Re: New Belarus records #belarus


Any plans to add Vitebsk?
Mindy Yochelson
Arlington, Va.

Re: New Belarus records #belarus

Ellen Caplan

Could be Bassie (my grandmother’s sister's name, in Galicia). Or how about Rivka aka Rebecca (which could have been changed to Beckie but possibly also to Bessie). Or Blume (my grandmother’s name in Latvia, which she changed to Beckie). Or any other Yiddish name with a B (Brocha, Breine, Bayla ) -  Bessie seems to have been a common choice in America.
Ellen Caplan
Ottawa, Canada
Researching: EISENBERG, NAGLER, GINIGER, KLINGER: Mielnica, Ustye Biscupie, & Zalescie, Galicia; BREGER, LIEBMAN/ LEBMAN: Gomel & area, Belarus; PARADISGARTEN,  SOLOMON: Tukums & Mitau, Latvia

Re: Burial Permit - Amsterdam Diemen Cemetery #general


A Different Theory on The Name KALMAN #sephardic #names

Herbert Danziger

I have recently tested for maternal DNA at FTDNA and my haplogroup has come back as U6a7a1b,  the Sepahardic Cluster.  My maternal line is most recently from Lituiania, specifically Seredzius, and the earliest complete name in my maternal DNA line is my grandmother Minnie Jacobson (1873-1938).  Her father was Kalman Yakobson (1831-1898).  He was married to Rive Pese (no known surname) (1833-1908).  In researching possible Sephardic Spanish roots I came across the surname Colmenero which is listed as a Sephardic name..  It is my theory that the name Colmenero  possibly evolved from Colmenero to Colmen to Colman to Kolman to Kalman.  In searching JGen Lithuania it appears that these names as well as similar ones have been used as both given and surnames over the years.  I would like to make contact with JGenners who have Lithuanian, Spanish, Mexican ancestry and have similar names in their family tree.  I have already made contact with Mexican / Spanish Conversos who have Colmenero in their trees as well.  Their trees go back to the 1400s and 1500s. Looking forward
Herbert K. Danziger
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Medyka 1852 cadastral map now on Gesher Galicia's Map Room #poland #ukraine #galicia

Jay Osborn

Just posted on the Gesher Galicia Map Room: A full-color 1852
cadastral map of the small Galician town of Medyka (now a Polish
border checkpoint for crossing to and from Ukraine):

In addition to its modern importance as a border town, Medyka has
historical importance as a stopping point on the road (and later rail
line) between the major Galician cities of Przemyśl and
Lemberg/Lwów/Lviv. Despite its small size, two decades before the town
was surveyed in 1852 it already had established what was probably the
first formal gardening school in Galicia; the variety of
well-developed garden sections are shown in beautiful detail just
north of the residential center on this historical map.

This stitched digital composite map was assembled and presented in
interactive format by Gesher Galicia. Images for this historical map
were provided to Gesher Galicia by the Archiwum Państwowe w Przemyślu.
To see many more cadastral maps of Galician cities, towns, and
villages in full detail, visit the Gesher Galicia Map Room:

Jay Osborn
Gesher Galicia Digital Maps Manager
Lviv, Ukraine

August 10: Genealogy Coffee Break from the Center for Jewish History #usa #events

Moriah Amit

Interested in the history of American Jewish organizations? Next Tuesday (8/10) at 3:30 pm Eastern Time, tune into the Center for Jewish History's Facebook page for the next episode of Genealogy Coffee Break. Learn how to research and access records of notable American Jewish organizations held at the Center for Jewish History. We welcome you to pose your questions to our librarians during the live broadcast. There is no registration or link. To join the live webinar, click "Follow" or "Like" on the top of the Center's Facebook page to be alerted when the video starts and return to this page at 3:30 pm ET. Note: If the alert doesn't appear or if you don't have a Facebook account, you can still watch the webinar on our Facebook videos page once it goes live. Catch up on the entire series here.
Moriah Amit
Senior Genealogy Librarian, Center for Jewish History
New York, NY

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

Nancy Reicher

I just checked out a book from my Library wwhich is an updated volume called the lives of Hitler's Jewish soldiers  copywrite 2009 by the same author, Rigg, and  same University of Kansas Press. rather than the 2002 version.\ which my library did not have.

Nancy L. Reicher
Kansas City MO

Re: New Belarus records #belarus


I too may have found possible relatives, 3rd great grandparents.  I wonder what the Jewish name of someone who called herself Bessie in the USA around 1900 would have had in Russia.  Can anyone suggest the most possible.  Basyah or Beila seem likely. 
Barbara Sloan
Conway, SC

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


What about those individuals of partial Jewish heritage who were involuntarily conscripted to serve in the German military during World War 2? This was the case with my father’s first cousin. My father’s aunt, Elfrieda (ne Koenigsberger), who was Jewish, married a non-Jew who was a prominent lawyer and the family remained in Aachen, Germany during the war. The Lemke’s had two sons and the older one, Klaus, was forced into the military toward the end of the war. He was an ardent opponent of the Nazi regime. Klaus was sent to the Eastern Front to fight against approaching Soviet troops and was never heard from again.

Roger P. Kingsley
Silver Spring, MD

A story of friends, protectors, & community in Bratislava #austria-czech

Dave Baron

Hello Friends,
The secret to happiness is helping others. This has been confirmed for me as I researched and learned about my grandfather and his history in Slovakia.  His history is filled with inspiring stories, which I am hoping to continue to share in an effort to help preserve Jewish heritage sites in Europe. 
Please check out & support, which unmasks the story of friends, protectors, & community in Bratislava, shares information about Imi Lichtenfeld (pioneer of Krav Maga) & friends who fought to protect the Jewish community in Bratislava.
Your support of this project will go directly towards preservation of Jewish sites in Europe.  Please consider purchasing a shirt to support the community. 
Thank you for the support, dakujem za podporu & like us at for project updates.
David Baron
Baltimore, Maryland

Re: New Belarus records #belarus


On Thu, Aug 5, 2021 at 08:44 AM, <dfeldman@...> wrote:
JewishGen Belarus Research division
Just wanted to thank you for adding these records. I was able to find my paternal grandmother's family in Svisloch, Bobruisk in the 1874 Revision Lists to add to the 1858 Lists - which cleared up a major question of identity and gave me some new great uncles and great aunts!
I have made a (very modest) donation to the Bobruisk Uyezd: Jewish Records fund to provide more tangible thanks.
Shabbat Shalom all.

Richard Beach
PRZYBYSZ/WEINBERG - Rawa Mazowiecka & Skiernewice
PERLOV - Bobruisk
ZOLTY - Kalisch & Wieruszow
MARCOWICZ - Krasnopol
MARKS/LYONS - London, late 1700s/early 1800s

Yizkor Book Report for July 2021 #yizkorbooks #JewishGenUpdates


Yizkor Book Project 

Summary for July 2021


by Lance Ackerfeld

Director of Special Projects - Yizkor Books




Although this is an end of the month report for July 2021, I would like to “sneak” in a few highlights from the beginning of August 2021.

The “sneaking” I would like to insert, is a note in regards to the Yizkor Book BOF meeting that took place at the IAJGS Conference. In this meeting, I was very pleased to meet up with some wonderful people who have been very active in the YB Project for many years and I’ve only been in email contact with them, up till now. There were also some “newbies” in our meeting and I do hope that we were able to encourage them to become involved in our project.


I would also like to note that at the IAJGS Conference, Joel Alpert, the manager of the Yizkor Books in Print Project (now, JewishGen Press) who has also had extensive involvement in the YB Project deservedly received the “Volunteer of the Year” award. To Joel, I personally send out my hearty  “Mazal Tov” and thank him for all that he has done up till now and continues to do, unabatedly, for the JewishGen Press.


Highlights from July itself was firstly, the successful completion of the “Memorial Book of Kolomey” (Kolomyya, Ukraine) which was dedicatedly coordinated over many years by Claire Hisler Shefftz z”l and many of the articles in this book were personally translated by her. Sadly though, Claire didn’t get to see the completion of the translation become a reality but it does remain a tribute to her long time commitment to this project.


There was an additional project completed in July -  “This is Kupishok that was: Idylls from the life of our forefathers in Lithuania” (Kupiškis, Lithuania). The complete translation of this book was kindly donated to the Yizkor Book Project by Ann Rabinowitz and we are very appreciative of this significant contribution. This translation of this book, by-the-way, has also been made available in print,  thanks to the YBIP team.


In general, our efforts over recent times have been centered around endeavoring to complete projects that are just a hairbreadth away from being fully translated and the Kolomyya project was one of these. We continue on with this special effort and I am quite sure that I will be able to report the completion of some further projects in the coming months.

Part of our efforts go towards encouraging financial support for the translation projects we are running and if you are able to participate in this effort, please check out the Translation Funds listing (link at the end) to see if there is a project you would like to be part of and we will be able to see more projects successfully completed..


And now for details of what was carried out in July:


Yizkor Book updates

This month, 33 existing projects were updated and they were:

·  Augustów, Poland (Memorial Book of the Community of Augustow and Region)

·  Babi Yaar, Ukraine (Memory Book: Babi Yar)

·  Biłgoraj, Poland (Destruction of Bilgoraj)

·  Braslaw, Belarus (Darkness and desolation)

·  Dzyatlava, Belarus (A memorial to the Jewish community of Zhetel)

·  Edineţ, Moldova (Yad l'Yedinitz; memorial book for the Jewish community of Yedintzi, Bessarabia)

·  Hrubieszów, Poland (Memorial Book of Hrubieshov)

·  Jaroslaw, Poland (Jaroslaw Book: a Memorial to Our Town)

·  Kamyanyets, Belarus (Memorial Book of Kamenets Litovsk, Zastavye, and Colonies)

·  Koło, Poland (Book of Kolo; 500 Years of Yiddish Kolo)

·  Kolomyya, Ukraine (Memorial Book of Kolomey)

·  Kupiškis, Lithuania (This is Kupishok that was: Idylls from the life of our forefathers in Lithuania)

·  Lviv, Ukraine (A memorial library of countries and communities, Poland Series: Lwow Volume)

·  Mizoch, Ukraine (Memorial Book of Mizocz) 

·  Mlyniv, Ukraine (Mlynov-Muravica Memorial Book) 

·  Nyasvizh, Belarus (The Nesvizh Yizkor Book) 

·  Opoczno, Poland (The Book of Opoczno) 

·  Ostrowiec Świętokrzyski, Poland (Ostrowiec; a monument on the ruins of an annihilated Jewish community)

·  Ostrowiec Świętokrzyski, Poland (Ostrowiec; a monument on the ruins of an annihilated Jewish community) [Polish] 

·  Radom, Poland (The book of Radom)

·  Radomsko, Poland (Memorial book of the community of Radomsk and vicinity)

·  Sarny, Ukraine (Memorial Book of the Community of Sarny)

·  Siedlce, Poland (On the ruins of my home; the destruction of Siedlce)

·  Siedlce, Poland (Memorial Book of the Community of Siedlce)

·  Sokołów Podlaski, Poland (Memorial Book Sokolow-Podlask)

·  Stowbtsy, Belarus (Memorial volume of Steibtz-Swerznie and the neighboring villages Rubezhevitz, Derevna, Nalibok)

·  Tarnogród, Poland (Book of Tarnogrod; in memory of the destroyed Jewish community)

·  Tarnow, Poland (Tarnow; The Life and Destruction of a Jewish City)

·  Valozhyn, Belarus (Wolozin; the book of the city and of the Etz Hayyim Yeshiva)

·  Włocławek, Poland (Memories of Wloclawek and Beyond)

·  Yavoriv, Ukraine (Swastika over Jaworow)

·  Zolochiv, Ukraine   (The City of Zloczow)

·  Zyrardów, Poland (Memorial Book of Zyrardow, Amshinov and Viskit)


New book

The following is a new book placed online:


Mahilyow, Belarus (25th Anniversary Book of the Moghileff Brotherhood,)


New Yizkor Books in Print

The Yizkor Books in Print team continue to be very active and in the last month, another two notable books were published:

If you are interested in these books or any of the others that have been made available, please go to the YBIP main page using the link shown below. 


Important links

Before ending this report, here are some important links to note:

All the best,

Lance Ackerfeld

Director of Special Projects - Yizkor Books



This week's Yizkor book excerpt on the JewishGen Facebook page #yizkorbooks

Bruce Drake

“A Wedding in the Shtetl” from the Yizkor book of Yedinitz (Edinet) in Moldava is yet another account of such a joyous event that can be found in many of the books. Aside from all the wonderful details and dialogue, how can you resist a chapter that has a character like Sholom the joker “a tall, dried up little Jew, lively as quicksilver, with a long neck and a dancing Adam's apple in the very center, with a ragged, thin, little beard” who gives his advice to the bride’s in-laws.

Bruce Drake
Silver Spring, MD

Researching: DRACH

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


I think you're going to need a much larger sample size than six---and certainly more than just one, as in your sample of Sepharadim---to draw conclusions of any interest.

What, by the way, do you mean by "Sephardic" here? Do you mean Jews who forebears were in Sepharad before 1492, or are you including Jews from North Africa and the Near East?
Miles Rind
Cambridge, Mass.

Deutsch family tree on Geni going back to the 14th century #hungary

Benjamin Baum

Using JewishGen, I’ve recently documented my ancestors back to Anna Hentsche Auerbach in 1790s  Hungary. The earliest names I can document also appear on a very elaborate family tree on Geni for the Deutsch family stretching back from the 1790s to 14th century. The same tree gets copied on Ancestry and in multiple other places.  There’s no source documentation in the tree, and while I’ve reached out to the administrators, no one has responded to explain where the information comes from.

Does anyone know the sources for the tree? Why was this family documented so far back in time compared to most?

Thank you!

Vehicle registration query #romania #hungary #general

Avi Markovitz

I was wondering if there is a way to to retrieve the registration of a vehicle from about 1930 in Romania. The plate number as seen on the picture is 1721 Tms. I would be very interested to learn to whom was thia vehicle registerd to...
This picture was taken at the Lubeck/Schulcz Farm house in Nagyszentmiklós (Sannicolau Mare) Romania, whre my grandmother and mothere lived until they were deportation by the romanian Garda de Fier and German Nazis from their farm house in 1941 to the sinagogue in Timisoara.
My Regards

Avi Markovits
Interested in: Markovits, Garay (Garai), Ehrenreich, Lubeck, Weisz, Herskovits
Hadad (hodod), Bajmok, Sopron, Alsoberekszo, Szatmat, Nagyvarad, Nagyszentmiklós (Sânnicolau Mare)

Searching for town called Bobouynia or similar. #belarus


The town Bobounia or Bobovnia or similar is where my grandmother was born. It would have been in Russia when she was nborn there in 1896, then in Poland from 1921 and now in Belarus, I think. Some years ago, someone helped me find it on JewishGen but I cannot find that email nor have I ever been able to find that town again. Can anyone help me please?

Thank you Melissa McCurdie (nee Rubin) 
Researching Sagalowich and Milcenzon (Stolpce Poland now Belarus), Krell and Krein (Dwinsk (Daugavpils) Lativia), Rubin and Augustowsky (Warsaw Poland)

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

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