Polish documents recognition and translation #translation #poland

Laufer, Shmuel

I found three documents in Polish about my wife's grandparents.

I need help to understand what these documents are and what data they contain, such as names, dates, places and all the data of genealogical interest.

Attached the documents to this letter.

Thank you very much for your help.

Shmuel Laufer

Rehovot -Israel


Research: Laufer (Przasnysz, Poland); Domb (Pultusk, Poland); Bruckman (Sarnaki, Poland); Zelazo (Sarnaki, Poland); Preschel (Berhomet, Chernivets'ka, Ukraine), Leder (Berhomet, Chernivets'ka, Ukraine); Schnap (Berhomet, Chernivets'ka, Ukraine); Mitelman (Chelm, Poland); Tenerman (Dubienka, Poland)



Trying to get a document in the Vienna city archive #austria-czech #records


I am trying to get a photograph of a certain document that is held in the Vienna city archive. It is the record of a civil marriage between a granduncle of mine and a non-Jewish woman that took place in Vienna in 1921. I have the specific date and numerical identifiers of the record from the Web site of the Vienna city archive (, but I have not been able to find any indication in that Web site of how or even whether one can order a photograph of a document. I wonder if someone here knows whether---and if so, how---one can do that, or whether, on the other hand, one must either visit the archive oneself or hire someone else to do so.
Miles Rind
Cambridge, Mass.

Re: Lichtenstein in Ramat Gan #israel

Gary Dickman

Hi Neil,

Contacted somebody with family name Lichtenstein in Israel.

I worked with him several years ago.

Understood from the answer that there is a chance of relationship but this young man is not interested in exploring the connection.

Gary Dickman

Re: was my great-grandmother Jewish? #general

Kristine Ludwinski


I typed out a reply to your above comment earlier today but don't see it posted here.  Perhaps it did not post -- if it did, I am sorry for the duplicate message.  I will recreate my basic message:

I too have been researching my great-grandmother and her ancestry for several years.  (Sadly, she and my grandmother hid their Jewish background during their lifetimes.)  I do know that my great-grandmother was of 100% Jewish ancestry. and I am working diligently to discover information about her and her family of origin.  (I have done DNA testing through Ancestry, which has been very helpful and has confirmed the Jewish ancestry.)

All I know about my great-grandmother's family so far is that her parents, Jacob and Rachel Glasser (born around 1850), came from Kovna (Kaunas), Lithuania, and that my great-grandmother, Jennie Glasser Fox Mathews (born 1882), was likely born in Germany.  The family emigrated to the U.S. around 1891 to 1898.  I know that Jennie had at least 3 siblings:  Yetta Glasser Fagan (born 1871), Rebecca Glasser Nurkin (born 1875), and Samuel Glasser (born 1883).

I have not yet discovered a more specific birth location for Jennie in Germany.  When I do (I hope I can find it!), I am very interested in your reference to searching for someone on the Archives of Civil Birth, Marriage, and Death Registration Books in the birth place and in the archives of a local synagogue.  Do you have more specific information about how I would locate such records?  Might you also have any tips on how to pin down a location of birth in Germany in 1882?  Any advice you have (or anyone may have), I would greatly appreciate.  Thanks so much!

Blessings to you,
Kristine Booth Ludwinski
Fairview, Texas

ProQuest-Ancestry Remote Access Ends in North America December 31, 2021 #announcements #canada #records #usa

Jan Meisels Allen




During the pandemic, Ancestry permitted ProQuest to offer the Ancestry Library Edition remotely in North America  for those libraries that have Ancestry subscriptions. I have been advised that Ancestry notified ProQuest that the remote access ends on December 31, 2021 as more public libraries have reopened.


You need to check with your local library if they have a ProQuest Ancestry subscription that you can access remotely until December 31st.  A library card for that library or library system will be required to access the remote Ancestry access until December 31st. After that date access will only be in the library on their computers.


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


Re: To find Romanian archive listed on jewishgen #romania #records


I would be interested in seeing this archive if and when it becomes available.
Thomas Zissu
Woodbury, Connecticut

Re: To find Romanian archive listed on jewishgen #romania #records

Robert Murowchick

On Wed, Nov 17, 2021 at 09:56 AM, <borosonfam@...> wrote:
The main website for the Romanian National Archives is here, available both in Romanian and English. They have a lot of digitized records, but a quick search for your document was unsuccessful. You can contact the Romanian National Archives through the various methods on their "Contact Us" page

The Directorate General of Personal Records for Sector 1 Bucharest can be found at this website, but it is not clear that this would be the proper place to find archival records. Their Contact page is here
The pages seem to be only in Romanian, but if you use Chrome as your browser to access these sites, you can auto-translate each page, which is very useful.

Robert Murowchick    <robertmurowchick AT>
Needham, MA

Researching these family links:
MUROWCHICK/MURAWCHICK/MURAWCZYK etc (David-Gorodok, Belarus, New Jersey, Chicago, Michigan)
KUNECK/KONIK/KYONIK (Kozhan-Gorodok, Belarus)
EPSTEIN/EPSTINE (Gavish/Gavieze, Liepaja, Latvia)
SEGAL/SIEGEL (Tilsit, Koenigsburg, Germany; Baltimore; Chicago)

Re: was my great-grandmother Jewish? #general

Michele Lock

I recommend testing with Ancestry DNA; they have the largest number of Jewish persons tested whose ancestors came from Central/Eastern Europe.

If at all possible, have a parent/aunt/uncle who is a direct descendent of this great grandmother test, since they are one generation closer and will have inherited a larger portion of DNA from the great grandmother (who would be their grandmother).  If this great grandmother was of Central/Eastern European Jewish descent, then a parent/aunt/uncle of yours will have inherited about 20-30% European Jewish DNA (as Ancestry calls it) or Ashkenazi DNA (same thing, what 23 and Me calls it). If you test, your DNA results would be about 9-14% European Jewish (or Ashkenazi). 

You can also post your question in the Facebook group called 'Jewish DNA for Genetic Genealogy and Family Research'. They have some experts there are are very good at interpreting DNA results from the different testing companies.

I want to add one thing - the ethnic group 'Eastern European' is not the same as 'European Jewish'. Eastern European refers to the ethnic Slavic people, roughly from Poland, Russia, Belarus and Ukraine. There is occasional confusion about this point from people out there.

Good luck.
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: Forestry/Timber/Lumber #ukraine


Maybe I can help a tiny bit. My family was one of the largest timber producers in the Austro-Hungarian empire during the late 1800s up through WW2, and included holdings in today's Ukraine  around the Skole area. They were the Groedel family. Much of my information comes from newspaper accounts and in one case a tourist guide and railroad enthusiast who had done research on the Transylvanian rail system around Comandau (Kommando) to move timber. The family had helped to build out the rail system, so there was lots of information about them. I've also found books that include their name that discussion the history of the lumber business in Transylvania and Ukraine. 

Feel free to contact me directly.
Jerry Zeisler
Atlanta, Georgia USA

Talk on struggle of Ethiopian Jews in Israel #israel

Myra Fournier

Zoom talk by Dr. Shula Mola, Ph.D., on the struggle of Ethiopian Jews in Israel for “normality” and the variety of ways to deal with exclusion and racism.

Dr. Mola is an Israeli civil and human rights activist and educator. She is the former chairperson of the Association for Ethiopian Jews for over 10 years, the founder of Mothers on Guard protesting police brutality against the youth of Ethiopian origin, a board member at New Israel Fund and a post-doctoral fellow at the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies at Brandeis University.

Sponsored by CJP and Temple Emunah, Lexington, MA.
For more info and to register:

Myra Fournier
Bedford, MA

Re: The voyage from Ukraine to Palestine (Israel) #ukraine #israel #general


My family has a similar story, but I have been able to document a great deal of it. 

The alternative to ":walking from Ukraine to Palestine" is that my grandparents traveled from Shepetovka, Ukraine to Trieste and then took a boat [as in Leon Uris' Exodus] from Trieste, italy to the British Mandate of Palestine.  According to my mother, my great grandfather was a tanner, a traditional Jewish occupation in Ukraine, and a wagon full of hides provided the capital to support the group of young Zionists of whom they were a part in their journey to Palestine.  Family lore has it that they started out by wagon[s] and ended in Trieste, Italy having depleted their "capital" and completing their journey on foot.

I have been able to document with a high degree of certainty the death of my great grandfather, Genesia Kislin's father, in a pogrom in Shepetovka in 1919 after which, according to family lore, a group young Zionists--including my grandfather,. Aaron Perlmutter of Polonne, Ukraine and grandmother,Genesia Kislin of Shepetovka, Ukraine departed Ukraine.  The timing of this emigration includes them in the early days of the Third Aliyah.  I have accessed IGRA records in Israel that confirms their residence in Palestine in the time frame of the family story of their arrival.  I have not yet documented their departure from Trieste by boat.

This family lore and the records I have located to date confirms that there was a way to depart Ukraine for Palestine without making the entire journey overland.

I would be delighted to learn of others--most likely descended from participants in the Third Aliyah which began after the chaos of World War I and the Russian Revolution--whose ancestors made this journey.

Richard Narva
Boston, MA

Re: Have the towns in Prussia but can't read the handwriting #translation

Nicole Heymans

Interesting! A NY wedding in German handwriting!

Hammerstein is spelled correctly. The bar above m indicates double m. Same as n in Johanna.

Nicole Heymans, near Brussels, Belgium

Re: was my great-grandmother Jewish? #general

Janet Furba

This could be performed by a blood laboratory test.
Janet Furba,

Re: was my great-grandmother Jewish? #general

Janet Furba

Search for your great-grandmother in the Archives of Civil Birth, Marriage, Death registration Books of the place and in the Archives of the local Synagogue.
Janet Furba,


Re: was my great-grandmother Jewish? #general

Judith Elam

Hi Rachel 

Was she born in the USA?  If so, you should be able to find her parents and see where they were born.  If immigrants, then there should be a passenger manifest for them which might list their race and language spoken.  Also, the census records might indicate her ethnicity.  What was her birth name?  And her surname?  These also might indicate if she was Jewish. 

And if you do a DNA test, it will show if you have Jewish DNA.  I recommend FamilyTreeDNA for the test.

So there are many ways to determine if she was Jewish or not.


Judith Elam

Re: was my great-grandmother Jewish? #general


If her mother was Jewish, she was Jewish. How to establish that might be difficult. 
Where did she live?  Do you know where she's buried? 
If you know the answers to these you can look for marriage and burial records which may give you more information.

Shoshanah Glickman
Gateshead, UK

demande de traduction du russe en français #translation #france


Quelqu'un pourrait-il me traduire ce document en russe qui concerne mon cousin Wolf koumetz ?
Merci d'avance

Re: Translation help needed: Yiddish or Hebrew? #translation #yiddish

Odeda Zlotnick

The first two are indeed Hebrew.  The last one is Yiddish.
Odeda Zlotnick
Jerusalem, Israel.

GS Toronto. Virtual Meeting. How Best to use Databases of the USHMM. Megan Lewis. Sunday, 21 November, 2021 at 10:30 a.m. ET.

Jerry Scherer



How Best to Use the Databases of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM)


Presented by Megan Lewis, Reference Librarian, USHMM


Sunday, 21 November 2021 at 10:30 a.m. ET.





Megan Lewis will speak about the multiple resources available online in Holocaust Survivors and Victims Database of the USHMM website. Genealogists can learn about a variety of collections made available by the divisions of the Museum’s Library and Archives to assist members with their family history research.


Since 1998, Megan Lewis has served in different roles at the USHMM. Her expertise and familiarity with the Museum’s resources has been much in demand. She has spoken at many genealogy conferences, meetings and programmes.  Lewis has earned a BA in History and a Master’s of Library Science from the University of Maryland.  In addition, she holds a post graduate certificate in Curation and Management of Digital Assets.


Megan Lewis

Reference Librarian 

National Institute for Holocaust Documentation

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum



To register, please go to

You will then receive an immediate acknowledgement plus the link to access the event on 21 November.


The presentation will be recorded. It will be available to JGS Toronto members in the “Members Only” section of the Society website, a few days after the event. It will also be available to non-member registrants for one week after the event in the “Registration” location.


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Re: Caribbean with Ashkenazi Jewish Dna #dna

Paula B

Oh my. Have you looked at the reviews on Amazon? This book is really controversial. I’m a little afraid to read it because of what it might do to my digestive system, and yet I’d really like to know what Jews’ role in the slave trade was. Do you have any thoughts on this?
Thank you!
Paula Berinstein 

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