Re: Researching my Adopted Grandfather #dna


Not an answer, but this story has the makings of an example of why not to get involved in the murky world of DNA genealogy - and why to avoid "urging" others to do so. Should carry a huge health warning as well as a nonsense warning. 

Aubrey Blumsohn
Sheffield, UK

Hiring a researcher for German Ancestry #germany


Over the years, we have been able to trace my husband's paternal family quite comfortably, but his maternal side is quite a mystery with no family that we have ever found.  We do have some records but are missing a big part of the picture.  I am leaving much out in the following description but this will give an idea as to the complexities involved. 
His mother, who was born in Passau, identified herself as being Jewish, but after her death, we discovered much to my husband's shock that none of this was quite reality.  When we visited the Passau archives we learnt that she was born to an unmarried Catholic woman, was baptized and her mother put down the name of a Polish Jewish man as the father.  She  married him thirteen years later but our sense is they were not together for much of that time period.  They lived in Dusseldorf and then fled to Amsterdam, living in the area the Jews were kept during WW11  (the man was sent to Westerbork but was released, a fascinating historical story)  where they both died in the 1940s.  Last year we found that they were buried in a Jewish cemetery near Amsterdam with Hebrew gravestones.  As they left Dusseldorf, they were able to send my mother-in-law to live with that man's brother and wife in the United States.  
When my husband had his DNA tested, we discovered that it was impossible for this man to be his grandfather. Not quite certain why his grandmother used this man's name as  the father, but we do have some theories.  Every person who we have looked up as being a relative have basically all come up on my husband's paternal side.  It is as if his maternal side never existed.
I know that these missing pieces of his background are weighing on him.   I was wondering if anybody has a researcher they could recommend that we could work with to find some answers in a case like this.
Thank you very much in advance for any assistance.
Anne Kestenbaum
Toronto, Canada

Researching my Adopted Grandfather #dna

Connie Fisher Newhan

I've been trying to research my maternal adopted grandfather Henry ABRAMS for 40 years.  I have come up with nothing.  I reached out to my first cousin, the only person left who is male and carries my maternal grandfather's surname. 
It turns out he did Family Tree DNA years ago, as did my brother.  (My cousin is not really interested in research. He did the test at his wife's urging)
The curious thing is neither my brother or cousin show up as a match for each other, yet my mother and his father were siblings (both born to my adopted grandfather and the same mother)
How is it possible there are no matches. Would they have had different DNA tests?
Also, my cousin received a letter from the WIRTH Project telling him he is likely  related to others on the Y-DNA group J-L556.  
Any ideas?
Best Regards,
Connie Fisher Newhan (#1272)
California,  USA
(Obertyn, Galacia) BARSKA/BARSKY/BARSKIY(Odessa), GOLDBERG (Sokolka?), FELDMAN
(Veliuona,Kaunas), CAHN (Koln), FRIEDSAM (Bodendorf, Sinzig Germany,
Pittsburgh,  PA), NEWHAN/NEUHAN/NEUHAHN (Hesse Cassel, Meimbressen, Germany,
Baltimore, MD),  BOHORODCZANER (Potok Zloty, Ukraine), LEVINE,

Re: Looking for “enfants cachés” (hidden children) in the South of France #france #holocaust

Joe Ross

The link to the organization is below
Joe Ross

Philadelphia Bank Immigrant Passage Records online #records

Stephen Katz

Records of the Blitzstein, Rosenbaum, Lipschutz/Peoples and Rosenbluth “banks” have been digitized and are online at On that site, digitized records of the Lipschutz/People’s Bank begin only with May, 1923. Does anyone know whether earlier records of the Lipschutz/Peoples Bank are online anywhere? Thank you.


Stephen Katz   


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Re: administrative divisions in Poland throughout history #poland

Jorge Frankon

Many thanks to Roger for your kind reply and information. I agree
throughout history is a very large period.
So, my special interest is between 1850 and 1945.
Many thanks if somebody can help me.
Best regards,
Jorge Frankon
Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Jorge M. Frankon
Buenos Aires, Argentina

ViewMate translation request - Russian #translation

Dror Bereznitsky

I've posted a vital record in Russianfor 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.
Dror Bereznitsky

Russian Military Records – World War One #russia #belarus

Larry Freund

Several months ago, thanks, I think, to a Discussion Group posting, I located a record at the Russian site indicating that my great uncle was wounded in 1914 at one of the first Russian-German battles of World War One. However, I’ve been unable to locate any additional information indicating his ultimate fate, that is, whether he survived or succumbed to his wound, his enlistment/draft record, etc. I contacted the Russian State Military History Archive, but was told they can’t help me. Any suggestions for other possible sources of information? (My great uncle was born in Vitebsk, then part of the Russian Empire, now in Belarus; family lore strongly suggests he died during World War On.)


Larry Freund

New York, NY

ViewMate translation request-Romanian #translation



I am requesting  a full translation of the Romanian text of a death certificate for my great great grandfather. It is on ViewMate at the following address:

Please respond using the online ViewMate form.

Thank you so much,

Marya Pollack

viewmate translation-Hebrew #romania #translation

Aline Petzold

Hello all:
I've posted what I have been told is a Ketubah in a mix of Aramaic, Yiddish and Hebrew.  I was also told that it is for my maternal grandparents, Perele and Efraim Wechsler ( or) Wexler.  They were married in Stefanesti ,Romania  in June 1920.  I am most interested  in knowing the names of the witnesses and of any other people mentioned in the document, but would also like to have it translated, if possible.
 It is on ViewMate at the following address ...
Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page.

Thank you very much.
Aline Petzold St. Paul MN USA

How Genealogy Can Help on Rebuild Jewish Families Torn Apart by Holocaust #dna #holocaust

Jan Meisels Allen

Jennifer Mendelsohn, a genealogist from Maryland, and who has spoken to many Jewish genealogical societies has an article on the Holocaust and Jewish families and how Genealogy can help rebuild families in the Washington Post from May 28, 2021. It can be read at:


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


Re: administrative divisions in Poland throughout history #poland

Roger Lustig

"Throughout history" is a very long time, and "Poland" a very large place, especially given the history of the Kingdom of Poland, the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, the various partitions of Poland in the 18th and early 19th Centuries, and the fact that Poland was occupied or incorporated into three different empires/kingdoms for over 100 years. 

Where in Poland do your interests lie? And during what time periods? 
contain some very basic information on the subject of changing borders in the period beginning in 1815.

Roger Lustig
Princeton, NJ USA

JGS Colorado Presents Avraham Groll, Executive Director of JewishGen #events

Ellen Beller

Back by popular demand, Avraham Groll 
Sunday • June 13 2021 • Program 10 AM Mountain Time
Annual Meeting at 9:30 AM

In our annual seminar last November we did not have enough time to explore more of these in-depth these topics.

Jewish Life in Poland Part one, 10th to 15th Century and part two, 16th to 18th Century and

Jewish Migration Patterns, How did Jews Get to Europe, Spain, and Germany?

Back by popular demand,  Avraham has graciously agreed to expand on his lecture.  

Please note that next year we will be charging for all of our events unless you are a member. We believe in paying all our professional lecturers.  
To join please go to
To register for this event:

Ellen Beller

Re: Looking for “enfants cachés” (hidden children) in the South of France #france #holocaust


Hello Joe
Do you have the information concerning the Moussa and Odette Abadi's network. The cousin of my father was 9 in 1940 when the family fled to Nice. I have no idea if the child remained with them throughout the war or not. Best regards
Catherine JUROVSKY

Cowan Report #general

Joan Jacobson

As a result of the Cowan Report, did the U.S. government, who evidently ordered the creation of the report, have a response to the death and destruction perpetrated on the Jews during the pogroms?
Joan Jacobson

Picture of grave marker Newark, NJ #photographs

Di Ann Creath

Grove Street Cemetery in New Jersey 
408 Grove Street, Newark

Ray Wucher
b.abt 1885
d. 22 Oct. 1925
Row 3 # 20L

If anyone is in the area and has the time I would appreciate you taking a picture and emailing it to me. I am in Georgia. I want to see and transcribe the marker. Thank you for any help I might receive.
dcroots@... Di Ann Creath


Re: Great Genealogy Resources #israel #records #holocaust #hungary


Thanks for the search info. I tried it and found this result, but I need help understanding what this document is about.

Any help?

Shia Rabinowitz
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Re: Translation Request for Hebrew #translation


Top -
Here lies or here is buried (abbreviation on top)
Hannah Rivka daughter of
Mani Ha'Levi
Passed 22 Av 5714

Kreindle daughter of Eliyahu Leizer
passed 24 Sh'vat 5689

Malka Chosnek

Re: Family Deportations from Poland #holocaust #poland

Barbara Ellman

Jorge  asked about lists of deportees during WWII.  Yad Vashem holds many such lists and has been adding these names to the searchable Shoah names database.  The lists that have not been indexed as yet are online on the site and can be accessed by searching on the name of the town from which the people would have been deported.  These lists can be found in the Documents Archives.

A word of caution - when these lists are indexed into the Shoah Names Database they are assumed to have died.  This is not always the case.  I found a cousin listed as deceased who came to the US and lived into the 1990s.

Barbara Ellman
Secaucus NJ USA
ELLMAN, COIRA, MAIDMAN - Minkovtsy, Ukraine
KAGLE, FASS - Ulanow, Poland

Publication of "The Towns of Death" by Mirosław Tryczyk #poland

Frank Szmulowicz

"The Towns of Death" by Mirosław Tryczyk is now available in hard cover and as an e-book, including from the publisher Rowman and Littlefied,
and from other book sellers (Amazon, Barnes and Noble, etc.).

A description of the book:

The book The Towns of Death is a translation of the Polish book Miasta Śmierci by Dr. Mirosław Tryczyk. It deals with the extermination of the Jewish people of Eastern Poland by their Polish neighbors during the Second World War in the years 1941-1942. Through numerous eyewitness testimony and examination of historical records, the book demonstrates that the well-known case of the town of Jedwabne was not an isolated example but one in a series of organized pogroms of the Jewish population in the region undertaken by Poles on their own. The book constitutes a large body of work that is meticulously researched and sourced and includes photographic material as well. It discusses the historical and political background of the events as well as the author’s analysis and commentary. It tries to set the historical record straight and contribute to the still incomplete accounting for Poland’s historical past. It is hoped that the book will reignite this debate in Poland and in the region and will serve as a warning sign to all people of good will at this time of rising anti-Semitism and general intolerance.

The book adds to the scholarship in the area by demonstrating the organized nature of the extermination, which followed a pattern that was repeated from one town to another and from one village to another. It demonstrates that the pogroms were undertaken by the Poles themselves on their own initiative. The book offers a new and distinctive research perspective in demonstrating the crucial role of the Catholic Church and individual Catholic priests in creating and strengthening anti-Semitic ideologies in pre-war Poland and the impact of the pre-war Polish right-wing political parties (the National Democracy, the National Radical Camp, and the National Unity Camp) in shaping a negative image of the Jewish community, which was the prelude to the wave of pogroms in 1941. In particular, the book contests the notion that the pogroms were carried out exclusively by ill-educated, peasant masses, and points to the leading role of the intellectual elites. Crucially, the present book shows that the perpetrators do not speak of being influenced by the Germans into committing the atrocities.

The present book expands considerably on the book Neighbors: The Destruction of the Jewish Community in Jedwabne Poland by Jan Thomas Gross, which deals in a different format with one town of the region covered by The Towns of Death. In particular, The Towns of Death demonstrates that Jedwabne was not an aberration but just one example of a pattern that repeated itself in dozens of towns of the region, in which the Jews were first publicly humiliated, beaten, and tortured, and then either murdered with primitive weapons or herded into barns and burned there; robberies of Jewish properties followed .  The present book has a distinctive format of providing direct eyewitness testimony that can be found in investigative and court materials of the post-war era. Survivors, by-standers, and perpetrators each give their own accounts of the events.  These are deeply personal accounts that give voice to the direct participants in the events, thereby personalizing those who had been forced to remain silent and upon whom a  specific position, narratives and emotions had been imposed. The author precedes the witness testimony with a narrative describing the history of each town, its Polish-Jewish relation, and the pogroms themselves. The failure of the Polish justice system to deal with the perpetrators of the heinous crimes is also documented. This history of denial and suppression of historical record continues to this day. 

Frank Szmulowicz (translator)

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