Re: please translate from Hebrew (marriage record in Russia) #translation

Yitschok Margareten

Dentist Mayer son of Yitzchok Emdin with (never married) girl Baila daughter of ??? merchant from Yelna Shmuel son of Zalmen Tzerniak 

Ketuba as per the Torah* 28 Ruble witnesses (the information of the witnesses is difficult to dechipher) 

2nd of Adar /14th of February 

Rabbi Yaakov Chefetz 

Female: 30 
Male: 39 
No.: 8 

Yitschok Margareten

Re: Info on Jewish refugees in Central Asia during the War #ukraine


In the spring of 1955, while stationed with the U. S. Air Force in Japan, i was invited to attend  a Passover seder being held at the Jewish Community Center in Tokyo, Japan! I was fortunate to have a long conversation with young men, about my age at the time (20-21y.o.) who, when asked by me as to how they came to live in Tokyo, I was told their story. It seems that young Jewish men, to escape the WWI draft in eastern Europe, fled eastward, across Asia and pleaded to the Japanese to allow them to emigrate and become Japanese citizens. They were mostly business people, manufacturers and industrialists, and were welcomed to Japan and they created their own community. They remained neutral during WWII except they continued with their businesses. They married within their community or sought out spouses in Israel. In1948, they were all granted honorary Israeli citizenship. Their children/grandchildren with whom we spoke, in fact were all polylingual with full use of Japanese, English, Hebrew, Yiddish and most could speak in their parents' mother-tongue (Russian/Polish/Lithuanian/etc). Their seder was very enjoyable and was conducted entirely in Hebrew. Along with the small contingent of fellow service-people who attended, following the seder we adjourned to their "playroom" and i was taught the fine points of snooker by their young people.
Murray Stollman
4625 Mirabella Ct.
St Pete Beach, FL 33706

Re: NYC Street Peddler Licenses #usa

Linda Habenstreit

That’s a great idea! I’d like to know this as well. My paternal grandfather Refuel HEBENSTREIT made the voyage to the US from Rawa Ruska, Galicia, Austria, with his friend, Moses SHERBER. I searched for SHERBER and I found him living at 280 Monroe in NYC, NY, in 1916 and his occupation was peddler. I would like to know if this SHERBER is the same person who traveled with my paternal grandfather. 

In addition, my paternal grandfather and his friend listed different people they were going to stay with upon arrival in NYC. SHERBER was going to his friend Mandeus GRAF at 141-143 Attorney Street, NY, NY.  

Mr. Stower, I see the surname GRAFF as one of your ancestral surnames. Is Mandeus GRAF one of your ancestors? It would be interesting if we were connected somehow through these people. Thanks!


HEBENSTREIT—Rawa Ruska/Belzec, Galicia, Austria
REITZFELD—Rawa Ruska, Galicia, Austria
STECKMAN—Husiatyn, Galicia, Austria
BECKER—Liczkowce, Galicia, Austria

Help understanding 1912 Voters List for Grodno #belarus #records #russia

Raina Accardi

I have a few questions about the 1912 Voters List for Grodno gub.

1. Were all the men on the list current residents of their districts in 1912? Could they be on the list even if they no longer lived there?

2. Are the ID#s in order of visitation like in a census? If the same surname has sequential #s could they be family?
3. Is it possible to see the original copies to confirm how a name has been transcribed?


Raina Accardi 
Saugerties, NY
email: RAgenealogy@...
Poland: GEVIRTZMAN in Kobylin; JESINOWITZ/YESNOWITZ in Mszczonów; FELSENSTEIN in Parysów.
Belarus: GUTTWOCH/GOODMAN and ZISSERMAN in Volchin; BUSHMITZ in Vysokaye.
Ukraine: TRAUB and JANOVSKY in Kolki, Sofievka, and Zhytomyr; WEISMAN or ROSENBERG.

Re: Morris (Moshe?) Friedman – Russia-Poland - Cleveland #usa


I would add the following to Diane Jacob's search suggestions:

o     draft cards sometimes have birth town;
o     sometimes census records sometimes have a little more detail, sometimes this is crossed out and not indexed so it helps to see the original;
o     if he died before naturalizing (check his entry in 1920 census and his wife's entries in 1920 and 1930 census which show immigration status, usually correctly) then his wife may have naturalised later;
o     naturalization papers may have useful information particularly from late 1906 onwards (Federal rules changed from 27 Sept 1906);
o     try all the name variants Fridman, Freedman, Freidman and so on for the surname; 
o     possibilities for his parents' given names, other than the obvious Hirsh/Girsh (what does it say on the stone?) and Chane, can be found by using the Given Names Databases at or the same databases with a friendlier front end at Ancestry.

The "Russia-Poland" sounds like a census entry.  These can be quite inaccurate for all sorts of reasons.   Searching for sounds-like "Dekhtar" on Jewishgen or MyHeritage, for example, pulls up a lot of names from Bessarabia - so records could be Moldovan/Romanian or Ukrainian.  

Good luck...

Paul Hattori
London UK

MINDEL, MINDELL from Utena and Vyzuonos, Lithuania
FELLER from Pabrade, Lithuania

Re: Looking for Sarah and Edward Greenberg #lithuania

Sharon Ann Dror

On Tue, Mar 30, 2021 at 07:53 AM, <sadror@...> wrote:
I have a picture of Joseph’s tombstone who is buried near Roslyn and his death certificate. He died on January 20, 1954. They both are buried at Mount Hebron in New York.
CORRECTION: Joseph died on August 1, 1945.

Thank you
Sharon Ann Dror

Re: brackets on records #records


Thank you

There isn't a death record for the same year.

The one I found was April - June quarter. The birth record I was looking for was Jan - March quarter, to see if I could spot a name as an adoption did take place 3 months later, was just ruling this one out and thought he might have been a late entry? Was told the record had been destroyed in a fire, but I was double checking.

Mandy Molava
Researching Brest Belarus Russian Galicia and much more

Re: Child of holocaust survivors seeks to obtain Polish citizenship #general #poland

Ian Charles

Ina: it's interesting that some people appear to have found it very straightforward and others have faced seemingly insurmountable obstacles. If I had a doctor's income I don't think I'd find $400 one of the insurmountable obstacles, but the essay in Polish might be a challenge without some assistance from a friend or Mr Google Translate :)

Ian Charles
London, UK

genealogist in Uruguay #general

Vivi Cohen

Encontre un certificado de nacimiento en Rivera de 1915.  Necesito alguien que me pueda ayudar a descubrir que paso con esa persona.
I need someone that help me discover what happened with someone born in Rivera in 1915, I found his birth certificate.
Vivian Silbermann Cohen

Zoom Meeting and Presentation Lost in the Shoah: The Rescuing Power of Genealogy By Dr.Janette Silverman April 11th 1-3 PM PDT #announcements #events #holocaust

Marguerite Kealey

In this presentation Dr.Silverman will discuss the discovery of the story of a family who remained in Europe during the Shoah (Holocaust)  While it is true that many records were destroyed during the war, it is incorrect to assume that no records exist and finding out about our Jewish ancestors is impossible

In order to register for the presentation go to our website Welcome to the San Diego Jewish Genealogy Website ( and follow the registration directions.                 

Traditional Passover Takes on a Nouvelle Flavor #general

Nancy Siegel

We invite you to visit the JewishGen Blog to read “Traditional Passover Takes on a Nouvelle Flavor”  by Ann Rabinowitz.

“... Jewish cooking has undergone great changes in recent years – both during Passover and year-round.  Many modern Jews have distilled customary recipes and a greater health consciousness into a sort of nouvelle Jewish cuisine...”

To read more, follow this link:

Nancy Siegel
Director of Communications
(San Francisco, California)

Re: Late birth registrations #poland #records


As one respondent noted, I have seen several instances where someone getting married registered their birth shortly before they got married. So it seems it would be a good thing to check for marriages sometime after a delayed birth record where the delay is at a time when a marriage might be taking place. And, I suppose, vice-versa. If you have a marriage and can't find the birth, maybe check for delayed birth registration some time just before the marriage.
Larry Bassist

Re: Child of holocaust survivors seeks to obtain Polish citizenship #general #poland

Ina Getzoff

I don't know if things have changed but the son of a friend of mine decided about six or seven years ago that because his maternal grandparents came from Poland he also wanted to obtain Polish citizenship. I helped him to get much of the paperwork that proved his claim. Eventually, we found out that he would have to write an essay in Polish stating why he wanted this citizenship and also send $400 to the President of Poland and it would then take about two or three years before he got a response. He does not speak Polish (he is an American Doctor) and I asked him if he wanted to send the $400 and not know if the next month or year the current president no longer was president. After thinking about it he decided he would rather spend the money on the new home he and his wife had purchased. I thought it was a better idea. 
Admittedly, we all want to somehow come full circle in our ancestry but this was not a good idea. 
Ina Getzoff
Delray Beach, Fla. USA

NYC Street Peddler Licenses #usa

Richard Stower

Does anyone know if it is possible to find Lower East Side street peddler licenses from the early 1900s? Long shot, I know.

Richard Stower
Yarmouth, Maine 

Dobrowa Tarnowską: KANNER, SCHMIDT, WERNER

please translate from Hebrew (marriage record in Russia) #translation


Please help me translate.
If possible, a literal translation please
The record of marriage in Smolensk, Russia.
Thank you.
 Mikhail Nyashin (Russia)

Re: Help wanted to locate my grandfather's family from Poland Lubin/Lubosky #poland #general

The Becker's Email

Try to fill in as much as you can on family members.  Sometimes one has to research indirectly..  I saw your tree on Ancestry and will send some things there..

Per the 1911 census, Lewis and Mary had 3 children:  Philip, Fanny and Rueben.  Both Philip and Fanny were born in Russia.  They were born c. 1900 and 1902 (ages 12 and 9 on the census) respectively.  Ruben was born in England c. 1907.  Therefore they immigrated sometime in the 1902-1907 timeframe.  Again, per the census, Lewis and Mary had been married 12 years (c. 1899).  Mary had borne 5 living children w/ 3 alive in 1911.  Given that Philip was b.c. 1900 and Fanny b.c. 1902 w/ a gap between them and Reuben b.c. 1907, it is likely that the 2 dead children were born in the 1903-1906 timeframe. Look for birth/death records to fill in the blanks and confirm Lewis and Mary's names. 
The census shows that Lewis was not naturalized.  It might be worth while to look for naturalization after 1911 census.  If he wasn't naturalized, look for naturalization for Philiip.
Try to determine if Lewis changed his surname to Lubin.  When did Aaron/Edward change his name?  Since Aaron/Edward named his son Louis it is likely Lewis Lubosky had died.  The date of son Louis' birth will help narrow the timeframe on Lewis' life.  That could help you find a death record for him.  Just look for Lubin/Lubosky and allow for variations in spelling of Lubosky. 

Johanna Becker
Newport, RI, USA

Re: Child of holocaust survivors seeks to obtain Polish citizenship #general #poland

arnold friedman <afriedman21@...>


it can be done takes bout 6 months for citizen and about a year for a pssport.    my parents were both survivors from radom poland.   i did not want it, but my kids wanted it for eu travel and in case they ever wanted to work in the eu.   poland is one of the easiest countries because if you have one  grandfather or in many cases one grandmother you can qualify. so i did notbhave to get it for my kids to get it.  my son has his passport and my daughter is getting hers next month.    the fees per person with a consultant are about 2k  or 3k for 2 with the same bloodline.   i had the record for grandparents documented well which helped.   you can save 1k without consultant but it was worth it vs figuring it out on your own and she hand delivered documents.   we went thru the los angeles consultate.    we live near sf so that was the closest.   you have to visit consulate or embassy only once  in process so pick the closest one to you.    

the consultant i used is

Aleksandra Kaniak
(310) 714 3342
She is knowledgeable and excellent

good luck

arnold friedman

WEISINGER posting-March 2021 #names

Yonatan Ben-Ari

Several weeks ago (during March) someone mentioned the family name
WEISINGER. Can the poster please resend to me the post. Privately.


Yoni Ben-Ari

Re: Looking for a Jewish Genealogy DNA Book #dna

Richard Werbin

Update: The negative comments I wrote was about the book Seed Of Israel: DNA Guide To Tracing Your Jewish Ancestry by Joshua Robbin Marks.
It was from a review at Amazon.
It was not about the book by Israel Pickholtz which is detailed and excellent. 
Richard Werbin    New York, New York     JGSNY Membership Vice President

Re: ViewMate Translation request -Hebrew #translation


Miron is correct that the heads of talmudic schools during that period were referred to as the Gaonim, but it is also a title that is still used today meaning genius and used to honor a well respected and learned Rabbi.
Binyamin Kerman
Baltimore MD

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