Re: Leopold Hoschander Mystery Update #records


Hi AJ, 

Here are some thoughts, 

- the fact that Leopold gave his address as the US consulate in Moroni does not necessarily mean that he was a diplomat. Most probably he gave that address for contact while he was residing there. 
- the Comoros in 1971 were still part of France. That means that maybe you will have to search in French records in order to find more information about his death. 
-According to his sister's obituary dated from 1965 Leopold's permanent residence was in Austria. It is more probable that his wife made the arrangements to have him buried there. Maybe search also Austrian records. 

Good luck with your research. 
Giannis Daropoulos 


Re: Find records of Wiznitz town #ukraine #records #austria-czech #romania

Ed Vogel

I have tried searching jri-poland directly, and only found the same records I found with jewishgen.  Are there records that have not yet been made available online?  Do I have any other options?


Ed Vogel 

RANBAM Family From UMAN #usa


An ITZIG RANBAM (b. ca. 1888) immigrated to the U.S. in 1909 listing his wife JENTE RANBAM as living in UMAN. Itzig lists Uman as his last residence and place of birth (possibly SARNY).

He also lists my great great grandfather S.A. Krone (from Teplyk) as a cousin. The manifest is attached (see row 9).

I cannot find anything about Itzig or the Ranbam family in the United States or elsewhere. I would be grateful for any information in order to determine the relationship between the two.

Kind regards,

Dan Schley

Seiden and Bock family #usa

Neil Rosenstein

Looking to make contact with the family of Abraham Seiden (married
Feige, daughter of Rabbi Yitzchak Eizik Langner, Admur Stratyn, born
in 1875 and died in New York on July 19, 1949 and includes their
children - Aaron Seiden and his sister Lillian who married Alfred
Sweet) and Feige's sister Taube who married Jacob Meir Bock of
Brooklyn (mother of Gladys Kugler (Harold), Norma Bock, Howard Bock,
Seymour Bock and Claire (married Jacob Goldman).
Neil Rosenstein

Brazilian Jewish Ancestry #latinamerica

Geoff Kaiser

Hi All,
I have located a document that shows a direct relative of mine (Martin Kaiser) emigrated to Curitiba in Brazil in March 1960 where his parents (Josef and Vera (Lichtenstein)) were living.  What are the best resources for researching in Brazil?
Geoff Kaiser
Melbourne, Australia

Seeking information of my late Mother’s real family #poland

Marilyne Rose

My mother was in the Jewish Orphanage in Pinsk, Poland between 1920 and 1924. I am trying to find her
real family name.  Her first names were SORAH BASHA,  but I don’t know her real family name.
I believe her details are in the archives relating to the children who were in the Pinsk Jewish Orphanage ,
and these archives are stored in Brest or Minsk.  Any help would be greatly appreciated.
MARILYNE ROSE, istanlyrose@...

ViewMate translation request - Hungarian #translation #hungary


I've posted a marriage record in Hungarian for which I need a translation. I don't need a full translation as my main interest is the placenames. I am particulary interested in the placename underneath the names of the groom's parents and also his residence in the next column.
It is on ViewMate at the following address ... Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page. Thank you.

Ruth Bloomfield

Leopold Hoschander Mystery Update #records


The SSDI information I have found gives Leopold Hoschander's last address as the US Consulate in Moroni, Comoros. When Leopold emigrated to the US, he gave his profession as a salesman working in the field of egg produce. There is no record of his moving on into a diplomatic career. Can anyone kindly explain what this could mean?

Meanwhile, in trying to access more information about Leopold's death, having checked several years' worth of the reports online of the deaths of US citizens, I then sent an inquiry to the National Archives, and was informed that death-related information must be sought from the place where he died, i.e., the "appropriate state, territory, or local bureau of vital statistics". They kindly gave me this link to begin that search. However, there does not seem to be an option to request anything about deaths that occurred outside US sovereign territory. All suggestions for further research options gratefully received!

AJ Friedlander.

you are cordially invited over to my blog

Invitation: Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Miami Sunday, September 26 at 10:30 am #jgs-iajgs #announcements

Paulette Bronstein


Newsletter from the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Miami
Submitted by Yoram Millman (JGSGM Programming Chair)
The Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Miami (JGSGM) will present
Libby Copeland, award winning journalist, discussing
on Sunday, September 26 at 10:30 am
The Cultural Phenomenon of Home DNA Testing (Virtual presentation)
Libby Copeland: is an award-winning journalist who has written for the Washington PostNew York magazine, the New York Times, the Atlantic, and many other publications. She specializes in the intersection of science and culture and will explore with us the extraordinary cultural phenomenon of home DNA testing, which is redefining family history. It will draw on Libby Copeland’s years of research for her new book The Lost Family: How DNA Testing is Upending Who We Are (Abrams, 2020), which The Wall Street Journal calls “a fascinating account of lives dramatically affected by genetic sleuthing.” With more than 37 million people having been tested, a tipping point has been reached. Virtually all Americans are affected whether they have been tested or not, and millions have been impacted by significant revelations in their immediate families.  The presentation will discuss the implications of home DNA testing for Jewish genealogy, as well as the unique challenges of genetic genealogy for Ashkenazim.
Program cosponsored with Temple Beth Am Sunday Salon.
Registration required
Paulette Bronstein
Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Miami

Re: Looking for Professional Genealogy Help for Vienna Records #austria-czech

Sam G.

Contact traude.triebel@...
-Amnon Gronner, USA

Re: Seeking help in interpreting a Viennese death record from 1941 #records

Evelyn and Christopher Wilcock

I do not know the situation in Austria, but in Germany all Jews were eventually obliged to register with the  Jewish Community, including Jewish women who were married to non Jewish Germans.  For the history in detail there is the excellent book by Beate Meyer, "A Fatal Balancing Act, The Dilemma of the Reich Association of Jews in Germany".
Nazi Officials and the Gestapo did indeed try to keep up to date records of all Jews. The  Jewish census of 16 May 1939 was the basis of this. In my own family the only  unrecorded Jew was one who had never been a member of any synagogue nor any Jewish organisation and left Germany before 1939.

A further example of Jews who avoided registration is the autobiographical novel  by Ralph Giordano, Ralph, Die Bertinis. This was not translated into English but was the basis for a German TV series which may possibly be on line and have English sub titles.

Re: ViewMate translation request - Old German Kurrent, #translation

Nicole Heymans

The link you provided takes me to my own MyViewmate page, not to yours.

Please repost providing the full URL (copy-paste it into your message).

Nicole Heymans, near Brussels, Belgium

LitvakSIG #lithuania


Hi Ann,

Have you tried the Special Interest group in LitvakSIG.
You can pay for the region that you are interested in. I found it very helpful in researching my Lithuanian family in the Telsiai region. 
Marlene Walker
Toronto, Canada
Orla, Poland; Ruzhany, Belarus; Zidikiai, Lithuania

Re: Help in explaining an inconsistency #usa #records

Linda Kelley

Hello, Giannis,
I checked Clara’s children, and none died in 1985. That must have been the year Clara filed to receive Social Security payments. Or else it is an error. The original form is not available for viewing.
Linda Wolfe Kelley
Portland, OR, USA

Russian Passports #russia

June Genis

My grandparents Jacob Morris and Minnie Rivke Genis emigrated to the
US about 1891 according to their naturalization records. In 1901 they
apparently made a visit back to Ukraine (then still Poland I
believe). They must have been traveling on Russian/Polish passports
as my grandfather did not file a Declaration of Intent for US
citizenship until 1918. Is it possible to obtain copies of their
Russian passport or their application for a passport? I have not been
able to find any US arrival records for them in 1891. They emigrated
from Dubno just after marrying. Their Naturalization Petition
indicates that they arrived from Rotterdam, Holland.

June Genis, Hemet CA
June Genis, 650--851-5224
Hemet, CA
Researching: GENIS, OKUN, SUSMAN, ETTINGER, KESSLER/CHESLER (Russian/Polish Empires)

Re: ViewMate translation request - handwritten Czech #translation #austria-czech #subcarpathia


Hello Mike, 

Try contacting Mr. Béla Huber from Ungvár. Hi is a local researcher, specialist in translating Hungarian, Czech or Slovak handwriting. 
He is also listed on Jewishgen researchers list. 
His email : huberbelay@...

Wish you good luck,

Mark Friedman

looking for "Braun, Francisk" Ben Ami 30 Aco, Israel (originally from Szatmar) #hungary #names #romania #israel

michele shari

Hi all,
I have a list of relatives that my grandparents stayed in touch with when they went to Israel and she came to the US. The note with the above relative is that they are a cousins from Szatmar, so they would have to be related to my grandmother, Etel (Elsie) Stauber or my grandfather, Mayer (Miklosh) Farkas, as both families had links to that area. I am trying to figure out how they are related to either side of my family.
Thanks for all hints and help!
Michele Farkas
Boynton Beach, FL (formerly NY)
researching: Farkas, Jakab, Weiszhauz, Weiszhaus, Taussig in Tasnad, Carei, Marghitta and surrounding areas
and Stauber, Stojber, Stamber (and other spellings), Ganz, Herstig, Hershtik, Teszler, Davidovici, Fishman (Dragomisteri) and Mallek, Malek, in Also visso (Viseu de Jos) and surrounding towns.

Re: Where candlesticks are from #general

Victoria Fisch

My candlesticks are quite similar, and I know for a fact that they were brought over from Bialystok in about 1895. However, if you Google these items you'll find a Judaica website that has photos and dates for many candlesticks that look like this. Mine unscrew at the bottom, as did others, and they were cast.

Victoria Fisch
Sacramento, California

Trying to get information on the wife and family of Elchanan Livenberg or Levenberg, lived on Chasan Sofer 17, Bnei Brak, Israel. #names #romania #hungary #israel

michele shari

Hi all,
I have a handwritten note that Elchanan Livenberg's wife was a first cousin to my grandmother, Etel (Elsie) Stauber (married name Farkas). I don't have her first name or if her last name was the same as my grandmother's, Stauber (also spelled Stober or Stojber, or in Israel, Shtauber). My grandmother passed away years ago but I found this note recently. She kept in touch after the war when they went to Israel and she was sent here before the war. I have pictures of the Livenberg family, they had twins, a boy and a girl and Mrs. Livenberg would send my grandmother notes and pictures. I would love to find them and be in touch or just know her name. My grandmother's family lived in Viseu de Jos (Also Visso) and the surrounding towns.

Thanks for all hints and help!
Michele Farkas
Boynton Beach, FL (formerly NY)
researching: Farkas, Jakab, Weiszhauz, Weiszhaus, Taussig in Tasnad, Carei, Marghitta and surrounding areas
and Stauber, Stojber, Stamber (and other spellings), Ganz, Herstig, Hershtik, Teszler, Davidovici, Fishman (Dragomisteri) and Mallek, Malek, in Also visso (Viseu de Jos) and surrounding towns.

JGSColorado prsents Paul Cheifitz, Rose Feldman, Michael Moritz and Shelley Pollero in a ot to be missed event "Ask The Mavens". #events

Ellen Beller

Jewish Genealogical Society of Colorado Presents 
Ask The Mavens featuring 

• Paul Cheifitz, research expert in South Africa
• Rose Feldman of the Israel Genealogy Research Association

• Michael Moritz, Co-Director of the Romania Research Division on

• Shelley Pollero, research expert in Gesher Galicia

Sunday • September 12, 2021 • 9:30 AM  to 12 PM • Mountain Time

9:30 AM to 10:00 AM • Instructions on breakout rooms Program starts promptly at 10 AM On Zoom 

Each maven will have their own break-out room" which participants can enter and chat/ask questions. Stay with one maven the entire time or visit them all! Full description on this program, go to: > Programs & Events 

Answer Questions & Help with Brick Walls in Your Research.

 Paul Cheifitz on South Africa was born and grew in Cape Town, South Africa where he started exploring his genealogy in a pre-Bar Mitzvah school roots project. Beginning with very little information he was able to trace his family back to the early 1600s in Central and Eastern Europe. The first members of his family arrived in South Africa in the early 1860s and the last immigrant fled Europe in the late 1930s. In 1997 he was a founder member and first president of the Cape Town Jewish Genealogy and Family History Society. He studied History at the University of Cape Town focussing on Jewish History where he obtained a MastersDegree in 2009. His book The Jewish Community of Potchefstroom – A History was published by Cape Town University Press in 2019. Paul is co-director of the Jewishgen Latvia Research Division. Now living in Israel he works as a professional genealogist, heir hunter and historian.

 Rose Feldman on Israel is in charge of developing new databases for IGRA and holds a board level position in IGRA. She has lectured at eleven IAJGS conferences since 2003, at various annual seminars and branch meetings of IGRA and IGS, at the Israeli Association for Archives and Information workshop, and the genealogy workshop of the Central Zionist Archives. In 2017 she was the recipient of IAJGS Award for Volunteer of the Year. Rose was one of the three coordinators of the Montefiore Censuses Project.

 Michael Moritz on Romania is an attorney and avid genealogist with over 15 years of family research experience, having performed research for hundreds of individuals, with ancestry in over 35 countries and records written in over 10 languages. His research has been featured on the PBS show Finding Your Roots and was cited in The New York Times

Michael specializes in US and European Research. He also has a special expertise on Ashkenazi Jewish genealogy, with ancestries in, among others, Germany, the Austro-Hungarian Empire (including Galicia, Bukovina, Vienna and Hungary), the Russian Empire (including Ukraine, Belarus, Lithuania and Latvia), Romania, Poland, and Israel.

Michael is also the Director of JewishGen's Romania Research Division and a frequent contributor to its Germany Research Division, and he has volunteered to transcribe thousands of vital records for those groups as well. Michael also moderates groups for those with Jewish ancestry from Hamburg, Germany and Iasi, Romania. He is additionally the US research consultant for a Lithuanian genealogist, historian and tour guide to aid Lithuanian Americans of all backgrounds in locating their families' towns of origin in Lithuania.

As an attorney, Michael is currently representing Reclaim the Records, a non-profit organization whose goal is to make public records more accessible, in its suit against the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene regarding public access to New York City death certificates.

 Shelley Kellerman Pollero on Galicia has guided newcomers to genealogical research for over 40 years. A founding member of Gesher Galicia, she served as its president from 1998 to 2005. Under her leadership, the Gesher Galicia website was created and the discussion group began. Shelley is also JRI-Polands Zamość Research Area Coordinator, Zamość Town Leader and co-leads Lublin & Zamość BOF meetings at conferences.Shelley has organized translation services at five IAJGS conferences and has translated Polish and Russian vital records. She is a member of several JGS groups: Greater Washington, Maryland, New York, Brooklyn, and Long Island. 


Full description on this program, go to: > Programs & Events •  Free for JGSCO members (a link will be mailed to you)  •  $5 for non-members you must register at:

Ellen Beller JGSCO President

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