Dr John MICHAEL inscription on watch. #general

Robyn Dryen

Dear Genners

AJGS has received an enquiry from a watch collector about an inscription on a pocket watch in his possession. It was bought in England about 30 years ago and the watch is thought to date from around 1900.

The inscription reads: For Dr John Michael in memory of his grandfather. Who so missed his birth by minutes, and is much beloved as a great Zionist. He and his son fought so valiantly, and for the Zionists. 

It is not clear whether the reference is to a paternal grandfather and therefore a MICHAEL (or variant), or to an unnamed maternal grandfather. Nor is it certain that these are Jewish Zionists.

My question is whether anyone has a Dr John Michael in their tree with ancestors involved in the early days of Zionism.

Any assistance would be welcome.

Robyn Dryen
Sydney, Australia 

Re: Identify military uniform and medals #photographs #general #germany

Bernard Flam

Hi Ann,
Hi igor,
I write from Paris.
Igor is perfectly right and medal is "Iron cross of WW1".
Bernard Flam
Archives & history of Medem Center - Arbeter Ring (Bund -Workmen Circle of France)

ViewMate translation request - russian #translation

Jean-Charles Amsellem

I have just posted a vital record in russian for which I need a very complete translation. It is on ViewMate at the following address ...
Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page.
Thank you very much.
Rose Martine Amsellem from Clermont Ferrand FRANCE



Provenance : Courrier pour Windows 10


Re: Hungarian Secular Names Soma and Antal #hungary #names


Hello Aaron,
In the course of my research I have come across a man in Budapest named Antal, whose Hebrew name was Natan.
Shari Nilsen, UK

Re: Gesher Galicia Zoom Membership Meeting Today #announcements #galicia #events

Steven Turner

Thank you. I'm sorry. You are correct,

Best regards,
Steven Turner

Chust and Csorna -Jewish records #hungary

Marcia Heller

Looking for Jewish records from 1800s of Grinwald/Grunwald/Greenwald  family in Chust and Csorna, Hungary. Please let me know how to obtain them.
Marcia Amster Heller  marciaheller@...

ViewMate translation request - Russian #translation

Laufer, Shmuel

I've posted five vital record in Russian for which I need a translation.
Need names, places and dates.

A marriage certificate of Gedalia Domb and Razsha Silverman at the following address:

A death certificate of Abraham Domb at the following address:



A death certificate of Leib Anszel Domb at the following address:

A death certificate of Chaim Berek  Domb at the following address:

A marriage certificate of Aron Domb and Ester Ruchal Mlawska 
at the following address:


Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page.

Thank you so much for your help!.


Shmuel Laufer

Rehovot -Israel


Research: Laufer (Przasnysz, Poland); Domb (Pultusk, Poland); Bruckman (Sarnaki, Poland); Zelazo (Sarnaki, Poland); Preschel (Berhomet, Chernivets'ka, Ukraine), Leder (Berhomet, Chernivets'ka, Ukraine); Schnap (Berhomet, Chernivets'ka, Ukraine); Mitelman (Chelm, Poland); Tenerman (Dubienka, Poland)



(NY) Yonkers Public Library Launches Free Digital Newspaper Archive #announcements #usa

Jan Meisels Allen




Yonkers (NY) Public Library (YPL) announced the launch of a new digital library of local newspapers: The Yonkers News Archives. The Yonkers News Archive contains over 1.2 million pages of digitized newsprint

from local newspapers ranging from the Civil War era to the late 1990s. This is a partnership between YPL and part of the Ancestry family of companies.


Visitors to the Yonkers News Archive can “clip,” print, and save scanned images of newspaper articles. They can also create a free account to organize and share clipped articles.


YPL shared its extensive microfilm collection, which contains over 950 reels of microfilmed local newspapers, with The digitized publications include the Yonkers Examiner (1857-1863), Yonkers Gazette (1868-1893),

Yonkers Statesman (1863-1932), Yonkers Herald (1891-1932), and the Herald Statesman (1932-1998).


The full Yonkers News Archive can be accessed by visiting any of YPL’s three locations and connecting to one of its public computers or using the free wireless network onsite.

If you access the site remotely, you will be directed to


Yonkers NY is the fourth largest city in New York State, and largest city in Westchester County, located directly north of New York City.


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


Subj: ViewMate translation request - Yiddish #yiddish #translation

angel kosfiszer

I've posted a description in Yiddish of the people in a photo for which I need a translation. It is on ViewMate at the following address ...
The picture is at VM88432
Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page.
Thank you very much.
Angel Kosfiszer
Richardson, Texas

ViewMate translation request - Russian #translation #russia

Carl Kaplan

I've posted a vital record in Russian for which I need a translation. It is on ViewMate at the following address ...
Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page.
Thank you very much.
Carl Kaplan

KAPLAN Minsk, Belarus
EDELSON, EDINBURG Kovno, Lithuania

Subject: ViewMate translation request - Other (Italian) #names #records #translation


I request a translation of the Italian text on a Sicilian Death Record. It is on ViewMate at the following address

Please respond using the online ViewMate form.

Thank you so much,

Connie Derosier Carter
Kissimmee, FL, Leominster, MA

Re: Lipsca Galicia #galicia #poland

Shelley K. Pollero

Lipsko was a town in the Cieszanów Administrative District of Galicia in the Austrian Empire. Between WWI and WWII, it was in the Lubaczow district, Lwow, Poland (also the former Galicia). After 1950, it is in Poland. Go to the JewishGen Communities Database and search for Lipsko. Even if you enter Lipsca, the town of Lipsko will show up.
Shelley K. Pollero
Severna Park, Maryland

Re: The Berthold Rosenthal Collection and communities in the Pfalz #germany

Eva Lawrence

 I believe that  some of the records that Berthold Rosenthal saw still exist in the Pfalz and they are probably in the same dusty boxes in which he would have found them  The documents haven't been lost, what has been lost is the the ability to read faded hand writing, to pick out the relevant  records.and to extract the  data, not to mention a willingness to grant access.... 
Jewish vital records pre-1808, would be mainly in Hebrew, and no post-war German archivist knows enough to deal with any that survived.  The  patronymic system has muddied interpretation of the French or German records, too,  now that the people with enough local knowledge to sort things out have passed away..  . 
Rosenthal had  excellent language skills including Hebrew,  and the leisure to ask questions and to concentrate on his research...  There were others of his type,  but I  don't know any who left a comparable body of work about  the Pfalz. I have a considerable collection of notes made by my father, also a Pfalz researcher.   My father didn't read Hebrew. .and..I suspect that most of Rosenthal's  information from before 1808 would have depended on synagogue records, .like my father's mohel list from Reichsbischofsheim, received in  1937.. It covers the years 5478 to 5955, (early 1700s)  and Dr Jesselson had helpfully transcribed the Hebrew names.
Some of my father's information must have come by word of mouth   He habitually kept letters, but keeping an image of every archival record was not an option before the digital age.. In Rosenthal's case, perhaps supporting correspondence was discarded after the files had been edited to send to Leo Baek?  .       
Eva Lawrence
St Albans, UK

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Eva Lawrence
St Albans, UK.

Nezhin Family Lists - Links to Images

Lara Diamond

Many family lists (censuses) for Nezhin's Jewish community (including
all villages in Nezhin Uezd/District) are on FamilySearch. Here's the
exact location for the various record sets--and information on how you
can see if FamilySearch has images for records from any of your
ancestral towns.

Lara Diamond
Baltimore, MD, USA

Lipsca Galicia #galicia #poland

Hannah Goldner

My great grandfather's death certificate lists 'Lipsca Galicia' as his birthplace.  I can't find a town/city by this name.  Does anyone know what this could be referring to?

Hannah Goldner

Re: Keller family in Radomysl and Tarnow #poland #galicia


thanks for your reply

I tried pursuing this source already a while ago - yet as you wrote no Yecheil Mechel was known in that family
might be was some relative - but not sure how
Yecheil Mechels wife Lea was also seemingly a Keller - so can check if a name Lea is between family members
I noticed that in Tarnow there was a Hersh and Aron Keller - sons of Mechel and Lea Keller
interested to know if they have descendants alive today 
Tarnow was close to  Radomysl 
Joseph Kauftheil

Re: Identify military uniform and medals #photographs #general #germany


It should be German military uniform (looks like the full-dress) of the period of WW1 or a little-bit earlier.
Igor Holyboroda,
Lviv-Lwow-Lemberg, Ukraine 

Re: Rothenberg family tree #general


I have Rothenberger family in Alsace that can be definitively traced back to Rabbi Todros Rothenberger in Bouxwiller (born 1596) and thanks to the work of the late Pascal Faustini very likely to Rabbi Meir of Rothenberg. He would be my ca. 20th ggrandfather.

Joe Eichberg

Re: Hungarian Secular Names Soma and Antal #hungary #names




Names were not fixed but there are some regularities, common pairs and discrepancies as well.

The secular name Soma is a diminutive of the full name Sámuel (just like Samu). So his Hebrew name may have been Shmuel or a combo of Shmuel and something.

As for Antal (=Anthony, Tony, Anton, etc), this would be harder. Antal may have been Asher, Avraham and others or something totally different.



Karesz Vandor
genealogist/historian/private tour guide

Hungarian Roots
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Identify military uniform and medals #photographs #general #germany

Fig, Lorraine

This photograph was found in my great-grandmother's collection without any identifying information or date.  I would appreciate any help you can provide about the type of uniform and medals and date of photograph that might give a clue as to the identity of the subject.  The family originally lived in Suwalki Gubernia (Poland) but moved to East Prussia and had relatives in Germany.
Thank you.

Lorraine Fig Shapiro,
Ann Arbor, MI

Researching: SLADOWSKY (Suwalki and East Prussia), LUDWINOWSKI (Suwalki and East Prussia), FIG (Lithuania), CHAPMAN (UK)

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