Re: Naming Conventions #names

Sherri Bobish


Not odd at all.  Lewis was a common Americanization of spelling of the name Louis.  I've seen many Louis' morphing into Lewis' as they grew up in America in the early decades of the 1900's. 


Sherri Bobish

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


Just to clarify what Kenneth said for people interested in Har Zion (I know, I am verging off of the original topic of this post, but since this lives in online history...), Mt. Lebanon does not have any information on the people buried at Har Zion.  When I saw Kenneth's response to this post, I got excited and thought they might be able to help me find someone at Har Zion, but alas, they are completely separate from Mt. Lebanon.  Har Zion is one of those cemeteries where the owner has practically deserted the property and getting grave locations is futile.

Marlise Gross
Cherry Hill, NJ

Help finding locations #russia #poland


Hi,  this family , father, mother, daughter, were born in 3 different cities in Poland/Russia.  I have been unable to determine where any of the 3 might be.  Hoping, perhaps, someone might have more of a clue than myself with either the handwriting, or the settlements in this region. Please and thank you

Vivs Laliberte

Orange County, Calfiornia

Re: Where are the HIAS archives? #records #general

Moishe Miller

You might also want to see detail on the HIAS archives in Boston:

Moishe Miller
Brooklyn, NY
JGFF #3391

Re: Trying to get spellings of Hebrew names for gravestone #hungary

Mike Coleman

A photo of your grandparents' stones could also be on Findagrave :

Good luck.

Mike Coleman  London U.K.

Re: I am looking for my stepsister #general

michele shari

I have Dikkers in my family tree, they were from Teresca, and I just emailed you. If you have not done DNA please seriously consider it as it is an invaluable tool.
Michele Farkas
Boynton Beach, FL (formerly NY)

Re: Brezov, Czechoslovakia #austria-czech #slovakia #hungary

András Alvincz

Alvincz Andras
Hello Ozzy Bernstein!
Brezov = Nyirjes: In Sáros County, the edge of the County over Romania is about 10 km. It used to be Czechoslovakia, now Sovakia.
Regards Andra Alvincz

Re: Trying to get spellings of Hebrew names for gravestone #hungary


The name could also be Yeshayahu (Isaiah). I have seen the name also shortened as Shaya.
In Hebrew: ישעיהו

Ann Belinsky
Modiin, Israel

Re: Help translate the last few letters of my Grandfather's collection #translation #lodz #poland


VM89779 (VM89754 written in Polish language).

In Russian:

и счастья и поцелуй за меня твоих детей.  Целую тебя крепко-крепко твоя сестра Естер Евентох (возможно).

Не забудь описать твою девочку и сейчас-же сообщи о здоровье твоей жены.

Translated into English:

and happiness and kiss your children for me. I kiss you tightly, your sister Ester Eventokh (possibly).



Do not forget to describe your girl and immediately report the health of your wife.

Translated by Michael Ryabinky
Columbus, OH

Surnam BOKUZHAKIAL ? #romania #names

Rony Golan

Hello all,

A man who immigrated from Romania to Israel, indicated in a certain document that his mother's maiden name was: בוקוז'אקיאל.
The Hebrew handwriting is very clear.

If I transliterate the name into Latin letters it reads: Bu(Bo)-Ku(Ko)-Zha-Ki-Al Bokuzhakial.

I can't find any other mention of this surnmae or anything that sounds like it.

Do you know this surname or any close one? Any other ideas?

Thank you and a Happy Tu BiShvat!

Rony Golan
Ramat HaSharon, Israel

                        EISDORFER, Hungary
                        SLOMOVITS, Sighet, Romania

Re: ViewMate translation request - Russian Birth Certificate #translation


In Russian:



Состоялось в городе Ломжа 11 (23) февраля 1887 года в 9 часов утра.  Явился лично житель города (не ясно), временно проживающий в городе Ломжа Узиль Лейбович Моед 36 лет.  В присутствии свидетелей, учителей: Гершона Ружи, 71 года и Цемера Врубеля, 43 лет, живущих в городе Ломжа и предъявили нам младенца девочку, объявляя, что она родилсь в городе Ломжа 4 (16) февраля сего года в 10 часов утра от законной жены Ривки Зисковны, урожденной Рибицкой (возможно), 30 лет.  Младенцу этому при религиозном обряде дано имя Рохля.  Акт сей объявляющему и присутствующим прочитан и ими подписан.

 Гершон Ружа

Цемер Врубель

Содержащий акты гражданского состояния, президент города Ломжа Подпись


Translated into English:



It took place in the city of Lomza on February 11 (23), 1887 at 9 am. A resident of the city (not clear), temporarily residing in the city of Lomzha Uzil Leibovich Moed, 36 years, appeared in person. In the presence of witnesses, teachers: Gershon Ruzha, 71 years old and Tsemer Vrubel, 43 years old, living in the city of Lomza and presented us with a baby girl, announcing that she was born in the city of Lomza on February 4 (16) this year at 10 a.m. from her legal wife Rivka Ziskovna, nee Ribitskaya (possibly), 30 years old. This infant was given the name Rokhlya during a religious ceremony. This act was read to the announcer and those present and signed by them.


Gershon Rouge


Tsemer Vrubel


Civil Status Acts, President of Lomza City Signature


Comment: Uzil Leibovich Moed, mean Uzil, son of Leiba Moed.

Rivka Ziskovna, mean Rivka, daughter of Ziska.

Translated by Michael Ryabinky
Columbus, OH

Re: Trying to get spellings of Hebrew names for gravestone #hungary


Laura my mother is from Ungvar. Maiden name is Stern. She just passed 13 months ago. She settled in Cleveland in 1950 with my dad. Have you been to Ungvar? It’s now known as Uzchorod. If you haven’t I highly recommend it. I took my kids and wife a couple years ago. Had a great tour guide if you’re interested in pursuing it. We found the jewish cemetary there and I was able to locate my great grandmothers grave.
Take care, Steve Small

Mlynarz, Waisman Family of Warsaw, Poland #poland #records #warsaw



My late father was born in Warsaw in January 1920.  

From the information he provided when enlisting in the reformed Polish Army in 1941, his parents were Chaim Mlynarz and Sara Mlynarz (nee Waisman) and the family’s pre-War Warsaw address was recorded as having been Ulica Niska 43, Warsaw.

Her first name is not known for sure, but my father had a younger sister, believed “Helen” or similar, born around 1925.

My father obviously survived the War, mainly because he was away at Jewish Trade School in Eastern Poland in 1939, but his family will have perished in Warsaw or in the Death Camps.

My father wouldn’t speak in any detail about his family and I know nothing of any extended family that reasonably existed.

Over a number of years, I have periodically researched all the usual databases, including Arolsen, Yad Vashem, JewishGen, Warsaw State Archives, Jewish Historical Institute, etc., but, apart from my father’s Army Records and my father being listed in a record of “persecuted Jews” held by Yad Vashem, it seems that the family has disappeared from recorded history.

Request for Help

I have two questions: (a) does anyone recognise any of the above details from their own family research and (b) does anyone have a suggestion as to other possible surviving records or any other specific research or enquiries that I might usefully undertake?

Thank you. Barry Mlynarz

Re: Berdychev records #ukraine

Sherri Bobish


Have you tried The JewishGen Ukraine Database?

A very quick search for the town of Berdychiv (modern spelling) finds a few GRINBERG associated with the town.

When you search the database for the surname I suggest using a soundex search, as surnames often have variant spellings in the records.

Also, there are  a large number of other researchers of Berdychiv listed in The JewishGen Family Finder:

Hope this helps,

Sherri Bobish

The Jewish Genealogy SIG (Special Interest Group) is meeting in Feb on Zoom #events #general #announcements #education

Arthur Sissman

Hi JewGenners,


The Jewish Genealogy SIG (Special Interest Group) is meeting in Feb on Zoom.  The group is located in Collier/Lee Co FL, but wants you to join in the fun.  If you RSVP, you will get a Zoom link and more info about the group.

In addition to requesting the Zoom link, please answer the questions:


How did you find out about the meeting - JGen Discussion Group?

Where are you located?

Do you have a family tree?

Have you DNA Tested?

Research interest or what question are you trying to answer - not too much detail please?


Arthur Sissman
Jewish Genealogy SIG of Collier/Lee Co FL

Re: I am looking for my stepsister #general

Daniel Horowitz

Hi Michaela, 
Have you considered a DNA test?
You may not hit directly your half-sister if she never tested, but maybe a descendant of her or a close relative from her side.
If you have done a test with a different company, you can upload the digital file to MyHeritage and other places for free.

Best regards
Daniel Horowitz

Re: Trying to get spellings of Hebrew names for gravestone #hungary

Reuven Stern

Did you try to look up the gravestone photo in Billion Graves?
If the picture is not available on their site, you may enter a request
and hopefully there will be a volunteer who will take a photo for you.
Good luck, 
Reuven Stern, Kfar Vradim Israel

Re: Brezov, Czechoslovakia #austria-czech #slovakia #hungary

Rainer Borsdorf

Hello Ozzy,

I'd like to help you, but I need more information. Have you got any document where the town name is written?

If it was in Slovakia, it could be Brezov or Prešov, but Szeged (for example) in Hungary is more than 400 km away. What is absolutly sure: Slovakia and Romania never had a common border - ALL time long Hungary was between both countries.
Best regards,

Rainer Borsdorf
Ilmenau (Thuringia/ Germany)

Re: Trying to get spellings of Hebrew names for gravestone #hungary

Alan Greenberg

In all cases that I am aware of (including looking at all of the our Montreal burial database), Shea is short for Yehoshua. In Hebrew it is Yod Hey Vav Shin Ayin.

The English translation of Yehoshua is Joshua, but that doesn't mean he used it. People often picked names that they simply liked or felt comfortable with.

Falk/Falik is a known kinnui (nickname) associated with Yehoshua and it confirms the original Hebrew name. shows the name in English and Hebrew on the tomb of a famous Chief Rabbi of Montreal ( he spelled it Sheea).

Alan Greenberg

At 2021-01-27 03:24 PM, LM via wrote:
My mom recently died and I've been trying for the past few months to
get the spellings of her parents in Hebrew for her gravestone. I have
recordings of their Hebrew names, but I can't find someone who can
give me a decent Hebrew spelling based on that. My grandfather's name
sounded like Shea Folig and the people I've asked are giving me
spellings like Joshua in Hebrew. He was originally from Ungvar,
Hungary. His English name is Sam, so I don't think he as called
Joshua. I know where my grandparents' gravestones are (Beth Israel in
Woodbridge NJ), but I'm not in the area to be able to find out if
their Hebrew names might be on their gravestones. I really don't know
what to do. I would like to get my mom's gravestone finalized, but I
don't want her parents' names totally misspelled on it. Does anyone
have any recommendations? Thank you.

Laura Michaels

World Jewish Restitution Organization Signs Agreement With Luxembourg on Holocaust Property Restitution #announcements #holocaust

Jan Meisels Allen


The World Jewish Restitution Organization (WJRO) signed an agreement with the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg on Holocaust-era property restitution. The agreement was signed by the government of Luxembourg and the Jewish community of Luxembourg, together with WJRO and the Luxembourg Foundation for the Memory of the Shoah.


The agreement provides symbolic financial acknowledgment to Holocaust survivors who were in Luxembourg during the Holocaust. It commits dedicated resources to Holocaust memorialization, remembrance, research, and education. It also addresses key restitution issues including dormant bank accounts and insurance, as well as looted art.


It is estimated that during the Nazi occupation, three-quarters of the 3,907 Jews living in Luxembourg, were not citizens of the country. Government reports published in Luxembourg in 2009 and 2015 recognize that Jews who were not citizens did not receive compensation for the confiscation of their property during the Holocaust. After World War II, around 1,500 Jews returned to Luxembourg and today, about 1,200 reside in the country.


The Grand Duchy of Luxembourg government agreed to the following:


The Government of Luxembourg has agreed to:

● Provide one million Euros as a symbolic acknowledgement of support to Holocaust survivors from Luxembourg. Funds will be transferred to the World Jewish Restitution Organization to be distributed through the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.

● Purchase and renovate Cinqfontaines, where Luxembourg Jewish victims were gathered and then transported to death camps. Luxembourg will develop Cinqfontaines into a fitting place to memorialize Holocaust victims and to educate future generations. This project is estimated to cost over 25 million Euros.

● Contribute 120,000 Euros per year for 30 years to the Luxembourg Foundation for the Memory of the Shoah to further Holocaust remembrance and other statutory purposes.

● Continue to support Le Comité pour la mémoire de la Deuxième Guerre mondiale (The Committee for the Remembrance of the Second World War) with an increased budget.

● Establish and fund independent research, provenance research, and work on the national archives to provide access to files related to the occupation of Luxembourg and the Holocaust.

● Enhance collaboration on the development of a national antisemitism strategy.

● Identify and restitute Holocaust-era dormant bank accounts, safe deposit boxes, and insurance policies through an independent audit to be overseen by a joint committee composed of government officials as well as representatives of WJRO and the Jewish community.

● Conduct provenance research in accordance with the Washington Conference Principles and the Terezin Declaration to identify looted art and other cultural property to be returned in accordance with these declarations.

To read more see:


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


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