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Warszawa Research Group #Warsaw #Poland RE: Searching: FELDSZTAJN and Corporation Batteria in Warsaw #warsaw #poland

kris.murawski@...
 

I came across information about a Zionist student Corporation Betharia which
was established in Warsaw in 1931, according to this source
(http://www.archiwumkorporacyjne.pl/index.php/muzeum-korporacyjne/wilno/pozo
stale/. However, in the April 24, 1929 issue of the Warsaw daily "Nowy
Czas" ("New Time") I see a reference to representatives of Betharia being
present at a Keren Hechaluc meeting
(http://ebuw.uw.edu.pl/dlibra/plain-content?id=8537) which indicates that
Betharia was in existence before 1931. This "Nowy Czas" article lists all
members of the newly elected Central Committee of Keren Hechaluc, among them
Vice Chairman of the Gmina M. Feldsztejn. I could not find any more
information about Betharia other that it was also active in Vilnius
(http://www.prawo.univ.gda.pl/~konwentpolonia/07Galeria/4.%20korporacje%20wi
lenskie/index.html).
(Above web references are to texts in Polish.)
I hope this may be of some help.
Kris Murawski
Annandale, VA

-----Original Message-----
From: GRAY [mailto:grayps@...]
Sent: Thursday, March 17, 2011 2:05 PM
To: Warszawa Research Group
Subject: [warszawa] Searching: FELDSZTAJN and Corporation Batteria in Warsaw


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My great-grandfather died in 1936 and is buried in Warsaw at the Okopowa St.

Cemetery. His tombstone reads:
"Here is buried a Zionist and public figure, vice president of Warsaw
community, Moses Abraham Feldsztein son of
Rebbe Zalman, July 1936" On the side of the stone is: "An old man of honor

of Corporation Batteria."
I would appreciate any information on the "Corporation Batteria" wording -
what it might possibly refer to.
I would also appreciate hearing if anyone has heard of MOSES ABRAHAM
FELDSZTEIN (or FELDSZTAJN or
FELDSZEINA depending on whether the document was in Polish, Hebrew, or
Russian). He and his wife
KLARA WEINSTEIN lived in Warsaw but I do not believe they were >from there
originally. Their eldest three children
(Alexander, George, and Vitak/Viktor), were born in Lutsk in the 1880's. I
do not know where the youngest two children
(Anastazji/Annia and Joseph) were born.

Susan Gray
Chicago


Re: Searching: FELDSZTAJN and Corporation Batteria in Warsaw #warsaw #poland

kris.murawski@...
 

I came across information about a Zionist student Corporation Betharia which
was established in Warsaw in 1931, according to this source
(http://www.archiwumkorporacyjne.pl/index.php/muzeum-korporacyjne/wilno/pozo
stale/. However, in the April 24, 1929 issue of the Warsaw daily "Nowy
Czas" ("New Time") I see a reference to representatives of Betharia being
present at a Keren Hechaluc meeting
(http://ebuw.uw.edu.pl/dlibra/plain-content?id=8537) which indicates that
Betharia was in existence before 1931. This "Nowy Czas" article lists all
members of the newly elected Central Committee of Keren Hechaluc, among them
Vice Chairman of the Gmina M. Feldsztejn. I could not find any more
information about Betharia other that it was also active in Vilnius
(http://www.prawo.univ.gda.pl/~konwentpolonia/07Galeria/4.%20korporacje%20wi
lenskie/index.html).
(Above web references are to texts in Polish.)
I hope this may be of some help.
Kris Murawski
Annandale, VA

-----Original Message-----
From: GRAY [mailto:grayps@...]
Sent: Thursday, March 17, 2011 2:05 PM
To: Warszawa Research Group
Subject: [warszawa] Searching: FELDSZTAJN and Corporation Batteria in Warsaw


~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
My great-grandfather died in 1936 and is buried in Warsaw at the Okopowa St.

Cemetery. His tombstone reads:
"Here is buried a Zionist and public figure, vice president of Warsaw
community, Moses Abraham Feldsztein son of
Rebbe Zalman, July 1936" On the side of the stone is: "An old man of honor

of Corporation Batteria."
I would appreciate any information on the "Corporation Batteria" wording -
what it might possibly refer to.
I would also appreciate hearing if anyone has heard of MOSES ABRAHAM
FELDSZTEIN (or FELDSZTAJN or
FELDSZEINA depending on whether the document was in Polish, Hebrew, or
Russian). He and his wife
KLARA WEINSTEIN lived in Warsaw but I do not believe they were >from there
originally. Their eldest three children
(Alexander, George, and Vitak/Viktor), were born in Lutsk in the 1880's. I
do not know where the youngest two children
(Anastazji/Annia and Joseph) were born.

Susan Gray
Chicago


South Africa SIG #SouthAfrica News about the IAJGS Conference's SIG Luncheons and Breakfast #southafrica

31st IAJGS Conference <dc2011_conference@...>
 

Friends, a major feature of the “Capital Experience” is now awaiting you
at the 31st IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy (in
Washington, DC, August 14-19 at the very impressive and spacious Grand
Hyatt Regency Hotel). You now can register for the Conference, AND for
any of 10 Special Interest Group (SIG) luncheons and one breakfast, at
our easy-to-use Conference web site, <www.dc2011.org/>. Like other
Conference activities, these events offer first-hand chances to directly
learn about records availability, life in ancestral towns and surnames
that matter to YOU!

Here’s some key information about these SIG breakfast and luncheons:

- All will have kosher food; in fact, all Conference activities serving
food will do so.

- The following SIG breakfast and luncheon events are available: Ukraine
(breakfast); GerSIG, Gesher Galicia, ROM-Moldova, Hungarian SIG,
JRI-Poland, Austria/Czech, French, LitvakSIG, Belarus, and Latvia
(luncheons).

- These events have been thoughtfully scheduled throughout the
Conference week (on Monday through Thursday), so that attendees with
multiple interests can attend more than one of these wonderfully
educational and networking-filled events!

- Each breakfast and luncheon will have a distinguished speaker; full
details will be available soon at the Conference website,
<http://www.dc2011.org/>. [Click on the “SIG & BOF” or “Register Now”
phrases on the website to find out more.]

- The range of speakers, to mention a few here, includes:

-- Anna Royzner, a highly skilled Ukrainian tour guide, speaking on
“Jewish Agricultural Colonies and Shtetls in Ukraine” at the Ukraine SIG
breakfast;

-- Jakub Nowakowski, the Director of the Galicia Jewish Museum in
Krakow, and Pamela Weisberger, the President of Gesher Galicia, also its
Research and Program Coordinator, speaking on “A Tour of Jewish Krakow:
Past, Present & Future” at the Gesher Galicia SIG luncheon, and

-- Ellen Cassedy, the distinguished journalist, speaking on “Home, In So
Many Words: The Old World Comes Alive” at the LitvakSIG luncheon.

However, remember--- You can’t attend this wonderful, value-filled event
until you register for it AND the Conference. Early Bird discount prices
only run until April 30th, and increase after that date, so register NOW
at <http://www.dc2011.org/>!

Look for information about other “value-filled” Conference features as
they’re finalized! See you at the Conference! For any questions, reach
us at info@...

DC2011 Conference Co-Chairs

Marlene Katz Bishow
Vic Cohen
Sue Isman


News about the IAJGS Conference's SIG Luncheons and Breakfast #southafrica

31st IAJGS Conference <dc2011_conference@...>
 

Friends, a major feature of the “Capital Experience” is now awaiting you
at the 31st IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy (in
Washington, DC, August 14-19 at the very impressive and spacious Grand
Hyatt Regency Hotel). You now can register for the Conference, AND for
any of 10 Special Interest Group (SIG) luncheons and one breakfast, at
our easy-to-use Conference web site, <www.dc2011.org/>. Like other
Conference activities, these events offer first-hand chances to directly
learn about records availability, life in ancestral towns and surnames
that matter to YOU!

Here’s some key information about these SIG breakfast and luncheons:

- All will have kosher food; in fact, all Conference activities serving
food will do so.

- The following SIG breakfast and luncheon events are available: Ukraine
(breakfast); GerSIG, Gesher Galicia, ROM-Moldova, Hungarian SIG,
JRI-Poland, Austria/Czech, French, LitvakSIG, Belarus, and Latvia
(luncheons).

- These events have been thoughtfully scheduled throughout the
Conference week (on Monday through Thursday), so that attendees with
multiple interests can attend more than one of these wonderfully
educational and networking-filled events!

- Each breakfast and luncheon will have a distinguished speaker; full
details will be available soon at the Conference website,
<http://www.dc2011.org/>. [Click on the “SIG & BOF” or “Register Now”
phrases on the website to find out more.]

- The range of speakers, to mention a few here, includes:

-- Anna Royzner, a highly skilled Ukrainian tour guide, speaking on
“Jewish Agricultural Colonies and Shtetls in Ukraine” at the Ukraine SIG
breakfast;

-- Jakub Nowakowski, the Director of the Galicia Jewish Museum in
Krakow, and Pamela Weisberger, the President of Gesher Galicia, also its
Research and Program Coordinator, speaking on “A Tour of Jewish Krakow:
Past, Present & Future” at the Gesher Galicia SIG luncheon, and

-- Ellen Cassedy, the distinguished journalist, speaking on “Home, In So
Many Words: The Old World Comes Alive” at the LitvakSIG luncheon.

However, remember--- You can’t attend this wonderful, value-filled event
until you register for it AND the Conference. Early Bird discount prices
only run until April 30th, and increase after that date, so register NOW
at <http://www.dc2011.org/>!

Look for information about other “value-filled” Conference features as
they’re finalized! See you at the Conference! For any questions, reach
us at info@...

DC2011 Conference Co-Chairs

Marlene Katz Bishow
Vic Cohen
Sue Isman


South Africa SIG #SouthAfrica S. Stutzrn of Boksburg #southafrica

Saul Issroff
 

I have been contacted by someone who found this in her late father's
possessions. They have no SA connection except that her father
travelled there in the 1950's.
"I have a goblet with an engraving on it connected to Boksburg Hebrew
Congregation. It found its way into my father's belongings, which is
where I discovered it after he died. The full engraving reads (in
English):
Boksburg Hebrew Congregation
presented to
S. Stutzrn, Esq.
for services rendered
in his capacity as president
22 January 1923
Shvat 5. 5683

Do you know if this has any historical significance for the community
at Boksburg?"

I can not find any trace of this name in SA material.


Saul Issroff


S. Stutzrn of Boksburg #southafrica

Saul Issroff
 

I have been contacted by someone who found this in her late father's
possessions. They have no SA connection except that her father
travelled there in the 1950's.
"I have a goblet with an engraving on it connected to Boksburg Hebrew
Congregation. It found its way into my father's belongings, which is
where I discovered it after he died. The full engraving reads (in
English):
Boksburg Hebrew Congregation
presented to
S. Stutzrn, Esq.
for services rendered
in his capacity as president
22 January 1923
Shvat 5. 5683

Do you know if this has any historical significance for the community
at Boksburg?"

I can not find any trace of this name in SA material.


Saul Issroff


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen News about the IAJGS Conference's SIG Luncheons and Breakfast #general

31st IAJGS Conference <dc2011_conference@...>
 

Friends, a major feature of the “Capital Experience” is now awaiting you
at the 31st IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy (in
Washington, DC, August 14-19 at the very impressive and spacious Grand
Hyatt Regency Hotel). You now can register for the Conference, AND for
any of 10 Special Interest Group (SIG) luncheons and one breakfast, at
our easy-to-use Conference web site, <www.dc2011.org/>. Like other
Conference activities, these events offer first-hand chances to directly
learn about records availability, life in ancestral towns and surnames
that matter to YOU!

Here’s some key information about these SIG breakfast and luncheons:

- All will have kosher food; in fact, all Conference activities serving
food will do so.

- The following SIG breakfast and luncheon events are available: Ukraine
(breakfast); GerSIG, Gesher Galicia, ROM-Moldova, Hungarian SIG,
JRI-Poland, Austria/Czech, French, LitvakSIG, Belarus, and Latvia
(luncheons).

- These events have been thoughtfully scheduled throughout the
Conference week (on Monday through Thursday), so that attendees with
multiple interests can attend more than one of these wonderfully
educational and networking-filled events!

- Each breakfast and luncheon will have a distinguished speaker; full
details will be available soon at the Conference website,
<http://www.dc2011.org/>. [Click on the “SIG & BOF” or “Register Now”
phrases on the website to find out more.]

- The range of speakers, to mention a few here, includes:

-- Anna Royzner, a highly skilled Ukrainian tour guide, speaking on
“Jewish Agricultural Colonies and Shtetls in Ukraine” at the Ukraine SIG
breakfast;

-- Jakub Nowakowski, the Director of the Galicia Jewish Museum in
Krakow, and Pamela Weisberger, the President of Gesher Galicia, also its
Research and Program Coordinator, speaking on “A Tour of Jewish Krakow:
Past, Present & Future” at the Gesher Galicia SIG luncheon, and

-- Ellen Cassedy, the distinguished journalist, speaking on “Home, In So
Many Words: The Old World Comes Alive” at the LitvakSIG luncheon.

However, remember--- You can’t attend this wonderful, value-filled event
until you register for it AND the Conference. Early Bird discount prices
only run until April 30th, and increase after that date, so register NOW
at <http://www.dc2011.org/>!

Look for information about other “value-filled” Conference features as
they’re finalized! See you at the Conference! For any questions, reach
us at info@...

DC2011 Conference Co-Chairs

Marlene Katz Bishow
Vic Cohen
Sue Isman


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Need Look-Up at NYC Municipal Archives (Have Numbers) #general

Teewinot
 

I was informed privately that I neglected to mention I wanted the
look-up at the *NYC* Municipal Archives, so I'm re-posting. There
should be a law against posting when half-asleep! My apologies.
***
... I need some kind soul who is going to the Archives to take a look at
the two death certificates to see if they contain the names of the women's
mothers.

Please reply *privately* and I'll give you the DC#s and details.

Thank you so much!

Jeri Friedman (Florida, but born in NY)
teewinot13@...

RESEARCHING: FRIEDMAN, MILLER (Grodno, Poland/Russia/Belarus)
GEIST (?,Russia)GLICKMAN, STURMAN (Lublin, Poland/Russia)
LIEB/LEIBOWITZ (Jassy/Iasi, Romania)GALINSKY, GELLIS (Suwalki, Poland/Russia)
KRASNOPOLSKY, SILBERMAN/SILVERMAN (Krasnopol, Poland/Russia)
KOPCIANSKY (?, Poland/Russia)GOLDSTEIN, SCHRAGER (?, Romania)
CYRULNIK (Suwalki, Poland/Russia and Kalvarija, Lithuania)


Need Look-Up at NYC Municipal Archives (Have Numbers) #general

Teewinot
 

I was informed privately that I neglected to mention I wanted the
look-up at the *NYC* Municipal Archives, so I'm re-posting. There
should be a law against posting when half-asleep! My apologies.
***
... I need some kind soul who is going to the Archives to take a look at
the two death certificates to see if they contain the names of the women's
mothers.

Please reply *privately* and I'll give you the DC#s and details.

Thank you so much!

Jeri Friedman (Florida, but born in NY)
teewinot13@...

RESEARCHING: FRIEDMAN, MILLER (Grodno, Poland/Russia/Belarus)
GEIST (?,Russia)GLICKMAN, STURMAN (Lublin, Poland/Russia)
LIEB/LEIBOWITZ (Jassy/Iasi, Romania)GALINSKY, GELLIS (Suwalki, Poland/Russia)
KRASNOPOLSKY, SILBERMAN/SILVERMAN (Krasnopol, Poland/Russia)
KOPCIANSKY (?, Poland/Russia)GOLDSTEIN, SCHRAGER (?, Romania)
CYRULNIK (Suwalki, Poland/Russia and Kalvarija, Lithuania)


News about the IAJGS Conference's SIG Luncheons and Breakfast #general

31st IAJGS Conference <dc2011_conference@...>
 

Friends, a major feature of the “Capital Experience” is now awaiting you
at the 31st IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy (in
Washington, DC, August 14-19 at the very impressive and spacious Grand
Hyatt Regency Hotel). You now can register for the Conference, AND for
any of 10 Special Interest Group (SIG) luncheons and one breakfast, at
our easy-to-use Conference web site, <www.dc2011.org/>. Like other
Conference activities, these events offer first-hand chances to directly
learn about records availability, life in ancestral towns and surnames
that matter to YOU!

Here’s some key information about these SIG breakfast and luncheons:

- All will have kosher food; in fact, all Conference activities serving
food will do so.

- The following SIG breakfast and luncheon events are available: Ukraine
(breakfast); GerSIG, Gesher Galicia, ROM-Moldova, Hungarian SIG,
JRI-Poland, Austria/Czech, French, LitvakSIG, Belarus, and Latvia
(luncheons).

- These events have been thoughtfully scheduled throughout the
Conference week (on Monday through Thursday), so that attendees with
multiple interests can attend more than one of these wonderfully
educational and networking-filled events!

- Each breakfast and luncheon will have a distinguished speaker; full
details will be available soon at the Conference website,
<http://www.dc2011.org/>. [Click on the “SIG & BOF” or “Register Now”
phrases on the website to find out more.]

- The range of speakers, to mention a few here, includes:

-- Anna Royzner, a highly skilled Ukrainian tour guide, speaking on
“Jewish Agricultural Colonies and Shtetls in Ukraine” at the Ukraine SIG
breakfast;

-- Jakub Nowakowski, the Director of the Galicia Jewish Museum in
Krakow, and Pamela Weisberger, the President of Gesher Galicia, also its
Research and Program Coordinator, speaking on “A Tour of Jewish Krakow:
Past, Present & Future” at the Gesher Galicia SIG luncheon, and

-- Ellen Cassedy, the distinguished journalist, speaking on “Home, In So
Many Words: The Old World Comes Alive” at the LitvakSIG luncheon.

However, remember--- You can’t attend this wonderful, value-filled event
until you register for it AND the Conference. Early Bird discount prices
only run until April 30th, and increase after that date, so register NOW
at <http://www.dc2011.org/>!

Look for information about other “value-filled” Conference features as
they’re finalized! See you at the Conference! For any questions, reach
us at info@...

DC2011 Conference Co-Chairs

Marlene Katz Bishow
Vic Cohen
Sue Isman


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen travelling to Ukraine #general

Gloria Geller
 

I'm travelling to Ukraine this fall. I'm interested in hearing >from people
who have visited family shtetls. Were you able to connect with the people
living in the communities? What stands out for you >from your visit? Dos
and Don'ts? What helped make the trip worthwhile for you? Etc. The places
we're visiting: Talnoye (Talne), Zvenigorodko, Khashevata (Hashevata),
Savran, Kiev and Odessa. Please contact me personally
-ggeller@....
Thanks, Gloria Geller


travelling to Ukraine #general

Gloria Geller
 

I'm travelling to Ukraine this fall. I'm interested in hearing >from people
who have visited family shtetls. Were you able to connect with the people
living in the communities? What stands out for you >from your visit? Dos
and Don'ts? What helped make the trip worthwhile for you? Etc. The places
we're visiting: Talnoye (Talne), Zvenigorodko, Khashevata (Hashevata),
Savran, Kiev and Odessa. Please contact me personally
-ggeller@....
Thanks, Gloria Geller


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen STEINDECKER- for the skeptics #general

Debbie Lifshitz
 

Hi all,

For those who were not convinced with my conclusions, Jim Maurry has
looked up the four death certificates. Each child died >from a
different cause (bronchitis, diphtheria etc). All the children were
buried in Lutheran cemeteries.
Thanks again for all the help,
Debbie Lifschitz
Jerusalem, Israel


STEINDECKER- for the skeptics #general

Debbie Lifshitz
 

Hi all,

For those who were not convinced with my conclusions, Jim Maurry has
looked up the four death certificates. Each child died >from a
different cause (bronchitis, diphtheria etc). All the children were
buried in Lutheran cemeteries.
Thanks again for all the help,
Debbie Lifschitz
Jerusalem, Israel


JGSLA - April 14 - Warren Blatt on Jewish Given Names #general

Pamela Weisberger
 

Join the Jewish Genealogical Society of Los Angeles at our next
meeting, now expanding to the South Bay area!

"Abram to Zlata: An Introduction to Jewish Given Names" with Warren
Blatt, Managing Director of JewishGen

Thursday, April 14 - 7:30PM

Toyota USA Automobile Museum
19600 Van Ness Ave. Torrance, CA 90501

Learn why 'Mordechai Yehuda' is also 'Mortka Leib' is also 'Max'. This
look at Jewish given names (first names) will focus on practical
issues for genealogical research. Our ancestors each had many
different given names and nicknames, in various languages and
alphabets, this can make Jewish genealogical research difficult.
This presentation will teach you about the history and patterns of
Jewish first names, and how to recognize your ancestors' names in
genealogical sources.

Meeting is free to JGSLA members. Guests $5. Refreshments served.

For complete program information and directions, go to:
http://jgsla.org/meetings/upcoming/2011-04-14

Pamela Weisberger
Program Chair, JGSLA
pweisberger@...


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen JGSLA - April 14 - Warren Blatt on Jewish Given Names #general

Pamela Weisberger
 

Join the Jewish Genealogical Society of Los Angeles at our next
meeting, now expanding to the South Bay area!

"Abram to Zlata: An Introduction to Jewish Given Names" with Warren
Blatt, Managing Director of JewishGen

Thursday, April 14 - 7:30PM

Toyota USA Automobile Museum
19600 Van Ness Ave. Torrance, CA 90501

Learn why 'Mordechai Yehuda' is also 'Mortka Leib' is also 'Max'. This
look at Jewish given names (first names) will focus on practical
issues for genealogical research. Our ancestors each had many
different given names and nicknames, in various languages and
alphabets, this can make Jewish genealogical research difficult.
This presentation will teach you about the history and patterns of
Jewish first names, and how to recognize your ancestors' names in
genealogical sources.

Meeting is free to JGSLA members. Guests $5. Refreshments served.

For complete program information and directions, go to:
http://jgsla.org/meetings/upcoming/2011-04-14

Pamela Weisberger
Program Chair, JGSLA
pweisberger@...


Illinois Open Records Law #general

Jan Meisels Allen
 

While many states are closing access to vital records, Illinois enacted last
year an open records law--effecting more than vital records. The article
from the April 5 Chicago Tribune, indicates some think the open law goes to
far and wants to revamp and close some access.
http://newsblogs.chicagotribune.com/clout_st/2011/04/recently-overhauled-laws
-on-open-records-face-backlash.html
http://tinyurl.com/3uutt9x [MOD]

Jan Meisels Allen
IAJGS Director-at-Large
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Illinois Open Records Law #general

Jan Meisels Allen
 

While many states are closing access to vital records, Illinois enacted last
year an open records law--effecting more than vital records. The article
from the April 5 Chicago Tribune, indicates some think the open law goes to
far and wants to revamp and close some access.
http://newsblogs.chicagotribune.com/clout_st/2011/04/recently-overhauled-laws
-on-open-records-face-backlash.html
http://tinyurl.com/3uutt9x [MOD]

Jan Meisels Allen
IAJGS Director-at-Large
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


Re: How Immigrant Surnames Changed #general

Paul Silverstone
 

My grandfather Harris SILVERSTONE changed his name on arrival in NY in
1888. His name was Hirsch CHRZAN, and the story given is that
when asked to spell his name, he could not, so he gave his wife's maiden
name, SILBERSTEIN. He anglicized his first name to Harris, and in 1908
anglicized his last name to Silverstone. Chrzan is Polish for horseradish!
On their successive arrivals, all his brothers changed their names to Silverstein,
even though they had no relation to that name.
Paul Silverstone

On 3/23/2011 2:35 PM, Lisa Grayson wrote:
Here's another story: My g-grandfather came to the US >from Lithuania
with his parents around 1869. The 1870 census shows him as 15-year-old
Myer FINK, living in NYC with his parents Moses and Sarah, and sister
Rose FINK. His uncle, Alexander FINK, was born in Vilna in 1818 and
arrived in the US before 1840...
Paul Silverstone
New York
please reply to paulh@...


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Re: How Immigrant Surnames Changed #general

Paul Silverstone
 

My grandfather Harris SILVERSTONE changed his name on arrival in NY in
1888. His name was Hirsch CHRZAN, and the story given is that
when asked to spell his name, he could not, so he gave his wife's maiden
name, SILBERSTEIN. He anglicized his first name to Harris, and in 1908
anglicized his last name to Silverstone. Chrzan is Polish for horseradish!
On their successive arrivals, all his brothers changed their names to Silverstein,
even though they had no relation to that name.
Paul Silverstone

On 3/23/2011 2:35 PM, Lisa Grayson wrote:
Here's another story: My g-grandfather came to the US >from Lithuania
with his parents around 1869. The 1870 census shows him as 15-year-old
Myer FINK, living in NYC with his parents Moses and Sarah, and sister
Rose FINK. His uncle, Alexander FINK, was born in Vilna in 1818 and
arrived in the US before 1840...
Paul Silverstone
New York
please reply to paulh@...