Help needed finding Mollie Schiff's immigration papers #records


Mollie Schiff Epstein was born around 1880 according to censuses. She was always known as Mollie, but I discovered that her headstone had the name Chiyene Malka. As far as I know the family was from Slutsk. Mollie's father Zalman Schiff had three wives. Mollie was from the second wife and had a brother Benjamin (Barnett) and a sister Dina (Lena/Dine). I have been searching for immigration and naturalization papers for Mollie using Malka, Mollie, and Chienne with varying spellings of these names. I located an 1899 the manifest with Feigle, Zalman's third wife Dina, Hene (Anna), Hirsch (Harry) and Chaje (Ida). Anna, Harry & Ida were from the third wife. In the 1900 census Chienne Malka was listed as Mollie. Is it likely that the ship manifest would have been Chiyene or Malka or can't one say? Could anyone help me find any immigration papers on Mollie? Although the 1900 census indicated she came in 1890 I cannot find this. I found a Chienne Schiff who immigrated in 1895, but it said her residence was Schweksne, Russland, not Slutsk. Could the family have started in Schweksne? Many questions. Any ideas?
Sue Kahn
HS Mollie Schiff Epstein Beth David Cemetery.JPG

Seeking Information for GARBUZ and NIMZOVITSKY families from Pinsk #russia

Janis and Joe Datz

I am seeking to find information from Pinsk records or members information for the Garbuz and Nimzovitsky families from Pinsk.  If anyone has information you may privately email me at jjdatz@...

Many thanks.

Janis Friedenberg Datz

Fritz BUKOFZER, film producer- Paris > Switzerland #france

David Selig

Hi to all who have helped, and Happy(ier) New Year.

I recently found at the French Archives, two large files re Fritz, and his second wife, Marta Bukofzer who was my grandma. 
Fritz came to Paris in 1933, must have met Marta here.   She came (I guess, to join her sister, Meta) in 1937, my father Martin Selig was then sent to boarding school in UK.

They moved to sth of France in 1940 and married in Toulouse, in 1940. 

After the war they applied for French nationailty, were told in 1949 that they had to wait another four years at least (to "Assimilate" more completely).  IN 1955 it was granted, but at the mlast moment stopped for three months, following an anonymous denunciation letter sent to the police.  This was quickly debunked, and it came trhough early 1956.   Fritz died in Luzern, 1958.  Marta lived in paris until 1970, when she moved finally to Melbourne. 

I still have to collate much information from these amazing files, and I am going to post a general new topic re, finding your way around them - quite a labyrinth, in very complex French archives. 


Best to you all, David SELIG, Paris


Re: 1911 UK Census #records

Mike Coleman

Mike Coleman, London, U.K.

First name(s) Harris
Last name Green
Relationship Head
Marital status Married
Sex Male
Age 30
Birth year 1881
Birth place Russia Poland
Marriage year 1905
Years married 6
Occupation Fishmonger
House number 20
Street Bacon Street
Address 20 Bacon St Bethnal Green
Parish Bethnal Green
County London, Middlesex
Country England

Online meeting CompGen "Jewish genealogy to support memorial sites and descendants in search of family roots" (in German) #germany #events #records

Andreas Schwab

Scattered all over the world, descendants of Jewish families whose roots can be traced back to places in Baden-Württemberg still live today. The Gäu-Neckar-Alb memorial association would like to help to find out the family roots and to establish connections to other families.
This genealogical knowledge database based on the genealogy software TNG creates a basis for family, local and historical research. It also serves to collect documents, photos and sources, with the help of which the life history of Jewish families can be documented and passed on.
The speaker Andrea Dettling will present which analog and digital sources are relevant for the genealogy of Jewish families, which research possibilities are promising and how the results can be presented professionally.
Using the database as an example, it will be shown how Jewish citizens searching for their family roots around the world can be helped with archival documents or lists of ancestors to form a picture of the lives of their ancestors in Germany.
Translated with (free version)
Andreas Schwab, Montreal, Canada

Re: Scotland's People Adds 250,000 Birth, Death and Marriage Entries #records #united kingdom #records

Mike Coleman

In the first line of the fourth paragraph, I believe "free" should appear between "is" and "you".

Perhaps Hogmanay was too happy.....

Mike Coleman, London U.K.

Re: Chelmno record of Bajla Fuks born 1923, transport june 28, 1944 #holocaust

Bernard Flam

Hi from Paris,

Hello Sharon & Sharon,

Searching and finding original documents concerning our Losts in Lodz' ghetto is possible with all online databases already available : an opportunity during our lockdown !

Remember what I wrote previously in this forum (#653706, Dec 17th) :

  • During ghetto period, its Judenrat (Jewish administration under nazi rules) had ca. 14.000 clercs : they filed ca. 800.000 pages of archives which hadn't been destroyed and are available at USHMM : thanks again Ms. Megan Lewis, Library Referee who helped me to discover and understand structure of these huge archives. USHMM "Finding Aid" is 165 page thick, enough to present ca. 800 rolls of 1000 microfilms.
  • Now, a large part of these archives are available on Polish State archives at . These archives are same microfilms as USHMM, but aren't already fully on line.
  • With these archives, you can follow fate of almost all our Losts, from their early entrance in ghetto to their last day...
  • "Residents" lists have been indexed by Yad Vashem and ORFLI : they are available in JewishGen, as are ID card of ghetto workers. But you have much more to find in these archives.

And additional answer from Ms Megan Lewis, Reference Librarian, USHMM


The collection Bernard referenced, USHMM Archives collection RG-15.083 (click on this link to be taken to the description and finding aid), contains many lists and documents relating to individuals.  Several sets of lists or documents have been indexed as part of our World Memory Project in partnership with The index is free to access on Ancestry's site.  The actual documents are not online but there are instructions on how to order copies.  You should also search our Holocaust Survivors and Victims Database which contains names from collections that are not part of the World Memory Project.

To search Bajla Fuks, I use USHMM "Finding Aid RG-15.083" (165 pages) to determine which "file" (archived from microfilm reel) could be of interest. 

There are ca. 2482 files from 695 reels.


Lodz ghetto archives aren't available on USHMM web site (only on its Intranet) because (I guess) these archives belong to Polish State Archives.
And obviously, it's not best moment to be in Washington...

But most of same microfilms of these 800.000 pages are now on line at Polish State Archives (PSA):

So and fortunately, unit number are same in USHMM Finding Aid and in PSA web site:

example : reel 254, unit 1091 (Rumkowski's speeches), is found at 39/278/0/14/1091,

I must add that a lot of units concerning individuals have been indexed by JewishGen or JRI Poland from Yad Vashem or ORFLI documents : so we will find data already known, but searching directly these archives is a way to access the original papers.


Concerning Bajla Fuks, I searched through "USHMM finding aid" what could be of interest:


Reel 163, file 845 : Alphabetical list of ghetto inhabitants, letter "F"

997 Fuks entries exist in various Lodz ghetto lists...

Bajla didn't appear in these 138 pages of lists : dates of compilation aren't known.  

As she was in ghetto till the end in June 1944, one possibility is: these lists had been made before Bajla arrived in Lodz ghetto.
Remember that after closing of ghetto in March 1940, Jews arrived from smaller ghettos and from other nazi occupied countries.

As lists are for "F", some "Flam" are there: I have no link to them as my family was fully Galizianer (around Olesko / Brody).


 Reel 169, file 870 : List of names of people deported from the ghetto in transports organized by Central Prison, June-July 1944 (Wykazy imienne osób wysiedlonych z getta w transportach przesłane przez Centralne Więzienie)


1st page of transport list of 28/6/1944, attached picture 47


Transport of Fuks Bajla,   attached picture 50

8 persons named Fuks have been deported with this transport.

4 had (I don't use intentionally the word "lived"..) same address in ghetto, Holz Strasse, 16 : Bajla (B 1923), Chaja (B 1927), Szajndla (B 1921) & Szulim (B 1928)


So I look at

Reel 225, file 1033 : Register books of street Holz,...

and search for Holz 16 : , attached picture 114

Bajla and her 3 siblings / cousins (?) had a previous address "Siegfried Strasse 6, flat 33".

In same page, you get Ghetto ID number of these four persons : 183951 to 183954
With this number, we could search on other lists who were previous or following persons registered on same moment with them : parents, other family members ?
Also last date of meal deliveries to these ID numbers by cantins.

I have'nt found page of register book for "Siegfried St. 6" during my 3 hours searches.

Another clue : on a 1st registration in Lodz ghetto, Bajla had a former residence, town of Brzeziny.


Birth archives of Brzeziny exist from 1910 to 1935 :

I found no Fuks in

Reel 305, files 1308, Registration cards of persons destined to deportation and

Reel 305, file 1309, List of deportees in alphabetical order.


Reels 673-696 contain Identification cards for Lodz Ghetto worker in alphabetical order, a lot of them with ID pictures.

For some unknown reason from me, they aren't available in PSA online archives but they are at USHMM, indexed by JewishGen and you can get copies.

Chaja, Szandjla et Szulim cards are indexed :

Bernard Flam
Archives & history of Medem Center - Arbeter Ring 
Families Zysman, Kronenberg, Rottersman of Lodz.


Re: myDNA Merges with FamilyTree DNA #announcements #dna

Adam Cherson

Perhaps some good will come of it. For example, if the money paid by people seeking to stay healthy allows the prices of advanced geneologically oriented testing to lessen considerably. Question: which privacy and data sharing laws will apply to the new conglomerate: US or Australian.?
Adam Cherson

French archives #france #records

David Selig

HI to all, and Happy New Year. 

I recently made it to the French National archives, and having been helped by some of you, am gald to offer any help, especially regarding the French files (Police, Identity cards, Naturalization...) held there. 

It is very complex to find one's way around the files / dossiers/ record numbers. 
A huge archive was seized by the Germans, then by the Russians in 1945, taken to Moscow, and onyl returned to France in 1990's

It is known as the "Fonds de Moscou". 

I will gladly offer what help I can to anyone seekeing information on family in France, from about 1900 onwards. 

Best to all, David Selig. 

Re: myDNA Merges with FamilyTree DNA #announcements #dna


I can see the advertising from the new company: if you improve your skin you will have a better chance of finding relatives, or sign up for 10 nutritional meals and you will receive one free relative.
Stephen Schmideg
Melbourne, Australia

WWI (1916): A List of Jews Serving on Ambulance Trains... #russia #names

Marilyn Robinson

Posted on my blog, a list of Jews, at: "WWI (1916) Northern Front: Jews on Ambulance Trains..."
Marilyn Robinson

Re: Who is the better option for DNA: siblings or father and son? #dna


Hi Carol. There are a lot of factors involved, so we need more information to give you a better answer. As others have said, it is always best to test the oldest generation first. However, you also have to decide which company to test with and what type of test. You will find the most relatives by doing an autosomal test. Ancestrydna has the largest database. From Ancestry, you can upload to familytreedna, MyHeritage, and gedmatch. Uploads are free, but there are small fees for added services. You can also do autosomal testing at 23andMe if you want to look for more matches. Neither Ancestry nor 23andMe accept uploads, so you have to test directly on those sites. If you are interested in Y-DNA, you have to test directly on ftdna (family tree) since an uploaded kit can't be used for that. Or you can test one of the men at ftdna with family finder (autosomal) and do the Y-DNA test later using the same sample.

You don't say who you are in the family, but if you are a sister of the two brothers, your DNA will also be helpful. My suggestion is to start with the father and one of his children at Ancestry. If you all have the same mother (if she is deceased), you will be able to separate paternal and maternal matches. Then upload to the other sites. If you are interested in doing the Y-DNA test, one of the brothers should do the autosomal test first at ftdna so you can compare to the other uploaded kits. As I said, you can do the Y-DNA test later, but there should be no rush on that. If there are any maternal living relatives (aunts, uncles, or even cousins), you might want to consider asking them to test, also. 

It can get very expensive, complicated, and time consuming but also thrilling! Good luck!
Cami Klein
Researching maternal surnames:GOLDBERG, POLAK, SEGALOVICH, LISNIK (All from Minsk)
and Paternal surnames: MEREMINSKY, WILKOFSKY, POSCIVE (from Peski and Ostrow)

Trying to make contact with the Lehman and Sultan families of NYC #usa

Neil Rosenstein

Trying to reach descendants of Mordecai Leshczynski (Lestchinsky),
father of Mushka who married and lived in Coney Island, NY (mother of
Florence) and Chaika who married M. Lehman (parents of a daughter who
married F. Sultan of New York.
Neil Rosenstein

Re: Post-WWII Records for Ufa #records #russia


Thank you Jeffrey and Alexander for your supporting statements.

As Jeffrey stated, I did NOT say that I personally believe that Jews did not make good soldiers. I used the word "generally" deliberately to encompass a variety of beliefs espoused at different times by Stalin, General Anders, and others in the military hierarchy and, as Jeffrey says, Russian soldiers. Neither does my statment obviate the achievements and casualties of Jewish soldiers. I was remarking on a generalised attitude which often resulted in Jews being sent into work battalions often in remote parts of the USSR.

Mike - that your family has suffered great losses on the battlefields is extremely sad but bears no relationship to my statement about Soviet attitudes in the 1940s.
The accusation of anti-Semitism in this context is not only inaccurate but hurtful.

Rita Nash

Re: Meaning of nickname Cuttie #names

Ed Vogel

One of my uncles, Isador Fogel, was known by Cuddy.  I never met him, as he was killed on Saipan.  I will check with one of my cousins, to see if he knows the source of the name.  

Ed Vogel 

Family Photo/Ratno Poland 1934 - translation needed + info about military? uniform #translation #yiddish #poland


Hello, Seeking assistance: 1) In need of a translation of the Yiddish writing on the back of the family photo (probably taken in Ratno Poland); and 2) Any insight into the (military?) uniform worn by the young man in the middle.  Thank you in advance for your assistance.

Judy Kaplan
J_SKaplan@yahoo. com 

Post-WWII Records for USA #records


My father's first cousin, Raymond Zussman, was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for his role in capturing a French town during WWII.  (See ) He was a tank commander with the US Army and was killed in action, by friendly fire, a few days after his act of heroism.
This proved to be of great value many years later when I had business to conduct in the Pentagon.  My Army handler led me on what appeared to be a wild goose chase through the vast building until we came to the display case where the names of the recipients are posted.  I knew what I was looking for, found it quickly, and pointed it out to my handler.  He asked me to wait while he made a phone call.  That was the end of the BS from the Army; thereafter, they were very accommodating.
Yale Zussman

JGS of Toronto. Free Virtual Meeting. DNA: Tools for the Next Steps. Nancy Trimble. Sunday, 31 January 2021. 10:30 a.m. ET. #announcements #events

Jerry Scherer



DNA: Tools for the Next Steps

Speaker: Nancy Trimble

VIRTUAL MEETING: View from home
Sunday, 31 January 2021
at 10:30 a.m. ET.

Nancy Trimble is a Canadian Genealogist who began dabbling in her family history when she was a teenager using snail mail, microfilm, and many hours in library research rooms. Today she has embraced the world of technology and applied each new electronic tool as it came along. 
Nancy is Past President of Ontario Ancestors (The Ontario Genealogical Society) and spent 12 years on the Board of Directors. She is currently the Chair of the Durham Region Branch of Ontario Ancestors. 
Nancy will share with you some key things you need to know when working with the most widely used genealogical companies (Ancestry, Family Tree DNA (FTDNA), My Heritage, GEDmatch and DNAPainter). She will discuss Match Lists, centimorgans (cM), chromosome browsers and other useful tools. You will acquire enough information to easily implement some of the next steps in utilizing your DNA matches.

To register, please go to

You will then receive an immediate acknowledgement plus the link to access the event.

Please keep the acknowledgement email when you receive it as it contains your personalized link to join the Zoom meeting. 


Please make a voluntary donation in the box titled  $ | Other | at this link

JGS Toronto is a registered charity so Canadian donors will receive a tax receipt.



View this livestream meeting on our YouTube channel:


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1911 UK Census #records


If anyone has access to, I would appreciate receiving a copy of the census report for Harris Green – Born 1881 – Russia Poland - Bethnal Green -

London, Middlesex

Thank you


Paul G. Mayerowitz


Searching: MORDKOVITCH, GOLDSTEIN, GOULD, GREEN (Nowy Dwor, Poland, London, England, New Jersey, USA); MORDKOVITCH, GREEN (London, England); MAYEROWITZ, MAYROWETZ (Ukraine, New Brunswick, New Jersey); BRAUNER
(Montevideo, Uruguay, Poland); LUKSENBURG, LUXSENBURG, LUXENBURG (Montevideo, Uruguay, Poland); REISFELD, REISFIELD( Ukraine, New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA)



Re: Vinitsky/Winitsky from Detroit, Mich. #usa

Judy Bolton

I am the descendent of Hirsh Winitzky, who changed his name to Harris Venezky when he came to the United States from Odessa. He first resided in NYC until his marriage; he then moved to the Alliance Colony in southern New Jersey. I believe he was born about 1862. He had two brothers (I need to look up their names in my research) who came over when he did, but they returned to Europe shortly thereafter; I have not researched what became of them yet. 
We recently moved, so I’m still unpacking notes and hooking up computers, so it may take me a bit of time to research, but I will. I am also in contact with other Winitzky families, too. 

Judy Myers Bolton
Ocean Pines, MD
Researching: WINITZKY/VENEZKY (Odessa, Ukraine); NAGEL, FINGERHUT (Zbarazh, Ukraine); BARR (Ozeryany, Ukraine); CHAIKEN/JACOBS/ROSENBERG (St. Petersburg); NAVSON/NISSEN (Kovno, Lit.); PAVLOVSKY (Zmerinka, Ukraine); DOMASHOWITZKY (Slonim, Belarus)

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