Rabbinic source #rabbinic #russia


I looked through Beilinsohn's "Shlume Emunei Israel" mentioned previously on this list and found that it includes extensions to genealogical data contained in an 1892 publication from Odessa called Kovetz Megillot Yochsin, or perhaps just Megillot Yuksin.

I don't know how far back it goes, but Beilinsohn's book starts with the sixth-generation of the descendants of the Maharal of Prague, and I infer it covers somewhat more than a century.  I would really like to see what it contains.  Does anyone know where a copy can be accessed?

As this is likely to be of general interest, please reply to the list.

Yale Zussman

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

Helen Wolf

My great maternal grandfather was BERYL MOSES BARNETT (1834-1913) was from Russia PER HIS DEATH certificate. He and his family lived in Middlesbrough, England per 1871 and 1881 England and Wales censuses
 His brother LEVI CRUTCH lived in Wales after both families left Russia. Not sure which is the correct last name. The brothers left the I families behind in the UK when they came to New York and eventually to Cleveland, Ohio with their families following around 1882.  They also had a sister (no name known) who settled in South Africa and was married to a Samuel Albert.
Any of this sound familiar?

Can you please help me read this handwriting? #usa

Family Genealogist

Can some please help me read the name of the friend and his address on line 17?

Re: H(G)erschman family from Vitbsk& Vilna area & Pass family from Rezekne, Latvia area #latvia #lithuania

Barbara Meyers <babycat3@...>

My ALK family lived in Vitebsk going back to the 1800s.  They were tanners mostly.
Eventually they made their way to Bialystok.
Thank you.

A Yiddish Tango and an Operatic Passover kiddush #yiddish #general

N. Summers

I know this is barely genealogy but it does include poignant photos. The song was written in Polish and translated into Yiddish. More about the history of the song at the link below.

Also, a link to Jan Peerce, a renowned Jewish opera singer from the 1960s, singing the Passover Kiddush. When I was a kid my family always used to listen to this during our seder; Jan Peerce had a much better voice tan any of us did! 

Nancy S
Maryland USA

Finally identified who is in photograph #general

Peter Bush

One of the many photos sitting in my G Grandmother's album has finally been identified. For the last 35 years, I was sure I knew who the two boys were. But only this weekend have I found that one of the boys is a younger brother. 
This branch of the family has been quite elusive over the years, but I found a niece of my cousin's wife on Ancestry who happened to have all her aunt and uncles photos. 
The motto is to contact everyone, even if they are related by marriage.

moderated The Windemere Children--Child Survivors of the Holocaust #holocaust #unitedkingdom

Richard Gilbert

My family and I watched The Windermere Children when it was broadcast by the BBC in the UK in January as part of its’ commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz.

It was incredibly moving particularly since many of the UK Jewish community watching would have know some of the children who were given refuge here (in the UK).

Last November, my wife and I were privileged to go on a trip to Poland with our synagogue in the company of Mala Tribich (nee Helfgott) MBE. The trip we took followed the journey Mala took as a young girl during the Shoah. Although she was liberated by the British in Bergen-Belsen she did not come to the UK straight away. She was eventually reunited with her brother Ben Helfgott MBE who was one of The Boys given refuge in the Lake District at Windermere, Cumbria. He Weston to become a weightlifting olympian.

Mala is a truly remarkable person who not only a week ago was getting to grips with Zoom and having a chat with those of us who went on our trip to Poland with her.

She then conducted an interview with a friend of mine, which will then be played on-line to our synagogue as part of our annual Yom Ha’Shoah commemorations in a couple of weeks’ time.

Richard Gilbert
Bushey Heath, Hertfordshire
Warden - Bushey & District United Synagogue

Rabbi Aron HALBERSTAM of Sanz (1824-1903) #rabbinic #poland

Shaul Ceder

Rabbi Aron HALBERSTAM, the son of R. Chaim Yoel (the "Divrei Chaim" of Sanz-Nowy Sacz, Poland), married Chana Elka WEINBERGER (b. 1827), and the records I have checked in MyHeritage show that they had four children, including R. Aryeh Leibish, who was born in 1852. The problematic issue is that they were married in 1892 in Nowy Sacz (and this date was corroborated by JRI-Poland), when both were over 60 years old, and I have been unable to find any record of either of them having been married previously. Can anyone shed any light on this?

Re: H(G)erschman family from Vitbsk& Vilna area & Pass family from Rezekne, Latvia area #latvia #lithuania

Ze'ev Itzhak Tschan


In my family tree I have Rein PAAS (1806-1877), his wife Leno MARTINSON (1808-1886), from Torma, Estonia.

Is this the same family?

KR, Ze'ev
[Ze'ev Itzhak Tschan, Har Adar, Israel]

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


Can anyone supply a link to the "In their own words" documentary?   I can only find it available to those with a paid membership to Thirteen.
Fredel Fruhman
Brooklyn, New York, USA

IGRA Free Webinar Series #jgs-iajgs #events

Elena Bazes

IGRA wishes you all a Happy and Healthy Passover.

Join us for the upcoming free webinar series of the Israel Genealogy Research Association (IGRA) starting April 22nd. We have chosen a variety of genealogy topics for the webinars that should appeal to all levels and will help genealogists in advancing your research.

Registration is now open and is required as there are a limited number of “seats” available. If you wish to register for more than one webinar, you must do so separately. Reminders will be sent out closer to the date of each webinar.

All webinars are in English, with the exception of two webinars. They will all start at 19:00 Israel Time, 12 pm (EDT).

This series is in addition to the weekly Zoom “Show and Tell” series from IGRA which have already started to be broadcast.

To register, click on the links below.

April 22 “The IGRA Collection” (in Hebrew)  by Rose Feldman


April 26    “Location, Location, Location: How Genealogical Research Can Benefit From Historical Maps” by Ed Mitukiewicz


May 7  “Using the JDC Archives Website and Online Databases for Family Research” by Jeffrey Edelstein


May 17  “Genealogy in Western Europe” by Jeanette R. Rosenberg


June 7   “Sources for the Genealogy of Tunisian Jews”  by Thierry Samama


June 21   “Ukraine 2020; Update your Research Plan”  by Ellen S. Kowitt    

July 12  “Discovery and Insight into a Long Forgotten World”  by Doron Friedman


August 2    Educational Institutions as Genealogy Resources”    by Rose Feldman


August 23   “All You Wanted to Know about DNA Tests but Had No One to Ask”   (in Hebrew) by Janna Helstein


August 30  “All You Wanted to Know about DNA Tests but Had No One to Ask” by Janna Helstein


September 13    “The Basics of Research in Israel”   by Garri Regev


October 18   “Google for Genealogy”   by Jeanette R. Rosenberg


Elena Biegel Bazes

IGRA Publicity Chair

World War l Centennial Commission Webinar and Genealogy Research Guide #announcements #usa #events

Jan Meisels Allen


On April 10, the Doughboy Foundation of the US WW1 Centennial Commission held a webinar on Finding Your World War 1 Ancestors, with Debra Dudek, Genealogy Research Tips and Tricks.  They also provided a 100+-page  Genealogy Research Guide with over 250 links to resources on the Web.


For those of us who missed the webinar it is available at:

Scroll down to Find Your World War l Ancestors to watch.


The 100+ page  guide may be downloaded at:

You will need to give them your first and last names, and email address and a link to download will be emailed to you.

I have suggested this research guide previously, therefore, if you downloaded it before you need not do so again…as it is the same one.



Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


Re: Searching my KAPLAN Great Grandparents #translation #belarus

Karen <kgschneider@...>

garystuff24@... wrote:
"My cousin and I have been trying to find out more about our beloved great grandparents, Philip and Goldie Kaplan.... .."..>>

Hello, I see there is an extensive family tree on Ancestry that includes a branch for Philip and Goldie Kaplan. I've attached a brief family group sheet from that tree listing a potential father for Philip as Nachum Kaplan 1840-? and seems to infer that Malomet might have been Goldie's maiden name.

It also lists 4 of Philip and Goldie's children as: Sadie Kaplan Zeitz, Reba (Rebecca) Kaplan, Rose Kaplan Arkin and Sophia Kaplan. The tree itself gives 2-3 generations of descendants for each of the children and many records for each profile that would be too extensive to copy here. But if you have a membership to Ancestry, or can locate a library that might provide access, as I've heard many of them do, here is the link to that tree:

I would also be happy to send the owner of the Ancestry tree your email. Just let me know. But if the information I'm attaching sounds like the correct family, hopefully, it will at least provide some new names and dates for your research.


Karen Gregar Schneider,  Bolingbrook, Illinois

Passover in Glaicia #galicia #announcements

Steven Turner

From our Vice President, and Director of Historical and Public Education, Dr. Andrew Zalewski:
Being in the midst of Passover many of you might find it interesting to learn how our Jewish holidays were viewed by the imperial authorities in Galicia. In 1818 the appellate court in Lemberg, citing the imperial edict from January 17 of the same year, affirmed that Jews could not be summoned by the courts on certain days due to the observance of holidays. Among five holidays for which such waivers were granted, Pesach was described as the holiday of eight days, during which Jews were legally exempt from court appearances during the first two days and during the last two days.
This historical curio from 1818 is attached (in Latin).
In 1785 and 1789 Emperor Joseph II decreed the principle of toleration for Galician Jews. Those policies were continued by his successors (as the document from the reign of Emperor Francis I suggests) even when the Jews were still lacking full civil and political rights.
So during Passover 5780/2020, as we sit in our quarantine, let's remember that our Galician ancestors were excused from official obligations during the first two days and the last two days of the Festival.
We at Gesher Galicia wish you all a good week, a good Yom Tov and let's all stay safe.
Dr. Steven S. Turner
Gesher Galicia

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

rv Kaplan

And not just in England! There were refugee hostels etc in Scotland and Wales.

In Scotland, the story of hostels in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Whittingehame House, Polton House, Cardross etc is being highlighted in the new Scottish Holocaust-era Study Centre currently being created as an adjunct of the Scottish Jewish Archives Centre in Glasgow (  ).

Harvey Kaplan
Scottish Jewish Archives Centre

Michael Sharp via 

15:42 (4 minutes ago)
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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

Michael Sharp <>

TRANSLATION NEEDED – POLISH #poland #translation

Jx. Gx.

Hello everyone.

I'm new to this site. I hope I'm posting this in the correct place and format.

I would greatly appreciate your kind assistance in translating this marriage record that I believe pertains to my great-grandfather, PLOTKA, Zelek Mordka (Zelik Mordechai). Especially crucial to making a positive identification is knowing the names of the bride, the parents, and anyone one else mentioned in the document.

Thank you very much!


Jeffrey Gee



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

Ellen Barnett Cleary

My great grandfather was Joseph Isaac BARNETT. He was born about 1832 in Golub, Prussia.  A tree my cousin made cited his original surname as Opchitsy. I am sure my cousin wrote it as he heard it. I am told it would have more likely been spelled OSIECKI. 

The family story is that he studied at Oxford and met his wife in England. I can’t substantiate either of those facts. 

I do know that he and his wife sailed together from Liverpool in 1858, landing in New Orleans and settling there. 

His wife was Hannah Pauline GOLDSTEIN. My cousin cites her original surname as KUSHNEVICH. The family story is that her family was persecuted and she went to live with her aunt in England. I have no idea of her aunt’s name or of where in England she lived.  The census indicates that Hannah was born in Russian Poland. 

I also know that Joseph Isaac BARNETT had three sisters—Rebecca, Esther and Mena. I know about Rebecca and Mena’s family. I only know that Esther had two daughters, one of whom was Sarah. 

Ellen Barnett Cleary 
New Orleans LA until Hurricane Katrina 
San Francisco CA

H(G)erschman family from Vitbsk& Vilna area & Pass family from Rezekne, Latvia area #latvia #lithuania


I am looking for information about the H(G)erschman family from Vitbsk& Vilna  area & Pass family from Rezekne, Latvia area.Thaking you in advance, Esther (Herschman) Rechtschafner, Kibbutz Ein-Zurim, Israel. Have a happy and Healthy Passover and BE WELL!

Re: Leiser REISEN> Louis Reisen or Raisch or Resin Missing Brother #ukraine #russia #usa

Peter Lobbenberg

There's a Charles L Resin (aged 32) and wife Sarah (aged 26) on the 1910 census for Philadelphia  Could this be them?

Peter Lobbenberg, London, UK

Re: Overdose of quinine - ROPSCHITZ - England #general #holocaust


My late father was in Ferramonti di Tarsia Italian concentration camp in Calabria from 1940-43. Because of the prevalence of malaria in that region, the internees were given quinine tablets to be taken 3 times a day, My father wrote of the side effects of this drug which he called Atebrin in his book about living conditions in the camp. One of the side effects was nausea and dizziness. My father lost his hearing in one ear which he attributed to the quinine. Maybe this was an overdose if taken in such large quantities for so long.





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