Searching for information about Reuben Amtzis/Amcis/Amceis, born in Okopy,Ukraine #ukraine

Shirley Portnoy

My father's brother, Reuben Amtzis, was very ill and hospitalized as he was trying to leave Russia at the end of WWII. The family lost touch with him. He was born around 1910 in Okopy, currently Ukraine. Any information about how to found out what happened to him and his family would be greatly appreciated.

Re: Possible Americanized Given Names #belarus #names


The Jewishgen Given Names Database will give you some more ideas There is a DM Soundex option that is often worth using.

Note that you can search using different European origin countries.   Lithuania will usually give you more possibilities than Belarus. 
* For Lithuania under "Gedalia" there are:  Charles / Daniel / Gedaliah / George / Gilbert / Gustav / Jacob / Julius / Harry.
* For Belarus:   
George / Gilbert.

Under Hinda,  fin
Anna / Hanna / Helen / Hilda /HINDA / Ida / Irma / Sylvia.  

One might expect sometimes therefore also to see variants of these as time passed; so for Anna:  Anne, Anny, Annie, Fanny, Fannie and so on; for Ida:  Idel, Ita, Itel, Etel, Ethel, Ethyl.  

People could always choose to use completely unrelated names:  I have one "Chaim Mendel" who in the end settled on "Arthur Emanuel".    

Paul Hattori
London UK

MINDEL, MINDELL from Utena and Vyzuonos, Lithuania
FELLER from Pabrade, Lithuania

Re: Possible Americanized Given Names #belarus #names

Steven Usdansky

Although I always knew her as Hinda, my father's aunt, who came to the US in 1933, is shown on the passenger manifest as Genia and was known to her immediate family (don't know about her friends) as Jenny

Re: Mount Judah cemetery, Mount Sinai plot #usa #general

Meryl Landau Ginsberg

I have many family members, parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles at Mount Judah.  They are all buried at the Sefardim of Harlem plot.  I notice that many 'plots' have plaques....  Have you considered contacting family members of those buried near your grandparents.  Hope this helps.  

Re: Translation from Russian - Pictures (LEBEDENKO/LEBEDENCO family) #photographs #russia #romania #translation #ukraine


On Tue, Jun 9, 2020 at 09:27 PM, Dr.Josef ASH wrote:
Written in Russian: "Russian Bapthise Sosciety on the day of founding - Varna 17 IV 1932"
I believe it's "Varpa" in the last pictures, which ties in with there being a Latvian Baptist community in Varpa, Brazil.  The greenery and some indigenous faces also point at that.  Perhaps the poster's Ukrainian ancestors joined that community. 


Re: Friedmann restaurant in Baden Bei Wien 1900-1915? #austria-czech #hungary


I wonder, if it is any interest to you:

My mother-in-law's father was Izsak-Yitchok Yaakov Friedmann    --a Kohen- son of   Dayan, Harav Zvi HaKohen Friedmann from Beregszasz? Kezmarok? 

Izsak,-- Yitchok Yaakov Friedmann was a 'Sochet' in OZD-Hungary--before the War--His wife was Sarah Felberbaum--I am not aware--it might be that Sarah had a secular name as well.

OZD is near Miskolc.

I am not aware that they lived in Wien  or not, or if they had a restaurant or not.

On a different note: I also like to mention that  to my knowledge, there was  a Nadudvar  ?  or Nadudvari ? in Hungary as well.

Best wishes to you all and wishing you success in your research.

Veronika Pachtinger

Re: Possible Americanized Given Names #belarus #names


Gedalia could have become George.  Hinda often became Anna or Hannah.  But they could have chosen any names they liked, whether or not they sounded similar to what they had.

Re: synagogue memorial plaques #JewishGenUpdates

DJ Martin

How would information about the deceased be an invasion to them?.  What is different from information developed from a headstone which could also provide leads to children, grandchildren, siblings, occupation, fraternal groups, tribe, age?
Memorial plaques give an another insight to our basis. 

Daniel Martin
Delanco, NJ

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


Hi Roberta
Your comment about reverting back to the patronymic surname is very interesting, because Jewish people had to register a name in 1811 during the French occupation of the Netherlands. Abraham Levy Joel VOGEL was also known as Albert Leopold VOGEL. He was born on 1 June 1796 in The Hague and is reputed to have died on 18 Feb 1855 in Cleveland, Ohio. His father was Levy Joel VOGEL, born about 1748 in Amsterdam and died on 23 Nov 1833 in The Hague. His father was Joel [Samuel] Levy [VOGEL], born about 1714 in Amsterdam [?] and died on 10 Mar 1771 in The Hague. 
Levy Joel VOGEL had been named Levy Joel when he registered the VOGEL name on 31 Dec 1811 [see p. 94 of the publication "Naamsaanneming en behoud door Hoogduitse Joden in 1811" by Sv E Veldhuijzen, published in The Hague 1982]. At the registration, he recorded his son Abraham Levy Joel, then 16 years old.
Would Abraham Levy Joel VOGEL have reverted to Abraham Levy Joel, once in the USA?
Looking forward to your comments.
Nick Lambrechtsen, NZ

Re: US Naturalization Papers from the Supreme Court #usa #general


Hi Daniela,

I found them in the National Archives online Catalog, which is a little different than the National Archives website itself.

At the catalog I searched initially for "Supreme Court of Washington, DC," then narrowed my results to "series" of records.  I opened a few results before finding one showing that exact court name as the "creator" or originator of the records, then clicked on that court name to list all the records of that entity.  In those results I found what appear to be the pertinent records.  I hope that explanation made sense.

Marian Smith

Re: Searching for Ann Muriel PINKUS , Daily City, California #usa

sharon yampell

And Daly City does not have an A in Daly…it’s outside of San Francisco.


Sharon F. Yampell

Voorhees, NJ USA



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Subject: Re: [] Searching for Ann Muriel PINKUS , Daily City, California #usa


The area code for Camarillo, CA, 388-xxxx phone numbers is 805 (not 806).

(However, Amarillo, TX, is 806!)

Stephen Weinstein
Camarillo, CA, not TX.


Re: "Mother" (But Not "Husband") On a Married Woman's Grave #general


I came across a similar situation during the same decade.  Husband was a widower raising a young child.  He remarried 6 months following the death of his first wife.  By the time the headstone was ordered and placed for the unveiling,
he was married to his second wife.  I found it sad that the deceased was not recognized as a beloved wife, but it may have been considered disrespectful to his new living wife.

Finding Family Grajewo and Szcuzyn Podlaskie Poland #poland

Esther Brill

I am looking for information about my paternal grandparents and great grandparents and any siblings and children of these people  I only became interested in genealogy only  2 years ago. As only 1 of 2 grandchildren left, I  had no information about them although I did know my father's parent's names.  Additionally, name changes have made it especially difficult,  Most, if not all, of the names came from my grandparents' marriage registration found in JRI Poland

Looking for information related to paternal grandparents,  great grandparents, and their children. Most of the names come from my grandparents' marriage registration and discovered through a beginning Geneology course from JewishGen with Nancy Holden. 

(1)GGF Mordechai Jablonsky b 1828* died before 1888 as cited in his son’s marriage certificate

                 Listed as Mortchaj on his son’s marriage registration on JRI  - lived in Szcuzcyn, Poland

-          Married 1846 to

GGM – Leja (Leia) Grossman b 1828 died before 1888 daughter of of Leybka Grosman and Basia Mendelsohn  *

=this information was also found relatively recently  on Grossman family tree which referred to Landsmen, 5-4 p57 #39 and also listed children below

Also referred to a father of Mordechai as Danowich  zLeybka– no other info found

(2) GA i. CHAJA FEJGA JABLONSKI  b 1848 in Szczuczyn (Landsmen,5-4 p57 #39) No other information

      GF ii. YANKEL GERSZ JABLONSKI (1863(or -1913)***   Hebrew name: Elchanan David

(1)               Married   a) Chaja Remba 24 Feb 1884 to daughter of Lejba Remba and Pawia nee Losewska) (registered in Szczuzcyn). (JRI Poland Atka/Record 5)


(2)           GM           b) ESTERA GOLDBERG  b. (daughter of Szelma/Shlomo Goldberg son of and Branna Trcianska  daughter of Aron and Dweuara  on 28 Dec 1888, registered Jan 9 in  Grajewo Poland (From JRI Atka 34

*** Jankil/Yankel  1911 emigrated to US as David Levin ( manifest of SS Bremen) but was known as David Levine, although referred to as  Jacob on daughter Sara’s NYC marriage license

                                His Manifest cited wife, Ester Jablonski as relative at home and   Ilia Lewin – could be brother or b-in L at 229 Broome St. NYC very hard to make out but name found through census records Isaac Lewin, wife Rebecca and children

-          Died Nov 31, 1913 – homicide – caught by gunfire between police and gangster (
The New York Times, Dec 1, 1913,
Gangster's Victim Dies: Shot By Max Cohen Whom Policeman Kills Moments Later)


-          Found a Yankel Jablonsky in Statue of Liberty’s earlier than 1911 but doesn’t seem to account for dates of children’s  births


Ester emigrated May 1917 as Esther Jablonski  with 4 of her 5 children, Oldest son Modechai remained  in Poland and going to same name as David cited but this time at 52 Suffolk – census reveals same names in household

-          She died June 1932 .  – however, her tombstone has  the name Goldberg – have found no records for marriage, her death, and at present can’t find her tombstone Cemetary gave me a different  Ester Goldberg and a different plot.

-          -Have  not been able to trace her once she reached NYC

Would also like to trace Isaac Lewin to determine exact relationship.  A sister named Zlate is named in marriage registration, but Isaac’s wife is named Rebecca.  Have not been able to identify any siblings for Estere, nor her parents and grandparents - I would be grateful for any assistance 


Re: "Mother" (But Not "Husband") On a Married Woman's Grave #general

Richard Oppenheimer

The one placing the head stone generally decides upon the inscription. Usually it is the surviving spouse, sibling, or child. If the couple was divorced, then the one writing the inscription may not want to state "Loving Wife". 

Re: synagogue memorial plaques #JewishGenUpdates

Nolan Altman

A memorial Plaques Database IS a great idea.  That’s why we started one in 20917.  :} 


Please see for the home page for that database, which works the same as JOWBR.  If anyone wants to submit data/photos, please see or send your questions to me at NAltman@...




Re: Queens, NY cemeteries and Florence Marmor #general

David Lewin

At 20:51 09/06/2020, edlfrank@... wrote:
In 2001, I found a site called "International Jewish Cemetery Project".  Under New York City - Queens, I found a goldmine; 19 pages full of detailed info on the cemeteries, especially the one I am interested in, Bayside, also sometimes called Acacia or Mokom Sholom.  The website gave a Florence Marmor, David Priever and David Gevertzman as the collectors of the data.  There was 3 pages just on this one cemetery.  Florence had a website fmarmor@....  The site was still active in December of 2006.

I urge anyone interested in this county to give this site a try.

Ed Frank
Sun City Center, FL

I am currently working on the late Florence Marmor Data - some 35000 entries for Mokkom Sholom, Bayside and Accacia cemeteries.

I have been searching for any surviving co-workers whose information Florence collected.

I am happy to look up anything you want to know in this "work in progress"

David Lewin

Interactive Map of Jewish Cultural Heritage in Lithuania #lithuania

Jan Meisels Allen



Jewish Heritage Lithuania has created an interactive map of the Jewish cultural heritage in Lithuania.


The map now has more than 200 hotspots that offer information and images about Jewish shtetls and communities, surviving brick and wooden synagogues and other communal buildings, and places associated with famous Litvaks.


The purpose of the map is to encourage travel around Lithuania.


An English version of the map is planned to be launched by the end of summer. I was able to list English as chosen language in the drop down box and the  sites I clicked on were translated into English.  I also used Chrome as my browser.


The map was developed as part of an EU co-funded project.

To view the map go to:


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


Re: Searching for Ann Muriel PINKUS , Daily City, California #usa

Stephen Weinstein

The area code for Camarillo, CA, 388-xxxx phone numbers is 805 (not 806).

(However, Amarillo, TX, is 806!)

Stephen Weinstein
Camarillo, CA, not TX.

Re: tracing American relatives #usa

Stephen Weinstein

Not sure if they did newspaper ads, but try the Red Cross International Tracing Service

Stephen Weinstein
Camarillo, CA, USA

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

EdrieAnne Broughton

Using the big sites, I mean Ancestry primarily and FamilySearch, can be very helpful as long as the sites are used judiciously.  
When looking at trees, I only use them with skepticism.  I look at the number of sources that the maker used.  I completely discount data where the only sources are 'because I said so' and only a little more at what 'Granny said'.  I only completely trust primary sources that I've seen images of.  Those include birth records for birth dates and mothers names...a little less for fathers listed.  Death certificates for death information but less for birth information because that information is only as good as the knowledge of the informant.  You have to remember that 100 years ago children didn't have to fill out forms with parents' full names every year, from kindergarten to college and beyond.  I found that one of my husband's ancestors wrote a biography of his father in the 1840s.  The man didn't know his father's first name so he just used Sylvester.  The names of this writer's contemporaries were correct but the previous generation, he didn't have a clue.  Most people discounted the events described however I think the stories were correct.  I still have a few doubters but most of the family researchers I've convinced that the bio events are true.
When an Ancestry hint is wrong, I use their form for why I ignored their hint...remember, someone might just accept the hint assuming it's right.  And I give the reason for rejecting the hint.  Some, like SAR applications, I just reject on principle as those were rarely properly vetted.  I discount Pedigree files, Millenium Files and other trees just for the same reason.  I'm a Californian who has a wide tree that goes back to earliest Virginia and would be prohibitively expensive to research in all the places my ancestors lived.  I got into Jewish genealogy as a challenge.  I have a nephew by marriage who is too busy to do his own research.  He spends time in other parts of the world doing research far from comfy studies.  My biggest handicap is my rudimentary German and complete lack of Hebrew,Yiddish or even Russian.  My best asset is growing up age 8-16 in a Jewish neighborhood with many friends with parents and grandparents from Eastern Europe.  In our larger community were Armenians and Italians.
People who just accept a piece of new information without two documents supporting their hypothesis are foolish and I wish there was some way to trash their work...there isn't.  Just make sure your research is the best you can make it, and take your time, don't speed.
                        EdrieAnne Broughton  
                        Jewish Gen member for 20 years

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