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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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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 site.
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
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
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 SO MUCH
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
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 you!
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
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
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 am grateful.
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
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 1936.
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
representing immigrants from Simnas and Snipiskes/Vilna (Lithuania)
and Szczuczyn in Lomza (Poland)
What a beautiful and comprehensive site this is! Creatively
laid out in a user-friendly manner. It makes one want to explore
Museum in depth. The enormity of information it contains is
Congratulations Steve! You've outdone yourself and done wonders
for genealogists, family historians!
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 good work!
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
10 Jul 2006
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.
6 Feb 2007
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
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 research tool!
East Coast (US) branch of SPANEL surname
22 Apr 2007
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
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!
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 surrounding area.
13 Apr 2010
Wow! I am
amazed at the depth and breadth of material here. What a
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.
Museum of History & Industry
24th Avenue East, Seattle, WA 98112-2099
21 Jun 2011
To Whom It May Concern:
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