Re: Jews employed by the Czars #russia


I take that by "employed by the Czar" you mean  DIRECTLY employed. There are such cases but all those Jews were practicing the Russian Orthodox faith.

Luc Radu
Great Neck, NY

Re: Jews employed by the Czars #russia

Roni Keini

My grandfather was employed - though not voluntarily - by the czar´s (Alexander III?) army like many other Russian Jews. Finished then his service late 1800´ within the borders of then the Grand Duchy of Finland and was given the right to settle where the service ended.

Roni Keini, Helsinki, Finland

Re: Jews employed by the Czars #russia

Laurence Posner

My wife’s grandfather from Latvia told the family that he had been a watch repairer in the Czar’s army. He continued that trade in America. He also said Russian soldiers taught him to fish and hunt which he also did. I can’t vouch for the truth of this though one cousin is said to have some type of certificate attesting to his service in the Czar’s army. That’s the family lore.

Larry Posner, Salem MA
Laurence Posner

Tracing someone in Lithuania #lithuania #records



I have identified the name of one of my great great grnadparents (or a phonetic version of the spelling) and have narrowed down the date of his death to a few specific years.  I also know the stetl in Kovno Gubernia that he came from and the dates of birth of his children.  I also think he may be an individual who appears on the JewishGen tax database.

Can anyone advise please how I can best utlise this information to research the identity of this individual and the wider family, presumably using the Lithuanian archives?

Many thanks in advance

Jeremy Bloom

Glass/Glas/Glaz  - Kovno Gubernia, Lithuania
Weinstein/Krell- Wilna, Lithuania
Bloom/Sher/Scher/Glicksman/Myler - Riga, Latvia
Halpern - Zlochow, Galicia
Liebman - Uzciesko, Galicia
Altman - Kamionka Stramilova, Galicia

Re: Jews employed by the Czars #russia


My maternal grandfather was employed by Czar Nickolas as a beaurocrat in his village of Yurovichi in Belarus with responsibilities including postmaster and director of official documents and his family owned the means of moving cargo and passengers within his geographical area. He was able to permit HIMSELF to leave his home in 1914 to travel to a nearby city large enough to have a teaching program to make him a shochet and a butcher in order to bring a useful skill in his emigration to America. He returned home 4 years later to bring his immediate family to New Jersey where he had established himself with a house for them. There are many interesting tales of what occurred during those 4 years but those will only be told on demand.
Murray Stollman, St Pete Beach, FL

Re: Jews employed by the Czars #russia

Kenneth Ryesky

Deanna, I wondered about that.
Family lore has it that my g-g-g-gm's family made hats for the Czar.
-- Ken Ryesky
Petach Tikva, ISRAEL

Ken Ryesky,  Petach Tikva, Israel     kenneth.ryesky@...

Re: Jews employed by the Czars #russia


Yes, my son in law’s family (GERSHKOVITZ Kerch, Crimea) has a story that their ancestor designed a bathtub for the czar’s railroad car that reduced water sloshing out. But this sounds so unlikely 

Susan Slusky, Highland Park, NJ

VOROBEY, PODMAZO Minsk Province and near Kovno
HERSCHER, KRAMER Galicia/Russian border

Interested in sharing your family's story with a migration museum? #russia #usa #education #germany

Marie Gruenter

Dear all,

I'm working for the German Emigration Center in Bremerhaven, Germany, which is in the midst of a redesign of our permanent exhibits. We are keen to include more stories of Jewish Eastern European migrants who travelled via German ports, especially between 1870 und 1914. If you have any questions or are interested in sharing your family's story, please let me know. 


Re: Josef Hermann Lowenthal #austria-czech

David Lewin

At 11:14 13/10/2020, ksevomhof@... wrote:
Dear all, I'm looking for information about Josef Hermann Löwenthal, born 12.4.1858 in Jihlava (Iglau), Mähren. He is my Grand-grandfather. His parents: Maximilian Löwenthal (born in Rousinov, Raußnitz) and Theresie Rösy Oppenheimer (born in Mikulov, Nikolsberg, Südmähren). I don't have any idea, whether Josef Hermann had siblings nor under which circumstances he died 1918 (?). Thanks for any information. Kind regards
Karin Vomhof, Erlangen, Germany

Sorry - I cannot help with your search but do you recognize any of the following please?

Van: Goudsblom, Johan
Verzonden: donderdag 13 mei 2010 22:48
Aan: 'enquiries@...'
Onderwerp: Walter Loewenthal

 Dear reader,

My name is Johan Goudsblom. I am an emeritus professor of Sociology at the University of Amsterdam, Holland. At present I am in the very last stage of preparation for the publication of a book in German, Gerdas Tagebücher, based on the diaries of Gerda Laqueur (1906-1945), the mother of my late wife. Gerda had a maternal uncle named Walter Loewenthal (* 1894) who played an important role in her life and diaries. He emigrated to England after 1936. I have not been able to trace his further whereabouts. The fact which I would like to know most of all is the year of his death. My request is: could you help me in my search for basic biographical data about Walter Loewenthal after his emigration to England?

Since the book is due to appear very soon, I would be most grateful if you could reply as soon as possible.

Sincerely yours,

Johan Goudsblom

David Lewin

Search & Unite attempt to help locate people who, despite the passage of so many years since World War II, may still exist "out there".
We also assist in the process of re-possession of property in the Czech Republic and Israel.
See our Web pages at

Researching: NOGA from Poland/UK #austria-czech #poland #unitedkingdom

Robert Fraser

Hi friends - I am researching the NOGA branch of my family. I seek information/contact re family descendants. The names include: Yenta-Zyrla KOLACZ and husband Isaak Mayer NOGA. Children: Joseph (b. c1877; married Fanny), Betsy (b. c1879; married Abraham Isidore GOLDMAN), Harry (b. c1881; married Alta), Leah (b. c1883; married Barnet KLEGER) and George (b. 1884; married Hilda GOODMAN). All had children.

My grandfather, George, was born in Nowy Kochin, Poland. The whole family migrated to UK (Manchester) in late 1880s. The sons all changed their surname to (Joseph) FOUST, (Harry) HARRIS, and (George) FINLEY.

I would like to contact family members for genealogy research. Please respond privately.

Georgina (Gina) Fraser
Perth, Western Australia

Re: Skuodas picture #lithuania #photographs

David Fisher

Thanks Carol

It is the writing below I am referring to.

See attachment




David Fisher




Yahoo Groups Off Line Effective December 15, 2020 #announcements #general

Jan Meisels Allen

Apologies for my typo error in body of email- it should say December 15, 2020 . The subject title was correct.

Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee





Verizon which purchased Yahoo in 2017  announced that Yahoo Groups will shut down on December 15, 2020 when the webstie goes offline for good.  Verizon cited they never planned to revive the service and there has been a steady decline in usage over the past several years.





Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


US Census Bureau Will Accept Census Data Collection Through October 15, 2020 #announcements #records #usa

Jan Meisels Allen


The US Census Bureau will end data collection on the 2020 Census on October 15, 2020 as a result of the U.S. Supreme Court emergency ruling on October 13 stating they need not collect data through October 31, 2020. 

Paper responses must be postmarked by October 15, 2020 and Internet responses will be accepted through October 15, 2020 11:59PM Hawaii Standard Time (6:00AM Eastern Daylight time) on October 16, 2020.

Phone response will be available for its regularly scheduled time on October 15, 2020.


The Census Bureau reports that over 99.9% of housing units have been accounted for between self-response and field data collection operations.

 To see how your state did between self-responses and non-response follow-up go to:


If you have not completed the census you can still do so by Internet by going to :


To access the previous postings about the 2020 US Census see the IAJGS Records Access Alert archives at:   You must be registered to access the archives.

To register for the IAJGS Records Access Alert go to:  You will receive an email response that you have to reply to or the subscription will not be finalized.

It is required to include your organization affiliation (genealogy organization, etc.)


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee



Re: Skuodas picture #lithuania #photographs

Carol Hoffman

The writing on the bottom right hand side of the frame is the stamp of the photographer in Skudas - it has no relationship to identifying the people in the photo.
Carol Hoffman

Heavy Rain Reveals Remains of Romanian Jewish Cemetery Destroyed in 1943 #romania

Jan Meisels Allen

A pit that rainfall exposed at a former Jewish cemetery in Iasi, Romania in October 2020, (©Dan Acostioaiei)


Heavy rainfall in northeastern Romania exposed an underground chamber full of headstones from a Jewish cemetery that was destroyed in 1943. The cave is in Tatarasi Park in Iasi. This is near the site where Nazi allies stole

thousands of headstones from the ancient Ciurchi Street Jewish Street cemetery. Historian Adrian Cioflancc said the oldest documented graves in the cemetery date to 1467.


The pogrom in Iasi in 1941 murdered 15,000 Jews.


The cemetery, which had more than 20,000 graves, was razed on orders from Ion Antonescu, Romania’s wartime prime minister.


The Jews of Bucharest were allowed to move thousands of bodies to another cemetery, but thousands more were desecrated. The headstones removed were used as construction material on orders from Iasi’s mayor, Constantin Ifrim.




Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


Supreme Court Says US Census Count Can End Now #announcements #records #usa

Jan Meisels Allen



The U.S. Supreme Court approved a request from the Trump Administration to suspend the lower federal court’s order that extended the census count to October 31.The Court offered no explanation for the decision, which required the support of at least five justices. Justice Sonia Sotomayor issued a written dissent. She called the harms from ending the count early “avoidable and intolerable.” Further she said, “even a fraction of a percent of the Nation’s 140 million households amounts to hundreds of thousands of people left uncounted,” she wrote. “And significantly, the percentage of nonresponses is likely much higher among marginalized populations and in hard-to-count areas, such as rural and tribal lands.”


The ruling was a result from the Justice Department’s emergency request made last week.  Previously, 9th Circuit Federal Appellate Court Judge Lucy Koh, said the count was to continue through October 31.  The extension was made due to COVID-19 and the October 31 date had been proposed by the Administration last April which they then changed their mind in July.


As the previous Judges have ruled, the October 31 date would give the bureau a better chance of getting an accurate and complete count of the country's residents, which is used to determine how political representation and federal funding are distributed among the states over the next decade. The numbers, in turn, also determine how many Electoral College votes each state has to determine who becomes the U.S. president in 2024 and 2028. The count also determines how approximately $1.5 trillion in federal spending is directed. The proposed deadlines would have pushed field collection until the end of October, with each state's congressional districts being submitted to the president by April 30, 2021, instead of the year-end statutory deadline.


Justice Department attorneys say the Census Bureau is under pressure to meet a legal deadline of Dec. 31 for reporting to the president the first set of census results — the latest state population counts that determine each state's share of the 435 seats in the House of Representatives.

Experts, both inside and outside the agency, have expressed concern over a shortened timeframe for the constitutionally mandated count, arguing that a politically motivated, shortened timeline due to the pandemic threatened the census on two ends: both the actual enumeration and the data processing that follows. A report from Commerce Department's Office of Inspector General in September found that the decision to accelerate the census schedule “was not made by the Census Bureau” and that it “increases the risks to obtaining a complete and accurate 2020 Census.”


The Census Bureau is under the Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross. If the Secretary of Commerce were to present the new state counts to the White House by Dec. 31, that would ensure that even if President Trump did not win reelection, he could attempt to carry out the unprecedented change he wants to make to who is counted when determining the reallocation of House seats.


A different legal fight before the Supreme Court which they have not said when they will hear, is the requirement of "whole number of persons in each state" and the president's limited authority over the census.  President Trump wants to exclude unauthorized immigrants from being counted.

To read more see:



To read more see:

To access the previous postings about the 2020 US Census see the IAJGS Records Access Alert archives at:   You must be registered to access the archives.

To register for the IAJGS Records Access Alert go to:  You will receive an email response that you have to reply to or the subscription will not be finalized.

It is required to include your organization affiliation (genealogy organization, etc.)


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee





Art For Jewish Friends-Creativity From Despair #holocaust

Lowell Nigoff

I was sent this video (see attached) by a friend (not jewish) who I have volunteered with in Israel. I found the video to be very creative and moving. 
Sorry if you get multiple emails. LN

creativity from despair 



“I would rather live my life as if there is a God and die to find out there isn't, than live as if there isn't and to die to find out that there is.” Albert Camus




Jews employed by the Czars #russia

Deanna Levinsky <DEANNASMAC@...>

I've recently seen several references (on JewishGen) to Jews employed by the Czar. Considering the general distain Russians exhibited (and still exhibit) towards Jewish people, was this a reality?
Deanna M. Levinsky, Long Island, NY

Re: Help with a town/village in Russia - Kaliskovkeh #general

Arkady K <arkadyka@...>

Received a very kind email from someone who explained what Kaliskovkeh  was.  It was actually a large estate, a folwark specifically and it was largely dismantled by the Russian Czar somewhere around 1902-ish. 

Searching for it right now yields zero results, because it was never a town/village/etc, just a large plantation. 

Thank you everyone, this thread can close now.
Arkady Kamenetsky

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

Laura Gold

I want to be a town leader for Shatava but have not received any response to my previous emails. I also want to submit material for the Odessa site and have not been able to make contact with the town leader. Please assist in connecting me with someone in JewishGen who can make this happen.

Laura Gold
Vice President of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Los Angeles

-----Original Message-----
From: Avraham Groll <agroll@...>
To: main@...
Sent: Fri, Oct 9, 2020 2:16 pm
Subject: [Special] [] Update to the Family Tree of the Jewish People #JewishGenUpdates

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

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