Re: Jewish Heritage Research Group in Belarus #belarus

Alan Steinfeld

Please not error in my email address.  It is alansteinfeld@...

On Saturday, January 30, 2021, 5:00 PM, Alan Steinfeld via <> wrote:

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Alan Steinfeld


JGS Cleveland presents Never Give Up - Strategies for Taking your Research to the Next Level and Finding the Previously Unfindable with Marion Werle #jgs-iajgs #education #events


Join the Jewish Genealogy Society of Cleveland ( for our next Zoom meeting and program on Wednesday, February 10, 2021, 7-8:30 pm EST:  Never Give Up - Strategies for Taking your Research to the Next Level and Finding the Previously Unfindable with Marion Werle.


Program description:  Marion will provide a collection of tips to maximize your genealogical research. She will present several research problems that required a creative approach to locate elusive people and their documents. She will discuss online search strategies and indexing, names and name variations, the importance of geography, getting the most out of each record, revisiting old research, and the importance of persistence in achieving success.


Speaker:  Marion Werle began family history research 25 years ago, researching family from Lithuania, Latvia, and Belarus, who settled in the US, Canada, UK, and Israel. She has been on the boards of the Jewish Genealogical Societies of both Los Angeles and Conejo Valley and is a past president of the Latvia SIG (Special Interest Group) and a co-director of the JewishGen Latvia Research Division. A retired IT professional with master’s degrees in both European History and Library Science from UCLA, she has also completed the Boston University Certificate in Genealogical Research and the ProGen study group.  Marion has written two unpublished family histories and teaches a writing class for JewishGen education.  In addition, she has spoken at several IAJGS conferences as well as Southern California area genealogical societies applying general genealogical methodology standards to Jewish research.


Registration is required and free.  Send an email to rsvp@... with your name, email, and complete mail address by 12 Noon EST on February 10 to receive a Zoom link.  Space is limited and priority will be given to JGS Cleveland members.





Contact: Deborah A. Katz, JD, PhD

Vice President, Programming

Jewish Genealogy Society of Cleveland

Jewish Heritage Research Group in Belarus #belarus

Alan Steinfeld

Has anyone had experience with this group?  
Please respond privately.  
Alan Steinfeld


Confusion Over Maiden Names: Was My Maternal Great Aunt "MICHALOWITZ" or "LEVINE/LAURIA" TAUFIELD? #poland #records #usa

Marilyn Robinson

My maternal gr. aunt Esther had a daughter, Gussie S. TUEFELDT 17 July 1891, in Manhattan, NY. Esther's name was listed as Esther Michalowitz TUEFELDT (FamilySearch) on Gussie's birth certificate. On the actual birth record Esther's maiden name was written as MICHALOWITZ (birth record # 7999--child's father was Adolph, barber).

In  Feb. 1895 Esther had a son, Harry (the name appears as Harie TOFELD on the Certif. of Birth, #15412). On this record. Esther's maiden name was listed as Ester LAURIA. I know that my maternal family was Lauria (or some version of this spelling), but became LEVINE in the U.S. (Record is from Manhattan, NY).

I know that Esther's paternal grandfather was Michal LAURIA/LEVINE (from Lodz) & her father was Solomon/Zalman LAURIA/LEVINE, from Warsaw. I assume Solomon's patronym would have been Michalowitz/Michalovich.
Her mother was Rebecca REICHMAN LEVINE. Could the grandfather's first name/father's patronym  have had something to do with Esther using Michalowitz?? Would this have been a common kind of name usage when asked for maiden names? (Note: there may be additional family members that use "Michaelowitz" as their last names--this is some new information that I am working on).

Marilyn Robinson

Searching Maimon #usa

Stuart Kaufer

Looking for surviving relatives of Benjamin Maimon from Philadelphia.  He owned a clothing store there, Benjamin Maimon and Co.   His second wife was my aunt Lillian Goldstein Kaufer Maimon.   I am looking for any pictures or surviving paperwork related to my aunt as I have really no artifacts of hers.  She was my dad's sister and died in 1966 in Chicago where she lived with my GM Fannie after Benjamin died.   Any family photos, information about her first husband (do not know his name even) would be welcome.  As far as I know, she had no children.

Thank you.

Stuart Kaufer

Re: How to pay the Ukrainian Archives for research #ukraine


What archive are you dealing with? 

Mark Friedman 

Re: Missing Birth Record #records

Michele Lock

It took some searching, but there are some Philadelphia City birth records online for before 1906, on FamilySearch. They only come up in the catalog collection when you search on Philadelphia City, and not just Philadelphia:

If you still can't find the certificate, there is always contacting the City Vital Records office, and seeing if they have it.

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: First name of Zelik #names

Kenneth Ryesky

"Zelik" is the Yiddish form of the German "Selig" (which means "Holy.")

The name can (but does not necessarily have to) be a Yiddish rendition of Solomon.

[An analogous situation pertains to my own name.  In English I am Kenneth, but my Hebrew name (by which I am called up to the Torah when shuls are operational) is Kalman, a name that derives from the Greek "Kalonymos."].

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

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

Re: Name of Cilevitz, Chilewitz, Chevitz finding surname..sound familiar? #names

Yariv Timna

Hello Julian
My grandfather was born Zilevitz / Tzilevitz, in the town Kopust, Belarus.
The family immigrated to Palestine in 1913 when he was 5 years old.
Parents names are Ben Zion and Miriam Zilevitz.
None of the names you mentioned are familiar to me, but who knows?
If you like to explore it together, my mail is:

Yariv Timna

Re: Missing Birth Record #records

Sherri Bobish

"On January 1, 1906, the newly established Pennsylvania Department of Health officially began to issue birth and death certificates. Prior to 1906, Pennsylvania births and deaths were recorded only sporadically by the counties and some cities such as Philadelphia and Pittsburgh."


Sherri Bobish

Marguerite HERSCHER, possible orphan at Saint-Mande, France, 1943 #france #holocaust #photographs

Selma Sheridan

My cousin, Marguerite HERSCHER, was born 5 Aug. 1935 in Lens, France.  She fled with her family to Saint-Privat-des-Pres, and was separated from her parents and two older sisters.  After living in different places, she stayed at Saint-Mande (UGIF #64), from 14 Sept. 1943 until the round-up of 22 July 1944 and transport #77 to Auschwitz.  The well-known photo (attached) was taken Dec. 1943, and shows the 20 girls, 3 of them unidentified.  I think that girl "S" may be Marguerite HERSCHER, who would have been 8 years old.  Unidentified girls "E'' and "L'' appear to be older than 8.  All the HERSCHER family was murdered at Auschwitz.  I have no photos of them.  Would the primary school at 17, rue Mongenot, have photos of their students?  Would there be photos of Marguerite at other paces where she stayed: Poitiers, Lamarck (UGIF #28), Louveciennes (UGIF #56)?  Is there anyone still alive from Saint-Mande, or their descendants, or any archivists or volunteers, who could help me to identify girl "S"?  Many thanks in advance for any help or suggestions!

Oswego NY

Re: Glusk Birth and Marriage Records #poland

Corinna Woehrl (nee Goslar)

Hello Ozzy,

you are working with the "old" website. I find that the new one is easier to handle and you can immediately enlarge the scans.

General access/search:

Regards from Germany

Corinna Woehrl
Hoisdorf (near Hamburg), Germany

Golub, Prussia 1830's, 1840's #germany

Ellen Barnett Cleary

My great grandfather was born in 1832 in Golub, Prussia.  If there are other people who have family members from Golub in that time period, I would lvoe to connect with them.
Ellen Barnett Cleary
San Francisco CA

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


In my case:
Paternal Grandfather Yakov Koppel
Maternal Grandfather Smmuel Zanville

Harvey Weisthal
Stoughton, masachusetts

How to pay the Ukrainian Archives for research #ukraine

alan moskowitz

Using Google translate, I was able to request a search for a few documents at the Ukrainian archives.  I was bounced around to a few different archives and recently got a note indicating (I think) that some information was found, and they request a small payment (less than USA $20) to release the information.  However, the online translation of the document is not so precise and I cannot be certain if they found something, or whether this is for work still to be done.  I had requested clarification, ideally in English, multiple times but have not heard back.  They seem to have provide some account numbers, etc but again, trying to figure this out is impossible for me.  I even contacted the Ukrainian Consulate in NY as well as another organization but have not gotten what I need.  I know there are various payment transfer companies I can use for a reasonable fee, but need better clarity on the 'invoice' received and what action to take.

Does anyone have experience with this?   I can provide the document if needed

Thanks for any guidance.
Alan Moskowitz

First name of Zelik #names


On my father's family tree, on a Lithuanian Family List from the 1870's, I find a person's grandfather identified as "Zelik" (born late 1700's to early 1800's) and, on another list from around the same time, he is identified by the Yiddish name for "Solomon". Why two different names, if this is the same person? Is it possible that this was a naming pair - Zelik Solomon or Solomon Zelik? What is the significance of the name "Zelik" and does it have any association with "Solomon"?
Thank You,
George Mason

Re: Glusk Birth and Marriage Records #poland

Valentin Lupu

Hi Ozzy,
The scanned documents from this site are of good quality and readable. Click on the image you want to save. On the bottom of the enlarged scan click on the black icon with a rectangle inside.  A new window will open, click on the "download" button. Since the scan is of two A4 pages, you'll need a photo viewer tool in order to enlarge and read it.
Valentin Lupu

Re: Name of Cilevitz, Chilewitz, Chevitz finding surname..sound familiar? #names

Arlene Beare

Remember that the C is usually Tz in Russian and Latvian. .Remember also that the person transcribing the records may put an S or a Z. Using the Ts or Tz you can find a number of records on Jewishgen. eg Tselevich Tselevitz Tselevets Tsilevich. 
I mentioned to you that Karsava was in Latgale which was in Vitebsk Gubernia until 1919. After 1919 Vitebsk gubernia ceased to exist. Karsava  went back to Latvia and part of Vitebsk Gubernia was in Belarus. You may have relatives from Belarus and as I said some of the records may be in the Minsk Archives.
Searching Jewishgen there are many Tzilevich from Rezekne.You need to be really openminded about spelling.

I am busy transcribing Internal  passport handed in to the Riga Police, These 2 names are in the Rezekne records.  Sadly the Passports are not in the records merely a document.
Mendel Cilevic
Ilja Cilevic
Ilya was born 1899 and had 2 sons Mendel 1923 and Peisach 1925.

Arlene Beare
Co-director Latvia Research Division.

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

András Alvincz

Alvincz Andras
Hello Ozzy!
I did not propose the settlement of Nyirjes, but the settlement of Brezov, which is located in the (now) Bártfai district of Sáros County, whose Hungarian name happens to be Nyirjes (the other Nyirjes are not called Brezov)
Regards Andras Alvincz

Re: Translations from Russian into English #lithuania #translation


I can do it but where is a documents?

Michael Ryabinky
Columbus, OH

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