Landsmen 2011 to 2012

Vol. 21, Nos. 1-2 (Double Issue) (July, 2011) Marjampol Jewish Birth Records: (1823)
This information has been extracted from microfilmed records by LDS and includes Year, Event, Surname, Name, Age, Father, Patronymic of Father, Age, Mother, Patronymic of Mother, Age, What House number and Street Born in, and Now Living in. See the next post for information on birth records not microfilmed by the Mormons.
Vol. 21, Nos. 1-2 Double Issue (July 2011) “Who Do You Think You Are” Show
This article gives a behind the scenes perspective of the April 1, 2011, segment on Gwyneth Paltrow. The Landsmen editor worked with the assistant producer of the show to provide information on the Patrowicz family records from Mariampol.

Vol. 21, Nos. 1-2 Double Issue (July 2011) Nathum Adelson: The Last Jew in Suwalki Dies (I could not verify the correct volume and number on the Landsmen website.)
This article details the life of Nathum Adelson who returned to Suwalki in 1946 and remained there the rest of his life. After running the family mill and working in sales for a local brewery, he cared for the Jewish cemetery and served as a guide for those returning or visiting Suwalki.

Vol. 22, Nos. 1-2 Double Issue (Sept. 2012) Genetic Genealogy: Why Use DNA Testing in Family History?
The author’s first article on DNA appeared in Vol. 15 – Nos. 1 – 2 (Double Issue) (2005). She makes a strong case for pursuing her family history when the paper trail runs “cold.” She provides the basic DNA vocabulary—Y-DNA, MTDNA, haplogroup, and the more recent–autosomnal– and brings the reader up to date with more recent DNA analyses and explains how DNA results have furthered her family research. Detailed examples of matching DNA results with family records are included. The more people within a family that submit to DNA tests, the more information can be compared. Two companies are listed– Family Tree DNA and 23andme. The result of her more recent DNA analyses has put her in contact with others from the Suwalki-Lomza area so the family research continues. The editor notes that DNA family history will continue to be a topic in the future issues of Landsmen.

Vol. unrecorded, Nos. unrecorde A Meeting in Israel
This article seems an appropriate conclusion to this series of posts. The author explains how in 1990 he never expected to find connections in Israel to his family in Suwalki Province in 2010. Through a descendant of the brother of his 3rd great grandfather, 200 years after contact between the two family branches was lost, two descendants reunited. Isn’t that what our search is all about? Finding out who we are and longing to know if others like us share similar or identical insights?


This concludes the Landsmen posts for the present. I plan to search for more pertinent articles in Landsmen (post 2013) and if found, they will be the subject of a blog later this year.

The next three posts will be about some correspondence between two readers of this blog and the writer.  It is wonderful story of how we can all help each other.

About suwalkigermans

I started family research in 1993. My first two books focused on my maternal grandparents. Both families came from Kreis Rosenberg, West Prussia, to Big Rapids, Michigan. I left the Spurgats from Wylkowiszki in the Russian Empire as the third book because of the difficult and challenging research it required. After I published the book in 2010, I wondered what to do next. I thought I might try to share some of my research with others and maybe at the same time, by going digital, someone would find me. When you read the comments, you will see that happened. The best part of all this is helping others.
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