Re: Immigrant ships that never made it to America #general

Sam Lorber

Here is a possible reason immigrants might not have made it to America.  While visiting Glasgow in 1997 I attended Rosh Hashanah services there.  I was told by my host family, which had been in Scotland since the 1880s, that unscrupulous ship’s captains had dropped off immigrants telling them they were in the U.S. 
Sam Lorber

Re: Immigrant ships that never made it to America #general


I too am interested in this, so look forward to any news. Wondered if my great grandfathers brothers all got to their destination - USA, or if something happened on the way -  my great grandfather was the only brother to land and stay in London, England.

Mandy Molava
Researching Belarus, Russia, Brest & Galacia

Re: Seeking info on Wolfgang KLAPPHOLZ #germany #holocaust

Simon Srebrny

OMG, Myra, I corresponded with your mother and met her and her second husband in Berlin several (many) years ago! We are not quite related. I could explain. I shall think hard about how to find your lost cousin. Regards, Simon Srebrny    srebrny@...

Simon Srebrny

Re: Seeking info on Wolfgang KLAPPHOLZ #germany #holocaust

W. Fritzsche

Dear Myra,
I would start to search in Magdeburg conacting the local heritage union
or search for stumblestone
If that don´t work, try a request at the city museum or the city archive
Best regards
Wolfgang Fritzsche, prof. genealogist, Germany (Mainz/Wiesbaden area)

Re: Looking for a researcher in L'viv to access a record #galicia #records

Mark A. Roseman <rosemanlawoffice@...>

Anyone you locates researcher in Lviv should please email same information to me at rosemanlawoffice@.... my g grandmother Chana Axelrad Rosenman was abitn in Scgerets, small suburb close to Lviv.
Mark Roseman

Witnessing Holocaust History - Event 27 January 2021 #holocaust #events

Eli Rabinowitz

Witnessing Holocaust History
Witnessing Holocaust History

“World ORT, the WE ARE HERE! Foundation, and the Holocaust Awareness Museum and Education Center of Philadelphia have partnered this year to provide an international experience of Holocaust education and remembrance to students around the world. This is an international project that commemorates the Holocaust and also provides opportunities for global Holocaust education, engaging the next generation of learners.

Join us through Zoom ( and the HAMEC Facebook page ( Wednesday, January 27th (9am EST, 2pm London, 10pm Perth) as these three organizations honour International Holocaust Remembrance Day

Experience survivor testimony shared through HAMEC programming to World ORT students, and hear the impact these testimony programs have on students’ understanding of the past, as the programs personalize the Holocaust so that they learn the consequences of racism, ethnic cleansing, and intolerance. The program will conclude with a performance by students of the Partisans’ Song, one of the most powerful songs of resistance and defiance ever written. Today, 80 years on, long after the demise of Hitler’s murderous regime, the Partisans’ Song is now sung worldwide to mark the Jewish spirit of resistance.”

Eli Rabinowitz

Re: Translation Needed: Headstone #translation


Yom Tov Lipe son of Moshe died 7 Kislev 5697

David Rosen
Boston, MA

On 1/19/2021 6:28 PM, amitch1066@... wrote:
Hi All,

I'm hoping for an additional translation of the attached headstone.  Thank you very much!

Amy Mitchell

Invitation to JGSSN Zoom meeting: "What’s New at FamilySearch" with Todd Knowles #events

Ben Kempner

The Jewish Genealogy Society of Southern Nevada (JGSSN) invites you to a Zoom meeting at 1:00 p.m. (Pacific Standard Time) on Sunday, February 21: “What’s New at FamilySearch” with Todd Knowles.


To request a Zoom link, please complete this short form: Zoom Link Request


Members of JGSSN can attend for free.  Non-members can either pay $5.00 on the Donate page or pay $20 for a subscription to the 2021 series of outstanding speakers (8 lectures planned).  Take a look at the lineup on our Meetings page. To become a member and sign up for the 2021 series, go to the Membership page.


Session Description:


FamilySearch is one of the largest genealogical websites and grows more every day. This presentation will show some of the newest features of FamilySearch and how best to utilize them to find your Jewish ancestors.


About Todd Knowles:


W. Todd Knowles is an accredited Genealogist who specializes in English and Jewish research. For the past 20 years he has been a member of the staff at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, where he currently serves as a Deputy Chief Genealogical Officer. He is past President of the Utah Jewish Genealogy Society (UJGS).

Todd has lectured all over the world and his articles have been widely published. His own genealogical search began at the age of twelve with the desire to find more about his family and grows every day. His quest to find more about his GGGrandfather, a Polish Jew, has led to the creation of the Knowles Collection, six databases that contain the records of the Jewish people. It currently (as of Jan 2020) contains the records of over 1.4 million people. 


Ben Kempner

Vice President, JGSSN

Translation Needed: Headstone #translation


Hi All,

I'm hoping for an additional translation of the attached headstone.  Thank you very much!

Amy Mitchell

Translation Needed: Marriage Record #records #translation


Hi All,

Would anyone be able to translate the attached document?  The whole record would be nice, but specifically the "Uwaga" column.  

Additionally, the parents of the groom, Josef Schaff, are listed with a different surname.  The parents are Solomon and Feige Reize Kaltwasser.  Is there some reason why the groom is listed with a different surname from his parents?  Adoption?  etc.  The bride is mostly definitely from a long Kaltwasser line, so that furthers the mystery.

Thanks in advance!
Amy Mitchell

Re: Genealogy Research on LIEBERMAN British Family Member Originally from Belarus #unitedkingdom #belarus

Sherri Bobish


U.K. vital records can be searched at:

The Poor Jews Temporary Shelter Database can be searched at:
Immigrants could stay there before moving on to their final destinations in The U.K., Africa, America and elsewhere.  You can do a soundex search on the surname.

The 1911 England & Wales Census can be searched at:

JewishGen's All United Kingdom Database can be searched at:

Hope this helps,

Sherri Bobish

ZOOM Event: Jewish Ethnicity & DNA: History Migration, Genetics #announcements #dna

Leah Kushner

The Santa Cruz Jewish Genealogy Society is proud to announce
Jewish Ethnicity & DNA: History, Migration, Genetics.  
Sunday, January 24, 2021 at 2pm Pacific Time

with Schelly Talalay Dardashti is a journalist, genealogist, and founder of the award- winning “Tracing the Tribe - Jewish Genealogy on Facebook” (37,000+ members/101-countries). She is the US Genealogy Advisor for MyHeritage.

Maria Apodaca’s family has been in New Mexico since arriving with the Juan Onate expedition in 1598. She shares her personal story and the Sephardic saga.

For more information: SCJGSociety@...

New book about Oscar Bloch, Swiss-Jewish architect in Stuttgart #germany

Eva Lawrence

My Swiss cousin has just sent me the book she inspired and initiated, about the work of her Swiss-Jewish grandfather, the architect, Oscar Bloch (1881-1837).  Bloch & Guggenheim, Ein Jüdisches Architurbüro on Stuttgart. The partnership was based in Stuttgart and mainly designed houses for the Jewish comunity there. The author, Dietrich W Schmidt is an architectural historian, and has meticulously catalogued and described every building and design produced by the firm, whether realised or rejected.  
There are photos and plans in every case, as well as informed comments of the transition of Bloch's style from traditional to avant-garde.
Reading the book is to see the history of Jewish  life in Stuttgart, with the restrictions that professionals gradually had to work under, something that my cousin summarises very movingly in her foreword.

Eva Lawrence
St Albans, UK.

Anna Bikont Contact #holocaust #poland


Shalom friends, 

I am researching my family from Jedwabne, Poland. They were murdered in the 1941 massacre in Jedwabne. As you may know, there is a definitive book on the massacre in the Holocaust, there: THE CRIME AND THE SILENCE by Anna Bikont. 

I have purchased a copy of this book. My family is mentioned more than once. I would like to contact Anna Bikont to find out what other records she may have of my family. However, I could not find her email or any details online. 

I was wondering if anyone here might know how her email address or other contact details. It will be very helpful for my research. 

Thank you. 

With very best wishes, 

Yoav Aran 
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Winitsky/Vinitsky/Chudler from Detroit, Mich.

Steve Pickoltz

Here is an update on my Detroit search.
Besides Winitsky/Vinitsky let me now add Chudler.
The Chudler family consisted of a Lew and Ann who's son married a Lorraine Vinitsky in 1952.  At this wedding, there may have been cousins named Rofsky, also there, one by the name Henrietta.
I also have two 1934 addresses for the Venitsky familys, that I got off old envelopes.  One is 2640 Pregree Ave, the other is for 330 Owens Ave, both in Detroit.  It was hard to read the street names for both.
Maybe with this new info, someone may recognize these famlies.
Steve Pickholtz
New Jersey
searching--- Winitsky, Ostroff, Pickholtz and Klein/Kline
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Re: Russian immigration to the US late 1980s where to look? #russia

Aaron Slotnik

Hi David,

There is a good chance that Jewish Soviet immigrants at that time received assistance from HIAS.  As such, I suggest searching here ( to see if there is a record.  Depending on how closely related you are, HIAS may be able to provide additional information.  If they naturalized, there is a chance you may be able to find a reference to their files on FamilySearch or Ancestry; however, given how recent it is, you may need to submit an index search request to the USCIS genealogy program.

Hopefully this helps and good luck in your search!

Aaron Slotnik
Chicago, IL

Re: Photos of stores in Philadelphia 1920s-1940s #usa

Barbara Rice

The Philadelphia city archives has photos.  Search here:

Barbara Rice
Minneapolis, MN
Researching Kuppferschmidt, Radekhiv Ukraine and Philadelphia

Barbara Rice,  Minneapolis MN
Researching Kupferschmidt - Radekhiv Ukraine and Philadelphia PA; Zuchovitz - Stowtsby Belarus and Woodbine NJ; Rohssler - Krakow and New York City; Rehfeld - Gollub-Dobrzyn; Rusonik - Polotsk Belarus, Manchester England, New York City and Providence RI.

Re: Sussman News (1934-1939) digitized and downloadable #announcements #education #lithuania #names #usa


My grandfather was named David Schaffer.  His mother’s name was Reiza or Rose and her maiden name was Sussman or Zisman.  Reiza/Rose parents’ names were Zisu and Shiendla (maiden name Faibish). Zisu’s parents names were Marcu or Mordechai and Sura.  Reiza Sussman/Zisman was probably born sometime between 1844 and 1849. She died in Romania on June 30, 1912.  Reiza had a brother named Barnet Zisman (1860-1913).  Barnet had 2 sons – Nathan and Joshua.  They would have been my grandfather David’s cousins.  Nathan would later marry David’s oldest daughter Charlotte.  So Nathan Zisman was both my first cousin twice removed and my uncle through marriage.

David Schaffer
Vienna, Virginia

Re: Seeking Belarus Archives Researcher #belarus

Gerry Posner

You will do well to contract Yuri Dorn who is excellent. He knows his way around the archives there and is able to speak English well. I have used him as have many others and I recommend him totally.

Looking for a researcher in L'viv to access a record #galicia #records


I am looking for a researcher to access and provide me with copies of the section of a handwritten document that is located in The Stefanyka Libray in Lviv. It is called "The Inventory of Brzozow County" by Jerzy Zanozinski in 1934. The part I am interested in has to do with the old synagogue from Dynow. 

Brooklyn, NY

NEGER, SPINRAD (Dynow, Poland)
TOLPEN (Suchostaw, Poland/Sukhostav, Ukraine)
DISTENFELD, ADLER, WILDER (Kamionka Strumilowa, Poland/Kamianka-Buzka, Ukraine)

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