Re: Chaya Sura Weiss Slezinger #israel

David Barrett


Going into b144 lists families Shlezinger  of both names and not too many . It would mean ringing round to enquire if related


David Barrett

Jewish Genealogical Society New York January 26 Meeting

Phyllis Rosner

Jewish Genealogical Society NY Meeting
Sunday, January 26, 2020 at 2 p.m.
Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th St., New York

Lecture: The Sugihara Refugee Story: Survivors and Those Without Whom This Story Would Not Be Told
Speaker: Mark Halpern, 2018 Recipient of the IAJGS Lifetime Achievement Award

Most Jewish genealogists know the story of Chiune Sugihara, the “Japanese Schindler.” Sugihara issued over 2,000 Japanese transit visas that enabled many Jews to escape war-torn Europe in the summer of 1940. In his talk, Mark Halpern will identify some of the many additional people – Europeans, Americans, Japanese – who participated in the rescue efforts, and talk about their exploits. He will trace one woman’s 15-year odyssey from Poland via Lithuania, Russia, Japan, China and Canada to Santa Monica, California, using her Sugihara transit visa to ultimately obtain US citizenship.  Mr. Halpern will document her journey using genealogical methods and records.

Mark Halpern was formerly an international businessman (who lived in Japan) who became interested in his roots while on a business trip to Poland. Since his retirement, Mark serves in various leadership and research roles with, among other organizations, JRI–Poland, JewishGen, IAJGS, Gesher Galicia, and the Jewish Genealogical and Archival Society of Greater Philadelphia. In 2018 he received the 2018 IAJGS Lifetime Achievement Award.

$5 at the door; free for JGSNY members 

More information on our website: and on our Facebook page

Submitted by:

Phyllis Rosner
JGSNY VP Communications
New York, NY

Re: thoughts - opinions


I will give a couple reasons to include babies who died at birth.
I recently corresponded with someone who did extensive research to determine a genetic disorder in his family. Part of this involved looking for children who died young in the family tree. However, the vast majority of the deaths in childhood that were so much more common in the past were probably just from the lacking medicine and sanitation and don't indicate anything hereditary.
In my family tree discovering multiple infant deaths has helped determine the birth order and approximate years of the surviving siblings by considering the pregnancy time for the deceased infant.
Finally, they are part of the family and the family story. Since they often were not discussed this is really the last chance to give them recognition.
All the best,
Binyamin Kerman
Baltimore MD

Re: DNA ethnicity

Sarah L Meyer

There are some great Jewish genealogy groups on Face book including one on DNA.  Also the regular DNA groups there have search angels and DNA Detectives who might be able to assist you in your search.  There is also a non-Jewish Polish genealogy group with I think records available on the internet. 

Re: UPDATE Surprising DNA results from Ancestry

Sarah L Meyer

Congratulations on finding your birth father so quickly and making positive contact with the nephew and niece.  I am interested in the rest of your story as it unfolds.

Re: thoughts - opinions

Jeff Marx

There are a number of practical reasons why still-births should be recorded on your family tree.  First, the 1910 U.S. census asked families to indicate how many children the mother had birthed and how many were still living.  If you only knew of two children but the census indicated that there had been another child, no longer living, the fact that you’ve noted the still-born child saves you and future researchers wasted time in hunting down this third, potential relative. Second, still-births can help explain a large gap in birth years between siblings, again saving wasted time in hunting for hypothetical sibling(s) who may not have been recorded.  Third, a still-birth or consecutive still-births may provide a possible answer to the question of why a given couple “didn’t have children.”  Finally, understanding the heartbreak of a still-born birth, even during times when infant mortality was high and “normal,” gives us (just like the sudden death of a husband or wife in a household of young children) a small glimpse into the mostly-hidden personal lives of those who lived long ago.

Jeff Marx

Re: thoughts - opinions

Eva Lawrence

Stillborn children impact on the family. They fill gaps where people
might still be searching for a lost cousin, they tell us about the
life of the of the family and about the mother's health. So I always
keep a record of them. That said, it's not always necessary to include
them in every tree, I even sometimes omit unmarried family members. It
all depends on the context in which you are working..

Eva Lawrence
St Albans, UK
Eva Lawrence
St Albans, UK.

Re: thoughts - opinions


Excellent point!

Boris Feldblyum

Re: DNA ethnicity


It will help others to help you if the message is less cryptic.

For instance, your grandparents’ names, dates of birth/death/marriage will place your inquiry in a proper historical context.  There may be a love story behind a mixed marriage that took place 120 years ago or last Sunday. But if your grandmother was born, e.g. 1939, one must consider a possibility of her being Jewish by birth, saved by the Catholics during WWII, and living her life as a Catholic afterwards.

I also would like to use this opportunity to call on “fellow genealogists” to list your full name and a contact info in the body of the message. In this case, it would be nice to know wether to address “ntc52" as Nancy or Nicolas. Also, if there is a need to write a direct message, a responder should not waste his time figuring out how to do it. There is no benefit in hiding. As someone whose personal data was stolen from US government databases at least once, and reports of Google amassing our personal medical information, I no longer believe in privacy of anything, as sad as it sounds. No system, including JewishGen, is immune to hacking, so we may as well make life a bit easier for each other.

Boris Feldblyum

ViewMate translation request - Hungarian

Omri Arnon

Dear group,

My great great grandfather was Herman Friedmann, who was a Cantor
(chazan) in Subotica. I just found his death registration and would
very much appreciate a translation.

It is on ViewMate at the following address

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

Thank you very much.

Omri Arnon

Re: UPDATE Surprising DNA results from Ancestry

Karen Lukeman

So glad that you have been able to open a new chapter. My husbands parents divorced right after he was born, and his mother's side did not want the father or his family to have contact with Joe. Joe lived all of his life thinking and accepting that his father didn't want him. (Joe is now 68). Then I started doing genealogy about 7 years ago, and with a friend's help, found Joe's father's family. His father had passed away, but Joe had an aunt and uncle, whom we have seen many times. We were also invited to a cousin's wedding last year. Then we found, through DNA, that Joe had a half-brother and half-sister that neither his aunt or uncle knew about. The half-brother is less accepting, but we are planning a trip to to visit the half-sister this year! This is a long way to say, you never know. 😊. All the best to you!!

Re: thoughts - opinions

Barbara Ellman

Trudy asked about including babies who died at birth in the family database.  I do include these infants in my family research.  It says a lot about life and lose.  When I look at a family group and see that the mother had 10 children born and only 3 survived to adulthood, it tells me much about the family and what they went through

Barbara Ellman
Secaucus NJ

Barbara Ellman
Secaucus NJ USA
ELLMAN, COIRA, MAIDMAN - Minkovtsy, Ukraine
KAGLE, FASS - Ulanow, Poland

1784 poll tax lists for Lithuania districts #lithuania

Russ Maurer

LitvakSIG is pleased to make publicly available our entire collection
of 1784 poll tax lists, part of our Grand Duchy of Lithuania (GDL)
project. The lists are organized into 14 compilations by district. The
compilations include 158 component lists and a total of 46,906 lines.

Detailed information about the GDL project, including guidance and
examples of locating one's ancestors in these patronymic records
(i.e., no surnames, for the most part) can be found on our GDL page,
The compilations may be downloaded - no password needed - >from our GDL
Transcriptions page,

We thank Dorothy Leivers for her dedication to this project. We also
thank Sonia Hoffman and the late David Hoffman, who initiated the GDL
project and donated the full set of scans and their partially
completed transcription work to LitvakSIG.

LitvakSIG is an independent organization that raises its own funds and
determines its own activities. As always, we are grateful to our
donors and translators, without whom we could not make these records
available. These records have been available exclusively to our donors
for about the past 18 months. To learn how to support LitvakSIG's work
and gain priority access to new translations, visit our website, .

Russ Maurer (vhrproject@...)
Records Acquisition & Translation Coordinator, LitvakSIG

Feb. 5: genealogy program at the Center for Jewish History in New York #poland

Moriah Amit

Please join us for the following program, presented by the Ackman & Ziff
Family Genealogy Institute and Gesher Galicia.

Family History Today: Jewish Students, Medical Globetrotters, and
Persevering Women
Date: Wednesday, February 5, 6:30 PM
Location: Center for Jewish History,15 West 16th Street, New York, NY 10011
Description:Andrew Zalewski, vice president of Gesher Galicia, will explain
how he uncovered the surprising history of Galician Jewish doctors through
archival research - and how this case can inform your family history

Tickets: $10 Regular; $5 Center for Jewish History/Partner Members, Seniors
and Students; You may purchase tickets in advance at or

Moriah Amit
Senior Genealogy Librarian at the Center for Jewish History (New York, NY)

Re: DNA ethnicity


Other than looking for their names in JewishGen, I would also look at:
They have some records about conversions in Austro-Hungary.

On Sun, Jan 12, 2020 at 08:42 AM, <ntc52@...> wrote:
I'm trying to trace my maternal family. My mother was born in Lwow, Poland and brought up Roman catholic. I have very little information but I have possibly found my grandparents marriage in a Roman catholic church. my DNA results disclosed 50% Jewish ethnicity. This is on my maternal side and presumably means that if not my mother my grand parents were Jewish. One hypothesis is conversion another is adoption. Sticking with the conversion theory....I think that there may have been a process of converting and therefore documents. Might anyone know about this process and how I could access such documents. Many thanks.


Gesher Galicia SIG

January 27, 2020 marks the 75th anniversary of the liberation of
Auschwitz. Between now and February 22, but mainly between January 27
and 31, a series of commemorative events is planned in 35 towns in
southeastern Poland, under the auspices of the Marshal of Podkarpackie
[Subcarpathian] voivodeship, Wladyslaw Ortyl.

The complete list of towns and villages is: Baranow Sandomierski,
Blazowa, Czudec, Debica, Dukla, Dynow, Glogow Malopolski, Gniewczyna
Lancucka, Grodzisko Dolne, Jankowice, Jaroslaw, Jasionka, Jaslo,
Jodlowa, Kraczkowa, Krosno, Lezajsk, Lubaczow, Markowa, Mielec,
Niebylec, Pruchnik, Przemysl, Przeworsk, Rudnik nad Sanem, Rymanow,
Rzeszow, Sanok, Stalowa Wola, Tarnobrzeg, Tyczyn, Tryncza, Ustrzyki
Dolne, Zagorz, and Zarszyn-Nowosielce. There will be talks, including
by Holocaust survivors, musical performances, exhibitions, church
services, and various other commemorative events.

The driving force behind this program, as in earlier years, is the
Department of Jewish History and Culture at the University of Rzeszow,
under Prof. Waclaw Wierzbieniec. Many other institutions, though, are
also involved in the sponsorship and organization of events, including
municipal councils, cultural centers, schools, teacher training
colleges, historical societies, organizations for the preservation of
Jewish heritage, museums, and local community groups.

For further information, please contact:
ur.dzienholokaustu2020@... at Rzeszow University, or else:
anna.dziama@.... English-speakers can also call for information
at: +48 609504192, or +48 661582989.

Michal Majewski, Holocaust Project Coordinator, Gesher Galicia
Tony Kahane, Research Coordinator, Gesher Galicia

Send all inquiries to one of the addresses given in the message above.

ViewMate Translation needed. From German #belarus <dksoren@...>


I have posted an article >from the German newspaper Aufau on Viewmate.
I would like a complete translation. It can be found at:
Translation - German - Reichmann - 1950

Thank you,
Debbie Soren
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Renée K. Carl

This is wonderful news!
For those who do not know, Yulia is a PhD in Jewish History, this book grows out of her dissertation work. Yulia is an excellent researcher, and a lovely person. I had the chance to meet her when I visited Odessa in 2018.
Renee Carl

Re: Chaya Sura Weiss Slezinger #israel

Moishe Miller

Good morning Judy,

If you are willing to look through actual images, you can find a wealth of detail (birth, marriage and death) for the area of Munkacz at the free Wiki:

Moishe Miller
Brooklyn, NY


Inna Vayner

To all, here is Yulia's email yulia13.prokop@.... Please feel free to reach out to her with all questions about her book. 

Yulia is a historian who lives in Odessa, Ukraine. The book is in Russian; however, if there is enough interest, she may consider translating it to English. There might be a digital version available in the future, but there is no estimated time when it'll happen. As I mentioned the book will be published soon: the original ETA was February this year. 

The shipping will be expensive, but if we do it in batches it might reduce the shipping price. I'll be ordering a few copies, if you live in tri-state area and interested in purchasing the book, please reach out to me. Thanks. Inna.

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