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

Judi Wagner

Yes this is absolutely my family!  My mother was Pearl.  I also checked the census and saw it was the exact same address.  I have called and left messages for my elderly holocaust survivor relative to pass on these names.  And of course, sent out emails to my cousins, etc.  I really am so happy to put a name to the photos, and now I will have to see if I can find them and their descendants.  I took a quick look for marriages in NY but didn't see anything yet.  It is possible they were sent to Israel by relatives of their mother.  I am also going to research their birth records in Paris, that was another new fact.  And, see if I can get copies of their passports that were issued in Budapest.  Lots of additional work to do :-)

Donald Wolf son of Nathan Wolf #usa

Morty Wellen

Looking for anything I can find about Donald Wolf…….birth, marriage, wife’s name, children, grandchildren, death of his mother ?????


Morty Wellen (I.D. 701431)

Montreal, Canada

Re: are there benefits of the My Heritage site over Ancestry #general

Vivian Kahn

The only benefit I've derived from a My Heritage subscription is the ability to connection with a few Israeli and European researchers who helped me to locate missing relatives in Europe. My Heritage is more popular with researchers from Israel (no surprise there) and some European researchers. The downside is being overwhelmed with matches from those who have clearly copied information from my tree and sloppy research.
Vivian Kahn, Santa Rosa, California
Researching families including:
BERKOVICS/BERKOWITZ/ROTH/GROSZ. Avas Ujvaros, Hungary/Orasu Nou, Romania
KAHAN/JOSIPOVITS/DUB, Sziget, Kabolacsarda, Nagyvarad, Hungary/Sighet, Ciarda, Oradea, Romania
KOHN/Zbegnyo/ Zbehnov, Tarnoka/Trnavka, Slovakia; Cleveland  LEFKOVITS/Kolbasa/Brezina, Slovakia
MOSKOVITS/Honkocz, Szobranc, Osztro, Kassa, Hungary/Chonkovce, Sobrance, Ostrov, Kosice, Slov., Nyiregyhaza, Hungary
ELOVITS/Hornya, Hungary/Horna, Slovakia
NEUMANN/Szeretva, Kereszt, Nagymihaly, Miskolc, Hung./Sobrance, Kristy, Stretavka, Michalovce, Slov. 
POLACSEK/Hunfalu, Hungary/Huncovce, Slovakia
SPITZ/Nikolsburg/Mikulov, Prosnitz/Prostejov, Moravia/Czech Republic; Kismarton/Eisenstadt, Hungary/Austria; Hunfalu,Hungary//Huncovce, Slovakia

Travel information sought for Rose FRIEDSON #usa

Bob Silverstein

I am looking for travel information for Rose Friedson and could not find anything on Ancestry.  She was born in Gardner, Massachusetts, in 1913.  Rose was living in New York City around 1933 when she traveled to Havana.  FamilySearch goes up to only 1925.  Where else could I look for information on this trip.

Bob Silverstein

Re: help with ged/dna #dna


Me having 17% of the DNA have to be have to be my grandfathers father , and i don't know who it was , hoping some match dna will answer that , but so far have nothing .

Re: Verifying Portuguese Translation of Brazilian Immigration Paperwork #latinamerica #translation

Judite Orensztajn

Yaron, shalom,
As Portuguese is my mother tongue, I thought I could help to verify, but the link didn't open.
All the best,
Judite Orensztajn, Givatayim, Israel

Re: Genealogy Software For Family Trees #general


Family Tree Maker does all of this. (Plus syncs with Ancestry but you said you didn't care.) I have a number of trees, two main ones and about a half dozen research trees.

Jeff Goldner
Researching Goldner, Singer, Neuman, Braun, Schwartz, Reichfeld (Hungary/Slovakia); Adler, Roth, Ader (Galicia); Soltz/Shultz (Vitebsk, maybe Lithuania)

Re: Surname query Romania/Hungary #romania #hungary

C Chaykin

My family is from Iasi, Romania, In the 19th century, they used patronymics as surnames, e.g. Isaac son of Abraham, Jacob son of Isaac. Perhaps occasionally, the "son of" part was dropped.
Good luck!
C Chaykin, New York 

Town of ROSOW or REZOWO in Grodno gubernia #belarus


I have been unable to locate any information about this shtetl. Some have suggested Kosow (with spelling variations) On the excerpts from two ship's manifest pages I have attached it sure look like the name begins with an R. I believe that it is in Grodno because other member of the family are from Divin and Brest.

Mande Kaplan

Re: Other names for Yitzchak? #names

Bruce Drake

In one record from Kovel that a researcher found for me my great grandfather Itzhak David appeared as Izhuk

Re: are there benefits of the My Heritage site over Ancestry #general

Bruce Drake

I started with Ancestry and later subscribed to MyHeritage. Sometimes, I'll find something on My Heritage that I didn't find on Ancestry (although it may have been there and I missed it). But there's not a big enough difference for me to keep MyHeritage if I only wanted to subscribe to one site. One thing about both of them that annoys the hell out of me is there constant alerts about matches they have found that are drawn from what they scraped from my own tree or from others who borrowed verbatim from my tree because they had some overlapping relatives. In this world of super-advanced algorithms, they should be able to do better

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

Sarah L Meyer

It is not considered appropriate to call attention to the conversion status of a Jew by using the Avinu (or Imeinu).  At this point in time, he/she is a Jew and the status should not be questioned.  He or she should just be ben/bat Avraham (and in/or v'Sarah if a mother's name is included).  My husband's shem kodesh is Yaakov ben Avraham.  One is not supposed to be able to tell whether it is Avraham Avinu or Avraham is/was his  biological  father's name.  BTW we have been married for over 50 years, and this has been his Hebrew name since we met.   
Sarah L Meyer
Georgetown TX
BIRGARDOVSKY, EDELBERG, HITE (CHAIT), PERCHIK Russia (southern Ukraine) and some Latvia or Lithuania

Re: Seeking (Cohen) Bessie antecedents of Rosina Lhévinne (Netherlands) #russia


The only Jacob Cohen Bessie born in Amsterdam between 1833 and 1852 was born 28 January 1847 in Amsterdam but died 2 years later. There were Cohen Bessies born elsewhere (e.g. Haarlem) but I haven't got the time to start looking in the archives there. 

Re: Let's Introduce Ourselves #bessarabia

Yefim Kogan


I think at the most you can tell that you do not know if these families are related...
I just found in my family book Lebedinskiy, who lived in Moldova, and I think I was on a wedding in that family. The close families to Lebedinsky were Shamis, Kogan.

Good and successful research,

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

JONES Etienne H.L.F.

Hi Aviv, 

Everything Sylvia has said is right. My own experience has been that sometimes something is possible through personal contact with local officials in the Archives, especially if you are from the same family, even not directly at all, or with a not-official power of attorney for another person who can visit the Archives.  But it does not always work, it depends on the municipalities.

BRUSSELS is made up of BRUSSELS Center and 18 other municipalities, my past experience is limited to BRUSSELS Center, until the 1947 census. In some other municipalities everything has been denied to me, and yet searched people were from my family.

 Unconventional methods must then be used, for example the phone directory. I thus found 2 JAKUBOWICZ (only 2 probably because the directory doesn't necessarily mention everyone, especially people with only a mobile and no more landline) :

Charles JAKUBOWICZ, avenue François Sebrechts 56 / B14, 1081 BRUSSELS (KOEKELBERG), Tf +32. (0) 2.354.0217

Genia JAKUBOWICZ, avenue du Globe 41 / B46, 1190 BRUSSELS (FORÊT), Tf +32. (0) 2,203.1636. 

Perhaps you could start by asking those people, by letter or by phone, if they are descendants of known people of your family . . you might be once lucky, why not ?

Also try Facebook or Linked-In, and so on,  with these two names. Sometimes this has been proved as successful for me, so I'm then putting  a message on their page with hoping a response will ever come, sometimes months later (because we're no « friends » or not yet linked with each other. There's for example already one  Charles in BRUSSELS, I verified it. No Genia ! And then you go on as . .  a new Sherlock Holmes . .  

 Kind regards,


Re: Genealogy Software For Family Trees #general


Hi Jeri,
I would suggest using "GenoPro", very easy to use and easily downloadable from the internet. As far as I see from having using it for many years, I can reply to your questions as follows:
1. A program that lets me include every family member (siblings;
cousins; aunts and uncles; 1st, 2nd, etc. marriages; etc.) in one giant
family tree.
It does; virtually no limit to number of family members (the only limit might be your own ability to orientate yourself among a huge number of members)

2. A program that lets me enter birth, marriage, death info that is
printed right on the tree itself, so I don't have to refer to any other
It does; you also can enter many more personal details (from my experience, many more than you actually can know about each person)

3. A program that will let me print out this tree, even if it means
taping together a whole bunch of sheets, and will also allow me to make
the tree into a PDF file, so I can share it via email.
It does. If its size is large enough to exceed an A4/A3 paper sheet, you can save the tree as an image file and later print the whole tree/image on a plotter

4. A program that is a true family tree, not just sheets listing
people. (A cousin gave me a printout like that, and it's way too hard
to follow.)
It is. The visual aspect of your family tree is a true... tree. As you progressively build it you can re-arrange its aspect by modifying/moving people among it and maintaining the relative relationships

5. The program must be compatible with Windows 10.
It is. I use it on a Win10 PC.

All the best,

Re: Records from 1807-1811 #romania #bessarabia #ukraine


The language is Romanian written in cyrillic script. Same as in the Catagrafii found at the Iasi National Archives.

Luc Radu
Great Neck, NY

Re: Shabbos meals #belarus

Martyn Woolf

It may well be due to Spanish influences.  After the banishment of Jews from Spain, many went to Eastern Europe and many other parts of the World. In Spain under the Inquisition, in order to preserve the fiction that they had converted to Catholicism, Jewish families ate fish or milk meals on Friday nights.

We only had fried fish on Friday nights at home. I still miss it when we have something else.

Martyn Woolf

Re: are there benefits of the My Heritage site over Ancestry #general

Gerald and Margaret

That's a really good question that I'm beginning to ask myself.  
 I don't like MH way of being unable to give a straight answer to the subscription rates.  That's because there's always an offer.  So hold out for them.  When offered a 5 year sub at the height of the Pandemic, I said I dont know if I'll live that long.  

I often want to reject info not because it's wrong, but because the info makes my tree so wide . I'm not interested in "my mother's great uncle's wife's aunt by marriage"  What I am interested in is more info about my grandfather's sibs.  And how I can view everything in my tree and someone else's tree if I have obtained permission to do so.  

Re: help with ged/dna #dna

Jeffrey Herrmann

I was very interested to see that your possibly Jewish grandfather's mother was named Apollonia.
I have a 7th great grandmother, Apollonia Israel, born in Bassenheim, Germany c. 1655.  The surname suggests her family was once Jewish, but I can't find evidence of that.  They seem to have been Catholics by the mid-17th century.   
Does anyone else have examples of a Jewish woman named Apollonia?

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