The WikiTree Challenge 2021 Week 49

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WikiTree Challenge Week 49

Guest Star: Marian Burk Wood

Notes From Guest

From her blog:
  • Was paternal grandpa Isaac Burk descended from the Shuham family, as he wrote on his Social Security application? If so, he was related to his bride, my paternal grandma Henrietta Mahler Burk. She was a granddaughter of Rachel Shuham Jacobs. Sticking with this line, was Necke Gelle Shuham (Isaac's mom) the sister of Hinda Mitav?
  • Rachel Shuham Jacobs was my paternal 2d great-grandma. Her daughter Tillie Jacobs Mahler claimed to be 100 years old when she died in 1952. If so, was Rachel a young teen when she gave birth to Tillie?
  • Who were maternal great-grandpa Moritz Farkas' siblings? These would be children of Ferencz Farkas & Hermina Gross Farkas. Knowing more about these ancestors could help me connect my tree with Elek Farkas and his wife Rozsi. I believe Elek's daughter was Ida Weiss who married Herman Weiss, and I know their descendants were cousins to my maternal Farkas family. But what kind of cousins? Was Herman Weiss also a cousin to Farkas family?
  • What about the parents of my maternal great-grandma Hani Simonowitz Schwartz and her husband, Herman Yehuda Schwartz?
An added message from her during the week:
  • "My Elek Farkas/Moritz Farkas connection is particularly vexing."


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  • 1897 Latvia Census viewed on raduraksti-arhivi-lv using browser translation.
  • Arolsen Archives An international center on Nazi persecution with the world’s most extensive collection of documents about the victims and survivors of National Socialism
  • Finding Jewish Ancestors from Ukraine
  • German terms:
    • Baptisms = taufen
    • Marriages = heiraten
    • Deaths = sterbe
  • Google Translate
  • JewishGen You can use the Unified Search or scroll down for the country (i.e. Latvia)
  • JRI Poland This contains the Russian Pale in locations. The Pale of Settlement included all of modern day Belarus, Lithuania and Moldova, much of Ukraine and Poland, and relatively small parts of Latvia and western Russian Federation
  • Latin terms:
    • Locus domicilii = home location
    • Locus domicilii cum numero domus = location and number of home
    • Nomen baptisantis = the name of the baptizer
    • Nomen parentum = the name of the parents
    • Nomen patrinorum = the name of the sponsors
  • 1897 Russian Census for Latvia residents. Included is Riga
  • Latvian Church Books browser translated. You will need to know the parish or church.
  • Lelesz-Polyan, Hungary register 1787-1864 on FamilySearch. Also 1864-1900 on FamilySearch Languages: Hungarian, Latin, Ukrainian
  • Slovakia Church Records Sobrance District - birth, marriage, and death records on FamilySearch
  • Slovakia Church and Synagogue Books, 1592-1935
    • Birth = Krsty
    • Marriage = Manželstvá
    • Death = Úmrtia
  • This has a search feature, so you can look for vital records and census records for Hungary / Czechoslovakia
  • Ukraine Surname Database I had better luck using the first soundex option
  • Yad Vashem. The World Holocaust Remembrance Center. The Central Database of Shoah Victims' Names.

FHC Lookup Requests

  • "New York, New York City Marriage Records, 1829-1940," database, FamilySearch ( : 10 February 2018), Max Birk and Rebecca Chacken, 26 Jun 1936; citing Marriage, Manhattan, New York, New York, United States, New York City Municipal Archives, New York; FHL microfilm 1,674,582.
    • I'm especially interested in seeing the names of Rebecca's parents. The link says Israel for the father, no last name included. Weatherall-96 03:20, 13 December 2021 (UTC)

Tell Us What You Found!!

Interesting Finds

List interesting finds to share with the guest at the end of the week
  • JewishGen actually has a lot of records indexed from the areas of Hungary that Marian's Schwartz, Farkas and Kunstler families come from. We've found some of them, and only a few are online at FamilySearch. But the other indexed records cite their source and Marian should be able to obtain copies of the originals.
  • There was a set of Baptism records from Botpalad at FamilySearch that had a surprisingly large number of people with the Farkas surname in it. This may mean that: (1) There were a lot of Farkas surnames in the town and when Marian's ancestors adopted a surname (likely late 1700's or early 1800's), they chose a common name in the town, (2) Farkas in Hungarian means wolf and animals were always popular selections for surnames, (3) The family worked for or lived with a Farkas family when they selected the surname, or (4) The original Farkas was non-Jewish and married a Jewish woman and the descendants were Jewish. If the latter true, then Marian's Farkas family could be related to the baptised Farkas people, but this is the least likely possibility.
  • A very likely brother to Moritz Farkas is Simon Farkas (abt.1852-). The Hungarian birth record of Moritz' daughter Hermina (Farkas) Schwartz lists in the comments a Simon Farkas who likely would have been a close relative of the family. Simon's father is listed on Simon's wedding record as Ferencz, which corresponds to Moritz' father: Fred or Ferencz. Simon married and had at least 8 children.
  • Interestingly, two of Simon Farkas' children were twins, as were two of Moritz's children. So if they are brothers, then maybe twins run in the Farkas family.
  • There is no evidence as of yet that Elek Farkas is related to Moritz Farkas, and no Hungarian records could be found that match up to Elek, his wife Rozsi or his children.

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Military Profiles

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