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)

Family of siblings Anna WOLFOWITZ COMMIKE and Hyman WOLFOWITZ #usa #lithuania

Susan Goldsmith

Dear JewishGen,
Please contact me privately if you know the descendants of siblings Anna WOLFOWITZ COMMIKE (1891-1993) and Hyman WOLFOWITZ (1893-1966), both born in Lithuania, emigrated to US (Perth Amboy NJ, Bronx, NY).  Descendants include Herman (Hyman) COMMIKE (1913-2004)(Bronx, Lawrence, NY), Ellen COMMIKE SCHIEREN, Carolyn COMMIKE, Lillian COMMIKE PYES (1919 Bronx-2000 San Diego), Judith, Roger and Beth PYES,  Sylvia WOLFOWITZ ALTSCHULER (b~1920), Edith WOLFOWITZ LEVINE (b~1922).
They are related to my GITTES family (Lithuania and Perth Amboy, NJ)
Thank you,
Susan Goldsmith
San Francisco Bay Area
Researching: GOLDSHMIDT,GITTES(GADIE,GADYE,GIDUT,GDUD, GOIDA),F(P)ILVINSKY,SHOLOMOVICH(SHLIOMOVICH, SHLOMOVICH) Lithuania: Seta, Kaunas, Jonava, Ukmerge,Vandziogala, Kedainiai, Merkine,
Vilijampole, Adutiskis, Zemaiciu Naumiestes
TOBIAS,ROZHANSKY,MIRANSKY,BILINSKY, PROTAS Belarus: NovyySverzhen, Stowbtsy,Yasevichi, Mir
GUREWICZ,DROZNAN, HALPRIN Belarus: Dauhinava, Vileika  
KOENIGSBERG,WAKS(X)MAN Poland: Sandomierz, Ostrowiec 
SONNENBLIK Galicia Poland: Lancut, Kanczuga
DAVIS(D), HAFNER Romania: Botosani,,Roman


Susan Goldsmith
San Francisco Bay Area, CA, USA
Researching GOLDSHMIDT, F(P)ILVINSKY, SHLIOMOVICH, GITTES (GADIE,GADYE, GIDUSH, GITES) Seta, Jonava, Kaunas, Adustiskes, Zemaiciu Naumiestes, Keidainiai, Ukmerge, Vandziogala, Lithuania
HOROWITZ, DRASNIN (DRASNE) Dauhinava, Belarus; TOBIAS (TOUBES, TOBES, TAUBES) Novyy Swerzhen and Stowbtsy, Belarus; ROZANSKY, BILINSKY, MIRANSKY Iasevichi, Belarus
DAVIS, HAFFNER Botosani, Romania
WAXMAN (WAKSMAN), KOENIGSBERG Sandomierz, Ostrowiec Poland

Town or village of Piotrkow #poland

Carin Miller

My great grandfather immigrated from Piotrkow but his naturalization papers indicate that he was born in a town called Naza. I googled the town but I was not able to get any information. I will try JG or JRI. I imagine the town was so small it may not exist at this time but if anyone has heard of it please let me know.
Carin Miller

Re: Meaning of nickname Cuttie #names

Yonatan Ben-Ari

Cutti is also used as a nickname for Yekutiel a biblical figure.

Shavua Tov

Yoni Ben-Ari, Jerusalem

Re: surname Blum #names

Dan Nussbaum

Are you looking for BeMdersky or BeNdersky. My maternal grandmother's maiden name was Bendersky and I have never heard of the name Bemdersky.

Daniel Nussbaum II, M.D., FAAP
Retired Developmental Pediatrician
Rochester, New York
Tone can be misinterpreted in email. Please read my words with warmth, kindness, and good intentions.

Searching for;
Nussbaum, Katzenstein, Mannheimer and Goldschmidt; Rhina, Raboldshausen and Bad Hersfeld, Germany
Teplitzky, Bendersky and Kaszkiet; Uman, Ukraine
Rosenthal and S(c)henk(el)man; Zinkov, Ukraine
Bild and Kashlevsky; anywhere

Re: surname Blum #names

Dave and Melanie Bloom

My Bloom changed from Blum (likely closer to the Cyrillic transliteration) in Cleveland in the early 20th C.  Best I can tell, the family is from Bauska, Latvia, although there are mentions of Kuldiga, Goldengen, Riga, and Broush (can't find this one anywhere).  The only pre-immigration ancestor I can find anything about is Avraham Dov Blum (b. approx 1820, d. 1897).  

David Bloom
Mt Vernon, WA

myDNA Merges with FamilyTree DNA #announcements #dna

Jan Meisels Allen



Australian genomics company, myDNA, announced a merger with the US based FamilyTree DNA, and its parent company Gene by Gene.  The CEO of myDNA, Dr. Lior Rauchberer will be the CEO of the merged companies.  Cofounders of Gene-by Gene Bennett Greenspan and Max Blankfield will join the board of directors.


The myDNA test is a functional pathology test that reports on how genetic factors may influence the ways in which medications affect individuals. Different people metabolize and eliminate medications differently, and at various speeds.

FamilyTree DNA is the first company in the United States to offer direct-to consumer DNA testing for genealogical research. It was founded in 2000.  My DNA was founded in 2007 with a mission to improve countless lives by revolutionizing the field of pharmacogenomics, making truly personalized medicine a reality, before expanding into nutrigenomics to deliver actionable, personalized nutrition, fitness and skincare recommendations.


According to the companies, At myDNA, consumer privacy is paramount. myDNA believes the importance of the consumer's ability to trust in the privacy of their genetic information, and retain control over it, cannot be overstated. Along the same line, Gene by Gene and FamilyTree DNA will continue acting in the field of Genetic Genealogy, their original business, keeping intact their privacy rules and all terms of service.


To read more see:


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee



Re: Help suggestions please #dna

R Jaffer

You might find male matches on FTDNA because they chose to take a Y test with this company and while doing so went ahead and added an autosomal test. The other companies mentioned do not do specific Y testing although 23&me will report a haplogroup. When I look at results at FTDNA, I first sort by longest block, and then look at total cM, and only bother contacting those who have added surnames. I figure that if they haven't bothered to add names/places, they either don't know enough to make a connection or likely won't respond. The results below are for a second cousin I tested because I wanted to see if I could determine which sons of my great grandfather shared the same mother. Family lore said that he had many wives who died in childbirth. In any case, the results below are for those who shared a long block of 32 cM or more and listed names/places.  There are two things to take from this. The match who has Weinberg in bold is my first cousin. I don't appear in the list. Test first cousins if older relatives are not available. You widen your chances of finding matches. Second, the next best match is the one who shares total cM of 179. What you can't see below is that he also shares the same surname and place as my family. However, he spelled the surname Wainberg instead of Weinberg. Don't just sort based on surname because there are too many different versions of the same name. Their search algorithms are literal.

Roberta Jaffer 

Re: RUBIN Family--Not Much Information #usa

Barbara Zimmer

Have you tried to figure out when the photos were taken?  That would help a lot in narrowing the possibly families.  

Barbara Zimmer

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