Mount Zion Cemetery, Maspeth, Queens County, NY #photographs #usa


Could somebody who lives in New York photograph a headstone in Mount Zion Cemetery, Maspeth, Queens County, NY for me.  The person is my g-grandfather's sister "Rose L. Socolaw" Date of Burial: 05 Feb 1908, Location: 27R-2-621; Society: Chana David.  With gratitude, Jeff Skinnon (NZ)

Re: Beth David Cemetery in Elmont, NY #photographs #usa

Brian Weste

Steve, or whomever can go,
My paternal grandparent are buried as follows:
Florence & Ruebin Fiedler in B Block 5, society: Young Friends Faternal"  on the corner of Emanuel & Harrison.
Any question BRIAN K. WESTERMAN, 206-450-0710

Thank you in advance for any assistance. 

Brian Westerman

The Jewish Genealogical Society of Washington State presents "RESEARCHING NEW YORK CITY RESOURCES REMOTELY" on Monday, 10/11/21, 5 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time #usa #jgs-iajgs #announcements #education #events

Karen Campbell

From Karen Campbell, President/Programs/Publicity, JGSWS

The Jewish Genealogical Society of Washington State proudly presents


presented by Jordan Auslander, Author/Writer/Lecturer/Gameshow Host.


DATE: Monday evening, October 11, 2021,

from 5 - 7 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time, via Zoom (note earlier than usual start time)


This free online meeting will be open between 4:30-5 p.m. PDT for networking.

The meeting will begin at 5 p.m. PDT with a welcome and the featured presentation.
You can use this time zone converter to find out the hour in your local time zone.


Registration for this meeting is required:


1)        To register for this Zoom meeting, click on this link or copy it into your web browser:


2)        You will be prompted to enter your name and email address and, when you hit enter, you will automatically be sent an email with the Zoom meeting link.




As the cosmopolitan gateway to the United States, New York City continues to appeal to those who dream of a better life. Between 1820 and 1920, over 82 percent of immigrants to the United States came through the port of New York. Even if they migrated elsewhere, over 100,000,000 Americans have an ancestral paper trail that involves New York City (of them about 40 million have roots in Brooklyn). Learn how to trace your New York ancestors, whether they were passing through or called it home, as well as find resources to help you reconnect with family that remained elsewhere. While on-site research is the optimal approach to research, this is not always convenient or feasible. Nevertheless, much can be accomplished in advance or in lieu of physical travel. Components of New York City family history can be identified without setting foot on Broadway using a broad array of free and subscription internet sites as well as some conventional and other sources.



Jordan Auslander is a former transportation planner, now New York based genealogical researcher, lecturer, and expert witness. His BA in History, experience in applying title search, and his related real estate background contributed to various literary projects and other work he has conducted. Jordan has pursued cases across the United States, Europe, and Israel; translated, created, and published an index to vital records in the Slovak State Archive system, Genealogical Gazetteer of the Kingdom of Hungary, and articles including the history and documentation of US participants in World War I.


Jordan got into genealogy, like everyone else - too late. His interest in family history grew while stuck with sorting through bales of material his paternal grandmother had accumulated. He joined the New York Jewish Genealogical Society in 1988, serving on its board 1994-96. He is also a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists and The New York Genealogical & Biographical Society. Jordan has applied his theatrical writing and acting pretensions as "Heir Jordan, Extreme Genealogist. " He is a past Telly award winner for and the "reliably inappropriate" host of Gameshow Nights, one of the highlights of the annual IAJGS conferences.




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Seeking a publisher to print my family history #general

Rich friedman

After many years of research, I have traced my family back in Lithuania and Belarus into the 1700`s. My book is about 600 pages and has 800 photos, charts, documents etc. in it.  I am seeking advice and/or recommendations for reasonable publishers who can print a limited number of  on demand copies. Any help is truly appreciated.
Richard "Rich" Friedman
Wake Forest, NC

Researching: Kurlandchik-Seta and Jonava, Lithuania
                      Pok/Pock- Hlubokie, Belarus

Upcoming JewishGen Classes: October-November 2021 #education #JewishGenUpdates

Avraham Groll

JewishGen is offering the following courses during October and November 2021

  • October 17 - November 7: Researching Your Roots in Prussia and the Baltic States. Donation of $150.
  • November 1 - November 22: Researching Your Roots with Donation of $150
  • November 1 – Nov 22: Fresh Start (The Basics for Beginners and Start Again). Donation of $60.


  • Genealogy by the Week: Set Your Own time to work with a tutor. Donation of $50. Details.
  • Genealogy by the Hour: Virtual Conversations with an expert. Donation of $36.Details.
  • Workbook Classes. Donation of $25. These courses are self-paced, do at home that utilizes workbook instruction. Free to Value Added Services Donations to the General Fund in the past 12 months. Details and Courses.
To register, and to learn more, please click here.

Nancy Holden
Director of Education



I was told that I am a descendant of Rabbi Schneur Zalman. Briefly my family tree is:
Rabbi Dovber Schneuri married Shayna Schneuri. They had a daughter Rivka Bella Wallis who married Yekutiel Zalman Wallis. They had a son Srul Mendel Zalmanson who married Gita Zalmanson. They had a son Levi Itzhak Zalmanson who I believe is my great grandfather.
My two questions:
1. From a genealogical or Rabbinic perspective does it make a difference that the lineage is not all male i.e. my connection to Schneur Zalman is through a daughter.
2. I have done an Ancestry DNA. If I wanted to repeat the DNA testing, bearing in mind the above information, which company and which test should I get.
Herman Salmenson

Looking for pre-1700 records DE LA PARRA - family #sephardic

Hester de la Parra

Hi, my father and I are seeking your expertise in tracing our family history. Our ancestors were Sephardic Jews who came to Surinam after the Inquisition. Selemoh de Semuel de la Parra and his wife Luna de Campos (1667-1716) and their descendants lived there. We would appreciate any suggestions on finding their parents and grandparents and reconstruct their journey from Iberia to Surinam.

The father of Selemoh, Semuel de la Parra, might have been born around 1640, his grandfather could have been a Yaakov / Jahacob de la Parra, residence unknown (perhaps Amsterdam or Spain). We don’t know anything about Luna’s parents.

It would be a great assistance if you could provide any kind of information (in German, English, Dutch or French) on how to proceed? 

Kind regards, 

Hester de la Parra

Den Haag, The Netherlands

Miriam Weiner presents: "Routes to Roots Foundation: New Surnames Databases, Maps, Town Images and More!” at JGSSN Zoom #events #galicia #holocaust #lithuania #poland

Ben Kempner

The Jewish Genealogy Society of Southern Nevada (JGSSN) invites you to a Zoom meeting at 11:00 a.m. (Pacific Daylight Time) on Sunday, October 10: "Routes to Roots Foundation: New Surnames Databases, Maps, Town Images and More!” with Miriam Weiner


To request a Zoom link, please complete this short form: which can also be found on our Meetings webpage.

Members of JGSSN can attend for free.  Non-members can pay $5.00 on the Donate webpage and complete the short form.

Session Description:

From 30+ years of working in the archives of Eastern Europe (Poland, Ukraine, Moldova, Belarus, Lithuania), Miriam has acquired hundreds of various document collections yielding millions of surnames. She formed a close working relationship with archivists on all levels many of which continue to this day. 

During the past two years, she has created a surname database containing over 2,000,000 names (with continuing updates regularly). At the website, a surname search can produce entries from Holocaust name lists, vital records, census lists, school records, property lists, various telephone and business directories, applications for Communist Party membership and much more, most of which do not appear elsewhere online. A surname search can produce document results with that surname and links to a street map and town images. All in a single search!  A town name search can yield archive data for that town, as well as town images and a link to a street map of the town.  Another valuable website resource is the Maps database.  Miriam has acquired many maps from various localities. A map search will bring up very detailed maps that, when you zoom in, may reveal even the smallest shtetl.

In 1989, Miriam Weiner accepted an invitation from the Polish National Tourist Office to visit the Polish Archives in preparation for arranging genealogy tours to Poland. That visit led to a 30+ year career working in the archives of Poland, Ukraine, Moldova, Belarus and Lithuania. 

In 1991, The Jewish Week in New York, referred to Miriam as “The Genealogist who Lifted the Archival Iron Curtain”. 
In 1998, The Forward referred to her as “The Indiana Jones of Pre-war Polish Jewry.” 
In 2019, The Jewish Exponent in Philadelphia referred to Miriam in a lecture review as "Genealogy Rock Star Discusses Digging up Jewish Roots."

Miriam's work in the genealogy field has produced a slew of awards beginning more than 30 years ago; among them are: 

In 1988, a writing award from the Council of Genealogy Columnists for her syndicated genealogy column

  • In 1999, 2000, and 2003, three major awards from IAJGS (one for each of her two books and the Lifetime Achievement Award)
  • In 2000, Reference Book of the Year award from the Association of Jewish Libraries
  • In 2019, The National Genealogical Society presented Miriam with the prestigious "President's Citation" at its annual conference in St. Louis
  • In 2020; The Federation of Genealogical Societies awarded her the Rabbi Malcolm H Stern Humanitarian Award 

The new version of the RTRF website has produced many comments from noted members of the genealogical community, See


Ben Kempner

Vice President,

Jewish Genealogy Society of Southern Nevada

Re: Beth David Cemetery in Elmont, NY #photographs #usa

Steven Lasky

I have photographed more than 100 society plots at Beth David. Perhaps if you can tell me what society plot your people are buried in, and their names, I can check to see if I have info on them.

Steve Lasky


Re: September 2021 Summary of IAJGS Records/Family Search and Poland microfilms #poland #records


Are there restrictions on access to FamilySearch POLAND JEWISH microfilm digitizations? Some researchers say a patron of FamilySearch has to actually be physically in a Library or Records Room to gain access to those parts of the microfilm collection. 

Dan Brockman
JewishGen #50584

Re: The Hebrew translation for the name Yetta #names

David Shapiro

Jennie is often Sheina.

David Shapiro

Re: The Hebrew translation for the name Yetta #names

Reuven Mohr

of course it is important and helpful to find Hebrew/Yiddish names of ancestors. I think to use the word "translation" in this context sounds problematic.
Also the expression 'she created a name' sounds a little disturbing. In my research I learned that during the 18th-19th cent. people very often turn up with a variety of names, and we will never know how and by whom they were 'created'.

As to Jennie, I can give you a few samples of names which I found in German communities in connection with Jennie:
Judith, Jente, Jentel, Jachet, Jette, Julie, Shendel/Scheindel = Jeanette, Marianne, Chaya  ... and probably more

good luck,

Reuven Mohr

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


His name was definitely Nissen (ניסן).  In the Lithuanian Revision Lists he also shows up as Nossel for some reason. :)
All his children's graves have his name inscribed as such (son/daughter of Nissen - ניסן).  Also, my father was named after him and his Hebrew name is Nissen (ניסן), even though his English name is Nathan. Same with Moses' son described above (born June 1895).
Of course, during our research we looked at all Jewish Sagans - especially those named Nathan/Nissen and similar.  Complete blank.

My main request is to know if there is any database or lists (on-line or off-line) of those who died soon after arrival at Ellis Island/NYC - whether in quarantine or not - and, if so, where they are buried.  Of course, any other ideas are welcome as well. :)

Steve Goldberg
Jerusalem, Israel.

Levy-Freund in Vienna #austria-czech

Neil Rosenstein

Trying to make contact with the Freund family of Vienna. Nissan Levy
married Yehudit daughter of Raatza Rechil, born in Hungary in 1897 and
died in Israel on August 30, 1984, married R. Joseph Freund, born in
Czechoslovakia on November 28, 1895 and died in Israel on October 31,
Neil Rosenstein

Re: Using Wife's Surname For Immigration #general #names


I struggled for years to locate my great grandfather's immigration info.  I suspect it was the new wife who purchased the tickets under her own [former] name, the registrar garbled the ages and names of the children, putting the husband's given name as a child and so on.  Her son by her first marriage used a variety of surnames, finally settling on one that was 'unknown' in our family.  But I eventually found him, and my g-grandfather.

Shirley Ginzburg
Aptos, California

House numbers from birth records #poland

tony hausner

My greatgrandparents had seven children born in Skala Podolskaya in Eastern Galicia between 1890 and 1902.  Here are the house numbers listed on the images on the birth records in the JRI-Poland database.
404, 302, 301, 302, 13, 14, 26. 
My greatgrandparents moved to Skala when they married in 1886 and I do not know where they lived between 1886 and 1920. However, I have a photo of the house they lived in1920.  It was a combination dry goods store and house.  It is possible that they lived in that house as of their marriage.. In any case, I wonder why the birth records each involve a different house. Would that be the house for the midwife.  
I can provide links to the images of the records if that helps.  
Tony Hausner
Silver Spring, MD


Re: Beth David Cemetery in Elmont, NY #photographs #usa

A. E. Jordan

Did anyone offer? Or I might be able to do it on Sunday.

Allan Jordan

-----Original Message-----
From: sea1958wa@...
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Sent: Mon, Oct 4, 2021 3:30 pm
Subject: Re: [] Beth David Cemetery in Elmont, NY #photographs #usa

If someone does go, i can add a couple names, and put a check in the mail (hope $20 is enough for your time) for them after photo's are taken and sent. Just send address to send it to. 
Ruebin and Florence Fiedler, map is attached for location.
Brian Westerman, sea1958wa@...

Are you bored without Facebook?🥱 #JewishGenUpdates

Avraham Groll

Are you bored without Facebook & WhatsApp? Come on over to JewishGen! 

There are so many ways to make your experience on JewishGen productive and meaningful. Here are some things can do while you wait for Facebook to return: 

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We hope you will be inspired to learn more about your family history, and that you will continue to utilize our free website even once Facebook comes back online :)

Wishing you much success with your research!
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Free Webinar: New England Jewish Roots #JewishGenUpdates #education

Avraham Groll

Join us for Researching Jewish Families in America, a special series of JewishGen Talks highlighting archives, museums, and historical society collections of interest to family historians. The next virtual talk will take place on Wednesday, October 6, 2021 at 2:00 PM ET, and will focus on New England Jewish Resources. Specifically, it will feature repositories with collections about the Jews of New England. The program is co-sponsored by the New England Jewish History Collaborative (

Registration is free with a suggested donation. Please click here to register nowAfter registering, you will receive a confirmation email about how to join the webinar.


  • Rachel C. King, Executive Director, The Wyner Family Jewish Heritage Center at New England Historic Genealogical Society
  • Lindsay Sprechman Murphy, Senior Archivist, The Wyner Family Jewish Heritage Center at New England Historic Genealogical Society
  • Kate-Lynn Laroche, Executive Director, Rhode Island Jewish Historical Association
  • Elizabeth Rose, Executive Director, Jewish Historical Society of Greater Hartford
  • Harris Gleckman, Director, Documenting Maine Jewry Project
  • Ellen Kowitt, Director, JewishGen’s USA Research Division

SCJGS: invites you "O Canada: Researching Your Canadian Jewish Ancestors from Afar" with Marion Werle #canada #events #records #announcements

Leah Kushner

Santa Cruz Jewish Genealogy Society  invites you to  


"O' Canada! Researching Your Canadian Jewish Ancestors from Afar "   

Marion Werle. Professional genealogist

Sunday, October, 24. 2021, 1pm Pacific Time Zone/4pm Eastern  . 



Free to Members, $5.00 to Guests



This presentation concentrates on internet-based Canadian family research that can be done from virtually anywhere. The focus is on the major years of Jewish immigration to Canada after 1880 and ranges from Jewish farming settlements in the Canadian West to immigration to larger cities. The presentation covers the major sources of Canadian genealogical records– government, general genealogy websites, educational and other institutions – and includes ship manifests, naturalization records, Canadian census and census substitutes, city directories, voter lists, 1940 residence records, Jewish communal institutions, vital records, cemetery data, military records and local histories.

Bio: Marion Werle, a professional genealogist, began family history research 25 years ago, researching family from Lithuania, Latvia and Belarus, who settled in the US, Canada, UK, and Israel. She has been on the boards of JGSLA and JGSCV (Conejo Valley/Ventura County) and is a past president and founding member of the Latvia SIG (Special Interest Group). She is currently on the board of the revitalized JewishGen Latvia Research Division. She has an ongoing interest in applying general genealogical methodology standards to Jewish research. Marion has also spoken at several IAJGS conferences and local genealogical societies in the Southern California area.

Zoom link will be sent to your email the week of the event, please check your Spam folder. For more information or membership information membership.scjgs@...

Contact: Leah Kushner

 President, SCJGS
Santa Cruz, California





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