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Kansas City Lithuania Jews #usa #lithuania


JoAnne Goldberg
 

Howard's post reminded me -- there's a theory that all early Kansas City Lithuanian Jews were related. Since I still have no idea what brought my Ginsberg ancestors to Kansas City, I'd love to connect with anyone who has 1800s KC/St Joseph/etc ancestry.

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JoAnne Goldberg - Menlo Park, California; GEDmatch M131535
BLOCH, SEGAL, FRIDMAN, KAMINSKY, PLOTNIK/KIN -- LIthuania
GOLDSCHMIDT, HAMMERSCHLAG,HEILBRUNN, REIS(S), EDELMUTH, ROTHSCHILD, SPEI(Y)ER -- Hesse, Germany
COHEN, KAMP, HARFF, FLECK, FRÖHLICH, HAUSMANN,  DANIEL  -- Rhineland, Germany

 


edstarr@...
 

While I have deep roots in Kansas City - back to Leavenworth during the Civil War - my earliest ancestors there were not Litvaks.  My Litvak ancestors settled in Chicago and Des Moines.  In Des Moines it is true that many of the early Lithuanian Jews came from the same area of Lithuania, from the area of Kalvarija, Pilviskiai, and Vilkaviskis.  Today this is in southwestern Lithuania, near the Polish border.  I don't know if they were all related, though it's quite possible.  Among the Litvaks in Des Moines were some Ginsbergs, though I have no idea if they had relatives in KC.

Any questions, please let me know.

Ethan Starr
Washington, DC


JoAnne Goldberg
 

Hi Ethan,

Thanks for your note. My Litvaks mostly went to Chicago, but somehow a Chicago Goldberg met/married a Kansas City Ginsberg. And one of the Ginsberg siblings married a woman from Iowa and may have lived there for a while -- but the Iowa/Nebraska border, not Des Moines. And the first Jewish settlements in the KC area appear to have been in Leavenworth and St Joseph, not Kansas City itself. I'm sure at the time it all made sense, but sure wish my ancestors had kept notes.

Best,

JoAnne

While I have deep roots in Kansas City - back to Leavenworth during the Civil War - my earliest ancestors there were not Litvaks.  My Litvak ancestors settled in Chicago and Des Moines.  In Des Moines it is true that many of the early Lithuanian Jews came from the same area of Lithuania, from the area of Kalvarija, Pilviskiai, and Vilkaviskis.  Today this is in southwestern Lithuania, near the Polish border.  I don't know if they were all related, though it's quite possible.  Among the Litvaks in Des Moines were some Ginsbergs, though I have no idea if they had relatives in KC.

Any questions, please let me know.

Ethan Starr
Washington, DC



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JoAnne Goldberg - Menlo Park, California; GEDmatch M131535
BLOCH, SEGAL, FRIDMAN, KAMINSKY, PLOTNIK/KIN -- LIthuania
GOLDSCHMIDT, HAMMERSCHLAG,HEILBRUNN, REIS(S), EDELMUTH, ROTHSCHILD, SPEI(Y)ER -- Hesse, Germany
COHEN, KAMP, HARFF, FLECK, FRÖHLICH, HAUSMANN,  DANIEL  -- Rhineland, Germany

 


erikagottfried53@...
 

You don't specify whether you mean Kansas City, Kansas or Kansas City, Missouri.  If you mean Kansas City, Missouri, then it's perhaps worth knowing or reminding that Calvin Trillin, humorist and writer for the New Yorker, was born and raised there.  A shot in the dark, perhaps, but you might try to contact him and see what he may know.
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Erika Gottfried
Teaneck, New Jersey


Todd Cohn
 

Your best best is to take a look at the book by Joseph P. Schultz, Mid-America's Promise: A Profile of Kansas City Jewry.  
Good luck!
-Todd Cohn
Boca Raton, FL


Kenny
 

While I have not personally met Calvin Trillon, his family was Very close to my father's in St. Joseph. His father had a grocery store there, as did my grandfather. The Trillons moved to KC before he was born. My father and his older sister Sookie were the same age and very close.
Later on they all relocated to Kansas City as the children grew up. My grandmother played bridge every week with his mother and Ed Asner's mother (another KC Jew).


Kenny
 

My father grew up in St. Joseph. His mother's sister from Minneapolis married Isadore Litvak from St. Joe. She was born in Roumania. He owned a pawn shop there and was killed in an armed robbery in the 50's. My grandmother was introduced to a friend of their's, Joe Kaminsky in St. Joe and she moved there to marry him. He was from Kischenev, Bessarabia.


howard sachs
 

Milton Litvak's family?  I believe they came up from Galveston, when immigrants were diverted that way (Presumably "originally" from Lithuania}  Howard Sachs


Lee Hover
 

Altho not a Litvak, my paternal GF came in through Galveston and went to KC (my maternal side is Litvak--the name is LAP(P)IN).


Steve Chernoff
 

If any of you are familiar with the book by Anita Loeb - GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN,  I have been working on an update.  The database currently shows 319 Kansas City area burials which listed Lithuania as place of birth.  The actual number is surely much higher since many of the over 20,000 listings don't have a place of birth listed.  There are indeed Goldbergs and Ginsbergs.

Steve Chernoff
Researching CHERNER, MOROFFSKY, TULCHINSKY, SERNOFFSKY, NESSELROTH, GILDENSON, STEINHART, PIPKIN.