Re: Barysaw Belarus Jewish Records #belarus #records

Harold Love

I’d consider it.

Harold Love
Pittsburgh, PA

How to display details of documents on the Danzig database #danzig #records


Hereafter details present on the Danzig database of which I would like to know more:
Question 1) how will I be able to display rhe contents of the various volumes listed?

Question 2)
I know that Bertha HIRSCH was the wife of Jacob LEVIN (under Napoleontic laws family name changed to PERLBACH). How would  the spouse's name have been? Yacov ben ...?

Ron Peeters(NL)

Re: surname translation #yiddish #ukraine #names #russia

Seth Jacobson

Benin is an abbreviated variant of Benjamin, appears already in Beider's Dictionaly of Jewish Surnames in the Russian Empire, it can also be a given name.

Seth Jacobson

Re: Balassagyarmat street names/maps #hungary

Peter Absolon

Hi Emma,

I don't know much details about Balassagyarmat's individual street names. I'm however sending you the 1848 town map, the only one I have.
Please try to get in touch with Viktor Bauer, a local guy who originally provided this map. I'm sure he would be able to tell you more.

Peter Absolon

Re: Wolk family of Lithuania #lithuania

Jill Whitehead

Have you tried different spellings? About 20 years ago I worked with a Carol Volk from London. Volk is quite a common Jewish name in London. In the Polish-Lithuanian lands in the 19th century, they used the Polish language where there was a W but no V. But when such families migrated westwards the W became V.

This happened in my father's family where Serwianski became Serviansky (US), Servian (UK), Server (UK) and Sirvan (US) in UK and US.

Jill Whitehead nee Servian, Surrey, UK

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

Jill Whitehead

You should always beware small chromosome segments as these often give what is called false positives. There is a reason why most companies only give results above 5cm or more commonly 7cm for each segment. You are more likely to find relations the larger the  size of the individual chromosome segment. I tend to look for those above 20cm and over. 

Jill Whitehead, Surrey, UK

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

Kenneth Ryesky

When I was teaching at Queens College CUNY, I often walked the 2 blocks to the Main Street rear gate of Mt. Hebron to take volunteer photos.  But now, geography impedes me, but others have accommodated my Find-a-Grave requests following my Aliyah.

Ken Ryesky,  Petach Tikva, Israel     kenneth.ryesky@... 

GERTZIG, BRODSKY; Yelizavetgrad, Ukraine
IZRAELSON, ARSHENOV; Yevpatoriya, Ukraine (Crimea)

Re: Why Various Spellings of A Family Name #names

Stephen Weinstein

On Wed, Mar 17, 2021 at 07:15 AM, Carl Kaplan wrote:
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.
The correct answer is

 Because each person decided individually how to spell it; there was no need or reason for consistency.

However, I think we should go back to doing it for the following reasons:

1. So that when mail comes addressed to Mr. so-and-so, with only a surname and no given name, we know who should open it.

2. So that genealogy doesn't become so easy that it is no long challenging enough and becomes boring.

3. So that collection agencies won't be able to find and harass the relatives of anyone who didn't pay their credit card bill or other debts.

Stephen Weinstein
Camarillo, California, USA

Re: Translation of document help #germany #translation

Odeda Zlotnick

 Yetche wife of Avraham 164
Yetchi daughter of David 171
Yente wife of Shmuel [Samuel] 188
Yetchi daughter of Shmuel [Samuel] 199
Yetchi daughter of Aharon Klonimus
Yittl wife of Natan 500
Yetchi wife of Yosef 530
Yente wife of Yaakov 563
Yittl wife of David 570
Yetchi daughter of Isaac 676
Yente wife of Peretz 729
Yitta daughter of Wolf 748
Yitchi daughter of Nachum

All the names spelled with "tch" shuold be prononced with "t" and then "ch" (like the "ch" in the German word "Ich".
Since is Itzig is a variant of Isaac, the name I  marked in bold is a good candidate.
Odeda Zlotnick
Jerusalem, Israel.

Re: Translation of document help #germany #translation


As others have said the abbreviated date stands for the 21st of the first month of Adar. 
It would be very hard to determine if one of the people on this list is Henriette with only the limited information we have. There is a Yetchi daughter of Yitzchak (#676), this could be her if we assume that Itzig was her father's name and was short for Yitzchak, but there's no real reason to conclude this without more information. 
Do you know her husband's name because some of the women are listed as wife of ...? Also, as this list seems to be part of a larger record, is there a reason that you believe Henriette is on this page specifically?
Binyamin Kerman
Baltimore MD 

Re: Handwriting Help #records


On Sat, Mar 20, 2021 at 05:22 PM, The Becker's Email wrote:
I used the URL you included and that gave me Ancestry and the original manifest and I was able to zoom in to try to read.  Hinde's contact in the country from whence she came was her mother Blume Pela??sl, Savatzsky St., Wegdarovtz, Russia.  I can't find this town on jewishgen townfinder.  I checked out and their transcription lists other person as Bleyne Pelaunsh.  

Johanna Becker
Newport, RI



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Barysaw Belarus Jewish Records #belarus #records

Michelle Sandler

Is anyone interested in getting a group rate to have Yuri Dorn get
records from the archives for our families from Barysaw (Borisov)
Belarus. I am interested in getting a group together to save money.

Michelle Sandler
Westminster, California

Reminder: Gesher Galicia President Steven Turner JewishGen Talk This Tues 2:00PM EDT #education #galicia #poland #ukraine #JewishGenUpdates

Steven Turner

The title of the talk is "Highlighting the Partnership between Gesher Galicia and JewishGen."

You can register for the March 23rd 2:00PM EDT talk here
We look forward to seeing you. Thank you.

Steven Turner

Re: Triangulating matches #dna


I use a spreadsheet, as it can be sorted easily.  I think I started with a spreadsheet generated through MyHeritage and adapted it for my needs.  In the file, I have one sheet sorted by the name/username and another sorted by chromosome, so I can see matches from MH and FTDNA together.  I also have a sheet listing my strongest DNA matches based on various criteria.  


Ellen Morosoff Pemrick 
Saratoga County, NY


Re: Natan Noteh equivalent to one name? #names


On Sat, Mar 20, 2021 at 02:22 PM, Howard Nightingale wrote:
Natan and Noteh are separate names
According to Alexander Beider's reference of Yiddish names, it is the same name, from Nosn.
Here is the full list of Yiddish names associated with Nosn:
Nasan, Nason, Natan, Natsko, Neytel, Nosan, Nosel, Nosen, Noson, Nota, Note, Notel, Notka, Notko, Nusen, Nusin, Nuson, Nus, Nusya, Nuta

Mike Vayser

Proposed Day to Devote to Holocaust Survivors #holocaust

Jan Meisels Allen

We are familiar with International Holocaust Remembrance Day January  27th commemorated in each year as the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp and Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Memorial Day begins in 2021 at sunset on Wednesday April 7 and is commemorated on Thursday April 8. It corresponds to the 27th day of Nisan on the Hebrew calendar. It marks the anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising.


A new commemorative day is being proposed for Holocaust survivors. Jonathan Ornstein, director of the JCC Krakow in Poland, and Michael Berenbaum, director of the Sigi Ziering Institute at the American Jewish University, have jointly proposed a new holiday. Holocaust Survivor Day would be celebrated on June 26, the birthday of a prominent Polish survivor and advocate, Marian Turski.


They proposed June 26 because it is the birthday of Marian Turski. Born Mosze Turbowicz in 1926, Turski survived Auschwitz and the 1945 death march of prisoners from that camp to Buchenwald. Following liberation Turski moved to Warsaw, where he is involved in the work of the Association of the Jewish Historical Institute in Poland, the Association of Jewish Combatants and Victims of the Second World War and the Polin Museum of the History of Polish Jews.

To read more see:


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


Changes in IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee #records #announcements #jgs-iajgs

Jan Meisels Allen

Dear JewishGen Discussion Group Subscribers:


I am writing to advise you of two changes to the IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee which is responsible for the IAJGS Records Access Alert and replying to proposed legislation and regulations affecting records access.


First, we are delighted to add to our committee, Peter Graber-Lipperman. He goes by Pete. He recently retired as Corporate VP and Associate General Counsel of United Technologies Corp and formerly Vice President and General Counsel of Sikorsky Aircraft. In both he worked on federal legislation and regulations. Located in Connecticut, he is a recent member of JGS-NY, Inc.


Secondly, we announce the retirement of Paul Silverstone, who was appointed by the IAJGS Board to the committee in 2004. For a number years he served as IAJGS treasurer (2009-2015). Paul is an active, almost nonagenarian, who recently relocated from New York City to Vancouver, British Columbia to be closer to his family. Paul served on the JGSNY Board of Directors for many years.  He has dual citizenship between Canada and the U.S. Paul has written a number of books on ships and is an internationally recognized naval authority known for his many books and articles on warships. He is author of US Warships of WWII and editor of the naval notes column of Warship International, the quarterly journal of the international Naval Research Organization. He is currently writing another book!


The IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee:

Jan Meisels Allen  Chairperson,                                    JGS Conejo Valley and Ventura County (JGSCV)

In alphabetical order:

Peter Graber-Lipperman                                               JGSNY, Inc

Teven Laxer                                                                     JGS Sacramento

Bert Lazerow                                                                   San Diego JGS

Mark Nicholls                                                                  JGS Great Britain

Catherine Youngren                                                       JGS Vancouver, BC, Canada

Ken Bravo, ex officio   President, IAJGS                      JGS Cleveland


The IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee currently is comprised of two retired lobbyists, a retired general counsel, an active law professor, a word-smith extraordinaire, two international representatives-all active in their personal genealogy! Your committee has an excellent complement of talent to represent IAJGS on the many issues facing records access worldwide, so we can all do our genealogy research with hopefully a limited intrusion to our advocation and for some vocation.


Note:  All appointments are approved by the IAJGS Board of Directors

The JGS listed is the “home” JGS of the member as some of us belong to multiple JGSs.


For those interested in registering (its free) to the IAJGS Records Access Alert  go to:  You will receive an email response that you have to reply to or the subscription will not be finalized. It is required to include your organization affiliation (genealogy organization, etc.) To access the IAJGS Records Access Alert archives go to:  You must be registered to access the archives.


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee





Re: Handwriting Help #records

The Becker's Email

I used the URL you included and that gave me Ancestry and the original manifest and I was able to zoom in to try to read.  Hinde's contact in the country from whence she came was her mother Blume Pela??sl, Savatzsky St., Wegdarovtz, Russia.  I can't find this town on jewishgen townfinder.  I checked out and their transcription lists other person as Bleyne Pelaunsh.  

Johanna Becker
Newport, RI

Re: Natan Noteh equivalent to one name? #names

Howard Nightingale

Natan and Noteh are separate names
My great uncle was known as Natan Noteh and that was on his passport as well

Howard Nightingale

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