Viewmate Translation Request - Russian #translation

Steven Granek

I've posted a vital record in Russian for which I need a translation and I’d like to know general what it IS as well. 
It is on ViewMate at the following address ...
Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page.
Thank you very much.
Steve Granek

Help deciphering "Birth Registration" from Lapichi in 1880s--ViewMate postings #belarus #records #translation

David Gordon

I received two images (front and back) of a document that I am told is the “Birth Registration” of my grandfather, Gershon Gurevich, who was born in Lapichi in Belarus in 1887 (or 1889).  His father’s name was (Rabbi) Moshe Aharon Gurevich and his mother was Chaya Ruchl (Drazin).  The quality of the images is extremely poor, making it very difficult to read.  I would be most grateful for any information or translation that anyone is able to provide.


The front of the document is

The back of the document is


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


Thank you very much for your help.


David Gordon


Chicago, Illinois


GORDON: Butrimonys; HORWITZ: Smolevichi, Lapichi

GEBALOVITCH: Borisov; DRAZIN: Bobruisk


Wrong people on family trees on genealogy sites #general


I don't know if this discussion is allowed here, but I'll try anyway.

I have been checking for updates and new searches on Ancestry & MyHeritage.  I have found some trees that have members of my family on them.  But given the other information on the trees, they don't seem to actually be connected to my family or the information on the tree is most incorrect.  In one instance, I think my whole family was pulled into that tree although the "connecting" person was the wrong person (similar name).  

I have tried to contact the owners of the trees to get more information, but have not gotten responses to every query.  In one case I did get a response and the "owner" did not acknowledge that her information was incorrect nor provide any proof that it was correct.  Other people have asked for corrections and more information.

Do I understand that this information is impossible to have removed unless the owner of the tree does it?  I find it very upsetting that

a) incorrect information is out there and b) that people who have been dead for under 30 years are still listed and that information could be used for identify theft of the descendants. 


Viewmate Polish translation request #translation

Christine Lassiege

Hi everyone,

I've posted 2 vital records about ROZANSKA family in Polish for which I’d like extracts as much vital data (names, dates, spouse, ages, place, job, name of the witness and family.. ).  

All are from the city of Minsk Mazowiecki, Poland.  They are on ViewMate at the following addresses...

1)     93111 Michel Rozanska Akt 16, dead in 1826  


2)     93110 Michel Rozanska Akt 16, born in 1828  

Thank you very much for your help

Christine LASSIEGE


Jews in Southern Tuscany during the Holocaust #announcements #jgs-iajgs

Paulette Bronstein

Greetings from the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Miami.
You are invited to join us Sunday, April 25 at 10:30 a.m.
Warm regards
Paulette Bronstein
Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Miami

Judith Roumani, PhD: Jews in Southern Tuscany during the Holocaust

April 25, 2021 10:30 am

The following event is done in collaboration with Temple Beth Am Library’s Sunday Salon.

Yom HaShoah Event 2021

Jews in Southern Tuscany during the Holocaust

Presented by Judith Roumani, PhD.
Dr. Judith Roumani is listed by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum as All Fellows and Scholars.
She is one of the leading scholars on the subject of Sephardic literature.
Sephardic Jews lived mainly in the Balkan States, North Africa, and the Middle East, and many were murdered during the Holocaust but have largely been forgotten by history.

To join us by Zoom, contact to get a link:


Re: Published Jewish Family Histories #general


While I am not certain, I suspect that most Jewish Historical Societies have this sort of material. Two I know of are the Charleston (SC) Jewish Historical Society and the New Haven (CT) Jewish Historical Society. I suspect that libraries in older cities that were home to many Jews may also have nonpublished works and privately published works as well.
Barbara Sloan
Conway, SC

ViewMate translation request - Yddish #translation


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

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

Salmo Raskin

Re: marriage record for Heinrich GOLDNER from Militärseelsorge, Vienna, Austria #austria-czech #general

Andreas Schwab

The Vienna Kehillah has also the Militärseelsorge records:
Trauungsbücher der k.u.k. israelitischen Militärseelsorge in Wien, 1915 – 1919
This is probably the source of the entry for your grandfather at Genteam. 
At Familysearch there are only microfilms:

Andreas Schwab, Montreal, Canada

Emigration from Russian Empire to Canada #courland #lithuania #belarus #ukraine #russia

Geoff Chester

Hi everybody. It's a pleasure to find such an active group in this field. I am a British/Latvian/Jewish researcher based in Latvia writing a thesis about emigration from Libau (now Liepaja) to Halifax. Based on ship charters from the Russian-American line, a huge amount of Russian Jews ended up in Montreal, Toronto and Winnipeg after leaving Russia via my current hometown. If any of you have any such connections (especially if your family lived in the Pale of Settlement and left between 1906-1914 for Canada), I'd really appreciate it if you could complete this survey: or pass it on to those who have ancestral connections to that part of the world, to help get as broad a picture of things as possible.
I've also added a link to an article I wrote a while ago about emigration from Liepaja to New York. Although it may be a bit US-centric, the information there is relevant for a great many Canadian Jews as well. I hope you enjoy!

If you have any further questions, don't hesitate to write.
Best regards,
Geoff Chester
Liepaja, Latvia

May 6: Multigenerational Family Storytelling Virtual Workshop from Center for Jewish History #events

Moriah Amit

Multigenerational Family Storytelling Workshop (Teens & Up)

Thursday, May 6, 7 PM ET

Presented by the Center for Jewish History and Culture Pass

Bring multiple generations of your family together, no matter the distance, for a lively evening of guided storytelling. Participants will learn the importance and how-to’s of family storytelling before breaking off into family groups to explore a list of fun, meaningful questions together. Be prepared to learn surprising new details about your relatives - you may have more in common than you think!


Ticket Info: Free; register here to receive a link to the Zoom program.


This program is presented by the Center for Jewish History, in collaboration with and with funding from Culture Pass. Culture Pass is a program for cardholding patrons of New York City’s public libraries, the Brooklyn Public Library, New York Public Library, and Queens Public Library. Support for Culture Pass is provided by The New York Community Trust, Charles H. Revson Foundation, Stavros Niarchos Foundation, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. To learn more, visit

Moriah Amit
Senior Genealogy Librarian, Center for Jewish History
New York, NY

Re: Jews with Christian names #names

Gail H. Marcus

I had a similar experience.  We were traveling and were invited to the home of someone in Australia who we didn't know as part of a program for visitors to the country to get to know some locals.  Our hostess threw open the door to greet us and immediately asked, "What is your Christian name?"  I had never heard the expression before, but I guess it was obvious, because I furrowed my brow and said, "Do you mean my given name?  It's Gail."  The moment passed without further discussion.

Gail Marcus
Bethesda, MD

Re: marriage record for Heinrich GOLDNER from Militärseelsorge, Vienna, Austria #austria-czech #general

Andreas Schwab

According to, Heinrich and Risa had two children: Lucie, b. 21 Jan 1918, Peter Herbert, b. 17 Nov 1920. The couple was Jewish since the births of the children are recorded at the Jewish registries at the Vienna Kehillah. The originals are held at the Archives of the Vienna Kehillah:
The archives can only do limited searches.
Scans of the record are held at FamilySearch and can be consulted at a family history center or an affiliate library. Familysearch has not indexed these records, only Genteam.
Regarding the marriage, pastoral services at the Austro-Hugarian Army included rabbinical services. The marriage is also recorded at the Kehillah in addition to Pastoral Services.
In any case, it would be wise to request the Vienna residents registration card at:
You can request the record online, but it will be sent to you within two months, cost: EUR35 to EUR140.
You should ask for the record of Heinrich Goldner as the head of household, records are per household.
Andreas Schwab, Montreal, Canada

NYC Police Reports #records

Carl Kaplan

I found a newspaper article from 1961 that records the death by suicide, in the Bronx, of a cousin of mine. That branch of my family is not well documented, and I don't have any contacts. The article states that she had an infant son (no listing of her husband's name), so I am hoping a police report would have more information. This should help me fill in more family tree blanks. Any idea where I can obtain that? NYPD is very large, so I am hoping someone might have the contact info of a specific department. Thanks.
Carl Kaplan

KAPLAN Minsk, Belarus
EDELSON, EDINBURG Kovno, Lithuania

Re: Looking for Weisskopf relatives birth records from Kojétin #austria-czech #general

Janet Furba

Hi, ask the relevant archives.
Janet Furba,

Re: Published Jewish Family Histories #general

Lewis, Megan

The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum has a collection of family histories both published and unpublished.  You can find them in our Collections Search catalog,  We also have an extensive self-published/small press memoir collection.  We ask authors' permission to put their books online to increase access.
We also digitize archival collections and are putting all the collections we have permissions for online.

If anyone has a family history that they are interested in donating to USHMM, please contact me at mlewis@....  We accept both hard copies and digital copies.

Three other sources are ArchiveGrid,, Open Library and the Digital Public Library of America,

Megan Lewis, reference librarian
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Commemoration of Ringelblum Archive-78th Anniversary of Warsaw Ghetto Uprising #announcements #holocaust #poland

Jan Meisels Allen

Participants lay a wreath and flowers in front of a monument dedicated
 to the underground archives of the Jewish ghetto during its unveiling
 ceremony at the site in Warsaw, April 19, 2021.
 (Wojtek Radwanski/AFP via Getty Images)


On the 78th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising—April 19 a monument was unveiled marking the area where a group of Jewish writers and activists buried an archive of material documenting their Holocaust activities. Known as the Oneg Shabbat- a group of historians, journalists, writers and social activists led by Emanuel Ringelblum collected material from reports and diaries to posters, drawing and even candy wrappers documenting the horrendous conditions in the ghetto and hid the cache underground in metal boxes and milk cans.  Most but not all of the documents have been found.  The monument is at 28 Nowolipki Street and centers on a transparent cube containing a copy of an archival document.


During the building of the commemoration they found old artifacts from the Warsaw Ghetto times which will be displayed in the Jewish Historical Institute.

After the Nazis invaded Poland in September 1939, they forced 500,000 Jews to live in unsanitary, cramped quarters which became known as the Warsaw Ghetto. Most were murdered or died of starvation or disease.

Due to the pandemic no official ceremony was held. However, groups involved with the project released an 8-minute video on YouTube. It is in Polish with English subtitles.  See:


There also plans to honor the  Oneg Shabbat group with a monument at Warsaw’s Jewish cemetery.


To read more about this see:


To learn more about the Jewish Historical Institute see:


To learn more about the Oneg Shabbat Archive go to:


A book about discovering the Hidden Archive is Who Will Write our History Rediscovering a Hidden Archive From the Warsaw Ghetto by Samuel D. Kassow.   Professor Kassow gave the Pamela Weisberger Memorial Lecture on this topic  Sponsored by JGSLA at the 36th IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy.


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee



marriage record for Heinrich GOLDNER from Militärseelsorge, Vienna, Austria #austria-czech #general


I would like to find out more about the marriage of my grandparents at  "Militärseelsorge, Vienna, Austria" 
I can not find 
their marriage certificate, nor any military records for my Grandfather.
Any reference that I can find seem to indicate this is a Catholic institution.
I believe that my Grandfather was in the army as I have a photo of himself and his brothers(L-R  Paul,Franz,Heinrich) which I have attached.
Any information to clarify his rank etc would also be appreciated
Thank you
Eva MacGregor

Re: DNA matches with descendants of enslaved African Americans. #usa #general

Deborah Friedman

Hi Brad,
Thank you for your letter.
I appreciate your courage in starting this conversation.
Although our family has not, at least so far, uncovered any DNA matches with descendants of enslaved African Americans,  we do have evidence (1840 Donaldsonville, LA census) of  the fact of slave ownership (one so far, that we know of) by one of our ancestors, Levi Hess (1812-1882), born in Germany, died in San Francisco, but lived in New Orleans from 1835 to 1850, had 8 children with Theresa Sanger.  With the help of the River Road African American Museum, we were able to find a conveyance document for the sale of a woman named Ruthe from M.W.S.Green to my grgrgr grandfather, Levi Hess.  Reading the document was a sobering, painful but important experience for many in my family and we hope to learn more, both about what happened in the past and what we can do to help now.  Other than the above named museum,  two other organizations have been helpful: Enslaved. org and The Beyond Kin Project. A useful article is the following:
Eager to speak to you and others out there who are going through this essential discovery and education process.

Deborah Friedman

Walnut Creek, CA




Re: DNA matches with descendants of enslaved African Americans. #usa #general

Mike Daren

I have southern Jewish ancestry, and DNA matches with descendants of enslaved African Americans.

I have relatives (not in the branch matching the enslaved African Americans) who moved from the North to Georgia some time before the Civil War, and fought for the South during the Civil War.   They were merchants.  I don't know if they had any slaves, it's possible.

As a result of a genealogy DNA test, I found out that in a different branch of my family, about 17 years after the Civil War, a great-granduncle Lewis conceived a son Henry with a woman Louisa who was born a slave.  They were 18 and 21.  Louisa and her parents worked for and lived with a merchant who was friendly with the Lewis's father, also a merchant.  (There may be some evidence that Louisa's family had been enslaved the merchant or his family, and then became his employees after the Civil War.)  Lewis and Louisa married other people.  My family didn't know anything about Lewis and Louisa's relationship and child, we have an old family tree of that part of the family, but this isn't in it.  There's a story passed down in Henry's descendants's family about Lewis running into and speaking briefly with Henry once as an adult, it seemed he knew who Henry was, other than that we don't know anything about their relationship if any, it seems likely it was minimal at most.

The DNA test lead to Henry's descendant contacting me, we met and she's since met my sisters, we communicate often about genealogy and other things.

One organization you might be interested in is called Coming To The Table.  Their Mission Statement is "Coming to the Table provides leadership, resources, and a supportive environment for all who wish to acknowledge and heal wounds from racism that is rooted in the United States’ history of slavery."  I joined the organization on their website. They have number of local chapters around the country; it looks like there's only one in Texas, in Dallas.  Their website has resources about researching African-American and slaveholding family histories, I believe there's some advice about making contact between descendants of enslaved and enslaving people.  I haven't been to any meetings in person yet.  They're having their annual national Gathering June 24-27, which will be virtual this year.

Mike Daren
Arlington, Virginia

Re: DNA matches with descendants of enslaved African Americans. #usa #general

Rachel Unkefer

I recommend joining Coming to the Table, an organization particularly founded to bring together the descendants of enslavers and enslaved. Genealogy is a big focus of CTTT because of the dearth of antebellum paper records for the enslaved. I've worked with them as a volunteer providing education about DNA and genealogy.

Rachel Unkefer
Charlottesville, VA

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