Lithuania/Latvia and South Africa #southafrica #general #lithuania

David Cherson

I have had a question that has been 'gnawing' at me for some time.  It seems to me that most of the Jews who got affidavits (or the South African equivalent) to emigrate to South Africa came from Lithuania (and Latvia?).  Was South Africa the only country to which emigration was possible from Lithuania?  Thank you.

David Cherson

Re: Translation of Death Announcement -- German #translation


The announcement runs as follows :

This is the only announcement 

Deeply shaken I am giving the sad news, on my behalf as well as on behalf of my wife and my so, of the demise of so beloved son, resp. brother, Sir

Frit Werner
Lieutenant (res.)

who after short illness went to an appeasing rewt. 
We are mourning in the deceased person a son of rare kindness with exceptional traits of character. 

Burial of the unforgettable departed person takes place on Monday May 7th 1917 at 10:30 AM at the Central Cemetery from the Ceremony Hall to the family crypt. 

Gottlieb Werner, Cäcilie Werner.     Leo Werner 
Parents.                                          Acrive First Lieutenant, brother

It is asked to refrain from flowers and visits of condolence 
Laurent Kassel

ViewMate translation request - Russian #translation

Dror Bereznitsky


I've posted two vital records in Russian for which I need a translation. It is on ViewMate at the following address:

Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page.

Thank you very much.
Dror Bereznitsky

Viewmate translation request--Russian. #translation #russia



I've posted an image of two envelopes sent in the 1960s or 1970s from the USSR to relatives in California.  I need a translation of the return address for each envelope--the address of the sender not the receiver.  It is on ViewMate at the following address ...

Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page

Thank you!
Thank you very much.
Sharon Fingold

Re: Where is the SSDI? #usa

Linda Higgins

This is the SSDI on Family Search:  familysearch.orgsearch/collections/1202535

Linda Gordon Higgins
Spring, TX

"Navigating Your Jewish DNA Results” webinar by Adina Newman for the JGS of Illinois on Sunday, Jan. 23, 2022 #announcements #jgs-iajgs

Martin Fischer

Adina Newman to explain how to interpret Jewish DNA test results for Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois on Jan. 23 

“Navigating Your Jewish DNA Results” will be the topic of a presentation by genealogist Adina Newman for the Sunday, Jan. 23, 2022, virtual meeting of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois at 2 p.m. CST. Register/RSVP to receive the Zoom link at

This online presentation, which will be free and open to the public, will focus on interpreting so-called “Jewish DNA” results from the major commercial testing companies (i.e., Ancestry, 23andMe, Family Tree DNA, and MyHeritage), with primary focus on Ashkenazi Jewish heritage. The speaker will dig into common beliefs and misconceptions related to interpreting these results and provide context and strategies to maximize successful research.  

Topics will include ethnicity estimates, tools to understand and locate DNA matches, nuances found at each testing company, and strategies to tackle endogamy. Although not required, familiarity with navigating the various DNA testing sites and viewing DNA matches is recommended. 

Adina Newman, EdD, is the owner of My Family Genie, where she assists clients with their research and blogs about her own family history. Her main interests are in Jewish genealogy, genetic genealogy, and New England. She has a doctorate in educational leadership and a certificate in genealogical research from Boston University.  

She volunteers as a Jewish genetic genealogy Facebook group moderator, social media coordinator for NextGen Genealogy Network, and a discussion leader for ProGen, a self-study group for aspiring and professional genealogists. She was also a 2020 recipient of the AncestryProGenealogists scholarship. She presented four talks for the 2021 IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy. 

The Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping members collect, preserve, and perpetuate the records and history of their ancestors. JGSI is a resource for the worldwide Jewish community to research their Chicago-area roots. The JGSI motto is “Members Helping Members Since 1981.” The group has more than 300 members and is affiliated with the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies

JGSI members have access to useful and informative online family history research resources, including a members’ forum, more than 65 video recordings of past speakers’ presentations, monthly JGSI E-News, quarterly Morasha JGSI newsletter, and much more

Members as well as non-members can look for their ancestors on the free searchable JGSI Jewish Chicago Database

Martin Fischer
Vice President-Publicity
Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois

JGSI website:

Re: Can you identify 1920s Slovakia employment by this uniform? #austria-czech

Erika Gottfried

Might she have been a waitress? Or perhaps even a bar maid? Just a guess.
Erika Gottfried
Teaneck, New Jersey

ViewMate translation needed - Polish - family GOLD #poland #general #names #translation

David Buford

I have a letter on ViewMate #96424 written in Polish. I would love names, places and dates that may help me with my genealogy. Thanks.

Linda Gold Buford

Researching: Poland or other GOLD, BREWDA - BREVDA - , BLUMENTHAL, PALTER - also Israel, SPITZ
                      Kobryn, Belarus Belarus - KAMENETZKI - KAMIENKA
                      Russia - SALIMAN, SCHREIBER, SEGAL, WALDMANN

Regarding Jeanette Futernick Sachs, wife of Louis Sachs #records #general #names

Hallie Metzger

I am seeking information about Jeanette Futernick, born in Philadelphia about 1885, who married my great uncle Louis Sachs in Connecticut on September 4, 1914. Father's name on the marriage certificate is Ludwig Loeb. 
Hallie Metzger (halmetz@...)

Re: Geogrphical location of Lumsden/Lumsen Poland #poland #general

Alexander Sharon

Name of town Lumsden doesn’t sound at all as name of town Lomza in Poland. 

Lumsden is located in Canadian Province of Saskatchewan, a habitational name that have origimated from a place in the parish of Coldingham, Berwickshire.

Alexander Sharon

Re: Two Different Hebrew Given Names or Wrong Person? #names #belarus

Odeda Zlotnick

Thanks Brad,
I've looked at a number of records, and I have no doubt: it's "From Minsk".
This is what it looks like on threee records, one on the same page, another on the previous. 

    those little squished characters on the right are a typical way of writing the Hebrew letter  מ which appears twice in the Hebrew text "From Minsk" the first  is the pronoun indicating "from". 



and this, by coincidence, from the following page in the link happens to be Yossef   

You've got the right person, from Minsk.
Odeda Zlotnick
Jerusalem, Israel.

Location and approximate date of 2 photos #photographs

Felissa Lashley

Attached below are two photos which were together among loose photos
in a large carton of family photos.

I would like to get an approximate date and location. In one, my
grandmother Eva MOZER DORBIN is standing in the foreground.

For location my best guesses are the Lower East Side, Brooklyn or
perhaps St. Louis or Kansas City, MO. The latter two because those
were the most likely places Eva would have visited prior to 1939.
After that she lived in NYC.

I can see in one photo, signs for Kaplan Poultry; Lerner Shoes, Ghetto
Grill, and a Real Meat Market. I see one address of 815. There is some
Hebrew but I cannot read Hebrew. One thing that weighs against them
being NYC photos is the use of the word pop for soda. But these photos
could not be from the same place or time.

Can anyone please help? Maybe the light posts or cars can offer some
insights. Thank you for any thoughts.
Felissa Lashley
Austin, TX

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

Alan Shuchat

There are records from Berdiansk and Melitopol on FamilySearch, including ones from 1917. These are digitized microfilms, so you'll need to be able to recognize how names are written by hand in Russian.′%22&subjectsOpen=1059928-50,1190711-50,1059930-50︠a︡nsk%22&subjectsOpen=1059928-50,1190711-50,1059930-50

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)

ViewMate translation needed - Yiddish - family GOLD #names #yiddish #translation

David Buford

I have a letter on ViewMate which is two pages. I would love names, places and anything else that may help me with my genealogy. Thanks

Linda Gold Buford

Researching: Poland or other GOLD, BREWDA - BREVDA - , BLUMENTHAL, PALTER - also Israel, SPITZ
                      Kobryn, Belarus Belarus - KAMENETZKI - KAMIENKA
                      Russia - SALIMAN, SCHREIBER, SEGAL, WALDMANN

Translation of Death Announcement -- German #translation

June F Entman (jfentman)

Seeking translation into English of this death announcement from Neue Freie Presse, 6 May 1917.
With thanks,
June Friedman Entman
St. Augustine, FL, USA

Re: Locating Polish Passports that were surrendered to the British in Eretz-Yisrael (Palestine) #poland #israel

Lewis, Megan

The US Holocaust Memorial Museum has "Collection of the Polish passports of the Jewish immigrants to Palestine, deposited in the Polish consulate in Haifa", RG-15.133.  There are 3747 passports, but passports were issued for entire families, so many more people.  Many of the passports have photos. The list of people in the collection is attached to the catalog record at

Megan Lewis, reference librarian
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

searching family Zajfman from Radom:Poland #poland


i ' m searching 3 children of father Bachrach Zajfman born in Radom in 1898 he was a baker and he was imprisonned in the prison of Radom in 1940 and his woman Marjem Riwka was also born in Radom in 1904 ( she was a Birenbaum of my family ) 
the 3 children are Gec Zajfman born in 1930 / Rojza Zajfman born in 1929 / Lejb Zajfman born in 1930 born in Radom 
let me know please if you have some informations , my email is a.birenbaum@... 
kind regards 
Alain Birenbaum

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

Audrey Levin

The Vic Chymshyt project (from Rivne and Lutsk archives).  Includes:    Tax Payer List of 1939. Names from Rovno cemetery with birth-death. List of documents in Rivne Archive.

I found a list of children born 1933. One of them is Dewora Iger.

The home page is tkfgen - Home
The site covers Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, Lithuania and Latvia.

Also try: Kremenets-area-index-to-Polish-and-Russian-documents.xls (
Do a control find (windows) for Rovno and you'll see lists of documents and which archive they are in, including file numbers. Some are in Ukraine, Zhitomir, etc. This is like winning the lottery.

Audrey Levin

Re: Two Different Hebrew Given Names or Wrong Person? #names #belarus

Brad Rubin

Interesting!  Here is the source to the image (record M502) within all the other records in the collection.  -- Brad Rubin

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

Caroline Gurney <research@...>

The 1921 census forms, like the 1911 ones, are the original schedules filled in by the householder. So what you are seeing is the place name and spelling provided by whoever's signature appears at the bottom of the form. You can't blame it on the census enumerator!

It's highly likely that the spelling of the Polish place name was phonetic. I'd say the second letter is 'e', so the spelling is Zekline. JewishGen gives Zekhlin as one of the alternative spellings of Zychlin. 
Caroline Gurney
Portishead, UK

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