Re: ViewMate translation request - Russian #translation #russia


In Rusian:




в г. Острог Волынской Области по

Александровской Улице, Собственный дом


Translate into English:



B.A. Pashkevich

in City Ostrog, Volyn Region

Aleksandrovskaya Street, Own house

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

Mashiach L. Bjorklund

My wife's great grandmother was Sarah Frieda Press (1884-1958). She was born in Šiauliai, Lithuania. She was the daughter of Issac Simon Press and Rachel Leah Reya. Issac was born in Rietavas, Lithuania (1857) and Rachel was born in Šiauliai, Lithuania (1855). Both died in Leeds, Yorkshire, England (1927 and 1936). Perhaps this info will give you a few new places to look.

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

David Choukroun

On Sun, Jul 26, 2020 at 04:31 PM, David Choukroun wrote:
@ Reiner

Dear Reiner,

I had a look to the usual french database for the soldier dead during WW2 here :
Unfortunately without success

Is there more details available ?



Re: Use of "ben Avraham" on a headstone #general

Jeff Lieberman

Thanks. There is a Star of David on the grave marker. The question related to my grandfather since I recently found his birth record and it shows his father's name to be Meier. He came to the U.S. by himself, and I don't have any surviving relatives who might be able to explain the discrepancy.

Re: A curious mtDNA question #dna

Mashiach L. Bjorklund

mtDNA does not reflect very recent ancestry very well. So perhaps deep in your family roots you had a Sephardic maternal ancestor. In other words a common ancestor who's descendants are now both Ashkenazi and Sephardic. It's also possible that deep in your family roots a maternal female sibling or cousin married into a Sephardic family. Those Sephardic descendants would also have similar mtDNA to yours even though collectively you share a common Ashkenazi ancestor with them.

In any case, intermarriage was not that uncommon between both groups, even hundreds of years ago. Ultimately all Jews descend from the same group of common ancestors as well. The Netherlands has had an active Sephardic community since the 1400's. They literally lived next door to their Ashkenazi neighbors for hundreds of years and I am sure there are plenty of examples of intermarriage from that. Many other places (like Greece and Italy) have had both groups living side by side for longer than that.

BTW, my wife's grandmother was Sephardic from the Azores and her grandfather was Ashkenazi. So my daughter has Sephardic mtDNA but she was raised in the Ashkenazi culture as were her parents (us). But it was traditional genealogy and oral family history that explained her DNA results to us.

So while your DNA discovery is interesting, any real answer will probably still have to come from traditional genealogy. In the mean time, try a few Sephardic dishes for dinner. See if the taste has a familiar ring to it.

Re: Using DNA matches to find Jewish ancestors #dna

Jesse Springer <Jessemspringer@...>

Ken, thanks for sharing your insight.  This is certainly a plausible theory as to the origin of his Jewish DNA. One thing I know is that his family tradition held that his ancestors in Ireland were called the "Black Irish", which is a term I have found mentioned in commentary on Sephardic Jews of Ireland, though not exclusively. The surname O'Halloran in Gaelic means "stranger from across the sea." However, it is known that O'Hallorans established their clan in Ireland before the Inquisition, and I have not found any evidence that they were of Jewish ancestry. Also, the common Y-DNA haplogroup among Irish males, including ones with O'Halloran/Halloran surname, is the R haplogroup, which doesn't add up with his predicted Q-M378 haplogroup, using MorleyDNA and YFull software at least (I ordered a LivingDNA Y-DNA and mtDNA kit to get a better picture and I'll update this post when I get those results in several weeks). I do think his ~11.5% West Asian DNA (and I should add that although it's not a significant percentage, his report estimated 1.2% Iberian) does hint at Sephardic ancestry in combination with his Ashkenazi ancestry, I'm just doubtful it comes from the O'Hallorans in his family tree considering all the above that's known about Irish O'Hallorans. I think there are 3 plausible theories: a) his grandfather was Jewish and adopted by Irish O'Halloran family, b) his grandfather's mother had an extramarital affair with a Jewish man, or c) all the O'Hallorans and women who married them were Jews who changed their names to be common Irish names and assimilated into Irish Catholicism (they adhered to Catholicism for several generations in his family tree). Gonna keep searching for answers though. Thanks again for your feedback! 

On Mon, Jul 27, 2020, 1:47 PM Kenneth Ryesky <kenneth.ryesky@...> wrote:
Many Jews in Spain and Portugal assimilated into the population following the Inquisition and expulsion.  I have seen estimates that one-fourth of the Spanish population has Jewish ancestry.
Approximately a century following the expulsion from Spain, the Spanish Armada had its (mis)adventures in Ireland.
Through such dynamics, there no doubt is Jewish DNA to be found amongst today's Irish population.
-- Ken Ryesky
Petach Tikva, ISRAEL

Ken Ryesky,  Petach Tikva, Israel     kenneth.ryesky@...

Re: DNA tests for genealogy in Israel #dna

David Brostoff

On Jul 27, 2020, at 11:25 AM, Herbert Lazerow <lazer@...> wrote:

If you are ordering an autosomal test like Family tree DNA's Family Finder, it is better to order it from either Family Tree DNA or MyHeritage than from Ancestry because Ancestry provides minimal information compared to the other two, and after you get your results, you can download your genome from one and post it on the other at no charge, thereby gaining access to another database of possible matches.
It's actually the opposite.

FTDNA and MyHeritage accept data from Ancestry, but unfortunately Ancestry does not accept data from other testing services.



Re: A curious mtDNA question #dna

Barbara L. Kornblau

This is a good question for Genie Milgrom.... If anyone knows the answer to your question, she does.

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

Lin Mor

We may have corresponded in the past. I, too, have conducted an extensive search on Jewishgen and found little that can be used decisively. My maternal great grandmother was Rachel Leah Press/Pres before she married David Schneider/Shneyder. There is probably a link between our families somewhere, a clue in that favor is the fact that your places are near Kaunas. Rachel and David lived in Vidukle, near Raseiniai after they were married and that is where their children and some of their grandchildren were born. Have you done a DNA test?

Re: DNA tests for genealogy in Israel #dna

Herbert Lazerow

If you are ordering an autosomal test like Family tree DNA's Family Finder, it is better to order it from either Family Tree DNA or MyHeritage than from Ancestry because Ancestry provides minimal information compared to the other two, and after you get your results, you can download your genome from one and post it on the other at no charge, thereby gaining access to another database of possible matches.
Herbert Lazerow
Professor of Law, University of San Diego
5998 Alcala Park, San Diego CA 92110
Author: Mastering Art Law (Carolina Academic Press, 2d ed. 2020)

Re: DNA tests for genealogy in Israel #dna

Alex Fuchs

I had a similar question recently and called FTDNA.
They told me that they do sell to Israel all their DNA tests.
Why are you looking at mtDNA?  Unless you are interested in a very specific maternal line question, most people start with autosomal DNA (atDNA or Family Finder).
I was told that FTDNA sale is coming in August.
Alternatively, you can order Ancestry DNA from Amazon and ship it back yourself.
Then you can upload to FTDNA, MyHeritage, and GEDmatch.

Re: Ship Manifests, immigration #general

Judith Glock

pls let us know what you find out as if they were detained, the actual manifest does not seem to be findable !!
judy glock

Re: Shabbos meals #belarus

Mashiach L. Bjorklund

Milchig was not part of my growing up family experience, but my wife's maternal ancestry is Sephardic. Their Shabbos meals were often milchig and included fish. Since I am the family cook I have researched Sephardic dishes as a way to connect my wife and kids to that heritage. Perhaps your ancestors were influenced by Sephardic Jews within their community.

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

Christine De Angelis

Could Hoffert be a previous husband's name and Nuseaue (or whatever it actually is) Esther's maiden name? 

As others have implied, an index is simply a finding aid.  Trust nothing, verify everything is my motto, lol.

Re: Landsmann article #general

Lee Hover

I'm sure there is a library system in Israel.  Have you spoken to the librarian re obtaining the article ?

Re: Shabbos meals #belarus

Lee Hover

We were not religious, but every Friday nite it was chicken soup & chicken.    (And my mother was a lousy cook!)

the English equivalent of Asnel or Zammel #names

Sylvia Tulkoff

Does anyone know the English equivalent of Asnel or Zammel? Are these names Yiddish or Hebrew?
I found them in a letter written in Yiddish to my in laws but cannot connect them to anyone in the family that I know.
Thanks for your assistance.
Sylvia Tulkoff

Did Emperor Joseph's 1787 decree include a list of names? #austria-czech

Jim M

I have read in several references that the decree forcing Jews to take family names, promulgated by Emperor Joseph II in 1787, included a list of about 1500 specific names (some also say: "of which 10% were indicated as most suitable").   Is this true?   If so, is there a transcription of the list somewhere?

Thank you, Jim Milch

Re: "His name was changed at Ellis Island" #names

Jules Levin

Tom, I think the Ellis Island meme now is recognized as false for how it
is usually understood--a US official caused the name change.  Before I
started my research in my own family, all my older cousins explained our
change as "Ellis Island", even though all the family was in the US by
1891--before Ellis Island was up and running.  By this they
meant--involuntary change by the government.  What else could they have
been thinking.  But now those trying to save the honor of their
grandparents are reinterpreting the meme as any kind of change--advice
by a fellow immigrant, a slip of the pen, any port of entry in any
year--as the deep meaning of "Ellis Island".  Basically, it means we
have won the argument--no changes were made at Ellis Island by the

Jules Levin

On 7/27/2020 8:19 AM, tom wrote:
your arguments are wonderful, but like the little old lady said in the
fast food ad, "show me the beef".
please provide us with just one single properly documented case, out
of all the millions of immigrants who landed at ellis island, where an
american official changed the immigrant's name.  it shouldn't be
....... tom klein, toronto
At 3:07 -0700 19/7/20, main@... wrote:


*Re: "His name was changed at Ellis Island"* #names
From: YaleZuss@...
Date: Sat, 18 Jul 2020 23:56:48 EDT

Karen Silver and Philip Trauring, who writes the blog where Avivah
Pinski found another claim against involuntary name changes


your ancestors, you don't discard anything they tell you unless
and until you have actual proof that what they told you is wrong.
NINC appears to have originated to motivate the wholesale
discarding of family narratives, which would destroy whatever data
they include; it's conceptually not that different from burning
down an archive.

Yale Zussman

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

Phil Karlin

Thank you to all. In aggregate you've painted the picture I was looking for. I'm looking forward to hunting down the death certificate.


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