Re: How to correct information in Jewishgen Databases #records

Daniella Alyagon

There is something to consider when asking for corrections in Indexed record
1. If the index does not reflect the actual historic record, usually due to issues figuering out the hand written record or typing issues a correction is warented
2. If the original record contains an error it should not be corrected as in the i dex as that will mis represent the indexed record. 
3. Information not provided in the original record should not be added to the index for the same reason provided above.
If I understand correctly you are asking to add information not present in the actual record and in that case I sincerly hope JewishGen will not do so as it will be misleading for other researchers.
In order to explain my last comment about 20 years ago I published a family tree online. This tree contained information I believed to be correct and was picked up by other. Since then I have discovered errors in my original tree and current information is in cotrast with other published family trees. This posses a question as to the correct information. 

Daniella Alyagon




Researching: ALYAGON (Israel), SHOCHETMAN (Kishinev / Letychev / Derazhnya), AGINSKY (Kishinev / Minsk), FAJNZYLBER (Siennica, Poland / Warsaw, Poland), YELIN (Poland), KIEJZMAN (Garwolin, Poland),  SLIWKA (Garwolin, Poland), MANDELBAUM (Janowiec, Poland / Zwolen, Poland / Kozienice, Poland), CUKIER (Janowiec, Poland), RECHTANT (Kozienice, Poland), FALENBOGEN (Lublin, Poland), ROTENSTREICH (Galicia), SELINGER (Galicia), BITTER (Galicia / Bukowina), HISLER (Galicia / Bukowina ), EIFERMAN (Galicia / Bukowina), FROSTIG (Zolkiew, Galicia / Lviv, Galicia), GRANZBAUER (Zolkiew, Galicia), HERMAN (Zolkiew, Galicia), MESSER (Lviv, Galicia / Vienna, Austria), PROJEKT (Lviv, Galicia), STIERER (Lviv, Galicia), ALTMAN (Lviv, Galicia), FRIEDELS (Lviv, Galicia)


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

Stephen Weinstein

On Mon, Aug 24, 2020 at 06:09 AM, Rick Zeckel wrote:
Census data from later years indicate that she was a naturalized citizen. Is it logical to assume that since her parents were not there to include her in a naturalization process that she would have had to become naturalized herself (as opposed to being naturalized by inclusion with someone else's petition)? 
Rick, it is not logical to assume anything based on census records, except possibly that the person shown in the census was already born when the census was taken.  The census records just indicate what someone told the census taker.  They do not indicate whether it is true, and it often isn't.

Stephen Weinstein

legal name change in New York. #general

Richard Gross

I'm trying to find out when my husband's relative changed his name from Abraham Epstein to A Lincoln Epworth. He was born in New York ca 1903 and seems to have changed his name before 1930 probably because of antisemitism. As he was an attorney with offices at 1440 Broadway, New York so the name change was most likely official rather than by word of mouth but I can't be sure.
Beulah Gross (Australia). Researching Gross, Jacobs, Sloman in the UK, USA and South Africa

Reminder October 2,2020 is When New Obscene USCIS Fees Begin--Now is Time to Order Any Records Before Then #announcements #usa #records

Jan Meisels Allen




This is a reminder that the fees for all records including genealogy requests through the USCIS are going up on October 2, 2020. If you are planning to order any records this is the time to do so. While USCIS was planning to furlough more than 13,000 employee furloughs Tuesday, that was cancelled. Officials said “unprecedented spending cuts” and a revenue increase allowed the agency to drop the furloughs, but they warned of longer wait times and further backlogs, including for those seeking work permits, green cards or citizenship.  “Averting this furlough comes at a severe operational cost that will increase backlogs and wait times across the board, with no guarantee we can avoid future furloughs,” Joseph Edlow, USCIS deputy director for policy, said in a statement. “A return to normal operating procedures requires congressional intervention to sustain the agency through fiscal year 2021.” It says it will maintain operations through September, when the fiscal year ends. The cuts include nonessential travel and reducing work sent to private contractors who handle paperwork.  The agency’s roughly $4.8 billion budget comes almost entirely from application fees it charges. See:


As I posted back in July, last November, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced through the Federal Register that they intend to increase the request fees charged by them, including for genealogy services.  Currently, the G-1041 Index Search Request is $65 and form G-1041A Genealogy Records Request is $65. The USCIS proposed to raise the fees to $240 and $385 respectively.  These were a 269 percent and 492 percent change respectively.


The USCIS published the final rule on July 31 which will become effective on October 2, 2020. These fee increases range from 146 to  308 percent—still quite substantial. The new fees will be: for Form G-1041, Genealogy Index Search Request, when filed online as $160 and $170 when filed on paper. Using the same methodology refinement, DHS establishes a fee for Form G-1041A, Genealogy Records Request, when filed online as $255 and $265 when filed by paper.”


See: The final rule covers more than genealogy and is quite long –over 570 pages. I did a word search for the term “genealogy: and the following have information of interest for genealogist. The fees portion are included on pages 16-17. Other items of interest are included on pages: 179, 187-203; 415, 419, 428-429; 433-434, 436, 438, 446-448, 461-463, 475, 511-513, 530, 532.


They further rationalized the genealogy fee increase by,” INA section 1356(t)(1) authorizes DHS to set the genealogy fee for providing genealogy research and information services at a level that will ensure the recovery of the costs of providing genealogy services separate from other adjudication and naturalization service’s fees. USCIS must estimate the costs of the genealogy program because it does not have a discrete genealogy program operating budget. Nor does USCIS discretely identify and track genealogy program expenditures. The same office that researches genealogy requests, the National Records Center, also performs other functions, such as FOIA operations, retrieving, storing, and moving files. In the FY 2016/2017 fee rule, DHS estimated the costs of the genealogy program indirectly using projected volumes and other information. The projected costs included a portion of Lockbox costs, genealogy contracts, and other costs related to the division that handles genealogy, FOIA, and similar USCIS workloads.” They also responded to one of the genealogy submitters: “USCIS receives fewer than 10,000 genealogy requests each year, so the fees should not affect hundreds of thousands of people as the commenter mentions.”


They also commented on the electronic version of records,: “DHS is expanding the use of electronic genealogy requests to encourage requesters to use the electronic versions of Form G-1041 and Form G–1041A. DHS is changing the search request process so that USCIS may provide requesters with electronic records, if they exist, in response to the initial index request. These final changes may reduce the time it takes to request and receive genealogy records, and, in some cases, it will eliminate the need to make multiple search requests and submit separate fees. Moreover, DHS notes that providing digital records in response to a Form G-1041 request may reduce the number of Form G-1041A requests that will be filed because there would already be a copy of the record if it was previously digitized. As a result, the volume of Form G-1041A requests USCIS receives may decrease, though DHS is unable to estimate by how much. .. DHS recognizes that some small entities may be impacted by these increased fees but cannot determine how many or the exact impact. “


Note: DHS stands for Department of Homeland Security of which USCIS is under.


As with the proposed fee increase USCIS still maintains, “DHS is unable to estimate the number of G-1041 index searches and G-1041A records requests considered small; however, some will receive a reduced fee and savings, by filing online. Therefore, DHS does not currently have sufficient data on the requestors for the genealogy forms to definitively assess the estimate of small entities for these requests. DHS is unable to estimate by how much because DHS does not know how many individuals will have access to a computer and/or internet capability. The case management tracking system used by DHS for genealogy requests does not allow for requestor data to be readily pulled.”



For a Genealogy Records Request, requests for copies of historical records or files must: (1) Identify the record by number or other specific data used by the Genealogy Program Office to retrieve the record as follows: (i) C-Files must be identified by a naturalization certificate number. (ii) Forms AR-2 and A-Files numbered below 8 million must be identified by Alien Registration Number. (iii) Visa Files must be identified by the Visa File Number. Registry Files must be identified by the Registry File Number (for example, R-12345).


Information required for release of records. (1) Documentary evidence must be attached to a Genealogy Records Request or submitted in accordance with the instructions on the Genealogy Records Request form. (2) Search subjects will be presumed deceased if their birth dates are more than 100 years before the date of the request. In other cases, the subject is presumed to be living until the requestor establishes to the satisfaction of USCIS that the subject is deceased. (3) Documentary evidence of the subject's death is required (including but not limited to death records, published obituaries or eulogies, published death notices, church or bible records, photographs of gravestones, and/or copies of official documents relating to payment of death benefits).


Fees must be remitted from a bank or other institution located in the United States and payable in U.S. currency. The fee must be paid using the method that USCIS prescribes for the request, office, filing method, or filing location, as provided in the form instructions or by individual notice.


If you want to place an order this would be the more cost-efficient time to do so. The forms may be found at:


To see previous postings about the USCIS and the fee increases,  go to the archives of the IAJGS Records Access Alert at: You must be registered to access the archives.  To register go to:  and follow the instructions to enter your email address, full name and which genealogical  organization with whom you are affiliated   You will receive an email response that you have to reply to or the subscription will not be finalized.


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


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


Thank you!  Was there any more information that you could discern from this document which might be helpful?  Like the parent's names? Anything else?  Thank you!

Blessings, Brad

How to correct information in Jewishgen Databases #records

Selma Sheridan

On 13 July 2020, I sent a request to support@... asking what steps I should take to go about correcting the spelling of the names of my grandparents in the Vienna Marriages database.  I haven’t received a reply.  Since then, I discovered in Vienna Deaths that the birth date of one great-grandfather is missing, and the death date indicates only the year; I can provide all the missing information, but don’t know the procedure.  Where should I send the request to correct these details?  Many thanks!

Selma Sheridan

Oswego NY

Need help translating Kurrentschrift (German) #translation

Chip Rosenfeld


I am hoping to help a friend who is trying to decipher a number of
seemingly important letters written between her parents in the early
20th century. The letters were written in an archaic German script
called Kurrent Schrift, which is apparently difficult to decipher even
amongst native tongue Germans.

Is there anyone in your group who has familiarity with this script? Or
can direct us to a potentially helpful resource??

Many thanks in advance,

Chip Rosenfeld
Portland, Oregon
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Re: U.S. Appeals Court Rules Spanish Museum May Keep Nazi Looted Art #announcements #holocaust

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

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

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

32000 Haifa, Israel


Berlin Jewish Museum reopens #germany

Yvonne Stern

 Berlin Jewish Museum reopens with totally revamped new Core Exhibit 

Berlin Jewish Museum has reopened with a totally revamped core exhibition that prioritizes Jewish life in Germany — including rebuilding Jewish life in the decades after the Shoah and then after the Berlin Wall came down — as well as Jewish history, art, traditions, and heritage.
Read more at:  

Yvonne Stern
Rio de Janeiro

Shlomo Boruch Tennenbaum #slovakia #austria-czech #rabbinic

Moishe Tanenbaum

I am some how related to R' Shlomo Boruch Tennenbaum, born in 1891 and married Chaya ?. He was a Dayin in Stropkov. I have names of his children (but I cannot verify that): Wolf, Eliezer, Binyomin and Avrohom from Szeborov, Checkoslovakia. He was a "Talmud Muvak" of the great Ropshitzer Rebbe. I am looking for any information . Thank you.

Moishe Tanenbaum

Hungarian Jewish BMD records #records #hungary

henry wellisch

These records from about 1835 to 1895 have been available on line from the Family History Library for years. However since recently they are now only available at the Family History Centres.This is a very large collection with many hundreds of microfilmed BMD records. Does anyone know why this change occurred ?
Henry Wellisch

New translated records for Volozhin #records #lithuania


All records from Volozhin...especially Revision Lists...have been translated under the auspices of the
LitvakSIG Oshmiany District Research Group (DRG). You can search them by surname/Town in
the LitvakSIG All Lithuania Database or...even can browse and sort the Excel files of
the translated records on the DRG site.

Please write me privately to find out how you can gain access to this password-protected site
with thousands of records on it.

Judy Baston, Coordinator
LitvakSIG Oshmiany District Research Group

Re: Russian Website Jewish Roots #russia #general

Joel Ratner

By way of a map, see the attachment which shows the Pale of Settlement within the Russian Empire.
Map courtesy of YIVO
Joel Ratner
Newton, MA.

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List of Victims of Belzec #poland

Zev Cohen

Are there any comprehensive lists of Jews transported to and murdered at or on the way to Belzec?

Zev Cohen

Chaya HOROWITZ or Malka GREENSPAN, Zlochew post Holocaust #holocaust #poland

Yonatan Ben-Ari

My wife's aunts , Chaya HOROWITZ and Malka GREENSPAN (ne: EIZEN) were
thought to have perished in the holocaust. There now arose a
possibility that one of them may have survived and was seen begging
for food after the war (where ? unknown). The source of this rumour
is no longer alive.

Does anyone know of either of these two women who were born in Zlochew
(then Poland) or know for sure that either of them perished in the
holocaust. I presume that whoever entered their information in Yad
Vashem (they are no longer alive) may have based their input on a


Yoni Ben-Ari, Jerusalem

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

Herbert Lazerow

    Some women who were naturalized before 1922 by marrying husbands who were American citizens filed their own naturalization papers in th 1930s or 1940s.  It is worth checking because the naturalization petitions contain valuable genealogical information, as do the declarations of intent.
Herbert Lazerow
Professor of Law, University of San Diego
5998 Alcala Park, San Diego CA 92110
Author: Mastering Art Law (Carolina Academic Press, 2d ed. 2020)

New Translation Uploaded #bessarabia #yizkorbooks

R Jaffer

I am pleased to announce that the first half of Volume A of The Jews in Bessarabia; Between the World Wars 1914-1940 has been generously translated by Sheli Fain and uploaded to the Yizkor Book translations at:

Sheli is working to complete Volume A. We are looking for a volunteer to translate Volume B. Please contact me privately if you are available to do so.

Roberta Jaffer

Bessarabia Research Division Yizkor Books Coordinator



WWII Evacuees LitvakSIG record #lithuania #records


I found a record on the LitvakSIG WWII evacuees list that may correspond to someone from my family. Is there a way to gain more information from that record.
The record I'm referring to is:

R10528 SLESERIS / [SHLESER], Yakov 
  Salomon b. 1907 
Communist party member 

WWII Evacuee to the USSR 
Served in the 16th division of the Red Army.

Birth/marriage/census records in Oberwart, Hungary #hungary


This town known as Oberwart or Felső Eőr in hungarian, i would like
to know if there is any birth/marriage records for the years of
1800-1825 or if any census records for this town.

M Lenzky

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


Some 3 years ago, while browsing old family pictures, I found a picture of a young boy with his name written on the back - Herszel SZTARKMAN. I asked my grandmother who he was, but she didn't know. His surname - SZTARKMAN - was not in my family tree and she never heard of it in our family.

Some weeks later I was searching my great-grandmother`s surname in the Yad Vashem Pages of Testimony and I found some records with her surname and... SZTARKMAN. The pages were submited by a man called Herszel SZTARKMAN in 1990 in memory of his parents and siblings who perished in the Holocaust. His mother's name and surname were those of a sister of my great-grandmother - Rukhlia TKACZ - and his father's name was named Pinkus. They were from Rowne, Volhynia. My great-grandmother was from Vladimir Volynski, not far from there.

I asked for help in ViewMate (the page of testimony was in Russian). In resume: the man who submited the pages lived in Jalal Abad, Kyrgysztan. Again, I asked for help in this forum and someone googled for his name using the cyrillic alphabet. One of the results was an article from an online newspaper from Kyrgysztan about a blood hospital in Jalal Abad whose 1st director in the 1970's was... Gerschel Pinkusevitch SZTARKMAN. Bingo!

At the age of 86 my grandmother discovered she had a cousin she never knew about.

Flavio Baran

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