Published Jewish Family Histories #general

Michelle Sandler

I am working on a PowerPoint presentation on where to find Published
Jewish Family Histories. The sources I have so far are:
Sourcebook for Jewish Genealogy and Family Histories
Avotaynu: the international review of Jewish Genealogy
Library of Congress
The sources for unpublished Jewish Family Histories are
JewishGen Family Finder
Family Tree of the Jewish People
Wiki Tree
Jewish Genealogy Surname Project on Facebook

Michelle Sandler MLS
President OCJGS
Librarian OCJGS
Vice President of Programming OCJGS
Westminster, California

Re: New Data Base Research Options #holocaust #records


I think that:
" 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" -"

only works with Google Chrome.

Tom Beer

Melbourne, Australia.

Re: Polish spelling for surname MAKSHIN #poland #names

Krzysztof Witaszek

Makszin is a Hungarian surname, in Poland very rare in this form.
It could be Makuszyn or Makuszyń, they  would be  pronounced similarly to Makshin. 
Was this family from Chrzanów or from Lublin?
Krzysztof Witaszek

Re: Grandparents surnames KOHAN/LEVI #names #lithuania


The name Aronowitz might indicate they were descendants of the High Priest Aharon (brother of Mozes) as some people with my surname (Aronson) were, and if they were it could well be that they were generally known as Kohen. However it doesn't have to be that way, as in my case (we are not descendants of Aharon the high priest) were my ancestors took on that name to honor their grandfather whose first name was Aron.

N. Aronson
Manchester UK

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

Bob Silverstein

Richard, thanks for the response.  That is why you have to see both and, preferably, the original to check spellings.  The Archives does have an online order form.
Bob Silverstein
Elk Grove Village, IL

Researching Kaplan (Krynki, Poland) Tzipershteyn (Logishin, Pinsk, Belarus), Friedson/Fridzon (Motol, Cuba, Massachusetts), Israel and Goodman (Mishnitz, Warsaw, Manchester).

WWll Soldier Database For USSR Posts 8 Million Records #announcements #records #russia

Jan Meisels Allen


The Memory of the People portal announced almost 8.5 million more records to the database, the largest database for documenting former USSR soldiers.



The new collection adds:

·         6.2 million records from casualty cards and disease certificates

·         720,000 records of conscription and demobilization from the documents of military enlistment offices

·         154,000 records from name lists

·         338,000 records for soldier awards

·         267,000 entries from lists of buried soldiers and funeral notices

·         780,000 documents from military registration and enlistment offices regarding soldier losses.

For those unfamiliar with Russian to make the database less intimidating a video guide is available at:


Original url:


The database provides detailed information on soldiers that includes full name, date of birth, place of birth, location for call of duty, map of the individual’s battle route and awards received, with photos of awards and scans of original documents. Documents can be saved by clicking on the disk button on the bottom right.


To read Vera Miller’s excellent website about this database go to:


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee




Chevra kaddisha in UNNA 1932 #germany

Mike Redel

Dear gersigs,

I hope one of you can help me. I have read in a book about the jewish
communities in 1932 that a Chevra kaddischa was foundet around 1875
the chairmann was a Kupferschlag (I think his name was Sally K.)

Has one of you informations about the Chevra kaddisha in Unna? Thank you.


Mike Redel

Unna - Germany

Re: Records of Landsleitschaften in Chicago (Was: New York City) #records #usa

Ben Karlin <BenKARLIN@...>

Hi Barbara,

if you are not familiar with they have digitized many resources out of copyright as well as a lending library. If you search the category Texts using the search term “Jews in Chicago” in metadata you will find astounding documents. Landsleitschaften and Synagogues are reviewed in “Bridges to an American City” by Sidney Sorkin. There are other resources dating back to before the religious conferences convened in connection with Chicago’s Columbian Exposition in 1893. There are also a variety of Annuals and Directories that you’ll find useful.

I do not know if individual synagogues will have records but it is likely Spertus Institute has collections. Spertus (as well as the IL Secy of State) have libraries online with full-text of The Sentinel, Chicago’s English language Jewish newsmagazine. Searching for surnames in it may turn up business’s ads, and a variety of social items.

Hope these resources will be helpful.

Aurora, IL

KARLINSKY in Motole, Ivanava, Pinsk, USA and Canada
RAJCZYN in Zhitomyr
SAUWER in Buenos Aires, Argentina and Belem, Brazil

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

David Harrison <djh_119@...>

I am more than a bit puzzled.  We have  7 or 8 aliyot at our services - Open the Ark; draw the curtains and close them; take out the Scroll and after, replace it , Haggbah);  undress the Scroll and dress it; say the blessings be a witness that the reading is correct: read the special other reading, say the blessing and read from the Prophets.  The prize one is for Haggbah, which gave up when I was84 and we have to get a lady to perform this .  So the question is, what were the four?
David Harrison, Birmingham, England.

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Sent: 16 April 2021 14:58
To: main@... <main@...>
Subject: Re: [] This week's Yizkor book excerpt on the JewishGen Facebook page #yizkorbooks

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


Harold Love

I may have some leads for you. I tried to send you an email and it bounced back. Please contact me at 
Harold Love
Pittsburgh, PA

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


Could also come from Katia or Kadia.

Dan Efrat
Cherry Hill, NJ, USA

Re: The woman's name of ZETA #names


Zeta and Zita is a non-Jewish European name, which seems to be found mostly in central and east Europe. Not very common but I had a neighbor in Israel named Zita who was born in Russia in the 1960s.
Zita of Bourbon-Parma (died 1989) was the last Empress of Austria, so the name goes pretty high ...

Dan Efrat
Cherry Hill, NJ, USA
Researching Israelit and Israelite of Novogrudok and Dyatlovo (Zhetl), Rabinowitz of Dyatlovo, Pruss of Chernobyl and Koifman of Proskurov.

Re: Polish spelling for surname MAKSHIN #poland #names

Dr. Ruth Leiserowitz

It should be "Makszyń".

Ruth Leiserowitz
Berlin / Warsaw

Re: Tiktin Family of Rabbis #poland

Dr. Ruth Leiserowitz

The files of the Jewish Community of Wroclaw are in the Jewish Historical Institute in Warsaw. Please try the link:,439

Ruth Leiserowitz
Berlin / Warsaw

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


It also could be 2 or even 3 mothers.  My ggf was widowed twice and possibly 3 times before he married my ggm (his last wife). He had children with all of them. His first child was born in 1870 and the first of 4 children with his final wife was born in 1880. So it is very possible that there was more than 1 wife.

Jessica Schein


Janet Furba

Ask the relevant archives.
Janet Furba

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

Janet Furba



Re: Very good Birthday presents for a family historian #general



What a lovely gift that would be!
Actually I couldn't think of a greater gift and then suddenly someone very close to me bought me a DNA kit for Christmas (a few years ago). I have to say I have enjoyed that at some points even more than my tree and research, and it has opened other doors I didn't know existed or thought about.

Mandy Molava
Researching Russian Belarus Brest Galacia and much more

Re: The woman's name of ZETA #names

Jill Whitehead

There is of course the Welsh actress Catherine Zeta Jones. This is the only instance I know of this name. 

Jill Whitehead, Surrey, UK

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

Jill Whitehead

In English Katty is a short form of Katherine or Katie. Family members who later became Kate or Katherine were named after Creine (also this became Karen) or Gittel.

Jill Whitehead, Surrey, UK

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