Need your help-- 2 brief Polish translations in ViewMate #poland #ukraine #belarus

N. Summers

 I have one old photo with some odd handwritten notes on the back. They are written in different directions and in different inks. Anything you can decipher would be much appreciated!

The other photo has a printed label on the back, which I assume is from the photo studio where the portrait was taken. That one should be much easier to read.

Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page.

many thanks,
Maryland, USA

PS: when I cut and pasted the above information into this note (which I did online), there was a shaded background around the pasted text. If this makes my message hard to read, please let me know and I will  re-post

FINKELSTEIN, SUKENIK, SUKOENIG, LUSMAN, - Radziwillow, Belarus (now Ukraine) and Ostrog, Poland
LISS, LYSS, ALPER - Motol, Belarus and Vilieyka, Belarus
LIFSCHITZ, LEAF - Rechitsa, Belarus

Re: women's right to vote


D H AARON was not the first ever Jewish actuary in the history of UK Insurance. What about Marcus Nathan ADLER who was actuary of the Alliance Assurance Company from 1867? Or Benjamin GOMPERTZ who was actuary to the same company when it was founded in 1824? Or Hershell FILIPOWSKI who worked as an actuary in Edinburgh in the 1850s?

Michael Tobias
Glasgow, Scotland

Re: The Colorado Jewish Genealogy Society presents an all-day genealogy seminar featuring Stephen P. Morse

Alan Loew

Was early member and left many years ago
now live in Florida
Any way to get access to presentation as thoroughly enjoyed Morse prsentation at an annual international jew gen meeting many years ago.
Am old friend of Ed Richards.
Hope he is still a member
Regards to all
Alan Loew
Lakewood Ranch, Fl

Death record from Mandatory Palestine

Alan Shuchat

Can anyone suggest how I might find a death record for someone who died in Mandatory Palestine in 1942. A relative of mine was born in the Russian Empire, came to the U.S., and made aliyah in 1923. There is a matseva (gravestone) on the Mount of Olives with his name, Naftali David Shukhat (נפתלי דוד שוחט). The cemetery information on the web says the date of death was Jan. 11, 1942 and names the Hasidim chevra kadisha and the North America section. I don't have any information about his life in Palestine and would be grateful for any assistance.

Alan Shuchat
Newton, MA

SHUKHAT (Talnoe, Simferopol, Sevastopol, Odessa, Balta (Abazovka), Pogrebishche)
VINOKUR (Talnoe), KURIS (Mogilev-Podolskiy, Ataki, Berdichev)
ZILBERMAN (Soroki, Kremenets), BIRNBAUM (Kamenets-Podolskiy)
KITAIGORODSKI (Zvenigorodka)

Holocaust Survivor Lists


In connection with the World Memory Project, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum has added 2,867 new name records to the Holocaust Survivors and Victims Database (HSV) taken from the collection UNRRA Selected Records AG-018-028:  Switzerland Mission, and 207 names from UNRRA Selected Records AG-018-027: Swedish Mission.  These collections contain names of refugees in Sweden and Switzerland who wanted repatriation, resettlement or information about family members.  Both collections have a significant number of names of unaccompanied children.  You can request and immediately receive digital copies of the original documents in your email.  Search Switzerland, and Sweden htttps://
Peter Lande
Washington, D.C.

Re: (US-PA) National Museum of American History Files for Bankruptcy

N. Summers

It is the National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia which has filed for bankruptcy protection.  Not the Smithsonian Museum of American History in Washington, DC,

Re: Rechovot IGRA (Israel Genealogy Research Organization) Meeting


The IGRA meeting in Rechovot, that was scheduled for March 15 has been canceled, because of CORONA

Re: City of Rotterdam Archives Posts Passenger Lists of Holland America Line 1900-1920 #Netherlands #Passenger Lists

Abuwasta Abuwasta

Thank you. I was able to find my wife's second cousin Mendel APOTHEKER who took the boat in 1920. 

Jacob Rosen

Re: New article - Deciphering Jewish Gravestones



As someone who has been helping read gravestones on ViewMate, I am blown away by the details and the amount of information that you have included.  I learned one or two new things myself, and plan to save the PDF for future use.  (Had I known about your wonderful work, I could have saved myself some time and frustration with some of the rarer abbreviations, most of which I worked out in the end, but not without some sweat and tears.)

There is one aspect of reading the year of death which might be helpful to include, when you have a chance.  (Perhaps it is there, but I missed it?).  Hebrew years are often -- as least on older stones -- followed by a 3-letter abbreviation, lamed-fay-kuf, which stands for the words "lifrat katan", according to the small details.  You explain very well that the leading '5' is usually omitted (in rare cases represented by a leading "Hey").  The words "lifrat katan" are saying the same thing:  this is the "small count", with the big number missing but understood.  By the way, those three letters are sometimes combined into a one-character glyph;  I'll be glad to send you an image, if you wish.  I hope that you do not mind my mentioning this.  Your work is so complete, and this abbreviation/image threw me when I first encountered it, and I've been asked about it by others.

Thank you again for providing this excellent document.

Fredel Fruhman

Fredel Fruhman
Brooklyn, New York, USA

Viewmate translation request--Polish and possibly German

Joseph Walder

TO THE MODERATOR: My message yesterday about this failed to provide hyperlinks to the Viewmate items, so I would be grateful if you would post the following message.


I've posted two Galician vital records for which I need translations. One is definitely in Polish and may be found at the following address:

The second record is written in either Polish or German--the quality is poor and I frankly cannot be sure. It may be found at the following address:

Please respond via the forms provided on the pertinent ViewMate image pages

Thank you very much.

Joseph Walder, Portland, Oregon, USA

Re: Death Certificate for Detroit for Julius Kozloff

barbara Schoenburg

Thanks to all the wonderful JewishGenners who responded to my question. It is much appreciated.

Re: women's right to vote

משה פלבר

Hi All

I don’t know whether the following is part of your subject


However, seeing the a/m headline I'm reminded that my London born maternal grandmother was a suffragette, one of those who also tied themselves to the rails of the Buckingham Palace fence – protesting for the right of women to vote for the Parliament:   


Nora Greta Diana LEVY (1875-1950),    who married D.H.AARON (1873-1954)  [the 1st Jewish actuary ever in history of  Britain's insurance industry]


Moshe Felber


The Colorado Jewish Genealogy Society presents an all-day genealogy seminar featuring Stephen P. Morse

Ellen Beller

Featuring Stepehn P. Morse
Sunday March 29th 2020  9:30 am to 3:30 pm
At BMH-BJ Synagogue 560 S Monaco Parkway Denver

Seminar topics will be:
One-Step Webpages: A Potpourri of Genealogical Search Tools
Case Study: Genealogy of Renee Kaufman
The History of the Geography of New York City
Getting Ready for the 1950 Census: Searching with and without a Name Index

Members Free  Non Members $10
Food extrafor members and nonmembers  and can be ordered on
Registration required

Re: MANDEL's #belarus

Anna Rozina

Dear Shirley. Thank you for your response.

It is interesting to read about the fate of people named Mandel. After reading what you write, I try to meet the name Simon (Simcha) Mandel, (this is the father of my great-grandmother) because this is the only clue for me, in finding the branch of mandels that I am looking for. So far, I'm at the beginning of this path. It's not the first time I read that people named Mandel who lived in the late 19th and early 20th century moved to America, Canada, and Australia. So our family history says that all my great-grandmother's relatives left for these countries before her wedding. That's all, nothing else. There is hope for genetic analysis, which will help me in this issue. After reading the history of the city of Mir, I did not see any mention of it as Demir......Thank you again for your response.

 Anna (Sankt-Peterburg)

Понедельник, 9 марта 2020, 16:54 +03:00 от shirley@...:
Dear Anna [from Russia] and Susan & Neville [Vatican], and extended JewishGen family,

Here is a bit about my Mandel side:  Israel Mandel, born 1875, son of Aaron Mandel and Ruth Smokler [Rochel Shmukler], all of Mir, Minsk Gubernia.

My great aunt Hannah [Chashke] married Israel Mandel in 1898 in MIR, which is near NOVOGRUDOK.  Her maiden name was DeMatoff [Dalmatovsky ?].  They came to Chicago in 1904 ? with two children.  Subsequently she had several more children with Israel, who was a bakery truck driver.

Israel's obituary [1942, Chicago] mentioned 5 siblings, presumably also born in or near Mir [also called Demir, I think].  These were Esther, Fannie, Celia, Benjamin, Elsie.  Some of them lived in Chicago, others in New York.

While we are at it, Hannah's mother was Sarah [Tchirke] Epstein, possibly also from Mir.

Any connections? 
Can anyone clarify why Mir is also called Demir?  Is one an earlier name for the town?  Or a Yiddish inflected version of the Russian name?


С уважением,
Анна Розина

Re: #holocaust #holocaust

Lewis, Megan

Dear Linda,

Check the digital material the Arolsen Archives has online at

If you cannot find anything online you can submit a search request to the Arolsen Archives or the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.  


Megan Lewis  Reference Librarian  202.314.7860
National Institute for Holocaust Documentation
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum


Support the Campaign for the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Re: women's right to vote

Deborah Blinder

As Eva Lawrence points out, it depends on when and where. But I would suggest you check They have voter registration lists from a lot of places in the United States (and, I would assume, other countries as well) for a variety of time periods. Do a records search for your grandmother, and when the results display, go to the collections tab to narrow the results to voter lists from her place of residence. 
Deborah Blankenberg (JewishGen ID #613395)
Lodi, CA
Researching BLOCH/BLOCK (Germany to New York, Colombia and Missouri), BLINDER (Kishinev to New York via Poland? and Paris), KUSHER/KUSZER (Lodz vicinity to New York via Paris), GOLDSCHMIDT (Germany)

Re: Arthur Miller ancestry

Diane Jacobs

I do have Arthur Miller on my tree, but
I am not at my computer now , but in the meantime send me what you are looking for.

Diane Jacobs

Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone

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Subject: [] Arthur Miller ancestry

Does anyone have information about the Family Tree of the writer Arthur Miller (family name in Europe - Mahler)?  Before he passed away, he and I had established an email relationship. We believed that we were related through an aunt who had married a "Moe Stern" from Radomysl Wielki, Poland. Mr. Miller couldn't remember any other names. Since there appear to have been very few Sterns in the town, my family believed that "Moe Stern" may have been one of my grandmother's 15 children, of whom several remain unknown.
Diane Jacobs

Re: Questions about Surnames - Galicia/Poland

Sally Bruckheimer <sallybruc@...>

Our ancestors in Eastern Europe were often unable to marry civilly, because Jewish marriages were banned or highly taxed. So the government considered the children illegitimate. Since the parents were married religiously, it didn't matter much to the Jews.

In records, the government wanted the 'illegitimate' children to use the mother's maiden name, not their fathers. So you get records with 'vel', 'falshe', and 'recte': Smith vel (or) Jones, Smith falshe (falsely) Jones, Smith recte (correctly) Jones. 

The kids can end up using either the father's family name or the mother's - or both. Vel is or, falshe is false, recte is true or correctly. When you see 6 kids with a different family name than their father, it may be that their biological father died and mother remarried, or they may all be using their mother's maiden name.

Sally Bruckheimer
Princeton, NJ

Re: women's right to vote

Eva Lawrence

You don't say which country you are asking about. In Englland an electoral register is maintained, and was compiled every year. Currently a registration form is delivered to every household, and and the householder enters the names of eligible people in the household. I suspect but can't say for sure that this was the case as soon as there was universal male suffrage, At first only property-owning married women were allowed to vote,and presumably they would have access to  such a registration form.
.As the husband fills in the form, in the past, you might have needed his permission,  I did find the name of one of my husband's female ancestors on a 1930s electoral register,  and was quite impressed. 
Some male relatives of mine who were householders, were on the electoral register in 1876,  almost as soon as Jews were allowed to vote in England, even though they were not British citizens, so it looks as if not too many awkward questions were asked if you actually wanted to vote
Eva Lawrence
St Albans, UK.

Arthur Miller ancestry


Does anyone have information about the Family Tree of the writer Arthur Miller (family name in Europe - Mahler)?  Before he passed away, he and I had established an email relationship. We believed that we were related through an aunt who had married a "Moe Stern" from Radomysl Wielki, Poland. Mr. Miller couldn't remember any other names. Since there appear to have been very few Sterns in the town, my family believed that "Moe Stern" may have been one of my grandmother's 15 children, of whom several remain unknown.

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