Document Translation Project adds lists from Gorodnia 1888 #ukraine

Beth Galleto

Dear fellow researchers,

Tax censuses (family lists) from the Gorodnia uezd (district) in 1888 have now been translated and transcribed as part of the Chernigov Gubernia Document Translation Project.

The lists include 130 numbered families and 509 individuals. Among these families there are 116 surnames. I have extracted these surnames and attached the list to this email. The original pages can be seen online on the FamilySearch website in FHL film 1222347, item 14. 

Previously as part of this project we have translated tax censuses from the Borzna, Glukhov, Konotop, Mglin, Oster, and Starodub uezds in 1882, and from the Chernigov, Krolevets, Surazh, and Novgorod Seversk uezds in 1888. The original books can be seen in FHL films 1222346 and 1222347. This work is possible because of generous donations from so many who are interested in records from the former Chernigov gubernia.

Those who donate $100 or more to the Chernigov Gubernia Document Translation Project on the JewishGen website are eligible to view the completed spreadsheets before they are uploaded to the website. Please contact me with proof of your donation if you want to see any of the spreadsheets as listed above. All donations of any size are appreciated and will continue to advance the project. You can donate through the following link:

The information from most of the previously translated spreadsheets has been uploaded to the JewishGen website. They can be searched by entering your surname in the JewishGen Unified Search. When the results page appears, click on those listed for the heading "Ukraine Revision Lists". (The tax censuses or family lists are not actually revision lists, but they are similar enough to be categorized under this heading.)

Next to be translated will be tax censuses/family lists from the Oster and Sosnitsa uezds in 1888. These will complete the second film of the six that make up the Chernigov Gubernia Document Translation Project.

Best wishes,

Beth Galleto,
Project Leader


June 2021 Summary of IAJGS Records Access Alert #jgs-iajgs #records #general

Jan Meisels Allen

As mentioned previously, every month I post a listing of the IAJGS Records Access Alert topics from the previous month for you to see the variety of issues…some were posted on this discussion group but most were not—all postings are included below.  The following are the summaries for the month of June, 2021.  In order not to miss out on important information it is worthwhile for you to be subscribed to the Records Access Alert.

Without records, genealogists cannot do genealogy –making certain that we retain access and gain access where it is impaired is every genealogists' responsibility.


23andMe Closes Merger with VG Acquisition and Stock Soars

Ancestry's Yearbook Collection Lawsuit Dismissed with Prejudice

Google Delays Cookie Removal to Late 2023


Australia's Media has Signed With Facebook and Google

(Canada) Liberals Pass C-10 to Regulate Social Media-Broadcasting Act Legislation; Digital Services Tax Threatened

(Europe) Google Ends Auction for EU Android Search Engines

(Europe-Luxembourg) Luxembourg Privacy Regulator Proposes $425 Million Fine Against Amazon


(European Union) Court of Justice Rules Facebook Can't Limit GDPR to Lead Watchdog

(European Union) ECHR Rules UK Spy Agency Violated Law with Bulk Interception of Online Communications

(European Union) EU Privacy Chief Investigates Use of US Cloud Services

(European Union) NoYB is Planning to File Up to 10, 000 Complaints About Cookies Without Consent

(European Union) EU Opens Antitrust Investigation on Google

(European Union-Germany) EU Commission Started Infringement Proceedings Against Germany


(France) Google Agrees to Changes in Online Advertising and $268 M Fine

G-7 Agree to Back Deal On Global Minimum Corporate Tax Rate of 15%

(India) National Archives of India Concern over Demolition of Part of Complex

(Ireland) Beyond 2022 Creating the Virtual Record Treasury of Ireland


(United Kingdom) Bletchley Park--Code Breakers Names

(United Kingdom) CMA to Take Oversight Role Over Google's Planned Removal of Third-Party Cookies

(United Kingdom) Court and Tribunal Judgements Will be Available via National Archives

(United Kingdom-Alderney) Nazi Concentration Camps--Alderney Camps

(United Kingdom-England) England's NHS Plan to Share GP Patient Data Delayed to September


(US) House Members Introduced 5 Bills Targeting GAFA

(US) Library of Congress Announces Copyright Public Modernization Committee

(US-Europe) US to Levy Tariffs Over Digital Service Tax

(US) Facebook Winds Dismissal of US, and States Monopoly Lawsuits-But it May Not Be Over

(US-CA) Legislation on Vital Records Passes House and In Senate

(US-CT) Connecticut Passes Bill Permitting Adoptees Access to Original Birth Certificate

(US-FL) Online Groups Sue Florida Over Social Media Law

(US-MD, MT) Article About New Maryland and Montana Laws Restricting Use of Genetic Genealogy by Law Enforcement

(US-NY) New Bills Propose Tax on Companies Consumer Data Gross Receipts

(US-Oregon) Oregon Health Authority Issues Temporary Rules on Waiving Fees For Certified Vital Records Due to Last Fall's Wild Fires

(US-WA) National Archives In Seattle, WA

(US-WY) County Coroner States State Department of Health and Vital Statistics Has Inaccurate Certifications of Death


The IAJGS Board of Directors approved opening the Records Access Alert to anyone who is interested in records access. This was announced previously.  We now have subscribers from many genealogical organizations not previously able to subscribe. To be on top of what is happening you are encouraged to register for the Records Access Alerts to receive the information in a timely manner.  If you are interested in any of the above items, please register for the IAJGS Records Access Alert and look at them in the archives.  To register for the IAJGS Records Access Alert

go to:  and follow the instructions to enter your email address, full name and which genealogical organization you belong to-a society, SIG  or a subscriber of JewishGen, AVOTAYNU, Legal Genealogist  etc. You will receive an email response that you have to reply to, or the subscription will not be finalized. The alerts are archived and once you register you may access the archives at:


The IAJGS Records Access Alert is not a daily announcement list. Depending on what happens worldwide, there may be no postings for several days and other times there may be several in one day.


These are listed alphabetically not chronologically.  Each month the locales covered differ.


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee






Searching for leads on Dov Ber LOEWY, my second ggf. #general #hungary #slovakia

John Anderson

I'm at a dead end. I can find no other leads on my paternal 2nd great grandfather, Dov Ber (SEGAL) LOEWY. Here is what little information I have:
1. He was born in the early 1820's.
2. He was married to Susil DEUTSCH, who was supposedly from Bohemia; she is supposedly buried in Jerusalem.
3. They had 6 children together:
  i. Malke (Mollie)  LOEWY (b. 06 Feb 1846 in Sebes, Presov of what is now Slovakia, but then was probably Hungary); she married Pinkus           HARTSTEIN/Pinchus Hersh (Tzvi); more about him below.
 ii. Raisel (Rose) LOEWY (b. c. 1850, d. aft. 1922);
iii. Avraham/Avrohom Aharon Segal Levi (b. c. 1853 in Hungary, d. 24 Nov 1914 in Jerusalem);
 iv. David LOEWY (b. c. 1854, probably in Hungary);
  v. Ignatz LOEWY (b. bet 1858-1861 in Hungary, d. 13 Apr 1942, Bronx, NY);
 vi. Yetta (Jutta) LOEWY (b. 04 Mar 1866, Hungary, d. 20 Apr 1922, NYC)--she was my father's grandmother.

Each of the above children was married and had children. Nobody in this extended family seems to know much about the origins of Dov Ber or Susil.
The only anecdotal references I have are that there is speculation that he was involved in manufacturing candles, and that he might have died in Munkacs.
Last year I received correspondance from a researcher, Sándor Backsai, in Hungary, who posited the following information regarding eldest child Malke:
"Malka was born in town Sebes (Shebesh), now Slovakia, near to county seat town Eperjes / Presov.
At first, I checked my Tiszadov data, and found that Hartstein family was Levi, so could not be related to Pinchus Tzvi ben Yakov, who were not Levi nor Kohen.
Then I began to look the 1869 census of Balazsvagas, and found Jakab, Zsigmond and Pinkus Hartstein's there. Pinkus was a distiller (brandy maker or maybe innkeper). His wife was Amalia, but the census doesn't say her surname, therefore I began to look the Berzevice / Brezovitz Jewish records, what registered Balazsvagas BMD, and found her surname was Lowy, and Pinkus's Hebrew nam was probably Pinchus Hersh (Tzvi). Therefore I was 99% for sure that they're the finding couple. Also, they had a son Bernat, I believe he was named after death of his grandfather Dov Ber."
I cite this information only as it points to location.
If anyone can help, I would greatly appreciate it.

John Anderson,
Orlando, Florida

Re: Searching my family connection on Bielitz (surname FLIESS) #galicia #records

Michele Lock

Dear Carlos,

Do you have a record that shows evidence that Alois Fliess was Jewish? Or is this something that you have heard from a family member, that Alois had a Jewish background?

For checking Polish Jewish records that have extracts into English, you can look on the JRI-Poland website. You can choose either Prussia or Galicia to check German or Austro-Hungarian records.

If I were you, I would still look into Polish Catholic records for both Alois and Wilhelm. There are probably Facebook groups in the English language that specialize in Polish genealogy, that can advise you how to do this.
Michele Lock

Lak/Lok/Liak/Lock and Kalon/Kolon in Zagare/Joniskis/Gruzdziai, Lithuania
Lak/Lok/Liak/Lock in Plunge/Telsiai in Lithuania
Trisinsky/Trushinsky/Sturisky and Leybman in Dotnuva, Lithuania
Olitsky in Alytus, Suwalki, Poland/Lithuania
Gutman/Goodman in Czestochowa, Poland
Lavine/Lev/Lew in Trenton, New Jersey and Lida/Vilna gub., Belarus

CRI Genetics?


Hi Everyone,

Is anyone familiar with this DNA testing company?

They claim they can test back 50+ generations with "biogeographical ancestry".  Also, are they reputable and how do they stack up against other testing companies?

Amy Mitchell

Re: Looking for DUSSELDORF descendants #germany

Sherri Bobish

Hi Tanya,

If you go to and search for Otto Dusseldorf, born 1829, you will find him and his wife and children on the 1870 and 1880 census living in New York.  He is listed as a physician on both census.  According to city directories, Otto's son Louis was also a physician.

Also, Otto passed on in Brooklyn (Kings County) NY in 1897.
Name: Otto L Dusseldorf
Age: 68
Birth Year: abt 1829
Death Date: 5 Mar 1897
Death Place: Kings, New York, USA
Certificate Number: 3488
If you search for Otto's children (their names are all on the 1870  and 1880 census) you should find them on later census.  The U.S. does a census every ten years, and NY State had some of their own census done mid-decade.)

Census up through 1940 are public and searchable at

The 1950 census will be released in April 2022.

Hope this helps,

Sherri Bobish

Re: Need Help With DNA Puzzle #dna

Jocelyn Keene

No one has yet mentioned the possibility of a slip in paternity.  You can have as many documented family trees as you like, but if there is a paternal misattribution, the family tree will be meaningless.
The details, including names, in the following have been changed to protect the innocent.
I ran across this when I was examining DNA matches for my husband Jim, at Ancestry DNA.  There was one strong match, Carl, who was Jim's strongest match besides our daughter, and who was estimated to be Jim's 2C or equivalent: 240 cM in 13 segments with longest segment 45 cM.  I looked at the family tree for Carl and could find no overlap.  In fact, I extended Carl's family tree myself, trying to find an overlap but could not find any within a reasonable timeframe.  But then my husband's known 1C2R (an older generation) also tested and he had an even stronger match with Carl.  So I now knew from which of Jim's four grandparents the match arose.  Also, I was corresponding with a cousin of Carl's (Sue) who was unrelated to Jim but who was able to tell me how strong the matches were from Carl's side (Carl wasn't interested). Eventually we realized that Carl and his cousin Sue were only half-cousins with only a half-cousin DNA match, and that Carl's nominal grandfather (shared with Sue) was probably not his actual grandfather but was likely one of my husband Jim's great-uncles. Because I knew a few descendants from that family, I was able to eliminate all but two of Jim's great-uncles from suspicion but I still haven't figured which of the remaining two was the guilty grandfather.  That will have to await DNA testing by more of the descendants of that family. 
So I think that when you run across unexplained relationships, you have to consider possible mistakes in paternity that don't show up in family trees.

Jocelyn Keene in Pasadena, California

Re: Looking for family ties of LEVIN Joseph in Danzig in the 17th century #poland

Logan Kleinwaks

There are significant 18th- and early 19th-century records available for Danzig Jewish genealogy (e.g., censuses), which can help determine relationships in the pre-surname period, but additional volunteers are needed to transcribe and/or proofread transcriptions of this material to make it usable by genealogists. If you are interested in volunteering and can read old German handwriting (Kurrent), please email me. JewishGen's Danzig/Gdańsk Research Division has scans of this material. Separate from transcription, there is also a way to help acquire additional early records if you are in Berlin.

That said, 17th-century records are very limited and connecting to people alive in 1659 would probably require new discoveries, rabbinic ancestry, and/or considerable luck.

Logan Kleinwaks
Coordinator, JewishGen Danzig/Gdańsk Research Division

How to write Jewish name in Hebrew lettering #names

Stephen Katz

A relative's Jewish name has been pronounced (phonetically) by his family as "Ioiel" or "Yoyel." He was from Poland, and his family spoke Yiddish. I would like to know how this name should be written in Hebrew lettering. This is for a tombstone. Thank you for any help.
Stephen Katz

Re: Autosomal DNA Information for European Jews which is Not Being Revealed #dna

Eva Lawrence

Perhaps the reason Ralph Baer is unable to find a common ancestor with other DNA  users whose trees originated in the same region as his, is that even experienced genealogists generally  didn't the explore siblings of wives.   Women can be difficult to trace after marriage,  and in the past female births  were  sometimes even left unrecorded   A connection purely though a female line could be quite close yet unwittingly be missed.   Maybe it's not the DNA information, but the family information that is lacking. 
Eva Lawrence
St Albans,

Re: Help to read the father's name on this gravestone, please #translation

Dubin, David M. MD

As I look at it I now think it says ה״ר צבי (“rabbi Zvi”) with the bottom of the tsade worn away. 

what do others think?

david Dubin
teaneck nj

A Message From The Board of Directors Of Gesher Galicia #announcements #education #galicia

Steven Turner

There have been a lot of unfounded rumors and misinformation flying around and we want to set the record straight:

  • Gesher Galicia maintains its own website and is independent and not connected to any other website.

  • We have not had any cybersecurity issues.

  • We have cybersecurity experts advising us on how best to keep our site safe.

  • They have advised us that as a Jewish-related organization we may be on a list of sites that malicious actors would want to attack

  • As such, and using an abundance of caution we have advised members to reset their password and to use a unique password for Gesher Galicia.

  • Also, as always one should be on the lookout for suspicious emails claiming to be from Gesher Galicia but are not. 

  • Be particularly concerned if you are being asked to “verify your credentials” or to “download instruction files.” We would never ask you to do that in an email.

  • This concern should not interfere with normal communications between Gesher Galicia and its members some of which may have valid links that one should not be afraid to click on.

We want to assure you that we are continuing to take all steps to keep the Gesher Galicia website and your membership information as secure as we can. We will continue to provide updates as necessary.

The Board of Directors of

Gesher Galicia


Re: Possible marriage in London #records #unitedkingdom

The "L" in Lomza has a slash through it. In Polish, the "L" with the slash It is pronounced like a "W"
Avivah R. Z. Pinski ,  near Philadelphia, USA

Marriage date of 29 February 1887! #poland #records


The record for the civil marriage in Sieniawa of my great grandparents, Simon Lam(m) & Liftsche Glanz (and 2 other couples) gives the date as 29 February 1887. Since leap years occur only in years divisible by 4, there was no February 29 in 1887.  The handwriting is too clear to misread it. Is it likely that this is only a clerk's error, or is there any significance to the date? Is it possible that it was the clerk's cynical reaction to late registration (they were married religiously around 1872)? Any ideas are welcome.
Billie Stein
Givatayim, Israel
LAMM Sieniawa, Belz, Lviv
STEIN Zukowice (Stare & Nowe), Tarnow, Krakow 
PLOTKIN Bobruisk, Mogilev, Rogachev 
RUBINSTEIN Minsk, Bobruisk, Yashin
DININ (varioius spellings) Mogilev

Looking for family ties of LEVIN Joseph in Danzig in the 17th century #poland


I found the name LEVIN as early as 1659 in Danzig e.g. Bendix LEVIN and LEVIN Joachim and would like to establish if they were related to Joseph L EVIN (later named PERLBACH), amber dealer.

Ron Peeters(NL))


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Re: What is the subject of this Yiddish article? #translation

Alan Shuchat

These are continuations of two items from the editorial
page: Today’s Girls and The Poor Shtetl.
Alan Shuchat
Newton, MA

SHUKHAT (Talnoe, Simferopol, Sevastopol, Odessa, Balta (Abazovka), Pogrebishche)
VINOKUR (Talnoe), KURIS (Mogilev-Podolskiy, Ataki, Berdichev)
ZILBERMAN (Soroki, Kremenets), BIRNBAUM (Kamenets-Podolskiy)
KITAIGORODSKI (Zvenigorodka)

Request for translation German to English from 1940 letter #translation


I have copy of a letter from my grandfather Hugo in around 1940.
We believe it had to do with a plea from him to his case worker in NY-Mrs. Levy pertaining to 
to a Visa request for my Dad their young son Kurt who was in England at the time 
after he arrived via the KT train from Berlin in Jan. of 1939
I am wondering if some might be able to supply the translation from German to English
We are doing a story of their life and every artifact would be helpful.
Feel free to send your thoughts privately via the email provided.
Thank you
Dr Paul Ehrmann
West Bloomfield Michigan

Re: Help to read the father's name on this gravestone, please #translation

David Shapiro

Yes, it's worn away, but I think what you read as vav, yud, is really the top of an aleph (compare it to the aleph of Ha'isha), so it should read Reuven, but the vav is missing.

David Shapiro

Re: Registration with the SS in Netherlands #holocaust #records


Good morning,

The family may be known at the national archives at The Hague and the files might be found in their central archive Special Justice (Nationaal Archief Centraal Archief Bijzondere Rechtspleging). Be aware that these files cannot be accessed online and no photocopies can be obtained. You may use a mobile phone or make notes.
Because of corona there is only limited access for single persons.
Ron Peeters(NL)

Re: Need Help With DNA Puzzle #dna


Thanks Jeff for bringing this foreword, I'd be interested in this too.

  I can't say what percentages I have, though, (not good with math), I have multiple Neanderthal & different types.  I can't even say where each NeanderthalDNA was from what area's, so now I want to head back to GEDmatch to see if area's were mentioned.  
When I was a child my family dentist said that my wisdoms with extra's were a throw back to Neanderthals, guess he was correct in his dental history & that modern man was beginning to not have them-wisdoms.  

Thanks once again Jeff,

                   Cathy Walters in Elgin, MN

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