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comments. Here are some entries into our guestbook from the first nine
years of the museum's existence. Please send your comments to the Museum
under the subject heading "Guestbook," unless you are just writing to
the Museum to ask a question. We would very much like to share your
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Your comments will be added to the other guestbook comments below.
19 Aug 2013
Please accept my
congratulations, and also my thanks, for the
Museum's exemplary online exhibit and tribute to
Richard Tucker as the music world celebrates the
centennial of his birth this month. As Richard
Tucker's authorized biographer, I am especially
pleased to see that the majority of the contents of
the exhibit were drawn from my book, which you
acknowledged very graciously as the exhibit's
During the time I was
researching and writing the biography and was
working closely with the Tucker family, none of us
could have foreseen the Internet, the Web, and the
Digital Age in which we now live. What we felt
certain about, however, was that the voice and
artistry of Richard Tucker as a singer, and the
principles and values he stood for as a man, would
Please accept this
message as an expression of my gratitude for your
exhibit, and for the innumerable contributions of
the Museum to our collective history.
James A. Drake
20 Jan 2006
I have bookmarked your site and have
recommended it to my family and friends. You are doing a wonderful
service, the entire site is easy to navigate and a pleasure to read.
20 Jan 2006
Again, I am commending you on your
20 Jan 2006
I persisted and persevered, which
amounted to calling Mt. Hebron once again. This time I had a
different person on the other end who located the fellow I sought,
name misspelled. And, thanks to your excellent website I have been
able to narrow down the area of burial! Indeed, there is a
landsmanshaft involved. Given what I've been able to learn quickly,
I suspect it is connected to his wife's family rather than the
deceased's family locale in the Old Country.
Many thanks for your kind help, and
for your excellent website.
San Diego, CA
21 Jan 2006
The entire website is a marvelous
piece of research, and is invaluable for the information it
contains. Congratulations to Steve and a big thank you for his
efforts, and for allowing us to share the results.
Tarzana, CA, USA
21 Jan 2006
This is an amazing and beautifully
executed site which is certain to be of great help to genealogists
all over the English-speaking world.
Marjorie Stamm Rosenfeld
22 Jan 2006
I haven't been on the site in awhile
and was surprised to see the changes you made. You took a superb
site and did the impossible- made it even better. Thanks for your
devotion and hard work.
25 Jan 2006
A wonderful idea, and nicely done.
Paul and Rita Gordon
25 Jan 2006
Dear Steve, You have created a
remarkable website and a fabulous tribute to our ancestors. On a
personal note, I am forever thankful for the loving tribute you
created to honor the memory my father's family and their work in the
Yiddish Theatre. I know the museum will continue to grow as you seem
to work 24/7 expanding its walls.
Connie Fisher Newhan
29 Jan 2006
THIS WEB SITE IS WONDERFUL. Thank YOU
29 Jan 2006
Dear Steven, Wow....I am spellbound,
first by your kindness in sending me the information you did, but
most importantly, by your incredible website. What a masterpiece,
what a labor of love and devotion! I cannot tell you how touching
your site is to me and how much I have learned from you tonight. The
history was described so plainly yet touchingly, and I felt I was
connected to these wonderful people. I loved learning about the
typical voyage that many of our ancestors took, always wanting to
know, but having no one else left to ask. My deepest gratitude and
most sincere thanks for a job incredibly well done.
04 Feb 2006
Contact Harry Walker [he has a
Speaker's Bureau]. His family came from Cz--. I don't have his
address. My mother-in-law was Bessie Walker [or Walkowich] and was
Harry's Aunt. I look forward to seeing the site develop.
08 Feb 2006
It's a beautiful website, Steve. I
liked it very much. Good source for genealogical research.
from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
09 Feb 2006
Wonderful service. Thank you! Thank
09 Feb 2006
Steve's research led me to information
that was near impossible to find on my own...I am so appreciative
and want to say a public thank you...it was a wonderful moment to
hit that button and have an immediate hit! very encouraging...and
gives me hope of more discoveries...!
09 Feb 2006
Steve, Thank you so much for your
site...it allowed me to locate information that would have been near
impossible to find...and all in an instant...it was an amazing
moment! I am so grateful.
Amy Schupler Veaner
11 Feb 2006
maa na imie MARIOLA BUTANOWICZ jestem
mieszkam w BYDGOSZCZY mama miała na imię WALENTYNA ,WIEM żE JEJ
RODZINA POCHODZI Z SUWAłK
11 Feb 2006
I find it highly interesting and very
well presented.. Congratulations and thank you for sharing all that
knowledge and information with us all!
researching HYMOFF from Lublin and KADETSKY from somewhere in Poland
17 Feb 2006
I wonder if you are interested in
additions to your interesting and informative site?
20 Feb 2006
Very well done! Colors are sharp,
writing is clear and links easy to follow. I'm disappointed you
don't have anything (perhaps yet) on Lepel (near Vitebsk). There
was/is an Independent Lepler Burial Society in Baron Hirsch
Cemetery, Staten Island. (my ggparents are buried there).
Additionally, I have a family photo (presumably from Lepel) c. 1903
- is it something your virtual museum would be interested in? Thank
you for 'thanks for the memories'!
Sharon Kaiser Prescott, AZ
20 Feb 2006
I am just blown away by your website,
and it couldn't have come at a more opportune time for me. I have
recently discovered the Tchausser Society which holds burial plots
at the New Mt. Carmel Cemetery in Glendale NY. Through a relative I
have discovered four families buried there: Simonov, Gussman,
Kantor, and Beilin. I intend to document this area whenever I manage
a trip east. Many, many thanks to you for sharing your findings. I
21 Feb 2006
Your web site is fascinating and
extremely well done. But, please consider changing the name to "The
Museum of Jewish Family History," which is really what it is.
23 Feb 2006
My grandfather had two last names. It was either
Hyman Rosenberg or Hyman Schwarzbach. His Jewish name was Chaim. He
came to this country with his brother Srool (Isadore). He also had a
sister, Sara and another brother Joe. His father died (or was
killed) in Europe in the 1860sor 70s. I believe he was a "horse
trader". When he first came to this country, he worked on the lower
East Side. When his brother and he earned enough money, they
traveled through the south selling merchandize. They settled in
Mossy Creek, Tenn. which is now Jefferson City. After he married my
grandmother, he returned with his wife and young son, Lewis (Louis)
to Brooklyn and became successful selling insurance. He died in
This is a truly magnificent website,
visibly a labor of love, and the labor is obvious.
The photos from Europe, despite the
sad tales many of them represent, reflect a heartwarming state of
hopefulness. Take a look at Dem Purim Shpiele from Miskolc, Hungary.
Thanks so much, Steve. You've
posted information here that is available nowhere else.
Barry Zwick in Los Angeles
I have just discovered your site, which is absolutely amazing! It
will take me a great deal of time to even begin to absorb the vast
amount of information you have organized, but I look forward to
doing so. I particularly like that you seem to have combined a great
deal of background/historical narrative/maps/photos to provide
flavor and context, as well as data very specific to one's own
research. The balance is very helpful, especially to those of us
looking for families in regions of which we have little knowledge. I
look forward to reading and learning more from your site. You have
really done a fantastic job combining much useful information with
attractive and "user friendly" presentation.
A very moving tribute to those
courageous people who emigrated, never saw their parents again and
suffered many hardships to create our world.
representing immigrants from Simnas
and Snipiskes/Vilna (Lithuania) and Szczuczyn in Lomza (Poland)
What a beautiful and comprehensive
site this is! Creatively designed, laid out in a user-friendly
manner. It makes one want to explore the Museum in depth.
The enormity of information it contains is astounding.
Congratulations Steve! You've
outdone yourself and done wonders for genealogists, family
With my very best wishes and continued
success to you.
An original angle and beautifully
executed. As I didn't have the time to go through the entire
site, I can't as yet make any meaningful comments. Keep up the
06 Jul 2006
Just visited The Museum of Family
History. Fascinating, and now a bookmarked site to which I
will be a frequent visitor. To those of us in the
hinterlands of the Diaspora, your Museum is a great boon.
Steve, I am so impressed by your
fabulous site. Had time tonight to visit your Site Map and saw
the tremendous amount of information available to genners.
Amazing!!!!!Like so many others I have added it to My Favorites and
plan to explore it more and more. Congratulations and thank you for
the major contribution you are making to Jewish genealogy research.
Joan Parker, Immediate Past President
JGS of Greater Miami, Inc.
22 Jul 2006
I just wanted to thank you for the cemetery information you forwarded
to me on Thursday.
Yesterday I went to Mt. Zion Cemetery to find my great-grandmother's
kever (Rebecca Pachter.)
The people in the office were very helpful. They gave me a
photocopy of her index card where I learned her last place of
residence as well as her date of death and burial.
After about twenty minutes of reading archways and gates, I found the
Siemiatycze benevolent society's section. How to describe the
feelings that ran through me as I searched for her plot? It was like
being transported through more than one hundred years of
Jewish-American history. Facing my great-grandmother's headstone was
such a wonderful feeling. I never knew her, but through
this journey I am on I am getting to know her and feel so close to her
and all the others.
I didn't think the visit to the cemetery could get any better Steve,
but it did. The icing on the cake was finding my great-aunt's kever,
Rebecca's daughter Sarah Pachter Pearl, in the row in front of her
mother. And to top this, there was a portrait on the headstone of
this thirty-three year old woman - her face looking at me with the
same eyes as my grandfather.
I never thought about researching my family's history. What began as a
desire to find my great-grandfather's kever in Sullivan County
during my summer break, is taking me all over the globe. Of all the
places I have traveled in my fifty-three years, nothing compares to
the journey I am on.
Again, thanks for the info and for your wonderful website.
What a lovely site. You should feel proud!! I found this site to be
helpful to verify a few family facts.
Birnbaum family from Wysoko Litovsk
8 Feb 2007
Very nice informative easy to navigate
site. I appreciate the lack a gadgets.
9 Feb 2007
Your web site "The Museum of Family History"
is beautiful. And, it takes a lot of work to
produce such fine results!
I am on the researcher list with the Ukraine SIG and with the German
SIG. My surname request, this query for the Museum of Family
are the names Hyman SPANEL, born 1875 and Hannah
SAROKSKAYA, born 1876. By 1905, both the man and wife as the Chosen
People had escaped Odessa, Ukraine--and they saw The Bolsheviks
coming. I am of The East Coast (US) lineage of SPANEL. SPANEL as a
surname: has the most descendants in Midwest (US). SPANEL families,
for example, in Nebraska, are of German Catholic lineage.
It seems that nearly all of the male faces, posted with the Ukraine
page, could easily be related-to me: as ancestors, predecessors, and
I recognize the value of the Museum of
Family History website. And I am glad that it is online as a
East Coast (US) branch of SPANEL
22 Apr 2007
While visiting graves of some of our
ancestors at Mt. Lebanon Cemetery in Glendale, NY. I happened to
notice the Zurominer monument nearby, and wanted to know more about
it. Thanks for providing some answers about this striking monument
and the other Holocaust memorial monuments in the New York area.
23 Aug 2008
The Ukraine SIG congratulates you on
winning the 2008 Outstanding achievement Award. It is a very
impressive site and a well deserved honor for you. Keep up the great
work, Steve. THANK YOU!
Freya Blitstein Maslov
Coordinator Ukraine SIG
15 Oct 2008
Thank you for creating this web site.
Nearly a thousand members of my family came from Sambor and the
13 Apr 2010
Wow! I am amazed at the
depth and breadth of material here. What a resource!
I hope to enable our
“brick and mortar” museum here in Seattle, Washington, to
undertake something similar with our members and friends
contributing initially and then expanding it outward.
I say again, “wow”!
Museum of History & Industry
2700 24th Avenue East, Seattle, WA 98112-2099
21 Jun 2011
To Whom It May Concern:
I recently came across the web
site for The Museum of Family History and was fascinated
both by the photographs and the narratives presented.
In particular, I discovered a group picture which included a
photograph of someone I once knew quite a few years ago:
"Lottie Berger Burack" was my fourth grade teacher in
1949-50 at Public School 70 in the Bronx, New York. I
am very much interested in learning more about
her--specifically what direction her life went in once she
left the teaching profession to pursue a law degree, as I
gleaned from the brief commentary beneath the group
Would it be possible for me
(or your organization) to contact the individual or
individuals who submitted the family history so that I might
be able to learn more about her? Any information which
you are able to provide would be most appreciated. I
look forward to hearing from you at your earliest