Re: Hebrew Translation GOLD #poland #translation #names #photographs


Good morning,


Here lies or here is buried (top two letters – abbreviation)

The  woman Malka


Daughter of Eliezer  Zvi

Hebrew date (unable to read)

May her soul be gathered in eternal life (last 5 Hebrew letters – abbreviation)

Shalom, Malka Chosnek

Re: Help needed locating the town of Estricht #austria-czech #poland #general

Frank Szmulowicz

I do not know where it is but here is proof that there is a town like them in Galicia (the part of Poland under Austro-Hungarian occupation)
Born in Estrich, Austria (province of Galicia on 16 May 1887 to William Szewczyk and Margaret Schnell. Christina Szewczyk married Jacob Kielbasa and had 4 children. She passed away on 1963-04-19 in Caldwell, NJ.

Born in Estrich, Austria on 6 Aug 1864.
 Frank Joseph Ditchman married Anna Lee White and had 1 child. He passed away on 11 Feb 1951 in Houston, Harris, Texas, USA.



  1. A submission from Australia says the name Estrich means "Estrich is variant of the Yiddish word Ostreicher which refers to a person from Austria. It is an Ashkenazi Jewish surname that refers to either a person from Austria, or a person who had associations with that country. In German Osterreich means eastern kingdom, and Osterreicher means Austrian. Est is a simplified Yiddish form of the German word ost ( East ), and rich is a simplified version of the German word Reich ( kingdom or empire )" and is of Jewish origin.

Perhaps then Estrich simply means someone from AUSTRIA and AUSTRIAN.

Frank Szmulowicz

Deaths during ships' voyages #general

Trudy Greener

A friend just told me that she understood that her grandmother died during the voyage from Europe to the US and that she was buried at sea.  So first question is, how was this looked upon in Judaism? And second, how would this be recorded in the ship's records - would it be a separate document or be listed next to her husband? 
Trudy Litt (Litvak) Greener, Jerusalem
Families: Litvak, Naiman, Chimerovitz, Ukraine

Searching for Theo David Sperber #unitedkingdom #germany

Hannah Sperber

Theo was born in Karlsruhe Germany in 1925 went to Rugby UK on Kindertransport in 1939, became a British citizen in 1947. Did he get married? Have children? Did he stay in the UK?
Any help will be greatly appreciated.

Hannah Sperber 
Denver, Colorado, USA

Re: List of Rabbis in New York Area mid 1800's #records

Steve Stein

You might try searching the archives of various newspapers of the era. Even if your GGPs' marriage was not announced, that Rabbi probably performed other weddings that were. Those announcements would certainly have a geographic location and possibly a synagogue affiliation.

You could also check city directories. His residence would almost certainly be located near a synagogue.

Steve Stein
Highland Park, NJ

Google Email Group for the Klatovy District in Bohemia. #austria-czech #general

tony hausner

I have just created a google email group for the Klatovy District in Bohemia. Please contact me if interested.
Tony Hausner
Silver Spring, MD 


ViewMate translation request - Polish #translation

Ofer Biran

Subject: ViewMate translation request - Polish
This should be a marriage record of Kiszel Apeloig and Ester Feldman. Appreciate translation of the names/ages/places.

Thanks !

Ofer Biran

IGRA Free Webinar “Polish Jewish Refugees in the USSR During WWII” #poland #russia #events

Elena Bazes

Join the Israel Genealogy Research Association (IGRA) for our upcoming free webinar, “Polish Jewish Refugees in the USSR During WWII”  by Serafima Velkovich on February 6, 2022,          7 pm Israel Time, 12 pm ET.

The "Ribbentrop – Molotov pact" divided Poland between the Soviet Union and Germany in 1939. The Polish territories annexed to The Soviet Union had a Jewish population of about 2 million. About 400,000 residents of these territories, many of them Jews, were deported to "special settlements" mostly in Siberia. Additionally, about 250,000—300,000 Jewish refugees from German-occupied western Poland had fled to the Soviet Union after the war broke out. This lecture will present the route and the fate of Jewish refugees from Poland, who spent the war years in the USSR, and their post war search for a new home. The lecture will include information on where documentation exists to research these individuals, both in Yad Vashem and in other institutions.

Serafima Velkovich is the Head of the Family Roots Research Section in the Reference and Information Department of Yad Vashem Archives. She also was closely involved in the work on names material in Yad Vashem`s databases. She lectures on the use of Yad Vashem resources for genealogical and other research to various groups, as well as to visiting genealogists and organizations who make use of genealogical tools for their research. She participates in the international conferences and films on the Holocaust topic. Serafima also is a PhD Candidate at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Advance registration required:

Elena Biegel Bazes
IGRA Publicity Chair

Scandals, Shandehs, and Lies Zoom meeting SDJGS#announcements #events #records

Marguerite Kealey

Sunday February 13, 2022

1-3 pm PT    Zoom Meeting

 Scandals, Shandehs, and Lies

 by Renee Steinig


In the course of decades of genealogical research Renee Steinig has uncovered many a "skeleton in the closet" — cases of mental illness, illegitimate birth, infidelity, abandonment, and even murder, all hushed up for decades. She will share with us these family secrets; the research tools that uncovered them and the reunions and reconciliations that followed many of her discoveries.        


Renee Steinig began to do genealogical research in the 1970’s,.  Many family trees and some 18 years later, she began to accept client work.  Her specialties include New York Research, locating lost family, and due  diligence probate cases.  She is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists and has testified as an expert witness in several New York Surrogate’s Courts.  She is a Past President of JGS of Long Island, and director of Gesher Galicia and its discussion group


In order to register for the presentations, go to our website Welcome to the San Diego Jewish Genealogy Website ( and follow the registration directions.                 This is a free event for members Non-members: We ask for a small donation ($5) –

Marguerite Kealey, Publicity Chair
San Diego Jewish Genealogical Society
San Diego County, CA

Re: Hebrew Translation GOLD #poland #translation #names #photographs


A better picture is needed to read the date, but I'll translate what I can:
"Here lies the woman Malka Gold, daughter of Eliezer Zvi, died 9th(?) of Tevet(?) 56xx(?)."
Steve Goldberg
Jerusalem, Israel
Sagan/Shagan family from Veliuona (Velon), Lithuania
Goldberg family from Vidukle, Lithuania
Susselovitch/Zuselovitch family from Raseiniai (Rassein), Lithuania

Wiener Library and Archive-in the United Kingdom, is World's Oldest Holocaust Archive Still Collecting Materials #holocaust #records

Jan Meisels Allen


The Wiener Holocaust Library in London, England, United Kingdom, is the world’s oldest Holocaust archive collecting materials since the Library’s founder gathered evidence of German antisemitism from the 1920s—before Hitler came to power. The Archive has over one million documents.


Founded as the Jewish Central Information Office in 1933, which itself grew out of an earlier bureau that Alfred Wiener had operated in 1920s Berlin, the institute was established to monitor German antisemitism. Much of the collection was gathered before and during the Holocaust.


Wiener, a trained Arabist and decorated World War I veteran, had become concerned at the antisemitic conspiracies that were swirling around post-WWI Germany and threw himself into efforts to monitor and combat Germany’s far-right underground.


He began collecting pamphlets, books, and leaflets in an effort to track German ultranationalists and opened an office under the main representative body of German Jews. By the mid-1920s, he was publicly debating German nationalists — both in print and in public debates — and in 1925 authored a critique of Hitler’s “Mein Kampf.”


By the time Hitler came to power in 1933, it was not safe for Wiener to remain in Germany. He moved his operations to Amsterdam, from where his staff established a network that could provide information on Jewish life across the Third Reich.


Kristallnacht was a turning point, and eyewitness accounts poured into Wiener’s Amsterdam office from Jews across Germany and Austria. Researchers, many of whom had fled with Wiener in 1933, began collecting testimonies — 305 of which remain in the museum’s collection — that were stored and fed into urgent reports that were sent to politicians and newspapers around the world.


In 1939, Wiener moved the archive to London where he had built close ties to the British Jewish community. Throughout the war, Wiener and his colleagues forensically gathered information from Germany and Nazi-occupied Europe. They published a fortnightly digest of information picked up from trusted informants, escapees and newspapers across Europe, which began to piece together the systematic destruction of Europe’s Jewish communities.


The information gathered by Wiener and his associates before and during World War II formed part of the evidence that was submitted at postwar trials, including Nuremberg and Adolf Eichmann’s trial in Jerusalem in 1961.


Increasingly, however, the library has sought to become a center for both educating about the Holocaust and warning about antisemitism, genocide and fascism.


An affiliate website, The Holocaust Explained, (  received over 2 million unique views from 200 countries across the world in 2021, making it one of the most popular Holocaust education websites globally.


To read more see:


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee



Re: How to obtain Lodz cemetery photo #lodz

S. Cohen

By information I received: some decades after the Holocaust, matzevos were placed at graves in Ghetto Field, each with the name of the person buried there. It may be that the Germans kept a written record of burials and that the matzevos were placed accordingly. Would anyone know anything about this? 

Sheindle Cohen (New York)

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

Ted Gostin

Many thanks to the people who posted positive things about the talk I gave last Saturday for the Genealogy Garage program at the Los Angeles Public Library entitled "Finding Your Polish Ancestors Online Through the Polish State Archives."  I'm glad people found it useful.  

Regarding the short time the video was available, it was supposed to be available for 3 months after the original date.  That is what the librarian and I agreed to.  However, she informed me the night before the talk that LAPL has a requirement that all videos online be close-captioned, but that they will only spend the money to close-caption videos if they are the website permanently.  So they had to take the video down after 24 hours because the library wouldn't pay for the closed-captioning, and they are not allowed to keep it online if not closed-captioned.  Kind of a catch-22 situation.

Regarding the handout, I have no objections to anyone sharing it after the presentation, since it is no longer available on the LAPL website.  Feel free to contact me directly for a copy, if necessary.

Regarding viewing it elsewhere, it may be offered again for one or more genealogy societies in the coming year, so there may be another chance to see the talk down the line.

Ted Gostin
Sherman Oaks, CA  

Hebrew Translation GOLD #poland #translation #names #photographs

David Buford

I know it may be to fuzzy to read but I would like Malka Gold's Hebrew name, giving me a clue of father and dates of birth and death. Thanks

Linda Gold Buford

Researching: Poland or other GOLD, BREWDA - BREVDA - , BLUMENTHAL, PALTER - also Israel, SPITZ
                      Kobryn, Belarus Belarus - KAMENETZKI - KAMIENKA
                      Russia - SALIMAN, SCHREIBER, SEGAL, WALDMANN

OCJGS 2022 Calendar of meetings #announcements #jgs-iajgs

Michelle Sandler

OCJGS 2022 Meeting Calendar

January 23rd, Jeffrey Mark Paull - Jewish Surname Process in the Russian Empire
February 27th, Daniel Rottenberg - In Conversation With (Author of
Finding our Fathers)
March 27th, Susan King - In Conversation With (Founder of JewishGen)
April 24th, Neil Rosenstein - In Conversation With (Author of The
Unbroken Chain)
May 22nd, Ken Bravo - Finding Freida (Former IAJGS President)
June 12th, Marian Smith - Immigration Records (Retired Historian from the USCIS)
July 24th, Karen Franklin, - What's New in German Jewish Genealogy
August 28th, Emily Garber - Researching Relatives in the Holocaust
September 18th, Lisa Cooper - Eastern European Jewish Life in the 19th
and Early 20th Centuries
October 23rd, Aaron Ginsburg - Curing the I cannot Find my Shtetl syndrome
November 20th, Phil Goldfarb - Getting the Most out of the JewishGen
Discussion Group
December 18th, Vivian Kahn - Hungarian Jewish Genealogy

Michelle Sandler MLS
Vice President of Programming OCJGS
President OCJGS
Librarian OCJGS

Newman family in Mexico City #usa

Neil Rosenstein

Trying to make contact with the family of Nicky (Nicholas) Newman who
is father of Louis (and Clarissa) Newman in Mexico City and Esther
(Mauricio) Marcushamer in San Antonio, TX. The Newman family traces
back to rabbinical roots which include the Bnei Yisaschar.
Neil Rosenstein.

NAJMARK, Będzin, Poland #poland

Yale Reisner


The January 18, 2022 edition of the Polish newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza carried a legal notice from the Regional Court in Będzin indicating that the court is seeking to find any heirs to the following individuals:


Franciszka (Frymeta) NAJMARK & Adam (Abram) NAJMARK,

died August 1, 1943 in Będzin, last known residence: Będzin.


Anyone with knowledge of heirs to this couple is asked to contact the Court directly within three months of this notice’s publication.  If no information is received, the Court will disregard them in its further proceedings.


In contacting the Court, please make reference to Docket No. I Ns 996/20.


Best wishes,


Yale J. Reisner

Warsaw, Poland

JGFF #913980


Re: Galitsino Krasnodar, Russia #russia


This is rather short description of this place in Russian, but Jewish population is not mentioned. This is resort near the central resort Sochi.

Lara Tsinman

Re: Missing Shtetl and Location #russia


Perhaps I am confused, so allow me to ask a follow-up question.  Is White Russia not what is now Belarus rather than Ukraine or did they overlap? 
Barbara Sloan
Conway, SC

Re: Spindler- Grondo #belarus #records #russia

Sherri Bobish


When searching Spindler on the JewishGen databases I suggest using a phonetic or soundex search.  Spindler is sometimes spelled Shpindler / Szpindler.

Simon's manifest has his first name spelled Szymon.

There is a WW1 draft card for Sam Spindler in Kansas City that states he served three years in the Russian army.  Is this draft card for your Sam Spindler? I wonder if there are extant records from his military service in Russia that may shed light on his father.

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?)

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