My grandfather was Harry Roisman. I believe the name to be ROIZMAN or ROJZMAN in the old country.
My grandfather came to the US in about 1900 from Kamenetz Podolski Russia/Poland. (Besserabia) He settled in Selma, Alabama and married my grandmother, Minnie Kalmanson. They had six kids - Max, Maurice, Isadore, Bess, Rose (my mother) and Harper. Only the latter is still alive, and at age 86 is a working actor. The family left Alabama in about 1925, moved to Hollywood and shortly thereafter began a vaudeville act called "Roismans Alabamians". It was comprised of the six children who all played an instrument and sang and danced. They were quite popular and played with such notables as Bob Hope. They toured the country for about ten years.
Dr. Jeremy Stone, who is the Director of the Federation of American Scientists in Washington D. C., is a ROISMAN through his mother. He has done extensive research on the ROISMAN name and located five Roisman families in America of some size and discovered that they originate roughly with five small towns within a circle of radius approximately 50 miles on what is now the Russian side of the Russian-Rumanian border in the part of the Moldavian Ukraine called Bessarabia.
I have made some contact with other Roismans throughout the country and the world, (Israel, Argentina, Ukraine, Australia, U. K.) but I cannot seem to find out how I am related, and who my great grandparents were. I would also like to know if my grandfather left brothers and sisters in Europe. I found some reference to the fact he may have been one of 16 children.
Are we related?
I would be happy to share what I have learned thus far. Please contact me by e mail or letter. I would love to hear from you.
Hermosa Beach, California USA