Re: JewishGen U.S. Research Division Launched #jgs-iajgs #usa

Ellen Shindelman Kowitt

Detailed tree of descendants of Reb. Chaim of Volozhin #lithuania

Yonatan Ben-Ari

There is a theory that maternal great great grandmother Sarah Hinde
(married to Shlomo KANTOR of Pinsk/Karlin) was a descendant of Reb.
Chaim of Volozhin. I do not know her maiden name. In one scribbled
note I saw the name LANDAU. I am aware that Itzaleh the son of Reb.
Chaim had a daughter who was married to a Reb. Shmuel LANDAU.

I haven't found her name in any of the published trees of Reb. Chaim
which I've seen. Does any one who is doing Reb. Chaim's tree know of
the above Sarah Hinde KANTOR?

Shavua tov

Yoni Ben-Ari, Jerusalem

Re: Mt. Sharon Cemetery #general

Kenneth Ryesky

Mt. Sharon does not seem to have a website, so searching for any interments there which are not on the general cemetery databases (Find-a-Grave, Billion Graves, etc) cannot be done from your computer.  Approximately 7 years ago, I stopped by there to make inquiry regarding an interment of interest, and was told by the caretaker that the office guy/gal was out on an errand and would not return until the afternoon.
Following an unproductive walk through the cemetery as the heat increased on the hot summer day, I then walked the 3 kilometers to Mr. Lebanon Cemetery, which also had (and apparently still has) no online accessible data of its own, but the office was staffed and the personnel there were quite helpful.
-- Ken Ryesky
Petach Tikva, ISRAEL

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

Re: Russia census 1897 #records #russia

Carol Rubin



Annette Weiss

Hi Harry,

I'm not sure this will help, but we may have a connection somewhere along the line.

My Paternal great grand mother's name was Helen (Yehudit) Teiksler born 1858, and her ship manifest from 1906 indicates that she was from Stanislawow. She had 2 sons, Abraham and Israel, and Abraham had a son Moishe.

Helen was married to Samuel Benjamin Zweifler in Stanislawow, but since it was a religious one, not civil, it was not sanctioned by the Austro-Hungarian government, and she, Abraham, Israel and Moishe all retained the Teiksler name.

When Abraham married, his marriage certificate confirms the above names.  However, it also indicates that Helen's parents were Hersh Tzvi Schwartz and Miriam Kessler.

Just on the basis of similar names, does any of this ring a bell to you ...may we possibly be distant cousins?
By the way, I have run into similar problems with the lack of available records in Galicia.

I'd appreciate you getting back to me one way or another ... thanks!

Annette Weiss
New York City

Re: Passenger lists #records #lithuania

Marjorie Geiser

On Fri, Jul 31, 2020 at 06:04 AM, Ani Home wrote:
Hersch Hoffman

Looking at the manifest for Hersch Hoffman, on the Helvetia in 1889, it appears he is not alone; he has a 10 year old Dora with him; it's on the next page, below him.

Arizona, USA


Re: Brick Wall: Help Needed #ukraine

Jx. Gx.

Hi Dawn,

Have you tried searching for the ship manifest containing the name of your ggf Edward. Go to or the Ellis Island site
The manifest will fill in some of the missing information including the name of the ship and actual date of arrival in NYC.

Jeffrey Gee

Re: Finding a Long Lost Cousin - Unraveling a Clue #general


Hello Carl,
On Ancestry, I found that Norma died in New Jersey. Then I checked and found several articles about her including one about the death of her daughter due to a car accident. The newspaper articles identified her husband as Herbert Rabinowitz, who also died in New Jersey. I did not find a marriage record. I did however, find a marriage record for her parents ( see below) Also, the 1920 census provides names of siblings for Bertha and other famly members, which may be helpful in tracking down long lost family members. (see census record below) - article about Norma receiving an award, with a photo. Let me know if you don't have access to it and I'll clip it for you. - article about the daughter's (Ann) death in Sep. 1975. She has a brother named Daniel - article about a burglary at the Rabinowitz home

New Jersey death index
Norma Rabinowitz
Age:     57
Birth Date:     25 Jan 1938
Death Date:     19 Dec 1995
Death Place:     Fort Lee Borough, Bergen, New Jersey, USA

Herbert F. Rabinowitz
Social Security Number:     091-30-3670
Birth Date:     7 Dec 1937
Issue Year:     1954-1956
Issue State:     New York
Last Residence:     07024, Fort Lee, Bergen, New Jersey, USA
Death Date:     1 Jun 1989

Name: Joseph Kaplan
Event Type: Marriage
Event Date: 13 Feb 1937
Event Place: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Event Place (Original): Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Gender: Male
Father's Name: Nathan Kaplan
Mother's Name: Sarah Levin Kaplan
Spouse's Name: Bertha D Kaplan
Spouse's Gender: Female
Spouse's Father's Name: Joseph Kaplan
Spouse's Mother's Name: Fannie Gelfont

Name: Bertha Kaplan
Event Type: Census
Event Date: 1920
Event Place: Philadelphia Ward 32, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Event Place (Original): Philadelphia Ward 32, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Gender: Female
Age: 7
Marital Status: Single
Race: White
Race (Original): White
Birth Year (Estimated): 1913
Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Father's Birthplace: Russia
Mother's Birthplace: Russia
Relationship to Head of Household: Daughter
Relationship to Head of Household (Original): Daughter
Sheet Letter: B
Sheet Number: 11

Household    Role    Sex    Age    Birthplace
Joseph Kaplan    Head    M    34    Russia
Fanny Kaplan    Wife    F    33    Russia
Sarah Kaplan    Daughter    F    9    Pennsylvania
Bertha Kaplan    Daughter    F    7    Pennsylvania
Hymen Kaplan    Brother    M    50    Russia
Dora Kaplan    Sister-in-law    F    47    Russia
Ida Kaplan    Niece    F    16    Russia
Celia Kaplan    Niece    F    14    Pennsylvania
Frank Kaplan    Nephew    M    8    Pennsylvania
May Kaplan    Daughter    F    6    Pennsylvania
David Malofsky    Lodger    M    20    Pennsylvania

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Re: Need Help Interpreting Ellis Island Manifest #records

Jx. Gx.


On page 1 of your grandmother's manifest there is an "X" next to her name. I believe that means she was detained.  Women traveling alone or with children were detained until a husband, brother or other family member could be contacted.  At the end of the manifest there should be a separate listing of detainees.  My grandmother was also detained for this same reason until her husband came to collect her.  In her case, the detainee list was typed. If the list was typed in your grandmother's case that might give you answers to some of your questions.

Jeffrey Gee

Re: Research individuals in France/MEYER #france

Barbara Stein


Many thanks!  This is incredibly helpful and I will find all the records you list.  What intrigues me is that, given these data, Frederique would have been a widow at age 16yrs.  Do you know if marriages that young were common in the community?  She would have then married Solomon at age 18yrs.

I also noticed that in Lembach there was an Emanuel Meyer and a Michael Meyer having children in the same years as Solomon was having children.  Do you know if they were related?  I have been told that Solomon was from Bavaria.  I do not know when, how or why he settled in Lembach.

Barbara Stein

Russia census 1897 #records #russia


Is there a way to see Russian census 1897 online?

Ella Raber

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

Perry Shorris

Thanks, Aaron.  Given that surnames were a new phenomenon in Eastern Europe for Jews, the fact that they had different surnames does not necessarily mean that someone made a mistake in the records.  Different surnames within a family were not uncommon.  I think you are right that “Shames” most likely signified his profession, which was the shames of the synagogue - a role distinct from that of a rabbi.  I would also add that the children took the surname “Shores,” named after their mother and Movsha’s wife’s given name, Sora.  As you can see from my surname, that surname survives to this day.

You make some good points, but I think we can discard the theory that Movsha Shames and Moshe Soloveitchik were the same person.  Moshe Soleveitchik is documented as the person who took on the Mayor of Kovno in 1782 in a trial over a Jewish expulsion order.  He is heralded in a scroll for winning that trial and obtaining damages for the victims and two-week imprisonment of the mayor.  As a result, he became the rabbi for the community in 1782.  In 1782, Movsha Shames was approximately 11 years old and would not have been this celebrated rabbi.  In 1834, Meyer Soloveitchik was listed as head of the household of Movsha Shames wife and children.  I think that represented a strong connection between Movsha Shames and Meyer Soloveitchik, who may have took on the responsibility of seeing that Movsha’s family was taken care of.  I have read that there was an exception for naming children after living relatives who were rabbis, but I don’t know that we can make that leap here, where Movsha Shames was born before Moshe Soloveitchik became a rabbi.  

l am also from the Chicago area, and I do not foresee a trip to Lithuania any time soon.  When you mention “additional rabbinic sources,” do you have anything in mind that I would be able to access from here?

Thank you for the time you put into this.  I am new to this discussion group, so I was a little hesitant to make my question overly long when I first posted, and I was not sure that every detail was necessary to answer the question.  I will take the suggestion about including specific information.  With this post, I think you and everyone have all of the pertinent facts that I know at this time.


Re: Jewish Legion WW1 #canada

Michael Hoffman

Hi Nicholas, 
To search for Births Marriages and Deaths in the UK, first do a search on the following free website 

To order certificates you should only use the UK's General Register Office at
Once you have registered you can use the search for Births before 1916 which will indicate the mothers family name before marriage,
this website is the only website that I would recommend that you order certificates from.

You will need to search for Boyarsky in the 1911 Census for England & Wales, be aware that when the Government Official recording the
Census wrote down what he thought he heard the name was, you should also search the similar name of"Boyarsk" note no "Y" on the end.

I would suggest that you join the facebook page for the Jewish Genealogical Society of Great Britain.

If you need any advice in UK research you can put messages on the facebook page of the JGS of Great Britain, or contact me!

Best regards,

Michael Hoffman


Re: FBI Case Files on Fold3 #records

Linda Frydl

Just an FYI: Most public libraries, including Princeton Public Library, gives you free remote access to Fold3.


Re: Name translation needed #names #translation


Hi Jerry,

Jerychem should refer to the bibilical city of Jericho.
Podenszczyk should be a polish name. I'm not sure if there is a translation.
Pod/Poden means underneath.

Best regards,

Re: Record of immigration to Israel 1960 #records #israel #hungary


Hi Judith,

Here below the link for population registry extract:

In case you are not in Israel you should contact your local Israeli mission.


Re: Jewish soldier in Boer War #general

Michael Hoffman

On Fri, Jul 31, 2020 at 08:25 PM, Pieter Hoekstra wrote:
Pieter Hoekstra 
Sorry Pieter, 
There is no list of names on the United Synagogue Website, you will need to sign up for the talk.

Michael Hoffman

Re: Kreindler / Kriendler town of origin in Galicia #galicia

Barbara Krasner

Just by going to JRI-Poland Indexing, it looks like the main places for KREINDLER are Nadworna and Kolomyya, although a fair number appear, too, in Stanislawow. I found some KREINDLER names in my ancestral town of Kozlow, Tarnopol District.

Re: Record of immigration to Israel 1960 #records #israel #hungary

Abuwasta Abuwasta

If they got to Israel by boat I would search at the Central Zionist Archive in Jerusalem. Twey the lists of the immigrants who were "processed" by the Jewish Agency,

Jacob Rosen


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