Lithuanian Researcher Vilnius Botryius #lithuania

Karen and Doug Seidman




I am trying to reach Vilnius Botryius, who was recommended for research in Lithuania. The email that I have for him, vil@... bounced back.


Does anyone have a more current email for him?

Alternatively, if someone can recommend a researcher for me to us in Lithuania, I would appreciate that.


Private replies are fine.





Doug Seidman

New York

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FUNARSKA-ZINS, Tarnów #poland

Yale Reisner

The December 1, 2021 edition of the Polish newspaper Rzeczpospolita carried a legal notice announcing that there was a case before the Regional Court in Tarnów involving three plaintiffs – two women named Klonowicz and a third named Erika Apfelbaum.   The case is about the inheritance of:


Irena Franciszka FUNARSKA (née ZINS), daughter of Samuel & Pina or Mina (née HIRT), born March 8, 1903 in Tarnów, died December 31, 1946 in Tarnów.


Anyone with information pertinent to this matter is asked to contact the Court directly within three months of the notice’s publication.  In contacting the Court, you should refer to Docket No. I Ns 795/21.


Best wishes,


Yale J. Reisner

Warsaw, Poland

JGFF #913980


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

Michele Lock

I believe most of the Jews who settled in South Africa came from the Kovna province of Lithuania, and from Latvia. You can check out the facebook group Southern Africa Jewish Genealogy for their input on your question.

In my family, nearly all of which were from Kovna province, most came to the US, but one branch immigrated to South Africa. It appears that once one sibling moved to South Africa, their other 9 siblings eventually made their way there. One sibling did remain in the US, and had a brother who immigrated to join her, but then the brother left within a few years to join the rest of the siblings in SA. 

Once US immigration laws became restrictive in 1925, I believe South Africa became one of the main destinations for Litvak and Latvian Jews.
Michele Lock

Lak/Lok/Liak/Lock and Kalon/Kolon in Zagare/Joniskis/Gruzdziai, Lithuania
Lak/Lok/Liak/Lock in Plunge/Telsiai in Lithuania
Rabinowitz in Papile, Lithuania and Riga, Latvia
Trisinsky/Trushinsky/Sturisky and Leybman in Dotnuva, Lithuania
Olitsky in Alytus, Suwalki, Poland/Lithuania
Gutman/Goodman in Czestochowa, Poland
Lavine/Lev/Lew in Trenton, New Jersey and Lida/Vilna gub., Belarus

TORUŃCZYK, Poddębice-Łódź #poland

Yale Reisner

The December 7, 2021 edition of the Polish newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza carried a notice indicating that the Regional Court of Central Łódź – on behalf of the State Treasury as represented by the mayor of Łódź - is seeking heirs to:


Hersz TORUŃCZYK, son of Luzer & Rywka (née Leszczyńska), born August 1, 1914 in Poddębice, died December 31, 1956


who was the registered owner of the property at ul. Limanowskiego 71 in Łódź, registered as “KW Rep. hip. 16198, Bałuty Nowe Nr 1 Lit. B.”


Heirs to this property or anyone with information regarding potential heirs are requested to contact the court within three months of the notice’s publication at:


Sąd Rejonowy dla Łodzi-Środmieścia

III Wydział Cywilny

al. Kościuszki 107/109

Łódź, Poland


In any communications with the court, please refer to Docket No. III Ns 547/21.


Best wishes,


Yale J. Reisner

Warsaw, Poland

JGFF #913980




Location of Lenchyza Poland Russia? #poland

Dave Smith

Hi All
My best wishes to you. The 1921 English census has just been released and using this I have found the record for my ancestors Hyman & Rachel (nee Simon) Cohen when they were living in the UK. Their entry clearly lists their birthplaces (for 1866/5) as "Lenchyza Poland Russia". I was very excited since I have not found their precise place of birth given on any of the other documents (US or UK) which relate to them. I have searched the JewishGen databases and some World Atlases etc for this town, allowing for possible handwriting variations (Senchyza, Serchyza, Lerchyza, etc) without any success although I think the entry (snip jpg attached) is fairly clear. I suspect that it is a hamlet or very small village that may have disappeared soon after they emigrated to the US in the 1880s. Has anyone come across this before or suggest other places to search, please? Thanks for any help!
Dave Smith (01892 835974 / 07896 310693)
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Re: Looking for Chabad rabbi history #belarus #rabbinic #ukraine #poland

Linda Higgins

I don't know where you live but there may be a Chabad facility in your area.  Call them.  If not, go to and email or call them.  I'm sure someone can point you in the right direction.

Linda Gordon Higgins
Spring, TX

BASSER-MÜHLBAUER, Jarosław-Kraków #poland #general

Yale Reisner


The December 2, 2021 edition of the Polish newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza contained a notice from the Regional Court of Central Kraków indicating that a woman named Jolanta Wątorska was seeking to have the following individual declared deceased:


Sydonia BASSER (née Mühlbauer), daughter of Aron & Anna, born August 11, 1878 in Jarosław, presumed to have died in the Płaszow concentration camp in 1943.  Sydonia married Pinkas Dawid BASSER in Kraków on March 20, 1906 and her last known address was ul. Izaaka 3 in Kraków.


Anyone with knowledge of the fate of Sydonia Basser is asked to contact the court within three months of the publication of the notice.


This case bears Docket No. VI Ns 170/21/S and that number should be referred to in any communication with the court


Best wishes,


Yale J. Reisner

Warsaw, Poland

JGFF #913980


KOZŁOWSKI, Żarnów-Łódź #poland

Yale Reisner


The December 7, 2021 edition of the Polish newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza contained a notice stating that the Regional Court of Central Łódź  - on behalf of the State Treasury as represented by the mayor of Łódź – is seeking the heirs of Chaim KOZŁOWSKI, son of Lejbuś & Szyfra (née Kuszer), born August 12, 1874 in Żarnów, died May 5, 1942 in Łódź.  Chaim was the owner of 17/40 of a property in Łódź designated as “Ks. Hip. 3357, nr hip. 21g.”


Heirs are asked to make themselves known to the court within three months of the date of publication.


This case bears Court Docket No. XVIII Ns 318/21 and any communications with the court or city government should include the docket number identifying the case.


Best wishes,


Yale J. Reisner

Warsaw, Poland

JGFF #913980



Help with Tombstone Translation #translation


Hello.  I hope someone can help me with the translation for this tombstone for Charles Cohen:
The Find a Grave url for him is
I've attached a jpeg file below.
Lynn Dumenil

Major new Rajgrod , Poland records extraction project launched #poland

Aaron Roetenberg


Long-time Rajgrod and area researchers will be pleased to learn that Jewish Records Indexing - Poland has undertaken a huge new “Phase 3” project to fully extract all available Rajgrod birth, marriage and death records from 1826 to 1907 in the Łomża branch of the Polish State Archives. A number of years of Alegata records are also included.  


As Town Leader, it would be my pleasure to send you a full description of the Phase 3 project and explain how you will be able to obtain these extracts as well as digital images of your family records up to 1907, before they go online.


I look forward to hearing from you.

Top town surnames:







































Aaron Roetenberg


Town Leader, Rajgrod Phase 3 extraction project.


Three (not four) Questions #names

Richard Stower

1. What would the Hebrew/Yiddish names be for women named Zenia and Regina (!)

2. Is the Certificate of Naturalization the same as a Certificate of Citizenship? I have a Certificate of Naturalization for my grandfather dated 28 June 1917 issued by the Supreme Court of Bronx County (NY). Since the petition was in state court would there be a declaration of intent? Where might I find that?

3. Yesterday I downloaded the Hebrew and Yiddish translations of the Pages of Testimony from Yad Vashem but they are translations of a more recent form. I have older forms as well as the recent ones. I don't see how I can get the earlier form translations. Any help?

Thank you.

Richard Stower
Yarmouth, Maine

Dobrowa Tarnowską: KANNER, SCHMIDT, WERNER

Re: research Maurice Lazarson #france #usa

Sherri Bobish


This is likely him on the 1900 census in Manhattan.  He is a glove maker.  He is a boarder listed at the bottom of the household's names.
Name: Morris Leisersohn[Morris Seisnson]
Age: 18
Birth Date: 1882
Birthplace: Russia
Home in 1900: Manhattan, New York, New York
Street: Essex Street
House Number: 169
Sheet Number: 34
Number of Dwelling in Order of Visitation: 66
Family Number: 679
Race: White
Gender: Male
Immigration Year: 1897
Relation to Head of House: Boarder
Marital Status: Single
Father's Birthplace: Russia
Mother's Birthplace: Russia
Years in US: 3
Occupation: Glove Mkr
Months Not Employed: 0
Can Read: Yes
Can Write: Yes
Can Speak English: Yes
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members Age Relationship
Gustav Wolf 53 Head
Lena Wolf 45 Wife
Adolph Wolf 20 Son
Bernard Wolf 18 Son
Simon Wolf 16 Son
Lenas Wolf 14 Daughter
Harry Seranakis 22 Nephew
Morris Leisersohn 18 Boarder
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?)

Isaac LAZAROFF, Possible british citizen, 19th-20 cent. #united kingdom

Yonatan Ben-Ari

According to family lore my great great grandmother, Gittle ABRAMOWITZ
, a widow with 4 children, an english gentleman by the name of Isaac

All we supposedly know is that LAZAROFF, reported to have been wealthy
and presumably religious, was looking for a shidduch (match) after
losing his first wife with whom he supposedly had 9-10 children.

According to this family story, told by Gittle's grandaughter (who
passed away many years ago) Gittle and Isaac lived in the new "fancy"
neighborhood of Mea Shearim in Jerusalem.

This may be connected to another family story about Gittle that on the
way to the USA from Novarodok ( Russia) she met a British man and
travelled with him to New Haven, Ct. and somewhere along the line
married him.

Supposedly, Gittle and her first husband were silversmiths in Russia
and again, supposedly she continued her trade in New Haven. She was
known to have travelled between the states and Jerusalem several times
as she had sent two of her sons, Kalman and Mayer to Jerusalem after
arriving to the states towards the latter part of the 19th cent.

Interestingly, there is a family of Jewellers in New Haven by the name
of LAZAROFF but when I contacted them they were not aware of the above

If anyone is familiar with the above Isaac LAZAROFF or Gittle, I would
be happy to hear.


Yoni Ben-Ari, Jerusalem

museum of jewish heritage #usa

Maurice I. Kessler

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Maurice Kessler mikessler222@...

translator for postcards #yiddish #translation

Sylvia Fleck Abrams

I am looking for a translator for about a dozen handwritten postcards that are in Yiddish script, but really transliterated German. These cards were sent from Krynica in Austro-Hungary in the late 1890’s and early 1900’s to Cleveland, Ohio.

I have had no luck using the YIVO list.  
Sylvia Abrams

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Translation from Polish registry #translation #poland #records

Relly coleman

Seeking translation of birth registry for Rachmel Josef WASERSZEYN born in Opoczno in 1841
Father's name: Chajm WASERSZEYN 

What is the mother's name, the date of birth, 
Any other info of relevance?

Many thanks,
Relly Coleman

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

Sheldon Dan <sheldan1955@...>

I actually found this in the JRI-Poland Database.  My grandfather Samuel ROTTERSMAN, and possibly the two sisters that I knew of, were recorded as BLONSKI (my great-grandmother's maiden name).  I recognized them from their dates of birth.

Sheldon Dan
Memphis, TN

Re: British census terms #unitedkingdom


Caroline's comment makes sense to me. As a matter of interest I have just looked at the cover instructions for completing the 1921 census. This  instructs that persons occupying separate lodgings in a house or a separate part of the house will be regarded as forming a separate household. But boarders are to be regarded as part of the household with which they board.  Noreen Thorne Bedfordshire, England

Re: research Maurice Lazarson #france #usa

Dan Nussbaum

Hi Danielle,

My mother's second cousin Jean Goroff married a man named Barnet Lazerson from New York. Both Jean and Barnet died a long time ago.

However, they had two daughters Paula and Louise. Both are widows. Paula married a man named Jerome Spector. Her email address is spectors@....

Louise married Leonard Silver Her email address is amity6477@....

They may be able to help you.

There is also a Lazerson family here in Rochester. I do not know anything else about them, but I will try to find out.

Daniel Nussbaum II, M.D., FAAP
Retired Developmental Pediatrician
Rochester, New York
Tone can be misinterpreted in email. Please read my words with warmth, kindness, and good intentions.

Searching for;
Nussbaum, Katzenstein, Mannheimer and Goldschmidt; Rhina, Raboldshausen and Bad Hersfeld, Germany
Teplitzky, Bendersky and Kaszkiet; Uman, Ukraine
Rosenthal and S(c)henk(el)man; Zinkov, Ukraine
Bild and Kashlevsky; anywhere

Re: Town in Russia - Markus Family #translation

Gavin Simms

Thanks Marion, that's very helpful. I couldn't find any Markus entries in Viekšniai on JewishGen but that may just be there's not always records existing or digitized.


Gavin Simms

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