Re: Cemeteries in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area #usa

Mike Coleman

Hi Ed,

These may help :

For more search Washington Odd Fellows cemetery.


Mike Coleman   London  U.K.

New Galician vital records transferred from USC Warsaw to AGAD #galicia #records

Gesher Galicia SIG

For the first time since late 2018, when 30 Jewish vital record books
were delivered, the Civil Registration Office in Warsaw has
transferred a batch of vital record registers to AGAD.

Among the new transfer of books from the various religious communities
in the eastern part of interwar Poland there are some 42 Jewish vital
record books and indexes of vital records from the former eastern
Galicia. While these will be very welcome to researchers of Galician
towns, it had been hoped that, after an interval of two and a half
years, a greater number of books might have been delivered from USC

The staff at AGAD are now working carefully to check these books,
particularly as regards the periods they cover. More precise details
about them will then be made public on the AGAD website. For now, this
is the information on the Jewish records that arrived at AGAD this
week. Generally speaking, the marriage and death books in this batch
go no further than the year 1939, and the birth records no further
than 1918.

The towns with new vital record books are as follows:
Birth registers: Bolechow, Boryslaw, Stanislawow, Stryj
Marriage registers: Drohobycz, Kopyczynce, Lwow, Lwow-Zniesienie,
Mikulince, Nawaria, Winniki
Death registers: Bobrka, Borszczow, Boryslaw, Drohobycz, Kolomyja,
Kozowa, Lwow, Lwow-Zniesienie, Mikulince, Nadworna, Skole, Sokal,
Stanislawow, Stryj, Tarnopol, Trembowla, Winniki, Zolkiew

There is also an index book of vital records (of a type still to be
determined) from the 1930s from Mosty Wielkie, and a file of marriage
banns from the first quarter of the 20th century from Sambor. The
marriage banns file will go into Fond 424 at AGAD, and all the others
into Fond 300.

Please do not reply to this email. For more information about Gesher
Galicia and our work please write to: info@...

Tony Kahane
Research Coordinator, Gesher Galicia

All Galicia Database:
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1935 naturalization by a wife whose husband was naturalized in 1922 before the new law #usa #general

Gary Pokrassa


I would appreciate insight by JG’ers…..why would a wife file for her naturalization in 1934 receiving approval in 1935 when her husband was naturalized in 1922 before the law changed?   There are several markings on the attached page 1 of the petition:


  • petition filed under Sec 2 Act of September 22 1922
  • 1st with …January 1 1906
  • 2nd with …..January 1 1929
  • then lower again 1st with …January 1 1906

I am assured her husband never lost his citizenship but did become ill about the time she filed although he recovered and lived long after that…….but even that would not answer why she filed herself…

Gary Pokrassa
Data Acquisition Director
Ukraine Research Division

Help with reaching author or publisher of book about Rabbi Yaakov SCHORR as I believe there is an error #general

Joyaa Antares

Hello All,
Please can you help me to reach author or publisher of this book about Rabbi Yaakov SCHORR, as I believe there is an error in the place of birth given for him.
Page 37 of the book has the place of birth as Tluatch, and owing to other family details given on the previous page, I believe an 'mem' is missing and it should be Tlumacz.
As a consequence of this likely error, the same detail is permeating other internet sites, and I'd like to get to the bottom of the issue and, if appropriate, ensure that it is corrected for posterity.

Thank you very much, 
Gold Coast, Queensland, AUSTRALIA
Researching ZAUSMER, ZOUSMER, CHOUSMER, CHAUSMER, MARCUS, DAVIDOFF, COHEN, KAHN in Polangen, Kretinga, Darbenai, Libau, Riga, Memel
SCHORR, SCHERZER, JURIS and DAWID in Buckaczowce, Ottynia, Nadworna, and Kolomyya
ZUNDER in Buckaczowce and Ivano-Frankivsk
MYERS, HART, JOSEPH, MOSES (often MANSELL) in London (and South Africa)

Re: ViewMate Translation Requests - Russian #translation

Julia Levin

Thank you so much for the translation.  I am most appreciative of all your help.

Exciting news from Bratislava/Pressburg, Slovakia! #austria-czech #hungary

E. Randol Schoenberg

Exciting news from Bratislava/Pressburg, Slovakia! Several hundred gravestones from the 17th-19th century that were thought to have been destroyed between 1942-44 have just been discovered.
Pressburg was once a leading religious center, with yeshivot that attracted torah scholars from all over Europe. Perhaps the most famous rabbi was the Chatam Sofer (Moses Schreiber 1762-1839), whose grave was one of the few rescued when the old cemetery was decimated during World War II. The rest were thought to be lost, but were recently discovered buried at the edge of the new orthodox cemetery.
The Jewish Community of Bratislava needs 20,000 Euros to complete the excavation of the historic gravestones which date back to the 17th century.
I have set up a fund at JewishGen to direct donations to this project. Go to and donate to the Czech Cemetery fund and your donations will be passed on to the Bratislava Jewish Community for this important project. Since older vital records for Bratislava have not been located, these tombstones are the best hope for discovering genealogical connections.
For more information, please download the large (325mb) presentation from Bratislava Jewish Community President Tomáš Stern.
Randy Schoenberg
Austria-Czech Research Division Director
Los Angeles, CA

March 2021 2 Summary of IAJGS Records Access Alert #general #jgs-iajgs #records

Jan Meisels Allen

As mentioned previously, every month I post a listing of the IAJGS Records Access Alert topics from the previous month for you to see the variety of issues…some were posted on this discussion group but most were not—all postings are included below.  The following are the summaries for the month of March, 2021.  In order not to miss out on important information it is worthwhile for you to be subscribed to the Records Access Alert.

Without records, genealogists cannot do genealogy –making certain that we retain access and gain access where it is impaired is every genealogists' responsibility.


  • Ancestry Library Edition Available Remotely Extended to June 30, 2021
  • Ancestry Wins Dismissal of Yearbook Collection Lawsuit


  • (Australia) Facebook to Pay Rupert Murdoch News Corp a "Link Tax"
  • (Australia) National Archives Struggling Affecting Preservation and Accessibility of Records
  • Changes in IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee
  • (European Union) Court of Justice Rules Embedded Images Can Violate Copyright rules
  • European Union-France) French Startup to File Privacy Complaint Against Apple
  • (European Union) The EU LIBE Committee Resolution Complaint about Irish Data Protection Commission and Lack of Speed in Addressing GDPR Violations
  • (European Union-Germany) German Court Finds In Contradiction to GDPR
  • (France) Secret Archives of Algerian War Declassified


  • Google says it Won't Use New Tracking Methods and Phases Out Browser Cookies
  • Google and Microsoft In Feud: Google Required to Face Snooping Litigation on Incognito Browsing
  • Handing Over Users' Data --What Happens When Agencies Subpoena Firms For Your Information


  • (Russia) Russia Wants to Ask Social Media to Handover Personal Information


  • (Ukraine) Ukraine Website 1917-1924 Database
  • (United Kingdom) Adding Mother's Maiden name
  • (United Kingdom) High Court Rules US Website Not Subject to Extraterritorial Scope of GDPR
  • (United Kingdom) In UK Due to Judge's Ruling Census Question on Sex Must be Changed
  • (UK) March 21 in Census Day
  • (UK-Northern Ireland) 2021 Census Ignoring Minority Religions; Scotland 2022 Census and How to List Ethnicity as Jewish


  • (US) Bill Amending National Labor Relations Board Changes Who Is Contractor vs Employee
  • (US) Bill To Require President to Make and Preserve Records
  • (US) Census Data for Redistricting May Be Available a Month Early Albeit in an Older Format
  • (US) New Senate Legislation Regarding Publishers Negotiating with Online Platforms On Content
  • (US) Pacific NW US Senators Introduce Legislation to Stop Sale of Seattle NARA Facility
  • (US) Supreme Court Sides with Government in FOIA Dispute
  • (US-Arkansas) SB 558 Introduced to Levy Sales tax on Advertising Revenue on Social Media Platforms
  • (US-CA) California Attorney General Approves Additional CCPA Regulations
  • (US-CA) Governor Newsom Announces Initial California Privacy Protection Board Members
  • (US-CA)  (US-CA) Judge Permits California's Net Neutrality Law to Go Forth 
  • (US-FL) HB 969 Consumer Privacy Bill
  • (US-Georgia) More on HB92--Hearing Tomorrow- Your ACTION Is Needed
  • (US-Maine) Maine Archives Has Online Catalog
  • (US-Maine) LD 601 Failed in Working Committee
  • (US-Maine) LD 601 on Vital Records Hearing Scheduled March 17, 2021 at 10:00 AM
  • (US-MD) Bill Places Limits on Law Enforcement Use of DNA Databases
  • (US-MD) Bill That Would Open Adoption Records Fails In Maryland Senate
  • (US-MD) More On Maryland Law Taxing the Internet
  • (US-NV) Legislation Will Reduce Public Access to Governmental Records
  • (US-NYC) Reclaim the Records Takes New York City to Court
  • (US-OH) Federal Judge Dismisses Suit Over Delay in Census for Redistricting to Release New Population Counts Sooner
  • (US-UT) Salt Lake City Tribune Adopts Right to be Forgotten
  • (US-VA) Governor Signs Consumer Data Privacy Bill Into Law
  • (US- VA) Proposed Sale of George Washington's Previously Farm Up For Sale Amidst Controversy
  • (US-WA) Washington's Privacy Bill SB 5062 Second Substitute Passed Senate 48-1


The IAJGS Board of Directors approved opening the Records Access Alert to anyone who is interested in records access. This was announced previously.  We now have subscribers from many genealogical organizations not previously able to subscribe. To be on top of what is happening you are encouraged to register for the Records Access Alerts to receive the information in a timely manner.  If you are interested in any of the above items, please register for the IAJGS Records Access Alert and look at them in the archives.  To register for the IAJGS Records Access Alert

go to: and follow the instructions to enter your email address, full name and which genealogical organization you belong to-a society, SIG  or a subscriber of JewishGen, AVOTAYNU, Legal Genealogist  etc. You will receive an email response that you have to reply to, or the subscription will not be finalized. The alerts are archived and once you register you may access the archives at:


The IAJGS Records Access Alert is not a daily announcement list. Depending on what happens worldwide, there may be no postings for several days and other times there may be several in one day.


These are listed alphabetically not chronologically.  Each month the locales covered differ.


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee



The old Synagogue, East-Terrace, Cardiff c. 1897 #unitedkingdom #records



I'm trying to track down any society records, and ideally photographs of the Jewish community in late 19th Century Cardiff. Has anyone come across or can direct me to where I can possibly find?
In 1897 one of my ancestors married into what appears to be a relatively well-to-do family in the city, at what reads as (according to the local press) a very big ceremony. All the special for it being the last one held at the East Terrace Synagogue before it relocated to the premises on Cathedral Road. After the ceremony "the bridal party drove to the Fine At Gallery on Queen Street, where a reception was held in the evening".

Sadly the local press that I've found (online) limits the description of the events to a vivid text commentary of this event. Other articles suggest a very socially and philanthropic active local community in Cardiff at the time.
Grasping at straws but this might offer an avenue to getting to understand more about my relatives past lives and dare I hope see what they looked like. So all pointers, suggestions, reference books, contacts and archive help much appreciated.

Many thanks


Neil Ashton
London UK
Interested in Locations: Berdichev/Odessa.
Surnames: Nesanelis/Litinzisky (to name but two)

and in the UK Levene and Brooks.

Re: NYC Street Peddler Licenses #usa


What a great question!  For decades my mother, who had never met my father's mother, insisted that my paternal grandmother had a candy stand after her husband died. Only late in life did my father correct her and say that she had a tiny restaurant in a building. If I could search these records, I might determine where and when she had her business. 
Barbara Sloan
Conway, SC

Re: NYC Street Peddler Licenses #usa


Debra asked: "Would these licenses apply to an actual store that wanted to set up a display outside their doors?"
Sorry, Debra, I don't really know. I would assume not, though, since that would not be a separate individual/company/tenant from the one that was located indoors, and would just be their additional display area.
But the real way to find out is for someone to get all the stand/stall records photographed, uploaded, and transcribed...
- Brooke Schreier Ganz
Mill Valley, California

FW: Translation from English to Hebrew needed #translation




From: malka chosnek
Sent: Wednesday, March 31, 2021 4:51 PM
To: main@...
Subject: Re: Translation from English to Hebrew needed



I would suggest -

חברי בתי העלמין היהודים בפולין


חברי בתי הקברות היהודים בפולין

Shalom, Malka Chosnek


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

Steven Cohen

Chaim Grade escaped from Vilna to Soviet Central Asia, and his memoir, translated into English as My Mother's Sabbath Days, describes his experiences.

Steve Cohen

Re: Meaning of the name KATZOFF names #names

Yonatan Ben-Ari

I have heard that the famous poet Bialik used the term KATCHAP in one
of his works. Is anyone aware of this and how it was used?

Yoni Ben-Ari, Jerusalem

Cemeteries in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area #usa

Edward Goldberg


I've been told that relatives are buried in the Odd Fellows section of a cemetery in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. Unfortunately, I've yet to be able to find a cemetery with such a section.

Do anyone have any ideas?


Ed Goldberg

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


An UPDATE on my first respond, 

Here is Morris Friedman's declaration of intention (attached) 

According to this doc he was born in Kiev and he arrived to the US,  through Canada, in 1898.

Some suggestions, although i am not 100 %certain about this, 

Departure from Liverpool

Arrival in Canada and the US*_Fr*man&birth=1870&arrival=1898_Quebec&arrival_x=0-0-0_1-0&birth_x=0-0-0&count=10&name_x=1_1&_phtarg=Ytl5985&queryId=92fe6a3460bd108aef688343686b21be&successSource=Search

This Morris Friedman, a tailor,  was born in Kiev in 1870 (probably Morris was much older than he later claimed) and arrived on a different date than the one he gave in his declaration. 
Giannis Daropoulos 


Trying to locate the farming village named "Mehr" #galicia


We found this statement in some old notes:
"Between Brody and Zolotehov was the farming village of Mehr in Galicia"
Can anyone advise as to where this is as I could not find it.
Louis Mehr, UK

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


I just saw this zoom lecture by Eliyana Adler advertised on the Sir Martin Gilbert website:
In honour of Yom HaShoah

Survival on the Margins:  
Polish Jewish Refugees in the Wartime Soviet Union

Professor Eliyana Adler 

7 April 2021
7.00 pm-8.15pm (UK)
Free, donations welcome

Ann Belinsky

Re: NYC Cemeteries - Offering Mt Hebron #photographs #usa

Kenneth Ryesky

I totally concur with Allan!

Before making Aliyah to Israel, I had many occasions to walk the two (long) blocks from my Queens College CUNY office to the rear Mt. Hebron gate on Main Street to take volunteer Find-a-Grave photos.

The cemetery is quite massive.  Different sections have different gravesite arrangements, and not all of them are in the regular rank-and-file array as would be found in a military cemetery.  Some of the older tall stones in some of the sections are difficult to access. {Whereby hangs a tale:  The former rabbi of the congregation to which my wife and I belonged (and of which we remain associate members) preferred to have the attendees fill the grave by hand using shovels instead of having the cemetery personnel use their diesel front-end loaders.  The mother of one of our members lived to be 104 years old, by which time her burial plot, purchased early in her marriage, was totally surrounded by other stones and the hand-shoveling option was impracticable.  Pointing out the dates on some of the surrounding stones, I remarked, "If she had died when she was supposed to, then these other stones would not be obstructing us!"}.

Photographing some of the stones is a challenge, especially the older ones whose legibility has been reduced over the years by the elements; getting the proper lighting and camera angle is critical.

And, of course, statistical probability dictates that one may encounter the occasional toppled headstone or sunken foot marker.

I learned very early on to carry a pair of pocket pruning shears because the inscriptions on many of the stones have been obscured by vegetation, especially if both sides of the stone are being photographed.
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So do appreciate what Allan is taking upon himself, and with due regard to everyone's personal economic situation, a little financial assistance would not be inappropriate.

-- KHR

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

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

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

Michael Herzlich

In researching the All Lithuania database database I have had reinforced not to stick with exact spelling.  For example similar to Lubotsky I have found Lubetzky and Lubetkin in  my research.  Also surname suffixes can change from record to record.  For example *sky  changing to *aite.
Michael Herzlich
Delray Beach, Florida USA

Galicia (Poland, Ukraine) - HERZLICH, TREIBER

Re: Translation from English to Hebrew needed #poland


One possible translation is "Chevrei Batei Kvarot Yehudiyim bePolania:

חברי בתי קברות יהודיים בפולניה

I am not sure how this would be abbreviated.

Fredel Fruhman
Brooklyn, New York, USA

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