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


Suggest you look at the Red Cross International Tracing Service (ITS) online database at the Arolsen Archives. The now opened archives hold newly digitized records. How's your Dutch? It was a bit tricky to figure out what I was looking at and to identify the document's source. It helps to know a bit of the history of what was happening to Dutch Jews after the Nazis came in. I have to admit, that until I started digging into my European cousins' history, I had never heard of these transit camps and only knew of the most notorious concentration camps (konzentration lager (KZ)).

Leaders in the Jewish Community formed an organization called the JudenRat (Jewish Council). It became their responsibility to register every Jew living within their jurisdiction, The information, a kind of standardized census, was recorded on pre-printed cards. However, it looks like the recorder would run out of pre-printed forms and then used a typewriter to write the field names and answers on blank card stock. It's organized alphabetically by surname. It's worth looking through the adjacent scanned images.

Cards were marked with inkstamps, abbreviations, dates, and notes. I didn't find a guide to what these marks mean. Some may refer to camps where the person was sent. B.B., for example may have meant the Bergen Belsen KZ. I found that jotted on Arthur Weinthal's card. He perished there of typhoid a few months before the British liberated the camp.
Welcome to the Online Archive of the Arolsen Archives

Pat Weinthal, USA

Re: Leonardo DaVinci's Family Tree Traced Through His DNA #dna


Leonardo DaVinci was a homosexual who had no children. This was an exploration of the male DaVinci family ancestors and their descendants based on Y chromosome analysis. It is remarkable that they could roll the line back to an individual born in 1331. However, I can't but feel it is gruesome that graves were opened up to take body samples. This is euphemistically described as "ancient chromosomes found from burial grounds of the da Vinci family." The scientific value is dubious. I am related to Albert Einstein who also was a celebrated genius. Do I have to worry that some day my grave will be disturbed to "potentially answer several questions of the scientific community and enthusiasts"? We may have similar hair texture, but genius is not an inherited trait.

Pat Weinthal, USA


Re: Leonardo DaVinci's Family Tree Traced Through His DNA #dna

Adam Cherson

I didn't find the ydna signature in these writings. Has the haplogroup been published? If someone knows please do tell.
Adam Cherson

Searching for Members of Sperber Family in France #france

Hannah Sperber

Chaim Sperber and one year old daughter Ingeborg went to France in 1930 or 31. Searching where the might have gone.
any info on French concentration camp inmates?

Hannah Sperber
Greenwood Village, CO

Re: 1809 Baden Name Adoption Lists #germany #names

Reuven Mohr

I totally agree with Janice.
But it is a major problem to find those originals.
It would be interesting to hear from Ralph, where in this case he found those originals?
Often with Rosenthals transcriptions I have no idea where he found his originals, and where to look for them today. For Baden a lot of this material is in the Karlsruhe Landesarchiv. But for the Palatinate I never saw such a place. The Speyer archives don't seem to have a lot of relevant Jewish material.

Reuven Mohr

Seeking Records for JOEL M.JACOBS, AND FATHER MORRIS JACOBS, LONDON ENGLAND, 1885-1903; family may have come from Warsaw Poland to England between 1875-1885 #unitedkingdom


My grandfather, JOEL Maurice Jacobs, who died in 1970, told me and other family members he was born 5 Nov 1885 in London, England, refusing to give any more information, other than referring to his sister, ROSE who married Israel Kutner(Kotner), living with them after his immigrated to US in 1903.   I have been searching for his birth record and other records of his time in England for years without success. Nor can I find his father,  MORRIS (MOSHE), in any record, other than Rose's marriage document.  All the Morris Jacobs records I have searched in UK, are other Morris Jacobs families.  Joel left UK, via Southhampton  30 May 1903, arrived New York 7 Jun 1903, joined sister Rose, and her husband Israel Kutner (Kotner)in St.Louis.MO. I have fully documented Joel's life in the U.S.  Rose married Israel in London, 1896, a copy of her marriage certificate is attached.  This shows that both Jacobs and Kutner families lived at 103 Rothchild Buildings, Bldg D, East London, yet I have not been able to document this with other evidence.  Rose's marriage certificate indicates she was from Warsaw and Israel was from Plotsk.  Several official U.S. records show Joel's mother's name as HANNAH GUNT(H)ER.  I have not be able to find her in any records in UK ,or anywhere,  which tie a Hannah Gunter to  a Joel or Morris Jacobs.  I do not know the original Polish surname, only Jacobs in England. I have done a thorough search of the Kutner family lineage, including contacting descendants of Israel's brothers. They have even less information than I.  Unfortunately, Rose & Israel had no children to trace. My father and his brother are deceased, as well as my only male first cousin, who also did not have children.  So YDNA seems to not be an option.  Any assistance you can give me is greatly appreciated.     JULIE JACOBS FEINGOLD, USA

Baden name-change records #names #records

Eva Lawrence

Ralph Baer's post about missing ages of children in the Rosenthal list
of Baden name-changes is an interesting one. I've been using a book
published in Wuerzburg in 2008: 'Die Unterfraenkischen Judenmatrikeln
von 1817' by Dirk Rosenstock,. which raised the same question. In some
selected localities, the name and age of every member of the family is
given, but for most places only the head of the household is given.
Apparently the extra information wasn't to be found in the documents
available. Dates of Schutzbriefe are included by the editor in this
helpful volume...
i have some images from the original 1809 name-change documents for
Bonn and for Odenbach in the Pfalz, where I have direct ancestors.. In
both cases they were prepared under French rule, and there is a small
formal paragraph for every member of each family, all giving their old
and new names, and the age and place of birth.of minors.
For Odenbach, the Chronik Odenbach, by Alfred Wendel (2008) prints a
reproduction of the original manuscript. Each entry is a legal
contract, signed by the person concerned or the householder responsible
for a minor as well as by the mayor of the town.. The Bonn name-changes
from Familysearch were similar in style.
In comparison, the document posted by Ralph Baer is simply an index.,
It comes from a different principality, and it's possible that
manuscripts like the ones I've described were just not required in
I'm attaching an image of typical name-taking items from Bonn,.

Eva Lawrence
St Albans, UK
Eva Lawrence
St Albans, UK.

Alex Bernstein Collection #records

Hank Lobbenberg

Has the Bernstein Collection been removed? I recently attempted to view it but I was unable to find it in the Leo Baeck Institute site.
Has the collection been moved and if so, where?
Hank Lobbenberg
904-260 Heath St. W.
Toronto, ON, Canada

Yizkor Book Report for June 2021 #JewishGenUpdates #yizkorbooks


Yizkor Book Project 

Summary for June 2021


by Lance Ackerfeld

Director of Special Projects - Yizkor Books



During June, a steady and, seemingly, unending stream of new translations reached my “desk”. The task of placing them online was left to our tiny but very dedicated html team - Jason Hallgarten and Max Heffler. These gentlemen are responsible for the “behind the scenes” magic of preparing the web pages to go online. I do thank them for the great work they’ve been doing for many years now and continue to do on a day to day basis.

In June, also, I was pleased to read that Max Wald, who is the Biała Podlaska Project Coordinator received the Medal of the Order of Australia for distinguished service to his country and the broader Jewish Community. I have been in contact with Max for many years and he has always been very affable and extremely active in moving the Biała Podlaska project forward. I send out my own personal salute for this important and notable award.


Probably the most important goal of the Yizkor Book Project is to make the Yizkor book material freely and as widely accessible as possible. As such, we were fortunate in June to be able to add in material in both the Polish and Hebrew languages to enable us to reach an even greater audience. From time to time, we do receive material in languages other than English and these are always a welcome addition to the YB Project.


Last month, we added in a new book - the “Memory Book: Babi Yar”. The book is in memory of the tens of thousands of Jews who were killed in this ravine near Kiev, Ukraine and we have begun adding in the unfathomable list of names that are included in this book. The list, apart from the list of names, does include other details like the victim’s age and address, making it significant from a genealogical point of view, as well.


As a final note, at the IAJGS conference in August, we will be meeting up for a “Birds of a Feather” Yizkor Book Project meeting on Thursday, Aug 05, 2021 11:15 AM - 12:15 PM EDT. It will be a chance to meet up with other people involved in the project to share ideas and initiatives and do hope you will join us there.



And now for details of what was carried out in June:


Yizkor Book updates

This month, 30 existing projects were updated and they were:

·  Biłgoraj, Poland (Destruction of Bilgoraj)

·  Braslaw, Belarus (Darkness and desolation)

·  Dzyatlava, Belarus (A memorial to the Jewish community of Zhetel)

·  Edineţ, Moldova (Yad l'Yedinitz; memorial book for the Jewish community of Yedintzi, Bessarabia)

·  Jaroslaw, Poland (Jaroslaw Book: a Memorial to Our Town)

·  Kamyanyets, Belarus (Memorial Book of Kamenets Litovsk, Zastavye, and Colonies)

·  Kolomyya, Ukraine (Memorial Book of Kolomey)

·  Kupiškis, Lithuania (This is Kupishok that was: Idylls from the life of our forefathers in Lithuania)

·  Kurów, Poland (Yiskor book in memoriam of our hometown Kurow)

·  Kutno, Poland (Kutno and Surroundings Book)

·  Lakhva, Belarus (First ghetto to revolt, Lachwa)

·  Lviv, Ukraine (A memorial library of countries and communities, Poland Series: Lwow Volume)

·  Mlyniv, Ukraine (Mlynov-Muravica Memorial Book) 

·  Nyasvizh, Belarus (The Nesvizh Yizkor Book) 

·  Radom, Poland (The book of Radom)

·  Radomsko, Poland (Memorial book of the community of Radomsk and vicinity)

·  Sarny, Ukraine (Memorial Book of the Community of Sarny)

·  Siedlce, Poland (On the ruins of my home; the destruction of Siedlce)

·  Siedlce, Poland (Memorial Book of the Community of Siedlce)

·  Sokolivka, Ukraine (Memorial Book Sokolow-Podlask)

·  Stowbtsy, Belarus (Memorial volume of Steibtz-Swerznie and the neighboring villages Rubezhevitz, Derevna, Nalibok)

·  Shums'k, Ukraine (Szumsk, memorial book of the martyrs of Szumsk)

·  Tarnogród, Poland (Book of Tarnogrod; in memory of the destroyed Jewish community)

·  Telšiai, Lithuania (Telsiai Book; memorial epitaph of the Holy community)

·  Ustilug, Ukraine (The growth and destruction of the community of Uscilug)

·  Valozhyn, Belarus (Wolozin; the book of the city and of the Etz Hayyim Yeshiva)

·  Włocławek, Poland (Memories of Wloclawek and Beyond)

·  Yavoriv, Ukraine (Monument to the community of Jaworow and the surrounding region)

·  Zolochiv, Ukraine   (The City of Zloczow)

·  Zyrardów, Poland (Memorial Book of Zyrardow, Amshinov and Viskit)


New book

The following is a new book placed online:

New entries

The following are new entries placed online:

New Yizkor Books in Print

Once again, another book has been welcomed to the ever growing list of Yizkor book translations that have been published.

If you are interested in these books or any of the others that have been made available, please go to the YBIP main page using the link shown below. 

Important links

Before ending this report, here are some important links to note:

All the best,

Lance Ackerfeld

Director of Special Projects - Yizkor Books



Re: Yizkor Book Report for April 2021 #yizkorbooks #JewishGenUpdates


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This week's Yizkor book excerpt on the JewishGen Facebook page #yizkorbooks #belarus #poland

Bruce Drake

“From Bad to Worse” is a long chapter from a section in the Yizkor book of Voronova, Belarus titled “Holocaust and Heroism.” The setting is September 1939 when the Germans and Russians invaded Poland, and the country’s army collapsed the next month. Swept up in this maelstrom was Meir Shamir who joined the Polish army during a general mobilization, eager like many Jews to fight the Germans. Such was the case despite the long history with the Poles who had caused suffering for the Jews. But he said, “We were totally aware of what awaited us; we knew exactly what the arrival of Hitler would mean for us.”
As the army disintegrated, Shamir was one of the many who scattered, never quite sure whether the Germans and Soviets held the upper hand and running the gauntlet of hardship, horror, danger and even prison.

Bruce Drake
Silver Spring, MD

Towns: Wojnilow, Kovel

Re: Etymology of the Rudman surname #names


The word "Rudy" (roo-dy) means "redhead" in Polish and Ukrainian. This might be the answer. Another similar word in Russian "ruda" (roo-da) means "ore".
BTW, my wife's family name is Rootman, somewhat similar. Her ancestors came to Canada from Belarus.

Efraim Gavrilovich





Re: Leonardo DaVinci's Family Tree Traced Through His DNA #dna

Adam Cherson

"When da Vinci died on May 2, 1519, at age 67, he had no known children.."
Adam Cherson

Re: photo recognition #photographs

Robert Hanna

Ava "Sherlock" Cohn

She's done work for me and I highly recommend her.

Robert Hanna

Guide recommendations Lodz #poland

Karen Rader

A friend will be in Poland next summer and is interested in hiring a guide for a day trip to Lodz from Warsaw. Her parents lived in Lodz for a short time and she'd like to do some research in the area.
Thank you,
Karen Rader

Re: Leonardo DaVinci's Family Tree Traced Through His DNA #dna

Sarah L Meyer

  I think it was a Y chromosome study and females do not have a Y chromosome.  The Y goes back farther than the autosomal.  I am sure that he did have female descendants, it is just that they can't be found with the study that was done (other than standard genealogy from the men who were identified.

Sarah L Meyer
Georgetown TX
BIRGARDOVSKY, EDELBERG, HITE (CHAIT), PERCHIK Russia (southern Ukraine) and some Latvia or Lithuania

Re: Leonardo DaVinci's Family Tree Traced Through His DNA #dna


Tanya Roland, I don't believe that it is possible to trace female descendants using Y-chromosome comparisons.  But my understanding of the science is imperfect at best.

Undoubtedly they would exist, but they would be very difficult (near-impossible?) to trace, I'd think.

Marc Stevens

Re: Leonardo DaVinci's Family Tree Traced Through His DNA #dna


No female descendants? How odd!

Tanya Roland

Re: Posting to an online group in Israel #israel

Angie Elfassi

photo recognition #photographs



            Can anyone provide information where I can download a reliable photo-recognition app, or get someone experienced to look at some photos I have that I need to prove are the same person?  thank you

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