What does "Hebr Jarg" mean when written on a passenger manifest? #general #records #yiddish

N. Summers

I have seen 2 passenger manifests this week which have the words "Hebr Jarg" written in the column for Mother Tongue. What does this mean? Is it a reference to Yiddish?
thank you

Nancy Summers

Maryland, USA


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

LISS / ALPER  (Motol, Russia/Belarus)

LEAF / LIFSCHITZ ( Rechitsa, Belarus)

ROTTENSTREICH - Czernowitz - Berlin - Belgium #germany

Rony Golan

Dear friends,

I am looking for Julius ROTTENSTREICH born in 1905 in Czernowitz. He moved to Berlin and lived there during the 1930s.

He then moved to Belgium.

If you have any information regarding him or his family, please reply privately.

Thank you!

Rony Golan
Ramat HaSharon, Israel

                        EISDORFER, Hungary
                        SLOMOVITS, Sighet, Romania

Mereminski Mereminsky Slonim #belarus


I would like any information regarding the Mereminski family from Slonim. Especially regarding Julius (Jude, Leib) Mereminski and his children Leiha and Benjamin (b. Ca 1906). Benjamin's wife was Figa. Benjamin and Figa had two sons. Last known residence was Slonim. Other children were Morris, Sonia and Samuel who immigrated to the USA.
Nancy Wolf

Re: Polish town Cewck or Cewek #poland

Sherri Bobish


If you think that Cewek is near Rozan than try this search. 
Go to:
and, search for Rozan.
Then look at the page for Rozan and see all the towns listed within a 30 mile radius.  See if one of those towns could be Cewek. 

Keep in mind that most towns had name variants in several languages, including Yiddish.  Clicking on the town name in the radius list will take you to a page that lists all the town name variants.


Sherri Bobish

Re: Fannie Leibovitz, Goldstein,Kaufer, Stengel, Maiman #subcarpathia

Sherri Bobish


Try searching Leibovitz on Ancestry, and put Kiralyhaza in the field for birthplace.

Then try putting Kiralyhaza in the search field for residence.  That can give you different hits.

Also, try a soundex search on surname, so it will find alternate spellings, i.e. Leibowitz, etc.

The same is true for the town name.  Odds are good that Kiralyhaza would end up with variant spellings in U.S. records.

The same search can be done at FamilySearch, and will sometimes come up with different hits.


Sherri Bobish

Re: Ancestry's Drastic Changes Dash Hopes of Finding Connections #dna

I am afraid that most of us are not very sophisticated when analyzing their DNA matches.  While I can match all my first and second cousins, I can only match 7 out of 56 third cousins.  The matches on my mother's side often share commonality with the matches on my father's side.  So there is no way to discern how these people are related to me.
I am very sorry for those who feel they are being hurt by Ancestry's decision.  But I want to remind you that Ancestry is a business and you have other choices for storing and matching your DNA like GEDmatch.

Looking for SCHVARTZ and FUCHS genealogy #general #russia

Maia Aisi

My name is Maia and I am from Argentina. I am trying to know about my family history, that may have been Jewish.
My great grandmother MARIA SCHVARTZ came to Argentina around 1912 at the age of 2-3 years with her parents JORGE JACOBO SCHVARTZ and CATALINA FUSCH and settled down in Entre Rios. 
I have found a Ship migration record where mentions Georg Shwartz (43 years old) with her wife Marie (42 years old) and Marie (2.5 years old) that departed from Liverpool (coming first from Odessa) on april 1912, and I think they might be them. I really don't know how to continue with the research.
I appreciate any information.
Thanks for your time!

Re: Upcoming US & Jewish Genealogy Online Classes #education

Sally Horn

What time are the classes?

Sally Horn

Gedcom versions? #general

June Genis

I asked a relative in Israel to send me a gedcom of her tree on MyHeritage.  She asked me whether I wanted version 5.5 or 5.5.1.  This the first time I have heard about there being versions of gedcoms.  I want to load her tree onto Ancestry to connect it with mine.  Which should I ask her to send me? I might also want to load it to Gedmatch.
June Genis
Hemet, CA

Re: Ides Selzer Morgenstern #galicia

Sherri Bobish


Have you searched for records from Trembowla at:

Also, try searching surname SELZER at FamilySearch and/or Ancestry database, and put Trembowla in birthplace field.

Also, do the same search with Trembowla in residence field.

Try both an exact and soundex search on the town name.  Town names in U.S. records often had variant spellings.


Sherri Bobish

Re: Ancestry's Drastic Changes Dash Hopes of Finding Connections #dna

JoAnne Goldberg

I for one am happy they got rid of all the noise. My 250,000 matches
have now been pared to a much more manageable 180,000. More
significantly, it seems -- perhaps my imagination? -- that the matches
are loading faster because the system isn't plowing through so many of
them. I wish Ancestry offered more options for customizing, but, baby

I do appreciate that tiny segments can have value, but since you can't
see chromosomes on Ancestry, you can't really triangulate. Though I use
the Shared Matches a lot, it's never clear what I'm looking at since I
can't tell if they share with each other. 23andMe is much better in that

Because my German side is well documented, Ancestry often points out
fifth and sixth cousins to me, people with whom I share minute amounts
of DNA, way down in the 100,000s on my list.  But do we share that DNA
because we have the same 7xgreat-grandparents? Or because most Jews are
related a few different ways? I tend to think it's the latter, and
without additional info from Ancestry, I have no reason to believe
otherwise. I'd rather focus on my top ten mystery matches, and the more
tools Ancestry can provide in that regard -- largest segment size has
been a huge help -- the better!
JoAnne Goldberg - Menlo Park, California; GEDmatch M131535


My uncle Mendel Wolf BLAU & Mordka BLAU from Kolbuszowa #galicia

P Berk

Seeking information about my uncle Mendel Wolf BLAU born Mar 7, 1891 in Kolbuszowa Poland.  My mother says she met her uncle Mendel in London after the war on her way to America.  I have found no record of him in London.
My aunt, mother's sister, completed a Daf Eid with Yad Vashem that Mendel and his daughter Rivkah died in a concentration camp in Poland.   My aunt went to Palestine in 1936 and would not have had 1st hand information about what happened during the holocaust.  I found no mention of Mendel in the US holocaust database of victims.
My aunt wrote the date of birth as 1899 which was closer to the day of birth to Mordka Blau born Jan 13, 1898 in Kolbuzowa. 
Their mother was Chana Golda Blau, father Schlomo KIra. 
Any information about Mendel, Rivkah, Mordka, and any family they might have had is most appreciated.

Peretz Berk
New York NY

Researching my great-uncle Sergiu Godeanu #romania


My great uncle on my mother's side was Sergiu Godeanu (born Goldenzweig in Bucharest, Romania in 1896). I have found only one reference to a Sergiu Godeanu here on JewishGen and nowhere else.
I know that he was imprisoned for being a political activist as well as being Jewish, and the reference states that there was a Sergiu Godeanu at Targu Jiu internment camp in the 1940s / 1950s. I do not know why he changed his name.
When he was released (date?) he emigrated to Israel and lived in Bat Yam, near Tel Aviv. I do not know when he died.
Any more information would be greatly appreciated.
Stefan Kurbanowski

Re: Searching Perl and Herman Katz from Munkacs #hungary #israel

Ludwig Mauskopf

Hi Stuart
There is a group on the Facebook:  Jews from Мукачево-Munkács-Mukačevo-Munkatsh

You can try to post this question there.

Best regards and Git Shabbos

Ludwig Mauskopf.

Researching my great-grandparents Goldenzweig #romania


My great-grandparents on my mother's side of the family were Nathan and Rita (Ritta) Goldenzweig who lived in Bucharest, Romania. I cannot find any reference to them on JewishGen or on / They had two children, a daughter Sylvia (1893-1972) and a son Sergiu (1896-?) who may have changed his name to Godeanu for political reasons.
Both Nathan and Rita would have been born when Romania was under the rule of the Ottoman Empire, but of course I don't know if they were born in Romania.
Any help in this matter would be greatly appreciated.
Stefan Kurbanowski

Re: Polish town Cewck or Cewek #poland

Alexander Sharon

Replying to David Rosen suggestion regarding Cewice:

Cewice (Zewitz) was not in Poland prior to the end of WWII. This region: Pomorze (German: Pomerania) was allocated by USSR to Poland as the compensation for the lost lands in the East.
It appears that the suggested by me town name Cewkow might be also incorrect since according to Jef, the searched locality should be located within Rozan (Ostroleka region) vicinity.
The suggested Cewkow location is in historical Galicia.

Alexander Sharon
JGFF editor

Re: Ancestry's Drastic Changes Dash Hopes of Finding Connections #dna

Sarah L Meyer

I got tired of scrolling looking for these - so I went to the shared cM tab and put in 19 cM to 20 cM and they opened right up.  Everything above 8 is still there.  I am personally having problems finding where 99.9% of my larger matches fit in my tree.  

Sarah L Meyer
Georgetown TX
BIRGARDOVSKY, EDELBERG, HITE (CHAIT), PERCHIK Russia (southern Ukraine) and some Latvia or Lithuania

Re: Paul STRANSKY Vienna to Paris #austria-czech #france

Peter Lowe


Have you contacted Paul's grandson, Nicolas Frédéric Jan Stransky  ?

Peter Lowe

Re: Viewmate 85183--translation needed--German #translation #germany

Peter Strauss <pfs126@...>

My mistake, Joseph.  The second email does bring up the correct one.
Sorry about that.
And also sorry that I can't begin to make out that handwriting.
Good luck!
Peter Strauss

This week's Yizkor book excerpt on the JewishGen Facebook page #yizkorbooks #poland

Bruce Drake

“When the month of Elul arrives, you immediately sense the special atmosphere that has enveloped the town, the atmosphere of the approaching Yamim Noraim, or Days of Awe.”
So begins “On the Holidays,” a chapter from the Yizkor book of Golub-Dobrzyn, Poland, It seems appropriate for this first week of September when hearts and minds of Jews around the world turn to the upcoming High Holy Days. This account traces the change of mood that comes upon the town and how the sense of Judgment Day “places its mark upon every single person.” It moves through the prayers of Rosh Hashana to the solemnity of Yom Kippur. And when the fast day is over, the mood begins to change. “It is as if even the street looks different: the light of a full moon casts a glow over it, chasing the shadows away, as if it wishes to announce a renewed life.” Finally, there is Simchat Torah. The writer of this excerpt tells us: “Anyone who has not seen Simchat Torah being celebrated in the town has never seen true joy.”

Bruce Drake
Silver Spring MD

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