ViewMate Translation request - Polish #translation #poland

Sandra Krisch

Subj: ViewMate translation request - Polish

I've posted a vital record in Polish 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.
Sandra Krisch

ViewMate translation request - Yiddish in Cyrillic Script #translation #yiddish

Fran Stark-Hundiak

Hello Friends!

I've posted the back of a photograph for which I need a translation.  I've been told that it is Yiddish, but written in Cyrillic alphabet.
It is on ViewMate at the following address ...
Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page.
Thank you very much.

Fran Stark-Huniak
Michigan USA

Viewmate Translation Request - Russian #translation #poland

Greg Tuckman

Hello everyone,
I've posted 4 vital records in Russian for which I need a translation. They are on ViewMate at the following addresses ...
1.  Birth Record of Sender WAJSBLECH:

2.  Birth Record of Abram WAJSBLECH:

3.  Birth Record of Szyia Heszel WAJSBLECH:

4.  Death Record of Szyia Heszel WAJSBLECH:
Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page.
Thank you very much.
Greg Tuckman
Phoenix, Arizona USA

Multiple (male) given names and Russian patronymics #general #names

Michael Kaulkin

Dear Friends,
I wonder if anyone has any expertise that would shed light on what seems like a very odd situation.
I had never known the given name(s) of my great grandfather until a few months ago, when I found pictures of headstones of my grandmother and her sister.  According to my grandmother's headstone, he was Mordechi Avram LEVIN, and according to my great aunt's headstone, he was Yisroel Mordechi LEVIN.
To make things murkier, thanks to research done by a newly discovered cousin, there is strong DNA evidence that he was also the father of a man who stayed in Russia and whose Russian patronymic was "Nakhimovich"  (Aron Nakhimovich LEVIN).
So, my questions:
  1. Are there possible easy explanations for the discrepancies among given names?
  2. Does it seem likely that Nakhim was yet another given name of his?
  3. Are there other possible explanations for someone having a Russian patronymic that does not match is father's actual name?
I am leaving out a lot of detail in favor of succinctness, but if you think you can help and need more info, by all means, let me know!
Many, many thanks,
Michael Kaulkin (KOLKIN – Vitebsk)
Oakland, California

Re: Citizenship #general #usa


My mother and her parents were listed as naturalized in the 1930 and 1940 Census. I was told that based on the Cable Act of 1922, all women naturalized after the law became effective needed to be naturalized in their own right, not through their husband's naturalization.  That explains the 1941 petition.

Thanks to everyone who has responded here or in private.

Bob Malakoff
Pittsburgh, PA

Re: Sharing family tree information #general

Lee Jaffe

If you don't mind hearing a perspective from the other side of the fence, I'm having problems getting information from relatives that would help fill in branches of our family tree.  I've recently made connections with cousins scattered around the country and have asked for their help with gaps in the record since some family connections have lapsed once earlier generations have passed away.  As a sign of my goodwill and valid connection I've shared an outline of my branch, with an offer to answer their questions, and hoped they would reciprocate. 

So far I've received very little help.  Initially they are excited at making the connection and seem eager to share family information.  In some cases, we've talked on the phone and exchanged some photos and documents, but those exchanges dry up quickly.  And I've yet to get any information that would actually help me fill in the tree.  In one case it took 3 tries to get a cousin to identify which of my great-grandfather's siblings he's descended from.  And I still don't know his parents' names or his siblings, partner, or children.  Ironically, I get the most help when people on one branch name names in another branch – e.g., "I'm not in touch with Hal but we talk to his sister Susan once in a while."  Bingo!  I now know Hal has a sister named Susan.  This is how I found out that a HS classmate was a second cousin, when another second cousin reported on the other branch, but nothing about her own family.

Maybe I need to be more explicit about protecting their privacy.  I hadn't considered that this might be an issue until reading this thread.  I've been so excited and encouraged by making these connections it never occurred to me that long-lost family – who seemed equally excited by the connection – would be so reticent to share.  No one has said that they don't want to be included in the tree or that they had privacy concerns.  But perhaps if I take that issue off the table right up front, that would be one less hurdle to sharing.  

Lee Jaffe
JAFFE > Suchowola, Poland
STEIN > Grodno, Bialystok, Poland
LUDWINOWSKA and BRAUN > Wizajny, Poland
JOROFF and KOSHKIN > Snovsk, Ukraine
SCHWARTZ > Perth Amboy, NJ

Belarus SIG Request for Volunteers #belarus #translation

Steven Rosenberg <stvnrsnbrg@...>

Dear JewishGeners,
Belarus SIG is continuing with the translations of the Grodnenskie Gubernskie  1912 Duma Lists and we are looking for volunteers. 
If you have some experience transliterating names from Russian Cyrillic or a background in using OCR Software please feel free to contact me for this important project.
Thank you for your time and consideration.
With Best Regards.
Steven Rosenberg.
Slonim Uyezd Project Leader.

Re: MARANTZ - Odessa, Ukraine, Russia 1872 #ukraine #russia #austria-czech #unitedkingdom

Alan Klein

Thanks.  Not sure what to do with this info, but I'll work on it.  Do you have any history of Nathaniel?
Alan Klein

Re: Genealogy research leads to discovery of cousins thought to have died in the Holocaust #holocaust


Michael, very interesting!  I am wondering about the Moritz side of yout family.  My 2nd great grandmother Margaretha Schiff (born Metzger) had a sister, Regine, who married Hermann Moritz in or around the Mainz area.  I have a DNA match in Ancestry with a predicted relationship of 4th cousin 1X removed with the same name as yours.  Is it the same family?

Diane Jacobs

Re: surname Morpurgo #names

Karol Swanson

I understand that Morpurgo was the surname of Michael Morpurgo's stepfather.
If anyone is searching that name they should check out the Portuguese Synagogue in Amsterdam. That name appears on some of the wall plaques there.
Kind regards,
Karol Schlosser

Re: Help: Hebrew use of Gis brother law in the 18th century Germany #translation #germany

Dr.Josef ASH

In the dictionary there are four meanings of "gis"
the same as for "b-i-l"
May be in Germany they had some other ???

Josef Ash

Re: Genealogy research leads to discovery of cousins thought to have died in the Holocaust #holocaust

JoAnne Goldberg

My mother's maternal grandfather apparently didn't have much to do with
his birth family -- he moved to the Rhineland from the Hesse region--
but via DNA, I found that his sister had married and had children, so my
mother had two unknown second cousins in Israel. I was way more excited
about this than she was!

It's worth noting that the match (granddaughter of a second cousin) was
way down on my FTDNA list -- she's my third cousin 1r -- and I wouldn't
have spotted her if her mother hadn't written me. When I saw segments of
50cM and 25cM, I knew there must be a close relationship.
JoAnne Goldberg - Menlo Park, California; GEDmatch M131535


Re: Kagan family in Zvenigorodka, Kiev Gubernia and Philadelphia #ukraine

David Mason

The link is much appreciated!  I studied Russian rather than Ukrainian, but I'm finding the website pretty understandable.

Kahan is yet another variant I'm trying.  Pronunciation of Cyrillic Г varies between hard "G" (or sometimes "V") in Russian, and "H" in Ukrainian (hence Zvenigorodka/Zvenihorodka).  I'm hoping the surname's American spelling hasn't departed too far from these, but who knows? 

Even before translation, it would be hugely useful if handwritten records in Russian and Ukrainian could just be transcribed into computer text.  Cursive from a century ago differs considerably from what I was taught. Somewhat like trying to read German in gothic font!  I suspect difficulties with archaic cursive are a tighter bottleneck than translation, or simply reading the Russian and Ukrainian.

David Mason

Searching missing LEVIN/E family #unitedkingdom


Hi Apologies for a long post - I'm trying to search for my great aunt daughters descendants and have hit a brick wall so hoping this group can help. Here's what I know... my great aunt was Sarah Levine and to the best of my knowledge that was both her single and married name. The story started in a book my ggf Rabbi Lewis Levin/e wrote published in 1910 (Hikre lev: ... heker ve-daat. (Examination of the Heart) Published: London: Naroditski, 1910) In this he pays tribute to his nephew saying My soul mourns and my eyes shed tears for the death of my nephew, the great scholar Avram Leib. He left the Beth-Midrash and emigrated to the landof England, and after some years in Liverpool married a woman from a good home from the city of Llanelli, near Swansea, he was married just for a year and became a father after his death. He died on Sarurday night the 8thof Tammuz 5669 (=June 26th 1909) aged 24 and was buried in Swansea. I have solved this actual branch but from Abraham's marriage authorisation found that his father was named Vigdor (Victor) a teacher. In a later book Ha-Teva veha-nes, kolel shene derushim, (Nature and Miracles)Published :London: Tshernitski, 1920. Alongside other family members he says he wishes to congratulate his modest 'Ayshet Chayil' sister Sarah Levine and blessings for her daughter, son in law and grand children. I have now found a 1911 English census record for Liverpool for Sarah and a Flora Levine. This makes complete sense as my other family are in Liverpool and more importantly on the census they have actually written that they came from Zabbelin (Izabelin, Belarus) which we know was their place of origin. I have my ggf family in Liverpool in 1901 and also in 1901 I have found a possible census record for Sarah and Abraham but no mention of Flora. The ages are about right as are the occupations. What I can't find is any mention of Victor but on both census Sarah says she is married not widowed. I'm also struggling to find a marriage for Flora. I have found one in Bradford which I have ordered a certificate for. If anyone can help with this that would be great. Book titles given as if anyone reads Hebrew some of the books are available on and I'm working from very kind translations I have received over the years
Rachel Poole

Searching: LEVIN/E- Belarus, UK, SILVER - UK, Russia/Poland, COHEN- - Latvia, UK, LYPSYZC/LIFSHITS/LYONS - Belarus, UK, USA

Re: Kagan family in Zvenigorodka, Kiev Gubernia and Philadelphia #ukraine

Chuck Weinstein

Kagan is a common surname.  It is the Russian version of Cohen.  As far as Zvenigorodka is concerned, Alex Krakovski has posted a number of records scans on his wiki site at   The site is in Ukrainian, but Google Chrome will give you a passable translation.  Scroll down to Kyiv Province and you will find all records he has scanned so far for Zvenigorodka.   Ukraine Research Division has downloaded all of these records, and eventually, we will have them translated and indexed on line.  It may take some time to do that, as we have several hundred record sets from Ukraine that all need to go through the same process.  All of the records, of course, are in handwritten Russian.  

Chuck Weinstein
Bellport, NY

Re: Kagan family in Zvenigorodka, Kiev Gubernia and Philadelphia #ukraine

Alan Shuchat

The voter database is on JewishGen. I worked on the translation a number of years ago. For example, if you search for Zvenigorodka on JewishGen, you'll see that there are 1925 listings in the Kiev Gubernia Duma Voters List.
Alan Shuchat
Newton, MA

Re: Rabbi Uri David Ben Yosef Aperion (Apiryon?) of Zagare Lithuania, late 19th centrury #lithuania #rabbinic


Thank you, that is fascinating.  I'm trying to understand the purpose - would the intentional twisting of the author's name for the title have been done to reflect some honorific title? I cant imagine that it was just for some kind of grammatical humor...
Unfortunately I cant seem to find any reference to him or his relatives under the name Efron anywhere at all so far, but its another lead to follow, thanks again! 

Re: Rabbi Uri David Ben Yosef Aperion (Apiryon?) of Zagare Lithuania, late 19th centrury #lithuania #rabbinic


Thank you for clarifying that.  It is confusing because in addition to seeing it used as this Rabbi's surname in multiple sources, I do see it used as a surname in a lot of other records on JewishGen, like the example below.  I thought I was on the right track since a number of these records with this name are from the same region and timeframe as where this Rabbi lived and worked, so I assumed they might be relatives, but I guess based on what you say they are all likely errors.  Thank you again.   

Re: Genealogy research leads to discovery of cousins thought to have died in the Holocaust #holocaust

Annette Weiss

I took a DNA test several years ago with MY Heritage and found a 2C1R ... and she was the great granddaugther of my grandmother.  I never knew about my grandmother's much younger sister, who was left in Poland to care for her father, while her older siblings (my grandmother and her older brother) immigrated to NYC.  She was murdered in a synagogue, but not before she married and had several children, only one of whom survived.  I finally met this girl in the fall of 2018 and we exchanged info about our families, and each discovered many cousins we never knew about ... a wonderful find!

Annette Weiss

Re: Genealogy research leads to discovery of cousins thought to have died in the Holocaust #holocaust


SO fascinating!

I hope that you will post here again when you've added the rest of the story.
Fredel Fruhman
Brooklyn, New York, USA

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