ViewMate translation request-Russian #translation

Susan Weinberg

I would greatly appreciate any translation assistance that anyone can offer for some vital records in Russian.  They are on ViewMate at the following addresses:
I believe that several are interrelated, siblings in the case of 96843 and 96844
And I believe grandfather-father-son in 96845 and 96847.
Please respond via the form on the ViewMate image page. Thank you very much!
Susan Weinberg

Susan Weinberg
Edina, Minnesota

Radom, Poland- Rubensztajn, Bekierman, Wajnberg
Kamenetz-Podolsk - Kishlansky, Schiecher, Wasserman
Dunilovichi - Raichel, Sher, Gold

Re: Painter J. Majzels Zamość #poland #general

Jack Berger

I found a solitary reference in my English Translation of "Pinkas Zamoosc"

Menachem-Mendel Ettinger was also a prominent person in Warsaw. The first record of his community activity dates from 1846: He steps forward as a community delegate and takes part in the military committee of the 3rd circle, whose purpose was to compile a list of Jews eligible for military service. In the years 1854-1856 he is active as a Warsaw ‘Dozor,’ and at the end of his term, he sees through a decision by the community to invite the famous Rabbi Berish Maiseles as Rabbi of Warsaw. He takes part in community activities in later years as well. He also works on a variety of assistance committees, as an example, in the year 1852,  the ‘value committee,’ which was created to provide assistance to poor Jews.

Good luck!
Jack Berger
Mahwah, NJ

Research Your Family Using JewishGen Class February 2022 #announcements #education #JewishGenUpdates

Barbara Rice

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Researching KUPFERSCHMIDT - Radekhiv Ukraine (Radziechow, Galicia) and Philadelphia PA; ZUCHOVITZ - Stowtsby Belarus and Woodbine NJ; ROHSSLER - Krakow and New York City; REHFELD- Gollub-Dobrzyn; RUSONIK - Polotsk Belarus, Manchester England, New York City and Providence RI.

Badower Family #usa

David Jacobowitz

Recently I discovered a second cousin named Urszula Einhorn who lives in Sweden. Her grandfather Abram Badower married my grandmother's sister Pessa Wajcman. We have been collecting information about the Badowers, who seem to have lived in Des Moines, Iowa, Victoria, Australia and one was buried in Montreal, Canada. Many were murdered in the Lodz ghetto, as reported by Zofia Dymant, and that name is of interest, too.

If you have any informations about the Badower family, I Urszula and I would be delighted to receive it.

David Jacobowitz

Re: Help needed finding maiden name. Married name SALIMAN #names #russia #usa


Do you have a naturalization certificate, birth certificates for her children or similar items that might state her maiden name?  I found my grandmother's name on the birth certificates of my father and his brothers. 
Barbara Sloan
Conway, SC

Re: Coincidence? #general

Peter Cohen

When you examine New York City death certificate (and other records) of Eastern European immigrants, you will find that a very high percentage of those that give an exact date of birth claim they were born on the 15th. Also, far more people claim they were born December 25th than are likely to have actually been born that day. Take the dates of birth of Eastern European immigrants with a grain of salt.  They are still useful, in that they are an approximation of the person's age and allow you to determine if the person in the record is far too old or young to be the person you are looking for.
Peter Cohen

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.

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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

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