Re: Hebrew Headstone translation help needed #translation

Shimona Kushner

Malka's correction is an error.  The name is Reb Matityahu (or in Ashkenazi pronunciation Matisyahu) This is for Mollie's headstone.

Shimona Kushner
Haifa, Israel

Letter from Poland about our parents needs translation #poland #translation

Sharon E Siegel

This is page two of response from Poland to our family.  Any help translating would be greatly appreciated.  Sincerely,
Sharon E. Siegel 
Port Jervis, NY USA

Re: ViewMate translation request - Russian #translation #poland #russia


In Russian:




Состоялось в городе Плонске 16-го апреля 1892 года в 10 часов утра.  Явились лично евреи: кандидат на должность члена религиозного округа, Арон Беренштейн, 66-и лет и Яков Васерцуг, 70-и лет, учитель, и объявили, что 16 апреля в городе Плонске, в 8 часов утра умер Абрам-Ицек Напарстек, 66 лет, сын Якова и Фейги, супругов Напарстек, оставивший после смерти жену Мариам и детей: Нахмана, Давида и Суру, по мужу Кон, урожденную Напарстек и Ривку.  Настоящим удостоверяю о кончине Абрама-Ицека.  Акт сей по прочтении ими и нами подписан.


Арон Беренштейн


Яков Васерцуг


Бургомистр Подпись


Translated into English:




It took place in the city of Plonsk on April 16, 1892 at 10 o'clock in the morning. The Jews personally appeared: the candidate for the position of a member of the religious district, Aron Berenshtein, 66 years old and Yakov Vasertsug, 70 years old, a teacher, and announced that on April 16 in the city of Plonsk, at 8 o'clock in the morning, Abram-Itssek Naparstek, 66 years old died.  The son of Jacob and Feiga, the Naparstek spouses, who left after his death his wife Mariam and children: Nachman, David and Sura, by her husband Kon, née Naparstek and Rivka. I hereby certify the death of Abram Itsek. After reading this act, they and we signed it.


Aron Berenshtein


Yakov Vasertsug


Burgomaster Signature

Translated by Michael Ryabinky
Boynton Beach, FL

Prisoner number 11060 Auschwitz #romania #holocaust #records

Awesome Properties

Found my ggrandfather's  camp prisoner number  11060 between old records. We have very little info on him so far . We do know he survived the camps , lived to be liberated but sadly ,died on his way home. People that knew him met him along the way and saw he was very sick.
Can I trace him using his prisoner number to get any more info like in which camp he was liberated from and other tracing info? 
Thank you for your help.
Rachel Malik 
FRIEDMAN Marghita, Oradea and Sarcau Romania

Re: Hebrew Headstone translation help needed #translation


Correction of typo-


Reb Netanyahu


Malka Chosnek



Re: Proving that a man who died in Paris did not have children #france #general

Bernard Flam

Hi from Paris,
Dear Lea,
The first and most important point is set by Robert Roth, such a certification is impossible to established by principe.

Nevertheless, what do we have according to French records ?
You must be aware that privacy is protected at a level understandable by US citizens.
Every data is protected, even vital records less than 70 years old...

Another point is the possibility to have a child without being married,  letting the child with the maiden name of the mother...

If we think about an "official" couple, where could a child be recorded in France :
  • in the naturalization file of the parents if they have been naturalized later than the child's birth : this situation has been very common for Polish Jews emigrating in the 20's or 30's, surviving Shoah in France and naturalized in 45's - 55's period. 
  • in the wedding act of the parents if the child was born previously. A family booklet is given on this day where further children have a place to be registered. I attach a page with the "place" for registering children.
  • concerning child's birth, it's registered in the city of birth which could be any place, Paris or suburbs. This birth isn't registered on parents vital records, only on the family booklet.  The "fiche familiale d'état civil", as said on previous post by my friend Michele Ackerberg, is filed according to this family booklet : the city hall administration can't fill today any document without this booklet. 
  • census of 1946 is available at Paris' city archives but not on line : someone must go there. Later census aren't available due to privacy rules.
  • Searching the cemetery where Simon is buried and asking administration of this cemetery could be a clue to any family relation.
  • In fact, there is only one French administration which have all our personal and family (including wife and declared children) history : this is our "Securite sociale", our "Medicare" which cover all our medical costs at a so high level you can't even dream about. But of course, nobody can access its records...
  • five "Shalit" appear on French white pages : 
That all folks !
Bernard Flam
Archives & history of Medem Center - Arbeter Ring of France ( Bund / Skif / Workmen Circle)

Re: Proving that a man who died in Paris did not have children #france #general

Martyn Woolf

It is not possible to prove that he was childless. My late wife had an uncle who was married and never had children. Long after he died I had a message asking me if I could suggest how to find a man who had been a musician and appeared on the stage. To cut short a long story I was able to prove that the lady in New Zealand who had been looking for her father for very many years, had finally traced him. The gentleman had fathered a child as the result of a fling with a hotel waitress whilst in Bournemouth one summer.



Martyn Woolf


Sent from Mail for Windows 10


Re: Professionals who match individuals in photographs #photographs

Theo Rafael

Interestingly Google Photos is a simple tool that does something of that sort. After uploading the photos, just enable people tagging
I had varying results, sometimes it hits phenomenally, sometimes it misses obvious matches:)

Theo Rafael



Bonjour, Je suis en train de construire mon arbre généalogique, je recherche des renseignements sur des membres de la branche maternelle BAKALARSKI/BAKALARSKA de KIELCE. A la fin de la guerre en 1945 mon grand père Nusym David (Nathan) BAKALARSKI était le seul survivant de cette famille. Ci-joint la photo de la famille datant de 1919.
Merci d'avance

[Looking for information on the BAKALARSKI/BAKALARSKA family.]

Re: Proving that a man who died in Paris did not have children #france #general


Bonjour Léa,
En France il est possible de demander une fiche familiale d'état civil à la Mairie du 16e à Paris (service Etat Civil) qui mentionne toutes les informations concernant la personne.
Voici le lien ,

Michele Akerberg

Question about English index to the Ottoman census records for the Ashkenazi community #general #israel

Stanley Naides



I am looking for a male Feldman likely born in Odessa or nearby, who emigrated to Israel by 1880-1885. 


Does anyone know if there is available an English index to the Ottoman census records for the Ashkenazi community for censuses taken during the 1880 to 1920 period?




Stan Naides

Re: Proving that a man who died in Paris did not have children #france #general

Stephen Weinstein

On Mon, Jul 12, 2021 at 02:16 AM, Lea Haber Gedalia wrote:
prove that a man who died in Paris did not have any children born to him

 The only two ways to "prove" a man did not have children would be either
a) DNA test every child born during the time he lived there and for the next 9 months thereafter.  To be absolutely certain, this requires exhuming the bodies of children born in the time in question who have since died.  (DNA tests on their descendants are not absolute proof, because it's possible that the "descendants" aren't really theirs and their DNA is needed to confirm those relationships.)
b) Establish through medical records or medical tests that he could not have had children due to not having a body part needed or similar reasons.

Realistically, the most you can do is to check records and show that there are no surviving birth or baptism records that list him as the father.  This may satisfy the court.  However, it would still be possible that he fathered a child that was recorded as being someone else's child or as a child whose father was unknown or that he fathered a child that doesn't show up in any records because the records were destroyed, because it was born while the mother was in a country that didn't keep records of births, etc.

Stephen Weinstein
Camarillo, California, USA

JGS of Pittsburgh Presents: Mark Halpern "Understanding Your Galitzianer Family through Vital Records" #poland #ukraine #records #galicia #austria-czech

Steve Jaron

The next program from the Jewish Genealogy Society of Pittsburgh

A great many Galician researchers have acquired copies of family records from repositories in Poland and Ukraine or online images provided by the State Archive or Genealogical organizations. Over the last twenty years, the work of Jewish Records Indexing—Poland and Gesher Galicia has made these records more readily available to all Galician researchers.

This session offers an in-depth examination of vital records along with a strategic framework to help researchers in acquiring Galician records to further their research. We will provide a historical perspective covering the regulations that governed Jewish record keeping. We will make sense of the regulations covering civil marriages that impacted the legitimacy and surnames of children. Close examination of sample birth, marriage, and death records will reveal the information contained in the records, identify the records having the most genealogical value, and discover surprises found in many of these records.

This program is made possible by support from the William M. Lowenstein Genealogical Research Endowment Fund at the Jewish Community Foundation.

Click Here To Register

Date: July 21, 2021

Time:7:00pm - 8:00pm

Location: Zoom

Cost: $5 for General Public

Free for members of the Jewish Genealogy Society of Pittsburgh

For information on becoming a member of the Jewish Genealogy Society of Pittsburgh please visit or for more information use the contact us form on our website.

Thank You

Steven Jaron
President, JGS of Pittsburgh

Re: Hebrew Headstone translation help needed #translation


Hello Marilyn,

Top –

Yitzhak Zvi son of

Reb Chaim Shlomo


Bottom –

Michle daughter of

Reb Matityahu


Shalom, Malka Chosnek


Re: Twins of Aushwitz #holocaust

Lewis, Megan

Dear Josef,

Please see  
You can contact the Holocaust Survivors and Victims Resource Center, resource-center@... for information about these lists.

Megan Lewis, reference librarian, USHMM

Hebrew Headstone translation help needed #translation

Marilyn Golden

Please translate these headstones for me.
Thank you very much in advance!
Thank you,

Marilyn Mazer Golden, Membership VP
Jewish Genealogical and Archival Society of Greater Philadelphia
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Re: Etymology of the Rudman surname #names


My uncle (who knows Yiddish) describes the 'Rudman" name as a wheel, rider, or something related to a road. I hope it helps.
Lev Klibanov

Re: Proving that a man who died in Paris did not have children #france #general


I believe that all you can prove is that no children were found, possibly through Paris records and maybe census data.
Barbara Sloan
Conway, SC

Re: moving from Family Tree Maker to a program for a Samsung galaxy Tablet #general


I have been using My Family Tree (free) on Chrome. I think it would work on Android.  It doesn't have the best instructions, but it works and it seems to have accepted Gedcom from my old program without a problem.
Barbara Sloan
Conway, SC

Re: Etymology of the Rudman surname #names


Sorry for the off-topic question...Is someone by any chance building the "Rudman" family tree from Ukraine?
My Gfather Aron Lieb Rudman was a lone survivor from his family from Vyshgorodok, Ternopil district, Ukraine. All his family perished in WWII. He survived because he was drafted into Red Army. All his life, my Gfather tried to find his sisters and other relatives. So far, I found only his father's name Leib Moshe Rudman, but no other names. 
If somebody is interested in researching the "Rudman" family tree from  Vyshgorodok, Ternopil district, please let me know. Perhaps, we can cooperate.
Lev Klibanov

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