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New useful resource for finding graves in Israel #galicia

Miriam Bulwar David-Hay
 

I haven't seen any mention of this previously, so thought people might
be interested ...

The Israeli Chevra Kadisha forum has just launched a website and app
called Gravez which enables people to search for graves, see photos
and info about them online, and (using the app, which works like Waze)
navigate to visit them physically. At the moment they cover around 25
cemeteries in Israel with thousands of burials.

This seems to be a very useful resource in addition to the long-running
and even bigger BillionGraves website, which covers a large number of
cemeteries in Israel. (Of course, another major grave-finding website is
Find A Grave, but this has very few records >from Israel.)

There seems to be some overlap between Gravez and BillionGraves in
the cemeteries they cover, but each also has cemeteries the other
doesn't have, so it's worth searching both sites! I personally have been
able to find the graves of many people in one or the other or both.

Please note that in the case of Gravez, their platform works in
English (and looks very nice!) but you have to search for names in
Hebrew. In BillionGraves, you can search for names in English but the
only results you'll get will be >from other countries, so you'll need to
search in Hebrew for people buried in Israel.

I have no affiliation with or special knowledge about any of the
organizations mentioned above and am just posting to let people
know about these useful resources!

Gravez:
https://gravez.me/en/

BillionGraves:
https://billiongraves.com

Shana Tova Umetuka and Gmar Hatima Tova to all,

Yours Sincerely,

Miriam Bulwar David-Hay
Raanana, Israel


Gesher Galicia SIG #Galicia New useful resource for finding graves in Israel #galicia

Miriam Bulwar David-Hay
 

I haven't seen any mention of this previously, so thought people might
be interested ...

The Israeli Chevra Kadisha forum has just launched a website and app
called Gravez which enables people to search for graves, see photos
and info about them online, and (using the app, which works like Waze)
navigate to visit them physically. At the moment they cover around 25
cemeteries in Israel with thousands of burials.

This seems to be a very useful resource in addition to the long-running
and even bigger BillionGraves website, which covers a large number of
cemeteries in Israel. (Of course, another major grave-finding website is
Find A Grave, but this has very few records >from Israel.)

There seems to be some overlap between Gravez and BillionGraves in
the cemeteries they cover, but each also has cemeteries the other
doesn't have, so it's worth searching both sites! I personally have been
able to find the graves of many people in one or the other or both.

Please note that in the case of Gravez, their platform works in
English (and looks very nice!) but you have to search for names in
Hebrew. In BillionGraves, you can search for names in English but the
only results you'll get will be >from other countries, so you'll need to
search in Hebrew for people buried in Israel.

I have no affiliation with or special knowledge about any of the
organizations mentioned above and am just posting to let people
know about these useful resources!

Gravez:
https://gravez.me/en/

BillionGraves:
https://billiongraves.com

Shana Tova Umetuka and Gmar Hatima Tova to all,

Yours Sincerely,

Miriam Bulwar David-Hay
Raanana, Israel


Re: The Rabbi of Wolbrom's Daughter - ViewMate #rabbinic

RCK
 

I apologize for the mistake of the link that did not work, it's been a
while since I was engaged in this.
I posted a copy of the relevant page on viewmate here:
https://www.jewishgen.org/viewmate/viewmateview.asp?key=75232
And the entire page and the book can be found here:
https://tinyurl.com/y5rsfn6t (it's on page 175 in the reader, which is
page 129 in the actual book's pagination).
Thank you very much.

Kol Tuv,
Reuven Chaim Klein
Beitar Illit, Israel
Author of: God versus Gods: Judaism in the Age of Idolatry (Mosaica Press, 2018)

MODERATOR NOTE: The original posted URL did work, but the text started
only after many blank pages, which may have led some readers to think
the URL was incorrect. Moderators check all URLs before posting.
Thanks to Reuven Chaim Klein for providing the specific portion of
interest on ViewMate.


NAAIRS New search site #southafrica

Saul Issroff
 

The National Archives of South Africa has a new site. The old site is
still active but only the new site will be updated. The new site has
some quirky features and requires a bit of trial and error. As before
it lacks a Soundex facility so one has to play around and be a bit
creative especially with surname variant spellings.

Home page https://www.nationalarchives.gov.za/
Then go to collections and the drop down menu.
https://www.nationalarchives.gov.za/node/737
https://www.nationalarchives.gov.za/search-the-collections

There is a different method of searching, Put the
surname first then a comma followed by the first names.
There is no way to set a date parameter.
The old site is still available at
http://www.national.archsrch.gov.za/sm300cv/smws/sm300dl


Saul Issroff
London


Rabbinic Genealogy SIG #Rabbinic Re: The Rabbi of Wolbrom's Daughter - ViewMate #rabbinic

RCK
 

I apologize for the mistake of the link that did not work, it's been a
while since I was engaged in this.
I posted a copy of the relevant page on viewmate here:
https://www.jewishgen.org/viewmate/viewmateview.asp?key=75232
And the entire page and the book can be found here:
https://tinyurl.com/y5rsfn6t (it's on page 175 in the reader, which is
page 129 in the actual book's pagination).
Thank you very much.

Kol Tuv,
Reuven Chaim Klein
Beitar Illit, Israel
Author of: God versus Gods: Judaism in the Age of Idolatry (Mosaica Press, 2018)

MODERATOR NOTE: The original posted URL did work, but the text started
only after many blank pages, which may have led some readers to think
the URL was incorrect. Moderators check all URLs before posting.
Thanks to Reuven Chaim Klein for providing the specific portion of
interest on ViewMate.


South Africa SIG #SouthAfrica NAAIRS New search site #southafrica

Saul Issroff
 

The National Archives of South Africa has a new site. The old site is
still active but only the new site will be updated. The new site has
some quirky features and requires a bit of trial and error. As before
it lacks a Soundex facility so one has to play around and be a bit
creative especially with surname variant spellings.

Home page https://www.nationalarchives.gov.za/
Then go to collections and the drop down menu.
https://www.nationalarchives.gov.za/node/737
https://www.nationalarchives.gov.za/search-the-collections

There is a different method of searching, Put the
surname first then a comma followed by the first names.
There is no way to set a date parameter.
The old site is still available at
http://www.national.archsrch.gov.za/sm300cv/smws/sm300dl


Saul Issroff
London


JewishGen Education offer course: East Prussia and the Baltic Nations Oct 13-Nov 3 #courland #latvia

Nancy Holden
 

JewishGen is again offering Research in East Prussia and the Baltic States
October 13-November 3.

If your ancestral roots are in East Prussia, Northern Poland, Western Lithuania,
Latvia and Estonia this class may help you break stumbling blocks in your research.
We will work in the records still in existence for these areas. Where records
are sparse we will concentrate on finding alternate sources.

We encourage you to send the instructor a brief summary of your research
information and questions to see if your research project fits within the scope
of this class.

JewishGen education classes are private, open for your posts 24/7. Students
should feel comfortable using computers for online research.
Tuition for this class is $150. for three weeks of instruction.
More information https://www.jewishgen.org/education/

Send your questions and application to nholden@...

Nancy Holden
Director of Education


Courland SIG #Courland #Latvia JewishGen Education offer course: East Prussia and the Baltic Nations Oct 13-Nov 3 #courland #latvia

Nancy Holden
 

JewishGen is again offering Research in East Prussia and the Baltic States
October 13-November 3.

If your ancestral roots are in East Prussia, Northern Poland, Western Lithuania,
Latvia and Estonia this class may help you break stumbling blocks in your research.
We will work in the records still in existence for these areas. Where records
are sparse we will concentrate on finding alternate sources.

We encourage you to send the instructor a brief summary of your research
information and questions to see if your research project fits within the scope
of this class.

JewishGen education classes are private, open for your posts 24/7. Students
should feel comfortable using computers for online research.
Tuition for this class is $150. for three weeks of instruction.
More information https://www.jewishgen.org/education/

Send your questions and application to nholden@...

Nancy Holden
Director of Education


Origin of Latvian Jews #latvia

Jeff Canin <jeffcanin07@...>
 

Dear Latvia Group,

I'm trying to determine if my family in Latvia could have originally
come >from Spain or Portugal after the Jewish populations there were
expelled in the 1500s. My grandfather, Joseph Chanin (Hebrew spelling
would be chet nun yud nun) was born in Varaklani around 1872. The
English spelling for his name could be Hanin, Kanin, Khanin or Canin.
Joe always said he was Sephardic and the family originally came >from
Portugal, but I can't find any evidence that Jews >from Portugal made
it to Latvia. His father was Mendel Chanin and grandfather, born
around 1828 was Shmul Ber (Samuel) Chanin.

Are the Latvian Jews generally considered to be Sephardic?

Thank you very much in advance for any help you can give me.

Warm regards,

Jeff Canin


Latvia SIG #Latvia Origin of Latvian Jews #latvia

Jeff Canin <jeffcanin07@...>
 

Dear Latvia Group,

I'm trying to determine if my family in Latvia could have originally
come >from Spain or Portugal after the Jewish populations there were
expelled in the 1500s. My grandfather, Joseph Chanin (Hebrew spelling
would be chet nun yud nun) was born in Varaklani around 1872. The
English spelling for his name could be Hanin, Kanin, Khanin or Canin.
Joe always said he was Sephardic and the family originally came >from
Portugal, but I can't find any evidence that Jews >from Portugal made
it to Latvia. His father was Mendel Chanin and grandfather, born
around 1828 was Shmul Ber (Samuel) Chanin.

Are the Latvian Jews generally considered to be Sephardic?

Thank you very much in advance for any help you can give me.

Warm regards,

Jeff Canin


JewishGen Education offer course: East Prussia and the Baltic Nations Oct 13-Nov 3 #latvia

Nancy Holden
 

JewishGen is again offering Research in East Prussia and the Baltic
States October 13-November 3.

If your ancestral roots are in East Prussia, Northern Poland, Western
Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia this class may help you break stumbling
blocks in your research. We will work in the records still in existence
for these areas. Where records are sparse we will concentrate on finding
alternate sources.

We encourage you to send the instructor a brief summary of your research
information and questions to see if your research project fits within
the scope of this class.

JewishGen education classes are private, open for your posts 24/7.
Students should feel comfortable using computers for online research.
Tuition for this class is $150. for three weeks of instruction.
More information https://www.jewishgen.org/education/

Send your questions and application to nholden@...

Nancy Holden
Director of Education


Latvia SIG #Latvia JewishGen Education offer course: East Prussia and the Baltic Nations Oct 13-Nov 3 #latvia

Nancy Holden
 

JewishGen is again offering Research in East Prussia and the Baltic
States October 13-November 3.

If your ancestral roots are in East Prussia, Northern Poland, Western
Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia this class may help you break stumbling
blocks in your research. We will work in the records still in existence
for these areas. Where records are sparse we will concentrate on finding
alternate sources.

We encourage you to send the instructor a brief summary of your research
information and questions to see if your research project fits within
the scope of this class.

JewishGen education classes are private, open for your posts 24/7.
Students should feel comfortable using computers for online research.
Tuition for this class is $150. for three weeks of instruction.
More information https://www.jewishgen.org/education/

Send your questions and application to nholden@...

Nancy Holden
Director of Education


Which DNA test? #dna

arnold friedman <afriedman21@...>
 

hi everyone,

my wife's mother is 91, and the only possible test is a swab sample (not spit).

i see that Family Tree DNA has swab test
Is there a way to do ancestry by putting the end of the qtip swab in the tube?
Other recommendations for swab tests?

the most difficult line with genealogy research is my wife's mother's
maternal grandfather's family. my genealogy research is back through
the early 1800s on the maternal grandmother side.

assuming familytreedna is the best solution, please advise whether i
should get autosomal DNA test >from familytreedna or the mtdna test?
one chat person >from family tree dna recommended mtdna and the other
the autosomal. So now confused.

thank you

arnold friedman


DNA Research #DNA Which DNA test? #dna

arnold friedman <afriedman21@...>
 

hi everyone,

my wife's mother is 91, and the only possible test is a swab sample (not spit).

i see that Family Tree DNA has swab test
Is there a way to do ancestry by putting the end of the qtip swab in the tube?
Other recommendations for swab tests?

the most difficult line with genealogy research is my wife's mother's
maternal grandfather's family. my genealogy research is back through
the early 1800s on the maternal grandmother side.

assuming familytreedna is the best solution, please advise whether i
should get autosomal DNA test >from familytreedna or the mtdna test?
one chat person >from family tree dna recommended mtdna and the other
the autosomal. So now confused.

thank you

arnold friedman


ViewMate Translation/Interpretation Request - Polish #general

Linda Habenstreit
 

I've posted a vital record in Polish for which I need a translation/interpretation.
It is on ViewMate at the following address ...

http://www.jewishgen.org/viewmate/viewmateview.asp?key=75295

Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page.

Thank you very much.

Linda Habenstreit


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen ViewMate Translation/Interpretation Request - Polish #general

Linda Habenstreit
 

I've posted a vital record in Polish for which I need a translation/interpretation.
It is on ViewMate at the following address ...

http://www.jewishgen.org/viewmate/viewmateview.asp?key=75295

Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page.

Thank you very much.

Linda Habenstreit


JewishGen Education offers course: East Prussia and the Baltic Nations, Oct 13-Nov 3 #general

Nancy Holden
 

JewishGen is again offering Research in East Prussia and the Baltic States
October 13-November 3.

If your ancestral roots are in East Prussia, Northern Poland, Western Lithuania,
Latvia and Estonia this class may help you break stumbling blocks in your
research.

We will work in the records still in existence for these areas. Where records
are sparse we will concentrate on finding alternate sources.

We encourage you to send the instructor a brief summary of your research
information and questions to see if your research project fits within the scope
of this class.

JewishGen education classes are private, open for your posts 24/7. Students
should feel comfortable using computers for online research.

Tuition for this class is $150 for three weeks of instruction.
More information https://www.jewishgen.org/education/

Send your questions and application to nholden@...

Nancy Holden
Director of Education


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen JewishGen Education offers course: East Prussia and the Baltic Nations, Oct 13-Nov 3 #general

Nancy Holden
 

JewishGen is again offering Research in East Prussia and the Baltic States
October 13-November 3.

If your ancestral roots are in East Prussia, Northern Poland, Western Lithuania,
Latvia and Estonia this class may help you break stumbling blocks in your
research.

We will work in the records still in existence for these areas. Where records
are sparse we will concentrate on finding alternate sources.

We encourage you to send the instructor a brief summary of your research
information and questions to see if your research project fits within the scope
of this class.

JewishGen education classes are private, open for your posts 24/7. Students
should feel comfortable using computers for online research.

Tuition for this class is $150 for three weeks of instruction.
More information https://www.jewishgen.org/education/

Send your questions and application to nholden@...

Nancy Holden
Director of Education


Re: Oppenheim surname #general

Steven Bloom <sbloom@...>
 

Roberta-

Some questions to ask before you jump to conclusions regarding Sepharidic
ancestry would be:

Who are these folks >from Majorca? Are they all >from the same documented family
group? How long have they been in Spain and do they know their ancestry well
(how far back) ? What is their surname? They could "just" be Ashkenazim who
moved some time well after the Jewish expulsion of 1492. That will just have
to be something you explore with those cousins.

The surname refers to a town in Western Germany so could date back a long time
from when Jews first settled there (middle ages).
That seems to be the case for other surnames such as Heilbronn/Halpern >from the
same region. However, with such names many people who hold the name now are
likely to be late adopters of the surname (that is, took it for whatever reason
when asked/forced to adopt surnames in the early 1800's in Eastern Europe).

So, you could indeed descend >from a group that went, say, >from Spain to France
and then to Germany and into Eastern Europe.

More DNA testing of your Oppenheim cousins and this Majorca group could
potentially straighten things out. However, don't be surprised if it becomes a
long standing mystery.

Good luck!

Steve Bloom
Central Virginia

Roberta Berman wrote:
I traced my Oppenheim line back to my gr-grandfather Yitchak Oppenheim, born
in Brest-Litovsk in the early 1800s. YDNA testing on that line closely matches
others >from Majorca. FTDNA Family Finder has a 3-5 cousin match with my
immediate family and me with someone who knows that his family is >from Majorca.

My origin map on FTDNA shows roots in Spain, the Mediterranean, Turkey and
Eastern Europe.

So it seems there is the possibility that the Oppenheim line goes back to
Majorca. Oppenheim is not a Sephardic name, so at some point this unknown
ancestral family's surname would have been changed. So my question is, what
are the possibilities of where the name change to Oppenheim might have
occurred?


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Re: Oppenheim surname #general

Steven Bloom <sbloom@...>
 

Roberta-

Some questions to ask before you jump to conclusions regarding Sepharidic
ancestry would be:

Who are these folks >from Majorca? Are they all >from the same documented family
group? How long have they been in Spain and do they know their ancestry well
(how far back) ? What is their surname? They could "just" be Ashkenazim who
moved some time well after the Jewish expulsion of 1492. That will just have
to be something you explore with those cousins.

The surname refers to a town in Western Germany so could date back a long time
from when Jews first settled there (middle ages).
That seems to be the case for other surnames such as Heilbronn/Halpern >from the
same region. However, with such names many people who hold the name now are
likely to be late adopters of the surname (that is, took it for whatever reason
when asked/forced to adopt surnames in the early 1800's in Eastern Europe).

So, you could indeed descend >from a group that went, say, >from Spain to France
and then to Germany and into Eastern Europe.

More DNA testing of your Oppenheim cousins and this Majorca group could
potentially straighten things out. However, don't be surprised if it becomes a
long standing mystery.

Good luck!

Steve Bloom
Central Virginia

Roberta Berman wrote:
I traced my Oppenheim line back to my gr-grandfather Yitchak Oppenheim, born
in Brest-Litovsk in the early 1800s. YDNA testing on that line closely matches
others >from Majorca. FTDNA Family Finder has a 3-5 cousin match with my
immediate family and me with someone who knows that his family is >from Majorca.

My origin map on FTDNA shows roots in Spain, the Mediterranean, Turkey and
Eastern Europe.

So it seems there is the possibility that the Oppenheim line goes back to
Majorca. Oppenheim is not a Sephardic name, so at some point this unknown
ancestral family's surname would have been changed. So my question is, what
are the possibilities of where the name change to Oppenheim might have
occurred?