I am looking for my stepsister #general

Michaela Appel

I only found out now that I have a stepsister. Unfortunately I don't know a name, but maybe someone knows the woman who goes with this story.
Your mother would have to be an Italian citizen. In 1945 she was liberated from Mauthausen or Gussen and then became a DP camp in Leipheim, where she must have met my father Kalman Fuchs-Dikker. My sister should have been born in 1945 or 1946.But her mother went to Italy with another man around 1946/1947/1948.
As I found out, my father was looking for her but unfortunately never found it.
If someone knows such an experience, please contact me.
Michaela Fuchs-Appel 

ViewMate translation request - German #translation

Adam Oppenheim

I've posted a vital record in German 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.

This is 
the death record for my GG grandfather, Meier Daub of Nidda. The record is actually from Heldenbergen - was not easy to find as it was not indexed. According to Dr. Wolfgang Stingl ("Jüdisches Leben in Nidda im 19. und 20. Jahrhundert "), Meier drowned in the Nidder on the way back from the market in Ortenberg.
Ideally would love to have a transcription of all of the writing in the margin (No. 31), including the small handwriting on bottom, if readable.

Thank you very much.

Adam H. Oppenheim

Takoma Park, Md


Meeting Place in Brownsville Brooklyn #usa

Jeff Miller

Where might single 18-20 year olds have met in Brownsville, Brooklyn in the 1935-1937 time period? My parents met sometime during these years. They lived in different areas of Brownsville and had graduated from different high schools.

Jeff Miller

Photos at Mt. Sharon for Eric Ellman #usa #photographs

Cheryl Durham


I go to Mt Sharon every September to say prayers and my great grandparents' and grandparent's graves. I would be happy to take pics when I go. I live in NJ so it's a trek. But, if you do not find someone to do it before then, I would be happy to take pics for you.
Contact me at drcdurham@...


Cheryl A. Durham


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

Judy Petersen

I appreciate this discussion very much.
I personally, am not planning any travel for 2021 and maybe even 2022.  Out of respect for both those who are willing to travel, and those who are not, I wo think planning a hybrid conference from the outset makes the most sense.

One thing that has not yet been mentioned--the virus has mutated.  There are at least 2 known mutations, and we do not yet know whether the vaccines available provide protection, either short term, long term or partial protection from these mutations, or for how long.  I think we will be playing catch-up trying to stave off this disease for a quite awhile, which is basically why I'm not getting my hopes up that large, in-person gatherings will be feasible in the near to mid-term future.

As many of us have, I have been attending virtual conferences, webinars, lectures, etc. all year.  As much as I would like to see people in person, I find that virtual learning is a very satisfactory platform, for several reasons:
1) Cost: With my budget, I can attend more sessions, as many virtual sessions as either free, or have a much reduced cost.
2) Flexibility: Most sessions are recorded, and I can watch them at my leisure.
3) Access: I have been attended webinars taking place all over the world; this has allowed me to experience a greater variety of topics than previously.

Of course, the major disadvantage is for a) the vendors, who rely on in-person contacts and sales, and b) networking/social activities amongst participants.  I think many providers are getting better at meeting the social needs, whether through "schmooze time" before and after lectures, breakout rooms where like-minded people can get together, virtual cocktail parties, etc. Meeting the needs of vendors may require some more creative problem solving, but I think is do-able.

I'd also like to address Dr. Blumsohn's concern of slipping into a totalitarian mindset--while I share your concern about the vaccine's efficacy over the long term, etc., once that has been established, how would showing evidence of vaccination be any different than schools requiring evidence of vaccination before they allow children to attend, which is the current standard?  I guess I just don't see it as that big of a deal.

Thank you to all,

Judy Petersen
Fort Collins, CO, USA

MODERATOR NOTE: Moderna states that their vaccine works against two of the mutant viruses: Moderna is Making a Mutant-Proof Vaccine, Just in Case It’s Needed ( 

Re: Naming Conventions #names

Yehuda Berman

I was named Idel Berl in Yiddish after both my grandmothers -  Esther and Basya.  Idel and Esther both begin with an aleph in Yiddish. When I became bar-mitzvah my Cheider teacher said that Idel was actually the Yiddish diminutive for Yehuda and that's how I should be called up to the Torah. And ever since I came to Israel (Yisra'el in Hebrew) many years ago I have been known as Yehuda.
Yehuda Berman

Morton Shames #lithuania

Alan Tapper

Morton was a Partisan from Vilna. His photo shows him kneeling with a sten gun in the traditional photo. According to DNA matches with his daughter, I am related to him. If you know of anyone who had survived and settled in Israel . Please contact me
Alan Tapper

Re: Krakow records #records #galicia

Yossi Jalas

Thanks everyone for the generous help but I have already previously exhausted all the above mentioned online resources.
None of these (great!) resources supply the answers to my 2 original questions.

@ Avraham Groll: Will the new update to the JewishGen database contain items that do not show up in Dan Hirschberg's website?

@ Jacob Rosen: Do you know a researcher that specializes in Krakow that you can recommend?

Yossi Jalas - USA

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

Nicole Heymans

I think this is normal procedure; updates to existing trees are carried out in batches twice or three times a year.

Nicole Heymans, near Brussels, Belgium

Netherlands 160,000- Personal Cards of Dutch Jews Made Available For Public Viewing in Future #holocaust

Jan Meisels Allen


The Netherlands branch of the Red Cross has transferred to the Jewish Cultural Quarter of Amsterdam — an umbrella of several Jewish institutions, including the National Holocaust Museum of the Netherlands — ownership of nearly 160,000 personal cards of Dutch Jews that are slated to be displayed to the public for the first time. The Museum in currently being rebuilt and will reopen in the autumn of 2022.


The entire index of the Jewish Council of Amsterdam — a body that the Nazis set up to have Jews oversee preparations for the extermination of their own minority throughout the Netherlands — is among the most comprehensive and best-kept registries of its kind anywhere in Europe. It is unusual in that it includes references to status and personal traits, reflecting how this registry, unlike most other Nazi lists, was made by for Jews by Jews.


In more than 75% of the cards, the Red Cross after World War II added the date of deportation in red ink — a rare tangible reminder of how in the Netherlands, the Nazis achieved their highest death rate anywhere in occupied Western Europe. Of about 110,000 Jews deported, only a few thousand survived.


The Red Cross has transferred its entire wartime archives to the Dutch National Archives, except for the Jewish Council’s Index Card Archive. On Monday, the Red Cross transferred ownership of the Index Card Archive to the National Holocaust Museum, which is undergoing renovations. The archive will be shown in the National Holocaust Museum  from the end of 2022.


After 1945, the cards were used to determine what happened to the people named on the cards during the Holocaust. After the Second World War, the Information Office of the Netherlands Red Cross was given the task of collecting information about victims and survivors of persecution and the occupation and informing relatives and those left behind about the fate of their loved ones. The result is an archive – the War Archives – with important data about the occupation and the aftermath of the war. The Jewish Council Index Card Archive is part of that archive. The cards were digitized in 2012 and available for viewing online upon specific request for a name or other identifying details. But browsing the cards has not been possible. The National Holocaust Museum of the Netherlands is now designing the cards’ display ahead of the reopening, but they will be visible for all to see, according to Emile Schrijver, the director of the Jewish Cultural Quarter.


The National Holocaust Museum is located in Amsterdam in two historical buildings on Plantage Middenlaan. During the Second World War, the Hollandsche Schouwburg functioned as a deportation site for tens of thousands of Jews, while the Reformed Teacher Training College was used as part of a route to save Jewish children. Both buildings are closed to the public from 2020 to 2022 for rebuilding.

To read more see:

It is available both in English and Netherlands by clicking where it says language in the upper right side.


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


Aerial maps pre WW 2 #austria-czech #hungary #ukraine

Israel Guttman

Hello everyone 

Does anyone know how and where you can locate aerial maps for Hungary and Ukraine pre world war 2.

These map's can be a great source for old cemeteries etc.

Thank you for any help.

Israel Guttman

Re: US Naturalization Records #records

David Oseas

I believe that the absolute cutoff is the end date of INS C-Files (March 31, 1956).  However, not all naturalization records are online.  For example, I was only able to obtain my great-grandfather's 1924 Milwaukee Circuit Court petition by contacting the Milwaukee Historical Society.

That said, it would be worth a try to search the FamilySearch catalog ( ).  Perform a keyword search using the name of the court (or county) and the word Naturalization (ex: Milwaukee Circuit Naturalization).  This will return all collections, digital and microfilm, held by the LDS library, and may include actual record
collections as well as index-only collections.  If the records that you are interested in aren't found in these collections, then they are probably not online.

Note that many of the record collections returned by a catalog search are still unindexed:  you can view images, but can't search for a person's name.  Some collections are restricted access and can only be viewed at a Family History Center, once they re-open.

David Oseas

HYMAN/HEYMAN/HEIMOWITS/CHAJMOVITS: Zemplen-Dobra, Hungary > New York;  KLEIN: Satoraljaujhely (Ujhely), Hungary > New York > Los Angeles
Hungary > New York;  OSEAS/OSIAS/OSIASI/OZIAS: Iasi, Romania > Chicago > Milwaukee > Los Angeles
SCHECHTER/SHEKTER: Kishinev, Bessarabia > New York;  SHERMAN: Iasi, Romania > New York > Los Angeles
STRUL:  Iasi, Romania > Haifa, Israel;  WICHMAN: Syczkowo (Bobruisk), Belarus > Milwaukee > Los Angeles

Announcing the publication of the translation:TOWN OF BAR, Ukraine:
 Jewish Pages Through The Prism Of Time #poland #ukraine

Joel Alpert

The Yizkor-Books-In-Print Project of JewishGen is proud to announce
the publication of its105th title, 'TOWN OF BAR:
Jewish Pages Through
The Prism Of Time"

Original Yizkor Book by: M. B. Kupershteyn
Original Book in Ukrainian:
K 92 M. B. Kupershteyn Town of Bar: Jewish Pages Through The Prism Of Time. –
Vinnytsia: LLC "Nilan-LTD", 2019 - 344 pages.
Book proofreader: A. M. Krentsina

The Original publication was carried out with the financial support of
the Charity Fund "Christians for Israel-Ukraine”

List price: $49.95 available from JewishGen for $28
To order go to:

Hard Cover, 8.5” by 11”, 292 pages with original photographs.
Author and original cover design by: M. B. Kupershteyn
Bar Kehila Leader: Stefani Elkort Twyford
Cover Execution: Rachael Kolokoff Hopper
Name Indexing: Jonathan Wind

Bar, Ukraine is located at 49°04' N 27°40' E and 158 miles SW of Kiev

This book tells about the town of Bar, namely the life of the Jewish
population through the prism of historical events. When writing this
book archival, historical, memoir, public materials, historical and
ethnographic dictionaries, reference books, works of historians, local
historians, as well as memories and stories of direct participants,
living witnesses of history, photos from the album "Old Bar" and from
other sources were used. The book is devoted to the Jewish people of
Bar, the history of contacts between ethnic groups, which were
imprinted in the people's memory and monuments of material culture,
will be of interest to both professionals and a wide range of readers
who are not indifferent to the history of the Jewish people and its
cultural traditions.

Jewish Population in 1900: 5,773

List price: $49.95 available from JewishGen for $28

Nearby Jewish Communities:
Volkovintsy 9 miles N
Yaltushkiv 9 miles SW
Verkhivka 10 miles S
Popovtsy 13 miles SSE
Staryi Zakrevskiy Maydan 14 miles NNW
Kopaihorod 15 miles SSE
Mezhirov 16 miles E
Derazhnya 17 miles NW
Snitkov 18 miles S
Snitivka 19 miles NNW
Zamikhiv 19 miles SW
Zhmerynka 20 miles E

Packed with history; this book opens a unique window to life in this
shtetl. A must-read! Certainly a welcome gift to the relative who
would appreciate this unique history of their shtetl.

Joel Alpert, Coordinator of the Yizkor-Books-In-Print Proje

Naming Conventions #names

Carl Kaplan

Given the custom of naming a child after a deceased relative using only the first letter of the name:

1. Would it be acceptable for males to be named after females, and females after males?
2. Was it acceptable to name multiple children in the same immediate family after the same relative, using just the first letters of the names?

Thank you.
Carl Kaplan

KAPLAN Minsk, Belarus
EDELSON, EDINBURG Kovno, Lithuania

Interesting HIAS Form Polish and Hebrew Translation needed #poland #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

Romania Research Division is looking for volunteers! #romania #announcements #records #JewishGenUpdates

Michael Moritz

The JewishGen Romania Research Division is looking for volunteers to help us increase our scope and output this year!  This includes the following roles and opportunities:

1. Transcribers and Validators
• Records are written in the Romanian language, and the record sets we are working with are from the late 1800s and early 1900s.  You do not necessarily need to understand Romanian to assist with transcription.  Even if you can enter names into spreadsheets, that in itself is a great help.
• Validators review spreadsheets after they have been completed to check for errors and consistency before the data is uploaded.

2. Town Leaders
• Records get acquired and processed only with the help of town leaders, who oversee projects.  Main responsibilities include working with volunteers and doling out assignments.

3. Local Assistance
• If you know anyone located in Romania who would be willing to (A) photograph records, or (B) photograph gravestones, please let me know.

4. Romania Researcher Liaison
• Help coordinate with the on-the-ground researchers/archivists in Romania, and be the main point-of-contact in communication regarding record acquisition and uploading into our database (no necessity to read/speak Romanian, although it is a plus).

5. Data Acquisition Director
• Search for and reach out to relevant researchers/communities/archives regarding record sets that JewishGen could potentially acquire.

6. Volunteers Director
• A person dedicated to Romanian Research Division who oversees communication with individuals who would like to get involved with the research division.

7. Website Developer
• We are looking for someone who can help update the outdated RomSIG website.  There is already a template in place, but we need someone with technical background to assist.

8. Administrative Help
• Help organize the research division's files, and help sort and make an inventory of the data in the org's possession (knowledge of Google Drive is a plus).

If you are interested, please fill out the short form at this link

Anyone else who is otherwise interested in helping, please feel free to reach out!  You can contact me at mmoritz@....

Michael Moritz (New York)
Director of Romania Research Division

help finding NY property #usa

Todd Brody

I found on family search a 1922 New York record concerning a transfer of property from my gr-grandfather.  I'd like to find out where the property was.

The attached picture identifies the property as Block # 247, Liber # 3294, and Page # 425. Does anyone know how I can find the address. It probably was where gr-grandfather's chicken market was located.   

Thanks for your help.

Todd Brody

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

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