The Jews of Czestochowa, Poland Yizkor Book Translation available at reduced price #yizkorbooks

Joel Alpert

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Smorgon, Belarus Yizkor Book Translation available at reduced price #belarus #yizkorbooks

Joel Alpert

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Wyszków, Poland Yizkor Book Translation available at reduced price #poland #yizkorbooks

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Re: List of emigrants from Rheinland 1814-1939 #germany


I looked through this & was puzzled as have ancestors who lived in NRW & emigrated to the US, UK & elsewhere that were not listed. The largest number were named Eisendrath & many went to Chicago. One married the sister of Julius Rosenwald. I saw one person with Eisendrath as a maiden name. Maybe I misunderstood what the list contained. I would be grateful for any information about this. thank you. 

Jonathan Rose   <jonathan.rose@...>

Zeilingold family (also Zeilengold/Cailingold/Cajlingold/Tseylingold/Tzeylingold, etc.) #rabbinic #ukraine #names #belarus


I have been researching my great grandfather's family for a few years now and have not been able to piece together any information from before his arrival in the United States.  His name was Solomon Zeilingold, Shlomo ben Aharon (sometimes went by Samuel).  When the family arrived in New York, they changed their name to Gold and settled in Schenectady, NY.  He died in August 1916 and is buried in the Agudat Achim Cemetery in Rotterdam, NY.  He was said to have been a rabbi but his profession was as a soapmaker.

I know no names of any siblings or his mother's name.  His wife was Nachoma Chotz from Brest-Litovsk.  Solomon's headstone states that he is the great grandson (or great great grandson) of a great Karliner rabbinical scholar.  Additionally, a family tree that was made probably 30 years ago or so states that the one of Solomon's sons states that the family descends from the TaZ.

I have taken to contacting anyone with the same or similar surnames or anyone who has the same or similar surname in their online family trees.  For anyone with the surname, they have all stated the same thing: that their family descends from the TaZ and that the families are all somehow connected.  Over the years I have collected a lot of people into the tree without being able to make any positive connections.  Additionally, DNA matching on ancestry, 23andme, My Heritage, familytreeDNA, and GEDMatch have yet to turn up one concrete match that allows for a positive connection between trees.  In other words, I have not been able to tie any of these families together with any positive identification.

I also have not been able to discern who the person is that my great grandfather is related to from his headstone and not been able to track my family backward to connect with any existing trees for the TaZ.  Our surname is said to come directly from that relationship, as it has been the same for several other families to whom I have reached out. I know that there are answers out there, but I am seemingly at a brick wall.

If anyone has any information at all about the Zeilingold family of Pinsk or any other Zeilingold family or derivations of spellings, please contact me.  I am happy to receive any information at all.  You never know when one piece of information is going to put a lot of other pieces that I have collected together.

I would welcome anyone to contact me at goldtenor@....  Thank you in advance for your help.


Phil Gold
Great grandson of Solomon Zeilingold (1858-1916) from Pinsk (Shlomo ben Aharon)

Re: Searching GRUNFELD (GREENFELD) family from Maramaros county. #hungary #rabbinic #romania

Valentin Lupu

Shalom Yehuda,
Heimlich Tzvi Iser from Haifa submitted in 1957 testimonies to Yad vaShem about his cousin Naftali (Nandor) Heimlich, his wife Golda and many other relatives.
Naftali's data (except his birth year which is approximate) is identical to JewishGen birth cerificate. Tzvi declared that Golda was born in Sziget (Marmorossziget) into Glik family.
Are you aware of Elly Gross and Eta Moskovitz - Selka's list of Szilagy-Somlyo people during 1940-1944 and their fate? Some Heimlich people, including Naftali, his wife and probably two married children appear in this list. The list is kept at USHMM. If you are interested in the relevant pages, let me know.
Eta Selka za"l was the mother of a friend of mine.

Valentin Lupu

Re: 2020 US Census, post census thoughts #general

JoAnne Goldberg

For me, it's been instructive to see occupations and education on old US
censuses -- data missing from all recent censuses. Most useful for me
has been the 1900 question that asked women how many children they had
had, and how many were still living

That said, I doubt future genealogists will have any trouble
reconstructing our lives. Given the amount of data collected on most of
us, supplemented by Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc, our descendants
will have a record of what we did pretty much every day!
JoAnne Goldberg - Menlo Park, California; GEDmatch M131535


Re: 2020 US Census, post census thoughts #general

Joel Weintraub

The 1940 US census introduced sampling on the census schedule and subsequent censuses expanded the number of questions that only asked a small number of people. As people can see, the 2020 federal census asks only a few questions of everyone. Instead every year the census bureau sends out their “American Community Survey” with multiple socioeconomic questions to a small percentage of the population on a rotating basis. It would be interesting to know if those surveys are being saved

Joel Weintraub ,   Dana Point California

Louis (Ludwig) LILIENTHAL in Minden #germany #holocaust

Mike Redel

Mike Redel <redel.mike@...>

Dear gersigs,

I hope that one of you could help me.

Louis (Ludwig) Lilienthal was born in Minden 1882 May 9. In the November, 1938
Reichskristallnacht he was not arrested because he was ill. At this 
time he lived in Unna, Westfalia.. From 10 November till 15. December
1938 he was parrished in Buchenwald. 1940 Louis Lilienthal lived in
Erfurt Schmidtstedter Str. 57 58 and lost his german Citizenship.

I would like to know where he is. I did not found him in the german Gedenkbuch.[Memorial Book].

Regards Mike Redel, Unna Germany

2020 US Census - further thoughts #general

jeremy frankel

I would like to thank Stephen Weinstein et al for their responses to my original posting about the genealogical value of the 2020 US Census.

As Stephen succinctly notes, the information contained in any record gathering process that may be of genealogical value is but an "accidental benefit." Admittedly each record is but a snapshot in time, however, when one puts together census records, ship manifests, voter records, city directories, etc, it all becomes a moving image of our families' progression through time and place.

That said, and with the plethora of documents available to us that were created 50–100 years ago, if we were to peer into the gloom of the future, what kind of "records" will be available to the genealogist of the future, who is trying to create a picture of their family in 2020? Where are the city directories? Where are the manifests? Where are the phone books? And as we have now seen, the census is not much more helpful other other than just stating who was living when and where and how people in a household were related to one another. Better than nothing, I suppose.

How will people do genealogy in 2120, or as some have opined, the whole genealogical enterprise will be a thing of the past!

Jeremy G Frankel
ex-Edgware, Middlesex, England
now Sacramento, California, USA

Re: 2020 US Census, post census thoughts #general

Lin Mor

Glad people pointed out that the information from previous censuses do contain genealogical data in various amounts, an unintentional but welcome side effect for genealogists. Also, the main purpose was to determine representation in the House of Representatives  A couple of thoughts:

1. The census form did ask from where your family came from. I noted Eastern Europe for myself and Western and Southern Europe for my husband. That information, gathered from all people in our country, will show the where present residents immigrated from. This is not specific genealogical information, of course, but it will be useful in other fields. 

2. In the United States the record is permanent. My cousin in Canada, daughter of Holocaust survivors, had an option on their last census, 2011, to "be forgotten" or some similar wording. Not sure what that means in terms of storing the information gathered. I believe she was concerned that the information identified her and her family as Jewish and past experiences made it important that such a distinction not be on the record. 

Re: Surname Adoption derived from Mother #names

Yonatan Ben-Ari

Several months (or years ago) there was an article in the israeli newspaper "makor rishon" regarding  a book written by a doctoral candidate at bar ilan university regarding people who took maternal family names. Very interesting and enlightning.
Yoni ben ari

Jarden Bookstore Krakow #poland

Fay Bussgang

The Jarden Bookstore in Krakow, treasured by many of you on travels to Poland, has been hard hit by the Corona virus and is threatened with closure. Erica Lehrer, professor at Concordia University in Montreal and an expert on Polish-Jewish folk art and other Polish-Jewish topics, is running a campaign to help save the bookstore.  All contributions to help would be greatly appreciated. Her letter is below. 

Fay Bussgang
Dedham, MA

Hello Friends!
I hope this email finds you well in these terrible times.
I have never organized a fundraiser before. But the Jarden Jewish Bookshop, a tiny, big-hearted bookshop in Kraków, Poland run by non-Jews Zdzisław and Lucyna Leś, has meant so very much to me in both personal and professional terms, for almost 30 years. I could not sit by and let COVID-19 take them without a fight. 
Please read my call and watch the videos on the Go Fund Me page I set up, help if you can, and pass the link along to others who care about cultural pluralism, books, neighborhood institutions, intercultural dialogue, engaging with difficult histories, and - not least - Poland's profound, embattled Jewish heritage.
With my sincere thanks,


Erica Lehrer -- Concordia University 
Professor, History and Sociology-Anthropology
Director, Curating and Public Scholarship Lab (CaPSL)


Traveling Through the Heartland of Galicia: A Galitzianer's Journey #events #galicia

Steven Turner

Welcome to the first of our series of webinar video presentations. We trust that you will enjoy them and find them worthwhile―especially during these days of pandemic isolation.

Since we are an international organization with members all over the world it was not possible to make this a live interactive webinar. Therefore, the presentation was recorded for you to view at your convenience but we would like very much to interact with those who view it.

Please make sure you are logged into Gesher Galicia before clicking the link.

You must be a member of Gesher Galicia in good standing to view this webinar on our Members Portal. If you have not yet paid your 2020 dues now may be a good time to do so to be able to view these presentations.

The first presentation is by our President, Dr. Steven S. Turner and is entitled, “Traveling Through the Heart of Galicia: A Galitzianer’s Journey.”

Please email Dr. Turner at ssturner@... with any questions or comments. We also welcome any suggestions that you may have on how to improve these webinars.

Dr. Turner traveled in the summer of 2018 prior to and after the IAJGS conference in Warsaw. He is the founder of the Nadworna Shtetl Research Group and under the guidance of Alex Denisenko he organized a trip from Warsaw with a group of descendants through Eastern Galicia to Nadwórna (today Nadvirna, Ukraine). Prior to the convention he traveled with his wife through Western Galicia.

Some of the stops on the journey were in:

Kraków, Shendishov (now Sędziszów Małopolski, Poland), Lublin, Majdanek, Bełżec, Zamość, Zhovka, Lviv, Ivano-Frankivsk (formerly Stanisławów)―A Shabbat with Rabbi Moyshe Kolesnik, Nadwórna, Rohatyn

In the next few days we will also upload presentations from Dr. Andrew Zalewski on:
University Records: Jewish Medical Students
Cadastral Surveys: Names, Houses and Land Records
We hope that you will enjoy this new series that is just another benefit of your Gesher Galicia membership.


Dr. Steven S. Turner
President, Gesher Galicia

Re: Looking for information on 2 branches of my family #names

Jill Whitehead

As ever, please look at JRI Poland for Lomza records online or old copies of Landsmen, the journal of the Suwalki Lomza Interest Group (now defunct) if your library holds these. It is also quite likely your family would have anglicised their name in the UK, so it could have become e.g. Morris, for example, or the family could have used the family patronymic e.g. Max or Marks was often used for names like Morris, as well as Morris itself. 

Jill Whitehead, Surrey, UK

Re: 2020 US Census, post census thoughts #general

Stephen Weinstein

The purpose of the census was never to gather information to be used by future genealogists.  That was just an accidental benefit.

The original purpose of the census was to determine the free population of each state, excluding slaves and Native American Indians, and the slave population, in order to calculate the sum of "the whole Number of free Persons, including those bound to Service for a Term of Years, and excluding Indians not taxed, three fifths of all other Persons" for purposes of apportioning seats in the House of Representatives and a hypothetical direct tax that the states would have paid to the federal government.

The purpose of the census has always been to gather statistical information, not to gather personally identifiable information.  Originally, they recorded the name of only the head of the household (usually the husband) and the number of slaves, children, wives, etc., but not their names.

The information useful to genealogists was added for a variety of reasons, but genealogy was never one of them.  The lack of questions that would be useful for purposes other than those for which the census is conducted in no way relates to whether the census is meaningless or still fulfills the government's purpose in conducting it -- even if not the unintended purposes for which genealogists use it.

Re: Surname Adoption derived from Mother #names

Doug Cohen

In some places, esp. the Austro-Hungarian empire, families were limited in how many sons the governent allowed to marry.   Other children were married by a rabbi "according to the laws of Moses and Jewish traditions." Thus, as far as the government was concerned, the marriage wasn't lawful.  And children were considered illegitimate and took the mother's surname.  the Jews didn't care what the government thought; they knew their children had been under the chupa -- and they never wanted surnames anyway!

Don't know if that's what happened in your family or not, but it's a plausible reason.

Doug Cohen, Sarasota, FL & Lexington, MA

Re: Surname Adoption derived from Mother #names

Laurie Sosna

I've got one in my family.
Levi MELLER married Paye Ettl LEVIN (1870?). He took her last name.
Story goes that Paye had no brothers, Levi became the "only son" and head of the family, avoids conscription.

I can't find any records of them (not sure where they were born, where they married, last names are not distinctive enough).
They ended up in Yekaterinoslav (Dnipro) maybe, some indication that they may have been from Lithuania.
A bit of a mess, genealogically speaking.
Their grandson Lewis used Meller as his middle name on his naturalization papers.

Laurie Sosna
San Francisco, CA

Re: Surname Adoption derived from Mother #names

Michael Sharp

I have found this on my family tree where in Russian Poland families sometimes adopted a matronymic rather than a patronymic naming convention. This may have been done to avoid conscription into the Tsarist army under the Cantonist laws. Whether similar factors applied in late 17th century / early 18th century western and central Europe I do not know

Re: Rosenbusch #germany


I have several Rosenbusch in my tree.  They were born in Grünsfeld, Baden-Württemberg, Germany  

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