Re: Jewish Ethnographic Museum #galicia #subcarpathia #ukraine #bessarabia

Susan J. Gordon

Thank you but ... Sorry - how do I translate to English? Is there a particular place to click and see "Translate to English?"

Susan J Gordon
New York

ViewMate Translation Request - Romanian #translation


I've posted a vital record in Romanian for which I need a translation. It is on ViewMate at the following address ...

I am posting a Commission Of Enquiry Medical form for military enlistment from Romania, in 1893. I have most of the translation but am particularly interested to know the name of the youth, his father's name and his mother's names and surnames, as they are not clear.
Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page.
Thank you very much.
Ann Belinsky

Re: Vinnitsa 1811 & 1834 Census #ukraine


Could they check for Satz, Spilkes, and Treibich?  Many thanks! Jeanne Swack
Madison, Wisconsin

Re: Vinnitsa 1811 & 1834 Census #ukraine


Anything for a Levin family in Vinnitsa would be appreciated.
L’Shana Tovah
Gary Levin

Help with DNA apps #dna

Rosalind Finkelstein

My cousin has made a family tree on My Heritage.  He sent the gedcom to me but my computer says that I need an app to display the Tree.  I  need help!
Please respond privately.
Rosalind Finkelstein

Re: Levin family Vinnitsa 1811 & 1834 Census #ukraine



Anything for a Levin Family in Vinnitsa would be appreciated. 

L’Shana Tovah
Gary Levin

Re: COHENS and GOLDBERGS from Sakiai, Lithuania #lithuania #unitedkingdom


Hi Jeff,
Shapiro,Balshem & Rappaport in DNA matches...We have no known connection to Finland, no stories at all have been past down.   The sad fact we don't even know where our great grandparents are even buried, nor if in Connecticut.  I keep looking for them, guess where ever they were buried at must not been worked on in the online era. I also have tons of Kantor & Cantor !  
 I was going to tell Angie about Magid,  there is some connection to Cooklin-sp?-Cook, last year was filmed a place where family members of town was remembered from being there, in Jewishgen. After watching video, I then started noting in my DNA, I tried bringing up yesterday & couldn't find it, I wrote in notes so could be plainly seen. Oh well, got to get ready,


Viewmate request in Russian #translation

Jeannette Tsoulos

I've posted a tombstone inscription in Russian for which I need a translation. It is on Viewmate at the following address...
Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page.
Thank you very much.
Jeannette Tsoulos

Rave Reviews for Brazilian Jewish Journey #bessarabia #romania #ukraine #usa #latinamerica

Merrie Blocker

What the critics are saying about On a Clear April Morning, a Ukranian-Brazilian Jewish Journey, that I translated from the Portuguese.  Merrie Blocker, Silver Spring, Maryland

 " Marcos Iolovitch's "On a Clear April Morning" is an especially exotic version of the Jewish immigrant experience....[It] can be described as a Brazilian version of Abraham Cahan’s “The Rise of David Levinsky,”  I was reminded of the characters who appear so often in the stories Isaac Bashevis Singer, earnest young men who are tormented by the temptations of the flesh and seek consolation in literature and philosophy. And the book is considerably enriched by the foreword, preface and afterword that appear in Blocker’s translation.  [And],  Marcos Iolovitch is ... a writer who wins us over completely."  Jewish Journal.

"The poetic language of Iolovich in this novel is very readable and well worth the time.....[And] The prefaces by Scliar and Blocker, and an extensive afterword by Blocker, inform the reader in fascinating detail of attempts to settle Jewish immigrants on farms in South America and trace Iolovich’s connection to the larger outside philosophical world, his literary development, and fame." Reform Judaism:

the book is beautifully translated as Blocker manages to transmit the Portuguese into an English that flows naturally even through paragraph-length sentences, successfully keeping the translation as close as possible to the original phrasing without losing the musicality of Iolovitch’s writing.”  Asymptote 

"On a Clear April Morning is a surprising unique jewel. Written in a beautiful, almost poetic style, it sheds light on the struggle of so many Jews that escaped Russia in the hope of building a better future in Latin America. Narrated in first person, this autobiography is an incredible testament of the odyssey so many Jews went through at the beginning of the twentieth century. I also found the translator's notes very helpful in understanding the historical context."  Amazon reviewer


Look-ups requested in Rosenstein's The Unbroken Chain, newest edition #poland


You may have noticed that Neil Rosenstein uses this forum to locate people for inclusion in his research.  Perhaps an appeal directly to him would be in order.
Yale Zussman

Re: USCIS information #records

Robert Hanna

Thank you, Marian and Jan for your additional help.  Yesterday, I applied for a search for my great grandfather's USCIS file number.  When (If) I get that I will send for the C-file (whatever the cost).  Depending on what's in the C-file, I may send for my grandfathers' C-files.  Again, thanks to all who have helped.

Robert Hanna

Re: German WWII reparations records online? #germany #holocaust #records

David Selig

Hi all.  From my own experience, the link already mentioned
indeed is searchable.    Takes a little working out, but I found it a very useful primary source.  

I went to the Landesarchiv, consulted some of the files there from my family, and then asked for copies, which were sent to me. 

I was also told by a kind archivist there, that another archive is available in Berlin. 
This is the "LABO", which (apparently) in the provincial archive for specific categories of reparation requests. 
These concern (as far as I have ascertained) claims concerning - 
- health
- imprisonment
- education issues. 
I have heard that these often contain detailed and personal "stories". 

I know that there are several files there on my own family. 
These cannot be copied , but can be photographed on site.  They need to be ordered in advance, and then studied on site. 

Landesamt für Bürger- und Ordnungsangelegenheiten (LABO)   
Abt. I - Entschädigungsbehörde   
Opfer des Nationalsozialismus   
I A 45   
Fehrbelliner Platz 1   
10707 Berlin   
Telefon: +49 30 90269 5145   
Fax: +49 30 90269 5100   
E-Mail: andrea.pahlke@...  

Good luck
Best David SELIG

Re: German WWII reparations records online? #germany #holocaust #records

Lewis, Megan

I found some more information about United Restitution Organization files.  The records of several individual offices are at the Central Archive for the History of the Jewish People: London (administration & personal files), Frankfurt (administration & personal files), Berlin (personal files), Munich (personal files), Cologne (personal files), Tel Aviv (administration and personal files) and Jerusalem (personal files.)

Personal files are closed to the public for privacy reasons but there is no information about access for family members in the CAJHP catalog record  You will need to follow up with them for more information.

Megan Lewis, USHMM

Re: AA File for Grandfather #romania #usa #records


At least one child born at sea is listed on the passenger list page.

Eva Golda FISCHER was born at sea aboard the SS Carmania in 1928. The 1930 census lists her as Evelyn Carmania FISHER.  Birthplace "at sea"

David Rosen
Boston, MA

On 9/15/2020 6:45 AM, Kathrynbkj via wrote:
I recently learned from an online seminar presented by the JGSGW that children born on ships going to the US were listed on the last page of the ship’s manifest. If you can find that, it might help. Good luck!

Kathryn Kanarek James
Annandale, Virginia

Re: Let me restate my name question Re: Nellie #russia #names

Gary Dickman

My mother given name was Nelli. She was born in Russia in 1932 and I know at least 2 other women born in Russia and their given name is Nelli.

Re: Vinnitsa 1811 & 1834 Census #ukraine


Dear Shmiel,
I would really want to know if my Lekhovitzer family is In the census there name had some variations such as Likhevser or Lycihvitzer. Yes Alex probably will scan these sometime in the future.

Happy high holidays, Elani Joseph
VA Beach, Virginia  

Re: Veretena Family - Chotin and Czernowitz #romania #ukraine

Yefim Kogan

Zev,  it was not clear what are you asking.

You probably know about Romania Database (it includes also Bessarabia records).  You can search such databases by surnames, or surnames and town, etc.  In your case you need to Search by that surname you wrote before, after that you will get all the hits in that database for such name (or very close to it)...  Look at each of these hits carefully.

All the best,

Shana Tovah,
Yefim Kogan

Re: Yiddish/Hebrew name Shirley and Libby #names


For Shirley one of my family had Tzirle as well, any Libby was Leba

Robyn Camm
Ontario Canada

SZEER (Romania), SCHLEIFER (Russia, Romania)

Re: Look-ups requested in Rosenstein's The Unbroken Chain, newest edition #poland


Thank you and with kind regards.

On Tue, 15 Sep 2020 at 22:46, Yossi Jalas <yjj321@...> wrote:
Volume 4:
Page 416 - Rebecca Leah, (2'nd wife of Rabbi Moses Judah Leib Zilberberg ABD Kolo, Dobri, Lask & Kutno) was the daughter of Rabbi Zeev Wolf, ABD Piotrikov and Dabie. She died in 1892, Lechowitz.

Page 692 - Sarah, daughter of Zeev Wolf was first wife of Yekutiel Zissel (Zushe) Hakohen Rappaport of Minsk. Husband died 1852.

Yossi Jalas

Hello. I would like to join to research info about my 4 x g grandfather Abraham ben Gedaliah Tiktin 1764 - 1820. With thx.

Re: Origin and meaning of this tea and preserve ceremony #latvia #lithuania #russia

Deanna Levinsky <DEANNASMAC@...>

On Tue, Sep 15, 2020 at 08:47 AM, <robgoudey@...> wrote:
Hello all.

I found the following reference in Julius Sumner Miller’s autobiography to a ceremony his mother Sarah engaged in. 
Does anybody recognize this?  If so, are you able to tell me anything about its likely origin and significance?
“With all the canning Mama did on a large scale, she took time to make something very special. And with it went a 
very special ceremony. It was made with raspberries, both red and black. Mama stewed these with more than ordinary 
care and canned them in jars well marked. They had a special place on the shelves. We dare not touch these for an 
ordinary meal, never. Now a visitor comes – someone from the old country – I can see her at the table with Mama, 
she has a shawl over her head. Mama serves tea in glasses. And I am sent on an errand: get a jar of the special 
preserve. The lady puts a spoonful in her glass of tea. There is no sugar on the table. This is special. When they 
are diverted to something, in another room say, I steal a spoonful of this delectation. Should Mama know this I’m 
a sorry boy”.

Thank you,
It’s a very Russian thing to do but as far as I know not a ceremony. Those berries were hard to come by and labor intensive. It showed love and respect to serve the berries
Deanna M. Levinsky, Long Island, NY

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