Seeking SEIDE from Rogasen, Prussia > Poland > Birmingham, England > USA #germany #poland

Bruce Seide

Searching for information on my family (Seide) immigrated from Rogasen (Prussia) Poland to Birmingham, England around 1850 and then onto the United States around 1860.  Finding it difficult to uncovered much information from Rogasen.

The Film: "We Shall Not Die Now" available from Amazon Prime #holocaust #announcements

Tony Hausner

"We Shall Not Die Now" available on Amazon Prime.  Features Michael Berenbaum who I know from his work at USHMM. The film chronicles the Holocaust, when, between 1939 and 1945, six million Jews and millions of others were systematically murdered by the Nazi regime. Seventy-five years after the conclusion of the war, the film explores not only the horrific human tragedy and what we can learn from it - but also the resilience of those that rebuilt their lives in spite of the unimaginable.

Tony Hausner Silver Spring, MD 20901 301--587-6943 (primary email address: thausner@...)
Tony Hausner

Re: Selecting, scanning, identifying and desicarding old paper photographs #general

Ava (Sherlock) Cohn

I understand that you have a lot of photographs but PLEASE do not discard any of them. I know from personal experience the pain of knowing that someone has thrown away images of my family and that there are people in my tree that I will never know what they looked like. It's a tragedy. There is no substitute for an original photograph and just because you don't see any value in keeping them now because you don't know who is in the photographs, how do you know that a future genealogist in your family might someday be curious about the photographs? Many people do not become interested in their family origins until they are much older. Please do scan the photographs but know that the technology we have now may not be available in the future. That's another good reason to keep the originals. As for scanning, use the highest resolution you can but know that the higher the resolution, the larger the file. Generally I work with scans that are 300dpi in jpg format. That is only because I have so many photographs sent to me that I don't have enough storage space.  But for your purposes you may want to go with 600 or 1200 or even 2400 dpi. As for hoping to "donate" the photographs to museums etc. please understand that these organizations have limited staff and most do not have the time to catalog your photographs. Unless the photographs are of historical interest, the chances are that an institution may not want your pictures. Most of our photographs have personal interest to us but may be not be of long-term historical interest to a greater Jewish community. There are always sellers on eBay and other places who would seek to profit from your photographs and the collection will get split up, thus losing the provenance and the connections between the individuals in the photographs. All context will be lost. My advice would be to obtain acid-free materials to store the originals once you have made scans of all of them. Write down what you know about each photograph, who is in it etc. and keep that information with the originals. Keep the scans on a hard drive and, as has been said already, with a backup. Ava (Sherlock) Cohn

Re: #General Selecting, scanning, identifying and desicarding old paper photographs #general

Stanley H. Lipson

Assume anything you use will be obsolete within 20 years, but the
National Archives recommendations can be found at:
Stan Lipson

Re: New York State Death Index #usa

Morton Rumberg

Adelphi is a small section in Brooklyn (Kings County), NY, zip code 11238.
Mort Rumberg
JGS Sacramento 

Ukraine plans to sell Jewish cemeteries and massacre sites #ukraine

Tony Hausner

I have been informed by folks in Ukraine that the Parliamnet has just approved the following. To sell the land on which Jewish cemeteries and the mass grave massacre sites are located.  At the following link are 3 files: 1) a letter shared with me, 2) a posting on facebook, and 3) U.S. PUBLIC LAW 113–154—passed in AUG. 8, 2014 that might be relevant.  I would appreciate any advice and assistance on this.  

Ukraine cemeteries and massacre sites - Google Drive

Ukraine cemeteries and massacre sites - Google Drive


Tony Hausner Silver Spring, MD 20901 301--587-6943 (primary email address: thausner@...)
Tony Hausner

Prohibition Bootleggers and Sacramental Wine photo #usa

Bruce Drake

Prohibition-era photo on Lower East Side

Re: Selecting, scanning, identifying and desicarding old paper photographs #general


here are just a few thoughts:
1. jpg is the most common format now, so use it.  it's the most likely "retro" format that future software will be able to read, just because it's so widely used now.  and scan at the highest physical dpi that your scanner has - the higher resolutions are interpolated and can create false details.  don't expect software to enhance information that isn't there, so store and preserve originals wherever possible.
2. you get the greatest flexibility, and the most likelihood that someone in the future will be able to read the files, from using just the windows (or mac) file structure, because it's the most basic.  you can group them by time, place or surname, and also add text files with the names of the people for group pictures.  it's a very basic form of organization, but it works.
3. as far as i know, both yad vashem and the us holocaust memorial museum want photographs.  and the beit hatefutzot museum in israel might also want them.  or your local community in argentina, if they have their own archives.  and all archivists want originals, not scans.                   
....... tom klein, toronto

At 8:00 -0700 1/4/20, main@... wrote:
Dear Genners
This quarantine time has kept me busy doing some order at home.
I do not think the next generation will pay much attention to old paper family photographs, specially if they dont know the persons in them.
I have (as most of us) several shoe boxes with pictures and this special time seems adequate for a bit of thinking on them
My basic idea is to 1. select those relevant for any reason 2. scan those selected 3. create folder with adequate titles 4. keep only very special ones 5. discard the rest.
I imagine ther will be a whirlwind of opinions and I thank for them in advance.
Besides general suggestions, I pose a couple of specific questions:
1. do I scan in jpg ? How many dpi  considering they are for keeps not for inmediate viewing and probably technology will get better soon and enhance poor pictures.
2. is there any program to order these scans in files and give them a name (other than the simple Windows commands) ?
3. are there institutions that would receive the originall pictures as a donation ? I live in Argentina, where I can not think of any, but maybe you can give me a hint.
Thanks all and STAY AT HOME.
Alberto Guido Chester
Buenos Aires, Argentina

New York State Death Index #usa

Robert Avner

Thank you to all who responded to my question about the New York State Death Index. The response from Renee Steinig with the New York State Gazetteer was the most helpful. Even though I live in Queens, NYC & I know Queens is the only borough that still uses the old town system such as Flushing rather than Queens in its’ addresses rather than the borough or county I did not know that the counties in NYC are further broken down into hamlets, villages & towns as is the rest of the state. Adelphi is considered a hamlet in Brooklyn. If the place of residence was also the place of death should I assume that the NYC Dept of Health would have the death certificate since Adelphi is in Brooklyn?
One of the responders wrote that they didn’t have any problem obtaining genealogical death certificates from the New York State Dept. of Health. I sent an application for a death certificate in June 2018 & have still not received it. When you could still contact them by phone & speak to a person in 2019 I was told that the change to Real ID Drivers License caused a glut of applications for birth certificates & they only have one person handling genealogy applications for the entire state & it will take about 2 years to receive. What have others experienced?
Robert Avner

Re: Name IDA #names

Elise Cundiff

My gr-grandmother also was Chaya in Lithuania, and adopted Ida as her American name.    Judging from the responses above, even though there isn't a direct translation that accounts for it, it seems to have been a fairly common  thing.

Re: Prohibition Bootleggers and Sacramental Wine #usa

Bruce Drake

Well, this won't add info specific to your request, but one of my grand-uncles  was arrested by the Brooklyn police 2 times on bootlegging during the prohibition. The first time, he got off because one of the children of a friend was a DA. The second time, the police followed him from his large purchases of prunes and sugar to selling liquor. Also, the vat he used once exploded exposing him to an investigation.

Re: Rina and Yacov Cieslewicz in Israel? #israel

Valentin Lupu

Do you know the parents names?

Valentin Lupu

Re: book about my GGGrandpa #ukraine

Lewis, Megan

Have you checked, which has records from libraries around the world?  Other places you may want to search are the Internet Archive and ArchiveGrid.
Megan Lewis
reference librarian
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Re: Selecting, scanning, identifying and desicarding old paper photographs #general


There are many approaches, and twice as many opinions (we are all smart, right?) to handling personal archives. As I see it, NOTHING must be discarded. After all, “only very special ones” is a matter of opinion. It may seem valid today, and not valid tomorrow when it’s too late to run to the trash bin.


Scanning is a logical way to preserve and share the information. However, a system must be in place - before firing the first shot, so to speak - to identify and be able to retrieve this information later. Moreover, digitized copies are only good as long as the electricity flows and the hard drive is good. They do go bad. I keep three copies of the drives: a main, “working” drive, a backup, updated nightly, and an alternate backup drive kept in a bank vault.


Time permitting, I will write more later if there is interest.


The question of donating originals is also not a simple one. All Jewish (and non-Jewish) archives, museums, libraries, and alike are doing wonderful and important work of preserving our heritage. One must also remember that they are bureaucracies first of all - with their own procedures, rules, regulations, and a layer of lawyers. Once something is donated to them, it becomes their property forever or until the end of the world, whichever comes first. They are free to use your documents and photos in any way they see fit without asking your permission.


The most important thing is to start organizing one’s personal archives now, if we have not started it already.


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Re: New York State Death Index #usa

Stephen Rabinowitz

Closing of Adelphi Hospital
The hospital was at 50 Greene Avenue at the corner of Adelphi Street in Brooklyn, and has been converted to apartments.

Re: Selecting, scanning, identifying and desicarding old paper photographs #general

Sally Bruckheimer

You want us to discard family photos, other than 'a few'!! What an awful thought. I asked my aunt for my grandmother's photos, and she said several times that she would have to look through the basement for them. Then she did; she cleaned out her basement and threw them away (so much for my favorite aunt).
Luckily, somebody found them and sold them to somebody who advertised them in the Genealogical Helper with the names on the backs, including my brother's name. My uncle got to them first, and sent them to the aunt, who said she never saw them. There was a picture of my ggrandmother as a youngish woman, probably from about 1868, when my ggrandfather left for the US, colorized pictures of my 2nd ggrandparents, who never left Russia (he died in 1881). And lots more.
My aunt obviously didn't think them important. What do you think your children would want to see?  Either scan them all or better, keep them all.
Sally Bruckheimer
Princeton, NJ

Re: New York State Death Index #usa

Suzanne Fialkoff

There was an Adelphi Hospital in Brooklyn at 50 Greene St. in the Fort Greene section. 

Re: New York State Death Index #usa

Diane Jacobs

Try the large jewish cemeteries in Queens,
Brooklyn and on long island. Most of them have online databases where you can find where they are buried and also search by society for other possible names. Cemeteries not online will have to be called and since you have name and date of death,
they will be able to you immediately if they have a match. Some NYC cemeteries will take a photo of the tombstone for you and will tell you if there is a next of kin listed.
Diane Jacobs    Somerset NJ

-------- Original message --------
From: Robert Heuman <torontorsh@...>
Date: 4/1/20 12:12 AM (GMT-05:00)
To: main@...
Subject: Re: [] New York State Death Index #usa
Adelphi Street is a street in Kings County, New York, otherwise called
Brooklyn NY, so that likely is where they lived or died.

On Tue, 31 Mar 2020 20:47:31 -0400, you wrote:

I found two relatives on the New York State Death Index where the place of death is curiously listed as Adelphi, Kings, New York. One is Joseph Haller who died Dec. 4, 1965. The certificate number is 92248. The other is Bertha Miller who died on July 7, 1967 & her certificate # 54398. When I first found the place of death listing on Arthur Haller I thought it was a mistake although it is on the original microfilm at the NYC National Archives & transcribed as such on
Does anyone have any idea where Adelphi, Kings is since the NY State Death Index doesn’t include NYC? As I imagine a lot of members know it is now almost impossible to get genealogy records from the NYS Dept of Vital Records & has been for at least 2 years. So records must be obtained from localities.
Thank You
Robert Avner

Re: New York State Death Index #usa


Apparently, there is an Adelphi Street in the Fort Greene neighborhood of Brooklyn (Kings County).  Perhaps that's what the place of death refers to, although that doesn't explain why these individuals were listed in the New York State Death Index.  I also discovered that Adelphi University was, in fact, founded in Brooklyn as the Adelphi Academy in 1863.  Eventually the university became a separate entity; it has been in Garden City on Long Island since 1929.



Re: New York State Death Index #usa

Molly Staub



Sent from Mail for Windows 10

Suggest this may refer to Adelphi University on Long Island, which earlier was Adelphi College in Brooklyn.

Molly Arost Staub