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Jewish Genealogy Research Resources #sephardic

S PV
 

Hi there,
 
I'm seeking advice/recommendations on where to research my Sephardic Jewish ancestry.  My family is originally from Venezuela, where Spanish Jews migrated to in the XVII or XVIII centuries.  They might have come through the Netherlands Antilles, Suriname or even straight from Spain.
 
The last name in question is Medina.
 
Any suggestion will be greatly appreciated.
 
Thank you!
 

Santiago Perez-Varela
 
 


Re: What to do with original Romanian passport from 1899 #records #romania

Sherri Bobish
 

Peggy,

Perhaps put it in a frame.  You may want to display it.  You can choose someone in your family to hand it down to.  You can also make a color copy of it at someplace like Staples where they will have a copy machine that can handle that size paper.  That is an inexpensive way to get it on new paper and yet maintain the look of the original.

I've made copies of my gf's diary which he began writing in 1902.  I turned over the original diary to a younger cousin, and I have copies for whenever I need to reference it.

Best regards,

Sherri Bobish


Re: Listing as an Alien Trader #poland

Sherri Bobish
 

Eric,

Vietnam was known as Indochina, so it makes sense that in 1921 he may have listed China as his father's place of birth.  Perhaps he told the enumerator Indochina, but it got written as just China.

From Google:

"When did Indochina become Vietnam?
French Indochina was formed on 17 October 1887 from Annam, Tonkin, Cochinchina (which together form modern Vietnam) and the Kingdom of Cambodia; Laos was added after the Franco-Siamese War in 1893. The federation lasted until 21 July 1954."

And, there is a wiki page:
History of the Jews in Vietnam
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_the_Jews_in_Vietnam

Also: 
A genetic contribution from the Far East into Ashkenazi Jews via the ancient Silk Road  https://www.nature.com/articles/srep08377

Good luck in your search,

Sherri Bobish


Announcing the publication of Memorial Book of the Community of Augustow and Vicinity, (Augustów, Poland) #yizkorbooks #JewishGenUpdates

Susan Rosin
 

The Yizkor-Books-In-Print Project is proud to announce our 129th title:
Memorial Book of the Community of Augustow and Vicinity (Augustów, Poland)
This is the English translation of Sefer Yizkor le-kehilat Augustow ve-ha-seviva



Sefer Augustow was written by former residents of Augustów, Poland, some of whom left the town before the war, and some who survived the war and were able to bear witness to the murder and destruction of the community. The book contains many articles and essays about the rich Jewish life and personalities of the town: the people, the dreamers, the doers, the religious, the secular, the Zionists, the socialists, and more. The stories are told of those who made aliyah to the land and those who stayed behind. Also described in detail are the various charities and aid societies for the needy in town, the schools for children and study houses for adults, and the centers of worship. In addition, there are richly detailed descriptions of the Partisans, life and death in the ghetto, the deportation to the concentration camps and mass murder outside of the camps, and the aftermath of it all, including the erasure not only of the Jews and the Jewish community, but all signs of its presence – the synagogues, the study houses, the cemeteries and the schools. Memories of some of the murdered and notables of the town are included, along with eyewitness testimony to the destruction. All in all, this holy book provides the reader with a richly detailed portrait of a town and Jewish community in its life, and in its death.

May this Yizkor Book serve as a memorial to all the victims of the Shoah from Augustów and the neighboring communities.

For ordering information please see: https://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/ybip/YBIP_Augustow.html

For all our publications see: https://www.jewishgen.org/Yizkor/ybip.html


Susan Rosin
Yizkor Books In Print


Re: Why St. Louis? #usa

pweinthal
 

I always thought the primary attraction of Saint Louis was the good German beer!

Seriously though, StLC was home to an enormous German community which had a tremendous cultural (and brewing) impact on the area. Members of this forum need to remember that all Germans - Gentile and Jew - were Landsmand in a new land and shared much in common. As with other immigrant groups, people settled where there were others from the same background and language. German Jews emigrated to the US in large numbers starting in the 1840s-50s. Germanic Jews did not segregate themselves. They integrated into StL, started businesses, created communities and Jewish institutions that exist today. This story is true for my ancestors who came to the US in the 19th century.

Pat Weinthal, USA


Re: Town name: Szabotits, Szobatit, or something else? #austria-czech #galicia #germany #hungary #slovakia

Helen Kon
 

Hi. I got Subotica, a city in Serbia, when I typed the Hebrew into search.


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Helen Kon
New York City, NY


Yedinitz Yizkor book project #yizkorbooks #JewishGenUpdates

bassfish4@...
 

Please find attached the progress report on the Yedinitz Yizkor book project. Please post this on the forum.

Allan Ira Bass
Coordinator


Ukrainian archives completes digitizing of Kiev Jewish vital records #ukraine #records

Ted Gostin
 

The website of the Central State Historical Archives of Ukraine in Kyiv has finished digitizing all of the surviving Jewish birth, marriage, divorce and death records from 1863 through 1920, and they are now online for review.

I have posted messages about this digitizing project twice before, indicating that they had digitized the records up through 1912.  They have now completed the digitizing through 1920.  Many of these records had already been digitized by Alex Krakovsky on his "Archive: Jewish Town" website, but his site lacks most of the later records that now appear on the Ukrainian archives site.  Specifically, the following birth, marriage, and death records for Kiev City for 1913 through 1920 appear on the archives' own website, but not yet on the Alex Krakovsky site.  While I have not listed divorce records here, they are also available on the site.  (Note that the actual item numbers, or delo/sprava numbers, are different on the two sites.  The files were apparently renumbered before the Central State Archives, often abbreviated CDIAK, began their digitizing project.  Thus, the numbers listed below for that site are the new delo/sprava numbers, while those listed on the Alex Krakovsky site are the old numbers.)

Kiev Jewish births 1913
fond 1164, opis 1, sprava 146 (sprava 501 on Krakovsky site)
cdiak.archives.gov.ua/spysok_fondiv/1164/0001/0146/

Kiev Jewish births 1914
fond 1164, opis 1, sprava 149 (sprava 505 on Krakovsky site)
cdiak.archives.gov.ua/spysok_fondiv/1164/0001/0149/

Kiev Jewish births 1915
fond 1164, opis 1, sprava 154 (sprava 510 on Krakovsky site)
cdiak.archives.gov.ua/spysok_fondiv/1164/0001/0154/

Kiev Jewish births 1916
fond 1164, opis 1, sprava 158 (sprava 514 on Krakovsky site)
cdiak.archives.gov.ua/spysok_fondiv/1164/0001/0158/

Kiev Jewish births 1917
fond 1164, opis 1, sprava 161 (sprava 517 on Krakovsky site)
cdiak.archives.gov.ua/spysok_fondiv/1164/0001/0161/

Kiev Jewish births 1918
fond 1164, opis 1, sprava 166 (sprava 522 on Krakovsky site)
cdiak.archives.gov.ua/spysok_fondiv/1164/0001/0166/

Kiev Jewish births 1919-1920, 1st book
fond 1164, opis 1, sprava 173 (sprava 530 on Krakovsky site)
cdiak.archives.gov.ua/spysok_fondiv/1164/0001/0173/

Kiev Jewish births 1919-1920, 2nd book
fond 1164, opis 1, sprava 174 (sprava 531 on Krakovsky site)
cdiak.archives.gov.ua/spysok_fondiv/1164/0001/0174/

Kiev Jewish marriages 1914, book 1
fond 1164, opis 1, sprava 150 (sprava 506 on Krakovsky site)
cdiak.archives.gov.ua/spysok_fondiv/1164/0001/0150/

Kiev Jewish marriages 1914, book 2
fond 1164, opis 1, sprava 151 (sprava 507 on Krakovsky site)
cdiak.archives.gov.ua/spysok_fondiv/1164/0001/0151/

Kiev Jewish marriages 1915, book 1
fond 1164, opis 1, sprava 155 (sprava 511 on Krakovsky site)
cdiak.archives.gov.ua/spysok_fondiv/1164/0001/0155/

Kiev Jewish marriages 1915, book 2
fond 1164, opis 1, sprava 156 (sprava 512 on Krakovsky site)
cdiak.archives.gov.ua/spysok_fondiv/1164/0001/0156/

Kiev Jewish marriages 1916
fond 1164, opis 1, sprava 159 (sprava 515 on Krakovsky site)
cdiak.archives.gov.ua/spysok_fondiv/1164/0001/0159/

Kiev Jewish marriages 1917, book 1
fond 1164, opis 1, sprava 162 (sprava 518 on Krakovsky site)
cdiak.archives.gov.ua/spysok_fondiv/1164/0001/0162/

Kiev Jewish marriages 1917, book 2
fond 1164, opis 1, sprava 163 (sprava 519 on Krakovsky site)
cdiak.archives.gov.ua/spysok_fondiv/1164/0001/0163/

Kiev Jewish marriages 1918, book 1
fond 1164, opis 1, sprava 167 (sprava 523 on Krakovsky site)
cdiak.archives.gov.ua/spysok_fondiv/1164/0001/0167/

Kiev Jewish marriages 1918, book 2
fond 1164, opis 1, sprava 168 (sprava 524 on Krakovsky site)
cdiak.archives.gov.ua/spysok_fondiv/1164/0001/0168/

Kiev Jewish marriages 1918-1920
fond 1164, opis 1, sprava 169 (sprava 525 on Krakovsky site)
cdiak.archives.gov.ua/spysok_fondiv/1164/0001/0169/

Kiev Jewish marriages 1919
fond 1164, opis 1, sprava 175 (sprava 532 on Krakovsky site)
cdiak.archives.gov.ua/spysok_fondiv/1164/0001/0175/

Kiev Jewish deaths 1914
fond 1164, opis 1, sprava 153 (sprava 509 on Krakovsky site)
/cdiak.archives.gov.ua/spysok_fondiv/1164/0001/0153/

Kiev Jewish deaths 1915
fond 1164, opis 1, sprava 157 (sprava 513 on Krakovsky site)
cdiak.archives.gov.ua/spysok_fondiv/1164/0001/0157/

Kiev Jewish deaths 1916
fond 1164, opis 1, sprava 160 (sprava 516 on Krakovsky site)
cdiak.archives.gov.ua/spysok_fondiv/1164/0001/0160/

Kiev Jewish deaths 1917, book 1
fond 1164, opis 1, sprava 164 (sprava 520 on Krakovsky site)
cdiak.archives.gov.ua/spysok_fondiv/1164/0001/0164/

Kiev Jewish deaths 1918, book 1
fond 1164, opis 1, sprava 171 (sprava 528 on Krakovsky site)
cdiak.archives.gov.ua/spysok_fondiv/1164/0001/0171/

As with my previous posts, there are several differences between the scans on the Alex Krakovsky site and those on the CDIAK site that should be noted.  First, on the Alex Krakovsky site, the records are scanned as one single PDF file for the entire record book.  Thus, it is possible to download an entire year's worth of one type of records at one time.  On the CDIAK site, the records are scanned as separate JPG images for each page, meaning that are hundreds or thousands of images to download to cover a single year's worth of births, marriages or deaths.  Second, on the Alex Krakovsky site, both the left-hand (Russian) and right-hand (Hebrew) pages were scanned as one image, showing both versions of the record together.  On the CDIAK website, the left-hand and right-hand pages were scanned separately.  These differences mean that reviewing the largely unindexed records is much more time-consuming on the CDIAK site.  (Note that there are some multi-year indexes to some of the records, and these have been scanned and are available on both sites.

The overall list of the Kiev Jewish vital records at CDIAK can be found at:

cdiak.archives.gov.ua/spysok_fondiv/1164/0001/

The list of available Kiev vital records on the Alex Krakovsky site can be found at:

uk.wikisource.org/wiki/Архів:ЦДІАК/1164/1#Київ

While the Ukraine SIG is at work indexing many of these digitized records, the sheer volume of records means that it will be some time before the Ukraine database on JewishGen has full indexes to these records. 

Ted Gostin
Sherman Oaks, California
tedgostin@... 


Re: Unable to upload a GEDCOM to add now data to JFJP #general

 

Definitely broken. Repeating instructions won't help - step 6 gives you a log in screen even though your are already logged in.

This was working somewhat yesterday since I had to check something (didn't do the upload then). It's telling that the instructions include screenshots of Window 3.1 and Netscape!
--
Jeff Goldner
Researching Goldner, Singer, Neuman, Braun, Schwartz, Gluck, Reichfeld (Hungary/Slovakia); Adler, Roth, Ader (Galicia); Soltz/Shultz/Zuckerman/Zicherman (Vitebsk, maybe Lithuania)


Re: Town name: Szabotits, Szobatit, or something else? #austria-czech #galicia #germany #hungary #slovakia

 

How about Szabolcs? And possibly Gorlice (just north of Slovakia now).
--
Jeff Goldner
Researching Goldner, Singer, Neuman, Braun, Schwartz, Gluck, Reichfeld (Hungary/Slovakia); Adler, Roth, Ader (Galicia); Soltz/Shultz/Zuckerman/Zicherman (Vitebsk, maybe Lithuania)


JFJP - warning about privatizing individuals #general

 

When you upload a GEDCOM, JFJP does not follow best practices to privatize living individuals. It does hide dates and places but not names (this is documented but unexpected). This is not consistent with any other public tree program that I know of (Ancestry, FTDNA, etc.). I was contacted yesterday about a living individual in my tree that appeared on JFJP and was surprised by that.

So, going forward when I export from FTM which I use for all my trees, I will make sure to take the extra step of checking the box to "Privatize living people". Just something to keep in mind.
--
Jeff Goldner
Researching Goldner, Singer, Neuman, Braun, Schwartz, Gluck, Reichfeld (Hungary/Slovakia); Adler, Roth, Ader (Galicia); Soltz/Shultz/Zuckerman/Zicherman (Vitebsk, maybe Lithuania)


Re: Kinder Transport #holocaust

Lewis, Megan
 

Hello Hannah,

The Association of Jewish Refugees has case files of the Kindertransport children.  You need to submit a request online to see if a file exists for a specific person.  The online form is at https://www.worldjewishrelief.org/about-us/your-family-history.

Find My Past digitized related records from the British National Archives.  You can search for a name for free at https://search.findmypast.com/search-world-Records/kindertransport but they charge to get copies of the actual documents.

-Megan Lewis, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum


Re: Town name: Szabotits, Szobatit, or something else? #austria-czech #galicia #germany #hungary #slovakia

LarryBassist@...
 

Siggers,
  One extra clue. Here is a scan of a YadVashem entry that spells out Subotica in Hebrew letters, just for reference. This is not for a Bassist, but I thought it might be nice to see Subotica in Hebrew for comparison.
Thanks,
Larry Bassist


Re: TOWN NAME/LOCATION: YAGASTOR #russia #general

Sally Bruckheimer <sallybruc@...>
 

YAGASTOR could be a mispronounced Augustow, pronounced Yagustow, as the initial vowel includes the Y sound. It was a biggish city that is now in NE Poland. It was also the central city of Augustow district until the rebellion of 1860s, when that was divided into Suwalki and Łomza gubernias.

Sally Bruckheimer
Princeton, NJ


Re: Kinder Transport #holocaust

Tom Heinersdorff
 

There is data on the Kindertransport - see 
https://ajr.org.uk/kindertransport-survey/
where you can download data on some 1500 of the ca 9500 Kinder. 
Unfortunately Theo David Heineman does not seem to have participated, nor did anyone submit data about him.


Re: Town name: Szabotits, Szobatit, or something else? #austria-czech #galicia #germany #hungary #slovakia

binyaminkerman@...
 

I can't make out the headings but German-like words spelled out in Hebrew sounds more or less like Yiddish, which would have been used anywhere in Jewish Europe. I don't know if this changes any assumptions you made about proximity to Germany or not.
--
Binyamin Kerman
Baltimore MD

Researching:
KERMAN Pinsk 
SPIELER Lodz, Zloczew, Belchatow
SEGALL, SCHWARTZ Piatra Neamt


What to do with Romanian Passports #romania

Isabel Cymerman
 

First have the document conserved by a paper conservator. Then check such organizations as Center for Jewish History, etc.
 
Isabel Cymerman
Southbury


TOWN NAME/LOCATION: YAGASTOR #russia #general

Ian Charles
 

A great-grandmother comes up in the 1911 census as having been born in "Yagastor Russia" (that's the spelling given) - I can't seem to find any reference to this place - any of you clever folk out there have a clue? Thanks in advance

Ian Charles
London, UK


Re: Records for town Nagyszőllős (Vynohradiv, Ukraine) #ukraine

Debbie Bloch
 

Hi Moishe,
 
There is a Sub-Carpathia Genealogy website that might be useful for you - here is the link https://sub-carpathia-genealogy.org/default.htm .
 
I found my great-grandparents marriage record here - my great-grandmother was, incidentally, a Jakobovics from nearby Beregkovesd who later moved to Nagyszollos to raise her family.
 
regards,
Debbie Bloch (Beckman)
Melbourne, Australia


Re: Jewish Artifacts Stolen During Holocaust Taken From Auction House and in US Custody #announcements #holocaust #usa

Andy Monat
 

Thank you for posting that. I looked a bit and found primary sources related to this.

The affidavit from the federal agent who requested the seizure is here: https://www.justice.gov/usao-edny/press-release/file/1414576/download
The press release from the Department of Justice is here: https://www.justice.gov/usao-edny/pr/united-states-seizes-funeral-scrolls-and-manuscripts-taken-pre-holocaust-jewish

The affidavit lists the towns and details about each of the items, as well as their locations. They note that among the buyers is the National Library of Israel and another buyer in Israel, but that the affidavit "is not submitted in support of any seizure of any of the Manuscripts and Scrolls that may be located outside of the United States at this time".

Here is a description of one of the items:

"PINKAS. SATMAR / SATU MARE, HUNGARY. Pinkas Chevra Kadisha [Community Memorial
Volume]. (Lot 38). Manuscript in Hebrew, square calligraphic and cursive hands on paper.
Members recorded on individual pages in a large Hebrew calligraphic hand. This Pinkas is
fairly typical of the genre of Chevra Kadisha Pinkasim - but with a striking exception: it dates
to after the Holocaust years. Sixteen of the pages list members in large and striking Hebrew."

(I have no personal knowledge of this case, nor any additional information.)

Andy Monat
Massachusetts, USA
 
 
 
 

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