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


Some areas on the west of the current Ukraine were part of Poland and that may be the reason his passport is Polish. Welcome to the world of European history and changing boundaries. Regards.


Angel Kosfiszer

Richardson, Texas

Re: Szatmar, Hungary #hungary

Avi Markovitz

Hi Barbara,

My late father Georg Markovits, was born in Szatmar (11/11/1928), I would  be more than happy to see those records. Is it possible and if so how?

Thank you
Avi Markovits
Interested in: Markovits, Garay, Ehrenreich, Lubeck, Weisz, Herskovits
Hadad (hodod), Bajmok, Sopron, Alsoberekszo, Szatmat, Nagyvarad, Nagyszentmiklós (Sânnicolau Mare)

Census of Jews in Brookline, MA #general #usa

Myra Fournier

Hi, everyone:
I am writing an article about the history of Jews in Brookline, MA, one of the Jewish hubs of Greater Boston.
The US census data lists the number of residents in Brookline every ten years dating back to 1790.
However, I only found one incidental estimate of the Jewish population in the year 2002, 30%.
I have contacted the Brookline Public Library and the Brookline Historical Commission seeking records or information, but came up empty.
I know it's highly unlikely that a Jewish headcount is taken by city/town in modern times, but if anyone knows of such a resource, or another method of searching, I'd appreciate hearing from you.
Myra Fournier
Bedford, MA

Re: Finding family born Russian Poland #records #unitedkingdom


Hello Paul,

Do you mean that you would like to establish the specific town/city/village in Russian Poland from whence they came?

I would first urge you to provide the details (names, ages and location) of the family that you have found in the 1871 census. 

The first step would be to try to trace the family through the other censuses up till 1911. If you're lucky, a more specific place of birth may have been recorded in one of the years.

The other thing to investigate would be naturalisation records. You can search for these on the website of the UK's National Archives. The National Archives

Did this family have any children with them, i.e. born in Russian Poland, who then later married in the UK? If this is the case, it will be worthwhile investigating whether a so-called marriage authorisation is held in the archives of either the United Synagogue or the Federation of Synagogues, whose chief rabbis issued such authorisations to permit a couple to marry in a synagogue. The MA should specify the place of birth of both groom and bride. I can provide more details later.


Justin Levy

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


Nothing. It would not have been recognised as a specific disease separate from many other progressive neurological diseases in children (such as Sandhoff, Leigh syndrome and many others, as well as non genetic diseases such as meningitis) until around 1880, and even then most patients would not have been recognised as having a specific identifiable separate disease (that you could translate on a death record) for many decades after that. 

Dr Aubrey Blumsohn

Sheffield, UK

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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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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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

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