29 June 2015

This year in Jerusalem! IAJGS 2015

I will be heading to Jerusalem later this week in advance of the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies conference that starts on Monday, 6 July 2015. I have never been to Israel, so I will be arriving a few days early and staying a few days extra to do some sight-seeing.

During the conference, I will be delivering two presentations.

"Jewish Genealogy:  How to Start, Where to Look, What’s Available." Monday, 6 July 2015 at 2:00 P.M.  
This beginning Jewish genealogy class will discuss best genealogical practices and resources for research in the USA records, immigration records and the Old Country.

"When it Takes a Village: Applying Cluster Research Techniques." Thursday, 9 July 2015 at 3:00 P.M..  Sometimes tracking one’s immigrant ancestors tests all one’s research acumen. Identifying a subject ancestor, his/her origins, and parentage; tracking that subject through time; and constructing biographies to place that person in his/her social context is best approached by broadening one’s research to include other family members, associates and neighbors. This presentation will outline a program for solving genealogical research problems via cluster research techniques. Topics will include: appropriate application, research planning, commonly used resources and documents, and case studies successfully tracking individuals from Europe to the United States, overcoming name and residential changes.

If you will be attending the IAJGS conference stop in and say "hello." Better yet, attend one of my talks. 

If you won't be attending the conference but would like to catch some of the presentations live or taped, look into On Demand! For a fee one may view selected live-streamed IAJGS 2015 presentations or watch them at one's leisure before 10 October 2015. My "Jewish Genealogy" talk will be included in On Demand!

I will not be publishing "Tombstone Tuesday" or "Treasure Chest Thursday" themed posts this week or next, but I will blog about the conference next week. Stay tuned.

23 June 2015

Tombstone Tuesday: Max and Rose Simon Schechter, Montefiore Cemetery, Queens, NY

Rose Shector (nee Rochel Schames) was the daughter of Philip and Sima Simon and the sister of Israel Simon. She married fellow Lubin/Labun native Max (Motel) Schechtor in Europe prior to immigration.

Here lies
Rochel daughter of Feivish
Died 1st day in the month of Iyar 5703
May her soul be bound in the bonds of the living
DIED MAY 5, 1943

When I recorded photos of the First Lubiner Progressive Benevolent Association plots at Montefiore Cemetery in Queens, NY, I could not get a photo of Max's gravestone - it was hidden by vegetation. I was able, however, to pull the vegetation back and read the basic information in the inscription.

Max was Mordechai son of Shimon. He died at the age of 83 on 21 April 1968. 

Max emigrated from Lubin in 1909. His occupation was listed as glazier and he continued that profession in New York.[1] Rose followed from Lubin in 1912.[2] Their only child, Abraham, was born in New York in about 1914. Census records show Max's widowed mother, Fannie (Feiga) Schechter, living with Max, Rose and Abraham from at least 1925 through 1940.[3] The 1940 census shows Abraham, a high school graduate, working as a glazier.

Max's and Rose's surname is spelled either Shechter or Schechter in a variety of records. In fact, while Rose's tombstone indicates "Shechter," on her death certificate, the surname is "Schecter." However, her son Abraham, the informant on the death certificate signed his name "Schechter."

Both Max and Rose are buried in block 89, gate 156N (one of the First Lubiner Progressive Benevolent Association plots) at Montefiore Cemetery, Queens, NY. Max in in line 11R, grave 5 and Rose is in line 5L, grave 4.

1. "New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1957," digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 30 April 2011), manifest, S.S. Cleveland, Hamburg to New York, arriving 29 August 1909, list 2, line 19, Motel Schechter, citing NARA Microfilm Serial T715.
2. "New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1957," digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 30 April 2011), manifest, S.S. Barbarossa, Bremen to New York, arriving 14 March 1913, list 15, line 30, Rochel Schechter, citing NARA Microfilm Serial T715, roll 2028.
3. Queens County, New York, 1925 New York State census enumeration, Richmond Hill, assembly district 5, election district 49, sheet 6, entry 38, Fanny Shechter; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 9 June 2015); New York State Archives, Albany.
Queens County, New York, 1930 U.S. census, population schedule, Richmond Hill, enumeration district 41-519, sheet 12A, dwelling 187, family 243, Fannie Schechter; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 9 June 2015); NARA microfilm publication T626, roll 1068.
Queens County, New York, 1940 U.S. census, population schedule, Ozone Park, enumeration district 41-16971, sheet 1B, household 252, Fannie Scheter; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 23 April 2015); NARA microfilm publication T627, roll 2751.

18 June 2015

Treasure Chest Thursday: Shidlover Young Men's Association, FLPBA anniversary publication

A variety of business associates and friends paid for advertisements in both the 25th anniversary (1936) and 1949 publications for the First Lubiner Progressive Benevolent Association. In this case, another landsmanshaft organization purchased an ad.

Greetings from the
Shidlover Young Men's Society
Officers 1949

Philip Fleisher                          President
Mrs. Flora Kohn                        Vice-President
Irving Wohl                               Financial Secetary
Shabse Osulke                          Recording Secretary
David Cholewa                         Treasurer

The Shidlover Young Men's Society was likely the landsmanshaft for immigrants from Szydłów (Shidlova in Yiddish), Poland. That community was in the Kielce District (before World War I, Russian Empire; between the wars, Poland). There is a similarly named community in Lithuania: Šiluva (Shidleve in Yiddish). However, checking the surnames on this 1949 list of officers against names of current researchers on JewishGen, leads me to believe that
Szydłów is more likely. Two of the surnames listed (Osulke and Cholewa) are also found among Szydłów researchers and not among those studying Šiluva.

I have not located anyone of the name Cholewa nor Osulke in the 1940 census enumeration for New York City.

Szydłów was not located any where near Lubin, Volhynia Gunbernia. It may be that this group placed an ad based upon friendships developed in New York after immigration.

According to the "WPA Yiddish Writer's Group Study" conducted in 1938, the Shidlover Young Men's Society was started in 1916 in New York City.

16 June 2015

Tombstone Tuesday: Israel and Yetta Simon, Montefiore Cemetery, Queens, NY

The last Tombstone Tuesday post featured the graves of Philip and Sima Simon. Israel Simon, whose grave, along with his wife Yetta's, is documented in this post, was their son.

Ita daughter of Mordechai
Died 27 Tammuz 5717
Died JULY 26, 1957
[text hidden by vegetation]
Yisrael son of Feivish
Died 11 Av 5736


Israel Simon entered the United States as Sruel Schames in 1909.[1] The manifest indicates Sruel was born and resided in Labary, Russia. I do not believe there is or was such a place. If not for located Israel's naturalization records, I probably would not have recognized his manifest entry as someone from our common ancestral community, Labun.[2]

Israel indicated on his manifest that he was a a glazier and, like his father (and so many others) maintained that occupation in New York City.

In 2 June 1912 he married Yetta Waksenberg, daughter of Morris and Shrintze.[3] I have yet to determine Yetta's origins in Russia or locate her naturalization or manifest records. There is a couple named Waxenberg also buried in the Montefiore FLPBA plot, but I do not know if they are related to Yetta.

Israel and Yetta had three children: Abraham (27 March 1914 - 10 November 1982), Sara (b. 2 February 1916) and Shirley (b. 13 July 1923).[2] [4]

Israel and Yetta Simon are buried in the First Lubiner Progressive Benevolent Association Plot in Montefiore Cemetery, block 89, gate 156N, line 9R, graves 5 and 6. 

1. "New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1957," digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 16 June 2015), manifest, S.S. Kaiserin Auguste Victoria, Hamburg to New York, arriving 26 June 1909, list 12, line 24, Sruel Schames, citing NARA Microfilm Serial T715, roll 1293.
2. Israel Simon, naturalization petition number 55083 (29 December 1924), Southern District of New York; Records of the District Courts of the United States, Record Group 21; National Archives - Northeast Region, New York City.
3. "New York, New York City Marriage Records, 1866-1938," index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org : accessed 9 June 2015), entry for Isador Simon and Yetta Wakenberg (2 June 1912); citing New York County, New York, marriage certificate no. 12742, Municipal Archives, New York City.  
4. "U.S., Social Security Death Index, 1935-2014," index, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 16 June 2015); entry for Abraham Simon, November 1982, Broward County, Florida.

11 June 2015

Treasure Chest Thursday: Herman Molthman family advertisement, 1949 FLPBA anniversary publication

Herman Molthman is part of a Malzmann family from Lubin/Labun who are likely related to me. So far I cannot tell how. I posted previously about this here. Herman and family also purchased an advertisement in the twenty fifth FLPBA anniversary publication.

My Malzmanns from Labun changed their name to Myers in the USA. Herman, eldest son of Benjamin Molthman and Fannie Bernstein, emigrated as Chaim Malzmann with his mother and sisters in 1910.[1] They, too, were from Labun. His father changed the surname to Molthman. His father's brother, Abraham, changed his last name to Maltman.

Chaim became Hyman and, eventually, Herman. Like his father (and so many other former Lubiners in New York City), Herman became a glazier.

On 6 July 1924, Herman married Sylvia Labovitz, daughter of Abraham Labovitz and Anna Sperling.[2] Herman and Sylvia has one child, Claire, born in 1925.[3] 

Herman and Sylvia eventually followed their daughter and her husband Jacob Berger out of New York City. Sylvia died on 4 September 1988 in Fulton County, Georgia.[4] Herman passed away on 19 November 1992 in Hendersonville, North Carolina.[5] They are buried in Arlington Memorial Park, Sandy Springs, Georgia.[6]

1. "New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1957," digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 7 February 2009), manifest, S.S. Cleveland, Hamburg to New York, arriving 4 January 1910, list 13, line 20, Feiga Malzmann, citing NARA Microfilm Serial T715, roll 1547.
2. Kings County, New York, marriage certificate no. 10412 (6 July 1924), Herman Molthman and Sylvia Labovitz; Municipal Archives, New York City.
3. Kings County, New York, 1940 U.S. census, population schedule, Brooklyn, enumeration district 24-1701, sheet 1B, household 19, Herman, Sylvia and Claire Molthman; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 26 May 2014); NARA microfilm publication T627, roll 2590.
4. "Georgia Deaths, 1919-1998," index, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 11 June 2015), Sylvia Molthman, 4 September 1988; citing State of Georgia Health Department.
5. "North Carolina Death Indexes, 1908-2004," index, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 11 October 2013), entry for Herman Molthman, November 1992; citing North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. Raleigh.
6. "Jewishgen Online Worldwide Burial Registry," index, JewishGen.org (http://www.jewishgen.org/databases/Cemetery/ : accessed 11 June 2015), entries for Herman Molthman and Sylvia Molthman.