US Charges Chinese Military as Hackers for Equifax Data Breech Affecting half of US

Jan Meisels Allen

In 2017 Equifax sustained the largest data breech in US history- affecting 145 million Americans.  The US is charging four members of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army with hacking into the computer system.  The suspects were members of the PLA's 54th Research Institute, part of the Chinese military. They were identified as Wu Zhiyong, Wang Qian, Xu Ke and Liu Lei. They obtained names, birthdates and Social Security numbers of 145 million Americans, and driver's license numbers for at least 10 million Americans.


Hackers also stole credit card numbers and other personal information for 200,000 Americans and personal information for nearly a million citizens of the United Kingdom and Canada.

to read more see:


Thank you to Teven Laxer, member of the IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee for sharing this information.



Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


Re: Changing Market for Home DNA Testing

Helen Gottesman

I also had thousands of potential relatives with FTDNA, as did my husband.  Most were from far-flung areas of Europe, did not list family names or names very different from mine and each other.  Not sure what good they did for either of us except for confirming we are both of Askenazic ancestry.
Helen Gottesman

Dobrin, Bukofzer, Lublinski, Segall, Davidsohn, Altmann, from West Prussia/Poland
Schwarz, Schwager, Gutmann, Greenhut, Grunhut, from Bavaria, germany and Western Czechslovakia/Bohemia

JewishGen Database Problem

Nancy Siegel

Dear JewishGen Community,
We regret that we are currently experiencing problems with our databases. We ask for your patience and understanding as we work to get our data back on line.
Nancy Siegel (San Francisco/CA/USA)
Director of Communications

Re: Changing Market for Home DNA Testing

Sheila Toffell

I have seen far fewer family trees posted since the privacy laws changed in various countries but besides that I think the options to post names and places are often hidden inside other parts of the initial process and often get overlooked. 

Sheila Toffell
Glen Rock NJ

ViewMate translation request - Cyrillic

Adam Cherson

Dear Fellow Researchers,

I've posted a vital record in Russian for which I need a one word translation. It is on ViewMate at the following address:


This consists of a surname from a Revision List, handwritten twice, for which I need to verify the Cyrillic letters being used by the scribe.


Many thanks for your guidance.


Adam Cherson

New York City


ViewMate translation request – Russian


Dear Friends,


I've posted the 1901 Russian marriage record of my great-grandparents for which I need a translation. The marriage record is on ViewMate at the following address:
Could someone please translate this marriage record for me? If yes, please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page.

Thank you so much!!!


Wendy Starr

New York City

Re: Online classes


I can recommend an online course run by FutureLearn who run a large variety of courses from all over the world.This one is from Strathclyde university. It is free although you can upgrade.  Called Genealogy: 'Researching your family tree'.  Good no matter whether a beginner or more advanced. 6 weeks duration.   4 hours weekly .Begins again beginning of March.

Re: 19th century medical condition

Elise Cundiff

Yes, early March does make sunstroke unlikely (but still remotely possible).  I go back to paralysis as probable.  We just won't know what caused the paralysis - polio, a stroke, possible other infections.

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




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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.

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