Wow, I just found out I am part Russian

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    Dec 10, 2015 5:27 AM GMT

    There isn't much knowledge of family tree on my dads side. He was an only child. His dad, a doctor, died young (late 30's) of TB in the late 1940's. My dad never really knew his dad since my dad was only 8 years old at the time of his death.

    However, he did just provide me with information about his grandfather. (my great grandfather). A Russian Jew immigrant, that has a travel record at the famous Ellis Island, NY, where all migrates came through at that time. Most came by ship and were registered as passengers.

    My dad is 76 years old now and has told me that his mother, my grandmother, would send him from his Midwest hometown (where I grew up), by airplane, to New York to visit summers and I suppose, work with his grandfather who had owned a furniture store and building in downtown Manhattan, off Broadway, near the old-new trade center locations. My great grandfather owned a home on Staten Island circa early 1950's. WTC tower construction didn't start until '68-69

    I am not going to give it away here in this public forum but while searching for this furniture store and my great grandfathers Ellis Island info, I ran across a very famous, long standing hardware store in Greenwich Village with the same surname. In the same neighborhood as Stonewall Inn. The original owner of this hardware store, in the village, is also a Russian Jewish migrant that came to America about the same time as my great grandfather. With the same surname, and common stores (one furniture, one hardware), how far of a stretch would it be if my blood line, on dads side, has been finally revealed. My mom side, Polish, we know everything about, but dads side was always elusive.

    I am just thrilled finally to get some news on family history. Dad and I were never really close to begin with, I am just glad he finally decided to share this with me. I have never been to New York yet, but according to dads new info, my great grandfathers name is currently on some Ellis Island "plague". Is this the Statue Of Liberty base?

    He said, his mom would pin the travel information to his jacket or vest so that the airline, ticket people, stewardess and cab drivers could get him to the correct destination, he was only 10-13 years old icon_lol.gif

    I will now have a reason to finally visit NY icon_cool.gif

    I suppose these were the types of planes my grandmother sent my dad on, by himself. (1950-1953) He said they were prop.

    MD DC-6, commercial TWA Constellation

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    Dec 10, 2015 2:41 PM GMT

    ELNathB great grandfathers name is currently on some Ellis Island "plague". Is this the Statue Of Liberty base?

    Congrats on finding your family, that's pretty cool. But no, those are separate islands, Liberty and Ellis. My family got here in the 1800s before Ellis Island was up and running so we've no records there but I did go visit a few years back and really enjoyed that experience very much. Definitely check it out if you've the opportunity.

    What plaque you might find, though you'll really have to search it (unless they've an index somewhere), might be on one of the photos which are all over the place depicting life there at that time. If I recall right those are mounted on plaques which identify some in the pictures. I remember taking a picture of one because I'd happened to notice a surname of someone I grew up with, a name I don't hear often so possibly that family.

    To the names on the stores, possible but you have to be a little careful for a number of reasons. There simply weren't as many names then as now, especially among Jews who were often named ben soinso, son of whomever. But also in those days of immigration, whether names were hard to pronounce or hard to spell in "American" by guys with stamps, many names got fucked up in the paperwork. Add to that how some might have taken on any name just to escape their country of origin. And also during early immigration which valued highly assimilation, many names were changed voluntarily once they settle here. So figuring all that out could take some legwork.