Gesher Galicia at the Center for Jewish History in Lower Manhattan #galicia

Steven Turner

There was a large turnout last night for Gesher Galicia Vice President Dr. Andrew Zalewski's fascinating presentation entitled, "Jewish Students, Medical Globetrotters, and Persevering Women". The presentation was recorded and we will keep you posted when the link is available to view. The NY contingent of the Gesher Galicia Board (President, Dr. Steven Turner, Treasurer, Charlie Katz and Director Renee Steinig) were thrilled to attend.

Follow us on facebook and in the message forums to hear about future events.

Dr. Steven S. Turner
Gesher Galicia

Help fight USCIS Genealogy Program Fee Hike - Reopened Comments Until 10 Feb 2020

Renée K. Carl

As previously posted, those of us fighting to prevent the fee hikes to the USCIS Genealogy Program wanted to make sure that people new to the issue know that the comment period reopened. This additional time is a gift, and there are 4 steps you can take to help fight the fee hike:

1) If you have not submitted a comment, now is the time! All the information you need to know is at Submit your comments at:

2) Once you have submitted a comment at the Federal Rulemaking Portal, please make sure you write your Senators and Representative! You can simply forward along a copy of your comments, and if you receive a response, please let me know, or send an email to "recordsnotrevenue @" (you need to delete the extra spaces to make the email work).

3) If you have submitted a comment Federal Rulemaking Portal, you are welcome to submit supplementary comments, however, there is no need to submit repeat or duplicative comments. If your comment has not yet posted to the online portal, but you received email confirmation and/or a receipt number from your previous comment, there is no need to submit the same comment again.** However, you are welcome to add additional thoughts to your previous comments; just be sure to include reference to your previous comment in your supplementary comment.
4) Share share share! Every single comment matters.
Thanks for your efforts, and for caring about these important records.
Renee Carl, and the Records Not Revenue team
Washington, DC
**While many comments post quickly in the online portal, some comments may take up to several months to post for a variety of reasons. As such - if you received confirmation via email or a comment receipt number that your comment was received, rest assured it will post sooner or later.

Re: post-war immigration to Argentina and Israel: where to start?

Mitchell Collier

If you are on Facebook, join this group to ask for assistance researching Argentinian Jewish history.

The discussions tend to be in Spanish, but the translate button under each post does a decent job and you can write to the group in English.

The Facebook group belongs to: Agrupación de Genealogía Judeo-Argentina

The group organizer can be reached by email:



Re: post-war immigration to Argentina and Israel: where to start?

Barbara Ellman

The Bad Arolson records often show where the person went after the war.  The majority of these records are found at the US Holocaust Museum but they are not online,  I've seen records that told the course of the destination request and date the person left for for their destination.  The Arolson archives is putting the collection online, but it is a work in progress.

IGRA has been indexing the incoming ship manifests.
Immigration records for Palestine are held by the Central Zionist Archives which will tell you what records are available and how they can be accessed.

Ships arriving in Buenos Aires can be searched at (site is in Spanish) this database includes ships through 1960.  Also often ships to South America went through New York, so check the Ellis Island database with destination of Argentina or Sud Amerika.

Barbara Ellman
Secaucus NJ USA

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

Re: post-war immigration to Argentina and Israel: where to start?

Rose Feldman

The largest database collection on Israel is that of the Israel Genealogy Research Association. Registration is free an allows you to search to see if the name you are looking for appears, before becoming a member. Every month or two we release additional material. We have some material dealing with post WWII.

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

Help us index more records at

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: Decyphering a town name

Esther Goldberg

Old in Polish is Stare.
Not necessarily have to be a New & Old

Ancestry Announces a Reduction in the Company's Workforce.

Jan Meisels Allen


Ancestry’s president and CEO, Margo Georgiadis, announced a 6 percent reduction in the company’s workforce blaming a slowdown in consumer demand for the company’s DNA service over the past 18 months. Over sixteen million people have taken a DNA test with Ancestry and the statement says 30 million people worldwide have taken a NA test with some company, not only Ancestry.


Ancestry is not the only DNA company that has noticed a slowdown in consumer demand for DNA testing. Georgiadis said, “Future growth will require a continued focus on building consumer trust and innovative new offerings that deliver even greater value to people.” … “Future growth will require a continued focus on building consumer trust and innovative new offerings that deliver even greater value to people.”


To read the statement see:


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee



Arolsen Archives Adds Online Tools: New Information on Survivors of Nazi Persecution

Jan Meisels Allen



The Arolsen Archives has added an online tool to describe documents the e-Guide. The new part online focuses on documents about people who were looked after by the Allies as survivors of Nazi persecution during the period after 1945.The first part of the e-Guide supplied information on concentration camps.


Following the war the displaced persons (DP) were included with the survivors that aid organizations took care of from concentration camps and the liberated forced laborers.  The new part of the e-Guide deciphers numerical codes and other abbreviations for items the DP needed and recorded on their registration cards. The documents explained in the e-Guide make it possible to trace the paths taken by DPs, starting from the place where they first received support and continuing on through to their emigration.


The post-war file is now available on the e-Guide.  All the personal data within this card file is available online in early 2020, and provides additional explanatory information on the contents of the card file, which contains about 3.5 million documents.


To access the e-Guide to the Arolsen Archives see:  Samples of documents are available on this page as well.  It suggested to use the guide on PCs. While it can be used on smart phones not all the features will be available.


The third part of the e-Guide which will focus on Eastern and Western European forced laborers will be available at the end of 2020.


To read the press release see:


This is available in English and German. See the dropdown box in the upper right hand corner.


The Arolsen Archives (its predecessor was the International Tracing Service -ITS)  are an international documentation center on Nazi persecution and the liberated survivors.  It preserves documents about concentration camp prisoners, foreign forced laborers and the postwar registration of Displaced Persons (DPs)


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


Re: Include Family Name in Subject

JB Haber

I'm new here. Where in the Guidelines does it say this?

Viewmate Translation Request - Polish - Surname KITTENPLON

Harry Moatz

Hi Genners:

I've posted a four vital records in Polish for which I need a translation. They are on ViewMate at the addresses below.  The first link has two records, the record inRow 1 is the marriage of Leiser and Sara KITTENPLON, the parents of the groom, Meilech, in the second record inRow 2.  Leiser and Sara had six other children before this marriage.  I'm wondering it the records, in addition to containing metrical information, explain whether the parents' marriage is being registered or . The third and fourth records are the death records of Leiser and Sara. They resided in Sambor (Sambir).

Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page.
Thank you very much.
Harry Moatz


Re: Decyphering a town name

Mike Posnick

The town most probably is Sverzhen.  Sverzhen and Novy Sverzhen are located adjacent to one another and near Stolbtsy in Minsk Gubernia, southwest of the city of Minsk.  My GOLOVENCHITZ relatives are from Novy Sverzhen.

Mike Posnick
Minneapolis, Minnesota

ViewMate translation request -Hebrew

Karen Zale

I have posted a monument of Morris and Sarah Copeland.  I would appreciate a translation of the Hebrew..

It is on ViewMate at the following address ...
Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page.

Thank you very much for your help.
Karen Zale
Plano, TX

Include Family Name in Subject

Marjorie Geiser

Hi all,

I know this has been posted multiple times, but it seems people either don't pay attention, or perhaps forget...

I get the digests and will scan the subjects. But I don't open every post. It would be a real shame if someone was asking about a name that I'm looking for and I missed it because the subject was too vague/generic.


Marjorie Geiser
Arizona, USA


ISO Immigration Records for Kalman and Yetta RAKER

JB Haber

Hi all,

This is my first post here, I hope my request is acceptable.

I've been searching for the immigration records for my ggf and ggm, Kalman and Yetta RAKER. Census and marriage records (for a son) indicate that they came from Galicia. I've searched the Ellis Island Foundation records, plus have attempted to use the SteveMorse tools to no avail.

Would it be okay to ask if anyone can show me how to find their immigration records?

My records show that Kalman show b. 1858, Yetta b. 1863. Immigration in 1886. I believe that they already had one son when they immigrated.
They settled in Olyphant, PA. I don't see any record of them living in New York, so perhaps they didn't come through Ellis Island?

Thank you,

JB Haber

Re: Family Trees

Nina Tobias

-- In 2014, I received the following message (see below my signature) from Judy Goldberg. I replied, letting her know that I wasn't a Mr. and we exchanged emails for a period of time. We were still looking for our link when she became fatally ill. Even though I never heard her voice, I know she was warm and gracious. I just now tried the link and her extensive research is still up and running. Perhaps it might be of help to you and others who are researching the Horowitz family.

Nina Tobias
Scottsdale, Arizona


Dear Mr. Tobias:

I have received a notice from Family Tree DNA of a match between our family by three degrees of genetic distance. 
I have noticed that one of your ancestral surnames is Horowitz and so is mine.
My grandfather on my mother side is from the Horowitz family. 

My family web page is: 

I have traced that side of my family (the Horowitz) to 1005 in Barcelona to Pinchas Ha’Levi.
I also loaded my family tree to

Most of my Horowitz ancestors were from Ukraine, Czechoslovakia, Poland and Germany. I know that Romania boarders with the Ukraine so there may be a connection between our families. 

Please review my web page and let me know if you find any connection between our families.  

Thank you for your time and attention to this matte,

Judy Goldberg

post-war immigration to Argentina and Israel: where to start?

Wendy Griswold

Dear cousins,

Having spent 20+ years trying to research my people who came to the
US, I would now like to look into the family members who went to
Argentina and Israel after the war. I have names and approximate
dates. Could some kind soul please tell me where to start? Are there
databases similar to the ones we have in this country?

I apologize for being bone-headed, and I know how kind the genners are
with people who are casting about trying to figure out how to get


Wendy Griswold
Jupiter FL

Searching: Zurawno: BLITZ, PFEIFFER (every conceivable spelling)
Ekaterinoslaw (Dniepro): DWASS
Nowy Sacz area: EINHORN, WENZELBERG, SHIFULDREM (every imaginable spelling)

help needed Tarnobrzeg sig page

Gayle Schlissel Riley

I tried to contact the staff but it did not go thru..Please contact me or Paul W.  Gayle

Re: Finding family in Israel #israel

Valentin Lupu

Tzipora mentioned in the Yad VaShem testimony regarding her mother Bertha, that there were 2 children. I think that I found her sister, Edith,  who perished in the Stutthof concentration camp.
Here is a screenshot from USHMM:

Yad Vashem has an identical entry from Beate Klasferd's Nevek Project.
At Arolsen Archives in Germany I found Edit' s registration card from Stutthof KZ.

Finally, I recommend to contact MyHeritage, they may have some information about Tzipora

Valentin LUPU

Re: Finding family in Israel #israel

דוד לחמי

Tzipora died in 1968 when she was 39 years old.
According to her headstone, it seems she had no family.

Re: Name Change from Poland to Israel

Gary Pokrassa

I have a relative who made aliyah from Ukraine in the early 1900s.  I found his formal name change in a published listing from 1947 pre-state in the IGRA database
this is the source documentation from that record
This record comes from the Palestine Gazette (פלסטין גאזט), part of the Name Changes - Pre-State (שינוי שמות לפני קום המדינה) database, issue 1580, page 545, IGRA number 15544. The original records are from Avotaynu (אבותינו), This record was added to this search engine on 13 January 2016.

Gary Pokrassa

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