Ellis Island Database #usa #general


Hello Genners,
I just found the following message on the Ellis Island Database

"Please Pardon Our Dust

Welcome to the Ellis Island Passenger and Ship Search database. Our 65 million records cover passengers arriving to the Port of New York from 1820 to 1957. This service will soon migrate to the Foundation’s new website. In the meanwhile, the database will remain active and free for all to use. If you have questions please email ContactUs@...."

Does anyone know about the intended changes?

Thank you,
Tammy Weingarten

Re: Indexing URLs #general

Sherri Bobish

"By any chance has someone been compiling such a list, and if so, where can people find it?"


One such page for genealogy resources is Cyndi's List.


Sherri Bobish

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

Kate Haas

I find this decision to be incorrect. We had a family member, Lea Bondi Jaray, who owned an art gallery in Vienna in 1938. She and her husband decided to leave for London and bought tickets to take a train to Calais, then London. A Nazi collaborator came to her gallery and looked over her paintings. He said, “You do want to be able to get on your train tomorrow, right? I really like this piece by Egon Schiele - a portrait called “Wally”. I’m sure you would like to give it to me.” He offered her a couple of Marks for it and walked out with it under his arm. Long story short, after the war, the picture ended up in the Belvedere Art Museum in Vienna. Mrs. Jaray came from England numerous times to try and reclaim her painting to no avail. She died and eventually the painting came with an exhibit to MOMA. At the urging of the Issac-Bondi family, Senator Domenico of NY had the painting seized by the US Customs agency as looted art, and the family began a law suit. Eventually, at the family’s request the painting was returned to the Belvedere Museum upon the payment of $19 million to the family. There is a plaque beneath the painting indicating this. As I recall, the legal argument was the threat of being unable to emigrate unless the painting was sold to the Nazi for a few sou. 

The issue around the Spanish Museum painting sounds very similar. This family’s lawyers should look into the Bondi-Jaray case, decided in New York State. 

Kate Haas

Re: Marienthal...what is it? #general

Sherri Bobish


There is a town in Slovakia that was called Marienthal in German. 
Known today as Marianka.
However, this town is a 5 hour drive away from Bardejov.


Sherri Bobish

Re: How to correct information in Jewishgen Databases #records

Selma Sheridan

The JewishGen database indexes do not match / reflect two of my original family documents.  How can I contact the database department about this?  
Selma Sheridan
Oswego NY

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


A question please?  Is there any validity is suggesting that the original thief, the Nazi government and their official who extorted the painting from the owner, can be held responsible for the value of the painting and reimburse the current owner having the painting revert to the original owner?


Re: Searching Hans Herbert REICH, Montevideo #general


I doubt this will help you, but my father in law was Herbert Robert Reich and was born in Chicago. His father who immigrated from Vienna was Max Reibschied, and changed his name to Reich after arriving in the US. When we went looking for relatives in Europe, we found that almost all the Reibschieds died at Auschwitz.

Ted Epand

Re: I Want My Trees To Outlive Me #general


Information on Genealogies on Family Search is available at:

- Miriam Baker

Re: New York City 1940's Street a View Old City Tax Photos #announcements #general #photographs #usa

Jx. Gx.

Subj:  New York City 1940's Street a View Old City Tax Photos

These images are a wonderful resource for seeing the buildings where our ancestors lived. On that same site, there are also tax photos taken in color in the 1970s and 1980. But there are fewer images in this collection and most do not have exact street addresses unlike the 1940s images.  In the 1970s and '80s NYC was in financial difficulty and this is reflected in these images. There are many burned out structures and vacant lots where building once stood.  The scene looks like London after the Blitz. 

Jeffrey Gee

Re: Searching Hamburg lists for family groups #records

Sherri Bobish


Have you found any naturalization papers for this family? 

What are the names (as you know them) of the original immigrants?


Sherri Bobish

Re: Kudos Re: Searching Hamburg lists for family groups #records

Barbara Mannlein <bsmannlein@...>

Google “hamburg lists”.

Barbara Stern Mannlein
Tucson, AZ

On Aug 28, 2020, at 7:01 AM, eej787@... wrote:

Where did you find the Hamburg lists - online?

Indexing URLs #general


I have noticed over the months I've read this blog that contributors have mentioned a great many sites that offer particular kinds of data.  It seems to me that it would be really helpful to collect these sites and index them for what they contain and the country/region/locale they cover so researchers could consult the list for their needs.
By any chance has someone been compiling such a list, and if so, where can people find it?
Yale Zussman

Re: Ancestry Promises Holocaust Records Will Be Free #announcements #holocaust

Paul Silverstone

The Arolsen records as found at the US Holocaust Museum contain some surprising information unrelated to Germany.  
I found passenger lists of Jews traveling from Shanghai to Israel after the war.

Paul Silverstone

Re: How to correct information in databases displayed on JewishGen #records #poland

Stanley Diamond

I first would like to thank Miriam Bulwar David-Hay for her detailed commentary 
on the problems relating to errata in databases.

I also want to use this opportunity to clarify the original subject line on this thread.  
There are some databases that can be searched via JewishGen that are made 
available by independent organizations among.  This includes, Jewish Records 
Indexing - Poland (

Therefore the original subject line on this thread might have been more accurately 
titled as it now appears above.  That is,  "How to correct information in databases 
displayed on JewishGen."

Miriam has shared some very important observations from her experience. That is: 

   "indexers are SUPPOSED to transcribe them exactly as they are written. 
    If there is an obvious error or discrepancy in a record" and that "many 
    indexers will add a note about it."

Over the years, JRI-Poland has discovered a multitude of errors/conflicts that can 
creep into records such as - but certainly not limited to:
1. Names data entered from index pages vary from the actual record. 
    These are corrected as JRI-Poland supplements the original index as part of 
    the Phase 3 initiative to fully extract vital records.  This article, in part, describes
    both the Phase 3 initiative and other aspects of JRI-Poland activity).  

2. Records (Akt numbers and associated names) missing from index pages.  

3. Surnames spelled differently in some records and are not sound alike matches.
    Example:  FRYMAN and FRYDMAN.   This may be an error but in other cases,
    an indication that a family used both names or simply the responsible registrar
    varied the name for unknown reasons. We do not change the name but we 
    make an appropriate notation in the record entry.

4. Typographical errors (Information incorrectly data entered by volunteers or

While making individual corrections to our online data currently requires removing
and replacing the entire file from our database, this will be changing under the 
Next Generation website and data management system. ("NextGen" was the
subject of the JRI-Poland presentation at the IAJGS International Conference on 
Jewish Genealogy held virtually earlier this month.) At that time, single corrections
will become possible. For details of NextGen, see   

Stanley Diamond, M.S.M.   
Executive Director, Jewish Records Indexing - Poland, Inc.

Re: How to correct information in Jewishgen Databases #records
From: Miriam Bulwar David-Hay
Date: Fri, 28 Aug 2020 09:42:37 EDT

As someone who has done indexing of Polish Jewish records for JRI-Poland, as well as translations of yizkor book entries for JewishGen, I’d like to clarify a few things here. There are really two places where errors can occur: either in the records themselves, or in the transcribing of records by an indexer.

With regard to the first category, the records are primary historical documents that say whatever they say, and indexers are SUPPOSED to transcribe them exactly as they are written. If there is an obvious error or discrepancy in a record — for example, one I have seen personally is in a World War II document where a person’s birth year was written as 1824 instead of 1924 — many indexers will add a note about it, but that is up to the individual indexer. It is not the job of JewishGen or of any indexer to fix the error or perceived error, and definitely not to embark on research to see if that record matches other information. I should also point out that most indexers are volunteers, and we put in a great deal of our own effort and time to index often hundreds or thousands of records in a set. Expecting volunteers not only to index records but also to fact-check the data they are indexing is neither realistic nor reasonable.
With regard to the second category, mistakes made in transcription by an indexer, yes, of course that happens. As I wrote above, indexers go through at hundreds or thousands of old records, which were written by myriad hands in old-fashioned and sometimes not-so-clear cursive script, and however conscientious and careful we may be, we can make errors. From personal experience I can say that in handwritten Polish documents, names like Chana, Chawa and Chaja, Moszka and Mordka, Icek and Josek, Srul and Szmul, and many others, can easily be confused for one another. One of my ancestral surnames is Kaluszyner; in Polish there is a stroke through the l, and I have sometimes seen this name indexed (wrongly) as “Katuszyner.” If someone does notice a mistake in transcription, I suppose they could write to JewishGen or JRI-Poland or whoever’s database it is, but I don’t know whether they have the ability, the staff or the resources to fix such errors. But really, does it matter so much? Thorough researchers will try to find all possible variations of the names of their ancestors, including unlikely ones, and will always aim to look at the original document and not just the index.

Finally, I’d just like to say that for me, and I’d imagine for many others, voluntary work is our way of giving back for all we have learned and gained from these websites over the years. In turn, the efforts of volunteers are what enable websites like JewishGen and JRI-Poland to offer the wonderful resources they offer. 
Wishing everyone all the best,
Raanana, Israel. 

Re: I Want My Trees To Outlive Me #general


Rebba Solomon,
At this time, does not require a subscription to have a family tree.
To access the tree, a person need to have a login. Their guest login option is free.

I set up a tree in this fashion for a friend who does not have any ancestry subscription.
She can login and edit the tree.

They also have good privacy settings. But, if you use those, people will need an explicit invitation from you to access the tree.
They do require a subscription for data search.

Richard Werbin

Re: I Want My Trees To Outlive Me #general


David Mason,
DVDs are not a long term option.
Today most laptops & desktops no longer include a DVD / CD reader. It is considered to be an obsolete options and is no longer supported.

Richard Werbin

Encyclopaedia Judaica - 1920 Berlin Version - Entry research #general

Yaron Wolfsthal

Dear Group,

The first edition of the Encyclopaedia Judaica was published in Berlin (late 1920, in German).

As a part of my family roots research, I'd appreciate help retrieving a particular entry in that edition.

If a subscriber of this mailing list happens to have this version of the Judaica, I'd appreciate a private response so I can specify my help request.
Thanks in advance - 


Etymology of surname INGEROSE from Zhitomer #names


A relative from Zhitomer had the surname INGEROSE.  I have been trying to determine its etymology. 

It is not listed in Beider’s compendium “A Dictionary of Jewish Surnames from the Russian Empire”.  There is a listing for a similar sounding name INGEROV, where “Inger” means “young” and “ov” means “son of”. 

Another possibility is that it is a compound word made from “Inger” and “roze”, where “roze” means the rose flower.  Note that Beider concludes that the use of words like “roze” in Russian Empire names is not derived from a woman’s name.  I also could not find in Beider an example of “roze” being used as an ending in a compound word.

Can anyone shed light on this issue?

Thank you very much.

MarkWeinberg18@...> Wilmington DE

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

Janis and Joe Datz

My husband's grandparents lived in Kopaigorod (yet often some of their records indicate Beltz).  The family names are LEVOVICH and DATZ.  Many thanks.

Janis Datz

Re: Ancestry Promises Holocaust Records Will Be Free #announcements #holocaust



I often receive messages from people who found lists of the Arolsen Archives on ancestry and don't understand what this lists are.
Some people even don't realize that this lists come from the Arolsen Archives and they don't know what the Arolsen Archives are.
So I would recommend to search directly on the Database of the Arolsen Archives (mentioned above) rather than on ancestry.
Because there is for each collection a description which kind of document it is, when, where, by whom and for which purpose it was written.
I found out that the lists of South Germany, made by the Americans after the war, not only contain Jewish people and forced labourers,
who were persecuted before and during the war and after the war called Displaced Persons, but also other people from
foreign countries (with foreign nationality) who lived in South Germany during and after the war, but were not persecuted.
If you search the Database of the Arolsen Archives a window pops up which says, that all data is confident and for personal use only.
If something remains unclear there is the possibility to ask questions to the archivists of the Arolsen Archives. 

I found some evident information about Jewish and non-Jewish people related to my family on the Arolsen Archives. 
It actually helped me to find documents and information I didn't imagine that it could be held by the Arolsen Archives.

Corinne Iten

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