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Voici des lien internet de sites français de Marcel BRZOSTOWSKI
(Internet links to French sites):
Re: STERN family of Malsch, Landkreis Karlsruhe #germany
I noticed this page that could be of relevance to your search :
Eli Rabinowitz, a board member of the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies (IAJGS) who lives in Australia and is from South Africa, will speak on “Journeys from Shtetl to Shtetl” for the Sunday, May 23, 2021, virtual meeting of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois. His live streaming presentation, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 7:30 p.m. CDT (U.S. and Canada). (A separate JGSI members-only genealogy question-and-answer discussion time will start at 6:30 p.m.)
To register for this free event, go to https://jgsi.org/Events-calendar. After you register, you will be sent a link to join the meeting. (This webinar will be recorded so that JGSI’s paid members who are unable to view it live will be able to view the recording later.)
For more information, see https://jgsi.org or phone 312-666-0100.
In his presentation, Rabinowitz will explain how to trace our past and plot our future, using 88 KehilaLinks, over 760 WordPress blog entries, Facebook posts, and other social media. He will also discuss heritage travels in the actual and virtual worlds.
In his talk, Eli will describe special events including commemorations and reunions of descendants. “An important activity is to visit a local school—either physically or online, to engage with students, especially in towns where a few buildings with Jewish symbols, or cemeteries that often contain illegible matsevot, are the only tangible memories of a once thriving community,” he said.
It is also important that family histories should be documented and shared at the same time as the special events, Eli said.
Examples of such recent ceremonies were the Bielski partisans’ descendants’ reunion in Naliboki and Navahrudak, Belarus; the new memorial for victims of the massacre that took place near Birzai, Lithuania; and the groundbreaking ceremony for the Lost Shtetl Museum in Šeduva, Lithuania.
Eli Rabinowitz was born in Cape Town, South Africa, and has lived in Perth, Australia, since 1986. He has researched his family’s genealogy and associated Jewish cultural history for over 30 years. Eli has travelled extensively, writing about Jewish life, travel, and education on his website, Tangential Travel and Jewish Life (http://elirab.me). He writes and manages dozens of JewishGen KehilaLinks and more than 750 WordPress blog posts. His articles have appeared in numerous publications, including Avotaynu: The International Review of Jewish Genealogy. Eli has lectured internationally at educational institutions, commemorative events, at IAJGS and other conferences, and online.
He is a board member of the IAJGS—The International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies, an independent non-profit umbrella organization that coordinates an annual conference of more than 90 Jewish genealogical societies worldwide.
Eli also advises on Litvak and Polish heritage tours.
He writes and manages 88 KehilaLinks—Jewish websites for JewishGen.org, the world’s largest Jewish genealogical organization, with a database of 500,000 followers. His KehilaLinks include sites in Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Belarus, Germany, Russia, China, Mauritius, Mozambique, South Africa and Australia.
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JGSI members have access to useful and informative online family history research resources, including a members’ forum, more than 65 video recordings of past speakers’ presentations, monthly JGSI E-News, quarterly Morasha JGSI newsletter, and much more. Members as well as non-members can look for their ancestors on the free searchable JGSI Jewish Chicago Database.
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Boys names are often not known by anyone but their parents and not mentioned until they've been circumcised. An important part of that ceremony is the announcement (my translation) "And his name in the People in Israel shall henceforth be ---- "
The 22nd is seven days, after the 15th i.e. the day of his Bris - the day he received his name, and it was in public. So yes, it could the day his birth (name included) was reported - or registered and not the day on which the infant was born.
My Great grandfather signed his name, Samuel Black on the ship manifest when he arrived in the U.S. in 1875 from Wroclaw, Poland.
Without knowing his Jewish name, I cannot find any records for him in Wroclaw, Poland.
My great grandparents left Wroclaw, Poland in 1875 for the US with their two small children and one on the way.
What was happening in Wroclaw at that time that would cause them to leave?
The Becker's Email
Try Facebook for contacting some of the relatives. Also, contact the Brooklyn Public Library as they may be able to help w/ when/where George and Doris (Dorothy on 1940 census) died/buried.
help finding the marriage date of my Aunt to her first husband #romania
I am looking for the date that my Aunt Sally (aka Sura or Sarah) Sternberg (DOB 1907) married her first husband Constantin (aka Costica) Caufman (DOB 1896). They were probably married in Bucharesti, where my aunt grew up. I am thinking it was around 1937+/-. I know that they were divorced in July 1957 and that my aunt sally remarried shortly thereafter. I have the divorce decree from Romania. I know that her first husband's parents were Heinerich and Betti Caufman. On the JewishGen website I found a record of Costica's birth- listed under the name Carol Caufman. I also found a notation that Costica changed his last name to Corman in 1950 and renounced his Romanian citizenship in 1961. He had possibly immigrated to Israel, because letter of approval for my aunt's immigration to Canada in 1951stated that she was living at an address in Haifa, with an "Emil Kaufman". I am interested in this data because my Aunt Sally's wedding is referred to in a letter written to my maternal grandmother by her sister, my paternal grandmother. I am hoping that someone can help me with this puzzle. Thank you.
Aline Petzold St. Paul MN USA
The Yizkor-Books-In-Print Project is proud to announce its 124th title:
The Destruction of Glubokie (Hlybokaye, Belarus)
Translation of Khurbn Glubok
The original book was published in Buenos Aires in 1956.
Editors of Original Yizkor Book: M. and Z. Rajak
Project Coordinators: Anita Frishman Gabbay
Cover Design: Rachel Kolokoff Hopper
Layout and Name Indexing: Jonathan Wind
Hard Cover, 8.5" by 11", 462 pages with all original illustrations and
The book is available from JewishGen for $33
The first mention of Glubokie in historical sources comes from 1414 and this
date shall be considered as time of the founding of the first settlement. In
1514 Glubokie was included in the documents of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania.
Jews first settled in Glubokie during the 17th century, and by the end of
the 19th century represented about 70% of the town's 5,600 residents.
According to the Polish census of 1921, some 2,844 Jews lived in Glubokie,
accounting for 63% of its population. Just before the Soviet invasion of
Poland in World War II, Glubokie had a population of 9,700.
Hlybokaye was occupied by the German on July 2nd, 1941. Shortly thereafter
the Germans enacted a number of anti-Jewish laws, including the mandating of
the seizure of personal property, and established a Judenrat. The Jews of
Hlybokaye were relocated into a ghetto in October 1941. Mass killings of
Jews began around this time and continued during the German occupation.
During this time Jews from neighboring communities were resettled in the
Hlybokaye ghetto, such that the population grew to around 4,000 by the
summer of 1943. The Germans began to liquidate the ghetto in August 1943.
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
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: https://www.jewishgen.org/Yizkor/ybip.html
For ordering information see:
Yizkor Books In Print
if you don't already have it, you may want to go to the Kazerne Dossin site, where you will find photos and the original Transport Documents for your ancestors named.
In case this works, here's a shortcut. If not, you can do the same search by entering "Berenholc".
Hope this helps.
San Diego, CA
Re: Perkels in Belarus #belarus
I have been looking for this family for some time. My father-in-law was from Pruzhany. His grandmother Syma was originally Perkel (also seen written as Pankel). I haven't been able to find the rest of the family, tho I have found some in other towns. I can look at my random papers and see what I can find. If you find anything for the Pruzhany branch, I'd love to know the info too!
Re: Hebrew Cemetery, Asbury Park NJ #usa
You can try counties Historical Society, many hold these books, along with some cemetery books & may have a on-line search engine. Library may hold obituaries, sometimes libraries & Historical Societies work together. I know such is as Olmsted County historical Society & Rochester, MN Library does.
I hope this widens your scope & have success,
Cathy Walters, Elgin, MN
GINSBERG,PLATSKY of Bridgeport,CT to Vilna, Lithuania & COHEN of Vilna, Lithuania
AncestryDNA & soon MyHeritageDNA & GEDmatch A059333
Not questioning the usefulness of that list, but note that some names and spellings will vary from country to country.
Eg. edema in the UK would be spelt oedema.
Fane FRUMKIN b. 1897 daughter of Josuas FRUMKIN (might be Joshua) and Seine Jonasaite IONAS.
she married Azriel Yosef SHAKOV b. 1898 in 1935. His mother Dina nee REICHZELIGMAN b. 1866 is my 1st cousin 3 x removed making Azriel my 2nd cousin twice removed!
I believe that I got all of this information from JewishGen ...
Census Records? 1887 #russia
Geoffrey Isaac Collins
Does anyone know if there are records of a CENSUS in Zabludow, or
Bialystok in the 1880s? or approximately.
Further to this- a response from Bialystok.
(Zabludow was in 1888 situated in the Russian Empire, specifically in
the Grodno Governate region. I had communicated with Grodno about this
document. They replied that now all Zabludow records are now in
Poland, specifically in Bialystok. Bialystok is telling me that they
do not hold
"synagogue" viz Birth Certificate records.)
Pismo z dnia: 2021.03.24
Nasz znak: EIU.6342.229.2021
Archiwum Państwowe w Białymstoku uprzejmie informuje, że w tutejszym
zasobie nie posiadamy ksiąg metrykalnych Okręgu Bożniczego w
Our reference number: EIU.6342.229.2021
The State Archives in Białystok kindly informs that the local
collection does not have the record books of the Synagogue District in
Zabłudów. Therefore, we cannot issue a copy of the birth certificate
of Chaim, son of Owsiej-Lejzor (surname illegible), born on January 9,
1887 in Zabłudów. We also do not know where the said documentation is
State Archives in Białystok
Dr. Marek Kietliński
From GEOFFREY ISAAC COLLINS
Re: Family from Kalwarija #poland
There is a town in Poland called Kalwaria Zebrzydowska
Kalwaria Zebrzydowska (Polish: [
Kalvarija (pronunciation (help
The exact dates for Marcel Felix BRZOSTOSWSKI are provided here :
About the orbituary articles : I did not find any records easily
CHOUKROUN ATTALI ATLANI
Forum for Dialogue: A Virtual Tour of Bialystok - Wednesday, May 19 #announcements
Please join me for a tour of my ancestral town of Bialystok, an important pre-War Jewish city now in Northeast Poland, formerly in Czarist Russia's Grodno Gubernia. Before the War, 60% of Bialystok's residents were Jewish. There continues to be active Landmanschaften in Argentina, Australia, Israel, and the United States. Place Wednesday, May 19 on your calendar. The program will start at 7 pm in Warsaw. See the announcement below for other times and a link to register and then receive the Zoom link.
Searching PERLIS, GERSZOWICZ, PLONSKI, CITRON in Bialystok
Re: Yiddish Language Instructions - Duolingo #yiddish
Deb(orah) Cohen Skolnik
I am also using the Duolingo app to learn Yiddish, to honor my grandparents and beyond.
Grateful to have the opportunity. A few glitches here and there, but it's a beta version.
Deb(orah) Cohen Skolnik
SEARCHING: KISSIN/KISIN (Vitebsk),
LIFSCHITZ/LIFSHITZ/LIPSHITZ (Vitebsk, Belarus),
ZOLOTUSHKIN (Jahotyn/Yagotin, Poltava),
GARBARZ (Mordy, Ostrow/Ostrova), LANDE/LANDY/LONDIN/LUNDIN (Bialystok)
I would be more thann happy to assist with this. I have done this for the SubCarpathia group several years ago.
I would be able to start after the holiday next week, and will be able to download. Please send one plot to begin with. Would you prefer a reply on excel or word? While excel is my preference, I will do what is convenient for you.