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USCIS found no citizenship files--now what? #general

Steve Cohen <scohen@...>
 

Dear j'genners:

In November I wrote to the US Citizenship and Immigration Services under
the Freedom of Information Act, asking for the entire file related to my
great-aunt Rebecca (nee KUPERMAN?/COOPER/COOPERMAN) RESNICK's citizenship
certificate, received in Brooklyn, NY in 1926. I sent the USCIS
information extracted >from a photocopy of her citizenship certificate to
help them pinpoint Rebecca RESNICK.

At the end of December, I received a letter >from the USCIS stating that
they could not locate any such records. They gave me two options:
1) Request a search, providing them with additional information
2) File an appeal within 60 days.

There ought to be a file on my great-aunt, because I have a copy of her
citizenship certificate.

What path do I take in asking again for the records that ought to exist?
What additional information might I add to my request? Would a copy of the
citizenship certificate be of help to them? Or would an appeal be
appropriate (and what additional information ought I add to the appeal)?

The citizenship papers would be helpful to determine the date, ship, and
port of entry for my KUPERMAN family >from Goworowo, Poland. Family lore
has it that Rebecca was a twin born on the boat, the other twin died on
the ship. Family lore also claims that they emigrated through New York
Harbor, my estimate is late December 1899 or early January 1900, but I
cannot find this KUPERMAN/COOPERMAN family in the Ellis Island records.

Thanks,

Steve Cohen
Central New Jersey


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen USCIS found no citizenship files--now what? #general

Steve Cohen <scohen@...>
 

Dear j'genners:

In November I wrote to the US Citizenship and Immigration Services under
the Freedom of Information Act, asking for the entire file related to my
great-aunt Rebecca (nee KUPERMAN?/COOPER/COOPERMAN) RESNICK's citizenship
certificate, received in Brooklyn, NY in 1926. I sent the USCIS
information extracted >from a photocopy of her citizenship certificate to
help them pinpoint Rebecca RESNICK.

At the end of December, I received a letter >from the USCIS stating that
they could not locate any such records. They gave me two options:
1) Request a search, providing them with additional information
2) File an appeal within 60 days.

There ought to be a file on my great-aunt, because I have a copy of her
citizenship certificate.

What path do I take in asking again for the records that ought to exist?
What additional information might I add to my request? Would a copy of the
citizenship certificate be of help to them? Or would an appeal be
appropriate (and what additional information ought I add to the appeal)?

The citizenship papers would be helpful to determine the date, ship, and
port of entry for my KUPERMAN family >from Goworowo, Poland. Family lore
has it that Rebecca was a twin born on the boat, the other twin died on
the ship. Family lore also claims that they emigrated through New York
Harbor, my estimate is late December 1899 or early January 1900, but I
cannot find this KUPERMAN/COOPERMAN family in the Ellis Island records.

Thanks,

Steve Cohen
Central New Jersey


Re: Published death notices in the early 20th century #general

Martin Miller <millerm@...>
 

Please don't discourage anyone >from researching local newspapers.

I have collected hundreds of obituaries >from the Syracuse, NY newspapers
going back to the 1880's and earlier. Often even a death late at night or in
the early morning hours was reported in the morning papers.

I do believe that if the burial took place before a notice could be
published none would appear unless some prominence was attributed to the
deceased.

And the smaller the community in general, the more newspaper space could be
devoted to local news, chat and gossip. I cite the newspapers of Gouverneur,
NY. Around 1900 the population of Governeur may have been about 4000
including a dozen Jewish families, but the Jewish family events and comings
and goings were well reported in the papers.

There are historical available on line now for many newspapers, and many
obituary databases. It would be shame to overlook these valuable resources.

All the best,


Martin D. Miller
Syracuse, NY

mailto:millerm@mailbox.syr.edu
http://web.syr.edu/~millerm/index.htm

have been listed in. It is just a thought on my part,
but I doubt if any American papers did list them.
Jewish communities of that time were small, rarely
more than a few square blocks.


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen RE: Published death notices in the early 20th century #general

Martin Miller <millerm@...>
 

Please don't discourage anyone >from researching local newspapers.

I have collected hundreds of obituaries >from the Syracuse, NY newspapers
going back to the 1880's and earlier. Often even a death late at night or in
the early morning hours was reported in the morning papers.

I do believe that if the burial took place before a notice could be
published none would appear unless some prominence was attributed to the
deceased.

And the smaller the community in general, the more newspaper space could be
devoted to local news, chat and gossip. I cite the newspapers of Gouverneur,
NY. Around 1900 the population of Governeur may have been about 4000
including a dozen Jewish families, but the Jewish family events and comings
and goings were well reported in the papers.

There are historical available on line now for many newspapers, and many
obituary databases. It would be shame to overlook these valuable resources.

All the best,


Martin D. Miller
Syracuse, NY

mailto:millerm@mailbox.syr.edu
http://web.syr.edu/~millerm/index.htm

have been listed in. It is just a thought on my part,
but I doubt if any American papers did list them.
Jewish communities of that time were small, rarely
more than a few square blocks.


Re: Published death notices in the early 20th century #general

Robert Corwin <robert@...>
 

On Jan 17, 2006, at 2:51 AM, Lenn Zonder wrote:

As for Yiddish papers, almost all of them were
weeklies or monthlies, so they would, more likely than
not, only have carried obits on the most prominent
people.
Is this true of the Jewish Forward? I've been wondering for some
time if the Forward has any useful information for us Jewishgenners.

Thanks for your help!

Robert Corwin

Researching KREMENETSKY/KENNER and BECKERMAN >from Kremenets/Odessa,
LITTMAN and KRAVIATSKY >from Proshnits, COHEN >from London/Vilna,
ARONSON and FRIEDMAN >from Warsaw.


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Re: Published death notices in the early 20th century #general

Robert Corwin <robert@...>
 

On Jan 17, 2006, at 2:51 AM, Lenn Zonder wrote:

As for Yiddish papers, almost all of them were
weeklies or monthlies, so they would, more likely than
not, only have carried obits on the most prominent
people.
Is this true of the Jewish Forward? I've been wondering for some
time if the Forward has any useful information for us Jewishgenners.

Thanks for your help!

Robert Corwin

Researching KREMENETSKY/KENNER and BECKERMAN >from Kremenets/Odessa,
LITTMAN and KRAVIATSKY >from Proshnits, COHEN >from London/Vilna,
ARONSON and FRIEDMAN >from Warsaw.


Re: Help with address #general

Elsebeth Paikin
 

And thank you also to all who has helped me find the address for
submitter of PoT, Grynberg, in Australia

I am most grateful and once more overwhelmed by JewishGenners'
incredible helpfulness.

Best wishes
Elsebeth

--
Elsebeth Paikin, Copenhagen, Denmark,
e-mail: elsebeth@paikin.dk


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Re: Help with address #general

Elsebeth Paikin
 

And thank you also to all who has helped me find the address for
submitter of PoT, Grynberg, in Australia

I am most grateful and once more overwhelmed by JewishGenners'
incredible helpfulness.

Best wishes
Elsebeth

--
Elsebeth Paikin, Copenhagen, Denmark,
e-mail: elsebeth@paikin.dk


Passenger Lists Antwerp to New York 1936 and 1938. #germany

Phyllis Durra <meldrum@...>
 

Dear Gersiggers,
I have acquired two Passenger Lists as follows:
1936: S.S. KOENIGSTEIN Line / Owners: Arnold Bernstein Schiffahrtsges.
Sailing >from Antwerp: October 10, 1936.
Arriving at Port of New York: October 23, 1936.

Passenger List [ "H" to "S" only ]:

HIRSCH dora - HONYIKOVA rosa m. - HORSTMANN kurt & dorothea - KAUFMANN
alexander - KRETSCH nicholas - LAURENT flora - LEAVITT sheldon & frances
h. - MARX curt - McCLOUD margarita c. - MEFFERT mary helen - MERIOT
erminia - OSTERBERG alma s. - PARRY miriam j.p. & corless l. & gwyn pike -
PENN rudolph - PERSYN severien - PETERS william j. & beatrice - PHILIPPART
alida - PIETZUCH loraine charlotte - PONTUR Rev joseph - REISING marie
k.h. - ROEG minna - RUBLI lila - RUEDI anna - SAMUELS max - SCHREIBER freda.
[ 1936 Addresses in United States available ]

1938: S.S. KOENIGSTEIN Line / Owners: Red Star Line Inc.
Sailing >from Antwerp: October 08, 1938.
Arriving at Port of New York: October 21, 1938.

Passenger List [ "A" to "H" only ]:

ADAMS elizabeth - APPELBAUM gustav - AUERBACH Dr. walter & theresa - BAER
albert - BAUMANN lillian & grace & muriel - BEARD milo - BOHN pauline -
BUNYAN james - BREMER arthur - BRINKMANN maria - BROWNSON yvonne - COOK
vashti & meroer - DYROFF rudolf - ENDRIKAT leny - FEUERSTEIN clara & clare -
FORRER helm & ronald - FRIEDMANN withold & teresina - GRIMM john & lucie -
HAHN louis & dorothy - HANSER charles - HIRSCH dora.
[ 1938 Addresses in United States available ]

Please - Any Gersigger/s who may recognise:
The Ship / The Line / The Owners / The Passengers:
Kindly be in touch with further information. Many Thanks.

Ernie Durra. Cape Town. South Africa. Email: meldrum@absamail.co.za


German SIG #Germany Passenger Lists Antwerp to New York 1936 and 1938. #germany

Phyllis Durra <meldrum@...>
 

Dear Gersiggers,
I have acquired two Passenger Lists as follows:
1936: S.S. KOENIGSTEIN Line / Owners: Arnold Bernstein Schiffahrtsges.
Sailing >from Antwerp: October 10, 1936.
Arriving at Port of New York: October 23, 1936.

Passenger List [ "H" to "S" only ]:

HIRSCH dora - HONYIKOVA rosa m. - HORSTMANN kurt & dorothea - KAUFMANN
alexander - KRETSCH nicholas - LAURENT flora - LEAVITT sheldon & frances
h. - MARX curt - McCLOUD margarita c. - MEFFERT mary helen - MERIOT
erminia - OSTERBERG alma s. - PARRY miriam j.p. & corless l. & gwyn pike -
PENN rudolph - PERSYN severien - PETERS william j. & beatrice - PHILIPPART
alida - PIETZUCH loraine charlotte - PONTUR Rev joseph - REISING marie
k.h. - ROEG minna - RUBLI lila - RUEDI anna - SAMUELS max - SCHREIBER freda.
[ 1936 Addresses in United States available ]

1938: S.S. KOENIGSTEIN Line / Owners: Red Star Line Inc.
Sailing >from Antwerp: October 08, 1938.
Arriving at Port of New York: October 21, 1938.

Passenger List [ "A" to "H" only ]:

ADAMS elizabeth - APPELBAUM gustav - AUERBACH Dr. walter & theresa - BAER
albert - BAUMANN lillian & grace & muriel - BEARD milo - BOHN pauline -
BUNYAN james - BREMER arthur - BRINKMANN maria - BROWNSON yvonne - COOK
vashti & meroer - DYROFF rudolf - ENDRIKAT leny - FEUERSTEIN clara & clare -
FORRER helm & ronald - FRIEDMANN withold & teresina - GRIMM john & lucie -
HAHN louis & dorothy - HANSER charles - HIRSCH dora.
[ 1938 Addresses in United States available ]

Please - Any Gersigger/s who may recognise:
The Ship / The Line / The Owners / The Passengers:
Kindly be in touch with further information. Many Thanks.

Ernie Durra. Cape Town. South Africa. Email: meldrum@absamail.co.za


Morris/Moshe Eliezer ben Mashe Swerdloff #general

Yoni Shapiro <yonigen@...>
 

Did any one hear the name Moshe Swerdloff? He is one of those people that
are not well known ,however has done a much for The Jewish people during the
infamous years of 40's and 50's. Among other projects he helped save many
Jewish children >from the missionaries . The children by now are old enough
to be parents and grandparents themselves. The Swerdloff family has lost
track of those they (Mr.Sweerdolff and his late wife). I being a friend of
them and a heart of love would like to locate these children
The organization was called Save-A-Child Foundation which dealt mainly
with children that were in Belgium at the time and transferred to Israel.

Mr. Swerdloff 's condition very fair. I believe it is only right those Mr.
and Mrs. Swerdloff saved come forth and meet the man that saved them.

Here is a Partial list I obtained.
Beatrice Borenstein
Maurice,Ellen ceutlin
Irene Gottlieb
Isaac Jochimowitz
Marcel Kahne
Simon Klapper
Francois Lipszyc
Edith Maisner
Helene Spielman
Spira Helene, Herbert
Charles Tac
Wanda Weinberger
Anna Winykamien
Sonja Wuczinski
Esther Frajlich
Anette, Elisa,Samuel Potasznik
Rosa, Jeanine Zandler
Liset Birenholz
Isaac, Felex Brumer
Max ,Leo Spindler


Yonasan Shapiro
Lakewood, NJ


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Morris/Moshe Eliezer ben Mashe Swerdloff #general

Yoni Shapiro <yonigen@...>
 

Did any one hear the name Moshe Swerdloff? He is one of those people that
are not well known ,however has done a much for The Jewish people during the
infamous years of 40's and 50's. Among other projects he helped save many
Jewish children >from the missionaries . The children by now are old enough
to be parents and grandparents themselves. The Swerdloff family has lost
track of those they (Mr.Sweerdolff and his late wife). I being a friend of
them and a heart of love would like to locate these children
The organization was called Save-A-Child Foundation which dealt mainly
with children that were in Belgium at the time and transferred to Israel.

Mr. Swerdloff 's condition very fair. I believe it is only right those Mr.
and Mrs. Swerdloff saved come forth and meet the man that saved them.

Here is a Partial list I obtained.
Beatrice Borenstein
Maurice,Ellen ceutlin
Irene Gottlieb
Isaac Jochimowitz
Marcel Kahne
Simon Klapper
Francois Lipszyc
Edith Maisner
Helene Spielman
Spira Helene, Herbert
Charles Tac
Wanda Weinberger
Anna Winykamien
Sonja Wuczinski
Esther Frajlich
Anette, Elisa,Samuel Potasznik
Rosa, Jeanine Zandler
Liset Birenholz
Isaac, Felex Brumer
Max ,Leo Spindler


Yonasan Shapiro
Lakewood, NJ


Old Chicago school yearbooks, 1917 & 1922 #general

Mimi Katz <GeveretKatz@...>
 

Does anyone have access to either of these?:

1917 Hyde Park High School yearbook (graduating class of February, 1917)
1922 Univ. of Chicago yearbook (class of Dec. 1921)

If so, please email me privately if you can do a look-up.

Thanks so much,
Mimi Katz, Chicago (the other side of town!)


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Old Chicago school yearbooks, 1917 & 1922 #general

Mimi Katz <GeveretKatz@...>
 

Does anyone have access to either of these?:

1917 Hyde Park High School yearbook (graduating class of February, 1917)
1922 Univ. of Chicago yearbook (class of Dec. 1921)

If so, please email me privately if you can do a look-up.

Thanks so much,
Mimi Katz, Chicago (the other side of town!)


Search for my bio father. #austria-czech

Rudolf Kies, PH.D. <kies@...>
 

Dear Fellow Researchers:

Perhaps one among you has the answer to a problem that has plagued me for
years. I don't seem to find an answer and everywhere I turn, I meet with
the proverbial brick wall.

Here is the issue:
My mother,

Adele BECHER (or Becherova)

Born:

Datum: 21. 5. 1897
Ort: Donawitz #36 (Stanovice)
Name: Adela
Vater: Josef BECHER, Zimmermann in Donawitz #36, geb. zu Neu-
donawitz #26 am 10 Mai 1867, ehelicher Sohn des nun +
Franz BECHER, Porzellandrehers in Neudonawitz #26, and der
nun + Josefa geb. ROHM aus Neudonawitz #12
Mutter: Johanna HUBL, geb. aus Waltsch #49 Bez. Luditz am 21. 9. 1866
eheliche Tochter des Hermann HUBL Haeuslers in Neudonawitz
#31, und der nun + Johanna geb. SCHROEDL aus Deutschrust
#53 bei Pomeisl.

My mother Lived with her first husband, Bedrich Jäger, (or Jaeger) in or
around Karlsbad, former Sudetenland, (Austria) now Czech Republic at least
during the years 1930-1934. I was born in 1933!

The information I have concerning my father:

Bedrich Jäger DOB 26 July 1894 - Died 8 September 1942 at Maly Trostinec,
Concentration Camp. Maly Trostinec was located near Minsk, Russia. The
Czech Government is unable to furnish more information.

Jäger had family! At least a sister that tried to take me "home" around
1939. (Unsuccessfully). There may have been other siblings. For sure, he
had parents! I need to find his family tree! I need to know who I am!

To explain my current name: My mother married Franz Kies in 1948. My birth
record only shows "Vater unbekannt" (Father unknown).

Please help me if you can.

Rudy
Rudi Becher


Austria-Czech SIG #Austria-Czech Search for my bio father. #austria-czech

Rudolf Kies, PH.D. <kies@...>
 

Dear Fellow Researchers:

Perhaps one among you has the answer to a problem that has plagued me for
years. I don't seem to find an answer and everywhere I turn, I meet with
the proverbial brick wall.

Here is the issue:
My mother,

Adele BECHER (or Becherova)

Born:

Datum: 21. 5. 1897
Ort: Donawitz #36 (Stanovice)
Name: Adela
Vater: Josef BECHER, Zimmermann in Donawitz #36, geb. zu Neu-
donawitz #26 am 10 Mai 1867, ehelicher Sohn des nun +
Franz BECHER, Porzellandrehers in Neudonawitz #26, and der
nun + Josefa geb. ROHM aus Neudonawitz #12
Mutter: Johanna HUBL, geb. aus Waltsch #49 Bez. Luditz am 21. 9. 1866
eheliche Tochter des Hermann HUBL Haeuslers in Neudonawitz
#31, und der nun + Johanna geb. SCHROEDL aus Deutschrust
#53 bei Pomeisl.

My mother Lived with her first husband, Bedrich Jäger, (or Jaeger) in or
around Karlsbad, former Sudetenland, (Austria) now Czech Republic at least
during the years 1930-1934. I was born in 1933!

The information I have concerning my father:

Bedrich Jäger DOB 26 July 1894 - Died 8 September 1942 at Maly Trostinec,
Concentration Camp. Maly Trostinec was located near Minsk, Russia. The
Czech Government is unable to furnish more information.

Jäger had family! At least a sister that tried to take me "home" around
1939. (Unsuccessfully). There may have been other siblings. For sure, he
had parents! I need to find his family tree! I need to know who I am!

To explain my current name: My mother married Franz Kies in 1948. My birth
record only shows "Vater unbekannt" (Father unknown).

Please help me if you can.

Rudy
Rudi Becher


[Austria-Czech] Program at the National Czech and SLovak Museum and Library #austria-czech

Lisa Feder <lfeder@...>
 

The National Czech and Slovak Museum and Library in
Cedar Rapids Iowa is presenting two programs that may
be of interest to list members: One with author and
Holocaust survivor Dr. Renata Laxova who will present
"Letter to Alexander: A Family’s Kindertransport
Experience." and author Helen Epstein will discuss
her New York Times Notable Book of the Year, "Where
She Came From: A Daughter's Search for her Mother's
History".

The Museum is also displaying an exhibit "The Tragedy
of Slovak Jews". More information can be found at
www.ncsml.org

Lisa Feder


Austria-Czech SIG #Austria-Czech [Austria-Czech] Program at the National Czech and SLovak Museum and Library #austria-czech

Lisa Feder <lfeder@...>
 

The National Czech and Slovak Museum and Library in
Cedar Rapids Iowa is presenting two programs that may
be of interest to list members: One with author and
Holocaust survivor Dr. Renata Laxova who will present
"Letter to Alexander: A Family’s Kindertransport
Experience." and author Helen Epstein will discuss
her New York Times Notable Book of the Year, "Where
She Came From: A Daughter's Search for her Mother's
History".

The Museum is also displaying an exhibit "The Tragedy
of Slovak Jews". More information can be found at
www.ncsml.org

Lisa Feder


Re: Cemeteries in Cape Town #southafrica

Richard Newman <genserch@...>
 

the story I heard was that because of the layout, the graves in nearly all
the cemeteries do not face Jerusalem. The graves in Pinelands 1 &2 are
facing Table Mountain, in keeping wit h the Psalm, I will lift up mine eyes
unto the hills.......
The burials are placed in alternate rows as all to face this direction.

Of course, the bigger question around the observant world is are the feet
closest to Jerusalem, or the head. If the head faces Jerusalem then the
rising body, b'viat hamashiach and tchiyas hamesim, would have their backs
to Jerusalem---not good. I have heard the Yeminites have the feet nearest
to Jerusalem, thus, upon arising would be facing in the correct direction.

Hope this adds some clarification, or othwerwise,

Richard Newman

I have asked this question on numerous
occasions and have not received a satisfactory
reply. Hopefully, this message will now bring the
answer for which I am looking.

All over the world the head of a Tombstone faces
Jerusalem, which means that Tombstones are one
next to the other in rows. In Pinelands cemetery in
particular, Tombstones are back to back. Therefore
not all heads of Tombstones are facing Jerusalem as is in Jewish Tradition.

Is there a reason that Cape Town cemeteries are
different >from the norm?

Beryl Baleson
Israel.
balden@zahav.net.il


South Africa SIG #SouthAfrica RE: Cemeteries in Cape Town #southafrica

Richard Newman <genserch@...>
 

the story I heard was that because of the layout, the graves in nearly all
the cemeteries do not face Jerusalem. The graves in Pinelands 1 &2 are
facing Table Mountain, in keeping wit h the Psalm, I will lift up mine eyes
unto the hills.......
The burials are placed in alternate rows as all to face this direction.

Of course, the bigger question around the observant world is are the feet
closest to Jerusalem, or the head. If the head faces Jerusalem then the
rising body, b'viat hamashiach and tchiyas hamesim, would have their backs
to Jerusalem---not good. I have heard the Yeminites have the feet nearest
to Jerusalem, thus, upon arising would be facing in the correct direction.

Hope this adds some clarification, or othwerwise,

Richard Newman

I have asked this question on numerous
occasions and have not received a satisfactory
reply. Hopefully, this message will now bring the
answer for which I am looking.

All over the world the head of a Tombstone faces
Jerusalem, which means that Tombstones are one
next to the other in rows. In Pinelands cemetery in
particular, Tombstones are back to back. Therefore
not all heads of Tombstones are facing Jerusalem as is in Jewish Tradition.

Is there a reason that Cape Town cemeteries are
different >from the norm?

Beryl Baleson
Israel.
balden@zahav.net.il