Monday, November 12, 2018

Herman Handler ~ Draft Card WWI

The World War I Draft Card for Herman Handler confirms some information that I have previously found for him and adds to that information.

"World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918," digital image, Ancestry ( : accessed 12 November 2018), Herman Handler, serial no. 3604, order no. A7187, Draft Board 5, Summit County, Ohio;
citing World War I Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918, NARA microfilm publication M1509; Family History Library Roll No. 1819623.

Herman Handler lived at 107 S. Portage Path, Akron, Ohio. He was 36 years old, born 10 February 1882 and is a naturalized citizen. His occupation is Saloon Business and he lists "none" for employer's name, suggesting he was the owner of a saloon, which was located at 1223 Sweitzer Ave., Akron. Herman's nearest relative was Sarah Handler at 107 S. Portage Path, Akron. The description of Herman notes that he was tall, with blue eyes and dark hair.

Herman's draft registration was part of the third registration, in September 1918, just a couple of months before the war ended.

Out of curiosity, I looked back at Joe Handler's World War I Draft Card. (He also lived in Akron at this time.)

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Herman Handler - Marriages and Divorces

This is a continuation of posts about an immigrant Handler relative and I will ultimately provide analysis of the evidence to show how he is related to my husband's family.

Herman Handler married twice in America and his marriage records provide additional information about who he was.

FamilySearch has wonderful records for Ohio. The Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-2013 collection includes records from the early 20th century, four marriage records on a page:

     Cuyahoga County Marriage records 1908-1909 vol. 72, p. 35, application number 61140, record for Herman Handler and Sarah Dick, 24 February 1909; digital image, “Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-2013,” FamilySearch ( : accessed 25 September 2018).

A closeup of the record for Herman Handler and wife Sarah Dick reports that the license was issued on 20 February 1909 and that they were married on the 24th.

Herman Handler, age 27, residing in Detroit, Michigan, married 19-year-old Sarah Dick of Cleveland. He worked as a Presser and she as a Dressmaker, both in the clothing manufacturing industry. Sarah Dick was the one who applied for the license and she appeared to know the name of Herman's father: Philip Handler, but not his mother's name.

A little more than twenty years later, they divorced. A notice of the divorce was found in the Akron Beacon Journal, a newspaper found on

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Herman Handler - Passenger List

Herman Handler's Naturalization Papers reported that he arrived in New York on the Vatterland. Ancestry happens to have images of some of the early 20th century passenger ships.

Image of S.S. Vaderland, Passenger Ships and Images, Ancestry ( : viewed 30 August 2018);
Original data: Various maritime reference sources.

What can a passenger list tell you? Quite a bit. Herman managed to travel to Antwerp, Belgium, to depart on December 28, 1903, and he arrived in New York City on January 8, 1904, just as his naturalization papers reported.

Herman Handler is on line 19 of the following passenger manifest.

New York, Passenger and Crew Lists (including Castle Garden and Ellis Island), 1820-1957 (Provo, UT, USA, Operations, Inc., 2010),, Year: 1904; Arrival: New York, New York; Microfilm Serial: T715, 1897-1957; Microfilm Roll: Roll 0425; Line: 19; Page Number: 52. Record for Hermann HÃ¥ndler.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Herman Handler - Birth Record

JewishGen's Hungary Database is a treasure, despite there not being digitized original source images available. These indexed birth records from the Historical archive Srem in Serbia have helped tremendously with piecing together the Handler family ancestors.

Following are search results after searching for Herman Handler and Erdevik:

There were two Herman Handlers who had their births registered in Erdevik during this period. Herman Handler, son of Filip [Philip] Handler and Jetti Hubert (born in Erdevik) and Herman Handler, son of Adolf Handler and Katrina -- [Fuchs] (born in Ljuba).

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Herman Handler - Is He Related? [Naturalization Record]

Last week, I shared an updated version of Surname Saturday for the Handler ancestral line.

In addition to the three siblings in my husband's grandfather's generation, Joseph, Sam, and Regina, there were additional Handler relatives who immigrated to America and I'm slowly working on connecting them to my husband's family.

Many years ago, I found records for Herman Handler, who was born in Erdevik, Hungary, according to his naturalization record. How is he related to my husband? I will share documents over several blog posts which will ultimately show his relationship to my husband's father's family.

Herman Handler petition for naturalization (1912), naturalization file no. 284, U.S. District Court, Summit County, Ohio; digital image, FamilySearch ( : viewed 30 August 2018).

Saturday, September 1, 2018

Surname Saturday ~ Handler of the Austro-Hungarian Empire

Surname Saturday is a daily blogging prompt from GeneaBloggers TRIBE, the genealogy community’s resource for blogging. I have used this prompt in the past to review the ancestral lines for my husband's family.

I wrote a Surname Saturday ~ Handler of Yugoslavia and Ohio three years ago and have discovered some more information so I thought I would update the post.

The earliest Handler whose name I know is Leopold Handler. He resided in Bonyhad, Tolna, Hungary, in the 1820s, when his sons were born. He had at least two sons with wife Juli Singer: Herman, born in 1820 and Aron, born later in the 1820s. (There are no records available that go back that far to confirm that those births; this information is inferred from later records and Aron's records don't agree on a birth year.) Leopold's name appears on the 1882 marriage record of Aron Handler and Sali Handler.

In 1849, both Herman and Aron named their oldest sons Leopold, which is a tradition in Ashkenazi Jewish families: to name a child for a recently deceased relative. This strongly suggests that Leopold died in 1848 or very early 1849. The image below, from the Srem, Serbia Historical Archive, shows the birth of Leopold Handler on March 15, 1849, and his cousin, Leopold Handler, born September 14, 1849.

Herman named a daughter Juli in February 1861 and Aron named a daughter Juli in October 1860, suggesting that their mother had died before October 1860.

Monday, July 9, 2018

Sali Handler's Birth Record

As I noted in a previous post about Regina Handler, I have several images of records from Erdevik, Serbia, and Ilok, Croatia. These communities were both part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire in the 19th and early 20th centuries and part of Yugoslavia for a good part of the 20th century - see Mappy Monday for details.

The following record is a collection of Jewish births from the Ilok, Croatia, Office of the Registrar (according to the Hungarian Databases at JewishGen).

There are five Handler births listed on this birth register and they "belong" to two different, yet related, families. This record is not an original source since the births are recorded in order by family; they must have been copied from other records. The births range in date from March 1849 to November 1854, but this is likely the closest I'm going to get to determining birth information for these relatives of my husband.