Re: Selecting, scanning, identifying and desicarding old paper photographs #general

Tracy Fish

Hi all,

I wanted to give some thoughts/opinions to this as both an active researcher for the last 3 years, who is 29 years old and an Assistant Professor of Photography.

To start with the original posted questions:
1. If you want an exact 1:1 size then scan at 300dpi. If you want the ability to enlarge the photo or enlarge to reveal details in the photo you might have not otherwise seen, I recommend scanning at 600dpi, which is doubling the size of the original. JPEG files are compressed files, however, they will be universal and accessible by anyone and everyone with any software. JPEGs aren't going anywhere anytime soon. If you knew someone that could go into a software like Photoshop to touch up your photos if needed, then I recommend scanning a TIFF file which will be a much larger file size than a JPEG, but it will be uncompressed. That will require to then be converted to JPEG afterwards, but your safest bet is to just go with JPEG.
2. Adobe Bridge (not a free software) is great for batch processing and batch renaming files. This is what I specifically teach all of my students to use and I use exclusively for my own work.
3. There are not only institutions, but ARTISTS in particular who would love to have these objects. There are many many artists that appropriate found photographs into their artwork. While this has a very specific function depending on the work, just to give an alternate example on how they can be used. I'd be happy to share some artist examples of this if anybody is interested.

Now as a I mentioned I am only 29 years old and started researching intensively 3 years ago. While I know my age group is not by any means the "typical" age when people get interested in Ancestry or even researching, there are some of us out there! When I started, the first place I went to was to family photos. There was only THREE photographs for my paternal family. With little to no connection to that side of the family and being a small immediate family for starters, I was devastated to learn this. As my research continued and while I did not manage to uncover anymore photos, all I kept wanting was a face to the name. My maternal side of the family was a different scenario. There were many photos and negatives that I was able to accumulate across a couple of family members. My grandmother use to write on the back of some photos, so I was able to identify some people, which otherwise would not have been possible. Seeing her handwriting was also precious to me and I scanned. As my research continued and I connected with new found cousins, I was able to send them photos and at times they were able to identify people as well! While there are still several photos that I have not been able to identify, I treasure them just as I do with the other photos. Maybe as I connect with more people they will be able to identify them. If there's anything I've learned with researching and uncovering new information, it is not a race, but just a test of patience and time. I was also heartbroken and devastated when I found out a cousin years ago threw out a SUITCASE worth of photos because they thought no one would be interested in them and they didn't know who the people were.

So with that said, PLEASE do not discard objects. While they might take up space, someone might want them in their own time. Having the original photo/negative is always better than a scan. Digital files can get corrupted, thumb-drives, hard drives, and computers can fail. So if you are going to be scanning, make sure you back-up all of your hard work! But also consider keeping your photos. If it is something that you really don't want to hold on to, first ask other family members if they want them. If not, then consider donating or even giving to other sources like artists who would love these precious materials. While I may not have any children to pass all my work on to, I'm looking forward to sharing this information and these objects with my much younger family when they are older.

With warm regards,

Tracy Fish
Nevada/Brooklyn, New York

Re: Re: Bobr, Belarus #belarus

Hi, Elena!

Louis’s wife wasn’t from Bobr.

Louis’s parents may have stayed in Bobr, but I don’t know for sure. His mother’s maiden name was something like “Feigen” or “Fagen.”

Best regards,
Wendy Starr
New York City

Re: Selecting, scanning, identifying and desicarding old paper photographs #general

Lorraine Rosengarten

I had the same issue until I discovered where my ancestor went to school (in the US).  I was fortunate to find a yearbook on line and the school actually sent me his report card.  

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Sarah L Meyer

There is a book with the same name, which I bought a few years ago on Amazon.  This has been discussed in one of the FB Jewish genealogy groups with the Hassidim saying that the author excluded information from those who choose to join this group.  That said the point of the book was the difficulty of leaving the group and the challenges faced by those who do.  It was a very good read.  I suggest the book for those who prefer to read books.  I am not a movie watcher and do not know how closely the movie follows the book.
Sarah L Meyer
Georgetown TX
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David P Cohen

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Lorraine Rosengarten

Re: Looking for Info on Lena Leibowitz and family in New York #lithuania #unitedkingdom #usa


I have a Lena Leibowitz on my tree but she married Jack Leibowitz and I have her originally as Lena Markowitz. I don't have other info about her.

Re: Looking for Info on Lena Leibowitz and family in New York #lithuania #unitedkingdom #usa

Sonja Marder nee Reichman

have you tried


sonja marder

Re: Cologne cemetery #germany

Elana Broch

I believe there is more than one cemetery.  Here is the person who helped me.  I'm sure he'd know the others.

Daniel Lemberg
Cemetery director
Jewish Cemetery Koeln-Bocklemuend
Venloer Str. 1152
D - 50829 Koeln (Cologne)
Telephone:  0049 - (0)221 / 50 81 19
Fax:                 0049 - (0)221 / 992 54 65
E-Mail:           friedhof [at] sgk. de
Internet:       www. sgk. de

Re: Name IDA #names

Carl Kaplan

Not to throw out another loop, but my grandfather Charles, had the Yiddish name Chatskill or Yechezkel back in Minsk. The reason given was that the guard at Ellis Island said his name was too hard to pronounce so he said, "now you're Charles/Charlie".
Thus, no logic behind the name evolution. 

Re: Selecting, scanning, identifying and desicarding old paper photographs #general

Michael Hoffman

Hello Joanne Grosman,

The Royal Air Force Museum in London, England has a Photographic Archive and would probably be interested in you Bomber Command Photographs.

You can contact them by email at

Best regards,

Michael Hoffman

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What a great photo. Do you have a source on it? Do you know whether it's in the public domain yet?

Re: Selecting, scanning, identifying and desicarding old paper photographs #general

Butch Hill

I was in a position similar to Ellen. I inherited a large portfolio of old photos from my mother and had no idea what to do with them. I have a great many cousins and one gave me the idea of posting them on Ancestry. So, I've now scanned several hundred photos and uploaded them to an extended family tree that I built on Ancestry for that purpose. Many of those have now been copied by a surprisingly large number of people. Some of those are immediate cousins, but others are extended cousins (3rd and 4th cousins) and others are researchers from the spousal families of Aunts and Uncles. Some have been copied by researchers assembling large regional collections. Hence, they now free of my possession, having a life of their own. 

Bakalarzewo #poland


I'm looking for data on the Schidlowski and Kokoshowski families in Bakalrzewo,in the vicinity of Suwałki.

Can anyone help me?

Thank you

Re: Selecting, scanning, identifying and desicarding old paper photographs #general

Judy Floam

There is a museum in Washington called the National Museum of American Jewish Military History.  Their web address is

Re: Selecting, scanning, identifying and desicarding old paper photographs #general


I am very thankful I have a few photos of some of my great-grandparents and other relatives beyond my immediate family and grandparents.  I also have pictures of people I can't identify because no one thought to write their names on the back.  But I know so much was lost.  For decades, I've been trying to learn what happened to my paternal grandfather's parents and sister during the Holocaust.  My sister recently told me that my aunt and uncle had a copy of a letter that was sent to my grandfather - possibly from the International Red Cross - in response to his inquiry about his family.  After my aunt died unexpectedly and my uncle passed away not long afterwards, though, the letter, family photos, and other items were carelessly thrown out so their house could be sold.  One cousin managed to save one or two boxes and has scanned and shared those photos with me.

I have no idea what to do with my photos, family records, and extended family tree files, as I have no children, but it would be shortsighted of me to let them be thrown out or destroyed after my death.  What should I do with the digital files and the photos once they've been scanned?  Some of my first cousins have children, and even grandchildren; however, they aren't really at the point of wanting to dig into their family history.  I'd love to hear your suggestions.



Re: Selecting, scanning, identifying and desicarding old paper photographs #general

joannegrosman joannegrosman

I will look into this. I do feel it is a weight to figure out what to do with all this archival material I have. Photography runs in my father's family professional and amateur and I have a vast quantity of photographs. I have a lot of military WWII photos as he flew in Bomber Command and was responsible for documenting their tours. I will look into your tips.

Joanne Grosman
researching Czestochowa/Radomsko

Re: Ukraine plans to sell Jewish cemeteries and massacre sites #ukraine

Stephen Katz

There's no link to the documents you mentioned.

IAJGS - Stern and Stedman Grants - Nominations now open #jgs-iajgs #announcements


IAJGS is now inviting nominations for the Rabbi Malcolm Stern Grant and the John Stedman Memorial Grant (US$ 3,000 each).

These unprecedented times of lock-downs and quarantines, are bringing long periods of difficult to manage social isolation to many individuals and families.Consequently, IAJGS has decided to introduce special arrangements and criteria for the 2020 Stern/Stedman grants.  The grants for this year are aiming to help fast-track projects which not only benefit those undertaking Jewish genealogical research but also help to improve the level of social interaction within and between families, and also between researchers.

The grants are for not for profit organizations including Jewish Genealogical Societies.  Please make appropriate organizations aware of these grants.  Self nominations by organizations are allowed. The closing date for nominations is 30 April 2020. 

For further details see Stern/Stedman Grant Special Arrangements for 2020

Any questions about these grants should be sent to me using email Laurence.Harris@... 

Laurence Harris
Chair, IAJGS 2020 Stern/Stedman Grant Committee
Email:   Laurence.Harris@...

Finding family in Hungary #hungary


How can I find any Taub in Hungary Past or present
Thank you

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