Re: Translation please from Dutch #germany #translation


Dear Reuven Stern

Although I am Dutch-born, this declaration is from 1853, and being in official language, it is quite a challenge to translate it properly. Ideally, it should be translated by a Dutch notaris [notary public]. My late brother was one!!
I hope you get a better offer, but if not, please contact me.
Kind regards, Nick Lambrechtsen

Sheindel Witztum #galicia #poland


I am looking for possible sibling to SCHEINDEL WITZTUM married to SEINWEL WITZTUM (no maiden name) who lived in RYMANOV/ SMOLNIKA or surrounding circa 1850. 
Their son MOSES WITZTUM  (1874) married MARGULE WITZTUM and had 6 children:
Thank you,

Morris Chaikin Mogilev, Russia #belarus

Ilan Leibowitz


Searching for more information on my Great Grandfather Morris Chaikin who left Russia for England I believe in the mid 1800's. He was married to Chana. They had 4 daughters; Annie(my Grandmother), Leah, Rae, and Celia .Are their records in Russian that might give more detail on the Chaikin family? On Morris's Gravestone it gives A DOV as his father! As a Young man Morris was in  the army(Cossack) because of pressure! I believe he was born in 1860. They lived near The Dneiper River!

Thank You,

Ilan Leibowitz


United Kingdom National Archives Announces Reopening of Reading Rooms on July 21st #unitedkingdom #announcements

Jan Meisels Allen


The (UK) National Archives announced that on July 21st the reading rooms in Kew will reopen after being closed due to the Coronavirus pandemic.


The Archives will be providing limited access to parts of the building and our services will operate differently for the time being.


They are introducing new systems:

  • They will be introducing a booking system. All visits will need to be pre-booked and they will ask everyone to pre-plan and order all documents in advance
  • You will notice a new document delivery process to protect you, their staff and to ensure the correct handling and quarantine of documents
  • A one-way system will be in place around the building with signage to help with social distancing. There will also be rigorous cleaning throughout the day.

For the time being, we will also continue to provide free downloads of our digital collection on our website, along with a huge number of research guides, resources and activities for the whole family to enjoy.

For more information please read:

Thank you to Mark Nicholls, JGS Great Britain and member IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee for sharing this information.


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee




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

Johann Hammer

Birth records often contain a reference to the marriage of the parents. And that's where the grandparents should be found.

Re: Charlotte FRIEDMANN from Breslau #poland #unitedkingdom

David Lewin

At 20:19 06/07/2020, rv Kaplan via wrote:

Looking for information about the fate of Charlotte (Lotte)
FRIEDMANN from Breslau (now Wroclaw, Poland), who was a refugee in
Scotland during the Second World War, living in Aberdeen. The trail
goes cold after 1945, though she doesn't seem to have married or
died in Scotland.


Harvey Kaplan
Scottish Jewish Archives Centre

Try the Association of Jewish Refugees

David Lewin

Re: Help with Lithuania shtetl name #lithuania

Adam Turner

Searching the JewishGen Gazetteer for "Vidugora" gives two places with the name Vidgiriai, both not far apart from one another, in the general area of Panevezys that could be candidates:
55°45' N 24°58' E: 

That said, the only clear mention in the LitvakSIG database that mentions "Vidugora" around Panevezys/Pasvalys is for a birth that was evidently registered in the shtetl of Salociai for a family that was registered in Pasvalys. Salociai is not super close to either of the above possibilities - about 40 miles away. As Salociai is less than 3 miles from the current Latvian border, and the name "Vidgiriai" appears to be rather common in Lithuania (the Gazetteer shows at least 6 villages by this name in various parts of the country), I wonder whether the Vidugora being referred to in your grandfather's birth record could actually be one of the following:

1) a village that is today on the Latvian side of the border.
2) a village that today has a different name, perhaps because it was eventually subsumed into some other, larger nearby village as the latter village grew.

Adam Turner
San Francisco, CA

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

bzk 1114

Udel is a womans name and was first used by the famous Ba'al Shem Tov (1698-1760) to name his daughter, a famous woman in her own right.

Re: Female Maiden Name on Headstone #belarus #general #russia #names #translation

Stephen Weinstein

A woman's maiden name and married name can be the same if she marries someone who has the same last name as her father did.  For example, (Anna) Eleanor Roosevelt, was the daughter of Elliott Bulloch Roosevelt and married Franklin Delano Roosevelt, so her maiden and married surname were the same.

It's also possible for that she never married.  Having a child does not conclusively prove that a person married.

On Sun, Jul 5, 2020 at 08:42 AM, Steven M. Greenberg wrote:
Y.  But, I may very well be mistaken because I noted her maiden name URETSKY remains on the headstone.

This raises the que

Genealogical research in Argentina #latinamerica

Alberto Guido Chester

From time to time people ask me for help or directions on research in Argentina.
This is my updated suggestion:
Eighty percent of Argentine Jews live or lived in Buenos Aires (city) or Greater Buenos Aires (city plus part of the province of the same name).
So concentrating in BA is a good choice, unless you know for certain they lived somewhere else in the interior of the country.
Immigration records for Buenos Aires can be found at "Cemla buscador". Note the records are incomplete (due mainly to book losses)and to not have Soundex capability so try different spellings.
The Buenos Aires Kehila at has a cemetery database for Jewish individuals. Again, no Soundex capability. Only burials for the Greater Buenos Aires.
I know they sometimes answer specific questions through their email.
The Argentine Jewish Genealogy Association is not working any more. But some members (including myself) are on this list and usually answer questions.
In Argentina, naturalization is a judicial (as opposed to administrative) process. For this reason, naturalization cases are scattered in many federal courts around the country. It is not impossible, but I do not recommend this venue of research.
If you are looking for relatives, use for mail address and landline phone number (in steep use decline in Argentina)
It has no Soundex capability, so try different spellings. If you try a phone call from abroad, engage someone who can speak Spanish. Most Argentinians studied English at school but find it very difficult to speak it. 
My suggestion is to try to get an email address from the conversation and communicate this way. People can google translate.
Argentinians are VERY suspicious of scam phone calls and do not feel comfortable answering cold calls (I have been told this happens in the USA also).
So you have to be patient.
I have been doing this kind of calls on behalf of Jewsihgenners since 1994 and seldom do them now because it requires a lot of patience and energy to prove you are not scamming.
A note on the agricultural colonies founded by Baron de Hirsch in Argentina: 
Baron de Hirsch, a Jewish philanthropist, financed the well being of thousands of Jews from Europe by establishing agricultural colonies around the world. From 1891 he did so in Argentina with several colonies. The villages where these colonies were established still exist however most (but not all) of its Jewish inhabitants left them to look for a better future in urban centres.
I understand a small number of colonists´s lists are available online at present time. This can be searched in Jewishgen. I do know that an immense archive of the Jewish Colonization Association is held at the Central Archives of the history of the Jewish people at but not catalogued or digitized.
Hope this helps 

Alberto Guido Chester
Buenos Aires, Argentina

Libre de virus.

Grave photo request: KOMINSKY, Grovier Memorial Gardens, Broadview, Illinois #photographs #usa


May I please request  any of the Chicago researchers that may attend Gravier Memorial Gardens, Broadview, Illinois, kindly take grave  photos of
Jack KOMINSKY, died 2 Oct 1969, and his wife Jennie KOMINSKY, died 26 May 1972.



Yohanan Loeffler

Melbourne Australia

SURNAMES? Re: Photo identifications #ukraine


What are your relatives' surnames from Khotyn?  Mine are BARAK and CANTORCZY or KANTORJI.

Marc M. Cohen, Los Gatos, California, USA

BARAK/CANTORCZY: Khotin, Bessarabia; Strorozhinets, Bukovina, Ukraine
CHOMITZ/HAMETZ: Ionina (Janina), Greece; Ignatovka, Ukraine; Kiev Gubernia, Ukraine
COHEN: Dinovitsi (Dunayevtsy) Ukraine; Roman/Tirgu Frumos, Romania
KORNITZKY: Kiev Gubernia, Stepnitz/Stepantsy, Ukraine
RÎBNER: Storozhinetz, Costesti (Costyntsi), Drachinets, Cabesti, Bukovina, Ukraine
ROSENBERG: Tirgu Frumos, Roman, Romania; ISRAEL
WEININGER: Cabesti, Costesti, Drachinets, Czernowitz, Bukovina, Ukraine

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

Shana Millstein

I want to thank all of you for sending me your thoughts. I will be following up on them. Right now, I have a theory which fits the data I have (data that I do not have italicized in parentheses):  In 1813 Levi and Henriette LICHTENSTEIN have a daughter Seraphine. (Henriette dies). Levi (who now has the imposed surname Israel?) remarries Freidericke and they have a daughter in 1826 they name Seraphina (a tiny variation in the name, and the main part of this theory I have trouble with. More research to do).  They have another child in 1833 named Johanne Henriette (after his dead wife?). The two records do come from different parts of Germany.  None of them ever came to the US.
I look forward to following up on your ideas and solving the mystery. Shana Millstein, from San Francisco. 

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


Haven’t nailed down the exact name on the early 20th century Passenger List yet, but I suspect it was GOLDSTEIN. GOLDSTEN was listed in the 1920 Census. It became GONSALVES at a later date, and even later became GORDON -- all in the same generation! Different children have used each of the latter two! And none of the changes was made “at Ellis Island”! :-)

Imagine the descendants doing their genealogies 100 yrs. from now!

[All names have been changed to protect the innocent, but you can see the progression!]

Shel Bercovich


Re: Records? Ancestor moved from Boston to Tel Aviv in 1920s. #israel


I located a September 1928 list of donors to the Home for the Aged in Boston.   Abraham Kaslick is on the list.

David Rosen
Boston, MA

On 7/6/2020 4:29 PM, Sherri Bobish wrote:

To the original poster:

It may help to know that the last time Abraham Kaslick appears in the Boston city directories is 1924.

That may be of some help when searching arrival records of the Immigration Department of the Palestine Zionist Executive, mentioned by Alan.

I think the info for the city directories was collected the year previous to the date of the publishing (can anyone confirm that, or have better knowledge?)  If so, than Abraham may have left Boston in 1923.


Sherri Bobish
Princeton, NJ

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

Charles Zar

You can find the Death Certificate on Ancestry.   Date of Death, Feb 14, not the 17th, back then Montefiore records listed date of funeral...not date of death.  Use the name, Leah Fleysker, that's how it's indexed.

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


It's my understanding that it is very common for multiple family members to be named for the same ancestor. My mother has 3 cousins on her mother's side all named Michael for their grandmother. My great-grandmother and her siblings all had daughters named Jente for their mother. I've also seen numerous instances of children named for their siblings who died as infants. Repeated names show up everywhere and it can create a fair amount of confusion.

I will say it would be unusual for a man to give two of his living children the same name, even if the children have two different wives. But for two cousins to have the same given name, be in the same profession, and then name their children for the same ancestor wouldn't be unheard of at all.

Re: Subj: ViewMate translation request - German #translation

Bess Taylor

Dear Fredel, 

Thank you for your response. The document (VM82889) has apparently been mislabeled by (I just compared the document described there as Ernestine’s death certificate to VM82889 to make sure it wasn’t I who did the mislabeling.) As far as I knew, Ernestine’s only husband was Isaac Seelig, my third great grandfather. Perhaps she had a second husband. Thank you for letting me know the image is mislabeled. I’ll change the information accompanying the image on ViewMate. 

Best wishes, 

Bess Taylor 
Saratoga Springs, NY 

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

Adrienne Escoe

My father's written name was Udel (or it could be Jdel, hard to tell from the handwriting on a document). On other things, his name was Yehuda. His American name was Julius. His mother's name was Udlea (written). Her American name was Ida. Hope this helps.

Re: Records? Ancestor moved from Boston to Tel Aviv in 1920s. #israel

Sherri Bobish

To the original poster:

It may help to know that the last time Abraham Kaslick appears in the Boston city directories is 1924.

That may be of some help when searching arrival records of the Immigration Department of the Palestine Zionist Executive, mentioned by Alan.

I think the info for the city directories was collected the year previous to the date of the publishing (can anyone confirm that, or have better knowledge?)  If so, than Abraham may have left Boston in 1923.


Sherri Bobish
Princeton, NJ

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