Re: Use of Patronyms for Last Names: MICHALOWITZ instead of LURYA #warsaw #records

Jill Whitehead

My father's father's ánd father's mother's families did the same as Mailyn's.

My great grandfather Joseph Servian (Josiel SerwianskI) had three children who came with him to Liverpool in c 1875. One of those children born Baruch Serwianski used the names Barnett Servian, then Barnet Silverman and then when he emigrated again to USA in 1905, he called himself Barnet or Bernard Maxwell - after Joseph's father Mordecai. Joseph's daughter Leah died young of typhoid aged 16 in North Wales, and she was buried as Leah Max (again after Mordecai).

My other paternal great grandfather Nathan Abrahams (born Chackiel or Casper Ceglarski) reverted to the family patronym when they came to Manchester in 1867.  Both his father and son were called Abraham Abrahams or Abrams.

The Servians came from Sejny and the Abrahams came from Suwalki both in Suwalki gubernia. 

Jill Whitehead, Surrey, UK

Re: Stawiski, Poland #poland


Shalom Ellen,

My grandfather came from Stawiski and I have been tracing the family's history.  The family name was Kafkevitch, which seems to be very connected to the place.
I've only just joined this group, so I don't know if you're still looking.

Kind regards,

Carrie Terry (née Freedman)

Re: Trying to contact the Arnold-Rokeach family of Downsview, Ontario #canada


I don't know whether there is any relation, but have you tried contacting Alan Rokeach?

His email is:  arokeach@...

Good luck,

Marc Stevens

Re: three missing brothers from Providence #belarus


If you can't get into Ancestry to view this tree, here's a pdf of of Hyman Sidney Forbes (Feinstein/Fine)

Deborah Shindell
Trumbull, CT
researching: Beserglik, Lederhendler, Goldberg (all in Poland) and Szmukler (Ukraine)

Zhitomir #ukraine

Howard Wesoky

My maternal grandmother Lejke Feldman arrived at Ellis Island aboard the SS George Washington on January 27, 1914. Most of her life was lived in Pittsburgh as LENA COHEN and Zhitomir was treated almost as a fairy tale location. Unfortunately I know nothing of the fate of the JACOB FELDMAN family following her emigration.  Is it now too late?
Howard Wesoky
Potomac Falls, VA

New Presentation offered: How to Utilize The JewishGen Discussion Group Effectively #JewishGenUpdates #education

Phil Goldfarb

I am very pleased to announce a new presentation titled “How to Utilize The JewishGen Discussion Group Effectively”. This one-hour presentation is for anyone who is using or thinking about using the JGDG, the most widely used Discussion Group in Jewish Genealogy. JewishGen has approved this program and topics discussed are:

  • What the JGDG is all about.
  • Ways the JGDG can help you.
  • Advantages of the new JGDG platform.
  • Discussion Group Rules and Guidelines.
  • How to join the JGDG.
  • Group settings.
  • Options for Group Message delivery.
  • How to change an e-mail address or message delivery.
  • Two ways to post a message.
  • How to find archival messages (back to 1998!)
  • Hashtags: how/why important to use them.
  • How to “mute” hashtags to only get certain messages.
  • How to create an automatic signature.
  • How to reply to a message individually or to the group.
  • Why messages are rejected or deleted.
  • Success stories from the JGDG.
  • Need help or are confused? Who to contact.


This is an ideal Zoom meeting for a JGS or any group interested in learning about the Discussion Group and what it has to offer. There is a modest speaker honoraria for the presentation.


If you have any questions or are interested in setting up a date and time for this program, please feel free to e-mail me personally at: phil.goldfarb@...


Thank you,

Phil Goldfarb

Lead Moderator, JewishGen Discussion Group

President, JGS of Tulsa

Re: JewishGen's Latvia Database Grows #belarus #courland #latvia #JewishGenUpdates


That's amazing. What a find.
Why were Internal passport issuance books required?
Am I right in assuming that this is internal to Poland or would it be mainland Europe?

My maternal family came from Lwow, Poland between the wars. They travelled to capital cities for holidays. May I ask would they have required some sort of passport and if so is there anywhere that I might search for them?
Many thanks.
Noreen (nee Thorne)
Szczepanski & Mrozowska  

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.

6341 - 6360 of 661897