Re: Computer program

Alan Ehrlich

Just want to react to Dani's remark that Brother's Keeper, in addition to genders:  "Male" and "Female"... does indeed also have the third choice: "Unknown".

Kind regards,
Alan Ehrlich
Geneva Switzerland

JewishGen Databases Working Again

Nancy Siegel

We’re pleased to report that the JewishGen databases are back on line. We apologize for any inconvenience this disruption may have caused you. Your patience is greatly appreciated.

Nancy Siegel
Director of Communications

Massachusetts: legislation to close access to birth, marriage, death, and other vital records

Stephen Katz

The Governor of Massachusetts has proposed legislation that will prevent access to birth, marriage, death, and other previously-public records by anyone but the person requesting the record, or his/her parent or attorney. In Massachusetts, these records have been available to everyone (after a lapse of time in some cases) since 1641, in colonial and state repositories (archives and registries) as well as town and city halls. They have been a principal and critical source of genealogical information. Steve Eastman has recently posted an alert about the proposed legislation in his blog ( The Massachusetts Genealogical Council has issued a "Call to Action" to oppose the legislation; further information, including ways to register opposition to the legislation, is available at

Stephen KATZ
(KATZ (Novograd-Volynskiy, Ukraine), KAPLAN (Stakliskes, Lithuania), VITKIN (Kaunas, Lithuania), TEPPER (Rovno and Novograd-Volinskiy, Ukraine)

Re: Jewish Museum of Deportation and Resistance, Mechelen, Belgium's Web site


For your information, you will find the site at

Best regards,
Albert Pampel

Lack of responses from DNA match

Shelley Mitchell

Several times I’ve seen mention of a DNA match’s failure to respond to an inquiry. I know this might sound simplistic but what’s amazing is the amount of non-spam that I find in my Spam file. I used to automatically delete my spam. Then, when I checked, I’d find email that should have been in my inbox.

Also, I’ve been more successful with responses when I first share my information. Such as “there are Terners in my family tree. It’s available on Ancestry...” “I see you match more closely with my mother whose mother’s name was Terner”
Then I ask about the DNA’s information. I personally think it’s less off putting. Just an idea.
Shelley Mitchell 

Re: Jewish Museum of Deportation and Resistance, Mechelen, Belgium's Web site

Lewis, Megan

Hi Avraham,

The website is now The website of their archives/ documentation center is

The museum is digitizing their collections however they can only put certain collections online.  They are working with other institutions to provide access at those institutions.  So far they have partnered with Mémorial de la Shoah, Paris, France and the
Herinneringscentrum Kamp Westerbork, the Netherlands.

Megan Lewis
reference librarian, USHMM

Re: Asking Family For Information

Maurine McLellan

I have had best luck by sending what information I have, even if it is not documented. People are much more willing to correct you and then add info than they are to reply to a, “please tell me what you know” request.

Maurine McLellan
BOTHMAN (BOIDMAN), Zhitomir, Kiev
BEJACH, Zempelburg (Sepolno Krajenskie), Berlin
SACHS, Huluipol, Lithuania

Re: Brothers Spell Their Name Differently

Alan Greenberg

This is extremely common. Sometimes there may be a minor spelling difference and sometimes it could be a complete name change.

You ask "what is the best solution?" I'm afraid I don't know what the "problem" is. They used different names so you record them as such, but that does not alter their parents of the fact that they are siblings.

Alan Greenberg
Montreal, Canada

At 10/02/2020 10:33 PM, Shmuel Meyer via Groups.Jewishgen.Org wrote:

I have 2 brothers that spell their names slightly differently so they are not seen as brothers. Tabachnik and Tabatchnik

I'm sure this isn't unique to me. What is the best solution?



Re: Kozienice census - Russian / Polish translation needed - Names Dzik Szames, Frydman, Sztajnbok, Ejchenholtz, Rojzenman

Daniella Alyagon


Please note that these are not census records, they are however books of residents detailing local residents as well as movement of residents

Daniella Alyagon

נשלח ממכשיר Huawei שלי

Re: Brothers Spell Their Name Differently

sharon yampell

I have one last name that has been permutated 10 other ways from the original.  I put the original down for the oldest family member and then put each permutation for those who use it.  I will use my own last name as an example.


For example, my original last name was YAMPOLSKY but not all of us use YAMPOLSKY..I use YAMPELL; one set of cousins uses JAMPOL; and another set uses YAMPOL… but make sure you use all permutations when researching.


Sharon F. Yampell

Voorhees, NJ USA


From: Shmuel Meyer
Sent: Tuesday, February 11, 2020 8:27 AM
To: main@...
Subject: [] Brothers Spell Their Name Differently



I have 2 brothers that spell their names slightly differently so they are not seen as brothers. Tabachnik and Tabatchnik

I'm sure this isn't unique to me. What is the best solution?




Re: Looking for people from Hertsa


My great grandfather was from there. His name was Adolph Abraham Greenberg. He was born about 1883 and immigrated to America in 1907 with his fiancee family named Markowitz who was from neighboring town of darabani. According to research I had done their last name was different in home country. Instead of Greenberg it was Apreive or similar spelling. Not sure if the information I obtained is accurate. On yadvashem there is a whole bunch listed on POT's that were from Hertza, but can't make any connections or find any descendant to ask questions. So pretty much my Greenberg line remains a mystery.

Kozienice census - Russian / Polish translation needed - Names Dzik Szames, Frydman, Sztajnbok, Ejchenholtz, Rojzenman

arie dzick

I've posted a vital record in Polish and Russian for which I need a translation..

These are extracts from the Kozienice town census dating back the spanning from early 1900's to 1948.
These are the census page of my direct family . These are my g and gg grand parents.

Depending on records, names are  : Szames, Frydman, Rojzenman, Dzik, Ejchenholtz, Sztajnbok.

In case you accept, could you please translate main info by line number. What is of utmost importance are the town of birth (when it's not kozienice), profession, cause of death or any information about their life. I you could pay attention to the information in last column on the right hand side.
Thank you very much for your help.

Thank you very much.

Arie Dzick

Re: Searching for Fusgeyer Descendants #romania

Dave and Melanie Bloom

I'm a Fusgeyer descendant, although not from Boston.  Short on time right now, but would enjoy chatting about that.  
Dave Bloom


Re: Changing Market for Home DNA Testing

Jake Jacobs

Something to check, if you are not getting responses to emails about DNA matches: I just discovered that my email/message box on Ancestry was nonfunctional: Nothing coming in, nothing going out. Figured this out when I sent a message to a cousin, who did not receive it.  I checked my outbox, and it did not reflect a single message sent since 2012!  I have sent many messages since that time, but no responses.  I contacted Ancestry. It took them 2 months to get the problem resolved. It finally does appear to be working.

If you haven't had any responses at all on Ancestry, might be worth checking your mailbox, sending a test message to someone who can confirm they received it.

Diane Jacobs
Austin, Texas

Re: Belarus? Geography Question: Slonim Zaludok Grodno Wilna


Hello Joel --

During the years you mentioned, first born sons were exempt from service in the Czar's army. Later born sons were sometimes "adopted" by neighbors who had no sons and were past child-bearing age. So on official records, they had the "adoptive" family's last name.

According to Wikipedia:
Slonim is now a city in the Grodno Region of Belarus.(BelarusianСло́німRussianСло́нимLithuanianSlanimasPolishSłonimYiddishסלאָנים‎, Slonim)
It is located at the junction of the Shchara and Isa rivers, 143 km (89 mi) southeast of Grodno

Slonim was in the area annexed by Russia in 1795. Administratively it was part of the Slonim Governorate until 1797, Vilna Governorate until 1801 and Grodno Governorate until World War I. In 1897 it was the fourth largest city of the governorate after the leading cities of BiałystokGrodno and Brześć.

Slonim was one of the many towns in Poland that had a significant Jewish population. The imposing Great Synagogue, built in 1642, survived the destruction and brutal Nazi liquidation of the Słonim Ghetto with 10,000 Jews massacred in 1942 alone. The 10 small synagogues around the Great Synagogue called Stiblach did not survive.

The Slonimer Hasidic dynasty came from there. Michael and Ephraim Marks (of Marks & Spencer) were born in Slonim. The wealthiest family in Slonim before World War II were the Rabinowicz brothers, Vigdor and Yossel. Their parents were Dovber and Rivka Rochel (née Kancepolski). After World War I, they entered the forestry business together with Yaakov Milikowski, and were known as the Rabmils. They escaped the Nazi atrocities by flying to Israel (Palestine at the time). ... Slonim is on the railway line between Baranavichy and Vaukavysk. [My father was born in Baranovichi, Belarus in Dec 1904. He died in Nov 2007 one month before his 103rd birthday.]

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Zaludok -- See photos at

See the KehilaLinks website at

And the JewishGen webpage at

Jewish Cemetery Project webpage for Zaludok

Zaludok memorial in Holon cemetery in Israel,_Zaludok_and_Szczuczyn_memorial.JPG

Zaludok genealogy Message Board
Researching families Poretsky, Pelovsky and Antokolski from the shtetl Zaludok in Belarus. The Pelovsky family originated in Vilna.

Best regards,

Looking for WAGMAN, WAKSMAN, KAUFER, DAJCH from Gowarczow, Poland

Shaul Ceder

These are names of direct ancestors of mine. Please note that DAJCH is pronounced with a guttural "ch".

New Database on IGRA’s Website

Elena Bazes

The Israel Genealogy Research Association (IGRA) has just released a new database on its website. There are over 1,500,000 records available in our databases. With each release we provide a variety of records to our collection.

 A preview of the database is available at


New Database


Participants in the Maccabiah Games 1931-1997       20,052 Listings


This database includes all participants in 33 different sports from 74 countries.


Please note, the IGRA databases are now searchable to all registrants. The search results page is also available to all registrants. Additional details regarding most databases are available only to paid IGRA members. Certain exceptions exist due to requests of the specific archives.


Before viewing the databases, please register for free on the IGRA website:


To view the databases, go to the database tab on the website.

Elena Biegel Bazes

IGRA Publicity Chair



Jewish Museum of Deportation and Resistance, Mechelen, Belgium's Web site

Avraham Y. Kahana

Some 10 years ago I exchanged several emails with the Jewish Museum of Deportation and Resistance, Mechelen, Belgium. They were very helpful and provided me with lots of documents (few on the deportations but lots of files on my family - I am not sure now if the files were of their possession or the belgium immigration offices - in any case, were very helpful and for those of you who have family that stayed in Belgium for some time - I would strongly recommend checking)

I am writing this message to ask if anyone knows about the current web site of the Museum of Deportation. The site mentioned here does not seem valid anymore. The mails I have in my archives show the domain, this must have been the site indeed.

Anyone knows what is the working web address of the institution ?
Thanks in advance,
Avraham Yehoshua Kahana

Rabbi Lippe der Vendzegoler of Lithuania

Susan Goldsmith

Would David Mann write to me directly at jcwsmg@....

Susan Goldsmith
SF Bay Area, USA

Asking Family For Information

Shmuel Meyer


I want to ask family for genealogical details. How is the best way to do it: a web form, a list of questions, other ideas?



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