Our father, John K Goldberg, was born in Kansas City, but his family is from present-day Lithuania.
We do not have many photos of our family when they lived in Lithuania, but a recent discovery revealed new Lithuanian family photos. If you are related to one of the Goldberg-Ginsberg-Plotkin-Block families, please contact us for more information on these photos.
The photos on this page are divided (roughly) into three sections, separated by background color of photo.
John K. GOLDBERG as a toddler, perhaps around 1911. He appears to be wearing a white cotton dress, which toddler boys wore at that time.
John K. GOLDBERG, (name in red) as a boy, with his brother Saul behind him. We do not know the identities of the other children, probably born between 1905 and 1918, living in Kansas City, Missouri.
John K. GOLDBERG, like so many of his ancestors and descendants, loved dogs. This photo was taken around 1930 in Kansas City, Missouri.
Another of John K's beloved dogs. Yes, we have considered creating a page for the animal companions (aka pets) of the Goldberg-Cohen family. If we do this, we will add some photos of living animals since no ancestors are photographed with cats. And as everyone should know, cats rule!
John K with his dog and first cousin Nate GINSBERG. Nate's dad Edward GINSBERG, and John K's mother Annie GINSBERG, are brother and sister. We have another photo of Nate in the GINSBERG section with some information about him.
John K. with sisters or friends around 1930 in Kansas City, Missouri. We think the woman on the lower right might be his sister Helen.
Kansas City's Owl Club in 1931. John K. GOLDBERG, seated at the head of the table (far end) is the only person we can identify. Do you know any of these people, probably born between 1900 - 1913? We may create a separate page for this photo if we can identify the other people.
John K. GOLDBERG marries Margot COHEN to start the GOLDBERG COHEN family! They were married in a synagogue in Kansas City, Missouri with Margot wearing a lovely pink dress, which we own.
Harry GOLDBERG, John K's father taken in the 1920s. He had two brothers, Max GOLDBERG and Simon J. PLOTKIN; 4 half-brothers and sisters, Sarah GOLDBERG LAPIN, Benjamin GOLDBERG, Ida GOLDBERG, and Frieda (Fay) GOLDBERG MILLER. The half-siblings are from two different mothers who were probably cousins.
Sarah GOLDBERG LAPIN with husband Morris LAPIN. Sarah and Morris had three children, Howard, Louise, and Raymond LAPIN.
Louise LAPIN HAINES with husband Bernie, 1950s. Louise provided some valuable information for this website.
(l to r)Harry GOLDBERG's brother Simon Jacob PLOTKIN, had three children. This photograph includes two of the children. From L to R:Sam PLOTKIN, Annie Mae PLOTKIN KAMIN, Eva and Moses KAMIN. Moses is Annie's husband and Eva is his mother. The PLOTKIN families lived in eastern Pennsylvania before settling in the Akron, Ohio area.
Harry's brother Dr. Max GOLDBERG had five sons. Max's son, Dr.Benjamin GOLDBERG, was known for tuberculosis research and is in this photo. He donated money to the University of Illinois, Chicago, where we believe a building is named after him (Benjamin Goldberg Research Center).
Another of Max's five sons was Israel /Isadore ("Izz") GOLDBERG, who is in this photograph. He married Fannie KRASSNER, one of eight sisters. Many of the KRASSNER sisters are known for their dance and dramatic arts school in Chicago.(Thanks to S.Wasserman for photo).
Max Goldberg and his wife Clara Reingold. From his obitary we know he was a gifted Yeshiva student in Lithuania who became a respected physician in Chicago; he was known for his musical talent, too. We don't know much about Clara, but she did spend time in Jerusalem before Israel became a state.>(Thanks to S.Le Corvec for photo).
From l to r, Arnold GOLDBERG, Harry, and Annie GINSBERG GOLDBERG, in their Kansas City home in the 1940s. Arnold, is Harry and Annie's oldest son.
Harry and Annie's children + their families, 1950s, l to r, Wilma (wife of son Leonard), Barbara (wife of son Saul) , Minnie (daughter), Marcia (grand-daughter), Louise (daughter), Helen (daughter).
Harry GOLDBERG with three of his six grandchildren, from L to R: Marcia, Ken, and Barry in the 1940s.
Photo of Harry B. GOLDBERG and Annie GINSBERG GOLDBERG about 1948 on the porch of their house at 2836 Main Street in Kansas City, Missouri.
Harry Goldberg's father, Louis GOLDBERG, lived in Chicago after immigrating to the US and is buried at Waldheim in Chicago.
Tombstone of Harry B. GOLDBERG and Mary Anna GINSBERG, at Sheffield Cemetery in Kansas City, Missouri. Harry's Hebrew name on the tombstone reads Reb Tzvi Dov son of Reb Yehuda Leib GOLDBERG. Mary Anna's Hebrew name is Mera Hinda daughter of Yitzchak Aryeh GOLDBERG. Mary Anna's inscription has mistakes.
Mary Anna or Annie GINSBERG GOLDBERG is John K's mother and Harry GOLDBERG's wife. She had one brother, Edward, and a sister, Ida. Her parents were Katie and Mark GINSBERG. In this photo taken in Kansas City, she appears to be in her twenties. Annie was born in present-day Lithuania in 1875.
We found this old photo and wonder if the woman could be Annie GINSBERG, who worked in a button factory in Kansas City. We're not sure of the year of the photo or whether the boy's outfit is a costume.
Tombstone of Katie GINSBERG (Annie's mother)reads, ""The modest Mrs. Kaila Chaya daughter of Zusman GINSBERG passed away 23rd of Nissan 5684". We think her father's name was Zusa MANDELSTEIN, not GINSBERG.
THANK YOU to Martha Yager from FindaGrave.com for the photo.
Mark GINSBERG, Katie's husband, father of Edward, Ida, and Annie. His grave states his given name, Menachem Mendel.
THANK YOU to KAB from FindaGrave.com for the photo.
We found this passport and photo document on Family Search website of Nate GINSBERG, son of Edward GINSBERG, Annie's brother. We're told that Nate was involved in atomic research during WW2, but have no other information. He was born in Kansas City and died in 2007 in the Washington, D.C. area. His mother was from the BISKIND family living in Cleveland.
Solomon GINSBERG, b. in 1865 in Lithuania is a cousin of the Kansas City GINSBERG family -- Mark GINSBERG'S first cousin or brother. Solomon lived in Cleveland, then Kansas City. We believe his wife Yetta died in 1907 in Denver; they had five children.Thank you to Solomon's granddaughter Eileen and great-grandson Todd for the three photos of Solomon.
Solomon Ginsberg's tombstone at Sheffield in Kansas City.
THANK YOU to Pat N from FindaGrave.com for the photo.
Harry H BLENDER, married to Blanche GINSBERG, celebrated his birthday in 1928 at Swope Park in Kansas City. A group portrait of many members of one of our GINSBERG families is in the photo, the children of Jehudah and Chaya Sarah LENTZNER. Jehudah and Sarah had four children, David M, Annie, Ida, and Sol GINSBERG. We are beginning to identify some of the family, but not everyone, so contact us if you can help. (Thanks to Eileen and Todd for this photo).
More photos will be added - please check back!