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Searching for IRIT ROT #general
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I am trying to reach Irit Rot. She has family tree on MyHeritage which has a relevant family tree (BERGER) that I was to learn about. Unfortunately I do not have MyHeritage membership (very expensive).
Please tell me how I can reach her.
Thank you very much.
SCHELL & RIEGER (Gorlice); NEUMANN, FADENHECHT & NACHT (Buczacz)
BRUMER, RETTIG, WATTENBERG (Zolkiew, Rawa Russka);
HUTTER, KIFLIG, HERZIG, WATTENBERG (Jaroslaw, Przemysl,
BERGER & SPITZER (Szecseny, Shirkovce, Prague);
POSNER, LICHTSZAJN (Warsaw); EHRENREICH (Warsaw/Miechow);
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A few months ago, I posted here about a week-long Jewish genealogy course that Janette Silverman, Lara Diamond, Marian Smith and I would be teaching between January 9th and 14th, 2022 at the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG): “Back to the Old Country: Genealogy of Ashkenazic Jewish of Galicia and the Russian Empire.” A few weeks ago, after evaluating the current COVID situation, SLIG decided to go virtual.
Now, one can take “Back to the Old Country” from one’s home computer. No additional costs due to airline flights or hotel rooms. The course is geared to advanced beginner and intermediate genealogists who have conducted some research and are familiar with standard research procedures.
Ours is one of 11 virtual courses offered this coming January. To see a description of the Jewish genealogy course and the others, go to https://slig.ugagenealogy.org/cpage.php?pt=627 There are still some seats available.
General information about SLIG 2022 may be viewed at https://slig.ugagenealogy.org/cpage.php?pt=524
Log in or create an account and register at: https://sligregistration.ugagenealogy.org/
A footnote in "Pinkas Bialystok" says that my ancestor "Reb Shmuel the Hasid was a well-known sage and righteous man. He was descended from the well-known BENDET PADKOVE family".
All I know is that Padkove means horeshoe in Yiddish. The family got this name because one of them was almost killed by a horse tramping on him with its shoe, in the Chmielnicki uprising.
Is the BENDET PADKOVE family actually well-known? Does anyone know anything about them?
Thank you very much,
Hello Nicolas, I also received your email personally, but I think that it is an important point, and I am glad that you asked it.
I wish I have more such questions explaining the data your are receiving. I am replying to the whole group.
I want to explain here what "Not microfilmed" meant.
Most of our original Vital records and Revisions lists we got from FHL - FamilySearch, and they microfilmed a lot of records in National Archive of Republic of Moldova (NARM), but not all.
In a mean time we found a person who researched in that Archive and offered us records, not microfilmed by FHL. We received many Vital records for towns of Beltsy, Soroki, Kishinev from that person.
We paid that person for his job from donations of our members of Bessarabia group.
All records from that source have "Not Microfilmed" in that column.
As far as where David's father Leyzer was registered in the Middle Class society, it is clear in the records, that he was registered in Kishinev. Family may never lived in Kishinev, but for some reason, registered there.
Yes, we do have images we worked with, but usually we are not publishing them. For a donation to Bessarabia Research Division General Fund, I could send you such image.
Please let me know if you have other questions.
Happy New Year!
Bessarabia Group Leader and Coordinator
Jan Meisels Allen
Legacy Family Tree Webinars, a member of the MyHeritage family of companies announced that registration is open for its 2022 Legacy Family Tree Webinars series. This is their 13th year!. There are 120 classes to choose from. All live webinars are free and their recordings are free to watch for the first 7 days. After then access is available through a paid subscription.
Topics range from the 1921 U.K. census to the 1950 U.S. census, from Greece and China to Prussia and Nova Scotia, from Backblaze and Instagram to Airtable, from organizing your papers to printing books on MyHeritage, and from organizing your DNA with the Leeds method to the madness of 'Mc' surnames. They are also introducing the brand new Mexico research series AND the brand new monthly online genealogy conferences.
To see the list of webinars with dates and presenters and to register go to: https://familytreewebinars.com/upcoming-webinars/?list_view=true&multiple=true
New! Monthly Online Genealogy Conferences
Treat yourself to an online genealogy conference (all free!) nearly every month. Conference themes include Organization (January), African-American research (February), Ireland (March), 3rd annual genealogy webinar marathon (April), Germany (May), BMDs/vital records (June), Military (July), New England (August), 2nd annual Webtember event (September), Writing and Publishing (October), Census (December). Watch this blog for upcoming information.
They are continuing to host the monthly webinar series for the Board for Certification of Genealogists. For that series go to:
MyHeritage is also hosting an exclusive webinar series: MyHeritage Webinars. These are all free. For more information and registration go to: https://familytreewebinars.com/upcoming-webinars/?category=myheritage
They also have a Down Under Series designed for genealogists in Australia and New Zealand 12 PM (Noon) on the first Wednesday of each month (Sydney time). For programs and registration see: https://familytreewebinars.com/upcoming-webinars/?category=downunder
There is an O Canada Series which will be broadcast live the third Friday of every other month. For programs and registration see: https://familytreewebinars.com/upcoming-webinars/?category=ocanada
The African Diaspora Series will broadcast live the first Friday of each month. For programs and registration see:
Jan Meisels Allen
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee
JewishGen Press is proud to announce our 134th title: Kowel; Testimony and
Memorial Book of Our Destroyed Community (Kovel, Ukraine).
This is the English translation of: Kowel; sefer edut ve-zikaron
le-kehilatenu she-ala aleha ha-koret
Editor of Original Yizkor Book: Eliezer Leoni-Zopperfin;
Project Coordinator: Bruce Drake
Layout and Name Indexing: Jonathan Wind
Cover Design: Nina Schwartz
Reproduction of Photographs: Sondra Ettlinger
Hard Cover, 8.5" by 11", 376 pages with original photographs
During the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the Jewish community of Kovel
grew economically, politically and intellectually. In the 1920s, as part of
the new Republic of Poland, the community supported three major synagogues,
kindergartens, two elementary Hebrew schools, a Hebrew high school, a
Yiddish school, a vibrant Yiddish theatre scene, and several political
parties, both Zionist and Orthodox. In 1937, Kowel's 13,200 Jews made up
nearly half the total population. Soviet occupation in 1939 ended community
life, and the murderous Nazi occupation that followed wiped out the Jews
The anguish of those who lost their lives was recorded in nearly 100
pencil-written notes on the walls of the city's Great Synagogue, lamenting
the dead, asking for remembrance, and calling for vengeance.
May this book be a memorial to them and the community that no longer exists.
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:
Finally, if you are in a position to do so (and have not already), please
consider making a financial contribution in support of our important work. A
gift of any amount will make a real difference as we approach the end of
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Balta Search for Schlafrick/Leibowitz Family #poland
My great grandfather, Wolf Bear (Zev Dur) Coleman Leberach was born in 1826 in either Balta or Warsaw. His parents were Anna Gold (b.1800) and Lewis Schlafrick (b.1805). Wolf Bear married my great grandmother, (Miriam (maiden name Gorigansky) in 1870. I believe they were married in Balta. Their first two children, Sara Frieda and Harry were born in Balta. After immigrating to the United States Wolf Bear used many different last names.( Schlafrick, Leberach, Labowitz, Leibowitz,). I am trying to determine where Wolf, Mariam, Wolf’s parents, Anna and Lewis, were born. I would also like to know where Anna and Lewis are buried. On Ancestry it states that Lewis's last name was Labourty, not Schlafrick. Thanks in advance for any information you can send my way!
Marilyn Feingold (Decatur, Georgia)
MILGROM (Tulchin, Obodivka, Trostinets, Kishinev, Argentina, Australia, Tashkent, Kiev, Israel
SCHLAFFER (Camenca, Shpikov, Sorocca, Teleneshti, Odessa, Israel)
ITKIS/ATKIN (Bila Tserkov)
SHLAFRICK, GORIGANSKY, LEBERACH, LABOWITZ (Balta)
Please read from Bennett Greenspan: Today, I will match your donation up to $25k. Here’s why. #JewishGenUpdates
(Please see a message below from Bennett Greenspan, which I am sending on his behalf)
I posted a document on Viewmate.
It's about a request for a plot measurement by Boim Kirschbaum in Parysow/Poland from 1874/1875.
The document is in Russian.
Could someone help with a full translation?
KIRSCHBAUM (Parysow, Rozan, Lodz, Nizhniy Novgorod); BORNSTEIN (Parysow, Rozan, Lodz); DUMTSCHIN (Mogilev, Nizhniy Novgorod)
LANDAU (Brzesko); FRISCH, EINHORN (Bochnia), STRUMPFNER (Krakow)
I am looking for Josef KLEIN and family who, in 1931, visited Brazil (probably Rio de Janiero)? Josef was coming from Budapest, Hungary, and may have embarked from Germany, but I am not sure. A passenger manifest list may yield some helpful information about Josef and the composition of his family. Thank you for suggestions.
Triangle JGS (Chapel Hill, Durham, Raleigh/ NC)
Always looking for GALAS and DOBRZYNSKI of Lodz, Poland;
WEISZ and MUNK of Ujpest, Hungary;
TREIBER and KRAEMER of Dobromyl, Poland/Ukraine
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I've posted part of a marriage record in Polish for which I need a translation. It's on ViewMate at the following address ...
Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page.Thank you for your help.
Re: Uhr family in London #unitedkingdom
Where is this family from originally? I have Uhr from Chelm/Lublin
Just posted on the Gesher Galicia Map Room: the entire full-color 1846
cadastral map of the Galician spa town of Muszyna near the Slovakian
border in southeastern Poland:
Assembled from 19 separate large sheets, this map is huge – roughly 4
square meters in paper form, but zoomable to see details of even small
buildings in its digital form. The residential and commercial areas
are dominated by three rivers which join beneath the ruins of a
medieval castle. This hand-lithographed "snapshot" in time captures
Muszyna while it already has a well-developed central market area and
extensive mill facilities on two rivers, but before the exploitation
of local springs which would make Muszyna famous in the spa industry.
The map is online for free use by anyone to explore the past of this
interesting Galician settlement and to compare it to the modern town.
This stitched digital composite map was assembled and presented in
interactive format by Gesher Galicia. The original paper map is
preserved by the Archiwum Narodowe w Krakowie. To see many more
cadastral maps of Galician cities, towns, and villages, visit the
Gesher Galicia Map Room:
Gesher Galicia Digital Maps Manager
I searched for "Carole Abrahams" on Newspapers.com and found the picture on page 9 of the 18th September 1968 edition of "The Journal News (White Plains, New York).
A clipping with references should be attached. It appears you are a year out as the engagement was announced in 1968 and the marriage took place in 1969. Interestingly there is another wedding article for 1968 where Carole is a bridesmaid and David an Usher.
I have found my Newspapers.com subscription to be very useful.
Wokingham, Berkshire, England
Margalit Ashira Ir
Dora Phillips Vorob #usa
I would like to find out what became of Dora Phillips Vorob after her 1931 divorce. Here’s what I’ve learned about her sad story
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This was the best talk on the topic of Jewish DNA results I have ever heard!!! Thanks to Gil I was able to make sense of the results of my DNA tests.
Sadly, not one of my zillions of matches on either Family Tree DNA or Ancestry even came close to meeting Gil's test of "family" to consider. Still, this webinar has saved me countless hours trying to decide if I should contact someone in the match lists.
Thank you, thank you, thank you, and I will make a donation to JewishGen in the next day or so.
MODERATOR NOTE: The program was recorded and will be on the JewishGen YouTube channel next week for those of you who missed it!
On Monday, December 27, 2021, 05:07:54 PM MST, Avraham Groll <agroll@...> wrote:
The entire JewishGen community is invited to join us for our next free JewishGen Talks webinar:
Topic: Help! I Tested My DNA and I’m Confused!
Speaker: Gil Bardige
Date: This Wednesday, December 29, 2021
Time: 2:00 PM Eastern Standard Time
Registration: Free with a suggested donation. Please click here to register now!
In the final part of our DNA series, Gil Bardige will offer a refresher on the processes and techniques to prioritize matches despite endogamy, understanding results of ethnicity and matches, and how to best organize your results. The goal is for you to say: “Now I understand, I get it, I know what to do.” Gil is Chair of the Genealogy Committee of the Columbus Jewish Historical Society. A well known speaker, he has managed the mentoring program for IAJGS allowing people to get one-on-one tutoring to help break through brick walls.
Registration:Registration is free with a suggested donation. Please click here to register now! After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about how to join the webinar.
Uhr family in London #unitedkingdom
Trying to make contact with the family of Meir Uhr of London, father of a Doctor Uhr, born about 1890 who himself had a family in London. This Uhr family traces back to the Chassidic master Bnei Yissaschar.
Did my Grandfather get publihsed in the Yiddish Press #usa
My grandfather Joseph Filan/Filanofsky was a talented cartoonist who actually turned down a job offer from Disney in the 1930's or 40's (according to family lore). Since he was a Yiddish speaking immigrant living in Brooklyn I am wondering if he built his resume by getting his art published in the Jewish Press. Any ideas about how to pursue this?
I did send a query to the Disney archives for his resume, job application and portfolio (if they exist)
Thanks for your help
Brooklyn, New York
It would help if you noted what city and country they were married in.
Moss / Moses, De Costa - London and Brighton
Barnett, Da Costa, Lazarus, Joseph, Judah, Solomon - London