Re: Professional genealogist? (Russia to London migration in early 19th century)

Irina Fridman

Ok, now I understand re CMJ. London Society for Promoting Christianity among Jews was particularly active in the 1850s/60s in London, trying to convert Jews, especially those who were struggling making a living. What are trying to establish in their papers? If conversion, you might try parish records for the church where Raphael Marks lived.

Marriage certificate. There were 2 separate documents regarding the marriage - one a governmental record, the other - ecclesiastical. If he was converted, the marriage would have taken place either in his parish or in the parish of his bride. That might throw some clues. The parish records are normally kept in the local records office. If lucky, they will be digitised, and you can search them online. 

Another point about CMJ is that many Jews saw conversion as means of obtaining free education and/or improve their conditions. They might have still practised Judaism. Jewish Chronicle had some articles and letters about this around that time.

Re the reasons of moving from Russia (most likely Russian Empire, which would have included Poland, Ukraine and Lithuania) could be several:
a) Crimean war - conscription, POWs, etc.;
b) desire to avoid conscription into the Russian Army (if conscripted, men served 25 years);
c) antisemitism in the Russian Empire. There was a steady stream of immigration in the 1840s/50s from Russia to England, with London as the biggest attraction, because of the large and established Jewish community and the opportunities, real and perceived, to make a living.

I would suggest to contact:
a) local record office (local to the place of his residence). In addition to parish records, there might be some others, which might provide a clue to his place of origin.
b) National Archives - they'll have immigration records; naturalisation records; incoming passengers.

Also, check Ancestry database and FindMyPast database. I find that combining these databases works best. 

Check all census returns (earliest 1841, which provides minimum information, but later ones give you much more.) You might find that the column "where born" might differ, and might narrow down the search (For example, 1851 census might state "Russia", but 1861 - "Poland".) 

Also, they have immigration and incoming passengers records.

Hope this gives you some leads, and apologies, if I duplicate the search you've already done.


Re: Help JGS of Illinois identify mysterious collection of gravestone portrait photos

Martin Fischer

Yes, we do plan to contact the cemetery managers in the near future.
Martin Fischer
Vice President-Publicity
Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois

JGSI website:

Re: New IAJGS "Salutes!" Award to Yocheved Klausner

Barbara Sontz

Yasher koach, Yocheved!!  And thank you!

Re: Help JGS of Illinois identify mysterious collection of gravestone portrait photos

Madeleine Isenberg

Here’s a thought:  has anyone thought to contact the managers of the Waldheim cemetery to see if any relatives/descendants complained that someone’s tombstone had been possibly vandalized such that an obvious oval/cameo spot was visible?  If so that might at least provide some possible matches for these unidentified people.

Madeleine Isenberg 
Beverly Hills, CA

Re: Picture of grave

Bob Silverstein

I do not need photos from there but I think your offer is very generous.  Have you considered letting the Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois know about this?

Re: Bayside Cemetery

David Lewin

At 17:35 25/01/2020, Alex Woodle via Groups.Jewishgen.Org wrote:
Thank you for the update Andy. I had no idea of the sale of Shaare
Zedek's property and major efforts to clean-up the neglect I found
when I last visited. My great grandfather and his brother and a few
other relatives are buried here. I purchased perpetual care for the
former, but have no knowledge of what if anything has been done to
keep this stone free from weeds and other plants. With your article,
I have contacted them to ascertain what is being done.

Thank you,

Alex Woodle
Groton, MA
I have attempted to write to

How can I reach Alex Woodle please?

David Lewin

Re: Bayside Cemetery and Acacia Cemetery, Queens

Ira Leviton

I have several things to add to Andy Monat's detailed message about Bayside and Acacia cemeteries,

Several months ago Shaare Zedek erected a chain link fence at between Bayside and Acacia.  It's no longer possible to go directly between the two cemeteries, including for those societies that had plots adjacent to each other, such as for the society that I tend.  If you are considering visiting Bayside and used to enter through Acacia, you can't do that anymore, and Bayside is open only on Wednesdays from 8AM to noon and Sundays from 9AM to 1PM.  (Andy said that he was there in the fall of 2019, so the fence must have been put in place very shortly after his visit.)  In some instances where the border between the two cemeteries was not clear, graves at the border of the cemeteries may have wound up on the wrong side of the fence - this is pretty obvious when looking because the fence is not straight as it should have been, but zig-zags around graves.  Additionally, in some instances, it seems that stones have been pushed aside when the fence was put in place.

On the north side of Bayside Cemetery (i.e., Liberty Avenue), the old iron fence has been removed and a chain link fence has been put in place there.  However, it looks like it's temporary - and I sure hope so because the last row of graves is now *outside* the fence.  For the time being, anybody walking on Liberty Avenue alongside the portion of the cemetery that is at street level can... well, I'll just say that it's practically begging for vandalism because there is absolutely nothing between the sidewalk and the last row of graves, and there has been plenty of vandalism in Bayside over the last few decades.

There is a fence between Bayside and Mokom Sholom cemeteries, and as far as I know, always has been, although it may be hidden by trees and bushes.

As long as the trees are present in Bayside, it will look more like a forest than a cemetery.  Since there was no maintenance in Bayside for decades, hundreds of those trees are many stories tall, and taking them down is a very difficult proposition.  I'm not an expert, but these trees can't simply be chopped down because of the surrounding gravestones - they have to be climbed and cut down in small sections.  As far as I can tell, this would cost millions to do and there is no plan for it.  So Bayside will continue to resemble a forest, although Acacia, right next to it, is well maintained.

And finally, don't let Shaare Zedek's web page of frequently asked questions and information about Bayside fool you - just like in any other cemetery, the organizations and societies that have plots in Bayside do not own the land and have never been responsible for maintenance.  The deplorable condition of Bayside happened under Shaare Zedek's care, or lack of it.  They own the cemetery and are completely responsible for it, and have simply been avoiding that responsibility for decades.  Now that they have received millions of dollars for selling their synagogue building, I hope that they use it to do right for the people who are buried on their land.

Ira Leviton

New York, N.Y.

Re: - is there a list of online record updates?

Dahn Cukier

The ability to make corrections is the best feature of
FamilySearch. I have
yet found indexed data that is over 90% correct,
and usually much less.


When you start to read readin,
how do you know the fellow that
wrote the readin,
wrote the readin right?

Festus Hagen
Long Branch Saloon
Dodge City, Kansas

On Sunday, January 26, 2020, 4:50:09 AM GMT+2, Sally Bruckheimer via Groups.Jewishgen.Org <> wrote:

Russ, anybody can make a note of correction to documents of FamilySearch.

Picture of grave

Barbara Kenzer


It has been warmer so I dont think it will take long for the snow to melt. Do you happen to know what section you ancestors would be in?
Please give me the names of who you want me to take pictures of and I will find out the sections and plot. If you sent any info prior to this email, I am not getting it.
I will be happy to do this for you. My Family is buried at Shalom Memorial in Arlington Heights, IL
If it would be easier to talk by phone, please let me know.  I live about 15 minutes away from cemetery. 
Barbara Kenzer 
Buffalo Grove,  IL

New IAJGS "Salutes!" Award to Yocheved Klausner

Nolan Altman

The “IAJGS Salute! Committee” is pleased to announce that Yocheved Klausner has been awarded an IAJGS Salute! Award. IAJGS Salutes are designed to provide recognition on an ongoing basis of noteworthy projects, activities and accomplishments relating to Jewish genealogy at any time during the year in addition to the annual IAJGS achievement awards.

Yocheved Klausner began working with Lance Ackerfeld ten years ago when she kindly offered to assist in an editing capacity for the JewishGen Yizkor Book Project. Then, as they say, the rest is history. Over time, Yocheved not only assisted in editing translations but she herself carried out Hebrew, Yiddish and even Romanian translations for a multitude of projects. 


Her extensive knowledge in so many facets of Judaism and Jewish history has been an immeasurable asset to the Yizkor Book Project. Her ever willingness to assist other volunteers working in the project meant that whenever there was a question or an expression that was difficult to understand, Yocheved was there to provide her learned insight to provide a solution.


Yocheved continues to assist today in the Yizkor Book project, in spite of the recent loss of her dear husband, Yehuda z”l, and her own health issues. 


In addition to her Yizkor Book Project role, Yocheved was instrumental in editing and translating articles for Sharesheret HaDorot (the Israel Genealogy Society "magazine") for many years. 


For her significant and continuing contributions to JewishGen’s Yizkor Book Project and her other volunteering efforts for IGRA (Israel Genealogy Research Association), the IAJGS is happy to recognize Yocheved Klausner’s efforts with an IAJGS Salute! Award.


IAJGS Salutes! Committee

Nolan Altman

Bill Israel

Doris Nabel




International Holocaust Remembrance Day #holocaust

Jan Meisels Allen



International Holocaust Remembrance Day is commemorated on January 27th.  January 27, 2020 is the 75th anniversary of  the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration, the ending of World War ll and the ending of the Holocaust.  2020 also marks the establishment of the United Nations, formed in response to atrocity crimes of the Holocaust and the Second World War, with the aim of building a world that is just and peaceful. Acknowledging the milestone year, the Holocaust and the United Nations Outreach Program has chosen as the theme for Holocaust education and remembrance in 2020, "75 years after Auschwitz - Holocaust Education and Remembrance for Global Justice". The theme reflects the continued importance, 75 years after the Holocaust, of collective action against antisemitism and other forms of bias to ensure respect for the dignity and human rights of all people everywhere.


Many governments have legislated that January 27 is an annual Holocaust Memorial Day to mark the date as an international day of commemoration to honor the victims of the Holocaust. The day was designated by the United Nations General Assembly Resolution on November 1, 2005. The Resolution establishing January 27 as International Holocaust Remembrance Day urges every member nation of the U.N. to honor the memory of Holocaust victims, and encourages the development of educational programs about Holocaust history to help prevent future acts of genocide.


To read what the United Nations will be doing on January 27, 28, 29 and January 30 for commemoration see:


To see Yad Vashem’s display go to:


The Wiener Holocaust Library in the United Kingdom has a program which may be found at:


The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum commemorated on January 24. To see what they did go to:


There are many other venues that will hold commemoration activities. Please look locally for any activities in your area.


Some countries memorialize the Holocaust on other days, for example, Yom Hashoah in Israel and in the United States is commemorated on the 27th day of Nisan, the anniversary of the Warsaw Uprising. In Hebrew, Holocaust Remembrance Day is called Yom Hashoah. In 2020 Yom Hashoah is observed on April 21st (starting sunset the evening before). 


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


Chaike Berkman

Vladimir Oksman

Chaike Berkman (Хайка Берхман) left Tarashcha, Ukraine in 1900 and went to her husband Abraham Berkman (Аврум Берхман) in Boston. Address: 60 South St. Boston. I have got this info from her  ship manifest.
I was not able to trace them further. Appreciate If anybody know anything about them.

Re: Trying to get a picture of a gravestone in Shalom Memorial Park Cemetery, Chicago area #usa

Chicago Bubby

If you call the cemetery a day or two before you are coming and give them the grave information, they will clear the snow from the grave and from path to it from the road. Obviously this only helps if it doesn't snow in the interim. Also, be aware that many of the stones do not contain much information, often just English name and birth year and death year.

Re: - is there a list of online record updates?

Sally Bruckheimer

Russ, anybody can make a note of correction to documents of FamilySearch.

Re: - is there a list of online record updates?

Barbara Ellman

Familysearch posts the collections updated weekly on their website.  Here's the link for this week's update

Secaucus NJ

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

Re: Mile High Resources: Researching Colorado Records with Ellen Kowitt

Shelley Mitchell

It’s not uncommon for adult children to get their own naturalization, especially if they married an American. If my math is correct, he would have been 20 by then. It might have even been an arranged marriage.

Shelley Mitchell
Shelley Mitchell 

Polish translation request


I have posted an 1864 Lomazy marriage record for WEINGARTEN m. ZILBERWASSER, viewmate ID 73963.  I would greatly appreciate a complete translation of this record.

Thank you,
Tammy Weingarten
WEINGARTEN Lomazy, Biala Podlaska, Chelm, Swierze, Miedzyrzec Podlaski, Brest Litovsk.

Help JGS of Illinois identify mysterious collection of gravestone portrait photos

Martin Fischer

JGSI of Illinois explores mystery of gravestone portrait photo cache

By Martin Fischer

The Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois website has posted photos of a mysterious collection of gravestone portraits believed to be from a Chicago-area Jewish cemetery. The oval ceramic or porcelain images were discovered late last year in Kentucky as part of the liquidation of the estate of an unidentified Kentucky man. JGSI hopes to reunite the portrait photos with living family members of those depicted in the images.

To see the 39 portraits, go to

Family members of the deceased who recognize the photos are invited to email JGSI at info@... with information about them.

The portraits were discovered stashed in a bucket on a train caboose on the property of a man who died last year in Kentucky, according to Jessica Armstead, an employee of Hudson Estate Buyers, an estate liquidator service based in Louisville, Kentucky.

The deceased man’s identity cannot be shared because of a confidentiality agreement between Hudson Estate Buyers and the man’s family, she said. The man was an avid collector of vintage collectible items. How he obtained the gravestone photo images is not known, Armstead said. However, she indicated that the deceased man, whom she characterized as a “vintage hoarder,” was not from Illinois.

On Dec. 12, 2019, several of the portrait photos were posted to the Junkin Johnny Facebook page, which is managed by John Hudson, owner of Hudson Estate Buyers. The post, at, received 34 likes and more than 20 comments, and was shared 54 times. It was clear from the names on the backs of some of the photos that most or all of them were likely Jewish. Several of the Facebook commenters offered specific suggestions about the deceased people’s identities.

Many of the photos had inked stamps on the backs indicating they had been created by the J.A. Dedouch Co., which was located on Harrison Street in Oak Park, Illinois, from 1893 to 2004, according to the Historical Society of Oak Park and River Forest. At least one of the portraits had a reference on the back to Soroka Bros., a monument company that was located on Roosevelt Road in Forest Park, Illinois.

Due to the proximity of both the Oak Park-based gravestone photo business and the Forest Park-based monument company to Waldheim Cemetery in Forest Park, Illinois, it was considered likely that most of the portraits came from gravestones at Waldheim. But some may have come from other locations since the Dedouch Co. is known to have had a clientele beyond the local area.

After being made aware of the Junkin Johnny Facebook post, Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois president Debbie Kroopkin contacted Hudson about JGSI taking over the task of trying to find living survivors of the people whose portraits were found in Kentucky.

At the Jan. 13, 2020, JGSI monthly board meeting, several board members took cellphone photos of the fronts and backs of all 39 portrait photos that had been carefully packed in bubble wrap and shipped to Debbie Kroopkin by Hudson Estate Buyers.

It was truly the start of a team effort by JGSI board members. Recording secretary Scott Meyer took on the task of learning about the company that created the portrait photos. Membership vice president Terry Taylor and president Debbie Kroopkin volunteered to work on getting the photos posted on Treasurer Debbie Soren agreed to explore whether the photos should also be posted elsewhere online to get exposure beyond JGSI. Past president Mike Karsen volunteered to begin doing genealogical research about the few people whose names appeared on the backs of the portraits. Publicity vice president Martin Fischer agreed to call Hudson Estate Buyers for background information about how the photos were discovered and to prepare a press release.

If you know the identities of any of the people shown in these gravestone photos, please email info@....

 Temple bulletin item: You might be able to help identify the deceased people in a mysterious collection of gravestone portrait photos now displayed on the Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois website at  If you know the identities of any of the people shown in these photos, please email info@.... The oval ceramic or porcelain images, believed to be from a Chicago-area Jewish cemetery, were discovered in late 2019 in Kentucky as part of the liquidation of an estate. They were found stashed in a bucket in a train caboose on an unidentified Kentucky man’s property.




Martin Fischer
Vice President-Publicity
Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois

JGSI website:

Re: Bayside Cemetery and Acacia Cemetery, Queens


This is wonderful!  My great grandparents were buried in Acacia cemetery!  If anyone else goes there, the last name is Zalka.

Joan Silverman
 Revere, Massachusetts - is there a list of online record updates?

Russ Maurer

Does have and update a list of record sets for which it has posted images? I just discovered, by accident, that a record set I am interested in was supplemented sometime recently. It would be nice not to have to depend on accidents for such discoveries.

Russ Maurer

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