Possible descendancy from R' Chaim of Volozhin #rabbinic

Yonatan Ben-Ari

A scribbled note in our family mentions that my great grandmother was
a descendent of R' Chaim of Volozhin. From my maternal side my great
great grandmother was Sarah Hinde who married Shlomo KANTOR of Karlin

A rumor in the family states that R' Itzaleh escorted her to her Chupa
(wedding canopy) as her parents had died already. This is similar to
the published biography of the family that Itzaleh's daughter who
married LANDAU did in fact pass away during Itzaleh's lifetime. The
problem is that Sarah Hinde is not mentioned in any published family
tree of the Volozhiners.

One of Sarah Hinde's children is named Chaim Dov(KANTOR) but that does
not confirm descendancy from Reb' Chaim himself. This Chaim Dov KANTOR
was a well known Rabbinic Chalutz in Israel but his family also do not
know the exact connection to the Volozhin family.

If anyone has information on Reb' Chaim of Volozhin's tree which has
not been published I'd appreciate hearing from you.


Yoni Ben-Ari, Jerusalem

Re: a RussianJewish name #names


Gnesya is a name used in Sholom-Aleichem's story "The Pot". (Said Gnesya is a neighbor/boarder of the main character.) I assume the name was common enough.

Galina Spivak, Los Angeles

Re: a RussianJewish name #names


Gennesa/Genesiya is Yiddish for Ginendl.

Mike Vayser

Explore Your Family Roots with Yad Vashem #announcements #events

Gary Mokotoff

Taken from the Yad Vashem website.

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Re: What was the purpose of this document issued in Czarist Russia? #russia

Phil Goldfarb

Actually the Russian Internal Passports began in the early 18th Century by Peter the Great issued to control migration in the country. It was abandoned after the October 1917 Russian Revolution. There are also the Lithuania Internal Passports issued between 1919-1940 and the Latvia Internal Passports issued between 1919-1941. If you are attending the 2021 IAJGS Conference virtually, I am presenting a program titled: Passports: The History of Passports, Passport Applications, Russian/Lithuania/Latvia Internal Passports and the Nansen Passports for Refugees which you might find of interest. I also discuss passports and passport applications in the U.S. and show a few funny & unusual ones! Finally, the very first "passport" was issued to a Jewish official-Nehemiah back in 450 B.C.E by King Artaxerxes I of Persia for travel to Judea!
Phil Goldfarb
President JGS of Tulsa

Searching for Penn / Goldenberg / Levine / Prashker famiilies #lithuania #poland #romania #belarus


Hello, I am searching for Esther Penn (1895) + Harry Goldenberg (1890) family
and also Leo Levine (1892) + Rachel Prasker (1897) family.
They are from Romania / Lithuania / Polin / Belorus.
Their children emigrated to US.
Trying to find a family member with a family tree to check family connection.
Thank you.
Zeev Shwarts

MyHeritage New Advanced Features and Technologies with Daniel Horowitz, Sunday, 02 May 2021 #education #announcements #events

Leah Kushner

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Leah Kushner
President, SCJGS

Kolomea, Galicia, birth record, translation? #translation #galicia #ukraine


Good afternoon! This is part of a birth record (found on for Pesia Trepner, born to my husband's great-grandparents Josef and Sima (Greier) Trepner in Kolomea in 1904. (Josef & Sima immigrated to New York about five years later, and known there as Joseph and Sadie.)

Would anyone be able to translate this? I would so much appreciate it! The entries also make reference to Nadwórna and Bukovina. I'm thinking the language here is German, but am not sure.

Susan Thomsen
Westport, CT
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Re: 1925 New York Census #records #usa

Sherri Bobish

Hi Cindy,
The census is supposed to be a picture of a moment frozen in time.  The date chosen to represent that census is supposed to represent that moment.  For example, technically, no matter what date the enumerator actually interviewed the family, the information is supposed to reflect what was what on that one specific date.  In the case of the 1925 census that date was June 1.

Now, does that plan always work in practice?  No, it does not.

Here is an explanation of how 1925 census enumerators were instructed to record ages of infants:
"The final column for inmates and infants served a dual purpose. It was used to list the “residence (Borough, City or Town and County) given by or for the inmates when admitted,” unless the inmate had no other permanent residence. For children under one year of age, enumerators were told to “write the exact number of days of its age on June 1, 1925. For example, if the child was born on January 1, 1925, you would enter the age as ‘151 D’. (If a child is under one year of age and was born at some other place of abode than that in which its permanent residence is on June 1, 1925, enter in column 12 the city or village and state in which it was born; in column 1, street and street number).”"

Hope this helps,

Sherri Bobish

Re: What was the purpose of this document issued in Czarist Russia? #russia

Laurence Broun

I have the same passport document for my grandmother dated 1910. She emigrated to the USA later the same year. Translation of my grandmother's passport provided her father and husband's names, a physical description (taller than average), and information that she was illiterate. It included the same official stamps as the passport image you shared. We had also found a document from her village verifying her identify that we believe was required for her to receive the passport. 
Larry (Itzik Leib) Broun
Washington, DC | USA
e-mail: Laurencebroun@...

Re: What was the purpose of this document issued in Czarist Russia? #russia

David Harrison

Just a guess.  Maybe these documents were needed to prove that the person was neither a serf who should have been returned to their owner or a soldier who was AWOL (Absent without leave) and the person was of good repute to have such a document, but was in fact saying goodbye to relations and making their way to leave Russia by hopping over the border.  I suspect that some sort of document was needed for a Russian to visit (or go to live with a spouse) on Internal exile in Eastern Siberia.  I would have thought that people, such as my grandfather, would have ditched such a document in case it was used to return him to Russia from Germany. He was very suspicious of Police for most of the rest of his life in Germany, France and England and none of his addresses before he setup in London has so far proved to be correct.
David Harrison
London, England


Re: Searching for Oretsky family #belarus

Gerry Posner

There was for many years an Orestzki family, at least one, who lived in Winnipeg.

Gerry Posner

Gans Family in Czechia #austria-czech


I am researching the GANS family who lived in East Dobruska in what is now Czechia. So far, I have only been able to trace my family once they crossed the Atlantic to the US in the 1880s. Here are the names of the ancestors who I know:

* JACOB GANS (b. 1855) & wife ROSA Roth GANS (b. 1858), children: SAMUEL (b. 1882) & JOSEPHINE (b. 1884) 

* Jacob's parents: JACOB GANS (b. early-mid 1800s) & wife MARY GANS (b. early-mid 1800s)

Jacob & wife Mary Gans remained in Czechia and did not travel to the US, so I am beginning my research with them, as well as Rosa & Jacob in hopes that some Czech records captured some of their information before they immigrated to NY. Any & all help appreciated.

Catherine Gans

Descendants of Moshe PITERMAN (Poland) # names #usa

Yonatan Ben-Ari

I recently received a list of my paternal great grandfather (Moshe
PITERMAN)' children:

Minnie , immigrated to the USA early 20th cent. Married ARON (family name)
Goldie " " " " "
Avram, emigrated to Australia
Married MEYERS
Rachel Lived in Tel-Aviv

Golda's husband and presumably she and her parents emigrated from
Brisk (Brest-litovsk) , Poland.

I would be happy to hear from anyone who is connected to the above.

Yoni Ben-Ari (Katzoff), Jerusalem

Re: a RussianJewish name #names


Not an expert but here goes anyway.

1. Gennady is a fairly common Russian male name, maybe a cognate of that?

2. Trying to look up your letters in a Yiddish dictionary I find gimel nun (dash) ayin resh nun meaning "Garden of Eden" or "Paradise" and a phrase including that meaning "May they rest in peace."

3. Geneseiya is like the 7500th-most-common girl baby name on Google, FWIW.

Robert Roth
Kingston, NY

Re: Hungary Jewish records #hungary

Vivian Kahn

The first  volume of MZO was published in 1903 and it covered years 1092-1539.  Volume XVIII, published in 1980, covered 1290-1789.  None of the volumes were published in the 19th century and none covered records from that century.

Vivian Kahn
JewishGen Hungarian Research Director

Re: What was the purpose of this document issued in Czarist Russia? #russia

Elise Cundiff

I was about to post a question about such a "passport" -- my grandmother had told me that her grandfather Schmuel Zieve d. ~ 1890-1893 (Moletai, LT) had one which allowed him to travel within the region (she didn't know any details about where or how far, or even why), but I have never found any information about this other than those issued decades later.  His would have been from before 1890 at the latest, I think.  

Elise Cundiff
Columbus, OH

Researching Zieve, Glickman, Gordon (Moletai, LT);  Markus, Snitz (Siauliai LT);  Rosenberg, Hillelsohn, Mendelsohn (Erzhvilki, LT)

Re: Change of name after WWI in Poland? #names

Frank Szmulowicz

Jedwabne was inside the Polish borders between the wars. The town was the site of the 1941 pogrom described in Tom J. Gross's book, "The Neighbors"
Frank Szmulowicz

Re: Passenger Manifests Third Aliyah to Jaffa #israel #records


Thank you very much for your response.  I have gone into the archives and cannot find a way to get to those pdf files.  I have searched for the time period using the search "passenger ship manifests" and "passenger manifests jaffa" among others and have not seen anything that looks like a path to the manifests.  Do you have any further advice?  

Fred Kuntzman

Re: Looking for descendents of the brothers Samuel and Israel Altman of Woodbine, NJ #names #usa

Gail H. Marcus

I wonder if the Sam Azeez Museum of Woodbine Heritage - - might be able to offer any suggestions. 

Gail Marcus
Bethesda, MD

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