Help Please Deciphering Ellis Island Cursive Handwriting from 1909 #records #names #belarus

David Levine
Resend- Hi - on the Help deciphering old handwriting Ellis Island Records 1909
I am having trouble reading the old cursive handwriting. 
Can anyone read this clearly?
This is a New York Arrival List from Ellis Island New York 18 Oct 1909 for my great grandmother Ester Reise Samoschkin and my grandfather Judel
This gives her mother's place of birth but it is hard to read. 
I was told she was from Slutsk/Sluck
This looks like based on the person's handwriting that it could be "Slutzk" unless the first letter is an "R"
Here is the source and full scan on my Dropbox:
Many thanks!

Descendants of SCHLAMA/SHLOMO/SALOMON TEICHER #austria-czech #galicia #poland

Leah and Eli Teicher

I am looking for descendants of Shlama/Shlomo/Salomon TEICHER ,
who was born probably in Zaluce and died in Rudnik or Rudniki (near Zablotiv/Zablotow)


His parents were Chunna TEICHER and Gittle KRAMER, both  were parents of Chaim TEICHER (born 1880),
Aharon (born 1873 - ?) Hersch (born 1879 - ?) , Binyamin (1882-1887) and Nachman (1884-1887)/
Living in Kulaczkowce, Rudniki  and Zablotow.
Many Thanks,
Leah Teicher

Re: SCHWARZSCHILD family of Kassel Germany--fate of children? #germany #holocaust

Madeleine Isenberg

It looks like you have tried to research this a few years ago.  I will forward this to someone I know, Julia, who lives not far from Kassel and might be able to help.  I do not want to include her complete name and email here so as not to overwhelm her.
I hope she might be able to help you.
Madeleine Isenberg
Beverly Hills, CA
Researching: GOLDMAN, STEINER, LANGER, GLUECKSMAN, STOTTER in various parts of Galicia, Poland
(Nowy Targ, Nowy Sanz, Wachsmund, Dembno, Lapuszna, Krakow, Ochotnica) who migrated into Kezmarok or
nearby towns in northern Slovakia and Czech Republic (i.e., those who lived/had businesses in Moravska Ostrava);
GOLDSTEIN in Sena or Szina, Szkaros and Kosice, Slovakia; Tolcsva and Tokaj, Hungary.

Sharon E Siegel

Israel Rzezak Siegel March 15, 1905 leningrad, Russia or Lodz, Poland or Gleiwitz, German (also listed at times as 1901)

Anna Iglicki/Iglicka Rzezak Siegel March 10.1922 Lodz, Poland or Zdunska Wola, Poland


I will mark these as you located them in records. Thanks SO SO much, Sharon Siegel, Port Jervis, NY USA

Sharon E Siegel

Dear Krzysztof,


Thank you SO much for that information.  It is the most perfect direction to follow. I do not know how to write in Russian, but I will see if Google Translate might help. I will definitely do that.


I know that they were on N. Dvina River during the logging camp.


Here are additional notes I've been making in gathering research. I will add our vital information to this now.


I also know Izzy carried a photo of his first wife and two children all of his life.  It is missing.  I would so wish to find out what Rzezak and children were killed from Lodz who might be Izzy's wife and young son and daughter. They were married for more than ten years.


Thanks a million. This means so much to us. Sharon



1939? Nazi’s were invading their hometown, Lodz, Poland, where family lived.  Anna Iglicki (Iglicka)'s father (Rabbi Shlomo Iglicki) told her, run you are the youngest.  She ran with her sister-in-law (but she may have been a fiancé, not married yet)


Deported from Bialostocka (Bialystok district) early 1940 (park where she was with others who had gathered from her hometown), she was pushed into a cattle car


Took two months to get to open border, border into White Russia opened for ten minutes at time. Anna got through one of those times but the sisterinlaw did not. Anna was alone.


 (Israel and Anna: (from Bialystok Region to Abramkowo in Archangelsk oblast – 365 persons are listed as having been deported to this settlement, part of over 1 million Poles deported to the depths of the Soviet Union)


Abramkowa 7/13/1940, Samarkana 9/11/1941, Uzbecka, Archangielskiego

Got off train in Siberia, Archangielsk (Arkhangelsk Oblasts) surrounded by water, River Northern Dvina, There was a tea house where people were sipping opium.  There was a permanent settlement further upriver.  Israel and Anna’s Work Camp is Abrankowo in Archangelsk. #119 on map of camps.


Cousin (maybe Luba) maybe Zinzkabola


After Siberia:  by boat to other side of Asia (still Russia), off the boat in Ochkan, Tashkan big city full of typhus at the time, then Samarkan (farms)


Kresyfamily records show Israel and Anna were released in September 1941 and were heading to Samarkand in Uzbekistan.


 (Deportees were rleased following the agreement between Polish and Soviet governments in July 1941, so called “Amnesty”. They could choose were to go. 


Anna met Izzy while he was working at a bakery (probably Samarkand or Tashkent, her brother would go in there to get bread. Anna was working on a nearby farm.


Went back to Poland briefly, Izzy kept looking for his family,  They went by horse and buggy, m aybe in 1945?


Linzkabola, Germans were there, Luba came to see her there, Ann and Izzy lived there for a while when she was pregnant, there was still a curfew in affect, she worried if she went into labor who would help her.


Baby was born, a former grade school classmate then a doctor helped her, cried all the time, sought help possibly at large hospital in Vienna, or Austria, after baby died (at age 2-3 months of a mastoid in ear) she spent time in a sanatorium where it used to be Hitler’s former vacation home in the mountains, beautiful area in the mountains


Izzy was drafted to Polish then Russian Army, then taken to Siberian Work Camp.

Sincerely and best gratitude, Sharon Siegel

Re: Looking for Gussie Deutsch #usa

David Jacobowitz

Thank you all for the great suggestions. We now have a handle on Gussie's maiden name: Thirman or Thurman or Hurman from her daughter Thelma's marriage records.
We also got a couple of suggestions of when Daniel Deutsch passed. More research is needed.

David Jacobowitz
Researching JACOBOWITZ in (now) Slovakia
KREINIK near Sedziszow Malopolski, Poland
DANZIGER in Radom, Rawa and Warsaw, Poland

Re: Photo request from Mt. Carmel Cemetery #photographs

Bob Silverstein

Here you go.

I use findagrave extensively for my research.  Fathers' names have solved several problems.  I also add any missing information including the Hebrew name and then connect everyone.
Bob Silverstein
Elk Grove Village, IL

Researching Kaplan (Krynki, Poland) Tzipershteyn (Logishin, Pinsk, Belarus), Friedson/Fridzon (Motol, Cuba, Massachusetts), Israel and Goodman (Mishnitz, Warsaw, Manchester).

Zinaburg family of Leningrad #belarus #lithuania #russia #scandinavia

Seth Jacobson

Recently, I interpreted a postcard in Yiddish, posted from Petrograd (today's St. Petersburg, before that Leningrad) in Russia to my great-grandfather, who for a few years resided in Sweden. The postcard was sent a few weeks after the Russian revolution, in December 1917.

The addressee was my GGF Isaac Pawlowsky, temporarily staying with my grandparents' family in the northern town of Sundsvall in Sweden. The sender was M. Zinaburg of Petrograd; according to the contents I have reason to presume that he (or she) was related to my Lithuanian Pawlowsky family.

Any information of the Zinaburg family, who lived in Petrograd in 1917, will be much appreciated.

Seth Jacobson

Looking for my ggf’s family Abraham Feldman #usa

Len Weinstein

I am looking for any information on my great grandfather’s family. His name was Abraham Friedman, he was born in 1892 in dec 18 in Elizabeth NJ. to Anne Israel and Abraham Friedman. I’m guessing his dad died before he was born which is why he has the same name. Now this is where it becomes interesting; his birth certificate lists him as Fridman and we don’t know if this is a misspelling or not. He never spoke about his family to anyone that we know of. I know my grandfather - his son- never knew anything about them. But this seems to have been a thing with that generation as I also found out that he and my ggm also had a daughter that died a year before my grandfather was born. Here’s what I know:

born in 1892 in NJ Abraham Fridman. Married Jennie Goldfinger in 1915, - Friedman - daughter born 1916- Ruth died April 1917, Bennie Friedman born April 1918, Ben married Rose Hamberger and had Marsha and Elliott, Marsha Friedman married Karl Weinstein and had Leonard(me) and Mitchell 

I know nothing of Abrahams family or if he had any siblings and I can’t find anything online can anyone help?

thank you
Len Weinstein

Re: Cape Verde Jewish roots? #dna #sephardic

Michael Greenfield

Hello David,

DNA results work as well as they do for Ashkenazim because this group appears to have
passed through a genetic bottleneck at its founding, approx. 1100 years ago, probably
somewhere in northeast France.  That is, Ashkenazim bear an unmistakable genetic
signature.  Similar events are not well identified in the general Sephardic population, and I
suspect that DNA would not be helpful.  An exception would be kohen or levite ancestry and
markers in the y chromosome, but these would have had to be maintained through an unbroken
male lineage over 5 centuries.  Somewhat unlikely.  If written history, e.g. baptismal certificates, is
available, that might be a lead, particularly if one could establish a link to known
converso families (16th century).  Unlike Ashkenazim, Sephardim had family names extending
back many, many centuries.      Michael Greenfield       Tours, FR

Krzysztof Witaszek

Finally I've found Abramkowo on the map and on the list.
Coordinates for this place are.
62.08625389606497, 45.09560011268705
It is situated by the river Dwina. So it is likely that Anna traveled also by this river.  
This spec-village was intended only for the Jews. In 1941 there were 350 of them.
The closest river stop for the boats was Jagrysz (10 km away). The closest municipality (Sielsowiet) was Fedkow (10 km). The closest train station was Kotlas (150 km away).
This spec-village was the only one in the region that was not assigned to the forest industry, but to the river transportation (SURP). 
The map shows the spec- villages in Archangielsk Oblast.
White squares show the villages for the Jews and the dark squares for the Poles and others.
Krzysztof Witaszek

Re: Photo request from Mt. Carmel Cemetery #photographs


Thanks to everyone who replied with offers of help.  The headstone was available on the JewishData site, and a couple of members sent it to it me. Alas this is not my great uncle.

Best regards,

David Stern

Re: Samuel Unger Family from Bielsko-Biala and Kamesznica, Zywiec, Poland #poland #galicia

Joyce Eastman

I want to thank everyone for their input regarding the family of Samuel Unger as it might relate to my Rufeisen family; and to Stanley Diamond, Executive Director of JRI-Poland for the information regarding the current data entry of records from the Polish State Archives as well as the Bielsko-Biala Civil Records Office for the Bielsko-Biala area regarding birth, marriage and death records.  I look forward to reviewing these records once the data entry is completed.

I should note that I did hire Jacek Proszyk years ago to do research for me regarding my Rufeisen and Scheier families from the Bielsko-Biala area.  He was quite helpful and also provided me with a copy of his book, although there was no CD with the English translation at that time.  In any case, he pointed out the pages in the book that referenced my families and I was able to glean information from that to confirm the information he had provided to me.

Joyce Eastman
Orange City, FL USA

Researching: RUFEISEN/SCHEIER/ROBINSOHN - Biala/Sucha/Zywiec/Szare, Poland and Israel

Looking for Dora nee Grossman and George Cohen's Family in Lefrak City, NY #usa #records

Sharon Ann Dror

Looking for Dora nee Grossman and George Cohen of Lefrak City, Queens, NY
Dora and George both died after 1980 but don’t have details of when and where. Looking for their tombstones. No one in our family has contacts with their 3 sons. 3 sons have no children to our knowledge.
Dora nee Grossman Cohen - March 11, 1911 Manhattan, NY

George Cohen - September 6, 1910 Manhattan, NY

They got married on March 20, 1935 Brooklyn, NY
Three sons:

They lived in Lefrak City, Queens, NY. 

Kenneth Cohen - April 1, 1948 - went into the air force during Vietnam, worked as a photographer - married to Elaine Carol Auerbach on July 10, 1983 Manhattan, NY Elaine was born on December 4, 1945 Brooklyn, NY

Jerome Cohen - February 25, 1939 - lived in Arizona - married several times - no info

Robert Cohen - June 15, 1945 - went into the army
Dora’s parents: Ida nee Poritz and Sol Grossman are buried at Beth David Cemetery, Elmont, Queens, NY . Sol’s family name was Klein. He is the only child that changed to Grossman. His siblings are Esther Klein Efland Luttenger, Nathan Klein, Zelda Klein Rosenberg, and Jennie Genedel Klein Sockoloff.
Dora’s 7 siblings: Edward Jack Grossman, Louis Grossman, Bella Berger Newman, Rose Rudnick, Benjamin Grossman, Rebecca Kassenoff and Max Grossman. 
I don’t have any info on George Cohen’s family. 
p.s. there is another Elaine Carol Auerbach who is married to Kenneth Cohen in New York City - it is the wrong family. 
Thank you so much!
Sharon Ann Dror

Samuel Unger Family from Bielsko-Biala and Kamesznica, Zywiec, Poland #poland #galicia

Stanley Diamond

Although the status is not mentioned in the Bielsko-Biala Your Town page on
the JRI-Poland web site, there is news to share with researchers for this town.
JRI-Poland has scanned all the surviving Bielsko & Biala birth, marriage and
death records in the Bielsko-Biala branch of the Polish State Archives as well
as those years not covered by Polish privacy in the Bielsko-Biala Civil Records
Data entry for these records is currently underway.  For more information, write
Stanley Diamond, M.S.M.  (Montreal)
Executive Director, Jewish Records Indexing - Poland, Inc.

Re: Samuel Unger Family from Bielsko-Biala and Kamesznica, Zywiec, Poland #poland #galicia
From: Sam G.
Date: Sat, 28 Nov 2020 14:40:13 EST
Highly recommend Jacek Proszyk as a resource.   He was able to dig up my grandfather's 1894 school records from the Skotschau Volksschule.
-Amnon Gronner, USA

Re: DNA testing #dna

Sarah L Meyer

They seem fine, but each company has its own reference populations and own algorithms.  For a while FTDNA had me with a small percentage of North American.  They have since removed it and I am back at 100% AJ.  The trace percentages are often just noise REGARDLESS of the company.  All of the companies use a least squares technique.  The fit the biggest piece and remove that data then they fit the next biggest etc.  By the time that you are down to the trace regions there is not much data left to fit and wild results may occur.
Sarah L Meyer
Georgetown TX
BIRGARDOVSKY, EDELBERG, HITE (CHAIT), PERCHIK Russia (southern Ukraine) and some Latvia or Lithuania

Re: Balti vs Balta... what is connection #bessarabia #ukraine


In Romanian baltă is a Lake or Swamp. balti is the plural.  Balta in Podolia was Russian from ca 1800 except 1941-44 when administered by Romania as part of Transnistria. Also from 1924 to 1929 was the capital of the Moldovan Republic. Balti is in Bessarabia and was part of Romanian Moldova Principality to  1812 and from 1918 to 1940, 1941-1944.

Luc Radu
Great Neck, NY

Re: Atlantic City, New Jersey - Looking for Ann and Bertha Friedman #records #usa #events

Elizabeth Handler

My husband is from Ventnor City, just south of Atlantic City and I've done a bit of research there. There are a few city directories for Atlantic City on in their U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995 (1935, 1938, 1941, 1946, 1950, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1957).
The Atlantic City Free Public Library ( has past issues of the Atlantic City Press on microfilm which I don't believe is digitized online anywhere. Perhaps you can reach out to the library and see if someone there can help you. Also, according to their website, they have additional city directories.
Could they have been buried in Philadelphia? I know my husband's extended family had and continues to have many relatives in Philly and there are quite a few Jewish cemeteries there.
Best of luck!
Elizabeth Handler
Needham, MA

Updates Portland, Oregon's KehilaLinks Page #announcements #jgs-iajgs #usa

Linda Kelley

Portland, Oregon, USA has its own KehilaLinks page!
KehilaLinks pages are for any communities that have a Jewish population.
Please visit!
To view it, use your browser to go to [There is no need to log in.]
Click on Research>KehilaLinks>Americas>Portland, OR.
This is an ongoing project, so visit periodically to see the additions.
There is an email address on the page, if you have any material to contribute.
Thank you!
Linda Kelley
Jewish Genealogical Society of Oregon
Portland, OR, USA

Cape Verde Jewish roots? #dna #sephardic



My son's partner is from Cape Verde.  She believes that her family has Jewish ancestors, and the presence of Jews in Cape Verde is well documented.  My questions is whether DNA tests could help her determine this.  My own family is Askenazi, and the DNA results from Ancestry are sound, but I don't know anything about the results for Sephardi Jewish roots.  Any advice would be welcome.

Many thanks.

David Stern

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