Jewish Genealogy Society of Cleveland launches virtual meetings #jgs-iajgs #events

Sylvia Fleck Abrams

 The Jewish Genealogy Society of Cleveland is launching a series of virtual meetings using the Zoom format so you may watchlisten and participate from the comfort of your own home
Our first offering is April 29, 2020.




Ask Us Anything. . .About Genealogy!


A “How To” Virtual Program for Members Only

Have questions that you are pondering while conducting family research? Join three experienced JGSC genealogists who will answer your questions in this virtual interactive meeting. So go ahead, pick our brains!

Our team will address questions submitted in advance and, time permitting, questions submitted live. Here are some prompts to help you come up with your own questions:

  • What would you like to know how to do, or do better?
  • What frustrates you most when doing genealogical research?
  • How do you deal with languages you don’t know?
  • Where can you look for information beyond the obvious vital records, census data and immigration/naturalization sources?
  • How do you track people after name changes, immigration, marriage, etc.?
  • How do you make a family tree and why would you do this?

Email your questions to the following address no later than April 28: rsvp@...

Our team of experts will be: Cyndy Spikell, Russ Maurer, and Richard Spector!

You may join the Zoom meeting on your computer simply by clicking the "Join Zoom Meeting" link which was sent to our paid members in our email meeting notice., or by phone if you don’t have access to a computer.

*Attention JGSC members: contact webmaster@... if you did not receive virtual meeting connection details by email.

Submitted by
Sylvia F. Abrams
Immediate Past President
on behalf of Programming Committee

Re: looking for my uncle, Satanovski (Czereniuk) MIKOLAJ, possibly from Stanislavov #galicia #poland #subcarpathia #ukraine


Thank you, everyone, for your help!
The closest match, for now, is:
Czereniuk Mikolaj, born April 22, 1922, passed away February 11, 2004, from Jewish (?) settlement Zamosty (Poland before 1939)
Czereniuk (Shewchuk) Alexandria, born May 6, 1925, passed away March 13, 2006
Both came to Canada in 1950.
Buried at Victoria Lawn Cemetery, St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada.
For regret, everything is closed for COVID-19 and we could not even attend cemetery.
My Google research did not show any children or great children. 
Any further information and/or suggestions will be highly appreciated.
Vitali Satanovski

Re: Database of Rabbinical Certificates from 1921 Bucharest? #romania #rabbinic

Theo Rafael

Excuse my ignorance but what exactly is a rabbinical certificate? 
Rabbi Tsirelson was Chief Rabbi of Bassarabia. That region was part of Romania during 1920-1944 (except ~1940), the rest of the time it was part of Russia/USSR. And it appears that he was in Bucharest in the 1921-22 period as member of the Parliament:

You may want to inquire with CSIER , they seem to keep to at least part of the Jewish Community Archives: The other organization that may keep some archives is the Federation of Jewish communities themselves aka FCER ( Both orgs also have FB pages. I'm not sure though whether they do this type of individual research. 
Wish you luck and please update regarding their response.

Theo Rafael

Viewmate-Do you recognize?

Hazel Boon

I have posted a picture of a gathering of KANET cousins that took
place around 1945.

We have identified some in the picture but I thought I'd see if anyone
can ID the others. We do recognize:
3rd row–Far L Sidney Kaufman 2nd from L Samuel Pacewitz 3rd from L Max
Forer 3rd from R Albert Kannett far R Victor Bernstein
2nd row–far L Sylvia Bernstein Kaufman 2nd from L Jenny Kanet Pacewitz
3rd from L Basha Kanet Forer 3rd from R Gertrude Stoljarczik Kannett
far R Rochel Kannett Bernstein
Bottom - far L Paul or Alan Kaufman far R Estelle (Essie) Kannett Marshall

Please respond using the form provided in the ViewMate application.
My thanks to the generous people who respond to these requests.

Hazel Sandow Boon,   Hamilton, ON, Canada

Death record from 1918 in Tuchola, Poland? #poland

Helen Gottesman


My father had a brother that passed away in 1918, before my father was born.  Is there a way to see his cause of death on the death certificate.  My cousin and I heard two different stories.

Thanks, Helen Gottesman,   Boca Raton, Florida

ViewMate translation request - Polish #galicia #translation

Hazel Boon

I've posted 4 death records in chart form on ViewMate. I would love to
have complete translations including all names, dates, places, house
numbers and professions.

The ViewMate urls are:
1. Breine Haber.-
2. Hersch Schwarz -
3. Wolf Haber -
4. Sure Pesie Haber -

My thanks to JRI-Poland for indexing so many records and for placing
them online for our use. And many thanks to all who offer assistance
with translations..I hope that everyone is safe and healthy in this
very different time.

Hazel Sandow Boon,   Hamilton, ON, Canada

Researching: HABER - Burshtyn, Konyushki & Zurow, Galicia, NYC;  SCHWARZ - Burshtyn,

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

Ina Getzoff

I believe after 1906 most naturalizations were done in a Supreme Court. Do you know what year your gg grandmother might have been naturalized since they came her in 1908 and where they might have lived? If you have an answer to that question it is a good place to start. Also, as far as her name-remember-in genealogy spelling doesn't count and names can be spelled more ways than we think. 
Good luck
Ina Getzoff
Delray Beach, Fla

Re: Family Tree Chart Especially for Cousins etc. #general

Pieter Hoekstra

Differences in spelling might be attributed to literacy. Not so many generations ago not everyone was literate so a name was recorded by a 3rd party who may not have been known the the name owner. The details recorded were what the recorder heard and how he/she believed it should be spelled.

ViewMate translation request - German #galicia #translation

Dana Krug

I've posted a vital record in German for which I need a translation. I am interested in the first record in this document for an individual named: Schwaje Biermann. It is on ViewMate at the following address ...

Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page.

Thank you very much.    Sincerely,  Dana Krug

Application for Naturalization #general

Sarina Roffe

I am looking for the Application for Naturalization for my grandmother and her ship record. She came into the US on Ellis Island in 1908 but I cannot find the record. I found an index for her naturalization in 1952. I also cannot find her marriage record.


I have tried all the usual sources – Ancestry, Fold3, Ellis Island, JDC Archives, My Heritage, Family Search – nothing. I also tried variant spellings – Shalo, Shallow, Shacalo, F for the first name, Farida ( the Arabic) – She came from Aleppo Syria.


Yet I find everything for my grandfather Joseph Nessim Missry.


Frieda came in as Frieda Shaalo in 1908. Married about June 1909 to Joseph Nessim Missry.

They show up as boarders in the 1910 Census and in different homes in every census after that.


Alien Registration Number is 5718566

Petition: 488840

Roll 96 Enter

There is a number on the top of the card also 6986864.

She was naturalized on 6/3/1952 under her married name Frieda Missry.


Any ideas??


Sarina Roffe


ViewMate translation request - Polish #galicia #translation

Dana Krug

I've posted a vital record in Polish for which I need a translation. I am interested in the first record in this document for an individual named: Schwaje Biermann. It is on ViewMate at the following address ...

Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page.

Thank you very much.    Sincerely,   ,Dana Krug

ViewMate translation request - Tombstone in Russian - #bessarabia #translation

Crivorot, Sergio

 I've posted a vital record in Russian for which I need a translation. It is on ViewMate at the following address ...

I'd like to have the whole text translated, but I am particularly interested in names, parent names, towns, anything that would help me learn more about the person in question. I hope it is readable. I think this may be my grandmother's sister, but I'm far from sure

Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page.

Thank you very much.,   Sergio Crivorot

Help deciphering handwriting in Polish birth act : View mate # 80525 #translation

Alberto Guido Chester

I've posted a vital record in Polish for which I need help deciphering handwriting
It is on ViewMate at the following address ...
Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page.
Thank you very much.

Alberto Guido Chester, Buenos Aires, Argentina

ViewMate translation request - Russian #translation #poland

Wendy Newman

I've posted a birth record in ViewMate for an Abram Josef Nudelman.  I am looking for a translation from Russian that will give me the important info, full name of the child, parents, ages of parents, occupation, etc. as well as the full date of the event.  It is on ViewMate at the following address:
Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page and thanks so much for your help!

Be safe.,    Wendy Newman

Viewmate Translation Request - #translation #yiddish #romania

Greg Tuckman

Hello All,
I've posted the back of a 1910 postcard to Romania for which I need a translation. It is on ViewMate at the following address ...
Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page.            Thank you very much.

Greg Tuckman,  Phoenix, AZ

Viewmate Translation Request - Russian #translation

Greg Tuckman

Hello all,
I've posted 4 vital records in Russian for which I need a translation. They are on ViewMate at the following addresses ...
1.  Birth record of Matla ZYLBERWAJS:

2.  Birth Record of Masza Hadassa FELD:

3.  Birth Record of Laja ZYLBERWAJS:

4.  Birth Record of Hersz Chaim GRYNBERG:
Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page.     Thank you very much.

Greg Tuckman,   Phoenix, AZ

Re: Name on holocaust survivor list #lithuania #names

Nomi Waksberg

Very common, in Poland also. Often all variations are used for one person.

Brick wall locating Anna Goldman #poland #unitedkingdom

Greg Tuckman

Hello fellow genealogists,

I have a brick wall in my family tree and am hoping someone might help me break through it. 

My grandfather’s sister’s birth name is Hana FIRER / FUHRER, born in Radom, Poland on December 4/16, 1878.  The record was recorded in 1880.   She is the daughter of Jakob Icek FIRER and Fajga Brandla AUSTRIAN.

Her Social Security Application in 1939 gives her birth date as January 1, 1884.  She was living in the Bronx at the time of application.

She died on February 15, 1965 in Brooklyn, NY and is buried in Beth David Cemetery in Elmont, NY.  Her headstone indicates she was a mother and grandmother.  The contact information from the cemetery indicates a grandson named Paul (no surname given) who lived in Miami Beach.  I found no other GOLDMAN’s in the family plot.

Her married name is GOLDMAN.  I only have an initial for her husband’s given name.  My grandfather arrived in the US on October 4, 1913 and was going to stay with his brother-in-law, “T GOLDMAN”.

There is a family story that she lived in England before she came to the US and ‘left a family behind’.  I have no idea of any truth behind this story.

I have not found her on the Ellis Island data base.  I have no idea of her husband’s given name or any of her children.  Any and all help would be appreciated.

Greg Tuckman

Phoenix, AZ

SCHILD in Unna # germany

Mike Redel

Dear gersigs,

I hope that you could help me.

Siegmund Schild (parents Benjamin Schild und Hannchen Salberg in
Eimelrod (Frankenberg) was born 19.02.1858 in Wuennenberg (Bueren). He
was a painter in Unna and live in the Kaiserstreet. 07.12.1881 he
married in Unna Emilie Heymann (born 19.12.1850 in Unna). I know 2

Eugen was born 07.02.1883 in Unna, le lived in Weinheim and Frankfurt.
He married Rosa Würzburger.
Emilie (Emma) was Born 31.03.1884 in Unna, she lived in Köln. She was
deported to Minsk 1942.

I did not found Siegmund, Hannchen Heymann and Eugen in the german
Gedenkbuch. What is happened with them?


Mike Redel
Unna, germany

Seeking professional translator for Polish Records #translation #poland

Moses Jefferson

Hi folks,

I’m looking for a professional translator to help me translate Polish records for a reasonable fee.
I’m aware of the amazing service JGEN provide known as ViewMate, but as some of the records from certain Polish regions were recorded in long documents, I’m seeking somebody to translate the entire entry word for word. Not just extract the names and dates.

Please contact me here with any information that can help me.

Best, Moses J.