Post-WWII Records for Ufa #records #russia


Does anyone have a good source (especially online) for obtaining records from Ufa, Russia in the 1941-1949 timeframe?

I'm looking for information on siblings of my great-grandmother Gussie Squire/Scvirsci, born Gitel Gorovitz. The two primary names I have connected to Ufa are Ida S. Lifshitz and Lisa Solomovna Horovitz. According to letters I have dated 1948-1949 they're from Lvov originally but fled to Ufa in 1941. Ida may have subsequently moved to Moscow to rejoin her children. 

Gary Ehrlich
Rockville, MD
SCVIRSCI, Zhivotov, Ukraine; WASHLIKOVSKY/WASHALKOWSKY, SATER, Bialystock, Poland;
LIFSHITS/LIFSHITZ, GOROVITZ, HOROVITZ, Lvov, Ukraine; Ufa and Moscow, Russia
YAGUDA, Albany, NY

Re: Help Unraveling a Mystery #latvia

Max Heffler

The current link to the Latvian Archives is:


Max Heffler

Houston, TX


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Subject: Re: [] Help Unraveling a Mystery #latvia


Good morning Max,

Could you provide me the web address for the Riga archives. It may be one I've already checked or could be a new one for me.


Allen Weitzman


Max Heffler
Houston, TX

Help suggestions please #dna


I'm currently using Ancestry, My Heritage and also GEDmatch as a comparison site, can anyone suggest any others, please? I love the tools on GEDmatch and comparing the Ancient DNA, but match-wise I don't appear to be finding matches above 55cm and largest segment 19.5, I'm gathering not everybody knows about this one? How does everybody get on with this one?

Mandy Molava
Researching Belarus, Brest, Hungary Galacia

Jewish Religious Life in Poland since 1750 - Conference 11 Jan 2021 #announcements

tony hausner

The Jewish Genealogical Society of Great Britain News Blog posted: 

Re: Red Cross listing showing time in Auschwitz and in Buchenwald #lodz #poland #holocaust

Lin Mor

It is possible that they did not want to talk about it, maybe wished to protect you and your siblings from the horrors they experienced. My cousin did 125+ interviews for the USC Shoah Foundation in the 1990's after it was founded by Steven Spielberg in 1994. She found that the people she interviewed rarely shared their experiences with their families, especially their children. Yet, they would talk about it to a stranger. Yes, indeed, there were people who somehow survived it and were able to pick up the pieces of their lives. My cousin's mother, mother's 2 sisters, cousin's father and his brother all did, the emotional scars were lifelong, but they persevered. May I suggest you follow their paper trail as much as you can. Best wishes for successful research! 

Linda Cohen Morzillo
Saratoga Springs, NY

Re: Help with photo style, trend, oil painting portraits years needed #belarus #galicia #hungary


Just in case this information is of interest to anyone - So far been messaged about the possibility of the photo being intended for use on a tombstone, similar photos are affixed to tombstones in Romania, Moldova, Hungary and Ukraine. This one is especially similar to those used in Romania and Moldova - style of dress and outfit. Ukraine appear to be more recent vintage. 

mandy molava

Re: Immigration from Poland to England #unitedkingdom


Hi Debbie

I have the same problem, I have 'Brisk Russian' on the right hand side of the 1911 English Census on mine and also cannot find how they got to England. Some went to different places before settling, so it's worth looking in a few directions. Some of my Ancestors split and went to different countries, the USA were very good at documenting. 

Good luck, if you find anything let us/me know !

Mandy Molava
Researching Brest, Belarus, Hungary, Galacia

Re: Ashkenazim with Oriental eyes #general

Deb Katz

The epicanthic fold also popped up in my Ukrainian lineages but that is pops up, it doesn't affect an entire family.  My belief based on the history of the greater Lithuania/Poland region is that it is a residual genetic impact (what a nice way to describe what often was "rape", eh?) from the Tatar invasions of the areas within that region in the 12th-17th centuries.
aka Debra Katz
Pacific Beach CA USA

ViewMate translation request - German #germany #translation


I request a translation of two documents in German.  One is a death record (Berlin 1917) and the other a marriage record (Berlin 1904).  They are on ViewMate at the following addresses:

Please respond using the online ViewMate form.

Thank you

Ruth Bloomfield

Tracing Swedish Immigration - ROWELSKI #scandinavia

Eleanor Thom

I am searching for family photographs on behalf of a cousin who was a child survivor of Theresienstadt.

I would be so very grateful if anyone can help me understand how to trace descendants of a relative who may have emigrated to Sweden from Berlin in 1939. I'm unsure how to search immigration into Sweden for this period, or how to research a possible name change
, or perhaps the Swedish phone book can offer a clue! 
Another complication: I have two conflicting sources, one saying our relative emigrated to Sweden, but another telling me he tried to emigrate on a transport to Palestine but was murdered in Yugoslavia (Kladovo transport). Is this two different people with the same name and an almost identical birthday, or could there be some other explanation?
In any case, I would really like to try and follow the Sweden possibility to see if he may indeed have reached Sweden. This man's niece (my cousin) is the sole known survivor of his branch of the family. She is 79 and lives in Virginia, and I have promised her to turn over every stone to search for photographs of her parents and elder brother, which she has never had. She has no memory of them. If her uncle made it to Sweden, perhaps he took photographs of his siblings and parents.
I know it's a very long shot, but if anyone knows how to search immigration to Sweden, or even just the phone book in Sweden, or name changes, and could offer me some advice or help, that would be amazing.

The relative who we have possibly linked to Sweden is called Hermann ROWELSKI (various spellings include Rowelsky / Rewelski/ Rowalski etc) and he was born in Wistitten Lithuania on 22 June 1910. The apparent date of emigration to Sweden from Berlin was 27 June 1939.

Rowelskis often change their names to Rowell or Rovell at least in the UK and the US. Perhaps in Sweden there is another more obvious change though.

Very grateful if anyone can offer advice or a clue.

Kind regards

Eleanor Thom
Edinburgh, Scotland

Re: Post 1895 Civil Records from Hungary #hungary #records

Vivian Kahn

The Dvorzak gazetteer indicates where rabbinate was located in 1877 and can be helpful in locating records created by religious authorities prior to October 1895 when civil registration began. JewishGen's Hungarian research division has been acquiring and transcribing civil records from archives in Slovakia and Romania.  Volunteers from MACSE has been handling civil records from presentday Hungary, which have been filmed by FramilySearch volunteers. We rely on donations to pay the researchers who digitize records and volunteer support to transcribe them.

Vivian Kahn
JewishGen Hungarian Research Director

Immigration from Poland to England #unitedkingdom

Debbie Lifshitz

I am currently researching a family that appears on the 1911 census. They appear neither on the 1901 census nor on the 1891 census. 
They are listed variably as Russian or Polish, so I take it that they came from Russian occupied Poland. 
I have no idea where they came from within that territory. Nor do I have a clear indication of when they arrived in England. 
What are the best tools for researching immigration to England? Are there ship manifests in the UK, like the ones available in the US? Was there a naturalization process? Was there a legal process for anglicizing names or spellings?
Any help in breaking through this brick wall would be appreciated!
Debbie Lifschitz

News from GenAmi #france

Jean-Luc STRAUSS <jeanluc@...>

Dear Friends,
Even if we don’t post a message to announce all our publications, GENAMI continues to be written and published on our website.
We have an English version for all the titles.


Hereafter, please find the tables of contents for the 2020 issues:

N° 94 = DECEMBER 2020

                 The Dreyfus History of Sierentz (Haut-Rhin)

                 The Lineage of one of the Dreyfuss Family of Sierentz

                 The Jews of Riga

                 The Genealogical Researches in Latvia

                 The Discoverers of the Polio Vaccines

                 Books Review :

    • « L’aveuglement » by José Saramago
    • « Retour à Birkenau » by Ginette Kolinka

N°93 = SEPTEMBER 2020

                 Virus, when you strike so harsh (1918-1919)

                 Lucien Lévy, A Radio Pionneer

                 Lucien Lévy Ancestry

                 Strasbourg Houses

                 From Delme to the Wall of Names : Vorms or Worms?

                 Books Review :

    • Maps of the Deportation of Jews of France by Jean-Luc Pinol
    • “Le Système périodique » by Primo Levi
    • « Le Médecin d’Ispahan » by Noah Gordon

N°92 = JUNE 2020

                 The Schiffrin Family

                 Lalo Schrifrin, the Man-Orchestra

                 Mikaela Shiffrin, Exceptional Alpine Skier

                 Thank you for your advice!

                 Walter Spitzer, an Artist Saved by Drawing

                 When Families Meet Again Three Generations Later

                 Book Review and Research:

    • « Retour à Lemberg » by Philippe Sands
    • « Le Problème Spinoza » by Irvin Yalom
    • « Des bouts d’existence » by Aldo Naouri
    • « Le Ghetto intérieur » by Santiago H. Amigorena

N°91 = MARCH 2020

                 Once Upon a Time in Odessa…

                 Charles Joachim Ephrussi’s Descendants

                 Women in the Spotlight, part II

                 Should we do a Genealogical DNA Test ?

                 Books Review and Research:

    • “Imprimé chez Beresniak”, stories collected by Natalia Krynicka
    • Dittigheim » by Elmar WeiB


And of course, we are ready to answer all your questions.

Best regards to all of you.
Jean-Luc Strauss, GenAmi Member of the Board, Paris, France

Re: Ashkenazim with Oriental eyes #general


As Jews dispersed throughout the world, there was surely intermingling. We even see it in the Bible.  I know Indian Jews who have the same complexion as Hindus from the same part of India, for example. Yemeni Jews tend to have the same complexion as their historical neighbors too. Whether by choice or by force, this would account for features of various groups.  
Barbara Sloan
Conway, SC

Re: Post 1895 Civil Records from Hungary #hungary #records

András Alvincz

Hello Daniel!
At the mentioned Macse you will find the registers of the parts of Miskolc / Borsod / and Zemplén that remained in Hungary from 1895. It can be searched by name and settlement.
Regards Andras Alvincz

Re: Ashkenazim with Oriental eyes #general


I seem to remember proving this from your own DNA and I think it was GEDmatch ...also top of nose width apparently is a good indication, correct me if I'm wrong.

Mandy Molava
Researching Belarus Russia Brest Galacia

Re: trying to contact Teichman and Bergman family of Toronto, #canada

Moe D

I personally know a Teichman family in Toronto Mrs. Teichman is from the Pam family which lives in Toronto as well. Regarding the Bergman family there are a couple of them in Toronto Sending you this listing from Smartlist.
Eisig & Ethel Bergman
111 Palm Dr 
Downsview ON M3H2C2
Home: (416) 630-3540
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Transport to Chelmno to get record of Bajla Fuks #holocaust

Sharon E Siegel

Does anyone know how to obtain this actual record, hopefully showing parents' names?  We believe this could be a sibling.

Lodz Transports to the Chelmno (Kulmhof) Extermination Camp
Searching for Surname (phonetically like) : FUKS AND
Givenname (DM soundex) : BAJLA
1 matching record found.
Run on Tue, 05 Jan 2021 07:57:47 -0700
Name Year Born / Age Address Transport Date
Record #
Transport# Comments
FUKS, Bajla 1923 Holz 16 28 Jun 1944 
Sharon E. Siegel 
Port Jervis, NY USA

Re: Ashkenazim with Oriental eyes #general


My great-grandfather Shimon Kruk, born in Warsaw, Poland in 1847, most definitely had 'Oriental' eyes as did one of his granddaughters who passed away in Toronto at 101 a few years ago in Toronto. I always noticed her eyes whenever we met.  I had such eyes which were pronounced when I was baby, still noticeable to me now!
Re my great-grandfather, this is long before the 1918-1920 Russian Civil War.  Given the prominence of the last name Kruk in Plock, I assume his family was originally from there, just west of Warsaw.   My guess is the family fled the Rhineland valley during the Crusades and reached Plock then.  Perhaps something happened along the way that genetically introduced the 'Oriental' eyes then.  OR Genghis Khan's Mongol warriors, I believe, reached all the way across Asia to Poland at one point in the 13th century.  That could be an explanation.

Mel Solman

Trying to locate Simon Abrahams 1880s New York #usa

Peter Bush

My GG Grandfather Simon Abrahams born 1829 Poland, lived in London with his family as per the 1881 census. His family are then located in Liverpool in the 1891 census and his wife is head of the family and a widow.
I have never been able to locate the death record of Simon, but have noticed on Ancestry that a Simon Abraham travelled to New York in 1886 on The Aurania. He is a Tailor, born in Poland and the correct age, but it gives no other details.
Would there be any further records in New York or the US to establish if this is the same person?
Many thanks
Peter Bush, London plbush1@... 

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