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It might interest researchers to peruse the online book The Concise Dictionary of American Jewish Biography by Jacob Rader Marcus, Editor, and Judith M. Daniels, Associate Editor. It covers Jews who had passed away by the end of 1985. It also includes individuals who have only one Jewish parent.
The most important thing about this resource is the 24,000 short biographies in 702 pages that have the dates of birth/death and places of birth/death. I wish that the information was in a database so it could be sorted by name or birthplace, but just having such a book available online is great.
This may be one of the last such books that has entries for individuals who were born in their ancestral shtetls. Many of the entries have shtetls from Lithuania and Latvia and also places which may or may not have been within those borders.
A few examples from the book:
- Matz, Israel; b. Kalvaria, Lithuania, Jan 30/ Feb 8 1869; d. Brooklyn Feb 9 1950. To US 1890. • Philanthropist, merchant, Brooklyn; fdr Ex-Lax Co; est Israel Matz Found for promotion of Heb literature; exec com Zionist Org of Am; dir Herzliah Heb Academy. • See: UJE; EJ; AJYB, 52:503; WWIAJ, 1926, 1928, 1938; BEOAJ; NYTimes, Feb 11 1950, 15:1.
- Matz, Julius; b. Kovno, Aug 20 1886. To US 1905. • BSc MA State, PhD Johns Hopkins. • Plant pathologist, Washington DC; with Dept of Agriculture; author in field. • See: UJE; AJYB, 24:180; WWIAJ, 1926, 1928, 1938; BEOAJ.
- Matz, Myron Harold; b. Boston, Feb 27 1913; d. Dec 2 1973. MD U MN, post-grad Boston. • Physician, dermatologist; faculty Harvard, MIT; WWII service. • See: WWU1IA, 6.
The link to this resource is: http://media.americanjewisharchives.org/docs/concise/conciseDictionary.pdf
You may be surprised at what you find!