Viewmate Translation Request for a Marriage Record in Russian - Second Request #translation


I've posted a marriage record in Russian. I am looking for a translation of specific facts, mainly about the groom and his family. It is on ViewMate at the following address ...
Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you very much,

Debbie Shindell, Connecticut

Kalush, Ukraine, memorial book: new chapter translated: "From Kalush to Striyj ..." #ukraine

Deborah Schultz

I just wanted to let you know that we have translated a new chapter into English, for the Kalush, Ukraine, yizkor/memorial book:
"From Kalush to Striyj, From the Pit to the Trap" by Hella (Anna) Bickel-Horowitz
The author was one of the few Holocaust survivors from Kalush, and this chapter tells her story of survival. 
Regarding genealogy, names mentioned in the article include:
BICKEL: Dr. Eliezer, Sara, Herman, Lea, all of Kalush; Malka, of Kalush, married to Mr. TREITLER; Alter, of Boryslav
Dr. WEISS (the author's husband), of Kalush
Irena MILSTEIN, married to Rabbi Dr. KOHLBERG (the author's cousin), of Kalush, living in Striyj
Izio HOLDER, of Kalush
Adzio HELMAN, of Kalush
Mr. & Mrs. BARON, who owned a leather store in Kalush, and were at the Ugartstal labor camp near Kalush
Lawyer and Mrs. ROTHFELD, at the Ugartstal labor camp near Kalush
Lawyer ARNOLD, a refugee from Krakow, at Ugartstal
ZUKER, at Ugartstal
POPZAK, who worked in the stables at Ugartstal
Ms. MALTER, a young woman from Kalush, living in Striyj
Mania BLEIBERG, living in Striyj
Stach SOKAL, living in Striyj
Mushka EISENBRUCH, living in Striyj, daughter of Dr. EISENBRUCH of Kalush
Salka SHAPIRA, wife of Shalom SHAPIRA, of Kalush
Some of these are mentioned only briefly, but I thought the list might be of interest to anyone searching for information about them. 
If someone reading this has any additional information about or any connection to the BICKEL family of Kalush, please feel free to contact me privately. Thanks.
Deborah Schultz, Michigan, USA

My paternal great-grandfather Ben PRESS from Vilkija or Seredzius #lithuania


I have been researching my family since 1990 but have hit a brick wall with my paternal great-grandfather, Ben Press. While my other three grandparents came from Lithuania or Russia around 1910, Ben Press came to America from Vilki (Vilkija) in 1885. His Castle Garden arrival record lists him as "Beryl Pres" and he was approximately 21-22 years old. I can find no other family members who either accompanied him or were left in Lithuania after an extensive search on LitvakSIG. There is a suggestion that the family may have also been associated with Seredzius. By 1893, he was in Des Moines, Iowa, and married Bessie Schatz (? Ginsberg.) They had 3 sons; he died in 1924. I would be very interested in corresponding with anyone with data on the Press family in this area of Lithuania.

ViewMate translation request - German VM 83333 #translation

Peter Lowe

Please could someone transliterate seven wordsfrom a German Standesamt
Death Record.I think they relate to the cause of death.

The handwritten words are viewable at this link to ViewMate:

Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page.

Thank you very much

Peter Lowe
Hertford, England

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Viewmate Translation Request - Russian #translation

Greg Tuckman

Hello everyone,
I've posted 5 vital records in Russian for which I need a translation. They are on ViewMate at the following addresses...

1.  Birth record of Wita WAJSBLECH:

2.  Birth record of Nisla WAJSBLECH:

3.  Marriage record of Moszek Hersz WAJSBLECH & Rywka FOGIELBAUM:

4.  Birth record of Rywka FOGIELBAUM:

5.  Birth record of Fajga WAJSBLECH:

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

Greg Tuckman
Phoenix, Arizona  USA

Re: Gershon Kleinman from Warsaw #poland

Sherri Bobish


Do you know about what year he was born?  Do you think he came to the U.S.?

There are a few men named Gershon / Gerson KLEINMAN that lived in the U.S.

Have you searched his name at for census, passenger manifests, and other records?


Sherri Bobish
Princeton, NJ

Re: Kansas City Lithuania Jews #lithuania #usa

Steve Chernoff

If any of you are familiar with the book by Anita Loeb - GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN,  I have been working on an update.  The database currently shows 319 Kansas City area burials which listed Lithuania as place of birth.  The actual number is surely much higher since many of the over 20,000 listings don't have a place of birth listed.  There are indeed Goldbergs and Ginsbergs.

Steve Chernoff

Re: Birth records in New York, #usa

Sherri Bobish


I assume from what you wrote that this child passed on before 1895, possibly in NYC?

I searched at:

I used these search parameters:
surname SIEGEL (left surname box unchecked to get more hits on variant spellings.)
born 1888 to 1892
died NYC
died 1888 to 1892
name of father: Samuel

There are two for Rachel SIEGELS.
You said her name may be Raizel, so Rachel is a guess at her English name, of course, they could have used any English first name.

There is also Salme Segall, but it does note that both parents were born in Romania.  These are transcriptions, so you would have to look at the cert itself to determine what is actually written.  These certs are very hard to read, and transcription errors are inevitable.

Name: Rachel Siegel
Event Type: Death
Event Date: 11 Dec 1888
Event Place: Manhattan, New York County, New York, United States
Event Place (Original): Manhattan, New York, New York, United States
Gender: Female
Age: 0
Marital Status: Unknown
Birth Year (Estimated): 1888
Certificate Number: cn 38071

Name: Rachel Siegel
Event Type: Death
Event Date: 14 Jun 1889
Event Place: Manhattan, New York County, New York, United States
Event Place (Original): Manhattan, New York, New York, United States
Gender: Female
Age: 0
Marital Status: Single
Race: White
Occupation: none
Birth Year (Estimated): 1889
Birthplace: U.S.
Burial Date: 14 Jun 1889
Cemetery: Bayside Cemetery
Father's Name: S. Siegel
Mother's Name: Siegel
Note: Infants Hospital, Randall's Island, 12th Ward; 142 Norfolk; Mother's first name not given; resident in this city: life
Certificate Number: cn 18999

Name: Salme Segall
Event Type: Death
Event Date: 7 Oct 1892
Event Place: Brooklyn, Kings, New York, United States
Event Place (Original): Brooklyn, Kings, New York, United States
Gender: Female
Age: 0
Marital Status: Single
Race: White
Birth Year (Estimated): 1892
Birthplace: Brooklyn
Burial Date: 9 Oct 1892
Cemetery: Washington
Father's Birthplace: Rumonia
Mother's Birthplace: Rumonia
Certificate Number: CN 16693

Hope this info is helpful,

Sherri Bobish
Princeton, NJ

Re: Nograd - Ludany, birth records KLEIN in 1880s #hungary


Unfortunately, what's in item 4 on that film is all that FamilySearch has for Szécsény, and it is highly incomplete. There's a summary of what's missing on image 418:
I interpret it to mean that births between 1868 and 1895 are all missing (among others).

Whenever you find a new location to pursue, it's always a good idea to start with the gazetteers. They were specifically compiled to answer questions like "where's the church" or "where's the registry office".

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Re: Ship Manifests, immigration #general

Eva Lawrence

If the person was a stowaway  it would explain bot why they wre detained and and why they were not on the ship manifest, as would if they were travelling under a false name.
Eva Lawrence
St Albans, UK.

Re: Double First Name, 2nd Maiden Name, or Something Else? #galicia #general

Sherri Bobish

Hi Carl,

Are you looking at the transcription, or a copy of the actual cert?

Those old certs are often times near impossible to read.  I suggest looking at the cert itself, and not relying on what a transcriber thought they saw written.


Sherri Bobish
Princeton, NJ

Re: Shabbos meals #belarus

Abraham Schijveschuurder <ams@...>

i originate from Holland where this is happening. In particular on seder nights milchig is eaten! And moreover on shabbes mornings.

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

Sherri Bobish

Perhaps try The Brooklyn Historical Society.  If they don't have files of such photos they might know other options on where to find them.
According to their site, they remain closed due to Covid.  I do not know if they are answering e-mails.

Also, you might try The NYC Municipal Library:
They are also closed due to Covid.  There is an e-mail address on the above site.


Sherri Bobish
Princeton, NJ

A curious mtDNA question #dna


It may reflect a propensity for the descendants of conversos to marry other descendants of conversos, even after leaving Spain.  That would result in an even higher degree of endogamy than is often the case for Jews in general.

Re: How to use the Paris Census record -- a guideline #guidelines #france

Richard Cooper

Many thanks for this very interesting information!
Any ideas how to access much earlier Paris censuses? I'm looking for 1876 and 1882,
Ric Cooper (NB: Not related to any COOPERs!)
Midhurst, UK

MILLET, ENGELBERG, BLUMENKEHL, SUSSWEIN, WACKS & PITERZIL from Tarnow, Dabrowa Tarnowska and Lezajsk
YAROSHEVSKY, SHAPOCHNIKOW & GRANITUR from Odessa and Zlatopol/Novomirgorod
LEWINSTEIN from Berdichev

Re: Double First Name, 2nd Maiden Name, or Something Else? #galicia #general

Renee Steinig

"Nuseaue," like many names in Family Search's NYC indexes, is likely a transcriber's bad reading of bad handwriting. I would want to get a copy of the original death record to interpret it for myself.

Also, as you may know, Abraham had a sister named Nettie Biegeleisen, one of whose daughters was Ester Marion Thurm (c.1890-1978). Perhaps she was named for Nettie and Abraham's mother. Unfortunately, her gravestone, pictured on, shows no Hebrew name.


Renee Stern Steinig
Dix Hills NY

Carl Kaplan <carl.kaplan@...> wrote:

A great-great uncle from Galicia, named A. Bienenstock, has the following in the information from New York, New York City Municipal Deaths, 1795-1949. What would Nuseaue be, since the mother's married name would have been Bienenstock, and maiden name was Hoffert? I didn't find Nuseaue in Beider's book on given names. Thanks.

Mother's Name: Esther Nuseaue Hoffert

Carl Kaplan
Winchester, MA

Re: Weinstock from Hungary: Romanian Nat'l Archives-Oradea, Reg.46 #hungary

Moishe Miller

Aaron and the rest of our community,
Wow! Thank you so much! I have been looking for this death detail for decades. I appreciate you doing the obvious and then sharing it with me. Over the years, I have done this same search, but with no results, which is why I thought to reach out to our group. 
The record you point out has Jonasz at age 73 in 1906, which yields a computed birth in 1832 or 1833. That dovetails nicely with the 1832 birth for him in the 1869 Hungarian census.
Would anyone know how I could:
  • get a copy of the record
  • get a picture of his tombstone 
Moishe Miller
Brooklyn, NY

Searching for Brom/Braun family in Lithuania #lithuania

Phil Goldfarb

I am hoping that there are some great researchers out there who can help myself and some cousins with a brick wall. We are looking for the name of the wife of Mordecai Braun/Brom from Lithuania. We know that they had at least three children: Elka b~1850 who married Josef Fivel Jacobson, a son Boruch b~1855 who married Sara Matushon and Rachel b.1864 who married Benjamin Lit/Leet. The last town that Boruch Brom listed on his ship manifest was Svedasai, Lithuania. We know that Benjamin Lit and his family lived in Radeikiai, Lithuania which is about 11 miles away. Rachel Leet had he maiden name as Broun on her death certificate while Boruch Brom's ship manifest and death certificate had Brom.
Any help would be appreciated
Phil Goldfarb
Tulsa, OK

Re: Nograd - Ludany, birth records KLEIN in 1880s #hungary


My father was Fred Klein, b. 1918, son of Arthur Klein, son of Israel Klein. They lived in Vienna, Austria, however, I don't know where they came from before they landed in Austria.
Sorry if this doesn't help. I thought I would send it to you because you never know if there is a link.

AVIGDOR rabbinical family-Pinsk (Karlin ?)18-19 th cent #belarus

Yonatan Ben-Ari

When I was researching my maternal great grandparents' roots in Pinsk
I came across the name AVIGDOR . As I don't have that material handy
right now can anyone confirm or send me details on this family.
There's a slight chance that the AVIGDOR that's in my mind was the
first name rather than a family name but I doubt it.

Yoni Ben-Ari, Jerusalem

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