Re: Seeking record for Mildred Schwartz (196-1960) #records

Lee Jaffe

Following one suggestion, I've obtained a copy of the 1914 marriage certificate and it proves that the groom in the wedding announcement is indeed my great-uncle Harry.  This in itself is a remarkable discovery, a marriage and potentially another branch of my family that were lost (hidden?).   It also shows that my great-great-grandfather officiated and includes the name of his congregation.   Now, if I can prove that this Harry and Jennie Schwartz, of the many other couples by that name, are the parents of Mildred Schwartz then I will have a complete chain of evidence that my (uncooperative) DNA match is in fact my 2nd cousin.  The DNA match and the marriage record are compelling – certainly make this worth pursuing – but I have yet to find hard documentation that connects the two ends of the narrative, yet.  The closest thing I have (had) is the still-missing record (SSDI according to my notes) where Mildred reported her parents were Jennie Daitz and Harry Schwartz.  A birth record for Mildred reporting her mother's maiden name would also be golden.  But for the moment, all I have showing Mildred's parents are a bunch of doubtful tree entries which confuse two or more couples named Harry and Jennie Schwartz.   

Still searching ...

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


JewishGeneology Society of Colorado presents: Alex Krakovsky LIVE From Kyiv! Discussing his Ukrainian Archives Digitization Project with Ellen Kowitt #events

Ellen Beller

Alex Krakovsky LIVE From Kyiv! 

Discussing his Ukrainian Archives Digitization Project with Ellen Kowitt



Sunday • July 25 2021 • 10 AM  to 12 PM • Mountain Time

9:30 AM to 10:00 AM Schmear, Schmooze, and Share

Program starts promptly at 10 AM  On Zoom  

We will not be recording 


It wasn’t that long ago that Alex Krakovsky first appeared on Jewish genealogy discussion threads as the guy fighting legal battles with Ukrainian archives to make records widely available. He quickly rose to genealogy rock star legend helping Jewish genealogists locate and access records by posting huge data files online for free.Anyone can peruse these materials – if you can read the languages.


Join in on this special webinar opportunity with JGSCO member Ellen Kowitt as she interviews Alex live from Kyiv!  Hear stories directly from Alex himself as he describes his undefeated record in suing the Ukrainian government in order to self-copy records, retrieve personal information, access archival inventories, and publish scans at no cost.


Free for members of the Jewish Genealogy Society of Colorado

$5 cost for guests
Members and guests must register 

Please remember to renew your membership now!


For more information or to register go to:
Ellen Beller President JGSCO 


Posting to an online group in Israel #israel

Anna Olswanger

Before we were all online, it was common for people to post genealogical requests ("Does anyone know...") in local print newspapers.

I'd like to post such a general announcement in the online equivalent of an Israel newspaper, probably in the Haifa area.

Has anyone done this before?

I'm not looking to reach other genealogists, but just "regular" people who might see the announcement.

Thanks if anyone has a recommendation.

Anna Olswanger

Anna Olswanger | Literary Agent | Olswanger Literary LLC
16-60 Chandler Drive | Fair Lawn, NJ | 07410-2715
t: 201-791-4699 | w: | twitter: @AnnaOlswanger

ViewMate Translation Request -- Polish #translation



I've posted a vital record in Polish for which I need a translation. It is on ViewMate at the following address
Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page.

Scanned, handwritten document appears to be death record of someone with the surname of Kucharski, given name unknown. My 2nd great-grandfather died some time between 1875 and 1897, likely in Warsaw. On my great-grandmother's wedding invitation from August 1897, her mother is shown as a widow. Her father's given name does not appear on that invitation. Please translate and provide any relevant details, including: decedent's given name, sex, full date of death, age and birth date, town of death; spouse's name and town; parents' names, ages, towns; and grandparents' names, ages, and towns. Index record is found in JRI-Poland database. Scanned document is at [record #486].
Thank you very much.

Michael Kaplan

Viewmate translation - Polish #translation


I've posted a birth record in Polish for which I need a translation. It is on ViewMate at the following address
Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page.
Thank you very much.
Suzanne Danet

ViewMate translation request - Russian #translation


I've posted a marriage record in Russian for which I need a translation. It is on ViewMate at the following address ...
Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page.
Thank you very much.
Suzanne Danet

Long lost contact Canadian woman Named: Joanna. born 1972. Lived in japan 1993 #canada

Zalman schwartz

* looking for: woman named Joanna (we lost the Surnames)
* Was Borne in Canada 1972 and grew up in Canada (can be end of 1971 or begin of 1973)
* Ashkenazi
* Blond hair straight hair.
* high 1.63m approx.
* English speaker.
* Has at least one brother
* Non religion family
* Lived in japan from Aug 1992 till Aug 1993 as an English teacher even though it was not her profession as a title. (That time in Japan many companies invited native English speakers to give classes for their executives so even without proper titles they could get the job with all expenses included).
* stayed in the south of japan in a city named kita-kyushu.
*  Before her arrival to Japan in 1992 she visited India for social help in hospital as a volunteer.
* we have no photo but can be recognized by the provided photo.
Zalman Schwartz
Los Angeles CA.

Re: ViewMate translation request -- Polish #translation

Maciej Łopaciński

This document is in russian.



Re: Locating the papers of a New Jersey senator and New York congressman #usa

Sherri Bobish

Brooklyn Public Library has some archives of Emanuel Celler, but most of his papers are at The Library of Congress.

Have you tried searching old newspapers for more info on this story?  No politician would miss a chance to brag to the public about doing a good deed.

Try searching old digitized newspapers at:
This site seems to be down today, so try later or tomorrow.

Good luck in your search,

Sherri Bobish

Re: How were Hungary censuses conducted? #hungary

Dan Rottenberg

Thanks to the feedback above (especially from Phil Karlin), I believe I’ve resolved the original mystery. It had nothing to do with the timing of the census in 1848 or any other year. To my mind, this process epitomizes the best virtues of the JewishGen Discussion Group: informed fellow genealogists putting our heads together online to help each other solve mysteries.

For those who are interested, I’ve concluded that there were two different Sali Kleins in the 1848 Kellemes census after all. The widow Sallie Klein Tannenbaum (born Lenarto 1817) was the aunt of Sali Klein Jolesz (born Frics 1829). Sallie Tannenbaum presumably died prior to the 1857 census, at which time Sali Jolesz adopted her aunt Sallie Tannenbaum’s two youngest sons, born 1840 and 1846. This would explain how a woman born in 1829 could be listed as mother of a son born in 1840— she was his adoptive mother, not his birth mother.

My one remaining mystery in the 1848 census is the presence in Sali Tannebaum’s household of “mother (?) Betti Grinfeld, 62, born Szanok, Poland, widow living with her children.” I surmise that this woman is Sali’s mother-in-law— the mother of Sali’s late husband Joseph Tannenbaum— presumably having remarried to someone named Grinfeld. But that’s merely speculation.  
Dan Rottenberg
Philadelphia PSA

Re: Locating the papers of a New Jersey senator and New York congressman #usa

Lewis, Megan

Official records would be at the National Archives and Records Administration at College Park. You can contact the reference desk for Textual Reference (RDT2) at archives2reference@....

Personal papers are often donated to university archives or state/local historical societies.  ArchiveGrid ( searches multiple archive catalogs and is particularly good for university archives.

Megan Lewis
reference librarian, U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum

Looking for relatives of Abe Gershone from Uladovka #usa


I am trying to find information about my maternal grandfather, Abe Gershone (Gershkov?).  He was born in 1889 and was from Uladovka.  He came to the US through Baltimore and settled in Minnepolis, MN.
We know about his life in Minneapolis, and that his father's name was Samuel, but nothing else about his parents or his siblings.  His alien registration states he has 2 brothers who served in the Russian Army.
His wife was Dora/Devorah Fishman, also from Uladovka. He had a very close relationship withthe Fishman family.  His papers state he was coming to Minneapolis to be with Jacob Saxton, who is related to the Fishman family.  We have an extensive Fishman famaily tree, but would like to be able to fill out Abe's family tree.
I welcome any help or information.  Thanks.
- Devorah Koval

Locating the papers of a New Jersey senator and New York congressman #usa

Anna Olswanger

I am hoping that someone can advise me how to research the following.

I am trying to find the name of a Soviet Jewish family who was able to leave the Soviet Union in 1965 and go to Israel, seven years before the Brezhnev-Kosygin government granted the first exit visas to Soviet Jews. I have just about exhausted my Israel resources, so now I’m trying to find the family’s name in the papers of Congressmen James Howard of New Jersey and Emanuel Celler of New York, and Senator Clifford Chase of New Jersey, who helped the family get out. This was in 1965-1966, some time after the summer of 1965, when a New Jersey rabbi became aware of the family's plight. I tried to locate the information in Senator Howard’s papers at Rutgers University, but without being able to search onsite, I had to rely on the staff and they said they couldn’t find anything. I’m hoping that Congressman Celler and Senator’s Chase’s papers might be archived and accessible somewhere.

Does anyone have experience locating and searching the papers of New Jersey senators or New York congressmen?

If so, please contact me at:


Thanks for any advice.

Anna Olswanger

Anna Olswanger | Literary Agent | Olswanger Literary LLC
16-60 Chandler Drive | Fair Lawn, NJ | 07410-2715
t: 201-791-4699 | w: | twitter: @AnnaOlswanger

Re: Need Help With DNA Puzzle #dna

Adam Turner

Nope - this isn't how population genetics and natural selection work in real life on the timescales we're talking about.

  • I oversimplified for the sake of having an illustrative example in my previous post and threw everything under the banner of "SNPs", but most of the DNA we inherited from Neanderthal populations is non-coding. We have huge amounts of non-coding DNA in our genomes, and this DNA often persists in our genomes pretty much forever unless there is some unusually compelling selective pressure interacting with whatever it does (and, being non-coding, it often doesn't do much, and what it does do is often pretty subtle). Included among our non-coding regions are transposable elements that have been littering our genomes for millions of years. Our genomes do not do rapid evolutionary cleanup on these regions; they just...stick around, for the most part, as long as they don't end up causing some sort of deleterious mutation. My larger point here is that human evolution is much less tidy than the model your understanding appears to be based on.
Unless, that is, there was some strong survival advantage for the lucky children who got it.
  • If the principle "new DNA always rapidly disappears unless it confers significantly increased fitness" were really inexorably true, then we would never see recessive-gene-linked diseases persist in populations - these mutations would rapidly disappear. In reality, they stick around for quite a long time in populations, and so do the parts of our genomes that stem from Neanderthals. 
  • The science on what, exactly, is in Neanderthal DNA is still in its infancy, but many researchers are increasingly convinced that at least some Neanderthal DNA did indeed confer valuable adaptations on populations that ended up with it (for instance, on immune system function).
  • Exactly what happened over time to the Neanderthal-derived parts of our genomes is also a subject of much recent debate among scientists. But there is at least one empirical study in the last five years that suggests that the initial introgression of Neanderthal DNA faced a pretty rapid initial purge, but then largely stabilized. (The article reviewing this study doesn't do a deep dive on why this would have happened this way, but the model makes at least some intuitive sense to me: maybe the initial selective purge was of various genes that coded for traits that were obviously deleterious for Homo sapiens sapiens for one reason or another. After those disappeared, there was still a significant amount left that was either beneficial or innocuous, and consequently those bits of the Neanderthal genome faced little to no selective pressure. So those mostly stuck around in the population.)
And there is no reason to believe that when the last Neanderthal went extinct the number of homo sapiens/Neanderthal hybrids was large compared to the number of pure homo sapiens.
Far from obviously true when limited to the populations we are talking about: the relative number of Neanderthals vis-a-vis the initial populations of early European modern humans who they interacted with. 

Estimating the size of Neanderthal and EEMH populations appears to be a tricky business. But some quick checking suggests that the total number of individuals in each might have been roughly comparable, at least at some times. I found one figure suggesting ~3000 Neanderthals about ~55000 years ago and another listing an average (with a wide upper/lower bound) of 4400 EEMH around 40000 to 30000 years ago.

That suggests to me that it's not absurd on its face to think that at the time EEMH and Neanderthal populations were intermingling, the relative size of each population could well have been similar enough, and small enough, for Neanderthal DNA to plausibly enter into, and then spread throughout, the EEMH population within a few dozen generations of each interbreeding event. Exponential growth means that there wouldn't have had to be all that many interbreeding events for this to happen!
 Many clades of archaic homo sapiens DNA went extinct and can not be found in living homo sapiens.
That may well be. It's not impossible for there to be evolutionary dead ends - a population that diverged from our ancestors, became isolated to some degree and formed its own genetically distinct branch, and then died out. In this case, two populations that diverged genetically from a common ancestor (probably H. Heidelbergensis) intermingled again, their descendants survived to eventually develop agriculture, bronze tools, third-wave ska, and the pet rock, and we retain the DNA of both to varying degrees. And?

Adam Turner

Re: Marriage date of 29 February 1887! #poland #records

C.W. Kirschbaum

We came upon the same problem in civil records from Mogilev/Belarus. The birthday of a family member was given as 29 February 1881. What immediately strikes us as an impossibility today didn't seem to bother some clerks back then. I understand that the Julian calendar applies the same leap day rule as the Gregorian calendar, so the ambiguous calendar date cannot be explained that way. We decided to attribute it to clerical error and/or sloppiness.
Claudia Witte-Kirschbaum
KIRSCHBAUM (Parysow, Rozan, Lodz, Nizhny Novgorod)
DUMTSCHIN (Mogilev, Nizhny Novgorod)
LANDAU (Brzesko)
FRISCH (Bochnia)

Invitation to Zoom meeting: " Here Comes the 1950 U.S. Census! What To Expect." with Joel Weintraub #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, July 18: "Here Comes the 1950 U.S. Census! What To Expect" with Joel Weintraub.

 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 webpage.   Or you can pay $20 for a subscription to the 2021 series of outstanding speakers (see below).  More details can be found on our Meetings page.  To become a member and sign up for the 2021 series, go to the Membership page.

Session Description:

The U.S. 1950 census will become public on April 1, 2022. Joel will prepare us for its debut by covering what is a census, who uses the census, census caveats, the 1940 census, how the 1950 census was taken, training of enumerators, enumerator instruction book, census sampling, 1950 schedule, 1950 Housing Schedule, census questions, post enumeration codes, 1950 undercount, and a summary of the results. Joel will conclude with a short discussion on his and Steve Morse’s 1950 census locational tools, online right now at the website.  Those 1950 utilities took 8 years to produce with the help of under 80 volunteers, involve 230,000 or so searchable 1950 ED definitions with about 80,000 more small community names added, and street indexes for over 2,400 1950 urban areas that correlate with 1950 census district numbers. 

About Joel Weintraub:

Joel Weintraub, PhD, a New Yorker by birth, is an emeritus Biology Professor at California State University, Fullerton. He became interested in genealogy over 20 years ago, and volunteered for 9 years at the National Archives and Records Administration in southern California. Joel has produced locational tools for the 1900 through 1950 federal censuses, and the New York State censuses for NYC (1905, 1915, 1925) for the Steve Morse "One-Step" website.  Joel has published articles on the U.S. census and the 72-year rule, the name change belief at Ellis Island, finding difficult passenger records at Ellis Island, and searching census records (and the geography) of NYC.

JGSSN 2021 Lecture Series:

 Become a member for $20 and attend any or all of the upcoming lectures.


Ben Kempner

Vice President, JGSSN

Re: This week's featured collections in Miriam Weiner's new Surname Database at the Routes to Roots Foundation website ( include documents from the towns of: Stanislawow & Stanislawow District (now Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine) and Lublin, Poland. #announcements #poland #ukraine


My father's family (Dimant) came from Stanislawow.  I would be interested in any and all information about family members, the names of which follow.

Dimant, Hermann, Frimmet, Hersch Wolf
Weissberg, Max (Meir), Selig, Adolph, Mirl Rifke, Frydryka, Jozef Karol, Klara and Wilhelm
Glass, Josef, Salomon
Aleksandrowicz, David, Alexander, Lidja, Irena and Norbert
Diringer, Marjem (Marie), Gedalje

Thank you,

Michael Diamant (son of Hermann Dimant)
mdmd@... and palekaiko@...

Reminder: - Should I Upload or Not? - JGSIG July Meeting Tues July 13, 21 10 am Zoom RSVP #dna #announcements #education #events #jgs-iajgs

Arthur Sissman

Jewish Genealogy SIG July Meeting - Tues July 13, 2021  10-11:30 am EDT via Zoom - RSVP.

TimeZoneConverter - Should I Upload or Not?  

Join the Jewish Genealogy SIG June Meeting Tues 7/13/21  10-11:30 am EDT via Zoom.


Program: - Should I Upload or Not? 

The presentation will try to answer the following questions:


  • What is GEDmatch?
  • Why Should I Upload My Raw Data to GEDmatch?
  • What Questions Can GEDmatch Answer for Me?
  • Is GEDmatch Hard to Manipulate?
  • How Much Does GEDmatch Cost?
  • What are the Best Tools to Use At GEDmatch?

Start learning about GEDmatch today by watching: What is GEDmatch? How Does it Help Genetic Genealogists?  Andy Lee  Feb 19, 2019


Reserve you Zoom spot by RSVP and answer some questions below, please.  A Handout will be available for those who sign up.  Zoom link will be sent out 2-3 days before event. You will receive an acknowledgement that you signed up.


Send your RSVP to Arthur Sissman  genresearch13@...   
Please send the following info with your request.
1. Your location.
2. Are you DNA Tested? Where?
3. Have you uploaded to GEDmatch?
4. What is your #1 question about GEDmatch?




Arthur Sissman
Jewish Genealogy SIG of Naples/Collier Co FL



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Re: Marriage date of 29 February 1887! #poland #records

Peter Cohen

There are three different people on that page (#3, #4 & #5) whose entries are dated 29 Feb 1887. Perhaps the clerk was operating on auto-pilot and didn't stop to realize that it was really March 1st.
Peter Cohen

JGASGP Meeting #announcements #records

Marilyn Golden

Date:  Sunday, July 11, 2021

Time:  Check in, Chat and Schmooze 1:00-1:30 pm EDT.  Official meeting 1:30 PM EDT

Guest Speaker:  Marian Smith

Topic: Researching US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Records

Marian retired in 2018 after thirty years as an Historian for the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS), later US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). She now speaks to groups on US immigration and nationality records and leads the I&N Records Fortnightly study group.


Marian presents an overview of three historical eras of US immigration and naturalization records, illustrated with documents of Jewish immigrants. Using a timeline tool (included in the handout), she demonstrates how plotting an immigrant’s life events can identify what records may exist for that particular immigrant and where these records can be found.


All meetings are a benefit for paid members only. Please see our website for additional membership, programming, and research information. Please join us! let me know prior to the meeting so I can send out the Zoom link.  

We are meeting through August virtually only.  We plan to have in person meetings and virtual meetings beginning in October.


1. Closed Captioning will be turned on during the meeting. 

2. This meeting will be recorded for members who are unable to attend. 

3. Please do not share the link. Our meetings are for members only and we appreciate your cooperation. 

4. The chat function between members will be turned off during the presentation. 

5. Please type your questions into the chat and they will be read by me during the Q and A.

    Ask questions that are relevant to the presentation. Any other comments, questions, or suggestions send to membership@....
Marilyn Mazer Golden, Membership VP
Jewish Genealogical and Archival Society of Greater Philadelphia
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

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