MyHeritage In Color Free and Unlimited for One Month #events

Jan Meisels Allen




Through April 22, 2020,MyHeritage is providing unlimited use for colorized photos even if you do not have a Complete Plan subscription. Previously the colorized photographs was available. Go to: All you have to do is upload the photos through the MyHeritage App which is discussed in the above  URL



To read more including about drawing if you have your colorized photos on social media go to:


I have no affiliation with MyHeritage and am posting this solely for the information of the reader.



Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


Re: #poland - Searching for HALLAY, ZAGON and DIMANSKY (Ortelsburg) #poland

Karen <kgschneider@...>

Hello Ze'ev,

I found an interesting record in  If you are not familiar with the site, you will need to establish a free account to access it. 
Have attached two Family Search links to the transcription of a marriage record from April 11, 1925 in Eijgelshoven (Netherlands).
Maria Hallaij, born March 10, 1904 in Rotthausen (Duitsland) married Jozephus Jacobus Rutten, born November 2, 1900 in Rotterdam, profession: kantoorbediende (office worker).
Maria's surname and the day of her birth are slightly different than you have but perhaps the surname spelling of Hallaij is a Durch version of Hallay? 
It also gives both sets of parents. Maria's are listed as Johann Hallaij, occupation: Landlouwer (farmer/agriculturalist) and Wilhelmine Zagon which are also very close to your information. 

Once you are in the marriage record each person is hyperlinked to more possible records in Family Search. And you will also see links to the Dutch archives that record came from.
If it turns out that the family spent time in the Netherlands, you might be able to seach their archives from the link provided by the marriage record.
I've found the Amsterdam archives excellent and fairly easy to use with the help of google translate for key words. The ones in other parts of the country that Family Search links to might be similar.

Karen Schneider

Re: Children named after their living parents #general

Ina Getzoff

I am Sephardic and it is an accepted custom to name new born babies for living relatives. Generally if the first born is a boy he will be named after his paternal grandfather. If the second child is a girl she will be named after her paternal grandmother. If there is another boy he will be named after his maternal grandfather and another girl will be named after her maternal grandmother. After that it is up to the parents who they may choose to honor with names of any additional children.

Ina Getzoff
Delray Beach, Fla.

Re: tracing relatives that moved to Israel in 1960 -- THANK YOU #romania #israel

John Hoenig

Hi all,

JewishGenners are terrific! I posted a message saying I was excited to learn that some Romanian Honig relatives had moved to Israel around 1962 and almost immediately started receiving messages about my family. I learned that David Honig had a wife, son, and two grandchildren, and also that he had two sibilings in Israel who also had children. I even got a photo of one of my relatives.

Thank you so much to all who responded.

Hoping you are all well and that you stay safe.

John Hoenig

Williamsburg, VA, USA


John M. Hoenig

Professor of Marine Science | Department of Fisheries Science

Virginia Institute of Marine Science | PO Box 1346 (1375 Greate Rd), Gloucester Pt., VA 23062


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Hungarian Translation Request #subcarpathia

Marsha Abraham Shapiro

This is a 1940 death record of my grandfather, Mendel Konigsberg,  registered in Lipcsemezo.  Can someone read the cause of death, located in the last column?
ABRAHAM, HOFFMAN, KONIGSBERG, ACKERMAN - Nagyrakocz/Vel'ky Rakovec, Lipcsepolyana, Imsticovo, Hun/Czech
BOHRER, WACHS/WAKS - Dabrowica (Podkarpackie),Grodzisko, Lezajsk, Jastrzebiec, Kurylowka,Tarnawiec,Poland
WAGNER - Dabrowica (Podkarpackie), Poland
ZIMMERMAN - Tarnogrod, Poland

Re: 1918 Flu Death certificate #usa

Josephine Rosenblum

The 1918 death certificate of a relative in Cincinnati called it "la grippe".  Her doctor was related to her.
Josephine Rosenblum

Re: 1918 Flu Death certificate #usa


The death certificates of my maternal grandmother and my paternal grandfather said death from pneumonia due to the flu.  Remember, there were no antibiotics in 1918.

Sent from my Galaxy Tab® A

Records from Suchowola and Sidra, Poland (formerly in Grodno, Russia) #poland


Looking for any records available for the towns of Suchowola and Sidra near Bialystok in Poland.

Searching for PHILIPS family possibly from Suvalk (Suwalki) Area

Susan Beecher <s_beecher@...>

For a friend, I am searching for her grandmother's maternal ancestors who came to New York City in the late 1800s. Abraham Philips, born about 1844, married to Diana Solons (Solonosky?) and immigrated to the US in 1910.  Their daughter, Fannie Phillps (born 1864 in Russia - 1932) was married (?) to "Zelki" (this is from a memory) Sackheim (? see my note below about his daughter) who died in Russia. They had a daughter, Lena (born 4/24/1888).  Fannie then married Bernard Kurland (1867 -1954)  in Russia and they immigrated to the US in 1892, leaving Lena behind. Fannie and Bernard are listed as Feige and Beril Kurland in the ship's manifest coming to the US.
Lena came to the US in 1903 per the 1910 US Census where she is living with Morris and Sarah Philips and she is described as a niece. (Lena is my friend's grandmother and she knew that she lived with Morris and Sarah Philips when she arrived in the US. My friend had not known that this was her grandmother's maiden name until I found this in the Census. However, I am unable to find anyone with that name coming to the US in 1903. I am wondering if that is not the correct name or if it was spelled very differently previously. I am unable to find the connection between Morris Philips and Fannie Philips. Morris had a brother, Irving Philips who said on his naturalization petition that he was born in Suvalk, Russia.  So to get to the point, I would very much like to find the Philips family in Russia/Poland.  I have searched diligently in Ancestry and in JewishGen with no luck.  I am wondering if Philips is an Americanization of the family's real name. Thanks for any help or advice.
Susan Beecher

Re: Children named after their living parents #general


We were surprised to find a daughter named after a mother on our family tree, but then we learned that the mother died in childbirth so the baby was given the mother’s name.
Estelle Gutttman
Reston VA

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

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