Re: Removing initial I from names #names


No, she calls her husband Jared:)

Re: DNA and Gedmatch #dna


Gedmatch is still down

Re: Other names for Yitzchak? #names


Yitzhak (יצחק) is also the common form for Isaac in Yiddish.  Although, the tombstone of my grandfather Isadore  says אייזיק בר יעקב Aizek bar Yakov, Isaac son of Jacob. The Aizek is another Yiddish name for Isaac.  Bar is Aramaic for son of and Yakov is Hebrew and Yiddish for Jacob. When I was growing up, my other grandfather told me that my Jewish name was Yizhak Isaac.  I thought he was translating Yitzhak into English.  I realized much later that he was following a Jewish naming convention where Jewish names consisted of a Hebrew name followed by an equivalent Yiddish name.  My father's Jewish name was Ariah Leib where Ariah is Hebrew for lion and Leib is Yiddish for lion.
Bob Malakoff
Pittsburgh, PA

Links to the Raduraksti Latvian Archives #latvia


I used to be able to get into the Latvian archives from the links in the Latvian database of JewishGen.  The archive seems to have changed its address and my registration has disappeared.  I found the archive but have been unable to re-register.  What has happened to the JewishGen links and how to I re-activate my registration?  Can anyone help?   Thanks for your assistance.

Deportation from U.S. ports back to Eastern Europe #general

Deportation, also known as Return Migration, was often due to poor health or lack of money and other factors. Does anyone know how these folks fared once back in the "old country"? 
Any personal stories or other information would be most welcome.
Thank you,
Anne C.
Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE smartphone

Re: Research individuals in France #france

David Choukroun

Dear Patricia

The access to death Acts are fairly easy for Paris before 1987
Then you can enter all the elements (2 fev 1941, 16ieme district and the ides 262) to catch the act

It says :
the 2.2.1941, 17h00
dead act of Paul Rattner
address: 35 Rue Le Marois,
born : Mohileff (Russia) the 26 April 1858
from Isidore RATTNER x Boddana GUMELEFF, both dead
Husband of Julie ROSEN
Legal + Witness : Charles VOGT, 55 years old, @ 80 rue de la Pompe

Using the same interface, but for a wedding, you might be able to locate the Act if done in Paris



Re: Seeking Fritz BUKOFZER, film producer- Paris > Switzerland #france


Seeking Fritz BUKOFZER, film producer- Paris > Switzerland

Hi David (Selig)

If they married in Paris you should find their marriage record online on Paris archives (they put the marriage records until 1944 online).
If you don't know the date of their marriage or the arrondissement where they lived, you could look first at the tables annuelles.

There are also the census records 1926, 1931,1936 of Paris online, but you need to know their address or the arrondissement.

Do you know where in Switzerland he died? I didn't find a mention of his death or burial in the Swiss newspapers archives.

Corinne Iten

Orange County CA JGS Meeting Sunday July 26th 10:00 am PDT With Alex Krakovsky #ukraine #announcements #events

Michelle Sandler

The Orange County California Jewish Genealogy Society is having their next virtual monthly meeting on Sunday July 26th 10:00 am PDT with Alex Krakovsky.  ALex will be speaking on his project to freely acquire Ukrainian Jewish Archival records and put them up for free on the web.  The program will be taped for those who are members of OCJGS or pay for the individual session.  Dues are $15.00 through December 31st. A one time only fee is $5.00 per meeting.  Everyone who registers before Saturday will get in to the lecture. 
Michelle Sandler
President OCJGS
Vice President of Programming
Librarian OCJGS

Family name meaning - MASZELNIK #names #poland #lithuania


My grandmother's maiden name was MASZELNIK and from what I know it is related to occupation of dairy producers (masło in Polish means butter).
The family is originally from Vilnius.
Can someone please verify it?

Aviv Yahav

Jews from Russia in the 18tv arena of Paris during the 19th and 20th centuries #russia #poland #france


Historian, I am looking for Jewish families from the Rusian Empire and Poland who emigrated toward the 18th arena of Paris France during the XIXth and XXTh centuries. Please contact Patrice Markiewicz at patrice.markiewicz@.... Thank you.

ViewMate translation request - Yiddish #yiddish #translation


I've posted a 2 pages letter in Yiddish for which I need a translation. It is on ViewMate at the following addresses:

Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page.
Thank you very much.

Aviv Yahav

SHEINSOHN from draft avoidance list #lithuania

David Kohen

This record was found in the All Lithuania Revision List Database.  If this family is whom I believe them to be, the parents (Shmuel and Hode Gite) registered a marriage in Riga in 1875, the children were born in Riga and other places between 1878 and 1897 and almost all of the family members were in the U.S. long before 1915.  Is this possible?  Does this listing mean that some or all of them were in Siauliai in 1915?  Is it possible to find out whether this list was reconstructed from a prior registration?  If so, how would I obtain the information from the prior registration?  Thanks in advance for any help.
Name Father Relationship Sex
Age Last Revision
Age This Revision
Comments Day
Registration #
Former Registration#
Publication Type
Archive / Fond
SHEINEZON, Aleksandr Shmuel Draft M

Senoji Zagare town-dweller; conscription list # 462 18
Siauliai district draft avoidance
SHEINEZON, Shmuel Leiba Father M


SHEINEZON, Rode Gite   Mother F


SHEINEZON, Shmuel Iankel Shmuel Brother M


SHEINEZON, Girsh Gessel Shmuel Brother M


SHEINEZON, Khaia Sore Shmuel Sister F


SHEINEZON, Libe Shmuel Sister F


SHEINEZON, Ryvke Shmuel Sister F


SHEINEZON, Golde Shmuel Sister F



David M. Kohen

Lost family in Ukraine-a dead end #ukraine


My family name in Russia was Shainsky.  My paternal grandfather, grandmother, and children arrived in 1913 in Philadelphia.  His 18 yo brother also came on the same ship, but was deported due to illness.  I have not been able to trace one family member in Russia.  There is a tree on MyHeritage, which has some equivalent names that I recognize, but the manager of the tree in Australia had not responded to my requests.  I even looked at the trees of my DNA matches, with no luck.  This has been previously posted on Tracing the Tribe.  The 1897 Census does not yield any names on Ancestry when inserting the English spelling.
Here are the names:. GF- Chaim Yehoshuah Shainsky.  His brother: Moishe Shainsky (Scheinsky on the ship manifest.). Their father: Mordechai (Mottel) Ber Shainsky, who never came to the US.  His wife may be Rivka.  On that family tree from Australia, Mordechai has numerous children, but my emigrant GF is not mentioned among them.  Those include:. Volka Mordhovich Shainsky, Moisha Shainsky, Masia Shainsky, Malka Shainsky, Baila Shainsky, and one unknown.  Other descendants include:. Geller, Vail, Ostrovsky, Kunin.  I do have correspondence and photos from Russia with the given names Motele, Genia, Soyfer.  There may also be a Gershon.
Any help anyone could offer would be much appreciated.  I am in contact with a large U.S. Shainsky family via Y DNA, and we would love to discover how we are related.  Thanks so much.
Stanley Solinsky

Re: military notbook #bessarabia

Yefim Kogan

thanks for the link.  I did not know that information about regiments in Russian Army is now online.  I even looked into other Regiments who participated in the wars and found names of Jews killed or wounded.

All the best,

Re: Help Identifying 1940s Military Uniform #general

Lee Hover

It appears to be U.S., and medical corps.  He has the medical symbol on both lapels.

Re: military notbook #bessarabia

Yefim Kogan

Hello Adrian,  WoW! That is an amazing document.  I would be glad to have it on our Bessarabia website if you do not mind, and maybe you can write a story about that relative...

You probably know that he got this military document when he left the military to a reserve.  It also written that when he left he choose Khotin uezd, Kelmenskaya 'volost'".  There is a town Kelmentsy, not far from Khotin, and it is written in Romaian on a map I enclosed as Chelmenti.  Actually there is a page where it says that he was registered in Khotin uezd, Kelmentskay 'volost'' in 1910, November 13.  Also at the very end there are two stamps about training people in reserve from 1911 and 1912
The last two pages are interesting... he used this military document as passport.  At that time Russians to go abroad had to have passports.
Did he emigrated to Argentina in 1913?
What happened in 1935?

By the way did you check our JewishGen Database  - Romania (Bessarabia) where you find a lot of families with that surname and registered in Khotin...  they could live somethere else, but registered in Khotin.  I recomend to go thru all such entries.

All the best,
Yefim Kogan

Re: Is the first name Marx a shortened version of Mordecai #names

Hank Lobbenberg <hank.lobben@...>

In my famly tree, there are Max, Marx and various spellings of Moritz. The equivalent Hebrew name is Mordechai.

Re: From Austria to Venezuela #general


Hi Patrick, 

I know we have discussed elsewhere that our "Atlas-family" are most likely not connected.
However seeing this message made me reconsider - my ATLAS married into the ADEST-family and they also fled to Venezuela and resided in Caracas until most of the family went to the US. Maybe it is worth looking into?


Re: Orphanage in Newark, NJ 1943 #usa #france


My mother was employed at the Jewish Children’s Home (also known as the Hebrew Orphan’s Assylum) at 534 Clinton Ave., in Newark in the early 1930’s. The Home sheltered both girls and boys. My mother was in charge of the girls. While working there she met my father who was a volunteer leader of the Home’s Boy Scout Troop.  They married in 1935, thus ending my mother’s employment at the Home.  Photos of the Home may be seen at:
Evidently the Home existed into the 1950’s.  See information at:

Re: military notbook #bessarabia

Erika Gottfried

That's what I'd think about the Argentinian stamped document.  But what was a "military notebook"? What was its purpose and what organization issued it?

Erika Gottfried
Teaneck, New Jersey

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