Invitation to presentation: Social Media for Genealogists #announcements

Linda Kelley

The Jewish Genealogical Society of Oregon
invites you, your family and friends to its upcoming program via Zoom.


Sunday, September 26, 2021 at

10:30 a.m. Pacific Time

  Social Media for Genealogists

Presented by Meredith Sellers

To register in advance for this meeting:

Click here


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.


Social media are valuable tools for connecting and communicating with relatives, potential cousins, and fellow genealogists.  However, navigating various social media platforms and understanding their privacy controls can be daunting.  As a member of the Web-savvy “Millennial Generation”, Meredith will provide case studies illustrating how social media can complement your current research endeavors.  She will also address the pros and cons of different social media platforms and outline ways for you to maintain a secure, controlled online presence.


Dr. Meredith Sellers holds a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering and works as a Senior Engineer at Exponent Failure Analysis Associates.  Meredith has leveraged social media since 2008 to assist her personal genealogical research in New York City, St. Louis, Eastern Europe, and the British Isles.  Before relocating to the Bay Area, Meredith volunteered and taught for organizations including the Champaign Family History Center, Champaign County Genealogical Society, and Olive Branch Cemetery Restoration.


We will send you a registration link. After you register, you will receive a confirmation email with a link to join the meeting. On September 26, a few minutes before 10:30, please find the confirmation email and click to JOIN the meeting. You will be admitted to the meeting from the waiting room.



Linda Wolfe Kelley
Secretary, JGSO

Re: What is this Hebrew name? #names

Yossi Jalas

It is most surely Necheh (נעכע) which is a female Yiddish name. Indeed the engraver must have confused the Tzadi with the Ayin as these look quite similar to the untrained eye.

Yossi Jalas

Shtetl in Volhynia named Radishevka #ukraine #general

Paul Silverstone

It was well-known in our family that the Finkelsteins came from Shumsk, in Volhynia, Ukraine.   My grandfather on his Canadian naturalization said he was
born in Radishevka, also made by his younger sister Eva.   They arrived in Canada in 1882.
I have been unable to find a place with that name in Volhynia.    Suggestions are welcome as where this place might be or its true name.

Paul Silverstone
West Vancouver, BC


Rabbi Zvi Hirsch Leifer in Antwerp #rabbinic

Neil Rosenstein

Trying to make contact with the family of Rav Leifer who died in 1986,
known as the Przemyslany Rebbe.
Neil Rosenstein

Re: The Hebrew translation for the name Yetta #names


Another option: My grandmother was known as Yetta which is the name on the ship manifest, what we called her, the name on her US marriage license, and was the English name on her gravestone, but the Hebrew name on her gravestone was Tamara. She was from Lithuania.

Sheila Green
RUBINOVSKIY (Vselyub, Traby, Ivye in Belarus, Odessa, Ukraine)
ROLLNICK (Odessa & Berdychiv in Ukraine)
GRIN (Seduva, Lithuania)
SAX (Lithuania)

Re: JEWS IN HIDING IN NICE DURING WW2 #france #holocaust

Bernard Flam

Hi from Paris,
Dear Catherine,
I hope you speak French...
Concerning fate of Jews in Nice (Alpes-Maritimes) during WWII,  I already replied by my post  #643817, date 06/03/20.
Please look at it.
I attached the Finding Aid of WWII archives in "Archives Départementales of Alpes Maritimes / A.D.A.M.), including archives about foreign Jews.
And some papers by various historian.
My great parents survived in this area from 1942 to 1943 (as long as Nice had been under Italian authority).

As a general advice, please consider :
  • start by searching this forum with some keywords : perhaps your question has already be answered in the previous years...
  • a great effort has been made in French "Archives Départementales" (main land France is split in 95 "départements" since French Revolution") for cataloging their archives. When we, French historian or genealogy detective, discuss together, we are always surprised by what we can find in these archives. But you can only search if you have some knowledge that your ancestor could have left some traces in this particular département. 
Bernard Flam
History & archives of Medem Center Arbeter Ring (Worker's Circle - Bund of France)

Ancestry Appoints Former Amazon and Facebook Executives #announcements #records

Jan Meisels Allen

Ancestry has appointed Brian Donnelly formerly head of Diagnostics and Genomics at Amazon, has been  named Senior Vice President and General Manager of AncestryDNA, Ashish Nayyar Facebook’s Senior Director of Data Science, as Chief Data Officer and Heather Friedland Promoted to Chief Product Officer. Formerly Heather served as Senior Vice President, New Products & Growth.


To read the press release and learn more about the three new Ancestry leaders see:


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


Re: The Hebrew translation for the name Yetta #names


My grandmother's name was also Yetta.  On her gravestone in Hebrew it was written as Etyl and in the JRI-Poland record for her birth it was Ettel.  
June Farber Lash
St. Paul, Minnesota

Re: JEWS IN HIDING IN NICE DURING WW2 #france #holocaust


Thanks very much to all of you for your help!!  The documents were particularly interesting. 
Fortunately my family survived the "rafles" even my grand mother died very soon after the end of the war
Best regards
Catherine JUROVSKY

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

David Choukroun

Many thanks to all 

With several private answers, I concluded that Chevatz is misepelled from Cheratz and : 

Cheratz is probably Sieradz, Sieradz, Kalisz, Russian Empire

Dinskavoldi is probably Zduńska Wola, Sieradz,, Kalisz, Russian Empire

Kind Regards,




Re: The Hebrew translation for the name Yetta #names


I had an Aunt Jutta, born in Germany. I wonder if that is related to the name Yetta. 
Interesting topic thread. 
Beth Chardack
Salt Lake City, UT

Re: Franco-Prussian War Records #france #germany


There are literally thousands of websites about German military history, records, personnel, organization, genealogy, archives, uniforms, medals, equipment, and biographies. That's not counting physical materials such as books, references, encyclopedias, directories, dictionaries, journals, articles, bibliographies, symposium proceedings, and biographies. A good reference librarian can help.

Don't dismiss non-Jewish genealogy groups and their sites. FEETHS should be high on your list. example:

Did you look on Cyndi's List? That's always a good starting point for locating online genealogical related resources by category.

Pat Weinthal
Boston, MA USA

Re: What is this Hebrew name? #names

Peter Cohen

This illustrates the sad fact that the monuments are often engraved by people who do not know the Hebrew alphabet and simply use templates to engrave something that they do not understand.
Peter Cohen

Confirm a name#names


When I look at my grandfathers family tree, it appears that when born he was named Levi Itzchak Zalmanson. In the all Lithuania revision list it it is given as Leyvik Zalmanson (assuming) I have the correct person. Is that an accept format.

I know that Srol is used for Israel, is Srul also considered the same.


Herman Salmenson

Finding a PDF version of Heppner/Herzberg 1914 book on Posen #germany

AJ <the_ravaj@...>

Might anyone be able to direct me towards a downloadable pdf of the Heppner/Herzberg book "Aus Vergangenheit und Gegenwart der Juden in Posen; nach gedrucken und ungedruckten Quellen" from 1914? I already have the link, but it keeps crashing my computer. And I cannot use the .djvu files because my computer can't read them (even though I have downloaded the correct app).

So if there is a link, & it is shareable. I would be most grateful for the information.

Chag sameach
AJ Friedlander
Modena, Italy

PHILIPP family of Recklinghausen

you are cordially invited over to my blog

Re: What is this Hebrew name? #names

Irwin Keller

Hi Steven,

Alas, I've seen this a number of times in Jewish cemeteries (including just yesterday). The engraver used a tzade instead of an ayin. They look similar to a non-Hebrew speaker. And the family approved it, not realizing it was wrong. The name should be nun-ayin-chaf-ayin: Neche. Neche bat Natan. 

It's a shame; the error will live into perpetuity! But at least you know what to call her!

Shabbat Shalom

Irwin Keller
Penngrove, CA

Re: Tuberculosis Sanitoria #usa #general

Emily Rosenberg

you can go to to search his database of Jewish inmates of Sing Sing. I think he also had a book about tracing relatives who have been in various kinds of public institutions. 
Emily Rosenberg
Oakland, California

KESNER in Amsterdam, London, Chicago
STODEL in Amsterdam, London, USA
KAWIN in Suwalki and Poland
RUBINSKY in Suwalki and Poland

Re: What is this Hebrew name? #names

Shimona Kushner

Dear Steven:  There is an obvious error in the headstone.  There is no Hebrew name with those letters.  The letters as written are "nun", "tzadi", "kaf", "tzadi".  The word you wrote would mean that the second and last letters are "ayins".  However, if you look at the last line on the headstone where it has the abbreviation for "Tehi nishmata netzura betzror hahayim" (may her soul be bound up in the binds of life), the third letter in Hebrew is a "tzadi" which is exactly like what is given in your great aunt's name.  If it would be Neche as you wrote it would not be Hebrew but Yiddish and those two letters would be an "ayin".  Still doesn't sound like any name I am familiar with. Hope this helps.

Shimona Yaroslavsky Kushner, Haifa, Israel

Re: JEWS IN HIDING IN NICE DURING WW2 #france #holocaust

Jean-Pierre Stroweis

If you can read french, you should take a look at Serge Klarsfeld book (1993) on the roundup of foreign Jews in Nice. The book is online at 

Jean-Pierre Stroweis, Jerusalem 

Map - Street Address - Pre-WWII Kalisz #poland #general

Terry Ashton

I am having trouble “finding” the Polish Wikipedia, so could someone please suggest how one logs onto it?

Many thanks

Terry Ashton


Ms Terry Ashton, Australia



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