NYC Directories of Funeral Homes in the 1920's #general #usa

Gary Gershfield

I have a NYC death certificate from 1922, and am trying to make out the name of the funeral home/Undertaker. 
Although the name is illegible, the address looks like 228 Lexington Ave in Manhattan.
Please see attached Death Certificate.
Thanks for any assistance.
Gary Gershfield
Forest Hills, NY
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Re: Why would 2 neighboring states issue death certificates for the same individual? #usa #general

EdrieAnne Broughton

Most commonly, the reason for two death certificates is if the individual died in one state and was to be buried in another.  Not all states require a second DC for a burial permit but some do.  
EdrieAnne Broughton

Re: Why would 2 neighboring states issue death certificates for the same individual? #usa #general

R Jaffer

He probably died in one of the states but lived and was buried in the other.

Roberta Jaffer

Re: Podhorini a village near Munkach Hungary #hungary #general


Birth , death and marriage records available from 1845  to 1943. 

Mark Friedman

Re: Help with location and possible date of photo #photographs

Joyaa Antares

Hi Felissa,

Consider the Facebook group, "Genealogy - Dating Old Photographs"

Good luck!

Joyaa ANTARES, Gold Coast, Qld, Australia.

Re: Podhorini a village near Munkach Hungary #hungary #general

Hap Ponedel


Try looking at this map:
Munkac is just a few kilometers southwest of Podhering.
Also there is this map:

You can view the whole map here:

Hap Ponedel
Eugene, OR

The cemetery at Krynki, Poland #poland

Bob Silverstein

Krynki, Poland, is a town east of Bialystok on what is now the border with Belarus.  Jews lived and thrived there for over two centuries.  The Germans deported the last of them in November, 1941.  Like so many other towns and cities throughout Poland, all that remains of the Jewish presence are three synagogues and the cemetery.  However, the descendants of those Jews of Krynki are scattered around the globe and are now coming together to restore the cemetery.


To learn more about Krynki and the cemetery restoration, visit the website or email me.

Bob Silverstein
Elk Grove Village, IL

Researching Kaplan (Krynki, Poland) Tzipershteyn (Logishin, Pinsk, Belarus), Friedson/Fridzon (Pinsk, Cuba, Massachusetts), Israel and Goodman (Mishnitz, Warsaw, Manchester).

Why would 2 neighboring states issue death certificates for the same individual? #usa #general

Ken Cohen

I have been a long time subscriber but this is my 1st post. I don't really know what I am doing. 
Why would 2 neighboring states issue death certificates for the same individual?
Connecticut vs Massachusetts
1. Same name including middle initial.
2. Same birth date.
3. Same death date.
4. Different place of death.  Both seem incorrect. 
Ken Cohen
Norfolk, VA

Request for info from this Alegata record #translation

Randy Eckstein

I've attached 2 images (3 pages) from the 1919 Bilgoraj Marriage Alegata book.

I believe the 1st 2 pages (in 1st & 2nd image) is an exact copy of Aron Mordko DOMFROCHT's birth record from the records from Modliborzyce, written in Russian. (He's marrying someone from Bilgoraj.) Please confirm and extract dates, names, etc.

At the bottom & continuing to the next page seems to be some official explanation in Polish. I would like a full translation of it, as I have never seen this verbiage before.

Randi Eckstein
San Jose, CA

How can I get a copy of the World Jewish Congress Collections? #records


I found these records of interest.

How can I get a copy of these records?

Shia Rabinowitz

Help with location and possible date of photo #photographs

Felissa Lashley

This photo is of my great uncle, Jake Dorbin. I am trying to figure to figure out the geographic area where it was taken, and an approximate date. As to geographical location it could be either the central Ukraine or Nebraska, southern Missouri, Kansas or Oklahoma. He arrived in America by 1906.
I would appreciate any insights or ideas about the photo. Thank you very much.
Felissa Lashley
Austin, Texas
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Agricultural Settlement Near (?) Minsk? #belarus

Phyllis Winstead

Hi! My grandfather, Julius (Yehuda/Yudel Mendel) WINNER (VAINER), never told us where he was from except that he came from a settlement close to Minsk. I think it could have been an agricultural colony? He did go to a Yeshiva that was so far that his mother knitted one sock on the way there and one on the way back. Could this be the HORODOK yeshiva?? 
Phyllis Grodzinsky Winstead 

Documenting the Shoah in Dubno #holocaust #ukraine

Hal Bookbinder



Of the 12,000 Dubno Jews in 1941 possibly 300 survived the Shoah. My cousin, Boris Fradkin’s mother was one of them, working on a farm, posing as a Christian, while supporting partisans in the forest. Virtually all of her large family were murdered, many by Ukrainians, some under Nazi direction and some on their own. Her father was murdered by Ukrainian irregulars long before the Nazis captured Dubno.


My cousin is seeking to gather stories of Ukrainian participation in the Shoah in Dubno. He is striving to document this aspect of the Shoah. If you have stories to relate, please reach out to Boris at fradkin@... or, if more convenient, please respond directly to me or email me at hal.bookbinder@... and I will see that Boris receives your response. #Ukraine, #Holocaust



Hal Bookbinder

Oak Park, CA

Hal Bookbinder, Oak Park, CA
(310) 800-7905

Tried Everything and Hit a Wall Looking for Grandfather's Naturalization Petition and Ship Manifest Records #records #ukraine #usa


I have "hit the wall" and would appreciate any help you can provide in my search for the immigration record (ship manifest) and naturalization petition for my grandfather, Harry KRAMER.

Harry cited his birth date as April 9, 1896. He was born in Kiev into a family with the surname GOLANSKI, but he changed his surname in the US to Kramer, as his mother’s Kramer family was well established in the US. I do not know for certain what his Hebrew/Yiddish name was, but it was listed as Isaac on my mother's ketubah. To the best of my knowledge, he was always known as Harry Kramer in the US. I do not know what name he may have sailed under. Likely options for first names are Harry, Hirsch, Zvi, and Isaac, with spelling variants. Options for surnames are GOLANSKY, GALINSKY, KRAMER, and KRAMEROFSKY.


I have searched numerous databases in numerous ways (Ancestry, Steve Morse’s, Family Search, My Heritage) under all of these possible names, but have been unable to obtain his ship manifest record or naturalization petition. Harry's July 16, 1918 Declaration of Intention, filed in the Kings County Court, states that he sailed from Antwerp to New York on the Kroonland, arriving on December 20, 1911. Harry initially worked as a varnisher at his uncle’s furniture factory, but by 1918 reported that he was a butcher, his ultimate profession (See screenshots below of the Declaration).


I reviewed every page of the ship manifest of the Kroonland arriving on December 21, 1911, including names not even remotely similar to his, but none of the entries seem to show similar relations in the US or Russia. I also reviewed all records of ships sailing from Antwerp in 1911 and all sailings of the Kroonland in a several-year period but could not identify him. We believe he would likely have been going to one of his maternal Kramer uncles, Borice, Harry, or David Kramer, all in Brooklyn.


I suspect, but am not certain, that Harry may have naturalized while serving in WWI. He was inducted on August 5, 1918 (just 2 weeks after the date of his Declaration), then served at Camp Greenleaf until October 7, 1918 and Camp Joseph E Johnston until approximately November 12, 1918 before shipping out overseas. He served overseas from November 12, 1918 to August 26, 1919 and was discharged on September 3, 1919. I reviewed WWI military petitions available through FamilySearch and Ancestry, and paged through records of military naturalizations in the District Courts overseeing these bases during the dates he was stationed there, with no luck.


After the war, Harry lived in Boston from 1920-1923 before ultimately returning to Brooklyn, so I also looked for naturalization records there. I found records of another Harry Kramer naturalizing in Boston during that time frame, but it’s not my Harry.

Harry appears on the 1924 NYC Voter List, so it seems highly likely that he was naturalized by then.

Any advice you can provide on finding one or both of these records would be most appreciated!

Mark Kramer
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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The Brooklyn naturalization database shows that he submitted his Declaration to that court, but not his petition. See screenshot.

Re: Help with spelling of a name #names

Sherri Bobish


Was there an address for Seidel Stadlen on the manifest?  If so, try searching the address in the keyword box at
You may find him listed with a different first name and/or different spelling of surname in an old Lynn city directory from 1907 time frame.

What town did the person going to
Seidel Stadlen come from?  Try searching, also at Ancestry, for anyone with surname STADLEN born in that town.  You may find Soc. Sec. application, draft card, naturalization, etc.
If you do not have an Ancestry subscription, check if your local library does.  Ancestry has been allowing remote access to library patrons since Covid.

You can also search passenger manifests for
Stadlen coming from that town.

Hope this helps,

Sherri Bobish

Re: Searching for information Zlotchover and Blechner Families from Cernicvic and Skora and Winstein from Poland (Ozno) or Ukraine #poland #ukraine

Sherri Bobish


Don't worry!  Since you know what towns they came from than you already know more than many of us researchers knew when we began our searches.

Cernicvic may be today called:
Chernivtsi [Ukr], Chernevtsy [Rus], Kleyn-Tshernevits [Yid], Czerniejowce [Pol], Chernivitz, Cernivci, Cernevţi, Chernevtsi, Tschernewzi, Çernivtsi

Region: Podolia

Skora may be:
Skvira [Rus, Yid], Skvyra [Ukr], Skwira [Pol], Square, Skver, Skvere

Region: Kiev
Ozno may be:
Ośno Lubuskie [Pol], Drossen [Ger], Drossen Stadt, Ośno

Region: Prussia

These are the closest soundex matches found at:

You can search yourself for the towns at the above site.  You may find something that makes more sense to you.

You can search for records from these towns in the appropriate country databases at:

I suggest doing phonetic or soundex searches on names as they get spelled in various ways in the records.

Good luck in your search,

Sherri Bobish

Re: JewishGen Education announces New Classes #general #announcements #education

Marjorie Geiser

One of the hidden gems of JewishGen are these classes. In fact, I must say that I was a member of JewishGen for over a year before I decided to take some of the workbook courses, which are free with a Value Added Services membership. There really is something at every level of support.

But I must say that it's been a great honor to offer our new JewishGen Virtual Conversations, where we spend 45 minutes helping you with strategies, planning, resources and tips that even the more advanced researcher can benefit from.

No matter WHAT your level, we all can benefit from new ideas and new motivations. So, take a few minutes to look at what JewishGen Education has to offer and see if there isn't one option that could push YOU into that next stage of discovery!

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Re: Researching cremations #general


I found a double headstone for my great grand father's wife, who died in the 1930's, in Oakland California, but he was missing.  I found out through research that he died in the 1980's.  I ordered his death certificate and found the cemetery that handled his remains and called them to find out where he remains.  They told me he is in their cremation storage area.  Apparently he made the final resting place decision himself.  But I wondered why he did not just use the burial plot next to his wife.  Someone suggested to me that there might not have been anyone to mourn him in California, since his remaining family were on the East Coast. 

Marlise Gross
Cherry Hill, New Jersey

Kouff (Krakowsky) from Zhashkiv, Kiev, Ukraine

Street Map for Munkacs (Mukachevo) in the early 1900s #hungary #subcarpathia

Susan H. Sachs

Several households in my extended family lived along Czikoli street in Munkacs in the early 1900s.  Does anybody know what that street is called today?  Or where might it appear in a street map of the town?

Thanks in advance,
Susan H. Sachs, Israel

Munkacs:  Hershkovics, Klein, Fried
Barkaso:  Klein, Kron
Gulacs:  Weiss
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Re: Podhorini a village near Munkach Hungary #hungary #general

Ludwig Mauskopf

Podhoriani (in Hungarian Podhering) now is part of Mukachevo.

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