Re: Ozimina, Poland #galicia

Alexander Sharon

Ozimina general population in 1921 was 770: 46 Roman Catholics, 712 Greek Catholics and 12 Jews.

In 1900 general population of Ozimina was 735: this   Included 41RC, 679 GC, 9 Jews and 6 others.

Alex Sharon
Calgary, AB

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Can’t find info or relatives of Moscovitz family from Podu Turcului Romania #romania


Hi all,


I’ve had this substantial brick wall in my research for awhile now, and asking if anyone could help me. I’m looking for documentation/info/relatives of all/any of the Moscovitz family in both the US and Romania. Relatives of Isaac Moscovitz especially. 


The head of the family was Isaac Moscovitz (b. ~ 1838, Tecuci County - d. 09/06/1935, NYC). Isaac married Golda Moscovitz (b. 1856, Podu Turcului - d. 06/03/1925, Bronx) in ~1875. The pair had 7 children, of which I only know 4. They are: Clara Mendelsohn (b. 01/1876 - d. 03/26/1907), Harry Moskowitz (b. ~1880 - d. ?), Lena Friedman (b. 03/26/1886, Podu Turcului - d. 09/02/1957, Manhattan), and Rose Seger (b. ~1890 - d. ?). 


Isaac was the son of Moses Moscovitz and Tobie Schwartz. His wife Golda Mashe was the daughter of Noia (Nathan) Moscovitz/Moise and Alta Caroline Fisher. Golda had several siblings, two of them I know. They are: Beila Chaya Rigler (b. 1864, Podu Turcului - d. 05/07/1932) and Fannie Siegel ( b. 1875, Podu Turcului - d. ?). On Fannie Siegel’s immigration record it lists a sister as “Iancu Lebowitz”, which is likely one of her sister’s husbands. 


Isaac and Golda immigrated to the US ~1900 in search of their son Harry, who had ran away. The rest of the family immigrated 1904-1908. 


Initially they settled in Pittsburgh PA, however several members ( mainly Isaac and Golde + their children) moved to NYC in the late 1910- early 1920s. 


Isaac Moscovitz’s family search id is G88V-FCP


Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you,
Aidan Tisch

Re: Translation of ViewMate document from French script to English #translation


Hello All,
I would like to thank Michel Rottenberg for his excellent translation of VM96451.
I would also like to thank any others who are in the process of translating and indicate to you that it is not needed anymore.
Doris Schapira
Montclair, NJ

Re: Rabbi Lippman Heller #rabbinic


I remember 2 sisters, Carole and Arlene Agus from my yeshiva. I don’t know their married names if they married. They would be in their 70’s now, and might be helpful.

Frayda Zelman
Mahopac NY

Re: Please help decipher a word in this 1910 U.S. Census #hungary

Michele Lock

It is possible the census taker may have been listing the language he/she thought the person or their parents spoke, which is how 'English' was listed for a person from Ireland. Looking several pages further, a person from Portugal also had 'Portuguese' in their record. A person from Mexico had 'Spanish' in their record. About 10 pages up, there is a family from Roumania, and they are also listed as speaking Servian. I think the census taker was mixed up about the language(s) spoken in various countries. 
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

Additional Lodz Records Uploaded to JRI-Poland Database #poland

Joe Ross

As part of the massive upload of data earlier this week, JRI-Poland
added indices to the 1936 to 1939 Łódź Marriage and Death records, a
total of 19,846 entries.

There are 5486 surnames and variations in these few years of records.
The five most frequent names: GOLDBERG, LEWKOWICZ, JAKUBOWICZ,

Surnames appearing 40 or more times are:


To find family entries of interest, go to the JRI-Poland search page

Joe Ross
Lodz Town Leader

Re: Rabbi Lippman Heller #rabbinic


According to the work of others, I am the 12G grandson of Yom-Tov Lippman Heller.

Have you been in touch with either Prof. François Cellier or Uri Shani, who jointly maintain a Borchardt Family Tree on My Heritage? They have extensively chronicled the descendants of the Tosfot Yom-Tov Lippman Heller. 

Michael Tuteur

Re: Confusion of /b/ and /v/ #names

Jorge Sexer

What may add to the confusion is that B in Cyrillic corresponds to V in the Latin alphabet.

Jorge Sexer
St Malo

Re: Rabbi Lippman Heller #rabbinic

dasw5@... has information on Rabbi Heller

Dassy Wilen

Re: Rabbi Lippman Heller #rabbinic

David Seldner

I am a descendant. My G-G-Grandmother Frajda Pacanowska's maiden name was Michelson. One of her ancestors was R. Shlomo Zalman Sirkes of Brisk, Grandson of R. Yom tov Lipman Heller.
David Seldner, Karlsruhe, Germany

Re: Rabbi Lippman Heller #rabbinic

Dick Plotz

My great-great-grandfather Chaim Bluestone claimed descent from Yomtov
Lipman Heller, but by the time I came along, none of my great-uncles
knew the details. They did know about the Agus connection. They also
knew of the connection to the Margolis family, whose descent from
Lipman Heller is well-documented, but our connection to the Margolis
family was just over the horizon. Ruth Kaufmann, daughter of Rabbi
Elias Margolis, once wrote to me that she remembered a visit from one
of my uncles, when her father got out a little red book in which he
kept genealogical notes. She told me that after her father died in
1946, they were unable to find the little red book. I was born in
1948, just a bit too late.

Dick Plotz
Providence RI USA

Re: I am looking for birth and marriage records from Frankfurt Germany 1903-1929 #germany

Andreas Schwab

For Births in Germany after 1911, only direct descendants have access to birth records due to privacy laws. 
Andreas Schwab, Montreal, Canada

Re: Henry FONSTEIN (b. ~1912) "Lost" in France mid-1960s #france

Michael Hoffman

Hello Arnon,

Have you searched the website of the National Archives of Australia, for Fonstein search useing the following 
there are 6 entries for Fonstein including the Naturalisation Aplication Papers for Bellah Fonstein.


Michael Hoffman

Re: Rabbi Lippman Heller #rabbinic

Jack Berger


 I went to Yeshiva with a classmate, the late Dr. Bertrand Agus. Regrettably both of his younger brothers have also passed away.

Bert was very clear that his family had documentation that traced their ancestry to Rabbi Yom-Tov Lipman Heller. He went further to say that this validated the family's supposition that the Agus family could trace its lineage back to Rashi.

The passing of these brothers has left me without a contact to their progeny. To them I am a dinosaur.  I believe they have relatives in Baltimore and somewhere in California.

Their original family name in Europe was Agushevitz (opssibly Ogushwitz).and they are from Svisloch in modern day Belarus.

Quite apart from this, in translating the Zolkiew Yizkor book, I see references to a "Lipman Heller."

Let me know if you find anything.

Kol Tuv
Jack Berger, PhD
Mahwah, NJ

This week's Yizkor Book excerpt on the JewishGen Facebook page #yizkorbooks #poland #JewishGenUpdates

Bruce Drake

Sura Ajzensztadt was one of many Jews who chose to leave Europe in the 1930s as the dark clouds of anti-Semitism and Nazism increasingly grew more threatening. She went to Canada while her family relocated from Kurow to Warsaw.
“I Left Only By Train and By Ship But Not With My Heart,” from the Yizkor book of Kurow (Poland) is how she begins her story about the anguish of being separated from a family she would never see again.
“The train carried me with the greatest speed farther and farther from my old world. There remained, however, memories engraved in my mind. I rescued the memories from the fire. They have strengthened me and comforted me in my loneliness, in my isolation. They have lifted my spirits and awakened faith in me in moments of despair and pain, in moments when I heard from the distance as if truly with my own ears the thunder of German cannons, when it was as if the boots of the murderers were truly treading on my heart, on my brain.”
She fondly replays in memory the gentleness and decency of her father. She recalls the happy days when she was a young girl during the time when she “could not yet see the shadows of life, the need and the want, the evil and the hatred which pressed in from all sides.” She remembers the poverty of the town, but how it didn’t stifle taking joy in its life and the human warmth of its small homes.
The people she writes about perished, but she says, they continue to “live in me, in my mind, in my feelings.”

Bruce Drake
Silver Spring, MD

Towns: Wojnilow, Kovel

Re: Deutsch - Woodridge, NY #usa


Hi Ron, I wonder if we are connected somehow. I’m from Long Island, NY. Where is Woodbridge? The only Deutsch relatives in the US  besides my father Arnold ,that I knew of, settled in Philadelphia. That was Max Deutsch who was my grandfather Adolf’s brother. This would be early 1900’s. Max had several children, I believe one of them was Abraham. What do you think?

Susan Forman
New York

Re: I am looking for birth and marriage records from Frankfurt Germany 1903-1929 #germany

haim segal

I found on the GENI website,
That my grandmother Dina Brendel's children,
She gave birth to them, in Darmstadt (Hesse) between 1930 and 1935,
As follows: 4.5.1930 gave birth to Yitzhak Yechiel, in 1931 to Eliezer, 3.12.1932 to Leah and in 1935 to Miriam.
Is it possible to access her children's birth records?

haim segal

Can I use the given name Gerson to trace family members? #names

Alan Reische

I've encountered a brick wall in tracing my father's family back to
their European roots. So far, none of the documents I've reviewed -
census, naturalization documents, death certificates - go beyond stating
places of birth or origin as 'Austria'.

My father's given names and surname at birth in 1905 were 'Emanuel
Gerson Reische'. (It was very quickly Anglicized to 'Merrill George
Reische'.) I'm wondering if the given names - transliterated into their
Hebrew or Yiddish equivalents - might be clues to deceased family
members with relevant information, and would appreciate suggestions that
might expand my search.

Somewhat parallel to that: Almost immediately after birth, my
grandparents abandoned the birth names for him and migrated to the
Anglicized version. That leads me to wonder why they would do that,
instead of simply giving him the Anglicized birth names. Was this a
common pattern?

Thanks for all suggestions, and best wishes for a healthier and happier 2022

Alan Reische

Manchester NH 03104 USA


Member: 28114

looking for Albert Hakim from Salonica #names

Tafuri, Diane

Albert Hakim would have been my uncle. He was approximately 35 years old when he might have been sent to Auschwitz from Salonica Greece.. There is some information that maybe he had escaped before being sent there and maybe would have emigrated to Israel. I am in search of his family, if he ever married. I have pictures of him riding a motorcycle. He was deaf and used sign language. If anyone knows of my uncle, please contact me. Dtafuri@....  

Diane Tafuri


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