Re: Database of diaries and letters #russia #translation

Jane Neff Rollins

HI all,


I took a quick look through this site to get a sense of what is included. Judging by surnames (yes, I know many Jews Russified their names for self-protection), most diaries in the collection were kept by non-Jews. There are nearly 7000 individuals under the Russian tab, 131 individuals under the Ukraine tab, and 59 under the Belarussian tab. Most diarists were born after 1900, were artists/writers/journalists/scientists/engineers/military members and kept their diaries during World War II. There were several by witnesses to the Leningrad Blockade, one by a woman who volunteered as a sister of mercy during World War I, and the diaries of the composers Robert and Clara Schuman and the writers Lev Tolstoy, Anna Akhmatova, and Isaac Babel.  Each index entry has a link called Открыть профиль (open the profile). Some Profile entries also include a link to that individual’s Russian Wikipedia page. Scroll down in the profile to get to a section called Additional information; not all entries include this. The text here can be easily copied and pasted using Google Translate if you are using Firefox; or use Chrome which can automatically translate web pages.

Jane Neff Rollins
Montrose CA USA
Locations -- Surnames
Tiraspol -- Kishinevsky, Zeilikovich, Sirota
Slonim/Volkovysk/Svisloch -- Klebansky, Vatnik 
Berdichev -- Chernorudsky
Zhitomir -- Pekler, Gumenik, Gorlovsky, Garber

Re: Maisons-Laffitte internment camp #france

Paul Gottlieb

My GGF and GF were Galizianer, immigrating with an Austrian citizenship to France in 1925.Thus they have been submitted to these laws concerning German & Austrian citizens as soon WWII started in September 1939.I had never heard neither read about Maisons-Laffitte camp before your post.

Dear Bernard,
Thank you for your kind response. I believe my father, Maximilian Gottlieb, was required to register at Maisons-Leffitte as an enemy alien as the war began (he was living in Paris), but he was held there for a relatively short time. By February, he obtained his visa at the American embassy in Bordeaux, and he left for the US in March. Of course, anything else you find would be most appreciated.
Perhaps you saw an earlier post of mine asking if anyone know about a membership card that he had for the so-called "Legion Etrangere Civile de France". (Sorry don't know how to type accent marks.) It was an association registered under the 1901 law,
but the only reference I can find (after quite extensive research) is the notice of that association in the Official Journal. My guess is that he tried to use that card to gain, or to maintain, his freedom. 
Thank you.
Paul Gottlieb

Thank you for your assistance.
Paul Gottlieb

Jan. 26: CJH Genealogy Coffee Break #events #photographs

Moriah Amit

Tomorrow (1/26) at 3:30 pm ET, tune into the Center for Jewish History's Facebook page for the next episode of Genealogy Coffee Break. We'll discuss how you can access one of the largest online collections of photographs of Jewish communities in pre-War Eastern Europe, YIVO's People of a Thousand Towns catalog. There is no registration or log in. To join the live webinar, click "Follow" on the top of the Center's Facebook page and a notification will pop up on your screen when the webinar goes live. Note: If the notification doesn't appear or if you don't have a Facebook account, you can still watch the webinar on our Facebook videos page once it goes live. Catch up on the entire series with auto captions here.
Moriah Amit
Senior Genealogy Librarian, Center for Jewish History
New York, NY

Re: Albany advice needed #usa


The Albany Public Library has city directories from 1813 to the present; unfortunately, they are not available online.

Apparently, the U.S. City Directories collection on the MyHeritage website includes numerous Albany city directories from before 1900.  If you know someone with a MyHeritage account, perhaps they can run a search for you.  I'm not sure this will help you find the Browns' original surname, however.  


Ellen Morosoff Pemrick 
Saratoga County, NY


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

Mike Coleman

From Findagrave :

Mike Coleman  London U.K.

US Naturalization Records #records

David Levine


Does anyone know what is the cutoff year is for US Naturalization records being online at Ancestry or similar sites.

I have easily found records for many of my relatives. However, there a number for which I can find nothing (and I know they were naturalized).

Is it because they were naturalized later in the 1930s or 1950s?

Or are the naturalization records not online? I have searched on Google and this website implies that not all records are online.

David Levine
San Francisco

Re: Interesting Hias Application in Polish /Hebrew #translation




The language other than Russian is Yiddish not Hebrew.

Shalom, Malka Chosnek




German Translations #translation

Judith Goldsmith

I request translations from German to English for the following documents on

Please respond using the on-line ViewMate form.

Thank You.

Judith Goldsmith

Re: Albany advice needed #usa

The Becker's Email

Ancestry has Albany city directories back to 1861.  On the 1900 census the family is living at 66 Arch St.  In the city directories they are at  68 Arch  back to 1893.  Morris is listed as a pedlar when an occupation is given. Back as far as 1885  I could find a Morris Brown, pedlar living at various addresses.  I should note that he is listed as Maurice for a couple of years.

Ancestry has the family  on the 1892 Albany census  living in Ward 15, election district 3.  Morris 63, a pedlar, Rose (can't read age), Ezzic (male) 19, Fanny 14, Hyme 9, Abe 7, Jake 5, Jake 3, Joseph 1.  It appears that Morris and Rose may be from Prussia, rather than Russia.  Take a close  look at the handwriting.

Ancestry is available free at many libraries.

Have you obtained death certificates for Morris and Rose to see if there is any detail on their place of birth?

Johanna Becker
Newport, RI

Need Translation from Yiddish of pages on Viewmate from the 50th Anniversary First Wolochisker Benevolent Association program booklet #yiddish #translation #ukraine



There are 2 pages on Viewmate from the  50th Anniversary Celebration Banquet program booklet  of the "First Wolochisker Benevolent Association" in New York City.

 This lansmanschaft was formed in 1908, so the booklet is from 1958.
The town is now called Volochysk in the Ukraine. In 1908 it was on the western boarder of the Russian Empire. My grandfather, Abraham Rosenbaum, was active in the association. There was also another member with the same name.

Most of the booklet is in English, but about 6 pages are all or partially in Yiddish.

I am submitting 2 of the pages, I do not know how hard they will be to translate, but they are printed not handwritten.


I hope to scan and post this booklet and the 55th Anniversary booklet somewhere.

The pages are on the  Viewmate Image Gallery pages with  file numbers  89725 and 89726.
Thank  you in advance for your help.
This is the first time I am posting and hope I am follwing proper procedure.

Fern Gutman

Interesting Hias Application in Polish /Hebrew #translation

Rachelle Litt

Interesting HIAS application that appears to be in Polish and Hebrew needs translation to English. Thank you to anyone who can help with the translation.   It is on ViewMate at the following address ...
Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page.
Thank you very much.  

Rachelle Litt

Researching KATSMAZOVSKY/KOGAN/CAPSON  (Froim, Izak, Beile, Shamai and Moishe Yankelev are some of the given names I would expect to find)

Rachelle Litt
Palm Beach Gardens, Florida

Yiddish and Russian Translations needed please #translation

Rachelle Litt

I've posted a letter in Yiddish for which I need a translation. It is on ViewMate at the following address ...  The rest of the letter has already been translated
I've posted a vital record in Russian for which I need a translation. It is at the bottom of an English address.  It is on ViewMate at the following address ...

Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page.
Thank you very much. 
Rachelle Litt
Researching KATSMAZOVSKY/KOGAN/CAPSON in Bessarabia 

Rachelle Litt
Palm Beach Gardens, Florida

ViewMate translation request - Yiddish #translation

Stan Deutsch

I've posted a vital record in Russian for which I need a translation. It is on ViewMate at the following address ...


Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page.


Thank you very much.



Stan Deutsch

Oakland, CA

Can anyone identify the people#photographs


These two photographs are part of my family collection. I have no idea who they are. I know it is a long shot but hoping someone may recognize them.
Can be seen on Viewmate:

Herman Salmenson

Translation back of photograph#translation


I would appreciate the translation ?Hebrew ? yiddish on the back of a photograph. Do not know who the subjects are.
Can be viewed at:

Herman Salmenson

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

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