To be translated from Russian to german #translation


Hello dear genners
I would need a full translation of the birth certificate of my grandmother Chaya Bespaloff. To make a long story short  we need to prove the death of the sister of my grandmother in Treblinka in october 1942. He name is at Yad Vashem and on the transfer list from Theresienstadt but this is not a legal proof of death !!!
The proof has to be made in front of the tribunal of the nearest place where she lived which apparently would be Dormund. I have to prove that I have a right to act and that my grandmother was the sister of the deceased. My poor grandmother changed her first name 3 times (Chaya to Raissa and then Roussia) so the good document would be the birth certificate with the right first name. This is quite a horrible procedure so any help is really welcomed

The file is number #96069

Please respond on the viewmate page

Best regards

Catherine Jurovsky

Re: 2 questions #records #russia


From one pedant to another: there was no Czar in 1919, he abdicated in 1917. There was one ex-Czar, but not for much longer.

I think we can agree that if the original poster was as much of a stickler as you and I, she would have said "shot by the Czarists" or "by the White Army" or some such. Give her a break. : )

Robert Roth
Kingston, NY

Locating a Paris divorce record from 1889 #france #records

Michael Traynor

Good morning!

A relative was married in Odessa in 1885, then divorced in Paris, France, in 1889.  The divorce was recorded in the metrical books back in Odessa, with a note indicating that a messenger had brought the news from Paris.

Having marginal knowledge of French records and very little idea of how Jewish divorces worked across international lines in the 1880s, I could use a little help: would the divorce have been recorded in Paris records as well?  If so, how would I request or obtain that record?  I'm curious to see if it has any additional details that could prove helpful.

Many thanks for the guidance!

Michael Traynor

Re: Facial Identification in Two Old Photos #latvia #photographs

Gail H. Marcus

These comparisons using other people over time are very helpful and give me just the data points I need to help me make sense of my photos.  From this, it looks like the software does a good job of matching people, even as they age, so my initial assumption about who is who in the picture of 6 people is probably wrong.  Disappointing, but it's important to know.  I now have to hope I can find more photos and see if I can figure out who they are.

Gail Marcus
Bethesda, MD

How to find Jewish family in Kaliningrad/Konigsberg #russia #general

Paul Beek

Hi all, 

Where could I find best records on Jewish family in Kaliningrad/Konigsberg 18/19th century, try to find a family member named Leib Bendix Levin who mwa
smarried to a Zirel Aron, they had at least 1 daughter Ernestine Levin, born Kaliningrad 1824 and died Berlin 1914.  Ernestine was married to Emil Collin.
Already checked JewishGen(burial records), found Leib with similar name but no name of spouse so unsure it is right one.
with best regards

Paul Beek
the Netherlands

Looking for Taubs #hungary

Bob Taub`


Looking for any Taubs  or relativesfrom Hungary Now or previously.


Thank you,

Robert Taub

Sent from Mail for Windows


Re: Facial Identification in Two Old Photos #latvia #photographs

Jerry Scherer

I decided to test your question.
 I compared my mother's family picture taken in 1933 with her picture taken in 1948, 1978 and 2003 (her last picture - she died 6 months later). I then compared her, her mother (my grandmother) and 2 sisters (from the same 1933 family photo) to determine how well they resemble each other.   I had great success using FamilySearch software to test family relationships. I will leave you to decide from the examples below. This tool is a fun exercise as it generates probabilities and should not be used as proof of the relationship.

1. Mom (16 yrs) in 1933 and 1948

2. Mom in 1933 and 1978

3. Mom in 1933 and 2003.

4. Mom (16) and sister (19)

5. Mom (16) and sister (25)

6. grandmother (55) and mom (16)

7. grandmother (55) and mom (31)

8. grandmother (55) and mom (61)

9. grandmother (55) and mom (86)

Jerry Scherer
Toronto, Ontario

Help Identifying Place of Birth and Family Members for Anna Sara Kurtz and Max Hoffman #poland #russia


Trying to track down the family history for my kid's father (He's Deceased).  Both of his grandparents were listed as "Russian" but I believe they were Polish (not 100%).  Also, I am not certain on the parents names for Max Hoffman and Anna Sara Kurtz. I was given this image by a family member. 

Anna Sara Kurtz - 1899 to 1994
Max Hoffman - 1888 to 1953

If anyone would be so kind to find the origins + place of birth (parents / siblings / grandparents, etc) for Max Hoffman and Anna Sara Kurtz I would be most indebted and thankful!

See Attachment for higher resolution image

Sophia Sherman

New Head of Library and Archives Canada Website #announcements #canada #records

Jan Meisels Allen


The Library and Archives Canada (LAC) has announced historian Andrea Eidinger as the new head of the website.


In Gail Dever’s blog, Genealogy à la carte, she informs us that, “according to Dr. Eidinger’s biography on The Canadian Encyclopedia where she has written several articles, she holds a B.A. (Hon) in History from McGill University and a Ph.D. in History from the University of Victoria.

Her research examines the intersections of gender and ethnicity in postwar Canada, particularly with respect to the role that Jewish women have played in the establishment of Jewish-Canadian identity.”


In its multi-year project, LAC plans to develop a new, user-friendly website and improve the search experience. Content that is offensive, redundant or outdated will be removed or rewritten. An “archived” notice will be placed on pages with older content that is still useful, but will not be updated. In some cases, content may be removed from these pages.


To read more see:


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee



World Jewish Restitution Organization webinar #holocaust #announcements


There is an online presentation from the World Jewsish Restituion Organization at noon EST on December 2, 2021 discussing issues in Slovakia, Hungary and France.
Webinar December 2, 2021 from the World Jewish Restittution Organization 
Steven Sherman

Jacob "Jake" Ostroff #usa

Steve Pickoltz

Thanks to both Johanna Becker and Sherri Boblish for finding missing info on my cousin Jake Ostroff.  Now I know an ex wife name and an additional daughter I was not aware of.
Thanks again.
Steve Pickholtz

Re: 2 questions #records #russia


My maternal grandparents' first child was stillborn in 1917.  My cousin's husband found a record of this in a NYC archive, though I am not sure which one. I think it was a burial record of stillborns, as best I recall. 

You will need to determine the location of the births.  You might start with looking for where the family lived at that time. Census records may help determine both location and names. Ships' manifests may also help.  Then you can look for birth and death records in that area.  Also check cemetery records for the deceased twin, after you find at least the family's last name and location. 

Best of luck.
Barbara Sloan
Conway, SC

Download the JewishGen Chanukah Companion 🕎 #JewishGenUpdates

Avraham Groll

Dear Friends,

We are pleased to share the 2021/5782 JewishGen Chanukah Companion, which is a small collection of historical and inspirational vignettes about Chanukah that are contained in Yizkor Books that JewishGen has translated. We hope you will enjoy reading this material, which helps us to truly preserve our collective family history and heritage.

Please click here to download/print now!

Wishing you all a Happy Chanukah!

Re: 1910 Kishinev revision list includes people who already left for Canada? #canada

Sherri Bobish


I have found family on 19th century Russian Empire Revision Lists that were already settled in New York at the time the Revision List is dated.  In those cases the people were noted as "missing" although their names continued to be listed.

Happy Hanukkah,

Sherri Bobish

Viewmate Translation Request Polish #translation #poland


I've posted a birth certificate in Polish which I would like a translation for. I think it's my great-great grandfather.
It's no 29 on the image which is on Viewmate at
Please respond via the form on the Viewmate image page.

Many thanks!
Happy Chanukah :)

Shoshanah Glickman
Gateshead, UK

Wolf Wajnberg (Łödż) and ?Ester Lanzet (Mikulince?) #poland #ukraine

Dan Oren

I am searching for any vital records or past genealogical information (especially parents and locations) for Wolf Weinberg (Wajnberg or similar), possibly from Łódż, possibly born about 1908, and Ester Weinberg (ńee Lanzet). Both lived for a time in Germany after WWII. (Note: Via JRI-Poland, I have already found an Ester Lanzet, born in Mikulince in 1911, who may or may not be this same person.)
Dan A. Oren
Woodbridge, Connecticut USA
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Russian translation #russia #translation

Laufer, Shmuel

A need Russian translation for 2 certificates of families.

I don't need word-for-word but details such as names, dates, locations, occupations, and so on are very helpful.


A birth certificate of Naftuli Dykler from Hrubieszow for which I need a translation. It is on ViewMate at the following address ....


A marriage certificate of Leiba Dikler and Ruchla Marer from Hrubieszow for which I need a translation. It is on ViewMate at the following address ....



Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page.

 Thanks in advance


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)

Re: Jacob "Jake" Ostroff #usa

Sherri Bobish


If, as Johanna found, Jacob OSTROFF's ex-wife was Mrs. Donna Notis, than this 1955 Florida marriage may be your Jacob OSTROFF marrying Donna Londy.

This info is from an index, so the actual certificate may show their parents names.

Florida, U.S., Marriage Indexes
Name: Jacob Ostroff
Marriage Date: 1955
Marriage Place: Dade, Florida, USA
Spouse: Donna Londy
Certificate: 6910
Volume: 1535
Source: Florida Department of Health
Also, this 1960 city directory listing may be him.  Jacob worked at
Name: Jacob Ostroff
Gender: Male
Residence Year: 1960
Street Address: 3621 SW 35th St WH
Residence Place: Hollywood; Dania, Florida, USA
Occupation: Employee
Spouse: Donna Ostroff
Publication Title: Hollywood, Florida, City Directory, 1960
Happy Hanukkah,

Sherri Bobish

Transport Dates from the Lodz ghetto #poland

Frank Szmulowicz

Where can I find the date of various transports from the Lodz ghetto, in particular Transport X. The official name of the transport is

Transportliste X. Evakuierte Juden aus dem Getto Litzmannstadt

or Transport list from the Lodz Ghetto. Transport X went to the concentration camp in Chelmno on the Ner.

Thank you.
Frank Szmulowicz

Re: Frenkel and Zygmond families of Lublin #poland


I have Frankel fron Pruzhany which are tied in with my Faikes family from pruzhany and Brest. All I can say is that sometimes overseas research is costly and there is always a risk that they find nothing. My advice is to do your homework and make sure that whichever archives group you hire that they will be fruitful in their research for you.
Sarah Greenberg(USA)
sacredsisters1977@aol com

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