Date   

Re: Changing names - how was it done? #general

Adelle Gloger
 

On January 6,2001 Allan Jordan asked:

Has anyone looked into how someone changed their name at the turn of the
century in the United States? Did our ancestors wake up one morning and
say I want an American name and just start calling themselves by their new
name?
It has been my experience that *legal* name changes in the USA
took place at the time of naturalization. On the Petition for
Naturalization there was also a section where the petitioner could
legally change his name. I have a petition for naturalization for my
grandfather's brother in 1917 where this was done.

Other relatives who filed Declaration of Intention, but never followed
up with naturalization, just assumed a name that was the same as those
who legally changed their names. Others did not change their names at
the time of naturalization, but just assumed/used the names used by
other family members.

Another example is that my grandmother signed an affidavit stating
that the name used by one of my uncles was to be his legal name ---not
the name listed on his Ohio birth certificate.




Adelle Weintraub Gloger
Shaker Hts., Ohio
agloger@aol.com


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Re: Changing names - how was it done? #general

Adelle Gloger
 

On January 6,2001 Allan Jordan asked:

Has anyone looked into how someone changed their name at the turn of the
century in the United States? Did our ancestors wake up one morning and
say I want an American name and just start calling themselves by their new
name?
It has been my experience that *legal* name changes in the USA
took place at the time of naturalization. On the Petition for
Naturalization there was also a section where the petitioner could
legally change his name. I have a petition for naturalization for my
grandfather's brother in 1917 where this was done.

Other relatives who filed Declaration of Intention, but never followed
up with naturalization, just assumed a name that was the same as those
who legally changed their names. Others did not change their names at
the time of naturalization, but just assumed/used the names used by
other family members.

Another example is that my grandmother signed an affidavit stating
that the name used by one of my uncles was to be his legal name ---not
the name listed on his Ohio birth certificate.




Adelle Weintraub Gloger
Shaker Hts., Ohio
agloger@aol.com


Need quick info from Landsman article V9 #general

GMPalgon <gmpalgon@...>
 

I need to get the email address for Jill Whitehead who wrote an
article in the Suwalk-Lomza Landsman magazine Volume 9, #2-3.
For some reason, I'm missing that issue.

Please reply by private email to GMPalgon@aol.com

Thanks,

Gary Palgon


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Need quick info from Landsman article V9 #general

GMPalgon <gmpalgon@...>
 

I need to get the email address for Jill Whitehead who wrote an
article in the Suwalk-Lomza Landsman magazine Volume 9, #2-3.
For some reason, I'm missing that issue.

Please reply by private email to GMPalgon@aol.com

Thanks,

Gary Palgon


Cuban Jewish Tombstones #general

Barbara & Steve Wasser <swass@...>
 

Recently there was a news story in The Schenectady Gazette - November
12, 2000 regarding tombstones in the Jewish cemetery in Havana, Cuba.

Sue Gersten, an Albany, NY photographer traveled to Havana,
photographed the people and tombstones. These photos were mounted
for an exhibition, "Cuba 2000" and were shown in Troy, NY at Hudson
Valley College. Another exhibit will be displayed at the Albany
Public Library during this month.

I contacted Ms. Gersten and asked her if I could share information
with all of you and she was delighted. Information may be viewed on
her Web site, http://www.suegersten.com/cuba/cuba.htm

The article and the trip hit a cord for me as we spent one year
living in San Juan and I was friendly with many who fled Cuba. When
I looked at the web page, some names were familiar.

Hope this is helpful to some of you.

Barbara Wasser


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Cuban Jewish Tombstones #general

Barbara & Steve Wasser <swass@...>
 

Recently there was a news story in The Schenectady Gazette - November
12, 2000 regarding tombstones in the Jewish cemetery in Havana, Cuba.

Sue Gersten, an Albany, NY photographer traveled to Havana,
photographed the people and tombstones. These photos were mounted
for an exhibition, "Cuba 2000" and were shown in Troy, NY at Hudson
Valley College. Another exhibit will be displayed at the Albany
Public Library during this month.

I contacted Ms. Gersten and asked her if I could share information
with all of you and she was delighted. Information may be viewed on
her Web site, http://www.suegersten.com/cuba/cuba.htm

The article and the trip hit a cord for me as we spent one year
living in San Juan and I was friendly with many who fled Cuba. When
I looked at the web page, some names were familiar.

Hope this is helpful to some of you.

Barbara Wasser


Righteous Gentile Candidates #lithuania

Louis A Fine <loufine@...>
 

Dear Belarusians and Litvaken,

A short time ago one of my neighbors told me of her family's activities
during WWII. The family consisted of Auke HARTSTRA, his wife Anna KOEN, theirdaughters Anna Maria b.1920 and my neighbor Tine (now Olson) b.1930.

Two houses away >from the Hartstra family, at either #50 or 42
Voortsweg, Enschede Netherlands, lived a Jewish family, named Ausen
(Aussen). The family consisted of the senior Aussen, their son and his
wife and their toddler/preschooler, red-haired son.

One day members of the Resistance told the Hartstras the Nazis were
coming that night to round up Jews and for them to warn the Ausens. The
Ausens refused to believe them, but Tine requested that the little Ausen
boy be allowed to stay in their home *one* night. Permission was granted.
Circa 3 or 4 am the Nazis came in trucks and took the Ausen family, never
to return. Some of the Hartstra neighbors were Nazi collaborators and
they feared for the boy's life. Consequently he was taken by the
Resistance to live with a farm family outside of Enschede. Tine believes
he was probably adopted

Another part of the Hartstra's history relates another set of
neighbors. Late 1942 or early 1943 the Hartstra's moved to Delden. Next
door lived a family named COHEN: Mr/Mrs. COHEN and the husband's brother.
The Cohen's ran a butcher shop in town. Again the Resistance told the
Hartstra's the Nazis were about to round up Jews. The Cohens listened to
the Hartstra's and went to live with the mother of Tine's
brother-in-law: Mr/Mrs Henry LAST ala Anne FRANK. Last lived in Dolphia &
ran a barber shop in Glanerbrug.

The Hartstras took as much of the Cohen's equipment and furnishing as
they could, stored them their attic and post war, the Cohen's recovered
their goods. As a result, the Cohen's were able to re-open their butcher
shop in Delden. Their daughter married and the couple ran a butcher shop
in Hengelo.

In my opinion, the Hartstra family, Tine being the sole survivor,
deserves to be awarded the status of Righteous Gentile. However the above
requires substantiation and validation >from someone other than Tine. Is
there anyone out there who knows anything about these families?

If so, please contact me privately ASAP.

Louis A. Fine
University Place WA-U.S.A
E-mail <loufine@juno.com>

MODERATOR'S NOTE: Although this is off-topic for Lithuanian Jewish genealogy research, a one-time exception is being made because of the nature of the subject.


Lithuania SIG #Lithuania Righteous Gentile Candidates #lithuania

Louis A Fine <loufine@...>
 

Dear Belarusians and Litvaken,

A short time ago one of my neighbors told me of her family's activities
during WWII. The family consisted of Auke HARTSTRA, his wife Anna KOEN, theirdaughters Anna Maria b.1920 and my neighbor Tine (now Olson) b.1930.

Two houses away >from the Hartstra family, at either #50 or 42
Voortsweg, Enschede Netherlands, lived a Jewish family, named Ausen
(Aussen). The family consisted of the senior Aussen, their son and his
wife and their toddler/preschooler, red-haired son.

One day members of the Resistance told the Hartstras the Nazis were
coming that night to round up Jews and for them to warn the Ausens. The
Ausens refused to believe them, but Tine requested that the little Ausen
boy be allowed to stay in their home *one* night. Permission was granted.
Circa 3 or 4 am the Nazis came in trucks and took the Ausen family, never
to return. Some of the Hartstra neighbors were Nazi collaborators and
they feared for the boy's life. Consequently he was taken by the
Resistance to live with a farm family outside of Enschede. Tine believes
he was probably adopted

Another part of the Hartstra's history relates another set of
neighbors. Late 1942 or early 1943 the Hartstra's moved to Delden. Next
door lived a family named COHEN: Mr/Mrs. COHEN and the husband's brother.
The Cohen's ran a butcher shop in town. Again the Resistance told the
Hartstra's the Nazis were about to round up Jews. The Cohens listened to
the Hartstra's and went to live with the mother of Tine's
brother-in-law: Mr/Mrs Henry LAST ala Anne FRANK. Last lived in Dolphia &
ran a barber shop in Glanerbrug.

The Hartstras took as much of the Cohen's equipment and furnishing as
they could, stored them their attic and post war, the Cohen's recovered
their goods. As a result, the Cohen's were able to re-open their butcher
shop in Delden. Their daughter married and the couple ran a butcher shop
in Hengelo.

In my opinion, the Hartstra family, Tine being the sole survivor,
deserves to be awarded the status of Righteous Gentile. However the above
requires substantiation and validation >from someone other than Tine. Is
there anyone out there who knows anything about these families?

If so, please contact me privately ASAP.

Louis A. Fine
University Place WA-U.S.A
E-mail <loufine@juno.com>

MODERATOR'S NOTE: Although this is off-topic for Lithuanian Jewish genealogy research, a one-time exception is being made because of the nature of the subject.


Minsk Archives #belarus

Barbara Epstein <bepstein@...>
 

I did some work in the Belarus National Archives, in Minsk, in
December, and the price of copying records was 50 cents a page. The
staff was very helpful about copying the records I requested. I
don't know if they are willing to make copies for people who send
written requests.

Barbara Epstein


Re: Hamburg lists vs. Glazier #lithuania

Sallyann Sack <SallyannSack@...>
 

This is a response to a query that was published a few weeks ago.
Perhaps it is still useful

I just read Andrea Vangor's query about Ira Glazier's books ("Migration >from the Russian Empire") . In one of those "coincidences" that are so common in Jewish genealogy, the issue of AVOTAYNU that is going to the printer this week carries a number of articles that discusses Glazier's work.

See Jayare Robert's article, my report about the emigration symposium in Hamburg this past October--especially Professor Henning Bender's comments--and the special discussion of problems with "Migrations >from the Russian Empire." The bottom line on Glazier's work, unfortunately, is that it has many errors. In Andrea's case, however, there should be a simple way to check. The U.S. National Archives in Washington has a microfilmed copy of the arrival manifest that Glazier's people used. Andrea can write to the National Archives and request a photocopy of the page of the manifest that shows the Binder arrival.

And yes, Glazier does use different documents than are used by the
Hamburg Emigration Office. The Hamburg records were created for the
Hamburg city police records. Glazier is uses passenger manifests created
by ship captains or ship pursuers who carried immigrants to America..

As for the names Sundel and Simdel.... Rabbi Shmuel Gorr's book, "Jewish
Personal Names" does not list either. He does, however, list the name
Zundel as a male name. Perhaps the recording clerk in Hamburg
substituted an S for a Z (and also incorrectly listed the child as a
girl).

It is also easy to imagine that someone unfamiliar with Jewish names
[Glazier's students] could misread a handwritten "UN" (as in
Zundel/Sundel) for "IM" but the ship captain or pursuer could have
correctly registered that the child was a boy.

Finally, another of those strange "coincidences." Andrea is hoping that
this arrival turns out to be someone named Benny Bender. In fact, early
in the same month (May 1890) a Benny Binder sailed >from Hamburg to New
York. Alas, he is listed as having come >from "Austria," not "Russia."

Who ever said that all our problems would be solved when we "found the
records?!"

Sallyann Amdur Sack, editor
AVOTAYNU


Belarus SIG #Belarus Minsk Archives #belarus

Barbara Epstein <bepstein@...>
 

I did some work in the Belarus National Archives, in Minsk, in
December, and the price of copying records was 50 cents a page. The
staff was very helpful about copying the records I requested. I
don't know if they are willing to make copies for people who send
written requests.

Barbara Epstein


Lithuania SIG #Lithuania Re: Hamburg lists vs. Glazier #lithuania

Sallyann Sack <SallyannSack@...>
 

This is a response to a query that was published a few weeks ago.
Perhaps it is still useful

I just read Andrea Vangor's query about Ira Glazier's books ("Migration >from the Russian Empire") . In one of those "coincidences" that are so common in Jewish genealogy, the issue of AVOTAYNU that is going to the printer this week carries a number of articles that discusses Glazier's work.

See Jayare Robert's article, my report about the emigration symposium in Hamburg this past October--especially Professor Henning Bender's comments--and the special discussion of problems with "Migrations >from the Russian Empire." The bottom line on Glazier's work, unfortunately, is that it has many errors. In Andrea's case, however, there should be a simple way to check. The U.S. National Archives in Washington has a microfilmed copy of the arrival manifest that Glazier's people used. Andrea can write to the National Archives and request a photocopy of the page of the manifest that shows the Binder arrival.

And yes, Glazier does use different documents than are used by the
Hamburg Emigration Office. The Hamburg records were created for the
Hamburg city police records. Glazier is uses passenger manifests created
by ship captains or ship pursuers who carried immigrants to America..

As for the names Sundel and Simdel.... Rabbi Shmuel Gorr's book, "Jewish
Personal Names" does not list either. He does, however, list the name
Zundel as a male name. Perhaps the recording clerk in Hamburg
substituted an S for a Z (and also incorrectly listed the child as a
girl).

It is also easy to imagine that someone unfamiliar with Jewish names
[Glazier's students] could misread a handwritten "UN" (as in
Zundel/Sundel) for "IM" but the ship captain or pursuer could have
correctly registered that the child was a boy.

Finally, another of those strange "coincidences." Andrea is hoping that
this arrival turns out to be someone named Benny Bender. In fact, early
in the same month (May 1890) a Benny Binder sailed >from Hamburg to New
York. Alas, he is listed as having come >from "Austria," not "Russia."

Who ever said that all our problems would be solved when we "found the
records?!"

Sallyann Amdur Sack, editor
AVOTAYNU


Righteous Gentile Candidates #belarus

Louis A Fine <loufine@...>
 

Dear Belarusians and Litvaken,

A short time ago one of my neighbors told me of her family's activities
during WWII.
The family consisted of Auke HARTSTRA, his wife Anna KOEN, their
daughters Anna Maria b.1920 and my neighbor Tine (now Olson) b.1930.

Two houses away >from the Hartstra family, at either #50 or 42
Voortsweg, Enschede Netherlands, lived a Jewish family, named Ausen
(Aussen). The family consisted of the senior Aussen, their son and his
wife and their toddler/preschooler, red-haired son.
One day members of the Resistance told the Hartstras the Nazis were
coming that night to round up Jews and for them to warn the Ausens. The
Ausens refused to believe them, but Tine requested that the little Ausen
boy be allowed to stay in their home *one* night. Permission was granted.
Circa 3 or 4 am the Nazis came in trucks and took the Ausen family, never
to return. Some of the Hartstra neighbors were Nazi collaborators and
they feared for the boy's life. Consequently he was taken by the
Resistance to live with a farm family outside of Enschede. Tine believes
he was probably adopted.
Another part of the Hartstra's history relates another set of
neighbors. Late 1942 or early 1943 the Hartstra's moved to Delden. Next
door lived a family named COHEN: Mr/Mrs. COHEN and the husband's brother.
The Cohen's ran a butcher shop in town. Again the Resistance told the
Hartstra's the Nazis were about to round up Jews. The Cohens listened to
the Hartstra's and went to live with the mother of Tine's
brother-in-law: Mr/Mrs Henry LAST ala Anne FRANK. Last lived in Dolphia &
ran
a barber shop in Glanerbrug.
The Hartstras took as much of the Cohen's equipment and furnishing as
they could, stored them their attic and post war, the Cohen's recovered
their goods. As a result, the Cohen's were able to re-open their butcher
shop in Delden. Their daughter married and the couple ran a butcher shop
in Hengelo.
In my opinion, the Hartstra family, Tine being the sole survivor,
deserves to be awarded the status of Righteous Gentile. However the above
requires substantiation and validation >from someone other than Tine. Is
there anyone out there who knows anything about these families?

If so, please contact me privately ASAP.

Louis A. Fine
University Place WA-U.S.A
E-mail <loufine@juno.com>


Belarus SIG #Belarus Righteous Gentile Candidates #belarus

Louis A Fine <loufine@...>
 

Dear Belarusians and Litvaken,

A short time ago one of my neighbors told me of her family's activities
during WWII.
The family consisted of Auke HARTSTRA, his wife Anna KOEN, their
daughters Anna Maria b.1920 and my neighbor Tine (now Olson) b.1930.

Two houses away >from the Hartstra family, at either #50 or 42
Voortsweg, Enschede Netherlands, lived a Jewish family, named Ausen
(Aussen). The family consisted of the senior Aussen, their son and his
wife and their toddler/preschooler, red-haired son.
One day members of the Resistance told the Hartstras the Nazis were
coming that night to round up Jews and for them to warn the Ausens. The
Ausens refused to believe them, but Tine requested that the little Ausen
boy be allowed to stay in their home *one* night. Permission was granted.
Circa 3 or 4 am the Nazis came in trucks and took the Ausen family, never
to return. Some of the Hartstra neighbors were Nazi collaborators and
they feared for the boy's life. Consequently he was taken by the
Resistance to live with a farm family outside of Enschede. Tine believes
he was probably adopted.
Another part of the Hartstra's history relates another set of
neighbors. Late 1942 or early 1943 the Hartstra's moved to Delden. Next
door lived a family named COHEN: Mr/Mrs. COHEN and the husband's brother.
The Cohen's ran a butcher shop in town. Again the Resistance told the
Hartstra's the Nazis were about to round up Jews. The Cohens listened to
the Hartstra's and went to live with the mother of Tine's
brother-in-law: Mr/Mrs Henry LAST ala Anne FRANK. Last lived in Dolphia &
ran
a barber shop in Glanerbrug.
The Hartstras took as much of the Cohen's equipment and furnishing as
they could, stored them their attic and post war, the Cohen's recovered
their goods. As a result, the Cohen's were able to re-open their butcher
shop in Delden. Their daughter married and the couple ran a butcher shop
in Hengelo.
In my opinion, the Hartstra family, Tine being the sole survivor,
deserves to be awarded the status of Righteous Gentile. However the above
requires substantiation and validation >from someone other than Tine. Is
there anyone out there who knows anything about these families?

If so, please contact me privately ASAP.

Louis A. Fine
University Place WA-U.S.A
E-mail <loufine@juno.com>


Help translating Maimonides Family Tree #lithuania

ANURICK@...
 

I have just posted to JewishGen Viewmate (VM241) a family tree in Hebrew
containing Moses Maimonides and what appears to be his descendants down to about 1400 CE. It is copied >from an article by Abraham Hayyim Freiman in a book entitled "Aluma", edited by Binyamin Menashe Levine, Jerusalem: 1936, p 9-32. If anyone could assist in translating this tree and reproducing it in English, it would be greatly appreciated by all researchers of the MAIMON surname.

Web address: http://www.jewishgen.org/ViewMate/toview81.html#vm241

Many thanks,

Rick Ford
West Palm Beach, FL


Rosenbluth grave #lithuania

Elizabeth S. Lourie <lourie@...>
 

I was recently in a cemetery in Norwalk, Conn. and saw the following
inscription on a tombstone: Arthur (1898-1985)and Cecilia (1901-1981)
Rosenbluth. Is this meaningful for any Rosenbluth researchers?

Elizabeth S. Lourie
Washington, DC

Researching: ROGOV, DUSKIN/DUSCHKIN,SABLONSKY, Vilijampole (Slobodka)
& Kaunas, Lithuania
LOURIE, Varena (Oran), Lithuania
ROSENBLUTH, Humenne, Slovakia
SZYRETT, Falesti, Moldova
SCHWARTZ, EHRENREICH, Hungary


Lithuania SIG #Lithuania Help translating Maimonides Family Tree #lithuania

ANURICK@...
 

I have just posted to JewishGen Viewmate (VM241) a family tree in Hebrew
containing Moses Maimonides and what appears to be his descendants down to about 1400 CE. It is copied >from an article by Abraham Hayyim Freiman in a book entitled "Aluma", edited by Binyamin Menashe Levine, Jerusalem: 1936, p 9-32. If anyone could assist in translating this tree and reproducing it in English, it would be greatly appreciated by all researchers of the MAIMON surname.

Web address: http://www.jewishgen.org/ViewMate/toview81.html#vm241

Many thanks,

Rick Ford
West Palm Beach, FL


Lithuania SIG #Lithuania Rosenbluth grave #lithuania

Elizabeth S. Lourie <lourie@...>
 

I was recently in a cemetery in Norwalk, Conn. and saw the following
inscription on a tombstone: Arthur (1898-1985)and Cecilia (1901-1981)
Rosenbluth. Is this meaningful for any Rosenbluth researchers?

Elizabeth S. Lourie
Washington, DC

Researching: ROGOV, DUSKIN/DUSCHKIN,SABLONSKY, Vilijampole (Slobodka)
& Kaunas, Lithuania
LOURIE, Varena (Oran), Lithuania
ROSENBLUTH, Humenne, Slovakia
SZYRETT, Falesti, Moldova
SCHWARTZ, EHRENREICH, Hungary


Re: European Education #general

Lifshitz-Krams Anne
 

Once again I enter late in a debate, and some of my comments have probably
been already given.
Your friend may be a teacher but she is an ignorant.
Concerning the possibility to trace the Jews living in Europe during the
sixteenth century, a lot of families who were living in Metz, in Alsace or
in the Comtat Venaissin are known, the same for Livourne or other places in
Europe. One of the reason is that they had to be authorized to live there
and had to pay special taxes. So there are official papers in Archives
concerning them. For instance the Ghetto of Cavaillon was opened in 1453,
the one in Carpentras in 1461. In 1600, 450 Jews were living in Carpentras.
In Bordeaux, the oldest naturalization papers (lettres de naturalite) are
dated 1550 (see G. Nahon). An other source are cemetaries. An other very
important source are the notarial archives (notarial acts concerning the
Jews of Orange >from the 14th century exist in Rome). In Portugal, a source
is the Inquisition proceedings.
Concerning the fact that Jews could not write or read, it is really
ridiculous : very few Jewish registers have been preserved, but the reason
is not that they were illiterate. Most of the male Jews could read in Hebrew
: they had to do so for their Barmitzva. Communities were organized, and
each had a rabbi, a court, a treasurer. All these people at least could read
and write.
The 10-16th centuries are for the Jews the great period of intellectual
movements, >from Rashi to Isaac Louria a lot of texts influencing not only
the Jews have been written. Would they have been published and have such an
influence if nobody could read them? A lot of books have been published
concerning the organization of the communities as well as concerning the
intellectual movements.
Some titles in English (there are a lot of others if you can read French):
A.Agus, "the heroic Age of Franco German Jewry", NY, Yeshiva UP, 1969; R
Chazan, "Medieval Jewry in Northern France: a Political and Social History",
Baltimore, The John Hopkins UP, 1973; J Edwards, "The Jews in Christian
Europe", 1400-1700, London, NY, Routledge, 1988...

Anne Lifshitz-Krams

I was telling a friend that another friend has traced their family
back to the 1500's. My friend told me that this was impossible because
that period of time was considered the Dark Ages and that written records
were not kept and that there was no possible way of this person or any
person going back that far in search for a Jewish family. She, being a
teacher, told me that the Jews back then did not write or read. I know
that this sounds ridiculous but I must check it out. I have searched my
personal library but unfortunately I cannot find any information on this


Re: Chicago Telephone Directory - 1926-1928 #general

Hilary Henkin <hilary@...>
 

A set of microfilmed City Directories for many major US cities has been
filmed Many large city or research libraries have purchased this set.
Chicago is one of those cities, so you might check locally. I've used the
films in New York City, and in Los Angeles.

Good luck!

Hilary Henkin
Atlanta, Georgia
Researching:
Mogilev - BERLIN, HENKIN-GENKIN; MESCENOKOV
Ekaterinoslav - KATZ; LAPIDUS; LAVROTIN-LAVRUTIN; PESACHINSKY; SHIMERNITSKY;
STEINHART
Roumania: DONNENFIELD; RINCOVER-HARINCOVER; DOLLINGER
Harbin, China: SREBERK-SCHRIEBER, LITEBSK, SCHON--