Re: How to learn if an immigrant received US citizenship? #usa

Adelle Gloger

To answer the question—
    Check with the county board of elections wherever this person lived to see if he registered to vote. In order to register to vote proof of citizenship— either  birth certificates or naturalization papers — must be presented. The voter registration will give place of naturalization. This information should be public information.
Adelle Weintraub Gloger, Cleveland, Ohio

Help Transcribe the Cairo Geniza Online #translation

Adam Cherson

This is a wonderful way to donate small amounts of time to help recover a valuable segment of Jewish History:;jsessionid=19CDF053CCE1EDF22E9C7EACDAEDB364


I've done some of this and it is something almost anyone can do, a few minutes here and there. Knowledge of Hebrew is not necessary.


Adam Cherson, NY, NY


Chag Pesach Sameach #general #JewishGenUpdates

Eli Rabinowitz

To all our family and friends at
We wish you a Chag Pesach Sameach. Keep safe and well!
Jill and Eli Rabinowitz
Perth, Australia

Translation needed: Russian script to English #translation

Elizabeth Jackson

I am desperately seeking a translation of pertinent information from this marriage record for Gitla Klepfisz and Josek Joskowitz.  I am specifically in need of the names of Gitla's parents to determine if this is my Great Aunt.

Any help will be greatly appreciated!

Elizabeth Jackson

Researching:. Ingberg and Klepfisz of Poland/Ukraine

Re: How to learn if an immigrant received US citizenship? #usa


Thank you. 

To the best of my knowledge, one does not need to be a citizen to get a social security number.
Fredel Fruhman
Brooklyn, New York, USA

Hebrew translation request #translation #germany

Richard Oppenheimer

Hello Friends,
I posted last week about a document located in the Kriegshaber Synagogue in Augsburg Germany referred to as a Schnoder Plaque by the synagogue's research assistant. From replies I received it may be either a list of those eligible to be called to the Torah, or those who have made contributions after receiving a Mischabaruch. The copy dates back to 1930's and is in poor condition. I have tried to enhance the photo and am seeking your help in translating the Hebrew title. I am able to read all of the names.  I have successfully identified about half of the letters in the title, but not quite enough to read it. Hoping some of you may be familiar with this type of document, or have better luck than I to read the words. The image appears below, but I have also included it as a word document attachment. If someone can read them, I would appreciate a translation as well.
Richard Oppenheimer
please reply privately

Seeking SLONIMSKYSlM / Aronovsky #names

Rochelle Gershenow

Family back story: The surname wasn't always Slonimsky.  We were told it was changed to avoid conscription.  No one living knew when it was changed or what the original name was.

Jacob Slonimsky was my great grandfather.  My research led me to determine he had a sister, Rose, whose married name was Weinstein (husband was Hyman).  Rose and her family lived in New York.  I determined the sibling relationship based on a number of family connections and the name of their father on their respective tombstones.  Mordekhai Zundl on Jacob's and Zundl Mordekhai on Rose's.  Jacob's oldest son was named Sundel Marks Slonimsky (Slonim).

I just found birth indexes from New York on Ancestry and Family Search for four of Rose's children.  The maiden name given for Rose on these documents are: Rinovsky, Arorosky, Aranovsky, and Aronovsky.  The name probably was Aronovsky.  This information was transcribed so I won't be able to assess the accuracy until I can view the original documents in a Family History Center, now closed because of coronavirus.

I also found on Ancestry information from a Kovno Cemetery list produced by the burial society of Vilijampole for a Reuven Aronovsky born around the same time as Jacob and Rose, i.e., abt. 1861.  He died on 8/2/1942.  His father's name is given as Moshe.  But the most interesting information is they list "Other Surnames: as Slonimsky.

Now I have to figure out where I go from here.  I have emailed DNA matches who have large trees with Aronovsky somewhere in the tree.  I will contact Aronovsky researchers listed in Jewish Gen.  I haven't yet found a ship manifest for Rose and her family (she was married with one child when she came to the US).  Any suggestions would be welcome.
Rochelle Gershenow
Connecticut, USA
Searching: AGINSKY (Stowbtsy, Belarus); CHAIKIN (Homyel, Belarus; Priluki, Ukraine); GERISH/GOROSH/GOROSCH (Vitebsk Guberynia Belarus/Latvia); GERSHONOWITZ (Lithuania; USA); LANGDORF (Galicia);  MERRIN (Belarus); PURINSON/PURINZON (Priluki,Ukraine; Argentina; Brazil; Israel; USA; Anywhere); SLONIMSKY/SLONIM (Minsk, Belarus; USA); SONDAK/SUNDOCK/SUNDACK (Janavole, Borkhovo, Rezekne, and Ludza, Latvia; USA); SOKOLOVSKY (Priluki, Ukraine)

Re: Re: seeking FUERLICHT #austria-czech #hungary #usa

Karen <kgschneider@...>

Hello Alex,


Here are a few records that might help identify 2 possible children for Herbert Spencer FEUERLICHT and "maybe" also a grandchild. It's a bit confusing because both Herbert and his brother Leonard appear to have changed their surnames to FORREST on their U.S. WWII Draft Records (see attached pictures) and go back and forth between FEUERLICHT and FORREST after that. To begin:



b.29 Mar 1912, Bronx, NY

d. 30 Aug 2008, Westchester County, NY


Married 10 Nov 1950 to:

Lillian HILSUM

b.16 Mar 1913, New York City

d. 18 Jan 2005, Westchester County, NY

Both Herbert and Lillian are buried in King David Cemetery, Putnam Valley, Putnam, NY(see tombstone pics and Find a Grave links)


2 possible children and a grandchild for Herman and Lillian:

Parmenus ROSECRANS-buried in Ohio but named as a son on Herbert’s Find a Grave site (see Find a Grave links for both Parmenus and Herbert). 

Sanford J. FORREST b.1954 d.2006-"not" named as a son of Herbert or Lillian on their Find a Grave memorials, however, Sanford has a similar tombstone and is buried in the same King David Cemetery as they are (see Sanford’s Find a Grave link).



Betty Jane FORREST-listed as a daughter of Sanford A. FORREST (see Find a Grave links)


Herbert S. FORREST-Find a Grave

Lillian H. FORREST-Find a Grave

Sanford J. FORREST-Find a Grave

Parmenus ROSECRANS-Find a Grave
(Also see attached doc. as to possible use of an alias name)


Betty J. FORREST SMITH-Find a Grave



While Find a Grave postings are not always totally accurate, they can provide good clues. And some of these give brief bios as well. Plus if the Ohio information pans out, there seems to be extended family in that area. Most of the other information like dates for Herbert and Lillian are from Ancestry records. Let me know if you need clarification about any of them. Attached are some other mentioned records plus clear photos of the tombstones for Herman FEUERLICHT and wife Johanna from just in case you can use (buried: Beth El Cemetery, Ridgewood, NY). Other than the WW II draft record for Leonard FEUERLICH/FORREST, I was not able to find much more information about him.

Karen Gregar Schneider


Bolingbrook, Illinois, USA


Gregar/Groger: Hoorepnik, Czechia and Amsterdam, Montgomery Co., New York, USA

Popper: Amsterdam, Montgomery Co., New York, USA







Re: Origin of the name Liss #names

Michael Hoffman

Hello Nancy S,

Would you be interested in a copy of the Marriage Certificate of the marriage of a Harris Liss to Rachel Shamrock, which took place in London, ENGLAND in 1898, Harris Liss's father is an Israel Liss. There is a record in the archives of YIVO, in the Industrial Removal Records when this couple moved to Illinois from NYC.


Michael Hoffman

Researching:- SCHAMROTH / SHAMROCK, Krakow, Poland, London, UK and USA.   

Seeking a book by Gabriela Mistral #france #germany #holocaust

Kira Dolcimascolo

Hello, I hope you are all in good health.
i have a research request regarding the Chilean poet and diplomat Gabriela MistraI. I am seeking to access a book of her letters due to the Covid virus closing libraries. The letters include requests for assistance  from Jews attempting to flee Europe. 
I am seeing a copy a few pages Mistral’s Antología Mayor (1992)- One of  4 volumes (Cartas). I am seeking two pages from this book about a member of my family, Elly LEON, whose mother Gertrud, a German Jew,  sought help for her daughter to flee the holocaust while Mistral was a diplomat in Nice, France. Elly LEON was a Turkish-German Jew living in Berlin.
If you or others can send me images from “Cartas”, it would be so appreciated. 
Kind Regards from Baltimore,

Re: Overdose of quinine #general #holocaust

Jill Whitehead

According to today's UK Guardian newpaper in an article by Laura Spinney, quinine was much in use during the 1918 flu epidemic "even though there was no evidence it worked for flu" and "doctors often overprescribed it causing side effects." She quotes Mark Honingsbaums' new book on the 1918 flu epidemic that "Londoners refused to be fobbed off with advice to gargle witht saltwater, and they besieged doctors' surgeries demanding quinine". 

One of my relations was a medic in WW1, but came back from the war to die of Spanish Flu in 1919. Another relation was put in an asylum after suffering post natal depression and died of Spanish Flu there in 1919.

Jill Whitehead, Surrey, UK

Re: The Cholera Pandemic in Galicia #austria-czech #poland #galicia

e l

Hello Fellow Genners,
I should like to add just one citation of many that I have collected:
Anonymous, “Einweihungsfeier des S. B. Latz’schen Alten- und Siechenheims” (with illustration of the building), Posener Neueste Nachrichten, Thursday, 16 December 1909, Issue 3207, 2nd supplement, 1st and 2nd pp.  Mf 06867; and at Leo Baeck Institute, New York City, Edward Luft Collection, AR 6957, location S42/5.  The article discusses Akiba Eger and the 1831 cholera epidemic in Posen, reproducing the text of the letter sent by King Friedrich Wilhelm to Chief Rabbi Jacob Moses [Akiba] Eger], thanking him for his efforts, 1st unnumbered p.
Unfortunately, every article that I have found is in German; none is in English.  The copy that I donated to my Collection at the Leo Baeck Institute came from the Biblioteka im. Adama Mickiewicza; each year has its own microfilm number.  That was the only other location where I found the holdings.
To summarize, the Jewish deaths from cholera in the 1831 epidemic in the city of Posen, today Poznań, Wielkopolska, Poland, was 17 while the total deaths were over 2,000.  Von Flottwell, the Provincial President (= governor), and the King discussed appointing Eger to be in charge of managing the epidemic, not for reasons of health but to be able to blame him if things went wrong.  In the end, the King merely sent a letter.  The original of that letter is lost although the copy continues to be available from news reports in newspapers.  Many historians attribute the low number of Jewish deaths to sanitation rules in Jewish law enforced by Eger, the last Gaon of Posen.  I found perhaps 20 other citations to the same or similar information in books and in newspapers.  This same King contributed liberally to the London Society for the Conversion of the Jews.

Re: How to learn if an immigrant received US citizenship? #usa

Stephanie LaRose Lewison

Does one need to be a citizen in order to have a social security number?

Stephanie Lewison, Poughkeepsie, NY

Re: How to learn if an immigrant received US citizenship? #usa


Someone who immigrated to the US in 1958 (assuming they were admitted on an immigrant visa) would be eligible to naturalize 5 years later (sooner if they were married to a US citizen).  As long as they applied (filed their Petition for Naturalization) prior to 1990/1992 that petition would be filed in a court with jurisdiction over their residence.*  This research for this time period is fairly straightforward.

First, you can start looking for the court record.  By 1960 most naturalizations took place in Federal courts. Many Federal court records are at least indexed online (, FamilySearch, etc.), though not all of them for the late 20th century.  If not online, the records should be at the National Archives.  If the immigrant lived in a rural area they still might have naturalized in a state or local court.  In that case one should look to that locality for naturalization research guidance.

Second, there is always the backup of a USCIS A-file.  Any immigrant who arrived 1958 has an A-file which holds all their records, including the immigration visa records and copies of all the court naturalization records.  
  • If your immigrant was born more than 100 years ago, be sure to first search the A-files in the National Archives (NARA) catalog to see if that A-file has transferred to NARA.  While not likely to have transferred, one should always check NARA first 
  • If not found among the NARA holdings, the A-file must be requested from USCIS.  
    • If the immigrant naturalized AFTER 1975 the USCIS can likely locate the file easily, if they naturalized before that date it can be harder/take longer.  
  • Most genealogists wind up having to pay the USCIS fees, but because your immigrant arrived in 1958 their A-number should be above 8 million, so should qualify for request under the Freedom of Information (FOIA) program (free!).  I believe you can submit a USCIS FOIA request online now, see
Good luck!

Marian Smith

*If they were a member of the US military when they naturalized their records might be in a court with no relation to their residence.  Also, if anyone applied for naturalization after 1990/92 all records are in the USCIS A-file.  

New Jersey Jewish Cemetaries #usa

Dahn Cukier


I am searching for my grandmother's grave I only know she died in
October 1974, probably in the Bronx. I have been told she is buried in
Southern NJ, but that may be a reference to south of NYC.

QUESTION: Is there a complete list of Jewish cemeteries located
in New Jersey?

Dani Cukier

When you start to read readin,
how do you know the fellow that
wrote the readin,
wrote the readin right?

Festus Hagen
Long Branch Saloon
Dodge City, Kansas

60 Minutes Program on Artificial Intelligence Preserves Ability to Converse with Holocaust Survivors #holocaust #events

Jan Meisels Allen




This evening, April 5,  60 Minutes, a -US based, CBS broadcasting system program did a segment on artificial intelligence having a conversation with Holocaust survivors who are no longer living.  Based on the USC Shoah Foundation recorded testimonies, Heather Maio-Smith crafted the program with in the Shoah Foundation. She is now married to the Foundation’s director, Stephen Smith.


Both said in the interview there was “pushback” on the project except for the survivors themselves. The interviews take 5 full days each answering questions which are then put into the database so regardless of how the question is posed the correct answer returns.


So far there are 20 interviews including one US Army liberator.


If you did not see the program you can access it on CBS—at least in North America.

Go to:

To read more about the interviews see:



Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


New Issue of JewishGen News #JewishGenUpdates

Nancy Siegel

Don’t miss the latest issue of JewishGen News. We hope you will find it to be informative and helpful to your research. 

This issue includes articles about:

  • A Message from the Executive Director

  • The Duck Farm Cemetery and the 1918 Flu Pandemic

  • A Cautionary Tale of a Jewish Rambler

  • Book Review - The Lost: A Search for Six of Six Million

  • Recent Updates to our Sub-Carpathian Collection

  • Five Things to Do While Stuck at Home

  • Success! Stories - A Blissful Reunion 

We invite you to access JewishGen News by following this link:

Nancy Siegel (San Francisco, CA, USA)

Director of Communications

Thank you-Translation of documents in Russian #translation

Terry Ashton

A big ‘thank you’ for your assistance re the translation of my family documents written in Russian. It was very much appreciated.


Ms Terry Ashton

Melbourne, Australia



PRASHKER: Kalisz, Poland/SZUMOWSKI: Gorki, Zdunska Wola, Lomza, Poland/WAJNGOT: Poland/WIERZBOWICZ: Gorki, Lomza/GOLDMAN: Blaszki, Poland/SEGAL/SEGALOVITCH: Vilnius, Lithuania/HOLTZ: Dvinsk


How to learn if an immigrant received US citizenship? #usa


I am trying to discover whether a great-uncle of mine, who immigrated to the U.S. in 1958, ever received US citizenship.

Any leads to how to research this would be greatly appreciated.  Thanks.

Wishing everyone a happy and HEALTHY Passover!

Fredel Fruhman,  Brooklyn, New York, USA

Viewmate Translation Request #translation #russia #poland

Greg Tuckman

Hello everyone,
I've posted 5 vital records in Russian for which I need a translation.  All are from the city of Lublin, Poland.  They are on ViewMate at the following addresses...

1.  Birth Record of Hersz Josef TAUBENFEDER;data=02%7C01%7C%7C73bf2823317b46f0bd4108d7d9a5c171%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C637217178241938161&amp;sdata=FB2nh03Mj%2BxBBh%2B2GxoAfo4ivYEzg8dx4uzdTYcYeYE%3D&amp;reserved=0

2.  Birth Record of Mates Lejb ROSSET;data=02%7C01%7C%7C275edf4ce69f493ef8c508d7d9a5c7a1%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C637217178345600915&amp;sdata=jGQFpYWVAy%2FL%2FI7rDOeAg6B88OQ0XHzVyzsBNL60mC0%3D&amp;reserved=0

3.  Birth Record of Towja ROSSET;data=02%7C01%7C%7C6f9bf91b8ca84ebaed7f08d7d9a5cc9a%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C637217178428739212&amp;sdata=j2XJkdkE03DKtuaneEPCjI2PDZyGDyCfhSbiqoMdF5M%3D&amp;reserved=0

4.  Death Record of Unnamed GOLDMAN;data=02%7C01%7C%7C879675ba4bb3430d400708d7d9a5d1b7%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C637217178514786590&amp;sdata=1x%2BkLkAqYFNUCRc7hx%2FRLTlDPc9u7vhhvIGlzJw535A%3D&amp;reserved=0

5.  Marriage Record or Bannes:  ZYLBERWAJS - GLIKMAN;data=02%7C01%7C%7Cbb536ef199f74714157d08d7d9a5d6da%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C637217178601016431&amp;sdata=c9Xa%2BxQY2EBF8QsReHrAgcOL2k9QlSPCrxE58D9oaKg%3D&amp;reserved=0

Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page.
Thank you very much.
Greg Tuckman
Phoenix, AZ

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