translation from Yiddish needed #translation #yiddish

Deborah Friedman

This is the back of a photo.  Can you translate it please? I'm sorry about the shadow.
Thank you.

Deborah Friedman

Walnut Creek, CA




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

Phil Karlin

I visited my local Mormon parking lot today and got Morris' marriage record, in which he names his mother as Agnesh Karlin. It seems to me that both Nussa and Gossie could be variations or diminutives of that name, so I think I'm comfortable concluding they are all one woman.
Thank you for your responses.
Phil Karlin
Hartford, CT USA

Grandparents surnames KOHAN/LEVI #names #lithuania

Marilyn Weinman


I've just recently had some documents partially translated, and this document, which I believe was either an immigration paper, or possibly a marriage license, and was written in Lithuanian, had the names of KOHAN and LEVI on it, as given last names. I don't have any grandparents with the last names of Cohen or Levy in my family, but rather ARONOWITZ/ ARONOVSKY, JABLONSKI or other derivations of said name on my mom's side, and ENGELMAN/ ENGELMANN and DAVIDOVIC/ DAVIDOVICH on my dad's side. 

Is it possible that this was a marriage license, and the names just are telling me that my grandparents were the son and daughter of.....with no last name given ?
Can anyone explain to me how or what the names of KOHAN/ LEVI may mean to my families surnames, other than they were both from the class of Priests ??

Marilyn Weinman

The woman's name of ZETA #names

Marilyn Weinman

Hello all !

I recently had a document partially translated, and the name Zeta came up. I checked the Jewish database of names, but nothing came up. Does anyone know what the woman's name of ZETA may be in English ?


Marilyn Weinman

Re: Marriage license needed: Brooklyn, 1926 #records #usa

Richard Werbin

If it is a 2nd marriage, then the marriage license application will tell you what happened to the first marriage.
The marriage certificate will not provide that information.

I think that I have seen that the NYC Municipal Archives now has an online request form for the license.
Richard Werbin    New York, New York     JGSNY Membership Vice President

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

Linda Cantor

You have the wrong repository.  Landsmanshaftn records are most likely to be found at YIVO (Center for Jewish History).  Of course they are closed during the pandemic but you can look at their catalog on-line.  Or go to to see what is included in YIVO's landsmanshaften collection. 

Linda Cantor

Re: Charmatz family from Lithuania #lithuania


I'm also interested in what you find out.  My great-grandmother's maiden name was "Charmatz."  Thanks.

Lisa Bracco

What is the name "Katty" short for? #names


I came across the birth certificate for a relative born in NYC in 1898 with the first name entered as "Katty".  Her parents were from a small town in Galicia (now Ukraine).  Would this be a Yiddish name and if so, what would be the English equivalent?  Is it a form of Katie?  Thanks for your help.

Lisa Bracco



I don't know much about this family, but NARODETSKY was the maiden name of the wife of one of my relative's brothers, Mitchell Schwartz. 

Holly Koppel

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

Phil Karlin

So some additional information: there were 3 other siblings for whom I haven't found marriage or death certs with parents' names. They are:
Peal, b. 1881
Leah, b. 1884
Meyer, b. 1887

So I come back to the differences in names as the primary puzzle.
Phil Karlin
Hartford, CT USA

Re: Ancestry World Explorer subscription #general

Marion Werle

I have had a World Explorer subscription for years. I have family who settled in the U.S., Canada, and UK, among others. Also the outbound UK and Hamburg ship manifests are extremely useful. The latter two collections are not available on FamilySearch. FS should always be part of your searches, regardless. Not all collections are overlapping. 

Marion Werle

Re: Tiktin Family of Rabbis #poland


I believe that 'dajan' is 'dayan', rabbinic court judge.
Shirley Ginzburg

JewishGen Talks: Post 1492 Sephardic Dispersion and a Guide to Sephardic Genealogy #JewishGenUpdates

Avraham Groll

We invite you to attend the next presentation in our series of JewishGen Talks webinars:
Post 1492 Sephardic Dispersion and a Guide to Sephardic Genealogy
Speaker: Sarina Roffé
Tuesday, April 20, 2021 @ 2:00 PM Eastern Time
Registration is free with a suggested donation.
About the Talk
Sarina Roffé, a respected expert on genealogy and Sephardic history, provides an overview of Sephardic Jewry and post 1492 dispersion to begin the discussion on researching your own Sephardic genealogy. Where to begin, interview techniques, what can be accessed online, books and various sources for research will be shared.
About the Speaker
Sarina Roffé is a career journalist and holds a BA in journalism, an MA in Jewish Studies and an MBA. She is the editor of Dorot for JGS of NY, the author of Branching Out from Sepharad, Backyard Kitchen: Mediterranean Salads, and Backyard Kitchen: The Main Course. Sarina speaks often at genealogy ad historical conferences and has written hundreds of articles. She has researched numerous genealogies and is considered an expert in Syrian Jewry. She is a former member of the IAJGS board, Chair of the JewishGen Sephardic Research Division, co-chair of the Brooklyn Jewish Historical Initiative and founder of the Sephardic Heritage Project. Sarina presents often at IAJGS and historical conferences and has completed over a dozen genealogies, through her genealogy consulting business, Sephardic Genealogical Journeys.
Registration is free with a suggested donation.
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Re: Tiktin Family of Rabbis #poland

Adam Cherson


Here is the entry from JVL (

, rabbinical family originating in Tykocin (Tiktin), near Bialystok, Poland. ABRAHAM BEN GEDALIAH (1764–1820) became a rabbi in his birthplace Schwersenz (Swarzędz), in Lęczyca, and from 1803 in *Glogau (in Silesia). In 1816 he was appointed Oberlandrabbiner of Silesia at Breslau. Of 12 rabbinic works, only his Petaḥ ha-Bayit was published (Dyhernfurth, 1820; republished 1910, Warsaw). His son SOLOMON (1791–1843) succeeded his father in the Breslau and Silesian rabbinate. He became involved in controversy with the Reform movement when, in 1836, he prohibited the publication in Breslau of M. Brueck's Reform des Judenthums (Nagy-Becskerek, 1848), and opposed two years later the appointment of Abraham *Geiger as assistant rabbi, preacher, and dayyan in Breslau. He and his son, Gedaliah, conducted a bitter campaign against Geiger, mustering Orthodox circles and having the support of the Prussian conservative bureaucracy and clergy; this struggle became a cause célèbre in both Jewish and gentile circles. Geiger was supported primarily by the patrician, educated Jewish leadership while Tiktin had the support of the majority of the community.

GEDALIAH (c. 1810–1886), Solomon's son, was elected rabbi of Breslau by the Orthodox faction in 1843; this election was confirmed in 1846, and in 1854 his nomination as Landrabbiner was confirmed, the government identifying his religious Orthodoxy with political loyalty. When Geiger left Breslau for Frankfurt in 1863, Gedaliah came to terms with his successor Manuel *Joel and a compromise was reached by which separate communal institutions were maintained for both Orthodox and Reform. HEINRICH (1850–1936), Gedaliah's son, was a philologist and Romanian grammarian."

Since there is a yDNA signature for the Maharam of TIktin family of Levite Rabbis you could easily determine whether your TIktins are connected to those Tiktins if you can obtain a yDNA result from one of your Tiktins. Please contact me privately if you need further assistance with such a research strategy.
Adam Cherson

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

Sherri Bobish


I agree 100% with Sally. People made up names on the spur of the moment.  My Mom told me that when giving the names of parents to an American bureaucrat that it was common for English first names to be substituted for Yiddish names, even when the parent had never come to The U.S.

I also have seen records of siblings that each gave a totally different first name for a parent, and in those cases I know with certainty that they had the same mother.

It is unfortunate that the Hebrew name of one's mother is rarely seen on a tombstone.


Sherri Bobish

New Data Base Research Options #holocaust #records

Nomi Waksberg

The Book of Names ( is a non-profit web database specific to those who were murdered at Treblinka. Before the existence of this database there was no SINGLE database specific to Treblinka. So consider this a helpful source if you are researching and of course a place to pay homage to the names of any people you know who were murdered in Treblinka and are not yet in the database. As you probably know, most of the Jews of the Warsaw Ghetto were sent here to be killed.        There are also several other (new to me databases) which may be of interest to you: (Warsaw Ghetto); (Austria). If you come across a page in which all or part of the text is in another language, just right click on your mouse and you should have the option to click "Translate to English" - saves a lot of time. Stay well.
Nomi Fiszenfeld Waksberg

Very good Birthday presents for a family historian #general

David Harrison

When a family historian is a very Senior Citizen with a house full of everything they need, give them the family tree of the family into which you married.  This will enable them to spread their family wider still.  If that has already, let them know that at last you have completed naming every photograph and also added in the date, place and occasion to benefit future historians.  These are what I am asking for my ninetieth birthday.  I have given them all three months' notice.  I also recently opened a box which contained 200 photos and10 diaries I could place the names on half of the photos and which end of a decade was correct for them, but the others and the albums are not as useful as the address sections of the diaries..  My search has also told me that the husbands of my great aunts came from the same Dutch town as my great-grandfather and two of my friends and the owner of a local Petrol station and car repair chain (found by one of these others).
David Harrison, Birmingham, England 

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

Judy Floam

The “fourth aliyah”  is considered a slight because the first two go automatically to a Kohen and a Levi, respectively.  So the “third aliyah” is an honor for the rest of the members and the fourth is someone who wasn’t important enough to get the third.   At our synagogue, the third aliyah always goes to the Rabbi, but I don’t think anyone cares who gets the fourth aliyah.


Judy Floam

Baltimore, MD

Re: ViewMate Polish translation request #poland #translation


I forgot to make these clickable links. Now I'm correcting that.

I've posted vital records in Polish for which I'd like extracts as
much vital data (names, dates, spouse, ages, places, etc.) as

It is on ViewMate at the following addresses :

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

Steven Zedeck
Atlanta, Georgia USA

Polish spelling for surname MAKSHIN #poland #names

Dina Hill

I am trying to locate the descendants of the 2nd family who hid my mom
and grandma during the Holocaust in Chrzanow, Lublin, Poland.

My mom is deceased now, but she gave me the name of the family in 1988
and I wrote it down phonetically MAKSHIN.

How can I find out how it was spelled in Polish?? I'm pretty sure
that's not a Polish spelling. The first family that hid my family was
honored at a RIGHTEOUS UPON NATIONS ceremony about 7 years ago. The
second family deserves that too.


Dina Aptekar Hill

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