- I am searching for any information on the family of Sam
(Yehoshua) Weinstein. In the Keidaner cemetary in Brooklyn his
tombstone indicates that he was the son of Zalkin, but I can find no
trace of Zalkin Weinstein. To complicate matters I was once told by
an aunt that Weinstein was an assumed name.Coincidentally, I have
been in contact with another(unrelated) researcher who had the
identical story, i.e. a Keidaner Weinstein family where the name was
assumed.Probably the name was changed from Smith.
On an unrelated relationship matter,I was named after my
grandfather Yehoshua. However my parents named me Yeshua and I never
knew about Yehoshua Weinstein until my geneology search. As one
might guess, my hebrew school teacher insisted that Yeshua was not
my name. Just as Yeshua was a shortened version of Yehoshua in
biblical times, is it possible that the name was shortened among
eastern european Jews despite the historical concerns.
Josh Weinstein, NYC
Thanks for your note, and welcome to the Keidan group. There was a
Sam Weinstein listed as a member of the Keidaner Association of New
York in 1930, and I see the name again (along with those of some
family members) in the database of tombstones in New York
cemeteries. If you don't already have all this information, I'd be
glad to send it along. As for the name change possibility, have you
tried researching the naturalization papers of Sam or Zalkin
Weinstein, which might lead you back to the manifest of the ship
they came over on? It's possible you might get some clues there.
Best of luck with your research, and do keep us all posted on your
Josh Weinstein, NYC
I greatly appreciate your efforts. I was
familiar with the other resources. My dad Ben
Weinstein as well as members of my grandmother's
family(Lubetkin descendents of Dov,Izhik Ha Levi) were
also in the Keidaner Society. It looks as though I
have come to the end of the line since any relevant
records would involve nineteenth century Lithuanian
sources, some of which I have already reviewed.
I should mention that I am conducting this
search in conjunction with having my dna tested.
Familytree dna is an excellent resource for family
searches. They have a fairly large database with many
Jewish samples that can help identify extant but
unknown relatives provided a surname connection is
--- awcassel <acassel@...> wrote:
> Thanks for your note, and welcome to the Keidan
> group. There was a
> Sam Weinstein listed as a member of the Keidaner
> Association of New
> York in 1930, and I see the name again (along with
> those of some
> family members) in the database of tombstones in New
> cemeteries. If you don't already have all this
> information, I'd be
> glad to send it along. As for the name change
> possibility, have you
> tried researching the naturalization papers of Sam
> or Zalkin
> Weinstein, which might lead you back to the manifest
> of the ship
> they came over on? It's possible you might get some
> clues there.
> Best of luck with your research, and do keep us all
> posted on your
> Andy Cassel
> Josh Weinstein,
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