Re: Genealogy Research on LIEBERMAN South African Family Member Originally from Belarus #belarus #southafrica

Risa Heywood

I would suggest contacting the archivist at the South African Jewish Museum in Cape Town. Their mission is to document the history and cultural life of Jews in South Africa and they may have information on Jewish-owned department stores. Their email is info@.... Once you have a list, you could research the owners. The museum is located in a complex that includes a library (and also the Gardens Synagogue), so the museum archivist could also refer you to a librarian for further research. Perhaps the husband is listed in The South African Jewish Year Book with a bio. JewishGen has an index and the Gardens library has copies of the books.

Risa Daitzman Heywood

Looking for family related to Moshe-Dov SLIPIAN and Sosha MARGOLIES from Minsk, Belarus #belarus

Teri Reid

I am Looking for family related to Moshe-Dov SLIPIAN and Sosha MARGOLIES from Minsk, Belarus. They stayed behind when their adolescent children came one at a time to Ellis Island between 1903-1910. My maternal aunt Dora and my maternal grandmother Temla were the youngest.Would also like info on finding names from the Minsk Ghetto. Thank you.

Teri Friedman Reid, treid7765@...  Oriental, NC

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Burials in Arad County, Romania #hungary #romania

Jake Jacobs

Trying to find graves for my g'g'grandparents, Fulop (Pinchas) Hochwald (may have changed last name to Havas) and Terez/Rezi/Rosa Friedman.  He died in 1885 in Butin, Romania (then Buteni, Hungary), and she died after 1906.  I have a death record for him, not for her. There doesn't seem to have been much of a Jewish community in Butin (it's not listed on the Gazetteer on Jewishgen). It is possible she is buried in Gurahont, Romania (then Honcto, Hungary). Any suggestions for finding these graves?

Many thanks,  Diane Jacobs,  Austin, Texas   <jake6621@...>

Sharing family tree information #general

Carol Gurstelle

I would like some advice on how much information to share with someone, unknown to me but distantly connected. After discovering shared relatives via another site, I contacted this person.  He has asked for birth, death, marriage, children information about my branch of the family. I am certain the connection is valid, but I am uncertain the protocol for sharing information, particularly for living relatives. While I well understand the desire to fill in as many blanks as possible, I'm not completely comfortable with sharing these details for living persons.  I am certain the connection is a valid one, and I want to be helpful, but... How have you handled this situation?

Carol Gurstelle, Roseville, MN USA


Re: Emigration to Palestine #austria-czech #israel

Glazer Family

Write to the Central Zionist Archives    cza@...

Include the complete name of your relative and the names of the parents.

Stephen Glazer, Jerusalem

Looking for where my 3X cousin Livia/Lilla (Neger) KONIG is buried in Budapest #hungary


I am looking for where my 3X cousin Livia/Lilla (Neger) KONIG is buried in Budapest. I have her death record, (died on 27 Nov. 1959 in 2nd district of liver malfunction, her husband reported the death. Their last address was Lorantffy Zsuzsanna lepcso 60, Budapest).

She converted to Roman Catholic Jan. 15, 1939 and married Roman Catholic Janos Konig in 1926. She is not buried in the Farkasret cemetery with her husband, nor where her parents are buried in the Kozma Jewish Cemetery in Budapest.

Any help will be appreciated!

NTalbot <ninaitalbot@...>

Mandate Palestine ship records (1920-1948) - images #israel

Michael Moritz

A number of posts have recently come up about ship records to Mandate Palestine.  I've put together the attached list of links to the Israeli Archives' website to review ship records from 1920-1948.  These are links to the actual images; they are not yet indexed.
Michael Moritz, New York 

Re: Ot in census #general

Peter Cohen

It is worth noting that the OT in this case does not appear to have been written at the same time as the other information. It may nave been a notation that was made when that person applied for citizenship. It may be a code or it may be the initials of the person who verified the entry information for a later purpose.


moderated Re: Which name do I use to enter into my family tree program---the old Russian name or the USA name? #general #names

Shelley Mitchell

With Ancestry, I have found that by adding all versions of a name will yield greater hints. You’re giving the system more to work with. I start with the original name, space, first variation, space, second variation, ...
Shelley Mitchel . NYC. Shelley.Mitchell@...>

Genealogy Research on LIEBERMAN South African Family Member Originally from Belarus #belarus #southafrica


Hello all,

I am researching my family history. I am searching for information about my great-great-aunt who moved to South Africa sometime around the beginning of the 20th century (she was born somewhere in what is now Belarus probably around Minsk or Byerazino). My family has lost contact with her part of the family a long time ago. I am told her husband owned a South African department store. Her maiden name is LIEBERMAN / LIBERMAN but I do not know what her husband's first and last name was. I am not sure how to track down what happened to her and her family. Below is information about the rest of her family.

Her brother, my great grandfather, Henry Lieberman (I think he was also known as Hillel), was born in Eastern Europe (probably Berezina or somewhere in/near Minsk) around 1882 (give or take a few years). Their father's name was Zvulun Lieberman (maybe also known as Julius) and their mother's name was Rachel (maiden name Frumkin). I am told that Henry/Hillel was one of six children. Besides for his sister that moved to South Africa, he had a brother (youngest of the siblings) Yosef that we think stayed in Russia/Belarus, a pair of twin brothers that moved to the U.K. (and both got married) and a sister Bayla/Beckie/Rebecca (or maybe also Zlota?) that moved to the U.S. and got married. Henry/Hillel escaped from Russia/Belarus around 1904 and then lived with his twin brothers in the U.K. for a few months before making his way to America, his final destination.

Does anyone have any suggestions on how to track down what happened to my great-great-aunt who moved to South Africa and any children she may have had? Does anyone know of any Jews that owned South African department stores in the first half of the 20th century? I assume they lived in Johannesburg or maybe Cape Town because that's where most Jews live. Also, if anyone thinks they may have a connection please let me know.

Thank you so much,  Jason jliebe97@...>

Re: Immigrants to Palestine 1927 onwards #israel

Kalman Appel

FWIW I believe that in the past, Avotaynu had a microfiche available that listed immigrants to Palestine pre-1948.  If memory serves me correctly, that list was compiled from listings of new immigrants that appeared in the Palestine Post. You might want to check with them.

Kalman Appel

Lithuanian town name in Hebrew #lithuania

Alyssa Freeman

I need some help finding out the name of a town in Lithuania. The
record I found was in Hebrew and although I can read the Hebrew
letters, I couldn't come up with a transliteration that was actually a
town in Lithuania. The letters were pey-yod-vav-resh-nun soft. I'd be
grateful for any help! Thanks!

Alyssa Freeman
Henrico, VA
Looking for KALLNER (Lithuania), FRIEMAN (Lithuania/Latvia), SUSSMAN
(Polish Galicia), FAVELYUKIS, FREIMAN (Polish Galicia)

Info on Jacob Flam and family in Warsaw 1880-1920 #poland


Jacob Flam, wife Gittel (?), daughter Helen and other children. Possibly two other daughters. Helen came to US in 1911. Maureen McDevitt USA

Czech talk at ACLAV Havel library in quarantine #austria-czech #events

Helen Epstein


I was supposed to be speaking in Prague next week so I taped this for the Vaclav Havel Library in Prague instead. Please feel free to share it with interested parties.

Best, Helen






Re: Looking for what happened to family Blumberg, Popower, Chmielnik in Rio de Janiero #poland #latinamerica

Paulo Abrahamsohn

Hi Helen
It is not easy to find information here in Brazil. However, I found several Brazilian immigration documents about my grandmother and uncles  using the site Have you tried it?
Paulo A Abrahamsohn

MyHeritage Offering Free Access to All Military Records May 20-26, 2020 #events

Jan Meisels Allen



In honor of Memorial Day, MyHeritage is offering free access to all military records from May 20-26. The collection consists of 57 million records and includes draft, enlistment, and service records, pension records, and other military documents from North America and around the world, dating back to the American Revolutionary War in the late 18th century. 


Go to:


To see a brief video about this offer go to:

MyHeritage is also hosting 2 Facebook Live events about military records in the coming days: 

Searching Military Records on MyHeritage

Tune in TODAY, May 20 at 1 P.M. EDT as Thomas MacEntee shares how to leverage MyHeritage’s vast collection of military records to learn more about your family history. 

Breaking Through Brick Walls with Military Records

On May 24 at 1 P.M EDT, join Kate Eakman, senior researcher at Legacy Family Tree, who will show you how to use military records to break through brick walls in your genealogy research. 

Make sure you follow us on Facebook to tune in live. You can also watch the recorded sessions later on, and check out the full list of our online events in May and June.

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



Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee



Re: Immigrants to Palestine 1927 onwards #israel

Rose Feldman

There is available a full collection on the website of the Israel State Archives. The lists from the 20s and 30 aren't always easy to read. Of course, they are in Hebrew. They are not available online at the Central Zionist Archives.
The Israel Genealogy Research Association is transcribing them and transliteration the names to English so they can be searchable by non-Hebrew speakers. It is a slow process. We have various lists from the 40s and are working on transcribing 1949. Watch here and on our Facebook for updates of additional lists.


Rose Feldman
Israel Genealogy Research Association
Winner of 2017 IAJGS Award for Volunteer of the Year
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Re: MAZORKOFF family family who came from Russia and lived in Liverpool (UK) and Canada #russia #unitedkingdom

Michael Hoffman

Hello Steve,

In the UK you should do a search on the following website and 


Michael Hoffman


Re: Naming a Shtetl in a Family Tree #belarus #general

Rochelle Gershenow

I list the name of the shtetl as it was when the person was born, married, or died in the community.  Then I put in parentheses the current name of the community, i.e., Stolbtsy, Minsk, Russian Empire (now Stowbtsy, Belarus)

Rochelle Gershenow
Connecticut, USA

moderated Re: Which name do I use to enter into my family tree program---the old Russian name or the USA name? #general #names

Rochelle Gershenow

For people who emigrate and have changed their name from the old Russian name to a USA name I list the original name in parentheses and then the new name. If that person's children are born after the name change I list only the new name.  In some cases where members of the same family spell the new name differently I list it as they spell it, e.g., Marrin, Marin, Maron.

Rochelle Gershenow
Connecticut, USA

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