Re: USA passport research #usa

Barbara Ellman

Passport applications after 1925 are subject to the Privacy act of 1974.   The Privacy Act allows you to obtain copies of your records, your minor child, any person for whom you are a legal guardian, or any person who has authorized you to obtain them.  
Details are located at

Barbara Ellman

Barbara Ellman
Secaucus NJ USA
ELLMAN, COIRA, MAIDMAN - Minkovtsy, Ukraine
KAGLE, FASS - Ulanow, Poland

Genealogical Research in Argentina. corrections and additons to my previous post #latinamerica #general

Alberto Guido Chester

From time to time people ask me for help or directions on research in Argentina.
This is my updated (and edited) 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.
Correction: as Yoni Kupchik has pointed out, there were other ports of maritime arrivals not included in this database. There are no online records for them.
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 currently active. It has a Facebook page found at and its email is consultas.agja@.... The association has many projects which are painstakingly carried on by the sole effort of the members. They have a strong record of reuniting long lost families. (Correction suggested by Rolando Gail) 
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.
Another additon from Yoni Kupchik:
"2) The JewishGen database of the agricultural colonies in Argentina is a growing one. We currently have online 20,000 different names from passengers lists and other sources. We are working hard on the actual census records from all colonies and from various years, hopefully a first batch of census records will go online soon.
3) Another very good source for Jewish immigrants in Argentina is They have scanned and put online two important databases - the Argentina 1895 census and the Civil Registration records for the district of Entre Rios for the years ~1900-1930. Entre Rios was the district where most colonies were located so these records have a tremendous amount of Jewish vital records. The records are in Spanish. According to the data in these records will be searchable soon. Right now most of the data can be browsed but not searched through the search engine. Most books have indexes so it's not a big deal looking for a name."
Hope this helps 
Thanks to Yoni Kupchik and Rolando Gail for their kind comments.
Alberto Guido Chester
Buenos Aires, Argentina

Trying to find family information #general #poland #usa


Hello; Does anyone recognize or know anything about these people, you can find them on ViewMate #'s 82854, 82855, and 82856.  They are my maternal Grandfather and Great Grandparents whom I never met, but would dearly love to know more about.

Thank you,

Name Variations (was: "His name was changed at Ellis Island") #names


I was going to add this to  the "His name was changed at Ellis Island" thread, since one of the changes did occur at Ellis Island, but it was actually a correction.

As a gentile who has spent several years tracing my wife's Jewish ancestry (Thank You JewishGen and it's many great members), I've come to the conclusion that her ancestors were not as concerned about their surnames as they were about their patronymic names. 

My wife's great grandfather Samuel was born in Siauliu, Lithuania as Schmerl NUDEL.  He immigrated to Liverpool England where he married as Samuel NOODLE and had a daughter (her grandmother) born Fanny NODLE, they immigrated to Dublin Ireland (1896 - 1908) and used NOODLE on the census.  He immigrated to the US in 1908 as Schmerl NUDEL and after arriving became Samuel NADLE.  Fanny departed Londonderry for the US in 1909 as Fanny NADLE (UK Outward Passenger Lists). Her Arrival Passenger List shows her AS Fanny NODLE in route to her father Samuel NODLE.  Her name is lined out on the passenger list and over written with Fanny NOODLE, his name is changed from NODLE to NOODLE and his address is updated so I assume this was done on arrival at Ellis Island when they verified her destination. (She is on the detained passenger list.)  On the 1910 census she is Fannie NADLE.  She married Hersh MARCUS (formerly MARKUS) in 1915 as Fanny NADLE.  On the 1915 NY census she is Anna MARCUS. and from 1920 on she used Fannie MARCUS.

My Wife's great grandmother on the MARCUS side, born Pesa HIRSHFELD, married Israil MARKUS in Riga Latvia.  She departed Liverpool for the US as Pessie MARKUS (UK Outward Passenger Lists) and arrived at Ellis Island as Pessie MARCUS on the arrival passenger list.  She kept the MARCUS surname but alternately used Pessie, Bessie and Pauline for her given name.

Being of Irish descent, where you're surname represents your clan, it took me a while to absorb all the surname variations.

Dennis Donovan
Florida, USA

ViewMate Translation Request French 'Order of Transport '#translation

Gene Richards

Just posted two views of an 'Order of Transport' in French from my
great uncle during WWI in France - travel between Nimes and Marseille.
Besides a translation, would be very nice if you have any background
info on this type of order for the American Army. I believe he was a
translator - is that the meaning of '103 Co. Trans Corps'?

Thanks much,  Gene Richards

STRAUSS / LEVY - New Orleans, Shreveport, LA; Socorro, NM; El Paso, TX; Alsace, France LOVELL - Pennsylvania, New York; El Paso, TX; Long Beach, CA

Re: Settlements in Curaçao and St. Thomas #sephardic

Sherri Bobish

Hi John,

I found that Hilda LINDO's married name is Hilda MADURO.

A 1927 passenger manifest shows Hilda MADURO & other family arriving in San Francisco.

That manifest gives her birthplace and citizenship as Panama.  The area that became Panama was part of Colombia until 1903.

Here is one scenario why 1900 census would give her birthplace as "US Columbia."

If her father was a diplomat, or other U.S. citizen working officially in Columbia / Panama, that would have made Hilda born a U.S. citizen. Hence, the "US / Columbia" on 1900 census.  

If Hilda married a citizen of Panama she would have automatically taken on the citizenship of her husband, and lost her U.S. citizenship.  That was the case until 1922.

In 1927 Hilda is traveling with what looks like two of her children named Oswald & Doris MADURO.

Several Lindo family members are also traveling with Hilda.

Yes, an interesting family!

Regards,   Sherri Bobish,  Princeton, NJ

USA passport research #usa

Shelly Crane

I'm trying to locate the passport application on my relative Jack (Jacob) Shiffman.   There are several sources for finding passport applications prior to 1926.  The one I want was issued at a later date, presumably in Michigan.  Any suggestions?  He was born in the US. 
Received Passport# 420691 on May 21, 1937 which listed his address as 206 East Alexandria, Detroit, Michigan; Sailed June 12, 1937
Thank you! Shelly Levin,  Northern California

Russian Translation #ukraine #translation

Shelly Crane

This is a copy of a document from my GG uncle Isadore Shifman who came from  Belopol'ye, Vinnytsya, Ukraine.  Can someone kindly translate the page? 
Thank you!
Shelly Levin
Northern California 

LAZAR Family from Romania #romania

Diana Gerzenstein

Please can someone help finding descendants of the Lazar family from Szilagy Somlio today Simleul Silvaniei  in Zalau Transylvania 

Re: Settlements in Curaçao and St. Thomas #sephardic

EdrieAnne Broughton

  All the DELVALLEs were born in the “West Indies” which I know to be St. Thomas, having migrated from Curaçao except the LINDO family.  Delia (DEL VALLE) LINDO was born in the West Indies, but she married someone named S.J. LINDO, and 2 of his children (lotto and Hilda, above) were born in “U.S. Columbia” according to the 1900 census. Where is that? Is it Colombia? Panama? Curaçao?  The others (Albert and Olga) were born in Germany. As I said, a very interesting family!
 I found Delia and her daughter Olga on a ship in 1934.  Delia said her birthplace was Panama City, Panama.  Olga says Germany so we don't need to look further at her.  Otto and Hilda were born in the US part of the Canal Zone which was originally owned by Colombia...So I'd say that Otto and Hilda were born on US soil.  I don't know what that would do to their citizenship.  
EdrieAnne Broughton
Vacaville, California

Need translation/interpretation of Beregszasz records in Czech #subcarpathia

Mike Kalt

I have a couple of records from the 1921 census of Beregszasz that
need to be translated from Czech to English.  An explanation of the
records and what I am looking for are on the ViewMate pages.

Thanks in advance for your help!

Mike Kalt  

Re: parents as "cousins" on #dna

Jules Levin

On 7/9/2020 12:21 PM, karen.silver@... wrote:
IThey married in Rhode Island because their marriage was legal there
since it was allowed under Jewish law, but illegal in New York City
where they resided.  Peculiarly, under Jewish law a man is allowed to
marry his niece but is not allowed to marry his aunt.
Even more peculiar is that Moses was the product of an aunt-nephew
marriage.  The rabbinical explanation is that it happened before the law
was issued at Sinai.  Still, the pre-Sinai observance of laws by
Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob are favorably noted.

Jules Levin

Board of Special Inquiry for 1912 Philadelphia arrivals #usa #general

Alan Shuchat

Are 1912 records for the Board of Special Inquiry available for Philadelphia? Ancestry has them for 1893-1909. Thanks,

Alan Shuchat
Newton, MA

MNJGS Genealogy Talk for Beginning Researchers, Sun. July 12 1PM Central Time #announcements #events


Shining a Light on Jewish Genealogy by Dr. Liba Casson-Nudell. For a beginner-level researcher who wants to start an exploration of their family history and Jewish roots. It will cover the basics of how to get started using Internet resources including free websites such as JewishGen, FamilySearch,,, local public libraries, and paid websites such as DNA resources will be introduced, but not explored in depth.

Registration required, link to Zoom Meeting will be sent following registration

Re: parents as "cousins" on #dna

Susan Sorkenn

My father’s parents were first cousins, and one of his sisters married a first cousin. They all lived in the same shtetl, Lyachavichi, near Baronovichi, in what is now Belarus. I have been able to trace their names back to the 1700’s and have found tax records from the 1850’s.

Need help contacting Andrew Katz and Sandy Fisher #dna

Jay Lenefsky

Dear One and All:


The  two people mentioned in the subject line have come up as possible DNA matches to a few of us known 

cousins with one of the companies that test DNA. I have sent them messages through the companies messaging system,

but have not received a  reply. 

I thought maybe they would be connected to the Jewishgen public.

Since there there could be many possibilities of people with the same name I am including the following details:

Both test with


Andrew Katz joined July 2018


Sandy Serlin-Fisher joined October 2018

Any help in contacting these people would be greatly appreicated!


Thank you,

Jay Lenefsky -Israel



List of Shoah Victims from Pochep, Russia #russia #holocaust

Beth Galleto

A memorial to 1,846 Jews from the vicinity of Pochep, Russia who were murdered in the Holocaust was reconstructed and rededicated in August 2018. It now consists of a central monument surrounded by 32 stone plaques inscribed with 1,164 of the names of those who lie buried in that place.


I have obtained the list of these names, which was compiled by Olesya Petrovskaya and her students over a period of ten years. Petrovskaya is director and teacher of the Rechitsa Secondary School of the Pochep District. The names were collected from many sources including residents' recollections, reports from the Soviet Extraordinary State Commission, war letters, pages of testimony from Yad Vashem, and others.


I have translated all the names into English and posted them on my kehilalinks website for Pochep. You can see the memorial monument here:


Please click on the two links at the bottom of the Memorial page to see the complete list of names and to see photos of each of the individual plaques.


May their memory be for a blessing.

Beth Galleto


Jews in Riga: 1946 #latvia



The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum has added 3,493 new name records to the Holocaust Survivors and Victims Database (HSV). Indexed from the ITS Digital Archive, this List of Jews Residing in Riga collection contains Jewish survivors residing in Riga in 1946. The information consists of name, fathers’ name, year of birth, and local address. You can request and immediately receive digital copies of the original documents in your email.  Search at


Peter Lande

Washington, D.C.


Re: Genealogical research in Argentina #latinamerica

Barbara Ellman

The Central Archives for the History of the Jewish People (CAHJP)  also has the census books for the Baron de Hirsch colonies.  These hold a wealth of information, but are only viewable at the archives.
In looking at my Hirschhorn family who lived in the San Antonio colony I found:
 - the ship and date of arrival 
 - the wives were coming later, so their arrival info
- Year of Births and Deaths
- Marriages
My family was already there in 1895 and I viewed census books that went up to 1910.  Not a lot of years, but a great deal of info.
Barbara Ellman

Barbara Ellman
Secaucus NJ USA
ELLMAN, COIRA, MAIDMAN - Minkovtsy, Ukraine
KAGLE, FASS - Ulanow, Poland

Re: Szabadalmas Munkács város levéltára #hungary #general

Israel Guttman

I am looking to locate the following book in Hungarian, the author is Andor Sas: Szabadalmas Munkacs varos leveltara 1376-1850

If you have any knowledge where I can find it, I would greatly appreciate it.

Thank you.

Israel Guttman

27361 - 27380 of 673349