Showing posts with label Luria. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Luria. Show all posts

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Wordless Wednesday: Meyer Mahler, d. 1910

Meyer Mahler, my paternal g-grandpa, was born in Kovno. As his death cert shows, he became ill in Dec 1909 and died of cancer in Jan 1910 in New York City.

I'm still trying to trace his parents, David Mahler (b. Riga, Latvia) and Hinde Luria (b. Kovno), who almost certainly never came to the US.

The names of Meyer's parents were passed down in the family. Meyer had a son, David, and the name Hilda is also among those later in the family tree.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Tombstone Tuesday - Meyer Mahler and Tillie Jacobs Mahler

Here are the tombstones of my great-grandparents, buried in Queens, New York. Meyer MAHLER's inscription, translated, suggests a connection to the famous Luria family (reputedly descended from King David):
Here lies the distinguished man from the branch of the fear of heaven, author of the sefer "Kanaf Ranannim," R' Meir Eliyahu son of R' Dovid Akiva, born in 5616 died 3 Shvat 5670.
The sefer mentioned here was written by Chanoch Zindel LURIA. According to Meyer's death cert, his mother was Hinde Luria. So far, I've found no other evidence of any direct link to the Lurias, but will keep looking.

Tillie JACOBS MAHLER's inscription, translated, says "Here lies Mrs. Taube Raize daughter of R'Yonah, died 11 Silvan 5712." Yonah might be Jonah, a clue to Tillie's father, Jonah Jacobs?

Monday, November 1, 2010

Data Backup Day - Suspenders and Belt Edition

Having lived through several PC crashes that demolished my data in the bad old days, I now rely on the "suspenders and belt" strategy of ensuring that my stuff can be retrieved, even if my computer is a total loss.

First, I use Mozy backup, and have set the program to back up every day at the same time. Worst case, I lose 24 hrs of data if I have to retrieve a Mozy backup from the previous day. This is the belt part. Mozy is well worth paying for, IMHO, and it's served me well for more than four years.

Second, now that I've given up the PC world and become a Mac fan (remember, "fan" is short for "fanatic"), I have Apple's Time Machine backing up every hour to an external hard drive that sits right on my desk. Really worst case, I'll lose an hour. Who can beat that? This is the suspenders part, the extra bit of insurance that lets me feel secure about my data.

And now for the genealogy part: The family names I'm researching are SCHWARTZ (Herman and Hanna Schwartz from Ungvar and their five children, Samuel, Theodore, Etel, Paula, and Mary); MAHLER (from Riga and Kosovo and thereabouts, David Mahler and Hinde Luria and their son, Meyer Elias Mahler, who came to NYC in 1880s); McCLURE (parents of William Madison McClure of Ohio and possibly, earlier, Pennsylvania). Any distant relatives out there, or anybody who knows something about these families, please get in touch! Happy to share info. Thanks.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Great-grandpa Came from Kaunas (formerly Kovno)

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Location of Kaunas
Remains of Kaunas Castle
Kaunas' view in 19th century
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Kovno was part of Russia when Great-grandpa was born (around 1861 or so). Today it's Kaunas, part of Lithuania. Lots of history to learn about there. Would Great-grandpa be pleased that I want to trace his roots, see where he was born and where he was married?

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Finding Kovno ancestors

My ggrandfather's death cert shows his birthplace as Kovno and his father's birthplace as Riga. It also gave his mother's maiden name as Luria, a name with a long heritage in Lithuania and surrounding areas. Tracing ancestors in these areas during the mid-1800s is no picnic. My cousin Amy is doing some of the historical research (thanks, Amy!) and has found a Davidic connection through the Lurias.

Another source of ideas for researching in this area is Schelly Talalay Dardashti's Tracing the Tribe blog. Thank you, Shelly!