Re: Locating microfilm images (was Re: Bessarabia Revision List and corresponding microfilm image #bessarabia #general

Paul Chirlin

Thank you for this "how to".  I would hope that JewishGen will see how often this issue of how to use the file notation arises as an indication that it would be very helpful for step by step instructions to be available on JewishGen.  And that a link to those instructions would be prominently displayed on the page with the search results. 

Paul Chirlin

Re: Tombstone #translation


Hi Maria  
In your question you asked if there is anything special regarding this tombstone. 

The abbreviation ש"א that generated some debate, that means Shem Imo, appears to my understanding as something belonging to Hungarian Jewish culture. 

Is this grave found in Hungary, or in  former Hungarian provinces like Slovakia or in the US but coming from a Hungarian family? 

Best regards  
Laurent Kassel  
Moreshet  Israel 

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



Minsk was both a city and a Province in the Russian Empire. When you say your relative left Minsk, which were you referring to?

Igumen was both a city and a district. It might help if you told us the actual locations in the Igumen district. 


Aaron Ginsburg

Re: Contact Burial Society Chevra Chesed Shel Emeth of Brownsville #usa

Alan Reische

One other thought - there was a WPA project to survey the number of religious institutions during the 1930s. As part of the survey, the society representative (or in my case, its successor) filled out a background data sheet that contained some additional information. Those data sheets, which have not been digitized, are in the Municipal Archives. Their volunteers have been enormously helpful in retrieving the data sheets I was looking for, and steered me to the ultimate recipient of the original records. Unfortunately in my case I couldn’t find anything helpful, but you may find it more productive. Amazingly, there was no charge for this helpful support, but if course I did make a contribution in their honor with the appropriate nonprofit.

Alan Reische

Re: Suggestions in determining home shtetl #belarus #lithuania #poland


Hi Todd, 

looking on ancestry he appears to have had a brother, Joseph. On Joseph's WWII draft card, lupts russia is given as the birth place. Using a sounds like search on the jewish communities database, the first match is Lyubcha, Belarus which was in the Novogrudok district, Minsk province during the Russian Empire   
I suggest doing a sounds like for the last name in Belarus and seeeing if you can find the name in the navagrudok area.

Aaron Ginsburg aaron.ginsburg@...

Re: Suggestions in determining home shtetl #belarus #lithuania #poland

Carol Hoffman

A possibility is that you're looking for current day spelling Zemaiciu Naumiestis that was at one time called Neishtot-Tavrig. You can find more information and links by using the interactive map of LitvakSIG .
When searching the LitvakSIG ALD All Lithuanian Database you will find some birth records for the surname Levitsky/Lewicki.
Good hunting.
Carol Hoffman
Tel Aviv

JewishGen Education Winter Schedule # Announcement #education #announcements

Nancy Holden

JewishGen Education Winter Schedule


November 1 - 22 East Prussia and the Baltic States

This class allows you to 

Research your Roots in Latvia, Western Lithuania (Kaunas) Klaipeda and Kaliningrad.


November 30 - December 19 Research Your Roots Using JewisGen

This class allows you to

Explore the resources on the JewishGen website to find information on your family roots



Students must feel comfortable with computers. 

Classes are taught in a private forum 

Classes are open 24/7. 

Please send the instructor a brief summary of your research project, to see if it fits within the scope of the class.

Tuition for mentored classes is $150. 


To register:

For questions please email the instructor


Nancy Holden, Director of Education


Seeking Romanian Birth Certificate / Researcher #romania

David Osachy

Hello All,

A cousin of mine wishes to obtain Romanian citizenship / passport and
needs to find our grandfather's birth certificate in order to do so.
Grandfather was born in Iasi / Jassy / Yas about 1893, and immigrated
to USA in 1904. Can anyone advise how to obtain a birth certificate
or any related Romanian records, and / or recommend a reliable
researcher to assist?

Thanks and best wishes,

Rabbi David Osachy
Jacksonville, Florida

Re: Tombstone #translation


@Malka Chosnek, the abbreviation before his name is כ"ה (= the honoured mr) not הכ"מ which would indicate הרני כפרת משכבו which is indeed added for a deceased within the last 12 months. However, that would never be written before the name but afterwards and only by a son or daughter, whilst here we are dealing with a בחור i.e. an unmarried person. As already pointed out by an earlier correspondent, the ש"א does not stand for שם אשתו (= his wife's name) but שם אמו (= his mother's name) [and definitely not שמואל א or שאם כן), so there is no indication that he was married.
The only unclear word is the last word of the first line.

N. Aronson
Manchester UK

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

David Selig

Hi to all.  
My father, Martin SELIG, was sent to Britain to boarding school, in 1938.  In 1939 he was registered as an enemy alien, and on 9.12. 1939 exempted from internment.    That was rescinded on 21.6.1940 and he was then sent to Australia in 1940 on the Duneera.   
Best to all

Re: Marriage records and dates #records

Kathryn Kanarek James

If the AGAD records are for a civil marriage, there could have been a religious marriage that preceded the civil marriage. Children could have been born between these two marriage events. I am not sure if this helps. - Kathryn Kanarek James, Annandale, Virginia

Re: Donations to JewishGen through Amazon Smile #general

Phil Goldfarb

There have also been a few questions on how to donate to JewishGen via PayPal. The link to donate by PayPal is: 

Phil Goldfarb
President JGS of Tulsa

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



your logic seems to be impeccable. In that case, I would pour over maps and gazetiers of "Minsgyberna" in search of a place the begins with "Li". People tend to catch the first syllable accurately.

My rational behind "Lida" was that the enumerator Mrs. Koplowitz was most likely an immigrant himself, knew Russian, and inadvertently substituted English 'd' for Russian 'g'. Both letters record the same sound - but in different languages. A phrase such is "Lida resident" would be written as "Ligskij meshchanin" in Russian.



Boris Feldblyum
FAST Genealogy Service

MyHeritage's Family Tree Builder is Now Available for Two More MAC OS #general #announcements

Jan Meisels Allen



MyHeritage’s Family Tree Builder is now available for macOS Catalina and macOS High Sierra. It can be downloaded for free.

Go to:


This version of Family Tree Builder for Mac, is a Family Tree Builder Mac version that looks the same as their desktop software for Windows, and does not require Windows or any additional setup or

configuration when downloaded. It uses a system for porting Windows software to Mac called CrossOver by CodeWeavers.


Family Tree Builder’s main features run the same in the Family Tree Builder Mac version, including Sync with MyHeritage, Smart Matches™, Record Matches, the Consistency Checker, charts, etc.

However, there are several minor features not compatible with the Mac OS X that will be unavailable for Mac users.


Once you have downloaded the file, double click on the downloaded file to open the Disk Image. On the window that appears, simply drag the MyHeritage Family Tree Builder icon to the macOS Applications folder.


Once installed, the software will run directly on Mac computers.


I have no affiliation with MyHeritage and am posting this solely for the information of the reader.


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


Soviet Union Jewish War Veterans of WW ll #russia #announcements #records

Jan Meisels Allen


The Blavatnik Archive (BAF) is announced that 2,700 of 12,921 total items in the Veteran Testimonies & Ephemera Collection are fully digitized, cataloged, and accessible online at


BAF’s Veteran Testimonies & Ephemera Collection, the largest collection in the world on the experience of Jews in the ranks of the Soviet armed forces during WWII, was launched in 2006. Nearly 1,200 unique video testimonies by veteran soldiers and partisans have been recorded in eleven countries, mostly during the period of 2006-2014. In addition, thousands of items from the veterans’ personal archives were digitally captured during the interview process, including photographs, letters, postcards, diaries, and state-issued documents. Collections of veterans whose testimonies were not recorded have been added to the growing collection by family members.


Items from the collection that are available online include 188 video testimonies (20% women), 1,454 photographs, 615 state-issued documents, 165 letters and postcards, 26 newspapers and periodicals, and 6 wartime diaries. Subjects include combat and military service, life at the front, ethnic relations, Jewish identity, attitudes toward women, facing the Holocaust, pre and post-war Soviet life. For all items, the website provides full source-language transcripts with English translation, as well as subject, geography, and date metadata.


Also accessible on the website are 182 unique veteran profiles; each presents a biographical description, military profile, full testimony and the veteran’s personal archive of photos and ephemera.


The Blavatnik Archive Foundation ( is a nonprofit foundation dedicated to preserving and disseminating primary resources that contribute to the study of 20th-century Jewish and world history, with a special emphasis on World War I, World War II, Soviet and interwar periods. The Archive was founded in 2005 by American industrialist and philanthropist Len Blavatnik to reflect his commitment to his family heritage, to explore his interests in historical events and people, and to expand his support for primary source-based scholarship and education. Currently, the Archive’s holdings of over 90,000 items include video oral histories, postcards, photographs, posters, drawings and illustrations, diaries, letters and documents, periodicals, leaflets and books.


Thank you to Saul Issroff for sharing the information with us.



Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee




Re: Contact Burial Society Chevra Chesed Shel Emeth of Brownsville #usa

A. E. Jordan

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Does anyone know how to contact Chevra Chesed Shel Emeth of Brownsville (Brooklyn NY) ? I have found a worn gravestone in the Montefiore Cemetery. Springfield Gardens, Queens NY. The cemetery maintains no records. 

Brian Amelkin 

The vast majority of the burial societies went out of business long ago. They were regulated by the same department as insurance companies.

The cemetery office should know if the society is still in existence and have a contact for the society.  You can also get a sense if there are any recent burials in the plot.  If there are recent burials you could check with the funeral home if you can find it and see if they know anything about the society.

If the society went out of the business you can check the library at Yivo as they have a few records.  

You can also go backwards and look for the incorporation papers of the society to see how they described itself and the people involved with setting up the society.  Unlikely that will get you a current contact but you will start to get an understanding of the society.  

Likely it went out of business long ago and the records no longer exist. If if they do they do not have anything about the stone which would have been placed by the family not the society.  The society's role was to sell the plot. I have found some of the societies that still exist the people who are in charge se it hat they have one task which is to confirm entitlement for a modern burial by confirming relationships to someone in the society.

Hope that helps.

Allan Jordan


Re: Contact Burial Society Chevra Chesed Shel Emeth of Brownsville #usa

Deanna Levinsky <DEANNASMAC@...>

Suggest you contact the Brooklyn Public Library and the Brownsville Jewish community Center or one of Synagogues in the area. 
Deanna Mandel Levinsky 
Long Island NY
Deanna Mandel Levinsky

Deanna M. Levinsky, Long Island, NY

Locating microfilm images (was Re: Bessarabia Revision List and corresponding microfilm image #bessarabia #general) #bessarabia

Alan Shuchat

Tammy Weingarten asked how to locate a microfilm image for a Bessarabia revision list. Here are general instructions for finding this and similar images, from Bessarabia and other areas of the Russian Empire.

The JewishGen record contains a microfilm number and numbers that identify the collection in the archive. Here the microfilm number is underlined and you can click on it directly to go to the digitized microfilm at FamilySearch. The collection number, in this case 134/2/330, tells you which part of the microfilm contains the record you want. Sometimes there is an "item number", which serves the same purpose. The black images on the microfilm divide the film into sections, which are identified by the collection or item number. In this case, look for the black image with the number 330.

JewishGen also gives you page and registration numbers. Sometimes the page number is the number in the upper right hand corner of the record book that has been microfilmed and sometimes it is the number of an image in the microfilm. In this case it is page 104 of the record book, so scroll through the microfilm until you see that page. Now look for the record number, in this case 16, and you will find your record. (The microfilm has 1027 images, and this one is image 750.)

If the film number is not underlined, go to, choose Search, then Catalog, then Film Number, and enter the number. You'll see a list of films, perhaps with different collection or item numbers. Click the camera icon to open the film and repeat the above steps. See my message #647956 where I gave step-by-step instructions to this kind of question.
Alan Shuchat
Newton, MA

SHUKHAT (Talnoe, Simferopol, Sevastopol, Odessa, Balta (Abazovka), Pogrebishche)
VINOKUR (Talnoe), KURIS (Mogilev-Podolskiy, Ataki, Berdichev)
ZILBERMAN (Soroki, Kremenets), BIRNBAUM (Kamenets-Podolskiy)
KITAIGORODSKI (Zvenigorodka)

Risa Daitzman will be speaking on Sunday at 10:00 am Pacific Time on How to Find Unindexed Records #announcements #records

Michelle Sandler

The Orange County California Jewish Genealogy Society is having Risa
Daitzman speak on How to Find Unindexed Records online. The meeting is
by registration only. You can register on our website at $5.00 for non members and free to members. The event
is at 10:00 am Pacific Time on Zoom. We are offering a membership
deal now. $25 for membership until the end of 2021 if you purchase
now through the end of the year. $35 membership for a couple or

Michelle Sandler
President OCJGS

Contact Burial Society Chevra Chesed Shel Emeth of Brownsville #usa


Does anyone know how to contact Chevra Chesed Shel Emeth of Brownsville (Brooklyn NY) ? I have found a worn gravestone in the Montefiore Cemetery. Springfield Gardens, Queens NY. The cemetery maintains no records. 

Brian Amelkin 

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