rabbi jacob berlinger need translate names and numbers to hebrew #germany #translation

ירוחם צבי קינסטליך

hello everybody.i need translate the names and numbers to hebrew for that record.thanks a lot.
yerucham zvi kinstlich bnei barak israel.

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Re: Why Various Spellings of A Family Name #names

Sally Bruckheimer

"My great-grandfather's surname was Hoffert. However, looking at records for his newly discovered siblings show various spellings of the surname, Hoffort and Hoffart. Given they all lived in NYC, I am curious if anyone has ever heard WHY this happened."

My second rule of genealogy is that spelling doesn't count. People, up into the 20th century spelled what they heard, and immigrants couldn't spell English, even if they thought one spelling was right. My grandmother's birth record in NYC had her mother's maiden name Livingston - but it was Löwenstein; say it with a German accent and listen with an English ear, you get Livingston. You have to consider all the variants of your surname when you search, so use 'Sounds Like' or wild cards whenever you can. Soundex was made because of this as well.

Sally Bruckheimer
Princeton, NJ

Viewmate Polish translation-Selzer Grünberg #poland #translation

Milton Koch

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Milton Koch

ViewMate translation request - Polish #translation



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Re: Restoration of German Citizenship #germany

Peter Cohen

A close friend is a Holocaust survivor who left Germany for the US after Kristalnacht. She was able to recover her German citizenship. Not only that, even her grandchildren gained German citizenship.  This enabled her granddaughter to live and work in Ireland for a year.

I understand that Lithuania has a similar program. However I do not know how I would prove that my grandfather was born there since he changed his name from Kemakh to Cohen in the US and there is no documentation of the change. Although he is Kemakh on the ship's manifest, I don't see how I can prove that he and the person on the manifest are the same person.
Peter Cohen

This Sunday March 21 - JGSNY Zoom Meeting #announcements #jgs-iajgs

Phyllis Rosner

Jewish Genealogical Society NY Meeting
Sunday March 21, 2021 at 2 p.m. EDT
Zoom Webinar

Fragments that Remain: The Search for My Mother's Lost Family

Speaker: Jennie Milne

In this presentation, Jennie Milne will describe her extraordinary journey to understand her mother’s mysterious background, as well as her Jewish and Polish ancestry. Raised in a wartime babies' home in Devon, England, Jennie's mother, Elizabeth Lis, found and briefly met with her parents, individually, in the mid-1960s, but subsequently lost contact and was unable to find them later in life.

In March 2014 Jennie began searching in earnest for her grandparents.  With the assistance of expert genealogists at JewishGen, JRI-Poland and Tracing the Tribe, as well as through DNA analysis, Jennie was able to break the silence of years. In this talk Jennie will take us through the extensive research that led to her understanding, as well as to her discovery of previously unknown cousins.

Jennie Workman Milne was born in Greenwich, London, and currently lives in North East Scotland. A freelance professional photographer, Jennie holds a Master's degree in Communication Design (Photography) from Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen. She presented her family story at the 2018 IAJGS conference in Warsaw. In February of 2020 Robert Gordon University mounted an exhibition of Jennie's research project documenting Jewish survivors of terrorism in Israel, along with her photographs documenting the search for her family.    

All are welcome; attendance is free, but registration is required:

Click here to register at our website

Submitted by:
Phyllis Rosner
JGSNY VP Communications
New York, NY

Natan Noteh equivalent to one name? #names

Wayne Frankel

Dear given name mavens:

My ggg grandfather's given name is known to my family as Natan Noteh.  I don't know his wife's or his father's given name.  I am trying to connect him to a different family with almost identical surname from a different metrical record from a different district in present-day Lithuania (it is known that his daughter - my ancestor - moved from one to the other).  Those other records list the would-be identical person as Notke Eliash (and his father's name was given as Moszek).

I know that "Notke" is a diminutive - but was it used for Natan or for Noteh or for both?   How likely is it that "Notke" was used merely as short for "Natan Noteh" and that this could have been followed by another given middle name (Eliash) prior to the family name?   I'd really like to solidify the connection between as the 'other' family's tree extends a bit wider and further back than mine.  This came about because I and a living descendant from this other family have a significant DNA match, actually higher than expected, but it is hard to be precise 5 generations back (and for other reasons; DNA matches among Ashkenazi 3rd cousins or higher are often bloated because of hidden ancestry due to many generations of cousin-cousin and repeated inter-family marriages).

Thanks for any specific insight into the Natan Noteh name usage.

Wayne Frankel
Katonah, NY

Seeking information about the parents/siblings of Shraga Feivel (Feivesh) Niefeld of Stolbtsy (Stoibtz) #belarus

Arend Flick <arend.flick@...>

I am doing genealogical research for a friend whose grandfather, Philip Newfield, was born in Stolbtsy (Stoibtz), now in Belarus, in 1879. Philip emigrated first to Scotland and later to the United States, where he died in 1937. Philip's father was Shraga Feivel (Feivish) Niefeld, born probably in or near Stolbtsy around 1850. My friend is clear about the children of Shraga Feivel Niefeld but knows nothing about Shraga Feivel's parents or siblings (or nieces/nephews). We would appreciate any help on these questions.


One thing that may help: my friend is confident that a man named Max Newfield (1901-1976), who was a high school teacher and later principal in Brooklyn, was a cousin of hers, though she is not clear about how closely they were related. Max Newfield was born in England, apparently to parents who had emigrated from Stolbtsy. His father was a Joseph Newfield/Niefeld, who seems at times to have used the name Julius after he came from England to America. Joseph Newfield may have been a first cousin to Philip Newfield, though I have been unable to determine the names of his parents. We would also like to clarify the relationship of Max Newfield to my friend's Newfield family.




Arend Flick

Pasadena CA

Matzevot from Goworowo Jewish cemetery / locating photos of gravestones by Israel SHAFRAN #poland #photographs #records


I have come across some information online about two different sets of pre-war gravestones that have been recovered in Goworowo, numbering about 110 in total. This site makes reference to Israel SHAFRAN who took pictures of some of the gravestones in 2005.  Unfortunately the email for Mr SHAFRAN no longer works.
I also came across this site, which references someone called Ygdal STAV who visited Goworowo from Israel in 2001 and took up the matter of preserving the matzevot with Chief Rabbi of Poland, Michael Schudrich and the Goworowo commune.  

Can anyone put me in touch with Israel SHAFRAN or Ygdal STAV, or suggest how I can find out more?

Naomi Leon
Brighton, UK


Re: Restoration of German Citizenship #germany

Peter Heilbrunn



I too obtained German citizenship. It took 18 months. I went along to the German embassy in London and received by citizenship certificate, a lapel badge showing the British and German flags and finally a small bag of Haribo Gummy Bears inscribed with “From the Foreign ministry. As I love Gummy Bears, I thought this was a nice touch.






Peter Heilbrunn

Tel +44 (0)1494 725966

Amersham England


Re: Relationship titles #general


While your parents' first cousins are also your first cousins, once removed, in some cultures, it is a sign of respect to call all older people auntie or uncle.  This is true in Indian culture, for example. 
Barbara Sloan
Conway, SC

JGS-Montreal presents Streamlining Your Research with Our Genealogy Dashboard - March 22 #announcements #canada #jgs-iajgs

Victoria Barkoff

JGS-Montreal presents Gary Perlman, March 22 at 7:30 PM Eastern time

Streamlining Your Research with Our Genealogy Dashboard

YouTube link:

donation optional:


Gary Perlman, JGS-Montreal Webmaster and IAJGS 2020 Volunteer of the Year, has created a genealogy dashboard that launches your research of dozens of sites with a single click. Learn how it can help you in your research and maybe inspire other societies to create their own versions.

-Victoria Barkoff for JGS Montreal

Why Various Spellings of A Family Name #names

Carl Kaplan

My mother's paternal side came from Kolbuszowa in Galicia. My great-grandfather's surname was Hoffert. However, looking at records for his newly discovered siblings show various spellings of the surname, Hoffort and Hoffart. Given they all lived in NYC, I am curious if anyone has ever heard WHY this happened.  I know this is common, and there are many transliterations of a name from Yiddish, but I have never heard any reasons why various members of the same immediate family chose different spellings. I know I won't "solve" this in my own family, but am very interested in the possibilities. Thanks in advance.
Carl Kaplan

KAPLAN Minsk, Belarus
EDELSON, EDINBURG Kovno, Lithuania

Re: We believe we are related, but DNA doesn't show connection... ??? KLEPFISZ #poland #warsaw #dna

Phil Karlin

Once you get to 3rd cousin, there is a possibility of no shared DNA, though small (2.3%). As you get more distant, the odds of no shared DNA increase significantly.
International Society of Genetic Genealogy Wiki

Phil Karlin
Hartford, CT USA

Re: Restoration of German Citizenship #germany

Awesome Properties

Can you restore citizenship to descendents in Ukraine as well ? What would process be? My grandparents came from Beregsaz , formerly Czechoslovakia , now Berehove , Ukraine. Would it apply as well?
Thank you,
Rachel Malik
HERSCKOVITS Illeanda Romania
TESZLER Petri,  Barsana ,Birsana,Romania
FRIEDMAN Oradea, Marghita , Romania
LEITMAN Saniob , Romania

Re: ViewMate Translation Request: Russian Language Polish Marriage Record #poland #translation #records


In Russian:



Посад Андржеов (возможно)

Состоялось в посаде Андржеов 17-го (29-го) июня 1893-го года в 4 часа дня.  Объявляем, что в присутстсвии свидетелей Шлемы Златогуры, 39-и лет, пекаря и Мордки Квятка, 57-и лет, рабочего, жителей посаде Андржеов,  что сегодня был заключен религиозный брачный союз между Абрамом-Шмулем Чижевер, холостым, 20-и лет, стекольщиком, живущим в посаде Чижев, сыном умершего Меера-Гдали и живущей Рейзы, урожденной Цебень, с Блюмой Фенстер, девицей, 20-и лет, дочерью умершего Гершка и живущей Естеры, супругов Фенстер, живущей с матерью в посаде Андржеов. Браку этому предшествовали троекратное оглашение в Андржеовской и Чижевской синагогах - 29-го мая, 5-го и 12-го июня сего года.  Препятствий для заключения брака не заявлены.  Новобрачные заявили, что предбрачный договор между ними заключен не был.  Религиозный обряд был совершен исполняющим должность равина Андржеовского округа Лейбой Кушером.  Акт сей по прочтении равином новобрачным и свидетелям, ими и нами подписан. Новобрачные заявили, что они не грамотны.

Равин Лейба Кушер

Шлема Златогуры

Мордка Квятка

Чиновник гражданского состояния       Подпись

Translated into English:

In Russian:


 # 3

Posad Andrzeov (possibly)

It took place in the settlement of Andrzejów on June 17 (29), 1893 at 4 pm. We declare that in the presence of witnesses Shlema Zlatogura, 39 years old, a baker and Mordka Kvyatka, 57 years old, a worker, residents of the Andrzejów settlement, that today a religious marriage was concluded between Abram-Shmul Chizhever, single, 20 years old, a glazier living in the Chizhev posad, the son of the deceased Meer-Gdali and living Reiza, nee Tseben, with Bluma Fenster, a 20-year-old damsel, the daughter of the deceased Gershko and living Estera, the Fenster spouses, living with her mother in the Andrzejów posad. This marriage was preceded by a three-fold announcement in the Andrzejów and Chizhev synagogues - on May 29, June 5 and 12 this year. There are no barriers to marriage. The newlyweds said that the prenuptial agreement was not concluded between them. The religious ceremony was performed by Leiba Kusher, the acting rabbi of the Andrzejów district. This act upon reading by the rabbi to newlyweds and to witnesses, was signed by them and by us. The newlyweds said they were not literate.

Rabbi Leiba Kusher


Shlema Zlatogura


Muzzle Kvyatka


Civil Status Official Signature

Translated by Michael Ryabinky
Columbus, OH

Re: Restoration of German Citizenship #germany


I applied for restored German citizenship and received it -- it took over a year. I was able to pick up my naturalization paper at the honorary consulate in Cincinnati rather than go to Chicago. The consul was very helpful and at the same time I applied for a German passport, which I received about 6 weeks later.

Connie Springer
Cincinnati OH

Re: Restoration of German Citizenship #germany

David Lewin

That waiting time is clearly governed by one's age. I was in my 80's and had virtually no wait for the acceptance

David Lewin

At 11:23 17/03/2021, r.d.oppenheimer@... wrote:
I live in the US and I have applied for German citizenship under Article 116. I was able to provide the necessary proof, but the waiting period is extremely long. I applied in June 2019, and at that time was told I would have to wait 18-24 months for final approval. Brexit and the Covid pandemic only helped to slow down the process even more. I am still waiting 22 months later. The German Consulate in Miami was extremely helpful in pre-screening my application for the necessary supporting documents.
Richard Oppenheimer
Venice, Florida, USA

Re: Restoration of German Citizenship #germany

Judith Elam

I obtained German citizenship almost 5 years ago.  The requirements are quite specific and it is taking at least 2 years to obtain.  Brexit fueled a lot of applications.  I was already British and American.  I didn't really need it.  I just simply wanted back a small part of what was stolen from my family.  For me this was a huge step in my journey of reconciliation with the past.  But I will never forget or forgive what happened.  So there are many reasons for people applying......and they are all valid.

Judith Nathan Elam
Kihei, HI

We believe we are related, but DNA doesn't show connection... ??? KLEPFISZ #poland #warsaw #dna

Elizabeth Jackson

Hello everyone,

My "cousin" and I have both had our DNA tested and have it on MyHeritage.  Though we have not yet found our exact connection, we do believe we are cousins, albeit it may be a distant connection.  We are both descended from KLEPFISZ of Poland.  We were told once by a well known scholar (born in Poland) who was also a Klepfisz that " was a small family.  All are related".  In fact, many lived within a very small area of Warsaw.  The Klepfisz connection for each of us is only as far back as our grandparents.

We hoped that having our DNA tested would give us some clue as to our connection.  Sadly, MyHeritage is not showing us as related at all.  I understand that it is possible that if the match is many generation back, we may no longer show any shared DNA.  However, our suspicion is that the connection is not so far back and we are surprised to find no shared DNA.

As you may imagine, we are very eager to try and learn our exact connection.  The lack of DNA connection has been very disappointing.
Do any of you  have suggestions or ideas on how we might continue to research this farther?  Any help will be most appreciated!

Elizabeth Jackson
Muskegon Michigan


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