Kolyshki Shtetl #belarus


My great-grandparents both came from a shtetl in Vitebsk called Kolyshki.  I am looking for information on their families and have been unable to locate anything.  Does anybody in this group have ancestors who came from Kolyshki?  

Marcy Kalvelage

Re: Locating a Paris divorce record from 1889 #france #records

Bernard Flam

Hi from Paris,
In France, a divorce is recorded on wife's & husband's vital records registered in France.
  • on their birth vital records but in your case, they weren't born in France
  • on their mariage record in France, but they weren't married in France
  • perhaps on their death record if death was declared by a second wife, I am not sure.
Concerning the divorce note sent to France, it could have been sent to a lawyer (to prepare for a second mariage) or to prepare a naturalization file.
If it had been sent to any French administration, there is no way to find it (only by report to vital records as written above).

But some traces of this divorce could be found if these persons stayed in France for some part of their life :
  • another mariage
  • naturalization file
  • birth vital record of a child (the fact that the mother or the father was divorced should be noticed)
With identities of these persons and some data from you, we could do some check, you can send by private message.

Bernard Flam
Archives & history of Medem Center / Arbeter Ring of France (Bund / Worker Circle)
Weekly workshop of Jewish genealogy (France & Yiddishland)

Re: Furman Kaluszyn, #lodz #general

Bernard Flam

Hi from Paris,
Dear Ben,
This census had been initiated by German occupation administration of Lodz in 1916.
That's reason why these cards are printed in German and Polish.
After 1919 (Treaty of Versailles at WW1 end) and establishment of independent Poland, Polish administration used these census cards till 1921.
Then, administration switched to census in "Books of Residents" in 20's and early 30's.
These cards, these books and almost all vital records from 1820-1830 to 1939 are available in Lodz area , and also 800.000 pages of Lodz ghetto archives.
This means that you can recover almost all traces of your families in this area.
Most are now online in Polish State archives (without index), as you found it
Due to continuous work of JewishGen and JRI-Poland staff and volunteers, a large part of these archives have been indexed and are now available online.

Concerning your ancestor, if he was in Manchester and you have proof of this, then he was there.
No doubt.
Concerning the man on the registration card, he could be :
. a real homonym from another family
. a cousin of your GGF (same name, same given name) but from an unknown branch with a common ancestor from which was given ... the given name
. a person who used the identity of your GGF after his emigration to UK as a fake identity, knowing that it was little risk because your GGF had definitely emigrated abroad.
Bernard Flam
Archives & History of Medem Center - Arbeter Ring of France (Bund / Worker Circle)

PS : I have Szmul Furman, born in 1912 in Warsaw,  in our deported members from Paris

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

Odeda Zlotnick

Very impressive!
Do you, Gail, or you Jerry have pictures in which you can compare a male whom you know, in pictures with and without a beard?  It would be interesting to see how the software handles that.
Odeda Zlotnick
Jerusalem, Israel.

Re: 2 questions #records #russia

Shelley Mitchell

Regarding the twins, it is my understanding that in the US, Jews buried their stillborns. And it’s usually bear a parent. That being said, if there was no money for such a burial, a Jewish Burial Society may have done the burial. In that case, the gravesite may be no where near a parent. In any event, there should be a death certificate even if the baby was not named.

Shelley Mitchell, NYC 

RootsTech 2022 Registration is Now Open #announcements #events #records

Jan Meisels Allen



FamilySearch opened registration to RootsTech 2022 today, it’s the largest family history event in the world held online March 3–5, 2022. Register for free at today.

RootsTech 2022 will be a virtual-only experience, with some enhancements and improvements.


A new set of educational classes will be featured during 2022, along with new technologies to explore in the virtual expo hall, and inspiring stories shared by a fascinating line-up of keynote speakers.


Classes for the event will have a mix of on-demand, livestream, and interactive sessions that will allow attendees to learn, grow and connect to people all over the globe. Participants will also be able to connect

with fellow attendees, speakers, experts, and enthusiasts. In 2022, the planners of RootsTech are looking to take that experience to the next level.


For more information go to:


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee




Re: Frenkel and Zygmond families of Lublin #poland


I would suggest contacting the NN Theatre Centre, in Lublin. They have been most helpful to me while seeking answers about family in Lublin. They also have researchers there you could hire. 
Leah Heilpern Snider
Silverdale, Washington/ USA

Family from Kaliningrad #russia

Paul Beek

On the worldwide cemetery record JewishGen found this:
(Other Surnames)
Place of Birth
Place of Death
Date of Birth
Date of Death
Hebrew Name
Hebrew Date
Burial Date
LEVIN, Leib Botoky 
Jehuda Leib ben Gerschon 
26 Ijar 5589 (VI) 
No Image Available
Plot Spouse Father
Comments Cemetery Name
City / Country
  Jüdischer Friedhof Königsberg / Kaliningrad / Russia
Since I think this is an ancestor named Leib Bendix Levin and his spouse was Zirel Aron I hope this
is the same man, can this be in any way confirmed. His daughter Ernestine Levin was born 1824 in 
Can anyone help me with this family member?
with best regards

Paul Beek
the Netherlands

MNJGS Virtual Meeting Dec 12: Susan Weinberg with speak on "Mining the Manifest" #records #education #events


On December 12, 2021, from 1:00 PM-2:00 PM (CDT) the Minnesota Jewish Genealogical Society will host Susan Weinberg, presenting "Mining the Manifest."

 After 1906, immigration manifests offer a wealth of information, but what do you do if your family came over prior to that time? And how did they get from New York to Minnesota?  We will take a look at derivative naturalization documents, trace contacts they were going to through the NY vital records and follow immigrants who found their route through Canada. Once in New York, we will explore how you can follow their journey to Minnesota.  Using a case approach this presentation will explore some of the search challenges associated with immigration in the 1800s and early 1900s as well as locating immigrants where there are name changes and variable spellings. Techniques will address working back from other documents, resolving conflicting data and identifying and linking the person to whom an immigrant is traveling. 

 Speaker Bio

 Susan Weinberg is an artist, writer and professional genealogist. She enjoys solving puzzles and telling stories and genealogy offers her many opportunities to do so. Weinberg serves as President of the Minnesota Jewish Genealogical Society (MNJGS) and is on the board of the Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest and the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies (IAJGS). She is the author of We Spoke Jewish: A Legacy in Stories, a book based on the stories of Jewish elders in Minnesota. Her research has taken her to archives and ancestral towns in Poland, Belarus, the Ukraine and Lithuania as well as to Holocaust records in Germany. As a volunteer with, she creates websites on ancestral towns and can often be found photographing tombstones in the overgrown cemeteries in Eastern Europe.

The program will take place on-line via Zoom  For more information and to register go to


Questions can be emailed to MNJGS at



Members are free, suggested donation of $5 from non-members (

Liba Casson-Nudell
Minneapolis, MN
Researching: NOTKIN from Minsk, Hlusk, Gomel, Zlynka and CASSON/CHAZANSKI from Nemencine, Vilnius

Re: Announcing the Publication of the Yizkor Book of Chelm, Poland #yizkorbooks #JewishGenUpdates

Susan Rosin

JewishGen Press is proud to announce our 132nd title:

Commemoration Book Chelm (Poland). This is the English translation of
Yisker-bukh Chelm
Originally published in Johannesburg in [Susan Rosin] 1954 and edited by M.


Project Coordinator: Leah Z. Davidson
Layout and Name Indexing: Jonathan Wind
Reproduction of Photographs: Sondra Ettlinger
Cover Design: Rachel Kolokoff Hopper

Hard cover, 628 pages with original photographs.

The first Jews arrived in Chełm around 1205, when the town was part of the
Polish state. At the beginning of the 19th century, Hasidism started to
evolve in Chełm. .
Before the outbreak of World War I, Jews almost completely dominated the
trade in the town. The community owned one synagogue, a house of prayer, six
religious schools, two mikvot and a cemetery. The kehila financially
supported the orphanage and an old people's home. Between 1910 and 1914 an
amateur Jewish theatre was active in the town.
During the interwar period Chełm was - after Lublin - the second largest
center of the Jewish population in the Lublin Province. In 1939, Chełm had
33,622 inhabitants, including 14,995 Jews (44.6% of the total population).
There were numerous Jewish social organizations in the town and five Jewish
newspapers. The Jewish community in Chełm owned two synagogues, a house of
prayer, 45 cheders, 2 bathhouses, 2 mikvot, an orphanage, an old people's
home and a cemetery.
The gradually worsening economic situation, along with the growing
anti-Semitic attitudes, resulted in emigration. The Jewish community
financially supported the people who wanted to emigrate to Palestine.
In December 1939, the Germans displaced 2,000 Jews from Chełm to Sokal. By
the end of 1941, Germans created a ghetto in Chełm. In May 1942, the Germans
deported about 4,000 Jews to the extermination camp in Sobibór.
Only 200 Jews from Chełm survived the Holocaust. Most of them left Poland
after the war. Leon Pałaszewski from Chełm was awarded the title of the
Righteous Among the Nations.

May this Yizkor Book serve as a memorial to all the victims of the Shoah
from Chelm.
For the researchers, this book contains a wealth of both genealogical and
cultural information that can provide a picture of the environment of our

For ordering information please see:

For all our publications see:

Susan Rosin
JewishGen Press Publications Manager

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

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