KYIV, Ukraine (GBT) — The website of the State Archival Service of Ukraine is down following last night's invasion by the Russian military. The outage is among many to have been reported across the nation, including those of several Ukrainian government agencies and media outlets. Data Centre Dynamics, Ltd., has reported that "the public-facing websites of the Cabinet of Ministers, Security Service of Ukraine, the Verkhovna Rada legislature, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs were brought offline by DDoS attacks on the 23rd, according to Ukraine’s Center for Strategic Communications." Kyiv Internet traffic was also reported to have dropped 60 percent over the course of the day.
JENKINTOWN, Pennsylvania (GBT) — Hyman Cohen, uncle of Minnie Snyder Anflick, presumed brother of Eva Cohen Snyder, was found living with his wife and three children in the 1920 census. The record was discovered upon a closer reading of Herman Snyder's 1920 Lipshutz Bank passage order, which brought his mother, Eva, and siblings Lillian and Motel to America in 1922. That document identifies Herman Snyder of 911 N. 6th Street as the primary purchaser. The purchase order continues on the subsequent row, however, and also identifies Rose Cohen, of 3126 Montgomery Avenue, as a secondary purchaser.
CHALFONT, Pennsylvania (GBT) — Shiela A. Graham Cunningham passed away last month at her home in Chalfont, Pennsylvania, at the age of 92. She was born on January 25th, 1929, and was the daughter of the late Joseph A. Graham, Sr., and Julia Corr Graham. I visited Aunt Sheila home at home in 2014 and received a wealth of family history information. She had numerous clippings and mass cards that offered various leads of investigation, as well as her own baby book, completed by her mother. Aunt Sheila put me in contact with Eleanor Hentschel, who is the the first cousin I met from the McShane branch of the family. At Eleanor's invitation, attended a McShane family reunion in 2018. Sheila, Eleanor, and I sat down together the following year at Eleanor's home and shared more family history.
We discover more documents about the Snyders this month, including Minnie Snyder's immigrant passenger list, Blitztein and Lipschutz Bank passage order records for Minnie and Eva, and a Sing Sing prison record for another member of the Snyder family. Lastly, we say farewell to my father's Aunt Sheila, who passed away this month at the age of 92. Links are in the show notes.
JENKINTOWN, Pennsylvania (GBT) — A surname search through the website of Miriam Weiner's Routes to Roots Foundation last week revealed multiple index entries for Anflick vital records that are presumably on file at the Mykolaiv Oblast Archives in the southern part of Ukraine. Anflick association with Mykolaiv had previously been established through a Blitzstein Bank passage order executed by Louis Anflick on the 23rd of September 1900. The newly discovered indices prove Anflick ties to the region that extend beyond the passage order.
JENKINTOWN, Pennsylvania (GBT) — A Lipschutz Bank passage order available through Temple University's Special Research Collection Center has revealed details of the Snyder family's 1922 voyage to America. The document, unavailable on the center's web site, was delivered through email correspondence last week. According to the passage order, Herman Snyder, brother of Minnie Snyder Anflick, purchased four tickets on December 14, 1920 for his family's passage from eastern Europe to America.
JENKINTOWN, Pennsylvania (GBT) — A document likely to be Minnie Snyder's immigrant passenger list was discovered yesterday afternoon on AncestryLibrary. The document was indexed under the name Mincze Schneider, and shows her departure from the port of Bremen aboard the SS Prinzess Alice on the 8th of June 1907, and her arrival at the port of New York some two weeks later on the 20th of June.
This month on the podcast, I visit the Saints Peter and Paul Cemetery in Springfield, Delaware County, Pennsylvania to photograph a Smith monument, and I make a breakthrough in Snyder family research, revealing the identity of the long-elusive "Mrs. I. Beechman", sister of Minnie Snyder Anflick and Pauline Snyder Miller. Links in the show notes.
This month I inadvertently added my podcast feed to the Google Podcasts directory. We're now live and searchable to the podcast-listening world! Let's hope my server can handle it! I've also apparently exhausted my FamilySearch.org Family Tree document hints. I'm sure I didn't clear them all, so where did they go? Lastly, my genealogy origin story. Hear my grandfather, Joseph A. Graham, describe in a 2007 recording how our Graham ancestors allegedly fled Scotland for Ireland. My desire to confirm this story through documentary evidence evolved into a lifelong genealogy obsession.
This month I received a pair of contacts online, on through Facebook, and another through FamilySearch.org. One of these contacts was more closely related than the other. I talk about them, and offer a few tips for using Facebook to enhance your genealogy.