Education of an arendar or farm manager,19th c., #lithuania #general


In the 1880s, my great-grandfather Hirsh Grynberg (later Greenberg in the US) was a farm manager in the Suwalki District (Gubernia), Lithuania, in the Pale. My JewishGen teacher called him an Arendar. Under the Arenda system, Jews who could not own land would be hired by landowners to manage their estates and tenants. 

My question is, does anyone know how a young Jew would educate, train, or otherwise prepare himself for a responsible position of this sort? It must have required some knowledge of agriculture and also of the mercantile aspect of earning money from farm products. I'm looking at the years 1860-1890. After cheder in a small shtetl, what would Hirsh have done to get that far in life? Thank you! 
Elise Frances Miller
San Mateo, CA

Re: Tombstone translation requested Hebrew #translation


"Our dear father Menachem Mendel son of Yehoshua, died aged 52 on the 10th of Adar A 5681"
This is an educated 'guess' since the date isn't clear the way you typed it.  It is best to post a good photo of the stone so that we may be sure.
Also, IMHO מנדיג should be מנדיל.

Steve Goldberg
Jerusalem Israel

Jews deported to Siberia from Lithuania #lithuania

Audrey Levin

I am looking for a list of Jewish Lithuanians deported by the Russians from June 1940-41 to Siberia. The Jews who were deported were considered capitalists. So anyone prosperous and who owned a business was probably in this category.
There were about 7000 Jews sent to the labor camps (gulags). The main area they were sent to was Altai. 
Audrey Levin

Polish name translation to Hebrew #translation #poland

Shimy Karni

Hello friends,
I would want to know the Hebrew name for the Polish name "Nusia".

Shimi Karni, Israel

Free BCG Webinars Reisinger Memorial Lecture Series #announcements #usa

Jan Meisels Allen


The Board for the Certification of Genealogists is hosting six free webinars in its Joy Reisinger Memorial Lecture Series, presented in conjunction with Legacy Family Tree Webinars on Friday, October 8.


The hour-long webinars begin at 11:00 a.m. Eastern time/ 10:00AM Central/9AM Rocky Mountain Time and 8AM Pacific Time and continue throughout the day.


Six leading genealogists will speak on topics related to the Genealogical Proof Standard, DNA, ethics, immigration, and documenting our ancestors’ lives.


Context: A Powerful Tool for Problem Solving by Elizabeth Shown Mills -- the last genealogy presentation she will give.


Seven Immigration Methodologies, with Case Studies Across the Centuries by David S. Ouimette.


Investigate the Neighborhood to Advance Your Research by Melinda Daffin Henningfield.


What am I missing? Recognizing Research Holes in Available Sources by Patti Lee Hobbs.


Using Mind Mapping as a Visual Research Plan by Amy Larner Giroux.


Private Land Claims—Complicated? Yes, but Worth It! by Rick Sayre.


To learn more about the lecture series go to:


To register for live attendance go to:


These webinars will likely be recorded and available to watch for free in the webinar library  (

for up to seven days afterward.


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


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


Yes. There are restrictions on images. Not just from Poland. But I cannot find rhyme or reason to it. Some of my Polish villages are accessible from home. Others are not. Odd thing here is -- the villages are all in walking distance from each other ! 
Chicago vital records images also restricted.  
Also, I have attached sources and I have been able to get to the image through the attached source. Also able to view the rest of the film that way!

If your center is closed, the wifi is still on. I have been told I can sit in the parking lot with my laptop and access records that way. Haven't tried it yet!
Anything is worth a try! 

Maryellen Tobiasiewicz
family from: Bielsko-Biala powiat Poland
Gorlice powiat Poland
Lviv Oblast Ukraine

(US-CA-LA) Exploring Jewish Roots of Star Trek #announcements #usa

Jan Meisels Allen

Costumes worn by DeForest as Dr McCoy, left and William Shatner are part of

The Skirball Exhibit (Mel Melcon Los Angeles Times)


Most of us remember the original Star Trek with William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy, both descendants of Ukrainian Jewish immigrants. The Los Angeles museum, Skirball Cultural Center, has an exhibit “Star Trek:Exploring New Worlds”. The exhibit is set to continue through February.


Nimoy played the ultralogical Spock, half human, half-Vulcan an alien caught between two worlds. He came up with the Vulcan salute from a boyhood memory of sitting in a synagogue and seeing the hand gesture used by the Kohaniim, as they blessed the congregation.


To read the article see:

Original url:


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


Re: Seeking burial information #usa


Did you try online cemetery records such as Dead Fred or obituary notices in local newspapers in either country?  Can you check ship manifests leaving the US? 
Barbara Sloan
Conway, SC

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

michele shari

Did you call the office? For a lot of cemeteries if there is eternal care paid for they will do it for free. Others will do it for a charge of $10-15/grave. I have gotten family grave pictures for free from Beth David as there was eternal care and while he was doing the 2 graves he photographed the one nearby for free that didn't have eternal care. They were really nice.
Michele Farkas
Boynton Beach, FL

researching Farkas in Transylvania/Hungary (Carei, Tasnad, Cluj, Kisvarda, Margitta, Satumare), Weiszhauz/Weisshaus (Vamospercs), Rosenfeld (Vamospercs), Isak/Izsak, Taussig/Tauszik, Schein, Pollak (married Farkas), Jakab (married Farkas)

Researching Stauber/Stober/Shtauber (Viseu and surrounding towns, Maramures, Romania), Deutsch, Malek/Malec, Fischman, Genud/Genuth, Apter, Herstik/Hershtik/Herstig, Teszler/Tessler, Davidovici, Ganz/Gancz, Paszternak, Feig, Pollak, Jakab

History Books For Wysokie Mazowieckie, Poland #poland


Would anyone know of any books that have been published about the history of Wysokie Mazowieckie, Poland? I'm looking for a publication that encompasses the entire history of Wysokickie Mazowieckie through the present day that includes photos. It's part of my research that I'm doing on my mother's side of the family. 

Jerald A. Rothstein

Tombstone translation requested Hebrew #translation

June Genis

I would appreciate a translation of the Hebrew from this stone. I'm
particularly interested in his father's name.


אבינו היקר מנחם מענדיג בר יהושע. נפטר בן נב שנה לחדש אדריא שנת תרפא הנצבה
June Genis, 650--851-5224
Hemet, CA
Researching: GENIS, OKUN, SUSMAN, ETTINGER, KESSLER/CHESLER (Russian/Polish Empires)

Re: My Hebrew Name #names

Willa Lewis

To The JewishGen Discussion Group,
Thank you all so very much for your help and guidance in this matter. I was able to find my Hebrew name and my Father's Hebrew name.
I've been asked to do an aliyah at a Bat Mitzvah and now I can give the Rabbi the information I have found thanks to this AWESOME JewishGen Group!!!
With my deep appreciation.
Willa Lewis

Re: Seeking a publisher to print my family history #general


Problem with Amazon (Kindle Direct) is that you have to publish as a publicly accessible book - it cannot be a private copy that you make for distributing to family members. 

Might suit the same sorts of people who think nothing about disseminating private information about close relatives of other people all over Ancestry, Geni etc. 

So it depends very much what the book is......

Aubrey Blumsohn

What happened to Ida HILFREICH? #austria-czech

Myra Fournier

Ida HILFREICH was born in Vienna on Jan 1, 1872 to Maximilian HILFREICH (1830-1888) and Johanna WASSERVOGEL (1836-).

Ida was said to have disappeared off the streets one day (year unknown) never to be heard from again.

Her husband was Bertoldt HERZL (1862-1947) and their children were Felice (1895-1988), Max (1898-1952), Emil (1899-1961), and Johanna (1903-1999).

I have recently made contact with Ida's great-granddaughter Deborah ATKINS (nee WEIHS/WISE) and was hoping to help her solve this mystery of what happened to her paternal great-grandmother Ida Hilfreich.

Thank you.

Myra Fournier
Bedford, MA

Re: Picture of 2 stones at New Montefiore #photographs #usa


Contact the cemetery - many cemeteries will take pictures for a fee

You can also put a request on Find-A-Grave - this site does list these people - unfortunately no picture

Dassy Wilen

Photos of Samuel and Esther MUNK, nee BONDI #holocaust #photographs


Nuremberg City Archives is looking for pictures of Samuel MUNK (b. March
23, 1861 in Altona, d. Jan. 31, 1943 in CC Theresienstadt) and his wife
Esther, nee BONDI (b. May 15, 1880 in Mainz, missing CC Auschwitz since
1944). The purpose is to compare the portraits with recently found
photos of unidentified people taken during “Kristallnacht” in Nuremberg
where the couple moved to from Ansbach in 1937.

Gerhard Jochem
(Nuremberg, Germany)

Re: Seeking a publisher to print my family history #general

Theo Rafael

I self published several of my father's books including one related to our family's genealogy. It is quite technical but it can be done as DIY using Amazon's service (kindle direct publishing) or it's direct competition (Ingram spark
I did all of the publishing stages myself starting from proofreading, selecting the page size, placing the photos and text in the pages, adding page number, indexing, designing the cover. Cost was zero for publishing itself, you just pay for each print copy at manufacturing cost (there's a calculator to estimate per copy cost
You can also upgrade and pay for some of these tasks to be done by their specialists.
You don't have to put the book for sale, you can simply use it as POD for yourself.

Good luck,
Theo Rafael

Meet Your Mishpocha in Fort Wayne, Indiana #usa #events


If you have Jewish roots in Northeast Indiana, we hope you'll join us for the Northeast Indiana Jewish Genealogy Society's Third Annual "Meet Your Mishpocha" on October 24 from noon to 2:00 p.m. at 5200 Old Mill Rd. in Fort Wayne.   If you can't join us in person, we'll be holding four 1/2-hour virtual sessions with our mentors, including Mike Brown from the Indiana Jewish Historical Society, and Curt Witcher from the Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center.  Registration is required for those virtual sessions at  Masks will be required for those attending in-person. More information is included in the attached press release.  


I hope you can join us on the 24th.  If I can answer any questions, let me know.



Betsy Thal Gephart, vp



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

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