What is my best approach for finding census data on my family in Belarus born between 1885-1905. #belarus

Arkady K <arkadyka@...>

Hi everyone,

Now that I got the birth places sorted, I am hoping to find census information on great-grandparents and their siblings.  
They were all born between 1885-1905ish.  All were born either in Dolginov or in a large estate 9 km east of Dolginov. 

I have tried birth records for Belarus and came up with absolutely nothing.  So I either assume they were never registered or they got lost.

Revision lists seem to be my best bet, but looking at JewishGen the latest Belarussian revision list was taken in 1858. 
There is also the 1897 census, but for whatever reason large parts of this revision list was destroyed.  That which remains does not appear to cover my area.

They were all alive before the breakout of WW2, all survived WW1 unscathed.  What would be my next best step?

Thank you so much.
Arkady Kamenetsky

Warsaw Jewish Cemetery Okopawa Discoveries #poland

Jan Meisels Allen

General view of part of Quarter 1 in the Okopowa St. Jewish cemetery, Warsaw. Photo: Foundation for Cultural Heritage


The Okopawa Jewish Cemetery in Warsaw was established in 1806 and is the resting place of over 200,000 persons. It is the largest cemetery in Poland. Recently, archeologists discovered previously unknown cobblestone paths,

buried matzevot and artifacts dating back over a century. The project is estimated to be completed the end of 2021.


The work was commissioned by the Foundation for Cultural History. The cemetery is owned by the Warsaw Jewish Community.


To read more see:


The report may be read at:

It is available in both Polish and English. If you use Chrome as your browser it will translate the report into English


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


Jules Duga z"l #usa

Toby Brief

It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of Jules Duga of Columbus, Ohio.


Jules was a valued member of the Columbus Jewish Historical Society from its earliest years. His passion for genealogy was known to many of you as was his constant support of the archives and programs of the Society. Jules and his wife Cyril were instrumental in bringing the Columbus Jewish Genealogy Society and the Historical Society together - a match that strengthens all that we do. 

Jules and Cyril are responsible for the 2001 Jewish cemetery project for CJHS that recorded all of the Jewish burials in Franklin County, Ohio. In 2005, they expanded that project through eastern and southeastern Ohio towns. Just a few weeks ago Jules was working on updating those files. These records have all been submitted to JOWBR.


Honored by CJHS with many awards, Jules also was a Lifetime Trustee of our Board. He is known throughout the international Jewish genealogy for his research and his commitment to bringing families together. He was responding to questions up through the beginning of this month.


If you have been working with Jules recently please contact us at history@... or through our website.


His obituary can be found here:

Toby Brief

Executive Director, Columbus Jewish Historical Society

Eleanore G. Yenkin Curator, The Historical Collection of CJHS

Free Webinar: Translating Russian Documents for the Non-Russian Speaker #JewishGenUpdates

Avraham Groll

We invite you to attend another free presentation in our series of JewishGen Talks webinars, with our speaker, Dr. Alan Levine.
Translating Russian Documents
for the Non-Russian Speaker

Wednesday, October 21, 2020
2:30 pm Eastern Time (New York)
One of the obstacles faced by researchers involves translating documents from Russian
or other languages. Fortunately, it does not require fluency in that language in order to
extract the important information. In this talk, Dr. Alan Levine will describe strategies for doing this that require only knowledge of the alphabet and a few basic rules of grammar.
This webinar has been organized by the JewishGen Bessarabia Research Division. 

Dr. Alan Levine was born in New York and received his Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from Stony Brook University. Somewhere along the way, he studied Russian for two years. Since 1983, he has been teaching mathematics at Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, PA. He got started researching his family in 2004. Some of his paternal grandmother's family (surname TETELMAN) came from Teleneshti and Kishinev. In 2007, he contacted Bob Wascou (z'l) about doing some translations of vital records from Russian. After Bob's passing, he began working for Yefim Kogan and the JewishGen Bessarabia Research Division. In his spare time, he conducts the choir at his synagogue (where, coincidentally, some of the Wascou family are members), plays piano and enjoys his grandchildren.
Advance Registration Required!
Please click the above link
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about how to join the webinar.
Questions? Go to:

In Memory of the Sobibor Uprising #holocaust #JewishGenUpdates

Avraham Groll

On this date in 1943, prisoners at the Sobibor Extermination Camp launched an uprising against their German and Ukrainian Guards. In total, about 300 Jews escaped. Of that group, about 50 lived to survive the war.

In Memory of the Sobibor Uprising

Map of the Sobibor Extermination Camp


Railways leading to the camp of Sobibor.

Jews employed by the Czars #russia


One of my ancestral families has a narrative that its surname was created for them as part of a reward for a great service a remote ancestor did for the tsarina.  Apparently, she took ill while traveling in his area of Lithuania, he took her in, got a doctor, and cared for her.
The reward included rights to a forest's lumber, and I have confirmation from many cousins that these ancestors ran a lumber mill.  I spoke with a direct descendant of the individual who did this deed (my ancestor appears to have been a brother) and she described the house where she grew up, a structure that would be a mansion even today.  Some cousins have visited the site of the sawmill, which is now nothing more than a bend in a road.  
There is disagreement on when this event took place -- not a good sign for its authenticity -- with the two candidates c.1810 and c.1840; different individuals with the given name from the narrative would have been the right age at these times. 
If there is any paperwork confirming it, it hasn't turned up.  I'm not even sure what to look for or where to look.  The significance of such a document is that it would presumably include the surname this family used before the new one was created for them, and is thus the key to connecting further back than I already have, to c.1800.  Any ideas?
Yale Zussman

Re: Jews employed by the Czars #russia

David Barrett

Last week we were informed that he had a Jewish dentist [ Shneyer]  and I grew up with a story from my mother that the family in Berdichev, Ukraine had a relative who was in the Czars retinue On line I have come into contact with ? a DNA relative Scott Schwarzberg  [ my heritage] who informed me that a since deceased relation was the Czars treasurer - so I  assumed maybe  this was the person of whom my mother was referring to. However another of my my DNA connections also relates to a family SCHNIER so maybe it was the dentist!   
However according to Google --Sergei Kostritsky was his dentist but no DNA correlation
  Who knows ? If only we could find a definitive list of those who worked for the Czar.

I would be grateful for any further info
David Barrett

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.)


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