Re: tombstones #general

Madeleine Isenberg

The question about two symbols on a Jewish tombstone/matzeva, has been asked and answered several times already.  I was at least among one of those.
The star indicates a date of birth; 
the cross for a date of death.  
They are ancient symbols and do not relate to a person's religion.  
When I first encountered this, I was just as confused.

Madeleine Isenberg
Beverly Hills, CA

Re: Finding image on LDS microfilm from index #general


If you put the number you have in the FamilySearch Catalog under film  or Fiche search it will come up.  Click on the title of the film.  This film is ditigitzed.  You may need to sign in to see it.

Re: Cohanim and adoption #general

malcolm katz

Hello Yoni, 

i believe you have been ill informed, I am a Katz and one of 2 sons adopted, I imagine it may apply to ultra religious perhaps, but the average would do what they wish, my father also married a divorcee which is a Cohen no no, different folks, different strokes.
He is buried as Kahan Tzedik as that is what he is, but it ends there on that line.

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


Love to know if someone local who is interested in this stuff

Re: Historic Synagogues of Europe #general #unitedkingdom


Thanks so much for posting this.


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. 

Shoshanah Glickman

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Newmn/Naiman/Nayman #general #usa

Bob Bloomberg

I am researching the Newman/Maiman/Nayman family who lived in Bangor Maine and Waterbury, Connecticut.

His first name was Harry/Chaim.  He was married to Ida/Adel/Adelle Katz.

Does anyone have any information on them?

Re: Photographs of Lodz Cemetery #poland

Richard Gilbert

Hi Miriam,

Thank you or your response and photos.

I was in the New Lodz Cemetery in November and got to see for myself the state of the cemetery and the "ghetto field'.  Unfortunately I did not have time to do genealogical research as my wife and I were there as part of a Shoah related journey with our synagogue. Our tour followed the journey of the amazing Mala Tribich MBE who accompanied us on our journey,

The graves I found particularly harrowing were of the Bnei Akiva madrichim who were killed after the end of the war.  And the 6 unfilled pits by the cemetery wall near the entrance to the cemetery. See the photos below.  I have also attached a photo of what the prayer hall and a general view of part of the cemetery and the grave of Isaac Hertz who died in 1905, whose headstone I found particularly fascinating.  He is buried near the Poznanski mausoleum where Salomon Poznanski is buried in Lewa 9/1

I have been asked privately how I found reference to the people I was looking for on the Lodz Cemetery website.

The first step I took was to look up the people I am interested in using the JRI Poland database at  This told me that the people I am researching are buried in the New Lodz Cemetery.  It gave me location of their graves, with a reference to a photo, which I now know is a photograph of the page of the burial ledger used to create the database.  

You can reach the Jewish Lodz Cemetery website at  Along the top of the page you will see various tabs.  One is called Plan of Cemetery.  If you click on that it will show you where in the cemetery a particular section is.  

If you click on the section in the plan, identified mainly with a letter of the alphabet but sometimes numerically as well, it will call up the names of the people buried in the cemetery.  This list is populated to the right of the plan of the cemetery under the heading Kwatera, meaning quarter or I assume in English we're more likely to say section, when referring to a cemetery.  

It then tells you whether the section you have clicked on is on the left (Lewa) or right (Prawa) of the main path through the cemetery.  If I have understood the plan correctly, the pink sections are for women, the purple sections are for men, the orange sections are for men and women and the green sections are for children. 

I hope this helps.  I do not claim to have any expertise on this. I am just happy to share what I have discovered if it will help others with similar research interests.

All the best.

Richard Gilbert
Hertfordshire, England

Re: Finding image on LDS microfilm from index #general

David Oseas


I've researched through thousands of FamilySearch image collections since they started their digitization project and I've yet to encounter a single one where they've dropped the original film number.

As you can see from the attached screencap, the Collectie Vaz Diaz rolls are still listed in the catalog as 899932 and 899933.  The digitized images are restricted access, so can only be viewed at a Family History Center.

David Oseas

Gittel Malter Mann. Ulaszkowce - Vienna - The Bronx #general #galicia #austria-czech #usa

Daniel Mann

Can anyone please advise me how me how I can learn if two people are really the same?

The first is Mallter, Gittel Mann who in 1944 lived in the Bronx.  Her name was first given to me by a cousin in a list of relatives with little or no explanation how we are related. 

However, her petition for naturalization card has the name Mann.  Apparently this is her maiden name &  is also likely how I connect with her.  Her Ellis Island papers (1935-38) also mention the name Mann.  The name Gittel Mann also shows up in the Vienna Marriage record of Rochel Lea Malter likely her daughter. 
This is likely the connection as my surname also is Mann.

Her travel documents state that she was born in Ulaszkowce (in Galicia) about 1870-71, and lived in Vienna before immigrating to the US. 
My grandfather Phillp Mann was similar. He was born in Ulaszkowce in 1875 and lived in Vienna before coming to the US in the 1930s.
She also had a son named Maurice Malter. Her husband likely was Beiritz (Beirisch) Malter.  

Although my connection seems to be through the Mann family I don't have much information on that.

However there was a Gussy Malter who at the time of the 1940 census was living with her (older) sister, Yetta Stettner in Manhatten.  Yetta Stettner's father was Feibel Mann from Austria. Yetta passed away Jan 1944.
My question is how can I discover whether Gittel Malter Mann became Gussy Malter Mann in America? ( I have no burial record which might have her father's name.)
This would help clarify our Mann connection.

Thank you for your advice.
Daniel Mann
MANN  Ulaszkowce, Chortkov, Kopyczyńce
CHALUTA Mstibovo Belarus
SHERESHEVSKY Bialystok, Grodno Gubernia 

Re: tombstones #general

Steven Bloom

Yes,  I had a similar question. That is, what kind of cemetery was this?
Perhaps a non-Jewish cemetery would have allowed Jewish markings, but only if a cross also appeared or maybe this was military?  I do remember once seeing a completely Jewish stone in a Catholic cemetery. Its a bit of a long story---but just to show that odd things pop up from time to time.

More likely, the family just wanted to accommodate the decedent's wishes, but also keep something of the family heritage.

Also, did the family legend predate anyone having seen this stone? And finally, from what time period is the stone?

Steve Bloom
Central Virginia

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

Jeremy Schuman

Hi Avivah,

The link for the birth, marriage and death records is as follows:
If you expand the first plus sign you will see all the available records.

The link for the census returns is as follows:
If you start typing the name of the town you are interested in in the box, it will prompt you with all the available towns. make sure the one you select has the word "zidovska" in it so you get the Jewish records.

Just to warn you, both websites are in Czech, but hopefully you can navigate them.

By the way, if you're interested in Moravian records, I suggest you look in the various guides in Geni, such as the one here:



Re: Iasi , Romania research #romania


Hi Teodora. I have been researching the Plutzers and Rosenblatts, my paternal grandparents. I know that the Plutzers were from Lusan, current day Luzhany Ukraine and Lujeni Romania inter-war. I believe the Rosenblatts were from the same area.  My maternal grandmother, Minnie maiden name Plutzer's parents were Esther and Marcus. Esther came over in around 1907 and there is real confusion about when Marcus came over. I also have not been able to determine with certainty when Minnie came over. A Mina Plutzer came over in 1900 from Lusan, but there are many contradictions in the records.

I have no idea where records are located, but I would be grateful for any effort you can make.

Thanks. Have a safe and pleasant journey.

Cohanim and Levites #dna


I am doing what may be the first serious study of the meme that immigrant names could not have been changed involuntarily on immigration.  With two exceptions, addressed below, every claim on behalf of this meme is either demonstrably false, based on faulty logic, or involves serious methodological errors.  Schelly Talalay Dardashti is wrong about clerks being "firbidden to do that."  There is no law forbidding involuntary changes to immigrant names, at least prior to 1940, and so far, no regulation to this effect has been found.

The two exceptions are that changing immigrant names, while encouraged,  was not policy, and that the clerks didn't write the passenger manifests.  Neither of these precludes immigrants inferring that their names had been changed involuntarily.  There is a mechanism that leads to this conclusion that is perfectly consistent with everything that I have found.
I requested a document from NARA just before it closed due to the virus and am awaiting its reopening.  There is reason to believe this document will answer all the remaining questions about this matter.
Yale Zussman 

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

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