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Jewish Chronicle B/M/D announcements #general

Judith Romney Wegner
 

Am I correct in recalling that someone was kind enough to inform Digest
readers a while back that somebody "out there" was in the process of
computerizing the London Jewish Chronicle B/M/D announcements -- beginning
from whatever year they started making those announcements back in the mid
19th century?

If that is correct, could somebody please remind me exactly who is doing
this? Thank you.

Judith Romney Wegner
jrw@brown.edu

MODERATOR NOTE: Please see Jewishgen Discussion Group archives
http://www.jewishgen.org/databases/archive.htm


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Jewish Chronicle B/M/D announcements #general

Judith Romney Wegner
 

Am I correct in recalling that someone was kind enough to inform Digest
readers a while back that somebody "out there" was in the process of
computerizing the London Jewish Chronicle B/M/D announcements -- beginning
from whatever year they started making those announcements back in the mid
19th century?

If that is correct, could somebody please remind me exactly who is doing
this? Thank you.

Judith Romney Wegner
jrw@brown.edu

MODERATOR NOTE: Please see Jewishgen Discussion Group archives
http://www.jewishgen.org/databases/archive.htm


yizkor book catalog #yizkorbooks

JoyceField <jfield@...>
 

Ellen Sadove Renck, a frequent contributor to the yizkor book translation
project, sent me information about this web site which I am passing on to
you.

http://www.idealbooks.com/catalog_769/yizkor2.htm
YIZKOR BOOKS.
CATALOG # 769

If you are interested in purchasing yizkor books, you might want to check
this site.


JOYCE FIELD
Translations Manager
JewishGen Yizkor Book Project

625 Avondale St., W. Lafayette, IN 47906-1101
phone: 765-463-1746 fax: 765-463-7194
jfield@jewishgen.org

http://www.jewishgen.org/Yizkor/translations.html


Yizkor Books #YizkorBooks yizkor book catalog #yizkorbooks

JoyceField <jfield@...>
 

Ellen Sadove Renck, a frequent contributor to the yizkor book translation
project, sent me information about this web site which I am passing on to
you.

http://www.idealbooks.com/catalog_769/yizkor2.htm
YIZKOR BOOKS.
CATALOG # 769

If you are interested in purchasing yizkor books, you might want to check
this site.


JOYCE FIELD
Translations Manager
JewishGen Yizkor Book Project

625 Avondale St., W. Lafayette, IN 47906-1101
phone: 765-463-1746 fax: 765-463-7194
jfield@jewishgen.org

http://www.jewishgen.org/Yizkor/translations.html


Baltimoreans ..please read #general

Kenneth J. <kshapiro@...>
 

I just left the Jewish cemetary in Rosedale...off of Philadelphia
road. Members of my family are buried in the section (first left)
through the "United Hebrew Cemetary Corp." arch. Some are in an
area owned by the "Progressive Sick Benefit and Relief Assoc.",
and others are in the "Bobroisker Beneficial Circle". What are
these groups? Do these give any evidence as to the synagouges
they belonged to?

Please e-mail me directly as I'm sure this is of little interest
to the group.


kshapiro@csc.umd.edu

Thanks,
ken


SHAPIRO (Bobruisk)
ABRAMSON-ABROMOVITZ (Galatz Ro.)
RICHMOND-REICHMAN (sp?)-(Covna-Cobina Li)


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Baltimoreans ..please read #general

Kenneth J. <kshapiro@...>
 

I just left the Jewish cemetary in Rosedale...off of Philadelphia
road. Members of my family are buried in the section (first left)
through the "United Hebrew Cemetary Corp." arch. Some are in an
area owned by the "Progressive Sick Benefit and Relief Assoc.",
and others are in the "Bobroisker Beneficial Circle". What are
these groups? Do these give any evidence as to the synagouges
they belonged to?

Please e-mail me directly as I'm sure this is of little interest
to the group.


kshapiro@csc.umd.edu

Thanks,
ken


SHAPIRO (Bobruisk)
ABRAMSON-ABROMOVITZ (Galatz Ro.)
RICHMOND-REICHMAN (sp?)-(Covna-Cobina Li)


FAST genealogical services #general

NutraMom <nutramom@...>
 

Has anyone used this service to obtain records >from the Ukraine or other areas?
Please respond privately.
Thank you.
Sincerely,
Karen Lefkowitz
Monsey, NY


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen FAST genealogical services #general

NutraMom <nutramom@...>
 

Has anyone used this service to obtain records >from the Ukraine or other areas?
Please respond privately.
Thank you.
Sincerely,
Karen Lefkowitz
Monsey, NY


The town one comes from in Ukraine #general

Kohanski, Dorothy D. <dkohanski@...>
 

I have noted the discussion about the town of "origin" in the Russian
records is the town one was registered in. Does it follow that an
immigrant to the USA would use the town of registration as his/her place
of origin in subsequent US records - if a town is given at all. Case in
point - a delayed brith record of one of my relatives gave Olshanka as
the place of origin for his mother, who would be my great aunt. It is
the only clue I have as to where she was from. Does *from* mean born or
registered or what?
Dorothy Kohanski
Laguna Hills, CA


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen The town one comes from in Ukraine #general

Kohanski, Dorothy D. <dkohanski@...>
 

I have noted the discussion about the town of "origin" in the Russian
records is the town one was registered in. Does it follow that an
immigrant to the USA would use the town of registration as his/her place
of origin in subsequent US records - if a town is given at all. Case in
point - a delayed brith record of one of my relatives gave Olshanka as
the place of origin for his mother, who would be my great aunt. It is
the only clue I have as to where she was from. Does *from* mean born or
registered or what?
Dorothy Kohanski
Laguna Hills, CA


Help w/NYC directory lookup #general

PJS Enterprises
 

Could someone please look up in the 1891, 1892, 1893 and 1894 New York
city directory for Philip Titow or any other Titow's that might be
listed.

Searching: OLDSTONE/OLSZTEIN- Poland>NY;
STRAUSS-Russia>NY>RI;TITOW-Russia>NY>MA; WASSERMAN-Hungary>NY>MA>RI

Thank you,

Susan Jonesia
Jonesia@flash.net


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Help w/NYC directory lookup #general

PJS Enterprises
 

Could someone please look up in the 1891, 1892, 1893 and 1894 New York
city directory for Philip Titow or any other Titow's that might be
listed.

Searching: OLDSTONE/OLSZTEIN- Poland>NY;
STRAUSS-Russia>NY>RI;TITOW-Russia>NY>MA; WASSERMAN-Hungary>NY>MA>RI

Thank you,

Susan Jonesia
Jonesia@flash.net


NY Passenger arrivals and Rotterdam passenger departures #general

Stanley Diamond
 

There were two recent JewishGen postings relating to frustrations with
NY passenger arrival records. I would like to repeat an old post which
should be helpful to both of these researchers and which may be of
value to many others for some surprising reasons.

Enquiry 1:
~~~~~~~
On Thu, 18 Feb 1999 11:12:13 -0600 Jane Wechsler-Holeywell of
Houston, TX " <holeywel@onramp.net> writes:

After many years of looking, I think I have finally found the microfilmed
card with information concerning the arrival of my grandmother Sophie
GREENBERG (misspelled as "Grunberg" on the card). My problem is
that the information on the card is so light, as to be barely legible. snip
....could someone suggest another source of finding the information
contained on the card?

BTW, I searched the 1900 US Census for my grandma.... snip and
was unable to find the family, leading me to assume that they arrived
after June, 1900, the date of the census.

In addition, after staring at the card, using yellow paper, magnifying
glasses, etc. I was able to make out some of the letters of the name of the
ship. They appear to be (note: ? after letter means a guess, X means
illegible, /indicates certainty):
W?O?O?R?XL/A/N/D/ Woordland? Vaardland
Z?O?O?N?XL/A/N/D/ Zoonland? Zeeland?
N?E?E?XL/A/N/D/ Needland?
Enquiry 2:
~~~~~~~~
On Thu, 18 Feb 1999 23:15:04 -0500 : "Don J. Einbinder"
<donjein@bellsouth.net> writes:

I received my grandfather's naturalization papers which showed that he
came to the US on the ship Potsdam >from Rotterdam on August 25, 1903.
I then made my first trip to our local FHC and with some help was able to
find a film number for that ship's passenger list. ..... I went through the
entire film only to find no mention at all of that ship.

Any suggestions >from the group as to how to proceed now in my quest?
In both enquiries, the vessels were owned by the Holland - American Line
which sailed >from Rotterdam. In reply to the first message Alan Shuchat
<ashuchat@wellesley.edu> deduced the likely names of the vessels as
being "Zeeland, Kroonland, Vaderland"

Here is a slightly updated version of an excerpt >from my post in August
1995 to which I referred earlier.

Subject: Rotterdam Departure Lists
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Based on what I have been reading on JewishGen (in 1995) it would
appear a reminder might be timely regarding "Passenger Lists of the
Holland-American Line" (Rotterdam passenger departure lists).

As Peter Lande mentioned in AVOTAYNU, Vol.X, No.4, Winter 1994, P. 83
"Rotterdam was a major port of embarkation... to the U.S. and Canada"
(see also Vol. VIII:4. P.57). Peter also notes that ....the microfiches
(of the Rotterdam Departure Lists) contain ship name, date of departure,
traveller's name, ports of embarkation and debarkation, place of booking
and class of travel."

One might ask, "is that all?" - the answer is a small yes, and a big NO.
Here's why:

1. Many of us have read about or have been personally frustrated by
the poor quality (unreadable in many cases) of the 1897-1902 New York
passenger arrival indexes, and inaccuracies in both these and later
indexes. The Rotterdam departure lists may include the person you are
looking for and enable you to go straight to the New York passenger
arrival lists.

2. The Rotterdam lists are complete >from June 1900 to 1940.

3. While only the head of household's name is listed, there are columns
to indicate accompanying adult/spouse, as well as number of children.

4. The indexes are "semi-alphabetized"; that is, by the first letter of the
family name, with the vessels listed chronologically. Thus, all the A's
travelling on the Nieuw Amsterdam, on a given date, are grouped together,
followed by the A's on the next departing vessel, etc. The City archives
in Rotterdam allow you to use three microfiche at one time which speeds
up the research process.

Important: While the indices list the passenger name (head of household),
vessel name, and class of travel. The town of origin/birth is _not_ shown.
Thus, the only significant reason to look at the actual departure lists
themselves is to note the number of accompanying passengers (see 3.
above). It could present an interesting question if this varied with the
arrival lists!

5. One of the important features of the Rotterdam lists is the quality of
the original records and the excellent microfilming job. But most of all,
the calligraphy, almost with exception, is excellent and consistent; it is
possible to quickly adjust to the different handwriting styles.

6. As noted below, the departure lists can be a source of an "original"
family name.

My research: Successes, Coincidences, Surprises...
(Finding an elusive original family surname)

The evening prior to my second visit to the Rotterdam City Archives, I
received an e-mail message >from fellow Ostrow Mazowiecka (Poland)
researcher, Alan DROZ (Michigan), advising that, while looking for
the New York passenger arrival list record for his great aunt Zelda
SWIETLOW, he noted a Riwke WIDELEC on the manifest for the
Nieuw Amsterdam which arrived in New York on January 3, 1917.
Since my WIDELEC ancestors carried the Beta-Thalassemia
genetic trait, Alan was aware of the importance of the name to me and
alerted me immediately. It turned out to be to his benefit as well.

Out of curiosity, upon my return to the Rotterdam City Archives, I looked
up the departure list for the New (Nieuw) Amsterdam. While Riwke's family
name, WIDELEC, was spelled the same on both the departure and arrival
lists, this was _not_ so for Alan's great aunt. When she sailed, her name
was Selda SWIETLA; When she arrived, she became Zelda SWIETLOW!
This is another example of how the departure list can be a source for the
elusive original family name/spelling.

Sources of the Rotterdam Departure Lists (note: may not be current)
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
While the Rotterdam City Archives has both the index and full passenger
manifest fiches. the index is available at the Boston Public Library and the
New York Public Library.

On Aug. 11, 1995, I was told that a set of indexes and manifest fiches had
been sold to the Family History Library, Salt Lake City. The FHL did not
confirm it at the time but did indicate that purchased fiche, such as these,
are normally only accessible in SLC and cannot be duplicated for local
Family History Centers.

Anyone with more current information, kindly please update all of us.
--
Stanley M. Diamond, Montreal
SMSDiamond@aol.com
"Genealogy with an extra reason" .... (Beta-Thalassemia research project)


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen NY Passenger arrivals and Rotterdam passenger departures #general

Stanley Diamond
 

There were two recent JewishGen postings relating to frustrations with
NY passenger arrival records. I would like to repeat an old post which
should be helpful to both of these researchers and which may be of
value to many others for some surprising reasons.

Enquiry 1:
~~~~~~~
On Thu, 18 Feb 1999 11:12:13 -0600 Jane Wechsler-Holeywell of
Houston, TX " <holeywel@onramp.net> writes:

After many years of looking, I think I have finally found the microfilmed
card with information concerning the arrival of my grandmother Sophie
GREENBERG (misspelled as "Grunberg" on the card). My problem is
that the information on the card is so light, as to be barely legible. snip
....could someone suggest another source of finding the information
contained on the card?

BTW, I searched the 1900 US Census for my grandma.... snip and
was unable to find the family, leading me to assume that they arrived
after June, 1900, the date of the census.

In addition, after staring at the card, using yellow paper, magnifying
glasses, etc. I was able to make out some of the letters of the name of the
ship. They appear to be (note: ? after letter means a guess, X means
illegible, /indicates certainty):
W?O?O?R?XL/A/N/D/ Woordland? Vaardland
Z?O?O?N?XL/A/N/D/ Zoonland? Zeeland?
N?E?E?XL/A/N/D/ Needland?
Enquiry 2:
~~~~~~~~
On Thu, 18 Feb 1999 23:15:04 -0500 : "Don J. Einbinder"
<donjein@bellsouth.net> writes:

I received my grandfather's naturalization papers which showed that he
came to the US on the ship Potsdam >from Rotterdam on August 25, 1903.
I then made my first trip to our local FHC and with some help was able to
find a film number for that ship's passenger list. ..... I went through the
entire film only to find no mention at all of that ship.

Any suggestions >from the group as to how to proceed now in my quest?
In both enquiries, the vessels were owned by the Holland - American Line
which sailed >from Rotterdam. In reply to the first message Alan Shuchat
<ashuchat@wellesley.edu> deduced the likely names of the vessels as
being "Zeeland, Kroonland, Vaderland"

Here is a slightly updated version of an excerpt >from my post in August
1995 to which I referred earlier.

Subject: Rotterdam Departure Lists
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Based on what I have been reading on JewishGen (in 1995) it would
appear a reminder might be timely regarding "Passenger Lists of the
Holland-American Line" (Rotterdam passenger departure lists).

As Peter Lande mentioned in AVOTAYNU, Vol.X, No.4, Winter 1994, P. 83
"Rotterdam was a major port of embarkation... to the U.S. and Canada"
(see also Vol. VIII:4. P.57). Peter also notes that ....the microfiches
(of the Rotterdam Departure Lists) contain ship name, date of departure,
traveller's name, ports of embarkation and debarkation, place of booking
and class of travel."

One might ask, "is that all?" - the answer is a small yes, and a big NO.
Here's why:

1. Many of us have read about or have been personally frustrated by
the poor quality (unreadable in many cases) of the 1897-1902 New York
passenger arrival indexes, and inaccuracies in both these and later
indexes. The Rotterdam departure lists may include the person you are
looking for and enable you to go straight to the New York passenger
arrival lists.

2. The Rotterdam lists are complete >from June 1900 to 1940.

3. While only the head of household's name is listed, there are columns
to indicate accompanying adult/spouse, as well as number of children.

4. The indexes are "semi-alphabetized"; that is, by the first letter of the
family name, with the vessels listed chronologically. Thus, all the A's
travelling on the Nieuw Amsterdam, on a given date, are grouped together,
followed by the A's on the next departing vessel, etc. The City archives
in Rotterdam allow you to use three microfiche at one time which speeds
up the research process.

Important: While the indices list the passenger name (head of household),
vessel name, and class of travel. The town of origin/birth is _not_ shown.
Thus, the only significant reason to look at the actual departure lists
themselves is to note the number of accompanying passengers (see 3.
above). It could present an interesting question if this varied with the
arrival lists!

5. One of the important features of the Rotterdam lists is the quality of
the original records and the excellent microfilming job. But most of all,
the calligraphy, almost with exception, is excellent and consistent; it is
possible to quickly adjust to the different handwriting styles.

6. As noted below, the departure lists can be a source of an "original"
family name.

My research: Successes, Coincidences, Surprises...
(Finding an elusive original family surname)

The evening prior to my second visit to the Rotterdam City Archives, I
received an e-mail message >from fellow Ostrow Mazowiecka (Poland)
researcher, Alan DROZ (Michigan), advising that, while looking for
the New York passenger arrival list record for his great aunt Zelda
SWIETLOW, he noted a Riwke WIDELEC on the manifest for the
Nieuw Amsterdam which arrived in New York on January 3, 1917.
Since my WIDELEC ancestors carried the Beta-Thalassemia
genetic trait, Alan was aware of the importance of the name to me and
alerted me immediately. It turned out to be to his benefit as well.

Out of curiosity, upon my return to the Rotterdam City Archives, I looked
up the departure list for the New (Nieuw) Amsterdam. While Riwke's family
name, WIDELEC, was spelled the same on both the departure and arrival
lists, this was _not_ so for Alan's great aunt. When she sailed, her name
was Selda SWIETLA; When she arrived, she became Zelda SWIETLOW!
This is another example of how the departure list can be a source for the
elusive original family name/spelling.

Sources of the Rotterdam Departure Lists (note: may not be current)
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
While the Rotterdam City Archives has both the index and full passenger
manifest fiches. the index is available at the Boston Public Library and the
New York Public Library.

On Aug. 11, 1995, I was told that a set of indexes and manifest fiches had
been sold to the Family History Library, Salt Lake City. The FHL did not
confirm it at the time but did indicate that purchased fiche, such as these,
are normally only accessible in SLC and cannot be duplicated for local
Family History Centers.

Anyone with more current information, kindly please update all of us.
--
Stanley M. Diamond, Montreal
SMSDiamond@aol.com
"Genealogy with an extra reason" .... (Beta-Thalassemia research project)


Judy Davies, where are you? #general

Chuck Weinstein <cweinstein@...>
 

Mail to Judy Davies at marimeks@freeserve.co.uk >from the ShtetLinks
mailing list has bounced. Judy, if you are out there, please contact
me at cweinstein@jewishgen.org. Thanks.

Chuck Weinstein
JewishGen ShtetLinks Coordinator
cweinstein@jewishgen.org


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Judy Davies, where are you? #general

Chuck Weinstein <cweinstein@...>
 

Mail to Judy Davies at marimeks@freeserve.co.uk >from the ShtetLinks
mailing list has bounced. Judy, if you are out there, please contact
me at cweinstein@jewishgen.org. Thanks.

Chuck Weinstein
JewishGen ShtetLinks Coordinator
cweinstein@jewishgen.org


What is the etiology of the surname "Dann" #general

Bill Sher
 

My mother's maiden name was "Dann" I am wondering what its etiology
may have been. I have found virtually no Jews with that name, either in
the U.S. or appearing in any of the Galician records I have searched.

I did find, however, what may have been one of my grandfather's
relatives. Among the business records in Yavorov, Poland in the 1920s,
I found a listing for the name "A Dann." After the name was a
designation of the kind of business -- there appeared the word "obuwie"
in Polish. Can anyone confirm whether this indicates the business was a
retail shoe store? Or does it mean something else?

William Sher
Silver Spring, Maryland
wsher@erols.com

Also searching for SHER/SCHER >from Galicia, perhaps in the vicinity of
Kolomyya (now Ukraine); and in Philadelphia, PA.


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen What is the etiology of the surname "Dann" #general

Bill Sher
 

My mother's maiden name was "Dann" I am wondering what its etiology
may have been. I have found virtually no Jews with that name, either in
the U.S. or appearing in any of the Galician records I have searched.

I did find, however, what may have been one of my grandfather's
relatives. Among the business records in Yavorov, Poland in the 1920s,
I found a listing for the name "A Dann." After the name was a
designation of the kind of business -- there appeared the word "obuwie"
in Polish. Can anyone confirm whether this indicates the business was a
retail shoe store? Or does it mean something else?

William Sher
Silver Spring, Maryland
wsher@erols.com

Also searching for SHER/SCHER >from Galicia, perhaps in the vicinity of
Kolomyya (now Ukraine); and in Philadelphia, PA.


Re: UK Public Records Office #general

Nick Landau <nick@...>
 

The Public Record Office website quite clearly says that records later than
1922 are not open to public inspection. PRO Records Information Leaflet No.
70 "Immigrants: Documents In The Public Record Office" is to be found on
website:

http://www.pro.gov.uk/leaflets/ri070.htm

Nick Landau
London UK

David Aron wrote:

I was interested to read about David Kravitz's visit to the UK Public
Records Office (PRO) last Friday and his problems with access.

As it happens I was in the PRO on Monday looking at the records of Isaac
ARONE a cousin who lived in Margate and who was responsible for looking
after my father when he came to the UK as a child before WW2. I was told
before my visit on the phone that records of both the naturalisation
certificate and the file were available. Isaac was naturalised in 1924.
I saw both the certificate and the file and the PRO made copies of the
documents.

Yesterday I had a call on my answer machine >from the PRO informing that
I had seen a restricted document being the files! I had noticed in
passing that the document had said restricted to 2025 but I assumed that
the rules had been changed to 75 years. The file was moderately
interesting and my cousin was a model citizen being a dentist and being
vouched for by clergy and a member of the Margate council. I did get the
date and place of his marriage in Vilnius >>>>snip>>>>>


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Re: UK Public Records Office #general

Nick Landau <nick@...>
 

The Public Record Office website quite clearly says that records later than
1922 are not open to public inspection. PRO Records Information Leaflet No.
70 "Immigrants: Documents In The Public Record Office" is to be found on
website:

http://www.pro.gov.uk/leaflets/ri070.htm

Nick Landau
London UK

David Aron wrote:

I was interested to read about David Kravitz's visit to the UK Public
Records Office (PRO) last Friday and his problems with access.

As it happens I was in the PRO on Monday looking at the records of Isaac
ARONE a cousin who lived in Margate and who was responsible for looking
after my father when he came to the UK as a child before WW2. I was told
before my visit on the phone that records of both the naturalisation
certificate and the file were available. Isaac was naturalised in 1924.
I saw both the certificate and the file and the PRO made copies of the
documents.

Yesterday I had a call on my answer machine >from the PRO informing that
I had seen a restricted document being the files! I had noticed in
passing that the document had said restricted to 2025 but I assumed that
the rules had been changed to 75 years. The file was moderately
interesting and my cousin was a model citizen being a dentist and being
vouched for by clergy and a member of the Margate council. I did get the
date and place of his marriage in Vilnius >>>>snip>>>>>