Re: need help translating person's title #yiddish #names

Valentin Lupu

Although I do not know Yiddish, in my family who spoke Romanian Yiddish, Mima was used for aunt.
Valentin Lupu

Re: Family connection found #poland

Deanna Levinsky <DEANNASMAC@...>

I agree with Mrs. Sloan about not asking questions when we were young
but I'd also like to add that prior generations didn't always feel
easy about speaking about the difficulties they experienced. My
mother's sister committed suicide, Mom never told me, just said she
died. My grandmother wouldn't teach me to sew-memories of the Triangle
Shirtwaist Factory fire. If our ancestors came here for a better/safer
life, why dwell on the past? Obviously this isn't the only answer but
one many of us can relate to.
Deanna Mandel
Long Island, NY
Deanna M. Levinsky, Long Island, NY

Re: Hungarian labor brigades - first person narrations #russia #hungary #romania #ukraine

Frank Dyer

In a lecture as part of a symposium on antisemitism, psychoanalyst Paul Ornstein M.D. shared a very moving story of his compulsory labor force service in Hungary. He made the point that those best able to tolerate the abusive conditions of the labor brigades were those with the strongest sense of Jewish identity. The more assimilated Jewish prisoners, who essentially identified as Hungarians, had poorer health and a higher death rate than those whose spirits were buoyed by Jewish identity and faith. I don't know if he ever published anything about those experiences or if anyone ever substantiated his personal observations on this issue in a more formal way, but it certainly makes sense.
Frank Dyer

Re: Surname TAJWIJ #names


Hi Karol.  

I know a Tawil famly in South America, but they are Sepharadic.... I could find out exactly where they are from. They spell it TAWIL.
Lia Sragovicz

Re: Ezdal / Ezdale / Esdaile - any ideas about the man's Hebrew name? #names #usa


I can't say for sure, as I have never seen the name, but it looks like it could be an attempt to very much Anglicize  the name Ezekiel, which is itself an English rendering of the Hebrew name Yechazkel, which itself has many different renderings. 

Re: Sourcing Photos #general #photographs


Google photos and probably Windows photos will also allow you to add information and to tag individuals. 
Barbara Sloan
Conway, SC

Re: Family connection found #poland


I am not sure that is it so unusual not to know distant relatives.  I never heard my grandfather speak of his youth or his family.  He was sent to America when he was 12 or 13 and lived with cousins, marrying one of them eventually.  My other grandparents were deceased, but my father, their son, never talked about his youth.  He knew of no members of his mother's family in this country, though he was partially raised by relatives of his father after both parents died. It was only after he was well past 90 that he shared a few details with me. I conclude that as kids, we don't ask much, because we are busy with our own peer group. 
Barbara Sloan
Conway, SC

search siblings of Sura Rebecca Sztzernis (born around 1865) #poland

Danielle Czal

Sura Rebecca Sztezrnis was my great grand mother. she married Moshé Aron Kronental in Varsovie. She died around 1900. All daughter and sons came in Paris between 1912 and 1925. My great grand father also. I look for her brothers and sisters. I find one in Paris Abraham Sternis (1974- 1942). One of her sister married a Berliner, and another one a Glajchman. I would like to know their name, and how many siblings they were.
Thanks for help
Danielle Czalczynski

research Maurice Leizerson, or Mojsche Leizerson or eventualy Levinson #usa #poland

Danielle Czal

I search the brother of my grand father. My grand father, who lived in Paris till 1911, called him "Maurice " (perhaps mojshe,)  Leizerson. He was born in Varsovie around 1886 (+ or_ 2 years). His father called Salomon or Szlama Leizerson; he married Sara Scheindle Chwast.
My grand father wrote that his brother was in New York in 1926. He was glove maker, at this time. He has a sister, that my grand father called "Lola"  (i don't know her polish or yiddish first name) younger than "Maurice", born in Varsovie in 1890 (+ or - 2 years)., also in USA. 
I found "Maurice" like a wedding witness in Paris in 1925. 
I don't know if he lived in New York and returned in Paris in 1925, then came back after to New york or in another place in USA.
If somebody could help me to find him,  it would be very kind.
Danielle Czalczynski

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


None of the sites verify sources, or even require sources to be listed. I maintain two databases, one contains the tree with people for whom sources are cited, and one that has no sources cited or is "speculative."  Remember that even cited sources could be derivative sources such as indexes, which can often contain errors, or published genealogies, which may not cite any original sources. The uploaded trees are likely full of errors but still useful as "finding" tools.

Don't discount them just because of their potential for error, use them as sources of information in need of refinement.

Re: Other names for Yitzchak? #names

Alexander Sharon

Russian variation is Izaak with diminutive form Izya (Изя) and in Polish it Izak with diminutive form “Izio”.

Alexander Sharon

Bukowski/Shapiro/Wachtenheim/Epstein family #galicia #ukraine


I am looking for information regarding  Bukowsky/Shapiro/Wachtenheim/Epstein family, before  ww2 lived in Skole Galicia Austria,now Ukraine. 

My grandfather  was Hersh Bukowsky born approx 1910

His parents  were Tauba  Bukowska Wachtenheim  and Israel Epstein Shapiro.

All that I know they had 12 childten.

Tauba's parents names were Samuel Bukowsky and Sara Faige Wachtenhein.

I think before Skole they lived in place named Veretzko? Marmorosh? anywhere Sub Carpatia.

I'd like to know the grandfather's sisters and brothers names or anoter information about anybody of them.

I am  having difficulty finding it.

If you can help me with that it would be greatly appreciated.

Please respond to me by email


Jenny Kanadov Bukowsky

searching Shapiro,Epstein, Bukowsky, Wachtenhein.

Re: synagogue memorial plaques #JewishGenUpdates

Nolan Altman

Hi Nurit,

The spreadsheet can be downloaded from  (I've attached a copy to this posting.)

BTW...if the synagogue has a digital listing of their memorial plaques and/or yizkor lists, I can probably help to reformat the entire list without anyone having to do any re-keying.

You can contact me at NAltman@... 


Re: We Are Here! Join us on June 14@2PM ET for a very special program #JewishGenUpdates #events

Elisabeth Gelb


On Sat, Jun 13, 2020, 10:04 PM Avraham Groll, <agroll@...> wrote:
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Find more info and tune in to view the program at

Re: synagogue memorial plaques #JewishGenUpdates

Ann Hellman

There is a template, Here is the link. Thank you for wanting to contribute.
Ann Meddin Hellman
Charleston SC

need help translating person's title #yiddish #names

Aline Petzold

I have come across a notation  of items sent to a relative of my grandmother's in Romania.  She referred to the person as " Mimà Feiga".  I assume that this is Yiddish.  Can anyone tell me what the title " Mimà" means?

Herman RONAI #hungary

Frank Dyer

ISO information on my great great uncle Herman RONAI, formerly WEINBERGER, who changed his name sometime after being conferred Baron Von RONA (in Hungarian RONAI) by Emperor Franz Joseph in 1867. He was Chief Supply Officer of the Austro-Hungarian Army. My grandfather Jozsef WEINBERGER is his nephew.
Frank Dyer
Livingston NJ USA

Re: Recent Record Updates #JewishGenUpdates

Thank you to Avraham Groll you and all the volunteers for all the recent record updates.  I have tried to access the individual categories that you have listed and keep winding up in the "Jewishgen Unified Search."   For example, if I wanted to review the list Reichsvereinigung der Juden in Deutschland (RvD) Card File
or  JCA: Candidates for Colonization  is there any way that I can access that particular list?  Is it on the list of databases?  Am I missing something?

Thank you
Avivah Pinski
near Philadelphia

Avivah R. Z. Pinski ,  near Philadelphia, USA

Re: Family connection found #poland

Deb Skolnik


I have had a similar experience with my father's (COHEN/KISSIN) side of the family, in terms of having cousins close by that I never knew about.

After my parents were both gone (1997-98) I inherited letters from my father to my mother during WWII.  In the course of reading them, I discovered that my father had stayed for a while with a cousin (on his mother's side) in a nearby town, but I never heard their names mentioned.  The only cousins I knew about on my father's side were the sons of two of his sisters in New York.

I found out through persistent genealogical explorations (and dumb luck in a couple of cases) that my father's father had family living right next door to them in Brooklyn for a while, yet I was never told anything about this part of the family.  And my grandfather Barnet Cohen had other brothers, one of whom settled in England.  I was lucky enough to connect with that brother's descendants and have visited them a couple of years ago.

A family feud was apparently the cause of the Brooklyn disconnection, and possibly had bearing on why I never heard about the English side of the family, since they were friendly with the Brooklyn brother who was never mentioned.

So interesting, yet *so* frustrating!

Deb Cohen Skolnik

COHEN/KISSIN - Brooklyn/Vitebsk
SOLUTUCZKYN - Jahotyn/Jagotin/Yahotyn/Yagotin
GARBARCZ/GERBER - Mordy/Ostrow/Chicago

Re: Other names for Yitzchak? #names

Linda Baker

I know a fellow whose name is Yitzhak, but his English name is Ivan.

Linda Lee Baker

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