Re: Surname query Romania/Hungary #romania #hungary


My maiden name is Hantz and I was told that it could have been spelled Hanz. My GG family was from Hungary/Czechoslovakia. My family is Jewish and we always thought that our last name sounded German and not Hungarian. I heard stories that my Great Grandfather's family may have originally been from Austria. I have hit so many road blocks trying to find info on this side of my family. Good luck with your search.

Cheryl Hantz-Tanenbaum

Origin of the word 'Peruvian' to describe jewws on the doamond nad goldfields #southafrica #general


I am wondering is anyone knows the origin of the term 'Peruvian' used by other Jews and those outside the community to describe in a derogatory way some of the Jews newly arrived on the diamond of goldfields in South Africa at the turn of the last century 1870 – 1930? Some have suggested it was short for a ‘Polish and Russian Union – a club that originated in Kimberley. But I don’t know of any refence to such a club or union. Has anyone any ideas?

Geraldine Auerbach

Searching for Marriage certificate Israel Jacker to Beile Prager #records #galicia

Belinda Dishon

Looking for Gologary/Gologory Marriage certificate from 26.9.1906 L46, Document from the 1st Volume, page 193, number 10 

This information was
found through JRI-Poland and then AGAD (Fond 300 AGAD Archives). The details are in my Grandmother's birth record on the Zloczow PSA AGAD Births 1905-1908, 10-15 Marriages 1898-1912 Deaths 1904-1914 AKTA 69 Klara. Her father Israel/Jsrael Jacker (Tarnopol Wojewodztwo) & the document details are listed in her father's details.

I have tried name and town searches but it has been unsuccessful so far. Can anyone suggest where I might find this document please?

Belinda Dishon
Melbourne Australia

Re: Paolono/Paolona and Lita, Russia? #russia #belarus

Alan Shuchat

There is a town in Ukraine called Polonne. Lita is Lithuania.
Alan Shuchat
Newton, MA

SHUKHAT (Talnoe, Simferopol, Sevastopol, Odessa, Balta (Abazovka), Pogrebishche)
VINOKUR (Talnoe), KURIS (Mogilev-Podolskiy, Ataki, Berdichev)
ZILBERMAN (Soroki, Kremenets), BIRNBAUM (Kamenets-Podolskiy)
KITAIGORODSKI (Zvenigorodka)

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

David Lewin

When there is no snow you can use some tracing paper and a soft lead
pencil. you cover the sheet as evenly as possible with the
lead. The sharp edges of the inscription letters will stand out more
than the background.

This is a technique learned from tracing heraldic inscriptions in old churches

David Lewin

At 14:26 02/04/2021, David Jacobowitz wrote:
I am going to write to Allan with a substantial list of graves to
photograph -- and a check.

I saw a useful hint for getting inscriptions when there is snow on
the ground. Smear some snow over the inscription and scrape away the
surface. The letters will be more legible in white. The snow will
melt and clean the crevices.

David Jacobowitz

Re: Does DNA prove that Jews are a race? #dna

JoAnne Goldberg

Race is an artificial construct, though obviously many people have a
strong ethnic identity.

Vis a vis our endogamous population: you can search "are Jews white?" to
get a whole range of opinions. My own observation/experience as a
lifelong resident of the United States: POC see most Jews as white;
white people with origins in northern Europe/UK -- ie most "white"
Americans -- see Jews are "other" -- not quite white, not POC. I'd be
interested to know if Jews living in other countries have had similar

When I got my census form a year ago, I didn't hesitate to mark my race
as "other" and write in "Jewish." I was fascinated to learn that most of
my Jewish friends -- without any of us discussing it -- had done
something similar! No one seemed to feel comfortable checking any of the
standard race boxes.

JoAnne Goldberg - Menlo Park, California; GEDmatch M131535


Help in translating birth record #translation #poland

Belinda Dishon

hi thank you for any help offered. I need help translating the in between bits of this birth record. I have successfully worked out most of the record however it is severl words in the part that has me stumped.
I believe the beginning of this part of a birth record says 'Beile Jacker nee Prager from Snowicz'. Then there are several words I can't make out??? Followed by '??? daughter of Leib and Sary/Sara? Prager from ??? (possibly Remizowce?) and the last few words are challenging.

Belinda Dishon
Melbourne Australia

Finding Jewish Records in the New MyHeritage Search Engine #usa #announcements #jgs-iajgs

Linda Kelley

The Jewish Genealogical Society of Oregon invites you to a virtual presentation:

April 18 at 10:30 a.m.: 

Finding Jewish Records in the New MyHeritage Search Engine,

presented by Daniel Horowitz of MyHeritage.


The MyHeritage search engine is delighting family history fans worldwide. Learn how this search engine works and how it can benefit your Jewish research. It covers billions of records and important repositories and databases in a single search to help you find the resources you need.


Daniel Horowitz is the Genealogy Expert at MyHeritage, providing key contributions by liaising with genealogical societies, bloggers, and media, as well as lecturing and attending conferences around the world. Dedicated to genealogy since 1986, he was the teacher and the study guide editor of the family history project “Searching for My Roots” in Venezuela for 15 years. Daniel is involved in several crowdsource digitization and transcription projects and holds a board-level position at the Israel Genealogy Research Association.


Please register for this Zoom meeting in advance. [Copy and paste]: 
Linda Kelley

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

Gary Pokrassa

I want to thank the people who responded here - that is why this JG discussion board is such a wonderful asset to all of us......that gives a definitive answer to my questions!!!
Gary Pokrassa
Data Acquisition Director
Ukraine Research Division

Freud's neighbor #austria-czech


I just learned that my great-grandparents Max and Eugenie Gans-Schiller may have lived next door to Freud in Vienna, sometime before 1910.

Is there any way to verify this?

Rick Glaser

Re: This week's Yizkor book excerpt on the JewishGen Facebook page #ukraine #JewishGenUpdates #yizkorbooks

Laurence Broun


Thank you for featuring Yonatan and Corey's translation. They are remarkable young people and working with their professor, they are doing a great job in making the Yizkor Book of Mizocz accessible to English-language readers. In an unabashed plea for support, donations to JewishGen's Yizkor Book Translation Fund for Mizoch this spring will go towards a summer internship program to keep students engaged in Yizkor book translations over the summer.  
Larry (Itzik Leib) Broun
Washington, DC | USA
e-mail: Laurencebroun@...

Paolono/Paolona and Lita, Russia? #russia #belarus


Hi All!

Does anyone know of towns possibly named Paolona (Russia) and Lita (Russia)?  One of my relatives listed Paolono as his birth town on his Declaration of Intent, and Lita as that of his wife.  I'm guessing that Lita, Russia could be Lida, Belarus; but I am not certain.  

Document is attached. Thanks in advance!!
Amy Mitchell

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

Alan Bauer

Judean Memorial Gardens - Olney, MD

Gan Zikaron Memorial Park - Clarksburg, MD
Mount Lebanon Cemetery - Adelphi, MD
Alan Bauer
Searching for Bauernfreund, Bornfreund, and Bornfriend of Tarnow, Poland, and Zborov, Slovakia

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

Laurence Broun

I found a book about a refugee from my grandparents shtetl of Mizocz who fled to Tashkent during the war. You can Google the book ...  Flight to Tashkent: The Desperate Journey of Holocaust Survivors Yosef Mednik and Feiga Geldi Mednik
This individual also served in the Polish forces in the Red Army. During the time he was in the military, his wife served on an agricultural commune. 

Also, I have a cousin whose family spent time in Tashkent after fleeing Latvia. I've been to Tashkent myself for business and the weather is fine ... sure beats Siberia. I have the impression it was one of the better places to end up for Jews fleeing Eastern Europe.  
Larry (Itzik Leib) Broun
Washington, DC | USA
e-mail: Laurencebroun@...

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

Laurence Broun

Hi Ed,

I know of only one cluster of Jewish cemeteries actually in the city ...  The Elesavetgrad Cemetery DCHBA is a 2.6 acre Jewish cemetery located in Southeast Washington, D.C. The cemetery was established in December 1911. This cemetery is adjacent to the Ohev Sholom, Adas Israel, Bet Mishpachah and Washington Hebrew cemeteries. Their number is Phone(301) 366-4419 ... perhaps they can help

(If you do connect and find the sites you're looking for, let me know and I'll be glad to take some pics for you. It's not that far from me.)
Larry (Itzik Leib) Broun
Washington, DC | USA
e-mail: Laurencebroun@...

Re: Does DNA prove that Jews are a race? #dna

Adam Turner

There is no definition of a "race" that is accepted by 21st-century biologists, so the question "Does DNA prove that Jews are a race?" makes no sense. It's a little like asking "does the fact that my spaghetti bolognese contains high levels of terpenes prove that it is delicious?" (The criteria that we all consciously use and understand for deciding whether something is "delicious" have nothing to do with its objectively measurable levels of this or that molecule; deliciousness isn't a concept that can be "proven" by biochemical analysis, but rather by our own messy and subjective senses of taste.)

While people of Ashkenazi descent tend to share particular markers in their DNA that suggest they are all likely descended from a single, small, distinct founder population that lived in Central Europe about a thousand years ago, race is a social construct, not a biological fact. The US government has never attempted to use DNA to establish who falls into what racial category, and given that the idea of race is incoherent from a scientific perspective*, it's hard to imagine why it would want to start applying such a principle now.

*For just one example of how various popular ideas (both current and past) about who belongs to what "race" don't map at all to the actual facts of genetics, populations from 21st-century Africa are more genetically different from one another than they are from other populations in Europe, South Asia, and East Asia. That is, the DNA of a Yoruba person from Nigeria tends to be more different from that of a Zulu person from South Africa than it is from the DNA of an Ashkenazi Jew or a Vietnamese person: 

There's an interesting discussion of the history of classification of Jews as a race in this article by Emory professor Eric Goldstein:

Adam Turner

Re: Can anyone help me figure out these names? #names #records #ukraine

Scott Rothstein

Hello, Valentin. I'm pretty certain that Simon Rothstein had a sister named Dorothea.  I stumbled upon this biography of someone named Lotte Kallenbach-Greller, maiden name Karoline Greller. The text notes that "Karoline Greller's parents were the merchant Nathan Greller (died 1947 at the earliest) and Dorothea Greller, née Rothstein (born on July 20, 1871, died 1947 at the earliest)."  (Google Translate from the German)

The text quotes Kallenbach-Greller from 1946:
“I was born on March 22nd, 1893 in Sadagòra, Bukowina - until 1918 crown land] of the Austro-Hungarian monarchy - as the daughter of Jewish parents of the Mosaic faith. Shortly before I was born, my father, Nathan Greller, emigrated to America together with my mother's brother, Simon Rothstein, because of poor economic conditions, where they both established a respected existence as merchants. Both still live in New Jersey as American citizens." 

Along with the place of birth, Simon Rothstein lived in New Jersey so this is almost certainly him, but Kallenbach-Greller does not mention other brothers of her mother. How did you access the Czernowitz vital records?
Scott Rothstein

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

Risa Heywood

Hi Gary:

You were essentially asking two questions.

1) Why did Lena apply for citizenship if her husband had naturalized prior to September 1922?
 Marian gave you a great answer.

2) What were the meaning of the dates at the bottom of her petition?
It looks like those were the dates from when Witness 1 and Witness 2 knew Lena.
1st wit: January 1, 1906  Rose Wanshel knew Lena from 1906.
2nd wit: January 1, 1929 Irving Aaronson knew her from 1929.
Risa Daitzman Heywood

Subj: ViewMate translation request – German #holocaust #translation


These three people applied for refugee assistance in 1948. As part of that process, they completed these cards that detail their whereabouts from 1925 to 1948. I would appreciate a verbatim translation of the details on these three cards. Thank you in advance for your help.


They are on ViewMate at the following addresses:

Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page. Thank you very much.


 Roy Gerber

Re: How long for visa/naturalization records from USCIS? #records #usa


Interesting they say they are working on Sept 25.  I've been waiting on a Visa File since July 2020.  Online tracking still shows "active"


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