Offering Montefiore Cemetery photos (Queens, NY) #usa #photographs

A. E. Jordan

I am going to repeat the offer to take photos at "Old" Montefiore Cemetery in Queens, NY. I was there two weeks ago and I need to go back to help a few more people looking for some not found graves on the first pass through the cemetery.

Below I am repeating he process .... some of the areas of the cemetery were fairly overgrown right now as a warning. Possibly in all the times I have done this I found two graves where the bush was so large for the time time I could not get any type of photo. Usually you can get behind it or pull it back or such but those two were impossible.

I am willing to try but warning that a few sections of the cemetery are very difficult.

Process I follow is fairly simple in offering to take photos for people.
You ID the grave from the cemetery's online database and send me the details. I take a photo and email it to you and in turn I appreciate a few dollars to help defer the expense of doing this for everyone, ie gasoline money.
I am happy to help out where I can, but please don't send me a generic name and ask me to find the person at the cemetery and please don't send me around the cemetery to find the 20 people named Jack Cohen because one of them might possibly be your long lost cousin. The cemetery is massive and a few people have asked me to do that and it is a very slow process that takes a lot of time and gasoline, etc.

Also if you are asking for an infant or child's grave please tell me. They are mostly in separate areas of the plots and a lot of those graves do not have markers.
Montefiore has am online database. It is better if you search the name on the Montefiore database versus the commercial Find a Grave because the position information and data is better at the cemetery's page.
Feel free to ask me questions via email and ask about other NYC area cemeteries because I will visit most of them as the summer progresses. There's a few I do not go to because of distance or safety issues.
Please respect the discussion group and send your specific requests to me privately by replying to this email or my email address aejordan at aol dot com.
Allan Jordan
New York


Re: Holocaust Survivors and Victims #holocaust

Shelley Mitchell

Regarding Shanghai, there are a couple of Facebook groups on this subject. One is “Shanghai Internees and Refugees.”

Shelley Mitchell, NYC

Ilza (Drildz) metric books extraction notice #poland


I am delighted to announce that JRI-Poland has completed full extraction of all surviving Jewish records registered in the Sandomierz town of Ilza from 1810-1825 and 1850-1909. The Jewish books include registrations from nearby towns of Wierzbnik, Wonchok and several other satellite villages and towns.
To undertake genealogy research is to constantly second-guess the clerks, who, aside from occasionally mis-entering or omitting vital data, were often creative in name spelling. In analyzing the clans that registered in Ilza we have created value-added fields of deduced surnames and maiden names as well as standardized name fields. These serve to optimize search results and facilitate ease of analysis.
Not surprisingly, 20% of the clans registering in Ilza accounted for 80% of the registrations.
Please contact me for the list of standardized surnames and to find out how you can support this project.
Judy Golan
JRI-Poland Sandomierz Area Coordinator

Re: Where can I find information about Kivriz (in Volhynia) #ukraine #poland

Laurence Broun

It may be 



Volyn Oblast



It is near Lutsk (and a two-days walk from my grandparents' shtetl.)

Larry (Itzik Leib) Broun
Washington, DC | USA
e-mail: Laurencebroun@...

Re: Best Way to Retrieve a Birth Certificate from Vynohradiv, Ukraine #ukraine #subcarpathia #records

Ludwig Mauskopf

You can try this web site:

Select the Record Search tab and scroll down to Record Search Form.
Ludwig Mauskopf
(905) 770-9792

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

Sarah L Meyer

The Find A Grave Facebook group has suggestions relative to the best way  to photograph a stone like yours.  It involves going out early or late and taking a friend and a large mirror to shine the light on the stone from an oblique angle.  Apparently there are some  Youtube videos about how to do this. Good luck
Sarah L Meyer
Georgetown TX
BIRGARDOVSKY, EDELBERG, HITE (CHAIT), PERCHIK Russia (southern Ukraine) and some Latvia or Lithuania

Re: The Portuguese community in Altona Hamburg Germany in 1650 #germany #sephardic


I followed the link you gave. From there a few things appear :
Death year is 1654.
Family name is Goldzieher, sounds quite Ashkenazi. 
Quoted reference is from the book"Verborgene Pracht: Der jüdische Friedhof Hamburg-Altona – Aschkenasische Grabmale, Dresden: 2009, S. 171"
Here again we are dealing with an Ashkenazi person.

I hope this will help you locate more info on that person. 

Best regards, 
Laurent Kassel 
Moreshet, Israel 

Re: Where oncan I find information about Kivriz (in Volhynia) #ukraine #poland

Alexander Sharon


Town name is Kivertsi (Ukrainian), during the interwar period it was known in Polish as Kiwerce.
Town was located within the community Poddębce in Luck (Łuck) administration region. Poland 1929 Directory shows the total number of town residents as 500, including 175 Jewish people.

P2167.pdf (

Alexander Sharon
Calgary, AB

Re: Request for German to English translation #translation


Some of the words are quite difficult to read, pale ink... Is it possible to have a better scan ?
Anyway, it's looking like :

Dear Miss Levy,

I hope that you are well and that you have had a pleasant time on Purim.

We arrived safely here, and Detroit is a big city, of tremendous territorial expansion and everywhere you look you can see cars.

Miss Friedeberg and Ms Luchs spoke to me at the local council, on the other hand, we ? Ms Silver, ? and  ? was ? to the yorker committee, so far we dit not speak.

Ms Luchs, who heads the job creation department here, would ..... here only cos 1000 migrants are hardly any prospects of obtaining previous work, not even for Karolas.

We also became self-employed with the sale of candies that we have already mentioned to you - we are in good spirits and hope that we will achieve something soon. We already teach teiss in English.

We would be delighted to hear from you once again, and we would like to thank you again for your report, and greet you very much.

Your Ehrmann family

Liebes Fräulein Levy,

Ich hoffe dass es Ihnen gut geht, und dass Sie Purim angenehm verbracht haben.

Wir sind hier gut angekommen, und ist Detroit eine große Stadt, von ungeheurer territorialer Ausdehnung und überall wo man hinschaut, sieht man Autos.

Am hiesigen council sprachen mir miss Friedeberg und Ms Luchs, hingegen ? wir Ms Silver, ? und Reißern nach Ynker Committee  gerichtet war, bis jetzt noch nicht sprechen.

Ms Luchs, der hier die Abteilung der Arbeitsbeschaffung leitet, möchte uns leider - Abgleich hier nur cos 1000  Emigranten sind kaum Aussichten auf Erlangung vor Arbeit, sogar nicht für Karolas.

Selbständig wurden wir uns auch bewücher mit dem Verkauf von Candies von dem wir Ihnen ja bereits sprachen – beginnen. Wir sind guter Mutes und hoffen, dass wir bald etwas erreichen.  An englischen stunden wehrren wir schon teiß.

Wir würden uns sehr freuen, auch einmal von ihnen zu hören, und indem wir Ihnen für ihre Berrichung nochmals herzlich denken, grüßt sie bestens.

Ihre Familie Ehrmann

Pascale Hollande
familles Weiss, Fischer, Baur, Franck


Re: Online Databases: Searching For Family Members named RUBIN Who Lived in Israel #records #israel

Vered Dayan

One way that can help non-Hebrew speakers is to join this very active Facebook group named Israelis of Polish Origin:
You can post a question or a request for help and also look for previous posts about people or places of interest.
Good luck,
Vered Dayan

Re: Jewish nannies from Europe #general

Michael Hoffman

Good afternoon, Evan,

You could possibly find information on the website of the UK's National Archives in Kew, the website address you need to 
search is as follows for the National Archives Discovery Channel at 
another place to request information for your relative is for World Jewish Relief at
for family history information.


Michael Hoffman


The Portuguese community in Altona Hamburg Germany in 1650 #germany #sephardic

חיים סגל

I'm looking for information about Samson (Ben Reuven) Goldzihar,
Buried in the cemetery in Altona Hamburg Germany,
Date of death 11.12.1954
Was he a member of the Ashkenazi community (born in Germany)?
Or he was a member of the Portuguese community.
Would appreciate help
Haim Segal

Link, To his tomb page in Altona:

Re: Finding Family in Germany #germany #names

Myra Fournier

My search for family in Magdeburg (capital of Sachsen-Anhalt) was helped by contacting the local registry and Jewish community. You can probably Google that info and use Google Translate when necessary. These sources below might also help you, although I'm not sure how far back they go. I usually open them in Google Chrome. Please excuse the poor spacing and variety of fonts. I grabbed the info from various emails. If you contact me directly at mjfourn@..., I can also provide you with a screenshot of a list of other German archival sources created by Alex Calzareth. (I welcome other readers to contact me, if they'd like this info). You might also like to join the Facebook Jewish Geneaology SIG.

Good luck with your search.

Myra Fournier
Bedford, MA


Re: Searching for Pincus Gurolniski on Manifest #records


Not sure if the person on line 18 is the correct one  -  very difficult to read this manifest.

If this is not the correct I would suggest going through page by page. It might be easier if you know the other people mentioned 

Dassy Wilen

Re: Help finding the Info missing from birth record at the bottom of this page #translation

Israel P

There is nothing  else.

The next page begins with record 67.

Israel Pickholtz

My genealogy research is electric.
It follows the path of least resistance.

Rabbis DOLGINOS and JERUSALEMSKY,New York City early 1900s. #usa #rabbinic

Yonatan Ben-Ari

I have  picture of a hebrew class in, i presume, N.Y.C. early 1900s, which on the back is scribbled Dolginos and my father-in-is sitting in the middle, presumably as the teacher.  Besides this picture i had no idea of any connection between the 2 rabbis.
 Does anyone know someone who was a student in Rabbi Dolginos' synagogue (or school) and could identify the persons,time and place of the picture.
Yoni Ben-Ari,  Jerusalem

Abram Zilberminc #holocaust #poland #usa

Nikki Bossert

I am looking for information on my biological grandfather, Abram Zilberminc. I discovered him a few years ago because of a dna match. Prior to that time, I believed another man was my grandfather. After discovering the paternity issue, it took over a year to figure out his name, but with help from the Arolsen Archives and distant family member trees, I did. Abram was from Dabrowa Gornicza, born January 1, 1924 (immigration paperwork lists 1928). He survived Auschwitz and then lived in the Feldafing DP camp for a while before coming to St. Paul, MN in December 1949 (via Jewish Family Services). There he worked for the Sealy Mattress company as a factory worker. Other than this, all I know is that he fathered a daughter that was born October 1951 and given up for adoption in St. Paul and that he likely met my grandmother in the Los Angeles area in 1960. I have met many distant cousins through this journey, which had been wonderful. I have an amazing family tree for Abram’s family but I really want to know what became of Abram. I believe he likely changed his name but any naturalization paperwork is unavailable until at least 100 years have passed since his birth or I find proof of his death. So I’m putting this request out. If anyone has come across Abram in their research (or in life), please let me know. I’m also open to research ideas, though I have exhausted those for the moment I believe. Thank you!

Nikki Bossert

Re: Request for suggestions as to where I can get documentary proof of my Jewish ancestry? #austria-czech


Father - Robert Walter Newmark  dob 29 August 1923 and born in Brno, Czechoslovakia - lived at 144 Hlinkach until shortly after 15 March 1939 when he, his brother (my uncle Paul), and their mother (my grandmother) left for the UK

Grandfather - Otto Neumark dob 19 December 1888 and also born in Brno. He went to London where he qualified as a barrister, but was called back to Czechoslovakia at the onset of the World War 1 to help with the family textile factory. He then qualified (again) in law in Vienna and gave up his British nationality for Austrian in 1927 to enable him to practice. Several months of increasingly frantic attempts with high level intervention to regain his British nationality finally succeeded (confirmed by correspondence retained at The National Archives, which also indicated their view, confirmed by the German authorities, that he was Austrian), with the British nationality papers arriving at the house (144 Hlinkach) on the day of the invasion (15 March 1939). Although the Gestapo arrived to arrest him that day, they turned back on sight of the papers (this last from my father's memories only, I don't know how to confirm this). The National Archives also record "detention" (?does this mean internment as a foreign national?) in Vienna after 1939 and perhaps into 1941, before he was sent to Zurich. However, I don't know where, and if this indeed could be counted as "main residence".  But if not, why not?!
I don't have his birth certificate, only his marriage (15 November 1922) and death certificates (25 February 1947).

I have actually taken no steps to date to obtain further documents. This is because on application six months ago the Austrian government advised that all necessary research would be undertaken by them and about 40 researchers were employed specifically for this task. However, I think that their caseload is very high and my strong circumstantial evidence, but lack of documents, may well make my case more difficult than many. 

Jim Newmark
Lutterworth, Leicestershire

Re: Perplexing Mystery #records #usa

Dahn Cukier

My name was spelled Dan in the US, but every teacher changed it first to Daniel and then
when I said how to pronounce the Hebrew name which is what I have
always used, they would change it to Donald.

Dahn Zukrowicz

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

Madeleine Isenberg

Before having people go out to photograph, aside from, and JOWBR, I suggest checking also the resource of  Some of the Jewish genealogy societies even have a complimentary license available to their dues-paying members.

There is a rather large size photo of Annie BLUMBERG's stone on that site.  It is a little hard to read, but still readable.

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

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