Re: Ordering books from Avotaynu #general


Avotaynu does not have a presence on for several years now.
Paul Moverman
Milford, NH USA

Lowenerg - Hellmann families from Talsi, latvia in South Africa #latvia #southafrica


I am trying to put together the pieces of the Lowenberg - Hellmann families in South Africa in the early 1900's.

I came across 4 Lowenberg brothers - William, Jacob, Avraham Mendel and Aharon Phillip who all seem to have been the son of Tzvi - there is also a sister Sarah Hellmann who also was the son of Tzvi - 
They are all from Talsi, Latvia.
I know that Sarah was a brother of Rabbi Yehuda Levenberg who was a Rabbi in New Haven, USA and of Zelig Baruch Levenberg who was the last Rabbi of Talsi and was killed by the Nazis in 1941.

I am looking to confirm whether these 4 Lowenbergs are sibling with each other and/or with Sarah Hellman....

Thank you
Dani Brick

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

Sarah L Meyer

Joyce, In Galicia (Southern Poland, Eastern Austria, Western Ukraine) this was common because the civil authorities limited Jewish civil marriages so many Jews only had a religious one.  Then the children received the mother's maiden name.  However Warsaw was in Congress Poland and this was not a reason for this in Warsaw.   I can however think of other reasons, such as a rape or an affair, where the husband did not want to acknowledge the child. 

Sarah L Meyer
Georgetown TX
BIRGARDOVSKY, EDELBERG, HITE (CHAIT), PERCHIK Russia (southern Ukraine) and some Latvia or Lithuania

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


Following up on SA birth records-
I talked with the SA born cousin about this last nite. The birth records are not typically posted online. If you want to see something  you need to go in person to the office where the records are held and photography is not typically allowed.Not an easy process-even with a local helper- and especially  right now.

Hope this helps.

Richard B. Brown
Glastonbury, CT USA

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

Frank Szmulowicz

On Wed, Jan 12, 2022 at 08:59 AM, Kris Murawski wrote:
 the illegible word is kolekcja  = collection

Frank Szmulowicz

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

Joyce Eastman

I agree with you.  Except that I have seen this in my family as well.  The older children have the surname of their mother (WILDER), and then some born later have the surname of their father and mother (HONIG recte WILDER).  It makes research really confusing.  All children were born in Brody, Poland (now Ukraine).

Joyce Eastman
Orange City, FL 

HOROWITZ and SOLOVEITCHIK connection ? #lithuania #rabbinic

Yonatan Ben-Ari

Is there a family connection between the HOROWITZ (HURWITZ) family
of Novarodok and the SOLOVEITCHIK family. There are are several
yosef Dovs in both families as well as ther'e being both Levi'm.

Yoni Ben-Ari, Jerusalem

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

Banai Lynn Feldstein

They probably didn't have a civil marriage, only a religious one, until after the first two were born. Sometimes they go back in the records and change the surname of the earlier children when the parents have proven their marriage. I can't say that ever I've seen that marked in Polish records though.

Banai Lynn Feldstein
Professional Genealogist
Salt Lake City, Utah

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

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