Re: A New Book in German about the Adoption of Surnames in Galicia and Bukovina #galicia #ukraine #names #austria-czech


Thank you for this notification. I'm certainly interested in seeing the English summary of this. The question of how Jewish surnames arose is one of the central clues for tracing how we're all connected.
Joe Kraus

Re: Help needed to ascertain Blumberg family variant first names #names

Martin Blumberg

I believe that this is Brina's brother: Is there a way to trace these numbers? I'm new to all this so don't know how?

Latvia, Courland Registers and Family Lists, 1845-1874

NameChatzkel FeitelbergAge1871 in50Birth Year1821Record Year1871Registration TownPilteneFatherHirschTypeRecruit's Enlistment registerFond Number630Family Number50Oklad (Tax Reference) Number213
Martin Blumberg

ViewMate Translation Requests - German to English #translation

Geoff Kaiser

Hi All

I've posted three vital records in German for which I need a translation. They are on ViewMate at the following address ...
Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page.
Thank you very much.
Geoff Kaiser
Melbourne, Australia

Re: Help needed to ascertain Blumberg family variant first names #names

Odeda Zlotnick

Simcha and Shmarya are not variants of the same name.
That said, one can easily misread Simcha as Schmarya -- see this image:

All it takes is for the stonecutter (or the reader) to have missed a bit at where the red arrow is pointing .  The first word is Simcha the second is Shmarya. Move the second character for the left a bit to the right, make it a bit too long, and Shmarya looks like Simcha.
Odeda Zlotnick
Jerusalem, Israel.

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

Elissa Burnat

If you know the microfilm number you can request a record at this site:
The staff will send you the image by email. I have gotten a number of records this way lately.
Elissa Burnat

ENOWITZ Lomza and Kolno, Poland
ZUMERFELD Lomza, Poland
JANUSZEWSKI Lomza and Grajewo, Poland

Rose Edith (Ostroff) Vezeau #usa

Steve Pickoltz

For all of you, that answered my earlier post, thank you.  Sorry for the delay in getting back to all of you.
Many found the death notice for her sister, that listed her married name as Vezeau.  That is also how I found it.
From other info that was sent to me, a person by that name lived in LA with a George D. Vezeau.  A Rose Vezeau is listed as dying in Cottonwood, Arizona.
I don't know yet if this is my cousin.  To date, I have not been able to find a marriage record (I mentioned earlier, she may have been married more that once), nor any death record, Obit for her or this George D. Vezeau.  There are no family members alive to check on any of this.  It appears I am at a loss to solve this mystery.  
I am open to all suggestion.
Steve Pickholtz

Re: Help needed to ascertain Blumberg family variant first names #names

Martin Blumberg

Brina Feitelberg( Feytelberg) 1814-1892
2nd great-grandmother

Schmerl (Schmarja) BLUMBERG 1845-1929
Son of Brina Feitelberg( Feytelberg)

Herman Chaim Hyman BLUMBERG 1878-1971
Son of Schmerl (Schmarja) BLUMBERG

Theodore Blumberg 1918-2009
Son of Herman Chaim Hyman BLUMBERG

Martin Blumberg
You are the son of Theodore Blumberg


Brina Breindel Bryndla FEiTELBERG BLUMBERG

Matching Person details


Abraham Avrum Abram BLUMBERG


Hirsch Tzvi FEiTELBERG


Riwe Rivka Rywa FEiTELBERG




1814 Piltene, Talsi Novads, Latvia


18 Feb 1892 Piltene, Talsi Novads, Latvia

Hi Sherri


This is l I can find, but no documented evidence of her maiden name?



Martin Blumberg

Researching Surnames


Re: Help needed to ascertain Blumberg family variant first names #names

Martin Blumberg


Yahrzeit :
26 Av 5782 (23 Aug 2022)
Gender : Male
Tribe : Cohen
Synagogue :  
Cemetery : Maitland Gate 8
Grave :  
Death Date: 26 Av 5689  (1 Sep 1929)
Burial Date : 16 Kislev 3761 (1 Jan 1970)
Consecration Date: 16 Kislev 3761 (1 Jan 1970

Picture 19771.jpg

This is the information I have. Abraham was Schmarja was father, so I ma confident that this is correct

With thanks

Martin Blumberg

ViewMate Translation Request #poland #translation


Dear Fellow Researchers,
I have posted an 1865 death record from Radzyn Podlaski for which I would greatly appreciate a translation.
Here's the link:
Thank you in advance for your help!
Tammy Weingarten
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Re: What happened to my great, great grandfather after he landed at Ellis Island? #canada #lithuania #usa

Michele Lock

I also have an older man in my family tree, who came to the US in 1910, and then seemed to disappear. He said he was coming to see his daughter in Trenton NJ on the ship manifest, but he never showed up on a census list, or in a death index, or in any cemetery. It turns out that he went back to the old country, to Lida (now in Belarus), where I found him on a tax list in 1912. This man also left a wife behind in Lida, though the grand majority of the couple's children were in the US by then.

You don't say how old your Nissen was, but I take it he was 50+ years old. Perhaps he and/or his wife felt it was too much effort to start a new life over again in Montreal, and so it is a real possibility that he did go back. There aren't any outbound ship passenger lists from the US to Europe that you can check, nor are there any inbound ship lists for arrivals in Bremen or Hamburg (so unfortunate). You could try and check the New York City death records and indexes (via, to see if your Nissin shows up there. 

Hope this helps.
Michele Lock

Lak/Lok/Liak/Lock and Kalon/Kolon in Zagare/Joniskis/Gruzdziai, Lithuania
Lak/Lok/Liak/Lock in Plunge/Telsiai in Lithuania
Rabinowitz in Papile, Lithuania and Riga, Latvia
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

Bessarabia Yizkor Books #bessarabia #yizkorbooks #translation

R Jaffer

The Bessarabia Research Division is seeking volunteers to work with translators for the Yizkor Books from: 









If you are able to commit at least a year as a translation coordinator for one of these books, please contact me for more information. This is not a time-consuming position.

Roberta Jaffer



Translation Request: Russian #translation

Avi Lichtenstein

I've posted a vital record in Polish for which I need a translation. It is on ViewMate at the following addresses:



Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page.
Thank you very much.


Avi Lichtenstein 

North Bethesda, MD

Re: My Hebrew Name #names

David Harrison <djh_119@...>

Surely you remember the name which was used to call you up for your Bar Mitzva?  Nearly as important, remember that that many Rabbis are female, mine is and has been for nearly 30 years; I know many others.   Just ask your Rabbi without any he, him nor he or she, just your Rabbi.
David Harrison,#
Birmingham, England

From: main@... <main@...> on behalf of Shlomo Katz <shlomodkatz@...>
Sent: 06 October 2021 11:45
To: main@... <main@...>
Subject: Re: [] My Hebrew Name #names
Here are some possibilities:
1. If your parents belonged to a synagogue, it may have records--not necessarily a record of your birth, but even membership records may list names of children.
2. If you are named after a deceased relative, try to locate that person's tombstone.
3. If you have living older relatives, perhaps they remember.
PLEASE NOTE: Even if you find an answer through this or other methods, if you are seeking this information for a religious purpose such as getting married or divorced, you must inform the officiating rabbi that you are not certain what your name is and tell him how you came to the conclusion that you came to. He will then decide whether to rely on your research for the religious purpose.
Good luck,

Shlomo Katz
Silver Spring MD

Twins Samuel David and Marcus LEWIN #israel #poland

Carol Jean Weightman

I am looking for information on family members Samuel David Lewin and Markus Lewin. I have gathered what is available on Ancestry but wonder if Samuel David and Markus were known to list members.

I am also looking for descendants of Samuel David and Markus.

Twins Samuel David and Markus were born on 11 October 1911 in Sambor.

They were twin sons of Rabbi Aron Lewin of Sambor, Rohatyn and Rzeszow. Rabbi Aron was also a deputy of the Polish Sejm.

Samuel David and Markus entered the United States from Shanghai on 20 October 1941. The occupation for both was given at that time as Rabbi.

Samuel David died in Jerusalem on 1 March 1992. Before that, he may have become a Canadian national. It would be good to know when Samuel David came to Jerusalem and if he lived there with family members.

Markus may have died in New York in 1991. He may have become a US national.

It would be good to know if Samuel David and Markus had children.

I would welcome any information.

Best wishes
Carol Jean Weightman

Searching for MALKIN family members who came to U.S. 1900 or before #belarus #usa

Beth Galleto


I am trying to find a family that I am told immigrated to the U.S. from Khotimsk, Belarus, in 1892 or 1900. The family may have had five children. I do not know any given names or ages.


The husband or wife was a sibling of Haim (also called Yefim) MALKIN (1900-1981). Haim was the son of Yankel or Yakovlev MALKIN and his wife Sara. Yankel married twice and had 14 children. I am told some of Haim’s brothers were Moisei, Mishaizhe, Michel and his sisters were Rosa, Rahil and Maryasha. I don’t know the other names.


I am also told that at some time the brother or sister managed to return to the Soviet Union for a visit. He/she was a doctor, a gynecologist.


I realize that if we are talking about a brother, the surname is probably still MALKIN, but if it was a sister, the name could be anything.


I am in contact with descendants of Haim Malkin’s family in Israel and Russia. I realize we do not have much information to go on, but maybe this will ring a bell for someone. It would be wonderful to be able to reconnect them with their family who came to America so long ago.


Thanks for any help you can provide.

Beth Galleto

Washington DC

Jewish Genealogy webinar #announcements #events

Deb Kroopkin

If you or anyone you know might be interested in attending, I will be teaching four workshops on Jewish Genealogy on Thursday, October 14th for the Wisconsin Historical Society. It should be a nice small group. All are welcome. It will be recorded, so that registrants may view it at their leisure. Not for you experts out there. More for the newbies. Feel free to write me if you have any questions about it.
Best, Debbie Kroopkin, Niles, Illinois

Searching for relatives of Irit Romano #israel

Christine Lassiege


I am looking for any relatives of Irit Romano / kuperhand born in 1929 in Minsk Mazowiecki Poland. She is a niece of my late grandfather. 

After the war she emigrated to Israel in 1945 and as far as I know, she meet Romano Cooper, married with him and changed her name. She lived in Herzliyia and has grandchildren.

I am working on our genealogy and search for relatives who could add information, it would be very nice to share.

Please email me if you can help.
Many thanks

Christine Lassiege (France)

Surnames / Towns : KUPERANT / ROJZMAN / ROTSZTEJN / TROJNA /   Minsk Mazowiecki

Viewmate translation - German #translation

Linda Cantor

I would appreciate a translation of the marriage record of Taube Mandel (record 16) on Viewmate.

Its on Viewmate - VM 95505
Please respond on form or directly to me.

Thanks in advance.

Linda Canto

Re: Help needed to ascertain Blumberg family variant first names #names

Sherri Bobish


Is Feitelberg Brina's maiden or married name?

Approximate year of birth?  Town or region of birth?

Did she emigrate?

This info will help people advise you on 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?)

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

Sherri Bobish


Looks like good research tips at:
"Records at the Family History Library

The birth, marriage and death records of the Portuguese and German Jewish Congregations are available on microfilm through the Family History Library. Many of these records are three generational as the mother's father's name is given.

Authors Aviva Ben-Ur and Rachel Frankel, have compiled the epitaphs from the headstones of the Jewish people, in theor book Remnant Stones; The Jewish Cemeteries of Suriname."

The records of many Jews of Suriname have now been indexed and added to the Knowles Collection. These records are linked as families and available free of charged to be searched. Records are constantly added. "

Also, if you Google the words Jews Suriname you will find many websites discussing the history.

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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