Russian State Public Historical Library Offers Free Genealogy Document Scans #ukraine #announcements #records #russia

Jan Meisels Allen



Vera Miller’s Find Lost Russian  & Ukrainian Family blog posted about the Russian State Public Historical Library offering free genealogy scans.


The historical library has more than 200 genealogical and biological references on topics ranging from coats of arms to lists of mischief people expelled from Moscow.


Vera posted a link to a Zoom video that explains using the historical library website which may be accessed at:


As the website is all in Russian, Vera recommends that  have your family surnames translated from English to Russian on Google Translate or here. Having the names in Russian is half the effort involved with using these books/booklets.


The next important step is downloading Google Translate browser app or any other similar app onto your desktop or laptop computer. The app will automatically put Russian State Public Historical Library's website into English.


She also lists links to important guides for Russian and Ukrainian genealogy.


To read her blog post see:


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


Arolsen Archives - Conference on Deportations in the Nazi Era #announcements #holocaust

Yvonne Stern

Arolsen Archives. International Center on Nazi Persecution will hold a  Conference on Deportations in the Nazi Era – Sources and Research  
 Date :2-4 November 2020  
Registrations are open until 15th October 2020.

During the Nazi era, about three million Jews, half of the victims of the Holocaust, were deported from the German Reich, the occupied territories, and the countries allied with Germany and sent to ghettos, camps, and extermination centers. The police and the SS also deported tens of thousands of Sintize and Sinti, Romnja and Roma, mainly to the Auschwitz concentration and extermination camp, where most of them were murdered. Deportations were a central pillar of the National Socialist policy of persecution and extermination. As well as focusing on the various sources, their knowledge potential, and (digital) methods of cataloging and indexing, the conference also addresses new (systematizing and comparative) research questions and approaches.

The conference will take place as a Zoom video conference (
All dial-in data will be provided for registered participants in advance of the event.

The working language of the conference is English; papers will be presented in English and German with a translation from German into English and English into German. Participants can choose their language channel on Zoom. Discussions will be translated simultaneously, except parallel panels marked as “discussion in English only”.
Please read more at:
Yvonne Stern
Rio de Janeiro

Re: how to print a large tree #general

Marcel Apsel

That is not true.  You can use FTM. I use the 2017 version and you can you for example in the publish tab the descendant outline tree where you can put any facts you want too. And you can print it out the way you want.


Marcel Apsel


Re: How to find UKRAINE birth and marriage records #ukraine #records #russia


Happy New Year Everyone!
I am looking for records from the following two towns, both of which were in Galicia after the partition of Poland and now part of Ukraine after World War 2, below.
I have not been successful so far. I do not see them on Alex's page.
Would anyone have any thoughts on where to look? Or who to contact on the ground in Ukraine?
David Levine
San Francisco, CA

1 Rozhnyativ Рожнятів
Ivano-Frankivsk Oblast, Ukraine

2. Solotvyn Солотвин
Ivano-Frankivsk Oblast, Ukraine 

Utah JGS Virtual Meeting #jgs-iajgs #announcements

Banai Lynn Feldstein

Our next meeting is Monday, September 21st at 6:30pm Mountain time.

Speaker: Todd Knowles

Topic: What's New at FamilySearch.

Register here:

All are welcome to join.

Note that the webinar will likely be about one hour, we just schedule
in extra time.

Banai Lynn Feldstein
Utah JGS Webmaster

Re: How to find UKRAINE birth and marriage records #ukraine #records #russia

Deborah Friedman

Thank you Gary,

i went to the page and I found books re the town Zaslav.   How do I go about finding out if there is a translation for those books.

Deborah Friedman

Re: Vinnitsa 1811 & 1834 Census #ukraine

Deborah Friedman

Thank you Shmiel,

I would love it if they could search for FRIEDMAN, SHULMAN, PODGAITZ, LIPSHITZ

Thanks so much

DEborah Friedman
Walnut Creek, CA

Re: This week's Yizkorbook excerpt on the JewishGen Facebook page #belarus #ukraine #yizkorbooks

Deborah Friedman

Thank you for this!

my Gr-gr-grandmother's name was Hinda Podgaitz. She married Ephraim Friedman and they lived in Kopaigorod, Ukraine.  I have always wondered if the last name Podgaitz meant that she was from Podhajce. 

deborah friedman

Seeking Advice for Hiring the Best Latvian Researcher #latvia

Ava Nackman

A number of years ago I paid the Latvian Archives to do some family research for me.  I also have some research obtained by other researchers and we are trying to connect the dots to put branches of the family together.  This will probably require hiring someone to do some additional research at the Latvian Archives or, possibly, with records available online but which have not been translated.  Have others had more recent experience with having Latvian records researched?  Can anyone give any recommendations on a particularly good researcher to hire?  I am not sure if going directly to the Latvian Archives is the best approach or if there are better alternatives.  Thanks so much for any advice anyone can offer on the best way to proceed.

Ava Nackman

Re: How to find UKRAINE birth and marriage records #ukraine #records #russia

Ann Scher

I have had success working with a local genealogist in retrieving records from the Zhitomir archives for my family who lived in Novograd-Volynsk and emigrated to MA. Contact me if you want additional information.

Ann Scher

how to print a large tree #general

renato mannheimer

I would like to print my tree that has approximately 500 names. I cannot do it with the program I use (Family Tree Maker 2019). Is there another program or way to print it?

Thank you for your help
Renato Mannheimer

Re: How to find UKRAINE birth and marriage records #ukraine #records #russia

Gary Pokrassa

if you go to Alex K's main wiki page (use chrome so you get a translated version) at

find the index at the top and clock on 7.8 and it will take you to the Mogilev district where you will find many revision lists and metric records for Podilia province - I dont see anything specific listing Kopaigorod but this is likely contained within many of the files which do not have town details posted

Gary Pokrassa
Data Acquisition Director
Ukraine Research Division

Re: How to find UKRAINE birth and marriage records #ukraine #records #russia

Gary Pokrassa

I am not sure where this information came from but I can tell you on the wiki page

there are 150 files for Zhitomir metric records totaling over 45,000 pages of metric records of which 24 files  and 13,373 pages are index files and the balance are the actual metric records from Zhitomir.  I can personally attest to this as I was able to find my GGP's marriage records from 1882 in these files using first the index and then locating the actual file. 
Gary Pokrassa
Data Acquisition Director
Ukraine Research Division

Re: Why a 1911 Registry Office Wedding? #unitedkingdom #general



Perhaps the bride's parents had an objection to the marriage and the synagogue required their permission. The couple's only alternative would have been a civil marriage (or Gretna Green?), if they were both aged 18 or older. 

I would also look at the D.o.B. of their first child, to see if this was a 'marriage in haste'. That may be a clue as to why the bride's parents objected.
They also may have objected because they wanted their daughter to marry someone else or didn't approve of the groom for some other reason.

There may have been a problem for them to provide sufficient evidence of her being Jewish (not having her parents' ketubah?), so the synagogue wouldn't allow them to be married there.

Family Tree #general


I made my family tree for many years,  and posted it on MyCanvas, from Alexanders.( Familily Roimiser, Roimisher, Roemicher, Romischer...etc).  Since that site uses Flash Player, which will disappear before the end of 2020, the site will disappear as well, and our books too. I preserve the copied material, but the possibility of continuing to edit a book that has been built for so many years ends. Does anyone go through this experience, and perhaps have a solution?
Thank you

Re: Using DNA matches to find Jewish ancestors #dna


I am not very skilled at this, but I understand some people have been able to really narrow things down by using 

I would also suggest going back to your oldest relatives and asking if they knew about any Jews who had converted to Catholicism stories. 

And of course trying to get in touch with the closest DNA matches...

Re: How to find UKRAINE birth and marriage records #ukraine #records #russia

Janis and Joe Datz

How about birth, marriage and death records as well as revision lists for Mogilev Podol'sk and Kopaigorod Ukraine?
Janis Friedenberg Datz

Re: 1869 Hungarian Census #hungary #translation

Phil Karlin

I couldn't find your Viewmate, so I can just speak generally.
Lots of helpful links, including Kurrent letters, at Find the 1869 Census in the Wiki, it explains column headings. 

I muddled through translating with a combination of Google Translate, guessing and cross referencing to other info I already had or could find. The Googling was often putting in the English, seeing what Hungarian or Slovakian popped up, and seeing if it was close to what I was looking for. Can't figure out a letter? If you have the others in the word, make a guess then try to verify it. For town names, there are resources here and on FamilySearch. I also found tremendously useful for finding old names for towns. 

I hope that's helpful. 

Phil Karlin

Re: 50 State Survey Finds One Out of 10 Millennials and Generation Z Didi Not Recall Word 'Holocaust: or Basic Facts of the Genocide #announcements # holocaust #announcements #usa

Phil Karlin

I think those numbers are pretty good. 

10% of Americans don't have a high school diploma or GED. Less than 40% have a bachelors degree. Less than 3% of Americans are Jewish. Ignorance of history extends far beyond and probably exceeds ignorance about the history most important to us. What do you think those numbers would have been if the survey had been about the Armenian Genocide, or the 1921 Tulsa Massacre, a classic pogrom perpetrated on African-Americans? Do you know how many were killed in the Chinese Cultural Revolution? 

I'm all for Holocaust education. But these numbers are not cause for alarm. They represent great success in these efforts.  

Phil Karlin

Re: Segel- name or title #names



David Rosen
Boston, MA

On 9/20/2020 12:55 AM, zionsharav wrote:
The name "Segel" is said to have also been an honorific sometimes added
to surnames of rabbinical-levitical families.
Is anyone aware of the tradition surrounding the use of it?
-Ari Dale