View Mate Mystery Booklet - Identification & Translation #translation


Years ago I found a teeny (5" x 2.5") accordion-folded booklet amidst my Dad's belongings.  The cover is impossible to 'see' and looks almost like it got wet & molded, at some point in time.  It is filled with intriguing, odd drawings/symbols on a couple of it's ten pages, and writing that I can't make heads or tails of.  I have posted two pages On View Mate --- #94416 & 94417, and would greatly appreciate if anyone has any idea about what it is, and/or what it says.  I can post (or send to an individual) the rest of the pages, if someone can break the code on these pages, and is, like me, interested in the rest of the story. . .  so to speak.

I decided to stop wondering about something important enough for my Dad to hold onto throughout his life, and to ask for help.  Let see what good detectives are out there among the many knowledgeable people from far & wide in this group!  Any assistance would delight me, and I would greatly appreciate it.  Thank you.

Leah Heilpern Snider
Silverdale, Washington/ USA

Translation needed - Hebrew name #translation

Elynn Boss

Need assistance in translating from Hebrew - Is it Azriel Z'ev Ben Yehoshua Zvi?  I know it is not Yisrael. It is Azreil (from other records), but other records have his name as Azriel Girsch son of Yehoshua Wolf (or sometimes Shaya Volf / Osvey Volf).

    עזריאל צבי בן יהושע זאב

Please reply privately.  Thank you.

Elynn Boss
Frisco, Texas, United States
Searching: Abrahams (New York); Gichtin/Gechtin/Gertin (Buffalo, New York and Canada); Dreishpoon/Dreyshpun (New York, Russia, France), Danovitch/Daynes (New York, Massachusetts, Poland/Russia) and associated branches.

Please identify Kressel family members #photographs

Milton Koch

I've posted a photograph of Kressel family from Zablotow. It is on ViewMate at the following address ...
Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page.
Thank you very much.
Milton Koch

Re: Question about ZATULOVSKY Family Photo from Ukraine circa 1909 #ukraine

Nina Tobias

Here is one possible scenario as found in my own family. My paternal grandfather died when my father was barely a year old. My grandmother remarried a widower who was the father of several teenage children. So perhaps the lady in question is the child from a first marriage of Aron or Malka.

As to the seemingly short hair. perhaps it is pulled back into a bun, then a style not uncommon.

Nina Tobias
Scottsdale, AZ
Nina Tobias
Scottsdale, Arizona

Researching: HOROWITZ (Iasi, Romania; Odessa)
                      SWARTZ (Iasi, Romania; Philadelphia; Chicago)
                      TOBIAS (Rymanow, Galicia; Chicago)
,                     VOROBYEV, GOLDMAN, VERB (Russia; Chicago)

Re: Trying to figure out where in the Russian Empire my grandfather was born! Confusing location ("Limyazov") on his naturalisation papers in the UK #translation #ukraine #russia #unitedkingdom

Sherri Bobish


Have you searched for Limyazov at:
Do a "fuzziest" search from the drop down menu.

Try searching for old records of surname LAZOFSKY at:

I suggest doing a soundex or phonetic search on the surname.

Are there records from The U.K. for family members that might give their town of birth, i.e. marriage, military, death records?  Perhaps another record may have a better spelling of the town name.

Good luck in your search,

Sherri Bobish

Re: How to access the Residents Book for Jalowka and help with place name needed #records #belarus #poland

Todd Leavitt

Mandy: You may well be aware, but be certain to take a look at the KehillaLinks site for Jalowka administered by Brock Shamberg/Ron Killian. I am a Serlin/Rudy descendant from Jalowka. You can e-mail Brock at shamberg@... andr Ron at ronskillian@... to be added to the distribution list.

Todd Leavitt
Santa Monica, CA

Re: Question about ZATULOVSKY Family Photo from Ukraine circa 1909 #ukraine

Sherri Bobish


Are there any census records that exist for their town at that time?  That may indicate if a nanny was living with them.

She could be a girl they hired, or she could be a relative that needed the work.  We really can only conjecture unless some record exists of the inhabitants of their home at that time.

Was the family well-to-do enough to keep a nanny?

About her hair, it is hard for me to tell if her hair is short, or just pulled back in a severe style.  Either way, it may be just personal style choice, or a specific reason, i.e. lice?

Good luck in your search,

Sherri Bobish

Searching for Information on Rabbi Samuel Miller of Scranton, Pennsylvania #usa #records

N. Kotz

I am researching my husband's great grandfather, Rabbi Samuel Miller. The few records I have found thus far indicated that he was in Scranton, Pennsylvania around 1883-1093 but I have not been able to find him in the 1900 US Census. I am trying to determine his birth and death dates as well as the name of his wife and any other children besides the following.

What I do know is that he officiated at the wedding of his daughter, Esther, to David Kotz on December 15, 1909, in Wilkes-Barre, PA.  I have a wedding registry record as well as a wedding announcement regarding the marriage.

According to an article from The Tribune of Scranton dated 11 March 1903,  another daughter, Fannie died by suicide. This information is corroborated by the listing of Fannie's death in the Record of Deaths of Scranton PA for March of that year. According to that record, Fannie died at the State Hospital in Scranton.

He may have also had a daughter named Rose.

Thank you all in advance for any assistance you might be able to provide.
Nancy Cohen Kotz

Cohen /Kelman/Winterberg/Schweid

Nobel./ Chisinau /Wolfhagen /Warszawa
Repynne/ Hrymayliv /Lviv


Re: How to access the Residents Book for Jalowka and help with place name needed #records #belarus #poland



I believe you are seeking Slutsk (aka Sluki). 
We have a group researching Jalowka, which I visited in 2006.  Please email me directly for an intro to our group.

David Gordon
Miami Lakes, FL

GRODINSKY/GORDON/GRODY  from  (Jalowka & Leonovicze, Grodno Gubernia - Poland/Belarus) 
KAPLINSKY from Grodno Gubernia (Poland/Belarus)
PARANSKY and HECHT from Ruzhin (Kiev Gubernia)
KUTSOVSKY/KATZOWSKY from Peryaslav, Ukraine 
SACHAROV/SACHAROW from Poltava, Ukraine
GELTZER from Iasi, Romania
TOLCHINSKY from Poland and Ukraine


translation of monument's hebrew #translation

Enid Rose

Requesting translation of 2 monuments
Enid Rose
Paramus, Nj

Moderator note: Please respond privately.

Re: Looking for Lviv Researcher #ukraine

Hazel Dakers

Hello Israel

Alex Dunai is a very experienced researcher, translator and guide around much of E. Europe and based in Lviv aldunai@...

Hazel Dakers, London UK researching:

BIRNBAUM (Zgierz, Poland), GOLD (Zgierz, Poland),  HEIMANN (South Africa and Luegde, Germany), NORDEN/NORDON/NORTON (London and South Africa)

Re: Question about ZATULOVSKY Family Photo from Ukraine circa 1909 #ukraine

Frank Szmulowicz

She could be a nanny (or a photographer's assistant), probably the first.
Frank Szmulowicz

Re: 1809 Baden Name Adoption Lists #germany #names


Hi everyone,

Reposting this which I posted earlier but never made it to the forum.

As Ralph already knows, I happen to be a descendant of some of the people appearing in the name adoption record that Ralph shared in his original message.
Thanks again Ralph for sharing this with me.

With respect to your search, Reuven, and of possible collective interest for other people researching Rheinland Pfalz, I want to share the following :
- Having some ancestors who lived in Niederhochstadt (Pfalz) I was in touch last year with a genealogist who published a book on the history of present-day Hochstadt, which quotes name change records from that city. He told me the originals are in the Speyer archive.
- Part of this region was under french authority during the name adoption period. Therefore, some of the records are in french, and some may even be in the french archives.
- I found (french-authority) jewish name change records for the region of Landau (Pfalz) on Familysearch. The records are not all properly indexed, so it is useful to search for documents in surrounding localities in addition to your location of focus.

I would therefore expect that there are name adoption records to be found 1/online 2/in the Speyer archives and 3/ in french archives for this region.
Reuven - if you could share which location(s) you are researching perhaps someone on this forum can share further pointers.

Sincere Regards,
Daniel Mayer,
Paris, France

Re: Prisoner number 11060 Auschwitz #romania #holocaust #records

Lewis, Megan


Start with the Arolsen Archives and the Auschwitz State Museum.

Do the records specifically mention that this is his Auschwitz number?  If so, there might be a letter (A- or B-) in front of it.  See this article about Auschwitz's prisoner numbering system from the USHMM Holocaust Encyclopedia for more information.

Prisoners received a new prisoner number every time they entered a new camp, so 11060 might be a number from another camp.

Megan Lewis
reference librarian, USHMM 

Re: Godparents? #galicia

Shlomo Katz

Generally, "Godfather" refers to the "sandek," the person who holds the boy during his circumcision. It often would be the grandfather or another relative.
It can be a clue to figuring out relationships and naming patterns.
Shlomo Katz
Silver Spring, MD

Transylvania Jewish census 1900 #hungary #records #romania

Awesome Properties

Is there a searchable record online of the Transylvanian Jewish census of 1900? Is it on Jewish Gen yet? What about other census in the span of 1880-1940?
Thank you for your help,
Rachel Malik

Re: Professionals who match individuals in photographs #photographs

Nurit Har-zvi

The Center for Jewish History had a very informative talk about this earlier this year. The youtube link is

Nurit Har-zvi
Forest Hills, NY

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: Lublin, Poland & Kiev, Ukraine. #poland #ukraine #holocaust

Miriam Weiner

The Routes to Roots Foundation is offering Weekly Featured Collections from the new Surname Databases on its website at


This week, we are highlighting the following: 


1.     List of Jews incarcerated in the Majdan Tatarski Ghetto (in Lublin)

 from April 20-31, 1942


2.    Index to Birth Records in Kiev, 1920-1936




Also check the Image Database for:

            24 images of Lublin

            44 images of Kiev



Miriam Weiner

Secaucus, NJ

Re: RECHERCHE BAKALARSKI #france #poland

Michael Hoffman

Hello Michele,

I would suggest that you widen your research to the UK, and i would advise that you start by using the following websites, and the UK's National Archives at

The UK's National Archives website has records for Naturalisation Certificates and Background files.

Best regards,

Michael Hoffman


Upcoming IGRA webinar July 25 #events

Garri Regev

The 2021 IGRA webinar series continues on Sunday, July 25 at 7 pm Israel time (noon East Coast). The topic this month is: Migration, Immigration & Emigration: Genealogy on the Move. Registration is required:
IGRA is pleased to host Jeanette Rosenberg again. This webinar covers Migration, Immigration, Emigration Transmigration and genealogy on the move aka mobile genealogy. It looks at the kinds of information available and also the technology you might want to use for your genealogy research when not sitting at home at your desk (when not in the time of COVID-19!). Basically this part looks at mobile apps and programs. Most of the webinar deals with the fact that Jewish families moved over different geography and how to trace them and how they travelled, etc.
We look forward to hosting you!
Garri Regev
President, IGRA

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