Re: Were "nephews" sometimes really cousins? #general

Jeff Lieberman

I hope someone can answer this question since I've been dealing with a similar situation. I have a photo postcard to my grandfather from Lviv in 1920 from his "niece," but I haven't been able to find anyone with a name similar to hers who could be his niece.

Jeff Lieberman

Re: Fw: Brodie and Binnes family research #southafrica

Howard Lewis

Richard - I have a copy of 1929 South African Jewish Yearbook and the business digest offers brief profiles of Isaac Broude (born in Sokolka, Poland in 1865) and Isidore Broude, presumably his son, (born in Kimberley, SA in 1899. Although the former held a number of senior communal roles, his profession is not stated but the latter was listed as a dental surgeon.

As it happens, there are entries for Barnett Braude, also a dental surgeon and Louis Braude (born in Russia in 1878) who was a merchant. Isaac Broude arrived in Johannesburg in 1887 which coincides with the date for Adolf. Perhaps he was an unknown older brother or a cousin. If you give me your email address, I can forward you photos of these entries.

With all good wishes - Howard Lewis 

Re: Translation of Hebrew and Yiddish phrases #yiddish #translation

Bob Silverstein

A number of people contacted me privately.  In several instances, they went beyond the literal translation to describe the nuance of meaning or origin.  I learned more than I anticipated.  Thanks to all.

Looking for my cousins Tony Fulton and Lesley Fulton #austria-czech


I am looking for my first cousins Anthony B F Fulton, born Q4 1948 and Lesley M W Fulton, born Q1 1951.  They may be in America or Australia.  Their father was Hannes M Farber and their mother was Dorothy W Fulton, nee Ward.  Our fathers Michael and Hannes were Jewish refugees to England from Vienna in 1939.

Re: Translation of Hebrew and Yiddish phrases #yiddish #translation


Number 20: ז''ל meaning  "of  blessed memory" can be abbreviated OBM. הי''ד Stands for Hashem yinkom damo/damah meaning "may God avenge his/her blood" and is used following the name of a martyr. Hy"d can be used as an abbreviation but is only understood in certain circles.

Re: Seeking relatives of Erna EICHMANN of Bad Salzuflen and Cape Town #southafrica

David Shapiro

I have a copy of "Stammbaum der Familie Eichmann 1660-1931", published in Detmold in 1931. Erna is listed on page 23 "geb. 10.4.1903 in Schoetmar". There is no further information about her, but a lot on her relatives, including other 'Erma's and 'Irma's, with least one born in Salzuflen. There are also several HAMLET connections.

My own family is there on page 19 including my father and his brothers. We are descendants of Julius' uncle, Isaak, who came to the U.S together with his father, Selig, and lived in Rochester, NY.

If you are interested, I can send you a pdf copy of the Stammbaum.

David Shapiro

Re: Were "nephews" sometimes really cousins? #general

Miriam Bulwar David-Hay

Yes, it's possible they were younger cousins. It's also possible that they were grand-nephews rather than nephews. It's also possible that they weren't actual nephews but were the husbands of nieces, who were writing on behalf of their wives (as was seen as proper in some circles). I've seen both those situations in my own family.

All the best,
Raanana, Israel.

Do U.S. online phone directories still exists? #usa #general


I just tried to find a land line number of a person who moved from one Boston suburb to another. Zabasearch still has the old number, all other directories, including WhitePages, hide the info or switch to a commercial web site intelius. It occurred to me to dial directory assistance at 617-555-1212 and I've got the number (don't know if it's right, it's my father-in-law's friend; will find out later).


As this seemed rather strange, I repeated the experiment using my own name (my address and the phone have not changed in over 30 years.) Zabasearch showed my brother's old street address and two numbers I did not recognize. WhitePages produced my brother's old address and two of his old numbers.


Is there a normal simple U.S. web-based phone directory without gimmicks?


Boris Feldblyum
FAST Genealogy Service

Re: calling card #yiddish #translation


The Yiddish is as follows:

Dear devoted friends, Efraim and Perele Wechsler may you both live,
We wish you from the depths of our hearts, a good blessed year, full of all the good as you desire for yourselves, all in it's right auspicious time- Amen!

Your close friend, from way back
Rabbi Menachem mendel Rabinowitz and his  honored (?)  Wife  Miriam, may she live.

moderated Re: Ancestor with Several Different Given Names? in records from 1800s Hungary #hungary


In Austro-Hungary Jozef could have been a none-Jewish secular name. As Jacob mentioned in his previous comment,
Josef's Hebrew name could have been Ze'ev which is also Wolf and Wilhelm. 
The same could have applied to Lipot- Samuel though I have no explanation to how  Isidor got into here.
Unless his secular name was Isidor, his Hebrew double name Samuel - Yehuda and Lipot could have been the Hungarian version of Yehuda.
Yohanan Loeffler, Melbourne Australia

Hinde BEIN (nee Zucker) #names

Karol Swanson

I'm trying to contact a Mordechai Zucker or anyone else who is searching for the above person.

I look forward to hearing from you.
K. Swanson

Deceased researcher. #ukraine,

yael polat

I wanted to contact the researcher Marcia R. Kahn (#8876), but sadly enough, she is noted as deceased. 
Maybe some one in this forum has been in touch with her in the past or knows how to contact her family?
Yael Polat
Researching especially the village of Khashchuvate

Stillborns #names #usa #general

Corey Brand


I found that my third great uncle Louis Miller and his wife Mollie Edith Goodman, did have one child, a male stillborn on 21 May 1914 in Los Angeles. The child was not given a name on the birth and death certificates. The child also seems to be buried in a non-Jewish cemetery in Los Angeles. 

In the religion, are Stillborns given names and proper funerals? I was shocked to find out the cemetery wasn’t a Jewish one. Maybe it’s a mistake? 

I haven’t been able to find Louis’ passenger manifests. Seems like the date and/or ship on his Massachusetts naturalization papers weren’t too accurate (1 or 15 Mar 1903, from Hamburg to NYC, on a ship called Deutschland). Something along the lines of Meller was the true last name. I assume he was Leib(a), after his paternal grandfather (he had many cousins named Louis). His grave doesn’t say a Hebrew name, and the Louis and Mollie are buried in a Jewish Cemetery. 

Any incite is appreciated. Thanks,
Corey Brand
Fort Lauderdale, FL

MELLER, MILLER, and many other spelling variations
Family hailed from Krekenava, in modern Lithuania and settled in Boston, Pittsburgh, and Los Angeles. 
Other names in the MILLER family: WEINER, from Kovno (unsure if from city or gubernia); LIBMAN/LIEBMAN, from Panevezys; GOLDBERG from Krakes; SHER from Krekenava. 

Looking for details about Vashbein from #bessarabia


My late grandfather, Moshe Vashbein was from Calarash and immigrated to Israel in the 20s.
After his death I've found out he had 2 brothers and 2 sisters, of whom or whoever was left I had no knowledge.
I know that one of the sisters immigrated to New York.
I'm looking for relatives of any degree.
I also know that a niece, named Pessy, was living in Lima, Peru.

Shahar Klein

American Jews and the Civil War--Conversation with Jonathan Sarna #usa

Jan Meisels Allen


Each week during Jewish American Heritage Month the National Museum of American Jewish History will have a lecture by an historian. On Thursday, May 14, 2020 at 6 PM ET the Museum’s chief historian Jonathan Sarna, Professor of American Jewish History at Brandeis university will be discussing American Jews and the Civil War. Tune in on Facebook, you do not need a Facebook account to watch. The program is free.  Go to:


The Civil War divided the American Jewish community much as it did the nation as a whole.  Learn about Jews on both sides of the struggle, Jews and slavery, Lincoln and the Jews, and the lasting impact of the Civil War on American Jewish life in this informative conversation with the museum's Chief Historian, Jonathan D. Sarna


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


Ancestry Announces Hosting a Virtual Memorial Day Parade of Heroes to Commemorate 75th anniversary of End of World War ll; Free Access Ancestry and Fold3 #events

Jan Meisels Allen


Ancestry has announced in honor of the 75th anniversary of the end of World War ll they will host a Virtual Memorial Day “Parade of Heroes”.  This will stream online Monday May 25th  11AM ET (8 AM PT) on Ancestry’s Facebook Page. Via Watch party. It will be  hosted by Kathie Lee Gifford. The “Parade of Heroes” will bring to life stories that honor those lost, through interviews with veterans of all ages and the lost veterans’ families, including a special feature reflecting on World War II.


To watch the stream see:

You do not have to be a Facebook subscriber to access the site.

After live stream will be available at

Free Access


There will be free access May 21-May 25 on with more than 550 million military records. You will have to register with your name, email and password.


Starting now through June 1, there will be free access to 500 million records and images from the National Archives and Records Administration on Ancestry including all 36 million of the nation’s World War ll young man’s draft cards . Go to:  Registration including your name, email and password is required.


To see the list of featured categories covered under this free access offer see:


To read more see:


I have no affiliation with Ancestry and am posting this solely for the information of the reader.


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


Re: Translation of Hebrew and Yiddish phrases #yiddish #translation


The very last phrase in 20. Is הי״ד an abbreviation of השם יקום דמו, which means “May God avenge their blood”. 

Shumsker family from Zhytomyr #ukraine


I am looking for links to the Shumsker family from Zhytomyr. Some of the first names are; Sima Leah, Rivka, Shulim, Shlioma & Khaia (Chaya)

Re: ship records back to Europe from New York #usa

David Oseas

There is very little in the way of records available on so-called "Birds of passage", who returned to Europe.  The only collections that I'm aware of are located at NARA in Philadelphia -- see the article  "NARA Coast to Coast: Emigration Records at the National Archives at Philadelphia, Part 1" (I don't think they ever got around to publishing Part 2):

You may get lucky and find their outbound journey at a connecting port, such as LIverpool -- try searching for them on a site that specializes in European records, such as FindMyPast.

Regards,   David Oseas    <doseas@...>

Researching:     HYMAN/HEYMAN/HEIMOWITS/CHAJMOVITS: Zemplen-Dobra, Hungary > New York   STRUL:  Iasi, Romania > Haifa, Israel
KLEIN: Satoraljaujhely (Ujhely), Hungary > New York > Los Angeles  KRONOWITH: Hungary > New York
OSEAS/OSIAS/OSIASI/OZIAS: Iasi, Romania > Chicago > Milwaukee > Los Angeles    SHERMAN: Iasi, Romania > New York > Los Angeles
SCHECHTER/SHEKTER: Kishinev, Bessarabia > New York      WICHMAN: Syczkowo (Bobruisk), Belarus > Milwaukee > Los Angeles

Re: Help identifying a Jewish Soldier from 1919 #latvia #lithuania

Joyaa Antares

Hi Team,

Jack Gelman wrote,
Attached is a photo of my Grandfather. His name was Iossel Gernov. I believe it was taken around 1918-1919.   
He was living in Riga, Latvia at the time, but originally was from Lithunaia.    Any information you can provide based on whether the uniform was Soviet or Latvian, the military division, rank or other relevant information would be appreciated. .. // … snip ... //

I have been in a similar situation in the past and I joined the War Relics forum, and posted to the relevant group.  The response I got exceeded my expectations.
… I would think that one of the following groups will help:

Good luck!

Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
Researching ZAUSMER, ZOUSMER, ZESMER, CHOUSMER, CHAUSMER, TSOUZMER etc, MARCUS, DAVIDOFF in Polangen, Kretinga, Darbenai, Libau, Riga, Memel
SCHORR, SCHERZER, JURIS and DAWID in Buckaczowce, Ottynia, Nadworna, and Kolomyya
ZUNDER in Buckaczowce and Ivano-Frankivsk
KEMPNER in Berlin, Lodz, Warszawa and London
MOSES (often MANSELL) in London and South Africa
LEVY, BADER in Berlin, Schwerin, Friedeberg

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