Re: Seeking descendants of Masya Ginda Rakovschik from Minsk Belarus #belarus

Gerald and Margaret

Why don't you contact an British/Belarussian charity, the Together Plan ,which is helping people in the remaining Jewish communities to become self-sufficient.  One of their many projects is to carry out research for people seeking info about their roots in Belarus.  They will visit cemeteries and official archives, etc on your behalf.  
Contact info@...

'The Together Plan'

Good luck ,

Margaret Levin
London UK

Where did the term Galitziana come from? #general

Alan Tapper

Question to al,

I am very much aware of the differences between Litvaks and Galitzianas but my question really questions where and how did the term Galitziana come from?  I ask this because about 18 years ago I was touring In Northern Portugal and we decided to cross the border into Spain.  My wife at that tome spoke fluent Castllian Spanish.  The Provence in Spain just to the north of Portugal is called Galicia.  I wonder if many years ago it was the Sephardim who were referred to as Gslitianas because of the Provence.  By the way the people of Galicia have their own dialect as they do not speak Castilian Spanish either.  They had to bring a translator over who spoke Spanish as we know it so that we could order at a restaurant
Alan Tapper

Re: Brick wall: FRIEDSON'S, AISENBERG'S and SAMURIN'S from western Massachusetts #usa

Bob Silverstein

Hi Ellen and Carol,

Thanks for your inputs.  The jgsgb site has good information.  It has a history of Jews in Massachusetts that elaborates on Ellen's comment.  It also cites the book Water Street by Norma Feingold.  I requested it from my library.

The synagogue list is useful because it points to where records may now exist.  I hope not too much has changed since it was published.  Athol does have a synagogue going back to the 1920's and I contacted them already.

Once again, many thanks for the leads,

Re: Birth Record from Kishinev YOSEF Meylman #bessarabia #romania

Alan Shuchat


This record from Ancestry points to a digitized microfilm that is available on FamilySearch. 2085799/2 means item 2 on film 2085799. In this case, M39 means male birth #39. Here's how to find it.

Go to, choose Search and then Catalog and then Film Number. Enter 2085799. Choose Metrical books 1829-1915, from the Jewish congregation in Kishinev. You'll then see a list of films, and 2085799 Item 2 corresponds to births in 1859. Click on the camera icon. You'll see 1006 images. The black images mark the beginning and end of each item. Scroll down until you see the black image for item 2 (frame 380).  Click to enlarge the image and advance through the frames until you find male birth #39 (frame 405). The first two columns on the left of each page are the birth numbers, first female and then male. The record is in both Russian and Hebrew. It's faint, but you can adjust the brightness and contrast using the tools in the upper right of the film window. I downloaded the frame and am attaching it.
Alan Shuchat
Newton, MA

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

Eileen Kessner

Yes, I have done  research on these families... however, I am searching for living relatives with whom to have a conversation...sometimes harder to find than the deceased. 

Re: military notbook #bessarabia

Adrian Koifman

I have no information about my grandfather Moishe (Moshko) Koifman.
All I have is this military notebook.
This document I think I use as a passport. So the 2 stamps are seen in Russian.
In 1936 my grandfather traded that document in the Russian consulate, I estimate that he did it to try to get the Argentine document (residence)
I don't know anything about his history until I arrived in Argentina, I think I arrived in Buenos Aires in 1911. He married my grandmother Rojl Barinstein and they had 3 children. He was a merchant, he sold underwear in Buenos Aires.
I have nothing else

Re: military notbook #bessarabia

Adrian Koifman

This is how you say. regarding steam Zeelandia Dutch
Can you identify the 2 Russian stamps on page 16?

Re: Seeking ECHTMAN/ACHTMAN/KAMINSKY #russia #usa


Hello -

I am a Kaminsky, researching the Kaminsky name for a long time. Our family originally settled in Philadelphia from Russia. I'm still searching for where they came from in Russia. I had one uncle on that side that settled in NY.

Happy to connect with you and share any Kaminsky information. My email is elkamins@...

Have a great day!

Obtain copies National Archives U.K. at Kew pertaining Julius BERNARD of Purley(Surrey), period 1937-1946 #records


I hope to find information of a period in the life of my grandfather of which I know very little. I am looking for details about him during 1937 - when he arrived in the U.K. after a period in The Netherlands- up till 1946 when he left Peine (Germany) where he had been stationed with the British Army of the Rhine  (civil service with officer status).
Name: BERNARD, Julius, born January 19, 1888, Robertson (S.A.).
Two possibly related files found at the National Archives at Kew:


KV 4/333


Correspondence regarding The Security Service contribution to the Censorship Department's 'History of Censorship 1938-1946'. This file includes that part of the Censorship Department's wartime history relating to counter espionage




WO 267/599


2 District Censorship Station


1946 July - Sept.

Held by:

The National Archives, Kew

Legal status:

Public Record(s)

Ron Peeters
Ulvenhout (NL)

Re: Motel Turkanis #translation

Corinna Woehrl (nee Goslar)

Hello Marvin,

please download the document and upload it to ViewMate. You normally don't only get a translation but it will also be revised by fellow researchers.

I for instance have the German world-wide Ancestry subscription and can't see your document with the link, others willing to help may not have an Ancestry-subscription at all.

And here is a helpful list of terminology used in the Hamburg passenger list:

Regards from Germany

Corinna Woehrl
Hoisdorf, Germany (between Hamburg and Luebeck)

researching mostly in Northern Germany
ROSENSTEIN (Neustadt am Ruebenberge, NaR)
WUERZBURG (Luebeck, Mecklenburg)
KARPEL (Lissa/Leszno, Breslau/Wroclaw)

Re: Housing Family Trees for FREE #general

David Lewin

At 02:07 03/08/2020, EdrieAnne Broughton wrote:
Actually we all, Jews and non-Jews alike, have a great deal to thank
the LDS church for. Without their obsession with record keeping
lots of the records Americans and world citizens depend on today for
genealogy would have been lost when counties decided to save space
and chuck records back in the 1920s-1970s. It wasn't that long ago
that I heard stories of people dumpster diving to preserve records.
EdrieAnne Broughton
Vacavillle, California
How right!!!

Not only did the Mormon Church spend its money freely to preserve our
heritage, but they made it freely available to us.

Members of the Church actually have a deeper access to records that
the general public does. So befriending one of them can greatly
enhance your genealogical reseach.

I have never understood why some people feel such animosity towards
the LDS Church. The Church's beliefs and practices are entirely
theirs. They do not force anybody to convert while still alive. Of
course they want us to convert. What human organisation does nor
want that? If they hope that my soul will join them after I have
died - let them!! They case me no harm, and they allow me to
benefit enormously!

David Lewin

Ancestry Introduces its AncestryHealth powered by Next Generation Sequencing #announcements

Jan Meisels Allen

Ancestry announced its launch of AncestryHealth powered by Next Generation Sequencing (NGS).  It is designed to help people understand their risk for developing certain inheritable conditions, such as heart disease, breast cancer, colon cancer and blood disorders. They also provide carrier status reports for cystic fibrosis, sickle cell anemia, and Tay-Sachs disease; five connective tissue disorder reports, which were not part of the existing AncestryHealth Core offering; and four cardiovascular reports related to heart disease, high cholesterol, risk of blood clotting, and iron overload, and rolled its wellness reports in AncestryHealth covering 10 traits related to alcohol flushing, caffeine metabolism, lactose intolerance, and others according to a report in (


Ancestry has amassed a database of 18 million people in its AncestryDNA network since launching the microarray-based genetic genealogy service in 2012.


According to Ancestry’s press release, “Because NGS technology reads parts of the genome that a microarray cannot, the NGS technology that powers AncestryHealth does a better job of determining if someone is at greater risk for some of the most common inherited conditions. Quest Diagnostics developed NGS technology for AncestryHealth.  The release also states NGS achieves about 80-90 percent detection of inherited risk for specific health condition and they state the NGS technology powering AncestryHealth has a risk detection rate four times higher than most microarray-based tests.


AncestryHealth powered by NGS will replace the microarray-based AncestryHealth Core which it started last year. In partnership with PWNHealth, an independent network of board-certified genetic counselors, geneticists, physicians and other allied health professionals, AncestryHealth powered by NGS offers genetic information on risks combined with educational resources, remote access to genetic counselors and a clinical lab report consumers can share with their healthcare provider to help them understand their results and make more informed choices.


Ancestry does not share customers’ DNA data with insurers, employers or third-party marketers.


Beginning Aug. 3, AncestryHealth powered by NGS is available to adults (ages 18+) in the United States, with the exception of New York, New Jersey and Rhode Island, for $179. Existing AncestryDNA® customers can upgrade to AncestryHealth for $99. You can purchase and activate the kit via the AncestryHealth website:

To read more about this see Ancestry’s press release at:


I have no affiliation with Ancestry or AncestryHealth and am posting this solely for the information of the reader.


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


Viewmate Translation Request - Polish - Surname Schwarz #translation

Harry Moatz

I've posted three vital records in Polish regarding persons named SCHWARZ for which I need a translation.
They are on ViewMate at the following addresses....

Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page.
Thank you very much
Harry Moatz

Re: Searching records in New Haven, Connecticut #records


The city directories may well have information about the family.   I was able to follow my great-grandparents for the years they were in New Haven from 1900-1903.  Actually also noted that they left for New York in 1903.
Rebecca Fogel Anderson

New Holocaust Database Set - Polish Jews Found in Hungary (April 18th 1946) #holocaust #poland #hungary #JewishGenUpdates

Nolan Altman

JewishGen is pleased to announce that a new data set has been added to Holocaust Database (

This is a small collection, put together by the World Jewish Congress, with 639 names of Polish Jews found in Hungary immediately after the end of the war.  Some of them had fled from Poland to Hungary to escape deportations to death camps in Poland.  In other cases, there is no explanation as to how/why they ended up in Hungary.  Since most of these survivors entered the postwar displaced persons system, using USHMM and Bad Arolsen databases, in many cases it is possible to establish their final destination


The material consists of surname and given name, year and place of birth and residence in 1939.  An unusual addition to this list is the mother’s given and maiden name.


This list of Polish Jews in Hungary was produced by the World Jewish Congress April 18, 1946.  It is one list in an extensive collection ( of lists of liberated persons held at the International Tracing Service in Bad Arolsen, Germany.  The list was created by Carol Oliver, as JewishGen volunteer.  To learn more about this data set, please see

You can search these records, along with all of JewishGen’s records from the Unified Search page at Alternatively, to search the Holocaust Database specifically, please start at  You will also find a listing of all the component databases below the search grid.  By entering search terms in the grid, you will search all component databases at once.

Nolan Altman

Holocaust Database Coordinator

August 2020

Re: Formal name for the nickname, SHIL #ukraine #names

Dubin, David M. MD

Shil is probably a diminutive of Shia, short for Yehoshua/Joshua. 

to be distinguished from Chil, short for Yechiel. 


Birth Record from Kishinev YOSEF Meylman #bessarabia #romania

Yoram Millman

I am getting acquainted with the discussion group. Need help to crack a brick wall.
I am searching for any records from Romania ( Baccau and Monesht)  or Bessarabia ( Kishinev and Kalarash) related to my paternal family
The record attached might be of my great grandfather YOSEF MUHLMAN ,father of my grandfather HAIM MUHLMANN .
The birth records does not show the image and I am not clear what are the meaning of the other references it shows,

Will appreciate any help.

Yoram Millman

Re: Vital Records for Mariyampil in the Ivano-Frankivsk District from 1857 to 1920 #galicia #records

Mark Halpern

Hi Sharon:

The only Jewish vital records that have survived for Maryampol near Stanislawow are 1922-1932, 1936 births, marriages, and deaths that are now held by the civil records office (USC) in Warsaw. Many towns in the area were greatly affected by WWI, when many buildings with their records were destroyed. This may have been the case for Maryampol.

You should search Miriam Weiner's Routes to Roots Foundation archival inventory to determine other records for Maryampol that may be helpful. 

Mark Halpern 
JRI-Poland Stanislawow Area Coordinator
Conshohocken, PA


On 2020-08-03 5:07 pm, Sharon Taylor via wrote:

I am searching for vital records for the Nemeth and Ingier families from Mariyampil, Ukraine in the Ivano-Frankivsk (was Stanislawow) district. The Nemeths lived there from 1857 until 1921. I have checked a variety of repositories for vital records for this specific time period. There seem to be earlier and later records from the district, but vital records for Mariyampil from 1857 to 1920 seem to be missing.  I am looking specifically for records from the town of Mariyampil (was Mariampol) located in the Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine district. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Sharon Taylor
Philadelphia, PA
Researching NEMETH, INGIER and BLOCH in Mariyampil (Mariampol), Ivano-Frankivsk (Stanislawow), and Knihinin, Ukraine (Galicia)
Researching WIESNER, FLEISIG, and KASTENBAUM in Kulykiv (Kulikow) and Lviv (Lemberg), Ukraine (Galicia)

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

David Oseas

The only documented departure records that I'm aware of are from the port of Philadelphia -- see the article "NARA Coast to Coast: Emigration Records at the National Archives at Philadelphia, Part 1":

You could get lucky and find their outbound journey at a connecting port, such as LIverpool -- try searching for them on a site that specializes in European records, such as FindMyPast.

For deportation records, there is an excellent article on that topic on the USCIS website:

David Oseas

KLEIN: Satoraljaujhely (Ujhely), Hungary > New York > Los Angeles
Hungary > New York
OSEAS/OSIAS/OSIASI/OZIAS: Iasi, Romania > Chicago > Milwaukee > Los Angeles
SCHECHTER/SHEKTER: Kishinev, Bessarabia > New York  
SHERMAN: Iasi, Romania > New York > Los Angeles
STRUL:  Iasi, Romania > Haifa, Israel
WICHMAN: Syczkowo (Bobruisk), Belarus > Milwaukee > Los Angeles

Re: Viewmate - US Naturalization Index care - what info on it? #records

David Oseas


7015983 is your grandfather's citizenship certificate number, which was issued 4/8/1952.  You can skip the initial index search and go straight to a request (for a fee) for his "C File" from USCIS ( ) by asking for C-7015983.

195616 is his Petition for Naturalization and was filed in US District Ct @ Philadelphia prior to the issuance of his certificate, so early 1952 or late 1951.

Based on the date, I don't think that his naturalization papers are available from any source other than USCIS.

All non-citizens were required to register and were issued an A-Number starting in 1940 as part of the Alien Registration Program (  For many individuals, these became A-Files, which can also be requested (for a fee) through USCIS.

David Oseas

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