Re: Hungary SIG Name Change Reference Book (was: ETYMOLOGY OF A NAME) #hungary

Bob Friedman

The book mentioned in my previous post, SZÁZADUNK NÉVVÁLTOZTATÁSAI, published in Budapest in 1895, is in the public domain and can be downloaded in pdf format from
Bob Friedman
Brooklyn, NY

This week's Yizkor book excerpt on the Jewish Gen Facebook page #ukraine #yizkorbooks

Bruce Drake

“Iziya’s Story,” an except from the Yizkor book of Bilhorod-Dnistrovs'kyy (Akkerman), Ukraine, is exactly what it says it is: a story that the namesake of the title is telling to a group of people of the horrors he had survived, unlike his family and others from his town. The writer of his chapter called it “a shocking testimony, drenched in the blood of tortured Jews, who even on the threshold of death preserved their dignity.” He punctuates Iziya’s story with descriptions of his demeanor as he tells it — Iziya’s face went “red and a tremor went through his body” when he spoke of how his mother saved him from death as she lost her own life.

At one point, “Iziya drank some water and stopped talking for a short minute. The horrors rose again before his eyes, sweat covered his face. How great the will of life, the courage and the power of struggle for existence of a young Jewish boy. At the table Iziya's son was sitting, looking like his grandmother who had remained there. This will not happen to him; he is living now in his own country.”




Bruce Drake

Silver Spring, MD

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


I am very grateful for the information and suggestions that have been shared abouthe family in the US. As mentioned, I am primarily seeking information on the family in Ukraine and not the US. However, if information can be located in the US naturalization records confirming the original name of the family, it would be helpful for research on the family's roots in the Ukraine and Russia. Please let me know if I can clarify further.

Re: Focsani, Romania #romania


The Botosani research team has acquired Focsani records up to 1905 and indexed the marriages and births.
I have encountered the surname Neiberg in the records.
You're invited to join our facebook group or to contact me privately.
Sorin Goldenberg

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


I am from Romania and the Leibovici family, currently living in Toronto. My great grand father lived in the south-west of the country in Gura Vaii, name was Marcus. 

Re: Fisher Headstone Translation #translation


Alexander can be a given "Hebrew" name (not just an adopted or given secular name in addition to a Hebrew name). In this case since his name in Hebrew was Eliyahu it appears Alexander was taken on as a secular name.
The history of the name being given to Jews is fascinating, here is something from explaining it.
This name originated with Alexander the Great, King of Macedonia. The Talmud relates that upon meeting the High Priest of the Temple in Jerusalem, Alexander dismounted and bowed to him. (Alexander rarely, if ever, bowed to anyone.) Alexander explained that he had seen the High Priest in a dream, which he interpreted as a good omen. Alexander thus peacefully absorbed the Land of Israel into his growing empire. In tribute, the Sages decreed that Jewish boys born that year (333 BCE) be named Alexander. It remains a popular Jewish name today. (variation: Sender)"

Binyamin Kerman
Baltimore MD

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

Trudy Barch

Thank you everyone for your responses.   I am glad to hear that the 'newer' programs now allow you to list partners rather than previous male/female only.  My program  is 'old' and out of date.   I decided to list my relative in the male/female spot of their gender and then their partner in the other.   Not necessarily the correct way but the way that is best for use with my program.

Is Partner the correct/polite word to use today?   What happen to significant other,  companion?   Are they outdated words?

Thanks,   Be well.   Be safe.     Trudy

Looking for details-Mimi family in Budapest #hungary


Looking for details about the late Mimi family in Budapest during the Holocaust
Last name Kalman Her father Shlomo Her mother Margit
And my mother's name is Magda
The father was murdered in the Holocaust, apparently a soldier
Her mother and mother arrived in Israel after the Holocaust
Their residence was close to the Great Synagogue, where they would pray

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

Yariv Timna

If you'll write the names, maybe someone can help you find them.

Re: Jewish Memorial in Halberstadt #germany #holocaust

Rainer Borsdorf

Hello Josh,

try to get in contact here - I'm sure they can help you:

I'd do it too, but I live 200 km far away...

Best regards -

Re: volunteers to the u.s. army circa 1915 #usa

Barbara Regenstein

There are several online sources for US Military records from WWI. Here are a few:

World War I United States Military Records, 1917 to 1918,_1917_to_1918

Research in Military Records National Archives

Military Records by State National WWI Museum and Memorial

US Military Records (All War) Ancestry


Warnick/Viernik from Zvenigorodka or Vainshtone/Weinstone from Odessa #ukraine #lithuania

Todd Warnick

Hi - Researching about the WARNICK/VIERNIK family from Zvenigorodka and the WEINSTONE (VAINSHTONE) family from Odessa, though they have also originated from the Kovno region. Thanks. 

Re: Origin of ULLMAN/ULMAN Family. #general

Todd Warnick

Hello. I have a Joffe family member in my family - I believe her name was Berta and she married a great uncle, Movsa Muler. The couple and their 2 children were murdered in Kopiskis in July, 1941. As to other Joffe family members, I think there were Jaffee's that emigrated with other people from Kopiskis (and Skopiskis) to Bellingham, WA. You might want to check on that. Best regards, Todd

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