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Netherlands Open Archives Adds 10 Million Historical Personal References in Particular Certificates of the Civil Registry #announcements

Jan Meisels Allen
 

 

 

Open Archives added 10 million historical personal references,  in particular, certificates of the Civil registry.

 

These are documents from the following Flemish and Walloon archive repositories:

 

  • State Archives Belgium - Brussels, including deeds from Luik (Liège), Brugge, Antwerpen, Namen (Namur), Mechelen, Kortrijk (Courtrai), Turnhout
  • State Archives Belgium - Bergen, including deeds from Bergen (Mons), Doornik (Tournai), Charleroi, Boussu, Henegouwen (Hainaut), Chappelle-lez-Herlaimont
  • State Archives Belgium - Gent, including deeds from onder andere Gent, Sint-Niklaas, Moerbeke-bij-Lokeren, Vlierzele, Sint-Lievens-Esse, Herzele
  • State Archives Belgium - Hasselt, including deeds from Lommel, Tongeren, Sint-Truiden, Opglabbeek, Oostham, Tongerlo

 

The information from the scans has been indexed by volunteers from Family Search which shared the information with Open Archives.

To search Open Archive go to: This is a free website. 

Go to: https://www.openarch.nl/

 

Open Archives is available in English, German, French and Dutch.

 

The scans of deeds can be viewed via the FamilySearch website, via Open Archives you are there in one click. Much of the data is linked to the exact scan. A small part of the data is linked to a scanned register. In that case you need to browse "digitally" to find the correct Belgian deed.

 

Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

 


Re: Question on DNA and Cohenim #dna

Stephen Weinstein
 

There is no way to conclusively prove through DNA that someone is a Cohen.  The child of a non-Jewish woman is never a Cohen, even if he properly converts to Judaism and his father was a Cohen.  However, his Y-chromosome (and that of his son) would still be the same as that of his father, who was a Cohen.  To be a Cohen, you need a line going back to the time of the Exodus in which everyone was born to someone whose mother was Jewish when he was born.  DNA testing will never tell you whether a woman converted before her son was born (which would make him a Cohen if he father was Cohen, and make his son a Cohen, if that son's mother was Jewish) or after her son was born (which would make her son, and therefore his son, not Cohenim).


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

Joel Alpert
 

Yizkor Books in Print is proud to announce the publication of its 97
and 98th titles

Memorial Book of the Sventzian Region
Part I - Life, Part II - Shoah

Original Yizkor Book
Published by the Former Residents of Sventzian in Israel
Published in Tel Aviv, 1965
Editor: Shimon Kantz

Translation Project Coordinator: Anita Gabbay
Layout: Donni Magid
Cover Design: Nina Schwartz
Name Indexing: Jonathan Wind
Part I: Hard Cover, 11” by 8.5”, 930 pages with all original
illustrations and photographs.
Part II: Hard Cover, 11” by 8.5”, 1076 pages with all original
illustrations and photographs.

List price for Part I: $67.95, available from JewishGen for $39

List price for Part II: $67.95, available from JewishGen for $41

The set of both volumes (Part I and Part II) is available at a reduced
price from JewishGen for $74

For more information on Part I and to order, go to the bottom of:
https://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/ybip/YBIP_Sventzian1.html
and click on JewishGen to fill out the order form and pay by PayPal
Put in Sventzian I and pay $39

For more information on Part II and to order, go to the bottom of:
For Part 1: https://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/ybip/YBIP_Sventzian2.html
and click on JewishGen to fill out the order form and pay by PayPal
Put in Sventzian II and pay $41

To order BOTH Parts I and II go to the bottom of:
https://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/ybip/YBIP_Sventzian2.html
Put in Sventzian I and II and pay $74

Joel Alpert, Coordinator of the Yizkor Books in Print Project (YBIP)


Re: Genealogical research in Argentina #latinamerica

Michele Lock
 

I would appreciate it if you could look for my great uncle Meir Colonis (or Colon). His first name might also be spelled Mejer. He came to Argentina in the 1920s, and he was likely born about 1897-1907. He was married to a woman named Felicia. He came from Zagare, Lithuania, where the original family name was Kalon or Kolon.

Thank you
Michele Lock
Alexandria, VA

Looking for
Lock/Kalon in Zagare/Joniskis, Lithuania
Rabinovitch in Papile, Lithuania
Leapman/Leybman in Dotnuva, Lithuania
Olitsky in Alytus, Suwalki, Lithuania
Levin/Lavine in Minsk


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

Deanna Levinsky
 

I attended the Bronx High School of Science, took the bus down the Grand Concourse and worked as the hospital's switchboard operator from four to late evening. This was from 1952 to 1954. They were kind enough to give me supper. If I remember correctly it was Mrs. Leff who cooked or at least supervised the meals. And yes, they were delicious 😋
Deanna Mandel Levinsky, Long Island, NY
--
Deanna M. Levinsky, Long Island, NY


Looking for a descendant of Rabbi Binyomin Beinush Atlas initially from Lithuania #lithuania

rv Kaplan
 

Looking for a descendant of Rabbi Binyomin Beinush Atlas, son of Rabbi Meir Atlas of Shavel (Siauliai, Lithuania), who was a rabbi in Glasgow, Scotland for 30 years c1918-1948.
 
Harvey Kaplan
 
Glasgow, Scotland


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

Nicole Heymans
 

I agree with Eva Lawrence's view. In my own search for my maternal grandmother's ancestors, I have run into several instances of families A and B with the same family name, same father's given name and several A siblings with the same given names as in family B. If other details don't fit the simple explanation is that the fathers (or, in this case, namesakes) are two different people.
Occupations often ran in families, so finding two individuals with the same name and the same profession suggests they might well have been cousins.

Nicole Heymans, near Brussels, Belgium


Looking for Marczak ancestors from Chotin #bessarabia

hmvangils@...
 

Hello,
My ancestors lived in Bukovina, more specific: Bojan, Vienna (later). I found my second great-grandfather David Hersch Marczak (born around 1835), who married three times and had children from every marriage. According to the Czernowitz Marriage records he is a son of Nachman from Chotin and of Gitel. I can't find any more information. Does anybody know where to look? 

Thanks in advance!
Maaike


Re: SURNAMES? Re: Photo identifications #ukraine

Marcia Woolf Bulach <mwbulach@...>
 

Hello

Altman and Bulach (Bulakh).
Great grandparents were Chaim Altman and Ysroel (Srul) Bulakh. My father was born there too. He was Mordko (Srul) Bulach but
the Altman emigrated to US and the Bulach to Brazil.

Tushinsky are from Kiev or Boguslav


Looking for someone to copy documents #france

Rick Zeckel
 

My mother and members of her family fled Antwerp in 1940, spending the war years in southern France. The last 2 years or so they were in the area around Grenoble. I have been in contact with the archives in Isere and they have files on the members of my family who were there. Unfortunately they are only available on an "in person" basis as they will not provide copies. As I live in the US, I am unable to get there. Does anyone know of someone who would be willing to go to the archives and copy the files for me?


JOWBR Grows Past 3.8 Million Records! #JewishGenUpdates #announcements

Nolan Altman
 

     JewishGen is proud to announce its 2020 pre-“Virtual” Conference update to the JOWBR (JewishGen’s Online Worldwide Burial Registry) database.

 

     Please visit www.jewishgen.org/databases/Cemetery/ to access the JOWBR database. If you’re a new JOWBR user, we recommend that you visit our screencast page at www.jewishgen.org/databases/Cemetery/Screencasts/  and take a look at the first two explanatory screencasts.

 

     This update, adds approximately 100,000 new records and 93,500 new photos.  The database is adding and/or updating 570 cemeteries.  This update brings JOWBR’s holdings to 3.81 million records and 795,000 photos from approximately 8,880 cemeteries / cemetery sections representing 134 countries! 

 

     Once again, donors for this update include a mix of individuals, Jewish genealogical societies, historical societies and museums.  We appreciate all our donor’s submissions and the transliteration work done by a faithful group of JewishGen volunteers. 

 

 

     Significant additions to JOWBR by country include:

 

  • Argentina – approximately 1,200 new records from 17 different existing JOWBR cemeteries, the majority from Buenos Aires.
  • Canada – 800 additional records and 9,300 photos, mostly from the Baron de Hirsch - De la Savane Cemetery in Montreal.
  • Czech Republic – approximately 2,100 records and 1,500 photos from 13 new cemeteries.
  • England – 12,500 records and 10,700 photos from 20 cemeteries, the majority of which are from cemeteries in Liverpool.
  • Hungary – 7,700 records from Debrecen
  • Moldova – added 1,600 new records and photos from the Lipcani Jewish Cemetery.
  • Poland –approximately 2,900 new records from 20 new and existing cemeteries.
  • Russia – added 6,600 new records from 5 Russian cemeteries including 3,500 records from Irkutsk and 3,000 from Voronezh.
  • Ukraine – 8,500 records and photos from 9 new and updated cemeteries including 3,700 from the first installment from Mogilev-Podolsky and 3,100 from Kremenets.
  • United States - approximately 52,600 new records and 19,700 photos for 85 new and 46 updated cemeteries including 33,700 records from Har Nebo in Philadelphia and 5,600 from Mt. Sinai in Miami.
  • United States – we continue to add records and photos from the Lasky Collection.  His submission will include approximately 125,000 records, the vast majority with photos.  For more information on Mr. Lasky's current work, please see www.museumoffamilyhistory.com (the Museum of Family History website.)

           

     Please see www.jewishgen.org/databases/Cemetery/tree/CemList.htm for a complete listing of all cemeteries in JOWBR.

 

     I want to particularly thank Eric Feinstein who has been helping me to find and gain permission to add many non-US records from Germany, France and under-represented countries.  Eric’s group of volunteers includes Sandra Bennett, Lineke Bos, George Goldschmied, Ann Meddin Hellman, Maurice Kessler, Hans Nord, Deborah Ross, Marylin Shalks, Suzanne Tarica. and Valerie White. In addition, a big thank you to our volunteer transliterators, led by Gilberto Jugend and Anya Givental, without whom we would not be able to add the information from some very difficult to read photos.

 

     We appreciate all the work our donors have done and encourage you to make additional submissions.  Whether you work on a cemetery / cemetery section individually or consider a group project for your local Society, temple or other group, it’s your submissions that help grow the JOWBR database and make it possible for researchers and family members to find answers they otherwise might not.  Please also consider other organizations you may be affiliated with that may already have done cemetery indexing that would consider having their records included in the JOWBR database.

 

     Our next update will include submissions received by November 30th for an update to be made by year-end.

 

Nolan Altman

NAltman@...

JewishGen Director for Special Projects - JOWBR

July, 2020

 


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

s_wiener@...
 

Dr. Leff moved his maternity clinic from Manhattan to the Bronx sometime between the birth of my mother and her brother - late 1930s or early 1940s. Scandals aside - including arranged abortions as well as the questionable adoptions, I understand from both my male relatives as well as several on my husband's side that the BEST hospital food ever was served at Dr. Leff's Maternity Hospital. They catered to a particular clientele or at least the image.


Philipsia Romania #romania

Marilyn Feingold
 

I am not sure of the exact spelling of this place or where it is.  I am told that one of my relatives is from there. Does anyone have any ideas? Thanks. Marilyn Feingold


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

s_wiener@...
 

I, too, have at least 6 members of my husband's family who are not listed in Florence's data for Acacia. I will gladly send the information to you, David, but I think it best for you to contact me off-line and provide your contact info as your email address is not shown in the string of messages.

FWIW, I had contact with Florence around 2002-2005. She was a genuinely lovely person.

Shellie Wiener
San Francisco, CA
please use this alternate email address for contacting me:
suratzeryl@...


Re: Does anyone know any survivors from Krinki/krinik #poland

sklairtaylor@...
 

Three of my grandparents are from Krynki.  I would also be interested in forming a Krynki interest group!

Surnames are Sofer, Sklar, Jedwab...  I know that some members of the Sofer family were bakers.  

Terry Sklair Taylor


Help with finding details on family from Alexandria, Egypt #sephardic

akestenbaum@...
 

I am asking for a friend of mine.  She has been trying to determine details regarding her great grandmother especially her maiden name, origins and where her burial plot is in Alexandria, Egypt.  Apparently she had been told there was a fire that destroyed many of the records.  The details she does know are as follows:

  • Her great grandmother's married name was Fortunata Asher and she was married to David Asher.  
  • They lived in Alexandria, Egypt, although she understood her great grandmother was originally from Italy
  • She knows that Fortunata was buried in a Jewish cemetery in Alexandria but is unsure exactly where
  • Her great grandfather was Sephardic and she does have a picture of him in a fez in Alexandria. 
  • Apparently any surviving family left for Paris during the great depression and so there is no link into Egypt today
My friend has tried in the past to find information but so far no luck.  Does anybody have any ideas?  Are there any researchers out there that have expertise in this area?

Many thanks for any help that can be provided.

Anne Kestenbaum
Toronto


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

Eva Lawrence
 

Two sisters/cousins Henriette and Frederiecke Lichtensted married two men, both dancing masters. One of the men was  Levi Lichtenstein, the other Israel Levi Lichtenstein, who may  have been the brother of the first, or even to judge by their names his son. Each couple have a daughter, called Seraphine/a  who was called after some relative of a previous generation.  Henriette's daughter, b. 1813, marries Mr Wetzlar and has a son Leopold and dies aged 88 in 1901.     Frederiecke's daughter, b. 1806 doesn't,  and dies first. Her death, age 84,  is reported in 1890, possibly by an unmarried sister/ cousin called Henriette Lichtenstein  (although her aunt Henriette could also still have been alive in 1806?)   Henriette was a really popular name in Germany for years. 
I think it's very unlikely that two sisters even with different mothers would share a name, but cousins born around the same time often did.  
Eva Lawrence
St Albans, UK.


Re: Lincoln Brigade and Spanish Civil War #usa

rroth@...
 

On the link that Judith Berlowitz sent there is a photo of a number of the volunteers. As if to illustrate the point, one of them is reading a Yiddish newspaper, the Freiheit.


Re: Translation please from Dutch #germany #translation

erijswijk@...
 

Hello Reuven Stern,
I'll give it a try. Although it's quite a complicated job.
Do you've by any chance more information on Rika Os who is mentioned in this document ?

Greetings,
Ed van Rijswijk
Tilburg, The Netherlands.


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

Moshe Davis
 

My g-g-g-grandmother was named Udel (maiden surname Glickman) Goldstein, from Jasse, Romania.

Udel came to the USA circa 1890 to be with her daughter, my g-g-grandmother Rebecca (Goldstein) Brecher. I think that Udel's husband Samuel Goldstein died in Romania.
Rebecca had come to the USA in 1886, shortly after her marriage (to Hersch Brecher). According to the family story, Hersch promised to take her to America if she would marry him.

Udel died in NY sometime before 1907. In the USA, she went by the name Adele.

Moshe Davis
Jerusalem

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On Mon, 6 Jul 2020 at 19:34, Yonatan Ben-Ari <yonibenari@...> wrote:
I believe that Yudel is a nickname for Yehuda. Udel is pronounced like
oodel which is usually a woman's name.

Yoni Ben-Ari