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

Latvian archives website changed, links on JewishGen will not work, volunteers needed to assist fixing database #latvia #JewishGenUpdates

Stephen Weinstein

The website for the Latvian State Historical Archives has been changed to

The registration page is now

Jewish records are at

None of the links in the "The Jewish Vital Records of Latvia Collection - The Christine Usdin Collection", "Latvia Marriages and Divorces Database", "Latvia Births Database" and "Latvia Death Records" database on JewishGen will work.  (Neither will the links on my website, but I don't think anyone uses it anyway, so I'm not bothering to fix it.)

I am looking for a volunteer to go on the new website and find the new link to replace each link in the database.  I will give you a spreadsheet that has all the records in the database.  You would open it in Excel (or a similar free program), replace the links, and send it to someone at JewishGen for them to upload.

Stephen Weinstein
Camarillo, CA, USA

Re: Finding image on LDS microfilm from index #general

David Oseas


That isn't correct --  the Family History Library still uses both sets of numbers:  the old FHL microfilm ones, as well as the new DGS digital ones.  Entering either number in the FamilySearch catalog in the Film/Fiche Number field will take you to the digital images, if they exist.

David Oseas

Friedman, Fruchter, Brieger family from Lakewood, NJ #usa

Neil Rosenstein

Traying to make contact with the children of Rachel (nee Fruchter) and
Moshe Friedman (died in 2013) - Channah, married Meir Weisz, living
in Boro Park, Avraham Yaakov (“Yanky”) Friedman, married Miriam
Brieger, living in Lakewood, NJ and Binyamin Friedman, married Pearl
Hirshkowitz, living in Flatbush, NY,

Glickson, Cohodas, Wolf, Stern, families descendants of Horowitz of Cleveland #usa

Neil Rosenstein

Tryin to make contact with the children and families of Rose and
Joseph Wolf of Cleveland (both died in the 1960s), parents of Ida
(married Jack Glickson and Jack Cohodas) and of Alfred Wolf of
Cleveland. Ida's children are Harriet (married Schilling and
Friedberg) and Tom Glickson (married Amy).

Re: Cohanim and Levites #dna

Joan Parker

Not only am I a woman but I have always been able to split my fingers on both hands ala Mr. Spock, and  I can roll my tongue as Shelly  Dardashtian mentioned.
Stay safe and be well,
Joan Parker
Past President/Archivist
JGS of Greater Miami, Inc.
1) GOLDBERG/ GOULD, GOODSTEIN/GUDSTEIN, BERGER, GERBER/CRAWFORD, JAGODA-Lipno, Plonsk, Plock, Poland-Russia; Warsaw, Poland-Russia; Galveston, TX; Bronx and Brooklyn, NY, Portland, OR, Los Angeles/Hollywood, CA.
2)  PARKER/PINKUS, WINOGRAD, (GERSHO-BEROVNA?)., R0SEN, -Brest (Litovsk), Belarus; Grodno, Russia; Bronx and Brooklyn, NY. WEISS, NEIKRUG, DEL PINO--Brooklyn, NY.  RABWIN--Hollywood, CA, Salt Lake City, UT. CLAYTON-California.
3) GELFAND, KRITZOFF, KATZ, TROCK --Berezin/Bresin, Kodima, Minsk, Belarus, Bronx, NY, Miami and Miami Beach, FL.

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)

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