August 2021 Summary of IAJGS Records Access Alert #jgs-iajgs #records #general

Jan Meisels Allen

As mentioned previously, every month I post a listing of the IAJGS Records Access Alert topics from the previous month for you to see the variety of issues…some were posted on this discussion group but most were not—all postings are included below.  The following are the summaries for the month of August, 2021.  In order not to miss out on important information it is worthwhile for you to be subscribed to the Records Access Alert. Without records, genealogists cannot do genealogy –making certain that we retain access and gain access where it is impaired is every genealogists' responsibility.


•             Geneanet Joins Ancestry

•             MyHeritage Signed Agreements to Acquire 90.1% of Filae


•             (Australia) National Archives Does Not Receive Needed Funding


•             (Germany) Federal Archives repository of Stasi Archives

•             (Germany) Hamburg's Data Protection Officer Warned State Government to Cease Using Zoom

•             (Poland's) Parliament Passed A Law Preventing Former Polish Property Owners from Regaining Property

•             (Poland's) President Duda Signs Legislation Restricting Rights of Former Polish Property Owners


•             (US) 2020 Census: 1 in 5 Dorms, Prisons and Nursing Homes had no Data at End of Count

•             (US) American Medical Association Urges Birth certificates Carry no Designation of Sex

•             (US) Census 2020 Information Released to be Used for Redistricting and which Highlights Population Changes

•             (US) FTC Files New Antitrust Lawsuit Against Facebook

•             (US) Library of Congress-How to Nominate Movies to National Film Library

•             (US) NARA Presidential Briefing Paper

•             (US) Open Apps Market Bill Introduced in US Senate

•             (US-CA) Proposition 22 Ruled Unconstitutional--The GIG Worker Initiative


The IAJGS Board of Directors approved opening the Records Access Alert to anyone who is interested in records access. This was announced previously.  We now have subscribers from many genealogical organizations not previously able to subscribe. To be on top of what is happening you are encouraged to register for the Records Access Alerts to receive the information in a timely manner.  If you are interested in any of the above items, please register for the IAJGS Records Access Alert and look at them in the archives.  To register for the IAJGS Records Access Alert go to:  and follow the instructions to enter your email address, full name and which genealogical organization you belong to-a society, SIG  or a subscriber of JewishGen, AVOTAYNU, Legal Genealogist  etc. You will receive an email response that you have to reply to, or the subscription will not be finalized. The alerts are archived and once you register you may access the archives at:


The IAJGS Records Access Alert is not a daily announcement list. Depending on what happens worldwide, there may be no postings for several days and other times there may be several in one day.


These are listed alphabetically not chronologically.  Each month the locales covered differ.


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee



Re: Meanings of Polish Last Names #names #poland

Joel Ives

Not everything can be found on the Internet!
You need to get to Alexander Beider's books on Jewish surnames.  One is from the Kingdom for Poland and the other is for the Russian Empire. Also, according to Beider, "Pomeranc" means "bitter orange" not "orange."

Joel Ives
Fair Lawn, NJ USA  

Re: The relationship between Pashtuns and Jews #general


need researcher in Warsaw area; #poland #warsaw

Michael Goldsmith

Can anyone recommend a researcher who can access the civil archives in
central Warsaw and some of the nearby areas? Hopefully someone who can
communicate in English by email.

Michael Goldsmith
Groveland, Florida

Re: where is Chevatz ? #france #poland #russia

Sherri Bobish


I also got no hits using a phonetic search, but when I switched to a soundex (sounds like) search I got many hits on Cheratz, for instance, this one:
Sieradz [Pol], Sheradz [Yid], Seradz [Rus], Schieratz [Ger], Sheredz, Shiradz
Region: Kalisz

Try your other town names using a sounds like search from the drop down box.

Good luck in your search,

Sherri Bobish

Searching: RATOWSKY / CHAIMSON (Ariogala / Ragola, Lith.)
WALTZMAN / WALZMAN (Ustrzyki Dolne / Istryker, Pol.)
LEVY (Tyrawa Woloska, Pol.)
LEFFENFELD / LEFENFELD / FINK, KALTER (Daliowa/ Posada Jasliska, Pol.)
BOJDA / BERGER (Tarnobrzeg, Pol.)
SOKALSKY / SOLON / SOLAN / FINGER(MAN) (Grodek, Bialystok, Pol.)
BOBISH / APPEL (Odessa?)

Naomi Feller z"l #usa

Renee Steinig

With sadness, we inform you of the death of Naomi Bard Feller, 85, the founding president of the Jewish Genealogy Society of Long Island. She passed away in San Diego, California, on Thursday, September 9, 2021 (3 Tishri).

Naomi was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to Fred Bard, the son of Romanian immigrants, and Sarah Rosenblith, whose Galitzianer father, Naomi was to learn, changed his name from Nachtgeist.
She is survived by her daughter, Dr. Beth Feller Printz (David), sons Gary Feller (Toby) and Steven Feller, brother Irwin Bard (Maureen), and six grandchildren - Melissa, Ethan, Shoshana, Hailey, Anna and Allison.

A graveside service will be held on Monday, September 13, at 11:00 a.m., at New Montefiore Cemetery, West Babylon, N.Y., where Naomi will be buried alongside her late husband, Dr. Martin Feller. (A funeral procession will form at 10:45 a.m. at the cemetery's main building.)  
The family will observe shiva at the Marriott Melville Long Island, 1350 Walt Whitman Road, Melville, N.Y., with visits at these times:
Monday - after the funeral to 5 p.m., 7:00 to 9 p.m. (Vanderbilt Room)
Tuesday - 10:00 a.m. to noon, 2:00 to 5:00 p.m., 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. (Vanderbilt Room)
The family asks that all who attend the funeral and shiva be vaccinated and wear masks.
To attend the funeral service or the shiva via Zoom, please use this link:
We extend our deepest sympathies to the family. May Naomi's memory remain as a blessing to all who loved her.
Renee Steinig
for the Jewish Genealogy Society of Long Island

Zhitomir Kehilalinks Website Content #ukraine


I am developing content for the Zhitomir Kehilalinks Website and seeking good quality photos of the town and people.  I am also interested in census and vital records, stories and anecdotes of the past and present Jewish community.  Please contact me through this post thread or directly at the email listed below. 
Scott Heskes

Re: What is this name? #names

Shimona Kushner

I think Miriam is right.  It looks like the Yiddish transliteration of "Joe" and the woman's name is "Galieh".

Shimona Kushner
Haifa, Israel

Re: Meanings of Polish Last Names #names #poland

David Harrison

I think that you will find that most countries in Europe or that were colonies of a European power, started this about 1820 after the Napoleonic Wars were over.  Napoleon had ruled France for several years and required his citizens to take a family name so that he could distinguish between the different people with the same given name.  He could then not only count them all in a census, but also tax them all.  You will find that although most of the Kings were against Napoleon, they liked his ideas of being able to tax everyone.  That is why family names came in through much of the known world.   In different languages the common names are of Smith, Farmer, Paviour or Carpenter or other similar trade names and their equivalent in other languages or dialects. Within Britain the main dialect boundaries reflect those of the pre-Roman tribes 2000 years ago though the finer differences which defined a particular street started to disappear in 1950 with Television becoming more universal.

David Harrison
Birmingham, England

From: main@... <main@...> on behalf of arnold friedman <afriedman21@...>
Sent: 12 September 2021 06:34
To: main@... <main@...>
Subject: [] Meanings of Polish Last Names #names #poland
Main question: Is there a website or other resource that gives
meanings/origins for last names what the names means and why
possible did a family choose that last name in 1826

Additional information.

googling names have not been that helpful.

my family is from Radom Poland and surround areas

last names include

So for example pomeranc means orange, does that mean the ancestor was
an orange or fruit trader?

Last names were required in this region starting in 1826 in this region
My family tree is complete back to late 1700s/early 1800s.

Thank you for your help with meanings for last names
And a happy and healthy new year to all

Arnold Friedman
Redwood City, CA

Re: Map - Street Address - Pre-WWII Kalisz #poland #lodz

Steven Granek

I have privately responded to Miriam (Thank you!!)

In following her advice, I came across something that I though would be useful to others as an add to her great tip.

When Google translates - it does not distinguish a proper name - like a street name.  So, the street name "Sierpnia" became "August".  I kept noticing this in my searches.. "What's this 'August'?'. And as a result, I kept failing to find what Miriam had found. However, since she told me about Zamkowa, and my search did present that as potential page, I scoured it that page.  And suddenly I saw (in the English translation): BOLD UNDERLINES ARE MINE

Subsequent changes to the name of the street took place in 1934, when it received the name on August 6 from the date of its departure from Krakowin 1914 of the First Cadre Company and in 1948 when it was renamed General Świerczewski . The current name - Zamkowa - was given to the street in 1990 to commemorate the fact that the Royal Castle was rising at its end from the 13th century to 1803 .”

So - as she noted - watch out that you don't get tripped up by the translation.

And good luck to all. Great tip from Miriam!

Re: Akiva Dan - is this unusual name combination associated with a locality (c1820)? #names

Bathsheba Froyse

All I know about this ancestor is his first names, Akiva Dan, and that he lived in the early 1800s but I have no idea where in Eastern or Central Europe. I know that sometimes certain name combinations are associated with specific localities, so I am writing on a "long shot" to see if anyone can make such a link..
Thanks in advance,
Steven Frais

Websites for Talsi and Valdemarpils, Latvia #latvia #courland


Websites for Talsi and Valdemarpils, Latvia are up and running, and I’m thrilled to announce our first post by a guest writer.  Milton Taylor has written about his JORDAN family from Talsen at


There are lots of resources on both sites, which run from a central page of   Guest writers are very welcome, as is any additional material for both towns.  I have recently been delegated town leader for both locations and would love to hear from you if you have connections to Talsi (Talsen) or Valdemarpils (Sassmacken).



Betsy Thal Gephart


Re: Meanings of Polish Last Names #names #poland

Joel Novis <joel.novis@...>

Mr Friedman,

The sources in Ms Bulwar-Hay's very comprehensive list should get you what you need.   Jewish onomastics is a fascinating field within Jewish genealogy and can become something of an obsession (ask me how I know this).

However, I'd caution against reading too much into the literal meanings of names.  Pomeranc (or its many alternative spellings) has its origins in Slavic (Polish pomarańcza, Russian померанец /pomeranets/), but it was adopted as what might be considered a "prestige" or "pretty" name with no other meaning.  Many of the names on your list fall into that category.  

Names with obvious translations as professions (e.g. Plotnik, from Russian плотник, a carpenter, or its German equivalent, Zimmerman;  Portnoy, from Russian портной, a tailor, in German/Yiddish Schneider/ שנײַדער) would more clearly indicate an ancestor who had that specific profession.  

Joel Novis
Longmeadow, MA
Researching NOVITSKIY (Vasil'kiv, Kyiv, Ukraine), OLSZTAJN (Łódź Województwo, Poland), GEYMAN/HYMAN (Ashmyany, Belarus), POTASNIK/LEVY (unknown)

Steven Turner

Dear Friends,

As 5781 and 2021 come to a close, we at Gesher Galicia thank all our members for their support during what has been another challenging year. Despite those hurdles, we were able to accomplish quite a bit:
  • While the coronavirus pandemic continued to interrupt our onsite work in many archives in Austria, Poland, and Ukraine, we were able to continue work across a wide range of research projects including:
    • Our Przemyśl Identification Project that was launched at the end of 2019 and now has been completed;
    • Our Jewish Medical Students Project which now features 7,000 indexed records from several universities frequented by Galician Jews;
    • Our Josephine & Franciscan Surveys Project which includes more than 56,000 indexed records;
  • We produced educational webinars featuring experts on a variety of Galician topics including:
    • An interview with Rabbi Jeremy Borovitz, former Peace Corps volunteer in Ukraine and current Director of Jewish Education for Base Berlin/Hillel Deutschland in Berlin;
    • A presentation on Ashkenazi Jewish DNA from genealogist and journalist Jennifer Mendelsohn;
  • We published quarterly issues of The Galitzianer, our long-running journal covering a variety of topics, past and present, on Galicia;
  • We held our second-ever virtual session for attendees of the 41th IAJGS international Conference on Jewish Genealogy.
As we enter 5782 and 2022, we look forward to continuing our work to add significantly to our databases, improve the website experience for members, strengthen our infrastructure security, and provide even more exclusive content for our members including:
  • Thought-provoking presenters for our popular webinars;
  • In-depth educational presentations run by our own Dr. Andrew Zalewski as well as other courses taught by Dr. Zalewski through the Gesher Galicia-Gratz College partnership;
  • A continuation of improvements to our membership platform for seamless and automated new membership applications and renewals;
  • A database imaging system to enable direct linkage to a scan of an original record;
  • An interactive cadastral map system that will facilitate the immediate on-screen display of vital records associated with a particular address;
  • A project on Jewish Students from Galicia in Vienna (1898-1938).
To be sure, all these programs and enhancements cost money. We would appreciate it for those able to during these days of the High Holidays to partake in the mitzvah of giving tzedakah to help us cover our costs, improve our IT and infrastructure security systems, provide our members with exclusive content, and keep our dues structure among the lowest in our field. To contribute, please go to our donate page at You can allocate your donation to operations, general research, vital records or any of the other projects listed on the page.
With warm regards for a safe, healthy, and joyous new year.
The Board of Directors
Gesher Galicia, Inc.

Re: Walkenfeld-Lipson families of New Jersey #usa #general

David Lewin

At 03:49 12/09/2021, Neil Rosenstein wrote:
Trying to make contact with the family of Rabbi Cecil Walkenfeld,
1924-2006, father of Caryn Lipson, descendants of the Wagschal
Chassidic Dynasty
Neil Rosenstei

Try Arie WAGSCHAL - 097457427@...,

I have no idea whether still a valid address

David Lewin

Search & Unite attempt to help locate people who, despite the passage
of so many years since World War II, may still exist "out there".
We also assist in the process of re-possession of property in the
Czech Republic and Israel.
See our Web pages at

Re: Desperately seeking Abram Roth & Chaja Szymkewicz - Kalisz, Poland #poland


Dear Cindy,

I don't think I am a descendant of your branch of the Roth family(ies), but this might possibly be helpful.

I am pretty certain there was more than one Roth family in Kalisz, though whether they all descend from a common ancestor isn't yet clear to me.  I am a descendant of Abraham/Avram Roth (or Rote) who died in Kalisz in 1844.  He had  surviving him five sons - Judah, Lewka, Zalman, Emanuel (Mendel Wolf), Moshe Ephraim and Raphael, and two daughter, Esther and Malka.  i am a descendant of both Moshe Ephraim and Raphael due to inter-cousin marriage (my grandfather Sam was the son of Moshe Ephraim, and my grandmother Esther was the daughter of Raphael's son Tuvia).  My mother was Frances Roth.

I can't find any of the relatives you mention on any of our family trees, but that doesn't mean that they are not descended from some of the sons of Abraham / Avram Roth about whom i have no information (that is Judah, Lewka and Zalman).

One point that might possibly help you.  I have looked at all the Roth graves in Edmonton Federation Cemetery in London.  You may know this already, but Deborah Roth, the widow of Yechiel Beare Roth is buried there in grave K-4-29.  Her date of death is the date you give - 9th November 1919, aged 69.  Her details in Hebrew on the tombstone are: Devorah bat Reb Yosef Hacohen, widow of Yechiel Dov Roth.  Born 10th Nissan 5610; died 16th Chesvan 5680.  It mentions her as a mother and grandmother.   I have a photo of her tombstone if you do not have one.

I will also pass on your message to another person who is researching other branches of the Roth family from Kalisz in case he has not seen the message.

All the best,

Philip Baker

Re: Desperately seeking Abram Roth & Chaja Szymkewicz - Kalisz, Poland #poland

Miriam Bulwar David-Hay

It does seem to be Kalisz research day in the discussion group today! :)


Firstly, I always recommend searching Yad Vashem, the U.S. Holocaust Museum, and the Arolsen Archives to see of you can learn the fate of relatives during the Holocaust. These websites all have overlapping documents but they each also have documents online that are unique, so I recommend searching all three.

Having said that, you may not find anything as the Jews of Kalisz were expelled, deported and murdered in various waves and there doesn’t seem to be any list of pre-war residents online, and even the town’s yizkor book doesn’t have a list of victims.

However, there is hope! I only recently discovered that a great-aunt of mine and her husband and children lived in Kalisz in the 1930s. Before that we knew that my great-aunt and her family had perished in the Holocaust, but we did not know their whereabouts nor how many children there were or what their names were. I learned that they were in Kalisz unexpectedly, when I obtained a document from Lodz which showed that they had moved from that city to Kalisz around 1930. As a result I began researching Kalisz and learned that the Polish State Archives in the town have a pre-war book of residents (which is not online anywhere), so I wrote to them and ordered the relevant pages. This proved to be a revelation. The documents detailed exactly when they moved to Kalisz, the addresses they lived at and when they moved, and even the date of their deportation/expulsion from the town — in January 1940. They also told me the previously unknown names of my great-aunt’s unfortunate children and their dates of birth. So now I can commemorate these long-lost relatives properly. 

Therefore I would urge you or anyone else who had relatives in Kalisz to write to the state archives and request a search in the pre-war book of residents. The fee is small but unfortunately they do insist that you pay by direct bank transfer so that adds to the cost in bank fees. Still, to me it was worth it.

I recommend that you write in Polish — I did so using Google Translate — and use the same method to understand their reply. It’s not ideal but it was good enough for both sides to understand what was being sought. 

Their email address is:
Archiwum Państwowe w Kaliszu

Best of luck,

Miriam Bulwar David-Hay,
Raanana, Israel.

Professional journalist, writer, editor, proofreader.
Professional translator (Hebrew/Yiddish to English).
Certified guide, Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial and Museum.
Email: miriambdh@...

Researching: BULWA/BULWAR (Rawa Mazowiecka, Lodz, Paris); FRENKIEL/FRENKEL, FERLIPTER/VERLIEBTER (Belz); KALUSZYNER, KUSMIERSKI, KASZKIET, KUZKA, JABLONKA, RZETELNY, WROBEL (Kaluszyn, Lodz); KRYSKA/KRYSZKA, CHABIELSKI/HABELSKI (Sieradz, Lodz); LICHTENSZTAJN (Kiernozia, Wyszogrod, Lodz); ROZENBERG (Przedborz, Lodz); WAKS (Nowe Miasto nad Pilica, Lodz); PELCMAN, STORCZ (Rawa Mazowiecka); SOBEL (Paris); SAPIR/SZAFIR (Wyszogrod).  

Re: Meanings of Polish Last Names #names #poland

Miriam Bulwar David-Hay


The YIVO Encyclopedia online has an excellent article on Jewish personal and family names in Eastern Europe:

JewishGen too has a number of info files on names:

The ANU Museum in Israel (formerly Beit Hatfutsot) has a long article about Jewish family names and a database into which you can enter names and see information  about them:

And of course there are Dr. Alexander Beider’s comprehensive books on names in various regions, which are not online but which you could perhaps find in a library or for sale.

The above sources should answer most if not all of your questions.

All the best, 

Miriam Bulwar David-Hay,
Raanana, Israel.
Professional journalist, writer, editor, proofreader.
Professional translator (Hebrew/Yiddish to English).
Certified guide, Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial and Museum.
Email: miriambdh@...

Researching: BULWA/BULWAR (Rawa Mazowiecka, Lodz, Paris); FRENKIEL/FRENKEL, FERLIPTER/VERLIEBTER (Belz); KALUSZYNER, KUSMIERSKI, KASZKIET, KUZKA, JABLONKA, RZETELNY, WROBEL (Kaluszyn, Lodz); KRYSKA/KRYSZKA, CHABIELSKI/HABELSKI (Sieradz, Lodz); LICHTENSZTAJN (Kiernozia, Wyszogrod, Lodz); ROZENBERG (Przedborz, Lodz); WAKS (Nowe Miasto nad Pilica, Lodz); PELCMAN, STORCZ (Rawa Mazowiecka); SOBEL (Paris); SAPIR/SZAFIR (Wyszogrod).  

Re: What is this name? #names

Marcel Apsel

Dosza and Galia Schneider


Marcel Apsel

Antwerpen, Belgium

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Is anyone researching the Jews of Golub? #poland #general


JewishGen requires that people who enter names into Family Finder use the current name for the towns they are researching, no matter what period that research is in.  The current name is Golub Dobrzyn, and therefore that is what each of those 76 entries must list for the town.  It is possible that some of them are researching Golub Dobrzyn, some Golub, and some Dobrzyn.  The only way to know what period and which town(s) they are researching is to contact each person.
Janice M. Sellers
Gresham, Oregon
GORODETSKY (Kamenets Podolsky and Orinin, Podolia, Russian Empire [Ukraine]; Kishinev, Bessarabia, Russian Empire [Moldova])
BRAININ (Kreuzburg, Courland, Russian Empire [Krustpils, Latvia])
NOWICKI (Porozowo, Grodno gubernia, Russian Empire [Belarus])
MECKLER/MEKLER (Kamenets Litovsk, Grodno gubernia, Russian Empire [Belarus])

On Sun, Sep 12, 2021 at 12:19 AM David Lewin <david@...> wrote:
> Sadly no.   Each of the 76 FamilyFinders entries refers to "Golub Dobrzyn".     I am here specifically interested in Golub - in other words pre 1920 - and thus the the exclusion of Dobrzyn
> At 21:23 11/09/2021, Gary Mokotoff wrote:
> Go to the JewishGen Family Finder. ( It identifies 76 people researching families from Golub.

Everything turns out all right in the end. If it's not all right, it's not the end.

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