Jewish Orphanages during WW1 #general

Andrea Tzadik

My Grandfather's family was from a small Shtetel in Galicia, Knhynicze, 
My Grandfather and all the men and boys in his family were sent to work camps in Russia,
When the Russian troops invaded and burned down their town.
My Grandfather's sister, Chaya Sarah, was left alone and was put in an orphanage.
At the end of the War she ended up in Switzerland and was repatriated to the US on an 
emergency passport. 
My question is, where were these orphanages that Jewish children were placed in during the War?
Andrea Tzadik
Santa Monica, Ca.

location of Givozits? #general


I’m trying to research my parents and great grandparents. I was told by my Mother that
they lived in Givozits also mentioning Galicia,Kolomya and Bukovina. ( This must be a city , state, geographic area thing.)
I’m not sure which country database to use while researching the Jewishgen site.
   Thank you,
Saul Joseph David

researching Brecher and Sabat(h)

Re: Translation: Language unknown #translation




The writing is upside down and it is in Yiddish.

Shalom, Malka Chosnek



great synagogue in london hebrew translation #translation

arnold friedman <afriedman21@...>

appreciate someone's help in translating all the hebrew in this document from the great synagogue. In addition, I am having difficulty reading the street (in English)  for Simon SHERATSKI
arnold friedman
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My auntie Ernestina from Bucuresti #holocaust #latinamerica #romania


Dear Gennies,

I hope someone could put me in contact with Mrs. Ernestina Kanner, widow of late Adv. Artur Kanner. They used to live in Bucuresti. My late father, Enrich Kanner was Artur's Brother, migrated to Brazil after Shoa. They lived at 5 alexandru Balesceanu Str. 

Kind Rgds

Artur Canella Avelar

David ABRAMOWITZ-New Haven/Boston-early 20th cent. #usa

Yonatan Ben-Ari

My great great grandmother, Rivka ABRAMOWITZ, came to the USA as a
widow with 4 orphaned children. To the best of our knowledge-we have
no records of any kind-she came around 1870-1880 to New Haven. Her
children were ;David, Sarah, Mayer and Kalman.

Her eldest son David, who was in his late teens went to Boston to
"seek his fortune". According to family lore, he changed his family
name at some point. Went to work in a department store and rose to
management level. Supposedly, around the mid 1930s his nephew, Chaim
Yitzchak ABRAMOWITZ, son of Mayer (and my grandfather) who had
emigrated from Israel to the states tried to contact his uncle David
and was repulsed by David's office stating that he was elderly and
sick and was recuperating at his Florida home.

Sarah probably had ongoing contact with her brother but I have no
information regarding any of Sarah's or David's descendants. Except,
and again according to family lore, Sarah and her husband lived on
Coney Island in the mid 1930s and she had at that time a grandson,
Tom, who was going to College in Boston.

My great grandfather , Mayer was sent to Jerusalem as a youth as was
his younger brother, Kalman. Kalman it seems was to young to be
without his mother and so returned shortly to the USA while Mayer
stayed, lived and died in Jerusalem as did his children.

Most of the above is based on an autobiography of Mayer's grand
daughter who specifically states that her book is a story rather than
a book of records so some of the "facts" above may be surmises. We
have contact with Kalman's descendants who don't know more about
David's and Sarah's descendants and base their family history on the
above autobiography.

The difficulty in finding more facts about Sarah and David is that if
it is true that avid changed his family name it could be anything
especially if he wanted to distance himself from Jewish tradition. And
as to Sarah, we don't know her married name.

I am hoping that someone may have a similar background and thus may be
we can share some information.


Yoni Ben-Ari, Jerusalem

Re: First name of Zelik #names

Adelle Gloger

My father, born in 1906 in Tarnopol, was given the Hebrew name, Zelig. His given name was Zigmund. Later, Sigmund in the USA.
Adelle Weintraub Gloger
Beachwood, Ohio

Re: Manifest Mystery #names

Lawrence Weintraub

Neither "Yrlja" or "Irlja" generated an idea for me for a Yiddish name (not that I am an expert) or a likely American one.  She was going to a brother, B. Edelstein at 15 Genesee Street in Boston.  Attempts to utilize the 1910 Census or the 1906 Boston City Directory did not prove helpful.
Lawrence Weintraub
Old Bridge, NJ

Re: Future of Holocaust Research In Poland Hinges on Libel Case #holocaust #poland

David Cherson

Perhaps we should be thankful to the pandemic for putting at least a temporary halt to travel to Poland, Ukraine,  What appeared to me most cynical were the developments in Poland in having "celebrations of Jewish culture and food", and attempted revivals of Judaism in Poland. The semi-fascist governments of Poland and Hungary are an example of the warts that were existing underneath the cover of communism in Eastern Europe.  We shouldn't be surprised by the example of the (so-called) Law and Justice party.

Now I know that there were many righteous gentiles throughout Eastern Europe who did save Jewish lives, etc.  But this does not negate the underlying nature of the societies there.  

And FYI, Adam Cherson and I are not related.

David Cherson

Re: Article of Interest on DNA Testing #dna

Jx. Gx.

One of the key takeaways from this article is the following:

"Is genetic information protected?

In some places (like the European Union), genetic data is protected as personal information. In others (like the US) it's a different story. In America, protections are strong for DNA if it's submitted to a doctor, but non-existent if it's posted off to a commercial genealogy website."

The lure of possibly uncovering some morsel of family history blinds many people to the potential dangers of giving away one's DNA.  Many years ago I railed against giving out one's Social Security number on applications that had no business asking for that data. People I spoke to at the time seemed to think I was paranoid.  Now we see how SSNs can be used to steal one's identity.  I don't trust any company that makes big promises to protect your DNA,  For the right price they will turn on that promise. 

Jeffrey Gee
Arizona, USA

Canadian Cohens: Do you have Goldstein/Shateliss relatives? #canada


Canadian Cohens: Do you have Goldstein/Shateliss relatives? Looking for descendants of Isaac Cohen (likely from Toronto) who hosted Grandfather as he migrated from England to U.S. (1910-1913.)

Thank you.

Mindy Yochelson



Re: Article of Interest on DNA Testing #dna

Sarah L Meyer

I do not believe that the author of this article is familiar with US health insurance law, which prohibits the results of DNA testing to be used in health insurance.  
Sarah L Meyer
Georgetown TX
BIRGARDOVSKY, EDELBERG, HITE (CHAIT), PERCHIK Russia (southern Ukraine) and some Latvia or Lithuania

#russia #russia



Is there anybody who could explain to me how to send an international banking withdrawal to the Historical Archives in Sankt-Petersburg in Russia, please. Thank you very much for your response. Patrice Markiewicz. Email: patrice.markiewicz@....

Translation: Language unknown #translation


Requesting translation of names noted on attached family group photo, believed to be SKOLNIK or KAPLAN family members.
Thank you.

Ronald Miller
MELAMED KARPMAN (Minsk, Mozyr, Rechitsa, Minsk, Ukraine, Belarus, Kiev) 
SHARGORODSKY WEISBERG  (Kiev, Rusacki, Devemususke, Ivankova) 
KRASNITZKI and variation spelling (Rechitsa, Minsk, Ukraine, Belarus, Kiev)
SCHARGORODSKY  CHARGO (Carlos Caseras near Buenos Aires, Argentina) 
GOLDENBERG (Tulchin, Ukraine)

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


-- FamilySearch and Ancestry are two different genealogy sites and I do not expect you can connect them.

Angel Kosfiszer

Richardson, Texas

Re: Future of Holocaust Research In Poland Hinges on Libel Case #holocaust #poland

Adam Cherson

In the course of my genealogical research I've read personal testimonies about atrocities against Jews committed alongside or on behalf of Germany before and during WWII by its political confederates in Poland, Lithuania, Ukraine, Italy, Austria, and elsewhere. Many common folk and peasants in these countries jumped on to this bandwagon of scapegoating Jews for their own miseries and then participating in the killing and theft of property, both personal and real. Many local folk in all these places also risked their own safety by aiding Jews. So to say that all Poles were aiding and abetting Germany is false. However a book documenting specific instances of such aiding and abetting is merely describing the truth, which by definition cannot be libelous.
Adam Cherson

Re: #dna Question about genetic groups on My Heritage & Ancestry #sephardic #dna

Jill Whitehead

Hi Mandy

All the DNA companies give completely different results - they are not reliable for Jewish sub groups. I am on FTDNA, 23andme, Ancestry and My Heritage and none of them agree - some give me as one eighth Sephardic. But others give this as North African, whilst others give this as Eastern European. You would be better getting an in depth K16 analysis from a specialist company. 

Jill Whitehead, Surrey, UK

Re: Article of Interest on DNA Testing #dna

Adam Cherson

Many of the issues raised are magnified by Full Genome Sequencing. The types of limited testing done for genealogical purposes produce only a narrow band of genetic data.

Whether the pros of genetic genealogy outweigh the cons is a personal decision. In my experience the primary psychological benefits, greater  and more accurate self-knowledge, and meaningful social connection with fellow researchers and previously unknown family, have exceeded the risks/costs enumerated in the article.
Adam Cherson

Re: #dna Question about genetic groups on My Heritage & Ancestry #sephardic #dna

Adam Turner

AncestryDNA does not currently list "Sephardic Jewish" as a region in its ethnicity analysis. Full list of all of the regions they report here: 

Presumably, until Ancestry updates the product to include a distinct Sephardic Jewish ethnicity (likely contingent on their being able to find reliable markers of who is Sephardic Jewish vs. non-Jewish Spanish, Greek, Moroccan, etc.), people of Sephardic origin end up with their AncestryDNA ethnicity estimate as some combination of various Southern European, Levantine, and North African regions.

All that said, you may want to take caution and review some of the posts in this forum which discuss the perils of taking consumer DNA ethnicity analyses - especially those produced by MyHeritageDNA - too seriously. Here's one recent thread:  

Adam Turner

Re: Anyone know places called Kajankow and street Richeliewsca - Odessa #ukraine


Rishelievskaya street is one of the main streets of Odessa, named after the first mayor of the city and the future Prime Minister of France, Armand-Emmanuel de Vignerot du Plessis, duc de Richelieu.  During the Soviet time it was renamed to the Lenin street and then renamed back to Rishelievskaya in the 1990's. 

Mike Vayser

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