Re: French archives #france #records

David Choukroun

Hello David, 

I have at least one example in my family where a "Chaïm" selected "Léon" as French version of his first name

I have no clue if this was a choice or imposed by the French officiers (they were using always the same "translation" : all the Nedjma = Etoile, all the Nessim = Simon etc...)




Re: French archives #france #records

David Choukroun

Dear Barbara,

The name Nussdorf is not so common. However I cannot find any reference easily in the French regular databases

Can you please provide a little bit more  : any deviation in the orthograph ? any first name ? dates ? 




Ancestry to Discontinue AncestryHealth as of January 15, 2021 #announcements #dna

Jan Meisels Allen


Ancestry announced today, January 14, 2021 they are discontinuing AncestryHealth which they started in 2019. It will  no longer be available for sale as of January 15, 2021. Ancestry will continue to support their customers through July 2021 and have a plan in place to support existing and new customers through this transition. Ancestry encourages their customers to log into your account and download your health and wellness reports before the July 2021 date.

Customers with results pending: There’s nothing for you to do—They say they are working on your results and should have them soon.

Customers who have not activated their kits: You’ll have until February 15, 2021 to activate, and they must receive your sample by February 28, 2021 to process your health data. You’ll receive your reports as soon as possible and have access to AncestryHealth® through July 2021.

After that, you’ll continue you’ll continue to have access to your origins and ethnicity, DNA matches, and traits.

Support for their customers may access more information at:


Ancestry is continuing their family history and Ancestry DNA programs. They have genotyped more than 18 million customers to date. In their release they stated in part they decided to discontinue the AncestryHealth to invest more in its AncestryDNA offering.


JPMorgan analyst Tycho Peterson called Ancestry's decision the "latest sign of trouble in the consumer DNA testing industry." He noted that both Ancestry and 23andMe had trimmed their workforces last year due to a slowdown in the market, and that "initial consumer interest in DNA testing has continued to level off."



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Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


Re: Would a later born child have the same name as an earlier deceased child? #names



With one family, they kept giving the same name to their kids who kept dying. They did it for 5 kids. I said to myself "Give it up already, this name is jinxed".
I have seen it over and over again, with all countries...Poland, Netherlands.

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

Re: Would a later born child have the same name as an earlier deceased child? #names

Julia Trainor

My mother was born in Czechoslovakia in 1921.   She was given the name of her deceased older sister who had been born and died the previous year.

Julia Trainor
Canberra, Australia
Researching in the Austrian Czech lands:  Auspitzer, Deutsch, Fessler, Gottlieb, Glesinger, Schmidl, Weingarten

Re: French archives #france #records


Hi David,
I noticed your very generous offer to assist in efforts to identify family in France from 1900 on. I've been researching members of my family that I believe moved to Paris in
approximately the early 1910's
 from Brody (then in Poland). My information is quite sketchy, and so far, I haven't had any success. 
Here are the persons/business that I have identified:
1. Bernard Sprung -- date of birth and death unknown. Most likely born in Brody. He had a brother named Schulim (my great grandfather), who was born in Brody in 1859
and died in the Holocaust. His parents were Chuneh and Rivke. His wife's name is unknown. He had two daughters, Bertha and Jeanette.  
2. Yitzhak Sprung -- brother of Bernard and Schulim. Date of birth and death unknown. Most likely born in Brody. His wife was Ronith and had children named Bertha,
Emanuel and Rachel.
3. Sprung Freres -- I believe that Bernard and Yitzhak were furriers and had a business named Sprung Freres. There is still a Paris business named Sprung Freres: I don't know whether it's the same business as the one owned by Bernard and Yitzhak.

I consulted with the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. They suggested that I contact the Ministère des Affaires étrangères, OFPRA, and the
National Archives. They gave me contact information for each of these institutions. I have not contacted them, because I don't speak French and I live in Washington, D.C.
I'd be very grateful for any assistance you could provide, including directing me to resources that I could access myself online.   
Peter C. Sprung

Re: Kalwaria, Poland #poland #general

Alexander Sharon

Kalwaria Zabrzydowska was a smaller town in Wadowice region of Poland.
The proper Polish Kalwaria is known as Góra Kalwaria or Ger in Yiddish, located within Grójec district, some 20 miles distance from Warszawa. This was a place were Hasidic Gur (Ger) dynasty have resided.

Gora Kalwaria (

Polish Gora Kalwaria and Lithuanian Kalvarija had equal number of the Jewish residents, about 3,000.

Alexander Sharon
JGFF editor

Re: Kalwaria, Poland #poland #general

Alexander Sharon

Hi Sherri,

The reasons for the degradation were various, although you are correct, mainly economic (the settlements were small and the population worked mainly in agriculture), sometimes political ( during partitions, or after the suppression of January 1863 Uprising).

Town degradation process in Poland has ceased very recently, just during 70ies of the last century.

Sometime following degradation, town status has been reinstated and degraded again.

Below is the sample of towns in Galicia changing their civic status toward the end of 19th century (1896).
Follow sample of the first town listed: Bolechow
Established as town in 1612 changed to "small town" in 1784, in 1818 changed back to town, in 1868 changed to small town, in 1879 changed again to town, in 1896 back to small town (town parish), from 1933 again known as town, Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine


  • Bolechów (1612; 1784 >> miasteczko; 1818 >> miasto; 1868 >> miasteczko; 1879 >> miasto; 1896 >> miasteczko (gmina miejska); od 1933 znów miasto; IFUkraina)
  • Czchów (1355; 1818 >> miasteczko; 1879 >> miasto; 1896 >> miasteczko; od 2000 znów miasto; małopolskie)
  • Dobrotwór (?; 1784 >> miasteczko; 1879 >> miasto; 1896 >> miasteczko; od 1959 osiedle; LWUkraina)
  • Felsztyn (1380; 1855 >> miasteczko; 1879 >> miasto; 1896 >> miasteczko; od 1945 SkeliwkaLWUkraina)
  • Gdów (1784-1868 miasteczko; 1879-1896 miasto M; małopolskie)
  • Gliniany (1397; 1818 >> miasteczko; 1879 >> miasto; 1896 >> miasteczko (gmina miejska); od 1933 znów miasto; LWUkraina)
  • Krystynopol (1695; 1784 >> miasteczko; 1879 >> miasto; 1896 >> miasteczko; od 1951 znów miasto pod nazwą CzerwonogródLWUkraina) – do 1951 w Polsce
  • Krzywcze Górne (?; 1784 >> miasteczko; 1879 >> miasto; 1896 >> miasteczko; TPUkraina)
  • Leżajsk (1397; 1868 >> miasteczko; 1879 >> miasto; 1896 >> miasteczko; od 1933 znów miasto; podkarpackie)
  • Łańcut (1367; 1868 >> miasteczko; 1879 >> miasto; 1896 >> miasteczko; od 1933 znów miasto; podkarpackie)
  • Łysiec (1652 jako Moczara; 1784 >> miasteczko; 1879 >> miasto; 1896 >> miasteczko; od 19?? osiedle; IFUkraina)
  • Mikołajów nad Dniestrem (1578; 1784 >> miasteczko; 1868 >> miasto; 1896 >> miasteczko; 1910 >> miasto; 1914 >> miasteczko (gmina miejska); od 1933 znów miasto; LWUkraina)
  • Narol (1672 jako Florianów; 1784 >> miasteczko; 1879 >> miasto; 1896 >> miasteczko; od 1996 znów miasto; podkarpackie)
  • Oleszyce (1578; 1784 >> miasteczko; 1879 >> miasto; 1896 >> miasteczko; od 1989 znów miasto; podkarpackie)
  • Piwniczna (Zdrój) (1348; 1784 >> miasteczko; 1818 >> miasto; 1868 >> miasteczko; 1879 >> miasto; 1896 >> miasteczko; od 1933 znów miasto; małopolskie)
  • Przeworsk (1393; 1868 >> miasteczko; 1879 >> miasto; 1896 >> miasteczko; 1915 >> miasto; podkarpackie)
  • Skałat (1600 jako Dębno; 1784 >> miasteczko; 1818 >> miasto; 1868 >> miasteczko; 1879 >> miasto; 1896 >> miasteczko (gmina miejska); od 1933 znów miasto; TPUkraina)
  • Tartaków (1685; 1784 >> miasteczko; 1879 >> miasto; 1896 >> miasteczko; LWUkraina)
  • Zakliczyn (1558; 1818 >> miasteczko; 1879 >> miasto; 1896 >> miasteczko; od 2006 znów miasto; małopolskie)
  • Żmigród Nowy (1373; 1784 >> miasteczko; 1879 >> miasto; 1896 >> miasteczko; od 1968 nazwa Nowy Żmigródpodkarpackie)
  • Wojnicz (1369; 1868 >> miasteczko; 1880 >> miasto; 1896 >> miasteczko (gmina miejska); od 2007 znów miasto; małopolskie)
  • Załoźce (1511; 1784 >> miasteczko; 1818 >> miasto; 1868 >> miasteczko; 1879 >> miasto; 1896 >> miasteczko (gmina miejska); od 1933 znów miasto; TPUkraina)


Alexander Sharon

Re: Mukachevo area births, 1871-1880 #records


Hi Rita,

Until about a month ago, was a Ukrainian genealogist named Alex Krakovsky who uploaded scans of every page of entire record books onto the Ukrainian wikipedia page for "shtetl". His lists of records violated wikipedia's standards and they were taken down, but if you go to an old version of the page, the list is still there with all the scans. It's not indexed, but you can use google translate in the browser to check what each record means. 

Here's a link for the old version of the wikipedia page with the scans:

Coincidentally, I have Haberman in my family tree from the Mukachevo area (the village of Kalnik) and have a bunch of records already saved. Maybe let me know what you're looking for and I can save you some time.

Happy hunting,
Eli Balshan

Re: Kalwaria, Poland #poland #general

Krzysztof Witaszek

Kalwaria (after 1890 called Kalwaria Zebrzydowska)  lost its town privileges in 1896, so it could not effect your ancestors emigration in 1892. 
Town privilleges meant: self administration, possibility to organize markets and craftsman guilds and others.
I cannot tell what it meant in practice to the Jews.
See the brief article about the Kalwaria Zebrzydowska history 
Krzysztof Witaszek

Re: Abraham WEISFELD #usa

Michele Lock

When I've been at a lost as to how to locate a relative who I know little about, I check out family trees, to see if anyone else includes the person that I'm interested in. With Abraham Weisfeld having so many children, it's likely there are grandchildren or great grandchildren who have put up trees on Ancestry that you could consult to get clues as to the life story of your grandfather (though the clues have to be verified).

I would think that a killing in 1905 would have been covered in the newspapers, so checking those out might yield something. 
Michele Lock

Lock/Lak/Lok and Kalon in Zagare/Joniskis/Gruzdziai, Lithuania
Trisinsky/Trushinsky/Sturisky and Leybman in Dotnuva, Lithuania
Olitsky in Alytus, Suwalki, Poland/Lithuania
Gutman/Goodman in Czestochowa, Poland
Lavine/Lewin/Levin in Trenton, New Jersey and Lida/Vilna gub., Belarus

New Holocaust Database Set - Slovak Jewish Census (1941) #holocaust

Nolan Altman

Peter Absolon updated the 2,468 records from the Bardejov, Slovakia data set in JewishGen’s Holocaust Database ( The set has now been retitled “Slovak Jewish Census – 1941” ( and includes 18,126 records from three different lists.  The lists enumerate forced registrations of Jews from various Slovak cities and towns before deportation to concentration camos in Poland.

The records include surnames, given names, date of birth, place of birth, last residence, survey place, citizenship, occupation when available, and other remarks.  The transcription was done by the Bardejov Jewish Preservation Committee and Peter Absolon.

Nolan Altman

JewishGen Director of Special Projects - Holocaust Collection



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

Sherri Bobish


For those of us who did not see the announcement of your talk until the next day, if there is a recording of your talk can you kindly post a link here on the discussion list?

Thank you,

Sherri Bobish

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


You might contact The Los Angeles Times archive department. I found an article mentioning the bakery - maybe they have pictures

Dassy Wilen

Re: Kalwaria, Poland #poland #general

Sherri Bobish


Did "utrata praw miejskich" result from a city having a smaller population than previously, or were there political reasons?

Thank you,

Sherri Bobish

Looking for a town in Belarus #belarus

June Genis

According to the 1920 census the person I am looking for, Rose
Margolis Hollander, appears to have been born in a place called
"Katrineslav" which is the Mogilev gubernia. I say "appears" because
the handwriting is very hard to read. Another tree has her born in
"Katrenaler, Russia". Neither Google or Jewishgen can find either of
those places. Does anyone know another name for either of them?

June Genis
Hemet CA
June Genis, 650--851-5224
Hemet, CA
Researching: GENIS, OKUN, SUSMAN, ETTINGER, KESSLER/CHESLER (Russian/Polish Empires)

Re: French archives #france #records

David Lewin

At 17:18 14/01/2021, David Choukroun wrote:
Dear Linda, I had a quick look to the Fond de Moscou and found the following reference that might be the right one if we consider that Leon is the French variant of Chaïm (that was quite common)[] Will chase the file later -- Covid is making the access more complicated (and they have announced another curfew @ 6PM a few minutes ago)-- Regards, David CHOUKROUN david.choukroun@...FRANCECHOUKROUN ATTALI ATLANI

Is that really true?

Leon is a Lion and its Hebrew equivalent would be Arye

Chaim is Life in Hebrew

David Lewin

Re: Would a later born child have the same name as an earlier deceased child? #names


I found these responses very interesting, I have seen hints of this but not as much confirmation as you all have supplied.

I am curious if it is more common in second marriages or if your examples are from the same two birth parents.


Peggy Mosinger Freedman
Atlanta, GA 

Finding Your Roots Season 7 Begins on January 19 #announcements #general

Jan Meisels Allen


The 7th season of Finding Your roots with Henry Louis Gates begins on January 19 8Pm/7PM Central on your local PBS station—this is in the United States and possibly Canada.


There will be ten episodes broadcast throughout the winter/spring of 2021 featuring 20 new guests:

January 19—Glenn Close and John Waters

January 26— Andy Cohen and Nina Totenberg

February 2—Jim Gaffigan and Jane Lynch

February 9 –Tony Shalhoub and Christopher Meloni

February 16—Kasi Lemmons and Pharrell Williams

February 23—Clint Back and Rosanne Cash

April 13—John Lithgow and Maria Hinojosa

April 20—Lewis Black and Roy Wood, Jr.

April 27—Audra McDonald and Mandy Patinkin

May 4—Gretchen Carlson and Don Lemon




Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


Germany Hands Over 14 Nazi Looted Art Work to Rightful Heirs #announcements #germany #holocaust

Jan Meisels Allen


German authorities have now handed over all 14 works from the art trove accumulated by late collector Cornelius Gurlitt that so far were proven to have been looted under Nazi rule. In 2012, the public prosecutor's office searched the home of an 80-year-old man in Munich, suspecting him of tax evasion. Cornelius Gurlitt had been previously found carrying €9,000 ($9,900) traveling across the Swiss border by train. That led authorities to further investigate and finally search his apartment.  Cornelius Gurlitt, who died of heart disease in 2014, was the son of the Nazi art dealer Hildebrand Gurlitt, who was in charge of acquiring artworks for Adolf Hitler's planned museum.


Around 1,500 works of art were found there. Only 14 works by artists such as Max Liebermann, Henri Matisse, Thomas Couture or Adolph von Menzel have so far been officially identified as looted art. Of the more than 1,500 works of art in the trove, around 300 were cleared early in the investigation, as they were found to have been owned or commissioned by members of the Gurlitt family before the Nazis took power.


Culture Minister Monika Grütters said all of the pieces identified in a report earlier this year as stolen by the Nazis had now been handed back. The artworks come from a collection held by now-deceased Munich pensioner Cornelius Gurlitt — the son of a Nazi-era art dealer — which first surfaced 8 years ago.  However, the origin of many works — around 1,000 — remains uncertain. The art trove now belongs to the Museum of Fine Arts Bern, to which Cornelius Gurlitt had surprisingly bequeathed his collection before his death.

To read more see:;



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Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


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