USHMM Through Ancestry Offers Free Access to April 19-25 and May 10-16 #records #announcements #holocaust

Jan Meisels Allen



The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) History Unfolded platform with Ancestry’s will be offering free access to the premium subscription databases during the following times:

  • Monday, March 22 through Sunday, March 28, 2021
  • Monday, April 19 through Sunday, April 25, 2021
  • Monday, May 10 through Sunday, May 16, 2021


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I have no affiliation with Ancestry, or the USHMM and am sharing this information solely for the readers’ information.


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee





MyHeritage Offers Free Birth Records April 18-24 #announcements #records

Jan Meisels Allen




My Heritage is offering free access to all birth records on their website the week of April 18-24, 2021.  No time zone was provided for beginning or cutoff so assume US Central Time zone.


MyHeritage’s collection of birth records includes 115 collections containing a total of 1,144,541,613 individual records from all over the world. Some of the collections contain indexes which help you find out where the birth record is located, while others contain the actual image of the record.


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You can save a record to your computer or to your family tree on MyHeritage if you have a subscription.  No credit card information is requested.


If you try to access the records before or after the access dates of April 18-24 you will be invited to subscribe.


I have no affiliation with MyHeritage and am sharing this information solely for the information of the reader.


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee



Re: Records of Landsleitschaften in New York City #records #usa


Some time ago, I found online the landsmanshaft that buried one of my uncles and his wife.  I think I started with the death records and went backward.  Sorry I don't recall details now, but wanted you to know this is possible.
Barbara Sloan
Conway, SC

Re: Ancestry World Explorer subscription #general

Molly Staub

I have used the Explorer subscription for years, since I have living relatives in Israel, Great Britain, Australia, and even China. One woman in Ukraine found me, and then located the record of my uncle's discharge from the Kiev Hospital during World War I. I had known he served in the Russian Army in that war, but wasn't sure he had been wounded.
Molly Arost Staub, staubmolly@...

Researching AROST/HARAST, BERENSON, GROFFMAN, and thousands more

Issac LAZAROFF- London end of 19th century #united kingdom

Yonatan Ben-Ari

According to family lore my great great grandmother, gittle ABRAMOWITZ a widow with 4 children married an English widower with some 10 children and they lived in the Meah Shearim section in Jerusalem toward the end of the 19th cent.

There is a lot of confusion regarding the places and times that Gittle lived. After leaving Novarodok in Europe she lived for sometime in New Haven, and Jerusalem.

If the above sounds familiar to anyone I'd be happy to hear from you.


Yoni Ben Ari, Jerusalem

Re: HOROWITZ-Minsk turn of 18th century #rabbinic

Janet Furba

Hi, ask the Minsk town archive for the relevant documents.
Janet Furba,

Re: Handwriting Analysis of name from Death Certificate #usa #records #general

Sherri Bobish


On their daughter Minnie's 1923 marriage record Rebecca's maiden name is transcribed at FamilySearch as:  Rebecca Balner


Sherri Bobish

Re: Records of Landsleitschaften in New York City #records #usa

Barbara Kenzer

I am researching my Grandparents and Great Grandparents. I am trying to find Landsmanshaftn that might give me information about my ancestors that were naturalized in Chicago. 
I have contacted others with no reply.
Thank you for your help.
Barbara Kenzer

On Thu, Apr 15, 2021 at 11:51 AM sjgwed via <> wrote:
I also recommend a book - A Brotherhood of Memory: Jewish Landsmanshaftn in the New World, by Michael R. Weisser, pub 1985 by Basic books, and 1989 by Cornell U Press. as paperback.

Susan Gordon
Lempert, Schoenholz - SKALAT, LVOV
Bialazurker - ZBARAZ, BUDAPEST


Machpelah Cemetery 82-30 Cypress Hills St., Glendale, NY 11385 #usa

Rabbi Ben-Zion Saydman

My ancestral shul, Congregation Beth Hamedrash Hagodol, formerly of
Norfolk Street on the Lower East Side, was tragically burned to the
ground in 2017 after serving the Jewish community for 120 years.

BHH had two burial grounds, one at Machpelah and one at Union Field.
Machpelah is now a ruin and is in terrible shape.

I would like to make contact with anyone who might still be in charge
of the cemetery and its ledger record books. The IAJGS cemetery
project contact for Machpelah is no longer functioning.

Does anyone have contact information or know if the ledger record
books still exist? Does anyone know if the NY Jewish community, the
City, or the State have any plans to rehabilitate the cemetery, fix
the broken stones, and cut back the jungle? It is truly a shanda to
leave it in decay.

Thank you.

Rabbi Ben-Zion Saydman
Executive Director
Tree of Life Heritage Foundation

Rumsiskes, Telz, Plunge, Kelem, Novy Dvor, Zagare, Bauska, New York,

Rabbi Ben-Zion Saydman
Executive Director
Tree of Life Heritage Foundation
(949) 292-3131

Do these siblings have the same mother? A Yiddish given name question #names

Phil Karlin

There are 4 people, immigrants from Minsk Gubernia, who lived in New York City and/or Canada who I can identify as siblings via Census records or immigration manifests or other documents. I've tracked down their parents' names on death or marriage records. All 4 list their father as Abraham or Abram. But the mothers are different. So what do you think, name variations or dad had a 2nd spouse:
Lewis, b. 1894, mother is Nussa
Jacob, b. 1891, mother is Mashe Karlin
Sarah, b. 1877, mother is Gossie Karlin
Morris, b. 1870, mother is Rose

So, are these 4 mothers the same person?

Phil Karlin
Hartford, CT USA

Charmatz family from Lithuania #lithuania

Jack Jacobson

My paternal grandfather's family name was Charmatz. they lived in Lithuania.  I know that the name is an acronym for "Son in law of Reb Moshe Tzvi"   However, I do not know who Reb Moshe Tzvi was or where he lived.  I am hoping that learning that information will help me trace that branch of my family before 1809 which is the approximate birth year of my great, great grandfather, Ber Iankel Charmatz.

Jack Jacobson
Milwaukee, WI

American family mostly from the Boston, MA area

Re: Handwriting Analysis of name from Death Certificate #usa #records #general

Jx. Gx.


Sorry to complicate things, but I came up with Belura or Beluras just by looking at the letters.  I was trying to match the letters used in this name with letters used in other parts of the certificate. One thing I did in a similar situation with my great-grandmother's maiden name was to take all the possible spellings and do a Google search for those names.  I wanted to see if the names I came up with are actual surnames for people. I was able to eliminate one or two of my possible spellings because I never found anyone with those names.  If you do this, keep in mind that the person you are searching for was born in Austria so you would most likely be looking for people with a similar regional background.  This isn't a perfect system, but it can help to steer you toward the right choice. I was able to narrow my ggm's maiden name to two possibilities.

Jeffrey Gee

Re: Obtaining a death record listed on FamilySearch #usa #records


Ok folks, I fell for it. I actually went to the parking lot and tried to log in. 
It appeared that were several hot wifi's in the area. So I tried them all. I tried many versions of the password - lower case, initial cap, all caps -- nothing got me signed in!
So unless you are really bored and have nothing else to do, take the trip. As for me, I would spend my time watching a movie instead!
Maryellen Tobiasiewicz
family from: Bielsko-Biala powiat Poland
Gorlice powiat Poland
Lviv Oblast Ukraine

Offering New Montefiore Cemetery photos (Long Island, NY) #photographs #usa

A. E. Jordan

I am going to make a brief visit to New Montefiore Cemetery (West Babylon, NY) on Sunday and wanted to offer the possibility of photos while I am there.

I have to emphasize time will be limited so it may be a sort of lottery or pot luck if I get too many requests. But I will do what I can especially if the requests happen to be close to the graves that I am going out there for.
Process I follow is fairly simple in offering to take photos for people.
You ID the grave from the cemetery's online database and send me the details. I take a photo and email it to you and in turn I appreciate a few dollars to help defer the expense of doing this for everyone, ie gasoline money.
I am happy to help out where I can, but please don't send me a generic name and ask me to find the person at the cemetery and please don't send me around the cemetery to find the 20 people named Jack Cohen because one of them might possibly be your long lost cousin. The cemetery is massive and a few people have asked me to do that and it is a very slow process that takes a lot of time and gasoline, etc.

Also if you are asking for an infant or child's grave please tell me. They are mostly in separate areas of the plots and a lot of those graves do not have markers.
New Montefiore is one of the best organized cemeteries and has a very good database and you can also call the office and they will help with some additional information on the telephone.
It is better if you search the name on the New Montefiore database versus the commercial Find a Grave because the position information and data is better at the cemetery's page.
Feel free to ask me questions via email and ask about other NYC area cemeteries because I will visit most of them as the spring/summer progresses. There's a few I do not go to because of distance or safety issues.
Please respect the discussion group and send your specific requests to me privately by replying to this email or my email address aejordan at aol dot com.
Allan Jordan
New York

PS for folks who asked me for Mt Hebron a few weeks ago I have done about half the results but they are still on my camera. Unfortunately it rained last Sunday or I would have completed Mt. Hebron.


Re: Handwriting Analysis of name from Death Certificate #usa #records #general


I would agree with "Belmas."  Definitely not an "h" in there--look at how the "h" is constructed in "chronic" to the right.  The "m" seems to match how the person wrote that letter in the word "memorial" on the bottom.  There is no "i" in there because the writer consistently dotted that letter elsewhere.  Good luck.

Lisa Bracco

Re: Records of Landsleitschaften in New York City #records #usa

Susan J. Gordon

I also recommend a book - A Brotherhood of Memory: Jewish Landsmanshaftn in the New World, by Michael R. Weisser, pub 1985 by Basic books, and 1989 by Cornell U Press. as paperback.

Susan Gordon
Lempert, Schoenholz - SKALAT, LVOV
Bialazurker - ZBARAZ, BUDAPEST


Re: Trying to identify Congregation Ben Menashe LES #galicia

Mark Shapiro

In the 1939 WPA Survey, an alternative name is Congregation Nachlas Zwie Anshe Ungam (“Congregation Inheritance of Tzvi, People of Ungam”).  I was unable to find an “Ungam” in the JewishGen Communities Database, the JewishGen Gazeteer, or the Columbia Gazeteer of the World.  On the other hand, “Ungam” could very easily have been a misreading for “Ungarn”, which is Hungary.

Mark Shapiro
New York, NY

Re: Photographs of Berlin Addresses Pre-war #germany #general


Few photographs but the maps in Baedecker guides are wonderful ways to look back at cities.

Dennis Whitehead

Re: Obtaining a death record listed on FamilySearch #usa #records


Try calling the cemetery - cemeteries will take pictures for a fee

On jewishdata website is an Isaac Kaufman who died in 1900 - is this your Isaac? If so I can send picture to you.  No Dora or Minnie listed on this site

Dassy Wilen

Iasi Birth Records (index) #romania

Michael Moritz

The Iasi Archives have entered into the Romanian Archives' online catalogue an index of birth records from 1865-1913 (solely the name, date of registration, and index number). We have extracted the first decade of these lists so far, and they are accessible at this link.
This includes more than 28,000 births registered in Iasi between 1865-1875 (of all religions). With this information, the original can be pulled. We have the majority of the birth records from 1865-1908, so if you locate anyone during this time period either in the spreadsheet or in the catalogue, we can likely find the original and send it to you in color, for a $15 contribution per record. Please reach out to Dana Lugassy, Iasi Town Coordinator, for help locating and pulling records (dlugassy314@...).
Michael Moritz
Director, JewishGen Romania Research Division

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