Tombstone Translation - Louis Levitt #translation


I've posted a photo of a gravestone for which I need a translation. It is on ViewMate at the following address. The gravestone is in Hebrew.
Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page.
Thank you very much.
Sue Kahn
researching Schiff, Bloomgarden/Blumgarten, Groden/Grodensky, Levitt/Levy, Bass, Kahn/Kagan

ViewMate Translation Requests - Russian #translation #records

Julia Levin

I've posted two vital records in Russian for which I need translations. They are on ViewMate at the following addresses:

Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page.
Thank you very much.
Julia Levin

Re: What to do with Romanian Passports #romania

Emily Rosenberg

For right now it would help if you never touched the passport with your bare hands because the subtle oils in our skin gradually deteriorate the paper. If you are not doing conservation right away please make sure there is no plastic touching it (that's how we "saved" things 30 years ago) and that you don't continue to handle it . Move it one last time to a place where it can lay flat, hopefully with plain white tissue paper loosely wrapped around it. If you want to invest only a little money in it now you can buy an archival sleeve at one of these places like Gaylords. It will end up costing $25 for your size plus shipping. Or you could leave it folded and pay less for the sleeve but just as much for shipping. The key is to not fiddle with it.  Ouch for the sleeve price but you have a priceless object.
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: Papa/Pupa #hungary


I know this is an old, old question, but as people have said, yes, they were. One side of my family lived in Pupa before the Shoah. (Only a few survived). No Pupa Chassidim that I'm aware of, tho; the Chassidim in my family aren't Pupa Chassidim. 


You likely know Pupa was a yeshiva town. Boys would cross borders from neighbouring countries to study there.


Yael Silver

ViewMate Image 94606 #photographs

Yehuda Rubin

I know this is a long shot, but can anyone identify the person in this picture? It was taken in Lomza, circa 1910.
Any help would be much appreciated

Thank you!

Yehuda Rubin
Lakewood, NJ

Re: Help with a Montefiore Cemetery photo #usa #photographs

Peter Cohen

Most New York City cemeteries will photograph a gravestone for a small fee. Contact the cemetery office. has 2,191 outstanding photo requests for Montefiore, as of this morning. You have almost zero chance of having a request fulfilled through findagrave for one of the big NYC cemeteries. Works great in other places, though.
Peter Cohen

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


Philipp, I agree with others who have said that DNA information will help you gain clarity on your situation. I can recommend this FAQ page about "Direct-to-Consumer Genetic Testing", which includes not just ancestry testing -- finding out about your genetic heritage - but also health-related testing. 

Ancestry testing is described here: 


Good luck!

Catherine Arnott Smith
Stoughton, Wisconsin, USA

Report on Gesher Galicia's Research Projects #galicia

Gesher Galicia SIG

Vital Records Project

Gesher Galicia works to index Jewish records of births, deaths and marriages from both western and eastern Galicia, and upload the indexes to our online database, the All Galicia Database ( We also transcribe, where this information is useful, index books of Jewish vital records from Galicia. Since the beginning of this year alone, we have indexed over 21,000 records.


Since our last report at the end of April 2021, Gesher Galicia has uploaded the indexes of the following record sets from our Vital Records Project to the All Galicia Database:


 - Kraków Jewish military chaplaincy marriages 1917-1918

 - Przemyśl Jewish military chaplaincy marriages 1916.05-1918.10

 - Podkamień (near Rohatyn) B (index book) 1900-1942

 - Tartaków B 1815-1819, 1828-1858

 - Nawaria D 1889, 1891-1897, 1899-1900, 1902-1904, 1906-1908

 - Strzeliska Nowe B 1841-1875.


We expect to add another 15,000 or so vital records to the database this year, from towns including Przemyśl, Stanisławów, Suchostaw, and Tyczyn.


General thanks for the continuing work on the Vital Records Project to Sławomir Postek and Piotr Gumola.


Przemyśl Identification Project - and follow-up

As most readers will know, we completed the Przemyśl Identification Project in June, having identified all 582 sets of town records (nearly all of them index books of vital records). Their full list can be freely viewed at:

If you are a Gesher Galicia member and are logged in to the Gesher Galicia website, you can also view the page images of all the files.


We had earlier transcribed some of these books (either wholly or in part) containing new information. These included books from: Bochnia, Kołomyja, Komarno, Kopyczyńce, Nowy Sącz, Sądowa Wisznia, Tarnopol, Tyczyn, and Żołynia.

We thank Jacob Heisler for his work on books from Bochnia and Żołynia.


Since our last update, we have also now transcribed and uploaded to the database:eHs


 - Korczyna B (index book) 1920-1942; 1833-1876 (still to come)

 - Kozowa D (index book) 1877-1891, 1934-1938


Later this year, there will be additional transcriptions of index books from: Nowy Wiśnicz, Podgórze, Sieniawa, and Skałat, as well as the further indexes from the Korczyna book mentioned above.


Next year, we plan to transcribe index books from the following towns: Bobowa, Bochnia, Bolechów, Bursztyn, Dobrotwór, Drohobycz, Horodenka, Kraków, Leżajsk, Lutowiska, Lutowiska, Muszyna, Nadwórna, Nowy Sącz, Przemyślany, Pruchnik, Rohatyn, Sambor, Skole, Stary Sącz, Tarnopol, and Załoźce.

In all, we are aiming to transcribe, wholly or in part, up to 70 index books from the Przemyśl ID Project.



Holocaust Project

Earlier this year in the Holocaust Project, as previously announced, we uploaded to the database over 10,000 records of Jewish residents in Stanisławów from 1942.


Our new research activities in the Holocaust Project will be announced early next year. Meantime, as Research Coordinator, I want to thank Michał Majewski for his vigorous efforts over more than three years while he coordinated the Holocaust Project, building it up into an important element of our Research work.


Jewish Taxpayers Project

In the Jewish Taxpayers project, we have uploaded records to the database from:

 - Sokołówka, 1937.

In total, 33 taxpayer files have been indexed and uploaded to the database, including 25 added in the past three and a half years since Mark Jacobson took over the running of this project. The larger part of these files are from Tarnopol province, and a smaller number from Stanisławów province.


While there are other taxpayer files in existence, we have decided to shift our resources to new projects, such as the Censuses Project (see below). I am very grateful to Mark for all his work on this project, and also thank Eddy Mitelsbach, who helped on it.


Josephine & Franciscan Cadastral Surveys Project - Jewish Medical Students Project

Andrew Zalewski has coordinated the first of these projects for five years now, and the second for about four years. Both will be finishing this year and Andrew will provide detailed reports on both in September. It is due to Andrew's meticulous work on these projects that they have been so successful, and he is to be thanked for all his efforts.


Andrew is launching a project on "Jewish Students from Galicia in Vienna, 1898-1938", on which he has already made an initial announcement.


Maps Project

Another member of the Research Team at Gesher Galicia who deserves thanks is Jay Osborn, our long-standing Digital Maps Manager. In the past ten years, he has stitched, prepared and uploaded almost 150 cadastral maps from Galician towns, as well as a large number of regional and specialist maps - turning the Map Room ( into a treasure for Gesher Galicia.

In the past 18 months, a regional map and three special maps have been added to the Map Room, as well as cadastral maps from: Bochnia, Jasło, Kozowa, Mościska, Nowy Targ, Podniestrzany, Pomorzany, Sambor, Świrz, and Tarnopol. Coming soon, there will a dual map from Medyka and Szechinie (Shehyni), adjoining towns now divided by the Polish-Ukrainian border, a short distance east of Przemyśl.


We have a growing stock of unstitched cadastral maps - from western and eastern Galicia in fairly equal numbers. Over the next couple of years, the intention is to stich and upload up to 30 of them. They will include maps from:

 - Brzozów, Krosno, Mielec, Muszyna, Pruchnik, and Stary Sącz in western Galicia.

 - Czortowiec, Jaworów, Janów, Krystynopol, Pniów, and Żółkiew in eastern Galicia.


New projects

As already mentioned, Gesher Galicia is launching two new projects.

 - Censuses Project, coordinated by Mark Jacobson

 - Jewish Students from Galicia in Vienna (1898-1938) Project, coordinated by Andrew Zalewski.

Both these projects are expected to reveal much new and exciting information. More information will be released on each of them soon.



We have an ambitious program of research work for this year and over the following couple of years. All this work, though, has a cost. We are always grateful to receive donations for our research work generally or for individual research projects. Donations can be made through our website, at:


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Tony Kahane

Research Coordinator, Gesher Galicia



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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


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