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19256 Photo Identification

6/12/2011 4:00 PM This is a portrait of my great grandfather, Sigmund F. Kahn (born Kohn). He emigrated to NYC in 1902. He was married to Bertha Gellert Kohn. Together they had 10 children (Louis, Clara,Rose, Karl, Phillip, Mac, Anne, Edna, Harry and Wilfred). Louis and Clara were born in Europe and came to the US in 1904 with Bertha. The others were born in NYC. View the post, there are no responses
19250 Do you recognize?

6/12/2011 3:59 PM Do you know of other Napoleonic census sheets like this one? It records surname and given-name changes for Jews in Alzey in the Palatinate (Pfalz).

Please email me with images, call numbers, archive names, etc.
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19239 Photo Identification

6/12/2011 3:58 PM I think this is Zborow (now Ukraine). There is a dedication on the Ark that mentions Henya Heiman, the name of first wife of (perhaps) the man all the way to right. The wife died in childbirth in 1900. This man looks just like man in only other known photo I have of Chaim Mordechai Heiman, my grandmother's brother. If so,OLD man third from right is my great grandfather, Meier Heiman, and this would be only picture of him. Meier was born in 1850 and CM around 1875. The KEY here is WHAT IS THE TIME PERIOD?? of this photo. Why are they posing in the synagogue??? If this is dedication of plaque, it might make some sense--but my family I know was religious, and CM was a merchant with a store, but I think of this kind of donation as beyond their means. The little boy with the staff would be the child who survived, but he was born in 1900 and is this photo before 1910???? ANY INSIGHTS WOULD BE SO APPRECIATED. View the post with its 1 response
19238 Photo Identification

6/12/2011 3:57 PM I believe this to be my Great-Grandfather, Aleksy Pawlowski, born in 1877 near Plock, Poland. Does anyone recognize the medal that he is wearing over his heart?

Thabk you,

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19236 Tombstone

6/12/2011 3:57 PM Hi,
I would like help translating the headstone of my ggggmother.
In addition, does anyone know the meaning of the crown at the top of the headstone. Could it refer to her secular name, Regina (Queen)?
Thank you in advance for the help!
Peter Kuhn
Toronto, Canada
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19234 Translation - Russian

6/12/2011 3:56 PM I'm looking for some kind person to help me with a full translation of my GGGG grandmother's death certificate. View the post with its 2 responses
19235 Tombstone

6/12/2011 3:56 PM I need help translating my ggggf's headstone from Hebrew. Much appreciated.
Peter Kuhn
Toronto, Canada
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19196 Do you recognize?

6/12/2011 3:51 PM Help me identify those who are in the pictures, I only know one girl who is left in a white kerchief on her neck, my great-grandmother Zisl Dudchin.
Who are the others I do not know.
If you recognize them napishiet me.

Yours sincerely
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18973 Translation - Russian

6/12/2011 3:51 PM I am seeking a translation for this death certificate. I'm interested in any family members listed, dates, home town, addresses.

Thanks in advance for any help.


J Yellon
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19148 Do you recognize?

6/12/2011 3:50 PM Does anyone recognize these people?

Top left: Srul/Israel Shaposhnik, 1909-1940
Top right: Itzhak Shaposhnik, 1923-1941
Bottom left: Ruvin Shaposhnik, 1881-1929
Bottom right: Khava Leya Shaposhnik, 1884-1941

Ruvin and Chava Shaposhnik were the parents of Gershon, Israel and Itzhak Shaposhnik of Orgeyev, Bessarabia, and the grandparents of Arieh Shafrir, of Israel. Arieh knows his father Gershon's story, (Gershon emigrated to then Palestine in October 1935, married and lived in Haifa until his death in 1998. His sister Khaya married Avraham Finkelstein of Orgeyev and they emigrated to Palestine too. Arieh is searching for information and possible relatives for his extended family.

As their name suggests, they were hat makers. Since they appear in photos of the hat makers association in the Yizkor book for Orgeyev with members of the Shaposhnik family I am searching, we are posting this query jointly.

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18972 Translation - Russian

6/12/2011 3:50 PM I am seeking a translation for this death certificate. I'm interested in any family members listed, dates, home town, addresses.

Thanks in advance for any help.


J Yellon
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19231 Do you recognize?

6/8/2011 6:09 PM This is Sam Simon (Moishe Itzak Baywelczwage) I am wondering if he looks familiar as the family knows he had another family in Pennsylvania. May be near Mckeesport Pennsylvania. Thanks View the post, there are no responses
19225 Photo Identification

6/8/2011 6:08 PM My family was always under the impression that this is a picture of our grandfather, Jozef Pawlowski, (born in Plock, in 1901) as a mounted soldier in the Polish Army during WW1. I have my doubts...I have not been able to identify the uniform through any online sources. Does anyone recognize the uniform and to which army he belonged and the date? View the post with its 2 responses
19226 Interpretation

6/8/2011 6:08 PM This stamp was taken from the back of what looks like a photo-studio portrait of a Viennese child. The boy was about 8 - 10 years old, son of a Jewish man and a Christian woman, baptized 3 days after the Anschluss. The boy and his brother were eventually taken from their foster parents to the Jewish orphan home in Vienna, where they spent all the war years under the guidance of Hugo Bondi. At a later date the boy was issued a "Jude" card. Brother's similar picture has no such stamp on it. At the person's request, I am not posting his picture or his brother's. Hints to the name, in handwriting, were removed form the image.

Would appreciate interpretation of the stamp both the text, which I can understand in part, and why and by whom - it was put on the picture.
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19227 Translation - German

6/8/2011 6:08 PM Looking for translation of 1874 birth record of Moses Halsband (approximately 10th line). Also would like translation of document headings. View the post with its 4 responses
19112 Translation - Polish

6/8/2011 6:08 PM No longer need translation for this document. Thank you for your help. View the post, there are no responses
19113 Translation - Polish

6/8/2011 6:08 PM No longer need translation for this document. Thank you for your help. View the post, there are no responses
19222 Translation - Hebrew

6/8/2011 6:07 PM I would greatly appreciate help in translating the text on a monument from Hebrew to English. The monument is from a photograph I believe was taken in Lida ca 1934 at the gravesite of Chaim-Leib Kalmanowicz and Zisle (Boyarski) Kalmanowicz. Chaim-Leib's father's given name was BereYoshe (Ber) and Zisle's father's given name was Shlioma.

I have included 2 versions of the sign, as well as a copy of the original photo. The original photo is ViewMate 19223. Thank you.
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19223 Tombstone

6/8/2011 6:07 PM This is the full photo of the gravestone for which I am requesting translation from Hebrew to English. The close-up of the gravestone is ViewMate 19222.
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19224 Translation - German

6/8/2011 6:07 PM I am trying to figure out the spelling of my ggggm's first name. You will find it in the second line (entry "12"), third column over, of this marriage record from 1866 in Dravetz, Kingdom of Hungary (now Slovakia). In the parents of the groom box, you will find written "Israel, Rosi(?) Peterfreund." I believe this is a German version of a possible nickname for her. In other records we know her as Theresia or Regina. Israel is her husband. I think it is Rosi or Roszi or Rozi. It's the third letter I'm having trouble with, which seems to be the big "s" of old German script or a combination of the big "s" and little "s" or "z".
This letter also seems to be used one row up, one column over in the name "Betty Rosenburg(?)" and three columns over in the name "Josef(?) Engel."
Thanks for the help,
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