moderated IAJGS Conference Planning #jgs-iajgs #events

Chuck Weinstein

Greetings! As of this writing, we are busy planning the IAJGS San
Diego Conference which is still more than 4 months away. Like everyone
else, we are waiting for guidance from Health Authorities to see whether
we can proceed. We will update this Facebook Page as plans unfold.
Thanks for your interest in our conference and in our well-being. We
hope you are safe, spending time with those you love, and working on
Jewish Genealogy during this time of "social distancing".

Ken Bravo, President, International Association of Jewish Genealogical
Robinn Magid, Chair, IAJGS 2020 San Diego Conference on Jewish Genealogy

NYC Voter Lists includes Children #general #usa

Paul Blumstein

I found it odd that the NYC voter lists includes children. I.e., those not old enough to vote.

Initially, I thought I was seeing people with the same name as my relatives but I've seen too many for this to be true.

Anyone know why these voter lists contained the names of children?


Re: Records from the State Archive of Nikolayev Oblast #ukraine

John Byng

Sorry but I think this enquiry is too full of little known abbreviations.  Please take the time necessary to ensure your meaning is clear so that nobody else has to waste their time trying to work out what is meant.

Looking for family in Haifa #israel

brigitte attal

I heard from a cousin that survivors of our family emigrated to Israël in the 50/60 in Haifa.
Their names are Ita born Halbersztadt and Jehuda Leib Ejger from Lublin. They had no children. How can I search about them ?
Maybe there is a tomb in a cemetery. Any help would be greatly appreciated. 

(US) Ancestry Free At Home Education Resources and Access to Nearly 500 million National Archives Records #usa #events

Jan Meisels Allen

Ancestry with the (US) National Archives are making it easier to explore their family history by providing free access to search 50 million and images on Ancestry,  Ancestry’s usually free online tutorials video courses are all available.  Exploring the records is completely free – just create an account by entering your email to start your search. The almost half a billion digitized and searchable records being made available to all for free are comprised of nearly 300 different collections, including ship passenger and crew lists, naturalization and citizenship records, immigration records, and key military collections such as WWI and WWII draft cards.  A sampling of the collections include:

  • WWI and WWII U.S. Draft Cards
  • New York, Passenger and Crew Lists, 1820-1957
  • California, Federal Naturalization Records, 1843-1999
  • U.S. Passport Applications, 1795-1925
  • U.S. Compiled Revolutionary War Military Service Records, 1775-1783
  • U.S., Confederate Soldiers Compiled Service Records, 1861-1865
  • U.S., Border Crossings from Canada to U.S., 1895-1960

Ancestry’s Academy™, a free program offering online courses to help families get started on their family tree building. A library of educational videos can be found at:


Ancestry also has AncestryK12programs for K-12 schools and teachers in classrooms nationwide with content from the U.S. collection of Ancestry, and With school closures in effect across the U.S., Ancestry is offering support to parents by making its AncestryK12 lesson plans available for free for anyone to download while they are educating children at home. 

The lesson plans that Ancestry has created target a number of core subjects, with educational topics ranging from the American Revolutionary War to the 1940 U.S. Federal Census. They have been written by teachers according to the History Standards administered by the National Center for History in the Schools at the University of California, Los Angeles under the guidance of the National Council for History Standards. Available lesson plans can be accessed below: 

To read more see:

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


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


Re: Children named after their living parents #general

Barbara Singer

SEPHARDIM name after the living.
I had a dear friend in high school that was
named after her father.
Barbara Singer Meis

Translation - Russian (I think) to English #general

Wendy Newman

Dear Genners, I am looking for a translation of this birth document for Shimon Baruch Edelstein, born in Pulawy, Poland in 1888.  Things I am interested to know would be exact birth date, parents's names, address if given and any other pertinent info (father's occupation, etc.).  Thank you in advance for your help.  Sincerely, Wendy Newman

moderated IAJGS Conference Planning #jgs-iajgs #events

Chuck Weinstein

Greetings! As of this writing, we are busy planning the IAJGS San Diego Conference which is still more than 4 months away. Like everyone else, we are waiting for guidance from Health Authorities to see whether we can proceed. We will update this Facebook Page as plans unfold. Thanks for your interest in our conference and in our well-being. We hope you are safe, spending time with those you love, and working on Jewish Genealogy during this time of “social distancing”.


Ken Bravo, President, International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies

Robinn Magid, Chair,  IAJGS 2020 San Diego Conference on Jewish Genealogy

5 New Translations of Yizkor Books now available from Yizkor-Books-In-Print: Smorgon, Wyszków, Tovste, Miechov, Czestochowa #yizkorbooks

Joel Alpert

Yizkor-Books-In-Print Project is proud to announce the publication
these 5 new translations of these Yizkor Books:
Smorgonie, District Vilna; Memorial Book and Testimony, 780 pages, $39
Wyszków Memorial Book, 784 pages, $30
Memorial Book of Tluste (Tovste, Ukraine), 586 pages, $35
The Jews of Czestochowa, 824 pages, $40
Miechov Memorial Book, Charsznica and Ksia 496 pages, $33

Please go to our web page for information on how to order directly
from JewishGen:

Find the book in the list, click on "More book details and where to order"
then find "Available at:" and follow directions.

Prices include shipping to US, UK, Canada and Australia. For other
countries, email to ybip@... for pricing.

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

Looking for descendants of Iosef Blaufstein (sp.) from Biala Rawska, lived in Israel

Alberto Guido Chester

Special thanks go to David Barrett and Nicki Russler.
And a huge kudos to Valentin Lupu for his invaluable help in searching hidden documents and trying hard to contact the descendants of this person.
However, since a contact has not yet been made, I will appreciate any leads on this family:
Iosef Baufstein, formerly of Holon, Israel.
Alberto Guido Chester
Buenos Aires, Argentina

Re: Chaya Rivka (Helen) Gottesman Mother (of Munkacs, Hungary) #hungary

Moishe Miller

Are you aware that vital records from the 1880's are scanned online and
you can probably locate this Chaya Rivka (Helen) at the website. See the
Wiki at:

Moishe Miller

ROTT - Budapest #hungary

Rony Golan

Dear colleagues,

I am looking for the family of Artur (Avraham) ROTT & Roza (nee FISCHER)ץ

They had two sons: Zsigmond (b. 1894) and Sandor (b. 1900).

Any information on this family will be greatly appreciated.

Please reply privately.
Rony Golan
Ramat HaSharon, Israel

                        EISDORFER, Hungary
                        SLOMOVITS, Sighet, Romania

Re: Children named after their living parents #general

Pieter Hoekstra

On Tue, Mar 24, 2020 at 07:43 PM, Ina Getzoff wrote:
This is typical of patronymic naming as occurred in some countries such as Netherlands (Holland) where surnames generally did not come into existence until 1811 by decree of Napoleon. Further, female babies may have been named after a male relative by feminising the name, adding letters such as "je" to the end of the male name. For instance Pieter(Pijter)/Piet becomes female Pietje (modern form is Petra).


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.

Re: Records from the State Archive of Nikolayev Oblast #ukraine

Daniella Alyagon

As far as LDS goes you need to create an account on FamilySearch and then you can view their catalogue.

Daniella Alyagon

נשלח מטאבלט Samsung

Re: Children named after their living parents #general

Lin Mor

Ina Getzoff explained the "pecking order" in regards to naming after living relatives. This is very common in Italy where my husband's paternal side originates. Makes genealogy a bit confusing. 

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

Karen <kgschneider@...>

Ze'ev, I see the links from my first response did not transfer the actual records in the attachments.
But I was able to copy and scan the attached images for you. 
You can still access the marriage record with the hyperlinks to the individuals from any of the first attachments by registering with Family Search,
clicking on the Record tab and then inputting the name Maria Hallaij into the search function.
I am still not sure these are the people you are searching for but the names seem very similar in so many ways.

Good luck, 
Karen Schneider

Records from the State Archive of Nikolayev Oblast #ukraine

Susana Rubin

How to contact LDS, UKR SIG to know which archives they have online and how to access them?

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

Mark Halpern

Dear Damon and other researchers interested in Suchowola and Sidra:

I am the JRI-Poland coordinator for the Bialystok area. I also have deep roots in Bialystok and other nearby towns now in Poland, but in Grodno Gubernia up to 1918/1919. 

Unfortunately the Jewish vital records for both Suchowola and Sidra have not survived. In addition, if you search Miriam Weiner's Routes to Roots Foundation Archival Inventory, you will not find many other records of interest. 

However, for those with ancestry from Suchowola, Sidra, Bialystok or 24 other towns previously in Grodno Gubernia and now in Poland, JRI-Poland is your genealogical partner in two respects.

1) When people associated with JRI-Poland travel to this area, we delve deeply into those towns and find local resources that may be of value. For example, JRI-Poland has been provided with copies of school records from Sidra covering years in the 1920s and 1930s. In 2018, I visited Sidra with a group of people and we met a school principal who has an original register from 1936/37 of members of the Sidra Fire Brigade which included many Jews. In 2018, I also visited Suchowola and met the headmaster of the public school complex, who serves as the unofficial historian of the town.

2) JRI-Poland has embarked on a project to extract all Jewish records held at the Belarus Historical Archive in Grodno for the 27 or so towns now in Poland, but formerly in Grodno Gubernia. These are revision lists and associated list of Jews covering the period of 1816 through to about 1890. For Sidra, the inventory of the Grodno project includes about 100 records mostly from 1834 and 1850. For Suchowola, the inventory includes about 600 records covering years from 1834 to 1861 and also 1889. I want to impress on you and all researchers that the Archive in Grodno does NOT hold any Jewish VITAL records. 

The other towns now in Poland with records/lists in the Grodno Archive are Bialystok, Bielsk Podlaski, Bocki, Bransk, Choroszcz. Ciechanowiec, Dabrowa Bialostokca, Drohiczyn, Goniadz, Grodek, Janow Sokolski, Jasionowka, Knyszyn, Korycin, Krynki, Kuznica, Niemirow, Nowy Dwor, Orla, Siemiatycze, Sokolka, Suraz, Trzcianne, Wasilkow, and Zabludow. 

Assuming that people in Belarus will be fully mobile after the pandemic is under control, this project will be moving ahead in about 3 months. If you have an interest in these towns and this project, please let me know. We are raising funds to pay for the indexing that will be authorized in the near future. 

This response is for Damon as well as other researchers of towns in the Bialystok area. When you are researching in this area, the first place to look is JRI-Poland. Contact me for more information. Also contact me if you would like to volunteer to be a Grodno Project Town Leader for those town referenced in this posting. 

Please stay safe during this difficult period. 

Mark Halpern
JRI-Poland Bialystok Area Coordinator
Conshohocken, PA, USA

On 2020-03-23 9:25 pm, damon@... wrote:

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

Eveliovch - Nomeiski #lithuania #belarus


I am trying to trace the lineage of my grandmother, Yudis Nomeiski, born in 1880 in Shchuchin.

I found that her mother is Gesia/Geska, or Eshke,  daughter of Sholom. Searching the 
LitvakSIG database,

I did find a SHOLOM, who had a daughter Geska from Lida. Their surname was EVELIOVICH.  Geska married Khona Nomeiski.

The years are a bit late,  It says he was born in 1844 and my Independent Study Instructor said
that 1820-1840 would be preferable.  She suggested I post here.

Any help is greatly appreciated.  Thank you,


Re: Children named after their living parents #general

Linda Kelley

When I see a newborn named after a living parent, I check to see if the baby died or was a stillbirth before he or she was given a name.

Sometimes a stillbirth baby was given a combination of the parents’ given names.

Some parents repeated the same given name after a child died.

Also have seen a baby named after her mother when the mother died in childbirth, apparently to keep the mother’s memory alive.

Linda Wolfe Kelley
Portland, OR, USA

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