Re: Looking for possible relatives in Israel for 91-year-old Holocaust survivor #holocaust

I suggest that you contact the Israel Genealogy Society - someone there may be able to helop you. 
Avivah R. Z. Pinski ,  near Philadelphia, USA

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

This is a long shot, but some of the boat records include the name and address of where the person was going.   You would have to look
through a lot of records, but you might find your family name and address listed in the destination column of the boat manifest. 

Good luck!

Avivah Pinski
near Philadelphia

Avivah R. Z. Pinski ,  near Philadelphia, USA

Re: What's a Cutter? #usa #general

Barbara Singer

A cutter is a person in the garment factory that uses a large cutting
machine of a large, stacked fabric.

Viewmate 83148: 1906 Death of Ruchel Leie Seidenfeld nee Reiter (not URI), in Munkacz (Mukachevo), Ukraine #translation

Moishe Miller

Hello Fellow Researchers,

I have posted Viewmate 83148.

This is the 1906 Death of Ruchel Leie Seidenfeld nee Reiter, in Munkacz
(Mukachevo), Ukraine. This is going to be of interest to anyone that
believed Ruchel Leie was part of the URI family. The death certificate
lists her father as Jenkel Leizer Reiter, of Munkács, and not Yakov
URI of Turka.

To see what the record looks like, you can view it at:

If you have additional comments, please respond via the form provided in
the ViewMate application. You can also respond to my email.

Thank you!

Moishe Miller
Brooklyn, NY

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


Thanks to all of you! I had the child’s death certificate information but never considered that the parents’ information would seem to be presented as the subjects of the death certificate rather than referenced in another death certificate. I should have realized it, but thank you all for wasting yet more time on it. Thanks much also to those of you who offered other fixes or to help me directly. 



Belarus: Grodno (Ratman, Bendeson, Ciemnolis, Farbarovitch), Brisk (Tarman), Turov (Shifman)
Poland: Bialystok/Czyzewo (Dveiras, Goldberg)

Re: Other names for Yitzchak? #names


Itzhak, Yitzhaq, Yitshak, Jitzhak

Re: Hatschek (Hungary), Schwartz from Herend, Hungary, Valdhauser (Waldhauser) Hungary #hungary


Do you have a gedmatch # ?

Re: Public School 25 Brooklyn photos from ca. 1913 #photographs


Unfortunately, when I contacted them not long ago, they seemed to have little knowledge of the history of their school, let alone any historical records.  Thank you for your suggestion.

DNA match /Ged /Looking for my grandfather Rupert Lipot #dna


Looking for my grandfather Born 1902 in Vienna Austria his name   Rupert Lipot  don't have birth certificate .His mother put him to hungary's border and left him their, grow up in Debrecen orphanage     Anyone match with my ged  A490637 ??? Help

Re: Lithuania - Soloveitchik Brothers with Same Given Name #lithuania


I am trying to understand the situation. Are you saying that there are two men, who you think are brothers, one of whom has the last name Shames and the other Soloveichik? This seems very unusual, although there are situations in which this may be true. I have considered several situations according to the information you already presented, but my thoughts are mostly conjecture, because I think there is very little information presented, and it would help to know all the details available to you, including the specific names, dates, places, events, documents that mentions these data, and the exact quotations made in the available documents that present the information.

Re: Lost family in Ukraine-a dead end #ukraine


Thank you for responding, Amybeth.  I have heard of the famous composer, but I do not think we are related.  I am in touch with California Shainskys, including the name you mentioned.  I could not find anything useful in FamilySearch, but Yad Vashem may yield a clue.     Stan Solinsky

ETKIN, ETKINAS, LARVE/KATZ, MELAMED> Kovno/Kaunas, Slobadka/Vilajampole Lithuania

Re: What's a Cutter? #usa #general

Sherri Bobish


What year did this happen?  Have you obtained the death certificate to see the medical cause?

My grandfather was a cutter.  I can imagine lots of things that could have happened.   Before antibiotics if an infection set in from a wound it could be very hard to treat.

Perhaps an accident might have warranted a newspaper mention?  Try searching his name at:
It is a free site of old digitized NY newspapers (although expanding to other states also.)


Sherri Bobish
Princeton, NJ

Re: Lost family in Ukraine-a dead end #ukraine


Thanks for your offer to help, Chuck.  We are all from Belaya Tserkov, as far as I know.   This is referred to repeatedly in the ship manifests, old photos, correspondence.  I have envelopes with the street addresses as:  #18 Pomachnia St and #38 Kievski St.  Whether these are house addresses or places to pick up mail, I cannot know.  A Chabad rabbi in Belaya Tserkov sent me photos of the addresses a few years ago, but it looks like it was all rebuilt after the war.  Other Y DNA matches with the Shainsky name come from Ignatova (sp?), closer to Kyiv.  I searched further in Yad Vashem and found Shainski pages with a possible name from the tree in MyHeritage.   Still searching!   Thanks for responding.
Stan Solinsky

Lithuania - Soloveitchik Brothers with Same Given Name #lithuania

Perry Shorris

My fourth-great-grandfather was Movsha Shames, and Lithuanian records indicate that his brother was Meyer Soloveitchik - part of the rabbinic dynasty. One of Meyer’s brothers was Moshe Soloveitchik, the rabbi of Kovno in the late 1700s. My understanding is that “Movsha” and “Moshe” are essentially the same name. Could Movsha Shames and Moshe Soloveitchik been brothers, given the normal Ashkenazi tradition of not giving brothers the same given name?

Hatschek (Hungary), Schwartz from Herend, Hungary, Valdhauser (Waldhauser) Hungary #hungary

George Muenz

Hello all,

Looking for these surnames.

Hatschek (Hungary), Schwartz from Herend, Hungary, Valdhauser (Waldhauser) Hungary

Also any possible families of Ede Berger and Esther Berger of Csenger or Szamossalyi Hungary’

Thank you
George Muenz

Register Now for the IAJGS Virtual Conference (including FREE sessions) #jgs-iajgs #announcements

Chuck Weinstein

ANNOUNCING: We are delighted to present the first iteration of the
full conference program to the public. For those of you who have been
waiting to register until you can read more about the offerings - this
announcement is for you.

Go to our website and click on the Program and
Schedule keys.

You will first find the listing of On Demand sessions, and then the
Live Sessions by schedule including the Free Limited Access Sessions.

You will also notice the Films that are available for viewing during
specified dates during the conference.

Finally, but significantly, you will find the ability to read
descriptions about the speakers and their presentations and can
already download handouts for many of our programs.

There is more to come and the programmers are still formatting this
page, but we wanted to update you now! Go visit
and register now if you have not already! The full conference fare is
$325 and there is some access to free sessions. So please thank those
who are paying for the conference because it is subsidizing those free
sessions. Thank you!

For the IAJGS Conference Chair,

Chuck Weinstein
Communications Director

What's a Cutter? #usa #general


It may help to determine how "cutting" was done.  If it was a single piece of cloth, cut with a pair of scissors, it's hard to identify fatal scenarios.  If we're talking multiple layers cut with a large knife, I can conceive of that knife inflicting a fatal wound.  Another possibility is a fire in the factory.
Particularly if there was a fire, the incident may have been covered in local papers.  If you have your ancestor's date of death, check the next couple of days.

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

Laura Katz

Hi Rafael,

I had a similar experience to yours while looking for my great-grandfather Solomon Gantcher's death certificate, also after receiving an hint. It listed his name, his wife's name Pauline, and that of his son Louis, and while it gave the certificate number, there was no date of death. I had always assumed he died in Russia sometime before 1910 and was very surprised to find that he may have died in NYC.

I filled out the NYC Archives order online (leaving out of course the death date) and emailed it with my credit card payment. Within a few days I got a return email with a copy of both sides of the death certificate attached. There was no problem with the missing date for some reason. However, it was not my great-grandfather Solomon's certificate--it was that of his son Louis! When I later checked, I found that another hint had shown up for my great-grandmother Pauline (Solmon's wife), also with the same certificate number, and this time again for their son Louis. Mystery solved.

It seems's hints do not in any way say whose death the certificate is for, but just lists the names of the parents, their birthplaces, and the name of their child. There's a separate hint generated for each person on the Ancestry record. This was an unfortunate example of Ancestry's hints sometimes causing more confusion than help.

Laura Katz
Great Barrington MA

LIPITZ - Smiela, Cherkasy, Ukraine
DAN - Veliuona, Kaunas, Lithuania
GOLDBERG - Bialystok, Podlaskie. Poland
GANTCHER - Slonim, Grodno, Belarus

Re: Public School 25 Brooklyn photos from ca. 1913 #photographs

Shelley Mitchell

JGS Libraries BOF at IAJGS 2020 Virtual Convention #events #announcements

Michelle Sandler

There is going to be for the first time a JGS Libraries and Librarians BOF at the IAJGS virtual convention.  This session will be on the Thursday of the convention at 10:30 am - 11:30 am Pacific Daylight Time.  I will be moderating so come join me.  We will talk about issues affecting our JGS Libraries.  We can talk about creating a master list of Jewish Genealogy relevant books.
Michelle Sandler
Orange County California JGS

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