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SCHENKER BIRTH CERTIFICATES

Posted By: Larry Schenker <lpsca@earthlink.net>
Date: October 7, 2003

Any help and suggestions in the below matter will be greatly appreciated.

I would like to locate and obtain a copy of the birth certificates of both my father and my uncle. I know that my father (Jankal) was born on June 8, 1904 and my uncle (Gimann) was born on March 1, 1906. I know that their parents were Josef (born between 1882 – 1884) and Ciwze (no maiden name know, born between 1878 – 1882). Josef and Ciwze were married between 1902 – 1903.

Two major facts are not very clear:
1- Where were my father and my uncle born?
• Brestz Litowsk, Russia where their Ellis Island records indicate. Also the 1920 United States Federal Census records indicate that they were born in Brestz Litowsk, Russia. You can see the actual census records by going to the below web site:
http://community.webshots.com/user/schenkerfamilyhistory
• Minsk, Russia a town that has been mentioned as a possible birth site
• Pinsk, Russia another town that has been mentioned as a possible birth site
2- What was there Surname at birth and how was it spelled?
• Surnames with the same Schenker Daitch-Mokotoff soundex are:
Cenzer, Cenzor
Junker
Schanker, Schantzer, Schencker, Schmitzer, Schniker, Schnitzer, Senzer, Shenker, Singer
Yanker
Zanger, Zinger
• Also was their Surname even Schenker. There has been some mention by my father in the last year of his life, but never confirmed, that his father Josef’s name was not Schenker but really Tenenbaum (or some similarly sounding name). As the story goes, Josef was a Russian dissident who had to escape from the Tzar’s police and army during the uprisings and civil disturbances in the early 1900’s - and that before he left Russia in or about 1906 he changed his name from Schenker to Tenenbaum. There are no records here in the United States to indicate that this is anything more than a possible story.

Thanks again. Any help or suggestion will be greatly appreciated.

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