Re: Alternative place names for "Kunar, Poland, Russia" in census #poland #general

Jill Whitehead

Hi Lesley

This sounds like Kovno (Yidish) or Kaunas now in Lithuania, which until 1945 was in Poland. 


Jill Whitehead, Surrey, UK

Re: Krakow Address Book 1932 #galicia #poland

Yossi Jalas

Thanks alot but your link is broken. This is the correct link:

Yossi Jalas

Looking for Mordechai Shekhtman, from Montreal (1977) and later Israel (Rishon LeTzion) #canada #israel #general

Avraham Y. Kahana

I am looking for one Mordechai Shekhtman who submitted a couple of Yad Vashem testimonial pages.
It is not clear if all the testimonials I looked at were submitted by the same individual (they are all linked, at least, to the same submitter, in Yad Vashem)
At one point he used the address 4921 Kent Av., Montreal - apparently from 1977
In later testimonials, he writes from Heletz street, 7, Rishon LeTzion, Israel, 1988
If anyone has any additional info or potential leads on him, please reply back.
Thanks in advance,
Avraham Yehoshua Kahana

Re: Mikhail Sokolov - Tax and voters list #records

Russ Maurer

Uchastok is the transliteration of a Russian word, участок, which means a part of some area, eg, a district, subdistrict, sector, quarter, or something similar. I believe Vilnius was divided into six or seven uchastoks.

Russ Maurer
Records acquisition and translation coordinator

Re: importing/transferring/sharing historical records between services? #general

Martyn Woolf

  • Dr. Blumsohn's comment is absolutely right. I have found that those making unauthorised changes are generally those with trees of around 100,000 names and asked about sources have no idea what is meant. They are normally proud that they have achieved such a number after only a few months "research".
  • The trees I intend to give to my family, I hold privately, with no access to other people.
Martyn Woolf

London, UK

Re: importing/transferring/sharing historical records between services? #general


You write a private book and distribute it to close family members. I really don't want some third cousin sticking documents to do with my grandparents and great-grandparents online, often mangled, uncorrectable, sometimes stolen and without consent or respect.

Dr Aubrey Blumsohn  

Sheffield, UK

Re: Krakow Telephone Directories 1934-1935-1936 #poland

Yossi Jalas

Thanks for the upload! Is the phone book from 1932 also available online?

Yossi Jalas

Alternative place names for "Kunar, Poland, Russia" in census #poland #general


My paternal great-grandmother, Rachael Weinstein (née Jacob) was reported to have been born in "Kunar, Poland, Russia" in the 1891 UK census. I've checked in JG Townfinder but it doesn't appear to exists. It was probably a mis-spelling or mis-hearing of somewhere else (Townfinder doesn't allow wild cards). Has anyone any ideas of what it might be? I've searched online but the only Kunar seems to be in Afghanistan. There is a Kunara in Sverdlovsk Oblast, Russia but that is a VERY long way from Poland! Any thoughts? Thanks.

Lesley Bowman
originally from London

Krakow Address Book 1932 #galicia #poland

Abuwasta Abuwasta

Krakow Address Book 1932 is online. Enables OCR search. The section of surnames starts on scan 375. Happy hunting..

importing/transferring/sharing historical records between services? #general

Lee Jaffe

I was wondering if anyone knew of a way to upload historical records found in one source into another?  For instance, if I find marriage record via or a manifest at Ellis Island, is there a smooth way to bring that over to MyHeritage or Ancestry and attach it to someone's record?   Or documents from Ancestry to MyHeritage, and vice versa?  Currently, I'm downloading the image of the record (or taking screenshots) at the source, then hand entering the event into my tree and uploading the image.  It's cumbersome and tedious, especially for records that touch on multiple individuals. 

t's my experience that you can't always locate a historical record within one service that you've found via another, so you are stuck with gaps in your tree history.  Recently, I was exchanging notes with a cousin and I found a manifest record for some of our family via MyHeritage. But her tree is in Ancestry.  When I tried to reproduce the results in my Ancestry account I wasn't able to pull up the same record, even knowing the ship, date and place.  I had found it, I could have shared it with her and let her add the record to her tree seamlessly.  The best I could do was make a screenshot including the relevant information and email it to her.  

Similarly, I saw that my cousin had a 1920 census record attached to her tree in Ancestry but couldn't recall the same document in MyHeritage and therefore couldn't attach it to my tree there.  

In yet another case, I've managed to find the same NYC Marriage Record entry for my great-grandparents via FamilySearch, Ancestry and MyHeritage. However, only FamilySearch includes the parents' names.   I'd much rather attach the FamilySearch version of the record to my tree instead of taking a screenshot of the record and having to hand enter the information for 4 additional people.

As I reread this, I think this question is more about the inconsistencies between the services and what they show us.  But a workaround that lets us add historical records more easily wherever we find them would go a long way to paving over the gaps.  If someone knows of a tool or a workaround, I'd like to hear about it and I think it would benefit others.

Lee Jaffe
Jaffe / Memphis
Weinblatt / Perth Amboy and Brooklyn
Koshkin/Kashkins / Snovsk and Romny, Ukraine

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


Rita and Mike,

Thanks for the information and suggestions. The discussion sent me back to look at the letters from Ida to Gussie. I realized my memory was faulty. I had thought Ida Lifshitz' husband had died in Ufa, but actually according to the letters he died "defending his homeland" and only Ida, her daughters Lisa and Vito (or Vita) and another sister Liza fled to Ufa. My guess is that Ida's husband may have wound up in the Russian Army, I shall have to research that.

In the meantime, Ida talks in one of the letters as being trained as a chemist and working as a director of a chemical laboratory in Ufa. Rita's comments about Ufa being a major city for factories and plants providing machinery and vehicles for the war effort as well as being a center for oilfields and mines make me wonder if that's a large part of the reason Ida and family wound up there after fleeing Lvov.

I also realized Ida's children were old enough at the time of the letters to have been born in Lvov (or elsewhere nearby), and if things worked out as she discussed she followed them to Moscow where they went for university. So in the end records from Ufa may not tell me much. But the discussion helped refocus me!

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: Does anyone recognize the family in this photograph #photographs

Joyaa Antares

I strongly suggest that you repost this putting useful information into the subject line.  If this suggestion helps, perhaps try something like:
Do you recognise: BERS-BERZ-BERSE family - possibly from Rokiskis; then to South Africa.
I hope this helps.
Good luck!

Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia

Moderator note: an excellent suggestion for everyone on subject lines
Researching ZAUSMER, ZOUSMER, CHOUSMER, CHAUSMER, MARCUS, DAVIDOFF, COHEN, KAHN in Polangen, Kretinga, Darbenai, Libau, Riga, Memel
MOSES (often MANSELL) in London and South Africa
PEIMER, PAYMER, PEYMER in Skuodas, Libau, USA and South Africa
and GERSON, SIDERSKY, FREED, RIMAN in Gumbinnen, Leipzig, Koenigsberg, Danzig, Berlin, Vilnius, Sirvintos and South Africa

JGS of Illinois to host Stanley Diamond speaking about JRI-Poland on Sunday, Jan. 24, 2021 #poland #events #records

Martin Fischer

Stanley Diamond to present update on JRI-Poland on Jan. 24, 2021: 

Jewish Records Indexing-Poland’s founder and executive director, Stanley Diamond, will present “JRI-Poland Update and More” for the Sunday, Jan. 24, 2021, virtual meeting of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois. His live streaming presentation will begin at 2 p.m. Central Standard Time. (A separate JGSI members-only genealogy question-and-answer discussion time will start at 1 p.m.) 

To register for this free event, go to After you register, you will be sent a link to join the meeting. This webinar will be recorded so that JGSI’s paid members who are unable to view it live will be able to view the recording later.  

This is a rare opportunity to get deep inside the story of Jewish Records Indexing-Poland (JRI-Poland), an award-winning international project to create Internet-searchable access to the Jewish vital records of Poland. 

Diamond will present an update on JRI-Poland's revolutionary next-generation website and data management project and the current status of various records-indexing and extraction projects, the latest news on scanning of Jewish records in the Polish State Archives, and an overview of not-yet-announced projects for which hundreds of thousands of records have already been indexed. 

For more information, see or phone 312-666-0100. 

The JGS of Illinois is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping members collect, preserve, and perpetuate the records and history of their ancestors. JGSI is a resource for the worldwide Jewish community to research their Chicago-area roots. The JGSI motto is “Members Helping Members Since 1981.” The group has more than 300 members and is affiliated with the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies

JGSI members have access to useful and informative online family history research resources, including a members’ forum, more than 65 video recordings of past speakers’ presentations, monthly JGSI E-News, quarterly Morasha JGSI newsletter, and much more. Members as well as non-members can look for their ancestors on the free searchable JGSI Jewish Chicago Database,

Martin Fischer
Vice President-Publicity
Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois

JGSI website:

Re: archive newspapers #ukraine

Alan Shuchat

A Google search came up with this page at the National Library of Russia website. It has links to old Odessa newspapers, and at least some are available as PDFs.

Alan Shuchat
Newton, MA

SHUKHAT (Talnoe, Simferopol, Sevastopol, Odessa, Balta (Abazovka), Pogrebishche)
VINOKUR (Talnoe), KURIS (Mogilev-Podolskiy, Ataki, Berdichev)
ZILBERMAN (Soroki, Kremenets), BIRNBAUM (Kamenets-Podolskiy)
KITAIGORODSKI (Zvenigorodka)

Re: Translation of Yizkor Books for Akkerman, Khotin, and Beltsy #bessarabia #yizkorbooks


Thank you for this notice. I was able to find my great uncle listed in this Akkerman book...still searching for my grandfather Kissel Borok.

~Donna Borok Moss

Re: Meaning of nickname Cuttie #names

Christine Hills

In England cute children are often referred to as cutie as a term of endearment and this can stick after childhood. It is sometimes miss-spelt as Cuttie,

Christine Hills.  Dublin Ireland, previously London England. tinasusanamy@...

Re: Locating NYC Butcher Shop Licenses and Records #records #usa


Does anyone know the file or link  that contains the NYC Butcher Shop Licenses and Records?
My Becker and Seltzer families were butchers in NYC and Brooklyn from the 1910s to the 1940s.
Walter Spector
SPECTOR- Zaslov (Izyaslov) Volhynia Gub. Ukraine-Woodbine NJ-Phila. PA;
EBY (AB)-  Rushany, Grodno Gub. Belarus-Woodbine NJ- Phila.PA;       
BECKER-  Klevan, Rovno Phila. PA Brooklyn NY:   GREENSTEIN-Boston MA:
SELTZER (ZELTZER)Rovno, Klevan, Alexandria; Poland-Brooklyn NY
PITKOWSKI Rushany, Grodno Gub. STEINBERG –Los Angeles CA  ROTHSTEIN (Rotstein)  Phila. PA;
Rudofsky Boston

Looking for info about William Siegler #names

Jo Ann Goldwater

Recently I received the results of my DNA from Ancestry, and the first name on my list of matches is William Siegler, who is listed as a first cousin. It is a very close match but I doubt that he is a first cousin, possibly a second. It is likely that he is related to me through my grandmother, Bertha Kahn Goldwater. She was born in Zhager, moved to Riga, and then to New York, and Montreal. I don’t know very much about the Kahn family and I would love to find out more about them. If anyone has some information about William Siegler, I would love to hear from you.


Jo Ann Goldwater
Montreal, and Sarasota.

Re: Help - are there ever any notes to read after the Zoom talks/meetings? #belarus #germany #general


I there isn't already a handout available, I open up a blank Word document and take screenshots of the screens with info I need to revisit and add notes under the screenshots. I crop the screenshots to eliminate extraneous info and then make the screenshot larger so it is more readable. I then save the Word document with the name of the presentation so I can find it and refer back to it.

Deborah Shindell
Trumbull, CT
researching: Beserglik, Lederhendler, Goldberg (all in Poland) and Szmukler (Ukraine)

Mikhail Sokolov - Tax and voters list #records

Angie Elfassi



Whilst searching through LitvakSIG I came across this attached record.


Can someone please explain what is the information in the column on the right?


In particular: 2nd uchastok


Thanks and regards,

Angie Elfassi



RAYKH-ZELIGMAN/RICHMAN, Stakliskes, Lithuania/Leeds

COHEN, Sakiai, Lithuania/Leeds

MAGIDOVICH, Jurbarkas, Lithuania/Leeds

KASSIMOFF, Rezekne, Latvia/Leeds

MULVIDSON, Rezekne, Latvia/Sweden

GREENSTONE, Rezekne, Latvia/Leeds

ITMAN, Stakliskes, Lithuania/USA


KANTOR, Sakiai, Lithuania

GOLDBERG, Sakiai, Lithuania
GELBERG, Kamianka-stromilava, Lvov, Poland

ELFASSI, Settat, Morocco


RAYKH-ZELIGMAN/RICHMAN, Stakliskes, Lithuania/Leeds
COHEN, Sakiai, Lithuania/Leeds
MAGIDOWITZ, Jurbarkas, Lithuania/Leeds
KASSIMOFF, Rezekne, Latvia/Leeds
MULVIDSON, Rezekne, Latvia/Sweden
GREENSTONE, Rezekne, Latvia/Leeds
ITMAN, Stakliskes, Lithuania/USA
KANTOR, Sakiai, Lithuania
GOLDBERG, Sakiai, Lithuania
GELBERG, Kamianka-stromilava, Lvov, Poland
ELFASSI, Settat, Morocco

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