Re: Help with locating Fosfalou in Hungary? #hungary #slovakia #romania


Hello Eric, 
It can be Sosfalu or Novoselitsia ( today) in Transcarpathia region, today Ukraine.

All the best 
Mark Friedman

DNA testing #dna


I have had DNA testing in the past with Family Tree to investigate my Jewish origins. I have noticed that they have changed they way they calculate the proportion of Jewish DNA. 

Which company has the most accurate/reliable testing for Jewish origins?

Roberto D'Angelo

Abram Izaak Roth - Kalisz, Poland #poland


I am trying to find the direct descendants of my great uncle Abram Izaak Roth/Rot b1880 in Kalisz, Poland. I can't seem to find anything further about him since his marriage to Chaja Laja Szimkewicz in 1907. 
Abram was the son of Yechiel Ber Rot and Dwojra Fride. His wife Chaja Laja b:1889 Kalisz, was the daughter of Chaim Lajba and Pessa Rajzel nee Fride.
Many thanks in advance for any help.
Cindy Caldon

Help with translation of a plaque #translation

Valentina Dora Krevisky

May I please ask for a translation of the plaque?

thank you 
Valentína dora Krevisky

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

Alexander Sharon

Since Kosice, Slovakia is not acceptable perhaps one of those Romanian towns will do:

Casinu Nou, also known Kaszonuifalu
Iacobeni, also known as Kaszonjakabfalva and Kaszon Jskabfluva
Imper, also known as Kaszoninper
Palestii de Jos, also known as Kaszonaltiz
Plaesti de Sus, also known as Kaszonfeltiz and Kaszon

Alexander Sharon
JGFF coordinator

What’s New on the JewishGen Blog? #JewishGenUpdates

Nancy Siegel

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    by Karen Leon, Volunteer Coordinator 

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    by the JewishGen Webinars Team

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    by Nancy Holden, Director of Education

Research Division Updates

  • Danzig/Gdańsk Research Division Update

    by Logan Kleinwaks, Research Director 

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    by Ellen Shindelman Kowitt, Research Director

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    by by Susana Leistner Bloch and Barbara Ellman

    Project Directors - KehilaLinks

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    by Lance Ackerfeld, Director of Special Projects - Yizkor Books

  • Yizkor Books in Print Project Update

    by Joel Alpert, Coordinator - Yizkor Books-in-Print Project


  • How the Crypto-Jews made their way to JewishGen

    by Genie Milgrom

    In case you previously missed this two-part article by Michael Moritz, we offer it here:

  • We Thought They Died in the Holocaust - Part 1

  • We Thought They Died in the Holocaust - Part 2


Nancy Siegel
Director of Communications
(San Francisco, California)

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


On Mon, Nov 23, 2020 at 09:17 PM, Steve Stein wrote:
Oradea, Cluj, and Tasnad
Could it be Kaschau? Sometimes n and u look alike in the old handwriting. It is north of Oradea, Cluj, and Tasnad and not unreasonable travel. Now in Slovakia, it was part of the Austrian-Hungarian empire.

Maryellen Tobiasiewicz
Phoenix AZ USA

Maryellen Tobiasiewicz
family from: Bielsko-Biala powiat Poland
Gorlice powiat Poland
Lviv Oblast Ukraine

MyHeritage DNA on sale >$39 US/ 45€ Europe free shipping on 2+ kits #dna #announcements

Theo Rafael

I received an email alert about MyHeritage DNA kits going on sale and reaching their lowest price ever supposedly.
$39 US/ 45€ Europe + free shipping if ordering 2+ kits. Sale ends Friday night (Nov 27th 2020).
Check it out >

Theo Rafael

Help with locating Fosfalou in Hungary? #hungary #slovakia #romania

E Feinstein

I am researching a family HIRSCH / MANDEL that lived in Philadelphia.
The husband died in 1921 and is buried in Har Nebo and the wife died in 1941 and also buried there.
No real information is on either of the death certificates.
I found however that they were from a Hungarian town called Fosfalou (in English!)  However I cannot locate this place.
It does not appear in the JGFF Town locator nor in Jordan Auslanders Hungarian Gazeteer.
Neither did I find it in the RadixIndex of Hungarian place names.
I would appreciate anyone's help in this matter to find out where they were from.
Research suggestions or ideas please!  Thank you in advance.

Clifton New Jersey

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

Judy Floam

There is a city that was in Hungary in the 19th century – Kassa, Kaschau, Kosice.   (My grandmother was from there.)    It’s now in eastern Slovakia.  But I don’t think it has anything to do with Romania.


Judy Floam


Re: Koloniya Galoche, Odes'Ka Oblast', Ukraine Information Wanted #bessarabia #ukraine

Yefim Kogan


yes, I know a bit about that place.  It is not a town,  but an agricultural colony, which were established in 19 century in Bessarabia, Podolia, other gubernias of Russian empire.
Koloniya - is colony, and might be Galoche or Goloche or today is Halochi.  (Halochi, Odessa Oblast, Ukraine, 67930).  It used to be in Balta uezd, Podolia gubernia before 1917.

I am not an expert in Jewish Agricultural colonies,  but when I did a "second" reading recently on Bendery Birth records, which is in Bessarabia,  I found that 3 babies where born to fathers - colonists registered in Goloche colony, Balta uezd.  These records are going to be available at the end of the year.

I decided to check if there are any existing records with the places Goloche or Galoche and found about 65 such records, including birth, marriage, death records.

I hope this helps.

All the best,
Yefim Kogan

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


If you haven't been to the Jewish Museum of London, it's worth a visit or (nowadays) a look at the website. Over the years, I've been there several times, and have found that most staff members are quite helpful. Good luck!

Susan J. Gordon
New York

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

Michele Lock

I just checked the marriage certificates for 5 siblings of my grandfather, all who came to the US between 1910 and 1925. The names of their mother was the following - 
Minnie Cohan
Miriam Colon
Mary Collins
Mary Collen
Mary Lock

Only the 2nd one was accurate. I think the variety was a function of the siblings 'Americanizing' their mother's given name and the clerk mis-hearing the name by the siblings who spoke with accents, 
I have a great uncle here in the US who gave his mother's name as Ida Abrams on his marriage certificate. I found the original Russian/Hebrew marriage record for this woman, and her real name was Chaje Rabinowitch.
I have a great great grandmother who did come to this country, and she herself used the given names Minnie, Mollie, Mamie and Minnie in census records. Her Yiddish name was Michle. Her gravestone says Mollie. Her New York death certificate says Mamie. In a similar vein, a great grandmother of mine herself used the names Ruth, Sarah, Fannie and Louise Leapman in this country (!!!). Her children simply have 'Mother Leapman' on her gravestone. Find-a-grave lists her name as 'Unknown Leapman'. Her Yiddish name was Rochel Frieda, which is on her gravestone in Hebrew letters.
What I have found is that for women's given names in this country, there is a wide variety and it's not really clear to say which is correct or incorrect. I myself have had a difficult time explaining this to a second cousin who has a large family tree on Ancestry. 

Michele Lock

Lock/Lak/Lok and Kalon in Zagare/Joniskis, Lithuania
Olitsky in Alytus, Suwalki, Poland/Lithuania
Gutman/Goodman in Czestochowa, Poland
Lavine in Trenton, New Jersey and Lida/Minsk gub., Belarus

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

Andreas Schwab

On Wed, Nov 25, 2020 at 09:03 AM, Andreas Schwab wrote:
Correction: Würzburg State Archive: poststelle@...

Andrea Schwab, Montreal, Canada

Polish Jews in the Red Army during WW2 #poland

David Ellis

Hi there, 
Wondering if anyone can point me in the direction of more information on Polish Jews who fought for the Red Army/ Polish Armed Forces fighting with the Red Army during WW2.
My Grandfather was a Polish Jew from Dobromil. He joined the Red Army in June 1941 and then (I believe) retreats east to Kharkov in the USSR after the Red Army are defeated by the Nazis in 1941.
In Jan 1944, he then rejoins the Red Army in Moscow (the Polish Armed forces/ the People's Army of Poland in the Soviet Union) and finishes his duty in October 1945 in Germany.
I'm very keen to understand more about Polish Jews who did similar if anyone knows of any accounts?
Best, David Ellis

Re: Koloniya Galoche, Odes'Ka Oblast', Ukraine Information Wanted #bessarabia #ukraine

Alan Shuchat

A few years ago, I translated the 1875 revision list of males registered in the colony of Chornoy-Goloche, Chorna volost, Balta uezd, and living in the city of Balta. The translation hasn't been posted to JewishGen yet, but I see that there are several listings for Ulyanitskiy and will send them to you.

There is a KehilaLinks page for Goloche but it has no information, at .

There is a Wikipedia page for Galoche in Russian at
You can translate into English, easiest with Google Chrome, and see that Galoche now belongs to the Okny rayon of Odessa oblast. In the 2001 census it had only 3 people. You can find it on Google Maps under the name Halochi.
Alan Shuchat
Newton, MA

SHUKHAT (Talnoe, Simferopol, Sevastopol, Odessa, Balta (Abazovka), Pogrebishche)
VINOKUR (Talnoe), KURIS (Mogilev-Podolskiy, Ataki, Berdichev)
ZILBERMAN (Soroki, Kremenets), BIRNBAUM (Kamenets-Podolskiy)
KITAIGORODSKI (Zvenigorodka)

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


I believe that the city clerk filled out the application with the couple giving the information but in at least three cases I know of, the name of the mother is incorrect.  In two cases the groom gave their step-mother's name because they had been raised by her.
My father who left home very young and married late in life, used the clerk's first name because he could not remember his mother's name; therefore, I know that the clerk's name was Margaret.
Georgia Haken
ROSENBLATT, Wehrda, Germany, Savannah, Georgia.

Re: Research individuals in France #france



As excited as I felt on seeing (and translating) this post, it is probably not my great-uncle.  The occupation is very different, I know for certain that he was born in 1878 or 1879 (from two different sources), and this man was naturalized in 1927, by which time my relative had returned to the USSR.  And I'm pretty sure he never became a French citizen.

I think the best bet would be to find a record of his marriage, which could have been in France.  Also, he may have had a daughter named Lidia born in 1912.

Many thanks,

Ellen Morosoff Pemrick 
Saratoga County, NY


Re: Research individuals in France #france



On the Website of the archives départementales Meurthe-et-Moselle you can look at the censuslists (recensements de population).


Corinne Iten

Re: Koloniya Galoche, Odes'Ka Oblast', Ukraine Information Wanted #bessarabia #ukraine


Goloche was an agricultural Jewish colony in Balta Uyezd of Podolskaya guberniya , current 
You can find documents related to it in DAHMO - Khmelnitsky archive.
Some of them have been already digitized by Alex Krakovsky, for example 1875 male census for Balta uyezd have been digitized, and Goloche should be there.
If you are interested I have a list heads of families from Goloche as of the middle 1850th.. and you can contact me about it.

Constantine Reif

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