Re: Info on Leah/Luba Gertzovsky and possible son/ step son Jack Miller #belarus

Sherri Bobish


If Jack MILLER was in London (you have than photo) and assuming that Jack returned to the U.S., you can search incoming passenger manifests for Jack MILLER returning from London.

Hopefully you have an approximate year that Jack sailed from London to NY (either the first time, or later if he traveled more than once.)

The biggest entry point was NY (many other ports, of course.)  Here is a good place to start searching incoming passengers to NY:

You can search for Jack (or maybe Jacob?) MILLER, town name: London.  You can limit the search by approximate year of birth or year range of arrival.

If you find Jack on a manifest than you'll have more info to find him on census, etc.

Good luck in your search,

Sherri Bobish

Southern California Genealogy Society Free Webinar Series in 2021 #announcements #general

Jan Meisels Allen



The Southern California Genealogical Jamboree Free Webinar Series 2021 has been announced and the flier is attached. The sessions are free at the time they are given. Only members of the Southern California Genealogy Society may access them at a time after the initial program.  Webinars are on the first Saturday of the month (10:00 AM Pacific; 11:00 AM Mountain; 12 PM Central and 1:00 PM Eastern) and on the third Wednesday of the month at (6:00 PM Pacific, 7:00 PM Mountain, 8:00PM Central and 9:00 PM Eastern). Those outside of the US are also welcome to attend. Their registration partner is


To go to the website for information on registration which is required see:


I have no affiliation with the Southern California Genealogical Society and am posting this solely for the information of the reader.


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


Re: Help - would children on ships records be named? Or just the adults/adults travelling with them #records #hungary #russia #slovakia


By the time my great-grandfather brought his youngest children to America from what is now Belarus in the late 1900s, the children names were listed on the manifest even though they apparently did not have their own passports but were listed on his passport. 
Barbara Sloan
Conway, SC

Re: Help with the given name "Kuna" (from Belarus) #belarus #names

Michele Lock

To the original poster - 

What are your great grandmother's names on her gravestone, in English and in Hebrew/Yiddish? Those should provide some useful information. 

Here in the US, did she go by Kuna in everyday life and is that her name on census records?

Also - was she getting a visa at the US consulate in Riga?
Michele Lock

Lock/Lak/Lok and Kalon in Zagare/Joniskis, Lithuania
Olitsky in Alytus, Suwalki, Poland/Lithuania
Gutman/Goodman in Czestochowa, Poland
Lavine in Trenton, New Jersey and Lida/Minsk gub., Belarus

Re: Help - would children on ships records be named? Or just the adults/adults travelling with them #records #hungary #russia #slovakia

Deborah Blinder

Jim Milch wrote:
By the late 19th century, the children are identified individually, but a caveat: the ages and even sexes of the children may not be correct.   
I would add to that caveat that even the child's name might be wrong. An example: My Uncle Jack, whose legal name on the U.S. was Jacob and whose name on his Paris birth record is Jacques, immigrated from France to New York with my grandmother in 1912, when he was about 9 months old. The ship manifest lists him as Antoine, although no one in the family, including his children, has ever heard that name.

Deborah Blankenberg (JewishGen ID #613395)
Lodi, CA
Researching BLOCH/BLOCK (Germany to New York, Colombia and Missouri), BLINDER (Kishinev to New York via Poland? and Paris), KUSHER/KUSZER (Lodz vicinity to New York via Paris), GOLDSCHMIDT (Germany)

Ellis Island Hanukkah #announcements

Susan J. Gordon

On December 17, 1900, when the new Immigration Center opened on Ellis Island in New York, it was Hanukkah time. You can listen to my story at Hanukkah Lights 2018 : NPR

Susan J. Gordon
EISMANN - Budapest
LEMPERT - Skalat, Lvov

Re: Help - would children on ships records be named? Or just the adults/adults travelling with them #records #hungary #russia #slovakia

Jim M

By the late 19th century, the children are identified individually, but a caveat:  the ages and even sexes of the children may not be correct.   

Jim Milch
Rochester, NY

Zepel line assistance #ukraine #romania #bessarabia


Hello I have been struggling finding where my 2x great grandfather Zelman Hersh Zepel is buried. I know it is most likely in Europe. I do know he was originally from Smotrich Ukraine but then I guess he moved to Chisinau. I found my great grandfather's name and it showed Zelman's name as well. if there is anyone that can assist me with this that would be awesome.

Thank you so much,
Joshua Mintz

Re: What does "Na'az" mean? #names #translation #belarus

Linda Kelley

Thank you, David!
The relatives who had the blueprint made might have seen their grandfather’s headstone. That might be where they got the name. Noaz is a great suggestion!
Thank you again,
Linda Wolfe Kelley
Portland, OR, USA

Re: Help - would children on ships records be named? Or just the adults/adults travelling with them #records #hungary #russia #slovakia

Phil Karlin

I have an 1868 arrival in New York, a baby is not named. There's a column on the manifest "Baby" with a 1 in it. 

Phil Karlin
Hartford, CT USA

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

Barbara Hemmendinger

My grandfather, Adolph Bahssin (née Abram Basin) traveled from Chernigov near where he was born in Starodub, Russian empire, to Libau (now Liepaja, Latvia).  I have documents showing that he had purchased a package ticket by steamer in 1911 from Libau to Hull, England, where he transmigrated by railroad to Liverpool and boarded the Lusitania there bound for New York. That ship called at the port of Queenston (now Cork, Ireland). He continued on to NY arriving in the US on August 4, 1911. 

Interestingly, on the same voyage, and with a much more formal reception as my grandfather, which he recalled in person to my mother, was
  • Japan's Admiral Count Tōgō Heihachirō, commander of the Japanese fleet during the Russo-Japanese War, was welcomed to New York City as a guest of the United States. After arriving the night before on the Lusitania Aug, 4, 1911 at 11:40 pm, he transferred to two smaller boats and stayed at the Hotel Knickerbocker. Meeting Mayor William J. Gaynor later in the day, he departed on a train for Washington DC that afternoon, where he was hosted at a state dinner by President Taft.[8] 

Barbara Hemmendinger

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

Dr. Ruth Leiserowitz

Concerns rail gauge 
The railroad connections between the Baltic port cities (Libau /Liepaja and Riga respectively) and Ukraine via Belarus were (and still are!) direct and on the same gauge.

Ruth Leiserowitz

Family that left Panevezys, Lithuania for the USA #lithuania #usa

I am looking for the descendants of two brothers of my late grandmother, Golda Ella Hoffman (or Gofman),
who left Panevezys, Lithuania for New York. Their names were Solomon and Joseph Hoffman (Gorman).
My grandmother also had a sister by the name of Hoda Goldberg that went to live in Baltimore.
Any assistance in locating the descendants of these persons would be greatly appreciated.
Gordon Berger  (gordberger@...)

looking for information on Shelly ( aka Rashela/Rachel) Blauer Sternberg #names #romania #canada

Aline Petzold

Hello All:

I am trying to trace where and when my Aunt Shelly Sternberg, maiden name Rasela Blauer, was born.  She married my uncle Willy ( aka Wilhelm) Sternberg in 1935, in Bucharest Romania.  They moved to Montreal CA during the early or middle 1960's. She outlived my uncle, died in May 2000 and was buried in Montreal under the name Rachel Sternberg.  Any help would be appreciated.

Aline Sternberg Petzold
St. Paul MN
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Re: Help with the given name "Kuna" (from Belarus) #belarus #names

Michael Sharp

My wife's great grandmother who came from Rajgrod, Poland was called Khuna / Kune - that is her name on both Polish documents and English records

The Jewish Given Names Database suggests a Germn origin for the name The Polish Given Names Database (

This is surprising perhaps, but I have also throught that it may be a corruption of Chanah (Hannah)

Michael Sharp
Manchester UK

Włoszczowa Books of Residents Polish Index extracted #poland


JRI-Poland is pleased to announce the extraction of the Polish Index to the Włoszczowa Book of Residents, with sincere thanks to the diligent efforts of volunteer Ornit Laska.  This Book of Residents includes permanent residents of the town of Włoszczowa who were alive from 1890. The book was updated through 1931, and the Index was likely created around 1928.


The information in the volumes is arranged by house number and household, and includes the resident’s parentage, date-of-birth (and date-of-death within this period), town of birth, last town of residence, occupation and relation to head-of-household. The data offers an invaluable supplement to metric records. Nine out of ten of the Book of Residents volumes survived.


For a surname list from the index, please contact me: judyggenealogy@...


Judy Golan

JRI-Poland Kielce Area Coordinator

Re: Help - would children on ships records be named? Or just the adults/adults travelling with them #records #hungary #russia #slovakia

Janette Silverman

The only time I have seen manifest pages without the names of children are on the detention pages of U.S. arrival manifests where it might just have something like the name of the adult + 5 children. Sometimes for whatever reason, on the regular passenger manifest pages people traveling together in a group are on different pages of a manifest, sometimes the name you are looking for isn't the name under which a person is traveling, sometimes a child traveled with another family member on a different ship.
Janette Silverman
Phoenix, AZ & Salt Lake City, UT

Re: Looking for birth records of Ezekiel and Max Land in Suwalki #poland #lithuania

Jill Whitehead

Land sounds like an anglicisation of another name, or possibly a variation on a patronymic name. There is however, the surname Landa which can be found in Suwalki area. This may be your best bet.

Compared with other areas, there are not many records for BMD in Suwalki generally or the Vilkaviskis area, as this area was the front line in both WW1 and WW2, and so many records were destroyed in wartime.

Do you not have a surname on these men's naturalization records?

Jill Whitehead, Surrey, UK
(All my ancestors came from this area).

Re: Help - would children on ships records be named? Or just the adults/adults travelling with them #records #hungary #russia #slovakia


The answer may depend on the date.  In United States passenger lists of the early 19th century one might find only "Mr. So-and-so, wife, and 5 children" listed.  It gets better as the century progresses, and by the late 19th c. every person should be listed by name.

Marian Smith

Re: Help with the given name "Kuna" (from Belarus) #belarus #names


In my family from various towns in Galicia (now Western Ukraine), we have an ancestor with the name of Kuna. 

I find Phillip Trauring's 'blood and frogs' website a good source of information for first names.  Mr Trauring helpfully cites the source of his information.  So, courtesy of Mr Trauring's website we can see the following: 

אלקנה    Elkana        Elkan, Elkun, Kuna

i'm inclined to 'go with' this source for the name Kuna, unless of course A. N. Other has a different explanation.  

Malka Flekier
London, UK

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