Dray family from Morocco to France #france


A French relative is researching his DRAY family who came from Morocco. He has been told the circumcision registers for the Moroccan towns or villages of Tetouan and Oujda are in London. Can anyone please help with this? 

many thanks
Christine Lawes

Re: Jewish Genealogy Blogs #general

Emily Garber

There are two good sources to Jewish genealogy blogs.

The first is a list I created a few years ago. It is at my blog The Extra Yad at
The direct link to the list of Jewish geneabloggers is at

I intend to update this list before the end of the calendar year. If any Jewish genealogy bloggers are not on my list, please contact me at extrayad@... and provide a link to the blog home page.

Another good source for all genealogy blogs is at
Enter Jewish in the search box to find those who include topics of interest to Jewish researchers. This morning there were 59 bloggers listed who cover Jewish topics.

Emily Garber

Re: Birth and Marriage Certificates Wurzburg Germany #records #germany



If you mean the birth and marriage certificates of the civil records office, you should look at the Standesamt Würzburg or the Stadtarchiv Würzburg.

By the way there is a database project of the University of Würzburg about Jews in Lower Franconia:


Corinne Iten

Re: Ancestry Library Edition Extended Through March 31, 2021 For Remote Access #announcements #general #records #usa

Linda Cahill

Att:  Jan Meisels Allen

I just spoke with the folks at my library (Alamance County, North Carolina).  They do have the library edition of but it is their understanding that it can only be reached from within the library.  Is there someone, someplace they can contact so that they can offer this service to the community to use at home?

Thank you,
Linda Cahill

Re: Where is this Hungarian / Romanian town? #hungary #romania

Steve Stein

Thanks to all the respondents. The main suggestions aside from Koson, Ukraine include Kosice, Slovakia (a.k.a. Kassa) and Kasov, Slovakia. However, in the 1930 census, this person indicates that he was born in Romania (and his parents in Hungary), which is why I suggested limiting the search to the Crisana/Transylvania region. By 1930, the places suggested were firmly in Czechoslovakia, not Romania, so I doubt these are correct. For those who were curious and feel this information might be key, his surname was FRIEDMAN.

Steve Stein

Re: Photo id Winer-Winokur, Brooklyn? NY-Polonnoye 1940's #photographs

Robert Hanna


I do not recognize them.  However, I discovered 2 Max's in my family who were brothers.  Neither came to the US, but each of their families in the US called them Max.  One was Moshe (my gggf), the other was Mordechai.  I have discovered that people who came to the US not only anglicized their own names, but also the names of their ancestors.

Robert Hanna

Re: Jewish Genealogy Blogs #general

Michael Waas

Good Afternoon Michelle,


You may see our business blog where we write articles concerning Jewish genealogy and history:


Kind regards,

Michael Waas
Co-Founder, Hollander-Waas Jewish Heritage Services

Re: Newbie looking for a Jewish ancestor in a non Jewish family #unitedkingdom

The Becker's Email

Definitely look at UK censuses and birth, marriage death records..  Find her on the 1871 census w/ her parents and siblings.  That will give you where they were born and  keep working back.  If you provide names, ages and place of marriage/residence, someone may take a look for you.
Johanna Becker
Newport, Rhode Island, USA

Re: looking for information regarding a French cousin - Frédérique ( or Frédéric ) Sternberg #france #records

David Choukroun

Dear Catherine, 

You are perfectly right -- Insee records are not exhaustives, mainly because the cities (commune in real) were reporting all with papers in the 70s and 80s

If you wish, there is a path to ask for addition/correction -- I never tried, but it shall be possible to add missing records (with proof and evidences obviously)




Re: Research individuals in France #france

David Choukroun

Dear Ellen

no worries, summer will come back :)

following Bernard's guideline, you can find a reference into the naturalisation decree from the Journal Officiel de la République Française available under  (18 jan 1927)

Please check if this is the right city or origin -- then it can be interesting to ask for the Naturalsation file

It gives you as well a direction to seearch (far from Paris)




Who Filled Out a NYC Marriage License in the 1920s #records #usa

Carl Kaplan

Who filled out a marriage license in New York City in the 1920s? I am asking because I just obtained marriage licenses for two of my grandfather's brothers. For groom's mother, there are the following entries:

Mollie Bienenstock (1925) - correct
Margaret Bienstock (1924)

I know lots of mistakes were made on census forms, and other documents, but in this case I would have thought it would have been the groom, or someone with the
groom watching. In both cases they have the grooms' signature. It's not a big deal, but quite interesting, that they couldn't get their mother's name straight.
Carl Kaplan

KAPLAN Minsk, Belarus
EDELSON, EDINBURG Kovno, Lithuania

Re: Dora and Archie RABINOWITZ #southafrica


Hi again and apologies for causing an obstruction.
As mentioned before I grew up 4 doors away from the Rabinowitz family in Krugersdorp,at 113 Commissioner Street.
I know that there were 2 daughters a little older than I was.
Sally was about 5 years older and Biddy was 2-3 years older than I was. Two sisters so completely different looking.
Sally was a red head and freckled , and Biddy was a brunette and more tanned.
I no longer live there but still know a few people who may be able to assist.
My parents were of a similar age group to Archie and his wife.
Please let me know if you would like me to help.
Good luck with your search.

Best wishes 
Bernard Teren.


Re: Research individuals in France #france


I don't know how I missed this thread over the summer, but I am very interested in finding information about a relative from the Mogilev guberniya in what's now Belarus who supposedly lived in France for several years.

According to family lore, my grandfather's eldest brother (b. 1878 or 1879) "married a French woman and moved to Paris," returning to the USSR after the Russian Revolution.  His name was Shaya-Leizer Moroz, but he may've gone by the name Aleksandr Moroz.  I don't think he ever became a French citizen.  I've looked through the Paris archives without success; it's possible he lived somewhere near Paris rather than in the city itself.  He may have been a tailor.

I would greatly appreciate it if anyone with access to French records can search for my great-uncle.  Thanks. 

Ellen Morosoff Pemrick 
Saratoga County, NY


Re: Jewish Genealogy Blogs #general

Elizabeth Handler

As the author of A Jewish Genealogy Journey at (which hasn't been particularly active recently), I suggest that you visit the Geneabloggers website at where you can enter "Jewish" in the search box to see a long list of blogs (some active, some not) with Jewish family stories as part of their focus.
Elizabeth Handler
Needham, MA
Researching: HANDLER, HOLLANDER, HONENVALD (Hungary); YANCU/IANCU/YANCOWITZ, MOSCOWITZ (Romania); LEVITES, LEWITES (Husiatyn, Galicia), SEGAL (Zhytomyr, Ukraine)

Gesher Galicia and Ossolineum Partnership #galicia #poland #announcements

Gesher Galicia SIG

Gesher Galicia is pleased to announce a partnership agreement with the Ossolineum Institute. Currently located in Wrocław, Poland, the Ossolineum originally opened in Lwów/Lemberg/Lviv in 1832. Under the agreement, the two organizations will partner in the areas of archival research, public education, and cultural exchanges.

Andrew Zalewski, vice president of Gesher Galicia, commented: “Gesher Galicia’s members have already seen value of our interactions with the Ossolineum, which identified census records, inventories of towns, and other records illustrating Jewish presence in the multiethnic milieu of Galicia. This agreement will undoubtedly further enhance what we can discover together and offer a new material to genealogists interested in the region.”

The Ossolineum expressed similar enthusiasm for this new partnership. Agnieszka Franczyk-Cegła, head of early imprints department, said “Our collections include unique objects related to Polish history, literature, and art. With Polish and Jewish history intertwined for centuries, early Jewish books, Haskalah and Hasid literature, and drawings by Jewish artists in our repositories are the testimony of shared heritage. The Ossolineum has been also involved in a digitization project, including the material related to Galician Jews that remained in Lviv after World War II.

For further information on the Ossolineum and its collections, please refer to the recent article by Agnieszka Franczyk-Cegła, Galitzianer, June 2020, 4-8 (available to Gesher Galicia members). For the Ossolineum website, please follow to

To access the Gesher Galicia website, please follow to: Gesher Galicia is already an active partner of the Galicia Jewish Museum in Kraków, the Jewish Historical Institute in Warsaw, the POLIN Museum in Warsaw, Gratz College, Melrose Park, USA, European Jewish Cemetery Initiative, and the Center for Urban History of East Central Europe in Lviv.

Dr. Steven S. Turner
Gesher Galicia, President
Send all inquiries to info@...

Re: Russian translation #translation



In Russian:




Состоялось в городе Пултуск 4-го (16) июня 1892 года в 4 часа дня.  Явились лично торговец Борух Розенблюм, 61 года и учитель Мошек Директор, 56 лет, жители города Пултуск и объявили, что вчера, в 11 часов ночи, умер житель деревни Голысток, кузнец Мошек Домб, вдовец, 76 лет, сын Зельмана и Либы.  По настоящему удостоверяю о кончине Мошка Домба.  Акт сей объявляющим прочитан и ими и нами подписан.

Мошек Директор

Борух Розенблюм

Чиновник гражданского состояния, президент города Пултуска        Подпись

Translated into Engish:


# 31




It took place in the city of Pultusk on June 4 (16), 1892 at 4 pm. The merchant Boruch Rosenblum, 61 years old, and the teacher Moshek Director, 56 years old, residents of the city of Pultusk, personally appeared and announced that yesterday, at 11 o'clock in the morning, a resident of the village of Golystok, a blacksmith Moshek Domb, a widower, 76 years old, the son of Zelman and Liba, had died. I truly certify the death of Moshek Domb. This act was read by the announcers and signed by them and by us.


Moshek Director


Boruch Rosenblum


Civil Status Official, President of the City of Pultusk Signature

Translated by Michael Ryabinky
Boynton Beach, FL

Re: Military Records #france

Bernard Flam

Hi Daniella
from Paris,
Military records of foreign Jews who enrolled Legion Etrangere durin WWII, but also all administrative after-war files of Jewish Deportees from France are archived by SHD (Service Historique de la Defense, Archives of French Defense Minister) in Caen, Normandy, not far from D-Day beaches.
Inquiries to get copies must be done there...
But due to lockdown in France, most of our searches are stopped or delayed.
I will contact them to check their status and I come back.
Bernard Flam
Archives & History of Medem Center - Arbeter Ring (French Bund, Workmen Circle)

Re: Where is this Hungarian / Romanian town? #hungary #romania


Hello Mr. Stein                                                                                                           24th November 2020

I noted the word' Kaschan' --being born in Hungary and Hungarian is my mother's tongue --
I wonder if I may interpret it--via a spoken Hungarian lens--like ; was born--in Kachan--szuletett Kassan? Kosice? Kassoa? --near Satoraljaujhely 

if the   authentic 'handwriting'  could be in front of me: I wonder Kaschan--I may perceive:  Koszony?--a shorten version of Mezokoszony?

or could be countless other 'perceptions' interpretations.
wishing you success

Kind regards
Veronika Pachtinger--London-Uk

Family research Chernogubovskiy Russia Odessa #russia #names

Liliana Weintraub

My grandfather Nukhim Chernoguboskiy was born in Odessa in 1888. I have been unable to trace any records from him except for that. I only know he moved to England at some point, where he met my grandmother and finally moved to Argentina together. Can anybody give me any tips regarding how to find some data about him? His surname (or similar) doesn't show up in any database anywhere. I'm lost and have no clue about how to advance in my search. Any advice is welcome. Thank you.
Liliana Weintraub

Re: Newbie looking for a Jewish ancestor in a non Jewish family #unitedkingdom

Jeffrey Herrmann

If you have a Jewish 2nd great grandmother and if you have (or have had) your autosomal DNA tested, you would likely find many DNA matches with other people of full or partial Jewish ancestry.  This could provide clues to the identity of your 2nd great grandmother.
Jeffrey Herrmann

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