Re: Searching OGONTZ-OGINZ, Massachusetts, USA #usa


The gravestone photos for Martha and for Isaac can be found JOWBR.

David Rosen
Boston, MA

On 12/9/2020 11:23 AM, R Jaffer wrote:
Many of the small, old cemeteries are now managed by the Jewish Cemetery Association of Massachusetts, JCAM, which has a searchable database. I have learned that you must search multiple variations for a name if you find no matches the first time. Below is what I have found. In this case, the photo means the grave is unmarked. I live about 20 minutes from this cemetery and will be happy to obtain photos for the other two on a warmish day.
Roberta Jaffer
Photo Last Name First Name Cemetery Street City Date of Death
Oginz Morris Roxbury Lodge Baker Street West Roxbury 04/18/1940
  Oginz Martha Anshei Libavitz C Street Woburn 04/29/1947
  Oginz Isaac Anshei Libavitz C Street Woburn 06/24/1975

Re: Expedited Death Certificate Order from Albany, NY #usa

Sherri Bobish


If you know the city or town in which the certificate is filed than you may get a quicker response by applying directly there, rather than applying through Albany.  This page may be helpful:

To find where to apply for a vital record from a specific city or town in NY Google:
"name of city or town" ny "vital records"

This applies to vital records outside of the five boro's of NYC, which holds its vital records separately from NY State.


Sherri Bobish

Re: Wolf Garfunkel #usa #poland #galicia

Sherri Bobish

Hi Debbie,

If you search at:
for surname GARFUNKEL, in the region of Lwow, you will find records for Rzeszow. 

I spotted several records of births to parents Wolf GARFUNKEL and Sime GRÌNBAUM.

If you search you will find those, and you may find other records relevant to your family.

Good luck in your search,

Sherri Bobish

Re: Help locating a cemetery in Russia #russia #photographs


I found one place in Russia, in Smolensk region.  



Smolensk Oblast



What you are looking in particular?
I can help with translation.

Michael Ryabinky
Columbus, OH

Re: Help in figuring out a name #names

Rodney Eisfelder

I read it as Bechel Teitler, but it is on line 5.
It is much easier to read at

I hope this helps,

Rodney Eisfelder
Melbourne, Australia

Polish Greeting on Child's Photo - ViewMate Request #poland #translation

Yaron Wolfsthal

Dear Group,

This 1930 wording on a child's photo seems to be a short (seasonal ?) greetings in Polish.

I'd appreciate help transcribing this greeting:

Thank you!        Yaron Wolfsthal, Israel

An 1884 Name Story - ViewMate Request #poland #translation

Yaron Wolfsthal

Dear Group,

I've been studying an official record from 1884, where a relative called "Feige" was said to actually be "Fani".

Some of the words in the record are are to transcribe, and I'd appreciate help with them (marked red here) ---

Thank you !    Yaron Wolfsthal, Israel

Latvian Chanukah Present - Day 1 #latvia

Nancy Siegel

Throughout Chanukah we will be posting “presents” from Ann Rabinowitz — a series of articles focused on Latvia but of general interest to Jewish genealogy researchers. Ann has written extensively about Jewish genealogy.

A Chronology of Events in Latvia, 1920-1923
by Ann Rabinowitz 

In memory of my great uncle Max Hillman, who was born in Bauska, Latvia, and who started me on my genealogical research, which is so long ago now, I am posting a piece about Latvia every day throughout Chanukah. The posts will be about people, events, and daily life.

Today, I will begin with a chronology for the period of 1920 – 1923, which is based on articles that appeared on the Historical JewishPress website in Israel.


To read this article, go to the JewishGen Blog by clicking the link below or by clicking the Blog link under the “About Us” tab on the JewishGen Website
. These Chanukah articles will be posted to the Features section of the Blog.

Happy Chanukah!



Nancy Siegel
Director of Communications
(San Francisco, California)

Re: Romanian Birth records #romania #records

michele shari

Hi Rebecca,
My family is also from Maramures. I found a lot of information on birth dates and other info (although not the actual records) on the Arolson Archives, which would help if he was in the Holocaust. I also heard that Jewishgen still has records that are being transcribed. I wonder if the privacy laws apply to these records?
Michele Farkas
Boynton Beach, FL
researching (Romania/Maramures) Stauber, Teszler, Hershtik, Fischman, Ganz, Malek, (Hungary/Transylvania) Farkas, Izsak, Rosenfeld, Weiszhausz

#general #usa #general #usa

Murray Sperber

February 23, 1921 my grandparents with their four adult children arrived at Ellis Island.  On the manifest, in the far left column, is "SI", Special Inquiry.  Spread over columns 4-7, next to my grandparents' names, and one of their children, is "Hold Med".
In the "Record of Aliens Held for Special Inquiry" after only my grandfather's name is "LP C" (Aliens likely to become public charges) as well as four other codes I cannot make out.
Under the "Actions of the Boards of Special Inquiry" below the subhead of "Admitted" the date is 3/5" "Page 69".  Under the headings "Breakfast" and Dinner" is the number six (6).
Does this indicate they were held at Ellis Island from February 23 until March 5?  If so does the "6" in the meal column mean that they only had six meals for the ten days they were held?
If anyone can help me understand this I would be most grateful.
Murray S. Sperber
Los Angeles, CA

Re: tens of thousands members "family trees" in Ancestry #announcements #general #education


I have had some success with finding family members, but my frustration is that the view of a family group is isolated and there is
no way to connect the family laterally to other names in the tree.  I have talked to Ancestry about this and they do not have any capability
of doing this.  The owners of the tree have no idea (they never reply.)
Does anyone have a way of figuring this out?

Jane Emanuel
Lafayette, CA

Re: tens of thousands members "family trees" in Ancestry #announcements #general #education

Sharona Zaret

Many people copy other trees that pop up as hints which is why they have so many names in their tree to begin with. In the beginning of my own research  a decade ago I was guilty but didn't take long for me to realize what I was doing wrong. Most of these are inexperienced in researching. I have experienced others copying my tree as well and mixing up parents also such as what two have said here. I keep mine private also. Unfortunately all are entitled to search however they want and no one is restricted on what is found. Ancestry does give a hint of a question mark if records and dates don't exactly match I have noticed but is ignored by quite a few. For those "more experienced" it is highly irritating. For me, though now I see immediately these people either don't realize they have these "floating names" in their tree and/or not where I am in my experience with researching. But those merely racking up the most deceased on FAG are horrible at this which is why I don't bother with that site at all. Trying to get them to change their erroneous information or even take a suggestion is just out of the question. Moderators as well don't seem to bother looking at the time passed for that one racking up names to respond to suggestions. But a lot of people do copy that information as if it is correct. I sympathize with disgruntled here but also agree that some have yielded information just unable to find otherwise such as in Stephen's case above. 

Sharona Zaret via Linda.Z, Rock Hill SC

Re: Maryland cemetery search #usa

Renee Steinig

It looks like Sol Levinson handled Yehuda's funeral:

In case you haven't seen, this is Yehuda's brother's obituary:

Yehuda Jacob and Abram Moses Barch are in the 1940 census as Jackie and Marten.


Renee Stern Steinig
Dix Hills NY

Trudy Barch <cousintrudy@...> wrote:

I have a father, Yehuda Barch that died in 2002 in Maryland and his son Russell Barch that died in 1996 in Maryland.   I do not know where they are buried therefore having a difficult time locating the cemetery name.   There are many cemeteries in that state that I don’t know where to start....

Re: Looking for a researcher for records in Romania #bessarabia #records #romania

Beth Long

Can you please specify which town in Romania? There are differences in what is available from the part that was formerly Hungary and the rest of Romania.
Beth Long

Re: Maryland cemetery search #usa


If they were buried in metropolitan Baltimore, call Sol Levinson funeral home at 410-653-8900. They are the only Jewish funeral home in that area, so probably did it.

Vicki E. Lessans

Re: Help in figuring out a name #names


It looks like Frudi or Friedl to me (perhaps masculine form of Frieda).

Rafael Manory, PhD

Seth Edlavitch #names

Chaim Luria

I need the e-mail  for Seth Edlavitch. I have found information on the edlavitch family of Jonava which may interest him.


Chaim Luria



Re: German reparations #germany

Lewis, Megan

Many times the office handling a reparations claim would submit a search request to what is now the Arolsen Archives.  The request would indicate which office handled the claim.  I don't know if a search would have been conducted for your grandparents since they were able to escape in 1938, but it cannot hurt to check the records on the Arolsen Archives' website

Megan Lewis, reference librarian
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Re: searching for a relative who had a business in Rivne in 1939 #holocaust #ukraine


Just after posting this,   I went to Yad Vashem online and, sadly, found a page of testimony for Israel Brojnsztejn of Rivno, completed by the same person who provided info about Chaya Brojnztejn of Rivno, stating that Israel was born in Ostrow, was a "merchant" and married, and was murdered in the Shoah. So this ties out to the 1939 listing of Jewish businesses and the information provided by the Rovno archives regarding Chaya. 

Still, if anyone has suggestions regarding additional sources, including property records, please let me know. 

Thanks again, 

Howard Brown
Stowe, VT
Researching BRONSZTEJN in Ostrog, Rivne and Warsaw, SHIKHMAN  in Makariv and Kiev, and SHVETS in Makariv.

DNA Testing Article by Libby Copeland in Psychology Today

Jan Meisels Allen




Libby Copeland, the author of “The Lost family” wrote an article in Psychology Today about milestones in DNA Testing.  This is the 20th anniversary of DNA testing for ancestry purposes—the first company being FamilyTree DNA headed by genealogist Bennet Greenspan.  The major DNA testing companies have sold over 35 million DNA test kits, the majority in the United States.


DNA testing has unlocked secrets that were never expected to be revealed, and implications for others. It has allowed some adoptees to find their birth parents,  sperm donors who expected to remain anonymous find children they never expected to know about them ”knocking on their doors”. Some find that whom they thought was their father is not and others finding half-siblings.


Of course the value of testing is for health risks, not just ancestry. Today ancestry health screening is a big and growing industry.


Investigative forensic genealogy has led to finding rapist and murderers such as the Golden State Killer, who was sentenced as a result of finding him decades after his rape and murder spree.


As the article states,” An industry once characterized as “recreational” is proving itself to be anything but. Consumer genetic testing is changing how we think about family, about our own health, and about the intelligibility of crimes once considered so cold they were frozen over. This is the year when we are learning the power of what our genetic information can reveal – not only to us but to our society at large.”

To read the article see:



Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


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