#translations #Latvian

Linda Kelley

Subj: ViewMate translation request - Latvian

I've posted a vital record in Latvian for which I need a translation. It is on ViewMate at the following address ...
Leizer/Velvel Civjan, son of Abram, was born 28 May 1894 in Livano. In 1924, he received a Latvian passport. He was a watchmaker. He had a wife and two children. Leizer's wife and children died in the Holocaust, and his family in Latvia thought he also died in the Holocaust. But he survived, and came to the USA in 1946. He changed his name to Lester Abraham Civijan.
Please tell me what else the passport says, and respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page. I will share the information with the other Civjan researchers working on this.
Thank you very much.
Linda Wolfe Kelley
Portland OR, USA

FRIEDEMANN, ZIELINSKI, TAUSINGER-German Translation Request for Berlin records

Karen <kgschneider@...>


I have just posted the following German translation requests on View Mate:


Birth record for Erich Esriel FRIEDEMANN


Isidor TAUSINGER and Sophie FRIEDEMANN Marriage Record-p.1


Isidor TAUSINGER and Sophie FRIEDEMANN Marriage Record-p.2


In addition to translations, I am hoping to gain clues about Erich Esriel FRIEDEMANN’s parents to

eventually  piece together why Erich was raised by his aunt Lina FRIEDEMANN from age one. I first

thought Erich’s parents might have died shortly after Erich’s birth in 1904. But I believe from Yad Vashem and

other records that the Sophie (nee Zielinski?) FRIEDEMANN in the above  marriage record is Erich’s mother

who married Isidor TAUSINGER in 1912. We know this Sophie later dies in the Holocaust around 1941.


Thank you in advance for any assistance. Please respond to the translations via the View Mate form. And if anyone

has any thoughts on where I might look for clues why Erich was raised by his aunt, please respond through this

group or my email.


Many thanks,

Karen Gregar Schneider




Sent from Mail for Windows 10


Re: online classes

The Becker's Email

Dear Ariela,

My grounding in genealogical research was years ago from taking a beginning and intermediate courses through jewishgen.  I highly recommend.  Check out Jewishgen Education for their offerings.

Johanna Becker

Re: Computer program

Laurie Sosna

I've used Reunion for over a decade. It has pretty much everything I need.
Upgrades are not free, so I looked around for alternatives.
I tried a couple of other programs, but I realized that I'm pretty happy with what Reunion gives me.
Keep in mind that certain versions of software may not run on your computer's operating system. Check the specifications carefully.
(Example: Reunion 12 does not run on my mac, which is using OS 10.12)
Understand that once you're invested in a program, you're probably going to stick with it.

Here are some websites that review the different programs:

Good luck with your search,
Laurie Sosna
San Francisco, CA

Seeking family by the name of Berger

Seeking family by the name of Berger or Birger from Panevezys or Kupiskis Lithuania.

Re: Tomergut, Russia - ROSENBLUM


Hi Judy -

Tell me about your COHEN.  Mine are Kovno and Raseiniai, Lithuania, NY, Chicago, Canada, Australia, and South Africa, and an important cousin in Austin, TX.


Actively Searching:



Re: 19th century medical condition

Eva Lawrence

I think this word is Paralysis, spelled the wrong way - not a very useful medical diagnosis.
Eva Lawrence
St Albans, UK.

Notarial Documents

M Fine

I recently have been in touch with Daniel Paczkowski, from Ancestral-Tourism.

He found and translated a notarial document of a real estate sale by my great great grandfather from Choroszcz, Leib Calewicz.

I am wondering how much experience people might have had with such documents?  Can I deduce any genealogical information about my Calewicz family, besides that he owned some property and seemingly had to sell it to satisfy some debts?  This document was from 1893.  In 1898 he left to join his daughter in NY.

Perhaps this is a resource that more researchers should be using?

Mitch Fine

FINE, CALEWICZ, SOLOWITZ –Bialystok, Choroszcz

Re: computer program

Eva Lawrence

-- I use FamilyTree Maker 2017,  which I bought as a disc when I was still using Windows 7, so that I could use it without being on the internet or saving my data there. It has rather a lot of bells  and whistles, which I learned to use over time..It is not completely compatible with Windows 10, but does work on my laptop.  There is an online guide book, which is worth consulting,  and the genealogy charts and reports it can produce are particularly useful. It is based on one direct line (horizontal on the screen, not vertical), but it's easy to move to a collateral line..It will It will export and import files as GEDCOM. or pdf. or send them to a printer.  It has no limitations on the size of your tree, except those of storage in your personal computer. It is good if you want to keep two sets of families apart, a you can start separate trees easily, and back them up into your own document library and retrieve them from there. Drawbacks are that there are no easily available diacritical symbols (French accents, umlauts etc) .and it doesn't allow easily for Jewish alternative names. For a large set of names, it has a very efficient search engine, which will sort out people with similar  names.. A drawback for me is its autocompletion habit  for place names, that i have to keep a careful eye on, but it compensates by weeding out obvious typos...
It syncs with Ancestry if you prefer that, but you'd probably have to keep up a subscription.
All that said, I don't know whether you can still buy it, but the above does give you an idea of what to look out for..
Eva Lawrence
St Albans, UK.

Translation of 2 Hungarian death records

Kenneth Berger

I've posted 2 vital records in Hungarian for which I need 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.
Kenneth Berger


Jewish Genealogical Society New York February 23 Meeting

Phyllis Rosner

Jewish Genealogical Society NY Meeting
Sunday February 23, 2020 at 2 p.m.
Center for Jewish History, Kovno Room
15 West 16th St., New York NY

The Rest of the Story: Finding Your Family in Online Newspapers

Speaker: Janeen Bjork

By including online newspapers in your genealogy toolbox, you can unearth items that will link people, confirm or refute family tales, and give color to your data!

Janeen Bjork will share her search methodology via several case studies that illustrate how anyone can find and preserve family items from online newspaper archives. She will begin with a lesson on how to work effectively with newspapers’ OCR technology and will then identify best practices for conducting research in about a dozen popular newspapers. There will be examples and a walk through the websites that you’ll want to explore. 

Janeen Bjork teaches genealogy at Norwalk Community College and other adult education centers. She is a TV researcher and popular guest speaker who has been obsessed with the information historical newspapers contain ever since she found a story about the 1894 murder of her great-great grandfather in a Syracuse, NY newspaper.

$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

Online classes

Ariela Zucker

Wondering if anyone here have prior experience with online genealogical class.

Re: Computer program

Sarah L Meyer

I like Legacy family tree.  I am not sure what you mean by vertical, but you can view pedigree charts and descendants charts easily, and the children go under the parents when you enter the data.  Also there is a Facebook Legacy users group, that can answer your questions quickly.  If you have a problem you usually can get an answer as to how to do something within a few minutes.  It does have a lot of "bells and whistles" but you can start with a free download of the program from  As you get more comfortable and want to do more, then you can if you wish, get the deluxe version for a relatively small price, and your data remains, you just unlock some of the more advanced features.  There is one negative - it has a christened/baptised field in the individual input screen that as of now, can't be hidden.  You can customize the family view screen, so you don't see it.  I don't use it, but would very much prefer that it were not there.  That said, I have been using this program for my husband's family for many years and find it so much better than other programs that I decided if I could ignore it for his non-Jewish family, I could ignore it for my Jewish one.
Sarah L Meyer
Georgetown TX
BIRGARDOVSKY, EDELBERG, HITE (CHAIT), PERCHIK Russia (southern Ukraine) and some Latvia or Lithuania

online classes

Ariela Zucker

Wonder if anyone here took an online genealogy class and if there are any recommendations.

Re: US immigration records in early 19th century #usa

Diane Jacobs


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What is BMD? Birth, marriage, death?

Nancy S.
Maryland, USA
Diane Jacobs

Re: Tomergut, Russia - ROSENBLUM

Alexander Sharon



This one looks like modern place Tomashhorod, Ukraine with previous known names such as Tomashgrod, Rovno uyezd, Volhynia, Imperial Russia prior to WWI, and during the interwar period as Tomaszgrod, Sarny powiat, Polesie, Poland.


Alexander Sharon

Re: Computer program


Cumberland Family Tree is a simple to use yet very covenient and has many good and useful features. If you decide to use it you'll find that it is not expensive too.
The s/w can be found here: 
www dot cft-win dot com (please remove the spaces and replace dot with "."
I enjoy it for years. 

Re: US immigration records in early 19th century #usa

N. Summers

What is BMD? Birth, marriage, death?

Nancy S.
Maryland, USA

Re: 19th century medical condition

John Anderson

He died 08 Mar 1894 in Dayton, Ohio. Doubtful that it was sunstroke......

John Anderson 

Searching for TSIPKE GOLDBERG’s married last name

Amy Wisotsky

My ga Tsipke GOLDBERG (married name unknown) was the only sibling of eight (8)

that did not come to the US and we were told she perished in the Holocaust.

Where: She was born abt. 1902 in Pruzhany,. Her parents, Zelik

(DOB Abt 1861; DOD Abt 1939) and Mindla Blacher GOLDBERG (DOB: Abt. 1867;

DOD: Abt. 1939) were born in Pruzany, arrived in the US in May 1925
and returned to

Poland in abt 1927-28.

I have pieces of information about Tsipke that were handed down to the
family but the

most accurate would come from Mauricio, the youngest sibling and the
one who settled

in Buenos Aires. I am estimating she married young – possibly at age
16 in 1918 and

had two children probably by 1923. When her brother Mauricio left in
1924, he said she

was married with two boys. Tsipke’s husband was a landowner and had
cattle and he

was older than her. They moved to a town not far from Pruzhany.
Tsipke was albino and

had vision problems and was supposedly denied access to the US. But
her husband loved

her – even with her medical condition. I have a photo of Tsipke and
her husband.

Her parents, Zelig and Mindla returned to be with her, leaving Elizabeth, NJ

sometime in 1927-1928. I was told Zelig had a stroke.

I don’t know if it is speculation or factual – but family always said
they died in the

Holocaust. I do not know if all perished in the Holocaust. I have
spent countless hours
researching Ancestry, JewishGen, JRI-PL, Yad Vashem and the US Holocaust Museum
using her maiden name and variations of her first name

Needed information: Are there any other options I may have missed for research?

Is there a way to find her marriage certificate? I would like to find
out if there are

any surviving family members. Additionally, I would like to find out what

happened to her parents Zelig and Mindla (my ggp) when they returned
to be with her.

Thank you!

Amy T. Wisotsky

Louisville, Kentucky USA