Re: Ustilug ? #galicia

Alexander Sharon

Ustilug was located in Wolynia region of the Russian Empire

Alexander Sharon

Re: Chiena? #names


Thank you all so much for the validation that Chiena is really the name. 

So it is three syllables, right?

And the first syllable is KHY like the first syllable of Chaya?

or is the first syllable KHEE like maybe chiyuv and chinuch?

Susan Slusky
Highland Park, NJ

Epstein family from Polotsk #belarus


I am searching for information on the Epstein family from Polotsk. My grandfather and his brother -Zalman and Pinchus- were born and lived in Polotsk and came to Cape Town South Africa in the 1920s- they had been living in Nevel since after WW1 and it was from there that they came to South Africa. They left behind family in Polotsk particularly 2 brothers -Goodman and Arachmiel. One of whom  was involved in the Communist Party. Their father was Shmuel, a teacher, and their mother I think was Dina. The Epstein family was also somehow related to the Postowsky family from Polotsk. If anyone has any connection to above names, would be delighted to hear from you. 
Drbby Myers
Cape Town, South Africa

Re: Romanian passport #romania #records #subcarpathia

michele shari

I have my grandmother’s and grandfather’s original Romanian passports. One was from Viseu de Jos and the other from Carei. They were not issued locally and would probably not be in the local archives so you would need to first figure out where they would have been issued. I will tell you they have great information such as their actual address, their father’s name ( which I already knew) and their pictures. It is a precious piece of history. Since I have the original it is stamped with exactly where they left from and the dates. The archive wouldn’t have that as it is after the fact. 

please let us know if you are successful in getting the copies. 


Michele Farkas
Boynton Beach, FL
researching Stauber, Stober, Shtauber, Ganz, Gans, Herstik, Hershtik, Teszler, Tessler, Malik, Malik, Davidovici (all from Viseu, Also Visso), Weiszhausz, Weiszhausz, Rosenfeld (Vamospercs, Hungary)

Why Alabama? #lithuania #usa

Marcia Segal

A distant cousin (Aron Joseph Kaplan) emigrated from Lithuania to the US, circa the 1890s. He was in Savannah, Georgia by 1897 (appearing in the city directory), and in Birmingham, Alabama by 1906 (where he was married). What was the draw for Jews going to the Southern US? I haven't yet found his immigration papers, which would help know where and when he arrived--although I'm told Galveston, Texas was a point of entry for the arrivals to the South. He had family in Philadelphia and in Washington, D.C., so there must have been a draw for him to go elsewhere (he was on speaking terms with those parts of the family). Guidance welcome, and thanks in advance.

Marcia Segal

Help needed to interpret details in Offenbach Jüdische Einwohnermeldekartei #germany


The attached image is of my grandfather’s index card in the Meldekartei. In the lower left quarter are details of his movements. Most of these relate to time spent in the Prussian Army. For example, he went to Darmstadt in 1909 for his national service in Infantry Regiment 115. However, I have several questions about the entries and hope someone can help with answers.


For most of the various recorded comings and goings two dates are shown, one above the other. In all but one instance, the first date is a few days after the second. So why are there two dates?


In November 1912 he appears to have gone to Landau for 10 months. But Landau at that time was in Bavaria, whose armed forced were quite separate from the Prussian Army. So why would he have gone there?


I cannot read the characters after ‘Landau’ or after ‘Wiesbaden’. Any suggestions?


The final ‘linked’ dates on the card are 21 November 1916 (midway through WW1) and 1 August 1914 (the day the Kaiser ordered full mobilisation). So these are almost two years apart and appear to be linked with a return from Wiesbaden. Perhaps he was wounded in 1916 and returned home, but that doesn’t explain the 1914 entry. Any ideas about this?


I have searched for answers in Offenbach and in online databases without success, so hoping someone seeing this might have encountered something similar and found answers.


Sohail Husain (Hampshire, UK)

Searching for Grünebaum and Reiss

civil registraion mihalyfalva #romania #hungary #records

joseph just

Do civil registration records for mihalyfalva/valea lui mihai exist? Where would they be found?

Sarah Just

Romanian passport #romania #records #subcarpathia

joseph just

Is it possible to get an ancestor's passport or passport application from Romanian archives?

Sarah Just

Invitation to JGSSN Zoom meeting: "Oceanic Journey to America – Traveling in Steerage Class” with Nancy Levin #events

Ben Kempner

The Jewish Genealogy Society of Southern Nevada (JGSSN) invites you to a Zoom meeting at 1:00 p.m. (Pacific Standard Time) on Sunday, November 21: "Oceanic Journey to America – Traveling in Steerage Class” with Nancy Levin.

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:

Nancy will discuss the experiences that passengers endured at all points of time - including actual reports from newspaper articles, interviews, etc. For those that arrived in the 1840s - the oceanic experiences were different than those that come in the 1870s, and different again, then those who arrived after the cholera epidemic in Hamburg and ensuing changes.

About Nancy Levin:

International lecturer; author; and full-time professional genealogist specializing in Jewish genealogy. Licensed by the Board for Certification of Genealogists since 1997. Speaker at annual NGS and Jewish genealogy international conferences (IAJGS); New England Historic and Genealogical Society; Hebrew College; community centers; libraries; and other venues. Author of chapters on immigration and naturalization in the Avotaynu Guide to Jewish Genealogy. BA, U. of Vermont; MBA, Northeastern U.  


Ben Kempner

Vice President,

Jewish Genealogy Society of Southern Nevada

Boston,MA Wyner Family Center for Jewish Heritage "At Home in the World: American Jewish Women Abroad, 1865-1940 #announcements #usa

Jan Meisels Allen



The Wyner Family Jewish Heritage Center at the New England Historic Genealogical Society is holding a free webinar on October 26 at 6:00PM Eastern Time, At Home in the World: American Jewish Women Abroad, 1865-1940.  Registration is required at:




Presented by: Dr. Melissa R. Klapper


Join the Wyner Family Jewish Heritage Center (JHC) and Dr. Melissa R. Klapper for this exploration of the lives and travel experiences of American Jewish women in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Interweaving stories about women represented in the JHC’s own archives, Dr. Klapper will discuss how at a time of prescribed roles for women, American Jewish women discovered independence and self-actualization as they traveled around the world.


Melissa R. Klapper is Professor of History and Director of Women's & Gender Studies at Rowan University. She is the author of Jewish Girls Coming of Age in America, 1860-1920 (NYU Press, 2005); Small Strangers: The Experiences of Immigrant Children in the United States, 1880-1925 (Ivan R. Dee, 2007); and Ballots, Babies, and Banners of Peace: American Jewish Women's Activism, 1890-1940 (NYU Press, 2013), which won the National Jewish Book Award in Women's Studies. Her most recent book is Ballet Class: An American History (Oxford University Press, 2020).



Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


Switzerland's Zurich Kunsthaus Museum Has Art Work to Bührle, Which Belonged to Jews During World War ll #announcements #holocaust

Jan Meisels Allen



A new, $220-million extension to the Kunsthaus Zurich, left, faces the museum’s original 19th-century building across a central Zurich square. Credit...©Luxwerk, Zurich


The Zurich Kunthaus Museum became the largest art museum in Switzerland with a new extension which includes the masterpieces once owned by Emil Georg Bührle, a Swiss industrialist who died in 1956 but whose dark legacy haunted the opening of the new $220-million extension. Bührle made his fortune by selling arms to Nazi Germany, and that he bought art that was looted by the regime, new revelations keep emerging.


The Swiss magazine “Beobachter, reported that Bührle employed hundreds of girls and young women from troubled backgrounds in slave-labor-like conditions in Switzerland as late as the 1950s. This month, the magazine said that in 1941, Bührle snapped up two Swiss spinning mills at bargain prices after their previous owners — Jews whose assets in Germany had been “aryanized” in forced sales — had fled to Argentina.”


“Now, 203 artworks belonging to the Foundation E. G. Bührle Collection, an organization set up by the industrialist’s family after his death, have entered the Kunsthaus collection on a 20-year loan. About 170 are on show in the new extension.


During World War II, his company produced weapons for both the Allies and Nazi Germany, and Bührle became the richest man in Switzerland. Though the Allies put his company on a blacklist after the war, the boycott was lifted in 1946 and the business continued to expand.


Between 1936 and 1956, Bührle bought more than 600 artworks — some of them looted from Jews by the Nazis. In 1948, the Swiss Supreme Court ordered him to return 13 pieces.


The Bührle Foundation itself began conducting provenance research in 2002, and the results are published on the foundation’s website ( , though there is no detailed ownership history on the labels next to the paintings on display in the Kunsthaus.


Lukas Gloor, the director of the Bührle Foundation, said in an interview that ‘today, we can be sure that there is no looted art, in the strictest sense, in the collection,’ but added, ‘we do not rule out the possibility that new information could come to light.’


One such work is an 1879 Cézanne work, ‘Paysage,’ The foundation’s website doesn’t mention that its prewar owners, Martha and Berthold Nothmann, were Jewish; it says the couple ‘left Germany in 1939,’ instead of spelling out that they fled persecution.


Monet’s 1880 ‘Poppy Field Near Vétheuil’ is another contested work. Bührle bought it in 1941 at a Swiss gallery for less than half its market value, according to a 2012 report by the historian Thomas Buomberger. It had been offered for sale by Hans Erich Emden, the son of a German Jewish department-store mogul whose assets in Germany were expropriated by the Nazis after he moved to Switzerland. The foundation rejected a claim from Emden’s heirs, arguing that the sale was not a result of Nazi persecution. Gloor said that cases in which German Jews sold assets while exiled in Switzerland should not necessarily be considered sales under duress. “Switzerland was not German-occupied; there was no persecution in Switzerland,” he said. ‘People were free to sell, or not sell.’


With the collection’s move to the Kunsthaus, responsibility for provenance research now rests with the museum, though any restitution decision would fall to the foundation as the owner, Gloor said.”

To read more see:


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


Re: Why St. Louis? #usa

Cantor Dan Singer

Judith, where is your Singer surname from? Also Lithuania? If so, is it near Paneveys? My Singer family comes from Birzai, but most of the Singers who remained there were murdered in the Holocaust. Wondering if we have a connection.

Dan Singer.

Re: Ustilug ? #galicia

Beverly Benz

Question: was Ustilug in Galicia?

Beverly Benz
Moderator Note: Please reply pruvately

Re: Searching in Zaklikow (Poland) #poland

Stanley Diamond

JRI-Poland has offline records for Zaklikow.

To learn about offline records for your town, write to [townname]
Stanley Diamond, M.S.M.    
Executive Director, Jewish Records Indexing - Poland, Inc.

Searching in Zaklikow (Poland) #poland
From: Wendy Griswold
Date: Mon, 18 Oct 2021 15:13:01 EDT

Dear friends and cousins,

at my wits' end. I have a 92 year old second cousin by marriage in
Uruguay who is begging me to find out something about his mother and
siblings from Zaklikow circa 1900. I don't find anything on JRI that looks 
promising. I assume that whatever records may exist are not on line.

He has found out that the records about his siblings were sent ca.
1944 to Kielce (Sandomierz office, according to my cousin).

Anyone know how to write there and find out if there is something on his family?

Suggestions welcome.

Wendy Griswold, Pittsfield MA
Searching: Galicia: Blitz, Pfeiffer, Rothman (any spellings)
Nowy Sacz area: Einhorn, Wenzelberg, Shifuldrem (any spellings)
Ekaterinoslaw Dwass (any spellings)

Help deciphering a civil wedding certificate, Johannesburg (1936) #southafrica


This is my Great Grandmother's civil wedding certificate.

I am trying to find out more about the Rabbi who officiated (surname - Woolf, first name unclear, perhaps Wm. denoting William?) and to identify the synagogue in which the marriage might have taken place. Does anyone have any information pertaining to a Rabbi Woolf, who officiated marriages in Johannesburg in the 1930s?

Help deciphering the address listed for my Great Grandmother would be helpful. It looks to be in the Yeoville suburb of Johannesburg, but I can't read the rest. It may give a clue as to the likely shul in which the marriage would have taken place.

The Race/Ras is also listed as E - does anyone know what this refers to in civil wedding certificates in South Africa at that time?

With thanks,

Matthew Owen.

London, UK

Re: Chiena? #names


My greatgrandmother was Chiena  (Herschman). She lived in Vitebsk, then Lithuaina and afterwards in Beliki Luki, now Russia. We are descendents of the Vilna Gaon. I was told that this name is common in his family. Evidently it was the name of one of his daughters. My father said it was derived from the name Chana.
Esther (H[G]erschman) Rechtschafner
Kibbutz Ein-Zurim, ISRAEL

Re: NORDHEIMER Family of Memmelsdorf in Unterfranken #germany

Ralph Baer

It took me a couple of days to get over the shock of receiving an answer to a post which I made to GerSIG back in 2003. It was one of a series of about 40 posts I made over about a year at the suggestion of the moderator John Lowens. I will reply to Stefan Rohrbacher in detail as well as the other posters and the people who emailed me over the next few days.


Ralph N. Baer   RalphNBaer@... Washington, DC

Ralph N. Baer        RalphNBaer@...       Washington, DC

Re: Looking for info on towns: Bartfeld & Bardejov #austria-czech

Dan Rottenberg

Also check out the yizkor book for Bardejov/ Bartfeldt, published by Abraham Grusgott of Brooklyn, about 1980. In English and Yiddish.

Dan Rottenberg
Philadelphia PA

Re: Beth Moses Cemetery in Bronx, NY #usa #photographs

Rebecca Parmet

Correction to original post.

Beth Moses Cemetery is in West Babylon, NY.  

(I confused the cemetery location for where they lived in the Bronx).  Sorry and thank you for the correction.

I created a memorial on for the 2 people I am looking for at Beth Moses Cemetery.  I have also requested a photo there but a lot of times my requests are unanswered which is why I posted here.

Rebecca Parmet
Researching surnames: Lachman, Lakhman, Buchdrucker, Hirschmann, Milgendler/Milander

Re: To offer genealogy services in Ukraine #ukraine #general

Mark Halpern

Hi Ronald:

Many of the records of both Skalat and Podwoloczyska have been indexed and those indices are online at JRI-Poland and Gesher Galicia. Many of those indices are linked to images placed online by the AGAD Archives. 

For any research for towns now in Ukraine but formerly in Galicia, researchers should definitely check out the databases of both JRI-Poland and Gesher Galicia before contacting professional researchers in Ukraine. This makes sense also for towns in Poland. 

Mark Halpern
JRI-Poland Coordinator for Eastern Galicia
Gesher Galicia Member


On 2021-10-18 2:55 pm, gensurgmd wrote:

Good afternoon,
My family was from Poswolocheskay and Skalat.  Are there records there to be found concerning these towns.  If so, please let me know and send your fee schedule.  I will send you what I know so far.
Boshoi spaceba

Ronald Kaplan
Atlanta, Georgia

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