"Ligia" - which town in Minsk Gubernia #names #belarus

Michele Lock

I am trying to determine the town where my great grandmother Esther Lavine and family emigrated from, when they came to Trenton, New Jersey about 1893.  Here is what I know about their origins: The father Simon Lavine (abt 1840 – 1923) stated in the 1920 US census that he was from Minsk. On that same page, others listed their place of origin as Kovna, Vilna, Grodno, etc, so it appears they were asked what gubernia they were from (thanks to the enumerator Mrs. Koplowitz, who must have asked in Yiddish).

The only other information about the family is the 1917 Army draft card for their son Charles Lavine (born about 1885), who wrote ‘Ligia’ in Russia as his birthplace. He was probably 8 years or so old when he came to the US and was about 32 when he filled the card out.


So, what town in the Minsk gubernia might ‘Ligia’ refer to? I’ve tried the Jewishgen town finder, but without much success.


Michele Lock

Alexandria, VA


Looking for:

Lak/Lok/Lock and Kalon/Kolon in Zagare/Joniskis, Lithuania

Olitsky in Suwalki, Lithuania

Goodman in Czestokowa, Poland

Lavine in Minsk Gubernia, Belarus

Leybman/Lipman/Leapman in Dotnuva, Lithuania

ViewMate translation request - Polish #poland #translation

Greg Tuckman

Hello everyone,

I've posted a vital record in Polish for which I need a translation. It is on ViewMate at the following address ...
Death record of Mosiek Lewkowicz FELDMAN:
Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page.
Thank you very much.
Greg Tuckman
Phoenix, Arizona USA

ViewMate translation request - Russian #translation #poland #russia

Greg Tuckman

Hello everyone,
I've posted 4 vital records in Russian for which I need a translation. They are on ViewMate at the following addresses ...

1.  Death record of Icek Nuta WAJSBLECH:

2.  Marriage record of ROZENCWAIG - WAJSBLECH:

3.  Birth record of Izaak ROZENCWAJG:

4.  Birth record of Jakob Icek GENITLICH:
Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page.
Thank you very much.

Greg Tuckman
Phoenix, Arizona USA

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


Also recommend to contact Mr Bela Huber. huberbelay@...

M. Friedman

Re: I am looking for Dr Willy SELIG, German Census 1933 #germany

Gerald and Margaret

This is the same person.  
I don't have any info about him, but I do remember that his son-in-law Dr  Keith Robinson, became a partner in the same GP practice.  You may be able to cheek whether he is still alive

Margaret Levin

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


I'm not going to say much in the reply, but Thanks for your detailed and courteous reply posts, Brooke Schreier Ganz -- explaining in more detail what your organization is asking for -- and why. : )

(As I have mentioned, I have been working with the National Archives Catalog online (nearly completely on materials having absolutely nothing to do with my own family, and almost-as-completely having nothing to do with immigration) -- and I have also been a paid subscriber to (I am currently one) to; I have noticed that while cards related to the naturalization of 2 of my great-grandparents (my father's mother's parents -- the Halperins ("Gelperin" at Ellis Island in 1916) ) are available in the Catalog, quite a few other Federal court documents and immigration documents (actually, the ones with the most information -- including the naturalization document which told me the place that my maternal grandfather (Kornhauser) had come from as a boy in 1913) are totally *not* visible in the Catalog.

I think that I did not realize that this had something to do with contracts/licensing between and NARA as "partners". )

Thanks for educating me a bit. [Smile.]

(And Good Luck.)

Ethan W. Kent in New York City
(mostly researching Paat/Pat/Patt/Pate (emigrated from Bialystok (now in Poland) , Kornhauser (emigrated from Turka (now in Ukraine) and (it seems) Stefkowa (husband seems to have claimed 1 town (Stefkowa), and (later-emigrating) wife and children another (Turka) ) , Gelperin/Halperin (emigrated from Vilna (today's Vilnius, Lithuania) ), and Kantor (seemingly emigrated from Podolia guberniya; probably from Bratslav (now in Ukraine) )

PS: I gather from another thread from JewishGen that New York City government has proposed rules for use of the New York City Municipal Archives which could drive out all but the richest users who might wish to consult New York City records (including birth, marriage, and death records) related to genealogy; as someone who used these records a few years ago and was grateful to *not* have to pay (relatively-speaking) "an arm and a leg" for the privilege (?) of seeing these records, I sympathize with Reclaim the Records's dismay at these new proposals (which I fear may end up leaving the *very few* staffers at the Archives left more to themselves (not visited by researchers, physically) than they were when I was there.


Re: Friedlander family Prussia, Poland then US #poland


Ed:  I cannot help directly, but I am aware of contemporary JOEL family from Inowroclaw -- Simon JOEL and his wife Caroline ARONSOHN who had at least two children: Selma ( b.1865, Inowroclaw) and Arthur (b.1869, Inowroclaw).   Selma has descendants, some of whom may still be in Australia.  Jacob and Simon seem like they could have been contemporaries, unless Joel and Dora arrived in the US with adult children.

All the best,
Stephen Falk
Point Roberts, WA, USA

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

Lisa Liel

I second Roman Ravve.

Lisa Liel

Free webinar Sunday, Oct. 25, about Chicago-area Jewish genealogy research resources #announcements #jgs-iajgs #usa

Martin Fischer

“Resources for Jewish Genealogy in Chicagoland—What’s New” will be the topic of a talk by genealogist Mike Karsen for the Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020, Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois virtual meeting. The webinar, which will begin at 2 p.m. CDT, will be preceded at 1 p.m. CDT by a genealogy question-and-answer discussion. 
To register/RSVP for this free event, go to After registering, registrants will receive a link to join the meeting.

This webinar will be recorded so that JGSI’s paid members who are unable to view it live will be able to view the recording later in the members-only section of the JGSI website.  

This event will feature JGSI past president Mike Karsen giving his annual update covering various resources to discover your Jewish roots in Chicagoland. He will discuss a wide range of records and research resources, including cemeteries, death certificates, death notices/obits, marriage records, birth records, and city directories. How to locate your ancestor’s naturalization records, which are essential for any genealogical research project, will also be covered along with some uniquely Jewish resources. Today, with so many records available online, you hardly have to leave your home to research your Chicago roots. Case studies will be utilized to demonstrate the research process. 

The Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping members collect, preserve, and perpetuate the records and history of their ancestors. JGSI is a resource for the worldwide Jewish community to research their Chicago-area roots.  

The JGSI motto is “Members Helping Members Since 1981.” The group has more than 300 members. 

Martin Fischer
Vice President-Publicity
Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois

JGSI website:

Re: Bessarabia Revision List and corresponding microfilm image #bessarabia #general

Ron Miller

On the far right column select the image number. I.E. 2373295 and you should be redirected to the website and the images.  I can't read Russian so don't known which image corresponds to the the original page you desire.

Ronald Miller
MELAMED KARPMAN (Minsk, Mozyr, Rechitsa, Minsk, Ukraine, Belarus, Kiev) 
SHARGORODSKY WEISBERG  (Kiev, Rusacki, Devemususke, Ivankova) 
KRASNITZKI and variation spelling (Rechitsa, Minsk, Ukraine, Belarus, Kiev)
SCHARGORODSKY  CHARGO (Carlos Caseras near Buenos Aires, Argentina) 
GOLDENBERG (Tulchin, Ukraine)

Finding death of my great uncle Otto Seelig #germany #records


Hello all. I would appreciate any help in finding an date and location of death for my great uncle Otto Seelig. He was born  25 May 1879 in Posen/Poznan. He is the eldest son of Emil Seelig and Recha/Rebekka Katz Seelig. His siblings are Paul and Ernst Seelig. The Seeligs moved to  Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf, Berlin in 1900. I've indentified a 1917  marriage for Otto to Josephine Lemmen, in Berlin, a subsequent divorce and another marriage in 1928 to a Berta Pauline Annis, also in Berlin. I have been unable to find any other sources of information after the 1928 marriage.  I would like to find information regarding his death or possible relocation. Thank you for any assistance. 

Susan Taylor-Mall

Need map of the Padua Ghetto #general

Chaim Luria

I need the location of the Padua ghetto including the gates shown on a current city map.

Chaim Luria

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

Molly Staub

I use the "Central Database of Shoah Victims". If you find a likely match, click on that person's name and you'll probably find their spouse, possibly father, where they lived, and occupation. If you find Pages of Testimony, you may learn more.
Good luck,
Molly Staub

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

Carl Kaplan

Thank you for pointing that out. My family lived in the Iguman district of Minsk, and can be traced to the 1740s. My great-grandfather was Asher/Osher Kaplan. He was born in 1868, and died in 1928. The two children of Osher that we know were Joe, born in 1890, emigrated to the U.S. in 1907, and my grandfather Charles, who was born in 1896, and emigrated to the U.S. in 1913. There were 6 other siblings, including twins.
Carl Kaplan

KAPLAN Minsk, Belarus
EDELSON, EDINBURG Kovno, Lithuania

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


I went to Uzchorod a few years ago, my mother’s hometown, and used a highly recommended tour guide that also does research. He was excellent guide.
Good luck.
Steve Small
Cleveland, Ohio

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

Beth Erez

This is not a good hour for those of us in Israel, will a video of it be posted afterward?  Thanks
Beth Erez
Hod Hasharon, Israel

Help in finding a birth certificate from 1916 in Warsaw, Poland #poland #general #warsaw


Has anybody asked for a birth certificate from around 1916 from Warsaw, Poland?. I do not have the exact date of birth of my mother in law or the correct spelling of her father's last name, so some research will be necessary to find the document. Before I request the search I would like to know if anybody knows if there are birth records from 1916?. I checked on the Polish archives online and 1916 seems to be a bad year for birth records. It seems that up to 1914 Warsaw records are pretty much available, but not so after 1914.Thanks in advance

Angel Kosfiszer
Richardson, Texas

Wer Einmal War: Salomon (Salo) Landau (Pages: 1716-1718) #austria-czech



I was wondering if someone could tell me what is written about Salomon (Salo) LANDAU in Wer Einmal War. I believe he is written about on pages 1716-1718. In addition to learning more about Salomon, I would love to know if anything is written about his parents. I am pretty sure Salomon was the brother of my ggg-grandfather Schia LANDAU, who lived in Nowy Sacz.

Thank you,
Jeremy Lehmann

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

Israel P

You haven't mentioned anything that  might help someone recognize the family. Your grandfather's parents' names, for instance, of his age. Do you know if he was born in Minsk or that's just "where he left from?" (Not to mention that Minsk may refer to the area, not the actual city.)

DNA might be helpful - both Y and autosomal.

There is a Kaplan page on Facebook which you might find useful.

Israel Pickholtz  .

Netherlands- Holland America Passenger Lists 1900-1974 #announcements #names #records

Jan Meisels Allen


The Rotterdam City Archives, Netherlands,  Gemeentearchief te Rotterdam, digitized and indexed the Holland-America Line Passenger Lists 1900-1974 from the lines’ archives (Passenger lists from 3 May 1900 through 14 October 1974). This includes the departure records from New York. Crowd-sourced indexing is still ongoing. Both Rotterdam City Archives and WieWasWie joined forces on the crowdsourcing platform VeleHanden to  make the records more accessible.  See:


To search go to:


Holland-America first offered transatlantic trips, including one-way passage for emigrants. Along with Dutch immigrants from Netherlands, roughly one million Eastern Europeans sailed on Holland-America. 

“Between 1880 and 1920 about one million Eastern Europeans moved to America via Rotterdam.  The Holland America Line had offices [in] Bulgaria, Latvia and Russia. Tickets could be bought for the train to Rotterdam,

the boat to America, and again the train to every station in the new world.”


Passenger lists include the ship, ports, names of passengers, class of travel and the cost of the trip. The original passenger lists have been scanned. 

Search by last name, first name, departure port, key word and or span dates. You can also do word card searches.  The search interface also offers a list of all ports for Holland-America ships.

Ports with the most records are Rotterdam, New York, Vienna, Boulogne-sur-Mer, and Hamburg.


This is an update from the December 2019 searchable lists that covered the first 500,000 names covering 1900-1920.

To read more see:


To read the previous postings about Holland America Line Passenger Lists,  go to the archives of the IAJGS Records Access Alert at: You must be registered to access the archives. 

To register go to:  and follow the instructions to enter your email address, full name and which genealogical  organization with whom you are affiliated  

You will receive an email response that you have to reply to or the subscription will not be finalized.


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee




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