Re: Solving a burial mystery #usa

Robert Hanna

I have found graves at cemeteries where the cemetery had no listing for that grave.  He might be buried in a section for people from a particular town that they were from in eastern Europe.  If you know the town, you might try looking in that section.

Robert Hanna


Re: Where is Lakma, Hungary? #hungary


I recently learned of the Hathi Trust Digital Library at

While looking for the town where my Spielberger family lived, I found a book that appears to be a list of Austrian Hungarian towns and their counties and districts from 1773.  This book may also be on Google Books, I have not looked.

I'm attaching a screenshot of the page with several names that might be related to "Lakma" including many that are not highlighted.

The book is called 
Magyarország helységeinek 1773-ban készült hivatalos

This may be a direct link to the book, but I am not sure if you have to be signed into the Hathi Trust to see it:
#6 - Magyarország helységeinek 1773-ban készült hivatalos ... - Full View | HathiTrust Digital Library

Reading this book is a stretch for me - every word has to go into a translation program, and not all the words come out in English!  But several of the towns look like they could be written as "Lakma" if they were recorded by how they sounded.

Please keep us posted.  I am still trying to figure out if the Hungarian/Slovakian Spielberger family is one big family (I've connected 3 large branches who have no living memory of each other) or if it is just a common name.



Peggy Mosinger Freedman

Spira family in Boston #usa

Neil Rosenstein

Trying to make contact with the family of Jacob Spira who lived in
Boston, father of Bracha Leora (married Richard Orbach) and Judah Amir
Neil Rosenstein

Re: Solving a burial mystery #usa


FamilySearch has Lavik listed as Louis. Was this name tried? 

You might get some help from the Rhode Island Historical Association  -

Dassy Wilen
Searching: Hirsch, Flohr, Wilensky, Trembitsky

This weeks Yizkor book excerpt on the JewishGen Facebook page #yizkorbooks #poland #JewishGenUpdates

Bruce Drake

One reason I like the many chapters about a town’s market day that appears in their Yizkor books is the detail about the food, the goods being peddled, the arguments, the bargaining, and the characters you meet there. Each one of these kinds of chapters have their own special charm. Such is the case with this excerpt from “Krinik During the Week” from the book of that Polish town.
All the stores, booths and stalls are besieged. The women work hard at haggling over a fowl to buy for Sabbath. Jews walk around among the densely placed wagons of peasants who come from nearby villages, rummage in the sacks and haggle some more. In the restaurants and eating houses, peasants sit with companions, treating themselves to vodka and snacking on herring and sausage.
At day’s end, Jewish storekeepers add up the cash, thanking God there will be enough to repay their loans, money for tuition and enough to make the Sabbath. As business winds down, the market place looks like the aftermath of a battle. Quickly, “it catches its breath and is wrapped in silence.”

Bruce Drake
Silver Spring, MD

Towns: Wojnilow, Kovel

Re: Brazilian Jewish Ancestry #latinamerica


I lived in  Curitiba as a child and have found much information regarding my Dutch/Portuguese ancestors through the Latter Day Saints family history centres. You can send off for census films,naturalization records,BMD records from their vaults in Salt Lake City ,US and can view them at their family history centre.
Good luck with your research..
Maureen Gill  -,Canada

Re: Why were so many children labeled "illegitimate" in Birth Registration (Metrical) Books of Subcarpathia - late 1800s #hungary


I see that Munkacs was within Austria-Hungary. Were the Familiant laws in effect there? These restricted the legal permissions to marry among Jews in Bohemia, Moravia, and Austrian Silesia. In some locales one is continually finding, in the records of the 18th and early 19th centuries, Jewish births recorded with only the mother named and the birth marked "unehelich," though in some cases there is a note naming the father and recording that he acknowledged the child as his own. After the Familiant laws were repealed in 1849, many Jewish children were retroactively declared legitimate and allowed to assume their fathers' surname.
Miles Rind
Cambridge, Mass.

Re: Need headstone translation for granduncle Noah Jacob Jablow, and Minnie Jablow- #belarus #translation

Dubin, David M. MD

I’m sorry. 20 Adar is correct (it matches the secular date of March 10). The Hebrew is indistinct. 

david dubin
teaneck nj 

Re: Why were so many children labeled "illegitimate" in Birth Registration (Metrical) Books of Subcarpathia - late 1800s #hungary

Mark Resnicoff

Hi Susan,

In addition to what Shimy said, it cost money to register births, marriages and deaths in the local government offices and not all families had the funds to do so at the time of the event. I have seen several records from the Subcarpathia area in which the birth was originally considered illegitimate because the parents were not "legally" married, but notes were added to the birth records years later indicating the parents were "officially" married sometime after the birth, therefore the birth was now considered legitimate.

Best Regards,

Mark Resnicoff

Re: Need headstone translation for granduncle Noah Jacob Jablow, and Minnie Jablow- #belarus #translation

David Barrett

Dale shalom 
The gist of the Hebrew : 
Our dear father who pursued all in  that which he did especially Torah and mitzvot [ commandments]
died 2nd  Nisan 5075 = 16/3/1915 [after sunset]
MINA daughter of rav SHABTAI OZER
DIED ON 20TH ADAR 5680 = 10/3/1920
All the best 
David Barrett

Re: Need headstone translation for granduncle Noah Jacob Jablow, and Minnie Jablow- #belarus #translation

Dubin, David M. MD

here lies (abbreviated)
our dear father, good and did good for all
occupied in Torah and mitzvas, and esteemed above all
Our teacher and rabbi (abbreviated, and not necessarily literally true) Noah Jakob son of Elchanan 
died 2 Nisan (5)675
(abbreviation) may his soul be bound in the bonds of (everlasting) life 

Here lies (abbreviated)
our esteemed mother
 And beloved to us all, Ms
daughter of Rabbi (literally true) Mr Shabtai Ozer (abbreviated:) of blessed memory
died 12 Adar (5)680
may her soul…

david dubin
teaneck nj 

Research Service Offered by the Museum of the History of Polish Jews (POLIN) #poland


I received an e-mail from the POLIN Museum regarding a new genealogical research service they’re offering;  the URL describing it is here:
The different packages on offer are for researching ancestors of a single individual.  As one might expect, the more expensive the package, the more extensive the search in terms of sources, results and inclusion of what they refer to as “collateral” relatives — i.e. siblings of direct ancestors.
I have no experience as yet with a directed search for ancestors by a provider in Eastern Europe, so I don’t know how POLIN’s prices compare with other, individual researchers who are “on the ground”.
Joel Novis
Longmeadow, MA
Researching NOVITSKIY (Kyiv/Vasil’kiv, Ukraine), OLSZTAJN (Łowicz/Łódź/Stryków/Zgierz, Poland), GEYMAN/HYMAN (Ashmyany, Belarus), POTASHNIK/POTASNIK (country of origin unknown)

Re: Where is Lakma, Hungary? #hungary

G. C. Kalman

Offering genealogy research service on a contingency basis #general

Yehuda Rubin

I am a non professional genealogist looking to expand my research base. I have researched my own family since 2016, and now feel ready to take this commercially (part time). 

Records of use to me in the past have been American documents such as naturalization records and census data (for the immigrant and older generations), as well as European vital records. 

I have a reading knowledge of German and Polish, as well as a basic knowledge of Yiddish and Hebrew, necessary to track Jewish vital records throughout the centuries.

A significant amount of my research is conducted using online resources. When the Internet is insufficient for finding records and documents, I visit libraries and archives.

I am offering research services on a flat fee contingency basis (based on the size of the tree you want), as an effort to gain a reputation and work experience. When work involves travel to libraries and archives, that will need to be remunerated regardless of result; however, work without a substantial result will be free. 

My offline experience involves using the New York Public Library and the Center for Jewish History, although I am willing to do research in other institutions in Philadelphia, Washington DC, and Boston.

I can be reached with any questions at yehudazevrubin@.... I can give a reference, if necessary. Thank you for considering me!

Yehuda Rubin
Lakewood, NJ

JGASGP Meeting #announcements #dna

Marilyn Golden

Date:  Sunday, August 29th

  1:00 PM check in, chat, and schmooze (Optional) Official program starts promptly at 1:30

Speaker: Michael Tobias, Recipient of IAJGS Lifetime Achievement Award 


Michael is a co-founder and Board Member of JRI–Poland; Vice President of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Great Britain; Honorary Research Fellow – Genealogical Studies, University of Strathclyde; Jewish Research Specialist (Q & A) for ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’ Magazine; Former Vice President, Programming of JewishGen, Inc. He was Database matching consultant to the International Commission on Holocaust Era Insurance Claims. Michael was awarded the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies Lifetime Achievement award in Washington in 2011. He was awarded the OBE for services to the Jewish Community in the Queen’s New Year Honours List 2021.


Topic: Ich bin ein Berliner: JRI-Poland and DNA Matches Unite 5 Half-siblings from 4 Different Mothers


During the Covid19 lockdown in the UK in July 2020 a woman asked for help in identifying her newly discovered (via DNA) Jewish birth-father. She could not imagine the story about to unfold. In the next three weeks, following the DNA trail and building family trees for each of 8 significant DNA hits on 3 different websites, her ties to four half-siblings were identified, all sharing the same father but with four different mothers. To be certain of the connections between the DNA matches and the half-siblings, it was necessary to use the JRI-Poland database to create family trees going back to the late 1700s. In the process the accuracy of the DNA estimated family relationships could be compared with the true family relationships and the impact of any endogamy could be analyzed.

Please see our website for membership information. This meeting is for members only.
Please send me an email prior to Sunday if you sent in your dues. I will then send out the link.
Marilyn Mazer Golden, Membership VP
Jewish Genealogical and Archival Society of Greater Philadelphia
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Re: Litvak SIG Discussion Group #lithuania

Nancy Siegel

This Discussion Group has replaced most of the old SIG  lists. You can search the Discussion Group via hashtags (eg #belarus or #ukraine, etc.) for prior postings about particular countries or regions.

LitvakSIG, Gesher Galicia, and JRI-Poland are independent organizations. JewishGen hosts their Digests.

Nancy Siegel
Director of Communications
(San Francisco, California)

Re: Where is Lakma, Hungary? #hungary

Judi Gyory Missel

Hi Dan,
Many years ago, I downloaded a copy of the 1828 Census listing of all the small towns in Hungary. Obviously, many, many changes happened since 1828, but I found that I can get a sense of town name origins and a place to start. Here's the list of towns for Borsod megye for just the L through M town names. As you can see there was a "Lak". It could have easily been absorbed into a nearby larger town. That was the case for some of my towns.
Lad- Bessenyo, Lad-Haza, Lak, Laszlofalva, Latorút, Lovo, Malyi, Malyinka, Martonyi, Mercse, Meszes, Mezo-Keresztes, Mezo-Kovesd, Mezo-Nyarad, Mindszent, Miskolc, Mocsolyas, Mogyorsd, Monosbel, Mucsony

Judi Gyory Missel
Mesa, Arizona

Re: people who lives\lived in israel(address,telephone and member family). #general #israel


Please also post your look-up offer on Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness. This is an international organization of genealogical volunteers who will look up information and records in their area. I have benefitted greatly from members assistance. I urge others to consider volunteering here and on other sites such as Books We Own. It's a wonderful way to contribute and feel part of a community. JewishGen does not have a look-up offer board, but many of the old pre-commercial websites still exist like Rootsweb, etc.

Pat Weinthal, USA

Tomorrow’s Searchers #general


For all of us amateur genealogists out there, the C-17s ferrying the multitudes out of Kabul may, at some point in the future, become the modern-day equivalent of the immigrant ships ferrying our ancestors out of the Old World. Their descendants will then find themselves searching for departure dates; arrival locations; crew names; ID numbers/lettering on the aircraft . . . . and so the process continues! Godspeed!

Sandi Root in Texas


Re: Finding information on ancestors in Liozna #belarus

Sherri Bobish


Try searching at:
JewishGen Belarus Database

You can do a soundex or phonetic search on the surname.

Good luck in your search,

Sherri Bobish

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