Re: Hebrew Translation to English needed from marriage document #records


Like Steve said a clearer picture would be very helpfu, but I'll try my best attempt at reading the names. 
The bride is clearly Leah daughter of Moshe.
Groom is Yitzchak Yechiel? Son of Yosef?
City is New York? 
The groom's middle name and father's name are basically guesses. The first word of the city is clearly New and the second word is the right length to possibly be York, and it's clearly in the USA.
Hope that helps.
Binyamin Kerman
Baltimore MD

SPIELER Lodz, Zloczew, Belchatow

Help identifying town name from English census-taker's writing! #poland #unitedkingdom


Does anyone recognise what this town name is on my grandfather's 1921 UK census record? I had believed that he was born in Kutno, Poland (from his British naturalisation certificate), but that is certainly not what it says here. It may be a small town in the district of Kutno. He may have forgotten that he'd given the larger town name In 1919 when he applied for British citizenship (just speculating).  In the 1911 census it was not required to provide a town name so it just said "Russian, Poland". I have looked on the JG map all around the Kutno area but nothing looks quite right. The only possibility I can see might be Zychlin but it doesn't really look close enough in spelling, even taking into account different versions of the name. There are very few other words in the census-taker's handwriting with similar-looking letters with which I could compare. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks.
Lesley Bowman
originally from London

Re: How to find UKRAINE birth and marriage records #ukraine #records #russia


Happy New Year,  I am researching my paternal grandfather and his parents. Harry/Hersz PASTERNAK , born in Kuty 1904  Siblings Reisel Pasternak born Kuty 1906, Scheindel Pasternak born 189 , Ruben Pasternak, b 1913 and Jutta Pasternak born 1919.  Parents names may be Ida Reif and Leo Pasternak (from their US death certificates of children) . I can not find any vital records for any of the above in Ukraine etc.  
I believe no vital records survived from Kuty but wondering if there are any other next steps I can take.  Since Kuty is a border town and was a war zone around 1918- 1920, many left for a time, and  parents may have died  elsewhere. Would hiring a person on the ground be useful or a fools errand?
Ellen Sheetz
Needham, MA

Re: Jewish Converts Institution in London / Conversion records #unitedkingdom #records

David Mendoza

I emailed CMJ asking about archives, but never heard back. Best wishes, David Mendoza

Hebrew Translation to English needed from marriage document #records #translation

Rhoda Mastronardi

I took the suggestion to photograph the handwritten parts of the marriage document I have from my grandparents, Isidore Pawley and Lillian Dates. I am hoping someone can translate them for me. Thank you!
Rhoda Mastronardi
Searching-Pawley, Pawlowsky from Kiev, Ukraine

FW: Photo identification #photographs

Alma Shliom


Do you recognize any of the family members in the attached? They are part of my grandmother’s family in Poland. She lived in Bialystok before she moved to Israel before the war. Her entire family was lost and these were some of the pictures she had brought with her.


In the seated photo, my grandmother, Mindle (Mina) Yablonko is seated first from left with her mother behind her, most likely hugging the younger brother Wolf.


In the standing photo, same family members.


Thank you,

Alma Shliom- Morianz





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Hello Group

I'm new to JG (although I have helped some of you
translate from Russian about 5 years ago
via soc.genealogy.jewish usenet group).

I now want to trace my family tree,
starting from a birth certificate of my

Not sure what to expect from this Group,
but here's what I have
(I'm a native russian speaker, so I do transliteration
as I think this should be done - please correct
if there are standard rules):

родился 20 июня 1906



my tranlsation/transliteration:

born 20 June 1906
in village (russian "м" is "место/местечко",
which is shtetl) HODOROVKA
(which is in Volynia, and at that time could
have been also called HODORKOV).



This is the birth certificate issued in 1957
by Ukranian Soviet authorities.
There is stamp on it

"Восстановлена запись"

meaning "Restored entry/record"
which is obviously correct -
there must be some birth record
of him from 1906.

What I want to know is where my
great grandparents are from.

I contacted Chabad Zhitomir -
closest Chabad to Hodorkov,
to see if they have access to any
local records - waiting for a reply.

Any advice?


Anton Shterenlikht (Антон Штеренлихт)
Bristol, UK

Where is the SSDI? #usa

Ilya Zeldes

Search for the Social Security Death Index on StevMorse site brings up a note that it's hosted by JewishGen. Where on JewishGen is the SSDI? How to search and browse it?
Ilya Zeldes
North Fort Myers, FL

Request for SIG, RD, BOF, RG and SHARE Fair Participation - 2022 IAJGS Philadelphia Conference #announcements #events #jgs-iajgs

Bonnie Birns

Hi all,

We invite you to participate in the 42nd IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy, to be held from Sunday, August 21 through Thursday, August 25, 2022, in historic Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Hosted by the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies (IAJGS), the Conference provides participation opportunities for Jewish Genealogy Special Interest Groups (SIGs), JewishGen Research Divisions (RDs), Birds of a Feather (BOFs), Research Groups (RGs) and others who may offer services or resources to Jewish genealogists such as libraries, archives, historical societies, and other non-profit entities. The Conference offers groups the opportunity to have meetings during Conference week and to staff a table at our traditional “SHARE Fair” which will be held on Sunday afternoon, August 21, 2022.

SIGs, RDs, BOFs and RGs are invited to request meeting slots and schedule a luncheon between Monday and Thursday of the Conference. An email with an application has been sent to the name and address of your contact person on file from prior conferences. If your group has not received one or you have any changes or updates, please let me know.

The deadline for SIG, RD, BOF, RG Luncheon and/or Meeting applications is Sunday, January 30, 2022.

The deadline for SHARE Fair applications is Wednesday, April 6, 2022.


Please visit for the SIG / BOF / SHARE Fair application forms.

Looking forward to seeing you in Philadelphia!



Bonnie Birns
2022 Conference Group Meeting Coordinator


Re: Someone who knows old Jewish cemeteries near Kaunas #lithuania #general

Carol Hoffman

Joe Shalom,

Do you know when they died? Where?
I suggest searching the All Lithuania Database of LitvakSIG in order to try to pin point cemeteries.
All the best,
Carol Hoffman, PhD
Tel Aviv

Re: Seeking Research help in Ukraine and Romania #ukraine #romania #records

Alan Shuchat

Unfortunately, the way to find the list isn’t as intuitive as it could be. From the JewishGen menus, choose Get Started, then InfoFiles. Scroll down to Genealogists.
Alan Shuchat
Newton, MA

SHUKHAT (Talnoe, Simferopol, Sevastopol, Odessa, Balta (Abazovka), Pogrebishche)
VINOKUR (Talnoe), KURIS (Mogilev-Podolskiy, Ataki, Berdichev)
ZILBERMAN (Soroki, Kremenets), BIRNBAUM (Kamenets-Podolskiy)
KITAIGORODSKI (Zvenigorodka)

Birth certificate from novaselitz

Elizabeth Vexelman

Hello, please help, how/where do i ask for a birth certificate?

Elizabeth Vexelman
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Research in former Soviet Republics #ukraine #belarus #latvia #lithuania #russia

Audrey Levin

Great site for original records in Russia, Ukraine, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova and Belarus.  
tkfgen - Home

Audrey Levin

Re: Someone who knows old Jewish cemeteries near Kaunas #lithuania #general


Maceva is in the process of digitizing the Kaunas cemeteries. I believe they may have 2-3000 headstones posted to date for one of the Kaunas cemeteries with more on the way. I had briefly perused it a few weeks ago-to date there are many markers posted from the late 1800s thru the early 1900s. Link to their website:Maceva | Litvak Cemetery Catalogue (

They do require a donation to access the database-The documentation work is well worth it if you have relatives buried there and their mission of photographing/translating every remaining stone in the Jewish cemteries of Lithuania is an effort well worth supporting. Excellent photos with the engraved text on most stones highlighted (white chalk?) and with transcriptions in both Hebrew and English.

Richard B. Brown
Glastonbury CT

Claims Conference, Romania #romania

Sally Horn

I am trying to research two people from Botosani who were reportedly relatives of my grandmother.  On Jewish Gen's website, I found one of the names Iosef Cohn from Botosani, referenced under Claims Conference, Romania.  There are different entries in the Source/List Code:  JM-13.347/YS-31 with a reference to Internment in Botoshani; JM-13.383/YS-1m; and JM-13.383/YS-1g.  What do these references mean?  Is there a place where I can acquire the details?  Thank you.
Sally Horn
Researching:  Knepler/Cnepler, Goldstein, Abramowicz, Cohn in Iasi, Stefanetsi, Raduati, Radauti-Prut, Botosani, Cluj
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Locating Polish Passports that were surrendered to the British in Eretz-Yisrael (Palestine) #poland #israel


Shalom friends, 

My great grandmother, Sarah Kosacki, surrendered her Polish passport when applying for naturalisation in Mandate Palestine. 

Many of those who did this had their passports sent back to Poland, and can be found here. However, since her application was in 1940, when Poland ceased independence, she doesn't appear in this database. 

The JRI Poland site says "(f)ollowing the invasion of Poland in 1939, it was no longer possible for Polish consulates abroad (which continued to operate) to send used/expired passports back to Warsaw. As a result, the passports of later Polish immigrants to Palestine remained in Palestine."

Where might the passport be today?

Thank you. 

Shavua tov, 

Yoav Aran 

Searching for a birth certificate #bessarabia

Elizabeth Vexelman

Hello, please i need some guidance. I need to order a birth certificate from a person born in khotin in 1911 (today Ukrain), that was registered in Novaselitz. 

i already have the info about the certificate but do not know where to ask for it.
thank you.

Elizabeth Vexelman

My Family from Taurida Gubernia (nowadays South Ukraine) - BRICKWALL #ukraine #records

Alex Girshovich

Dear Mates,

I am looking for ane records related to my GF and GGF in Berdyansk and Melitopol areas (UEZD) in Taurida Gubernia from 1870 on.
I mean metric records or any other types of information.
My GGF Gersh Abramovich GIRSHOVICH worked as a local paramedic in Halbshtadt (Molochansk after 1914) in Berdyansk Uezd from 1873.  I definitely know that in 1919 he was already a pensioner.
His son Elkhonon GIRSHOVICH (other given names Ilya, Khonon) was born in this area in 1880-1885 and died circa 1924 in Melitopol. I have his photo made in Tokmak (then Bolshoy Tokmak) - a town in a few km from Halbshtadt.

Since my grandparents divorced circa 1917, I don't have any other information about GF and his family. The most burning questions are:
  • From where did my GGF Gersh Abramovich GIRSHOVICH come to this region? This area was not Pale of Settlement, and Jews migrated there from other regions looking for better economic opportunities. The government gave incentives to those coming to colonize these ex-Turkish territories. To my understanding, the family origins are in Belarus and Lithuania.
  • What was my GGM's name? I have only a photo without any inscription, believed to be Elkhonon's mother.
  • What happened to the family after 1917-1919?
  • Were there any additional relatives with possible descendants?
Appreciate any help, guidance, or ideas to break through this brick wall.

Alex Girshovich
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Re: Searching for connections to surname HOLZAPFEL #names

Michael Hoffman

Hi Jerry,

The name HOLZAPFEL can be found in England & Wales use the following website to do a search 

Michael Hoffman

JewishGen Talks: Help! I Tested My DNA and I’m Confused! - Re: AncestryDNA #dna

Corinna Woehrl (nee Goslar)

Hello to all,

here's the link to the JewishGen Talk on the JewishGen Youtube-Channel:

Many thanks to Gil Bardige for his explanations on how to filter out promising matches. And how to reduce the multitude of matches caused by endogamy to a manageable level.

Regards from Germany

Corinna (Woehrl, née Goslar), Hoisdorf, Germany

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