Re: Looking for lost YARMOLINSKY from gub Podoski Ukraine #ukraine #usa

Chuck Weinstein

Podolia gubernia was a large area.  Check the JewishGen Family Finder ( to see who else might be researching this family.  Relatively few records from Podolia have been indexed in English, although there are a large number of record scans on line in Alex Krakovsky's amazing Ukraine wiki site.  

Chuck Weinstein
Towns Director, JewishGen Ukraine Research Division

Re: 1858 Mogilev Census (Belarus): Meaning of "Craftsman 6"

Alan Shuchat

I don't know about the 6, but there were various kinds of guilds in the Russian Empire. There were guilds for merchants and for artisans, and I assume "craftsmen" here is the same as artisans. The Russian word was ремесленники (remeslenniki). There were different levels of guilds, with different requirements and fees. There is a description of the guild system at that might be helpful.

Alan Shuchat
Newton, MA

Re: Looking to trace a "lost" great uncle: FRIDMAN of Dombroven #bessarabia #latinamerica

Molly Staub

My father’s family was from Dombroven and I’ve recently discovered family members who emigrated to South America. Start by using JewishGen’s JOWBR for Argentina. And feel free to contact me at staubmolly@
Molly Staub

Rumania Emil Metzinger #romania


Any information on Emil Metzinger dob 1874 in Romania 
lived In Minnesota and Florida

nanapieser@... <nanapieser@...>

Re: SHALIT in North Dakota from Panevezys #lithuania

John Anderson

In my question, I am trying to determine if the "Revisioin list of 1908" would include someone in the family who is no longer living there. Does anyone have any familiarity with Revision lists in Lithuania such that they could comment?

John Anderson

Re: Question About Given and Family NAMES Used in Russian Marriage and ARMY Records #russia

Sarah H

Actually, Alexander was a common Jewish name among ashkenazi Jews in Russia. It’s Yiddish form is Sender.
You can probably dig deeper about its origin in Jewish history, but here is a short version for you.
In the third century B.C.E., Alexander the Great spared Jerusalem from harm. In Alexander's honor, the high priest ordered that all Jewish males born in the city for a year were to be named after the leader.”

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

Sarah L Meyer

They do; however, they are almost useless, because many people have discontinued their land-lines and cell phones are not included. 

Sarah L Meyer
Georgetown TX
BIRGARDOVSKY, EDELBERG, HITE (CHAIT), PERCHIK Russia (southern Ukraine) and some Latvia or Lithuania

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

Zalman Usiskin

Endogamy in Jewish families made (and makes) for multiple ways in which family members are related.  My great-grandfather Avrohom’s first wife Esther died after having four daughters.  Then, following a custom of the time, Avrohom married Esther’s younger sister Liba and had eight more children, one of the eight being my grandfather Jacob.  Then Esther’s eldest daughter Sarah Malke married her mother’s brother Aron – that is, Sarah Malke married her uncle, a marriage allowed under religious law.   Sarah Malke and Aron had eight children.   As a result, my grandfather can be viewed as both an uncle and a cousin to those children – an uncle on their mother’s side (since he is Sarah Malke’s ¾ brother) and a first cousin on their father’s side (since his mother Liba is a sister to Sarah Malke’s mother Esther).   When I was growing up, I could not figure out why so many people in our family’s “cousins’ club” called my grandfather “Uncle Jake” – I thought this was a title placed on him due to his age.  But, when we sorted out the relationships in the family, It was clear he was the uncle of these people (and granduncle to their children) as well as their cousin.   

Translation help requested--1939 letter in Polish, to English #translation


Hello.  I have posted a 4 page letter --  files 80866, 67, 68 and 69-onto MyView for help translating from Polish.  This is a letter from my Mother's family in Poland to her aunt who was sent to Israel in 1937 or 38.  Her family wrote her several letters and that aunt gave them to my Mother several years ago, when she visited Israel.  After my Mother passed away, I inherited these letters and would like to understand them.  I believe they must tell an interesting story of Jewish families stuck in Poland at that time.  
Any help will be greatly appreciated.
Henie Lustgarten

Re: Question About Given and Family NAMES Used in Russian Marriage and ARMY Records #russia

Sally Bruckheimer

It’s very uncommon name for a Jewish man in a middle of 19-th century."
I have been transcribing some bmd from Poland in the mid-1800s, and Alexander is not uncommon among the men, even with the 'x', which Polish doesn't have, although some use 'ks' instead.
Abram, Icyk, Jakob, and Alexander are all 'Hebrew' names.
Sally Bruckheimer
Princeton, NJ

Re: Unable to find names on passenger lists #names

Steve Stein

I have a similar problem with some. A couple of possible reasons: (1) it was so illegible that it was badly mangled in the transcription (2) they came with a different or false name (3) they came through a different port or a border crossing than what you have been looking for. See if you can narrow the date down using naturalization or census data, or departure lists from Europe.

Steve Stein
Highland Park, NJ

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


I like to use White a pages, but you should register for Premium Services. It provides considerably more information than the free services at a minimal cost.  It includes cell phone numbers and full addresses.  Another way to search is to Google the person’s name that you are searching. This means turns up a lot of information from different sources. 

Kantorowicz/Greenwood/Grinholc, New York City #names #usa

Bob Silverstein

I am looking for Yankel Kantorowicz (b. 1920) who immigrated to New York City and changed his name to Jack Greenwood.  The Greenwood derives from Grinholc.  Although Ancestry has many men who are possible matches, I do not have any other information that might identify the right one.  I do have extensive family tree information.

Can anyone help me with this search?  Thanks.

 Bob Silverstein <bobsilverstein@...>

Research Maurice Leizerson, family of Claude Pasquier and Kronental, Sternis or Berliner #france #poland

Danielle Czal

Leizerson Maurice - Pasquier Claude-  Kronental
I look for  the brother of my grand father who immigrante in USA from Warszawa. he was born around 1886. His father was Slzama Leizerson, ans his mother Sarah Cheindel Chwast.
A cousine of my mother immigrate in USA from Paris in 1942 with heur husband and her son : Marie and Paul Parczeswski. They change their name in Pasquier. The son called Claude Jacqures Pasquier. I look for their family now.
The family of my grand mother called Hawa Kronental (1883), Moszeck(1897) Kronental and Itzack Kronental (1885). There parents called Moshe-Aron Kronental (1859) and Sura Sternis. Sura Sternis had a brother Abraham Sternis (1974) who came in Paris withe his family. The mother of Sura Sternis was a Berliner.
If someone had connections with them, i wil be happy to know them
Thanks a lot Danielle Czalczynski

Looking for descendants of the Wessely family and the Schindler family from Brno #austria-czech


Seeking contact with descendants of the Wessely family from Brno/Moravia (originally from Ivancice) and the Schindler family from Brno. I am also interested in any further information on these families, especially photos and personal documents like letters for example.

The members of the families I know:

My greatgrandfather Walter Wessely (1896-1942?) had five siblings:
Erwin Wessely (1891-1915)
Valerie Nagl (remarried Kubin) (1894-1964)
Käthe Wessely (1905-1941?)
Elsa Wessely (1900-1941?)
Irma Havelova (1902-1985)

Their parents were Maximilian Wessely (1861-1924) and Jeanette Wessely (1866-1941), nee Schindler.

Jeanette`s parents were David Schindler (1832-1920) and Katherina Schindler (1878-1904), nee Rybar. Jeanette had – as far as I know - three sisters: Bertha Schindler, Emma Weichselbaum and Pauline Riess.

Maximilian`s parents were Anton Wessely (1829-1902) and Rosalie Wessely (1832-1918), nee Breth.

Maximilian`s siblings were Leopold Wessely (1858-1912), Arnold Wessely (1860-1916), Alois Wessely (1863-1923), Heinrich Wessely (1866-1926), Sigmund Wessely (February 1871-August 1871) and Hedwig Neumann (1872-?).

Any hint is appreciated. Thank you.

Monika Halbinger  monika.halbinger@...

Looking to trace a "lost" great uncle: FRIDMAN of Dombroven #bessarabia #latinamerica


Dear all,
I'm looking for my great uncle, FRIDMAN /FRIEDMAN (given name unknown), son of Shmuel & Feiga FRIDMAN from the agricultural colony of Dumbrăveni (Dombroveny, Dombroven), Bessarabia.
Born circa 1880-1905.
We know of at lease 4 siblings born 1885-1903). None of the siblings or parents immigrate with him.

He immigrated to La Plata, Agrentina at the beginning of 20th century.
All I know is that he had a son.
I'd love to hear ideas on how to trace this person's info as well as his descendants.

Thanks in advance,
Tsvi ROZENBLAT, Herzliya, Israel

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

Dave and Melanie Bloom

My great-grandmother, Devora Cohen, is from Iasi or a smaller town nearby.  Cohen was Anglicized in Canada from Koniac.  I understand there are cousins in Israel that spell it Koniec.  You might try those spellings (Let me know if you have success with those) or other sorta-kinda phonetically close names.  

David Bloom

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


I found passenger lists from NY City to the UK many years ago, I believe on but I assume most other family search record providers would also have them now.

Re: Need to have a Stenographic Shorthand Note Deciphered #translation


Mark, email me direct at james.castellan@...  I know someone near you who should be able to help if no one replies directly with a translation/transcription.

Looking to trace a "lost" great uncle: Lewis/Louis ROZENBLAT of Leova/Leovo #bessarabia #usa


Dear all,
I'm trying to trace info about a "lost" great uncle, Lewis (or Louis) ROZENBLAT, son of Moshe & Dvora, from the town of Leova/Leovo, Bessarabia 
Born circa 1880.

He immigrated at the beginning of 20th century from Leova, Bessarabia (then Russia or Romania) to USA.

During my search I found many with the same name, none of which was matching the parent's name or the origin.

Hoping to solve this puzzle,
Thanks in advance,
Tsvi ROZENBLAT, Herzliya, Israel

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