Re: Happy Purim


I'm sure I speak for many when I say that we are very grateful for the efforts of Jewishgen.  I volunteered to transcribe German intern camp lists at one time and was pleased to see how well that was managed. Happy Purim to all!
Barbara Sloan
Conway, SC

Re: America's women's right to vote.. Registration docs

Sarah L Meyer has California Voter Registration records.  I do not think Michigan's are online.

Sarah L Meyer
Georgetown TX
BIRGARDOVSKY, EDELBERG, HITE (CHAIT), PERCHIK Russia (southern Ukraine) and some Latvia or Lithuania

Re: somewhat lost

Sarah L Meyer

Start with finding your families in the Census and other US records, such as naturalization, immigration etc.  You can do this using ($),$) or (free).  Start making a family tree in genealogy software. has a free basic version of its Legacy software - and a great user group on FB.  MyHeritage has a FamilyTree Builder which syncs with a tree on their site (however once you go over 250 people there is an annual fee).   RootsMagic has a free version as well.  My personal preference is Legacy although it is not as Jewish friendly as the other two, but it has more options.  Both MyHeritage and RootsMagic also have FB user groups, but they are not as active as the Legacy group, which almost always has employees monitoring the group and beta testers.  Once you have gotten your US roots for your family - include aunts/uncles cousins/grandparents etc - go wide, you don't know whose naturalization will lead to the passenger record and the appropriate location in the "old country"; then you can head to Jewishgen databases.

Sarah L Meyer
Georgetown TX
BIRGARDOVSKY, EDELBERG, HITE (CHAIT), PERCHIK Russia (southern Ukraine) and some Latvia or Lithuania

The Name Jur #names

Daniel Mann

Is anyone familiar with the name Jur (or Jure or Jura)?
Is this a Polish named that was used in Galicia, or perhaps it had a Jewish origin?

In particular I am wondering if it was a form of Yair (יאיר)  or perhaps it was short for Yeruchim (ירוחם) as in Yeruchim Fishel?

Any insights or experience with this would be appreciated.

Thank you.
Daniel Mann
Researching Mann Ulaskowce and Chaluta Mstibovo in Volkovysk District

Re: America's women's right to vote.. Registration docs

Deborah Blinder

Women got the right to vote in the United States with the ratification of the 19th Amendment in 1920. Knowing where your grandmother lived at that time will help narrow the focus of your search. 
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: SPERBER - Sieniawa, Poland; later Vienna?

Rose Feldman

There are Sperbers in Warsaw. And there is a Haim Sperber who teachers at one of the colleges in Israel. Try facebook.

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

Help us index more records at

Keep up to date on archives, databases and genealogy in general and Jewish and Israeli roots in particular with

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

JGS of Long Island Meeting #usa

Jackie Wasserstein



Next Meeting Topic Is:


“Seeking Sanctuary: 125 years of

Synagogues on Long Island”

Brad Kolodny


From Great Neck to Montauck and Atlantic Beach to Greenport, Brad Kolodny has visited and photographed every current and former synagogue building on Long Island.  He’ll speak about his four year journey to document all these Jewish houses of worship and share many little-known facts about the Jewish community in Nassau and Suffolk Counties.


Brad has has photographed six hundred synagogues in thirteen countries.  He is the author of SEEKING SANCTUARY: 125 YEARS OF SYNAGOGUES ON LONG ISLAND.


  Sunday, March 22 at 2:00 pm






Please note that this meeting will be held in a different room upstairs, studio A/B.


Admission is free and all are Welcome.  Our “Mavens” are available at 1:30 PM to take your genealogy questions.


Jackie Wasserstein

 Past President

SWITKES-KATZ, Looking for Descendants

Carol Jean Weightman

I am looking for any relatives of

Elias Leib SWITKES, born 15 December 1880 In Czernowitz, then Rumania

married to:

Emilia KATZ, born 11 March 1882 in Lviv

Both living in Leibzig, both were deported and murdered in the Holocaust

There was a sizeable Switkes family in Czernowitz. Maybe some relatives emigrated.

I would be interested in any information, particularly whether or not Elias and Emilia or their siblings had children.

Thank you.

Carol Jean Weightman

Johannesburg Cemeteries online #southafrica

Julian & Sharon Peerutin



Is there any online searchable site for Johannesburg cemeteries? I have members of my family that I know died in Johannesburg but I do not know what cemetery. I would also like to get a photo of the tombstones.




Julian Peerutin



VELER / WELLER & SARFINOVICH / SHARFINOWITZ Linkuva / Kupiskis / Panevezys, Lithuania; CINDEL / TSINDEL Kupiskis, Lithuania; LEVIN Rokiskis/Kupiskis, Lithuania; PICK / CHAIT Birz, Lithuania; DIAMOND / DIAMANT / ORELASKY / OLESKY Siluva, Lithuania; DRUKER / PENN Dvinsk, Latvia; HIRSCHSOHN / LEVENBERG / LEVINSOHN / MANDELSTAMM Kuldiga / Pilten / Liepaja, Latvia; NYMAN / NEIMAN Poland / Scotland / Australia; PEERUTIN / PIRUTIN / PIRUTINSKY Kraslava / Dvinsk, Latvia; Vitebsk, Belarus; TAL Friedirichstadt, Latvia / Rokiskis, Lithuania


Re: somewhat lost

Richard Werbin

I think these are your people.

Here is Schlome Muhlbauer 15 & father Baruch arriving 11 Nov 1913 from Kossow, Galicia

Here is father Benjamin / Baruch naturalization records 
Wife = Mollie
Children = Samuel born 12 June 1899 & Ida born 20 Aug 1907

Sister Ida's marriage.  20 Oct 1928 to Philip Grodin
Lists her mother as Molie Pearl and father as Benjamin

Re: somewhat lost

Richard Werbin

I think this might be Samuel's sister Ida Muhlbauer's marriage record.

Parents are listed as Benjamin Muhlbauer & Mollie Pearl.

Re: somewhat lost

Richard Werbin

Did Samuel have a brother named Max from Kossow, Austria? I found naturalization papers. Also 1920 Census.
Also parents named Benjamin & Bella also from Kossow.

Schlome Mahlbauer 15 & father Burech Mahlbauer 42 arrived 12 Nov 1913 on ship Prince Friedrich Wilhelm from Kossow, Galicia.

If this sounds right, email me and I will send images.

Re: somewhat lost

Sherri Bobish

Re:  Samuel Muhlbauer

I think this is the family on the 1940 census:

Try searching at for more census, and other documents.  In 1940 he is listed as Sam.
Surnames are often mispelled on census and other places, so try doing a non-exact surname search.

Regards,   Sherri Bobish   NJ, USA

JGASPhiladelphia March 15, 2020 Meeting Cancelled

Lois Sernoff

JGASPhiladelphia  March 15, 2020 Meeting Cancelled
Due to a current case of the Corona Virus affecting a local physcian and the recommendation of the CDC to avoid large gatherings,
it has been decided that we should cancel our scheduled meeting.
 Lois Sernoff  [JGASGP]

Is this the same person?


Can any of you tell by just reading this record if the father mentioned on Osher Mishalov's record, Yakov Mishalov Paderiver, is the same man listed on the next record as Yakov-Zev-Wolf Mieshelov?  Is Zev-Wolf part of his name or does it mean something else? It has been determined that the name Paderiver could be derived fro the name of a small community near Slutsk. If they are the same man, could the third record for A. Lipman Lifshits Mishalov also be his son and a brother to Osher? 




2 R.Ch. Kislev 5665 (IV)                 


              3013 On Wednesday the second day of 'rosh-khodesh' of Kislev (9 November 1904) passed away a dear G-D fearing man the venerable rabbi mh'r r OSHER the son of the rabbi m YAKOV MISHALOVxxxvi PADERIVER the son-in-law of the rabbi m MORDEKHAI MIEDIL and he rests in an empty place to the south side by the venerable rabbi mh'r r ELIEZER who passed away on the twelfth day of Iyar 5664 (27 April 1904) and to the town side by DAVID who passed away on 'rosh-khodesh' of Sivan (15 May 1904) one row before 'five' to the town side              Pinkas of the Chevra Kadisha / 

2 R.       MIESHELOV, Yakov-Zev Volf                        



11 Shvat 5678 (V)              

Father: Yisrael MIESHELOV

                1117 On Thursday the eleventh day of Shvat (24 January 1918) passed away the elderly eighty-four years of age mh'r r YAKOV-ZEV VOLF the son of mh'r YISRAEL MIESHELOV and he rests by r ELIEZER ZUSMAN who passed away on the holy day of Shabat the twenty-eighth day of the aforementioned Tevet (12 January 1918) row 'six' by the 'geonim' to the south side   Pinkas of the Chevra Kadisha / 

Slutsk / Belarus 
 MISHALOV, A. Lipman LIFSHITS                      


1  10-Feb-1896           26 Shvat 5656 (II)               


    Father Z. Volf MISHALOV

    4252 On Monday the twenty-sixth of Shvat (10 February 1896) pased away for a cause of a horse mh'r A LIPMANxx the son of mh'r r Z VOLF MISHALOV the son-in-law of r DOV LIFSHITS and he rests by         MOSHEH who passed away on the fifth of Shvat 5655 (30 January 1895) in row a a to the south side            Pinkas of the Chevra Kadisha /

Thank you so much for taking the time to look at this for me. 



Re: Happy Purim

Sheri Meisel

On Tue, Mar 10, 2020 at 9:55 AM Avraham Groll <agroll@...> wrote:

Dear JewishGen Community,

As we celebrate Purim, and the salvation of the Jewish people in the face of overwhelming odds, I wish to thank you for your involvement with JewishGen.

People don’t always realize just how vital our services really are, particularly to those whose families were decimated by the Holocaust, and who feel that their family trees are simply desolate. 

It is because of your support that:

  • JewishGen has provided solace to Holocaust Survivors
  • siblings have been reunited
  • cousins have been discovered
  • thousands of people have reconnected with their Jewish history and heritage.

It is because of your support that so many people have celebrated their own personal Purim stories within the context of Jewish genealogy. Who can define the impact when one discovers that h/she is not alone in this world?

This Purim holiday, I hope you will recognize and appreciate the vital role you play in connecting so many people around the world - it is something we are all truly grateful for.

Wishing you and your family a Happy Purim.
Avraham Groll and the entire JewishGen Team

Re: MANDEL's #belarus

Deanna Levinsky <DEANNASMAC@...>

I am a Mandel. Family tree is on Ancestry. They go back to the late 1700’s in Rohatyn which was Austria and now Poland. Grandfather was Osias Mandel. They lived in Bridgeport CT and Brooklyn NY
Deanna M. Levinsky, Long Island, NY

berkowitz family

Maurice I. Kessler

Hi Genners,


I am trying to find a great Uncle’s family that was unknown  to us before.  Usual thing where brothers don’t talk to each other.


Morris & Flora Jacobus Berkowitz had 6 children,  Francis, Hattie, Leo, Josephine, Birdie, and Helen. All Born in NY.


Morris was born  in Suwalki, Russia.  Flora Germany.  I think by now they are all deceased.  I would like to try and find any


living family, probably grand children.


Thank you


Maurice Kessler






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

Harry Auerbach

I clicked on the first link, the Rotterdam site. Google prompted me to translate the page, and I was able, by clicking the "search passenger lists" link, to get a search field.

There does not appear to be a field for the name of the vessel. If you know the name of the vessel, you can add it to the Keywords field.

Harry Auerbach
AUERBACH/MIRSKY (Brest-Litovsk, Jerusalem)
GREENFELD/LEWKOWICZ (Lodz, Piotrkow Tribunalski)
RICE/RAJC (Zychlin)
MARGET (Vilna)

Gravestones Posted to ViewMate - Photo Enhancement Needed


Hi All,

I have posted photos of two different gravestones on ViewMate. I
believe one of them might be the grave of my great great grandfather
Josef DUCHOWNY. A kind JewishGenner took these photos at Washington
Cemetery in Brooklyn, noting that all of the words on them had eroded
with time. Someone recently suggested that I post them to ViewMate,
with the hope that someone might be able to bring something out with
some magic photo enhancing software. If you are a whiz with this kind
of thing, I would be very grateful if you would take a look. I have
higher resolution photos than those posted to ViewMate. They are
posted here:

Thank you!
Laurie Duchowny

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