Issac LAZAROV-Widower, late 19th early 20th, U.K #united kingdom #israel

Yonatan Ben-Ari

According to family lore my great great grandmother, Gittle
ABRAMOWITZ, married , in a second marriage (or third?) an Issac
LAZAROV( spelling unsure) a widower from England sometime during the
latter part of the 19th century and/or early 20th cent.
Supposedly this gentleman had 8-10 children with his previous wife and
came to Jerusalem, where Gittle lived looking for a "shiduch" (match).

Again, according to the family story, they lived in the relatively new
and upscale neighborhood of Mea Shearim (now known as the ultimate
ultra-orthodox neighborhood in Jerusalestates m). He (or they) were
considered quite "comfortable" financially.

Another version of this story states that Gittle left Novarodok with
four young orphans on the way to the USA. After a stopover in England
(Liverpool?) she met an Englishman and travelled with him to New
Haven, Ct.,(I do not know where they married in the U.K. or USA).
Interestingly there is a LAZAROFF family in N.H. who are in the
jewellry business , which is similar to Gittle's trade (silversmith).
The little indirect contact that I had with the LAZAROFF family in
N.H. were not aware of the above stories. Whatever the real story was
the descendants of the LAZAROFFs would not be blood relatives with our

If the above sounds familiar to anyone , I would like to confirm the
above family story. Tia.

Yoni Ben-Ari, Jerusalem

Re: New York City Death Certificate #records #usa

Adam Cherson

I attempted the certificate number search using and the Ancestry result was 27,615 records for the year of the certificate. So...that doesn't seem to work. Anyhow, the question is really can I locate a certificate on the familysearch system using only the certificate number, year, and place? This is because then I can print or view the certificate via Family Search. Ancestry doesn't provide NY images for this type of document. 
Adam Cherson

Re: Hearing recording from 1943 USO record #general

Allen Koenigsberg

This may be a kind of "VoiceOgraph" recording, once popular in widely-dispersed coin-operated machines (in the 1940s). You might try writing to Wm Bellman:  recordingbooth@....

Allen Koenigsberg
Brooklyn, NY 

Szatmar, Hungary #hungary

barbara Schoenburg

A librarian at the Morman Library told me that in most likelihood Jewish people from Szatmar would be register at the nearest large town. I found loads of jewish birth records for Szatmarcseke in the back of the Catholic church records book in Feheryarmat that they had at the Morman Library. They included birth registration with parents names, address, ages, etc., a real treasure trove.

Barbara Schoenburg
Researching: Schwartz, Svarcz, Grunfield, Engel,
Barbara Kozloff Schoenburg
Los Angeles, CA

Interpretation of an eventual jewish background from a dna test #dna #hungary

Herbert Lazerow

    An initial word of caution. DNA analysis is a combination of science and statistics.  If either is incorrect, the results will also be incorrect.  Since statistics are involved, we are dealing with probabilities, not certainties.
    An 8% Ashkenazi Jewish ancestry is about what one would expect if one of your great-great-grandparents had 100% Ashkenazi Jewish ancestry, and none of your other ancestors had any.
    Y-DNA analysis will not help you if you are certain that Jewish DNA does not occur in your male line because Y-DNA looks only  at the Y chromosome, which is passed nearly intact from father to son. Any female in that chain renders the test useless.
    There is probably no alternative to following the records back.  One might pay particular attention to female ancestors who lived in areas where significant number of Ashkenazi Jews lived.
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)

Re: Jewish Surnames but lost history #galicia #germany #general #names #sephardic

Andreas Schwab

First step: did you take a DNA test?
Andreas Schwab, Montreal, Canada

Translation of Cause of Death in Galician Polish Language Record #galicia #translation

Mark Halpern

Would greatly appreciate a translation of the cause of death on this 1919 Death records from Zloczow, Galicia. I have provided images of the entire record and a close-up of the cause of death. I am working with a friend on her family history. 

Thanks so much
Best to all,
Mark Halpern
Conshohocken, PA, USA

Re: Nunes da Costa - Possible Sephardim? #sephardic



There are two places with the name Galicia. One is in Poland and the other is in Spain. It's not clear which of these your ancestor came from.

Henry Best,
London, UK.

Graz Jewish births #austria-czech #records

Andreas Schwab

I am looking for the birth record of Georg Gruska, b. April 17, 1903.
Also, are there any residence record for Graz?
Georg's mother is Nina née Grünwald was born 1878 in Gyanafalva (Jennigsdorf), which at the time was in Hungary., She is a Shoah victim and is not included in the list of Austrian Shoah victims because her Austrian citizenship or residence could not be verified. Her son's birth record would prove that she lived in Austria.
I understand that the Graz records are held by IKG Vienna, are indexed but the index is not publicly available. What is the current situation?
Andreas Schwab, Montreal, Canada

SCJGS invites you to- The Power of the Catalog - Unindexed Records and How to Find Them on November 14 #events #records #announcements

Leah Kushner

Santa Cruz Jewish Genealogy Society  invites you to  
The Power of the Catalog - Unindexed Records and How to Find Them
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Researcher Deborah Glassman? #general


Does anyone know if Deborah Glassman is still doing research? Last year, I was in touch with her regarding help researching my Braverman relatives. She asked me to make a donation to the cause and I did so through her website. I received a few communications over the months that she was ill and needing surgery and would get my research results to me as soon as possible. I have written her to her several times over the past few months, but no response. I don't want to assume the worst, but wondering if anyone knows anything about her whereabouts, if she is still around, etc. I came to find her on when she posted on her own Ancestry Tree about Braverman (Brawerman) to "contact her" for details. It seems a bit unethical to hold information "hostage" like this, but that's another issue.

Thank you,
Donna Borok Moss
San Rafael, CA

Researching: Braverman/Brawerman; Grossman from Romania;

Request for gravestone translation in Hebrew #translation

Erika Gottfried

Hello, generous 'Genners.
I would appreciate it if one or several among you might be able to translate the Hebrew in the photo of this double gravestone below for one of my pairs of great-great grandparents.
With grateful thanks in advance,

Erika Gottfried
Teaneck, New Jersey

DNA testing #dna


Based on all of your experiences, which DNA testing entity is the most accurate?


Gabor Boda

Re: Revisiting Israel David Wright, Romanian, perhaps from Galați #romania


My apologies. The birth year in itemm #2 above should read 1860.
Jay Frank

Simeon Greenberg #unitedkingdom


I have also been researching the Greenberg family as they are ancestors of my husband. To date I have no further ancestry for him that I can verify. Simeon married Matilda Samson daughter of Lazarus Samson whose wife has a long ancestry.
I have been told by a relative of my husband that Simeon arrived in London to seek out Lazarus Samson who was a successful dealer in jewellery finds. This suggests that he knew of him and that possibly they came from the same area. Lazarus married Matilda and lived in Birmingham. I have further information if you wish
Best wishes Lynda Constantine

Re: RootsMagic Support Not Responsive #general

Norma Schumow

I can sync RootsMagic 7 and FamilyTreeMaker with Ancestry, but not with RootsMagic 8. Customer Service has responded, but what they suggest to try doesn't work. I think they released this program without proper QA testing.

Norma Schumow

Re: ViewMate translation request - Russian #translation #poland #russia


In Russian:



Герш Давид Мигдалек

Состоялось в городе Люблин 14-го (27-го) ноября 1912 года в 3 часа дня.  Явился еврей Нусин Райфман, верующий, житель города Люблин вместе с Гершем-Давидом Мигдалек пекарем, холостым, по представленному акту свидетельского состояния о рождении 19-и лет, родившемся в городе Варшаве, постоянного жителя посада Внявыщины Конойцы Люблинского уезда, временно проживающий в городе Люблин, сын Абрама-Юдки и Гитли, урожденной Келер, что вчера был заключен религиозный брачный союз между выше указанным Гершем- Давидом Мигдалек с Ханой-Гитлей Гертлер, по метрическому акту о рождении - 23-х лет, дочерью Ицки-Азека и Голды-Руды, урожденной Блуменшток,  родившейся и живущей в городе Люблин, в присутствии отца жениха, а также свидетелей: Мошки Фридмана, рабочего, 73-х лет и Берки Тухмана, домовладельца, 49-и лет, жителей города Люблин. Браку этому предшествовали троекратное оглашение в Люблинской синагоге - 4-го (17-го), 11-го (24-го) и 18-го (31-го) августа сего года.  Лица вступающие в брак не состоят между собой в родстве Дозволение отца жениха лично при заключении брака и сего акта заявлено словесно.  Новобрачные заявили, что предбрачный договор между ними заключен не был.  Акт сей по прочтении новобрачным и свидетелям, ими и нами подписан. Новобрачные, а также отец жениха заявили, что писать не умеют.

Нусин Райфман

Мошка Фридман

Берка Тухман

Содержащий акты гражданского состояния       Подпись


Translated into English:


# 160

Gersh David Migdalek

It took place in the city of Lublin on November 14 (27), 1912 at 3 pm. There was a Jew Nusin Raifman, a believer, a resident of the city of Lublin, together with Gersh-David Migdalek, a baker, single, according to the presented act of witnessing the birth of 19 years old, born in the city of Warsaw, a permanent resident of the settlement of Vnyavyshchina Konoitsy, Lublin County, temporarily residing in the city of Lublin , the son of Abram-Yudka and Gitlya, nee Kohler, that today a religious marriage was concluded between the above-mentioned Gersh-David Migdalek with Hana-Gitlya Gertler, according to the birth certificate - 23 years old, the daughter of Itska-Azek and Golda-Ruda , née Blumenstock, who was born and lives in the city of Lublin, in the presence of the groom's father, as well as witnesses: Moshka Friedman, a worker, 73 years old, and Berka Tuchman, a house owner, 49 years old, residents of the city of Lublin. This marriage was preceded by a three-fold announcement in the Lublin synagogue - on the 4th (17th), 11th (24th) and 18th (31st) August of this year. Persons entering into marriage are not related to each other. The permission of the groom's father personally at the conclusion of marriage and this act is declared verbally. The newlyweds said that the prenuptial agreement was not concluded between them. This act, upon reading by the newlyweds and witnesses, was signed by them and by us. The newlyweds, as well as the groom's father, said they could not write.


Nusin Raifman


Moshka Friedman


Berka Tukhman


Containing acts of civil status Signature

Translated by Michael Ryabinky
Boynton Beach, FL

Re: Kiper - Kipper - Koper - Kopper - Kuper family from Dragomiresti, Maramures Region, Romania #hungary #romania

michele shari

Hi Leah,
I really don't see many people posting for information about relatives in Dragomiresti, and I am looking as well. My great uncle, Josef Maier Stauber's first wife, Mindel/Marta Fishman (b.~ 1910 d. 03 July 1943) was from Dragomiresti. Her mother was Yenta/Ienta Perl-Fishman (b. ~1890 d. 17 June 1943) and her father was Zvi Perl. Since families tend to marry into each other over and over, perhaps your Anschel Perl is related? My great uncle, Josef Stauber, was from Viseu de Jos, and was a carpenter. He married Mindel and they had 2 children (I believe sons). I found Mindel's grave but never found out any information on the children. He never talked about it and he survived the camps, came here and remarried and had 2 sons. One of my cousins did DNA at my request but never ever knew about his father's first family. 
I keep hoping as you always read the amazing rescue stories. Please let me know if you find anything or if you want more info.
Michele Farkas
Boynton Beach, FL (formerly NY)
these are the names connected with my Staubers:

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

Re: RootsMagic Support Not Responsive #general

michele shari

I wrote about this before. I bought the program bc I use Apple computers and they said their program works well on the ios system. It doesn't. It froze and was horrid. Their customer support was non-existent and this was 2-3 years ago. Horrid then and probably worse now. I switched to MacFamily Tree (now V.9) and am quite happy with the program and with customer support.
Thanks for telling our community about this.
Michele Farkas
Boynton Beach, FL

Registry of Jews living in Bedzin #poland #records


Where can I find the Registry of Jews living in the City of Bedzin, in its Region and Municipality, created by the municipal authority on February 5th, 1791

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