HIAS esp Philadelphia #usa

dennis gries

Years ago, I visited an office in PHila, and obtained several sheets of records for my father and others for the period 1935-45.


I can’t recall if there was a charge or “suggested donation”.  Somehow, I think there was.   The location of the records changed over the years, first to the Balch (sic) Institute, also in Phila, and then to Temple University Archives.  A Google or similar search engine search will give “you” the exact holders of the materials.  I believe that the LDS/Family Search have films, but I cannot quickly see if they are online.   I no longer live in Phila or nearby,  and Temple is closed due to Covid virus. 


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Re: ID card microfilms reels for Lodz ghetto workers: searching link in Polish State Archives web site (2) #lodz #holocaust


Woman adopted in northern Michigan seeking Hungarian-Italian father's family #usa #dna


What happened to Charles Smolenski #unitedkingdom #usa #germany


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


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


Re: Jewish Argentinians #latinamerica


Fani Jurowics in NY with Berta Davidowitz : Ship Manifest #general


Researching Stalavichy. Molczadski, Mohl #belarus


Entry permit/visa to Germany, period 1928-31 #germany #scandinavia


Re: Viewmate Translation Request - Russian #translation #russia #poland


Re: : HIAS & Ethnic Bank records in Philadelphia, PA #belarus




Re: ID card microfilms reels for Lodz ghetto workers: searching link in Polish State Archives web site #lodz #holocaust
From: Lewis, Megan
Date: Mon, 25 May 2020 09:19:46 EDT

The Lodz ghetto workers cards are indexed on Ancestry via the World Memory Project; access is free.  If you find a match there are instructions on how to order a copy from USHMM.  




Megan Lewis
 Reference Librarian  
NOTE: I am teleworking until further notice
National Institute for Holocaust Documentation
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

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Re: ID card microfilms reels for Lodz ghetto workers: searching link in Polish State Archives web site
From: Howard Fink
Date: Mon, 25 May 2020 14:02:22 EDT

Last year JRI-Poland made available a complete extraction of more than 262,000 registration cards from Łodz, circa 1916-1921. You can read details about this enormous project here:

Search for names:
[hint: specify the Geographical Region as 'Piotrk
ów Gubernia' and the Record Type as 'Census / Books of Residents']

Your results will include a link to click which will take you directly to the high resolution (downloadable) scan of the original card at the Polish State Archives.

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Woman adopted in northern Michigan seeking Hungarian-Italian father's family #usa #dna
From: michelle.cosier@...
Date: Mon, 25 May 2020 09:23:20 EDT

Dear all,

Maybe someone in the Toledo area can help me or other relatives...

I’m doing some family history research for my mom. I read a really nice article on the website about the Birmingham neighbourhood and it's Hungarian heritage.

My mom was adopted in 1965 in Northern Michigan. She had however a Hungarian-Italian father (we think from Toledo). In 1965 he was 34.  His dad was Italian and his mom Hungarian.  From the paperwork back in 1965 it says he was a college graduate, a successful business man, had remodelled homes and sold them. He had very dark brown curly hair, dark brown eyes and a dark olive complexion.  He was a good swimmer, diver, generally liked sports and he was a good singer.  He had excellent health, worked hard and was enthusiastic. 


He would probably be 89 now. 


It’s a really interesting story about my mothers search for her father.  She started off looking for him after she found her biological mother (named Grace Schutte, pronounced shoot) about 20 years ago.  Her biological mother was 22 in 1965 when my mother was born and her father and her must have met 1964 prior and we think in Toledo, possibly at a bar.  They both liked to sing and Grace was an entertainer and possibly also a sales clerk.  Grace hasn’t told us much.  It says in the adoption paperwork that they were expected to be married and then he didn’t accept his domestic responsibilities to want to raise their child.  She showed up at her sister's house back in Michigan pregnant and then my mom was adopted. It was a closed adoption.


Since she’s started looking she’s done a few DNA tests.  50% came back Jewish heritage… probably from the father’s mother's side but a few generations back because on the adoption paperwork it says her father was Protestant.  I'm assuming they must have converted during or after one of the wars. Anyways my mom's DNA is on my heritage, ancestry and 23andme, if you want to look her up and compare feel free or I have GEDmatch and can use kitnumbers.  Ruth Skop is my mom's name.


Maybe you could help me out with some clues…probably a long shot but doesn’t hurt to try.          Looking forward to hearing from anyone!

Sincerely,   Michelle    <michelle.cosier@...>

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What happened to Charles Smolenski #unitedkingdom #usa #germany
From: Sue Coleman
Date: Mon, 25 May 2020 09:36:48 EDT

My greatgrandmother Sheina/Szeyna/Jane/Jenny Cohen nee Smolenski appears on the 1901 census with her two sisters Chayka/Annie Kalinsky nee Smolenski and Tilly/Matilda/Toby (Taube?) Bernstein nee Smolenski. I would dearly love to know where they came from. They lived in Liverpool and Manchester, England. It is believed they had brothers. The census states Sheina was 17 but her youngest daughter thought she was nearer to 14. On the 1901 census the three sisters state they came from Russia but Chayka's grandson told me it could be Memel which, at the time was East Prussia

Family lore tells of a brother "Charlie" who visited them from USA before WW1. On Ancestry, I found a Charles Smolenski who travelled from New York to Liverpool in 1912 aged 22 and originally from Germany which could seem to fit. However, I can't find his original arrival in USA nor his return after his visit

So what happened to him and where did he come from?
Any suggestions welcome. I have searched and searched for their place of birth but with no joy, hence trying a different angle and looking for "Charlie"

Many thanks in advance

Sue Coleman

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Re: Seeking Joseph Weisman, a member of Proskurover in NYC #ukraine
From: David Cherson
Date: Mon, 25 May 2020 09:38:20 EDT

A few people out there might remember me when I was more active in all things Proskurov.  That was my mother's hometown and she and her family (miraculously) survived the 1919 pogrom.   I had always heard that there was a Proskurov shul in NYC but that it doesn't exist anymore.  And that it was established in the late 19th turn of the 20th century. Two of my mother's uncles managed to get out before WWI and that way they were able secure affidavits for the rest of the family in the 1920's.

In regards to the name of the town, I have always insisted that we only use Proskurov because as most people know renaming it Khelmnitzky was salt on the wound of the Jewish people.
  Bogdan Khelmnitzky was one of history's most destructive anti-semites.  In fact within recent years the existing Jewish community has asked the town government to change the name back to Proskurov but they refused.

David Cherson

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Re: Warsaw birth record - why registered 3 months late? #warsaw
From: rchernia@...
Date: Mon, 25 May 2020 09:39:44 EDT

My mother was the fourth daughter born to my grandparents. She was born at the end of January in London, England, and the doctor told my grandmother not to bother too much about this child as she was sickly and not expected to live. My grandmother prevailed and my mother survived. Her birth was registered in April -- although the registration gave her actual birth date. So there's another reason for a delayed registration.
Ruth Chernia,  Toronto, Canada

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Re: Jewish Argentinians #latinamerica
From: jesshschein@...
Date: Mon, 25 May 2020 09:55:12 EDT

There were plenty of Jewish prostitutes all around.

Sholem Ashe's play "Got fun nekome"
 (The Gold of Vengeance) from 1906 is about a brothel in Poland.

New York City's Lower East Side was full of prostitutes.
  In fact, my father told a the story of his first school day. Apparently his parents didn't have time to take him and had left him home so a neighbor volunteered to take him.  He much later found out that she was a prostitute.

A quick search or two on the Internet will provide plenty of information.


Signing your full name to all your messages furthers the spirit of community and mutual assistance that our group depends on.    
                        Full name and place of residence & email address is even better.

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Fani Jurowics in NY with Berta Davidowitz : Ship Manifest #general
From: Moishe Miller
Date: Mon, 25 May 2020 13:49:42 EDT

Dear Group,

My cousin, Fani Jurovits (born 1887), arrived in NY on the Bremen, 24 Sep 1913. Fani was my great-grandfather's baby sister. It was nice to see Fani's father as the last address in Europe. Moses Jurovics, her father, was my g-g-gf, and my namesake.

On the second page of the manifest (attached), Line 26 has Fani listed, together with her cousin, Berta Davidowitz, as going to some address that starts with 120, perhaps Nevins. I am trying to make out the name of her cousin that was her destination, as well as the address. The name is overwrittne. Can anyone read the destination?

The supposed cousin never showed up and Fani and Berta DAVIDOWITZ were released to the Clara de Hirsch Home (see the detained passenger list, attached).

I also checked the Bremen departure lists, but for 1913, they only seem to start in October, and there is a gap back to 1908.

I have found Fani's 1919 NY marriage to Jacob Zeisler, a widower. I would like to find out who this "destination" cousin was and, where was Fani between 1913 and 1919, and how were Fani and Berta related.

Thank you. Stay safe, stay healthy,
Moishe Miller
Brooklyn, NY
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Researching Stalavichy. Molczadski, Mohl #belarus
From: isabelle@...
Date: Mon, 25 May 2020 13:53:12 EDT

I am researching my grandfathers town of origin which is now called Stalavichy.  I am unable to find much about the Jewish community there in the late 1800s.  Any suggestions would be most welcome.  My grandfather and his brother were apparently somewhat educated before they arrived in the US.  Grandfather studied at Cooper Union and became a civil engineer.  Great uncle was a pharmacist.  Would like to know more about how Jewish boys would have been educated in Stalavichy in late 1800s.

Isabelle Selikoff

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Entry permit/visa to Germany, period 1928-31 #germany #scandinavia
From: seth@...
Date: Mon, 25 May 2020 13:53:35 EDT

Can anyone inform me where to find archival material for entry permits and/or visa to Germany during the period 1928-31? The person in question was a Swedish citizen and resident of Norway.

Seth Jacobson

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Re: Viewmate Translation Request - Russian #translation #russia #poland
From: ryabinkym@...
Date: Mon, 25 May 2020 14:01:50 EDT

In Russian:


Состоялось в городе Пжетборц двадцать первого декабря/второго января, тысяча восемьсот девяносто восьмого года, в три часа по полудни, явился еврей Мендель Розенфарб, торговец, тридцати двух лет от роду и в Пжетборце живущий, в присутсвии свидетелей евреев Абрама Зильберштейна, шестидесяти трех лет и Мендла Розенблата, пятидесяти шести лет от роду, торговцев и живущих в городе Пжетборц, предъявили нам мальчика и объявляя, что он родился четырнадцатого/двадцать шестого декабря, текущего года, в пять часов утра, от законной жены Эстер, урожденной Гутерман, тридцати двух лет от роду, и младенцу этому при обрезании совершенному сего дня, дано имя Фишель.  Акт сей присутствующим прочитан и затем нами и свидетелями подписан:   Являющимся безграмотным, Абрам Зильберштейн, Мендл Росенблат.

Бургомистр совершаущий акты гражданского состояния:   Подпись


In English:


Held in the city of Pzheborts on December 21 / January 2, one thousand eight hundred and ninety-eight, at three in the afternoon, a Jew, Mendel Rosenfarb, a merchant, thirty-two years old and living in Pzhetborets, was present, in the presence of Jewish witnesses Abram Zilberstein, sixty-three years old and Mendl Rosenblatt, fifty-six years old, merchants and living in the city of Pzheborts, presented us with a boy and announcing that he was born on the fourteenth / twenty-sixth of December of the current year, at five in the morning, from the lawful wife of Esther, nee Guterman, thirty-two years old, and this infant, when circumcised this day, is given the name Fishel. This act was read by those present and then signed by us and witnesses: Being illiterate, Abram Silberstein, Mendl Rosenblatt.

Civil Mayor: Signature


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Re: : HIAS & Ethnic Bank records in Philadelphia, PA #belarus
From: benagen@...
Date: Mon, 25 May 2020 14:01:56 EDT

I will be happy to pay a fee for a search for Auerbach records. My great-uncle Abraham Auerbach arrived in Philadelphia from Belaya Tserkov, then-Russia now-Ukraine, in 1906. Sam Auerbach, a relative of whom I know nothing, had probably lived in Philadelphia prior to 1906, he signed from Abraham on his citizenship application. Abraham lived in Philadelphia all his life, his son Solomon was a pharmacist.  

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Re: Jewish Prostitution (was Re: Jewish Argentinians) #latinamerica


My friend was Argentinian and she vividly remembered the area where the Jewish prostitutes lived and worked. She was not allowed to associate with them. This is a fabulous book about the subject: Bodies and Souls: The Tragic Plight of 3 Jewish Women Forced into Prostitution in the Americas.  By Isabel Vincent


help with Romanian nicknames #names #romania

Aline Petzold

I found a letter that my mother had written to relatives in Romania.  The letter is to "Fanciu and "Dutu".  Can anyone tell me the English equivalent of these "pet" names?

Re: Khamisa, Labi. Mimon, Gridish, Arud/Barud Dabush, in Zliten, Khoms and Msellata Libya #general



There has always been a lot of movement between the South of Tunisia and Libya - my own grandfather, born in Tunis, spent a year in Tripoli at one point. And we have some MIMOUN/MEÏMON/etc. in Tunisia, which might match your MIMON in Libya. For the other names, they're mostly unheard of in Tunisia, except LABI which we generally think came from Libya in the first place... To me these names sound a lot more Libyan than Tunisian - with the small proviso that we are rather poor in BMD records for the Tunisian South bordering Libya, so I might get the wrong impression. But we do have tombstones indexes (in Zarzis and Gabès), and these names don't appear in them afaik.

Also, it seems quite an achievement to have arrived to the early 1800s in Libya, I would love to hear more on how you did this. But the brick wall in Tunisia at this period is at least as hard as in Libya, if not harder, especially for the Tunisian South. The earliest records we have are those of protected subjects of the French consulate in Tunis from the 1830s (see my book here, together with L. Nedjar:, with very few Libyans. There is for instance a SERUSI of Tripoli (de Barbarie) in 1832, a couple of ZARD in 1850 and 1890, an AÏNOUS in 1846, a HASSAN in 1893. There are a few Libyan Jews in the archives of the French consulates at Tunis and Tripoli, held at the Centre des Archives Diplomatiques in Nantes, France, but mostly from the second half of the 19th century / early 20th.

I hope this helps,


ELLENBOGEN connection to CLARKE or SZKLARKIEWICZ #southafrica #poland

Barry Clarke

From a late 1890s photo taken in BULAWAYO of six men there is my great-great Uncle MAX CLARKE/SZKLARKIEWICZ and my teenage grandfather SAMUEL CLARKE and on the back of the photo is the name ELLENBOGEN. I see several ELLENBOGENS on ancestry websites and note they were from near JEDWABNE where MAX was born, also had lived in LIVERPOOL, UK, as did our family in the early 1900s, and then some were in Bulawayo too, no doubt on the photo. I have communicated with one Ellenbogen descendant, who did not know enough to connect our families. It's a long shot but if anyone has any information, I look forward to hearing from you.

Barry Clarke
British, living in Sarasota, Florida

Re: GRUSZECKA, Anna S. 1911 marriage in Vienna #austria-czech

Thomas Salzberger

In response to the following:
Hello all.
I would appreciate your assistance please.
I wish to locate information for Anna S. GRUSZECKA. I do not know anything about her or her GRUSZECKA roots. I am surprised to find GRUSZECKA/GRUSZECKI in Vienna, Austria. The name has been focused  in Poland.
Many thanks in advance for your much appreciated help.
Be well,
 Jacqueline Gruszecki,  Toronto,Ontario,Canada


I would recommend you double-check the results and do further research also on
It is a free service, you just have to register.

It is a very good source on everything about Austria and also captures parts of Germany, Slovenia, Slovakia and the Czech Republic.
There is an English interface available.
I guess this might be of interest to other subscribers, too.

In your concrete case, I did a quick search that confirms your finding:

Last Name Gruszecka
First Name Anna S.
Code 2 (comment: code 2 means marriage)
Location Stadttempel (comment: that is Vienna's main synagogue in the first district, a nice building, it survived the November Pogrom only because it was too dangerous for neighboring buildings to set it on fire, my great grand parents married there, too; suggest you visit it when in Vienna)
BookVolume T
Date 1911
Number 547
Last Name Bride Birnbaum
First Name Bride Hirsch
(comment: if the main entry is for a female person, "bride" is groom ;-) )

Other than this entry, I also found the following:

No. 14825
Last Name Gruszecka vereh. Birnbaum (comment: "vereh."=German "verehelicht", wich means "married")
First Name Sofia (comment: the S. in the name I guess)
Date of Birth 1886.10.10
Birth Parisch Warschau,(Russland)  (comment: Warsaw part of Russia in a sense)
Rigorosen Date 1912.10.25 (comment: means she graduated from medicine on Oct 25, 1912, a year after she had married in Vienna).

There is another entry according to which she graduated on Oct 31.

Apparently, she was catholic at birth.

Hirsch Birnbaum might have been born in Krakow on July 16, 1885, also studied medicine in Vienna and graduated on March 3, 1912 (or Feb 10).
The different dates may refer to the dates of the last exam and the actual promotion ceremony, perhaps.

You can also find something on Hirsch at "Krakow vital records: births" on Jewishgen.
father BIRNBAUM Jeruchem
mother CYPRES Chaja Tauba
mother's father Dawid
mother's mother Beila

Should you need further support, feel free to send me a private email.

Best wishes

Looking for parents/family of Regine Heckscher b. 5 Aug 1823 married to Ephraim Salomon in Altona #germany #names


Looking for parents/family of Regine Heckscher b. 5 Aug 1823 married to Ephraim Salomon in Altona 

Her daughter Helene H Salomon (1853-1940) married to Adolph M. Engers my great grandfather.

thanks in advance!

Howard Engers
1297 Founex

Re: Sharing family tree information #general

Theo Rafael

It seems that people get too hung up on "my work, my tree". It's not a contest of who has the largest or "the best" tree, though some seem to go that route. I think of it more in terms of uncovering the truth. 
Yes, you put in many years of research and built a well documented ancestors' tree, are you going to take it to the grave? What's the use of having it hidden or only shown in private to a few? It's your right of course to do that, but I would lighten up and think of it more in terms of researchers displaying/publishing their work for all to see.
I think that quite the contrary, having your research out in the open especially if you have done a great job with proper documentation, will correct errors that others may introduce now or in the future and will survive the test of time... This could be of particular interest when remote relatives bump into your research now or years later...
I for myself am very thankful to a couple of relatives that worked on their tree and made it possible for me years later to connect my research to theirs, many years after they have expired...
Obviously that's my opinion, quite a few seem to disagree.

Theo Rafael

RAFAEL - Algyogy/Geoagiu and related Hunyad/Hunedoara county towns in Transylvania (Romania / Hungary / Austria-Hungary empire)
DEUTSCH -Ókanizsa / Magyarkanizsa / Kanjiza in Serbia / former Austria-Hungary and Yugoslavia.
MARMOR, SPITZ, KOHN, HERZLINGER in the Transylvania region
BLEICHER (Moldova/Bukovina), etc

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

Theo Rafael

You can search on the internet, there are sites that specialize in this kind of contract hiring in which different people offer different services (some do translations) and buyers can solicit price quotes. Of course quality can vary significantly as do prices.
Take for instance as an example. Good luck!

Theo Rafael

Searching for:
RAFAEL - Algyogy/Geoagiu and related Hunyad/Hunedoara county towns in Transylvania (Romania / Hungary / Austria-Hungary empire)
DEUTSCH -Ókanizsa / Magyarkanizsa / Kanjiza in Serbia / former Austria-Hungary and Yugoslavia.
MARMOR, SPITZ, KOHN, HERZLINGER in the Transylvania region
BLEICHER (Moldova/Bukovina), etc

Re: Austria, Vienna: Exit questionnaire & visa documents #austria-czech

Debbie Lifshitz

Would minors who left via Kindertransport or Youth Aliyah have filled out these forms as well? (i.e. by their parents/ guardians?)
Debbie Lifschitz

Re: Jewish Argentinians #latinamerica

Bernard Flam

Hi from Paris,
Dear Shelley,

A French investigation journalist reported on "Jewish white slave trade" in Argentina (1927).
 To be compared to Joseph Pulitzer,   Albert Londres (1884 – 1932) was a French journalist and writer
One of the inventors of investigative journalism, Londres not only reported news but created it, and reported it from a personal perspective.
He criticized abuses of 
colonialism such as forced labour.
Albert Londres gave his name to a journalism prize, the 
Prix Albert-Londres, for Francophone journalists (Wikipedia).
 Some of his most important "Reports from foreign countries" have been reprinted in 2017.

 One is "On way to Buenos Aires, 1927" and is dedicated to what was called "White slave trade", the old name for human trafficking of white women to countries out of Europa. Londres started his investigation with gangs from South of France (remember the movie "French connection"), how they take control of young women, how they cross ocean on a ship and how they organize their trade and live in Argentina. 

Some French young women tell their story.
Paper is 145 pages long.


As this trade was also organized by a lot of other international criminal gangs, 5 pages are devoted with "(Jewish) Polaks" title to the women concerned by our posts : how they were "negotiated" in Poland with a lot of promises to their families, and how they were exploited by their Jewish pimp in Buenos Aires.


These are the facts, not fake news...


Unfortunately to you, these pages are in French, nobody is perfect...

But I can scan them and send to you, ask by private mail.


In the same 2017 book, there is a large report "The wandering Jew has come home" (1930, 160 pages).
Londres traveled from Poland to Palestine and back, giving words to our "Vanished world" of Roman Vishniac's pictures.


Bernard Flam

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


Searching :


FLAM, AGID, STOLTZ around Lemberg


Re: Hebrew gravestone translation #translation

Debbie Lifshitz

The correct date is 8 of Heshvan which corresponds with the Secular date 14 October (Of that year)
12 is a misreading of the word "yom" which means day.
All the best,
Debbie Lifschitz

Recherche généalogique sur Samson BROCKMAN/RAJSWING #poland #israel


Je recherche une famille liée à Samson Brockman, a quitté sa famille en 1920 dans le village d'Opoczno, en Pologne, et immigré en Palestine. Après plusieurs années, Samson Brockman est retourné rendre visite à sa famille en Pologne, où il a rencontré Frida de la famille Rajswing ils sont retournés ensemble en Palestine et en 1924, ils sont mariés.
mais je n'ai pas d'autres informations que ce lien en hébreu

Je voudrais savoir si Frida RAJSWING est de ma famille, mon grand père Leib RAJSWING était né à MOGIELNICE et mon père à Opoczno

Je vous remercie.
Je suis Dany RAJSWING de Paris France

Looking for information on Akiba (Kive) Stein or Stern #hungary

sylvia vanderhoeft <sylvia.vanderhoeft@...>

We are still looking for the origins of AKIBA (KIve) STEIN OR STERN, born in Nowy Sacz Galicia around 1805. He lived in Màd Hungary as from 1824 we think. We found the family in Màd thanks to the a lady called Marian Frank  but nothing about his life before he left Nowy Sacz or his origins, or birthdate. we found information that there was a big fire in his birthtown in 1854 which destroyed all documents.I tried the authorities in Poland but got no reply. We would be grateful for any information.

Re: GRUSZECKA, Anna S. 1911 marriage in Vienna #austria-czech

Johann Hammer

Hello Jacquie,
The comment refer to a civil marriage, but the marriage was also registered in the books of the Jewish Community of Vienna.
You can find this marriage on FamilySearch:
Source: Austria, Vienna, Jewish registers of births, marriages, and deaths = Österreich, Niederösterreich, Wien, Matriken der Israelitischen Kultusgemeinde, 1784-1911
Heiraten [Marriages] (1. Bezirk, Innere Stadt) 1910-März (Nr. 55) 1914, row no. 547
Anna Sophie Gruszecka
born in Warsaw on 10 October 1886, unwed
belonging to the jurisdiction of Cracow (Krakow)
daughter of
Wojciech Gruszecki and
Josefine Anna née Certowicz
Kind regards,

Re: Polish Surname Ending in "-ów" #names #poland #translation

Dr.Josef ASH

in yiddish this -er means, I think, of smbdy, descendant of smbdy, son of smbdy...
this is also the meaning of Russian -ov (and Polish -ow)
In your searching list MESCHER/MEZAK had decided to throw this suffix out. for convenience.
why another your family WEINER/VENER had changed W to V? for convenience. because they lived, I'm sure, in Russia and russian language has no W.
I don't think it should be called translation
Josefr ASH, Israel

Looking for relatives named LEVITES #bessarabia #latinamerica


I am looking for any information related to my background. I don't know much about my family. My father, Sulim Levites, had four brothers: Israel, Aron, Henrique, and Blandina. All siblings moved to Brazil, first in Bahia and then São Paulo. My grandparents' names are Enta and Shaia. I was able to find one record with the name Ienta Levitis ( sure if she is my grandmother though and nothing about my grandfather.

Moreover, my father and his siblings were born in Otaci. I was able to find many records by looking for the Surname "Levites" and phonetically similar. How do I know if any is related to me?

Anita      kastamp@...

Conscription record #russia

Cheryl Lynn Blum

I believe this is the conscription record for my Great Uncle Benjamin, who is 21 at this time. My cousin, his granddaughter, wants to know about the conscription process. We know Benjamin got married in 1912. Is that possible if he was conscripted? 

Re: 1918 flu pandemic lists #general

Ina Getzoff

My paternal  great grandfather who came to the US in 1913 and lived in Brooklyn died of the Spanish Flu in 1918. I have a copy of his death certificate which indicates influenza and because of the time period and previous family history I have heard I believe it was the Spanish flu. 
Unfortunately, there is no longer anyone in the family to verify the story or even t give me a history of what actually happened during that time. Wish there was but all if know about it is what I have read.
Ina Getzoff
Delray Beach, Fla.

Jewish Agricultural Colonies in Kansas #usa

Jeff Marx

For those of you researching Jewish agricultural colonies in the US, especially in Kansas, my article on the history of the Touro and Leeser colonies was just published in Kansas History: A Journal of the Central Plains 43, no. 1 (Spring 2020). In it, I advance a new theory for the failure of the colonies. The article also explores the backgrounds of the following Jewish colonists: Adler, Gerson, Herbst, Hindin, Isenberg, Lazarovnik, Mayer, Mogilewich, Retsky, Saibelson, Schulman, Stotter, Warschawski, and Zatulovsky. It is available through the Kansas Historical Foundation (

Jeff Marx

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