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Re: Improving the Odds of a Reply When Contacting Someone by E-Mail #general

lesliekel18@...
 

I have found that sharing a photograph, that links both families, significantly improves the chances of a productive response, whether email, snail mail or meeting in person

Leslie Kelman, Toronto, Canada

KELMANSKY, WEINERMAN Zhitomir and Pogrebishche
WOLFSON Latvia (Jaunjelgava previously known as Friedrichstadt)
MEK Lithuania and Latvia
RZHEMIANSKI Lithuania (Seirijai)


Trying to contact the family of Sam and Anne Peal originally of the Bronx. #usa

Neil Rosenstein
 

Trying to make contact with the children of Sam Pearl 1910-93 who
owned a grocery store in the Bronx, married Anne Finkelstein and have
a son Jerry (Gerald, died in 2002) and daughter Shirley (born in
1938). They traced back to the rabbinical families of Stern and
Horowitz of Hungary-Rumania

Neil Rosenstein.


trying to make contact with the Pearl family originally from the Bronx. #usa

Neil Rosenstein
 

Trying to make contact with the children of Sam Pearl 1910-93 who owned a grocery store in the Bronx, married Anne Finkelstein and have a son Jerry (Gerald, died in 2002) and daughter Shirley (born in 1938). They traced back to the rabbinical families of Stern and Horowitz of Hungary-Rumania
Neil Rosenstein.


Re: Improving the Odds of a Reply When Contacting Someone by E-Mail #general

The Becker's Email
 

I  believe in snail mail vs. email.  I just sent a letter to a distantly related family member of my husband's and provided my relationship, the relationship of the parties involved etc.  In full disclosure, I didn't have an email address but wouldn't have used it as one can never be sure whether the email will end up in spam and not be seen.  I always give my home address and an email and sometimes a phone  number for response.
Johanna Becker
Newport, RI


Re: Latest additions to JGFF towns database #JewishGenUpdates

Alexander Sharon
 

Adam,

On: https://www.jewishgen.org/jgff/
Select last icon (Enter) and add new entry

Alexander Sharon
JGFF coordinator


Improving the Odds of a Reply When Contacting Someone by E-Mail #general

YaleZuss@...
 

When I send those messages, whether by email or snail mail, I always leave out some detail that the recipient will almost certainly know, and mention, if they are the intended target.  This provides a way for that recipient to demonstrate that they are who I though they might be and not just someone with whom they shared a name.
 
This technique has sometimes been extraordinarily effective.  Some decades ago, while researching my grandfather's uncle's family, I mentioned the sequence from great-grandfather's brother, to his son and then to a grandson, without mentioning the surname back in the old country.  The reply was that the sequence matched the respondent's husband's family, but that in the old country, the surname had been different.  The surname she cited was what my grandfather used in Europe.  She also sent along a photo of her father-in-law with his unknown employer.  The "employer" was my grandfather.  These two details convinced me there was no possibility this was the wrong person.
 
Yale Zussman


Re: Improving the Odds of a Reply When Contacting Someone by E-Mail #general

Deborah Wiener
 

This is an interesting question. Years ago when I started genealogical trawling I wrote snail mail and also sent faxes(remember them?) to those I thought were relatives as I was able to find those via online telephone books. It was prior to Ancestry etc. I received I think 100 per cent success rate. Possibly due to the fact that the relationship was quite close(g grandfathers were brothers) and I was able to demonstrate it. Also, I have received and sent messages via jewish gen family finder and found people helpful, but I suspect that in the latter case one is pushing through an open door anyway.  These days it is harder as on Geni for instance you get a message that you have a smart match and it turns out to be a cousin’s bother’s sister’s aunt’s inlaw or something incomprehensible like that. I always reply but a lot of people don’t. Maybe they are just suspicious of it all, maybe afraid of being hacked, maybe a time factor, ie they intend to but just forget. My guess is the more information you can offer up the more likely you are to get a reply.  And some people just aren’t interested in new/more relatives.

 

Debbie Wiener

dwiener@...

Melbourne, Australia


LatviaRD formerly Latvia SIG Quarterly meeting #latvia#courland#russia

Arlene Beare
 

Jewishgen Latvia Research Division.

 

Please join us for our quarterly meeting where we will be launching a new database and updating you on our recent activities.

We will open the meeting to discussion and look forward to hearing from you about your research and how you feel we can help you.

The Zoom meeting will be on 6 December 2020 at 10am (PT),  1pm (EST) ,6pm (UK),  8pm (20:00) (Israel+SA).

Please email us at LatviaRD@... and we'll send you the link. Looking forward to seeing you there.

 

Arlene Beare

Co-Director Latvia Research Division

 

 


Jewishgen Latvia Research Division Quarterly Meeting #announcements #latvia

Paul Cheifitz
 

Dear friends, 
Please join us for our quarterly meeting where we will be launching a new database and updating you on our recent activities. We will open the meeting to discussion and look forward to hearing from you about your research and how you feel we can help you. The Zoom meeting will be on 6 December 2020 at 10am (PT), 1pm (EST) 6pm (UK) 8pm (20:00) (Israel+SA). Please email us at LatviaRD@... and we'll send you the link. Looking forward to seeing you there.
Paul Cheifitz
Israel


Survivor testimony #holocaust #records

Lande
 

The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum has added a new collection of testimonies to the Holocaust Survivors and Victims Database (HSV). The title of the collection is “RELACJE OCALALYCH Z HOLOCAUSTU (SYGN. 301) “. The English title is “Holocaust Survivor Testimonies : Catalogue : Jewish Historical Institute Archives, Poland, Record Group 301”. The collection contains approximately 7,000 Polish Holocaust survivor testimonies documented from 1944 to 1947.

You can request and immediately receive digital copies of the testimonies in your email.  Search
https://www.ushmm.org/online/hsv/source_view.php?SourceId=49480
 
 
 
Peter Lande
Washington, DC


Re: Improving the Odds of a Reply When Contacting Someone by E-Mail #general

m_tobiasiewicz@...
 

Hi Ralph,
Twenty or thirty or more years ago, I wrote to a cousin who DID know me and did not respond. About 5 years ago she died, her son found the letter and contacted me. 
I would say 1 out of 10 is great odds. Mine were not that good. 
Not everyone in the family is interested in the family tree.
A bigger annoyance: cousins who are working on the same family and will not answer emails or work with you! I have better luck with complete strangers.
--
Maryellen Tobiasiewicz
family from: Bielsko-Biala powiat Poland
Gorlice powiat Poland
Lviv Oblast Ukraine


Re: Minsk Jewish names, #names #belarus

Efraim
 

Correction: Patronims in Russian are always "ovitch", never "ov". For women it's always "ovna". The person's father name was most likely Itzik in Yiddish or Isaak in Russian documents. This was a name of my Grandfather. 

Efraim Gavrilovich 


Re: Looking for candidate to visit the National Archives at College Park, MD #records #usa

Barry Silver
 

I hired a researcher who charged me $65/hr, if I remember correctly.


Translation of Birth, Marriage, Death Record Headings #germany #poland #translation

Richard Stower
 

Would someone kindly direct me to where I can print out German and Polish translations of the headings of AGAD birth, marriage and death records.

Thank you.

Richard Stower
Yarmouth, Maine

Researching in Kolomyya: SECHESTOWER (or variations), THAU, SPIERMAN, GRAFF, TILLINGER, ADLERSTEIN. In Chortkiv: FELLNER, GROSS, HOCHMAN. In Dobrowa Tarnowska: KANNER, SCHMIDT (or variations), WERNER.


Need help to translate several old postcards handwritten in German script #germany #translation

Ellen Lukas Kahn
 

I've posted 2 old family postcards in German handwriting and would appreciate having them translated completely.  One was sent in 1873. They will remain online for a limited number of days.  

They are on ViewMate at the following addresses (front and back):

https://www.jewishgen.org/viewmate/viewmateview.asp?key=VM88414


https://www.jewishgen.org/viewmate/viewmateview.asp?key=VM88415

and


https://www.jewishgen.org/viewmate/viewmateview.asp?key=VM88416

https://www.jewishgen.org/viewmate/viewmateview.asp?key=VM88417

 

Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page.

If you have questions, please contact me via email:  ellnkahn@...

Thank you very much.



Ellen Lukas Kahn


Nidyki, Ukmerge uzed: Current location? #lithuania

Laurie Sosna
 

Hello,
 
I located my gg-grandfather Nokhim FRIDZESON and his two sons in the 1874 All Lithuania Revision List-Part 1.
The record says they registered in Sirvintos and reside in Nidyki, Ukmerge uzed.  I was not able to find the current location for Nidyki using the Town Finder on JewishGen or the Shtetl List on LitvakSIG. I've tried all the variables, I'm just not finding it.
 
Any ideas would be most welcome.
 
Laurie Sosna
San Francisco, CA
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SOSNA: Ivonivka (near Yampil), Mogilev
GOIKHMAN: Rascov, Mogilev
LEVIN: Vilna, Dnipro
KOBB: Ukmerge
FRIEDSON: Ukmerge


P.i. in Poland, Jewish Records #poland #records

Steve Daggers
 

Hello. Does anyone know what the abbreviation P.i. means following a surname in Poland, Jewish birth, death, marriage records? Thanks in advance for your help.
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Steve Daggers
Shorewood, Illinois


Nathan Lester, Bat-Yam, 1974 #israel #canada #ukraine

boris
 

I just learned that the last address of a relative of mine, was Rothschild Street No. 18 in Bat-Yam.

 

He was born Naftali Lasutra in Pulin, Ukriane; lived in Toronto between 1922-1958. After his wife's death in 1956, he went to live in Israel, possibly had a new wife. He died in 1974 in Israel.

 

If any of this rings a bell, a reply is appreciated.

 

 Boris Feldblyum
FAST Genealogy Service
boris@...

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moshe chaim pasmanic and[shlomo] zalman rosengarten{spector} #hungary #poland

אבא ואמא
 

i am looking for details about:1.moshe chaim pasmanic born in poland.he moved to hungary and got ginsberger as a new surname.we know hi born 1838 and death 1893 and that he was shochet in hungary in a few cities but we dont know where he buired and who where his parents? ros
2.shlomo zalman rosengarten{zondlowic}.he was av beis din in poland.his childern were chana chaim shaul.in which city as av beis din?how were his parents?

yerucham zvi kinstlich
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Re: Hungary Ancestor location Help needed #hungary

mhollosi@...
 

If you want to look further on this town, the Hungarian name variants are Nagygejocz, Nagy-geocz etc.

As far as I can tell, birth registers would have been kept in the district seat Ungvar /Uzhgorod/.  Ужгород / Some of the relevant registers have been uploaded to the Wikipedia here https://uk.wikipedia.org/wiki/Єврейське_містечко#Метричні_книги_синагог_до_1895_року (some cyrillic alphabet needed). 

All the best