15 February 2018

Second Jewish Genealogy Webinar with Dear Myrtle, 14 February 2018

Thanks to Dear Myrtle (Pat) and Cousin Russ for hosting the second week of the Jewish Genealogy Study Group webcast yesterday morning (14 Feb 2018). The hour went quickly for me (!). We packed a great deal into the hour - but, well, there's a great deal to know.

The second show featured information on how to access records on Jewish people in the Old Country. There was an emphasis on JewishGen and its function as a portal to its own projects and those of other Jewish genealogy organizations, such as Jewish Records Indexing-Poland, Litvak SIG and Gesher Galicia.

There is a Jewish Genealogy Google Sheet with links to websites mentions (as well as those that may not have been mentioned, but are useful).

To view the second webcast, click here.

07 February 2018

Jewish Genealogy Webinar - DearMYRTLE Study Group, Wednesday, 7 February 2018

Here is the webinar, as recorded.

Sign up for the second session to be streamed live on 14 February 2018 at 10 AM Mountain Time Zone (Noon, Eastern).

Hope to "see" you there!

05 February 2018

"Jewish Genealogy," DearMYRTLE Study Group Series, Wednesdays, Feb 7 and 14, 2018

Sign up for my webinar, "Jewish Genealogy," a DearMyrtle Study Group Series, this coming Wednesday, Feb 7 and next Wednesday, Feb 14 at 10:00 A.M., Mountain Time.

This class is geared to those who are not new to genealogy, but who have not researched Jewish ancestors and relatives before. We'll talk about some of the things researchers must be aware of to find success in their studies of Jewish forebears. 

Register Here: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_NrGX4lRmTPKpsnHS4rG2ug

09 January 2018

Tombstone Tuesday: Israel and Sarah Cohen, Montefiore Cemetery, New York

Tracking a couple named Cohen is not for the faint of heart. I avoided tackling the genealogy of Israel and Sarah for several years, but, recently, I made some progress in locating them in New York City records. So, here's what we know.

Here lies
My husband and our dear father
Yisrael BenTzion son of Shloma Yitzchak
24 Elul 5699
May his soul be bound in the bonds of life
DIED SEPT. 7, 1939

Here lies
Our beloved mother
Zissel daughter of David
16 Elul 5705
May her soul be bond in the bonds of life
DIED AUG. 24, 1945


Both Israel and Sarah (usually called Zissel) were likely born in Starokostyantyniv, a larger community 32 kilometers SSW of Labun (the hometown of those who were members of the First Lubiner Progressive Benevolent Association landsmanshaft in New York City). I have not been able, thus far, to identify Israel and  Zissel's tie to the landsmanshaft and, therefore, why their graves are within the landsmanshaft's plot. I have noted, however, that Starokostyantiniv was a common choice for those who wished to leave Labun and settle in a larger, nearby community.

Israel was born in the late 1870s to Shloma Yitzchak Kucuszyn and Sylvia Katz (her name was clearly not Sylvia but, that is the name shown on Israel's death certificate and I have not yet found any additional sources).[1] Zissel was born about 1882 to David Sachnovetsky and Bessie (likely Basya or Basha) Gold.[2]

Israel, Sarah and their children Hencia (later, Adele), Chana (Anna) and Mejer (Meyer) left Antwerp aboard the S.S. Lapland on 14 September 1922 and landed in New York on 23 September. Srul (Israel) was identified as a laborer. The family was headed to Israel's sister, Jetta Besfuchna, who then lived at 162 Houston Street in lower Manhattan. I have not located Jetta, thus far, in any other records.[3]
[*update (15 Jan 2018): I believe this may have been Yetta Bespechney who died on 24 Sep 1952)]

The 1925 New York State census enumeration found the family at 451 Grand Street, New York, NY.[4] They continued to live at that address through at least 1928.[5] Israel sold furniture; Adele Cohen was a milliner; Anna was a machine operator making suits; and Meyer was in school. Israel eventually opened his own furniture store.

Adele married Mischa Pugatche on 31 October 1927.[6] The officiant at their marriage was Labun Rabbi Yoer Lerner, whose immigration in 1924 had been paid for and sponsored by the First Lubiner Progressive Benevolent Association.[7] Mischa (later known also by the first name Morris), was a pharmacist from Starokostyantiniv. Perhaps Mischa and Adele were acquainted with each other in the old country.

When Israel died in 1939, he and Zissel had been living at 862 Jennings Street in the Bronx. Zissel died in 1945 after a four-month stay at the Manhattan State Hospital, Wards Island. This was a psychiatric hospital. Her home address was reported on her death certificate as 1504 Longfellow Avenue, Bronx, NY. He son Meyer, the informant on her death certificate, lived at 976 Tiffany Street, Bronx, NY.

Israel and Zissel's children were:
  • Adele Cohen Pugatche b. 12 March 1906, d. April 1988;
  • Anna Cohen, b. ca. 1908; and
  • Meyer Cohen, b. 22 July 1911, d. April 1966.
Israel's and Zissel's graves are located in block 5, gate 567W. Israel's is in line 1R, grave 5. Zissel (Sarah) is in line 1L, grave 5. Their son Meyer is also interred in the Montefiore Cemetery plot with his wife, Basha.
1. For the original surname, see the family's passenger manifest: Manifest, S.S. Lapland, 23 September 1922, list 6, lines 25-29, Srul (age 46), Zisla (41), Chane (13), Hencia (17), and Mejer (9) Kucuszyn; images, "New York, Passenger Lists, 1820-1957, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 3 January 2018). For Israel's parents' names, see the his gravestone, above, and death certificate: Bronx County, New York, death certificate no. 8265 (1939), Israel Cohen, 7 September 1939; Municipal Archives, New York City.
2. Bronx County, New York, death certificate no. 18388 (1945), Sarah Cohen, 24 August 1945; Municipal Archives, New York City.
3, Nothing found for anything resembling this name or anyone named Yetta in 1920 census New York enumeration district 627. Also nothing in the 1925 NY State census in A.D.8, E.D. 4.
4. 1925 New York State Census, New York County, New York, enumeration of inhabitants, Manhattan, assembly district 1, election district 1, p. 41, Israel and Sarah Cohen family; images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 3 January 2018); citing New York State Archives, Albany.
5. Adele Cohen Pugatche, naturalization file no. 138461 (1928), U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York; NARA record group 22.
6. New York County, New York, marriage certificate no. 30492 (1927), Mischa Pugatche and Adele Cohen, 31 October 1927; Municipal Archives, New York City. 
7. For Rabbi Lerner's arrival, see: Manifest, S.S. Cedric, 11 March 1924, list 7 [stamped], lines 2-3, Fre (age 61) and Rebeka (62) Lerner; images, "New York, Passenger Lists, 1820-1957, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 25 January 2012). For information about the sponsorship of his immigration, see this post

26 December 2017

Tombstone Tuesday: Carl Kaimowitz, Beth Moses Cemetery, Pinlawn, New York

Carl Kaimowitz was the eldest son of the couple I profiled last week, Morris and Anna Kaimowitz.


MARCH 31, 1924
JULY 18, 1969

Carl was born in Brooklyn to immigrant parents.[1] David, his younger brother, was born on 30 July 1929.[2] The 1930 census found the family in Brooklyn in an apartment at 3426 41st Street, Long Island City, Queens C0unty, New York.[3]

When Carl was in high school, his family (including his mother's parents, Israel and Molly Marcus) lived in a two-family house at 3056 37th Street in Long Island City.[4]

Carl acquired a Brooklyn license to marry Mildred Shenkman on 18 February 1950.[5] They, likely, married soon after. They had two daughters: Susan and Barbara.

When Carl died suddenly in 1969 at the age of 45, he was vice president of John Thallon and Co., Inc, a meat importing-exporting firm based in Rockville Center, New York.[6]

Carl's grave is located in the First Lubiner Progressive Benevolent Association plot in Beth Moses Cemetery, Pinelawn, Nassau County, New York

1. "New York, New York, Births, 1910-1965," images of index, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 23 December 2017), entry for Carl Kaimowitz, birth certificate no. 14113, 31 March 1924, Brooklyn, New York; citing Department of Health, New York City.
2. "U.S., Social Security Death Index, 1935-2014," index, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 1 December 2017), entry for David Kaimowitz, 5 January 2009, Scotch Plains, Union County, New Jersey.
3. 1930 U.S. Census, Queens Co., NY, population schedule, Long Island City, enumeration district 41-75, sheet 12A, dwelling 44, family 223, Carl Kaimowitz; images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 10 December 2017); citing NARA microfilm publication T626, roll 1585.
4. Kaimowitz family members' first names and ages and grandparents names indicate that the census enumerator did not write the surname correctly. 1940 U.S. Census, Queens Co., NY, pop. sched., Long Island City, e.d. 41-77, sheet 9A, household 168, Carl Kilmwitz; images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 16 December 2017); citing NARA microfilm publication T627, roll 2721.
5. "New York City, Marriage Licenses, 1907-1995," images of index, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 23 December 2017), entry for  Carl Kaimowitz, 18 February 1950, Brooklyn, NY; citing Municipal Archives, New York City.
6. Kaimowitz - Carl, "Deaths," New York Times (New York, NY), 20 July 1969, p, 57, col. 4; images, New York Times (https://timesmachine.nytimes.com/timesmachine/1969/07/20/90113397.html?pageNumber=57 : accessed 23 December 2017).