Re: Can you read this address? #usa

Sherri Bobish


He is going to his brother-in-law Jossel GOLDFARB at 301 or 307 Madison Street.

I searched the city directories at Ancestry for GOLDFARB using keywords 301 Madison and 307 Madison, and got no hits. GOLDFARB likely was not at that address long enough to make it into a city directory.

A Jossel GOLDFARB, age 19 from Brest, arrived in NY on May 12, 1890.  This is very probably your Jossel GOLDFARB.  His manifest does not list who people are going to.

There is a Joseph GOLDFARB, also from Brest, living in NY who filled out an "old man's" WW11 draft card, so that could also be your Jossel GOLDFARB.  This man gives his birth year as 1877, and the fellow on the manifest was 1871, but we know how birth years fluctuated!

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?)

Re: looking for town named Chartorey? Charlovey? #russia #romania

Sherri Bobish


A search at:
using these parameters:
towns in pre-WW1 Russian Empire starting with Char, finds several possibilities.

Give it a try.

Also, have you found HANTMAN's passenger manifest?  That may give you more info.

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?)

Re: Stateless in Czechoslovakia #austria-czech #usa

Mark Resnicoff

Hi Frank,

I'm not sure if there was a specific rule/law to declare Jews stateless in Czechoslovakia based on a parent's emigration to the US. However, I'll tell you want happened with my maternal grandparents, which may provide a clue.

My grandfather left Czechoslovakia in 1922 to establish himself in America. He obtained his US citizenship in December 1927, returned to Czechoslovakia and married my grandmother in Rosvigovo, a suburb of Munkacs, in November 1928. My grandparents planned to come to the US after the wedding, but the Czech government would not give my grandmother a passport. Their reasoning was that since she married a US citizen, she was no longer a Czech citizen. To the best of my knowledge this had nothing to do with her being Jewish. Anyway, they found a lawyer/notary in Prague who provided my grandmother with a document she could use in lieu of a passport (I have that document). They arrived in New York in March 1929.

Based on what happened to my grandmother, I'm wondering if, during your uncle's attempts to get a passport, the Czech government determined that his father was now a US citizen, which in their eyes, and possibly a rule/law, voided your uncle's Czech citizenship (now being the son of a US citizen). Just a thought.


Mark Resnicoff

Re: Stateless in Czechoslovakia #austria-czech #usa

Sherri Bobish


I have seen many post-WW11 refugee passenger manifests where the refugees are listed as stateless.

Perhaps someone else with in depth knowledge of the stateless issue can post here.

Also, I was thinking that if Ladislav's father naturalized in The U.S. while Ladislav was of minor age than Ladislav would have become a U.S. citizen, even if living outside of The U.S.

But, that would not explain his statelessness.

Have you found Ladislav's father's naturalization papers?  You may be able to find them at

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?)

Re: Can you read this address? #usa


Thanks to all who responded publicly and privately.  Family search does have much better images, a bonus for me as I didn't realize that.  Now I see it says "broth,-in-law" but I can't read that name, possibly Sholem Fried?  Can anyone make that out?  

Thanks again.
Barbara Sloan
Conway, SC

Re: Yiddish or Hebrew name for IDA #belarus #names

Myrna Waters

If you go to the Jewish Gen Data Base and click on Jewish Given Names Database, you can then enter the name Ida and search to see the many name variations (in Belarus or elsewhere) listed as name origins in Hebrew, etc.  for what may have been Ida's name in Europe.  Good luck.
Myrna (Slatnick) Waters

Researching:  SLEPACK (or similar)Belarus/Bialystok area; SLATNICK/SLOTNIK (or similar) Minsk/Puchovichi area of Russia from 1905/1914 to NY & Newark,NJ and Canada;  KURZMANN Jaslo, Poland and Drohobych, Ukraine area (both formerly in what was the Galician area of Austria prior to WWI), KURTZMAN in NY/Bronx and NJ/Newark from 1905/1910, SADOWSKY (or similar) from Belarus area of Russia/Bialystok 19th century to Newark,NJ 1905 or after.

Paris marriages #france #records


When looking for a particular marriage record in the Paris online archives (, recently, I was reminded that this is a fantastic resource but it seems to be little known.  You have to browse by date and arrondissement, and (of course) the records are all in French, but they are original records that are free to view and free to download.  Apart from the date and place of the civil ceremony, the marriage records (potentially) contain a great deal of useful information about the bride and groom, including DoB and place, their occupation, and addresses, and their parents' names, occupations and addresses; there's even some info about the witnesses.  In addition, if they have received subsequent notification of the dissolution of the marriage, that, too, will be noted. 

When looking in the 1940s, there were a significant number of Allied Forces personnel.  There are even records affirming marriages conducted in prison camps.

If you're looking for a BMD record in France, it's worth looking for the "actes" in the regional/local archives, for the "actes paroissiaux & d'état civil" (e.g.  Some areas beyond Paris do make them available – though it's less likely that you will find Jewish-specific records of that type.

Mary Benedict, SW Herts, England.

Re: Yiddish or Hebrew name for IDA #belarus #names


The Yiddish name of my maternal grandmother Ida was Itke.
Google Translate gives a Yiddish translation of Ida as "Ida" not in Yiddish letters.  Hebrew translation is אידה (Ida!).

Bob Malakoff
Pittsburgh, PA

Re: Jews and Hot Air Balooning #general

Hank Mishkoff

"Jews in Balloons" sounds like a prequel to the Mel Brooks short "Jews in Space." 😮

Hank Mishkoff
Dallas, TX

JEWS IN HIDING IN NICE DURING WW2 #france #holocaust


Hello every one
Could someone tell me how to proceed to get information concerning available Archives in Nice during the Vichy period.  My grandparents (naturalized french in 36) and 2 brothers of my grandmother (stateless) hid in Nice from 1940 onwards. I would like to know if there are archives at the Police des Etrangers for them but do not know how to proceed without going to Nice. I would consider going if there is something to see though.
Their names

Naoum JUROVSKY and Raissa nee Bespaloff  (Both French)
Mordko Bespaloff and Angelika nee Kahn (Stateless/latvian)
Samuel Bespaloff and Julia nee Kahn (stateless/latvian)

Please answer privalely
Catherine JUROVSKY



Re: Getting information from US Citizenship and Immigration Service #records #usa


Did the correspondence look like this:
December 19, 2014
Dear Jonathan:
Thank you for your inquiry regarding the A-File of Hyman Schereshefsky.
Here are some details from the file you referenced to aid in confirming a match to the individual you are seeking:
Hyman/Chaim Schereshefsky 
Born 11/15/1871 in Kamienety, Russia
Entered the US 6/16/1902 at New York
Residence - Passaic, NJ
If you would like to order a copy of this file it is 4 pages in length.  The National Archives has a $20.00 research fee which covers the first 25 pages of photocopying, bringing the total for this case to $20.00.

You may pay by credit card, check, or money order.  If paying by check, please make payable to the National Archives Trust Fund and mail it to my attention at:



400 W. Pershing Rd.

Kansas City, MO 64108


You can pay by credit card by calling 816-268-8093 and leaving the card type, number and expiration date on my voice mail (I’ll pick it up if I’m at my desk). If paying by credit card, please drop me a note or an e-mail authorizing its use for this transaction.


If you are able to visit our facility, you may view the record at no charge and make copies for $0.25 each. Our research room is open Tuesday through Saturday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.


Please let me know if I can be of further assistance.



Elizabeth Burnes

Elizabeth Burnes

National Archives at Kansas City
400 West Pershing Road
Kansas City,  MO 64108
(816) 268-8093

If yes, then call the number and give them your CC info and you'll receive photo copies of the file in a few weeks. This has been some time ago, but that's how I was able to get Naturalization files for 2 of my GGF's.
Hope this helps,
Jonathan D. Sher, OD


Re: The Jews of Rhodes: Between Ottomans and Italians #events

David Cherson

I became aware of the Jews of Rhodes via a neighbor of my aunt in Maoz Aviv.  I recall meeting them and telling me about their special status, etc.  I was interested in them at the time.  I will try and watch this, thank you.

David Cherson 

Re: Can you read this address? #usa


I agree with Madison Str. But it may be 301. Look at how the 7 in the age of the first person on the manifest is written, it has a hooked top and a little cross line where all the 1s have a heavy downstroke. The Familysearch manifests are always much clearer:
Best, Lee Goodman 
Vermilion, Ohio

Re: Sephardic DNA #dna #sephardic

Jill Whitehead

Hi Linda

I have 12.5% Sephardic ancestry, and this may come from more than one source.  It could come from one of my ancestors I have traced to Amsterdam (I have no member on that side of the family who will test), or it could come from one of my Levite ancestors who are said to originate in Spain. I match a number of Sephardi origin families on FTDNA, but they are so far away in time to the common ancestor that any comparison is meaningless. Small segments are notoriously unreliable. 

Jill Whitehead, Surrey, UK

Re: Jews and Hot Air Balooning #general

Myra Fournier

I'm afraid I can't help you with any info, but just wanted to let you know I think this topic is so unique!  Who knew Jews were involved?
I've been hot air ballooning many times (most exciting over the Maasi Mara) and it's thrilling.
Good luck, and please keep us posted.
Myra Fournier
Bedford, MA

Help needed for find family in Telz/Telsiai #lithuania #general

Maimunah Aminuddin

My great grandfather by the name of Joseph Litwin left Telz with his siblings in 1891 for England. How do I find his family records in Telz?#lithuania


Maimunah Aminuddin


ViewMate translation request - Polish #poland #translation


I've posted a vital record in Polish for which I need a translation. It is on ViewMate at the following address ...
Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page.
Thank you very much.

Angel Kosfiszer

Richardson, Texas

Sephardic DNA #dna #sephardic

Linda Kelley

MyHeritage DNA says I am 9.2% Sephardic. If you have mostly Sephardic DNA, and you are in GEDmatch, please contact me privately with your kit number. Our total shared DNA will be very small, but we can force comparisons and try to identify shared segments.
Thank you very much!!
Linda Wolfe Kelley, Portland, OR, USA

Re: Can you read this address? #usa


I believe It says 307 Madison Street or Ave. 
Giannis Daropoulos 


Re: Looking for French naturalization records #france #records



Le 16 décembre 1937, France (France)


Le 15 juillet 1914, Kutno (Kutno, Powiat Kutnowski, Voïvodie De Łódź, Pologne)


Numéro de décret : 14309-37

Sources : Journal Officiel


Le 21 mars 1958, France (France)


Le 12 octobre 1923, Wloclawek (Włocławek, Włocławek, Voïvodie De Cujavie-Poméranie, Pologne)


Numéro de décret : 1130x58-75

Sources : Journal Officiel

Niveau national
    Aux archives nationales, il faudra consulter les fonds suivant :
  • BB11.97 à 13391 pour la période 1814 à 1930.
  • BB11.13392 à 19063 pour la période 1927 à 1967.
  • BB27.940 à 951 pour la période 1881 à 1913.
  • BB29.816 à951 pour la période 1888 à 1930.
  • BB30.1604 pour la période 1818 à 1925.

 Les Archives Nationales, 60 rue des Francs Bourgeois 75003 Paris

Au ministère de l'Emploi et de la solidarité, sous-direction des Naturalisations :
  • Fichiers de naturalisation de 1900 a 1939. Chaque demande a fait l'objet d'une fiche même celle qui n'a pas abouti contrairement aux tables décennales publiées depuis 1900.
  • Fichiers 1940-1980 en vue d'être scannés.
  • Dossiers à partir de 1975.

 Ministère de l'Emploi et de la Solidarité, sous-direction des Naturalisations, 93bis rue de la Commune 44404 Rezé

Bonne Journée
Pascale Hollande, Haute-Savoie, France

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