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

Bess Taylor

The dissertation linked below may be of interest to you. It includes several tables that show which Yiddish names Jewish immigrants’ American names typically correspond to. 

From Rochel to Rose and Mendel to Max: First Name Americanization Patterns Among Twentieth-Century Immigrants to the United States:

Best wishes,

Re: A question about tattoos and Auschwitz #general #holocaust

Miriam Bulwar David-Hay

Hello Simon,

Yes, Auschwitz was the only camp -- or to be more accurate, camp complex, because it was huge -- that tattooed prisoners with numbers. There was another, much smaller camp (Mielec) that tattooed prisoners with the letters KL, but that's clearly not what we're discussing here. Auschwitz prisoners were often sent on to other camps, where they would receive new numbers, in the form of patches on their uniforms, but obviously the tattooed Auschwitz number would still remain, and this may have led to confusion later about whether the number was from Auschwitz or another camp. But it was Auschwitz only.

There are several reasons why you may not have been able to find their names in the Arolsen database. Firstly, try some spelling variations on the surnames, first names only, place names only, etc., as the Arolsen system is not as good as some others in "sounds-like" searches. Secondly, know that not everything Arolsen has is online, so if you can't find what you want in the website, fill out their online inquiry form and see if they can find something in their offline records. Thirdly, know that the Germans destroyed a large portion of the Auschwitz documents when they evacuated the camp, so it is possible those records may not have survived. Fourthly, try searching the Auschwitz museum website as they have some prisoner records online, and, if you can't find anything, try writing to them too as they also have material that is not online: 
Finally, try searching both the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum and Memorial websites, as each has extensive records online, some of which overlap, but some of which only one or the other has.

Best of luck,
Miriam Bulwar David-Hay,
Raanana, Israel.
Professional writer, editor, proofreader.
Professional translator (Hebrew & Yiddish to English).
Certified guide, Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum and Memorial.
Long-time family history researcher.

Re: A question about age #general


I had a similar confusion with age; turns out the child was  listed on ship manifest as 11/12  but later listed as being 11 yrs.  she was. Actually 11 months old. 

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

Paul Silverstone

I had no trouble with the database, but my relatives buried in Acacia
are missing.
Paul Silverstone
West Vancouver, BC

Re: Need help to locate family in Mukachevo-Munkacs #ukraine


They were Yisroel 
 Originally from nagymuzsaly

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

EdrieAnne Broughton

About 10-15 years ago many states started restricting who can ask for official documents.  They were worried about stealing identities, though I don't know who would have stolen Great Aunt Fannie's identity since she was born in 1887.  When I talked to the clerk in Springfield she coached me into saying that Fannie was my great grandmother.  The lady was a sweetheart.
EdrieAnne Broughton
Vacaville, California

Re: Chicago repeat marriage in mid 20th C. #general #usa

Sherri Bobish

Hi Hanna,

Did you ever find a record of the 12 Nov 1938 marriage in Chicago?

If not, perhaps they married in 1938 with a religious ceremony, but not a civil license?

If that is the case, maybe in 1950 there was a reason they needed to show a civil marriage record.


Sherri Bobish
Princeton, NJ

Re: Jewish vital records of Szrensk (Mlawa area), Poland #poland

Stan Zeidenberg

Following the post regarding additional years of Szrensk record indexed by JRI-Poland,

J.Glass asked: "Is there a time frame for their posting online?"

 The additional years of Szrensk indices are part of the Phase 3 Full Extraction project

for the 1868 to 1915 Russian records.  For the status of this project, please go to the

JRI-Poland "Your Town" page for Szrensk:

For full details of the JRI-Poland mission to fully extract records for which there are

currently only basic indices, please see this Avotaynu article:


Stan Zeidenberg

Szrensk Town Leader

Mlawa Area Coodinator


Polish translation requested for MUNAT/KREPS marriage from Warszawa 1886 #translation #warsaw #poland

Andy Monat

I would greatly appreciate a translation of Akta 16 of, which is indexed in JRI-Poland's "Warsaw PSA Births 1864-1905 Marriages 1864-1908 Deaths 1868-70,72-75,77-89,91-1905" as the marriage of Moszek KREPS and Chana Szajndla MUNAT. I am interested in any genealogically relevant information. The bride may be a sister of one of my ancestor Shmuel Moshe MONAT, and also a sister of Josef Hersz MONAT whose birth on 23-Dec-1847 to Izrael and Ryfka Matla is indexed by JRI-Poland as well (in "Warsaw Births 1826-44,46-52,54-66 Marriages 1826-44,46,47,49,51,52,54-57,59-65 Deaths 1826,28-30,32-49, 51-66 Divorces 1826,27").

(It looks like the bride's parent's names are given as something like Izrael Mana[?]a and Ryfki Matli, though the index only lists a single given name for each of them, Izrail and Rifka.)

Please respond privately unless your message is of general interest.           Best regards, 

Andy Monat, Massachusetts, USA

Netherlands National Archives Launches Beta Version of New Catalog to Search and View Records #general #announcements

Jan Meisels Allen



The Dutch National Archives have launched the beta version of its new catalog to search and view their records.


To access it, log into your account or create one at:

In the account settings check the option to use the new presentation for archives, called “ use the new chain access”. If you are having difficult seeing your account settings then click “My account” in the top navigation bar.

Go to:


After you have activated the new presentation in your account then go to the research sections:   This is in Dutch and you will require a translation aide such as


The Archives is not yet finished with the new presentation.

  • The new viewer makes it easier to browse between different scans in the same register. You can zoom in or out and see the whole volume, swipe to go to the next page on devices with touch screens, and quickly navigate between the pages. The viewer is meant to more closely resemble the browsing experience in the physical books.
  • The search results can now be filtered for different aspects, including whether digital files are available.
  • The finding aids now have the hierarchy displayed on the left, to more easily understand the context of the descriptions you’re viewing and to easily navigate within the finding aids.


Thank you to Yvette Hoitink and her Dutch Genealogy Blog for the information.


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


need help searching discussion group old messages #general

N. Summers

I am trying to find discussions about which genealogy websites are best for jewish genealogy. Having trouble wording an accurate search. Can anyone help me with this?
many thanks

Nancy Summers, Maryland,  summ1@...

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

Lindsay Broughton



I have found a number of gravestones with the mother’s name on them in Hungary and Slovakia, including the gravestone of my great great grandparents, Wilhelm LOVINGER and Amalie LOVINGER  nee MILCH, who are buried in the Bratislava Neolog Jewish Cemetery. I've also seen similar gravestones in the Kozma Utca Jewish Cemetery and Farkasreti Jewish Cemetery in Budapest. Both my great great grandparents knew who their fathers were and both of their respective parents were Jewish. I believe that having the mother’s name on a gravestone, for people in Hungary and Slovakia at least, would have been related to the fact that the person was part of the Neolog community, as opposed to the Orthodox community, and that this practice was one of the reforms of the time associated with the Neolog movement.

Some gravestones with the mother’s name on them include the Hebrew abbreviation Shin Aleph, which is an abbreviation for Shem Ima, meaning mother’s name.


Lindsay Broughton

Sydney, Australia

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

Dubin, David M. MD

Although it’s possible the father’s name was not known (maybe he had died many years before or there was a messy divorce and people didn’t want to remember the name), Jews in Bratislava and a few surrounding towns traditionally only had the mother’s name on tombstones.

The apparent explanation is that the deceased was headed toward the next world (called the “world of truth”), and since paternity could not be proven with certainty, the mother’s name was used. 

Re: A question about tattoos and Auschwitz #general #holocaust

Dubin, David M. MD

My father in law was in an Auschwitz sub-camp (Gleiwice) and Sachsenhausen. I don’t know in which he was tattooed. I think the former. 

Re: A question about age #general

JoAnne Goldberg

Mollie might have been someone else's child -- or maybe she was 9 mos
old. I have seen the month vs year confusion in family's records.
JoAnne Goldberg - Menlo Park, California; GEDmatch M131535


Re: looking for family in Australia from Poland name Cohen/K #general #poland

Daniela Torsh

another way of finding someone is to check the arrivals by ship via the National Archives records. These are easy to use. If you cannot find anything write to the National Archives and they will help you find records.

Re: Piesklaik Family #general

Sherri Bobish

Hi Lawrie,

The surname Piesklaik (that exact spelling) seems to be rare, and limited to Canada.  A search of both and find only a handful of listings in databases.

I did find that there are two people with that name who were with The Lagover Mutual Benefit Society.,%20No%204_Autumn%201999.pdf

The Society still exists.

Perhaps this society may hold records of members which contain helpful data.

I did find at a Louis Piesklaik making a U.S. border crossing on 13 Oct 1923

His card has a place of birth, but the card is terribly hard to read.  My best guess is that it might say Raiff, or Laiff as the town name.  The country Russia is clear to read.

A soundex search at
finds a few hits for both spellings, but no clear possibilities for the town.

Perhaps one of our JewishGen mavens can help solve this mystery?


Sherri Bobish
Princeton, NJ

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


I understand what you are saying Edrie.  I asked for my great great aunt's death certificate from PA by saying that I was her niece, and they sent me the record.  I did not have to provide any documentation.  It was not a problem for me, but it could be for someone else.

Marlise Ellis Gross
Cherry Hill, NJ

Re: Institutionalized relative - death date and burial location #general

Linda Epstein

Try searching the New York State Index and see if the death record is from Central Islip. It's possible that Ida was buried in the cemetery attached to Pilgrim State. 

Try this site:

Linda Epstein

Chicago repeat marriage in mid 20th C. #general #usa

Hanna Grossman

Can someone make a suggestion as to why my 4th cousin once removed, Max KIRCHHEIMER (KIRK) who said in his citizenship papers that he married Alice FREUDENTHAL in Chicago on 12 Nov 1938, whose 1940 census shows him living as married with Alice, her parents, siblings and their baby, should show up in a Cook County marriage index as marrying her on 27 Oct 1950?

What reason might there be for marrying the same person again? There is no indication that they were divorced in between.

Hanna Grossman, Arlington, VA