Bessarabia group update for the month of December 2020 #bessarabia #ukraine #records

Yefim Kogan

Dear researchers,

Here is an update for the Bessarabia Division projects for the month of December 2020. 

See also at What's New at Bessarabia website.

Bessarabian Databases. December of 2020:

      Below is a list of updates sent to JewishGen. Soon they will be available to all JewishGen community. Thank you very much to all volunteers who worked on these projects.

    • Vital Records. Bendery and 21 shteitle in uezd - 3012 birth records for some years from 1874 to 1899.
      Project Leader Ariel Parkanskiy, translators Alla Pinsky, Genny Imas, Yoni Kupchik, Mike Glazer.

      Soroki uezd for 11 shteitle - 395 birth records for 1909 and 1910; Beltsy and 12 shteitle in uezd - 770 records for 1911 and 1913.
      Project Leader and translator Yefim Kogan, translator Eti Ganin.
      See the list of towns, shteitle

    • Jews in Public Life in Bessarabia. New addition is for 1916 and it includes 74 records for town of Kishinev.
      Project Leader and translator Yuriy Daylis.

    • Business Directory, 1897. Includes 1423 records from all Bessarabia.
      Project Leader Jeff Wexler. Translators: Genny Imas, Alan Levine, Yuliana Murray, Jane Rollins, Fanny Rozenblat, Tsvika Rozenblat, and Bena Shklyanoy.

    • All Kishinev, Business, 1916. Includes 608 records of business, small and large for Kishinev.
      Project Leader and translator Yuriy Daylis.

  • Revision Lists. 12306 records completed from 4219 families. See the list of towns, shteitle
    Project Leader and translator Yefim Kogan, Translators: Alan Levine, Jeff Brickman, Efim Goldshmit, Deborah Glassman, Evgeniy, Claire Stuart.

Please let us know if you have any questions, ideas of how to make our Bessarabia Research group and Bessarabia website better.
Yefim Kogan and Inna Vayner
Bessarabia group Leaders and Coordinators

The Dutch Pimentel family - History and Holocaust #sephardic #announcements

David Mendoza

This week's Sephardic World Zoom meeting focuses on members of a Dutch
Sephardic family during the Holocaust. We are hoping to trace people saved
by Henriette Pimentel, and their family members.

The Pimentel are one of the oldest Sephardic families in The Netherlands.
Henk Dijkman will discuss the family history, stretching back to Medieval
Spain. Fokko Weerstra tells the story of Jacques Pimentel during the Shoah.
Along with some other Sephardim, he tried to use his distant Catholic
ancestry to escape deportation to Poland by the Nazis. Esther Shaya
discusses Henriette Pimentel - one of the unsung heroes of the Holocaust -
who saved the lives of six hundred children being held prisoner at the
Hollandsche Schouwburg-theatre.

The meeting is this Sunday, January 10, 2021 at 2pm NYC, 7pm London, 8pm
Amsterdam/Paris, 9pm Jerusalem. If you are not on our mailing list, you can
join us on Facebook at:

All Sephardic World events are free.

Best wishes,

David Mendoza and Ton Tielen

Need help researching Kamenka, Podolia / Camenca, Moldova #records

Seffy Efrati

Dear all,

Looking for records, mainly metric records, from the town of Kamenka, Podolia, today Camenca, Moldova. Camenca is part of today’s Republic of Transnistria, a breakaway region that claims independence from Moldova. This makes it apparently very hard to access any records. Old metric records that were kept in the Khmelnitzki State Archive of Ukraine suffered a fire in 2003 and only a couple of books (1842, 1848) survived.

Does anyone know of a way to access records through a local register in Transnistria? I am looking for records mainly from the 1880s up to 1920, but would be interested in later records as well. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Many thanks in advance,
Yosef Efrati
Tel Aviv

Re: Immigration from Poland to England #unitedkingdom

Judith Elam

Hi Debbie - you can try searching here.....

Judith Elam
Kihei, HI, USA

Translation Needed - Czech #austria-czech #translation

Klavdija Erzen


I am writing on behalf of the Jewish History Association of South Wales. We are currently researching the stories of 102 people named on the Cardiff Reform Synagogue Memorial Tablet (erected in memory of relatives of synagogue members who were murdered in the Holocaust and whose graves are unknown). The records for one of the people listed on the memorial are in Czech and I am looking for someone who could transcribe and translate them. Your help would be greatly appreciated. 

With kind regards, 

Klavdija Erzen

Story of the world's oldest man documented in new monograph "Exceptional Lifespans" #poland

Stanley Diamond

Dear friends:
The value of building the largest collection of country-based Jewish vital records
was underscored when Jewish Records Indexing - Poland played the key role in
the search for documentation certifying Holocaust Survivor Izrael Kristal of Haifa
as the World's Oldest Man in 2016 by Guinness World Records. We originally
posted the story in March 2016 and today's news adds to its significance
On occasion, we have had the opportunity to mention the value of the JRI-Poland
database to the academic world and today we are both proud and delighted to share
the news of the publication of a monograph that includes the following chapter:
    "Validation of 113-Year Old Israel Kristal as the World’s Oldest Man"
The monograph is published under the title "Exceptional Lifespans" and is of part of
"A Series of the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research"
For researchers interested in the topic of longevity, the headings of the five parts of
Exceptional Lifespans are an indicator of the extent to which the monograph covers
the various aspects of this discipline.  They are:
     I.  The International Database on Longevity
    II.  Mortality and Longevity Studies
   III.  Cause of Death Studies
   IV.  Country reports
    V.  Case studies of Exceptional Longevity 
If you are only interested in the Izrael Kristal story, Chapter 20 with the 10-page
detailed analysis can be downloaded at:
Briefly, here is the part that JRI-Poland played in the heartwarming story:
Although Israel Kristal's birth record could not be found (either the register was lost
or the birth was never recorded), JRI-Poland was instrumental in the discovery of
various other key documents that provided the conclusive evidence needed by
Guinness World Records to accept Mr. Kristal's 1903 birth year.
The story was originally told in the 3rd February 2016 English edition of Haaretz:
The story is also documented on Wikipedia. 
Stanley Diamond, M.S.M.  
Executive Director, Jewish Records Indexing - Poland, Inc.

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


From: main@... <main@...> on behalf of aweitzman.ret via <>
Sent: Monday, January 4, 2021 8:11 AM
To: main@... <main@...>
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

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