Re: Weitz Bakery on West Adams, Los Angeles #usa

Michael McTeer <mcteer@...>

You also might try contacting the library to see if they have research services. The library from what I recall has large collections on various subjects.

An additional note for those with relatives in the Los Angeles area, is that the library also has telephone directories on line which are searchable.

Michael McTeer, 13488

Search advice for family/records from Pilica, Poland #poland


I am searching for records of my paternal grandmother and her family, who I believe may have emigrated from Pilica, Poland to Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1908.  From Buenos Aires, they settled in Rosario, Argentina. 

I found a family that I believe may be them on the Hamburg passenger lists with the hometown of Pilica but I cannot confirm it is them.  The ages & names seem to somewhat line up but I can’t find any records in Jewishgen from Pilica that correspond to the family.  There are no other records from the family that point me anywhere other than Poland (marriage and death certificates).  Does anyone have any advice on other resources I can use to try to find Polish records on the family? My ggparents were born in 1870 and 1878 and my grandmother was born in 1905. 

Thank you,
Helen Gonzales
Albuquerque, New Mexico

Researching: WINTER/VISNER

Jewish Genealogical Society New York January 24 Meeting #jgs-iajgs #announcements #holocaust

Phyllis Rosner

Jewish Genealogical Society NY Meeting
Sunday January 24, 2020 at 2 p.m.
Zoom Webinar

Out of the Whirlwind: Finding the Family You Lost in the Holocaust

Speaker: Deborah H. Long


The daughter of two Holocaust survivors, Deborah Long has been researching her family history and looking for family members for more than 50 years. She has found surviving cousins in Sweden, Hungary, Canada and Israel. Deborah will review the best (as well as some of the more obscure) resources and methods for determining the fate of those caught up in the Holocaust, survivors as well as victims. She will use examples from her own research to present the documents and artifacts she has discovered.


Deborah Long grew up in Skokie, Illinois, and is a professional educator and speaker. She has written more than 20 books, including a memoir about growing up as a child of survivors titled “First Hitler, Then Your Father, and Now You.” Deborah lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and is the founder and first president of the Triangle Jewish Genealogical Society in Durham/Chapel Hill. 

All are welcome; attendance is free, but registration is required:

Submitted by:
Phyllis Rosner
JGSNY VP Communications
New York, NY

Berko Portiansky in Yelizabetgrad #russia #ukraine


I am trying to learn about my paternal great grandparents and other family who lived in the Russian Empire, now Ukraine. According to papers they were from Elizabetgrad and the name was Portiansky or Portjansky. My great grandfather, Berko, came to the US with his son, Nuta in 1904. I could not find when he returned to Russia but when my grandfather, Leib, came over in 1912 he listed Berko as being in Elizavetgrad. I believe they were in the hides and skins business and maybe had a tannery over there. Once in America, my relatives changed their last name to Porter. Any help would be appreciated,

Stuart Porter, Fort Defiance, Virginia

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Re: Weitz Bakery on West Adams, Los Angeles #usa


Debby, you could also try the photography collection at the Los Angeles Public Library. and bizarrely enough, Youtube. My older son is a street artist who occasionally turns to me for historical photos of areas where he's painting.   I found a video on Youtube of someone driving down Venice Boulevard in the 1950s.  It showed the original exterior of a building he'd been asked to reconstruct.  Even the firm of the famous architect who designed it didn't have it.
Ronni Kern

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 
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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

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