Re: file saved from the fire in the Kaminets Podilsk archive - 1811 K-P census #ukraine

rv Kaplan


Can anyone guide us through how to use this source? Are there any plans to create a database from the contents?

Harvey Kaplan
Glasgow, Scotland

FELMAN, MILER, ROSENBLOOM - Kamenets-Podolsk, Shatava, Balin

On Wed, 28 Apr 2021 at 17:47, Gary Pokrassa via <> wrote:
Alex Krakovsky has just posted an important file saved from the fire in the Kaminets Podilsk archive - 1811 K-P census currently residing in the Khmelnitsky archives - see attached 
Gary Pokrassa
Data Acquisition Director
Ukraine Research Division

Re: Relatives want to know - where are the coveted records? #general #lithuania #records

Jx. Gx.

Hello Michele.

I would simple tell them the truth that you haven't yet found everything and that genealogical research sometimes takes decades to uncover records and that sometimes records were discarded or destroyed by man-made disasters such as wars and fires, but that you will continue your search.  To help put things in perspective for them, you might even mention that even they don't have complete personal records such as school reports cards or the mortgage papers to their first home or business licenses they received. You get the idea.  I wouldn't hurt their feelings by telling them their stories are untrue. Doing so would also put you in bad standings with them.

Jeffrey Gee

Viewmate translation yiddisch #translation

marcelo kisnerman

I've posted a record in yiddisch 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.
Marcelo Kisnerman

Re: Kaminets Podilsk archive - 1811 K-P census #ukraine

Family and DNA

FYI the actual file is posted on Wikipedia Ukraine here:Архів:ДАХмО/226/79/3327


Juliana Berland (France)

On 28/04/2021 16:54, Gary Pokrassa via wrote:
Alex Krakovsky has just posted an important file saved from the fire in the Kaminets Podilsk archive - 1811 K-P census currently residing in the Khmelnitsky archives - see attached 
Gary Pokrassa


Re: Preferred naming conventions/approaches for family trees #records #general

Michele Lock

My tree is on Ancestry, and I follow the convention that they use, which is the woman is displayed with her original surname. You can easily tell who she was married to, even if it was multiple husbands, because the trees will show those relationships. Having the original surname shown for the woman, and having her in the tree next to her husband, is one of the few ways to connect the same woman pre- and post-marriage, particularly for women born prior to 1930 or so, for which there are few documents that will contain the first surname.

This is also one way to sort out the all-to-common question of "My grandfather Abe Gold had a sister Rose who came to the US in 1911, and then she disappeared. What happened to her?" Most likely, she got married. If people put her in their trees as Rose Gold, married to Harry Weiss, it will be a lot easier for others to find her. It will also be a lot easier to connect her to her siblings and parents.

It would be much more helpful, genealogy-wise, if we followed the convention that is used in Spanish-speaking countries, where the woman in official records is shown with both her original and married surnames. I have a relative Sarah Lavine who migrated from Russia to Cuba, and then to the US, and she came here under the name Sarah Kalmanowitz y Lev, confirming that her original surname was Lev, and also confirming that the name Lev was refashioned into Lavine here in the US, and that her married name was Kalmonowitz. At some point she divorced, and so in this country only used Lavine. This one person solved a months-long dilemma for me - what was the original Lavine surname?

As for entries/spellings of surnames - for the Lavine/Lev family above, Sarah Lavine has that as her main name. I have in her birth field that the surname was originally Lev. For her father Efroim, who did not come to this country, he is only listed as ' Efroim Lev'. Basically, I use the surname with the spelling that the person used themselves for most of their lives. I do not use Americanized forms of surnames or Americanized spellings for persons who did not come to the US.
Michele Lock

Lak/Lok/Liak/Lock and Kalon/Kolon in Zagare/Joniskis/Gruzdziai, Lithuania
Lak/Lok/Liak/Lock in Plunge/Telsiai in Lithuania
Trisinsky/Trushinsky/Sturisky and Leybman in Dotnuva, Lithuania
Olitsky in Alytus, Suwalki, Poland/Lithuania
Gutman/Goodman in Czestochowa, Poland
Lavine/Lev/Lew in Trenton, New Jersey and Lida/Vilna gub., Belarus

Finding New York Death Certificate if have Index Number from 1949 #records

David Levine

Hi -

If I have a Death Index Record for 1949 City of New York, Kings County
Certificate number 22802 Date of death 08 Dec 1949

Family Search has Death Certificates up to 12 Jan 1949 but not after

Does anyone know if any of the genealogy websites have the full records? 
Or, does this have to be ordered?

Many thanks

Best Regards,
David Levine
San Francisco, CA, USA
Weinstein -> Solotwina, Galicia | Frisch, Hilman, Jungerman, Schindler -> Rozniatow, Galicia | Golanski, Kramerofsky/Kromerovsky -> Kiev | Lefkowitz -> Petrikov, Belarus | Shub, Rosen Hlusk, Belarus | Levine, Weiner, Zamoshkin -> Slutsk, Belarus 

Re: Photographer L. Epstein, Minsk #belarus #photographs


From information I have in my files I have the following note:

Photographer  Lev (Leiba) Meerov Epstein’s studio was located  in the two story Erohov building in Gubernatorskaya Street, opposite the Town Hall, located  at the intersection with Yurievskaya Street. He received permission to work in 1895. A  certificate (No. 4611/28) received in 1901 shows his membership in the famous Vitebsk Photographic Society. He was awarded the gold medal for his works at an exhibition in 1903. An ad of his was published in the  "The Minsk Courier" newspaper in 1919, which invited clients his studio at 10 Gubernatorskaya Street. Apparently he was active for at least 20 years.

I hope this is of use.

Best regards,

Frank Swartz

Using JRI-Poland to find Eastern European Jewish Family #announcements #jgs-iajgs #events #records

Linda Kelley

The Jewish Genealogical Society of Oregon invites you to a presentation on Sunday, May 2 at 10:30 a.m. Pacific Time!

Finding your Eastern European Jewish Family on
Robinn Magid,
JRI-Poland's vast collection of 6.2 million records from more than 550 towns includes information about towns and families in Poland, Ukraine, Belarus, Lithuania, Germany, and the former territories of Galicia and Prussia. Through understanding the contents of the database and how to improve your search results to exploring preserved Holocaust-related records, this lecture will focus on the good things that can come out of a genealogical search.

Robinn Magid is the Assistant Director of  She recently became the project manager of the JRI-Poland “NextGen Project” to redesign the JRI-Poland site, search engine, and database. As the Lublin Area Projects Coordinator, she is responsible for coordinating the indexing of Jewish vital records for approximately 100 towns. Robinn has spoken at many IAJGS conferences on behalf of JRI-Poland and served as the chair of IAJGS 2018 Warsaw, Poland conference and the IAJGS 2020 Virtual Conference on Jewish Genealogy. She is a member of the San Francisco Bay Area JGS.


Please register today!

The registration link is

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Hope to see you on Sunday! Thank you!
Linda Wolfe Kelley
Secretary, JGSO
Portland, OR, USA

Re: Photographer L. Epstein, Minsk #belarus #photographs

Dr. Ruth Leiserowitz

At the turn of the century in Minsk there were a number of good photo studios where Jewish photographers worked. To illustrate this, I will list them here:
Neifakh Nissom (since1872), Moses Mordukhanovich Onefater (since 1873); Moses Wolfowitz Strashuner (1888-1902), Samuel Rozovsky (since 1895), Grigory Abramovich Miransky together with Abram Levinman in 1896; Moisey Zelmanovich Nappelbaum (1896-1910, moved to Moscow), Mendel Wolfowitz Shur ( since 1899),
Iosel Mendelev Bernstein(1900), Israel Metor (1901); Brothers Elia and Yankel Berman (1903)
About Lev or Leiba Epstein I found the following information (in:

The photographer Epstein Lev (Leiba) Meerov worked on Gubernatorskaya Street, in the Erokhov house opposite the City Council, located in a two-story house at the intersection with Yuryevskaya Street. The beginning of his work, judging by permission, is dated 1895. He received the famous certificate No. 4611/28 in 1901. Epstein was a member of the famous Vitebsk photographic circle. He was awarded the gold medal at an exhibition in 1903 for his work. [that is obviously a mistake, should be 1901 - RL] His ad is found in the newspaper "The Minsk Courier" for 1919, in which there is an invitation to visit the studio at 10 Gubernatorskaia Street. On this basis, we can conclude that his work lasted for a considerable period
I think there was quite a bit of competition and prices didn't differ much for that reason. However, I also have no idea what a photo session cost. That is not noted in any advertisement.

Ruth Leiserowitz
Berlin / Warsaw

Re: CORRECTION Re: Help deciphering a town name on passenger Manifest #records #ukraine

Yefim Kogan

Hello David,  I think it should be Nezhin, Chernigov oblast  (It is more of East-NorthEast of Kiev)

Yefim Kogan

Locating a Passengers (Harry & Fanny Harris) Arriving in the US at the Eve of WWI #usa #general #hungary #records #slovakia

Moishe Miller


I am hoping someone might offer a suggestion or assistance in finding the arrival of a couple to the US. 

Harry (Tzvi / Hersh) Harris, born 1891 in Scranton, PA, was a student at the yeshiva in Carlsbad (today known as Karlovy Vary in the Czech Republic). He married in August of 1914, probably in Zalacska (Zalužice), Slovakia, to Fanny (Feiga / Faigy) Handler, daughter of Moshe Handler and Malka Greunfeld (Malks'a family was from Michalovce, Slovakia). 

It appears that there was some type of notice issued by the USA advising all citizens abroad to return home due to the currents of WWI. Both Harry and Fanny did return, perhaps not together. What I do know is:
  1. As per attached, Harry petitioned for an Emergency Passport Application in Dec 1914, in Budapest.
  2. Fanny gave birth to Philip E. Harris on 4 Jul 1915 in Scranton, Pennsylvania
So, I know that sometime after the August 1914 wedding and the Jul 1915 birth, Fanny immigrated to the USA. I can not find a ship manifest at any port showing the couple's US arrival, not individually or together. I even tried looking for a WWII-time citizenship petition for Fanny, which would include when and where she arrived, but I do not find one of those either. For those that want to look, I have far more detail on this family on a family tree at Ancestry (

Would anyone have suggestions about finding their early World War I arrival manifests?

Thank you,

Moishe Miller
Brooklyn, NY
JGFF #3391

Ivano-Frankivsk. holocaust #holocaust


In connection with the World Memory Project, the United States Holocaust
Memorial Museum has added 20,588 new name records to the Holocaust Survivors
and Victims Database (HSV) taken from the collection Ivano-Frankivsk State Oblast Archives records.  This collection contains applications for the issuing of identification documents for the citizens of Stanislav between the years 1929 and 1939.  You can request and immediately receive digital
copies of the original documents in your email.  Search
Peter Lande
Washington, D.C.

Re: Hamburg ship lists #unitedkingdom #records #lithuania


Hi Shirley,

Indirect vs. Direct Passage

If your ancestor arrived in Hull, they traveled the indirect route to the USA, and if they're in the Hamburg indexes, it will be in the Indirect Lists. The Hamburg-Amerika Line operated solely from the port of Hamburg. Arriving English passenger lists from the continental (domestic) trade are relatively nonexistent. The British Board of Trade only maintained passenger lists for international/transoceanic voyages. If your ancestors naturalized in the USA (after 1906), you may be able to obtain those records and possibly learn of the ship on which they sailed from England.

The other German port city during the age of the great migration was Bremen, and the shipping line operating from there was the Norddeutscher Lloyd (NDL). Bremen was heavily fire-bombed during WWII and the majority of the passenger lists from Bremen were destroyed.

Best of luck in your search,
David Passman
Dallas, Texas

Re: Preferred naming conventions/approaches for family trees #records #general


I use the married surname and the primary and then enter the maiden name in the "Nee" field I created in Family Tree Maker.  There are just too many women in my trees to keep up with unfamiliar maiden names, especially for women who married into the family. 

Herschel Sheiness San Antonio, Tx

understanding Russian language passport #belarus #russia #translation

Jeremy Lefkowitz

Recently got an image of my great-grandfather's brother's 1893 Russian passport (included as an attachment here) from a distant cousin.  The Russian appears to refer to the following:

the "borough" of “Swinziansky” 
“county of Vilna”
the “Swir” "jewish community"
“Michael Shimelevitch Kaplan”

But I would very much appreciate assistance with translating and/or with identifying any of the places, aside from Vilna, which is not difficult :) 

Jeremy Lefkowitz

Your experience on two topics of genealogy #general

Daniel Horowitz

Hi all, 
In preparation for a couple of presentations I would like to ask all genealogist out there for their personal experience on 2 different subjects:
* Documents, records, tombstones or else used to research your genealogy that ended having fake (or not so accurate) information.
* Crazy things you have done while researching your family.
Please reply privately with the story, images and your agreement for me to use the information with or without real names.

Best regards
Daniel Horowitz

file saved from the fire in the Kaminets Podilsk archive - 1811 K-P census #ukraine

Gary Pokrassa

Alex Krakovsky has just posted an important file saved from the fire in the Kaminets Podilsk archive - 1811 K-P census currently residing in the Khmelnitsky archives - see attached 
Gary Pokrassa
Data Acquisition Director
Ukraine Research Division

Re: Need Help to Understand the Lodz Ghetto List #poland

Odeda Zlotnick

New Project: Bucharest Burial Register (1930-1980) #romania #JewishGenUpdates

Michael Moritz

New Bucharest Cemetery Records Project (ca. 1930-1980)

I'm excited to announce that the JewishGen Romania Research Division has acquired images of the seemingly complete burial register of Bucharest's Giurgiului Jewish Cemetery, the largest of the three Jewish cemeteries in Bucharest and the second largest in Romania, from the 

The Central Archives for the History of the Jewish People

. The cemetery was inaugurated in 1929-1930 and contains about 35,000-40,000 graves, some of which belong to the victims of the Holocaust and Jewish soldiers.

Help! We need volunteers to transcribe these records! Please take a look at the images, which contain both handwritten Romanian script, and on the earlier records, Hebrew as well. If you are interested in helping and comfortable with this handwriting, please fill out our volunteer form here (identify if you can transcribe the Romanian only, Hebrew only, or both):

And a reminder that acquisitions such as this are not possible without the help of your support, as we are all volunteers! You can contribute here to Romania projects (the Romania General Fund will go to all acquisitions):

I am not doing look-ups at the moment. These records are organized by section, not alphabetically nor chronologically, so it is not possible to easily locate someone in these hundreds of pages.

Michael Moritz
Director, Romania Research Division

Re: List of Victims of Babi Yar? #ukraine #holocaust

Evelyn and Christopher Wilcock

Thank you for posting those, especially the first. I can read some Russian/Ukrainian and have saved the links.
! had not seen the victims laid out like that before in family groups with the ages.

As the Germans approached Kiev, the Russian army withdrew.  Russian men of military age had gone with the army, leaving their wives and children behind. 
It is heartbreaking here to see the groups of a mother or grandmother with young children listed as victims, just as described in Grossman's Black Book.

Evelyn Wilcock

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