Seeking Book: First American Jewish Families: 600 Genealogies 1654-1988 by Rabbi Stern 3rd ed. 1991 #usa

Ellen Shindelman Kowitt

#earlyamerican Although the full text of this book is available online, and free, through the American Jewish Archives, I'm interested in obtaining a hard copy for my personal library as I embark upon a new project with the DAR to identify Jewish patriots of the American Revolution.

If you would like to pass along your copy to a good home, I would happily pay for shipping. Reasonable $ offers will also be considered.

Thank you.

Ellen Shindelman Kowitt
Erie, Colorado USA

A message from Gesher Galicia

Steven Turner

Dear Gesher Galicia Members,

I hope all of you are healthy and being careful as we cope with the impact of COVID-19 on ourselves, our families, and our communities worldwide. Please take all necessary precautions.

On behalf of the Board of Directors of Gesher Galicia, I want to reassure you—the silver lining in these unprecedented times—that several of our activities continue. In the next few days, you will receive electronically the March issue of the Galitzianer, which we hope will provide you with interesting material to read. Let me assure you that our editorial team is already focused on delivering to you another exciting edition of the journal, scheduled for the release in June.

Our research teams also remain busy, despite the onsite work being interrupted in many archives in Austria, Poland, and Ukraine. Just before their closure, we received new records from Kraków (Jewish medical students from the Jagiellonian University) and Vienna (Jewish signatories of the 1848 petitions to the Reichstag). Our indexing work across a wide range of research projects continues as before, as does our Przemyśl Identification project. Newly indexed record sets continue to be uploaded to the All Galicia Database. We will communicate the outcomes of all these ongoing projects to you as they are finalized.

Unfortunately, we were forced to cancel a number of educational activities. We will let all of you know when we have new dates for these events, which always provide an opportunity to meet many of our members.

Your passion for Jewish genealogy and learning about Galicia, combined with your dedication to one another during this time of uncertainty, is deeply appreciated and reflects the very best of Gesher Galicia. Thank you.

Once again, please be careful and cautious. We will all get through this and come out stronger.

Sincerely yours,
Steven Turner,
President, Gesher Galicia

Re: Szmul vs Szlama #names


My father's 1917 Manhattan birth record names him Louis, but starting when he was 3 years old, the census calls him Lawrence.  In my lifetime, he was always known as Larry, though he never formally changed his name. This suggests to me that someone else may have done the same thing. Dad didn't know why his mother used a different name, but we surmise he may have been a sickly child.  
Barbara Sloan
Conway, SC

Re: 1918 Flu Death certificate #usa

Kathy Lorber

My great aunt died in the 1918 pandemic. Her death certificate reads “Influenza Complicated by Lobar Pneumonia.” 

 Kathy Lorber
Montville, NJ

LORBER: Poughkeepsie, NY, Poland, Austria-Hungary, Latvia; FELDMAN: NYC, Varifalu;
LIVINGSTON/LEVENSTEIN: Chicago, Davenport, IA, Lithuania; GOLDMAN/SZEYP: Davenport, IA, Mariampol, Lithuania; DAVIS: Chicago, Wales, UK; HERTZBERG: Chicago, Tuckum, Latvia

Re: 1918 Flu Death certificate -- cause of death #general

Cynthia Spikell

I cannot magnify the death certificate enough to see if there are numbers written by the cause of death. If you go to you will see that there are codes going back more than a hundred years that doctors used to indicate exact cause of death. You must be careful to use the codes that were used for that year of death.


At the above website, go down to:


International Classification of Diseases [complete]

ICD decoder


to find out what the cause was. It is often much easier to read the number code than the doctor’s handwriting.


Cynthia Spikell

Middlefield, Ohio

OOPS: Time to order the translation of Yizkor Book of your ancestral Shtetl

Joel Alpert

For reduced pricing of 4 or more books, please contact YBIP@...

I had spelled JewishGen, wrong in the email above. Sorry, Joel Alpert

Re: KREISEL #israel

David Lewin

At 18:15 16/03/2020, Maurice I. Kessler via Groups.Jewishgen.Org wrote:
Hi Genners,

Thank you for your previous  help. I have another request.

I am looking for family in Israel, Originally from Czernowitz. 

Etel & Yisroel KREISEL. In the last letter I found she was living with a daughter Henya in Kfar Saba (!961)

They are buried in the cemetary in Herzilia.

Thank you for your assitance

maurice kessler  mikessler222@...

Have you solved this search?

If not,  do you know anything about the date of birth of Henya?  I cannot tell whether 1961 is date of living in K. Saba or her birth

What dates have you for the parents?

Have you contacted the cemetery?

Search & Unite attempt to help locate people who, despite the passage of so many years since World War II, may still exist "out there".
We also assist in the process of re-possession of property in the Czech Republic and Israel.
See our Web pages at and at

Time to order the translation of Yizkor Book of your ancestral Shtetl #yizkorbooks

Joel Alpert

Can we suggest that now is the time to see if your ancestral shtetl is
one of the more than 90 Yizkor Books that the Yizkor-Books-In-Print
has published. Go to:
to see the list of translations of Yizkor Books now available. For
reduced pricing of 4 or more books, please contact YBIP@....

Joel Alpert, Coordinator of the Yizkor-Books-In-Print Project of JewishGen

Re: tracing relatives that moved to Israel in 1960 #romania

Valentin Lupu

Hi John,
I was able to find the photo of David's grave in Haifa. Although his mother name is not inscribed, it is probably the person you are looking for. David's age at his death was 73, therefore born in 1900. The inscription says "Here lies my husband, my father, our brother and my dear grandfather". 
In an official publication from March 1974, Robert Honig is declared as David's legal heir. Robert Henig is an known actor in Israel. Here is  a translation of a short biographic note in Hebrew: "Robert Henig (born September 17, 1945 in Transylvania), an Israeli theater and film actor, born in Romania. Henig immigrated to Israel in the 1960s and lived in Haifa with his parents. Married and father of two daughters. He graduated in 1971 at the Beit Zvi Theater School and played in many shows and films."
If you would like a phone number, let me know your personal email address.
Valentin Lupu

Re: Children named after their living parents #general

joannegrosman joannegrosman

Could you explain - why you write around Radmonsko? My grandparents are from Radomsko. Would be interested to know.

best regards,
Joanne Grosman
Grosman, Garbarski, Altman, Bocian and Kremsdorf
Czestochowa and Radomsko

Re: Children named after their living parents #general

Lin Mor

Did one of both of them have a Sephardic background? I believe they do name babies after living relatives. Linda Cohen Morzillo

TIME CHANGE - Ask The MyHeritage Expert - How To Colorize Photos

Daniel Horowitz

NOTE there is a time change, now the meeting will be at 1PM EST 

This Tuesday, March 24 @ 1pm EST "Ask The Expert - How To Colorize Photos" 30 min to learn how to make the most of MyHeritage new feature that automatically colorizes your black and white #family #photos #genealogy #ancestors  REGISTER NOW

FREE and UNLIMITED access for all people to MyHeritage In Color™ from March 23 to April 23, so that people everywhere can join in the fun of colorizing their black and white photos. Ordinarily only 10 photos can be colorized by users who do not have a Complete plan, but now, you can colorize as many photos as you’d like for free.

Best regards
Daniel Horowitz

Skala Podolska Yizkor Book #yizkorbooks

Tony Hausner Just recently I connected with Joel Alpert, one of the coordinators who run the Yizkor Book site. Even though our book was produced independently of the other books in the series, they agreed to list our book in their Yizkor Book website.  Thank you Joel.

Tony Hausner Silver Spring, MD 20901 301--587-6943 (primary email address: thausner@...)

Tony Hausner

Re: 1918 Flu Death certificate #usa

sharon yampell

My second cousin twice removed, Alice WOLOVITZ who is mentioned in Barry’s book about The Epidemic had Influenza with  Pneumococcic Meningitisas a contributory illness on her death certificate. (see below)


She was a nursing student in Philadelphia trying to treat patients





Sharon F. Yampell

Voorhees, NJ USA



From: Gayle Schlissel Riley via Groups.Jewishgen.Org
Sent: Monday, March 23, 2020 8:49 AM
To: main@...
Subject: [] 1918 Flu Death certificate


On the death certificates for the 1918 flu, what did they label as the cause? My grandmother had a brother who died at that time. I never saw the death certificate, only burial records.
What would they say was the cause, for these deaths?
Abraham Schlissel, Detroit Mich.  EDER and SCHLISSEL was my family in Detroit. Thanks Gayle


Re: Children named after their living parents #general

Jeremy Lichtman

I've seen this before a few times in the area around Radomsko, but it is unusual.

I think part of the answer is that people's official names, as listed on a birth Akta, weren't necessarily the same as their Hebrew names.

Jeremy Lichtman
Toronto, Canada

Re: New Mailing List Format


There is a Wikipedia article about #hashtag at

On most websites, hashtags can contain letters, digits and underscores.
They cannot contain spaces and other characters.
And they must begin with this symbol  #

Re: #germany - Decipher hand written word in German script #germany

Reuven Mohr

the word is 'Vorgemerkt' am 27.8.18.
to understand what that means, you might have to look at more records. Maybe there was 'made note of' the marriage ahead of the final date of the wedding, maybe when all licenses were ready, but the date was set for a later date.

Re: tracing relatives that moved to Israel in 1960 #romania

Israel P

Does the grave say "my dear father" or "our dear father?"

(US) National Archives Digitized Hundreds of World War l-Era Military films #usa #announcements

Jan Meisels Allen

Allied soldiers march through the French town of Lille, 1918. (NARA)


The (US) National Archives and Records Administration 9NARA) has digitized hundreds of old film reels shot between 1914 and 1936. This covers the period before America’s entry into World War l through the interwar years before World War ll. Coverage includes German and allied troops footage. See:

Not all are available online.


The reels range from war footage to dogs being trained to deliver cigarettes to the men in the trenches as well as the those who served everyday lives.


To read more see:



Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


Re: Szmul vs Szlama #names

Chayim Fried

i saw what other wrote but I must tell you that shmuel or Samuel, would never be misspelled, mistaken or entered as szlama which is shlomo in Hebrew or Yiddish, they are two different names, and do not even sound alike unless he had both names

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