Re: Genealogy Programs #general

Mike Coleman


Mike Coleman  London U.K.

Re: Genealogy Programs #general

Bob Silverstein

Fred, what you describe is Family Tree Maker.  I have been using it for fifteen years or so and recommend it highly.  Two other advantages are that it has a lot of tutorials and notes online plus it interfaces with  If you are researching documents, then FTM and Ancestry work together very nicely.  You will have to put your tree on Ancestry but you can keep it totally private.  Keeping the two trees, the one on your computer and the other online, in sync is easy and reliable.  Since I have not used other programs, I cannot compare FTM to any others.  
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: Move from Lodz to Falkenstein? #germany #lodz

Bernard Flam

Hi from Paris,
Dear Peter,
My GF Avrom Zysman left Lodz just after WW1 in 1919 (and just before being drafted in Polish army) and lived 4 years in Germany before immigrating to Paris in 1924.
I have some facts concerning his and perhaps your Russek's history.
  1. During WW1, Lodz had been occupied very early by German armies and this occupation had offered a better life to Jewish inhabitants. First because almost any rule was better than antisemitic Russian (Tsar's) rule. Second because German occupation wasn't antisemitic : Germany used this opposition between Polish / Russian populations of Lodz and Jewish to reinforce its power. We have pictures of German soldiers in Lodz' main street among fearless Jewish persons, distributing food or allowing Jewish newspapers.
  2. During WW1, young German men were drafted in army and Germany needed workforce in its industries or fields. Germany offered work to young Polish (including Jewish) men and a lot could discover German cities and what was life in Germany. May I add Jewish Labor Bund prevented its khaveyrim to take part of German war economy ( and later army enrollment). Nevertheless, this period had been a moment when Jews could discover and appreciate Germany.
  3. Germany was only on Polish border other side, offering an opportunity for a better life nor far from family left in the old country.
  4. Last but not the least, Yiddish offers a good and easy entry to German,...much better than to French or English !
As soon as 1923, Nazi party took a larger place in German political life.
Then 1933 with Hitler's nominated as chancellor, or 1938 Kristal Nacht.
These three dates had been red warnings when Jews could decide to leave Germany before it was too late.

My GF Avrom left Germany in 1924 : I am well and alive and living in Paris to tell his story.

Bernard Flam
Archives & history of Medem Center - Arbeter Ring (Bund / Workmen Circle of France)
Found :  Zysman, Kronenberg, Rottersman of Lodz

Re: German marriages held in London in 1905? #unitedkingdom #germany

Corinna Woehrl (nee Goslar)

Dear list readers,

I don't remember any law contradicting a marriage with foreigners: I guess that they didn't have all the necessary documents and perhaps in London less paperwork was required.
I would like to pass the question on to a german-genealogy Mailinglist specialized in the area of Berlin. I will hopefully come back with more information.

Perhaps you could give me more details on the couples (via private mail)? How old were the bride and groom: perhaps the age of maturity was relevant (Germany then 21)?
It would be helpful to know if the problem only occurred with marriages involving Galician Jews.

Kind regards from Germany
Corinna Wöhrl, Hoisdorf (near Hamburg)

Re: Original personal name for USA Nettie #general

Irene Bowen

Our ancestor Nettie's name was Nestle..  Her Hebrew name was Nesheh or Nesia.

Irene Bowen
Silver Spring, MD, USA

Looking for lists of immigrants to Palestine from 1927 onwards #israel #austria-czech #general

Veronica Zundel

I think I asked this before but have lost the information. How would I find lists of immigrants to Palestine from 1927 onwards? I am looking for possible survivors of my mother's birth family (she was adopted in Vienna), on the basis that her eldest sibling Josef Jakob Horoschowski was planning to emigrate from Vienna to Palestine in 1927, with one of his other sisters (possible Chaje Sarah b. 1910).
Veronica Zundel, London
Searching descendants of Josef Jakob Horoschowski b. 1905 Drohobych

How to find record that states "Lewin 'Birth Records'" see enclosed pdf #general #unitedkingdom


Found this via the 1851 census records. Hope someone knows how this works.
Ron Peeters
Ulvenhout (NL)

New and Updated Databases on IGRA’s Website #israel #records

Elena Bazes


The Israel Genealogy Research Association (IGRA) has just released new and updated databases on its website. There are now over 1,800,000 records available in our databases. With each release we provide a variety of records to our collection.

 A preview of the database is available at


New Databases


Residents Haifa Hadar Hacarmel 1934-1935                  4,071 listings

Haifa Municipal Archives


Law Certificate Examinations 1938-1943                     130 listings

Israel State Archives


Graduates Gymnasia Herzeliyya  1918-2005                 12,143 listings


Tourist Visas New York Consulate 1953                      39 listings


Updated Database


Voters Knesset Israel 1944 Tel Aviv         Letters gimmel-heh, het
16,230 listings

Tel Aviv – Yafo Municipal Archives


Name Changes 1949                         4,538 listings
Yalkut Hapirsumim


1963 Telephone Directory                           Haifa Letters S-Z, Akko & the South
4,744 listings

Library of Congress


Before viewing and searching the databases, please register for free on the IGRA website:


Please note, the IGRA databases are now searchable to all registrants. The search results page is also available to all registrants. Additional details regarding most databases are available only to paid IGRA members. Certain exceptions exist due to requests of the specific archives.



To view/search the databases, go to the database tab on the website.


Elena Biegel Bazes

IGRA Publicity Chair


US Marriage Authorisation #usa

Richard Gilbert


In this instance US is not referring to the United States but the United Synagogue.

The United Synagogue is the largest group of synagogues in the United Kingdom. It was 150 years old last year. It is headed by the Chief Rabbi, Ephraim Mirvis and has 66 modern orthodox synagogues under its umbrella, which for the U.K. makes it the largest Jewish synagogue body.

Marriage Authorisations were introduced and are still used today to confirm that a person is halachically Jewish thereby enabling them to marry in one of the United Synagogue’s synagogues.

Until 1966 these authorisations were issued for virtually all orthodox marriages within the United Kingdom irrespective of which body of orthodox synagogues was marrying the couple. In 1966 the Federation of Synagogues took over responsibility for marriages under its auspices.

It is testament to the system that it has been robust enough to serve Anglo Jewry for well over 140 years.

Richard Gilbert
Bushey Heath, Hertfordshire

Need help translating Hebrew on gravestones & memorial plaques #translation #names

Chloe Kogan

Hello! I recently posted a few gravestones and a couple of memorial plaques, and the community was immediately and completely helpful with translating the Hebrew into English. Those translations really jump started my research and helped me discover additional gravestones and memorial plaques. I'm posting a total of 14 items below that I would greatly appreciate help with translating to English. I'm sorry for the large number of images and I don't mean to ask too much of the community or abuse your generosity. Thank you in advance for all your time and help!

  • Abraham Fisher memorial plaque
  • Arline Fisher memorial plaque
  • Leo Fisher memorial plaque
  • Pauline Fisher gravestone
  • Pauline Fisher memorial plaque
  • Sarah Fisher memorial plaque
  • David Fisher gravestone
  • Dora Fisher gravestone
  • Dora Fisher memorial plaque
  • Gussie Fisher memorial plaque
  • Harry Fisher gravestone
  • Harry Fisher memorial plaque
  • Jacob Fisher memorial plaque
  • Lawrence Fisher memorial plaque
Chloë Kogan
Email: 802ben@...
Researching surnames:
Kogan, Fisher, Margolis, Bercovici

Re: UK Marriage Authorisation Interpretation Questions and Translation Request #unitedkingdom

Martyn Woolf



Sent from Mail for Windows 10

It seems that somewhere there has been a mix-up between US  (United States) and US (United Synagogue). The latter does issue Authorisations for Marriage in United Kingdom.



Martyn Woolf

London NW3

Emigration from the UK to the US #records

Alan Reische

I have identified what may be my family group outbound from Hamburg on
the Argo in June 1879. A very helpful JewGen participant advised that
Argo was only a local boat that likely disembarked passengers at Hull
for train travel to Liverpool or other ports for the longer journey to
New York. The Hamburg records indicate the family had New York as a
destination, but that may only indicate that they had booked through
passage, not necessarily all on the Argo. . I cannot find any record of
them disembarking at Hull or emigrating from another port to the US, but
I am unfamiliar with UK records. Would disembarkation for through
travelers and subsequent departure from the UK have required recording
in UK immigration records? I'd appreciate any suggestions about what
records exist and where I should be looking for them.

An additional oddity: The family left Hamburg under the surname of
'Rinschek', but that name never appears again in any of the UK or US
immigration or post-immigration records I've looked at, ranging from
city directories to census reports.

Alan Reische

Manchester NH USA


Invitation to JGSSN Zoom meeting: "Why Did Our Jewish Ancestors Leave a Great Place Like the Pale?" with Hal Bookbinder #events

Ben Kempner

The Jewish Genealogy Society of Southern Nevada (JGSSN) invites you to a Zoom meeting at 1:00 p.m. (Pacific Daylight Time) on Sunday, March 21: “Why Did Our Jewish Ancestors Leave a Great Place Like the Pale?” with Hal Bookbinder.


To request a Zoom link, please complete this short form: Zoom Link Request


Members of JGSSN can attend for free.  Non-members can either pay $5.00 on the Donate page or pay $20 for a subscription to the 2021 series of outstanding speakers (see below).  Take a look at the lineup on our Meetings page. To become a member and sign up for the 2021 series, go to the Membership page.


Session Description:


Jews had lived in Western Russia (the Pale) for centuries. At the turn of the last, two million left. This talk discusses how the Pale came to be, life in it and why the mass migration occurred. It breaks its 120-year history into periods of creation, confinement, repression, enlightenment, pogroms and chaos. There is more to the story than the horrific violence at the turn of the 20th century.


About Hal Bookbinder:


Hal writes and lectures extensively on diverse genealogical topics, including border changes, migration, citizenship and practicing safe computing. He has identified over 4,000 relatives, tracing two lines to the mid-1700s in modern Ukraine. He has served as president of the IAJGS and has been honored with its Lifetime Achievement Award. Hal is a retired information technology director who continues to teach at the university level. He also directs a transition-to-work training program for individuals in addiction recovery. Hal and his family reside in the Los Angeles area. Check out his articles on safe computing at


JGSSN 2021 Lecture Series:


Become a member for $20 by clicking here and attend any or all of the upcoming lectures:

Ben Kempner 
Vice President, JGSSN

Re: Translation Help with Signature #translation #russia


Had a typo in the last name - "Мария Паращак/Maria Parashchak"

Mike Vayser

US Marriage Authorisation #usa

Herbert Lazerow

   In the U.S., each state regulates its marriages and the forms required. I only know of one situation where authorisation would be required. Where a party to a marriage is younger than the age required to consent to it (these are contracts after all), a parent or guardian must consent. The age of consent has varied from state to state and, within each state, from time to time. Around 1900 in Pennsylvania, the age of consent seems to have been 21.
Herbert Lazerow
Professor of Law, University of San Diego
5998SAlcala Park, San Diego CA 92110 U.S.A.
(619)260-4597 office, (858)453-2388 cell, lazer@...
Author: Mastering Art Law (2d ed. Carolina Academic Press 2020)

Herbert Lazerow
Professor of Law, University of San Diego
5998 Alcala Park, San Diego CA 92110
Author: Mastering Art Law (Carolina Academic Press, 2d ed. 2020)

Seeking Witnesses #holocaust #germany

abbee corb

Seeking Witnesses:URGENT REQUEST in connection to an upcoming trial in Germany:
The Simon Wiesenthal Center is currently searching for survivors of the Sachsenhausen concentration camp in Germany, who were in the main camp during the period from January 20, 1942 until August 31, 1944 // December 6 1944- February 18, 1945 and/or first-degree relatives of victims who died or were murdered in the camp during that period.
Please email swcjerus@... or call our office: 972-2-563-1274/5
Dr. Abbee S. Corb, CAS, CMAS
Consultant, Researcher, Writer
Ont. Licensed Private Investigator
Email:          abbeecorb@...
Tel:            +1(416) 876-3958

Re: Translation Help with Signature #translation #russia


It's "Мария Шаращак/Maria Parashchak"

Mike Vayser

Re: How to make a payment to a Ukrainian Archive? #records #ukraine #translation

Linda Higgins

Google translates from Ukrainian to English. Just copy and paste the words that need translation and it will do the rest.

Linda Gordon Higgins

Re: Kra family in Paris #france #general

Bernard Flam

Hi from Paris,
Dear Joyce,
Apart from our typical genealogy researches, you can find a lot on "your" Simon Kra and his family.

Unknown from me five minutes ago, I entered "Simon Kra " to search French Google : never forget Google at a search's start !

I found he had been an important book editor in Paris before 1939.
As his children are named in these articles, we can be sure it's "your" Simon.

A full article had even  been written on him in French Wikipedia :éditions_du_Sagittaire
and you can access some others.
He wrote 2 or 3 books.
You can use direct translation to English if your French isn't ... nobody is perfect.

On another point, I checked French white pages : more than 150 persons are named "Kra"...
I search some others clues.

Bernard Flam
Archives & history of Medem Center - Arbeter Ring (Bund / Workmen Circle of France)

Move from Lodz to Falkenstein? #germany #lodz

Peter Roussak

I am curious if it is known if many Jews from Lodz moved to Germany, specifically Falkenstein, in the years after World War 1, and if so why.  I know of one relative of mine, named Ezra Russek, who moved there with his family.  There is another Russek who made the same move with her husband at around the same time, and I'm trying to establish if they were related, or if it was a common move and this is just a coincidence (it was a common name also, I recognize, but there are other facts that suggest a connection). 

Any information would be appreciated.

Thank you
Peter Roussak

RUSSEK, MITLER, JACOBOVITCH in Poland (Zloczew and Lodz); 
FREEDMAN, LEVY in Belarus, Lithuania (Grodno, Kovno); 

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