Re: Need copy of record located at LDS library - KLEPFISZ #poland #records

Sarah L Meyer

I understand that these records are only available on the FHL computers, due to legal requirements from Poland.  Since the FHL libraries are closed due to Covid, I am not sure whether using their wifi in the parking lot will work.  I have a batch of Warsaw Jewish records that I got in 2019, but there were a few that I still need to find, and I was going to go to a FHL library last year, but did not go, so I too am waiting.

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

Polish Translation Request #poland #translation

Nomi Waksberg


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.

Nomi Fiszenfeld Waksberg

(including variations in spelling)

Help with Address - Pinsk #belarus #poland


Hi All,

The 1920 immigration record for my g-grandfather lists his home address as:

Pinsk, Liskowska 2, Poland
I haven't been able to locate this address and would love any assistance that can be offered. If it helps, the name of the nearest relative at the address was listed as:
father Eisik Burman
Thank you,

David Mahler

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

Michele Lock

On Thu, Mar 18, 2021 at 02:21 PM, Phil Karlin wrote:
JRI-Poland has a neat feature called Results Mapper, that shows where surname records are found, and how prevalent they are. For the exact spelling of Klepfisz, there are 617 records in 25 different towns, some near Warsaw, and some towns not quite so near. 

Back to DNA results - Another option is to have you and your possible cousin test with AncestryDNA, since you are both likely to find more matches there, and may be able to tell if you are both from the same Klepfisz branch or unrelated Klepfisz families.

I have two relatively rare Litvak surnames in my family, Kalon and Lak (Lock). For the Lak surname, there appear to be three unrelated clusters of families with the surname, in Telsiai, Zagare, and Vilnius. For Kalon, there appears to be two unrelated clusters of families, in Telsiai and Joniskis. I've had a hard time explaining to some of my relatives that not all Jewish Locks or Jewish Kalons are related.  
Michele Lock

Lock/Lak/Lok and Kalon/Kolon 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/Lev/Lew in Trenton, New Jersey and Lida/Vilna gub., Belarus

Searching for art stolen from German Jewish family. #germany

Herbert Lazerow

   One website is
Herbert Lazerow
Professor of Law, University of San Diego
5998 Alcala Park, San Diego CA 92110 U.S.A.
(619)260-4597 office, (858)453-2388 cell, lazer@...
Author: Mastering Art Law (2d ed. Carolina Academic Press 2020)

Herbert Lazerow
Professor of Law, University of San Diego
5998 Alcala Park, San Diego CA 92110
Author: Mastering Art Law (Carolina Academic Press, 2d ed. 2020)

Romania Research Division Update #romania #announcements #records #JewishGenUpdates

Michael Moritz


Hello from JewishGen’s Romania Research Division! I am writing with several important updates, which I’m excited to share with you all. Please see the attached document (at this link), which covers the following:
  1. Change of Leadership

  2. Significant Correction to Online Records Database - Thousands of “New” Records

  3. The New “Romanian Vital Records Collection”

  4. New and Upcoming Data Uploads

  5. Next Projects

  6. New Website

  7. Get Involved/Donate

  8. Romanian Archives Begins Project to Digitize All Historical Vital Records
  9. Iasi Archives Places Entire List of Births Online (1865 to 1913)

Michael Moritz (NY)
Director, Romania Research Division

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

Roger Kingsley

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

Harlene Rosenberg

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

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