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.

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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


Alan Loew

Society had section in Mt Zion cemetery, Maspeth LI NY.

Society has not functioned for decades and cannot find any information as to

What geographic area they covered In what is now Poland or Lithuania.

Need to narrow search to a specific area to find any information on ancestors.

Only reference in US documents is they immigrated from Lomza.

LOWENTHAL Possibly from Lomza, Suvalki area

Alan Loew,




Sent from Mail for Windows 10



Re: Oleśnica village near Seroczyn, Siedlce district #poland

Alexander Sharon

1921 Poland’s first National Census lists for Oleśnica, gmina Wodynie, powiat Siedlce, total number of 532 residents, including 79 Jewish souls.

BTW, Seroczyn lists 515 residents, including 92 Jews.


Hope this help


Alexander Sharon

JGFF editor


Bernard Flam

Hi from Paris,
At least a detective searching Rottersman family !
This is a quite rare name and I couln't find any parent to "Hirsch Rottermann" who is in my tree.
I opened your file and you have some Hirsch :

What I know on "mine" :
  • Hirsch was born ca 1905 in Bochnia, I have no act
  • He maried Estera Kronenberg who was born ca 1906 in Lodz and was a sister of my grandmother GF  Myriam Kronenberg
  • I attach a picture of both of them, taken ca 1931 when Hirsch was at his military service end.
  • They maried ca 1931, but Hirsch birthdate isn't on act, neither his parents name (I have copy of this act)
  • In1933, Hirsch opened an Irish Pub in the main street of Lodz (I have copy of its business registration file)
  • In 1934, Irene has been their 1st child, born in Lodz (I have copy of birth register, Hirsch is 28' or 29')
  • In 1937, David has been their 2nd child, born in Lodz
  • both children get given name of young 1st cousins born in USA : I have pictures of them with my GGF.
  • Their last letter was sent in July 1939 from a city near Bialystok
  • All other Kronenberg died either in Lodz Ghetto, either in Chelmno
  • Hirsch, Estera, Irene & David don't appear on any archives of Lodz ghetto, don't appear on any Shoah list.
So I don't know what have been their fate...

I hope our "Hirsch" could have some connexion.


Bernard Flam
Searching around Lodz : Zysman, Kronenberg, Rottersman, Kwiat

Updated Kolomea/Kolomyya KehilaLinks pages #ukraine

Sheryl Stahl

I wanted to let you know that I followed in the footsteps (keyboard?) of Alan Weiser and updated the Kehillalinks site for Kolomea/Kolomyya. Please check it out at
Thanks to the Gesher Galicia folks who gave me some great hints on town names and other suggestions.
If you have any additions/corrections/feedback, I would love to hear it.
all the best,
Sheryl Stahl (Los Angeles)
Suwalki (RAKOVSKI, OKRAGLINSKI,) Wizajni (RAKOVSKI) Kalvarja
Odessa (STESSEL) Pervomaysk (STESSEL)  Grzymalow (LANDAU) Kolomyya (STAHL,

Re: seeking location of town - Przenosza in Limanowa district

Alexander Sharon



This appears to be place known as Przenosza, located in Limanowa district, Mszana Dolna county. Place was small: 350 residents are listed, including 9 Jewish souls in 1921. In addition, Przenosza folwark (Agricultural or holiday location) lists 4 residents, all four are Jewish, one male and three female. Have I mention that Limanowa is also Bernie Sanders ancestors district :-)


Alexander Sharon

JGFF editor

Re: seeking location of town

Joe Lissak

Until 1914 the area was part of the Austrian-Hungarian empire. After WW1 (1918) it became 
Poland. Some of it became Russia & then now Ukraine. I use Google  or earth if the shtetel was not destroyed.
Good luck.
Joe Lissak

Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone

-------- Original message --------
From: Deborah Lane <devorahrlane@...>
Date: 2/26/20 10:21 AM (GMT-08:00)
To: main@...
Subject: [] seeking location of town #advice

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

Shelley Mitchell

The only thing I can comment about is Bessie’s name. My grandmother has a sister, Beyla, who died at birth. When my grandmother came along, they named her Pesia Beyla. The superstition was that by putting another name in front of the dead child’s name, the Devil wouldn’t find her. It worked. My grandmother lived to be 98.
Shelley Mitchell 

ViewMate translation request - Yiddish

Ellen Korpi

I request a translation of what I believe is Yiddish text on part of a letter attached to my grandfather’s 1921 passport application. It is from his mother who wrote from Romania asking him to come and rescue the family from starvation.  He translated one paragraph on his application but we hope to get more of the story.  We have only posted one page as a start.   It is on ViewMate at the following address  
Please respond using the online ViewMate form.

Thank you,

Ellen Korpi 

TOBACK, STOLLER (Mogilev Podalia and Bessarabia), SCHWEITZER, FISHMAN, HAMACHER, COHEN (Mykolaev, Podalia)

Seeking Information about Josef Klimpl (1920s-2000s) or his family from Prague

Brian Blitz

I am looking for help in making contact with the family of Josef Klimpl from Prague or finding additional information on Josef and/or his family. Josef was born in the 1920s and died around 2000. His wife was Miluska who is also deceased. Josef and Miluska's daughter is Vendulka Hajkova, who is likely in her 60s or 70s. I visited Josef and Miluska in the mid 1980s and again in the early 1990s in Prague. I have an old e-mail address for Vendulka, but it no longer works.

If anyone is able to help me locate Vendulka or can help me find an obituary (or similar) for Josef and/or his wife, I would be grateful.    Thank you.

Brian Blitz
New York City

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