Dwartz/Dvorts/Dworets, etc #latvia #lithuania


I am trying to connect this line of Dwartz, etc to my family tree. I have many DNA matches to various folks, but cannot seem to connect them to me (yet). The patriarch of this line is Shaya/Sheir Dwartz, married to Chana (unknown maiden name), born about 1822 in Uzpaliai, Lithuania. I cannot seem to find any records further back from this. I feel like Chana could be the connection, but how do I find her maiden name? DNA matches are on my mother's side. Nothing for her in JewishGen records. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

Donna Borok Moss
San Rafael, CA
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Searching: Dwartz/Dvortz/Dvorets; Braverman; Mischel; Wolkin; Borok; Novogrudski; Lipschitz; Palevsky

ViewMate Russian Translation Request - Russian Revision List Notations #translation #russia #lithuania

Edward Shapiro

I posted on ViewMate notations from Russian Revision lists for which I need translations.  It is on ViewMate at the following address ...


I marked them with numbers 1-5.  Writings 1, 2, 3, and 4 were written in the margins of a 1850 Revision List from a village in Lithuania. It looks like the wording in Writings 1, 2, 3, and 4 are similar but not identical. I would like to get a full translations so that I can understand the differences in each.

Also, writing 5 was written in the margin of a 1875 Lithuanian Revision List. Please help translate these words also.


Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page.

Thank you very much.
Ed Shapiro

The name Wochenkind - #poland

Carol Jean Weightman

Is Wochenkind a first name or does it indicate something else about the new born infant?

I am finding children listed / named as Wochenkind in 19th century Jewish records from Brody.

In modern Germany, Wochenkind seems to refer to a child up to the age of six weeks.

Was Wochenkind in 19th century Poland perhaps a child who had not yet been named?

Thank you for any help.

Carol Jean Weightman

FamilySearch Completes Digitizing 2.4 Million rolls of Microfilm #announcements #records

Jan Meisels Allen


FamilySearch has completed digitizing 2.4 million rolls of microfilm which contains information on more than 11.5 billion individuals.  It is available for free on ( Over 200 countries and principalities and more than 100 languages are included in the digitized documents. All types of genealogically significant records are included—censuses, births, marriages, deaths, probate, Church, immigration, and more.


Explore FamilySearch’s free collections of indexed records and images by going to ( , then search both “Records” and “Images.” The Images feature will let you browse digitized images from the microfilm collection and more. You will need a FamilySearch account to access digitized records—but don’t worry, signing up is completely free!


In 1998, FamilySearch began digitizing its microfilm collection—a project that, at the time, was anticipated to take over 50 years to complete. However, advances in technology cut the estimated time to completion by nearly 30 years.


To read more see:


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee



Re: German Jewish Community: Grötzingen, Alb-Donau-Kreis, Baden-Württemberg, Germany or Grötzingen, Durlach, Baden, Württemburg #germany

Andreas Schwab

The expert in Grötzingen Jewish history is Susanne Asche, head of the cultural office of the city of Karlsruhe.
You can reach Ms Asche via her office at kulturamt@...
Asche has written several articles on the Jews of Grötzingen, for example:
Susanne Asche, Vom Traditionalismus auf dem Land zur Anpassung in der Stadt. Geschichte der Juden in Grötzingen und Durlach 1715 - 1933, in: Heinz Schmitt/u.a. (Hrg.), Juden in Karlsruhe. Beiträge zu ihrer Geschichte bis zur nationalsozialistischen Machtergreifung, Veröffentlichungen des Karlsruher Stadtarchivs, Bd. 8, Badenia-Verlag, Karlsruhe 1988, S. 189 f.
You can find this publication at several Boston university libraries as well as at Brandeis.

Grötzingen Jelwish BDM records start at 1811:
Unfortunately, these records are not online.
Andreas Schwab, Montreal, Canada

Re: Query about Hungarian marriage certificate from 1903 #hungary #general

Vivian Kahn


The wedding was registered by Gideon GARTNER, son of Leopold GARTNER and Eszti STERN. Was he Rosa/Rachel's husband? There should be a second page of the wedding record that lists name of the bride's mother, witnesses, and other information including names and signatures of married couple. Difficult to get a clear image of the document but the note below the bride's date of birth appears to say that there is other information not known to the registrar. 
Vivian Kahn, Santa Rosa, California

Re: Help locating J. Weissberg or his family #general #usa

Renee Steinig

The 1963 Brooklyn telephone directory, which I accessed via the
Brooklyn Public Library website, lists a Joseph Weissberg at 1822 East
29th Street.


Renee Stern Steinig
Dix Hills NY

Joseph Godelnik <n_godelnik@...> wrote:

<<I found, right these days, a letter envelope, bearing the date of
October 1963. The letter sent to my father (Chaim Godelnik) who died
in 1977. The name and address of the sender is J. Weissberg 1822 E.
29th St. Bklyn N.Y. USA. I have a reasonable basis to believe that
this is a relative. I would appreciate help in locating the writer or
his family members so I can contact them.>>

Re: Russian army recruits 1880s #russia #general

Karen Lukeman

I know of two stories:
  • My brother-in-law's grandfather changed his name from Chorches to Lipman because he didn't want to be drafted.
  • I met someone whose father was "adopted" in Russia by another family because his own (original) family had too many sons and they wanted to protect him.
Karen Calmon Lukeman
KALMANOWITZ (Lyubcha and towns near Grodno, Vilna and Minsk)
GOLDSMITH (Bakshty and Ivje)
NASSER (Damascus)
BENBAJI (Damascus)
BALLAS (Damascus)

Austrian Citizenship #austria-czech

Ronald Cohen

Hello everyone, This is my first message to this list and I would like to say hello.
My mother was born in Vienna in 1922. Both her parents were Polish citizens who had moved to Austria some years earlier. Did my mother automatically become an Austrian citizen by virtue of birth or would she be considered Polish? I would appreciate any help in this regard. Thank you.
Ronald Cohen
Ft. Lauderdale, FL & Bethesda, MD

Re: A Murder #ukraine #general

Alan Shuchat

There is an article about Pen on a Russian-language Wikipedia page. It gives some family information about him and cites some references that might be helpful. You can use Google Chrome to translate it:Пэн,_Юдель_Моисеевич
Alan Shuchat
Newton, MA

SHUKHAT (Talnoe, Simferopol, Sevastopol, Odessa, Balta (Abazovka), Pogrebishche)
VINOKUR (Talnoe), KURIS (Mogilev-Podolskiy, Ataki, Berdichev)
ZILBERMAN (Soroki, Kremenets), BIRNBAUM (Kamenets-Podolskiy)
KITAIGORODSKI (Zvenigorodka)

Re: Russian army recruits 1880s #russia #general

Alan Shuchat

The term of military service was greatly reduced over the years. See the details at:
Alan Shuchat
Newton, MA

SHUKHAT (Talnoe, Simferopol, Sevastopol, Odessa, Balta (Abazovka), Pogrebishche)
VINOKUR (Talnoe), KURIS (Mogilev-Podolskiy, Ataki, Berdichev)
ZILBERMAN (Soroki, Kremenets), BIRNBAUM (Kamenets-Podolskiy)
KITAIGORODSKI (Zvenigorodka)

Update - Yedinitz Yizkor Book Translation project #yizkorbooks #bessarabia


I am pleased to provide an update on the Yedinitz Yizkor Book Translation Project.

Chag Sameach.

Allan Bass

Re: German Jewish Community: Grötzingen, Alb-Donau-Kreis, Baden-Württemberg, Germany or Grötzingen, Durlach, Baden, Württemburg #germany


thank you for your information on the communities. I am able to rule out  Alb-Donau-Kreis right away just from the date it was formed. my ancestor was born in 1749 if that helps at all. anyone who has information or leads on churches or synagogue records in the Durlach area during the mid 1700's, would be greatly appreciated. Thanks again!
Connie Derosier Carter
Kissimmee, FL, Leominster, MA

Jewish & US Genealogy Research Presentation Slides Available Online for Free #general #records #education #announcements

Michael Moritz

I've placed online for free viewing the presentation slides from 6 different online interactive workshops I've given, covering varying topics in US and Jewish genealogy research. There is a lot of information covered, and I hope you learn something new!

Michael Moritz
Director, Romania Research Division

Is there a commemoration of the Rumbula Massacre? #latvia #holocaust


Does anyone  know if there is a special commemoration for the 80 th anniversary of the Rumbula massacre on Nov 30 and December 8 in Riga I would loke to participate. Likewise does anybody knows about the film which is being made on the subject.
Best regards
Catherine JUROVSKY

Re: Ancestry Appoints Former Amazon and Facebook Executives #announcements #records


Thank you Ellen for this frightening analysis.  Alas, what you have to say is all to possible or should I say probable? 

Even these message boards.  Look at all the information we provide including our actual names. Can we expect to see some sort of targeted ads soon? "Visit the building in Ossining NY where your great-uncle Harry lived from 1934-1944."  If you don't understand the possible absurdity of an ad like this, please look up this town.  I'm not knocking Ossining since it is a nice town in a beautiful location.  Just pointing out bloopers that can be made with targeted ads.

Jessica Schein

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

Bernard Flam

Dear Catherine, 
I reply in English, as most of our fellow detectives don't speak French : nobody is perfect !
  1. I have discovered it's not easy to recover a post on this forum only by its number, so I attach again the finding aid of "Alpes Maritimes war archives" and some papers by historians about fate of Jews in this area. 
  2. As soon as October 1940, Jews in France (foreign and French citizens) had to register themselves at police station in the place were they were living, free or house arrested. So files are kept in Police archives by the various "Archives départementales". When they registered, the infamous inked stamp "JUIF" was printed on their identity card.
  3. After the first rounds-up of Jews in 1941, some clever Jews printed themselves "JUIF" on their card without going to be registered at the police station. When they were controlled in the street, foreign Jews couldn't hide they were Jews (accent in french, etc.) but as the stamp was printed, policeman couldn't guess they weren't known by the administration and not written on lists for further round-up.
  4. When process of "dénaturalisation" (of Jews being French by easy 1927' naturalization law) started in 1942-1943, administration had to find where Jews were living across France from there official address before 1939. Decree of dénaturalisation was published in Journal Officiel of French laws, but of course, it wasn't the first reading of our Jews in the hiding. Some never heard of the decree. But police read it and could check with persons on their lists and go to search them.
  5. Concerning registration of foreign Jews living in France who were stateless (as soon as 1918 and as late as, as others refugees), they were and they are registered at OFPRA, "Office français de protection des réfugiés et apatrides" : this is a State administration,
  6. You can ask (in French) if they have a file at your "Losts" :
Bernard Flam
Archives & history of Medem Center - Arbeter Ring (Bund / Workmen circle of France)

Report of Eye Witness to 1941 Erev Sukkot Nadworna Massacre #galicia #holocaust #poland #ukraine

Steven Turner

It is a truly gruesome, horrible and unimaginable event.
My brother Jules and my father (Beryl <Knoll> Weinsieder), a resident of Maidon Gorney, a nearby shetl -  was a Jewish 
laborer at the Foresta Lumber Yard directly adjacent to the Bukowinka Forest murder site. He and the other Jews working there witnessed their friends and family members being unloaded from the trucks where they had been forced to lay down, packed in, side by side with several rows of Jews on top of them - stacked like firewood one on top of the other. 
They were taken into the forest to an abandoned ammunition trench from WW1, where they were forced to undress and were made to go onto planks spanning the open pit where they were shot to death. Snarling German Shepherd attack guards also assisting.  Our father had climbed a high stack of logs in the lumber yard, looking down onto and witnessing the massacre.  He saw at least  20 of his cousins, aunts and uncles from Nadvorna being murdered. The shootings went on for hours - and then suddenly stopped. We later learned, in researching this Aktion, that is was  because the Germans ran out of bullets. The survivors living long enough to experience internment in the ghetto, further deprivations and subsequent deportations.  
Lily Bink is our cousin. Her dad also worked at the lumber yard - but I am not sure if he was there at that time or later.
Kind regards,
Richard Weinsieder

Thank you, Richard, for sharing your father’s vivid and horrific memory of that day - I imagine it was seared into his mind forever. My father, Abe Winiger, did also work at the same Foresta Lumber Yard, but never spoke of that tragic day. He and my mom, Mina Winiger, also lost siblings, cousins and countless relatives in that Aktion. Whether Abe was not at the sawmill that day, or chose not to speak of it, I will never know. 

Lily Bink

Re: 84 Willett Street #general #usa

e l

The following article details available photographs and many other records of genealogical interest, held at the New York City Municipal Archives:
“Online Resources of Genealogical Value at the New York City Municipal Archives,” Avotaynu: The International Review of Jewish Genealogy, Teaneck, New Jersey, Vol. XXXV, No. 2, Summer 2019, pp. 11-14. To the best of my knowledge, it is not available online.

Edward David Luft

Washington, DC

Re: Russian army recruits 1880s #russia #general

Jill Whitehead

At least one of my four great grandparents escaped to Britain in the late 1860's and early 1870's, to escape being called up by the Tsar, and for their fathers possibly being involved in the 1863 Polish Uprising. Once you were enlisted you were in the Russian Army for 25 years. 

Jill Whitehead, Surrey, UK

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