Family Tree in Geni question #general

Isme Bennie

I have a family tree in Geni. Can it be easily  added to the Family Tree of the Jewish People?  I am non-technical.

Isme Bennie

Re: Update to the Family Tree of the Jewish People #JewishGenUpdates

Daniel Horowitz

Not necessarily Max.
Lorraine can download a GEDCOM directly from the MyHeritage website.
You should know that you can also submit a tree to FTJP, and keep it updated by opening a NEW -free- account on MyHeritage using the following link
You can upload your GEDCOM or build a tree from scratch, and every month MyHeritage will send an update (if something changed on the tree) to JewishGen FTJP. 
Kudos to all the people involved. This is indeed great news, as now trees will be updated and more easy to maintain.

Best regards
Daniel Horowitz

Re: Soviet Era Database Releases Free Documents on More Than One Million Citizens #records #russia #announcements


Thanks a lot to Jan Meisels Allen for tipping!

Here is my 2 cents and 2 tips of searching the DB.
1. Entering a partial name (i.e. "start with") may increase your chances
2. Found document is not shown. There is a workaround. Take a note of the current page number, then move to another page in the same document and take a note of any other name on the page. Then make a new search for that new name and move to the required page. Vu a la!

Semion Sucholutsky

Re: Dolginovo #belarus



I am having an equally hard time finding birth records, etc.  However according to JewishGen, it was Russia when your relatives were born - it became Poland after - basically between WW1 and WW2?

Mine were all born between 1890-1904 and I cannot find a single birth record. 

Arkady Kamenetsky

Re: Update to the Family Tree of the Jewish People #JewishGenUpdates


You must contact the submitter to have them submit a corrected file

Iris Folkson

Re: Update to the Family Tree of the Jewish People #JewishGenUpdates


For information on genealogy software programs go to


Since each program is different, you must read the help file and or manual FOR YOUR OWN GENEALOGY PROGRAM.  I suggest you print the directions from the help file before you start.


Generally under the file menu you will see a copy/export option.  This is the option you need to create a gedcom file.  If you have choices for the gedcom file select PAF, UTF-8, Version 5.x.  Be sure you select gedcom.ged as the file type.  The file will usually be created in the same directory as your family tree file.  Note the name before you save.


Follow these steps:

1.            Go to

2.            Select Family Tree of the Jewish People.

3.            Scroll to the bottom of the page Enter your JGID researcher code and password.

4.            Select "I accept and wish to UPLOAD my GEDCOM."

5.            Read the screen and make the appropriate selections.

6.            Select UPLOAD my gedcom.

7.            Click the browse button and find the directory and file you created.  When you see the    filename in the field, click the UPLOAD button.  Wait for the message that says your    transmission was successful.  If you have a problem sending this way, see option 8.

8.            Select "Alternatively click here to send your file by email". Attach your file to the                email form that appears on your task bar.


If you still have questions, contact me directly.



Iris Folkson

Re: Update to the Family Tree of the Jewish People #JewishGenUpdates


You still must submit a new file

Iris Folkson

Re: Update to the Family Tree of the Jewish People #JewishGenUpdates


To prevent any errors in the 100 year rule I would suggest you privatize your file before submitting

Iris Folkson

Re: Al Lederer #announcements #germany

John Anderson

I am saddened to hear of Al’s passing. He was a 4th cousin of mine, but I felt a closer kinship to him due to the many years we collaborated on the MILIUS line, our common ancestral connection.

John Anderson,
Orlando, Fl

Re: Update to the Family Tree of the Jewish People #JewishGenUpdates

Beth Erez

Hi Avraham

I think that you are doing a wonderful job and I am sure you know it is greatly appreciated but it is always nice to hear it again.

I am writing because I have found a major error in a family tree and did not quite know how to deal with it.

The tree I am referring to is at and I have highlighted in the pdf attached the entire incorrect branch of the tree.  Someone must have attached a different Joseph Mendelsohn to our Mendelsohn tree.  The rest of the tree is correct but the Joseph branch is incorrect -  our Joseph Mendelsohn looks as follows: 
 and is confirmed in many ways but here is the 1880 census information and attached is a pdf of the accurate descendants of Moses (Morris) and Leah Ellen (nee Goldberg) Mendelsohn.


I would appreciate assistance from someone at JewishGen to have the tree on your site corrected.

Beth Erez
Hod Hasharon, Israel

On Sat, Oct 10, 2020 at 12:16 AM Avraham Groll <agroll@...> wrote:

JewishGen is pleased to announce a significant upgrade to the Family Tree of the Jewish People (FTJP), enabling the addition of 555 new family trees, representing 454,416 individuals. In total, the Family Tree of the Jewish People now includes 7,684 trees which represent approximately 8,642,345 individuals. 

While small in comparison to Family Tree collections at major commercial sites, the JewishGen Family Tree of the Jewish People provides researchers with unique access to vital Jewish family history information that is available in no other facility. We encourage everyone to utilize this valuable resource that we hope will continue to grow on an ongoing basis.

Improving the FTJP was labor intensive and required the navigation of many complex systems and processes. In this regard, please join me in expressing our gratitude to volunteers Gary Sandler (Director of Systems Administration) and Iris Folkson (FTJP, Support and IT Coordinator) for the dozens of hours they spent analyzing and upgrading our system, adding trees for the first time since in 2018, and ensuring that the FTJP can be updated on a monthly basis going forward.

The FTJP can be searched by visiting:

To submit a Family Tree, please visit:

Shabbat Shalom & Chag Sameach.

Avraham Groll

Executive Director


Re: Looking for the origins of my family #general


Hello Davya,
The name of the city was Elisavetgrad, not Elizabetgrad.  It was a regional center of the Elisavetgrad uezd (county) in the Kherson province.  The city was recently renamed from Kirovograd to Kropyvnytskyi.  JewishGen hasn't changed the name on the website, so be sure to use "Kirovograd" as the search term.
Archangelskaya/Arkhangelskaya (feminine version of Archangelskiy/Arkhangelskiy) is a based on Arkhangelsk, a town in the western part of the Elisavetgrad uezd, which is now known as Novoarkhanhelsk (New Arch Angel)

Kirovohrad, Ukraine:
Novoarkhanhelsk, Ukraine:
Ukraine SIG - Yelisavetgrad (Kirovograd):
Ukraine SIG - Novoarkhangelsk:

Mike Vayser

Re: Looking for the origins of my family #general


Mary Ann,
There are definitely Russian words with double O, but in this case the spelling of the last name is to convey Russian pronunciation - S-loot-ski. Slutski is an alternate  transcription, but has a negative connotation in US and incorrect pronunciation.  If pronounced following the English language closed syllable rules, "lut", rhymes with "but", however that is not the correct sound for this name. 
Slutsky is one of many Ashkenazi last names that are based on geography. Slutsk was a regional city in Slutsk uezd (county) of the Minsk province, in what is now Belarus. In 1897 71% of the population was Jewish.

Mike Vayser

Viewmate translation request from Yiddish #yiddish #translation #belarus

Beth Erez

I've posted a brief letter written to my grandmother's brother Avrum from their brother Yudel for which I need a translation. It is on ViewMate at the following two  addresses ...
Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page.
Thank you very much.  This would be quite helpful.  In addition, please let me know if you have any idea as to the year this might have been written.
 Beth Erez
Hod Hasharon, Israel

Re Translation Request (Russian) - Pages of Testimony from Yad Vashem #translation

Beth Erez

Have you noticed that the key elements of the Russian document are translated by Yad VeShem?  It is often overlooked.
I looked up Ita Ainbund as an example and this is what it has written (yellow highlight is mine):

Good luck
Beth Erez
Hod Hasharon, Israel

Ralph Baer

I was informed by his son, Philip, that genealogist Al Lederer, a retired professor at the University of Kentucky, passed away on October 4.

Al and I shared an interest in the former Jewish community of Forchheim (Landkreis Forchheim, Bavaria) as well as the cemetery in Baiersdorf (Landkreis Erlangen-Höchstadt, Bavaria) which served Forchheim, Baiersdorf and other nearby communities. He was instrumental in seeing that the cemetery documentation was completed. He also led the effort which resulted in Rolf Kießling of Forchheim receiving an Obermayer German-Jewish History Award in 2013.

Ralph N. Baer        RalphNBaer@...       Washington, DC

(Netherlands) Secret Register of Released Prisoners #records #photographs #announcements

Jan Meisels Allen


Brabants Historisch Informatie Centrum (BHIC) digitized and indexed the Secret Register of Released Prisoners, Geheim Register van Ontslagen Gevangen, which was kept from 1882 to 1896. There are 1,700 prisoners in the registers. The register included photographs, personal details, and overview of crimes of the prisoners who would be released in the upcoming month even though they were still considered dangerous.  The register was sent in the form of a monthly journal to the procurators-generals of the courts and the district attorneys. In later years, it was also sent to the military police and police commissioners in larger municipalities. The contents were kept confidential so that the released prisoners could try to find a decent place in society again.


The website is:

It is available in Dutch and English.


To search, enter a name and press “zoek” [search] or click on “ga naar uitgebreid zoeken” [go to advanced search] for more options:


Alle velden [all fields]

Achternaam [last name]

Voornaam [first name]

Geboorteplaats [place of birth]

Periode [period] t/m [to]


To read more about the archive see:


Thank you to Yvette Hoitink, CG who posted this information on her newsletter, Dutch Genealogy,


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


Re: Looking for the origins of my family #general

Mary Ann Evan

Davya, the earlier suggestions to look for death certificates and passenger manifests are really excellent.

Regarding other spellings of the name, I had a few thoughts.
1) I'm assuming that your family came from Eastern Europe rather than Germany or Austria. I haven't seen any Slavic language that uses a double "o" in the middle of a word. I think the original spelling is more likely to have a "u" instead of the double "o". Another possibility is an "o" with an accent (ó), which would also have been pronounced like the English "ooh."
2) If they lived in Poland or in areas in Belarus or Ukraine that might have been part of Poland at the time, the ending "tsky" was almost certainly "cky" as the letter "c" in this word would have been pronounced like "ts" in English.
3) Also, and this is really a long shot, if at some point the name used the Polish spelling, the second letter could be different. The original may have started with "Sł" where the "ł" is pronounced like a "w" in English. More important, when indexing is done by people who don't speak the language of origin, this "ł" is often transcribed as the English "t," and so you might also keep an eye out for names starting in "Stu" in the indexes of passenger manifests or other documents indexed by Americans.

Mary Ann Evan

Dolginovo research assistance #belarus


Hi Everyone,

Struggling here a bit.  Working on my family tree and trying to find more information on births/marriages of the 'Kamenetsky' side of the family.  Primarily the 6 kids, one of whom was my great grandfather and died in the Ghetto. 

I believe I have their names, birth years (sort of), and towns of birth/residence.   Problem is via JewishGen I cannot find anything except a little bit in the 'family tree' research section which has an incomplete list.  


Children were all born to Benyamin Kamenetsky and Ettka.  I believe most were born in Dolginovo. It is possible the first two older boys Yaakov and Chaim-Zorach were in a different shtetl, but somewhere in that general area.  The other 4 were almost certainly born in Dolginovo:  Dveira, Yudel, Aaron and Leah/Liza.

At some point the family moved from Dolginovo to Minsk.  Hard to say when, but a rough guess would be around 1910. 

Everyone one of those people married and with the exception of Yaakov stayed in Minsk. 

Yet I can't find a single birth certificate/proof and not a single marriage cert. 

Are these records simply not things available on jewishgen?  
I was able to piece most of what I have from living relatives, but there are still missing people.  Some wives are not known at all. 

Here is a link to the public geni tree profile of Binyamin and the family:

Any and all help would be super appreciated.

-- Arkady Kamenetsky

Friends/Relatives of Ben Davis (Binyamin Devenishki) and Miryam Rabinovich, Dieveniskes. Lithuania and Houston, Texas #lithuania

Adam Cherson

These are part of a series of high-definition photographs obtained from town residents, for identification.
If you are able to recognize someone, please contact me privately using the 'Private' button below.

Houston, Texas; Vilna, Dieveniskes, Divenishok, Dziewieniszki, Jevenishok, Devenishki, Dzievianiski

Year: various: from 1900-35

Adam Cherson

Re: Update to the Family Tree of the Jewish People #JewishGenUpdates

Max Heffler


                One method is to use MyHeritage’s free Family Tree Builder to sync your tree to your PC and then export the GEDCOM that can be uploaded into FTJP


Max Heffler,

Houston, TX


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My family tree is on How do I upload it to JewishGen?



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