Looking for descendents of the brothers Samuel and Israel Altman of Woodbine, NJ #usa #names

Gail H. Marcus

I wonder if the Sam Azeez Museum of Woodbine Heritage - http://www.thesam.org/about.htm - might be able to offer any suggestions. 

Gail Marcus
Bethesda, MD

Michele Lock

My experience trying to figure out the relationship between puzzling DNA matches for me from AncestryDNA is that there is likely an unknown woman who married into my family or into the match's families. Such a woman would not have passed on her original surname, but she did pass on her DNA.

In your case, the unknown woman could be a sister or aunt of Samuel and Israel Altman, who married into your Potashnick or Dimenstein families. Likewise, a sister or aunt of either of your Potashnick/Dimenstein grandparents may have married into the Altman family. 

One way to figure this out is to continue to build out your family tree, and also the family trees of the Altman brothers, and look for common surnames. The marriages may have taken place here in the US or possibly back in the old country, if the Altman and Potashnick/Dimenstein families come from the same locality.

If the marriage or a death of a person took place before 1930 in New Jersey, then the NJ State Archives will have those records, available for $10 each. They are taking about 2-3 months to respond to record requests, but they do respond. 
Michele Lock

Lak/Lok/Liak/Lock and Kalon/Kolon in Zagare/Joniskis/Gruzdziai, Lithuania
Lak/Lok/Liak/Lock in Plunge/Telsiai in Lithuania
Trisinsky/Trushinsky/Sturisky and Leybman in Dotnuva, Lithuania
Olitsky in Alytus, Suwalki, Poland/Lithuania
Gutman/Goodman in Czestochowa, Poland
Lavine/Lev/Lew in Trenton, New Jersey and Lida/Vilna gub., Belarus

Janet Furba

Hi, ask the relevant archives.
Janet Furba,


I have a very strong (2nd or 3rd cousin) DNA match with Alfred Altman, grandson of Samuel Altman and grandnephew of Israel Altman.   In the 1890s, the brothers Samuel and Israel Altman emigrated to Woodbine, NJ, also home of my grandparents - Solomon and Ida (Potashnick) Dimenstein.  I am looking for the relationship between the Altmans and the Dimensteins/Potashnicks. 

Stephen Diamond