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

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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



Re: Tuberculosis Sanitoria #usa #general

Michele Lock

The facebook group 'New York City Genealogy' is a good place to ask this sort of question - they know about some of the more obscure places to look for records for NYC residents. They also know what sort of medical records are available for public viewing, or how to go about inquiring about records. The same for arrest/prison/court records.

I would also check to see if there are phone/city directory entries for the grandfather you are looking for, and also look for any other type of record, like voting records (I've found these on Ancestry for a relative who lived in the Bronx in the 1920s) that might place him somewhere in the 1940s. 
Michele Lock

Lak/Lok/Liak/Lock and Kalon/Kolon in Zagare/Joniskis/Gruzdziai, Lithuania
Lak/Lok/Liak/Lock in Plunge/Telsiai in Lithuania
Trisinsky/Trushinsky/Sturisky and Leybman in Dotnuva, Lithuania
Olitsky in Alytus, Suwalki, Poland/Lithuania
Gutman/Goodman in Czestochowa, Poland
Lavine/Lev/Lew in Trenton, New Jersey and Lida/Vilna gub., Belarus

Re: Tuberculosis Sanitoria #usa #general

Ben Kempner

Hello Jill,

My great-uncle was living in New York and contracted tuberculosis in 1917.  He was accepted by the Jewish Consumptives Relief Society (JCRS), a sanitorium, near Denver, Colorado.  The archives for the JCRS are held by the University of Denver.  Colorado was a common destination for tuberculosis patients.  I believe the JCRS was in operation from 1904 - 1940.  It doesn't sound like an overlap for your grandfather, but it's easy to check their online database of patients at

If you get lucky and find him in the University of Denver archives, let me know and I'll send you the name and email address of the archivist who sent me a 6 page file on my great-uncle.

As far as prisons go, the only thought that comes to mind is a presentation that I heard at our local JGS, given by Ron Arons.  He spoke about his relative who spent time in Sing Sing.  Perhaps contacting Ron might move you closer to some answers.  He comes up readily in Google.  

Good luck.
Ben Kempner

Orange County California JGS Sunday Meeting at 10:00 am Pacific Time #announcements #jgs-iajgs

Michelle Sandler

The next Orange County California JGS meeting is this Sunday at 10:00
am Pacific Time. The speaker is Greg Nelson of the Family History
Library in Salt Lake City. He will speak on Procuring Eastern
European records for the Family History Library. Members are free and
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September 19 at 10:00 AM (Pacific time zone)
Greg Nelson: Procuring Eastern European records for the Family History Library
FamilySearch microfilm and digital cameras have been filming
continuously in Central and Eastern Europe since their initial
agreement with Hungary in 1959. Since then, all but 3 countries in
East Europe have had camera–capture projects to capture images of
records that assist genealogists from around the world. Today there
are nearly 30 digital cameras preserving records in archives in the
area. These projects include a large number of Jewish records,
especially those found in archives in the area of the Pale of
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Westminster, California
Vice President of Programming
Librarian OCJGS

Re: The Hebrew translation for the name Yetta #names

Dan Nussbaum

Yetta is Yiddish and short for Yentl which in turn is a German/Yiddish translation of  Gentle or noble as in Gentleman with the "G" becoming a "Y."

A Hebrew name would be אדירה.

Daniel Nussbaum II, M.D., FAAP
Retired Developmental Pediatrician
Rochester, New York
Tone can be misinterpreted in email. Please read my words with warmth, kindness, and good intentions.

Searching for;
Nussbaum, Katzenstein, Mannheimer and Goldschmidt; Rhina, Raboldshausen and Bad Hersfeld, Germany
Teplitzky, Bendersky and Kaszkiet; Uman, Ukraine
Rosenthal and S(c)henk(el)man; Zinkov, Ukraine
Bild and Kashlevsky; anywhere

Re: The Hebrew translation for the name Yetta #names

Sally Bruckheimer <sallybruc@...>

Women in Europe often didn't have Hebrew names, just Yiddish and / or secular ones. Furthermore, names weren't translated, but usually a new name in another language had the same initial sound.

So if you want a Hebrew name for Yetta, I have to ask whether you want an Israeli Hebrew name, or a likely name in Hebrew. My grandmother was Matilda, Aunt Tilly to those who knew her, was born in NYC as Rosa. She didn't translate her name, to Hebrew or English, she chose what was a fashionable, and apparently one she liked.

So looking for a translation of Yetta, which might actually have bee Etta in Eastern Europe, is difficult and, perhaps, pointless.

Sally Bruckheimer
Princeton, NJ

Re: Stateless in Czechoslovakia #austria-czech #usa

Sherri Bobish


If your gf naturalized in 1927 than your gm did not automatically become a U.S. citizen.  Even if they had both been living in The U.S. at that time, she would have to apply for citizenship separately.  If he naturalized prior to 1922 it would have been different.

Of course,  the Czech government may or may not have known about the change in U.S. naturalization law, or just may not have cared.


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: Tuberculosis Sanitoria #usa #general

Sherri Bobish


This page may be helpful.  TB hospitals are included.  There are many TB hospitals listed on this page.

Also, if you think he may have been arrested and in prison than here are a few research options:

Find his death certificate.  If he did have TB in the past than that info may be noted on his death certificate.

Search his name in old digitized newspapers at:
An arrest and/or conviction may have been noted in a newspaper.

Have you found him on the 1940 census, which you can search at:

The 1950 census will be released in April of 2022, so finding him on the 1950 census may reveal more clues.

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?)

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