Re: Braila Romania cemetery #romania


Please share if you learn anything about this cemetery. The only information I have found is at this link:
My family is from Braila and I have records to indicate they are buried at the Braila Jewish Cemetery. Would love to learn more!
Deborah Annex
Miami Beach, FL and Old Greenwich, CT

Where is Kojbelka? #belarus #holocaust


I have a relative from Hungary who died in a forced labor camp in Kojbelka during WWII. Where is this? Was it known by different names?
Thank you,
Larry Bassist
Springville, Utah, USA

Re: Shabbos meals #belarus

Deanna Levinsky <DEANNASMAC@...>

Was a dairy meal less costly?
Deanna Mandel Levinsky 
Long Island New York 
Deanna Mandel Levinsky

Deanna M. Levinsky, Long Island, NY

ViewMate Reposting #photographs

Miriam Lappen

I reposted a family photo which initially appeared in ViewMate seven years ago. At that time, there were no responses but I'm hoping that I'll have better luck this time. I believe the people in the photo are members of the Frydman Family, originally from Drobin, Poland.
The image is at ViewMate at the following address:
Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page.
Thank you very much.
Miriam Lappen

Re: Links to the Raduraksti Latvian Archives #latvia

Stephen Weinstein

Registration page is now

Re: Family Tree Maker Exposes Data on 60,000 Users #announcements #general

Stephen Weinstein

Why would a genealogy website have geolocation data?

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

Stephen Weinstein

First, the reason it's a common certificate number is that it's just one death of one person, but ancestry indexed it under more than one name.  And it might not be either of their deaths; it could be their child's death (death certificates commonly include the names of the parents of the deceased).

Second, since you know that the year has to be some time from when the child was born to the present, and has to be a year that was included in the index, you can narrow it down to a range of 50-100 years.  Submit orders for all of those years -- it will cost you a lot of money, but you should get the record eventually.

But first look on the German and Italian sites for the child's death, and any other names that were in the index entry on ancestry; if you find a death with that certificate number, it's not a coincidence; whatever year the database gives you is the one to order.

Re: mtDNA matches #dna

Stephen Weinstein

No.  It will only mean that you have a common ancestor, but it could be much farther back, perhaps over a thousand years.

Re: Shabbos meals #belarus

Sally Bruckheimer <sallybruc@...>

The story I heard was that if somebody was having chicken and it wasn't Shabbos (Friday night), then one of them was sick.
So Shabbos was chicken.
Sally Bruckheimer
Princeton, NJ

Viewmate translation request #yiddish #lithuania #translation

Michael Herzlich

I've posted a 4 page letter most likely in Yiddish dated January 1940.  It has a seal indicating to me it comes from the area of Merkine Lithuania.  I would like to know the basic contents of the letter and if there are any names included.
The 4 pages can be found on ViewMate at the following address ..
Michael Herzlich
Delray Beach, Florida USA

Galicia (Poland, Ukraine) - HERZLICH

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


Hi Neil:
I personally know the descendants of the great Rabbi Dr. Jacob Avigdor. The eldest of his grandsons (Zvi) is a dentist and lives in New York.
Then come the second grandson named Israel who lives here in Mexico City and there is a daughter (I do not recall her name) that, it is my impression, lives in Israel.
Should you need any more information, don´t hesitate to write.

Szyja Soffer from Teofipol #ukraine

Marilyn Levinson

In a dictionary of Jewish given names I found the entry Szyja (Yoshu).  This was the first name of Szyja Soffer from Teofipol.  Could anyone please tell me what the first name means?  I am trying to connect this branch of the Soffer family to the branch with names such as Moshe, Berl, Genia Soffer also from Teofipol.  Thank you.
Marilyn Levinson
Spring Lake NC

Re: looking for relatives of Miller and Zangier families in Fargo, North Dakota,L originally from Grojec, Poland. #usa #latinamerica #poland

Allen Dryer

There is a Facebook group 'Mogielnica, Grojec, Radom, Bledow, Przybyszew Family Research' which you might want to join  (if you are not already a member) and post your question there also. 

Allen Dryer

LUTZES/LEVY, ROCHMAN/ROTHMAN (Ukraine; Plock, Poland; London)
LEVITAN/LEVIN, ANTUPITSKY (Kedainiai and Ariogala, Lithuania)

Re: Seeking info. on passage from Europe to Brazil circa 1913/1914 #russia #belarus



Most of the jewish immigrants that came to Brazil from in the begining of the 20th centrury arrived at the ports of Rio de Janeiro or Santos. If your family came to the Baron Hirsch farming settlements ("Jewish settlement" and "free land" suggest this hypothesis), it means they had to travel to the state of Rio Grande do Sul, in Southern Brazil, where those colonies were located, or they traveled by ship to the nearest port (Porto Alegre). If they spent 2 days on a train to get there, so it is very unlikely that their port of arrival was Porto Alegre since the distances from this port to the colonies are not so big (200 miles +/-).

"Flower Island" in Portuguese is "Ilha das Flores". This was the name of the hostel for immigrants that arrived at the port of Rio de Janeiro between 1877 and 1966. Their website: (only in Portuguese, unfortunately). Nowadays it is a museum. The books with the names of the immigrants who staied there are kept the brazilian National Archives and are online. However, they are not indexed, what means that you have to open the book (PDF format) and search for your family page by page. It's a boring task, but not impossible, that's how I found my grandparents' names there. The books are here: (again, only in Portuguese) You have to create an account (click on "Criar Cadastro" and fill the form). Once you're in, go to the menu Favoritos and chose Hospedaria de Imigrantes -> Hospedaria da Ilha das Flores. There are 71 books, you'll have to search for the book that covers the aproximate date of arrival of your family. However, there was no train station there (it's an Island) and I doubt that there was a railway connecting Rio de Janeiro to the Baron Hirsch colonies or nearby cities.

The ship manifests with the names of the immigrants arriving at the port of Rio de Janeiro are also on this website, but with the same problem: you have to open one by one. If you don't know the ship's name or an aproximate date of arrival it's like looking for a needle in a haystack. To open them go to the menu Favoritos -> Relacao Vapores Entrada Porto Rio de Janeiro.

I don't know any place called "Lubinengo". I googled it and found nothing. "Ameriga" sound like "America", but there are many places with America in the name.

"Rainy season in Brazil" depends on the region. In Rio it is between December and March, but it can rain on every month, there is not a dry season. In Rio Grande do Sul it rains a lot  between June and September, but, again, it can rain all the other months.

You said your great uncle's baby sister was buried on the region. There are 2 jewish cemeteries close to the Baron Hirsch colonies, in the cities of Passo Fundo and Erechim. Both are in the JewishGen Online Worldwide Burial Registry. Have you tried searching for you family name there?

Hope it helps!

Flavio Baran

ViewMate translation request - Russian #translation #russia


I've posted a stamp from the back of a photograph (probably a stamp of the photo studio) in Russian for which I need a translation. It is on ViewMate at the following address ...

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

Thank you in advance for your help!

Marcia Mack

Re: Trying to obtain a 1922 birth certificate from Oradea (Nagyvarad), Romania #romania #hungary #general

David Choukroun

On Wed, Jul 22, 2020 at 05:00 AM, Reinier wrote:
Georges (Gheorghe) Jakab
@ Reiner,

I can see a Georges Jakab into the Journal Officiel de la République Francaise

But the date is weird -- 01 Feb 1943 : it would mean he requested a french citizenship the same year he died.  - if we are lucky, a copy of his birth certificate might be recorded into this file.
Lets check first this is the right one.

Unfortunately, the right web site (SHD in Vincennes, France) is down those days. We have to wait to check if there is a file "as resistant".

Can you please indicate the location of the picture, the location of the death (and possibly the exact date) ?  It will help to search into the Press as well

Best regards


ViewMate translation request - Yiddish #yiddish #translation


I've posted a short inscription from the back of a photograph that is in Yiddish (or possibly Hebrew?) for which I need a translation. It is on ViewMate at the following address ...

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

Thank you in advance for your help!

Marcia Mack

Re: Searching for Brom/Braun family in Lithuania #lithuania

Sherri Bobish


I see that Boruch BROM arrived in the U.S. in 1931 with his (2nd? wife), and they were going to a step-son in Bradley Beach, NJ.

If Boruch remained in the U.S. than I suggest obtaining his death certificate.  That should list his parents names, and hopefully accurately! 


Sherri Bobish
Princeton, NJ

Yiddishe Kemfer, usa, yiddish #yiddish

Jeffrey Knisbacher



From: Jeffrey Knisbacher <j2456@...>
Date: Sunday, July 26, 2020
Subject: Yiddishe Kemfer, usa, yiddish
To: JewishGen Discussion Group <jewishgen@...>

Apparently, from one or two issues in the Jewish Museum of Maryland, the Yiddishe Kemfer newspaper was the organ of the U.S. Labor Zionists, at least in the 1930s and probably before and after. Does anyone know more about this paper, where it was published, for how long and if there is a complete run of it still in existence somewhere? The one issue at the Jewish Museum of MD lists two deaths in one week among the Baltimore Labor Zionists in the 1930s (have to go back and check the exact year). What is particularly interesting is that said issue lists the Labor Zionist membership at the time, many of whom were regular visitors at my grandparents' home in the 1940s and 1950s when I was growing up. One of the deceased was the author of the lyrics to a kind of anthem that was sung at every meeting. I can supply more information to anyone else who may be interested. My particular goal is to try and find poems that my later grandmother Pearl GELSTEIN LEHMAN (originally LIMONCHIK) was said to have written (by contemporaries after her passing in 1964). I imagine the Yiddish Kemfer is where they would have been published.   Jeff Knisbacher, currently Bradenton, FL

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

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