Re: Family Tree of the Jewish People #general


has ftjp been fixed?  as of the last time i inquired (a year ago), it was broken (not processing gedcom files properly) and there was no estimate of when it would be available.

....... tom klein, toronto

At 3:07 -0700 5/5/20, main@... wrote:
Re: Family Tree of the Jewish People #general
From: rebasolomon
Date: Mon, 04 May 2020 21:43:54 EDT
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! 

Public thankyou to Viewmate translator Jonathan Michael Wien #translation

Alberto Guido Chester

I just want to thank Jonathan for his help in translating several vital documents I posted recently on Jewishgen.
Not only he deciphered difficult handwriting but also answered my subsequent questions.
A big thank you!
Alberto Guido Chester
Buenos Aires, Argentina

Libre de virus.

Fisher Headstone Translation #translation


Could some body please translate the words on the attached headstone picture?
How are the names "Eliahu ben Zvi" and "Alexander Fisher" connected?
What name would Alexander use in any records found in the Pale of Settlement?
Thank you!

Translation of the Memorial Book of Dobrzyn-Gollob at reduced price #poland #yizkorbooks

Joel Alpert

Memorial Book of  Dobrzyn-Gollob, Poland

Yizkor Books in Print is happy to make this book available at severely
reduced pricing by ordering through JewishGen

List price: $69.95, available from JewishGen for $40

For more information and directions for ordering go to:
Go toward the bottom of the page below "Available at:" for the link to
start your order.

For information on the other 95 other Yizkor book we publish, go to:

Joel Alpert, Coordinator of the Yizkor-Books-in-Print Project

Re: Family Tree of the Jewish People #general

Peter Cohen

In addition, the current version of Family Tree Maker includes the capability to convert you old format FTM data files to their current format.  FTM includes the ability to synch to  My personal preference is to do my updates online on my tree and then periodically synch it to Family Tree Maker on my computer.  This ensures that my data will always be current and available on ancestry, so if my computer hard drive crashed, all of my data is still out on ancestry. Having it local on my hard drive via Family Tree Maker, ensures that my data will not disappear if ancestry were to go bankrupt and shut down or if something happened to me and my family did not continue paying the ancestry subscription fees. There are free online family trees, such as GENI or  Personally, I find ancestry's hints and search capabilities set it above their free competition. They are by no means perfect and do not necessarily transcribe all of the records that they claim to have transcribed, but ancestry remains my go-to source.

Re: Central Death certificate DATABASE from ISRAEL in english is available? #israel

Dahn Cukier

I am not sure if you are asking a question or if
you are saying there is a database.

Har HaMenuchot is 3 cemeteries and there are a dozen burial societies.
4 are Ashkanazi. None as of 4 years ago were online and I doubt
they are today.

GRAVEZ is doing the work of photographing and creating a data base.
I do not know if they have the support of all the societies. I do know they
seem to have the support of the General Jerusalem society, they
spelled my sisters name wrong, and the reply I received was they
go according to the cemetery records. My sister's name
begins with a "Sin" like a Shin, but the dot is on the left not right,
they indexed it as a Shin Yod.

In addition Eretz Haim near Beit Shemesh is many times understood to be in Jerusalem or
Beit Shemesh, it is neither.

If you send me offline, the name and father's name I will search
GRAVEZ and if not there, I can attempt calling the various societies.

You can also try BillionGraves.

Mt of Olives has a web site. I do not have the link any more.

In addition to Har Hazeitim and Har Hamenuchot, there is Sanhedria and a number
of small cemeteries mostly from 1947-1952.

Happy Hunting

When you start to read readin,
how do you know the fellow that
wrote the readin,
wrote the readin right?

Festus Hagen
Long Branch Saloon
Dodge City, Kansas

On Wednesday, May 6, 2020, 05:08:47 PM GMT+3, Andres Carciente via <> wrote:

Central Death certificate DATABASE from ISRAEL  in ENGLISH is available?

Specific dates: 

. Database from Har Hazetim and database from Har Hamenujot ( Jerusalem)  Thanks

Re: Headstone Translation #translation


It is true that Tzvi usually goes with Hirsch and for some reason Naftali goes with Hertz, but there are always exceptions. There was a Rabbi Shmuel Tzvi Hertz Luknietzky, and there are definitely other instances.
I also didn't mean to exclude the possibility that a father and son could be Hertz (or even Hirsch) and Tzvi.

Binyamin Kerman
Baltimore MD

New Article on IGRA website- “The History of the Friedman Family Interwoven with the History of Motza and Eretz Israel” #israel

Elena Bazes

The Israel Genealogy Research Association (IGRA) has posted a new
article on its website, “The History of the Friedman Family Interwoven
with the History of Motza and Eretz Israel” by Ellen Stepak.

This is the story of the pioneering family of David Frydman/Friedman,
from Wlodawka and Warsaw. The family moved to Eretz Israel in the
early years of the British Mandate for Palestine, beginning with
David's arrival in 1921. The article covers in brief the history and
establishment of the village of Motza near Jerusalem where the Frydman
family lived after making Aliyah. Also included is a report in greater
detail, of the events of Saturday, 24 August 1929, when residents of
the neighboring Arab town of Kolonia carried out a murderous attack in

Since 1995, Ellen Stepak has been actively researching her family's
roots, with ancestors from five modern-day countries. Ellen has
written several articles on topics related to her research, and
translating material from Hebrew to English. She has published three
family history books: We Were All Klutzes, about the Klots (and Kling)
families of Lithuania; The Werthans of Rotenburg an der Fulda; and The
Brenn Family of Pinsk.

Before viewing the article, please register for free on the IGRA website

Please note, the article is available for free for one month to
non-members, after which time it can be accessed by IGRA members only.

To view the article go to:

Elena Biegel Bazes
IGRA Publicity Chair

Re: Belz (Baltsi) Bessarabia #bessarabia #romania

Corey Brand

Hi Stephen,
The town has a variety of names: Russian Beltsy or Bieltsy. Romanian and current Balti. Yiddish Beltz or Belz. Polish Belcz. And so many more spelling variations. It was part of Bessarabia, which was incorporated into the Russian Empire until WW1. After WW1, it was in the Kingdom of Romania. After WW2, it became part of the USSR. And in the 90s Moldova became its own independent state. Europe’s map has been changed constantly throughout history. There’s a popular Yiddish folk song called Meyn Shtetele Belz, about the town. JewishGen hasrecords for Balti. My great grandmother is from Balti, and I’ve been able to trace a lot of her extended family using the old records that are on the site. 

Bessarabia Revision Lists  Bessarabia Birth Records Bessarabia Death Records Bessarabia Marriage and Divorce Records
These are the best way to map out the family tree. More records appear when I search Duchovny than Duchovna. 
There are some listings also in the JewishGen Family Finder. 

David Duchovny’s ancestors hailed from Berdychiv, Ukraine, according to his Wikipedia article. A relation is possible as Jews moved around a lot. 

Corey Brand
South Florida

In this case, researching:
Vaysbikh/Weisbach, Akerman/Ackerman, Ziselman/Zieselman/Zisselman/Zeiselman, Shteynik/Stein
All hailed from Balti, settled in Brooklyn
Created the Family Circle of the Descendants of Zachary and Moses in Brooklyn

Virtual Meetings of the Orange County California JGS through 2020 #events #jgs-iajgs

Michelle Sandler

June 28th Christine Cohen - Ports of Immigration
July 26th Alex Krakovsky - Ukrainian Jewish Genealogy
August 23rd Yuri Dorn - Belarus Jewish Genealogy
September 13th Stanley Diamond - Polish Jewish Genealogy
October 25th Lara Diamond - ?
November 22nd Judy Baston - Lithuanian Jewish Genealogy
All virtual meetings require an OCJGS membership of $25.00 or a $5.00 payment per meeting available on our website.  Preregistration is required.
Michelle Sandler
President OCJGS
Vice President of Programming OCJGS
Librarian OCJGS
Westminster, California

Orange County California Jewish Genealogy Society Virtual Meeting Sunday May 17th 1:30 Pm PT #events

Michelle Sandler

The Orange County California Jewish Genealogy Society is having its next virtual meeting on Sunday May 17th at 1:30 pm pacific time.  The speaker will be Diane Mizrachi speaking on Jewish Genealogical resources at the Young Research Library at UCLA.  Diane Mizrachi is the Judaica Librarian at UCLA.  The meeting link is on our website at  Non members will be charged $5.00.  There is a payment link for the $5.00 or a link to join our society for $25.00 for the year also on our website.
Michelle Sandler
President OCJGS
Vice President of Programming OCJGS
Librarian OCJGS
Westminster, California

Sephardic Carvahal Family In Eastern Europe #sephardic


I have dna matches with members of the Carvahal family from Iberia, probably Tunis before that.  The original name was Halevi.   After conversion it became Santa Maria and later Carvahal..  Some of the family remained Catholic.   Others fled to Latin America and northern Europe.  One line helped found the Sephardic community  of London. Another line migrated to Italy  and changed the surname to Montefiore.    I have matches with all the lines mentioned on my paternal side..  I don't know how the line got to Eastern Europe.   My paternal line traces back  to Weinstein in Vilna around 1800.
                                                                                                                                          Josh Weinstein

Re: Headstone Translation #translation

Max Heffler

I have seen lots of Tzvi Hershes in my trees


From: main@... [mailto:main@...] On Behalf Of Chayim Fried via
Sent: Tuesday, May 5, 2020 11:04 PM
To: main@...
Subject: Re: [] Headstone Translation #translation


you are partially right
Hersh is a translation of Tzvi, mostly people who are called hersh, the real name is Tzvi, and only called hersh, i know a few that are called Tzvi hersh both at a time but also rare, but very rarely (or if at all) will someone be called hersh alone,

Hertz ( even if the origin might come from hersh, which i dont know) i have never heard any one be called Tzvi Hertz, we hear alot Naftula hertz.
Zev and wolf, yes wolf is a translation of zev, we see some called zev wolf, rarely wolf as self


Web sites I manage - Personal home page, Greater Houston Jewish Genealogical Society, Woodside Civic Club, Skala, Ukraine KehilalLink, Joniskelis, Lithuania KehilaLink, and pet volunteer project - Yizkor book project:

Mount Zion and Mount Hebron Cemetery, NY #usa


Does anyone live near Mount Zion in Maspeth, Queens, New York and/or Mount Hebron, Flushing, Queens, New York who would be willing to take pictures of headstones for me? 5 or 6 in total?
Thank you!
Tamara Hallo


Re: Bessarabia SIG #Bessarabia Updates for the month of November, 2013 #bessarabia

Yefim Kogan

Shalom Shahar,

I would be glad to answer your question.  Interesting that you found a message of interest from 2013!!  Since that time we added a lot to our databases, website.

In any case,  if you start from JewishGen main website - you can see on top Research Division - these are our special interest groups, find Bessarabia and click on it.  You also can get to it directly at

Yefim Kogan

Re: Polish Genealogical Word List #poland

Thanks! Excellent article.   The article also references:
Frazin, Judith R. A Translation Guide to the 19-century Polish-language Civil-registration Documents: (Birth, Marriage and Death Records). 2nd ed. Northbrook, Illinois: The Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois, 1989. (FHL book 943.8 V27.) This book is now online at Google Books: A Translation Guide to 19th-century Polish-language Civil Registration.     We have used this book to enable us to translate a number of 19th century vital records from Poland - it is invaluable. 
Avivah R. Z. Pinski
near Philadelphia, USA
Researching: Zuchman in Sarnaki, Karczew, Warsaw Poland
Reznik in Drohiczyn nad Bugiem, Siemiatische, Siedlce Poland
Rifczes in Lemberg, Vienna  
Kopekin in Polatsk,& Besonkovich in Belarus
Familiant & Koifman in Bessarabia and Ukraine
Sondak in Vitebsk, Belarus and Rehitza, Latvia
Aginsky and Slonimsky in Minsk 
Aronofsky in Belarus & Lithuania

Re: Polish Military Records #poland

My Uncle served in Pilsudski's Army sometime after WWI.  He came to the US in 1938 and served in the US army starting in 1941.   I've been trying to find records about Pilsudski's army.  
Avivah R. Z. Pinski
near Philadelphia, USA
Researching: Zuchman in Sarnaki, Karczew, Warsaw Poland
Reznik in Drohiczyn nad Bugiem, Siemiatische, Siedlce Poland
Rifczes in Lemberg, Vienna  
Kopekin in Polatsk,& Besonkovich in Belarus
Familiant & Koifman in Bessarabia and Ukraine
Sondak in Vitebsk, Belarus and Rehitza, Latvia
Aginsky and Slonimsky in Minsk 
Aronofsky in Belarus & Lithuania

Jewish Memorial in Halberstadt #germany #holocaust

Josh Freeling


This might be a long shot, but I am trying to see if anyone has a photo(s) of the Jewish Memorial in Halberstadt, Germany.
My great-grandparents, Hugo and Paula Beverstein are among those who are memorialized there. I am hoping to get a "good" photo of their names.
They were deported 13 Aug 1942 with little contact soon after, and declared dead as of 31 Dec 1945.
I found some stock photos online, but they have watermarks, and the angles of them are not the greatest.
So I figured I'd turn here to see if anyone has any or perhaps has been there.
Thank you.

GOLNICK (AGOLNICK) family-Descendants of Rabbi David of Novarodok #lithuania

Yonatan Ben-Ari

Several years ago I communicated with a GOLNICK family from Baltimore
who were compiling a family tree of a Rabbi of Novarodok (18th cent.),
Rabbi David ben (son of) Moshe of Kletzk. I have heard that the
gentleman I corresponded with is no longer active in this project. I
would be happy to renew my correspondence with whomever is active in
this project to confirm our possible relationship. I have strong
reason to believe that the above Rabbi David was a brother of one of
my g.g.g. grandfather (number of generations nnot exact).


Yoni Ben-Ari, Jerusalem

Re: Seeking descendants of eleven LIEBOWITZ children who settled in Toronto, New York and New Jersey #usa

Iris Donahue

Hi my family came from Iasi Romania to the lower east side about 1900....maybe a couple of years earlier or a couple gf was Mayer Leibowitz(Lebowitz) b abt 1859 d 1917  whose Mom was Leah....
first wife was Fannie and had 3 children....after she died in 1907, he m my gm Ida Goldstein Goldberg and had my Mom, Rebecca, b 1909 d 2012   I am searching for several years for
where Ida is buried in nyc....she d between 1918 and 1919....think from the 1918 flu or tb....  

Think Mayer had a sister who may have moved to Toronto...

My gm Ida's brother Michael m a Bessie Liebowtiz 1911 and had 3 those years the name was either with an ie or ei or Lebowitz.....people had accents and did not speak English too well...
Her Father was David and had 2 wives and had several children.  Let me know if any possible connection.... Iris Levy Donahue

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