Re: How they traveled #romania #russia #usa


This is so interesting, my great grandparents travelled early 1900's came to live in England, but the brothers all USA, so I've been trying to imagine what journey they would have had.

Not sure if anyone has been to any of the Ancestry conferences, they only had an England travel talk, I might contact them to try and include this in the next conference which is online next year USA.

Mandy Molava

Re: Life in Lodz #lodz

Sharon E Siegel

Thank you so much, Arthur.  I am going to check this book now.
I am so looking for photos of what Lodz was like then during the war and prior. Also, descriptions of life there.  I will check this book for sure. Thanks so much, Sharon
Sharon E. Siegel 
Port Jervis, NY USA

Re: how to find death marriage and birth records for Munkacs, Hungary/Czechoslavakia #hungary #records


Try contacting Mr. Huber from Ungvar. Hi is a local researcher and guide. 
His email huberbelay@... 
Other contact information you can find on the jewish gen researchers list. 

Good luck 

Mark Friedman

Re: Civil Marriage in France, 1927 #records #france



They were required to have a civil marriage. You can search

here for Sarreguemines

here for Strasbourg

Decennial tables (in alphabetic order), will give you the date. When you have the date, you can ask a full copy at the city Hall

Sarreguemines :

Strasbourg :

Pascale Hollande
Haute-Savoie, France

Re: Paternal grandparents Ancestral Town in (?) Russia #russia


Hi Ellen, 

This is the place  you are looking for,

Giannis Daropoulos 


Re: Life in Lodz #lodz


Dear Sharon, My uncle, Dr. Jacob Stupay, his wife and two children lived in Lodz from the early 1920s until the war. He returned to Lodz from Krakow alone, losing his family, and lived there from 1945 until,his death in 1955. I have written about him and his life in Lodz. The title of my book is "Hope Expired, Life Persists", published by the University of Lodz in 2014. It is in English and available on Amazon. Lodz was and is an amazing city with a major university, museums, and a vibrant culture that the Nazi's destroyed during the war. It has made some strides to recover its place in Poland and has an excellent Jewish Studies Center at University of Lodz.  Let me know how I can help. Arthur Stupay, USA

Re: Wolk family #lithuania


Hi David, 

Here is Hyman's death certificate.

The names of his parents were Morris Wolk and Lillian Levinson. Obviously the names were anglicized. The informant was his son Louis. 

Here is his grave, i believe that on the stone you will find the Hebrew name of his father.

Regarding the information Sherri gave you, i believe  that the place in which  Lena's  daughter was living,  was Pilvishok, Suwalki gubernia (now Lithuania). 

Notice also that, according to the passenger list, Lena's last residence was Petkuny, and her birthplace was Krakinovo.

May i ask what was your source about Hyman's birthplace (Petkunai)?  Do you know the name of the sister that also emigrated to the US? 

Giannis Daropoulos 


Re: How they traveled #romania #russia #usa

Peninah Zilberman

They travelled by many times hoping in different wagons, sometimes by train, either bought a ticket, or someone gave them....and Yes, by walking...they were looking at the end result ...the light at the end of the tunnel..."America The Goldene Medina"...America the country of Gold!
Hard to believe for us because of our upbringing, but these were our family members Very Determined...may they rest in Peace.

Fundatia Tarbut Sighet

Paternal grandparents Ancestral Town in (?) Russia #russia


My paternal great-grandparents and grandparents came from Sitcowitz/ Zytkiewicze, Russia(?).
I am trying to locate the town they came from in Russia, history and current day.
I am also hoping to find the cemetery my great-grandfather was buried in: YOSEF PORTNOY/PORTNOJ

Thank you
Ellen Honig

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

Andreas Schwab

If you are researching Calau, you might want to contact Sylvia Kolley who has done a lot of research about the Jewish history in the area and is also the author of the web site I mentioned earlier:
Sylvia Kolley
Luckauer Str. 57
15926 Heideblick
Telefon: +49 (0)35454 181990

Andreas Schwab, Montreal, Canada

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

Andreas Schwab

This web site (in German) is dedicated to the history of the Jews of the Niederlausitz region, which contains Calau:
You will find several pages about the history of the Jews in the region.
A list of names is found here:

The birth records up to September 1874 will be at the Brandesburgisches Landeshauptarchiv. The archives are closed due to COVID-19 and will not be opened before January. They can only be used in person, and the documents will have to be ordered in advance.

Those from October 1874 and later will be at the  Archives of the Oberspreewald-Lausitz district. 


Landkreis Oberspreewald-Lausitz


Dubinaweg 1
01968 Senftenberg

Telefon: (03573) 8700

Fax: (03573) 870-1010

E-Mail: poststelle@...

Andreas Schwab, Montreal, Canada

Re: How they traveled #romania #russia #usa


I have a similar story,  told to me by my father. He emigrated from a town in Poland in 1913 as a sixteen year old, was hidden in a hay wagon and taken over the German border to a nearby railroad station. He took a train to Hamburg. From there by ship  to the East Coast of England, then by train to Liverpool. Then to Boston.  He said he had a great time during this whole adventure.

David Rosen
Boston, MA

On 12/18/2020 3:10 PM, jbonline1111@... wrote:
According to my family lore, my grandfather and his uncle escaped Russia (from what is now Belarus) by hiding in a hay wagon.  However, there are no details as to how far that wagon carried them and how they then got to Hamburg, where they took a ship to America.  My grandfather was about 12 at the time.

Barbara Sloan

Re: Finding Vital Records in Monastyryska #records #ukraine

Mark Halpern

JRI-Poland has indexed and placed online the 1905-07 marriage record indexes. Other than these records, all the Monasterzyska Jewish vital records before and during WWI were destroyed. JRI-Poland has indexed and placed online 1918-31 marriage and 1918-27 death indices. Gesher Galicia has indexed 1939-42 births and 1941-42 deaths. 

The Warsaw civil records office holds 1924-39 births, 1932-42 marriages, and 1928-40 deaths which are protected from public use by Polish privacy laws. 

Search both the JRI-Poland database and the Gesher Galicia database

Mark Halpern


On 2020-12-18 3:24 pm, BECKER wrote:

On their arrival manifest my  great-grandparents list Monastyryska as their last place of residence.  I am having difficulty locating any kind of vital records for this town. Has anyone successfully found vital records for their family in Monastyryska and if so, I’d appreciate knowing where you found the them?"

Thank you,                                                                                                                                                                                                         Betsy Becker

Re: Resources for research in DELATYN (today) UKRAINE, 1880's #ukraine #general

Mark Halpern

Delatyn, Ukraine was in Austrian Galicia before WWI. The Jewish vital records for Delatyn have not survived. To see what other records that are available, search Archive Documents on Miriam Weiner's Routes to Roots Foundation website

Mark Halpern


On 2020-12-18 3:51 pm, Sherri Bobish wrote:


Have you tried the JewishGen Ukraine database?  You can search by town or by surname.


Sherri Boboish

Re: How they traveled #romania #russia #usa

Michele Lock

This article below has information about the rail journey from the German/Russian border to Hamburg or Bremen

It doesn't sound like the rail journeys were at all pleasant, but they appear to have been efficient, and designed to make sure immigrants entered, traveled through, and then left Germany. And likewise the rail trip from the east coast of England to Liverpool or Glasgow.

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: New DNA-Based Study of Jewish Pre-History #dna #israel #announcements #general

Adam Cherson

I've looked further into the issue mentioned by Stephen Katz and have learned that in order to avoid giving over one's contacts before downloading the way to proceed is by going directly to and opening a free account there by email (do not use google or facebook to simply download the article). Once you have your own user name and password at you can download any article on the site.

Adam Cherson

Re: Life in Lodz #lodz

Lewis, Megan

I want to add Lodz Ghetto: A History by Isaiah Trunk to Peter's list of suggested books.

The collection Bernard referenced, USHMM Archives collection RG-15.083 (click on this link to be taken to the description and finding aid), contains many lists and documents relating to individuals.  Several sets of lists or documents have been indexed as part of our World Memory Project in partnership with The index is free to access on Ancestry's site.  The actual documents are not online but there are instructions on how to order copies.  You should also search our Holocaust Survivors and Victims Database which contains names from collections that are not part of the World Memory Project.

Megan Lewis

Re: Which is best free gedcom program online #general

Eva Lawrence

FamilyTree Maker itself has a facility for exporting  a GedCom version off a tree. Click on File in the People mode,   chose Export File and then 'Export as GedCom file' is the bottom option in the dropdown menu - at least it is in my version of FamilyTree Maker. 
Eva Lawrence
St Albans, UK.

Jewish School for Girls #usa

Debby Gincig Painter

My dad's Uncle was an Orthodox Rabbi. When he was in Los Angeles, he ran a school for Jewish girls that taught them how to be Orthodox good wives for Rabbis. Was this common in the 1950-60s? Has any one heard of such a school in Los Angeles during this time frame? 

Debby Painter

Website Developer EasyNetSites to Close Down June 30, 2021 #general #announcements

Jan Meisels Allen


The web-site developer, EasyNetSites,  for more than 160 genealogy and historical societies in Canada and the United States  is shutting down as of June 30, 2021.


The message they sent was:

"The Management of EasyNetSites regrets to inform you that effective June 30, 2021, the company will cease operations. No new customers or programming request are being accepted. Please email support@... for domain transfers and data export request."


For more information and for participants saving their website content read Gail Dever’s blog:


Thank you to Gail Dever for alerting us to the impending closure of EasyNetSites.


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee



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