New Photo Upload for Website – with gallery & slideshow option, and image search

I have added a new tool called Photosmash for the Gureasko Heritage Site that will allow any family member to upload directly to this site. It will also show the images in a gallery or slideshow, and let you search for images with a particular tag (e.g. “Ruth” would show images that have been tagged with her name). I am just starting to learn how to set this up, and will let you know how to use it when I can.

Gureasko family photos now on Flickr

This post shows images of Ruth Gureasko Bobrow from the new Gureasko Family flickr account set up by Kimberly Bobrow Jennery.

On the Home page, you’ll only see thumbnails. Click the Continue Reading link to see the full post.

[slickr-flickr tag=”ruth”]

This test post shows a number of photos that were tagged “ruth”. Click on one, and it will show it larger. You may scan through the slides by clicking on the Next or Previous buttons (they show up when you move your mouse over the photo). You can also use the right arrow on your keyboard to move forward, or the left arrow to move to the previous photo. Click the close box or hit the Escape key to close the slides.

Kimberly has been using Flickr for all of her photos for a long time, and she has generously purchased an account for the family ($25 per year) that will allow unlimited photos to be uploaded. We’ll be trying out different ways to integrate the photos into the website.

I will email the family email list the login and password for this Flickr account, so you can upload photos whenever you wish. In addition to uploading, a very useful thing to do is to go through the photos and “tag” them with people’s names. That way one can easily search for and display all photos that are tagged “Ricky” (for example). I suggest we tag with first names to make it simple, except where there would be confusion.

– Ricky

TNG Family Tree is now set for private access

I realized that although access was controlled to the Family Tree page, that the TNG online system itself could be viewed directly by the public. To avoid any issues, I have made it necessary to login to the TNG program in order to view genealogy data.

When you click the Family Tree page, you’ll see the TNG Home view, and need to Login there (underneath Other Features) before it will show you anything. There is a checkbox to “Stay logged in on this computer” which may make it easier for the next time – try checking this when you enter your username and password.

If you have any problems logging in, please send an email to Kimberly, and she can make sure you have your login name and password set up properly. Also, if you want to edit the Family Tree direct

Links to various family tree lists (private post – login to view)

A few family members have shared PDF or Word files with family tree info. I have uploaded them so anyone interested may access them. This post is private, so only family members will see these links.

We will maintain this post with a complete set of links for any family tree documents that are submitted. If you have additional materials you’d like to share, please send them to Ricky or Kimberly.

Sandra Yoder
(Compiled around 2006)

Bob Auerhahn

Barry Berger

Compilation of the TNG family tree to date (March 29, 2010), text only, 3 pages, starting from Jacob Gurievski (Louis Gureasko’s father) – created by Eric (Ricky) Bobrow:

Email Archive now up and running

When you get a chance, please click the Email Archive link in the navigation menu in the upper left of this website. It will take you to the Google Group that I’ve set up for the Gureasko family. At this point, it’s publicly visible (if someone knows the name of the group), but I will make it password protected soon (you’ll need to login to view).

You can see there all the emails in the past couple of days that have been sent to the family email list. It’s quite nice to be able to view them as a collection, particularly since Google organizes them by subject. There are various options you can explore, including tree view, which shows how the responses and comments came in and their relation to each other.

This system does not incorporate earlier emails (from before the date I started the Google Group), much of which I manually summarized and posted directly here on the website. Emails sent via Posterous are not included either – I may be able to incorporate them, or may close down the Posterous service – I’m not sure at this point.

I’m very pleased with how things are taking shape! It’s exciting to hear all of your stories and recollections, and I’m very much looking forward to the photos and videos coming soon.

Much love to you all,
Eric (Ricky) Bobrow

The Family Tree is Online!

Kimberly Bobrow Jennery and her friend Kathryn have imported the family tree data into our online system. To view, click on the Family Tree page at the top left of your screen. Since this page is private (family members only), you’ll need to log in to the website with the user name and password that were emailed to you last week.

If you need any help logging in, please send an email to Kimberly and she can confirm or correct your user name and password.

To make corrections in the family tree data, please email Kimberly (if it’s a change you are certain about) or the family email list (if it’s a historical item that you’d like to ask others to confirm). If you prefer, you may request to edit the family tree directly; Kimberly can set you up for that.

In addition to simple data (e.g. name, birth and death dates and places, marriage and children, etc.) the system can compile and integrate photos, notes and citations. Please add whatever you can to make the record of our family heritage as rich and detailed as possible!

Eric (Ricky) Bobrow

OK, this time I’d like you to respond (a Gureasko request from Ricky)

ruth marty hilda


[Original picture was on Posterous site, which has now closed; so I’m putting up this beautiful picture instead.]

Hi Family –

I’m trying different methods to post to the new Gureasko website, and want to see how well this free Posterous service works. Let’s pretend this is a post about some family topic, and I’ve included a photo as an attachment. In this case, it’s a 3mb (fairly large) photo of Ruth and Marty in bathing suits, that Michael sent in one of his earlier uploads. Part of this test will be to see if the photo shows up in the Post on the website, and whether a version of it comes through in the email notification.

Now, as to your responses…

Does anyone know when and where this photo was taken? I’d guess it was early 30’s in Atlantic City, since I know that Marty was doing lots of stuff there at that time. However, it doesn’t show the Steel Pier, so it could have been anywhere. Also, judging by Marty’s hair and Mom’s figure, perhaps this was a little later in time, although this could be a bad guess.

I’d like to get a few responses from whoever cares to chime in. As part of the test, please (using the feature provided by Posterous) put your reply above the dashed line, right at the top of the email you receive. This should make your response show up as a “Comment” on the site rather than as a separate “Post”.

I’m interested in seeing whether these responses / comments are sent out to the family email list. My hope is that this service will make it easy to post by email, and respond via email, and collect everything nicely on the website.

Love to all,




Posted via email from Gureasko Website Post by Email

Should the whole Gureasko website be private?

I’d like to ask for your feedback about whether the site as a whole should be private, or only the genealogy (family tree) page, along with other posts that are specifically chosen to be private.

Michael posted a comment based on a personal experience he had when someone called him and tried to run a confidence game based on knowing some details about his background at Columbia University architecture:

  • “it should be private. we were unsuccessfully scammed based upon personal knowledge”

I’m not sure whether Michael wanted everything to be private, or just the parts I outlined, since his comment was so brief.

Please add your comments to this post and share your feelings about this topic.

— Ricky

The Steel Pier – Atlantic City, NJ

To all:

We already have the Steel Pier video on DVD. The Gureasko video needs to be screened first and then converted.

The Steel Pier Video covers a span of just over one decade from about 1929 to 1940 or so. It was shot by someone who worked at Bell Labs who was an early movie hobbyist. He came each summer and filmed whatever he saw. The water circus at Steel Pier in those days was where many of the great circus acts spent their summers. It was only later that this all moved to Sarasota and the Ringling Bros. crew. It includes clips of all the great circus acts of the 20’s and 30’s including high wire acts, animal acts in addition to the water circus acts. There are many shots of Uncle Marty in this on the diving horse and doing stunt work on boards while they were being towed by high speed motorboats. There is also a shot or two of him backstage.

This film is basically a compilation of out takes. As a result is a bit disjointed and sometimes repetitive but always fascinating. The edited film was put together for the owner of the Water Circus at Steel Pier. The out takes were given to a friend and fellow performer of Uncle Marty’s. This women was the sister of Uncle Marty’s predecessor; the performer who went blind (possibly as a result repetitive hitting the water ) during the horse diving act. Since the person on the diving horse was supposed to be a women, Uncle Marty went off dressed as a women. In one scene you will see that when he takes his bathing cap off there is long hair sewed into the back. I talked once to people in Atlantic City who have set up a museum showing artifacts of Steel Pier. They were not aware that a man ever went off on the diving horse.

Marty once told me that the way you could tell whether it was him or his predecessor on the horse was to see how they held themselves on the way down. According to him, she went down like a performer with her head held high (possibly a contributing factor as to why she went blind). He went down like a gymnast with his head buried in the horses mane. He also once told me that the greatest danger was not the fall or hitting the water, but making sure he was not kicked by the horse after they landed in the water.

The women who was the original custodian of the film used to do an act that featured her and a dog on a high speed towed board. I am not sure when she turned it over to him

Laura, your mother also has a copy of the DVD. You can see it when you visit her if you want.

Hope this is all interesting to you.