Re: 🍎🍯 Shana Tova from JewishGen!🍎🍯 #JewishGenUpdates

tzipporah batami

Same to you. May Hashem reward all your efforts with health and long life.

Feigie Teichman

On Thu, Sep 17, 2020, 5:49 PM Avraham Groll <agroll@... wrote:
Wishing you all a Shana Tova, and a year filled with health, happiness, and only good things!

Re: 🍎🍯 Shana Tova from JewishGen!🍎🍯 #JewishGenUpdates

Sandra Rips


Thank you and the same to you, your family and all of Jewish Gen!!!

Bob and Sandy Rips

On Sep 17, 2020, at 2:49 PM, Avraham Groll <agroll@...> wrote:

Wishing you all a Shana Tova, and a year filled with health, happiness, and only good things!

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Re: 🍎🍯 Shana Tova from JewishGen!🍎🍯 #JewishGenUpdates


Shana Tova Tikatevu. 

On Sep 17, 2020, at 5:49 PM, Avraham Groll <agroll@...> wrote:

Wishing you all a Shana Tova, and a year filled with health, happiness, and only good things!

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DNA results vs records #dna

Elaine King

I have just received updated DNA results from Ancestry. They confirm what I have always known about my father's family, that they were German, or more particularly, Prussian. But in the naturalization records, etc., they are listed as having been born in Russia. (They also say they spoke English, which makes me wonder if they spent some time in England on their way to the U.S.)  We are talking about the late 1800s, so is this a geographic/historical thing, that country borders changed so much?

Elaine King

Re: 🍎🍯 Shana Tova from JewishGen!🍎🍯 #JewishGenUpdates

E Feinstein

Kesiva vechasima Tova.
all the best
Gut Gebentsched Jahr.
the feinsteins

On Thursday, September 17, 2020, 05:49:08 PM EDT, Avraham Groll <agroll@...> wrote:

Wishing you all a Shana Tova, and a year filled with health, happiness, and only good things!

Re: 🍎🍯 Shana Tova from JewishGen!🍎🍯 #JewishGenUpdates

renato mannheimer

Shana tova and thank you for all jewishgen has done and is doing
Renato Mannheimer. Italy

Re: 🍎🍯 Shana Tova from JewishGen!🍎🍯 #JewishGenUpdates

Sheldon Clare

Shana Tova from Tucson, AZ.

Sheldon Clare

Re: Need photo of gravestone in old Jewish cemetery of Casale Monferrato in Italy #photographs


You can contact the old synagogue
and go to contacts
and  email
to send them a message. I hope they may be able to help you. Regards.
Angel Kosfiszer
Richardson Texas

🍎🍯 Shana Tova from JewishGen!🍎🍯 #JewishGenUpdates

Avraham Groll

Wishing you all a Shana Tova, and a year filled with health, happiness, and only good things!

Re: VISA and Registry Files: USCIS information #records

David Oseas

Moishe,  this USCIS webpage has links to the various types of files available from the Genealogy Program: .  If you follow the link to each file type, you will be presented with a description of the contents, as well as an aid to finding the file number, if the number is available outside of USCIS.

For Registry Files ( ), there are some cases where the number can be found outside of USCIS.

For Visa Files ( ), the number isn't available outside USCIS & must be obtained from an Index Request.

David Oseas

HYMAN/HEYMAN/HEIMOWITS/CHAJMOVITS: Zemplen-Dobra, Hungary > New York;   KLEIN: Satoraljaujhely (Ujhely), Hungary > New York > Los Angeles
Hungary > New York;   OSEAS/OSIAS/OSIASI/OZIAS: Iasi, Romania > Chicago > Milwaukee > Los Angeles
SCHECHTER/SHEKTER: Kishinev, Bessarabia > New York ;   SHERMAN: Iasi, Romania > New York > Los Angeles
STRUL:  Iasi, Romania > Haifa, Israel;   WICHMAN: Syczkowo (Bobruisk), Belarus > Milwaukee > Los Angeles

Due to Wild Fires and Vital Records Lost Oregon State Vital Records Department Will Provide Free Replacements #announcements #records #usa

Jan Meisels Allen


Due to the many wild fires in Oregon, which has so far burned over one million acres, many families have lost all their vital records.


As a result, the Oregon Center for Health Statistics has issued temporary rules to waive fees for certified copies of records for these families, in accordance with the Governor’s Executive Order 20-35.  The State Vital Records office will provide up to three certified certificates of birth, death, marriage, divorce, domestic partnership or dissolution of domestic partnership free of charge if the record is requested in connection with the wildfire response.  The temporary rules are in effect September 14, 2020 through March 1, 2021.


The temporary administrative order may be read at:


For more information please read the website posting at:


Ordering information may be read at:


I have not found similar notifications on either the Washington State Department of Health Services website:


I also have not found a similar posting on the California Department of Public Health website:


Both California and Washington State are also suffering under severe fires and I have no idea whether they  adopt a similar rule following the Oregon emergency rule.


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee





Re: Searching opatovsky #poland

Ben Tysch

Wondering if the surname Opatowsky indicates that the person's ancestors originated from Opatow (Apt) in Poland.  That is where my Rosenblum ancestors all came from.  

Ben Tysch
Los Angeles

Zagradowka, Ukraine #ukraine #latinamerica

Merrie Blocker

Does anyone have any family that came from Zagradowka (Zahradivka) in Kherson Oblast in southern Ukraine. Jewish Gen doesn't list Zagradowka as a town where Jews lived, but I recently translated On a Clear April Morning     the story of a family that immigrated to Brazil in 1913 from Zagradowka and I am wondering if there are other Jewish families from there as well.  The family I know of was the family of Yosef Iolovitch.  Many thanks,  Merrie Blocker Silver Spring, MD

Re: Looking for info on Family Name Folis or Tolis in Eastern Poland #poland

Sherri Bobish


Have you located their U.S. naturalization documents or passenger manifest?
A good site to begin your search is:


Have you searched the databases at JewishGen for records from Poland and other countries?

They may have chosen at some point to change their surname, but their name was not "changed at Ellis Island."  Names were sometimes spelled incorrectly when the manifests were written up in Europe.

As to two family members spelling the surname differently, I have seen that previously.  It is not unheard of.


Sherri Bobish

Re: Interactive Research Course - US Databases & Federal Sources #education

Micki Potchinsky

sorry just read your notice. any chance of getting the webinar online now?
Thank you
Maxine Potchinsky

Re: Looking for info on Family Name Folis or Tolis in Eastern Poland #poland


Dear Alexandra Sokol:

I have tried to search for a "D. Folis" and for a "D. Tolis" in the interface for the Ellis Island database at (one needs to register to see ship manifests, but registration is free) , and I have not had luck finding your "David Folis/Tolis" there: the only Folis-es or Tolis-es with a first initial D that I found were Greek or Hungarian. (Therefore, probably not Jews from the Russian Empire.)

I had somewhat-better luck looking for a David Sokol (while the interface found me a David Sokol who arrived in 1904 on the ship König Albert, the manifest image it gave for him didn't have him). I used to try to find an immigrant David Sokol, and succeeded in finding this David Sokol -- an 18-year-old (if I read correctly, his occupation was given as "tanner") from what may have been written "Krinick" (?) in the Russian Empire (which may have been the town (said to be 28 miles east of Bialystok) whose name is officially spelled "Krynki"). (It seems that he stated he was coming to join an uncle whose last name was written "Salamon" (I can't decipher the 1st name as well) in Newark, New Jersey.)

(My maternal grandmother's parents ("Paat" on immigration records in 1898; later known as "Pat", "Patt", and (eventually) "Pate" in the US) emigrated from Bialystok, but I have learned within the past year or 2 that my grandmother's father's Pat family may have come from Krynki, so I've learned a tiny bit about it -- and apparently it was known for leather-production and tanning.

I'm not sure in which era there was a "Polish/Russian border" -- although Krynki is now near the Polish/Belarusian border, it was (for years before World War I) definitely within the Russian Empire, and I'm not sure what kind of "border" which smugglers would get over would have been near it before World War I. (Maybe the recollection is from 1918 or later?).)

I didn't find any other David Sokols on the Ellis Island database who arrived before 1917, but has a 3-year-old "Dudio" Sokol who arrived in 1905 (seemingly with the mother), a (9-year-old) David "Sokel" (I think) who arrived in 1906, an 18-year-old David "Sokal" who arrived in 1910 from "Lemberg" (today's Lviv) in Galicia (not in the Russian Empire before World War I), and a 21-year-old "tailor" named David Sokoll who arrived in 1910 said to be from "Psholenka" in the Russian Empire, who stated that he was coming to meet his brother-in-law Adam Stribel (I think) who lived on Canal Street in lower Manhattan.

I think that the David Sokol who came from "Krinick" (and possibly Krynki) is more likely than anyone else I found today; I hope this research will be of help to you (and maybe others who will read this).

(I don't think that I have found much luck finding your great-grandmother "Fagabluma Sokol"; I have found a (34-year-old) Feige Gittel Sokol who arrived in 1911 (stated to have emigrated from Bialystok) with a young son and daughter -- who was said to be meeting a husband in Brooklyn.)

Best wishes for the fall and/or for Jewish Year 5781.

Ethan Kent
New York, NY
(researching Paat/Pat/Patt/Pate from Bialystok (and possibly Krynki), Poland, Kornhauser from Turka (now in Ukraine) -- and possibly Stefkowa (now in Poland), Kantor (probably from Bratslav -- now in Ukraine), Gelperin/Halperin (emigrated from today's Vilnius, Lithuania; father probably from a Krasnoye now in Belarus) -- and (to some degree) related families (including Jaffe in today's Lithuania -- ancestral to Mrs. Gelperin/Halperin (my great-grandmother) )

PS: As you (Alexandra Sokol) may soon find (if someone else hasn't posted about this before me) very few names were "changed in Ellis Island" -- as American immigration workers were instructed to not change the names given on passenger manifests.

Ethan K.

Re: Looking for Aunt Tillie, born Zipporah Storch, family immigrated 1891, NYC 1905 census age 16, then in Hartford per my mother #usa


If your aunt Tillie was religious, you might check with the various congregations in Hartford and West Hartford and/or with cemeteries if she might have been buried there.  It's important to check West Hartford as well as Hartford because as synagogues moved, they tended to move to West Hartford. East Hartford and other nearby towns are another possibility since all cities are close together (as you may know, CT does not have county government and all cities and towns are contiguous).  Good luck!
Barbara Sloan
Conway, SC

Info and questions please #general #russia

Marlene Krantz

I don’t understand something.
My grandparents came from zalbetov and kolmeya. My other grandparents came from kerson Russia in the early 1900s.
Is it true that is inside Geisher Galacia??
I’m a beginner and I am trying to understand where to look for relatives????
Please help,
Marlene Krantz

Re: Image of photograph needs to be translated VM86468 #translation

Henry Carrey Boston,MA . Carey/Kirzhner/Berestyaner , Belous , Isenberg - Lutsk ; Postolov/Herman/Kolovsky-Zhitomir


Wow! Unlike most Yiddish scripts that I have seen , this one is written in a script that I am familiar with and I can make out most of the words . I will do this later but the gist of it is : 

Whenever you look at the this photograph , remember the all the hard times we have suffered under the Germans and remember us - the former Rapport family . 

It must be one of the last letters anyone was able to send out from a ghetto (?) or smuggled out some other way before most of them were killed . Does that seem likely ? 

Henry H. Carrey

Re: Searching opatovsky #poland

Stanley Diamond

There are many OPOTOWSKI entries in the JRI-Poland database
In addition to those records online up to 1905, JRI-Poland has now fully extracted the records of 
Pabianice up to 1915.   Information on all Pabianice records is available from the the Town Leader
who can be reached by visiting the "Your Town" page at:
For information on records for other towns, write to [townname]
Stanley Diamond, M.S.M.  
Executive Director, Jewish Records Indexing - Poland, Inc.
Searching opatovsky #poland
From: shirlee dayan
Date: Thu, 17 Sep 2020 01:40:12 EDT

Searching opatovsky family from panianice Poland.

Shirlee Dayan

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