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

Avi Bitron

Thank you very much for the interesting link. I have a few questions regarding those lists.
I see that they have additional info there, not only the 1857 census. Did you manage to get information related to real estate ownership from the various records? If you did, which one was it? According to your findings, was a certain house number in Stanislawow referring to one house or sometimes you saw that 2 different houses in 2 different parts of the city had the same number?
What do you mean by different volumes? There are 13 different results in the link you sent. Do you mean that in each and every link of the 13, there is a referral to the same house?
Would you happen to know what is the reason to each house number there is a fraction attached, such as 1/4, 2/4 or 3/4? What is the meaning of that?

Thank you again so much.

Best regards,

Avi Bitron

Why Various Spellings of A Family Name #names


It may also have something to do with local accents.  One of my Akabas ancestors, who died in Boston, had her name listed as Arkabes on her death certificate: the "r" is the famous "Boston r" that appears elsewhere after disappearing from words like "pahk ya cah in Hahvahd yahd."
Yale Zussman

Searching for art stolen from German Jewish family. #germany


I would like to know if anyone has searched for art objects stolen or confiscated by the Nazis during the Third Reich. Especially helpful would be specific web sites that can locate art that might be in museums or private collections or even archived waiting for descendants of Holocaust victims or survivors to claim them.
Roger P. Kingsley

Klepfisz Cousins DNA #dna

Susan Sorkenn

I went to college (CCNY) with Irena Klepfisz, who was born in the Warsaw Ghetto. Her father, Michael, was a hero defender. She and her mother made it to Sweden after the war and then to NYC, where her mother worked for YIVO. Irena is a poet and Yiddishist and teaches at Barnard College. I visited Warsaw a few years ago and saw her father’s grave and memorials to him at the cemetery and in the Polin Museum. Perhaps she is a relative.

Susan Kurtin Sorkenn

My great uncle FISERAS / FISHER from Utena, Lithuania #lithuania #general

Audrey Levin

Looking for info about my great uncle Jankelis/Jankel Fiseras/Fisher from Utena, Lithuania. Married to Sonia Pikeraite/Piker. They had 3 children. He was born about 1899 in Utena. She was born about 1898 in Anyksciai, Lithuania. They married in Anyksciai on Sept. 21, 1923. His father was Girsas/Harry Fiseras/Fisher. His mother was Dobra/Dora Margolis. Both were from Utena.

Audrey Levin
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#translation #yiddish #translation #yiddish


Hello!  I'd greatly appreciate assistance in translating this letter from Yiddish to English.  It is from a packet of documents and letters belonging to my grandparents. 
This letter is from my great-grandfather to my grandfather, and hopefully offers an insight to this generation of my family!  VM91490 has been translated and is included, with translation, for reference. VM91489 has not been translated.  
Please respond via the forms provided on the ViewMate image page.
Thank you, in advance, for your time and expertise!
Harlene Rosenberg
Researching:  ARONSON (Kolno, Poland & Cleveland), GAVURIN (Slonim, Grodno, Poland), GANCEVITZ (Neshvis, Russia), ZARETSKY (Gomel, Belarus)

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


I, too, would be interested to see census information for the small towns of Kossow and Zablotow.  I believe they were in the general area.  Thanks for any leads.

Lisa Bracco,

Re: Why Various Spellings of A Family Name #names

Adelle Gloger

This discussion has centered around variant spellings of surnames. It isn't just spellings, it could also be pronunciation of that name.
 My late mother-in-law who arrived in NYC in 1906 (8 years old) showed up on the 1910 US Census, and on her naturalization documents in the early 1940s indicating the name with which she entered  the country was HAMSHANSKY.  For years I searched that name, and came up empty handed.
Years ago on one of the JewishGen digests someone, in general, suggested repeating the name with, in this case, a Russian/Yiddish accent. I did just that and found, not only my mother-in-law and her brothers, but two older sisters who had arrived here several years earlier. The name was -- CHRAMZENKE. When I found the passenger list, that was the name listed. Incidentally, somewhere the family name became ORCHEN.  Go figure!!
Adelle Weintraub Gloger
Cleveland, Ohio

Weinstein, Romm, Rutsch, Pollack, Vilna #lithuania

Susan Sorkenn

I’ve been trying to find references to my ggggrandparents and gggrandfather from Vilna. How do I spell Weinstein so I can find them in records? Where can I look? Reb Yossel Weinstein was a rosh yeshiva. His wife, Zelda, was a commission merchant for Polish nobles. They had 9 children, one, my gggfather, Moishe Aaron Weinstein, was a tax auditor. Yossel and Zelda were born C. 1810-12.
She lived to be 104-6. The family name was Romm?
To avoid conscription, Yossel was “adopted” by a childless Weinstein relative. An uncle was Isaac Ben Moshe Rumsch, who translated the definitive version of Robinson Crusoe into Hebrew, which was considered a desecration of the Hebrew language. So, what was the original name? What was Zelda’s maiden name? How was Weinstein spelled so I can find records? They were wealthy, so they paid taxes. I can’t find tax records. Looking for Isaac and Celia Pollack also. She was a granddaughter, my grandmother’s sister. He owned a cotton plantation in Tashkent, also wealthy, until the Bolsheviks nationalized it but let him run it because their sons had revolutionary sympathies. An engineer son was given a new apartment in Moscow with a room for his parents after the Revolution.

Susan Kurtin Sorkenn
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Rose Heffler gravestone picture found #photographs

Milton Koch

Thank you-I have the picture I requested.
Milton Koch

Orange County California Jewish Genealogy Society Meeting Sunday March 21st 10:00 am #jgs-iajgs #announcements #events

Michelle Sandler

The Orange County California Jewish Genealogy Society is having their
monthly meeting on Sunday March 21st at 10:00 am. Todd Knowles will
speak on what's new at the Family History Library. You can register at Registration is required. Members are free and for
non members we charge $5. Membership is $25 per year.

Michelle Sandler
Westminster California
Publicity OCJGS

Re: Why Various Spellings of A Family Name #names

Peter Cohen

My mother's maiden name was TUROFF, but her father was TUROF. Both lived in Brooklyn. My grandfather lived 52 years after he came to the US so there was plenty of time to make adjustments if either thought it was necessary.

Go figure... Any attempt at explaining it would be pure speculation.
Peter Cohen

Re: "The Old Cemetery Tel-Aviv" book #belarus

Moe D

My 2nd great grandmother's maiden name was vernikovsky. Her name was pesha, married to rabbi yaakov moshe charlap. Her father's name was Michel and mother sosi or sosil. Perhaps its the same family. If yes I'd like to get more info of the family, since I dont have much.
All the best.

Moe Dinkel

Re: Relationship titles #general

Sarah L Meyer

I remember calling my father's first cousin "Uncle Joe".  Yes he was my 1C1R but that would not be how I would have addressed him.  And "cousin" itself is an ambiguous term.  I also had a dear friend who was my mother's age and there was no relation between us.  However my children called her "Aunt Alice".

Sarah L Meyer
Georgetown TX
BIRGARDOVSKY, EDELBERG, HITE (CHAIT), PERCHIK Russia (southern Ukraine) and some Latvia or Lithuania

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

Phil Karlin

So having addressed the limits of dna, it's back to genealogy. I did a search on Klepfisz, there are almost 1000 in JRI-Poland. Are you sure you can't go back further on your trees? 

Can you trace your respective families to a particular place or places in Poland? 

When were they there? 

Your first task is to place both families in the same place at the same time. Start (if you haven't already) by searching the Jewishgen Unified Search. 

Phil Karlin
Hartford, CT USA

family of Abraham and Judes (Yehudith) Grunberg #holocaust

Milton Koch

I am looking for any descendants of this couple, who apparently perished in the Shoah.
I believe they were all born in Trembowla.
Their children were: Esther, Shoshana, Shmuel, Yehuda.
Judes Ginsburg nee Selzer was also from Trembowla.
Thank you.
MIlton Koch
Bethesda, MD, USA

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

Darlene Glenn

You might also try to see if you have any common Klepfisz dna matches in common. It may be that you inherited some dna through that possibly common relative and someone else a different portion.

Darlene Glenn
Santa Ana, CA

Researching: Danis/Flom (Detinka from Dombrowitza, Ukraine), Primack (Montchelek, Ukraine), Manekofsky (Drosnic, Ukraine), Abramowitz (Jekabpils, Latvia)

request for gravestone picture at Mt. Hebron Flushing, NY #photographs

Milton Koch

I would appreciate a photograph of the gravestone of ROSE HEFFLER, buried at Mt. Hebron cemetery, Flushing, NY.
Here are the details of her plot:
Block 17, Ref 5, Sec E/F, Line 10, Grave 1
Thank you.
Milton Koch Bethesda, MD.

Translation request - viewmate 38329 - Polish & Yiddish #translation

Paul Silverstone

I've posted a page from a student autograph book with messages in Polish and Yiddish  for which I need a translation.   This is from Makow Mazowiecki and dates from around 1920.   I am anxious to find out who wrote and what they said.
It is on ViewMate at the following address ...
Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page.
Thank you very much.
Paul Silverstone
West Vancouver, BC  (formerly of NYC)

Re: Natan Noteh equivalent to one name? #names


Natan is Hebrew and Noteh is a Yiddish name that is often used as an equivalent, either together with Natan or in place of it. Notke could therefore be a diminutive for someone named Natan or Noteh or both names together. An additional middle name following that is definitely possible.
I think in your case finding something else that confirms Eliash would be the biggest help. Eliash is much less common than other similar names like Elisha or Elya (a variant of Eliyahu/Elijah). If you can find other mentions of any of these names in your family it might get you closer to figuring out if your Natan Noteh is the same person.
Good luck!
Binyamin Kerman
Baltimore MD

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