Oleśnica village near Seroczyn, Siedlce district #poland

Dror Bereznitsky

According to multiple records from Seroczyn some of my ancestors have lived in a village named Oleśnica, located near Wodynie and Seroczyn (Siedlce district).
I could not find any information about a Jewish community in this village (found other villages named Oleśnica in other parts of Poland).
Looking at Google maps this seems to be a very small village these days.
I was wondering whether anyone has information about this village?

seeking location of town

Deborah Lane

I am hoping someone can help identify a town.
I found the town Pzornasha, Austria listed on a naturalization record of a woman who might be a relative of mine. She was born in 1880 and immigrated to New York in 1896.
This town's name was typed twice, one time saying it was in Austria and the second time saying it was in Poland-Austria. I searched JewishGen town finder and google maps but did not find it.
Any help will be appreciated. Thank you
Deborah Lane
Spring Valley, New York
Researching: Oppenheim and Margolis of Telshe, Lithuania; Siegel of Balbirishik; Shapiro and Abelman of Kovno; Levine and Altschuller of Mogilev; Kaplan, Gritzman and Zakusaya of Bialystok; Schecter of Vinnitsa; Lieberman of Gaysin; Benedetsky of Bela Tserkov; Mintz of Latvia; a of Kiev

Re: Jewish refugees in Tashkent during WWII - Moroz


I've been unable to find out what happened to my great-uncle, Shimon Vaisbord (Vaisberg), son of Yehudah Leib Vaisbord, and born in/near Volozhin. I found the attached Tashkent card and wonder if it's him, though the father's name on the card may not be a match. Can anyone tell me any significant information on the card that might indicate if it's my great-uncle?

Re: Jewish refugees in Tashkent during WWII - Moroz


That's quite a story, Dave!  I hope you are able to find out more about your mother's life and family.


Re: New Nasielsk Cemetery Inscription Resource - Russian and Hebrew Translation Request


The four images are a description of the Dubno, Volyn province, synagogue and, possibly, community. The images are too small and are of poor quality. The text is signed by the Rabbi of the Dubno district Morgol'es (?).


Boris Feldblyum

Unable to View The Hessen Gatermann Index

Joyce Eastman

Is there a problem with being able to view The Hessen Gatermann Index on JewishGen?  I was able to view the entries there before, but now when I try to open one of them it takes me to the “DFG Viewer” and I can only see a blank page.


Please advise.


Joyce Eastman

Orange City, FL USA


RESEARCHING:  WILDER/HONIG/KATZ/FUSFELD/WANK/HELFER/ZINKOWER: Brody, Poland/Ukraine;Vienna, Austria; New York, USA; and Central Florida, USA; RUFEISEN: Biala/Sucha/Zywiec/Szare, Poland, Israel, Germany and Brazil; SCHEIER/ROBINSOHN: Biala/Sucha, Poland and Stanislawow, Poland/Ukraine (Ivano-Frankvisk); Queens, NY; and Central Florida, USA; FRANKL/FODOR/PORGES/GROSSMANN/KOHN/WEISZ: Vaj Ujhely, Hungary/Trencin, Slovakia



Re: Kanth near Breslau, Silesia ( now called Katy Wroclawskie)

André Günther

At mapping... you saw Beate Heidenfeld, Born 1924?
you can look also here:

Re: Kanth near Breslau, Silesia ( now called Katy Wroclawskie)

André Günther

each town everywhere decides if they would allow Stolpersteine or not.

Please help us solve a 50 Yr Old Family Mystery! #general #poland


Hello All,

We have a 50+ year family secret we'd love to solve.  Our mother and her sisters took their grave any knowledge of my Grandma Bessie Appel / Pesa Appel.  Growing up we were told she was deceased, which in fact, my Mother and Her siblings were taken away and placed into foster homes. So we understand a lot of negativity transpired that may have led to everything being kept hidden.  But now, these individuals have all passed away, and we have a gaping hole in our family tree.

Our Grandmother was Bessie Appel Married Charles Denenberg.  Bessie was not her name at birth.  We believe she was Pesa Appel.  Her Parents are listed as Moses Appel and Esther Goldman.  Though, our only proof of Bessie / Pesa's parents are on the Marriage Registry where their names are listed by Bessie on the entry. An adoption record exists for Bessie Appel's children where a Jacob Appel is mentioned.  Another document references a Brother (name redacted though).  We believe Jacob to be Bessie's Brother through all the research we've conducted. There is simply no other Jacob Appel in the entire state of Michigan that had a sister, and her name was Pesa. We are not sure the exact relation, and it could be through adoption in Poland, Half Brother, or full flood relations.  We have been unable to substantiate Pesa / Bessie's exact lineage.  Our research has been unable to locate a Moses Appel and Esther Goldman who had a daughter named Bessie or Pesa born in 1902 in Tomaszow Poland.

CAN YOU HELP SOLVE THIS MYSTERY AND LINK PESA APPEL TO MOSES APPEL + ESTHER GOLDMAN?  ----- > See Attached Documents for a synopsis of all we know.

1920.detroit..jpg  - See Line #1.  You'll see Pesa Appel is sailing on the S.S. Scandinavian from Antwerp on September 23, 1920 headed to Detroit, Michigan.  She was Debarred.

2. pesaappelOct1920manifestpg2familysearch.jpg - Nothing of much importance.  7/6/20 says Pesa Appel is in good health.

3.  pesaappelOct1920manifestv2pg2famsearch.jpg - 10/1/20 - B.S.I affidavit on file. Admin Bond 1 yr 1/230/434 Debarred Oct 1, 1920

4.  pesaappelOct1920manifestfamilysearch.jpg - You can see she was headed to Detroit, Michigan to see her brother Jacob Appel.  She was Debarred in Quebec Canada.

5. Bessie2.jpg - On May 16, 1922 she must have traveled to Detroit, Michigan at some point, because she was married to Charles Denenberg.  Parents Listed as Moses Appel and Esther Goldman.

6. pesaappelOct1922manifestv2famsearch.jpg  = July 20, 1922.  Pesa Appel lists No Relatives from where she came from.

7. 1922.CPOS.Manifest.jpg - List or Manifest of Alien Passengers Applying for Admission to the United States via per C.P.O.S on July 24,1922. Line #1. She is there to vist her brother Jacob Appel and lists her place of birth as Tomaszow, Poland.

8. 1922.Immigration.service.jpg - Self Explanatory

9. - Line #31 - Jacob Appel and Family

10. - Line #82 - Jacob Appel and Family

11. 1940 Census-jacob.and.Lillie.jpg - Line #50 & #51 - Jacob Appel and his wife Lilly

12. 1940-philip.jpg - Jacob Appel's Son Phillip R. Appel, his Wife Bula Appel, and their daughter Nancy. Line #74
13. Death.jpg - Bessie Appel's Death Certificate.

Re: This week's Yizkor book excerpt on the JewishGen Facebook page

Bob Fitterman

I interacted with NIAB Grodno in 2013 and was able to obtain a single record. I told them what record I wanted. They replied with a draft invoice and the forms I had to complete. The invoice included SWIFT transfer information for their bank and I was able to wire the funds to their account. Each step of the process was slow and it was a few months after the payment and submission of forms that my records were delivered by the postal service.

I was able to do everything via bilingual emails (English/Russian). The Russian was all translated via Google Translate and while it wasn't perfect it was enough to facilitate the transaction. Their responses I received were only in Russian.

Bob Fitterman
New York City

Re: Finding JewishJen referenced document in Lithuanian archives


KRA must refer to the Kaunas archives.


Boris Feldblyum


Sheldon Dan <sheldan1955@...>

I am currently researching the ancestors of my mother's father, Samuel ROTTERSMAN (1895-1947).  Samuel was the son of Isaac ROTTERSMAN, who was born in 1861 in Stanislawice, Poland, near Bochnia and died in 1931 in Bochnia.  The family tree includes a lot of entries from Bochnia, Stanislawice, and Brzesko.

Isaac Rottersman was married twice.  His first wife was Mishket (Malka) BLONSKI, who was born in 1860 in Cikowice.  They apparently had seven children, but the only ones I was previously familiar with were my grandfather and two others.  Two of his sisters were Sadie Rottersman SIZELER (1889-1965) and Esther Rottersman Blonski MENSZER (1897-1964). 

Sadie and her husband Isaac had two sons born in Brzesko, A. Louis Sizeler (1910-1994) and Morris Sizeler (1912-1996).  They immigrated to Memphis, TN, where Samuel had immigrated earlier, and later moved to New Orleans, LA.  They had two daughters, Mildred (Millie) Sizeler LANDAU (1914-2000) and Ruth Sizeler HERZOG (1916-1994).

Esther married Isack BLONSKI and had one child, Nathan.  Isack apparently died in 1918 in Bochnia, and afterward Esther and Nathan immigrated to New Orleans.  Esther then married Joseph MENSZER and Nathan adopted his stepfather's name.  Esther and Joseph had another son, Sam.

The other Rottersman siblings were Ryfka Ruchla ROTTERSMAN (1884-1909), who married Josef Hirsh ROTTERSMAN (formerly FLEISCHER) (1875-1941);Tauba ROTTERSMAN (1893-1941); Majer (1901-1915); and Rachel (1903-1905).  Tauba married Josef Hirsh after Ryfka Ruchla's death.

After Malka Rottersman died in 1906, Isaac remarried.  He married Itel LANDWIRTH, born in 1881 in Ludwinow.  They had nine children, of which I only was aware of one, Nutke (Nathan) (1915-1996), who eventually settled in New Orleans.  The others were Chaim Baruch (1907-1944); Meilech (1909-1945); Josef (1911-1945); Henne (1913-1945); Elle Rottersman FISZ (born 1918); Arye (1921-1922); Adel (died 1945); and Olga (died 1945).  Itel died in 1939; most of her children perished in the Shoah.

We think Isaac Rottersman's father was named Szmuel, born in Wisnicz and died in Bochnia.  In my research, I have found many other branches that may have ties to the region.  The list is so numerous that I will not add it here, but you can read it with the attached file.  I suspect that most of these Rottersmans are related.  Please contact me if you are familiar with any of the names on the list.
Sheldon Dan

New Nasielsk Cemetery Inscription Resource - Russian and Hebrew Translation Request

Aaron Slotnik

Hello Genners,

I recently became aware of a "new" resource available from the Central Archives for the History of the Jewish People (CAHJP - on page 37) for the town of Nasielsk to the northeast of Warsaw:

NASIELSK (pow. Pultusk, woj. warszawskie) 1910 Microfilms: Copies of
inscriptions from synagogues and tombstones [H, R], 1910. (RGIA, St.
Petersburg, Departament dukhovnykh del…)

The material was acquired by another researcher and I've been able to start to review it.  While there is a lot of material in Russian, the majority and the focus is tombstone inscriptions from the now non-existent Jewish cemetery.  The images are quite clear and the word for word handwritten inscriptions are also quite good for the most part . . . some of them are even printed.

I'm trying to understand what the context of the material is and perhaps why it was created.  I'm hopeful that information may be in the first few pages of the Russian material, perhaps an introduction and explanation.  I've attached the pages here for review.  I'm not looking for a word for word translation at this time, rather a summary of what it says.

Please reply privately if you are able to read these or for any questions.

Aaron Slotnik
Chicago, IL  USA

KIMCHE, WOROSHILSKY - Bialystok and Grodno area, Poland
GOLDBERG, KATZ - Dabrowa Bialostocka, Poland
ZLOTNIK, RZEZNIK - Nowy Dwor Mazowiecki, Zakroczym, and Nasielsk, Poland
SCHAPIRA - Jagielnica and Horodenka, Ukraine
BLUMENTHAL, KANTOR, TREISTER, ELLENBOGEN - Borshchiv, Husiatyn and Horodenka, Ukraine
BLUM, KATZ, MARTON, LIEBERMANN, ELKOVITS, VAISZ, SAMUEL - Salaj, Satu Mare, and Maramures Counties, Romania

Re: Finding JewishJen referenced document in Lithuanian archives

Jo Ann Goldwater

KRA is the Kaunus Regional Historical Archives.

I don’t think that they do research but if you give them the record number, you should be able to get it but it may take time.

Zajonc descendants from Lubartów,Lublin Gubernia,(records in Fond 1752 Lublin Archive),Located at 51°28’ 22°38’


A Jewishgen search of my paternal ancestral family name also brings me to JRI Poland and the following list of BMD at Lubartów, Lublin Gubernia,(records in Fond 1752 Lublin Archive), located at 51°28’ 22°38’ (Polish ZAJONC is pronounced ZIONTS):-
Surname Given Name Year Type Akta
ZAJONC  Sura  1869  24 
ZAJONC  Itta  1869  30 
SZTECHER  Gerszek  1870  12 
ZAJONC  Szandla Zlata  1870  12 
ZAJONC  Josef Boruch  1875 
ZAJONC  Laia  1875 
ZAJONC  Malka  1876  44 
ZAJONC  Boruch Lejb  1878  38 
ZAJONC  Chana Masza  1896 

What made me pick out this town's list is because Baruch Leib was the name of my great-great-grandfather as this appears on the gravestone of my great-grandfather Mordechai (Marks) ZIANTS. My paternal grandfather, Moshe (Morris) was born in Narewka, and always identified himself as a Bialystoker, but I have been told by other family members that his mother's family were from Bielsk. I see from the map, that Lubartow is also in this general region. My grandfather just had sisters and from the descendants of Mordechai at least, I am now the oldest living person carrying the ZIANTS name within this small immediate family.

The name on the list, though, cannot be my great-great-grandfather because Mordechai, his son, was born in the 1860s (exact date not certain due to discrepancies of age in different documents, etc.), and the name on the list was born in a substantially later generation. I am very curious to find hints that these, or some of these might be cousins. 

Although I am not in a position to be able to do DNA testing (these are not available in Israel where I live and in any case at this time I cannot afford the expense), I would be very  happy to try and reach out to anyone who feels that they might be descended from the people on that list, or anyone else of Jewish descent that carries my family name.

Is any one able to tell me the root of the first names of the marrying couple Gerszek and Szandla Zlata? I initially thought that maybe Gerszek was Gershon, but the different family name seems to indicate that this is the female. I would not be surprised if many of the others on the list are their children, but this is probably something we will never know due to the incomplete records.

One of the issues that held me back in examining myself as a ZIANTS in my earlier family research was because of a buber-maaser ("grandma's tale") in the most literal sense, and this can be seen in some of the postings I made on this forum from two or three decades ago. My grandmother told me, concerning my grandfather's father, that his family name was originally ZENETSKY and was changed to ZIANTS. It turned out that his mother's family name was ZENETSKY and was changed to ZIANTS when she married Mordechai - as many wives change their name when marrying :-) . Moreover there really was a paternal family name change in that generation, from ZENETSKY to SCHLOSBERG of my great-grandmother's brothers (they did this in Hamburg on route to England and America) - which I do not remember my grandparents telling me and I only found out, after they had left this world, from a third cousin.

David Ziants
Ma'aleh Adumim, Israel
Searching: ZIANTS, ZENETSKY (SCHLOSBERG), ISMACH (ISHMA, DAVIDSON, OSMAN), FRIEDMAN, ALPERT (from Narewka, Bialystok, Bielsk, Lomza, Lodz, Warsaw); GEWELBA (GABLE,GALE, RAVEL), SINGER (Warsaw); REINA (UK and Netherlands), MICHAELS (UK and W. Europe), VIEYRA, JUDA-RODRIGUEZ (PASCAL) and all W. Sephardi families (primarily UK and Netherlands).


Re: Jewish refugees in Tashkent during WWII - Moroz

Dave Lichtenstein

Hello Everyone - this is an extremely interesting and personal story for me.  As I understand that my late mother then Felicia Heringman ended up there in transit during WWII.  Sadly she went to her grave in 2004 with many secrets - but what I can ascertain is that when Poland was invaded by the Nazis she escaped eastwards only to fall into Soviet hands.  (The Russian invasion of Poland as a result of the Ribbentrop-Stalin pact).  After being arrested she ended up in Siberia and the Stan States including Uzbekistan and then Persia (now Iran).  If there is any information on her during those harrowing years I would appreciate even only her registration in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.  However, I understand, as a matter of survival she changed her persona, age including religion so once again tracing records may prove difficult but I would be happy for some one to prove me wrong.

With best wishes
Dave Lichtenstein
Sydney, Australia

Searching on my mother's side HERING, HERINGMAN, STEIN and the towns of Brzesc-Kujawski, Wloclawek, Pinczow, Kielce, and Warsaw in Poland.

Rocher...Rocker... just not sure


Hello, I am trying to trace my great-grandmothers' family.  Nope the apostrophe is not wrong. Turns out my great grandmothers were sisters: Rose (Rochel) and Sara Rocher.... Anyway, I believe they were either in Jaslo or Sanok. I think Rose was older than Sara because the family story says that Sarah's husband, Elias, came to America to live with her while he got enough money to bring Sarah and their kids over. (My great aunt Feige, my grandma Golde, and maybe a brother named Hirshel who died before they came). I have the ship manifest for Sarah and the girls coming from Sanok. 

I have tried many ways to find them but I cannot seem to locate any Rochers (which I was told was spelled like this but pronounced Rocker).

Any advice would be appreciated

RootsTech 2020 Livestream of Selected Sessions

Jan Meisels Allen


For those who are unable to attend this year’s RootsTech in Salt Lake City, Utah,  February 26-29, 2020 you can watch selected sessions from the comfort of your home for free.  The times given are in Mountain Standard time. To convert to your local time please use the TheTimeZone Converter at:


To see the livestream schedule go to:

Speakers include Crista Cowan from Ancestry, Using DNA with Angie Bush, Julie Stoddard on finding elusive female relatives, Blaine Bettinger on DNA, Genealogy and Law Enforcement, The Legal Genealogist Judy Russell on Year of the Copyright and more.


Sessions will be available to view on demand after the livestream ends.


If you are interested in additional sessions not on the livestream free offer, you can purchase a virtual ticket. Information on that is also on the live-stream schedule url above.  These additional classes are not livestreamed Sessions will be available to view on demand after the livestream ends.


I have no affiliation with RootsTech or FamilySearch and am posting this solely for the information of the reader.


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


Reichsvereinigung der Juden in Deutschland


I have finally completed the database identifying 31,142 names which appear in the Reichsvereinigung der Juden in Deutschland card collection.  This database is available on Steve Morse’s website, under Holocaust  material Jewish Roof organization, and will be included in Jewishgen’s holocaust database.
The database may be searched by family or maiden name, place of birth or death and country of emigration, e.g. 548 who managed to reach Palestine and 262 who emigrated to Argentina.  Where they were murdered in the euthanasia program this is noted.
While all registrants resided in Germany at some time between 1933 and 1942, they were born all over the world, e.g. 3 in San Francisco, 10 in Moscow, 271 in Posen and 9.075 in Berlin.
While I will be glad to try to answer any individual questions that may arise, please first look at the cards themselves, which may be accessed on the Bad Arolsen International Tracing Service website, since the cards often contain additional information such as street address, profession or even school records.
Peter Lande
Washington, D.C.

March 15: children's genealogy program at the Center for Jewish History in New York

Moriah Amit

Join us for an exciting morning of activities that will inform, inspire, and motivate you to learn more about the history of your family and community.

KIDS IN THE ‘HOOD: Discover the History of Your Community (For Children 7-12 and Their Families)

Sunday, March 15, 10 AM – 12:30 PM

Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th St., New York, NY 10011

Tickets$10/family; $8/family for Center for Jewish History & Partner members (max. of 4 children/family)

* Every family that attends this program will be entered into a raffle, with prizes including a one-year subscription to and an Ancestry DNA kit. Raffle winners must be present at the 12:30 PM drawing to claim their prize.

Moriah Amit
Senior Genealogy Librarian (Center for Jewish History)



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