Re: Suggestion regarding Family Finder


How to list this in the Family Finder? Sneak a shortened url into the contact info? It's indeed very frustrating to not be able to add e.g. info to anywhere on JG...

Re: Require translation of Arolsen Archives documents


when asking for translation help, please specify the language(s) required.  it saves time for the people willing to translate, and makes it more likely that you will get a response.

....... tom klein, toronto

Idea for a new presentation .... reactions?

A. E. Jordan

Curious to hear a few reactions to an idea I just had for a new presentation.  Wanted to know if it was offered by your local group would you want to attend or would you say Oh I know that.... and skip it?

My idea is a presentation about the importance of turning over every stone in your genealogy research.

What I would do is show examples of the documents I have found in obvious and not so obvious places.  For example attachments to NYC marriage licenses or documentation attached to a passport application.  Odd bits from probate files. etc.

Of course, not everyone is going to get so lucky to find these documents but the message of the presentation is to not stop looking for the unknown and undiscovered.  I have always been an advocate of taking the research into these lesser used resources and this would be examples of the lucky finds to encourage people to keep going and look in the unsuspecting places.

Would you attend this presentation?


Allan Jordan

JGS New York Meeting October 27

Harriet Mayer

Jewish Genealogical Society New York Meeting
Sunday, October 27 at 2 PM

Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th St. New York NY

PROGRAM: The Wedding Photo: Genealogy Comes Alive!

Co-sponsored by the Ackman & Ziff Family Genealogy Institute at the Center for Jewish History

A visit to an abandoned Polish Jewish cemetery in 1993 launches Dan Oren's twenty-year search to solve the mystery of
"Who is Buried in Sarah's Tomb?" A visit with a cousin unearths a breathtaking photo of a Berlin family wedding from 1926
and leads to discovering their unimaginable post-wedding history. An archivist in Prague discovers a secret uncle whose life
takes the reader from the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York to the Vatican. A memoir by Philip Roth shocks a daughter
into unlocking a father's concealed past. All these stories are presented in Dan Oren's book The Wedding Photo, which he 
will discuss and share his genealogical research strategies.

Born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Dan Oren, M.D. has worked as a psychiatrist and faculty member at Yale University,
the National Institute of Mental Health, and the University of Rzeszow, Poland. He is the author of Joining the Club: A History of
Jews and Yale, and co-authored How to Beat Jet Lag:  A Practical Guide for Air Travelers, as well as numerous scientific articles.
He is the founder and president of the Friends of Jewish Heritage in Poland.

Free for members of JGSNY and CJH; guests welcome, $5 at or at the front desk

The Ackman & Ziff Family Genealogy Institute will be open from 11 am to 4 pm.

More information at our website - or at our Facebook site

Submitted by
Harriet Mayer
JGSNY VP Communications

Re: Jaffa 1903

Rose Feldman

This was the period of the Ottoman Empire and IGRA has yet to find any documents dealing with travel documents for this period, or boarding list. People often travelled from Jaffa to one of the French ports on the Mediterranean where they transferred to a ship crossing the Atlantic.

Rose Feldman
Israel Genealogy Research Association
Winner of 2017 IAJGS Award for Volunteer of the Year

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Keep up to date on archives, databases and genealogy in general and Jewish and Israeli roots in particular with

Rose Feldman
Israel Genealogy Research Association
Winner of 2017 IAJGS Award for Volunteer of the Year

Re: Confusion about subgroup definition #Germany

Sam G.

Understand. But who sets up groups -- the admin or can anyone else, and if so, how?

On Sun, Oct 20, 2019, 1:06 PM <jbonline1111@...> wrote:
Subgroups include other groups you can join if you wish.  If you click on that heading right now, you will find the yizkorbook subgroup is the only one currently listed.  No doubt it is set up for additional subgroups in the future.

Seeking C[arl] M. SHERMAN in Manayunk, Philadelphia

Stephen Cohen

I am seeking any and all information about the brother of a probable cousin, Michael SHERMAN (1877 in Kiev-1954 in North Miami, Florida).

Michael, who lived in Philadelphia, was a conductor on the Pennsylvania Railroad. This year I received from the Railroad Pension Board a PDF of scans of his files. In it, Michael says his next of kin (in 1938) was "C.M. Sherman" who lived at 4348 Main St. in Manayunk (which is an area of Philadelphia). Upon Michael's death, an obituary notes that his brother Carl M. Sherman lived in New York (city? state?).

The standard Ancestry and FamilySearch sites do not help (at least with my particular searching techniques). There was a Carl M. Sherman who lived in Philadelphia during the 1st half of the 20th century, married to an Emma Conrad. He was a brushmaker. I do not believe he was the correct C[arl] M. SHERMAN, for his petition for naturalization states that he was born in Lodz. Michael claimed he was born in Kiev.

Michael and Carl's parents were (as per the Pension files) Morris/Moishe SHERMAN and Sarah HERMAN (yes, SHERMAN married HERMAN). 

The ONLY record I can find possibly relating to Morris and Sarah SHERMAN was a 1920 US Census record from Philadelphia for the married couple, both aged 62 (in the correct age bracket), mis-listed in Ancestry. I attach their putative census record here.

Any ideas or assistance is appreciated. My goal is to find more records of Carl, any family he had, any other siblings, and also more details about their parents, including death certificates.

-Steve Cohen

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Re: Translation help with Hebrew inscription on grave #Austria-Czech #Help



May I suggest that you post one of the photos on ViewMate, and include the link to the other photos in your message?  That way, potential translators can easily see if someone else has already helped with this.  The benefit is that people will not be duplicating efforts already done, and others can also make additional comments/corrections easily.

Re: Confusion about subgroup definition #Germany


Subgroups include other groups you can join if you wish.  If you click on that heading right now, you will find the yizkorbook subgroup is the only one currently listed.  No doubt it is set up for additional subgroups in the future.

Re: Healthcare in Belarus: This week's Yizkor book excerpt on the JewishGen Facebook page #YizkorBooks #JewishGenNews

N. Summers

Wow! My grandfather had two sisters who became nurses and stayed behind when the rest of the family came to the US. The family was living in Radzilov, Volyn, #Belarus but I have not been able to find out where the two sisters went to nursing school, or what happened to them. Do you know anything about the nurses who worked at the hospital in #Minsk? Their maiden names would have been #Finkelstein, but one or both probably got married. Not sure if this was before or after nursing school.

I have a photograph of the graduating class from the nursing school. I would love to find out where it is. Does anyone knows how I could figure this out? I think it would’ve been in the 1910’s. I will post the photo in the viewing program (which I haven’t found yet). I think there is some writing also on the back, which  probably is in Yiddish. that also might provide some clues.

Many thanks


Nancy Summers

Re: Healthcare in #Belarus :This week's Yizkor book excerpt on the JewishGen Facebook page #Belarus #YizkorBooks #JewishGenNews

N. Summers

Thanks so much for sharing this information on healthcare in Belarus. I’m just starting on my journey in exploring my family‘s history there and information like this makes the dry facts come alive.

Nancy Summers
Maryland, USA

areas of interest: #Radzillow, #Volyn; #Ostrog; #Rechitsa
names: #Finkelstein, #Bookstein, #Goldman, #Lusman, #Lifschitz, #Lyss

Jaffa 1903

Roberta Lipitz

My Grandmother Fanny (maiden surname Shore) at age 18 left Jaffa with her father and 1 younger sister via the La Lorraine out of LaHavre,  France bound for Ellis Island. Have the ship's manifest but I am looking for any possible travel documents needed for the trip.  Any help is greatly appreciated.

Roberta Lipitz

Re: Healthcare in Belarus: This week's Yizkor book excerpt on the JewishGen Facebook page #YizkorBooks #JewishGenNews

Dorcey Rose

My great grandmother was a Slobodkin/Slabodkin from Minsk area. She married my great grandfather, Solomon/Samuel Josselowitz/Fine from Kapyl/Kopyl about 55 miles SSW of Minsk where they lived and raised 6 children before immigrating to NYC in 1904. Some of her relatives who immigrated later shortened their surname to Slobin. One older cousin of my mother became a pharmacist in NYC. I have a family tree on Ancestry I would be happy to share with you. Frankly, I have no idea how common a name Slobodkin was in that area. Have you done your dna? Mine is on all the major sites. We had a cab driver in Maryland this past summer, who was a Jewish emigre from the Minsk area in the 1980s. He said that Jews were not allowed to live in Minsk proper when my relatives left. They lived in small towns around it. A doctor in your case may have had special privileges. Thanks, Dorcey Rose
Dorcey Rose
727 772 1097

Dorcey Rose
Florida US

Re: Jewish Hungarian baron? #Hungary


As for the specific question ( how and where titles were given) I don’t know .
But , I heard from my late father , there were Jews who  had titles in Hungary .
My father grew up in Ujpest ( now the 4th quarter of Budapest  ) which was a city with 20,000 Jewish inhabitants.
It was an affluent community , there was a family that had a title Baron , they had a large leather factory .
It was said 30,000 people worked there in one shift and that the railway branched into the factory and they had their own freight train station .
Nava Giron

בלי וירוסים.

Require translation of Arolsen Archives documents


Dear Group


I recently received a number of documents from the Arolsen Archives in Germany for my maternal uncle Alexander HAZET which require translation. There are far too many to post on JewishGen but I would be grateful if anyone is able to assist with the translation.


Please contact me if you’re able to help in any way.


Best wishes


Rose Raymen

Perth, Western Australia

Jewish Genealogy Society of Maryland Oct 27 program #JGSNews

Susan Steeble

Speaker: Kira Dolcimascolo

Title: “The Heymann Family of Greifenberg”

Date and Time: Sunday, October 27, 2019, 1:30 p.m.

Location: Pikesville Library’s meeting room, 1301 Reisterstown Rd, Pikesville, MD


Please join us on Sunday, October 27, 2019, at 1:30 p.m. at the Pikesville Library’s meeting room, 1301 Reisterstown Road, Pikesville, when Kira Dolcimascolo presents our next program: “The Heymann Family of Greifenberg.


In this presentation, Kira Dolcimascolo tells the story of her great-grandmother Emma Heymann, and her 10 siblings from Greifenberg in Pomerania and Berlin. Members of this unusual family include not only circus strongwoman Katie Sandwina, but a boxer, a soap opera actor, a dancer, a “sausage man,” a “hobby-dentist,” Shanghai refugees, and descendants around the globe. As a result of her research and social media, she reunited with Heymann family members in Berlin in 2019. Kira will provide a short history of Jews in Pomerania and background on the Heymann family’s origins in Posen, West Prussia, and Pomerania, today all part of Poland. She shares her research techniques using Polish archives, web sites, and books specific to Pomeranian research, as well as research tips for small Jewish communities in the German Empire.


Kira Dolcimascolo has actively researched her Jewish-German and Sicilian roots for the past 6 years; her knowledge of her ancestors from Germany/Prussia now extends to the 17th and 18th centuries. When not obsessively researching her family’s genealogy, she works as a school-based occupational therapist and assists her husband with their painting and decorating business. She has lived in Baltimore for 30 years. 


The program is free for paid members and $5 for non-members (applied to membership fee when a visitor joins JGSMD) after their first meeting. Please check our web site at for late updates and for the time, location, and program of future meetings.

Susan Steeble
Baltimore, MD
JGSMD Public Relations


Translation help with Hebrew inscription on grave #Austria-Czech #Help

Michael Gordy

This is a collection of photos of an inscription on a single grave in Brno.  The name of the deceased in Aron Frisch.  I would be very grateful for a translation!
Michael Gordy
Takoma Park, MD, USA

Re: Lithuanian Yizkor Book

Does anyone know if the last name Birger or Birgeras from Panevesyz
appears in the Lithuania Yizkor Book?

Re: Help translating town name on German manifest #Translations

Milton Goldsamt

By any chance could it be Lublin, in Poland (not Russia, as it might have then been under Russian rule)

Milton Goldsamt
Silver Spring, MD

Re: Help translating town name on German manifest #Translations

Carole Shaw

Seems quite likely that it is Libau (present day Liepaja), as others have suggested.  It was a major emigration port on the Baltic from where many Jews left the Russian Empire to all places.


Carole Shaw, London UK

SCHNEIDER Kamanets Podolsk, Ukraine & Libau/Libava/Liepaja, Latvia

KLUGMAN Libava/Libau/Liepaja, Latvia, Johannesburg