TwentyOne Seven: presentations and handouts
The material offered here consists of slides, handouts, and links to articles posted elsewhere on this blog. Some of the talks were recorded, but the recordings have not been synchronised with the slides, so I have not included them here. I hope you will find it possible to follow the stories through a combination of viewing the slides, and reading the accompanying handouts and the linked articles.
Tracing the lives of members of three 19th Century Polish Jewish families, from the south of England to the south of the United States, as their lives are affected by the social, economic and political circumstances of the period. In the first version (Aug 2019) I attempted to tell the whole story, and ended up trying to cover more material than was possible in the time available. I recommend you look at the handouts, and the Who was Isaac Frankenstein post, and then skip the slides and move on, as I did, to the more focused versions that follow below.
Pedlars' Progress: How Isaac Frankenstein got from Poland to Savannah via Brighton, and why
I decided to restructure the material to deal with each family in turn - Pedlars' Progress #1: Isaac Frankenstein and #2: The Joels. This has also given me scope to extend and hopefully to clarify some of the material.
NB: #3: The Barnetts is due some time early in 2021.
Pedlars' Progress #2: The Joels - from Poland to Portsea, Brighton, and Georgia USA
Focus on Gombin
Gombin (Gąbin) in Poland is the town my Frankensztajn family came from. Gombin, a Polish shtetl covers the history and current work of the Gombin Society, which was formed in the 1920s by Jewish emigrants from the town.
Gombin, a Polish shtetl: Recovering memories and establishing relationships, linking the past to the future
The Frankensztajn Trail
Researching the Frankensztajn family, from the early 19C to World War 2 and beyond. The Frankenstein Mysteries look at three different issues that are common causes of puzzlement in family history research - names, relationships, and places of origin. The Frankensztajns of Gąbin was prepared for a group of school students on a programme organised by the Forum for Dialogue. Dear Brother and Wiesza's Story recount the experiences of family members in the period before and during WW2. The Prayer Books of Gombin were found when a house in the town was being renovated a few years ago.
Where are they from?: The Frankenstein Mysteries #1
Feb 2014, JGSGB East European SIG, London
A Wolf in London: The Frankenstein Mysteries #2
Mar 2015, JGSGB East European SIG, London
The Frankensztajns of Gąbin: Those who left and those who stayed
May 2019, Forum for Dialogue, Gąbin
"Dear Brother ...": A letter from Gąbin by Chawa Frankensztajn, Jul 1936
Aug 2018, Gombin Society, Plock
Wiejsza's story, as told by her daughter Maya
Aug 2018, Gombin Society, Plock
The Prayer Books of Gombin: Pages from the Machzor Book, 1900
Volunteers, Conscripts and Conventionists looks at the vastly different experiences of several members of my Frankenstein family during WW1. Back to Russia! deals specifically with the genesis and outcomes of a little-known agreement between the UK and the Government of Russia, and how it affected three of my own relatives.
Volunteers, Conscripts and Conventionists: Frankensteins at War, 1914-18
Nov 2017, JGSGB Sussex, Brighton
Back to Russia!: East End Jews and the Anglo-Russian Military Convention, 1917
Focus on families
Tracing the fortunes of individual families over the course of 100 years and more. My Glasman ancestors really were glass-makers, in a shtetl near the Vistula River south of Warsaw. The Glanczspiegel family of Lublin, distantly related to my Waksmans, lived by the river that runs through the town, and caught and sold fish over several generations. We scour vital records - birth, marriage and death - to see what we can discover about family relationships, where they lived, occupations, naming patterns, life-spans and more.
Fields of Glass: Tracing the lives of the Glasmans of Gniewoszow
Aug 2018, IAJGS Conference, Warsaw
The Fishermen of Lublin
Jul 2017, Lubliner reunion, Lublin
Drawing on my experience in using online platforms in language learning and teaching, I look at the different ways we can tell our family stories, and at some of the possibilities and limitations we should be aware of.
Tell your family story online
Jul 2012, IAJGS Conference, Paris