Re: Re: David and Ida.ITZIK from Kalarash #bessarabia


Hi Yefim,

at your convenience please look at my last email, May 21 below.  

Thank you,

Rick Harold

ViewMate translation request - Russian #russia #translation


I've posted 3 vital record in Russian for which I need a translation with as much detail as possible.

It is on ViewMate at the following address ...

Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page.
Thank you very much.
Dany from Paris FRANCE

Re: "High Rabbi" in Poland, Ger Rabbi #poland #warsaw #rabbinic


Are you aware of this common family search  by a Sarah Lasry on an Ancestry Message Board?

Re: Finding the connection #general


All this places : Moldova, Slovakia, Penza Oblast are far away one from the other  especially the Penza Oblast - check it on the map. If in the Penza Oblast Jewish community exist, it it possible they spread east to Moldova and Slovakia some years ago and the two branches of the family keep the original name with different spelling according to the local way of writing.


The male name Shapsei #names #lithuania

Jill Whitehead

I am seeking an English equivalent of the first name Shapsei who was the father of Samuel Servian who was a cousin of my grandfather who was also called Samuel Servian (ne Serwianski). Shapsei and his son were born in Kovno in Lithuania, whereas my Servians came from nearby Sejny in Suwalki Gubernia in NE Poland. I have come across Samuel as being a translation of Shapsei, but this seems unlikely as his son was called Samuel. Certain names are repeated in the Servian/Serwianski family (e.g. Mordecai/Max, Josiel/Joseph, Baruch/Barnet, Abraham/Albert, Jacob/Julius) but Shapsei is not one of them - could this be a pet name for another name?

There are several Samuel Servian/Server/Serviansky's (all cousins) in the same generation who lived in variously Liverpool, UK; Middlesbrough, UK (a rabbinical line who came from Vistytis in Lithuania which used to be in Suwalki Gubernia until 1919), Chicago, Pittsburgh, California, Grand Rapids, Toronto and New York. Most have two first names. My grandfather was Samuel Salmon (Solomon), and his Liverpool cousin was Samuel Henry (presumably after Hirsch?). Therefore it is possible Shapsei is one part of a two part name. 

I would be interested to hear if anyone else has a Shapsei in their family and what the English version of the name was most likely to be.

Jill Whitehead, Surrey, UK

Re: Finding Family Grajewo and Szcuzyn Podlaskie Poland #poland

Jacob Walzer

Good morning, 

Is the name Garjowa the same name?
I share dna with a Grajowa. The Grajowa family I think was from Chrzanow area in Galicia. 

Re: Translation needed 1744 Jewish census of Deutschkreutz, Hungary (now Austria) #hungary #austria-czech #translation

Jeremy Lichtman

Following. Some of my wife's family are from there (Spiegel - you manage some of the profiles on Geni).

Re: Finding the connection #general

Valentin Lupu

I doubt they were relatives. Camenca, Moldova, is located some 450 miles east of Kamienka, Slovakia. If the last & given names are common Jewish names, there are good chances to find remote people with the same names.
Valentin Lupu

Re: Help with handwriting on JRI Birth Certificate #translation

Friedrich L.

Good morning from Germany,
I probably could read it, but I need a picture with higher resolution. Do you have a better copy or a link to find the document online?

ViewMate translation request - Polish #translation #poland

I've posted 2 vital records in Polish for which I would like to have translations.
The images are on ViewMate at the following addresses:
Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page.
Thank you very much.
Rolf Cohn

Re: Project Gutenberg Blocked By ISPs in Italy #announcements #general

David Lewin works in England

Spanish translation help requested #translation

Leya Aronson

I am including a record for someone who might be a relative of our family. They lived in Mexico, and the language is Spanish. However, I am also interested in finding where they are from originally, and the name VAKUM shows as place of origin.
Any help would be appreciated.
Leya Aronson
Many Thanks,
Leya Aronson
Toronto, Canada
researching: LEVINOFF, HILLMAN, BESINKOVSKY from Yelizovetgrad [now Kropyvnyestski, Ukraine  and Odessa Russia 

ViewMate translation request - German and Polish/Ulranian #translation


I request a translation (as much as possible) of the German and Polish/Ukranian text from several photos. They are on ViewMate at the following addresses:


Please respond using the online ViewMate form.

Thank you so much,
Steven Geller

Translation Needed from Handwritten old German script #translation #germany


I have a death register entry from from Abterode in 1847 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 in advance.

Rich Meyersburg
Laurel, MD

Translation needed from Handwritten and printed old German script #germany #translation


I've posted a death certificate from 1910 in German for which I need a translation into English.
 It is on ViewMate at the following address ...
Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page.

Thank you in advance
Rich Meyersburg
Laurel MD

ViewMate interpretation - photo #belarus

dprice dprice

I've posted a letter with a photo of my grandfather, Itshok Leib/Leo BADASH. I
am interested in knowing if he is wearing a WWI military shirt. Also, can anyone
identify the stamp beside the photo. It is on ViewMate at the following address
Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page.

Thank you very much.
David Price, researching BADASH/KUSHNER of Belarus

"High Rabbi" in Poland, Ger Rabbi #poland #warsaw #rabbinic

Elizabeth Jackson

My grandfather, Hirsch Wolf Ingberg, moved from Warsaw to Minden Germany in 1913.  My mother was born in 1918.  She recalled her father making annual trips to Poland to visit what she referred to as the"High Rabbi".  I believe this may have been the Ger Rabbi.  Mother thought her Father saw him in Krakow.

Researching this, I find the following regarding the Ger Rabbi for this time period:

Rebbe Avraham Mordechai Alter (December 25, 1866 – June 3, 1948), also known as the Imrei Emes. Son of Rabbi Leib Alter. Gerrer Rebbe from 1905 to 1948.

I know very little about my grandfather so I am very interested in learning who this "High Rabbi" was and what would be the reason for the annual visit.

Where would this have taken place?  Am I right in assuming the "High Rabbi" was the Ger Rabbi?  How might I learn more about my family's connection to this sect?

Any help/suggestions will be most appreciated.

Thank you.

Elizabeth Jackson

Researching: Ingberg, Klepfisz, Goldflam, Ruda, Mandel, Wasserspring, Baumwoll, Ajzensprung

Finding the connection #general

Marilyn Feingold

My grandfather had told me he was from Camenca in Moldova.  I have recently encountered a possible relative by the same name but different spelling.   They  lived in Slovakia.  I would need to get a birth certificate for their  possible relative and mine.  They were brothers. I do not have a birth certificate for either. The new family states that the district where they were from was Stara Lubovna. The village was Kamienka. Another place mentioned was Kamensky District in Penza Oblast.
I am very excited to have found this new family but I want some documentation to confirm that we are related.   Any suggestions as to how I should proceed will be greatly appreciated. Please e-mail me at marigold8672@....
Thank you!  I am open to hiring a researcher if anyone has any suggestions.
Marilyn Feingold
New EMAIL! This is my new email. Please use this email to contact me in the future.

Haic "Soiketki", or "Soibetki" and Sara "Felester from Romania" #names #romania

Aline Petzold

I have a letter from my grandmother's sister in Romania dated around 1939.  In it the writer mentions two surnames of friends.  I have been unsuccessful in deciphering/tracking down these names.    The names are Haic "Soiketki", or "Soibetki" and Sara "Felester".  I am wondering if anyone can help me?
Aline Petzold

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


I cannot speak to all the online collections of family trees.  However, I can report bad experiences with two of these websites:
1)  Yes, they are a great resource for census records, ship manifests, and other documents.  However, in researching my GGF Tzvi "Harry" CHOMITZ ROSENTHAL, who came to NYC circa 1896-1898,  I found an entry that appeared to reflect the facts about him and his brother with remarkable similarity.  However, there did not appear to be any information on whoever posted it.  So, I spent hours on the phone with the staff, trying to persuade them to check their backups, records, or whatever.  They concluded that there were periods when had a problem with recording the identities and contact info for people who posted family information.  What a waste!
2)  This website is absolutely terrible — almost criminal insofar as it allows members not only to copy unvetted information, but to take over the family trees of other people who stop paying membership fees and to actually go into your tree and delete individuals or even whole branches.  
My cousin Vivi WEININGER in Israel started a WEININGER tree (from Czernowitz, Storozhinets, Drachinets, Costestie, & Cabesti in Bukovina) on  Enthusiastically, I contributed a large amount of material, on my WEININGER- RÜBNER (RIBNER)-CANTORSZY (plus  Khotyn, Bessarabia) family trees  and soon we built a very extensive tree.  However, I was using the "free" membership, until this crazy guy from Israel who claimed to have a million family members on Genicom, took over my tree and deleted several adopted children.  That move would have been very hurtful to those adoptees and to their families.  I emailed back and forth with him, but he insisted that it was his right to claim any tree to which he could imagine a connection.
So, I complained to the staff, who said that if I paid for membership, that I would have a "protected" family tree.  I started paying the dues, and was able to reclaim my tree and reinstate the adopted children.  Then, someone else took over part of my tree for my uncle Sheldon ROSENTHAL ROEN and his family.  This person turned out to be a first cousin, once removed, of his first wife, Selma POLLET, who now claimed ownership of that part of my tree.  We had a big argument via email.  Again, I was able to reclaim that part of my tree.  But what a pain..
One day, I discovered that there was a lateral link from my WEININGER GGF to another WEININGER who had copied my tree into his tree.  I emailed him and asked what evidence he had for this connection.  He said the dates of birth were close, so therefore, they must be brothers.  
Subsequently, when I ceased paying the blackmail to, someone else deleted that entire branch ROSENTHAL-POLLETT from my family tree.  At that point, I gave up completely on Geni.
Perhaps Jewish-Gen should prepare and post a "Consumer Reports" type evaluation of the various and sundry online family tree websites.  This report would detail the pluses and minuses for each website, and perhaps even develop a numerical rating scale.  Jewish-Gen could perform a similar service with regard to the proliferation of DNA testing services.  
All the best to everyone, 

Marc M. Cohen, Los Gatos, California, USA

BARAK/CANTORCZY: Khotin, Bessarabia; Strorozhinets, Bukovina, Ukraine
CHOMITZ/HAMETZ: Ionina (Janina), Greece; Ignatovka, Ukraine; Kiev Gubernia, Ukraine
COHEN: Dinovitsi (Dunayevtsy) Ukraine; Roman/Tirgu Frumos, Romania
KORNITZKY: Kiev Gubernia, Stepnitz/Stepantsy, Ukraine
RÎBNER: Storozhinetz, Costesti (Costyntsi), Drachinets, Cabesti, Bukovina, Ukraine
ROSENBERG: Tirgu Frumos, Roman, Romania; ISRAEL
WEININGER: Cabesti, Costesti, Drachinets, Czernowitz, Bukovina, Ukraine

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