Re: Town Finder my district #education



In Town Finder search for a town in the district or government you want.   Then in the boxes on the right you will see underlined district and "province" names.

Click on the the district or province c1930 or c1900 as you want and up comes a list of all the relevant towns in Town Finder in the district or province as selected.

Paul Hattori
London UK

MINDEL, MINDELL from Utena and Vyzuonos, Lithuania
FELLER from Pabrade, Lithuania

Images for Indexed Projects? #hungary #romania

Don Engel

I'm so grateful for the work all the JewishGen volunteers do in indexing files.

For some indexes - at the moment, I'm looking at the Máramaros Vital Records Births index - the images don't seem to be publicly available anywhere. They were taken by (I think) a camera of the original books by a JewishGen volunteer.

I'm unclear on whether there's a good way to request the original image under such circumstances. For example, I know that my third-great-grandparents were "Jack Heimowitz" Zelig Heimowitz (in the index, Zelig Chaimovits) and "Lena Stern" of Kabola Csarda, Máramaros, Romania... The quoted versions are what appear in their children's records in America (Zelig and Lena didn't come to America themselves). The index shows a father named Zelig Chaimovits (with various close variations of the last name) on the birth records of seven children. The mother's name varies between Lane (x3), Lenye, Lana, and Seine (x2). I *think* these might all be the same mother, but it would be great to see the original image so I can see if the "S" and "L" are written is such a way that they would be easily confused with each other. The kids were all born 1851-1864, and Sene is the mother's name in (only) the first and last birth.

I don't mean to ask an overly specific question (although that's what motivating me to post this), but am (also) more generally interested in the etiquette/process around seeing the images (if that's at all possible) which were used to create a FamilySearch index.

- Don

Re: Additional 19th C. Vilna City record sources – Archival Records of the Merchant class #lithuania


Does this include merchants from Malat/Moletai? 

Re: Ungvar (Uzhhorod) birth records #hungary #general


Try contacting Baruch Huber from Ungvar. 
His email :huberbelay@...

All the best 
Mark Friedman 

Re: Researching meaning of surname from Ukraine #ukraine #names


Myshmar is a Hebrew Word that means "Watch". In the Talmud it refers to either a Cohen (mainly) or Levite (also)
but it has come to mean those "on guard." In fact, in the Yeshiva Movement, studying Torah late into the evening over the weekend
was called "Myshmar" (spelled nowadays Mishmar), as those students were "on guard" for the rest of the population.

surname LOBEL #general #romania


I just learned why my research for LOBEL in Roman, Romania dead-ended. The name LOBEL that my uncle assured me always had been Lobel, was not accurate. E.G., mostly it was first name and then son of Lieb. Other times it was Leiba, Leibil or Leibovici. Luc Radu researches old Moldova area, and he found a trove of birth, death and marriage documents showing how the Lobel name evolved. (He also translated each  for me.) He explained that my ancestors were illiterate (signed docs with thumbprints) and spoke mostly Yiddish. When a government clerk recorded a birth, death, etc., he would write the name as it sounded to him through my ancestors' likely heavily accented Romanian. I am telling you this story, because you might run into the same issue as mine, and a researcher can make all the difference. 
Chicago suburb

Re: DNA privacy dilemma #dna

Sally Bruckheimer

"He matches me at 234cM total, with 10 matching segments, high enough not to be significantly influenced by endogamy"

I have a match, 450+ cM, who is no way we can determine related to me. Her ancestors didn't even live near any of mine, and I have a huge tree with all sorts of countries. Since your match doesn't answer you, don't suffer; endogamy rules us all.

Sally Bruckheimer
Princeton, NJ

Help with name of Mecie #names

Richard Stower

Is anyone familiar with the given name, “Mecie”? Is it a male or female name? Is it a diminutive?

Thank you.

Richard Stower
Yarmouth, Maine

Researching: SECHESTOWER (or variations), THAU, SPIERMAN, GRAFFITI (or variations) in Kolomea. GROSS, FELLNER, HOCHMAN/HOCKMAN in Chortkiv. KANNER, SCHMIDT (or variations), WERNER in Dobrowa Tarnowska.

Baku Ajerbijan #records


Does anyone know how to find death records from Baku in the 1920's. There does not seem to be much out there about Ajerbijan.

Re: Port of Marseille (France) 1941 shipping records & passenger lists #france #germany

Pierre HAHN

I left France from Barcelona to Lisbon and eventualy New York in August 1941
Pierre M Hahn, San Francisco

Wedding between Sadie /SarahZiff and Charlie Abrams in Manchester? #unitedkingdom

Lesley Simpson

I am writing a book about my grandfather Lewis Ziff born in 1902 in Edinburgh. His sister Sarah Ziff,  born 1898 in Edinburgh nicknamed Sadie married the British amatuer golf champion Charlie Abrams and I am trying to find out when and where the wedding was. My grandmother  Manchester Cissie Marks (born in Manchester)  met my grandfather Lewis Ziff at this wedding and they travelled to Canada where they were married in 1930 in Toronto.
Lesley Simpson
Department of Humanities
Israel and Golda Koschitzky Centre for Jewish Studies
York University 

Re: Town Finder my district #education

Alan Shuchat

For Ukraine, one way is to go to the Ukraine Research Division. There is a map showing the various gubernias. Click on one and you'll see a map of the gubernia and a list of the districts and main towns. You can click further and drill down. You can also go to (in Chrome you can translate this to English automatically) and click on a gubernia name and drill down. For Lithuania, go to
and you'll see the districts and major towns in each gubernia.
Alan Shuchat
Newton, MA


Dear Helen,
read this article about Gottesmans of Mukachevo, Munkács in correct Hungarian.


Re: Name Change Document in NYC #names

Sherri Bobish


Did he naturalize?  Sometimes a name change occurred at time of naturalization, and was noted on the nat papers.

I believe that many people that chose to change their names did not bother with any paperwork though.

But, there are records of name changes in NY.
"The court order changing a personal name is recorded in the county clerk's office in the county where the person resides."


Sherri Bobish
Princeton, NJ

Re: Did my father have a guardian? #records

Sherri Bobish


Is this your Louis on the 1930 federal census?


Sherri Bobish
Princeton, NJ
                           1930 census
Name: Louis Sloninisky
Birth Year: abt 1917
Gender: Male
Race: White
Birthplace: New York
Marital status: Single
Relation to Head of House: Brother-in-law
Home in 1930: Brooklyn, Kings, New York, USA
Map of Home: View Map
Street address: Georgia Avenue
Block: E
House Number: 351
Dwelling Number: 56
Family Number: 312
Lives on Farm: No
Attended School: Yes
Able to Read and Write: Yes
Father's Birthplace: Russia
Mother's Birthplace: Russia
Household Members:
Name Age
Meyer Trayoff 43
Lizzie Trayoff 37
Max Trayoff 11
Bessie Trayoff 7
Phelp Sloninisky 21
Louis Sloninisky 13

Vital Records Translation from Polish #poland #translation


Hello Jewish Genners, 
I am re-posting 2 vital records (one death record and a marriage record) in Polish for which I need a translation. They are on ViewMate at the following addresses: and VM83559

Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page.
Thank you and be well and safe.
Walter S. Elias, St. Louis Park, Minnesota

Re: Probate in Oklahoma? #usa #records

David Lewin

Thank you for your excellent guidance - that is great.   However, I have a problem.   Is the URL you gave correct?   I get :-

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I use FireFox 99% of the time


At 14:57 11/08/2020, almhuss@... wrote:
 Start at This is the search page for the various clerks of court for the counties in Oklahoma.  All probate work is handled at the county level.  Put in the name of the deceased and any other information you have into the search engine, and see if you get a case number and county name back.

If you get a case number and county name back, you will need to search the case record for an order directing the personal representative/executor/executrix to distribute the estate.  If there was a will that was not challenged, the will Controls.  If there was no will, the statute controls.  The order will state who got what, and, hopefully, the relationship.  If there was a challenge to the will, you will need to do a deep dive into the case file to see what happened.

If you do not get a case number and county name, one of three things happened ­ (a) the case is not indexed online, since it dates back to 1978, or (b) the assets were not sufficient to justify going to court, and were handled informally, or (c) everything of any significance (real property or property requiring a title such as automobiles, boats or airplanes) was held jointly and title passed automatically to the other party.  If (a), contact the Clerk of Court for the county in which the people lived or any property was held.  If (b), you are out of luck ­ there is no record.  If (c), check the real property records to see what happened.

Re: Name Change Document in NYC #names

David Oseas


I assume that you are referring to Joseph Kirshman.  As you observed, he appears with that name in all documents in the US, such as the 1930 census.

People were free to be known by whatever name they wanted (except for purposes of fraud).  However, his "official" name change would be part of his naturalization, which can be seen here (petition #94732 , 15 Feb 1928):

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

Barbara Mannlein <bsmannlein@...>

Your kind offer is greatly appreciated, Mark.

I recently found a treasure trove of letters (1932-39) written to my late father from his parents. Several were from his father, Wolf Aron “Wilhelm”  Stern.   All my dad ever said was that when the Nazis came into Vienna, his dad went “east, to see if he could find a safer place for them.   

My dad said his father had been born in Dolina (or Drohobycz), but I’ve found no documentation of that. These newly found letters reveal that he was in Stanislawow. The return address was Halicka 28 / 6,  Stanislawow. 

I found the 1939 census data which listed a man by my great grandfather’s name,  Hersch Stern, at that same address. [Stanislawow index full Jews-07-07-2018.xlsx  ]  (Wolf Aron “Wilhelm" Stern   was not listed.)  

Hersch had been wed to Chane Feige Hass who, I think, died some years earlier. She was the daughter of Shlomo HASS and Chany WEINREB (WINELEAF) probably of Drohobycz.
My dad was a SHOA survivor, and, like so many others, did not talk about the past. 
I do know that my grandfather Wolf Aron Stern had siblings:  
    Dawid   wed to Basia / Bertha Willgot
    Bernhard wed to  Terri ?

Anything you find would be priceless.

Many thanks, 

Barbara Stern Mannlein
4914 N Bonita Ridge
Tucson, AZ 85750

On Aug 10, 2020, at 6:15 PM, Mark Halpern <mark@...> wrote:

In addition to the online index entries, JRI-Poland has some index entries for Stanislawow that are not online. If you would like a search of those offline indices to identify if your surnames are in those records, please send me a private email with your surnames. 

Re: Lazarus Finkelstein #lithuania #records

Sherri Bobish

Have you looked for Lazarus (Eleazar) Finkelstein in old city directories?

Is there an address of last residence on his death cert?  You can find that address on the 1910 federal census, and hope that he lived there in 1910.

Did he live with a son or daughter or other relative that you can look for in the census?


Sherri Bobish
Princeton, NJ

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