Greater Houston Jewish Genealogical Society Sponsoring Research Workshops by Michael Moritz #announcements

Stefani Elkort Twyford

The Greater Houston Jewish Genealogical Society is inviting the public to the following virtual workshop:


WHAT, WHERE, & HOW – Introduction to primary databases in the U.S. for genealogical research, and some unique challenges for Jewish genealogy

Not sure where to start your family research? Hit a brick wall and need more information but not sure where to find it? Join to find out! In this 8-hour workshop series, noted genealogist, Michael Moritz, will introduce us to a variety of different databases available for mining in the U.S., where valuable information about our family history can hide in plain sight. His review will include databases at the federal, state and even local levels.


Next, Michael will narrow his focus to databases that house specific information relevant for Jewish family research. He will shed some light on Jewish naming conventions that can inhibit our search of long-lost family ties, and will follow with discussing strategies to overcome challenges posed by the ever-fluid geopolitical map of Europe to our family-tracing efforts.


For more detailed information about the resources that will be covered in this workshop and to register, please visit our website. Or you can register here 



Prior knowledge is not mandatory for participating, and everyone will gain a great deal of valuable information out of this session.

Stefani Elkort Twyford
Researching: Siegal/Segal, Spiel, Tarle, Ilkovics, Feiermann, Kronenberg, Szerman, Kletzel, Ricker/Ricken

Re: Help with GGfathers name missing on Gfathers Birth certificate #general

Robert Hanna

Your grandfather's gravestone might have his father's name in Hebrew.

Robert Hanna

Re: German labor camps/detention centers in 1933-34 #germany #holocaust

Andreas Schwab

For the Neustadt camp there is a memoria site in German), its web site is here:
there is a lis of inmates here:
They have more information such as interviews with survivors and historical research, not all online, so maybe worth contacting.
For Obermoschel, there is not much information except that it was a "civil" labor camp. It is mentioned in the book:
Krause-Schmitt, U., Kaiser, A., Weinmann, M., International Tracing Service. (2001). Das nationalsozialistische Lagersystem =: (CCP). 4. Aufl. Frankfurt am Main: Zweitausendeins.
I did not consult the book because it is not available online, but it could be in some university library. As far as I could find out it lists only the name.
Presumably this was one of the many mini-camps were only a few inmates were detained to work for one company or local authority.
If you have not already done so, contact the Arolsen Archives (formerly ITS).

Andreas Schwab, Montreal, Canada

Re: Mukachevo area births, 1871-1880 #records

Ludwig Mauskopf

Hi Rita

I would like to recommend you the Carpatian Genealogical site:

Go to Record Search tab and you can search based on different criteria

Good luck and best regards

Ludwig Mauskopf..

Odessa Kehilalinks new section: Jewish Cemeteries #ukraine

Ariel Parkansky

Hi everybody,

I've added a new section to the Odessa Kehilalinks ( that compiles available information about Odessa Jewish Cemeteries.
You'll find this section under the menu "Research".

Ariel Parkansky
Ukraine SIG
Odessa Town Leader

Re: Help with GGfathers name missing on Gfathers Birth certificate #general


Have you looked on marriage certificates for parents, marriage records for son and siblings, or death certificates for any of the above?
Robin August

German labor camps/detention centers in 1933-34 #germany #holocaust

Melissa Kahn

Thanks to the recent guidance of Jewish Gen members, I was able to get a copy of my grandfather's restitution (reparations) file from Germany.  In it, he states that he was held in the Neustadt Weinstrasse labor camp in 1933 and in Obermoschel Palatinate prison in 1934.  I wonder how I can locate documents from these locations that would give information about his detention.  In addition, I wonder if there are diaries or narratives about the experiences of prisoners in these places or similar labor camps/detention centers.  Thank you, Melissa Kahn

Seeking Help with translation/deciphering #general #unitedkingdom #usa #translation

Fishbein Associates, Inc.

I am seeking help with deciphering a short-hand script in a document produced in London in the mid-19th Century.   It appears to be a style akin to Gregg short-hand.  The document deals with a legal matter.  I would be most grateful for any assistance in translating/deciphering this text.  You may respond privately to: fishnet@....

With much appreciation,
Rand H. Fishbein, Ph.D.

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

Carl Kaplan

I also had good luck with the Together Plan.
Carl Kaplan

KAPLAN Minsk, Belarus
EDELSON, EDINBURG Kovno, Lithuania

Re: Looking for a town in Belarus #belarus

Hilary Henkin

My initial response was that the place you're looking for is the city which was known as Ekaterinoslav.  Like Mogilev, it's on the Dnieper River, but south of Mogilev, in Ukraine.  The name of the city as our ancestors knew it is commonly mangled in any of dozens of different ways.

It was named for Catherine, the tzar (katerina = Catherine).  In 1926 (after the Russian Revolution), it was renamed to Dnepropetrovsk, to mark its location on the Dnieper river, and a communist leader Grigory Petrovsky.  In 2016, it was renamed as Dnipro, as part of a 2016 Ukraine decommunization law.

Records from Dnipro are not currently easily accessible, if at all.

Hilary Henkin

Lublin, Poland:  KATZ;  JARMUSZ

On 1/15/2021 11:11 AM, June Genis wrote:
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: Translation of Gravestone written in Hebrew #translation


Hi Richard, 

Let's start with the right-hand side grave:

                                  Here is buried 
"Many women have done valiantly but you have excelled them all" 
"She opened her mouth with wiswisdom and the teaching of loving - kindness was upon her tongue"
(Those two verses are from the Book of Proverbs  chapter 31, known as "the valiant wife") 
This is causing the soul to mourn, a bitter eulogy and weeping, the passing of my tender wife and our loved and generous mother, the crown of our head:
Mrs.Gittel (Tekla) Wirtheim, Peace on her, daughter of the late Meir.
Her soul departed on the 5th of kislev 5706 (November 10 th 1945) 
May her soul be linked to bundle of life

Now the left-hand side

Stone to deplore the dear, modest and kind (woman ? not sure if there is a misspelling  ) 

Gittel daughter of the head of the Jewish community of Fulda, Simon Weilburg of blessed and holy memory  , wife of the noble among the nobles Menachem Arieh Stern of blessed and holy memory. 
She raised her sons and daughters in the spirit of the Torah  
Fear (of God) and humility were among her best traits. 
Her house was always widely open to the poor and miserable. She opened her palm and her  heart. 

Her holy soul came back to its Creator on the 4th of 'heshvan 5705 (October 21st 1944) and was buried on the 5th of the month .
May soûl be linked to the bundle of life 

Best regards  , 

Laurent Kassel 
Moreshet , Israel 

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

Judith Singer

On Wed, Jan 13, 2021 at 04:18 AM, Lee Jaffe wrote:
I was wondering if anyone knew of a way to upload historical records found in one source into another? 

Dear Lee - I use for my on-line tree so I don't know what can be done with a tree. On Ancestry, however, you can (1) take a screen shot of the historical record from another source and include it in the gallery (though to avoid breaking copyright laws, that should probably be done only if the tree is private, not open to the general public) or (2) add a link to the historical document in the space provided for links in the Ancestry profiles. 

The inconsistencies are beyond our power to remedy, I fear.

Good luck - Judith Singer
CHARNEY - Lithuania

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


The standard Litvak custom (minhag) was, if one wanted to carry on with the same name, to call the subsequent child the same name as the first child, but as a second  name, or second name in a hyphenated name. So, in my family's case, the grandfather Gdalya died in 1893. The next male offspring to be born was in 1896 and was called Gdalya, in memory of his father's now deceased father. Sadly, the child passed away withing a few months. My grandfather was born next, in 1897, and was called Elyahu Gdalya, remembering both his grandfather and deceased brother, but not in his case as a first name. The custom seems to have arisen out of a more general belief that naming children after relatives who died young invited the same fate.

Anthony Rabin
London, UK

Re: Need Translation of Inscription in Prayerbook #translation #yiddish


Hi Deborah, 

This inscription is actually in Hebrew. This is the translation :

This pentateuch book belongs to the lad Leib son of Isaac Jacob Zasler Jerusalem  may it be built and established soon in our days amen. 
Jerusalem amen

Best regards  
Laurent Kassel 
Moreshet, Israel 

Re: Newbie Question #sephardic #dna

Kevin Brook


In a sentence in my last message (#654734) -- "My take on the DNA segments I found shared by Sicilian Catholics and Ashkenazic Jews, which are not common, is that one of the Sicilian Converso men escaped to the east then he or a child went northeast." -- I meant to write "north" instead of "northeast".

And I should clarify that the above is an explanation for their *non-Sephardic* DNA segments that are shared between Ashkenazim and Sicilians but not with Hispanics nor with Sephardim, to distinguish from the Sephardic DNA segments that Sicilians can also share with us. A Sephardic Jewish segment originated in Iberia, not Sicily, but can still be shared with Sicilians. A Sicilian Jewish segment originated in Sicily.

As far as the verification processes I alluded to, they are called triangulation and phasing.

Kevin Brook

Re: Mukachevo area births, 1871-1880 #records


Google automatically translated for me.  Google Chrome has a "translate" button that allows you to choose automatic translation of a web page.  The URL proved enormously useful.  I found my great-uncle's birth entry.  He was deported to Auschwitz but, as a doctor, was eventually sent to Dachau where the records show his birth date as exactly two years less than that shown in the birth registry. Sadly, he died in March 1945. 

Thank you Eli.

Tom Beer. Melbourne, Australia

Help with GGfathers name missing on Gfathers Birth certificate #general

rodolfo miller

Hello Group,
Would appreciate help:
Grandfather Leopold Mandl, born Vienna, 14.05.1873; Mother Theresia Mandl; Father´s name - blank.
Where do I go next?
Thank you

Need Translation of Inscription in Prayerbook #translation #yiddish

Deborah Friedman

I would like a translation of the attached inscription in a prayerbook inherited from my father's family. I think it is Yiddish but it may be Hebrew.


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Re: Finding family PERLMAN/HIMMELSTEIN #israel #canada #belarus


Dear Moe Dinkel,
                 Look on the internet for my book, The Himmelstein Familiy, for help.
Leopold Hoenig

Re: Congregation Anshe Motele, Chicago #belarus #rabbinic #usa

Martin Fischer

Adam Turner wrote:
"Does anyone know anything about the people involved in the early history of Anshe Motele in Chicago? I am researching a KAPLAN family with at least two sons who were connected to this shul."
Adam, if you have not done so, be sure to search the Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois' JGSI Jewish Chicago Database (JJCD) at:
Search The JGSI Jewish Chicago Database (JJCD) Last Updated December 3, 2019. Records in the database: 99,000 NOTE: This database is a large file (approximately 17 MB)

Martin Fischer
Vice President-Publicity
Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois

JGSI website:

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