"I have a thought," wrote Hilary Henkin.
"I recently confirmed that my
great-grandfather had a first wife, who had at least four sons that I now
know of. (Earlier, I knew of only one.) The oldest son was Abram, born in
1875, and the youngest was Baruch, born in 1881. In checking my saved
notes, I found a reference to a Baruch Henkin in the Cleveland area, so I began digging.
While I haven't yet found Baruch, I did
find an Abraham Henkin who would be about the right age. According to the
death notice, he had a brother Louis. Could that be your relative Louis, husband to Minnie Uberstine? ... Let me know."
Hilary Henkin <email@example.com>
Atlanta, GA USA - March 16, 2003
Hilary is a longtime participant in the Belarus and Litvak special interest groups on the Jewish genealogy web site at www.JewishGen.org. It looks as if she has indeed made the connection between her Henkin family and our Uberstines. Minnie Uberstine and Louis Henkin were married in Canton, OH, on December 07, 1915. Our section on the Ohio Uberstines has a chapter about Louis Henkin and Minnie Uberstine.
Hello.... I stumbled across the CousinsPlus Uberstine family website -- and was very impressed! -- while searching for my family history. My father grew up in Cleveland in the early 1920s, and his first job was in a drugstore. The reason I am contacting you is that I am fairly sure he worked for Max Uberstine (Drugstore Max).
Anyway, dad brought up the Coke cans, and Mr. Uberstine nick-named him "Herky," short for "Little Hercules." It stuck, and until his death in 1978, family and friends called him "Herky." My dad said that your uncle was a very kind man. God bless you and your family.
Hi. My name is Caroline and I am Jorge's
daughter, the Jorge from the dental office. My Dad told me all about
you and your web site, so I checked it out. I think it is
absolutely lovely. Keep up the good work.
Caroline Icaza <firstname.lastname@example.org>
NY USA Friday, October 18, 2002
Jorge Icaza is the 'can do man' in the business office of a Manhattan dental clinic.
What a wonderful site.
You did a beautiful job.
Nancy Holden <email@example.com>
Sunday, September 29, 2002 11:04 AM
Nancy is the Project Coordinator of the Belarus SIG (Special Interest Group) on JewishGen (the Jewish Genealogy web site). http://www.jewishgen.org/Belarus.
I accidentally stumbled upon this
extraordinary family Web page through Google, which listed your site in a
search for pages on my own family Web site. My family has a background
similar to that of your family, but we lost contact with many branches,
including those lost in the Holocaust. I am now attempting to locate
descendants of family who emigrated to Israel after World War 2. I
hope to emulate many features I found on your site, and I invite you to
http://larrythek.freeservers.com/minnie/minnie_home.htm. I would
welcome your comments.
Larry Kaufman <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Edgewater, NJ USA - Sunday, April 28, 2002 at 13:14:17 (PDT)
CousinsPlus special credits:
Norma Rogers' concert excerpts (flute, cello, and piano), some from Nashville Public Radio's broadcast - all made possible due to Sandy's provision of, and tutoring in, the right software -- listen to all four one-minute (or less) excerpts: http://www.cousinsplus.com/families/CousinsPlus/norma/Norma-Prequel.htm#From
Farberman voice recordings of the 1940s - cleansed of background noise thanks to Sandy's search for, and [partial] mastery of, some advanced sound-tweaking software: listen at
I know that your family is related to the Ubersteins of Horodok and the
Farberman family of Volozhin. You've created a most beautiful site for your
family, and also for the rest of us. I want to add to the guestbook ...
[what] I found on the
Ellis Island site.
Eliat Gordon Levitan <EilatGordn@aol.com>
Los Angeles, CA USA - Friday, August 03, 2001
Eliat is a prolific contributor to the Belarus and Litvak newsgroups, and a phenomenally successful cybersleuth when it comes to the Ellis Island database. Eliat's eight web pages -- URLS listed below the Ubersteins -- have family photos for many other surnames in our tree.
1. Abram Uberstein Harodok, Russia 1909 10 91%
Pages by Eliat Gordon Levitan for all her shtetlach:
Finally had a chance to check out the site -- it is
Someday I would like to learn how to do this for my grandfather's side of the family, Charlie Daniels, as well as my mother's side.
Jennifer Daniels <email@example.com>
New Haven, CT USA - Wednesday, January 31, 2001 at 16:10:33 (PST)
Jennifer is a descendant of Goldie Uberstine, who was the 6th of the 12 children of Harris Uberstine, and the 5th of his 9 daughters. (Goldie's sister, Rose Uberstine, married Charlie's brother, Oscar Daniels.)
This is an impressive page. I love it.
Alan J Lee <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Greeley, Co USA - Thursday, January 11, 2001 at 11:55:03 (PST)
Alan, a descendant of General Robert E. Lee, is the Hewlett-Packard technical support person who guided the installation of our CD-Writer7200. Soon afterwards, he began looking into his own family genealogy.
My family may belong in your Farberman section. I'm
interested in learning if we are related, and hope that won't take as long as it is taking
to determine our next President.
Robert Rogoff <LRR18@aol.com>
Passaic, NJ USA - Friday, November 17, 2000 at 10:40:51 (PST)
Robert is a great-grandson of Rivka Farberman, sister of Ida Uberstine's husband, Harris Farberman. Editor's Note: Robert found us through the FamilyFinder* on the JewishGen Web site. * http://www.JewishGen.org/JGFF .
Wow! What an enjoyable link between our past and the
Paul Fuselier <email@example.com>
Chico, CA USA - Thursday, October 19, 2000 at 19:06:29 (PDT)
Paul is a great-great-grandson of Udasha Uberstine and Moishe Gelman.
I was directed to your site [by a post on the DNA newsgroup
of JewishGen] and found it to be well organized, easy to navigate, and informative for
non-family. It's wonderfully constructed.
I will point out one small mistake in your discussion of Kohanim. Dr. Spock was the baby doctor. The Star Trek character was always Mr. Spock or Commander Spock, but never Dr.
Len Farber <LHFarber@mediaone.net>
USA - Tuesday, September 19, 2000
...that one day I can show this to my daughter --
how can you put a value on that? It's limitless.
Stuart Allen <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Kendall Park, NJ USA - Friday, August 18, 2000
Stuart's two-year-old daughter, Rachel, is a 4G granddaughter of Usher Uberstine.
I'm happy to be a part of this great effort by Susan, under
the guidance of her brother. How I wish I had been interested at an earlier age,
back when information was more easily available!
Sheldon Kay <email@example.com>
Menlo Park, CA USA - Tuesday, August 15, 2000 at 20:57:49 (PDT)
Sheldon is a great-grandson of Udasha Uberstine Gelman, and worked on the Hubble telescope for over 12 years while an engineer at Lockheed.
I have watched with enthusiasm the evolution of CousinsPlus
from its incubation to its current fruition, though it is still growing. It is a
colorful, interesting and well researched product with effective graphics. Keep up
the good work, onward and upward.
George M. Rood
New York, NY USA - Sunday, August 13, 2000 at 14:28:54 (PDT)
George passed away on September 30, 2000. Born in 1935, he was a close family friend since 1967, and had a long and distinguished career as a Metropolitan Desk copy editor at The New York Times.
It's wonderful to know I have such a large family.
Keep up the fine work.
Dr. Sandi Isaacson <DrSandi@excite.com>
Overland Park, KS USA - Thursday, August 10, 2000 at 09:16:23 (PDT)
Dr. Sandi is a great-granddaughter of Ida Uberstine and Harris Farberman, and a forensic psychologist specializing in young people.
This guestbook is a major improvement to our site! I
hope there will be many contributions.
Michael-David BenDor <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Ypsilanti, MI USA - Wednesday, August 09, 2000 at 20:53:17 (PDT)
Michael-David is a grandson of Morris Rubenstein and a great-great-grandson of Usher Uberstine. The idea of creating this family history web page, as well as adding a guestbook, was his.
A great effort that will last, last, and last, for everyone
Martin Glatt <email@example.com>
Northridge, CA USA - Wednesday, August 09, 2000 at 07:39:04 (PDT)
Martin is a grandson of Louis Rubenstein, whose father was Usher Uberstine.
I cannot tell you how magnificent your work of art
is [thumbnail photo layout of daughter Jessica's wedding in the web page section on our
South African Ubersteins]. I just happen to have a small map of the Cape Town
area with Hout Bay clearly marked -- before Cape Point at the bottommost point of SA,
where the west coast meets the east coast of the Cape Peninsula.
Stella Rom Kope <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Cape Town, Cape Province SA Thursday, July 06, 2000
Stella is a great-granddaughter of Chipa Heifitz and Faiva Uberstein of Gorodok and later, Cape Town. They and their descendants have their own tree, which cannot be merged with CousinsPlus until we know how Faiva was related to Usher and Lazar.
... as a result of your work, I now know that
I am related to everyone [on our tree] with all the same last names, just like you see in
the synagogue. Thanks. : )
Kimberly Roberts <email@example.com>
Atlanta, GA USA Sunday, March 05, 2000
Kimberly is a great-great-granddaughter of Louis Rubenstein, who was the youngest of Usher Uberstine's children to come to America.
I spent a while on the page today. You have
done an amazing job, and I personally thank you for archiving the info. It's safe to
say I didn't know any of it, not even where my grandfather Irving [Caine] was born.
... Thanks again.
David Mayer <DaveMayer@hotmail.com>
Golden, CO USA - Friday, March 03, 2000
On his grandfather's side, David is a great-great-grandson of Aaron Cohen and Toby Uberstine, and on his grandmother's side, of Draishka Brenner and Mayer Uberstine.
... checked out the home page and was touched by
all the Uberstine photos and stories. Just the other day I was reminiscing
about how much we miss the Uberstine gatherings at holiday time. Our seders used to
have up to 50 people. The Lord has claimed so many ... but I shall always cherish
the memories of those huge gatherings. I still miss my Aunt Alice's homemade gefilte
Sandy Kaplan <SFKaplan@mailandnews.com>
Garfield Heights, OH USA - Monday, January 17, 2000
Sanford is a grandson of Dorothy, the 5th oldest of the 12 children of Etta Meltzer and Harris Uberstine. ("Aunt Alice," the 3rd youngest of their nine girls, was actually his mother's aunt.)
I just crawled around in the Farberman branch of the
CousinsPlus Web site. If I haven't ever thanked you for your efforts, here is a
profusely heartfelt THANK YOU. What a wonderful thing you have created.
P.S. The picture of me in the garage with Mr. Aachatz was in '72 or '73, not 10
Harris Faberman <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Boulder, CO USA - Sunday, December 19, 1999
Harris, a grandson of Harris Farberman and Ida Uberstine, was snapped by my father while admiring Mr. Aachatz's latest find, a convertible coupe with a rumble seat. Growing up in Denver [as did the editor], Harris and his parents were frequent visitors to our home, next door to a car painter, Earl Aachatz, whose hobby was restoring vintage models in his garage. In the Farberman section of our web page, that photo appears in the story, "Archie's Excellent Rumble Seat Adventure."
... you really outdid yourself. I spent about 1
hour viewing the Farberman chapter. It is wonderful. Yesterday my mother
called to tell me that she came across more pictures of the Farberman family. I have
everything ready to send out if you are still interested in more pictures.
Douglas Isaacson <Union1718@cs.com>
Brooklyn, NY USA - Thursday, November 11, 1999
Douglas is a great grandson of Harris Farberman and Ida Uberstine.
... a thrill to read what you have done. I wish I
had someone like you on my father's side. Keep up the great work.
Eddie Daniels <Instant13@aol.com>
Reading, PA USA - Sunday, October 10, 1999
Edward is a grandson of Etta Meltzer and Harris Uberstine, and a son of Goldie Uberstine and Charles Daniels.
... enjoyed retrieving pictures of my grandmother [Lena
Uberstine] and grandfather [Raphael Millerkowski], which I had never seen. I sent
the pictures to my parents [Mary Miller and David Schoenfeld], and they were
Tobe Schoenfeld Litsky < email@example.com>
Toms River, NJ USA - Friday, July 23, 1999
Tobe is a great-granddaughter of Aaron Kahanovich and Toby Uberstine, who passed away seven years before she was born, and for whom she was named.
Fantastic. I hope I can remember to include your
web site in my next column in AVOTAYNU. Thanks for sharing the information [re
various methods of displaying genealogical records on our web page in the chapter,
"Stories documents tell"].
David M. Fox <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Arnold, MD USA - Tuesday, July 13, 1999
David created the Belarus Special Interest Group (SIG) on JewishGen and is its coordinator. AVOTAYNU is the preeminent Jewish genealogical quarterly of Avotaynu Publishing. See http://www.avotaynu.com .
I saw the posting about your URL in the [JewishGen]
Belarus digest on May 31. You have done a great job of collecting and organizing
information. My grandfather came from Mir which is south of Minsk, so you and I are almost
neighbors. I hope you will visit the page on Mir.
Reeva Jacobson Kimble <email@example.com>
Eugene, OR USA - Wednesday, June 02, 1999
Our principal ancestral town, Ostroshitskiy-Gorodok, is 12.7 NNE of Minsk, and Mir is 54.7 miles SW of Minsk. Editor's note: Reeva's site on MIR is a triumph. http://darkwing.uoregon.edu/~rkimble/Mirweb/Mir1.html
Unbelieveable! Off-the-scale unbelieveable, and you can
quote me. It's an epic, beyond spectacular, indescribeable, bordering on a life's
Stuart Allen <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Kendall Park, NJ USA - Saturday, May 8, 1999
Stuart is a great-grandson of Morris Rubenstein.
Absolutely wonderful pages and photos. Mazel
tov! So, how much?
Fred Miller <email@example.com>
New York, NY USA - Friday, April 16, 1999
Fred Miller sent this immediately after the Jewish Genealogical Society president posted an item about our web page to the JewishGen newgroup.
It's getting to be a little virtual city that you've got
there, Web mistress.
An error you might want to correct: Kerttu Holopainen Antikainen, my wife Anneli's mother, has her maiden name misspelled as Hotopainen.
You truly are getting people to realize their marvelous heritage, opening avenues for them to "reach out and touch" someone new who knew someone who knew them both.
I look forward to seeing the Ethel Album get its hyperlink one of these days.
Barry Varon <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Port Charlotte, FL USA - Saturday, April 10, 1999
Barry is a great-great-grandson of Usher Uberstine. Ethel was the only one of Usher's girls to come to America.
A miracle. You have created a piece of
magic. It is, and will be, a cherished part of all of our histories.
Gerald Rubenstein <email@example.com>
Rochester, NY USA - Saturday, March 9, 1999
Gerald is a grandson of Morris Rubenstein and a great-great-grandson of Usher Uberstine.
Both awed and delighted by your masterful piece of
work. How I wish my mother and her sisters were here. How meaningful it would have
been to them all. My children and their children will enjoy and benefit in years to
come. If I can help in any way, I'm willing.
Lois Lavine <PSLavine@juno.com>
Beachwood, OH USA - Monday, February 22, 1999
Lois and her twin sister, Marilyn, are daughters of Dorothy, the third oldest of the Ohio Uberstines' nine daughters. Lois is widely acclaimed by the Ohio branch as their "walking historian."
A wonderful legacy for generations to come.
Assembling all the data you've assembled is a monumental task for which I applaud and
encourage you. May God bless your continued efforts. If you feel I might be
able to fill in missing data, don't be afraid to ask.
Sanford Kaplan <SFKaplan@mailandnews.com>
Garfield Heights, OH - Saturday, February 6, 1999
Sandy is a great-grandson of Etta Meltzer and Harris Uberstine.
What you've done with the web page is, in a word,
extraordinary. On every level it is a remarkable achievement. We will be in
Ryan Karben <R_Karben@stblaw.com>
Rockland County, NY - Saturday January 30, 1999
Ryan is the legislator representing the largely Orthodox Jewish District 7 in Rockland County. He is a grandson of Carl Karben and Dora Rubenstein, the youngest sister of Morris Rubenstein.
Paper copies helped me better understand the
"tree" of life you created on the web for us to use, and also for future
generations. I may get in touch with my Mom's great aunt. Is that correct?
I appreciate your efforts more when seeing paper copy. You are the hero of the
Martin Glatt <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Northridge, CA USA - Saturday, December 19, 1998
Martin's grandfather was Louis Rubenstein, the youngest of Usher Uberstine's three sons who came to America.
I looked at your cousins web site. Rather nice
Gary Mokotoff <email@example.com>
Bergenfield, NJ USA - Wednesday, July 01, 1998
Gary Mokotoff publishes Avotaynu, a quarterly review of international developments in Jewish genealogy, and he is the author of a number of books in the field. He has long been in the forefront of developments in access to Jewish genealogical records. His Mokotoff family page (linked from http://www.avotaynu.com ) is notable for its documentation of the Holocaust and his family.
As a result of what you're doing, there's been a
rekindling of relationships. My sister-in-law, Shirley, is very 'up' about the whole
thing, and reeled off a list of people she's gotten in touch with. Aside from the
web page product, this is a wonderful thing. The fact that these people are again
carrying on communications with each other is a very good side effect, and I commend you
for accomplishing that.
Phil Karben <PKarben@aol.com>
Silver Spring, MD - Monday, June 1, 1998
Phil is a son of Dora Rubenstein and Carl Karben. Dora, the youngest sister of Morris Rubenstein, was a granddaughter of Usher Uberstine.
Thanks for the view of the Rubenstein line,
which I now understand is partially mine.
Your work on the web site,
to my meticulous mind,
couldn't have been any better refined.
Even your links are defined and aligned.
Congratulations on your well-executed rendition
of the family tradition.
I stand in awe of your creative ambition.
Best wishes for success with each new addition.
Barry Varon <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Port Charlotte, FL USA - Thursday, December 18, 1997
Barry is a grandson of Harry Varonok and Ethel Rubenstein.