Minsk Town - Kaplan Family Inn/Brewery #belarus

Carl Kaplan

There is a story in our family (Charles Kaplan and his 1st cousin Ida Arbit) that back in Minsk 1890s or early 1900s, our family owned an Inn with an onsite brewery. Supposedly it was in a small town outside of Minsk called Fanyapol. I am quite sure the spelling is wrong. Any suggestions on the correct name of the town, and whether there would be any information or photos? I did not find a Belarus SIG discussion group, but am happy to repost if someone has a link. Thank you.

Re: Finding researchers

Pieter Hoekstra


I gather you are referring to the site?

It is simple. Just click on the researchers name in the first column. This will open a correspondence box into which you type your message. Some respond, many do not bother.

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

sharon yampell

I just found my paternal grandfather and compared his signature with mine; they are almost the same…he died when I was 2


Sharon F. Yampell

Voorhees, NJ USA



From: Marion Werle
Sent: Saturday, February 29, 2020 9:45 PM
To: main@...
Subject: Re: [] Ancestry Announces Digitization of All 36 Million Available US Draft Cards


This is a fantastic collection - I discovered it last week and it has already solved three longtime research problems.

Marion Werle, Los Angeles, CA


Abraham Miller

Jeff Miller

I wish to thank those who responded to my request for information about Abraham Miller, particularly Sherri Bobish. Abraham was born 1892 in Ostroleka Poland.


I had learned in the last year or so that my great grandfather Abraham Mlynarz came to New York in 1904, and that my GGM, his wife Pearl Brzezinski, had stayed in Ostroleka, according to the record of the 1907 ship manifest for the arrival of her sister Pesia in New York.


My GGF Abraham Mlynarz returned to Ostroleka before his son, my grandfather Mordechai Mlynarz/Max Miller, arrived in New York in 1913. My GGF Abraham Mlynarz died in Ostroleka in 1925.


In 1915 Max was living with a cousin Abraham Miller (both born in 1892) and Abraham's wife Ida on Water Street in New York, NY. Apparently Ida's maiden name was Cohn, as this Abraham, also from Ostroleka, arrived in 1912 heading to his brother-in-law in Mechanicsville, NY.


Abraham Miller [a cousin of Max per the 1915 NY Census] was born 15 November 1892 according to his 1917 draft registration document, and at the time of his registration lived at 57 Norfolk St.


Abraham S. Miller,  who lived at 57 Norfolk Street in NY, died in New York on October 18, 1918, and was buried in Montefiore Cemetery. His father was David Miller, and his mother Leah Goldstein.


In the portion of my family tree created by a genealogy research team that found the 1915 Census record for me, Abraham is in the tree as a nephew of my GGF.


Another record found after the discovery of the death information lists in the 1920 Census a widow Ida Miller with daughters Annie Miller, age 5, and Fannie Miller, age 4.


Follow-up questions include why would a nephew be named similarly to a living uncle? What happened to Annie and Fannie Miller after the 1920 Census?


Please reply directly to me with family information. Thank you in advance to all who respond.


Warmest Regards,

Jeff Miller



Please help us solve a 50 Yr Old Family Mystery! - how a critical mass of data can make the difference

Stanley Diamond

Dear fellow researchers,

The many posts with suggestions and links to help Sophia Cohen solve this family mystery
brings to mind the important lesson that JRI-Poland has been teaching for many years.

That is, the benefits of being able to search online accessible full extracts. In the Fall 2018
Avotaynu article, Jewish Records Indexing-Poland: The Effect of Reaching Critical Mass
we stress the importance of the JRI-Poland Phase 3 initiative to create full extracts of all data -
not just basic indices.

As the article stresses, with full extracts, "Not only can researchers find a grandparent or
even a parent in the search results, they often follow the trail of record indexes, extracts and
scans from town to town, each step adding generations to their ancestral tree—and multiple
branches of what may have been previously unknown family"

When full extracts of records for clusters of towns are available online, researchers are often
able to build an Extensive collection of information pertinent to their family history such as is
currently is possible with the towns in the Zaglembie area in southern Poland (Bedzin,
Sosnowiec, Dabrowa Gornicza and many nearby towns).

For more information on the Phase 3 full extraction initiative for your town, please write to:
[townname]   For announcements about current activities of JRI-Poland, 
subscribe to the JRI-Poland discussion group mailing list at

Stanley Diamond, Montreal
Executive Director, Jewish Records Indexing - Poland, Inc.

WIDELEC, ARKER, NOWES, RUBINSZTAJN (Ostrów Mazowiecka, Wyszków, Poręba-Kocęby)
RUSSIN (Suchawola)

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

Marion Werle

This is a fantastic collection - I discovered it last week and it has already solved three longtime research problems.

Marion Werle, Los Angeles, CA

Givatayim, Israel - Meeting March 4, 2020 -

Hinda Solomon

For Me, the War Began in 1945

IGRA - Israel Genealogy Research Association
Speakers: Diana Fein-Sealtiel & David Rob Sealtiel
The lecture will be in Hebrew

David Robert Sealtiel was born in Amsterdam on 18 March 1940, a few months before the Germans invaded the Netherlands. Robbie, a two-and-a-half-year-old toddler, was transferred to a town in North Holland. There he was hidden in a loving Christian family until 1946.  When he was returned to his biological mother, the real difficulties began for him. His whole world was turned upside down. From a Christian child, a Frisian speaker, from a small town, with a loving family, he was suddenly a Jewish child, a Dutch speaker, from a large city, with a disturbed mother and countless difficulties. Only when he reached the age of 13, at his bar mitzvah ceremony, did the rabbi tell him things that once again shook his world, but positively. Thus began his quest to find his father's family, the father he never knew.

Shazar Community Center, ground floor
30 Yavne’eli St.,Givatayim
Wheelchair accessible

Entrance fee NIS 20.     IGRA members no charge
19:30 Mingling and light refreshments
20:00 - 21:30 Lecture

Map:  :
E-mail:  hinda@...

Posted by Hinda Solomon
Rishon LeZion, Israel

#russia #latvia #doctors #courland #lithuania #latvia #courland #lithuania

Jo Ann Goldwater

Will you be in the Sarasota FL area on Tuesday March 10th?

At 2PM, at Temple Beth Israel on Longboat Key, I will be showing a 30 minute video about Dr. Abraham Ber (known as Boris Leibovitch in Russia) Kagan, a physician, educator, social activist and revolutionary. The video was made in 2015, more than 100 years after his death in the Moscow province. It is in Russian with English subtitles.

Dr. Kagan, my grandmother's brother, was born in Zhager, (now Lithuania) in 1870, but the family moved to Riga when he was a child. He went to gymnasium in Riga and then went on to medical school at the University of Moscow, where he graduated in 1893. 

Before the video I will be showing some photos of the trip that I took to Russia last summer and other trips to Latvia and Lithuania.

Everyone is welcome. For more details see attached poster.

Looking for information on Annie Salton Samulon


I am looking to learn more about Annie Salton Samulon (b. Oct. 3, 1886 in Berlin, d. June 26 or 29/1942. In 1939 she was living in Wilmersdorf in Berlin, and she was a close friend of my mother, Ruth Eva Cohn (later Springer).

She was deported on Transport 16 from Berlin to Minsk, Belarus on June 24, 1942. She was murdered by the Nazis at Maly Trostinets, Minsk on June 29, 1942 at age 55.

Annie's parents were Siegfried Samulon and Eva Lichtenstein. She had 3 brothers, Erich, Fritz, and Kurt (1897-1992, living in Ft. Lauderdale, FL) Samulon. 

Annie worked with my mother at the Reichsvertretung Der Juden in Deutschland in Berlin in the mid-30s. My mother left for America in 1937, and Annie wrote many letters to her until 1941, when the correspondence ended. 

I would like to know if there are any relatives or friends of Annie's left. They might be interested in the letters written by Annie. Also, I would love to have a photograph of Annie. My mother and she dearly loved each other. My father tried in vain to bring her to the United States.

Thank you.

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

Peter Heilbrunn

Therese was born in Vienna on13th December 1897. 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. Their marriage date is unknown though possibly before 1940.


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

22261 - 22280 of 662572