Jewish headstones in cemeteries can provide a large number of clues for researchers of family history and genealogy. Here’s an explanation of everything you might encounter.
Years ago I struggled with conflicting information about second great grandmother, Eliza Sturmwald Lustig, and the name of her mother. On Eliza’s death certificate, her mother is listed as Charlotte Newmann. On her marriage certificate, the name of Eliza’s mother appears to be Janetta Shyck. After some time thinking about it, with no other information […]
Confirmed! My third great grandmother Feige Slawitz Berman had a sister, Chaia Sarah Slawitz Stein.
The headstone for my third great grandmother, Feige Berman, raised more questions than it answered. I’m still working on this three years later.
After several years, I’ve finally been able to put the pieces together and find my great grandmother.
The Neckameyer name was originally Nachamin, as I’ve discovered by reconsidering what I thought was an engraving mistake and with the help of new FamilySearch indices.
Beth El Cemetery in Paramus, New Jersey is the home of Celia Neckameyer Walcoff and her husband George.
I received the death certificate for my great grandmother from New York City via VitalChek.
Indexes to New York City births, marriages, and deaths are now available on Ancestry.com, as are the 1855 and 1875 New York state census records.
Talking to a cousin provided some clarity around my second great grandmother’s maiden name — Kashowitz, not Rashowitz or Rochaurtz. I’ve also standardized the spelling of another popular surname throughout the tree.
Working together with a distant potential cousin, I’m finding more clues about the Sturmwald branch of my family.
The recently reset and repointed headstone for Feige Berman provides a clue about her father from Russia.
A visit to Brooklyn and other stops in New York allowed me to visit more relatives and document grave sites for my family tree — and a surprise.
I visited the grave sites of my relatives throughout New York, from Queens to Long Island, asking questions and documenting with photographs.
Isadore and Anna Kerstman gave birth to a daughter, Sophie, who died at the age of 19 days.
The latest of three death certificates I’ve received in the mail is the least conclusive, yet I am inclined to consider some of the facts accurate enough to include this death certificate for Bertha Landes.
Just like I had difficulty reconciling Eliza Strumwald Lustig’s death certificates with the facts I considered to be true, I now have the same concerns about this death certificate for Joseph Lustig.
With every new document I receive, there are more questions, and Eliza’s death certificate is no exception.
The death certificates for my great grandfather and second great grandfather fill in holes in my tree.