New archive of the weekly Yizkor book excerpts postedon the JewishGen Facebook page #yizkorbooks #JewishGenUpdates

Bruce Drake

Thanks to the help of Lance Ackerfeld and Nancy Siegel, there is now a searchable archive of past postings of the weekly excerpts. There is still a gap for a month in 2019 and several months of early 2020, but I am slowly but surely filling those in.
You can find it here:
The search function is a little rudimentary, and works for simple searches on a specific key word, like the name of a town or a holiday.
On a PC, you do it with a Ctrl-F. If you are on an iPhone, you can click on this “share” symbol in Chrome or Safari and go to “Find on page” in the menu. For Google on Android, the icon is 
Bruce Drake
Silver Spring MD
Towns: Wojnilow, Kovel

Seeking Bremen Arrival Records for 1913 #germany #romania


GG-Great grandmother left New York for Bremen on Aug 9, 1913 on the SS George Washington. Her name was Anetta (Grossman) Braverman. It seems that there are records for Bremen for 1913-1914 that survived, but how do I find INCOMING manifests? I do not seem to be able to find incoming records for Bremen, nor outgoing records from New York.

Donna Borok Moss

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

michele shari

Thank you to all involved in halting the auction of these valuable records.
Michele Farkas
Boynton Beach, FL
Researching Farkas, Izsak, Rosenfeld, Jakab, Stauber/Stober, Davidovici, Teszler, Herstik
Romania and surrounding areas.

Upload your DNA to MyHeritage and Get Free Access to all DNA Features #announcements #dna

Jan Meisels Allen

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Jan Meisels Allen




MyHeritage DNA is offering FREE access to all DNA Features if you upload your DNA data to MyHeritage. This offer is good only from February 21-28, 2021. This means for those who tested their DNA on 23andMe, Ancestry or FamilyTreeDNA Family Finder you can participate . You will  get access to your Ethnicity Estimate, Genetic Groups, and other advanced DNA tools such as the Chromosome Browser, AutoClusters, and Theory of Family Relativity™ — absolutely free! These features will remain free forever for the DNA kits you upload to MyHeritage during this week.


Without this FREE limited time offer, MyHeritage allows you to upload your DNA data from other providers and get DNA Matches for free, but a one-time unlock fee of $29 (or a Complete plan with MyHeritage) has been required to access the advanced DNA features — and that includes the Ethnicity Estimate and the new Genetic Groups.


To upload your DNA data go to:


If you have  questions? Call MyHeritage at!


Mon–Sat 24 hours EST


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


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


Re: Numbers on 1895 UK passenger list #unitedkingdom #general

Laurie Sosna

I looked through all nine pages in the manifest.
They are recorded in this order: 2nd cabin, Steerage, Saloon passengers
Second Cabin and Steerage Passengers have it, Saloon passengers don't.

I don't think it's a pound symbol, I think it's a Z, which is often written with a bar across the middle.
There are other letter/number sequences, beginning with A, H, P, U, X
Some are only number sequences 03/4155
I'm wondering if they are ticket numbers? But not every group has one.
I compared it to the manifest on the NY end, to see if anything popped up to explain it. There isn't anything there.
Manifests from the late 1890s often have inconsistencies,  but this one is a doozy.

Laurie Sosna
San Francisco, CA

Re: DNA Matches - Most CentiMorgans or Largest Segment? #dna #education #poland #ukraine #galicia

Hazel Dakers

The advantage of choosing Ancestry, Ric, is that whilst you can export your raw data from Ancestry into FTDNA, Gedcom, Living DNA and My Heritage - so testing yours against all these pools of DNA - had you chosen one of the others, Ancestry would not allow you to import raw data from another company into their system.

I know precisely the link between myself and one of my 5th cousins who has become a friend through genealogy for some 20 years. Of course we didn't use DNA for that - merely old fashioned archival research! However, I now also manage his DNA results which could at some time prove useful to researching our mutual family.

Hazel Dakers, London UK researching:

BIRNBAUM (Zgierz, Poland), GOLD (Zgierz, Poland),  HEIMANN (South Africa and Luegde, Germany), NORDEN/NORDON/NORTON (London and South Africa)

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

Sarah L Meyer

Are there any birth records from about 1895 from the shtetl Kolonie L'vove in Kherson Guberniya?  
Sarah L Meyer
Georgetown TX
BIRGARDOVSKY, EDELBERG, HITE (CHAIT), PERCHIK Russia (southern Ukraine) and some Latvia or Lithuania

Researching Resnick/Reznik from Makhnovka/Makhnivka #ukraine

Jeffrey Resnick

I am researching the family of Shlomo Duvid (Salomon David) Reznik. This was my great grandfather and they immigrated to the US in 1907. If anyone is related or has any additional information or sources it would be so greatly appreciated.


This is what I have so far:



Shlomo-Duvid (Salomon David) Shmul's (Samuel's) son Reznik. 39 years old. 

He was born in Makhnivka. Can read, studied at home. Works as a tailor.


Leah-Ber Leyb's daughter Reznik. 34 years old. She was born in Berdichev. Shlomo's wife.


Tsipa (Tsipora) 11 years old. Was born in Makhnivka. Shlomo's daughter.

Shmul (Samuel). 9 years old. Was born in Makhnivka. Shlomo's son.

Srul (Israel). 7 years old. Was born in Makhnivka. Shlomo's son.

Ruvin (Reuben). 5 years old. Was born in Makhnivka. Shlomo's son.

Sima (maybe Seraphima). 3 years old. Was born in Makhnivka. Shlomo's daughter.

Jos (it seems to be Joseph). 1 year old. Was born in Makhnivka. Shlomo's son.




Family of Shlomo's brother.


Shulem-Moishe (Shalom-Moses) Shmul's (Samuel's) son Reznik. 42 years old. Was born in Makhnivka, registered in Dashev. Can read. Works as a hatter.


Rivka (Rebecca) Tsal's (Betsalel's) daughter. 40 years old. Was born in Dashev. Shulem's wife.


Mintsya (Menashe). 20 years old. Was born in Dashev. Can read. Shulem's son.

Bas Sheva (Bathsheva). 18 years old. Was born in Dashev. Shulem's daughter.

Leah. 13 years old. Was born in Dashev. Can read. Shulem's daughter.

Idel (Judah). 6 years old. Was born in Dashev. Shulem's son.

Beyla. 3 years old. Was born in Makhnivka. Registered in Dashev. Shulem's daughter.

Tsipa (Tsipora). 1 year old. Was born in Makhnivka. Registered in Dashev. Shulem's daughter. 


Moshko (Moses) Leyba's son Berinstein. 25 years old. Shulem's employee, works as a hatter.




Jeffrey Resnick


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Re: Numbers on 1895 UK passenger list #unitedkingdom #general

Gail H. Marcus

I do see that this is what the heading of the column says, but in this case, the numbers I see are clearly not ages.  The ages are given in another column.  It looks like the numbers in the first column are preceded by a symbol.  It looks like a symbol for pounds in some cases, but there is another symbol as well.  And the numbers are all 4 digits (or even 5 in one case), so if it is money, it's quite a large sum for those days, so I'm not sure what it's referring to. 

Gail Marcus

Re: Additional Kiev Jewish metrical books posted to Ukrainian Archives website #ukraine #russia

Ted Gostin

This is a just a correction to my last post on the additional Jewish vital records from Kiev city.

The images on the website of the Central State Historical Archives of Ukraine in Kiev are in .JPG format, and not in .PDF format, as mistakenly stated in the previous post.

Ted Gostin
Sherman Oaks, CA 

Re: DNA Matches - Most CentiMorgans or Largest Segment? #dna #education #poland #ukraine #galicia

Max Heffler

I watched the webinar last night, and even though I have been testing for almost 19 years, I learned some new techniques to be more productive finding connections. The webinar was excellent and valuable for beginners and us “old-timers.”


Max Heffler

Houston, TX


From: main@... [mailto:main@...] On Behalf Of Steven Turner via
Sent: Sunday, February 21, 2021 8:16 AM
To: main@...
Subject: Re: [] DNA Matches - Most CentiMorgans or Largest Segment? #dna #education #poland #ukraine #galicia


Gesher Galicia has a new webinar out today that exactly explains this issue. It would really pay for you to watch it. You need to be a member of Gesher Galicia to view but if you are not it certainly would pay for you to join. It's only $36.


Max Heffler
Houston, TX

Re: DNA Matches - Most CentiMorgans or Largest Segment? #dna #education #poland #ukraine #galicia

Steven Turner

Gesher Galicia has a new webinar out today that exactly explains this issue. It would really pay for you to watch it. You need to be a member of Gesher Galicia to view but if you are not it certainly would pay for you to join. It's only $36.

Re: Boarders or Lodgers on Census Documents #general


Thank you for that Jill. I will be exploring the families of both Harry Kaufman and David Seligson as best I can. 
The thing with this type of research is don't give up. One day I will confirm details one way or another.
If nothing else I will learn of the social history of the time and hopefully understand better the type of lives that my ancestors led.
John Edwards

Re: Searching GORDON family, Libau -> Londonderry, Ireland c1884 #latvia #general #courland


I assume you have seen the 1911 Census record - the family name was recorded as Gardon

On the 1901 Census he was a single man.

One of my relations Leonard Fieldman married Pauline Frais  in 1944 in Belfast. Pauline's mother was Rachel Gordon and her parents were Reuven  and Yetta Gerber both born about 1866 in Russia
Hope this helps
John Edwards

Re: New Find Raises Questions about Family Name: #poland #names

David Harrison

I tried to reply yesterday but the server was down for more than an hour and this may be the wrong e-address.

My grandfather from Russian Poland came to England from Poland via Berlin and Paris and whose documentation is a story of myth and invention all devised because of a belief in the power of a state Police Force.  Therefore I might suggest that a person going through Ellis Island might feel unable to argue with or change any name written oon a paper in a foreign language.  In these cases not only was the language different, but so was the character set.  Do not forget that in Czarist times (before 1917) Jewish men were leaving because they wanted to avoid 25 years in the Army. Some of them could escape, but most of the non-Jewish population were Serfs, not much better than slaves and in the Army as the quota from their owner.  I think that this far away in time some of you are forgetting the effective system at that time or any other time and do not use present day values,  I am 

aged 89 and remember well that because I passed an exam aged10, I did not leave school and start work aged 14 as had my parents.  But also I was allowed to come home alone from Boarding School into the London Blitz aged 10, the 60 miles in one train, cross London by Underground  (Railway) and then take another train 10 miles, before walking a mile home;  It would not be allowed today.   Later, aged 16 I travelled to France alone to visit a pen -friend and he later came over to me.

David Harrison, Birmingham, England 


Re: Researching the family of Emil DAMMANN in Berlin #germany #holocaust

Robert Weinberg

Dear Richard, The very unusual (for Jews) family name of Dammann was taken on in 1808 by a Jewish family in Bielefeld (Westphalia).  Moreover, there was  Mosheim family in a town or towns a bit further south in Westphalia. e.g., Calman Moses Mosheim in Warburg.  These could be clues.  Best wishes, Bob Weinberg, Brookline MA  weinberg@...

Re: Numbers on 1895 UK passenger list #unitedkingdom #general

Jill Whitehead

The headings at the top of the columns tell you what the numbers relate to. You have ages of passengers for example. You need to look down the column and refer to the column heading in each case.

Jill Whitehead, Surrey, Uk

Re: DNA Matches - Most CentiMorgans or Largest Segment? #dna #education #poland #ukraine #galicia

Jill Whitehead

Hi Richard

I suggest you look at the Shemot DNA edition of December 2019 (journal of JGSGB). 

1) Ancestry is not helpful for DNA analysis - it is best for family trees and it is also the most expensive for DNA. You would have been better off going for either FTDNA, 23andme or My Heritage, which all give you detailed chromosome analysis, without needing to upload to Gedmatch. 

2) Size of segment is the thing I look for - and not just one large segment but several of them. Ancestry does not give you that info but the others do. I look for segments above 20cm for closer relationships. That will mean mostly 1st, 2nd, 3rd cousins, and possibly 4th cousins, but nothing above that. 5th cousins to distant cousins are mainly meaningless, as all they mean is that you share a common (much smaller sized) gene and a very far back ancestor with  someone of Jewish ancestry in the last few hundred or even thousands of years (as we are all ultimately interrelated). 

3) You will be given many 3rd cousins most of which you will never be able to trace. And most of the companies are also very optimistic, and so 3rd cousin may really mean 4th or 5th cousin etc. The real number of actual 3rd cousins is probably less than that given - though you could be interrelated on the same level with several of your own relations, which would up the number of 3rd cousins given.Sometimes you think a relationship is on one side of your family, when in fact it is on another side, or on both sides. Because of all the 1st cousin and uncle-niece marriages etc in enclosed communities, over time, this spiders web is more likely. 

4) You need to combine DNA analysis with a paper trail to get any meaning out of it.  

5) You need to test many known cousins to get a fuller picture. I now have a network of known family members on all the main testing sites so we can make comparisons. However, as DNA is randomly inherited, you do need to look for common patterns as not all of your relations will share the same set of genes. 

6) There will be some who seem to be closely related that you will not be able to find a relationship for by any means - beware false paternities (children outside marriage) ! Or - as I discovered-  someone who was a sperm donor in the USA, whose progeny seemed to be related to me.They all had the same name of Weiss - and I could not understand this as I was unaware of anyone called Weiss in my family. Then a US contact told me the origin of this. 

7) Although it helps to look for ancestors having the same origin in Eastern Europe or elsewhere, you may also need to look wider.  As my ancestors from Baltic Europe were going to the UK, France and Sweden, and all points west, in the 1860s and 1870s, others were going south to Belarus or Ukraine at the same time. So you could be closely related to someone with a different European origin, due to when they emigrated and where they emigrated to (which could be more than once).

Jill Whitehead, Surrey, Uk
On FTDNA, 23andme, Ancestry, MyHeritage, and Gedmatch

Re: Hungary SIG #Hungary Vamfalu (Vama) 1828 Land Census #hungary

Avi Markovitz

On Tue, Jan 18, 2000 at 08:44 AM, Vivian Kahn wrote:
Hi, I realize that this is an ancient post, but, about a year (or so) ago, deeding JG, I found out that Samuel Markovits, father of Aron and Josef (both were borne in Hadad) was my g..g..g..gfather, he was married to a Betti Wise. The whole family from my father's end are from that region (Szatmar, Hadad, Alsoberegszo, Matyfalva)...
What are the chances this is the same person?
my regards
Avi Markovits

Re: Turkish or Sabbatean Jews and Jews from Salonika #general

David Harrison

Sherri and Robin
Why not use the correct name of Thessaloniki?  It might help.
David Harrison , England (who has been to Thessaloniki several times)

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Subject: Re: [] Turkish or Sabbatean Jews and Jews from Salonika #general


Have you checked if has vital or other types of records from those regions?


Sherri Bobish

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