June 28: Researching your Historical LGBTQ+ Relatives webinar from the Center for Jewish History #events

Moriah Amit

Family History Today: Researching your Historical LGBTQ+ Relatives
Presented by the Center for Jewish History in honor of Pride Month 2021

Monday, June 28, 2 PM Eastern Time 


You may have heard family rumors about the “bachelor uncle” or the aunt and her “roommate.” Perhaps, you identify as LGBTQ+ and want to know if there were others like you in your family tree. Professional genealogist Janice Sellers will show you how to pursue this avenue of family history research. In addition, she will discuss ethical concerns you should consider, and why an understanding of gay history is critical to finding and understanding information about your LGBTQ+ forebears.


Tickets: Pay what you wish; register here to receive a link to the Zoom program.


This program is sponsored by the Ackman & Ziff Family Genealogy Institute at the Center for Jewish History. It is funded, in part, by a Humanities New York CARES Grant, with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the federal CARES Act, and by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

Moriah Amit
Senior Genealogy Librarian, Center for Jewish History
New York, NY

Looking for Galician town or village named Premeplenm #galicia


Hello,  My great grandmother recorded her residence as Premeplenm. I cannot find record of this place. Has anyone heard of it?

Thank you,
Alexis Soltice
Alberta, Canada

Re: Finding descendants of relatives who died in the Holocaust #holocaust

Beth Erez

If you send me a copy of the testimony you found, I would be happy to look up for you more about the person who submitted the testimony. 2014 is quite recent in there might be information on the internet about him/her.
Beth Krevitt Erez
Hod Hasharon, Israel

Obermayer Awards nominations #general #germany

Karen Franklin

Nominations for the 2022 Obermayer Awards are now open! The Obermayer Awards honor Germans who have documented, commemorated, and breathed new life into Jewish communities that were destroyed by the Nazis, as well as innovators who have found creative ways to use the lessons of history to prevent contemporary bigotry and foster understanding among different groups. The awards program has two tracks that each recognize extraordinary work done by Germans (typically non-Jews living in Germany) and/or German organizations.

  • The history track honors those who have illuminated the vital role Jews played in German society for hundreds of years before the Nazis tried to exterminate them. This work has included restoring cultural sites, researching community history and genealogy, storytelling, community building, working with students, developing programs and publications, and creating artworks and public exhibitions.
  • The anti-prejudice track seeks to honor those who fight against current prejudice (including anti-Semitism) and racism through innovative efforts, using the lessons of history and a connection to remembrance. Awards in this track will be given to people or organizations in Germany that are taking noteworthy steps to combat prejudice, as well as foster the kind of understanding among different groups that prevents prejudice from taking root. 

Together, those we honor exemplify how acknowledging a country’s dark past can become a motivation to improve the present and future. The awards were founded in 1999 by Dr. Arthur S. Obermayer (1931–2016), an accomplished American entrepreneur, scientist, and activist whose grandparents all came from southern Germany. The awards are administered by Widen the Circle, a nonprofit supported by the Obermayer Foundation, with co-sponsorship, support, and organization of the ceremony in Berlin provided by the Berlin Parliament. The awards are also co-sponsored by the Leo Baeck Institute (New York).

Nominations must be received by July 31, 2021. To download an application, please visit

Karen S. Franklin
New York NY

Re: Searching for Great Aunts #belarus #general

Beth Erez

HI Stephen

You really have not given enough information for people to try and help you.   Were the  sisters already married when they arrived to the US?  Alone, or with children?  Do you know their husbands names?  If they were not married yet, what was their maiden name?  I looked for example at Julie (or Julia) Simmons arrived in that time period on FamilySearch and found such a long list that there was no way  for me to narrow it down.  Also, they may have entered with Yiddish names and changed their names later.  I suggest you start at FAmilySEarch and see if that helps you. You might find the Stephen Morse website as a help to you to link easily to the right places in FamilySearch for the various potential ports.

Searching Various Ports of Arrival for Free in One Step (

Beth Krevitt Erez
Hod Hasharon, Israel

"Tribunal" in 1874 marriage record from Kalisz gub. #poland

Wayne Frankel

Dear JG’rs,
A volunteer recently and very kindly provided me with a read of a mid-January 1874 Cyrillic marriage record from the Kalisz gubernia of Russia/Poland.
Bride’s name was Roza FROM.
One line on the record reads as:
"Tribunal Dec 22, 1873 #4678 with Mosiek FROM, town of Dzorzbin, gm. Zbierek, Stawiszyn district”
I would like to know what this Dec 22 “tribunal” refers to; I thought it might be a bann, but I am told that the bann is already in another part of the document.
I am trying to connect two FROM clans - someone by his name from the same region is the patriarch of another the other clan. If a relationship can be inferred between the bride and this Mosiek FROM based on what this ’tribunal’ is about, that would be most helpful.  I do know that it is not the bride's father. 
Thanks for your help!

Yankelsohn/Yakobson gymnasium Odessa around 1880. #ukraine

Boruch Fishman


My great-grandmother Schindel/Molly Yankleson/Yakobson/Yanklevitch/Josephson from Kishinev attended a gymnasiym in Odessa between 1875 and 1885. Does anyone know how I could access Odessa gymnasium records from that era?
Boruch Fishman MD
Tel Aviv
Searching for family names:
Gerber, Fichte, Jacobson, Yankelsohn, Josephson, Greenberg, Rifkin

Re: survivors of Mir Yeshiva in Shanghai #general

Howard Orenstein

Try these links,  which might contain info on how to find the existence of such a group.

History of Mir Yeshiva:

Story about a Mir survivor, Rabbi Yankelewitz, who died at 104 y.o.:

Mir Yeshiva, Jerusalem:

Howard B. Orenstein, Ph.D.

McDaniel College
Founded in 1867 as Western Maryland College
Westminster, MD 21157

Explore Your Jewish Heritage in Wyszków, Poland

Explore Your Jewish Heritage in Serock, Poland

Re: survivors of Mir Yeshiva in Shanghai #general

Joyaa Antares

Hi Evan,
Your friend may wish to join the facebook group "Shanghai Internees And Jewish Refugees Group 1945"

Best wishes, Joyaa ANTARES
Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia

Re: Searching for Yakov Kotlan from Ozorków, Poland - translation required #translation #yizkorbooks #poland


I don't sorry. The only official document I found for them was in Russian.  I have had Kotlian suggested as the Russian way of spelling it but that found nothing in English language searches.
Laura Harrison

Re: Finding descendants of relatives who died in the Holocaust #holocaust

David Lewin

At 17:42 08/06/2021, Avi Lichtenstein via wrote:
Recently, I found on the Yad Vashem testimonial site the names of
relatives who died in the Holocaust (Shapiro family from
Starokonstantinov, Ukraine). The submitter's relationship to the
individuals indicated that he too is a relative. I contacted Yad
Vashem who told me that they had no more information on the
submitter other than his address (in Israel) in 2014. Yad Vashem
suggested I use JewishGen, Magen David Adom's tracing service, or
the State of Israel's Ministry of the Interior. Because I do not
live in Israel, I am not sure if I am able to use the Israel-based
agencies. Has anyone had similar experiences?

Kindest regards,

Avi Lichtenstein

Avi - do the search in Hebrew rather than English

If you cannot, I can help
David Lewin

Search & Unite attempt to help locate people who, despite the passage
of so many years since World War II, may still exist "out there".
We also assist in the process of re-possession of property in the
Czech Republic and Israel.
See our Web pages at

Re: Index of Holocaust testimonies #holocaust

tzipporah batami

To addend to my previous list of additional annotated testimonies please note the shoah foundation website, called iwitness, and the zachor foundation website again if all these places including library of congress for books would cooperate with jewishgen and share it would be less.likely for us to meet with obstacles in trying to get access. Thank you. Feigie Teichman

Correction: Yad Vashem Virtual Tour June 13, 2021 #announcements #israel

Jan Meisels Allen


The day of the virtual tour outside of Israel is still June 13 not June 12 as originally stated. The times are correct as stated.

Sorry for my error.

Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee



Yad Vashem is offering a free virtual tour of the Holocaust History Museum on Sunday June 13, 2021 at  1:00 PM Jerusalem; 11:00AM UK,  6:00AM Eastern time 3:00 AM June 13 Pacific Time. Check with

For your local time.


Registration is required. Go to:



Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee



Re: Finding descendants of relatives who died in the Holocaust #holocaust

Stephen Weinstein

On Tue, Jun 8, 2021 at 09:44 AM, Avi Lichtenstein wrote:
they had no more information on the submitter other than his address (in Israel) in 2014
Start by sending a letter to that address. 
1. Maybe he still lives there.
2. If he owned the home there and sold it, maybe the current resident bought it from him and has some paperwork with his new address.
3. If he rented it, maybe the current resident can tell you how to contact the owner and the owner had an address to mail him his security deposit or something.

If that doesn't work, try looking for him on Facebook, Google, etc.
Stephen Weinstein
Camarillo, California, USA

Invitation to Zoom meeting: "Researching NYC Records Remotely" with Jordan Auslander #events #usa

Ben Kempner

The Jewish Genealogy Society of Southern Nevada (JGSSN) invites you to a Zoom meeting at 1:00 p.m. (Pacific Daylight Time) on Sunday, June 20: "Researching NYC Records Remotelywith Jordan Auslander.


To request a Zoom link, please complete this short form: which can also be found on our Meetings webpage:


Members of JGSSN can attend for free.  Non-members can either pay $5.00 on the Donate page at   Or you can pay $20 for a subscription to the 2021 series of outstanding speakers (see below).  More details can be found at  To become a member and sign up for the 2021 series, go to the Membership page at


Session Description:

 As the cosmopolitan gateway to the United States, New York City continues to appeal to those who dream of a better life. Between 1820 and 1920 over 82 percent of immigrants to the United States came through the port of New York. Even if they migrated elsewhere, over 100,000,000 Americans have an ancestral paper trail that involves New York City (of them about 40 million have roots in Brooklyn). Learn how to trace your New York ancestors, whether they were passing through or called it home as well as resources to help you reconnect with family that remained elsewhere. While on-site research is the optimal approach to research, this is not always convenient or feasible.

Nevertheless, much can be accomplished in advance or in lieu of physical travel.  Components of New York City family history can be identified without setting foot on Broadway using a broad array of free and subscription internet sites as well as some conventional sources.  These resources will be evaluated in the context of the questions and needs of lecture participants.


About Jordan Auslander:


Former transportation planner, now New York based genealogical researcher, lecturer and expert witness. Jordan has pursued cases across the United States, Europe and Israel; translated, created and published an index to vital records in the Slovak State Archive system, Genealogical Gazetteer of the Kingdom of Hungary. (and articles including the history and documentation of US participants in WWI),
His history BA first applied in title search, real estate and background contracted for various literary projects; Jordan got into genealogy, like everyone else -- too late.  Interest in family history grew while stuck with sorting through bales of material his paternal grandmother accumulated.  He joined the Jewish Genealogical Society in 1988 serving on its board 1994-96; member of the Association of Professional Genealogists and The New York Genealogical & Biographical Society.
Applied his theatrical writing and acting pretensions as “Heir Jordan, Extreme Genealogist” Telly award winner for and the ‘reliably inappropriate’ host of IAJGS conference Gameshow Night.

JGSSN 2021 Lecture Series:

Ben Kempner
VP, Programs
Jewish Genealogy Society of Southern Nevada

Horodenka marriage record 1937, clarification sought #poland #records


One of the recently released Przemyśl books, Horodenka marriages index 1932-1940, solved my biggest problem: The registered surname of my great grandmother (Fenster) and her date of civil marriage (1937).

I would like to see the complete record if one is available, but I am not sure the best way. I have two potential sources for a Horodenka marriage in 1937:
1) On Familysearch, Volume 701-1/31 Birth, marriage, and death extracts 1922-1939 (Film 2405315, Item 8)
2) The physical USC Office in Warsaw, Marriages 1937-1940, fond 1028

The film on familysearch is a jumble of handwritten notes, and mostly births. I did not have success with it. Will the USC office have different records? Will the information in the index book be of use to them, and what does "new information" mean with regard to this book? Will I have access to a marriage record from 1937? Is the office operational? Before I attempt to contact Warsaw, these are my questions.

Any advice is appreciated, and thanks very much to the Przemyśl project volunteers.

Sabrina Bonus
Seattle WA USA

Re: Hebrew translation on gravestone #translation


Good afternoon,
Here lies or here is buried (abbreviation on top)
Chaim son of Israel Moshe
Passed 20 Iyar 5706
May his soul be gathered in eternal life (abbreviation - last line)
Shalom, Malka Chosnek

This Sunday, June 13, 2 pm - JGSNY: Scandals, Shandehs and Lies #announcements

Phyllis Rosner

Jewish Genealogical Society NY Meeting
Sunday June 13, 2021 at 2 p.m. EDT
Zoom Webinar

Scandals, Shandehs and Lies: The Stories Families Don't Tell

Speaker: Renee Steinig

In the course of decades of genealogical research Renee Steinig has uncovered many a "skeleton in the closet" — cases of mental illness, illegitimate birth, infidelity, abandonment, and even murder, all hushed up for decades. A Viennese refugee whose baby was born in a New York State psychiatric hospital; a suburban businessman who led two lives; a Romanian immigrant hanged — or so his family thought — for "stealing horses"; a Jewish GI's love affair in Belgium during World War II; a young woman who married, had a baby, then vanished... Renee will talk to us about these family secrets, the research tools that uncovered them and the reunions and reconciliations that followed many of her discoveries.        

Renee Steinig began to do genealogical research in the 1970s, inspired by a cousin who made it look easy. Many family trees and some 18 years later, she began to accept client work. Her specialties include New York research, locating lost family, and due diligence for probate cases. She is member of the Association of Professional Genealogists and has testified as an expert witness in several New York City Surrogate's Courts. A past president and longtime trustee of the JGS of Long Island, Renee is also a director of Gesher Galicia and its discussion group moderator and Family Finder editor.    

All are welcome; attendance is free, but registration is required:

Click here to register at our website

Submitted by:
Phyllis Rosner
JGSNY VP Communications
New York, NY

Re: Trying to find the connection and solve a mystery #belarus

Diane Jacobs

I certainly agree with Sherri. I just found 2 brothers in Lithuania who have 4 children with the same first names.  And in my own family 2 brothers named their sons after my grandfather David. If I had been a male I also would have been David instead of Diane named by my father the third brother.

Diane Jacobs

On Jun 9, 2021, at 3:27 PM, Sherri Bobish <sherribob@...> wrote:


I don't have a specific answer, but I will say that the odds of two people, even in a small shtetl, having the same name, and living there at the same time, is absolutely possible.

For instance, they could be sons of two brothers, and each brother named their child after the same ancestor.  Hence, two cousins share the same name.

Just a thought,

Sherri Bobish

Diane Jacobs, Somerset, New Jersey

Re: Hebrew translation on gravestone #translation

Moses Jefferson

Mr. Passman,
Here’s a translation per line,

1. Here lies
2. Chaim son of R’ Yisroel Moshe
3. Died the 20th of Iyar [5]706
4. May his soul be bound up in the bond of life

Moses Jefferson
Genealogist & Researcher of Jewish History
London, UK

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