Re: Searching for American immigration for Jennie Baer #general #lithuania #usa

Renee Steinig

Arthur Pronin <aspronin@...> wrote:

"I am searching for my great grandmother's immigration entry to
America. Ive searched many times and ways. Jennie Baer- born 1887 in
Salat Russia, sometimes lists Riga. Census says she came to USA-1909.
On her marriage record it says Berman not Baer. Ive done searches on
that name also. Her name on tombstone is Shayna...."

Adding to others' advice (check various ports, censuses,
naturalizations, etc.), I'd emphasize two things:

- Learn more about immediate family members, whose records may shed light.
So, for example, I looked for the arrival records of Philip and Sara
Baer, who -- according to a tree on Geni where Art has contributed --
were Jennie's parents. They arrived in New York in August 1921 as
Faiwusch and Sara Berman. And one of Jennie's sisters arrived in New
York in August 1912, as Riwe Berman. Last residence for all: Salat.
Baer may have been a name the family changed to in the US.

- Search names and dates very flexibly.
Even if censuses all show arrival in 1909, check a somewhat wider
period. Same for year of birth. And consider various ways names may
have been spelled -- or misspelled! -- on a manifest.


Renee Stern Steinig
Dix Hills NY

Announcing the publication of the Yizkor Book of SPCHACZEW, Poland #yizkorbooks #announcements #JewishGenUpdates

Susan Rosin

The Yizkor-Books-In-Print Project is pleased to announce its 121st title:
Memorial Book of Sochaczew (Poland); Translation of Pinkas Sochaczew
Original Yizkor Book was published Jerusalem in 1962

Translation Project Coordinator: Jan Meisels Allen
Editors: A. Sh. Sztejn, G. Wejszman
Cover Design: Rachel Kolokoff-Hopper
Layout and Name Indexing: Jonathan Wind
Photo Processing: Sondra Ettlinger

Hard Cover, 11" by 8.5", 670 pages with all original illustrations and
The book is available from JewishGen for $38

Sochaczew, located in central Poland is a town about 44 miles due west of
Warsaw, whose Jewish presence dates back to the 15th century. The first
reported Jew in town was in 1463 - a doctor. Life was not easy for the Jews
due to an alleged "blood libel" in the mid- 16th century, and the rabbi was
sentenced to death, along with several other inhabitants. In the 19th
century the Jewish community grew. Sochaczew became a great Hasidic center,
first led by Tzaddik Abraham Bornsztajn.
The synagogue was destroyed when the Nazis occupied the town in September
1939, and the town was destroyed during World War ll. Many of the Jews ended
up in the Warsaw ghetto and some ended up in the Skarzyko Work Camp. 4,000
Jews lived in the town at the start of the war. Few survived. Today, there
are no Jews in the town.

This Yizkor book contains many first-hand accounts and personal remembrances
of the survivors and immigrants from the town and serves as a fitting
memorial to this destroyed Jewish community and in addition bears witness to
its destruction.

For the researchers, this book contains a wealth of both genealogical and
cultural information that can provide a picture of the environment of our

Consider this book as a gift for a family member or a friend.

For all our publications see:

For ordering information see:

Susan Rosin
Yizkor Books In Print

New Database Documents One Million WWll Russian Citizen Heroes Who Defended Moscow #announcements #records #russia

Jan Meisels Allen


The Russian Archives have been posting WWll records—the latest database is honoring citizens who helped with the defense of Moscow during the war. The database includes children and women and people from north of Moscow, the Yaroslav Region also received the medal. Over one million people received the For the Defense of Moscow medal.  The list of names may be found at:  If you use Chrome as your browser there is an English option.  Personal details on these people can include their birth year, political party affiliation, nationality, employer and work title.


 Award recipients can be searched by last, first or patronymic name (such as Nikolaevich for a man whose father was Nikolai). A list of recipients appears when a Russian letter is clicked on but that is not the complete list of recipients for each letter.

The database if free to use and does not require registration.


To learn how to use the database there is a video guide for those unfamiliar with Russian which can be found at:

original url:


For tips using the database without knowing Russian see Vera Miller’s posting at:


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

Re: Jewish agricultural communities...Daukniunai, in Lithuania #lithuania


I suggest you talk to Chaim Bargman who is a historian and researcher living in Kaunas, Lithuania. If anyone is able to find out things like that, it would be him.

Galina Spivak
Los Angeles,  California

Re: Searching for American immigration for Jennie Baer #general #lithuania #usa

Molly Staub

Hi Arthur,

Did you try other American entry ports, such as Philadelphia, Baltimore, Boston, and Galveston? I solved one such mystery by checking immigration through Canada. Good luck

  Molly Arost Staub, Boca Raton, FL



Jaffa Immigration Records-Translation Requested #israel #records #translation


I have attached the immigration records from Jaffa from 1919-1921 obtained from the Israeli government archives.  I believe my grandfather, Isaac Russman, may have emigrated to Palestine from Wlodova, Poland, likely through Odessa in that period.  My Hebrew is fairly rudimentary, but it appears to me that there may be 2 Russman's as the second and third records on page 229, or another one as the 11th record on page 236.  I would appreciate it if someone could translate these records and let me know.  Also, if there are other Russman entries, or some derivation thereof, in the listing, it would be great to know.

Thank you.

Fred Kuntzman

Re: Jewish agricultural communities...Daukniunai, in Lithuania #lithuania

Sherri Bobish


The JewishGen Gazetteer
lists three locations in Lithuania with the name Daukniunai.

Good luck in your search,

Sherri Bobish

Re: Looking for Edvando, Lithuania #lithuania


Hi Tracy, 

Perhaps you are looking for this place Jedvabno
Giannis Daropoulos 


Reminder: Manipulating the SteveMorse website and more - JGSIG May meeting #announcements #education #events #jgs-iajgs

Arthur Sissman

Hi JewishGenners!


The Jewish Genealogy SIG May meeting is on Tues May 11, 2021 at 10-11:30 am EDT on Zoom - RSVP to genresearch13@... to join the fun. 
You will get a response to your RSVP.   The Zoom link will come 2-3 days before the event!

The topics will include: Manipulating the website, Handling Google alerts, Following "your people" on Family Search, and using Member Connect feature at  Sorta like - letting other people do the work!

If you request a Zoom link for the above meeting and are NOT in the JGSIG database, please answer the questions below:

  • How did you find out about the meeting?
  • Where are you located?
  • Do you have a family tree?
  • Have you DNA Tested?
  • Research interest or what question are you trying to answer - not too much detail please?
Arthur Sissman
Jewish Genealogy SIG of Collier/Lee Co FL



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Re: Searching for American immigration for Jennie Baer #general #lithuania #usa

Sally Bruckheimer

"I am searching for my great grandmother's immigration entry to America. Ive searched many times and ways. Jennie Baer- born 1887 in Salat Russia,"

Did she marry before she came to the US? Where did she live when she first came? What was her maiden name? Do you know her relatives who she might have come to? She might have come using her maiden name, which you don't say. If she went to Milwaukee, or anywhere outside NYC, right away, she might have come to a different port - even if she came to NYC, she might have come to Philadelphia or Boston. 

Did she get naturalized herself - or if she came to her husband, where did he come from?, was he naturalized? There is much else that will help. Censuses? Death records. The list goes on and on.

Sally Bruckheimer
Princeton, NJ

Looking for Edvando, Lithuania #lithuania


I am looking for where my grandmother lived in Lithuania.  She came to the United States in 1914, and on the ship manifest she lists her place of birth as Edvadno.  On later documents she says she is from Litthuania.   The only reference I can find of Edvadno is of a battle taking place between the Bobr and Edvadno in February 1915.   Would like to find out the present-day location of Edvadno.  
Tracy Schell

First Name Naming Conventions #ukraine #names


Are there any traditions or customs around naming conventions you can help with?
I have found three male names who I believe are brothers - Simon Harry, Leon Saul and Moisey Nesanel (surname Nesanelis). All born late 19th century in the Ukrainian part of the the then Russian Empire.
The first two (Simon/Leon) made it to the UK and made this part of Europe their own (census, birth records of children etc). The third Moisey I believe remained in Russia (Vitals, Military records etc).

Simon married in the UK and he has a brother listed as being in attendance "Moshe Leib", not "Leon Saul" who I know to have been resident at the time. The attached is an extract from the Marriage authorisation record:

Would it be unusual to give a child a middle name the same as the first name of another child (Leib/Leon Saul and Moshe Leib)? 
Would two children be given variants of the same first name namely Moshe and Moisey? (i.e. Leon Saul is actually Moshe Leib, and he changed his name on his own marriage as he did his surname)

There are of course other explanations at play here - I may not be looking at three brothers!
Or that the 'brother in attendance' actually relates to two individuals Moshe and Leib? Moshe accompanying his parents who I do believe took the trip to the UK before returning back to Russia.
But useful to get your thoughts on naming conventions and any other potential scenario at play here.

Many thanks


Neil Ashton
London UK
Interested in Locations: Berdichev/Odessa.
Surnames: Nesanelis/Litinzisky (to name but two)

Genealogical periodicals #general #bessarabia



I have copies of the following periodicals “Avotaynu, Sharsheret Hadorot, and Toldot” which are not complete sets but may be useful in a genealogical society’s Library. I am willing to send them by surface mail or air mail depending on the quantity. Those of you that are interested, let me know and I will send you a list of what I have.

I am also updating my Kliskivtsi Kehilalinks and would like to have additional information if any of you have connections in this area of Bessarabia which would include Khotin and environs.

A sad Lag B’omer in Israel this year.

Harriet Kasow HKasow@...


Researching: SADOWNIC/SADOVNICK/SADOFF Klishkivtsi, Bessarabia, Ukraine, BELFER/BELL, Bar, Ukraine, KACEW/KASOW, Lunna, Grodno, Belarus, SHISHATZKY/SHATZ Lunna, BLOCH Ivie, Belarus,

Searching for American immigration for Jennie Baer #general #lithuania #usa

Arthur Pronin

I am searching for my great grandmother's immigration entry to America. Ive searched many times and ways. Jennie Baer- born 1887 in Salat Russia, sometimes lists Riga. Census says she came to USA-1909. On her marriage record it says Berman not Baer. Ive done searches on that name also. Her name on tombstone is Shayna. Help! Im frustrated. 

Arthur Pronin
Houston Tx

Re: notes on a manifest #records

David Oseas

The note was added by the INS when the second passenger applied for naturalization and applies only to that passenger.

For more info on this and other passenger list markings, see the InfoFile on JewishGen:

David Oseas

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


Statistics for this census:

pages 1-75
6 merchant families (1st, 2nd, and 3rd guilds) - 23 men
381 families of artisans and city dwellers - 843 men

This census contains only men.

Mike Vayser

notes on a manifest #records

June Genis

I would appreciate thoughts on what appear to be notes added at a
later date on a manifest record. I believe that the first person on
the page, Schmul Okun, was originally listed as "shop keeper" which
was later changed to "clerk" that same change appears to have been
made to other people. The second line includes a note that appears to
be a reference to another document and date much farther in the
future. It's unclear whether that reference is intended to apply only
to that line but all entries on that page. Can anyone shed some light
on these things? I tried to paste a screen image of the record here
but it keeps showing up as an attached PNG file. I'm not sure if the
address below will get someone there. If not, can someone let me know
the best way to share it?

June Genis
June Genis, 650--851-5224
Hemet, CA
Researching: GENIS, OKUN, SUSMAN, ETTINGER, KESSLER/CHESLER (Russian/Polish Empires)

Re: Siblings with different surnames #hungary #slovakia

A Stone

JewishGen Youtube channel has a great video by SallyAnn Amdur Sack Ph.D. called "What genealogists need to know about Jewish family names."  I think it could answer your question, it really helped me as I had the same mystery.

April Stone

Records Added to JewishGen’s Lithuania Collection #lithuania #JewishGenUpdates

Nancy Siegel

JewishGen is pleased to report that 13,971 new records from our colleagues and partners at LitvakSIG are now searchable via the JewishGen Lithuania Collection.

This update features a unique list of Jews repressed during the first Soviet occupation of Lithuania in 1940-1941 (2,606 lines). Repressive measures, including arrests and deportations, were targeted at supposed "anti-Soviet elements." Jews were caught up in the repression in numbers approximately proportional to their population. Repression peaked with an intense deportation action from June 14-18, 1941, during which some 17,000 individuals were deported to Siberia. Commonly, when men were sent to a prison camp, their families were sent into Siberian exile at a separate location. The list of Jews who

were repressed was created by Galina Zhirikova of the Lithuanian Holocaust Museum. We are grateful to the Vilna Gaon State Jewish Museum for permission to translate and publish this list. This list is included in the revision list category in search results.

Menachem Begin, who was later to become Prime Minister of Israel, was among those repressed.

Also in the revision list category, a conscription list has been added for the interwar years from Mariampole, Suwalki district (312 lines).

In the tax and voter category, tax lists have been added for 1855 and some for 1858 from various towns in Kaunas district (3,657 lines).

In the passports category, additions have been made to two collections. One is the Kaunas passport envelopes, containing supporting documentation submitted in support of applications for internal passports (2,007 lines). The other is the Obeliai questionnaires, filled out by Jews returning to Lithuania, most from the Russian interior, in the aftermath of WWI (4,845 lines). Both of these collections will have further updates in the future.

As far as vital records, the 1922-1927 birth index for Birzai (333 lines) has been added. This index is likely to include births occurring in Vabalninkas, Papile, Nemunelio Radviliskis, and Salociai, for which Birzai was the designated reporting center in those years. The index includes the full name of the child, the father's initial, the year of birth, and a pointer to the full record. The full records are protected under the 100-year privacy rule, but can be obtained from

the Lithuania State Historical Archive (LVIA) by a qualifying relative.

Other records added include Sirvintos marriages, 1873-1875 (15 records) and Paberze deaths, 1838-1853 and 1869 (196 records), correcting inadvertent omissions from prior uploads.

To search these records via JewishGen’s Lithuania Database, please follow this link:

All of these records are also searchable via the LitvakSIG at They will appear in the search results under the categories named above. Note that the database names displayed in the search results may not reflect the contents perfectly. For example, the passports database is called the "Lithuania Internal Passports Database" even though it now includes Obeliai questionnaires and Kaunas passport envelopes, among other things. Likewise, the Revision List database and the Tax/Voter database both encompass a variety of specific record types. 

JewishGen and LitvakSIG are independent organizations, in a strategic partnership to achieve shared goals. To learn more about the work of LitvakSIG, please click here or contact Russ Maurer, LitvakSIG’s Records Acquisition & Translation Coordinator, at vhrproject@....

Nancy Siegel
Director of Communications
(San Francisco, California)

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

rv Kaplan

I've just emailed Sammy Lerner asking if we can find out the scope of this census - how many pages/individuals?  - what would it cost to have it translated and a database created?  Then we could see if there are enough people to share the cost.

Harvey Kaplan
Glasgow, Scotland

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

On Fri, 30 Apr 2021 at 15:45, Gary Pokrassa via <> wrote:


-- Lois
Unfortunately there is no easy way to do this without a formal translation project.   The town leader for. Kaminets-Podolskiy is Sammy Lerner - I suggest you contact him at sammylerner15@....   We would have to organize a formal project for this and other translations and the town leader would have to be responsible to raise the funds to pay for the cost...this would be shared by the researchers such as you who are interested in a specific project

Gary Pokrassa
Data Acquisition Director
Ukraine Research Division

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