Jewish Heritage Centre of Western Canada Digitization of Oral Histories and Newspaper Archive #canada #jgs-iajgs

Jan Meisels Allen




IAJGS member, the Jewish Heritage Centre of Western Canada, Inc., has digitized two of its major collections: oral histories ad newspaper archive. They are available for online research and browsing. 


To access the collections go to:


The oral history collection consists of 200 audio clips recorded between 1968-2011 of rabbis, businesspeople, professionals, politicians, Holocaust survivors an others. The newspaper collection dates back to the early 1900s and includes Der Yiddishe Vort (Israelite Press), a Yiddish-language newspaper published in Winnipeg; the Jewish Post, an English-language weekly founded in 1925; and Western Jewish News, also founded in 1925.


Photos in the collection are of family life, work and Jewish organizations.


The digitization project cost $50,000. It was made possible by support from the Thomas Sill Foundation, the Jewish Foundation of Winnipeg, the Canadian Internet Registration Authority and by donations from Richard Kroft and the late Mark Bernstein.


To read more see:



Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee



Subj: ViewMate translation request - Old handwritten German #germany #translation


Subj: ViewMate translation request - Old handwritten German
I've posted 2 vital records in German for which I would like a translation, please. 
They are on ViewMate at the following addresses ...

Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page, and/or the Google doc
mentioned in the ViewMate pages.

These are photographs from 2 pages of a house record book.
When we visited the archive in Moenchengladbach, the archivist rattled off what they said - and I couldn't catch up.

Thank you very much.

Karen Abrams
Raleigh NC
Towns: Poland / Russia
Towns: Mönchengladbach, Kleve / Cleve, Münster, Waldniel, Roermond, Arnhem, Elberfeld, Wuppertal,
Harsewinkel, GrossBerkel, Utrecht, Kalkar, Sambeek, Hörstgen, Northington, Wiesenbach, 
Schwäbisch Hall, Stuttgart, Braunsbach Hall, Dinxperlo, Duisburg, Uedem, Oisterwijk,
Aerzen, Westphalia

Re: synagogue memorial plaques #JewishGenUpdates

Max Heffler

During the week of my father’s shiva I went to a number of local synagogues and 2 of 3 welcomed me and the 3rd denied me.


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To: main@...
Subject: Re: [] synagogue memorial plaques #JewishGenUpdates


When I raised this proposal at my synagogue, there was some resistance that it was a privacy violation.  I have encountered similar objections when photographing gravestones. In the the case of gravestones, my response is that after literally setting something in stone and displaying it in a public place, it is unreasonable to expect the information thereon to be private.  But, one could make the argument that synagogue memorial plaques are not in the same category.  Has anyone else encountered this objection, and how did you address it?

Peter Cohen


Web sites I manage - Personal home page, Greater Houston Jewish Genealogical Society, Woodside Civic Club, Skala, Ukraine KehilalLink, Joniskelis, Lithuania KehilaLink, and pet volunteer project - Yizkor book project:

Re: Trying to confirm marriage - SHAPIRO and ELSNER #belarus #austria-czech

Paul Shapiro

Another member suggested that I should share more information about my Great Aunt. 

I've attached her Declaration of Intent, which has the following information.  There are two bits of info that make me think she's my great aunt, besides her name: Her place of origin - Grodno, and her address in NY, 186 Henry St, which is very close to where my grandfather was living around the same time.  If Elsner is not her spouse, I'd be very interested in knowing whether she did marry and where she lived.  I couldn't find her in a 1920 census as Anna Shapiro.

Here's the DoI info:
Born: 8/15/1893
Where: Grodna, Russia
M. Status: Single
Occupation: Finisher
Resident: 186 Henry St, NYC, NY
Embarkation Point: Rotterdam, Holland
Ship Name: Amsterdam
NY Arrival: 03/15/1913
Date of Filing: 04/04/1918

Thank you!

Re: Name of Mendelson #names


Hello Jorge,
My great grandfather’s name was Chaim (Charles) Mendelson. 
He was from Romania and died in NY in 1916.
He married Pauline Weintraub in Romania.
Any chance of a connection to your Mendelson family?
Donna Lester

202 GRIP Goes Virtual! #announcements #general #education

Emily Garber

A few months ago I announced on this list that I was coordinating an in-person week-long course, “Introduction to Jewish Genealogy,” for the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP) during the week of July 19-24, 2020. Janette Silverman, Lara Diamond, Marian Smith and I have been hard at work preparing the course syllabus and lectures.

The Covid virus has changed our plans – only slightly. GRIP, which is offering three sessions of awesome courses this summer (June 21-26; July 5-10; and July 19-24), will offer courses virtually via Zoom. So now, you may select a course to attend virtually and save travel and room fees!

Right now our Jewish genealogy course and several others are full. There are some courses that are still accepting registration. If a course of interest is full, put yourself on the wait list.


Of note: there are free evening virtual programs open to the public via Zoom. See:


Emily Garber

Phoenix, AZ

Re: synagogue memorial plaques #JewishGenUpdates

Matt Friedman

If it is an invasion of privacy, don’t put up a yahrzeit plaque. The whole idea of a memorial wall is visibility, sharing and remembrance.

Matt Friedman

Litvak descendents- let's share information #lithuania

Ettie Zilber

Love to hear from you if any of these names are of interest:

Ettie Zilber

Re: Looking for Ukraine records for families #ukraine

Chuck Weinstein

One good source is the Ukraine Research Division of JewishGen at  There you will find Town Pages with information for these towns.  Look also for records at Alex Krakovsky's wiki page at  Copy and paste if this is over two lines.  A quick look at this did not find information on these towns, but Alex is adding records to this page all the time.  The page is in Ukrainian, but Chrome will translate it for you.

Chuck Weinstein

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


I, too, would be interested in such a sub group. One or two in particular of my ancestors transited to the US via the Netherlands (among at least several others) and possibly stopping in Ireland on their way from France and Spain, likely from Palma de Mallorca. I have tested positive to a very high degree for Chuetas DNA (Jewish victims of the Inquisition unique to the ghetto of Palma de Mallorca). I have learned that the immigrant ancestor to the US, named Thomas Ferrier, and his wife Hester Lucky (father probably Moses), both of whom according to family tradition emigrated via Netherlands, she possibly having come there from Germany or Poland. Still, variations of both surnames (Ferrar, Luqui) are represented in the Mallorcan Jewish community that suffered during the Inquisition, and given the DNA matching result, I assume one or both of them were Chuetas. Have much interest in proving this origin or at least learning more. Another possible origin for Hester would be in or around Lutsk (Ukraine, previously Poland). -- Warren Davis 

Re: synagogue memorial plaques #JewishGenUpdates

Nolan Altman

Hi Peter,

Although I don't think there is a legal privacy issue with either, I can see the argument reversed.  The cemeteries are usually private cemeteries so the administrators may ask you to leave if they see a researcher taking a significant number of photos.  However, memorial plaques are usually placed out in the open in the sanctuary where not only members, but visitors who may be attending weddings, bar/bat mitzvahs or other events are free to walk over and read them.  That hardly seems like a way to safeguard data if there was a privacy concern.

The best way to capture information would be to approach the cemetery or synagogue administrators and explain what you want to do and why.  To that end, feel free to use the attached letter which may help.

Nolan Altman
JOWBR & Memorial Plaques Database Coordinator

Re: Looking for MUTCHNIK /MUCZNIK family from Warsaw, Poland #warsaw #holocaust

Bobbe Mootchnik

My husbands family is Muchnik (MOOTCHNIK) from Moldova and Russia.
Bobbe Mootchnik

Re: Sourcing Photos #general #photographs

Dahn Cukier

25 years ago when I began scanning photos, I named them
picnnn. When I got to 800, I realized I needed something better.

I now scan photos I borrow from people and give each person a code, I am DC.
Digital photos repeat and need a different system. These I rename
duplicates so DSN00002.jpg becomes DSN0002_1.jpg. One person can have
multiple photos with the same name but different folders.

No there is no way for 2 or more people to keep track of all
photos unless they agree on a single system.

Photos with a few people I record the date and the people from left to right.

The documentation is kept in a separate index file.

Photos with many people are scanned and I add a number to each person and
use the number-to-name.

On my own physical photos, I add a number such as P2203 on the back in pencil. After a
few minutes I use a dry rag to wipe over the writing to remove any graphite dust.
There may be something better than graphite, but this seems to work.

To eliminate scanned duplicates I use Linux app findimagedupes. There are also
Windows apps to find duplicates. To find digital duplicates I use md5sum.

I strongly suggest an index file so you can later find all the photos with a person
or photos with 2 or more people. In windows:

find /i "dahn" index.txt |find /i "Ralph"

to find myself and my father.


When you start to read readin,
how do you know the fellow that
wrote the readin,
wrote the readin right?

Festus Hagen
Long Branch Saloon
Dodge City, Kansas

On Friday, June 12, 2020, 03:00:49 PM GMT+3, Tammy via <> wrote:

What is the best way to source photos? As my cousins and I do photo exchanges, a documented source seems to be the best way to resolve future questions about the contents of the image.  I'd like to do this sourcing electronically. Also, how does one do this if the name of the image changes or the location of the image changes? I am constantly re-organizing my file folders.
Thank you,
Tammy Weingarten

Re: Name of Mendelson #names



My grandfather was Lazaro Mendelejis. His Uncle, Jimy, changed his last name to Mendelson when he arrived to the USA. They all came from Uman Ukraine and I have a lot of information. Maybe we can find a link.

Best regards,

Jorge Abraham

IAJGS Salutes! Shalom Bronstein #announcements

Nolan Altman

Salute! to Shalom Bronstein

The “IAJGS Salutes! Committee” is pleased to announce that Shalom Bronstein has been awarded an IAJGS Salute! Award. IAJGS Salutes are designed to provide recognition on an ongoing basis of noteworthy projects, activities and accomplishments relating to Jewish genealogy at any time during the year in addition to the annual IAJGS achievement awards.

Shalom Bronstein is a native of Philadelphia and graduated from both Temple University and Gratz College in 1964. He was ordained by the Jewish Theological Seminary in 1970 and served as a congregational rabbi for 16 years before coming on Aliyah in 1986. Together with his wife Frances they have 5 children, 13 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild.


Some 30 years ago, he started translating articles in Yizkor Books for people he knew which led to him to then doing it professionally. He states “my most satisfying experience took place more than 20 years ago. I was able to provide the exact Yahrzeit dates for two Shoah survivors, who had no idea when their fathers died.” By using the Arolsen material and other Yad Vashem resources he was able to provide much family information for numerous people. Some did not know that their father or mother had been married before the War and had lost their spouse and children in the Shoah. He had many other satisfying discoveries for families.


As a member of the Israel Genealogical Society he became involved as a member of the editorial board of Sharsheret Hadorot and program chairman for the IGS. In the 1990s, he was contacted by a researcher from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum to work on their project of mounting an exhibit on the story of the SS St. Louis. He did the research in Israel and found much information that they did not have.  He was asked by the director of the JDC Archives in Jerusalem to do research on and write biographical sketches of the staff members of the JDC who lost their lives in their service to the Jewish people. The information he gathered is now on permanent exhibit at the JDC headquarters in Jerusalem.


After completing this, he began a new project with Yocheved Klausner, who mentioned that volunteers were needed to transcribe necrology lists in Yizkor books from Hebrew and Yiddish to English. Since embarking on that project in 2011, he has worked on nearly 60 books, recording the names of more than 70,000 martyrs of our people.


Shalom was among the founding members of the Israel Genealogy Research Association, has volunteered to transcribe databases and translated the Burial Society information in Israel that appears on the IGRA website. In addition, Shalom has served for the past seven years as a genealogist on the team that meets with people researching their family history at the Genealogy Center of the National Library of Israel.


For his significant and continuing contributions to JewishGen’s Yizkor Book Project and other volunteering efforts for IGRA (Israel Genealogy Research Association), the IAJGS is happy to recognize Sholom Bronstein’s efforts with an IAJGS Salute! Award.

IAJGS Salutes! Committee

Nolan Altman

Bill Israel

Doris Nabel


Re: Har Nebo Cemetery in Phila #photographs #usa

Nina Tobias

I have the identical request regarding the desire to obtain gravestone photos at Nebo.
Please respond privately for information.
With thanks, 
Nina Tobias
Scottsdale, Arizona


Research: Nechama NUDELMAN, /Mariom/KATZMAN #russia #general


I research members of the family of my grandmother on the side of my father, she was Nechama Nudelman born in 1880 at Korosten Russia. She was the daughter of Pinkhas Nudelman and Mariam Katzman.
Thank you,
Catherine Cahoua

Re: synagogue memorial plaques #JewishGenUpdates

Peter Cohen

When I raised this proposal at my synagogue, there was some resistance that it was a privacy violation.  I have encountered similar objections when photographing gravestones. In the the case of gravestones, my response is that after literally setting something in stone and displaying it in a public place, it is unreasonable to expect the information thereon to be private.  But, one could make the argument that synagogue memorial plaques are not in the same category.  Has anyone else encountered this objection, and how did you address it?

Peter Cohen

Re: Moses Hyam or Hyam Moses - name reversal in early 19th century #unitedkingdom

Peter Cohen

Name reversal, or simply going by a middle name was common, not only among immigrants, but also shows up in records from 19th century Eastern Europe.  You also see the same thing today among some people in Texas and Oklahoma.

Peter Cohen

Re: Moses Hyam or Hyam Moses - name reversal in early 19th century #unitedkingdom


I've seen it with just about any double named individual, especially if it was Hebrew/Yiddish in the 19th century.

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