Re: Kopyl (Kapule) #belarus

Bonnie Gould

My grandfather, David (Peker) Becker came from Kapule to Sioux City in 1910, ultimately moving to Milwaukee where there used to be a “Kapule Group” which, I believe, has since disbanded. I was told that people from Kapule primarily immigrated to Iowa, Wisconsin and Minnesota.

Re: Headstone Translation #translation


If you have other gravestones, may I suggest that you post them on the ViewMate page.  It was created for that purpose, and is really the best way to get a gravestone translated.

Here is my reading:


At the top of the stone, inside the Star of David, a two-letter abbreviation meaning “Here lie”


Right side:

Dear mother and beloved grandmother

LEAH BLOCK of the house of SELTZER [in other words, this was her maiden name]

Died on the 17th of Kislev, 5730  [not 5760, as someone else read]

May her soul be bound up in the bond of life.

[This stone is a bit unusual, in that it does not include the Hebrew name of her father.  It does include her last name and her maiden name, which is also a bit unusual.  As to the date of death:  the 17th of Kislev, 5730, began at sunset on November 26th, 1969, and ended at sunset on the 27th.  The stone gives the secular date as being the 26th.  This means that she passed away between sunset and midnight on the 26th].


Left side:

Reb TZVI, son of Reb Hertz

died the 9th of Tamuz, 5723

May his soul be bound up in the bond of life.

[‘Reb’ is an honorific; it does not mean rabbi.  As to the date of death:  the 9th of Tamuz, 5723, began at sunset on June 30th, 1963, and ended at sunset on July 1st.  The stone gives the secular date as being June 30th.  Here, again, it makes it possible to narrow down the time of death to between sunset and midnight on the 30th.]

Fredel Fruhman
Brooklyn, New York, USA

Re: Passenger arrival records #usa #general

Morton Rumberg

Karen Sanders wrote: >In another manifest, my grandmother, Bacie Siberdi, was listed at "Basic Liberty." I have no idea how they got that so wrong.<

It's easy to get it wrong. Actually, I suspect the interpretation is by the reader of the handwriting. People using script often write some letters that look very similar to others. In this case the s and c and e of the given name look enough alike to misinterpret. I‘m sure the same thing happened with the surname: Capitol S and L can look alike as can the di and ty, depending on how carefully the name was written.

I am a transcriber for some of the old records and it is amazing how language/handwriting gets so garbled. You have to be extremely careful interpreting each letter.

Mort Rumberg
Sacramento CA area

Re: Looking for info on the MYERS family in West London #unitedkingdom

Michael Hoffman

Hello Claire,

Access the JCR-UK database on Jewishgen and do a search for your MYERS Family, pay particular attention to looking for then in the Anglo Jewish Database 1851 and then look for them in the other datasets. 

Best regards,

Michael Hoffman


Fogery: Garson KUGEL, Rochester, NY #general

The Becker's Email

The Rochester, NY Democrat and Chronicle newspaper on June 9, 1929,p. 25 had an article "Youth Accused of Cashing $50 Forged Check"  The man arrested Garson KUGEL was my husband's grandfather's youngest brother.  I could not find any follow-up articles and would like to find out if he was found guilty and, if so, the details of his conviction.  Where should I look?  My source for this article was

Johanna Becker
Newport, RI

Re: Family Tree of the Jewish People #general


Dear Amy,

I also attempted to build a personal family tree. I was very satisfied in using the "GenoPro" software. It was right what I needed, easy to use, intuitive, quick for amendments, and easily building even the most complicate inter-personal connections you can find among family members. Other than the tree graphical aspect, it is possible to add lots of information, photo, documents, etc., for any person listed. It also allows building several different trees (e.g. one for any branch of a family), linking the same person in each tree. Not the least, you also have the possibility to organise all the data of people involved in a table format, ordered for any detail entered.

Davide Csermely

Bankruptcy: Louis BLOOM Rochester, NY #usa

The Becker's Email

I found an article in the Rochester, NY Democrat and Chronicle newspaper for Sept. 15, 1933, p.21 as follows:
"Voluntary petitions in bankruptcy were filed in United States District Court yesterday by Louis Bloom, tailor, of 529 Conkey Avenue, listing liabilities of $31,646.57, assets of $250 and secured claims of $9,500...."  Where do I find more information?  This is my husband's grandfather.

Johanna Becker
Newport, RI

Re: Headstone Translation #translation


I would add that the abbreviation before Tzvi is for  Reb, a title more like mister than Rabbi. 
As an aside, the Yiddish names Hertz or Hirsch mean a deer, as does the Hebrew name Tzvi. Tzvi Hirsch or sometimes Tzvi Hertz are common combination names and someone known as  Hirsch or Hertz could actually have the Hebrew name Tzvi. In this case it is unlikely that Tzvi's father Hertz had the Hebrew name Tzvi since children aren't usually named after living parents in Ashkenazi custom. Another name combination is Naftali Hertz (the tribe of Naftali is symbolized by a deer in Jacobs blessing to his son), it is therefore possible that Tzvi's father Hertz had the Hebrew name Naftali or that he simply had only a Yiddish name.

Binyamin Kerman
Baltimore MD

Polish Military Records #poland


I’ve been trying to get military records for my uncle who served in the Polish military in WWII. He lived in Kamien Koshyrski, Ukraine. Any help would be much appreciated.

Re: Can You Identify This Partial Document from Russia? #translation


''To hereby certify that this passport is issued by the Russian Consulate in Canada (Montreal)  for a free travel. 29 July 1922.''

Edinet (Yedinitz) Cemetery #bessarabia

Harvey Kabaker

Any word on the Edineț (Yedinitz) cemetery? Also interested in Briceni.
Harvey Kabaker
Silver Spring, MD

Translating Russian from back of photograph #ukraine #translation

Carol Perloff

This photo was sent to my grandfather in NYC in 1912. Would like to figure out who sent it to him from Ekaterinoslav. Thank you.

Nowy sacz #poland #galicia


I have downloaded some gravestone pictures with a number next to it from nowy sacz  cemetery at Jewish gen and can’t figure out where they are located in the cemetery does some one know who took does picture or has some one a map of the cemetery according the numbers of the pictures or has some one a clue where in the cemetery the started to take pictures 
Thank you 
Benny Katz 

Looking for information for Charles Levine and Fanny Kahn/Cohen #lithuania #latvia


Hello all,

This is my first post on JewishGen. I am looking for any information on the family of Charles Levine and Fanny Kahn/Cohen who emigrated separately from the Russian Empire (probably Lithuania or Latvia) to the USA in the late 1880s. They settled first in Newark, New Jersey and then moved to Brooklyn, New York in the early 1900s. I realise these names are very common so I tried to provide details. Here is the information I have.

Charles Levine (b. Mar 1871, d. 23 Feb. 926) arrived in the US in 1888. Census records say he came from the Russian Empire. His NYC death certificate, states Lithuania. The certificate says his parents were Leon Levine and Gladys Blitz. 

Fannie Kahn/Cohen (b. Sept.1870, d. 24 Dec. 1941) arrived in the US in 1886.  Fannie married Charles on 3 April 1891 in Newark, N.J. Her death certificate says she was born in Russia and her parents were Herman Kahn and Eva Bider.  Like Charles, I cannot find any information on her arrival with family. They
are both buried in Grove Street Cemetery in Newark, NJ. 


They had six children who reached adulthood.


·       Herman Levine (b. 1893; d. 1959) fought in WWI and drafted in WWII.  He seems to have never married and worked as a chauffeur.


·       Goldie Levine (b. 1895; d. 1977) seems to have never married and worked as a bookkeeper.


·       Albert Levine (born Abraham but seems to have changed his name in adulthood; b. 1897; d.1968) married Stephanie who died after 4 years of marriage and then to Audrey Peters in 1934. 


·       Louisa Levine (b. 1902; d. ??) was also a bookkeeper but cannot find information after 1925.


·       Eva Levine (b. 1905; d. ??) seems to have never married (she is still living at home in the 1940 Census at 34 years old).


·       Lillian Levine (b. 1909; d. ??).  Last information is from 1925 NY Census.


If anyone has information on the family, I would greatly appreciate it.




Malory Greene

Paris, France


Markiewicz family from Kobylnik Belarus #belarus


Looking for information related of my grand-father Markiewicz Piotr and of my grand grand father Kazimierz Markiewicz who married with Efrosyna Gopen or Hopen in Kobylnik before WW2, as well as with family Dziergacz one connected with my Markiewicz family. Patrice Markiewicz from Paris FRANCE.

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

Sue Martin

Your Hungarian genealogist is definitely an amateur!  There are plenty of records.  JewishGen has already been cited.  Try FamilySearch as well.  In fact, even Google can come up with useful information.  See if you can find collateral lines in your family that are more unusual names than the ones you've listed.  Also try alternative spellings, like Strausz, Weisz, etc.

Re: Finding my BREITENFELD family after 60 years #general


I have Breitenfeld ancestors also, from Czech (Luze). Can you help me out who helped you to find your roots?

Re: Traduccion de acta #translation

Alan Shuchat

(Perdonamé, pero no puedo decirlo en español!) This is a certificate from the Kherson Gubernia chancellery giving permission to the Arkushin family to emigrate under an agreement between the Russian government and the Jewish Colonization Association. They are Yudel Berkov Arkushin, age 55, his wife Sura Leybov (50), sons Froim (19), Simcha (18), and daughters Raisa(13), and Zelda (11). The family members signed the document at the bottom. They were living in the Jewish agricultural colony of Izraelevka, Elizavetgrad uezd (district), Kherson Gubernia. There is a Kehilalinks page for this colony at It says that about 100 families from this area went to Argentina in 1904/05. The certificate was signed on June 7, 1904 and there is an exit stamp dated July 24, 1904.
Alan Shuchat
Newton, MA

JACOBY, MICHELSOHN, MEYER, FRIEDLÄNDER, Braunsberg, Königsberg, Berlin, Frankfurt #germany

Dick Plotz

In Moses Jacoby's death notice in Berliner Tagesblatt (1904), we have
learned of several of his daughters we didn't know about before:

Ida, m. Amtsgerichtsrath (district judge) MICHELSOHN

Johanna, m. Louis MICHELSOHN

Hedwig, m. Amtsgerichtsrath MEYER

Sophie, m. Apotheker (pharmacist) Oscar FRIEDLÄNDER

The birth dates of these daughters are probably mostly in the 1860s.

If anyone knows about the family of any of these daughters, please let
me know. Based on information we already have about Moses Jacoby's
family, at least one of them had at least one grandchild as of October
1904. We are in touch with descendants of their sister Clara WOLFFHEIM
and their brothers Julius and Hugo.

Thanks for any help you can provide.

Dick Plotz
Providence RI USA

Re: Translation: Hungarian to English #hungary #translation


Hello Edith, 
Send it to me. I am quite busy, but will make a try. 

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