Help Identifying a Location from an Ellis Island Passenger Manifest #translation #ukraine #russia #records

David Levine

My ancestors came from Kyiv as well as from a number of towns south and southeast: Obukhiv, Trypillya, and Kaniv
This family listed their place of birth as Kaniv however the clerk wrote on the Ellis Island Passenger Manifest wrote the below town for where they said they last lived (1908 manifest version). They had sailed from Rotterdam:
I do not yet know what this says
Could it be Zbermanow? However, I cannot find such a place online.
Does anyone have any thoughts? 
Link on Ancestry
Ellis Island Link

Rabbi Chaim Ozer Grodzinski #belarus #rabbinic


I am looking for Reb Chaim Ozer's family tree.  A cousin told me we are related and I would be interested to confirm this.  If anyone has any information about this, I would love to hear from them

Researching about Rogovins immigrated to the USA from Minsk region, beginning of the 20th century. #usa #poland #names #photographs #russia


Good afternoon,
I am looking for information about Rogovins from Minsk area. I am posting a link to the photos and their description. 
This is Rogovin's family. Three of the siblings in the group photo are children of Meer/Meyer Rogovin from Minsk area. They immigrated before the Soviet Revolution to the US. My great grandmother (in the center of the second photo) did not leave with them, she stayed in Moscow, Russia. Her mother (in the first photo), who was the second wife of Meer, immigrated with Rogovins to the US. I am looking for any information about the Rogovins and the lady, who was my great great grandmother. Thank you. Elena: elenabol2017@...

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Ushitsa Voters List 1906 #ukraine

David Bickman

I have just recently read the 1906 Jewish Voters List for Ushitsa Raion, Podolia Gubernia, Russian Ukraine.  I found several potential relatives on the list, but the list only lists names and occupations.  There is no other information provided for any of the names on the list.  Is there any other source that can be accessed to gain additional information about the persons whose names appear on this list, such as the actual town or village in which they reside, their age, names of other members of their families, etc. 

Help Gravestone, but similar surname in brackets? #general #yiddish #names



Would anyone know why brackets with another version the surname would be put on a gravestone before the surname, please?

England - (Melover) Molava,  

Thanks in Advance

Mandy Molava
Researching Brest Belarus Russia Galacia

Family Search Riga & Uruguay #latvia




Researching the fate of my maternal grandparents surname Heyman from Riga.  They had a son and three daughters.  I do not have their first names or dates of birth.  One of their daughters Dora Heyman Felsman was my grandmother.  She lived in Ungar, Hungary and was murdered in Auschwitz in the summer of 1944.  The other two daughters emigrated to Montevideo, Uruguay just before or during World War II.  One daughter was named Ruth Heyman and she died in 1963 and is buried in Cementerio Israelita de La Paz in Montevideo.  The other daughter married in Uruguay and I do not know her married name.  She had three daughters.  I also am seeking to connect with her daughters. 

Hannah Berkowitz

Email briar33@...

New York, USA


Re: Unusual name #poland #unitedkingdom #names

Michael Sharp

מתת means gift or reward, from which the name Mattiyahu/Matthew is derived (= gift of the Lord)

Michael Sharp
Manchester UK

Re: Brooklyn Street name #usa

Kenneth Ryesky

There is a Bond Street in Lower Manhattan, and a Boyd Avenue in the Bronx.

Possible suspect:  Conflation of Brooklyn with Bronx
Ken Ryesky,  Petach Tikva, Israel     kenneth.ryesky@... 

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

FW: Translation of Marriage certificate for Pinkus and Bluma Lichtenstein #translation

Mark Stone


Would anyone be able to give me a translation of the certificate attached.


It is the left hand page required.


Thanking one of you in anticipation,


With very kind regards


Mark Paul Stone

Viewmate Translation: Russian #poland #warsaw #translation


Please translate this letter on Viewmate:

Much appreciated. Nearing the end of my grandfather's letter collection!!!

Thank you in advance for your help.
Rachel Keiles Kessler Park
KEILES - Vilnius, Lodz, TSIGAR, TOBIAS, ASZ, ELEFAND - Vilnius, KESSLER - Starokonstantinov, LURIE - Dvinsk
DUBIN(sky), NAGIN(sky) - Poltava, ALPERT, SACHS

Re: Brooklyn Street name #usa


If you go to the Steve Morse One-Step Pages:
Navigate down to US Census (1790-1950)
Select Large City ED Finder (1870-1950)
Enter Year  = 1900, State = New York, County = Kings, City or Town = Brooklyn
Then scroll through street list.
You will find no Boyd St., but you may find something close in spelling.

David Rosen
Boston, MA

On 2/8/2021 9:42 AM, agenet@... wrote:
Does anyone know if there were a street named Boyd St. in Brooklyn in 1898? My g-grandfather, Nathan Sokol or Sakal, states that their destination upon arriving in NYC is 17 Boyd St., Brooklyn. Not being from NYC, I have no idea if such a street existed.  He was spot on with other details of their immigration. I've googled the street name with no success.
I would appreciate any help.
Adrien Gernsbacher Genet

Re: First name of Tsalko ?? #names


Tsalko, along with Tzalel and Tzalek, is a diminutive of Betzalel. In "the old country", the Tz was pronounced as Ch, and the English version is often Charles.

Billie Stein
Givatayim, Israel

Re: Holocaust Database Announcement - Rovno, Poland Community Fee Contributions (February 1939) #JewishGenUpdates #announcements #holocaust

Nolan Altman

Accessing any of JewishGen's databases is free.  You need to register but there is no charge for a 1 field search in this or any of the databases.  (A single field search includes surname, given name, town, etc.) You can start a search for this database within the Holocaust Database at

The $100 contribution for "enhanced search capabilities" will permit you to do multiple field searches. (Multiple field searches permit you to search a surname and a given name, or a surname, town and a given name, etc.)

Nolan Altman

Re: The name "Alter" #names #poland

Karen Heller Key

I had a great uncle called Alter, and I was told in my family that a child was called Alter when he was sick or premature as a baby, as a wish that he would survive, or grow older (alter).  My great uncle had a given name but was always called Alter.

Karen Heller Key

Re: searching for family #dna

Sarah L Meyer

Deanna, you need to do some genealogy on the names on your birth certificate.  Also if you are on Facebook, there are a number of excellent Jewish and general genealogy groups that you can ask to join, including DNA detectives, Tracing the Tribe, DNA your Jewish journey, Genealogy with Jan and Nora, etc.  It does sound like one of your two parents is genetically Jewish and probably either did not know it or chose to ignore it.   Then you can work with your match list to see if you see matches that fit with George White or Irene Arrow.   Right now you are concerned with your birth parents.
Sarah L Meyer
Georgetown TX
BIRGARDOVSKY, EDELBERG, HITE (CHAIT), PERCHIK Russia (southern Ukraine) and some Latvia or Lithuania

Re: The name "Alter" #names #poland

Lisa Steinberg

The name Alter is a boy's name meaning "old". Alter was originally used as an epithet for the eldest when in the company of one with the same name. Jewish parents also used it for their sons who were born sickly or after the death of an older sibling in an effort to ward off death. Men who were called Alter or Zeidel from childhood, were carrying warding names designed to protect them. "This is not the infant you are looking for Angel, this is an old man." 

Lisa Steinberg
Riverdale, The Bronx, New York
Shatz/Shatzman and Toubis from Medzhybizh, Kamieniets Podolsk, Ukraine
Segal from Porchamowycz, Poland
Ackerman from Brichany, Khotin, Bessarabia
Kuperman from Yedinitz, Khotin, Bessarabia

The name "Alter" #names #poland

Joseph Hirschfield

This is from Jewish Personal Names by Rabbi Shmuel Gorr:

"Alter is one of the amuletic names. If a male child died soon after birth or very young, the next born male child was sometimes given the name Alter alone, or in combination with another name. The parents, in giving the name, expressed their prayer that the newborn child should live to be an old man."
Joe Hirschfield
Portage, MI USA
Minoff, Minowitzki, Minowicki--Brest Livovsk, Wysoka_-Litovsk BELARUS
Hirschfeld, Herzfeld, Hirszfeld, Toppermann,Buxbaum, Buchsbaum--Skwarzawa, Gliniany, Sielec Bienkow-GALICIA

Brooklyn Street name #usa


Does anyone know if there were a street named Boyd St. in Brooklyn in 1898? My g-grandfather, Nathan Sokol or Sakal, states that their destination upon arriving in NYC is 17 Boyd St., Brooklyn. Not being from NYC, I have no idea if such a street existed.  He was spot on with other details of their immigration. I've googled the street name with no success.
I would appreciate any help.
Adrien Gernsbacher Genet

A Fire Broke in the Krakow City Archive-No Details About the Scope of Damage #poland #galicia

Abuwasta Abuwasta

Initial Reports about a fire at the Krakow City  Archive last Saturday.

Jacob Rosen


Re: New Revision Lists found #ukraine #bessarabia #records

Yefim Kogan

Hello Ron,  thank you very much,

The problem though is that FamilySearch catalogue is not clear and in many cases not correct.
Also according to their catalogue they have Jewish records only a handful of case,  but in fact there are much more Jewish Records there.  For these records which Deborah found there are no indication that there are Jewish records among them,  and in fact we did find many Jewish records there.

If you, by looking into FamilySearch found some JEwish Records, which are NOT on our List at JewishGen  (Bessarabia Vital Records and Bessarabia Revision List), please let me know.

All the best,
Yefim Kogan
JewishGen Bessarabia Group Leader and Coordinator

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