Re: GILINSKY in Lithuania #lithuania

Barbara Levy

I have gone to the LitvakSIG All Lithuanian Database, and looked everywhere for their names. I have not been successful. I have looked at Svencionys through the JGFF, and I was not successful there. 
Barbara Levy

Re: JewishGen's Family Tree of the Jewish People #JewishGenUpdates

Michael Herzlich

I received this reply from FTJPHELP on July 10th when attempts to update my tree on the FTJP were not successful:

"We are not processing files at this time."

I was not given any time estimate on when they would be processing files again.
Michael Herzlich
Delray Beach, Florida USA

Galicia (Poland, Ukraine) - HERZLICH, TREIBER

Re: Do old hotel registers exist? #general


If he crossed as a tourist, it is very likely no record was ever made. You were usually just waived through, particularly if you were a USA or Canadian citizen. 

John Hirschmann
Washington, DC

Re: Do old hotel registers exist? #general

Sally Bruckheimer

There are border crossing cards which FamilySearch and Ancestry have. We used to bike to Canadian beaches from Buffalo when I was a kid - you didn't need a plane or a train if you were in the US or Canada. Detroit is the same.  You can walk across the border in lots of places.

There may be old hotel registers, but you would have to ask the hotel, and I bet they aren't interested in looking through them for you. Same with funeral parlors.

Sally Bruckheimer
Princeton, NJ

Re: Missing information in mazeva in Warsaw's cemetery #warsaw #general

Nomi Waksberg

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

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

Shana tova
Nomi Waksberg

Re: Using DNA matches to find Jewish ancestors #dna


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
New York
ZBARAZ - Bialazurker
SKALAT - Schoenhaut, Lempert

Re: Seeking Advice for Hiring the Best Latvian Researcher #latvia

Arlene Beare

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 -

As far as a private researcher is concerned you could visit the site of Aleksandrs Feigmanis  -
consider asking him to do some research for you. He does charge and it is important that you ask how much it will cost before hiring him. He is a Historian whoc works at the JEwish Museum in Riga and well experienced with Latvian Records.
Arlene Beare
Co-director Latvian Research Division.

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

Yvonne Stern

Dear Andrew, Arolsen Conference registration is
absolutely  free of cost.
Yvone Stern

Re: JewishGen's Family Tree of the Jewish People #JewishGenUpdates


JewishGen is in the process of updating our family trees.  Please be patient.

Iris Folkson


peter isert

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
Kind regards 
Peter Isert

Re: Does anyone know the shtetl in Lithuania where Rafuel and (Blume) Gertie Nillis Gilinsky lived? #lithuania

Steve Stein

Based on hits on the JGFF and the LItvak SIG database, I would guess Svencionys.

Steve Stein

Re: Searching for KRAVIZTSKY and REZNIK #ukraine

Beth Erez

Hi Valerie
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.  
Good luck
Hod Hasharon, Israel

Re: Naming Conventions #names

Jill Whitehead

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

Re: Naming Conventions #names

Rodney Eisfelder

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,
Rodney Eisfelder
Melbourne, Australia

Re: Palestine Censuses of 1922 and 1931 for Ness Ziona, Israel #israel #records

Yariv Timna

Hi Ava
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.
Shana Tova
Yariv Timna

Re: Do old hotel registers exist? #general

Kenneth Ryesky

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

Judy Baston

The September Issue of the Galitzianer #galicia #announcements

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.

These questions and more are answered in the September 2020 issue of the Galitzianer, which includes the following articles:

  • “Tutorial: Databases for Galician Genealogy” by Mark Jacobson
  • “Tutorial: Understanding Vital Records” by Tony Kahane
  • “The Battle for Jewish Rights” by Andrew Zalewski 
  • “When Brody Burned to the Ground” by Zack Rothbart
  • “The Intellectual Passion of Anna Kluger” by Rachel Manekin
  • “The Boy from Grodzisko Dolne” by Amanda Kluveld and Jan Weitkamp
  • “President’s Page” by Steven S. Turner
The Galitzianer is a membership benefit of Gesher Galicia, though anyone is invited to submit articles on Galicia-related themes. For membership information, visit our website at For details on submitting an article, please review our submissions policy ( and contact me at

Jodi G. Benjamin
Editor, The Galitzianer

Gesher Galicia


Send all inquiries to submissions@...


History can help understand DNA ethnicity profiles: an example #dna

Joseph Walder

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.

Joseph Walder
Portland, Oregon

Re: Vinnitsa 1811 & 1834 Census #ukraine


I would be most appreciative if they could check for Lupinsky/Lupinskij in these censuses.

Many thanks,
Georgia Lupinsky

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