Re: Now online: Center for Jewish History's genealogy webinar on New York City historical photos #usa


You don't need to have Facebook account. Just click on the link above. Note - it does take a few minutes to start. You can also watch past episodes - again no membership to Facebook needed.

Dassy Wilen

Re: Coincidence? #general

Michele Lock

I have a great grand uncle Charles Lewis Lavine (Betzalel Eliezer) of Newark NJ, who on his WWI draft card wrote his birth date as either 1886 or 1887. On the back of the card, the draft board registar wrote "claims he (Lavine) wrote to Washington DC to get his correct birthdate". At that time, both of Charles' parents were still alive in NJ, and obviously they didn't know exactly what year their son was born in. I guess he thought some official in Washington would somehow have information on the birth year (from a census?).
As it turns out, Charles' great grand niece Michele (me) found the 1888 Russian Revision list from Lida (now Belarus), showing little Tzali Lev was 3 years old, so born in 1885. So Charles wasn't too far off from the actual year. I've had other relatives who were way off, sometimes by 5-6 years. 
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

(Ireland-Poland) Exhibition: The Objects of Love Exhibition #poland #poland

Jan Meisels Allen


If you are in or plan to visit Ireland, you might want to visit The Objects of Love Exhibition by Oliver Sears which tells the fate of individual lives torn apart in Nazi-occupied Poland is showing in Dublin  Ireland’s Bedford Hall. The exhibit opened on January 12.  The exhibition, a presentation of the Office of Public Works in association with Holocaust Awareness Ireland.


The exhibit is told through a curated collection of family objects, photographs and documents of Dublin-based art dealer Oliver Sears.


The article does not say if there is a virtual part of the exhibit.




Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


Re: Coincidence? #general

Robert Hanna

My paternal grandfather was born in Warsaw in either March or June of any year between 1876 and 1884.  Every document has a different date.  And I have been unable to locate his birth record.  I haven't given up, but I don't spend a lot of time trying to research this anymore.

Oh, and his family name was Chanan or Hanan or Hana or Hanna or Hanne or Gane or Heine.  His first name was Zelik.  One census record has Joseph, the rest of his papers have Zelik.  My father's birth certificate has his name as Geo.  His gravestone has Joseph Heine.

Robert Hanna

Schwimmer and Ringler Families from Munkacs (Mukacheve) #hungary #names #subcarpathia #ukraine #usa

Moishe Miller

Dear Group,

I have been putting together family groups for Schwimmer & Ringler that lived in Munkacs, formerly part of Austria-Hungary and now Mukacheve, Ukraine. My goal is to try and connect each of those families to a MRCA. My own family origins in Munkacs are Jakab Schwimmer and (Chaje) Szure Rifke who were born about 1800. There was also Moshe Aron Ringler (likely brother to Naftula Hersh Ringler [1835-1895] son on Lazar) married to Toni Salzberger. 

I have already connected distant SWIMMER/SCHWIMMER families that came to the USA in the 1890s, using DNA and then paper-trail. I also connected RINGLER families in Israel and Florida using paper-trail and DNA. 

So, if you have Schwimmer or Ringler family that you can trace back at least to 1890 and that lived in Munkacs, please reach out. If you are not sure where your Schwimmers are from, try the paper trail first? I have found that WWII draft records are an excellent source for town of birth. Of course, naturalization records would also list place of birth. I would be happy to hear from you and help you, if you. Kindly reply just to "sender". 

Moishe Miller
Brooklyn, NY
JGFF #3391

Re: Webinar- Finding Your Polish Ancestors Online in the Polish State Archives #announcements #poland


The Moderator stated the presentation will be posted "in the open" for one day ONLY, so if you want it - you should not wait.
Meir Razy
Kisfajn / Sfard / Rothenberg / Ruttenberg / Rojtenberg in Rovno,Volhynia
Ross in Dubno,Volhynia

Thanks, JewishGen - Documentation of my GG Grandmother Voting

Lara Diamond

I knew my great-great grandmother's name from my own grandmother, but
until now I had no documentation that she existed. Now, thanks to a
tip on JewishGen's Discussion Group, I know she voted and have her
year of birth and address!

Here's what I now know:

Lara Diamond
Baltimore, MD, USA

Re: Coincidence? #general

Trudy Greener

Both my parents were born in the Ukraine, in the early part of the 20th century, before the Russian Revolution, when the calendar was changed.  All we knew is that we celebrated both their birthdays in January, but they never explained where those dates came from. My mother only said that they were both born during Chanukah, in different years. Only recently did I discover the ship manifest that confirmed the story we had, that they doctored her age when she, along with her mother and brother, joined her father in America, so that she would be counted as a minor child who could become an American citizen under her father's aegis.... no idea how she managed that, but the manifest actually shows a corrected age next to her name and that of her brother! 
Trudy Litt (Litvak) Greener, Jerusalem 

Looking for SCHMULOWITZ CHAIM #usa


I found recently in a passenger list from Baltimore Aug 1905 (the boat was the CHENMITZ from BREME), the name of CHAIM SCHMULOWITZ, who is supposed to be the brother of our grand-father. 
He came from Koursk in Russia, was a single born 1881 and wanted to go to Saint Louis (Minnesota) where lived his friend H. Steinberg (or Sheinberg). He was a butcher in Russia.
Could you help me to find out new elements about Chaim ? (nothing till today in naturalization records or marriage records). Perharps the name was changed...
Many thanks for your help.

Anne Gouat-Brunin

Searching J.cemetary Surany Slovakia #slovakia


My g.grandmother Fanny Lamm was buried in Surany slovakia 1926.I have read that a Tomas Salzman photographed many of the gravestones in this Jewish cemetary and I would like to contact him.Any other way of seeing a photo of the gravestone would also be helpful.Thanks in advance

Tommy Lamm Israel.

Re: Nazi Archive in Poland Sheds Light on Anti-Masonic History #poland #records

Hello Geners

This is indeed re-writing of history. Conspiration theories made up by radical polish nationalists together with main stream Catholic newspapers (and several important Church figures), were behind the strong and wide anti-Semitism that existed in Poland during the first half of the 20th century. These theories described how Polish Jews and international Jewry, together with the Freemasons, managed to cause the partition and subjugation of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth at the end of the 18th century, and were continuously working to ruin the Polish Republic in the present (i.e. 20th century).  You may find all about it in an article entitled : “A Polish School of Jewish History: From Clerical Judeophobia, through late Nineteenth Century Racial Antisemitism to Revisionist Polish-Jewish Historiography” It was published in the online version of the periodical “Polin”. Anybody interested is welcome to write to me and shall email her/ him the PDF version.

Prof. Isak Gath



Re: Coincidence? #general

Yehuda Berman

Our ancestors used the mostly lunar Jewish calendar - the "week before Pesach" is a good example. My mother was born on Hoshana Rabba (the seventh day of the holiday of Sukkot/Sukkos). But when she was 16, she had to get a (Russian) ID card and for that she had to give a secular date. So she used the date that Hoshana Rabba fell on that year and that became her "official" birthdate and was used on all future documents and for celebrating birthdays. For her it was no big deal. But it meant that there was almost a month's difference between her official birthdate and the date she was actually born. The Jewish calendar doesn't have a leap year day - i.e., a day added every 4 years - but a "leap year month", a month added before Pesach every two or three years so that Pesach will always fall in the Spring.
Yehuda Berman
Efrat, Israel
Searching: Echtman/Achtman, Kaminsky from Odessa; Berman from Tomashpol, Ukraine

Jewish Pirates of the Caribbean? #events #sephardic

David Mendoza

The idea of Jewish pirates was popularised by Ed Kritzler's book Jewish
Pirates of the Caribbean. Ed was a much-loved personality with a deep
interest in Jamaican history, but how accurate was his research? As well as
his work, there has been a short film, a number of articles, and the
phenomenon is all over social media. How much truth is there to it? Who are
the people presented as Jewish pirates, and what is the evidence for piracy?

Ton Tielen has reviewed the sources, and has studied the Pallache and the
Portuguese-Sephardic Cohen families. He has thirty years' experience in
Sephardic research, and is the expert on the Amsterdam Portuguese-Jewish
archives. Ton is a founder-admin of The Sephardic Diaspora group on Facebook
and co-host of Sephardic World. He was formerly archivist of the Netherlands
Red Cross.

The meeting is on Sunday 16 January 2022, at 11am in LA, 2pm NYC, 7pm
London, 8pm Paris/Amsterdam and 9pm Jerusalem. Patrons can join us on Zoom.
The link is shared at our Patreon page at:

Everyone is invited to join us for free at: Please subscribe to
the YouTube channel. It helps us a lot and reminds you when we are going

Over the last two years Sephardic World has become the leading forum for
learning about Sephardic history and genealogy. We have no commercial
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Ton Tielen and David Mendoza
Sephardic World
Sephardic Genealogical Society

Re: Location of Lenchyza Poland Russia? #poland

Yossi Jalas

As far as I know, the only Jewish Records that still exist from Leczyca are from 1817, 1818 and 1824 and are at the Lodz archive, fond #1558. If anyone knows of more extant Jewish records from that town, please do let us know the precise location and fond number.

The good news is that there are very good Books of Residents for this town starting from 1865. These books are not available online yet so in order to search them you would have to reach out to the Plock archive, here: leczyca@...

Yossi Jalas

Re: Coincidence? #general


On Sun, Jan 16, 2022 at 06:18 AM, Yitschok Margareten wrote:
"In fact, the weekly portion of the Torah reading, is not the main thing of a Bar Mitzvah. The main thing of a Bar Mitzvah is being obligated by Jewish law to observe all Mitzvahs [commandments]."
Very true.  The actual bar mitzvah 'ceremony' is during the week when the boy first puts on tefillin for the first time and gets an aliyah (Monday, Thursday or Rosh Hodesh).
-- ----------------------------
Steve Goldberg
Jerusalem, Israel
Sagan/Shagan family from Veliuona (Velon), Lithuania
Goldberg family from Vidukle, Lithuania
Susselovitch/Zuselovitch family from Raseiniai (Rassein), Lithuania

Re: Coincidence? #general

Yitschok Margareten

A Bar Mitzvah is not related to the week the boy was born, it's actually the day he turns 13 according to the Hebrew calendar. 

The weekly portion of the Torah reading, is not according to the week he was born, but rather to the week he turns 13, which might be different that year than on the year he was born. 

In fact, the weekly portion of the Torah reading, is not the main thing of a Bar Mitzvah. The main thing of a Bar Mitzvah is being obligated by Jewish law to observe all Mitzvahs [commandments]. 

Yitschok Margareten

Re: Locating German Passports that were surrendered to the British in Eretz-Yisrael (Palestine) #germany #records

Moshe Berman

What was his name? I found my great-aunt’s Fremdenpass in her citizenship application on You may be able to find it there. 

Moshe Berman,
Boca Raton, FL

Berman, Lehrhaupt, Tropper, Gonter, Schroit, Rabinowitz, Gelb, Wejc, etc etc etc

Re: Webinar- Finding Your Polish Ancestors Online in the Polish State Archives #announcements #poland


Robert Hanna asked if Ted Gostin's webinar about using the Polish
State Archives websites (plural!) to do Polish genealogy would be
available to view afterwards. The Los Angeles Public Library has now
put it online at YouTube, free:

It's about an hour and half long, with some Q&A at the end.

A short summary:
Over forty million scans of old Polish records are now online,
including books for some areas that used to be in Poland but aren't
anymore. Many of them are hosted on the main "Szukaj w Archiwach"
("Search in Archives") website that supplanted/absorbed the old
Pradziad database. The search interface has some really annoying
quirks, and it is also tremendously slow when displaying images or
zooming into them, but the site also has tons of material that was
never microfilmed by FamilySearch and which isn't available anywhere
else. So it's absolutely worth learning about how to use the website
(warts and all) so that you can view the scans online for free, from

Sometimes the newest Polish record scans are only posted at the
smaller archives' individual branch websites and don't get sent up to
the main "Szukaj w Archiwach" website in a timely manner, so you need
to know how to check each of the small archive branch sites, too, and
Ted explains how to do that.

Finally, the Kuyavia and Pomerania area in north-central/northwestern
Poland has a unique and separate website with text-searchable surname
indexes of their records, just from two of the archive branches
(Bydgoszcz and Torun) so far. It also has some of its own very
annoying quirks in its search interface, and Ted explains how to work
around them to find records.

It's a really excellent talk, very in depth, and I highly recommend watching it.

- Brooke Schreier Ganz
Mill Valley, California

Looking for family TURTIETAUB #latinamerica

Boris Shapira

Looking for Turtelbaum, turkeltaub, TURTlETAUB lived in Argentina Ave Bandila 107 or 705 Buenos Aires
My grandfather name!
Boris Baruch Shapira Szapiro
Philadelphia - Tel Aviv

boris baruch shapira cwiren
Philadelphia usa
Tel aviv israel

Save the Date: Gesher Galicia Zoom Membership Meeting #announcements #education #events #galicia #poland

Steven Turner

Dear Friends,

We at Gesher Galicia want to stay engaged with our membership. In this regard, we are planning to have our second Zoom membership meeting on Sunday, February 6th at 12-1 PM EST (9-10 AM Pacific, 5-6 PM UK, 6-7 PM Central Europe, 7-8 PM Israel, 4-5 AM next day Australia). This seems to be the most convenient time for our membership across the world.

Please save the date and time to your calendar. Details will be provided soon in a subsequent email. 

We will have many members of our Board attending. There will be just a few short announcements but we will use the majority of the time for members to query the board on items of interest to them.

You will have to be a member to enter the meeting so please make sure your membership is up to date. Please log in to our website to check your membership status or to join click here.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Dr. Steven S. Turner
President, Gesher Galicia

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