Re: Date of Birth input into databases

Bella Tseytlin

Thank you for the advice, unfortunately as far as I know,  non of my folk left Eastern Europe. 


Re: New site/app for searching graves in Israel #israel

Odeda Zlotnick

I was able to find the graves of several of my family members.  I did put in the names that I was looking for in English, and it found them even though there was only a Hebrew name on the stone.  So, I would guess that the site does, at least,some conversion from English to Hebrew.j
That's interesting - it must be either name dependent, or cemetery dependent.
Both names I searched for yesterday were in the Kfar Saba cemetery.
I checked today :
Searched for my aunt who was buried in Haifa and has a Hebrew surname and give name with a single transliteration  - and found her grave.
Searched for my Dad, buried in Jerusalem but only found his grave after I misspelled the surname: "Zlotnik" worked, "Zlotnick" (correct speling for our family) did not.
I found a Koenig, in Jerusalem (not a family member),
But did not find any Mendelowitch, (of which there more than 250 in Hebrew) not matter how I tried to spell it in Latin letters.

Conclusion: It depends on the name - and how (or if) it was transliterated 


Re: Paneveyzys. Lithuania.

Carol Hoffman

Gordon Shalom,

A quick search of the ALD (All Lithuania Database) of LitvakSIG will show your grandparent's marriage from1897 record. If you continue to search you will probably find more family members.

Happy surfing!

Carol Hoffman
Tel Aviv

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Re: Date of Birth input into databases

Bella Tseytlin

God Bless you, Russ Maurer!

Many Thanks.

ps (are we allowed to say God bless...!?)

Re: who are or where is Bialostoker #poland

Jane Foss

Bialystoker shul on lower east side. Grand St. Alao benevolent society

Re: Family Names at end of e-mails?

Sally Bruckheimer <sallybruc@...>

If I added the surnames I seek, there would be thousands. Generally your location is added, and up to 6 lines of names.

Sally Bruckheimer
Princeton, NJ

ViewMate translation request - Yiddish on back of photo


Dear friends,
I'm hoping somebody can help me translate a Yiddish note on the back of a
postcard. It is on ViewMate at the following address:
Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page.

Thank you so much.
Sheree Roth
Palo Alto, CA

Re: Date of Birth input into databases


Thank you for the replies.My Grandfather we believe came from Vilnius.He left presumably to escape conscription in the Russian Army.He walked across Europe with his younger sister playing his violin on street corners to survive.At that time passports were not compulsory and it was easy to enter England without any real documentation.Which I am fairly certain he did.I wonder how many East European Jews were ever officially registered in any meaningful and traceable way.

I have done a Y-Dna test and know his haplogroup JM-172 and have identified chromosome sequences with a number of people,some suggesting we may have had a common great or great-great grandparent.I don’t know why,but sadly it is very rare for anyone to reply to emails for information.I keep hoping in this endless frustrating search that the missing piece of the Jig saw puzzle will just appear.This is not a topic for this forum.I merely mention it to say how grateful I am for the speedy replies to my request for help.

Family Names at end of e-mails?

Kenneth Packer

I noticed that the e-mails in this new format, which I like, do not have lists of family names that members are looking for.  Didn't we have that in the old format?  It was very helpful in finding possible cousin matches from people we have not talked to before.  Or am I confusing that with geographic sig e-mails?
Ken Packer

Re: Aleph Yud - what does it mean?

Debbie Lifshitz

If the acronym was in the census, it stands for Eretz Yisrael, or Land of Israel.
During the British Mandate (1917 -1948), Jews were allowed to refer to Palestine as Eretz Yisrael. 1932 would fall into that period.
Hope this helps,
Debbie Lifschitz


Amit N

Dear all,

I am trying to crack open a black hole, with no luck so far.
My grandmother's uncle was married to a woman who according to the
family knowledge took her life at some point. I have succeeded to find
her maiden name this week. She was Dr. SPITZER Istvanne Szul BADER
I can tell they were married before 1900, and that she died sometime
between 1910's-1930's. They lived in Sombor (Zombor in Hungarian,
nowadays Serbia).
I thought that such a case would appear on newspapers, but couldn't
find anything in I don't read Hungarian, so that's
another impediment...A JewishGen search also did not show results.
Do you have any idea on how to break this wall and find some
information about her and her untimely death?

Thank you all,
Amit Naor

New records online: the New York City *Geographic* Birth Index, late 19th and early 20th century, from Reclaim The Records


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We've just released the first-ever online copy of the New York City
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New York City in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries,
especially if their birth records had spelling variants or poor

This record set is an index to all births in New York City from
roughly 1880-1912 (or 1917-ish in some cases outside of Manhattan).
But unlike a typical birth index arranged by surname or by date, this
one is arranged by the child's place of birth, the actual exact street

We think there's about 2.8 million names in here, maybe more, in over
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(Note that you can even download some or all of the half a million
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And the records are also online at FamilySearch:
And that's because FamilySearch generously donated the microfilm
scanning work for us again -- thank you, FamilySearch!

So if you already know the address of a New York City family from
another source, such as a census record (US Federal Census, New York
State Census, or the 1890 New York City "Police Census") or a city
directory or a vital record, go check that same address through the
years to see if any other kids with a similar surname were born at
that address, too. You might find some previously-unknown births where
the names might have been misspelled or mistranscribed in the
"regular" New York City birth index. Check out our newsletter, linked
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Special shout-out to Jewish/NYC genealogist Jordan Auslander, who
first alerted us to the existence of the microfilm records at the New
York City Municipal Archives -- at an IAJGS conference session he
presented a few years ago.

- Brooke Schreier Ganz
Mill Valley, California
President and Founder, Reclaim The Records

Re: New site/app for searching graves in Israel #israel

Werner Hirsch

Thank you very much for this post, I was able to find the graves of several of my family members.  I did put in the names that I was looking for in English, and it found them even though there was only a Hebrew name on the stone.  So, I would guess that the site does, at least,some conversion from English to Hebrew.j

Re: Need Help Locating Marriage Certificate in Maryland


I've had good luck with naturalization papers and death certificates. I think the former are more likely to be accurate than the latter.  Please remember that many people didn't know their exact birth date but were told they were born at Passover, such and such year, as my grandfather was.  My mother and her siblings "gave" my grandfather a birth date so they could celebrate.

Re: who are or where is Bialostoker #poland

Mark Halpern

dsyner@... asks about Bialostoker in Detroit

A Bialystoker is a person with roots in Bialystok. My mother was born in Bialystok, so I call myself a Bialystoker. See for more about Bialystok. 

Jewish Records Indexing - Poland has indexed all the available Jewish vital records for the city of Bialystok from 1835 through 1905. These indices are all included in the JRI-Poland database Search SYNER or ZINER using Soundex and set Geographical region to Grodno Gubernia. There are some surnames in the results but none spelled either SYNER or ZINER. If you do not find any names of interest, maybe your Bialystoker family comes from a nearby town. 

You should search all the lists and surname indices on the BialyGen website

If your family does not show up in any of these lists/databases, you need to look at US documents such as Naturalization papers and Passenger Lists to hopefully find the town your family came from.

Best of luck,
Mark Halpern

Re: who are or where is Bialostoker #poland

Wlodek Matuszewski

I guess it is about Bialystok a big town in Poland (now at the eastern part of the country) with a big Jewish population before IIWW. So it looks like your grandfather was a President of Bialystok.

Best regards
Wlodek Matuszewski

Re: who are or where is Bialostoker #poland

Jane Foss

In lower Manhattan..east side...cant recall exact name of that building..i think it s on Grand St. There was also a bialystoker benevolent Society

searching for cousins

Deanna Levinsky <DEANNASMAC@...>

I am looking for relatives who came from Kursk, Russia. Last name Grosnowitz/Grosnowicz
First names were Berel/Benjamin, Rose and Belkie/Bertha. They lived on New Jersey Ave, Brooklyn, NY
Rose married Mr. Canon Simon and they had one son.
Deanna M. Levinsky, Long Island, NY

Re: Date of Birth input into databases

Marion Werle

Currently, JewishGen (or LitvakSIG) databases are not searchable by birth year, let alone birthdate, nor are birth records complete, or even available, for every Litvak town. You should also be aware that any birthdates supplied by immigrants in the locale where they settled are not necessary accurate. All immigrants ultimately took an official birthdate, which may or may not reflect when they were actually born. In many cases, they may not even have known - maybe an approximate date and proximity to a holiday (Pesach, Purim, Shavuot). Unless you can actually find a birth record, you will be lucky to figure out the year of birth (perhaps from a revision list or marriage record, although there was also incentive to lie on revision lists, especially for males of draft age).

Marion Werle
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Marion Werle

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