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Re: Graves at Washington Cemetery in Brooklyn:LEVINE/LEURIE (Luria??)

Marilyn Robinson
 

My Great Grandparents are also buried in Brooklyn, NY's Washington Cemetery: Solomon (Zalman) LEVINE & Rebecca LEVINE. I have photos of their headstones but would like someone to photograph the office records for these burials. I've spoken to several different people at the cemetery and each have given me different tidbits of information. Therefore, I'd like to read the information myself. I live in Florida so a  personal visit is impossible. So, if you are visiting this cemetery, I would appreciate any help you can give to me.

For a fee the cemetery will send photos of the headstones. I did that several years ago for about $15. but I don't know present costs.

Regards,
Marilyn Robinson
Florida


Where to send comments on USCIS Proposed Raise in Fees

Jan Meisels Allen
 

In addition to the portal  which Renee showed how to do at:

https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=USCIS-2019-0010-0001

 

You can submit a snail mail letter to:

 

Samantha Deshommes,

Chief, Regulatory Coordination Division,

Office of Policy and Strategy,

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services,

Department of Homeland Security,

20 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Mailstop  #2140,

Washington, DC 20529–2140.

 

Please reference DHS Docket No. USCIS–2019– 0010 in your correspondence

 

Remember all comments must be submitted on or before December 16, 2019

 

Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

 

 


Re: Help Stop USCIS Genealogy Program Fee Hikes

Renée K. Carl
 

JewishGen is not the advocate here. I am, along with other volunteers.


On Sun, Nov 24, 2019 at 5:06 PM Bob Bloomberg <rpbrpb2012@...> wrote:

I was not addressing my comment to you, and I apologize if you took it that way.. I was pointing out the inconsistency of JewishGen advocating for lower fees when they charge an exorbitant amount to get current information.

On Sun, Nov 24, 2019 at 5:01 PM Renée Carl <rkcarl@...> wrote:

Bob, I do not work for nor do I represent JewishGen. Also please note
that #LitvakSIG is a separate 501c3 organization that coordinates with
JewishGen.
I am a researcher like many people on this message board, and I am a
volunteer helping to advocate to stop the fee hikes to the USCIS
Genealogy Program, which is run by the federal government.

On Sun, Nov 24, 2019 at 4:49 PM Bob Bloomberg <rpbrpb2012@...> wrote:

You want to cut the costs of getting records from USCIS, but charge $100 to get the records from JewishGen's Lithuania SIG. Anybody see the inconsistency?


Re: Help Stop USCIS Genealogy Program Fee Hikes

Bob Bloomberg
 

I was not addressing my comment to you, and I apologize if you took it that way..  I was pointing out the inconsistency of JewishGen advocating for lower fees when they charge an exorbitant amount to get current information.

On Sun, Nov 24, 2019 at 5:01 PM Renée Carl <rkcarl@...> wrote:
Bob, I do not work for nor do I represent JewishGen. Also please note
that #LitvakSIG is a separate 501c3 organization that coordinates with
JewishGen.
I am a researcher like many people on this message board, and I am a
volunteer helping to advocate to stop the fee hikes to the USCIS
Genealogy Program, which is run by the federal government.

On Sun, Nov 24, 2019 at 4:49 PM Bob Bloomberg <rpbrpb2012@...> wrote:
>
> You want to cut the costs of getting records from USCIS, but charge $100 to get the records from JewishGen's Lithuania SIG.  Anybody see the inconsistency?


Re: Help Stop USCIS Genealogy Program Fee Hikes

Renée K. Carl
 

Bob, I do not work for nor do I represent JewishGen. Also please note
that #LitvakSIG is a separate 501c3 organization that coordinates with
JewishGen.
I am a researcher like many people on this message board, and I am a
volunteer helping to advocate to stop the fee hikes to the USCIS
Genealogy Program, which is run by the federal government.


On Sun, Nov 24, 2019 at 4:49 PM Bob Bloomberg <rpbrpb2012@...> wrote:

You want to cut the costs of getting records from USCIS, but charge $100 to get the records from JewishGen's Lithuania SIG. Anybody see the inconsistency?


Re: Help Stop USCIS Genealogy Program Fee Hikes

Bob Bloomberg
 

You want to cut the costs of getting records from USCIS, but charge $100 to get the records from JewishGen's Lithuania SIG.  Anybody see the inconsistency?


DNA Testing and Law Enforcement Access to DNA Databases #dna

Jan Meisels Allen
 

There has been much in the press about the recent disclosure that a Florida judge provided a warrant for law enforcement to search an entire voluntary  DNA genealogy database (GEDMatch) to help solve a violent crime.  That is different than the private DNA testing companies. The DNA testing companies state they are protecting your data and will fight even warrants, with FamilyTree DNA offering an opt-out option. According to a Baylor University Study, the majority of people -90 percent- favored police access to consumer DNA when it comes to murder cases. Rape is also considered a violent crime.  Non-violent crimes faired about 34 percent of people in favor of police wanting the names of account holders.  The privacy wonks are opposed to the warrant that was issued in Florida saying it was too broad, and are concerned it may be emulated elsewhere.  The Los Angeles Times  published an article on the issue today. See:  https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2019-11-24/law-enforcement-dna-crime-cases-privacy

 

Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

 

 


USCIS Increase in Fees-Yes the Coalition is Having it on FB genealogy pages #United States

Jan Meisels Allen
 

To the question if Facebook genealogy pages are being included in the campaign against the USCIS fee increase, according to the coalition their Outreach Task List" includes FB pages. If you have questions about that please contact them  https://www.recordsnotrevenue.com/ and sign  up for their updates.

 

Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

 

 


Re: More on USCIS Proposes Fee Increases - has this been posted on FB groups, yet? #United States

Jan Meisels Allen
 

No petitions to my knowledge. Thousands of letters will do the best to show the amount of interest. They are required to respond in the Federal Register to each letter they receive not to a petition . No form letters. USCIS needs to hear from the thousands who oppose this.

A coalition of genealogists, historians and records access advocates have created a portal about this with suggestions.  Please see: https://www.recordsnotrevenue.com/



Jan Meisels Allen
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


On Sunday, November 24, 2019, 6:22:39 AM PST, mpitler@... <mpitler@...> wrote:


As I had asked in a prior post (I had two typos of which I'm horribly embarrassed), do you know of any petitions? Perhaps the group spearheading this could create one. 
A petition may gain more traction than letter writing. Marilen Pitler, St. Louis


Re: Help Stop USCIS Genealogy Program Fee Hikes

Renée K. Carl
 

Hi Sarah
I created this image to show you where the "Comment" button is
(attached). It's not easy to spot.
Thank you for helping!
Renee


On Sun, Nov 24, 2019 at 1:35 PM <sarahlmeyer@...> wrote:

Will someone please post the email address or form to fill in to send comments? Yes I will copy my senators and representatives. I have read the conversation starters. And the contact us page on the federal register said not for comments on regulations. Personally at $65 for a search and then $65 for the record, the cost is already very unreasonable. The record cost should be something like 50c/page with a limit of $65. And there should be a way to cut the search costs as well. The only thing that raising these costs by 400% will do - which is 1200% of three years ago is to put the whole program into a death spiral. In fact the tripling three years ago probably started the spiral.
Sarah


Re: Help Stop USCIS Genealogy Program Fee Hikes

Renée K. Carl
 

It is not possible to submit a petition. A petition would not help the effort. The only way to make a difference in this case is to submit online comments through the Federal Rulemaking Portal.
Here are a couple ideas to help you start your statement:
--These records are important to me because...
--I have ordered ___ records from the USCIS Genealogy Program and found out the following great information...
--I think the $625 fee hike is outrageous because...
--Without these records, I would never have known/seen...

Thank you for taking the extra time to write a statement and submit it to the Federal Rulemaking Portal. Even a short letter will make a difference.
Renee


Re: Help Stop USCIS Genealogy Program Fee Hikes

Sarah L Meyer
 

Will someone please post the email address or form to fill in to send comments?  Yes I will copy my senators and representatives.  I have read the conversation starters.  And the contact us page on the federal register said not for comments on regulations.  Personally at $65 for a search and then $65 for the record, the cost is already very unreasonable.  The record cost should be something like 50c/page with a limit of $65.  And there should be a way to cut the search costs as well.    The only thing that raising these costs by 400% will do - which is 1200% of three years ago is to put the whole program into a death spiral.  In fact the tripling three years ago probably started the spiral.
Sarah


Ostrolenka

philafrum
 

I read an account of someone's grandmother's immigration journey.  He mentioned that his grandmother stayed overnight In Ostrolenka, "on the border between Austria and Poland," on the eve (literally) of World War I.

I located an Ostrolenka on the map, but it's in northeastern Poland, nowhere near the border of the Austro-Hungarian border.

Can someone clarify?

Thanks.

Evan Fishman

--
Evan Fishman
New Jersey
MANDELSTEIN, LISNITZER, ADELMAN, PRESSEISEN, BURSTEIN, UDIN--Ukraine
FISHMAN--Terespol, Poland
FINKEL-- Brest Litovsk, Belarus


Re: Subject: Kamenetz Podolsky records #ukraine

Inna Vayner
 

I just wanted to add that this is not a comprehensive list of the
records survived the fire. There are at least two revision lists :1895
and 1850 and more metrical records.

Inna Vayner

On Thu, Nov 21, 2019 at 8:54 PM Gary Pokrassa pokrassa@... <ukraine@...> wrote:

Chaim Luria asks "Is a list available of the Kamenetz Podolsky records which survived the 2003 fire and their location?"

Alex Krakovsky has posted the following metric records for Kamenetz Podolsky on his wiki page:
I don't know if the live link will come through due to the plain text requirement and the Cyrillic alphabet used in the url but I will try:

https://uk.wikipedia.org/wiki/%D0%84%D0%B2%D1%80%D0%B5%D0%B9%D1%81%D1%8C%D0%BA%D0%B5_%D0%BC%D1%96%D1%81%D1%82%D0%B5%D1%87%D0%BA%D0%BE#%D0%97%D0%B2%D0%B5%D0%BD%D0%B8%D0%B3%D0%BE%D1%80%D0%BE%D0%B4%D1%81%D1%8C%D0%BA%D0%B8%D0%B9_%D0%BF%D0%BE%D0%B2%D1%96%D1%82

I believe if you copy this and paste it into your browser it will lead you to Alex K's wiki. If you use Google Chrome it will give you an English translation. You will have to scroll down and you will find this near the bottom
(Moderator: (Or you can try https://tinyurl.com/qraxect which will get you there, too)

Kamianets-Podilskyi County [ Ed. | ed. code ]
Metric Book of the Jews of Kamenets-Podilsky. 1848 // DAHMO . F. 227. Op. 1. Ref. 7539.
Metric Book of the Jews of Kamenets-Podilsky. 1875 // DAHMO. F. 277. Op. 1. Ref. thirteen.
Metric Book of the Jews of Kamenets-Podilsky. 1875â??1880. Marriage, death. 1874. Divorce // DAHMO. F. 277. Op. 1. Ref. 14.
Metric Book of the Jews of Kamenets-Podilsky. 1877 // DAHMO. F. 277. Op. 1. Ref. 15.
Metric Book of the Jews of Kamenets-Podilsky. 1878 // DAHMO. F. 277. Op. 1. Ref. 16.
Metric Book of the Jews of Kamenets-Podilsky. 1879 // DAHMO. F. 277. Op. 1. Ref. 17.
Metric Book of the Jews of Kamenets-Podilsky. 1880 // DAHMO. F. 277. Op. 1. Ref. 18.
Metric Book of the Jews of Kamenets-Podilsky. 1881â??1885. Marriage, death // DAHMO. F. 277. Op. 1. Ref. 19.
Metric Book of the Jews of Kamenets-Podilsky. 1882 // DAHMO. F. 277. Op. 1. Ref. 20.
Metric Book of the Jews of Kamenets-Podilsky. 1885 // DAHMO. F. 277. Op. 1. Ref. 21.
Metric Book of the Jews of Kamenets-Podilsky. 1887 // DAHMO. F. 277. Op. 1. Ref. 23.
Metric Book of the Jews of Kamenets-Podilsky. 1888 // DAHMO. F. 277. Op. 1. Ref. 24.


Gary Pokrassa
Data Acquisition Director UKR Research Group


Ukraine SIG #Ukraine Re: Subject: Kamenetz Podolsky records #ukraine

Inna Vayner
 

I just wanted to add that this is not a comprehensive list of the
records survived the fire. There are at least two revision lists :1895
and 1850 and more metrical records.

Inna Vayner

On Thu, Nov 21, 2019 at 8:54 PM Gary Pokrassa pokrassa@... <ukraine@...> wrote:

Chaim Luria asks "Is a list available of the Kamenetz Podolsky records which survived the 2003 fire and their location?"

Alex Krakovsky has posted the following metric records for Kamenetz Podolsky on his wiki page:
I don't know if the live link will come through due to the plain text requirement and the Cyrillic alphabet used in the url but I will try:

https://uk.wikipedia.org/wiki/%D0%84%D0%B2%D1%80%D0%B5%D0%B9%D1%81%D1%8C%D0%BA%D0%B5_%D0%BC%D1%96%D1%81%D1%82%D0%B5%D1%87%D0%BA%D0%BE#%D0%97%D0%B2%D0%B5%D0%BD%D0%B8%D0%B3%D0%BE%D1%80%D0%BE%D0%B4%D1%81%D1%8C%D0%BA%D0%B8%D0%B9_%D0%BF%D0%BE%D0%B2%D1%96%D1%82

I believe if you copy this and paste it into your browser it will lead you to Alex K's wiki. If you use Google Chrome it will give you an English translation. You will have to scroll down and you will find this near the bottom
(Moderator: (Or you can try https://tinyurl.com/qraxect which will get you there, too)

Kamianets-Podilskyi County [ Ed. | ed. code ]
Metric Book of the Jews of Kamenets-Podilsky. 1848 // DAHMO . F. 227. Op. 1. Ref. 7539.
Metric Book of the Jews of Kamenets-Podilsky. 1875 // DAHMO. F. 277. Op. 1. Ref. thirteen.
Metric Book of the Jews of Kamenets-Podilsky. 1875â??1880. Marriage, death. 1874. Divorce // DAHMO. F. 277. Op. 1. Ref. 14.
Metric Book of the Jews of Kamenets-Podilsky. 1877 // DAHMO. F. 277. Op. 1. Ref. 15.
Metric Book of the Jews of Kamenets-Podilsky. 1878 // DAHMO. F. 277. Op. 1. Ref. 16.
Metric Book of the Jews of Kamenets-Podilsky. 1879 // DAHMO. F. 277. Op. 1. Ref. 17.
Metric Book of the Jews of Kamenets-Podilsky. 1880 // DAHMO. F. 277. Op. 1. Ref. 18.
Metric Book of the Jews of Kamenets-Podilsky. 1881â??1885. Marriage, death // DAHMO. F. 277. Op. 1. Ref. 19.
Metric Book of the Jews of Kamenets-Podilsky. 1882 // DAHMO. F. 277. Op. 1. Ref. 20.
Metric Book of the Jews of Kamenets-Podilsky. 1885 // DAHMO. F. 277. Op. 1. Ref. 21.
Metric Book of the Jews of Kamenets-Podilsky. 1887 // DAHMO. F. 277. Op. 1. Ref. 23.
Metric Book of the Jews of Kamenets-Podilsky. 1888 // DAHMO. F. 277. Op. 1. Ref. 24.


Gary Pokrassa
Data Acquisition Director UKR Research Group


Grave at Washington Cemetery in Brooklyn

Laurie
 

Hello JewishGenners,
After calling every cemetery in the Brooklyn/Queens area, I have
finally located the grave of my great great grandfather. He is buried
at Washington Cemetery in Brooklyn. The cemetery gave me a “possible”
location - post 403, row one, grave one - but warned that the “post”
might not be quite correct. I wondered if anyone in this group takes
regular trips out to this cemetery, and might be willing to help me
find the correct location of my great great grandfather’s grave and
take a picture. I have been searching for him for quite some time, so
this is very exciting! I wish I could go myself, but I am in
California.
Thank you so much!
Laurie Duchowny


Bela MESSINGER and Chune/Rozalia WOLF(S)THAL

Yaron Wolfsthal
 

Dear Group,

I am researching a branch of the WOLF(S)THAL family that moved from
Galicia to Hungary in the early 1900's.
They lived in Komorn (aka Komarom, Komarno) and perished in the Holocaust.

In MyHeritage, I found an entry from 02.06.2016 where a researcher
named V. KOVACKS was looking for information about Rozalia WOLFSTHAL,
whose father was the musician Chune WOLFSTHAL, and who married Bela
MESSINGER.

The above marriage connection between Chune WOLFSTHAL's daughter and
Bella MESSINGER (if it can be indeed established) would be a
breakthrough discovery in our family research,
Clearly, the posting of V Kovacs from 2016 (which I just discovered)
holds promise in this respect.

I reached out to several sources, including the JewishGen H-SIG group,
seeking a contact to the researcher V KOVACKS, and/or info about the
above-mentioned marriage connection of the WOLFSTHAL and MESSINGER
families. Regretfully, I got no response on either points.

I would appreciate any direction/insight to help me get ahead with
this difficult research question.

Thank you,
Prof. Yaron Wolfsthal, Ben-Gurion University, Israel


2019 IAJGS Conference.... #france

Rosanne Leeson
 

Dear FrenchSIG Members,

Pierre and I are hoping to attend this year's IAJGS Conference in San
Diego. We would like to hear >from any of you also planning to come,
and perhaps to even present a paper.  Time is getting short!

We need to discuss the future of the SIG, which has nearly 1000
subscribers! Please give this matter serious consideration, or the SIG
will sadly come to an end! Surely there must be some among you who are
willing to step up and to keep it rolling along, as it has since 1997!

Do let us hear >from you, and send us your thoughts ASAP!

Rosanne Leeson
Pierre Hahn
Co-Coordinators


French SIG #France 2019 IAJGS Conference.... #france

Rosanne Leeson
 

Dear FrenchSIG Members,

Pierre and I are hoping to attend this year's IAJGS Conference in San
Diego. We would like to hear >from any of you also planning to come,
and perhaps to even present a paper.  Time is getting short!

We need to discuss the future of the SIG, which has nearly 1000
subscribers! Please give this matter serious consideration, or the SIG
will sadly come to an end! Surely there must be some among you who are
willing to step up and to keep it rolling along, as it has since 1997!

Do let us hear >from you, and send us your thoughts ASAP!

Rosanne Leeson
Pierre Hahn
Co-Coordinators


FW: Indexng records

Bob Silverstein
 

I have about 1,400 records to be indexed. Each record is a photograph of an index card with yahrzeit information. In the past, we have simply displayed the image alongside of an Excel spreadsheet and entered the information. The images are not good enough for OCR. Does anyone have a better way of doing this?

Bob Silverstein