How to get documents from Bucharest Archives for years 1930 - 1940 #romania

Pavel Ravitsky

How to get documents from Bucharest Archives for years 1930 - 1940

Pavel Ravitsky 

Re: ViewMate translation needed - Yiddish - family GOLD #poland #yiddish #translation

Jack Berger


I can’t read the penmanship with confidence.

it seem that one of the themes imbedded is that the writer is anxious about not receiving more frequent correspondence from the recipient of this card. There is some evidence that the writer alludes to all things being normal.

You need help from someone who can read this penmanship better than me. I suggest that this might be an octogenarian who spoke and wrote Yiddish in younger times.

I regret not being able to offer you more.

Jack Berger
Mahwah, NJ

Re: Lecture "Finding Your Polish Ancestors Online Through the Polish State Archives" now online #poland #education #announcements

Robert Hanna

Thank you so much for posting it and for the LAPL giving permission.  For those who have not seen it (and have family history in Poland), it is well worth watching.  I will be watching it over and over until I absorb every there is to learn.

Robert Hanna


Searching for family in Rishon LeZion #israel

Scott Johnson

I am looking for information on a cousin who lived in Rishon LeZion, Israel, and her family.

Polina GUREVICH (גורביץ פולינא), maiden name KLOTZ, was born in Telz, Lithuania, in 1925 and died in 2009. Her headstone is listed at BillionGraves:

In 1999, Polina submitted testimonies at Yad Vashem for five of her aunts and uncles. The address she provided on the form was Tsadi Gimel Banot 5/1, Rishon LeZion (רח' צ'ג בנות 5/1 , ראושון לציון).

For someone in the U.S. I would search the usual sources for an obituary, but don’t know if that is possible for someone who died in Israel. At this point I've exhausted my leads as far as the internet is concerned and am looking for next steps.

I would like to make contact with any surviving family members of Polina. Thanks for any advice you can give me.

Scott Johnson

Prezlau=Przeclaw? #hungary

Alan Reische

The one pre-emigration factoid I've been able to pin down with reasonable certainty is that my paternal ggm came from Przeclaw (Yiddish=Pshetzlov) in the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Presumably my paternal ggf - a tailor -  came from the same locale.

In searching the Hamburg departure records, I've come across a family with the surname 'Lische' that has demographics down to the father's occupation quite similar to my family. (This surname occasionally appears in my post-emigration records as well.) The Hamburg records list the family place of residence as 'Prezlau, Osterreich'.

At first, I wondered if there had been confusion with Breslau, but in 1879-1880 Breslau was clearly part of the Prussian-German Empire, and it is unlikely that a Hamburg ticket agent would have confused the two. I don't find anything to indicate that Prezlau was the Germanicized version of Przeclaw but the phonetic similarity and the family demographics seem to match up.

Does 'Prezlau' strike members as a likely match for Przeclaw or am I heading down a rabbit hole?

Thanks, Alan Reische

Manchester NH


Researching Reische, Lische, Przeclaw, Pshetzlov


Re: Private investigator in Israel #israel

Arlene Beare

 I strongly recommend Paul Cheifitz  paulcheifitz@...

Arlene Beare UK
Dorfman (born Birzai Lithuania then Riga)  Scher/Blum(born Pandelys Lithuania then Riga)
Berman (born Lygumai Lithuania then Jekabpils Latvia
Samuels - UK  Trzmil,Ring and  Dembinski  Zychlin Poland

Re: Lecture "Finding Your Polish Ancestors Online Through the Polish State Archives" now online #poland #education #announcements


That's truly generous, Ted, and very welcome.

It was definitely worth making the time to watch and listen; and I may need to watch it again – there was so much useful information to be absorbed.  I have managed to make use of it, with the handout, already.  Although I haven't managed to prise out the info I was after... yet... I have the tools to make it happen once the right years of scans come online.

Mary Benedict
SW Herts, England

Re: Which burial ground is likely for a death registered in Battersea, London? #unitedkingdom

Alan Cohen

British death certificates do not state where burial took place so the certificate from GRO wouldn't help. I looked on the United Synagogue Find a Grave site. Lewis Bowman was buried in East Ham cemetery
Alan Cohen
East Ham LEWIS BOWMAN 25/06/1958 F 23 1527

Re: Which burial ground is likely for a death registered in Battersea, London? #unitedkingdom

Barrie Callender

Hi Lesley,

My first port of call would be the United Synagogues Find a grave page:
Just type in first name, surname and year. If you do this then it returns the following information.

Cemetery Full Name Last Name Date of Burial Section Row Plot #
East Ham LEWIS BOWMAN 25/06/1958 F 23 1527

They have the opening times for all their cemeteries and maps.  Google Maps have a "Street View" around a part of the cemetery, including section F.

Barrie Callender
Wokingham, Berkshire, England

ViewMate translation needed - Yiddish - family GOLD #poland #yiddish #translation

David Buford

Please I have a postcard from my grandfather to my father and would like it translated.


Linda Gold Buford

                      Kobryn, Belarus Belarus - KAMENETZKI - KAMIENKA
                      Russia - SALIMAN, SCHREIBER, SEGAL, WALDMANN
                      Israel - PALTER

Re: Spindler- Grondo #belarus #records #russia

Arthur Pronin

Thank you Richard. I have 3 names for Sam's siblings- Yankel, Mashke, Sarah. He had one brother and 2 sisters but maybe your Mordukh is related. What is Mordukh in english? 

Art Pronin

Lecture "Finding Your Polish Ancestors Online Through the Polish State Archives" now online #poland #education #announcements

Ted Gostin

I wanted to let all who asked that my lecture given last Saturday, January 15, "Finding Your Polish Ancestors Online Through the Polish State Archives," is now online and available for viewing.  Since the Los Angeles Public Library's closed-captioning policies made it impossible to keep the video on the LAPL's Facebook or YouTube pages, I have posted a recording to my own web space with the library's permission.  The following link provides a page where the lecture can be viewed and the handout downloaded.

I haven't decided whether it will remain online permanently, but it will be up long enough for anyone who missed the lecture last week to view it and/or download the handout.

Ted Gostin
Sherman Oaks, California

Scandals, Shandehs, and Lies:The Stories Families Don't Tell #announcements #events

Marguerite Kealey

Sunday February 13, 2022

1-3 pm PT

Zoom Meeting

Scandals, Shandehs, and Lies


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 1970s  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 for 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.  A past president and longtime trustee of the JGS of Long Island, Renee is also a director of Gesher Galicia and serves as its discussion group moderator and Family Finder editor. 

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
San Diego Jewish Genealogical Society--Publicity Chair 
San Diego County, CA


"History and Geography of Eastern European research records". A virtual presentation by Amy Wachs sponsored by the Jewish nGenealogical Society of Palm Beach County on February 9, 2022 at 1PM ET. #announcements #jgs-iajgs

Walter Rosenthal

"History and Geography of Eastern European research records". A virtual presentation by Amy Wachs  sponsored by the Jewish nGenealogical Society of Palm Beach County on February 9, 2022  at 1PM ET.
Researching our Eastern European ancestry remains challenging in many countries, where missing records may lead to frustrating “brick walls”.  This presentation offers guidance in using the region’s historical events and geography to help fill in gaps and move past brick walls. This presentation shows the ways to identify one's ancestors, find the places where they lived, and trace their migrations.
Amy Wachs, past president of the Jewish Genealogy Society of Cleveland, has been involved in Jewish genealogy for over 30 years, including currently serving on the Board of LitvakSIG, Inc. A retired attorney, she taught law in Latvia as a Fulbright Scholar and in Moldova as a Fulbright Senior Specialist. Amy is a frequent presenter of talks on Jewish and Eastern European genealogy.
To register, please go to and click on Register for February.  You will receive an immediate acknowledgement and a link prior to the presentation on February 9. The meeting is free to JGSPBC members; guests are required to pay a $5 fee, applicable toward the $30.00 annual membership.
Walter Rosenthal
or call 561-450-9577


Walter Rosenthal

Re: Who Betrayed Anne Frank and Her Family? #holocaust

Larry Gaum

Dear Andrew
Thank you for your comments.
While I will defend your right to make your comments, I disagree with your observations.
Fortunately, I'm still above ground and can defend myself. 
In a democratic country, both Canada and USA, one is considered innocent until proven guilty.The Jewish leader of which you refer, is dead.  Therefore, he will always remain innocent whether we like it or not.  He is unable to reach our from the grave to defend himself, despite conclusions that he was the one who betrayed the Frank family.
Even in investigations that are perceived as in depth and reliable, errors are, in many cases, unfortunately made.
In a court of law, this principe is accepted. Thats why we have Courts Of Law.
In Canada, we don't condemn or murder someone who may have collaborated with the Nazi Germans.  We demand proof and we don't take the law into our own hands, despite investigations by journalists who then publish books and seek to have the newspapers quote, in a redacted fashion, their conclusions.
We don't behave as the Israeli individuals of whom your refer, murdered other survivors because they stated they were guilty of collaboration.
With respect, I stand by my convictions  and disagree with your conclusions.
Larry Gaum

Re: Familysearch port of origin potential error (e.g. Boulogne Sur Mer in Argentina instead of France) #general #announcements

Alberto Guido Chester

Notice Boulogne sur mer in Bienos Aires, Argentina is an inland town. It could mean a place of origin but not a port of any kind.
Hope this helps.

Alberto Guido Chester
Buenos Aires, Argentina

Re: Who Betrayed Anne Frank and Her Family? #holocaust

Michele Lock

Earlier in this discussion, someone speculated that the TV network CBS timed the airing of this segment on Anne Frank to run on the same weekend as the synagogue hostage taking in Colleyville, Texas. However, this cannot the case. For several days prior to the airing of the program on Sunday the 16th, CBS had been running promotional ads for the tv program.  It is just coincidence that the two events took place in the same weekend. 
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

Re: entry no. vs. death certificate no. #records

Brian Kerr

The entry number isn't the certificate number.

That number is the entry within a batch.

For example, a batch may have 100 images/documents and each specific one of that batch is the number that's called the entry number.

I hope I had explained this okay via text... :-))

I'm not the highest experienced expert with FamilySearch, but I try to learn what I can as I use/encounter something.

Good Luck! :-))


Brian D. Kerr, Esq
SSG, U.S. Army (Retired)
SSA, Brigade G1, U.S. Army (Retired)

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

Jill Golden

I would like to thank everyone for all of their great suggestions, I would not have been able to find the information if it was not for your help. 

It turns out the Rabbi was Louis Miller, age 25, Immigrated to the US in 1886, the same year as the wedding. He is listed in the 1900 census as a piano teacher. For those of you interested in him here is his Family Search page

The Synagogue or more likely an Aid Society was Rodfe Zedek Anshe Retove  , 225 East Broadway, New York 10002, found at Ackman & Ziff Family Genealogy Institute, New York Historical Synagogue Map. I'm sure this is the right one, since much of my family came from Rietavas (Lithuania). 

I learned so much about searching street addresses, my eyes are a little crossed but glad I found something. He is listed in Enumeration District (ED) 70 in New York. I used Stephen Morse, One-Step Census to find it. 

I'm hoping to connect more of my family to this Synagogue, yes the search goes on. Thank you again.

Jill Golden 

Re: How to obtain Lodz cemetery photo #lodz

Brian Kerr

Though I do like and use Find-A-Grave, but I've been able to locate Headstone Photos in BillionGraves that's not in Find-A-Grave (and vice versa).

The following link is to a list of Cemeteries in Poland that may (hopefully) be helpful in locating what you need.

On occasion, I've also reached out by email/phone to Cemeteries that were more than happy to provide information like a photo, but always keep in mind that there may be Records pertaining to a Burial without a specific location and/or Headstone (depending upon the circumstances).

I do wish you the best of luck! :-))


Brian D. Kerr, Esq
SSG, U.S. Army (Retired)
SSA, Brigade G1, U.S. Army (Retired)

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