Ancestry Free Access to Occupation Records Through 6 September 2021 #announcements #records #usa

Jan Meisels Allen




Ancestry is making its 250 million U.S. occupation records free access through September 6, 2021 11:59PM ET. During this free access period you will only be able to access the free occupation record collection. If you try to access the other record collections or try after the promotion period you will be invited to subscribe.  For the free access collection NO credit card information is requested. You are required to register with name, email address and password.


To see which records are free for this collection see:


To access the free occupation records go to:

This includes the 1920 and 1930 U.S. census


I have no affiliation with Ancestry and am posting  this solely for the readers’ information


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


Are Online Sales of Pre-Holocaust Communal Records Their Doom or Salvation #israel #records

Jan Meisels Allen











Jewish Communal Documents Removed from Book Bindings Beginning of the 16th Century (Bidsirit)


It was previously reported on this forum last month that a trove of pre-Holocasut Jewish records were confiscated by federal prosecutors  about to be auctioned by Kestnbaum & Company in Brooklyn, New York.  The ledgers were called pinkasim from commuities in Romania, Hungary, Ukraine, and Slovakia. Beginning in the 16th century, rabbis in that part of Europe started to keep these hand-written records of births, marriages, and deaths, with some of the books “illuminated” by artists. This was not the only incident as reported The Times of Israel.


The article talks about while these auctions are lawful, a “loophole” so that people pass on these types of items to official institutions and not hoard them. He is concerned that such books remain in private collections, and a need for international regulations which acknowledge European Jewish community books and douments as cultural heritage items. This is not a universal understanding that laws can rescue pinkasim from private collections.


During and after the Holocaust, thousands of pinkasim collections were stolen, lost, or abandoned. Unlike real estate and artwork stolen by Nazi Germany, however, pilfered pinkasim never got much legal or media attention.


The postwar fate of pinkasim was largely determined by regulations in each occupation zone. In areas occupied by the United States, for example, regulations helped ensure pinkasim were returned to surviving Jewish communities or sent to centers of Jewish learning in Israel, the United States, and elsewhere.


In Soviet-occupied areas, however, few Jewish communal books were restituted in this manner.Centuries-old ledgers that were never meant to be the property of an individual — but belonged to communities at large — fell into private collections.


To address the issue, officials should increase awareness of existing declarations and protocols. For example, he said, 47 countries endorsed the Terezin Declaration on Holocaust-era Assets and Related Issues. In that 2009 agreement, governments agreed to “emphasize the importance of providing restitution for communal and individual immovable property,” according to the World Jewish Restitution Organization (WJRO).


Inspired by a U.S. campaign called “Reclaim the Records,” Israeli genealogist Mattan Segev-Frank wrote to the ministry on behalf of “The Israeli Genealogy Hub,” a Facebook group he founded with 3,400 members. The letter urged the government to disclose genealogical records and censuses, as well as to create publicly accessible indexes.


To read more see:


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


Itzkovitz/Leon #lithuania #southafrica

Esta Kawaoka

I am researching brothers Itzkovitz/Leon.  They immigrated to South Africa from Schwekshne, Russia (now Lithuania) around the turn of the 19th century.
Esta Kawaoka

ViewMate Transalation #poland #translation

Miriam Lappen


I've posted a vital record in Polish for which I need a translation. It is on ViewMate at the following address.
Please respond using the online ViewMate form.

Thank you.
Miriam Lappen

Help accessing records - Geneanet #records

Debby Gincig Painter

Does any one have access to premium Geneanet who can help with access records? I have found a couple references about my Grandfather. Please reply privately.
Thank you.
Debby Painter
(Klinger, Lustig, Stockhamer, Gincig - Galicia/Poland)

Book on Alte Rebbe descendants #rabbinic


I am trying to either buy or borrow a book by Rabbi Halperin about the Alte Rebbe's descendants. Is this book available?
Herman Salmenson
Researching:Zalmanson Schneerson Berz

Send an e-Greeting to Friends and Family in honor of Rosh Hashana 🍎🍯 #JewishGenUpdates

Avraham Groll

Dear Friends,

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Re: REMINDER: JGSIG September Meeting - Tues Sept 14, 2021, 10-11:30 AM EDT. Zoom - RSVP #events #jgs-iajgs #guidelines #announcements #education

Arthur Sissman


65 people have already signed up for this presentation.  Don't miss your chance!

If the email address is truncated, just put your cursor on the genresearch13@... and you should bring up an email form to reply.
Don't forget to answer the questions, that really helps the presenter focus!


Arthur Sissman

Jewish Genealogy SIG of Collier/Lee Co FL



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Researching: ZISMAN/ZYSMAN/ZUSMAN (Belarus); TELESHEVSKY (Belarus); CHANUTIN, (W. Russia), BRODY, (Hungary); FRIEDMAN, (Hungary); GRAUBARD, (Romania/Ukraine)




Re: Morris and Matilda Lyons #germany #unitedkingdom


Hello David

It is highly likely that Lyons is an anglicized name. Are there any marriage/death records for the children or even the wife that may show the mother's maiden name?


Shosh Eizenshtein

KESSLER, BALBIRER, CHARAS, Lesko, Galicia; MITNIK, REKUN, KANTERMAN, Zashkov, Bogopol, Pervomaysk, Ukraine

Re: Hebrew grave translation #translation

Dubin, David M. MD

Here lies (abbreviated)
the honorable (abbreviated) Moshe son of Yechiel 
died Tuesday 11 Tishri 
(5)645 by the short count (abbreviated)
may his soul be bound in the bonds of (everlasting) life (abbreviated)

11 Tishri is the day after Yom Kippur. 

the short count eliminates the thousands place (which I added)

david dubin
teaneck, nj 

Re: Editable family tree forms #general

Laurie Sosna

GenoPro is not a native Mac program. It is designed for Windows.
If you're not familiar with running a Windows emulator on your Mac, this probably isn't for you.

I did a web search for "editable family tree forms" (without the quotes) and there are some basic tree, person and family forms available.

I've used a spreadsheet in the past, I can add columns and rows as I get more information. I do love spreadsheets for their sorting capabilities.

Laurie Sosna
San Francisco,CA

prenuptial agreement #poland

Frank Szmulowicz

Many marriage certificates from Poland in the 19th century (and also in the 20th century) state that

"Nowożeńcy umowy przedślubnej nie zawarli,"

which translates as "The newlyweds did not conclude a prenuptial agreement." The same stipulation can be found in Russian wedding certificates of the era. What did this mean in the condition of the times and what was its purpose?

Thank you.

Frank Szmulowicz

Sunday, Sept. 12, 2 pm - JGSNY: Here Comes the 1950 US Census! #jgs-iajgs #usa

Phyllis Rosner

Jewish Genealogical Society NY Meeting
Sunday Sept. 12, 2021 at 2 p.m. EDT
Zoom Webinar

Here Comes the 1950 US Census! What to Expect

Speaker: Joel Weintraub

The 1950 United States Census will become public on April 1, 2022. Joel Weintraub will prepare us for its debut by covering such topics as what is a census, who uses the census, census caveats, how the 1950 census was taken, training of enumerators, census sampling, census questions, and a summary of the results. He will conclude with a discussion of his and Steve Morse’s 1950 census location tools, online right now at the website and, time permitting, will demonstrate searches on the One-Step Unified Tool.
Joel Weintraub, a New Yorker by birth, is an emeritus Biology Professor at California State University, Fullerton. He became interested in genealogy over 20 years ago and volunteered for nine years at the National Archives in southern California. Joel helped produce location tools for the 1900 through 1950 federal censuses and the NY State censuses for NYC (1905, 1915, 1925) for the Steve Morse “One-Step” website. He has published articles on the U.S. census and the 72-year rule, as well as on the difficulties of searching Ellis Island passenger records and NYC census records. He has a YouTube channel that has his genealogy (and biology) talks at “JDW Talks.”

All are welcome; attendance is free, but registration is required:

Click here to register at our website

Submitted by:
Phyllis Rosner
JGSNY VP Communications
New York, NY

Military service in Hungary #hungary

renato mannheimer

Is there an archive from which I can know when and if my grandfather born in Pest (Hungary) in 1874 did his military service? And my great-grandfather born in Ocs (Hungary) in 1833? Thanks
Renato Mannheimer Milano Italy

Military service in Hungary #hungary

renato mannheimer


: Is there an archive from which I can know when and if my grandfather born in Pest (Hungary) in 1874 did his military service? And my great-grandfather born in Ocs (Hungary) in 1833? Thanks


Thank you


Renato Mannheimer


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Framing Family Trees #general


Has anyone had their tree framed? Ancestry offers a service like that but I see mixed reviews.
Mindy Yochelson
Arlington, Va.

Re: Hunting for Newman Eligator from Russia #russia

Simon Srebrny

I have done a little research into his family because of fiddly non-blood connections to my family and to the family of a friend of mine. I forwarded your post to that friend with the request that she forward it to her Eligator relatives. Don't know if she will follow through.

You can email me if you like. If you can't see my email address, then you can find me via the Jewish Genealogy Family Finder.

Eligator is a great name! Is it perhaps a shortened version of Introligator?

Simon Srebrny

(from London, living in Berlin)

Re: Subj: ViewMate translations request - Hebrew #translation


Good morning,


Here lies or here is buried (abbreviation on top)

My dear husband

Leib son of Zalman

Passed 8 Sh’vat 5687

May his soul be gathered in eternal life (abbreviation last line)


Masha daughter of Avraham


Passed 25 Sh’vat 5703


Le’ah daghter of Zvi Leibel


Shannah tova, Malka Chosnek






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The JGS of Pittsburgh Presents: “Practical Genetic Genealogy & Endogamy: Making Sense of Your Ashkenazi Jewish DNA Matches” with Adina Newman #dna #events #jgs-iajgs #announcements

Steve Jaron

The next program from the Jewish Genealogy Society of Pittsburgh will be “Practical Genetic Genealogy & Endogamy: Making Sense of Your Ashkenazi Jewish DNA Matches” with Adina Newman. 

Does your family tree look like tumbleweed? Do you have thousands upon thousands of DNA matches that make no sense? DNA matches that don’t show up for your parents, or matches that seem to all match each other? Don’t give up! Learn tips and techniques to mitigate the effects of endogamy in your DNA family search.

Adina Newman, EdD, is the owner of My Family Genie, where she assists clients with their research and blogs about her own family history. Her main interests are in Jewish genealogy, genetic genealogy, and New England. She has a doctorate in educational leadership and the certificate in genealogical research from Boston University. She volunteers as a Facebook moderator for a Jewish genetic genealogy group, Social Media Coordinator for NextGen Genealogy Network, and a discussion leader for ProGen 50. She was also a 2020 recipient of the AncestryProGenealogists scholarship.

Cost for this program is $5 USD. All programs are free for members of the Jewish Genealogy Society of Pittsburgh.

For just $18/yr you can become a member of the Jewish Genealogy Society of Pittsburgh. Membership include free admission to all programs, subscription to our newsletter, access to our members only portal and access to our private Facebook Group. 

For information on membership and future programs please visit our website.

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Thank You
Steven Jaron (president@...)
JGS President

Re: Name: Elingator #names

Bruce Clark

Isabel, thanks for response. I am familiar with Intriligator. Knew someone with that name. It made me wonder if it was a regional thing. Do you know the geographic origin of Intriligator?
Thanks again for input.
Bruce Clark

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