Volume VI in the series Jewish Life in the South African country Communities #southafrica

Saul Issroff

The Country Communities project of the South African Friends of Beth Hatefusoth have recently published  Volume VI in the series Jewish Life in the South African country Communities.
Jews settled in over 1500 country towns. The research does not cover the larger cities and towns like Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban, Pretoria, Bloemfontein, East London and Port Elizabeth

This volume covers these areas:



East Rand









Mid Rand




Southern Highveld



















Southern Great Escarpment




The price of Volume VI  is SA Rand 600. All other volumes are SA Rand 500 but some are now out of print. This excludes postage or shipping costs.

For further details and orders please contact Museum@.... .

Saul Issroff
 I assist with some genealogical work but have no financial interest in this amazing project.

Re: Percentages of ancestry - my Ashkenazi father seems to be partly of Italian/Greek descent? #dna

Todd Warnick

Hi - There were known Sephardic families in Lithuania. In the shtetl of my grandparents, Kopishok (Kopiskis), there was even a small Sepahrdic synagogue, so the fact that you might have some Sephardi DNA is no surprise. 
Best regards, 
Todd Warnick

Suggestions for finding Dr. Anne Bernstein #bessarabia #romania


My great aunt, graduated from University of Geneva in 1907 as a medical doctor and returned to Romania / Bessarabia.  There is reference that she was from Bacau and she graduated from Gymnasium Franceses, Kishinev, in 1900. Any suggestions for tracing her.

Re: Information about Proskovov, Russia requested #russia #general

Barry E Chernick

On my Krasilov KehilaLinks site I have some information on Proskurov. Go to and scrool down to mid page, click on "Proskurov".

Re: Percentages of ancestry - my Ashkenazi father seems to be partly of Italian/Greek descent? #dna

SarahRose Werner

Many thanks, everyone!  Jill, you recommended getting my myDNA tested.  I have, it's V15a.  However, my furthest back known maternal line ancestress - my great-grandmother's great-grandmother - was from Ireland, probably from County Donegal to judge by her last name and her husband's last name.

I haven't been able to interest my brothers or nephews (the brothers' sons) in taking a Y-DNA test.  My furthest back known paternal line ancestor, who was presumably Ashkenazi, was my great-great-grandfather from (per family lore) David-Gorodok in the Minsk Gubernia.

SarahRose Werner
Saint John, New Brunswick 

Re: Warsaw birth record - house number but no street? #warsaw

Kris Murawski

This information is available on the 19th century Warsaw Homeowners‘ Lists. Those lists include the plot number, street name and house number for the real estate of the city of Warsaw.

To make it easy, I will be glad to provide you with the street address of the property if you send me the house number.
Kris Murawski
Raleigh, NC

Re: Survivors to Israel #holocaust #israel #romania


After WW2 there were about 435,000 Jews within the new borders of Romania. In 1965 via several waves of emigration, about 100,00 were left. I very much doubt such a list exists but likely Israeli immigration records do show the country of origin. Unless by survivors you do mean something else.

Luc Radu
Great Neck, NY

Re: Sharing family tree information #general

Robert Hanna

I couldn't care less if people steal my research or have misinformation in their tree.  I have several trees online.  I will share them with anybody, but don't allow anybody to write to them.  The only tree I can't control to a great extent is  However, I do use it to find leads to information that I don't have.  But I don't treat it as factual information until I check it out.  I don't give out info on living people.  I don't give out info that I feel is secret.  I don't post pictures of living people without their permission.  And I don't post pictures of children ever.
Robert Hanna

Re: Nowy Dwow #russia

Peter Lobbenberg

Novy Dvor in Belarus, perhaps? (the Polish name is Nowy Dwor)

Peter Lobbenberg, London, UK

Looking for Pacht relatives /Bukovina #general


My great uncle, isaac Pacht, wrote that he was born in Millie, Bukovina. His parents, Nathan Pacht and Beila Ruchel Hochstadt Pacht, were also born there. Nathan's father (I believe) was Solomon Lieb Pacht. If you have any information concerning these folks, please contact me! Thanks so much.

Moderator Note: Please reply privately with family information

Shklov Facebook Group #belarus



I have created a Facebook group for fellow genealogists who are researching their Jewish roots in Shklov, Belarus. Our group is called “Jewish Families from Shklov, Belarus.” We have over 220 members. We post information about our families’ personal connection to Shklov. We also post information related to Shklov research. Members have used the group to find long lost relatives. If you would like to join us, visit this link to join the Facebook group.

Re: Survivors to Israel #holocaust #israel #romania


Good morning Marty:
I emailed to Israel a few days ago and got a good long list of references that might be helpful. If you send me your email I will forward it to you. 

Lisa B

Nowy Dwow #russia

Jackie Wasserstein

I'm doing some research for a friend.  On the passenger manifest her grandmother is listed as coming from Nowy Dwow, Russia.  I tried the Jewishgen Gazeteer.  It couldn't find this town.  Anyone know where it was located?
Thanks so much.
Jackie Wasserstein

Re: Percentages of ancestry - my Ashkenazi father seems to be partly of Italian/Greek descent? #dna


Some might say it implies some Sephardic heritage. I would be interested in matches to see if you have any that aren't Ashkenazi or connected to your mother's line. You can also upload to MyHeritage, and I would consider testing at Ancestry.

ID card microfilms reels for Lodz ghetto workers: searching link in Polish State Archives web site #lodz #holocaust

Bernard Flam

Hi from Paris,

You may know Lodz ghetto's Jewish administration left 800.000 pages of archives.


These archives have been microfilmed (ca 700 reels) and are available at USHMM where I discovered them ...ten years ago. Thanks again to Ms. Megan Lewis, reference librarian.


They are also available at Yad Vashem and for some years, directly online at Polish State Archives :


Ca. 13.000 individual ID cards for Lodz ghetto workers had been microfilmed on reel 673 to 695 and have been indexed by a JewishGen team a few years ago.


But for some unknown reason, I can't find these microfilms directly on PSA website: unit 1011 is empty and there is no indication where could be these microfilms?


Thanks for any idea?




Bernard Flam

Archives and history of Medem Center - Arbeter Ring (Bund / Workmen Circle) of France


Searching :


FLAM, AGID, STOLTZ around Lemberg

Re: Warsaw birth record - why registered 3 months late? #warsaw

Jill Whitehead

The pattern of not recording births on time, or late by some months or years, that was practised in the old country continued into the new country, because our ancestors were distrustful of authority and the constant fear they may be asked to move on, or be arrested etc for whatever reason.

My Abrahams/Abrams (formerly Ceglaski) great grandparents came to Manchester, UK in 1867 from Suwalki, and eight of their nine children were born in Manchester. These children were all given certain dates of birth on their official birth records which in every case were completely at odds with the birth records given in their official school reports, and it may be that neither were correct. My grandmother Hannah always told her family her birthdate was 31st October 1875, but her English birth record gives it as February 1876. Her school records give another date again in between the two.

On my Guttenberg (later Graham) side, where my great grandfather Aaron came from Rajgrod to Hull in c 1865 to avoid the Tsar's draft, the birth of one of his sons was announced in the Jewish Chronicle at least one week before the date given on his official birth record. I never got to grips with the date on which Aaron was born as it was given in various Polish and other records any time between 1844 and 1850. As he had a wife and baby daughter when he came to Hull, it was unlikely he was born as late as 1850.

In the records on JRI Poland, I had problems working out if my great grand uncle Barnet Servian ne Baruch Serwianski from Sejny was born in 1855 or 1859. It transpired he was born in 1855 but his birth was registered in 1859.

Jill Whitehead, Surrey, UK

Re: Percentages of ancestry - my Ashkenazi father seems to be partly of Italian/Greek descent? #dna


Hello SarahRose,
Another thing to consider is that, after the conquest of Jerusalem in 78 CE, Jews spread through the Roman World. Gradually, the largest concentration of Jews formed in what is now Spain and Portugal. In the 1490's, the Jews were expelled from Spain and had to find other countries that would take them in. Some went to Egypt and the Middle East, some when up through France and Germany and Hungary into the Kingdom of Poland and Lithuania in the 1500's, and some went to Italy and Greece. So, perhaps you have a Sephardic Jewish ancestor in your family tree !
Good luck in your search.
George Mason

Re: Warsaw birth record - house number but no street? #warsaw

Eva Lawrence

The general answer to the problem of locating the street when the only address given is a house number,  is to search for a series of address books for the town in question. At some stage in the town's history, there must have been a switch-over  from the old address system to a new one with street names as well as  numbers,  and  an address book  or directory would have been published to help citizens with the change. Koenig was a  prolific publisher of such books, but I've seen others. 
Local town and university  archives would usually have copies of old address books.
For German towns. try the link
A certain amount of patience is needed to navigate your way through.
Eva Lawrence
St Albans, UK

Eva Lawrence
St Albans, UK.

Re: Percentages of ancestry - my Ashkenazi father seems to be partly of Italian/Greek descent? #dna

Jill Whitehead

Hi Sarah Rose,

The very small 3% for SE Europe probably relates to your deep ancestry from way back in time (it is too small to be reliable). It is very common in those of Jewish ancestry to have ancestry in SE Europe which includes Greece - a lot of Jewish lines travelled the Mediteranean with the ancient Greek empire . I also have a trace from SE Europe (11% on FTDNA).

However, not all the DNA websites agree and I have different interpretations of my results on FTDNA, 23andme, Ancestry and MyHeritage. Some do not give SE Europe at all, whereas others are more specific e.g. if you have a detailed K36 analysis (avialable on Gedmatch for free and on other sites for a small fee).

I suggest you get your maternal direct line (mtdna) tested and also a brother or father's direct male line (ydna) tested with FTDNA. This will give you further clues about ancient origins. This will give you the haplogroups (DNA tribes if you like) of your direct line ancestors, and where they originally came from. There are some very specific Jewish ones, some common but others rare.

FTDNA has a lot of info on its website about origins, and there are plenty of online guides, as well as papers and books on the subject.

Jill Whitehead, Surrey, UK

Re: Where is Raisefka USSR #russia #poland

Bernard Flam

Hi from Paris,
Hello Ellen, hello Krzysztof,
You can get a much easier access with our alphabet to same Polish index by using this link to one of Stephen Morse's portal, thanks to his work :
I use it often and always find our Polish jewish parents who escaped to East into Russia after Poland invasion by 3rd Reich and Soviet Union in September 1939.
Ca. 250.000 fled in 1939, ca. 150.000 returned after 1945.
A lot of men had been enroled in Red Army and died (KIA, MIA), a lot of persons died from same starvation and diseases as russian people living there.
Bernard Flam
Archives and history of Medem Center (Bund / Workmen Circle) of France
Searching : FLAM, AGID, STOLTZ around Lemberg / Lwow / Lviv

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