Re: Notarial Documents

Barbara Ellman

Our ancestors used the notaries whenever a contract was called for: sale/purchase of property, business agreements and even dowry agreements.  The most genealogical information will be found in those notary records that relate to the family.

I know of a notary record that defined the fate of a dowry should the marriage end.  The bride's uncle was providing the dowry and the document named 3 generations of the family!

Notary records can be a good source of family information, but they generally require having go to the archives and search for relevant documents.

I'm not sure if there is any genealogical information to be gleaned from this particular transaction.

Barbara Ellman

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

Searching for Fusgeyer Descendants #romania

Carl Kaplan

I am searching for descendants of Fusgeyers, especially in the Boston area. Fusgeyers were Romanian and Moldovan Jews who "walked" across Europe and came to the U.S. between 1899 and 1914. Any information would be most appreciated. Thanks.

Re: Computer program

Alan Ehrlich

My vote also definitely goes to Brother's Keeper

First of all, not having your family tree right there on your computer, whether-or-not it's also online too, is very risky. Additionally, it's much easier to navigate through one's tree, print reports to share and flexibly keep detailed information for each person.

Moreover, besides being available interchangeably in dozens of languages, Brother's Keeper - since several decades - has been updated every couple of months or so, adding new features, reports, graphic presentations, 'bells and whistles', etc.

Kind regards,
Alan Ehrlich

JGS of Long Island Meeting

Jackie Wasserstein


Next Meeting Topic Is:




            Guest Speaker: Sue Fialkoff


Sue Fialkoff will describe her long search for a young relative’s second marriage a century ago.  Did Eloise Metzger marry a Mr. Manley, as records suggested?  If not, why did Eloise start using the name Manley?  This program will touch on helpful research strategies including refining you research questions, analyzing negative evidence, using non-traditional sources, and placing your research into historical context.


Sue is a graduate of the Boston University Certificate program in genealogical research and the ProGen genealogical study program.  She is a lifetime member of the JGS of greater Washington and edits Mishpacha, JGSGW’s quarterly  publication.


  Sunday, February 23 at 2:00 pm






Admission is free and all are Welcome.  Our “Mavens” are available at 1:30 PM to take your genealogy questions.


Jackie Wasserstein

 Past President

Re: Changing Market for Home DNA Testing

Alan Ehrlich

Another possibly significant factor that wasn't mentioned in the article: My experience is that 99% of the persons with matching DNA whom I contacted to exchange information never responded... At all.

Perhaps, that shouldn't have surprised me since,visibly, few enough persons, after testing (or even uploading their test results to other testing company's site), bother to add their ancestral family names/locations to these databases either.

Consequently, the 'promise' of finding additional family branches via the trees previously researched by our DNA matches (= relatives) perhaps too often goes unfulfilled...

Finally, if the perpetuity of the DNA testing companies' 'cousin matching databases' cannot be taken for granted, it can be argued that uploading one's DNA test results to non-testing company databases like are all the more important.

Kind regards,
Alan Ehrlich


Looking for people from Hertsa

Daniel Horowitz

Dear friends,

I am looking for descendants of people from Herta - Hertsa
( a
small town south of Czernowitz and some times considered Romania, part
of the Dorohoi county)
I plan to visit the town as part of a family trip in April to Ukraine,
of course I plan and hope to get some records of the Jews before WWII,
and photograph the cemetery - supposedly in a very bad share because
of the growing jungle.

If you are interested, do not hesitate to contact me privately.

Best regards
Daniel Horowitz

Changing Market for Home DNA Testing

Jan Meisels Allen

We have read about the layoffs from both 23andMe and Ancestry DNA.  Attached is an article about the changing DNA home testing market.


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


#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

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