Re: Need translation help old German, Hungarian birth certificate #translation

Mike Coleman

You could also post on the FB site "Genealogical Translations" - free!

Mike Coleman

Re: Why would a husband take his wife's surname? #lithuania #unitedkingdom #general

Michael Sharp

In the UK there is no legal requirement to adopt a spouse's surname on marriage - it is just tradition - and if anyone changes their surname it does not have to be the bride

Answering your question depends on when and where the name change took place.

  • if the name change took place in Poland/Lithuania/Russia it could have been in an attempt to avoid military service in the Tsar's army
  • if the name change took place in the UK it may have been either because of problems with largely illiterate customs officials are due to poor guttural English on the part of the immigrant

I have relatives whose mother's first name on the birth certificates was variously Dora, Chaya or Sara (all the same person) and whose surname was either Goodman or Lederman. The real name of the mother was Chaya Goodman nee Lederman. We suspect that the registrar or didn't understand a guttural Chaya and wrote it down as Sara, and that the husband sometimes gave his wife's married surname and sometimes her maiden name to the registrar
Michael Sharp
Manchester UK

Hungarian to English #translation

Alex Magocsi

Can someone tell me what this disease is in English.  It caused the death of a 3 month old family member in 1894 Nyirbator.
Thank you

Alex Magocsi
Researching Grosz in Nyirbator & Magocsi in Gyula-Jovancza

Re: How to find UKRAINE birth and marriage records #ukraine #records #russia


Perhaps someone else can chime in about the more recent records, but here is the info found in the 1875 census.  This was a census that was created as a result of the previous year's law about implementation of a mandatory conscription of men into the imperial army.  The census only consisted of eligible men and didn't have the entire population documented.  For example, women were not included.
You probably know this, but just to reiterate, names like Herman, Irene, Evelyn, Simon, Gertrude are Americanized and not what your ancestors were called in Podolia.
Solomon might have been called Shlioma, Simon - Shimon, etc.  The others you would have to find through the original naturalization or other documents.

It's possible that Duvid below is the same David you mention, but probably not possible to tell without having some additional documents.  Also, not sure how Ios is related to Leybish.

The 1875 census for Novaya Ushitsya
Name - previous census - current age
Ios s.o. Duvid - 24 - 40
Duvid (son) - 1 - 19
Srul (son) - - - 14

In the supplemental section of the census:
Leybish s.o. Mortko - 24 y.o - lives in Staraya Ushitsa (Old Ushitsa)
Shlioma (brother) - 16 - died
Shlioma (1st cousin) - 16 - lives in the shtetl Brichany, Khotin uezd

I briefly looked through the pages of names in Staraya Ushitsa and found Leybish:

Leybish s.o. Mortko - 35
Aron (son) - 12
Mayorko (son) - 7
Shlioma (son) - 1

Mike Vayser

Minsk yizkor book #yizkorbooks #belarus

Moe D

Does anyone have the actual yizkor book or perhaps on a pdf ? My great grandfather Uri Perlman is mentioned there, and I don't have much information about his family. Thank you!
Moe Dinkel 

Re: Request for Information - Black family, Manchester 1940s - 1970s Inbox #unitedkingdom #general

Neil Fraser <neil8fff@...>

Thankyou Sherri. Ralph Black may be a possibility.
Neil Fraser

Re: Request for Information - Black family, Manchester 1940s - 1970s Inbox #unitedkingdom #general

Neil Fraser <neil8fff@...>

Thankyou Rodney. That is a very useful starting point.

Neil Fraser

Where did Aphraim Land in Durham, NC came from? #russia #lithuania #poland #galicia


I am trying to find the roots in Europe of Aphraim Land that lived in Durham. He passed in 1927 and his wife Sarah Gordon passed in 1929. The 1900, 1910 and 1920 census shows they came from Russia. The oldest daughter came also from Russia and never married. I have not been able to find out any immigration or naturalization papers for the 3 of them.

Angel Kosfiszer

Richardson, Texas

Re: Request for Information - Black family, Manchester 1940s - 1970s Inbox #unitedkingdom #general

Neil Fraser <neil8fff@...>

Thankyou Michael. I could not find how to post a message on the Roots page.
Neil Fraser

Re: Deciphering Gravestone #translation

Stephen Weinstein

On Sat, Dec 26, 2020 at 11:04 AM, Lee Jaffe wrote:
) If Ari Leib's father is a kohein, wouldn't that make Ari Leib a kohein?   If so, wouldn't that be included in Ari Leib's "title"?  Or was it considered implied?

2) Does the designation shochet vbodeck refer to Shalom or Ari Leib?  I assume it belongs to Shalom but I'm unclear about the syntax of the inscription.
Both HaCohen and the occupation refer to the son (although that does mean that the father is also a Kohen).  "Son of" and the father's name are considered part of the son's name.  It's not Ari Leib, the son of
Shalom-the-Cohen-Slaughterer-and-Inspector.  It's Ari-Leib-son-of-Shalom, the Cohen, slaughter, and inspector.

Stephen Weinstein
Camarillo, California, USA

Re: Deciphering Gravestone #translation


As long as Aryeh Leib's mother was Jewish, then he would automatically be a Cohen.  It is standard practice to put "haCohen" only after the father's name.

BELIEVE, but am not 100% sure, that the "Shochet u'Vodek" refers to his father.

As to the title "Rev", meaning "Reverend".  This is a title that my own father -- who was also a Shochet -- had, as did the other Shochtim [that's the plural] in the town.  It means that the person is a religious functionary in the community, but not a rabbi.  It was a title that was also used, for example, by cantors.
Fredel Fruhman
Brooklyn, New York, USA

Re: Deciphering Gravestone #translation

Shlomo Katz

A couple of other things:

מו"ה was that one time written on virtually every male's gravestone. It does not actually indicate a rabbi.

The title Reverend was commonly given to a Shochet in the first half of the 20th century and even later.

Shlomo Katz
Silver Spring, MD

Re: Why would a husband take his wife's surname? #lithuania #unitedkingdom #general

Sarah L Meyer

My husband considered taking my name when we married, but decided against it, because it would have dishonored his parents.  It might have really helped our children however who had to cope with a situation that they had no control over:  namely being Jewish and a surname of Christiansen.   Our daughter solved the problem by marrying ( and being very frum), while our son has almost nothing to do with Judaism - and would not marry a Jewish woman. We both understood and accepted the conflict.  They had no choice.
Sarah L Meyer
Georgetown TX
BIRGARDOVSKY, EDELBERG, HITE (CHAIT), PERCHIK Russia (southern Ukraine) and some Latvia or Lithuania

JewishGen Talk This Week: Mengele-Unmasking the Angel of Death #JewishGenUpdates

Avraham Groll

We invite you to attend another free presentation in our series of JewishGen Talks webinars, with our speaker, Dr. David G. Marwell
Mengele: Unmasking the Angel of Death
Wednesday, December 30, 2020 @ 2:00 PM EST
Registration is free with a suggested donation.
About the Talk
As chief of investigative research at the Justice Department’s Office of Special Investigations in the 1980s, David G. Marwell worked on the Mengele case, interviewing his victims, visiting the scenes of his crimes, and ultimately holding his bones in his hands. Drawing on his own experience as well as new scholarship and sources, Dr. Marwell will describe Mengele’s life and career, with specific focus on his wartime service both in frontline combat and at Auschwitz, where his “selections” sent innumerable innocents to their deaths, and his “scientific” pursuits—including his studies of twins and eye color — traumatized or killed countless more.
About the Speaker
David G. Marwell, Ph.D. has had a distinguished career in public history. He spent nine years at the US Department of Justice, where, as Chief of Investigative Research, he conducted research in support of the investigation and prosecution of Nazi war criminals in the United States. As a part of this eort, he played major roles in the Klaus Barbie and Josef Mengele investigations and helped to author the two major reports that resulted. In 1988, he went to Berlin to become the (last) Director of the Berlin Document Center, a repository for captured personnel-related files of the Nazi Party and its component organizations. After overseeing the complete microfilming of the collection, Marwell returned to the US, in 1994, to become the Executive Director of the JFK Assassination Records Review Board, an independent federal agency established to identify, locate, and make available to the public (through declassification) all records relating to the assassination of President Kennedy. Following this service, he became the Associate Museum Director at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, overseeing key museum departments (exhibitions, collections, archives, education, international programs, library). In 2000, Marwell was appointed Director and CEO of the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York City and led this important institution for fifteen years, before stepping down at the end of 2015.

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


Thank you very much, sorry for delay in replying. I have a mr and mrs name spelt wrong, but sounds the same, but not their two children who were under 5, so maybe this isn't them.

Thank you again, I will keep looking and appreciate your help.

Mandy Molava
Researching MOLAVA Russia and USA
WEXLER HALASA Slovakia Hungary Bulgaria

Need translation help old German, Hungarian birth certificate #translation


I need translation help with old German and Hungarian birth certificates of my Grandfather and his brother.
I attached the documents below and would be very thankful for it!
Kind regards
Mira Habelman

Chait family from Ratno #poland


I am looking for any information for the Chait family from Ratno
Thank you
Myron Hyman

Re: How to find UKRAINE birth and marriage records #ukraine #records #russia



Do you know of any records for Nova Ushytsya, Ukraine, or surrounding towns? My maternal father's family is from there. Names are Swerlick (Sverdlik): Solomon (1905-1990), Herman (1910 to 1995), Irene (1907 To 1911), and Evelyn (1919 to ?). all born between 1905 and 1920. I have no maternal maiden names but Solomon, et. al.'s parents were Simon Swerlick (1881-1963) and Gertrude (1883 - 1938). Simon's parents were David Swerlick (?-?) and Ruchel (1815-?). And that's as far back as I can go.

Thank you. I hope you can help.
Bob Rosenthal
Palatine, IL USA

Re: Ukraine Research Division Year-End 2020 Update #ukraine #records

Stefani Elkort Twyford

Thanks for the year-end update Phyllis. I'm looking forward to seeing all these new records uploaded to the JG database soon! 

Hopefully 2021 will also see the addition of some new Kehila leaders to take on the towns that continue to be orphans. 
Happy New Year and best wishes, 

Stefani Elkort Twyford
Researching: Siegal/Segal, Spiel, Tarle, Ilkovics, Feiermann, Kronenberg, Szerman, Kletzel, Ricker/Ricken

Slutsk Records #belarus #records

Richard Gilbert

I’ve used The Together Plan too and was very happy with the service Artur Livshyts and his team provided. We were supposed to have travelled to Belarus with them on a customised tour in July but for obvious reasons it was postponed.

Richard Gilbert
Hertfordshire, England

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