Re: Online trees #general

Alan Ehrlich

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.  

JRI-Poland volunteer meeting - 2nd CORRECTION, Tuesday, Aug. 11, at the IAJGS Conference #announcements #poland

Stanley Diamond

Apologies, the original time message was re-posted in error.  The following is the correct message.

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
  5:30 pm - 6:30 pm UK
  6:30 pm - 7:30 pm Central Europe
  7:30 pm - 8:30 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.
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.
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: 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.
Henry Lobbenberg
Toronto, ON

Re: Data Breach at GEDmatch has Concerns Over Privacy #dna #announcements

Bob Silverstein

In response to Jx. Gx.

  1. Why are privately held entities any different than public ones, non-profits and governments when making money?  The ultimate goal of the privates and publics is to maximize the wealth of the shareholder.  For non-profits and governments, do they not want to raise enough money to fund their activities?  All are out to make money.
  2. How many hacks of actual DNA have occurred and what have been their consequences?
  3. How would a hacker use DNA data?  Are not insurance companies prevented by law from using genetic information today?  Do not law agencies need cause?
  4. The DNA used for ethnicity and cousin-finding represents a small portion of the entire human genome.  Is that useful to a hacker?  Likewise for medical genetics and identifying traits.
  5. Does a criminal or government really need my DNA to steal my identity?  Does the Internet, legitimate or the dark web, not already have enough information on me?
  6. Who now uses DNA to identify or confirm the identity of an individual other than for lawful purposes?

I look forward to your response.

Bob Silverstein

Re: Seeking Lasutra family #general #photographs


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.


Thank you!




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Re: Seeking any and all information on Max Koenig and Hannah (Morgenstern)Koenig #usa


Hi All
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.

Sarah Greenberg(USA)

Re: The Given Name Sissel #names #germany

Reuven Mohr

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

M Thatcher

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 

thank you

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.>>>

If your grandfather emigrated when Krakow was still part of Austria (i.e. Galicia), then he left before the First World War, before Poland regained sovereignty over that area, and long before the Nazis rose to power and invaded Poland to set off the Second World War. Despite what may have been written on a foreign census, Krakow was part of Poland for two decades before World War II. So the answer to your question would be no.

If anything, you might be eligible for Polish citizenship. But you'd need to check if you meet the criteria. In general, these laws to restore citizenship in various European countries are aimed at people (or their descendants) who lost it because of Nazi or post-war Communist persecution, not those who left before the Nazi era.

All the best,
Miriam Bulwar David-Hay,
Raanana, Israel.
Professional journalist, editor, proofreader and translator.
Certified guide at Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum and Memorial. 

Issac Barr / Levine #usa

Mordechai Perlman

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.

Mordechai Perlman
Ramot, Jerusalem, Israel

Re: The Given Name Sissel #names #germany


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. 
Reba Harris Solomon
New York, USA

Re: Census question #bessarabia #records

Rodney Eisfelder

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.

Rodney Eisfelder
Melbourne, Australia

Sephardic Databaseson IGRA’s Website #sephardic

Elena Bazes

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

            Aleppo Rabbis

            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,

March 1943


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

Joachim Mugdan

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.


Joachim Mugdan

Basel, Switzerland

JGFF Researcher 5749


German Research Division (formerly GerSIG) Annual Meeting - Tuesday, August 11 #germany #events

Alex Calzareth

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 . The meeting has a strict 1 hour limit, so please make sure to join the virtual meeting room a few minutes early at . 
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 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 .  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!
Thank you
Alex Calzareth
JewishGen Director of German Research

Re: Arlette BRANCHAFT #france

David Choukroun

On Sat, Aug 8, 2020 at 11:29 AM, Ronnie Hess wrote:
Dear Ronnie,

please find below more information about Arlette Brandcharft with the date/place of birth and death.

It is possible to find the acts themselves




Re: 1940 USA census what does an X in a circle mean? #records

Marion Werle

It indicates who the informant was.

Zacks/Sacks, Rosenblum, in Toronto #canada

Neil Rosenstein

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

Neil Rosenstein

Chernigov Gubernia BOF meeting at IAJGS Conference Tuesday, August 11 #ukraine #russia

Beth Galleto

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!


Beth Galleto

Chernigov Gubernia BOF Coordinator


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