Ancestry Faces $250 Million Class Action Lawsuit Over Auto-Renewals


I realize that in some places this might not be applicable right now, but public libraries often have subscriptions to Ancestry that can be used for free.  They won't offer a free trial, nor will they ask for a credit card number.
Some of these libraries have made it possible to connect to Ancestry from home through them during the pandemic.
Yale Zussman

Please help with translation of marriage certificate in Russian from Markuszow, Lublin, Poland #poland #russia #translation


This is a wedding certificate from 1876 that may be of my wife's great grandmother in Markuszow, Lublin, Poland, then under Russian control. The family names are Neirensztein and Goldzycher. Thank you in advance for your help.
I need to know the names and age related information of the parents of the bride and groom and the bride and groom, and the place where they were born.
Angel Kosfiszer
Richardson, Texas

A Presentation from Gesher Galicia: The Galicia Jewish Museum in Kraków: A Virtual Tour Narrated By Jakub Nowalkowski and Jonathan Webber #galicia #events

Steven Turner

Dear Friends,

The webinar series from Gesher Galicia returns today with this engaging presentation by Jakub Nowakowski and Jonathan Webber from the Galicia Jewish Museum in Kraków. They take you on a virtual tour of the museum that you will not want to miss.

Jakub Nowakowski was born and raised in Kazimierz, the former Jewish district of Kraków. Coming from a non-Jewish family that lived in Kazimierz for generations, from an early age he was compelled to research the history of his neighborhood. In 2007 he graduated from the Department of Jewish Studies at the Jagiellonian University, where he wrote a thesis on Jewish resistance in Kraków during the Second World War. In 2005 Jakub joined the staff of the newly open (2004) Galicia Jewish Museum in Kraków. In 2006 he joined the Museum’s Education Department, and in 2008 he became its manager. In 2010, after an international competition, Jakub was appointed the Galicia Jewish Museum’s director.

Jonathan Webber is a British anthropologist and Jewish activist now living in Kraków Poland. From the end of the 1980s Jonathan conducted fieldwork over many summers in about 100 towns and villages searching out Jewish heritage across the length and breadth of that part of Galicia which is today in Poland. After sharing his findings with the British photographer Chris Schwarz, he then went on to curate with him the permanent exhibition of the Galicia Jewish Museum in Kraków, established in 2004.

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Dr. Steven S. Turner
President, Gesher Galicia

Re: Jewish Legion WW1 #canada


There is another excellent book on the history of the Jewish Legion.    "The Jewish Legion and the First World War", by Martin Watts.  Publisher - Palgrave (Macmillan) 2004.

Re: searching SMITH (SCHMIDT) /FRANK families of Milwaukee from Lithuania #lithuania



I sent you an email concerning a similar search I am conducting, however I do not have any of the first names you are looking for.  Maybe we have lines that connect further back!

Good luck!

Brad Johns

SULOWAY / DAVIDSON (Lithuania / Russia)

Re: Mt. Sharon Cemetery #general

EdrieAnne Broughton

It might help if you include the location of the Mt Sharon and Mt Lebanon cemeteries you were talking about.  There are several Jewish Mt Sharons that come up in a google search and many more that are obviously not Jewish.  I found that while Mt. Lebanon in Glendale (Queens) NY doesn't have much presence on Find a Grave, it does have a website of it's own and includes a search engine for those buried there.  Adding a cemetery to FAG is easy.  First find the complete name of the cemetery, including previous names.  Go to FAG's page, hit Cemeteries in the top menu bar.  There are two choices below the "search for cemeteries".  One is Add a Cemetery, the other is Browse by Location.  Do try to browse by location because often the missing cemetery is there under another name.  If it isn't, then hit the Add a Cemetery and fill out as much as possible.  If there's an office where the clerk is missing, ask for a business card and enter the information on it.  If you add a burial or two that will get things started.  I support Find a Grave because they are mostly volunteer and a handy place to start searching when you don't have much money.  You get out what you put in.
               EdrieAnne Broughton
                Vacaville, CA  FAG # 47015046

Re: Early 1900's Address Book of Stanislawow #galicia

Logan Kleinwaks

Stanislawow is included in well more than 100 directories on, but most of them have geographic scope of all of Poland or all of Galicia, rather than being limited to just Stanislawow. The easiest way to search these is by surname, but you can also enter both a surname and stanislawow (separated by a space) to find pages mentioning both words (not necessarily in connection to each other). For a few of the most important such directories, search results (even just for surname searches) include an indication of the towns covered on the matching page, but I have not had time to create such a town index for each directory and many are not even organized by town, but by occupation or in another fashion. Another option is to manually browse the Stanislawow section of a directory that is organized by town. To find the Stanislawow section, you can browse the directory via the links at or search for stanislawow {X} where X is the directory's id number listed at Usually, if there is a Stanislawow section, you will see in the search results many matches for consecutive image numbers, with the first such consecutive match being at or near the beginning of the Stanislawow section and often having the word Stanislawow in all caps. In directories with a geographic scope larger than just Stanislawow (e.g., covering all of Poland), the amount of information about Stanislawow can vary considerably -- many of these directories are limited to certain occupations, but some are much more comprehensive, such as the well-known series Księga Adresowa Polski (wraz z w. m. Gdańskiem) dla handlu, rzemiosł i rolnictwa for 1926/1927 {d21}, 1928 {d22}, 1929 {d23. d1391}, and 1930 {d24. d1392}.

Logan Kleinwaks
near Washington, D.C.

Re: Is it possible to see NY Death Certificates (not indexes) and Naturalization Records (not indexes) online during Covid? #records

Susan Goldsmith

Thank you to Karen, Richard, Moishe, David, Diane and Allan.  You each had helpful suggestions that got me poring over records again!.
Susan Goldsmith
San Francisco Bay Area, CA, USA
Researching GOLDSHMIDT, F(P)ILVINSKY, SHLIOMOVICH, GITTES (GADIE,GADYE, GIDUSH, GITES) Seta, Jonava, Kaunas, Adustiskes, Zemaiciu Naumiestes, Keidainiai, Ukmerge, Vandziogala, Lithuania
HOROWITZ, DRASNIN (DRASNE) Dauhinava, Belarus; TOBIAS (TOUBES, TOBES, TAUBES) Novyy Swerzhen and Stowbtsy, Belarus; ROZANSKY, BILINSKY, MIRANSKY Iasevichi, Belarus
DAVIS, HAFFNER Botosani, Romania
WAXMAN (WAKSMAN), KOENIGSBERG Sandomierz, Ostrowiec Poland

Re: Ancestry Faces $250 Million Class Action Lawsuit Over Auto-Renewals

Marcel Apsel

People should use common sense.  I had the same thing when I looked once at Ancestry and was proposed a 14 day free trial.  I accepted it and was straight away directed to a page asking me my credit card information.  I said to myself : why Ancestry needs already my credit card information during a free trial.  It should be normal been asked after the finishing of the free trial and it is me to accept their proposal or to refuse it.  Result would have been,  that I would have got a free trial for 14 days and then have to pay, because they have already my credit card information.  My common sense said – no thank you – and I skipped the free trial.  And if you think free ‘cheating’ trials are only with Ancestry, you make a big mistake.  I happens with a lot of other websites.

The same with the cookies: if you don’t accept them you cannot get on some websites.  So people, use your common sense, so as, I hope at least, you do the same when getting phishing mails.


Marcel Apsel

Antwerpen, Belgium

Re: Name translation needed #names #translation


Podenszczyk = an archaic Russian word for a temporary worker hired (paid?) on "per day" basis.

Re: Name translation needed #names #translation

Chana Bonn

Jerychem is the Yiddish pronunciation of the Hebrew name Yerocham,   Yerocham appears in the book of Samuel as the father of Elkanah.  It has nothing to do with Jericho.  It is related to the word rachem-mercy.  


Harry Moatz

Hi Annette:

There certainly is a similarity of names - even beyond your story, but I do not see a clear family connection just yet.

The similarity in names arises from the fact that my grandfather, Samuel Schwartz, born in Monasterzyska, married Dora Kessler.  She was from Pruzhany, Belarus.  They met in NYC and married in Toronto.    

Moshe was born in 1815 and died in 1900.  The oral history written down in the family is that he was born and remained in Monasteryzska.  He made rope.  We do not know of any connection between him and Stanislawow.

My great grandfather, Peretz, lived for a while in Stanislawow, possibly sometime not long before WWI and definitely after the war.  He may have died there.  His home was shelled during the war and he and my great grandmother survived in the basement.  I do not have good dates for any of this.

It is the family's understanding that all of Moshe's children were born in Monasterzyska. The earliest connection to Stanislawow I have found is with Moshe's son, Mordachai, better known as Markus.  Mordachai married at age 25 Chale Sure Ebert in 1880.  I presume Mordachai moved to the Stanislawow for business not long before 1880, met Chale and they married.  They had 15 children.  Mordachai was my grandfather's uncle, and most of Mordachai's children emigrated to the US.  

I am in the process of identifying all Schwartzes (including spelling variations) from Monasterzyska via and will chart them and their families from info in the manifests or possibly naturalization documents.  I'll try to do the same for Stanislawow-associated Schwartzes per stevemorse,   I'll share this info with you when I pull it together.  I'm also planning on posting to Viewmate some 20th Century Monasterzyska-associated Schwartz metrical records for translation in the next week for inclusion in the "chart."


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

Julia Trainor

Yes MyHeritage has some great benefits!

MyHeritage hosts small trees free of charge, so it has family trees that are not on other sites.  I have found DNA matches on AncestryDNA but the trees are on MyHeritage.  MyHeritage can be a gold mine.   I recently found my (non-Jewish) great great grandmother on a MyHeritage tree.   She had left her family and gone to live with another man a long way away.   She used his name for the rest of her life, and her death was registered under that name.   The MyHeritage tree indexed her under her assumed name, her maiden name and her married name.   This indexing retrieves large numbers of trees, but I scanned hundreds of trees and she jumped out from the screen!   There is no other way I would have found her.

Another advantage of MyHeritage is its ownership of Legacy software, which I use on my own computer.   I get MyHeritage hints in Legacy, which is interesting and useful.

I like the fact that MyHeritage owns and I think I will transfer my tree to Geni when I am older, so that it will be freely available in the public domain and indexed by Google for any descendants to find their roots in the future.  

It is possible to adopt a strategic approach:  Subscribe to a site for a year and do some intensive research on that site.

Best wishes for your  research
Julia Trainor
Canberra, Australia
Searching Jewish ancestors from Austrian Czech Lands:  AUSPITZER, DEUTSCH, FESSLER, GLESINGER, GOTTLIEB, SCHMIDL, WEINGARTEN

Jewishgen Latvia Research Division (formerly Latvia SIG) Conference 2020 #courland #latvia #russia #events

Arlene Beare

Dear Friends

 We are delighted to invite you to the annual meeting of the Jewishgen Latvia Research Division.


 This year the meeting will be held virtually during the 40th IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy  and you will need to register for free sessions at this link:


 (We recommend that you watch on the largest screen you have) We will give you brief updates on our work this year and then we’ll open the floor to questions and a discussion. We are busy with some exciting projects that will interest you.


The meeting will take place on 13 August 2020 at:

8.15am PT

10.15am CT

11.15am ET

16.15pm UK

17.15pm South Africa

18.15pm Israel

1.15am Sydney (Friday)

 For any further information please contact me at- agold13@... Looking forward to seeing you there.


 Arlene BeareCo-Director Latvia Research Division



Re: Wedding Announcement errors.. question #general

Deborah Blinder

I'm a retired newspaper copy editor. I don't know what the procedure was in 1908 at the Boston Globe, but I can tell you that when I was working, this sort of information was very often provided by the family, very often on a fill-in-the-blanks form provided by the newspaper. It was then typed in by newsroom clerks. If the form was filled in by hand (more likely than not, especially in 1908), it's possible that the clerk misread the submitter's handwriting. It's equally possible that the submitter ticked the wrong box indicating the best man's relationship to the groom. The bottom line is this: It's best to consider any information you get from a newspaper birth, engagement, marriage or death announcement as nothing more than a clue until you have confirmed the information from primary sources. In this case, that would mean finding out who Frank's parents were and seeing how they're related to (or if they are the same as) the groom's.

This, of course, is not to say you shouldn't trust anything you find in a newspaper. But you have to consider how the information was gathered. A news story, written by the reporter who gathered the information and edited by one or more editors, generally will be more reliable than a society-page announcement.
Deborah Blankenberg (JewishGen ID #613395)
Lodi, CA
Researching BLOCH/BLOCK (Germany to New York, Colombia and Missouri), BLINDER (Kishinev to New York via Poland? and Paris), KUSHER/KUSZER (Lodz vicinity to New York via Paris), GOLDSCHMIDT (Germany)

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

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