Over the past 100+ years, the "dynasty" begun by Samuel ("Shmuel") and Chieh Berman ("SB/CB") has grown by "leaps and bounds"!
In the late 1970s, Julian Berman, of blessed memory, led an effort to graphically show the lineage of all Samuel and Chieh descendents by means of multiple circular genealogical charts painstakingly drawn.
This Website expands-upon where Julian left off and makes a best-effort attempt to show the currently existing SB/CB lineage of (at this time) only the direct descendents of Samuel and Chieh Berman.
Thanks to the advancements in computer/Internet-based technology since Julianís time, we are able to show this lineage with easier-to-follow, spreadsheet-based family tree charts made accessible to descendents via this Website!
I have tried to set up "family-branch representatives" that would regularly forward info on the new descendents within their branches. Regretably, this goal never materialized so that the best I can say is that currently most info in the charts through Generation #5 is accurate; that the charts reflect well-over 100 Generation #6-ers; and that there are a handful of Generation #7 SB/CB descendents (including the great grandchildren of Judy/David Gold and Jesse/Frayda Shapiro).
To help make this project successful, we are relying on you, the SB/CB descendents, to provide new and/or missing information relating to your portions of the overall SB/CB genealogy.
So far, there has only been time to include directory and family-tree-chart information for a few of the six total branches. For completeness, however, here are the names/abbreviations for all six of the branches(which correspond to the six children of Samuel and Chieh -- eldest to youngest):
Alexander & Sarah Berman ("AS") Branch
Etta & Jacob Goldberg ("EJ") Branch
Ephraim & Hannah Berman ("EH") Branch
David & Etta Berman ("DE") Branch
Lenna & Meyer Lurie ("LM") Branch
Fanny & Isadore Sussman ("FI") Branch
We may eventually include charts, directories, and photos dealing with all of the branches...but this update continues to be centered only on the first four branches.
It was a pleasure to see the great turnout for our July 27th, 2008 picnic reunion at Minnehaha Park. A big thank-you goes out to Lyle Berman for funding the food; to Danny Schwartzman for catering the picnic; and to Betsy/Bradley Appelbaum, Ruth Berman and Merrill Goldberg -- for working closely with me on the "logistics" of securing the site, e-mailing invitations, preparing name-tags/signs, etcetera.
As I write this, my promised "mid-year update" is nearly complete and you will find included here latest family chart and directory updates as well as additional photos (easily-accessed through the included "PICTURE" link).
Please don't forget that in order to incorporate changes to any of your family information shown on the Website, that information must reach me in a timely manner and, preferably, through the family reps listed in my periodic e-mailings.
And with the start of Jewish New Year 5771 very close at hand, my family and I take the opportunity of wishing you all a "Shana Tovah Oom'tookah" a good and sweet year!
And now..."fasten your seatbelts" once more...and enjoy the NOW- UPDATED virtual ride down "Berman Geneology Lane"!!
[SHK 09/06/10 (Revised: 02/19/17)]