Re: Staraya Ushitsa, Ukraine, records #ukraine

Chuck Weinstein

There are no known records of births, deaths, or marriages.  There are voter lists in both the Khmelnitski and Vinnisia Archives, as well as several other record sets pertaining to the Jewish community.  Most surviving known records are now in the Khmelnitski Archives, having been removed from Kamanets-Podolski following a fire in 2004.  The status of some of those records is unclear.  

Chuck Weinstein
Towns Director, JewishGen Ukraine Research Division

Re: Family Tree Recommendations #general

Karen Lukeman

I originally put my family tree on MyHeritage, but when I exceeded the number of entries, I created a family tree on Geni because it was free & unlimited AND so that I could link up with the World Family Tree. Subsequently, I was able to find two branches of my Israeli family on of which made me learn that my great-grandfather had remarried after my great-grandmother passed away so I have lots more cousins!!

I also have since subscribed to MyHeritage for full is a long term deal, so that the annual price was much better.  
Karen Calmon Lukeman
KALMANOWITZ (Lyubcha and towns near Grodno, Vilna and Minsk)
GOLDSMITH (Bakshty and Ivje)
NASSER (Damascus)
BENBAJI (Damascus)
BALLAS (Damascus)

Re: How to correct information in Jewishgen Databases #records

Sally Bruckheimer <sallybruc@...>

"JewishGen records do not exist in and of themselves, for no reason except documentation. JewishGen records exist to aid people searching for ancestral family, and as such, should, as far as possible, provide help to share knowledge which will allow other people finding records to make connections they might not otherwise have been able to make."

The records are what they are. We can not expect to 'fix' records more than 100 years ago.  I just found a record for Shayna Leah Ruslander Stolowski's death, as Shayna Leah Vertcikovski Stolowski. Rather than wanting to 'fix' this to what you expect, I find it a link to the origin of the Ruslanders, before they went to the Kingdom of Poland and were known as 'Russian'. Shayna Leah was born in 1835, about the time the family went to Polish Russia. What if somebody changed it, so I wouldn't have that information.

That reminds me of a woman in the LDS library where I worked, who had ordered Swedish birth records. She was surprised that they weren't in English!

If you want to share your knowledge with others, perhaps you should put your tree on FTJP, with the 'correct' information. Otherwise, everything will turn into Geni, where people can 'correct' other peoples trees with incorrect information.

Sally Bruckheimer
Princeton, NJ

Re: OLD FAMILY TREE #general

Peggy Mosinger Freedman

Before computers helped us organize our genealogical information, there were a variety of numbering systems. I have a couple of old articles in my files from those days. 

But, since we live in the age of information technology, I looked on the internet and found this Wikipedia article on genealogical numbering systems.  Perhaps it will help:

Note that there were many different methods.  You will have to figure out which one your tree uses.

Peggy Mosinger Freedman
Atlanta, GA

Re: I Want My Trees To Outlive Me #general


I will look into this. I have contributed to Yad Vashem but did not know they archived genealogies. Thank you. 

Reba Harris Solomon

Re: I Want My Trees To Outlive Me #general


Thank you as I had not looked into Wikitree. Now at first look it seems to be a collaborative tree, like Genie and I’m looking more for a searchable archive that will remain intact. 

Reba Harris Solomon

Re: U.S. Appeals Court Rules Spanish Museum May Keep Nazi Looted Art #announcements #holocaust

Todd Warnick

It's like buying fenced properly. This is a scandalous decision. 

Re: I Want My Trees To Outlive Me #general


What is Wikitree?  I've come across once or twice but wasn't really sure what it is and how it works.

I am also interested in the question originally posted.  I've done so much research over the years and would hate for all of it to be lost after I'm gone.  I don't have children to pass it on to, but my cousins and (more likely) their children and grandchildren may be interested in the future.


Re: Shlomo Boruch Tennenbaum #slovakia #austria-czech #rabbinic


Hello, Mr.Moishe  Tannenbaum,                            27th August 2020

I wonder, may I politely ask,  did you read Dr Neil Rosenstein's  "  The Unbroken Chain --THIRD EDITION--chapter nine--page 722--725  ?

I wonder, if you are connected to the Tannebaum Family--from Szendro--my grandmother /Grunwald/Grunfeld was born there--or for that matter;Erdobenye, Putnok Tallya, Edeleny etc.we might have some joint ancestors around 1800?

Best wishes
Veronika-Mindle Malka - Pachtinger--London UK

Social History Ternopil 1870-1880s #galicia

Deborah HOLMAN

I am looking for some resources to help me understand what my great-grandfather's life as a young man might have been like in 1870-1880s Tarnopol. He was born in 1875 to Rachmiel LICHTENTHAL, a dealer of leather, and left Tarnopol around 1890 to make a living in the hat-making industry. He eventually settled in Vienna, Austria.  Due to COVID limiting access to libraries, I'd appreciate online resources.

Thank you,
Deborah Holman
Hamden, CT USA

Re: ViewMate - Hebrew handwriting interpretation request #belarus #yizkorbooks #holocaust

Dubin, David M. MD

A few things:
1- the image is upside-down
2- the black areas look like tape that covers many parts of names. A better image is needed.

Upper left section with image right-side up
Itzik                 Auschklar
?                     Politschuk
Buchlinich?     Gessek
?                     Duker

Upper left section
B__nstein        Lipik
Abrovitsch?      Gutman
Ken_nst_n        Schusterman
Milstein (three?)   Weissbrod

Lower right section
Sobetzky (maybe corresponds to Sawicki on your list)
(second column illegible to me)

Lower left section

Good luck

Re: legal name change in New York. #general

James <james.castellan@...>

Why not check the city directories? Assume he changed it a year before the directory was printed.

Re: Graves in Belz, Ukraine, Jewish cemetery? #rabbinic #ukraine #records

Shlomo Katz

I have a (Hebrew) book called "Tel Talpiot: Ha'Ir Belz B'Tifartah" which has a list of 35 tombstones in the Belz cemetery.

Feel free to email me privately with the names you are interested in.

Shlomo Katz
Silver Spring, Maryland

Re: Town name, Ukraine #ukraine #records

David Barrett

The city is now called DNIPRO [ Ukraine] originally called Ekaterinoslav [ google]

Re: Town name, Ukraine #ukraine #records


Elusavetgrag in the documents ist now Kirovograg/ Kirovohrad.

That is what I can see.

Danzig Jewry 1840-1943 #poland


Is it possible to get online access to the english version of:

Danzig Jewry 1840-1943:
Integration, Struggle, Rescue

(Gdańsk, Poland)


by Logan Kowaks

Ron Peeters

Ulvenhout (NL)

Re: legal name change in New York. #general

Kenneth Ryesky

For whatever it might be worth:


More than 10 years ago, while doing scholarly research (more like archaeological digging) on some statutory history in the Queens County Courthouse Law Library, I chanced to access an oldy moldy volume of the Laws of New York.  It seems that in those days  (at least 1889 through 1905, with an apparent hiatus for years 1895 to 1897) the annual Laws of New York books indexed name changes granted by the courts.

Example:  For 1902, the list of name changes was on pages 805 - 1826; for 1903, pp. 1459 - 1479; for 1904, pp. 1949 - 1965; for 1905, pp. 2152 - 2176; for 1905, pp. 2152 - 2176; for 1906, pp. 1904 - 1926; and for 1907, pp. 2512 - 2540.  The indices list separate entries for from and to name changes, all in alphabetical order.

Further research archaeological digging disclosed that the General Index to the Laws of the State of New York 1902 - 1907 (Albany, J. B. Lyon Co., 1908) combines the listings for the years 1902 - 1907 (pages 468 - 570).  This tome is on the Internet Archive <>.

I found the information I had initially sought to research, and the name-change project was relegated to the lower levels of my "to-do" list.  Life subsequently intervened (including our Aliyah to Israel, the discontinuance of my college teaching gig, and the winding down of my solo law practice).  I do not know to what extent the indices have been transcribed.

-- Ken Ryesky
Petach Tikva, Israel




Ken Ryesky,  Petach Tikva, Israel     kenneth.ryesky@...

Re: How to correct information in Jewishgen Databases #records

Helen Gardner

In addition to my reply to Sally (and Daniella) just sent, I would add to Peter Cherna that the JewishGen records do not exist in and of themselves, for no reason except documentation. JewishGen records exist to aid people searching for ancestral family, and as such, should, as far as possible, provide help to share knowledge which will allow other people finding records to make connections they might not otherwise have been able to make.


Helen Gardner

Helen Gardner

ancestral names, all from Poland, mostly Warsaw


New surname search tools on Steve Morse web site #names #sephardic #austria-czech #france

Jean-Pierre Stroweis



It is often necessary to check the existence and spelling of Jewish surnames from various geographic origins. For this purpose, Steve Morse created a one-step web tool to search a name among several reference dictionaries of Jewish surnames. Two significant extensions were recently made:


The search tool for Ashkenazi reference books located at

now includes some 1,100 surnames published in Alexander Beider’s 1994 book, Jewish Surnames in Prague (15th-18th centuries), now out of print.


An entirely new search tool for Sephardic reference books is available at

It searches surnames from any of the four following dictionaries:

  1. Dicionário Sefaradi de Sobrenomes, Guilherme Faiguenboim, Paulo Valadares, and Anna Rosa Campagnano (Rio de Janeiro 2003), around 16,600 surname entries.
  2. Judíos de Toledo, 2 vols., Pilar León Tello (Madrid 1979), about 1,000 surname entries.
  3. A Dictionary of Jewish Surnames from Maghreb, Gibraltar, and Malta, Alexandre Beider (2017). Approximately 10,840 surname entries.
  4. A Dictionary of Jewish Surnames from Italy, France, and Portuguese Communities, Alexander Beider (2019), around 9,740 surname entries.


The tools can search the names either exactly, by Daitch-Mokotoff soundex or according to language-dependent Beider Morse Phonetic Matching (BMPM).


Both tools can also be accessed from Steve Morse root page ( under the Phonetic Matching section.



Jean-Pierre Stroweis

Jerusalem, Israel



Jean-Pierre Stroweis

Re: Lithuania / Russia city called "Mempsi #russia #lithuania

Jill Whitehead

Kurdikos Naumestis was part of Suwalki Gubernia in NE Poland during much of the 19th century. It went into Lithuania in 1919 as part of the WW2 Peace Settlement. It was on the border with what was Konigsberg, and is now Kaliningrad, and was also known as Neustadt Werwindt in German - it was part of New East Prussia in late 18th and early 19th century.It was known for its rabbinical seminary. Rabbi Salis Daiches, a well known between- the- wars 20th century Scottish rabbi in Edinburgh, and known as the "Chief Rabbi" of Scotland, came from there. 

Jill Whiteehad, Surrey, UK

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