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

Herbert Lazerow

If you have the pages, you have what exists. Translation is probably not necessary, as Professor Deych organized the work in tabular form. You can use an online translator for the position your ancestor held.  What is available from the book that is not in the index is the name of the congregation, the number of members (presumably males at least 13 years old) and, for a small minority of the people listed, when they assumed the office and their annual compensation.
    Professor Deych indicated that for some listings there is additional information available in the archives in St. Petersburg, but did not mention what that additional information might be.
Herbert Lazerow

Seeking descendants of Masya Ginda Rakovschik from Minsk #belarus


Hi All
I am trying to trace any descendants of Maysa Ginda Rakovschik. She was born in Minsk Belarus about 1889 to Movsha-Aron and Brucha. According to, she married Aron Elterman/Alterman. On yadvashem there is a POT submitted in 1998 by a Genya Elterman. I would like help contacting her or her children if she had passed. Genya was born about 1918. Her mother would have been a great aunt to me.

Sarah Greenberg (USA)

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


Does or has anyone found either deportation records or departure records from NY to Europe around 1935 plus or minus but before 1938?

Need help with marriage license #poland #records


Need help please, been trying to find marriage license for
Gerszon George Klejman Kleinman
Dowira Dora  Ber Barr
marriage was in Warsaw on Jan. 1 1916
Thank you in advance
Gerald Kleinman / Florida

Re: Philadelphia: Sautter #usa

Sherri Bobish


Some info from records on Ancestry, other info from family tree on Ancestry.

Friedrich Sautter, son of Adam & Pauline.
born Dec. 2, 1890 Philadelphia.
baptized Oct. 10, 1891.
married Pauline.
daughter Frieda born May 9, 1919 in Germany, d. 1996 in Germany
Frieda married Alexander Jerger, d. 1999 Germany

Looks like Frieda & Alexander had a child that is still living (marked private on tree on Ancestry.)


Sherri Bobish
Princeton, NJ

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

Lee Jaffe

I think that each site offers different strengths and weaknesses and, if you are have to choose between the two, you will be making a compromise.

First, let me point out that all of these sites have two basic functions which overlap some.  One is tree maintenance, recording your family finds and the information about its members.  Some have better tools than others.  For instance, Ancestry won't let you upload video and audio recordings.  But My Heritage has very nice tools  for identifying people in photos.  

The second major function is research resources.  Most of the comments so far have referred to what resources are available from the different services.

There is a third component, which is a hybrid of the other two, the services where they trawl their databases to find matches or hints.  Some people find these helpful but many consider them distracting.

I started with a MyHeritage account and grew frustrated with all the "come ons" to up my membership status, only to discover they apply only tree by tree, rather than across my membership.  I'd get match notices that I wasn't allowed to see.  My original reason for joining was tied to another tree. When that became dormant, I jumped to Ancestry because of their better terms.  But I do miss some of MyHeritage's tree management tools.

Geni seems to be a completely different animal and I'm not sure what I think of that yet.

Lee Jaffe

Jews in Mohacs #hungary


Any information about Jews in Mohacs would be very very much appreciated. Some of the family names are: Alt, Hajduska, Fischer. Thanks.

Re: Avigdor family of Mexico City #latinamerica


Hi Neil:
This are the phone numbers of Zvi, as follows:
Home 1 718 997 6742
 Cel 1 347 398 1266
Lab 1 718 483 1306

Please send him my regards

Re: Jewish Legion WW1 #canada


The website "British Jews in the First World war We were there too" is worth a look

The Pattinson book is available to view online,%20J.%20H.%20(John%20Henry),%201867-1947

Marsha Rosenberg

Re: Housing Family Trees for FREE #general


On Mon, Aug 3, 2020 at 10:08 AM, Sally Bruckheimer wrote:
They baptize their ancestors and random others from records, but not Jewish
As far as I know, the LDS church has discontinued all extraction-program-based "temple work" (or whatever you want to call it). Mormons can no longer submit random names from an index; they have to show that they're related to the people whose names they're submitting in order to proceed with the process. (And it is my impression that for relatively-recent people, they have to show that they're either the closest living relative, or that they have permission from the closest relatives.)

I find the concept of the Almighty as Supreme Bureaucrat ... amusing. But whatever the theology, the result is the availability of a vast repository of genealogical records that I could otherwise never hope to access, plus a free collaborative tree that links easily with said records. I am grateful for them, and make extensive use of both, and try to return some of the favor by indexing and working on FS's places database.

And if putting someone's profile on FamilySearch's Family Tree should result in some random LDS member submitting that information for some religious rite or other, I don't actually care. I don't believe in those rites, my deceased relatives never heard of those rites, and chances are that they would not have believed in them if they had, so it's all meaningless and really not worth any worry.

But if despite the logic you still object to Mormons, there's WikiTree. The interface is not particularly user-friendly (familiarity with markdown/coding a definite plus), the handling of names is Anglo-centric and illogical, and proper citing of one's sources gets tediously convoluted, but there's an active community of helpful users, there are all sorts of tools available to display and analyze data, and the developers are constantly working on improvements.

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Viewmate Translation / Interpretation Request - Russian / Hebrew #translation


Dear All,

I've posted the following two records on ViewMate :-

1. Marriage Record at address
2. Transcription from Latvia Marriages and Divorces Database at address

The transcription [2] records the 1866 marriage of my great-grandparents Yosif WAGENHEIM (shown in the transcript as "?...GENHEIN") and Sheina GITLESOHN, and points to the source record [1].  The source record [1] shows two marriages, of which 'mine' is the upper one, but is quite an indistinct image.  Can anyone supply me with an English translation of this source record, including the printed column headings?  Ideally I'm seeking someone with good eyesight (or clever software!) to interpret the Russian on the left, or even the Hebrew on the right, for me.  I would love to understand how elements of the transcription map on to the elements of the source record - for example I can just about make out the name Lerenblat, the officiating Rabbi, split across two lines in the fourth column, but cannot clearly see my ancestor's names in the later columns.

Please respond using the online ViewMate form.

Many thanks for your help!

Philip Tepper, Manchester UK.


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

Dr.Josef ASH

Yankel KOKHN

"kh" I use to trnsscribe the russian letter "X" (it's not "ex"!). Russian has no "h" and it puts "g"
or, sometimes, "kh" instead
In this name usually they whould spell KOGaN.

Silverman Family of Providence #usa


My grandfather, John (Yaakov) Silverman arrived in Providence from Lemberg (Lviv) in 1911.  He stayed with his aunt and cousins, one also named John.
He joined the Army and chased Pancho Villa with General Pershing.  My grandfather later had a junk yard on Allens Avenue.
I can remember as a child going to Silverman family reunions, but over the years, we lost touch with the cousins.  
I have a family tree dating back to around 1800 in Husiatyn, Galicia (now Ukraine).  However, it stops with my grandfather's generation. 

I'm looking for lost relatives.

P. Silver

Re: Experience with Romanian records #romania #records


Szécsény could also refer to Temesszécsény (earlier Szecsány, now Seceani, Romania), which is less than 15 miles south of Arad.

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Subj: ViewMate translation request - German #translation #germany


I've posted a vital record in German for which I need a translation. It is on ViewMate at the following address ...;data=02%7C01%7C%7Caee26165c7d6470633e308d837290c6a%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C637319996719015998&amp;sdata=f4wehBCzQ7FaZX3hl%2Blgs6%2FQ7z719wjUBgshafjTlBg%3D&amp;reserved=0
Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page.

Thank you very much in advance,

Martha Zervoudakis

Re: Searching records in New Haven, Connecticut #records



The CT vital records office has BMD records 

Also CT has a state library at 

I have had good results from the BMD records, especially finding marriage records. 

Rich Meyersburg
Laurel, MD

Philadelphia: Sautter #usa


While preparing a 1,500 name database of Mauthausen German and Austrian born victims, Jews and non-Jews,  (Will be on the web soon) I was startled to find someone born in Philadelphia, the only person born in the United States.  He, Friedrich Sautter, born 1890 in Philadelphia, is listed as a Berufsverbrecher, ie. a person convicted of more than one criminal act.  This designation includes Jews and non-Jews, so I cannot determine his religion.  Posted on the slight chance that someone might be interested.
Peter Lande
Washington, D.C.

Re: Viewmate Translation Request - Russian #translation #russia


 VM 83406

In Russian:




Состоялось в городе Лублин1-го(13-го) мая 1878 года в 2 часа дня.  Явился еврей: Волф-Бер Унфлайс, отец, 25-и лет, торговец, житель города Люблина, в присутствии свидетелей Сруля-Ицика Гликмана, домовладельца, 56-и лет и Якова Дузельмана, работника, 57-и лет, жителей города Люблина и предъявили нам мальчика, объявляя, что она родилась в городе Люблин, в доме под номером 647, 3-го (15-го) апреля  сего года в 2 часов утра от законной жены Шайндли, урожденной Ланцман, 19-и лет.  Младенцу этому  дано имя Шмуль-Герш.  Позднее заявление ничем не оправдано.  Акт сей присутствующим прочитан, ими и нами подписан.

Волф-Бер Унфлайс

Сруль-Ицик Гликман

Яков Дузельман

Чиновник гражданского состояния, майор  Подпись


Translate into English:


VM 83406

In Russian:








It took place in the city of Lublin on May 1 (13), 1878 at 2 pm. A Jew appeared: Wolf-Ber Unflyis, father, 25 years old, a merchant, a resident of the city of Lublin, in the presence of witnesses Srul-Itzik Glikman, a homeowner, 56 years old and Yakov Duzelman, an employee, 57 years old, residents of the city of Lublin and They showed us a boy, announcing that he was born in the city of Lublin, at house number 647, on the 3rd (15th) of April this year at 2 o'clock in the morning from Scheindli's legal wife, nee Lanzman, 19 years old. This baby was given the name Shmul-Gersh. The later statement is not justified by anything. This act was read to those present, they and we signed.


Wolf-Bear Unflies


Srul-Itzik Glikman


Yakov Duzelman


Civil Status Officer, Major Signature

Re: Polish translation of address in Radom #poland #translation


My father was a Survivor from Radom and I travel there once or twice a year, except this year of course.  On Tuesday, August 11th at 6:30pm 2 colleagues and I will be hosting a gathering of Radom descendants on line at the Inter'l Jewish Genealogy Conference.  Our meeting is called "BOF Radom" and it is the first time this is being done.  Please check it out and pass along this information. The meeting is free, though it is worthwhile to participate in some or all of the conference which does charge a reasonable fee.  Here are some useful links:
Feel free to email me about this or any other questions regarding Radom.

Housing Family Trees for FREE #general


There is a real trade-off in posting your tree on-line that goes well beyond whether LDS still engages in post-mortem baptisms:  Anything that goes on-line is hackable and whatever family relationships you post there are potentially in the public/hacker domain.  If your tree includes family secrets, or just identifies relationships that may enable another to gain access to other information about you or your relatives, you will have opened the door to all kinds of on-line mischief.  People should weigh those risks against the advantages of making your information available to others and having a place for your research to be preserved after your own departure.
--Yale Zussman

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