Where to find Illinois Northern District Naturalization Records? #records

David Levine

I found the index record for a relative's naturalization in the Illinois Northern District Naturalization Index at Family Search
However I do not see a place online to find the full record on the FamilySearch wiki or German Roots site:
Is this something I have to order from the National Archives?

Best Regards,
David Levine
San Francisco, CA, USA
Weinstein -> Solotwina, Galicia | Frisch, Hilman, Jungerman, Schindler -> Rozniatow, Galicia | Golanski, Kramerofsky/Kromerovsky -> Kiev | Lefkowitz -> Petrikov, Belarus | Shub, Rosen Hlusk, Belarus | Levine, Weiner, Zamoshkin -> Slutsk, Belarus 

A Taste of Jewish Genealogy in Poland. #education #galicia #poland #events

Leah Kushner

Santa Cruz Jewish Genealogy Society Invites you:

A Taste of Jewish Genealogy as a Gateway to the
              Civilization of Polish Jewry

with Tomasz Cebulski Ph.D., Professional Genealogist from Krakow
This Sunday, 06 June 2021 at 1pm (Pacific Time Zone)/4pm Eastern
Free for members and $5 for guests. 
     $5 for Guest Click Here

You will receive a ZOOM link the week of the event. Please check your SPAM

 Tomasz Cebulski, PhD., a professional genealogist joins us from
Krakow for this program on why, when, and how to conduct genealogical
research. Tomasz will share his favorite online resources. before
demonstrating how he combines research, maps, photography, video and
drone documentation in search of Polish Jewry. We will make a virtual
visit to Brzesko in former Galicia, once a vibrant center of Jewish

Bio:  Tomasz Cebulski Ph.D., has worked professionally as a Jewish
genealogist for over 20-years perfecting his knowledge on archival
resources in Poland and Central Europe. He is a scholar in genocide
studies and changing patterns of Holocaust and Auschwitz memory.
Tomasz is a historical memory analyst, guide and author of "Auschwitz
after Auschwitz". He is the founder of Polin Travel and Sky Heritage
​Leah Kushner, President
Santa Cruz Jewish Genealogy Society

Szlachta Holdings in the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth #lithuania #poland

Simon Zelman


I've gotten fairly lucky on a couple branches of my family in being able to trace them back to the 1784 and 1765 censuses in the Grand Duchy of Lithuania.  One of my ancestors ran a tavern/inn outside of Balbieriskis, in a village called Gielce/Gelčiai, and I was wondering if anyone knew of any resources that indicate who the landowning magnates/szlachta were in that area (and others in the GDL). I know that 18th-century records exist for the various szlachta families and their inventories/holdings, including some genealogical information about the people that worked on their properties, but the first step in finding those records is finding out which family I'm looking for! 


Simon Zelman
San Francisco, CA

Possible marriage in London #records #unitedkingdom

yvonne baines

Good morning friends,
I am searching for a marriage record in London.  My ggrandfather Joseph Cohen, Hebrew name is 'Yisrael ben Ze'ev' was born in Lomza Poland in 1846.  My ggrandmother Mary Barnett, Hebrew name 'Miriam bat Moshe Mordechai' was born 1841/42 in Kutno, Poland.    The first record I have of them is the 1881 census living in Liverpool.  However there is a 1871 census that has Mary Barnett, listed as wife and married.  Their Oldest 2 children Eliza, born 1867 in London, and Morris born 1869 in Liverpool.  Joseph is not listed on the 1871 census.  I am not positive that this census belongs to them, it is the accuracy of the children and Mary's name that keep's me considering this.  The 1881 census has Eliza born in Liverpool.  The 1911 census has Joseph and Mary married 45 years, which gives the year as 1866, which goes with their first child Eliza being born 1867.  We have looked in Liverpool for a marriage record with no success.  I have looked for birth records for both Eliza & Morris B 1869 (his headstone confirms his birth year)  I have not been successful.
I have been thinking that the distance between Lomza and Kutno is about 300kms.   In 1860 that would have been a long journey.  I think that Israel (Joseph) and Miriam (Mary) met either while emigrating,  or in England?   My brother thinks that they started out in London.  
Would Whitechapel be the place to start looking?
Which Synagogue would they have attended or been married at?
I have been told that the United synagogue marriage authorizations are searchable online, but these are only from 1880 - 1922.
I live in Southern Alberta, Canada.  I do have a cousin who is based in Leeds. she may be able to search for these records, with some direction from such kind friends.  
Thank you for taking the time to read this post.  
with kind regards,
Yvonne Tamtom

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

Sherri Bobish


If the words in Hungarian are typed, or clearly written, you can type the words into Google's Hungarian to English translator. 

Put "hungarian to english" into a Google search and the translation function will pop right up.

If the words in Hungarian are handwritten, or difficult to read, you can post a copy of the page to ViewMate and request a Hungarian speaker to try to read it and translate.

Best regards,

Sherri Bobish

Nyir. Csabai #slovakia

joseph just

Hi all. I wonder if anyone can help me identify a town that appears as Nyir. Csabai in a marriage record. The record is from Slovakia but anywhere in the Hungarian Empire  is plausible. The individual in question was born in Csenger and lived in Nyir. Csabai at the time of his marriage.

Sarah Just

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

Stephen Katz

The Vienna address listings (Adolph Lehmann's allgemeiner Wohnungs-Anzeiger) for the period 1914 - 1917 has a Josef Mermelstein in the 13th District at Breitenseerstrasse 28. However, it has no one with that surname at Hahng., and no Hersch Mermelstein. This is strange, since, as shown by the Meldezettel found and posted by Johan Hammer, Hersch Mermelstein was clearly registered at Hahng. 12. Nevertheless, perhaps the Josef Mermelstein at Breitenseerstr. means something to Helen.

Stephen Katz   

Re: Deciphering Russian records without surnames #russia

Marjorie Geiser


For the writing, don't forget about On the left is the option of 'Foreign Alphabets,' from which you can type in a word/name in English and have it transliterated to Russian, as well as other options from/to Russian. By switching from Russian print to cursive, that might help your challenge.

Margie Geiser


Re: administrative divisions in Poland throughout history #poland

Marjorie Geiser

I really like the feature that JewishGen has on their site, but just a week or so ago I was on one of the BEST webinars (on Polish records online), hosted by JGS Greater Boston, featuring speaker Julie Shepherd Szczepankiewicz, who did a fabulous job walking through this entire process. Here is a link to her explanation of border changes;

Margie Geiser
Arizona, USA


Re: Bavarian Reichssippenamt Records #germany #records

Roger Lustig

The example you give is from a Gatermann film--the last series of films to be made at the behest of the Reichssippenamt, in 1944-45. Baden-Wuerttemberg and Hessen have put their collections of Gatermann films online, and those for the former East Germany and Prussian Poland are, for the most part, available online via familysearch. We're still waiting on Lower Saxony and North Rhine-Westphalia--and Bavaria. 

All the source documents for the Gatermann films were destroyed by accident in the summer of 1945. Clerical error, not Allied bombing--it happened after the war was over.

As far as I know, the RSA did not film in Bavaria during their abortive attempt to film *all* of Germany's old vital records in the 1930s. Some of the records that were filmed as part of that project do survive as originals.

Oh, and congratulations for finding that register at ancestry. They did a fine job of hiding it, don't you think? 

Roger Lustig

Re: administrative divisions in Poland throughout history #poland

Hap Ponedel

This spreadsheet contains all 575 Jewish communities from the JewishGen Communities Database for Congress Poland linked to a historical map. Viewers can find their ancestor's town by using the alphabetical tab found at the bottom of the spreadsheet view window: scroll to find your community and click the link. The map contains all the provinces and counties of Congress Poland (1815 to ~1915) well delineated. 

Hap Ponedel
Eugene, OR

Re: Deciphering Russian records without surnames #russia

Adam Goodheart

Using those pre-surname records is challenging, but I've been able to trace a couple of my lines there. 
WIth the Russian "revision list" censuses, even when there were no surnames,, the order in which families were listed were often preserved in later lists (which might have surnames), and sometimes the later lists even give the number assigned to that family in the previous list.
Also, many Polish-Lithuanian Jews in the 18th century lived in tiny rural hamlets, as managers of taverns, tax collectors, or managers of a noble family's estate, where they often remained for decades and were quite frequently the only Jewish families at that particular place. Often the early Polish and Russian censuses will identify the specific locale. If you have post-1804 records with surnames that link your ancestors to that locale, and if the given names match up, you can bridge the gap and perhaps trace your ancestors back another generation or two into the 18th century. You can also learn some interesting things about where exactly your ancestors were living, what they were doing, and what noble family they were working for. I discovered that my Lithuanian 5th-great grandparents were running a rural inn in 1784 under a lease from the Prince-Archbishop of Vilnius — and then found out, thanks to Google Maps, that there's a nice little B&B at practically the same spot today!
Adam Goodheart
Washington, D.C.

looking for birth and death dates of Moishe Wechsler from Stefanesti Romania #bessarabia #romania

Aline Petzold

Hello All:
 I am looking for the birth and death dates of my great grandfather, Moishe Wechsler.  He lived in Stefanesti, Romania.  I know my great grandmother's name was Estera.  I also know that my grandfather, Efraim, had three brothers:Gherson, Haikel Leib, Mackle, and one sister, Anna.  I found my grandparents'( Efraim Wechsler & Perele Vigdorovici) Ketubah from 1920, that mentions only my grandmother Estera being present.  This seems to indicate that Moishe died before 1920.  I would appreciate your help with this.
Thank you.
Aline Petzold
St. Paul MN USA

Yedinitz Yizkor Book announcement #yizkorbooks



We are pleased to announce the Yedinitz Yizkor Book translation project. Please post the attachment.

Please confirm when completed.

Thank you

Allan I Bass

The Tulsa Race Massacre and Oklahoma's Jews #usa

Phil Goldfarb

There has been a lot on the National News this week regarding the Tulsa Race Massacre. President Biden is in Tulsa today for the 100th anniversary of one of the worst racial massacres in United States history. I had written my May 2021 monthly article for the Tulsa Jewish Review on the subject and Zach Rothbart from the the National Library of Israel took it, enhanced it, and published part of it today. Jewish Tulsans helped African American citizens who had developed the "Black Wall Street" in Tulsa as they recalled what happened to them in the "old country." with pogroms. 

The Tulsa Race Massacre and Oklahoma’s Jews:  How local Jews - some with fresh memories of European pogroms - did their small part to help victims of one of the worst acts of racial violence in US history

Phil Goldfarb
President, JGS of Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA


Ancestry Library Edition Available Remotely Extended to December 31 , 2021 #announcements #general

Jan Meisels Allen



Ancestry Library Edition, through its distributor ProQuest, has announced that Ancestry Library edition availability  has been extended remotely with libraries with Ancestry subscriptions through December  31, 2021.  Remote access will continue to be evaluated. This is for both Canada and the United States.  I have no knowledge at this time if other libraries in other countries also have this access.


Individuals need to have a library card and check with their local library to determine if they have an Ancestry subscription.  If your local library does not have an Ancestry subscription seek other libraries near to you.


To continue to keep updated you can look at:



Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


Re: Given Name on Birth Certificates #poland


According to Dictionary of Ashkenazic Given Names by Alexander Beider the name Kielman is a variation of Kalman. 

Dassy Wilen
Flohr, Hirsch, Wilensky, Trembitsky

Aharon KATZ - born Sieniawa, Galicia (Poland); died Beit Shean, Israel #poland

Joseph Lonstein

I'm looking to connect to the family of Aharon KATZ, born 22/12/1900 in Sieniawa.  He died in Beit Shean in 1987.  His daughter, Lea Kaplan, submitted a page of testimony that provided that information.  There is also an Aaron Guttstein on who I contacted who has a small tree for some early members of what could be this same KATZ family.

I believe one of Aharon's sisters was Malke/Marie KATZ who in 1938 married my "lost" cousin Mendel SCHYRAK (also known as Mendel SPERBER; born July 24, 1906) in Sieniawa.  I'm hoping that finding this KATZ family will eventually help me find out what happened to Mendel SCHYRAK/SPERBER, his wife Malke KATZ, and their twin daughters Masza and Chaya who were born in Sieniawa in 1942.   

Also, does anyone know if there are census/lists of the Jews in Sieniawa before 1941 before the ghetto was created, or after 1941 within the ghetto?

Thanks for any leads,

Joe Lonstein
East Lansing, Michigan, USA

Re: Philadelphia Bank Immigrant Passage Records online #records

Josh Freeling

I contacted for a copy of a 1912 bank ledger 5 years ago that wasn't online.
They sent me a PDF of the record.
I assume they will still do the same now.


Josh Freeling
North Carolina

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


Thank you but ... Is there a way to translate the Hungarian into English?

Susan J Gordon
EISMANN Budapest

4761 - 4780 of 664013