Re: Seeking contact & link for Wloclawek archive #poland #records


Dear Relly,

You can search the catalogue of the Wloclawek branch of the Polish State Archives on the PSA main website here:  You can narrow down by archive.

It's not the most intuitive website to navigate though so you might find it easiest to email them regarding your enquiry.

I would recommend using Google Translate to help you write in Polish.

Hope this helps. 

Naomi Leon
Brighton, UK

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

Re: Cemetery in Geneva and death records #records

Francis AMAR

Hi Allan,
I live near Geneva and I will try and help you with this. If someone else is doing it as well, please let me know. Let's not duplicate efforts, especially in those times of Covid lockup...

Re: Salzburg DP camps #austria-czech #holocaust #records

tzipporah batami

Johann, if one cannot travel there, how does one contact these archives to get information? I am talking about living survivors who were there? 

Feigie Teichman

Re: Cemetery in Geneva and death records #records


On Tue, Nov 3, 2020 at 08:28 AM, A. E. Jordan wrote:
Adela Kaplun

Take a look here 

Howard Engers   engers_h@...

Re: Berlin, Germany records 1910s to 1930s? #germany #records

Rodney Eisfelder

The easiest records to check from Berlin are the Berlin Adressbuch, which can be viewed starting from
I think I found Boris KAPLON in the 1930 edition
with occupation given as Buchdruckereibes[itzer]. (book printer owner) and living at 24 Motz strasse.

Ancestry also have this edition of the address book, as well as a phone book (where the surname is KAPLUN).
But you want to see the entire family...
In that case, you want the residents cards (Einwohnermeldekartei) for the family. These give a lot of information.
You get the names, date and place of birth, for every member of the household together with when they arrived and when they left each address they lived in.
These can be requested from the Landesarchiv Berlin. See:
It is all in German, but there is a link to an English language order form.

I hope this helps,
Rodney Eisfelder
Melbourne, Australia

finding an address in Magdeburg #germany

Chaya Lerner

I need to find the address where my grandparents lived in Magdeburg in 1934. How can I do that? thank you

Chaya Lerner

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

Stephen Weinstein

On Tue, Nov 3, 2020 at 08:23 AM, <schaffer6896@...> wrote:
I don't know how it worked in 1930, but this year we were told that after repeated attempts to reach someone in a residence failed, we were instructed by our superiors to approach neighbors or a building manager for information.  In several cases, I was able to eventually contact the actual resident and found that the information they gave me was usually different than the information I had received from the neighbor or building manager. 
In 1930, children spontaneously played with their neighbor's kids in the streets or the apartment building's hallways, instead of watching television, playing games on their iPhones, going on pre-arranged playdates that required a car trip, etc.  So parents would have been much more aware of whether their neighbors had children and their names and approximate ages than they are now.
Stephen Weinstein
Camarillo, California, USA

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

Relly coleman

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

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