Re: Reclaim The Records is going after EVERY SINGLE DIGITIZED RECORD at the New York City Municipal Archives, to put them all online, for free public use #usa #records

Myrna Waters

How exciting and formidable.  Best of luck with all you do to prevent the unscrupulous from taking advantage.  The information is not theirs to control in this vile manner.  
I'd like to see the same thing happen with the New Jersey archives.  Many families were back and forth between NY & NJ and tracking them is not always easy.  Very few of the NJ archives are online.  
Myrna (Slatnick) Waters

Researching:  SLEPACK (or similar)Belarus/Bialystok area; SLATNICK/SLOTNIK (or similar) Minsk/Puchovichi area of Russia from 1905/1914 to NY & Newark,NJ and Canada;  KURZMANN Jaslo, Poland and Drohobych, Ukraine area (both formerly in what was the Galician area of Austria prior to WWI), KURTZMAN in NY/Bronx and NJ/Newark from 1905/1910, SADOWSKY (or similar) from Belarus area of Russia/Bialystok 19th century to Newark,NJ 1905 or after.

Re: 1940 US Census problem #records #usa

Sherri Bobish

Hi Richard,

Further to what Maryellen said, please post the name you seek on the 1940 census, and also names of wife and children.  Also, circa when they were born, and where they were born, i.e. country, or if born in the U.S., what state.

Hopefully one of us can find your family, or at least give it a good try!


Sherri Bobish

Re: The Hebrew equivalent of the German male name Sally #germany #names

Sally Bruckheimer <sallybruc@...>

"born in Germany and his father's name was "Sally"".

I have been addressed in letters as Herr Brückheimer several times. Men named Salomon in Europe (and some in the US) become Sal and then Sally.

Who else would understand.

Sally Bruckheimer
Princeton, NJ

Lodz Jewish Society for Orphan Care #poland #lodz #general


Is anyone familiar with the Lodz Jewish Society for Orphan Care Orphanage? My great Aunt, Dora (Devora) KEILES, KEJLES worked there for many years before immigrating to Palestine. I have a picture of the workers/orphans and letters from Dora that mentions what she did there and names of others. I am interested in it's history or if anyone else had relatives who worked or lived there (from 1914-1924).

Rachel Keiles Kessler Park

Vilnius - Keiles, Giguzin, Tobias, Tsigar; Lodz - Keiles; Warsaw - Keiles, Jochwed; Poltava - Nagin(sky), Dubin(sky)

Re: Excellent lecture series from The Holocaust Exhibition and Learning Centre #holocaust

Sherri Bobish

I want to second Ellen's recommendation of The Holocaust Exhibition and Learning Centre at The University of Huddersfield.  I saw an excellent talk recently, and agree that more people should be aware of these offerings.

Thank you to Michael for first bringing this to the attention of us 'Genners.


Sherri Bobish

Re: The Hebrew equivalent of the German male name Sally #germany #names


Hallo David

My grandpa's first name was Solomon, the English version of Shlomo in Hebrew.  .  

However, friends and family always called him Sally.  The friends & family were all mother tongue German speakers.  

I hope this will be helpful for you.

Malka Flekier
London, UK

Rothenberg family tree #general

Hank Lobbenberg

Can someone please post a link to a Rothenberg family tree. My second great grandmother was Lina Rothenberg b. 1847 and d. 1932. I would like to trace her ancestry.

Re: Beth David Cemetery. Elmont, Queens NY #photographs #usa



Bayside Cemetery, where you said your parents are buried, is NOT in Bayside.  It is in Ozone Park Queens. lists over 100 Franks in Bayside Cemetery.  Bayside is owned by Congregation Shaare Zedek in Manhattan, which has been cleaning-up the cemetery in the recent past.  You can email or call them.  Perhaps they can give you the locations and tombstone photos.

Good luck!

Mark Weinberg
Wilmington, DE

Re: Geni Family Trees #general

George Muenz

Randy, you and the other volunteers/curators do beyond amazing work. What you do has given us whose families were destroyed and who knew nothing of our families a connection to our family and our history. Geni set me on the path from knowing NOTHING at all, not even that my late Mother had 3 brothers and a sister, my Grandparents names, etc, to connecting/meeting with family I did not know existed in Israel, Hungary, Germany, Sweden, Argentina, and the USA. Kol Hakavod!!!
George (Naftali) Muenz
Vancouver, Canada

Re: The Hebrew equivalent of the German male name Sally #germany #names

Neil Kominsky

Sally in German use, is, I think, a shortening of Salomon; the anticipatable Hebrew would be Shlomo.


Neil Kominsky
Brookline, MA

researching Blitstein (Vitebsk), Rothstein (Obruch?), Samson (Iasi), Chalit (Odessa), Kominsky (Aleksandriya, Ukraine), Medvedovsky (Nikolaev, Ukraine), Frank (Altenschoenbach, Lower Franconia), Rosenbaum (Kunreuth, Bavaria), Pentlarz/ Pentlarge (Hostacov, Bohemia), Kleemann (Werneck, Bavaria), May (Wolfisheim, Alsace)



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Re: given name Chashele #latvia #names

Leya Aronson

Hi, Chasha is a Yiddish name. The addition of le at the end is a a diminutive of little---and this often seems to stick even with age. We have several
named Chasha in our family.
Leya Aronson, 
Toronto, Canada

The Hebrew equivalent of the German male name Sally #germany #names

David Birnbaum

I am working with a burial society to help them set up a gravestone on the unmarked grave of a man who died in Israel in 1997 with no close relatives. He was born in Germany and his father's name was "Sally". The burial society would like to know the Hebrew name of the father. Although this will not provide proof, it would be useful if the group members could provide examples they are familiar with. 

David Birnbaum <David.Birnbaum@...>

Re: Searching for Spector Families #ukraine #usa



I have several matches on both Ancestry and FTDNA with the last names Spector and Landau. They appear to be 4th cousins so I don’t know where the connection is to me. They do appear to be on my father’s side.

i do have a friend whose last name is Spector and the guy who cleaned our carpets is a Landau. He’s from Israel. I don’t believe that either one has had their DNA done.

if you find out any more info I’d love to hear about it.

Ellen Slavin-Wilton Manors, Florida

Slavinsky-Russia, Pittsburgh, New York changed to Slavin
Shlomowitz- Lombardi
Gillman or Gellman- Russia
Macasey, Mokoshie changed to Goldstein- Minsk then NJ, NY
Weiss, Jacobowitz-Hungary

Latvian State Historical Archives cease Research. #courland #latvia #belarus #russia #lithuania

Arlene Beare

The Latvian State Historical Archives have ceased all Genealogical Research as of November 1st. They are short of Staff to provide the Service in an acceptable time frame.  This will be a sad loss to all Latvian Researchers .
This was their message posted in Latvian and sent to me as  a Google Translation.
"From 1 November 2020, the Latvian State Historical Archives of the National Archives of Latvia will suspend the acceptance of requests for thematic and genealogical research indefinitely. Due to the accumulation of unfulfilled thematic and genealogical research requests in the Latvian State Historical Archive and the lack of archival resources for the fulfillment of these requests within a certain and acceptable period, The Latvian State Historical Archive apologize for the inconvenience and remind that all interested parties can conduct independent research in the archive reading room or using the archive site Raduraksti, as well as we recommend using the Recommendations for family researchers published by the LNA."
The Latvia Research Division of Jewishgen is committed to helping Latvian Researchers as much as we can.  We are transcribing data from images on the Family Search Site and these will be added at regular intervals to the Jewishgen Latvia Database. Volunteers to help us with this work are urged to come forward. You can contact paulcheifitz@... if you would like to help. 

Arlene Beare
Co-Director Latvia Research Division

ABRAMOWITZ to ABRAMS -Boston late 19th early 20th cent. #usa #names

Yonatan Ben-Ari

Does anyone know of an ABRAMS family in the Boston area who were
originally ABRAMOWITZ and came to the states around mid 19th cent.?

Yoni Ben-Ari, Jerusalem

Re: Geni Family Trees - Privacy and Baptism Concerns #general

Peter Lobbenberg

I am getting a little upset with this thread.

To paraphrase one poster, it's starting to feel like a religious war.  Why?  Why??  There are those who love Geni despite its manifold faults (and to make it clear, I'm one of them); there are others who can't stand it, and fair play to them too.  What happened to live-and-let-live?  Children, children........

One serious point I do want to make.  A number of posters have written about "putting their family tree on Geni".  With no disrespect, I believe that's a nonsense, a contradiction in terms.  Geni does not admit of posting one's own family tree: as others have pointed out, its entire driving force is that it is a collaborative website, and in my experience uploading an individual tree, for instance via Gedcom, does not work and was never designed to work.  Thus on e.g. Ancestry or MyHeritage you can have, let's say (to take a fictitious illustration) Joseph Cohen 1874-1932 on a number of family trees, usually uploaded and managed by different individuals, and as often as not the details on those trees will be inconsistent as between one tree and the next.  On Geni, the concept is to have one and only one profile for each individual: where duplicate profiles materialise, as happens from time to time, there is generally a facility to merge or eliminate them.  Undoubtedly the system has its advantages and its disadvantages, and I would be the last to claim that Geni is without fault, but I have found that it suits me very well.

Now could we please accept that there are two camps, the Geni supporters and the Geni haters, and leave it at that?

Peter Lobbenberg
London, UK

Re: Searching for Spector Families #ukraine #usa

Erica Fox Zabusky

Hi Walter,

I know there are Spectors in my mother's family that came from Zaslav/Izaslav. I knew of a Sherman David Spector that my mother had corresponded with. He was born in Massachussetts, was a Professor of History at Russell Sage College, and died in 2008. He has 3 children, at one point I had tried to make contact with them, but never got any response. Sherman's mother was Annie Silverman Spector (my grandfather's niece), but at present I don't have further info on her husband. Happy to explore further, as I'm always looking for a ny information on Zaslav (Izaslav, Izyaslav))
Erica Fox Zabusky
ZABUSKI - Czestochowa, Sochaczew
FRYDMANN - Sochaczew
BRAUN, PANKOWSKI - Czestochowa
FIKSEL, RUDMAN - Izaslav, Slavuta, Odessa, Kharkov
FOX (from FIKSEL) - Philadelphia, St. Louis
RODMAN (from RUDMAN) - Philadelphia
POLISZUK, GOLDMAN - Izaslav, Slavuta

Re: families left out of 1793 Czech Jewish census #austria-czech #general

Vivian Kahn

The JewishGen Hungary Database includes some records from the 1793-94 Tolerance Tax, which was imposed by the Austria-Hungary monarchy to and only applied to Jews. Go to for more information

Vivian Kahn, Santa Rosa, California
JewishGen Hungarian Research Director

Re: families left out of 1793 Czech Jewish census #austria-czech #general

Vivian Kahn

Czechoslovakia didn't exist in 1793. Are you asking about an area that was in Bohemia or Moravia?

Vivian Kahn, Santa Rosa, California
Researching families including:
BERKOVICS/BERKOWITZ/ROTH/GROSZ. Avas Ujvaros, Hungary/Orasu Nou, Romania
KAHAN/JOSIPOVITS/DUB, Sziget, Kabolacsarda, Nagyvarad, Hungary/Sighet, Ciarda, Oradea, Romania
KOHN/Zbegnyo/ Zbehnov, Tarnoka/Trnavka, Slovakia; Cleveland  LEFKOVITS/Kolbasa/Brezina, Slovakia
MOSKOVITS/Honkocz, Szobranc, Osztro, Kassa, Hungary/Chonkovce, Sobrance, Ostrov, Kosice, Slov., Nyiregyhaza, Hungary
ELOVITS/Hornya, Hungary/Horna, Slovakia
NEUMANN/Szeretva, Kereszt, Nagymihaly, Miskolc, Hung./Sobrance, Kristy, Stretavka, Michalovce, Slov. 
POLACSEK/Hunfalu, Hungary/Huncovce, Slovakia
SPITZ/Nikolsburg/Mikulov, Prosnitz/Prostejov, Moravia/Czech Republic; Kismarton/Eisenstadt, Hungary/Austria; Hunfalu,Hungary//Huncovce, Slovakia

Re: Excellent lecture series from The Holocaust Exhibition and Learning Centre #holocaust

Michael Sharp

I was the source of the original posting as I volunteer at the Centre. It is the first Holocaust educational institution / memorial in the north of England and is the only one based on a university campus. It focuses on telling the story of the Holocaust and its lessons for life today through the experiences of 16 survivors and the operational philosophy is survivor-driven, making us unique in the UK. Although hosted by the university we are not part of it but are a small independent charity. Please do support us by joining us in the talks and if you are in the area, please do visit us - our opening times are on our website and are updated top reflect coronavirus-related restrictions.

Finally, this week marks the sad loss of our founding chair and the driving force behind the Centre, Lilian Black BEM - honoured in the latest Queen's Birthday Honours for services to Holocaust education. She died this week from coronavirus, before she could be formally awarded her honour. May her memory be a blessing.
Michael Sharp
Manchester UK

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