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Re: Online trees #general
On Sat, Aug 8, 2020 at 08:32 AM, Max Heffler wrote:
Geni most certainly has a Sources tab for each profile and one random one I pulled up has links to 1920 and 1930 censuses. There is also a Media tab for each profile, Discussion, Revisions, etc…Notwithstanding, nothing but an infinitesimal, insignificant, number of the profiles there provide sources, "etc."... which indeed was one of the points of origin for the present discussion as well as others which recently appeared here.
Re: Where did the term Galitziana come from? #general
David P Cohen
I am grateful for Reuven Mor's detailed repsonse.. Despite the coincidence of names an Ashkenazi Jew (even with vague whispers of Sephardic forebeareers )know only of Galitzianers who lived in an area of Poland/Ukraine thjat had suffered most from 17th century Cossack cruelties.
Apologies, the original time message was re-posted in error. The following is the correct message.
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Re: Where did the term Galitziana come from?#general
Hank Lobbenberg <hank.lobben@...>
The G sound in Russian is replaced with H. Hence, Halych becomes Galych. Kagan becomes Kahan and Khan, etc.
In response to Jx. Gx.
I look forward to your response.
Firstly, many thanks to Sherri Bobish who provided the initial lead. (The initial post was published only yesterday).
I hope somebody from IGRA will help me understand how to disseminate this message among genealogists in Israel.
I am trying to find Lasutra family descendants who are related to the Gluzman family of Pulin (a.k.a. Chervonoarmejsk) near Zhitomir. I just learned that the Israeli photographer and film maker Ya'acov Ben-Dov was born to Berl-Dov and Raizel Lasutra in Pulin. He had two daughters, Ori and Khanna who were born in the 1910's. Hence, I am looking for their descendants.
A nephew (my conjecture based on ages) of Ya'acov Ben-Dov married Khaya (or Khana) Gluzman in Pulin. Khaya/Khana's last niece (there were three just a few years ago) is in her 80's.
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Re: Seeking any and all information on Max Koenig and Hannah (Morgenstern)Koenig #usa
After talking with a distant relative, I am still no closer to finding what happened to Max and Hannah Morgenstern Koenig. As a matter of fact the mystery deepens. I find out that one of the children Samuel changed his name to miller and moved to South Dakota. Also that he married his sister in law's half sister Elizabeth Libby Bassik. It's all very strange. My main focus is to still find the parents date of death and obits. The ones I listed previously are not them, so I am stuck.
if those are the options, Maennlein and Eissig, I would say Eissig.
I see examples where Sissel is connected to Israel or Elieser, Simon and Josef, and in other cases I would expect at least an 's' in the name. Isak, Seckel, Eissik comply with this rule. But I don't have a historic example for this.
I would connect Maennlein to Emanuel, Menachem, Manasse etc.
Defrates family from Portugal living Holland from 1600 to 1800 #unitedkingdom
Hello everyone can any one assist me I am try to trace family named Defrates from Portugal who came to England via Holland.
My Paternal Great Grandfather Francis Defrates arrive in Rochester England in around 1730-1740. There are no records before the 1740's his of his family record in England. It is reported in the family that he was one of Three branches of the same family group who fled the inquisition in around 1650's.
The archivists in Rochester records of five agree with me that Francis family most probably settled in Holland
Re: Austria will Allow Descendants of Holocaust Victims to Receive Citizenship Beginning September 1st #holocaust
Miriam Bulwar David-Hay
Margohebald asks: <<<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.>>>
Issac Barr / Levine #usa
My wife's great-grandfather left Russia and emigrated to New York in the late 1800's. His name was isaac Barr. On his tombstone in New York the name was Yitzchok Yehuda. He was taken in by a family in New York called Levine. Out of gratitude to them, he changed his family name from Barr to Levine. He married a woman named Bessie. They were an Orthodox couple who were self-employed, running a bottle-cap business. They were fortunate in that way for it allowed them to make sure that they could keep Shabbos faithfully. My late mother-in-law Elaine Nitsberg, was a daughter of their daughter, Claire Levine. Isaac passed away 40 years before his wife and she lived as a widow until the end of her days.
If anyone has any information about Isaac Levine or his wife Bessie; perhaps about the Barr family, I would appreciate it.
Ramot, Jerusalem, Israel
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:
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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.
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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
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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