Re: Looking for a Lower East Side photo. #photographs

Sherri Bobish


Try contacting AJHS

Ask about the JB Lightman collection of photos of The Lower East Side.


Sherri Bobish

Re: How can I research famliy members from the Volyn area (Ratno, Kovel, etc). that emigrated in the late 19th and early 20th Century to the US? #ukraine

Bruce Drake

As another researcher mentioned, records are sparse for Kovel. A reesearcher named Alex Dunai (aidunai@...) did find records for my ancesters from there here:
List of the documents studied in the state archive of Zhytomyr oblast :
1.Revision list 1858 for the town of Kovel ( fond 118, opys 14, file 122) 
2.Supplementary revision list 1862 for the town of Kovel ( fond 118, opys 14, file 319
3. Supplementary revision list 1865 for the town of Kovel ( fond 118, opys 14, file 79) 
4.Payment book of  volatile taxes* arrears for Kovel county 1904-1915 ( fond 118, opys 21, file 402) 
(Source: state archive of Zhytomyr oblast.Fond 118, opys 21, file 402, page 61 ) 
You also might see if my Kovel Kehilalinks page is any help:

Bruce Drake
Silver Spring MD

Re: How can I research famliy members from the Volyn area (Ratno, Kovel, etc). that emigrated in the late 19th and early 20th Century to the US? #ukraine


Steve - 

As far as I am aware there are virtually no surviving Jewish vital records from Kovel and Ratno.

You can use Miriam Weiner's website Routes to Roots to search for records about the towns you are interested in: Make sure to use the Daitch-Molotkoff Soundex matching for best results.

This suggests that the most significant surviving 19th century collections for both Kovel and Ratno might be census type records dating from the early 1860s - probably Books of Residents. These are housed at the State Archives of Zhitomir Oblast. I would recommend hiring an experienced genealogist or researcher who can read Polish/Russian. Alex DENISENKO is one recommendation - he is based in Lviv. 

You might also find this site useful:

Hope this helps.

Best wishes,

Naomi Leon
Brighton, UK

LEWKOWICZ, RYWAN, LASKY, BERGER, WRON, FAJBISIEWICZ (Rawa Mazowiecka, Aleksandrow Lodzki, Lodz)

Re: Looking for a Lower East Side photo. #photographs


If you use this URL And search for 10 Delancy Street You will get a 1940’s photo.
I hope it is useful to you.

I tried to attach the photo I found but can’t seem to find it.

Good luck,
Betsy Becker


Opole Lubelskie Ghetto #holocaust

Moshe Berman

I’m trying to track down the fate of my great grandfather, Josef Bermann false Lehrhaupt. He was deported from Vienna on February 15, 1941 and the last letter was from almost a year later - February 12, 1942.

I’m looking for descendants of other Viennese Jews who went through the same ghetto, in hopes of comparing notes or learning new information.

I’ve read much of the literature online at Yad Vashem, USHMM, and elsewhere. I have contacted Arolsen Archives, too. 

What out of the box places might one look for ghetto records?

Moshe Berman

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




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