Searching records in New Haven, Connecticut #records

Shelly Crane

I am researching my husband's maternal family who immigrated to New Haven (and surrounding areas), Connecticut in the 1890s and remained for several generations.  Anyone have suggestions locating  older death, birth, marriage certificates, naturalization records, obituaries?   Many of his relatives are buried at  Congregation Bnai Jacob Cemetery. Is anyone going there by chance, who can take pictures?
His Great Grandfather was Israel Noah Halper  (born 1860s and died 1915) married to Rose Nee Mattes.    I believe he was the son of William and Hannah, who also lived in New Haven.  Trying to prove that as my first step.  
Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated.
Thank you!
Shelly Levin
Northern California

Re: given name "Slawa"? #names #poland

Madeleine Isenberg

From my collection of births in parts of Slovakia, somewhat south of Galicia, Slawa, written in Hebrew letters as either, סלאווא or סלאווע appears to have been a given "holy name"  for someone with the following secular names: Szeren, Sali, Charlotte (Lotti).  It was not a common name, occurring only 7 times out of my almost 6000 list of births.

Hope this helps a bit,
Madeleine Isenberg
Beverly Hills, CA
Researching: GOLDMAN, STEINER, LANGER, GLUECKSMAN, STOTTER in various parts of Galicia, Poland
(Nowy Targ, Nowy Sanz, Wachsmund, Dembno, Lapuszna, Krakow, Ochotnica) who migrated into Kezmarok or
nearby towns in northern Slovakia and Czech Republic (i.e., those who lived/had businesses in Moravska Ostrava);
GOLDSTEIN in Sena or Szina, Szkaros and Kosice, Slovakia; Tolcsva and Tokaj, Hungary.

Re: Need help interpreting ship manifest #records

Odeda Zlotnick

On Sun, Aug 2, 2020 at 08:37 AM, <vkreynin@...> wrote:
I can only help you because I found the manifest elsewhere, the image you uploaded is illegible....
  1. Column 2 (Given Name) for the daughter: Chawe
  2. Column 6 (Calling or Occupation) again for the daughter: Milliner
  3. Column 11. Wife: Sule Sitnitzka [not sure of the given name] - this information refers to both Morris and Chawe - note the bracket in front of the text.; The father's name on the next line refers to the next passenger, it's Uscher Schucker.


Re: Need help interpreting ship manifest #records


SS Kursk from Libau arrived NY March 16, 1914. image 79
They are passengers #20  and #21 on  the manifest, Group 13.   Daughter's name is Chawe (W is pronounced V ) She is a milliner.
Wife's name is Si?le (maybe Sisle)  Sitnitzka.      
The father's name in column 11 belongs to passenger #22, not to Chawe. Here father is Moschko

David Rosen
Boston, MA

On 8/2/2020 7:54 AM, vkreynin@... wrote:

I'm having a difficult time reading this script. I would appreciate your help in interpreting the writing. It's for Sitnisky Moschko (Morris) and his daughter.

  1. Column 2 (Given Name) for the daughter.
  2. Column 6 (Calling or Occupation) again for the daughter.
  3. Column 11. I cannot read the wife's and father's names.

Thank you for your help.

Re: Jewish Legion WW1 #canada

I agree that the book by Martin Watts is very good.

My grandfather, Abraham Tattenbaum who was born in Newcastle, joined HM Forces in early 1917.  He was accepted for service in the 15th Battalion, London Regiment (Prince of Wales' Own Civil Service Rifles).  In February 1918, he transferred to the 39th Battalion of the Royal Fusiliers.

Emma Tait

Re: Mt. Sharon Cemetery #general


Amusing story. 

About 15 years ago went looking for Mt Lebanon Cemetery and drove in via Har Zion without knowing it.  Found connecting road to Mt Lebanon,  found my family plots.  Went to office to ask where Har Zion was.   They didn't know!  Thanked them anyway,  found the connecting road and then the office.   Asked the elderly gentleman "is this Har Zion Cemetery "?  He replied "I should hope so, I've been here 40 years!".

Hope this is appropriate for this group.

Jewish Religious Personnel in the Russian Empire, 1853-1854 #general #russia

Elise Cundiff

Is anyone very familiar with this book?   The index to the original, by a Herbert Lazerow,  is available  (the NYPL has kindly sent me the pages I am interested in) , but I am wondering if the original by Genrich Deych has been translated and is available anywhere?

The description on JewishGen sounds like there is more information in the original for each entry.   I think that I may have found an ancestor in the index, but not sure without seeing a bit more information.

Re: JewishGen Research Divisions #records


In answer to Beverly's question, LitvakSIG, which is an independent organization whose database and discussion group are hosted by JewishGen, still continues to have its discussion group on the Lyris system for the present. If you are a subscriber to the LitvakSIG discussion group, you should be receiving messages.

LitvakSIG is still a Special Interest Group (SIG) and not a Research Division.

Judy Baston, Moderator,
LitvakSIG Discussion Group

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

Judi Wagner


I have just found another Eliane HIRSCHFELD, that arrived in the same year, 1940, but in August instead of April.  She came with her family, father Oscar, born Frastal ? Hungary, mother, Blanchette, born Lausanne Switzerland, Eliane, 14 years, born Strassburg France and Gerard, 11, also born Strassburg France.  Wasn't someone else looking for the name HIRSCHFELD, and with the town Strassburg?  They were coming from Mr Ern. Brunswig in Bordeaux,  France and going to Mr Henry Levi in Brooklyn.  Pencilled in is the  wording: nephew Irving Rechtsintzer ( not sure of spelling). Maybe there is some connection, and the girls are both named after the same relative.

Now, how would I know which Eliane the naturalization papers would refer to?  Is Southern District Court, Manhattan? Brooklyn?
Would it be possible to find the naturalization online, not just the index?  Then it should list the rest of the family info. 

now that we are not getting a hurricane, and we worked all day yesterday to bring in our patio and outdoor furniture, sculpture, mobile, bird bath and bird feeders, etc, we can relax and work on genealogy :-)


Names of people buried in Timisoara, Romania, Cemetery #romania

Mike Grossman

I believe that my maternal ggrandmother Paulina MARCUS is buried in the Timisoara, Romania, cemetery on Celea Sever Bocu (seen on JOWBR). Comments give the source as CET register Vol_2 REG_1 Page 78. 
Any suggests on how I can get to the source (or a list of those buried there) to verify the date of death?
Mike Grossman
Urbana, Illinois, USA
GROSZMANN / GROSSMAN, Tolcsva, Hungary

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

Irwin Keller

Hello Perry,

That's an interesting bit about children taking their mother's name. I know that often to distinguish between cousins of the same name, probably named after the same recently deceased ancestor, they'd be identified by their mother's given name. Thus giving rise to Jewish surnames like Dvorkin, Chaikin, Sorkin, Rivkin, Rachlin, Estrin, etc., that are all women's names in a genitive case.

But is there something else going on here? I have relatives who also came from Soloveitchiks on their great grandmother's side, whose great grandfather took his wife's name when they reached Chicago. (There they made it Solovy.) I always presumed that her name had more prestige, or was easier for Americans than his difficult name (Knishevitsky). But your "Shorris" story makes me wonder if there was some naming custom alive in the Soloveitchik clan that made taking a mother's surname more common somehow...

I get that there's a difference between being referred to as your mother's before the era of surnames, and consciously choosing your mother's (or wife's) surname after the era of surnames. 

Still, your story, specifically as a Soloveitchik whose family chose Shorris, made my mind start to wonder...

Re: given name "Slawa"? #names #poland


Many Russian names end with -slav.
For example the two famous musicians Sviatoslav Richter and Mstislav Rastropovich.
Slava is a short form for any of these.
Shay Meyer, Rehovot, Israel.

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

Elise Cundiff

I've done the free trial at Ancestry, and also MyHeritage, and various streaming services.  I've never felt that it wasn't made clear that at the end of the free trial, I would be charged for a continuing autorenewal at a specified price.    The statement is usually on more than one page, also.    
I can see that someone who just clicks the buttons without reading the other information on the page (and yes, it is in smaller print, in my opinion that is intentional to snare those who just glance at the page) would miss the information.   But it is clearly there, in my experience and as I recall..  
I've also once or twice forgotten to cancel a full membership at the end of the term, and was auto-renewed.  But, Ancestry has always agreed on request to cancel and refund the charge.   MyHeritage refused to refund.   

Re: given name "Slawa"? #names #poland


I forgot another Polish name - Zdzisława. Zdzisia or Sława is a short form of it.

Re: Housing Family Trees for FREE #general

Max Heffler

Personally, I don’t believe those that have passed care and I’ll take the benefit of finding long lost family.


From: main@... [mailto:main@...] On Behalf Of Lisa Liel via
Sent: Sunday, August 2, 2020 10:08 AM
To: main@...
Subject: Re: [] Housing Family Trees for FREE #general


Or, you know, don't, if you have any concerns about what the Mormon Church will do with records of your ancestors.



Web sites I manage - Personal home page, Greater Houston Jewish Genealogical Society, Woodside Civic Club, Skala, Ukraine KehilalLink, Joniskelis, Lithuania KehilaLink, and pet volunteer project - Yizkor book project:

Re: Russia census 1897 #records #russia

rv Kaplan

In 2017, researcher Tomasz Jankowski found for me extracts from the 1897 Census for my ancestral town of Kaminets-Podolsk in Ukraine which list my grandparents and their families before they were married.  He estimates that 49% of the census records for this city have survived, but very few from other areas of Podolia.  This is the only time I have accessed the 1897 census - nothing doing for my ancestral towns in Lithuania and Poland.

Does anyone know if there are Austrian imperial census records which would cover Galicia?

Harvey Kaplan
Glasgow, Scotland 

On Sun, 2 Aug 2020 at 15:59, <ellar107@...> wrote:
Thank you, Peggy
It is unfortunate that a lot of records were destroyed in Russia/Ukraine. What is the best way to search for birth/marriage/death records in Kiev and Vinnitsa?

Ella Raber

Re: Brick Wall: Help Needed #ukraine



1. I think they most likely traveled under their original name.  
2. Try doing immigration searches at Steve Morse's one-step search site
He has the best search engine for this purpose (and many others as well).   City of origin may help in doing searches.
3. FYI.  I ran a search.  About 160 ships arrived in NY in April 1888.  None on the 15th.
4. He was 2 years old in 1888.  It would be usual for him to have traveled with his parents at that age.  If they immigrated in 1892, perhaps he did also.
5. Look for naturalization papers.  Census data may help finding this.
6. I would not put a lot of faith in immigration information about a small child.  He would have no memory of this, and would have to rely on stories told to him.

Good luck,

Rich Meyersburg
Laurel MD

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

Hank Mishkoff

I've found that Ancestry is actually better about this than some other companies are. They auto-renewed my subscriptions a couple of times when I forgot to cancel. When the charges appeared on my statement, I called them and they pleasantly reversed the charges, no argument, no sales pitch. Other companies have not been so accommodating. I think there are companies whose business plan is basically to charge you by surprise and then refuse to issue a refund, but that has not been my experience with Ancestry.

Re: Mt. Sharon Cemetery #general

Arthur Rosenthol

Ken is correct. Mt Jacob is across from Mt Lebanon which backs onto Har Zion. Mt Sharon is about a mile and a half away. I have relatives in all 4 cemeteries.

Arthur Rosenthol
Bala Cynwyd PA

Pereyaslav, Ukraine Cemetery Information #ukraine

L Fagan

Does anyone have information regarding getting access to the cemetery
in Pereyaslav, Ukraine.
I'm asking for: rabbiungvar@... Please respond directly to him.

Thank you,
Larry Fagan

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