Ohan Yergainharsian
Leo van der Plas
Vartouhi Koukeian
         I   was   very   happy   to   see   your   Armenian   Jerusalem   website   and   a   page   devoted   to Armenian   ceramics.   I   am   the   granddaughter   of   David   Ohannessian   and   for   the   last   6-7 years, I have been researching his life and work and am currently writing his biography.          Here   is   a   recent   article   I   wrote   on   the   subject   of   the   establishment   of Armenian   ceramics in Jerusalem:    http://www.stambouline.com/2015/12/from-kutahya-to-al-quds.html          Additionally,   next   year,   I   will   have   a   chapter   entitled   "David   Ohannessian   and   the Armenian   Ceramics   of   Jerusalem"   published   in   a   French   volume   on   Armenian   Jerusalem, edited   by   the   Armenian   art   historians   Dickran   Kouymjian,   Patrick   Donabédian,   and   Claude Mutafian.          The Armenian   ceramics   tradition   of   Jerusalem   is   a   noble   art,   to   which   many   parties   have made   major   contributions.   Let's   honor   all   of   them   by   meticulous   attention   to   the   history   of the art, as the Sandrouni family and others have done.    (July 6, 2016) More

Sato Moughalian

Armenian Jerusalem
Illustrated manuscript

 Arpi Hovaguimian

Dear Arthur,             I   decided   to   write   a   book   (for   the   family)   about   its   history.   This   means   that   I   will   be writing   stories   about   the   people   who   have   come   before   me   and   of   course   include   pictures. This   will   take   time.   Like   all   of   us,   I   am   the   descendant   of   many   of   the   Jerusalem   families   so it   will   be   about   more   than   the   Hovaguimians   and   the   Babigians   (female   lines   will   be   included as   much   as   possible).   I   will   keep   you   informed   of   my   progress   as   this   might   be   pertinent   to others from Jerusalem.             Unfortunately,   I   have   not   started   work   on   the   project   as   I   got   distracted   by   work obligations,   but   I   know   I   will   do   it   because   I   think   it   is   important   to   preserve   the   history   in writing.   How   I   wish   I   had   something   from   those   who   came   before   me.   Fortunately,   my   father is   a   good   story   teller   so   I   have   many   stories   and   I   also   know   the   family   tree   well   going   back four   generations   on   both   sides.   More   importantly,   I   noticed   that   the   new   generation   is interested in knowing their history which fuels my motivation to put it all down in writing.             I   am   away   on   a   business   trip.   When   I   return   home,   I   will   look   through   my   photos   and   send you   at   least   some   pictures   with   names.   Your   email   gives   me   the   push   to   get   started.   Thank you for that.     All Best Wishes,     Arpi Hovaguimian    (November 08, 2014)    Donna Binberg Greetings,                I   just   learned   of   your   interesting   kaghakatsi   Armenian   Family   Tree   Project   from   Dick Eastman's online genealogy blog http://blog.eogn.com/eastmans_online_genealogy/2008/07/armenian-patria.html                Being   an   amateur   genealogist   with   one-half   of   my   ancestry   being   Jewish,   I   was   interested in   seeing   what   names   might   be   in   the   Jerusalem   kaghakatsi   tree.      Additionally,   one   of   my friends   is   of   Armenian   descent;   and   I   had   hoped   to   be   able   to   do   a   quick   search   on   his surname   so   I   could   let   him   know   if   I   found   something.      I   was   dismayed   to   see   that   only   those involved in the project or those having a name in the database may view the database.                I   understand   your   concerns   about   privacy   and   security   for   your   community.      The   Jewish community   has   the   same   problem,   as   you   know.      However,   there   may   be   genealogists, working   on   behalf   of   Armenian   clients,   who   will   not   be   able   to   perform   this   part   of   their investigation with these restrictions in place.                I   would   like   to   make   a   suggestion   that   may   get   around   this   impasse.      You   could   adopt   the same   mechanisms   that   Jewishgen.org   has   implemented.      Simplistically,   the   major   names databases in JewishGen have been made searchable online, but one must register in order to search.      The   databases   are   not   "grabbable"   by   those   who   may   wish   to   peel   off   names   and other   information   for   undesirable   purposes.      If   your   database   were   to   be   offered   online   in this   way,   rather   than   as   a   download-able   PDF   document   listing   all   names   and   related information   wholesale,   the   database   might   be   of   more   use   to   many   more   people   than   it   is currently.      You   might   go   to   JewishGen.org   and   register   (no   fee   is   involved)   to   see   how   their main   databases,   such   as   the   JewishGen   Family   Finder,   work.      I   have   been   part   of   the JewishGen    community    for    about    14    years,    and    I    have    never    heard    of    a    problem    in presentation of data in this way.                My   suggestion   is   offered   simply   to   advance   and   encourage   genealogical   research.      I   am not   a   professional   researcher   profiting   from   genealogical   research.      I   am   a   professional systems    librarian    with    34    years    experience    who    is    also    an    experienced    genealogical researcher.      I   occasionally   help   people   with   varying   ancestries   find   information   about   their family origins, and so I have a broad interest in the genealogy of all ethnic groups.                I   also   want   to   compliment   you   on   the   opening   Flash   presentation   to   your   website.      It   is most   attractive!      I   usually   skip   those   types   of   intros,   but   your   was   lovely   and   I   stayed   to watch.     Additionally,   I   see   much   information   about   this   particular   Jerusalem   community,   and I plan to return to your website to read and learn more.      Thank you.      Regards,      Donna Dinberg      Ottawa, Ontario, Canada      blacknus@rogers.com While   we   appreciate   the   interest   generated   over   our   website,   we   remain   bound   by   the   dictates   of our   charter:   the   kaghakatsi   Family   Tree   Project   is   an   effort   to   preserve   the   history   and   culture   of   this community,   not   to   publish   family   details   of   community   members.   The   family   tree   database   belongs   to the   kaghakatsis   -   and   until   such   time   as   they   decide   to   make   it   accessible,   it   must,   regrettably,   remain private. Editor      Dear Arthur,        First   let   me   congratulate   you   on   a   job   well   done.   I   am   delighted   with   the   idea   and   also the execution.      I myself was born in Jerusalem and my family lived there from 1927-1990's.        We   lived   in   the   Convent   and   my   grandfather   was   a   Brother   of   the   St.   James   Brotherhood (his name was the same as mine, Hovhannes Yergainharsian).        I   understand   that   the   Patriarchate   is   also   recording   family   trees   on   CD   and   was   wondering why   these   and   the   kaghakatsi   records   are   not   combined?   Are   we   not   the   same   community i.e.   Armenians   in   Jerusalem?   Furthermore,   why   aren't   the   Patriarchate   records   on   the   net? Why just CD's?        I   really   would   like   to   see   my   own   family   tree   records   updated   and   also   trace   long   lost friends and relations. This kind of website would be of immense help.        Congratulations   again   and   well   done.   If   I   can   be   of   any   help   please   do   not   hesitate   to contact me.      Kind Regards      Ohan Yergainharsian      Sona Nutrition Ltd.      www.Sona.ie We    are    thinking    of    devoting    a    section    to    our    Jerusalem    Vanketzi    cousins,    inviting    comments, photographs,   archives,   reminiscences,   but   there   really   is   no   scope   at   the   kaghakatsi   Family   Tree project   for   a   Vanketzi   family   tree   database.   Those   families   are   not   inter-related   -   each   family   would have   to   have   its   own   personal   tree. All   we   can   do   in   such   a   case   is   to   provide   technical   advice   and   assistance. Please   note   Patriarchate   records   are   private   and   confidential   and   can   not   be   published   on   the   net.   Also,   no CD's are disseminated. Editor        Joyce Bivin     Greetings, Just   found   your   very   interesting   site   and   am   looking   forward   to   really   studying   it.   I have   two   great   grandparents   who   made   a   pilgrimage   to   Jerusalem   and   am   wondering   if   it   is possible   to   find   the   records   of   having   been   here.   I   can   give   correct   names   and   possible   dates of   their   journeys.   I   am   working   on   the   history   of   our   family   tree   which   goes   way   back   in Russia and Turkey.      I will appreciate your comments.      Joyce Bivin Because   our   particular   charter,   we   are   confined   to   researching   and   preserving   only   records   of   the kaghakatsi   Armenian   community   of   Jerusalem   and   their   descendants.   If   your   grandparents   have   any kaghakatsi connections, we would love to hear more about them. Editor      Hello,                     I   am   Dutch,   married   to   a   girl   from   Indonesia.   Her   family   name   is   Isaaks,   and   there   is   a family   story   that   their   family   has   Armenian   roots.   We   once   found   a   jeweler   in   Rhodos   with the   same   family   name   and   he   said   he   was   Armenian!  Maybe   others   of   that   name   also travelled to Jerusalem!   So, if you find anything about that name, please inform me.       Kind regards         Leo van der Plas The   kaghakatsi   Family   Tree   project   is   concerned   only   with   preserving   the   records   of   the   kaghakatsi Armenian   community   of   Jerusalem.   If   your   wife's   family   has   any   connection   to   this   community,   we would love to hear from her. Editor   Noel Montgomery Elliot     Greetings!       I   have   just   seen   your   kaghakatsi.org   website   and   I   applaud   this   wonderful   effort.        However,   when   I   clicked   to   register   and   obtain   a   "key",   the   page   was   empty   -   completely blank.       I   am   Director   of   Research   for   The   Genealogical   Research   Library   in   Canada.   I   would like   to   be   able   to   contribute   some   work   towards   your   website,   and   of   course   also   have   a "key" to browse through your database.        We   have   records   spanning   several   countries   in   Europe   (Poland,   Hungary,   and   Russia)   as well   as   Canada.   We   could,   for   example,   prepare   a   database   to   contribute   details   of   some Armenians   in   these   and   many   other   countries,   if   we   had   a   list   of   Armenian   surnames.   Could you provide us with such a list?        Please   advise   in   some   way   that   we   could   contribute,   and   share   in   this   great   effort.   We would be open to any kind of exchange as well, if desired.     Thank you!      Noel Montgomery Elliot,     Director of Research         The Genealogical Research Library         www.grl.com Thank    you    for    your    encouragement    and    for    your    interest    in    our    project.    We    would    value    your contribution.   However,   please   note   our   field   is   confined   to   the   kaghakatsi   Armenian   community   of Jerusalem.   While   the   website   is   accessible   to   all,   genealogical   records   of   community   members   can   be viewed   only   by   them.    Unfortunately,   at   the   moment,   we   cannot   share   our   database   with   any   other genealogical   library.   If   you   have   any   information   regarding   the   kaghakatsi   Armenians   of   Jerusalem,   or   their descendants, we would appreciate hearing from you again. Editor   Jirair Tutunjian       Vanketzis   should   start   their   own   photo   library.   I   would   love   to   see   one   site,   one   collection, one    archive,    combining    our    one    community    [kaghakatsis    and    Vanketzis].    Besides,    it's impossible   to   have   separate   archives   since   we   loved   cheek   by   jowl,   intermarried,   went   to school   together   and   are   in   the   same   group   photographs.   And   yes,   we   are   both   Jerusalemite Armenians.        We   could   all   email   our   pictures   to   someone   who   would   undertake   -   as   the   kaghakatsis have   thankfully   done   -   to   download   and   to   organize   them.   A   project   like   this   can   get financial   support   from   the   political   parties,   churches,   people   like   Kirkorian,   the   Gulbenkian Foundation,   AGBU,   even   the   Republic   of   Armenia.   If   these   photos   are   not   collected   and classified,   they   will   disappear   (I   am   sure   many   already   have)   within   a   generation   or   two. That would a disgrace and vast loss.      The question is this: Who will come forward to take over this precious project?      Jirair Tutunjian   Ararat Foundation            As   You   may   know, Armen Ayvazyan,   doctor   of   political   science   and   history   and   director   of “   Ararat   “   Center   for   Strategic   Research   in   Yerevan   is   in   Los   Angeles   to   speak   in   a   series   of public   lectures   on   “   The   Fundamentals   of   Armenian   Identity   or   Who   Is   An   Armenian?   “   and present in detail information on daily operation and activities of “Ararat” Center.                Dr. Ayvazyan   ,   during   this   visit,      has   also   appeared   on   numerous   television   programs   in   Los Angeles   and   spoke   on   Armenian   strategic   thought,   foreign   media   coverage   of   Armenian issues,   internal   situation   in   Armenia,   Azerbaijani   &   Turkish   media   propaganda,   Armenian issues, Armenian military history and the Armenian identity.      We hope that you will find these television video clip interviews interesting.      The interviews are in Armenian language. Video #1 :                Armenian   strategic   thought,   foreign   media   coverage   of   Armenian   issues   and   internal situation in Armenia. Video #2:                  Activities   of   “Ararat”   Center   for   Strategic   Research,   Azerbaijani   &   Turkish   media propaganda and Armenian issues. Video #3:        Armenian military history and the Armenian identity.      Ararat  Foundation We    are    thinking    of    devoting    a    section    to    our    Jerusalem    Vanketsi    cousins,    inviting    comments, photographs,   archives,   reminiscences,   but   there   really   is   no   scope   at   the   kaghakatsi   Family   Tree project   for   a   Vanketsi   family   tree   database.   Few   of   these   families   are   inter-related   -   each   family would   have   to   have   its   own   personal   tree.   All   we   can   do   in   such   a   case   is   to   provide   technical   advice   and assistance.  Editor   Dear Sir,        For   the   accuracy   of   the   article   "kaghakatsi   conscripts   in   Ottoman   army"   under   the   section of   "Tales   and   anecdotes   -   delightful   episodes   from   the   colorful   saga   of   the   kaghakatsis,"   I would like to correct certain inputs in this article:        1-   the   context:   "Among   the   escapees   was   Hovagim   Sahagian   (Abu   Ishaq),   who   sought refuge   in   an   old   mill   at   the   Wad   el   Quilt   resort   near   Jericho."   The   real   name   is   not   Hovagim Sahagian but Hovagim Koukeian.        2- The   context:   "During   the   1948 Arab-Israeli   war,   he   suffered   an   irreparable   loss   with   the death   of   his   son   Ishaq   and   his   daughter-in-law"   is   not   fully   correct.   Ishaq   is   actually   his stepson,   the   son   of   his   wife   Nour   who   was   previously   married   to   a   Sahagian   and   hence   the surname    of    the    son,    Sahagian,    therefore    Nevart    is    not    his    granddaughter    but    the granddaughter of Hovagim's wife Nour.      Hope to see the correction next time I read this article.      Regards,      Vartouhi Koukeian      (Aug 26, 2008) Thank   you,   Vartouhi,   for   pointing   these   out   to   us.   The   corrections   have   been   made. As   we   get   closely identical   material   from   different   sources,   it   is   possible   that   sometimes   the   information   varies.   It   is thanks to good people like you who alert us to inconsistencies that we can set things right. Editor  
This project has been supported by the Gulbenkian philanthropic Foundation, the Armenian Patriarchate of Jerusalem, and members of the worldwide Armenian community. Reproductions of the genealogical documents [domar’s] are courtesy Photo Garo, Jerusalem. Copyright © 2007 Arthur Hagopian
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