Re: Help 'Brisk Russian' puzzle on London Census #russia #records

Jill Whitehead

The birthplace could have been expressed as the town or as the Gubernia (County/Province) the town was situated in

All my great grandparents were born in the Suwalki Lomza Gubernias in NE Poland as expressed in UK 1871 or 1881 Censuses.  But their UK Naturalisation records gave their actual town of residence in those Gubernias, and in some cases there were also birth or marriage records  on JRI Poland.

In one case, one ancestor was not naturalised but he gave his place of birth on the 1911 census (but had not on the 1871, 1881 1891 nor 1901 censuses) - as it was Suwalki Town in Suwalki Gubernia, and this helped solve a mystery, as the town was the capital of the Gubernia.  

Note there are lots of places with the same name, and you may need to look at all possible sources to determine which is the right one.  Cross referencing is important.

Jill Whitehead, Surrey, UK

Re: How did my great grandmother travel to Ireland from Kyiv? #ukraine #general

Jill Whitehead

I have family by marriage who travelled in the 1860's across the Baltic, possibly from Konigsberg in East Prussia, to Hull in Yorkshire on the East Coast of England, then by train to Liverpool (this was the most common route for migrants in Britain - See University of Hull website and Hull and Liverpool Maritime Museums websites). They then stayed in Liverpool for a few years before moving onto Belfast in Northern Ireland.  

Jill Whitehead, Surrey, UK

Records from Ekaterinoslav, Dnipropetrovs'ka, Ukraine #ukraine

Jake Jacobs

Looking for records of family members in Ekaterinoslav (now Dnipropetrovs'ka), Ukraine.  Does anyone know if there are any records from the 19th century, and where I might find them?  Thank you!

Diane Jacobs
Austin, Texas

Re: How did my great grandmother travel to Ireland from Kyiv? #ukraine #general

Jack Jacobson

My grandmother left Markovka in 1921, travelled to Bucharest where she obtained a passport and then travelled to Constantinople.   From there she took a Greek ship to New York.   
A complicated journey for a 17 year old woman but she did it.    I am fortunate to have many of the documents from that trip.   Not sure I would be able to find them online.

Jack Jacobson

This week's Yizkor book excerpt on the JewishGen Facebook page #yizkorbooks #poland

Bruce Drake

“As soon as the autumn rains ended, the soaked ground was covered with frost, and the first snow dressed up the shtetl for Chanukah.”
So begins this chapter from the Yizkor book of Kaluszyn, Poland, one of two excerpts you will find here on Chanukah which began yesterday evening. The other is Sierpc, also in Poland.
The joys and rituals of the holiday that are lovingly described in these chapters are little different than they are today. A break from school for the children! (“The most important part of that Chanukah festivity was that I did not have to return to cheder after supper.”) The dinners! (“The smell of latkes wafted from all windows until late into the night.”). The menorah! (“As father lit the first candle, we children put our hands on his hand so that we could take part in the commandment of lighting the Chanukah candle.”) Chanukah gelt and games! (“After dinner, Father gave us children Chanukah gelt and we sat on the floor with the neighboring children to play lotteries, dominoes and dreidel.’)
These memories of the holiday include one ominous reflection by the writer of what was to come as he remembered day's end: “The Chanukah candles flickered slowly; one by one the shutters closed, and the night enfolded the little wooden houses of the town. From a distance one could hear only the creaking of the train wheels at the station at Mrozy. Or was it already the sound of the Angel of Death flapping his wings on his way to the shtetl…”

Bruce Drake
Silver Spring, Md.

Towns: Wojnilow, Kovel

Re: Need help finding records (Trager & Shenker) in Monastyryska Galicia/Ukraine - #general #galicia #ukraine


My grandmother's maiden name was SHENKER, She was from Opole Lubelskie, Poland.

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Re: Another ViewMate Translation request - Russian/Ukrainian #translation #ukraine


In Russian:

First picrure:

Дорогому брату Нюне и Соне


27 сентября 1974 года.


Second picture:


Дорогому брату Нюне.

Нася и Биба.

Подпись,   25 февраля 1926 года


Translated into English:

First picrure:

For Dear brother Nyuna and Sonya


September 27, 1974.


Second picture:


For Dear brother Nyune.

Nasya and Biba.

Signed, February 25, 1926

Translated by Michael Ryabinky.
Columbus OH

Re: ViewMate translation request - Russian/Ukrainian #translation #ukraine


In Russian:

First picrure:

На вечную добрую память любимому сыну Н.

От крепко любящей матери Деборы.

10 сентября 1923 года

Second picture:

Дорогому брату.

Нася и Биба.

30 мая 1926 года


Translated into English:


First picrure:

In eternal good memory to the beloved son N.

From Deborah's loving mother.

September 10, 1923


Second picture:


To Dear brother.

Nasya and Biba.

May 30, 1926

Translated by Michael Ryabinky
Columbus, OH

Website Maintenance #announcements #galicia

Steven Turner

Dear Friends.
The Gesher Galicia website will be unavailable from Dec 12 6AM (EST) until approximately Dec 12 6PM (EST).

We regret any inconvenience as system maintenance is performed.
Thank you for your continued support.
Dr. Steven S. Turner
President, Gesher Galicia

Re: A Latvian Chanukah Present - Day 2 #latvia

Rene Eisner

thank you Nancy for posting these blogs.  This time is the exact time that my grandparents went via Riga to Australia, and it is great to understand the process.  keep up the good work.  
Rene Eisner
Melbourne, Australia.  
researching, Dudakov, Kogus, Dolgin.  Smolensk, Riga, St.Petersburg

Re: Help in figuring out a name #names


I think it is FERENCZ. 

Jana Tegel

Re: Jaroslaw Poland cemetery photographs #poland #photographs

Simon Srebrny

That's a very abrupt request! And it's not easy to fulfil. I tried to visit that cemetery two years ago. Access is through private property, where there was a barking dog. There is no public path to a proper cemetery gate, as far as I could tell.
I read somewhere that at some point somebody was doing or wanted to do an inventory of the gravestones. Does anybody out there know more? My ZUCKER family must be represented at the cemetery too.
Simon Srebrny

Re: How did my great grandmother travel to Ireland from Kyiv? #ukraine #general


Thanks Harvey
I wonder if they reached Liverpool and then sailed to Dublin from there. It would have been such an adventure and ordeal in so many ways for them.
John Edwards

Sephardic Genealogy meeting - From Portugal to Jamaica #events #sephardic

David Mendoza

Free online meeting this Sunday. Steve Delgado Porter has traced his Delgado
ancestry from Jamaica back to Portugal. He shares the family history, and
the sources used with Sephardic World group.

The family includes famous poets such as João Pinto Delgado, rabbis such as
Haham Moses Cohen D'Azervedo, and men of business. As well as Portugal and
Jamaica, there are family links to Hamburg, Amsterdam, and London.

Jamaica has become a major focus in Sephardic genealogy. Steve is the author
of Jamaican Records: A Two Part Guide to Genealogical and Historical
Research Using Repositories in Jamaica and England.

Time: Sunday, Dec 13, 2020. 2pm NYC, 7pm London, 8pm Amsterdam/Paris, 9pm

Please join the mailing list to receive an invitation:

Past talks are being shared on YouTube. Subscribe to the channel to receive

Best wishes,

David Mendoza and Ton Tielen

Records of South African Jewish Board of Deputies #southafrica #records

Roy Ogus

South African researchers may be interested in the collection shown below at the United States Holocaust Museum in Washington DC.
The records appear to be digitized, but I'm not sure if they are available yet over the Internet.   The Museum contact page can be found at:
Roy Ogus
Palo Alto, California
r_ogus at

Records of South African Jewish Board of Deputies

Document | Accession Number: 2006.290 | RG Number: RG-78.001M

Contains selected records related to government efforts to limit immigration through legislation, correspondence and lists of the Jewish Immigration Officer at the Cape, naturalization applications, shipping lists, anti-Jewish agitation in South Africa, post-war Holocaust Commemoration, as well as selected photographs of Jewish immigrants arriving in South Africa and of the South African Jewish community assisting refugees.

28 microfilm reels ; 16 mm.
1 microfilm reel ; 35 mm.
digital images.

A Latvian Chanukah Present - Day 2 #latvia

Nancy Siegel


Latvian Jewish Immigration in 1924 

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. These posts can also be viewed on the JewishGen Blog at:

Following my Day 1 Chanukah Present, I am continuing my use of the Historical Jewish Press website to provide insight into the lives of Latvian Jews. 

Today, in Day 2, I am utilizing an article which was published in The Sentinel, Friday, June 27, 1924, Pg. 4. It is entitled "Order Return of Immigrants to Latvian Homes". 

This article described the issues which Jewish immigrants faced in getting to America. Many of the details of this immigration period have not been discussed previously, especially by the immigrants. For those whose ancestors were part of this immigration, you may be learning of your relatives' struggles for the first time. 

Riga (J.T.A.) - The Latvian Government has ordered all emigrants temporarily in Latvia, unable to proceed to America, to return to Russia before June 20th. The Latvian Minister of the Interior refuses to permit the emigrants to stay, calling them undesirable as citizens.

The steamship companies, which have maintained a colony of 1,600 Russian Jews in Riga since the closing of the Russian immigration quota last September, have notified the Latvian Government that they are not willing to pay further penalties in order to permit the emigrants to remain.

According to figures obtained from the steamship lines there are 6,400 Russian Jews who already have received American visas and are waiting for the opening of the quota in July. Large colonies are awaiting at Riga, Kovno, Warsaw, Bremen, Hamburg, Cherbourg, Southampton, Bucharest, and Constantinople.

Since this fills the quota for the next four years under the law, the Baltic States have informed their Consuls in Russia to refuse further transit visas for would-be emigrants.



Nancy Siegel
Director of Communications
(San Francisco, California)

Re: Jacob Grossman, Yiddish Actor, Bronx Art Theater #usa

Diane Jacobs

The NYPL main branch has a Jewish theatre div, room 84. Perhaps the research librarian could be if help to you there.

Diane Jacobs 

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Date: 12/10/20 2:51 PM (GMT-05:00)
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Subject: [] Jacob Grossman, Yiddish Actor, Bronx Art Theater #usa

I am seeking information about a great-uncle named Jacob (Jack) Grossman who was a Yiddish actor in the 1920s and 1930s. 

My father told me that, later in his career, Jack owned or managed a Yiddish theater in the Bronx.  My father thought it was the Bronx Art Theater, but wasn't certain.  My father also said he thought it might have been a theater near Hunt's Point.

Can someone suggest a way I might be able to trace this down?  Is there any documentation on the Bronx Art Theater, or on other Yiddish theaters in the Bronx, that might identify owners and managers?

I do not know when he might have held this position, but he died in 1973 at the age of about 85, so I imagine it was several decades prior to that.

I'd appreciate any help or advice in tracking this down.

GH Marcus
Diane Jacobs, Somerset, New Jersey

Special Event: Jewish Ethnicity & DNA: History, Migration, Genetics #announcements #jgs-iajgs

Leah Kushner

A Special ZOOM event by the Santa Cruz Jewish Genealogy Society

Title: Jewish Ethnicity & DNA: History, Migration, Genetics

Sunday, January 24, 2021 2pm PST

For more information and to RSVP for this event
Leah Kushner at SCJGSociety@...

About the Presenters:

Schelly Talalay Dardashti is a journalist, genealogist, and founder of
the award-winning “Tracing the Tribe - Jewish Genealogy on Facebook”
(37,000+ members/101-countries). She is the US Genealogy Advisor for

Schelly was an early proponent of DNA for genealogy, and co-admins
several DNA projects at FamilyTreeDNA. She has traced her Ashkenazi,
Sephardi and Mizrahi roots across Europe and the Middle East for more
than 35 years. Her articles have appeared in JTA, Reform Judaism,
Hadassah, NGS Quarterly, Avotaynu, and numerous Jewish and general
genealogy publications. Schelly is a founding member, Centro Sefarad
NM (New Mexico); president, JGS of New Mexico; and media coordinator,
Society for Crypto-Judaic Studies.

Maria Apodaca’s family has been in New Mexico since arriving with the
Juan Onate expedition in 1598. She was born and raised a Catholic in
Albuquerque before finding out, at 14, her family’s true heritage. She
made her return to Judaism in 1999 and is active in many Jewish
organizations. Her affiliations include: founding member and event
coordinator, Centro Sefarad NM; vice president, Jewish Genealogical
Society of New Mexico; outreach coordinator, Society for Crypto-Judaic
Studies; and member, New Mexico Jewish Historical Society. She shares
her personal story and the Sephardic saga as a speaker (since 2016)
for the Road Scholars program.

For membership information: SCJGSociety@...

Leah Kushner

SCJGS: 7960 B Soquel Dr. Suite 370, Aptos, CA 95003

Re: JewishGen Talks: Roots of Jews from Eastern Europe #JewishGenUpdates #education


Enjoyed the talk thank you 

Help with this town screenshot please on synagogue record #poland #records #slovakia



Could someone please help working out the town, please on attached photo? This hopefully is my great grandmothers birth record, from Slovakian Synagogue records in Poland (I'm sure it was Poland in 1887). Can't quite work out the handwriting, hoping that someone might recognise the town name? It was near the Polish Slovakian Border. Fenicila? But can't find anything of this name.

Thank you in advance 

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