Re: Ethical Responsibilities of Genealogical Organizations during the Global COVID-19 Pandemic #education #guidelines


MODERATOR NOTE while the subject matter is not genealogical in nature, the information is useful for members to decide if they will attend the IAJGS Conference in Philadelphia in August or not.

I totally agree with Yale.
I am a Pharmacist working in a Hospital, and there is an ongoing discussion whether vaccinated people can still transmit the virus.
There are several known cases when people (Hospital employees actually) were sick with COVID-19 back in March-April 2020, and they are sick 2nd time now. 
All those people had antibodies after their 1st time sickness, and yet they got the virus again. Fortunately their symptoms were not as severe as previously (thanks to antibodies).
The point is if someone with natural antibodies (produced as a result of being sick with COVID-19) can get virus again, vaccinated people can get the virus too.
They themselves will be protected (hopefully), but there is still risk of transmitting the virus to people who were not vaccinated.

Another point to mention is the "herd immunity." In order to reach that threshold, at least 70% of the population should be vaccinated. In my opinion, it's impossible to reach it for 3 major reasons.
1. The number of people who refuse to be vaccinated is still very high. In my hospital, it is about 70% employees are vaccinated. I assume the rest just refused. And I am talking about Hospital employees - a general population refusal rate will be much higher.
2. As Yale mentioned, not everyone who wants to get a vaccine can actually get it if he/she has history of severe allergic reaction. It is not a contraindication, and nobody died from getting a vaccine. But still such people might not be good candidates for being vaccinated.
3. Moderna vaccine is approved for people 18 y/o and older; Pfizer vaccine - for 16 y/o and older. But what about people younger than 16? They can contract and spread the virus.

Having all this said, I think people should have a choice of whether they can physically come to the conference or participate remotely. 

Stay safe!

Best regards,

Jeffrey Briskman, Pharm.D.

Name change Austria/Hungary 1940s #austria-czech #hungary


I am trying to find documentation relating to a family member's change of surname.  This occurred in either Austria or Hungary in the 1940s.  I have already tried the Hungarian Society for Family History Research (MACSE) name change database (up to 1955) with no success, so any official documentation would likely be in Austria.  Can anyone advise me how to go about looking?  

Thank you.
Jacqueline Szumko

Cemetery Photos: Mt. Sharon Cemetery, Springfield, PA #photographs #usa

Eric Ellman


If anyone is going to Mt. Sharon Cemetery in Springfield, PA, I would be grateful for photographs of the headstones of 15 long-deceased family members, 11 of whom are in Sec. J, two of whom are in Sec. K, and two of whom are in Sec. Q.  I have all the names, sections, lot numbers, and grave numbers for someone who can help.  Thank you.

Eric J. Ellman
N. Bethesda, MD



Searching: COHEN (London), COIRA, (Minkovsty, Ukr.), ELLMAN (Minkovsty, Ukraine), FAGIN (Dvinsk, Latvia), GREENBERG (Rzeszów, Galicia), GRUDMAN/GRUBMAN (Kedainiai, Lit./Riga, Lat.), KOTZEN (Riga, Lat./Birzhay, Lit.), KREIGER (Riga, Lat./Kedainiai, Lith.), LUFFER, ((Riga, Lat./Birzhay, Lit.), MAIDMAN (Minkovsty, Ukr),ROSENBERG (Lomza/Nowogrod, Poland), STORCH/STOCK (Rzeszów, Galacia), STERN (Narajow/Narayiv, Galicia), SZRENZIL (Narajow/Narayiv, Galicia), WYSZYNSKI (Mlawa, Poland)

Re: Albany advice needed #usa

Nancy Seibert


New York State vital records are not online.  Information regarding requests for City of Albany birth records can be found here:

If you are sure that Morris Brown emigrated from "Russia", it would be most helpful to narrow that down to a more specific geographic area and town location within greater Russia, so that you could eventually find other families from that town to whom the Browns may have been related.

The cemetery where Morris was buried in Albany could also provide a clue to his geographic origins, as would membership at any synagogue or other Jewish organizations in Albany. 

However, most of the Jewish immigrants to Albany came from Germany or Western European countries during the time period when Morris immigrated. See online sources  for histories of the Albany Jewish community and congregations. 

Whether your Browns came from somewhere in Russia or Western Europe, it's unlikely that their surname would have been spelled "Brown" unless they had lived in an English-speaking country for a time. The original name could have been similar to Brown or even a totally different name. 

If you can find living Brown family descendents and communicate with them, you may find clues to the past. There *are* people who knew relatives born as long ago as the 1880's. I have found success in expanding my ancestral surname list through the discovery of a family branch and contact to previously unknown cousins. They say they "have no clue", but there is usually something in their family memory that is helpful, even if not documented. And it turns out that the previously unknown branch didn't settle very far from my family upon arriving in the USA. 

Nancy Seibert 
Rhode Island 

Re: Sholem (Sol) Baskin #russia

Karol Swanson

More elusive Baskins!
My husband's maternal g-m was called Dora Baskin. She was married to Louis Mendelssohn in Leeds, UK in 1896. He believes she was born in 1873, possibly in Russia. They ended up in Scotland. 
Does this ring a bell for anyone?
Karol Schlosser

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


Hello Jorge,
I am not sure if you were referring to the August 1939 deportation to Zbaszyn of Polish citizens living in Germany.
You can read about it here:

"On October 27, 1938, German authorities began arresting Jews of Polish citizenship living in the Reich and transporting them to the Polish border. Responding to a Polish decree that all passports of Polish residents abroad would be rescinded by the end of October unless a special permit for reentry to Poland was received, the Germans preempted the Polish government by forcibly deporting thousands of Jews across the border into Poland."

I have a relative that was deported to Zbaszyn and so far we were not able to find any trace of him. There are some documents that I found at the JDC Archive while searcing by name at

Good Luck.
Yonat Klein
Syracuse NY

Re: Krakow records #records #galicia



Have you seen Dr. Dan Hirshberg's website?

Dan has recreated most of the Jewish citizenry of Krakow.  I do not know if this data is also in JewishGen, but if it is, I don't think it includes Dan's search engine.  One of the features of his free and searchable database is the family trees of hundreds of Jewish surnames in Krakow.  I checked yours.  It is there, in the "Early Family Trees" tab, under the name "Jolas", last updated January 15, 2021.  That tree starts with patriarch Izaak Jolas, 1769-1846.

Good Luck and Happy Hunting.

Ken Domeshek - Houston
(Damesek, Kartorzynski, Braverman, Sinienski, Simonovitz)

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





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