Looking for ROTHBART family members originally from South Africa #South Africa #general

Denise Fletcher

My grandfather, Moritz Jacobson, had an older sister Sarah who married Philip Rothbart.  Sarah and Philip had 3 children: Blanche (married Philip Zimmerman and also Percy Eagle), Jukie/Julius (married Bebe Shapiro) and Barney (married Miriam Bessels).
I believe Blanche had a son with Philip Zimmerman and 3 children with Percy Eagle, while Jukie Rothbart had 2 daughters, possibly called Sharon and Riva.
I am keen to make contact with any members of the Rothbart family for family tree purposes.  I can be contacted on dfletcheroz@...
Denise Fletcher
Sydney, Australia

Re: Divorce Among Jews in Poland #poland

Shelley Mitchell

It is my understanding that the decision to give a get was the husband’s. A wife might ask for one but she usually needed her husband’s consent.

As more European Jews came to the US, husbands often used the threat of refusing to give a get in order to get a very favorable civil divorce settlement. Over time, in places like NY, judges had to deal with that Jewish issue. I believe they ordered men to give their wives a get. Without a get, a religious woman could not remarry in the eyes of the community.
Shelley Mitchell 

Re: Eastern PA Naturalization #usa

Emily Garber

The number you have is  the number attached to his certificate of naturalization. That is not something that one can ordinarily use to look up a record. However, FamilySearch has records from the Eastern District of Pennsylvania on their website (free with registration). I searched on the name Snader and found him as David Snader, naturalized on 24 September 1912. The way I can tell it is the record you cited is that on the last page (his oath) it shows the number of his certificate: 320893.

Emily Garber
Phoenix, AZ

Translation of the Memorial Book of Bacau, Iasi and Podu Iloaiei, Romania at reduced price #romania #yizkorbooks

Joel Alpert

Trilogy of Three Romanian Jewish Communities: Bacau, Iasi and Podu Iloaiei

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Re: Eastern PA Naturalization #usa

Judy Salomon

Naturalization for Abraham Snador. Look at your timeline. If Abraham arrived in 1902 at age 1 year then in 1912 he would only be 11 y.o. and would not be naturalizing on his own. He could be naturalized as dependent of his father at that time. You may have the wrong person.
Judy Salomon

Judith Salomon
VP of Membership, JGS of North Jersey
FREUND Pruchnik, FELDMAUS Lezajnsk
SULTAN, Husiatyn, GOLDBERG Mostiska
SALOMON, HIRSCH, THAL Neumagen, Germany

National Genealogical Society Conference goes virtual (and features several Jewish genealogists) #events

Emily Garber


The National Genealogical Society (NGS), the premiere general genealogical society in the United States, has announced that its end-of-May 2020 in-person conference is going virtual. For those of you who have not attended an NGS conference or were not planning to attend this one because of the cost in time, flights and/or hotel, this is a great opportunity to access some terrific presentations for a fraction of the usual cost of attending the conference.

NGS will be offering three packages for the virtual conference with over 85 lectures from which to choose. In addition, conference sponsors are offering more than 10 lectures as a bonus addition to every registration package purchased. You may review the current list of lecture sessions and bonus sponsored lectures at the NGS Conference website.

NGS’s Virtual Family History Conference features two components included with registration: NGS 2020 Live! and NGS 2020 On-Demand! Registrants will have their choice of selecting from over 85 lecture sessions in the package they purchase. All sessions are available for repeat viewings until 15 May 2021. If you have any concerns about the tech part of joining the virtual event or on-demand lectures, a member of the NGS or Playback Now staff will be available to assist you.

To participate in NGS 2020 Live! register by 15 May 2020.

Register Now

NGS 2020 Live! on Wednesday, 20 May, 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. (EDT), kicks off the virtual conference. It features the following lectures by five genealogy rock stars:  

  • “Validating Unsourced Online Information,” Thomas Wright Jones, PhD, CG®, FASG, FUGA, FNGS
  • “Echoes of the Women Who have Gone Before—Celebrating Women’s Suffrage,” Steffani Raff  
  • “Breaker Boys and Spinner Girls: Child Labor Laws and Their Records,” Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGLSM
  • “Turning Witnesses into Evidence,” Elizabeth Shown Mills, CG, CGL, FASG, FNGS, FUGA
  • “What If? Learning About DNA Through Case Studies,” Blaine Bettinger, PhD, JD
NGS 2020 On-Demand! offers you access to more than 85 lecture topics to build your chosen lecture package. Access begins 1 July and includes repeat viewing for your selected sessions until 15 May 2021, as well as for the five-featured lectures from NGS Live! and additional sponsored bonus lectures.
You may register for a number of options. 
  • The “Full” Package includes registration for the NGS 2020 Live! virtual conference on 20 May; streaming access to your choice of twenty NGS 2020 On-Demand! sessions from 1 July 2020 through 15 May 2021; an electronic copy of the virtual conference syllabus, and sponsored bonus lectures.
  • The “Works” Package includes everything in the Full Package with an additional twenty-five NGS 2020 On-Demand! sessions you select, a USB with audio recordings of ALL the recorded sessions (more than 100 hours of audio content). Plus the sponsored bonus lectures.
  • NGS 2020 “Light” Package includes registration for the NGS 2020 Live! virtual conference on 20 May; an electronic copy of the virtual conference syllabus; and ten NGS 2020 On-Demand! sessions of your choice.  You also will receive access to the full list of sponsored bonus lectures.
Any package you register for includes repeat viewing of the five-featured lectures from the NGS Live! event at your convenience after 1 July.
Among the speakers will be several well-known to the Jewish genealogical community, including: Janette Silverman, Daniel Horowitz, Crista Cowan, Judy G. Russell, Suzanne Kelting Myers and (yours truly) Emily H. Garber. Please join us for the NGS Virtual Conference.
For more information about NGS 2020 Live! and NGS 2020 On-Demand! or to register, visit the conference website.
Emily H. Garber
Phoenix, Arizona

Aaron Moses Wander #names


I am trying to find the mother, father and spouse of my great, great grandfather, Aaron Moses Wander from Brest Litovsk. Any other advice on the Wander family would also be very welcome. Aaron's son, Benjamin, migrated to London around 1890 and married Esther Levinson in 1892 at the East London Synagogue. Around the same time the family name was changed to Wonder.  Any assistance would be much appreciated.
Bernard Wonder (Australia)

Re: Seeking descendants of Alexander Rothschild and his wife Rebecca born Hubert #usa #germany

Eleanor Richmond <anvn019@...>

I think Kurt Rothschild lives in Toronto Ontario Canada and in Israel. If you can't find him, try the Talmud Torah Eitz Chaim Toronto to help contact him.
Eleanor Richmond

ViewMate - Polish translation request - Uscieczko, Galicia (1763) #translation #galicia

Emily Garber

I've posted the title page and headers from some 1763 records from Uscieczko, Zaleszczyki, Galicia. I would like them translated to English from Polish. There are three images on ViewMate at the following addresses:
Special thanks to Matthew Sacher for sharing these records.
Please respond via the form provided on each ViewMate image page.
Thank you very much.
 Emily Garber

Re: Seeking descendants of Alexander Rothschild and his wife Rebecca born Hubert #usa #germany

Eleanor Richmond <anvn019@...>

Eleanor Richmond

ViewMate translation request - Russian (possible second marriage to sister in law?) #translation #russia #warsaw

Paul Cina

Hi Everyone,

I've posted a vital record in Russian on viewmate ( and I would be grateful for a translation.

This is potentially the second of two marriage records for my wife's 3rd great grandfather Uszer (Asher) Lopata; this record (akt 21) is what I suspect is a second marriage, recorded in 1872 in Warsaw between Uszer Lopata and Mindla Rozenberg. Mindla is possibly the sister of Uszer's first wife.
I'm looking for any additional info in the translation (ages, name of parents, mention of first marriage etc) to establish if it is the same Uszer Lopata as the first record and, if so, whether his first wife died and he then married her sister.
The first marriage (viewmate link) was on 18th May 1855 in Warsaw between:
Uszer Lopata (27 years old), son of Hersz (his patronymic is Dawid) and Chai
Sura Rozem(n)berg (21 years old) daughter of Aron and Frajda Ryfka (her patronymic is Zelig)

Thanks in advance,


Occupation in Poland #poland

Robert Mandelbaum

I recently obtained a photo postcard of a couple from Poland who perished in the Holocaust. Although I do not speak or read Yiddish, I am told that in the letter on the back, the author identifies himself as Itzke the "Kinminker" and explains that he worked with the addressee's father, Alter the "Kinminker." Does anyone know what "Kinminker" means? Was it perhaps an occupation? If it would be helpful to see the writing on the postcard, I would be happy to send it.

Thank you very much,
Robert Mandelbaum
New York, New York

Looking for my roots in Proskurov #ukraine


I am looking for information on Gavrilovich, Shoichet and Mazover families in Proskurov, Ukraine. Thanks. 

ViewMate short translation request - Russian (from Poland) #translation

Fay Bussgang

I've posted a partial vital record in Russian for which I would very much appreciate a translation.
It is on ViewMate at the following address ...
Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page.
Thank you very much.
Fay Bussgang,
Dedham, MA

Re: Divorce Among Jews in Poland #poland

Adelle Gloger

My grandmother was married in Tarnapol  in 1890. I found the marriage record on JRI-Poland.
I had been told that she divorced after about one year. She remarried around 1900.  I thought that if she remarried, then perhaps her first husband also remarried. When I searched JRI-Poland for him, I discovered that there was a notation regarding the divorce on his marriage to the second wife.
 It was interesting to note that  the stated reason for the divorce was not the reason I had been given by my family. So, if you are looking for divorce information, do a search for the spouse of the first marriage.

 Adelle Weintraub Gloger
 Cleveland, Ohio

Re: searching Austro-Hungary for family #austria-czech #hungary

Deanna Levinsky <DEANNASMAC@...>

Have you tried telephone directories for Amherst and surrounding towns. There are at least four other colleges/ universities in the area. Maybe he transferred to another school 
Deanna Levinsky 
Long Island New York 
Deanna Mandel Levinsky

Deanna M. Levinsky, Long Island, NY

ViewMate translation request - Polish #poland #translation

Carole Bass

I've posted a vital record in Polish for which I need a translation. It is on ViewMate at the following address:
Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page.
Thank you very much.

Carole Bass

Eastern PA Naturalization #usa

Eric Ellman


I cannot find my wife's grandfather's naturalization record by searching on his name or a Soundex. Yet, I do have what I am pretty sure is the date of naturalization and the document number.  Is there a way to search on naturalizations from the Eastern District of Pennsylvania for No. 320893, Sept. 24, 1912, Abram or Abraham SNADER, arriving NYC 1902, approx. 1 year old at arriva.

Eric J. Ellman
N. Bethesda, MD

Viewmate Translation Request - Russian #poland #russia

Greg Tuckman

Hello everyone,
I've posted 5 vital records in Russian for which I need translations.  They are on ViewMate at the following addresses...
1.  Birth Record of Szya Heszel ROTMAN:;data=02%7C01%7C%7C0ccdfe6ef7dc4773aceb08d7f5275710%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C637247421617984587&amp;sdata=EYscm0nFWosadl%2BUjhKPr7gEQpXAk42oKGitXggmO14%3D&amp;reserved=0

2.  Birth Record of Abraham WAJCENFELD:;data=02%7C01%7C%7C7400583c958e4bfb9adb08d7f5275b01%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C637247421680664010&amp;sdata=ELa%2BxfWYfPzGLfdAn4P%2B%2FZUJJ2HkOw5NvE7vJie26rQ%3D&amp;reserved=0

3.  Death Record of Unnamed KORNSZTEJN:;data=02%7C01%7C%7C103529e71ad64a0fb13d08d7f5275ed6%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C637247421744832779&amp;sdata=31t2vm6nS6jwOI7fSvavcYgCxXX1fqrKEBllI6rBrJo%3D&amp;reserved=0

4.  Birth Record of Izrael Dawid ZALCGHENDLER:;data=02%7C01%7C%7C2a3a4b5449c24a92a3c908d7f5276299%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C637247421808757553&amp;sdata=eXvCz%2FbZUKUcESGvMha0oOX%2FX3m8Z13Ell9%2B0UrSImA%3D&amp;reserved=0

5.  Marriage Record of Moszek STERNBLIC and Dwojra Laja PIZEM:;data=02%7C01%7C%7C80ad79689866481820d108d7f52766ed%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C637247421880992056&amp;sdata=p%2FVX9txhsIt6Soy04wedeQLDAXK0vPA04iGR0ugXIS0%3D&amp;reserved=0
Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page.
Thank you very much.
Greg Tuckman
Phoenix, Arizona

JGSLI Virtual Meeting on Sunday May 17 at 2 PM Eastern time #events

Bonnie Birns

Please join the Jewish Genealogy Society of Long Island for a virtual program on

Sunday, May 17, 2020 at 2:00 pm Eastern time

Life Lessons from the Dead

Speaker:  Alec Ferretti

Alec Ferretti has spent over a decade researching his Jewish family history, which spans all of Eastern Europe. He will talk about the life lessons, research skills, and new friends he's picked up along his way, and the strategies he’s learned, to discover genealogical wonders where few records exist.

Alec is a Dual Masters Student at New York and Long Island Universities, pursuing degrees in both Archival Studies and Library Science. He also works as a genealogist with the Wells Fargo Family & Business History Center, specializing in Italian and Jewish research. He is the president of the New York Genealogy & Technology Group and recently joined the board of Reclaim the Records, a nonprofit that seeks to restore public access to genealogical documents.

This program is free and open to the public, but preregistration is required.

We will be using the Zoom meeting platform.

When: May 17, 2020 01:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Register in advance for this meeting:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

The meeting will start at 2 PM, however you will be able to join Zoom starting at 1:30 PM.

I look forward to "seeing" you all then! Please share with your friends!

Bonnie Birns

President, JGSLI


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