Re: 1-page Translation of Testimony by Dr. Robert Meidler from German to English #holocaust #translation

Friedrich L.

Good morning from Germany,
I would love to translate the text for you but I don't find it anymore. Did you already find help?
Best regards!

FamilyTree Magazine's 101 Best Genealogy Websites 2020

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Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


Re: tracing American relatives #usa

Kenneth Ryesky

If I recall correctly, the Jewish Exponent in Philadelphia similarly carried such "seeking relatives" advertisements.

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

Seeking genealogical resources for Milicz (Militsch) SW Poland #poland

Moses Jefferson

Hi Genners!

I recently posted a request for help locating a town mentioned in a Poznan census (see here). It turns out to be Milicz (or Militsch in German), in the lower Silesian region. Here’s a brief history concerning its Jewish inhabitants (from

At first, the Jewish population inhabiting Milicz was very small. There were 5–10 Jewish families living in Milicz in the years 1794–1812, that is a total of no more than 50 people. The local Jewish community was established in the early 19th century; a small synagogue was erected in the town in 1820. A cemetery was opened around the same period. The statute of the Jewish community of Milicz dates back to 1860; at the time, the community was the most populous. In 1848, it had 105 members, while in 1864 – as many as 197. The number of Jewish inhabitants of Milicz started to dwindle in 1871, falling from 64 in 1871 to 46 in 1937. The trend was temporarily reversed at the turn of 1925, when as many as 91 Jews lived in the town.
As one can see, the community was indeed a young one with most of it’s inhabitants emigrating from other towns nearby or traders (Militsch was located near a frequent trading route).

However, I’m struggling to find any existing Jewish records from the town. In a book by Bloch Fritz (pub. Breslau 1926), he mentions various records both from the Kahal and civil records which (supposedly) are located at the Gesamtarchiv dear Deutschen Juden zu Berlin. If any of these still survive? Who knows.

I would appreciate to learn if records from this community exist, since I cannot even find vital Jewish records. We’re BM&D perhaps registered elsewhere? We’re they destroyed during the war?
Additionally, I learned of the existence of a Jewish Cemetery. I would very much like to know if the cemetery has been photographed or mapped by anyone in the past, given the ongoing international situation which refrains me from travelling there in person.

Best, Moses Jefferson
London, UK

Re: An Old Song - Possibly Russian, possibly Yiddish #general


Oh yes!  In Israel/ Hebrew, the rooster says 'Kukuriku' as an American rooster crows 'cock-a-doodle-do'.
Shirley Ginzburg
seeking SHLUGER/SCHLAGER from Shepetovka area Ukraine;  descendants from town of DUBNO, Ukraine;  DAMATOVSKY/DEMATOFF from Mir area of Belarus.

Re: ViewMate translation request – One Name in Old German Script #germany #general

Ernst-Peter Winter

Hi Josh,

I may add, that Moses Salomon's wife's first name was most
likely not "Betty"
(compare the first capital letter with the last name
Benjamin), the end to me looks more like
something like ".ettig", sorry not to be of more help.
The first name is definitely Betty (y with dots: Bettÿ).
It's a mixed text from old German with Latin script.
Surnames and also place names are written in Latin script -
compare Rendsburg or Sanct Pauli.

Ernst-Peter Winter, Münster (Hessen)

About a seized property in Poland #poland #general

Anne Nunez

Thanks to JewishGen, I just found out a property owned by my great grand father property was seized by the Nazis, house is located in in Kazimierz Dolny, Poland. See viewmate # 82310
I was told the original document is at the Polish Archives in Warsaw and that a copy may be at the USHM in Washington, DC. I have contacted them
I have 2 questions:
1- How can I verify the address was the same in 1940 as now. A photo of a house can be seen when googling the addresst, it is a tourist attraction and a rental house
2- How to ask/file for restitution?
Anne Marie Nunez
great grand daughter of Slama Hauszwalb

Re: tracing American relatives #usa


The answer is Yes.  "Seeking Kin" or similarly named ads were placed in Jewish newspapers by social service organizations including the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, the Union of Russian Jews, the National Council of Jewish Women and others.
They appear in the Jewish Advocate, Boston newspaper from 1916 to 1991.  Members of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Boston have indexed 5,000 of these ads and they are searchable on Jewishgen's USA Database.

David Rosen
Boston, MA

On 6/8/2020 3:53 PM, Ruth Kornbluth wrote:
Was there ever an organization that helped survivors establish contacts with American relatives after the war by publishing ads in newspapers across the USA? And, if so, would any of those records be available for research?
Thanking you in advance…
Ruth Fenichel Kornbluth

Re: Mexican Vital Records relative from Poland #latinamerica


Hi Carol:
I am sure you will find this document of a great value.
Alejandro T Rubinstein

Informations about Jews from Jadow / Yadov / Yaduv [Poland] #poland


I'm looking for informations about Jews from little town Jadow [also known as Yadov or Yaduv]. I'm opening non-profit museum in Jadow this year and I would like to comemorate here as many Jews and their stories as it will be possible. I will be glad if you can help me in any way to find Jews from Jadow, their relatives and any stories & materials (documents, photograps) connected with them.

Marek Suchocki

Re: Where are the Smolensk vital records located? #belarus

Max Preston

They're in Smolensk in the State Archive:



Re: Marriage Record for LEWIN and SZTABINSKA #belarus #general


I had a great aunt who came over to the US named Fannie Stabinsky(modt likely an Americanized change from Sztabinska). She married Ben Freeberger (Frie or Freiberger) from Russia (at the timer) now Poland. I'm not fure if this helps, but I hope so.
Fran Frieberger Jackson
St Louis MO

A short article I wrote on Plymouth's Jews #unitedkingdom



Hi guys, 

Hope you're all keeping well. 

I've written a short piece on my ancestors from Plymouth. It may be of interest for anyone with heritage in the South-West of England. 

Here is a link: 

Best wishes, 


Re: German Citizenship under Article 116 #germany

Ben Kempner

The German Consulate in Los Angeles told me to expect a 2 year wait after submission of all the required documentation. It's now been 25 months and I'm still waiting, but I suspect Covid slowed everything down.

Moses & Rebecca Nathan approx. 1792 #unitedkingdom

Ronald Alex Nathan

Earliest Direct Ancestor is Moses Nathan (1792-Jan. 1854).
Born in Whitechapel, London, England
Married to Rebecca (last name?), (Calculated 1792-1860)
They had Lewis Nathan (only 1 child?), who married Hannah (Cohen?) on Aug.
15, 1838 at 3 Cobb's Yard, London, England
1841 Census has Rebecca and Moses living with their son and daughter-in-law
at Cobb's Yard, Tower Hamlets, Middlesex, London, England
How do I find out more about Moses and Rebecca?
Respectfully, Ron A. Nathan

Re: ViewMate translation request – One Name in Old German Script #germany #general

Ralph Baer

I may add, that Moses Salomon's wife's first name was most likely not "Betty"(compare the first capital letter with the last name Benjamin), the end to me looks more likesomething like ".ettig", sorry not to be of more help.
It's "Bettÿ", Using different forms of the same letter in a record is sometimes used for emphasis. The entire name "Benjamin" is in a modern form in order to emphasize it. We would now use italics for that purpose.
Ralph N. Baer        RalphNBaer@...       Washington, DC

tracing American relatives #usa

Ruth Kornbluth

Was there ever an organization that helped survivors establish contacts with American relatives after the war by publishing ads in newspapers across the USA? And, if so, would any of those records be available for research?
Thanking you in advance…
Ruth Fenichel Kornbluth

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

Ralph Baer

I have enjoyed this thread and connected posts about the accuracy of trees and information submitted to sites like Geni and Ancestry because the posts have mirrored my feelings. There is a high percentage of junk. In theory the junk should get weeded out by repeated edits like wrong information in Wikipedia -- but it doesn't work like that. On several occasions, I have become irritated after an exchange of emails with a poster who has grafted obviously wrong information, for example, parents already dead years before the birth have been added. Reading that others have similar thoughts has calmed me a bit. Ancestry has caveats to check the information, for example the suggestions that they have added to my tree.

I have attached a list in PDF form of my ancestral family names and towns including cases where brothers took different names. It's too long to add at the bottom of this message. Unless otherwise indicated, all locations are in present-day Germany.
Ralph N. Baer        RalphNBaer@...       Washington, DC

Re: Surnames #names #germany

Ernst-Peter Winter

Hi Lin

you mentioned
*WOLF-*Munster, Darmstadt-Dieburg, Hessen, Germany
I'm living at Münster and was confronted for the first time
about 3 years ago with the genealogy of Jewish fellow
citizens. Although I have been researching for over 45
years, this was a completely new challenge, as completely
different sources had to be found and consulted.

I'm interested in all facts about jewish families in Münster.

At present I have information about Zilly Wolf, wife of
Abraham Falk, marriage on 06 JUL 1862 in Münster, daughter
of Meyer Wolf. Zilly Wolf is said to come from Lützelsachsen.

Regina (Reingen) Wolf, daughter of Samuel Wolf and Veilchen
(Vögelchen) NN was born on 10 OCT 1810 in Langen (Hessen)
and died on 02 SEP 1851 in Frankfurt. She married ABraham
Strauß on 25 MAY 1845 in Sprendlingen (Dreieich). In Münster
they have a daughter Rosina, born on 08 FEB 1846.

I am very pleased about an exchange.

Ernst-Peter Winter, Münster (Hessen)

Brick Wall for Grandfather #warsaw #poland


I've had a BRICK WALL for over 10 years of active research. My grandfather, Isidor (Icek?) Bergman was born in Warsaw (maybe not?) in 1880 or 1882. According to his Ketuba and his SS documents, his father was Simon. His mother was Feige born Elbaum in 1837 in Lublin. (The family later changed the surname to Kierer.) She married a Dawid Boguslawski who died while she was pregnant with Samuel David Boguslawski, born 1863. I don't know when she married Bergman or anything about Simon Bergman. She emigrated to the U.S. in 1890 under the name of Czippe (Czippe is Hebrew for Feige) Bergmann, but alas her 8 year old son was not on the ship manifest. I have very many documents about her family from Lublin -- parents, grandparents, and siblings, but NOTHING about the Bergmans. I have used every available resource. Any clues? Attached are photos of Feige and Isidor and his half brother -- (Isidor on the left) -- taken around 1895.
Abby Barry Bergman
New York

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