Viewmate translation-tombstone Malke Weisinger #translation

Milton Koch

I've posted a tombstone in German and Hebrew for which I need a translation. It is on ViewMate at the following address ...

I am aware that some of the image is not very legible, but any/all words and especially names, that can be identified would be greatly appreciated.
Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page.
Thank you very much.
Milton Koch
Bethesda, MD, USA

Translation please - Polish to English - birth record Ruchel Zlatte LANGER FELD, 1892 #galicia #poland #records

Selma Sheridan

My father's father was Israel SIGAL false FELD.  He referred to Ruchel as his cousin.  Her name was changed to Regina LANGER, in Vienna and in NYC.  Her birth record says that her mother was Esther Freude FELD, but I have no further information about her and her family.  I hope that the addendum in her birth record may explain more about her connection to my father's family.  Many thanks for any help you can provide!

Oswego NY USA
Researching: BAUCHMANN (Potok Zloty), BEUTEL (Skalat), CYNOWER (Budapest), ERLICHMAN (Lodz), FELD (Podhajce, Tarnopol), HERSCHER (Budapest, Lens), LANGER (Granicesti, Tarnopol, Vienna), LEMLER (Krakow, Vienna), OJSERKIS (Podhajce), PULVER (Vienna), RAUCH (Vienna), RITTER (Budapest), SIGAL (Kozova, Vienna), SWARTZ (Vienna)

Naturaliztion papers for Samuel Steinhardt #usa #records

Peter Heilbrunn

Samuel Steinhardt born abt 1855, emigrated from Austria or possibly Hungary to America in 1875. He is shown as naturalized on the 1920 US Federal census. How do I go about obtaining his naturalization papers?


Peter Heilbrunn
Amersham, England.

Re: Full Naturalization Record Help #records

Alan Reische

The Kings County application calls for extensive information on the applicant. I'm searching for additional information concerning an 1897 Petition in the Southern District of NY. That petition does not call for similar detail. Are there other underlying documents that would have been submitted to the Southern District along with the Petition itself that might contain additional detail?
The Petition can be found at Family Search at the following:

I appreciate any comments on this, and kind regards

Alan Reische

Alan Reische (searching Reische, Galicia)
Manchester NH

Re: Full Naturalization Record Help #records

Gary Pokrassa

These petitions are indeed on Family Search but not indexed.   You cannot find them by searching in records.   Go to the dropdown menu for search and click on catalogs.
Then under "place" type United States"
Scroll down to the 4th page where you will find "United States - Naturalization and Citizenship (73)
click on that and armed with your petition number you can find your petition number listed i the proper file for that number series

This also work for NY Southern District Court - just scroll own further from the Eastern District - and for many other court jurisdictions throughout the USA
Gary Pokrassa
Data Acquisition Director
Ukraine Research Division

Re: Recommend a book on the origins of the Hungarian Jews? #hungary #general


Hello Michael,
I have been doing research in this area for several years. I agree that Patai's book is an excellent summary. However, since your area of interest is extremely large and some relevant material is likely to be in Hungarian, you may have to go country by country and see what you can find. 
Also, it depends on how much detail you want to have.
I would suggest looking at various Atlas publications. The most useful to start with would be "Historical Atlas of Central Europe" by Paul Robert Magocsi.
Anne-Marie Pollowy Toliver (born Balázs)
Orangeville, Ontario, Canada
Alsoság in Vas county

Re: Translation needed: Polish script to English and Russian Cyrillic Script to English - KLEPFISZ #translation #warsaw

Kris Murawski

Record No. 681
Signed in Warsaw City District 4 on August 20/September 1, 1865.
Recorded birth on August 13/25, 1865 at house 1101 of Krajndla daughter of husband and wife , Dawid Mordka Klepfisz age 20 residing with his parents at house 1101 and Etta Laia Ruda age 18 now residing with husband.
Witnesses were Wolf Gelender property owner age 30 residing at 917 (he signed) and Mosiek Rotblat tailor age 27 residing at 1460 (he couldn’t write).
Kris Murawski
Raleigh, North Carolina

Gesher Galicia welcomes two new Archival Advisors #galicia #poland #announcements

Gesher Galicia SIG

Gesher Galicia is honored to welcome two new archivists to serve on our board of Archival Advisors. They are:
Olesia Yuryevna Stefanyk, Director of the Central State Historical Archives of Ukraine in Lviv (TsDIAL), and
Ewa Grin-Piszczek, Archival Custodian at the Polish State Archive in Przemyśl.

Olesia Stefanyk graduated from the Ivan Franko National University of Lviv, in the Faculty of Philology. She has been the director of TsDIAL since 2019, having previously served as deputy director for 13 years. As deputy director, she was responsible for identifying and classifying a large mass of documents relating to the Ukrainian, Polish, and Jewish communities of what is now western Ukraine. She has also represented TsDIAL at various conferences, including at the international Congress of Archivists.

Ewa Grin-Piszczek graduated in History from the Jagiellonian University in Krakow and subsequently was awarded a doctorate in History from the Mikolaj Kopernik University in Torun. She has contributed articles to many historical and archival journals, yearbooks, and dictionaries, largely about the town of Przemyśl and the wider region of south-eastern Poland. Her most recent book, from 2020, is "Power Elites of Przemyśl from the 14th Century to the Beginning of the 17th Century."

With these appointments, we look forward to a further and strengthened collaboration with these two important archives.

Please do not reply to this email. Any inquiries about Gesher Galicia should be sent to info@...

Tony Kahane
Research Coordinator, Gesher Galicia

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New York Synagogue records 1822-32 #usa #records

Hazel Dakers

Are there any New York Synagogue records for the period 1822-32? If so, where are they?


I am trying to fill a gap in the short life of Joshua Davis Norden, a London Jew who eventually settled, along with siblings, in the Cape of Good Hope (now South Africa) and died there. Unusually there is a plaque in his memory in Grahamstown Cathedral. I have a little knowledge of his life in London, b. 1804, and a considerable amount about his life and death in the Cape and have previously written of his widow and youngest son’s return to the US


However, documentary evidence shows that between 1822 (when he wrote a letter in London) and 1832 (when he joined the Albany Lodge of the Society of Freemasons in Eastern Cape South Africa), Joshua Davis Norden went to New York and married an American woman named Catherine (surname???) Their eldest son, same name as father, was born 15 February 1830 in New York – according to South African records. Can anyone help me to find records of this marriage and birth? I would hope that such records would lead me also to uncover Catherine’s surname.


Hazel Dakers, London UK researching:

BIRNBAUM (Zgierz, Poland), GOLD (Zgierz, Poland),  HEIMANN (South Africa and Luegde, Germany), NORDEN/NORDON/NORTON (London and South Africa)



Restoration of Citizenship #germany

David Seldner

Here is today's press release by the Central Council of Jews in Germany:

“Wiedergutmachungseinbürgerung” – a Gesture of Decency

The Federal Government of Germany has found a historically appropriate legal solution regarding citizenship law for victims of Nazi persecution and their descendants. The bill was passed by the cabinet today, Wednesday 24th March 2021. Until now, there had only been a decree that inadequately regulated the so-called "Wiedergutmachungseinbürgerung" (naturalisation of victims of Nazi persecution within the framework of reparations).

The Central Council of Jews had been lobbying intensively for a statutory right for quite some time. The fact that it has now been passed, is the result of constructive negotiations between the Central Council, the Federal Ministry of the Interior and the Federal Ministry of Justice.

The president of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, Dr. Josef Schuster, thus declared: "During the Nazi era, countless German Jews were forced to flee or were expatriated. What is more, Jews were fundamentally excluded from acquiring German citizenship as a consequence of racist legislation. This injustice cannot be undone. But it is a gesture of decency if both the victims and their descendants are able to claim German citizenship on legal grounds. At least the descendants of those people whom Germany did not want at that time should now have the opportunity to find their place here as citizens. It is a strong sign of confidence in Germany that victims of Nazi persecution and their children or grandchildren increasingly want to obtain German citizenship. Germany is now responding with this new legal regulation.”


Berlin, 24.03.2021 / 11. Nissan 5781



David Seldner, Karlsruhe, Germany

Help needed finding a grave in Carei-family name FARKAS #hungary #romania

michele shari

Hi JGers,
I am trying to find a grave for a cousin Farkas FARKAS (b. 1850), who also used the first name Wolf and Hebrew name Ze'ev. According to his son David Farkas' Arolson records his died in 1918 and I did find his wife Hani Weiszhausz' grave in Carei (d. 1916). There was also an Israel FARKAS (b. 1865) and we have confusion as to these 2 men and are trying to resolve it with more research and we are hitting a wall. Both men had a father with the name Mayer FARKAS, mothers were both Leah and both were born in Tasnad. According to my family notes that were written by my grandfather (Mayer FARKAS (b. 1894) and his cousin Ferencz FARKAS (b. 1892) they were first cousins, sons of 2 brothers but the records don't support this as yet so I am hoping cemetery records and anything coming online would. I have gotten help from a kind and wonder researcher who has gotten pictures of actual birth registrations but we are still missing information. 
Michele Farkas
Boynton Beach, FL
Researching Farkas, Izsak, Weiszhausz, Weiszhauz, Jakab (Tasnad, Margitta, Carei-Transylvania/Romania, and Vamospercs, Hungary)

Finding William B Steinhardt #usa #austria-czech #general

Peter Heilbrunn

When completing their Viennese FrageBogen in 1938, one of my uncles, Albert Feldmann gave Wiiliam B Steinhardt as cousin in New York. Another uncle, Ignaz Feldmann was more specific and showed a William Steinhart in New York city care of Hyde Park Hotel, 25 east 77 street.  Both uncles were given visas and made it to New York, Albert in July 1939 and Ignaz in May 1939.

I would appreciate any help in tracing this cousin.

Peter Heilbrunn
Amersham, England

Re: Different spellings of surnames #germany #names

Stephen Weinstein

On Mon, Mar 22, 2021 at 08:47 AM, Eva Lawrence wrote:
In 1901 Joseph took the trouble to enshrine the y in law, with an Amtsgericht asserting that he had been using it before the 1808 Napoleonic Edict.   
I'd be skeptical of anyone in 1901 asserting he had been using any spelling before 1808 simply because it's unlikely someone old enough to write in 1808 would still be alive in 1901.

Maybe he meant his family, or his paternal line ancestor, had been using it, not him personally.
Stephen Weinstein
Camarillo, California, USA

Re: Fuksman, Shteinberg, Reicher from Chernihiv, Zhytomyr and Radomysl #ukraine

Lisa Mellen Ben-Shoshan

Hi, Kathleen! While I don't recognize any of the names you mentioned, you might be interested in joining a Facebook group I manage for people who have roots in Radomyshl. Others in the group might have information for you. The group is
Lisa Mellen Ben-Shoshan

Mellen, Malinow, Spivak, Raskin, Spiegel/Szpigel, Milner, Caplan, Eisenblat/Aizenblat, Cohen, Frankel, Permuter, Szlamowicz, Szulenszer, Rajchland, Blaszka

Re: Different spellings of surnames #germany #names

Alan Greenberg

Cross-border names can be mysterious. My some of my HYMOVITCH
relatives in Montreal moved to New York. They immediately became
HYMOWITZ. I have another relative whose name was PEDVESOTZKY (or some
variation) which they shortened to PEDVIS. They then moved to Chicago
and went by the name SOTZKY.

I have never been able to figure out why!

Alan Greenberg
Montreal, Canada

At 2021-03-23 07:29 AM, micheleshari via wrote:
I think some of the variations in spelling is due to the script used
at that time and some is due to the conversion of the spelling from
Hebrew to the local language.
My paternal grandmother's last name was STAUBER, but all my
Montreal, Canada cousins spell it STOBER, one branch of the family
in the U.S. spells it STOUBER, the Montreal ancestor who came to NY
spells it STAUBER, ....

Michele Farkas

Looking for a Jewish Genealogy DNA Book #dna

Michelle Sandler

I just found out about another book which is from 2019. Does anyone
know about this book? This book I found on

Seed Of Israel: DNA Guide To Tracing Your Jewish Ancestry by Joshua Robbin Marks

Michelle Sandler
Westminster, California
Librarian OCJGS

Looking for a Book on Ashkenazic Jewish DNA and or Genetic Genealogy for Ashkenazic Jews #dna

Michelle Sandler

I am looking for a book on Ashkenazic Jewish DNA or Jewish Genetic
Genealogy that is newer then the book I found on WorldCat.

Tracing your Jewish DNA for family history & ancestry : merging a
mosaic of communities by Anne Hart, 2003.

Michelle Sandler MLS
Westminster California
Librarian OCJGS

Re: Town name WADZI given as "phonetically like" Veisiejai or Wiejsieje, in southeastern Lithuania by Gewishgen #poland #lithuania #belarus #russia #germany


-- His wife was born in Lithuania, so I expect he also lived in and aournd Lithuania.

Angel Kosfiszer

Richardson, Texas

Re: Help with name and address in ship's manifests #general #names #records #usa



Which Ancestry database is the 1899 card from?

I couldn't find the person on the Clinton address in the 1900 US Census.


David Weinman

WEINMAN/WEXLER/WALDMAN (Majdan, Poland), KAPLAN/MACHLIN (Slutsk, Belarus), GREENFIELD/GREENBERG (Nemyriv, Ukraine), GINGOLD (Divin, Belarus), BRALOWER/BRALVER (Botosani, Romania)

Re: Translation of document help #germany #translation



I add again the image, which got lost in my previous post.



Best wishes,


Sebastian Neumann
Dresden, Germany

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