Two New SURNAME DATABASES to Check Out! #announcements #records


Phil Goldfarb
 

The lead story in Gary Mokotoff’s Nu? What’s New? this week was a lengthy article about Miriam Weiner’s updated website of The Routes to Roots Foundation at www.rtrfoundation.org . In addition, she also wrote an article in the new Fall 2020 issue of Avotaynu, The International Review of Jewish Genealogy. For those of you who do not subscribe to these valuable Jewish Genealogy resources, I wanted to let everyone know of the extraordinary and important additions to Miriam’s lifelong work.


I had a “preview tour” of the updated website and new surname databases where Miriam includes important information in the “Introduction” on the surname database page. It was exciting for me to see what she has done and is still doing so I wanted to share this release with the Discussion Group Members.


Miriam had her own roots in Tulsa, Oklahoma with her maternal grandparents and mother and we have become friends due to this connection. I urge you to check out her website and I have attached some helpful content descriptions for your perusal.

Good hunting!


Phil Goldfarb

Phil.goldfarb@... 

President, JGS of Tulsa

Chairman, 2020 IAJGS Award Selection Committee

Lead Moderator, JewishGen Discussion Group

 


knowleswt@...
 

Miriam Weiner's website at The Routes to Roots Foundation (www.rtrfoundation.org) has always been one of the go-to sites for Eastern European Jewish research. Now, with this update and the additional information she has added, this should always be the place to start. 
 
I have been using her site for the last couple of years and the resources and help it provides has taken my research far beyond what I imagined possible, what a blessing.
 
Thank you, Miriam, for all your incredible work and for making it available for researchers worldwide.

 

 

 

W Todd Knowles, AG
Deputy Chief Genealogical Officer
FamilySearch International


Paul Zoglin
 

This is a marvelous and significant addition to Miriam's pioneering work cataloguing Jewish records in the Eastern European archives.  The JewishGen Belarus Research Division was very fortunate to be given access to Miriam's Belarus research a couple years ago.  It led to the Miriam Weiner Archive Database for Belarus which is now incorporated into Miriam's new Surname Databases which include over 1 million names from many other regions as well as maps and images of original documents (and more to come).  The value of Miriam's work is not just in data on individual surnames but in the vast record sources her work has revealed.  We are forever indebted to Miriam for leading the way in our journey to trace our ancestral roots.
 
Dave Feldman
Sharon Fingold
Paul Zoglin
JewishGen Belarus Research Division leadership
 


Mark Halpern
 

Miriam Weiner’s Routes to Roots Foundation website was introduced to us about 20 years ago. The Archival database provides the holdings by town of repositories in five eastern European countries plus certain repositories in Israel and the United States. What a resource to me and thousands of other genealogists with roots in Eastern Europe. Just look at the great comments that Miriam received back then https://www.rtrfoundation.org/comments.shtml. Well, she did not rest on her laurels.

Miriam gave me a preview tour of her updated website with the new Surnames Database. I entered my mother’s maiden name PERLIS and what a surprise. There were eight collections, five from my mother’s birthplace of Bialystok. I looked at the “List of Jewish Taxpayers, 1847” and there were my great great grandfather Moszko ben Abram PERLIS and my great great great grandfather Abram ben Moszko PERLIS. I had never before been able to place these ancestors in Bialystok or anywhere else before the late 1860s. I now know they were resident in Bialystok in 1847 and most likely for years before 1847. Thank you Miriam!!

If you have not yet searched Miriam’s new Surnames database https://www.rtrfoundation.org/lnsearch.php, do it now.

As a long-time member of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Philadelphia, I have known Miriam for a long time. She has always been very kind to our Society; donating books and other materials and speaking to our Society when we have asked. Just last year, well before the pandemic hit all of us, she made a terrific presentation to us. See https://www.jewishexponent.com/2019/12/19/genealogy-rock-star-discusses-digging-up-jewish-roots/. Well, it’s time to ask again.

Thank you Miriam and also a big thanks to all those who helped you bring this new Surnames database to the Jewish genealogical community.

Mark Halpern
Conshohocken, PA, USA
Jewish Genealogical and Archival Society of Greater Philadelphia, Past President

 

On 2020-12-22 7:07 pm, Phil Goldfarb wrote:

The lead story in Gary Mokotoff's Nu? What's New? this week was a lengthy article about Miriam Weiner's updated website of The Routes to Roots Foundation at www.rtrfoundation.org . In addition, she also wrote an article in the new Fall 2020 issue of Avotaynu, The International Review of Jewish Genealogy. For those of you who do not subscribe to these valuable Jewish Genealogy resources, I wanted to let everyone know of the extraordinary and important additions to Miriam's lifelong work.


I had a "preview tour" of the updated website and new surname databases where Miriam includes important information in the "Introduction" on the surname database page. It was exciting for me to see what she has done and is still doing so I wanted to share this release with the Discussion Group Members.


Miriam had her own roots in Tulsa, Oklahoma with her maternal grandparents and mother and we have become friends due to this connection. I urge you to check out her website and I have attached some helpful content descriptions for your perusal.

Good hunting!


Phil Goldfarb

Phil.goldfarb@... 

President, JGS of Tulsa

Chairman, 2020 IAJGS Award Selection Committee

Lead Moderator, JewishGen Discussion Group

 


Phyllis Berenson
 

   As JewishGen Director of Ukraine Research, I too was fortunate to be given a preview tour of Miriam Weiner's Routes to Roots Foundation greatly enhanced website.  There is so much that is new and easily accessible -- including links to scans of some original records.  After my tour, I searched for particular information and found some helpful data.
  There is no other source where one can find which archives have particular records for a town.  I have used this feature regularly for years. And it's so impressive that Miriam continues to update it.
Mazel tov, Miriam -- and may you have many more years of updating !
Phyllis Gold Berenson
Director of Ukraine Research for JewishGen


Steven Turner
 

It has been my sincere pleasure to get to know Miriam Wiener these past few months. Her work is absolutely amazing and the website she has recently revamped is an absolute must for any serious researcher to check out. Her work throughout her distinguished career has been a treasure to the Jewish genealogy community and all honor to her for these contributions..

I was lucky to get a tour of the website and was able to find jewels for my personal family research. The site is easy to navigate and a marvelous job was done organizing all the information.

Yasher koach to Miriam and to all who helped to bring this treasure to our community.

Todah rabah,
Steve