Re: Identifying where an ancestor is from #russia #ukraine #romania

Molly Staub

Matthew, I believe the region you're referring to is Podolia Gubernia. My maternal grandparents cam from a town there named Krasnoye, in Podolia Gubernia. It was once Russia, but is now Ukraine. There's a genealogy story about a man who lived in three different towns, but stayed in the same house all along. The borders and governments changed, and often the names with them. Try jewishgen's Town Finder.

As another example, my paternal side came from nearby Dumbraveni, Soroki. It was Russia/Bessarabia then, became Romania in 1918, and is now Moldova.
Happy hunting, Molly Arost Staub
Boca Raton, FL

Searching in Podolia Gubernia:
and my ggm Riva's maiden name, for which I've been searching for three decades. She was a midwife in Krasnoye around the turn of the 20th century.


Announcing the Translation of the Czyzew-Osada, Poland memorial book #poland

Joel Alpert

Book of Czyzewo, The Scroll of Life and Destruction
Translation of Sefer Zikaron Czyzewo (Czyżew-Osada, Poland)

Published by the Yizkor Books in Print Project part of Yizkor Books
Project of JewishGen, Inc.

Original Published in Tel Aviv 1961
Editor of the original Yizkor Book: Shimon Kanc

Translation Project Coordinator: Jennifer L. Mohr
Layout: Donni Magid
Cover Design: Nina Schwartz, Impulse Graphics
Name Indexing: Jonathan Wind

Hard Cover, 8.5” by 11”, 618 pages with original photographs.
Available from JewishGen for $36

Alternate names: Czyzew-Osada [Pol], Czyzewo [Pol], Chizeva [Yid],
Chizhev-Osada [Rus], Czyzew, Chizheva, Chizhevo, Tshizsheve,
Tshizheva, Tzizhav

To order go to the bottom of
and click on "JewishGen"

Joel Alpert, Coordinator of the Yizkor Books in Print Project

Jewish Genealogy Society of Colorado Presents Oceanic Journey to America - Traveling in Steerage Class #events

Ellen Beller

 Oceanic Journey to America-Traveling in Steerage Class

Speaker:  Nancy Levin, CG


Sunday • March 14 • 2021

10 AM to 12 PM Mountain              Remember Daylight Savings Time Change 


9:30 AM A Schmear, A Schmooze, and Share


Nancy will discuss the experiences that passengers endured at all points of time - including actual reports from newspaper articles, interviews, etc. For those that arrived in the 1840s - the oceanic experiences were different than those that come in the 1870s, and different again, then those who arrived after the cholera epidemic in Hamburg and ensuing changes



Nancy Levin’s Biography

International lecturer; author; and full-time professional genealogist specializing in Jewish genealogy. Licensed by the Board for Certification of Genealogists since 1997. Speaker at annual NGS and Jewish genealogy international conferences (IAJGS); New England Historic and Genealogical Society; Hebrew College; community centers; libraries; and other venues. Author of chapters on immigration and naturalization in the Avotaynu Guide to Jewish Genealogy. BA, U. of Vermont; MBA, Northeastern U.  


No charge

Registration Link

Ellen Beller


Re: Departure from Poland to France, for political reasons #poland

wenglenski virginie

Thank you Jeff for all your research. Isaac was my great grandfather and Hinda his wife. Sandrine is my sister.

I have already done the research you recommended. Sadly, for the moment, it did not give anything. I am thinking that I will have to go to Poland, to Lodz or Piotrkow because all the archives have not been digitized. Perhaps there are collections on political "fighters". I think that in addition, Isaac changed his name when he left Lodz!

I continue to hope :-)

Have a nice day.

Virginie Wenglenski

Re: Seeking information on soup kitchen in Tsfat late 1800's #israel

Diane Jacobs

Are you referring to kibbutz Yfat near Haifa?

Diane Jacobs

On Mar 5, 2021, at 12:18 PM, dasw5 via <> wrote:

Seeking the last name of woman who ran the first soup kitchen in Tsfat, across from the Arizal Shul. Her first name was either Chaya Sara or Miriam Sara. Her maiden name was Schachter. Seeking information on her children who lived in Haifa.

Hadassah Wilen

Diane Jacobs, Somerset, New Jersey

Re: Shames family in Argentina #ukraine

George Muenz

I used a very good researcher in Argentina 
Andres Rodenstein
Av. Cabildo 66 - 1426
Buenos Aires - Argentina
Phone +5411 4978 3581

George (Naftali) Muenz
Vancouver, Canada

Seeking information on soup kitchen in Tsfat late 1800's #israel


Seeking the last name of woman who ran the first soup kitchen in Tsfat, across from the Arizal Shul. Her first name was either Chaya Sara or Miriam Sara. Her maiden name was Schachter. Seeking information on her children who lived in Haifa.

Hadassah Wilen

Re: Philadelphia marriage licenses #records


I looked for these indexes. The microfilms appear to be in the system. However, they are locked. To view them, you need to be in a Family History Center or a member of the LDS church.
We'll just have to wait for the church to open again post-covid.
Maryellen Tobiasiewicz
family from: Bielsko-Biala powiat Poland
Gorlice powiat Poland
Lviv Oblast Ukraine

Re: How Weird Are We? #general

Robert Avner

I have a suggestion for postings that refer to a previous message. If it is practical can the original message have its’ date noted as well as the Discussion Group Number listed so the thread from what may be many days ago can be followed.
Robert Avner

Re: Departure from Poland to France, for political reasons #poland


Hello Virginie,

Where in France your great-grand-parents emigrated to? To Paris? In which area of Paris?
Ph.D. in contemporainy History and specialized in the History of the Jews from Poland and Russia who emigrated toward the 18th area of Paris between 1852 and the end of the 1930's, I might help you if you want. Please, feel free to contact me. Patrice Markiewicz. I am living very close to Paris. patrice.markiewicz@... 

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


The largest segment data at Ancestry is new and a helpful piece of the puzzle, but we need to also look at what is left over. 

For example, 200 cM , 25 largest segment, and a total of 8 segments would mean that there are 175 cM to spread over the remaining 7 segments, or they are all 25cM, this is likely a pretty close match (and a statistical improbability, but I am trying to keep the math simple here.) The larger segment average points toward the shared DNA being from a recent close relationship.

 On the other hand 200 cM, 25 largest segment, and a total of 15 segments means 175cM spread over 14, and we have about 12.5cM on average.  The smaller average segment size points to a more likely case of many distant connections (endogamy) vs a recent close connection.  It is, assuredly, playing the statistics, but it can help us  decide which matches are more likely to turn up something we can pin down.  Because it is playing the odds, though, sometimes it will be wrong. 

Vivs Laliberte

Orange County, Calfiornia

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



For the moment, at least, DNAGedcom is able to download your matches to a spreadsheet. 
Vivs Laliberte

Orange County, Calfiornia

Re: Hebrew Translation #translation


Hi Deborah, 

I have a correction and two additions to Malka's translation of Nathan's epitaph. 

From the picture the death date seems to be 24 of Av 5650. There are additional details. It says that he passed away on a Monday and was buried on Tuesday 26 of Av.
The English date at the bottom says August 11th 1890.
This corresponds to 25 of Av, which actually was a Monday. Since the picture is pretty clear, 24 is not a misreading but an error of the stone graver between the letter dalet (ד) and he (ה) .

Additionally the name of the deceased is preceded by the title of Doctor, not necessary indicating an M. D. 

Best regards  

Laurent Kassel 
Moreshet, Israel 

Seeking Additional Information: SCHOENFELD/ARNDT/DAVID/LEVIN/CHRALL #poland



Hello there.
I'm new to the Jewishgen groups and I found this thread.
My great grandfather was Charles (or Kallman) Arndt born in Nakel in 1831.
He moved with his family to Liverpool sometime between 1876-1881.
I believe his first wife was Carolina Hirsh born 1830 in Wirsitz (modern day Wrysyzc).
They had a son, Herman b. 1857 in Nakel.
His second wife was Pauline (maiden name unknown, although possibly Schwartz) born 1833 in Colmar in Preussen (modern day Chodziez).
Children were:
Simon b.1860 Colmar
Elias b. 1863 Colmar (my grandfather)
Ernest b.1864 Colmar
Max b.1866 Colmar
Dora b.1871 Nakel
Joseph b.1873 Nakel
Lena b.1876 Nakel.

So as you can see, my Arndt branch has strong links to Nakel and Posen in general and I wonder if our families are linked?


If nothing else, this gives you a some more information about my Arndt family from Nakel.  There are many descendants from this branch living here in the UK and in the US.
Best regards,
Peter Clarkson

Re: Suggestion for a Jewish name for Sevek #poland #names

Jill Whitehead

This may not have been either a first name or a Polish name. Polish does not have v - it has w instead of v.  My great grandfather was Josiel or Joseph Serwianski (person from lake Serwy in Suwalki Gubernia) which became Servian and Server in the UK and Serviansky and Sirvan in the USA. 

Sevek sounds Czech rather than Polish. 

Jill Whitehead (nee Servian), Surrey, UK

Looking for lists of a civilian census in Tarnow-Poland between 1925-1939 #poland #records

חיים סגל

I am looking for documentation of: Population Lists / Address Book / Business Directory,
In Tarnow, Poland, between the years 1920-1939
I would love to receive information / reference
with gratitude

Haim Segal

RootsTech 2021 Is Available on Line for One Year #general #announcements

Jan Meisels Allen



RootsTech 2021 was held 25-27 February 2021. If you missed RootsTech, or had to more sessions to attend and the time ran out, don’t fret!  While RootsTech 2021 is over, their programs are available online for one year. There were over 1.2 million people worldwide who participated. It was the world’s largest family history event. Over 35 languages were available.


There were 1,000 breakout sessions across eight different tracks which included: keynotes, connecting with family, finding ancestors, DNA, places, records and research, memories-stories, photos and video, traditions and heritage and website, tools and apps. This includes several Jewish-specific topics: Hebrew Naming and How to Read Hebrew Headstones with Nolan Altman, Landmanshaft: What Are They and How Can They Help My Research with Nolan Altman, Using the JewishGen Discussion Group and Jewish Genealogy Portal with Avraham Groll, Explore Jewish Genealogical Societies with Marlis Humphrey, Crypto-Jewish Genealogy Series, How I Found My Crypto-Jewish Grandmothers, and How Crypto-Jewish Genealogy is Different all with Genie Milgrom. Also, Mexican Genealogy: Jewish Origin of Three Families in Jalisco with Nefi Arenas Salazar and Shining a Light on Jewish Genealogy with Liba Casson-Nudell. The Soil from Which They Grew: The Alliance Colony with Jared Ross about the first Jewish agricultural colony in America (Vineland, NJ). Of course there are sessions on different ethnicities, researching, documents and DNA and much more.


Go to: You must be registered at FamilySearch to access the conference and registration is free. They require your name and email address.


The list of sessions is:


The virtual exhibit hall had many different organizations with  “booths”

The IAJGS booth is available to view at:


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


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

Dahn Cukier

There are a number of missing tools at Ancestry, but I'd like to be able
to get a spreadsheet file of DNA matches. I would then be able to
compare the 50k 4th and closer relatives of the 9 accounts I have management
ability and would be able to request from other, known relatives, but
not close socially, to send me their matches.

Dahn Cukier

>The large Ancestry database has provide me with the most matches, but it would be much more helpful if they >had a chromosome browser so I could see exactly what the match was and compare it to others. As noted, >they are far behind in this regard,
>David Sanger

When you start to read readin,
how do you know the fellow that
wrote the readin,
wrote the readin right?

Festus Hagen
Long Branch Saloon
Dodge City, Kansas

On Friday, March 5, 2021, 8:24:19 AM GMT+2, David Sanger <ds@...> wrote:

The large Ancestry database has provide me with the most matches, but it would be much more helpful if they had a chromosome browser so I could see exactly what the match was and compare it to others. As noted, they are far behind in this regard,

David Sanger


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Yizkor Book Report for February 2021 #yizkorbooks #JewishGenUpdates




Although February is the shortest month, I think you’ll see that we were not short of activity over the last month. Many projects made great progress, coming that much closer to being fully completed.


Over the past few weeks, we were contacted by quite a few people interested in setting up a Translation Fund for the community book of their ancestors. The translation of complete Yizkor books does take time and, unavoidably, plenty of financial support but starting up these projects with great enthusiasm and dedication does yield results. If you, yourself, are interested in learning what is involved in starting up a translations project, please feel free to contact me.


The Yizkor books contain histories and stories about the communities and often particular names of people are mentioned. We need to remember, however, that the books were prepared by the Holocaust survivors who didn’t always remember every person who lived in the community. This is true, in particular, in regards to the necrology lists that were compiled by the survivors. Although these lists contain an unfathomable number of names of people killed in the Holocaust, because the compilation does rely on memories and not official registries, not all those who were lost appear in them. This is just a clarification for people who are looking for their family names but don’t find them in the necrology or in any section of the Yizkor book of their family’s community. For many others, the Yizkor books do provide a great deal of enlightening material on their families,

Finally, although I didn’t have a chance to wish you all a Purim Sameach and/or a Happy Purim,  I would now like to wish you and your families, albeit slightly  early, a Pesach Sameach and/ or a Happy Passover.


And now for details of what was carried out in February:

Yizkor Book updates

This month, 32 existing projects were updated and they were:

·  Bar, Ukraine (Town of Bar: Jewish Pages Through The Prism Of Time)

·  Biała Podlaska, Poland (Book of Biala Podlaska)

·  Braslaw, Belarus (Darkness and desolation)

·  Chelm, Poland (Commemoration book Chelm)

·  Dzyatlava, Belarus (A memorial to the Jewish community of Zhetel)

·  Gabin, Poland (Gombin: The Life and Destruction of a Jewish Town in Poland)

·  Hrubieszow, Poland (Memorial Book of Hrubieshov)

·  Hlybokaye, Belarus  (The Destruction of Globokie)

·  Jaroslaw, Poland (Jaroslaw Book: a Memorial to Our Town)

·  Kamyanyets, Belarus (Memorial Book of Kamenets Litovsk, Zastavye, and Colonies)

·  Kutno, Poland (Kutno and Surroundings Book)

·  Makow Mazowiecki, Poland (Memorial book of the community of Maków-Mazowiecki)

·  Mizoch, Ukraine (Memorial Book of Mizocz)

·  Novohrad-Volyns'kyy, Ukraine (Zvhil Novograd-Volynskiy)

·  Oleksandriya, Ukraine (Memorial book of the community of Aleksandria)

·  Ostrowiec Świętokrzyski, Poland (Ostrowiec; a monument on the ruins of an annihilated Jewish community)

·  Radom, Poland (The book of Radom)

·  Radomsko, Poland (Memorial book of the community of Radomsk and vicinity)

·  Rafalovka, Ukraine (Memorial book for the towns of Old Rafalowka, New Rafalowka, Olizarka, Zoludzk and vicinity)

·  Sarny, Ukraine (Memorial Book of the Community of Sarny)

·  Siedlce, Poland (Memorial book of the community of Siedlce)

·  Sokołów Podlaski, Poland (Memorial Book Sokolow-Podlask)

·  Szumsk, Ukraine (Szumsk, memorial book of the martyrs of Szumsk)

·  Tarnow, Poland (Tarnow; The Life and Destruction of a Jewish City)

·  Tuchin, Ukraine (Tuczin-Kripa, Wolyn; in Memory of the Jewish Community)

·  Ustilug, Ukraine (The growth and destruction of the community of Uscilug)

·  Valozhyn, Belarus (Wolozin; the book of the city and of the Etz Hayyim Yeshiva)

·  Vidzy, Belarus (Widze Memorial Book)

·  Wołomin, Poland (Volomin; a memorial to the Jewish community of Volomin)

·  Wysokie Mazowieckie, Poland (Wysokie-Mazowieckie; Memorial Book)

·  Zelów, Poland (Memorial Book of the Community of Zelow)

·  Zolochiv, Ukraine   (The City of Zloczow)

New book

The following is a new complete book placed online during February.

New entries

The following are new entries placed online during February.


New Yizkor Book in Print

Each month, almost, new books “hit the shelves” through the driving force of the Yizkor Books in Print Project and, once again, I’m please to let you know of yet another book that was made available in February:

If you are interested in any of this book or any of the others that have been made available, please go t the YBIP main page using the link shown below. 

Important links

Before ending this report, here are some important links to note:

All the best,

Lance Ackerfeld

Director of Special Projects - Yizkor Books



Goldstein/Goldsteyn #germany #general

Chana Goldman

Looking for family members of Meir Goldstein  married to Edel Plaut 1800s Felsberg Germany.
Chana Goldman

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