Re: Viewmate tombstone photo #photographs #belarus #translation


She gave charity and grace, she holds out her hand to the poor, our modest (humble) mother, Chaya daughter of Chaim, the wife of Baruch son of Israel Berger, Passed away* 21 of Tevet 5'674, R, I, P, (literally: may her soul be bound up in the bond of everlasting life)
* Before the date there are 3 letters ינב which  I don't know their meaning in this context (I looked up and did not find any relevant Hebrew abbreviations except יגן עלינו- will protect us) so I assumed it referred to the death date.
21 of Tevet 5'674 is  19th of January 1914
all the best

looking for ancestors from Italy, possibly Spain or Portugal #general

Paul Beek

Shalom dear Sirs,
Am looking for group where I can put in request for data on
ancestors coming from Italy,probably earlier from Spain or Portugal.
Please let me know where I can put this in and look for data,thanks
in advance,
with best regards 
Paul Beek
the Hague

Requesting translation on Viewmate #yiddish #lithuania #translation


Hello!    I have uploaded to Viewmate a scan of the back of a family photo taken in the late 1800s, likely in Lithuania.  There is a lot of handwritten Yiddish, which I'm at a loss to translate.  I hope someone can take a look at this and maybe decipher and translate the writing.   

Link to the image on Viewmate is

Thanks in advance!

KUNKIS and LEHMAN/LAYMON from Glubokoye, Disna District, Vilna Guberniya (Northern Belarus/Eastern Lithuania region)
LEIBOWITZ from Kelme and surrounding area, Lithuania (changed to Levine in US)
GRUSINSKY/GRUZINSKY/GRUSIN from Kelme, Siauliai, Kaunas and surrounding area, Lithuania; South Africa
SCHRIER and PACHTER/PECHTER from Yarmolinits/Jarmolincy, Dunayevtsy, Kamenetz-Podolsk, Tarnoruda, Ukraine
KOSSOI/KOSSOY from Vetka, Gomel, Chechersk, Belarus   
PEVTZOV and MARGOLIN from Vetka and Gomel area, Belarus

Re: grandparents' names on Vienna birth certificates? #general #austria-czech

Peter Heilbrunn


The records kept by the IKG show names of parents, midwife and person performing a circumcision but sadly no grandparents.

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

Frank Schulaner

Perhaps not really relevant, but would've seemed so to me years ago when I was the Haggadah's "Too young to understand things." I was confused by two gravestones with the same female name, and dates not all that different (as if older and younger sisters) near my father's father's stone--one of those two stones (or I exaggerate this?) noticeably more distant from my grandfather's stone.

Our grandfather married and buried  the same woman twice?

My older, wiser cousin explained:  The closer stone was the first wife's, our grandmother's, who died before her time. Since he and our future uncles and aunts--imagine them squalling--needed someone to care for them, our grandfather re-married relatively quickly. Our grandmother and "the other" just happened to have the same name.

Re: How to make sense of two death records that don't make sense to me #germany


I think they are two different persons, by chance with the same name, and with a dance teacher father.
1.  the ages are different - 1st is 88 in 1901, 2nd is 84 in 1890
2. mother of 1st is Henriette Lichtnenstedter, of 2nd Friedericke Lichtnestad
3.  father of 1st is Levi, of 2nd Israel Levi
I am sure they are family, but different persons.  Is there a place mentioned in the certificates?

Good luck!

Looking for Bernstein/Brenner from Pakroy/ Pakroi/ Pakruojus #lithuania


Looking for Bernstein/ Brenner relatives from Pakruojus/ Pakroi/ Pakroy. I believe most of my relatives left Pakroi between 1885-1910 and traveled to Philadelphia and Harrisburg. Other relatives traveled to South Africa and perhaps Palestine.  There were only 1093 Jewish residents in Pakroi per 1897 census. We found a Rosenbaum passenger ticket purchased by our gg grandfather Solomon Brenner in 1895 for Chane Bernstein (niece)  from Pakroi to Philadelphia.  Chane was born 1876 and most likely married shortly thereafter.  R, Daniel Preissman (preissman@...)

Re: Ellis Island looking for Rebecca Braunstein or Ritzer #general

Ilan Leibowitz

 Not sure if this Rebecca is the right one? Her age more or less matchs, but she came from Stanislaw Austria. My grandmother had cousins in New Jersey who were in the butcher business..(in Newark, New Jersey) 1950-1960s. One of them was MAX BRAUNSTEIN! Have no idea who Lazer Grunberg was!?

Re: ViewMate translation - Hebrew - "tree" of tragedy #translation

David Lewin

At 01:29 06/07/2020, Barry E Chernick wrote:
I've posted a "tree" in Hebrew for which I need a translation. It is on
ViewMate at the following address ...
Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page.
Thank you very much.
Barry Chernick

There is no point in duplication

If you get no other response, I will help

David Lewin

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Re: Baby birth/death records from 1910’s and 20’s New York — Doctor scandal — #general

Renee Steinig


From a family tree that's on, I'm assuming that your grandparents were Julius Eisenberg and Lena Greenberg. According to a NYC death record extracted on Family Search, a baby boy was born to them on April 25, 1927, and died on April 26, 1927, in Manhattan. The death record says that he was buried on April 29, 1927, at "M.R. Ocean View Cemetery" -- a reference to Mount Richmond, one of the Staten Island cemeteries run by the Hebrew Free Burial Association.  

Mount Richmond burial records on Ancestry ( show a Male Child Eisenberg buried not on April 29, but two days later. I suggest that you contact the Hebrew Free Burial Association ( to ask if they have additional information about the baby. Their records may even show who requested the burial.

As for the doctor... The Mount Richmond record includes a mention of "Dr. Leff H." -- probably a reference to Dr. Leff's maternity hospital. Dr. Leff may be the doctor you heard about. In August 1948, the New York Daily News reported the arrest of Dr. Morris Leff on charges of trafficking in black-market babies. The article also said that these babies were "systematically taken from unwed mothers," so your grandparents, married in 1925, may not have been victims.


Renee Stern Steinig
Dix Hills NY


Stuart Ungar <stuartungar@...> wrote:

Is there a way to get birth records from New York from about the 1920s? My grandparents (Eisenberg) had two children prior to having my mom and my uncle. Both supposedly died shortly after birth. I heard from family members that the delivering doctor was later found out to be selling babies. If that is true, I could have some cousins out there that I don’t know but would love to find. If there were birth records for these “deceased” babies would it even have the delivering doctor’s name? Unfortunately it is a real puzzle w/o many clues right now.

Re: Lincoln Brigade and Spanish Civil War #usa

Rose Feldman

The Israel Genealogy Research Association has in its collection the list of volunteers fighting in the Spanish Civil War.  Martin Sugarman in the UK  -  Archivist at the Association of Jewish Ex-Servicemen and Women (AJEX) Military Museum compiled list and very generously allowed us to add it to our collection. It is searchable by name only.

Rose Feldman
Israel Genealogy Research Association
Winner of 2017 IAJGS Award for Volunteer of the Year

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Israel Genealogy Research Association
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Re: Can Udel be a Female Given Name?# names # hungary

Udla was definitely a female name in Bessarabia in the 19th century.
My husband's Grandmother was from Bessarabia.  A document from 1894 verifying her birth says that the name is Udla.
In Yiddish, people called her Hodel.  Her marriage license in 1897 in Geneva in 1897 says Udla.
Her marriage announcement in Berlin in 1897 has her name as Adele.  She and her husband were students at the University in Berlin.  We
have no idea why they got married in Geneva Switzerland. . In the USA she was legally Adele.

Avivah Pinski
near Philadelphia

Avivah R. Z. Pinski ,  near Philadelphia, USA

Re: Daniel Levy out west #usa

David Lewin

At 21:52 05/07/2020, Carol Freeman wrote:
Looking for descendants of Daniel Levy, born around 1862 in New York City to parents Ernest and Isabella Levy recently arrived from England. Daniel went out west probably 1880 or so, and was not heard from again.

Carol Freeman

From Florence Marmor cemetery records

Daniel LEVY Fiegel LEVY NYC   death cert #23446, died 08/13/1899 at residence 337 E. 81st St., New York, N.Y. of stricture of esophagus, inanition and debility, age 75 years, born Prussia, U. S. and New York 40 years, marital status unknown, occupation undertaker, father Daniel Levy, mother Fiegel Levy, both parents born Prussia, buried 08/15/1899, undertaker Joseph Tauber, 441 E. 74th St., New York, N.Y.

Daniel Levy  death cert #7392, died 03/05/1899 at Bellevue Hospital, E. 26th St. and 1st Ave., New York, N.Y. of marasmus, age 41 days, born New York City, residence 2386 Old Broadway, New York, N.Y., father Daniel Levy, mother Julia Levy, both parents born U. S., buried 03/13/1899, undertaker Jacob Finkelstone, 128-2nd Ave., New York, N.Y. (see Milton Levy)

Suwalker Congregation # 2 (Gate 31)   LEVY Milton       27 September 1911 22 27 September 1911           

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Re: Can Udel be a Female Given Name?# names # hungary

David Lewin

At 21:31 05/07/2020, you wrote:
While researching names related to an uncle of my late mother I
bumped twice in into Udel BLASZ from
Bardejov,Slovakia. Once it was identified as a male born in 1874 and next "he"

married in 1894 with Salomon FINGERHUT from Wisnicza (Nowy Wisnicz)
whom I clearly located on JRI-PL. I know that Udel is a nickname of
Yehuda. Any ideaS?


Jacob Rosen


Questions about names are ofte best researched in Hebrew

UDEL is reported to be a song in Greek, derived from Edel the eldest
and only daughter of Rabbi Nachman of Breslav - see

A varient is Odele

David Lewin

Translation please from Dutch #germany #translation

Reuven Stern

Dear fellow gersigers,
I have posted two parts of a document written in Dutch.
I will appreciate help in translating this document into English.

Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page.
Thanking you in advance,
Reuven Stern, Kfar Vradim Israel

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

David Lewin

At 20:08 05/07/2020, Steve Pickoltz wrote:

I too have a relative buried at Bayside, but he
is not listed in your list. His death cert
number is #20801 with a death date of June 4,
1893. The name is Israel Pikholz, and he was 14 days old.Â


Any additional info on him or his family would
be greatly appreciated. His death cert is very hard to read.


Steve Pickholtz

From Florence MARMOR cemetery records:

Mokkom Sholom
Pikholz Israel buried 4 Jun
1893 death cert #20801, died 06/03/1893
at residence Hebrew Shielding Arms (?), 210
Madison St., New York, N.Y. of entero colitis,
age 14 days, born New York City, father Johiel
(?) Pikholz, mother Maria Pikholz, both parents
born Austria Poland, buried 06/04/1893,
undertaker Jacob Finkelstone, 328 E. 52nd St., New York, N.Y.

David Lewin

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Re: Lincoln Brigade and Spanish Civil War #usa

Kenneth Ryesky

Have you checked out the Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives at New York University's Tamiment Library?
Physical access is now closed on account of this WuFlu epidemic and is now strictly online, but way back about 20 years ago when I wanted to access it, I was told that access was limited to NYU students and faculty, OR to students and faculty from other institutions by special arrangement with their own institution's library.  Fortunately, I was part-time faculty at Queens College CUNY and was friendly with some of the people in the library there, so I did get access.
It is noted that many Lincoln Brigade volunteers fought under a nom de guerre and/or had already been using names other than their birth names (a common ploy on the part of Communist Party apparatchiks in the USA).  These included my grandfather's cousin, Arnold Reid (ne Reisky), who was killed in Spain.
-- Ken Ryesky
Petach Tikva, ISRAEL

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Re: Ellis Island looking for Rebecca Braunstein or Ritzer #general

David Lewin

At 18:07 05/07/2020, dasw5 via wrote:
Is this the correct person? Manifest says she is going to Lazar Grunberg
Name: Rebeca Braunstein
Arrival Date: 5 Dec 1905
Birth Date: abt 1888
Age: 17
Gender: Female
Ethnicity/ Nationality: Roumanian (Romanian)
Port of Departure: Le Havre
Port of Arrival: New York, New York, USA
Ship Name: La Gascogne

I do NOT know that there is a connection here, but.....
I am working on Florence Marmor's cemetery records and have listed there

Mokkom Sholom
Braunstein Rebecca  
born      21 May1888  
Rivka Braunstein daughter of Avram Meier (?) Reuben (?), died 05/18/1888.  (#18 mish mash row)  death cert #15807, died 05/18/1888 at 11 Rivington St., New York, N.Y. of septicemia and peritonitis after childbirth, age 27 years, 7 months and 6 days, born Roumania, U. S. and New York 13 days, father Abraham Gershon, +mother Nache Gershon, both parents born Roumania, buried 05/21/1888, undertaker Jacob Finkelstone, 343 E. 52nd St., New York, N.Y. 
Note: Birth Certificate index   Rubin Braunstein born 13 May 1888, cert #13655M, to Rachel and Jacob Braunstein of 11 Rivington St., New York, N.Y.  Birth certificate #13655M, born 13 May 1888 at 11 Rivington St., New York, N.Y., mother's maiden name Rachel Gersen, born Roumania, age 27 years, father Jacob Braunstein, birthplace unknown, age 34 years, occupation agent, 1 child born prior and alive at birth, L. or S. Winerowitz, 284 Suffolk St., New York, N.Y.  Death certificate #19647, Reven Braunstein, died 06/24/1888 at Infants Hospital, Randall's Island, New York, N.Y. of inanition and marasmus, age 1 month and 14 days, born New York City, both parents unknown, both parents birthplace(s) unknown, no burial information listed on cert

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Re: Can Udel be a Female Given Name?# names # hungary

Kenneth Ryesky

A man named Udel Berg, now deceased, was a member of the Suffolk County (NY) Bar Association when I had my law practice there.

-- Ken Ryesky
Petach Tikva, ISRAEL

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Mezger family from Crailsheim, Germany #germany

Ellen Lukas Kahn

At the present time, I am trying to contact any of my mother's paternal family.  They would be related to her maternal grandfather Samuel Mezger born in Crailsheim, Germany (formerly known as Goldbach).  Any information as to those whose have email would be appreciated.  Ellen


Surnames             Towns of Origin in Germany

BAUM    Laufersweiler (Hunsruck);    BONEM    Trittenheim (Trier/Mosel);   

DESSAUER  Thungen;  EISEMAN  Mosbach, Binau;  FALK  Bad Schwalbach (Langenschwalbach);

FELDENHEIMER   Hengstfeld (Baden/Wuerttemberg), Feuchwangen;  GUNDELFINGER   Michelbach an der Luecke; 

JACOBS, FEINER  Osaan/Wittlich (Trier/Mosel);  JACOBS, STRAUS  Schweich, Stadtkyll (Trier/Mosel);

KAHN   Klusserath (Moselle);   KAHN  Osaan/Wittlich (Trier/Mosel);  KAHN   Rhaunen (Hunsruck);

LANDESBERG  Ruppertschofen;   LEVY  Aach (by Trier) R/P;  LIPPMAN  Hengstfeld;

LUCAS, LUKAS, CAHN   Duisberg, Mulheim an der Ruhr ‚  MAY, MAI   Niedermendig (Mendig) bei KOBLENZ ;

MEZGER, STEIN    Crailsheim, Goldbach;  NEUMANN    Wiesenbach, Michelbach an der Lucke;

PFIEFFER    Braunsbach;   RIMON, NIEMEIER  Oettingen, Heinsfurth;  ROSENFELD   Wallhausen, Hengstfeld;

SCHWAB   Duensbach,  Schwaebisch Hall;  oberdorf bei Bopfingen (Bavaria);    SCHEILE               Oberdorf bei Bopfingen;

SICHEL Grünsfeld, GermanySPIEGEL Abenheim;    STEINER  Duensbach; 

STERN   Michelbach an der Luecke;  STRAUS   Laufersweiler (Hunsruck) 

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