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I had sent an email to Przemysław Szpilman at the following email in 2016 beisolam@... with a similar questions. He was kind enough to research and respond.
If interested, there is an article about him on https://www.newsweek.pl/polska/przemyslaw-isroel-szpilman-straznik-zydowskiej-pamieci/zw2lpbs
I visited this cemetery in 2018. There is much restoration. But even with a map, had a very difficult time locating metsube's. This article may also be of help
Re: Using DNA matches to find Jewish ancestors #dna
Susan J. Gordon
Maybe 25 years ago, I met a bunch of Scots at a resort in the Caribbean, and they said they were Jews. Apparently, in the late 19th c. when their ancestors from eastern Europe left a European departure point for the US, their boat made a quick stop at a dock in Britain to pick up more passengers. Thinking they had arrived in the US, some Jews disembarked... and stayed!
Susan J Gordon
ZBARAZ - Bialazurker
SKALAT - Schoenhaut, Lempert
Re: Seeking Advice for Hiring the Best Latvian Researcher #latvia
We are busy translating records and over the coming year there should be some new databases coming online. Family Search is busy imaging millions of records so there is a lot of new data on their site which links to the Raduraksti. The Raduraksit site has been moved and you need to re-register if you want to look at the data.. It requires an experienced researcher to connect the dots as one can easily make assumptions that are not true. The best people to do this are the Latvian Archivists who have been dealing with the data for many years and really can see family connections. You mention you had them do research for you a number of years ago and that you have also obtained data from other researchers,
It may be worth while to send the Archivists the data that you are trying to piece together and ask their opinion. Since Irina Veinberga died the email address to write to has changed to -
Dear Andrew, Arolsen Conference registration is
absolutely free of cost.
JewishGen is in the process of updating our family trees. Please be patient.
Good day colleagues
I’m having problems identifying if there are any ISERSTEINs alive out there I may be related to
I am the son of Herbert Charles Iserstein from Vienna
born 1921, whose father was Rudolph Iserstein & whose uncle was Paul Iserstein both from Prague originally.
Looking forward to hearing back or at least discovering any leads
Re: Does anyone know the shtetl in Lithuania where Rafuel and (Blume) Gertie Nillis Gilinsky lived? #lithuania
Based on hits on the JGFF and the LItvak SIG database, I would guess Svencionys.
Re: Searching for KRAVIZTSKY and REZNIK #ukraine
My grandfather was born Israel Krevitsky in Aleksandria/Oleksandrya Ukraine (but it was then Russia). We know his parents were Abraham and Yetta Krevitsky and that he had a sister named Mariasia. That is it. We know nothing else except that he immigrated to the United States in 1904 but we believe he left Russia a few years earlier. We always thought he was from Odessa but discovered Aleksandria/Oleksandrya on shis US Naturalization papers, and then later on many of his sister's children's documents. Do you know what town or shtetl your family was from? my guess is that his name was changed to Mauritzio from something else like Moshe or Maurice or Max.
Hod Hasharon, Israel
My great grandfather was called Nathan Abrahams and he came to Manchester, UK in 1867 from Suwalki town in NE Poland. He was born Chackiel Ceglarski but dropped the Ceglarski in favour of his patronymic Abraham or Abram (his father's name). He was also known as Casper by his family (a variation of Chackiel ) in Britain and Charles by his brothers in the USA. His Hebrew name was Ezekiel. He called his first son Abraham Abrahams or Abrams after his father.
I have no idea where the name Nathan came from, but it only appeared when he came to Britain (as far as I am aware), but he had nine children (8 born in Manchester), and his eldest grandsons were variously called Nathan or Neville, but several had the middle name Casper.
A lot of first sons were called Abraham by different parts of my family, but they were often known by their second name e.g. Abraham Harris, or these Abraham's became variously Arthur, Albert or Arnold.
Jill Whitehead, Surrey, UK
You asked "When did the practice start for using the first letter of a deceased relative's name for a child, rather than the whole name? Example being naming a child Carl, after his grandfather Charles?"
You picked a curious example, since they are the same name, one being the German version, the other the French. This was brought home to me when I saw Karl Marx's registration papers from his stay in Brussels in 1846 - his name is clearly shown as Charles Marx. Karl was born in 1818. The family surname came from his grandfather, who was named Mordechai, not Marx.
My great-grandfather's brother William, was born in Bamberg, Germany in 1837. He was either named after William IV who died the same year, or after his grandfather Wolf, who died in 1832.
The answer to your question will depend on where the grandparent died, where the grandchild was born, and the level of cultural assimilation of the parents.
I hope this helps,
Yariv Timna <ytimna@...>
If you write their names, people can search for them, in other forms as well.
IGRA and other sites has many documents other than these censuses.
Re: Do old hotel registers exist? #general
If he crossed the border from Canada to the USA, then you might possibly find some airplane or train manifest reflecting this.
-- Ken Ryesky
Petach Tikva, ISRAEL
Ken Ryesky, Petach Tikva, Israel kenneth.ryesky@...
GILINSKY in Lithuania #lithuania
GILINSKY was a prevalent name in Svencionys, Lithuania and there are many listings for the name
In the LitvakSIG All Lithuania Database, which you can search at www.litvaksig.org
Gesher Galicia SIG
We are delighted to announce the release of the September 2020 issue of the Galitzianer. For those of you journeying into your Galician Jewish roots, this issue includes articles that can help you navigate genealogy databases and interpret vital records. Other articles focus on Galician history. For example, what was it like to be part of the ongoing debate between Jews and Poles during the tempestuous times of 1848, or to be in Brody when the 1867 fire set the town ablaze? In other articles, you will discover what drove a Hasidic young woman to sue her religious parents and how a boy from Grodzisko Dolne ended up in a Nazi concentration camp in the Netherlands.
www.geshergalicia.org/membership/. For details on submitting an article, please review our submissions policy (www.geshergalicia.org/the-galitzianer/#submissions) and contact me at
Jodi G. Benjamin
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History can help understand DNA ethnicity profiles: an example #dna
A non-Jewish friend has great-grandparents who came from Sweden (maternal side) and Germany (paternal side). The latest iteration of her DNA ethnicity profile from Ancestry indicates a Swedish component approaching 75% and a German component of only a few percent. This result seems baffling until one considers an important detail: the German ancestors came from the region of Pomerania, that is, from along the south shore of the Baltic Sea. Pomerania (which with post-1945 borders is now mainly Polish territory) was only incorporated into the Germanic world in about the 15th century. The population along the south shore of the Baltic at that time was a mixture of Slavs, Balts, Finnic peoples, and Swedes--and indeed the friend's Ancestry DNA profile indicates greater Slavic, Baltic and Finnic contributions than Germanic. A plausible interpretation is that her German great-grandparents were the descendants of non-Germanic people who assimilated to German culture and language several centuries ago.
To the extent that Ashkenazi Jews intermarried with and assimilated non-Jews, the surprises that some Jews find in their DNA ethnicity profiles are, well, unsurprising.
Populations have always mixed with each other. Geography, culture and language cannot be simply superposed on one another. History can provide very useful guidelines for interpreting DNA profiles.
Re: Vinnitsa 1811 & 1834 Census #ukraine
I would be most appreciative if they could check for Lupinsky/Lupinskij in these censuses.
New records on the all GALICIA database, Progress on PRZEMYSL ID project #galicia
Gesher Galicia SIG
Gesher Galicia is pleased to update readers on the progress in
indexing Jewish Galician records. Since the end of January 2020 the
following records have been indexed and uploaded to our All Galicia
Database, freely available for all at:
A. Vital records
- Jewish births (certificates) 1842, 1877-1911; also a handful of
Jewish death certificates (1875, 1895) and marriage certificates
- Jewish births (index book) 1895-1942
- Jewish births 1842-1868
- Jewish births 1919-1926, 1931, 1937-1938
- Jewish deaths 1930-1938; death certificates 1902, 1935-1938
- Jewish deaths 1827-1866
- Jewish births 1925-1937
- Jewish deaths 1899-1926
- Jewish births 1876-1877, 1879-1882, 1896-1897
- Jewish deaths 1879-1887
- Jewish births 1853-1881, 1884, 1886-1889
- Jewish deaths 1878-1880, 1882-1884, 1892-1895
- Jewish births 1933, 1934, 1938
- Jewish marriages 1938
- Jewish deaths 1934-1935, 1937-1938
i) Stanislawow province
A small number of assorted Jewish birth certificates, marriage
certificates and death certificates, from the period 1870-1934.
- Jewish births 1837-1870
- Jewish marriages 1853-1859, 1862, 1870
- Jewish deaths 1834-1845
- Jewish residents 1922
Many of the above records are held in the Ukrainian state archives, in
Lviv and Ivano-Frankivsk. So far this year, we have completed the
indexing of all the Jewish vital record sets held in the Ukrainian
state archives from Kosow, Mosciska, Podhajce, and Stanislawow.
Vital records coming soon:
- Strusow D 1837-1838, 1840-1870; D (index book) 1934-1938
- Kopyczynce M (index book, grooms only) 1920-1938
- Tarnopol B (index book) 1816-1860
Gesher Galicia thanks Slawomir Postek and Paulina Postek for all their
indexing work, and Piotr Gumola and Pawel Malinowski for further
processing and uploading the spreadsheets.
B. School records
- Brzozow Jewish pupils 1920-1939
- Gorlice Jewish pupils 1893-1925
- Przemysl Jewish pupils and teachers 1938-1939
Gesher Galicia is grateful to the following people for sourcing,
indexing and donating to us the spreadsheets of the above records:
Suzan Wynne (Brzozow), Russ Maurer (Gorlice), and Lukasz Biedka (Przemysl).
C. Jewish taxpayer records
The following record sets, all from the former Tarnopol province, have
been uploaded to the All Galicia Database in the past seven months:
Narajow (1937), Olesko (1936), Uscieczko (1936), Zbaraz (1936), and
Thanks to Eddy Mitelsbach and Mark Jacobson for their help with these records.
Taxpayer records from the 1930s coming soon: Podkamien (Tarnopol
province), Sasow, and Sokolowka.
D. Holocaust-period records
Gesher Galicia has two new spreadsheets from the Holocaust period -
one of Lwow ghetto residents, 1941-1943 (over 10,000 entries), and the
other of Krakow Jewish residents, July-August 1940 (over 19,000
The history of these spreadsheets is similar and in each case goes
back some 15-20 years. The Krakow material is held at the Jewish
Historical Institute (JHI) in Warsaw. Originally, JHI microfilmed the
material for USHMM in Washington, DC. Volunteers from USHMM and Gesher
Galicia then indexed the documents, and the spreadsheet was presented
to Gesher Galicia. At the time, Gesher Galicia had no online search
engine, and so gave the spreadsheet to JewishGen. Recently, JewishGen
returned the spreadsheet to Gesher Galicia, so that it could also be
uploaded to our database.
The Lwow ghetto material, from a range of different files, is held at
the State Archive of Lviv Oblast (DALO). Many years ago, USHMM
microfilmed and indexed the documents. The subsequent story of this
spreadsheet, which recently came back to Gesher Galicia, is similar to
that of the Krakow spreadsheet.
Both USHMM and JewishGen also have these two spreadsheets on their
online databases. Gesher Galicia is grateful to all the organizations
involved (JHI Warsaw, DALO, USHMM, and JewishGen) and to the
volunteers who worked on indexing the records. Thanks, too, to Pawel
Malinowski for a significant amount of work on both spreadsheets,
before uploading them to the database.
E. Przemysl Identification Project
Finally, an update on the Przemysl Identification Project.
Our public notice explains the project and lists all those involved in
it. Please see:
To date, 250 of the 577 index books in the project (43%) have been
identified. Of these, 228 books have so far been verified. Gesher
Galicia members can view the table, which is regularly updated, of all
the books whose identification has been verified, along with the scans
of the books themselves, in the members-only area of Gesher Galicia's
We thank all those who are involved with or supporting this project in
a range of ways, including the project coordinator, Piotr Gumola. We
also want to mention the San Francisco Bay Area Jewish Genealogical
Society for its generosity.
If you are not already familiar with them, you may want to look into
- GlobalSearch facility: https://inventories.geshergalicia.org/#/
- Inventories: https://www.geshergalicia.org/inventories/
- Research projects: https://www.geshergalicia.org/projects-overview/
To join Gesher Galicia, please go to: https://www.geshergalicia.org/membership/
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Does anyone know the shtetl in Lithuania where Rafuel and (Blume) Gertie Nillis Gilinsky lived? #lithuania
The Gilinskys had 5 girls, Chaya Riva, Shayla, Sora Feigel, Yudis, and Fruma Devasha (B.1884). Gertie died when she was in her 30s and Rafuel died when he was in his 40s. Their daughter Chaya Riva raised the children. She married a man named Harry Grimm.
Each New Year’s Day I choice the “replace” option.
I have been wanting for a long time to post an update of my family tree
Web sites I manage - Personal home page, Greater Houston Jewish Genealogical Society, Woodside Civic Club, Skala, Ukraine KehilalLink, Joniskelis, Lithuania KehilaLink, and pet volunteer project - Yizkor book project: www.texsys.com/websites.html
Do old hotel registers exist? #general
The question is both general, of possible interest to many, and specific, addressed to Miami mavens.
A relative, born Naftali Lasutra in Pulin, Ukraine, who changed his surname to Lester - or similar - stayed in the Lord Balfour Hotel in Miami, during one Pesach in the 1950's. I cannot find his traces in Toronto, where he lived and assume that the name as remembered phonetically by his Russian relatives is incorrect. Therefore, I would like to put my hands on this hotel's guest register, provided it exists and learn his name as it was written in English.
Thank you very much!
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