Jewish Genealogy Society of Cleveland virtual meeting on November 15, 2020 #jgs-iajgs #events

Sylvia Fleck Abrams

Join the Jewish Genealogy Society of Cleveland

for our next virtual meeting and program
Sunday, November 15, 2020, 1:30 pm

Why Cleveland? Finding Answers in the Industrial Removal Office Records
Presented by Renée K. Carl

Co-sponsored by the Siegal Lifelong Learning Program of Case Western Reserve University

About The Lecture

Wondering why your immigrant ancestor chose to live in Cleveland instead of Pittsburgh? Little Rock, not Los Angeles? Memphis, not Miami? The answers might lie in the records of the Industrial Removal Office, a scary name for a good organization. The IRO, founded in 1901, assisted immigrants in finding employment and better living conditions, and helped assimilate them into American society. IRO agents, often working in partnership with B’nai B’rith or other Jewish fraternal groups, spread around the USA securing jobs, and then immigrants would be sent to those locations to establish a new life.

Records of the IRO, housed at the American Jewish Historical Society, include ledger books, case files and correspondence, as well as reports by local agents on the newly settled immigrants. Ohio, and specifically Cleveland, played outsized roles in the history of the IRO, and the talk will provide an Ohio-focused angle.

The presentation examines the history of the IRO and its records. The presentation will, using a case study, demonstrate how to use the online index, and how to navigate to find immigrant case files, correspondence, and reports.

About Renée K. Carl

Born in St. Louis, raised in Chicago, now living in Washington, DC, Renée left the public policy world for professional genealogy, finding that researching dead people is easier than working with Congress.

Renée’s business and blog can be found at She serves private clients, other researchers, journalists, and others. Renée worked as a researcher for Season 2 of PBS’ Genealogy Roadshow, and served as lead researcher for Season 3. She is a regular at the National Archives, Library of Congress and US Holocaust Memorial and Museum, and partners with researchers in Europe, Australia and Israel. Renée graduated Wesleyan University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Cultural Anthropology and is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, Jewish Genealogy Society of Greater Washington, the Latvia Research Group at JewishGen, and the Ukraine Research Group’s town leader for Medzhybizh.

This program is free for members of the Jewish Genealogy Society of Cleveland,
and for members of the Siegal Lifelong Learning Program of 
Case Western Reserve University.
It is open to the public for a fee of $5.00. 

Registration will be handled by the Siegal Lifelong Learning Program of CWRU.

 or phone 216-368-2090.
Questions? - Contact webmaster@....

Submitted by Sylvia F. Abrams
Past President 
On behalf of Program Committee

Internment camps in Switzerland 1939-1945 #holocaust

Andrea Tzadik

My father's first cousin, Alfred Brawer, escaped to Switzerland when Jews were expelled from his Medical School
in Vienna. In Switzerland he was put in an internment camp. From his letters it is clear the conditions in this camp,
were terrible .It appears that fearing that he would be sent to a concentration camp in 1940 he married a Swiss worker 
in the camp and was never heard from after that. Are there any records from these camps? 
In researching them it seems the Swiss don't want to admit they existed.
Andrea Tzadik

Andrea Tzadik
AgentDRE#: 00984361
11999 San Vicente Blvd, Suite 300
Los Angeles CA 90049
m: 310.625.8208 


Ancestry Canada Free Access November 1-11 Military Records; November 6-11 #announcements #canada #records

Jan Meisels Allen



To commemorate Remembrance Day, Ancestry Canada is offering free access to its global military collections November 1-11 at 11:59 PM ET.  Registration is required-no credit card information but your name and email address. If you try to access the collections after the free access period ends you will only be able to view the records in the featured collections using a paid membership. Go to:

To see the list of records available for this collection see: will be free from November 6 to November 11 11:59 PM EST. If you try to access the collections before or after the free access period ends you will only be able to view the records in the featured collections using a paid membership.  There is no information available yet about what the free access on will entail. More details about the access will likely be made on November 6. is also offering free access on their Canadian collection which can be accessed at: If you sign in and register – no credit card information just name and email address you can access the records as well as browse. is also offering a free webinar Beyond the Headlines: Finding Your Family's WWII Story with on Friday November 6 at 6:00PM EST with Anne Gillespie Mitchell.


There is also a video series on Finding Heroes which may be watched at:


For an untold moment of WWll Battle of St Lawrence go to:


I have no affiliation with Ancestry and am posting this solely for the readers’ information.


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


Re: Lithuania and Poland records #lithuania #poland #records

Stanley Diamond

For information on the Jewish records of Nasielsk, write to Nasielsk@...

For information on the Jewish records of any town in Poland and Galicia, write to [townname]

For an overview of JRI-Poland activity, see:

Stanley Diamond, M.S.M.  (Montreal, 514-484-0100)
Executive Director, Jewish Records Indexing - Poland, Inc.

Lithuania and Poland records #lithuania #poland #records
From: Barbara & David Israel
Date: Tue, 03 Nov 2020 15:42:18 EST

I am looking to research records for Vilna, Lithuania and Nasielsk, Poland for my family. 

Where would be the best place to connect with to see what vital records might be available 
for the 1800’s and earlier? Thank you for any help.

Barbara Fisher Israel

Tempe, AZ

Lithuania: Fischer/Fisher, Secondary names:Zwick, Becker, Levin

Poland: Cohen, Orlowski, Walegore, Perlmuter

Re: Hidden children in Belgium - Polyclinique Chant d'Oiseau Woluwé #general

Francoise Kraft

1) Mail to archives@... and ask your questions heading "hidden children".They have a collection about it.

2) Service social juif is still existing. Mail info@...

Wish you good luck
Françoise KRAFT

searching KRAFT from HRUBIESCHOW (Poland) and ODESSA (Ukraine).   INDIS from ODESSA (Ukraine),BELTSY (Moldova) and  NIKOLAIEV KHMELNITSKY Podolia(Ukraine)

Gesher Galicia: Reminder Zoom Membership Meeting Sunday, November 8th #announcements #galicia #events

Steven Turner

Dear Friends,

We hope that you saved the date for our first ever Zoom membership meeting.

It will be Sunday, November 8th at 12-1 p.m. EST US/Canada (9-10 a.m. PST US/Canada; 5-6 p.m. GMT, UK; 6-7 p.m. CET; 7-8 p.m. Israel; 4-5 a.m. next day NSW/Victoria, Australia). This seems to be the most convenient time for our membership across the world.

If you have not yet done so please reserve your spot by going to Zoom Registration Link for Gesher Galicia Meeting.

The agenda for the meeting will be as follows:
  • Greetings from the President
  • Short presentations and introductions from the members of our board
  • A moderated question and answer session
The bios of the officers and Board members can be found here:

Our intent is to have an interactive meeting. Thus, in the moderated question and answer session members will be able to pose their questions to the Board. Please bring your questions of general interest to the membership and not in regards to your own family history research. You will be able to type in your questions in the chat room during the meeting. Personal interest questions can always be emailed to info@....

For those of you who missed a recent joint program of Gesher Galicia and Gratz College, we are pleased to provide you with the link to the presentation “The Battle for Jewish Rights” by Dr. Andrew Zalewski. Enjoy!

“The Battle for Jewish Rights” by Dr. Andrew Zalewski

We urge you to subscribe to the recently formed Gesher Galicia YouTube channel so you will not miss any of our uploads.
We look forward to seeing you all on Sunday.

Dr. Steven S Turner
President, Gesher Galicia

Re: Name change records NYC #austria-czech #galicia #names #records


My father and his brothers changed their last name to make it easier for business purposes and perhaps to sound more American.  They did not use the courts to do so.  They were all born in the USA, so there were no naturalization papers. It's perfectly legal to do this as long as it is not for fraudulent purposes.  It can cause problems though. Dad had to have his brother's wife swear that she knew him under both names when he applied for Social Security.  
Barbara Sloan
Conway, SC

Re: 1930 census - invented people #general #records #usa


I think several explanations here are plausible.  My father, who was named Louis at birth in 1917, is listed as Lawrence in the 1920 census.  His last name was spelled incorrectly on his birth certificate as well.  He was actually called Larry the remainder of his life, but he had no idea why his name was changed. In 1930, he was already an orphan and lived with a relative, so he would have been counted in that household.  He had two older brothers who didn't necessarily live with the same relative.  No one had custody of them, so they moved around as they wished, more or less, or perhaps when one relative couldn't afford to keep them at the time.  It's also possible that a child was called by a Yiddish name at home and an Anglo name elsewhere.  That was true for my mother, who "adopted" her Yiddish name as a middle name after childhood.  It does not appear on her birth certificate.  The suggestion to check the 1925 census is a good one.  I found that the number of children my great-grandparents had changed on various censuses.  This might refer to births, not living children, or to children who died in infancy.  

Barbara Sloan
Conway, SC

Re: 1930 census - invented people #general #records #usa

Deanna Levinsky <DEANNASMAC@...>

Hello all,
The depression might have been a catalyst-not that people made up
names of "extra children or relatives" for the census but rather that
the depression caused parents to leave their children with relatives
or friends for a period of time. Times were hard and people were
desperate. A Dad might sleep on a couch in his parents' home while Mom
slept in cousin Gertie's basement and the kids bunked with a neighbor
for ten cents a day. People did what they could, most anything was
better than an orphanage. Yes, the census information can be deeply
puzzling at times but put these reports into the bigger picture;
economics, fear of authority and language barriers to name a few.
Deanna M. Levinsky, Long Island, NY

Seeking contact & link for Wloclawek archive #poland #records


I just learned that there may be family document in the Wloclawek archive.  They relate to survivors who, after the war, tried to establish the death of relatives during the war.  They may also have documents from before the war from Wloclawek and Dobrzyn nad Wisla. 

I can't find a link to: (a) search the Wloclawek archive online (b) a contact email to order document from the archive.

Would appreciate any help.

Relly Coleman
FELD Dobrzyn nad Wisla, Zakroczym
Wasserstein,  Wloclawek, Kutno, Mszczonów
Fudalowicz, Kutno, Zychlin

South Hills Hebrew Cemetery in York, Pennsylvania Assistance Request #usa #general

Aaron Slotnik


Does anyone know if there is an office or other contact information for burials at South Hills Hebrew Cemetery in York, Pennsylvania?  Neither Google nor Find-a-Grave seem to have a contact phone number.  I'm trying to find a Fannie Gottlieb (died Dec 17, 1950 in Philadelphia) whose death certificate says she was buried there; however, she is not in Find-a-Grave whereas her husband ( and other family members are there.  Per the death certificate, the funeral home seems to have been "Strack and Strine" but I can't find any information about them.  In particular, I'm trying to confirm her father's name and whether he was a Kohen.

If I don't have success here, my last option will be to post a request to Find-a-Grave.  Thanks in advance for any assistance you can provide!

Aaron Slotnik
Chicago, IL

Re: Hidden children in Belgium - Polyclinique Chant d'Oiseau Woluwé #general

Sherri Bobish


Chant d'Oiseau is a street in Woluwe-Saint-Pierre in Brussels.

I searched for Chant d'Oiseau at
and found one listing.  It is for 1914, but perhaps you may find a clue here.
Cordier, E. medecins, institut, rue Chant d'Oiseau, 53, Woluwe St. Pierre

If you can find a Brussels city directory from the 1930's or 1940's than perhaps you will get more info on
Polyclinique Chant d'Oiseau Woluwé.


Sherri Bobish

Re: Name change records NYC #austria-czech #galicia #names #records

Michael Herzlich

For Naturalizations, if you find a Naturalization Petition on Ancestry view the image then look at the immediately preceding images by selecting the left arrow on the left side of the image.  You may have to go back a few images, but sometimes there is a Certificate of Arrival that gives the name the person used when entering the country.
Michael Herzlich
Delray Beach, Florida USA

Galicia (Poland, Ukraine) - HERZLICH, TREIBER

Re: 1930 census - invented people #general #records #usa


PS: I forgot to note that Hyman Pat/Patt/Pate was the only one of his siblings in 1910 who was male (and who would therefore die with the family name of "Pate" -- which seems to have been adopted by his parents and siblings (those not married) by 1920) ; it seems that his being the only man among his siblings led to his parents and siblings adopting "Pate" with a final "e".

(He died in the 1950s before I was born; I never met him.)

Ethan Kent (in New York City)
ewkent@... .

Re: Searching Anna RUBINSTEIN/ BOGUS N.Y. Connection #general


I know it's been many years, but I just joined this board. Alexander BOGUS was my 1st cousin 2x removed. I don't know about anyone name RUBENSTEIN, but I am still in touch with one of Alexander's sons. He is on Ancestry also. If you're still active here and have not received an answer, I can see if the son knows anything about her.

FWIW, the baby boy was Herman. He died in 1952 but I have no more information about him.

Felice Bogus
Raleigh, NC

KARITSKY in Vilnius #lithuania


I only recently discovered that my maternal gf's family came from Vilnius, not Russia as I had previously been told. My gf was the youngest of 3 siblings, all of whom came to the US somewhere between 1895 and 1900. I am unable to determine if their parents ever emigrated or if the siblings emigrated together. I only have Hebrew/Yiddish names for my great-grandparents. I got Shmuel KARITSKY from translating tombstones and intuited Perel KARITSKY based on the fact that each sibling had a daughter named Pauline or Pearl. Those children, along with Sam and Stanley who most likely were named for Shmuel, were all born in 1907 or later.

Is there any way I can use that information to find out more about these people? I've hit a wall.

Thank you,
Felice Bogus
Raleigh, NC

Re: Hidden children in Belgium - Polyclinique Chant d'Oiseau Woluwé #general


Dear Debbie Bloch:

Google pointed me toward this "centre médical" (= "medical center", at least approximately) in today's Woluwe-Saint Pierre in Belgium: ("Centre Médical du Chant d'Oiseau").

(The website is in French, and no email address is given under "Contact" -- but there is a street address given ("Avenue des Frères [with an accent-mark pointing toward the upper-left] Legrain 85, 1150 Bruxelles [= "Brussels"], and gives a telephone number.)

Perhaps someone who reads JewishGen discussions who lives in and/or has connections in the Brussels area could help you?

(And maybe added hashtags for "Belgium" -- and possibly for "Brussels" -- would help in calling attention to the location of the place you're interested in finding.)

Good Luck to you.


Ethan Kent (in New York City; no knowledge of relatives in/from Belgium, but I do read French)
ewkent@... .

Lithuania and Poland records #lithuania #poland #records

Barbara & David Israel

I am looking to research records for Vilna, Lithuania and Nasielsk, Poland for my family. Where would be the best place to
connect with to see what vital records might be available for the 1800’s and earlier? Thank you for any help.

Barbara Fisher Israel
Tempe, AZ

Lithuania: Fischer/Fisher, Secondary names:Zwick, Becker, Levin

Poland: Cohen, Orlowski, Walegore, Perlmuter

Re: Hidden children in Belgium - Polyclinique Chant d'Oiseau Woluwé #general

Marcel Apsel

For somebody born in Brussels you have to know which borough he was born and there eventually you might find a birth certificate, if the birth was officially registered.  This is always the case when a child is born in a hospital, but might not be in some cases when a birth occurred at home without any official registration, especially during the war; but the latter was very exceptional and at the end the child will have to be registered anyway somewhere.  You have to know in which borough your father has been born; the city of Brussels is only one of the 19th boroughs of greater Brussels and if your father is born in another borough, but mentions that he is born in Brussels it won’t help.  It is the same as somebody will tell that he is born in New York; but is it Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx, Staten Island or Queens?


Marcel Apsel

Antwerpen, Belgium

Re: Name change records NYC #austria-czech #galicia #names #records



As I have said in another thread some time ago, I found evidence of my father's father's name change when looking at his birth certificate at the New York City Municipal Archives (he was born an American citizen in the Brownsville neighborhood in Brooklyn, New York -- so his birth certificate was a New York City certificate) -- information added after the name change  (I believe added using 1 or more hand stamps) was visible in the image of the Certificate.

As I said in that other post, I also found (via a legal notice from the Brooklyn Eagle newspaper (my grandfather was still living in Brooklyn at that time) announcing the official name change (although my grandfather seems to have used his original name for at least about 8 years after he got the name change legally approved [Shrug]).


I agree that if the person in question became a naturalized US citizen, the original name upon arrival should be findable in the naturalization documentation (and in the passenger manifest upon arrival in the US -- if you can find that).


Good Luck.

Ethan Kent (in New York City)
ewkent@... .

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