Re: Vetting family tree submissions to genealogy sites for data soundness #general

JoAnne Goldberg

I don't see any of the sites validating user-submitted data. But they
have no problems charging us for access to information, often flawed,
provided by other customers!

It's hard to balance the value of sharing our research with the fact
that it's all too easy for anyone to add bad data.
JoAnne Goldberg - Menlo Park, California; GEDmatch M131535


Bessarabia Research Division: Update for the Month of May 2020 #bessarabia #ukraine

Yefim Kogan

Dear researchers,


Here is an update for the Bessarabia Research Division projects for the month of May 2020. 

See also at What's New at Bessarabia SIG website.


Bessarabian Databases. Updates:

-- Revision Lists, plan to upload to JewishGen in June/July of 2020. A number of Revision List sets are going to be completed for towns of Kishinev, Khotin, Bendery, Beltsy, etc,, see the progress at

There are already 5706 records already completed.

Special thanks to Claire Stuart, Yuriy Daylis, Alan Levine, Vladimir Bokser


Jewish Cemeteries. Progress:


  • Kishinev Jewish Cemetery. Photographing of Sector 1 is completed, and hopefully we will finish indexing, deciphering the inscriptions and going to send it in summer time to JOWBR.
  • Beltsy Jewish Cemetery. Next phase of photographing is done, and hopefully we will complete the rest and send to JOWBR soon.
  • Teleneshty Old and New Jewish Cemeteries. It appears that not all translations of the inscriptions were done right, and we have more images of tombstones from Joyce Field which were not included. There will be more new records added soon.
  • Vila Mariana Jewish Cemetery, San Paulo, Brazil. There are going to be some photos attached to records, and we will add them to JOWBR records.


Please let us know if you have any questions, comments, or you want to help us in our projects.


Inna Vayner, Yefim Kogan

Co-Directors of Bessarabia Reserach

Re: Hate laws chronology #slovakia

David Lewin

At 14:11 03/06/2020, you wrote:
I am looking to resolve contradictions in chronology of these hate
laws which child witnesses still alive report starting years before
the codex legislature passed in 1941. I need also dates of when
these actions took effect in eastern Slovakia esp Michalovce. I want
to compare dates of yellow armband and yellow star mandates there
and in entire Slovakia and compare to remainder Europe. Same for not
being allowed in parks or certain streets. I cant find detailed
clear sources that dont contradict. Thank you.
Feigie Teichman 2G

David Lewin

Search & Unite attempt to help locate people who, despite the passage
of so many years since World War II, may still exist "out there".
We also assist in the process of re-possession of property in the
Czech Republic and Israel.
See our Web pages at and at

The Berger family of Panevezys, Lithuania. #lithuania

Does anyone know what happened to the Berger family of Panevezys, Lithuania  during WWll?

CLARKE and MYERS Families, mainly in CAPE TOWN but also JO'BURG and DURBAN (Some Clarkes earlier in BULAWAYO) #southafrica #unitedkingdom

Barry Clarke

If anyone happens to know anything about any of those named below, I would be very grateful if you would contact me.

I believe the first of the CLARKES in S. Africa were MAX and ESTHER (nee LANDSBERG) CLARKE (originally SZKLARKIEWICZ or similar) from JEDWABNE or region, Poland. They had lived in the UK (I believe DUBLIN, IRELAND) in the 1880s/1890s, then BULAWAYO in the 1890s/early 1900s, then CAPE TOWN.


Montague/Monty married ANGELA. He was a psychiatrist. For unknown reason they committed dual suicide when he was in his eighties. They had a daughter DEANNE CLARKE.

Norman married JEAN (I believe they divorced). I believe he was a stockbroker in JO'BURG. Their children were PENELOPE and PETER CLARKE. Evelyn married PERCY GOULDMANN (but changed family name to SCOTT). Their daughter was BENITA who married a POPE.

Max's sister was MOLLY CLARKE (my great-grandmother). She had been married in POLAND to a STEIGLITZ/SZTYGLIC OR SIMILAR but he apparently died or was killed in the early 1880s while in the army around the time their son, my grandfather SAMUEL, was born. Molly emigrated at that time to DUBLIN and LIVERPOOL UK before CAPE TOWN around 1905.

Molly married JACOB CLARKE in the UK. In addition to SAMUEL CLARKE, they had a daughter GERTIE CLARKE and a son HENRY CLARKE.

SAMUEL married AMELIA BARNETT in the UK and emigrated to UK about 1911. Their children were DENIS Clarke and ARLETTE who emigrated to JO'BURG and married JULES ABELMAN.

GERTIE CLARKE married JOSEPH/JOE MYERS. Joseph's mother was ANN BUIRSKI. Their children were LOLA MYERS who married and divorced HEINZ TRADELIUS in DURBAN, and HORACE/HORATIO MYERS, apparently a child genius who became a doctor, and married and divorce LISELOTTE ASCH.

HENRY CLARKE married AIMEE TUCHTEN who from a previous marriage had a daughter BABETTE. He worked for a shipping company F. J . FAWKES.

I hope to hear from anyone who has even the slightest information about any of these names. That would be much appreciated.

Barry Clarke
From London and Hove, UK, originally. Living now in Sarasota, Florida

Re: accessing US census by address #general #usa

Russ Maurer

I can't improve on the suggestions for the 1905 state census - you have to find the enumeration district.

But for the federal censuses, if you are an user, navigating to the census listing for a specific street is easy, and you can even navigate to a specific address in the 1900, 1920, and 1940 censuses (and 1930, with a little luck). No need for Steve Morse (much as I love him), two-step, finding the enumeration district, browsing through lots of pages, etc.


To navigate to a specific street, just enter the street name in the keyword field of the All Collections search form or the Census & Voter List search form, e.g., "halsey street". Make it exact. The quotes are not required, but they help. If you omit them, or omit street, the search will also return records of people named Halsey. You need to know how the street was indexed and may have to try several variations to hit the right one, e.g., "West 3rd street", "W. 3rd street", "West Third street", "W. 3 St." etc.

To go to a specific house number, you need to start over and select a census first. To do this, from the home page, first select "Census and Voter Lists" from the Search drop-down. Then, in the right side bar in the Narrow by Category box, click on US Federal Census Collection. Then scroll down below the search form to find the list of US censuses. Pick the one you want.

The reason for doing this is that each individual census has a custom search form, generally with many more options than the generic census search form. The 1900, 1920, and 1940 search forms include a field for the house number (you can continue to put the street name in the keyword field). Note that the indexing of house numbers in 1920 was rather indifferent. You will get many fewer hits than expected, but open one up and the other residents at the same address will be adjacent.

For 1930, where there is no house number field in the search form, you can try adding the house number to the keyword field. This works most effectively if the house number does not also occur as a year, an age, a family number, an enumeration district, an income, or any of the other numbers that appear on a census page.  For example "14 avenue" 4600 as the keyword (Kings county, New York) pulls up the residents of 4600 14th avenue very nicely.

The 1910 census is the only one of the 20thC censuses for which the house numbers were not indexed at all, and thus there is no option to navigate directly to a house number.

I have no connection to

Russ Maurer
Pepper Pike, OH

Re: FTJP-Family Tree of the Jewish People #general #courland

Steven Warner

In response to Jill Whitehead's post, I don't think that you can fault Geni totally for the problem of people adding misinformation to your work. I think that for the most part there are too many researchers who are more interested in the number of people in their tree rather than the accuracy of their information. I have had several cases where people have taken info from my data on FTJP and used it as their own. Additionally, they have made errors in their transcriptions which have been perpetuated by being copied by others. The important point in researching is to basically do your own work and check facts as you do not know the accuracy and methodology of someone else's research.
Steven Warner
researching: WORMS from Sulzbach am Main & Aschaffenburg, Germany
                     FRANK from Kleinostheim, Germany

Re: Old Jewish Vilna Cemetery #lithuania


Since I am actively involved with this project, I am sorry to inform you that the Jewish people are in urgent need of assistance to stop the desecration of the cemetery. Before Corona, the Lithuanian government was about to issue a tender for the reconstruction of the dilapidated Sports Palace to use it as the Lithuanian National Conference Center! For more up-to-date information, please visit the movement's website: SAVEVILNA.ORG. If you wish, you may contact me directly regarding this hugely important Jewish initiative.

Rabbi Elchonon Baron
Ahavas Torah Baranovich

Re: FTJP-Family Tree of the Jewish People #general #courland


If you are serious about your work, stay far, far away from Geni.

The last time FTJP stopped updating trees, there was some message that said you could upload it to Geni and it would get to FTJP. Well. I uploaded 20 years of my life's work to Geni and within a week the entire tree, about 2000 people, was attached to somebody else, somebody who has absolutely no interest in my family. They have a word for those people that I can't think of right now but I call them collectors. Geni's goal is to have one big family tree for everybody so they just cut and paste your work together with other, less diligently researched trees. I deleted my tree from Geni as soon as I saw what was going on but it's still there under the collector's name, and if anybody has any questions about my family, the collector just says, "oh, that's not my tree, I don't know." And I get no notification of this. Also, once it's out of my hands, other people started "correcting" it, making changes to my well-documented facts. YES, this woman married her second cousin, and YES, her father's surname is different from his father's because there was a name change, which is why you're not seeing the relationship, but this is definitely right because I have documentation of the name change and the birth and marriage records on both sides.

I don't know what's going on with FTJP right now. I haven't updated my file in a few years, and frankly I'm not crazy about FTJP since their last change. The "interactive" part doesn't work in many browsers, and even when it works it doesn't work well. I try to keep my information there in case any relatives are using it and come across it but it's been years since I've gotten any inquiries. I liked the way the old one worked, and I replicated it in XSLT for my own use at home.

Tracey Rich, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Re: Headstone translation help - Hebrew #translation



Good morning Karen,


Here lies or here is buried (abbreviation on top)

Mordechai Re’uven

Son of Yehuda Levine

Passed 5 Iyar 5696

May his soul be gathered in eternal life (abbreviation on bottom)

Shalom, Malka Chosnek


Re: FTJP-Family Tree of the Jewish People #general #courland

rv Kaplan

I keep my master family trees on my own computer, where I have complete control. I have versions of my trees on JewishGen FTJP, My Heritage and Geni, but don't always have time to update them all. I have them there in case distant cousins get in touch, which they do from time to time. I find Geni the biggest problem. As soon as I turn my back, someone comes along and adds duplicate cousins, or grafts on whole new branches, or swaps parents and generally messes up my data. They very rarely consult before doing this. Because of this, I treat data on Geni with a lot of suspicion!
Harvey Kaplan
Glasgow, Scotland

Died while in the army sometime between 1880 and 1883 SZTYGLIC/STEIGLITZ or similar spellings #poland #russia

Barry Clarke

My great-grandfather died or was killed while in the army (would have been in Russian army most likely if he was a RUSSIAN POLE, as was his wife). This would have been between 1880 and 1883. Nobody knows his first name. My father believed his family name was STEIGLITZ OR SIMILAR but I am told, while this is possible as parts of Russian Poland were previously in Prussian Empire, the name would more likely be SZTYGLIC OR SIMILAR. Basically, I am optimistically hoping that someone knows of a such-named Russian Pole with this history! The only certain other info I have is that his wife's (my great-grandmother) was MOLLY (MALKA?) SZKLARKIEWICZ OR SIMILAR born early 1860s, maybe in JEDWABNE, where we know her brother MAX (MAKSYMILLIAN?) was born around 1870. Their parents were MARKS AND ZLATO SZKLARKIEWICZ OR SIMILAR. Steiglitz/Styglic and Molly had a son, SAMUEL, my grandfather, born 22 April 1881. We don't know where they married or where Samuel was born. Steiglitz/Styglic apparently died shortly before or shortly after Samuel was born. Molly emigrated to the UK sometime 1881 to 1883. She married a JACOB CLARKE from SEIDLCE who she met on the boat over to the UK, and so my grandfather was given the family name Clarke. Hence, no knowledge about Steiglitz/Sztyglic. Any ideas welcome.

Barry Clarke,
Originally from London and Hove, UK, but living in Sarasota, Florida

Vetting family tree submissions to genealogy sites for data soundness #general


In the responses to a recent post (FTJP-Family Tree of the Jewish People) there was some discussion about Geni and some other sites failing to check the soundness of data in submitted family trees.  My question is, do any of these sites perform such checks?  And if they do, how? As desirable as that would be (it would be great!), I can't imagine that any of these sites have enough staff or resources or algorithms to be able to perform such checks.  Or am I missing something?

Erika Gottfried
Teaneck, New Jersey

Re: Early 1900s records from Rosario, Argentina #latinamerica



The JCA applications names for Argentina have recently been added to  For now, it can be found through a global search.

Rob Weisskirch
Former moderator, Latin American SIG

Re: Polish estate near Bela Tserkva PRITZKER FAMILY #ukraine


Susan, I just sent a reply and then searched for the Branitsky (sorry, used to Russian spelling) in Russian.

Here is what Wiki says: "Countess Alexandra Vasilyevna Branitskaya, nee Engelhardt, known as Sanya (1754 - September 15, 1838, Bila Tserkva) is the niece and lover of Grigory Potyomkin, wife of the Crown Hetman of Poland, Xavier Branicki." I'll be happy to translate the entire article and look for more info on the family. It's possible that the Alexandria you're looking for was named after her most distinguished grandmother(?).


Re: Polish estate near Bela Tserkva PRITZKER FAMILY #ukraine


Hi Susan,

My maternal grandfather's line is from Belaya Tserkov (Averbukh, Kuppershmidt, Gabovich, Zurakhov) and my grandmother frequently mentioned the Branitskys. They were Polish which was not unusual because the region had belonged to Poland at some point. The family pretty much owned the town by keeping many merchants and artisans in business; it was rather benevolent. My grandmother, the family's seamstress beginning from a young age, would run to the Branitsky estate when Countess Branitsky was in town in order to catch sight of her and "copy" the latest fashion. There were even sayings in Belaya Tserkov for someone who considered themselves superior: "Look at him, a new Branitsky." 

My mother-in-law was from Tarashcha and an adjacent hamlet Stavishche both near Belaya Tserkov. She, too, recalled the Branitsky name. And she talked of the Pritzkers who emigrated from Tarashcha and kept in touch with kin in the old country, so as a child she was present when some of their letters were read. The current Illinois governor comes from that family. I wonder if the Pritzkers had their family tree done. 

Good luck,

Bena Shklyanoy.

Re: Descendants of Dutch Jews. Any interest? #general


Rollie Stamps

I agree. A group discussion on Dutch Jews would really help. My Mother's line immigrated to New York in the early 1800's.

Re: Early 1900s records from Rosario, Argentina #latinamerica

Sarah L Meyer

I have a lot of Edelbergs from Rosario and also Cosakov.  You can view my tree at   Try different spellings of Cosakov - I also am in touch with living cousins on the Cosakov side from Rosario - some now live in Israel.
Sarah L Meyer
Georgetown TX
BIRGARDOVSKY, EDELBERG, HITE (CHAIT), PERCHIK Russia (southern Ukraine) and some Latvia or Lithuania

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


it's interesting that the name was samuel, because there's a whole long thread in the jewishgen archives about "samification", where immigrants to the united states adopted "american names", and "sam" was a particularly popular choice.   the key is that he became samuel after arriving, and not at his bris.
....... tom klein, toronto

Lawrence Weintraub wrote:
My grandfather Samuel was an immigrant from Russia (modern Ukraine) to Massachusetts. I was directed to a theoretical great grandfather, also Samuel, which I was dismissive of for the obvious reason.  It turns out that when they arrived here,  they became Samuel but they had different Hebrew names so there can be exceptions.

Re: FTJP-Family Tree of the Jewish People #general #courland

Jill Whitehead

I have my family trees on Ancestry and MyHeritage. I also have DNA results on FTDNA and 23 andme but I do not use their family trees.

Geni belngs to MyHeritage (or the other way round), and both sites use each others' data. I agree the data on Geni is unreliable as there is no checking of data. Geni has given the wrong birth dates for some first cousins of mine (someone must have mistranscribed the data), and this wrong data was being copied into others' family trees. 

There also seem to be people putting others' family trees into Geni who are not related (and where we have not given permission for them to do so), and they make mistakes as well. I pointed out a mistake to one such contributor (unrelated to me) who was putting some details of my wider family tree from JRI Poland -going back in time- into Geni, but they did nothing to correct it. Their interpretation was different from mine, but I had family information she did not to support my view.

I think this is a major failing of Geni.

Jill Whitehead, Surrey, UK

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