Re: Torma family #romania #hungary


Hi Ze'ev,
Thank you for your answer. 
I don't think that my grandma had a connection betwen the name of the village and the family name. As I know my family have roots in Romania/ Hungary. Maybe there are alternate spellings for the surname in different times and regions.  
I don't know to have any ancestors in Estonia, but never knows.
Anyway, I have some inexplicabile feelings  for the nordic countries, so maybe is there something :)
 Have a nice day.

Cavalieri and Kawaler / Foster Kawaler #france #names


Dear all,

I am a French women researching her Jewish ancestors and cousin. My grand mother's last name was Cavalieri. Her ancestors came from Ferrara and her grandfather had links with this town when he was young. I am trying to trace the Cavalieri lineage and I would like very much to get in touch with anyone who worked on the Cavalieri family, or on the polish Kawaler family from Ferrara. One of my ancestors was named David Cavalieri, as was one of the ancestors of the Kawaler branch of the family. Would someone be able to make me contact Rabbi Foster Kawaler, who worked a lot on the family ?

Truly yours,

Marie Frey



Seder Ha-Tefillah Translated by B. Meyers and A. Alexander, London: W. Tooke, 1770 #general


Dear fellow genealogists, 

Hope you're all well. 

I was just wondering, has anyone come across the prayer book titled : 

Seder Ha-Tefillah Translated by B. Meyers and A. Alexander, London: W. Tooke, 1770

Someone called Isaac Bellam is in the subscriber list. I really want to find out more about him, but can't find anything! Bellam is the surname of my ancestors, so I think he must be related, as it's not a very common Eglish Jewish name. 

Thanks very much, 


Where are the vital records for Bircza, Galicia? #galicia #poland

Moses Jefferson

Dear fellow researchers,

While trying to trace my family roots, I’ve discovered a branch of my family tree originate from the village Bircza, located in the Premyśl County, south-eastern Poland.

Although the village had a thriving large Jewish community until the war, I cannot seem to find any trace of records from this village.

Perhaps they registered in more larger towns nearby?, but nevertheless I did not succeed finding my ancestors names mentioned in any index on JRI-Poland.

Does this perhaps mean they actually did register BM&D in their local town, meaning the register you books are gone forever??

I would appreciate if someone can shed light to this mystery.

Moses Jefferson

Searching for MERZEL / MERZIL / MÖRCEL from Bircza.

Landau family 18-19th centuries #poland

I am looking for information on early ancestors of Stanislau (Salomon) Landau, born in Poland around 1820 but spent almost his whole life in Germany (Breslau, Berlin). He married Anna (nick name Andzulku or Anschulka) in 1846 who died in Berlin around 1919. I am in particular interested in the early ancestors who lived during the second half of the18th century.
Thank you
Isak Gath, Haifa.

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


I am a descendant of the Liebowitz family from Starobin and Slutsk, Belarus.

Stuart Frank
Atlanta, Georgia

Holocaust History Question #holocaust

Yaron Wolfsthal

Dear Group,

According to archived information I've found,
- A resident of Vienna was sent to "protective custody" in Buchenwald and died there in late 1939.
- Then, a couple of weeks later, his urn was brought to proper burial by relatives in Vienna.

I am wondering how his urn could have been transferred from Buchenwald to Vienna, hundred of kilometers apart, when the war has erupted.
How was that possible?
Insights appreciated, and I'd also be grateful if anyone can refer me to literature describing similar handling of burials of Buchenwald victims.

Thank you  - Yaron

SFBAJGS, Webinar, Sunday, May 17, 2020: MyHeritage’s Unique Technologies #events


Topic:  MyHeritage’s Unique Technologies to Research Your Family
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Sunday, May 17, 2020
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Register at  You will receive a confirmation via e-mail with a link to attend the Webinar.
This Webinar is free, and everyone is welcome to attend.

The San Francisco Bay Area Jewish Genealogical Society is pleased to welcome Daniel to explain all the intricacies of what MyHeritage has to offer, but it should be noted that SFBAJGS is not endorsing this product over any other.

Janice M. Sellers, Publicity and Programming Director
San Francisco Bay Area Jewish Genealogical Society
Helping Bay Area Jews discover their family histories.

Everything turns out all right in the end. If it's not all right, it's not the end.

Re: Marguerite Siph - Brussels, Brabant, Belgium #general

Renee Steinig

Hi Dan,

From what you've written, it appears that you don't know the names of Marguerite's parents.  Possible sources for those names:

- her marriage record 
(1902 New Jersey according to Ancestry -- State File Number: 543, Place of Marriage: 15971 -- Margarita Sipf and Isidore DePass. Contact the New Jersey State Archives*:

- her death record
(You can obtain this from the Florida Department of Health*: 


* It would be best to wait until life is more normal. For sure the NJ archives are currently closed.

Renee Stern Steinig
Dix Hills NY

On Wed, May 6, 2020 at 10:02 AM Dan Evans <evansdd84@...> wrote:
1871-1955, died in Broward County, FL.  With my maternal great-grandpa Isadore Orlando DePass, no marriage record so far, they lived in NY and NJ.  That's the little I know about her.  I am wondering if any other researcher has information on the Siph family.  She had a son, Fandell Leopold DePass, and a daughter, Marguerite Juliette DePass. Thank you.
Dan DePass Evans

Re: How do you ?????? #general

Deborah Blankenberg

It undoubtedly will vary depending on what software you're using. I use Ancestral Quest, which lists same-sex spouses as Partner1 and Partner2, and shows each partner's gender accurately. 
Deborah Blankenberg (JewishGen ID #613395)
Lodi, CA
Researching BLOCH/BLOCK (Germany to New York, Colombia and Missouri), BLINDER (Kishinev to New York via Poland? and Paris), KUSHER/KUSZER (Lodz vicinity to New York via Paris), GOLDSCHMIDT (Germany)

Re: Looking for information on Israel Jacob Wainer and Rebecca Gilgore (Zhitomir/Zhytomyr) #ukraine

Karen <kgschneider@...>

Hi camilleart1,

Yes, I agree with Chuck. It would also be helpful to know if you are trying to go back or forward in time with the family. But in the meanwhile, I have found a few things that seem to relate to the family in the U.S. If you are searching for the descendants of Israel and Rebecca, these names and dates might get you started.


The subscription site published some articles of interest from both Delaware and Pennsylvania. I have attached a few of those postings. Several of them also mention the synagogue the family belonged to which you could perhaps contact for information as well.


From the newspaper names and dates, I was then able to find one family tree for Israel Wainer and Rebecca Gilgore on Ancestry and have attached a brief family chart for them as well as a U.S. passport application with photograph for their son Perry Wainer and a death certificate for another son Max Robert Wainer. The person who compiled that tree might wind up being on JewishGen and contact you through this posting. But if they are not a member, and you would like to try getting in touch, email me privately and I will message them on Ancestry with your email address so they can get back to you directly.


The family grave and headstones can be found on the Find a Grave site through this link:

Hope this assists.

Karen Gregar Schneider
Bolingbrook, Illinois, USA

Researching: Gregar, Popper


Re: Looking for information on Israel Jacob Wainer and Rebecca Gilgore (Zhitomir/Zhytomyr) #ukraine


Am seeking as much background on the family in Ukraine (and earlier Russia) as possible. Is believed that surname was changed to 'Wainer' during naturalization process when arrived in the US. Uncertain if name was similar in the Ukraine or entirely different. Also possible Zhitomir was nothe family town but an embarkation point following the pogroms. 
Please find below additional information:

Israel Jacob Wainer (b. Ukraine on 5 Jan. 1859, d. Wilmington, DE on 27 Feb. 1925)

Rebecca Gilgore (b. Ukraine on 5 Apr. 1859, d. Wilmington, DE on 4 Oct. 1949) 


Details on four of their children:


·       Max Wainer, Colonel (b. 1885; d. 1959) fought in France during WWI.


·       Perry Wainer (b. 1888; d. 1962) 


·       Isaac J Wainer (b. 1895; d.1971) 


·       Louis Juda “Lou” Wainer (b. 1898; d. 1965) 

Re: Marguerite Siph - Brussels, Brabant, Belgium #general


You need to have some dates and more facts, before you are able to search in Belgium.
Did the marriage took place in NY/NJ or in Belgium? are the children born in NY/NJ or in Belgium? 
Did you find them in the census lists in NY and NJ, especially in the year 1900?
Because the 1900 census lists not only the year of immigration but also the year of the marriage.
Did you find their ship manifests or if they were naturalised, their naturalisation papers or passport applications?


Please help me finding a Death record for Chaje Frimed Wieder bas R. Naftuli (Herz) Rub passed away 19 or 20 June 1909 #hungary #romania

R. David Zvi Wieder



Can anybody please help me with following info


My grandfathers grandfather R. David Hersh (Tzvi) Wieder was married to Chaje Frimet Wieder daughter of R. Naftuli Herz Rub (Krau or Karo) from Mara (Kracsfalu or Kracsfalva - Cracesti - Krezest) Maramures Romania


In Mara is a tomb of Chaje Frimed Bas R. Naftuli A"H from 1 Tamuz 5669 -

19 or 20 June 1909


At the cityhall in Desesti where the records are is no deathrecord for this date neither in Sighet


She must have been passing away some where else and brought there to be buried in her home town where her father etc. is buried


Can anybody help me with this deathrecord somewhere in MARAMURES from the

19 or 20 June 1909



All the best

David Zvi Wieder


Re: How do you ?????? #general

Nicole Heymans

Hi Trudy,

I have a same-sex couple in my tree. I use Legacy, which now caters for same-sex couples: you can enter both members with the same sex and also enter them as married. (Previously it was impossible to enter them as a couple without "fibbing" about the sex of one member.) Legacy designates them as "partners" rather than "husband" and "wife".

Keep safe, happy hunting,

Nicole Heymans, near Brussels, Belgium

Staub family #hungary #names

Molly Staub

While researching, I discovered an old article about whether altruism is genetic. It quoted a Dr. Ervin Staub from the faculty of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.. He was a Holocaust survivor from Hungary. I can't locate a way to reach him, and would like to find if he is related to my late husband Dr. Martin Staub.  Both families emigrated from Hungary. I've Googled, searched the university faculty list, etc. Any suggestions?

Thanks, Molly Arost Staub
Boca Raton, FL

STAUB (Hungary)
FISCHMAN (Hungary)
AROST (Bessarabia, Argentina, Brazil)
BERENSON (Ukraine, Great Britain)
GROFFMAN (Ukraine, Great Britain)
SHTOFMAN (Bessarabia, China, Israel)

Re: Hessen Gatermann database #germany



I tried the link you provided.  I made the search for a name in the birth register.  The answer was that there were no records that matched my search which was for MEIERSBURG and repeated with MEYERSBURG and FRANK.

Rich Meyersburg

Re: Hungary SIG #Hungary ETYMOLOGY OF A NAME #hungary

Bob Friedman

The book SZÁZADUNK NÉVVÁLTOZTATÁSAI, published in Budapest in 1895, has the following entry on page 159:


Mervai (Münz) Jakab Ármin könyvvez. Bpest. BM. 80558—89 [indicating that Jakab Ármin Münz changed his surname to Mervai in 1889]

Bob Friedman
Brooklyn, NY

Focsani, Romania #romania

Barbara S. Weitz

I have found my maternal family in Fokshon (Focsani), Romania but only back to my great grandparents who eventually came to NY.  Their name is NEIBERG (NIEBERG).  Every time I try to do a family search, I only get Scandinavian, non-Jewish results.  Any thoughts?

Please enter your ancestral names in the JewishGen Family Finder! #general

Renee Steinig

Many recent postings have mentioned ancestral surnames and towns which the posters have not listed in the JewishGen Family Finder ( Please don't forget to share your family information there -- and check there for others with similar interests.
Renee Stern Steinig
Dix Hills NY