Part one of two
(Parts of this appeared in The Galizianer - published by Gesher Galicia - in February 2006. We have learned a bit since, but not nearly as much as we would have liked.)
It must have been early 1999 - soon after the inception of the Pikholz Project - when Steve Pickholtz and I came into contact with one another by email and now, fourteen years later, it seems that his family and mine are the only ones we haven't been able to take beyond the names on our great-grandfathers' graves. We know now that both our families came from Skalat, where the mother lode of Pikholz families resided, so we assume we are both part of what we have come to call "the eastern branch." (The smaller, "western branch" was centered in Rozdol.)
|Steve's grandfather Harry, with his
wife, daughters and son-in-law
Steve collected the six death certificates and visited the graves and here is a summary.
The informants for Olga, Harry and Anna were their US-born sons who clearly did not know all the family history.
Bernard's father Moshe Zvi was interesting, but it didn't tell us much as we have this combination in a number of families where the name does not appear to have a common source. (My own father's brother is Moshe Zvi, named for his two grandfathers.)
Last week, without fanfare - except a Facebook post - I marked the anniversary of my aliyah. I have now been living in Israel for forty years.
The National Library on the Giv'at Ram campus of the Hebrew University is trying to learn more about genealogy, so as better to serve the general research community. As part of that effort, they have invited several genealogists - myself included - to make presentations to library staff, explaining what we do and what resources we use. Following that, they will show us some of the lesser-known resources that they can offer us.
This program, in Hebrew, will be held Wednesday 26 June and is open to the public.