Re: Who was Cousin Jossel A in Philadelphia? #usa


i second the suggestion about the boat records. For me they are a total goldmine of information and helped link my mother’s maternal family together.  You can see who the money was sent to, how much it cost, what boat they came on, the address of the person sending the money (often more than one relative as they banded together), and the names of all the passengers. I’ve been saving screenshots of all of the many ticket records for my family in this collection. 

Re: Who was Cousin Jossel A in Philadelphia? #usa


Have you looked at the Philadelphia boat ticket savings banks?  These have been a goldmine for my own family’s immigration to Philadelphia. 
They are indexed on Jewishgen. The actual ticket books are online at the Temple U. site.  All of my mom’s mother’s extended family’s ticket orders are on it except for the first ticket. 

Re: Finding info on great grandparents Bayarsky in Belarus (Grodno? Minsk?) #belarus


Hi Nicholas,

My great-grandfather, Yankel Itskovich Boyarskiy, was from Lida. He got married in 1890 in Kiev. I don't have any additional information about his Lida family. I understand it's a common last name, but did someone like him happen to pop up in your research?


Mikhailina Karina

Re: Genealogical Revelations of Hungarian Jewish Families - First Volume Editor - Munkatchi #hungary

Michelle Sandler

What is the ISBN for this book? Is this a book I should be getting for my JGS Library?  Tell me about this book or series of books.  I have very little on Jewish Genealogy in Hungary in my JGS Library.  Just one book published by Avotaynu.  
Michelle Sandler
Librarian Orange County California Jewish Genealogy Society
Westminster, California

Re: Levitsky family from Porozovo #belarus


My maternal grandfather was Joseph Levitzki (in America, Joseph Levine) from Rosava in what is now Ukraine.  His father was Yakov Levitzki from Boguslav in Ukraine.  And his father was Isroel Levitzki but he was known as Isroel from the the steppe.
David Schaffer
Vienna, VA USA

Unger Hasidic Dynasty #poland

Richard Stower

In the 1910 Census my maternal family (KANNER) was listed as having a cousin, Joseph UNGER,  living with them. My family came from Dobrowa Tarnowska (Dombrov), Poland. I am wondering if someone has information that might connect Joseph (and thereby my Kanner family) to the Unger Hasidic dynasty.

Thank you.

Richard Stower
Yarmouth, Maine

Shmuel Wolk #lithuania

David Wolk

Seeking information on Shmuel Wolk, a resident of Krakinovo, Lithuania circa 1870 - 1885.

All replies gratefully appreciated.

David Wolk

Re: Who was Cousin Jossel A in Philadelphia? #usa

Michele Lock

The street name looks like it begins with Col or Cal, but other than that I can't make it out.

# 207 means it would be between 2nd and 3rd streets, which run North/South in the city.

At the time a lot of Jews settled in South Philadelphia, in the area of 4th street and South St., so maybe one of the streets around there might be it. Possibly areas around Reed St. as well.

Another option - I also had a mystery uncle on a ship manifest that my paternal grandmother was going to in New York City, when she arrived in 1913. Except his name and address were unreadable, and I didn't think we had any relatives in NYC.
It was AncestryDNA that solved the mystery. I matched as a 3rd/4th cousin with 4 different persons in one family, whose DNA accounts were managed by a man in Scarsdale NY. He told me that I was matching people on the Schiffman branch of his family. Fortunately, he had a decent family tree, and a Morris Schiffman was there who had a first wife with the same maiden name as my grandmother. The first wife turned out to be an unknown sister to a paternal great grandfather. And when I looked back at the ship manifest, it does look like M. 
Michele Lock

Lock/Lak/Lok and Kalon in Zagare/Joniskis/Gruzdziai, Lithuania
Trisinsky/Trushinsky/Sturisky and Leybman in Dotnuva, Lithuania
Olitsky in Alytus, Suwalki, Poland/Lithuania
Gutman/Goodman in Czestochowa, Poland
Lavine/Lewin/Levin in Trenton, New Jersey and Lida/Vilna gub., Belarus

Re: What happened on 7 March 1612 in Poznan? Mass death of Jews #general #poland

ירוחם צבי קינסטליך

hello gerson.ohh... what information you have i am happy for you.first what really happened in poznen 1612?
as a religious man i read the book יון מצולה.Is there a place to have the lists victims in 1648-1649 for example in bilgoraj poland.the writer says all bilgoraj jewish were murdered this time.
anyway thanks a lot gerson !!!
y.z.kinstlich kinstlich123@gmail

1648-1649 גזרות ת"ח-ת"ט #translation

ירוחם צבי קינסטליך

hello everybody.i need translate from german to Hebrew. there lists names of the victims in 1648-1649(גזרות ת"ח-ת"ט)
I know that the comunitee in bilgoraj vanished.they were all being sloughter.i am looking for this list...
y.z.kinstlich. kinstlich123@gmail.

Re: Help! Hitting brick walls due to NYC record restrictions #records #usa

Moishe Miller

Dear Sue,
Perhaps if you shared the details related to who you are looking for, like the name, date, and for death, the cemetery, you might experience a RAOGK.
Stay safe,

Moishe Miller
Brooklyn, NY
JGFF #3391

IGRA 2021 Webinar Series - Beyond the Family Tree - Sharing Your Stories #announcement,

Garri Regev

Join IGRA in our next webinar lecture with Marion Werle on March 21, 2021. Due to the difference between Daylight Savings Time in Israel and the US please note the special time for this webinar. The webinar will be at 7 pm Israel time, 1 pm EDT, noon in the Mid-West and 10 am PDT.

Marion's topic is: Beyond the Family Tree - Sharing Your Stories
When you bring out your family tree and genealogy reports at a family gathering, do your relatives' eyes glaze over? Are you overwhelmed with data after so many years of research and wonder how to tell your family's story without getting lost in the details? Have you done so much research that you don't even know where to start in writing your family's history? Marion will discuss approaches to deciding on a focus, structuring your story, and adding interest and context to writing about your family history.

Marion Werle began family history research 25 years ago, researching family from Lithuania, Latvia & Belarus, who settled in the US, Canada, UK and Israel. A retired IT professional with master's degrees in both European History and Library Science from UCLA, she has also completed the Boston University Certificate in Genealogical Research and the ProGen study group. Marian has written two unpublished family histories, The Skuders from Skud, about one of her family branches from Lithuania, and a history of her brother-in-law's family, The Wilsons of Washington County, PA - from Hopewell Township to Santa Ana, Calfornia. She teaches a writing class for JewishGen education and has an ongoing interest in applying general genealogical methodology standards to Jewish research. 

Garri Regev
President, IGRA

Seeking descendants of Ph. Dr. chemist Carl Eisenstein of Austria #austria-czech #holocaust


I am posting this on behalf of a friend, as English is not his native tongue.

Here are the facts that he has:

Dr. Carl Eisenstein was born near Vienna (Baden bei Wien) on January 31, 1878.

He was a First lieutenant of an infantry regiment of the Austro-Hungarian k.u.k Army , and died at the battle of Dubno (Dubna) against Russian troops in the Ukraine on September 12th, 1915.

He was married to Marianne, nee Schauer, born April 16th, 1885, in Königinhof an der Elbe (Dvůr Králové nad Labem).  She was deported and died on June 12th, 1942, at the age of 57.

They had two children, Fritz (Friedrich) born September 2nd, 1909, and Franziska born on September 7th, 1912, probably born also in the Czech Republic in Königinhof an der Elbe (Dvůr Králové nad Labem).

He has not been able to find any further information on either of these children.

Ph. Dr. chemist Carl Eisenstein had an older brother, also a Chemist:   Dr. Alfred Eisenstein, born November 8th, 1876, died August 18th, 1949.  He is buried at the Kessler Israel cemetery in West Haven, Connecticut, USA.   He was married to Gertrud, nee Heller, born in Podersam on May 11th, 1894. Gertrud Eisenstein died in January 1990 at the age of 95, residing in Jamaica, Queens County New York.  They left Austria on November 22nd, 1938 to the U.S.  This couple had no children.

Any information about Fritz and Franziska Eisenstein and/or their descendants would be greatly appreciated.

Please reply to me privately, and I'll forward to my friend any leads that you can provide.

Thank you in advance for your help!

Fredel Fruhman
Brooklyn, New York, USA

Info on World War One Austrian medical service #galicia #general


My paternal grandmother always told us that her mother, Rivka GRUBER, née FEINGOLD, was killed during World War One as a member of the medical corps. I assume with the Austrian army as they lived in Galicia, although, I’m not sure exactly which town Rivka lived in. My grandmother was born in a town called Delatyn and when she immigrated to New York around New Years 1907/08, she listed Lemberg as her residence. She was 17, so I assume she lived with her mother but not positive. Apparently, my grandmother went back to Galicia and then came back to the US in July of 1912 and then listed Delatyn as her last residence and her mother the closest relative from where she came. 
I have done extensive searches to try to find more info on Rivka but have come up empty. Would anyone have any ideas, suggestions, advice, etc. as to where I might find medical corps service, death, burial, etc. records for her? Anything? I haven’t even ever found any birth or marriage records for her.
Thank you,
Steve Buzil

MODERATOR NOTE Please reply privately with family information


BUZILA and KILYAN from present day Moldova 

GRUBER and FEINGOLD from present day Ukraine


PORTNOY, GERSHON and OFSAIOF/OVSAIOVICH from present day Lithuania

MNUSHKIN and KOLVARACHIK from present day Belarus

EISENSTEIN and ZALIO from present day Romania


Re: Russian military records #records #russia


Hi Eduardo,
recently I was looking for someone's else relative who was a soldier in the Russo-Japanese war, and I saved some links that I found on this topic.
There are also lists of officers, nurses and priests who participated in the war, and lists of fallen soldiers. 
I saw a digitized book on Poltava guberniya citizens who went to that war. 
There are also issues of the "Rural Bulletin" ("Selskiy Vestnik"), digitized for 1904; they contain war chronicles and lists of fallen soldiers. 
Lists of the participants:
What name are you looking for? I can check on these websites. 

Elena Boldyreva,
Toronto, Canada
Searching: Rogovins/Rogowins/ Ragovins from Minsk guberniya

Re: Who was Cousin Jossel A in Philadelphia? #usa

Molly Staub

Try Chestnut Street. Thant was the area near the docks where many Jewish immigrants settled.

Molly Arost Staub
Boca Raton, FL


Re: How Weird Are We? #general

Marjorie Geiser

Something Diane Jacobs said sparked a memory similar to something she said. When I started this journey of discovery, I had two conversations with my aunt before she passed away. The first, I asked her how many siblings my grandfather had. She didn't know. But she thought it was two brothers. And MAYBE one was named Max.

The second, and last conversation, I was able to tell her that her father had FOUR siblings! She was amazed. I remember she just kept saying, "four siblings!"

Margie Geiser


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

Yonatan Ben-Ari

In hebrew zevik is a common nickname for z'ev (Wolf).
Yoni Ben-Ari, Jerusalem

Re: Translation help, please! Yiddish? #translation

Janice Brockman

Thank you very much for this translation.  

Knowing that Mechel's Jahrzeit is on this list - indicates that YES - you are correct - it must have been written by his widow!!

Thanks again -
Janice Brockman
Easton, MA

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


Dear Ted,

This is phenomenal! Thank you so  much for posting the books. Any chance of locating Kiev marriage registries from 1896 and 1897? Or at least point me toward them. The marriage index book finally pinpointed my great-grandparents' year of marriage.

One more question: is it possible that more than one Jewish registry existed in Kiev? I know for a fact that both sides of my grandparents' families were born in Kiev, but found only a couple of the children, even knowing exact birthdays.

Really appreciate your work.

Mikhailina Karina

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