Peter Heilbrunn



I wish to post the Following;


Looking for marriage details in Palestine  of Therese FELDMANN, daughter of Wolf (Vilmos) Feldmann, who emigrated to Palestine in 1933/4 from Vienna

It is possible that her husband was a Chaim David Rosmarin born 1899 in Poland and emigrated to Palestine in 1932. Both were living in Haifa in 1960 and are buried there.






Peter Heilbrunn

Tel +44 (0)1494 725966

Amersham England


At RootsTech Many Tech Companies Announce: New Databases: MyHeritage and Findmypast

Jan Meisels Allen

RootsTech is a conference that is currently going on Salt Lake City. It is a time when many of the technology companies announce new databases and features to their products.  I usually do not post every time a database adds new databases unless they are uniquely for Jewish records or would contain a large number of Jewish persons in their database or I would be doing nothing but multiple posts weekly. I also do not usually post about new features.


Here a few:



My Heritage added a large collection of historical U.S. City Directories-obtained from 25,000 public city directories published between 1860 and 1960. These are 545 million aggregated records consolidated from 1.3 billion records. City directories are a method to find addresses for people and businesses, occupations and more. People had to pay to be included so it did not cover 100% of the population. The city directories were published annually and give insight to where people were between the decennial US Censuses.  MyHeritage used Optical Character Recognition (OCR) to convert the scanned images and then they created algorithms to detect and correct some of the errors.  This is explained in their blog post which may be read at: MyHeritage will be expanding their collection of City Directories over the next few months.


Searching the U.S. City Directories is free, but a subscription is required to view the records. Check your local library and FamilyHistory Centers as many have library subscriptions to MyHeritage where you can access the information without a personal subscription.


MyHeritage also announced a new feature the Family Tree Fan View joining Family View, Pedigree View and List View. To read more about this see:






Findmypast and the British Newspaper Archive announced  their project to digitize the British Library’s  collection of historical newspapers. This will cover Canada and British India and Findmypast will continue to add thousands of pages form Commonwealth publications throughout 2020.  New publications covering regions of North America, the Caribbean and Asia to be published online in the coming months.


Both Findmypast and the British Library Archives are subscription services.  You may find Findmypast in FamilySearch Centers where you can access their library edition at no cost. Check with your local libraries to see if they also have library edition available.


Findmypast does not post their press releases therefore I do not have a source directly from them for you to read about their announcement.


I have no affiliation with either MyHeritage or Findmypast and am posting this solely for the information of the reader.


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


Re: Seeking Australian family of the late ANN LEIGH (born Hania Helfgott) - SOLVED

Carole Shaw

The family of Ann Leigh have now been found. Many thanks to JewishGenners who promptly assisted.

Carole Shaw
London UK

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


I tried to respond to the thread. Not sure it went through, so I sent two messages to you that give you some proof and a lot of records for your family. I will try to find your grandmother's birth record.

(UK) Touring Exhibition: Leave the Land: The Kitchener Camp Rescue 1939

Jan Meisels Allen








The Wiener Holocaust  Library is hosting a touring exhibition Leave to Land: The Kitchener Camp Rescue, 1939 from Wednesday 25 March-Wednesday 6 May 2020. The Wiener’s own collections will also be on display. The Wiener Library is now the custodian of the Kitchener Camp Project, an online resource of archival records and family treasures. In 1939 the Kitchener Camp was a derelict army base on the Kent coast in which 4,000 Jewish German and Austrian men were saved from the Holocaust. See:  From this site you may access information on timeline, map, names, photographs, documents, letters and more.


The Museum is still collecting documents, correspondence, photographs and ephemera from this period of history and the earlier era before Nazi persecution began. If you would like to donate any materials please contact their Senior Archivist, Howard Falksohn at hfalksohn@... or go to their website at:


I reported on the exhibit last August when the exhibit was at the Jewish Museum in Camden before it was donated to the Wiener Library in  London.  The Wiener Holocaust Library is the UK’s premier Holocaust Museum.




Adult men were brought to the UK on condition they would not be granted UK citizenship, they must not work, and they must emigrate onwards to the US, Australia and elsewhere. The Camp began in February 1939. By the time the war broke out, 4,000 Jews had arrived at the camp. The Jews arrived by train and boat. The Central British Fund for German Jewry   (CBF) rented a derelict army base at Richborough, near Sandwich to house the men. They built or refurbished 42 accommodation huts, shower and toilet blocks, two synagogues, a medical clinic, a post office and shops. The men expected their families but the outbreak of the war prevented many from traveling. After the Dunkirk evacuation in May 1940 public opinion turned against German-speaking refugees, as some were suspected of being spies or saboteurs.  Those not serving in the war effort were interned or deported to Australia and Canada. The Kitchener Camp was closed.


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


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


Some exciting links that I hope help you.

josef (shown josfa) goldman age 24 and tauba ester sobel (shown sobl) age 26? marriage 1835 #11@
josfa parents dawid and goldy
tauba parents srul and pesi
Tauba ester goldman death 1854 #50 @ (tauba ester parents are Srul and Pesi Sobl -shown soblow, husband josfa goldman)

born to josef and tauba ester goldman:
chana royza born 1837 #56 @ death 1857 #53 @
gierson pinkas born 1838 #103 @
ita goldman born 1841 #64 @ (includes name of zelman sobel); age 20 marriage to josef nuta grinbaum 1862 #10 @

gierson pinkwas goldman and fajga cukier marriage 1857 #20 @
age 18 parents juda/judka josfa and tauba ester
fajga age 22 parents not listed, maybe died - from a town starting with D? - a birth in 1833 #55 for a fajga cukier lists father as faywel

born to gierson pinkwas goldman and faiga cukier:
mendel born 1852 #18 @ (his name is in some other records)
chaja goldman born 1860 # 6 @
ester touba goldman born 1861 #41 @ parents gierson pinkwas goldman age 32 and fajga (cukier) age 24

moszek srul goldman age 21? marriage to Mala Ita Naj 1864 #11 @; their daughter udla (born 1866 #26) marries mordko garden 1882 #16 @; moszko dies 1898 #11 @ 
ruchla laia goldman (born 1869 #87 @ and jankiel lacher marriage 1889 #12 @

moszko apfel born in 1862 #28 @
parents fiszel and ruchla bergerman

ester goldman and moszko apfel marriage record 1881 @
moszko parents: fiszel and ruchla bergerman?
ester parents: gierson pinkwas and faiga (cukier)

born to moszko apfel and ester goldman:
abram apfel born 1881 #9 @
rywka apfel born 1883 #30 @
judko-josef birth 1888 #11 @

chaim eppel and Pesla engielsberg (record spells it engelsberg) were married in 1833 #17, Tomaszow @
chaim parents Moszko and Matki/Malki
pesla parents fiszel and bajla from Hruibieszow maybe

pesla apfel death 1890 #58 @
pesla parents fiszel and bajla zinger?

born to chaim and pesla:
- fiszel apfel death 1902 #80 mentions ruchla (can't decipher last name - doesn't look like bergerman)@
- sura bajla born 1849 #34 @ parents both age 32
(interesting: death of a sura bajla apfel 1844 #53 @ daughter of icko apfel and cywii cymetman apfel married 1838 #3 @ - they are also parents to abraam born 1849 #77; icko son of Judki Swey married Lazow? - not sure about this last fact. Cywii dies and he remarries Dwoyra Lancer 1844 #13 @ ; they have son moszko apfel born 1852 #25 @ )
- szandla death 1851 or 2? #45 age 3? @

I will scan for late registrations of Bessie's birth.


Gail Harris

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

Pieter Hoekstra

Apologies as I didn't note the name Leigh. There are 4 P.Leigh's listed in the state of Victoria, of which Melbourne is the capital. This might be a start.

See link -

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

Pieter Hoekstra

Just 2 Helgott listed in the telephone book. Might be as start.

You might also try contacting Australian concert pianist David Helfgott via his website.

This is Hania's displaced persons card -

This might be Jrene listed -

Sydney Australia

Re: Looking for family in Australia

Pieter Hoekstra

On Sat, Feb 29, 2020 at 12:56 AM, gordberger@... wrote

There are no Tyefield of that spelling listed in the telephone book (, nor with variation Tyfield. The name Tyfield, but not Tyefield, appears in an Australian internet search and also in Ancestry Australian based searches. I note there is a Sydney based chiropractor named Susan Tyfield who is originally from SA.

Maybe broaden your search to include the spelling variant Tyfield.


Re: my book on the Shrenzel family from lwow. A genealogical research guide.

Stephan Owen Parnes

Dear Eli,


How might I purchase a copy?

My father’s 1st cousin Rudolf Parnes was born in 1907 to Salomon Parnes and Scheindel Neche Schrenzel.  Scheindel Neche was a daughter of Chaim and Rachel Schrenzel.

Stephan Parnes
Great Barrington, Massachusetts 

On Feb 28, 2020, at 2:04 PM, Eli Brauner <elib8@...> wrote:

It took like ten years of research. 
It is not only a family story but also a guide to a profound genealogical research.
And it is also a memorial to a major Jewish community that was perished.
Dr. Eli Brauner

Looking for Blumenberg family from Tyczyn


My grandfather left a sister, Hene, in Poland.  She married a Jonas Blumenberg, and they had three children- Mozes, b. 1920, Rachela, b. 1923, and Zofia, b. 1925. My grandfather told me that a friend of his had found Mozes in Israel after the War, that he had managed to get there in the late 30s.  He told the friend he was going to Russia to look for "siblings". At the time I did not know there were other children, and then discovered years later there were two girls.  I wondered if Hene had managed to get them out to Russia and then got word to Mozes that they were there. Mozes, at that point, disappeared. He never answered my grandfather's letter and he never wrote to him, although he was given the address. I have found no records of him in Israel or anywhere else, no record of what happened to Hene or Jonas. 

Re: Given Name Discrepancies


first of all, you haven't provided the time or place, and that can make a large difference. also, keep in mind that there's no rule that secular names and jewish names must correspond. that might have been the case in poland, where jews used their jewish names and adapted them for secular purposes, or in america, where they seemed to try to use the same first letter. but in hungary, for instance, they often had quite different secular and jewish names, partly because names like attila and zoltan became popular, but even for perfectly good biblical names, just because.

....... tom klein, toronto

ps. my guesses for yukel are: either a misreading of yudel, a variant of yankel, or a diminutive of yekutiel.

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.

Seeking for descendants of Fanny born MERDLER and Morris REIFER

Ella Welther

As part of the extended Merdler/Moerdler research I am researching the descendants of Fanny Reifer born Moerdler 1896 in Sereth/Bukowina/Austria to Dawid Moerdler.
Fanny(Fani) married Morris Aaron Reifer.
Fani and Morris Reifer had three daughters born in New York:Ester born 1926, Leone born 1929 and Janette born 1933.

Hannelore Condiescu

Re: Ancestry Announces Digitization of All 36 Million Available US Draft Cards

Bruce Drake

Thanks for this. Previously, what Ancestry had were draft card registrations. But these actual draft cards have data that did not show up on the registration cards

Re: Given Name Discrepancies

Sarah L Meyer

I just had Beider's book on Ashkenazic given names open for another reason and looked up Yukel, which Beider spelled as Yukhel.  He says that it is Yechiel.  But he also has Yukl as Yakef which is Yaakov or Jacob.  So I would assume that your Yaakov is correct.
Sarah L Meyer
Georgetown TX
BIRGARDOVSKY, EDELBERG, HITE (CHAIT), PERCHIK Russia (southern Ukraine) and some Latvia or Lithuania

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

Bruce Drake

One of the most contentious face-offs in the Jewish shtetls of Europe was between the Hasidim and Zionists, who Hasids fiercely opposed on a variety of theological and spiritual grounds, but most notably because they saw it as a secular movement. (Zionists also found themselves in competition with Jewish Bundists who favored fighting for economic betterment at home rather than emigration to Israel). “Herzl’s Memorial Day in Staszow,” from the Yizkor book of that Polish shtetl, recounts the efforts of a group of young students to press the cause of Zionism in their town by marking the anniversary of the death of Theodore Herzl, who founded the movement.

The account provides an insight into what motivated some young Zionists. The author remembers that “from childhood on, I constantly felt that in Staszów you had to live in fear,” whether from Christians, Russian soldiers or Polish police. But when a letter arrived from an official of Hovevei Zion (the “Lovers of Zion”), thanking the students for wanting to further the cause, “it was like a spiritual catharsis, which freed us from those fears.”

The students gave it their best try, but all did not go well after an ardent Hasid stepped in.


Bruce Drake

Silver Spring MD


Towns: Wojnilow, Kovel

to the moderator of the group

Eli Brauner

It seems that my post on my book on the Shrenzel Family was not placed in the right place.

It should be a new topic.

If so would you kindly fix it?

Thank you


Dr. Eli Brauner

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my book on the Shrenzel family from lwow. A genealogical research guide.

Eli Brauner

It took like ten years of research. 
It is not only a family story but also a guide to a profound genealogical research.
And it is also a memorial to a major Jewish community that was perished.
Dr. Eli Brauner

Looking for family in Australia

My late grandmother, whom I never knew, left Australia in the late 1800’s to go and live in South Africa. Her name was Rosie Tyefield and I am trying to trace her family in Australia.
Any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
Edna Morgenroth Berger 

Re: Jewish refugees in Tashkent during WWII - Moroz

Rose Feldman

That fact that trains were available to take them away from the invading army was definitely a question of survival. I heard from my father's uncle, who heard from this siblings, that the parents told them to get on the train and get out and that the parents (they were probably grandparents then) were too old to make the trip and would stay behind.

Rose Feldman
Israel Genealogy Research Association
Winner of 2017 IAJGS Award for Volunteer of the Year

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Rose Feldman
Israel Genealogy Research Association
Winner of 2017 IAJGS Award for Volunteer of the Year

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