SCJGS invites you to " Never Give Up – Strategies .... Finding the Previously Unfindable" with Marion Werle #events #announcements

Leah Kushner

Santa Cruz Jewish Genealogy Society  invites you to our next Zoom program on Sunday, August 22, 2021, 

1 pm Pacific Zone Time

Never Give Up – Strategies for Taking Your Genealogy Research to the Next Level and Finding the Previously Unfindable"

with Marion Werle


Program:  This talk is a collection of tips to maximize your genealogical research. The speaker presents a number of research problems that required a creative approach to locate elusive people and their documents. She discusses online search strategies and indexing, names and name variations, the importance of geography, getting the most out of each record, revisiting old research, and the importance of persistence in achieving success.

SpeakerMarion Werle, a professional genealogist, began family history research 25 years ago, researching family from Lithuania, Latvia and Belarus, who settled in the US, Canada, UK, and Israel. She has been on the boards of JGSLA and JGSCV (Conejo Valley/Ventura County) and is a past president and founding member of the Latvia SIG (Special Interest Group). She is currently on the board of the revitalized JewishGen Latvia Research Division.   She has an ongoing interest in applying general genealogical methodology standards to Jewish research. Marion has also spoken at several IAJGS conferences and local genealogical societies in the Southern California area. 


RSVP:  -Register Here to receive a Zoom link. This event is free for SCJGS members, $5 for non-members. 

To become a member of Santa Cruz Jewish Genealogy Society, go to  for more information.


Contact: Leah Kushner

 President, SCJGS
Santa Cruz, California


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

Evelyn and Christopher Wilcock

Families of mixed Jewish/nonJewish descent in Germany will often be connected to  non Jewish men who served in the German Army (conscripted) or who volunteered in 1938-1939 in the mistaken belief it might save their Jewish relatives. Men with one Jewish parent were also conscripted and served till 1942. Men with one Jewish grandparent may well have remained in the army after 1942 and have served until the end of the war. Or been killed in action.

Jewish refugees  did escape to Argentina. The 1939 census database on line lists 1077 people who emigrated to Argentina (not all of them will be Jews).
Evelyn Wilcock
London SW15

MyHeritage Signed Agreements to Acquire 90.1% of Filae #announcements #france #records

Jan Meisels Allen


Earlier this year the I reported on the JewishGen Discussion Group that MyHeritage had purchased a French genealogy company. They have now announced that they signed agreements to acquire 90.91% of the share capital and 89.11% of the voting rights of Filae.


This marks the 12th acquisition by MyHeritage.  Filae’s existing team will be maintained and strengthened, based in its current Paris office, and the company will continue to work independently.


Following the acquisition, the exclusive historical record collections housed on Filae, comprising more than one billion records, will be loaded into MyHeritage and made accessible to MyHeritage users, creating new genealogical discovery opportunities for individuals around the world with French roots.


Filae will remain a French company based in Paris and will continue to operate autonomously. Filae’s founder, Toussaint Roze, will continue to manage the company and its operations will continue uninterrupted. The scope of services available to current subscribers on Filae will remain unchanged.


To read more see:


I have no affiliation with either MyHeritage or Filae and am reporting solely for the information of the reader.


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee





Looking for help to locate manifest for Ralph Sevinor (Raphail Zweilok) #records #usa


Ralph Sevinor was born in Gedraiciai, Lithuania on about October 15, 1886.  I have located his Naturalization Record which says he was born in Vilno, Russia and emigrated to the US from Liverpool England on the Baltic.  It says he arrived in NY on October 5, 1903. However, I am unable to find a manifest to confirm this information.  He changed his name legally to Ralph Sevinor on 6/2/1913. Initially, he signed his name Raphail Zweilok.  He was also called Rafuel Schweiloch by family members.

Thank you,
Ann Neumann

Re: a question on Jewish Cemetery of Worms #germany


Good evening,
Direction of tombstones in european Jewish cemeteries is often east, but not allways. It can be south, direction of the mediterranean see which was the normal  route to go to Israël. It is north in the main cimeteries in Strasbourg (Cronenbourg and Königshoffen) for a reason I do'nt remember; In Fegersheim, graves were oriented in the direction of the access door... to avoid climbing the walls for the resurrected people! And as the access road changed 3 times, so does the door and the graves! Even the synagogues in the middle ages were not allways oriented to Jerusalem direction. As God is present everywhere, orienting synagogue to the west direction was seen for some rabbis as a proof of trust in God (see Krautheimer, 1928)!
Jean-Pierre Lambert, past président of the historical society of the Jews in alsace-Lorraine  geo_lamb@...

Re: a question on Jewish Cemetery of Worms #germany


They are also cemeteries facing north! (Strasbourg Cronenbourg and Koenigshoffen,) I do not remember why. Another funny situation: In Fegersheim, they used to bury people in the direction of the access door of the cemetery! In order that at revival the dead can go out fast without having to climb over the wall. But the access door changed 3 times, so we have tombstones in 3 different directions in the same cemetery.
JP Lambert, past président, Historical society for Jews in Alsace-Lorraine

Re: Searching for Records on Isaac Gottlieb and His Wife Minni Feldt #poland #records #galicia


A few records about Isaac Gottlieb and his family that perhaps might interest you, 

Marriage record (March 1892)

Death record (Nov 1945) - mother's name is probably wrong

Birth record of daughter Jennie (1894)

Birth record of son Benjamin (1896)

I am almost certain that this is his Declaration of intention (1907) - according to the 1910 census he had filed first papers although,  apparently, he did not complete  the procedure -  Isaac Gottlieb, born in 1867 in Austria, arrival in 1890, occupation tailor, residence Brooklyn very close to the address they were living per the 1905 census. (attached)

According to this document he sailed from Hamburg 

Name: Itzig Gottlieb
Gender: männlich (Male)
Departure Age: 26
Birth Date: abt 1864
Residence Place: Kollenszaw, Österreich
Departure Date: 26 Apr 1890
Departure Place: Hamburg, Deutschland (Germany)
Arrival Place: New York; Baltimore
Occupation: Händler
Ship Name: Russia
Captain: Reuter
Shipping Clerk: Hamburg-Amerikanische Packetfahrt-Actien-Gesellschaft
Shipping Line: Hamburg-Amerikanische Packetfahrt-Actien-Gesellschaft
Ship Type: Dampfschiff
Ship Flag: Deutschland
Accommodation: Zwischendeck
Arrival in NYC 

Name: Iszig Gottlieb
Gender: Male
Ethnicity/ Nationality: Austrian
Age: 26
Birth Date: abt 1864
Place of Origin: Austria
Departure Port: Hamburg, Germany
Destination: USA
Arrival Date: 9 May 1890
Arrival Port: New York, New York, USA
Ship Name: Russia
If this is the correct Isaac Gottlieb  (as I believe) then he was born in  Kolbishov,  Galicia (present-day  Poland)

Hope that helped. 

Giannis Daropoulos 


Re: Removing Picture From a Find A Grave Page. #general

Peter Cohen

This appears to be a passport photo. As such, it is public record information. It would not be subject to copyright.
Peter Cohen

Re: New "Search by Face" App #announcements #holocaust #photographs

Moshe Berman

Hey Daniel,

This looks really neat!

What match accuracy would be the threshold for a realistic match? I’m seeing a match score of .60-.70 for non-matches. When I worked at a face-matching startup, the threshold we relied on was mid-upper .90. 

Can your ML engine can be harnessed to also enhance text OCR? Do you have plans to add training buttons to the UI? 

Would it be possible to surface names and locations from USHMM? 

Moshe Berman
Boca Raton, Florida

Steerage Experience #general

Marc Hodies

Apart from the movies and some singular experiences, for the majority of immigrants from 1906 to 1924, I wondered what it was like to be in steerage for up to 3 weeks.


1.  How often could they come up to the deck to get fresh air? How long could they stay on the deck?
2. Did they sleep in hammocks or beds? How crowded was it?
3. Steerage temperatures for both summer or winter? 
4. How did they eat?  Was food supplied? Supplied on the top deck or in steerage?  3 meals a day?
5. Did most get sea sickness and eventually recover a few days to a week later while still at sea?
6. Bathroom facilities? Did they change clothes over the course of the voyage?
7.  Was the baggage always near them?


Mark Hodies

Re: New Latvia & Estonia Research Division Website is Now Live #announcements #courland #latvia #JewishGenUpdates

Carol Hoffman

Wonderful new website, clear to understand and navigate plus esthetically pleasant. Kudos Kol hakavod!
Carol Hoffman

Re: Papa/Pupa #hungary


I have been connecting the Papa families as many of them are related to each other. These are mostly the Neolog rather than the Orthodox families. Once my file gets updated on the Jewishgen family tree, the names I have completed will be publicly available. I’m also hoping to update the Papa ghetto list, as some what was transcribed by Yad Vashem is inaccurate and incomplete. For example, they never made use of addresses which helps to identify family groupings. Any offers of help to enter names into a spreadsheet would be much appreciated.
Stephen Schmideg
Melbourne, Australia

Re: a question on Jewish Cemetery of Worms #germany

David Shapiro

Rabbi Moshe Sofer-Schreiber of Pressburg in his responsa to Yoreh Deah no. 342 discusses this question concerning the cemetery in Eibschutz which also had this custom. He explains there custom is to bury in the way one travels from Europe to Israel, which could either first south and then east or first east and then south, so either way is acceptable. For other prayers which should be facing Israel he says to face to the southeast.

David Shapiro

Re: a question on Jewish Cemetery of Worms #germany

David Seldner

As far as I remember the graves facing south are those of high rabbis. And the reason is that the other graves - eastward - face the cathedral of Worms.
David Seldner, Karlsruhe, Germany

a question on Jewish Cemetery of Worms #germany

Metin Delevi

Dear all,
Recently I heard that the tombstones at the Jewish Cemetery of Worms - Germany ( part of Schum) are facing southward and not to the east as is the tradition.
The only answer I found was that the first Jews buried in this cemetery had İtalian names ( could it be Kolonymus?) so its tomb faced south i.e. Italy. And the others continued this tradition.
Is there any other known reason? If so, how the Hachamim of the time let this happen?
Thanks in advance for the clarification.
Best regards
Metin Delevi

IAJGS - Monday, Aug 02, 2021 10:00 AM - 10pm Perth time #holocaust #education #events

Eli Rabinowitz

Witnessing Holocaust History: From Generation to Generation – Making a Case for Genealogy Monday, Aug 02, 2021 10:00 AM - 10pm Perth time The Holocaust Awareness Museum and Education Center (HAMEC) in Philadelphia, World ORT in London, and the WE ARE HERE! Foundation in Perth, Australia, have newly partnered to provide an international experience of Holocaust education and remembrance to students around the world. This worldwide project commemorates the Holocaust, and provides opportunities for global Holocaust education. It engages the next generation of learners in understanding the importance of their own family histories, teaching how to research and record these. They are shown how to rebuild broken family chains using genealogical tools. Students learn how to describe and share their own discoveries and experiences and connect globally via Zoom, YouTube and Facebook. These online meetings include multi-language survivor interviews and testimonies as well as up to thirty language versions of the Partisans’ Song, and so resonates with students in their home languages, such as English, French, Spanish, Russian, Hebrew, Dutch and Bulgarian. Live Presentation Heritage and Cultural Materials Keeping Shoah Memories Alive Using Technology for Research Geographical Focus Not geographically specific Presentation Target Audience All skills Speaker Eli Rabinowitz

New Latvia & Estonia Research Division Website is Now Live #announcements #courland #latvia #JewishGenUpdates

Marion Werle

The Latvia & Estonia Research Division is happy to announce that our new website is now live at The website has been completely redesigned to ensure that researchers have access to the latest information on Latvian archival and other resources. About 80-85% of the website content is new. There is guidance for beginners as well as advanced researchers. Our Research section also provides detailed how-to instructions on navigating the Raduraksti (Latvian State Historical Archives) and FamilySearch websites to find Latvian records. The Holocaust section gives suggestions on how to find ancestors on the Latvian Names project. Our Regions and Towns section will let you know if your town is included in JOWBR, has a yizkor book, and/or has a Kehilalinks page.
This is just a high-level synopsis of the new website. We expect to add Estonian content soon. Please take some time to explore the website and let us know what you think at LatviaRD@.... 
Don't forget to join us at ourIAJGS conference meeting on Thursday, August 5, at 1:45 PM EDT (10:45 PDT), where we will give you further details.
Marion Werle
Co-Director, Latvia & Estonia Resarch Division

Searching for Records on Isaac Gottlieb and His Wife Minni Feldt #poland #records #galicia


I am seeking information on sources for one-line records for Isaac Gottlieb and his wife, Minnie Feldt.  The records available on JewishGen, JRI-Poland and other sources do not align with family remembrances. Isaac Gottlieb immigrated to New York City around 1888. He is not the same individual as an Isaac Abraham Gottlieb.  His father's name is remembered as Morris, most likely Moses (Moishe).  He immigrated from the Galicia region of then Austria-Hungary.  Minnie is probably not her given Yiddish name and the last name may have be Feld. She was born in 1871 and immigrated in 1887 or 1888 from the same region, but not the same town as Isaac. The towns or regions remembered were Drohobych and Peremyshliany (both now in Ukraine). I have not found arrival records or manifest for either. She is remembered as being from a relatively wealthy family.  Among their children were three born in the late1880's: Harry, Benjamin and Sadie. I have no information on siblings for either Isaac or Minnie. 
Indy Crowley
Redmond, Washington USA

Re: Godparents? #galicia

Nikki Nafziger

I apologize that it took me this long to figure out how to reply. My query is to Stephan Owen Parnes in particular, My great grandpa Hersch Leib Parnes was born in 1856. My Dad's Mom, Netti Parnes (Hersch Leib's first born) was born in 1880. The birth record I found said he was son of Uscher Stahl and Freude with Godparents Moses and Elkie Parnes. I'm trying to find out his parents and grandparents names.  The names Uscher Stahl and Freude are very confusing to me. The marriage you show in 1879 can't apply to his parents. I would love to be able to look up the original birth record, as you suggest. My problem is I'm such a technological dinosaur that I don't know what to put in the search engine, etc. Can you please tell me what specific steps to take? Do I put family search in the search engine....then Grodek Jewish family records? Please advise. Thank you. I'm hitting brick walls on going further back on any of my great grandparents. I can't even find what I found 15 years ago (when I last  devoted time and energy into tracing my family tree farther back). I'm first generation born in the United States. Both my parents were born in Oldenburg Germany, my Dad in 1915 and Harburg, Germany, my Mom in 1918. Both German Jews (all Jews. my 4 grandparents, greatgrandparents and the only greatgreat grandparents I've been able to find; researching 15 years ago). Thank you so much, in advance, for helping me. I really appreciate it. I have grandchildren I want to give copies of the family tree to. My name at birth (for genealogical purposes):

Nikki Renee Dresher.
My email is: nikkinashmusic@...

Viewmate Translation Request - Russian #ukraine #translation

Mary Ann

I've posted an 1858 Revision List record in Russian for which I need a translation. There are two files, one for the males and one for the females of household 49.  The images are on ViewMate at the following address ...

Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page.
Thank you very much.
Mary Ann Schaefer, Boulder, Colorado

4941 - 4960 of 665647