Re: Kimberley Diamond Mines #southafrica

Jill Whitehead

My great uncle Abraham Simon Guttenberg (later Graham) born Hull, 1872, and later lived in Grimsby and then Sheffield,  went out to South Africa aged 16 after a row with his father. He ran a dry goods provisions service supplying mining companies, other companies and families. He got to know Barney Barnato (diamonds entrepreneur and relation of TV's Esther Rantzen), Mahatma Gandhi and (not something to mention these days) Cecil Rhodes. He later brought his Liverpool born wife out to Joberg (Minnie Gorfunkel) and his first two children were born there. They returned to Sheffield  in 1914 at outbreak of war, but he visited in the 1920s. Apparently when he was a young man, he had his savings stolen when travelling on a train across South Africa. All this is recounted in Abe's memoirs which he deposited in Sheffield City Libraries and Archives. The outline contents of his memoirs can be searched online at Sheffield Archives. Part of his memoirs (relating to his return to Sheffield and his interest in poetry) were made into a radio programme by the BBC a couple of years ago. The memoirs need to be read with a nod to the mores of over 100 years ago.

Jill Whitehead, Surrey, UK

Re: IGRA Free Webinar “Immigration Documents to Eretz Israel” #events #israel

Veronica Zundel

I would also value a webinar in English, as I am trying to trace relatives from my mother's birth family (she was adopted) who may have emigrated from Vienna to Israel in 1927.
Veronica Zundel, London
Searching descendants of Josef Jakob Horoschowski b. 1905 Drohobych

Beth David Cemetery in Elmont, NY #photographs #usa

Rebecca Parmet

Good morning.

Is anyone going to be at Beth David Cemetery in Elmont, NY in the near future?  I need a handful of gravestones that need to be photographed.  They are all in the same family plot.

I already contacted someone thru Find A Grave who was there 2 days ago and doesn't plan on going back for a while.


Rebecca Parmet

Re: Pre 1895 Records from Ugocsa Megye #hungary

Mordechai David Pelta

Yes, there are Turt records in Satu Mare.  I e-mailed you separately as well.

I am from the Farkas and Weisz families in Turt.
Mordechai Pelta

Re: Hungary SIG The Nagyszollos Ghetto #hungary #holocaust

Mordechai David Pelta

I researched this topic and found nothing in Israel and in Washington at the USHMM.

It is possible the records exists in an archive in Ukraine or even in Hungary, but that requires hiring the right person to investigate and, of course, be lucky.
Mordechai David Pelta

Re: IGRA Free Webinar “Immigration Documents to Eretz Israel” #events #israel

Peter Heilbrunn


Perhaps a similar talk could be held in English. I am trying to trace an aunt who emigrated from Vienna in March 1933.
Peter Heilbrunn

Facial Comparison #photographs

Cindy g

Can anyone recommend a software program for a PC that does facial comparison? I would like to have the capability to compare people in my old photographs to verify their identity. I see programs for facial recognition, but I think what I need is facial comparison. 
Cindy Gallard

Re: Facial Comparison #photographs

Richard Werbin

Photoshop Elements does facial recognition to pick photos of matching people.
Richard Werbin    New York, New York     JGSNY Membership Vice President

ViewMate translation request - Russian #russia #translation #poland

Wendy Newman

Hi there,
I have posted a birth document for a Chaia Cypa Nudelman born in 1895 in Puławy, Poland.
It can be found on ViewMate at the following address:
I would appreciate greatly your help in translating and that you respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page.
Thank you so much!
Wendy Newman
researching Nudelman in Puławy

Yizkor Book Report for September 2021 #yizkorbooks #JewishGenUpdates




Over the High Holiday period, the Yizkor Book Project continued its unstoppable momentum and a great deal of material was added and updated between the holidays.


To begin with, we received an additional two books that were graciously donated by Jack Berger (Jacob Solomon Berger) and we are in the process of adding them online. The books are: ‘The Dereczin Memorial Book’ on Derechin, Belarus and the ‘Wolkovisker Yizkor Book’, the latter being a trilogy based on the original Yizkor books that were published about the community of Volkovysk, Belarus. Naturally, we are very excited about receiving these considerable contributions to our project and very thankful to Jack Berger for enabling us to share them online.

As noted in my previous report, there are quite a few projects that are very close to completion and I am pleased to let you know that last month, three such projects were indeed completed.


The projects completed were:


  • Memorial Book of Kamenets Litovsk, Zastavye, and Colonies (Kamyanyets, Belarus) - This project was coordinated by and the book completely translated by Allen Flusberg. We thank Allen for his dedication, time and effort that he placed into this project.
  • The growth and destruction of the community of Uscilug (Ustilug, Ukraine) - The project was ably coordinated by Mitch Fahrer and the translations, in the main, were carried out by the tireless volunteer, Ala Gamulka, and additional translations were generously provided by Avigail Frij. We salute this amazing team for this important accomplishment.
  • Zelva Memorial Book (Zelva, Belarus) - This book was kindly donated to the Yizkor Book Project by Jack Berger.

As our goal is to make the material contained in the Yizkor books as widely accessible as possible, last month I was very pleased to receive Polish translations from sections of the
Przedecz, Poland Yizkor book and also French translations of sections from the Mińsk Mazowiecki, Poland Yizkor book. In this way, we are able to expose the Yizkor books to readers of these languages.

We continue to go forward with translating many Yizkor books from a wide variety of communities. To achieve this, we heavily rely on the financial support from people who wish to keep the memories of these communities alive. If you are able to be part of this effort, please check out the Translation Funds listing (link at the end) to see if there is a project you would like to be involved in which will assist us in realizing our goals.


And now for details of what was carried out in September:


Yizkor Book updates

This past month, 33 existing projects were updated:

·  Augustów, Poland (Memorial Book of the Community of Augustow and Region)

·  Babi Yaar, Ukraine (Memory Book: Babi Yar)

·  Biała Podlaska, Poland (Book of Biala Podlaska)

·  Dzyatlava, Belarus (A memorial to the Jewish community of Zhetel)

·  Edineţ, Moldova (Yad l'Yedinitz; memorial book for the Jewish community of Yedintzi, Bessarabia)

·  Hrubieszów, Poland (Memorial Book of Hrubieshov)

·  Jaroslaw, Poland (Jaroslaw Book: a Memorial to Our Town)

·  Kremenets, Ukraine (Memorial Book of Kremenets, Vyshgorodok, and Pochayiv)

·  Krynki, Poland (Memorial Book of Krynki)

·  Lithuania (Lithuania)

·  Lviv, Ukraine (A memorial library of countries and communities, Poland Series: Lwow Volume)

·  Mahilyow, Belarus (25th Anniversary Book of the Moghileff Brotherhood) 

·  Mlyniv, Ukraine (Mlynov-Muravica Memorial Book)

·  Ostrowiec Świętokrzyski, Poland (Ostrowiec; a monument on the ruins of an annihilated Jewish community)

·  Przedecz, Poland (Memorial book to the Holocaust victims of the city of Pshaytsh)

·  Radom, Poland (The book of Radom)

·  Radomsko, Poland (Memorial book of the community of Radomsk and vicinity)

·  Sarny, Ukraine (Memorial Book of the Community of Sarny)

·  Shums'k, Ukraine (Szumsk, memorial book of the martyrs of Szumsk)

·  Siedlce, Poland (On the ruins of my home; the destruction of Siedlce)

·  Siedlce, Poland (Memorial Book of the Community of Siedlce)

·  Sokołów Podlaski, Poland (Memorial Book Sokolow-Podlask)

·  Stowbtsy, Belarus (Memorial volume of Steibtz-Swerznie and the neighboring villages Rubezhevitz, Derevna, Nalibok)

·  Tarnogród, Poland (Book of Tarnogrod; in memory of the destroyed Jewish community)

·  Tarnow, Poland (Tarnow; The Life and Destruction of a Jewish City)

·  Ustilug, Ukraine (The growth and destruction of the community of Uscilug)

·  Valozhyn, Belarus (Wolozin; the book of the city and of the Etz Hayyim Yeshiva)

·  Yavoriv, Ukraine (Swastika over Jaworow)

·  Zawiercie, Poland (Yizkor Book of the Holy Community of Zawiercie and Environs)

·  Zelva, Belarus (Zelva Memorial Book)

·  Zolochiv, Ukraine   (The City of Zloczow)

·  Żychlin, Poland (The memorial book of Zychlin)

·  Zyrardów, Poland (Memorial Book of Zyrardow, Amshinov and Viskit)

New entries


New books

The following four new books were placed online:


New Yizkor Book in Print

Pleased to let you know that the Yizkor Books in Print team have published an additional Yizkor book translation in September:

Kolomyya, Ukraine - Memorial Book of Kolomey

If you are interested in purchasing this book or any of the others that have been made available, please go to the YBIP main page using the link shown below. 

Important links

Before ending this report, here are some important links to note:

All the best,

Lance Ackerfeld

Director of Special Projects - Yizkor Books



Re: Need help identifying my maternal grandfather #dna


I haven't mastered triangulation, but in an endogamous population like Ashkenazi Jews, everyone's a cousin to everyone which makes DNA analysis  hard unless, in my family and friends' experience, you're talking above 200 cM if you're 100% Ashkenazi or above 100 cM if you're, for example, 50% Ashkenazi. With over 30,000 matches on FTDNA, one family member has 3 known/traceable matches (2nd & 3rd cousins) on her Polish side and none on her Belarussian side. And some of her known lines go back to 2nd or even 3rd ggparents.  Many matches suggest by location that they are one or two generations away from being a traceable 2nd or 3rd cousin, but the linkage is always elusive.  But one can get lucky and find that 400+ cM first cousin.  FTDNA has chromosome level and "in-common-with" analysis tools, but the trees are typically not as detailed as Ancestry.  Since you did Ancestry DNA, you probably have Raffele's naturalization petition (below) filed in Georgia where he lists Marie C Beneduce as his and common-law wife Anna's (born in Minsk) daughter.  Raffaele came over in 1906 from Naples as a single 17 year old, but the common law marriage means there's probably not a marriage certificate anywhere.  But Marie should have a birth certificate in Akron, maybe under her mother's name alone.  How many Marie's were born in Akron on March 29, 1914? A request to the city clerk might end up getting a mother's maiden name, and then you could track down her immigration ship manifest (allowing for all possible spellings of Anna/Hannah and of her surname) with a birth year of 1894.  That manifest MAY show nearest relative back in Minsk (some manifests have a page 2 that includes such info if it's not on page 1) or relatives with whom she's travelling.  Once you're working in Minsk records, the difficulties increase, but Jewishgen can help with that. Traditional genealogy records indicate Raffaele/Ralph remarried (Marie Giordano in Summit Co., Ohio in 1920) and had a NYC family, dying in 1931.  You may have covered all this ground in your research leading up to DNA as a last resort, but, if not, I think you have leads worth following.  (e.g. Marie C Beneduce may have applied for Social Security using form SSA-5  which should show mother's maiden name.)  Good luck.

David Davies
Barrington, RI

Viewmate translation requests-Polish #translation


I’ve posted 2 vital records for which I need translations.  They are on ViewMate at the following addresses;

Fran Fisher

Fran Fisher

Facial Comparison #photographs

Cindy g

Can anyone recommend a software program for a PC that does facial comparison? I would like to have the capability to compare people in my old photographs to verify their identity. I see programs for facial recognition, but I think what I need is facial comparison. 
Cindy Gallard

JGSLI Virtual meeting on Sunday October 24 at 2:00 PM Eastern – Lara Diamond #announcements #education #subcarpathia #russia

Bonnie Birns

Hello all! The Jewish Genealogy Society of Long Island is delighted to invite you to our October monthly meeting featuring our guest speaker, Lara Diamond.


JGSLI is extending the invitation to the broader genealogy community. We ask that you register in advance (see below). Please share with your friends!

Sunday, October 24th, 2:00 PM, via Zoom

Speaker: Lara Diamond
Topic: Researching Relatives in Subcarpathia and the Russian Empire

Beyond Vital Records: European borders were fluid, so records for one family were kept in many languages and stored in multiple locations. This talk looks at a case study for a family living in the Subcarpathian area now spanning the Ukraine/Romanian border and which was Hungary, Czechoslovakia & Romania, Hungary again, Soviet Union and Ukraine. Records from this area were kept in multiple languages and are held in many modern countries and archives in those countries. This large family was reconstructed using a variety of methods, including religious records, vital records, census enumerations, Holocaust documents, Yizkor books, DNA and more, bringing the family back to the 1700s and tracing distant cousins across the world.


Register for our Zoom meeting:


When: October 24, 2021 2:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)


Register in advance for this meeting:


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

This webinar is free and open to the public.


I look forward to "seeing" you all then!


Bonnie Birns


President, Jewish Genealogy Society of Long Island
Jericho, Long Island, NY researcher #59766

Re: Jill Anderson z"l untimely passing #lithuania #latvia

Linda Cantor

Jill was a member of our Rokiskis SIG (birds of a feather) as well as president of Litvak SIG.  She will be missed, both for her lovely person and her hard work.  Our condolences go to her family and friends.

Linda Cantor

Identifying ancestral town - current day Ukraine #ukraine

L Levy

HI!  I've been stuck with a brick wall on my Levy family branch for years, and have recently learned that the name they arrived with may have been Levkowitz/Lefkowitz.  I've found a manifest that is quite likely my great grandmother's arrival in Baltimore but the town name doesn't fit with anything I've located previously or anything I can find on JewishGen.
Here's a link to the manifest.  The town appears to be listed as Bapoli.  The father, Leizer, wrote Balta on his declaration of intent, but the completed naturalization has not been found after several USCIS searches and searches in PA, NC and NYC where he lived.  It's possible that he didn't complete the process. He dies in 1938. The second oldest daughter also died prematurely, and doesn't seem to have submitted social security documents, and the naturalization for the oldest daughter states that she was from Brokie.  I've found a likely cousin that came from Bogopol as well.  The constant here is the B!

Laura Levy
Seattle, WA





EISENBERG  Wasylkowce

LEVY Balta, Brokie

ViewMate translation request - Russian #russia #translation #poland

Greg Tuckman

Hello everyone,
I've posted 5 vital records in Russian for which I need translations. They are on ViewMate at the following addresses ...

1.  Birth record of Abram Jakow GERTLER:

2.  Birth record of Mojzesz BLUMENSZTOK:

3.  Birth record of Zofia BLUMENSZTOK:

4.  Marriage record of ROZENBAUM - BLUMENSZTOK:

5.  Death record of Eta ROZENBAUM:

Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page.
Thank you very much.
Greg Tuckman
Phoenix, Arizona USA

WW 1 Service Record - Documentation #usa #general

Helen Kon

Hello. Where can I find documentation of military service for Jewish WW1 veterans? Specifically, my maternal grandfather, Saul Torten (Grünberg), was born in Podhajce, Galicia. He served in World War One, according to my mother was stationed in Niederösttereich & was wounded. He was left with a body full of shrapnel.  We do not have documentation of his service.
I had tried to look in LDS in NYC decades ago but they wanted a lot of information, such as battalion which I didn't & still don't have.
By 1915 Saul's parents had already resettled in Vienna & Saul went on to pursue higher education, marriage & fatherhood pre- world war II in Vienna.
We have some documentation of these events.
Other than the shrapnel my mom never had much first hand information about her father, as he died after a very trying & circuitous route to NYC when mom was a child.
I thank you for any help that you can offer in finding this documentation.
Helen Kon
New York City, NY

Re: Need help identifying my maternal grandfather #dna

Michele Lock

My reference to 'delicate situations' in regards to a person trying to identify an unknown grandparent or parent - what can happen is that if a potential biological relative is contacted by a searcher, and the potential relative has no interest in helping sort out the mystery, it has happened that such a biological relative may cease all contact, remove their DNA accounts from wherever they tested, and take down their online family tree, thus making it that much harder for the searcher to solve the mystery.  The Jewish DNA facebook group has advice on how to minimize this from happening, and how to be respectful when approaching potential biological relatives.

I sense from the original poster's question that he is not interested in trying to prove he is Jewish halachically, only he is wishing to learn more about his biological grandparents.

Though in a related vein - I have a maternal first cousin here in the US who has a daughter who recently married a man who is Modern Orthodox. The groom's mother demanded that my first cousin prove she is Jewish, and DNA was not an option. Luckily, my first cousin is also into genealogy, and already had gravestone photos of our strictly maternal line, going back three generations, all with Hebrew names and burial in Jewish cemeteries. My cousin later said that the rabbi from the Orthodox synagogue who performed the ceremony was embarrassed that this had happened. 

And thanks to Jewishgen, AncestryDNA and New York City death certificates, I've been able to take our strictly maternal line back another 2 generations, to a woman named Sarah Shloimovitch of Lida/Lyubcha Belarus, born approximately 1820.

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

Help needed researching Polish holocaust survivor #poland #holocaust

Guy Chazan

Hi there,
I was wondering if JewishGen members could help me with research I am trying to carry out on a man called Mojzesz Drukarz, who was born in Poland in 1924, survived the Holocaust and emigrated to Palestine after the war, later moving to London, where he died in 1987. 
He was a friend of our family and I am doing research for a book in which I am trying to reconstruct his history. He also went by the name of Moshe, Mosze and Mosche. When he emigrated from Poland he changed his name from Drukarz to Drukash. 
I am trying to find birth records for him, and for the rest of his family, and to find out what happened to his other family members. I believe most of them died in the Holocaust. I would also like to try to find out what he did during the war, if there are any records - he told us he joined a partisan group in the forests. 
We have unearthed various documents which show his date of birth as either 10.5.1924 or 10.5.1926.
He is listed in the US Holocaust Memorial Museum database of Holocaust Survivors and Victims as:
Mojzesz Drukarz, born in 1924. His mother is named as Brucha Birenbaum, his father as Josef. His prewar address is listed as Sliska 27, Warsaw, and his postwar address as Targowa 7, Warsaw. On another card his mother's name is given as Brandla Birenbaum, in yet another as Branda. We believe Brandla/Branda/Brucha was born in c. 1908.
Is there anyone at JewishGen who might be able to help with this?  
best regards, Guy Chazan
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