Reliable researcher for NY #usa


Can anyone suggest a reliable researcher for NY public records 1880 to 1920?


Anthony Rabin
London, England

Re: Kogan/Kagan #ukraine

Shlomo Katz

One reason people changed names was to avoid the draft. I have a friend named Katz, which is usually a Kohen-name (as it is in my case), but he is not a Kohen. Their tradition is that an ancestor was "adopted" by a childless woman so that as an "only son" he would not be drafted. I have no idea if this is true, but it is their family lore.

Shlomo Katz
Silver Spring MD




Please, can you help me to find informations about my grandoncle Aron GELFAND born in Minsk or Bobruisk around 1880.
He was doctor in Saint Petersbourg before Shoah.
His father was Efroïm GELFAND born 1851 (Bobruisk) and died 13.9.1935 in Lodz (Poland) and mother Szula SYRKIN born in 1857 (Minsk) and died in 1.9.1918 in Lodz (Poland).
I think he was married and had 4 daughters but not sure.

does someone know if is a business register or census in Saint Petersbourg ?

Thank you for helping me.

Best regards. 


USHMM Launches Online Program on Iran's Connection of Jews Who Escaped the Holocaust #usa #announcements #holocaust #poland #russia

Jan Meisels Allen


Starting Tuesday December 8, 2020 the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) , in partnership with the Chautauqua Institution will present an online program on Iran’s connection to Jews who escaped the Holocaust.  This is a two-part online event entitled, “The Tehran Children: Iran’s Unexpected & Suppressed Connection to the Holocaust”. This was inspired by the 2019 memoir  Tehran Children:  A Holocaust refugee by Mikhal Dekal.


The memoir tells the story of over a million Polish Jews who fled the Nazis during the Holocaust into the Soviet Union – specifically focusing on the nearly 1,000 children who were sent to Iran. The author's father, Hannan Teitel, was one of these children.


The event is part of The Sardari Project: Iran and the Holocaust, the result of a collaboration between the USHMM and the Persian-language website: This website is also in Farsi.


The series will feature 13 articles and nine videos. In addition to the IranWire’ Facebook ( and Twitter ( channels it is available at the


At  There is also a 7 minute video about the program


To read more see:


The USHMM release may be accessed at:


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee



Female name MIZREKHTSCH #hungary #names #slovakia

Hilary Osofsky

Despite having conferred conventional Hebrew names upon three of his daughters - Chava (Chawa?), Hendel, and Yehidis -  my great-grandfather's brother named one of his daughters what I'm told is a highly unusual, unfamiliar name: MIZREKHTSCH or MIZRAKHETSH, apparently meaning "daughter or the East." Please see photo, attached.

Although we do not know my great-great-grandparents' place of origin, my g-grandfather and his siblings were born in Vychodna, in the Zilina Region of Northern Slovakia, where the family principally lived. My great-granduncle's wife was born in Szent Marton, Martin District of Zilina; however, they principally settled in Turany, also in the Martin District. The daughter in question was born in Turany in 1881. 

I was unable to locate the name  Mizrekhtsch (or its variation) either in the JewishGen Given Names Database or on Google and am wondering whether anyone has ever encountered this name before or might have any explanation, or better translation, for the name.

Thank you for any input you might provide.

Hilary Stein Osofsky
Orinda, CA

SLOVAKIA: STEIN - Vychodna, Turany, Kral'ova Lehota, Liptovsky Hradok; NUERNBERGER - Zalesie, Hagy, Vysne Ruzbachy, Podolinec, WOLF - Moravia, Huncovce, Jelsava, Revuca, Nizne Ruzbachy, Vysne Ruzbachy, Sulin, Kral'ova Lehota, and environs
POLAND: GUTTMAN - Grywałd, Nowy Targ County, Lesser Poland Voivodeship 
LITHUANIA > ENGLAND: IDELS / IDELOVICH / EDELSON - Zemaiciu Naumiestis, Kvedarna, Manchester


Marvin Turkanis

My TURKANIS family emigrated from Zvhil, and in the Zvhil Novograd-Volynskiy Yizkor book a student named TURKANOVSKI in nearby Zshitomir headed up an armed troop.


Marvin Turkanis

Looking for Peter Robinson in Israel #israel


My high school class reunion committee is trying to find contact information on our high school classmate Peter Robinson.  I don’t have much to go on other than his name and that he graduated from Liberty High School, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania in 1965.  He also received a scholarship in 1965 from the Young Judea Study Program in Israel.  I believe he studied in Israel and then remained there until the present time.  According to the Class Reunion list, he was living in Israel in 2019.

Any assistance you can provide will be greatly appreciated.

Thank you.

      Andre Dominguez (andre@prolog,net)


ViewMate translation request - Russian #translation

Our Jewish Family History Research

Hello all:
I have posted a marriage record which is in Russian for which I need a translation of pertinent details please.

 It is on ViewMate at the following address ...
Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page.
Many thanks in advance.
Jacqueline GRUSZECKI
WAGOWSKI/WAGOWSKY/WAGOWSKA and extended families from Łodz and other areas.
GRUSZECKI/GRUSZECKA and extended families from Warszawa, possibly Kotłówka & Żelechów
and other areas.

Re: Headstone Translation #translation

sharon yampell

Hi Phillipe,


I am just curious about your last name… what is it’s origin?  My paternal grandmother’s maiden name was Wolowitz, which came from Volovich.  My family came from both the Chernigov and Poltava regions of the Ukraine.  I am curious to see if we somewhere have a connection.


Sharon F. Yampell

Voorhees, NJ

Researcher 128890


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From: philippe.volvovic@...
Sent: Sunday, December 6, 2020 8:53 AM
To: main@...
Subject: Re: [] Headstone Translation #translation


One small correction, the name is Yom Tov Lipa son of Moshe.


Philippe Volvovic


Re: Using geneanet #france

Phil Karlin

I tried it for a bit, but for my purposes it didn't add any value. They may have French records that Ancestry or MyHeritage don't.
I also just logged in with my free membership for a quick look. You can do searches and it will tell you what features need a premium membership. If you want it, it's only $12.50 for 3 months.
It seems many users are European, so if you like to look at other people's trees to get ideas, you'll have a different perspective.
Phil Karlin
Hartford, CT USA

Help please with Jewish Family research in Turkey #names

Trish Lane

Has anyone had any luck with searching Jewish family history in Turkey in Constantinople.  I have been trying for years and have visited twice briefly.  I have written to the Grand Rabbi several times, to the Ashkenazi community, to Daniel Kazez, have paid a worker in the Archives when I was there, all to no avail. The records have either been destroyed or there are no records or perhaps I don't have enough information.  The script and language has changed as well. I understand my grandfather, his mother and 2 sisters were all born in Konstantinopel and the Rosenstein or Rattner family had a business there.
I would be so grateful for any suggestions.
Best Wishes,
Patricia Lane

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Re: Kogan/Kagan #ukraine


Why should a young man in (today) Ukraine at the beggining of XX century change his surname to Kogan/Kohan? What were the reasons? 
It's no matter for me if my GF was really from a Cohen's line - just why he should did it?
And how is possible to continue with a genealogical research backward knowing that possibility?

Cesar Yeudkin

YEUDKIN/YUDKIN, SCHEIMAN from Gomel in Belarus

Re: Headstone Translation #translation

Ida & Joseph Schwarcz

Yom Tov Lipmann Heller d. 1654, was a famous Bohemian scholar and rabbi. His
name may indicate descent,

Dr. Ida Selavan Schwarcz

Nezhin Jewish Community Meetings - Names of Attendees #ukraine

Lara Diamond

The Nezhin Jewish Community had a series of meetings in the mid-1880s.
Here is an English-language list of all of the attendees (thanks to Dr
Bert Lazerow) plus the original document, with some attendee

Lara Diamond
Baltimore, MD

An Updated Index of Jewish Surnames in Cairo #names #sephardic

Abuwasta Abuwasta


I am delighted to inform you that I just updated the “Index of Cairo Surnames” which I published at

the end of last year. It contains 1,854 surnames compared to1,689 in the last one. However, the

following 11 surnames came in after the index went to print: Becker, Lobelson, Falksohn, Cohn,


Schlimovitz, Cohn-Galatz, Helal, Halala-Cohen, Frank, Eni, Grabavetzky.  Nevertheless, it is not a


complete list and I am sure that there are more to be unearthed. This is the link:

Please go slowly through the list because the surname you are looking for may be spelled in a

 different way you are acquainted with. Please, let me know

if you find mistakes or you know a surname which is not on the list. Thanks.

Jacob Rosen


place in Teleneshty Yizkor book #yizkorbooks

Dale Melanie

  Where might Sokolitshen be?  Translation in book: Peretz Gruman, Idis Gruman, Shmuel Gruman, Bracha Gruman. who were killed by the Nazi murderers in the town of Sokolitshen in 1942. 
Dale Pastor 
Bessarabia SIG, Researcher 67010
Researching LACHTER and BERENSTEIN in Kamenka, Moldova

Translation request. #warsaw #poland #translation


Hello. Can someone help me translate? 
Thank you for all your help. best regards
Dariusz Czaplicki.

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Looking for information on the Joseph Targosz family #poland

Bev Reynolds <bevandjohn.reynolds@...>

I am trying to trace any information on the Targosz family. All that is known is, Joseph Reuben and Francesca Targosz had a farm approx. 10 miles from Auschwitz. They had a son Erwin Bernard, born 20.5.1921, who also used the surname Bryl either in Poland or when he came to Britain.

It has been assumed by the family, that relatives were sent to Auschwitz. I have checked the list of victims of the Holocaust but could not find the family.

Is there a land registry in Poland that could be used to trace the exact area of the farm or any information that could point me in the right direct to finding the family would be greatly appreciated,

Beverley Reynolds


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Re: Alien Registration Document #ukraine #galicia #records

Sherri Bobish


Your grandmother may have married a U.S. citizen, or a man who who naturalized, or became naturalized during their marriage by 1922. The law changed in regards to women at that time.

An article written by Marian L. Smith may be of interest.

Search for your grandfather's naturalization papers, and the timing of that will answer your question.  If grandmother was naturalized under grandfather's nat papers than there would be no alien registration record for her.  I assume you are referring to the WW11 era alien reg. records.

Sherri Bobish

Recording of JewishGen Talks Webinars for future viewing #JewishGenUpdates

Phil Goldfarb

For those of you who cannot attend live the Webinar of Dr. Alexander Beider this coming week or wish to listen to any past JewishGen Talks program, please note that recordings of all past, current, and future webinars will immediately be available on the JewishGen Facebook page:
The recordings are also posted to the JewishGen YouTube Channel within several days after the presentation:

Thank you
Phil Goldfarb
President, JGS of Tulsa
Lead Moderator, JewishGen Discussion Group

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