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Elusive Ship Manifest Still MIA #general

Louise Goldstein <lgoldstein@...>
 

Thanks to all of you who responded when I posted last week about the
difficulties I've had locating my grandmother Malke CHALOWSKY's ship
manifest. I am so grateful for the interest people took in my problem!
Most of the suggestions are things I've already tried but I'm persevering.
One other thing I'm trying is the NYC marriage applications/affidavits/
licenses recently obtained under the FOIL by that marvelous new
organization, Reclaim the Records. These are not the marriage certificate,
but are more detailed and may give me more of the information I seek. It's
all done by snail mail, so I'm eagerly waiting. I'm also looking into the
people Malke's sister Chaije and brother Harry were going to, per their
ship manifests, Laser SAITZ on Winslow Street in Roxbury, MA and someone
that looks like "Lazar LESHANSKY" on 4th Street in New York. They are
listed as relatives.

Louise Goldstein

CHALOWSKY/GOLDBERG, Krivoye Ozera, Ukraine;
GOLDSTEIN/GOLDSTERN/ROSENSUMMEN/HERSCHENFELD/WEINSTROM/BRANDT, Terespol,
Poland/Brest Litovsk, Belarus; BATTALEN/WOLOFF, Voronezh, Russia; RONEN,
Kiev, Ukraine; PASHKOFF, Fastov, Ukraine.


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Elusive Ship Manifest Still MIA #general

Louise Goldstein <lgoldstein@...>
 

Thanks to all of you who responded when I posted last week about the
difficulties I've had locating my grandmother Malke CHALOWSKY's ship
manifest. I am so grateful for the interest people took in my problem!
Most of the suggestions are things I've already tried but I'm persevering.
One other thing I'm trying is the NYC marriage applications/affidavits/
licenses recently obtained under the FOIL by that marvelous new
organization, Reclaim the Records. These are not the marriage certificate,
but are more detailed and may give me more of the information I seek. It's
all done by snail mail, so I'm eagerly waiting. I'm also looking into the
people Malke's sister Chaije and brother Harry were going to, per their
ship manifests, Laser SAITZ on Winslow Street in Roxbury, MA and someone
that looks like "Lazar LESHANSKY" on 4th Street in New York. They are
listed as relatives.

Louise Goldstein

CHALOWSKY/GOLDBERG, Krivoye Ozera, Ukraine;
GOLDSTEIN/GOLDSTERN/ROSENSUMMEN/HERSCHENFELD/WEINSTROM/BRANDT, Terespol,
Poland/Brest Litovsk, Belarus; BATTALEN/WOLOFF, Voronezh, Russia; RONEN,
Kiev, Ukraine; PASHKOFF, Fastov, Ukraine.


(Ukraine) Access to Records of Repressive Regimes 1917-1991 #general

Jan Meisels Allen
 

On 9 April 2015, the Ukrainian Parliament enacted the bill 2540 "On access
to the files of the repressive authorities of the Communist totalitarian
regime of 1917-1991."
To read the law in English see: http://tinyurl.com/yavjp3sr
Original url:
http://www.memory.gov.ua/laws/law-ukraine-access-archives-repressive-agencies-totalitarian-communist-regime-1917-1991

Over the past two years Ukrainians and foreigners have been able to access
the records by making online requests for the documents. "These documents
cover the major part of the 20th-century history, including economic,
social, and cultural life, various domains of domestic policy and
international relations." The Ukrainian government takes responsibility to
systematically digitize the documents of the repressive bodies, as well as
to provide electronic copies on demand. The law calls for the state to
guarantee free access to archival information of repressive agencies. In
addition, the law required the state to take measures to find and receive
archival information of repressive agencies, which is stored in the relevant
institutions of foreign countries. The historical records were transferred
to the State Branch of the Ukrainian Institute of National Remembrance (SBA
UINR). Documents of the repressive Soviet period authorities remain there,
but the law simplifies access to that documents. The persons named in the
records, as well as their families have the right to strict access to the
records. However, they are required to indicate, which information
limitations they want restricted: (type of information, pages, paragraphs,
etc.), as well as the period for which limitations are set. Included in the
law, Article 3, is a long list of "repressive agencies". The right to
restrict information is limited to 25 years, however certain types of
information are not subject to restrictions—which are delineated in the law.

To access the information one has to send an online request to the main
archives of the Ukraine's Security Service (SBU) by writing to :
arhivsbu@ssu.gov.ua

The website of the SBU is found at: https://www.ssu.gov.ua/ua/pages/98

When the Ukraine declared independence >from the Soviet Union in 1991 then
Russian President Boris Yeltsin issued decrees on the answer of the
Communist Party and KGB archives to the state,-non-USSR repositories. He
found records of his father's case file and a transcript of him talking to
Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev. Originally there were over 108,000
"enemies of the people exposed. When the NKVD combed the archives in 1940
and came across West Ukraine, West Belarus, Bessarabia and the Baltic States
the number of people covered rose by 13 times to almost 1.4 million.

To read more about the personalization of these records see:
http://tinyurl.com/yc4thzal
Original url:
http://euromaidanpress.com/2017/05/16/ukrainians-discover-stories-of-repressed-relatives-in-newly-opened-kgb-archives/ ; and

http://www.ukraine.com/forums/genealogy/16728-kgb-records-declassified-2.html

Anyone may visit the archive and freely copy the documents using their own
cameras or portable scanners.

There does not appear to be an online index of the records.

Jan Meisels Allen
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen (Ukraine) Access to Records of Repressive Regimes 1917-1991 #general

Jan Meisels Allen
 

On 9 April 2015, the Ukrainian Parliament enacted the bill 2540 "On access
to the files of the repressive authorities of the Communist totalitarian
regime of 1917-1991."
To read the law in English see: http://tinyurl.com/yavjp3sr
Original url:
http://www.memory.gov.ua/laws/law-ukraine-access-archives-repressive-agencies-totalitarian-communist-regime-1917-1991

Over the past two years Ukrainians and foreigners have been able to access
the records by making online requests for the documents. "These documents
cover the major part of the 20th-century history, including economic,
social, and cultural life, various domains of domestic policy and
international relations." The Ukrainian government takes responsibility to
systematically digitize the documents of the repressive bodies, as well as
to provide electronic copies on demand. The law calls for the state to
guarantee free access to archival information of repressive agencies. In
addition, the law required the state to take measures to find and receive
archival information of repressive agencies, which is stored in the relevant
institutions of foreign countries. The historical records were transferred
to the State Branch of the Ukrainian Institute of National Remembrance (SBA
UINR). Documents of the repressive Soviet period authorities remain there,
but the law simplifies access to that documents. The persons named in the
records, as well as their families have the right to strict access to the
records. However, they are required to indicate, which information
limitations they want restricted: (type of information, pages, paragraphs,
etc.), as well as the period for which limitations are set. Included in the
law, Article 3, is a long list of "repressive agencies". The right to
restrict information is limited to 25 years, however certain types of
information are not subject to restrictions—which are delineated in the law.

To access the information one has to send an online request to the main
archives of the Ukraine's Security Service (SBU) by writing to :
arhivsbu@ssu.gov.ua

The website of the SBU is found at: https://www.ssu.gov.ua/ua/pages/98

When the Ukraine declared independence >from the Soviet Union in 1991 then
Russian President Boris Yeltsin issued decrees on the answer of the
Communist Party and KGB archives to the state,-non-USSR repositories. He
found records of his father's case file and a transcript of him talking to
Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev. Originally there were over 108,000
"enemies of the people exposed. When the NKVD combed the archives in 1940
and came across West Ukraine, West Belarus, Bessarabia and the Baltic States
the number of people covered rose by 13 times to almost 1.4 million.

To read more about the personalization of these records see:
http://tinyurl.com/yc4thzal
Original url:
http://euromaidanpress.com/2017/05/16/ukrainians-discover-stories-of-repressed-relatives-in-newly-opened-kgb-archives/ ; and

http://www.ukraine.com/forums/genealogy/16728-kgb-records-declassified-2.html

Anyone may visit the archive and freely copy the documents using their own
cameras or portable scanners.

There does not appear to be an online index of the records.

Jan Meisels Allen
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


Re: (Catalonia, Spain) Secret Route for Escaping Jews During WWll #general

Sue Levy
 

May I suggest you read "American Pimpernel - The Man Who Saved the Artists
on Hitler's Death-List" by Andy Marino. This is a well researched account of
the life and work of Varian Fry (1907 - 1967), an American Ivy League
journalist who was shocked at what he saw in Europe in the 1930s - starting
with street beatings of elderly Jews - and became a leader of the Emergency
Rescue Committee in Marseilles which established an escape route over the
Pyrenees when other escape routes became too dangerous. Their mission was to
save people whose names were in Hitler's hit list - intellectuals, artists,
writers, protestors and Jews. His network saved approximately 2000 - 4000
people, and he was the first American to become one of the Righteous Among
Nations at Yad Vashem.

One touching story is that of Alma Mahler, first husband of Gustav Mahler.
Alma and her second husband took that route, schlepping a suitcase with a
false bottom that concealed a stack of Mahler's compositions which would
otherwise have been lost to the world of music.

Marino makes the point that although Germany had a presence in Spain, the
Joint Distribution Committee was permitted to operate there and was a major
contributor to the safety of Europe's refugees.

Incidentally, the movie of the book, "American Pimpernel" is very poor and
not worth watching.

See Wikipedia for a comprehensive report of Fry's life and works, including
a partial list of those he saved.

Sue Levy
Perth, Australia


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen RE: (Catalonia, Spain) Secret Route for Escaping Jews During WWll #general

Sue Levy
 

May I suggest you read "American Pimpernel - The Man Who Saved the Artists
on Hitler's Death-List" by Andy Marino. This is a well researched account of
the life and work of Varian Fry (1907 - 1967), an American Ivy League
journalist who was shocked at what he saw in Europe in the 1930s - starting
with street beatings of elderly Jews - and became a leader of the Emergency
Rescue Committee in Marseilles which established an escape route over the
Pyrenees when other escape routes became too dangerous. Their mission was to
save people whose names were in Hitler's hit list - intellectuals, artists,
writers, protestors and Jews. His network saved approximately 2000 - 4000
people, and he was the first American to become one of the Righteous Among
Nations at Yad Vashem.

One touching story is that of Alma Mahler, first husband of Gustav Mahler.
Alma and her second husband took that route, schlepping a suitcase with a
false bottom that concealed a stack of Mahler's compositions which would
otherwise have been lost to the world of music.

Marino makes the point that although Germany had a presence in Spain, the
Joint Distribution Committee was permitted to operate there and was a major
contributor to the safety of Europe's refugees.

Incidentally, the movie of the book, "American Pimpernel" is very poor and
not worth watching.

See Wikipedia for a comprehensive report of Fry's life and works, including
a partial list of those he saved.

Sue Levy
Perth, Australia


Announcing 2018 Summer Hours at the Polish State Archives #poland

IAJGS 2018 Listserv Communications <iajgs2018@...>
 

The IAJGS 2018 Warsaw Conference Committee is pleased to announce that
we now have an official answer regarding the summer hours at the
Polish State Archives (PSA). The General Director of the PSA system
has advised JRI-Poland that unlike past years, all branches will
remain open throughout the summer months. It is possible that at any
given time, a particular branch will have reduced staff due to planned
vacations, but they will remain open for walk-in visitors.

In addition to the PSA, there are civil records offices (Urzad Stanu
Cywilnego) in thousands of town halls around Poland. These offices are
independent of the Polish State Archives and therefore access to their
records - almost always those less than 100 years old for births -
varies >from town to town.

The level of service - at either Polish State Archives branches or
Civil Records Offices - depends upon many factors. Same day service
should not be expected as the norm when placing a request for
documents even outside of summer months.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Because the leading experts and archivists >from the
Polish and other Eastern European archives have been invited to
participate in our conference, the 2018 IAJGS Warsaw Conference
committee recommends visits to archives and towns before and after
the conference but not during it. The conference lectures will be at
least as valuable to your personal research as spontaneously showing
up in person at an archive or town hall office and may save you time
and energy.

Taube Tours is preparing a schedule of guided trips which may also
provide access to archives around Poland. Stay tuned.

Dan Oren
IAJGS 2018 Communications Director


BialyGen: Bialystok Region #Bialystok #Poland Announcing 2018 Summer Hours at the Polish State Archives #poland

IAJGS 2018 Listserv Communications <iajgs2018@...>
 

The IAJGS 2018 Warsaw Conference Committee is pleased to announce that
we now have an official answer regarding the summer hours at the
Polish State Archives (PSA). The General Director of the PSA system
has advised JRI-Poland that unlike past years, all branches will
remain open throughout the summer months. It is possible that at any
given time, a particular branch will have reduced staff due to planned
vacations, but they will remain open for walk-in visitors.

In addition to the PSA, there are civil records offices (Urzad Stanu
Cywilnego) in thousands of town halls around Poland. These offices are
independent of the Polish State Archives and therefore access to their
records - almost always those less than 100 years old for births -
varies >from town to town.

The level of service - at either Polish State Archives branches or
Civil Records Offices - depends upon many factors. Same day service
should not be expected as the norm when placing a request for
documents even outside of summer months.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Because the leading experts and archivists >from the
Polish and other Eastern European archives have been invited to
participate in our conference, the 2018 IAJGS Warsaw Conference
committee recommends visits to archives and towns before and after
the conference but not during it. The conference lectures will be at
least as valuable to your personal research as spontaneously showing
up in person at an archive or town hall office and may save you time
and energy.

Taube Tours is preparing a schedule of guided trips which may also
provide access to archives around Poland. Stay tuned.

Dan Oren
IAJGS 2018 Communications Director


Announcing 2018 Summer Hours at the Polish State Archives #lodz #poland

IAJGS 2018 Listserv Communications <iajgs2018@...>
 

The IAJGS 2018 Warsaw Conference Committee is pleased to announce that
we now have an official answer regarding the summer hours at the
Polish State Archives (PSA). The General Director of the PSA system
has advised JRI-Poland that unlike past years, all branches will
remain open throughout the summer months. It is possible that at any
given time, a particular branch will have reduced staff due to planned
vacations, but they will remain open for walk-in visitors.

In addition to the PSA, there are civil records offices (Urzad Stanu
Cywilnego) in thousands of town halls around Poland. These offices are
independent of the Polish State Archives and therefore access to their
records - almost always those less than 100 years old for births -
varies >from town to town.

The level of service - at either Polish State Archives branches or
Civil Records Offices - depends upon many factors. Same day service
should not be expected as the norm when placing a request for
documents even outside of summer months.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Because the leading experts and archivists >from the
Polish and other Eastern European archives have been invited to
participate in our conference, the 2018 IAJGS Warsaw Conference
committee recommends visits to archives and towns before and after
the conference but not during it. The conference lectures will be at
least as valuable to your personal research as spontaneously showing
up in person at an archive or town hall office and may save you time
and energy.

Taube Tours is preparing a schedule of guided trips which may also
provide access to archives around Poland. Stay tuned.

Dan Oren
IAJGS 2018 Communications Director


Lodz Area Research Group #Lodz #Poland Announcing 2018 Summer Hours at the Polish State Archives #lodz #poland

IAJGS 2018 Listserv Communications <iajgs2018@...>
 

The IAJGS 2018 Warsaw Conference Committee is pleased to announce that
we now have an official answer regarding the summer hours at the
Polish State Archives (PSA). The General Director of the PSA system
has advised JRI-Poland that unlike past years, all branches will
remain open throughout the summer months. It is possible that at any
given time, a particular branch will have reduced staff due to planned
vacations, but they will remain open for walk-in visitors.

In addition to the PSA, there are civil records offices (Urzad Stanu
Cywilnego) in thousands of town halls around Poland. These offices are
independent of the Polish State Archives and therefore access to their
records - almost always those less than 100 years old for births -
varies >from town to town.

The level of service - at either Polish State Archives branches or
Civil Records Offices - depends upon many factors. Same day service
should not be expected as the norm when placing a request for
documents even outside of summer months.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Because the leading experts and archivists >from the
Polish and other Eastern European archives have been invited to
participate in our conference, the 2018 IAJGS Warsaw Conference
committee recommends visits to archives and towns before and after
the conference but not during it. The conference lectures will be at
least as valuable to your personal research as spontaneously showing
up in person at an archive or town hall office and may save you time
and energy.

Taube Tours is preparing a schedule of guided trips which may also
provide access to archives around Poland. Stay tuned.

Dan Oren
IAJGS 2018 Communications Director


Gershon Solomonov #lithuania

Eli Rabinowitz
 

I am seeking information about Gershon Solomonov.

This is what we know:

Gershon left Lithuania for South Africa before WWII.
He left his family in order to build a better life and then to send for
them.
However, war broke out and he lost his family.
He was so grief stricken that he never married again. He had no heirs.

He was a pawn broker in South Africa.
Gershon's sister was Brina Solomonov Itzkowitz.
Gershon passed away between 1947 and 1953
There may be some remaining Solomonov relatives in Philadelphia, but
contact was lost.

Please email your information to eli@elirab.com

Eli Rabinowitz
Perth, Australia
elirab.me


Announcing 2018 Summer Hours at the Polish State Archives #lithuania

IAJGS 2018 Listserv Communications <iajgs2018@...>
 

The IAJGS 2018 Warsaw Conference Committee is pleased to announce that
we now have an official answer regarding the summer hours at the
Polish State Archives (PSA). The General Director of the PSA system
has advised JRI-Poland that unlike past years, all branches will
remain open throughout the summer months. It is possible that at any
given time, a particular branch will have reduced staff due to planned
vacations, but they will remain open for walk-in visitors.

In addition to the PSA, there are civil records offices (Urzad Stanu
Cywilnego) in thousands of town halls around Poland. These offices are
independent of the Polish State Archives and therefore access to their
records - almost always those less than 100 years old for births -
varies >from town to town.

The level of service - at either Polish State Archives branches or
Civil Records Offices - depends upon many factors. Same day service
should not be expected as the norm when placing a request for
documents even outside of summer months.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Because the leading experts and archivists >from the
Polish and other Eastern European archives have been invited to
participate in our conference, the 2018 IAJGS Warsaw Conference
committee recommends visits to archives and towns before and after
the conference but not during it. The conference lectures will be at
least as valuable to your personal research as spontaneously showing
up in person at an archive or town hall office and may save you time
and energy.

Taube Tours is preparing a schedule of guided trips which may also
provide access to archives around Poland. Stay tuned.

Dan Oren
IAJGS 2018 Communications Director


Lithuania SIG #Lithuania Gershon Solomonov #lithuania

Eli Rabinowitz
 

I am seeking information about Gershon Solomonov.

This is what we know:

Gershon left Lithuania for South Africa before WWII.
He left his family in order to build a better life and then to send for
them.
However, war broke out and he lost his family.
He was so grief stricken that he never married again. He had no heirs.

He was a pawn broker in South Africa.
Gershon's sister was Brina Solomonov Itzkowitz.
Gershon passed away between 1947 and 1953
There may be some remaining Solomonov relatives in Philadelphia, but
contact was lost.

Please email your information to eli@elirab.com

Eli Rabinowitz
Perth, Australia
elirab.me


Lithuania SIG #Lithuania Announcing 2018 Summer Hours at the Polish State Archives #lithuania

IAJGS 2018 Listserv Communications <iajgs2018@...>
 

The IAJGS 2018 Warsaw Conference Committee is pleased to announce that
we now have an official answer regarding the summer hours at the
Polish State Archives (PSA). The General Director of the PSA system
has advised JRI-Poland that unlike past years, all branches will
remain open throughout the summer months. It is possible that at any
given time, a particular branch will have reduced staff due to planned
vacations, but they will remain open for walk-in visitors.

In addition to the PSA, there are civil records offices (Urzad Stanu
Cywilnego) in thousands of town halls around Poland. These offices are
independent of the Polish State Archives and therefore access to their
records - almost always those less than 100 years old for births -
varies >from town to town.

The level of service - at either Polish State Archives branches or
Civil Records Offices - depends upon many factors. Same day service
should not be expected as the norm when placing a request for
documents even outside of summer months.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Because the leading experts and archivists >from the
Polish and other Eastern European archives have been invited to
participate in our conference, the 2018 IAJGS Warsaw Conference
committee recommends visits to archives and towns before and after
the conference but not during it. The conference lectures will be at
least as valuable to your personal research as spontaneously showing
up in person at an archive or town hall office and may save you time
and energy.

Taube Tours is preparing a schedule of guided trips which may also
provide access to archives around Poland. Stay tuned.

Dan Oren
IAJGS 2018 Communications Director


Looking for Link between Two Families #poland

Alice Klein
 

Recently someone with an ancestryDNA 4th cousin match to both me and a
cousin contacted us because her great grandfather was Elias Zepnick
originally >from Warsaw. My cousin and I are part of the Zepnick/Rzepnik
family >from Warsaw also. So we assume we are connected, but we can't
figure out where the link is! Our great-grandfather was Szmul Meyer
Rzepnik born about 1859 in Warsaw. Elias was born about 1868.
I've looked through various databases, and can't find the link.
Elias came to the US, but I can't find any link to my Zepnick family
here either.

Does anyone have any suggests on what other places we could look to
find a link? I just know it exists. Cousins? Brothers?

Thank you for any suggestions.
Alice Klein

ROER, ROSEN, ROSENBERG: Poland, Bellarus
HIRSCH, GIRSHOVITCH: Lithuania
RZEPNIK, SZULKLEJNOT, GLIKMAN, OSMAN: Poland
GLASSMAN, KRENZEL, KATZ, SCHINDLER: Ukraine
GREENSTEIN/GREENSTONE, MARX: Romania


JRI Poland #Poland Looking for Link between Two Families #poland

Alice Klein
 

Recently someone with an ancestryDNA 4th cousin match to both me and a
cousin contacted us because her great grandfather was Elias Zepnick
originally >from Warsaw. My cousin and I are part of the Zepnick/Rzepnik
family >from Warsaw also. So we assume we are connected, but we can't
figure out where the link is! Our great-grandfather was Szmul Meyer
Rzepnik born about 1859 in Warsaw. Elias was born about 1868.
I've looked through various databases, and can't find the link.
Elias came to the US, but I can't find any link to my Zepnick family
here either.

Does anyone have any suggests on what other places we could look to
find a link? I just know it exists. Cousins? Brothers?

Thank you for any suggestions.
Alice Klein

ROER, ROSEN, ROSENBERG: Poland, Bellarus
HIRSCH, GIRSHOVITCH: Lithuania
RZEPNIK, SZULKLEJNOT, GLIKMAN, OSMAN: Poland
GLASSMAN, KRENZEL, KATZ, SCHINDLER: Ukraine
GREENSTEIN/GREENSTONE, MARX: Romania


Toporow and the First Toporower Sick Benefit Society #poland

Judith Elam
 

I was contacted a few months ago by someone researching his grandmother,
Cywja MARDENFELD, who married Nachman PARDES, presumably in Toporow. Yet
another MARDENFELD or MARDERFELD line I cannot connect to the main tree!
Cywia and Nachman PARDES had two sons, Wolf and Morris, both born in
Toporow, who emigrated to NY. In 1920 Wolf applied for a passport to go
back to Toporow to distribute funds collected by the members of the First
Toporower Sick Benefit Society, to help the desperate Jews of Toporow and
their neighboring villages, who were literally barefoot, starving and
freezing to death. The State Department had to conduct an investigation
before issuing the passport to confirm the legitimacy of the proposed trip.
It is a fascinating, but harrowing, document to read. Additionally, many
families are mentioned in this passport application, both as members of the
Society and those supplying character references for Wolf PARDES. It really
is a historical document in and of itself, so I thought you would be
interested to read it, especially if you are researching Toporow, now
Toporiv Ukraine.

https://www.ancestry.com/interactive/1174/USM1490_1517-0364?pid=397594&;backu
rl=http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?indiv%3D1%26db%3DUSpassports%2
6h%3D397594%26tid%3D%26pid%3D%26usePUB%3Dtrue%26_phsrc%3DonQ5332%26_phstart%
3DsuccessSource%26usePUBJs%3Dtrue%26rhSource%3D1411&treeid=&personid=&hintid
=&usePUB=true&_phsrc=onQ5332&_phstart=successSource&usePUBJs=true#?imageId=U
SM1490_1517-0364

Judith Elam
Kihei, HI
elamj@hawaii.rr.com

Researching: MARDENFELD, PARDES, SIEGEL, TENENBAUM - all >from Toporow.
WIENER and WEISS >from Kamionka Strumilowa.


JRI Poland #Poland Toporow and the First Toporower Sick Benefit Society #poland

Judith Elam
 

I was contacted a few months ago by someone researching his grandmother,
Cywja MARDENFELD, who married Nachman PARDES, presumably in Toporow. Yet
another MARDENFELD or MARDERFELD line I cannot connect to the main tree!
Cywia and Nachman PARDES had two sons, Wolf and Morris, both born in
Toporow, who emigrated to NY. In 1920 Wolf applied for a passport to go
back to Toporow to distribute funds collected by the members of the First
Toporower Sick Benefit Society, to help the desperate Jews of Toporow and
their neighboring villages, who were literally barefoot, starving and
freezing to death. The State Department had to conduct an investigation
before issuing the passport to confirm the legitimacy of the proposed trip.
It is a fascinating, but harrowing, document to read. Additionally, many
families are mentioned in this passport application, both as members of the
Society and those supplying character references for Wolf PARDES. It really
is a historical document in and of itself, so I thought you would be
interested to read it, especially if you are researching Toporow, now
Toporiv Ukraine.

https://www.ancestry.com/interactive/1174/USM1490_1517-0364?pid=397594&;backu
rl=http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?indiv%3D1%26db%3DUSpassports%2
6h%3D397594%26tid%3D%26pid%3D%26usePUB%3Dtrue%26_phsrc%3DonQ5332%26_phstart%
3DsuccessSource%26usePUBJs%3Dtrue%26rhSource%3D1411&treeid=&personid=&hintid
=&usePUB=true&_phsrc=onQ5332&_phstart=successSource&usePUBJs=true#?imageId=U
SM1490_1517-0364

Judith Elam
Kihei, HI
elamj@hawaii.rr.com

Researching: MARDENFELD, PARDES, SIEGEL, TENENBAUM - all >from Toporow.
WIENER and WEISS >from Kamionka Strumilowa.


Announcing 2018 Summer Hours at the Polish State Archives #poland

IAJGS 2018 Listserv Communications <iajgs2018@...>
 

The IAJGS 2018 Warsaw Conference Committee is pleased to announce that
we now have an official answer regarding the summer hours at the
Polish State Archives (PSA). The General Director of the PSA system
has advised JRI-Poland that unlike past years, all branches will
remain open throughout the summer months. It is possible that at any
given time, a particular branch will have reduced staff due to planned
vacations, but they will remain open for walk-in visitors.

In addition to the PSA, there are civil records offices (Urzad Stanu
Cywilnego) in thousands of town halls around Poland. These offices are
independent of the Polish State Archives and therefore access to their
records - almost always those less than 100 years old for births -
varies >from town to town.

The level of service - at either Polish State Archives branches or
Civil Records Offices - depends upon many factors. Same day service
should not be expected as the norm when placing a request for
documents even outside of summer months.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Because the leading experts and archivists >from the
Polish and other Eastern European archives have been invited to
participate in our conference, the 2018 IAJGS Warsaw Conference
committee recommends visits to archives and towns before and after
the conference but not during it. The conference lectures will be at
least as valuable to your personal research as spontaneously showing
up in person at an archive or town hall office and may save you time
and energy.

Taube Tours is preparing a schedule of guided trips which may also
provide access to archives around Poland. Stay tuned.

Dan Oren
IAJGS 2018 Communications Director


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The IAJGS 2018 Warsaw Conference Committee is pleased to announce that
we now have an official answer regarding the summer hours at the
Polish State Archives (PSA). The General Director of the PSA system
has advised JRI-Poland that unlike past years, all branches will
remain open throughout the summer months. It is possible that at any
given time, a particular branch will have reduced staff due to planned
vacations, but they will remain open for walk-in visitors.

In addition to the PSA, there are civil records offices (Urzad Stanu
Cywilnego) in thousands of town halls around Poland. These offices are
independent of the Polish State Archives and therefore access to their
records - almost always those less than 100 years old for births -
varies >from town to town.

The level of service - at either Polish State Archives branches or
Civil Records Offices - depends upon many factors. Same day service
should not be expected as the norm when placing a request for
documents even outside of summer months.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Because the leading experts and archivists >from the
Polish and other Eastern European archives have been invited to
participate in our conference, the 2018 IAJGS Warsaw Conference
committee recommends visits to archives and towns before and after
the conference but not during it. The conference lectures will be at
least as valuable to your personal research as spontaneously showing
up in person at an archive or town hall office and may save you time
and energy.

Taube Tours is preparing a schedule of guided trips which may also
provide access to archives around Poland. Stay tuned.

Dan Oren
IAJGS 2018 Communications Director

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