View Mate Translation Request - Polish #poland #general

Wendy Griswold

Hello, cousins. Hoping you are all well and safe.

I've posted a vital record in Polish. I would be most grateful for 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 for your help.

Wendy Griswold
Jupiter FL
Researching: BLITZ, PFEIFFER - Zurawno area, Argentina, Uruguay, Israel
DWASS: Ekaterinoslaw

Viewmate translation request - Polish #general #poland

Wendy Griswold

Hello, cousins. Hoping you are all well and safe.

I've posted a vital record in Polish. I would be most grateful for 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 for your help.

Wendy Griswold
Jupiter FL
Researching: BLITZ, PFEIFFER - Zurawno area, Argentina, Uruguay, Israel
DWASS: Ekaterinoslaw

MyHeritage Free Access to a Different Record Collection Starting June 1 #announcements

Jan Meisels Allen


Starting June 1st, and each day in June, MyHeritage will be offering  a different historical record collection which will be available for free.

The collections chosen for this offer were handpicked for their value for family historians and include collections that are exclusive to MyHeritage. Among them are the Sweden Household Examination Books, 1840–19471940 Denmark Census, and U.S. City Directories. Altogether, providing free access to more than 2 billion historical records throughout June!

All the collections are available at: For more information including which collection is available on which day  read the blog post at:


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: Father and son with same given name I have come across #general

Sally Bruckheimer

The custom of not naming children after living relatives is only in Ashkenazi circles. Many Sephardic Jews commonly give names of living parents to their children.
I am not familiar with surnames from Moldova (despite having ancestry in Kishinev), but to me your last name BUZILA sounds like it could have Sephardic origins"
The naming of children after grandparents, living or dead, was followed in Western Europe Ashkenazi as well as Sephardi. But the problem I see in this statement, is assuming a strange name is Sephardic. There are many strange names among Ashkenazi. With many ethnic groups withing a region, using many languages, it is no wonder that we find strange names, without assuming any origin. Jews had to be at least somewhat familiar with the languages used in their area, as they bought and sold with non-Jews, and they dealt with governments.
We need to keep open minds when doing genealogy. Yes, you can guess where somebody may have come from, if it helps find records in that area - I have done that, looking for my ggrandmother's family in St. Louis, and ultimately finding them in NYC; and in another line, finding their origin in wonderful records.
But Guggenheim's Jewish Family Name book suggests BUZILA comes for the Arabic for 'underweight coins'. Whether that is right or not, I don't know, but she agrees with me on the origin of Bruckheimer.
You can also check Beiden's books.
Sally Bruckheimer
Princeton, NJ

New Success Stories to Inspire You! #JewishGenUpdates

Nancy Siegel

Be inspired by three new stories recently published on JewishGen’s Success! Stories webpage. You can access these accounts from the “About Us” button on the website or by following this link:

From Cluj To The Rest Of The World:

The Fate Of The Five Jakab Siblings

by Reinier Heinsman

“He enjoyed the little things, such as going for a walk in the park of Antwerp to admire his favorite tree, a weeping willow. Ferdinand was also a writer, who especially liked to write Hungarian poems. In September 1942, he was deported from Belgium to Auschwitz.” 

Yad Vashem Page of Testimony: 

An Opportunity Lost

 by Richard L. Baum

“... on a whim, I entered my mother’s surname into the Yad Vashem search engine. Sitting in front of my monitor, I was expecting a null result when I was stunned to see two Pages of Testimony “pop up.” Someone had survived. A survivor!”

Doppelgangers, DNA, and Doubts

by Jeremy Frankel

“With a deep sigh and the realization I had to clear my family name, I embarked on a sleuthing expedition of my own. There was little to go on other than the birth mother recalling that the birth father had the name Harris Koenigsberg.”

Thank you to the above authors for sharing their stories, including our Webmaster and Associate Editor, Richard L. Baum. We encourage you to submit your own success stories to us at success@....

Nancy Siegel (San Francisco/CA/USA)

Editor and Director of Communications

Condition of the Jewish cemeteries in Dvinsk, Latvia #latvia


Does anyone know their condition or the availability of the records of whose buried there?


Charles Newman

JewishGen Education offers new Mentored Study Group June 12 - June 28 #general

Nancy Holden

JewishGen Education offers a new Mentored Study Group
The Savvy Searcher
June 12 - June 28, 2020

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information about one of your ancestors?

Wish you could outguess the database you know holds the answer to your
missing information?

Wonder why you need a different set of skills for each database?

Join a Mentored Study group and let's work together as we explore the
major subscription databases, JewishGen and some of the free resources.
Amazing how much we can turn up sharing a problem.

The Savvy Searcher uses more than one source and more than one set of
The Savvy Searcher establishes a bag of tricks.
The Savvy Searcher saves time.
Let's work together to create a list of Tools, Tips, Tricks, Techniques
and Tutorials.

Instructional guides and case studies will be provided.

Students must feel comfortable with computers, with database research
and with posting to the private JewishGen class forum.
Class is open 24/7. Cost is $50 for two weeks.

To Register:
For information, please email the instructor,

Nancy Holden,
Director of Education



I am trying to locate relatives of  my grandfather Hersh Bukowsky family from Skole, Galicia Austria,now Ukraine.
His parentswparents mother Tauba Bukowska and father Israel Shapiro.

What to start research from..

And one more question..

To Skole they came from another place (Bessarabia?

 Marmorosh ? Veretzko?)

In  sub carpatia notes i found about Wachtenheim Sara Feig,it is written in nyzhny studeny births ..where can i see the records.

Any information is appreciated.

Thank you very very much .
Jenny Kanadov Bukowsky
jenya. kanadov@...

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Looking for TZIMBEROV, ROZINSKY, LEVIT, CHENKIN from Novozybkov #russia #general

Lisa Liel

It looks like these four families married with each other over and over in Novozybkov in the second half of the 19th century.  If anyone is researching any of these, please contact me.  Among the marriages I know of are:

Yudel Tzimberov & Lucille Chenkin
Anna Tsimberov & Naum Chenkin
Reva Tsimberov & Moshe Leavitt
Chava Tsimberov & Motel Rozinsky
Yosef Lazar Chenkin & Hinda-Ida Rozinsky
Abraham Chenkin & Sarah-Sophie Rozinsky
Frieda Leavitt & Yona Rozinsky

All living in Novozybkov.

Lisa Liel


Help needed re a mysterious record notation / Jewish Death Records #galicia #ukraine #general

Simon Kreindler

A microfilm from the Mormon Church in Salt Lake City contains the Lviv Jewish Death Records (1805-1870) database. The original is in the Central State Historical Archives of Ukraine in Lviv and was added to Gesher Galicia’s All Galicia Database in 2013. 
The database includes a death record for a man I believe is my great great grandfather, Simon Kreindler.
It includes the Year of Registration of his death,1864,
The town of Record: Lviv (now Lviv, L’vivs’ka oblast, Ukraine)
Town of Death: Solotwine, (Stanislower District)
House Number  360 2/4 (which Gesher Galicia says was a prison in Lviv)
Sex: M
Age: 74
In the comments section of the record next to Simon’s name is the word: “strafling.” 
One other record on the same page also has the notation “Strafling” where others show the names of relatives.
I am told the word “strafling....” means convict or prisoner.

I am curious if anyone else has encountered this notation and can shed any light on why an orthodox Jewish man might have been a convict or, if he was a prisoner, why he might have been incarcerated?

Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated.
Simon Kreindler
Toronto, Canada
Researcher number 6913

Need Help locating s Ship's Manifest, Port of New York /FEUERLICHT family #usa #general #hungary

Alex Magocsi

A number of members of the Herman and Johanna FEUERLICHT family reportedly arrived at the Port of New York on 1 Sep 1891.  Along with Herman und Johanna, daughters Irene and Bertha and sons Albert and Sydney Julius were also in the group of arrivals.

I’ve not been able to find a ship’s manifest for this event.  I have taken the date & port of arrival from naturalization documents for the two sons along with index cards of those naturalization documents.  They were from the Košice / Kassa Region of Austria-Hungary, now Slovakia.

I have reviewed familysearch dot org and also ancestry dot com.

In reference to this family, I have also found the Feuerlicht name transcribed as follows: Firelicht, Faierlikt, Fajerlicht, Feurlicht.  I am sure there are other interpretations.

Can anyone assist me in locating a ship’s manifest?  I do not know their port of departure.  

Alex Magocsi

York Maine / Hamburg Germany

Researching, currently:


 GROSZ, Nyirbator Hungary
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Re: Libraries with Ancestry Remote Access Through ProQuest Has Been Extended Through June 30 #announcements

Elise Cundiff

My library has made it available through a different link than the one used in the library.  One has to be signed into their library account, then the link to "Ancestry Library Edition @ Home" will show up in the list of available resources (if not signed in, only the link to "Ancestry Library Edition" which is only accessible in the library will show). 
 No need to access ProQuest.    I suppose every library is handling this differently.

Re: Earliest Use of Surnames in Europe/Romania? #romania #general #names

Jill Whitehead

When surnames were introduced depended on who the occuping power of the country was and their policy in this regard. In my ancestral area of the Suwalki Lomza gubernias in NE Poland on the borders with Lithuania, East Prussia and what is now Belarus (where the border kept changing), surnames were introduced in the 1820's and 1830's, when new rulers took over after various wars, land grabs and border changes. All my family's ancestors came from this area. 

Some of the names chosen by my family were Brin (said to be named after Brno in Moravia, where they may have come from), Rubenstein or Berenstein (which means red stone after amber which was the major gemstone found in the Baltic area), Serwianski after Lake Serwy, Karpowitz (after the shtetl of Carpowicze), Ceglarski which has a meaning to do with brickwork/building, Karobelnick which means a pedlar, Guttenberg which just means pretty hill, and Plotnovsky which according to whom you listen to could mean a person from Plotsk or a potter or a metal worker. 

As a number of these opted for their patronymic nanes on migration, some of the surnames were shortlived e.g. Ceglarski which was reverted to Abrahams/Abrams.

Jill Whitehead, Surrey, UK

Re: Question re Polish parents' anglicised names on 1896 UK Naturalization Certificate #unitedkingdom #poland

Jill Whitehead

British Naturalisation certificates were based on information submitted by the applicant (always male in the late 19th century) either directly or through their agent. These asked for the names of the applicants' parents, so it would be up to the applicant or their agent, if they chose to anglicise them. The son of my great grand aunt Claude Isaac Michaelson born Edinburgh 1870 (and the first of his family to be born in the UK, and so educated here) was the agent for 40 Edinburgh worthies being naturalised in the 1890's and then the first decade of the 20th century, the first being his three uncles including my Great grandfather Benjamin Brown, and their cousin Arthur Brown. He used the first names of the applicants as they were known in the UK (e.g. Arthur rather than Abraham), but used the original first names for both their male and female parents, being Jacob and Rachel Leah, and Gershon Joseph and Rebecca, who did not migrate.

My great grandfather Joseph Servian (born Josiel Serwianski)  in Liverpool used Lynskeys, Jewish solicitors, for his naturalisation. He did the same as Claude Michaelson in Edinburgh in terms of names. 

In Hull and Grimsby my great grandfather Aaron Guttenberg applied for naturalisation three times before he succeded (there were quotas). His certificate gives his father as Levi Guttenberg , although on Polish records he is given as Leib. Leib lived in Rajgrod until he died aged 95. Aaron called his house Liondale after Leib, and various grandchildren were called Lionel after Leib. All these names were interchangeable. Names were pretty flexible then anyway - Aaron's wife was variusly known as Hadassah, Basha, Bertha, and Betsy.

Jill Whitehead, Surrey, UK

Re: Earliest Use of Surnames in Europe/Romania? #romania #general #names


One has to make a distinction when referring to Romania since it was different for areas which became part of  modern Romania in 1918 — Transylvania, Banat, Maramures, Bucovina all part of Austria Hungary —  or Bessarabia - part of Russia. For the Old Kingdom, the most relevant is Moldova since most Ashkenazi Jews living in Wallachia (Bucuresti) , may have originally arrived from  Moldova.  The vast majority of the Jews came to Moldova in early mid 1800 from former Poland lands, primarily Galicia (then Austria), Podolia (then Russia), Bukovina and Bessarabia. As such, they must have had already surnames from the country of origin. While surnames were required in Moldova/Romania since 1860s, since Jews were not  citizens, those laws were practically not enforced. Therefore I see a phenomenon where the original surnames may not have been used by all, possibly, most Jews. Instead there are many occupational names (Romanian) and patronymics (X sin Y). There is a variability of names found in civil records, e.g. a tailor may be referred as “Croitoru” and later as “Nadler” and who knows what the original Ashkenazi name was. A money changer may have been named (a turkish origin name)  “Zarafu” and his children became “Vecsler”. For Jews which kept their Austrian or Russian received names, A Beider reference books are the best resource. But is may be unknowable, whether someone’s surname in the 20th century reflect an earlier surname or one acquired later.

Luc Radu
Great Neck, NY

My lost Spanish Waller ancestors from Hungary/Spain #hungary #general


want to ask my fellows about the following subject. My Mom and my aunt, used to say, that their father`s ancestors, Sandor Waller, from Hungary,, came from Spain, after the expultion of the jews by the Spanish kingdom    I have a big hole of around 300-400 years of searching. Any idea to be able to find some way to reach them? Thanks

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Seeking descendants of Rebecca and Israel Balkin #unitedkingdom #usa #general #lithuania

Anne Maureen Gilbert

Seeking descendants of Rebecca and Israel (Wolf) BALKIN, Skud (Skuodas) #Lithuania. The BALKIN family moved to Glasgow around 1900. Rebecca's mother Tilly RHODEA (Radaia?) later KRAVETZ emigrated to Chicago, #USA with two brothers by the surname of LEDGIN.
Anne Gilbert, Birmingham, UK.

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DORRA Family Descendants , Egypt/Syria #general

peter isert

Hi there
Does anyone know of any living descendants of my grandparents Raphael & Farida Dorra from Alexandria Egypt but originally from Damascus?
Raphael died in Israel after migrating there after Farida died in 1944 (?) in Egypt.
They had 2 daughters & 5 or 6 sons who scattered all over the world.
Their older daughter migrated to Argentina in the 1920s married Zeitune & had a family there.
Their younger daughter was my mum, Sarine Dorra, who married Herbert Iserstein from Vienna & migrated to Australia.
I’d love to contact the living descendants of my mum’s siblings or of her other relatives or extended family.
They are there somewhere.....
Thanks for your time
Peter Isert
Sarine Dorra’s son
Sydney Australia
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Re: Does anyone know anything about the Jewish community in Pruzana? #belarus

Adam Turner

A couple of old but useful resources that may be helpful:

The Pruzhany Research Project: 

The Pruzhany section of the Children of Pruzany and Surrounding Area pages (also includes nearby shtetls like Malch, Bereza, Seletz, etc.): 

Adam Turner

Re: ViewMate translation request - 4 Yiddish postcards #translation #yiddish


On Thu, May 28, 2020 at 12:24 PM, Wladi Fridman wrote:
It is necessary to copy the link and paste it into a browser space-not click on it.
It won't open that way

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