Sam Schleman does not take retirement lying down. While many people consider retirement as a time to relax, Sam has done just the opposite and has become one of the vital forces behind the scenes at JewishGen.
Over the past five years, Sam has coordinated the Hungarian Vital Records Project.
At any one time, Sam will have between 100-125 people from eighteen different countries transcribing records. In the time he has been on this project, about 400,000 records have been transcribed. Prior to this project, Sam worked on the JewishGen Online Worldwide Burial Registry (JOWBR), compiled Borislav Forced labor lists, and transcribed Hungarian vital records.
Despite all these translations, Sam speaks no Hungarian. He admits he has picked up a lot of words from working with the records, but admits he is sometimes accused of mispronouncing Hungarian “…worse than anyone alive.”
Sam became interested in his roots about 8 or 9 years ago when out of the blue, he received an email inquiring if he had relatives who had lived the Bronx. The woman who wrote explained her grandmother had lived in the same house with a "Nathan Schleman." Sam had never heard of him and neither had his sister or cousins. He soon found out that Nathan Schleman was his great-grandfather! From that moment on, he was hooked.
Sam Schleman lives in Malvern, PA, a suburb of Philadelphia. He has been married for 41 years has three grown children, two grandchildren, and Bruno, an enormous 190 pound Great Dane, “the gentlest dog alive.”
Before retiring, Sam was a management consultant specializing in solving business problems and in the management of projects, usually having to do with computer systems and/or operations improvement.
We are grateful that Sam has turned his problem-solving and management expertise towards working on JewishGen’s Hungarian Vital Records.
Sam, JewishGen thanks you for all your hard work!
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