Help with tracing marriages of Great and Great great grandparents #romania #russia

Aline Petzold

Hello all:
 I am trying to pin down the dates for the marriages of my maternal great grandparents and/or my great-great grandparents. My great grandparents were Hersch Wigderovici and Ghitl Osais ( or possibly Grunberg). They  lived in Stefanesti, Romania and were probably married there, or in Botosani.  Hersch's father was Wigdor and he married Sara Dina (or Sura Dyna), a widow from Russia, possibly Odessa, who brought three children onto the marriage.  They also lived in Stefanesti and I am thinking were married there.
I would appreciate any help.
Aline Petzold,
St. Paul MN

JGS of Palm Beach County Announcement #announcements

Walter Rosenthal

Walter Rosenthal

Jocelyne Dumay from Paris #hungary #france

George Muenz

Hello, I am trying to figure out a way to track down Jocelyne Dumay who lives in Paris. My family was Munz un Hungary so perhaps there is a connection.


George Muenz

Despite of personal researches and some help of genners, I have not found
the origin of the name of my ggfather MERVAY, born in the 1867 or 1868 year,
name which is written on his marriage certificate in 1998.
His father's name was Lajos MUNZ (it seems to have an hungarian counsonance
for the first name and german for the name).
Some MERVAY lived in Hungary in the years 1890, and some nowadays but I have
no other contacts.
To-day, I do not know if I must search the name MERVAY or the name MUNZ. Can
someone give me an advice ? Thanks
George (Naftali) Muenz
Vancouver, Canada

Re: SCHWARTZ/SCHVARTZ family #hungary

George Muenz

I know that they lived in Herend at some point. 
George (Naftali) Muenz
Vancouver, Canada

JGSCT Virtual Program, November 15, 2020, The First Annual Marcia Indianer Meyers Memorial Lecture #jgs-iajgs #events #announcements


Please join the Jewish Genealogical Society of Connecticut for the First Annual Marcia Indianer Meyers Memorial lecture on Sunday, November 15, 2020 at 1:30 pm.

Arthur S. Meyers, the widower of Marcia Indianer Meyers, will present "Marcia's Genealogical Journey".  Arthur Meyers is a retired librarian, genealogist, and long-time JGSCT board member.

Marcia Indianer Meyers began exploring family history in her father’s jewelry and watch repair store in Detroit in the mid-1940s.  She would ask her Dad about their family name, “Indianer,” and took notes.  This early asking about her family history led to a lifetime of researching, documenting, visiting family (alive and in cemeteries), and sharing the history.  As much as I helped in her work, she ignited my interest, and shaped me in the same way with my family. 

Her father loved to talk more about their shtetl, Chodorow, which he had left after World War I, than their name.  Marcia concluded this part of her journey in November 2019, shortly after she turned 80, in our assisted living facility in Middletown, Connecticut.  She was still just as eager then to help new friends explore their own history.
This program is free and open to the public.

To register for the webinar, please click here or cut/paste the following url into your browser:

Gail K Reynolds, Publicity Chair, Jewish Genealogical Society of Connecticut

Re: Cemetery in Geneva and death records #records

Sherri Bobish


This doesn't answer your specific question, but on FamilySearch there are two records for Vladimiro Kaplun in Brazil, Rio de Janeiro, Immigration Cards, 1900-1965.


Sherri Bobish

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

Elise Cundiff

It seems from my own family that sometimes the question of who gets counted at a house was misunderstood to mean "who is there on that day" and so children who were there for daycare, or relatives just visiting were listed, and even recorded as a  daughter or son.     This also led to them appearing in the census twice, at different locations, and in one instance not appearing in the 1930 census at all because she was on a train en route to her grandparents in another state.

Can you find those children's names with corresponding ages in other records, perhaps in a later census,  with their actual parents?  

Elise Cundiff
Columbus, Ohio

Zieve, Glickman, Markus from Lithuania

Translation of death certificate #translation #poland

sharon stern

Could someone please translate this death certificate for me?

Thank you!

Sharon L Stern
Seminole, FL

Translation of death certificate #translation #poland

sharon stern

Could someone please translate this death certificate for me?

Sharon L Stern
Seminole, FL

Re: Internment camps in Switzerland 1939-1945 #holocaust

Bernard Flam

Hi Andrea from Paris,

More than 200 men, women and children (including my mother) had been smuggled by French Bund (Workmen Circle - Arbeter Ring) through Swiss border between 1942 & 1944.

So I became a kind of specialist of this history: I spent a lot of days in Geneva state archives to copy all their files.


Only a few Swiss "cantons" / counties kept their archives after WWII, as did Geneva.

Others had to many things to hide...


For each refugee, a file was opened by cantonal (local) authorities and copied to federal authorities in Bern, as told by Corinne.

Bern's Swiss Federal Archives have also documents when this person was transferred from a canton to another.

Alfred  Brawer isn't on Geneva 28000 names (and files) lists, which is normal as from Vienna, he crossed from an eastern border with Austria.


When persons were arrested just after crossing border by military police, army or custom agents, they were sent to a first internment camp where their situation was evaluated.


We have in French, nobody is perfect, some books and documents about these internment camps and Swiss politics during Shoah.


A lot or refugees were sent back across border, as they didn't match with Swiss conditions to be considered as a refugee.
As soon as August 1942, being a Jew, threatening for his life, wasn't enough to be accepted.

On Geneva's border around 900 Jews were sent back, more than 300 died later during Shoah.


But according to your post, persons were sent back within some hours, a few days, not later.
So I never read about marrying a Swiss women to be sure not to be expelled.

But I speak about French or Polish (Jewish) citizen, perhaps situation was different for an Austrian citizen, due to Swiss' collaboration with 3rd Reich.


When persons were "accepted", men, women and children, even from same family, were separated in various working camps, sometimes not even in same canton.

Men were mostly in forest camps or some agricultural activities.

Women were in camps dealing with clothes.

A lot of children were sent in Christian children institutions, or placed in a family.

Most of "our" children kept a heart full and vivid memory of their foster family.


Words aren't numerous to describe a situation: I want absolutely make clear that Swiss "camps" could not at all be compared with Nazis camps (work / concentration / extermination) or even French terrible "collaboration" camps during same period.

 In Swiss, refugees weren't not free of their displacements, were separated of their family, were living in uncomfortable accommodation and with spare food, submitted to a not friendly administration, but that's all.


If any member of our dear JG community searches about a person who could have crossed from French to Swiss border, please send me a private mail to check if there is a file in Geneva State Archives.


Bernard Flam
Archives & History of Medem Center (French Bund - Workmen Circle)
Searching Flam / Agid around Brody / Jaworow /Lemberg
Zysman / Kronenberg / Rottersman around Lodz

Re: Rothenberg family tree #general


I have Rothenbergs from Sambor. If you have a town name that will help.

Tanya Roland

Re: finding an address in Magdeburg #germany

Andreas Schwab

Another way is to write to the city archives of Magdeburg and ask for the residents register entry (melderegistereintrag)
Andrea Schwab, Montreal, Canada

Re: finding an address in Magdeburg #germany

Andreas Schwab

Ancestry has the 1935 phone directory of Magdeburg has the 1930 and 1938 directories
these are all scans, no indexing has been done, so you have to browse through the pages and be able to read black letters. 
Andrea Schwab, Montreal, Canada

Re: Internment camps in Switzerland 1939-1945 #holocaust


Hi Andrea 

I have a similacase in my family and I found many documents on the Arolsen Archives onlinand there are also some records in the Swiss FederaArchives.
Maybe you will also find some documents about Alfred Brawer on the Arolsen Archives onlinand/or the Swiss FederaArchives.
The Arolsen Archives have not all documents online, so you should also write to them anask if they have some records whicare not online.

Arolsen Archives online

Swiss FederaArchives

Border crossings Geneva Border

Historicanewspapers Switzerland

Do you know the name or place of the internment camp iSwitzerland he was in?

Corinne Iten
from Switzerland

Re: Internment camps in Switzerland 1939-1945 #holocaust

Lewis, Megan

The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum has some records of refugees in Switzerland.  Please send his full name, date of birth, parents' names. etc. to resource-center@....

Megan Lewis, reference librarian
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

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

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