Re: Photographs of Lodz Cemetery #poland

Nolan Altman

Hi Richard,

The .jpg files you referred to are pictures of the ledger pages that were used to create the database...they are not photos of the actual headstones.  The ledger was compiled by the "Organization of Former Residents of Lodz in Israel (Tel Aviv)".  Please see  for a description of the cemetery and an explanation on how the database was created.

JewishGen does not have copies of headstone photos from this cemetery nor do we have any other information on individual burials.  I'd be interested in hearing from others who have obtained headstone photos, how they received them.  The cemetery has its own website at but I don't know how accommodating they are with photo requests.


Nolan Altman

JOWBR Coordinator

Looking for free genealogy software for Mac OS Catalina #general

Alberto Guido Chester

I would like to hear suggestions of FREE genealogy software that will work on the latest Mac OS Catalina.
Requisites: Gedcom capability.
Not web based but info residing in my computer.
Up to 200/300 individuals only.
Please answer to my email EXCEPT you consider your answer to be of general interest.
Thanks in advance.

Alberto Guido Chester
Buenos Aires, Argentina

Re: Tombstone photo translated requests #translation

David Barrett

where are the photos?

Re: Cohanim and Levites #dna


Fred selss wrote: ' The finger split is an genetic inherited trait that can only be performed by someone that has a Cohanim ancestor'.

It is not a matter of genetic, hence it is not inheruted. It's quite easy to perform and almost every one can do it.

Re: Cohanim and Levites #dna

Schelly Talalay Dardashti

The ability to make the so-called Cohen (or Vulcan, even though "Dr. Spock" Leonard Nimoy was a Kohain) finger spread is absolutely not genetic. It is not in the same category as the ability to roll one's tongue - which IS genetic. 

Schelly Talalay Dardashti
New Mexico
TALALAI/AY/AJ - Mogilev, Bel.
BANK - Kovno, Kedainai, Lith.
DARDASHTI - Isfahan/Teheran, Iran

Re: Cohanim and Levites #dna

Schelly Talalay Dardashti

There are at least 4 DNA signatures for Kohanim and at least 4 or more for Levites. Also, there is historical evidence for (and Jewish law permits it) for the appointing of a Kohan in a place where all Kohanim were either gone (died, murdered, etc.). One would think a Levite (the closest to a Kohan) would be appointed, but perhaps an Israelite might have been appointed. The simple fact that there are numerous haplogroups for Kohanim and for Levites indicates diverse origins.

Schelly Talalay Dardashti
New Mexico
TALALAI/AY/AJ - Mogilev, Bel.
BANK - Kovno/Kedainai, Lith.
DARDASHTI - Isfahan/Teheran, Iran

Re: Cohanim and Levites #dna

Schelly Talalay Dardashti

No one's name was shortened or changed at Ellis Island by any clerk. The guy is wrong unless he can show the original manifest showing the old name crossed out and a new name written in. His religious qualifications have nothing to do with his repeating an erroneous story that never happened because the multilingual clerks were firbidden to do that at ALL US Ports of Entry. He could have however shortened it himself the minute he stepped into the city. Please do not perpetuate the biggest myth in genealogy.

BIALAIA/Vitebsk/Mogilev. #belarus #general

Jacques Klein

I add a precision to my previous message : I am looking for any information about Pessia Schliomovna BIALAIA, born in 1886 in Vitebsk, married to Itska LEBSKI from Mogilev.
Envoyé de mon iPad

Search for KATZ siblings in London #general #unitedkingdom

Daniel Gleek

Seeking information on siblings Abraham (1886), Lewis (1893) and Hannah (1896) KATZ of London.

Their parents Sarah (nee LYONS) and Marks KATZ both died aged around 40 in 1902.


The kids they would likely have been adopted out, but what happened after 1902 is unknown.

Could their surnames have been changed? Could they have been split up?

Could they have gone to extended family members called KATZ, LYONS or MARCUS?


Also seeking info on the family of Sarah LYONS (1862-1902).

She had a brother and a sister living after her demise. Her father was Moshe (haCohen).


Please only reply if these people appear on your tree.

Thank you,

Daniel GLEEK in London


Daniel GLEEK in London
Searching for: GLEEK/GLICK (Beisagola, Lithuania), ISOWITSKY/KUPCHIK (Dotchener, Poltava & Vorontzowka),
GLIKMAN/GLUCKMAN, WEITZENSANG & LIDRAL/LEDDA (Warsaw,Poland), MARCUS (Varniai, Lithuania) etc.

Re: Cohanim and Levites #dna

Sarah L Meyer

There are religious reasons why some Cohanim lose their Cohen status.  Interestingly my father was an Israel, but when I had two paternal "second" cousins DNA done, I was asked after the first one was done whether we were Kohanim.  Then when the second Y test came back, I knew.  My paternal great grandfather had married a woman with children - including a son (and while they may not have set out to hide that her two children were not his), it happened because the blended family was raised as one family.   Since they did not want to distinguish that Aaron Jacob ("Jack") was an Israel while Henry was a Kohen - everyone became Israel.
Sarah L Meyer
Georgetown TX
BIRGARDOVSKY, EDELBERG, HITE (CHAIT), PERCHIK Russia (southern Ukraine) and some Latvia or Lithuania

Re: Continuous Residency Requirement #usa #general

Emily Rosenberg

I always wonder how immigrants, then and now , had time and money to travel back and forth. I understand going for a bride and maybe some successful traders going back and forth but who else goes and what is it like for them ?  Any stories welcome. 

Photographs of Lodz Cemetery #poland

Richard Gilbert

According to the JRI Poland database, photographs have been taken of graves at the Lodz Cemetery.  
The names of the people I am interested in are Mordka Maslanka buried in Section C, Row 6, Grave 69, Side P and Fajga Maslanka buried in Section U, Row 5, Grave 145.  
According to the same database the images should be available as Register Page No. 52, Image No. P1020963.jpg and No.53 Image No. P1020964.jpg.
I have looked through all the links but but I do not seem able to find a link to these images.  
Does anyone know how I might do so?  
I've attached an image of the screen shot for ease of reference.  
#Poland #photographs #Lodz #LodzCemetery

Re: Application of Familiant Laws in early 19th century Moravia - #austria-czech

Eva Lawrence

While I'm not familiar with Moravian laws, I wonder if the two puzzling children's deaths  could in fact have occurred in the home town of the mother's family?  Perhaps the grandparents were caring for an ailing infant or, in the case of the very  young baby, a woman had 'gone home to mother' for her confinement.  
Eva Lawrence
St Albans, UK.

Yizkor Book Update - April & May 2020 #JewishGenUpdates #yizkorbooks

Nancy Siegel

Yizkor Book Update - April and May 2020

by Binny Lewis

Dear JewishGen Community,

The JewishGen Yizkor Book Team has been very active in the past two months. Here are some highlights of what we have accomplished and are continuing to work on.

At, among our biggest priorities is the translation of Yizkor Books, which were written to perpetuate the legacy of Jewish communities destroyed during the Holocaust. See:

Summary of Recent Progress

  • In April and May 2020, we translated 1084 pages in 23 books - which are freely available online via the JewishGen site. A list of updated books can be found at the end of this report.

  • The Priority Book List for which projects we will work on next is being finalized and announced in the coming weeks.

  • We have brought on 7 more translators to the team bringing the total to over 30 active Translators!

Translations Completed in April and May

Yizkor Books Available Online or in Hard Copy

JewishGen is pleased to announce the release of 2 fully translated Yizkor Books now available in hard copy. To view a list of all books available in hard copy, please click here

Books Published in April & May include:


I would like to dedicate this monthly update to the memory of two amazing women who have recently been taken from us in these difficult times. They will remain forever in our hearts.

My grandmother, Rebbetzin Leona Bomzer O”BM, who inspired her family to always put education above all else.

My wife’s grandmother, Bubby Fayge Fogel O”BM, a Holocaust survivor, who taught us that life can be rebuilt and regrown from the ashes. 

We are expanding the Yizkor Book Team!!

We are working on many upcoming projects, including a Priority Book List to translate, New Workflow, Web Redesign and more. If you or someone you know is interested in volunteering for the Yizkor Book Project, please see the information below:

Perhaps your skills can be of assistance?

  • We need volunteers with lots of skills!! Are you interested in being a translator for Yizkor books? Do you have a background in coding or web development? If you would like to dedicate your time and skills please apply to volunteer by following this link:

Want to lead a Yizkor Book Project?

  •  If you are interested in being a Project Coordinator, please see this “Getting Started Guide” which should start you on the journey.

Become a supporter today!


Yizkor Book Translation Project

To view all ongoing Yizkor Book translation projects, go to:

If there are any mistakes in this report, please feel free to reach out so I can correct the information appropriately as soon as possible.

All the best,

Binny Lewis

Director of Special Projects - Yizkor Books


Re: Tombstone photo translated requests #translation


Hi All
Sorry about the number mixup, I blame it on the heat. The numbers of the tombstone photos are VM 82552 and VM 82555. It's been a while since I posted messages here and all the new process with hashtags is confusing. Once again thanks for any help you could provide.

Sarah Greenberg(USA)

Tauba Bukowska Wachtenheim +Israel Shapiro Epstein wedding record #translation #poland


Hello everyone,
Please,translate Tauba  Bukowska Wachtenheim and Israel  Shapiro  Epstein's wedding record 
I think, it's my grandfather's parents from Skole. 203099 / pages / 1_300_0_0_3099_0004.htm
Thank you very much.
Jenny Kanadov Bukowsky.

Application of Familiant Laws in early 19th century Moravia - #austria-czech

Jeremy Schuman

I have a question about the application of the Familiant Laws, which I’m hoping someone might be able to help me with.

For several years now, I have been working on the family tree for the MASSARSIK / Mazarzik / Mašařik family of Bučovice, Moravia. My primary sources of information are the Jewish BMD records available through the Badatelna website and also the 19th century census records recently made available via the Moravian Provincial Archive (MZA) website.

There were four Massarsik men living in Bučovice in the 19th century who had Familiant certificates (Markus Massarsik, Jakob Massarsik, Moises Massarsik and Joachim Massarsik). As expected, all the Massarsik births registered in Bučovice while the Familiant Laws were still active either had one of these four men listed as the father, or the father was listed as “unknown”. However, in the Bučovice death records, there are two puzzling entries:

1) On 20 May 1805, the death of Jakob Mazarzik, aged 16 months, is recorded. He is described as the son of Johan Mazarzik (“aus Hungaren” I think it says).

2) On 16 Sept 1826, the death of Markus Massarzik, aged 1 month 5 days, is recorded. He is described as the son of Abraham Massarzik, and the death occurred in the nearby village of Kunkowitz.

Neither of these two infants appears in the Bučovice birth registers.

I was wondering whether any other researchers have come across records like this in the past. Is it possible that the death of a child born to a non-Familiant was sometimes registered under his father’s surname? Or is it more likely that the two fathers (Johan and Abraham ) were Familiants in another town? Johan died in Bučovice in 1840, so he appears to have been a Bučovice resident. Also, Abraham’s wife Fanni appears in the 1865 Bučovice death records, so I assume Abraham was a Bučovice resident too. And yet neither Johan nor Abraham was a Bučovice Familiant.

I would be very interested to hear people’s thoughts on this.

Many thanks,

Jeremy Schuman,
Buckinghamshire, England

Meaning of the name Komishane #names


Does anyone know of anyone with the surname Komishane?
Meaning of the name?
Was it an area in Ukraine?

Re: Cohanim and Levites #dna

Fred Selss

I am not an expert or anything but I have a little insight into how one might find out f they are descended from a Cohanim . Sometimes an engraving on gravestone can let family know that a Cohanim or a Levite is buried there. A hand with fingers split in the middle like the Vulcan sign from Star Trek is common for Cohanim 🖖🏼 and a pitcher of water is common for a Levite.
The finger split is an genetic inherited trait that can only be performed by someone that has a Cohanim ancestor. My father was a Cohanim and I can do this with my fingers. My sons can do it also, inheriting this trait from me and their maternal grandfather. But their own father is an Israelite so my sons are not considered Cohanim. This special trait of splitting fingers can’t be be preformed by their father. So if you can’t split your fingers, you can infer that you are not descended from Cohanim but if you can, it doesn’t mean your are one because you could have inherited that genetic trait from your mother but not the Cohanim designation.
My father as Cohanim was often called to bless a congregation and he would hold out both hands with his fingers split and recite the priestly blessing.
Also getting back to grave stones, after my father’s and grandfathers names written in Hebrew it says Ha Cohan. Other family members have Ha Levite in Hebrew written after their names. By the way, my grandfather’s last name was BROK which I always assumed was a translation of Baruch or blessed. The family later changed it to Brooks in NY. My grandfather was from what is now GOLUB-DOBRZYN which now is in POLAND but was part of PRUSSIA and RUSSIA


Re: Cohanim and Levites #dna

Martyn Woolf

The likelihood of immigration authorities just handing out the name Cohen, is remote.  It just didn't happen.
My name is Moshe ben Josef Woolf HaLevi. That is the name used in the synagogue.  My surname is Woolf.

Fred son of Charlie Smith HaLevi, would still be Fred Smith.

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