Re: Free Webinar: Translating Russian Documents for the Non-Russian Speaker #JewishGenUpdates


Is it still possible to access the slides and handouts from this webinar?

Shoshanah Glickman
Gateshead, UK

Yes. It will  be available on our Facebook page and YouTube channel.

Another facial identification question #photographs

Bruce Drake

I followed with interest the thread here seeking thoughts about any clues that could be gleaned from an old family photograph, so I thought I would ask about an instance of my own that perplexed me. My late mother left a big basket of family photos. Nearly all of them were of her Kimmel family. (She was the daughter of Barnett Kimmel and Rachel Zlotnick). But what appeared to be the oldest photo in the basket looked nothing like the other Kimmel  (for one thing, none of the men in her Kimmel photos had a beard) and I jumped to the assumption that it had to be Rachel's father, Jacob Zlotnick. As you can see, it's the kind of photo immigrants often took to send home to show how well they were doing. The fly-in-the-ointment about that guess is that Jacob had two sons, but if my records are correct, they were 14 years apart in age which the two young men in the photo obviously are not. The back of the photo does have the name of the studio (G. Grossman at 60 Suffolk Street) but unfortunately no date.

Bruce Drake
Silver Spring, MD

Towns: Wojnilow, Kovel

Announcing the JewishGen 2.0 Initiative - Join Us #JewishGenUpdates

Avraham Groll

Dear Friends,

On this Giving Tuesday we are proud to announce our JewishGen 2.0 initiative, which will completely modernize the JewishGen website and user experience. Records will be found more easily, the website will be mobile friendly, and tools that researchers have come to expect will be available. In addition, JewishGen 2.0 will increase the security of our website, make it easier for volunteers to load and update data, and ultimately, it will minimize our reliance on outdated technologies. This last point is critical, since it will allow JewishGen to build new features and tools, in a sustainable and scalable fashion.

A project of this scale requires significant investment - nearly $750k. So far, we have raised about $300k, and now turn to you, our dear JewishGen members, for your support, involvement, and partnership.

Today we are trying to raise $50k in support of JewishGen 2.0. Thanks to a generous donor, all donations will be matched 1:1 - so your gift will effectively be doubled! If we can reach our goal, we will have raised $100k today, which will be incredibly helpful in support of this project.

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

Rodney Eisfelder

It turns out that Leib Bendix Levin did not live in Königsberg in East Prussia (now Kaliningrad), but rather in Königsberg (Neumark) which is now called Chojna, and is in Western Poland.
This was established through at least two entries in "Die Judenbürgerbücher der Stadt Berlin 1809-1851" where a son and a daughter are mentioned. has one film from Königsberg (Neumark) and the death of Leib Bendix Levin is recorded there in 1845 at the age of 80.

Rodney Eisfelder
Melbourne, Australia

Re: Looking for Taubs #hungary

David Ziants

Search our the Kalib (also rendered Kaliber) Chasidic dynasty - the Rebbe, that I knew of, passed away a few years ago. He from the TAUB family and was a Holocaust survivor. His lack of beard was a living demonstration of the tortures he endured but he was able to continue to endure this with "joy" thus was able to survive did not let the nazis break him mentally. Over the decades, he visited synagogues, educational institutes, work places and prisons in Israel and around the world where there were Jews who would come and listen to him. Where I was, he would always teach a niggun (chassidish tune and have all participants stand up and say together "Sh'ma Yisrael ,Ado-nai Elo-hainu, Ado-nai Ekhad" (a verse from the Torah which is fundamental of Jewish faith and said by practicing Jews at least twice a day).

More information concerning this rebbe as well as other offshoots of this dynasty, I am sure you can find by searching online, and with this hopefully you might find contacts who can tell you how you fit in (assuming all TAUBs from Hungary are of the same family).

David Ziants

Ma'aleh Adumim, Israel

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

Ines Klein

Hi Paul,
there is a catalog-entry in familySearch, 11 micro-fiches. It is called Matrikel 1769-1880, author:
Jüdische Gemeinde Königsberg (Ostpreußen)

In 007990042 "Geburten, Heiraten, Tote 1811-1874" where you find the Kaliningrad-records in Findbuch 176 (picture 170 and following). It starts with birth-records left and marriages right in alphabetical order. The letter L starts pic 244. From picture 342 start the death-records, but backwards beginning with year 1872.

Best regards
Ines Klein

Searchable database of Chicago Jewish Post and Opinion newspaper (1962-1981) #usa #general

Martin Fischer

An online searchable database of the Chicago Jewish Post and Opinion newspaper (August 1962-December 1981) is now available online as part of the Illinois Digital Newspaper Collections website thanks to the University of Illinois and a bequest to the Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois from the estate of Peggy Morrow, z''l. 
Peggy, who for many years was the editor of Morasha, the Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois newsletter, passed away in 2019. 
Search for your Chicago-area Jewish ancestors and other relatives at:

Martin Fischer
Vice President-Publicity
Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois

JGSI website:

Landman family in Antwerp #general

Neil Rosenstein

Trying to make contact with the family Avraham Elmelech Landman who
has ao son Aharon Yosef living in London and YomTov Lipman Landman
living in Antwerp, a well as other children. They trace back to the
Weisblum Chassidic rabbinical family.
Neil Rosenstein

GJSCNY - Free Virtual presentation by Libby Copeland, about her book The Lost Family. Sunday, December 12th, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. EST #announcements #events #dna


The Jewish Genealogical Society of CNY invites you to a free Zoom presentation by Libby Copeland about her book The Lost Family on December 12th at 1:00 P.M. EST.

The book: A deeply reported look at the rise of home genetic testing and the seismic shock it has had on individual lives

You swab your cheek or spit into a vial, then send it away to a lab somewhere. Weeks later you get a report that might tell you where your ancestors came from or if you carry certain genetic risks. Or the report could reveal a long-buried family secret and upend your entire sense of identity. Soon a lark becomes an obsession, an incessant desire to find answers to questions at the core of your being, like “Who am I?” and “Where did I come from?” Welcome to the age of home genetic testing.


In The Lost Family, journalist Libby Copeland investigates what happens when we embark on a vast social experiment with little understanding of the ramifications. Copeland explores the culture of genealogy buffs, the science of DNA, and the business of companies like Ancestry and 23andMe, all while tracing the story of one woman, her unusual results, and a relentless methodical drive for answers that becomes a thoroughly modern genetic detective story.

The Author: Libby Copeland is an award-winning journalist who writes about culture, science and human behavior. Copeland was a reporter and editor at the The Washington Post for eleven years, has been a media fellow and guest lecturer, and has made numerous appearances on television and radio.

If you are local to the Central NY area, we are happy to tell you that the book has been made available at the ONLY independent bookstore in Onondaga County, The Golden Bee, in Liverpool. The store also has bookplates that have been signed by Libby.

Register in advance for this meeting: 

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Yonat Klein
Syracuse NY

Re: Furman Kaluszyn, #lodz #general

Miriam Bulwar David-Hay

Hi Ben, how have you been? I’ve had a similar situation in my own research, with a relative apparently in Paris and in Lodz simultaneously. It turned out that they were in fact two people, cousins with the same name.

Given that you know your ancestor was definitely in the U.K., it seems likely that the Wolf FURMAN in Lodz was probably a cousin. If you look at both the US Holocaust Museum and Yad Vashem websites, you’ll see that there was a Wolf FURMAN of the right age listed in the Lodz Ghetto, who died in the ghetto in 1943. In the USHMM website you can request copies of the original documents and get them instantly to your email address, which I suggest you do. The address registration documents will show you with whom he was living and other useful details. His death document will state the name of his wife and may state the names of his parents. In the Yad Vashem website you can see if anyone submitted a Page of Testimony to commemorate him, which may lead you to further connections. And if you should discover that he was in fact a cousin and that no one in his family remained alive to commemorate him, you would be doing a mitzvah by remembering him. Links below:

Good luck with your research and Chag Chanukah Sameach to all,

Miriam Bulwar David-Hay,
Raanana, Israel.

Professional journalist, writer, editor, proofreader.
Professional translator (Hebrew/Yiddish to English).
Certified guide, Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial and Museum.
Email: miriambdh@...

Researching: BULWA/BULWAR (Rawa Mazowiecka, Lodz, Paris); FRENKIEL/FRENKEL, FERLIPTER/VERLIEBTER (Belz); KALUSZYNER, KUSMIERSKI, KASZKIET, KUZKA, JABLONKA, RZETELNY, WROBEL (Kaluszyn, Lodz); KRYSKA/KRYSZKA, CHABIELSKI/HABELSKI (Sieradz, Lodz); LICHTENSZTAJN (Kiernozia, Wyszogrod, Lodz); ROZENBERG (Przedborz, Lodz); WAKS (Nowe Miasto nad Pilica, Lodz); PELCMAN, STORCZ (Rawa Mazowiecka); SOBEL (Paris); SAPIR/SZAFIR (Wyszogrod).  

Re: Furman Kaluszyn, #lodz #general

Sherri Bobish


It looks like the Wolf FURMAN that you found from Kałuszyn was still in Lodz and died there in 1943.

Lodz Ghetto Hospital Death Records



Name Address
Born Died
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Comments Source
List Date
FURMAN, Wolf 5 Str. 26 
  Hospital Records 


Perhaps you can find this Wolf's mother's name to help you search the family further. If the father's of both Wolf FURMAN's did have the same name, cousins maybe?

Good luck in your search,

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?)

Re: Viewmate Help-Town on Passenger List #translation

Sherri Bobish


Perhaps this place which is 82 miles SE of Warszawa:

Markuszów [Pol], Markushov [Yid], Markushuv [Rus], Markushev

Region: Lublin

Or, this which is 28 miles from Warsaw:

Mszczonów [Pol], Amshinov [Yid], Mshchonuv [Rus], Amshenev

Region: Warszawa

Good luck in your search,

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?)

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

Sherri Bobish


You want to find the family on census, vital records, passenger manifests, naturalization records, WW1 draft cards and the WW11 "old man" draft cards, etc.  These records can be searched online at the free site
and on

Check if your local library has an Ancestry subscription.  Ancestry is allowing access on home computers through the end of December.

This is their 1923 Ohio marriage record with Max and Anna's parents names.  Obviously, the parents names are Americanized.  You may find Max and Anna's Hebrew names and those of their fathers on their tombstones.  That info will help you to find passenger manifests, and once you find their towns of birth knowing the Hebrew names will help you find records from there.
Name: Mr Max Hoffman
Marriage Date: 1 Dec 1923
Form Type: Marriage
Age: 29
Gender: Male
Birth Year: abt 1894
Birth Place: Russia
Father: Sam
Mother: Sarah Kravitz
Spouse: Miss Anna Kurtz
Spouse Age: 21
Spouse Birth Year: abt 1902
Spouse Father: Meyer
Spouse Mother: Rose Klein
On the 1940 census the surname transcribed HEFFMAN.
Eldest 2 children born OH, youngest born MI.  So, they came to MI between 1927 and 1931.  That info will help you to focus your search, especially since the name is so common.

You can view the full census page, with much more data, on either of the sites I mentioned above.
Max Heffman ,52 Head
Anna Heffman 35 Wife
Florence Heffman 15 Daughter
Sanford Heffman 13 Son
Marvin Heffman 9 Son
Sanford's marriage is found on Ancestry:
Name: Sanford H Hoffman
Gender: Male
Race: White
Age: 26
Birth Date: abt 1926
Birth Place: Cleveland, Ohio
Marriage License Place: Wayne
Marriage Date: 8 Nov 1952
Marriage Place: Detroit, Wayne, Michigan, USA
Residence Place: Detroit, Michigan
Father: Max Hoffman
Mother: Anna Kurtz
Spouse: Phyllis S Cherrin
County File Number: 837534
State File Number: 514932
There were two Sanford HOFFMAN's in Detroit at the time.  Their parents names are different though.  

I'm sure as you search further that you will find documents that give you Max and Anna's towns of birth.

Towns in Eastern Europe and The Russian Empire changed country often, and usually went by several different names in various languages.  Once you find a town of birth written somewhere you can search for the town and it's modern name at:

Hope this info helps you in your research,

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?)

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.


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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

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