Re: Name of town like Lepekoia in Poland or Lithuania #poland #lithuania #general


On Sat, Jun 19, 2021 at 02:07 AM, Mike Daren wrote:
it is a small place at 54.468562,23.687883 named 



Lithuania A link to a google map:,+Lithuania/@54.4622561,23.1224191,9z/data=!4m13!1m7!3m6!1s0x0:0x0!2zNTTCsDI4JzA2LjgiTiAyM8KwNDEnMTYuNCJF!3b1!8m2!3d54.468562!4d23.687883!3m4!1s0x46e0ce6344cf52bd:0x3b66e93388f80cc0!8m2!3d54.4690681!4d23.694393

found using jewishgen gazetteer. I then found a page of the publiched artile online, which mentioned the town they were from in Lithuanie, not in Poland. i googled it which brought me to back to jewishgen. that town is Butrimonys, Lithuania which is not far from Altulys Lithuania, which is near Liepakojai.


Aaron Ginsburg  
Foxboro, MA USA

Name of town like Lepekoia in Poland or Lithuania #poland #lithuania #general

Mike Daren

A relative wrote a memoir in which he said that his grandmother lived in a town named Lepekoia, I think in Poland, or maybe in Lithuania.  I can't find a town by that name.  When I try googling Lepekoia, besides my relative's memoir, I don't get any town by that name, I mostly get suggestions for alternate spellings, but none of the alternate spellings seem to be names of towns, or at least no town anywhere around Poland or Lithuania.  Does anyone have any suggestion of what town name Lepekoia might be referring to?  The author of the memoir was born in Butrymowce, Podlaskie, Poland in 1886, came to the US as a child, and died in New York in 1961.  The memoir he wrote was found after he died by his son, and published in "American Jewish History" in 1980.  Thanks.

Mike Daren

Re: Seeking contact info for American artist Mark GROTJAHN #holocaust #general #usa

Alan-Itsyk Harvey Silver

Hi Myra,

I did my own web search and social media search on Grotjahn, and he's pretty well walled off, online - I can't find a way to message him anywhere that he has an account. He has a lot of followers on online accounts, so it isn't surprising to see.

Your emails to museums, etc, are likely to go ignored. I would suggest calling art industry types directly - you're going to have to look for someone who knows him personally, and well enough, to contact him for you. (If you can find someone who might be Jewish, all the better.)

--Alan Harvey Silver (son of Elliott, grandson of Irving and Sarah Gorson Silver, great-grandson of Meyer and Elka Garb Gorson, and Charles and Lena Horwitz Silver)

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

Emily Garber

It is difficult to help you with your search for Harry's naturalization because you have not shared information critical for narrowing the search. At what point on census records was he recorded as naturalized? Where did he live (addresses) at the time of each record? If he was in New York State, for example, for the 1925 State census, then you might see an indication of the date and court of record. The first thing to do is to try to estimate, based on records you have viewed, a date and place of naturalization.

If he naturalized as a result of military service, then he may have taken his oath in the last United States location in which he was stationed after he returned from overseas. It would not have been in the court in which he declared his intent. Military naturalizations after WWI did not require declarations or residency. So, even if you find the file, there will likely be no information about his arrival in the US or his passenger manifest.

I have a relative who naturalized after WWI service. He was from Detroit before he was drafted. I searched newspapers and did a Google search for information on his military unit and their return from overseas. Sometimes unit histories will be helpful in this regard. Via newspapers, I found that, upon return, he was stationed at Camp Sherman in Chillicothe, Ohio. Rose County did not have the file. But the USCIS genealogy program had his C-file and I acquired his petition and a copy of his certificate of naturalization.

It is not clear how much research you have already completed in United States records. If you have exhausted those, then, great! If not, you will need to find his grave (where the stone may show his Hebrew and/or Yiddish name), his death certificate, marriage certificate (and also license if he married in NYC), and all census records (do the same for all his children). Look at not only at his parents names, but also at the names of witnesses. Were they relatives? If he changed his name in the USA, there could be relatives who did so, as well, or some who did not change their surnames. Look at all their records, too. If he was buried in a community association (landsmanshaft) plot, are there any other Kramers or Golanskys (or whatever)?

If your goal is Harry's passenger manifest, sometimes the best thing to do is look for the manifests of relatives. I could not locate my great grandfather's passenger manifest with his surname Matsevitskiy. Ultimately, I found his when I searched for and located his bother-in-law's passenger manifest. My great grandfather's name was immediately above on the same page. The indexer had absolutely massacred the surname. I never would have located my ggf if I'd not looked for his brother-in-law's record.

I apologize if I have misinterpreted the depth of the research you have completed.

Emily Garber
Phoenix, AZ

Re: Documenting the Shoah in Dubno #holocaust #ukraine


Writer Stephen J Dubner (author of "Turbulent Souls," - pub 1998 - now called "Choosing my Religion: A Memoir of a Family Beyond Belief") tells about his visit to Dubno when he was researching his family's history, before his Jewish parents converted to Catholicism... and before Stephen converted back to Judaism). 

Susan J. Gordon
New York
LEMPERT, SCHOENHAUT - Lvov, Skalat, Czernowitz

Re: Hungary Town Name Question for William Farkas (Fergus) Gottlieb married to Mollie (Minnie?) Einhorn #records #usa #hungary

Valentin Lupu

The town of birth is probably Encsencs, a small town 8.5 miles south of Nyrbator.

Valentin Lupu

Re: Hungary Town Name Question for William Farkas (Fergus) Gottlieb married to Mollie (Minnie?) Einhorn #records #usa #hungary

Jackie Shapiro

I, too, am researching GOTTLIEB. GGrandfather also Mayer-  Rabbi of Mad, Hungary.  Most of my family born in Mad, Niyabator(Bertha Klein), and Szerencs(Louise Billitzer , daughter of Rabbii Amram Yisha Billitzer.  What do you think?
Let me know if any of this is familiar.  Joseph Gottlieb, grandfather, had many brothers/sisters. most killed in the camps.
Jackie Shapiro

This week's Yizkor Book excerpt on the JewishGen Facebook page #yizkorbooks #ukraine

Bruce Drake

The cheder (or heder) was an institution of Jewish shtetls that you come across in just about every Yizkor book. Jewish children started learning the Hebrew alphabet at the age of three and then went on to the cheder where they would study the Torah and the Five Books of Moses.
The cheder experience could be inspirational and an indispensable part of Jewish education, not to mention where boys met, interacted, and made friends. But it could also be a terrifying and less-than-optimum learning experience. Much of that depended on the melamed, or instructor, who could be learned and skilled — or an ill-trained teacher who might also be eking out a living as a butcher or gravedigger.
In “My Educators” from the Yizkor book of Mikulince, Ukraine, Haim Preshel’s experience had a shaky start. How could he think otherwise when he heard his teacher mutter under his mustache that he had a “goyisher kop” (a Gentile's head). He would wonder as his lessons went on, why the teacher kept him in the cheder, and while he speculated on the Rebbe’s reason, he also thought, as he kept at his lessons, that “Perhaps I myself changed as I grew, and my head ‘opened’ suddenly.” As he later remembered his days in school, he wrote “Rebbe Yitzhak Moshe, what I have written here was written in your honor.”
There is some wonderful dialogue in the chapter.

Bruce Drake
Silver Spring, MD

Towns: Wojnilow, Kovel

Yizkor-Books-in-Print Project has now sold a total of 11,000 books #poland #ukraine #yizkorbooks #belarus

Joel Alpert

Yizkor-Books-in-Print Project is proud to announce that it has now
sold a total of 11,000 books over the life of the project since
January 2012. 6 months ago we had sold 10,000 books.

The project has published translations of 124 Yizkor Books and a few
others related to the Shoah.

Look through this list to see if any of the books are of interest to
you. They are all priced amazingly low. Our goal is to make these
treasures available at affordable prices.

We depend upon Lance Ackerfeld and the Yizkor Books Project to furnish
the translations to our project.

Many thanks to our volunteers who make this project possible:
Susan (Irit) Rosin
Nina Schwartz
Rachel Kolokoff Hopper
Jonathan Wind
Helene Held
Donni Magid
Randall Tenor
Stefanie Holzman
Sondra Ettlinger

If you are working on the translation of a Yizkor Book and want to
know the process of getting it published at no cost, contact

Joel Alpert, Coordinator of the Yizkor Books in Print Project

Re: Rubbing and take pictures at Washington Cemetery in Brooklyn, NY #photographs

Lee Jaffe

 Instead of rubbing, try using aluminum foil, pressing the sheets onto the surface of the stone with a soft brush or sponge. The cheaper the foil the better. It's remarkable how well it works.  There are a lot of good sources for ways to read old headstones : here's one.

Lee David Jaffe

Surnames / Towns:  Jaffe / Suchowola, Poland ; Stein (Sztejnsapir) / Bialystok and Rajgrod, Poland ; Joroff (Jaroff, Zarov) / Chernigov, Ukraine ; Schwartz (Schwarzman?, Schwarzstein?) / ? ;  Koshkin / Snovsk, Ukraine ; Rappoport / ? ; Braun / Wizajny, Suwalki, Poland,  Ludwinowski / Wizajny, Suwalki, Poland


New translated article from Yedinitz Yizkor Book - I Knew No Other Town #yizkorbooks


Please add to the daily JewishGen newsletter and any other relevant announcement forum the following passage.
We have a newly published translation of an article in the Yedinitz Yizkor Book, from page 143-144.
Your donations for this project can be made at:
If you live in the United States donations are tax-deductible.

Moreover, in lieu of a donation, we would be delighted if any of you with expertise in Hebrew or Yiddish translation to English can volunteer to translate a section of the book. 

We can include a mention with the translation “Donated by… or in Memory of…” to people who donate a minimum of $250 for a particular article of the book. People donating $500 or more will be entitled to a complimentary copy when the book is published.

You can view the original book online:

You can read the English Table of Contents for the book here:
Please let me know when and where this is published.
Thank you.
Allan Ira Bass

Re: Hungary Town Name Question for William Farkas (Fergus) Gottlieb married to Mollie (Minnie?) Einhorn #records #usa #hungary

Sherri Bobish


Town of birth may be Nyéresháza (before WW1 it was in Hungary)
today Neresnytsya in Ukraine.
Neresnytsya [Ukr], Nyéresháza [Hung], Neresnice [Slov], Alsóneresznicze [Hun], Neresnitsa [Rus], Nizhnya Novoselitsa, Neresniza, Neresnitze, Nereznicza, Neresnycja
Region: Transcarpathia

Good luck in your search,

Sherri Bobish

Re: Dobrzyn nad Wisla, translation of article from Yizkor book now online #yizkorbooks #general #poland


The two Dobrzyns are often confused for each other.   One is Dobrzyn nad Wisla on the bank of the Wisla river, the other is Golub Dobrzyn on the banks of the Drweca river.  

Besides Dobrzyn nad Wisla, the article describes life in Aleksandrow Kujawski. 

Relly Coleman

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

Bella Tseytlin

It doesn’t seem to be Ukraine. 
Bella Tseytlin

Melbourne, Australia

Re: Transcribing German Gothic #translation


Dear Israel,

Please send me the document, I am a historian, maybe I can decipher and translate it.

Kindest regards,

Alexander Burstein

Re: Dobrzyn nad Wisla, translation of article from Yizkor book now online #yizkorbooks #general #poland

David Lewin

At 15:15 17/06/2021, relly800@... wrote:

For those interested in Dobrzyn nad Wisla, I translated an article about the village from the Wloclawek Yizkor book, which is now available online:

Relly Coleman

Does Golub feature in there??
It is on the opposite bank of the river.  My grandfather contributed to the building of the bridge ....  

The town today is Golub-Dobrzyn.  Golub changed from German to Polish in 1918.

David Lewin

Re: Hungary Town Name Question for William Farkas (Fergus) Gottlieb married to Mollie (Minnie?) Einhorn #records #usa #hungary

David Levine


The town is Királyhelmec in the old Hungarian county of Zemplén now Kráľovský Chlmec in Slovakia. Kiraly/Kralovsky means "Royal Chlmec"
There is more information on the Hungarian wikipedia page:  (right click to use google translate on the page)
Attached is the entry for the town from a 1911 Gazette of estates in the Kingdom of Hungary that I had photographed for a project a few years bak.

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 

translation request #poland #russia #translation


I've posted an 1890 Lomazy birth record for Perla Marja WAJNSTAJN on View Mate for which I'd greatly appreciate a translation. It is in Cyrillic. Here is the link:
With much appreciation,
Tammy Weingarten

BBC Reveals Archive on Early Edition of Radio Times #announcements #unitedkingdom

Jan Meisels Allen



The BBC’s new program index includes transmissions from 1923 to the present day.


Formerly known as BBC Genome, the BBC’s Program Index now makes the broadcaster’s archive more accessible than ever, with viewers able to browse over 10 million listings, 200,000 playable programs and even early editions of Radio Times magazine.


As for copies of Radio Times magazine, the archive boasts some of the earliest issues published in 1923 up to editions released in 2009, including the program listings of that week.  The programming data added to the Genome archive was extracted from copies of Radio Times from each week between 1923 to 2009 before being filtered through optical character recognition technology to recreate schedules for most of the BBC’s broadcast history.


To see the program index go to:


To read more see:


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee



JGSLI Virtual meeting on Sunday June 27 at 2:00 PM Eastern - Rony Golan #announcements #events #education

Bonnie Birns

Hello all! The Jewish Genealogy Society of Long Island is delighted to invite you to our June monthly meeting featuring our guest speaker, Rony Golan.


JGSLI is extending the invitation to the broader genealogy community. We ask that you register in advance (see below). Please share with your friends!

Sunday, June 27th, 2:00 PM, via Zoom

Speaker: Rony Golan
Topic: Genealogical Research as a Life Experience

Rony Golan is an Israeli lawyer and a professional genealogist. He teaches law at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and is the Legal Adviser to the International Institute for Jewish Genealogy. His personal family research, begun 35 years ago, led Rony to do research in Israel, Hungary. Romania, Lithuania, Russia and the United States. Rony will share his experience while he tells his family history.

Register for our Zoom meeting: this will allow you to join in so you can chat with others before and after the meeting. * We have increased our Zoom capacity so all registrants will be able to join. *


When: June 27, 2021 2:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Register in advance for this meeting:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

This webinar is free and open to the public.


I look forward to "seeing" you all then!


Bonnie Birns

President, Jewish Genealogy Society of Long Island
Jericho, Long Island, NY researcher #59766

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