Re: Simeon Greenberg #unitedkingdom

Boruch Fishman


My mother's father is a Greenberg , and we know little about him except two facts. He was apparently a Cohen and he came from Odessa. Do either of these facts correspond to the little you know of your husband's ancestors?
Boruch Fishman

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Arthur Sissman

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Thanks for all who responded, we may have enough responses to set up another class!!!


Arthur Sissman

Jewish Genealogy SIG of Collier/Lee Co FL


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Researching: ZISMAN/ZYSMAN/ZUSMAN (Belarus); TELESHEVSKY (Belarus); CHANUTIN, (W. Russia), BRODY, (Hungary); FRIEDMAN, (Hungary); GRAUBARD, (Romania/Ukraine)




Tay-Sachs- name used on 19th century European death records? #general #records

Susan Miller

What was the named used on 19th century European death records for Tay-Sachs.

Thank you for any and all responses.
Susan Miller
Pekar (Rozhiv, Kiev, Ukraine)
Davidov (Pushelot, Pumpenai, Lithuania)
Dorman (Rumsiskes, Ziezmariai, Lithuania/Obukhiv, Kiev, Ukraine)

Re: 1910 English Handwriting Question #translation

Feige Stern

I'd like to offer my two cents about the name you were asking about.
It looks like Exlivideh to me.  
I put the name as a "sounds like" search into the Jewishgen unified search engine and got a few possibilities.
One was Axlevoda which sounds close to me.
The informant was may have had a strong accent which may have made Axle sound like Exl.

Good luck to you,

Feige Kauvar Stern
Cleveland, OH

Finding family born Russian Poland #records #unitedkingdom

Paul Beek

Hello subscribers

How do I go about finding Jewish family who was born in Russian Poland, only so far know that he was born about 1847.
He later lived in the UK at least in 1871.
Thanks all for your kind help
with best regards

Paul Beek
the Netherlands

Re: Nunes da Costa - Possible Sephardim? #sephardic

David Mendoza

Nunes da Costa is a Portuguese name, also used by Sephardim. The statistical probability is that the family was not Jewish. Don't know about Galicia, but there were certainly New Christians from northern Portugal in Brazil around that time.

You don't say where he was in Brazil. Presumably you have checked the Portuguese Inquisition archives. It may be worth looking at the Amsterdam notarial archives. USP is the centre of Sephardic studies in Brazil. Ask the question in The Sephardic Diaspora group on Facebook, which is where Sephardic genealogists gather.

Best wishes,

David Mendoza

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

johan haesert

Herbert, thank you for your answer! If I understand your
interpretation of my dnaresults it is possible, but not sure, that I
have some connection to jewish ancestors, provided that there are no
other jewish relatives in my familyhistory,
As there are no other criteria, than my dnaresults, to prove an
eventual jewish background I have been recommended to try a more
reliable dna test, AncestryDNA, What is your view on that? Perhaps all
this kind of DNAtest are very imprecise!
Best regards
Johan Haesert
Stockholm, Sweden

Den mån 8 nov. 2021 kl 21:45 skrev Herbert Lazerow <lazer@...>:

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)

Hello I am looking for an eventual jewish background. My grandmothers father (Ignatz Almuslin b 1829) emmigrated from the town Neusatz, Hungary, now Novi Sad, Serbia He emiigrated to Seden in the middle of the 1900 century. There have been a dispute wether he is my grandmothers father or not. To know more about this I have taken a dnatest (MyHeritage) which shows the following: 59% scandianvian, 20% east easteurope, 8% ashkenazi-jude, 7% balt, 6% others like 4% iberian. Ignatz was of jewish and probably of sephardic origin. 
My grandmothers mother have only swedish relatives far back. My grandfather, that is my fathers father, comes from the north of Germany. His ancestors is located in the area of Stralsund with no known connection to jewish relatives. My mothers relatives are all swedish far back in time.
I am now interested to know for an eventual jewish background. What does the result from the dnatest tell me in connection to that question? To know more perhaps an Ytest is more suitable?

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

Russ Maurer

I see zamordowany przez szizal...murdered by ?

Google doesn't seem to recognize szizal or anything close to it, which would be the murder instrument. Maybe I'm misreading it.

Russ Maurer

Re: YABLONSKY-ZABLE-BEAR - Reading, Berks, PA and Australia #usa #names

Robyn Dryen

A massive thank you to all who responded to my query - both here on the list and privately. You have all contributed your time and expertise so generously.

I have established to my satisfaction that this is one and the same family - YABLONSKY on arrival in the USA c1892; ZABLE from around 1904; and BEAR for my branch of the family who arrived in Australia in 1912.

Many happy hours ahead researching these new-found relatives!

Robyn Dryen

Re: Request for gravestone translation in Hebrew #translation

Dubin, David M. MD

At top on star: h(ere) l(ies)


Yaakov (=Jacob) son of Leib
died 15 Tishri (5)685

if the date is correct he died first day of Sukkot


Sarah Batya/Basya
daughter of Mr Elazar
d(ied) 23 Elul (5)680

at bottom the boilerplate abbreviation: may his/her soul be bound in the bonds of (everlasting) life 

david dubin
teaneck, nj

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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The entire JewishGen community is invited to join us for our next free JewishGen Talks webinar:

Topic: Jews in the US Military
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Date: Wednesday, November 10, 2021
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Join us for Researching Jewish Families in America, a special series of JewishGen Talks highlighting archives, museums, and historical society collections of interest to family historians. This talk will focus on researching Jews who served in the U.S. Military, and will feature resources and guidance on finding records to document military participation. Speakers include: Pamela Elbe (Director of Collections, Archives and Exhibits, National Museum of American Jewish Military History), Rachel Silverman (Genealogist, Operation Benjamin), Eliza Kolander (Strategic Partnership Manager, The Shapell Roster of Jewish Service in the American Civil War), and Ellen Kowitt (National Vice Chair, Jewish Task Force, Daughters of the American Revolution & Director, JewishGen USA Research Division).

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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

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