Re: Where Was Wilkennie, Russia? #russia #names

David Barrett

Noticing that family Edelson has some roots in Kovno I have to assume that some transliteration went wrong and that the place of birth/abode was WILKOMIR [ Ukmerge] which is not far from Kovno and is part of Kovno Gubernia
David Barrett

FGS Annual Conference Award Three Jewish Genealogists #announcements #events #general

Jan Meisels Allen



The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) held its virtual annual conference on September 2, 2020.  The FGS will be merged into the National Genealogical Society (NGS) as of October 1. The New NGS will have at least 4 board members from the FGS including a new officer position, Vice President of Society & Organization Management. Joining the new NGS board will also be Marlis Humphrey, as a director-at-large from Florida.


During their annual virtual conference the FGS announced its annual awards of which three awards were given to Jewish genealogists:


The Rabbi Malcom H. Stern Humanitarian Award was given to Miriam Weiner,CG. The award describes Miriam as the genealogist who lifted the “Archival Iron Curtain” and represents the highest standard that embodies both the purpose and spirit of the award.















The Loretto Denis Szucs Award was given to Gary Mokotoff for his many years of dedicated service and for helping to revolutionize the way we do research.  They mentioned he started in 1979 by helping develop the JewishGen Family Finder which is used by 100,000 researchers and help found the IAJGS.













The third award, the FORUM Writers Award (no slide with her photograph) went to Jane Neff Rollins for the FORUM  contribution, Labor Union Documents Genealogically Relevant Sources.  FORUM is the magazine of the FGS.


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


Re: I Want My Trees To Outlive Me #general


WOW!  What a well thought out approach and diversified plan of action. Our thinking is along the same lines, but I am far behind you. Thank you so much for this response.

Reba Harris Solomon, New York

Braham's Hungarian-Jewish Studies O n-Line #hungary #holocaust

Vivian Kahn

Randolph Braham's entire volume, including Erno Marton's Family Tree of Hungarian Jewry, is available as a PDF at

Vivian Kahn, Santa Rosa, California
JewishGen Director of Hungarian Research

Re: Cultural Questions Regarding Ancient Jewish Genealogies #general

Deanna Levinsky <DEANNASMAC@...>

I was told/taught  that a child is Jewish if the mother was Jewish because “you always know who the mother is but you don’t always know about the father”
Just sharing.....
Deanna Mandel Levinsky

Deanna M. Levinsky, Long Island, NY

Re: I lost Zippe after she arrived #usa


My great-grandmother, who died when all of her children were under the age of 10,  was "Cypa" and several of her granddaughters were named in her memory as "Tzippa" with American/English names of "Charlotte".  My mother's nickname throughout her life was "Chippy" as a variation on the "Tzippa" + "Charlotte". 
Just another lead for an anglicized version of the name.  

Rebecca Fogel Anderson


Re: Best program for large format printable 10 generation family tree chart #general

Dahn Cukier


The following is not perfect, but works for me.
I wrote a small program in Regina REXX to move fields.
I will explain below.

If I entered Hebrew names in the main "name" field, there
would be no reason for my own program, but I need to print
charts all in all English and in all Hebrew depending on location
of the recipient.

I use Brother's Keeper for recording information, holding
documents and photos. There is a field for "names"
including Hebrew names. I do not like the way
BK produces large format trees, so I found Agelong Tree.

Hebrew can be used by changing ONCE the
options "Edit screen 1":

Do not use Western script for fonts- change to Hebrew
Do NOT use the normal Windows screen fonts: Lucide Sans Unicode

After I export from BK, I import to Agelong Tree and produce a jpg that
is currently nearing 20 meters long. I do have one family (of 7 families)
with 10 generations and no where near the height limits.

Importing to Agelong requires the import to be set to
Windows 1255 encoding. These programs work in Windows.

This works for me, BK has recorded all information and notes.
Agelong Tree may be as good, but I only use the chart function.
I paid for version 4 of Agelong, and never updated to version 5.

As I wrote above, I need all Englsih and all Hebrew charts,
I enter all names in Latin, and all entries have Hebrew names
in Hebrew in the Hebrew name field.

Both the above applications can be downloaded and tested
without cost.

I am probably not explaining this well.
If you have questions, you can write to me directly at photograve99@...

Dani Cukier

Cukier/Zucker, Liss/Lisabitski/Lisobitzky/etc., Skawir/and other spellings, Brieff/Brif,
Rotenberg, Friedman, Porter

When you start to read readin,
how do you know the fellow that
wrote the readin,
wrote the readin right?

Festus Hagen
Long Branch Saloon
Dodge City, Kansas

On Tuesday, September 1, 2020, 07:39:19 AM GMT+3, Awesome Properties <1awesomeproperties@...> wrote:

Dear fellow researchers,
What would you recommend as the easiest program to use for a Hebrew ,10 generation tree , preferably in  fan chart design, editable and printable in large format ( on blueprint plotter)? Thanks for your kind advice.
Rachel Malik, NY

Re: nickname for Miriam? #names


Yes, I agree that this is a variation on the name Miriam. My great grandmother was known as Maryam, but her Hebrew name was Miriam. I don't know if this might e a Yiddish form o the name or not.
Ellen Stepak
Tel Aviv

Re: nickname for Miriam? #names

Alexander Sharon

Russian popular nicknames for Miriam:
Masha, Mashenka, Mashunia, Mashuta, Mania, Maniechka, Maniuta, Maniusia, 
Maniusha, Mariasha, Maniasha, Mariyka, Mariushka, Marusia, Marusienka, Marisha

and a few Polish:

Marysia, Marylka, Marynia, Marysieńka, Maryśka, Maryś, Maryjka

Re: Naturalizations France #france


I found the naturalization of my Grandmother's brother Simon Taganski as well as the full name of his wife & daughter.  Very informative.

Iris Folkson

Re: Does anyone have information about last names in Russia #poland #names #holocaust


I assume you want to know when family surnames were required.  In 1807 the Tsar issued an edict requiring family surnames.  I came across an interesting video regarding Jewish surnames on Youtube 

Bob Malakoff
Pittsburgh, PA

Re: Naturalizations France #france

Shana Mink

Thank you for this information Catherine.
Are these French naturalizations searchable online? How does one access them? I have a great uncle who was Polish from Warsaw and emigrated to Paris around the turn of the century 1900. How would I go about looking for his naturalization?
I would love to know more information about his parents who are my gr gr grandparents.

Shana Mink

Re: My JABLOW Family from Minsk #belarus #names

Judith Sternberg

The Jablow Family in my tree came from Strassburg, Germany (at the time). Strassburg is right on the border with Poland and flip-flopped country many times. Their original name was Jablonowski. You could try that name.
-Judith Rapaport Sternberg
Boise, Idaho

Re: WWII Evacuees LitvakSIG record #lithuania #records

Carol Hoffman

Road to Victory was translated from Yiddish to Hebrew to English. The English edition is will embellishments; it is purchasable at Avotaynu

Carol Hoffman

looking for the marriage document between Moszek SZER and Kajla KERSZBLUM #poland #translation

Jacques Klein

Is there someone able to make a search for me.
i am looking for the marriage document between Moszek SZER and Kajla KERSZBLUM held on Zolkiewka in 1887.
The record is in Fond 789 Zamosc Archive act 13. And if possible a translation in English of the main points of interest.
Jacques Klein
Paris, France


Looking for Weiss family from Romania or France #france


I am looking for relatives of my grandfather Morris
Weiss (May have been Cohen in Europe) born in Kirkakoy, Turkey 1868, lived in Iasi Romania, then Paris France 1890-96. He had two older siblings who remained in Paris. My grandfather came to New York, USA in 1896. Looking for possible family who survived WW 2 or descendants.

Isabel Seldin
New York

Cultural Questions Regarding Ancient Jewish Genealogies #general


In the ancient world, "genealogies" were usually offered to establish the legitimacy of a ruler.  When such a genealogy states that X was the son of Y who was the son of Z, the purpose was to show that since Z was a legitimate ruler (endorsed by the gods, for example), X is entitled to be recognized as legitimate as well.  This doesn't mean that the genealogical connection, as we understand it today, was false, but whether it actually was genetically correct wasn't a concern.
Yale Zussman

Re: Where Was Wilkennie, Russia? #russia #names

Dr.Josef ASH

In Lithuania there is the town Vilkiya. some 20 km N to Kovno (you have this town in your list as well)
My dear wife is from Kovno. she tells "vilkas" is the Lythuanian (and Belarussian вилк) for wolf. There are Vilyaka, Vilkishkaj.
Josef ASH, Israel

What port when leaving Europe #hungary

Lee Hover

My great grandparents left Hungary (supposedly lived in Budapest)  about 1882.  What port were they likely to have used?

Lacey, WA

Re: Where Was Wilkennie, Russia? #russia #names


David Rosen
Boston, MA

On 9/2/2020 8:41 AM, Carl Kaplan via wrote:
I found my grandmother's brother's 1911 naturalization papers (online), and attached them. He put down that he was born in Wilkennie, Russia. I have never heard of it, and couldn't find it in a search. Any ideas? Thanks.
Carl Kaplan

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