22 April 2014

Tombstone Tuesday: Israel Myers & Eva Weinstein Myers

Israel Myers was Jacob Myers' elder brother and the son of Zachary Myers and Frieda Kargman.[1] He and his wife Eva are buried in Montefiore Cemetery, Springfield Gardens, Queens, New York  in one of the First Lubiner Progressive Benevolent Association plots: Block 89, Gate 156N, Line 6R, graves 5 and 4.

Photo by E. Garber, 7 September 2008

MYERS
Here lies
ISRAEL
1886-1940
DIED MAY 20, 1940
Yisrael Moshe son of Zakharia
Died
12 Iyar 5700
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Here lies
EVA
1894-1946
DIED JANUARY 1, 1946
Chava daughter of Rabbi Shoal
Died
21 Teiveit 5706
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Israel was born in Hritsev (Gritsev; 8 miles to the west of Lubin/Labun) and emigrated from Rotterdam via the S.S. Posdam on 23 December 1911. He arrived in New York Harbor on 2 January 1912.[2]

Unlike his brother and Myers cousins, Israel became a fabric salesman, specializing in silk and rayon.[3]

I estimate that Israel and Eva married about 1918 (I have yet to find their marriage record). Eva Myers was the daughter of Saul and Gussie Weinstein.[4]

They had two sons: Martin (born ca. 1918) and Stanley (born in 1926). 

Notes:
1. Bronx County, New York, Certificate of Death no. 4981 (20 May 1940), Israel Myers, Municipal Archives, New York, New York.
2. "New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1957," digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed 27 July 2009), manifest, S.S. Posdam, Rotterndam to New York, arriving 2 January 1912, list 10 (stamped), line 7, Israel Maltzman, citing National Archives microfilm publication T715, roll 1793.
3. 1930 U.S. Census, Bronx County, New York, population schedule, Bronx, Enumeration District (ED) 3-110, sheet 18A, dwelling 423, family 342, Israel; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 11 September 2008), citing National Archives microfilm publication T626, roll 1466; citing Family History Library microfilm 2,341,201.
1940 U.S. Census, Bronx County, New York, population schedule, Bronx, Enumeration District (ED) 3-127B, sheet 10A, household 226, Israel Meyers; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 2 April 2012), citing National Archives microfilm publication T627, roll 2463.
4. Bronx County, New York, Certificate of Death no. 83 (1 January 1946), Eva Myers, Municipal Archives, New York, New York.

19 April 2014

NGS Conference Live Streaming

Last May I attended the National Genealogical Society (NGS) Conference in Las Vegas. This year the conference will be in Richmond, Virginia (7-10 May) and I'm going, virtually.

NGS will be live-streaming several presentations that one may watch from the comfort of one's computer (or other capable electronic devise) and one may purchase access to two tracks of offerings. The deadline for purchase is 30 April 2014, midnight. Click on the links, below, to see further information about each talk.


Times are in listed for the Eastern Time Zone.

Track One: Records and Research Techniques


Thursday, 8 May 2014

2:30 p.m. T241 – "Using Evidence Creatively: Spotting Clues in Run-of-the-Mill Records," Elizabeth Shown Mills, CG, CGL, FASG, FUGA, FNGS
4:00 p.m. T252 – "Can a Complex Research Problem Be Solved Solely Online?," Thomas W. Jones, CG, CGL, FASG, FUGA, FNGS

Friday, 9 May 2014

8:00 a.m. F308 – "Using NARA’s Finding Aids and Website," Pamela Boyer Sayre, CG, CGL
9:30 a.m. F311 – "Disputes and Unhappy Differences: Surprises in Land Records," Sharon Tate Moody, CG
11:00 a.m. F321 – " 'Of Sound Mind and Healthy Body': Using Probate Records in Your Research," Michael Hait, CG

Track Two: Virginia Resources and Migration Patterns


Friday, 9 May 2014

2:30 p.m. F342 – "From Ulster to Virginia and the Carolinas," David E. Rencher, AG, CG, FIGRS, FUGA
4:00 p.m. F355 – "Researching a Civil War Soldier in Virginia," Craig Roberts Scott, CG

Saturday, 10 May 2014

8:00 a.m. S403 – "The Migration Triangle: Virginia, the Carolinas, and Tennessee," J. Mark Lowe, CG, FUGA
9:30 a.m. S415 – "A Treasure Trove of Rarely Used Records," Barbara Vines Little, CG, FNGS, FVGS
11:00 a.m. S425 – "Colonial Migrations In and Out of the Shenandoah Valley," Vic Dunn, CG

Purchase of access grants live streaming and three-month access to the stream files. In addition one will receive an electronic version of the conference syllablus. For members of NGS, it's $65 for access to one track or $115 for both. Non-members [oh, become a member!] pay $80 per track, or $145 for both.

For more information see the registration page at http://conference.ngsgenealogy.org/attend/live-streaming-at-ngs2014gen/.

17 April 2014

Treasure Chest Thursday: Sidney Liebross WWI Draft Registration Card

My mother was always proud of all the redheads in her Liebross family. My grandmother, Tillie, had red hair (auburn, actually) and, according to my mother, some of Tillie's brothers also had either red hair or beards. Unfortunately, without color photos or family recollections, it's not been possible to account for the redheads. Until now.

Of all the Liebross siblings (i.e., the brothers and sisters of my maternal grandmother Tillie Liebross Wilson) Sidney Liebross is the one about whom we know the least. He died young in 1932 and there is no one alive now who recalls him.[1]

Like all his brothers, he was of the age to register for the World War I draft.[2] As far as I know, he did not serve.


The items in red will be discussed further, below.

                                    Registration Card                 No. 229

1. Name in full: Sidney Liebross
2. Home address: 171 Melrose St., Brooklyn, New York 
3. Date of birth: Feb. 2, 1890
4. Are you (1) a natural born citizen, (2) a naturalized citizen, (3) an alien, (4) or have you declared you intention (specify which)? Alien
5. Where were you born? Buckawiena, Austria
6. If not a citizen, of what country are you a citizen or subject? Austria
7. What is your present trade, occupation, or office? Salesman
8. By whom employed? Rosengarten Bros.
Where employed? 15 E. 26th St., NY City
9. Have you a father, mother, wife, child under 12, or a sister or brother under 12, solely dependent on you for support (specify which)? none
10. Married or single (which)? Single
Rec (specify which)? Caucasian
11. What military service have you had? None
12. Do you claim exemption from draft (specify ground)? None
I affirm that I have verified above answers and that they are true.  /s/ Sidney Liebross

31-9-68-A                    Registrar's Report
1. Tall, medium, or short (specify which)? Tall
Slender, medium, or stout (which)? Medium
2. Color of eyes? Brown
Color of hair? Red
3. Has person lost arm, leg, hand, foot, eye, or both eyes or is he otherwise disabled (specify)? None

I certify that my answers are true, that the person has read his own answers, that I have witnessed his signature, and that all of his answers of which I have knowledge are true, except as follows ------------
                                                                      /s/Alois Fisher
Precinct: 164
City of County: Kings
State: New York                                       June 5, 1917

The place of birth should be Bukovina, a region of what was then the Austrian Empire, but now in both southwestern Ukraine and Romania. Sidney and his siblings were born in Radautz (now Radauti in Romania).

According to the 1919 Trow's New York Copartnership and  Corporation Directory, Rosengarten Brothers was a store at 15 E. 26th Street that sold "cloaks."[3]     

Sidney is described as "tall." I suppose this was possible, but the Liebrosses are not known for height. Most were fairly short. So, I'm not sure if this was an accurate description.

And last, but not least, red hair.

Notes:
1. Kings County, New York, Certificate of Death no. 16139 (5 August 1932), Sidney Liebross, Municipal Archives, New York, New York.
2. "United States World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1951-26583-12544-52?cc=1968530 : accessed 17 Apr 2014), New York > New York City no 68; A-Q > image 2773 of 3611; citing NARA microfilm publication M1509 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d).  
3. Trow's New York Copartnership and Corporation Directory (New York: R.L. Polk & Co., 1919), page 990; digital image, Google Books (http://books.google.com : accessed 17 April 2014).

15 April 2014

Tombstone Tuesday: Jacob Myers and Bertha Myers

Jacob Myers, son of Zachary Myers (my great grandfather's brother) and Frieda Kargman, was born Jankel Malzman in the Russian Empire. The manifest for his arrival in New York in 1908 indicates that he had been living in and had been born in Volodymyr Volynskyy.[1] However, his naturalization record indicates he was born on 15 November 1890 in Gritsev (8 miles west of his father's town of Labun).[2]

Photo by E. Garber, 7 September 2008,

JM
Here lies
Yakov son of Zacharia
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BELOVED HUSBAND
AND FATHER
JACOB
MYERS
DIED OCT. 3, 1949
AGE 58 YEARS
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LOVED AND CHERISHED BY ALL
===============
BM
Here lies
Tova daughter of Meier
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DEVOTED WIFE
AND MOTHER
BERTHA
MYERS
DIED JAN. 19, 1954
AGE 62 YEARS
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NONE KNEW THEE
BUT TO LOVE THEE
==========================
Jacob became glazier in New York City and was in business with his first cousin Louis Myers.

In 1911 Jacob married Bertha Goldman, also a Russian immigrant. She was the daughter of Meier Goldman and Anne Chalewska and was born in September 1891.[2][3] 

Jacob and Bertha had four children: Beatrice Myers Hoffman (1913-?); Meyer Myers (1915-1916), Sophie Myers (1918-?), and Frederick Myers (1921 -?).

The Myers are buried in one of the First Lubiner Progressive Benevolent Association landsmanshaft plots at Montefiore Cemetery, Springfield Gardens, Queens, New York: Block 89, Gate 156N, Line 8R, Grave 1(Jacob) and Grave 2 (Bertha).
 
Notes:
1."New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1957," digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed 27 July 2009), manifest, Zeeland, Antwerp to New York, arriving 24 March 1908, page 9, Line 7, Jankiel Malzmann, citing National Archives microfilm publication T715, roll 1084.
2. Jacob Myers petition for naturalization no. 93901 (1 January 1921), Eastern District of New York, Records of the District Courts of New York; digital image, Foold3.com (http://www.fold3.com : accessed 30 December 2010; citing NARA Record Group 21, Northeast Region, New York City.
3. New York County, New York, certificate and record of marriage no. 29954 (20 December 1911), Jacob Myers and Bertha Goldmanm New York City Municipal Archives, New York.

08 April 2014

Tombstone Tuesday: Sarah Myers

In keeping with my recent theme of "who-were-these-people-anyway?" I today present: Sarah Myers - buried, like all my Myers relatives, in the First Lubiner Progressive Benevolent Association landsmanshaft plot at Montefiore Cemetery.

Photo by Emily Garber, 7 September 2008
MOTHER
Here lies
Sarah daughter of Zise
Died 9 Tammuz 5747
BELOVED MOTHER
SARAH
MYERS
DIED
JUNE 18, 1956
AGE 88 YEARS

Having access to these type of records is surely the gift of going to a cemetery,  photographing the gravestones in an entire plot, transcribing and translating them, and then preparing the information and submitting it to the JewshGen Online Burial Registry (JOWBR). I have several times been able to go back and find relatives among those interred - relatives I did not know I had until well after I'd completed the data collection project.

In this case, I still do not know exactly how Sarah Mogilevsky Myers was related to me. I do know that she was likely an in-law related to me by marriage to her husband, Elias. In trying to figure out my relationship with her son, Sam Myers (who is not interred in this cemetery), I was led to Sarah's identification as his mother and a possible relative.[1]

Sarah, a widow, arrived in the New York Harbor in 1925.[2] She'd left behind a son, Israel Meyers, and joined another son, Schmuel (i.e., Zise or Samuel) in Brooklyn.[3]  

Sam had arrived as Zise Meyers in New York in 1912 accompanying Herschel (Harry) Meyers (brother of my great grandmother Sarah Myers Morris). Both Zise and Herschel said they from Lobin/Labin and were going to meet their brother, Louis Myers.[4] In fact, Sam was from Kamyanets-Podilskyy and was not a brother to either Harry or Louis.

But Sam, like most of the other Myers clan, became a glazier in New York City. 

Sarah is buried in Montefiore Cemetery, Springfield Gardens, Queens, New York, First Lubiner Progressive Benevolent Association plot, Block 89, Gate 156N, Line 8L, Grave 3.

Notes
1.  Samuel Myers, SS no. 109-28-2478, 1952, Application for Account No. (Form SS-5), Social Security Administration.
Kings County, New York, Certificate and Record of Marriage no. 2284 (10 February 1917), Samuel Myers and Esther Newman, Municipal Archives, New York City.
2. "New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1957," digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed 17 November 2010), manifest, S.S. Veendam, Rotterdam to New York, arriving 7 June 1925, p. 1, Sarah Meyers; citing National Archives Microfilm Serial T715, roll 3664. 
3. Sam Myers was located at that same address when he was naturalized. Kings County, New York, Supreme Court, Petition for Naturalization no. 83870, page 20, Samuel Meyers, 1 November 1923; Municipal Archives, New York City.
4. "New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1957," digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed 23 November 2008), manifest, S.S. Noordam, Rotterdam to New York, arriving 27 August 1912, p. 2 (handwritten), p. 112 (stamped), line 5, Zise Meyers; citing National Archives Microfilm Serial T715, roll 1921.