Re: Wrong people on family trees on genealogy sites #general


Thanks to everyone who replied to my question. 
It seems that ultimately there is little that can be done to make corrections if the tree creator doesn't want to.

Jessica Schein

Re: Wrong people on family trees on genealogy sites #general


USA.  Ancestry basically says it won't show living people, but I didn't see anything about people who died recently let alone 30 years ago.

Jessica Schein 

Stephen P. Morse - Free Virtual Programs #announcements #jgs-iajgs


The Northeast Indiana Jewish Genealogy Society is excited to welcome genealogist, Stephen P. Morse, for two free virtual programs on Sunday, May 2nd, beginning at 1:00 p.m.   At 1:00 p.m. he will present “One-Step Website – a Potpourri of Genealogical Search Tools,” and at 2:30 p.m. he will cover “Searching the 1950 Census with and without a Name Index.”

Born in Brooklyn, New York, Morse received degrees in electrical engineering from the City College of New York, the Polytechnic institute of Brooklyn, and New York University.  In later life, he turned his attention to genealogy, creating his “One Step Website” with dozens of search tools used by genealogists around the world.   In 2006, he received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies (IAJGS) and his website has been acknowledged for years by leading genealogy magazines.  

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.


Betsy Thal Gephart


Re: Viewmate Translation Request - Russian #translation


In Russian:



Выдан из Ракишской Мещанской Управы


Left side:

1. Вероисповедание:  Иудейского

2. Время рождения и возвраст: Родился 19 сентября 1887 года

3. Род занятий:

4. Состоит или состоял в браке: Холост

5. Находятся при нем:

6. Отношение к отбыванию воинской повинности:

Подлежит призыву к (не ясно) в 1907 году.

Подпись (владельца паспорта): Неграмотный

При неграмотности предъявителя обозначаются его приметы:

Рост: Ниже среднего

Цвет волос: Темнорусый

Особые приметы: Нет


In the middle:



On the right side:

сп #434

На гербе с двухглавым орлом:


На срок не более одного года


Предъявитель сего Александровского уезда, Ракишский мещанин Янкель-Мордух Мовшев Орум

Уволен в разные города и селения Российской Империи от нижезапосанного числа по 31 августа 1906 года.

Дан с приложением печати 1905 года, 31 августа

Лично Староста  Подпись  Печать


Translated into English:



Issued from the Rakish Meshchansky Board


Left side:

1. Religion: Jewish

2. Time of birth and age: Born on September 19, 1887

3. Occupation:

4. Is or was married: Single

5. Are with him:

6. Attitude towards serving military service:

To be called for (not clear) in 1907.

Signature (passport holder): Illiterate

If the bearer is illiterate, his signs are indicated:

Height: Below average

Hair color: Dark brown

Special Features: No


In the middle:

# 376


On the right side:

bn # 434

On the coat of arms with a two-headed eagle:


For a period not exceeding one year


Bearer of this Alexandrovsky district, Rakish tradesman Yankel-Mordukh Movshev Orum

Dismissed to different cities and villages of the Russian Empire from the date below to August 31, 1906.

Dan with enclosed print 1905, August 31

Personally Headman   Signature   Stamp

Translated by Michael Ryabinky
Boynton Beach, FL

Re: NYC Police Reports #records

Avrohom Krauss

I have obtained police reports by first getting the death certificate. In unusual circumstances, there is a Medical Examiner report. The death certificate will have "M.E." and a number. Order the Medical Examiner Report from Dept. of Health with this number. In that report, you should find a copy of the police report.
Best of luck!
Avrohom Krauss
Kiryat Yearim (Telz-Stone) ISRAEL
Researching: KRAUS, GOTTFRIED, MONAT from PRZEMYSL (Galicia) Poland/ KINSTLICH, GREENBERG, SCHMIDT from Tarnobrzeg, Rozwadow, Ulanow (Galicia) Poland
KLOTZ from Telsiai, Lithuania/ ROGOZIN, KAPLOWITZ, from Vyazyn, Ilya, Vilyayka, Belarus /LAPIDUS, SOKOLSKY, ROGOZIN, Maladzyechna, Belarus

Re: Wrong people on family trees on genealogy sites #general

Shlomo Katz

At one point, I received a "Smart Match" suggestion from Geni suggesting that my great-great-aunt, who was born in 1897, was married to someone who had died in 1571. The name was correct, but obviously the wrong person. Some people may be accepting those suggestions without understanding what they are.

Shlomo Katz
Silver Spring, MD

Vieemate translation request - Romanian #translation


I've posted a Birth record in Romanian 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.

Asaf Feig

Re: Wrong people on family trees on genealogy sites #general

Peter Lowe

Geni  has the big advantage over Ancestry or MyHeritage  for Jewish families, in being accessible  to anyone, and potentially being corrected and added to by any other user, and certainly by a Curator (which I am). 

It also retains history of changes, which is invaluable for sorting out errors, and ensuring a high level of accuracy.  A great benefit is that corrections can be made without being the owner/creator of a particular profile, so that even if the original creator is no longer living, or a member of Geni, profiles can be corrected or added to. 

Marcel, if you can give me the link to the profile of "a woman died at the age of 20 and had a son 30 years later.", I can see if I can correct it.

Peter Lowe

Re: Wrong people on family trees on genealogy sites #general

Joyaa Antares

On Wed, Apr 21, 2021 at 04:31 PM, mpipik wrote:
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

Hi Jessica,
Please could you identify your country as it impacts on responses - well, mine at least! 
Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia

Re: Wrong people on family trees on genealogy sites #general

Dorann Cafaro

Jessica - One very easy thing to do is use the “comments” feature on When in the tree with the incorrect person, go to the incorrect individual's profile click on “tools” top right then click on “view comments” and write your comment in the box. You can make it as long as you like or simply say "not the correct person" but it is helpful if you put the correct information in the comments.
Dorann Cafaro

Re: Wrong people on family trees on genealogy sites #general

Marcel Apsel

I can tell you even a better story.  During a search on geni I found a woman died at the age of 20 and had a son 30 years later.  I didn’t know that IVF treatment existed already in the 18th century.  You try to reach the owner or an administrator, but it will be easier to get somebody on a phone when you want to have to get hold of somebody of any official administration, bank or complaint office.




Marcel Apsel

Antwerpen, Belgium


Vital records for Kojetin

Daniela Torsh

Richard Nohel  has asked where he can see vital records for the Czech town of Kojetin. The answer is to look in the Czech National Archives digital database. Go to the Archives website and find the link for and also read the instructions for how to use the database. They are available in English.

Daniela Torsh

Sydney, Australia


Bednovitch family from Zambrow who became Bedno in Chicago #usa

Sandy Levin

Looking to connect with relatives of my grandmother, ANNA BEDO(WICZ) who was
from ZAMBROW and arrived in Chicago. Her father’s name was Israel Zvi. She
married Sam Levin, was born Sam Yellin in Wysockie Maz, probably around 1890.
They married in 1913 in Chicago. Anna passed away in 1967, Sam in 1968. They
had three children, Ida, Sol and Jack. Anna had at least three brothers, Joe, Jake
(Jacob) and Morris and a sister Sarah. The three boys all arrived in 1904 on
different sailings from Bremen.. JACOB was born around 1884 and died in
Chicago in 1964. Jake married Ann Ritholz. Jake was president of King Optical. Ann
died in 1978. Irving, Jules, Edward, Howard were their children. JOE also lived in
Chicago and is buried in Waldheim. He was married to Fannie and they had one
child (Hyman/Howard) born in 1918. Joe either died young or was divorced from
Fannie. Howard was in the music business and passed away in 2006. He had two
daughters. MORRIS was born around 1880. He never married. Morris's 1915 draft
card lists as next of kin Joseph Bedno with an address on Francisco Avenue in
Chicago. Morris is also buried in Waldheim. SARAH married Max Zolkewitz. Sarah
died in 1963. She and Max had four children, Carl, Jock/Jacob, Hy, and Ann.
Ann married Lou Slutsky. They had no children.
Any information you can share would be appreciated.
Please reply privately.
Sandy Levin
London, Canada

View mate - Translation of Yiddish #translation

Sandy Levin

I've posted a handwritten note in Yiddish 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.

Sandy Levin, researching Yellin from Wysockie Maz, Bednovich from Zambrow, Richie from Skhlov and Kravitz from Drohitchin (Belarus)

Viewmate Translation Request - Polish re LANGER #austria-czech #galicia #poland #translation

Selma Sheridan

I've posted two birth records in Polish, for which I need complete translations, including every word explaining the name change, in the right-hand page of both records.  
They are on ViewMate at the following addresses:
For Hirsch Ber LANGER:
For Ruchel Zlatte LANGER:

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

Many thanks!
Oswego NY USA
Researching: BAUCHMANN (Potok Zloty), BEUTEL (Skalat), CYNOWER (Budapest), ERLICHMAN (Lodz), FELD (Podhajce, Tarnopol), HERSCHER (Budapest, Lens), LANGER (Tarnopol, Vienna), LEMLER (Krakow, Vienna), OJSERKIS (Podhajce), PULVER (Vienna), RAUCH (Vienna), RITTER (Budapest), SIGAL (Kozova, Vienna), SWARTZ (Vienna)

Re: NYC Police Reports #records

Bob Kosovsky

My experience with police departments is that none of them keep records
beyond a few decades. It seems really strange that law enforcement does
not keep these records in an archive, but I've never encountered any that

Bob Kosovsky, New York City, seeking any/all permutations/locations of:
Slutsk: DAVIDSON, GELFAND (also Sioux City, Iowa)

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

Molly Staub

Hi, Do you know about the Canadian Museum of Immigration in Halifax? They might have records. Happy hunting, Molly Arost Staub


ViewMate translation request - German #translation

Peter Wollinski

Dear Sir/Madam
I've posted a vital record in German for which I need a translation / interpretation. It is on ViewMate at the following address ...
In particular I am interested in determining the names of the school's attended by Manfred in 1938 and 1941 in Berlin as well as the occupation of his father Hermann.
Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page.

Thank you very much.

Peter Wollinski

Many Patinkin Featured on Finding Your Roots on April 27 on PBS #announcements #usa

Jan Meisels Allen



Mandy Patinkin is featured on Finding Your Roots on April 27 on PBS  8PM/7Central. Best to check with your local PBS station to confirm

For more on this episode with Mandy Patinkin see:


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


Found BIBUSKIE certificate of citizenship #names

Felissa Lashley

While going thru some boxes of family papers and photos I found an original Certificate of Citizenship for a BIBUSKIE. To the best of my knowledge there is no relationship to my family, but my father was an officer in the Cherkasser Benevolent Association and had old ledgers in which this was found.
I would be happy to mail it to a relative if you identify the first name and residence.
Felissa Lashley
Austin, Texas

5761 - 5780 of 663816