Re: Cohanim and Levites #dna

mark reichard

    I am a Kohane, confirmed by DNA, tombstones in Hungary and family information, and can not do the split fingers automatically.
                               Regards, Mark Reichard

ReMa- Moses ISSERLES family tree #rabbinic


Does anyone have or know where to find the rabbinic line from ReMa to present day?

Re: Finding image on LDS microfilm from index #general

Risa Heywood

I wrote an article on this very subject which should be coming out in the next issue of Avotaynu. I also may be giving an online demo on how to work with unindexed records like these on FamilySearch for the upcoming IAJGS Virtual Conference. During that demo, I'll show you rather than just tell you how to make use of these unindexed films.

To specifically answer Harlan's question:

The #2 in the right-hand column under the film number is the Item # on the microfilm. A film may contain only one item, part of an item or it may have multiple items. In your example, the fourth image on your film is the beginning of Item 1. Scroll down through the film until you see a similar image that contaIns the beginning of Item 2. The third button on the left menu (under the minus sign) lets you toggle between seeing one image and multiple images which makes scrolling easier.

In some cases, the image number is in the JewishGen index record, right under the Item # but it's not there in this case. But, there is a Record # in the next column to the left, F266. So the record you want should be on Film 2205099, Item 2, Record # 266. Page through a few frames in this item to see how the records are arranged. You can see that there are several records on a page and the Russian is on the left and Hebrew on the right. Either page through or guess how many frames to jump until you get to #266. It is at the bottom of the page on image 293.

Risa Daitzman Heywood
Arizona, USA

Re: JSTOR Expands Free Access During Pandemic #announcements


Thank you so much to Jan and Alberto for this information.

I wondered, for those of us who have not used JSTOR before, do you have any tips, hints, or resources for effectively using this database?

All the best,

Re: Finding image on LDS microfilm from index #general


The links from JewishGen do take you to existing LDS microfilm scans on FamilySearch. I believe that the issue Harlan has is how to go from that link, which opens the entire film in a gallery view, and points to the first image. From there, getting to the particular image within that film is somewhat complicated, and varies between the different books/archives. But it rarely gives you the exact page/scan number so some amount of searching of the images is required, which in this case might involve some understanding of the language. I look at the Slovakian books all the time and that's a bit easier since at least the character set is Roman, languages German and Hungarian, not Cyrillic and Hebrew (Yiddish) as in the Lithuanian books.

Basically, what you have from the info in the right hand column is a link then item number - in this case, item 2. Scan through the gallery and look for the black header page that has a 2 on it - they are easy to see but you have to scroll a bit. There is a beginning and end marker for that item and each film might have several in total. The image number for Harlan's entry is not present (-) so you will have to search between those marker pages for the particular entry (about 5 per page in these books, some have more some less). I usually try to do this by date - find a date on an entry that is close, jump ahead a few (or many) pages, repeat.

Good luck.
Jeff Goldner
Researching Goldner, Singer, Neuman, Braun, Schwartz, Reichfeld (Hungary/Slovakia); Adler, Roth, Ader (Galicia); Soltz/Shultz (Vitebsk, maybe Lithuania)

Re: Finding image on LDS microfilm from index #general

Emily Garber

Sally Bruckheimer wrote:
"Since LDS Microfilms no longer exist, except maybe in SLC, the film numbers need to be deleted or changed to something else by Jewishgen. They were indeed the source of the information, but they aren't usable now. You might search by the subject for the digital version on It may be available at your home, but more likely at a LDS library."

Film numbers may still be used to search via the catalog. While FamilySearch has been digitizing old microfilm and assigning new digital numbers to those rolls, digitized collections and records may be located via either the original microfilm number or the digital number. As a matter of fact I just used an old film number this morning to locate a NYC marriage certificate.

Emily Garber

tombstones #general

Leya Aronson

I have recently come across a tombstone for a person I am researching, and his date of birth is preceded by a Magen David [Star of David], yet his date of death is preceded by a Christian cross. His grandson states that family lore is that they were Jewish and converted to christianity.
Can anyone shed light on this?
Also, many thanks for all who helped with my previous request.
Leya Aronson
Toronto, Canada
researching: ROSENBAUM, SMEETS, Limburg, NL, Pannesheide, DL

Somlo from Toronto #general

Neil Rosenstein

Trying to make contact with the family of Erwin Somlo and his wife
Dina, daughter of Elza nee Horowitz who traced back to the
Horowitz-Margareten family

Historic Synagogues of Europe #general #unitedkingdom

Jan Meisels Allen




The Foundation for Jewish Heritage has posted a map Historic Synagogues of Europe

By clicking on any of the red  “balloons”  a photograph and information about that synagogue opens up. 


The Foundation for Jewish Heritage is dedicated exclusively to the preservation of Jewish architectural sites, working internationally to ensure a future for historic synagogues, Jewish monuments and places of cultural significance.


If you click on their news tab, there is information on the former Merthyr Tydfil synagogue in Wales (see below); coverage of their Iraq Syria Jewish heritage mapping project; mapping of the endangered Jewish heritage of Iraq and Syria; the project to save the historic and remarkable 'Soldiers Synagogue' in Tomsk in Siberia; supporting local efforts to save the remains of the New Israelite Temple in Hamburg; Moreshet in Wroclaw and more.


The most recent is their securing funding for preserving an re-purposing the former Merthyr Tydfil synagogue in Wales  see:
















Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


Re: Finding image on LDS microfilm from index #general

Emily Garber

Harlan Weller posted:
"I located the attached index to a record on jewishgen and I wanted to look at the original document if possible.  The number 2205099 is hotlinked to an LDS microfilm, but I could not make sense of the other numbers.  Can these numbers be used to locate the image on the microfilm?  Or do I have to page through all the images on the microfilm?"

About three years ago I posted an article on my blog explaining how one gets from JewishGen's All Lithuania/Litvak SIG index to FamilySearch digitized film images. 
"FamilySearch, JewishGen, and Litvak SIG: What are They Hiding?" See,

Emily Garber
Phoenix, AZ

Pulin cemetery photos; Zvil cemetery study #ukraine


Leonid Kogan, a historian living in the West, is working on a study of the Jewish cemetery of Pulin in Ukraine, a small former shtetl located about 25 miles West of Zvil, a.k.a. Novograd-Volynsky, in Ukraine. His plans for another field trip to Pulin, known as Chervonormejsk or Krasnoarmejsk in Soviet times, were derailed by the Wuhan virus.

Since Leonid’s English is less than fluent, I am asking all genealogists who have traveled to Pulin and who have any photos from the cemetery to share them. You are welcome to send the photos to Boris@... and they will be promptly forwarded.

If anybody is interested in Kogan’s monograph titled Novograd-Volysnky Jewish Necropolis, drop me a note and I will send a copy. It’s a PDF file, in Russian. It includes a complete database of all burials.
Boris Feldblyum
FAST Genealogy Service

The name GREIL #austria-czech #names

Ellen Barnett Cleary

One of my family names is GREIL.  Solomon GREIL was born in 1811 in Schossenreith, Bohemia.

I am curious about the name, GREIL.  I'd appreciate anything any of you can tell me about this name.
Ellen Barnett Cleary
San Francisco CA

Re: Cohanim and Levites #dna


It is not clear to whom you may be responding, but your comments may be directed at my last post.  In the case of the "Levine" who I know, he had a copy of the ship's manifest.  Most of the name was smudged out or blurred, except for the first several letters.  Hence, his inference that the name was shortened at immigration.  

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

Cohanim and adoption #general

Yonatan Ben-Ari

I was told by my assistant many years ago that when Cohanim adopt
children they (if they are religious) adopt daughters so that there
won't be embarrassment when it comes to the holidays and the Cohanim
go up and bless the congregation.


JGS of Georgia meeting - June 28, 2020 - Meet with Libby Copeland, author of The Lost Family #announcements #dna #jgs-iajgs #events


Join the JGS of Georgia as we zoom with Libby Copeland online to discuss her book, The Lost Family: How DNA Testing Is Upending Who We Are.

Ms. Copeland tells the story of Alice Collins Plebuch, whose parents are Irish American Catholics. When Alice takes a DNA test, the results indicate a high percentage of Ashkenazi Jewish ancestry. The Lost Family follows Alice's journey to find what this means and discusses the ethical questions and the identity issues involved in DNA testing.

When: Sunday, June 28, 2020
Where: Online Zoom event.  The discussion is free, but you must preregister at:

For more information, contact Peggy Mosinger Freedman at peggyfreedman@...

Re: Finding image on LDS microfilm from index #general

Sally Bruckheimer

Since LDS Microfilms no longer exist, except maybe in SLC, the film numbers need to be deleted or changed to something else by Jewishgen. They were indeed the source of the information, but they aren't usable now. You might search by the subject for the digital version on It may be available at your home, but more likely at a LDS library.

Sally Bruckheimer
Princeton, NJ 

Re: Photographs of Lodz Cemetery #poland

Richard Gilbert

I was there last November but on a Shoah related tour.  
There was no time to do personal research.

Kind regards
Richard Gilbert
Hertfordshire, England

Re: Cohanim and Levites #dna

Max Heffler

Anyone who grew up with Star Trek practiced this due to Leonard Nemoy's incorporating what he experienced in his shul(s). I am not a Cohain. I am a Levite and can easily due this. "Live long and proper!" 

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Sent: Monday, June 22, 2020 11:57 AM
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Subject: Re: [] Cohanim and Levites #names
Actually my boss (a biology PhD) made a good point that if it were true that the gene was linked to the cohnanic y chromosome then no female should be able to split their fingers which doesn't seem to be true.


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:

June 23: Genealogy Coffee Break from Center for Jewish History #events

Moriah Amit

Tomorrow at 3:30 pm ET, tune into the Center for Jewish History's Facebook page for the next episode of Genealogy Coffee Break. Our genealogy librarians will discuss how to locate your ancestors' burial places and decipher their gravestones, and answer your questions live. To join the live webinar, click "Follow" on the top of the Center's Facebook page and a notification will pop up on your screen when the webinar goes live Note: If the notification doesn't appear, you can also find the webinar on our Facebook videos page once it goes live. Catch up on the entire series here

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

Re: Photographs of Lodz Cemetery #poland

Richard Gilbert

Hi Nolan,

Thank you for your reply and clarification.  

I had tried to navigate round the links through the JRI Poland database but was unclear as to what the database was recording.  

What I'm also unclear on, is if one has the grave location for an individual from the JRI Poland database, shouldn't that correspond with the database maintained by  When I clinked on the section for the person JRI Poland is saying is buried in the cemetery, they do not appear listed in the relevant section of the Lodz Cemetery database.  They don't even come up on a person search.  Is there a reason for that?



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