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GROUP TRIP TO LITHUANIA & SURROUNDING AREA #lithuania

Howard Margol <homargol@...>
 

I am organizing my 11th Annual group trip to Lithuania &
surrounding area for June 22- July 2, 2004. Included are
visits to the various Archives, synagogues, ghettos,
holocaust sites, meetings with Jewish leaders, sight-seeing,
experienced guide/interpreters, and two/three days to visit
and spend time in your shtetl, or shtetlach of interest. All
meals (except l dinner & 2 lunches) are included, the finest
hotels (new & modern), modern bus with onboard toilet, and much
more. This is a great opportunity to visit the places where
your ancestors lived and also attend the International Conference
on Jewish Genealogy in Jerusalem, July 4-9, 2004. For full
details contact Howard Margol, 404-261-8662. Email: homargol@aol.com

IMPORTANT!! Please contact me personally at homargol@aol.com
(not to my bellsouth email address). Do not, I repeat, do not
respond to this message on the Digest.

Howard Margol


New location-Louke (Luknik) cemetary photos #lithuania

drl711
 

I have moved my ISP so I am reposting the new location
of these photos of the cemetary and headstones in
Luoke (Luknik) Lithuania taken by Dan Kirshner in
1994.

http://home.comcast.net/~d.lyon/louke/lukcem2.htm

MODERATOR'S NOTE: All messages should be signed with full name.


Lithuania SIG #Lithuania GROUP TRIP TO LITHUANIA & SURROUNDING AREA #lithuania

Howard Margol <homargol@...>
 

I am organizing my 11th Annual group trip to Lithuania &
surrounding area for June 22- July 2, 2004. Included are
visits to the various Archives, synagogues, ghettos,
holocaust sites, meetings with Jewish leaders, sight-seeing,
experienced guide/interpreters, and two/three days to visit
and spend time in your shtetl, or shtetlach of interest. All
meals (except l dinner & 2 lunches) are included, the finest
hotels (new & modern), modern bus with onboard toilet, and much
more. This is a great opportunity to visit the places where
your ancestors lived and also attend the International Conference
on Jewish Genealogy in Jerusalem, July 4-9, 2004. For full
details contact Howard Margol, 404-261-8662. Email: homargol@aol.com

IMPORTANT!! Please contact me personally at homargol@aol.com
(not to my bellsouth email address). Do not, I repeat, do not
respond to this message on the Digest.

Howard Margol


Lithuania SIG #Lithuania New location-Louke (Luknik) cemetary photos #lithuania

drl711
 

I have moved my ISP so I am reposting the new location
of these photos of the cemetary and headstones in
Luoke (Luknik) Lithuania taken by Dan Kirshner in
1994.

http://home.comcast.net/~d.lyon/louke/lukcem2.htm

MODERATOR'S NOTE: All messages should be signed with full name.


BLANKFORT -- Sephardic and Litvak? #lithuania

SingingTM@...
 

My great grandmother was Tsippora Blankfort Lane, bat R. Dov Ber Blankfort, and Hannah Whiteman Blankfort.

Although our family members consider ourselves Ashkenazim and Litvak, I
learned the following about BLANKFORT >from a cousin: " I don't remember much of what Grandpa Barney said about the family except that we were related to Don Abrabanel who helped to finance Columbus' trip to the Americas and was paid for it by being expelled. Whether that's true or not, I can't say. BLANKFORT appears to be a Germanization of Blancafort which is a Catalonian name which would account for my complexion and for being considered Spanish while in Spain, Italian in Italy, etc."

My great grandmother's headstone (see below a translation of a portion of the text) suggests that she was "educated in the Torah" and a "teacher". An article in the possession of a cousin suggests that she was a Talmudic scholar. An article previously in the possession of a different cousin suggested that her brother was a famous Rabbi. The headstone further suggests that she is the daughter of "R. Dov," which further suggests that her father, Berel Blankfort, was a Rabbi. Tsippora Blankfort Lane was born in 1860 in Lithuania, presumably in or near Panevezys, and died in 1941 in New York.

I am in the process of researching a reported family connection to Isaac
Moses Blankfort, an educator in New York who lived >from about 1846 to 1947 (to age 101). Isaac was the grandfather of psychologist/author/director Michael Blankfort. Michael Blankfort, according to another cousin, was his cousin.

II am interested in learning more about this reported Rabbinic connection, on your ideas about whether there is a Sephardic connection, on getting
suggestions for further research, and on any family information about individuals mentioned above.

Please respond privately.
Here is the translation >from the headstone cited above.

ON THE DEATH OF OUR DEAR, MODEST AND ESTEEMED MOTHER, TEACHER
EDUCATED IN THE TORAH, AND IN HER DEEDS
SHE DID CHARITY HER WHOLE LIFE
MRS. TSIPPORA, DAUGHTER OF R. DOV

Jeff Miller
Brookeville, MD
SingingTM@aol.com

Researching:
LAN (e), YUDELOWITZ, BLANKFORT, WHITEMAN, FINKELSTEIN, WEINER >from Panevezys (Ponevezh), Vilijampole (Slobodka), Seta (Shat), and Pumpenai, all in Lithuania.


Lithuania SIG #Lithuania BLANKFORT -- Sephardic and Litvak? #lithuania

SingingTM@...
 

My great grandmother was Tsippora Blankfort Lane, bat R. Dov Ber Blankfort, and Hannah Whiteman Blankfort.

Although our family members consider ourselves Ashkenazim and Litvak, I
learned the following about BLANKFORT >from a cousin: " I don't remember much of what Grandpa Barney said about the family except that we were related to Don Abrabanel who helped to finance Columbus' trip to the Americas and was paid for it by being expelled. Whether that's true or not, I can't say. BLANKFORT appears to be a Germanization of Blancafort which is a Catalonian name which would account for my complexion and for being considered Spanish while in Spain, Italian in Italy, etc."

My great grandmother's headstone (see below a translation of a portion of the text) suggests that she was "educated in the Torah" and a "teacher". An article in the possession of a cousin suggests that she was a Talmudic scholar. An article previously in the possession of a different cousin suggested that her brother was a famous Rabbi. The headstone further suggests that she is the daughter of "R. Dov," which further suggests that her father, Berel Blankfort, was a Rabbi. Tsippora Blankfort Lane was born in 1860 in Lithuania, presumably in or near Panevezys, and died in 1941 in New York.

I am in the process of researching a reported family connection to Isaac
Moses Blankfort, an educator in New York who lived >from about 1846 to 1947 (to age 101). Isaac was the grandfather of psychologist/author/director Michael Blankfort. Michael Blankfort, according to another cousin, was his cousin.

II am interested in learning more about this reported Rabbinic connection, on your ideas about whether there is a Sephardic connection, on getting
suggestions for further research, and on any family information about individuals mentioned above.

Please respond privately.
Here is the translation >from the headstone cited above.

ON THE DEATH OF OUR DEAR, MODEST AND ESTEEMED MOTHER, TEACHER
EDUCATED IN THE TORAH, AND IN HER DEEDS
SHE DID CHARITY HER WHOLE LIFE
MRS. TSIPPORA, DAUGHTER OF R. DOV

Jeff Miller
Brookeville, MD
SingingTM@aol.com

Researching:
LAN (e), YUDELOWITZ, BLANKFORT, WHITEMAN, FINKELSTEIN, WEINER >from Panevezys (Ponevezh), Vilijampole (Slobodka), Seta (Shat), and Pumpenai, all in Lithuania.


Yagelnitsa / Jagielnice #poland

Sonya Hammer <Sunnyh2@...>
 

To those of us researching Jagielnice / Yagelnitsa

As you may know, Jewish Records Indexing Poland is indexing the Jewish
vital records for Yagelnitsa / Jagielnice. The cost of the indexing is
$2421, and we have raised $1148, which means that we still need to raise
$1248 to place the records on line in our searchable database.

JRI-Poland is providing us, and other towns not yet fully funded, with a
unique opportunity that may help us reach our goal quickly. It's called the "PSA end of the year challenge." Under the rules of the challenge, if we are able to raise a specific targeted amount by December 31, 2003, this amount will be matched, up to the amount of $500. The target amount for Yagelnitsa /Jagielnice is $748.

THIS MATCHING FUND CAMPAIGN ENDS DECEMBER 31, 2003, so we have to act
quickly in order to take advantage of this opportunity.

To make a contribution, you can send a check made out to Jewish Records
Indexing-Poland with a note that it's for AGAD Jagielnice / Yagelnitsa, to
JRI-Poland, c/o Sheila Salo, 5607 Greenleaf Rd., Cheverly, MD. 20785.

Or you can phone her between 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. at 301-341-1261, if
you prefer to make a contribution via Visa.

Or you can visit http://www.JewishGen.org/jri-pl/visa.htm and follow the
instructions.

I look forward to hearing >from you if you have any questions.
Sonya Hammer
YAGELNITSA Town Leader


JRI Poland #Poland Yagelnitsa / Jagielnice #poland

Sonya Hammer <Sunnyh2@...>
 

To those of us researching Jagielnice / Yagelnitsa

As you may know, Jewish Records Indexing Poland is indexing the Jewish
vital records for Yagelnitsa / Jagielnice. The cost of the indexing is
$2421, and we have raised $1148, which means that we still need to raise
$1248 to place the records on line in our searchable database.

JRI-Poland is providing us, and other towns not yet fully funded, with a
unique opportunity that may help us reach our goal quickly. It's called the "PSA end of the year challenge." Under the rules of the challenge, if we are able to raise a specific targeted amount by December 31, 2003, this amount will be matched, up to the amount of $500. The target amount for Yagelnitsa /Jagielnice is $748.

THIS MATCHING FUND CAMPAIGN ENDS DECEMBER 31, 2003, so we have to act
quickly in order to take advantage of this opportunity.

To make a contribution, you can send a check made out to Jewish Records
Indexing-Poland with a note that it's for AGAD Jagielnice / Yagelnitsa, to
JRI-Poland, c/o Sheila Salo, 5607 Greenleaf Rd., Cheverly, MD. 20785.

Or you can phone her between 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. at 301-341-1261, if
you prefer to make a contribution via Visa.

Or you can visit http://www.JewishGen.org/jri-pl/visa.htm and follow the
instructions.

I look forward to hearing >from you if you have any questions.
Sonya Hammer
YAGELNITSA Town Leader


Research in Romania #hungary

Solomon <ariksolo@...>
 

Dear SIGgers,

I want to hire a romanian genealogist to do some archive research for me
in the Satu-Mare and Maramures counties. A couple of months ago I hired
XXXXXXXXX who did a good job around the northern parts of
Satu-Mare county. Only problem was the high costs of this operation,
considering the need to wire the money over.
As a result, I hereby invite any of you who wishes to do research in
those counties to join me and share the costs. I'm opened to other
genealogists as well.

Please respond as soon as you can so we can start the arrangements.

Thanks a lot,

Arik Solomon,
Petah Tikva
Israel

Researching:
SOLOMON/SALAMON/SALOMON - Turt (Turcz) Romania
NEUFELD - Vama (Vamfalu) Romania
GRUN - Satu Mare (Szatmar) Romania, Maramarossighet (Szighet) Romania
FEIG - Ruskova (Vissoroszi) Romania, Maramarossighet (Szighet) Romania

Moderator VK: I have omitted the name of the researcher. Please contact Arik off-list for more information.


Surname Joseph #hungary

Emcarth <farran@...>
 

Hi
I'm trying to find out if anyone has heard a story that the Emperor Franz
Josef gave the surname "Joseph/Josef" to all the members of his Jewish
regiment. A man of Austro-Hungarian Jewish descent named with the surname
told me this story. Can someone verify?
Thanks
Bill Farran

----


Hungary SIG #Hungary Research in Romania #hungary

Solomon <ariksolo@...>
 

Dear SIGgers,

I want to hire a romanian genealogist to do some archive research for me
in the Satu-Mare and Maramures counties. A couple of months ago I hired
XXXXXXXXX who did a good job around the northern parts of
Satu-Mare county. Only problem was the high costs of this operation,
considering the need to wire the money over.
As a result, I hereby invite any of you who wishes to do research in
those counties to join me and share the costs. I'm opened to other
genealogists as well.

Please respond as soon as you can so we can start the arrangements.

Thanks a lot,

Arik Solomon,
Petah Tikva
Israel

Researching:
SOLOMON/SALAMON/SALOMON - Turt (Turcz) Romania
NEUFELD - Vama (Vamfalu) Romania
GRUN - Satu Mare (Szatmar) Romania, Maramarossighet (Szighet) Romania
FEIG - Ruskova (Vissoroszi) Romania, Maramarossighet (Szighet) Romania

Moderator VK: I have omitted the name of the researcher. Please contact Arik off-list for more information.


Hungary SIG #Hungary Surname Joseph #hungary

Emcarth <farran@...>
 

Hi
I'm trying to find out if anyone has heard a story that the Emperor Franz
Josef gave the surname "Joseph/Josef" to all the members of his Jewish
regiment. A man of Austro-Hungarian Jewish descent named with the surname
told me this story. Can someone verify?
Thanks
Bill Farran

----


New Morse One Step Utility #general

Joel Weintraub <jweintraub@...>
 

Group,
We felt we had enough resources to open up our new geographical search tool
on the Morse One Step Site. See:
http://www.stevemorse.org/census/index.html
Some comments, not in any order. 1. Steve decided to incorporate the new
material within the existing code for the 1930 census, so note that there
is a switch box between 1910 and 1930 (default is 1930) at the top of the
entry page. 2. Unlike the 1930 census, we have not yet created any new
databases ourselves, but instead have transcribed existing street index to
ED #s tables >from NARA and LDS sources. Volunteers are still working on
Cleveland, Denver, Detroit, Philadelphia, and Seattle, and I expect those
to be available in the near future. Minneapolis should also be up
eventually. Perhaps this summer I'll consider adding new 1910 cities (as
street indexes) to the list. 3. Marie Taylor of the Family History
Library sent me 2 fiches for the 1910 project. The first contained 5
additional cities not on NARA M1283 and those are (minus Minneapolis) up
on the new utility. The second fiche is very interesting (#6101340) and
contains, for unindexed 1910 states (no NARA soundex), a summary of their
ED descriptions and numbers by counties. Marie also sent 12 of those
entities as digital files, and I've decided to transcribe all of them
(eventually) and put them up on the new 1910 utility. Check out Colorado,
Montana, New York State, South Dakota, Washington, Alaska (should be up
soon), Maine, Minnesota, New Hampshire, Puerto Rico (should be up soon),
Vermont, and Military bases (should be up soon). Note that *all* the
cities appear to be covered within each county. Also note that we are
showing this database as a pull down *text* file with no links. For
instance, in New York we show both a street index for Queens with
some links (>from the LDS fiche) AND a text file of political entities
comprising Queens. 4. Because we are using the 1930 One Step utility as
the umbrella for the new 1910 utility, we have attempted to change the
FAQs and other text material to reflect the range of Census years (1910 to
1930... with 1920 having a separate utility)rather than just 1930. We
might not have always succeeded in that rewrite, and it will need to be
fine tuned in the future.
In any case.... here's a nice present to the genealogical community >from
the One Step team....for the new year.

Joel Weintraub, Dana Point, CA


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen New Morse One Step Utility #general

Joel Weintraub <jweintraub@...>
 

Group,
We felt we had enough resources to open up our new geographical search tool
on the Morse One Step Site. See:
http://www.stevemorse.org/census/index.html
Some comments, not in any order. 1. Steve decided to incorporate the new
material within the existing code for the 1930 census, so note that there
is a switch box between 1910 and 1930 (default is 1930) at the top of the
entry page. 2. Unlike the 1930 census, we have not yet created any new
databases ourselves, but instead have transcribed existing street index to
ED #s tables >from NARA and LDS sources. Volunteers are still working on
Cleveland, Denver, Detroit, Philadelphia, and Seattle, and I expect those
to be available in the near future. Minneapolis should also be up
eventually. Perhaps this summer I'll consider adding new 1910 cities (as
street indexes) to the list. 3. Marie Taylor of the Family History
Library sent me 2 fiches for the 1910 project. The first contained 5
additional cities not on NARA M1283 and those are (minus Minneapolis) up
on the new utility. The second fiche is very interesting (#6101340) and
contains, for unindexed 1910 states (no NARA soundex), a summary of their
ED descriptions and numbers by counties. Marie also sent 12 of those
entities as digital files, and I've decided to transcribe all of them
(eventually) and put them up on the new 1910 utility. Check out Colorado,
Montana, New York State, South Dakota, Washington, Alaska (should be up
soon), Maine, Minnesota, New Hampshire, Puerto Rico (should be up soon),
Vermont, and Military bases (should be up soon). Note that *all* the
cities appear to be covered within each county. Also note that we are
showing this database as a pull down *text* file with no links. For
instance, in New York we show both a street index for Queens with
some links (>from the LDS fiche) AND a text file of political entities
comprising Queens. 4. Because we are using the 1930 One Step utility as
the umbrella for the new 1910 utility, we have attempted to change the
FAQs and other text material to reflect the range of Census years (1910 to
1930... with 1920 having a separate utility)rather than just 1930. We
might not have always succeeded in that rewrite, and it will need to be
fine tuned in the future.
In any case.... here's a nice present to the genealogical community >from
the One Step team....for the new year.

Joel Weintraub, Dana Point, CA


Grodzisk Maz. and Surrounding Towns Surname Cross Reference #general

Family Tree Expert <Expert@...>
 

Do you have family >from towns just to the west of Warsaw, Poland and near
Grodzisk Mazowiecki, Poland? If so, you may want to check the new
Surname-Town Cross-Reference spreadsheet.

The cross-reference shows the surnames and where they appear in vital
records indexed as part of the JRI-Poland initiative >from the following
towns:

Bolimow 52°05' 20°10'
Czerwinsk 52°24' 20°18'
Drobin 52°45' 19°59'
Grodzisk Mazowiecki 52°07' 20°38'
Mszczonow 51°59' 20°31'
Nadarzyn 52°06' 20°48'
Nowy Dwor Mazowiecki 52°26' 20°43'
Tarczyn 51°58' 20°50'
Wiskitki 52°05' 20°24'
Zakroczym 52°26' 20°38'

We are working towards indexing vital records for 1840-1859
and 1877-1882 - 2,130 records. We have already
*completed* 1829-1831 as well as 1868-1877 - over 1,335 records!

To access the cross-reference, visit:
http://www.familytreeexpert.com/fte/countries/poland/grodmaz/grodmazxref.htm

To read more about the project, visit:
http://www.familytreeexpert.com/fte/countries/poland/grodmaz/grodzisk_mazowiecki.htm

Regards,

Gary Palgon
JRI-Poland - Grodzisk Mazowiecki Shtetl Coordinator
Atlanta, GA


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Grodzisk Maz. and Surrounding Towns Surname Cross Reference #general

Family Tree Expert <Expert@...>
 

Do you have family >from towns just to the west of Warsaw, Poland and near
Grodzisk Mazowiecki, Poland? If so, you may want to check the new
Surname-Town Cross-Reference spreadsheet.

The cross-reference shows the surnames and where they appear in vital
records indexed as part of the JRI-Poland initiative >from the following
towns:

Bolimow 52°05' 20°10'
Czerwinsk 52°24' 20°18'
Drobin 52°45' 19°59'
Grodzisk Mazowiecki 52°07' 20°38'
Mszczonow 51°59' 20°31'
Nadarzyn 52°06' 20°48'
Nowy Dwor Mazowiecki 52°26' 20°43'
Tarczyn 51°58' 20°50'
Wiskitki 52°05' 20°24'
Zakroczym 52°26' 20°38'

We are working towards indexing vital records for 1840-1859
and 1877-1882 - 2,130 records. We have already
*completed* 1829-1831 as well as 1868-1877 - over 1,335 records!

To access the cross-reference, visit:
http://www.familytreeexpert.com/fte/countries/poland/grodmaz/grodmazxref.htm

To read more about the project, visit:
http://www.familytreeexpert.com/fte/countries/poland/grodmaz/grodzisk_mazowiecki.htm

Regards,

Gary Palgon
JRI-Poland - Grodzisk Mazowiecki Shtetl Coordinator
Atlanta, GA


UPDATING INFO - WEINTRAUB FAMILY. #romania

Nigel Wilson <wilsonettes@...>
 

Dear All,

I have just come upon some additional information that applies to a posting
I made over a year ago.

Sara Rifke Weintraub >from Galatz Romania – a widow aged 54 – arrives in New
York in 1906 and goes to her son Jacob Weintraub. – 1st Avenue.

I have been looking for descendants of Jacob and his 2 brothers Morris and
Joseph without success – perhaps now that I have found Sara someone might
remember that their ancestor Sara did indeed have 3 sons.

In the 1930 census Sara is living with Jacob, his wife Bessie (whose maiden
name might possibly have been Feller) – and their 6 children, Bella,
Blanche, Matilda, Samuel, Ethel and Helen. Jacob was the owner of a
restaurant. Address – 63rd St., Brooklyn, Kings.

On the SSDI I found a Samuel Weintraub (birth date fits) who died in 1980 in
San Bernardino – perhaps another lead for someone?

I would add that due to the recent postings about returning to the Morse
site – I did so – and that is when I found Sara, her name had been spelt
Wientraub, although I had checked this spelling previously I had done so on
the Jewish Passengers list – she is not listed there, only on the general
sites. I have found this to be true of other family members, so let this be
a general tip, just because you know that your family was Jewish does not
necessarily mean they will appear on the Jewish site.

Wishing everyone a Happy Chanukah.

Patricia Wilson (Israel)

Searching:-
Weintraub- Galatz/Romania.
Katz – Piatra Neamt/Bacau – Romania
Nadler – Botosani/Mihaileni – Romania.


Romania SIG #Romania UPDATING INFO - WEINTRAUB FAMILY. #romania

Nigel Wilson <wilsonettes@...>
 

Dear All,

I have just come upon some additional information that applies to a posting
I made over a year ago.

Sara Rifke Weintraub >from Galatz Romania – a widow aged 54 – arrives in New
York in 1906 and goes to her son Jacob Weintraub. – 1st Avenue.

I have been looking for descendants of Jacob and his 2 brothers Morris and
Joseph without success – perhaps now that I have found Sara someone might
remember that their ancestor Sara did indeed have 3 sons.

In the 1930 census Sara is living with Jacob, his wife Bessie (whose maiden
name might possibly have been Feller) – and their 6 children, Bella,
Blanche, Matilda, Samuel, Ethel and Helen. Jacob was the owner of a
restaurant. Address – 63rd St., Brooklyn, Kings.

On the SSDI I found a Samuel Weintraub (birth date fits) who died in 1980 in
San Bernardino – perhaps another lead for someone?

I would add that due to the recent postings about returning to the Morse
site – I did so – and that is when I found Sara, her name had been spelt
Wientraub, although I had checked this spelling previously I had done so on
the Jewish Passengers list – she is not listed there, only on the general
sites. I have found this to be true of other family members, so let this be
a general tip, just because you know that your family was Jewish does not
necessarily mean they will appear on the Jewish site.

Wishing everyone a Happy Chanukah.

Patricia Wilson (Israel)

Searching:-
Weintraub- Galatz/Romania.
Katz – Piatra Neamt/Bacau – Romania
Nadler – Botosani/Mihaileni – Romania.


Receiving a GEDCOM file #belarus

Boris Krantz <Boris@...>
 

I have no experience with GEDCOM files. I sent such a file to a fellow
KRANTZ researcher, a DoroTree user, but she sent back the following
message:

"The only trouble is I don't know how to open it. I keep getting
messages that "this is a binder file "
etc. Could you please give me guidelines?

Help? Any suggestions?

Thanks,

Boris M. Krantz
Bedminster, NJ USA
Searching: KRANTZ, PERLIS, WELLER >from Brest (Belarus); Zamosc, Poland; and Bialystok, Poland
MODERATOR NOTE: Please reply privately.


Belarus SIG #Belarus Receiving a GEDCOM file #belarus

Boris Krantz <Boris@...>
 

I have no experience with GEDCOM files. I sent such a file to a fellow
KRANTZ researcher, a DoroTree user, but she sent back the following
message:

"The only trouble is I don't know how to open it. I keep getting
messages that "this is a binder file "
etc. Could you please give me guidelines?

Help? Any suggestions?

Thanks,

Boris M. Krantz
Bedminster, NJ USA
Searching: KRANTZ, PERLIS, WELLER >from Brest (Belarus); Zamosc, Poland; and Bialystok, Poland
MODERATOR NOTE: Please reply privately.