How do I use the "Declaration of Intention" to find the actual naturalization papers? #records


I am researching my Grandfather, Sam KATZ, born in Bucharest, Romania in December, 1900. The Declaration of Intention is dated 6 March, 1922, Southern District of New York, Number 105926. There is a number "346" on the upper left corner of the page. On the upper right, there is a stamp " Duplicate. Dec.22, 1925 ". All information given on this document agrees with other information gleaned from passenger manifests, censuses, and marriage license..except that his birthdate is dubious . I have found a document, Form 142, dated Dec 22, 1925, which I am attaching to this query. With these two papers, how do I then locate his Naturalization papers in the Family Search records ? The 1925 N.Y State Census lists him as an alien, the 1930 US Census shows him as "naturalized".  Sam is my brick wall. I am hoping to find his death records and his burial. Thank-you for any help in this matter.
   Diane Preston
North Stonington, CT.

Re: Naturalization record index cards #records

Gary Pokrassa

Hi Bob
these petitions are indeed available on Family Search - just not indexed nor are they under "Records"
Search in "Catalog"
then under "Place" type in "United States"
scroll down to the 4th page where you will find United States - Naturalization and Citizenship"
under that wil be a drop down of many different curt records - NYC will have Eastern and Southern Districts if you search in the scroll down
- also many other localities.   
Find the court based on your indexcard listing
the armed with your petition number from the index you should be able to locate your record - it will involve trial and error but not too hard

Hope this helps
Gary Pokrassa
Data Acquisition Director
Ukraine Research Division

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Tombstone translation #translation


Hi, I need help to translate these tombstones

Thanks in Advance

Regards ,
Diego Ivan  Romero Monfort

Re: Good New Tool: Thru Lines on Ancestry #general #announcements #dna #education

Sarah L Meyer

Sometimes it is accurate and other times not.  I was looking at it where it had a woman and her daughter with identical names and no data for the other side of my "match".  I did have success once at removing a completely erroneous match.  

Sarah L Meyer
Georgetown TX
BIRGARDOVSKY, EDELBERG, HITE (CHAIT), PERCHIK Russia (southern Ukraine) and some Latvia or Lithuania

Re: Good New Tool: Thru Lines on Ancestry #general #announcements #dna #education

Adam Cherson

These anecdotes show that no tool is perfect and any process is only as good as the input data. Still,  I hope none of these experiences prevent everyone from trying.
Adam Cherson

ROZZIN / ROSEN from Minsk region #belarus #usa


I am searching for a "needle in a haystack" and am hoping that some networking may help.

I am searching for the man in the attached immigration record, line 17. His name upon arrival was:
Mordukh ROZZIN age 24 from Minsk. He was a tailor and his immigration sponsor was his cousin, Zorach WISHNEFSKY 366 Cherry Street, New York, NY. He arrived at the Port of New York on March 6, 1905 on the ship named "Caronia" that left Liverpool on February 25, 1905.

This is the only information I have. Perhaps someone else has this individual on their tree.

Thank you in advance to anyone who can help me find out more information about this individual.

Tammy Weingarten

Re: magazine article on restoration of Eastern European Jewish cemeteries #general

Dan Oren

The author of this article made a number of journalistic errors as it highlighted the important work of a good number of people in a good number of places in Eastern Europe. Please make sure to read Myrna Teck's letter to the editor in response to the article as well. The link is <>. Those who wish to read more about the ongoing work in towns mentioned in the article such as Goniądz or towns anywhere else in Poland not mentioned in the article are encouraged to read more at <>.
Dan A. Oren
Friends of Jewish Heritage in Poland

Re: Good New Tool: Thru Lines on Ancestry #general #announcements #dna #education


I spoke with Ancestry about someone on my throughlines and who'd done their tree also, they put the wrong relation in their tree and so it made mine appear wrong when in fact I'm the decendant so I would know!... Ancestry told me to reach out to this person to let them know it wasn't correct. I think this needs to be changed by Ancestry, I know it's in small print somewhere that it may not be 100% much like our matches on there, but this can offend. 

Mandy Molava 
Researching mainly Krakow Russia Brest Slovakia 

Iso KAIDAN surname #general #names

janice kaidan

We have hit a longstanding brick wall in our search for relatives of my grandfather Leo/Aryeh Leib Kaidan and/or his wife Chana/Chane/Annie Zekcer (sp.?). Leo was born in 1877. Is anyone familiar with this surname? Can anyone help us find extended family?
Many thanks and all the best.
Janice kaidan 
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Re: Help with extra person mentioned in Slutsk Chevra Kadisha record #belarus #records


I believe the general practice in the Slutsk cemetary was to bury men in the men's section and women the women's section, wherever there was the next space.  In the one case I have seen in my family where a man was buried next to his brother in law, that relationship was stated in the Chevra Kedisha record (these are the husbands of my great grandmother's two sisters):

2650. On Friday the eve of the holy day of Shabat the ninth day of Tamuz (21 June 1907) passed away the elderly mh"r r' Y' LEIB the son of M' SHMUEL LIFSHITS IVANER and he rests by his brother-in-law mh"r ELIYAHU who passed away on the seventh day of the aforementioned Adar (21 February 1907) row "six" by the "geonim" to the town side.

In cases where no relationship is stated I think the working assumption is there was no family relationship.

Larry Nordell

American Religious Ecologies Digitizes 1926 Census of Religious Bodies #usa #general

Jan Meisels Allen




The American Religious Ecologies (ARE) is a project of the Roy Rozenzweig Center for History and New Media located at George Mason University and supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities. They are digitizing the 1926 U.S. Census of Religious Bodies which has individual schedules for approximately 232,000 congregations. The American Religious Ecologies documents and maps denominational choices and studies why certain groups thrive in particular places and how they were divided by race and social class. Did cities, towns, and rural areas feature meaningful religious pluralism and diversity, or were they dominated by some particular religious group?  The American Religious Ecologies project is creating new datasets from historical sources and new ways of visualizing them so that we can better understand the history of American religion. The website can be accessed at:


The 1926 US Census of Religious Bodies


Prior to the Congressionally-created Census Bureau in 1902, the US government collected data about houses of worship as part of its decennial population census. After the Bureau of Census became a permanent agency, it authorized to undertake a separate decennial survey of “religious bodies”.  Every ten years from 1906 to 1946, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed congregations, synagogues, and other religious groups in the United States.


While the Census Bureau published summary reports from that data, the forms (or schedules) filled out by each congregation have not been widely used. Only the schedules from the 1926 Census survive, housed in a collection at the National Archives and Records Administration in Washington, DC.


They contain a wealth of information about each congregation, including its membership by age and sex, its expenditures on buildings and missions, its clergy’s  name and whether he or she had gone to seminary, and its denominational affiliation, which the Census Bureau cataloged into 213 different groups. The schedules also include the location of the congregations, usually by county and city or town, and in many cases the street address as well.


The Census Bureau asked for three different kinds of location information on the schedules they collected from religious bodies, and it kept track of a fourth.


The first is the state and county of each congregation, contained in schedule fields (e) and (f). As a part of cataloging of schedules, this information has been recorded in the American Religious Ecologies database, and you can use this page to find schedules from every denomination in a particular location.

The Census Bureau also kept track of the name of the “city, town, village, or township” in field (d). This information contains the name of the populated place nearest to the congregation. The Census Bureau also asked for the mailing address of the person who filled out the form in the lower right. Sometimes, but not always, this contains the street address of the congregation’s meeting place. Finally, the Census Bureau classified a congregation as urban if it was located in a place with a population of at least 2,500, and otherwise as rural.


On the URL,,  there are databases where one can find schedules by state and count, location of schedules on their map for the top 25 by denomination and top 25 by County, find schedules by state and county and more.


The Census Bureau used the terms “bodies” and “denominations” synonymously, to signify religious organizations or groupings that included more than one local religious congregation.


In so doing, the Bureau adopted a Protestant American concept of what religious groups look like. As the historian Sidney Mead explained, a denomination is “a voluntary association of like-hearted and like-minded individuals, who are united on the basis of common beliefs for the purpose of accomplishing tangible and defined objectives.” In the American context, denominations sometimes competed with one another for members and influence, but groups such as the Presbyterians, the Methodists, and the Baptists acknowledged one another as branches of genuine Christianity. The Census Bureau then assumed that the institutional model followed by Presbyterians, Methodists, and Baptists was universal. Not all religious groups fit into the American model of denominationalism. While Census Bureau officials were aware of these fundamental differences in the ways that Americans understood their religious identities and affiliations, they classified everything from the “Roman Catholic Church" to the “Salvation Army” to the “Disciples of Christ” as “denominations.”


However, in order to help researchers better navigate the schedules of the census, The ARE project has adopted the “Religious Groups” or families created by the Association of Religion Data Archives (ARDA). The ARDA’s taxonomy of religious families includes the categories “Pentecostal” and “Holiness,” leaves fewer denominations uncategorized, and arranges denominations into fewer families.


If you are seeking the schedules of a particular denomination, select its denominational family and then select the individual denomination. If you are unsure where to locate a particular denomination, consult the ARDA Religious Groups, and check for uncategorized denominations in “Other Groups.”


For example for Judaism go to: and for Jewish Congregations go to: One can look at the information of denominational profile, trends, member profile, related surveys and more for each of the different religions.


Jewish Congregations

The list of Jewish Congregations and members for 1926 can be viewed at:


Their website depicts a 1910 photograph from the Library of Congress of Congregation Sha’arai Shomayim, Mobile, Alabama. 












Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


magazine article on restoration of Eastern European Jewish cemeteries #general

Renee Steinig

Thank you to Phyllis Nierel Simon for sharing an interesting article in the Winter 2020 issue of B'nai B'rith Magazine (

The article, "Unfinished Business: Restoring Eastern Europe’s Desecrated Jewish Cemeteries," describes a number of organizations that are working to restore cemeteries:
- ESJF (European Jewish Cemetery Initiative)
- FODZ (Foundation for Preservation of Jewish Heritage in Poland)
- Matzevah Foundation
- Avoyseinu (Heritage Foundation for Preservation of Jewish Cemeteries)
as well as several groups focused on individual towns.

Towns that are mentioned: 

Goniadz, Milejczyce, and Przerosl, Poland
Huklyvyi and Rohaytn, Ukraine 
It was nice to see the names of some genealogy friends as well!


Renee Stern Steinig
Dix Hills NY

film of deportation of Jews from Makow #general

Paul Silverstone

A distant cousin of mine who was a child during WWII and who was taken
away from his home in 1939 (age 6), reported having seen a film showing
Jews being deported from Makow Mazowiecki, and seeing his grandfather in
it. This may be a kid thinking he saw what he expected to see.
My question, does anyone know about such a film. Where would I look to
find such a film, if it exists.
Paul Silverstone
West Vancouver, BC


Re: Sephardic instruments popular in Bodrum and Rhodes #sephardic #general

Leon Taranto

I am Rhodesli, and from Atlanta. My mother had an uncle, born in the 1880s in Izmir, who played a pear-shaped string instrument, an oud, which is of Middle Eastern origin. It variously has from 9-10 to about 13 strings. Since the Jewish community of Rhodes was, before the island’s transfer to Italy in 1912, very closely connected to the much larger community of Izmir, the oud might have been popular also on Rhodes. HIs mother, by the way, was from Rhodes, from a Capelluto-Alhadeff family. My mother’s family is largely from Izmir, and before that from Rhodes. My father’s family, similarly and conversely, is largely from Rhodes, and before that from Izmir.

Leon Taranto
Rockville, MD

Death registration in 1916 Warsaw. Where would I locate a "street map" to locate the addresses? #warsaw

Our Jewish Family History Research

Hi all:
I am posting information from a translated Warsaw death registration. I am hoping that one of our fellow members would kindly share where I may locate those 
addresses. In particular, House #670  is most important for my research. No street name?

Here it is:
Death registration took place in Warsaw in the 
Powązki, fifth precinct, on March 11, 1916
-Date of death:  March 10, 1916
-Place of death: House # 670

-Gersh Zilberstein, a tradesman, an adult living at 1 Bayun Street in Warsaw,
appeared in the presence of an adult witness -Nuson Moore, a house manager living in house number 8 in Warsaw.

Many thanks in advance.
Jacqueline GRUSZECKI
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Researching: GRUSZECKI/GRUSZECKA from Warsaw and possibly Kotłówka,  Zelechow
Sent from my Galaxy

Naturalization record index cards #records

Bob Silverstein

How can I use the naturalization record card to find the naturalization petition and related documents?

Thanks, --
Bob Silverstein
Elk Grove Village, IL

Researching Kaplan (Krynki, Poland) Tzipershteyn (Logishin, Pinsk, Belarus), Friedson/Fridzon (Motol, Cuba, Massachusetts), Israel and Goodman (Mishnitz, Warsaw, Manchester).

Re: Deciphering Gravestone #translation

Mark A. Roseman <rosemanlawoffice@...>

Can anyone recommend photo editing software to make it easier to read a tombstone? I understand that such software exists.--
Mark Roseman

Re: Naturalization Papers #records


She stated that she needs it for dual citizenship; hence the need for certification.
Barbara Sloan
Conway, SC

Re: Help with extra person mentioned in Slutsk Chevra Kadisha record #belarus #records


Is this cemetery still actively managed? If so, is it possible to ask the cemetery for information about this Abraham?  Alternatively, is it possible to search various cemetery databases? I quickly searched dead fred without results, but there are others.
Barbara Sloan
Conway, SC

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