Fruchter-Wernick-Diamond family in New York. #usa #rabbinic

Neil Rosenstein

Trying to make contact with the family of Selma (Tzirel, nee
Blumenfeld) Wernick who died in 2009 (whose sister married Ganz and
also had two brothers). Selma was mother of a Daughter, married
Diamond, Cheryl (?married) and Jeffrey Wernick. The Fruchters trace
back to the Horowitz levite Rabbinical ancestry. Selma's husband was
Irving or Isadore.

Re: Holocaust Survivors: Karlsruhe #holocaust #germany


In the late 18th or early 19th century  one of the Jewish families from Fort-Louis, Bas-Rhin, France, crossed the Rhine River into Karlsruhe where they took up residence. The 1809 Judenedikt listed a Fortlouis family including Moritz J. Fortlous who immigrated to the United States in 1819 aboard the ship Louisa out of Le Havre France. He made his home in  Avoyelles Parish, Louisiana. While there are a few scattered Fortlouis Jews in the United States, I wonder if any other stayed in Germany and might be on the list. Are you familiar with the name?

Carol Mills-Nichol
Madisonville, LA

Zibelman Zebelman Ceibleman cibelman #general


Anyone with any of these names, or a similar sounding one, please respond to media911@....


Dr Lazar Fruchter of AIM Health insurance #rabbinic

Neil Rosenstein

Trying to make contact with the family of Dr. Fruchter, allergist, son
of Philip (Efraim Fischel and Rivka), descendants of the Horowitz
levite rabbinical family.

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

Gary Pokrassa


You will find an extensive catalog for Nikolayev on LDS at this url
you will need to be registered to access this - registration is free

There are very few records otherwise available online
there are two files on the Alex Krakovsky wiki
Kherson County Ed. ed. code ]
The auditory fairy tale of the Jews of the city of Nikolaev. 1811  // HOME . F. 280. Op. 1. Ref. 9.
Auditory Tale of 25 Jewish Families of Kherson County Attached to the Towns of Mykolaiv. 1824  // HOME. F. 280. Op. 1. Ref. 21.
Auditory tale of the Jewish colony of Romanivka Kherson district. 1858 .
Gary Pokrassa
Data Acquisition Director
Ukraine Research Group

Re: Holocaust Survivors: Karlsruhe #holocaust #germany

J and N Larson

I have or had cousins in this area, on my mother's side:  Lang and Ochsenreither were the family names I remember.

Updates to the JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGenUpdates

Avraham Groll

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Holocaust Survivors: Karlsruhe #holocaust #germany


In the late 1940s there were numerous often scattered attempts to list Jewish survivors resident in German towns, whether or not they originated there.  Most of the 111 Jews resident in Karlsruhe identified on one of these lists originated in SW Germany, but includes a few born in Lodz, Cracow and Budapest.  (The most unusual is a person born in “Allentown, USA”)  The list will be included in Jewishgen’s Holocaust database, but in the meantime, if anyone has a particular interest in Karlsruhe they may contact me.
Peter Lande
Washington, D.C.

Lublin Jewish Registration #poland


The USHMM has linked digitized documents to the 6,535 names (surnames M-Z) in this existing HSV collection: Lublin, Poland: Initial Registration of Lublin’s Jews – October 1939 and January 1940 (ID: 20874)  The images are available for IDD requests.  This material had been compiled as part of the JRI project.
Peter Lande
Washington, D.C.

Re: Children named after their living parents #general

Jeremy Lichtman

I've seen it a handful of times in some of the small villages in that area. Twice among relatives of mine (surname was Szklarczyk).

I don't have any evidence to suggest that they were Sephardim or Yekkes.

More likely, these are the "official" Polish document names, and not their "lashon kodesh" (Hebrew) names, which would likely be different.

Also: if somebody is named "Moshe Abram" and another child is called "Moshe Herz" (just for example), those aren't considered to be the same name.

Re: Children named after their living parents #general

Sally Bruckheimer

Nobody has mentioned that Western European Ashkenazi name children for living people too. The same way Sephardim name for grandparents first, then other relatives. First son is named for the father's father, second son is named for the mother's father, same with girls.

Jews who left Eastern Europe, of course, continued to name only for dead relatives often.

Sally Bruckheimer
Princeton, NJ

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

Elise Cundiff

Children certainly did die from measles, and it would have been very unlikely to have been misdiagnosed flu, as measles has some distinct hallmarks.

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: 

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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

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