Re: Question

Dick Plotz <Dick@...>

The last GerSIG digest was for October 7. There have been no posts to
GerSIG since then.

Dick Plotz
Providence RI USA

On Sun, Oct 13, 2019 at 10:40 PM Terese B. Deboo via
Groups.Jewishgen.Org <> wrote:

I have still not received any SIG emails. The last GERSIG I received, for instance, was October 7. It is difficult to believe that this is because there have been no ERSIG emails.

Password etc

Renate Rosenau



I transliterated and translated VM 75434, but I was not able to send it.

I was not able to use View/Reply online.

I do not have a password.

I have sent you my new eMail-address RRoAZ@..., but that is not yet in your system.


So I send my translation to VM this way, hoping to get fully into the new system soon.


Renate Rosenau, Alzey, Germany

ID 75502, AGNES

Re: Multiple digests

Dick Plotz <Dick@...>

There is no "daily digest" option. It is a "Daily Summary", which is
roughly comparable to the "Index" option under Lyris (the previous
platform). It provides a listing of subject lines only, along with the
names (or part of the e-mail address for those who don't provide their
names) of the contributors for each subject line. Since many subject
lines are meaningless, this doesn't help at all. (the new platform) offers many other types of subscription
besides the four we are currently presented with. Some of them were
briefly displayed during the beta testing period. Perhaps there is one
that is closer to the old Lyris digests. If that were presented to us
as an option, it would be an improvement. I don't believe there is any
overhead to adding an option. Of course, if 50 new options were all
presented, that would be too confusing, but adding a few selected
options might be helpful. A true daily digest -- one e-mail each
morning with the full text of every post from the previous day and the
name and e-mail address of the sender to allow private replies --
would be a good start.

Dick Plotz
Providence RI USA

On Sun, Oct 13, 2019 at 11:37 PM <fb645@...> wrote:

Go to your settings and switch your settings from full-featured digest to daily digest. See attached snip.

Re: Digest - Solved!


The only way I see to get rid of the multiple digests/day (which is a
real pain) is to select Daily Summary, which I did. It appears to
summarize posts /from the day before/. Won't know until tomorrow.


Re: Stop the daily digests


I managed to stop multiple emails. I use Gmail. At the bottom of the mail there is a button that says Home. Click on that and it will take you a site where you can manage your subscriptions, I chose daily summary. Hope this helps. There is a Hebrew expression that states "all beginnings are difficult".

Re: Hebrew/Russian translation requested

Vered Dayan

Hi Judy, Those Hebrew letters are actually Yiddish. You should change your message's headline, so Yiddish speakers will know they are asked to help.

Searching EPEL family Lithuania/Latvia

luciana gandelman

Hello Judith Dimond,
I am rather new to jewishgen. I have noticed that you are searching the Epel family in Lithuania. I am searching the Epel family in Latvia, but have just learned that my great-great-grandfather (Orel Epel) was born in Lithuania. So I would also like to search for family information in Lithuania. 
Maybe we could exchange information? 

I would love to hear from you.
Best regards,

EPEL and ABRAMOVITCH in Riga (Latvia)
GANDELMAN (Trinca in Moldava)

Reminder: (US) National Archives Hosts Virtual Genealogy Fair October 23, 2019 Free and Online

Jan Meisels Allen



The (US) National Archives will host their 7th annual live virtual Genealogy Fair via a webcast on their YouTube Channel (  This is their biggest genealogy event of the year!  This year there will be sessions on preserving personal collections; using records on immigration, World War l, soldiers and marines; Homestead Act and more.


Date and Time:  October 23, 2019  10 AM EDT  ( use to convert to your local time)


In addition to the YouTube station (see URL above) you can visit the webpage  For more information and handouts will be available just prior to the event on this webpage.


Participants can watch individual sessions, download materials, ask questions, and interact with presenters and other family historians. No need to register - just click and view! If you can’t make it on October 23 the videos and handouts will remain available after the event.


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


Re: Digest - Solved!

Danielle Weiner

Thanks, Peggy! 


Danielle Weiner
Dallas, TX

New format

Patricia Kreel

I like the new format and have learned about new sites as I had no idea of the Reunion site.  

Re: Hebrew/Russian translation requested

Linda Kelley

Hi, Judy,
The top paragraph might be in Yiddish.
The bottom paragraph mentions the date 29 July, 1947. Possibly the top was written by an older person, and the bottom was written by a younger person who was educated in Russian.
(I don’t know either language.)
Linda Wolfe Kelley

Comments about format change

Dahn Cukier

A few comments and a suggestion

suggestion: Shorten the [] title to 2 or 3 characters
so the subject can be seen.

Comment: People do not like change

Comment: The new format may be intuitive for a software or computer literate
person, but most members of JG are interested in genealogy not
computers. e don't mind turning thousands of pages in a state archive,
but do mind following various  links to find how to ask or respond to posts.

Comment: Change is disruptive and many messages will be missed until
people are comfortable with a new format.

Re: New JewishGen platform


Joan B. expressed my sentiments perfectly.  I am still willing to learn my way around the new system, but long for the ease of former setup.  Good thing that together we can work out bugs and smooth [add/ delete] features on this before messing around with the SIGs.  [Like other users, I seem to have 'lost' all SIG Ukraine contact.]

I understand the need for upgrades for public use and updating the inner workings of the software.  Maybe it is too much in one bite?
Thanks to the many volunteers who have been active for years, I have a lifetime of archived threads to comb for clues and info.  ")

Re: Digest

Joan Edelstein

The numerous digest is definitely a glitch that needs to be fixed. I was unable to find a way to switch to daily summary in my account under manage my subscriptions or under HELP. So I sent an email for help and got an automated response, including how to switch to daily summary with a email.

I emailed for a daily summary, and it turns out that’s what I’m already getting. However, I have now gotten something like seven digests today. This is the email that I received:


We have received a request to change your email delivery settings for the Your current setting is "Summary" and the request is to change it to "Summary" . If this is correct, please just reply to this email and your email delivery setting will be changed promptly.

If you did not request this, please accept our apologies and ignore this message. Your email delivery setting will not be changed.

The Team

Re: SS5 Question for Immigrants #usa #poland

Danielle Weiner


Are you certain that you had to be a naturalized citizen to receive a SS#?  My father received his SS# in 1936.  It states he was born in St. Louis, MO but he was actually born in Vilna in 1908 - I found his birth record after researching a Vilna birth index.  I have other paperwork (like marriage licenses and Armed Services documents) where he claimed to have been born in St. Louis.  I imagine many immigrants made such claims for various reasons at some point after spending some time in this country.  I have never been able to find any evidence of naturalization or petition for naturalization for him in public records, so I believe he might very well have received a SS# without proof of citizenship.  I doubt seriously that he had a birth certificate either, having come to this country in 1922 at the age of 13 with his grandparents.  I am not so sure proof of naturalization/citizenship was required in the early days of Social Security administration.

Danielle Weiner
Dallas, TX

Searching:  Vainerovich, Geler, Berenshtein, Burshtein, Rabinovicz, Cykinski, Fin, Gurwicz, Jablonowski, Kamionsky, Kotlovsky, Levit, Merkel, Okun, Shibovsky, Shimanovich, Stziplevsky, Szejman, Szesol, Taub, Winogron, Zalkind, Zetler

Known locations:  Vilna (Vilnius), Butrimonys, Rudamina (Vilna gubernia), Anyksciai

Re: Discussion Group - Digest #1

Ina Getzoff

I am torn between liking the new format and wanting to go back to the old format but am willing to wait and see how this will work out. As Nicole has pointed out-more members seem to like the new format over the old.

Ina Getzoff
Delray Beach, Fla.

Re: so many digests

Ed Goldberg

The reason why there are so many digests is because so many people keep on complaining about the number of digests! If people stopped complaining and posting their complaints the number of digests would drop - it's quite simple really

Re: Discussion Group - Digest #1 - responding to the new format

Odeda Zlotnick

Deborah Scheimer

I'm also happy with the new version of the discussion group. I think it has a very clean interface.  I use Google Chrome. Great Job,  team!

- Deb Scheimer

I agree.  Google Chrome here as well.

Odeda Zlotnick

Re: receiving multiple digests and duplicate emails

Shelley Mitchell

I don’t have an option to switch to daily so I sent a message to Help asking them to do it. Hope it works.

There is a daily option. Please go to your individual page and note how you want message delivery (see example below)

Email Delivery

Individual Messages You will receive each message in an individual email. Full Featured Digest Group up to 12 messages together as one email instead of being sent individually (rich formatting). Daily Summary A daily summary, delivered in the morning, of the group's messages from the previous day. Special Notices Only You will only receive special notices from the moderators.

Re: Multiple digests


But the daily summary is only a list of subjects, the full messages are not included.
Michael Tobias

Sent from my Samsung S9+

Moderator Note: If you "hit" the subject, you will see all of the messages associated with it

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