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update on MOSAIC, a Chronicle of Five Generations #general

Diane Armstrong <diwriter@...>
 

I recently told JewishGen readers about my family history, MOSAIC, a
Chronicle of Five Generations, which has just been published by Random
House Australia, but I didn't mention some of the family lines included in
the book.

As I mentioned, MOSAIC is a family saga which spans 100 years and four
continents and took me eight years to research. It recreates life in an
orthodox Krakow family at the turn of the century and traces the fortunes
and misfortunes of my remarkable relatives in Poland and then follows the
regeneration of the family in the United States. Israel, England, France
and Australia.

Some of the major family lines vividly described in MOSAIC are:
The Baldingers of Nowy Sacz and Krakow, the Spiras >from Szczakowa and
Krakow, the Fausts and Goldmans >from Lancut and Budy Lancutskie, the
Bratters >from Zolkiew (Zolkwa) and Lwow (Lviv).

Diane Armstrong


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen update on MOSAIC, a Chronicle of Five Generations #general

Diane Armstrong <diwriter@...>
 

I recently told JewishGen readers about my family history, MOSAIC, a
Chronicle of Five Generations, which has just been published by Random
House Australia, but I didn't mention some of the family lines included in
the book.

As I mentioned, MOSAIC is a family saga which spans 100 years and four
continents and took me eight years to research. It recreates life in an
orthodox Krakow family at the turn of the century and traces the fortunes
and misfortunes of my remarkable relatives in Poland and then follows the
regeneration of the family in the United States. Israel, England, France
and Australia.

Some of the major family lines vividly described in MOSAIC are:
The Baldingers of Nowy Sacz and Krakow, the Spiras >from Szczakowa and
Krakow, the Fausts and Goldmans >from Lancut and Budy Lancutskie, the
Bratters >from Zolkiew (Zolkwa) and Lwow (Lviv).

Diane Armstrong


HaMelitz number 46, 1899 #general

Theo Travis <travis@...>
 

Further to my previous message, I should have added that I checked the
Jewishgen database for the relevant town and there is no mention of Gudel at
all.

But it says in Pinkas haKehillot that there are a significant number of
Gudel donors and I was told that they are in with the lists of Marijampol
donors for that issue of that year.


Madelyn Travis


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen HaMelitz number 46, 1899 #general

Theo Travis <travis@...>
 

Further to my previous message, I should have added that I checked the
Jewishgen database for the relevant town and there is no mention of Gudel at
all.

But it says in Pinkas haKehillot that there are a significant number of
Gudel donors and I was told that they are in with the lists of Marijampol
donors for that issue of that year.


Madelyn Travis


Searching: LOWENSTEIN, NY 1920 #general

Theo Travis <travis@...>
 

According to the New York census of 1920 my grandfather William COHEN was
living with his brother in law David LOWENSTEIN at 230 E 2nd St, NYC. None
of the COHEN sisters that we know of were married to a LOWENSTEIN - unless
it was one who stayed in Lithuania, whose name we don't know. In any case
there were only the two of them living there at the time. I would like to
trace living relatives of David LOWENSTEIN to see if they can clear up the
mystery and would welcome any advice. But I live in England, so it may not
be so easy!

Thanks
Madelyn Travis


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Searching: LOWENSTEIN, NY 1920 #general

Theo Travis <travis@...>
 

According to the New York census of 1920 my grandfather William COHEN was
living with his brother in law David LOWENSTEIN at 230 E 2nd St, NYC. None
of the COHEN sisters that we know of were married to a LOWENSTEIN - unless
it was one who stayed in Lithuania, whose name we don't know. In any case
there were only the two of them living there at the time. I would like to
trace living relatives of David LOWENSTEIN to see if they can clear up the
mystery and would welcome any advice. But I live in England, so it may not
be so easy!

Thanks
Madelyn Travis


Re: British liberators of Concentration Camps #general

Stephen Mednick <smednick@...>
 

Darren,

One place to start is the Holocaust Museum in Washington.

When I was there in August I noticed that at the entrance to the Museum they
have the flags of all the allied countries that actually participated in the
liberation of any of the camps. They also had the flags for the various Army
units involved. I was even surprised to see the New Zealand flag on the
wall. Apparently New Zealand Army units had some involvement in liberating
one of the concentration camps in Europe.

Anyway, I'm sure the information you're seeking would be readily available
at the Museum.

Good luck.

Stephen Mednick
Sydney, Australia

Researching:
MEDNICK (Kalius,UKR & London,ENG)
SACHS/SACKS (Kalius,UKR & London,ENG)

Hi,

Does anyone know where I can find records of the two concentration camps
that were liberated by the British in WWII? I believe the camps were
Bergen-Belsen and Neungamme (sp?).
Darren Wheatley


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Re: British liberators of Concentration Camps #general

Stephen Mednick <smednick@...>
 

Darren,

One place to start is the Holocaust Museum in Washington.

When I was there in August I noticed that at the entrance to the Museum they
have the flags of all the allied countries that actually participated in the
liberation of any of the camps. They also had the flags for the various Army
units involved. I was even surprised to see the New Zealand flag on the
wall. Apparently New Zealand Army units had some involvement in liberating
one of the concentration camps in Europe.

Anyway, I'm sure the information you're seeking would be readily available
at the Museum.

Good luck.

Stephen Mednick
Sydney, Australia

Researching:
MEDNICK (Kalius,UKR & London,ENG)
SACHS/SACKS (Kalius,UKR & London,ENG)

Hi,

Does anyone know where I can find records of the two concentration camps
that were liberated by the British in WWII? I believe the camps were
Bergen-Belsen and Neungamme (sp?).
Darren Wheatley


Re: Another generation #general

Stacy Harris <stacy.harris@...>
 

I am increasingly irritated that this list solicits my
financial support while my posts are returned as being off-topic.

A recent post included my great-aunt's recent obit- I didn't
have the e-mail address for the cemetery project and noted in that post
that I wanted the informaton forwarded.

I also referenced a "Who's Who" book that listed my great aunt,
asking for more info on it, hoping an entry would give me more
genealogical information.

Mazel Tov to Deena but if her simcha is not considered
off-topic than why are my posts?

Stacy Harris

Deena Gordon writes:
I am a first time grandmother of a
beautiful baby boy!
But of course I will continue to look for his roots even though the
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JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Re: Another generation #general

Stacy Harris <stacy.harris@...>
 

I am increasingly irritated that this list solicits my
financial support while my posts are returned as being off-topic.

A recent post included my great-aunt's recent obit- I didn't
have the e-mail address for the cemetery project and noted in that post
that I wanted the informaton forwarded.

I also referenced a "Who's Who" book that listed my great aunt,
asking for more info on it, hoping an entry would give me more
genealogical information.

Mazel Tov to Deena but if her simcha is not considered
off-topic than why are my posts?

Stacy Harris

Deena Gordon writes:
I am a first time grandmother of a
beautiful baby boy!
But of course I will continue to look for his roots even though the
MODERATOR NOTE: Moderation of this
list is performed by a team of volunteers who work on a rotating basis,
hence the variation in judgements.
Please give generously and JewishGen
will be able to hire a full-time professional moderator (;))


Help Needed in San Francisco #general

West24th <west24th@...>
 

Are there any Jewishgenners in the San Francisco area available who wouldn't
mind doing a very big favor in checking some marriage index's for the 1920s.
I'd be more than happy reciprocating any similar request in NYC. This might
help uncover a lost family branch.
Please e-mail me directly. Thanks in advance

Howard Sedlitz, New York
Researching: SEDLETSKY, SIEDLECKI, FRYMORGEN-in Poland


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Help Needed in San Francisco #general

West24th <west24th@...>
 

Are there any Jewishgenners in the San Francisco area available who wouldn't
mind doing a very big favor in checking some marriage index's for the 1920s.
I'd be more than happy reciprocating any similar request in NYC. This might
help uncover a lost family branch.
Please e-mail me directly. Thanks in advance

Howard Sedlitz, New York
Researching: SEDLETSKY, SIEDLECKI, FRYMORGEN-in Poland


Searching: NAGURNEY from Sawcha, Galicia #general

Pyotr@...
 

My family claims my great grandfather came >from Sawcha, Galicia.
Sawcha is the phonetic pronounciation, not the official spelling. I
am in search of towns that sound like Sawcha, the family surname being
NAGURNEY.
Thanks,
Peter Nagurney
Syracuse, NY

MODERATOR NOTE: Have you tried ShtetlSeeker at
http://www.jewishgen.org/ShtetlSeeker/?


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Searching: NAGURNEY from Sawcha, Galicia #general

Pyotr@...
 

My family claims my great grandfather came >from Sawcha, Galicia.
Sawcha is the phonetic pronounciation, not the official spelling. I
am in search of towns that sound like Sawcha, the family surname being
NAGURNEY.
Thanks,
Peter Nagurney
Syracuse, NY

MODERATOR NOTE: Have you tried ShtetlSeeker at
http://www.jewishgen.org/ShtetlSeeker/?


Re: Success Story #belarus

Susan E. King <susan.king@...>
 

The recent success story posted by Phil Weintraub, as well as
so many others posted in the past are incredibly gratifying to
all of us here at JewishGen. We are all "qvelling" along with Phil
and
so pleased that he has managed to accomplish all that he tells
us about.

Thank yous such as Phil's are what makes it all worthwhile.

Without sounding crass however, folks sometimes need to be
reminded that JewishGen survives and expands in direct
proportion to the financial support we receive >from those
who use our services day in and day out, year after year.

We do not have a dues structure, we do not charge for access to
any of the information provided on our servers and hope we never
have to go down that road of operation. But, the only way we will
be able to continue, is if the people who use and benefit >from our
services
would make an annual contribution as a way of saying "thanks
JewishGen, thanks for being there".

If you compare JewishGen to this small community I recently moved to,
JewishGen shares about the same population... just about 30,000.
JewishGen has nearly 800 individuals moving in each and every month
through the JGFF alone and this has been steady for the last
12 months. Our new listserver is now sending out over 16,000 pieces
of mail each and every day, and that alone annualized is nearly
6 million pieces of mail. One could only venture to say it is probably
not
out of line with the local post office here.

Our JewishGen community has no real operating budget, yet we continue
to provide the same level of services and then some of a small
community town.
One could only imagine how many staff persons this local government
has
employed to service the same amount of people. <grin>

So...just think of what we would be able to accomplish if each and
every one of the 15,000 submitters to the JGFF would
recognize this incredible tool by sending in a modest donation.
Imagine if every one of the 6,000-9,000 subscribers and newsgroup
readers
to the JewishGen Discussion Group and Special Interest Groups
acknowledged the fact that JewishGen is important to them with an
annual donation. Imagine if every one of the 25,000-30,000
using our website would stop for just a few moments...

Not only would it relieve the traffic jam (our bandwidth is maxxed)
for a brief second... but perhaps give JewishGen the means to
handle these astounding statistics.

In any event.. it may be a pipe dream.. but it may be what is
necessary
to continue to provide the level of service to the numbers of people
we
are faced with today.

For those who have "deeper pockets" <grin> stay tuned for the
JewishGen
Tidbytes - Long and Overdue... coming your way!


Susan

X-Message-Number: 32
X-Lyris-Id: 6283
Date: Tue, 27 Oct 1998 22:55:32 EST
From: Kamtraub@aol.com
Subject: Success story

I thought I should post this message to thank the hard work of
so many
people that volunteer for JewishGen and to encourage new
researchers.

I have been working on various family trees off and on for many
years,
but only began to devote considerable time to it in the past two.
Although I began subscribing to the Kilce-Radom Special Interest
Group
and Avotaynu in 1996, and had frequently visited the JewishGen
home page
and its databases, I only registered my various family names and
towns
on the JGFF this past August. I encourage everyone searching their
family trees to do this immediately. It really works. After I
registered on the JGFF, I sent out a few e-mail inquiries to others
listed on the JGFF who were researching similar family names in
Wolbrom,
Poland and Ostrow Mazowiecka (OM), Poland. At the time, I was
not even
positive that my maternal grandfather, Manus JASINOWSKI, was
even from
OM as all I knew was that he was >from "Ostrowa" and that his
father,
Fishel JASINOWSKI, whom I am named after, was born in Byalistok. I
subsequently learned that old memories are often wrong or
incomplete.

I received a number of responses to my e-mails and one in
particular
seemed to match my family history quite well, but the name he
believed
referred to my grandfather's father was Issachar Fishel and
Issachar was
born in OM, not in Byalistok. I made note of it, but decided we
were
not related. One week later another JGFF subscriber wrote re:
OM and
although we were obviously not related, she suggested that I
check the
Jewish Records Indexing (JRI) database as it is frequently
updated and
included a large number of vital records >from OM. I had not
checked the
JRI database in a long time and her suggestion proved to open up a
goldmine of records on JASINOWSKI. Even better, I finally
uncovered the
family name (IWREY or IWREJ) of my grandfathers' mother. The
JRI listed
the births of my grandfather's 10 siblings and the marriage
record of
his eldest sister. I was in heaven. Now, I realized that
grandpa Manus
had either forgotten or never knew that his father's first name was
Issachar and not Fishel. Therefore, that other JASINOWSKI
researcher was
indeed my fourth cousin and had traced our JASINOWSKI line back
to the 1700s.

That was just on one side of the family. My father's parents
were both
born in Wolbrom, Poland just before the turn of the century. My
grandmother, Feiga WEINTRAUB nee SOLARZ (Fannie SOLARSH in the
U.S.)
turned 100 this past June and had helped tremendously in putting
together
the SOLARZ, PRAJS, IMMERGLIK and WEINTRAUB family trees.
I live only one block away >from the Oakland, CA Family History
Center,
but had never requested the Polish language microfilms of vital
records. Despite Lauren Eisenberg's maxim not to be "scared of a
little extraction," I was petrified and sure it would not be
worth the effort.
I could not have been more wrong. It is tedious and slow going,
but it
is also amazing what you can learn. Be sure to use the FHC
guide to translating Polish vital records; it is quite useful.

At the end of September this year, I unexpectedly found myself
at the
Los Angeles FHC searching their Wolbrom films. They just happen
to have
on permanent loan all the FHC microfilms for Wolbrom and OM.
Also, a
Polish reading genealogist just happened to be there to guide my
way. In
15 minutes, I had found the marriage record of my great great
grandparents in 1858 and two new family names, LEWIT and
WEINDLING, that
I had never even heard of. I also found their son's 1859 birth
record,
Boruch Shmuel SOLARZ, Feiga Solarz's father. A quick check of
JGFF for
WEINDLING and LEWIT researchers and some more e-mail and
suddenly I have
dozens if not hundreds of new names and several new branches to
my tree.

Not only that, the Kilce-Radom SIG journal that had previously
publsihed the 1810-25 birth records for Wolbrom, which included
the name SOLARZ
several times, suddenly began to make sense as I recognized that
Berek
SOLARZ was the grandfather and namesake of Boruch Shmuel. Now
that I
have started to read the Polish records I know that my
ggggrandfather was
previously married to one Ruchl HORN, had five children with her
and that
Berek's father was named Gershon and his mother was named Rivkah.

To Warren Blatt, Stan Diamond, Robert Heyman, Lauren Eisenberg
Davis and
all the JewishGen volunteers thank you so much for all your
valuable work.

Phil Weintraub
Oakland, California


-----------------------------------------------------------


JewishGen Tidbytes - Long and Overdue <grin> #general

Susan E. King <susan.king@...>
 

It's been a whirlwind summer, planning for and working through
the summer seminar. For some of us it literally has been
"non-stop service" and now we can finally dig out of the 4 month
hole and try to get down to business for the New Year.

Listserver
~~~~~~~~~~

As many of us were painfully aware, the 5 year old system we
used to manage the JewishGen Discussion Group "crashed and
burned" during the time we were in Los Angeles. For those of us
who were also painfully aware, this was the THIRD consecutive
conference during which we had experienced the same event.

The first few weeks of our return was spent in evaluating what
was available to do what we needed it to do and to eventually
install a new system that was robust enough to handle the
JewishGen Discussion Group as well as the growing number of SIGs
who are also taking advantage of JewishGen's services which
provide them with their own moderated discussion groups.. After
looking at every possible package on the market and taking into
account our bandwidth issues... as well as future web based
accessibility and newsgroup possibilities, we chose,
implemented and paid for a product by Lyris Technologies, as it
met 99% of our needs. This was a major expense to JewishGen
adding up to close to $4,200 after software costs, consulting,
and necessary hardware upgrades.

Bandwidth Issues
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

After 2 1/5 years JewishGen has depleted the single ISDN
line we have used to serve our growing user base. The Lyris
technology will allow us to implement increased enhancements for
reading, subscribing, posting to all the discussion groups on
the lyris server through a web based system and private
newsgroup functionality.

Let me say a word here about the importance of a *private*
newsgroup. Most of you may know that the JewishGen Discussion
Group is mirrored to soc.genealogy.jewish and an untold number
of JewishGenners read us in the newsgroup, preferring the format
which allows for the grouping of topics or threads. They see
this as a plus, and they're not wrong. The minuses however are
several. Not every ISP takes all the messages provided to
soc.genealogy.jewish, some take very few, some do take all, and
others take an amount somewhere in between. It can take up to
three days for messages to get out to those who read the
newsgroup, even though they are sent immediately upon being
approved by the moderators. >from time to time, since email
addresses are accessible to the world >from the newsgroup,
Genners are spammed by people wanting to sell them
genealogically related (and sometimes non-genealogical)
products. With the Lyris system we have the capability of
creating a private newsgroup, containing all the plus features
and none of the minuses we've mentioned. It would be our own,
passworded and protected.

Unfortunately, to implement these features, we do need to
increase our bandwidth substantially and we have been
investigating with several providers the co-location of our
servers on a T-1 line. This will insure that when a problem
occurs, or something goes down it is attended to immediately
causing little or no disruption in our service to you.

The increased costs to do this are a one-time
setup/installation fee of $1,895 and an increase in our
monthly expenditures by close to $1,200 per month. Adding the
private newsgroup functionality would add another one time
$1,995 for software purchase.

Which leads me to the next issue...

Fundraising
~~~~~~~~~~~

In order to continue to serve the Jewish genealogical community
at the level to which we've grown, it is absolutely critical
that we increase our operating budget to coincide with the needs
of the JewishGen community. We are surely at a crossroads, as
the next major hurdle...will be a big one indeed.

At the Los Angeles Seminar, JewishGen launched what we are
calling the 1K club and are happy to report we have a small
beginning in what we hope will be a larger number of our users
who will be willing to contribute $1,000 a year to JewishGen.
With the need to increase our bandwidth looming ever so quickly
on the horizon, we would like to reach out for 1Kers to help in
funding expenses for the first year. We need approximately 16
souls who would be willing to commit to 1K for the first year.

We need 2 souls to support the Installation charges.
We need 2 souls to support the Newsgroup software functionality.
We need 12 souls to support the $1000 per month increase in
monthly costs

The items listed above were added to the JewishGen WishList
(http://www.jewishgen.org/cgi-bin/wish.pl/Search?)


ShtetlSchleppers
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

At the Los Angeles Seminar, we announced JewishGen
ShtetlSchleppers. This program is designed to focus on
multiple areas, but specifically is focussed on JewishGen's
mission, "preserving our history for future generations".
In Spring, 1999 JewishGen will begin a series of trips into
Eastern Europe for the purpose of documenting and preserving the
stories of life in our ancestral villages. ShtetlSchleppers is
not just traveling to our ancestral towns. It includes your
willingness to participate as a volunteer to "preserve our
history for future generations". Your role as a JewishGen
ShtetlSchlepper will be to document what you see in video or
photos, to retrieve records and make available the wealth of
information you uncover on the JewishGen website. Plans
for providing a large scale document management and retrieval
system will all be part of the large picture of
ShtetlSchleppers, not to mention your role in developing a
ShtetLinks page of our travels so others researching the same
shtetls can at some point in the future experience what daily
life was like for our ancestors

Those of us who are involved in the initial groundwork are once
again overwhelmed at the support and interest in
ShtetlSchleppers. We invite you to view the brochure online and
complete the survey form at your earliest convenience, as the
plans for our first series of trips are based on the areas of
interest you are providing to us. The survey form is a click
away >from the last page of the online brochure.

http://www.jewishgen.org/shtetlschleppers/

We will have specific plans and pricing available no later than
December 1.

FTJP
~~~~

JewishGen's ONLINE version of the Family Tree of the Jewish
People was also launched at the summer seminar and was heavily
used on the computers in the resource room. In just a few
short months the JewishGen FTJP has grown to include:

205720 Individuals
72920 Families
105572 Events (Births, Deaths, etc.)
13536 Marriages

If you want to have your Family Tree online, submit it directly
to JewishGen. We are also happy to report in recent meetings in NYC,
JewishGen, IAGJS and Beit Hatefusoth are working out the details
so this will truly be a collective effort.

During the month of November, all those who submit their GEDCOM's
into the JewishGen ONLINE will be entered into a drawing to receive
a copy of the latest version of Ultimate Family Tree... provided
by one of our sponsors, Palladium Interactive. All those who have
already
submitted their GEDCOMS will of course be included in the drawing.

SIGs
~~~~

JewishGen is pleased to announce that the following Special Interest
Groups which have formed under
the JewishGen 501(c)3 umbrella.

Belarus SIG (Belarus)
Bobruisk Interest Group (Bobruisk)
Hungarian SIG (H-SIG)
German-Jewish SIG (Gersig)

Due to a generous contribution of an anonymous donor, JewishGen
is able to offer Special Interest Groups the means to focus on
raising funds to sponsor projects of interest in their specific
areas with NO administrative overhead. 100% of all contributions
to the JewishGen SIGs will go to the specific projects which
will be available to Jewish researchers the world over.

The JewishGen Mall
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

JewishGen has worked out the final details necessary to launch
the JewishGen Mall as just another means to implement
fundraising. This included the necessary link to our credit card
system. Those who have a product or service to sell and are
interested in helping JewishGen in it's fundraising effort,
please let us hear >from you. Write to support@jewishgen.org to
explore details.

Sea-of-Purple T-shirts
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~


JewishGen has now re-opened orders for the much admired
Sea-of-Purple Shirts - post seminar. Individual orders can be
placed online at
http://www.jewishgen.org/jewishgen-erosity/sea-of-purple.html

Organizations and groups who would like to bulk order, please
contact us as this could reduce shipping costs substantially.

I guess that brings you all as up to date as we're gonna get!

Susan


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen RE: Success Story #general

Susan E. King <susan.king@...>
 

The recent success story posted by Phil Weintraub, as well as
so many others posted in the past are incredibly gratifying to
all of us here at JewishGen. We are all "qvelling" along with Phil
and
so pleased that he has managed to accomplish all that he tells
us about.

Thank yous such as Phil's are what makes it all worthwhile.

Without sounding crass however, folks sometimes need to be
reminded that JewishGen survives and expands in direct
proportion to the financial support we receive >from those
who use our services day in and day out, year after year.

We do not have a dues structure, we do not charge for access to
any of the information provided on our servers and hope we never
have to go down that road of operation. But, the only way we will
be able to continue, is if the people who use and benefit >from our
services
would make an annual contribution as a way of saying "thanks
JewishGen, thanks for being there".

If you compare JewishGen to this small community I recently moved to,
JewishGen shares about the same population... just about 30,000.
JewishGen has nearly 800 individuals moving in each and every month
through the JGFF alone and this has been steady for the last
12 months. Our new listserver is now sending out over 16,000 pieces
of mail each and every day, and that alone annualized is nearly
6 million pieces of mail. One could only venture to say it is probably
not
out of line with the local post office here.

Our JewishGen community has no real operating budget, yet we continue
to provide the same level of services and then some of a small
community town.
One could only imagine how many staff persons this local government
has
employed to service the same amount of people. <grin>

So...just think of what we would be able to accomplish if each and
every one of the 15,000 submitters to the JGFF would
recognize this incredible tool by sending in a modest donation.
Imagine if every one of the 6,000-9,000 subscribers and newsgroup
readers
to the JewishGen Discussion Group and Special Interest Groups
acknowledged the fact that JewishGen is important to them with an
annual donation. Imagine if every one of the 25,000-30,000
using our website would stop for just a few moments...

Not only would it relieve the traffic jam (our bandwidth is maxxed)
for a brief second... but perhaps give JewishGen the means to
handle these astounding statistics.

In any event.. it may be a pipe dream.. but it may be what is
necessary
to continue to provide the level of service to the numbers of people
we
are faced with today.

For those who have "deeper pockets" <grin> stay tuned for the
JewishGen
Tidbytes - Long and Overdue... coming your way!


Susan

X-Message-Number: 32
X-Lyris-Id: 6283
Date: Tue, 27 Oct 1998 22:55:32 EST
From: Kamtraub@aol.com
Subject: Success story

I thought I should post this message to thank the hard work of
so many
people that volunteer for JewishGen and to encourage new
researchers.

I have been working on various family trees off and on for many
years,
but only began to devote considerable time to it in the past two.
Although I began subscribing to the Kilce-Radom Special Interest
Group
and Avotaynu in 1996, and had frequently visited the JewishGen
home page
and its databases, I only registered my various family names and
towns
on the JGFF this past August. I encourage everyone searching their
family trees to do this immediately. It really works. After I
registered on the JGFF, I sent out a few e-mail inquiries to others
listed on the JGFF who were researching similar family names in
Wolbrom,
Poland and Ostrow Mazowiecka (OM), Poland. At the time, I was
not even
positive that my maternal grandfather, Manus JASINOWSKI, was
even from
OM as all I knew was that he was >from "Ostrowa" and that his
father,
Fishel JASINOWSKI, whom I am named after, was born in Byalistok. I
subsequently learned that old memories are often wrong or
incomplete.

I received a number of responses to my e-mails and one in
particular
seemed to match my family history quite well, but the name he
believed
referred to my grandfather's father was Issachar Fishel and
Issachar was
born in OM, not in Byalistok. I made note of it, but decided we
were
not related. One week later another JGFF subscriber wrote re:
OM and
although we were obviously not related, she suggested that I
check the
Jewish Records Indexing (JRI) database as it is frequently
updated and
included a large number of vital records >from OM. I had not
checked the
JRI database in a long time and her suggestion proved to open up a
goldmine of records on JASINOWSKI. Even better, I finally
uncovered the
family name (IWREY or IWREJ) of my grandfathers' mother. The
JRI listed
the births of my grandfather's 10 siblings and the marriage
record of
his eldest sister. I was in heaven. Now, I realized that
grandpa Manus
had either forgotten or never knew that his father's first name was
Issachar and not Fishel. Therefore, that other JASINOWSKI
researcher was
indeed my fourth cousin and had traced our JASINOWSKI line back
to the 1700s.

That was just on one side of the family. My father's parents
were both
born in Wolbrom, Poland just before the turn of the century. My
grandmother, Feiga WEINTRAUB nee SOLARZ (Fannie SOLARSH in the
U.S.)
turned 100 this past June and had helped tremendously in putting
together
the SOLARZ, PRAJS, IMMERGLIK and WEINTRAUB family trees.
I live only one block away >from the Oakland, CA Family History
Center,
but had never requested the Polish language microfilms of vital
records. Despite Lauren Eisenberg's maxim not to be "scared of a
little extraction," I was petrified and sure it would not be
worth the effort.
I could not have been more wrong. It is tedious and slow going,
but it
is also amazing what you can learn. Be sure to use the FHC
guide to translating Polish vital records; it is quite useful.

At the end of September this year, I unexpectedly found myself
at the
Los Angeles FHC searching their Wolbrom films. They just happen
to have
on permanent loan all the FHC microfilms for Wolbrom and OM.
Also, a
Polish reading genealogist just happened to be there to guide my
way. In
15 minutes, I had found the marriage record of my great great
grandparents in 1858 and two new family names, LEWIT and
WEINDLING, that
I had never even heard of. I also found their son's 1859 birth
record,
Boruch Shmuel SOLARZ, Feiga Solarz's father. A quick check of
JGFF for
WEINDLING and LEWIT researchers and some more e-mail and
suddenly I have
dozens if not hundreds of new names and several new branches to
my tree.

Not only that, the Kilce-Radom SIG journal that had previously
publsihed the 1810-25 birth records for Wolbrom, which included
the name SOLARZ
several times, suddenly began to make sense as I recognized that
Berek
SOLARZ was the grandfather and namesake of Boruch Shmuel. Now
that I
have started to read the Polish records I know that my
ggggrandfather was
previously married to one Ruchl HORN, had five children with her
and that
Berek's father was named Gershon and his mother was named Rivkah.

To Warren Blatt, Stan Diamond, Robert Heyman, Lauren Eisenberg
Davis and
all the JewishGen volunteers thank you so much for all your
valuable work.

Phil Weintraub
Oakland, California


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JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen JewishGen Tidbytes - Long and Overdue <grin> #general

Susan E. King <susan.king@...>
 

It's been a whirlwind summer, planning for and working through
the summer seminar. For some of us it literally has been
"non-stop service" and now we can finally dig out of the 4 month
hole and try to get down to business for the New Year.

Listserver
~~~~~~~~~~

As many of us were painfully aware, the 5 year old system we
used to manage the JewishGen Discussion Group "crashed and
burned" during the time we were in Los Angeles. For those of us
who were also painfully aware, this was the THIRD consecutive
conference during which we had experienced the same event.

The first few weeks of our return was spent in evaluating what
was available to do what we needed it to do and to eventually
install a new system that was robust enough to handle the
JewishGen Discussion Group as well as the growing number of SIGs
who are also taking advantage of JewishGen's services which
provide them with their own moderated discussion groups.. After
looking at every possible package on the market and taking into
account our bandwidth issues... as well as future web based
accessibility and newsgroup possibilities, we chose,
implemented and paid for a product by Lyris Technologies, as it
met 99% of our needs. This was a major expense to JewishGen
adding up to close to $4,200 after software costs, consulting,
and necessary hardware upgrades.

Bandwidth Issues
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

After 2 1/5 years JewishGen has depleted the single ISDN
line we have used to serve our growing user base. The Lyris
technology will allow us to implement increased enhancements for
reading, subscribing, posting to all the discussion groups on
the lyris server through a web based system and private
newsgroup functionality.

Let me say a word here about the importance of a *private*
newsgroup. Most of you may know that the JewishGen Discussion
Group is mirrored to soc.genealogy.jewish and an untold number
of JewishGenners read us in the newsgroup, preferring the format
which allows for the grouping of topics or threads. They see
this as a plus, and they're not wrong. The minuses however are
several. Not every ISP takes all the messages provided to
soc.genealogy.jewish, some take very few, some do take all, and
others take an amount somewhere in between. It can take up to
three days for messages to get out to those who read the
newsgroup, even though they are sent immediately upon being
approved by the moderators. >from time to time, since email
addresses are accessible to the world >from the newsgroup,
Genners are spammed by people wanting to sell them
genealogically related (and sometimes non-genealogical)
products. With the Lyris system we have the capability of
creating a private newsgroup, containing all the plus features
and none of the minuses we've mentioned. It would be our own,
passworded and protected.

Unfortunately, to implement these features, we do need to
increase our bandwidth substantially and we have been
investigating with several providers the co-location of our
servers on a T-1 line. This will insure that when a problem
occurs, or something goes down it is attended to immediately
causing little or no disruption in our service to you.

The increased costs to do this are a one-time
setup/installation fee of $1,895 and an increase in our
monthly expenditures by close to $1,200 per month. Adding the
private newsgroup functionality would add another one time
$1,995 for software purchase.

Which leads me to the next issue...

Fundraising
~~~~~~~~~~~

In order to continue to serve the Jewish genealogical community
at the level to which we've grown, it is absolutely critical
that we increase our operating budget to coincide with the needs
of the JewishGen community. We are surely at a crossroads, as
the next major hurdle...will be a big one indeed.

At the Los Angeles Seminar, JewishGen launched what we are
calling the 1K club and are happy to report we have a small
beginning in what we hope will be a larger number of our users
who will be willing to contribute $1,000 a year to JewishGen.
With the need to increase our bandwidth looming ever so quickly
on the horizon, we would like to reach out for 1Kers to help in
funding expenses for the first year. We need approximately 16
souls who would be willing to commit to 1K for the first year.

We need 2 souls to support the Installation charges.
We need 2 souls to support the Newsgroup software functionality.
We need 12 souls to support the $1000 per month increase in
monthly costs

The items listed above were added to the JewishGen WishList
(http://www.jewishgen.org/cgi-bin/wish.pl/Search?)


ShtetlSchleppers
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

At the Los Angeles Seminar, we announced JewishGen
ShtetlSchleppers. This program is designed to focus on
multiple areas, but specifically is focussed on JewishGen's
mission, "preserving our history for future generations".
In Spring, 1999 JewishGen will begin a series of trips into
Eastern Europe for the purpose of documenting and preserving the
stories of life in our ancestral villages. ShtetlSchleppers is
not just traveling to our ancestral towns. It includes your
willingness to participate as a volunteer to "preserve our
history for future generations". Your role as a JewishGen
ShtetlSchlepper will be to document what you see in video or
photos, to retrieve records and make available the wealth of
information you uncover on the JewishGen website. Plans
for providing a large scale document management and retrieval
system will all be part of the large picture of
ShtetlSchleppers, not to mention your role in developing a
ShtetLinks page of our travels so others researching the same
shtetls can at some point in the future experience what daily
life was like for our ancestors

Those of us who are involved in the initial groundwork are once
again overwhelmed at the support and interest in
ShtetlSchleppers. We invite you to view the brochure online and
complete the survey form at your earliest convenience, as the
plans for our first series of trips are based on the areas of
interest you are providing to us. The survey form is a click
away >from the last page of the online brochure.

http://www.jewishgen.org/shtetlschleppers/

We will have specific plans and pricing available no later than
December 1.

FTJP
~~~~

JewishGen's ONLINE version of the Family Tree of the Jewish
People was also launched at the summer seminar and was heavily
used on the computers in the resource room. In just a few
short months the JewishGen FTJP has grown to include:

205720 Individuals
72920 Families
105572 Events (Births, Deaths, etc.)
13536 Marriages

If you want to have your Family Tree online, submit it directly
to JewishGen. We are also happy to report in recent meetings in NYC,
JewishGen, IAGJS and Beit Hatefusoth are working out the details
so this will truly be a collective effort.

During the month of November, all those who submit their GEDCOM's
into the JewishGen ONLINE will be entered into a drawing to receive
a copy of the latest version of Ultimate Family Tree... provided
by one of our sponsors, Palladium Interactive. All those who have
already
submitted their GEDCOMS will of course be included in the drawing.

SIGs
~~~~

JewishGen is pleased to announce that the following Special Interest
Groups which have formed under
the JewishGen 501(c)3 umbrella.

Belarus SIG (Belarus)
Bobruisk Interest Group (Bobruisk)
Hungarian SIG (H-SIG)
German-Jewish SIG (Gersig)

Due to a generous contribution of an anonymous donor, JewishGen
is able to offer Special Interest Groups the means to focus on
raising funds to sponsor projects of interest in their specific
areas with NO administrative overhead. 100% of all contributions
to the JewishGen SIGs will go to the specific projects which
will be available to Jewish researchers the world over.

The JewishGen Mall
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

JewishGen has worked out the final details necessary to launch
the JewishGen Mall as just another means to implement
fundraising. This included the necessary link to our credit card
system. Those who have a product or service to sell and are
interested in helping JewishGen in it's fundraising effort,
please let us hear >from you. Write to support@jewishgen.org to
explore details.

Sea-of-Purple T-shirts
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~


JewishGen has now re-opened orders for the much admired
Sea-of-Purple Shirts - post seminar. Individual orders can be
placed online at
http://www.jewishgen.org/jewishgen-erosity/sea-of-purple.html

Organizations and groups who would like to bulk order, please
contact us as this could reduce shipping costs substantially.

I guess that brings you all as up to date as we're gonna get!

Susan


Info on Elonsek? #general

Ben Elton <ben@...>
 

Has anyone any info on the E European town of Elonsek?

Ben Elton

MODERATOR NOTE: Have you tried ShtetlSeeker at http://www.jewishgen.org/wconnect/.
It came up with 75 matches for Elonsek....


Locating a Physician in Russia #general

Leonard Markowitz <priluki@...>
 

In 1968, a student by the name of Shapshievich graduated >from the
Pavlov Medical School in Leningrad (now St. Petersburg). He later
became an Anesthesiologist. Any recommendations about how to
obtain information about him would be appreciated. Please respond
privately.

Len Markowitz priluki@voicenet.com