Re: Stanislaus, now Ivano Frankivsk, Ukraine #ukraine

Mark Halpern

Dear Hannah:

Stanislawow Births up through 1918 are now available to the public and for indexing. Births up through 1914 have been indexed by JRI-Poland, but 1905-1914 births have not yet been added to the JRI-Poland online database. 

Stanislawow Marriages up through 1933 are available to the public and for indexing. Marriages up through 1912 have been indexed by JRI-Poland and have been added to the online database. 

Births are protected from public use for 100 years, while marriages and deaths are protected for 80 years. 

The vital records register containing early 1930s marriages covers marriages from 1925 through 1933. This register has not yet been indexed, but you can search through the register at You should know that many Galician marriages were religious marriages that were not authorized as civil marriages and will not be found in these registers. If you do not find your family's marriage in this register, it is highly likely that Philip and Halina were married in a religious ceremony not acceptable to the civil authorities.

Best regards,
Mark Halpern
JRI-Poland Stanislawow Area Coordinator

On 2021-08-04 10:38 am, Hannah Sperber wrote:

Is there data available on birth and marriage certificates. looking for marriage of Philip Sperber and Halina Horowicz marriage approx 1931
Looking for birth of Hernryk Sperber 1932 or 33
irka Sperber 1934 or 35
Nathan Sperber 1937

Hannah Sperber, Denver, Colorado

Burial Permit - Amsterdam Diemen Cemetery #general

Yaron Wolfsthal

Dear Group,
I am interested in obtaining copy of a burial permit in Amsterdam Diemen Cemetery. The permit is documented in JewishGen's Online Worldwide Burial Registry (by permission from the Dutch Jewry Website), but without the source image.
Ideally, I would also like to have a photo of the tombstone.
How do I contact the cemetery administrator?
There's no email address in the cemetery's website.

Thank you -- Yaro

Re: Steerage Experience #general

Lee Jaffe

On Tue, Aug 3, 2021 at 05:04 AM, Harry Boonin wrote:
“Coming to America through Hamburg and Liverpool

Surnames / Towns:  Jaffe / Suchowola, Poland ; Stein (Sztejnsapir) / Bialystok and Rajgrod, Poland ; Joroff (Jaroff, Zarov) / Chernigov, Ukraine ; Schwartz (Schwarzman?, Schwarzstein?) / ? ;  Koshkin / Snovsk, Ukraine ; Rappoport / ? ; Braun / Wizajny, Suwalki, Poland,  Ludwinowski / Wizajny, Suwalki, Poland

Re: New Look at the Question of Sephardic and Ashkenazic Genetics #sephardic #dna

Adam Cherson

PS: For those who pay attention to mtDNA haplogroups, among the Ashkenazic group are the following mtDNA haplogroups: HV5, K1a9 (2), U4c1, H7e, and K1a1b1a. Interestingly, three of these groups (K1a9, K1a1b1a1, and U4)  are mentioned in the Costa paper of 2014 ( DOI: which asserts that these are three main European lineages assimilated into the Ashkenazic population via exogamy. The current observations show that even if this assimilation of Eurooean lineages did occur, the autosomal genome remains from 89.27% to 89.55% Near Eastern in origin: the introgressions of European mtDNA lineages into the Ashkenazi population did not impact the complete genome of comtemporary Ashkenazi ma

First Aliyah from Brest-Litovsk #russia

Harry Auerbach

I am looking for information about the First Aliyah, particularly about those who came from Brest-Litovsk at the end of the 19th century. I am trying to find traces of my great-grandmother, whose maiden name was Mirsky, and whose married name was Auerbach, (not sure of her first name, but believe it was Malka). All I know is that she died shortly after she arrived, and her son, my grandfather, spent time in an orphanage in Jerusalem before emigrating to the United States in 1903. Any leads would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
Harry Auerbach
Portland, Oregon
RAJS (Zylchin/Leczyca)
MARGET (Vilna)

Looking for orphaned Holocaust survivor Albert Rotszpan (name change upon adoption in 1948) who went from Belgium to New York #holocaust #usa


I am attempting to reunite relatives and childhood friends with Albert Rotszpan, born on January 12, 1939 in Brussels, Belgium. His parents, Mendel Frydlob and Sura Rotszpan, died in Auschwitz-Birkenau. After the war, Albert lived in the Jewish orphanage in Wezembeek, Belgium.

In March 1948, Albert Rotszpan was adopted by (according to the memory of a childhood friend) a New York Jewish family. The last trace of Albert under his birthname is the passenger list of the ship that took him from Belgium to the United States. After that, I have no further trace. Privacy regulations prevent access to adoption records, so it is my hope that someone either recognizes the name of Albert Rotszpan or knows a way to find out more about his name after adoption and his current whereabouts (if he is still alive). Here is a Geni-profile I made for Albert's family tree:

Thanks very much in advance,

Reinier Heinsman
The Netherlands


Sherri Bobish

M Kaplan,

Here are the JewishGen pages to read more about your two towns, including the modern and alternate town names:
Panevėžys [Lith], Ponevezh [Rus], Ponevez [Yid], Poniewież [Pol], Ponewiesch [Ger], Panevēža [Latv], Panevezhis, Panevezio Velzis, Ponavezh, Ponevetz, Ponivez, Ponowitcz, Ponyevez, Pounivez, Punaviz
Region: Kovno
Ramygala [Lith], Remigole [Yid], Remigola [Rus], Remigoła [Pol], Ramygalos, Remygala, Ramīgala
Region: Kovno

Try searching KRIEGER (use a phonetic or soundex search, as names have variant spellings in the records.)
Do one search with surname and one of your town names, and repeat search with the other town name.

For instance, a very quick search found an 1898 record that KRIGER "Registered in Ramygala; lives in Novosiady since 1875"

Good luck in your search,

Sherri Bobish

Russian Translation Request #russia #translation



Shalom friends,

I found on JewishGen a transcription of a revision list pertaining to my family (see the attached screenshot). However, it did not make sense: it states that each family member "came from Raseiniai between 1811 and 1816", but that their town was Raseiniai. They came from Raseiniai to Raseiniai? That didn't make sense to me. So I decided to contact the Lithuanian Archives to get the original document, which I also attach. 

If anyone could help, I would greatly appreciate a translation of the Russian that pertains to my Bendet family. It might help resolve the confusion that the transcription caused. 

Thank you all very much, 

Yoav Aran

My Great Uncle David’s visit in to Papa in 1904 #hungary


According to my great uncle David Lichtenstein’s diary of his visit to Hungary in 1904 he visited his cousin David Weis and other family members in their holiday home just outside Papa in a place called Barsos Gyor. David Weis owned a shoe factory in Raab of which I have a photo.
Also there, was his son in law Joseph Vogl owner of a large estate in the area owning over 2000 sheep , 300-400 oxen, other cattle and horses
They were religious as were other members of the family my great uncle visited in Kecerpecklen, and other places
I have other names and photos if anyone is interested.
Kathryn Berman, Jerusalem

by Kathryn

Re: Zuruckgefuhrtes Erstregister #translation #germany

Stephen Katz

To Joachim Mugdan's very helpful explanation, I would only add that these were registers of vital records kept by the relevant "Standesamt" -- essentially, registry office. So one would have to know whether the record in question was of birth, marriage, death, etc., although this would probably be clear from the record in question.

Stephen Katz

Research Rediscovering Yiddish New York #usa #yiddish

Jeff Feinberg

My friend Henry Sapoznik, notable historian on Yiddish music and culture- see attached website- is writing a new guidebook Rediscovering Yiddish New York (SUNY Excelsior Press).

He is looking for information concerning which Jewish cemeteries in New York City catered to which particular sub-communities (For example, Mt. Hebron: theater and musicians,

Washington: early theater, writers, Wellwood: Orthodox rabbis, etc.) What are others? Who are notable interees? 

Perhaps our members may have knowledge or leads.

Yiddish and American Culture | Henry Sapoznik


Thanks very much in advance 
Jeff Feinberg
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New Look at the Question of Sephardic and Ashkenazic Genetics #sephardic #dna

Adam Cherson

Greetings Genetic Researchers,

Some new genetic testing of 6 Ashkenazic males, 5 Ashkenazic females, and 1 Sephardic male permits me to make some preliminary observations on this conversation.

Here is a summary chart showing what I have found:

A) the predominant ancient origin of all groups is between 88.6% and 98% Near Eastern, B) the Sephardi cohort is characterized as having a larger proportion of Coastal Near Eastern genes (Central Levant) and a smaller proportion of Eurasian Steppe genes, C) all groups have roughly the same amount of Mountain Near Eastern genes (Northern Zagros and Transcaucasus Mountains). I would like to include a Sephardic female in this study but as of yet do not have a confirmed, representative sample.

Persons who are interested in studying their family's Sephardic and/or Ashkenazic origins using the technique shown above are welcomed to contact me privately (no genealogical or family tree history required).


Adam Cherson
Project Manager
Lost Tribes of Israel Project at FTDNA

New Belarus records #belarus


The JewishGen Belarus Research Division is pleased to announce the uploading of approximately 53,000 records to the JewishGen Belarus database:

  • 2,172 Birth records from Gomel', Kroshin, Lyubcha, Mir, Negnevichi, Orsha, Yeremichi, Zhlobin
  • 2,687 Death records from Kroshin, Lyubcha, Mir, Mogilev, Negnevichi, Yeremichi
  • 1,799 Marriage records from Bobruysk, Lyubcha, Mir, Negnevichi, Orsha
  • 48,301 Revision and draft list records from Bereza, Berezino, Bobruysk, Bogushevichi, Dukora, Igumen / Chervyen, Ivenets, Kholuy / Lipen, Khotimsk, Khotovizh, Klichev, Klimovichi, Kostyukovichi, Kovchitsy Vtoryye, Lapichi, Losha, Lozovitsa, Malech, Martynovka, Miloslavichi, Minsk, Mogil'no, Negin, Novyy Sverzhen', Parichi, Petrovichi, Pogost, Pogost-Zagorodskiy, Pruzhany, Pukhovichi, Rodnya, Selets, Shatsk, Shereshevo, Shumyachi, Slonim, Smilovichi, Smolevichi, Smolevichi, Starobin, Svisloch, Uzda, Uzlyany,Zabychanye


For a detailed breakdown by year click here.


The records can be searched using the JewishGen Belarus database search engine.


Special thanks to the many people who helped transcribe and/or review these records: Igor Apelsinov, Mikhail Bakhrakh, Boris Bayevsky, Arkady Brazin, Vitaly Charny, Rimma Dechter, Tatyana Factorovich, Maria Farber, Val Ginzburg, Zhanna Glazenburg, Vladimir Golynya, Baruch Gorkin, Natasha Grinberg, Ronnie Harpaz, Joshua Kaufman, Misha Korman, Greg Mirsky, Gary Palgon, Frank Proschan, Alexander Rubtsov, Zeev Sharon, Victor Shifrin, Jane Sverzhinsky, Svetlana Tokareva, Lara Tsinman, Dena Whitman, Irina Zabelyshinsky, Ludmila Zapletnyuk and Elena Zborovskaya.


And thanks to our district coordinators: Carola Murray-Seegert, Dave Feldman, Dave Fox, Debra Wolraich, Diane Baer, Gayle Justman, Jenni Buch, Jim Yarin, Nancy Holden, Steve Zivin, Steven Rosenberg and to Judy Baston, Ralph Salinger and Rhoda Miller for managing the Lida, Oshmiany, Disna and Sventsyany district data at the Litvak SIG.


And finally, thanks to Avraham Groll, Alex Kotovskiy and Gary Sandler at JewishGen and all the people who have donated to JewishGen Belarus Research division projects.


The Belarus Research Division Team




Re: For researchers on Bohemian Jewry: looking for family name "Reichler" in Křešín #austria-czech


A further update: In the last sentence of my first post, I said: "I am trying to find the origins of a couple of people who bore that surname [viz., REICHLER], both of whom are recorded as coming from Křešín, and to determine whether they are related, and, if so, how." I have found the answer to my question, the particulars of which are unlikely to be of interest to anyone reading this, but there is one point on which I think it worth reporting on my findings. In present-day Bohemia there is a Křešín in Přibram District and a Křešín in Pelhřimov District. It turns out that some of the records that I was looking at referred to one and others to the other. The REICHLER family of Bohemia originated in Křešín in Přibram (where the name was originally REICHL, according to one source), but one member of it relocated to Křešín in Pelhřimov. Why she did that I don't know, but I can't help entertaining the idea that she did it for the express purpose of confounding genealogical researchers two hundred years later.
Miles Rind
Cambridge, Mass.

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


For clarification:

The Baltic had three additional landings at NYC in 1904: 28 Oct, 25 Nov, and 23 Dec.

David Passman
Dallas, Texas

Re: Stanislaus, now Ivano Frankivsk, Ukraine #ukraine


I would look at JRI-Poland which allows some different search parameters.   However, the births are outside the window allowed for privacy concerns in Poland.  Marriages are very hit and miss as many  people only had religious service and because of taxes and fees to the gov't would not  do a civil registration.  If you know Halina and Philip's parents names or siblings it possible that you could get back an additional generation or two.  Also please note that you are unlikely to find the name Philip in JRI-Poland as that is the Americanized form of his name.  If you know his Hebrew or Yiddish name use that in your search.  And be prepared for many different forms of the last names. 
Best of luck.  My husbands family is from that area. 

Katherine Block
Canton, GA

Re: German Jews who served the Third Reich #germany #general

Karen Franklin

I dealt with this topic briefly in my talk at the IAJGS Conference, "Donating your Family Papers? How, When, Where and Why". One of several discoveries in my father's papers was a letter he wrote in the summer of 1945 when, as an American GI, he visited his surviving family in Frankfurt at the end of the war. His cousin Sylvia, who was married to a non-Jew, had gone into hiding. Her sons served in the army, but were transferred to a non-combat division after their Jewish ancestry was discovered. Their aunt and grandmother (my great-grandmother's sister) were murdered.  While I don't know all the details of their story (wish I did), I suspect that their situation may have been more complex than assimilation as a motivation for service.

Karen S. Franklin
Yonkers, New York

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

Shelley Mitchell

An interesting observation when I reused the same picture. I received different results with a maximum of .7.  They were less of a resemblance. Any idea what could have caused that?

Shelley Mitchell, NYC 

Re: Memorial Plaques Database Grows to More Than 205,000 Records. Please help us grow! #JewishGenUpdates

Renee Steinig

In recent years, my synagogue -- nor all that far from yours, Harriet! -- has been involved in two "mergers." In both cases, the synagogues that closed merged into ours and we took over responsibility for their buildings. Handling of their memorial plaques was an important aspect of the merger agreements. We created new space within our building to install the plaques.

So Harriet, if your shul joins another, perhaps its plaques will also find a new home.


Renee Stern Steinig
Dix Hills NY

On Wed, Aug 4, 2021 at 1:27 PM fishflash@... via <Fishflash=AOL.COM@...> wrote:
To whom it may concern,

My temple may be closing its doors Oct. 2022. As any temple we have memorial plaques. Before they permanently close, I would assume that they need to be removed. How would it be done & who would like the plaques?

Thank you.
Harriet Ader <fishflash@...>
167 Fifty acre road south 
Smithtown, ny 11787

Re: Steerage Experience #general

David Harrison

I wonder if when Samuel Drach, sailed from Hamburg aboard the Patricia his "Zwischendeck" – or, "between decks.” is not more usually translated into the shipping "tweendeck" which is a specific deck.  This might help others without nautical experience.
David Harrison
Birmingham , England
Searching for various families from Leeuwarden in Friesland (Netherlands and Germany)


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