Genealogy Hebrew Transliteration Questions #names #records #translation


Some very kind people in the group recently helped me translate my ancestors' names from Hebrew to English. Moving forward when doing research for my family tree, does it make sense to look up each variation of how my ancestors' names are spelled? Any advice would be much appreciated

I have included some specific examples below showing the spelling differences I have seen and photos of the actual headstones for reference.

Thanks for your help!!

Diane Kelly

h(ere) l(ies)
Hannah Rivka daughter of Mr Manny the Levite
died 22 Av 5714


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


Kreindel daughter of Elijah Leiser
Died 24 Shevat 5699


Kreindle daughter of Eliyahu Leizer
passed 24 Sh'vat 5689


searching for Weiss family , last known residence in Velke Kapussany #hungary #slovakia

Lea Haber Gedalia

Shalom Genners
I WANDER if any one here is familiar with the Weiss family from Velke Kapussany. There were several Weiss families living there and I am searching for the family of Baruch Chaim (Benedit) Weiss and Helena Henscha birth surname unknown. The couple had the following children : Lenke Lea born 1914, David Mordechai Dejo born 1923 , Meir, Hanna (probably the eldest)  and Frederika (who married Santo). Meir and Hanna with families perished.
None of the records available matched my info, therefore I wander if anyone knew or stambbled upon the names.
Lea Haber Gedalia, Israel

Re: Bavarian Reichssippenamt Records #germany #records

Andreas Schwab

Here is a list of the Jewish BMD records for various towns in Lower Franconia. Most of the records are copies of RSA (Gatermann) films bound in books and held by the Würzburg Staate Archives. Others are held by Lutheran church archives. Also mentioned are the records held at the CAHJP.
The list was compiled by Klaus Berger und Gabriele Polster, in: Würzburger Diözesangeschichtsblätter 65 (2003), p. 177-202 and distributed by the Johanna Stahl Zentrum in Würzburg.
Andreas Schwab, Montreal, Canada

Re: Russian Military Records – World War One #russia #belarus


I am surprised that political comments of this sort are allowed at this website where people are researching on information on their relatives. Half of those who we are researching about were from Poland, including present Belarus. They lived there one hundred and more years ago, and searching in historical archives have nothing to do with the country's present politics. The employees of Archive are cooperative and I have not had delays in getting their replies.

Larry, what is the name of the person you are searching about?
This list is a digitalized list of soldiers killed in the World War One, if you suspect that your great uncle was killed during the war:
There are other smaller lists available in Russian. 

Elena Boldyreva,
Toronto, Canada,
Searching for Meyer Rogovin from Volozhin and Meyer Rogovin from Shatzk, Minsk Guberniya

Re: Help to translate old Yiddish newspaper article from The Jewish Express 1920s ? #translation

Saul Issroff

Prof Tony Kushner of PARKES institute Southampton university has published a number of papers on this. Here is just one reference.

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08_transmigrancy_workshop | Great War: Unknown War | University of Southampton
8 Apr 2014 — Professor Tony Kushner (University of Southampton) 'The Memory of Atlantic Park Hostel, Eastleigh: Spitfires versus the stateless'
Saul Issroff
London UK

Re: Deciphering Russian records without surnames #russia


The easy part first - recognizing text from late 1700's - early 1800's.  There are a number websites that list samples of Russian letters as they changed over the past couple of hundred years, that you will find helpful, for example this site:  You will have to adjust it to the document you are reading by looking for letters in common names, as there are definitely going to be idiosyncrasies between different writers at that time.  Documents became easier to read by the 1820's, as the letters and style closer resemble modern letters.

The "no surnames issue".  This is a tough one.  You might get lucky if you are able to match given, patronymic, age, as well as the relatives names.  However, the issue is that at the time most people had double names, but different records might include either both, or just one of the names of the person as well as their patronymic.  This becomes a guessing game.  Also, your relatives might have not lived in the same locality during the prior census, so the match might be against someone else entirely.

Mike Vayser

Re: Russian Military Records – World War One #russia #belarus

David Harrison

I am dismayed that anyone is even thinking of contacting a state organisation of that state in the light of the recent act of the recent international air piracy.
David Harrison
Birmingham, England

From: main@... <main@...> on behalf of Janet Furba via <>
Sent: 31 May 2021 19:58
To: main@... <main@...>
Subject: Re: [] Russian Military Records – World War One #russia #belarus
Hi, ask for the advice from the Belarus State Historical Archive in Minsk.
Janet Furba,

Bavarian Reichssippenamt Records #germany #records

Ralph Baer

Recently, it has been brought to my attention several times that at least some of the records which the Nazi Reichssippenamt (RSA) assembled and filmed, which were subsequently destroyed by the effects of allied bombing late in WW-II, were not the only originals. For example, here is a page of birth records for Bonfeld on Ancestry, Here is the same information from an RSA film, now in the main Baden-Württemberg archives in Stuttgart. The right-hand page follows. Clearly they were written at the same time, but are two different instances of the same records. The ones I have seen are all from Baden or Württemberg.
Does anyone know if there also are other originals of the records filmed by the RSA for Bayern (Bavaria)? I am interested in this because the RSA files for Bavaria are not currently on the internet, and even more importantly for me, one town of great interest, Binswangen in the current Landkreis Dillingen an der Donau, was incompletely filmed. I realize that Bavaria was a different country, subject to different laws from Württemberg, prior to the 19th century German unification. I am not referring to the fact that more than one copy was made from the RSA films. For example, there is a copy at the Central Archives for the History of the Jewish People in Jerusalem (CAHJP). I also realize that the originals for many places in Oberfranken (Upper Franconia) which were not filmed by the RSA are at the CAHJP.
Ralph N. Baer        RalphNBaer@...       Washington, DC

Re: Heimatschein & Meldenzettle Vienna - Mermelstein/Friedler #austria-czech

Peter Heilbrunn



Meldezettel can be obtained from the Archiv Wien whose website is . You can write to them at   post@... . Give the name of the person and the period you wish to cover. You will be sent a listing showing various dates and addresses should your ancestor have moved around as did mine. You can also request a specific Zettel  for any given location.


Please be aware that the Archiv charges for this service.




Peter Heilbrunn




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Re: Help to translate old Yiddish newspaper article from The Jewish Express 1920s ? #translation


Hi Alan 
Thank you ! 😊 Yes it is about Atlantic Park Hostel for transmigrants in England - it was in files sent to me via JewishGen by a descendant of someone who stayed there on their way to America in 1926. ( I'm researching for a book on the hostel )

Sadly all the Yiddish online translation sites I've used so far turn it into gibberish I'm struggling 🙁

Lee Desty

Re: Heimatschein & Meldenzettle Vienna - Mermelstein/Friedler #austria-czech

Johann Hammer

Hello Helen,
Meldezettel are archived in the Municipal and Provincial Archives of Vienna.
I took a quick look at the registration cards digitized by FamilySearch and was able to find a registration card for Hersch Mermelstein from the year 1917 (see attachment).
He lived at the address Hahngasse 12 with his wife Chaje and their children Josef, Lazar, Eva and Brincka.
You can also make a paid request to the archive, but you will not receive digital copies but only a text document with the data from the registration cards.
Kind regards,
Johann Hammer

Yad Vashem Puts Auschwitz Album Online #announcements #holocaust #hungary

Jan Meisels Allen


Yad Vashem has placed online the Auschwitz Album which was a donation to them. It is the only surviving visual evidence of the process leading to the mass murder at Auschwitz-Birkenau. There are 56 pages and 193 photos in the album. To view the album go to:


The photos were taken at the end of May or beginning of June 1944, either by Ernst Hofmann or by Bernhard Walter, two SS men whose task was to take ID photos and fingerprints of the inmates (not of the Jews who were sent directly to the gas chambers).


The photos show the arrival of Hungarian Jews from Carpatho-Ruthenia. Many of them came from the Berehovo Ghetto, which itself was a collecting point for Jews from several other small towns.


Early summer 1944 was the apex of the deportation of Hungarian Jewry. For this purpose a special rail line was extended from the railway station outside the camp to a ramp inside Auschwitz. Many of the photos in the album were taken on the ramp.


In 1994 the album was restored in Yad Vashem's conservation laboratory and information on each one of the photos was typed into the computerized databank of the archive. The staff of the archive was able to compare and match the pictures with aerial photos taken by the US Army Air Force on several occasions in 1944-45. In 1999 the entire album was scanned with the highest quality digital equipment.


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


Re: administrative divisions in Poland throughout history #poland

Hap Ponedel

For those who are interested in middle and eastern Europe historical geography you might find my website useful:
Visit the Maps tab in the main menu and look around. If you don't see what you are looking for please write to me. I am happy to help, and I will zoom with you as well.

Hap Ponedel

Re: Help to translate old Yiddish newspaper article from The Jewish Express 1920s ? #translation

Alan Shuchat

These files contain the same article. It's entitled "Atlantic Park: how the emigrants in England live". It looks like it's about the Atlantic Park hostel near Southhampton, where emigrants were housed until they could board a ship.
Alan Shuchat
Newton, MA

SHUKHAT (Talnoe, Simferopol, Sevastopol, Odessa, Balta (Abazovka), Pogrebishche)
VINOKUR (Talnoe), KURIS (Mogilev-Podolskiy, Ataki, Berdichev)
ZILBERMAN (Soroki, Kremenets), BIRNBAUM (Kamenets-Podolskiy)
KITAIGORODSKI (Zvenigorodka)

Re: Picture of grave marker Newark, NJ #photographs

Madeleine Isenberg

You can find her stone on  You might need a subscription or perhaps your local genealogy society has one.
Her Hebrew name translated as:  Rachel Hinde, daughter of Chaim Pinchas
Madeleine Isenberg
Beverly Hills, CA
Researching: GOLDMAN, STEINER, LANGER, GLÜCKSMAN, STOTTER in various parts of Galicia, Poland
(Nowy Targ, Nowy Sanz, Wachsmund, Dembno, Lapuszna, Krakow, Ochotnica) who migrated into Kezmarok or
nearby towns in northern Slovakia and Czech Republic (i.e., those who lived/had businesses in Moravska Ostrava);
GOLDSTEIN in Sena or Szina, Szkaros and Kosice, Slovakia; Tolcsva and Tokaj, Hungary.
GOLDBERG, TARNOWSKI in Chmielnik and KHANISHKEVITCH in Kielce, Poland

Heimatschein & Meldenzettle Vienna - Mermelstein/Friedler #austria-czech

Helen Kon

Hello. I am looking for proof of residence for my maternal great grandparents; Hersch Mermelstein and Chaje (geb. Friedler) who resided at 12 Hahngasse in the
9th district in Vienna starting with 1914. Per family lore it was unusual for orthodox Jews to reside in that district & that my grandparents got special permission to do. I am seeking documented proof of residence which I believe is called either Heimatschein or Meldenzettle. Am I looking for the correct documents & if so, where or how could I get them?
Thank you in advance for any & all help that you can give me.
Helen Kon
New York City, NY

Looking for Yokheved Kremnitzer/#galicia #holocaust #poland


Looking for Yokheved Kremnitzer, submitter of Shoah Victims' Names on Yad Vashem website, or relatives. Yokheved posted many names from the Distenfeld family including her mother Gitel Gebler, nee Distenfeld. Yokheved's grandfather Josel Distenfeld's brother Leizer Distenfeld was my g-g-grandfather. This family was from the area of Radziechow, Poland (Galicia). Any information would be appreciated.
Brooklyn, NY

NEGER, SPINRAD (Dynow, Poland)
TOLPEN (Suchostaw, Poland/Sukhostav, Ukraine)
DISTENFELD, ADLER, WILDER (Kamionka Strumilowa, Poland/Kamianka-Buzka, Ukraine)

Re: Meeting of the Krimchak Jews from Simferopol #ukraine #events


The date is July 2, 2021
(the time is 10AM)

Esther (Herschman) Rechtschafner
Ps. sorry for my mistake

Given Name on Birth Certificates #poland

Wendy Newman

Hi there,
I have found 2 different index files on JRI for what I believe is the same person.  One file is for the birth of a Jakob Icek Ziskind in Opole on 20 Dec 1863
and the other is for Kielman Icek Zyskind on 13 Dec 1863.  the file number, akta 93, is the same for both and they look to be the same file, birth in Opole Lubelskie.
Can anyone explain why this would be?  Is it possible that Jakob and Kielman are the same name?  There is not much reference to Kielman as a given name.
I have known my relative to be Jakob, but not Kielman.
Thanks for any clarification you can provide.

Wendy Newman
searching Nudelman, Edelstein, Siskind

Re: Russian Military Records – World War One #russia #belarus

Janet Furba

Hi, ask for the advice from the Belarus State Historical Archive in Minsk.
Janet Furba,

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