Re: Looking for descendants of Mordke And Sarah Weiss from Lodz or Klwow Poland #poland

Sherri Bobish

Hi Stephen,

You could try using the free site and put the town of birth into "birthplace" and leave all else blank.  You can browse through all the hits you get and perhaps see a name that he might have used. 

Doing this may pick up such records as WW1 draft cards, WW11 "old man" draft cards, and many others.

You can use this trick at Ancestry also, if you have a subscription, or access through your public library.  Our library is allowing us to access Ancestry through our home computers since we went into lockdown a few months ago.


Sherri Bobish
Princeton, NJ

Piesklaik Family #general


Hello all.  I am very new at this.
I am trying to find out information about my Mother's family.  Her maiden name was Piesklaik.  I have found her parents -my grandparents -  who I never met as they both passed away when my Mom was 12 years old.. She was raised by her older sisters.  
I am trying to find any information about my grandparents and their parents.  Since all of my Mom's sisters and brother have passed away, I have no information as to where my grandparents came from in Europe or when they came to Canada.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Lawrence (Lawrie) Bloom  

Re: "His name was changed at Ellis Island" #names

Pieter Hoekstra

I don't know about name changes upon arrival in a new country except to say you may cal yourself anything you wish as long as you do not seek to gain criminally from the new name.

I have in my direct line 2 great aunts, sisters, in London who each married Cohen brothers both born in London. For some reason though one of the brothers had changed his name to Lonsdale. I guess this was to be more more English and less Jewish but as it is a guess I will never really know.

Pieter Hoekstra  <sold@...>

Re: Mother Instead of Father on Gravestone #general #germany

Ralph Baer

Neil, No there is not. His father, that is the grandfather of the person whose stone that is, was the Rabbi in another town in Bavaria and officiated at his son's wedding.

Is there any possibility father was not Jewish—or not halachically Jewish because his mother wasn’t?  That is most often my experience with Hebrew names that only reference the mother.

Neil Kominsky

Brookline, MA

Ralph N. Baer        RalphNBaer@...       Washington, DC

Zacharia Simon , #general #usa

Jon Levinson

Zacharia Simon who lived in Leadville, CO in 1880, he was 25 years old.  He may have married Bertha Rosental from  Cleveland <OH She was the sister of Rosa Frye and Minna  Machol.  Rosa was my wife's, GG grandmother in San Francisco.

Jon Levinson

Re: Death in New York City and burial in New Jersey #usa #germany


Maybe this is him?

Jeff Goldner
Researching Goldner, Singer, Neuman, Braun, Schwartz, Reichfeld (Hungary/Slovakia); Adler, Roth, Ader (Galicia); Soltz/Shultz (Vitebsk, maybe Lithuania)

Re: Chasing a Mystery in Philly, and Looking for Puzzle Pieces: Abraham Louis Snader #usa

Barbara Rice

Philadelphia marriages are available to view on FamilySearch
Use the catalog and search on place, Philadelphia, keyword marriages
You can browse through the images and it is easy when you have the year and certificate number. You can do this from home for the Philadelphia records.
Marriages earlier than 1915 are in a different set.
I located the divorce record in the 2nd marriage records from 1931 and sent you a private message.

Barbara Rice
Minneapolis MN
Kupferschmidt - Radziechow and Philadelphia
Rusonik - Polotsk, Vitebsk
Rehfeld>Rayfield - Gollub-Dobrzyn
Rohssler - Krakow
Zuchovitz - Stolpce, Belarus and Woodbine, NJ

Re: Death in New York City and burial in New Jersey #usa #germany


I have many ancestors who died in NY and were buried in NJ. There are multiple cemeteries in Northern New Jersey but I would start with Riverside in Saddle Brook as that's probably the largest one. but also check Findagrave

Jeff Goldner
Researching Goldner, Singer, Neuman, Braun, Schwartz, Reichfeld (Hungary/Slovakia); Adler, Roth, Ader (Galicia); Soltz/Shultz (Vitebsk, maybe Lithuania)

Re: "His name was changed at Ellis Island" #names

Joel Weintraub

Hi Polly,
Bershadsky to Berg?  After Ellis Island?
What’s needed in any of these name change stories is to go back to the records, and see 1. what was his name was on the ship manifest  2. the first time we find him on the next public record, what was his surname?  3. What was his name on the next U.S.  census?  4. What surname did he pub on his marriage license?  5. What surname is on his first born’s birth certificate?  6. What surname did he use if he became naturalized that he put on the application?  7. What name appears on City Directories?
Genealogy should not involve a  fictional approach to the subject.  Without documentation genealogy is mythology as one author stated.
I’m willing to help with following the paper trail if you wish.  Write me privately.
Joel Weintraub
Dana Point, CA

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Re: parents as "cousins" on #dna


I recall reading that all Ashkenazim are, on average, 5th cousins of one another. Sorry, unknown source.
-Jim Gelbort

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


I was able to successfully locate, retrieve and extract Florence's original research report from October 1995.  I have posted it on the Internet Archive at:

It contains a in depth details on most records and hope that this will be helpful for all.

Re: parents as "cousins" on #dna

Alyssa Freeman

I've found that my parents are cousins by marriage before they got married to each other. I'm not clear on the whole 1st/2nd/3rd cousins once/twice removed, etc, but I'm guessing it's probably 7th or 8th cousins by marriage.
Alyssa Freeman
Henrico, VA

Re: parents as "cousins" on #dna

Mark Strauss

Ancestry predicts that my wife and I are 6th to 8th cousins with 10 cM shared. I have slightly more with her maternal uncle. We have two very healthy and successful adult children. We also discovered that both of our maternal great-grandmothers came from Vilkaviskis, but have not found the paper trail linking our two families. Known surnames from Vilkaviskis in my family were Rousuk and Ephraimson. In her family, the family name was Ringel.

I also found a distant link on another branch of my mother’s family going back about 12 generations, where we have found a common ancestor with my wife’s paternal family:  Moses Auerbach, A family of scholars, the progenitor of which was Moses Auerbach, court Jew to the bishop of Regensburg, about 1497. He is my wife’s 13x Great-Grandfather and my 15x Greatfather.  Moses' daughter Gittel Isserles is my 14x great-grandmother and his son, Simon Wolf Auebach is my wife’s 12x great-grandfather.  

Re: Mother Instead of Father on Gravestone #general #germany

Neil Kominsky

Is there any possibility father was not Jewish—or not halachically Jewish because his mother wasn’t?  That is most often my experience with Hebrew names that only reference the mother.

Neil Kominsky

Brookline, MA


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Death in New York City and burial in New Jersey #usa #germany

Oliver Marshall

Can anyone suggest how I can find the exact date when my grandfather died and the cemetery where he was buried? His name was Siegfried Rosenberg and he was born in Usingen, Germany, on 23 February 1886. He died in New York City in 1953 – I'm fairly sure sometime in November. I was told that he was buried in a vast Jewish cemetery somewhere in New Jersey.
Thank you for any help that you can provide!
Oliver Marshall
London – England

Re: "His name was changed at Ellis Island" #names

Bob Bloomberg

Many people insist, vigorously, that names were never changed at Ellis Island.  So clearly, your great grandfather was mistaken.  His name really was Berg.

Gussie HERZTIEL/HERSTEIN #austria-czech #poland


I want to go back past my 2nd great grandmother, Gussie SCHOENHERTZ.  I have tried to research on JewishGen, JRI-Poland and Gesher-Galicia but I cannot get information to confirm.  I do not know how the names translate to Austria/Poland.  

Records indicate Gussie was born 12/15/1871 in Galicia Austria. She died in Manhattan, NY on 2/19/1947. I have her death certificate and her parents are listed as Chaskall HERSTEIN and Rachael RABINOWITZ, but on her grave stone it says her father was named Dov Ber.

Some names from other records show her as Gossi, Augusta, Gossie. Two birth records for her babies have her maiden name as HERZTIEL.  I match DNA with a HERSTEL, but his grandfather was adopted and he does not have any information.

She immigrated to NY from Bremen Germany on 9/14/1900. She filled out a Declaration of Intent on 6/15/1921 and her Petition of Naturalization was filed out 6/23/1923. . She was married to Sam/Osais SCHONHERTZ who immigrated to NY in 1900. 

My question is this (aside from if you can help me) if I cannot find anything from the above sites, does that mean there is nothing that I can get to go back generations?

Thank you for your time,
Gilda Oldham
Boca Raton, FL

JewishGen will offer a new writing course, “Sharing Your Stories – Writing Short Family Narratives.” July 13 – August 2 #announcements #JewishGenUpdates

Marion Werle

Have you been working on your family history and now want to share your stories?

The objective of this class is to provide the opportunity to write a report of limited scope that you can complete within a short timeframe. The course will offer tips on how to add interest to your chosen story, and will cover the mechanics of writing and genealogical best practices to create an effective report.

Requirements: Students must be comfortable using computers and have 8-10 hours per week to read the lessons, participate in the Forum  and  work on your report.  Classes are taught in a  private  forum, open 24/7.

Tuition for this course is $150. for three weeks

More information:

To Register:

 Class size is limited and enrollment will close when course is full.

Please send any questions to course instructor Marion Werle.

Re: Warsaw pre-1939 districts: Orla str. and Kr #holocaust #warsaw


All of the surviving 1915, Warszawa Birth records have been indexed and are live and searchable on the JRI-Poland database. 
That means Birth records for  districts  - I, V and VI

See the JRI-Poland inventory

Hadassah Lipsius
JRI-Poland - Warszawa Leader

Re: Which website has records of money transfer requests from Russian/Ukranian jews to American relatives? #poland #general #russia

Molly Staub

Hi Nancy, I think you're referring to the collection housed at Temple University:

A digital collection of forty-four ledgers that record the sale of tickets by steamship agents operating in Philadelphia in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The four agents represented in this collection, M.L. Blitzstein & Co., M. Rosenbaum & Co., Pennsylvania Company for Banking and Trust, and Rosenbluth Brothers, are a mix of private immigrant and state run banks, and travel agencies. The steamship ticket purchase ledgers are document the purchase of tickets for passage to and from America primarily for the purposes of immigration, Passengers were booked to arrive at various ports including New York, Philadelphia, Boston, and Baltimore.


Molly Arost Staub

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