Which is best free gedcom program online #general


Hello, I tried a couple "free" sites to download gedcom online, but they came with other requirements.  Does anyone have a suggestion for downloading a free gedcom program that would best mimic my family tree on Family Tree Maker.

George Frankel
Researching:  Beller, Zell, Frankel, Bleich (Bobrka, Lemberg, Galicia)
                       Turner, Rudner, Fisch, Zahler, Lustgarten  (Krakow and vicinity, Galicia).

Life in Lodz #lodz

Sharon E Siegel

Searching for anyone who might have any information on life in Lodz from 1930's through 1940's.  I'm looking for possible survivors who were born or lived there, especially.  
Sharon E. Siegel 
Port Jervis, NY USA

Help needed with Yiddish cursive information on back of photos Siegel/ Rzezak Transcribe #translation

Sharon E Siegel

If anyone is able to help us transcribe cursive writing on the back of treasured photos kept by our parents who survived the horrors of Holocaust treatment, it would be greatly appreciated. Very greatly appreciated. We are working on writing promised memoirs and sure that these photos will yield vital information.  There are probably about 35 photos with writing on the back. Thank you for anyone who can help.

Here is the first one, in case.

Sharon E. Siegel 
Port Jervis, NY USA

"Kolomyya Forever" #general

Richard Stower

Does someone know if the book, "Kolomyya Forever" by Ariah Suchman is in print or in some other way available?

Thank you.

Richard Stower
Yarmouth, Maine
Dobrowa Tarnowską (Dombrov) : KANNER, SCHMIDT, WERNER, UNGER

Re: Where is Kristelowka/Kristelowha? #russia

Jay L Gordon

Thank you, Michael. I suspect the place is the one Giannis mentions above (Kristinovka). 

Yes, the Kh/Christ connection certainly makes more sense than some kind of "crystal" variant. And I'm thinking that since "L" and "N" are both alveolar consonants, that would explain the KristeL connection to  KristiN.

Jay Gordon

Re: Wolk family #lithuania

Isme Bennie

There was a Wolk family in Vereeniging, South Africa when I grew up in the 40s and 50s. David was father,  daughters Vivienne and Hilary. Vivienne Wolk is in Geni. Many Wolks arrived in SA mainly early 1900s. See http//chrysalis/is/it/uct. Isme Bennie, Toronto

Re: NEUKHAM Family from GOMEL & BIELITZA,BELARUS #general #belarus

Gerald and Margaret

If you need some help in locating this family, I suggest you contact The Together Plan,  a Jewish charity based in Belarus and London, which aims to help the remaining Jewish population become self-sufficient.  One aspect of this is providing a genealogical research service.  They have the huge advantage of speaking the local language and Russian, as well as understanding the local bureaucracies !  


Margaret Levin
London UK

Budapest and Pest-Pilis-Solt Jewish Censuses #hungary

Vivian Kahn

I am very pleased to announce that after 20 months of effort by a dedicated team of transcribers and a validator, transcription of the Budapest and Pest-Pilis-Solt megye Jewish censuses has been completed, with over 24,000 records included.  This census will be extremely valuable to genealogists with ancestors and relatives from the Budapest area.  

This accomplishment would not have been possible without the perseverance and skillful leadership of Eric Bloch, the project coordinator, and his team of volunteers. Thanks are particularly due to Shaul Berger, Judy Petersen, Mort Rumberg, Errol Schneegurt, and Michael Taub for their tireless work on this important project.

The censuses include the years 1781-82, 1785-1786, 1788, 1792-93, 1795-1796, 1798, 1801, 1811-12, and 1817-46. 

Towns include Buda, Pest, Abony, Acsa, Akaszto, Alberti, Almas, Alpar, Also-Dabas, Also-Nyaregyhaza, Aporka, Apostag, Aszod, Battya, Benye, Bia, Bicske, Bogdany, Boldogh, Bugyi, Csaba, Csanad, Csaszartöltes, Czegled, Csep, Csik-Tarcsa, Czinkota, Csömör, Dab, Dany, Domony, Dömsöd, Duka, Dusnok, Ecser, Fajsz, Farmos, Felsö-Dabas, Felso-Nyaregyhaza, Gomba, Gyögye, Gyömrö, Gyon, Haraszti, Harta, Heviz, Heviz-Györk, Iklad, Irsa, Isaszeg, Izsak, Janoshida, Jeneö, Kakony, Kakucs, Kalocsa, Kartal, Kava, Kecske, Kecskemeth, Keczell, Kerepes, Kis-Körös, Kis-Torbagy, Kis-Ujfalu, Koka, Macsa, Maglod, Majoshaza, Mende, Miske, Nad-Udvar, Nagy-Abony, Nagy-Kartal, Nagy-Tarcsa, O-Kecske, Ocsa, Ordas-Haza, Orkeny, Palota, Pand, Pataj, Peczel, Pereg, Pilis, Pomaz, Püspök-Hatvan, Rakos-Csaba, Rakos-Keresztur, Raczkeve, Ratot, Rekason, Saap, Sari, Sükösd, Sülly, Szele, Szent-Istvan, Szent-Lazlo, Szent-Lörincz-Kata, Szent-Marton-Kata, Szetsö, Szeyö, Sziget-Szent-Miklos, Sziget Ujfalu, Szöd, Tapio-Bicske, Tapio-Sag, Tapio-Süly, Tapio-Szele, Tass, Tatar-Sent-Györgyi, Teteny, Tinnye, Tököle, Török-Balint, Törtel, Toszeg, Toth-Almas, Toth-Gyork, Tura, Uj-Kecske, Uri,  Vacz, Vacz-Szent-Laszlo, Vadkert, Valko, Vasad, Vecses, Versegh, Vissegrad, Vörösvar, Zsambek, and Zsido.

The majority of the records include head of household, whether married or not, their occupation, and the number of sons, daughters, siblings, other relatives, and servants.  Many of the 1782 records for Pest-Pilis-Solt (excluding Buda and Pest) include the entire family and their ages.  Some of the 1838-1843, and 1845 Buda records include the wife’s name.

To help recover the cost of acquiring these censuses from the Hungarian National Archive, contributors of $100 or more will be immediately entitled to receive a copy of the completed Excel spreadsheet with all the data. If you would like to make a contribution, please go to: and enter your contribution in the box for Hungarian General Fund, and earmark the contribution specifically for the Budapest census by forwarding a copy of your electronic receipt to me <vkahn@...>  and to Eric  <bloch@...> who will send the spreadsheet. Please contact Eric directly if you have any questions.

Vivian Kahn
JewishGen Hungarian Research Director

Requesting gravestone photos Trumpeldor Cemetery, Tel Aviv-Yafo #israel

Carol Weinberg

Miriam wrote:
Photos of graves in Trumpeldor cemetery are already online in several websites. One of them, relatively easy to use, is Gravez. The home page is in English but you have to search for the name in Hebrew:

I tried this website, and to my great delight I was able to search in English and found a photo of the gravestone of a relative: Devorah Shervitz.
I also found a search result for her husband Leon Shervitz, but clicking on the link to the photo revealed a gravestone for somone named Yehuda Arieh. 
Could this be the same person? Arieh becomes Leo/Leon?

Carol Blackman Weinberg
COTT/COTT - Bialystok, Buenos Aires
MIKLAVSKI - Orla, Minsk

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

David Gordon

Although she adopted the name Kate, since she came to the US late in life, she never learned English.  She lived with her daughter's family and spoke only Yiddish.  Best I can tell, she used Kate only for dealings with government entities.  Her gravestone gives her name in Hebrew as "Kuna [kaf/vov/nun/ayin] bat..."  Finally, though I am not sure why it is relevant, she paid the US consulate $1 for "document processing."

David Gordon
Evanston, IL
HORWITZ (Lapichi and Smolevichi, Belarus); GIBALOVITCH (Borisov); GORDON (Butrimonys); HURWITZ (Gomel)

Amazing help, #holocaust #records


I want to thank Ed van Rijswijk for the generous and amazing work that he did regarding Holocaust related records, Dutch translations, and Dutch records prior to, during, and after the Holocaust for members of my family. He helped to put these records together along with the records and stories that my family had in a way that helped to fill in some gaps and told a story.  He was even able to find newspaper articles written in the 1920's.  And he worked quickly and is fluent in both English and Dutch.  His grandparents had been awarded the Yad Vashem Medal and Certificate, Righteous Among the Nations, posthumously, in 2011, for hiding a young woman in Holland. Much thanks also to Jon Levinson for connecting Ed and I.  If you want to contact Ed, his email address is  erijswijk@... .
Robin August
Asheville, NC

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

Sharon E Siegel

We do not have this name, but we believe we are related to you in Jerusalem. 

We have traced you to some letters my husband's parents corresponded with close relatives with this last name.  

They are Anna Iglicka Rzezak Siegel and Israel Rzezak Siegel, Port Jervis, NY.  They came from Lodz, Poland.  

Anna's father was a rabbi in Lodz, Shlomo (Szalama) Iglicki and wife Rose (Roza) Pakentreger Iglicka.

They and much of their family will murdered while Anna and Israel endured years on the run, then in Siberian forestry camp, and work farms across Russia, surviving the loss of a baby, life-threatening diseases and more.

If anyone has anything on  Lodz, Poland rabbi and familiy it was so much also be appreciated.  Shlomo (Szalama) Iglicki and wife Rose (Roza) Pakentreger Iglicka.
Sincerely, Sharon and Stan Siegel, Port Jervis, NY

Sharon E. Siegel 
Port Jervis, NY USA

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

tzipporah batami

Yes Mandy. Every passenger is registered and named. You included Slovakia so I think you might be referring to post Holocaust. Many ships left from DP camps to ultimate destination. Ship manifests like these can be obtained thru CJE of Yivo and thru USHMM. Otherwise checking with country of destination where these records are is another way. Good luck. Feigie Teichman.

Re: Where is Kristelowka/Kristelowha? #russia


Where is Kristelowka/Kristelowha?
I found a place, possibly a small village in Moldova, right on the border with Ukraine, named Hristovaia, Moldova.  Sometime K or H sound the same.
Try to play not with Cristal (Kristal) but with Christ, or Hristos, in Moldavian.

Michael Ryabinky
Columbus, OH

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


I don't think that story is too unusual. Some passengers were forced to disembark becuase they only had enough fare for that part of the journey even though they thought they had tickets through to the United States.
In Dublin, Ireland, local Jewish residents would go down to meet the ships coming to meet and Jewish travellers and give them a welcome to Dublin.
John Edwards

Re: Where is Kristelowka/Kristelowha? #russia

Jay L Gordon

Giannis and Mike,

Thank you both for these replies. That Kristinovka connection is interesting! I will look into it further. I have some cousins descended from Esther's siblings (the ones who go by Jeruss), and they might have a clue. And yes, I assume the surname was something like Yerusalemskiy, and I've always been puzzled by this "Jirsolinsky" spelling which appears nowhere else except the two documents I mentioned. 

Thank you again,

Jay Gordon

Re: Where is Kristelowka/Kristelowha? #russia


It's very likely that her last name was Yerusalimskiy, from Russian word Yerusalim (Jerusalem).  This names was fairly common in the Kiev governorate, including in the Uman uezd (location of the Kristinovka village, as suggested by Giannis).  The scans of the 1897 census for Kristinovka are not yet available, but hopefully soon.

You should probably check periodically for their availability at this URL:Архіви/ДАКО/384/12.  According to the index, the documents for this village are found in files #130-135.

Mike Vayser

ViewMate Translation Request - Polish #translation #poland


I've posted three Polish birth records from the 1860s of my Warsaw relatives. I would be thrilled to get an English translation of these records, which are on ViewMate at the following addresses:
Please respond via the forms provided on the ViewMate image page.
Thank you very much!!!
Best regards,
Wendy Starr
New York City

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)

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