Illegitimate births circa 1906 #galicia

Sharon Taylor

I am researching an illegitimate birth in the Stanislawow region of Galicia in 1906. The story in the family was that the mother was later sent to America because of the shame, but the child was a loved and accepted part of the family. I'm wondering if anyone out there has any research or documentation (memoirs/Yizkor books) that deal with this issue in Galicia.

Sharon Taylor   Philadelphia, PA    stay9045@...

NEMETH, KASTENBAUM, WEISNER, FLEISIG in Stanislawow and L'viv regions of Galicia    FISHER, RAPPAPORT in Lithuania

Re: Eastern European surname suffix in transliteration #translation #names


you are looking for consistency in transliteration between at least 3 different alphabets, and 5 or more different languages?

-ovich, regardless of spelling, is a slavic suffix meaning "son of". it's used, as far as i know, in russian, ukranian, polish, slovak, most of the balkans, and even romania, in either latin or cyrillic alphabets. from there, it goes to yiddish, in hebrew letters, and then transliterated into latin letters using either german or english spelling conventions. and then sometimes into modern hebrew. (i don't know if any slavic version ends in the "tz" sound of the hebrew tzadi.) i can't imagine that there's a single, consistent and rational way to do this. there isn't even consistency in the original languages, because polish, german, hungarian and romanian, just for example, all write the "ch" sound differently, and some aren't even consistent within themselves. (e.g. hungarian spellings vary between "-ovits" and "-ovics", even for the same individual. both are valid and pronounced the same.)

you can either accept the (historic) inconsistency, or attempt to impose your own idea of what is correct. my experience is that i prefer to be more consistent in my own records, just because it wastes time to not have members of the same family grouped together, and to have to remember to check alternative spellings all the time. but i suppose that from a purely academic research point of view, i should really record all the variant spellings exactly as i find them.

....... tom klein, toronto  <tomk@...>

At 13:27 -0700 23/5/20, main@... wrote:
Does anyone know a linguistic reason to prefer a transliteration of
the Hebrew suffix bet-yud--tzadik sofi such as in the name Rabinovitz
in the absence of documentary evidence? If no rule or reason shouldn't
phonetic usage dictate consistent transliterations within one document
or book?
Sometimes a name is spelled -witz or. as from the Polish to English
usage -wicz.. Common also are the suffixes --vich., -vitch -wich and
-witch (as in Borovitch or Borovich). The latter usage seems unsound
phonetically, but it exists. A name is a private matter after all and
can be legally changed. Appreciate any comments.

Seeking Joseph Weisman, a member of Proskurover in NYC #ukraine

Meryl Goldberg

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The JewishGen Gazetteer says Ukraine for this one.  - Moderator

Searching for any information about Joseph Weisman.  He was a member of Proskurover in NYC.  My family is also Weisman from Proskurov but settled in Chicago in 1912.  My mggf  Mendel had at least 2 brothers, Akiva and another who we lost touch with.  Thanks for your help.

Meryl Harris Goldberg <>

Seeking the NEUMANN family group /landsmnaschaff in either lower east side or the Bronx, NYC #usa

Shimon Rosenberg

Any way to find family club /landsmanshaft?

My father remembers his grandmother going to meetings somewhere in ny either lower east side or the Bronx. My gg grandmothers maiden name was Hanna Neumann (or some variation phonetically Newman ) married isadore Weiss and lives in the Bronx and Newark nj.

Shimon Rosenberg <grubness@...>

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Researching YELLIN > LEVIN family from Wysockie Maz, Jablonka, Zambrow > USA #poland

Sandy Levin

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Does any of this ring a bell?  If so, would be interested in hearing from you. 
I have quite a bit of information on this branch of YELLINs. 

My ggf was Azariel Zelig (Zelk) YELLIN.  His father’s name was Srol (1807-77) and
his mother’s name was Rochel Leah.  Srol’s His grandfather’s name was Hersh. 
According to the marriage records of two of Zelig’s daughters, he was married to
Marim Rochle KRZEWICZ.  I now have their marriage record as well.  They were
married in June 1877.   Her parents were Boruch and Dwejra. 

According to Srol Yellin’s death record from 1877, these are their children:

Sons:  Joszk Jankiel , Zelik, Pejsach Herszk and Matys
Daughters:  Sora Jenta and Bejla Itka

My grandfather, Sam Levin, was born Sam Yellin in Wysockie Maz, probably around
1890.  He settled in Chicago and in 1913, married ANNA BEDO(WICZ) who was from
Zambrow.  They had three children, Ida (z”l), Sol (z"l), and my father Jack
(z”l), all who lived in Chicago, although Ida moved to California and passed
away there in 2017 at 102. My grandfather was the youngest in the family. 

According the one of the last folks from the old country, my grandfather had six
sisters and one brother – Sarah (Surki), Chana,  Pesha Mindile (Bessie), Molkie
(Malcha), Shelub,and Bella Itka, and Lazar.   I believe only the first three and
my grandfather got out of the old country.  I have the marriage record of Bella
(Itka) Yellin.  She married Chilko (Hillel) Slklo (son of Shi and Pesia
(Bessie)), also of Wysockie Maz, in Wysockie on November 28, 1909.    She was
26, he was 25.   They were married by Rabbi Aron Perlman, the last rabbi of
Wysockie.  He perished in the Holocaust, as I assume this couple did. Based on
one of the other records I have, Bessie Yellin was born in 1880.  Surki married
Abe Zaitz in Wysockie in 1895.  Bessie married to Harry Slodki in Wysockie in
1900.  (These two couples settled in Chicago before the war).  Malcha married
Chilko Blodsztejn in Wysockie in 1907).  I have this marriage record as well. 
They did not leave the old country.

Chana married a COHEN.  They had five children, Lil, Ann, Sylvia, George, and
Freda.   Ann married a ROSENBERG.  They had at least one child, Bert, who
married Joan in New York in 1957.  I understand this branch of the family
lives(d) in Bell Harbor, New York.

Bessie married Harry SLOTKY (Slodki) in Wysockie in 1900.  They had four
children, Joe, Meyer, Sol, and Sam.  They lived in Chicago.

Somewhere along the line, there is a Nathan (Nissan) Yellin.  I have been in
contact with his descendents. Nissan (SONA in Yiddish) YELLIN had six or seven
kids, including Velvel Wolf YALEN who married Fanny PEARLMAN and Schmule YELEN. 
These two children settled in the Hartford area.  Sona also had a daughter,
Rebecca YELLIN who married Lazer BEN r. NEHEMIAH.  They eventually settled in
Columbus, Georgia.  My grandfather frequently visited with this branch of the
family including cousins Mildred (Feinberg) Green and Bernice (Feinberg)
Weinstein.  There were so many cousins, that I understand there was a "Sona's
Club," which was an annual gathering of cousins somewhere in the southeast
during the 1930s.  Sona also had a son BEROL who was born around 1859.  He
married Asna Leah BERENSZTEJN in Lomza or Jablonka in 1880.  According to the
marriage record, Sona was married to Basia, daughter of BEREK, and that Sona’s
father’s name was Lazar (Lejzor).  One of their children, Bessie, married Sam
Zaitz who was from Wysockie.  The story is that he changed his name to Yellin
when my grandfather brought him over from the old country.  The cousin
relationship may be here because Abe ZAITZ married my great aunt Sara (Surkie)
YELLIN  in Wysockie Maz in 1895.  This couple had five children:  Julius, Zelda
(Sylvia), Joe, Sol, and Sam (who took back the name Sam YELLIN). 

 Sandy Levin <s.levin@...>

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How do I get a copy of the death record of Zelman BERKOWITZ who died in Odessa on 16 Dec 1924 #ukraine


Hi Siggers,
  My great grandfather, Zelman BERKOWITZ, died in Odessa on 16 Dec 1924. I want to get a copy of his death record. How do I do it? A photo of his headstone is attached.
  Do any of you have access to these records and would be willing to get me a copy, or do you know anyone who could?
  Any help and/or guidance would be appreciated.

Thank you,  Larry Bassist,  Springville, Utah, USA 

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

Kenneth Ryesky

Following the Roman conquest of Judea, Jews were scattered throughout the Mediterranean, Europe, and indeed, the world.  The Romans (and before them, the Greeks) took many Jews as slaves, and, as soldiers then as now often did, with varying combinations of force and consentuality, took "war brides" from the territories in which they served.  Jewish slave labor built many of the historical structures of Rome, including the Coliseum.

So it is not unusual for one of these DNA testing concerns to report Greek and/or Italian DNA in its Jewish clients.  Oftentimes it is not so much a case of Jews having Italian DNA so much as Italians having Jewish DNA.    {Remember that if a boy looks like his father it is heredity, but if he looks like the mailman then it is environment.}    -- KHR

Ken Ryesky, Petach Tikva,Israel  kenneth.ryesky@...

Re: Eastern European surname suffix in transliteration #translation #names

Kenneth Ryesky

Avigdor Ben-Dov asked: "Does anyone know a linguistic reason to prefer a transliteration of the Hebrew suffix bet-yud--tzadik sofi such as in the name Rabinovitz in the absence of documentary evidence? If no rule or reason shouldn't phonetic usage dictate consistent transliterations within one document or book?............."

Complicating the issue is the frequent transition from one alphabet to another.  (Roman alphabet, Cyrillic alphabet, Greek alphabet, Hebrew/Yiddish alphabet, etc.).

-- KHR
Ken Ryesky, Petach Tikva, Israel kenneth.ryesky@...

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Re: Survivors to Israel #holocaust #israel #romania

Rose Feldman

Marty Rice asked: Is there a source for the names of Romanian survivors who made it to Israel 1946 to 1960?

It isn't that lists don't exist, it is the fact there is privacy laws and lists of less than 70 years aren't open to the public.
Rose Feldman, Israel Genealogy Research Association  http:/

Seek information on Bercu LITVAC and Golda YUZVINSKYmy paternal grandparents, who traveled from Vinnitsa, Ukraine, through Bucharest, Romania #latinamerica #romania #ukraine

Lainie Levick

Hello all,

I am looking for information on Bercu (Beryl) LITVAC and Golda YUZVINSKY, my paternal grandparents, who traveled from Vinnitsa, Ukraine, through Bucharest, Romania, where their first son Chaim (Hymie) Felwich, was born on April 5, 1921, and they obtained a passport to the US. They arrived in Ellis Island July 23, 1921, and settled in Philadelphia. Bercu’s two sisters went to Argentina, and his brother David probably stayed in Ukraine. We don’t know what happened to Golda’s siblings Tzvia and Moshe. We know what happened to Bercu and Golda in the US, but not much before they arrived here, or what happened to their families. I have searched the typical genealogy websites, including the DNA sites, but have hit a brick wall. Any information about these families would be greatly appreciated. Many thanks in advance.

Lainie Levick <llevick@...>


Re: Ukraine Brick Wall MILLSTEIN #ukraine


  You said:  "I have been trying to find any documentation/information about my
great-grandfather Shimon MILLSTEIN. He was married to a woman named
Dora who bore him 3 sons: Harris (b. 1885 in Kiev), Joseph (b. 1888,
likely also Kiev), and Julius. ... My searches on JewishGen, Ancestry, Family Search have yielded
nothing for Shimon or Dora (or various spellings, etc) that fits the
dates and information I do have. Any thoughts about how I might
proceed? " ============================================>

   Go to and in the search box type:
   That will turn up a number of people that might be related to you.
   It is free to subscribe to the website, but they do charge for extra information and for documents.
I have found many of my relatives through them though.

Best regards,  Larry Bassist  Springville, Utah, USA

Re: Jewish Argentinians #latinamerica

Shelley Mitchell

One point in history not frequently discussed was the enslavement of Jewish immigrants from 1870 to WWII. They were forced into prostitution, mostly in Argentina. And many of their “owners” were Jewish. It is for that reason alone, many of these unwilling women will be lost to researchers. It’s doubtful that they were buried where their names would be known. Plus many arrived alone from Germany, Austria, and Western Europe. It’s an embarrassing aspect of our history but it must be studied and understood.
Shelley Mitchell, NYC    shemit@...

Re: Illegitimate births circa 1840 #germany

Arline and Sidney Sachs

My g.g.grandfather wrote of his experience in the early and mid 1800s in Kastel (across the river from Mainz).  When he wanted to get married in 1829 he had to get permission from the town, community and state.  To do this he had to prove he would not be a burden on the community.  He was serving as a Chazen and had to have the entire community sign an official paper saying that they would continue to support him. ( I have this document if anyone wants to see it.)  One member of the small community did not sign it.  My ancestor  wrote in his journal that he returned to his room and cried, but the owner assured him that they would make sure he would get it.   Much later the mayor asked the person who would not sign, why he had not signed.  My ancestor wrote "He has yet to answer the mayor".

  Many years later when his daughter wanted to get married, he made the comment about his future son-in-law, who lived in Bischofsheim (now part of Mainz). " Thank goodness he received his permission to marry."
  Remember the early 1800s was a time of great immigration of Germans to America - both Jewish and Christians.

Arline and Sidney Sachs <sachs@...>

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Seeking a Distant FRIEDMAN Connection #ukraine #usa

Matt Friedman

A few weeks ago I viewed an Ancestry map of potential DNA matches and saw a friend, Susan Breslauer, as a potential 4th cousin.  I called her and she exuberantly said that she had recently discovered the identity of her birth father as Marshall FRIEDMAN.  The challenge is that the farthest back known Friedman ancestor from me is 4 generations.  Moshe Leib Friedman who lived in the Horodenka, Ukraine area in a small village Jasienow Polny (with variant spellings).  Two of Moshe Leib's son came to the US.  We know with certainty the identity of all of Moshe Leib's descendants.  None of his European family survived WWII. I am the only remaining male descendant with the name of FRIEDMAN.  The Ancestry list has no Friedmans listed.  We don't know anything about Moshe Leib's extended family.   We don't know if he had brothers or cousins that could potentially have Friedman descendants.  Susan has few details about Marshall but is persuing available records and connections.  So far she has not found a "missing link." Possible geographic connections for Marshall, who would now be in his early 80's, are the Baltimore area and Ohio.  Social media searches haven't led anywhere definitive.  A potential 4th cousin is already a genetic stretch, but it would be wonderful to find a link to other relatives.

Matt Friedman   <mlfriedman@...>

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Seeking ancestors of my paternal grandfather Simon (Shimon, Yehoshua) BERNSTEIN in Kremenchug, Poltava in 1870 #ukraine


I am continually searching over many years for the origins of my paternal grandfather’s family BERNSTEIN.
lsrael Zvi and his wife Cissie (Shayne) gave birth to my paternal grandfather Simon (Shimon, Yehoshua) in Kremenchug, Poltava in 1870.
That information I found on my grandfather’s British citizenship certificate from Kew Archives, London.

Simon married Chana Likhtmakher (Lightman) in Vilna... or on the way... the family settled in Leeds, UK at the side of the Lightman families.
The Bernstein g.grandparents could have been “in migration “... The Pale... South to Kremenchug, maybe originating in Galicia, Prussia, Lithuania.
Up until now... I have absolutely no new ideas and need some help. 

Brenda Bernstein Habshush, Israel   <brentsi@...>

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 

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