Re: Where is Kristelowka/Kristelowha? #russia


Hello Jay, 

Maybe you are looking for Kristinovka in the Kiev region
Giannis Daropoulos 


A Latvian Chanukah Present - Day 6 #latvia

Nancy Siegel


The Latvian Lady Dentist

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:

Usually, little is known about our female ancestors, but I found a very interesting individual, who was born in Riga, Latvia, who was not only a woman, but an outstanding professional one as well. She turned up in The Sentinel, Thursday, June 29, 1944, Pg. 23. Her name was Dr. Sara Gdulin Krout (1898-1983), and she is known as the first woman commissioned full Lieutenant in the Dental Corp of the U.S. Navy Waves and the first female dentist in the American Armed Forces.

Sara was just one of the many Jewish women who gained their dental degrees in the Baltics as there were fewer restrictions in that field for women and Jews. Sara received her Certificata Matura at the Gymnasium of Riga and then her DDS at the Dental College in Ekaterinoslav, Russia. She then went on to receive her degree in Dental Surgery at the University of Riga in 1920. 

Upon coming to America, Sara enrolled at the University of Illinois in order to get her DDS degree and practice in America. She obtained her American DDS degree in 1924. She lived in Chicago and Evanston, Illinois. See her photograph taken from the 1923 University of Illinois “Illio”, Pg. 179. 

During World War II, Sara jointed the Navy Waves and thereby managed to circumvent restrictions against women dentists. Her husband also served in the armed forces during World War II. He was Capt. Maurice H. Krout, Chief Psychiatrist at the Armed Forces Induction Station. They subsequently had a daughter Johanna, who was married to Julius Tabin, and became a psychologist.


Nancy Siegel
Director of Communications
(San Francisco, California)

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

Lee Jaffe

I asked this question when I discovered my GGM and two children on a manifest, but no sign of the youngest child, my grandfather.  I wondered if my GF could have been on board, but just not entered in the manifest, perhaps because of his young age.  I was assured without the slightest doubt that everyone, without exception, was recorded.  This included children born on the voyage, those who died and stowaways.  I've since noticed entries in all those categories when reviewing manifests.

Lee Jaffe

Re: JewishGen Talk This Week: Roots of Jews from the Ottoman Empire - #JewishGenUpdates

Miriam Fine

Have the talks on Roots of Jews from..... been recorded? Can they be accessed?
Miriam Fine

On Sun, Dec 13, 2020 at 9:28 PM Avraham Groll <agroll@...> wrote:
We invite you to attend another free presentation in our series of JewishGen Talks webinars, with our speaker, Dr. Alexander Beider
Wednesday, December 16, 2020
2:00 pm Eastern Time (New York)

Registration is free with a suggested donation.
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About the Talk
The Jews who inhabited the territory of the Ottoman Empire in the 16th-20th centuries played a major role in Jewish history and culture. Usually they are considered Sephardi. This consideration is supported by the Sephardi rite practiced by the vast majority of Ottoman Jews and by their daily use of the Judeo-Spanish language. Further analysis — based in part on the names used — reveals a very heterogeneous composition of local communities. Alongside the real Sephardim (exiles from Castile, Aragon and Portugal, as well as the “ex-Crypto-Jews” who arrived later), we find families for which one part of their ancestors have never lived on the Iberian Peninsula: descendants of Jews from different regions of Italy, "Romaniotes" who in ancient times populated this territory, Jews from French Provence, migrants from North Africa, Ashkenazim and, in the south-east of the empire, Mizrahim.

About the Speaker

Alexander Beider was born in Moscow in 1963. He studied mathematics and theoretical physics at the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, from which he received a PhD in applied mathematics (1989). Since 1990, he has lived with his family in Paris, France. In 2000, he received his second PhD, this time in the domain of Jewish Studies, from Sorbonne. 

Dr. Beider uses onomastics and linguistics as tools to unravel the history of the Jewish people. He has written a series of reference books dealing with the etymology of Jewish surnames, all published by Avotaynu Inc. They include: 
A Dictionary of Jewish Surnames from the Russian Empire (1993, 2nd revised edition in 2008), Jewish Surnames in Prague (15th-18th centuries) (1994), A Dictionary of Jewish Surnames from the Kingdom of Poland (1996), A Dictionary of Jewish Surnames from Galicia (2004), A Dictionary of Jewish Surnames from Maghreb, Gibraltar, and Malta (2017), and A Dictionary of Jewish Surnames from Italy, France and “Portuguese” Communities (2019). His Dictionary of Ashkenazic Given Names (2001) is the reference study in the domain of traditional Yiddish first names. Origins of Yiddish Dialects (Oxford University Press, 2015) synthesizes scholarship on the subject for the half century since the publication of Max Weinreich's “History of the Yiddish Language” (1973) and, according to certain critics, represents a comprehensive and convincing revision of its esteemed predecessor, no less than a new standard work in the domain. Dr. Beider is also the designer of the linguistic part of the Beider-Morse Phonetic Matching method of computer-based searches for equivalent surnames.

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Miriam Fine

Finding Jewish Birth records for Calau, Germany #germany #records

Miriam Fine

How do I find Jewish birth records in the 1800s for Calau, which is a small town in the Oberspreewald-Lausitz district, in southern Brandenburg, Germany.
Thank you
Miriam Fine

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

Sherri Bobish


Did she naturalize in Canada?  If so, I would think those documents may be helpful to you.


Sherri Bobish

Where is Kristelowka/Kristelowha? #russia

Jay L Gordon

One of my great-grandmothers is listed on a ship's manifest as Esther Jirsolinsky, last place of residence Kristalowka/Kristelowha. This was the S.S. Statendam, sailing from Rotterdam to New York, arriving January 28, 1905. On her 1944 Declaration of Intention, this information is the same, although in the USA she used the surname Jerusalem, and some siblings shortened that to Jeruss. On this Declaration document, she lists "Kiev, Russia" as her birth place. Some on Ancestry have put her parents in Białystok, but that's nearly 800 km/ 500m from Kyiv, so I don't know about that.
I did a Google search for "Kristalowka" and "Kristelowha," and even the formidable Google came up empty. Does anyone know what place this is? Image from ship's manifest below.

Thank you.

- Jay Gordon

Image below:

Wolk family #lithuania

David Wolk

Hyman Wolk (b. 1873 in Petkunai, Lithuania) emigrated approx. 1900 to the U.S. with his wife Sarah and child, Charles.  He was the first of his siblings to emigrate; a younger brother, Rabbi Louis, left in 1905 for South Africa.  Two sisters also left, one for London and the other for the U.S.  There may have been others.  I am seeking information on Hyman's parents and their ancestors.
David Wolk

ViewMate translation request - Polish #poland #translation

Alex Guri


I've posted vital records in Polish for which I'd appreciate a translation.
They are on ViewMate at the following addresses:

Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page.
Thank you very much,
Alex Guri

Connecting The Dots To Expand Family Tree #ukraine #photographs #names #austria-czech #poland


I have posted 3 photos on View Mate in the hopes someone will recognize the men; if you look at them/explanations in order, it's best.  The listings are # 88955, 88956 & 88957. The first photo, I recall my father saying long ago, was of a maternal cousin. Given that I have a few possibilities based on my research of my HEILPERN family.  My grandmother, Ernestine Lea Heilpern was born in 1881, in Lemberg, Poland (Lviv/Lwow), her mother Fradel STROH, was born there in, 1858, and Fradel's mother, Gittel Rachel PINELES, was also born there, in 1828.  My great-grandmother had a sister, Zirl Stroh, who married, Gedalia Isak RAPPAPORT, and a brother, Leiser Wolf Stroh. Given all that, I would guess the men in the photos are possibly, Strohs, Rappaports, or Pineles'. I think the first 2 photos are of the same man, at different ages, in Lwow  & then in Wien (Vienna). I think the photo with two men is, a father/son shot. Without more solid documentation, I have "found individuals" who may be part of my father's family, but whom I have not yet attached to my tree.  That will have to wait for more 'solid' documentation from reliable sources (not just hints).  If any of the above mentioned names are in YOUR family, then perhaps with a bit of luck, you might help me identify the mystery men in the photos.  I appreciate any help, suggestions about the uniforms seen on the two young men, and most of all, somebody really knowing who these men are! Many thanks.
Leah Heilpern Snider
Silverdale, Washington/ USA

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


I think that is a reasonable explanation for the boy's name Kuna, however the female name is probably from a different source.
Binyamin Kerman
Baltimore MD

Re: Confusion About Name on Headstone #names


I think Rachel was the Hebrew name and Jachetta or Yetta must be the given secular name that she went by.
It was and still is common that people would have a Hebrew name in addition to the name they went by. The names were often similar sounding but this is a good example of how there are no rules to naming and therefore one can't assume that the Hebrew name will correspond to the secular name given.
Binyamin Kerman
Baltimore MD

Children of Rabbi Shmuel and Rachel LANDAU-Volozhin #rabbinic #lithuania #names

Yonatan Ben-Ari

Does anyone have exact details of the children of Rachel, daughter of
Rabbi Itzchak son of Reb. Chaim of Volozhin, and Rabbi Shmuel LANDAU
who was a rabbi at the Yeshiva in Volozhin. "Exact" meaning over and
above the various tree that have been published in books.


Yoni Ben-Ari, Jerusalem

JGS of Toronto. Free Virtual Meeting. The Genealogical Importance of Gravestones and The Toronto JOWBR Initiative. Steven Brock. Wed 16 Dec 2020 at 7:30 pm ET. #announcements

Jerry Scherer



The Genealogical Importance of Gravestones and
The Toronto JOWBR Initiative

Speaker: Steven Brock

VIRTUAL MEETING: View from home
Wednesday, 16 December 2020
at 7:30 p.m. ET.

For those tracing their family tree, gravestones can be an incredible source of information. They can provide the researcher with key details relating to their ancestors, including names, dates, places and references to previous generations. In this presentation, JGS-Hamilton member Steven Brock will discuss Jewish gravestones and their importance in genealogy. He will speak to the origins of the Matzevah and how to read and interpret the information carved into the memorial. He will then address The JewishGen Online Worldwide Burial Registry (JOWBR); how to use it and JGS-Toronto / Hamilton’s contributions to this remarkable database.

Steven Brock has been researching his family roots in Poland and Russia for over 20 years and has traced his ancestors back to the late 1700s. He has been a member of the Hamilton Jewish Genealogical Society since its inception in 2004 and served on its Board of Directors as Treasurer for 12 years. In addition to his own research, he has been involved in several projects including the Jewish Records Indexing - Poland, the Canadian Naturalization Database Indexing, and the JewishGen Online Worldwide Burial Registry (JOWBR).

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

Susan J. Gordon

About 20 years ago, my husband were vacationing in Barbados where we met several families of Scottish Jews also on vacation there. They told us that when their ancestors left Russia in the late 19th c or early 20th c, they traveled to a European seaport (name unknown) and boarded a ship that was bound for America. When the ship stopped in Britain, they naively assumed it was America and got off (!) 

Susan J. Gordon
EISMANN - Budapest

Re: Sherman or Shulman of Newburgh, Orange County, NY #scandinavia #lithuania #poland #usa


I live in Fishkill, Dutchess,New York,across the Hudson River from Newburgh.  I don't know if there is any connection between your Schulman but I do know that there was a Sid Shuman that owned an Army Navy store in Beacon, NY which is one town away from Fishkill. The name rang a bell so I sent you this.  People change their name spellings too.

Catherine Pietrogallo

Re: ViewMate translation request - Russian #russia #translation #poland


In Russian:


Состоялось в городе Лублин 13-го (26-го) августа1903 года в 5 часов вечера.  Явились евреи: Берек Тухман, домовладелец, 41-го года и Шимон Манделейль, рабочий, 51-го года, жители города Люблина и объявили, что сегодня, в городе Люблин, в 2 часа дня, в доме под номером 644, умерла Цивия Гринбаум, 1-го месяца и трех дней от роду, доч Абрама Гринбаума и незамужней Фейги Зильбервайс, жителей города Люблина. По настоящему удостоверяю о кончине Цивии Гринбаум.  Акт сей присутствующим прочитан, ими и нами подписан.

Берек Тухман  

Шимон Менделейль

Чиновник гражданского состояния        Подпись

Translated into English:


It took place in the city of Lublin on the 13th (26th) of August 1903 at 5 pm. Jews appeared: Berek Tukhman, a homeowner, 41 years old, and Shimon Mandeleil, a worker, 51 years old, residents of the city of Lublin and announced that today, in the city of Lublin, at 2 pm, at house number 644, Tsivia Greenbaum had died, 1 month and 3 days old, daughters of Abram Greenbaum and unmarried Feiga Zilberweis, residents of the city of Lublin. I truly certify the passing of Tsivia Greenbaum. This act was read to those present, they and we signed.

Berek Tukhman

Shimon Mendeleil

Civil Status Official Signature

Translated by Michael Ryabinky
Columbus, OH

Re: Kogan/Kagan #ukraine

Rachelle Litt

My ggm was Beila Kogan from Soroki. Her father was Zalmen Kogan. Her headstone says HaCohen after Zalmen's name.  That would nmean she is a Cohain. Anyone else with Kogan's from Soroki? Have not been able to find a Zalmen Kogan yet.
Rachelle Litt
Palm Beach Gardens, Florida

Translation from Czech to English #austria-czech #translation


Please translate the marriage of Paul Blumberg and Marianne Herrnheiser in the attached image. The original came from Badatelna at: 

I am particularly interested in the birth town of the groom and what is in the last column. The rest I pretty much understand.

Thank you,

Larry Bassist
Springville, Utah, USA

Sherman or Shulman of Newburgh, Orange County, NY #scandinavia #lithuania #poland #usa


My maternal great-grandparents, Freda and David Lewin, and their daughter Anna, emigrated to Newburgh, Orange County, NY from Suwalki (presumed origin), via Norway, where my maternal grandfather, Moritz Lewin, lived at the time. Anna, David and Freda Lewin settled in Newburgh and the family name was anglicized to Levine. David and Freda are buried at the Congregation Agudas Israel Cemetery in New Windsor, NY. David died in Newburgh in 1926, Freda in 1942.

Anna married a man with the surname Sherman (or Shulman), and had at least two sons, 
Abraham and Samuel Schulman (or Sherman), who we presume were born in the range of the years 1917-20. They may have been siblings born after them.


The family that stayed behind in Scandinavia, of which I am a descendant, has totally lost contact with the descendants in the US. We would very much like to renew that contact. Any constructive information on the potential descendants of Abraham and Samuel Schulman (or Sherman) would be much appreciated.


Seth Jacobson


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