CORRECTED TIME/DATE - Romania Research Division Meeting (Thurs, Aug. 13, 12:30 EST) #announcements #jgs-iajgs

Michael Moritz

Apologies for the confusion -- the Romania Research Division (formerly Rom-SIG) annual meeting will be held tomorrow, Thursday, August 13, at 12:30 Eastern Standard Time (i.e., New York time).  We look forward to seeing familiar and new faces for our presentation tomorrow!


We hope you will join us for a meeting of the Jewishgen Romanian Research Division (session code 4009) at the annual IAJGS conference which is being held virtually this year.  This meeting will start at 12:30 PM EDT on Thursday the 13 of August.  Please check to join your local time.  The meeting is open to anyone with interest in Jewish Romanian ancestors and is at no cost to participants.  Registration is required ahead of time.  Please go to well in advance of the meeting to be sure you understand how to participate.

We will have updates and information about our projects and plans.  The meeting is strictly limited in time to just under 1 hour.  If time permits, there will be open discussion.  Minimally, please send your questions and comments in the Chat Room function of the program being used for the meeting. 

This paragraph from the website is an overview of the Free Access programs, of which this session is one.  The link contained within is for registration.

Free Access to Many Programs (17 July 2020): There is now a “Free Limited Access” option on the Registration Form that allows you to attend at no cost the IAJGS Annual Meeting & Awards, the IAJGS Leadership Seminars, the JewishGen Annual Meeting, and—best of all—the Special Interest Group (SIG) and Birds-of-a-Feather (BOF) meetings. You must register and tell us who you are (that keeps us all safe). It also gives you the amazing opportunity to share with other conference attendees up to 8 surnames and 8 ancestral towns in our conference Family Finder. (And you can always upgrade to “full conference attendee” later if you wish.)

We look forward to welcoming you all to this meeting.  Enjoy your participation in the conference!

Michael Moritz (mmoritz@...)
Barbara Hershey (bhershey@...)

JewishGen Directors of Research, Romania

Re: Finding passenger manifest for Harry Soffer #records

Sherri Bobish

There is an Esther Soffer Golstein from Belazerka who naturalized  in 1940 and states she arrived in Baltimore May 15, 1901 on the ship Koln.

Since Marilyn said that Harry Soffer supposedly arrived in Baltimore May 10th, 1901, I think we can assume that Harry and Ester may be siblings and traveled together.

I also could not find a passenger record in the index, but searching for the Koln arriving mid-May 1901 may yield results by reading through the manifest pages.  Perhaps the page they were on somehow escaped indexing.
Ship Lists: Searching for Ships in the Baltimore Microfilms in One Step

Sherri Bobish
Princeton, NJ

ViewMate Translation Request - Russian #translation


I've posted 4 vital records (2 Marriage Records and 2 Birth Records) in Russian for which I need a translation. I believe they are the key to unlocking a very close recent DNA match. They are on ViewMate at the following addresses:

Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page, or to my email address directly.
Thank you so much for your help,
Jessica Adamsbaum

ViewMate translation-Polish #translation

Ann Adenbaum

I've posted a vital record in Polish (possibly Russian) for which I need a translation. It is on ViewMate at the following address ...
Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page.
Thank you very much.

Ann Adenbaum

Re: Burial Society at Mount Hebron Flushing, Queens, NY #usa

Sherri Bobish


First you want to find out if the society was shtetl based.  Even if it was, people would end up with societies for many different reasons, not only because they shared a hometown with most members.

The other research you can do is to trace the original immigrants in your family via naturalization records, passenger manifests, and other records that may indicate a town of birth.

A good place to start is at the free site
There you can find all the U.S. census, large databases of passenger arrivals, and a good starting point to search for naturalization records.  WW1 draft records sometimes listed town of birth, and WW11 "old man" draft cards often have town of birth listed.

Vital records are also a good source of birthplace.


Sherri Bobish
Princeton, NJ

Re: tombstone inscription #galicia #poland #rabbinic


My son who lives in Israel is a Talmudic scholar and is fluent in
Hebrew. He transcribed your headstone --see attached PDF. He
said it was an interesting description. Scroll down the attachment for
his footnotes on the translation.  Hope it helps you out. (I've never
responded to one of the JewishGen posts, so I hope I did it right.)

Re: Online trees #general

Marcel Apsel

I have my tree on FamilyTreeMaker which can be transferred to a Gedcom file.  As I mentioned before, once I gave the data file of my tree  to a cousin asking him only to share with family members.  He put it without my permission on geni, as I mentioned it too and it became a sholent, kigel and kishke.  I was very furious on him, because I have to respect privacy for some family members who are very strict on their privacy.  Of course that cousin could not take my tree off Geni and since then I never send a tree in any kind of a gedcom file, but download it in a PDF format which I can send to anybody of the family.

I know who Channa Oppenheimer is.  I used to be friendly with her mother and was invited on her parents wedding.  Her father ? Buchinger went back to the States and her mother, with whom I have no touch anymore, still lives in Antwerp, I suppose.  They live on Belgiëlei 161; a friend of mine used to live in the same apartment block.

Marcel Apsel

Antwerp, Belgium

Re: Baku Azerbaijan #records


Thank you Schelly.
Shalom Halper was Ashkenazim. He was from Odessa and moved to Baku with his 2nd wife around 1905. I am told he was a sugar merchant.

Re: Ostarbeiters (forced laborers of Germany) in Klintsy, Bryansk Region - Russian Translation #translation

Risa Heywood

Thank you for posting this, Karen! Unfortunately, I can't help you with a full translation but I have Lockshin family from Klintsy and they are on that list. I read the last surnames on the list as Krukov, if that's the one you are referring to. The document is giving street addresses for the people on the list.

I would also be interested in a translation of the heading information and the given names and info on the Lockshins.
Risa Daitzman Heywood

Re: tombstone inscription #galicia #poland #rabbinic


The mem-vav after the word Avrech (which means a young married man), which does likely represent the word "Moreinu", would be either an honorific, or would indicate that he was a teacher.

Although the "Rabbani" before his father's name does mean a "learned scholar", there is an additional abbreviation here:  mem-vav-hey.  This stands for "Moreina haRav", and translates to "our teacher, the rabbi".

Thus, his father was definitely a rabbi.
Fredel Fruhman
Brooklyn, New York, USA

August 20: Adventures in Genealogy with Jennifer Mendelsohn #events

Moriah Amit

Adventures in Genealogy with Jennifer Mendelsohn - Live on Zoom
Presented by the Ackman & Ziff Family Genealogy Institute at the Center for Jewish History
When: August 20, 6 PM ET

Jennifer Mendelsohn is the founder of
#resistancegenealogy, a social media movement that’s garnered international attention by using genealogical and historical records to fight disinformation and honor America’s immigrant past. In this session she’ll talk about her path to becoming an “accidental activist.” She’ll also detail how her genealogical adventures have helped reunite long lost family members, debunked decades-old family fairy tales (Did you know no names were changed at Ellis Island?) and led to shocking, poignant and sometimes hilarious revelations.

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

Ticket Info: Pay what you wish; register at or 800-838-3006 to receive a link to the Zoom program.

Moriah Amit
Senior Genealogy Librarian
Center for Jewish History
New York, NY

Re: Baku Ajerbijan #records

Schelly Talalay Dardashti

1. it is Azerbaijan.
2. Are you looking for Ashkenazim or Sephardic/Mizrahi? The Jews of Azerbaijan are from Persia. However, in the early 1900s the fledgling oil industry attracted Ashkenazim from many places in the Russian Empire. A number of our Talalay from Mogilev Belarus worked in Baku before migrating to Philadelphia. There are 2 communities in Baku so your questions need to be addressed to the correct one.

Re: Town Finder my district #education

Alexander Sharon

Go to Jewish Communities Trees at:

Select country: "Russian Empire", click on it to see alphabetical listing for all Russian based Guberniyas (Provinces), which include 2,247 towns

Re: Deciphering Manifest -- "Gachef"? #romania

Molly Staub

I had the same question about my father’s emigration to America from Romania. He answered “Servio” for last residence. When I couldn’t find it, the late and very knowledgeable Phyllis Kramer said sometimes people answered with the name of the inn they had stayed in the night before.


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Re: Burial Society at Mount Hebron Flushing, Queens, NY #usa

Jane Foss

The admin at mt hebron has contact info re society as does NY State

Re: trying to find: Saletea / Saleteca, Poland - #lithuania #poland #belarus

Alexander Sharon

It appears to be town Solec.

There are several towns by this name in Poland (town name is associated with the salt mines or salt recovery). 
The largest town with close to one thousand Jewish population was also known as Solec nad Wisłą (Solec on Wisla River) and Solec Sandomierski, (close to large Kielce region towns Radom and Ostrow Swietokrzyski). 

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


Hi Lesley,
   Here is the marriage document. My maternal grandfather's sister's daughter married Barney Ziff who I think is related to your Ziff and Marks families. I have many more documents. Perhaps we can correspond privately and compare notes.
Best wishes,
Larry Bassist
Springville, Utah, USA

Re: Name of Marrero possibly Marrano from Puerto Rico. Possibly Jewish? #names #latinamerica


It is also important to state that this surname was found to be of Jews at Tenerife, Islas Canarias in Spain in 1584.
Alejandro T Rubinstein

JewishGen Courses #education #JewishGenUpdates

Susan Berkson

Before sinking $150 into a JewishGen course, curious about the experience of others with JewishGen courses.  Respectfully wondering if you have found the courses worthwhile.
Susan Berkson

Re: Name of Marrero possibly Marrano from Puerto Rico. Possibly Jewish? #names #latinamerica


Marrero is not a derivation of Marrano (pork). Marrero is a Spanish occupational surname of the person who makes or sells sledgehammers.
Jews have made of occupational surnames a strong category only surpassed by patronymics.
Alejandro T. Rubinstein

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