Re: Do you keep passports?


I appreciate all of you who responded with your own research and keeping passports. I believe I have an earlier passport of my grandfather's that would give me more "insight" into him. This one is later in his years, with only 2 stamps- I think given in the last 10 years of his life. I know my grandparents were very much world travelers, and this one doesn't show it.

I am lucky I got to interview him and my grandmother back in the 90s and get some good stories. My mother was even surprised with what I got- she never heard the story of her mother traveling over on the Rotterdam to Ellis Island, but she knew she came from Makow, Poland and that [my mother's] father was born in Utica, NY.

I will be sure to hold onto the passports I find from relatives, and will probably scan this one's inside cover, just to have with my files.

Linda D. Epstein
Grodno and Sokolka: TIKOTZINSKI---> EPSTEIN
Minsk: SPUND

Re: Once upon a time there was a moderator for this group.....

Peter Lebensold

To answer the initial question and to Peter's below, yes "Virginia" there are still moderators on duty who must approve, edit, reject or delete every single post. However, our job is NOT to be an English teacher. We will not correct spelling, we will not correct grammar, we will not capitalize a last name, and we will not check to see if a link is correct. We will simply make certain of the following rules:

  • Topics: Posts should relate to Jewish genealogy. We do not discuss religious issues (such as "Who is a Jew" and other discussions which are frequently raised within the context of researching one's roots).
  • Moderation: This group is moderated to ensure civility, and that posts are related to Jewish genealogy.
  • Frequency: You may post unique messages as often as you like, but please try to be thoughtful in your posts, and do not abuse this approach by posting many messages the same day, etc.
  • Commercial Posts: We welcome everyone, including other non-profit organizations, to share commercial offers as long as they are related to Jewish genealogy, and that those posting them do not abuse the privilege. Commercial posts should not repeat more than once every three months.
  • Fundraising Posts: Please do not post fundraising requests for other organizations.
  • Images/Files: You may attach images and files (if a file is too large, we might resize it, or ask you to upload it somewhere else, and provide a link).
  • Language: The official language of the group is English, but we can accept messages and content in most languages. If posting something in a language other than English, please provide a sentence describing the content.
  • Links: If posting a link to a website not in English, please provide a description of the content.

Personally, I believe in a lot of communication so in my case I will approve almost everything that applies to the above rules and maybe even beyond. However, if there is a technical issue, a gripe or complaint about the site, please do not send it to the JewishGen Discussion group but to support@.... Also, understand that a single word like "thanks" or "OK" is not really relevant to send to over 7,500 individuals in a discussion group. Also please know that we are volunteers and in my case, it is my way of "giving back" to JewishGen for all that they do and have done to Jewish Genealogy. We not only have to approve posts but new members as well.

If you have any questions, or suggestions, please email the moderation team at moderators@....
Thank you for your understanding
Moderator on Duty


As a former moderator for this group myself, I - too - have been wondering the same thing. 

Moderators not only made sure that queries included all relevant information, that subject lines were informative (i.e. not simply "Help needed"), that duplicate questions ("Was my name changed at Ellis Island ...?) were referred to the appropriate previous discussions, and that senders' names were included: Moderators also double-checked links to make sure they were correct ... changed subject lines when a discussion shifted over to another issue ... headed off off-topic discussions (sometimes terminating those that seemed to have exhausted themselves) ... corrected the inevitable gobbledygook that resulted from correspondents trying to include accented characters (presumably no longer a problem) ... and performed such housekeeping functions as (a) making certain all family names were in caps, (b) limiting "Searching for" listings to no more than 6 lines, and (c) placing all meeting announcements at the end of the digest.

I'd be interested in learning if we still have moderators and - if so - whether their responsibilities have been changed.


Dutch Jewish genealogy site is closing

N. Summers

I just saw this on the web and thought I’d pass it along:

In the summer of 2020 Amoetat Akevoth will cease its activities.

Since our search of many years for motivated and suitable candidates to continue the development and maintenance of the Dutch Jewish Genealogical Data Base (the DJGB) came to nothing, we regret that this step became inevitable.

In preparation for this drastic change, everything possible will be done to preserve our databases in a secure environment, maintaining accessibility for our public, with no meaningful changes in the existing interface and lay-out: though certain inevitable limitations will be forced upon us, they will be kept to a bare minimum (as explained below).

To read the rest of the article, go to:

Nancy S. 
Maryland USA


Translation from Yiddish requested - SHOCHET, FLAXMAN #Romania,


Please can you help in translating from Yiddish, family related words from the back side of 2 photos taken about 1930s
See in Viewmates:

Thank you,

Yohanan Loeffler
Melbourne Australia

Re: What Happened To Threads

Bev Potter <basha@...>

I have to agree with you Dani.

We used to be able to follow a "conversation" - if you will. I even read
the threads that didn't specifically apply to my interests - on the off
chance that I might learn something. On the old system, I wasn't
particularly happy with all the directives to "answer privately". After
all, someone's specific answer might turn out to be the clue that I was
looking for.

But now.. and I know someone at Jewishgen won't be happy with me for
saying this... this new system is pretty awful.

Re: What happened to threads?

Nicole Heymans

On Wed, Jan 15, 2020 at 09:36 AM, Dahn Cukier wrote:
I am getting replies but have no idea where or how
to find the original post or the thread.

Is there a setting for getting the complete thread?


This has been explained previously.
If you click on the "view/reply online" link below a message and scroll down, you will find a "View  all X messages in topic" link.
I find this a great improvement over the old system where several digests had to be opened to follow a complete thread.
Nicole Heymans, near Brussels Belgium

Re: Once upon a time there was a moderator for this group.....

Angie Elfassi


I agree with Naomi Barnett.

In addition, I wrote some time ago regarding writing family surnames in CAPITALS, as was once the case.

JewishGen, what's going on?

Angie Elfassi

"I find it curious that some posters to this group don't consider it necessary to state where they reside in the world and numerous posters don't add a signature.  Surely when anyone sends a message to a friend or work colleague or a business, emails are always signed.  
Once upon a time there was a moderator who kept us all in line and brought these omissions to our attention.  I'm not suggesting we need to go back to an overseer but common courtesy would be welcome and appreciated.
Naomi Barnett
Melbourne, Australia"

The Zamosc Memorial Book is now On Line

Jack Berger



I am most pleased to announce that my English translation of ‘Pinkas Zamosc,’ called ‘The Zamosc Memorial Book’ is now available on line for general view.


It can be found in my ‘vinkl,’ by going to


In the upper LEFT hand corner of the home page, you will see a box labelled “Yizkor Books.” Click on it.


This will bring you to the inventory listing of my translations, and you will readily see where the icons are for those files that are online.


I completed and published the hard copy of The Zamosc Memorial Book over fifteen years ago. It is the largest of the corpus of books that I have so processed, running over 800 pages.


The Jewish history of Zamosc is replete with the splendor of the development of Eastern European Jewish culture. That splendor is not confined to matters of religious scholarship by any means.  If nobody else, most readers will recognize the name of I. L. Peretz, who was born in Zamosc, and is among the brightest of stars in the constellation of Jewish literary accomplishment.


You will also learn of the enlightenment of the Count Jan Zamoyski, who after being the Chancellor of the University of Padua, opened his city to Jews, particularly Sephardic Jews fleeing the pitiless Spanish Inquisition, accepting them as legitimate citizens.


I could go  on, but you should read this material yourselves. There  is much to be learned.





Re: thoughts - opinions


I feel it important to list (perhaps in parenthesis) stillborns and even miscarriages.

This information can be very helpful for a person's medical history.

ESTHER (Herschman)  Rechtschafner

Kibbutz Ein-Zurim,





Re: Do you keep passports?


Hi Linda,

Just recently, I, had the good fortune to find a passport for two family members.  YES, keep, or scan (the whole thing) and keep them.  I feel they can really help "flesh out" the life of that ancestor, and anything more than names & dates is a bonus, in my book.  In my case, the passport has also been helpful in cracking open a brick wall in my research.  I can only hope to find more passports.

Leah Heilpern Snider

Re: Do you keep passports?


My father's first cousin gave me a copy of their grandfather's passport, which included the names of three of his children traveling with him.  This was very helpful in searching passenger manifests.  I wish I had the original, even if only for the sake of history.

Re: thoughts - opinions

Beth Long

I find trying to keep track of women's miscarriages intrusive. There would be no record of a miscarriage, other than a medical one, which is private. Or did you mean to say stillbirth (which is a different thing and does have a record).

Viewmate Translation Request - Polish Marriage Record #galicia

Yaron Wolfsthal

Dear Group,

I've posted two related texts clips >from the 1876 Marriage Record of
Moses Wolfsthal (links below).

The first clip is the description of the groom, and the second is the
comment section. I would appreciate help in transcribing them.

Thank you!

Yaron Wolfsthal


Inna Vayner

Norm, please get in touch with Yulia about the payment. The book can be purchased by subscription only, so she'll need to have the payment for it. 



Inna Vayner

Beverley, I was referring to NY, NJ, and CT or PA.  Sorry for the confusion. 


Re: Once upon a time there was a moderator for this group.....

Davida Handler

I agree - and what has happened to the SIG Digests?

Davida Noyek Handler
Henderson, Nevada, USA

Re: UPDATE Surprising DNA results from Ancestry

Bob Silverstein

Thank you for sharing.  Best wishes on connecting to your new family when you do so.

Re: DNA ethnicity


Not to alarm you, but if your grandparents were arrested, they could have been exiled to Siberia, sentenced to a labor camp, or even executed.  

An uncle told me years ago that my grandfather's brother was arrested around that time, and it was assumed he was deported to Siberia.  But I later found my great-uncle's name on a website listing "victims of Stalin," indicating that he was executed (shot) in 1937.  I've since learned the complete story from his granddaughter. 

There are many books about Stalin's purges during this time.  The "Great Purge" occurred in the late 1930s, but there were thousands of other executions carried out under Stalin until his death in 1953.


Re: Do you keep passports?

Isabel Cymerman

You can always donate important historical papers to a Jewish repository.  Maybe, start with the Center for Jewish History.

Isabel Cymerman

What happened to threads?

Dahn Cukier

I am getting replies but have no idea where or how
to find the original post or the thread.

Is there a setting for getting the complete thread?

One way to cut down on having too many posts
would have everyone reply to the original poster and
that person would forward or combine answers, and
reply to the list. This would
mean in short, that every poster becomes a moderator of
their threads.


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