Soviet Union Military Records #russia


Some years ago the Soviet Union compiled a database, in Russian, listing all Soviet soldiers who died in WWII.  This database,, contains 20 million documents and provides a wealth of information on individuals not otherwise available, including ethnic origin, e.g. Jewish, Russian, Kazakh, etc.  In many cases, but not all, researchers may find information about a surviving relative, even with an address where that person resided.  A separate database., provides information on soldiers who received medals in WWII.
Peter Lande
Washington, D.C.

Webinar on Cyrillic handwriting #translation #education #russia #ukraine

Alan Shuchat

Nashi Predky, the Ukrainian History and Educational Center, has announced a webinar on reading Cyrillic handwriting for people who can read printed Cyrillic and neat handwriting. The date is March 24, at 7PM EDT.

Alan Shuchat
Newton, MA

SHUKHAT (Talnoe, Simferopol, Sevastopol, Odessa, Balta (Abazovka), Pogrebishche)
VINOKUR (Talnoe), KURIS (Mogilev-Podolskiy, Ataki, Berdichev)
ZILBERMAN (Soroki, Kremenets), BIRNBAUM (Kamenets-Podolskiy)
KITAIGORODSKI (Zvenigorodka)

Zoom Meeting: The JDC Archives: New Materials for Jewish Genealogists. From the JGS of San Diego, USA March 14th #announcements #events #jgs-iajgs

Marguerite Kealey

Re: Bohuss Neamta, Romania & Canada to US border crossing question #romania #canada #usa

Joel Ives

Everyone in the bottom row was born in Buhusi.  I have all of their birth records which were obtained by a professional researcher years ago. I'm looking for the death record for Victoria "Viche" Mendel Icovich who died in Buhusi about 1903 and possibly Joseph's parents.  Any suggestions?

Joel Ives
Fair Lawn, New Jersey USA 

The JGSWS is inviting you to a free Zoom genealogical meeting on Monday evening, 3/8/21, at 7 p.m. Pacific Time--"The Alex Krakovsky Project: Navigating the Wiki to Locate Town Records/Hidden Data" #announcements #jgs-iajgs

Karen Campbell

The Jewish Genealogical Society of Washington State invites you to a free Zoom presentation Monday evening, 3/8/2021, at 7 p.m. Pacific Time:

"The Alex Krakovsky Project: Navigating the Wiki to Locate Town Records and Find Hidden Data" presented by Gary Pokrassa, Data Acquisition Director of JewishGen's Ukraine Research Division

DATE/TIME:  Monday evening, March 8, 2021, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. (Pacific Time) via Zoom

This free online meeting will open at 6:30 p.m. Pacific Time, the meeting will start at 7 p.m., and the presentation will start at 7:15 p.m.

Registration is required:

To register for this Zoom meeting, click on this live link or copy this link into your web browser:

You will be prompted to enter your name and email address and when you hit enter, you will automatically be sent an email with the Zoom meeting link.

After you register, the handout will be emailed to you so you have it for Monday evening's presentation.

Gary Pokrassa, Data Acquisition Director of JewishGen's Ukraine Research Division, will present on Alex Krakovsky's Wiki and records digitization projects. Alex is a Ukrainian, who, using freedom of information laws in Ukraine, forced virtually every archive to permit him to scan their records and post them to an online wiki page, yielding a massive amount of raw data for the Ukraine researcher. Gary will go through Alex's postings and describe how to navigate the Wiki to locate town records and how to find hidden data not obvious on the home page. Gary will also describe the Ukraine Research Group's project to capture Alex's scanned files on the JewishGen server, which includes Index files for several of the larger cities including Kiev, Zhitomir Nikolaev and Odessa, and how the Ukraine Research Group is using these files in translation projects. He will speak on changes that have taken place since last August. A robust question and answer will be included in this evening's presentation, as well as an overview of JewishGen's Ukraine Research Division.

Gary Pokrassa retired five years ago from a 46-year career, the last 11 as CFO of Lakeland Industries Inc. He is the Data Acquisition Director for the Ukraine Research Division of JewishGen, Treasurer and Director of JRI-Poland, and town leader for 4 shtetls. He is a member of the JGS of Long Island. At the 2020 IAJGS Conference, he presented on Alex Krakovsky and his Wiki and was a panelist on the Ukraine Research Division Meeting. Gary has authored an article on the Alex Krakovsky project published in AVOTAYNU Summer 2020 and also lectures on other topics, including an Intro to Jewish Genealogy.

If you have any problems registering (or logging into the meeting on 2/8/2021), please contact Treasurer@.... All other questions can be answered in the Chat function prior to the meeting start at 7 p.m. or in the speaker's Q&A session at the end of the meeting.





Re: How Weird Are We? #general March 1st #general

Shelley Mitchell

It’s so interesting to read the many reactions we Muggles get. I started my Family Tree to see if I could find descendants of my maternal grandmother. With the exception of 2 brothers who made it to Shanghai, nothing was known of them after the Holocaust. I really wanted to make contact them. Over time, I added my 3 other grandparents and turned it into 2 trees. I diligently learned and spent money to get documents to reinforce the connections. The DNA world was a bonus. I had relatives on both sides of my family to separate my results. One of the best lessons I learned from contacting people and being contacted is that if one side of the conversation has no real tree, and don’t fit neatly into yours, you will be disappointed. I’ve met several wonderful people who became long distance good friends. That enriches my life. But I am still determined to my find my Terners, and Goldscheins from Kolomea, and my Platz’s from Delaytn. 

Shelley Mitchell, NYC

This week's Yizkor book excerpt on the JewishGen Facebook page #yizkorbooks #poland

Bruce Drake

Yizkor books are full of accounts of Jews who sought to escape ghettos when it became increasingly clear that the people in them would be exterminated in an aktion or sent on trains to the death camps. Even though death might be a near-certainty for those who remained, escape had its own dangers because the Germans had issued decrees forbidding Jews from leaving the ghetto under the pain of death.
Strategies for escape abounded, and in the case of Rose Greenbaum-Dinerman, hers is captured by the title of her chapter in the Yizkor book of Gombin, Poland: “Survived as an ‘Aryan.’” She and her brother considered taking the own lives as conditions worsened, but chose to take the risk because “we also knew that we must cling to life to the very end, no matter how small our chances of survival, to spite our enemy.” They left the ghetto, going their separate ways, but Rose and the group she was travelling with were captured, turned over to the Gestapo and taken to the ghetto in Strzegowo, northwest of Warsaw.
As the terror there increased, Rose dyed her black hair blonde and fled to the “Aryan” side, seeking shelter by knocking on doors and when they opened, saying “Jesus be praised!” Each house was a gamble, and she had several close calls. But she lived to return to Gombin after the Liberation.

Bruce Drake
Silver Spring, MD

Towns: Wojnilow, Kovel

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 <vwenglen@...>

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 

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