translation from Yiddish needed #translation #yiddish

Christine Lassiege

He everyone

This is the back of a photo.  Can you translate it please?

Thank You

Christine Lassiège - France

Re: Dr Otto Rudolf Frank #germany

Marcel Apsel

I think the father of Anna Frank was also named Otto.  Maybe a relative ?


Marcel Apsel

Antwerpen, Belgium


Raab Family in Hungary & Karlovy Vary, Czech #general #austria-czech #hungary

Sharon Ann Dror

Looking for Moritz Raab and his connection with the Raab Family

Just connected with a potential family member - we are both related to the Raab family but don't know which branch.

She shared with me that her family was very involved with the synagogue in Karlovy Vary, Czech around 1930's....

Her parents are Josef Raab and wife Hilde nee Simon, and Hilde's father Carl Simon were active and very close to the Rabbi. Josef's parents are Johanna Janka nee Goldstein and Moritz Raab. Josef's brother Sandor Raab as well.

Anyone have a connection with Karlovy Vary's Synagogue? We would love to learn more about this.

I am related to Chana Leah Raab who married to our family Benjamin Azaria Stampfer.

Chana Leah's siblings are Benjamin Zeev Wolf, Eliezar, Leah, Yehoshua, and Yetta.

She doesnt know anything about how Josef is related to the Raab's.

Please contact me if you have information about this family. Thank you in advance....

Sharon Ann Dror

Dr Otto Rudolf Frank #germany


My Great Uncle, Otto Rudolf Frank was a judge in Mannheim then Karlsruhe when the Nazis demoted him. Finally, in 1939 he emigrated to Tegucigulpa in Honduras but killed himself shortly thereafter. 
There has never been any evidence of what transpired and I am hoping that someone might have advice on pursuing any records. This information has become relevant again as I have just learnt of an unknown grandchild of Otto and the grandchild has only just learnt that Otto was his grandfather.
Any info. and direction would be greatly received.
Karen Saunders
Melbourne, Australia
(researching familes Frank, Stern, Wallerstein, Horowitz, Davidoff, Tiktin, Landau)

Re: Bessarabia New project - immigration to South America #bessarabia

Alberto Kremnitzer

Hello Salmo  

Try contacting the Sociedade de Genealogia Judaica do Rio de Janeiro - SGJRJ - Página inicial | Facebook.

There is another one in São Paulo, the Sociedade Genealógica Judaica de São Paulo,

The Centro da Memória do Museu Judaico de São Paulo  has some documents on JCA immigrants.

Good luck

Alberto Kremnitzer

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

Michele Lock

Thanks for all the responses, including the private ones. I'm sure they'll help me finesse my way through these occasional uncomfortable moments.

With one exception, I haven't told a relative that their family lore is not true. I have generally said that all records may not be available, or that I'm still finding things, or that perhaps the records may not exist anymore. I have gently suggested that sometimes our immigrant forebears weren't entirely consistent with their recollections.

The one exception above was a man who I connected with via DNA testing, whose wife is a 3rd cousin once removed to me. I won't ever be meeting them, and though they shared a family history with me, I decided to tell them that the story of the fabulously wealthy great great grandfather Kalon who owned a large factory, married into the Russian nobility,  lived in St. Petersburg and who died in a carriage accident with his noble Russian wife - such a man did not exist, and that this story was complete fiction. I haven't heard from them since. {Whenever I hear the terms 'Czar', 'Russian nobillity' or 'St. Petersburg', I want to run for the hills}.
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

Great Donation of several sets of records from Khotin uezd #bessarabia #ukraine #records

Yefim Kogan

Dear Bessarabian researchers,  here are good news...

I want to let you know that our group received a terrific donation from Gabor Adam, manager of non-profit organization, genealogist, who lives in Romania.  Here is Gabor's Facebook pages:

We have received from Gabor already Death records for Khotin, Bessarabia  and Noua Sulita (Novoselitsa), Khotin uezd, Bessarabia.  Records are from 1930 to 1940 (several years are missing).  These records are in Romanian language and Gabor generously donated to us also translation of these records.   In a month or two these records will be ready and definitely will be uploaded to JewishGen in July of this year.

We also are working with Gabor to  help us getting more records from Khotin uezd of Bessarabia from interwar period.

Please let me know if you have questions.

All the best,
Yefim Kogan, Inna Vayner
Bessarabia Group Leaders and Coordinators

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

S. Silberg

My grandfather was born in Grodno when it was still part of the Russian Empire. His parents were Moishe and Brina KUJANSKY.


My grandmother, in an oral testimony, told us;

“Moishe was very wealthy and he got a certificate called a "Pervia Gilda" which permitted him to travel all over Russia. Usually not given to a Jew, but he got it because he was wealthy”.


I asked a friend who is fluent in Russian what Pervia Glilda means and her response was:


Pervia Gilda- is something like a first priority.


Pervia - is one. Gildia - is a group


I wondered whether anyone in the group as heard about this document. Even in her old age my grandmother was very clear on the name of the document so it was probably not a traditional passport/internal passport.


Thanks in anticipation.

Sheryl Silberg

Florida, USA


Researching: Kujansky, Grodno; Meirowitz, Seduva: Zack, Ponevezh: Gordon, Birzai: Zilberg, Vabalninkas.

USCIS Fee Schedule #announcements #records #usa

Jan Meisels Allen



I have previously posted about the USCIS fee schedule, the preliminary injunction posted in the Federal Register and President Biden’s Executive Order 14012 ‘‘Restoring Faith in Our Legal Immigration Systems and Strengthening Integration and Inclusion Efforts for New Americans.’’


The United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) has posted its latest fee schedule G-1055,, which includes the Genealogy Fees. Form G-1041 is for Genealogy Index Search Request  $65.00 and form G-1041A is for the Genealogy Records request for EACH microfilm or hard copy file--$65.00  The $65.00 fees are not eligible for a fee waiver. The $65.00 fee is the same fee that was charged by USCIS before the proposed and final rule were promulgated under the Trump Administration—the ones the preliminary injunction stopped. Those fees would have increased to file Form G-1041 from $65 to $240, an increase of $175 (269 percent increase). The fee for Form G-1041A would increase from $65 to $385, an increase of $320 (481 percent).


It is expected that the Federal Register in the next day or so will also have this posting about the fee for USCIS forms.


To see previous postings about the USCIS and the fee increases,  go to the archives of the IAJGS Records Access Alert at: You must be registered to access the archives.  To register go to:  and follow the instructions to enter your email address, full name and which genealogical  organization with whom you are affiliated   You will receive an email response that you have to reply to or the subscription will not be finalized.


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee



JewishGenTalks: Upcoming Programs #JewishGenUpdates

Avraham Groll

We invite you to two presentations next week as part of our JewishGen Talks webinars:
Learn About Sephardic Women in “Interiority and Hope”
This upcoming program on Sunday, May 2 at 2 PM ET, hosted by the Jewish Heritage Alliance and co-presented by JewishGen, will explore the heroic women of the Iberian Peninsula and their efforts to guard Jewish practices in the face of the Inquisition. Featuring Isaac “Bougie” Herzog and scholars Aliza Lavie and Inês Nogueiro. 
Register by clicking here
An Exclusive Preview of the 2021 Virtual IAJGS Conference
This coming Tuesday, May 4th at 2PM ET, join us for an exclusive preview of the 2021 Virtual IAJGS Conference.
Featuring Judi Missel.
Register by clicking here.
Stay tuned for upcoming webinars which include a Pre-Shavuot Sephardic Cooking Class and a panel discussion on Researching Jewish Families in America: Focus on Southern Jewish Resources.

Recordings of previous JewishGen Talks are available on our YouTube channel.
Thank you for you continued support of JewishGen's important work.

Re: Polish army soldier #poland #holocaust

Krzysztof Witaszek

Did the Polish cavalry actually ride horses?
Of course yes.  But the tactic was that the horses served as the means of the transportation of the soldiers. Before the fighting one lancer was taking horses of two others  and  was moving away to safety.  This soldier  had to poses the capability of riding with three horses at the time. Some tried even with four horses but it was difficult.
Fighting on horses (cavalry charge) was rather  rare  in 1939, it happened couple of times, sometimes with succes.
Of course the picture of the Polish cavalry attacking German tanks with sabres was a myth created by the German propaganda.
Every lancer was armed with a standard rifle and a sabre. 
Cavalry was  liked very much by the public.  In the peace time it organized  parades that showed the skills of its men.
One of the stanzas of the popular song from that time went like this:
There is no such cottage, no such outhouse
where a lancer would not be loved by a Jewish women.
(Nie ma takiej chatki ani przybudówki
gdzie by nie kochały ułana Żydówki)
Of course I don't know if it was a true :)
On the uniform  maybe you can find the number of the regiment and  the lancer's rank.
I wonder if anyone on the Jewish side  remembers  Berek Joselewicz?
Krzysztof Witaszek

ViewMate translation request - Russian #translation #records

Julia Levin

I've posted two vital records in Russian for which I need translations. They are on ViewMate at the following addresses ...
Please respond via the forms provided on the ViewMate image pages.
Thank you very much,
Julia Levin

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


I think it is appropriate to mention the poem Babi Yar by Yevtushenko (1961). Read the English translation and the Russian original (text and audio) plus commentary by A.Z. Foreman at:
Meir Razy
Kisfajn / Sfard in Rovno,Volhynia
Ross in Dubno,Volhynia

Interpretation of address #translation

ms nodrog

Need help interpreting names and address.  Need some other opinions to confirm.
Response either to Viewmate or msnodrog@...
With much appreciation.
Hope Gordon

ViewMate Translation Request - Russian #translation #russia



I have posted a record in Russian from the 1897 Revision List. I would like to know the complete translation for the DAYMAN family that is recorded on the page.

The record is on ViewMate at the following address:

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

Thank you very much.
Ben Zitomer

Translations (Viewmate) from Russian, please #translation

David Gordon

I am re-posting two images and seeking a translation of the Russian text—if possible.  Thanks to my earlier responders who provided valuable information, but I am wondering if someone else might be able to read the text well enough (the originals are a bit fuzzy) to provide translations.  Based on earlier responses, the pages are the front and back of a document certifying the birth of my grandfather, Gershon Gurevich. He was born in Lapichi in Belarus 1887.  The back seems to be much clearer than the front. I would be most grateful for any translated information that can be gotten from this document. 
Many thanks. 
The documents are at and  The second linked document seems to be much clearer.
Please respond using the online ViewMate form.
Thank you so much for any assistance,
David Gordon
Chicago, IL
tiganeasca /at/

Abramowitz Family #usa

Susan Sorkenn

My uncle’s sister, Frances Albert (Eilperin originally) married  Abraham Abramowitz. They lived in Waterbury, Connecticut, near New Haven and Hartford. I don’t know anything more about him, but the time sounds about right. I can possibly obtain more information. One daughter, Grace, passed away, but the other, Naomi, is alive. She may know more about her father’s family.

Susan Kurtin Sorkenn 

Re: understanding Russian language passport #belarus #russia #translation


The registration location, referenced in the document is Svir in Sventsyany uezd Vilno governorate.
Svir doesn't have an English language Wikipedia page, but you can get automatic translation for this page from Russian with Chrome or similar browser or through Google Translate:Свирь_(Минская_область)
Svir is about 50 miles East of Vilnius, just across the border in Belarus, in the Minsk oblast

Sventsyany is now known as Švenčionys in Lithuania (Švenčionys)
Vilno (modern name is Vilnius) is the capital of Lithuania.

Technically, the name of the person is actually Mihel, not Michael.  "Shmilevich" part is a patronymic, meaning Mihel's father's name was Shmil Kaplan.

Mike Vayser

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

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