Re: Connection between HOROWITZ and ABRAMOWITZ families-Novarodok/Hartford, Ct. #usa


We have corresponded previously on the Abramowitz side of the family, but I am not sure if I ever mentioned that New Haven also has a Jewish historical society.  There were several synagogues within a short distance of each other in New Haven in the early part of the 20th century and before. 
Barbara Sloan
Conway, SC

Cluj Romania Jewish Community Asks NY Auction House Not to Sell Burial Registry #holocaust #romania

Jan Meisels Allen



The Jewish community of Cluj, Romania and the World Jewish Restitution Organization (  has asked US Brooklyn-NY based  auction house Kestenbaum & Company to halt the sale of a 19th century handwritten burial registry that it believes was stolen during the Holocaust. The memorial register is a record of Jewish burials in the city between 1836 and 1899. Bidding of the registry was scheduled for 18 February along with 16 other documents. The register is known as the Pinkas Klali D’Chevra Kadisha. The register is written in Hebrew and Yiddish. “Given the historically delicate nature of the items that are entrusted to us to handle, we take the matter of title to be one of the utmost importance,” Daniel Kestenbaum, the founding chairman of the auction house, wrote in an email. “Consequently, in respect to recently acquired information, manuscripts were withdrawn from our February Judaica auction.” The seller has agreed to discuss the matter further with the restitution organization, he said. It is valued between $5,000 and $7,000 USD.


Zoltan Tibori Szabo, the director of the Institute for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at the University of Cluj, said he is counting on the consignor’s good will. If made available to researchers, the newly discovered register will provide scholars with the names of the ancestors of those who were deported, he said.


The register was spotted online by a genealogy researcher, Robert Schwartz, president of the Jewish Community of Cluj. Schwartz is a Holocaust survivor from Cluj.  The Jewish community of Cluj currently has about 350  members and they argued in their letter that the registry was “illegally appropriated by unidentified persons”.  The community argues that because it was stolen, it “falls under the provisions of the 1947 Paris Peace Treaty and the 2009 Terezin Declaration”.


Besides its historical and artistic value, Schwartz is convinced the register would help in the task of reconstructing the past of a community that saw most of its archives destroyed or pillaged during the Holocaust.


This would fall under the 1947 Paris Peace Treaty and the 2009 Terezin Declaration, which was signed by 46 states including the US, Romania and Hungary, under whose administration Cluj was during most of WWII, the treaties provide for the restitution to their rightful owners of goods illegally appropriated by states or their citizens.  “According to the aforementioned peace treaty, they should be returned to the ‘community of survivors’, in this case, the Jewish Community of Cluj,” the letter from the community says.


The city of Cluj-Napoca – known as Kloyzenburg in Yiddish, Klausenburg in German, and Kolozsvár in Hungarian, was home to more than 16,000 Jews before 1944, when 18,000 Jews from the city and its surroundings were deported and most of them killed at the Auschwitz death camp.

Today, Cluj is the fourth-largest city in Romania.


Schwartz is an eminent chemist. He also asked the auction house to halt the sale of a similar register of the births and deaths of Jews from nearby Oradea.  In his letter to Kestenbaum and Co. he said, “private institutions like Kestenbaum have “a responsibility to make certain that claims to recover Nazi-confiscated property are resolved expeditiously” and cited international agreements on returning Nazi-looted cultural property and Holocaust-era assets.


To read more see:


Thank you to several Jewish genealogists who forwarded the article to me for sharing.


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


Canadian researcher needed to order 1927 naturalization record for Leib ZAROW (ZAROVSKY) #canada



I need the help of a Canadian researcher to order a naturalization record for a relative of mine: Leib ZAROW (ZAROVSKY) of Winnipeg, naturalized May 26, 1927. He was born in 1888 and died in 1959. 

I live in the U.S., and naturalization records can only be requested by Canadian citizens.


Thank you,

Ben Zitomer


Is there a SIG that covers Zakroczym? Later records not online. #poland

Stanley Diamond

 Although our online records currently end at 1905, JRI-Poland has also fully extracted the
vital records of Zakroczym up to 1920.  This constitutes an additional 1700 record entries.
To learn how to access these records, please write to zakroczym@....

Stanley Diamond, M.S.M.  (Montreal, 514-484-0100)
Executive Director, Jewish Records Indexing - Poland, Inc.

Is there a SIG that covers Zakroczym? #poland
From: relly800@...
Date: Fri, 19 Feb 2021 17:58:22 EST
I could not find a FB SIG for Zakroczym and wonder if there is a group for descendants of the town.

Relly Coleman

Re: Is there a SIG that covers Zakroczym? #poland

Chuck Weinstein

JRI-Poland ( covers this town.

Chuck Weinstein

How Newspaper Databases Revealed a Poor Immigrant's Lecturing of a Movie Star about the "Slums" #usa #general

Michael Moritz

I've written the remarkable story of how a Jewish immigrant mother and product of the Lower East Side confronted via letter world-famous superstar Mary Pickford in 1916 about New York's "slums," and how modern newspaper databases helped piece together this fascinating story, you might enjoy! Link is here:

Michael Moritz
New York

Re: Boarders or Lodgers on Census Documents #general

Sherri Bobish


There is David Seligson's 1908 passenger manifest when he entered NY, bound for his brother in Minnesota, and he left behind his mother Sarah Seligson in Vilna.

Perhaps some of this info will be helpful in your search.

Sherri Bobish

Re: Pearl FINKELSTEIN missing death records 1891

Hilary Henkin

You might want to check with the Winnipeg Jewish Heritage Centre, at  The index to their archives is online.  There are several entries for Tevel/Tewel Finkelstein, including photos and a 1929 burial record.  The data itself is not online, you'll need to contact them to get copies, but they can confirm whether each item is relevant to your family.

When I found results for Rincover relatives, the Centre sent me copies of newspaper articles, including Yiddish with English translations, and photos of the matzevot, for a reasonable donation.  They were a pleasure to work with.

Hilary Henkin

Lublin, Poland:  KATZ;  JARMUSZ

On 2/19/2021 4:29 PM, Paul Silverstone wrote:
For some time I have been trying to find the death details of my
great-grandmother Pearl Finkelstein. Perhaps someone has an idea I have
not tried.
She arrived in New York in December 1890 with her son Joseph & his
family, on the s.s. Russia from Hamburg. Her age is given as 59. She
was a widow, her husband Mendel having died about 1880.
This age is unlikely because her son Tevel already in Winnipeg was born
about 1840.
The first child in the family named Pearl was born in 1895, so she had
died by that year.
Joseph's daughter wrote that she had arrived in Winnipeg which would
have been in January 1891. She is not listed in the census of 1891
taken in May.
A search of the Manitoba Archives reveals no death certificate for her.
The Jewish cemetery in Transcona is missing most of its gravestones
and there is no list of who is buried there.

I believe she must have died shortly after arriving in Winnipeg the
winter of 1891.

Paul Silverstone
West Vancouver, BC



Re: Where is 'Osernovitz, Austria'? #galicia #general

Aaron Slotnik


I wanted to provide an update to the group on this request since I think the findings are broadly applicable.  First, thanks to all who took their time to take a look and offer their help and suggestions.  In particular, Yale noticed that there is a very slight handwriting difference between the 'O' in Osernovitz and the 'O' in Ornstein.  That combined with the lack of likely candidates for the town other than my initial assumption of the well-known Czernowitz, caused me to revisit the Czernowitz vital records index (an amazing resource at if you were not aware and haven't used it).

I took a more careful look at the indexed records and indeed found his birth record as Ahron Ber Orenstein (I knew his Hebrew name from his matzeva as Aharon Dov).  The date is off by a few years from what is provided on his naturalization, but the month is the same and the mother's name is correct.  Since the parents did not have a civil marriage, this is the only record I've found that mentions the father's name, but I knew it was Ire / Uri and is listed here as Isser.

Can any of the German speakers in the group read Isser's occupation (  It's the record on December 23 for Ahron Ber in house 1225.

I also want to thank Giannis who was able to find the passenger manifests for the family.  Again, Benjamin's naturalization was partially correct . . . the ship name was correct, but the dates were not.  Since that is a common error I thought it was off by a year, focused on that ship and gave up when I couldn't find him even after looking at all of the indexed male names.  It turns out he was on the same ship the following month, indexed as Berl Hormstein/Homstein.  His wife and children followed through England about 2 years later, indexed as Crustein/Orustein.

So . . . keep looking . . . the records are out there!

Aaron Slotnik
Chicago, IL USA

Sunday, Feb 21st at 7:30EST--NJ Death Records and the Greater Trenton Cemetery Project #announcements

Elana Broch

NJ Death Records and The Greater Trenton Cemetery Project
Elana Broch, Regina Fitzpatrick & Mort Cohen

Trenton, NJ had a sizable, vibrant Jewish population of German, Russian Empire, and Hungarian immigrants beginning around 1850, but due to demographic changes and the exodus to nearby suburbs, few Jews remain in Trenton today.   Two incredibly useful resources remain for genealogists: the local cemeteries and the New Jersey State archives. The cemeteries have recently been restored by the Greater Trenton Jewish Cemetery Project (GTJCP). The State Archives has death records and family histories. This presentation will cover techniques for searching census and death records, and family histories in the NJ State Archives (some of which are online), and a description of the GTJCP.

I've included the zoom link below, but if you like the handouts before or after the presentation, please contact me directly via JewishGen (select 'Private' in the email reply).
Elana BrochPhD, MLIS

Feb 21, 2021 07:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Re: Boarders or Lodgers on Census Documents #general

Jill Whitehead

Boarders and lodgers in the England and Wales Census, and likely Northern Irish Census, were often relations, siblings, cousins, nephews and nieces etc. In the 1891 Welsh Census, my grandfather Samuel Servian was staying with his elder married sister Leah Goldblat in Mold in North Wales. He was given as a boarder rather than brother. I have other examples in the family too, also from 1891, when Samuel's cousin Lazarus Karpowitz  was staying with Samuel's father and mother Joseph and Ada in Liverpool. Ada's maiden name was Karpowitz and Lazarus was her nephew.  Lazarus was acting as an apprentice to Joseph, but when Leah died of typhoid a few years later, Lazarus left for New York, and Joseph and Leah became stand- in parents for Leah's three young children. 

So do not dismiss boarders and lodgers, as often they were relations.

Jill Whitehead, Surrey, UK

Understanding Vitals #ukraine #records



I have obtained a copy of Birth vitals for who I believe to be my grandfathers uncle, he was born in Odessa in January 1909.
There are two additional dates that have been applied to the records sometime after 1909. Do they have any relevance and/or imply a continued association with the synagogue?

Under the metric reference - there is the date 13th March 1930 - so he would have just turned 21.
Under the circumcision date - there is the additional date 30th October 1924.

Many thanks

Neil Ashton
London UK
Interested in Locations: Berdichev/Odessa.
Surnames: Nesanelis/Litinzisky (to name but two)

Re: Ajfer Wasserzug #general

Robert Heuman

And almost all burials before 2013 are now in the international database for Jewish Cemeteries, if the individual was buried in any of the Toronto area cemeteries. I personally am now working on 2013 to the present for the last of the cemeteries that needs to be updated. That will give you the date of the funeral, place of death if that was known, and the company that did the funeral, which should aid in finding the death certificate. Death may have been outside Toronto, or even outside Canada, yet the burial would have been in Toronto or the 'GTA' as the Greater Toronto Area is known. The newest Jewish cemeteries for Toronto are all north of the city in York county, in the Vaughan area, yet are considered Toronto cemeteries. And there is actually a third funeral home, Hebrew Basic, that may have handled the funeral. - - and their web site lists all of the cemeteries.

Robert Heuman

On 2021-02-20 8:45:08 AM, rachel.steinhouse@... <rachel.steinhouse@...> wrote:

I have Wasserzug in my Margel family from Britain.  

I also live in Toronto and I saw that you are looking for a death certificate.  If the death was in the last 30 years or more, you can go onto the 2 burial sites, Benjamin’s park memorial Or Steeles Memorial and go into their archives. You could then request a death certificate.

Rachel Margel Steinhouse 

Looking for family of Lisa BAKER in ENGLAND, UK #unitedkingdom


Hi, I am looking for information on Lisa Bates, nee BAKER. She married Paul Bates in East London/Essex in April 1990. They both worked for Schlumberger and went on to have a son, Jonathan.  

Thank you and best wishes, 

from Alexandra Holland

Re: Pearl FINKELSTEIN missing death records 1891

The Becker's Email

Ancestry has the Manitoba death index for a female Finkelstein who died 8 April 1895.  Have you checked this record?  If this is not Perl, consider that she may have died in route to Winnipeg.  The ship's manifest says they were going to Chicago which was probably on their westward route to Winnipeg. Possibly she died before arrival in Winnipeg..  
Death Date:8 Apr 1895
Death Place:Wpg, Manitoba, CanadaURL:
The birth record for baby Pearl gives a  DOB of 1896, not 1895 (Source:  Manitoba birth index on Ancestry)
Name: Pearl Finkelstein
Gender: Female
Birth Date: 8 Oct 1896
Birth Place: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Mother: Chancie Lander
Johanna Becker
Newport, RI, USA

Re: Joining Ukraine discussion #ukraine


Excellent! Thank you!

No ties to MI5 but they were given a notebook found on his possession with information about the scheme but he joined an affiliated regiment of the French Foreign Legion and was captured by the Germans in June 1940 in the Somme area. From there, his trail disappears.

Dennis Whitehead

Re: Ajfer Wasserzug #general

Rachel Steinhouse

I have Wasserzug in my Margel family from Britain.  

I also live in Toronto and I saw that you are looking for a death certificate.  If the death was in the last 30 years or more, you can go onto the 2 burial sites, Benjamin’s park memorial Or Steeles Memorial and go into their archives. You could then request a death certificate.

Rachel Margel Steinhouse 

Pearl FINKELSTEIN missing death records 1891

Kenneth Packer

I do not know the specific answer to your question, but I have many relatives in Winnipeg.  The majority of them who have passed away are buried in Hebrew Sick Benefit Cemetery, 2605 McPhillips St., Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.  Maybe the cemetery has some data on your family.
Good luck,
Ken Packer
Washingtonville, NY

Researching: PEKER, PACKER, BECKER, PECKER from anywhere in the Ukraine, especially towns within a 100 mile radius for Kiev (Korostyshev, Zhitomer, Koristan, Brusilov, Khordorkev, Rudni). 

Re: How to find UKRAINE birth and marriage records #ukraine #records #russia


Jewishgen has a database on: 'Rovno, Poland community fee contributions' February 1939. 
This lists Names, addresses, occupations and amount contributed. you may be lucky and find a relative.
Noreen  Clark (England)
Szczepanski / Mrozowska

Re: Soviet Union genealogy #russia

Pavel Bernshtam

Try following WWII resources (all in Russian, of course):

Pavel Bernshtam

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