Second Home Cemetery, Greenfield, Wisconsin #photographs

Eileen Kessner

Anyone out there able to take photos at the Second Home Cemetery, Greenfield, Wisconsin?  It would be much appreciated as Find A Grave does not show the reverse of the stones.  Message me at e.kessner1@.... Thanks. Eileen Kessner researching Solk/Katsev of Vilkomir and Anyksciai Lithuania, Schmidt/Gudeinsky/Kagan of Preinai and Sesuoliai, August of Wielkie Oczy, Austria

July 28: Genealogy Coffee Break on NYC orphanage records #events #announcements

Moriah Amit

Next Tuesday (7/28) at 3:30 pm ET, tune into the Center for Jewish History's Facebook page for the next episode of Genealogy Coffee Break. Our genealogy librarians will discuss how to find records pertaining to an ancestor's experience living in a NYC orphanage, and answer your questions live. To join the live webinar, click "Follow" on the top of the Center's Facebook page and a notification will pop up on your screen when the webinar goes live. Note: If the notification doesn't appear, you can also find the webinar on our Facebook videos page once it goes live. Catch up on the entire series here

Moriah Amit
Senior Genealogy Librarian at the Center for Jewish History
New York, NY

Hit a roadblock finding death certificate for NYC: names, certificate number, but no death year #general #usa #belarus


Hi, all. On, I found a couple I had been seeking on an index to New York, NY death certificates (this shocked me, since I was sure they were martyred in Grodno during the holocaust). The names are unique, and there was a common certificate number for both of them (this also puzzled me), along with birth places, spouse, and child, but no year of death. I tried to order the death certificates from the NYC records department (source of the index for but I was unable, because ordering requires a year of death - which was not provided on the index that was itself derived from NYC. I tried getting clues about year of death several ways, looking on NYC genealogy group sites ( ;, on find-a-grave, looking for family trees, etc. but no luck. And the Records Dept. can't help without the year, even with the certificate number. Anyone have any suggestions?


Re: military notebook #bessarabia

Erika Gottfried

Adrian, I've been groping for a term to describe your grandfather's document.  Would it be accurate to describe it as (or being equivalent to) what's known in the U.S. military as "discharge papers"? That is--was it a document he held while serving in the military or one that was issued to him after his military service ended.

I'm inquiring at some length because it seems like a good source of information and I'd like to be able to search for more of these--but it would make it a whole lot easier to look if I knew what the document is called. 
Erika Gottfried
Teaneck, New Jersey

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


My grandfather went back to Russia around 1925, having emigrated to the U.S. in 1907.  Accompanying him was my grandmother, who he had married in 1922, and their infant son.  I can only imagine my grandmother's reaction to his decision; she had come to the U.S. only a few years earlier, delayed by WWI.   Apparently, my grandfather believed that conditions in Russia had improved after the Revolution.  It's possible that one of his brothers, a Bolshevik and government official, had written to him, though we do not have copies of any correspondence between them.    

In Russia, my grandmother enjoyed meeting her in-laws, but my grandfather must not have been happy with what he found, and he was not afraid to speak up.  Exactly what he said, I don't know.  Eventually, a neighbor warned my grandmother that there could be dire consequences if he continued to speak out.  Towards the end of 1926, the family boarded a ship in Rotterdam and headed back to New York.


Israel and Rebecca Schlaffer #russia

Marilyn Feingold

My great great grandparents Israel and Rebecca Schlaffer (born about 1826) had the following children: Abraham, Moses Joseph, Samuel, Etta (Tesler)  Suri (Malamud) and Dina (Luber).I am trying to find out where Israel and Rebecca were born.  I believe some of their children were born in Camenca (Moldova) and  one in Kishinev.  Any suggestions as to how I can find out where Israel and Rebecca were born and who their parents and siblings  were?  I do not know Rebecca's maiden name. Thanks for any ideas or researchers you can recommend. Marilyn Feingold

Re: Tracing persons using Russian Empire census records. #russia


I've done so with my own family in Smilovichi, Belarus - so the answer is definitely yes... if you are lucky that they appear in them :)

Daniel Eig

Re: Number next to my Great Grandfather's name on the ship manifest ? #general


In the Occupation Column -
  for a full explanation

David Rosen
Boston, MA

On 7/24/2020 2:31 AM, loren greenberg wrote:

What is the significance of the number written next to my Great Grandfather's name
on the ship manifest of 1911?
2-475862-10/13/30 or 31

Thank you,

Loren Greenberg
Los Angeles,California

Volpiansky - Balbieriskis and Kaunas, Lithuania
Milner-Smiltene, Latvia
Abelow-Meretz, Lithuania
Golub(ofsky), Perlow(sky)-Vasilishki, Ostryna Belarus
Shafir,Melamed,Agazim - Starokonstantinov, Ukraine

Post WWII relatives records in Brussels, Belgium - JAKUBOWICZ #general


Where can I search for records from the 1940's and more detail current information regarding relatives who lived or still live in Brussels, Belgium?

Aviv Yahav

Re: What happened to uncle Michel ROTMAN ? #poland

Marilyn Marme

Thank you, yes  i have been reading the histories and it seems unlikely that my friend's grandfather survived till 1941 and her uncle till 1942. But the testimony on yavashem says Michal (and his wife and 4 children) died in 1942 in Ostrow.

Oath of Allegiance #canada


Hi Cousins,

My 1st cousin twice removed, Samuel Friedman, lived in Montreal, Quebec,
Canada. He took the Oath of Allegiance on June 21, 1923. Number and
Series is 24890 A. The date for certificate of naturalization is blank,
so I'm assuming he never naturalized. What I'd like to know is this:

1. Was the Oath of Allegiance an actual document?

2. What information does it contain besides the person's name?

Thank you,
Jeri Friedman
Port Saint Lucie, Florida
and Montreal, Quebec, Canada); GEIST (?,Russia); GLICKMAN, KLUGMAN,
STURMAN, KAPLAN, ROTENBERG (Bilgoraj, Lublin, Poland/Russia);
LIEB/LEIBOWITZ, BLAU (Jassy/Iasi, Romania); GALINSKY, GELLIS (Suwalki,
Poland/Russia); KRASNOPOLSKY, SILBERMAN/SILVERMAN (Krasnopol, Poland/Russia)
KOPCIANSKY (?, Poland/Russia); GOLDSTEIN, SCHRAGER (?, Romania);
CYRULNIK (Suwalki, Poland/Russia and Kalvarija, Lithuania)

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

Ethan Kent

Dear Patrice Markiewicz (I'm sorry, but I don't know your gender or whether you have a doctorate):

You mean 18th arrondissement, don't you?

( Arrondissements being divisions of/areas within Paris; "arenas" to English-speakers would suggest indoor spaces for sporting events or large concerts .)

I have (myself) no knowledge which would be of help, but I hope that readers who do have information on such families as you are looking for information from may be sure of what you are asking for (and it seems to me that you are looking for information on Jewish families from the Russian Empire (Czarist Russian Empire) and Poland who emigrated and lived in the 18th arrondissement of Paris in the 19th and 20th centuries).

Bonne chance/Good Luck,

Ethan Kent (in New York City)

Avigdor family of Mexico, Hartford, New Haven, Brooklyn and Toronto #usa #canada

Neil Rosenstein

Trying to make contact with members of the Avigdor rabbinical family,
descended from Linsk (Lesko) & Ropshitz. Mexico (Avarham Yissachar),
Yitzchak Chaim (Mexico), David (New Haven), Morton/Mordechai and
Merrill/Mei/ (Brooklyn) and Yaakov Moshe (Toronto).

Re: Help in translating a German document dated 1939 #translation

David Lewin

When you have a Latin Script German text ( as opposed to old German) there is a superb machine translation  site art

Here is what it did with your text:

Joint will

We hereby set ourselves up as the sole

Heirs one.

The survivor of us shall be informed of the estate

completely free of charge.

Berlin Charlottenburg, June 5, 1939

Wilhelmsplatz 5

Bernhard Israel Brummer


This is my will too

Berlin Charlottenburg, June 5, 1939

Wilhelmsplatz 5

Else Sara Brummer

Wolfgang Fritzsche, Germany


At 14:31 24/07/2020, info@... wrote:

Gemeinschaftliches Testament

Wir setzen uns hierdurch gegenseitig als alleinige

Erben ein.

Der Überlebende von uns soll über den Nachlaß

vollständig frei verfügen.

Berlin Charlottenburg, den 5. Juni 1939

Wilhelmsplatz 5

Bernhard Israel Brummer


Das ist auch mein Wille

Berlin Charlottenburg, den 5. Juni 1939

Wilhelmsplatz 5

Else Sara Brummer

Wolfgang Fritzsche, Germany


Re: Other names for Yitzchak? #names

Steven Usdansky

On Thu, Jul 23, 2020 at 05:01 PM, <bobmalakoff@...> wrote:
I had always been told my Hebrew name was יצחק  Then, a few years ago, going through the various documents my mother saved, I found out it's really

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

David Lewin

Hi Rodney,  that was sweet of you totry to put me right.  Sadly, it does not.  This "new format"Jewishgen messaging requires the user to be vigilant where in the past it was automatic.  I do not get a digest.  I get individual messages.  Without the previous message being quoted, I cannot know what the writer is ytaking about.

I mourn the fleshpots of Egypt.....

Be well


At 03:15 24/07/2020, Rodney Eisfelder wrote:

and I mean David Lewin (not David Selig). When you receive the message digest, each message is followed by a line of links. Click on "View/Reply Online". This will bring up the message in your browser. Below the message will be the button "View All X Messages in Topic". That will display the entire thread, and then you can see whether you are contributing to the topic, or just adding to the noise. When you reply, please don't quote the entire message. That just adds to the noise.

To everyone else, I apologize for adding to the noise on this occasion.

Rodney Eisfelder
Melbourne, Australia

Re: Sephardic Names; Follow-up to Dr. Sack's program on Jewish Names #names #sephardic


Lee Jaffe: I saw you listed the town of Snovsk. My grandfather Aron Revzin emigrated there in 1913. His parents were Feivish and Chaia Haykin. Aron was the only son among three older sisters: Baile (married Mendel Shulman); Chana (married Samuel Polley), Frieda (married Samuel Marshak). Baile and Mendel/Max settled on Staten Island and Chana and Frieda, along with Aron/Harry in Chicago. Any connection?
Barbara Cohen

Re: Yiddish Translation of Postcard #translation


Thank you......

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

Sherri Bobish


Thank you for your concise explanation.  I did not realize the "view all messages in topic" was to be found there.  This is very helpful information since I still find the new discussion list format challenging to use.

Thank you!

Sherri Bobish
Princeton, NJ

Re: Number next to my Great Grandfather's name on the ship manifest ? #general

Sherri Bobish

Hi Loren,

It indicates that he applied for naturalization in the 1930's.


Sherri Bobish
Princeton, NJ

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