Replying in private - no need to publish your email #guidelines

Odeda Zlotnick

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Odeda Zlotnick
Jerusalem, Israel.

Re: Copying Hebrew text from a PDF into a Translation tool - OCR (Optical Character Recognition) Help Request #general

Avraham Y. Kahana

Hi Joyaa, 
one thing I did in the past was to use free site file converters such as
I would convert from PDF to HTML, making copying the text an easy task. I had good results with the resulting html formatting.

Avraham Kahana

Re: Bessarabia New project - immigration to South America #bessarabia

Avraham Y. Kahana

Hi Salmo,
a good (free) resource is FamilySearch's Brazilian Rio de Janeiro Immigration Cards. Although restricted to Rio de Janeiro, if you do not know from where did they enter Brazil, it's worth a try.

Avraham Kahana

Re: How to recreate previously found Jewishgen census record UK 1851 #records

David Harrison <djh_119@...>

I am sorry, but the ways that different searches change over the ages are unknown to this ordinary mortal.   However, I would suggest that that the Bishopsgate Institute files on could be of help.  They seem to have almost everything relating to the Jewish London, especially of the East End (actually more the East and North wrap round The City).
I have found them as helpful as Amsterdam, Leeuwarden or Groningen
David Harrison, GB

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Subject: Re: [] How to recreate previously found Jewishgen census record UK 1851 #records
Thank you. I am aware of the changes to the area and the various street name changes (e.g. South Street to Chiswell Road to Finsbury Place to Finsbury square, and nowadays Finsbury Park) that took place. However, it is still not clear to me why data previously produced through the  Unified Search as shown by my pdf file no longer comes forward.
Ron Peeters (NL)

Copying Hebrew text from a PDF into a Translation tool - OCR (Optical Character Recognition) Help Request #general

Joyaa Antares

Hi Folks,
I have two medium-sized documents detailing my family ancestry.  Both documents are in PDF format, and both are in Hebrew.
I want to be able to copy the text into a good Hebrew-English translation tool in order to be able to understand and verify what has been written.  Unfortunately, these PDFs don't allow text to be "selected" in order to copy/paste but perhaps it could be done with a suitable OCR or Optical Character Recognition tool that would render the text "copyable"?  Does anyone know?  Does anyone have access to such a tool who could help me with this?
Thank you very much.
Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
Researching   SCHORR, SCHERZER, JURIS and DAWID in Buckaczowce, Ottynia, Nadworna, and Kolomyya

Re: Genealogy in Belgium #general


Translate from Hebrew to English #translation

Jeanette and Martha

I found an old Rosh Hashana greeting among my father's papers. Will someone kindly translate the hand-written Hebrew script? Thank you very much.
Jeanette Silver  (JGID 383027)
Bayside, NY
Zilberblatt/Silberblatt/Silverblatt & Heimlich  (Hungary)
Quittner & Stern  (Czechoslovakia)
Rubintchick/Rubin & Nesnowitz  (Russia)
Boltsa/Boltson/Bolston & Rosenstein  (Kurland Russia & Latvia)

JewishGen seeking volunteer grant writers #announcements #JewishGenUpdates

Karen Leon

JewishGen is seeking experienced grant writers as volunteers to assist with ongoing organization fundraising efforts. Thank you for your interest. Please respond to Karen Leon, kleon@...

Karen Leon

Volunteer Coordinator


JGS of Greater Boston April 25 1:30 PM EDT Two Virtual Programs with Steve Morse #announcements #education #events

Jessie Klein

On April 25 1:30PM-4:30PM EDT Steve Morse will present two virtual programs: Finding Presidents' (and Your) Ancestors in the Strangest Places & Getting Ready for the 1950 Census: Searching with and without a Name Index. Free for JGS of Greater Boston members and $5 for non-members. Information and non-member registration link at

Thank you,
Jessie Klein
JGS of Greater Boston

ViewMate translation request - Hungarian #translation

Marc Friedman

I've posted a vital record in Hungarian for which I need a translation. It is on ViewMate at the following address ...

I am looking for a complete translation of the entire document. If you could underline the handwritten portions, it would allow me to use it as a template for future searches.

Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page.

Thank you very much.

Marc Friedman
Irvine, CA
Researching in the former Hungarian Empire: Schermer, Weingarten, and Sacz (Satoralja Ujhely); Lazarovitz (Marmaros Szighet)

Re: Moving Frequently Among Ukraine Towns #ukraine

Sally Bruckheimer <sallybruc@...>

This was not only in Ukraine. My Ruslander family, which arrived about 1835 from farther East and took that surname, by 1870 lived in Augustow, Raczki, Sztabiin, Rajgrod, Marjampol, Alinka, Nur, and more towns as well as France. One cousin, who came to the US from Augustow, said on his naturalization papers that he was born in Marseilles (during the 1860s rebellion, cholera, and famine).

Since I can connect all the people in my tree, and I have a letter backing up the relationships, I wouldn't consider any family in any location as constantly living in one location. I have other parts of my family in other locations who also moved around.

Sally Bruckheimer
Princeton, NJ

SCJGS Sunday, April 18th at 1pm Pacific Standard Time- Jewish Genealogy DNA Basics and Beyond #announcements #dna #education #events

Leah Kushner

Santa Cruz Jewish Genealogy Society (SCJGS) invites you at 1pm Pacific Standard Time on April 18th

Jewish Genealogy DNA Basics and Beyond

with  David Ellis

 Register for ZOOM link

Non-Member $5 Donation Here

Free to Members-For membership application please email: SCJGSociety@...


Are you considering taking a DNA test? Have you taken a DNA test to learn about your ancestry?  Are you confused by the results?  This presentation covers the kinds of 
tests available, the major DNA testing services and the differences between them, and how to interpret your results to get the most out of them.  Learn about Jewish 
genealogy DNA challenges. 


David Ellis is JGSGB Board member and leader of the Litvak and Galicia SIGs.   He discovered dozens of ancestors unknown to his relatives and initiated contact 
with distant cousins who were out of touch for many years.  He enjoys helping people research their ancestry and is writing a document describing his research.

For more information

Leah Kushner, President
Santa Cruz Jewish Genealogy Society (SCJGS)

Re: What’s in a name #names

Sherri Bobish


At the surname BUNIM gets 505 hits.
Database did not allow searching as first name only.

On The Ellis Island Database
the first name BUNIM gets 15 hits.  No hits for BUNIM as surname.  But, there are variations of Bunimowicz.

It was common in Galica for couples to marry religiously, but not civilly, and civil birth records often listed the child under the mother's surname rather that the father's.

Patronymic can refer to a surname created from a male ancestor's first name by adding a suffix.

Hope this helps,

Sherri Bobish

Minnesota JGS Virtual meeting featuring Ken Bravo, "You've done your DNA, now what?"Sunday, April 18, 2021 1:00 PM-2:30 PM CDT #announcements #dna #events


Many of us have sent our DNA for analysis, curious about what we might find. We receive an ethnicity estimate and a long list of matches ranging from 2nd cousins to more distant ones.  Sometimes we are contacted by people on the list of matches who are trying to decipher the relationship. Who are these people? And how do we make sense of their relationship to us?
Ken Bravo, president of IAJGS, will discuss these questions and strategies for furthering your DNA-based research.
Sunday, April 18, 2021 1:00 PM-2:30 PM CDT
For further information and to register, go to
Liba Casson-Nudell
Minneapolis, MN

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

Ronni Nass

Hi, I’m interested in getting a photo of Mechel Glazerman.  I don’t know where in Washington Cemetery but will try to find out.
Thanks, Ronni Nass

Re: Using the Jewish Encyclopedia as a Source for Further Info #rabbinic #hungary

Adam Cherson

Thanks very much to the kind folks who took the time to assist. I have located the book. I also learned that the author was the founder of Petach Tikva (built the first house there and drained the swamp), obviously a person of many talents.
Adam Cherson

Tomorrow's Forum for Dialogue Zoom: Krakow Holocaust Survivor Tells Her Story #announcements #holocaust

Mark Halpern

Please join me tomorrow, Tuesday, April 6 at 10 am Pacific, 12 pm Central, 1 pm Eastern, 6 pm UK, 8 pm Israel time, for the Forum's Yom HaShoah program.

Mark Halpern

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Dear Mark,

I would like to remind you of tomorrow's meeting with Janet Applefield, a Holocaust Survivor born in Krakow, Poland, and a clinical social worker and counselor living in the United States. On the eve of Yom HaShoah, we want to embrace the power of personal stories and create a space for them to reverberate. We will be honored to be able to hear Janet Applefield's story and reflections on this special Zoom in on the Forum session. 
Join us tomorrow, on  Tuesday April 6th, at 10 am Pacific, 12 pm Central, 1 pm Eastern, 7 pm Warsaw, 8 pm Tel-Aviv time


I hope you will be with us tomorrow to listen to Janet's personal history: her childhood years in Nowy Targ and Krakow, her family's fate after the outbreak of the Second World War, surviving the occupation with a Polish Catholic family and leaving post-war Poland for the States in 1947. Janet Applefield's powerful biography is an impactful lesson in dignity, humanity, and resilience in the face of evil. 


Olga Kaczmarek
Director General

Re: Looking for grandparents RACHEL SALINSKY #unitedkingdom

Sherri Bobish


I assume that you've searched and seen a Rachel Salinsky (married) on the UK 1901 census, and another Rachel Salinsky (a child) on the UK 1911 census.  There is also a 1926 marriage record for a Rachel Salinsky in The UK.

I also see a Rachel Zelensky and a Rachel Silinsky.

Good luck in your search,


Re: Understanding Lithuanian Revision Lists #lithuania

Sherri Bobish


A few of my family were still listed on Russian Empire revision lists after they had arrived in New York. In these cases they were each listed as "missing" on the revision list.  This was in Ariogala, Lithuania (at that time part of The Russian Empire.)

Hope this helps,

Sherri Bobish

Genealogy in Belgium #general

David Lewin

Is there anyone on the list familiar with genealogical research in
Belgium please?

I am searching for members of a BOCHNER family

David Lewin

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