Translation - Polish Death Record #poland #translation

Stuart Wayne

Would some kind soul please look at the following record?  I am questioning the age of the child at death, and would also like to find out who the witnesses were and details about them.

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Thank you,
Stuart Wayne
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Translation - Russian Death Records #poland #translation

Stuart Wayne

Would someone kindly provide whatever information is on the following two death records I have posted at ViewMate about the witnesses?   And for the first one, please double check her name - we have given names of Hinda Ruchla on other records for her, the translation shows Hinda Rywka.

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Stuart Wayne

IAJGS Conference - Hoping to see you at the Gesher Galicia SIG meeting (Aug. 4) and more! #galicia

Renee Steinig

Dear Fellow Galitzianers,
We invite you to attend the Gesher Galicia SIG meeting tomorrow at the International Conference on Jewish Genealogy. The meeting will be held on 

   --- Wednesday, Aug. 4, 1:45 to 2:45 pm EDT (Eastern US Time), via Zoom ---

Please join us to hear updates on Gesher Galicia's research projects, website features, plans for the future, and more. Gesher Galicia
members and non-members are welcome.

Full or Limited Conference registration is required for "admission" to the SIG meeting. To register and to view the Conference's program of Live and On-Demand presentations, see  
Reminder: For Full Conference Attendees, our meeting, along with all other Live sessions and meetings, will be added to the On-Demand Library after it happens, and it will be available there until October. 
Be sure to also check out the full list of Conference programs at for ones of special interest to Galitzianers. (Select Geographical Focus: Galicia.) Hats off to the Gesher Galicia members and friends who will be speaking!

We look forward to seeing you at the meeting. 

Shelley K. Pollero 
Renee Steinig 

for Gesher Galicia

Announcing the new JewishGen Press #JewishGenUpdates

Avraham Groll

Dear JewishGen Community,

As announced at the recent Annual Meeting, JewishGen has re-organized our publishing division into the renamed JewishGen Press, providing a venue for the publication of non-fiction books pertaining to Jewish genealogy, history, culture, and heritage. 

Joel Alpert, who has previously managed our very successful Yizkor Books-in-Print project, will be leading this project as Coordinator and Managing Editor, along with a talented and dedicated volunteer Editorial Board consisting of Jessica Feinstein, Joyce Field, Rosanne Leeson, Shelly Sanders, Fran Sennerhurley, Renee Steinig, and Neil Weinstein.

The JewishGen Press will continue to publish Yizkor Books, but now will also publish other books, such as Shoah memoirs and research, genealogical research, collections of genealogical and historical materials, biographies and family histories, diaries and letters, studies of Jewish experience and cultural life in the past, academic theses, and other books of interest to the Jewish community. We are not considering works of fiction at this time.

ince the books will be produced by JewishGen Press volunteers, using third-party print-on-demand technology, we are able to publish books that would not be considered by for-profit publishing houses. We are well suited for high quality books that will not necessarily find a wide audience nor produce a profit, yet are of value to the Jewish community. Significant books with a small audience can find a home at JewishGen Press. 

For more information, including publication criteria and how to submit your manuscript for consideration, go to the JewishGen Press webpage at:

Please direct any questions to: press@...

Avraham Groll

Executive Director

Announcing the Jeff Malka Sephardic Collection #JewishGenUpdates #sephardic

Avraham Groll

Dear Jewis
hGen Community,


We are pleased to announce a partnership between JewishGen and Dr. Jeffrey Malka resulting in the Jeff Malka Sephardic Collection.


Because of this agreement, more than 146,000 records which have been compiled by Dr. Malka are now freely available to JewishGen researchers. The collection includes records of Sephardic and other Jews from such countries as Algeria, Austria, Bulgaria, Balkan nations, Croatia, Egypt, France, Greece, Italy, Libya, Morocco, Spain, and Tunisia. There are also comprehensive records from Israel and the Holocaust. 

Many of the records in the Malka collection are not readily available from other sources. They include birth records of the Jewish communities, listings of Rabbis, dictionaries of Jewish surnames, casualties of war, and histories of various communities. 

Jeffrey Malka is a retired physician who is descended from a long line of Sephardic rabbis. He is a world renowned genealogist who researched his paternal family back to 13th century Aragon and Catalonia in northern Spain. He is the author of "Sephardic Genealogy: Discovering your Sephardic Ancestors and Their World", published in 2002, which was awarded the "Judaica Reference Book of the Year Award" for 2002. The book is now in an expanded 2009 second edition. 

Dr. Malka was an invited lecturer on Sephardic genealogy at the United States Library of Congress, numerous IAJGS annual conferences, the Washington Jewish Historical Society, and several Jewish genealogical societies in the U.S., Canada, Spain, and Istanbul.


We express our grateful and profound appreciation to Dr. Jeff Malka for his monumental effort to collect and make accessible Sephardic genealogical information, and for his generosity in contributing his extraordinarily unique and valuable collection to JewishGen.

Mention must also be made of the tremendous contributions and lifelong dedication of Mathilde Tagger, z"l who made many of the indexes in this collection available. For many years, and right until her untimely death, Mathilde Tagger was a very close friend and collaborator with Dr. Malka. Together they worked to promote Sephardic genealogy research and educate the public about its enormous potential. Her absence leaves a void that cannot be filled.

The Jeff Malka Sephardic Collection can be searched here:

Avraham Groll

Executive Director

Mazal Tov to Vivian Kahn and Joel Alpert! #JewishGenUpdates

Avraham Groll

Dear JewishGen Community,

As announced during the JewishGen Annual Meeting, please join us in congratulating Vivian Kahn (Director of the Hungarian Research Division) and Joel Alpert (Director of the Yizkor Books in Print project) as co-recipients of the 2021/5781 Susan E. King Volunteer of the Year award!

This is a small token of our appreciation for their outstanding commitment to JewishGen's important work, and for their significant contributions to the world of Jewish Genealogy.

Please click the following links to view short videos which have been prepared in their honor:
Mazal Tov, Vivian and Joel!



Avraham Groll

Executive Director

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

Ralph Baer

Actually, as was pointed out to me in an off-line response, the picture is from my aunt's US citizenship application which is available in Family Search. 


This appears to be a passport photo. As such, it is public record information. It would not be subject to copyright.
Peter Cohen
Ralph N. Baer        RalphNBaer@...       Washington, DC

Re: Steerage Experience #general

Bruce Drake

My grandfather, Samuel Drach, sald from Hamburg aboard the Patricia. He was described as a “Landmann, Tagelöhner.” “Landmann” is a peasant and “der Tagelöhner” is a day laborer. His accommodations on the ship were described as "Zwischendeck" – or, "between decks.”

A Thai Jones wrote a book about his great-grandfather who also took the Patricia from Hamburg to New York about three months before my grandfather did.

The author described passage on the Patricia like this:


It was a late December day when he clutched his ticket and climbed uncertainly up a narrow gangplank of the steamer Patricia. The ship's great black stack burped out a breath of coal smoke, and her twin screws started churning the greasy waters of the River Elbe. Philip leaned over the rail or, unused to the motion, lay in his berth as the vessel gathered way toward two European stops -- at Boulogne and Plymouth -- and then the open ocean. Patricia was one of the Hamburg-American Line's newest steamers, built a few years earlier with room for nearly 2,500 passengers. She offered a luxurious crossing for the lucky few who could spend at least fifty dollars for a private cabin. The remaining four-fifths, almost certainly including Steckler, settled for third-class berths on the lower decks, where they slept in bunks and ate in a common mess. At an average speed of thirteen knots, the passage, even during the rough winter months, was scheduled to take twenty days. Steckler's trip was marred by head winds and heavy seas, including a tidal wave that staggered the ship just as she was entering the Atlantic. Even Captain Reessing, a mariner with more than twenty years of salt in his blood, was rattled by the storm. "I have not known such weather for many years," he said. "The winter of 1882 was very similar to this, but none since then has been nearly so bad."
Bruce Drake
Silver Spring MD


Re: Steerage Experience #general

Frederick Zlotkin <fzlotkin@...>

Though it's probably documented in a number of the sources cited, I recall reading that food posed an additional problem for the kosher steerage passengers.

Frederick Zlotkin

Re: Manhatten Hospital #records #usa

Diane Jacobs

Your best bet is to go to
And search the NYC Death Indexes.
Based on his age you can narrow down the
Possibilities.  Then register at and ancestry if you have a subscription and see if you can locate the death certificate.

If you can’t the next step is to order a death certificate from the NYC Municipal
Archives , 31 chambers Street in Manhattan.

Hope this helps.
Diane Jacobs

On Aug 3, 2021, at 10:34 AM, Jeffrey Cohen via <> wrote:

An uncle named Gershon Lorek who became George Lawrence, is shown as an inmate in this mental facility in NYC in the 1930 Census but does not seem to appear anywhere in the 1940 Census. My assumption is he died there but I have tried without success to find records of the period from the New York from links sent to me by NYC records. I wonder if anyone has had any success finding any ?

Jeff Cohen  London, England

Diane Jacobs, Somerset, New Jersey

Manhatten Hospital #records #usa

Jeffrey Cohen

An uncle named Gershon Lorek who became George Lawrence, is shown as an inmate in this mental facility in NYC in the 1930 Census but does not seem to appear anywhere in the 1940 Census. My assumption is he died there but I have tried without success to find records of the period from the New York from links sent to me by NYC records. I wonder if anyone has had any success finding any ?

Jeff Cohen  London, England

Re: Steerage Experience #general


Hi Mark,

The dates 1906-1924 cover a time of significant change in passenger travel conditions, so you'll find many different accounts. By 1906 newer ships were already constructed or re-fitted to have "third" or "tourist" class instead of steerage.  Tourist class typically meant a small cabin (often with toilet/sink) on the lower decks, basic dining room, etc.  Also the passage usually lasted only 5-12 days, depending on the departure/arrival ports' distance.  Their ticket price included meals.

By 1909 the comparison of the new ships to the old probably explains an explosion of news articles complaining of the "horrific" conditions in steerage.  If you read them you may find those stories relate to specific ships, or shipping lines, that are no longer meeting standard expectations for transatlantic travel.

My point is it may be easier to answer your question regarding the majority of passengers who sailed on a specific steamship line, or from a specific departure port, since those passengers would all share a more similar experience (though I'm sure it changed over time even within those parameters).

Marian Smith

PUBLIC CONFERENCE: preserving the footprint of the southern african jewish community online #announcements

Eli Rabinowitz

SA Jewish Museum - Kaplan Centre - WE ARE HERE! Foundation


preserving the footprint of the southern african jewish community online

The next two sessions are on Wed 4 August and Wed 11 August at 7pm Sydney, 5pm Perth, Midday London, 11am South African time.

Register in advance for this webinar: 
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

The recording of the first session can be viewed on YouTube here:  

Eli Rabinowitz

Program for Session 2:
Websites, Zoom, Social Media & Archives

Wednesday 4 August, 11am - 12.30pm (SA time) 

Once Upon a time in Vryburg: Remembering a country community through a website  
A journey to recount and remember the personal and collective stories of the Vryburg Jews, mistakes made and lessons learnt.
Presented by Gary Sussman | Tel Aviv, Israel    
Gary Sussman was raised in Vryburg and attended Kimberley Boys High. He later studied at UCT and was very involved in Habonim before making Aliyah. He did his post-graduate studies at Tel Aviv University and LSE. Gary is married to Dorit and is the father of Amit, Rotem and Galia.


Creating An Online Community From Scratch
Challenges faced online and suggestions of how to overcome them. Unexpected advantages and outcomes.
Presented by Rabbi Ryan Newfield | Muizenberg Hebrew Congregation | Cape Town, South Africa
Rabbi Newfield has had international pulpit experience and is a surfer, yogi, guitarist, food and adventure enthusiast. He is also a world traveller in search of G-d always and everywhere.  

The Woodstock & Salt River Hebrew Congregation Collection at the SAJM Archive 
The goals, steps and experience of creating the WSRHC digital archive collection for the SAJM Archive.
Presented by Juan-Paul Burke | Freelance Copy Editor, Librarian, Archivist & Historical Researcher | Pretoria, South Africa
Juan-Paul Burke is a Pretorian who freelances as a copy editor, librarian, archivist and historical researcher and who has a fascination for South African Jewish history.
Moderator: Geraldine Auerbach

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


I grew up in Swampscott, Ma, about 11 miles north of Boston. There were many Sevinors in the next town, Marblehead.  I just googled that and they are still there. I do remember a Ralph when I was growing up there. There was also a Sevinor Road in Marblehead.

Good luck

Re: Steerage Experience #general

Harry Boonin

 AVOTAYNU: The International Review of Jewish Genealogy,” Volume XXIV, No. 1, Spring issue 2008, 
carried an article entitled, “Coming to America through Hamburg and Liverpool Part II: CROSSING THE ATLANTIC, pp. 28-30.

The entire article is about Crossing the Atlantic. There you will find many of your questions answered and others not. The story is told from the steerage deck, the dining room and the sleeping quarters on the S.S. Dominion in 1911. Earlier crossings, of course, might tell a wholly different story. This is the story of my family’s crossing.
Harry D. Boonin
Warrington, PA

Re: Help in transcribing illegible documents #general

David Shapiro

If you have the original document, and the problem is that it is faded, UV light could bring out the faded ink. In any case, you might try look at it letter by letter though a microscope, or at least a stong magnifing glass. I have worked with antigue manscripts and have had success with these methods.

David Shapiro

Re: Searching for 1936 marriage record Bobrka, Lwow, Poland #poland

Mark Halpern

Hi Rose:

Unfortunately, no Bobrka marriage records past 1875 have survived. Here are the Jewish vital records that have survived:

Births: 1863,1865,1872-1876,1878-1940 - births up through 1915 are included in the JRI-Poland online database.

Marriages: 1866-1867,1871-1873,1875 - all are included in the JRI-Poland online database

Deaths: 1904,1912,1914-1917,1927-1940 - deaths up through 1928 are included in the JRI-Poland online database. 

Mark Halpern
JRI-Poland Lwow Area Coordinator 


On 2021-08-01 7:57 pm, Rose wrote:

Dear Group

I'm currently searching for a 1936 marriage record for Naftali KLINGS and Chaya (Klara) MERKUR, who married in Bobrka, Lwow, Poland.

I would appreciate any assistance with this enquiry.

Best wishes,

Rose Raymen

Perth, Western Australia

Re: Steerage Experience #general

J Antrich

Dear Marc, - by searching "travelling steerage" you will find some answers to your questions, including contemporary accounts and pictures. Not very nice, as you can guess!
Jeremy Antrich
Surbiton, England

Re: Steerage Experience #general


This link gives a fairly detailed account of the experience. 
David Belton

Re: Steerage Experience #general


I have entertained the same questions. You can find a lot of answers among the pages linked to the following Web page:
This page in particular:
Miles Rind
Cambridge, Mass.

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