Ancestry Announces Appointment of Mark Thompson as Chairman of the Board of Directors #announcements #general

Jan Meisels Allen


Ancestry announced the appointment of Mark Thompson as Chairman of the Board of Directors. Mr. Thomson formerly served as President and CEO of The New York Times Company where he led the 170-year old brand’s transformation into the world’s fastest-growing and most successful news digital subscription business. Prior to his time at the New York Times he was Director General of the British Broadcasting Company (BBC).


David Kestenbaum a Senior Managing Director at Blackstone, and Sachin Bavishi, a Managing Director at Blackstone, said “Mark’s long history of leadership, coupled with his successful track record in leading subscription and content businesses makes him an ideal Chairman. He brings a great deal of skill and strategic expertise to Ancestry. The company and the board look forward to working closely with him to accelerate Ancestry’s next phase of growth.”


Blackstone announced on December 4 that private equity funds managed by Blackstone completed their previously announced acquisition of Ancestry® from Silver Lake, GIC, Spectrum Equity, Permira, and other equity holders for a total enterprise value of $4.7 billion. Current Ancestry investor GIC will continue to retain a significant minority stake in the company.


To read their press release see:


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee





Tombstone translation #translation


This is a very old tombstone which unfortunately is barely readable. Still, i was wondering if  anyone could tell me whether  any names (father's or the deceased's) are mentioned. Thanks in advance. 
Giannis Daropoulos 


Help to digitize Nazi records from Arolsen Archives #holocaust #records


There is a group called Zooniverse who solicits volunteers to help with the scut work with a variety of projects. I have done things with them on the past, transcribing old naturalist cards, for example. They have a new project transcribing various intake cards from concentration camps that are physically held in Arolsen Archives. Many of the names have been indexed, but the details may not have been, such as birth dates, parents, spouses, and so on. I have been spending an hour or two a day on this, and have so far since monday run into about 5 people from Pruzana, my father-in-law's former community. It is valuable work. The link if you are interested is
Each record is transcribed 3 times, and if there are inconsistencies, the experts take a look. Some are typed, some handwritten. (Tip: If you want to skip one because you can't read it at all, hit reload and a fresh record will replace it.)

Marijke Bekken

FamilySearch Family History Library Launches New Webpage #general #records #announcements

Jan Meisels Allen

FamilySearch International announced the launch of a new page for its Family History Library located in Salt Lake City, Utah.  It will provide new online patron experiences and up-to-date information on the library’s services and activities.


The new webpage enables guests to better access existing site services, such as visitor information, collections and hours of operations, and introduces many new and expanded services. For example, patrons worldwide can now schedule 20-minute appointments for free personal research consultations with the library’s genealogy experts in multiple languages, accommodating varying time zones worldwide. Personal consultations are conducted live online and are currently offered in Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, and English. More languages will be added. And book look-up services will be coming soon.


The webpage is available in German, Spanish, French, Portuguese, and Chinese. Japanese and Italian languages will be added soon.


Although the library itself is currently closed due to a global pandemic, it is now able to create more of its signature personalized discovery experiences online for patrons worldwide.


In the new online learning center, hundreds of the library’s previously recorded how-to webinars are now available on-demand, along with other help tips and instructions based on your research needs.


The library has more than 340,000 genealogically unique books, 1.3 million microfilms, 190,000 microfiche, and a collection of 18,460 maps from around the world. While the goal is to make all library materials available to people throughout the world, some items and digital materials are contractually restricted and available only at the Family History Library.


To read more about the services that will be available when the library reopens after the pandemic see:


FamilySearch owns and operated over 5,000 satellite branches of the Family History Library in 141 countries ( Additionally, it has over 1,100 affiliate libraries


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


Re: Help finding locations #russia #poland

Michele Lock

This may be a long shot - 

On Google Maps, about 5 km west of Liubavas/Lubowo, there is a town called Eyszeryszki, just inside Poland. I believe this would be pronounced something like Aisherishki, and it might be the Assaretz birth place.
About 7 km east of Liubavas/Lubowo, there is a town called Gabrieliskiai, and possibly this is the Gabess in the documents.
I can't find anything that would correspond to Pachicko or Poshika in the general area.

I'd still check and see where near relatives say they are from in their own documents.
Michele Lock

Lock/Lak/Lok and Kalon in Zagare/Joniskis/Gruzdziai, Lithuania
Trisinsky/Trushinsky/Sturisky and Leybman in Dotnuva, Lithuania
Olitsky in Alytus, Suwalki, Poland/Lithuania
Gutman/Goodman in Czestochowa, Poland
Lavine/Lewin/Levin in Trenton, New Jersey and Lida/Vilna gub., Belarus

Re: Help Need Translating Headstone: Hebrew #translation





On the right –


Son of Moshe

Passed 20 Elul 5711/1951


On the left-

Sheindil Miriam

Daughter of shlomo

Passed 16 Tevet 5732/1972


Shalom, Malka Chosnek

Re: Naming Conventions #names

Steven Usdansky

Would it be acceptable for males to be named after females, and females after males?

My sister was named after my great-grandfather's brother

Steven Usdansky
researching Usdansky, Turetzky, Sinienski, Sigler, Namenwirth

Brodnyk and Lodz #poland

Marilyn Feingold

My great great great grandfather , Naftuli Milgrom, was from Brodnyk,Poland.   I believe that one of his brothers was Benjamin. I am wondering if there are other Jewishgenners who have any family from Brodnyk or are familiar with this town. Also are there any records of births and deaths and marriages available? I have also seen it spelled Brodnik. Any guidance or suggestions will be greatly appreciated. I am new to working in Poland.  Most of my Milgrom family lived in Tulchin and surrounding areas in the Ukraine. Thanks for your input
. Marilyn Feingold

Re: Missing Birth Record #records

Steve Pickoltz

For Phila. marriages, you should check the Phila. Marriage Bureau located at City Hall.  Records are by year, as well as by groom and bride. They go back years.  The last time I used these records, all you had to do is give the clerks a date and a name and the would give you the book containing your info.  All you had to do is look up the info.  Then the actual marriage certificate can be obtained and viewed.


Steve Pickholtz

New Jersey

Searching--- Winitsky, Ostroff, Pickholtz and Klein/Kline (from Phila)




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Re: Naming Conventions #names

Adam Turner

Re #1, the naming of males after female ancestors and vice versa: has anyone researched the frequency of this over time? My intuition is that it's probably much more of a 20th-century thing, but I have nothing more than anecdata to support this guess.

My grandmother, born in New York in 1922, was named for her uncle who had died young in 1920. Her uncle was named Herman Jacob in English and Chaim Yaakov in Hebrew, after his own grandfather; my grandmother was given the names Janet Hermine in English and Chaya in Hebrew. But by then, of course, our family was almost fully Americanized, and my grandmother's parents had likely become a lot less traditional than they had been when they came to the US as children around 1900 - both of them worked, they were not very religiously observant, etc. I am pretty skeptical that my grandmother would have been named in this way if she had been born in Podolia gubernia in 1852 rather than in New York in 1922.

Adam Turner

Re: Desperately searching for information about the Bromberg family #poland

Sherri Bobish


You don't specify what databases you have searched.  Here are some recommendations:
Info on Stanisławów.
Listing of the JewishGen databases.  You can search for records from the town and for the surname.  You can search the FamilyFinder Database to see if anyone else is searching your surname and/or town.  And, many other databases.
Search old digitized city directories for Eastern Europe and other locations.
Listings of digitized historical newspapers from around the world (by geographic location.)
Search worldwide records databases.  I suggest searching passenger manifests and naturalization records.  You may find relatives that emigrated well before WW11, during the 1930's or after WW11.

Keep in mind that in many records the town name may be spelled in variant ways.

Hope this helps,

Sherri Bobish

Re: Surnam BOKUZHAKIAL ? #romania #names

Sherri Bobish


Try a search for surname BOKUZHAKIAL at:
When I used a "fuzziest match" search I found:
Buzhaka* Lazar* (listed in the testimony of Schapira Liviu

Hope this helps,

Sherri Bobish

Help Need Translating Headstone: Hebrew #translation


Hi All!

Would anyone be able to translate the attached headstone?  Thank you in advance

Amy Mitchell

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

Sherri Bobish


Try searching for surname Mlynarz, and put Warsaw in the keyword field.  There are many interesting hits.  Some are passenger arrivals to The U.S., both decades before WW11 and also in the 1930's.  Some are U.S. naturalization records (some appear to have changed their name to Miller.)

If your parent's immediate family is not found than perhaps you will find siblings of your grandparents that emigrated earlier in time or right before WW11.

Public libraries that offer free access to Ancestry have been offering that access from home computers since Covid.  Check you library's website to see if they offer this.
Another great resource for a multitude of databases.

Old digitized city directories for Eastern Europe and other locations can be searched at:

JewishGen has many excellent databases to search:

You can search old digitized newspapers from around the world.  A listing of newspapers available to search on-line (by geographic region):

Hope this helps,

Sherri Bobish

Re: New Jewish Szydlowiec Poland Facebook Group #poland

Richard Werbin

On Thu, Jan 28, 2021 at 08:03 PM, Michelle Sandler
I just joined since my grandfather was born there in 1876.
Richard Werbin    New York, New York     JGSNY Membership Vice President

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

Sherri Bobish


You can use
to search for towns within a certain radius of any other town.

To do this search you will use the coordinates for the initial town (found at:
You can limit the search to towns beginning with any letter.

Information about, and coordinates for, Sighetu, can be found here:
Sighetu Marmaţiei, Romania

Alternate names: Sighetu Marmaţiei [Rom], Máramarossziget [Hun], Siget [Yid], Maramureschsigeth [Ger], Sygiet Marmaroski [Pol], Maramaros Sighet, Marmaroš Sihot, Sighet, Sigut, Sihat, Sziget, Syhot Marmaroski, Sighetul-Marmaţiei

András suggested that Brezov = Nyirjes.  The JewishGen Gazeteer finds four locations with that name:

Location NYIRJES (phonetic) in Eastern Europe
Run on Fri, 29 Jan 2021 12:19:51 -0700
For an online Map click on Google Maps

(Native names in BOLD)
Feature Type Coordinates
(Click for JewishGen Resource Map)
Map Country Distance/Direction
from reference point
10 mile radius
Nyírjes hill 48°12' N 21°10' E G Hungary 108.0 miles ENE of Budapest 47°30' N 19°05' E
Nyírjes section of populated place 47°54' N 19°58' E G Hungary 49.5 miles NE of Budapest 47°30' N 19°05' E
Nyírjes, Nyírjes Tanya section of populated place 47°55' N 21°46' E G Hungary 128.0 miles ENE of Budapest 47°30' N 19°05' E
Nyírjes section of populated place 48°03' N 19°17' E G Hungary 39.4 miles NNE of Budapest 47°30' N 19°05' E

Hope this helps,

Sherri Bobish

JGSPBCI MEETING #announcements

Walter Rosenthal

JGSPBCI: Researching USCIS Records 1PM EST, Wednesday February 10
Join The Jewish Genealogical Society of Palm Beach County for a virtual presentation “Researching US Citizenship and Immigration Services Records”  by Ms. Marian Smith.  Using a timeline tool, she will demonstrate how plotting an immigrant’s life events can identify what records may exist for that particular immigrant and where these records can be found.  For more information and a link to the presentation email our Outreach Chair Walter Rosenthal at waltrose864@...
Walter Rosenthal

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

Jeffrey Mark Paull

According to the Pennsylvania Department of Health regulations pertaining to events and gatherings, from the document: “Frequently Asked Questions for the Governor's and Secretary of Health's Mitigation, Enforcement and Immunity Orders and Limited Time Targeted Mitigation Orders,” indoor gatherings of more than 10 persons are prohibited. See: these regulations could change over the next several months, depending on the severity of the pandemic, that is the way that things stand right now.

On a side note, 
Philadelphia just made the national news for having problems in administering its COVID-19 vaccination program.  See: “Why did Philly entrust a vaccine program to a young student group with no health care experience?”

Jeffrey Mark Paull

Re: Surnam BOKUZHAKIAL ? #romania #names


Hi Roni,

I found a few references to a Romanian historian named Emanoil Bucuja and a teacher named Margherita Bucuja. 

Hence the family name is possibly Bucuja. 

Kiel as a given name remains a mystery. 
Even though the ending -el is very much Jewish...

Good luck !
Daniel Ewenczyk

Glusk Birth and Marriage Records #poland

Ozzy Bernstein

Hi all,

I found document microfilm links on JRI for my great-great grandfather and his brothers birth records. The records are stored digitally on When i save them as images and try to print, they come out extremely blurry. I can only make out the fact that there is Polish handwriting and Hebrew signatures.

Is anyone aware of a way for me to get the original digital microfilm photocopy so that I can make out what is written in the document?

This is an example of one of the specific records I'm trying to decipher:

Thanks in advance.

All the best,

Ozzy Bernstein

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