In memory of Jill Anderson z'l #JewishGenUpdates #lithuania

Avraham Groll

Dear JewishGen Community,
We were deeply saddened to learn of Jill Anderson's untimely passing this past weekend.
While in her professional life she worked as a presenter and newsreader at BBC radio, she is perhaps most well known for the direct and indelible impact she made to the field of Lithuanian genealogical research. Over the last 10 years, she volunteered for the LitvakSIG (a JewishGen partner), first as a District Research Group Coordinator, then as a board member, and most recently as the President. During that time, she was a frequent speaker at conferences, created new initiatives, and developed strategic partnerships which led to significant organizational growth. Many thousands of Jewish genealogical researchers have learned about their roots as a result of her efforts, and she will be deeply missed.
We send our sincere condolences to her family and many friends throughout the world. 
May her family be comforted amongst the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem.
Avraham Groll, Executive Director
on behalf of the JewishGen Team


Re: Identifying ancestral town - current day Ukraine #ukraine

Susan Steeble

"The town appears to be listed as Bapoli.  The father, Leizer, wrote Balta on his declaration of intent ..."

The town may be Bohopil (Bogopol in Russian), which was in the former Podolia gubernia and is now in Mykolaiv oblast in Ukraine. That town was written as "Bapolia" in a family tree in my possession, and it is not far from the Balta region.

You may not find Bohopil on current maps because it no longer exists as a separate town; in 1919, it was incorporated into the town of Pervomaisk (Pervomaysk), along with Holta (Golta) and Olviopil (Olviopol), to make up the present city of Pervomaisk, which is on the Buh river and almost due east of Balta. 
Susan Kahan Steeble
Baltimore, MD, USA
Researching: FRIDGANT/FRIEDHAND and variants from Bershad, Ukraine
                      KESSELMAN from Chorna/Okna, Ukraine
                      BUDIANSKY/BUDINOFF and SLUTSKY from Korsun and Zolotonosha, Ukraine
                      KAHANOWITZ/KAGANOVICH from Grodno, Belarus
                      STUCHINSKY from Jurbarkas/Yurburg, Lithuania

Re: Is this name (in Russian) Zvulinch or alike ?... #russia #translation

Alan Shuchat

This looks like a Russian transliteration of the Biblical name Zebulon (Zevulun) in Genesis 30:20. זְבֻלֽוּן in Hebrewזבולון in Yiddish
Alan Shuchat
Newton, MA

Re: Facial Comparison #photographs

Nurit Har-zvi


The  Jewish Genealogical Society of had a great talk on facial recognition tools given by Scott Genzer last February. He has a website with a facial comparison tool.

There is a link to a how-to youtube video near the bottom of the page.

He gave his email as sgenzer@... to ask for a copy of an Avoteynu article on the topic.

Nurit Har-zvi

ViewMate Translation Requests - Hungarian #translation


I would like to request a translation of the Hungarian on two death records.  They are on ViewMate at the following addresses:

Please respond using the online ViewMate form.

Thank you so much,

Geoff Spencer

Re: WW 1 Service Record - Documentation #usa #general


Hi Helen

If he was part of the Austrian Imperial Army, then the first step would be to search through the Verlustlisten (list of fallen, wounded, missing soldiers and POWs) and the "Nachrichten über Verwundete und Kranke" (notices about wounded and sick soldiers) of the Austrian Imperial Army.

You can look at the Verlustlisten on several Websites:  
(This index ist still not complete)

Here you will find the Verlustlisten and the "Nachrichten über Verwundete und Kranke"

In both the Verlustlisten and the "Nachrichten über Verwundete und Kranke" the regiments of the listed soldiers are mentionned.
The "Nachrichten über Verwundete und Kranke" also mention the military hospitals where the soldiers were treated.

If he entered the Army in Vienna you should find his Army service records in the Kriegsarchiv in Vienna.
Many records of the Kriegsarchiv of Vienna are also online on familysearch if you search via Catalogue.


Corinne Iten

JGSGM Zoom Meeting October 10 at 10:30 a.m. The Jewish Community of Morocco #announcements #jgs-iajgs

Jgsgm President

From the desk of Yoram Millman, JGSGM VP Programming


                                                                  Press Release


The following event is organized by the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Miami in collaboration with Temple Beth Am Library’s Sunday Salon, ANU Museum of the Jewish People and Sephardi Voices


Sunday, October 10, 2021, at 10:30 a.m.


To join us by Zoom, contact to get a link



A Slice of our Jewish Heritage Community


The Jewish Community in Morocco


Keynote speaker: Haim F. Ghiuzeli


 A historian and the Director of the Databases of ANU - Museum of the Jewish People, calling live from Israel.

The presentation focuses on the centuries-old history of the family names of the Jews of Morocco.  Surnames may provide an insight into the geographical origins of some families or into the occupations of their ancestors, the role they played in the life of their communities, and the way family members were perceived by their neighbors and friends. Understanding the rich linguistic background of the Jews of Morocco is an essential clue for a correct interpretation of the meaning of their family names. A knowledge of the meaning of these family names may reveal details about past Jewish life in Morocco and could be instrumental for a

successful research of family roots.

Program moderated by Professor Henry Green,  Professor of Religious Studies of Judaic and Sephardi Studies at the University of Miami - founder of Sephardic Voices - whose latest book published through Just in Press is SEPHARDI VOICES:

The Untold Expulsion of Jews from Arab Lands 


Sephardi voice participating in the panel – Mrs. Sete Bentata,

a renowned architect born in Tetouan, Morocco, tracing her family story.



Re: Is this name (in Russian) Zvulinch or alike ?... #russia #translation

Janet Furba

Written Звыилн Zvyiln
but sounds quite abnormal
Janet Furba, Germany

Radomysl Wielki #poland #general


is there anyone in this forum that has done research on families from Radomysl Wielki
specifically on Keller from Radomysl and Tarnow
Joseph Kauftheil

Re: Pre 1895 Records from Ugocsa Megye #hungary


Mr. Solomon,
The former Ugocsa County breaked to two parts in 1920. The Northern land became to be part of Czechoslovakia, and the Southern one is in Romania.
In North, the Nagyszolos (Vinogradiv, Selish) was the main Jewish Community, and some records are exist in Transcarpathian Archives, Ukraine.
In South, the Halmi (Halmeu) was the main Jewish Community. The Turcz births, marriages and deaths were registered in Halmi Community until 1895, but unfortunately, those records are missing, probably vanished, destroyed in 1944, or maybe in the 1950-1960's – anyway, there are not in archives, neither in Romania, nor in Ukraine. There are stories that the Halmi Jewish records were transported to Cluj or Bucharest, but I never found exact information about it, and I can't believe if those records are kept today in any archives.
Sadly, the 1848 Jewish census of Ugocsa County also not exist today.
Sandor Bacskai genealogist
Budapest, Hungary

Re: What happened to my great, great grandfather after he landed at Ellis Island? #canada #lithuania #usa

David Ziants

Did you take into account that Nissen might have been Natan/נתן/Nathan/Nosson ? .

As you no doubt know, in ashkenazi pronunciation, the soft tav ת is pronounced "s", and so it is easy for the names Nissan (ניסן) and Natan to become convoluted with one and another.

David Ziants

Ma'aleh Adumim, Israel

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

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