A Look Back to Older Times
or
Where The Rubenstein's Came From

Pictures and letters that my father found when going through his father's things after the latter's death;
Tables and charts from Poland concerning the Rubenstein name in all of its various spellings;
And things related to Rubenstein's, even though they may not be related to me.

 

Picture Postcards and
Translations

Picture Postcard

 


Picture Postcard
This is probably Marcus & Miriam and their children Gdalius and Rivkah

Picture Postcard

 


Picture Postcard
This seems to be some of Norman's brothers and one of his sisters

 

No information came with
the next two pictures,
however my grandfather is
the person second from the
front on the right side of the
table in the first picture and
the lady in the second
picture might be one of
Norman's sisters.
  Norman and others This might be one of Norman's sisters  
All the information I've found about these pictures is under the individual picture.

Possibly Norman's sister
Mr. & Mrs. Koltun w/ children Billy & Jerri

Possibly Norman's sister
Rose Rasky Koltun and her daughter Debbie Lynn

Possibly Norman's sister



LA Postmark - Possibly Norman's sister



Pictures of
David (Dawid) Rubenstein,
Nocham (Norman)'s brother
circa 1942
(He's the one delivering the
paper by horse-cart)
David Rubenstein David Rubenstein David Rubenstein  
More old pictures Rubenstein Family
This is believed to be a
picture of Milaj Rubenstein
when he was a young man.

Rubenstein Family
Nochem Rubenstein



Rubenstein Family
Believed to be one of
Nochem Rubenstein's
brothers.

Rubenstein Family
Believed to be another one
of Nochem Rubenstein's
brothers.
    Rubenstein Family
Another one of
Nochem Rubenstein's
brothers.
Rubenstein Family
One of
Nochem Rubenstein's
sisters.
 
         
Pictures received from Rena Corey - (my father's mother's side of the family) Zwart Family at Magaretha's Wedding
Zwart Family
at Margaretha's Wedding
approx 1911


Nathan Zwart
approx 1920

 

Sara Zwart
Sara Zwart
approx 1920

 

Louise Zwart
Louise Zwart
approx 1920

 

    Nathan Zwart
Nathan Zwart
approx 1890
Sara Zwart
Sara Zwart
approx 1890
 
         
         
         
         
Yad Vashem Museum listings of Shoah Victims from our Family Tree

Yad Vahem Testimony
Testimony about Milaj's wife Feighe

 

 

Yad Vahem Testimony
Testimony about Moishe.
Although three 1st names are given, these are actually the names of 3 of the brothers.

Yad Vahem Testimony
Testimony about one of the Rubinsztejn brothers

 

 
         
         
         
         
Some old Census Reports &
other Government-type
records.
My relatives are beside
the arrow.
(Thanks, cousin Alan!)
Rubenstein record
Nochem's arrival
at Ellis Island, 1910

Rubenstein record
1910 Census, Bklyn

Rubenstein record
1920 Census, Manhatten

Rubenstein record
1930 Census, Staten Island
         
Some even older records
of relatives.
(Again, thanks, Alan!)
Rubenstein record
Marriage record for
Gdal and Bajna Rubenstein

Rubenstein record
Birth record for
Brajna Dukat

 

Rubenstein record
Marriage record for
Moszk & Gutta Dukat

Rubenstein record
Death record for
Moszk Dukat

 

 

And the translations
of the above.
Rubenstein record

Rubenstein record

Rubenstein record

Rubenstein record

         
These are the letters my
father found,
written in Yiddish,
(from Mexico and Poland)
and their translations
below them.
Yiddish Original
Translation
Yiddish Original
Translation
Yiddish Original
Translation

Yiddish Original
Translation

 

 

         
  Yiddish Original
Translation
Yiddish Original
Translation
Yiddish Original
Translation
 
         
         
         

The following is a
Birth & Death record
(in Excel)
that I received from another
"Rubenstein" seeker:

B&D Records
1826-1866
Ostralenka, Poland
in XL

Listing of Rubenstein's
killed in
Buchenwald Death Camp

rubenstein's killed in Buchenwald

Listing of
Rubenstein's
killed in Krakow
Rubenstein's killed in Krakow

Listing of Rubenstein's
killed in Kelmhof
Rubenstein's killed in Kelmhof

Listing of
Schindler's
Rubenstein's
Schindler's Rubenstein's
         
Ostrolanka, Poland
Yizkor Book
circa pre-WWII
Translation to
English & Hebrew
began in Israel
in 2009
Table of Contents
With Hyperlinks
to translated text
   
         
 

 

     

While going through some of her mother's things, Terri found three pages from a diary that her mom had uncovered from an ancester of theirs, when the ancester first came to America.  The three pages are transcribed and posted here:

Cooney ancester diary entries

 

 

 

A Family Tree, with many branches, that I created can be found here.

My ancestry, ever growing, looks a little like this:

My grandfather's family name was Rubinsztejn and his father owned a tire company. The town that his grandfather is from is called Lomza, which is considered a part of Ostralenka, or a suburb; and is very close, in Poland. Our surname was changed to Rubenstein by some Irish Immigration Officer on Ellis Island when my grandfather came to New York. It’s also assumed that his given name of Nachum was changed to Norman at that time. It is also believed that Nachum was known as Haim for some time, for unknown reasons; and he sometimes spelled his name Rubinstein.  Additionally, in 1910 when he boarded, and subsequently disembarked from the ship that took him from Europe to the U.S., he told ship officers and Ellis Island officers that he was 18, born in 1892.  However, in all other paperwork that has been associated with Norman Rubenstein, his year of birth is said to have been either 1896 or 1900, making him about 10 or 14 when he came to the United States.

The original Polish spelling of our name was Rubinsztejn or Rubinszteyn.  Variations of the original spelling include Rubinstein, Rubenstein, Rubinstejn, Rubenstejn and Rubinsteyn.  Others may also exist; these are the names associated with the Rubenstein relatives that I've uncovered.

I have 2 brothers, Mark and Neil. At this writing neither of them is married. My father's name is Ralph; he's married to Barbara (nee) Rosenberg; and my father had a sister named, Isabelle.  I have one sister, her name is Kari.

I am also married. My wife’s name is Terri. We have three boys, Chris, Cody and Richard; and we recently had a daughter, Isabella, born December 21st, 2009.

Norman had a brother named David and a sister named, Braindl, who also went by the names Bronia and Sonia. Sonia moved to Cuernavaca, Mexico. She married a man name Iacov Miller, who changed it to Jacobo Miller. They had a son named Shimon. They owned a General Store named "El Surtidor".

Norman had at least two other brothers that died in the camps; he had a brother named Isaac that survived and went to Israel; a brother named Marcus who survived and went to Mexico (but his wife, Miriam, and his other son couldn't get out of Poland to go to Mexico, so they went to Russia); a brother named Laizer (who was also called Louiz), that also made it out of Nazi occupied Poland; and at least one other sister. Norman’s father’s name was Moishe (or Morris). Moishe died around 1939 in Poland.  Moishe's father's name was G'dal.  G'dal's father was Szlomo Rubenszteyn.

If you have additional information that you'd like to add, contact me here.  I'd love to hear from you.

A Family Tree, with many branches, that I created can be found here.

 

 
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