Re: Heitler #general


Thanks. Just trying to see what’s out there. My great great great grandmother was Zeprah Heitler. New at this. 

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

Vicki Schulkin

My great-aunt Ida was always called Chaya by her sisters.

Robinn Magid appointed Assistant Director of JRI-Poland #announcements

Stanley Diamond

Dear friends


It is with great pleasure that I announce that the board of JRI-Poland has

unanimously elected Robinn Magid to assume the new position of

Assistant Director and member of the JRI-Poland executive committee.   


Robinn has been a mainstay of JRI-Poland from the earliest days of our

organization, taking on countless roles along the way. Becoming Assistant

Director is a natural evolution of her growing responsibilities over the years. 


Robinn is thoroughly familiar with the history, policies, and traditions of JRI-Poland and the core mission to provide the research community with access to all the records of importance to those tracing their Jewish roots in Poland.  She has traveled to Poland on many occasions and has worked closely with our team on the ground there as well as the professionals carrying out records-extraction of the 1868-1915 Russian language records.


Robinn’s respected leadership in the Jewish genealogical world is

exemplified by her roles as chair of the 2018 International Conference on

Jewish Genealogy in Warsaw and the chair once again for the 2020 virtual

conference originally scheduled for San Diego.


In her new role, Robinn will be assuming and sharing responsibility for a

wide variety of roles within the wide scope of JRI-Poland activities, both

current and on the drawing board.


I am personally delighted by the opportunity to work closely with Robinn in

this new phase of the JRI-Poland journey.


Stanley Diamond, M.S.M

Executive Director, Jewish Records Indexing - Poland, Inc.

For the board of JRI-Poland


Re: 1764/1765 Revision lists #lithuania

Joel Ratner

The best sources of what records exist, what has been databased and what is up and coming are the LitvakSIG District coordinators and Russ Maurer, who leads all records acquisition activities for the SIG. I happen to have stumbled across the 1765 RL as I look for sources online outside of SIG activities. 

Joel Ratner

Re: What "notions" means? #general

C Chaykin

To Nicole....  There's an interesting UK/North American lexical difference:



  • 1North American Men's clothing and accessories.



  • 2BritishSmall items used in sewing, such as buttons, zippers, and thread; notions.


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



Could you tell me if there will be any information related to Markiewicz, Gopen or Hop(p)en and Dziergacz (Dergatch) families in the Memorial Book of the Sventsian Region, please. Please feel free to contact me. Thank you very much by advance.
Patrice Markiewicz from Issy-les-Moulineaux in France. Email: patrice.markiewicz@....

Re: Looking for Polish woman who jumped off train to Auschwitz #holocaust #poland


You may discover there were a number of survivors who did this. The mother of a McGill University friend in Montreal managed to pry up the cattle car floor boards with others and escaped that way.  Her husband's obituary notice gives her maiden name as Faye Reuben.  I believe she is still alive and must be in her 90s.

Question about obtaining records from Fond 154 of the Przemysl Archive #galicia #poland

Moses Jefferson

Dear folks,

I recently learned of a very important book of records for my research. The book holds records for the town Podkamien in Galicia, this book is apparently held in the fond 154 of the Przemysl State Archive. Interestingly, this exact fond is currently part of Gesher Galicia identification project (see here), however the particular book I need isn’t actually part of the project (they’re only working on the “70” series of the fond). 

More interesting is that if you go on the Polish State Archive website index for the Przemysl archive ( there’s no mention of fond 154. There’s a fond 153 and 155 respectfully but fond 154 seems to be off limits by the archive. Any reason for that?

Gesher Galicia do have an index to all the books in the fond, it can be viewed here: The book I need is series 37 file 2 (Births 1841-1875).

Would any of you know what to do in such a scenario? Must I contact the archive directly and request a scan of the book, or hire a researcher to do it for me? How do I convince them that such a fond exists when it’s non existent on their public website?

Has anyone already obtained a copy of book in this fond? Or maybe even the book I’m looking for?

I would appreciate any advice or help which would bring me closer to breaking through my family brick wall!


Moses Jefferson 
London, UK

Date of document of Lvov Ghetto database ID 20775.Fritz Heim and Anna Schiffmuller Heim #holocaust


I am trying to date a document which shows Fritz and Anna Heim of Vienna living in Gartenstrasse 93. All the details of Fritz and Anna are correct, her maiden name, and their dates of birth. I have been informed by the US Holocaust Memorial Museum that the records were listed as originally recorded between 1942-1945 and the document is part of the Lviv Oblast Archive (Accession number 1992.A.0069.RG-31.003M ). My difficulty is that all the other evidence I have shows that Fritz Heim was deported from Vienna to Nisko on the 27th October 1939 and didn't return. His wife Anna Heim nee Schiffmuller was born in Lvov on the 1st November 1896, she was deported from Pillersdorfgasse 3/3 Vienna 2 on the 27th April 1942 to Izbica. Other documents say she was sent to Wlodawa on the 27th April 1942. My research has also shown that as the camp at Nisko wasn't complete, some of the deported men were told to return home. I was wondering if Fritz Heim went to his wife's birthplace as Lvov and Nisko are quite near one another, and Anna joined him there in 1939. But if that is the case, how could she have been transported from Vienna in 1942? How easy would it have been to travel from Lvov back to Vienna from 1939 onwards? Thanks for any thoughts/help anyone can give. Diane

Re: Seeking information on Samuel Gluck #hungary #usa


The Hebrew name on the tombstone is Sinai Yoel. Some would not print Yoel with its last letter Lamed 
since the end of the name of Yoel contains the letters of a name of G-d.

Re: Yiddish translation requested #poland #yiddish #russia

Yitschok Margareten

For memory to my dear sister Rachel Leah this is my son Yitzchok who is turning 17 years old till 120 years old (here the handwriting turns sloppy and I can't decipher the rest of the text) signed your brother Avraham 

Re: Yiddish translation requested #poland #yiddish #russia


It is Yiddish but very difficult to read because of some characters associated with numbers. Seems to be sent to a sister Ruchl Leah. The son Itzhak is 17 years old.

Angel Kosfiszer
Richardson, Texas

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

Judy Petersen

Hi Erika,
     To answer your questions:

1) If the records were on two different microfilms, then there were two sets of records.  In addition to the record set that is kept in the local archive, copies were usually (though not always) sent to regional and state archives.  This is true of pre and post 1895 records.

2) re the midwife:  The name of the midwife is important information if you are the descendant of that person.  :-)  But for the rest of us, it just creates too many "hits".  Usually in a town, the same one or two midwives attended all the births.  Their careers could last 20 years or more.  And the midwife's name is recorded on every entry.  So you could get literally hundreds of record hits for "Hani Weisz" if she were the midwife.  Which complicates a person's search enormously as now you have to weed out all these false positives.

Re: Names of headings for un-indexed data in vital records #general #hungary

Judy Petersen

Julia's answer is excellent and very complete.  As a transcriber, the only things I can add are:

1) though most transcriptions are based on familysearch microfilms, not all are, so you may come across records for which you cannot access the originals.  This is generally due to one of two factors--the individual archive may have agreed to let the records be photographed on condition that the images not be made public, or familysearch and the archive agreed to let the images be made public for a limited amount of time, then the images have to be withdrawn (this happens quite a bit with Slovakian records)

2) finding the right image: unfortunately, there is not always consistency in how the records are organized for transcription.  Sometimes the record number is based on the page number and sometimes it is based on the image number.  So keep that in mind when searching for the record.

3) capturing information: especially in the very early days of transcribing, there was an emphasis on indexing as opposed to transcribing so we could get records online quickly.  So we were often told to just capture the essential information (name/date) and leave out everything else.  Over time, as people became more experienced or as native Hungarian speakers started transcribing, we started capturing more information and placing it in the comments section.  Now, especially for some projects where the image is not or will not be accessible, there is an emphasis on capturing all the information on the record (including in some cases the midwife and address).  So what information is captured depends on a) when the image was transcribed, b) the experience and language skills of the transcriber and c) the requirements of the project itself.

Re: 1764/1765 Revision lists #lithuania

Joel Ratner

The only revision lists on the web site linked to the Office of the Chief Archivist of Lithuania are the 1765 lists previously identified. If there are any later ones, I have not found them.

That takes us to the revision lists from 1795 - 1858. Familysearch now has microfilms available for view of the 1795 - 1834 revision lists. Technically speaking, they have covered F515/15/ 1 - 588.
There are many more in the wings however, I don't know if the 1850/51 and 1858 revision lists were filmed. Beyond 1858, there were family lists included in F515 which also may have been filmed however, the LitvakSIG may know more about this.

If you go looking for the 1795 - 1834 Jewish community RLs at Familysearch, they are NOT under the title "Jewish records", but under "Taxation". See below.


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


My great grandfather was Jacob Resnikov. He came from somewhere  in Belarus or Ukraine.
As a young man he came to Odessa where he met and married my GGM, Slawa Tsatskin.
I know nothing of his family but I haven't found any Resnikovs in Odessa.
This doesn't help you but it expands on the knowledge of the name.

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

Jill Whitehead

Thankyou for this useful tip. People can of course check the 1939 Register for further information which is already on Find My Past. 

Jill Whitehead, Surrey, UK

Re: Geni and Family Search #general

Susan stone

Elias. I agree. I’ll stick with Ancestry. But.... i have a distant cousin who adds unverified people to her tree even on Ancestry and I’ve mistakenly added some if it. Only to find that dates are wrong and two siblings can’t be 40 yrs apart etc. 
Geni has helped me with my religious relatives. 

Florence MARMOR burial records of the New York Mokkom Sholom, Bayside and Acacia cemeteries #usa

David Lewin

I have uploaded the 31,900 records of Florence MARMOR's burial
records of the New York Mokkom Sholom, Bayside and Acacia cemeteries

David Lewin

Looking for the Grunfeld from Cluj who wrote a book #general

Peninah Zilberman



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