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FAMILY TREE PROGRAMS #belarus

mkaplan27
 

I have been using Family Tree Maker for eight or nine years (version 11,
copy write 2003). There are several things that it does not do, things that
I would like to do. Perhaps newer version do some of these things. I AM
LOOKING FOR ADVISE ON UPGRADING MY PROGRAM.

1. I would like to be able to include a reference citation for data that I
enter
2. I would like to be able to print trees (descendant or ancestor) and
EXCLUDE SELECTED INDIVIDUALS.
3. (This is the tricky part). Let's look at a descendant tree of A. In the
third generation, say, there is an individual, B. I WOULD LIKE TO DISPLAY
THE ANCESTOR TREE OF B along with the descendant tree of A.
Another manifestation of this kind of tree development is this: I have a
descendant tree say, for me and my wife. I can make that into an "hourglass
tree" for me OR for my wife. But what I want to do is to display the
descendants for me and for my wife AND THE ANCESTOR TREES for BOTH of us.


Any suggestions?

Michael Kaplan
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Belarus SIG #Belarus FAMILY TREE PROGRAMS #belarus

mkaplan27
 

I have been using Family Tree Maker for eight or nine years (version 11,
copy write 2003). There are several things that it does not do, things that
I would like to do. Perhaps newer version do some of these things. I AM
LOOKING FOR ADVISE ON UPGRADING MY PROGRAM.

1. I would like to be able to include a reference citation for data that I
enter
2. I would like to be able to print trees (descendant or ancestor) and
EXCLUDE SELECTED INDIVIDUALS.
3. (This is the tricky part). Let's look at a descendant tree of A. In the
third generation, say, there is an individual, B. I WOULD LIKE TO DISPLAY
THE ANCESTOR TREE OF B along with the descendant tree of A.
Another manifestation of this kind of tree development is this: I have a
descendant tree say, for me and my wife. I can make that into an "hourglass
tree" for me OR for my wife. But what I want to do is to display the
descendants for me and for my wife AND THE ANCESTOR TREES for BOTH of us.


Any suggestions?

Michael Kaplan
MODERATOR NOTE: Please reply privately


Louis KRAMER and Hyman COHAN - still at a dead end after 35 years of searching #general

Ricki Zunk
 

to JEWISHGEN
BOTH of my maternal great grandfathers have remained an enigma to me for
the 35 years I've been researching my family genealogy. Unfortunately,
as you can see, they both have very common names. I do have a few "solid
facts" about each one of them, but I've be stonewalled for more than 20
years now. I'm hoping that some new/fresh eyes might come up with some
possible answers or solutions that I might be able to follow.

LOUIS KRAMER:
According to the naturalization certificate (which had some
additional information handwritten on it by the court clerk in 1891, Louis
KRAMER arrived in the USA on October 28, 1885 (I have no idea at what port
or in what ship), probably with his older brother Benjamin KRAMER. He was
born about September 1867.

He renounced his loyalty to "the Emperor of Germany" when he took his oath
on Sept. 26, 1891, at the Court of Common Pleas, Lancaster County, PA.
Louis had married Sarah KURSON earlier that year (May 2, 1891) in
Philadelphia, PA, so she became a citizen too. Mr. Nathan Furman vouched
for Louis at that time.

In Lancaster County, PA, Louis was a "peddler" and we know >from old family
stories that Louis and Sarah lived in Mt. Joy, PA, during the 1890s, where
they had three children (Eva, Shimon/Sam, and Ben).

They left Lancaster County, and moved to Philadelphia, PA by the 1900 U.S.
Census. In Philly he was a confectioner and he also dealt in real estate
(until the 1929 Market Crash).

HYMAN COHAN:
My mgm never knew her father, as he died in January 10, 1897 (approx.
39 yrs. of age), in Philadelphia, PA, >from complications of "weak lungs."
My mgm was only 9 months old at that time. His Hebrew name was,
Yechezekiel Ha' Kohan, but in Philadelphia he was Hyman COHAN (on my mgm's
marriage license she said his name was "Haskell").

Hyman had an older brother who also lived in Philly. His name was Solomon
KOPLIN. According to the tombstones of both Hyman and Solomon, their
father was "Reb Yisroel Ha' Cohan). It is possible that these men were
from a long line of cantors, but we have no valid proof of that.
Hyman was married to Ida (Chaya Reisel) when they arrived in Philadelphia.
We believe, but have no proof, that they arrived in Philly in 1893 with
their oldest child, Louis Israel (Israel Leib Ha' Kohan) who was about 1
year old at the time. They settled in South Philly, near 5th and Kater
Sts.

Hyman and Ida never became U.S. citizens. He died too soon, and she was
an illiterate woman trying to raise three children (Louis, George, and
Anna) on her own. She took in washing, and also worked in the kitchen of
Uhr's Kosher Caterers in South Philly.

Folks, I've given you all of the known facts that I've been able to gather
on these men when they first came to America. Over the years I've spent
untold hours looking in archival records and online records, and grilling
family members. Virtually all of the family members who were their peers
or who were alive when they were have passed on. There is no one else I
can ask about them. My mother, who is now 87 years old, and whose memory
of her childhood is very good, has told me everything she can remember.

I have no photographs of either of these men, and no documents other than
what I've mentioned. Over the years I've been pretty successful in finding
my father's paternal family line (RENDELSTEIN/RANDALL/RENDELL), and my
half of my mother's family lines. But, when it comes to Louis and Hyman
all I can do his keep hitting the dead ends and brick walls.

When both of my mother's family lines came to the USA, they were all
settled in and around Philadelphia County, PA. I've been in the NARA and
the Philly City Archives. I've gotten info >from funeral homes and
cemeteries. 35 years ago, I questioned all the family elders I could find
back then.

Now, I'm stumped. Anyone have any ideas where I might still look?
Please advise privately.

Thank you,
(Mrs.) Ricki Lynn Randall Zunk
Miami, FL, USA


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Louis KRAMER and Hyman COHAN - still at a dead end after 35 years of searching #general

Ricki Zunk
 

to JEWISHGEN
BOTH of my maternal great grandfathers have remained an enigma to me for
the 35 years I've been researching my family genealogy. Unfortunately,
as you can see, they both have very common names. I do have a few "solid
facts" about each one of them, but I've be stonewalled for more than 20
years now. I'm hoping that some new/fresh eyes might come up with some
possible answers or solutions that I might be able to follow.

LOUIS KRAMER:
According to the naturalization certificate (which had some
additional information handwritten on it by the court clerk in 1891, Louis
KRAMER arrived in the USA on October 28, 1885 (I have no idea at what port
or in what ship), probably with his older brother Benjamin KRAMER. He was
born about September 1867.

He renounced his loyalty to "the Emperor of Germany" when he took his oath
on Sept. 26, 1891, at the Court of Common Pleas, Lancaster County, PA.
Louis had married Sarah KURSON earlier that year (May 2, 1891) in
Philadelphia, PA, so she became a citizen too. Mr. Nathan Furman vouched
for Louis at that time.

In Lancaster County, PA, Louis was a "peddler" and we know >from old family
stories that Louis and Sarah lived in Mt. Joy, PA, during the 1890s, where
they had three children (Eva, Shimon/Sam, and Ben).

They left Lancaster County, and moved to Philadelphia, PA by the 1900 U.S.
Census. In Philly he was a confectioner and he also dealt in real estate
(until the 1929 Market Crash).

HYMAN COHAN:
My mgm never knew her father, as he died in January 10, 1897 (approx.
39 yrs. of age), in Philadelphia, PA, >from complications of "weak lungs."
My mgm was only 9 months old at that time. His Hebrew name was,
Yechezekiel Ha' Kohan, but in Philadelphia he was Hyman COHAN (on my mgm's
marriage license she said his name was "Haskell").

Hyman had an older brother who also lived in Philly. His name was Solomon
KOPLIN. According to the tombstones of both Hyman and Solomon, their
father was "Reb Yisroel Ha' Cohan). It is possible that these men were
from a long line of cantors, but we have no valid proof of that.
Hyman was married to Ida (Chaya Reisel) when they arrived in Philadelphia.
We believe, but have no proof, that they arrived in Philly in 1893 with
their oldest child, Louis Israel (Israel Leib Ha' Kohan) who was about 1
year old at the time. They settled in South Philly, near 5th and Kater
Sts.

Hyman and Ida never became U.S. citizens. He died too soon, and she was
an illiterate woman trying to raise three children (Louis, George, and
Anna) on her own. She took in washing, and also worked in the kitchen of
Uhr's Kosher Caterers in South Philly.

Folks, I've given you all of the known facts that I've been able to gather
on these men when they first came to America. Over the years I've spent
untold hours looking in archival records and online records, and grilling
family members. Virtually all of the family members who were their peers
or who were alive when they were have passed on. There is no one else I
can ask about them. My mother, who is now 87 years old, and whose memory
of her childhood is very good, has told me everything she can remember.

I have no photographs of either of these men, and no documents other than
what I've mentioned. Over the years I've been pretty successful in finding
my father's paternal family line (RENDELSTEIN/RANDALL/RENDELL), and my
half of my mother's family lines. But, when it comes to Louis and Hyman
all I can do his keep hitting the dead ends and brick walls.

When both of my mother's family lines came to the USA, they were all
settled in and around Philadelphia County, PA. I've been in the NARA and
the Philly City Archives. I've gotten info >from funeral homes and
cemeteries. 35 years ago, I questioned all the family elders I could find
back then.

Now, I'm stumped. Anyone have any ideas where I might still look?
Please advise privately.

Thank you,
(Mrs.) Ricki Lynn Randall Zunk
Miami, FL, USA


Political Terror--Shot in Moscow: Individuals from throughout the USSR #belarus

Marilyn Robinson
 

http://mos.memo.ru/

On this Russian language site are the names of many individuals (about
12,000) born in the USSR and other areas of the world, but who were
residents of the "Old Moscow" at the time they were executed. Both Jews
and non-Jews are included. On the left side of the page is an
alphabetical listing of streets, which you need to click on to gain
access to the individuals' names. Included, in most cases, is place of
birth, DOB, DOD, employment, address, and place of burial.

A few names >from Belarus are: Ratner, Alexander D. (Mogilev), Aaron
Stein Mendeleevich (Bobruisk), Glezer, Lipmanov David Gavrilovic
(Minsk), etc.

You can also go to: http://www.memo.ru/memory/preface/preface.htm for
some names that are on separate lists by region and then alphabetical.
But in some cases there seems to be more info. on the first link.

Use an online translator such as Bing translator
(http://www.microsofttranslator.com/) if needed.

Marilyn Robinson
Florida


Belarus SIG #Belarus Political Terror--Shot in Moscow: Individuals from throughout the USSR #belarus

Marilyn Robinson
 

http://mos.memo.ru/

On this Russian language site are the names of many individuals (about
12,000) born in the USSR and other areas of the world, but who were
residents of the "Old Moscow" at the time they were executed. Both Jews
and non-Jews are included. On the left side of the page is an
alphabetical listing of streets, which you need to click on to gain
access to the individuals' names. Included, in most cases, is place of
birth, DOB, DOD, employment, address, and place of burial.

A few names >from Belarus are: Ratner, Alexander D. (Mogilev), Aaron
Stein Mendeleevich (Bobruisk), Glezer, Lipmanov David Gavrilovic
(Minsk), etc.

You can also go to: http://www.memo.ru/memory/preface/preface.htm for
some names that are on separate lists by region and then alphabetical.
But in some cases there seems to be more info. on the first link.

Use an online translator such as Bing translator
(http://www.microsofttranslator.com/) if needed.

Marilyn Robinson
Florida


Searching:MOSS from GRODNO and KALESKI from SOPOTSKIN #belarus

carolyn.simon@...
 

We have achieved a new dead end and hope someone out there in
JewishGenLand can provide illumination. My husband's great-grandfather,
Jacob MOSS, was born in (Hrodno) GRODNO, Belarus in about 1840 and emigrated
to the US around 1866,spending a short time in NYC, but quickly moving on to
Jefferson, Texas. His wife Caroline was born in Hrodno about 1842. Jacob began
his Texas life, first as a foot peddler, next a horse peddler and finally as
a store owner.Family lore has it that he and his son Willie also plied their
trade in a canoe,selling their wares to the Indians on nearby Caddo Lake.

Except for the name of the town, we have no other information about the
Mosses before prior to their arrival the US. His oldest daughter Anna was born
in Grodno in 1860-62. Lulu (m. Harry SIMON), my husband's grandmother was
born in Jefferson in 1869 and was followed by the twins, Rebecca (m. Ike HARRIS)
and Helen (m. SHACK). The two youngest were Willie and Esther (m. Morris
HARRIS) were all born in Jefferson. Sam KALESKI, a relative >from SOPOKINIE
(Sopotsin),Belarus followed the family to Texas in 1885 and married Anna in 1887.
Anna and Esther's families remained in Texas, along with Willie who never married.
Lulu and Rebecca raised their families in Chicago, where they were said to
have other relatives. Helen lived first in Memphis and then moved to Chicago.

Carolyn Simon,
Tucson, AZ, # 139371
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Belarus SIG #Belarus Searching:MOSS from GRODNO and KALESKI from SOPOTSKIN #belarus

carolyn.simon@...
 

We have achieved a new dead end and hope someone out there in
JewishGenLand can provide illumination. My husband's great-grandfather,
Jacob MOSS, was born in (Hrodno) GRODNO, Belarus in about 1840 and emigrated
to the US around 1866,spending a short time in NYC, but quickly moving on to
Jefferson, Texas. His wife Caroline was born in Hrodno about 1842. Jacob began
his Texas life, first as a foot peddler, next a horse peddler and finally as
a store owner.Family lore has it that he and his son Willie also plied their
trade in a canoe,selling their wares to the Indians on nearby Caddo Lake.

Except for the name of the town, we have no other information about the
Mosses before prior to their arrival the US. His oldest daughter Anna was born
in Grodno in 1860-62. Lulu (m. Harry SIMON), my husband's grandmother was
born in Jefferson in 1869 and was followed by the twins, Rebecca (m. Ike HARRIS)
and Helen (m. SHACK). The two youngest were Willie and Esther (m. Morris
HARRIS) were all born in Jefferson. Sam KALESKI, a relative >from SOPOKINIE
(Sopotsin),Belarus followed the family to Texas in 1885 and married Anna in 1887.
Anna and Esther's families remained in Texas, along with Willie who never married.
Lulu and Rebecca raised their families in Chicago, where they were said to
have other relatives. Helen lived first in Memphis and then moved to Chicago.

Carolyn Simon,
Tucson, AZ, # 139371
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Four images posted requesting German translation #galicia

Carol Sicherman <csicher@...>
 

I have posted the following images on ViewMate, requesting
transcription and translation >from German:

http://www.jewishgen.org/viewmate/viewmateview.asp?key=23615
http://www.jewishgen.org/viewmate/viewmateview.asp?key=23617
http://www.jewishgen.org/viewmate/viewmateview.asp?key=23618
http://www.jewishgen.org/viewmate/viewmateview.asp?key=23619

Please reply using the form on ViewMate.

Many thanks,

Carol Sicherman


Gesher Galicia SIG #Galicia Four images posted requesting German translation #galicia

Carol Sicherman <csicher@...>
 

I have posted the following images on ViewMate, requesting
transcription and translation >from German:

http://www.jewishgen.org/viewmate/viewmateview.asp?key=23615
http://www.jewishgen.org/viewmate/viewmateview.asp?key=23617
http://www.jewishgen.org/viewmate/viewmateview.asp?key=23618
http://www.jewishgen.org/viewmate/viewmateview.asp?key=23619

Please reply using the form on ViewMate.

Many thanks,

Carol Sicherman


Searching for Relative in Paris Area (RAABE) #france

noam.silberberg@...
 

Dear Genners,

I'm trying to find information regarding my relative, Jakob RAABE. He
was born around 1870 to a Jewish family in Warsaw and in the 1930's he
immigrated to Paris. I have a 1938 obituary >from a Polish newspaper
stating that he died in Montfort near Paris and was also buried there.
The only Montfort near Paris that I was able to find was
Montfort-l'Amaury, in the Yvelines department. However, I contacted
the "Maison de tourisme et du patrimoine" in Montfort-l'Amaury and
they could not find RAABE in the town records or the cemetery.

Does anyone know of another "Montfort near Paris"? And if not, where
should I continue my search?

I would appreciate any suggestions.

Many thanks,

Noam Silberberg
ISRAEL


French SIG #France Searching for Relative in Paris Area (RAABE) #france

noam.silberberg@...
 

Dear Genners,

I'm trying to find information regarding my relative, Jakob RAABE. He
was born around 1870 to a Jewish family in Warsaw and in the 1930's he
immigrated to Paris. I have a 1938 obituary >from a Polish newspaper
stating that he died in Montfort near Paris and was also buried there.
The only Montfort near Paris that I was able to find was
Montfort-l'Amaury, in the Yvelines department. However, I contacted
the "Maison de tourisme et du patrimoine" in Montfort-l'Amaury and
they could not find RAABE in the town records or the cemetery.

Does anyone know of another "Montfort near Paris"? And if not, where
should I continue my search?

I would appreciate any suggestions.

Many thanks,

Noam Silberberg
ISRAEL


Lookup at Archives Municipales during Conference #france

RENEEP8546@...
 

Dear Genners who are going to Paris,

I would be most grateful if a Genner who is going to do research at the Arch
ives Municipales in Paris during the meeting, would be so kind to copy some
census pages >from the 1936 and 1946 for me. I am not lucky to go this year. I
f there is a likely volunteer, please contact me directly to get the addresses
in question.
Thank you and have a great time.

Cordially,
Renee Payne

Searching: Jakobowicz/Jacobowitz Sanok
Roth, Rauch/Rauch Sanok
Weisz/Weiss Ungvar
Serfaty, Benhaim Marrakech
Glotz Paris
Sent >from my iPad=


French SIG #France Lookup at Archives Municipales during Conference #france

RENEEP8546@...
 

Dear Genners who are going to Paris,

I would be most grateful if a Genner who is going to do research at the Arch
ives Municipales in Paris during the meeting, would be so kind to copy some
census pages >from the 1936 and 1946 for me. I am not lucky to go this year. I
f there is a likely volunteer, please contact me directly to get the addresses
in question.
Thank you and have a great time.

Cordially,
Renee Payne

Searching: Jakobowicz/Jacobowitz Sanok
Roth, Rauch/Rauch Sanok
Weisz/Weiss Ungvar
Serfaty, Benhaim Marrakech
Glotz Paris
Sent >from my iPad=


Data About Hungarians who left in 1956 #hungary

j.kovacs@...
 

I am responding to the Sankar and Klein comments about data about Hungarians who Left Hungary in 1956.
I have no information about anything being on line about any escapees. But I believe that these refugees had
the opportunity to work with non-governmental agencies upon arrival in Austria. The reason for my statement
is that the Nation Catholic Welfare Conference (NCWC) asked me to go to Austria at that time. They knew me
>from my work of about one year with Eastern European refugees and non governmental agencies, such as
NCWC, and the WCC for protestant, and IRA International refugee agency, who worked with any refugees in
two refugee camps near Nuremberg, Germany in the camps of Zirndorf and Valka and German government
official. I would imagine that the HIAS also had representation in Austria at that time. If anyone is really
interested in finding out about any relatives who escaped at that time may want to contact any of these
agencies. Whether they respond is another question.

John Kovacs
Bloomfield, MI


Hungary SIG #Hungary Data About Hungarians who left in 1956 #hungary

j.kovacs@...
 

I am responding to the Sankar and Klein comments about data about Hungarians who Left Hungary in 1956.
I have no information about anything being on line about any escapees. But I believe that these refugees had
the opportunity to work with non-governmental agencies upon arrival in Austria. The reason for my statement
is that the Nation Catholic Welfare Conference (NCWC) asked me to go to Austria at that time. They knew me
>from my work of about one year with Eastern European refugees and non governmental agencies, such as
NCWC, and the WCC for protestant, and IRA International refugee agency, who worked with any refugees in
two refugee camps near Nuremberg, Germany in the camps of Zirndorf and Valka and German government
official. I would imagine that the HIAS also had representation in Austria at that time. If anyone is really
interested in finding out about any relatives who escaped at that time may want to contact any of these
agencies. Whether they respond is another question.

John Kovacs
Bloomfield, MI


Searching Weinberger #hungary

Sandra Nutig
 

Hello,

I have found my grandparents Samuel and Fannie Weinberger who came to
the USA in 1884 >from where I believe is Bratislava. Their two sons
Mortitz > Morris E. 7 and Jacob 3 followed in 1885.

Samuel?s parents are listed as, Henry (Heinrich) Weinberger and Sadie
Klein, on his death certificate dated 1914. Samuel and Fannie had 4
more children born in New York: William, Henriette, Abraham and Meyer.

I haven?t been able to trace this family back to Austria, Hungary or
Slovenia. I tried JOWBR. If anyone has any ideas I would greatly
appreciate any help.

Thank you,
SANDRA SAND NUTIG
League City, Texas
New York

Researching
SAND - Iasi, Romania, New York
BRENNER - Focsani, Bucharest New York
DAVISON, DAVIS - Focsani, Bucharest, Phildelphia
WEINBERGER - (Pressburg) Bratislava, Bronx, New York
NUTIG, NUTIK, NUTAK, NOOTICK - Podgaytsy, Austria, Galicia, New York
DEGEN, Podgaytsy, Ukraine, Austria, New York
HEITNER, Austria, New York


Hungary SIG #Hungary Searching Weinberger #hungary

Sandra Nutig
 

Hello,

I have found my grandparents Samuel and Fannie Weinberger who came to
the USA in 1884 >from where I believe is Bratislava. Their two sons
Mortitz > Morris E. 7 and Jacob 3 followed in 1885.

Samuel?s parents are listed as, Henry (Heinrich) Weinberger and Sadie
Klein, on his death certificate dated 1914. Samuel and Fannie had 4
more children born in New York: William, Henriette, Abraham and Meyer.

I haven?t been able to trace this family back to Austria, Hungary or
Slovenia. I tried JOWBR. If anyone has any ideas I would greatly
appreciate any help.

Thank you,
SANDRA SAND NUTIG
League City, Texas
New York

Researching
SAND - Iasi, Romania, New York
BRENNER - Focsani, Bucharest New York
DAVISON, DAVIS - Focsani, Bucharest, Phildelphia
WEINBERGER - (Pressburg) Bratislava, Bronx, New York
NUTIG, NUTIK, NUTAK, NOOTICK - Podgaytsy, Austria, Galicia, New York
DEGEN, Podgaytsy, Ukraine, Austria, New York
HEITNER, Austria, New York


Re: Searching for documents - Patent Applications #general

Donna J. Israel
 

Jan Fine asked "Does it make sense to anyone else that a patent
application might actually be beneficial to someone doing family genealogy?"

Awhile back, a cousin was explaining the falling out between the children
and ex-wives of a cousin about whom I had known nothing more than a name.
Turns out he invented "Rabbit Ears," those two-armed antennae that used to
sit on top of every TV set in every living room on the planet.
The invention brought him a sizeable fortune over which his exes and
offspring are still fighting.

I learned more >from the newspaper articles that tracked the battle than I
would ever have culled >from family members -- including the fact that he
also invented the water-powered automatic potato-peeler. Okay, so they can't
all be winners.

The point is, discovering that a relative or ancestor applied for a patent
can send you off in new directions. If the invention was a hit, there might
be articles in newspapers, special interest or technical publications.

Patents, copyrights and/or their proceeds can also be passed along in the
holder's will. The names of beneficiaries - whether individuals, charities
or commercial enterprises - might open more avenues.

Even if the invention or creative work wasn't successful (or was totally
off-the-wall), the inventor might have had enough faith in it that he/she
wanted its value to accrue to someone.

To search copyright registrations, start here:
http://www.copyright.gov/records/

For patents and trademarks, go here:
http://www.uspto.gov/sitesearch.jsp

Even if you don't find your family, you're likely to get a few good laughs.
And if you come across the water-powered potato-peeler, please let me know!

DJ Israel
Researching Israel, Horowitz, Blumenthal, Hecht, Schecter, Zyrardow,
Socheczew


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Re: Searching for documents - Patent Applications #general

Donna J. Israel
 

Jan Fine asked "Does it make sense to anyone else that a patent
application might actually be beneficial to someone doing family genealogy?"

Awhile back, a cousin was explaining the falling out between the children
and ex-wives of a cousin about whom I had known nothing more than a name.
Turns out he invented "Rabbit Ears," those two-armed antennae that used to
sit on top of every TV set in every living room on the planet.
The invention brought him a sizeable fortune over which his exes and
offspring are still fighting.

I learned more >from the newspaper articles that tracked the battle than I
would ever have culled >from family members -- including the fact that he
also invented the water-powered automatic potato-peeler. Okay, so they can't
all be winners.

The point is, discovering that a relative or ancestor applied for a patent
can send you off in new directions. If the invention was a hit, there might
be articles in newspapers, special interest or technical publications.

Patents, copyrights and/or their proceeds can also be passed along in the
holder's will. The names of beneficiaries - whether individuals, charities
or commercial enterprises - might open more avenues.

Even if the invention or creative work wasn't successful (or was totally
off-the-wall), the inventor might have had enough faith in it that he/she
wanted its value to accrue to someone.

To search copyright registrations, start here:
http://www.copyright.gov/records/

For patents and trademarks, go here:
http://www.uspto.gov/sitesearch.jsp

Even if you don't find your family, you're likely to get a few good laughs.
And if you come across the water-powered potato-peeler, please let me know!

DJ Israel
Researching Israel, Horowitz, Blumenthal, Hecht, Schecter, Zyrardow,
Socheczew