Re: Actively Searching . . .


FWIW, a close friend of my father from childhood was Jerry Fox, b. Brooklyn, 1910s, later lived in Margate, NJ, and Baltimore, married Sandy, maiden name unknown, in 1940 or so. If that rings a bell for anyone, I can probably put you in touch with his daughter.  Jerry was well known as an artist and featured in the Baltimore Sun at one time. 
Barbara Sloan
Conway, SC

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

Bruce Drake

I struggled this week to find a Yizkor book excerpt that felt right to me. The last few weeks have been grim ones for many, out of fear of the coronavirus, the sicknesses and deaths it has caused, and the disruptions to peoples’ lives. As important as it is to constantly remind ourselves of the overwhelming horrors of the Holocaust, my heart wasn’t in a dark excerpt. A pleasant slice-of-life chapter also seemed out of place this week.

So, instead I collected some passages about caring for the sick — “a custom so embedded in Jewish tradition that even the non-religious Jews observed it scrupulously,” according to the Yizkor book of Zloczew, Poland. Part of the tradition was represented by the concept of Bikur Cholim (visiting the sick), which also was a social institution in many communities. “We know that a healthy person needs a friend, the sick person needs even more a human being that is willing to listen to him,” the Zloczew book says. The book of Rozniatow, Ukraine remembers that family members of an ill person “would leave their business and activities and devote their energies [which] would be drained from the effort of caring for the sick person,” and that Bikur Cholim would find ways to give them some rest. A chapter in the book of Sokolivka, Ukraine recounts: “When an epidemic broke out, such as the cholera, there were people who volunteered to wage war against the disease. Healthy and courageous men did not flinch from the danger.”


Bruce Drake

Silver Spring MD 


Towns: Wojnilow, Kovel

(Belgium) Historians Quit Belgium's Holocaust Museum over Anti-Israel Activist Being Honored

Jan Meisels Allen

Kazerne Dossin



Kazerne Dossin is Belgium’s Holocaust Memorial Museum and Documentation Center located in Mechelen, Belgium, and is the location where between 1942 and 1944 over 25,000 Jews and 352 Roma and Sinti were deported to Auschwitz-Birkenau. Many of these people were not from Belgium originally but fled there as the war expanded to their  European countries.  Only just over 5% returned. During this time it was known as the SS-Sammellager Mechelen, a Nazi collection and deportation camp.  The Museum was built by constructing the new museum opposite the old barracks, opening in 2012.


In late 2019, the then museum director resigned because he felt the daily management was focused too much on the Holocaust memorial aspect and not enough on documenting current human rights violations. Earlier this month 10 historians stepped down in protest of canceling an event honoring a vocal Israel critic. Brigitte Herremans, an activist who has called on the European Union to sanction Israel and its citizens, and has accused Israel’s supporters of “inflating anti-Semitism” to deflect criticism, was set to be honored as an “ambassador of peace” by the Catholic aid group Pax Christi.  The Board of Kazerne Dossin suggested it would continue to resist initiatives that it believes will dilute its core mission of commemorating the genocide perpetrated by the Nazis and their collaborators against Jews and other victims.


In full disclosure I have visited this museum in 2012 and IAJGS had as a speaker at one of its conference’s the then director of the Museum.


The website for the Museum is:

Their Documentation Center is The Site is available in Dutch and English. Click on search key.  If you would like to consult the archive or the library you need to submit a research statement. The form is downloadable



This is not the only Holocaust Museum that has undergone similar controversy. Last year the Jewish Telegraphic Agency reports, “the director of Berlin’s Jewish museum resigned after the museum tweeted a link to an article defending the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel that the German parliament declared to be anti-Semitic the previous month. The Jewish museum of  Munich was accused last July of libeling Israel in an exhibition that suggested that it is an occupying force.”


To read more see:


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


FamilySearch Upgrade Has Temporarily Disabled Some Collections

Jan Meisels Allen



I have had confirmed by David Rencher, Director, Family Search Library and Chief Genealogical Officer, FamilySearch that FamilySearch has temporarily disabled some collections. Due to the issue affecting many collections it will take a few days to fix. As of now if you try to reach an unrestricted collection –unrestricted as listed in the FamilySearch collection, a message displays that the image is only available at a Family History Center when you click on the camera icon.


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


JGS of Maryland March 22 meeting cancelled

Susan Steeble

The March 22 meeting of the Jewish Genealogy Society of Maryland has been cancelled due to concern for the health and safety of our members and guests during the current Coronavirus outbreak. Programs will be rescheduled as soon as the pandemic subsides in our area.


Meanwhile, JGSMD members are encouraged to join our new JGSMD discussion list, on which we can hold occasional discussions on genealogical topics, ask and answer questions, and keep connected (see your email for a message from JGS Maryland on 3/12/2020, and click on the link to apply for membership in the discussion group).


Please check our web site,, for announcements about the status of future meetings of the JGSMD.

Susan Steeble
JGSMD Public Relations

Susan Kahan Steeble
Baltimore, MD, USA
Researching: FRIDGANT/FRIEDHAND and variants from Bershad, Ukraine
                      KESSELMAN from Chorna/Okna, Ukraine
                      BUDIANSKY/BUDINOFF and SLUTSKY from Korsun and Zolotonosha, Ukraine
                      KAHANOWITZ/KAGANOVICH from Grodno, Belarus
                      STUCHINSKY from Jurbarkas/Yurburg, Lithuania

Re: Sadovnick-Belfer family history


I know the name Aaron Sadovnick born 1924, I don't know where. The name of his father was Benjamin.

Re: The Name Jur #names

David Zoldan

The Jura I was researching in Poland turned out to be Yair confirmed by the family.

David Zoldan

Researcher - 382214

Researching Rosenknopf, Chesner, Sowa, Bienenfeld, Tyk, Kapota, others

Re: Actively Searching . . .

Joann Morris Gudzus

Hi Sandi,

I have been working quite a bit for the past 15 years on my family tree.  My maternal grandfather was from Ragua(sp.?), Lithuania b.12/23/1888-1890 d. 11/23/1957 Santa Rosa, California
His Hebrew name was Chiam Yona, son of Leib. Yona was his middle name Jonah. His name was Herman Liebowitz.  He came to America through Philadelphia in March, 1907.  He married my grandmother Brucha, daughter of Borukh on 1/2/1910, one year exactly after they married.  They had four children, Benjamin Herman Liebowitz, David Morris Liebowitz, Lillian Loretta Liebowitz and Robert Bernard Liebowitz.
I also have a Siegel in my family by marriage.  His name was Sheldon Colman Siegel and he was a Pediatrician in Los Angeles,California.  He and his wife Priscilla had two girls, Linda Sue Siegel and Nancy Jean Siegel.  Sheldon had a brother Samuel, his father was Carl and grandfather was Michel Segal. Sheldon's mother was Bess Rothchild.
If you like more information about any of these relatives, please don't hesitate to ask.  Please use my personal email address:  chachkasmom@...

View Mate Translation Request #poland


Hi, I posted some documents on view mate for translation. They are book of resident entries for Piotrkow, Poland. I want to thank the community and the individual who helped me with my last posting. I hope everyone is OK out there.


ViewMate translation request - Hebrew

Barry E Chernick

I have posted two birth records pages from the Ukraine that I
would like translated. They are in Hebrew. There are 4 records on each
Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page.
Thank you very much.
Barry Chernick

Re: Is this the same person?


Hi, it's impossible to definitively know just from these entries if these are the same person. It seems like the clue that would help the most is somewhat lost in translation. 
In the first entry there are some characters after Yakov's name which were probably meant to be a Hebrew acronym for either "of blessed memory" (ז''ל or זצ''ל), or "to separate for living" (יבל''ח or יבלח''ט). These would signify whether the father Yakov was already deceased when his son Osher died in 1904, or not. 
If he was still alive then I'd say there's a decent chance he is the same Yakov Zev Wolf who died in 1918 at the age of 84. It seems common to find people recorded in one place by their first name, in another by a middle name, or by a combination of both. Since there are no characters after Zev Wolf's name in A. Lipman's 1896 death it won't help, but there's nothing in the dates that  rule out the possibility that these were two sons of this one Yakov Zev Wolf. 
If it's possible you should search for other  records around Slutsk mentioning any of these people, including the in-law surnames MIEDIL and LIFSHITS, that may help to resolve this.
Good luck,
Binyamin Kerman
Baltimore MD

JewishGen & Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) #general #JewishGenUpdates

Avraham Groll

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While we are not currently anticipating any significant operational disruptions, I would like to address two points that have been raised:

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Re: name change #names

Eva Lawrence

Legal changes of name were advertised in The London Gazette, which was published weekly and is available online,  though not indexed. They were cone by Deed Poll.
The more likely explanation is that until 1837 the only way to register marriages and births was through a religious institution..

In 1837 civil registration was introduced in England., which seems to  be what caused you Solomon Israel's children's  name change. Possibly the last name Israel was a patronymic.  Are you sure that his  name was not in fact Israel Solomon ? This would make sense of the early children's names as patronymics, eg Elias ben  Israel (Elias son of Israel). Then after 1837, the civil registration  would require  children to have the same last name as their father, i.e Solomon or the shorter version, Sloman..
To check on the correct version of the father's name, you'll need to look at his personal signature or perhaps, the inscription on his grave 
Eva Lawrence
St Albans, UK.

Re: name change #names


Name changes in the UK were made by deed poll through a lawyer.
The new name would be advertised in The London Gazette... this can be searched on-line through genealogical sites.

Re: name change #names



In your 3rd paragraph, I think you mean 1841. There was no census in 1941 due to WWII.

Name changes in the UK are not a matter of law unless done by 'deed poll'. If that method was chosen by your ancestor there would have been an announcement, at that time, in the London Gazette.

As to the reason for the change, who knows? Antisemitism is a possible explanation, but it would have been a personal decision by your ancestor that has been lost in the mists of time.

Henry Best,
London, UK

Cancelled: Jewish Genealogical Society New York March 22 Meeting

Phyllis Rosner

Cancelled: Jewish Genealogical Society NY Meeting
Sunday March 23, 2020
Center for Jewish History

There will be no meeting of the JGSNY on March 22, as the Center for Jewish History will be closed March 16-31.

Submitted by:
Phyllis Rosner
JGSNY VP Communications
New York, NY

Re: Johannesburg Cemeteries online #southafrica

Louis Zetler

Hi Julian,

I have databases of all the Johannesburg cemeteries.

Louis Zetler

Re: Actively Searching . . .

Maurice I. Kessler


in my tree are Max Fox b. Brooklyn NY, d. Florida  m to Edith Mittman

maurice kessler  mikessler222@...

Re: Actively Searching . . .

Annette Weiss

I am also searching for Siegal/Siegel  on my mother's side, from Lithuania/Russia

Re: somewhat lost


My best advice beyond what has already been mentioned is to explore  He has many useful tools for searching naturalization, census and other records.  
Barbara Sloan
Conway, SC