Friday, July 2, 2021

Moved to a New Email Platform

I changed my email distribution method in May (before my Blogiversary post) because Feedburner (previously included with Blogger) is no longer emailing blog posts starting this month.

I moved my email list from Feedburner to Please be sure to confirm that you wish to continue receiving emails even though I haven't been blogging much. (Apologies for the duplicate message to those of you who confirmed your subscription after my Blogiversary post.)

One of these days when something new is discovered (or rediscovered), I may get inspired to share my success here and you won't want to miss it! should also be sending my posts to those who follow me via RSS so that shouldn't change (I hope, and that is one thing I'm checking).

Thanks for reading!

Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Ten Years Blogging!


I guess I have run out of steam on my blogging. You can read about my educational experiences during this past year at my other blog, From Maine to Kentucky, which I started several weeks before this blog in 2011.

During the past year, I have not been actively researching my husband's family, except to do some "reverse genealogy" to identify descendants of his great-grandparents and (some) second great grandparents. 

These now-identified second and third cousins help me to know how some of his closer DNA matches are related to him. Because this research involves living people, I won't share that research publicly.

As I come across interesting records or stories in my husband's genealogy, I will share them here.

Thank you for continuing to follow my blog.

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Wedding Wednesday ~ Morris Goldstein and Rose Levitt in 1922

I requested some vital records from the New Jersey Archives earlier this year for some of my ancestors and decided that I should request my husband's maternal grandparents' marriage license. It did take over two months, but that was fine with me.

New Jersey Bureau of Vital Statistics, Marriage Certificate no. 786 (26 August 1922) for Morris Goldstein and Rose Levitt; New Jersey Archives, Trenton, NJ.

Morris Goldstein and Rose Levitt married on 26 August 1922, in Woodbine, Cape May County, New Jersey... at 10 P.M. (A perpetual calendar tells me that August 26 that year was a Saturday, Shabbat, so they had to wait until after sundown to marry. However, Wolfram Alpha tells me that sunset was at 7:40 P.M. that day, so it's interesting that they married so late in the evening.)

The Groom's information was entered where the Bride's information was supposed to be entered and vice-versa, so I'm not transcribing this exactly as written:

The bride lived in Woodbine, New Jersey and was born there 21 years before. Her father was Max (Levitt) and her mother was named as Gertrude Segal. (I have found record for her under the names Golda, Goldie, Golde, and Gussie, but never Gertrude; my mother-in-law had never heard that name for her grandmother before.)

The groom lived in New York City (I think that says #9 2nd Ave). He was born 24 years before, in Yosse (Iași), Romania. His parents were Isaac Goldstein and Shary (?) Moskowitz. (Two other records I have give her name as Scheiba and Sarah; my mother-in-law remembers her name as Sheva.)

D. Sussman was Don Sussman, the Rabbi at the synagogue (1920 U.S. census for Woodbine) who officiated at the ceremony.

I think there are two witnesses: H. Jaffe was Harris Joffe in the 1920 U.S. census and I can't read the other name - let me know if you can!

Morris's parents never came to America; can you imagine having to send a letter home to Romania letting your family know about your marriage? So different from today.

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Happy 9th Blogiversary!

I have been blogging at A Jewish Genealogy Journey for nine years, but sadly, not very much in the past year.

The few posts that I wrote this year actually didn't involve much writing! I shared several photographs from my mother-in-law's Romanian-Israeli family. I had a brief email conversation with a relative in Israel who is my husband's fourth closest DNA match at AncestryDNA sharing 184 cM, which is a lot of shared DNA, even in an endogamous Ashkenazic Jewish population.

I hope he sees this message and gets back to me - his mother recognized some of the names from my 1960s snapshots from Israel and I would love to confirm the relationship.

I can report that I have done my best to identify all of the descendants of my husband's great-grandparents; that is, all of his second cousins. This helped me identify a second cousin match at AncestryDNA with 228 cM of shared DNA, even though my mother-in-law had never heard of the name.

The Oceanic from
Passenger Ships and Images
[database on-line].
I am working on a series of posts about Moritz / Morris Stern, a cousin who met Josef Handler when he arrived in New York in April 1910. There may not be records to confirm his cousin relationship to Josef, but they likely are cousins: Josef's grandmother was a Stern.

For those of you still reading my blog, thank you! I will try to post a little more often in the coming year.

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Morris Stern's Immigration

Morris Stern, the man that my husband's grandfather, Josef Handler, indicated on his passenger list as his cousin, himself had arrived in America about 15 months before Josef. The 1910 census reported that he had immigrated in 1909.

I easily found the passenger manifest for Moritz Stern, arriving in January 1909, and this handwriting is much better than most!

Moritz Stern Passenger List
Manifest for Moritz Stern, age 34 (line 7), arriving in New York 9 January 1909 on the S. S. La Savoie; "New York, Passenger and Crew Lists, 1820-1957," Ancestry ( : accessed 13 May 2020).

Detail from line 7 for Moritz Stern:

Moritz Stern, age 34 [born about 1875], was married, and his occupation was baker. He was able to read and write and he was from "Ungary" [Hungary] and of the "Hebrew" race. His last permanent residence was Ilok, Hungary. His closest relative in Hungary was his wife, Sidonia Stern, and his final destination was New York.

Moritz didn't appear to be traveling with anyone: there are no others from Hungary on this list.

And since this is after September 1906, when much more information was required, there is a next page and here is the information for Moritz from the following page:

Moritz had a ticket to his final destination and paid for his own passage. He was in possession of $12 (though $50 was crossed out). He had never been in the U.S. before and was on his way to join a friend, Simon Broder, at 105 E. 3rd Street, New York. The remaining columns full of ditto marks basically indicate that he was a responsible person and in good health. He was 5'4" with brown hair and brown eyes.

He reported that he was born in Ilok, Hungary, where Josef Handler was from.

Another interesting observation is that on his passenger list, Josef reported that his occupation was baker. The family story is that he was a delivery driver for a bakery, so perhaps he did that for his cousin Moritz before he immigrated to America.