Sunday, December 4, 2016

It's O-Fischel--You Should Index!

Have you ever volunteered to help transcribe/index records?  While most of the records you transcribe will be useful to others, sometimes you will be surprised to find your own relatives.

While going through newly-acquired JewishGen Subcarpathian SIG records, I didn't expect to see any Rutners.  The books were coming in from a town where I had no known connection (today's Nyzhnya Apsha, Ukraine; formerly Alsoapsa, Hungary), but I paged through some and indexed others.

There was a woman named Brana Mendelovics who gave birth to at least 7 children between 1907 and 1923.  She wasn't (legally) married, but the father who claimed all 7 children as his own was of interest.

Birth Record of Mozes Rutner

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Using Longest Segment in Endogamous DNA Analysis

When you're from an endogamous population, you tend to share a lot of small segments with others from that population--which causes relationship predictions that are significantly closer than they are in actuality.  For example, someone who's predicted to be a second cousin may actually be your eighth cousin in 12 ways.  So in such populations, the amount of shared DNA is not necessarily indicative of the actual relationship.  So what can be done?

I don't really have over 2100 fourth cousins--let alone that many who have tested at Ancestry

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Kreina Dimant Mazurik--Another Tidbit

Back in 2013, I wrote a short post about my grandfather's sister Kreina.  I wrote the little I knew about her--that she was born about 1916, that she married (to David Mazurik) and had a child (Rivka), and that she was killed in the Holocaust, as were her husband and daughter.

Turns out even the little bit I knew wasn't entirely correct--she was actually born in 1915.

Birth Record of Krejna Diment, 1915

Sunday, November 20, 2016

So Close...And Yet So Far Away

Often people look at a match, and if that match doesn't also match cousins on one side, they conclude that the relationship is on the other side.  That isn't always a correct assumption.

Recently, I checked my uncle's kit (my father's brother) on AncestryDNA and discovered a new potential 3rd cousin match.
My uncle's AncestryDNA match with D

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Sonia Diamond's A-File

After "only" 16 months, I received my grandmother's A-File.  Some of the documents were contained in her C-File, but there were lots that I hadn't seen before.  [To learn how to order A- and C-Files, see here.]

Sonia Diamond's Alien Registration form; page 1

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Ukraine Trip Post #14--Ukraine Trip Wrapup & Trip Tips

(To see everything from my Ukraine trip, see here.)

This wrapup post will address things people have asked as well as tips for taking such a trip.  If you have other tips, please add them to the comments so that future readers can benefit!


Many people asked me if I felt safe in Ukraine.  I felt entirely safe during the entire trip.  The only time I even saw a mention of the conflict with Russia was in shops and at markets in Lviv.
Ukrainians aren't fans of Putins.  They also sell lots of Putin doormats.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Ukraine Trip Post #13--Day 9 (September 9, 2016), Part 2

(To see everything from my Ukraine trip, see here.)

As mentioned in my previous post, my 10th great grandfather (Dovid HaLevi Segal "The Ta'Z) lived in Lviv.  He was buried in the old cemetery--which was entirely razed and covered over by the Nazis and then the Soviets.  It is currently the site of a huge market.
Lviv's Old Jewish Cemetery :(