Re: Is the 2nd name on the headstone a given name or a family name? #lithuania #poland #names


Definitely agree with Mr Goldberg, this is a second part of what's referred to as a "Legal Double" given name.  The Jewishgen Given Names database is a good resource to verify this.

Note that the initial consonant in the Russian and Polish roots for "black" is ch (as in English "cheese") -- Russian черный /chorny/, Polish czarny /charny/ -- but the ts/ch alternation in Yiddish is well attested, for example tchotchke/tsatskele, "toy, trinket" (and a few other meanings as well).

Joel Novis
Longmeadow, MA
Researching:  NOVITSKIY (Kyiv, Vasil'kiv), OLSZTAJN (Łódź, Łowicz, Żychlin, Zgierz), GEYMAN/HYMAN (Ashmyany), POTASNIK/LEVY (??)

Re: When was house in Brooklyn, NY built? #usa #general


Try locating the property on the Sanborn fire insurance maps that were produced in various years. Looks like there was one in 1915 that woukd show what was there in that earlier time period.
 Then there was one done in 1928 for comparison 

Hope this helps
Lee Goodman
Vermilion, Ohio 

Re: Ever Heard of Neimark, Austria-Hungary> #hungary #austria-czech

Howard Fink

There were (at least) 4 towns that were once named Neumarkt; these are their current names:
• Nowy Targ, Poland (previously Austria)
• Sroda Slaska, Poland (previously Germany)
• Targu-Mures, Romania (previously Hungary)
• Tirgu Secuiesc, Romania (previously Hungary)
Do you know the approximate timeframe for Yetta or any of her immediate family? I can't speak for the other towns, but I do see a Jentel Traunstein in our Nowy Targ records project. (These records are not yet online.)
While the Polish Archives has not yet scanned this set of Jewish vital records, JRI-Poland has privately photographed and indexed them.
Please contact me privately for more information about the 4 records that I see connected with the family of this Jentel Traunstein.
Howard Fink
Nowy Targ Town Leader
Jewish Records Indexing - Poland

Re: Approximate year this may have been taken #photographs


For what it's worth, I have photos of my great-grandmother wearing similar shoes, taken in the late 1920s.

Ellen Morosoff Pemrick 
Saratoga County, NY


Offering to do research in Harvard’s Widener Library #general #usa

Yehuda Rubin

I expect to be visiting Harvard University‘s Widener Library (which has an extensive Judaica collection, some which can’t be found elsewhere) twice, once on December 6, and once on December 15. I am available to go through and copy books, manuscripts, records, or archives, provided that you can help defray a portion of my cost of travel.
Please email me privately if you are looking for any files. Thank you. 
Yehuda Rubin
Lakewood, NJ

Re: When was this photo taken and where #photographs

Bernard Flam

Hi from Paris,
Dear Marcie,
I am in charge of ca 30.000 pictures from our archives.
May I ask what is on reverse side of this picture when you take it out from the wooden frame ?
Bernard Flam
Archives & history of Medem Center - Arbeter Ring of France (Bund / Workmen Circle)

Re: Ever Heard of Neimark, Austria-Hungary> #hungary #austria-czech


Where is Neumark on the map?

Ron Peeters


Looking to locate Akiva Segal and wife Zeva/Zivi Segal #israel #general

mike yesnes



Looking to locate in Israel through yellow pages directories:
Akiva Segal and wife Zeva/Zivi Segal.
They lived in Jerusalem in 1968 - 1970's.
Divorced in the 1970's.
Had two kids: Chana and Ronnie.
Born in the mid 1970's.
Would appreciate your help.
Thank you.

Mike Yesnes

Re: Is the 2nd name on the headstone a given name or a family name? #lithuania #poland #names


I would say it is definitely a 2nd given name.
A Google search in Hebrew reveals that there are 2 graves on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem with that name (as a given name). Also a death notice for someone else.  All the deceaseds (or their families) are originally from Eastern Europe..
Steve Goldberg
Jerusalem, Israel
Sagan/Shagan family from Veliuona (Velon), Lithuania
Goldberg family from Vidukle, Lithuania
Susselovitch/Zuselovitch family from Raseiniai (Rossein), Lithuania

Looking for Thelma Graber #general #usa


A slight correction regarding the material transferred yesterday. Eliyahoo's original last name is POLAK and not POLKA as mistakenly written. And a small addition - he was born in Volozhin (also spelled Volozhyn).

Joseph Godelnik

When was house in Brooklyn, NY built? #usa #general

Roberta Berman

My mother and my aunts and uncles told me that my grandparents bought a house in Brooklyn in 1925. I have a photo of the house taken between 1939 and 1941 by the NYC Department of Records & Information Services. It says the house was built in 1926. I wanted to see what the house looks like now, so I did a Google search and found it on Zillow, which says the house was built in 1910.

How can I find out the correct date?

All the best,
Roberta Berman
Southern California

Searching WEISBERG from Kiev, OPPPENHEIM from Brest-Litovsk and Kiev

Re: Ever Heard of Neimark, Austria-Hungary> #hungary #austria-czech

E Feinstein

Nowy Targ [ˈnɔvɨ ˈtark] (Latin: Novum Forum, Slovak: Nový Targ, German: Neumarkt, Yiddish: ניימארקט‎ Naymarkt, Goral: Miasto/Nowý Targ) is a town in southern Poland with 34,000 inhabitants (2006)

Clifton New Jersey.

Viewmate translation - Russian #lithuania #translation

Michele Lock

Below are the Russian birth records for my great grandfather Abram Girsh Olitsky (1871) of Olita/Alytus in Suwalki, and his sister Enta (1875). For each, I'd like the father's name and surname, especially the patronymic if shown; the mother's name, including patronymic and surname if shown, the witnesses' names; and any other biographical information, such as occupation, age, etc. There may be inconsistencies between the two records. Thanks.

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

Re: Approximate year this may have been taken #photographs


I would guess by the styles, the early 1920’s.

Steve Buzil
BUZILA and KILYAN from present day Moldova
GRUBER and FEINGOLD from present day Ukraine
PORTNOY, GERSHON and OFSAIOF/OVSAIOVICH from present day Lithuania
MNUSHKIN and KOLVARACHIK from present day Belarus
EISENSTEIN and ZALIO from present day Romania

Can someone help with name of Romanian town (or name) #general


The attached inscription is written on the back of my grandparents' wedding photo in 1922.  The name (word one) Finesilver is my grandfather's family name who was born in Bessarabaia.  I think the next word, which I cannot recognise or read, may refer to the town where he was born.  Can someone help who is familiar with Romania/Bessrabia towns and might recognise what this word is or what it might refer to.  

Please respond on this forum or via the form provided on the ViewMate image page:

I would be very grateful for your help

Jeff Skinnon

Re: Ever Heard of Neimark, Austria-Hungary> #hungary #austria-czech

Andreas Schwab

Spelling variation. Probably one of several towns named Neumark or Neumarkt. Note that in native Austrian dialect "eu" is pronounced /ai/ as in eye, which in German is usually spelled <ei>. 
Andreas Schwab, Montreal, Canada

Re: Help with Hebrew name pronounced CRAY-nee #names


The name Krayndel (or Kraynee) is NOT a Hebrew name, but a Yiddish name.
The Hebrew name is Atara, which means, tiara.

Dr. Yael Joanna Zimmerman 

GUREVITCH Bela-Rus #belarus

Herbert Lazerow

    This is a Levite name, and the third most common Jewish surname in both Vilna and Vitebsk guberniyas, according to Alexander Beider.  My greataunt married into such a family in Usviaty, Vitebsk guberniya. 
Herbert Lazerow
Professor of Law, University of San Diego
5998 Alcala Park, San Diego CA 92110 U.S.A.
(619)260-4597 office, (858)453-2388 cell, lazer@...
Author: Mastering Art Law (2d ed. Carolina Academic Press 2020)

Herbert Lazerow
Professor of Law, University of San Diego
5998 Alcala Park, San Diego CA 92110
Author: Mastering Art Law (Carolina Academic Press, 2d ed. 2020)

Dąbrowa Tarnowska - Property Ownership #poland

Yale Reisner

The Regional Court in Dąbrowa Tarnowska, First Civil Department, announced in the 26 October 2021 edition of the Gazeta Wyborcza newspaper that it is seeking the heirs of the following individuals in connection with a private claim for title to one-half of the real property designated “dz. nr. 853/4” bearing Register No. KW TR1D/00071676/2 and consisting of 0.0077 hectares.


The court’s Docket No. is sygn. I Ns 192/21.


The ownership of this property is ascribed to:




Izak Noech (Izaak Noech) REIFEN


Naftali Chaim REIFEN

Brandla Ryfka WEITZ

Ruchla Mirla WEITZ


The court has set a deadline of 90 days from today for interested parties to make themselves known to the court.


Best wishes,


Yale J. Reisner

Warsaw, Poland

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SELINGER, Kraków-Podgórze #poland

Yale Reisner

Dear Fellow JewishGenners:


Are you familiar with the names Alfred and Mojżesz Selinger of 10 Rzemieślnicza Street in the Podgórze neighborhood of Kraków?


According to today’s Gazeta Wyborcza newspaper, the Regional Court of Kraków-Podgórze in Kraków is currently seeking the legal heirs of those named above in connection with the Polish State Treasury and the Krakow Fire Department’s preparing to exert eminent domain and seize the property.  The court gives interested parties 90 days to make themselves known if they wish to exercise a claim to the property.


You have the address of the property above.  The parcel’s reference no. is Parcel no. 374 Kraków-Podgórze under Register no. LWH 97 Podgórze.  The property measures 0.1250 hectares.


The court’s docket no. is  “sygn. I Ns 529/21/P.”


I am not a lawyer nor a realtor; I am just a genealogist who wants to give any legitimate parties a fair shot at their family’s legacy.


Interested parties should contact the Regional Court directly.  (In the event that you have any success with this, I’d be most curious to hear about it.)


Best wishes,


Yale J. Reisner

Warsaw, Poland

JGFF #913980





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