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Our old Discussion List platform was woefully antiquated. Among its many challenges: it was not secure, it required messages to be sent in Plain Text, did not support accented characters or languages other than English, could not display links or images, and had archives that were not mobile-friendly.
This new platform that JewishGen is using is a scalable, and sustainable solution, and allows us to engage with JewishGen members throughout the world. It offers a simple and intuitive interface for both members and moderators, more powerful tools, and more secure archives (which are easily accessible on mobile devices, and which also block out personal email addresses to the public).
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I like how the current lists work. Will I still be able to send/receive emails of posts (and/or digests)?
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So just to be sure - this new group will allow us to post from our mobile phones, includes images, accented characters, and non-latin characters, and does not require plain text?
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Will the current guidelines change?
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What are the new guidelines?
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When I look at your lInk, the transliteration says SISSEL but the Hebrew letters there would sound more like ZEESIL. That might be an option to look for.
Most of the names of the victims of the Kishinev pogrom are listed on Jewishgen as part of Kishinev's KehilahLinks page:
This page is linked from
which points to many resources concerning the pogrom.
Sephardic Databaseson IGRA’s Website #sephardic
The Israel Genealogy
Research Association (IGRA) is proud to collaborate with SephardicGen and
announces today “The Jeff Malka SephardicGen Database Collection”, a Sephardic
collection commemorating Jeff Malka, Mathilde Tagger and SephardicGen.
We are grateful to Jeffrey S. Malka, M.D. for making part of the extensive SephardicGen
collection available to IGRA to incorporate it in the AID - All Israel Database.
A preview of the databases is available at
Births in the Turkish Community of Vienna 1,438 listings
Marriages 14,676 listings
The Turkish Community of Vienna, Wedding Register (1846-1938)
Russe (Rutschuk) Wedding Register (1889-1929)
Izmir Marriages-Brides and Grooms (1820-1933)
Sephardic Rabbis 3,623 listings
Rabbis of Algeria
Bulgarian Chief Rabbis (since the independence of the country) 1878-1949
Fas vehakhameiha [Fes and its rabbis]
Malkhei Rabbanan [Rabbis of Morocco]
Sephardic Chief Rabbis in Eretz Yisrael (1665-2007)
Chief Rabbis of Turkey (1454-2007)
Belgrade 1856 Census-Jewish Community 307 listings
Voters’ List 1880 Constantine, Algeria 1,778 listings
Residents in various Jewish communities 11,367 listings
Jewish Records in the 15th century Seville Archives
Personal Files from the Amsterdam Community
1919 Directory of the Kingdom of Bulgaria
Bulgarian Jewish Casualties in Balkan Wars and WWI
Prominent Jews in Bulgaria in the 19th and 20th Centuries
History of Jews in Turkey
La voix d’Israel, Oran (1914-1943)
Prominent Jews in Egypt (1942-1943)
Fargeon-Les Juifs d’Egypte des origines a nos jours
Jewish surnames from the periodical Sefarad (1941-2007)
Livorno Charity 1644 and 1715 83 listings
Deaths 215 listings
Craiova War Memorial for Jews who perished in 1913, 1916-1919
Jewish victims of Libyan Riots in 1945,1948 and 1967
Cemeteries 2,300 listings
Deportations to Camps 1939-1943 4,960 listings
Murdered in the Holocaust 851 listings
Index of Jews of Monastir (Bitola) who perished in theTreblinka Death Camp,
Before viewing the databases, please register for free on the IGRA website:
Please note, the IGRA databases are now searchable to all registrants. The search results page is also available to all registrants. Additional details regarding most databases are available only to paid IGRA members. Certain exceptions exist due to requests of the specific archives.
To view the databases, go to the database tab on the website.
Elena Biegel Bazes
IGRA Publicity Chair
Re: 1917 marriage, 1935 death in Vienna
Joe Lonstein asked how to obtain Jewish vital records from Vienna. The birth, marriage and death records of the Jewish community in Vienna have been indexed by GenTeam. For the years 1794-1911, FamilySearch has scanned the records. One can get digital copies of more recent records from the archives of the Jewish community for a fee. The volume and entry numbers found in the GenTeam database should be quoted.
JGFF Researcher 5749
Please join us for the annual meeting of the JewishGen German Research Division (formerly the German-Jewish SIG or GerSIG).
This meeting will take place virtually at 1:30 PM EDT on Tuesday, August 11th and is open to all for free (see below). We will provide an update of our group's projects, discuss plans for the future and relay other German-Jewish genealogy news. General information is available on our website at https://www.jewishgen.org/gersig/ . The meeting has a strict 1 hour limit, so please make sure to join the virtual meeting room a few minutes early at https://s4.goeshow.com/iajgs/annual/2020/webinars.cfm .
Please contact me by e-mail at acalzareth@... by Monday night, August 10th if there is any news, projects, or groups you think should be shared at the meeting. If we have time at the end we hope to be able to have a general discussion with attendees.
If you have not already registered for the IAJGS Jewish Genealogy conference follow the instructions at https://s4.goeshow.com/iajgs/annual/2020/registration_form.cfm and select "Limited Access" registration to register for free for the IAJGS Annual Meeting & Awards, the IAJGS Leadership Seminars, the JewishGen Annual Meeting, and the Special Interest Group (SIG) and Birds-of-a-Feather (BOF) meetings listed at https://s4.goeshow.com/iajgs/annual/2020/sig_bof.cfm . This free registration is required in order to join the German RD meeting.
We look forward to seeing everyone with research interests in Germany there!
JewishGen Director of German Research
Re: Arlette BRANCHAFT #france
On Sat, Aug 8, 2020 at 11:29 AM, Ronnie Hess wrote:
please find below more information about Arlette Brandcharft with the date/place of birth and death.
It is possible to find the acts themselves
CHOUKROUN ATTALI ATLANI
Re: 1940 USA census what does an X in a circle mean? #records
It indicates who the informant was.
Zacks/Sacks, Rosenblum, in Toronto #canada
Trying to make contact with the Rosenblum family of Toronto who trace
their ancestry back to the Horowitz Rabbinical family from Rabbi Zvi
Hirsch Horowitz of Frankfurt and author of Machneh Levi -Jacob (Jack)
Rosenblum of Toronto, born in 1938, whose children are Dafna Rayzel
Bluma (married Rabbi Refael Zacks), Sara Leah (Sari), married Doron
Shalmon (Suleimanoff), and Dov Pinchas Rosenblum, Arieh Yishayahu
This virtual Birds of Feather meeting will take place August 11, 11:15 am to 12:15 pm Eastern time.
Towns in the area of the former Chernigov gubernia include: Bakhmach, Berezna, Borzna, Chernigov, Glukhov, Gorodnya, Klintsy, Konotop, Korop, Kozelets, Krolevets, Mena, Mglin, Nezhin, Novozybkov, Novgorod Severskiy, Oster, Pochep, Pogar, Sosnitsa, Starodub, Surazh, Unecha, and many smaller communities. If your ancestors lived in these places (some now in Ukraine and some in Russia) you will want to attend the Chernigov Gubernia BOF meeting. Items to be discussed include basic information, available online resources, and updates on current projects.
Anyone interested may attend (you don't need to be a paid attendee), but you must register. Those who are not paid conference attendees can go to
and follow directions to register for the virtual Limited Access Conference or to pay to attend the entire conference. You must go all the way to the end to be able to save your responses.
Paid conference attendees can sign into the Attendee Service Center through the link below, and follow directions to update their information and select the Chernigov Gubernia BOF meeting as one of their choices among the free sessions.
See you online on Tuesday!
Chernigov Gubernia BOF Coordinator
we do not have anything from Moldovan archive about Jews leaving for Israel... You probably may find some records about them in Israel.
I would be also interested to see such records.
All the best,
1917 marriage, 1935 death in Vienna
I'm hoping to find the names of the parents of an Adolf Grossbard, who married in Vienna in 1917 to Fanny Kupferstein-Binder. I'm particularly interested in his place of birth and his mother's maiden name. 1917 is too recent for Ancestry to have the Viennese marriage record scanned, and it was a military service so maybe not easily found, anyway. Adolf died in 1935 and is buried in Zentralfriedhof, under the misspelling "Grossbart", in the same grave with a Sarah Grossbard and close to a Solomon Grossbard (their ages suggest they could be his parents). Adolf's death in 1935 was also too recent to be online. If this Sarah is his mother, it's possible her maiden name was Laufer or Sperber. Any suggestions how to find more?
East Lansing, Michigan, USA
If Bertha Friedman was alive in 1890 she may have been enumerated in the special census called: The U.S. Census of Union Veterans and Widows of The Civil War.
It can be searched here:
The town is Liczkowce, Husiatyn District.toggle quoted messageShow quoted text
Do you notice passenger on line 4 is her relative? He is from Trybuchowce, Gal.
Passengers 2,3 and 4 all have the abbreviation Gal. after their home towns. I believe this is Galicia,
On 8/8/2020 9:23 AM, Linda Habenstreit via groups.jewishgen.org wrote:
Re: Otto WEISZ, Vienna
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Thanks Corinne - appreciate your work on this. I'm really only thinking about Otto and his parents because he came to Scotland, so not trying to trace the family backwards.
The first letter is an L as you can see elsewhere on the page Luxembourg. The town also is listed as the town her father is from followed by Gal. (Galicia). On the Gesher Galicia town finder, Liczkowce (Liczkowze) is listed in Husiatyn district.
Re: Need Help Reading Town Name on Ship's Manifest #records
Could Steckman be Stockman. I have Stockman in my family. He came from Przeworsk, also Galicia.
Re: Where did the term Galitziana come from?#general
It also refers to someone originating from Galitzia.
Re: Austria will Allow Descendants of Holocaust Victims to Receive Citizenship Beginning September 1st #holocaust
Be advised that some countries do not accept double nationality.
Some require you to renounce your existing citizenship.
On the other hand, some countries don’t allow you to renounce your citizenship. In this last case, you are in trouble if you are applying for citizenship to a country that does not allow double nationality.
Margarita Lackó (#11453)
genealogy: © mishpologia@...
(Several times have been corrected)
The annual JRI-Poland volunteer meeting will take place virtually this year
at the upcoming IAJGS conference on:
Tuesday, August 11, 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm U.S. Eastern time
(9:30 am - 10:30 am Pacific
7:30 pm - 8:30 pm UK
8:30 pm - 9:30 pm Central Europe
9:30 pm - 19:30 pm Israel
2:30 am - 3:30 am next day (Wednesday) Australia)
The meeting is for our volunteers and others with a serious interest
in giving back and contributing to the JRI-Poland mission.
It will be an opportunity to hear more about how the JRI-Poland
Next Generation web site and data management project will help
our town leaders and other volunteers to benefit from the new
features and tools that will be available in the future.
You do not have to be a paid conference attendee to join in.
However, whether or not you've paid for the conference, you do
need to register to attend this and other "Free Access Sessions."
Please read more below.
PAID CONFERENCE ATTENDEES:
Go to the Attendee Service Center on the conference website
and select "Update Your Info." Then click "Edit" and page through
your registration until you reach the listing of free sessions. Select
your choices, then be sure to continue to the end of the registration
to save them.
FREE ACCESS ONLY:
If you have not registered for the conference and want to have
access to SIG and BOF meetings and other free events, go to
and register for the Virtual Limited Access Conference. Select
your choices, then be sure to continue to the end of the
registration to save them.
If you have already registered for limited free access but did not
select the meetings you want to attend, please go back and edit
your registration to include your choices. Follow through to the
end of the registration to save them.
Stanley Diamond, M.S.M.
Executive Director, Jewish Records Indexing - Poland, Inc.
Re: Austria will Allow Descendants of Holocaust Victims to Receive Citizenship Beginning September 1st #holocaust
Question: Although my grandfather came from Krakow (now Poland), he was always listed as "Austrian" in census, and other documents. Would I be eligible for "Austrian" citizenship?
His sister, her husband and son disappeared, from Krakow, during the Holocaust.