Re: Har Nebo Cemetery in Phila #photographs #usa

Josephine Rosenblum

I have a different opinion of Har Nebo.  Years ago, I paid a professional genealogist to discover where in Philadelphia my grandfather was interred.  I had his death certificate with the exact date of death in 1909.  When the researcher found my grandfather--Sigmund SEGAL--was at Har Nebo, I asked the cemetery for a photo.  Their reply was they did not have anyone by that name, so I paid a second researcher, who agreed that Har Nebo was correct.  My second cousins, who went to the cemetery office personally, were told they absolutely did not have Sigmund SEGAL.

My cousins have many other SEGAL relatives there and visited their graves.  They looked around, just in case Sigmund was there, but they did not see a tombstone for him.  They do not read Hebrew.  As they were leaving, they turned around once more, and there, on the back of a marble stone, was "Sigmund SEGAL" as clear as can be!  The front of the stone is all Hebrew.  He is interred just 2-3 graves away from his sister and mother, each with English lettering.

I contacted Har Nebo again, and their response was that their records show him as "Sigmund SAGEL", and they would not change their records, although the death certificate and stone clearly spell the name SEGAL.  Their reason--their record has been there since 1909, so they won't change it, even to correct their mistake.

Between Sigmund's grave and those of his sister and mother is a grave for a woman who has no relationship to any of them.  I thought Orthodox cemeteries did not allow that.  He had only one wife, my grandmother, and since he was only 29 when he died, this unknown woman cannot be related.

Since then, his stone has toppled, due to sunken ground.

This is why I have a negative opinion of this cemetery.
Josephine Rosenblum

Seeking descendants of Dorothy (Dora) FINKEL + Maurice KRAMER #usa



Dorothy FINKEL was born in Philadelphia to Joseph and Sarah.


Maurice KRAMER was born in Manchester, England to Reuben and Rachel.


They married ca. 1930 in New York.


There are two ship manifests listing Dora Kramer & two children, Joyce and Michael Philip (1940 UK to US and 1944 US to UK) but I am not certain it is the right family.


Any leads are appreciated.


Please  help others by responding to the group and listing  all related names, conjectures, speculations, etc.


Boris Feldblyum

Boris Feldblyum
FAST Genealogy Service

Re: Translation needed from Hebrew #translation

Dr.Josef ASH

hear lies
dear wife and mother
Freine daughter of Dov-Ber
died on 25 of Kislev (it is the first day of Hanukka) 1946

Missing Manifest for Joseph CAPSON (KAPSON) #russia

Rachelle Litt

I am looking for a missing manifest for Joseph CAPSON (KAPSON). Birthdate May 10, 1885. His Naturalization papers  in 1927 say he came on the ship named Main(e) from Bremen to New York on Jan 26, 1906. fro Sobolinka Russia.When researching this ship on the Ellis Island website, I found that the Maine did not sail internationally during that year. It was stricktly US based travel. His 1910 census says he came in 1904. In 1908 he was living in Newark NJ and in 1911 Cleveland OH. where his daughter Elsie Capson was born on March 5th.  I cannot find any records on the family in OH at all either.  His brother Julius Capson, came under the name Berka Balta per his naturalization record. I found his manifest listed as Berka Batta. He came on the ship New York Jan 15, 1905. from Sobolivka Russia via Southampton and is listed as going to a cousin Lewis Gross at 201 Charlton Street Newark NJ- same city where Joseph was headed.  I cannot find info info on Lewis Gross at that address either to see how they were related.  Any help on solving these problems would be greatly appreciated. 
Rachelle Litt
Palm Beach Gardens, Florida

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

Norman Sohn

Vetter in German = Uncle

Amigos quisiera tener la traduccion de este documento #translation

marcelo kisnerman

Quisiera saber que dice este documento de salida del imperio ruso de la familia Arcuschin / Arcusin / Arkuzhin. Soy Marcelo Kisnerman Arcuschin de Argentina. Gracias



My ancestral surname is Kriwiatychi from ORLA, Poland. I know that a family member left Poland for Australia. His name was Aizik Kriviaticki / Krivyatitski, born 1906. He was in Camp Fohrenwald after the war, and departed Jan 6, 1948 for Fremantle, Western Australia arriving on Feb. 26, 1948. I believe that he married Miriam Rosenberg in 1949, and he was alive for the 1980 voters List for the 1980 election in Victoria, Australia. The last known address I can find is from Kooyong, Victoria.

Anyone know of this family?
Thank you,
Marlene Walker,
Toronto, Canada

June 16: Genealogy Webinar from the Center for Jewish History #events

Moriah Amit

Every Tuesday at 3:30 pm ET, tune into the Center for Jewish History's Facebook page for Genealogy Coffee Break, a short talk on a specific topic with one of our genealogy librarians. Discover recommended resources and strategies for online research, and have your questions answered live. Tomorrow, join us as we discuss how to read or translate handwritten documents focusing on English, Hebrew, and Diaspora dialects. If you have a topic you'd like us to cover, write to us at gi@.... Catch up on the entire series here

Moriah Amit
Senior Genealogy Librarian at the Center for Jewish History
New York, NY

Re: German Citizenship under Article 116 #germany

Peter Lobbenberg

I applied in June 2018 and was told it could take up to two years, although "in the old days" it used to be much quicker - but in the event citizenship took "only" 14 months and my new passport another two months.  That's from the UK and through the German Embassy in London, England, who were extremely helpful throughout.  Among other factors that I'd imagine could affect how long it takes might be (1) the country from which you're applying, (2) the backlog at any given time, (3) any issues or problems with the particular application or the supporting documentation, and of course (4) COVID and lockdown.

Peter Lobbenberg, London, UK

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


It is available on youtube: 
Fredel Fruhman
Brooklyn, New York, USA

Re: Family connection found - coincidences #general

Lee Hover

That's interesting re Michalovsky. That is  my GGM's maiden name.  She lived in Lithuania.  Could there be a connection?


Re: Surname TAJWIJ #names


Tawil is a Sephardic name and there are many people with this surname. There are several such families with this name in NY.  Tawil means "long" in Arabic, and people with this name are usually  Cohanim.

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


It means 'Aunt Faiga"  Faiga is a female name and means "bird"

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

Dena and Hadar Matmon

Mima is “aunt”

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

Norma Klein

Fetter=vetter is german for cousin.

Bar Mitzvah of Mr. BLEICH in NYC - Do you recognize him? #hungary #photographs #usa


I have posted the photo of this handsome bar mitzvah on Viewmate here:
He is identified only by the surname BLEICH and the location, NYC.

The photo is from a friend who may or may not be my cousin.  Both of our families were part of the Hungarian Benevolent Society of Atlanta.  The Society was a complicated network of cousins, in-laws, and friends, and there was a similar group in New York. I hope to find a connection between the Atlanta families and the New York families. Other relatives in the group include BERNATH, REISMAN, and SPIELBERGER.

There is no date on the photo, but other photos in the collection range from 1920 to 1960.

Re: Other names for Yitzchak? #names

Irina Fridman

A short derivative for Yitzchak is Yitzik.

Irina Fridman

Re: Har Nebo Cemetery in Phila #photographs #usa

Chana Bonn

I visited Har Nebo about 3 years ago, and the cemetery was in very nice condition.  In fact, the groundskeeper was mowing the grass when I visited.  I have relatives buried there in the Prushin-Shershov section.   The person in the office was very helpful when called, although it did take a couple of days for him to return the call.  The cemetery is in a very decent urban setting, with schools bordering two sides and streets with houses bordering another.  The fourth side is bordered by a major thoroughfare street.  Even though the area is okay, it is still a good idea to go with another person, since cemeteries are relatively deserted places.  The respondent who wrote about the poor condition of the cemetery may have been referring to another, nearby cemetery that is owned by Har Nebo and which had been vandalized.  That cemetery (Mt. Carmel) has undergone repairs and has had additional security measures put in place.  It is located in a much older and semi-industrialized urban area.  
I am sure that if you call the office they will eventually get back to you and perhaps take photos.  They have very good records of burials there, and I believe some of that information is now available online.
Chana Bonn

Re: Migration from Galicia to Vienna and Germany #austria-czech #germany #general

Lewis, Megan

There may be records for when your ancestors joined the Jewish communities in their destination cities.  The Vienna records are on
As of 2001 the Leipzig Jewish Community still held the community records; USHMM received copies of documents for the years 1933-1950 then.
Megan Lewis

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Re: German Citizenship under Article 116 #germany

David Seldner

Sorry I am answering so late.
It took two months, that was in 2016. Since I live in Germany I had to apply personally and brought notarized documents which prove that my father (and his parents) were German and left in 1940.They told me they only have to verify the information.
David Seldner, Karlsruhe, Germany

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