Need research advice / researcher for Nizhniy Novgorod #russia #records

C.W. Kirschbaum

I’d be most grateful for suggestions on how to access marriage (1898) and birth (1899-1904) records as well as recruitment lists (1892-1896) in Nizhniy Novgorod. Can you recommend a researcher in Nizhniy Novgorod who could identify, access, copy and translate the documents?

Claudia Witte-Kirschbaum
KIRSCHBAUM (Parysow, Rozan, Lodz, Nizhniy Novgorod); BORNSTEIN (Parysow, Rozan, Lodz); DUMTSCHIN (Mogilev, Nizhniy Novgorod)
LANDAU (Brzesko); FRISCH, EINHORN (Bochnia), STRUMPFNER (Krakow)

Help needed to find records for Talsi and Piltene #latvia #records

Martin Blumberg

I’m looking for birth, marriage and death records for Talsi and Piltene.


I found some of the info I’m looking for in the Recruit’s Enlistment Register 1871, but as they are incomplete, I’d like to look in other places as well.




Martin Blumberg

Melbourne, Australia








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

EA Wurster

I suggest you run a few samples of your book privately through other researchers for their critical eye. No doubt you are very proud of the 600 pages and want to present the book in the best possible light. I know from years of publishing that there is always room for improvement, and the more eyes you have on the title the less likely you’ll be disappointed in the results.

For example, consistency is very important, and human proofreaders can be helpful in picking up distracting misspellings and punctuation errors. I recently put together about 50 pages on a single person, and upon each reading by myself we found errors and misleading words.

After attending to the words and sentences, the pictures and graphics need some preparation. By that I mean, if you have copied and pasted digital graphics into a document, and then printed your proofs, this may result in poorer results than if you carefully look at the originals with specific printing process in mind. Just having a PDF available for distribution is often not enough, as what looks fine on your screen can be a disaster after the press or copier makes finished copies of each page. Carefully look at the resolution of each image, and the type of line screening which will be applied when the PDF is printed. 

Whether you use color or not is a major factor. In some cases color properly printed enhances an image. Otherwise it may just add to the cost of printing. In your PDF proof, on screen, a photo usually looks fine. But when printed it may be too dark, too light, etc.

These are my thoughts which come from years of practical experience with many types of documents and publishing models.

The specific issue of a short-term publisher is all of interest to me, so I am interested in the responses which recommend specific publishers. When I looked at this topic about a year ago I was frustrated at the limitations, but I'm sure there are improvements in cost and workflow.
Ed Wurster
Voorhees, NJ
Leider | Leader | Samowitz

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

Paul King

Education of an arendar. Since a large percentage of Jews were arendars in Poland from the 17th c. through to the 19th c., there was an accretion of knowledge both within the family and communally as to what was entailed in being an arendar. Of course, reading and writing for bookkeeping purposes was essential, but management of labor, networking for the purchase of agricultural equipment and marketing of wares or produce were among the key skills required and acquired. For excellent commentary on Polish arendars, I suggest M. J. Rosman, The Lords' Jews: Magnate-Jewish Relations in the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth during the 18th Century., and Hillel Levine, Economic Origins of Antisemitism: Poland and Its Jews in the Early Modern Period.

Paul King

Re: ViewMate Translation Requests - Hungarian #translation


I make 398 to be:
2 January 1941

1 January 1941at 4:45am
Samuel Spitzer
Religious duties, Israelite
A deceased unknown
The late Ferenc Spitzer

The late Cecilia Engel
Budapest 13th district, 33 Szabolc street
Stomach cancer
Annotated QU 1073 on the basis of written notification.

I am not sure about what the QU1703 of the annotation is, or even whether it is Q 21 107 3rd, but I think it relates to the missing signature of the notifier. 

Tom Beer

Melbourne, Australia


"52 Years in 11 Days: A Son, Facing Death, Finds His Father" #general #usa

Renee Steinig

This moving article about Sam Anthony's reunion with his birth father appeared in yesterday's New York Times:

"52 Years in 11 Days: A Son, Facing Death, Finds His Father"

If you can't get on the Times site, try this site or google the article's title for other links:

A remembrance of Sam, who served as the Special Assistant to the director of the U.S. National Archives, is on the Archives's website:
It includes a link to the transcript of Sam's oral history, describing 24 years of work at the Archives.

Renee Stern Steinig
Dix Hills NY

Living in and escaping Nentershausen (Hessen) #germany #holocaust #latinamerica

Michael Rubin

These memoirs are a fascinating and informative account of one family's pre-WW2 life in a small village in western Germany, first hand description of how village Jews experienced Kristallnacht, and how they managed to escape Germany in 1940 taking a circuitous route ending in Ecuador.  Should be of value for those interested in the experience of Landjuden (rural Jews of Germany), a compelling first hand description of a narrow escape from Germany and a German exile community in Latin America.  Published by Bert Katz of Boston.

Michael Rubin
Boston, USA

Re: Plonsk, Poland death record from 1939 #poland

Stanley Diamond

The JRI-Poland offline database of Płońsk death records in the town Civil Records Office (USC) includes 
entries up to 1940. The the only entry that may be a match to "Levke (Yehuda Dov) Czarka" is this one: 
Year of volume 
Date of Event
Given Name
Date Born
Civil Status
Father Given Name
Mother Given Names
Town Living
Town Permanent Resident
Fajga Małka
Idzikowice: 13.4 km ENE of Plonsk
Once again, researchers with an interest in records from Poland are urged to reach out to JRI-Poland in 
one of several ways:

     * Contact Town Leaders using the web form on the Town Explorer pages of our website 

     * Write to:  [townname]

Stanley Diamond, M.S.M.   
Executive Director, Jewish Records Indexing - Poland, Inc.

Plonsk, Poland death record from 1939 #poland
From: Helen
Date: Sat, 09 Oct 2021 15:26:42 EDT
I am trying to verify a date of death for my great grandfather Levke (Yehuda Dov) Czarka. 
A very distant relative on MyHeritage has posted the date as December 20, 1934 in Plonsk. 

I have been unable to independently verify the date and the person copied that date from 
someone else’s record on Geni. I have been unable to contact that person.
Can someone help point me to how I might find this record? Most of the rest of the family 
that stayed in Poland died in the Holocaust and they are remembered in Yad Vashem, but 
Levke is not so I believe he died before that.
Thanks so much for any guidance.
Helen Charca Gonzales
New Mexico, USA


Itte Endlich from London #unitedkingdom

Ronald Cohen

JGSLI Family History Workshop Sunday, November 7, 2021 #announcements #events #education

Bonnie Birns

Please join us for the Jewish Genealogy Society of Long Island's (JGSLI) 31st annual family history workshop, "Jewish Genealogy 101: Four Hours+ to Your Family Roots" The workshop is a half-day course on sources and strategies essential for Jewish Genealogy research and is recommended both for beginners and for family historians who want to brush up or expand their skills.

Sunday, Nov. 7, 2020 from 12:30 to 5 p.m. Virtual Seminar on Zoom.

Cost is $35 per person ($40 for Family). Attendees will receive a digital copy of the workshop manual, Jewish Genealogy 101 and a paper copy of Avotaynu's book Getting Started in Jewish Genealogy (mailed to you, US only).

See flyer and payment options on our website:

Last Day to Register is Friday, November 5.

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

Re: History Books For Wysokie Mazowieckie, Poland #poland


Gary Schiff's book "In Search of Polin: Chasing Jewish Ghosts in Today's Poland" describes fairly recent visit to Ostrow-Mazowiecki, Tykocin, Ostrolenda, Lomza which pretty much surround Wysokie.  Polonsky's monumental 3 volume History of Jews in Poland and Russia has general info up to 2008.
Larry Kanner
Salem, Oregon

Re: Widowed New Mother & New Born Child's Last Name in Lodz (1874) #poland #lodz

Barry Clarke


My great grandmother Molly Szklarkiewicz (her maiden name) was widowed when her husband died or was killed while serving in the army, around the time their son, my grandfather Samuel, was born; he was born in 1881, we believe in Krakow. We know nothing about this man other than that his last name was Steiglitz (my father's spelling) or similar. Molly was from Jedwabne, Poland. We have thus far been unsuccessful in locating any marriage, birth or military records in Poland. My father told me that Molly reverted to her maiden name Szklarkiewicz, anglicised to Clarke, and Samuel and our family thereafter were known - from her maiden name - as Clarke. This, on the face of it, answers part of Marilyn's question re a baby being given the mother's maiden name after the father died. However, the following complicates this issue! My father had also told me that Molly married a man she met on the ship over when emigrating with baby Samuel to the UK; he died before my father was born, and my father did not know his name. In my research, I discovered this man was Jacob Clarke. From his UK Naturalization Certificate, we know he was from Losice, Siedlce in Poland and it gives his parents' names but, as was the general case the anglicised family name, that is Clarke. Was it a coincidence that a Clarke married a Clarke (meeting on the ship over suggests this was not a relative) or MY QUESTION might Jacob have taken Molly's family name instead of his own, and if so for what reason? Their UK civil marriage record, which clearly consists of misspellings including Mille instead of Molly, does confirm Molly's maiden name was "Shklarkiewitz" and her widowed name was "Staglitz" ("Steglitz" on the Marriage Authorisation). Jacob is recorded only as Jacob Clarke. 

Does anyone have any thoughts/suggestions on this?

Barry Clarke
CLARKE/SZKLARKIEWICZ from Jedwabne and possibly Warsaw, Siedlce, Krakow. Emigrated to Dublin, then Liverpool. Maybe a connection to ELLENBOGENS
STEIGLITZ/SZTYGLIC OR SIMILAR from Galicia possibly. Died in military around 1881.
BARNETT/BIENSTOCK OR SIMILAR from Poland (don't know where). Emigrated to S. Wales, UK
LEVINSON changed to BRAHAM from Kalisz, Poland 
NEWMARK/NEUMARK from Posen/Poznan, Poland
MYERS from Manchester area, emigrated to S. Africa. 
GOODMAN, JACOBS, MOSES Don't know from where but emigrated to UK, some to Cornwall, others to S. Wales

Translation request - Russian #warsaw #translation

Gaby Laws

Please can I have a translation of this birth record Golda Perla Rotblat, B.1883, AKT 728, Warsaw - the father and mother's details please.
If this screenshot is not clear enough the record can be found here
Many thanks in advance.

Gaby Laws

London UK.

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

Sam G.

Pretty steep retail price.  I hope institutional libraries (e.g. CJH) will have it available. Original German OK by me.
-Amnon Gronner, USA

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


Hi Steve, Are my relatives on your list?  I would also pay $20 for a photo.  
Beth David Cemetery
Elmont, Nassau County, New York, USA
Plot: Section F, Block 7, Row 3
Interment: 1928-04-16
Helen Babitz · 1926–1928
Father: Max Babitz
Mother: Miriam Ginsberg 
Congregation Chai Odem Anshei Minsk

A Dalova Solomon

Re: What happened to Ida HILFREICH? #austria-czech

Sherri Bobish


I just found out that Aufbau is viewable on-line.

The page you need can be read here:
It is screen # 325.
Issue date Friday, Apr. 26, 1946, page 35 of the newspaper.  The page you want is on the right hand side of screen, second column.

There is a long list of names, including Ida Herzl and Anton Herzl.  Each name has numbers after, which I do not know what the numbers signify.

You should probably translate the introduction to the list.

Hope this help in your search,

Sherri Bobish

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


Thank you, Angel and Michele. I shall look into that book, Michele - I know he spoke Polish and came from a mercantile family, but know of no other education outside cheder. and Angel, I know about those colonies, and suspect my ggf's goal was simply to own his own land! At the age of 64, on his 3rd trip to America, he finally acquired 80 fertile acres outside of Atchison KS and settled there with his wife and youngest 7 children. Not the end of the story! I'm trying to write the book. 
Elise Frances Miller
San Mateo, CA

Plonsk, Poland death record from 1939 #poland


I am trying to verify a date of death for my great grandfather Levke (Yehuda Dov) Czarka. A very distant relative on MyHeritage has posted the date as December 20, 1934 in Plonsk. I have been unable to independently verify the date and the person copied that date from someone else’s record on Geni. I have been unable to contact that person.

Can someone help point me to how I might find this record? Most of the rest of the family that stayed in Poland died in the Holocaust and they are remembered in Yad Vashem, but Levke is not so I believe he died before that.

Thanks so much for any guidance.
Helen Charca Gonzales
New Mexico, USA


Re: Polish name translation to Hebrew #translation #poland

Shimy Karni

Hello ,
 Thank you for your reply.
This is a special case when we found some old hand writing signed by Nusia.
We do not know any Nusia in the family.
We thought it may be Yafa, who came to Israel in 1948. 
To be sure I send the question to the group.

Best Regards,
Shimi Karni, Israel

Family of Feige GLASS-Tel-Aviv #israel

Yonatan Ben-Ari

My late father-in-law, Rabbi Moshe Yerushalmy, had family in Tel-Aviv
by the name of Feige GLASS, and daughter Manya. Feige, I believe
lived on shderot chen in T.A. They may have been somehow related to
the VERFEL family, as in Yitzchak REFAEL who was a leader of the
Mafda"l National Religious) party in Israel.

I recently found a b. & w. picture of my F.I.L. with the above Feige,
Manya and her husband taken probably in the mid1960s in Israel.

I would like to share this picture with the above family and we would
like to reconnect with this family after many decades.

Yoni Ben-Ari, Jerusalem

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