Re: Seeking relative's U.S. naturalization record #usa


Good Morning Jason,

Henry filed his Declaration of Intention which is recorded as Vol. 92, Record #435.  His Petition for Naturalization #41647 was also filed in Bronx County.  This information was obtained from

I have uploaded a Request Form for your convenience also obtained from the same site so that you may request a copy of his file.

Best wishes,

Paul Moverman
Milford, NH USA

Re: Seeking relative's U.S. naturalization record #usa

Bob Silverstein

On Sun, Jan 31, 2021 at 06:49 PM, Banai Lynn Feldstein wrote:
Jason, here you go.  Banai made it easy.

Bob Silverstein
Elk Grove Village, IL

Researching Kaplan (Krynki, Poland) Tzipershteyn (Logishin, Pinsk, Belarus), Friedson/Fridzon (Motol, Cuba, Massachusetts), Israel and Goodman (Mishnitz, Warsaw, Manchester).

Re: tracing possible WW2 resistance fighters #general #romania


The Holocaust Museum has a number of records for Iosif Sternberg, born in Bucuresti in 1912, an MD and you can request them -- listed on JewishGen  He appears to have been in Cernauti and was deported to Transnistria (Odessa was in Transnistria). People living in Bucuresti were unlikely to be deported.  In 1941 Jews were no longer in the Romanian Army.   I have some personal connection since my father was an inmate of the Vapniarka Concentration Camp, as well as my aunt and her husband; the wife of another  uncle perished at  Tulchin and the entire family of another out perished at Bershad.  Not sure what resistance are you referring to. Surviving in Transnistria may have been an act of resistance...

Luc Radu
Great Neck, NY

Re: Hebrew name #names

Reuven Mohr

the Yiddish name Ber/Baer can in addition to Dov be used for the Hebrew name Yissachar (like Hirsch>Naflali or Leib>Yehuda, based on Yaakov's blessing)

Reuven Mohr

Re: Towns in the region of Giessen, Germany #germany

Reuven Mohr

there is a place spelled Leihgestern South of Giessen, today part Linden. Considering local pronunciation, I would expect a spelling like לאגשדרן . Maybe the gimel was lost by mistake.
It definitely had a community.

Reuven Mohr

Re: Towns in the region of Giessen, Germany #germany

Eva Lawrence

Hello Yehuda
I looked in the index of a very detailed Meyers German atlas, and the only  interpretations possible were if you guessed that the dalet was in fact a resh. They can look similar. In that case there  were places called Lescherhof and Laserg on the same page as Giessen which might have had suitable variations of their name at the time the Mohel list was made.  It's an approach I've used for areas, but I'm not familiar with Giessen. Of course, changing one of the other consonants instead might also help.
Eva Lawrence
St Albans, UK.

Re: First name of Zelik #names

Judy Petersen

Hi Irwin,
     You're correct, Zalman was the other "Z" name for someone with the secular name Solomon I've come across when transcribing--I forgot to mention it originally, so thanks for adding it!
     However, these are not names I'm searching.  They are names I transcribed from records for the JewishGen All Hungary database.  So for the person Solomon / Zanvel, I don't think someone would need to broaden their search to include Zev or Wulf in this instance, or it would have been listed as something along the lines of Zanvel hamechune Zev (Zanvel also known as Zev). I have seen this format (though not that name combination) in other entries.
     Thank you!

               Judy Petersen

New and Updated Databases on IGRA’s Website #sephardic

Elena Bazes

The Israel Genealogy Research Association (IGRA) has just released new and updated databases on its website. There are now over 1,800,000 records available in our databases.

A preview of the database is available at

The Middle East Mediterranean Basin Focus

The aim of this release is to add materials to the All Israel Database (AID) Collection of genealogical interest for North African Jewish communities and the Jewish communities in countries of the Middle East such as Iran, Iraq, Lebanon and others. The project will mainly be based on materials in numerous archives in Israel, the Montefiore Endowment in London, the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), and databases donated by Jeff Malka, Dov Cohen, Nagi Georges Zeidan, and Sarina Roffe. For further information, see


New Databases

Allepo, Syria Marriages 1874-1934            2,668 listings

Sarina Rofe Collection

Residents - Oriental Jews in Eretz Israel       2,818 listings

from a book by Moshe David Gaon 1938


Deaths - Aleppo, Syria 1910-1946             103 listings

Sarina Rofe Collection


Beirut, Lebanon Cemetery          3,184 listings

Nagi Georges Zeidan Collection


Memorial Plaques in Synagogues in Bulgaria             179 listings

Daniel Horowitz Collection


Egyptian Refugees in France 1957-1958           307 listings

JDC Archives

Updated Databases

Students of Alliance – Fes, Morocco 1917-1964           4,546 listings

Central Archives for the History of the Jewish People


Jerusalem 1947 Census – Jewish Community (partial)           20,032 listings

Israel State Archives


Before viewing and searching the databases, please register for free on the IGRA website:


Please note, the IGRA databases are now searchable to all registrants. The search results page is also available to all registrants. Additional details regarding most databases are available only to paid IGRA members. Certain exceptions exist due to requests of the specific archives.



To view/search the databases, go to the database tab on the website.

Elena Biegel Bazes

IGRA Publicity Chair



Re: 1905, 30 page Handwritten Document on Russian Japanese War, Jewish Conscripted #subcarpathia


Moderator note: Michael has done an absolute fantastic job helping Discussion Group Members with translations of all documents and should be commended for his outstanding work!

You can send all this pages on my e-mail address and i will translate for you.
Michael Ryabinky
Columbus, OH

Re: Pogrom Polish / Lithuanian border around 1905-1906 #poland #lithuania

Jill Whitehead

Augustow is in Suwalki Gubernia in NE Poland. There were some pogroms in wartime situations in the Wasow area in next door Lomza gubernia. The Suwalki Lomza gubernias were on the front line in both WW1 and WW2, and before this time. This area is still sensitive today - known as the Suwalki gap as it is a narrow wedge of land between what is now Russian Kaliningrad (which in the past was part of East Prussia) and the rest of Poland and Lithuania. 

My father's family emigrated to Liverpool in the 1870's from Augustow, through they came from nearby Sejny.  They were escaping the increasing clutch of the Tsar over the Polish lands. Augustow is a long way from Minsk which is in present day Belarus. 

Jill Whitehead, Surrey, UK

Re: Help interpreting last name / patronymic on Lithuanian marriage record #records

Russ Maurer

The display is admittedly confusing, but the interpretation is unambiguous (particularly if one looks at the record in the spreadsheet available to donors to the Kaunas district research group of LitvakSIG). The groom is Izrael FRAIZINGER. His father is Gerts (ie Gerts FRAIZINGER). The groom's mother is Shifre, born IZRAELEVICH. Similarly, the bride is Khode GERBER, whose parents are Leizer (GERBER) and Khana, born SHERSHAVICH.

Another clue is the -AITE ending. Along with -YTE and -IUTE, these endings always indicate a woman's maiden name.

Russ Maurer
Records Acquisition & Translation Coordinator, LitvakSIG

Re: First name of Zelik #names


I would guess Felik is Felix.  Not a Jewish name, but maybe an attempt at assimilation.  
Fred Millner

Reminder: The Jewish Genealogy SIG meeting in Tues Feb 9 10AM ET on Zoom RSVP #announcements #education #events #general

Arthur Sissman

On Thu, Jan 28, 2021 at 01:59 PM, Arthur Sissman wrote:
The JGSIG Feb meeting is on Tues 2/9/21 at 10-11:30 am ET on Zoom.  Please answer questions above when you RSVP to genresearch13@... for Zoom link.

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?

 Join our FB page at Jewish Genealogy SIG:

Arthur Sissman
Jewish Genealogy SIG of Naples/Lee Co FL

Re: Why was I told my mother's family were German Jews when they weren't? #austria-czech

Kenneth Ryesky


Understand that much of what was considered to be "Germany" in times of not so distant past was territory in (to use the Nazideutsch terminology) Zwischeneuropa, that is, the portion of Europe between heartland Germany and Russia.  Boundaries consistently were changing in real time, depending upon who was victorious in which battle.  For a period of time, there was no such thing as a political entity called Poland, and much of what is now recognized as Poland was politically part of the German states of Prussia (
Preußen) or Austria (Österreich).


Though the languages of official documents were subjected to the political vicissitudes of the moment, the languages spoken "on the ground" often persisted.  Accordingly, German was the spoken language in many locales, including those in parts of what is now Bulgaria, Romania, and even the Ukraine.


Many city names come in different languages.  Example:  The city in Romania now known as Rădăuți has been officially referred to as Radautz (German), Radóc (Hungarian) Radowce (Polish),  Радівці [Radivtsi] (Ukrainian), ראַדעװיץ[Radevits] (Yiddish), and Radoviçe (Turkish).  As a practical matter for genealogy research, the JewishGen search engine has a town database which gives the variants during the relevant time periods.


{More recently, my mother had a first cousin who spent most of his 20-year US Army career enlistment in Germany, where he raised his four sons, each of whom served in the military.  The daughter of one of those sons (she is my 2C1R) had been under the impression that her family origin was German Jewish, though they were solidly from the FSU.}.

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

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

Re: Towns in the region of Giessen, Germany #germany

Ralph Baer

The German word Hier and the English word Here have the same meaning and are pronounced the same except for the R.
Ralph N. Baer        RalphNBaer@...       Washington, DC


David Lewin

CORRECTION - I managed a typo yesterday, sorry!

Is there anyone researching AJFER (maybe EIFER ) and/or WASSERZUG ?

David Lewin

ViewMate translation request for Ita KIPER - Cyrillic or Polish #russia #poland

David Ziants

I've posted a vital birth record in Polish or Cyrillic for Ita KIPER from Warsaw, Poland which I would like a translation.
The index appears on JRI Poland, but very little details appear there, and am sure that the record is likely to contain more data.
The record can be found on ViewMate at the following address: Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page, or privately to my email address dziants AT (please put "@" for " AT ").

Thank you very much in advance.


David Ziants

Ma'aleh Adumim, Israel

Re: Vysni Hrabonice / Felso Gereben / Hrabonicza #ukraine #hungary #subcarpathia


Hi Ozzy, 

This is what the hungarian Wikipedia says about the place you are looking for.

Giannis Daropoulos 


60 Minutes Episode on Home DNA Testing and Genealogy Testing #dna

Jan Meisels Allen


On January 31, 2021 60 Minutes had an episode on Genealogy DNA Home testing and countries vying for your DNA:

They discuss the danger about privacy and the value of our data that we provide to the companies who in turn may transfer to other third parties.


Their 60 Minutes Overtime also did an episode Genealogy Testing

In this episode the CEO of 23andMe is interviewed.


In full dislsoure I have had my DNA testing done at 4 of the DNA companies and have no affiliation with any of the companies other than as a client who had my DNA testing there.


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


Re: Towns in the region of Giessen, Germany #germany


I'm sorry; I now see that "hier" does mean "here" in German. This might be what he means. Thank you!

Yehuda Altein
Brooklyn, NY

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