ViewMate Translation Request: 1922 Letter from Vistytis, Lithuania in Yiddish #translation #lithuania #yiddish

Jay Paul

I have posted 3 images of a letter that was attached to the passport application of Samuel Lindy, the brother-in-law of my great-granduncle. It is apparently in Yiddish, and I believe that it is from a brother of his, and related to Samuel's desire to visit his family in Vistytis. I would greatly appreciate the help of members of this group to get as close to a word-for-word translation of the letter as possible.

The ViewMate links are:

Thanks for any help you can offer.

Jay Paul
San Francisco, CA 94117

Researching: SUMBERG (Pilvishok/Pilviskiai, Lithuania), LANGERT (Pilviskiai & elsewhere in Suwalki gubernia); KAHN (Ranstadt, Germany), GOTTLIEB (Grebenau, Germany), PAVLOVSKIY / PAVLOVSKY (Mala Antonivka, Bila Tserkiv, Vasyl’kiv, Kyiv gubernia, Ukraine), LEVITSKIY / LEVITZSKY (Yasnohorodka, Vasyl’kiv, Kyiv gubernia), KOTLER (Vistytis, Suwalki gubernia, Lithuania; Traby, Belarus), LEIBSON (Lithuania), WOLF, SCHWARZ and STERN (presumed from Austro-Hungary).

Jay Paul, PhD
San Francisco CA 94117
Researching: SUMBERG (Pilvishok/Pilviskiai, Lithuania), LANGERT (Pilviskiai & elsewhere in Suwalki gubernia); KAHN (Ranstadt, Germany), GOTTLIEB (Grebenau, Germany), PAVLOVSKIY / PAVLOVSKY (Mala Antonivka, Bila Tserkiv, Vasyl’kiv, Kyiv gubernia, Ukraine), LEVITSKIY / LEVITZSKY (Yasnohorodka, Vasyl’kiv, Kyiv gubernia), KOTLER (Vistytis, Suwalki gubernia), WOLF (Austro-Hungary).

Re: Trouble Updating trees submitted to FTJP #general #guidelines

Steven Usdansky

Same problem; most recent attempt to upload a replacement tree was last week.
Steven Usdansky
researching Usdansky, Turetzky, Sinienski, Sigler, Namenwirth

record archiving suggestions? #records #general #france

Family and DNA

How all you experts are storing your paperwork?

I'm trying to be more organized about my genealogical records, & this includes finally printing out the records I have saved digitally, as well as documenting any translations.

None of what I have is original certificates or anything, & I have no non-digital photos, so I was thinking of just using the ubiquitous plastic sleeves which I could then put into ring binders (so I could easily change the order or add things, grouping by year/topic/whatever). Then I was thinking of putting these into some sort of slipcases for protection.

But bizarrely, there are almost no slipcases in France, & most binders & slipcases I do see have holes in them. If there are French folks around, can you advise as to where I might find such supplies (maybe I'm "googling" the wrong words??) ... or maybe propose another method? Thanks for any & all suggestions!

Juliana Berland (France)


Searching for information #unitedkingdom


Hi to you all 
I am trying to find a kosher butcher from around the 1959--1963 probably after 1963 Catford possibly Stansted Road area this gentleman would also have given a court statement in March 1963 around the 1st to 6th the case involved the adoption of
Peter John Bird born 31/12/1961 mothers name on birth certificate Margaret Aileen Bird
cafe propritress 312 Stansted road
They had myself adopted to(by) Henry David dean
Ivy May Dean of 126 douglas way Deptford
Official Court stamp mark Lamberth County court
It was a private adoption as Margaret knew ivy all this happened around the time of Patsy cline death as my adoption court case was in the papers and a passed relative of ivy remembered that. 
This Butcher would if still alive today would be in his 90s
Any help however small might help
Anthony john Dean (Peter Bird)
Weston hills 

Re: Sholem (Sol) Baskin #russia


Your wife's grandfather left the country 5 years prior to the revolution, which created the Red Army, so it must be the Imperial Russian army.

However, shoulder boards are visible on all uniforms, which Red Army didn't use between Dec 1917 and the middle of WWII.  This is an indication of Imperial Russian army.  If I'm looking at the right person in the photo, he was a private - there are no stripes on his boards, while the man next to him has a single stripe (Gefreiter rank), which is similar or just above of a private E-2 in US (NATO OR-2)

Mike Vayser

Re: Deportations in Poland during nazi occupation #holocaust #poland


This is a very broad subject. You could try arolsen-  in Germany and USHMM (United States Holocaust Memorial Museum) and fill in an application. Replies may take a while but they will get back to you.. . is an interesting read on forced labour.
Good luck.
Noreen nee Thorne

Re: Sholem (Sol) Baskin #russia


I also have enigmatic Baskins in my tree. My great aunt Fanny married a Joseph Baskin (born abt 1885 in Russia, probably died in New York in 1952 and possibly known in UK as Sam). Their eldest son was named Hyman born 1909 and the second Myer, born in 1910 both born in London UK. Joseph disappeared and I assume went to New York to assess the situation and as far as I can find out never returned to his UK family. Fanny eventually remarried. Could this Joseph be related to your Sholem Baskin. The names are all so similar.

Alan Cohen

Re: Deportations in Poland during nazi occupation #holocaust #poland

Bernard Flam

Hi from Paris,
Dear Jorge,
When we don't know the individual fate of our "Losts", we can search for the collective fate of the Jewish community of their shtetl or town.
I have checked and you can access Yiskor bukh (book of memory) of Mlawa, Raciaz and Zuromin directly on JewishGen web site :
Pages translated in English appear in blue.
Hope it helps !
Bernard Flam
Archives & history of Medem Center - Arbeter Ring (Bund / Workmen Circle of France)

Re: Birth Records Warsaw #warsaw #records


Try emailing  Urzad, the Warsaw archives.   uscskz@.... It may take a little while but they are good at replying.  I applied for my deceased mum's birth record for 1925.
Or online  Geneteka. 

Noreen nee Thorne

Aleksandrów Łódzki Phase 3 Town Project | Jan 2021 update #poland #announcements #records #names #lodz


Work is progressing apace on extracting the Jewish vital records of Aleksandrów Łódzki.  Since September 2020, we have extracted nearly 2,500 lines of records. For a full update, including details of the newly available records, please see our latest newsletter here. 

If you are descended from family in Aleksandrów or nearby towns, you can subscribe to our newsletter here. As Town Leader, it would be my pleasure to send you a personalised report on your family surnames in the town and explain how you will be able to obtain the extracts of your family records as they become available and before they go online. 



Naomi Leon
JRI-Poland Town Leader for Aleksandrów Łódzki 
Brighton, UK


Sholem (Sol) Baskin #russia

Sam Wolff

I attach here a photo of what I was told is the Russian Red Army band. The clarinetist on the left is my wife's paternal grandfather, Sholem (Sol) Baskin (Bashkin?). He was born in 1881, either  on 7 Feb or 15 March, in Russia. His parents were Moshe Gedaliah Baskin and Miriam. Family lore puts his location in Pinsk or possibly Stolin. His trade was carpenter. He married an unknown spouse sometime around 1903; their son Meyer Baskin was born 14 June 1904. Later, on 15 Sep 1908 he married Gitel (Jennie) Gorovoy in Russia. He arrived in the United States on 28 May 1912. If anybody can confirm the uniform of the Red Army band and date the picture, or can shed light on Sholem and/or his family, I would be grateful.
Sam Wolff, Jerusalem (formerly Chicago)

Re: Hyman Sacks death record, Manchester, England #records #unitedkingdom

Alan Cohen

Hyman Sachs was a private in the London regiment; forces number was 41989.
Record available on Forces War Records Uk
Alan Cohen

Re: Trying to find information on GGP #poland

Marcel Apsel



I have a Jossef Zalman Skorupa who married Shaine Sara Zajf, who was the sister of my wife’s great-grandfather.  As far as I know they had 5 children : Rachel, born about 1880 and married to ? Yellin  Jacob married to Zivia ?, Shmuel, Rosa and Feige.  Much more information I do not have.  The children were born  in Lask and Kalisz.  I presume Shaine Sara was born in Lututow or Blaszki.


Marcel Apsel

Antwerpen, Belgium





Re: How to look up a business address #general

David Oseas


The Brooklyn Public Library has posted digitized images of their telephone directory collection to the Internet Archive:

You are looking for a Classified Telephone Directory (AKA Yellow Pages), of which there are several editions for the 1930s.

David Oseas

Descendants of Cantor Naftali Yolles who died in 1964 #usa

Neil Rosenstein

Trying to make contact with the family of Cantor Yolles, father of
Dorothy (married Irving Mathis), Gilda (married David Mintz) and of
the accountant Harry Yolles - died in 2001 - married Ora and lived in
Silver Spring.
Neil Rosenstein

Re: Russian translation #translation #russia


Go to  the Fallingrain Global Gazeteer.

David Rosen
Boston, MA

On 1/24/2021 7:36 PM, Sue Gil via wrote:
This is the first time I have contributed to this group so hope I am
Doing this correctly
I am
Anxious to find out my paternal grandfathers real surname spelling and his town of origin
This will help me to trace his ancestry 
I am attaching his passport and his naturalisation certificate to see if anyone with a knowledge  of Russian and Lithuania can help me
He comes from a town called DEVONISKES NEAR VILNA 
I believe his grandmothers maiden name was DAICHES and his surname Devons was an anglicised version of the name of his town
Sue Gil nee Devons 
Bushey United Kingdom 

Sue Gil
Moderator Note: Please reply privately with family information

Re: Need help making contact Sandy or Eugene Parlin #general


Doing a google search, Eugene died in 2015. Your probably won't hear back from him.

As for Sandy, there's one on Linked In and Facebook.

Elias Savada
Bethesda MD

Memorial Plaques Database Grows to More Than 211,000 Records. Please help us grow! #JewishGenUpdates

Nolan Altman

JewishGen is proud to announce its 2020 year-end update for the Memorial Plaques Database (MPD). The MPD database can be accessed at   The MPD database includes the data from plaques and Yizkor lists from synagogue and other organizations.  Many of these sources include patronymic information.


This update added approximately 6,000 records and 2,200 photos from 7 organizations worldwide. This update brings the Memorial Plaques holdings to 211,000 records and 146,000 photos from 393 synagogues, institutions and memorials representing 38 countries. 


            Some of the largest additions to the database are the following:


  • Niagara Falls, Canada – 250 names and photos Congregation B’Nai Tikvah, which is closing.
  • West Hartford, Connecticut – 3,700 records from Congregation Beth Israel.
  • Livingston, New Jersey – 925 records and photos from the Kushner Academy at Young Israel.
  • El Paso, Texas – 675 records and photos from Congregation B'Nai Zion Talmud,
  • Pottstown, Pennsylvania – 425 records and photos from Congregation Hesed Shel Emet (Congregation Mercy & Truth).
  • Maplewood, New Jersey – 415 records and photos from Congregation Ahavath Zion.
  • Lewistown, Pennsylvania – 250 records and photos from Ohev Sholom Synagogue
  • Raleigh, North Carolina – 115 records from Congregation Sha'arei Israel.



We believe that the MPD is a good example of how users of JewishGen’s databases can “give back”.  If you are a member of a synagogue or other organization with memorial plaques or Yizkor lists, please consider helping us to grow this database.  You can find more information on submitting data at   If you have additional questions, please contact me directly.


For a complete listing of the institutions currently in the database, please see



Nolan Altman


Director for Data Acquisition – Memorial Plaques Project

January, 2021

JOWBR Grows Past 3.86 Million Records! #JewishGenUpdates

Nolan Altman

     JewishGen is proud to announce its 2020 year-end update to the JOWBR (JewishGen’s Online Worldwide Burial Registry) database.


     Please visit to access the JOWBR database. If you’re a new JOWBR user, we recommend that you visit our screencast page at  and take a look at the first two explanatory screencasts.


     This update, adds approximately 50,000 new records and 50,000 new photos (not necessarily the same records/images.)  The database is adding and/or updating 651 cemeteries.  This update brings JOWBR’s holdings to 3.86 million records and 806,000 photos from approximately 9,145 cemeteries / cemetery sections representing 135 countries! 


     Once again, donors for this update include a mix of individuals, Jewish genealogical societies, historical societies and museums.  We appreciate all our donor’s submissions and the transliteration work done by a faithful group of JewishGen volunteers. 



     Significant additions to JOWBR by country include:


  • Canada –updated cemetery sections with records from Beth Tzedec Memorial Park, Dawes Road Cemetery, Jones Avenue Cemetery, McCowan Road Cemetery, Mount Sinai Memorial Park, and Pardes Shalom Cemetery.
  • Canada –updated cemetery sections with records and photos from Baron De Hirsch Cemetery, and Eternal Gardens Memorial Park.
  • Colombia –added 1,100 records and photos from 4 cemeteries in Barranquilla and Medellin.
  • Czech Republic – approximately 1,500 records and 1,200 photos from 4 new cemeteries.
  • France – added 4,400 records from Cimetiere du Montmartre in Paris.
  • Germany – added 1,200 records from the cemetery in Baiersdorf and 350 records from Jüdischer Friedhof Battonnstraße in Frankfurt am Main
  • Moldova – added 3,800 new records and 3,700 photos from the cemetery in Balti and the Kishinev Jewish Cemetery in Chişinău.
  • Poland –approximately 1,800 new records from 11 new and existing cemeteries including Wroclaw, Mielec, and Bialystok.
  • Ukraine – added 2,400 records and photos from 4 new and updated cemeteries including Slavuta and Mogilev-Podolsky.
  • United States - approximately 32,000 new records and 33,400 photos for 172 new and 41 updated cemeteries including large updates for Connecticut and surrounding NY areas, as well as selected Texas and Massachusetts cemeteries.
  • United States – we continue to add records and photos from the Lasky Collection.  His submission will include approximately 125,000 records, the vast majority with photos.  Significant additions in this update include records and photos from Mt. Carmel Cemetery, Mt. Lebanon Cemetery, Mt. Zion Cemetery, United Hebrew Cemetery, and Wellwood Cemetery.  For more information on Mr. Lasky's current work, please see (the Museum of Family History website.)


     Please see for a complete listing of all cemeteries in JOWBR.


     I want to particularly thank Eric Feinstein who has been helping me to find and gain permission to add many non-US records from Germany, France and under-represented countries.  Eric’s group of volunteers includes Sandra Bennett, Lineke Bos, George Goldschmied, Ann Meddin Hellman, Maurice Kessler, Hans Nord, Deborah Ross, Marylin Shalks, Suzanne Tarica. and Valerie White. In addition, a big thank you to our volunteer transliterators, led by Gilberto Jugend and Anya Givental, without whom we would not be able to add the information from some very difficult to read photos.


     We appreciate all the work our donors have done and encourage you to make additional submissions.  Whether you work on a cemetery / cemetery section individually or consider a group project for your local Society, temple or other group, it’s your submissions that help grow the JOWBR database and make it possible for researchers and family members to find answers they otherwise might not.  Please also consider other organizations you may be affiliated with that may already have done cemetery indexing that would consider having their records included in the JOWBR database.


     Our next update will include submissions received by May 31st for an update to be made prior to the summer IAJGS Conference.


Nolan Altman


JewishGen Director for Data Acquisition - JOWBR

January, 2021


Albany advice needed #usa

Herbert Lazerow

          I am looking to push the whereabouts of the Morris Brown family of Albany earlier than 1900.  Here is what I have gleaned, mostly from census returns or their Albany tombstones at Beth El Jacob:
          Morris (Moshe) Brown b. around 1840 immigrated 1861-1865 naturalized 1875 d. 1920 m. 1865-66 or around 1880 Rose (Raizel) b. 1840-1850 immigrated 1864 d. 1918. Rose had 9 children, all alive in 1910. I have been able to identify Bessie (1869) m. Kellert and Browns Herman (1882), Alfred (1883-84), Jacob (1886), Harry (1888), Joseph (1891) and possibly Mrs. Fannie Brody (though I cannot find her in any census). I have exact birth dates for most of these children. All the boys were born in Albany.
          I cannot find online any reference to any of them before the 1900 census.  They do not appear as Brown or Braun in the 1892 NY census. Their great-grandson questions whether their name in Russia was Brown. I have not found any Albany City Directories before 1900 online, nor an index to Albany births. A quick search for Morris Brown at 1890-1900 for Albany County produced no results.
          What is the best way to trace this family before 1900 to discover whether the original name was Brown and, if not, what it might have been?
Herbert Lazerow
Professor of Law, University of San Diego
5998 Alcala Park, San Diego CA 92110 U.S.A.
(619)260-4597 office, (858)453-2388 cell, lazer@...
Author: Mastering Art Law (2d ed. Carolina Academic Press 2020)

Herbert Lazerow
Professor of Law, University of San Diego
5998 Alcala Park, San Diego CA 92110
Author: Mastering Art Law (Carolina Academic Press, 2d ed. 2020)

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