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

Laurie Sosna

Since each of the services (Ancestry, FamilySearch and MyHeritage) are separate entities, some for profit, some not, the issue is that they do not work and play well with each other.
Also, they have overlapping records (manifests, census, marriage, birth death indexes), use different sources of the same material (marriage indexes that may or may not list parent's names). Some records are transcribed, some are not.
I found most of my family's manifests through Steve Morse because the search is much more flexible and refined.
An additional issue is caused by affiliate sites (FamilySearch & BillionGraves, Ancestry & Find-a-Grave) which have their own content, acquired independently from each other.
And there are sites that require additional membership (, Fold3) that are integrated into the Ancestry results.

There is no easy way to manage integration if you have trees on multiple sites, or work with family members if they have separate trees.
On Ancestry, there is an option to add a web link for sources that are online but outside of Ancestry.
The downside is that they don't link to an event in the Facts list or appear in the Gallery or Life Story.
You can add a new event, which will appear in the Facts list and Life Story and add the link in the description but it isn't clickable.
I don't know if FamilySearch or MyHeritage trees have that option, I suspect they have something similar.

Laurie Sosna
San Francisco, CA

Re: Newbie Question #sephardic #dna

Richard Werbin

1/2 % is noise in the data. It is meaningless. 
A good rule of thumb is to ignore any ethnicities below 5%.
Richard Werbin    New York, New York     JGSNY Membership Vice President

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

R Jaffer


When logged in and on the home page, click on RESEARCH near the upper right of the screen and then select YIZKOR BOOKS. The first item is TRANSLATIONS and choose READ TRANSLATIONS. You can scroll until you find the book(s) you want to read or go to the box on right and click on the first letter of the community. I think most of these books are found under their contemporary names, not historical names.

To find the Bessarabia Research Group formerly SIG, follow the directions above but choose RESEARCH DIVISIONS under RESEARCH. Under the DATABASE tab, you can find JOWBR, TOWN FINDER, and all the other databases.

Roberta Jaffer

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

Walter Silver

Hi Lesley,

Another consideration - perhaps it was a mis-hearing of Kutner (from Kutno) Poland? I've seen quite a number of town name variations in UK and US census records for some ancestors that seem to be the misunderstanding of whomever recorded the info.

Walter Silver
Cambridge, MA, US

Re: Picture of Headstone needed Montifiore Cemetery Queens #usa

Robert Hanna

I just checked their website.  Montefiore Cemetery has no way to search by society name.

Robert Hanna

Do you recognize BERS-BERZ-BERSE family possibly from Rokiskis then South Africa#photographs


This is a photograph of my grandmother's brother and his family. She was Shayna Bers (Berz Beres) born 1881 I think in Rokiskis Russian Empire. She immigrated to South Africa where she married Israel Salmenson (?Schneerson) in 1909.
Photograph can be viewed on ViewMate at:
Herman Salmenson

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 
Visit our new website (Do Not Register yet)    
Join us on Facebook! Register on JewishGen Family Finder.

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

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