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

Chana Bonn

I think it is very dangerous when different folks are able to add/change/remove information from someone else's tree.  A couple of years ago I found some really awful errors on my family's tree that were apparently submitted/changed by someone I never heard of who is apparently an umpteenth cousin by marriage and whose knowledge is probably 4th hand at best. 

Chana Bonn
Peresmyk, Appelbaum ,Feinglass - Pruzhany,Belarus
Kaplan, Gelburd, Kopman - Radiviliv, Ukraine (Radziwillow, Wolhynia)

Newbie Question #sephardic #dna


Hi there.  I am trying to see if I have sephardic descent, and am not exactly sure where to start. 
Looking at my DNA, it showed I am 99.5% Ashkanazi and .5% from what is now Turkey.  I can go back a few generations, but don't really know how to attach my family tree to the work that others have done.  Is there anyone here who would be willing to help me with that a little?  My best guess (looking at family last names) is that there is a Milgrom in one branch of the family tree, but in truth, I guess it could be anywhere.
Thanks for your help!
Josh Feingold

meeting announcement #announcements #jgs-iajgs

Marilyn Golden


The Jewish Genealogical and Archival Society of Greater Philadelphia Zoom Meeting


Sunday, January 17, 2021

1:00 pm   Check-in, Chat, and Schmooze.   

1:30   Official meeting start time


Guest Speaker: Sharon Taylor, JGASGP Member


Topic: Extra! Extra! Read All About it: Using to Research Family History


Sharon Taylor’s roots lay in Mariampol, a typical small town in eastern Galicia (today western Ukraine), and in Philadelphia. No vital records are known to exist for the time Taylor’s family lived in Mariampol. In Philadelphia, it was rumored that Taylor’s family was involved in organized crime, an activity that strives to leave no trace. Turning to Taylor explored the tale of her great-uncle's kidnapping by the Russian Army. She'll share her results and methodology as she tracks the struggles of Mariampol during the First World War, and finds evidence of her family’s colorful life in Philadelphia in the 1930’s.


Sharon Taylor graduated from Cornell University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Industrial and Labor Relations. For ten years, Taylor worked for the University of Colorado School of Medicine as a Professional Research Assistant. 


Taylor and her husband live outside of Philadelphia where Taylor continues writing and researching her family and the Jews of Galicia. She is a member of Gesher Galicia, and the Jewish Genealogical and Archival Society of Greater Philadelphia. Her articles have been published in their journals, on The National Library of Israel Blog, and in Jewish newspapers in Philadelphia and Arizona.    
Our meetings are held every 3 weeks on the Zoom platform. Meetings are for members only. Please join us at for membership information.

Marilyn Mazer Golden VP 
Jewish Genealogical and Archival Society of Greater Philadelphia 
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Re: Post-WWII Records for Ufa #records #russia

Mike Coleman

Gary :

"My guess is that Ida's husband may have wound up in the Russian Army, I shall have to research that."


Try this - it turned up trumps (sorry!) for me.

Mike Coleman, London U.K.

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

Mike Coleman

The moral is - stay clear of rivet-counters!

My tree is on my PC, backed up, with nothing online.
To my mind, the advantages of this far outweigh the disadvantages.

Mike Coleman, London U.K.



Re: Krakow Address Book 1932 #galicia #poland

Michael Hoffman

Hello Jacob,

Access Logan Kleinwachs Genealogyindexer at 
for a host of directories.


Michael Hoffman


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

Michael Hoffman

Access the Genealogyindexer at where you will find not only the Krakow telephone directories,
but lots of other useful directories.

Michael Hoffman


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

Yael & Barry

I can not work out where to find this book. In fact since the change of the system I can find nothing !
Can some please let me know how and where to find it.


Yael Driver

Re: South Africa immigration #southafrica

Arlene Beare


If they emigrated from Latvia to South Africa you should check the outgoing passenger lists from the UK.   There are no incoming passenger lists from Latvia for that time period. You can find these on Ancestry and Findmypast.   They left Latvia usually from Libau which is now Liepaja.. They sailed to either Hull or Grimsby in England. From there they went by train to Liverpool . They then could either settle in England or leave for South Africa from  Southampton. If going to USA then they would leave from Liverpool. They may have stayed for a while at the Poor Jews Temporary Shelter.

They may have spent some time in England before emigrating to South Africa so always worthwhile searching the JGSGB databases and JCRUK which is a combined Jewishgen and JGSGB Project.

Arlene Beare
Co-director Latvia Research Division

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

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