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

Jeremy Schuman

Thanks Eva. That could well be the case, but it still begs the question of why the fathers' names appeared in the records when they weren't Familiants. According to the law at the time, the two children were regarded as illegitimate, so I wouldn't expect to see the father's name listed.

Re: ReMa- Moses ISSERLES family tree #rabbinic


GENI has a family tree for REMA

Hadassah Wilen
New York

Re: Finding image on LDS microfilm from index #general

Sally Bruckheimer <sallybruc@...>

Emily Garber wrote:"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."

I want the Vaz Dias Collectie, which used to be 899932 and 899933 (I even remember the numbers), But they are not that any more. I am happy for you that NYC Marriage Records are still at the same number, but not everything is. And they aren't searchable by name either.

Sally Bruckheimer
Princeton, NJ

Re: tombstones #general


It seems strange that they would keep both symbols and not try to erase the past. I am guessing this is a relatively recent tombstone, I don't think that changes of religion were such an accepted thing in the more distant past that someone would want to have both symbols. It just seems too modern and pluralistic.
Maybe there was some contention in the family and some wanted him remembered with one symbol and others with the other so they compromised with both.
Is the grave in a Jewish cemetery?

JERUSALEMSKY/ROSEN-Szchuchin-Baltimore-Chicago #usa #general

Yonatan Ben-Ari

My father-in-Law's uncles left the Szchuchin/Graive area around the
turn of the 19-20 th cent. Their name in Europe was JERUSHALMY but I
was informed that in the USA they changed it to ROSEN, At some point
they lived in Baltimore, and one uncle, Reuven, went to Chicago and
was a hebrew teacher there.

Some family names connected to these uncles: SLOTNICK, BRANSON.

We would be happy to make contact with descendants of these families.

Yoni Ben-Ari, Jerusalem

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


The meeting will begin at 2:00 Eastern Daylight Time

Re: Archives of Ukraine records #ukraine


Thank you fo much for this post!
Just opened the link. Grateful to have this information!!
Deborah Annex

more information needed Re: Hessen Jews prior 1700 #germany

Corinna Woehrl (nee Goslar)

Hello Peter,

first of all we need to know where you located the family and what sources you have already evaluated. Which literature (also German?) have you analysed?
Have you located the family with online resources or also archival documents? Have you consulted local historical groups?
With this information fellow researchers may work on possible further research strategies.

But please note: In German genealogy (not only for families of Jewish faith) the 'Thirty Years' War' (Dreissigjaehriger Krieg 1618 - 1648) leads to a brick wall for many branches of family-trees as not many documents survived this time.

Regards from Germany


Re: Photographs of Lodz Cemetery #poland

Richard Gilbert

I've now found what I am looking for.  
Thank you to those who reach out to me privately.
Kind regards
Richard Gilbert
Hertfordshire, England

Re: Translator needed German to English #translation


I'll gladly have a look at it though I am Dutch and my German stemms from school and what I picked up when I worked in Germany. 
Ron Peeters

Re: Searching for Dicofsky UK immigration Records and UK Jewish Year Book entries. #unitedkingdom

Jill Whitehead

Hi David

For the most part, imigration records into the UK were not kept during the late 19th or early 20th century. Very few of us can claim to have found any, as either records were not kept or they were destroyed.

Jill Whitehead, Surrey, UK

Re: ReMa- Moses ISSERLES family tree #rabbinic

Sam Wolff

I worked with Prof. B.S.J. Isserlin, Department of Semitic Studies, University of Leeds, before his passing. It is said that he is a descendant of Rabbi Moses Isserles. You might ask his son if he knows anything re family connections.
Sam Wolff

Re: Photographs of Lodz Cemetery #poland

Miriam Bulwar David-Hay

Hi Nolan and Richard and anyone else interested in the Lodz cemetery. I have done intensive research on Lodz and on my own family from the city, many of whom were buried in the cemetery, and I have been there twice, most recently in May 2019. As you have noted, the jpg numbers don’t link to photos and the website of the cemetery put up by the Jewish community in Lodz has some general photos but not of specific graves. Really the only way to obtain photos of specific headstones is either to visit in person (obviously not possible at this time of curtailed travel) or to contact the Jewish community and request a photo. They will probably want a donation/payment of some kind. I don’t know what the rate is.

You might want to note that if your relatives were among the tens of thousands of unfortunate people who died inside the ghetto during the war years, they were probably buried in the “ghetto field” and although they will be in a defined plot, they most likely will not have headstones at all unless surviving relatives arranged a headstone post-war. Also, some of the northern/western side of the cemetery was destroyed when roads were extended in the area, and those graves are lost. Also, in many parts of the cemetery many headstones are in bad shape, worn away with age and weather and/or overgrown with vegetation.

Efforts are being made to look after the cemetery, and especially in the central part around the main alley most of the stones seem to be in place and although old and worn are more or less legible. Hopefully your family’s stones would be among those!

Just to give you an idea of how things look, I am attaching two photos I took in the cemetery last year. The first is the grave of my great-great-grandfather, Chaim Leib Bulwa(r), who died in 1921 at the age of 64. He is buried more or less in the center, close to the Poznanski mausoleum. You can see that the graves in this section are in reasonable condition. The second is his son, my great-grandfather, Szmul Aron Bulwar, who died in the Lodz Ghetto in January 1941, ironically also at the age of 64. He is buried in the ghetto field and relatives put up a tombstone after the war. You can see how empty the field is, with a few tombstones dotted here and there.

I hope all the above assists you.

All the best,
Miriam Bulwar David-Hay,
Raanana, Israel.


Re: Finding image on LDS microfilm from index #general

Russ Maurer

I agree with Risa that the record number is by far the easiest way to navigate to the right record. Keep in mind, though, that males and females are numbered separately. The reference to record F266 is to the numbers for females (M266 would be for a male). In the column for record number, there are two subcolumns as shown below. Numbers for females (женскаго) will always be found on the left and numbers for males (мужескаго) on the right. Risa has pointed to the correct (female) record 266; the incorrect (male) record 266 is on image 287.

Russ Maurer (Records Acquisition & Translation Coordinator for LitvakSIG, the source of this particular record)
Pepper Pike, OH

Re: Seeking researcher for Galati, and possibly Braila, Romania #romania


Hi! Two of my grandparents are from Galati. I was recently in touch with a researcher who says he travels to Galati every 2-3 months from Bucharest. Still waiting to see if he goes and how he does. Please let me know if you find anyone with a good and frequent track record there. 

iris Richman 

Hessen Jews prior 1700 #germany

Peter Heilbrunn

I have traced my Heilbrunn family as well as others back to very early 18th century, when I hit a brick wall. Where would these Jews have previously lived? Where might I find information about them. 

Peter Heilbrunn

Archives of Ukraine records #ukraine


Hello everyone,

Last time I was looking for records from Ukraine,I found it,

Maybe, someone is looking for this like me.

Jenny Kanadov Bukowsky

Looking for list of Rabbi Shapiro's also Bukowsky/Wachtenheim/Epstein family #galicia #subcarpathia


Hello everyone,

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

On one of the sites I saw a list of rabbis Shapiro and now I am  having difficulty finding 

it,any site about Sub Carpatia,but I'm not sure.

Maybe you know and can explain me where to see it.

Thank you very much.
Jenya Kanadov

Please respond to me by email


Jenny Kanadov Bukowsky

searching Shapiro,Epstein, Bukowsky, Wachtenhein

Searching for Dicofsky UK immigration Records and UK Jewish Year Book entries. #unitedkingdom




By way of background to my questions, my Great Grandfather, Charles (Chetzkil) Dicofsky, was born circa 1859 in the Russian Pale, Grodno Gubernia, possibly Slonim. He immigrated to England probably sometime in the early 1900s. His wife Sarah Hannah (nee Levenback), and children, Myer, Joseph (my Grandfather), Abraham and Dorah, followed in 1904. In the 1911 Census of England and Wales, they are all recorded living in Fieldgate Mansions in Romforth Street, London.


After many years of research, I am still unable to find details of the Dicofsky family’s entry into the U.K. other than 1904 seems to be the year Sarah and the children arrived. (Stated by Abraham in his application for Naturalisation in 1940).


Could anyone advise what my next move might be, to try and find details of their entry into the UK?

I seem to have exhausted all avenues available on JewishGen, Ancestry, and other genealogical Websites, trying to find passenger lists or Alien Registrations.


I have information that Charles was ‘Shamus’ of the Wilkes Street Synagogue, Spitafields in the East End in the 1900s.


Would UK Jewish Year Books have recorded his employment at the Wilkes Street Synagogue?

If this is so;

Can the Year Books for the 1900s be re-searched online?


Any assistance would be very much appreciated.


Thank You


David Dixon

South Australia.


Re: Cohanim and Levites #dna

Angie Elfassi

Good morning,

Regarding Cohanim and Levites .... and I have told this story before ...

When my paternal grandfather Kassemoff arrived in Leeds, UK from Rezekne, c. 1905 he went to the local council offices to arrange accommodation.

The clerk at the council office asked him what his surname was. Grandpa Joe said: Kassemoff. The clerk said: how do you spell that? Grandpa Joe hadnt been in England for very long and told the clerk that he didnt know how to spell it .... The clerk asked: are you Jewish? Joe said: Yes. So the clerk said: OK, Im writing down Cohen. So in a council office, somewhere in Leeds, Grandpa Joe Kassemoff became Cohen.

Joe and his male siblings and ancestors are all Levites. It has also been proven on y-DNA testing.

Angie Elfassi

RAYKH-ZELIGMAN/RICHMAN, Stakliskes, Lithuania/Leeds
COHEN, Sakiai, Lithuania/Leeds
MAGIDOWITZ, Jurbarkas, Lithuania/Leeds
KASSIMOFF, Rezekne, Latvia/Leeds
MULVIDSON, Rezekne, Latvia/Sweden
GREENSTONE, Rezekne, Latvia/Leeds
ITMAN, Stakliskes, Lithuania/USA
KANTOR, Sakiai, Lithuania
GOLDBERG, Sakiai, Lithuania

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