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The Vilna GA'ON #general

Judith Romney Wegner
 

On a point of information: Two recent messages in the Digest
inadvertently gave the title of the Vilna GAON as GOAN -- a typographical
error. I take the liberty of pointing this out now, lest the incorrect
order of the vowels become imprinted on everybody's brain, thus
perpetuating the typo to all eternity (-:). (In my lexicon, a Goan would
be a native of Goa!)

"Ga'on" is actually the Hebrew noun GA'ON, meaning in this context
"Excellence." So the Title is roughly equivalent to "His Excellency"
or "Your Excellency."

Judith Romney Wegner


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen The Vilna GA'ON #general

Judith Romney Wegner
 

On a point of information: Two recent messages in the Digest
inadvertently gave the title of the Vilna GAON as GOAN -- a typographical
error. I take the liberty of pointing this out now, lest the incorrect
order of the vowels become imprinted on everybody's brain, thus
perpetuating the typo to all eternity (-:). (In my lexicon, a Goan would
be a native of Goa!)

"Ga'on" is actually the Hebrew noun GA'ON, meaning in this context
"Excellence." So the Title is roughly equivalent to "His Excellency"
or "Your Excellency."

Judith Romney Wegner


BRAMI #general

Judith Romney Wegner
 

Can anyone tell me about this name-is it Sephardic or Ashkenazi, and where
it comes from?
Megan di Falco-Kearns
This could be an abbreviation of the name Abram/Abraham -- or in this
case the surname ABRAMI/ABRAHAMI -- in which the "i" ending would
suggest a sephardic rather than ashkenazic provenance.

Judith Romney Wegner


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen BRAMI #general

Judith Romney Wegner
 

Can anyone tell me about this name-is it Sephardic or Ashkenazi, and where
it comes from?
Megan di Falco-Kearns
This could be an abbreviation of the name Abram/Abraham -- or in this
case the surname ABRAMI/ABRAHAMI -- in which the "i" ending would
suggest a sephardic rather than ashkenazic provenance.

Judith Romney Wegner


Searching: Samuel GOLDFARB, Ukraine (early 1800s) #general

GRAMAW
 

Searching newly discovered ancestor, Samuel GOLDFARB, Ukraine, in the early
1800's. Also still looking for: WINER, LEIBMAN, DRUBYCH, >from Uman and other
Ukrainian locations, and SHALET and GRATCH.
Myra Shalet, Leawood, KS
(gramaw@aol.com)


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Searching: Samuel GOLDFARB, Ukraine (early 1800s) #general

GRAMAW
 

Searching newly discovered ancestor, Samuel GOLDFARB, Ukraine, in the early
1800's. Also still looking for: WINER, LEIBMAN, DRUBYCH, >from Uman and other
Ukrainian locations, and SHALET and GRATCH.
Myra Shalet, Leawood, KS
(gramaw@aol.com)


Searching: OLSWANG in the Midwest? #general

Claire Petersky <petersky@...>
 

I just chatted with my second cousin once removed for the first time, and
she told me two important pieces of information. First was that the
Olswangs started off in New York (now I have a place to look for the
naturalization papers) before coming to Seattle. Second was one Olswang
didn't make it all the way to Seattle, but stopped somewhere in the
Midwest on the way. If you are researching Olswangs, and know of any in
Chicago (she thought, just maybe), please let me know.

I found this very intriguing. Another thing to research in my copious free
time!

Claire Petersky


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Searching: OLSWANG in the Midwest? #general

Claire Petersky <petersky@...>
 

I just chatted with my second cousin once removed for the first time, and
she told me two important pieces of information. First was that the
Olswangs started off in New York (now I have a place to look for the
naturalization papers) before coming to Seattle. Second was one Olswang
didn't make it all the way to Seattle, but stopped somewhere in the
Midwest on the way. If you are researching Olswangs, and know of any in
Chicago (she thought, just maybe), please let me know.

I found this very intriguing. Another thing to research in my copious free
time!

Claire Petersky


Re: Shimon PERES genealogy #general

Stephen G. Esrati <stevsta@...>
 

Lauren Bacall (real name Persky) is Shimon Peres' cousin. Does that help?

Cheryl Hoover wrote:
In searching my family background, I found that we are somehow related
to Shimon PERES.
Stephen G. Esrati
Shaker Heights, OH


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Re: Shimon PERES genealogy #general

Stephen G. Esrati <stevsta@...>
 

Lauren Bacall (real name Persky) is Shimon Peres' cousin. Does that help?

Cheryl Hoover wrote:
In searching my family background, I found that we are somehow related
to Shimon PERES.
Stephen G. Esrati
Shaker Heights, OH


Federal Records #general

Claude M. Oulman <oulman@...>
 

There has been much recent discussion about the right to federal
information. For MORE than you'll ever want to know, go to <
www.pueblo.gsa.gov/ > . Choose "Federal Programs." Then, choose "Your Right
to Know." The site contains information, form letters, the whole bit.

Claude M. Oulman
Butte, Montana


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Federal Records #general

Claude M. Oulman <oulman@...>
 

There has been much recent discussion about the right to federal
information. For MORE than you'll ever want to know, go to <
www.pueblo.gsa.gov/ > . Choose "Federal Programs." Then, choose "Your Right
to Know." The site contains information, form letters, the whole bit.

Claude M. Oulman
Butte, Montana


Re: Boston, Mass. Census #general

Alan Rosenfield <arosen@...>
 

When I was a boy in the Boston area (around 1940) a policeman came around
every year to take
a Census. If memory serves correctly, it was intended to find out whether
registered voters listed at the address were actually living there. So I
think that the list was turned over to the City Clerk, who maintains the
voter lists. When I came of age, I noticed that the name and address
of each voter was posted at the entrance to the polling place. Crooked
politicians would hire people to go >from precinct to precinct, check the
list, and cast votes for dead people and those out of town. When my father
returned in 1921 >from working in Warsaw for three years, he found that he had
never missed an election. Since I left Boston over thirty years ago, I
don't know what the procedure is now.

As far as using your information is concerned, I recommend writing to the
City Clerk in Boston for a copy of the voter registration card for the
person that you are interested in. The ones I received >from Chelsea (same
County) contain address, birthplace, naturalization date and place. These
were >from the early 1900's. I don't remember what the cost was, somethinbg
like five dollars.

Many states, including Ohio, purge voter lists frequently. This is a great
loss to genealogy since voter registration cards contain a lot of valuable
information.

Al Rosenfield
Columbus OH


Re: Assistance in Photographing Tombstones in Chicago #general

Jerry Morse <Jerry_Morse@...>
 

Finding information that was provided by my great uncle, Henry Morse,
of Chicago has been indispensible in my genealogical research.
Would someone be willing to photograph Henry and his wife Bessie's tombstones?

The location is Rosemont Park Cemetery, 6750 W. Addison St.,
Chicago, IL 60634. Section R, Lot 24, Grave 7 & 8.

Please respond privately. I would be most appreciative

Jerry Morse


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Re: Boston, Mass. Census #general

Alan Rosenfield <arosen@...>
 

When I was a boy in the Boston area (around 1940) a policeman came around
every year to take
a Census. If memory serves correctly, it was intended to find out whether
registered voters listed at the address were actually living there. So I
think that the list was turned over to the City Clerk, who maintains the
voter lists. When I came of age, I noticed that the name and address
of each voter was posted at the entrance to the polling place. Crooked
politicians would hire people to go >from precinct to precinct, check the
list, and cast votes for dead people and those out of town. When my father
returned in 1921 >from working in Warsaw for three years, he found that he had
never missed an election. Since I left Boston over thirty years ago, I
don't know what the procedure is now.

As far as using your information is concerned, I recommend writing to the
City Clerk in Boston for a copy of the voter registration card for the
person that you are interested in. The ones I received >from Chelsea (same
County) contain address, birthplace, naturalization date and place. These
were >from the early 1900's. I don't remember what the cost was, somethinbg
like five dollars.

Many states, including Ohio, purge voter lists frequently. This is a great
loss to genealogy since voter registration cards contain a lot of valuable
information.

Al Rosenfield
Columbus OH


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Re: Assistance in Photographing Tombstones in Chicago #general

Jerry Morse <Jerry_Morse@...>
 

Finding information that was provided by my great uncle, Henry Morse,
of Chicago has been indispensible in my genealogical research.
Would someone be willing to photograph Henry and his wife Bessie's tombstones?

The location is Rosemont Park Cemetery, 6750 W. Addison St.,
Chicago, IL 60634. Section R, Lot 24, Grave 7 & 8.

Please respond privately. I would be most appreciative

Jerry Morse


Re: 2000 Census #galicia

George Friedman
 

Written by Sylvia Greenberg :
I think genealogists better start objecting to the idea of a census poll
instead of an actual count. (SNIP)
Folks, if you want to take sides on an issue, get the facts straight.
Re. this particular issue, please note: NO ONE HAS SUGGESTED THAT AN
ACTUAL COUNT NOT BE TAKEN! The Census Bureau has proposed a statistical
addition to the actual count to catch at least the numbers of those
people who are known to be missed in every count. It would make the
total a more accurate reflection of the actual population, without in
the least measure decreasing the information available to genealogists
in 2072.

So be for or against the proposal on its merits, but please don't hold up
the straw man of loss of genealogical data. This won't happen.

George Friedman
Champaign, IL


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Re: RE: 2000 Census #general

George Friedman
 

Written by Sylvia Greenberg :
I think genealogists better start objecting to the idea of a census poll
instead of an actual count. (SNIP)
Folks, if you want to take sides on an issue, get the facts straight.
Re. this particular issue, please note: NO ONE HAS SUGGESTED THAT AN
ACTUAL COUNT NOT BE TAKEN! The Census Bureau has proposed a statistical
addition to the actual count to catch at least the numbers of those
people who are known to be missed in every count. It would make the
total a more accurate reflection of the actual population, without in
the least measure decreasing the information available to genealogists
in 2072.

So be for or against the proposal on its merits, but please don't hold up
the straw man of loss of genealogical data. This won't happen.

George Friedman
Champaign, IL


Re: help with faulty URLs #general

Irene Newhouse <newhoir@...>
 

I recently tried to access several web sites that fellow Jewish Genners
cited.
In the first case, www.awf.wroc.pll/~romek/hobby/cmen.htm (jewish
cemeteries in Poland home page)...

This site worked about a year ago. It was only in Polish, but had some
very nice pictures. Around June I tried accessing again, to print some of
the pix & it was GONE. The web master at awf.wroc gave me Mr. Romek's
e-mail address, saying the site had been terminated. Mr. Romek wrote back
saying he'd had the cemetery site on space owned by his previous employer
& was looking for a new host. He has either not found one or given up on
the idea. Note that it was in a subdirectory labelled 'hobby'.

However, if you do a web search on Wroclaw, you should find another very
nice site that has a subsection of scanned old postcards >from Wroclaw,
though there's no specifically Jewish content.

Irene Newhouse


Re: 2000 Census #galicia

Cyril & Sandy Alberga <alberg1@...>
 

If you look at the proposals, no-one, as far as I know, is saying there
won't be a regular census with questions for all and sundry. What they
want to do is over and above the usual. After the regular forms are
returned (or perhaps at the same time) there would be a (if you will
pardon the expression) blitz of selected areas, with real live
enumerators going door to door and making return visits if nobody is
home the first time. Then, based on the difference in response between
the mail-in forms for the area and the in-person interviews, they would
adjust the population figures.

So, I don't think our children will have anything to worry about, as far
as seeing our names in the files.

Yours
Cyril N. Alberga