Re: Finding My Grandfather's Siblings From Minsk #belarus


My grandfather's name was David Edelson.His father's name was Sruel. He was living in Minsk when he left around the age of 12 in 1910. From research I found he was born in Dukora- a shtetl outside of Minsk. I was told there were records dating the Edelson family back to early 1700's in Dukora. Original name was Idelzchik. Means son of Yehuda. Some Anglicized the name to Edelson- some to Adelson. My grandfather had a brother and 3  sisters who came to the United States. He left others in Minsk. His sister was married to someone named Kaplan. I believe her name was Chasha. I know he had a 1st cousin whose name was Sam Edelson.

Karen Rothaus Rosenthal
Edelson, Idelczik from Belarus

Re: Looking for a reliable archivist to obtain family records from Belarus #belarus

alan moskowitz

Tamra - just do a google search for The Together Plan - it comes right up
Alan Moskowitz

Re: Seeking Birth, Death and Marriage Records for Dynow #austria-czech #poland #galicia


Hi Ed,

My maternal family was from Dynow. I didn't find information on the Wenigs you are seeking, but I did come across the following:

-In the New York Dynower Society there was an F. Wenig member. I'm attaching a flyer from 1937 imploring members to send contributions back home to the needy F. Wenig circled. There are some photos of Wenig in the Dynower Society journals, but I don't have the copies with me as I moved recently, but when I go back to my old residence I will look. The journals are also in the collection in YIVO in NYC.
- In the Mt. Lebanon Cemetery there are buried a Hyman and Rose Wenig. 

Nina Talbot
Brooklyn, NY

NEGER & SPINRAD families from Dynow
DISTENFELD, CHARAK, ADLER & WILDER families from Kamionka Strumilowa

Friedlander family Prussia, Poland then US #poland


My g.grandparents were Jacob JOEL and Dora FRIEDLANDER.  Jacob arrived in NYC in 1856.  The manifest listed his last known residence as INOWROCLAW, then in Prussia, now in Poland.  Dora arrived iin 1857 on the BORUSSIA sailing from Hamburg.  I and my cousins cannot find anything on them before that.  Any help would be appreciated.
Ed Frank
Sun City Center, FL

Re: Looking for a reliable archivist to obtain family records from Ukraine #ukraine

Barry Stadd

I have used Roman Ravve <roman.ravve@...> for three different regions of Ukraine and he has been excellent.  He always gives an estimate of what it will cost and what he will research.  His report is detailed and has been extremely beneficial in my research.

Barry Stadd

Jewish Matrikel of Burghaslach (Middle Franconia): GUCKENHEIMER or GUCKENBERGER #germany


Hello everyone,

I am helping somebody to research their GUCKENHEIMER roots going backwards from the marriage of Rosa GUCKENHEIMER to Emil OPPENHEIMER  in about 1866 in Nuernberg.

It appears that Rosa was one of the many children of Louis GUCKENHEIMER, who was born in Burghaslach in 1828, but was a hop merchant in Nuernberg by 1862. 

In one of their short research reports, Heinz and Thea Ruth Skyte state that Rebecca, the widow of Selka Benedikt, adopted the surname GUCKENHEIMER for herself and her descendants. However, a list on the website suggests that the originally adopted surname was GUCKENBERGER.

I would be very grateful, if somebody could check on the CD "Judenmatrikel fuer Mittelfranken".

Many thanks,

Justin Levy
(Dubai, UAE)

Re: Possible Spam RE: making Donations to a Group in Lithuania (JGFF) #general

Nancy Seibert

Shows "apples" replacing town names on a map of Lithuania?
Did not realize, until the "apples" showed up again on a Google map of Lithuania. 

Nancy Seibert 
Rhode Island 

Bessarabia Revision List and corresponding microfilm image #bessarabia #general


I am trying to locate the image that matches the Bessarabia Revision list record attached here.  I would greatly appreciate if someone would help me find it.
Thank you,
Tammy Weingarten
NEYMAN: Kishinev, Soroki

Re: PLAMOVATH family #bessarabia


Hello Angela,
Do you have a copy of some original document with Russian spelling of PLAMOVATH?  Perhaps the name was misread .  "TH" sounds extremely unusual for Russian language.  Perhaps the last 2 letters were CH instead of TH.

Mike Vayser

US World War l Burial Cards #records #usa

Jan Meisels Allen



One of the newsletters and blogs I subscribe to is which is a UK based newsletter.  In the current issue there is an article on US World War l Burial certificates for American service personnel.


One of the Lost Cousins members took part in a project to transcribe World War l burial certificates for American service personnel. There are over 78,000 records in the database which can be searched for free at: This is available in English and French.

Each card contains the name of the individual who died, the unit they were assigned to, the nature of their death and the burial location(s) of the soldier, up to an including their final resting place.


An example of what a card looks like and the type of information displayed may be seen at:


The index created will be made available to the public for free on


The digital archive is hosted by the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) Record Group 92: Records of the Office of the Quartermaster General, 1774 – 1985  Series: Card Register of Burials of Deceased American Soldiers, 1917 - 1922


Thank you to Peter Calver and for informing us about this collection.


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee










Seeking Birth, Death and Marriage Records for Bilzce Zlote #austria-czech #poland #galicia

Ed Vogel

My father-in-law, Sol Wexler(born Szciome David Weichselblatt) on Mar 4 1928.  His parents were Ira Wexler and Leah Sternschuss(Apr 16, 1903).  I do not know Ira's original given name.  Ira's parents were Jakob Weichselblatt and Henie Gittel.  Sol had a brother Lionscia.  Leah and Lionscia both were murdered in the Holocaust.  Leah's parents were Solomon Sternschuss and Chaya Horowitz.  She also had several sisters, Henie, Esther, Mary and Subina.  I would like to find out as much as possible about Sol's ancestors.  I have some names, but no dates.  Thanks.

Ed Vogel

Seeking Birth, Death and Marriage Records for Dynow #austria-czech #poland #galicia

Ed Vogel

My mother-in-law, Hella Wexler nee Wenig, was born in Dynow Poland on Sep 28, 1931.  Her parents were Joseph Weinig(Jun 28, 1891) and Miriam Kasser(Nov 23, 1900).  Hella had 3 half brothers, as both Joseph and Miriam had been married previously.  Joseph's sons were Mundek(1920) and Schmulik.  Miriam's son was known as Larry, but I don't know the name he went by in Europe.  Miriam's story is rather unusual, as she actually was divorced, which is very unusual for that time.  Neither Mundek or Schmulik survived the Holocaust.  Joseph's parents were Ben Weinig and Chaia.  I would like to find as much as possible about Joseph and Miriam's siblings and ancestors.  Thanks.

Ed Vogel

Re: German Census 1933 #germany

Rodney Eisfelder

Ruth asked:
      Does anyone know if the 1933 German census is available, preferably online?  I am looking for a Dr. Selig in Berlin.

I am not aware of the 1933 German Census being available.
Things that might substitute include the 1931-32 Jewish Address book for Greater Berlin which you can find at
The page for "Selig" is at
and the only Dr Selig that I see is Dr Dorothea Selig, but you should also consider alternative spellings such as Seelig which is a few pages earlier:
That page includes a Dr Siegfried Seelig.

Another alternative is the 1939 non-Aryan Census which can be searched at
but it returns over 800 results for surnames containing Selig, and there does not seem to be an easy way to limit these to the Berlin area. If you had a more exact address, like Charlottenburg or Wilmersdorf (the main Jewish suburbs), or even a street address, the filtering functions would help a lot.

My final suggestion is the Berlin addressbook. You can choose your year from 1799 to 1970, and there is one from every year in the 1930s. See:
The relevant page from the 1933 addressbook is
and it confirms that Dorothea was a Dr of Medicine.

I hope this helps,
Rodney Eisfelder
Melbourne, Australia

Seeking Birth, Death and Marriage Records for Krystynopol #austria-czech #romania #russia

Ed Vogel

My grandmother, Dora(Dworje) Ferber was born in 1891 in Austria.  She immigrated to the US in 1906.  Her parents were Zvi Elimelach(Harry) Ferber and Esther Rivka(Rebecca) Feuerrman.  I have one indication that my grandmother may have been from Krystynopol, but have not been able to find any records.  I would like to find any siblings she might have had, as well as ancestors.  Thanks.

Ed Vogel

Seeking Birth, Death and Marriage Records for Wiznitz #austria-czech #romania #russia

Ed Vogel

Another jewishgen user helped me find the birth records for my grandfather David Fogel(Mar 21, 1877) and his siblings, Jakob Fogel(Feb 27, 1880) and Mariem Scheine Fogel(Jul 1, 1883).  Their parents were Mordecai Fogel and Sura(Sara) Spaser.  The records were for Wiznitz, but showed they lived in Zabie.  They also show Sura's parents as Mendel Leib and Fradel Spaser.  Unfortunately, I have not been able to find anything else about these people in jewishgen.  I would like to learn as much as possible about Jakob and Mariem, and their descendants, as well as Mordecai and Fradel, and any related ancestors.  Thanks.

Ed Vogel

Board for Certification of Genealogists Revises Standard 57 #announcements #dna #guidelines

Jan Meisels Allen


On October 5, 2020, the Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG) revised Genealogy Standard 57 and the Genealogist’s Code of Ethics to allow private sharing of DNA match details. The changes also eliminate the need for test takers to provide written consent for use of their DNA data, although they must be informed about the pros and cons.


The changes became effective immediately and will be incorporated into a future update of Genealogy Standards 2nd edition. The changes respond to concerns about the use of genetic evidence in initial and renewal applications for credentialing.


Additional changes include approved answers to a series of frequently asked questions (FAQs) about Standard 57, two other DNA-related standards and other issues involving the use of DNA test results in genealogical work.


Revised Standard 57 now reads:

Standard 57 (Revised). Respect for privacy rights. When publishing DNA test results, genealogists respect the privacy of living people. Genealogists refrain from publishing information derived from DNA test results that may cause harm. Genealogists publish personally identifying information about living test takers only with their informed consent. Assembled research results acknowledge living test-takers’ consents for publishing their data shown therein. [See the Genealogy Standards glossary for definition of DNA test results.]


To access the revised Genealogist’s Code of Ethics go to:


Thank you to Pat Richley Erickson, also known as DearMyrtle, for informing about the changes.  Her blog post may be accessed at:


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


Finding My Grandfather's Siblings From Minsk #belarus

Carl Kaplan

My grandfather left Minsk in 1913 for the United States, and had six siblings whose names are unknown. I had someone do research in the archives in Minsk. While they were very successful in tracing my family back to the 1740s, they were unable to find the names of the unnamed siblings.

My grandfather corresponded with some of his siblings until World War II, and then never heard from them again. I would like to find their names, and possibly the names of their children, to find out what happened to them. I am hopeful that some of them escaped, but would also like to know if they didn’t make it through the Holocaust. What other suggestions do people have for finding them? Since the last name was Kaplan, there would be quite a few victims of the Holocaust named Kaplan from Minsk, I think I need to find out what their given names too. Any help is much appreciated.
Carl Kaplan

KAPLAN Minsk, Belarus
EDELSON, EDINBURG Kovno, Lithuania

Stanley Diamond on JRI-Poland - #events #records #poland

Victoria Barkoff

October 19 at 7:30 PM Eastern time:

Victoria Barkoff

Re: Reclaim The Records launches its biggest FOIA request ever, for BILLIONS of digital images and associated text metadata, from the United States National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) #records


Dear Brooke Schreier Ganz (and Reclaim the Records):

I sympathize with your frustration and your goal but (as someone who is doing transcription work and related things as a volunteer at the NARA's National Archives Catalog interface (at; as "EthanFromBellmore" and as Ethan W. Kent) it seems to me that 1) it has probably taken much time and effort to scan the huge number of Images already available online via that Catalog, 2) it will take much more time to scan everything (even everything not still "classified"), and 3) I don't know how much scanning they can/will do while COVID-19 is still affecting this country (the United States). (I gather that the general public is still not allowed back to Presidential Libraries and Museums -- and to National Archives research rooms -- "thanks" to the spreading coronavirus (no longer "novel").

Maybe the lawsuit could at least wait until after (G-d willing) the current epidemic in the US ends?

Good Luck.

Ethan W. Kent (in New York City)

Avraham Groll to speak at The Jewish Geneolgy of Colorado's Annual Seminar #announcements

Ellen Beller

Jewish Geneolgy of Colorado's Annual Seminar

Featuring Avraham Groll
Sunday October 25th and Sunday November 1st at 10 AM  to Noon mountain time (yes, 2 Sunday's in a row)
Non Members are $10 and out of state membership is $15 (members are free)
Everyone must register.  Registration ends Friday October 23rd.  To register and more information please go to and click on Programs & Events 

The program will talk about exciting changes and movements happening at!  Avraham will be unveiling brand new features, and sharing some of the incredibly valuable content, information, and collections that have recently been added to the website. This seminar will include an overview of how to navigate core JewishGen Databases & Features, along with step by step information and helpful research hints designed to maximize the benefit of JewishGen.
We will also be learning about Jewish Life in Poland Part one, 10th to 15th Century and part two, 16th to 18th Century and Jewish Migration Patterns, How did Jews Get to Europe, Spain, and Germany?
Any questions please don't hesitate to reply.  

Ellen Beller

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