Ludza - Town Manager? #latvia #general

Steven Granek

Is there a JewishGen “town manager” for Ludza (name in present day Latvia)??
Thank you -
Steve Granek

Barcelona Entry Document? #records

Steven Granek

Can anyone make sense of what this below document actually is and tells one?  I have a Joseph Granek in my family tree - the brother of my Grandfather - no resolution as to what became of him -one of those ‘black holes’ so far.   He lived - I THINK in Lodz but perhaps in Kalisz or even Pabianice.
Here’s the document

Steve Granek

Help in translation of gravestone #translation

Enid Rose

Assistance needed to translate Hebrew on family gravestone.
Paramus NJ
to translate Hebrew on family gravestone

Help needed tracing descendants of Hannah WEISS GELLER us citizen last location New York #usa

Cynthia Hollinsworth

I am trying to trace descendants of Hannah Weiss Geller who was married to my Uncle Wolf (William) Geller from Tarnow, Galicia, Poland.

Hannah was a US citizen and the passenger list of the Ship Batory shows that on 24 August 1939 at age 28 she left the Polish port of Gdynia on the Batory, one week before the Nazis invaded Poland on 1 Sept 1939. She arrived New York on 5 Sept 1939.   (She became a naturalised US citizen in September 1935). The ship manifest showed an address in Brooklyn.


My Uncle Wolf died in the Shoah.

Cynthia Hollinsworth Cornwall

R' Meir Who Taught GRA Kabbalah in Ciechonowiec #rabbinic #poland #lithuania

Adam Cherson

According to the Ciechanowiec YB, the GRA wrote this: “In my youth I arrived during my wanderings and strayings at the hamlet of Ciechanowiec which is full of scribes and sages. The rabbi there, R' Meir was my instructor in the secret Kabbalistic studies, and he was my comrade in the open rabbinic studies.”

I estimate the year to be around 1740, at which time the GRA was about 20 years old. R' Meir (referred to as 'the' rather than 'a' rabbi) was probably a venerated rabbi by that time of an estimated age of 60 (so born circa 1680). R' Meir may have been the chief rabbi at Ciechanowiec at this time.

Does anyone know who R' Meir was with any more detail?
Adam Cherson

Northeast Indiana Synagogues - Virtual Program on Sunday #jgs-iajgs #announcements


The Northeast Indiana Jewish Genealogy Society is thrilled to welcome Dr. Wendy Soltz on Sunday, April 18th at 2:00 p.m. for a program of “Northeast Indiana Historic Synagogues and Influential Families.”  Soltz will speak on three historic synagogues: 1889 Ahavath Sholom in Ligonier, 1914 B'nai Jacob in Fort Wayne, and 1936/7 Sinai Temple in Marion and highlight some of the families who helped to build them and create sacred spaces for their communities. During the presentation, she will also discuss the larger Indiana Synagogue Mapping Project which she started in 2018 with the Indiana Jewish Historical Society (IJHS). This project uses ArcGIS mapping technology to pinpoint and describe over 90 Indiana synagogues.

Dr. Soltz is currently an Assistant Professor of History and the Director of the Public History Program at Ball State University. Previously, Soltz was Assistant Professor of Religious Studies and History at Defiance College in Defiance, Ohio, and Executive Director of the IJHS. Soltz received her PhD in Modern Jewish, 19th- and 20th- century US, and public history in 2016 from the Ohio State University.

Registration is required to attend this free virtual program.  The link can be found at the NEIJGS website at

Additional information about the NEIJGS can be found on our website at, or our Facebook Page,   Contact Betsy Gephart at vp@... for more information.


Hope to see you on Sunday!


Betsy Thal Gephart, vp

Northeast Indiana Jewish Genealogy Society

JGS Toronto. Free Virtual Meeting. EXPLORING CITY DIRECTORIES. Sunny Jane Morton. Wednesday, 28 April 2021, 7:30 p.m.. ET. #announcements #jgs-iajgs

Jerry Scherer




A Family Tree Magazine Webinar


Followed by Questions and Answers

with Sunny Jane Morton

VIRTUAL MEETING: View from home

Wednesday, 28 April 2021, 7:30 p.m. ET.


Sunny Jane Morton is a contributing editor at Family Tree Magazine, contributing editor at, editor of Ohio Genealogy News and a blogger for


City directories are indispensable locating tools for genealogists, but they go far beyond connecting an ancestor to a certain place in time. They lead to a multitude of sources, contain information of genealogical value beyond the individual listings, and present a fuller picture of our ancestors’ lives.


Although the webinar is focused on U.S. city directories, many of the same principles apply in Canada. A PDF with links to major online Canadian city directories will be made available to all attendees.



To register, please go to


Please keep the acknowledgement email when you receive it as it contains your personalized link to join the Zoom meeting.  


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Re: Assistance Needed to translate the Hebrew on Family Gravestones #translation

I agree with Keith Osher Phillip's father was indeed Shmuel.
However R' is the equivalent for Mr.

Jacob Shayzaf 

Re: Searching for a relative who escaped to USA from Nazi Germany during WWII #germany #usa #belarus


I wonder if you have the year when he came to the United States or any information about where in the United States he lived.  Do you know if he became a US citizen? Was he an adult when he escaped or still a child?  Any such facts might help us in helping you.  
Barbara Sloan
Conway, SC

RECHT family of Poland research #poland

Colleen Knol

Hi, thanks for accepting my application to join.  I am researching  my RECHT family, from Poland, specifically, Jack (Jakob Gedalia), and his father, Yechiel Altar RECHT.  Jack changed his surname to Rich when he immigrated to the U.S. I've been trying to find birth certificates for them, but can't find anywhere. I'm wondering if someone can help me with info on this?  Thank you, Colleen Knol
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

database of Hungarian-speaking Jews in Europe during World War II #hungary

John Hoenig

I would like to call your attention to a new, searchable database of interest to those with Hungarian-speaking relatives in Europe during World War II. 


In 1944, three non-governmental organizations in New York, the World Jewish Congress, the Zionist Organization of America, and the International Rescue and Relief Committee, compiled lists of people in Hungary and Hungarian-speaking lands that wanted to immigrate to Palestine. The lists are comprised of nearly 9,400 people in about 2600 families from Hungarian-speaking lands in present-day Hungary, Romania, Ukraine, Slovakia and Serbia. About a third of the people lived in Budapest, a third in the rest of present-day Hungary, and a third in territory occupied by Hungary.

The lists identify families and contain names, ages, and towns. In many cases, they also contain detailed descriptions of extended families (cousins, in-laws, etc.) and street addresses. Early lists were sent directly to the Jewish Agency for Palestine. After the creation of the US Government’s War Refugee Board, the lists were sent to the Board for forwarding to the representative of the Jewish Agency in Istanbul. The lists are in the records of the War Refugee Board at the F.D. Roosevelt Presidential Library in Hyde Park, New York, and appear online in three pdf files as follows: (folder 1) (folder 2) (folder 3). 


The database is described in a recent article available at:  


and It can be searched online at 


If you request a copy of the original document, you will receive one of the three pdf files listed above. Note that the pdfs are searchable so, if the typing in the original is clear, you should be able to find the record of interest easily. Otherwise, the online database gives the page number and you can flip through the file to the appropriate page.  


I had wanted to donate this database to JewishGen but, for reasons that are unfathomable to me, JewishGen was uninterested. The next issue of AVOTAYNU will contain an article in which I describe the holdings of additional relief agency archives which contain Holocaust-related records of interest to genealogists and family historians. Unfortunately, most of those records are not indexed. 


John Hoenig, Williamsburg, VA 

Searching HONIG/HONIG (Transylvania), PELLER (Jablonow, Kolomea, Stanislaw), FITZER (Radauti, Stanislaw, Brzezany) 


John M. Hoenig

Professor of Marine Science | Department of Fisheries Science

Virginia Institute of Marine Science | PO Box 1346 (1375 Greate Rd), Gloucester Pt., VA 23062


my webpage:    

pdf's of my papers:

Google Scholar profile:

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Re: Jews with Christian names #names

Max Heffler

I do not think Berman is goyish. All Berman's I have known were Jewish.

Max Heffler
Houston, TX

From: main@... <main@...> on behalf of Emily Olson via <>
Sent: Monday, April 12, 2021 10:41 AM
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Subject: Re: [] Jews with Christian names #names #general
I can think offhand of three famous-ish Jews named Christopher. You can’t get more goyish than that. Christopher Berman, Christopher Wallace and Christopher Guest.


Max Heffler
Houston, TX

Re: Jews with Christian names #names

Emily Olson

I can think offhand of three famous-ish Jews named Christopher. You can’t get more goyish than that. Christopher Berman, Christopher Wallace and Christopher Guest.

Re: August 1882 Prienai Pogrom: Any Documents from the Trial? #lithuania #poland


Thank you for posting this. It’s the first I heard of it. My mother’s maternal grandparents were from Prienai (moved to Kovno, but some family remained).  Bass and Kaufman.  What is there to read on this altogether? I’d be interested in seeing it. 
Jeanne Swack

Re: Are "Muni" and "Munya" nicknames? For what name? #names

Jerry Scherer

Here's my father's story. There are some similarities to Paul Gottlieb's father.

My father was born in 1909 in Kuty, Galicia. He lived and went to school in Vienna, Austria from 1920 until 1930. From 1930 to !941, he worked as an accountant in Stanislawow, Poland, In 1941, he was sent to Siberia by the Red Army. He worked there in the forced labor camps and in the munition factory until 1946. From 1946 to1949, we were in the DP camp in Hofgeismar, Germany. 

My father's Yiddish/Hebrew name was Moishe. Other names and nicknames used were Maurycy, Munya, Misha and Morris. He was always called by family and friends as Munya and Misha.

Jerry Scherer
Toronto, Canada

View Mate Translation Request – Russian - Osman #translation

Alice Klein

I've posted a record on ViewMate for the birth of my mother Frances Osman in Poland in about 1913. A complete translation would be appreciated.

It is on ViewMate at the following address:

Please respond via the form provided in the ViewMate application.

Thank you very much,
Alice Klein
La Vista, NE




Re: "The Destruction of Jewish Cemeteries" -- new book by Krzysztof Bielawski #poland #general

tony hausner

Thanks for posting.  The problems also exist in Ukraine.  

Tony Hausner
Silver Spring, MD 

Re: Andre Laniado #general #unitedkingdom

Lisa Steinberg

Just yesterday (11 APR) someone posted about the Laniado family. Her name is Karen Lukerman.
If you scroll to the bottom of the email that came today with your question, you'll see hers from yesterday and you can connect. 
I do not think it is such a common name. There was an author called Lucette Lagnado who was from Cairo and wrote "The Man in the White Sharkskin Suit" about her dad.
Good Luck!
Lisa Steinberg, Riverdale The Bronx New York
SHATZMAN (Medzhybizh, Kamieniets Podolsk, Ukraine/Russia)
ROSENTHAL (Parchomowzy (Parhomowce/Parkhomivtsi), Khmelnytskyi, Khmelnytskyi, Ukraine)
SEGAL (Neshchiz, Kovel, Wolin, Ukraine)
ACKERMAN (Brichany, Khotin, Bessarabia) And Yedintz
KUPERMAN/COOPERMAN (Brichany, Khotin, Bessarabia) And Yedintz
CHAYET (Pasvalys, Kovno, Lithuania)
MEYEROWITZ (Kovno, Lithuania)

Re: Translation from Hungarian to English #translation


Dear Everyone                                                   12th April 2021

My apology, but I am a bit puzzled of the content material of the translation from the Hungarian handwriting--
Or I wonder, is my Hungarian ;rusty'?

I am not perceiving--its content material as relating to birth? etc.

My interpretation:
Ref 3857--as a reference to an 'official entry'
Dated 11th January  (-January)- 1894

" The dated -Order by the judgement of the Chief Servant---                                       Keltezett foszolga  Biroi rendelete  folyaman --
In retrospect--(entered0 14th June 1894                                                                      Utolagosan --Junius 14-en 1894 Jegyezkedettbe 
The textiles  which were left -empty                                                                             Az uresen maradt szovetek-  meaning cloth )( I read it with a 'T'  szovetek  and                                                                                                                                     due to missing data (pattern)                                                                                      it seems whoever translated it read it with a' letter 'Gszovegek--mondatok (sentences).
 could not be  followed/relied upon                                                                               Elegendo anyagok hianyaban  nem kovethetok voltak

My apology if I am the one who misread, misunderstood the Hungarian

Best wishes
Veronika Pachtinger

Translate from Hungarian to English #translation

SZ <2745715@...>

Can someone please translate the document from Hungarian to English that is posted here


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