ViewMate translation request #translation #poland

sharon stern

I would love if someone could translate the following death and marriage certificates. The first two are known family members. I am trying to figure out if the second two are, also. Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page. 

ViewMate - Image 89194 - Translation - Polish - Poland - Lodz - Sztern - 1929 (

ViewMate - Image 89195 - Translation - Polish - Poland - Lodz - Sztern - 1921 (

ViewMate - Image 89196 - Translation - Polish - Poland - Lasman (

ViewMate - Image 89197 - Translation - Polish - Poland - Sztern (

Thank you in advance!

Sharon L Stern
Seminole, Florida

SZTERN - Lodz, Poland
LASMAN - Lodz, Poland
LEVINE/LEWIN - Poland, Lithuania (?)

Re: JewishGen Education offers Brand New Class - Fresh Start - January 3 - 24 2021 #education #general

Nancy Holden

Fresh Start is a new look at starting or returning to your Jewish family searches. This class was mistakenly priced at #150 for three weeks. However it is a beta class and we are discounting the price to $60. for the three weeks.

We are looking forward to a great start to the 2021 research year.

If you have questions, please contact

For more information on the class details
To register

Nancy Holden
Director of Education

Re: Slutsk Records #belarus #records


you should be able to see these records from the main Slutsk page by click on the first Search button "the JewishGen Belarus Database for Slutsk."   From there you need to click on the button next to "Belarus Revision Lists".

Mike Vayser

Re: Help = Ancestry DNA .. is it worth looking below 2nd Cousin if no proof in trees or known relatives? #dna

Adam Turner

I heartily endorse all of Adam Goodheart's technique here and will add a few bits to it:

  • The technique only gets more powerful the more cousins you know of who have tested. On the side of my family I have researched the most extensively (3000+ known cousins out to about the fifth-cousin level) there are at least sixty people who have tested on AncestryDNA. When you have a color-coded group that large, the best new leads become really obvious - if a new, unknown match only matches 3 cousins out of the 60, that's not necessarily very promising. But if they match 25 out of those 60, while not having a similarly strong pattern of matches to other sides of my family? Then we're in business.  
  • For reasons I don't fully understand, on AncestryDNA the Ashkenazi endogamy seems to play much less of a role in clouding the matches of people who are only part-Jewish. I am 100% Jewish, and have a handful of matches over 100 cM  that appear to be purely artifacts of endogamy, not true cousins. But at least at this level, people I collaborate with who are only 25% Jewish seem to have much more reliable matches. If AncestryDNA says that one of their matches is 117 cM and has some meaningful amount of Jewish ethnicity, that person is almost always going to be a real cousin of theirs. So I use the ethnicity estimate as another piece of the technique: someone who is only part-Jewish, but nonetheless has a promising-looking matching pattern to one of my color-coded groups, is a potentially very strong lead - potentially, an even better lead than someone 100% Jewish with a similar matching pattern. (There are a couple of women in my matches who are probably about 1/8 Jewish, and who I have been itching to hear back from: each of them only has about 7 shared matches with me, but all of those 7 people are known cousins on one side of my family!)
  • You can really supercharge the technique if you can convince your cousins who have tested to share your matches with you. Normally, you can't see if that promising-looking lead with a 77 cM match to you also has a 99 cM match to another of your cousins who has tested. But you can if they've let you view their matches! The more sets of cousins' DNA results you can study, the better a look you'll have at who might be descended from a ggg-uncle you didn't know about before.
Adam Turner

Searching for information about Uri Pearlman from Minsk #belarus

Moe D

Hi there hope all is well I wanted to know if you have any information regarding my great grandfather Uri perlman from minsk died 1962 have no Information other than that his parents were elyakum getzil and tzipora perlman if you have any info please let me know greatly appreciated 

Mo (Moshe) Dinkel 

Re: Two New SURNAME DATABASES to Check Out! #announcements #records

Phyllis Berenson

   As JewishGen Director of Ukraine Research, I too was fortunate to be given a preview tour of Miriam Weiner's Routes to Roots Foundation greatly enhanced website.  There is so much that is new and easily accessible -- including links to scans of some original records.  After my tour, I searched for particular information and found some helpful data.
  There is no other source where one can find which archives have particular records for a town.  I have used this feature regularly for years. And it's so impressive that Miriam continues to update it.
Mazel tov, Miriam -- and may you have many more years of updating !
Phyllis Gold Berenson
Director of Ukraine Research for JewishGen

Re: Help = Ancestry DNA .. is it worth looking below 2nd Cousin if no proof in trees or known relatives? #dna


To answer some questions I received privately.  

It sometimes take months for someone to reply.  Some never do.

I have an extensive tree.  I know the names of all my g g grandparents.  I have identified many (most) of my g grandparents' siblings.; for 5/8 I am confident I have the names of all siblings.  Thus I sometimes recognize the names of many potential matches.  Through names or common matches I can usually tell which branch (at the g grandparent level) they are on.  When i don't recognize the name I try to find the match on social media to see who their relatives are or where they are from.  When i contact the match I tell them how I think we are related and often ask if so-and-so was their parent or grandparent.

Finally, most branches of my tree spent time in Fall River, MA, so I ask if they have any ties to southeastern MA or Rhode Island.  

Chuck Reback
Spartanburg, SC

Re: Descendants of Twins #general

sharon yampell

My paternal grandmother was one of two sets of twins born to her mother…she and her younger sister both lost their twin sisters as toddlers.  My grandmother did not have any twins nor did her younger sister.  My great aunt had no grandchildren and as one of the two grandchildren my grandmother had who had children, neither I nor my first cousin had twins…


Sharon F. Yampell

Voorhees, New Jersey


From: Sherri Bobish
Sent: Wednesday, December 23, 2020 2:21 PM
To: main@...
Subject: Re: [] Descendants of Twins #general


I agree with Malka about the lack of statistical measurement of twins.  As a practical example, in the 1910's in NYC my late Uncle Irving was born a twin.  The two boys' birth certificates give no indication of whether they were fraternal or identical.  My Uncle's twin passed on in very early childhood.

Past records may be too imprecise to use for study, but I would think going forward data would be recorded and studied accurately.


Sherri Bobish


Re: Dwore SILBERGLATT #usa

Sherri Bobish


Have you seen Dora LISS'  U.S. passport application in 1920?

There is a photo of Dora on the 2nd page of the application:


Sherri Bobish

Naturalization Papers #records

Rebecca Racer

Hi Everyone
has anyone had success ordering a certified copy of a naturalization certificate from USCIS (or INS)? Looking through their website, NARA will not certify a certificate from USCIS and NARA may not have certificates after a certain date. Needing this for dual citizenship.

Rebecca Racer

Re: Warsaw Records circa 1920-1922 #poland

Sherri Bobish


You can search his name in old digitized Warsaw directories at:
If you find his name it may list his occupation and address.


Sherri Bobish

Hungarian Census Records Account #announcements #hungary

Vivian Kahn

I am pleased to announce that you can now make donations directly to the Hungarian Census Records Account to support the acquisition of additional census records held in Hungarian archives.  Go to the JewishGenerosity page at:
and scroll down to Hungarian Census Records.
Thanks to everyone who has contributed to help cover the cost of the obtaining the vast collection of 18th and 19th century census records from Budapest and other communities in Pest-Pilis-Solt megye.  With your help there will be lots more to come!

Best wishes to all for a safe, healthy, and happy 2021.

Vivian Kahn
JewishGen Hungarian Research Director

Re: Descendants of Twins #general

Sherri Bobish

I agree with Malka about the lack of statistical measurement of twins.  As a practical example, in the 1910's in NYC my late Uncle Irving was born a twin.  The two boys' birth certificates give no indication of whether they were fraternal or identical.  My Uncle's twin passed on in very early childhood.

Past records may be too imprecise to use for study, but I would think going forward data would be recorded and studied accurately.


Sherri Bobish

Help reading occupation on Passenger Log #records #unitedkingdom #usa


Hello. I am hoping someone might be able to help me figure out the occupation of my great grandfather, Henry Weingarden. I can not read the handwriting and would be grateful if someone could! I am also having a hard time with the address of Max Lazarus, the home where they visited when they arrived in New York. Thank you in advance for any help you might be able to provide.

Deborah Moscou Annex

Re: Descendants of Twins #general


My father, who was born in Krynki, Poland in 1898, was one of identical twins but his twin died of (probably) typhus within his first year of life but there are no other twins in our extended family in his or my generation nor had there been any reference to any other set of twins in his previous generation, so, i would guess, you don't need to expect twins in your generation unless by accident...
Murray Stollman
St Pete Beach, FL

Looking for information about Rosenberg sisters from the Bronx and the Brettner family in NY #usa

Richard Stower

I am looking for information about Fay ROSENBERG (b.1914), Florence (b. 1915) and Lillian (b. 1918). Their father was Jack Rosenberg and mother was Katie. They lived in the Bronx on Popham Ave.

Also information about Andrew, Bertha, Maxwell, Julia, Julius, Hannah and Felix BRETTNER.

Thank you.

Richard Stower
Yarmouth, Maine
Dobrowa Tarnowską: KANNER, SCHMIDT, WERNER

Re: Descendants of Twins #general


I'm not a scientist but today I spoke to an ex colleague, a high school science teacher who informed me as follows on this issue:- 

1.  Until recently the thinking was that twins would occur when there were previous generations of twin births and that is what the science teachers in the UK used to teach.   
2.  However, the thinking has changed and twin births are now thought to be more random.
3.  Having said that, there is the phenomenon where some women could be predisposed to releasing 2 eggs giving rise to twins.
4.  But the main issues are (i) the data doesn't go back far enough; (ii) lack of statistical measurement & (iii) oral histories all leading to insecure data analysis.  Hence the change in thinking as set out at 2 above.  

On the subject of oral history, I discovered via Jewish Gen databases that my paternal grandmother was a twin.  She had several children but no twins and neither have I had twins.  

There may be genners 'out there' with more scientific knowledge but in the meantime I hope the above may be of some use to you.   

Malka Flekier
London, UK

Re: Two New SURNAME DATABASES to Check Out! #announcements #records

Mark Halpern

Miriam Weiner’s Routes to Roots Foundation website was introduced to us about 20 years ago. The Archival database provides the holdings by town of repositories in five eastern European countries plus certain repositories in Israel and the United States. What a resource to me and thousands of other genealogists with roots in Eastern Europe. Just look at the great comments that Miriam received back then Well, she did not rest on her laurels.

Miriam gave me a preview tour of her updated website with the new Surnames Database. I entered my mother’s maiden name PERLIS and what a surprise. There were eight collections, five from my mother’s birthplace of Bialystok. I looked at the “List of Jewish Taxpayers, 1847” and there were my great great grandfather Moszko ben Abram PERLIS and my great great great grandfather Abram ben Moszko PERLIS. I had never before been able to place these ancestors in Bialystok or anywhere else before the late 1860s. I now know they were resident in Bialystok in 1847 and most likely for years before 1847. Thank you Miriam!!

If you have not yet searched Miriam’s new Surnames database, do it now.

As a long-time member of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Philadelphia, I have known Miriam for a long time. She has always been very kind to our Society; donating books and other materials and speaking to our Society when we have asked. Just last year, well before the pandemic hit all of us, she made a terrific presentation to us. See Well, it’s time to ask again.

Thank you Miriam and also a big thanks to all those who helped you bring this new Surnames database to the Jewish genealogical community.

Mark Halpern
Conshohocken, PA, USA
Jewish Genealogical and Archival Society of Greater Philadelphia, Past President


On 2020-12-22 7:07 pm, Phil Goldfarb wrote:

The lead story in Gary Mokotoff's Nu? What's New? this week was a lengthy article about Miriam Weiner's updated website of The Routes to Roots Foundation at . In addition, she also wrote an article in the new Fall 2020 issue of Avotaynu, The International Review of Jewish Genealogy. For those of you who do not subscribe to these valuable Jewish Genealogy resources, I wanted to let everyone know of the extraordinary and important additions to Miriam's lifelong work.

I had a "preview tour" of the updated website and new surname databases where Miriam includes important information in the "Introduction" on the surname database page. It was exciting for me to see what she has done and is still doing so I wanted to share this release with the Discussion Group Members.

Miriam had her own roots in Tulsa, Oklahoma with her maternal grandparents and mother and we have become friends due to this connection. I urge you to check out her website and I have attached some helpful content descriptions for your perusal.

Good hunting!

Phil Goldfarb


President, JGS of Tulsa

Chairman, 2020 IAJGS Award Selection Committee

Lead Moderator, JewishGen Discussion Group


Re: Descendants of Twins #general


When I unexpectedly had fraternal female twins 28 years ago, people asked me if it ran in the family. My answer at that time was "it does now". Since doing genealogy, I realized that it DOES run in my family. Identical twins do not, but having fraternal twins is governed by the female line and whether she releases two eggs during ovulation. Practically every single female descendant of my maternal great-great-grandmother had twins. My sisters did not, but I guess I was the lucky one. Now to see if my daughters have twins!

Deborah Shindell
Trumbull, CT
researching: Beserglik, Lederhendler, Goldberg (all in Poland) and Szmukler (Ukraine)

Mukachevo area births, 1871-1880 #records


How can you get subcarpathia birth certificate that is on the Mukachevo area births, 1871-1880 registry?  

Rita Anne Haberman.

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