Re: Illegitimate births circa 1840 #germany


This was very common. Weddings performed by Rabbis were not recognized by the government. I have found several birth records of my ancestors in Galicia that are all noted as illegitimate.

Ed Rosenblatt

Re: Anglicised surname #ukraine #unitedkingdom #names

Jill Whitehead

The answer is Yes and No. The migrant may have anglicised their name - in my family's cases Brin became Brown, Serwianski became Servian, and Guttenberg became Graham. However a significant number reverted back to their patronymic name. So again in my family's case, Ceglarski became Abraham and then Abrams after my great grandfather Nathan's father's first name Abraham/Abram.Yet others used names that related to occupation or bore no apparent relationship to anything. So my great grand uncle Baruch Serwianski became Barnet Servian and then Barnet Silverman - he made mirrors which required silvering - and later when he emigrated a second time from Liverpool to Chicago (after 40 years in Liverpool) he became Bernard Maxwell (after his father Mordecai or Max). My great uncle changed his name from Abraham Jacob Servian to Albert Lynam. We do not know where this name came from.

Jill Whitehead, Surrey, UK

Re: 2 Questions about my great aunt's entry on a passenger manifest #general


I wasn't able to view the attachment, but assume you are talking about an arrival at New York on the Rjindam Aug 20 1906.

Chane is going to her husband, and Sima is going to the same person.  Sima is going to her "br.i.l." (brother in law).  That would make Chana and Sima sisters in law, shortened to "sis" in the notation.  

Whether this was truly their relationship I cannot say, but the annotations tell us that's what the immigrant inspector understood their relationship to be.

Marian Smith

Correction to IGRA Upcoming Events #jgs-iajgs #events

Garri Regev

The Hebrew Zoom session is on Wednesday, June 10 at 9 pm Israel time.

דניאלה אליגון - איך עולים על עקבותיהם של קרובי משפחה שחיו בוינה (אוסטריה) ובונים  את הסיפור שלהם? מסע בין אתרי אינטרנט וארכיונים
מקומיים במטרה להכיר קרוב משפחה שנספה בשואה ולא הותיר צאצאים

Sorry for the earlier incorrect date.

Garri Regev

Is anyone researching the SHINDELMAN / BLEKHER family from Jonava, Lithuania? #lithuania

Roy Ogus

Is anyone researching the SHINDELMAN family from Jonava, Lithuania, or from other neighboring towns in this region?
The fragment of the SHINDELMAN family tree I’m interested in is as follows:
-  Freda Lea SHINDELMAN, the daughter of David SHINDELMAN, married Khaim-Josel BLEKHER, the son of Gavriel BLEKHER, in 1870 in Jonava.
-  They had a daughter, Khava Raina BLEKHER, born in Jonava, in 1872.
I would appreciate hearing from anyone who can provide any more information about this family, or has a connection to this family.
Many thanks!
Roy Ogus, Palo Alto, California   r_ogus at

ViewMate - Need help translating Russian Passport and with questions about same #translation


Hi everyone. I was hoping someone could help me with my great great grandmother's passport.  It is on ViewMate -

Mostly, I'm interested in the word written in all by itself on the upper left.  I have no idea what language.  Below, I can see it lists my great great grandmother Kayla Leah, and the children who traveled with her.  The passport is Russian, but most of the words seem to be French or German.
Reply only using the form at ViewMate

Thanks,   Greg Marrinan

Need help transating attached record from JRI Poland #poland #translation

Shari Kantrow

Hi All,
I’m hoping someone can kindly help with the translation of this birth record from JRI-Poland, especially of the father’s parents. I know the mother’s parents are Berisch and Ruchel SCHAPIRE.
I would love to know anything else it says on these records.
Send translations using the "reply to sender" link or by private Email to <sjoysk@...>

Thank you in advance,  Shari Kantrow

Re: Ellis Island deportation hearings, BOROFSKY #usa #russia

David Oseas

Deportation hearing records may exist, if the case was appealed to INS headquarters in Washington, DC.

Depending on the time frame and circumstances, you may need to research at NARA, or request through the USCIS Genealogy program.

See this USCIS article for details:
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

Translation of records in Polish - family name WROCLAVSKI #poland #translation

Crivorot, Sergio

I've posted three records in Polish for which I need a transcription to a  typed version also in Polish, which I will use for a family book I am creating. With the typed version, I can get it translated through Google, so I don’t really need it to be translated. But I don’t understand Polish and I am unable to read those handwritten versions, so if you can help transcribe it, it would be much appreciated. They are on ViewMate at the following addresses:

Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page.

Thank you so much.


Sergio Crivorot
maternal side - WAJC, WROCLAWSKI, WAJNBAUM, LAUFER - Opatow, Poland
paternal side - KRIVOROT, LIPOVETZKI, YANKELEVICH - Bessarabia

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

Carolyn Lea

I apparently did something wrong because my message did not appear!  As others have said ethnicity is less important than matches as ethnicity is only an estimate and it changes when companies do an update. I recommend reading Judy Russell's blog on ethnicity estimates. 
Here are a few.

And there are more! Also, because you are 1/2 Jewish your matches are more likely to be more distant than what is indicated (although FTDNA does adjust for this). In the latest incarnation on FTDNA my mother's German Ancestry became Scandinavian. Judy's was and she now has some German. her father was from Germany and his families lived in the same area for at least the last 200 yrs!

Hope this is helpful. 

Carolyn Lea (Schwarzbaum)

Subject: Seminar Embracing its Jewish Legacy: Has Lithuania reached a milestone? #events #lithuania

Joel Alpert

It starts at 9 am Thursday

More information about the event can be found here:

Full programme of the 9th Litvak Days in London can be found here:

To register

ViewMate translation request - Hungarian #hungary #general


I've posted a vital record in Hungarian  for which I need a translation. It is on ViewMate at the following address ...
Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page.
Thank you very much.

Toivy Kahan

ViewMate translation request - Hungarian #hungary #general


I've posted a vital record in Hungarian for which I need a translation. It is on ViewMate at the following address ...
Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page.
Thank you very much.
Toivy Kahan

MyHeritage Germany North Rhine Westphalia Death Index 1870-1940 #germany #announcements

Jan Meisels Allen


















MyHeritage announced an exclusive hsitorical recocollection from Germany, the North Rhine Westphalia Death Index 1870-1940. The collection includes 2,450,551 records along with scanned images of the original documents. The images have been fully indexed by MyHeritage for the first time, making the information more accessible and readily searchable than ever before. These records are available only on MyHeritage, and are an invaluable resource for anyone researching their German roots.

To search the records go to:


Searching this collection is free. To view these records or to save records to your family tree, you’ll need a Data or Complete subscription


To read more see:

Original url:


The state of North Rhine-Westphalia is the most populous state of Germany with over 17.5 million inhabitants. During the period covered by the records in the collection, the region comprised 3 provinces: Westphalia, North Rhine, and the German Free State of Lippe. They were unified by the British after World War II.


The records may contain the following information: certificate number, date of registration which is different from the actual death date, name and occupation of the person reporting the death, given name, last name (and maiden name, if applicable) of the deceased, gender, religion, date and place and time of death, age at death, date and place of birth, residence and often other important information such as spouse and parents.


Millions more records will be indexed and added to this collection in the future, in a series of planned updates.


I usually do not post about additions to collections for any of the genealogical organizations but since this is an exclusive collection an exception is being made.


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: ROZENBERG in Leeuwarden ; Friesland ; Netherlands #general

Pieter Hoekstra

As Nick mentioned, has quite a bit of data on this name.
Leeuwarden, being capital of Friesland, you will get more data from Frisian records site The site is down for maintenance today but I would not expect for long. Some data can be accessed in English. Switch language top right corner of page. Use a translator such as google to convert any words that slip through the net such as column titles.

The following Fb group is in English and contributors very helpful. "Friesland Groningen & Drenthe Genealogy"
You can also look at which is in English.

I would normally dive into this but I am in hospital post open heart surgery and not thinking very clearly.

W(V)INKOF(V)SKYs from near Dombrova, Poland #poland

Mel Comisarow

I have memoir of one Esther STEIN, who states that circa 1922 her grandmother Sarah VINIKOVSKY had an elderly male cousin living in a small town near Sokolka, Poland (53.408, 23.500). A good guess for this small town is Dombrova Bialostocka, Poland (53.65, 23.35), which is 28 km/17 miles from Sokolka. Does anyone know of VINIKOV(SKY)s/WINIKOFFs from some small town near Solkolka, Poland? Thanks.

Riga and Latvia phone books#latvia


Would somebody have the Riga and Latvia phone books from 1945 onwards (or any selection from 1945 to 1980 approx) or would know how and where to find them?
Best regards
reply to 

Refugee Ship #general


Any descendants from refugee ship, Villa De Madrid  out of Barcelona, June 21, 1941, finally arrived in US July 13, 1941. What happened to the refugees?

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

Carolyn Lea

Ethnicity is used as a way to sell tests but not the most reliable part of testing - as Others have said. And if you are even 1/2 Jewish as I am your Jewish "cousins" may be much farther out than what the program says. FTDNA does adjust for this to a degree. For more info on ethnicity estimates see Judy Russell's most recent post on this topic.

She has several others usually with something about soup - Like not soup yet - etc.

And there are more!  

My newest estimate from FTDNA's last update erases all my German ancestry on my mother's side and Judy had this same issue at one time and still does. Now I am Scandinavian. Understanding immigration patterns and the movement of Germanic tribes can help explain part of this. 

Re: Ship Manifest codes #usa

Stephan Owen Parnes

David Rosen is correct about the totals representing the count of males and females on the manifest page.


The reason for the various subtotals as you move down the page has to do with the tally of the passengers by nationality.  Thus, on this page, for example, there are 2 males and 0 females from England, 1 male and 0 females from Bohemia, 2 males and 1 female from Holland, 9 males and 5 females from Germany, and so forth.


The tally is usually to the right of the first mention of a particular nationality as you move down the manifest.  Here, however, you may note that the tally for Germany is found to the right of the second entry for Germany.  Nevertheless, this is how it operates.


I learned about this when I was a volunteer at the now closed genealogy room at the National Archives branch in Pittsfield, MA, in the mid 1990s.


You can read more about manifest notations in a blog entry by Stephen Danko, here and here


Stephan Parnes

Great Barrington, MA


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Sent: Wednesday, May 27, 2020 12:29 PM
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Subject: Re: [] Ship Manifest codes #usa


These numbers in the last column are a count of the males - females on the passenger list. It is easily confirmed by looking at the column with the heading "Sex" and adding up the males and the females.  At the bottom of the last column there should be a total, e.g.,  16 -11- 27.   It was common to see this on passenger lists of this period.  There must have been a reason for doing this, but I have not seen it explained.

David Rosen, Boston, MA

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