Re: Research individuals in France #france

Bernard Flam

From Paris, to Judi Missel,

Hi Judi,
Hirschfeld isn't a so common name in France.
So I check for living descendants in France with our official white pages :
I get 12 persons named "Hirschfeld", including one living in Strasbourg and a company, also in Strasbourg.
Other results are persons living in a "Hirschfeld street" in a town not far from Strasbourg.

These results include their phone & home address : I never try to call because it's impossible to explain within a few seconds why we contact, and these unknown persons will hang up immediately...

So I did it often, I send as many letters as I got addresses, a nice letter with copies of some family documents to explain my search.
Once, 17 letters to homonyms of a person in Zurich who had filled a page of testimony in Yad Vashem, 20 years ago.
Believe it or not, three days later, a lady call me with these simple words : "for 60 years, we were asking ourselves if your branch had any survivors ?"...


Good luck

Bernard Flam

Archives & history of Medem Center - Arbeter Ring (Bund) of France

Re: SSDI claim dates #general


I think there is a confusion between Social Security Death Index (SSDI) which provides the date of death and the State/City where Social Security benefits were first claimed, and Social Security Disability (SSD, or sometimes refers to as SSDI) which are Social Security benefits granted based on the individual's disability. The application date for this benefit provides demographic information and health information about the applicant. 

Dan Efrat
Cherry Hill, NJ US
Researching Israelit (from Novogrudok, Belarus and Riga area, Latvia), Rabinowitz (Dyatlovo/Zhetl in Belarus( Pruss, in the Ukraine) and Koifman (in the Ukraine)

Re: Which is the town? #ukraine #general

Alexander Sharon

Town is Ivan'ky (Ivan'ka in 1900), Postal Box in Buki (7 miles distance), Uman Uyezd (district), Kiev Guberniya (Province).

Alexander Sharon
Calgary, AB

Re: Records of Home of Old Israel, New York City and 1930 US Census search possible by address? #courland #usa

Moishe Miller

You can find an article about "Methodology for Locating Residents of a Specific Address in the 1930 US Census," with step-by-step instructions, including images and an example, at:
Moishe Miller
Brooklyn, NY

Re: No More Genealogical Info on Lithuiana Family #lithuania


Hi William
Please contact me
My great grandfather was Abraham Levine from Bagasliviskis. Died in NY in 1918. He married Deverah Beila Jaffe in Kupiskis Lithuania. He visited South Africa in late 1890s, returned to Kupiskis, then in 1914 went to NY and died there in 1918. He had relations also ( brothers) in Chelsea, Mass. I have info on these relations.
Sure we have a connection.
Debby Myers

LEMBERG/WIELKE OCZY geographically close? #galicia

Eileen Kessner

Found a possible Passenger Manifest for my Galitzianer GM... lists she came from "Lemberg", citizen of "Austria".  Her Petition for Citizenhip however lists place of origin as "Wieke-Oche, Aust.".  I referenced JewishGen Shtetl Seeker as I understand borders changed periodically.  Are these two places the same?  Thanks. 
-Eileen G. Kessner
Plano, TX USA

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

Bob Bloomberg

Peter Cohen--excellent analysis.  I especially found your comment "We have yet to see anyone come forward and say something along the lines of an uncle telling their niece or nephew "I know your father told you that they changed his name, but I was there and he made that decision himself."   especially telling.  As I've been trying to point out, no immigration official intentionally changed a name.  But there are too many independent "stories" for there not to be truth somewhere behind the "myths".

Memorial Plaques Database Grows to More Than 205,000 Records. Please help us grow! #announcements

Nolan Altman

JewishGen is proud to announce its 2020 pre-Virtual Conference update for the Memorial Plaques Database (MPD). The MPD database can be accessed at   The MPD database includes the data from plaques and Yizkor lists from synagogue and other organizations.  Many of these sources include patronymic information.


This update added approximately 15,500 records and 10,300 photos from 30 organizations and war memorials worldwide. This update brings the Memorial Plaques holdings to 205700 records and 145,600 photos from 386 synagogues, institutions and memorials representing 38 countries. 


            Some of the largest additions to the database are the following:


  • Montreal, Canada – 2,500 names from various memorials in the Baron de Hirsch Cemetery.
  • Richmond, Virginia – 1,750 names from Temple Beth-El
  • North Bellmore, New York – 1,550 names from Temple Beth-el of Bellmore
  • Iowa –1,450 names from memorial plaques from congregations in Ames, Fort Dodge, Des Moines, and Oskaloosa, all courtesy of the Iowa Jewish Historical Society.
  • Burlington, Vermont – 1,350 names from Ohavi Zedek
  • Queens, New York – 900 names from the Sunnyside Jewish Center
  • New Orleans – 850 names from the Touro Synagogue
  • Metairie, Louisiana – 850 names from Gates of Prayer
  • Skokie, Illinois – 830 names from Congregations Beth Hamrdrosh Hagodol Kesser Maariv Anshe Luknik
  • Chicago, Illinois – 830 names from KAM Isaiah Israel


Other collections come from Dubrovnik (Croatia), Slavkov u Brna (Czech Republic), El Alamein (Egypt), Brookwood (England), Athens (Greece), and Ramle (Israel).


We believe that the MPD is a good example of how users of JewishGen’s databases can “give back”.  If you are a member of a synagogue or other organization with memorial plaques or Yizkor lists, please consider helping us to grow this database.  You can find more information on submitting data at   If you have additional questions, please contact me directly.


For a complete listing of the institutions currently in the database, please see



Nolan Altman


JewishGen VP for Data Acquisition

July, 2020


Re: Does anyone have a premium account in gw.geneanet for a one time only search? #france

David Choukroun

my apologies for the multiple answers

probably some relatives :  Jean Paul Dufour (1830) + brothers here :

Still to be consolidated with the names of the Parents and the official acts to be 100% sure they are connected to yours


Re: Does anyone have a premium account in gw.geneanet for a one time only search? #france

David Choukroun

I have forgotten to add the wiki link for the location :


Re: Does anyone have a premium account in gw.geneanet for a one time only search? #france

David Choukroun

Hello Alberto,

the record matching your research is this one :
Number/Source : 2 E IM 1277
Day : 23
Month : 4
Year : 1852
Husband Name : DUFOUR
Husband First Name : Gerard
Wife First Name : Jeanne Marie
Place : Sauveterre-de-Comminges
Subdivision : 31
Note : vue 250/267
Table : registre 1843-1852

Sauveterre-de-comminges is a city from the South Ouest of France (Haute Garonne, Midi Pyrennée)

Index of the record Sauveterre-de-Comminges - Marriage (1793 - 1902) - 1 309 Records (Updated on November 26, 2016)

I will search for the original record if this is important for you

Best ,

Re: Portuguese Legislators Step Back from Attempt to Severely Limit Applications for Citizenship From Sephardic Jews Descendants #sephardic

Mark Strauss

I'm very interested in exploring the opportunity to gain Portuguese Citizenship, especially since the new law does not require residency or the ability to speak the language. . My wife and I honeymooned in Portugal 30 years ago, and last year we celebrated our 30th anniversary, there
I have a family tree that shows that my 19th Great-Grandfather was Don Abraham of Toledo (Abraham el Alfaquin = al-Ḥakīm), who was physician to King Alfonso X (el Sabio - the Learned) of Castile, and to his son Sancho IV. He was active between 1260 and 1277 and translated books from Arabic into Castilian under the patronage of the king in Toledo and Burgos.
Since the law only requires proof of ancestry on the Iberian Peninsula, I would think that I would be eligible. Has anyone had experience gaining Portuguese Citizenship; and/or can recommend someone in Portugal who could help facilitate the paper work? If so, please email me, personally.

Train travel Ukraine 19th-20th Century/ #ukraine

Sheryl Stahl

My ggps lived in Kolomea, moved to Chernowitz for a few years and then moved back to Kolomea before coming to the US.
I know there was a train between the 2 cities, but does anyone know about travel between the 2 cities at the turn of the last century? Was it common? Was there anything pushing or pulling them?


Sheryl Stahl (Los Angeles)

Suwalki (RAKOVSKI, OKRAGLINSKI,) Wizajni (RAKOVSKI) Kalvarja
Odessa (STESSEL) Pervomaysk (STESSEL)  Grzymalow (LANDAU) Kolomyya (STAHL,


Which is the town? #ukraine #general


Hi all, In a Blitzstein Bank Steamship Purchase Ledger, my relatives' address in Ukraine is listed as:
M Ivanke Pocsta Buki
us Uman
Gub Kiev
Which of these is the actual town where they live?
Thanks for your help.
New York

Re: Looking for information on Moshe Oshman from Wilna, Lithuania or Belarus, married to Myriam Goldzycher in Warsaw Poland #poland #lithuania #belarus

Sherri Bobish

Hi Angel,

You write 'We have stories that the Oshmans had a fruit store and they were 3 brothers and one sister."

Have you tried searching old digitized Eastern European city directories at:
It is a free database.

Often occupations are listed.  You can do a regular or soundex search.

Sometimes people are listed in the directories with first and last name, but often with just first initial and last name.


Sherri Bobish
Princeton, NJ

Finding ship manifest #general

Sheryl Stahl

I have been tearing my hair out. Some time ago, I found the ship manifest for my gf Bernard/Bernhard Stahl. I snipped it and saved the image but did not make a note of the date and ship (I've been yelling at my younger self and changed my evil ways) It should be from ~1900.

I have spent hours on LibertyEllisIsland, Ancestry, and Stevemorse, but I can't find it again. 
Does anyone have any suggestions? TIA



Sheryl Stahl (Los Angeles)

Suwalki (RAKOVSKI, OKRAGLINSKI,) Wizajni (RAKOVSKI) Kalvarja
Odessa (STESSEL) Pervomaysk (STESSEL)  Grzymalow (LANDAU) Kolomyya (STAHL,


Re: Records of Home of Old Israel, New York City and 1930 US Census search possible by address? #courland #usa

Sherri Bobish

Hi Susan,

1930 U.S. census, and other census years, can be searched by address via Steve Morse's amazing search tool:

Be sure to choose the census year you want to search from the drop box, as ED's (enumeration districts) changed between census years.

When prompted, put in the cross streets to help pinpoint the ED.


Sherri Bobish
Princeton, NJ

Re: Seeking info on ZAICSEK/ZAITCHIK/ZEIDMAN Traveling Circus near Uman, Ukraine, 1880-1900 #ukraine

Sherri Bobish

Hi Dale,

I recently saw an on-line presentation from The Leo Baeck Inst. given by Stav Meishar.

She is an expert on the subject of Jewish circus performers in pre-WW11 Europe.
Here is a link to the info about her talk:

I can't find a recording on-line of her talk, but if you Google Stav Meishar you will find lots of info about her work, and she has her own website:

You can probably get in touch with Ms. Meishar through her website, or perhaps the Leo Baeck Inst. can help put you in touch with her.

Hope this helps,

Sherri Bobish
Princeton, NJ

Re: Please translate German to English #translation


i Kathhy,
Did you receive any translations? If not, I will gladly have a go at them. Let me know.
Ron Peeters
Ulvenhout (NL)

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

Peter Cohen

Thanks to Yale Zusman for an excellent analysis.  This has been an interesting discussion. It breaks down into certain groups:
Those who can only discuss name changes in terms of "the immigration officers at Ellis Island never changed anyone's name. Therefore all involuntary name change stories are false."
Those who equate spelling changes with name changes even though the names are essentially the same.
Those who would like to discuss it.

I agree that the preponderance of the evidence is that no official of the US government changed anyone's name. I do not agree that no immigrants ever underwent an involuntary name change. I just do not know the circumstances under which it happened.  As I understand it, many immigrants referred to the entire immigration experience as "Ellis Island", even things that did not happen there. New immigrants were referred to as "greenhorns" or "greeners", implying that they did not understand what was going on around them.  In such circumstances there could well of have been interactions with people that the immigrants mistakenly believed had some kind of authority.

I keep returning to the occurrence of the same two phrases in family stories: "He asked me my name" and "He wrote down".  That kind of interaction would not have happened at the Great Hall, but nothing precludes it from having happened somewhere else while the immigrant was still overwhelmed with the new experience. This line of thinking get attacked with "there is no evidence that anything like this happened". But, there is something else for which there is no evidence:  In order for this story to be a complete fabrication in every case, there would need to be a conspiracy of silence. That in itself seems unlikely.  We have yet to see anyone come forward and say something along the lines of an uncle telling their niece or nephew "I know your father told you that they changed his name, but I was there and he made that decision himself."   I do not think there is enough information to know what actually went on, and probably never will be.

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