Re: About Philippe Solinski Family SUWALKI #names #poland

Jill Whitehead

You mention Gorfunkel/Gorfunkle. Two of my Guttenberg great aunts and uncles from Sheffield, Yorks, UK (their parents came to Hull in c1865, then Grimsby and then Sheffield) from Rajgrod in Lomza gubernia and Razcki  in Suwalki gubernia) married a brother and sister Gorfunkle from Manchester, whose parents had also come from Suwalki gubernia in the 1860's. 

Jill Whitehead, Surrey, UK

Re: Malat/Moletai Landmanshaft in S. Africa #southafrica #lithuania


Love to hear about this as well as my ancestors are from Malate/Moletai


Susan Miller



Looking for any help in finding information on Nathan (Nachman) Rosen (Borokowsky), Molly Borokowsky and Borach Rosen from “Roshever/Roziveh” Kiev Gubernia.  


Nathan (1891-1941) was the son of Molly (maybe Malka) Borokowsky (b, 1865) and Borach Rosen. 

Nathan married Ethel Chernibolsky (b. 1894). They settled in Chicago, Illinois.


Our ultimate goal is to find the third sibling of our grandfather

Samuel (Shaul) Packer/Peckar (c.1880 “Roshever/Roziveh”-1924). Samuel and his wife, Eva Dorman, settled in Baltimore, Md.  


We  know Samuel had a sister in Chicago named Anna Nechome Becker who married Joseph Gorodetsky (Gore).  But, his third sister, Malka, we have not been able to find.  


We were told by Nathan’s daughter that he was the nephew of Samuel, which would mean that Mollie is our Malka, however the surname Borokowsky is a mystery.  It should be Packer/Peckar if she was the sister of Samuel.


We understand that Samuel’s father was Mordechai Eidel.


Any information or suggestion will greatly appreciated.  

Thank you,

Susan Miller




Re: Please help decipher this English word #names

Marvin Lauwasser

That he is an infant suggests the word might be "child".

Re: Headers of birth registrations books in Galtizia 1900 to English #translation #poland #germany



Thank you and JRI-Poland for signposting us to this very useful information.

Malka Flekier
London, UK

Family Tree Chart Especially for Cousins etc. #general

joannegrosman joannegrosman

Thank you everyone who responded about where to download a family tree chart. I was particularly interested in cousins etc. as one of these distant relatives in Israel is on Geni and I get matches that are even more distant. Now I can visualize who these people are! On another point, I used to believe my last name 'Grosman' with one 's' was significant, but now on Geni I have seen distant relatives who have the same last name with two 'ss'. Maybe a transcription issue.
Thanks again,
Joanne Grosman
researching Grosman, Kremsdorf, Bocian

Re: {Where can I get a blank] Family Tree Chart? #general

Judi Gyory Missel

Family Tree Magazine's website offers many free forms, included an basic 5-generation tree. You have to sign up for a free account, but they have over 60 free forms for research, census records, correspondence and much more. I suggest it for all my classes. Website is:

Good luck and stay safe,
Judi Missel
Mesa, Arizona


Vernon Kronenberg

It is possible that the name you are looking for is AUERBACH rather than Aurebach as you spelled it in your message. 
KRONENBERG - Warsaw, Lodz
BLUMENKOPF - Garwolin, Warsaw
ORZEL - Warsaw


Reclaim The Records wins lawsuit for the Missouri birth and death index; judge smacks down state Dept of Health with scathing judgment, fees, and fines! #announcements



Reclaim The Records is thrilled to announce that we won our long-running Missouri Sunshine Law suit for the first-ever free and public copies of the Missouri birth index for 1920-2015 and the Missouri death index for 1968-2015! These text indices are finally going to become available for the state of Missouri and are going to go online for free public use, both searchable and downloadable -- and they'll never be locked up by the state again.

And thanks to the somewhat unusual facts of the case, we were also awarded our attorneys fees by the judge! Thanks, Missouri taxpayers!

And in an extremely unusual move, we even were awarded fines against the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS), for their four separate "knowing and purposeful" violations of the Missouri Sunshine Law! Fines against government agencies are allowed under Missouri's law, but they're very hard to get in practice, and as far as we know, no one has ever won multiple fines against a state agency all within a single Missouri Sunshine Law case before.

But we did! The judge smacked down DHSS with $12,000 in fines for four separate (and disgustingly well-documented) yes-they-really-did-it-on-purpose knowing and purposeful violations of the law. Mwahahaha.

Read all about it in our latest newsletter!:

Or you can jump right to the judge's fifty-three-page order, in our Motion for Summary Judgment here (PDF).
We're partial to the parts of the ruling where the judge writes sub-headings like "DHSS Executes the Secret Plan" and "DHSS’ Shifting Hourly Rate Charges", and the sentences like "The secret plan advocated by Mr. Land, the former State Registrar—which DHSS followed meticulously—is a textbook case of a purposeful violation of the Sunshine Law." Oh, and also the part where she refers to the state's plan as "devious" and the part where she writes that it "represents an utter disdain for “the public policy of this state". Fun reading!

Our sincere thanks go to our intrepid attorneys Bernie Rhodes and Taryn Nash at Lathrop Gage in Missouri, for shepherding this case through four and half years of hard and careful work. If you should ever feel the need to file a lawsuit under the Missouri Sunshine Law, we recommend hiring them.

Some recent news coverage of our win:

St. Louis Post-Dispatch columnist Tony Messenger, a recent Pulitzer Prize winner whose beat includes covering Sunshine Law cases, has been tracking and writing about our case for years now:
"Messenger: Judge blasts state of Missouri over ‘blatant’ violation of Sunshine Law"

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"Court's Ruling In Missouri Open-Records Case Could Clear Way For More Access To COVID-19 Data"

And Glenn E. Rice at the Kansas City Star:
"Judge fines Missouri agency $12K for violating public records law with ‘secret plan’"
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President and Founder, Reclaim The Records
sheltering at home in Mill Valley, California

Rivka Distenfeld-Eisen-Zlochew d.1938 #names

Yonatan Ben-Ari

My wife's grandmother Rivka EISEN (DISTENFELD) , died in Zlochew (then
Poland) about 1938. Her husband, Zvi Hirsch EISEN had left to New
York sometime in the 1930s (not sure exactly when).

Anyone have Rivka in their family tree?

Yoni Ben-Ari, Jerusalem

Re: Looking for Sarnek, Voln. (literal from brith act) #ukraine

Alexander Sharon


Place was known as Sarnki, located near town Bursztyn in Rohatyn Powiat. Those were actually trzy adjacent villages by the same name: Sarnki Górne (Upper) with largest Jewish population of three villages of 78, Sarnki Dolne (Lower) with Jewish population of 36 and Sarnki Srednie (Middle) with Jewish population of 6 residents.
Places are shown in JG Gazetteer as follows:

Sarniki, Sarnki, Sarnki Gurne, Sarnyky populated place 49°18' N 24°44' E G Ukraine 433.1 kilometers WSW of Kyyiv 50°26' N 30°31' E
Sarniki populated place 49°36' N 24°21' E G Ukraine 450.1 kilometers WSW of Kyyiv 50°26' N 30°31' E
Sarnki Dol’ne populated place 49°16' N 24°44' E G Ukraine 434.3 kilometers WSW of Kyyiv 50°26' N 30°31' E

Alexander Sharon
JGFF editor

Re: Headers of birth registrations books in Galtizia 1900 to English #translation #poland #germany

Ina Getzoff

You did not include the information that you are looking for in your e-mail but maybe if you post either to the group or on view mate someone can be of assistance.
Ina Getzoff
Delray Beach, Fla.

Headers in JRI Poland #poland

Alberto Guido Chester

Thanks to Mark Halpern of JRI-Poland for immediately guiding me to the translations I had asked for.
I take the opportunity to suggest Jewishgenners using JRI-Poland to take a look at the tab ADDITIONAL RESOURCES AND HELP TIPS I had not looked at.
Stay safe !


Alberto Guido Chester
Buenos Aires, Argentina

How can I find NYC naturalization papers with only the record number? #general

Corey Brand

Shavua Tov! My great great grandma was Lena Levy. Her maiden name was always spelled many ways, like Wanzel, Wentzel, Weitzel, etc. In 1908, a Meier Wentzel sailed seek Sadie Odze, Lena’s sister, at the correct address. Because the last name was always spelled differently, I don’t know what his American name would be, plus he most likely would’ve chosen an American first name. Luckily, on the passenger manifests, there is a notation for a naturalization record: 2-1021256    2/4/43 (404). I know the 2 at the beginning implies NYC. How can I find his naturalization record purely with that notation and without searching for his name? By the 40s, the family lived in Coney Island, Brooklyn. I have no other records for Meier besides his passenger lists and the detained passenger lists. Thank you very much,

Corey Brand 
Fort Lauderdale, FL

Re: Headers of birth registrations books in Galtizia 1900 to English #translation #poland #germany

Mark Halpern

JRI-Poland does provide translations to the vital record headings for Galician records. See

You will find it at Learn/Additional Resources and Help Tips/Language Resources.

Mark Halpern


On 2020-04-25 6:58 pm, Alberto Guido Chester wrote:

I am looking for the translation of the headers of birth registration books used by civil authorities in Galitzia around 1900.
They are originally in German and Polish.
I do not find it in the help pages of MARVELOUS JRI-Poland, but I am sure someone has already done it.
Thanks !

Alberto Guido Chester
Buenos Aires, Argentina

Re: Please help decipher this English word #names

Joel Weintraub

Pam, the word is “child” and the age is 6/12 months old on that ship manifest.
  Just a hint for others.  I thought before I saw your Viewmate image that it was the name of the passenger on the ship that was in question.  You have an option of seeing another handwritten name of that same passenger on that same voyage.  It’s called the Ship Index Book.  Starting in 1906 every ship coming into the U.S. needed to provide a ship manifest to the authorities, and also a separate book of names of passengers and where they were on the ship manifest pages.  There is an index to book names (but be aware the summary information may be incorrect, the link to the page of the book index is ok.... and you may have to go to the cover of the “book” to see the ship and voyage date) and the scans of the pages in the book by rolls also available.  The writing is usually much clearer.  See the following at FamilySearch which has that resource.  This is an important resource especially if the scans of the ship manifest, done in the early 1940s, shows a lot of degradation of the pages (ripped corners, etc) while the ship books are usually pristine with their scans.   and index at   for T612 book lists

Joel Weintraub

Dana Point, CA

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Re: Headers of birth registrations books in Galtizia 1900 to English #translation #poland #germany

Shelley K. Pollero

These headings are on the website in the Learn section, Additional Resources and Help Tips, Language Resources;

Shelley K. Pollero
Severna Park, Maryland

Re: Please help decipher this English word #names

Joel Kent

This is a wild guess, but perhaps it is (child)

-- Joel S. Kent


Looking for Sarnek, Voln. (literal from brith act) #ukraine

Alberto Guido Chester

I have used the Jewishgen tools with no success.
A birth act in ROHATYN in 1911 says grandparents were from "Sarnek, Voln." which I guess might be Volinia (sp.)
The handwriting is very clear.
Any help to locate this place ?
Thanks in advance

Alberto Guido Chester
Buenos Aires, Argentina



MY GT GRANDMOTHER , Sarah Hanna Aurebach was last heard from about 1920 in Mariupul by Sea of Azov.  She had two children, Lewis and Diana ( or Mina) by this husband, Aurebach,   and I do not know his first name and my grandmother Racheal Blyiakiroff Bargman by first husband.Kalman Blyiakkkiroff. I do not know her maiden name or where she came from. 
thank you for any information..

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