Re: Include Family Name in Subject

Marjorie Geiser

Excellent point, JB. Perhaps it should be. Along with including your name, where you're from, and names of who you're researching.

However, this is more for those posting, asking for help or looking for others searching the same name.

Margie Geiser
Arizona, USA


Re: Tarnobrzeg #galicia

Joan Edelstein

I’m relatively new to the email list and finally figured out how to reply to the group. My maternal grandmother was from Tarnobrzeg and immigrated here when she was 5 in 1900. When I went to the Lauder Foundation in Warsaw, I was able to get a lot of information on her family. I also visited there with my daughter around 15 years ago.
In any case, of the family who remained in Tarnobrzeg, there were no known survivors of the Holocaust. I would very much like to do some more research to see if I can find more about them and their families. Any suggestions you have of groups to join, Facebook pages, etc. would be greatly appreciated.

I am also interested in others whose families were from Tarnobrzeg to see if there are any connections.

Thanks so much! Joan

Re name Marks - US immigration records in early 19th century

Jeff Miller

I’ve read recently about people who were originally Markowitz or other variations changed their name to Marks.

Consider that records may exist under such an original name.

Best regards,

Jeff Miller

Re: #JewishGenNews

S&D Hirschhorn <sdh2381@...>

 I would like to post the information that my husband Donald Hirschhorn has passed away.  Many JewishGen members may remember him as a long time worker for JewishGen.  He and I did the JewishGen Mall for several years which was a means to provide some income for JewishGen.
Thank you,
Sandra Hirschhorn
Monroe Township, NJ
Researching: LITWIN,Lodz,Poland;  BRUMER, Bialystok, Poland; KARPAY, Berezino, Minsk Gubernia,
Belarus; RAFALCHIK, Berezino, Belarus
Sent: Wednesday, January 29, 2020 3:19 PM
Subject: [Special] [] #JewishGenNews

Dear JewishGen Community,

I’m pleased to report that we have been successful in improving the REPLY feature for members who receive the JewishGen Discussion Group in Digest mode or as individual messages. You will notice that after the end of each message, you are now offered the option to “Reply to Sender” or “Reply to Group”.

Here is an example of what now appears below each message.

We request that when you reply to a message on the Discussion Group, please consider whether your reply will be of general interest to the group or only of interest to the original sender. Sometimes the Discussion Group Moderator may suggest that replies to a certain message be made privately to the sender.

Note: This new reply feature is not available for members who receive the Discussion Group emails in Daily Summary mode. To access your subscription or edit your mode of delivery, go to:

Other Discussion Group Improvements

The new platform for our main Discussion Group has provided us with a number of advantages, such as eliminating the need for plain text, which means we can post and reply to messages from remote devices as well as computers; adding the ability to attach images; accommodating text that includes diacritics from other alphabets; and adding #hashtags to index keywords and organize messages by topic.

We are aware, however, that the new platform also presents limitations. Some of you have pointed out the difficulty in following the thread of a conversation via email, since replies are not connected to the original post. Others have voiced concerns that the “rules” have become lax, resulting in vague subject lines, unsigned postings, and surnames not in all caps.

As a result of this feedback, we have created an open forum for JewishGen Members to discuss their experiences with the group, share ideas for promoting and customizing content areas, and offer various techniques for utilizing the JewishGen Discussion Group. In addition, we are creating a helpful knowledge base that contains a collection of tutorial and reference information for group members. You can easily subscribe to the Members Forum by following this link: Please note: you will need to use the JewishGen Discussion Group username/password (not the regular JewishGen ID#/password). We are getting closer to having an integration with just one username and password, but we are not there yet.

I thank you again for your feedback, and assure you that the Moderators and I take your comments and suggestions seriously.
We are reviewing ways to improve the Discussion Group and will report back to you soon regarding additional changes.

Avraham Groll

Executive Director


Re: ViewMate translation request -Hebrew

Karen Zale

Thank you to all the people who helped me with the translation.  Jewishgen has an amazing group of people always willing to help one another.

Karen Zale
Plano, TX

GREENBERG - Pultusk, Wyszkow
SORKIN - Kapustino, Rogachev

US immigration records in early 19th century #usa


I've been trying to identify where my family came from in Russia for some time without much luck (I am British and the only information I can find is an 1861 census record for my ancestor - Raphael Marks - where his birthplace is stated as being 'Russia' [probably either 1816 or 1826]). No immigration records are available for Raphael which have been able to get me closer to identifying where in Russia he came from.

Following feedback from this group last month, I've looked into my DNA connections in more detail. Interestingly, some of those who match me, my grandfather and my grandfather's second cousin (via the Mark's line) match with a number of people who have a US lady called Phoebe Marks in their trees. It seems that her ancestor - Nathan Marks - was also from Russia (born 1838 and emigrated to New York via the UK in 1867). I'm thinking that if I can work out where Nathan came from, it might narrow down the search for where Raphael came from too (as they may well be brothers/cousins/uncle-nephew/etc).

From previous guidance on here, it sounds like the US immigration records for Nathan might provide me with a clue about where he (and maybe also Raphael) came from. I'm not finding detailed records on Ancestry through - just index-type records. Am I looking in the wrong place?

Re: 19th century medical condition

Elise Cundiff

I really doubt that saralasin would have been known or available back then, it is a medication that affects complex biochemistry that was also unknown.  And even though google brings up Achalasia when "saralasis" is searched, I don't see that word itself ever, so I think it is just an attempt to find a likely substitute.  

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


33521 - 33540 of 673310