Re: Passport archive Hungary-Romania? #hungary #romania

Beth Long

I can't say this is universally true, but in my research in Hungarian archives, I have occasionally found lists of those who applied for passports, but no actual files of information or photos. Your only hope would be that the person kept the passport and the family has it in their possession. I am speaking here of turn-of-the century and earlier records. Perhaps passports issued later left more of a paper trail.
Beth Long
Reno Nevada

MyHeritage Ask The Expert Series May 2020 #announcements #events

Daniel Horowitz

During these challenging times, MyHeritage is constantly looking for new ways to help people who are staying at home pass the time and learn how to do genealogy better.
The "Ask The Expert" 30-min sessions on Tuesdays and Thursday at 1pm Eastern U.S. time will explore each time a different subject and will give you the opportunity to learn and ask your questions live. For the updated May 2020 schedule and registration links visit
Recording of previous sessions can be found at
Best regards and stay safe
Daniel Horowitz

Re: Searching for PHILIPS family possibly from Suvalk (Suwalki) Area -Translate Family Name from Grave Marker? Philips in US #poland #lithuania #translation

Susan Beecher <s_beecher@...>

Renee Steinig kindly found the family that I was looking for on JRI-Poland. From her email to me,

"Aha! I found these Suwalki birth records on JRI-Poland:


Dyna Rocha SOLINSKA b: 1837 parents: Abram, Feiga


Itka Szyfra FILIPOWSKA b: 1859 parents: Abel Hirsz, Dyna Rocha SOLINSKA

Mowsza Aron FILIPOWSKI b: 1861 parents: Abel Hirsz, Dyna Rocha SOLINSKA

Fejga FILIPOWSKA b: 1864 parents: Abel Hirsz, Dyna Rocha


Mowsza Aron must be Morris, and Fejga may be Fannie!"

With the original name, I was also able to find and see those records.  I am eternally grateful to her and to this group!

Looking for information on BURDEINIC family Soroka 1940 #bessarabia

Rachelle Litt

Hello Genners. I could use some help finding out information about the BURDEINIC family from Soroki.  Notyeh and Khaveh are the names of my Grandfathers cousins. My grandfather was Froim Katsmazovsky (Katsmazovskij) I have a letter from them written in 1940 from: 
Burdeinic Motea
Str. Reg Carol
N 34 Romania
I do not know how they are my grandfathers cousins- any info would be helpful. 
Rachelle Litt
Palm Beach Gardens, Florida

Re: Searching for PHILIPS family possibly from Suvalk (Suwalki) Area -Translate Family Name from Grave Marker? Philips in US #poland #lithuania #translation

Maury Kitces

Here is an interesting possibility.  Tevye Philips, from the Bialystok area, died in Albany.  Like Abraham, is father was also Eliahu.  The Hirsh in Abraham's name probably came from an earlier ancestor, and Tevya had a son named Hirsch.

Tevye's immigration name was Mayer Gaczkowski.

contact me directly for more info.

family at

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

David Oseas


There is a good write-up on manifest markings, written by Marian L. Smith (Historian emeritus, USCIS), on JewishGen:

Starting in 1926, the INS required verification of the information on the Petition for Naturalization against passenger manifests, over concern for fraud during the naturalization process. 

Unfortunately, there isn't a lot you can do with the number that you cite:  it indicates that your relative filed to receive a "Certificate of Arrival" in the New York district (2-) in February, 1943.  There is no index to the CofA numbers.  For the people that I've researched, the verification was done anywhere from a year prior, up to two weeks before filing a petition, though the average is about one month prior.

The (404) [or a (505) notation] indicates that the information on the petition differed sufficiently from the manifest that the clerk was unable to certify that this was the correct person.  In my research, I have found that only a few passengers with a 404 or 505 notation went on to successfully naturalize.

Immigrants typically Americanized their names during the naturalization process and this information is recorded within the documentation.  Most naturalization indexes contain both the original name upon arrival, and the new name that the citizen will be using.  The name Meier frequently became Max in the US.

Starting in 1940, aliens residing in the US were required to file an Alien Registration form.  For people that did not become citizens before 1944, those forms were used to start an A-File with the INS.

You may find that a USCIS index search ( ) will be fruitful -- for a (currently) $65 fee, they will search their indexes to see if they can locate a C-File or an A-File for your relative.  Based on the results of the search, you can request copies of the records (currently, an additional $65), or may even be able to locate them yourself.

David Oseas

KLEIN: Satoraljaujhely (Ujhely), Hungary > New York > Los Angeles
OSEAS/OSIAS/OSIASI/OZIAS: Iasi, Romania > Chicago > Milwaukee > Los Angeles
SCHECHTER/SHEKTER: Kishinev, Bessarabia > New York  
SHERMAN: Iasi, Romania > New York > Los Angeles
STECKER: New York > Florida
STRUL:  Iasi, Romania > Haifa, Israel
WICHMAN: Syczkowo (Bobruisk), Belarus > Milwaukee > Los Angeles

New databases for London (Bevis Marks) and Gibraltar #unitedkingdom #announcements #sephardic

Jeff at SG

Re: Searching for PHILIPS family possibly from Suvalk (Suwalki) Area -Translate Family Name from Grave Marker? Philips in US #poland #lithuania #translation


Hi Geniediane,
  I grew up in Marianna, Washington Co, Pa where my best friend was Ted Williams ( not that Ted ). His parents were of Russian  descent- Phil Williams and --- Phillips.  There was a Russian Orthodox church in our little town and which was presided over by Chuck Phillips who was Mrs Williams brother.  Not sure this is what you are searching for, but it might be worth a look.

Passport archive Hungary-Romania? #hungary #romania


Did passports from before ww2 in Hungary Romania have pictures on them?
if yes are these documents and pictures saved by the government?



I did spell her married name wrong.  It is Auerbach..


Steven Turner

Gesher Galicia webinar series got off to a good start last week with Dr. Turner’s presentation on his trip through former Galicia. We appreciate the positive feedback received to date.

This week, we are pleased to announce the posting of two educational programs by Dr. Andrew Zalewski, VP, Gesher Galicia, who presents on:

University Records: Jewish Medical Students
Educational Program Series: Learn about the opening of higher education to Jews, inspect university records as sources of genealogical information, and discover the inspiring stories of Jewish medical students from Galicia. The program brings you archival information from several universities attended by Galician Jews (from 1790’s until 1939), it also informs on our annotated database of Jewish students and other educational material.

Cadastral Surveys: Names, Houses and Land Records
Educational Program Series: Unlock genealogical information from early population surveys by learning about the Josephine and Franciscan surveys. Hidden gems about Jewish members of Galician communities are shown through records; the transition between patronymics and hereditary surnames can be also ascertained in few instances. The program points to an additional material on this topic, which is available to Gesher Galicia’s members.

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Re: Name on holocaust survivor list #lithuania #names

Jill Whitehead

Henia is often tranlated as Hannah - as in my ancestor's name Henia or Hannah Serwianski (my great great grandmother) from Sejny, in Suwalki gubernia.

Jill Whitehead, Surrey, UK

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


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