Re: Viewmate Translation Request Russian #translation


In Russian:



Состоялось в посаде Шренск 4-го (16-го) февраля 1876-го года в 11 часов дня. Явился лично Израиль Тыгер, 23-х лет, портной, проживающий в посаде Шренск и в присутствии свидетелей: Беера Фудаловича, 73-х лет, торговца и Давида Аппельбаума, 32-х лет, оба - жители посада Шренск и предъявили нам младенца женского пола, объявляя, что она родилась 7-го (19-го) января сего года в 2 часа дня от законной жены Шейны-Мирьям, урожденной Лейзерович, 20-и лет.  Младенцу этому дано имя Шора-Фейга. Акт сей объявляющему и свидетелям прочитан и ими и нами подписан. Объявляющий заявил, что он писать не умеет.

Содержащий акты гражданского состояния Подпись

Беер Фудалович

Давид Аппельбаум


Translated into English:


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It took place in Posad Shrensk on February 4 (16), 1876 at 11 o'clock before afternoon. Israel Tyger, 23 years old, a tailor living in the settlement of Shrensk showed up personally and in the presence of witnesses: Beer Fudalovich, 73 years old, a merchant and David Appelbaum, 32 years old, a teacher, both residents of the settlement of Shrensk, and presented us with a female baby, announcing that she was born on January 7 (19) of this year at 2 pm from the legal wife of Sheina-Miriam, nee Leizerovich, 20 years old. This baby was given the name Shora-Feiga. This act was read to the announcer and to the witnesses, and they and we signed. The announcer declared that he could not write.

Containing acts of civil status Signature

Beer Fudalovich

David Applebaum

Translated by Michael Ryabinky
Boynton Beach, FL


yael polat

Hello Marylin,
I have seen in the Gelbinovna list people from Khashchevatoye, and now I heard that there were also people from "my"shtetel Khashchevatoye in Gershonovka. Could it be possible to get the list of these settlers (in Gershonovka) or even better, a link to the Russian website where these lists were published?
Yael Polat

Re: Archived documents in Novo Ushytsky District and Kamianets-Podolsk County #records #ukraine

Jorge Sexer

Rebecca: as far as I know, all records from Kamianets-Podilsky were transferred to the central archive in Khmelnitsky, sometime after the fire of 2003.

Jorge Sexer

Sunday, Dec. 19, 2 pm, JGSNY Annual Meeting and Presentation #announcements

Phyllis Rosner

Jewish Genealogical Society NY Meeting, via Zoom
Sunday Dec. 19, 2021 at 2 p.m. Eastern time


Annual Meeting and Election, to be followed by:

Cypora's Echo: Mothers, Daughters and a Holocaust Legacy


Speaker: Judith Greenberg, Ph.D.

Judith Greenberg had been writing and teaching about trauma, literature, and women’s acts of resistance for years before she discovered that the story of the last days of the Jews of Siedlce, Poland, her family’s ancestral hometown, had been recorded contemporaneously by her own relative, Cypora Jablon Zonszajn. In the fall of 1942, Cypora understood that the only chance for her baby daughter, Rachel, lay outside the ghetto. She entrusted Rachel to her Catholic friends and wrote her testimony, now held at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.    
Judith grew up knowing Rachel, but it was only in 2002, when Judith read Cypora’s testimony and saw a photo of Cypora holding baby Rachel, that she began to ask questions about her cousin’s history as a hidden child, her mother’s past, and the intergenerational process of transmission of this story. 
Over the next twelve years, Judith traveled to Poland, where she met the friends who had saved Rachel and discovered a vast archive of prewar and wartime photos of Cypora and Rachel. Relying on her background analyzing trauma writing, Judith conjoins her research with an analysis of Cypora’s writing and with a contemplation of her postmemories and the many roles of mothers, daughters, and shared parenting in this story.
Judith Greenberg holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Yale University and teaches as a part-time faculty member at the Gallatin School of Individualized Study at New York University. She is the editor of Trauma at Home: After 9/11 (University of Nebraska Press, 2003).  Her publications include articles on works by Virginia Woolf, Patrick Modiano and others; blogs for the Huffington Post, and a contribution to Studies in American Jewish Literature's Special Issue: Trump and the "Jewish Question."  Her 2019 trip to Siedlce is documented in The Forward at and in The Forum for Dialogue's video: “Taking on the Story” at Judith plans to publish her manuscript, Cypora’s Echo.

All are welcome; attendance is free, but registration is required:

Submitted by:
Phyllis Rosner
JGSNY VP Communications
New York, NY

Re: Are those gravestones proof my ancestors were jewish? #germany

Shelley Mitchell

You might also try to trace the oldest birth back to the “old country.”  There you might find additional information leading you to a Jewish relative. 

Shelley Mitchell, NYC 

Re: Was Max GORDON (1913-1971) really married? #usa #general

Shelley Mitchell

Is it possible that he listed Rose so that she could, for whatever, receive his benefits in case of death while in the service?  Just a thought. 

Shelley Mitchell, NYC 

Jewish community in Salem Conn #usa

Marc Lipoff


I’ve been researcher my family (Schaeffer), who lived in Salem, Conn in the early 1900s. They appear have owned a few hundred acres of farm land, and to have been working it. In looking at the US censuses, there are many Jewish surnames listed. I’ve done a quick search and can’t find out any info on the Jewish community in Salem (currently, there seems to be none). Does anyone have info on the area, or know where I can research it more?

Marc Lipoff

“The Path to Modernity: The Jews of Galicia” -- additional dates available #galicia #poland #education #announcements

Gesher Galicia SIG

After last month’s announcement, Gesher Galicia’s course reached a full enrollment capacity in 24 hours! Thank you for your interest and engagement.
As many of you were unable to register, we are pleased to offer additional dates for this online course.

DATES: Jan. 25, 27 and Feb. 1, 3, 2022

10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. US ET*
* All classes are recorded. A link will be sent out to the registered participants to view the class if you missed it live.

REGISTRATION: To register click on the link below; tuition $125
(Gesher Galicia members receive a tuition discount). Class size is limited!
Please note that for those who successfully registered for the earlier dates, there are no changes.

SYNOPSIS: The four-part adult continuing education program explores the social and cultural transformation of Galician Jewry, drawing on unique material. The course is open to beginners and seasoned family-history researchers from around the world.
Dr. Andrew Zalewski, author and vice president of Gesher Galicia, brings history to life while answering questions like: What drove Jews to have a voice in modern society? How did they respond to new ideas from inside and outside their community? Which laws misfired on the Jews' path to civil integration? The course, generously illustrated by records, maps, and documents, covers the following topics:
Session 1:     Disappearing Countries, New Borders, and Jewish Communities
Session 2:     Jewish Enlightenment (Haskalah)
Session 3:     Jewish Emancipation and Jews in the Public Square
Session 4:     World War I and the Identity Crisis

To learn more about these topics, click below:

QUESTIONS: Please send questions about registration to Lori Cohen (lcohen@...). Register early to join us for this educational journey through Jewish Galicia and beyond.

Dr. Steven S. Turner
Gesher Galicia, President

Re: Printing Birth record #general

Frank Szmulowicz

Hi, Shimi,
I have noticed that when records are placed in viewmate and "read in a separate window (an option when viewing records)", out of a sudden they appear brighter and the print becomes more distinct. I do not know what magic viewmate employs, but all those old document do become more legible when viewed through viewmate lens.
Frank Szmulowicz

Re: Viewmate Tombstone Hebrew Translation Request #translation


"Here lies the woman Pesheh Feiga, daughter of Yehoshua, 5th of Tevet 5702" (December 25, 1941).
Note that today (Dec 9, 2021) is also the 5th of Tevet - her 'yahrzeit"!
Steve Goldberg
Jerusalem, Israel
Sagan/Shagan family from Veliuona (Velon), Lithuania
Goldberg family from Vidukle, Lithuania
Susselovitch/Zuselovitch family from Raseiniai (Rossein), Lithuania

Archived documents in Novo Ushytsky District and Kamianets-Podolsk County #records #ukraine

Rebecca Parmet

Has anyone been searching the archived documents of the Podolsk Province (Ukraine), specifically Novo Ushytsky District and Kamianets-Podolsk County?
I am looking at the files scanned by Krakovsky’s team.


One branch of my family is from Novo Ushytsia district and recently I found confirmation via the 1875 census of Novo Ushytsky district (YAY!). By 1875, a few of those known family members were already born (aged between 6 months and 3 years).  Several others were born between 1875 and 1888.  I want to look in the metric books for their birth record.  The metric books only go up to 1850 for N.U. District.  The metric books for Kamianets-Podolsk cover most of the range I am interested in.  Do you think that the years I need for metric books would only be in Novo Ushytsky district or perhaps would they have been collected in Kamianets-Podolsk County? 

I know in 2003 there was a fire in Kamianets-Podolsk archive (I think that is the correct archive).


A few things I am considering regarding the files in Novo Ushytsky district:

  1. The district stopped documenting births and pushed the responsibility up to the Kamianets-Podolsk County level. (which I am hoping for)
  2. The all files have NOT been scanned yet.
  3. The files don’t exist because were lost or damaged or they stopped recording births.


Any insight or suggestions would be helpful. 

Thank you.

Rebecca Parmet
Havertown, PA

Surnames: Lachman/Lakhman, Buchdrucker/Bihdriker, Hirschmann, Milgender/Milhander/Milander, Parmet, Neufeld, Erstein 

Re: Looking for Tisch Family in Demend, Hungary #hungary

Peter Absolon

Hi Aidan,

there is a extensive Tisch family tree on Geni (I have researched part of it). They were also from Demandice / Deménd.

The problem is that vital rec books from Sahy/Ipolysag rabbinate (covering also Demend records) are available starting from 1850 only, so you will not get beyond that point. Perhaps checking civil vital records 1895-1906 that are in the archive in Levice could get you some more information.

Peter Absolon
Kosice, Slovakia

Re: Are those gravestones proof my ancestors were jewish? #germany

Roger Lustig

No, those are just stars representing "born on." You can find 6-pointed
stars in many churches--it's not exclusively a Jewish symbol.

Take a look at some of the other graves in the same cemetery. I'm sure
you'll find quite a few equipped with that shape of star.

Roger Lustig

Princeton, NJ USA

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

Deborah Wiener

I have two photos-one I know to be my grandfather taken during the war, and one from 1904 that I think could be him. Is anyone able to assist in a comparison?

Debbie Wiener


Melbourne Australia

Danzig 1939 census now searchable on JewishGen #danzig #gdansk #germany #poland

Logan Kleinwaks

A census of members of the Jewish Community of Danzig, including Zoppot, dated 11-AUG-1939, is now searchable via JewishGen's Unified Search, Germany Database, and Poland Database. You may find it helpful to restrict your search by Town = Danzig, in addition to whatever surname you are looking for.

The census is grouped by family (apparently, though this is not explicit) and typically lists each person's given name, surname (sometimes, maiden name), date of birth or age, and street address. For many people, there is also a nationality (e.g., Danzig, German) and emigration destination (e.g., USA, Palestine). For some, a destination of Danzig is given, the meaning of which is unknown. Some entries are struck through, the meaning of which is unknown, and this is indicated in the Remarks field of search results. All information has been transcribed. There are 1,664 entries. Note: Most of the Jewish Community emigrated prior to this census. A much larger census from 1931 has also been transcribed, but is not yet online as it is still being proofread.

This census is file Da/1645a at the Central Archives for the History of the Jewish People in Jerusalem (CAHJP), and was acquired by the JewishGen Danzig/Gdańsk Research Division through the generosity of our donors. All transcription and proofreading was done by volunteers. Thanks especially to Kathy Glatter and Irene Peters for their work making these important records available to all.

Several additional Danzig datasets will be posted online very soon. Others require varying amounts of proofreading or transcription and proofreading to complete. If you might like to volunteer to get Danzig records online quicker, please email me. We especially need volunteers who can read old German handwriting (Kurrent).

Logan Kleinwaks
JewishGen Research Director for Danzig/Gdańsk

Re: Searching: HOLTZMAN, LIFSHITZ and LASKOV #belarus


Hi Eshel,
I have Holtzman/Golcman relatives from Stolin. 

L Kramer 

Re: Sending money to Poland in 1880s #general #usa #poland

Frank Schulaner

Hesia Diner (remembered her name right?) wrote much on the migration of various peoples in the 19th century. Somewhere in her many works there should be something of use. Good luck.

Frank Schulaner
POB 507
Kealakekua HI 96750 (USA)

Re: Viewmate Tombstone Hebrew Translation Request #translation




As best as I can decipher –

Here lies or here is buried (abbreviation on top)

The woman Sashek (?) Fiega

Daughter of reb Ye’hoshua

5 (?) Tevet 5702

May her sould be  gathered in eternal life (abbreviation on last line)

Shalom, Malka Chosnek


Re: Are those gravestones proof my ancestors were jewish? #germany

Andreas Schwab

NO, these stars don’t mean that your grandparents were Jewish. An asterisk is a usual sign for a birth in Germany. it is used in the same way as a cross for a death. Also, a Jewish grave would never have a cross on the stone. 

On Dec 8, 2021, at 12:16, philthomsen202@... wrote:

Since my childhood my dad always told me we had jewish ancestors somewhere in history. Last month i took a closer look to the graves of my grandfather / grandmother and great grandfather / grandmother. I noticed that the birth stars had the shape of a Magen David. Does this mean they were jewish or is it meaningless for genealogic purposes? My father didn‘t know they were jewish, he just knew about the general heritage of our family from a jewish background.
Phil Thomsen

Andreas Schwab, Montreal, Canada

Re: Looking for help to locate manifests and naturalization papers for Davis and Harry Rosenthal #records #usa


The document itself is available on
Search  > Records >  Search by Place = United States, Massachusetts > Navigate down to Immigration and Naturalization Showing All >  Click on the line where you see the number 954,378
On the next screen click on Browse All Images > Massachusetts > US Circuit Courts >  US Circuit Court.
Find the date range that matches the index card provided by Johanna Becker. 
The Davis Rosenthal Petitition is image 256 of 433.

David Rosen
Boston, MA

On 12/8/2021 3:41 PM, The Becker's Email wrote: has a naturalization index record for a Davis Rosenthal, address 157 Arlington, Chelsea.
United States, New England Petitions for Naturalization Index, 1791-1906;

Johanna Becker
Newport, RI

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