents were Hyman Joseph Levinson and Mariashe Velowitz
Any suggestions or lead would be greatly appreciated. THANK YOU
Harlan Levinson


Re: Have you found using data from LitvakSIG useful? #lithuania #general

Ilan Ganot
 

Zasliai is listed at the KehilaLinks section of the JewishGen. However the status of the web page of this community is "In progress". The contact person of this web page is Daniel Gurevich, email daniel@...
I suggest that you will try contacting him for additional information. 
See:
https://kehilalinks.jewishgen.org/Lithuania.html 
Regards, 
Ilan Ganot
Co-webmaster, Mazheik Memorial Website (MMWS) 

https://kehilalinks.jewishgen.org/Mazeikiai/introduction.html


ZYNGIER/SINGER, Oświęcim, Poland #poland

Yale Reisner
 

Is anyone familiar with the SINGER or ZYNGIER family that lived in the town of Oświęcim (a/k/a Auschwitz or Oszpicin), Poland prior to World War II? They may have been connected to the Radomsker community in the town. If they are known to you, please contact me at the e-mail address below.

Thank you,

Yale J. Reisner
Warsaw, Poland
<yalereisner@...>


Re: Was my father a Ritchie Boy? #general

dan.efrat@...
 

Helen,
You can request your father's VA record and his military service records under the Freedom of Information Act. If he ever submitted a claim for Veterans Affairs (VA) benefits, there is a good chance that his VA file may include his military service records. To request a copy of his VA file, call the VA's call center at 1-800-827-1000. They will guide you through the process. You may also request his military service records from the National Archives, using form SF180 (google it up and download).  You will probably need to attach a copy of his death certificate to any of the requests.  Lets hope that the VA has his service records, since a 1973 fire at the National Archives destroyed many Army and Air Force veterans records from WWI and WWII, unless they were transferred to the VA previously. Make sure to also request his Service Treatment Records (STRs) which are his military medial records. All these records may shed light on his service, units, training and deployments and may also contain some information relevant to family history, especially if he was an immigrant.

Dan Efrat
Cherry Hill, NJ, USA (originally from Israel)
Researching: Israelit/Israelite (Belarus, Latvia), Rabinowitz (Zhetl/Dyatlovo, Belarus), Goldblatt (Belarus, Lithuania), Pruss and Koyfman/Kaufman (Ukraine)


Re: Was my father a Ritchie Boy? #general

Josh Freeling
 

Dan Gross, who calls himself a “Wannabe Ritchie Boy” has done extensive research and have compiled a list of known Ritchie Boys. Your Dad is indeed listed as one. 

You may want to contact him to see if he has any information on your Dad  

https://www.theritchieboys.com/d-f-surnamese

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Josh Freeling
North Carolina


Re: Was my father a Ritchie Boy? #general

Diane B
 

Hi Helen, The book is called "Sons and Soldiers" by Bruce Henderson. There is a list of Richie Boys in the book. The participants were sworn to secrecy. Your dad sounds like a hero! All the best~ Diane Berg, Long Island, New York


Re: three-month Atlantic crossing by wooden sailing ship in 1880s? #poland #general

Hallie Metzger
 

Jill, This is very helpful. I did not know about the University of Hull website and now have another clue to follow. It's also interesting that your ancestors came by sailing boat as it makes my family's story a little more credible. 

Hallie Metzger,  halmetz@...
SACHS (Kelme), TSIN(I)(a)MON, FREEDLAND, FRIEDLANDER, FREELAND, HOFFENBERG (GUFINBERG)


Re: Records from Ekaterinoslav, Dnipropetrovs'ka, Ukraine #ukraine

Jean-Pierre
 

Hi everybody,

I am looking for the birth record of Khonon LEVINE (Хонон Левин) who was born in Ekaterinoslav on the 10th of February 1870 according to his naturalization file in France. I could not find it in the metric books that were scanned by Alex Krakovsky. I read that in 1870 they were around 8 synagogues in Ekaterinoslav. I would like to know if the scanned metric books are for one synagogue only or for all the synagogues of the town. If it is only for one synagogue, do you know if metric books exist for other synagogues in Ekaterinoslav ?

Jean-Pierre
Paris area, France
Searching for LEVINE and LEBEN (or LEIBIN) in Ekaterinoslav, TSIREL (or SCHINDLER) and PLANKE (or KAPLAN) in Kremenchuk


Re: List of butcher shops below the Brooklyn Bridge c. 1915. #usa

rroth@...
 

Do you think "below" the bridge means literally on the street underneath it, or the more general meaning of "below", that is, anywhere south of it?

I have no butchers for you either way, but for those that do, this might narrow it down?
 
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Robert Roth
Kingston, NY
rroth@...


Re: Was my father a Ritchie Boy? #general

rroth@...
 

I am no expert, but if he was in this somewhat secret enterprise, the engineering info might have been a cover. 

There was at least one book on the Ritchie Boys fairly recently, I imagine you have already gone there.
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Robert Roth
Kingston, NY
rroth@...


Re: Was my father a Ritchie Boy? #general

Friedman, H George
 

The two statements are not incompatible. The army might have wanted his translation and interrogation activities to be obvious. So they assigned him to the engineering company, but then detailed him to the work they had trained him for. I am guessing, of course, but it seems to me that this is at least plausible.

George Friedman
Champaign, IL, USA


Re: Have you found using data from LitvakSIG useful? #lithuania #general

David Ellis
 

Harlan Levinson asked whether LitvakSIG has information that JewishGen.org, SteveMorse.org and other sources do not have.

 

I can answer with a resounding YES.  With the resources on LitvakSIG, I can trace my ancestry back up to eight generations in Lithuania, compared to my grandfather, whose knowledge went back no further than his parents.

 

By all means do a search on the All Lithuania Database on LitvakSIG.org.  The names may not be exactly as you expect.  Be flexible and persistent, and you may get a whole new world of information about your family.

 

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David  J  Ellis

Natick, MA 01760

djemkitso@...

 


Re: Translation Request Please - Romanian #romania #translation

Valentin Lupu
 

This postcard is not written in Romanian!

Valentin Lupu
ISRAEL


Re: Jews of Tukum #courland

lenhoff@...
 

In addition to the sources that Sherri listed, there is a short memoir on Tukums on the Courland Research Group web site, translated from the records of the Association of Latvian and Estonian Jews.
https://www.jewishgen.org/courland/tukums.htm

Bramie Lenhoff


Re: Tulchyn, Vinnytsia, Ukraine #ukraine

Tammy Driver <110166tlj@...>
 

I heard back from Mikhail's nephew this morning. He's basing the theory that Sophia and/or her parents were Jewish/Hebrew on comments that his grandmother, Mikhail's mother, made when she was researching the family a number of years ago. 

Tammy Driver


Re: three-month Atlantic crossing by wooden sailing ship in 1880s? #poland #general

Jill Whitehead
 

Jebwabne was in Lomza Gubernia in NE Poland. This was close to Konigsberg in East Prussia on the Baltic, but other routes were possible e.g. via rail to Hamburg or via Latvian ports. It was common for sailing ships to go from this area to Hull in England and then a train was taken to Liverpool to go onto America. My ancestors came to UK in 1860s and 1870s from the Suwalki Lomza gubernias likely via Konigsberg. They came by sailing boat. But by the 1880s much faster steam ships had come into operation for both the Baltic and Atlantic routes, and this made travel cheaper as well as faster.. The University of Hull's website has a lot of info on the sailing routes. 

Jill Whitehead, Surrey, UK


Re: Have you found using data from LitvakSIG useful? #lithuania #general

Russ Maurer
 

Harlan,

LitvakSIG has indexed well over 2 million records and made them freely available through our own website (www.litvaksig.org/search-ald) and via JewishGen. Among these are the extant birth records of Zasliai, which are somewhat spotty. For the decade of the 1870s, records exist for 1873, 1877, 1878, and 1879. Your grandfather's birth is likely in the missing years since you mentioned 1874 and you haven't found him.

You may have better luck looking at other kinds of records. There is a lengthy family list (similar to a census) from 1874-1875 which covers Zasliai and its associated small villages and settlements. You can browse the whole list using the search parameter shown in the attachment.

Is LitvakSIG's data useful? We certainly hope so!

Russ Maurer
Records Acquisition & Translation coordinator, LitvakSIG
vhrproject@...


Re: Photograph from Alsbourg/Switzerland 1944 #photographs

Daniel Teichman
 

It's probably not Alsbourg but Olsberg. 
https://www.recherche.bar.admin.ch/recherche/#/de/archiv/einheit/3578041
Best regards
Daniel Teichman


Re: Have you found using data from LitvakSIG useful? #lithuania #general

Carol Hoffman
 

Harlan Shalom,

LitvakSIG uploaded the 1874-1875 Zasliai family list, and it is fully searchable on the ALD. Zasliai is in the Trakai District Research Group 

All the best and good luck with your research.
Carol Hoffman, PhD
LitvakSIG President


Re: Jews of Latvia: Names and Fates 1941-1945 - Using the New Website #latvia #holocaust

Carol Hoffman
 

Great news! Thank you - to all of the volunteers at LatviaSIG!

Carol Hoffman, PhD
LitvakSIG President

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