Re: Manifest Mystery #names

Sherri Bobish


I did a quick search in this Ancestry database:
Massachusetts, U.S., Marriage Records, 1840-1915
and found:
Anna Adelstein marrying Jacob Kaplan in Boston in 1910. 

Her father is Samuel, mother Esther Skedavitz.  Address: 202 Bremen St.

Anna gives her age as 23 in 1910, and her age is 23 on the 1906 manifest, but most people at that time did not know their exact age, and the ladies always made themselves younger.

Could this be the lady you seek?


Sherri Bobish

Article of Interest on DNA Testing #dna

Jan Meisels Allen

This article may be of interest on DNA testing    The Hidden Personal Cost of Genealogy Websites


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


Polish Translation #translation

Laufer, Shmuel

I need a translation from the Polish of the marriage certificate of Nuske Zyman and Baila Gitl Borkower.

I do not need a complete translation, only the data of names, dates, ages and places.

I thank you in advance.




Shmuel Laufer

Rehovot -Israel


Research: Laufer (Przasnysz, Poland); Domb (Pultusk, Poland); Bruckman (Sarnaki, Poland); Zelazo (Sarnaki, Poland); Preschel (Berhomet, Chernivets'ka, Ukraine), Leder (Berhomet, Chernivets'ka, Ukraine); Schnap (Berhomet, Chernivets'ka, Ukraine); Mitelman (Chelm, Poland); Tenerman (Dubienka, Poland)



JGS Toronto. Free Virtual Meeting. Using Facial Recognition Tools to Identify Unnamed Ancestors for Genealogical Research. Scott Genzer. Sunday, 28 February 2021, at 10:30 a.m. ET. #announcements

Jerry Scherer


Using Facial Recognition Tools to Identify
Unnamed Ancestors for Genealogical Research



Speaker: Scott Genzer



Sunday, 28 February 2021, at 10:30 a.m.

Photographs have always been a genealogical challenge because, unlike more conventional sources such as vital records, they do not impart clear data. Most often we simply attach the pictures to our trees and then leave them there. However in early 2019 Genzer developed a new technique that shows how to implement facial recognition via artificial intelligence/machine-learning methods to identify unknown people in photographs using large libraries of passport-like images currently available online. Facial recognition enables genealogists to use never before available technology to generate new clues with statistical probabilities from old photos.  His presentation will be an elaboration and detailed demonstration of this technique previously published in the fall issue of Avotaynu [PDF copy of the article will be available).

Scott Genzer is an amateur genealogist who has spent two decades researching his family tree, particularly his paternal branch from Mielec, Poland. During the day, he is a data scientist at RapidMiner, a software company based in Boston. Scott lives in Norwich, Vermont, with his wife and two daughters.

To register, please go to

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Please keep the acknowledgement email when you receive it as it contains your personalized link to join the Zoom meeting. 


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Jerry Scherer

Vice President, Communications



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


My family were all originally considered Russian Jews. However, the borders changed frequently.  In his naturalization papers when he arrived, my grandfather listed his country of origin as Russia, but when he actually became a citizen in the early 1930s, it is listed as Poland.  

My mother and father had a running joke as who was a Litvak and who was a Galitizianer, which suggests a rivalry if not snobbery. The last names of several great-grandmothers suggest a Germanic origin. 

As someone else noted, German Jews, no matter where they lived in this country, considered themselves superior to Russian and other Eastern European Jews, partly because they had come to this country earlier.  
Barbara Sloan
Conway, SC

Re: Manifest Mystery #names


I read the first name as "Yrlja."  I was unable to enlarge this enough to read the brother's name. 
Barbara Sloan
Conway, SC

Re: Hebrew name #names

Philip Freidenreich

It could be "Bar Reb."  If the father were a rabbi, it should have been Bar HaRav.


Philip Freidenreich
JewishGen Researcher #1797

Seeking Dawidowicz from #lodz


I am seeking Dawidowicz from Lodz, Poland. I am trying to connect a few different family groupings all from Lodz and locate the common ancestor(s) If you have Dawidowicz from Lodz, please reach out to me at AliseKermisch@... Thank you,
Alise Kermisch

FTJP - Family Tree of the Jewish People


Update - All gedcoms received during the month of January have been processed & included in the FTJP database.  All gedcoms received will be processed the last weekend of the month they were received.

Iris Folkson


JewishGen Technical Services

Re: Hebrew name #names


It is not BYR, but B’’R, meaning Bar Rabbi... followed by his father’s first surname. 

Daniel Ewenczyk


Re: Jewish Community in Finland #general #russia

Barbara Levy

Thank you SO much!
Jewish community in Hamina, Finland
My grandfather said he was born in Hamina, Finland. Does anyone know if there was a Jewish community in Hamina, Finland? Do you know if Hamina was a Russian territory or a Finnish territory in 1878, when he was born?

Barbara Levy

Re: What happened on 7 March 1612 in Poznan? Mass death of Jews #general #poland

Gerson Sher

Good suggestion, thank you. It was all connected to the Fettmilch Uprising of 1612-1616.

The first major mass program in that uprising was in 1614 in Frankfurt, but evidently as early as its beginning in 1612, when Fettmilch came to head the merchant guilds in Frankfurt, there must have been a strong echo on Posen/Poznan, also a major trading city, and in Poland, on very ripe ground for anti-Jewish sentiment. While Fettmilch was eventually executed, the anti-Jewish sentiment grew and exploded in the infamous Khmelnitsky Uprising ( of 1648-1657. 

Two references to the Fettmilch uprising are at and

Gerson Sher
Washington, DC

Re: tracing possible WW2 resistance fighters #general #romania


The Fighters List on their website may still work (it looks like the website has not been updated since 2010), but I believe the Organization of Partisans Underground and Ghetto Fighters in Tel Aviv disbanded in February of 2016 due to lack of funds or Government support and the increasing deaths of its elderly members.
George Mason 

Re: Need help in researching in Portuguese and Spanish #latinamerica #ukraine

Rachelle Litt

Thank you. Is there a way to download the FamilySearch info directly to Ancestry?  I also have Family Tree Maker that shows a hint from Family Search but can't figure out to connect directly and download

Rachelle Litt
Palm Beach Gardens, Florida

Re: Koidanov Massacre of 1941 #belarus


In the Koydenov Yizkor book published in 1955 by the United Koydanover Association there are 40 pages of memoriam and condolence ads totaling quite a number of names.

But no actual name list. 

Daniel Ewenczyk

Viewmate Yiddish Translation request #galicia #translation

Linda W.

I've posted a 3 documents in Yiddish, for which I need a translation. They are on ViewMate at the following addresses ... The town is Bolehow, Galicia
Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page.
Thank you very much, appreciate any help.
  Linda Weinstein

Re: Jewish Community in Finland #general #russia


My ancestors also arrived in Finland from various parts of the Russian Empire, during the mid-late19th C. I have been researching my own family roots for many years.As has been mentioned by others, I also recommend you check the website of Meliza Amity ( ), and contact her directly (I'll send you her contact info privately).

The only other option would be to do research (or hire someone to do it for you) in the National Archives of Finland. Almost all archival material relating to the Jewish communities in Finland is currently kept there. Unfortunately, hardly any of it has been digitized. Maybe contact them by email and ask if they have any material relating to the tiny Jewish community - probably not more than a dozen families altogether - that did indeed exist in Hamina (in Swedish: Fredrikshamn) during part of the 19th C. Sweden surrendered Hamina to Russia already in 1743, much before the rest of Finland became part of the Russian Empire in 1809. The Jewish community in Hamina ceased to exist, I believe, long before Finland became independent in 1917.

Joel Blankett
Jerusalem, Israel (formerly Helsinki, Finland)

Looking for Ashkenazi Jewish Bill Jones, 1966, Riverside, California #usa

Farrin Fleming

I'm looking for an Ashkenazi Jewish man, went by Bill Jones, from Riverside area, California around 1966.  I do not know what his given name was.  If you have any relatives that became Jones and were in California let me know.

Thank you!!
Farrin Fleming

Re: Zoom talk: Moses & Judith Montefiore: in sickness and health #announcements

Diana da Costa

For those who would like to be added to the Ramsgate Montefiore Heritage mailing list, please email: secretaryrmh@.... The next edition of the RMH Newsletter will soon be emailed out.

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


Why don’t you get the letter translated by a human? It seems that you’re unclear about what they’ve found and what the payment is for. There is a Facebook group, Genealogical Translations and I’m not sure what viewmate requirements are but your question doesn’t seem to be related to how to send money. There may even be a Russian community in your town that could translate.

Sharon Fleitman 
Atlanta, Georgia

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