Re: Reviews of visits to Hungarian and Transylvanian Cemeteries #hungary

Theo Rafael

Many Jewish cemeteries in the Mures and Harghita counties in Transylvania were digitized by two volunteers which uploaded the info onto an astounding site.  The entire database with all the names, burial registry data, tomb location as well as photos of the tombstones is searchable: (use the top drop-down menu). The burial registries themselves were also scanned and can be consulted online.

It was on that site that I found and was able to see my grandma's tombstone for the first time a few years ago, before visiting the cemetery last year. I also met Gyury Diamantstain, the local history buff that made it all happen together with his Israeli friend A Grunfeld.
The site also includes additional relevant Holocaust and local community searchable databases. 
Hats off to this amazing project...


Re: Finding family in Hungary #hungary

Theo Rafael

@G.C. Kalman, 

I can't thank you enough for the tip! I've been combing through for 12-16 hours a day for the past few days and I found a bunch of stuff about my GGparents and other family members both from current day Romania (Algyogy/Felgyogy/Zam/Arad/Kolosvar) and Serbia (MagyarKanizsa). The site is still free till April 16th..

Theo Rafael

Re: Myers in Breslau, Prussia / Wroclaw, Poland, 1800s #poland

. <g-leaves@...>

Thank you for the quick reply.

You are correct, there have been several spelling variations of this family's name. It appears to have been Meyer/Meyers in what was at the time Prussia, but once in England they used the spelling Myers. There are several reasons we know the family was from Breslau:

The above mentioned son, Alfred Moritz Myers, immigrated to England and after being converted by missionaries there eventually became a Reverend. For this reason he was well known in England at the time. A book later written about the missionary movement mentions him directly and states:

Die evangelisehe Christenheit und die Juden unter dem Gesichtspunkte der Mission geschichtlich betrachtet (The Evangelist Christians and Jews from the point of view of the mission throughout history) by, Lie. J. F. A. de le Roi, Pastor in Elberfeld, Third volume, Berlin, H. Reuther's Publishing House, 1892: “Born in Breslau of strict orthodox parents …” and “... was again disturbed when two missionaries arrived in Breslau and in the synagogue ...”.

In addition, this Alfred signed a petition to the Queen of England in 1840 protesting falsehoods being spread about Jews:
“Reasons for believing that the charge lately revived against the Jewish people is a baseless falsehood” Dedicated by Permission to Her Most Gracious Majesty the Queen, by, the Rev. Alex McCaul, D.D. of Trinity College, Dublin, 1840: (signed) "... ALFRED M. MEYERS, native of Breslau. ...”.

On 21may1790 the “Vorschrift, wie es kuenftig mit dem Judenwesen in Breslau zu halten sey” (Rules for the conduct of Jewish affairs in Breslau in the future) were implemented, classifying Jews into different categories. According to Alfred's autobiography his family employed servants so we know his family (under his father, Lipman) would have been classified as either General-Privileged or Stamm-Numeranten. There was one "Lipman Meyers" among the General-Privileged in 1791. This Lipman would certainly have been the one who was Breslau’s Royal Court Agent and lived 1730-1814. No Lipman Meyers are listed among the 160 Stamm-Numeranten. Our Lipman was either not in Breslau at this time or was not yet a head of household. Considering the relatively small Jewish population at the time and the coincidence of names I would not be surprised if they were related.

The assumption that Lipman's wife was named Miriam is based on Alfred and his brother supplying her name as "Mary" in English records and each having a daughter named "Miriam". They both supplied their father's name as "Lipman".

Thank you for any help you could provide.

-- W. Myers.  g-leaves@...>

More Translations of Yizkor books available at much reduced prices #yizkorbooks

Joel Alpert

Go to to the book listing
for directions to order directly from JewishGen.

Here are the books at much reduced prices from the list price or
Amazon's prices:

Turobin Book: $39
Yizkor Book of Our Birth Place: Bendery $42
Book of Stryj (Ukraine) $42
Memorial (Yizkor) Book of the Jewish Community of Novogrudok, Poland $44
Memorial Book of Brichany, Moldova $35
Memorial Book of the Community of Turka on the Stryj and Vicinity
(Turka, Ukraine) $37
Zbaraz Memorial Book (Zbarazh, Ukraine) $30
Memorial Book of Rokiskis $45
Yizkor Book of Ostrow Mazowiecka (Number 2): $35
Memorial (Yizkor) Book for the Jewish Community of Ciechanow $37
Belzec: Stepping Stone to Genocide $33
Preserving Our Litvak Heritage- Volume II $32
Blood Stained Feathers: My Life Story By Mordechai Lustig from Nowy Sącz $36

Our goal is to make the books as affordable to the JewishGen community

Joel Alpert, Coordinator of the Yizkor Books in Print Project

JGSCT April 19 Webinar: From Clues to Conclusions: Can You Prove It? #jgs-iajgs #events #announcements


Please join the Jewish Genealogical Society of Connecticut on Sunday, April 19, 2020, at 4:00 pm for "From Clues to Conclusions: Can You Prove It?" presented by JGSCT member and noted genealogist Marian Burk Wood.  The event will be given by webinar so you may access it from the comfort of your home.

To go from clues to answers for tough family history challenges, find out what it means to "prove" something in genealogy. With lively interactive case studies, this how-to presentation defines and demonstrates the use of the Genealogical Proof Standard for planning research, analyzing sources and details, resolving conflicting clues, and coming to a credible solution. Seeing the proof process in action will provide new ideas and insights for turning clues into provable conclusions.

To register, visit

You will need to input your name and email on the display screen and you will be registered! You will receive reminder emails and a chance to test your computer set-up to ensure you can stream the webinar.

This event is free and open to the public.

For additional information, visit

Gail K Reynolds, Publicity Chair, Jewish Genealogical Society of Connecticut

Re: Myers in Breslau, Prussia / Wroclaw, Poland, 1800s #poland


Dear Anonymous Researcher (!):  My brother and I have looked over the birth and death records from the Breslau Jewish community from the 1820s and not found any sign of this family.  The MYERS name does not exist in the Breslau Jewish community at that time.  But, assuming the name was MEYER (or variants), this family does not appear.

I would be interested to know what clues there are that this family lived in Breslau.

All the best,
Stephen Falk
JRI-PL "Town Leader" for Breslau/Wroclaw
Point Roberts, WA, USA

Searching my KAPLAN Great Grandparents #translation #belarus

Gary Fisher

Hello Group,

My cousin and I have been trying to find out more about our beloved great grandparents, Philip and Goldie Kaplan.  Philip was born in Minsk (1865) and came to Brooklyn in 1898 with his wife and 2 young daughters. We know nothing about Philip's family (or Goldie's) -parents, siblings?  I have attached a recent photograph of their grave stones which are still intact in Ridgewood, NY. Could someone translate the Hebrew for me?    
Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.                                  <garystuff24@...>

This week's Yizkor book excerpt on the JewishGen Facebook page #poland #yizkorbooks

Bruce Drake

“To this day, the last laugh of our dear, sweet children echoes in my ears …”

This is a heart-breaking account by Helen Kajman of events that culminated in a prison cell in Bialystock in 1943, aptly titled “The Last Laugh of the Children of Ostrolenka” from the Yizkor book of that town in Poland. It is a story of children who suffered but also found moments for games, and singing and telling stories. It is also the story of anguished parents who knew they could do little for their children, particularly the hungry and sick.

“Szlomit, my child, do you blame me?,” Kajman tells one of her two children. “I won't be able to help you, I won't be able to save you.”

One night her daughter sings a song for the prisoners: “Everyone listened intently. From the depths of her little heart, her thin voice, expressing longing and love, shattered the darkness and the heavy atmosphere in our cell. When she finished, she said to me, “I sang to my father. Every evening, we will hug each other like this and sing, just like I did today. Right, Mother?”

On a Thursday in December 1943, the children were cruelly taken away. Forty-four children, of 312 Jews.



Bruce Drake

Silver Spring MD



Towns: Wojnilow, Kovel

Searching my Grandmother Rykla Kisfayn #ukraine #poland #russia


Dear JGenners, my grandmother Rykla Kisfayn was born in 1870 in Trisk (Other names: Turiys'k [Ukr], Turiysk [Rus], Turzysk [Pol], Trisk [Yid]) in Volhynia, the Russian Empire. I did not find any of the names Kisfayn/Kisfain/Kisfajn anywhere and would appreciate your help in identifying any family member.

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Re: The Windemere Children--Child Survivors of the Holocaust #holocaust

Michael Sharp

Those who stayed in the UK went to hostels in cities such as liverpool Manchester and london and spught employment. Many had successful careers.  Some founded businesses. Judge Rinder is the grandson of one.

Martin Gilbert wrote the classic book on The Boys

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Jewish burial records from São Paulo, Brazil #bessarabia #latinamerica

charles goldenzon

Dear JGenners,
Following a recent update from the Bessarabia SIG, I would like to remind all that the São Paulo Chevra Kadisha Association has a database containing details of tens of thousands of jews buried in all four Jewish cemeteries in São Paulo. These names are not in JOWBR but can be searched for free. 
In order to search their database, go to, close the pop-up window that appears initially, find the "LOCALIZE" section on the right hand side and click on "Encontre uma sepultura".
Regards,   Charles Goldenzon    Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


Lower Saxony/Niedersachsen registrars #germany


Dear all
When I was in Jerusalem at the “The Central Archives for the History of the Jewish People” I tried to make photos of some registrar such as the one attached for Weener in Lower Saxony.

It was so tiny that the exercise was difficult and the quality of my work pretty bad and not always readable.

Does anyone know where I could find them on the web, in PDF or in Germany/Europe in a larger size ?

I would need other nearby cities such as Emde,, Jemgum, Bunde, etc..

Thanks,  Joelle Meyer   joelle.meyer24@...

Re: ViewMate - Russian to English #translation

charles goldenzon

Dear JGenners, 
I would appreciate help with the extraction of the following vital records:
Chag sameach ve barí, 
Charles Goldenzon
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Re: German "JUDEN UND DISSIDENT" baptism/christening certificates for Jews? #germany

Gerald and Margaret

There were also many "baptisms " for pragmatic reasons.  An aunt of mine has described to me how in the 1930s in E Hungary her father was denied promotion in a Bank until he and his family converted to the prevalent Christian denomination, Calvinism.  She  remembers that because she was over six years old, she had to attend an interview with a Rabbi to ensure that she was doing this willingly.  Her brother was too young for this, so his conversion was part of the family package.  For the next two terms, she had private tuition, “to indoctrinate her into Calvinism”.  She describes that this was effective, as she remained very committed to Calvinism until the events of 1944. 
There were also those in Nazi occupied areas who hoped they could avoid the increasing discrimination by having the piece of paper to show that they were legitimate Christians.

Re: #translation from the Russian needed #translation


Hello, Deanna!

Шафаренко Сара Шлеймовна
Shafarenko Sara Shleimovna (=daughter of Shleima)
10(?).11.1894 - 28.8.1961

Where was she from?

Re: given name Orel in Lithuania #lithuania #names

Judith Singer

Hello - Yes, Orel is often used as a nickname for Aron among Lithuanian Jews.

Re: #ukraine #translation #ukraine #translation


The Russian word "Delo" means "Case [file]". There is, most likely, nothing inside. It's a Russian version of a report cover with the word "Delo" pre-printed, a studio prop in this case. Such covers were sold even in the Soviet times in stationary stores.




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Re: given name Orel in Lithuania #lithuania #names


According to Beider, it is a derivative of Aron.


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Re: 2nd Great Grandfather Moshe Mordecai BARNETT found in Kutno, Lodz, Poland #poland

rv Kaplan

My Lindeman/Linderman and Fux families lived in Kutno (which I visited in 2018)  in the late 1700s/first half of 19th century and I found them in the Books of Residents.  Can't remember if they are on JewishGen or JRI-Poland databases, but they are available via a Polish website:

Think there is an index.

The issue you may have is that Barnett is unlikely to have been the original family name.  Have you traced back through censuses, naturalisation records etc to see if there's any trace of a previous surname?

Good luck!

Harvey Kaplan
Glasgow, Scotland


On Fri, 10 Apr 2020 at 01:24, Richard Goldman <dicksgenealogy@...> wrote:
A complete set of the Book of Residence for Kutno, Poland exists.  This lists all of the Jewish households from the early 19th century through 1931.  I don't know if it is incorporated into JRI-Poland or another site yet.  Many years ago we used a private researcher to extract some information from the BOR but I don't believe any of the Kutno group members were looking for the name BARNETT. I did just look at an index of ALL family names and did not see any BARNETT or anything similar.

Re: given name Orel in Lithuania #lithuania #names

David Lewin

At 23:13 09/04/2020, rv Kaplan via wrote:
Roiza Baier married Shmuil Benin in Kovno in
1897. Her father's name is listed as Orel Baier.
Does anyone know what Orel corresponds to in
Yiddish or Hebrew? Could it connect to Aryeh or Aron?
Harvey Kaplan
Glasgow, Scotland

I had never heard of the bane Orel before but
evidently it exists and is used for both men and women


It makes sense that "Or" = light and "El" = God
are combined into a single word and unsed as a name

Be safe and well

David Lewin

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