Re: Early 20th Century Photography Studios #photographs


Are you familiar with the New York Public Library in NYC database of photographers/photostudios. 
You can search by name or location.
Good luck!


W The New York Public Library / Photographers’ Identities Catalog Photographers’ Identities Catalog Consisting of names, nationalities, dates, locations and more, PIC is a vast and growing resource for the historian, student, genealogist, or any lover of photography's history.

Deborah Moscou Annex

Background information for Henri ACQUADRO and Charles ACQUADRO #names #records

Jim Caradonio

I am researching my mother's family surname-- ACQUADRO--- who came to the US from Pralungo, Piedmont (Northern Italy). 
(The 3-volume work of Dr. Renata Segre, The Jews in Piedmont (1297-1798), is a rich resource. I also recommend The Guide to Jewish Italy by 
Annie Sacerdoti), Several years ago the Simon Wiesenthal Foundation conducted a process to locate the descendants of Italian Jews
whose funds the Nazis had seized and deposited into accounts in Swiss banks. One of my cousins (now deceased) received the information
from the Foundation. The Foundation provided a list of the names of the individuals who had their assets stolen and deposited. At the top
of the list were Henri ACQUADRO and Charles ACQUADRO. At the time I was not engaged in genealogical activities. I now would  like
to learn more about where Henri and Charles lived. Did they die in concentration camps? It appears that their first names are French. (for example,
did they live in Aosta, Italy where French and  Italian are spoken?) I would like to know if there is someone at the Wiesenthal Foundation who could
assist with my request. Or are there other sources that I should contact?

Be/stay well,

Jim Caradonio
Agawam, MA



Re: Holocaust victims in Poland #records


Try the Arolsen Archives

Good luck.
Noreen nee Thorne (England)
Szczepanski / Mrozowska

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

Arlene Beare

Noreen these Internal passports were for people from Latvia not Poland. Passport Issuance Books are Books that record what passports were issued and to whom.
Passports were handed in to the Riga Police between 1919 and 1940 as the Soviet Union ceased to exist after 1919.  Our database includes data from the Issuance Books and data from the Passports handed in to the Riga Police.
If you would like to know about Internal passports please go to

In order to move from place to place in the Former Russian Empire one needed an Internal Passport. Our collection is for Latvia and the Litvak RD have Internal passports for Lithuania,
Research for ancestors from Poland is best done on the jri-pl site  as they have an extensive collection of Records and  Resources.  Your ancestors would have required Passports to travel to Capital Cities.  I do not think  Internal Passports were used in Poland.

Please note that Lwow was in Poland but is now Lviv in Ukraine.

Arlene Beare
Co-Director Latvia Research Division

Re: First name of Tsalko ?? #names


My fourth great-grandfather was a Tsalko (aka Tsalel).  The surname was Grosbard (aka Gruonbort aka "Krudzdbert").  He was born between about 1770 and 1773; according to the 1816 Revision List, he was living in Vilkija, Lithuania in 1816.  So there was at least one Tsalko in Lithuania prior to your person who was born there in 1842.
Erika Gottfried
Teaneck, New Jersey Free Access February 11-February 15 #records #announcements

Jan Meisels Allen, part of the Ancestry family of websites, is offering free access through February 15,2021 at 11:59PM MT.  After the free access period ends, you will only be able to view Publisher Extra papers using a Publisher Extra subscription.


To access the free site go to:


You must register to access the newspapers. Either register with your email address, password or you can use your Ancestry subscription.

When you find the article you want, you will find the name of the person highlighted. You can then clip the article and save it to your computer, Ancestry, Facebook or Twitter as well as email the link.


Clip any article you find during the free access period. Waiting to later will only permit access with a paid subscription.


I have no affiliation with or Ancestry and am posting this solely for the information of the reader.



Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee



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

Marilyn Robinson

 I have a couple of postings on my blog for burials during the 1904-05 Russo-Japanese War. Perhaps your relative is on one of the lists:
1904-05 Russo Japanese War: Graves of Russian Soldiers
Marilyn Robinson

Holocaust victims in Poland #records


Where is the best place to find lists of Holocaust victims in Poland. ?  I have exhausted Yad Vashem, IS Holocaust database , jewish Gen for a family of four.
Leon Van Gelderen

Re: Jewish Hungarian hymn #general #hungary

Eva Lawrence

The hungarian words and the rhythm certainly correspond to HaTikva, as
sung in Ivrit.
Eva Lawrence
St Albans, UK.

Re: Jewish Hungarian hymn #general #hungary

Inacio Steinhardt

Thank you so much for your contribution.
Now, at least I know the correct spelling and the meaning of the words that my Mother zªl used to sing.
However, I now remember one additional word that I have skipped AMIT.

Ha az Isten amit megigert viszahozza Jerzsalemet.

Does this make a difference?

Thank you again for your kindness

Inacio Steinhardt
Ganei Tikva, Israel

Jewish Genealogical Society New York February 21 Meeting #announcements #jgs-iajgs

Phyllis Rosner

Jewish Genealogical Society NY Meeting
Sunday February 21, 2020 at 2 p.m. EST
Zoom Webinar


Belarus: Jewish History & Research Strategy in Belarus Archives

Speakers: Yuri and Irina Dorn

Yuri Dorn and his wife Irina will present a brief history of Jewish Belarus, followed by a description of the different record types available for research in Belorussian archives. They will explain which records you can expect to find and suggest the best strategy for approaching one’s research. Keep in mind that your Lithuanian, Ukrainian, and Polish ancestors may have migrated from Belarus to these other areas or vice versa.    

Yuri Dorn is a well-known genealogist, specializing in Jewish genealogy and ancestral tourism to Belarus. In 2002 he founded the Jewish Heritage Research Group (JHRG) in Belarus, which consists of professional historians, genealogists and certified English-speaking guides. Irina has been instrumental in its creation and growth. In addition to their work in Belorussian archives and in arranging ancestral tours to Belarus, Yuri and his staff are active in the restoration and preservation of Jewish heritage in Belarus. 

All are welcome; attendance is free, but registration is required:

Submitted by:
Phyllis Rosner
JGSNY VP Communications
New York, NY

Re: Early 20th Century Photography Studios #photographs

Peter Cherna

I played a bit with your image in a photo editor, and my best guess on the name is "Johanne Birkedal". I agree with the others that it's Aalborg.

And a little Google shows e.g.

1923-47 in Aalborg, although their spelling seemed to be "Birkedahl" whereas I see "Birkedal" but maybe there's an H in there.

Peter Cherna, Exton PA (peter@...)
Researching CSERNA (Budapest, Székesfehérvár), GRUNFELD (Székesfehérvár), BRAUN, REINER (Budapest, Nyíregyháza, Máriapócs), EHRENFELD (Pozsony, Balassagyarmat) BRACK (Ipolykeszi)

Re: Found Konslawa, Galicia - not the real name!!! #galicia #poland

Abuwasta Abuwasta

Hi All,

The letter  "ą" is pronounced in Polish "on" hence the confusion.  My grandfather was born in Dąbrowa Tarnowska and it is pronounced Dombrowa Tarnowsaka.

Warm welcome to the marvels of the polish language....

Jacob Rosen


Re: First name of "Shaia" #names

Dan Rottenberg

In my family, the given name Shiah is short for Yehoshua (Joshua). One of my Shiah relatives translated that into Charles in English.
Dan Rottenberg
Philadelphia PA

Polish Translation #translation

Laufer, Shmuel

Is there someone who can help me with the translation of these certificates from Polish?

A need Polish translation for 5 certificates from Przasnysz. I don't need word-for-word but details such as names, dates, ages, locations, occupations, and so on are very helpful.


A marriage certificate of  Nuske Zyman and Bayla Gitle Borkower for which I need a translation. It is on ViewMate at the following address ...

A marriage certificate of Symcha Mlaver y Sara Slava Rybak for which I need a translation. It is on ViewMate at the following address ...

A marriage certificate of Josek Mlaver y Ryfka Katz for which I need a translation. It is on ViewMate at the following address ...


A marriage certificate of Chaim Laska y Gytla Rivka Krimka for which I need a translation. It is on ViewMate at the following address ...


A marriage certificate of Zelman Mazurek and Ides Laduga for which I need a translation. It is on ViewMate at the following address ...

Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page.


 Thanks 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)



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

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