There is a tradition of putting small stones on the grave markers in Jewish cemeteries. If you are interested in more information or have wondered about this tradition, there are many differing explanations, some religious - some not.
Looking for any information related to Simcha Goldberg (?) born circa 1850-1860, of the Town of Kolki, in the District of Wolyn or Volyn/Volin, in Lutsk (Luck) Russia which is now within Ukraine. At some point it may have been within Poland. His son, Reuven (Rubin) Goldberg born 1881, married Chane Goldberg (Annie/Anna R) born 1879 or 1883, the daughter of Morris and Annie Muriel Goldberg, of Gorodok, Volyn, Lutsk, Russia or of Poland.
Rubin Goldberg came to the US on the S.S. Haverford, via Philadelphia in 1904. He listed a cousin in Philadelphia he was coming to be with, Isaac Woogman who lived at 702 Kaster St. Coincidently, when I contacted Selma of the Philadelphia Genealogical Society because I was told her family also may have come from Kolki, it turned out my Grandfather's cousin Isaac was her Grandfather. He'd since used the name Isaac Wagman.
Annie followed Rubin in 1907 with their son Leo (Levi) Goldberg, b.1902. She boarded the S.S. Zeeland out of Antwerp, of the Clydebank shipline, to New York and through Ellis Island. By 1910 they all had moved from Philadelphia to Racine and Kenosha, Wisconsin and then to Milwaukee, where Rubin Goldberg passed in 1931 at age 49. The only way I know of his father is from the inscription on his grave marker, which says he is the son of Simche. That could be a nickname or real name - I have no way to know. When Annie was on her way to America, she listed on the ship manifest her father-in-law as Ychiku Goldberg , as her closest relative who lived in Kolki, where she came from. Her birth location is Gorodok on Naturalization papers but as Warsaw, Poland on another document, so none of it is 100% proven data. She spoke Yiddish - and English - but did not write or read English. Our family refused to discuss their past, so the names, locations and all spellings may be incorrect.
Their eldest son, my Uncle Leo Goldberg, (aka Levi), died in Chicago in 1942. I believe his widow stayed in Chicago but I did not know if her name was Esther or perhaps Rose? He'd married twice but I'm not sure of his wives' names or which was first? He had a son, David and daughter, Rochelle, who moved with her family to California.
Uncle Louis also married an Esther and his family lived in Milwaukee, and their children still live in Wisconsin. I think that's why I am confused about the Aunt Esthers - were there really 2? I've also since learned that Louis may have a daughter from a previous marriage or relationship, named Rachel. I'd like to know more about her.
All of my Uncles and Aunt are long past, and although I know a few living relatives, we are all aging and living far apart.
I've recently taken an AncestryDNA test, so if you are looking at this webpage and have also taken one and have Goldberg people in your tree, please contact me to see if we Match. I'm seeing a few Goldberg DNA matches in 4th/5th cousins.
I want so much to find and talk to cousins or anyone who may have information about our Goldbergs, to learn more about our family and especially if you have photos or stories of who and where they came from. Please email me. email@example.com
Rubin Goldberg came to Milwaukee from Russia via Liverpool, England, Philadelphia, PA and Racine, WI. SEE TRANSLATION BELOW:
Rubin Goldberg Family circa 1915
Translation ... to English "here is buried our dear father reuven son of mr simcha died 24th of nisan 5691 may his soul be bound up in the bond of life"
Rubin (Reuven) and Anna (Chane) Goldberg eventually had 7 children. The five shown here with them in 1915 are from the oldest, Leo (Levi) b.1902 in Kolki, Russia (now Ukraine), Louis b.1908 in Philadelphia, PA, Hyman b.1909 in Racine, WI, Sidney b.1912 in Kenosha, WI and Mary b.1914 in Milwaukee, WI. Not in the photo, born later in Milwaukee, would come 2 more sons, Isadore b.1916 and Meyer (my father) b.1917. I've noticed several of them have birth years that varied in subsequent records, but the 1910 and 1920 census records are probably closest to correct years by ages at that time. In 1910 in Racine, the children are Levi, age 8, Louis, age 1 and Hyman aged 5 months, in April 1910. Then in 1920 Sidney was 8 and Mary was 7.
Meyer, Uncle Hy and Uncle Sidney changed their names from Goldberg to Berg after World War II. Mary married Ervin D Fishman or Fisher and then they changed their name to Fleischmann. Erv was a holocaust survivor, I believe born in Austria, but that may not be right. I do not think he knew of any relatives who survived the camps who may have made it America or Israel, but he had survived years at Auschwitz and another concentration camp. I have not been able to locate the records for his time there.
Because he changed their last name a few times for business reasons, I am unsure what name he actually had before or during the war. I know they used the name Fishman in 1952, and changed their name once and perhaps twice, sometime in the mid-to-late 1950s. I had asked them once about any family history they could share, but it only brought tears and they said there was no history worth remembering and made me promise never to ask again.
To the right, click to download an Excel file I created in 2007. It has tabs for searches I manually downloaded in groups of compiled lists for Gorodok and Kolk arrivals via Ellis Island. I used just "Kolk" so most spelling variations of Kolki, Kolky would show. My grandmother, Chane Goldberg and son Levi Goldberg arrived in 1907. Rows 236, 237 on the Kolk tab.
To locate people, you can look down the list or if you know the year of arrival - you can filter the column to look at them. Then, you'll see hyperlinks in the right columns that will go directly to the Ellis records. You will need to sign in with your Ellis Island registration name and password - or create one, if you don't already have one. Some links may no longer go directly to the site.
Looking through the list of names, after clicking to see their manifest records, if you read the far-right columns of the actual manifest, it may give clues to the many people who came from the same areas in Russia, who they left behind or who they were coming to meet here in the USA.
Questions about the spreadsheet or how to use it? - Email me: firstname.lastname@example.org