Re: Changed his name at Ellis island #general #usa

Barbara Kenzer

Hello Everyone,

I have seen a abundance of emails on name change at Ellis Island. 

Ellis Island did not change any one's name. As everyone was told with the amount of ancestors coming to the US, do you really think there was time to change everyone's name.
Enough already. Move on. Whoever thinks that the names were changed at Ellis Island you have the wrong information. Let it go ready.

Barbara Kenzer 
Suburb of Chicago

New Translation of Memorial Book of the Sventzian Region in Lithuania just published #lithuania

Joel Alpert

Yizkor Books in Print Project is proud to announce the publication of its 97
and 98th titles

Memorial Book of the Sventzian Region
Part I - Life, Part II - Shoah

Original Yizkor Book
Published by the Former Residents of Sventzian in Israel
Published in Tel Aviv, 1965
Editor: Shimon Kantz

Translation Project Coordinator: Anita Gabbay
Layout: Donni Magid
Cover Design: Nina Schwartz
Name Indexing: Jonathan Wind
Part I: Hard Cover, 11” by 8.5”, 930 pages with all original
illustrations and photographs.
Part II: Hard Cover, 11” by 8.5”, 1076 pages with all original
illustrations and photographs.

List price for Part I: $67.95, available from JewishGen for $39

List price for Part II: $67.95, available from JewishGen for $41

The set of both volumes (Part I and Part II) is available at a reduced
price from JewishGen for $74

For more information on Part I and to order, go to the bottom of:
and click on JewishGen to fill out the order form and pay by PayPal
Put in Sventzian I and pay $39

For more information on Part II and to order, go to the bottom of:
For Part 1:
and click on JewishGen to fill out the order form and pay by PayPal
Put in Sventzian II and pay $41

To order BOTH Parts I and II go to the bottom of:
Put in Sventzian I and II and pay $74

Joel Alpert, Coordinator of the Yizkor Books in Print Project (YBIP)

Dutch National Rail Offers $5.6 million (USD) for Holocaust -Era Transport of Jewish Victims #holocaust

Jan Meisels Allen



The Dutch National Railway, Nederlandse Spoorwegen (NS) said it would pay 5 Million Euros or $5.6 Million USD to Holocaust commemoration institutions, including the museums at three former concentration camps, Westerbrook, Vught and Amersfoort. Dutch Jews believe this is low and asked NS to reconsider.  The World Jewish Restitution Organization, or WJRO, and the Central Jewish Board of Dutch Jewish organizations said in a joint statement Friday that NS should also offer compensation directly to the families of the Jews it transported to their deaths.


Last year NS allocated over $40 million toward compensating survivors and millions of dollars on Holocaust commemoration projects.


It is estimated that NS transported 102,000 Jews to their death in concentration camps.


To read more see:


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


Re: What "notions" means? #general

Laurie Sosna

Notions has a very special meaning for me.


In the early 1990s, I was a videographer for the Holocaust Oral History Project in San Francisco..

One day, a man arrived for his interview, accompanied by his wife. She sat off to the side quietly as we interviewed her husband. 


After his interview was over, he said that we should interview his wife, she was a survivor too.
She said that she wasn’t in a concentration camp, it wasn’t a very interesting story. We explained that every story mattered. I used the example of a George Seurat painting: Every dot of paint contributed the detail and nuance of the final image. She agreed to talk to us.


She was born in 1930 in Poland. Her family was deported to what she called a gulag, possibly in Russia. She remembers it was always cold, they were always hungry, supplies were hard to come by. But they could write letters. Her mother wrote to anyone she could think of, asking for help. One day, a package arrived from America. On the box was written the word “Notions.” The guards let it pass through, as it wasn’t worth anything to them. It was filled with needles, thread, buttons, zippers, elastic, snaps and hooks. She said that box saved their lives. It allowed them repair their clothes. A hook or a piece of elastic could keep your coat or sleeve closed against the cold.  And they could barter: trade a needle and thread for food.


As she told us the story, I flashed on a cupboard in our kitchen when I was little. On a shelf was my mother’s sewing kit, filled with spools of thread, needles, hooks, snaps.
Next to the kit was a glass jar filled with buttons, saved from worn out clothes. We used those buttons to play driedel, the sparkly ones from coats were worth more than the simple shirt buttons. 

And then I realized she was born the same year as my mother.


No other survivor story affected me as profoundly as hers. It connected something from my life to something from hers.
Every time I sew on a button or stitch up a loose hem, there she is.

Laurie Sosna
San Francisco

Re: Ports of Departure and Index of Maritime Arrivals #general


Try the first set of links.

1921 Census to Be Published on Find My Past #announcements #unitedkingdom

Jan Meisels Allen



Findmypast has been selected by the UK National Archives commercial partner to make the 1921 Census of England and Wales to be available online.  he census, which was the first to be conducted following the introduction of the Census Act of 1920, will be published online by Findmypast in January 2022.


The census was taken on June 19th, 1921 and consists of more than 28,000 bound volumes of original household returns containing information on almost 38 million individuals. Questions asked in the 1921 census that were not included in the 1911 census include householders employment, the industry they worked in and the materials they worked with as well as the employers name.  It was also the first census in which individual householders could submit separate confidential returns. Those aged 15 and older were required to provide information about their marital status, including if divorced, while for those under 15 the census recorded whether both parents were alive or if either or both had died.


The UK has a 100-year rule for disclosure to preserve privacy of the individual.  The accepted assumption of 100 years for life means that records can be opened 100 years and 1 day from the date of birth of the individual. In February 2004 the Lord Chancellor’s Advisory Council on National Records and Archives considered and accepted a proposal for the use of a standard closure period, and that a lifetime of 100 years should be assumed. Living people aged more than 100 who wish their records to be taken down can make a request for this to be done.


Anyone will be able to view the images of the 1921 census for free online at The National Archives. The original census document will not be available in the reading rooms and there are no plans to produce microfiche. Searching the 1921 Census will be free on Findmypast but viewing an images or transcriptions will not.


The next census to be released will be the 1951 census, due for release in January 2052. The 1931 census was taken in April 1931 but was completely destroyed in a fire in 1942 at the Office of Works. There was no England and Wales census in 1941 due to the Second World War.


To read more see:


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


Re: Rezniks of Pohost, (Slutsk) and New York #belarus #usa


It's amazing how genealogical research tends to take one in circles.  My paternal greatgrandmother (other side of the family) was a Frankel. Her father was Usher Frankel but he was from Zhitomir and not Pohost.

Thanks for writing though. 

Best, Ronni

Re: Yiddish or Hebrew name for IDA #belarus #names

Maria Krane

Our Ida was Eide.

Maria Krane

Re: Looking for information about my family from Yedenitz #bessarabia



My paternal grandparents and many of their Family members left Yedinetz starting in 1898 and I have done lots of research on this shetl.

My friend Eric Schwartzman manages a FB page dedicated to Yedinets.  It includes a subset of the Yitzkhor book from Yedinetz and some sections listing names have been translated.  I can provide you a PDF version of the book and you can email me at eberkowitz@....

Although my deceased father was born in Brooklyn, I knew his much older siblings who were born in Yedinetz and obtained a copy of an interview done with them years ago.   It is very interesting.        Ed Berkowitz

Re: Seeking information on a village named Horodok, Vilna #lithuania

Alexander Sharon

Yes indeed, there are two Jewish places in Ukraine known as:
1. Horodok (ex Gorodok and ex Gorodok - Proskurovkiy) in Podolia region,
2. Gorodok (ex Gródek Jagielloński) in Lwow region of Galicia


Re: Geni and Family Search #general

Max Heffler

There are too many trees elsewhere to keep up-to-date except for these wikitrees and I only have (barely) enough time to keep one up-to-date. Using Ancestry and MyHeritage, I am enhancing and correcting geni all of the time, just about every day, so my tree on geni becomes more accurate as time goes on. While all trees are far from perfect, I am relieved to know that the tree I am refining everyday will outlive me.


From: main@... [mailto:main@...] On Behalf Of Robert Hanna via
Sent: Saturday, June 27, 2020 9:16 AM
To: main@...
Subject: Re: [] Geni and Family Search #general


I'm so tired of people complaining here about  If you don't like it don't use it.


Personally, I have found some good info on geni and some bad info on geni.  I don't use it as MY family tree.  It is a WORLD family tree.  I have my own family tree.  Everything I get from geni, I verify before it goes into my family tree.


Adding to geni does not hurt anyone (unless they think it is gospel), but it helps a lot of people.


Now I will step off my soapbox and continue my family genealogy and get help wherever it comes from.


Robert Hanna



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:

Re: Hebrew names in Hungarian birth records #names #hungary


Thanks so much, Judy, for the detailed response, which is so helpful.

Two followup questions:

Why would there be two sets of records?  I believe I've heard that after a certain date (perhaps 1895 when civil registrations began) there'd be a local register and then a copy sent to the central register of records in Budapest.  But this was before that requirement.

It's great that the indexers are now capturing most of the information on the original registers, but why not record the midwife's name as well? That's a valuable piece of information, too.
Erika Gottfried
Teaneck, New Jersey

Re: Kopyl (Kapule)/ Arranged marriages #general


My grandfather, who was 18 in 1880, didn't want to marry the girl chosen for him, so he got on a. ship  and came to New York City.  He married my grandmother in NYC in 1889.

Pronunciation question - "G" Russian vs. Belarusian #russia #belarus

Steven Usdansky

It's been decades since I took a couple of years of Russian in college, but the letter Г was always pronounced has a hard G; never a soft G or H. On the other hand, Г, when it appears in a place name on Google Maps, is transliterated as H, which apparently is the official Belarusian style. Just wondering if this reflects long-standing differences in pronunciation; one of my father's uncles shows up as  Герц in what appears to be an 1894 census document (revision list?) but the passenger manifest showing his arrival at Ellis Island gives his name as Herz (and he was known in the US as Harry).

Re: This week's Yizkor book excerpt on the JewishGen Facebook page #yizkorbooks


Thank you for sending this, Bruce. I always read your news about Yizkor book excerpts. The murdered of Kovel are being remembered, and Kaddish has been said many (many) times. How sad that none of them knew....

Susan J Gordon
New York
Lvov, Zbarazh, Skalat, Chernowitz, BUDAPEST

Re: 1764/1765 Revision lists #lithuania


This seems to be under Rubric 5 for Lvia.
Paul Hattori
London UK

MINDEL, MINDELL from Utena and Vyzuonos, Lithuania
FELLER from Pabrade, Lithuania

Re: Geography mystery: Did any part of Polish Russia became German between 1880 and 1900? Specifically where? #poland #germany


The passport was lost when a cousin passed away. But the 1914 ship manifest says Galicia-Austrian-Hebrew, born in Poland. When he brought over children in 1920, that ship manifest said Polish. Eventually he became a IS citizen and the US passport (which I have) said Austrian by birth but from Poland.
Barbara Cohen, Chicago

Re: Geni and Family Search #general

Robert Hanna

I'm so tired of people complaining here about  If you don't like it don't use it.
Personally, I have found some good info on geni and some bad info on geni.  I don't use it as MY family tree.  It is a WORLD family tree.  I have my own family tree.  Everything I get from geni, I verify before it goes into my family tree.
Adding to geni does not hurt anyone (unless they think it is gospel), but it helps a lot of people.
Now I will step off my soapbox and continue my family genealogy and get help wherever it comes from.
Robert Hanna

Re: Geni and Family Search #general


I get very annoyed with Geni because people add so much misinformation. Someone I’ve never heard of made me an uncle to my sister’s son. Problem is my sister never had a son. I’m not going to bother trying to fix it because it’s just one of many mistakes others have made with my data. I’m content with full control over my tree at Ancestry, but even then some people make really bad assumptions when they approve the “hints” from other trees. One woman with whom I had a miniscule DNA match was convinced one of my great-grandfathers belonged on her tree, so she added him as a spouse to her grandfather. When I told her to remove the connection she told me not to be so arrogant. (She did remove him.) 
We’re all going to meet up with folks that take our good research and spin it to their own ends (the good, the bad, and the ugly), but I’ll keep my peace of mind by having the control I have on Ancestry.
Elias Savada
Bethesda MD

Elias Savada
Bethesda MD

Seeking information on Samuel Gluck #hungary #usa

Bob Gluck

I am trying to find information about my great-grandfather, Samuel Gluck (maybe 1947-1929). I have very little. I believe that he was born in Budapest, immigrated to NYC around 1879, and at some point maybe moved to Milwaukee, WI. I believe that he was married to Frances Goldberger. Their children included my grandfather Joseph, Katie (Herz), Morris, Fannie (Black), and Esther (Mittleman). My late father, Joe’s son Stanley, once told me that Sam may have lived in Milwaukee for a few years and eventually moved to the Boston area, but he didn’t really know. Any ideas?
Thank you,
Bob Gluck