Feb 21 Minnesota JGS Zoom Event 3PM CST #announcements #events #dna


MNJGS is hosting a Zoom event: A Detective Story Across Continents: Finding a 95-Year-Old Adoptee’s Birth Father on Feb 21, 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM CST. Join us for a detective story using DNA and genealogy research to solve a 95 year mystery. The story will be told by presenters from New Zealand, Australia and the US.
Registration is required. Free for members, $5 for non-members. For more information and registration:

Liba Casson-Nudell

Borșa, Romania (Máramaros) - metrical records? #romania

Yossi Jalas


I'm looking for the following metrical records for Borsa, Máramaros:
Birth: 1910 - 1920
Marriage: 1900 - 1940
Death: 1900 - 1940

Are these available anywhere online?

Thanks in advance,
Yossi Jalas

Re: Brooklyn Street name #usa


Steve Morse has a list of street name changes in Brooklyn at, but Boyd Street isn't on the list.  So the question now is whether Adrien's ancestor was going to Boyd Street in one of the other NYC boroughs, or to an entirely different street in Brooklyn.  You could see if there is a #17 on Boyd Street in the Bronx or in Staten Island.

Ellen Morosoff Pemrick 
Saratoga County, NY


Re: Help in finding grave in Mount Nebo cemetery in Miami, FL #usa #general


Have you tried to call the Riverside Memorial Chapel to ask if they still have the record for his funeral?  It seems to be different from the actual cemetery, from what I am seeing online.

Marlise Gross
Cherry Hill, NJ

Jewish names of Kamienowicz #poland


A friend is researching an ancestor named Rochla Kamienowicz. Presumably Rochla's father would have been named Kamien. Does anyone know of such a name - It's new to me.

Alan Cohen

Is anyone familiar with the given name Haba-Menta? #names

earl zeitlin

Haba-Menta Shlemova Tsoglin was my great aunt who lived in Semenovka, Chernigov guberniya, now Ukraine. Is anyone familiar with this name?
Earl Zeitlin. Monsey, NY

Re: Jewish Hungarian hymn #general #hungary

Susan stone

You asked about a Hungarian hymn.  If anyone would know it would be Keresz but could it be a line from the Kalever Rebbe's nigun...? 
Szol ha Kakas Mar?

Susan Stone
Evanston, IL

Re: Early 20th Century Photography Studios #photographs

Bob Silverstein

You might want to dust it lightly with some powdered charcoal to bring out details.  Likewise with lights a low angles.  Find some with Photoshop to bring out details.  As for archival materials, check with local historical and genealogical societies.  Perhaps a nearby Jewish Genealogical Society could help.  To date and place the picture better, research the clothing and hairstyles of the people.

Good luck and keep us posted.
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: Seeking LANSKEY of Prussia (1834-1915) #germany

The Becker's Email

Obtain his death certificate.  It may give a place of death.

He is listed as Macus Lauskey on the 1880 census. Wife is listed as Mary rather than Sarah but children are right.  On that census, his place of birth is listed as Poland. Otherwise on other census records he is listed as born Prussia or Germany.

The 1870 census indicates he is a citizen; so look for naturalization papers for 1870 or earlier.

Johanna Becker
Newport, RI

Re: First name of "Shaia" #names

Shlomo Katz

"Shaia" is typically short for Yishayah (Isaiah), but "Shea" more commonly is short for Yehoshua (Joshua).

Correctly matching nicknames and diminutives with the proper full name is a very significant issue in the Halachot (Jewish laws) of marriage and divorce, and many rabbis over the centuries have written treatises on the subject of nicknames.

On the other hand, as has been discussed in other posts, there is noabsolutely no rule about what English name a person takes based on his Hebrew name.

Shlomo Katz
Silver Spring, MD

Re: Rabbi Chaim Ozer Grodzinski #belarus #rabbinic

Carola Murray-Seegert

Hi Sara, coincidentally I am also researching the Grodzins / Grodzenski surname - we are trying to figure out whether we have a connection to the poet and newspaper editor Arn-Yitskhok Grodzenski (1881 -1941) who was murdered in Vilno in the Shoah. I just learned that his paternal uncle was Reb Chaim Ozer.  Here is a link to biographical information from the Yiddisher Lexicon:

Let's stay in touch - I'm interested in what you learn.
Carola Murray-Seegert
Oberursel, Germany
Researching: GRODZENSKI / GRODZINS (Vilijampolé, Alitus, Miroslavas and Vilno Lithuania; Paris, France; Alexandria, Egypt; Tel Aviv Israel

Re: Early 20th Century Photography Studios #photographs

Corinna Woehrl (nee Goslar)

Hello Rusty

I also can't read much more of the name, the surname may start with "Bie..."
But I can identify the city: below it definitly is Aalborg in northern Danmark.

Perhaps the City archive can help you with more information, normally they know "their" photographers.
Here ist the contact-information:

The Germany-based "Compgen-Society hosts a database of historical photografy-studios - but only for Germay

Regards from Germany (near Hamburg)

Corinna (Wöhrl)

Re: Early 20th Century Photography Studios #photographs

Mike Coleman

Aalborg (Denmark)..........

Mike Coleman  London U.K.

Re: Jewish Hungarian hymn #general #hungary




The words are recognizable, yet with errors (does not mattet). It looks like they were like this

Ha az Isten megígért, visszahozza Jeruzsálemet

(means: If G-d promised it, he will return/bring back Jerusalem)


I have checked and have not found any song with this. It may have been a Hungarian Zionist song?



Karesz Vandor
genealogist/historian/private tour guide

Hungarian Roots
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Mentes a vírusoktól.

Jewish Hungarian hymn #general #hungary

Inacio Steinhardt

My late Mother born in Hungary used to sing an hymn which I, not knowing Hungarian thought to be Hatikva in her mother language.
The words that I remember ignoring the spelling went like this:

Oy ozisten ot megiget, visa hoja yerushalem mnet

Does anybody remember such a song?

Thank you
Inacio Steinhardt

Early 20th Century Photography Studios #photographs

Rusty Wilson

I am trying to identify an early 20th century photo portrait.  The name of the photography studio is stamped on the photo and is almost entirely illegible (I've attached a scan of the stamp here).  I can make out the first name of the studio as "Johanne.".. As best I can tell, the studio is in Europe.  My questions: 
1. Does anyone recognize the stamp and the photo studio? Or particularly the city?
2. Can anyone direct me to an online source of early 20th century photo portraits where I could look for a similar studio stamp?
3. Does anyone know of any online lists of early 20th century European photo studios? I know of several for the US but none for Europe.  
Thank you. 
Rusty Wilson

Rusty Wilson

Burial Site for Jewish Soldiers Who Died in Manchuria During the Russian Japanese War #russia #general

loren greenberg


My GGM's brother was a soldier in the 214th Mokshanks Infantry Division
during the Japanese Russian War. 
He died in 1904 fighting in Shaolinza, Manchuria..

Does anyone know where these Jewish boys were buried?

Thank you,
Loren Greenberg


Re: Brooklyn Street name #usa

Helene Williams Spierman

The street may have been re-named.  Search for Boyd St., Bklyn, 1897, or another year near that one.

I knew my mother grew up in a private house on Dahill Rd. in Brooklyn. I found her family in the 1920 census in a house with the same number, but the street was West St. I found a map of the same era as the census (on Steve Morse, via Ancestry) and compared it to a later Google map that contained Dahill Rd. I looked at train lines, the layout of streets and their names, and nearby churches, etc., and concluded that Dahill Rd. had been renamed. 

Helene Williams Spierman
Valley Stream, NY

Help in finding grave in Mount Nebo cemetery in Miami, FL #usa #general


I called the Mount Nebo cemetery in Miami about the grave of Max Land that died at the age of 70 on Sep 1944, husband of Fannie and father of Hadassa. His metzavah was uncovered in 1945 and I have the announcement record and the rabbi's name that was officiating. On my first call to the cemetery I was given a plot that turned out not to have the grave of Max Land. When I called again about the grave I was told there was an error and he was not buried in the cemetery. I do not know how to proceed in finding the grave. Any suggestions?.

Angel Kosfiszer

Richardson, Texas

Re: Looking for Konslawa, Galicia #galicia #poland


Hi Arthur,

I'm quite an amateur, but could it possibly be Konskowola (var: Konska Wola), Lublin Province, Poland? The only reason it came to mind was that I have ancestors from there. You could search via the Gesher Galicia database for the surname of the family if you know it, and it will give you a map of where (and with what frequency) that surname occurs. (If you were looking for Sissman, for example, a quick search shows a TON of related surnames in Lublin Province in general.) 

I'll be interested to see what other people think, too. 

I hope this helps! 
Rebecca Benzer
Rebecca Benzer
Erdman(n), Eisenstark in/around Poland and Ukraine
Davidson, Hait, Bespaloff in Latvia

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