Re: Family Background Jewish or Not? Solf, Nagler, and Rucktäschel from Würzburg and Bamberg, Bavaria #germany #hungary #holocaust #israel

Linda Higgins

I definitely agree that your first step should be to have your DNA tested.  You will learn whether you are Jewish or something else. Good luck!

Linda Gordon Higgins
Spring, Texas

Re: Rhode Island Cemetery, picture of a tombstone #photographs #usa


My parents and grandparents are also buried there.  If you go to the office on site, they will tell you the exact location of the tomb stone.  Not sure if the office is open due to Covid.  If it is, I could go there and take a picture for you when I am next in R.I.
David Schaffer
Vienna, Virginia 

Searching Frank Harth-succesful #general

Yonatan Ben-Ari

I would like to thank publicly Oren Kaplan of Chicago who assisted me in locating the brother of Aviya (Adina bat Miriam) Lev, holocaust survivor, who is seriously ill with covid-19 in Jerusalem.
Yoni Ben-Ari, Jerusalem

Re: Kinder Transport #holocaust

Tom Heinersdorff

The link I have is to the page on which you can find the database link at the words:-
"To access the database please ► CLICK Here"

I hope that now works for you
Tom Heinersdorff 

Re: What to do with Romanian Passports #romania

Barbara Freedman

I used the Northeast Document Conservation Center with excellent results:

Barbara Cohen Freedman
Raleigh North Carolina

Re: Major new Wyszogród records extraction project launched #records #poland

tony hausner

Greta, Many thanks. My wife had family who lived in the City of Plock and one of the daughters married a man from Wyszograd and raised her family there and eventually the family moved to Israel.  

Tony Hausner, 
Silver Spring, MD

Re: Family Background Jewish or Not? Solf, Nagler, and Rucktäschel from Würzburg and Bamberg, Bavaria #germany #hungary #holocaust #israel

Feige Stern

Hi Philipp,

Have you tried looking in the Jewishgen Wuerzburg database, which is a database of names found in the book "the Jews of Wurzburg"?

I found some Naglers there.

It may give some description that would help you to follow up further with the Wurzburg archives.

Aside from doing that, I think DNA is the shortest route to determine ethnicity.

Best of luck,

Feige Kauvar Stern
Cleveland, OH

Re: Rhode Island Cemetery, picture of a tombstone #photographs #usa


I called the cemetery about 2 years ago to see about getting family members headstones. They were very nice and did them at no charge. I don’t know if that is still the case.

Sharon Fleitman
Atlanta, Georgia

Re: Rhode Island Cemetery, picture of a tombstone #photographs #usa


Dear Herman,

It as a large cemetery (by Rhode Island standards).
basic info is at
Lincoln Park Cemetery 2469 Post Rd Warwick, Rhode Island 401-737-5333 Beth@... ( I am not sure that this email is correct.)
If you can get an exact location I would be willing to visit and take a picture. I can say hi to my relatives at the same time.

Aaron Ginsburg,  Foxboro, Ma USA REAEARCHING Pokrassa, Pokross, Gorodishche Ukraine and Fall River MA, Ginsburg Kusinitz Glubokie Dokshitsy area Belarus. Kahanovsky aka Karnowsky, Hnativka, Ukraine Also searching Newport Ri, Dokshitsy area Belarus



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


Agree with Beth Long, it is Sobotiste, today in Slovakia, previously Hungary and the German language is because it used to belong , as well as Galicia, to Austro-Hungary.
Melbourne, Australia

Researching (main surnames):

Re: JFJP - warning about privatizing individuals #general

David Ziants

You are probably right.

My advantage is that I was able to take a guess not remembering the official abbreviation.

David Ziants

Ma'aleh Adumim, Israel

New Databases on IGRA’s Website now has 2 million records #records #israel

Elena Bazes

With its latest database release, The Israel Genealogy Research Association (IGRA) now has over 2 million records on its website!  In 2012 IGRA took upon itself to prepare databases from materials available in Israel including the Ottoman period through the early years of the State of Israel. In 2019 IGRA decided to widen its focus to include materials of genealogical interest for North African Jewish communities and the Jewish communities in countries of the Middle East such as Iran, Iraq, Lebanon and others.


IGRA now has material from more than sixty archives and libraries around the world. There are also records from private donations from people who have prepared the files for their own use. 


Over one hundred volunteers have worked on this collection in the last ten years to make them accessible on our website. We would like to thank them for all their hard work.


A preview of the latest databases is available at


New Databases

Residents of Safed      Beit Hameiri
1921-1951 (from declarations)
435 listings


Updated Databases


Voters Knesset Israel 1944 Tel Aviv 

Letters nun – peh

16,389 listings

Tel-Aviv-Yafo Historical Archives


Jerusalem 1947 Census – Jewish Community (partial) 

13,640 listings

Israel State Archives


Notrim Resignations


3,550 listings

Israel State Archives


Before viewing and searching the databases, please register for free on the IGRA website:


Please note, the IGRA databases are now searchable to all registrants. The search results page is also available to all registrants. Additional details regarding most databases are available only to paid IGRA members. Certain exceptions exist due to requests of the specific archives.



To view/search the databases, go to the database tab on the website.


Elena Biegel Bazes

IGRA Publicity Chair


Major new Wyszogród records extraction project launched #records #poland


Long-time Wyszogród and area researchers will be pleased to learn that Jewish Records Indexing - Poland has undertaken a huge new "Phase 3" project to fully extract all Wyszogród birth, marriage, death and Alegata records from 1826 to 1939 (births up to 1920). To carry out this major initiative, we also have acquired scans (digital images) of Wyszogród records in the Płock branch of the Polish State Archives up to 1873 and plan to scan the balance of the records up to 1918 when access to the archives has been arranged.


As Plock Research Area Coordinator (of which Wyszogrod is a town), it would be my pleasure to send you a full description of the project and explain how you will be able to obtain the extracts of your family records as they become available and before they go online.


I look forward to hearing from you.


Greta Davis

Plock Area Coordinator

Jewish Records Indexing - Poland

JGS Cleveland presents "The Holocaust Art Recovery Initiative: Exposing and Addressing the Historic Injustice of Nazi Looted Artwork” with Jonathan Schwartz #education #jgs-iajgs #announcements


Join the Jewish Genealogy Society of Cleveland for our next Zoom program on Wednesday, August 11, 2021, 7-8:30 pm EST - “The Holocaust Art Recovery Initiative: Exposing and Addressing the Historic Injustice of Nazi Looted Artwork with Jonathan Schwartz.


Program: Examine the injustice of unreturned art stolen by the Nazis, legislative & legal efforts to address the problem, and how genealogists can help the effort to reclaim a missing part of Jewish cultural identity.


Speaker: Jonathan H. Schwartz, an equity partner at Jaffe Raitt Heuer & Weiss, P.C. in Detroit, MI.  As co-founder and President of the Jewish Bar Association of Michigan, Jonathan launched the Holocaust Art Recovery Initiative, with the goal of helping inform the public about still-missing artwork looted from Holocaust victims and assisting in recovery efforts.


Registration: Required and free - Send an email to rsvp@... by 12 Noon EST on Aug 11th to receive a Zoom link.  If you are NOT a JGS Cleveland member, please include your name, email, and complete mailing address.


Please go to for more program and membership information.




Contact: Deborah A. Katz, JD, PhD

Vice President, Programming

JGS Cleveland

Rhode Island Cemetery, picture of a tombstone #photographs #usa


I am trying to obtain a photograph of a tomb stone of my presumed great grandfather Lavik (Leyvik) Salmonson who died in 1923. According to the death notice the grave is at the Lincoln Park Cemetery, Providence Rhode Island. Are there several Lincoln Park cemeteries in Rhode Island? I have been unable to find any information about the cemetery, contact information or confirmation that the information is in fact correct.
Herman Salmenson

August 12: Jewish Genealogy webinar from the Center for Jewish History #events #canada

Moriah Amit

Family History Today: Exploring your Canadian Connections

Thursday, August 12, 2 PM Eastern Time


Did your ancestors pass through Canada on their way to the U.S., or did a branch of your family settle in Canada? It’s fairly common for American Jews to have some Canadian connections in their family. Bill Gladstone, a professional genealogist, publisher, and author based in Toronto, will provide an overview of major resources for Jewish genealogy research in Canada, including censuses, naturalizations, immigration records, border crossings, and city directories.


Ticket info: Pay what you wish; register here for a Zoom link



This program is sponsored by the Ackman & Ziff Family Genealogy Institute at the Center for Jewish History. It is funded, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

Moriah Amit
Senior Genealogy Librarian, Center for Jewish History
New York, NY

Re: Jewish Genealogy Research Resources #sephardic


Medina is a very  common names.
Any other help you can give? Dates, first names, relationships?

You can email directly and I will try to  help.

Maryellen Tobiasiewicz
family from: Bielsko-Biala powiat Poland
Gorlice powiat Poland
Lviv Oblast Ukraine

Re: Need an Help about arrival of Nathan (Naftali) Hollinger to NY #usa


Naturalization papers attached. According to the papers he arrived under the name Hermann Haber

Departure from Hamburg 

Hermann Haber
Gender: männlich (Male)
Ethnicity/Nationality: Österreich (Austrian)
Marital status: verheiratet (Married)
Departure Age: 43
Birth Date: abt 1869
Residence Place: Kupka
Departure Date: 2 Mai 1912 (2 May 1912)
Departure Place: Hamburg, Deutschland (Germany)
Arrival Place: Cuxhaven; Southampton; Cherbourg; New York
Occupation: Kaufmann
Ship Name: Amerika
Shipping Clerk: Hamburg-Amerika Linie (Hamburg-Amerikanische Packetfahrt-Actien-Gesellschaft)
Shipping Line: Hamburg-Amerika Linie (Hamburg-Amerikanische Packetfahrt-Actien-Gesellschaft)
Ship Type: Dampfschiff
Ship Flag: Deutschland
Emigration: nein
Accommodation: 2. Klasse

Arrival to NYC 

Name: Herrmann Haher
Gender: Male
Ethnicity/ Nationality: Hebrew
Marital status: Married
Age: 43
Birth Date: abt 1869
Birth Place: Austria
Other Birth Place: Meristriban
Last Known Residence: Ruplza, Austria
Departure Port: Hamburg
Arrival Date: 12 May 1912
Arrival Port: New York, New York, USA
Final Destination: New York, New York
Height: 5 Feet, 5 Inches
Hair Color: Dark
Eye Color: Brown
Complexion: Fair
Money in Possession: 80
Person in Old Country: Feige Haher
Person in Old Country Relationship: Wife
Person in Old Country Residence: Ruplza
Person in US: Chaim Fleinber
Person in US Relationship: Cousin
Spouse: Feige Haher
Ship Name: Amerika

Giannis Daropoulos 


Re: What to do with Romanian Passports #romania


Make sure you have the document conserved, not restored. There is a difference. If you care about maintaining original worn look, then you need conservation, which also helps monetary value. Restoration, which tries to make an item look clean and new, usually lowers the monetary value of a piece. If you want to donate, ask the place what they want--my guess is they want it to be as original as possible. Look for a company that has expertise in paper. There is an association that you could google for places in your area and also learn about credentials. The cost for conservation (I don't know about restoration) is usually hourly. My example: About 20 years ago, I used The Conservation Center in Chicago to conserve a crayon drawing that was 8-1/2 x 11 inches and had a tear. The artist had drawn it in his early "starving" years on cheap paper, which contains naturally destructive acid.  To have the acid removed and rice paper used behind the damaged torn area, I spent about $200 at that time. Passport paper is unique, but someone could conserve it.
Anne Lobel Armel

Re: Family Background Jewish or Not? Solf, Nagler, and Rucktäschel from Würzburg and Bamberg, Bavaria #germany #hungary #holocaust #israel


Hello Phillip, I think that DNA testing would be a helpful start, if possible one male and one female. You may also find relatives this way, and maybe they would have some answers for you. I recognize Nagler as a Jewish name but there would Christians with that name also. Good luck and I hope you find some answers. Frayda Zelman NY.

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