Russian Jewish genealogy is tricky! Despite years of researching, I have been unable to find relatives of my great-grandparents, Simon Goldman and Mamie Bloom or Blum (both spellings are used on her children's birth and death certificates). Simon and Mamie left Hamburg on the Hammonia on November 10, 1889, and arrived in New York on … Continue reading Were Mamie Bloom Goldman, in Indianapolis, and Libby Goodstein Noiman, in Cincinnati, sisters?
Years ago, my mother showed me a picture. She said she had been told a long time ago that the picture was of her Goldman grandparents. Here is the picture in question: Even before my mother's memory began to fail, she was an unreliable witness as to who was in that picture or, really, in … Continue reading A mystery for Sherlock
This week, I have been in Orlando at the International Association of Jewish Genealogy Societies (IAJGS) for the organization's IAJGS 2017 conference. There were about 1,000 people here, both professionals and amateur genealogists just looking for answers to their own family tree mysteries. My head is spinning with new ideas and new directions to take my … Continue reading IAJGS 2017
Last night, Henry Louis Gates, the host of "Finding Your Roots" on PBS, spoke to the final dinner at the 2017 International Association of Jewish Genealogy Societies conference. His love for genealogy started with finding out his own roots, before slavery. He loves, as all genealogists do, to see people's eyes light up when … Continue reading My Interest in Genealogy