Re: Searching for 1936 or 1937 Lodz Marriage Record #poland #lodz #records

Miriam Bulwar David-Hay


JRI-Poland has the Lodz marriage (and death) records indexed online up to 1935. It’s possible that they may have the years after that offline. Your best and easiest option is to write to Joe Ross, the town leader at JRI-Poland and inquire. Details are in their website. If they do have those years, ordering the documents is quick and easy. I’ve done so many times.

If JRI-P doesn’t have those years, you could write directly to the Lodz branch of the Polish State Archives to inquire. I’ve also done that many times and have always found them to be efficient and thorough. It’s best to write to them in Polish and of course they reply in Polish, plus if they do find documents you want, they usually require payment by direct bank transfer, so all that makes things a little more complicated. But not too difficult if you really want those documents.  

Best of luck,

Miriam Bulwar David-Hay,
Raanana, Israel.

Professional journalist, writer, editor, proofreader.
Professional translator (Hebrew/Yiddish to English).
Certified guide, Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial and Museum.
Email: miriambdh@...

Researching: BULWA/BULWAR (Rawa Mazowiecka, Lodz, Paris); FRENKIEL/FRENKEL, FERLIPTER/VERLIEBTER (Belz); KALUSZYNER, KUSMIERSKI, KASZKIET, KUZKA, JABLONKA, RZETELNY, WROBEL (Kaluszyn, Lodz); KRYSKA/KRYSZKA, CHABIELSKI/HABELSKI (Sieradz, Lodz); LICHTENSZTAJN (Kiernozia, Wyszogrod, Lodz); ROZENBERG (Przedborz, Lodz); WAKS (Nowe Miasto nad Pilica, Lodz); PELCMAN, STORCZ (Rawa Mazowiecka); SOBEL (Paris); SAPIR/SZAFIR (Wyszogrod).  

The JGS of Pittsburgh Presents: "A Rose By Any Other Name" with Dick Goldman #announcements #jgs-iajgs #names

Steve Jaron

Please join the Jewish Genealogy Society of Pittsburgh on January 19 at 730 pm for our upcoming program with Dick Goldman - “A Rose By Any Other Name”

For many of us, our family names are clues to our ancestors’ careers, personalities, characteristics, towns of origin or religious practices. Learn why, how and when we received our last names and what they can reveal. This program will be the first in a series of programs about Jewish surnames presented by the Jewish Genealogy Society of Pittsburgh over the coming months.

Please register online at

The cost for this program is $5.

It is free for members of the JGS of Pittsburgh and is presented via Zoom

This virtual program will be recorded. After the program, the recording will be made available to JGS of Pittsburgh members who are current on their dues.

For information on membership and future programs please visit our website at 

Steven Jaron

JGS of Pittsburgh President


Translation Help - Birth record in PRENAI Lithuania 1852 - #translation #lithuania

Jenniffer Hancock

Hello, I have a record for a Benjamin Leyzor SKLARZ that I need help with in viewmate.  Its from PRENAI Lithuania  1852. Probably a birth record, but I'm not sure. I assume it's in Lithuanian. It's a Roman script. 

Thanks in advance. Here is the link.   

And here is the image of the record. 

If anyone call tell me what it says, I'll be eternally grateful. 

Jennifer Hancock
Manatee County FL USA
Researching family in Pren LIthuania and Beltsy Moldova at the moment.

Re: Updated Lyakhovichi, Belarus Website - 26k Records #JewishGenUpdates #belarus

Michael Rubin

Congratulations to Gary Palgon and the Lyakhovichi team for their very impressive update. 

As someone who has committed a classic genealogical mistake, I just wanted to point out that there are (at least) two Lechovitz-es (in Yiddish pronunciation):  Lyakhovichi in Belarus and Lyakhovtsy/Lakhovtsy in Ukraine, renamed after the war as Bilohir'ya.  The Belarus shtetl was bigger than that in Ukraine (~3000 Jews vs. 1300 in 1900) but when my ancestors indicated in various documents that they were from Volhynia, I knew my assumption of Belarus was incorrect.
Here is a site dedicated to the Ukraine shtetl:

Happy hunting.
Michael Rubin
Boston, MA

Re: Jews in Ethiopia in late 1700s #general

Sherri Bobish


Have you found any records from when they lived in Ukraine? Do you know the name of the town?  Perhaps on some vital record or revision list would be noted that one of the family was born in Ethiopia, or had lived there.

This page is interesting, although it doesn't really answer your question about Ashkenazi Jews living in Ethiopia.

Ethiopian Jewry: Timeline of Ethiopian Jewish History

This database on Ancestry has Ethiopian burials.  Put Ethiopia in the death field to search.  Perhaps you will find a family name.

Global, Find a Grave Index for Burials at Sea and other Select Burial Locations, 1300s-Current

Good luck in your search,
Sherri Bobish

Searching: RATOWSKY / CHAIMSON (Ariogala / Ragola, Lith.)
WALTZMAN / WALZMAN (Ustrzyki Dolne / Istryker, Pol.)
LEVY (Tyrawa Woloska, Pol.)
LEFFENFELD / LEFENFELD / FINK, KALTER (Daliowa/ Posada Jasliska, Pol.)
BOJDA / BERGER (Tarnobrzeg, Pol.)
SOKALSKY / SOLON / SOLAN / FINGER(MAN) (Grodek, Bialystok, Pol.)
BOBISH / APPEL (Odessa?)

Uhr family in Toronto #canada

Neil Rosenstein

Trying to make contact with the family of Moshe Yechiel Uhr of
Toronto, son of Chaim (Herman) Uhr, born in Slančík, Slovakia on July
11, 1876 and died in Kosice on February 9, 1935. Moshe Uhr's brother
was Avraham Leib Uhr who died in 1974 and was buried on Har
Neil Rosenstein

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

Max Heffler

My mother’s father (Wasserman) went from Joniskelis, in North Central Lithuania, to Johannesburg, South Africa before immigrating to the US


Max Heffler,

Houston, TX


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Subject: Re: [] Lithuania/Latvia and South Africa #southafrica #general #lithuania


Those in my grandfather's family from Lithuania  immigrated to the U.S., Canada, Argentina and Israel.

Linda Gordon Higgins
Spring, TX


Max Heffler
Houston, TX

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

Linda Higgins

Those in my grandfather's family from Lithuania  immigrated to the U.S., Canada, Argentina and Israel.

Linda Gordon Higgins
Spring, TX

Re: Deadend - WASERSZTEYN in Opoczno, Mszczonów, Warsaw, other #poland


Here is the record you found listed.  It looks like the father's name was Chajm Waserszteyn (third line of image #91), I'm not sure of the mother's name... ?Jego Perli.  Maybe someone better with Polish can help.
Naomi Kleitman

Viewmate translation from polish to English #translation

Ellen Trencher

I've posted a vital record in Polish 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.
Ellen trencher 

Looking for Chabad rabbi history #belarus #rabbinic #ukraine #poland


 The brother of my great grand father Rabbi Ya’akov Mordechai Bespaloff (1855-1915) was the head of the rabbinical court of Poltava and  a close companion of Grand Rabbi Sholom Dovber Schneerson of Lubavitch (the “Rebbe Rashab,” 1860-1920). I am sure that there are stories about him and his family and his parents in the chabad literature but I do not know how to find them plus I do not read yiddish.  Any help would be very appreciated.
Best regards

Catherine Jurovsky

Re: Town in Russia - Markus Family #translation

Marion Werle

Perhaps it is Wekcna, which seems to be Vieksniai, in Lithuania, not far from Telsiai (which could be "Telsi" in Morris' entry, above), according to the Jewish Communities Database.
Marion Werle

Marion Werle

Re: Jews in Ethiopia in late 1700s #general

Linda Higgins

For some reason my computer won't copy and paste the URL.  Google "Jews in Ethiopia in the 1700's'and you will find your answer.

Linda Gordon Higgins
Spring, TX

Viewmate Translation needed - Russian birth record? #translation

Lee Jaffe

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

I found this document attached to the 1830 birth entry for Nyszla Mortchai Sztejnsapir, my 3rd great-uncle. He was the son of Leyzer Roterosen Sztejnsapir and Gittl (no maiden surname). I have found an 1847 JRI-Poland marriage record for Nyszko Sztejnsapir, son of Lejzor and Gittla, which makes the groom born c.1818.  Leyzer may have had children with two different wives, both named Gittl (or some variation).  I'd like to see what can be gleaned that will clarify any of these facts.

The original source of the image is

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

Thank you very much.

Lee David Jaffe


Surnames / Towns:  Jaffe / Suchowola, Poland ; Stein (Sztejnsapir) / Bialystok and Rajgrod, Poland ; Joroff (Jaroff, Zarov) / Chernigov, Ukraine ; Schwartz (Schwarzman?, Schwarzstein?) / ? ;  Koshkin / Snovsk, Ukraine ; Rappoport / ? ; Braun / Wizajny, Suwalki, Poland,  Ludwinowski / Wizajny, Suwalki, Poland


ViewMate translation request - Yiddish and Hebrew #translation

Olivier Neuman


I request a translation of two  mixed Yiddish/Hebrew texts on the two sides of a postcard It is on ViewMates at the following addresses


Please respond using the online ViewMate form.

Thank you 

Olivier Neuman

my grandfather Jozef Friedman Ernst born in horodischshe near Lvov and sambor in 9/15/1904 had been married a first time to a woman and they had two Little girls. The woman and the children were murdered during the Shoah. What I have is just a photo of their wedding and I would like to find the name of this woman and maybe of the children to honour and pray for them. I don’t know if it’s possible to find a wedding act because they certainly got married in the end of the 20’s or beggining of the 30’s (so more than 100 years) and without knowing her name I don’t know how to do. May someone help me?

Olivier Neuman

JGASGP Virtual Meeting #announcements Guest Sydney Cruice Dixon Jan. 23rd #announcements

Marilyn Golden

Date:  Sunday, January 23, 2022


Time: 1:00 PM EST check in, chat, and schmooze (Optional)

Official program starts promptly at 1:30 

Speaker: Sydney Cruice Dixon, Professional Genealogist, Writer, and Lecturer

Topic: Analyzing Evidence and Sources for Genealogical Research - 

Forming Sound Genealogical Conclusions and Maximizing Indirect Evidence

Sydney F. Cruice Dixon is a professional genealogist, writer and national lecturer. She is a faculty member for the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research of the Georgia Genealogical Society. She is also the Program Coordinator and a faculty member of the Researching Family in Pennsylvania Institute of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania. In addition, she developed the curriculum and teaches the Foundations of Genealogy courses at HSP.


She is the current President of the Association of Professional Genealogists for the Greater Philadelphia Area Chapter, and she serves on the Genealogy Advisory Committee for the Historical Society of Pennsylvania.


 Sydney cofounded the Greater Philadelphia Genealogy Consortium in 2017 – an organization that encourages the growth and cooperation between genealogy and historical organizations in the greater Philadelphia area


Topic: Analyzing Evidence and Sources for Genealogical Research - 

Forming Sound Genealogical Conclusions and Maximizing Indirect Evidence

In the first part of this program we will discuss the key elements of genealogical sources, information, and evidence. We will break down the necessary methods to properly analyze and interrupt the information contained in your family's records. We will discuss how the storage of a record can affect the credibility of its contents. In the second part of this program we will look at case studies in order to examine the more sophisticated issues of source evaluation. We will look at the research methods necessary to extract all the information contained in genealogical sources.  We will explore how to assemble and combine pieces of information from various sources to form sound genealogical conclusions and maximize indirect evidence.

 Future lectures 

Date:  Sunday, February 13, 2022

Time: 1:00 PM EST check in, chat, and schmooze (Optional)

Official program starts promptly at 1:30

Speaker: Mark Olsen, Family Tree Maker Ambassador

Topic: What’s New in Family Tree Maker Q and A Discussion


Sunday, March 6, 2022

Time: 1:00 PM check in, chat, and schmooze (Optional)

Official program starts promptly at 1:30

Speaker: Serafima Velkovich

Topic: Tips for Using Genealogical Sources at Yad Vashem


Sunday, March 27, 2022. 

Time: 1:00 PM check in, chat, and schmooze (Optional)

Official program starts promptly at 1:30

Speaker: Gil Bardige, Experienced Genealogist and Speaker

Topic: "Help! Part 2, the Next Steps..."  Analyzing your DNA by prioritizing your matches.
*Our meetings are for members only. Go to our website for membership and detailed programming information
Contact me for any questions. New memberships run through December 31, 2022. We have a great free Beginners Guide on our website. We also have a members only portal for more information.
Please check us out!
Marilyn Mazer Golden, Membership VP
Jewish Genealogical and Archival Society of Greater Philadelphia
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Re: New Partnership between JewishGen and Yad Vashem #JewishGenUpdates

Michael Tobias


I think you will find that JRI-Poland approached Yad Vashem 2 years ago and began to work with them to develop the API that other organizations are now sharing the use of.


Michael Tobias
Glasgow, Scotland

Russian records translation request - Viewmate #poland #translation

Alex Guri


I've posted vital records in Russian for which I'd appreciate a translation.
They are on ViewMate at the following addresses:

Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page.
Thank you very much,
Alex Guri

Research Request for Museum of Jewish Heritage NYC #usa



The Museum of Jewish Heritage in NYC holds in its collection, the Pinkas of the Schwerzner Benevolent Association Chevra Kadisha (Id no. 2001.A.17) My immigrant ancestors, David (d. 1931) and Rose (d. 1936) Passman appear in the Pinkas in the listings for Mount Lebanon Cemetery. I've attempted emailing, calling, and sending certified mail requests to the museum requesting a copy of the page on which my ancestors appear to no avail. Is there anyone on this forum who would be able to visit the museum and obtain an image of the record? 

Gratefully yours,
David Passman

Passman - Novy Swierzhen & Minsk, Goldberg, Silverman, Fein, Murokh - Minsk, Oberman - Lechowitz, Hoffman - Schepetovka

Why Deux brothers have one the surname of mother the other of father? #poland #names

Danielle Czal

Somebody can explain me why Yehuda Leizerson married with Sara Miriam Rabe ( in the years 1840) have two children named Gershwin Rabe and Hersch Ber Rabe and the third boy : Szlama Leizerson?
on the grave of Sara Miriam Leizerson born Rabe it’s written her name’s father yezhekel Hacohen.
thanks a lot. My family comes from Warszawa 

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