Re: Bessarabia SIG #Bessarabia Re: Bessarabian archives #bessarabia


hi Yefim
I'm looking for information about my grandfather, Moises/ Moshe Vashbein.
His family was from Kalarash and he made alia in the 20's.
Can you point me to sources?


Re: Family Tree of the Jewish People #general

Sam Wachs

I strongly recommend using My Heritage. The free version will get you started, and the paid version will connect your tree with thousands of others and send you a notice when a match is found, thus enabling you to maybe contacting members of your family that you didn't know that exist. This is how I discovered relatives on my grandfather living in the US.
Good luck in your endeavors.
Sam Wachs- Israel

Re: Headstone Translation #translation


Rabbi Zvi Ben Herz
Jewish death date
תנצב"ה is a common inscription on tomb stones meaning may his soul be bound in the bond of life

dear mother and kind grandmother Lea Blak from Selzer family
Jewish death date

  as aboveתנצב"ה

The Bravery of Abe Cohen during World War One #belarus

Zvi Peretz Cohen <sabagrampa@...>

The Record of the Occupation of Bogushevichi, Belarus
Retold by Grandfather Abraham Zalman Cohen
"The Story of a Saber"
During the German occupation, I was taken to work many times myself also with the horse and wagon. This was mostly for a day or two. Then they let me go. Any occupying army can confiscate anything or commandeer anyone to do whatever they want since they have the gun. The Polish army was the worst. They occupied our country for a while. They were bad. This is something to wonder. The Polish people were split up under three governments, the Russian, the Austrian and the German for many years. They should have known what it means to be under somebody's rule, but they behaved miserably. They treated people like slaves.
.... I went back to the front position to be the lead wagon and they loaded my wagon with boxes of ammunition. The command came to move up closer to the front. As luck would have it, I happened to be up front, the first wagon. We started out. We did not go a half a vyorst and we see soldiers coming towards us from all sides. They are yelling, "Zavrutch, zavrutch", which means turn back. Now I am only a civilian and my orders were to go forward. So I don't turn. One soldier grabs a hold of my horse and turns him around and as I am the first in line, it turned the whole train. All of a sudden, the lieutenant who gave me the order to go forward came galloping on his horse and started yelling and cursing how come I turned when his order was to go forward. He is seated astride his horse, his gun on his side, the saber on the other side towering over me, a small boy, standing by his horse. I told him that the soldiers turned me around when they were running back. He kept cursing me with the choicest Polish curses. He grabs out his saber and a thought flashed through my mind. In a minute my head will be at the side of the road. As he swung the saber, he turned it and hit me with the flat side. It circled around my shoulders. I carried a blue decoration around my shoulders for a couple of weeks but I also still carried my head on my shoulders. I suppose I could not blame him much in the heat of the war. I was taken yet many more times for various services. They were a mean lot, the Polish army.
הגבורה של סבא אברהם זלמן כהן במלחמת העולם הראשונה
יומן הכיבוש של בוגושביץ
״מעשה בחרב״
מסופר על ידי סבא אברהם זלמן כהן
בזמשך הכיבוש הגרמני של רוסיה הלבנה (בלרוס) נלקחתי פעמים רבות לבד לעבוד עם הסוס ועם העגלה. בדרך כלל זה נמשך יום יומיים והרשו לי ללכת. צבא כיבוש יכול להחרים מה בראש שלהם ולחטוף כל אחת לכל מטרה כי הם הכח החמוש.
הצבא הפולני גם חנו לידינו זמן מסוים והם היו הגרועים ביותר. הם היו רעים. אני לא מבין איך הפולנים שארצם חולקה בין שלש מעצמות: רוסיה, אוסטריה וגרמניה, וסבלו כיבוש, יכלו להתנהג בצורה מרושעת כל כך. הם התיחסו לאנשים כמו עבדים.
אני חזרתי לעמדה הקדמית בשיירת העגלות והעמיסו תחמושת על העגלה שלי. נתקבלה פקודה להתקרב קרוב יותר לחזית, ועוד אני העגלה הראשונה בשיירה. התחלנו לנסוע אך לא התקדמנו יותר מחצי ויורסט כשראינו חיילים רצים לקראתנו מכל הצדדים. הם צעקו "זאברוטש! זאברוטש!" כלומר תסתובבו! תסתובבו! עכשיו אני הייתי רק אזרח ולא חיל והפקודות שלי היו להתקדם, אז המשכתי לנסוע קדימה. חיל אחד תפס את הרסן של הסוס שלי ומשך אותו לאחר. מכיוון שאני הייתי בראש השיירה כל השיירה הסתובבה אחרי. פתאום הופיע הסגן שפקד עלי להתקדם לכיוון החזית. הוא דהר לקראתי וצעק עלי וקילל אותי. אני נעמדתי ליד העגלה. הקצין שאל איך יכול להיות שהוא אמר לי להתקדם ואני נוסע לאחור. הוא העמיד את סוסו לידי והיה ישב גבוה על האוכף, כשהרובה שלו לידו. הוא הרים את חרבו ביד ימינו ואיים עלי, נער בסך הכל. סיפרתי לו שהחילים סובבו אותי מפני שהם נסוגים. הוא המשיך לקלל אותי בפולנית. החרב הורמה ואני חשבתי לעצמי שעוד מעט ראשי יפול לשולי הדרך. כשפגע בי הוא סובב את ידו כך שנפגעתי מהצד השטוח. החרב הגמישה התכופפה ונכרכה סביב כתפי. למשך כמה שבועות היה לי סימנים כחולים על הכתפיים, אך לפחות ראשי היה מחובר לצוארי. אני מניח שאי אפשר להאשים אותו בגלל שהוא היה מתוח מלהט הקרב. נלקחתי עוד הרבה פעמים ולקחו אותי למשימות שונות. הם היו רשעים - החילים הפולנים.

Picard #france


Cerf Mayerle Isaac PICARD or PICQER from Foussemagne ; 90049 ; Franche-Comté ; France married Guttel SALOMON in 1740 in Wettolsheim ; 68365 ; Alsace ; France.He was the son of Raphael.
I'd like to know more about this couple and their origins.

ROZENBERG in Leeuwarden ; Friesland ; Netherlands #general


Abraham Joel Rozenberg was born around 1775 in Leeuwarden ; Friesland ; Netherlands. He  was the son of Joel.He married Hannah Abrahams in 1798, daughter of Abraham ISAACS and Sara. I would like to know the ancestors of this couple.
One of their descendants married in France where I live now.

Re: Other names for Isaac #germany #names

Eva Lawrence

-- I'd try looking for his birth in the home town of his maternal grandmother. In the past, women often went 'home to mother' for the birth of their first child, since she was experienced and doctors cost money.  . 
Eva Lawrence
St Albans, UK.

Re: Great-grandfather Saul Isaiah BERALL from Romania #romania


I see the Berall family in Husi. The Botosani research team has acquired and indexed the records.
Shaia and Freida Berall had three daughters and one son between 1882 and 1888, the son dying a few days after birth. 
I see also the marriage. Fathers names matches what you know.
You're invited to join our FB group:

Sorin Goldenberg
P.S. The Romanian principalities declared independence from the Ottoman Empire in 1877, the independence was recognized after the 1877-78 war.

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

Terry Ashton

Sometimes you can't get records from GRO because they only have records for certain years, so perhaps just check the dates (in years) you are looking for, with the years available on the GRO website.

See if there is anything in relation to Norwood orphanage which took in many Jewish children.

The 2 main groups (other than for Sephardi burials) are the Western Charitable Foundation Burial Society or United Synagogues, so check their websites.But then to find the plot, you need to know the cemetery. However, when I have called them, I have found them to be very helpful.
I hope some of this helps,
Terry Ashton, Australia

Re: Headstone Translation #translation

Dr.Josef ASH

(Here lies) Dear mother and gM Lea B:OCK nee ZEITSER passed away on 17 of Kislew( may her soul be bound up in the bond of everlasting life)
(HL )Mr Tsvi son of Mr Herts passed away on 9 of Tamuz (may his soul be bound up in the bond of everlasting life)

Re: MAIMON family from Rădăuţi Romania - but which Radauti ? (there are two) #romania


There were Maimons and Talmaciu in Radautz Prut.
The Botosani research team has acquired the records of this small place.
You're invited to join our FB group:
Sorin Goldenberg

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

Eric M. Bloch

For starters, JewishGen's Hungary Database has over 1.7 million records to peruse.  Currently, we are transcribing Budapest and Pest-Pilis-Solt Jewish Census records covering the years 1781 to 1846.  So far, we have 10,000 records transcribed, and hope to have the project completed by the end of  September 2020.  These records came from the Hungarian National Archives in Budapest.

Eric M. Bloch, Coordinator
Other Hungarian Census database
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Re: IGRA Upcoming Free Webinar and Zoom Meeting #events


To register I’m asked for 9 digit code? Where do I find that?

On Apr 29, 2020, at 5:47 AM, Elena Bazes <elena@...> wrote:

The Israel Genealogy Research Association (IGRA) will be broadcasting
a free webinar and a “Show and Tell’ free Zoom meeting next week.

The Zoom “Show and Tell” meeting in English will be broadcast on May
4th at 9pm Israel Time, 2 pm (EDT). The topic is “Reuniting Sisters”.

Nitai Elboim will describe the use of clues, MyHeritage technology and
logic culminating in the reunion of sisters after 70 years.

There is no need to register in advance. The meeting will be open to
those who connect to ZOOM with the following link and meeting code.

Meeting ID: 734 3325 1958

“Using the JDC Archives Website and Online Databases for Family
Research”, a webinar in English, will be broadcast on Thursday, May
7th at 7 pm Israel Time, 12 pm (EDT). The lecturer will be Jeffrey

The JDC Archives online database includes material of great interest
to Jewish genealogists. This webinar will present the lists, index
cards, and other documents that have been indexed, with an emphasis on
material from the Shoah era, and will introduce both basic and more
advanced Names Index search options.

Jeff Edelstein is the digital initiatives manager at the JDC Archives,
where his responsibilities include management of the collections
database and website, the digitization of text collections, and the
JDC Archives Names Indexing Project. Prior to his arrival at JDC in
2013, he had a long career in academic reference publishing,
culminating as project director of The YIVO Encyclopedia of Jews in
Eastern Europe. He has presented on digital resources of the JDC
Archives at numerous conferences and workshops, including IAJGS, the
Association of Jewish Libraries, the Association of Jewish Studies,
EVA Minerva, and the European Holocaust Research Infrastructure
(EHRI). Publications include articles in Jewish Culture and History,
Metropolitan Archivist, and the Journal of Modern Jewish Studies.
Edelstein holds a BA from Amherst College, an MA from Columbia
University, and an MS in Library and Information Science from the
Pratt Institute.

Registration in advance is required. There are a limited number of
seats available. Entrance will be according to those arriving first.
Reminders will be sent out closer to the date of the webinar. To
register go to the link below.

Elena Biegel Bazes
IGRA Publicity Chair

Re: Family Tree of the Jewish People #general

Pieter Hoekstra

Gramps is a free open-source program.

Re: Family Tree of the Jewish People #general


Thank you for posing this question.  My research has a working home on my Legacy software, but it is hard to find the right way to distribute the information to family and other researchers.  Legacy does have many different types of charts and reports, but when I sent people the .pdf reports, the truth is that no one printed them out, and I can't afford to self-publish for everyone, now and in the future.  It's decades of work to collect the information, but what is the end game?  Because of your question, I went back and looked again at Family Tree of the Jewish People, and found that now they accept uploads of gedcom files.  I happily exported all of my research lineages onto the Family Tree of the Jewish People.  Now my work is truly available to any researcher or relative who wants it, during my lifetime and beyond.   All I have to do is notify everyone to register at, (if they're not already a member) and search the database: Family Tree of the Jewish People!  

ViewMate Translation - Hebrew #translation #ukraine

Barry E Chernick

I have posted on ViewMate three different 1912 Starokonstantinov birth
record pages in Hebrew for which I need a translation of one record on
each page. The records are at the following addresses ...
Male 1 (top record). Sorry the page is in such bad shape.
Male 5 (the middle record). Sorry the page is in such bad shape.
Male 49 (bottom record).
Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page.
Thank you very much.
Barry Chernick, Bellevue, WA

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

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