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

Eric Ellman


Thank you to those of you who suggested that I go to findagrave for cemetery photos.  Allow me to share my experience to help others.  I had some great success.

First, I contacted the cemetery by a snail mail letter, listing the names of the people for whom I sought plot locations.  I included as much information as  I had available, names, DOBs, and DODs, and I did not always have all of that.  I sent the letter with a self-addressed-stamped-envelope (SASE) (remember those?).  Sending a letter, with a return, stamped envelope allows the office to process the request fully on their time, rather than a phone call which might interrupt their day.  Second, with the plot locations, I went to findagrave to see that the database had about 1/3 of the people I needed and 10% of the photos I needed.  For those people who were not in the database, I put them in online; very easy.  Third, where the photos did not exist (about 90%), I put in a request via the database and, wonder of wonders, miracle of miracles, I received photos in a day!    It was an auspicious first start.  

To quotes come to mind.  First, Blanche DuBois said, "I have always depended on the kindness of strangers."  You know who you are; thank you. Second, kol Yisrael arevim zeh b'zeh, all of Israel are responsible for one another.  Help comes in many forms, from many people, and not always from Members of the Tribe.  Thanks, all.

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)

ZOOM on Sunday: The DNA of the Sephardic Diaspora - Early Evidence #announcements #sephardic

David Mendoza

Who are we? By popular demand, Adam Brown returns to discuss the current
state of knowledge on the origins of the Sephardim, how we fit together, and
how we fit within the wider Jewish world. He will provide an overview of the
field and will then focus on the Western Sephardim (the Spanish & Portuguese
Jews), and communities in Morocco and the Americas.

Adam will be joined by two other experts in the field, Michael Waas and
Raquel Levy-Toledano. We shall leave plenty of time for questions.

Adam asks that anyone who has questions about their DNA share their results
with his team at If you have not tested with
FamilyTreeDNA, you will need to first download your results from the other
site. Please help with this important project!

Come and join Sephardic World for our regular Zoom meeting this Sunday, 31
January 2021, 11am in LA, 2pm in New York, 7pm in London, 8pm in Paris and
9pm in Jerusalem. No charge for attending. Join us live on Facebook at:

Best wishes,

David Mendoza and Ton Tielen

Hebrew and Yiddish names #galicia #usa #names #bessarabia

Jeffrey B. Palmer, MD

My late father was born in New York city. He told me that his Hebrew name was WulfZaiv and surname Pinkowitz. His parents were native Yiddish speakers from Bessarabia and Galicia. I think Wulf is Yiddish and Zaiv/Zev is Hebrew, and that they have the same meaning.

Was this combination of Yiddish and Hebrew common practice in Eastern Europe? Does it tell us something about his heritage?

Jeffrey Palmer
Researching Pinkowitz (Moldova)
And Harfenist (Moldova)

Re: Surnam BOKUZHAKIAL ? #romania #names

Leslie Moser

The name seems similar to my family name BOGUCHWAL. They were from Szydlow, Poland. 

Leslie Moser

The Koch family from Gorlice-Tarnow #poland #general

חיים סגל

I'm looking for information on where my grandfather Shlomo Koch was born
He was born on May 1, 1906 in Poland
And married in Tarnow in January 1934,
And in his marriage certificate it is written that he was born in Tarnow,
However, in the municipal archives Tarnow there is no mention of this,
I found in the archives documentation from a school in Gorlice,
Her name is written that his older brothers were born in Gorlice,
And were even educated there at school in the year of his birth,
But I did not find birth records in the town of Gorlice,
Would appreciate help

Seeking after information Egeo / Mar Egeo #general

שניר יחזקאל

Hello everyone! 
I would like to ask you where I could find manifests or travel documents from my family, traveling from Rhodes to Italy on May 30, 1939? The name of the ship was probably - “Egeo” or “Mar Egeo”. It was the last ship probably in the process of the deportation by Italy from Rhodes. 
I need your help, if you know something about this ship, I will appreciate if you can contact me - my mail address: snir.yehezkel@... 
Thank you a lot, 
Snir Ahiad, 

Facebook group for Działoszyce #general #poland

Jean-Pierre Stroweis


For your info, there is a recently-created Facebook group called Descendants of Dzialoszyce, at .  Działoszyce is located half way between Kielce and Kraków, Poland. Its population was more than 80% Jewish before the Shoah. The yizkor book was translated on JewishGen (thanks to Fay and Julian Bussgang) and published as a Yizkor Books in Print. Civil records were thoroughly indexed by Jewish Records Indexing – Poland.



Jean-Pierre Stroweis


Looking for Rose from Slovakia and Germany #germany #slovakia #general


Hi Folks, 
A cousin has asked my help in tracing her father's roots.  Here is what she could tell me:
"My dad's parents were Max Rose and Irene (Linker) Rose.  They were born in northern Hungary in what nowadays is Slovakia.  Irene came from Spisska Stara Ves which means the Old Village of the Spiss.  Max came from a small village named Gibel.  They were married in 1918 and moved to Essen, Germany right after the wedding.  Max opened a furniture store in Essen that was quite successful.  Apparently they had two children before my dad and his sister Mirjam.  One died of Spanish flu. "
If anyone out there recognizes these places and/or people and has information for her, please respond at landrduke@...
Thank you,
Yale Zussman

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

Kenneth Ryesky


Thanks for further clarifying my posting.

Actually, Har Zion's "office" is a caravan-type trailer which, since the last time I was there about 6 years ago, seems to be staffed on only a sporadic basis.

Having determined my Uncle Jack's grave location in Har Zion from his Pennsylvania Department of Military Affairs burial record, I decided to visit him while visiting other relatives in Mt. Lebanon.  The trailer "office" door was open, but nobody was in there, so I walked in and found a map of the various cemetery sections, and thus located his (and his wife's) gravestones.  Had I not known Uncle Jack's section, lot, and grave numbers I could have directly accessed the cardfile in the office.

Ken Ryesky,  Petach Tikva, Israel     kenneth.ryesky@... 

GERTZIG, BRODSKY; Yelizavetgrad, Ukraine
IZRAELSON, ARSHENOV; Yevpatoriya, Ukraine (Crimea)

blotnica near warka, poland (radom and surround towns) #poland #general

arnold friedman

i would like to understand the history of Blotnica and the jews in the 1800s   especially between 1840 and 1880.
I find a Błotnica elsewhere in Poland but i expected it to be  north of radom and south of warsaw so it fits with other family members and documents I have. Near Warka.
Also village Jablieniec  mid to late 1700s to mid 1800s.    
I was unable to find them on Virtual Shtetl website.
In general am looking for general information on the life of Jews in the small towns surrounding radom, poland in the 1700 and 1800s.    what were the social dynamic and economic forces, town sizes, synagogues, types of typical jobs,  and any aspects about their life then.  Appreciate any sources members can recommend.
thank you
arnold friedman
redwood city
radom poland and surrounding towns

New Jewish Szydlowiec Poland Facebook Group #poland

Michelle Sandler

There is a relatively new Facebook group on Jewish Szydlowiec Poland.  I just joined two weeks ago. This is a group for anyone who has Jewish ancestors from Szydlowiec Poland.  There are only 22 members so far so please join us.
Michelle Sandler
Westminster California

Re: Naming Conventions #names

EdrieAnne Broughton

The Louis/Lewis name fluidity is not just confined to Jewish populations.  My GGgrandfather was born 1828 in the middle of Pennsylvania, 2 generations from Alsace ancestry.  This is an area where German language hung on long after Louis was born.  His profession was a farmer who made custom cabinetry.  When he dealt with English speakers he was Lewis and when his customer was a German speaker he was Louis.  He was fluent in both languages.  The wives in this line weren't fluent in English until 1900 when the sons married out of the community.  I have documents where he uses Louis and Lewis interchangably.
EdrieAnne Broughton
Vacaville, California

Looking for unusual success stories from JewishGen Discussion Group members #JewishGenUpdates #education

Phil Goldfarb

To: All JewishGen Discussion Group Members

I am in the process of completing a presentation titled "How to Effectively Utilize the JewishGen Discussion Group" and am looking for individual Discussion Group success stories from anyone that can be added to my program. If you had an unusual situation or story that by posting the problem, question or issue on the JewishGen Discussion Group, it helped you break down a brick wall, was a "eureka moment" for you or you found a new relative, because of the help from another member, I would like to hear it and possibly add it to the lecture. The more unusual the better!
As all of you know, the JewishGen Discussion Group unites Jewish genealogical researchers worldwide as they share information, ideas, methods, tips, techniques and resources.

This presentation will be offered to JGS Societies either via Zoom or better yet live when the Covid issue is behind us (I get my 2nd vaccine shot next week so I am on my way!) as a potential program.  It will also be a program for JewishGen Talks and potentially for a future IAJGS Meeting. 

If you have a short success story (please keep it to a few sentences or a paragraph at most) please send it directly to me at: phil.goldfarb@.... DO NOT just hit reply and send the message to everyone! (The moderators will reject it!)

Thank you in advance for any anecdote or tale that you would like to contribute and share. I don't know how many I can use, but will certainly give you credit for your story! Again, please send them directly to me as opposed to the entire Discussion Group.

Regards and stay safe!


Phil Goldfarb
Lead Moderator, JewishGen Discussion group
President, JGS of Tulsa

Re: Viewmate Photos: Are these of the same person? #latvia #translation

Robert Hanna

Appears to be the same person.  Hairline seems the same.  The giveaway is the ears.  Ears seem to be the same.

Robert Hanna

Looking for descendants of Murray and Martha Catin #usa #names


Trying to make contact with descendants or anyone with knowledge of Murray Catin (1910-1985, son of Harry Catin/Rose Kotkin) and Martha Catin, née Wagner (1913-1985, daughter of Jacob Wagner and Emma Feuerman who was my great grandmother's sister).  Murray and Martha lived in NY, died in Broward, Florida, and are buried at New Montefiore.  Jacob Wagner and Emma Feuerman are buried at Baron Hirsch Cemetery.  I believe Murray and Martha Catin have living children/grandchildren, but I don't know their names or where they live.

Lynda Mandlawitz

Researching: Mendelovits, Frojmovits, Eizikovits, Pollak, Feig, Kramer (Solotvyno/Sighet); Feuerman, Waldman (Zabrid/Dubky, Ukraine); Krapivinsky, Pausner, Lezner (Mglin, Russia); Blachman (Berdychiv); Agranovich, Chazenov (Novozybkov, Russia)

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

Renee Steinig

Unfortunately, the "% photographed" shown on FindaGrave is not the
percentage of a cemetery's total graves. It's the percentage of FAG
memorials for graves at that cemetery that include photos.

Suggestion for better results on FindaGrave: Whenever possible, call
the cemetery yourself to get exact grave location and add that to the
FAG record. FAG volunteers are more likely to photograph graves when
this information is provided.


Renee Stern Steinig
Dix Hills NY

Fred Kolbrener <fkolbrener@...> wrote:

<<Mount Sharon Cemetery is 68% photographed already per its entry in (
Chances are that some of your relatives' burials have already been

Re: Viewmate Photos: Are these of the same person? #latvia #translation


It looks like the same person to me. He is younger in the photo with only the mustache.

Deborah Shindell
Trumbull, CT
researching: Beserglik, Lederhendler, Goldberg (all in Poland) and Szmukler (Ukraine)

Desperately searching for information about the Bromberg family #poland


Hello, everyone, my name is Yehuda Bromberg.
I've searched every online database (limited to English because that's the only language I know) and have found almost zero information regarding my family, which almost entirely killed in Treblinka. My Bromberg family had a small factory making leather for shoes, they lived in Stanislawow Poland, Warsaw, Kaluzyn. Any tips, leads and information would be so greatly appreciated. I've been trying to find information for over a year. (I have a potentially valuable treasure trove of information from a diary from my grandfather, Jankiel Bromberg, who's listed below as one of the survivors of the children of Avroham Bromberg, but he wrote in yiddish and I can't afford translation services at the moment...).

1. Avroham Bromberg. Approximate birth is 1886. Married to Chaya/Chaja Pinkus. Occupation: leather factory, tops for shoes. Death: approximate: 1936.
2. Chaja/Chaya Pinkus, married to Avroham Bromberg.
3. Bertha Bromberg, approximate birth date 1902. Father possibly avroham/hirsh leib or aaron shlomo. Brother is Avroham Bromberg, listed above.
4. Shmuel/ Samuel Bromberg, approximate birth date is 1889, 10th of October, siblings are Bertha Bromberg and Avroham Bromberg. (Father is either avroham/hirsch leib or aaron shlomo).
It is most likely the name of the father of Avroham, Bertha and Shmuel is Aaaron Shlomo.
Children of Avroham and Chaja/Chaya Bromberg:
1. Yitzchak Moshe/Itche Moshe, approximate birth: 1912.
2. Genya/Janet Bromberg: approximate birth: 1909.
3. Baila Mindel: approximate birth 1912.
4. Noach/Noa/Noah Bromberg: approximate birth 1925-1926.
5. Chaim Meir-unknown.
6. Aleksander Bromberg-1917/1914 (SURVIVOR).
7. Yankel/Jacob/Yaakov Bromberg: 1917. (SURVIVOR).
8. hirsh leib bromberg: 1919. (SURVIVOR).
Possibly, the names of the other siblings are: Sruli/Srulka, Asher, Schmilka, Menachim.
-My name is Yehuda Brombeg. Baltimore, Maryland, 21209.
Personal email: yehudabromberg1@...

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

Yitschok Margareten

I believe the recording is Shea Falik. Falik is mostly associated with the Hebrew name Yehoshia, which is pronounced in general as Shea. 
So I would say certainly that the Hebrew name is Yehoshia Falik. 
Spelled in Hebrew: יהושע פאליק 

Yitschok Margareten

Jewish Genealogy Research Deep-Dive Virtual Workshop -- this Sunday #education #announcements

Michael Moritz

Looking for your Jewish ancestors?  Not sure where to turn?  Seeking some new tips?
This Sunday, in conjunction with the Greater Houston JGS, I will be leading a four-hour virtual workshop on Jewish genealogy research (don't worry, there are intermissions!).  An outline of the workshop is below; the workshop includes all three segments.
Jewish Genealogy Research Intro Series
Sunday, January 31, 2021, at either 11:00-3:00 EST or 4:30-8:30 EST
Segment 1: Where to Look.  Introduction to the most important databases for Jewish genealogical research and how to make the most out of your searches. Discussion of general commercial databases, specific Jewish databases, burial databases, Holocaust databases, Jewish newspaper collections and more.
Segment 2: What's in a Name?  Introduction to Jewish naming practices and how names changed when coming to English-speaking lands. We will touch on the "Ellis Island myth" and explore how to find an ancestor's "original" name through records research, including naturalization records, gravestones and ship records.
Segment 3: The Old Country.  Introduction to locating where your ancestors came from in Europe. Background discussion on European historical borders and how they have shifted through time. Exploration of the best sources to use in order to locate what town in Europe your family came from, and where to turn next once you have located that information.
Registration and fee information is available here:
Please let me know if you have any questions.
Michael Moritz (New York)
Note that while I am the Director of the Romania RD, this is not a JewishGen event, but is being offered in conjunction with the Greater Houston Jewish Genealogy Society.

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