Hebrew Translation on Headstone for Isidore and Jennie Lite #translation

Bob Thompson

Dear Members:
I would appreciate someone translating the Hebrew and the explain the symbols on the headstone of my grandfather and grandmother Isidore and Jennie Lite?   Thank you in advance.
Bob Thompson
Elk Grove, California

Gravestone translations-Hebrew-Potok Zloty #translation

Milton Koch

I have posted several photographs of gravestones from the cemetery in Potok Zloty (now Zolotyi Potik-Ukraine).
They can be found at the following addresses in ViewMate:
Please respond via the form provided in the ViewMate image page.
Thank you very much.
Milton Koch

Re: Trouble finding relatives in Ellis Island Passenger Lists #records #names

Adelle Gloger

My late mother-in-law said that when she, 2 older brothers and father entered the USA around 1909  the name was HAMSHANSKY. That was the name she indicated on her naturalization papers was the name she entered the country with.  In the 1910 US Census they were listed as Hamshansky.  I could never find anything with that name.
I started saying the name with a heavy accent -- they were from Zlatapol. Finally, I found them and 2 older sisters, who had arrived earlier, on different passenger lists as Chramzenke / Chramzanka. must be creative and think outside the box.  Next mystery was on the 1920 US Census the name was then ORCHEN.  Go figure.
Adelle Weintraub Gloger
Cleveland, Ohio

Viewmate request - Hebrew phrase on tombstone #translation

Debbie Bloch

I've posted a photo of my great-grandmother's tombstone on ViewMate.
I can read her name and date of death but was wondering about the 2 word phrase on the 2nd last line - has anyone seen that before or know what it means?
The photo can be viewed on ViewMate at the following address:
Thank you for any help you can give!
Debbie Bloch (Beckman)
Melbourne, Australia

Help with Brick Wall -- tracing Isaac Greenblat #russia #poland

Brian Blitz

I have been trying to trace the origins of my great-great-grandfather, Isaac GREENBLAT, but with little success, and would appreciate any help or pointers that anyone could give me.  What I know is that he was born on May 16 1860 (according to his gravestone), most likely in Russian Poland (Congress Poland) and died on October 19, 1906 in New York.  He came to the US around 1883 (per 1900 US census, although 1905 NY census has his arrival in 1885).  The birth certificates for two of his children list his birthplace as Russia Poland, which is where I infer Congress Poland.  Otherwise, his naturalization papers, death certificate, other children's birth certificates, 1900 census and 1905 census  list his birthplace/former citizenship as Russia/Emperor of Russia, but do not provide more details.  On one child's birth certificate, he was listed as Abraham Greenblat.

According to his New York death certificate, Isaac's parents were Adolf and Bertha Greenblat.  Isaac's father's name is not on his gravestone.  No one in my family knows much about him, including his living grandchildren, other than that he was a tailor.

I have not been able to locate a marriage certificate or immigration records for Isaac and his wife Amelia (Malka Sheindel) Langer (born in Krakow, died in NY in 1940).  Based on their census records, they were married before they came to the US, but I have no further proof.  

I'd appreciate any help in finding Isaac's birthplace, brothers/sisters (if any), immigration manifest, etc.   Ideas, places to look, etc. are all much appreciated!

I did find a record for an Abram Icek Grinblat, born in 1860 in Lubin to Jankel and Feiga Rochma ( but I have no idea if that is the same person.

Thank you very much.
Brian Blitz

A New Database on Jewish Collections Looted by the Nazis #announcements #holocaust

Jan Meisels Allen


The Jewish Digital Cultural Recovery Project (JDCRP) plans to provide a comprehensive registry of all Jewish collections looted by the Nazi.,  They are beginning with a pilot project on Old Masters seized by the Nazis, which was owned by Adolphe Schloss.  Schloss had a collection of Old Dutch Masters seized by the Gestapo from a French chateau- but one-third of the collection is still missing.


The Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany and the Commission for Art Recovery initiated the Jewish Digital Cultural Recovery Project. They received   €490,000 from the European Union’s Creative Europe program. In addition to listing both missing and recovered art, it will explore the looting networks and the trade and digitize thousands of documents and photographs from archives.


While there are other databases on looted art, the JDCRP is different as it takes Jewish collections  as its starting-point and using an event-based approach to trace the route the objects took.


The project plans to have an initial mock-up online at the end of June 2021.

To see more go to:


The website is in English, French and German


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


Re: Brooklyn Roumanian-American Congregation First Beth Tphilah (224-228 Hopkins St. Brooklyn) #usa


On Mon, Nov 30, 2020 at 05:11 PM, Steve Herberman wrote:
My grandparents lived in the same area of Brooklyn and also came from Romania (Maramures section). I know my grandfather went to shul everyday and I believe that may also have been the synagogue that he went to. Anything you find out, I would be very interested in.
Melanie Harris
Fairview Village, PA USA

Jewish Genealogy Society of Colorado presents: Culture and Jewish Identity in Freud's Vienna #events #jgs-iajgs

Ellen Beller

Speaker: Dr. Julie Lieber 

 Culture and Jewish Identity in Freud's Vienna 
Tuesday, December 8, 2020 

4:00 PM to 6:00 PM Program / Mountain Time
On Zoom • No charge


Turn of the Century Vienna was a place of remarkable cultural and intellectual creativity. Jews such as Freud, Shnitzler, and Schoenberg, to name just a few, were central figures and often the trailblazers in many of the new cultural movements of the time.  How might we understand the disproportionate involvement of Jews in the cultural avant-garde of the turn of the century Vienna? More broadly, we will interrogate the long-standing relationship between Jewish identity and cultural innovation. What can the history of Jewish Vienna tell us about the ways in which Jews of different generations choose to understand and express their Jewish identity?  


Dr. Lieber is a Jewish educator with many years of experience in both academic and community-based settings. She currently serves as the Chief Jewish Life and Engagement Officer at JewishColorado. After receiving her Ph.D. in European history with a focus on Jewish women, gender, and sexuality, Julie moved to Colorado, where she was a professor of Jewish Studies for many years. In addition to her work with Kevah, Julie has taught for the Wexner Heritage Program, the Melton program, the Colorado Agency for Jewish Education and is a frequent guest lecturer throughout the Denver Jewish community and beyond. Previously, Julie lived on the East Coast where she was a founding board member of the partnership minyan Darkhei Noam and studied and taught classes at the Drisha Institute for Women.


Register Here:

Ellen Beller

Re: Jewish man as Mayor of shtetl Teofipol Imperial Russia #russia #general


I have a friend who is a Holocaust survivor.  His father was mayor of their town, though it was in Germany. 
Barbara Sloan
Conway, SC

Ancestry Hit With Litigation Over Yearbooks in California #usa #announcements #records

Jan Meisels Allen


Ancestry includes many U.S. school yearbooks in their database. On December 1, 2020 in California, my home state, a lawsuit was filed in San Francisco – a proposed class action lawsuit, alleging Ancestry amassed photographs, names, likenesses and identities without permission to sell subscription access to the information and advertise Ancestry services and products. 


The plaintiffs include California residents who are not Ancestry subscribers, have not donated a yearbook to the company and whose data were uploaded by Ancestry into the yearbook database—“U.S. School Yearbooks, 19090-1999”.  The database has about 730 million individual records including 60 million records from schools and universities in California.


The lawsuit, filed against Inc, Operations Inc and LLC, alleges violations of the California's publicity rights statute and unfair competition law, intrusion upon seclusion and unjust enrichment.


The case is Callahan et al v. Inc. et al, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, No. 3:20-cv-08437


At the time of this posting there is nothing on the Ancestry website regarding the litigation.


To read more see:


Thank you to Judy Russell, The Legal Genealogist for informing us about this litigation. To read her blog post on this see:


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee




Long time lost contact Canadian woman born 1972. Lived in japan 1993 #canada

Zalman schwartz

Hi everybody I am trying to relocate contact with long time lost assumed relative.
I have some details that are mainly circumstances and physical description of her.
unfortunately no last name available.
does anyone can help me which will be the best way to search?
do you know investigators that can be hired for that mission?
please let me know.
Zalman Schwartz
Los Angeles CA.

Re: "Researchers" submitting Yad Vashem Pages of Testimony #holocaust #israel

Sam G.

Thank you for bringing up what appears to be a  flaw in Yad Vashem's testimony collection protocols. 
-Amnon Gronner, USA

"Researchers" submitting Yad Vashem Pages of Testimony #holocaust #israel

J Antrich

Hello all!
Sorry – I don’t see a ‘reply’ button on my daily summary, so can’t reply there.
Re "Researchers" submitting Yad Vashem Pages of Testimony
This is appalling if it’s correct – almost unbelieveable that anyone can contribute information to Yad Vashem without submitting evidence and without moderation. Even if done so in good faith. Just as importantly - What a blow to real researchers and historians, if they can’t trust the Yad Vashem website. And what a gift to Holocaust deniers.
Jeremy Antrich

Re: Naturalization Records #usa #records


Thanks to all for their help.  From these suggestions and others that were sent privately, I have gotten his papers and learned a lot that I hadn't known before. 

With much appreciation for the efforts of the Jewish Gen community,
Mark Weinberg

Re: Town Finder Question #holocaust

Alexander Sharon

There two entries for Bulowice, Poland in JGFF database

Surname Town Country Last Updated Researcher (JGID Code)
Silbiger Bulowice Poland 5 Nov 2013 Click HERE to contact Researcher #101933

Last logged in: March 2014
Storc Bulowice Poland 4 Feb 2019 Click HERE to contact Anna Katarzyna Zareba (#819033)

Last logged in: February 2019

During 1921 Poland's census town had 2,463 residents, including 16 Jewish souls.

Alexander Sharon
JGFF coordinator

Re: Naturalization Records #usa #records

Sarah L Meyer

Many Brooklyn naturalization papers are online at and possibly at  BTW if you are not an Ancestry subscriber, and your local library has a library edition subscription, you can access it at home via your library card through the end of March.
Sarah L Meyer
Georgetown TX
BIRGARDOVSKY, EDELBERG, HITE (CHAIT), PERCHIK Russia (southern Ukraine) and some Latvia or Lithuania

Research In Luxemburg #holocaust


 My great aunt Keila Bespaloff and her husband Aron Margolin had been living in Luxemburg since 1927. They were sent to Theresienstadt in sept 42 and were murdered in Treblinka in October as stated in the Yad Vashem database. Their daughter luba died earlier in the 5 fountains ghetto in march of 42. How does one do to search the archives in Luxemburg and obtain information about them and their fate beyond what is listed at either YADVASHEM or Theresienstadt

Catherine JUROVSKY


Re: Naturalization Records #usa #records

Gary Pokrassa

Mark - these records are indeed available on Family Search, just not indexed and under records.   If you search in catalog, then under place type in "United States" and hit enter, scroll down to the 4th page where you will find:  United States - Naturalization and citizenship ( 73 )       -- you will find:

Author: United States. District Court (New York : Eastern District); United States. National Archives and Records Administration. Northeast Region

hit enter and armed with your petition number from the index you will be able to locate your record using trial and error looking at the petition numbers 

This is also available for US Southern District Court records
Gary Pokrassa
Data Acquisition Director
Ukraine Research Division

looking for BENNO ZEIGER family #austria-czech #israel

Lynn Weisberg

Searching for any family members of BENNO ZEIGER son of Leopold Zeiger, and sibling of Ludwig, Lotte and Walter. Born in Vienna, Austria and possibly moving to Israel during WWII.
Lynn Weisberg
Baltimore, Maryland

Re: Requesting gravestone photos Trumpeldor Cemetery, Tel Aviv-Yafo #israel

Beth Erez

Miriam is correct.  If you send the names of the people, I am sure one of us could provide you the Hebrew spelling or even look it up for you.

Hod Hasharon

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