Re: Digital book #general

rv Kaplan

In my experience over the years, no sooner than you make a fancy book, you will receive or discover further material and the book will need to be revised.  It's a price worth paying!  The advantage, of course, of a digital book  is that the updating is easily done.

I use MS Word for my various family history books and nowadays, Word has all the versatility I need.  Once I create a new version - which is always a big size because of all the images - I save it as a pdf version (takes seconds) and that makes it easier to email.

I imagine that the fancier programmes for books are more important if the book is to be printed out, but even then, you can always print from pdf.

Harvey Kaplan
Glasgow, Scotland 

Re: Researching: family Gunsberger of Papa, Hungary, including Flora/Fradel, who married a Lazar. Bodansky, Hungary. Lafosky, Ukraine, Hackers, Austria-Germany. Anyone else? #hungary #austria-czech #ukraine #holocaust #unitedkingdom

Yitschok Margareten

My wife is a descendant of the Bodansky and Gunsberger families. 

I did some research on those families, and I can help you as far as I reached with my research. 

Rabbi Berel Lazar is indeed a descendant of those families. His father Moshe Lazar was the son of Yeshaya (Alexander) Lazar and Fradel (Flora) nee Gunsberger. 

Fradel (Flora) Lazar-Gunsberger was the daughter of Yehoshua Pinchas Gunsberger and Gittel nee Bodansky. 
Fradel (Flora) had a brother Gesa who married Irma, I don't know her maiden name, but it would make sense to assume that this is Gesa and Irma you mention. 

I came across a Wikipedia article about Dr. Isabel Gal who was the daughter of Gesa Gunsberger and Irma Hacker, which mentions her husband Endre Gal and her sisters Erica and Lia. 

My information about the Gunsberger and Bodansky families is beyond a post on this group, you can contact me for more details. 

Yitschok Margareten

Digital book #general

Shimy Karni

After a year of my family research I want to create a digital book with all the findings I had gathered in an MSword document.
I thought of a digital book as it will be easier to distribute to the all my family relatives.
Does anyone have an advise for a prefared tool.
Shimi Karni

Why St. Louis? #usa

BJ Rudman

My great grandfather, Zalman Rudman, emigrated from Zaslav in what is now Ukraine in 1894. He came in through New York and settled in St. Louis. I would like to know if there was a particular reason why he traveled to and settled in St. Louis rather than in NY. To my knowledge, there were no other family members in St. Louis at the time of his arrival. Was there a community of landsmen from Zaslav or environs in St. Louis? Was there a program that encouraged Jewish immigrants to settle in St. Louis? Was something going on in St. Louis at the time that would have attracted immigrants?
I would appreciate any information, comments or ideas. Thank you.


JGS of Oregon Meeting: After you're Gone: Future Proofing Your Genealogy Research Sunday, July 25 #announcements #events #jgs-iajgs

Linda Kelley

You are invited to a free presentation on July 25:

Sunday, July 25, 10:30 a.m. Pacific Time [US and Canada]
After You're Gone:  Future-Proofing Your Genealogy Research

Thomas MacEntee,
Have you ever considered what will happen to your years of genealogy research once you’re gone? Learn how to ensure that your hard work carries on. Through a combination of planning, common sense, and new technologies, we’ll review how to create an action plan for preserving your genealogy research.

What happens when a “tech guy” with a love for history gets laid off during the Great Recession of 2008?  You get Thomas MacEntee, a genealogy professional who’s also a blogger, educator, author, social media connector, marketer, network builder, and more.

Here is the Zoom information:
Register in advance for this meeting:
After you register, you will receive a confirmation email with a link to join the meeting. On July 25, a few minutes before 10:30, please find the confirmation email and click to JOIN the meeting. You will be admitted to the meeting from the waiting room.
Hope you can join us!
Linda Wolfe Kelley
Secretary, Jewish Genealogical Society of Oregon
Portland, OR, USA


List of girls in the Jewish Orphanage in Pinsk between 1920 and 1924 with birth date 15 January 1920 with possible first names of either Sora Basha or Tova Basha. #belarus

Marilyne Rose

I am seeking information regarding my mother who was in the Pinsk Orphanage between 1920 and 1924.
I have no knowledge of her real family.  She came to England with a group of 18 Jewish children who were
brought here by a group of Jewish philanthropic people from Pinsk, when it was part of Poland. Now Pinsk is
part of Belarus and difficult to obtain information.
I believe that there are archives held in, possibly, Minsk, related to the lists of children who were in the
Jewish Orphanage in Pinsk from 1920 to 1924.
My mother travelled to London with
a group of children from the orphanage.  Unfortunately one of the
children due to travel became ill, and my mother, who was only 4 at the time, was sent in her place.  My 
mother travelled on this other child’s document, so we don’t have her real family name.  I am sure, however,
that her real first names were either Sorah Basha or Tova Basha, and her date of birth was 15 January 1920.
My mother died in 2010 at the age of 90, never knowing who she really was.  I didn’t know until I was over 
21 and married that the wonderful people I had always known as my Booba and Zaida, were actually 
no blood relation to me at all.  For security reasons my Zaida destroyed what little my Mother arrived with
in documentation, however, as she had travelled on another child’s documents she had no means of
real identity.  It is only since the advent of DNA tests and the Internet that I am trying to find out who my
Mother really was, and therefore who I am..  Thank you for reading this.  MARILYNE ROSE,

Gravestone info #austria-czech


Is there any way we can get info for the grave stones from Vaslieu(County Seat of Moldavia) which is the main city in Moldava? We are trying to find info on our Cracoer( Crakover) family who lived and died in the mid 19th century. Thank you, David Wolf

Re: Use of English by European Photo Studios #general

Emily Rosenberg

I cant answer your question but if you want to see some absolutely stunning 19th century daguerreotype  portraits look at the exhibibition online from the National Portrait Gallery of the Smithsonian Institute in Washington DC. You will see how much personality and clothing detail was revealed by a master photographer. 

“Warranted to Give Satisfaction”: Daguerreotypes by Jeremiah Gurney

Emily Rosenberg
Oakland, California

KESNER in Amsterdam, London, Chicago
STODEL in Amsterdam, London, USA
KAWIN in Suwalki and Poland
RUBINSKY in Suwalki and Poland

Re: Family Tree Names #general

Friedman, H George also allows you to invite individuals, by email address, to view your tree with the option to see living individuals. See the Tree Settings.

George Friedman
Champaign, IL, USA

Re: Family Tree Names #general

Sarah L Meyer

I would only do this with a private tree that you share with your family, unless the birth date and place are not shown.  Other options to share with your family include a private Facebook group or a tree on your own site (or on tribal pages).  I would not want to do this with a public tree.
Sarah L Meyer
Georgetown TX
BIRGARDOVSKY, EDELBERG, HITE (CHAIT), PERCHIK Russia (southern Ukraine) and some Latvia or Lithuania

Re: What nationality is my Grandmother? #germany #france

Steve Low

An interesting question, possibly and potentially with a simple answer.

Debby, if your Grandmother mother was Jewish, then according to Zionist Israel, her nationality is Jewish. We know this because the reason there’s an Israel is because Jewish is the only nationality available to the Jews.

If you're Grandmother's mother was not Jewish, then you've asked "a very good question"!

Steve Low


Re: Who was George Crale? #canada

Diane Jacobs

Just to let you know Crale. Oils be Kroll or
Corolla originally.  I have a huge Kroll family
In the NYC area related to Croll family in 
Canada originally from Pinsk, Teterin,
and Logishin once Russia now in Belarus.

Diane Jacobs

On Jul 20, 2021, at 8:19 AM, Rodney Eisfelder <r.eisfelder@...> wrote:

David, has a record for a John Cral in Viewfield-street, Stirling in 1924.
It also has a Mary Cral in the 1911 census at Crief. Cral and Crale do seem to be rare names in Scotland.

There was a George Croll born in 1923 in Brechin, but that is nowhere near Glasgow.
Search from:

I hope this helps
Rodney Eisfelder
Melbourne, Australia

Diane Jacobs, Somerset, New Jersey

Re: name of town in Germany #germany #general


The correct spelling, I think, is Tannsee.
According to the information on wikipedia (in German),

it seems that the village was in west Prussia and since 1946 is in Poland  and named Swierki.
It also seems that there was another vilage in the south of Prussia, which was named Tansee
only between 1935-1945, and is today in Russia (Kaliningrad area) and named Jelowoje.

hope this helps  someway

Avi Zucker

Re: Who was George Crale? #canada

Rodney Eisfelder

David, has a record for a John Cral in Viewfield-street, Stirling in 1924.
It also has a Mary Cral in the 1911 census at Crief. Cral and Crale do seem to be rare names in Scotland.

There was a George Croll born in 1923 in Brechin, but that is nowhere near Glasgow.
Search from:

I hope this helps
Rodney Eisfelder
Melbourne, Australia

Looking for any Information on my father. South Oxhey 1960. #general #unitedkingdom



I was born in 1961 at Bushey maternity home and was adopted from there. I found my real mum about 20 years ago, but she won't tell me much about my father apart from that he was a Jewish man who was about 50 then, and worked or owned a drapers in South Oxhey, Hertfordshire. I have recently had a dna test to confirm that I am half Jewish and have found a nephew and half sister. My father had another child in 1940 with someone else. My nephew has been looking for his grandfather for many years but to no avail. We have hit a brick wall. My mums name was Marion Charles when I was born and she lived in Carpenders Park. If anyone knows anything at all, please get in touch, or anything that could help with my search. 
Sandra Sloman

Re: ​80 years since the destruction of the Jewish community of Mazheik (Mazeikiai) in Lithuania - new article #lithuania #holocaust

Ilan Ganot

Re: What nationality is my Grandmother? #germany #france


Your Grandmother moved to France in 1925... where ? which town ? Access to french censuses 1926, 1931, 1936 on line, if you know where. You can maybe give us their names... births, and  place of birth, I can try to help you.
Pascale Hollande
Monnetier, France

Re: Census of yellow star apartments in Budapest #holocaust #hungary


This is the link to the records mentioned by Vivian:

Stephen Schmideg
Melbourne, Australia

name of town in Germany #germany #general

Joan Rimmon

Is there a town or city in Germany named Tansi? Where is it located?
Joan Rimmon

Re: Meaning and pronunciation of Yiddish surname #names #lithuania #yiddish

Odeda Zlotnick

The underline under the L in the Hebrew name (2) indicates it was pronounced Lak. 

Odeda Zlotnick
Jerusalem, Israel.

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