Date   
Picture of grave

Barbara Kenzer
 

Hello

It has been warmer so I dont think it will take long for the snow to melt. Do you happen to know what section you ancestors would be in?
Please give me the names of who you want me to take pictures of and I will find out the sections and plot. If you sent any info prior to this email, I am not getting it.
I will be happy to do this for you. My Family is buried at Shalom Memorial in Arlington Heights, IL
If it would be easier to talk by phone, please let me know.  I live about 15 minutes away from cemetery. 
Barbara Kenzer 
Buffalo Grove,  IL


New IAJGS "Salutes!" Award to Yocheved Klausner

Nolan Altman
 

The “IAJGS Salute! Committee” is pleased to announce that Yocheved Klausner has been awarded an IAJGS Salute! Award. IAJGS Salutes are designed to provide recognition on an ongoing basis of noteworthy projects, activities and accomplishments relating to Jewish genealogy at any time during the year in addition to the annual IAJGS achievement awards.

Yocheved Klausner began working with Lance Ackerfeld ten years ago when she kindly offered to assist in an editing capacity for the JewishGen Yizkor Book Project. Then, as they say, the rest is history. Over time, Yocheved not only assisted in editing translations but she herself carried out Hebrew, Yiddish and even Romanian translations for a multitude of projects. 

 

Her extensive knowledge in so many facets of Judaism and Jewish history has been an immeasurable asset to the Yizkor Book Project. Her ever willingness to assist other volunteers working in the project meant that whenever there was a question or an expression that was difficult to understand, Yocheved was there to provide her learned insight to provide a solution.

 

Yocheved continues to assist today in the Yizkor Book project, in spite of the recent loss of her dear husband, Yehuda z”l, and her own health issues. 

 

In addition to her Yizkor Book Project role, Yocheved was instrumental in editing and translating articles for Sharesheret HaDorot (the Israel Genealogy Society "magazine") for many years. 

 

For her significant and continuing contributions to JewishGen’s Yizkor Book Project and her other volunteering efforts for IGRA (Israel Genealogy Research Association), the IAJGS is happy to recognize Yocheved Klausner’s efforts with an IAJGS Salute! Award.

 

IAJGS Salutes! Committee

Nolan Altman

Bill Israel

Doris Nabel

 

 

 

International Holocaust Remembrance Day #Holocaust

Jan Meisels Allen
 

 

 

International Holocaust Remembrance Day is commemorated on January 27th.  January 27, 2020 is the 75th anniversary of  the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration, the ending of World War ll and the ending of the Holocaust.  2020 also marks the establishment of the United Nations, formed in response to atrocity crimes of the Holocaust and the Second World War, with the aim of building a world that is just and peaceful. Acknowledging the milestone year, the Holocaust and the United Nations Outreach Program has chosen as the theme for Holocaust education and remembrance in 2020, "75 years after Auschwitz - Holocaust Education and Remembrance for Global Justice". The theme reflects the continued importance, 75 years after the Holocaust, of collective action against antisemitism and other forms of bias to ensure respect for the dignity and human rights of all people everywhere.

 

Many governments have legislated that January 27 is an annual Holocaust Memorial Day to mark the date as an international day of commemoration to honor the victims of the Holocaust. The day was designated by the United Nations General Assembly Resolution on November 1, 2005. The Resolution establishing January 27 as International Holocaust Remembrance Day urges every member nation of the U.N. to honor the memory of Holocaust victims, and encourages the development of educational programs about Holocaust history to help prevent future acts of genocide.

 

To read what the United Nations will be doing on January 27, 28, 29 and January 30 for commemoration see:

https://www.un.org/en/holocaustremembrance/2020/calendar2020.shtml

 

To see Yad Vashem’s display go to:

https://www.un.org/en/holocaustremembrance/2020/calendar2020.shtml

 

The Wiener Holocaust Library in the United Kingdom has a program which may be found at:

https://www.wienerlibrary.co.uk/Whats-On?item=530

 

The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum commemorated on January 24. To see what they did go to:

https://www.ushmm.org/online-calendar/event/DIGFBCHINTLREMDAY0120

 

There are many other venues that will hold commemoration activities. Please look locally for any activities in your area.

 

Some countries memorialize the Holocaust on other days, for example, Yom Hashoah in Israel and in the United States is commemorated on the 27th day of Nisan, the anniversary of the Warsaw Uprising. In Hebrew, Holocaust Remembrance Day is called Yom Hashoah. In 2020 Yom Hashoah is observed on April 21st (starting sunset the evening before). 

 

Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

 

Chaike Berkman

Vladimir Oksman
 

Chaike Berkman (Хайка Берхман) left Tarashcha, Ukraine in 1900 and went to her husband Abraham Berkman (Аврум Берхман) in Boston. Address: 60 South St. Boston. I have got this info from her  ship manifest.
I was not able to trace them further. Appreciate If anybody know anything about them.

Re: Trying to get a picture of a gravestone in Shalom Memorial Park Cemetery, Chicago area

Chicago Bubby
 

If you call the cemetery a day or two before you are coming and give them the grave information, they will clear the snow from the grave and from path to it from the road. Obviously this only helps if it doesn't snow in the interim. Also, be aware that many of the stones do not contain much information, often just English name and birth year and death year.

Re: Familysearch.org - is there a list of online record updates?

Sally Bruckheimer
 

Russ, anybody can make a note of correction to documents of FamilySearch.

Re: Familysearch.org - is there a list of online record updates?

Barbara Ellman
 

Familysearch posts the collections updated weekly on their website.  Here's the link for this week's update

Secaucus NJ

--
Barbara Ellman
Secaucus NJ USA
HASSMAN, SONENTHAL, DAUERMAN, LUCHS - Drohobycz, Ukraine
HIRSCHHORN, GOLDSTEIN, BUCHWALD - Dolyna, Ukraine
ELLMAN, COIRA, MAIDMAN - Minkovtsy, Ukraine
KAGLE, FASS - Ulanow, Poland

Re: Mile High Resources: Researching Colorado Records with Ellen Kowitt

Shelley Mitchell
 

It’s not uncommon for adult children to get their own naturalization, especially if they married an American. If my math is correct, he would have been 20 by then. It might have even been an arranged marriage.

Shelley Mitchell
NYC
--
Shelley Mitchell 
NYC
searching KONIGSBERG/KINIGSBERG, TERNER, MOLDAUER, SCHONFELD - Kolomyya PLATZ - DELATYN. All Galicia. 

Polish translation request

Tammy
 

I have posted an 1864 Lomazy marriage record for WEINGARTEN m. ZILBERWASSER, viewmate ID 73963.  I would greatly appreciate a complete translation of this record.

Thank you,
Tammy Weingarten
WEINGARTEN Lomazy, Biala Podlaska, Chelm, Swierze, Miedzyrzec Podlaski, Brest Litovsk.

Help JGS of Illinois identify mysterious collection of gravestone portrait photos #jgsofillinois #illinois #chicago #cookcounty #gravestones

Martin Fischer
 

JGSI of Illinois explores mystery of gravestone portrait photo cache

By Martin Fischer

The Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois website has posted photos of a mysterious collection of gravestone portraits believed to be from a Chicago-area Jewish cemetery. The oval ceramic or porcelain images were discovered late last year in Kentucky as part of the liquidation of the estate of an unidentified Kentucky man. JGSI hopes to reunite the portrait photos with living family members of those depicted in the images.

To see the 39 portraits, go to https://jgsi.org/mysteryphotos.

Family members of the deceased who recognize the photos are invited to email JGSI at info@... with information about them.

The portraits were discovered stashed in a bucket on a train caboose on the property of a man who died last year in Kentucky, according to Jessica Armstead, an employee of Hudson Estate Buyers, an estate liquidator service based in Louisville, Kentucky.

The deceased man’s identity cannot be shared because of a confidentiality agreement between Hudson Estate Buyers and the man’s family, she said. The man was an avid collector of vintage collectible items. How he obtained the gravestone photo images is not known, Armstead said. However, she indicated that the deceased man, whom she characterized as a “vintage hoarder,” was not from Illinois.

On Dec. 12, 2019, several of the portrait photos were posted to the Junkin Johnny Facebook page, which is managed by John Hudson, owner of Hudson Estate Buyers. The post, at https://www.facebook.com/582166895137135/posts/2825447780809024, received 34 likes and more than 20 comments, and was shared 54 times. It was clear from the names on the backs of some of the photos that most or all of them were likely Jewish. Several of the Facebook commenters offered specific suggestions about the deceased people’s identities.

Many of the photos had inked stamps on the backs indicating they had been created by the J.A. Dedouch Co., which was located on Harrison Street in Oak Park, Illinois, from 1893 to 2004, according to the Historical Society of Oak Park and River Forest. At least one of the portraits had a reference on the back to Soroka Bros., a monument company that was located on Roosevelt Road in Forest Park, Illinois.

Due to the proximity of both the Oak Park-based gravestone photo business and the Forest Park-based monument company to Waldheim Cemetery in Forest Park, Illinois, it was considered likely that most of the portraits came from gravestones at Waldheim. But some may have come from other locations since the Dedouch Co. is known to have had a clientele beyond the local area.

After being made aware of the Junkin Johnny Facebook post, Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois president Debbie Kroopkin contacted Hudson about JGSI taking over the task of trying to find living survivors of the people whose portraits were found in Kentucky.

At the Jan. 13, 2020, JGSI monthly board meeting, several board members took cellphone photos of the fronts and backs of all 39 portrait photos that had been carefully packed in bubble wrap and shipped to Debbie Kroopkin by Hudson Estate Buyers.

It was truly the start of a team effort by JGSI board members. Recording secretary Scott Meyer took on the task of learning about the company that created the portrait photos. Membership vice president Terry Taylor and president Debbie Kroopkin volunteered to work on getting the photos posted on jgsi.org. Treasurer Debbie Soren agreed to explore whether the photos should also be posted elsewhere online to get exposure beyond JGSI. Past president Mike Karsen volunteered to begin doing genealogical research about the few people whose names appeared on the backs of the portraits. Publicity vice president Martin Fischer agreed to call Hudson Estate Buyers for background information about how the photos were discovered and to prepare a press release.

If you know the identities of any of the people shown in these gravestone photos, please email info@....

 Temple bulletin item: You might be able to help identify the deceased people in a mysterious collection of gravestone portrait photos now displayed on the Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois website at https://jgsi.org/mysteryphotos.  If you know the identities of any of the people shown in these photos, please email info@.... The oval ceramic or porcelain images, believed to be from a Chicago-area Jewish cemetery, were discovered in late 2019 in Kentucky as part of the liquidation of an estate. They were found stashed in a bucket in a train caboose on an unidentified Kentucky man’s property.


 

 

 



--
Martin Fischer
Vice President-Publicity
Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois

JGSI website: https://jgsi.org

Re: Bayside Cemetery and Acacia Cemetery, Queens #cemeteries

Joan
 

This is wonderful!  My great grandparents were buried in Acacia cemetery!  If anyone else goes there, the last name is Zalka.

Joan Silverman
 Revere, Massachusetts

Familysearch.org - is there a list of online record updates?

Russ Maurer
 

Does familysearch.org have and update a list of record sets for which it has posted images? I just discovered, by accident, that a record set I am interested in was supplemented sometime recently. It would be nice not to have to depend on accidents for such discoveries.

Russ Maurer

Bayside Cemetery

Alex Woodle
 

Thank you for the update Andy. I had no idea of the sale of Shaare Zedek's property and major efforts to clean-up the neglect I found when I last visited. My great grandfather and his brother and a few other relatives are buried here. I purchased perpetual care for the former, but have no knowledge of what if anything has been done to keep this stone free from weeds and other plants. With your article, I have contacted them to ascertain what is  being done.

Thank you,

Alex Woodle
Groton, MA

Re: Mile High Resources: Researching Colorado Records with Ellen Kowitt

Hilary Henkin
 

Greetings,
I am not in Colorado, so can't attend.  I do have a question about Colorado research, however.  If anyone is attending this, perhaps they can ask on my behalf?

I am interested in a 1906-1907 death, and births 1907-1912.

A family in my family tree immigrated from Russia in March 1906.  They arrived at NYC destined for Rochester, NY  They had one son, age 4.  They did have family already in Rochester.

When the father filled out his Declaration of Intention in 1922, he listed four other children, but not the original son.  All four later children were born in Denver, between 1907 and 1912.

I have a theory, based on general research, that the family went to Colorado because the son developed/had tuberculosis, but he died soon after.  (The child born next, in 1907, was named Alta.)

My understanding is that death records do not exist this early, and birth records are restricted to the person born, legal rep, etc.  I'd like to know if there are any other options for this information.

i can provide specific details privately

Regards,
Hilary Henkin

Researching:
Mogilev - BERLIN;  BELIISKI;  HENKIN - GENKIN;  MESCENIKOV;  POZ - POZE
Ekaterinoslav - KATZ; LAPIDUS;  LAVROTIN - LAVRUTIN - AVRUTIN;  PESACHINSKY; SHIMERNITSKY - SEMERNITSKY;  STEINHART
Roumania:  DONNENFIELD;  DOLLINGER;  RINCOVER - HARINCOVER;  WISENTHAL - VIESENTAUL
Harbin, China:  FELDMAN;  PENZNER;  SREBERK - SCHRIEBER;
Lublin, Poland:  KATZ;  JARMUSZ

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Reply to:

Sunday, January 26, 2020
9#0 AM to Noon
BMH-BJ Congregation

Beginning with a brief history and modern statistics, this lecture will provide local and online resources for anyone interested in documenting individuals in Colorado. Local repositories will be covered including materials at the CO State Archives, DU Beck Archives, History Colorado Hart Library, DPL Western History and Genealogy Department, Boulder Carnegie Library, National Archives Rocky Mountain Region (NARA), and the Bureau of Land Management Colorado Office. An inventory of CO records found online the global giant websites including Ancestry.comFamilySearchJewishGen, and MyHeritage will be reviewed as well as other collections with notable CO content such as the Industrial Removal Office, American Jewish Archives, and a variety of digitized CO newspapers. We will review current laws for access to vital records and the procedures of the CO Department of Public Health and Environment to obtain them, as well as a discussion regarding Colorado Session Laws circa 1861-1997. Previous indexing projects conducted by JGSCO volunteers and where to find them will be explored including Jewish gravestones in CO, JCRS patient applications, obituaries of the Intermountain Jewish News, synagogue memorial plaques, and mohel records.
For more information jgsco.org

Re: Bayside Cemetery and Acacia Cemetery, Queens #cemeteries

Steven Lasky
 

Just to let you know that in the past I have photographed the gravestones in a number of plots in Acacia and Mokom Sholom cemeteries. I have, within the last year, donated images of said gravestones to JewishGen's JOWBR. I imagine that they have not yet been reviewed and entered into their system, just waiting for volunteer(s) to do so. So if you can, I would encourage you to do so.

The following town associations for plots I have photographed are:
For Acacia: Makow Mazowiecki, Mielec, Suwalki, Vilnius, Sierpc, Nasielsk, as well as Congregation Nachlas Israel.
For Mokom Sholom: Radzilow/Lebedow (for this plot I have the burial data), and Mielec.

I have donated thousands of images from at least thirty cemeteries in the New York-New Jersey area, and they are just waiting to be put online by JewishGen. So please contact Nolan Altman if you can help. Thank you!

You can find my own museum's "Cemetery Project" on my site, which is quite interesting and informative. The link is:  http://www.museumoffamilyhistory.com/cp-main.htm

Best,
Steve Lasky


Re: Bayside Cemetery and Acacia Cemetery, Queens #cemeteries

Alan Steinfeld
 

Nice job Andy.  I don't have relatives at Bayside but have investigated for others.  Thanks for the update.

Alan Steinfeld
Scarsdale, NY


-----Original Message-----
From: Andy Monat <amonat@...>
To: main <main@...>
Sent: Fri, Jan 24, 2020 10:22 pm
Subject: [JewishGen.org] Bayside Cemetery and Acacia Cemetery, Queens #cemeteries

Bayside Cemetery in Queens, New York has been much discussed on this mailing list over the years, but there do not appear to have been any updates from people who have visited it recently. Since I visited in fall of 2019, I thought I would share what I learned which was not clear to me from the numerous news stories which can be found online. I have no affiliation with any of these cemeteries.

Bayside is operated by Congregation Shaare Zedek. Their web site http://www.sznyc.org has information about the cemetery; see especially http://www.sznyc.org/frequently-asked-questions-bayside-cemetery. That page also lists their email address office@.... When I wrote that email address, I received a reply including a map of the cemetery including the names of the burial societies, which proved very useful; that map was basically identical to the one at http://www.baysidecemeterylitigation.com/uploads/BaysideCemetery-Map-WWW.pdf. I also asked them about specific names of people I knew were buried there, and the office staff kindly searched the records. Their information is limited, but they did find some of the people I asked about.

Bayside is part of the same complex as two other cemeteries, bounded by 80th St on the west, 84th St on the east, Liberty Ave on the north, and Pitkin Ave on the south. The western part of the complex is Mokom Shalom cemetery, which I did not research. The central part is Bayside. The eastern part is Acacia cemetery. The exterior of the complex is enclosed by metal fences, but as far as I could tell there were no fences between the different cemeteries. Not only is there nothing preventing you from walking from Acacia into Bayside, it might not even be obvious to you that you have done so.

The area was industrial on the north side and residential on the east and west sides. It seemed perfectly safe to us.

I was interested in burials in both Acacia and Bayside. My relatives and I parked on Liberty Ave, near the Acacia entrance. Note that the elevated A train of the New York City Subway runs above Liberty Ave. The entrance gate is through the center of a two-story building which must have formerly been the Acacia office; now there are no on-site office staff, but a call to their phone number which I found on Google Maps and FindAGrave (718-845-9240) reached staff located elsewhere who were able to look up burials in Acacia and tell me which section they would be found in.

I had brought a hand-drawn map passed down to me by a distant relative, made at least a few decades ago. It listed certain things that clearly matched the map of Bayside, once I was able to decipher the handwriting, such as Liberty Ave, Pitkin Ave, Acacia, various gate numbers, "restrooms" (just inside the Acadia entrance; these are no longer operational but there were portable toilets nearby), names of relatives buried there, and then some names I didn't recognize like Moe Levy. These last turned out to be landmarks - they were names on large mausoleums, which make for easy navigation as they can be spotted from some distance away.

A relative who came with me had found and brought photographs from the 1970s of my elderly great-grandmother and her siblings visiting the cemetery, including photos of them standing at their mother's grave. The old photos of their mother Sara Scheinzeit's grave were especially helpful, since they made clear it can be seen from outside the cemetery, on the sidewalk! (See my current-day photos of it at https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/128107217/chaya-sarah-scheinzeit and note the fence is the exterior cemetery fence; you'll also find other relatives linked from that page.)

After entering via the Acacia gate, we quickly found graves of relatives in Acacia's Mariam Polen section, near the north fence. Following the old hand-drawn map, we walked west a hundred feet or so and were in Bayside, where we saw Sara Scheinzeit's grave from the other side. That and the other parts of Bayside we visited were in much better shape than I had expected. There was some broken glass just inside the fence, but most of the graves we saw were upright and not overgrown with trees or other plants. The ones made of hard stone were perfectly legible, though some gates were made of soft stone which has weathered as is typical, and parts of them were illegible.

In Bayside, we visited gate 44 (Mariam Polen Congregation; same society as we visited in Acacia), and gate 74 (Congregation Kol Israel Anshi Polen Swalk No. 1). We found graves for people with the surnames SCHEINZEIT, SCHONZEIT, DUBERSTEIN, and SCHNEIDER.

I would be happy to try to answer questions from people who have them, though this email contains most of what I know about Bayside and Acacia.

Andy Monat
Massachusetts, USA

Re: Professional genealogist? (Russia to London migration in early 19th century)

Michael Hoffman
 

CMJ stands for the following, The Church's Ministry Among Jewish People (CMJ) is an Anglican missionary society founded ... A school, training college and a church called the Episcopal Jews' Chapel were built here. The complex ... Today, the building houses the Anglican International School Jerusalem, which is operated by the society.

The CMJ is a missonary organisation that tries to convert us Jews to Christianity.

Michael Hoffman
Borehamwood
HERTS UK

Re: REPLY button

Judith Diamond
 

You have to register to Jewishgen Groups, which is different from Jewishgen. And then to be logged in to Jewishgen Groups before seeing reply buttons. 
Could this be added to a Wiki if not there.

judith Diamond, London, UK

Re: Bayside Cemetery and Acacia Cemetery, Queens #cemeteries

David Lewin
 

Andy Monat's email gives me an opening to share a problem:-

The late Florence Lesser Marmor (1933-2018) and David Roy Gevertzman (1945-2007), together with a bunch of other volunteers [ I do not know who they were] devoted much of their time and effort to recording the burials at Mokom Sholom  Bayside and Accacia cmeteries.

I was the "safety depository" for backups of Florence's research and I am currently attempting to create a working web site for that part of the Florence research which I posses.

When she died Florence left an enormous collection of paper records which are still being assembled by her children.   I hope one day to get sight of that archive and compare it with what I already have electronically.

Right now I am working on a spreadsheet with about 12,700 individual burials.  It is currently in .xlsx format.

The spreadsheet has column headings
Family Name  
Personal name
TYPE                   [ monument. vault, mostly empty field in the data ]
Notes                   [often with "death cert #"  and undertaker age, cause of death, congregation, gate number  etc etc ]
Record No by cemetery

I am NOT a web site writer and would welcome anyone who can tell me how this can be turned into a decent, searchable web site.

Simply putting a spread sheet of that size onto a web site means that it will take an endless time to download.

Merely searching for a name is NOT good enough.   For that the enquirer would need to know how a person was recorded.  With the multitude of geographic origins of the names, spelling variations are endless. 
David = Dovid  is just one example of very many.  

The researcher may want to know not just "where is XY buried"  but often which people of a particular surname are buried there?  Do they relate to one another?  You simply cannot see that on a page which tells you about a single individual.

I would like the web site at the same time to be a memorial to Florence and David .   I do not  know where  that can be parked,   I do not think Jewisgen is the place.   Its rules are too rigid.

I would welcome ideas and suggestions.  I am struggling.

David Lewin
London


At 02:57 25/01/2020, Andy Monat wrote:

Bayside Cemetery in Queens, New York has been much discussed on this mailing list over the years, but there do not appear to have been any updates from people who have visited it recently. Since I visited in fall of 2019, I thought I would share what I learned which was not clear to me from the numerous news stories which can be found online. I have no affiliation with any of these cemeteries.

Bayside is operated by Congregation Shaare Zedek. Their web site http://www.sznyc.org has information about the cemetery; see especially http://www.sznyc.org/frequently-asked-questions-bayside-cemetery. That page also lists their email address office@.... When I wrote that email address, I received a reply including a map of the cemetery including the names of the burial societies, which proved very useful; that map was basically identical to the one at http://www.baysidecemeterylitigation.com/uploads/BaysideCemetery-Map-WWW.pdf . I also asked them about specific names of people I knew were buried there, and the office staff kindly searched the records. Their information is limited, but they did find some of the people I asked about.

Bayside is part of the same complex as two other cemeteries, bounded by 80th St on the west, 84th St on the east, Liberty Ave on the north, and Pitkin Ave on the south. The western part of the complex is Mokom Shalom cemetery, which I did not research. The central part is Bayside. The eastern part is Acacia cemetery. The exterior of the complex is enclosed by metal fences, but as far as I could tell there were no fences between the different cemeteries. Not only is there nothing preventing you from walking from Acacia into Bayside, it might not even be obvious to you that you have done so.

The area was industrial on the north side and residential on the east and west sides. It seemed perfectly safe to us.

I was interested in burials in both Acacia and Bayside. My relatives and I parked on Liberty Ave, near the Acacia entrance. Note that the elevated A train of the New York City Subway runs above Liberty Ave. The entrance gate is through the center of a two-story building which must have formerly been the Acacia office; now there are no on-site office staff, but a call to their phone number which I found on Google Maps and FindAGrave (718-845-9240) reached staff located elsewhere who were able to look up burials in Acacia and tell me which section they would be found in.

I had brought a hand-drawn map passed down to me by a distant relative, made at least a few decades ago. It listed certain things that clearly matched the map of Bayside, once I was able to decipher the handwriting, such as Liberty Ave, Pitkin Ave, Acacia, various gate numbers, "restrooms" (just inside the Acadia entrance; these are no longer operational but there were portable toilets nearby), names of relatives buried there, and then some names I didn't recognize like Moe Levy. These last turned out to be landmarks - they were names on large mausoleums, which make for easy navigation as they can be spotted from some distance away.

A relative who came with me had found and brought photographs from the 1970s of my elderly great-grandmother and her siblings visiting the cemetery, including photos of them standing at their mother's grave. The old photos of their mother Sara Scheinzeit's grave were especially helpful, since they made clear it can be seen from outside the cemetery, on the sidewalk! (See my current-day photos of it at https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/128107217/chaya-sarah-scheinzeit and note the fence is the exterior cemetery fence; you'll also find other relatives linked from that page.)

After entering via the Acacia gate, we quickly found graves of relatives in Acacia's Mariam Polen section, near the north fence. Following the old hand-drawn map, we walked west a hundred feet or so and were in Bayside, where we saw Sara Scheinzeit's grave from the other side. That and the other parts of Bayside we visited were in much better shape than I had expected. There was some broken glass just inside the fence, but most of the graves we saw were upright and not overgrown with trees or other plants. The ones made of hard stone were perfectly legible, though some gates were made of soft stone which has weathered as is typical, and parts of them were illegible.

In Bayside, we visited gate 44 (Mariam Polen Congregation; same society as we visited in Acacia), and gate 74 (Congregation Kol Israel Anshi Polen Swalk No. 1). We found graves for people with the surnames SCHEINZEIT, SCHONZEIT, DUBERSTEIN, and SCHNEIDER.

I would be happy to try to answer questions from people who have them, though this email contains most of what I know about Bayside and Acacia.

Andy Monat
Massachusetts, USA

Re: Professional genealogist? (Russia to London migration in early 19th century)

jamehar@...
 

Thank you for your questions.
 
The CMJ is 'the Church's Ministry Among the Jews'. It used to be called the 'London Jews' Society' and the 'London Society for Promoting Christianity Amongst the Jews'. As far as I can tell it offered a free education, while using this to push people to convert to Christianity. The organisation still exists, and I've been in contact with them about getting access to their archives at the Bodleian library (but they've been very unhelpful).
 
The most distant marriage certificate I've been able to find is for my ancestor Raphael Marks (he married an Emma Furse in 1859 [in a church and she seems to be Christian] and their oldest son [my ancestor - also called Raphael Marks] was a pupil at the CMJ school in 1861). Also in the 1861 census, it states that the Raphael senior was from 'Russia'. Our oral family history has it that Raphael moved to London from 'somewhere in the east' and that he was a rabbi (this came from a 102 year old cousin back in 2009, but I've not been able to confirm it). On Raphael senior's marriage certificate from 1859, it states that his father's name was 'Samuel' (I don't know if he came to London or not).

The younger Raphael was known to the 102 year old cousin, and so we are certain of his identity (DNA matches also connect me to the descendants of his brothers, who emigrated to the US - the US descendants haven't researched further back than me). While there are some age discrepancies between census records for Raphael junior, I'm sure that the Raphael/Emma above were his parents, as he used her surname 'Furse' as a middle name for one of his daughters (and one of his sisters also had this middle name).