Re: Headstone Translation #translation

Diane Jacobs

Yocheved daughter of Naftali.

Hope this helps .
Diane Jacobs 

On Mar 6, 2021, at 9:43 AM, dross7 via <> wrote:

Would it be possible for someone to translate the Hebrew on the attached headstone

Deborah Ross
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Diane Jacobs, Somerset, New Jersey

Levitsky family from Porozovo #belarus

Josh Levine


My gggrandfather was Morris Levinsky,  born in porozovo,  Belarus as itsko mowsha Levitsky son of Mendel. I only have him listing his home town in NYC Naturalization. The family moved to Dvinsk before immigration to the USA. 

There are sparse records of Levinskys in the porozovo area and I would love insight from other researchers to maybe help me find a connection to my family.

All the best

Josh Levine
Chicago,  IL USA

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

Alan Shuchat

To clarify, the starting time for the Cyrillic handwriting webinar is March 24 at 7PM (19 hours) Eastern Daylight Time, which is the time zone on the east coast of the United States. Daylight Savings (Summer) Time here starts on March 14, so if you are in a place that won’t have advanced its clocks yet, you will need to take that into account.
Alan Shuchat
Newton, MA

Headstone Translation #translation


Would it be possible for someone to translate the Hebrew on the attached headstone

Deborah Ross

Russian military records #records #russia



- Are there any registers of soldiers incorporated into the Russian army during the Russo-Japanese War?

- In particular, are there any registers of soldiers incorporated into the Kharkov artillery regiment during the Russo-Japanese War?

- Are there any registers of deserters from the Russian army during the Russo-Japanese War?

- If so, who keeps these records? Have they been digitized?

Any expert advice in this area is welcome and thank him in advance.




Re: Looking for Greenberg Family Members from Lithuania that moved to New York, USA around 1900. #lithuania #usa


Hi Sharon, 

Here are some documents regarding your post:

A) Sonia Greenberg passenger list, destination nyc to her uncle Chaim Greenberg, living behind her father Moische

B) I believe that her brother was Joseph Greenberg (1889-1945), married to Sarah Tabres (in 1915)

C) his death record (although his mother's maiden name is wrong, it is undoubtedly the same person)

D) his WWI draft card (born in Kovno gubernia)

E) his WWii draft card (born in Novoalexanrov)

F) Joseph's naturalisation documents (although he gave as birth place Novogrudok, Minsk I believe it is the same person)

G) his arrival documents (his destination was nyc to his uncle C. D. Greenberg)

H) Joseph and Sarah had two children a son named Edward /Edwin, born in 1918 or 1919 and a daughter Rosalind who unfortunately died in infancy (17 months)

I hope that all these will be helpful to your research 

Giannis Daropoulos 


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

Rodney Eisfelder

I've found two examples of people called Sevek, buried here in Melbourne, Australia. The inscriptions of both graves include hebrew names, so you are in luck.
Sevek Duzenman (born in Warsaw) had the hebrew name Shlomo David ( שלמה דוד ). On National Archives files (, his name is shown as Severin. 
Sevek Szafrajzen had the hebrew name Shevach ( שבח ). He was also born in Warsaw and appears as Sewek on National Archives files.

I hope this helps,
Rodney Eisfelder
Melbourne, Australia

Re: Soviet Union Military Records #russia

Risa Heywood

Thank you for posting these websites. Are there any Soviet military records for non-Soviet men who were forced into the Red Army during WWII and survived? I am researching a Hungarian man who escaped from a Hungarian labor battalion and spent time fighting with a partisan group. When the partisan group was captured by the Soviet army, he was issued with a Russian army uniform and guns.  He spent the rest of the war fighting on the German Eastern Front and was part of “hellacious” battles.  Would any Soviet army records have been created for someone in that circumstance?
Risa Daitzman Heywood

Re: Soviet Union Military Records #russia


These sites were created by Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation, long after dissolution of the Soviet Union.
I recommend using as a primary site, while also checking the 2 you mention.  It brings in information from more sources.  For example, there is only one result for my ggfather in OBD, but 3 results in Pamyat Naroda. is a site that allows submission of photos and creation of a profile with the biography and links to the documents at

Ministry of Defense also created a WWI site, where among various documents you can locate information about wounded, missing, pow, killed, and awarded soldiers.

If you navigate to any of these sites, there are links to all sites mentioned in this thread at the bottom of the page.

Mike Vayser

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

Dahn Cukier

MHeritage also has/had a download but had to be searched for in
the settings.  I am asking it of Ancestry.
There was a app that, IMO, caused DOS on the Ancestry site but
would build a spreadsheet. I tried it once, but as I wrote a few
words back, IMO it would cause  denial-of-service.
DOS is when an app causes so much traffic to a site, usually with
the assistance of many machine at many sites, that the online user
has trouble accessing the data (service),
The solution many sites have found, not only genealogy sites, is to collect requests
and run the query at off times and at a lower priority, and preparing downloadable

Dahn Cukier
>For the moment, at least, DNAGedcom is able to download your matches to a spreadsheet.
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, 5:46:33 PM GMT+2, Vivs <vivs@...> wrote:


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

Orange County, Calfiornia

Looking for Greenberg Family Members from Lithuania that moved to New York, USA around 1900. #lithuania #usa

Sharon Ann Dror

Is there anyone on this page that have family members that knew Arthur Penn and Irving Penn's mother Sonia Freda's family? Her maiden name was Greenberg. Born in 1894 in Novo Alexandrovsk, Russia - Lithuania. She moved to the USA in 1910 and joined her brother in NY. who was 4 years older than Sonia.

I am trying to find out her brother's name and family if any...

Sonia married to Harry Tzvi Penn in Manhattan, NY on March 27, 1916. They have two sons: Arthur and Irving. Divorced.

Her son Arthur Penn published several books and mentions Sonia came to America in 1910 and stayed with her brother. Then she married Harry Penn in 1916. Had two sons - Arthur in 1917 and Irving in 1922. Divorced in 1925.

Remarried to Meyer Helfand in 1940. She died on Sept 18, 1979. And Meyer died on July 6, 1973. They are buried together at Mount Moriah in Fairview, NJ.

Irving and Arthur’s books do not mention any relative names, only his mother Sonia and father Harry.

Sonia wrote a 100 page journal in 1960 and there are no family names mentioned. Only says my brother .... my mother... uncle and aunt.... etc no individual names.

There is a Chaim Greenberg that married to Cecilia Feinberg and they have one daughter Doris Salameth Greenberg. Doris got married to Sidney Rosenberg. I have all details on Cecilia attending the Temple University's Dentistry School. I have contacts with Doris' granddaughters. They did not know Chaim at all. They immigrated from Lithuania or Russia to New York. Chaim and Cecilia got divorced. I would love to get details on Chaim Greenberg. 

So there is Chaim and Sonia - I suspect Chaim is Sonia's uncle. Per Sonia's marriage certificate to Harry Penn, her father is Mosche Greenberg and mother is Tauve Mesimik. I was told both were killed in the Holocaust. 

Sharon Ann Dror 

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

5701 - 5720 of 662124