Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Tuesday's Tip: Try, Try Again--New Records Are Always Coming Online!

Remember Cyndi's List? I returned to it yesterday to look for any new links to Jewish genealogical resources for my Birk-Chazan-Mitav research.

Isaac Birk was my paternal grandpa from Lithuania and his aunt was, I believe, Anna Hinda Mitav who married Isaac Chazan and settled in Manchester, England in the late 1880s.

Under the Jewish resources on Cyndi's List, one of the categories is "Societies and Groups." I scrolled and clicked until I came to the Jewish Genealogy Society of Great Britain. There I found a link to the search page for United Synagogue Marriage Authorisations--a recently-updated index to rabbinical marriage records from 1880 through 1901.

Interestingly, both my grandpa Isaac and my grand-uncle Isaac had brothers named Abraham. But I never knew the maiden name of Abraham Chazan's wife Betty, and I hadn't checked records again for more than a year.

Then yesterday, I plugged in Abraham's full name, his wife Betty's name, and the year of their marriage (1895, which I knew from BMD records in UK). See the word NEW? Now I have Betty's maiden name, Matz.

So Tuesday's Tip is try, try again, because new records appear online every day.

7 comments:

Elizabeth Handler said...

So true - this is a fun find. I should remember to explore Cyndi's List more often! Thanks for the reminder.

Marian Burk Wood said...

Thanks for visiting, Elizabeth, and continued good luck with your research!

Corinne Mitchell said...

Hi Marian,
I find Family Search is a great resource for finding maiden names. I looked up Abraham Chazan and found this
https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2D1Z-QD3 "England and Wales Marriage Registration Index, 1837-2005," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2D1Z-QD3 : accessed 2 December 2015), Abraham Harris Chazan, 1895; from “England & Wales Marriages, 1837-2005,” database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing Marriage, Prestwich, Lancashire, England, General Register Office, Southport, England.

Corinne Mitchell said...

Hi Marian,
I find Family Search is a great resource for finding maiden names. I looked up Abraham Chazan and found this
https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2D1Z-QD3 "England and Wales Marriage Registration Index, 1837-2005," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2D1Z-QD3 : accessed 2 December 2015), Abraham Harris Chazan, 1895; from “England & Wales Marriages, 1837-2005,” database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing Marriage, Prestwich, Lancashire, England, General Register Office, Southport, England.

Marian Burk Wood said...

Corinne, you're so right about checking Family Search often because there are so many new records being added. An excellent tip. And thank you for the links to Chazan documents, much appreciated!

Jana Last said...

Marian,


I want to let you know that your blog post is listed in today's Fab Finds post at http://janasgenealogyandfamilyhistory.blogspot.com/2015/12/follow-friday-fab-finds-for-december-4.html

Have a great weekend!

Marian Burk Wood said...

Jana, I truly appreciate being included in your Fab Finds! Enjoy your weekend.