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Emily Rose to Speak at Feb. 6, 2005 JGS of Greater Miami, Inc. Meeting #general

Barbara Musikar <bar945@...>
 

The Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Miami, Inc. is please to present Emily
Rose at our February 6, 2005 Meeting.

Time: 10 AM Sharp
Where: The Greater Miami Jewish Federation
4200 Biscayne Blvd.
Miami, FL
Call: 305-575-4000 for directions

Author Emily Rose will discuss successful techniques for writing your family
history and then conduct a mini-workshop. Emily spoke at the 2003 International
Jewish Genealogy Conference in Washington DC and gave three presentations at the
2002 conference . The Jewish Book Council selected her book "Portraits of Our
Past: Jews of the German Countryside", as a 2001-2 National Jewish Book Awards
Finalist. Her website is:
www.PortraitsOfOurPast.com .

For further information please contact the society at bar945@... or
see our website at www.jgs-miami.org.

Barbara Musikar
President of JGS of Greater Miami, Inc.
VP Programming
bar945@...


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Emily Rose to Speak at Feb. 6, 2005 JGS of Greater Miami, Inc. Meeting #general

Barbara Musikar <bar945@...>
 

The Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Miami, Inc. is please to present Emily
Rose at our February 6, 2005 Meeting.

Time: 10 AM Sharp
Where: The Greater Miami Jewish Federation
4200 Biscayne Blvd.
Miami, FL
Call: 305-575-4000 for directions

Author Emily Rose will discuss successful techniques for writing your family
history and then conduct a mini-workshop. Emily spoke at the 2003 International
Jewish Genealogy Conference in Washington DC and gave three presentations at the
2002 conference . The Jewish Book Council selected her book "Portraits of Our
Past: Jews of the German Countryside", as a 2001-2 National Jewish Book Awards
Finalist. Her website is:
www.PortraitsOfOurPast.com .

For further information please contact the society at bar945@... or
see our website at www.jgs-miami.org.

Barbara Musikar
President of JGS of Greater Miami, Inc.
VP Programming
bar945@...


JGS Tampa Bay Seminar #general

Mark
 

Meeting Notice for Sunday, February 13, 2005

Jewish Genealogical Society of Tampa Bay
Seminar On Naturalization Research

What: Seminar: Naturalization Research using the Internet and JGSTB Library
Where: Gulf Coast Jewish Family Services, 14041 Icot Blvd., Clearwater, Florida
When: Two parts:Part 1: Sunday, February 13, 2005 at 2:00 P.M.(1:30 Registration)
Part 2: Sunday, March 13, 2005 at 2:00 P.M. (1:30 Registration)
Cost: Members free; non-members $25. Membership dues waived if you become a
member when you register for the seminar. $10 charged per course booklet.

The Jewish Genealogical Society of Tampa Bay (JGSTB) will sponsor a two-part
seminar on Naturalization Research. Emphasis will be given to research resources
on the Internet and in library materials available in the JGSTB library.
This seminar is aimed at an intermediate level, although beginners are welcome and
will benefit >from the information presented. An extensive Q & A is planned. The
presentation will be illustrated by approximately 200 slides (included in the
course booklet).

The naturalization records of your ancestors can help in establishing their roots
in the old country. Unfortunately the tangled web of naturalization laws, the
multitude of judicial jurisdictions, and the scattered location of germane
records make the search for these documents difficult and frustrating. This
two-part course is designed to reduce the mystery and confusion and to improve the
chances of a successful search. A brief history of the laws and of governmental
entities involved in naturalization processes will be presented, and a logical
progression for finding actual records of interest will be demonstrated; Special
emphasis will be given to the use of Internet resources.

We are pleased that Emil H Isaacson, a charter member of the JGSTB, and an
experienced genealogist is our annual seminar leader will once again conduct one
of his thoroughly researched and comprehensive educational courses for members and
for interested non-members. Dr. Isaacson has over 22 years of experience in
genealogy and has researched his ancestral roots back seven generations to the
late 1700's in Europe. He will share his successful and sometimes unsuccessful
techniques that allowed him to connect with his ancestors in the old country.

To register, or for more information, call Sally or Bill Israel at 727-343-1652 or
Mark Baron at 727-842-5789. Advance registration by telephone or by e-mail to
<mark_baron@...> will ensure that sufficient books are printed and available
at the seminar. Paid members and those pre-registered will have first priority on
books.

Members of other Florida Jewish Genealogical Societies are welcome and will be
charged a course fee of $10 (unless they decide to become a member of JGSTB), plus
an additional $10 if a course booklet is purchased.

If you have not already renewed your membership in the JGS of Tampa Bay for 2005,
you can pay the $25 annual dues at the meeting or by mail in advance.
The membership year begins on January 1st, so all 2004 memberships have expired.


Bill Israel
President, JGS of Tampa Bay
@ukeguy
(727) 343-1652

The Jewish Genealogical Society of Tampa Bay is a proud member of the
International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies.


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen JGS Tampa Bay Seminar #general

Mark
 

Meeting Notice for Sunday, February 13, 2005

Jewish Genealogical Society of Tampa Bay
Seminar On Naturalization Research

What: Seminar: Naturalization Research using the Internet and JGSTB Library
Where: Gulf Coast Jewish Family Services, 14041 Icot Blvd., Clearwater, Florida
When: Two parts:Part 1: Sunday, February 13, 2005 at 2:00 P.M.(1:30 Registration)
Part 2: Sunday, March 13, 2005 at 2:00 P.M. (1:30 Registration)
Cost: Members free; non-members $25. Membership dues waived if you become a
member when you register for the seminar. $10 charged per course booklet.

The Jewish Genealogical Society of Tampa Bay (JGSTB) will sponsor a two-part
seminar on Naturalization Research. Emphasis will be given to research resources
on the Internet and in library materials available in the JGSTB library.
This seminar is aimed at an intermediate level, although beginners are welcome and
will benefit >from the information presented. An extensive Q & A is planned. The
presentation will be illustrated by approximately 200 slides (included in the
course booklet).

The naturalization records of your ancestors can help in establishing their roots
in the old country. Unfortunately the tangled web of naturalization laws, the
multitude of judicial jurisdictions, and the scattered location of germane
records make the search for these documents difficult and frustrating. This
two-part course is designed to reduce the mystery and confusion and to improve the
chances of a successful search. A brief history of the laws and of governmental
entities involved in naturalization processes will be presented, and a logical
progression for finding actual records of interest will be demonstrated; Special
emphasis will be given to the use of Internet resources.

We are pleased that Emil H Isaacson, a charter member of the JGSTB, and an
experienced genealogist is our annual seminar leader will once again conduct one
of his thoroughly researched and comprehensive educational courses for members and
for interested non-members. Dr. Isaacson has over 22 years of experience in
genealogy and has researched his ancestral roots back seven generations to the
late 1700's in Europe. He will share his successful and sometimes unsuccessful
techniques that allowed him to connect with his ancestors in the old country.

To register, or for more information, call Sally or Bill Israel at 727-343-1652 or
Mark Baron at 727-842-5789. Advance registration by telephone or by e-mail to
<mark_baron@...> will ensure that sufficient books are printed and available
at the seminar. Paid members and those pre-registered will have first priority on
books.

Members of other Florida Jewish Genealogical Societies are welcome and will be
charged a course fee of $10 (unless they decide to become a member of JGSTB), plus
an additional $10 if a course booklet is purchased.

If you have not already renewed your membership in the JGS of Tampa Bay for 2005,
you can pay the $25 annual dues at the meeting or by mail in advance.
The membership year begins on January 1st, so all 2004 memberships have expired.


Bill Israel
President, JGS of Tampa Bay
@ukeguy
(727) 343-1652

The Jewish Genealogical Society of Tampa Bay is a proud member of the
International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies.


View Mate # 5401- German inscription in book #austria-czech

robert fraser <robertandginafraser@...>
 

Dear JGgenners and SIGers -

I'd like to thank all those who offered their assistance in reading the
inscription (below). I now know a little more, but still nothing of the girl
herself.

Robert W Fraser
Dianella, Western Australia
robertandginafraser@...

----Original Message-----
From: robert fraser [mailto:robertandginafraser@...]
Sent: Thursday, 27 January 2005 12:05 PM
To: JewishGen Discussion Group
Subject: View Mate # 5401- German inscription in book

Dear Genners -

I have uploaded to ViewMate an image of the flyleaf of a Bat Mitzvah
"Gebetbuch" (siddur). There is no date on the inscription or the book
itself - not even a date of printing.

snip>>>>>>>>>>>>


POLLAK/NEUMANN from Blatna and Vienna #austria-czech

Joseph Lonstein
 

Hi everyone,

I have an fairly complete tree of descendents of my
great-great-grandparents, Eleanore POLLAK (1846-1932) and Moritz NEUMANN
(1844-1886), both born in Blatna/Kasejovice CZR and later lived in Vienna.
Interestingly, one of Eleanore's sisters (Sophie POLLAK - 1842-1932) married
one of Moritz' brothers (Karl NEUMANN), but I know very little about this
other POLLAK/NEUMANN family. I'm hoping someone knows about or is
researching the same family.

Sophie POLLAK and Karl NEUMANN had at least six children, all of whom were
apparently still alive in Vienna in the late-1930s: son Otto (apparently
died in 1950, but I don't know where), and five daughters - Bertha (married
a man named LEFKOWITZ), Anna (married a man named WEISSKOPF), Jetti (married
a man named ASCHERMANN), Karoline (married a man named SCHOENLANK), and
Marie (married to David WOLF).

Marie (1873-1937) and David WOLF (1858-1940) are both buried in Vienna, and
had three children, one of whom (Friedrich WOLF) who is still alive at age
96 and lives in Israel. I received all the information he know about his
mother's five siblings through a common cousin, but it wasn't much. He
states that his aunt Karoline NEUMANN-SCHOENLANK died in California in 1967.
There is a Carol SCHOENLANK in the SSDI who died in 1967 at age 95 in
Duarte, California who may very likely be her. I know nothing else about
any of the other siblings other than what I've written here.

If anyone knows about any members of this family, I'd be very pleased to
hear >from you.

Regards,

Joe Lonstein
East Lansing, MI


Austria-Czech SIG #Austria-Czech View Mate # 5401- German inscription in book #austria-czech

robert fraser <robertandginafraser@...>
 

Dear JGgenners and SIGers -

I'd like to thank all those who offered their assistance in reading the
inscription (below). I now know a little more, but still nothing of the girl
herself.

Robert W Fraser
Dianella, Western Australia
robertandginafraser@...

----Original Message-----
From: robert fraser [mailto:robertandginafraser@...]
Sent: Thursday, 27 January 2005 12:05 PM
To: JewishGen Discussion Group
Subject: View Mate # 5401- German inscription in book

Dear Genners -

I have uploaded to ViewMate an image of the flyleaf of a Bat Mitzvah
"Gebetbuch" (siddur). There is no date on the inscription or the book
itself - not even a date of printing.

snip>>>>>>>>>>>>


Austria-Czech SIG #Austria-Czech POLLAK/NEUMANN from Blatna and Vienna #austria-czech

Joseph Lonstein
 

Hi everyone,

I have an fairly complete tree of descendents of my
great-great-grandparents, Eleanore POLLAK (1846-1932) and Moritz NEUMANN
(1844-1886), both born in Blatna/Kasejovice CZR and later lived in Vienna.
Interestingly, one of Eleanore's sisters (Sophie POLLAK - 1842-1932) married
one of Moritz' brothers (Karl NEUMANN), but I know very little about this
other POLLAK/NEUMANN family. I'm hoping someone knows about or is
researching the same family.

Sophie POLLAK and Karl NEUMANN had at least six children, all of whom were
apparently still alive in Vienna in the late-1930s: son Otto (apparently
died in 1950, but I don't know where), and five daughters - Bertha (married
a man named LEFKOWITZ), Anna (married a man named WEISSKOPF), Jetti (married
a man named ASCHERMANN), Karoline (married a man named SCHOENLANK), and
Marie (married to David WOLF).

Marie (1873-1937) and David WOLF (1858-1940) are both buried in Vienna, and
had three children, one of whom (Friedrich WOLF) who is still alive at age
96 and lives in Israel. I received all the information he know about his
mother's five siblings through a common cousin, but it wasn't much. He
states that his aunt Karoline NEUMANN-SCHOENLANK died in California in 1967.
There is a Carol SCHOENLANK in the SSDI who died in 1967 at age 95 in
Duarte, California who may very likely be her. I know nothing else about
any of the other siblings other than what I've written here.

If anyone knows about any members of this family, I'd be very pleased to
hear >from you.

Regards,

Joe Lonstein
East Lansing, MI


CGSI Symposium Feb 12, 2005 #austria-czech

E. Randol Schoenberg
 

For members in Southern California, I will be giving a lecture on Jewish
History and Research in Bohemia & Moravia at the 4th Winter Symposium of the
Czechoslovak Genealogical Society International at the Family History Center
at 674 South Yorba Street, Orange, California on Saturday, February 12, 2005
at 2:45-3:45 pm. See http://www.cgsi.org for more details. I would love it
if some of our members were there.

Randy Schoenberg
Los Angeles, CA


Austria-Czech SIG #Austria-Czech CGSI Symposium Feb 12, 2005 #austria-czech

E. Randol Schoenberg
 

For members in Southern California, I will be giving a lecture on Jewish
History and Research in Bohemia & Moravia at the 4th Winter Symposium of the
Czechoslovak Genealogical Society International at the Family History Center
at 674 South Yorba Street, Orange, California on Saturday, February 12, 2005
at 2:45-3:45 pm. See http://www.cgsi.org for more details. I would love it
if some of our members were there.

Randy Schoenberg
Los Angeles, CA


Looking for KAPLAN/GREENBERG family #belarus

Karen Zale
 

Hello,
I am trying to find information about my grandmothers
family. Her name was Fannie Kaplan daughter of Berel
and Ettariva Kaplan. Fannie was born abt. 1877 near
Odessa, Russia, she died 1/22/1946 in New York City.
She had the following siblings, Kali, Tible (Tillie),
Soshi (Sara), Abraham, and Moishe. She came to the US
as a child, with a relative. Fannie and Louis
Greenberg were married in New York City about
1894/1895 on Ludlow Street. Louis Greenberg (b.
4/7/1876 Grunstein >from near Warsaw Poland, d.
5/31/1944, New York City). They had six children and
were in the grocery business.

Please respond to me privately to kbzpzq@...

Karen ZALE
Plano, TX

ZALEFSKY - Shereshero,Belarus; FINKELSTEIN -Shchedrin, Belarus;
SORKIN - Rogochovi, Belarus; KAPLAN - near Odessa;
GREENBERG (GRUNSTEIN)- near Warsaw; GOLDENBERG - Austria;
KELLERMAN - Austria/Germany; JOSHKOWITZ - Germany;
EHRENFREUND - Tarnow, Galicia;





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Belarus SIG #Belarus Looking for KAPLAN/GREENBERG family #belarus

Karen Zale
 

Hello,
I am trying to find information about my grandmothers
family. Her name was Fannie Kaplan daughter of Berel
and Ettariva Kaplan. Fannie was born abt. 1877 near
Odessa, Russia, she died 1/22/1946 in New York City.
She had the following siblings, Kali, Tible (Tillie),
Soshi (Sara), Abraham, and Moishe. She came to the US
as a child, with a relative. Fannie and Louis
Greenberg were married in New York City about
1894/1895 on Ludlow Street. Louis Greenberg (b.
4/7/1876 Grunstein >from near Warsaw Poland, d.
5/31/1944, New York City). They had six children and
were in the grocery business.

Please respond to me privately to kbzpzq@...

Karen ZALE
Plano, TX

ZALEFSKY - Shereshero,Belarus; FINKELSTEIN -Shchedrin, Belarus;
SORKIN - Rogochovi, Belarus; KAPLAN - near Odessa;
GREENBERG (GRUNSTEIN)- near Warsaw; GOLDENBERG - Austria;
KELLERMAN - Austria/Germany; JOSHKOWITZ - Germany;
EHRENFREUND - Tarnow, Galicia;





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Re: Harsfalva #hungary

Micah Salb
 

Clair,

I heard that >from another person as well, which should be some confirmation
that your limited Hungarian hasn't failed you!

Thanks!

-Micah

----- Original Message -----
From: "Claire Weiss" <claireweiss@...>
To: "H-SIG" <h-sig@...>
Sent: Saturday, January 29, 2005 6:25 AM
Subject: [h-sig] Harsfalva



In my limited Hungarian, I believe that the town name HARSFALVA means
Lime, or Linden, Tree Village.
Claire Weiss
London UK.
Researching WEISS and RUBINSTEIN >from Botosani, Austro-Hungary and
Bucharest, HODIS/HODAS >from Lviv, Ukraine, BERNSTEIN >from Brest, Belarus,
and any name >from BAJA, Hungary through the various JewishGen lists. Many
thanks.


Re: *re: A Missing Town #hungary

Micah Salb
 

Tom,

Thank you very much for this information, which confirms information that I
heard elsewhere.

This list-serve truly is amazing!

-Micah

----- Original Message -----
From: "Tom Venetianer" <tom.vene@...>
To: "H-SIG" <h-sig@...>
Cc: "S. Micah Salb" <msalb@...>
Sent: Friday, January 28, 2005 4:21 PM
Subject: [h-sig] *re: A Missing Town


Micah:
The place you are looking for is HARSFALVA with an acute accent on the
first 'a'. The SZOLYVA prefix derives >from the district called Szolyva in
the Bereg county to which this village belonged before the Trianon
partition. This village is now in Ukraine and called NELIPINO.
Good luck
Tom

At 00:00 -0600 28.01.2005, H-SIG digest wrote:
Subject: A Missing Town
From: "S. Micah Salb" <msalb@...>
Date: Wed, 26 Jan 2005 13:09:05 -0500
X-Message-Number: 3

My guess is that what I know as Harczvolva may be a town now called
Szolyva-Harsfalva, Ukraine. Does that seem correct?

But in any event, I can't find Szolyva-Harsfalva, Ukraine on any map.

Can anyone offer any help?

Thanks!

-Micah Salb
Washington, D.C.
--
-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-
Tom Venetianer <mailto:tom.vene@...>
Sao Paulo - Brazil


Hungary SIG #Hungary Re: Harsfalva #hungary

Micah Salb
 

Clair,

I heard that >from another person as well, which should be some confirmation
that your limited Hungarian hasn't failed you!

Thanks!

-Micah

----- Original Message -----
From: "Claire Weiss" <claireweiss@...>
To: "H-SIG" <h-sig@...>
Sent: Saturday, January 29, 2005 6:25 AM
Subject: [h-sig] Harsfalva



In my limited Hungarian, I believe that the town name HARSFALVA means
Lime, or Linden, Tree Village.
Claire Weiss
London UK.
Researching WEISS and RUBINSTEIN >from Botosani, Austro-Hungary and
Bucharest, HODIS/HODAS >from Lviv, Ukraine, BERNSTEIN >from Brest, Belarus,
and any name >from BAJA, Hungary through the various JewishGen lists. Many
thanks.


Hungary SIG #Hungary Re: *re: A Missing Town #hungary

Micah Salb
 

Tom,

Thank you very much for this information, which confirms information that I
heard elsewhere.

This list-serve truly is amazing!

-Micah

----- Original Message -----
From: "Tom Venetianer" <tom.vene@...>
To: "H-SIG" <h-sig@...>
Cc: "S. Micah Salb" <msalb@...>
Sent: Friday, January 28, 2005 4:21 PM
Subject: [h-sig] *re: A Missing Town


Micah:
The place you are looking for is HARSFALVA with an acute accent on the
first 'a'. The SZOLYVA prefix derives >from the district called Szolyva in
the Bereg county to which this village belonged before the Trianon
partition. This village is now in Ukraine and called NELIPINO.
Good luck
Tom

At 00:00 -0600 28.01.2005, H-SIG digest wrote:
Subject: A Missing Town
From: "S. Micah Salb" <msalb@...>
Date: Wed, 26 Jan 2005 13:09:05 -0500
X-Message-Number: 3

My guess is that what I know as Harczvolva may be a town now called
Szolyva-Harsfalva, Ukraine. Does that seem correct?

But in any event, I can't find Szolyva-Harsfalva, Ukraine on any map.

Can anyone offer any help?

Thanks!

-Micah Salb
Washington, D.C.
--
-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-
Tom Venetianer <mailto:tom.vene@...>
Sao Paulo - Brazil


25th IAJGS International Jewish Genealogical Conference #latvia

Barry Shay
 

As you know, the 25th IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy
will take place in Las Vegas, Nevada >from July 10 to July 15, 2005. As in
previous years, we are planning to participate in the SIG Fair and have
our annual meeting as well as a SIG luncheon at the conference.
Consequently, I'd like to get an idea of the number of people planning
to attend the conference as well as the individual Latvia SIG events.
So, if you are planning to attend, please email me directly or send a
note via the mailing list.

Additionally, please send me your ideas about topics, issues, concerns,
etc. you'd like to see covered at the SIG meeting or discussed at the
luncheon. Suggestions for a luncheon speaker or topic would also be
appreciated.

Thanks for your help.

Barry Shay
President, Latvia SIG


Latvia SIG #Latvia 25th IAJGS International Jewish Genealogical Conference #latvia

Barry Shay
 

As you know, the 25th IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy
will take place in Las Vegas, Nevada >from July 10 to July 15, 2005. As in
previous years, we are planning to participate in the SIG Fair and have
our annual meeting as well as a SIG luncheon at the conference.
Consequently, I'd like to get an idea of the number of people planning
to attend the conference as well as the individual Latvia SIG events.
So, if you are planning to attend, please email me directly or send a
note via the mailing list.

Additionally, please send me your ideas about topics, issues, concerns,
etc. you'd like to see covered at the SIG meeting or discussed at the
luncheon. Suggestions for a luncheon speaker or topic would also be
appreciated.

Thanks for your help.

Barry Shay
President, Latvia SIG


SMITH from Russia #lithuania

Annemarie Jutel <jutel@...>
 

I only know that his family went by the name of "Smith". I also know
that they came >from Russia. They lived in Philadelphia, PA.
That is all I know and there is no one still alive who could give me a
clue to what the name might have been prior to emigration.

What a challenge! Not knowing the era you are looking at, some of this
is stab in the dark, but -

Here are some suggestions:

1) Find the death certificates for earliest Smiths you know of >from your
family. If you are lucky, they may include their parents' names. This
is more likely to be true of the first spouse in the couple to die, as his
or her spouse may have known the name, while the off-spring probably didn't.
Even if they only put the first names, and the last name of Smith, it
may be useful. For example, with JRI Poland, you could find couples with
the same two first names, and explore them in greater depth.

2) Gravestones may specify place of birth. Again, with your earliest Smith
relatives to the states, get a photo of the stone. If it does specify a
place, you could do a shtetl search for that village, hope it is a small
one, and perhaps find people working on the same family, or on families
who have made records about yours.

3) a memorial plaque at the synagogue for my great grandmother (whose
name I knew) made reference to her father's name (which I didn't know)

4) if you are fortunate enough to find family address book/birthday
book/photo albums/miscellaneous other papers, you may not think that
the names included are family members, but follow up on all of them.
You might be surprised.

5) at least one obituary I have read had the Polish first name listed,
and many listed the town of birth. Scare up every obituary you can find
for the early immigrants. There may be clues. At the very least, there
may be mention of survivors who kept the Russian name.

Good luck!

Annemarie Jutel
Dunedin, NZ

Researching:
DROZDOWITZ/DROZDOWICZ/DROZDOW/DROSDOWITZ of Plonsk, Zakroczym, Chicago,
Ogden (UT), Indianapolis and New York. GOLDSTEIN Marijampol, HIRSCHLER
Manheim and Hessheim, MANHEIM Ottensoos, San Francisco, KAHN Hannover,
San Francisco LOEB Strasbourg, San Francisco and STEINBERG Marijampole(?),
Louisville, KY


Lithuania SIG #Lithuania SMITH from Russia #lithuania

Annemarie Jutel <jutel@...>
 

I only know that his family went by the name of "Smith". I also know
that they came >from Russia. They lived in Philadelphia, PA.
That is all I know and there is no one still alive who could give me a
clue to what the name might have been prior to emigration.

What a challenge! Not knowing the era you are looking at, some of this
is stab in the dark, but -

Here are some suggestions:

1) Find the death certificates for earliest Smiths you know of >from your
family. If you are lucky, they may include their parents' names. This
is more likely to be true of the first spouse in the couple to die, as his
or her spouse may have known the name, while the off-spring probably didn't.
Even if they only put the first names, and the last name of Smith, it
may be useful. For example, with JRI Poland, you could find couples with
the same two first names, and explore them in greater depth.

2) Gravestones may specify place of birth. Again, with your earliest Smith
relatives to the states, get a photo of the stone. If it does specify a
place, you could do a shtetl search for that village, hope it is a small
one, and perhaps find people working on the same family, or on families
who have made records about yours.

3) a memorial plaque at the synagogue for my great grandmother (whose
name I knew) made reference to her father's name (which I didn't know)

4) if you are fortunate enough to find family address book/birthday
book/photo albums/miscellaneous other papers, you may not think that
the names included are family members, but follow up on all of them.
You might be surprised.

5) at least one obituary I have read had the Polish first name listed,
and many listed the town of birth. Scare up every obituary you can find
for the early immigrants. There may be clues. At the very least, there
may be mention of survivors who kept the Russian name.

Good luck!

Annemarie Jutel
Dunedin, NZ

Researching:
DROZDOWITZ/DROZDOWICZ/DROZDOW/DROSDOWITZ of Plonsk, Zakroczym, Chicago,
Ogden (UT), Indianapolis and New York. GOLDSTEIN Marijampol, HIRSCHLER
Manheim and Hessheim, MANHEIM Ottensoos, San Francisco, KAHN Hannover,
San Francisco LOEB Strasbourg, San Francisco and STEINBERG Marijampole(?),
Louisville, KY