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Mark Jacobson
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Talking Tombstones
In our February 15 Genealogy Blog post, The Never Ending Quest, we told you how we found the names of our great-great grandparents. We wanted to confirm this information through a different source. We found that our great grandfather's tombstone had our answers. Many Jewish tombstones tell you a lot of useful genealogical information about your ancestors. There are many symbols and inscriptions that can tell you gender, what the person did for a living, Jewish Tribal affiliation, information about their spouse or children, and exact dates and location of birth and death. One of the most important and useful inscriptions is the lineage inscription. Most tombstones, that have Hebrew inscriptions, will include the deceased person's father's Hebrew name and sometimes includes earlier generations along the male line. Since we had our great grandfather's death certificate with all of the "don't knows" on it, we knew where he was buried. Using that information, we were able to get a photograph of his tombstone. Luckily the stone was in good condition and had a Hebrew inscription. His father's name in Hebrew was on the stone and confirmed the information from his sister's SS-5 Social Security Application. Now we also had his Hebrew name. This information could be useful in the future if we ever find European records for the family.

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How much is enough?
When we started researching our family we thought that many of our relatives died in the Holocaust. We had names, some photos and some information. Soon we learned about Yad Vashem, an institution in Israel that collects information on Jews killed in the Holocaust. Survivors and relatives submit a Page of Testimony with name and information on the victim's life and death. The focus is to keep the memory of the Holocaust victim alive and remembered forever. In 2004 all of the Pages of Testimony were put on the Yad Vashem website http://www.yadvashem.org . We did not find any Pages of Testimony for our relatives. We were able to find a Holocaust survivor cousin who gave us more information on our relatives' life and confirmed Holocaust death. We still weren't sure if we had enough information to create Pages of Testimony for our family. Eventually we realized that we had to do it. We were the only people alive who were willing and able to create these Pages of Testimony. Even a little bit of information is better than none and will help memorialize our relatives. We had to be the voice from the grave. We had to keep their memories alive.

Jacobson and Jacobson Genealogy Researchers http://www.bocafengshui.com/genealogy.html helping you break through your genealogical brick walls.
How Much is Enough?
How Much is Enough?
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What's In a Name?
Our research continued and we began to search for passenger manifests for our ancestors. We expected to easily find our grandfather's manifest. We were sadly mistaken. We knew his name, year of arrival, port of arrival, and place of birth. Searching the Ellis Island website, we searched for his name and found nothing. We tried variations of the spelling and found nothing. An unexpected brick wall? Time to start thinking out of the box. Maybe he traveled under a different name. One he didn't use in the United States. We knew the first name he was born with was different from the first name he commonly used. We tried that and it didn't work. Now on to the last name. He always used his mother's maiden name in Europe and in the United States. We had only searched that name. It was time to search using his father's last name. The combination of his birth first name and father's last name was a success. We found the manifest. Note to self: when you can't find someone under their usual last name, try their other parent's last name.

Jacobson and Jacobson Genealogy Researchers  http://www.bocafengshui.com/genealogy.html  helping you break through your genealogical brick walls.
What's In a Name?
What's In a Name?
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The Never Ending Quest
In the early 2000's we started doing research. One of the pieces of information that we wanted to find was the names of one of our sets of great-great grandparents. We found the year of death of our great grandfather on our cousin's family tree. Using his name and year of death, we ordered a copy of his death certificate from the state of Pennsylvania. We were sure that this would list his parents' names. It did not. The section for parents' names said "don't know." Next we ordered his marriage license application. We expected this to list his parents' names. Unfortunately Philadelphia marriage license applications in 1902 did not list parents' names. We didn't know where to look next. Luckily he had a sister. We found her listed in the online Social Security Death Index. Using the information in the Index, we ordered a copy of her original SS-5 Social Security Application. On this document she wrote her parents' names, including her mother's maiden name. If we had only focused on our direct ancestor we would never have found this information. One family mystery down, a million more to go! http://www.bocafengshui.com/genealogyaboutus.html
The Never Ending Quest
The Never Ending Quest
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In the 1990's, the internet entered our lives and with it came new opportunities to expand our family tree. We found a few missing family members through the internet. And these family members led to more family members and family tree information. We asked these people the same types of questions we had asked our relatives years earlier. Our tree continued to grow. We were blessed with more and more wonderful family members. The information we received from our family was invaluable, but as scientists, we needed to get more evidence to back up the anecdotal information. Some relatives gave us documents and details, but we still needed to do our own research. http://www.bocafengshui.com/genealogyaboutus.html
The Names Begin to Come to Life
The Names Begin to Come to Life
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Way back in the 1980's, before the internet and before access to Eastern European archives, we started doing our genealogy the old fashioned way. We sat down with every receptive relative and started on our family tree. We asked basic questions like "what were the names of your parents (grandparents, etc.), where were they born, when were they born, etc.?" We created a paper tree. This is where most people start. Questions led to more questions. Many seemed to have no answers. We hit the proverbial brick wall. We stopped looking for answers because we didn't know where to look next. By the 1990's our grandparents had died. Although expanding beyond our little paper tree seemed hopeless, we still had faith that someday more answers would come to us. I (Leslie) decided to ask a spiritual ancestor for help with our genealogy plight. I received assistance, but not the way I expected. That night I had a dream. My ancestor came to me and very quickly listed tons of names. I interrupted and asked her to slow down. She told me that this was the only way she could do this. When I awoke I knew she had helped, but I remembered no names. Soon after, things started to change for us. http://www.bocafengshui.com/genealogyaboutus.html
How Did This All Start?
How Did This All Start?
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The Power of Three
Bring money your way with a small but powerful Feng Shui wealth cure. Versatility, functionality and portability are important factors in a Feng Shui cure. The Lucky Fortune Gift is all that and more. Three authentic reproductions of Imperial Chinese Coins are hand tied together on red ribbon, and they come in a lucky Chinese red envelope. In Feng Shui, three coins symbolize your money always being replenished. You will find our Lucky Fortune Gift on Zen Appeal here http://www.yourfengshuistore.com/Lucky-Fortune-Gift_p_35.html .
The Power of Three
The Power of Three
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Find Your Destiny
The wait will soon be over. The butterfly will lead you to happiness. Open your heart to find your soul mate with the Butterfly Love Hanger. You will find our Butterfly Love Hanger on Zen Appeal here http://www.yourfengshuistore.com/Butterfly-Love-Hanger_p_47.html .
Find Your Destiny
Find Your Destiny
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Manager's Choice
This month, our manager has chosen our Genuine Ancient Chinese Coin as her favorite Feng Shui item from Zen Appeal. She likes it because it is a versatile, portable, small Feng Shui item that has worked to bring money into her life. She said she used to be cash strapped. Now that she carries Genuine Ancient Chinese Coins in her handbag to improve her wealth energy, she always has enough money to cover her bills and then some. You will find our Genuine Ancient Chinese Coin on Zen Appeal here http://www.yourfengshuistore.com/Genuine-Ancient-Chinese-Coin_p_33.html .
Manager's Choice
Manager's Choice
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Need It? Love It? Want It?

We got it at Zen Appeal online Feng Shui store http://www.yourfengshuistore.com .
Need It? Love It? Want It?
Need It? Love It? Want It?
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