Re: Visa Requirements #germany



On Mon, 8 Mar 2021 at 13:02, KAREN SAUNDERS <saunderskcl@...> wrote:
My mother’s family were unable to emigrate from Berlin because her bother suffered from a stiffening of his knee. The family had been trying for a number of years to emigrate as a family but ultimately my mother was placed on a late Kindertransport and her remaining family murdered. I am wondering if anyone might have information on the health examinations required for the elusive visas and records of such. 
Any insight would be greatly appreciated. 
In recent times my 91 year old mother is voicing, in no uncertain terms, her anger and angst at the tragedy and her view of an unjust world. 😥
Karen Saunders
(Frank family from Berlin)

Invitation to 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.


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 at


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 and attend any or all of the upcoming lectures -



Ben Kempner
Vice President, JGSSN

Vital Records Photos #galicia #records

Belinda Dishon

Once I have found an original Vital Record eg Birth of an individual what is the best way to capture it so I can then upload it to my FTM tree and also post for translation?
So far I have been taking Screen shots. Is there a better wy to do it>
Thanks for any advice.
Belinda Dishon
Melbourne Australia

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


Hallo Steve, 

A small correction. You write that your grandmother... "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..."

If you take a better look at the passenger manifest ,you will notice that she, indeed, identified  her mother as her relative behind in Galicia, but the place where she lived was not Delatyn.  Unfortunately, i couldn't  read the name of the place but perhaps someone else could. 

Giannis Daropoulos 


German Jewish Genealogy Book #germany #general

Michelle Sandler

Does anyone know what the difference is between the 4th edition and the 5th edition of the book In Search of Your German Roots by Angus Baxter.  I have the 4th edition in the OCJGS Library so I am wondering whether I should buy the 5th edition.
Michelle Sandler MLS
Librarian OCJGS
Westminster California

Re: Levitsky family from Porozovo #belarus

Todd Leavitt

My Levitskys were from a shtetl outside of Minsk referred to by them as "Neustadt" (Novagrudek or Negnivici???) in their passenger manifests. Immigrants were Joseph, Hyman and Harry Levitsky. Joe and Hyman moved from the Lower East Side to Detroit, with Hyman spending time with the endogamously connected Nevitskys in Manchester UK; Harry stayed in Brooklyn. Patriarch was Yehudah Leyb Levitsky who never made it to America.
Todd Leavitt
Santa Monica, CA

Vilna Gordons with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM)? #dna

Jay L Gordon

In researching my Gordon ancestors, I've found what I think is evidence of familial hypertrophic cardiomyopathy as far back as my great-grandfather. I'm writing here in hopes of connecting with others related to Gordons from Vilna (and specifically Malat/Moletai) who have HCM in their line--  there are so many Vilna Gordons, I thought it might be one way to sift through them and discover previously unknown connections to my own line.
Here's what I have in terms of evidence:
- My father died suddenly at 43 in 1985; the cause of death is listed as "cardiomegaly." Although at the time of my father's death, the term "hypertrophic cardiomyopathy" was not discussed that I know, I've uploaded my DNA file to Promethease and the mutation for familial HCM was prominently flagged. So I have concluded that he had HCM and that I carry the gene (I and my kids have been tested and none of us has the actual condition itself). 
- My dad's dad died of emphysema at 60 in 1969, but I have confirmed that he had heart problems, once may have had a heart attack, once fainted at the wheel while driving, etc. I've concluded that he must have had HCM, as my dad's mother had no signs and only just died in December two days before her 100th birthday.
- My great-grandfather Khaim Gordon is listed in JewishGen as having died in 1919 at the age of 37 (b. 1882) of "angina pectoris." That means only "chest pain," but death so young of a heart-related condition clearly fits the pattern, so I've concluded he likely had it as well.
So, if you are a Gordon or related to Gordons with HCM, please feel free to contact me. I have additional information about my Gordon ancestry (although not a whole lot) that may be useful.


Jay L Gordon

OMG, Another COHEN Search! #usa


OK Guys - have another COHEN to uncover: David (no known middle name) COHEN,
b: October 15, 1888, Lithuania, or “Russia”.

Around 1917 he lived at 1525 S. Hamlin Ave, in Chicago, and appears as a
witness on my BLUMENTHAL father’s naturalization form. So THAT act should
mean something in terms of a connection - like my father didn’t just go grab
someone off the sidewalk and induct them into witness-ship, right?

My father’s mother (my grandmother) is a COHEN, and, of course, I wonder if
David is someone from a previously unknown cousin line. So far, I haven’t
found one.

The name “Henry J. BARNETT" also appears on the form, but I haven’t yet
begun a search on him.

The correct David COHEN appears on several census, but none of the names in
his family have connectable meaning for me (yet).

Isn’t this fun?

Sandi (Blumenthal) Root

translation of Hebrew headstone needed #translation

Deborah Friedman

For a Rachel Hess who died 1865 in Salem Fields Cemetery, NY.

Thank you for your help!
photo attached

Deborah Friedman

Walnut Creek, CA




Hebrew translation needed from headstone #translation

Deborah Friedman

I have attached a photo of a headstone of a Rachel Hess who died in 1918.

Thank you for your help,

Deborah Friedman
Walnut Creek, CA


Help finding about Sitnitskys from Russia— my grandparents #russia #usa

Ellen Sinett

I am trying to learn more about my grandparents who came from Libaw, Russia in 1911.
My grandfather Alex Sitnitsky, was born in Iwankoff Russia on 2/1/1883. He was married to Ethel and they lived in Rockaway Beach, Ny when they came to the US, according to the naturalization papers that I found. Ethel had 7 children but there is rumor that Alex had a child by someone else. No one living knows much about these grandparents. I can’t find Ethel’s maiden name or anything else about

Can anyone help me with my search? My dad changed the name to Sinett around 1945-46, but I don’t think any Sitnitskys in the US are my relatives, but it is possible.

Thank you for any suggestions.

Ellen Sinett

Re: Stanislawow/Ivano-Frankivsk - an enquiry regarding the 1900 census conducted in the city by the Austro-Hungarians #galicia #ukraine

Joel Ives

My ZANKEL and GLASER families were from Stanislawow/Ivano-Frankivsk.

I too would be interested in accessing the databases.

Joel Ives
Fair Lawn, New Jersey USA

Subj: ViewMate translation request - Russian #translation


I've posted two Revision List entries in Russian for which I would greatly appreciate a translation. They are both posted on ViewMate at 
the following addresses: Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page. Thank you very much.
Paul Moverman
Milford, NH USA

Abraham Silverman, Providence, RI #usa


I am looking for the descendants of Abraham Silverman (or Zilberman) who arrived in Providence prior to 1904 from Letichev, Podolia Gubernia, in what is now Ukraine. He probably married after he arrived in Providence. 

David M. Brodsky 

Translation request for French marriage records #france #translation

Seth Bittker

I would be very grateful if one or more of you wonderful people would be willing to translate the genealogically relevant information from 4 nineteenth century French marriage records from Paris.  Recently some of you helped me with 3 others.  Thank you for the help!

If you want to try one, and let others translate the other 3, that would be great too.

Here they are on ViewMate:

Marriage record of Aron Lieb Krzymiansky and Sara Mendel Mareslwsky from 1869:

Marriage record of Abraham Cohn and Adele Erligmann from 1896:

Marriage record of Benjamin Erligmann and Aline Doubelski from 1898:

Marriage record of Henry Waskanski and Mina Erligmann from 1901:

Please respond via the ViewMate image pages.

Thank you very much!

Seth Bittker

Darien, Connecticut



Babtai, Lithuania - REZNITSKY, LINKOVSKY


Onod, Hungary – ROTH

Hernadszentandras, Hungary – HIPSCH, WEISS

An unknown photo - #russia #belarus #poland #photographs


I have posted a photo of the lady who was born around the 1860s. My family thinks she was a wife of Meer Rogovin from Minsk guberniya, but it may not be 100% true. We do not have her name. She should be my great great grandmother - her photo was among the photos belonging to my grandmother. We know that at the beginning of the 20s century this lady immigrated to the US. I would appreciate any information about her name, siblings, place of birth, or other details.
The photo on ViewMate: 

Thank you,
Elena Boldyreva, Toronto, Canada
(searching for Rogovins/Ragovins/Rogowins)

Viewmate Translation Request - German #germany #translation

Adam Oppenheim

I've posted the following vital record in German for which I need a transcription of the handwritten script. It is on ViewMate at the following address:

Please respond via the form(s) provided on the respective ViewMate image pages.
This record pertains to Meier Kahn and family, of Dudenhofen and connections to the Daub family of Nidda. I believe this may be the birth record of William Daub, who later founded the first synagogue in the Bronx. 
Thank you very much.
Adam H. Oppenheim
Takoma Park, Md

Re: Great Synagogue London marriage record Solomon Levy to Anne Levy 1860 #unitedkingdom #records

Martyn Woolf

In Lewin's records it shows that they were married on 7 June 1860. The groom's father was shown as Ziens Levy (deceased) and his Hebrew name as Avraham Shlomo ben Yehudah which is a little strange.There is also a question mark re the name of the groom. Ann Levy's father was Lyon Levy and her Hebrew name, Yenta bat Yehuda Leib.  They both were shown as living at 16 Swan Street, Whitechapel. Solomon was 24 and Ann  22 . No names of mothers are ever given.


Martyn Woolf
London NW3

Viewmate translation-Hebrew #translation

Courtney Klein

Any help translating this, Slonim Yizkor book 1 page XIV from Hebrew would be greatly appreciated. It is about my grandmothers cousin. 
Thank you
Courtney Klein

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


Wikipedia’s article on Podolia includes the following:
“The area of Podolia between the Southern Bug below Vinnytsia and the Dniester was occupied by Axis Romania as part of Transnistria.”

If the town and year fit, it could be Romanian!
Fred Millner

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