Re: Need a translation of word in Hebrew letters in the last will of Salomon SCHLOSS, Mömlingen #germany #translation #yiddish


It may be supposed to say "shalom" peace. The spelling is a bit confused though,it  seems  to read שולם instead of שלום. 

Re: Cong. Lechas Yosher in Brooklyn, N.Y. & Nesvizh Societies anywhere #usa


I can't directly help with your request, but I was suspicious that Lechas Yosher was misspelled from Lekach Yosher or something else. I did a simple Google search and found some information about a congregation Leches Yosher which makes more sense. You may want to try that.

Re: Davidic Ancestry in the First Century? #general

I totally agree with Jeff. Besides the high probability that there has never been a King David, at least in the form described in our "Tanach", there is a vast literature on Branching processes starting with "the rate of extinction of surnames along the generations" by Galton and Watson, 1875. It has been further shown that for a generation duration of around 25 years, and given a certain "David", after 500-800 years the whole population will be his descendants.  Even if we consider "Assortative mating" (Endogamy), common to very many Jewish communities, this process of disseminating the "Davidic" traits is only moderately delayed.

We used this modelling to understand the spreading of mutations typical for the Jewish population, and gave an example of the spreading of the genetic disease FMF (Familial Mediterranean Fever). See: Levi and Gath, Effects of mating patterns on genealogical trees: Assessment of the high carrier rate of Familial Mediterranean Fever in rural Israeli districts, Journal of Theoretical Biology,  443 (2018) 92–99.    


Prof. Isak Gath MD, DIC, DSc

Faculty of Biomedical Engineering             Tel. Office #972-4-8294115

Technion Israel Institute of Technology             Home #972-4-9835704

32000 Haifa, Israel


Re: What Do You Pay a Translator for a 50 Page Document in Pollsh #translation


My translator from Old German/Modern German to English charges $2 per page. I think that's very fair.

Re: help with translation #bessarabia #yiddish


In Russian:

На долгую память дорогой мамочке от младшей дочери Раи.
Если встретиться нам не придется,
Если наша судьба такова,
Пусть на память тебе остается
Неподвижная личность моя.
Станция Исеть, 12 мая 1952 г.
На вечную долгую память брату и снохе от сестры Раи.
Пройдут быть может сколько лет
И вами буду забыта
Пусть карточки оставит след
Что вместе было пережито.
Станция Исеть, 26/12/54
In English:

For a long memory, dear mother from the youngest daughter Raya.
If we don’t have to meet,
If our fate is this
Let you remember
My still person.
Iset Station, May 12, 1952
To the eternal long memory of his brother and daughter-in-law from Sister Raya.
Maybe how many years will pass
And you will be forgotten
Let the cards leave a mark
What was experienced together.
Iset Station, 26/12/54

Re: Samovics family from Benedike/Benedikovce/Benedykivtsi #hungary

Jacob Heisler

There are two places I'd recommend going for Benedike records:

1. which has a
database of a ton of records from Subcarpathia, the area in modern-day
Ukraine that was formerly part of the Kingdom of Hungary pre-WW1 and
Czechoslovakia in the inter-war period. The database itself is free,
but it closets $15.75 to order the record itself. For Benedike they do
have a bunch of birth records available, and when I searched for
Samovics I found a number of records, with two sets of parents for the
records: Herman and an Izraelovics (who had children between
1881-1903), and Pinkas and an Engelman (who had children between

or the Ukrainian WIkipedia page for Shtetl. For the last several
years, Jewish records have been digitized from all over Ukraine and
uploaded to the page, including a significant number of Subcarpathian
records. Google Translate can translate the page into English, and
while the records themselves aren't text-searchable the Subcarpathian
records are in the Latin alphabet and it's fairly simple to scroll
through the pages until you find what you're looking for. They have
Benedike records from 1863-1895, which should include both birth
records mentioned in the Sub-Carpatia website I mentioned before along
with marriage and death records that are not in the database. Fair
warning, a significant number of those records are for towns part of
the Benedike district.

To sum up, you can get Benedike up to 1895 for free from the Wikipedia
page, but after that you'd need to buy them from the Sub-Carpathia

I hope that helps!

Jacob Heisler
Boston, MA

On Thu, May 21, 2020 at 7:39 PM t s via
<> wrote:

Based on ship manifest records from 1899-1909 and from the Auschwitz-Buchenwald Transport during January 22 & 26, 1945, I discovered that my Samovics relatives were from Benedike (a.k.a. Benedikovce during WW II) in what was then part of Hungary (it is now part of the Ukraine and is referred to as Benedykivtsi). I am looking for advice about how to specifically access records from this town.

Todd Samovitz

#translation #poland #translation #poland


Hi, I posted some documents for translation on Viewmate. They are Polish Book of Resident entires written in Russian. I would appreciate any help in translating, 
thank you!
Julie Zack

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Prisoner-Hidden Items Found at Auschwitz #holocaust #poland

Jan Meisels Allen



Items hidden by Auschwitz prisoners were recovered from a chimney in the concentration camp.  The objects were found in Block 17 of the former Main Camp at Auschwitz as part of the renovation work undertaken by Austria’s National Fund for the vVctims of Nazism.

Prisoners with special manual skills were housed in the building where the items were found.

To read more see:

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Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


Fold3 Free Access Through May 25 #events

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MNJGS “Finding Treasure in the Archives” May 24, 1pm CDT #events


On May 24, 2020 from 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM, The Minnesota Jewish Genealogical Society, the Berman

Upper Midwest Jewish Archives and TC Jewfolk will be hosting Kate Dietrick and Susan Weinberg

speaking on Finding Treasure in the Archives.  The meeting will be held online and a link will be

provided upon registration.


Register at

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Recent Records Update

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JewishGen Webinar - June 3, 2020 #JewishGenUpdates #events

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We are pleased to invite you to the first in a series of upcoming JewishGen webinars:


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Re: Davidic Ancestry in the First Century? #general


1000 years is approximately 40 generations.  If in each generation, the average number of children who go on to have their own children is 2, after 40 generations there could be a trillion descendants.  This number is some 10,000 times larger than the likely global population at the time, so it is impossible to rule out David being an ancestors of everyone in the known world.  Note: I am not claiming that he was.

--Yale Zussman   SEND ANY REPLIES BY PRIVATE EMAIL to  <YaleZuss@...>

Re: Looking for Rivesaltes camp arrest record or other documentation for my grandfather Moses GOLDSTEIN #france #holocaust

Lewis, Megan

Both the American Friends Service Committee and the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee worked in the camps in south France.  USHMM has these records which are mostly indexed.  If you haven't already, email resource-center@... and ask them to check those 2 specific collections.
The Joint also provided relief in these camps and have indices and records on their website
Megan Lewis  Reference Librarian 
National Institute for Holocaust Documentation
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Re: Davidic Ancestry in the First Century? #general

Jeff at SG

I totally agree with you. In some of my lectures many years ago I had a section with a PowerPoint slide that asked 'who in this room is descended from King David?'
I then went on to show the increasing numbers of people needed in each ancestral generation and showed just like you that it soon exceeded the number of people alive on the planet at that time (leave alone just Jews). Of course that was because the same individuals appeared repeatedly in many different places in the ancestral tree.
I also presented a study by the Yale statstician Joseph Chang (Advances in Applied Probability, 1999) who calculated that if an individual moved into a certain area of the world and had at least one child, then, 800 years later:
=E2=80=94there was a 20% chance that that individual's line had gone extinct. That is, there was no one living in that part of the world descended from him.
=E2=80=94there was an 80% chance that individual was the direct ancestor of everyone in that part of the world.
The final slide in this section then rre-asked the question of who in the room was descended from King David. With my verbal answer, 'probably everyone'.
Another interesting point related to me by Bennet Greenspan is that even though there are several families claiming direct male descent from King David (actually from his descendants, the exilarchs in Babylonia) their Y-DNAs did not match. So they couldn't possibly all be direct male descendants.....
I always though claiming Davidic descent was silly. Even though the British Royal family also makes that claim.

Re: Sharing family tree information #general

Jx. Gx.


I concur with the majority of people who responded to your question; don't reveal information about living relatives. You would be violating their right to privacy and could potentially exposing them to a scammer.  With respect to decreased ancestors, share only the basics that is already in the public domain. Release only a small amount at a time and wait to see if they reciprocate and the type of info they share. If you can, try to validate their info. While we all want to be helpful to our fellow genealogists, you mustn't forget there is always a bad apply in every group.

Jeffrey Gee

Re: "Mother" (But Not "Husband") On a Married Woman's Grave #general

Jx. Gx.


From your description, I get the same sense you have about him not being "Husband of the Year."  If I were in your shoes I would visit the cemetery office and ask to see its file about this burial. I'd want to know who paid for their burial, what were the circumstances of her death and any other papers or letters  they have. Her death certificate might shed additional clues on the husband and wife relationship.

Jeffrey Gee

Searching for DAVIS family Los Angeles #usa


Search for sisters Marjorie Bonnie and Pamela DAVIS born in the 1950s California. Children of Donald DAVIS  (1927 Minneapolis to 1986 California) and Joanne LASKOWITZ DAVIS 1928-1999
Granddaughters of Robert DAVIS and Ruth Shirley LITZ  Their grandfather Robert DAVIS was involved with ANGELES Furniture.  His sister was Rose ZANES married to Harry ZANE of ZANES drugstore in Fairfax. Other brother to Rose DAVIS ZANE and Robert DAVIS was he late pediatrician Dr, David  DAVIS. Roots in Minneapolis  The sisters are the great granddaughters of Max W DAVIS and Mary WOLPERT DAVIS,
Thank you

Howard Lewis

If anybody has a HEISER or two lurking in their family tree, please let me know. The family originated from KEMPEN (now Kepno in Poland) and my great great grandfather, Abraham Heiser, became a dealer in toys, china and Bohemian glass in London. He had eleven surviving children, many of whom settled in US, especially in and around Philadelphia. One of them, REUBEN HEISER, married his niece, ESTHER BITTAN, there in 1899 but the marriage quickly foundered and he then appears to have disappeared without trace. He was born in c 1860 in London and was listed as an upholsterer in Philadelphia trade directories but I have nothing else to go on. Perhaps he changed his name, perhaps he dropped dead, perhaps he was committed to an asylum. Who knows? I am grasping at straws. All insights, ideas and words of wisdom gratefully received.

With all good wishes - Howard Lewis (London)


Re: Need help to decode abreviations & symbols on Detained Alien Passenger List #usa

David Oseas

"RR" means via rail.  See:


David Oseas

KLEIN: Satoraljaujhely (Ujhely), Hungary > New York > Los Angeles
Hungary > New York
OSEAS/OSIAS/OSIASI/OZIAS: Iasi, Romania > Chicago > Milwaukee > Los Angeles
SCHECHTER/SHEKTER: Kishinev, Bessarabia > New York  
SHERMAN: Iasi, Romania > New York > Los Angeles
STRUL:  Iasi, Romania > Haifa, Israel
WICHMAN: Syczkowo (Bobruisk), Belarus > Milwaukee > Los Angeles

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