Re: surname Morpurgo #names


One comment regarding the city Marburg from which the name Morpurgo allegedly is derived. It may not be Marburg in Germany  but Marburg in Slovenia, now called Maribor. 
Slovenia is next door to Trieste and previously both belonged to imperial Austria. 

Best regards , 
Laurent Kassel 
Moreshet, Israel 

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


In classical Hebrew  hiss specifically relates to husbands of two sisters. This a narrower definition than modern usage of the word, as brother-in-law.

Best regards  
Laurent Kassel 
Moreshet, Israel 

Jewish Tombstones Found on New York's Long Island #general #usa

Jan Meisels Allen


Jewish tombstone fragments gathered from a roadbed

on the bank of Hook Creek in North Woodmere, Nassau County


Hook Creek in North Woodmere, Nassau County, New Yuork was the site of finding a bed of crushed white rocks made of white granite and marble with a carved Jewish star and other stone fragments had carvings of words, “beloed” “ther”  possibley mother or father.


No one eems to know where they came from.




Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


Re: Russian Website Jewish Roots #russia #general

Stephen Weinstein

To clarify what Yelena Volk wrote
Russian Empire included Poland, Lithuania, Belarus, Ukraine, and Latvia and Estonua and some other contries too
The Russian Empire included only part of Poland.  Galicia, for example, was part of the Austrian/Hapsburg Empire (known in the U.S. as Austria-Hungary).  Records from there are in Polish in Napoleonic format.

Stephen Weinstein
Camarillo, CA

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

Stephen Weinstein


Headstones don't indicate what the person's name was.  Headstones indicate what someone who outlived the person thought that the person's name was.  If someone's children died before them and the surviving parent purchased the tombstone, then the parent's name is probably right.  If the parent died first, and the person arranging for the tombstone was the child of the deceased, and the grandchild of the father being named, who may not have even been born until after the man in question died, and certainly might not have known all the parts of his name, then the simplest explanation is that the tombstones are wrong.  And by Occam's razor, that's also the most likely explanation.

Stephen Weinstein
Camarillo, CA

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.

Re: Looking for help to find Polish passport #poland

Sandra Lion

Thank you very much for your reply! It is of great help!

My grandfather did renounce to his Polish citizenship but htat was after 1951 and after my mum was born, so it should be ok. But when we presented all the papers the resolution was that we needed the passport. 

Did you have any company who helped you do it? If so, could you please give me the contact? And one more doubt... The "confirmation of Polish citizenship" is somehting different than the ordinary way to get it? Because that could be also good to know.
I appreciate your help a lot! Thank you!

Sandra Lion

Re: DNA Tests #dna


I have discussed this topic with Ancestry DNA
You can UPLOAD  your DNA file to most other DNA sites from Ancestry, BUT you cannot DOWNLOAD your DNA file from other sites............
Yes GEDMATCH is back ...Bernie

Re: Help needed to decipher handwriting of the name of vessel on attached Petition for Naturalization #usa


Karen: There is a list of  arrivals - Quebec City and other ports, 1865 - 1900

David Rosen
Boston, MA

On 8/24/2020 1:02 PM, Keren Weiner wrote:
Requesting your assistance with deciphering the handwriting on the attached Petition for Naturalization for Abraham HOROWITZ, who arrived in New York on 3 June 1899.  The description of the vessel reads in part " Quebec and via R.R. and boat to N.Y." but the first two words of the vessel are a mystery we could sure use your help to solve.    With thanks,

Keren Weiner,  Pittsfield, MA kweiner2@...>

Re: Russian Website Jewish Roots #russia #general


On Sun, Aug 23, 2020 at 11:56 AM, Stephen Weinstein wrote:
Most of the Pale was farther west than modern-day Russia

Of course, I told about Russian Empire, not about modern-day Russia. Russian Empire included Poland, Lithuania, Belarus, Ukraine, and Latvia and Estonua and some other contries too. All vital records in these territories was in Russian. It is a pity that the descendants of emigrants from the Russian Empire do not have the opportunity to read the metric records in the original.

Yelena Volk

Re: Viewmate translation Russian to English for surname Pilvinsky #translation #lithuania #russia


2 сентября
ей 22, ему 26
Земледелец колонии Лейпун Олькеникской волости
Овсей Мордухов-Хеслев Пильвинский
с девицею, Олькеникскою мещанкой
Асною Бейносовою Фарбер

Yes, that is the marriage record. He is single and farmer, she is maiden.

Re: Blitz Information Services #belarus #general #russia


what archives in the former Soviet Union are you interested in? What do you want to find in archives? What is preliminary searching?
Do you know where your ancestors lived?

The cost of copying in archives depends on the number of sheets and is always different.
Sincerely, Elena

Blitz Information Services #belarus #general #russia

M Fine

I found this company mentioned on the FEEFHS website. They claim they can do a preliminary search of a number of archives in the former Soviet Union for $80.
Has anyone had any experience with them?  Is it worth giving a try?
Mordechai Fine

How to find record listed on #austria-czech

Sheri Prager

I have found a listing on that I believe is for my cousin. There isn't a link to a record, so I'm wondering how I can pursue this. This is what I'm looking for:
Nr Lastname Firstname Date District Parish Page
1065536 Martinek Elemir 1897 18 Währing 165
Where can I search for the actual record?
Thanks for your help!

Sheri Prager
Vancouver, WA

Re: Help needed to decipher handwriting of the name of vessel on attached Petition for Naturalization #usa

Sherri Bobish


Have you tried finding his passenger manifest entering Quebec?
I suggest doing a soundex search on the surname, and assume his first name may have been different.

Canada Passenger Lists, 1881-1922


Sherri Bobish

JGS of Illinois virtual meeting with Holocaust research webinar on Aug. 30 #announcements #jgs-iajgs

Martin Fischer

Genealogist Deborah Long to speak on Holocaust research on Aug. 30


Deborah H. Long, founder of the Triangle Jewish Genealogical Society in Durham/Chapel Hill, N.C., will speak on “Out of the Whirlwind: Finding Your Family Lost in the Holocaust” during the Sunday, Aug. 30, 2020, Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois virtual meeting. Her presentation, which will begin at 2 p.m. CDT, will be preceded at 1 p.m. by a genealogy question-and-answer discussion time.



This event is free and open to the public; however, Zoom will limit attendance to 100. To join the live streaming session, at the meeting time go to This webinar will be recorded so that JGSI’s paid members who are unable to view it live will be able to view the recording later.

The daughter of two Holocaust survivors, Deborah Long reviews in this presentation the best (as well as some of the obscure) resources and methods for determining the fate of those involved in the Holocaust, including survivors and victims. She will use examples from her own research to demonstrate the documents and artifacts she discovered.
For more information about this event, see

Martin Fischer
Vice President-Publicity
Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois

JGSI website:

Translation of Death Record from a Ukrainian town written in German #translation

R Jaffer

I would like a translation of the death record of Meyer SANDBERG of Zolochiv. Please reply privately.

Thank you for your time.

Roberta Jaffer

Re: US Naturalization questions (more or less general)#usa#general#records

Dear all

In his long discussion Mr. Cherson writes that Camille Pissaro was of Danish-French descent. Wrong! Jacob Abraham Camille Pissarro was born Jewish, to a father of Portuguese marrano extraction who was an active member of the little Jewish community of the island and to a local Jewish mother. He came in conflict with the Jewish community because he married the widow of his uncle which for the strict orthodox then and now is utterly forbidden. This has of course nothing to do with the judicial Cassirer issue. But to the many solutions suggested by Mr. Cherson I would add, why not donating the Pissaro to the Israel's Museum in Jerusalem?


Prof. Isak Gath MD, DIC, DSc (Elect. Eng)

Faculty of Biomedical Engineering             Tel. Office #972-4-8294115

Technion Israel Institute of Technology             Home #972-4-9835704

32000 Haifa, Israel


Translation of Death Record from a Ukrainian town written in German #translation

R Jaffer

I would like a translation of the death record of Meyer Sandberg of Zolochiv. 

Thank you

Passport from Jassy 1886 #romania #translation

Jan Burns

I have my great grandfathers passport form Jassy, 1886. I have scanned all the pages and would like to get them translated but don't know how to post to viewmate.
Jan Burns

Moderator note: For those of you who have used ViewMate, please help Jan and others with step by step directions on how it is done.
Thank you  

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

N. Summers

I just learned that my ggf, who was known in the U.S. as Morris Alper, had the following names:
--Leib Mowshe Liss (on the passenge manifest in 1901)
--Morris Liss (on his certificate of naturalization in 1906)
--Morris L. Alper (in English on his tombstone in 1911)
--Moshe Leib, son of Yitzckok Yaakov (in Hebrew on his tombstone in 1911)

I had known that most of the Liss family changed their name to Alper when they came to the U.S., but the other names were a complete surprise to me!  I anticipate that I'll discover something similar for my ggm Chane/Sarah Ann/Annie.

PS: I had looked and looked for Morris' passenger arrival manifest on without success. Then I had an Ellis Island researcher look for him in their records but she didn't find him either. Finally, a few weeks ago I asked for help from this Discussion Group and one member finally found him on FamilySearch.  Two others gave me hints about how to confirm or dismiss the information using other records I had. And this weekend I received translations of his gravestone from the volunteers on ViewMate and all the pieces came together. It truly takes a village!

Nancy Summers

Maryland, USA


FINKELSTEIN, BOOKSTEIN, KOENIG/SUKOENIG, LUSMAN, SAGORODER/ZAGORODER (Radziwillow, Belarus/Ukraine; Ostrog, Poland/Belarus; Warsaw, Poland; Wolinsky, Russia/Ukraine)

LISS / ALPER  (Motol, Russia/Belarus)

LEAF / LIFSCHITZ ( Rechitsa, Belarus)

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