Re: Finding info on great grandparents Bayarsky in Belarus (Grodno? Minsk?) #belarus


Hi Karen
I managed to track my family down to Lida which is a town near Grodno in Belarus. My great grandfather Avram Avigderov Boyarsky from Lida married Frume Girshonova Rosenberg there in 1897. My grandfather Harry travelled to Pittsburg, via London where he was in 1911. He spent most of his life in Montreal. Sometimes Harry's papers name him Boyarsky sometimes Boyarsky.

best wishes

Nicholas Boyarsky

Re: French archives #france #records

David Choukroun

On Mon, Jan 11, 2021 at 12:04 PM, <mbekken@...> wrote:
Dear Marijke, 
it shall be possible to find the wed. record  and even the death records for Ephraim using the Paris Archives
État civil à partir de 1860 - Tables décennales - Archives de Paris

Go with the decennales tables first , search for the 2 possibles periods covering your guess 

The trick, is that you do not know the address, so there are 20 arrondissements to check (but this is fast) per period

Once you have found the date in the decennale tables, you can go back to main menu to ask for the exact act

Will search (a bit) when possible 





The link in my posting on BRCA-2 is no Longer Viable #announcements #dna

Jan Meisels Allen

I recently posted about BRCA-ll gene and included a link to the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. My apologies the link is no longer working and they instead suggest contacting the Resource Center at the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists by e-mail at resources@... or call 202-863-2518 for further information.

Current clinical guidance from ACOG is available online at


Again ,my apologies for including a link that has been withdrawn. Thank you to Dan Martin for bringing this to my attention.


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


Rabbi Yair Peterseil Berlin #austria-czech #germany #galicia #israel

Israel Guttman


I am looking for information about Rabbi Yair Peterseil, born in Nowy Wisnic, got married and lived in Marmorosh and than in Berlin for approximately 30 years until 1934 when he emigrated to Tel Aviv where he lived till his death in 1938.

Any documents pictures or information. 


Israel Guttman 

Re: Kalwaria, Poland #poland #general


While I don't know about "degrading," Feviel ELKUS my GGF likely came from Kalwaria and I found this wonderful essay about the life of Jews there:

William Elkus
Los Angeles CA

Re: French archives #france #records


I would love to find out about any of our Nussdorf relatives in France.  Thank you so much.  Barbara Berman

The Jewish Genealogy of Colorado presents Dr. Steve Morse #events #announcements

Ellen Beller

The Jewish Genealogy of Colorado
Speaker: Dr. Steve Morse


Sunday • January 24 • 2021 &

Sunday • January 31 • 2021


10 AM to 12 PM Mountain Time

Zoom Virtual Meeting 


Everyone is welcome to join at 9:30 AM with any and all questions.  


January 24th topics are:


  • One-Step Webpages : A Potpourri of Genealogical Search ToolThe One-Step website started out as an aid for finding passengers in the Ellis Island database.  Shortly afterwards it was expanded to help with searching in the 1930 census.  Over the years it has continued to evolve and today includes about 300 web based tools divided into 16 separate categories ranging from genealogical searches to astronomical calculations to last minute bidding on eBay.  This presentation will describe the range of tools available and give the highlights of each one.  
  • Case Study: Genealogy of Renee Kaufman  This lecture presents a case study using the One Step Webpages as well as other websites to develop a family history  It illustrates how with a minimal amount of initial information, an entire genealogy can be obtained.  It also shows how to obtain records in spite of name misspellings, and how to avoid accepting wrong information.  


January 31st topics are:


  • The History of the Geography of New York City   New York City has undergone numerous changes in its geographical boundaries.  An understanding of these boundaries is important in order to know which archive to search in when looking for vital records.
  • Getting Ready for the 1950 Census: Searching with and without a Name-Index When the 1950 census is released in April 2022 it will not have a name index initially.  So, finding people in the census will involve searching by location instead.  Even when a name index becomes available, there will still be many reasons for doing locational searches.  


This Program Is For Members Only.  


ALL Members will be sent a unique Zoom link for each Sunday’s event a few days 

before each session.  Please mark your calendars. 


We strongly encourage everyone who is not a member to please support JGSCO and become one.  


A benefit to membership is the ability to access handouts and recordings from many past programs. 


For Non-Members we are offering a special temporary membership discount through January 24, 2021 for membership valid through June 30, 2021.  

After the 24th of January membership will return to regular price.


Individual Membership in Colorado normally $30 per year will be on sale for $15

Household Membership in Colorado normally $40 per year will be on sale for $20

Out of State membership is normally $15 per person will be on sale for $10


To join JGSCO, please go to >LOGIN & MEMBERSHIP >Online Join

Ellen Beller

Invitation to the Holocaust Memorial Day Event - 27 January, 14:00-15:00 GMT #announcements #events #holocaust #names #unitedkingdom

Klavdija Erzen

Dear All,  


On behalf of the Jewish History Association of South Wales, I wish to invite you to a talk for the Holocaust Memorial Day on 27 January at 14:00 GMT. 


We have been researching the lives of people listed on the Holocaust Memorial Tablet in Cardiff Reform Synagogue. This Tablet commemorates relatives of the Congregation who were murdered during The Holocaust, but whose final resting places are unknown. There are 102 names in total, and we have been fortunate enough to find information on all but one of them.


We feel it is important that these individuals are not just names on a board, but that they are recalled as fathers, mothers, sisters and brothers; they had families and jobs and communities. We feel that the whole of their lives should be remembered and celebrated, not just the manner of their deaths.


For many of the volunteers doing the research, it has been both a rewarding and very emotional experience.


To mark Holocaust Memorial Day, three volunteers will be sharing their experiences with you in our first ever webinar at 14:00 GMT on 27 January 2021.


You can register here for the event:


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.


With kind regards,


Klavdija Erzen

Mosciska researcher? #galicia


Hello.  I just came across this information on
I am extremely interested in finding out if any of my ancestors (Dizian, Dycian, or similar) are included in any of these land or other records during the 1800s.  It appears as though none of these are indexed yet?  What would you suggest in regards to getting access to them?  Or, do you have a suggestion on how to find/hire a researcher who is an expert in these records?  Thanks!!
Separately, do you know if there are any Mosciska land records from the early 1900s?

Sam Ditzion

Re: Picture of Headstone needed Montifiore Cemetery Queens #usa

Paul A. Auerbach

I've come up with a way to search Montefiore Cemetery by society name, but it's a bit cumbersome.  Click on this link, or copy and paste it into your browser:

This will give you the names of all people buried in the Sobolivker Chevra Society plot, through "Isidore Cohen."

You won't be able to get to subsequent pages using the links at the bottom of the page.  To advance pages, modify the link above by changing "Page 1" to "Page 2," "Page 2" to "Page 3," and so on, until you get to the last page.
Paul Auerbach
Sharon, Massachusetts, USA


ARONSON /ARENSON (Podolia (Gubernia), Ukraine), ATTELL/ETTEL (Krakow, Poland),  (AUERBACH / AVERBUKH (Chisinau, Moldova), BARR (Kreslavka, Latvia), BECK (Krakow, Poland),  
BENJAMIN (Ostrolenka, Poland), BLODEK/WLODEK (Krakow, Poland), CALKE / SELKA (Ostrolenka, Poland), CHAKIM / KHAKIM (Maisiagala / Musninkai/ Vilnius, Lithuania), 
DAVIDSON (Traby, Belarus), DREYEK (Krakow, Poland), HALTZMAN/HOLZMAN (Chisinau, Moldova), HURWITZ / HURVICH (Musninkai, Lithuania), ITCHOFF (Lechowitz, Belarus), 
KAPLAN (Dzyarzhynsk / Minsk, Belarus), KUKLA (Rezekne, Latvia), LAZAROWITZ / LEISEROVICI (Iasi, Romania), LEVINE /LEVIN / LEWIN (Traby, Belarus), MESCHER/MEZAK (Odessa, Ukraine), 
MINKIN (Rezekne / Kaunata, Latvia), NEEDLE / NUDELL (Odessa, Ukraine & Lechowitz, Belarus), NESIS / NESSIS (Zinkiv, Ukraine), PELICAN / PELIKAN (London, England & Tarnow / Krakow, Poland), 
ROSENLICHT (Krakow, Poland), SHAFFMAN (Lechowitz, Belarus), TAFFET (Krakow, Poland), WEINER/VENER (Vilnius, Lithuania)

Re: Looking for inform on Marguerite (Margaretha) HAUPTMANN, HOFFMAN, OFFMAN, or KAUFMAN b. 1698 Baden-Wurttemberg, Gemany d. 1760 in Picardie, France married to Martin Mayer (Mair, Meyer) #france

Sally Bruckheimer

Small % of DNA results are often noise. Your 4th ggrandmother would only have 1.5% of your DNA, and it might well be noise. You will have to do genealogy research to find out about her - and you already know her name, so it wouldn't be a huge project.
Sally Bruckheimer
Princeton, NJ

Ferramonti di Tarsia: David Ropschitz - zoom talk tonight Thursday Jan 14 7.30 pm UK time #austria-czech #galicia #holocaust #israel



For anyone interested in the story of Ferramonti di Tarsia, the largest internment camp for Jews and others in Italy during WW2, there will be a one hour Zoom talk tonight hosted by DAVAR Bristol. ( for anyone who wants a link to the talk). It will feature the story of Dr David Ropschitz who was an internee in the camp and whose autobiographical novel published 34 years after his death, is featured in a slide show which looks at his life, the life of the camp of Ferramonti in the 1940s and research that brought the book to publication last year.

The talk is given by me, his daughter Yolanda. There will be a Q and A session after.

Yolanda Ropschitz-Bentham
Somerset, England

Re: ViewMate translation request - Russian to english or french #poland #translation


VM89527 and VM89528

In Russian:


На марке: Гербовая Марка

15 копеек

31 декабря 1880


В правом углу: Состоялось в деревне Барковица товарищества Каминск 31 декабря 1980 года.


Акт признания

Перед нами содержащими акты гражданского состояния Каминского религиозного округа явилась Рухля Крызман, девица, жительница посада и товарищества Каминск Построковского (возможно) уезда и объявила, что она намеривалась вступить в брак с Ицком-Мошком Зильбершетейном, холостым и она обязана предоставить свидетельство о рождении, но так как никакого акта гражданского состояния нигде не записано, то на основании 54-й статьи устава о брачном союзе свидетельство о рождении можно заменить показаниями двух свидетелей, которых она хорошо знает: Файвеля Зильберштейна, торговца, 62-х лет и Израиля-Берка Рожицкого, 40 лет, живущих в посаде Каминск, которые по совести объявили: находящуюся Рухлю Крызман знают в лицо очень хорошо с молодости и поэтому достоверно известно, что она родилась в посаде и товариществе Каминск, является дочерью Абрама и Хаи-Суры, урожденной Видерман, супругов Крызман и что ей 20 лет, еврейского вероисповедания, девица, которая готова вступить в брак с Ицком-Мошкой Зильберштейном, метрического свидетельства о своём рождении она не в состоянии предоставить по причине объясненной в начале настоящего акта.  Вышесказанное является правдой и мы обязываемся в любое время подтвердить под присягой и в докозательство этого по прочтении подписываемся. 

Израиль-Берка Рожицкий


Участвующая в акте, по прочтении вышеизложенных свидетельских показаний признано справедливыми - Рухля Крызман


Так как по выше описанному акту ничего ни прибавить и не убавить или исправить не потребовалось, то акт следует заключить.


Содержащий акты гражданского состояния Подпись


Translated into English:


Stamp: Revenue stamp 15 kopecks December 31, 1880

 In the right corner: Held in the village of Barkovitsa of the Kaminsk partnership on December 31, 1980.

 Act of recognition

 Before us containing acts of civil status of the Kaminsky religious district, Rukhlya Kryzman, a girl, a resident of the posad and partnership Kaminsk of Postrokovsky (possibly) district, appeared and announced that she intended to marry Itsko-Moshek Zilbershetein, single and she was obliged to provide a birth certificate, but since no civil status act is recorded anywhere, on the basis of Article 54 of the statute on the marriage union, the birth certificate can be replaced with the testimony of two witnesses whom she knows well: Faivel Zilberstein, a merchant, 62 years old, and Israel-Berk Rozhitsky, 40 years old, living in the village of Kaminsk, who, in their conscience, announced: Kryzman, who is in Rukhla, is known very well from her youth, and therefore it is reliably known that she was born in the village and partnership Kaminsk, is the daughter of Abram and Khaya-Sura, nee Wiederman, the Kryzman spouses and that she is 20 years old, of Jewish religion, a girl who is ready to marry Itsko-Moshka Zilbersh tein, she is not able to provide a birth certificate for the reason explained at the beginning of this act. The above is true and we undertake to confirm it at any time under oath and in proof of this, upon reading, we sign.

 Israel-Berka Rozhitsky


 Participating in the act, after reading the above testimony, was recognized as fair - Rukhlya Kryzman

 Since according to the above-described act, nothing has to be added or subtracted or corrected, the act should be concluded.


Containing acts of civil status Signature

Translated by Michael Ryabinky
Columbus, OH

Arolsen Archives : International Day of Remembrance - Jan 27m 2021 #holocaust

Yvonne Stern

Arolsen Archives
International Day of Remembrance
Jan 27m 2021
Live- Streaming Media Installation

We have a lot planned for 2021. We’re starting the new year with a
media installation for our commemoration initiative #everynamecounts,
which is dedicated to the victims of the Nazis. From January 21 to 27
we will present an art installation developed by the production studio
Urbanscreen based on documents from the Arolsen Archives.

The media installation and live stream will bring the #everynamecounts
project to the public. Every day from 5 to 10 p.m., the installation
will be projected onto the entire façade of the French Embassy at
Pariser Platz 5 in Berlin and streamed live worldwide.

The impressive and moving installation is part of our digital
commemoration project and also announces the next step in
#everynamecounts. On January 27, International Holocaust Remembrance
Day, we are taking our crowdsourcing initiative to the next level. To
create a digital memorial to the victims of National Socialism and
make the information in our documents available worldwide, we want to
reach even more people internationally and motivate them to support
our cause.

In the campaign week around January 27, 2021, individuals from many
different countries, as well as organizations, companies and their
employees, and schools and universities will show their solidarity by
spending time and helping to record names. You can also participate in
#everynamecounts – set some time aside during the activity week and
tune in to the live stream of the media installation. You can view it
on our website. We have already posted some short videos there as a

Yvonne Stern
Rio de Janeiro

Viewmate translation from Russian requested #translation

Ben Zion Shapiro

I've posted a vital record in Russian for which I need a translation. It is on ViewMate at the following address ...
Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page.
Thank you very much.
Ben Zion Shapiro 

Re: Picture of Headstone needed Montifiore Cemetery Queens #usa


Re: Picture of Headstone needed Montifiore Cemetery Queens #usa


Kalwaria, Poland #poland #general

Marcia Segal

Hello all,

I'm trying to understand an aspect of Polish history. In 1883 the town of Kalwaria, in Poland, was "degraded" (as one web site puts it), until 1919. What would this mean for the Jewish population? According to a passenger list, three of my relatives came to the US from Kalwaria (if the document is to be believed) in 1892. This suggests to me that, once they had the money, they got out because life was difficult for them as Jews. Does anyone have insights regarding this or any town that became "degraded?" Many thanks.

Marcia Segal
(great-granddaughter of Kalwaria residents)

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

Eva Lawrence

Firstly, you really need to discriminate between historical sources and indexed information.  Secondly,  what appear to be historical records have sometimes been rewritten in the archive where they are now found, and photos of say, a gravestone, could be of a later redesign. So the source and date of acquisition of your record is just as important as the information it contains, and transferring from one place to another without further input is really dangerous, quite apart from any privacy or copyright issues.  I've taken and filed screenshots for a long time, as the only safe way of avoiding typos in entering dates etc.    Even here I regret that I used to  edit out the date and other context which  might have made it possible to retrieve details I missed earlier, such as a second page. 
Eva Lawrence
St Albans, UK.

International Holocaust Remembrance Day January 27, 2021 #announcements #holocaust

Jan Meisels Allen


International Holocaust Remembrance Day is commemorated on January 27th.  January 27, 2021 is the 76th anniversary of  the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration, the ending of World War ll and the ending of the Holocaust.  The theme guiding Holocaust remembrance and education in 2021 is “Facing the Aftermath: Recovery and Reconstitution after the Holocaust”. It focuses on the measures taken in the immediate aftermath of the Holocaust to begin the process of recovery and reconstitution of individuals, community, and systems of justice. Integral to the process of reconstitution was the accurate recording of the historical account of what happened before and during the Holocaust. Challenging the denial and distortion of the historical events was interwoven in the processes of recovery and reconstitution. The theme examines the contribution of the responses to the victims of the Holocaust, and of the survivors, to addressing the needs of the contemporary world, and to the historical record of the Holocaust. Against a global context of rising antisemitism and increasing levels of disinformation and hate speech, Holocaust education and remembrance is even more urgent, as is the development of an historical literacy to counter repeated attempts to deny and distort the history of the Holocaust.


Many governments have legislated that January 27 is an annual Holocaust Memorial Day to mark the date as an international day of commemoration to honor the victims of the Holocaust. The day was designated by the United Nations General Assembly Resolution on November 1, 2005. The Resolution establishing January 27 as International Holocaust Remembrance Day urges every member nation of the U.N. to honor the memory of Holocaust victims, and encourages the development of educational programs about Holocaust history to help prevent future acts of genocide.


With the pandemic the following events will be virtual.


To read what the United Nations will be doing on January 21, 27,28, February 4 and February 11 for commemoration see:

To see what Yad Vashem is doing for International Holocaust Memorial Day see:


To see what the Wiener Holocaust Library in London, England will be doing see:

Registration is required. It’s free.


House of European History


To see what the US Holocaust Memorial Museum will be doing go to:

Social media #WeRemember


Holocaust Museum of Los Angeles


University of Michigan-Dearborn


Holocaust Center for Humanity (Seattle, Washington)


Midwest Center for Holocaust Education


(US) National Archives


There are many other venues that will hold commemoration activities. Please look locally for any activities in your area.


Some countries memorialize the Holocaust on other days, for example, Yom Hashoah in Israel and in the United States is commemorated on the 27th day of Nisan, the anniversary of the Warsaw Uprising. In Hebrew, Holocaust Remembrance Day is called Yom Hashoah. In 2021 Yom Hashoah is observed on April 9 (starting sunset the evening before). 


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee



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