Re: Advice and assistance needed with burial record Velenta Cemetery Oradea Romania #romania #records

Peninah Zilberman

Contact the Oradea Jewish Community Centre, address on the net
Peninah Zilberman

Fundatia Tarbut Sighet
+40 74 414 5351

Re: Russian military records #records #russia


Regarding this question, I got this reply from the representative of the Russian State War-Historical Archive:
 - it is possible to send a request to the Archive, but it is important to know and indicate the number and name of the military unit in which the soldier was enrolled.
 - the information about lower ranks (soldiers and non-commissioned officers) is quite scarce and incomplete. 
 - another option is to search in the local archives of the region where the person was recruited - they may keep information from their military enlistments' offices. 

Elena Boldyreva,
Toronto, Canada
Searching for Rogovins/Rogowins/Ragovins from Minsk Guberniya

ViewMate translation request - Polish #translation #poland

David Jacobowitz

I've posted a 4-page letter of 28 September 1945 From Rena ‘Irena’ Weidler KREINIK to Henryk Birencwajg, Administrator at the POLIN Museum in Polish for which I need a translation. It is on ViewMate at the following addresses ...

Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page.

Thank you very much.

David Jacobowitz

Seeking Hannelore Mollt Dehne of MAGDEBURG #germany

Myra Fournier

I am seeking information about Hannelore Dehne (nee: Mollt) who was born in Magdeburg on March 17, 1938.
Hannelore married my first cousin Wolfgang Dehne (nee: Klappholz) on June 17, 1967 in Magdeburg.
They were divorced on June 9, 1971.
I just learned of Wolfgang's existence last year and that he died in Magdeburg in 2012.
I have been searching for any of his family or acquaintances.
Any leads gratefully appreciated.

Myra Fournier
Bedford, MA U.S.A.

Re: Apparent Change to Ancestry Messaging #dna

Max Heffler

I also ask for e-mail since it is much quicker to reply, especially when I am at the office, and it is easily searchable


Max Heffler

Houston, TX


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Sent: Thursday, March 11, 2021 4:04 AM
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Subject: Re: [] Apparent Change to Ancestry Messaging


If I receive a message on Ancestry, when I reply I always ask the sender to change to using my normal email instead of continuing on Ancestry messaging. It's much more reliable.


Alan Cohen



Max Heffler
Houston, TX

ViewMate translation request - Polish #translation #poland


I've posted a vital record in Polish for which I need a translation. It is on ViewMate at the following address ...
Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page.
Thank you very much.

Dany Rajswing

ViewMate translation request - Russia and Polish #poland #translation


I've posted a vital record in Polish for which I need a translation. It is on ViewMate at the following address ...
Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page.
Thank you very much.
Dany Rajswing

Re: Advice and assistance needed with burial record Velenta Cemetery Oradea Romania #romania #records

Awesome Properties

Where can I search for the original burial record from where Jewishgen transcribed for Oradea Romania Velente cemetery? I've tried contacting Roger Adler but wasn't successful yet.
Rachel Malik

Searching Silver Descendants #unitedkingdom #canada #usa #general


For many years I have been trying to trace my great grandparents roots before they came to the UK, using many genealogy sites to no avail as I have very limited information on them which came from their marriage authorisation as they married in the UK in 1893. Family lore has it they met on the boat coming over. There is no evidence of them arriving with family. Their names were Jane Cohen (Sheina b'r Bentzion) from Courland and Jack Silver (Yehonatan b'rYehoshue) from "Russia-Poland" who had a brother Tzvi.
I'm now trying to trace descendants of their children who moved from the UK to see if they have any further information. Specifically I am looking for descendants of:
Abraham Silver(1908 Swansea - 2003 Winnipeg, Canada) known to have married Celia Davies and have 2 children. Jack/John Silver (1934 Swansea - 2002 Winnipeg). He had 3 daughters Amanda, Christine & Lena all born in Winnipeg. Abraham also had a daughter Annette (1934 Swansea - 1984 Winnipeg). Her death is listed as Silver so it may be she never married?
I'm also looking for the descendants of Samuel Silver (1897 London - 1982 Dade, Florida) Sam married Sadie Cohen and I know they had 1 son Cyril but I cannot trace any details of him.
Finally I'm looking for descendants of Gertrude (Leakh) and Isaac Kauffman. Gertrude was born in 1907 in London and died in a car accident in Haifa in 1972. They lived in Liverpool and had 2 sons Gerald (1931-2004) who married Angela Mass and they had a son Michael Jonathan and a daughter Karen. Gertrude's second son was called Brian, born in Liverpool in 1937. I have a very vague recollection that he may have emigrated to Israel but that is a very distant memory!
If anyone can help with any information at all I'd be very grateful. Sorry for the long post
Rachel Poole

Searching: LEVIN/E- Belarus, UK, SILVER - UK, Russia/Poland, COHEN- - Latvia, UK, LYPSYZC/LIFSHITS/LYONS - Belarus, UK, USA

Re: 1939 Refugee Routes from Poland #poland

Jill Whitehead

I have recently done a talk for the JGSGB on the Jewish family that occupied my house for nearly 50 years. One of them Ladislav Dukes escaped in May/June 1939 from Bratislava in Slovakia down the Danube via Budapest to the Romanian coast at Tulcea/Constantia on a Polish boat arranged by Zionist groups. He then got on a Greek registered boat for Palestine (the Liesel), but the boat was captured and its occupants arrested by the British in early June 1939 (details on Paul Silverstone's website).

Ladislav signed up to the Free Czech army and was taken to Marseilles later in November 1939. His Marseilles enlistment is on the CzechAndSlovakThings website. He then fought in the Battle of France, but the Czech and Polish troops who fought in this had to be rescued in June 1940 at several French ports notably Bordeaux, but also Marseilles, where they were taken to Britain (info from my friend David Worsfold who is writing a book on this). Ladislav likely left from Bordeaux where he may have witnessed a terrible massacre of leaving troops by the Nazis.

The Jewish soldiers who had made the Danube trip, then the Palestine trip, then fought in France, then left under the Nazi onslaught, then took part in a mutiny at Cholmondeley Camp, Chester (NW England) in protest at their treatment by Czech commanding officers in the Free Czech Army.  These experiences took its toll on Ladislav, who died in an asylum in London many years later with the equivalent of shell shock or PTSD. This will all form part 2 of an article I have written for Shemot, the journal of the JGSGB to appear later this year .

Jill Whitehead, Surrey, UK

Re: Yiddish Names-Kadshevitz Family From Anyksciai, Lithuania #names

David Shapiro

It is the same rabbi. Kalman is short for Kalonymus.

It you search for Anyksciai on the ALD you will see that all the families we have mentioned are there - Kadishevitz, Shapiro, Finn, Jaffe. They were all interrelated. There is an Anyksciai project on Family Tree DNA. If you tested there you should join, and maybe we will be able to untangle things.

David Shapiro

Translation Hebrew German #germany #translation

W. Fritzsche

Dear group,

I have posted a picture of the curtain of a Torah. I would appreciate a translation of the Hebrew text in German or English. The name of the village is probably Biebesheim.

Thank you very much in advance

Wolfgang Fritzsche, Germany


Re: Ethnicity on My Heritage #dna #general

Jill Whitehead

As I and others have repeatedly said the ethnicity percentage is mainly meaningless on any of the DNA sites for people of Jewish heritage (due to endogamous populations - ie closed communities and marriages with close relations such as 1st cousins). I would ignore them. They all give different percentages anyway and all use different population samples from different parts of the world, which may or may not assist. It is all down to algorithms in the end, and they are not a substitute for reality checks. Our ancestors came from a variety of different areas over the last few thousand years, so it is hard to pick through this. 

Jill Whitehead, Surrey, UK

Re: Apparent Change to Ancestry Messaging #dna

Alan Cohen

If I receive a message on Ancestry, when I reply I always ask the sender to change to using my normal email instead of continuing on Ancestry messaging. It's much more reliable.

Alan Cohen

ViewMate translation request - Russian #translation #poland

Laufer, Shmuel

A need Russian translation for 5 certificates of families from Przasnysz .

I don't need word-for-word but details such as names, dates, locations, occupations, and so on are very helpful.


A birth certificate of Estera Filut for which I need a translation. It is on ViewMate at the following address ...


 A marriage Certificate Moshe Talarek y Sura Fink for which I need a translation. It is on ViewMate at the following address ...


A death certificate of Moshe Talarek for which I need a translation. It is on ViewMate at the following address ....


A birth certificate of Moshe Zyman for which I need a translation. It is on ViewMate at the following address ....


 A death certificate of Chaia Sura Zyman for which I need a translation. It is on ViewMate at the following address ....


Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page.

 Thanks in advance


Shmuel Laufer

Rehovot -Israel

 Research: Laufer (Przasnysz, Poland); Domb (Pultusk, Poland); Bruckman (Sarnaki, Poland); Zelazo (Sarnaki, Poland); Preschel (Berhomet, Chernivets'ka, Ukraine), Leder (Berhomet, Chernivets'ka, Ukraine); Schnap (Berhomet, Chernivets'ka, Ukraine); Mitelman (Chelm, Poland); Tenerman (Dubienka, Poland)

Eisenhandler connections #general


Some time ago I posted a message concerning Werner Eisenhandler connections on behalf of my husband’s cousin. I received some replies at the time but wasn’t able to see any further connections. However, one of the replies, from Reba Solomon, indicated some possible Eisenhandler Metzger connections. We would like to investigate this possibility in more detail as well as any other Eisenhandler connections out there!
I can be contacted via the following email address: mjacobsfr@....
Thank you so much in advance for any help you can provide.
Best regards,
Maggie Jacobs
Just for the record (and trying to follow the guidelines for posts), I was born in Scotland but have spent most of my life in France.

Falkenflik/Falk #usa #ukraine #poland #names #galicia


I’m trying to find the descendants of my great-aunt, Sure Lea Falkenflik. She was born in 1887 in Borszczow to Mendel Falkenflik and Chaje Breine Gezler. She emigrated to New York, arriving on May 11, 1907. That’s the last I can find of her. She probably shortened the last name to Falk (if she didn’t get married first). If this sounds familiar to anyone, please get in touch. Thank you!
Carol Sorgen


Re: Question about New York City Marriage Records #records

Richard Werbin

I have spent a lot of time at the Municipal Archives and have looked at both Marriage License Applications & Marriage Certificates.
The Archives have the Certificates only through about 1938. These have been digitized and you view them there on a PC.
They have the Licenses up to about 1948. These are only on microfilm.
The Certificates have 2 small pages: front & back.
The Licenses are 3 - 4 larger pages.
The last page of the License is usually a transcription of all the information on the certificate.
If it is not a first marriage, Licenses will also include the outcome of the first marriage (divorce, death, etc.)  & the name of the first spouse.

It is always better to get the License Application. It has more information than the certificate.
Also, if the handwriting is hard to read, the License may have the information both on page 1 & 2. That doubles your chance of reading correctly.
Richard Werbin    New York, New York     JGSNY Membership Vice President

Re: Question about New York City Marriage Records #records

A. E. Jordan

The license was issued first and as people said it was permission to marry. It was not mandatory but most people got it. Then they got married and both the license and the certificate were filled out with the details. The license went to the NYC Clerk and the marriage certificate went to the Health Department. Later i the 1930s the duplication went away but that does matter to you.

Both documents asked for the name, address, profession, age, place of birth, parent's name and place of birth and if it was the first marriage. The City Clerk doing the license asked for more specific answers sometimes and if either person admitted that they had been married before the clerk asked for etails, ie when and where they were divorced or if the prior spouse(s) was living or dead. Also if the bride was young the clerk asked for parential consent. Some of the license files have supporting documents attched if there was a divorce or a parential consent.

When the ceremony was performed the details were filled out and the witnesses signed the documents. Then they were returned to the two offices and now on microfilm.

You can order original copies from the NYC Municipal Archives but you pay for each separately. The certificates only are also at the LDS Family History Centers and some people have a trick to get them now by sitting in the parking lots.  The records are free at the LDS.

The LDS also has summariized a lot of them on but sometimes there are errors.

The licenses and the certificates are all indexed online at various pages.

Hope that helps. Questions please feel free to write back.

Allan Jordan

-----Original Message-----
From: David Levine <davidelevine@...>
To: main@...
Sent: Tue, Mar 9, 2021 11:59 am
Subject: [] Question about New York City Marriage Records #records

Hi everyone

I am new to NYC marriage records. I understand that not all records are online though a number of indexes are and that the coverage is not complete.
I also understand that you can order records here from the NYC Municipal Archive:

My Question is this. I have found an index ancestry for relatives:
Volume 11:

There are no other records that I can find for this Index entry online
What is the difference between a marriage certificate and a marriage license? 
And, is the information in the screenshot what I use to order the marriage certificate / license from the NYC Municipal Archive?


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