A success story #general

Stanley Diamond

In a message dated 8/26/98 10:21:26 AM EST, ERosenbaum@... writes:

Every so often I check the JRI-Poland database for family names. In my
last search, I was looking for the name BUDNE and found the 1883
marriage licence for my wifef's great grandmother Haja to Joszk OFFMAN.
In the same search I found Joszk's birth certicate and the birth
for his daughter (my wife's grand mother). Even more important was
that I found the town name... Ostrow Maz! I began looking around in
the info available for this town and discovered that Stanley Diamond
was researching the same surname.

As quick as I could type I sent Stanley an email, asking if my names
sounded familiar. Stanley quickly esponded that he was researching
the OFFMAN family, but that his cousin Judie Ostroff-Goldstein knew
more about that branch of the family than he did. I emailed Judie and
within a few hours of emailing and telephoning, had a GEDCOM file on
my PC with about 700 relatives (Stanley's note: just in the OFMAN
branch of Edward's family) I never knew about. Not only did I find whole
branches of the OFFMAN family, but I was introduced to two
wonderful people (Judie and Stanley), without whom this discovery
would not have been possible.

Edward Rosenbaum
Bergenfield, NJ
Folks, I could not let this one pass without comment... First, you
should know that, as so often happens, I had been in touch with Edward
concerning other common areas of interest -- in this case the town of
Wyszkow -- long before a family relationship turned up. That's how
Judie GOLDSTEIN and I met... first as researchers with a mutual
interest in Ostrow Maz. and then discovering the blood relationship.

Moral of the story, be nice to everyone you talk to or write, they may
be related. It is, in fact, an important reminder for me personally.
Coordinating Jewish Records Indexing - Poland means receiving a lot
of email. >from time to time, I fire off responses that could have used
a little more reflection. So, this is just to let you all know that I know.

And, in case you are wondering.... I think I forgot to ask Edward if
anyone in his wife's family had any signs of mild chronic anemia <grin>.

Stanley Diamond
Coordinator, Jewish Records Indexing - Poland
"Genealogy with an extra reason" ... Beta-Thalassemia Research Project
Tel: (514) 484-0100 Fax: (514) 484-7306
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Marcella S

I would like to share my good fortune with the list
I have found my husband's father's family for whom I have been searching for
many years:They are the descendants of a sister left behind in Vilnius
Lithunania - her three brothers emigrated to South Africa in 1912
My discovery of the only child of the sister (alive and well and now living
in Israel) came through an unusual source which I urge all researchers to try
for missing family members - Yad Vashem can find living people
It turns out that the sister and her infant child were protected during the war
by a non-Jewish husband and wife (both mother and child survived) - the
righteous couple were honored by Yad Vashem in 2006:

I discovered a Lithuanian language pdf in a routine google search (kindly
translated by google also)In the pdf I found the last name of the family
I emailed the Yad Vashem address in the document and they forwarded my email
to the family The family contacted me - how strange and exciting it was to
see the name for which I have been searching for so many years suddenly pop
up in my inbox ...a real live sender ..no longer just the subject line

Marcella Shames