Re: JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen LAX from Sighet #general


Dear Mr. Katz,

Maybe I’m a descendant (grandson) of Jenő Lax. He was from Máramarossziget, not from Budapest, but this is irrelevant as he may have declared it to simplify things with the shipping company. He eventually emigrated to Uruguay (which I believe was not his intended destination) but I know he made a stopover in Rio de Janeiro.

I would be very grateful if you could provide some information about him and the other Laxes who apparently were from the same place as my grandfather (Maramores, Sighet).


Best regards,


Carlos G. Spitz

Spitz - Translation & Editing
7, Hatzanhanim St.
Mazkeret Batya 7680400

Phone: ++972-8-9349393

Cell: ++972-54-5749394


Re: Manifest Question #poland

Lee Jaffe

Thanks.  I was finally able to get from the stevemorse site to Ellis Island.  I found the same results you found.  My great uncles  – Sender and Gedale  – are there but don't see any possible entries for my grandfather.  -- Lee

Photos of Kryve Ozero (Krivoye Ozero, Kreevozer) #ukraine


In 2004 my husband and I visited Ukraine. My ancestors are from Kryve Ozero (My paternal Grandmother, Mollie Abramsky Sirulnick, was part of the Krovoser Society in NY). From what we could determine, all of the Jewish vital records from Kryve Ozero were destroyed in WWII. (We went to the archives in Mikalaev and Odessa to inquire). There were only 4 Jewish people living in Kryve Ozero at that time and one of them was gone at a hospital in Mikalaev with his wife, but we were able to speak to Ana and Esther (We didn't get their last names). My husband speaks better Ukrainian than Russian, so I'm not sure how much was lost in translation. I have attached the photos we took.  

Need help finding records of great-grandfather TESZLER from Romania/Hungary #hungary #romania



I'm in search for records of my grandfather's family and I don't even know where to look. My great-grandfather was named Arie Laib Teszler/Tessler (exact spelling is uncertain). According to the 'Daf-Ed' my late grandfather filled after him in Yad Vashem (and that's my only source of information), he was born in 1890. His place of birth (written in my grandfather's handwriting) seems in Hebrew like 'קרצניף\ץ' which from my research, I came to believe it's Crăciunești in Romania. I do know my grandfather grew up in a Hasidic family, however, I have no idea from which dynasty. I'm aware there's the Kretshnif Hasidut. Does anybody know if Hasidic groups ever saved records of their members? I do know Arie Leib married my great-grandmother, who was born in Apsa (I don't know which one) in 1894. They lived in Cluj, where my grandfather and his brother were born, and later moved to Borsa, Maramures. They were taken to Auschwitz from Borsa. Are there any records of Borsa's Jewish residents in 1944?

I couldn't find any records on my great-grandparents or my grandfather's brother. My request for information from the Auschwitz archive came up with nothing, as well as my search in the Arolsen archives. I found only information on my grandfather, under his Hungarian name, which leads me to believe the rest of his family members might have had Hungarian names as well, but I have no way of knowing that, and without it, I find myself at a dead end. 
Any help would be greatly appreciated!
Thank you!
Shiran Tesler-Greenberg

Re: Searching STEINBERG , KVATIRMAN from Akkerman/Cetatea Alba- Bessarabia #ukraine


Good afternoon.  My name is Boris.  I am the grandson of Sarah Steinberg (Raider) her father, Israel Steinberg was originally from Akkerman.  Perhaps we are somehow connected with you?

Re: Searching for Argentina Jewish records #germany #holocaust


Hi.  I have recently been in touch with the Argentina JGS.  Their email is  consultas.agja@...  A woman by the name of Estela was kind and replied fairly quickly.  Try that. 
Lia Sragovicz

Re: Headstone Translation #translation


I'm no expert but I believe Harry is Tsvi, son of Hertz. 
Leah's stone says she is Leah, (I think it says her maiden name is "Zeltser"). 
Its unusual to show maiden names - usually fathers given name is used. Perhaps someone with better Hebrew can enlighten us?

Trying to find my grandfathers and great-grandfathers families in Hungarian records #hungary


​I have done alot of searching but cannot get very far on any of the ancestry sites (myheritage; ancestry; geni; etc.) and even had a Hungarian genealogist (amateur) look into it in Budapest. He said there are no records before 1851 and that was all he could do.


If anyone has any suggestions, I would be grateful. I have located their places of residence and many family names, but to no avail.


Thank you and be well, amy

Amy Winter amy.winter@...>
(Strauss, Weiss, Friedman, Braun family names)

Re: Kopyl (Kapule) #belarus

Steven Usdansky

No shtetl documents, but my grandfather, Isaac Usdansky, and three siblings, were among the Kapuliers who ended up in Sioux City for a while. I wasn't doing any serious record keeping at the time, but about 15 years ago, I spent a morning in the Sioux City library copying down address where my grandfather had lived, then went looking for them. None of the original buildings are still in existence. Is Offering Free Access to Featured Collections Through May 10 to Commemorate VE Day's 75th Anniversary #unitedkingdom

Jan Meisels Allen







To commemorate the 75th anniversary of  Victory in Europe (VE) Day, is offering free access to featured collections through 10 May 2020 23:59 GMT. To view these records you will need to register for free with with your name and email address. They will then send you a username and password to access the records. If you try to access records not in the featured collection, which are predominately military relating to World War ll, you will be invited to subscribe. After the free access period ends, you will only be able to view the records in the featured collections using an paid membership.


To see the list of featured collections go to:

When you find the record you are looking for you can save it to your computer by going to the green “save” button on upper right


The only other Ancestry site that I have found that is offering free access to their military records is and that was posted earlier  You will have to register for each site individually unless you have a worldwide subscription.


I have no affiliation with Ancestry and am posting this solely for the information of the reader.


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


Headstone Translation #translation

Pamela Works McCarthy

Hoping someone can translate the Hebrew on this headstone. 

Thank you in advance. 

Re: Jewish Records in/around St George in the East, London, England #unitedkingdom

Richard Cooper

There is a John Henry A. SANDS born in St.Olave and a William Henry SANDS born in Islington - both born in 1904. Could either of these be your relative?
All the Best,
Richard Cooper
Midhurst, UK

Re: Finding records of my family’s entry to USA #general

Risa Heywood

Have you considered that they changed their surname? If you have no evidence that their name in Iasi was Schwartz, and you have researched your direct ancestors and their extended family in the United States, then a name change is a very likely answer.

I am working on a project on my Skorochod family line. I've discovered that different members of the extended family took the surnames, Hoodof, Rudolph, Rosenthal, and Badion. Any descendant looking for a passenger list with the American name would hit a very hard brick wall.
Risa Daitzman Heywood

Where to Donate Family Letters from Lodz, Warsaw, Bronx and Palestine #poland #israel #usa


Does anyone have any advice to where I can donate over 100 letters (that are already translated and scanned) from my grandfather''s sisters, step mother and step brother from 1920s to 1960s? I am thinking YIVO as the KEILES family was originally from Vilnius. I also visited the Israel Archives in Jerusalem and it is an option. Any others?

My Grandfater BERGMAN from Warsaw #warsaw


My "brick wall."  After over 10 years of searching, I still do not have any information about my grandfather, Isidor Bergman.  He was apparently born in Warsaw in May 1880 or May 1882.   I have many records about his mother and his mother's parents and GRANDPARENTS, but nothing about Isidor himself! He died in 1970 and his tombstone indicates his father was Abraham, but in researching further, his Social Security application and his Ketubah indicate that his father's name was Simon. (When researching further, I found that it is common to list the father's name as Abraham if it was not known at the time of burial.) I know a great deal about his mother, Feige (Felicea) Bergman. She came to the U.S. in 1890 as Czippe Bergmann. She was apparently a concert pianist. She was born in Lublin in 1837 and her first husband, Dawid Bogulaski died in 1864 while she was pregnant with her first son, Samuel David Boguslawski (later Boguslau. I have her family traced to the mid 1700s. Her surname was intially Elbaum, later Kierer. Feige's parents are buried in the Okopowa Street Cemetery in Warsaw. YET, I know nothing about Bergman, how my grandfather got here, or about his father. Any suggestions or help would be appreciated. (Attached photos: Felicia Bergman, c 1890. Isidor Bergman (the shorter one) and his half brother, c 1895)

Re: Passenger arrival records #usa #general

Marjorie Geiser

I'll share one other thing in regards to finding ship manifests.
I also had a heck of a time finding the manifest for my grandfather, Jacob Levine (unfortunately, not related to the original poster..). I had his naturalization papers, which said he immigrated in 1906. I knew he had to have come with his mother, since he was born in 1902.
I FINALLY found his manifest, with his mother and two older sisters... in 1905.
So, my point is that even naturalization papers may not be accurate.
Marjorie Geiser
Northern Arizona, USA


Finding records of my family’s entry to USA #general


I have all of my family’s records in this country starting from the early 1900’s. But none of how they got here. I have checked Jewish Gen, Ancestry, Ellis Island and the records of the lost manifests from Ellis Island. Its as if they did not exist. 

Any suggestions?

The name is SCHWARTZ and they were from Iasi. But it also could have been from a suburb of Iasi. I have been at this for years and have found nothing.

HELP!!! Would be so grateful

Re: Searching descendants of my G-uncle Robert ABRAHAMSOHN who lived in Portland, Oregon. #germany #russia #usa

Paulo Abrahamsohn

I received many messages with very valuable information, photos, newspaper articles, videos, regarding the search about my grand-uncle Robert Abrahamson as well about his wife and child. I am deeply grateful to all of you who provided this information, as I have been looking for it for a long time. I will now continue and try to find  his living descendants.  Paulo Abrahamsohn. Sao Paulo. Brazil.

Translation Yiddish in Hebrew script #translation


This was sent in 1948 from Europe to one of my family.
A translation into English is requested. Thanks

Re: How much did a shojet (ritual slaughterer) earn in Galitzia in 1900 ? #galicia

Lee Jaffe

My grandfather told me that the tax system in his town (Suchowola) involved an auction for the right to collect taxes based on animals slaughtered.  An amount to be levied by type of animal was set and the bidders bet that they could collect more from the year's take from the shokets than they had bid.  The town got their money up front from the winning bidder who then had to collect her/his due from each slaughterer during the year. I guess the shokets passed the tax onto their customers.

Lee Jaffe

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