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

Shelley Mitchell

My grandmother had neighbors in Kolomea. When they all arrived in NYC, they would visit and my grandmother always referred to them as distant cousins. I later learned that this was her reference to her close friends from back home. I verified that through my research.
Shelley Mitchell 

Re: Stillborns #names #usa #general

Shelley Mitchell

The overwhelming amount of stillborns on my tree were given a name. With the exception of stillborns on the ship, many have a grave. But I have to admit, I never had a need to search out their burial sites. In my living US family, again they’ve had a name and a grave.

That’s only my experience. In some circumstances, where the family was very poor, I can envision alternatives. Often the general rule has many exceptions. In NY, there has always been the opportunity to use a Hebrew Society for those burials.
Shelley Mitchell 

Re: Privis / Prewys and Bartik / Vartek #bessarabia


I'm not sure if this would be relevant to you but I descend from a BARTAK family of Druja, Belarus (then Lithuania). Though the name has meaning in Slavic languages and was used by non-Jews, my relatives claimed that  it stood for  "Ben Reb Tevye Ha-Kohen"---and I think I found the specific Tevye this was referring to.

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


IMO, it's absolutely possible. Because my grandmother had her children late in life, some of her cousins were actually young enough to be nieces and nephews, so that's how she referred to them and they called her 'aunt.'

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

Ruthie Zaionz

There is another website:

You can search the name by state, or states, or the entire country.  
Good luck.   Ruthie Zaionz, Toronto, Canada.

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


Hi Lisa

The Hamburg Passenger lists don't have a second page, but the New York Passenger and Crew Lists, which you should find on familysearch for free.
On this second page should be mentionned a person (relative or friend) with address in the United States, maybe you'll find this person in the census.
I tried to find the New York Passenger and Crew List but there are to many Josef WEINER, so I don't know which is the right one.

Regards,   Corinne Iten


Re: Help on serveral ukrainian ancesters #ukraine


Dear Chuck,


With all due respect I must say that your comment is puzzling.



"In 1783, Crimea was annexed by the Russian Empire as the result of the Russo-Turkish War (1768–1774). Following the Russian Revolution of 1917, Crimea became an autonomous republic within the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic in the USSR. During World War II, Crimea was downgraded to the Crimean Oblast after its entire indigenous population, the Crimean Tatars, were deported to Central Asia, an act recognized as a genocide by Ukraine and 3 other countries. In 1954, it was transferred to the Ukrainian SSR from the Russian SFSR.[6]

With the collapse of the Soviet Union, Ukraine was reestablished as an independent state in 1991, and most of the peninsula was reorganized as the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, while the city of Sevastopol retained its special status within Ukraine. The 1997 Partition Treaty on the Status and Conditions of the Black Sea Fleet partitioned the former Soviet Black Sea Fleet and allowed Russia to continue basing its fleet in Crimea: both the Ukrainian Naval Forces and Russian's Black Sea Fleet were to be headquartered in Sevastopol. Ukraine extended Russia's lease of the naval facilities under the 2010 Kharkiv Pact in exchange for further discounted natural gas."

As far as Crimean archive concerned, at least one vessel on a mission to evacuate archived documents was sank as a result of bombing by Germans.

Jane Liss


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

Sally Bruckheimer <sallybruc@...>

Yes, online directories still exist, but they are for landlines, not cell phones. Lots of Americans (like others) only have cell phones now. There aren't directories for them that are published.
Sally Bruckheimer
Princeton, NJ

LEVIN #ukraine


Aron LEVIN born ~ 1875 great uncle
Gary Levin

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


Yes, I’ve looked at census reports on Ancestry but didn’t find any records. On the Hamburg passenger list, I only have the one page from ‘Ancestry.’ Living in Utah now, I suppose I could try to get the record from microfilm, once things ‘open up.’
I’m not sure if he stayed with a family member already living in NY. The most likely would have been one of his ‘sister-in-laws,’ the only one who came, stayed, and survived from that generation. 

I can also look at ship manifests for the ‘Amerika’ for that date.

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


Sorry, he came from Kisvarda, Hungary and would have returned to the same. 

Mordechai Maisel #ukraine


I am looking for descendants of Mordechai Maisel from a village in Vohlin county called Brezne ,now in Ukraine.
I was told that two of his suns went to the U.S before the of them had a shop in Detroit and was killed during a mother was his granddaughter.
Mordechi Shpilka

Polish Researchers List? #poland


Does JewishGen have a list of approved/safe genealogical researchers-for-hire that specialize in research in Poland? I was told there is such a list but I cannot find it.
Thank You,
George Mason

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


I've definitely seen friends called cousins. In fact, in on case, I traced one of these friends' families back several generations just to see how they might be related, Nothing. They are barely even from the same general region of Poland. 

So, if you don't see an obvious relationship, there possibly isn't one. Though, without further research its hard to draw definite conclusions.

Steve Bloom
Central Virginia, USA

Seeking information on Cohen & Shapiro families from Podu Iloaiei & Iasi, Romani #bessarabia #romania


My grandmother Ethel (Gittel) Cohen emigrated to Montreal as a young girl on the SS Montezuma on July 10th 1910 with her mother Ida (nee Shapiro) and siblings to join their father Moses Cohen. She later married Harry Boyarsky in Montreal. I am looking for birth records etc in Romania and would welcome any suggestions. Strangely Itzik Schwartz-Kara's 'The Jewish Community in Podu Iloaiei' does not list anyone with the names Cohen or Shapiro.
Any help or advice would  be greatly appreciated. Thank you. Nicholas Boyarsky

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

Eric Mack

Another option for finding phone numbers for people is 

Eric Mack, Jerusalem

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

Susan H. Sachs

Continuing the response of Yohanan:  Lipot seems to have been the Hungarian equivalent for "Leibe" (Yiddish) which often combined with Yehuda (Hebrew) as in Yehuda-Leibe.  
Susan H. Sachs, Beit Shemesh, Israel


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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

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