Re: polish citizenship passport issued in Warsaw in 1921 #poland

Diego Schvarzstein

We just found the passport that my grandfather's brother used to travel
from Poland to Argentina in august 1921. Those this means he had polish
citizenship or could it be just a travel document?
He was born in Polonnoye and fled the ukranian shtetl when her mother
was killed in a pogrom around 1919.

Diego Schvarzstein

Researching: Schwarzstein from Polonnoye and Lyubar, Ukraine
Diego Schvarzstein
Reserching Schvarzstein from Polonne and Lyubar, Fainsod from Bialystok

Re: Request for gravestone translation in Hebrew #translation


Good afternoon,


On the right –

Sarah Batya


Daughter of El’azar

Passed 23 Elul 5680

On the left –

Ya’akov son of Leib


Passed 15 Tishrei 5685

The two letters on top are an abbreviation for here lies or here is buried

Shalom, Malka Chosnek




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

Michael Gordy

I read the first word as zamordrany, which google translate has as “murdered” in Polish. 

Michael Gordy
Maryland, USA 

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Re: Question about the origin of my last name and familiy #hungary


The "i" or "y" ending in Hungarian usually indicates 'from'.  I thus read your name as from Heml.

It is most likely that when your male ancestor was required to take a surname, he or his father had come from a place called Heml.

This could be Hamel in Germany (as in the Pied Piper of Hamlin) or some place in Portugal or elsewhere, as it would not be clear whether the ancestor used the Hungarian version of the place name or the original version of the place name.   

Tom Beer
Melbourne Australia

Re: New York City Death Certificate #records #usa

Sherri Bobish


That is correct, if you access Ancestry through your library than you have to search from the Ancestry page itself, not through the Steve Morse portal.

I also access Ancestry through my library, and have noticed that.

When searching also remember to try which is free and has some databases that Ancestry does not have.


Sherri Bobish

Searching: RATOWSKY / CHAIMSON (Ariogala / Ragola, Lith.)
WALTZMAN / WALZMAN (Ustrzyki Dolne / Istryker, Pol.)
LEVY (Tyrawa Woloska, Pol.)
LEFFENFELD / LEFENFELD / FINK, KALTER (Daliowa/ Posada Jasliska, Pol.)
BOJDA / BERGER (Tarnobrzeg, Pol.)
SOKALSKY / SOLON / SOLAN / FINGER(MAN) (Grodek, Bialystok, Pol.)
BOBISH / APPEL (Odessa?)

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

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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

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