Major new Radzilow, Poland records extraction project launched #poland #announcements

Aaron Roetenberg

Long-time Radzilow 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 surviving Radzilow birth, marriage and death records from 1826 to 1912 in the Łomża branch of the Polish State Archives. In addition, we created indices (with fathers’ names) for the surviving 1918 to 1935 records. 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 1912, before they go online.


I look forward to hearing from you.

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Aaron Roetenberg


Town Leader, Radzilow Phase 3 extraction project.


Re: Looking for burial grounds in Merseyside and Sheffield #unitedkingdom #general

Richard Gilbert

Hi Peter,

There are no Jewish cemeteries in the Blundell Sands part of Liverpool. You can search for Jewish burial in Liverpool using the following search facility on JCR-UK at

This link will give you a summary of the history of the Liverpool Jewish community

Similarly, the Jewish burials in Sheffield are now searchable on the United Synagogue's Find A Grave search facility as the the synagogue in Sheffield is now part of the United Synagogue.  You search here -

Otherwise, all you can does find the nearest cemeteries near to where you ancestors were living when they died. Just because they did not live near the main Jewish community doe snot mean they did not have a Jewish burial.

Good luck!

Richard Gilbert
Hertfordshire, England
(former resident of Liverpool)

Re: Identifying town name from WW1 and WW2 Draft Cards. Maybe in Bessarabia? #bessarabia #russia

Marshall Lerner

  • First Name :   Elsi
  • Last Name :   Akerman
  • Nationality :   Russia, Hebrew
  • Last Place of Residence :   Orzaworak, Russia
  • Date of Arrival :   April 9th, 1909
  • Age at Arrival :   20y
  • Gender :   Female
  • Marital Status :   Single
  • Ship of Travel :   Alice
  • Port of Departure :   Trieste
  • Manifest Line Number :   0012
Marshall Lerner
West Chester, PA

Lerner or Beitel from Brecini; Sternberg or Steinberg from Khotin; Gherbel or Gabel from Darabani & Bucharest; Eisenberg & Markowitz from Roman or Tirgu Neamt
Smoler from Zhitomir; Hodes from Lodz; Pachter from Wolbrom or Kielce

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


Having "worked" [in my case, that really amounts to "playing" :) ] on a few of these sets of records, I realise that – like any similar browsing-research – it's important to note where you've looked so far, so that you don't repeat searches by accident.  I've also concluded that – like the Medway CityArk (north of Kent in the UK) records which have similarly succinct descriptions of large blocks of images – it's worth having a record of what's in each set of records that you've searched: just the boundary values (I'm not suggesting a full indexing!).  It would be useful if the resultant info could be recorded somewhere where everyone could make use of it, rather than the task being repeated by each researcher but I don't have the means to do that myself.

Here's what I've recorded so far, for my own benefit:
Breslau II main Marriage Register    82/1426/0/2/28    Heiraths-Haupt-Register Breslau II 1880 Band 6    1880    188    9 Nov 1880  ~  21 Dec 1880    cert 1001  ~  1184
        1881 Bands 1-3 ??          ~  These seem to be missing.             
Breslau II main Marriage Register    82/1426/0/2/29    Heiraths-Haupt-Register Breslau II 1881 Band 4    1881    204    13 Jul 1881  ~  2 Aug 1881    cert 600  ~  800
Breslau II main Marriage Register    82/1426/0/2/30    Heiraths-Haupt-Register Breslau II 1881 Band 5    1881    204    2 Aug 1881  ~  28 Oct 1881    cert 801  ~  1000
Breslau II main Marriage Register    82/1426/0/2/31    Heiraths-Haupt-Register Breslau II 1881 Band 6    1881    205    28 Oct 1881  ~  27 Dec 1881    cert 1001  ~  1200

If someone else looks and thinks I've made a mistake – especially with the date-numbers – I'm very open to correction.  That handwriting is "challenging" to modern eyes.

Mary Benedict
SW Herts, England

Re: Prezlau=Przeclaw? #hungary

Doug Cohen

Try the JewishGen Communities Database.  Searching Przeclaw gives the following:

-- Przecław, Poland
50°12' N 21°28' E
143 miles S of Warszawa

Doug Cohen
Sarasota, Florida
Lexington, MA

Re: HKP Jewish Labor Camp 1943-1944 #holocaust

Joel Ratner

In regards to HKP in Vilna, an additional information source is a testimony given by Sidney Handler. Sidney was born and raised in Vilna and with his mother, the only survivors of his family, were interned at HKP. Sidneys testimony delves into life in Vilna, his experiences at HKP, and ultimately, his liberation and relocation to Germany and the U.S. I interviewed him around 20 years ago, when the Vital Records Translation Project was in its infancy. He lived here in Newton, MA. at the time. I believe he is about 87 years old now.
One source of his testimony can be found at:
Sid Handler was born In Vilnius, Lithuania in 1934 (at the time it was part of Poland and he was born with Polish citizenship) as Samuel Rezjewski.

Joel Ratner

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פנינים משלחן הגר"א על התורה - Request for Scans of pages from a book by the Vilna Gaon #rabbinic #general



If if anyone has the book פנינים משלחן הגר"א על התורה I would be immensely greateful if you could please send copy of page 30 and the footnote on page 324. According to google books, both of these pages mention my ancestor Rabbi Shmuel Chassid from Rassein. 

I was also wondering why, if this book was indeed written by the Vilna Gaon, it refers to him in the third person. I.e., the google books snippet says
"הגאין ... היסב ... אצל רבנו הגדול רבה אליהו מוילנא". 

Thank you very much indeed.

Shavua tov, 

Yoav Aran 

Re: Prezlau=Przeclaw? #hungary

Frank Szmulowicz

On Sat, Jan 22, 2022 at 10:29 AM, Alan Reische wrote:
Unless it is  Prenzlau is a town in Brandenburg, Germany, the administrative seat of Uckermark District. It is also the centre of the historic Uckermark region.
Frank Szmulowicz

Enquiry about Pilovich and Melnik in Vilnia #lithuania #general

Graciela S.s

I’m looking for my grandmother’s and great grandparents birth certificate and any documents that prove their existence
Josefa pilovich 03/03/1910 Vilnia
Salomón pilovich 1885 Vilnia
Sarah Melnik. ( unknown)
My grandmother and her father immigrated to Argentina in 1924/25
Thank you
Graciela Saposnik -

Grace iPhone

Re: “Torat Chasidism” by Rav Shmuel Chassid Bendet #general


It's here:

Yair Segal

Looking for burial grounds in Merseyside and Sheffield #unitedkingdom #general

Peter Bush

I need help finding two burial grounds where ancestors may not have been buried in Jewish Cemeteries.
The first was living at Blundell Sands, Merseyside. The second died in the workhouse infirmary at Ecclesall Bierlow in Sheffield.
Does anyone have any ideas?
Peter Bush, London

New and Updated Databases on IGRA’s Website #israel #records

Elena Bazes

The Israel Genealogy Research Association (IGRA) has just released new and updated databases on its website. There are now over 2,000,000 records available in our databases. With each release we provide a variety of records to our collection.

A preview of the databases is available at

New Databases

Annual Report of the Ashkenazi Community in Cairo    1938
988 listings
Private Collection

Beit Hinuch Orphans for the Sephardic Community – Jerusalem   1945
54 listings
Israel State Archives

University of Haifa & Oranim Graduates    2010
3,699 listings

Ben-Gurion University Graduates    2008 - 2009
10,565 listings

Updated Databases

Students of Alliance –Mogador-Essaouira & Sefrou Morocco      1917 - 1964
3,444 listings
Central Archives for the History of the Jewish People

Voters Constituent Assembly-Settlements 1949
26,377 listings
Israel State Archives

Before viewing and searching the databases, please register for free on the IGRA website:

To view/search the databases, go to the database tab on the website.

Please note, the IGRA databases are now searchable to all registrants. The search results page is also available to all registrants. Additional details regarding most databases are available only to paid IGRA members. Certain exceptions exist due to requests of the specific archives.

Elena Biegel Bazes
IGRA Publicity Chair

Re: Identifying town name from WW1 and WW2 Draft Cards. Maybe in Bessarabia? #bessarabia #russia

Odeda Zlotnick

You are looking for a person who was an alien in 1917, lived in NY, had a wife and 2 children and signed his name in Hebrew letters as Harry Ackerman הערי אקערמאן

If you limit your seach to H* Ackerman with a wife named Anna in immigration data on family search, you'll find:
New York, Southern District, U.S District Court Naturalization Records, 1824-1946;

This even has his picture, and the date of his marriage in the US.  The ship he arrived on, the name he had then.

Odeda Zlotnick
Jerusalem, Israel.

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

Odeda Zlotnick

Thank you very much, Ted.
I managed to catch view it in that short 24 hour window -- but will definitely watch it again.  As said above: it is well worth the time!
Odeda Zlotnick
Jerusalem, Israel.

Re: HKP Jewish Labor Camp 1943-1944 #holocaust


If you are interested in details of life at the HKP in Vilna, I highly recommend the book The Search For Major Plagge by Michael Good.  If will give you a good sense of what life was like at the camp.  I also highly recommend the movie  a (documentary), "The Good Nazi" which tells the story of the HKP camp, Plagge's role in trying to save the Jews who worked there (though only a small fraction survived the liquidation of the camp).  The movie combines interviews with survivors and reenactments of parts of the history at the camp.
Rebecca Fogel Anderson

Re: This week's Yizkor book excerpt on the JewishGen Facebook page #yizkorbooks #belarus #JewishGenUpdates

tony hausner

In the Yizkor book for Skala Podolskaya that I had translated is a chapter about how Max Mermelstein survived two years in the forest outside of Skala. When the Nazis came around with dogs, he spent at times two days in a pit covered with branches without food and water. One of many very moving chapters in the book. See our website. And Max’s chapter

Tony Hausner
Silver Spring, MD 

Re: Identifying town name from WW1 and WW2 Draft Cards. Maybe in Bessarabia? #bessarabia #russia

Yefim Kogan

Lianne  Shavua Tov,

I was trying to resolve your puzzle and I could not.  There was not such a town (ARJOVONITZ or ARZANOVITCH or similar) in Bessarabia, and likely in the whole Russian Empire.  I even looked into old names of towns and could not find anything.

I also looked into Bessarabia Geographical Dictionary,
where we have towns, shtetlakh and even villages where Jews used to live or/and work,  and the closest place was Arloneshty.

Here is a suggestion to you.   If you have any other information about that person, maybe written on a post card or  letter.  That may help.

All the best,
Yefim Kogan
Bessarabia Group Leader and Coordinator

Re: original article telling the Oskar Schindler Story #holocaust

Steven (Zvi) Lewkowicz

I, too, am an ex-Montrealer and it gives me great pride to learn that it was "one of our own", Herbert Steinhouse (and Stanley Diamond's own cousin), who scooped Thomas Keneally's 1982 book "Schindler's Ark" by writing an article about Schindler back in 1949.  Furthermore, Mr. Steinhouse's direct access to Schindler himself, lends an authenticity that even the best researched book can't match.  Refer to the links below.
Steven Lewkowicz
Cleveland, Ohio  USA

Beltsy, Soroki and Kishinev Uezd Vital records #bessarabia #translation

Yefim Kogan

Hello everybody,  Shavua Tov!

After last week I asked for volunteers-translators, I got two new people to work on these records to work on Beltsy and Soroki uezd Vital records.  That is great.

I want to let you know what we still have for Kishinev Vital records:
Birth records:  1920 in progress;
Marriages: 1914, 1915, 1916, 1917, 1919 all in progress,   1920 need translator from Romanian
Deaths:  1905 in progress,  and need translators for 1911-1915, 1917-1919 Russian and 1920 (Romanian)

Please let me know if anyone is interested to work/translate on Kishinev records  or also on some Beltsy, Soroki records, please let me know.

All the best,
Yefim Kogan
Bessarabia Group Leader and Coordinator

Upcoming JewishGen Classes: February-March 2022 #education #JewishGenUpdates

Avraham Groll

JewishGen is offering the following courses during February and March 2022

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