Ancestry Announces Digitization of All 36 Million Available US Draft Cards

Jan Meisels Allen



Ancestry announced on February 27 that they have digitized all available 36 million young man’s US Draft Cards.  2020 is the 75th anniversary of the end of World War ll.  They worked with the US National Archives and Records Administration to digitize the collection. This is fully searchable and includes color images.  The database includes registration cards for men born between 1898 and 1929 from all states except Maine. The cards from Maine were destroyed before they could be digitized.


Information on the cards include: name, serial number, address or mailing address, telephone, age, place of birth, county of citizenship, employers  name and address of employment, name and address of person who knows the registrants’ address and description of person and year of registration.

To access the collection go to:

When you click on the URL, a window will open asking you to fill in the information for the search. Click on search and a new window opens for the persons that match your search criteria. If you find your person, to view the record, you must have a subscription. When the card opens remember it has two sides so click on the arrow to the right to get to page 2.


Once you have the record open if you want to save it to your computer click the green save button. Below the save button there are chain of icons one of which is a tool with that icon you can print or download and more.


Ancestry is a subscription service. While you can search the above database without a subscription, once you find the person you are looking for, to actually view the record you need a subscription and will be invited to subscribe.


Remember, that many public libraries and Family History Centers have library subscriptions to Ancestry if you do not have a personal subscription.


To read the full press release see:

Original url:


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


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


Zhytomyr, Ukraine Visit

Phillip Palmer <palmer.phillip@...>

I am in Kyiv for work and thinking of traveling to Zhytomyr, where my
grandmother was born. Are there Jewish sites worth visiting in Zhytomyr? Does anyone know
of any local guides?

Thank you!!

Phillip Palmer
New York, NY

Seeking information on the Loesch family


Seeking information on the Loesch family

Could we be related?

Rolf Hahn

I am looking for anyone who might be related to families from Sochaczew, Poland/Russia.
The family names are Mlynarski (which was changed to Miller), Stromfeld  and Nelson.  My Grandparents were David Mlynarski (Miller) and Miriam Stromfeld Mlynarski (Miller).  They arrived in New York in 1904.  There were 16 Mlynarski siblings and I believe they all came to the U.S.  I would love to contact anyone who had any knowledge of these families.  Looking forward to hearing from you.  Also posted on VM72798.
Phyllis Miller Hahn at ph30068@...


Sheldon Dan <sheldan1955@...>


After I replied to you, I found another Mojzesz Rottersman in my tree.  I am attaching this descendants report so that you can compare it to the other one.

It is possible that the Rachel in the first report is the Ruchla Schagrun in the second report.  One of their sons is a Hirsz (Hirsch) Rottersman, which may be the Hirsch (Henrisch/Herman) Rottersman in the second report.  If so, the unknown first wife in the second report should be Estera Kronenberg and the two unknown children would be Irena and David.  My information says that Estera, Irena, and David died in 1945 in Bialystok, but if the two Hirsches are the same then Hirsch must have survived the Shoah and eventually made Aliyah and remarried there, and then had three other children, Moshe, Zahava, and Rachel.

According to the second report, the first child was born in Wola Batorska, the next two children, including Hirsch, were born in Bochnia, two others were born in Wola Batorska, and the last child was born in Bochnia.  Since my family originated in Bochnia, they may or may not be related, and there are a lot of Rottersman branches who may or may not have been related to my family.

Please look this over and tell me if this second Hirsch could be your ancestor.
Sheldon Dan


Sheldon Dan <sheldan1955@...>


I am attaching a descendants report for Mojzesz Rottersman, Hirsch's father.  There is not much here, and what I got was from JRI-Poland and other sources.

Please check it over and send me your tree with these relatives if you are willing.  We may have a few discrepancies, but it seems that the information is close to what I have.
Sheldon Dan

Seeking Australian family of the late ANN LEIGH (born Hania Helfgott)

Carole Shaw

I would like to contact the relatives of Ann Leigh who was born HANIA HELFGOTT on 20 Aug 1936 in Piotrkow Tribunali, Poland.  She is a cousin of Sir Ben Helfgott and Mala Tribich of London.  She was liberated from Bergen Belsen with Mala and her mother, Irene Helfgott, on 15 Apr 1945 and later settled with Irene in Australia, where she married and lived in the Melbourne area.  She died a few years ago.  She had at least two sons, one of whom is Philip.

 Many thanks for any leads

Carole Shaw, London UK
SCHNEIDER: Kamanets Podolsk, Ukraine & Libava/ Libau/Liepaja, Latvia
KLUGMAN, GOLDSCHMID (plus variations), BRAUER, JACOBSON: Libava/Libau/Liepaja, Latvia & Johannesburg
SAMSON, BLIK: Amsterdam, Zandvoort, Holland

Looking for Descendants of Necha Riwe Schorr #poland Born 1872 Rzeszow died 1940 #poland


Hi I am looking for any family members of the Schorr family of Poland Rzeszow. Father was Chaim Schorr and mother Sara Ryfka Schorr (nee Wisnizer) born 1840. She was married to Reuven Weinmann. Necha had 2 sisters Rachel born 1851 and Gittel born 1858 died approx. 1858, also 2 brothers Samuel born 1866 and Abraham born 1870. Neche had 14 children.
Marvin Bude
61 0413998735

Re: Jewish refugees in Tashkent during WWII - Moroz

Dave Lichtenstein

Hello Ellen

To a dispassionate out-sider the story may seem interesting.  To my mother (and hence our family) it was critical - a matter of human survival.

With best wishes

Sydney, Australia

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

More Information in JOWBR Burial Records from JGS-Montreal

Gary Perlman

The Jewish Genealogical Society of Montreal ( has submitted over 60,000 records to JOWBR, about 50,000 with photos. To offer more capabilities to researchers, JGS-Montreal started submitting records to JOWBR with links to more information. These links indicate the cemetery, section, row and grave numbers, which allow us to display enhanced records with more data, more photos, and more features.

  1. Research using dashboard: A Research button opens the JGS-Montreal Genealogy Dashboard with the information from the record, allowing searches of dozens of databases, each with a single click from one screen. (example)
  2. Report issues: A Report button opens a small window in which some field values can be added or changed.
  3. Corrections, updates: New or corrected information is often added to records that have already been submitted to JOWBR. That updated information is available immediately on our website. JOWBR only updates its records twice a year, and since about 2018, the process takes 3-4 months. A section with just a few updates might not be resubmitted for a few years.
  4. List of all burials in the section: The list of all records is sorted by name, but it can be reordered by location, dates, or age at death. It highlights similar items (e.g., same name, same year, same row) depending on sort order. It includes links to special lists (e.g., all corrections). (example)
  5. Additional photos (including row context and gate): JOWBR only allows one photo per record, but enhanced records show all photos (e.g., headstone and footstone), as well as context photos (showing several graves) and a photo of the gate/entrance. (example)
  6. Links to,, Photos can be found in other services, which might have more information, including links to family in other cemeteries. (example)
  7. Links to,, Some records have links to online family trees. (example)
  8. Documents, photos: Some records have embedded documents and personal photos. (example)
  9. Links to relatives: Links to relatives immediately connect to another record. (example)
  10. Sources: Some records cite sources for the information. (example)
  11. GPS links: Some records have highly accurate embedded GPS coordinates, which link to Google maps. Most of our photos have embedded GPS coordinates, but are only accurate to about 5 metres. (example)
  12. Hotlinked places: In records with birth or death places, those places are linked to Google maps. (example)
  13. Calculated ages and birth years: In records with birth and death dates, the calculated age is displayed. In records with an age at death, an estimated birth year is displayed. Both are displayed with a shaded background with a tip that the value is estimates. (example)
  14. Obituaries: Some records have embedded links to Gazette and other obituaries. Unfortunately, the Gazette changed their obituary service and changed with links, so many need to be updated. Some records, even though the links need to be updated, have a copy of the obituary in the record. Some older obituaries require (as of 2019) a subscription to, unless the obituary text has been saved in the record. (example)

Gary Perlman,

25th Anniversary Celebration of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Montreal

Andreas Schwab

The Jewish Genealogical Society of Montreal is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2020. The first meetings leading to the formation of the JGS of Montreal took place in late 1994, and the new Society was officially announced February 5th, 1995 (posted message).


Our Society is proud of its many accomplishments, and the 25th anniversary celebration will be a wonderful occasion to recognize all those who have played such an important role over the years.


The Society's founding executive was elected on February 2nd, 1995 under the leadership of President, Stanley Diamond. Our anniversary will be an opportunity to publicly acknowledge founding members who are still associated with the Society:

Stanley and Ruth Diamond

Merle Kastner

David Rinzler

Leonard Roth

Ray Whitzman


We also commemorate founding member and editor of the Montreal Forum journal, Anne Joseph Z"L who passed away in February 2020.


The JGS-Montreal serves a city with one of the oldest Jewish communities in North America. Since its founding, the Society has held more than 200 public meetings and regular workshops where members and the general public have been welcomed.


The JGS-Montreal has been able access an array of unique sources for genealogical research, not available in other provinces, states and most countries.  They include the only full extractions of the 1841 to 1942 Jewish vital records of Quebec (the only province/state where Jewish records were kept separately from civil records), Quebec Government marriage registrations and death indices up to 1996, several Jewish Who's Who volumes, Montreal Circuit Court naturalization records, the Keneder Adler Yiddish newspaper death notices, searchable on the Canadian Jewish Heritage Network and JewishGen, and the remarkable Canadian Jewish Review social announcements with highly detailed family information. These resources - many indexed by our volunteers - have enabled members of JGS-Montreal to provide a genealogical research service to family historians around the world with roots or ties to Montreal.


Through the dedication of our volunteers, especially Merle Kastner, Gary Perlman and Alan Greenberg, a database of  more than 60,000 Montreal area gravestones has been made available worldwide on, including 50,000 with photographs.


Ruth Diamond single-handedly indexed 600,000 Canadian Naturalization Records from 1914 to 1951. This data was transformed into a searchable database by Alan Greenberg and is an invaluable resource accessible by all researchers around the world through the Library and Archives Canada website.


The JGS-Montreal website features a Dashboard, created by Gary Perlman,  that vastly simplifies and expedites the search of a wide variety of data sources.


For information on these and other achievements of our Society please see


Our Society's 25th anniversary celebration will take place on:


Sunday, May 17, 2020 at 1:00 pm

at the

Gelber Conference Centre

5151 Chemin de la Côte-Sainte-Catherine,

Montreal, QC H3W 1M6.



Details of the celebration will be announced in the coming weeks. A dedicated web page will be available at (under construction). 

Re: Jewish refugees in Tashkent during WWII - Moroz

Beth Sensue

My name is Michael Weinstein. A sister of my maternal grandmother and some members of her family had lived in Ostrog in the Volyn region of Ukraine (formerly Russia and Poland) until June 1941. The Nazis attacked the village and the family escaped by train to Eastern Russia. They survived and after WWIi migrated to Palestine, later Israel. However, I have no information on the whereabouts during the 3-4 years in Eastern Russia. The main two surnames were Guzman (Guz) and Weinshelboim. Does anyone have suggestions on where to find records or information of where Jewish refugees were detained by the Russians during WWII? Thank you?

Michael Weinstein

#translation request

Nurit Har-zvi

I've posted a 4-page letter written by my grandparents probably to my
grandmother's sisters in NY about coming to the US or Canada in 1930.
They were unsuccessful, but ended up in Palestine in 1935. The letter
is 4 postings on ViewMate (1 for each page).

I would appreciate a translation.

Thank you,
Nurit Har-zvi
Forest Hills, NY


Re: Given Name Discrepancies

Shoshana Kahan

Someone pointed out to me that I wrote "last name." I meant "first name." My apologies.

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

Flavio Baran <fdbaran@...>

Maybe you are already aware of this, but there is a Tomaszow Mazowiecki and a Tomaszow Lubelski. Also, I as far as I know, Apfel and Appel, though similar,  are not identical, meaning they are not just a different spelling of the same name. Good luck!
Vered Dayan
(I really don't know why the name Flavio Baran is listed as my name up there, no idea who he is.) 
Miriam Bulwar David-Hay,
Raanana, Israel.
BULWAR/BULWA - Rawa Mazowiecka, Lodz.
PELCMAN/PELTZMAN - Rawa Mazowiecka.
ROZENBERG, WEISKOPF - Przedborz, Lodz.
WAKS, BEKIER - Nowe Miasto nad Pilica, Lodz.

Looking for towns Dorfel and Balifke

Linda S. Mintz

During a 50th anniversary celebration, these towns were mentioned during a song. Grandparents came from Russia
between 1900 and 1910. I have been unable to find these towns. Thank you. 

Re: Updated Kolomea/Kolomyya KehilaLinks pages #ukraine

Shelley Mitchell

Sheryl Stahl.
Thank you so much for all of your hard work. The area is very special to me. Too bad it became a ghetto and then the site of mass murder. But it stays in my heart. Thanks again.
Shelley Mitchell 

Re: Transferring money to the Belarus archive #belarus

Bob Silverstein

Thanks to everyone who helped.  The story has a simple and happy ending.  To my surprise, the archive sent me a link to a PayPal-like website.  I paid by credit card and without any fees.  You have to register on the site but you do not have to store your credit card.  The only wrinkle was that it would not process my cards at first.  Finally, two of my cards emailed and texted me about the attempted payments and asked me to approve them.  I did and resubmitted the payment and it went through like a charm.

Given Name Discrepancies

Shoshana Kahan

On the death cert of a gg Uncle of mine, his father's last name is listed as Max, and indeed, the name of his youngest son was Max. On his gravestone, however, his father's name was listed as Yehoshua. I've never heard of "Max" being a substitute for "Yehoshua" (and the Given Names database seems to be down now.) Has anyone seen something like this before? Also, one of his brothers -- whose gravestone also says his father's name was Yehoshua -- lists his father's name as "Jacob." Since I'm tentatively linking both brothers to an ancestor from Shargorod named "Yukel," this might make sense. I'm assuming "Yukel" is short for "Yaakov," though I'm wondering if it might be short for "Yehoshua" or "Yaakov Yehoshua." Though I find "Yudel" and "Yankle" on various name lists, I don't find "Yukel" and am curious if anyone is familiar with it and know with certainty what name it's derived from.

Shoshana Kahan (Israel)

Kuperschlag, Goldstein, Zeitchik, Trop, Glotzer, Nussbaum, Weiss/Weisler


Karol Swanson

Does anyone know where I might find any records from Koniuzkow (Brody)? Would it be within Galician records or Ukranian records.

Many thanks,
K. Swanson

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