Re: Town in Galicia #galicia

Russ Maurer

Maybe Austria. Or could it be Oest. Gal meaning east(ern) Galicia?

Russ Maurer
Pepper Pike, OH

Jews of Latvia: Names and Fates 1941-1945 - Using the New Website #latvia #holocaust

Marion Werle

The former Latvia Names Project has updated its website, now called Jews of Latvia: Names and Fates 1941-1945. The Latvia Research Division website has been updated to provide information about how to use the new website, which is quite different from the old one. See for further information.

The Jews of Latvia 1941-1945 website is an invaluable aid to researching ancestors who lived in Latvia between the two World Wars, and it can also assist genealogists in tracking family members who survived the war.

Marion Werle
Co-director and Webmaster
Latvia Research DIvision
Marion Werle

Was my father a Ritchie Boy? #general

Helen Gottesman

My father Helmut/Henry Dobrin was at camp Ritchie and he seems to have been trained in translation and interrogation for 10 weeks in 1943 according to the documents we have from the Army..
He never mentioned this. He had a plaque that said he served in the engineering corps, company b 1303.
How do these 2 things fit together?
Thank you
Helen Gottesman
Boca Raton, Fl

Helen Gottesman

Boca Raton, Florida

Searching Schwarz Roding Germany
Dobrin,Davidsohn,Segall. Lublinski in Bukofzer Tuchel/Tuchola  Poland/West Prussia
Greenhut/Grunhut Germany, Bohemia/Czechlovakia
Bukofzer, Zempelburg, West prussia/Poland

three-month Atlantic crossing by wooden sailing ship in 1880s? #poland #general

Hallie Metzger

Were wooden sailing ships still carrying passengers from Europe to the USA as late as the 1880s? My grandfather David Yalovsky Freedland, born about 1885 in Yedwabne, says his father Cantor Jacob Yalovsky came by wooden sailing ship to the USA  for a concert tour in the early 1880s  and encountered such heavy storms that the crossing took 3 months. Could this have included time spent at other ports along the way?
Hallie Metzger,  halmetz@...

FERNEBOK/FERNEBOCK family in Warsaw ans France #france

Tamar Weinblum

I am searching for information on Henri Fernebok/Fernebok born in Warsaw 1928, son of Yosef Fernebok b. 1905 in Warsaw and Ester Lesgold b. 1907 Warsaw.
The family immigrated to France around 1930 and was settled in Paris.
Yosef perished in 1942 and Ester with 3 children survived. 
In Mai 1948 Henri Came yo Israel as a volunteer With the "MACHAL" , he was killed near Jerusalem 20.10.1948.

I am looking for his date of birth, the name of his paternal grandparents, and the siblings of his father.
Thank you 
Tamar Weinblum

List of butcher shops below the Brooklyn Bridge c. 1915. #usa

Richard A. Di Lorenzo



Can anyone help me get a listing of all “butcher shops below the Brooklyn Bridge” c. 1915?


This is to help me ultimately find out who my maternal grandfather was - as well as learning more about my maternal grandmother. I have DNA-based reasons to believe they were both 100% Jewish. 


Here’s the short version of the story: I believe my maternal grandmother’s father disowned her about the time she (probably unmarried) gave birth to my mother, 1915. I believe he - or possibly someone from my maternal grandfather’s family, had “a butcher shop below the Brooklyn Bridge.”  


I’m hopeful that a listing of butcher shops below the Brooklyn Bridge would reveal surnames that might help me. Currently, I have three candidate surnames: Ruderman, Fein, and Gross. A butcher shop name containing any of those names would provide a very promising resumption of my research. 


Thank you for your support.


Richard A. Di Lorenzo

Naples, FL and Beavercreek, OH




Please translate one German word #translation


Hi all,
Please translate the bottom word on this photo of my father’s birth record in German from Slovakia (then Czechoslovakia) in 1930. It looks like his father’s occupation. To help, the top word of the photo looks like the same word.
Thank you. I hope this is easier than using Viewmate, as it’s only one word.

David Dubin
Teaneck, NJ
Researching: WEISS from Bratislava, Slovakia & Kittsee, Austria
David Dubin
Teaneck, NJ

This week's Yizkor book excerpt om the JewishGen Facebook page #lithuania #yizkorbooks

Bruce Drake

Sports had its place among the many aspects of life in the Jewish communities of eastern Europe. “Youth and Their Activities in Yurburg” from the Yizkor book of Jurbarkas in Lithuania tells the story of “The ‘Maccabi’ Federation in Yurburg,” as Jurbarkas was also known. Sports can be a refuge from all the rigors that life presents, and in Jurbarkas, “all those who loved sports found a home in the Maccabi club, without any connection to their personal outlook on life.” The club had a special section for soccer. The chapter has accounts of matches against German and Lithuanian teams which did not turn out well, the former because of defeat and the latter because of the brutality of the Lithuanian youths.
The games continued through most of the thirties even as the situation of the Jews in Yurburg and in all of Lithuania worsened. But as with so many things Jewish, they were gone by the time destruction of Jurbarkas occurred in the summer of 1941.

Bruce Drake
Silver Spring, MD

Towns: Wojnilow, Kovel

Latvia Names and Fates updated #JewishGenUpdates #latvia #russia #courland

Arlene Beare

The Names and Fates website has been updated and Rita Bogdanova Latvian Archivist posted this message-

The Center for Judaic Studies of the Latvian University has opened yesterday the new web page for the project Jews of Latvia: Names and Fates 1941-1945

The URL is

For some time we will keep also the old site and its address is

It is vastly improved and I think Researchers will find a lot of extra information about their relatives as well as names of those who survived. 
If you want to add information about your family send to   names@...

The Database is for the whole of Latvia but not Liepaja. Liepaja database-

Updates on how to use the new website will be posted on our RD updates page.

Arlene Beare
Co-Director Latvia and Estonia Research Division

Re: Tulchyn, Vinnytsia, Ukraine #ukraine

Tammy Driver <110166tlj@...>

On all of the US records, the family is listed as Russian. I don't know why Mikhail's nephew thinks the family is/was Jewish/Hebrew. I asked, but he hasn't replied yet. Mikhail is my cousin on his mother's side. Sophia Klassovsky is his paternal grandmother.

Tammy Driver

Re: Town in Galicia #galicia

Joyce Eastman

I would have to agree, that it is more likely that the C is actually an E, and indeed an abbreviation for Oesterreich (Austria).

Joyce Eastman
Orange City, FL

Photograph from Alsbourg/Switzerland 1944 #photographs

Dani Livni <danilivni@...>

The photograph says 1944, Alsbourg, Canton of Aargau, Switzerland. Can anyone tell me more? My father was in a labor camp in Switzerland in 1943.Who are these people? 
Daniela Calo' Livni

JGS Toronto. Free Virtual Meeting. Preserving the Past – Protecting the Future: Who Will Inherit My Family History Research? Sunday, 30 January 2022, at 10:30 a.m. ET. #announcements #jgs-iajgs #events

Jerry Scherer

Jewish Genealogical Society of Toronto


Preserving the Past – Protecting the Future:

Who Will Inherit My Family History Research?


Sunday, 30 January 2022, at 10:30 a.m. ET.

Virtual Meeting: Join from Home


Virtual doors open at 10:20 a.m. ET


The Program Committee of JGS Toronto regularly receives requests to organize a session entitled “Who will inherit my genealogy research?” As we age and discover that our children, grandchildren, nieces, and nephews do not display the same burning interest in our family tree, this becomes a key question.


In response we have assembled a panel of inspirational speakers, primarily from our membership, to talk about their “legacy” plans.


Henry Blumberg will outline how he has developed an interest among his sons and grandchildren through travel to ancestral towns, creating a website with their help, and visiting museums and Holocaust sites.


Henry Blumberg is a barrister in Toronto. He is on the Board of JGS Toronto, has served three terms as convener of the international Latvia SIG, and two terms on the Board of Governors of JewishGen. Henry has presented at twelve IAJGS Conferences and was a speaker in Riga at the “Names and Fates Project” in June 2008, as well as at International Conferences on “Jews in a Changing World” in 2011 and in 2014.


Adena and Harvey Glasner will talk about completing the Family History template that they received from their granddaughter (called “My Grandmother's Life"). They will talk about how they started this project of documenting their family histories for their children and grandchildren.


Harvey and Adena are long-time members of JGS Toronto, and were both very active in the 2011 production of the anthology, Tracing our Roots, Telling our Stories, to celebrate the 25th anniversary of JGS Toronto. Harvey is a former President of JGS Toronto, and Adena served as the Society’s Secretary for several years.


Jerry Scherer will outline how, on Fathers’ Day, 18 June 2017, he gave a PowerPoint presentation to his children and grandchildren about his parents’ Holocaust stories. Each of his children then received a book on his talk so that they would never forget the stories of their grandparents. Jerry will demonstrate a creative technique he used to update his book for future generations.


Hersz (Jerry) Scherer, son of Holocaust survivors, was born in Siberia, USSR. He and his parents spent three years in a displaced persons camp, housed in the former barracks of the Waffen-SS in Germany, before emigrating to Montreal in 1949. Jerry has conducted a vast amount of personal genealogical research, meeting with great success. He is an active Board member of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Toronto, currently serving as Vice-President, Communications.


Cyril Gryfe, a long-time JGS Toronto member, will talk about the website, populated with family stories, documents, and photographs, that he has created for his family.


In 1910, Sam Gryfe arrived on the shores of Canada from his hometown of Botosani, Romania. One hundred years later, more than 100 people from four generations of his family reunited to celebrate his life, and to meet and reconnect with long-lost family. Cyril played an instrumental role in connecting the family tree, which he posted at the reunion for all the relatives to see.


Les Kelman will talk about the Digital Scrapbooks that he has completed and is still working on.


Les is a former President of JGS Toronto, and is the current Program Coordinator, a role he has held for many years. Les sums up his genealogical journey with a birth history. His father was born in Ukraine, Les was born in Scotland, his children were born in Israel, and his grandchildren were born in Canada.



To register, please go to


You will then receive an immediate acknowledgement plus the link to access the event on 30 January.


The presentation will be recorded. It will be available to JGS Toronto members in the “Members Only” section of the Society website a few days after the event. It will also be available to non-member registrants for one week after the event in the “Registration” location.


To our guests, consider joining our membership for only $40.00 per year by Clicking Here or consider a donation by Clicking Here to assist us in continuing our mission providing a forum for the exchange of genealogical knowledge and information. (Canadians receive a CRA tax receipt.)







Tel 647-247-6414         twitter: jgsoftoronto

facebook: Jewish Genealogical Society of Toronto



Jerry Scherer

Vice President, Communications



Ancestry to Apply Handwriting Recognition AI to Create Searchable Index for 1950 U.S. Census #announcements #records #usa

Jan Meisels Allen



Ancestry has announced they will be using proprietary Artificial Intelligence (AI) handwriting recognition technology to deliver a searchable index of the 1950 U.S. Census to customers faster.


When the 1950 census is released on April 1st, it will not be indexed. Ancestry anticipates the indexing of the 1950 Census to be completed and available on this summer, with states released in real time upon completion.


Crista Cowan, Ancestry’s Corp[orate Genealogist said, “the 1950 U.S. census contains the details of names, ages, birthplaces, residences, and relationships of more than 150 million people. This glimpse into American households at a critical time in U.S. history will help people discover even more about the effects the Great Depression, World War II, and the beginning of the Baby Boom had on their families. Many of our customers will see themselves, parents or grandparents' names in this census for the first time, which will bring even more family stories to life.”


Ancestry partnering with FamilySearch to evaluate the handwriting recognition extraction and ensure a complete and accurate index. 

To read more see:


To read previous postings about the 1950 U.S. Census , and more, go to the archives of the IAJGS Records Access Alert at: You must be registered to access the archives.  To register go to:  and follow the instructions to enter your email address, full name and which genealogical  organization with whom you are affiliated   You will receive an email response that you have to reply to or the subscription will not be finalized.


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee




Re: Archives Collection - the Unread LETTERS of 1941 from KAMIANETS PODILSKYI #ukraine



I did skim the list as I have a relative who lived in Kamianets-Podilskyi but her name wasn't on the list. The name I have is Mania (or Manya) Horowitz (Gorovitz). She has sisters named Ida and Gussie/Katya (who is my great-grandmother) and a couple of children, one named Bronya (or Branka) and two referred to in letters as "Zhenechka" and "Zonechka".

I have an envelope somewhere in my files with Mania/Manya's handwriting but haven't had the time to dig it out and compare. I don't know Russian so even if I did dig out the letter it would be a challenge for me to try and compare.


Gary Ehrlich
Rockville, MD
SCVIRSCI, Zhivotov, Ukraine; WASHLIKOVSKY/WASHALKOWSKY, SATER, Bialystock, Poland;
LIFSHITS/LIFSHITZ, GOROVITZ, HOROVITZ, Lvov, Ukraine; Ufa and Moscow, Russia
YAGUDA, Albany, NY

Searching descendants of Louis Korn and Rachel Rae Braun #dna #galicia

shaul berger


Louis  Korn is a close relative based on DNA comparison. I am searching for his ancestors and descendants to improve my relevant family tree branch. Louis Korn was bron in 1897   and was married in 1922 in New York to Rachel Rae Bram (b.1899). Based on 1940 census they had 3 children Edith (b. 1923), Seymour (b.1925, d.2006) and Norman (b.1931) . There exists 3 person family tree on MyHeritage which is useless. Ancestry claims that Louis is on their  Rettig/Cooper family tree (I am not member).

Louis Korn has also very strong match with Robert  Greenwood  who is my second cousin. My DNA is posted on FTDNA, Geni, GEDMatch and MyHeritage.

Any help is appreciated

Shaul Berger
BRUMER, RETTIG, WATTENBERG (Zolkiew, Rawa Russka),
HUTTER, KIFLIG, HERZIG, WATTENBERG (Rimavska Sobota, Jaroslaw, Przemysl, Dobromil),
BERGER & SPITZER (Szecseny, Shirkovce, Prague)
POSNER, LICHTSZAJN (Warsaw), EHRENREICH (Warsaw/Miechow), SCHELL & RIEGER (Gorlice),

Re: What became of the Suwalki-Lomza group run by Marilyn? #lithuania

Stanley Diamond

- has just completed a massive project to fully extract all surviving Grajewo 
records, and work started this week to fully extract the Szczuczyn Jewish vital records.

For more details contact town leader Aaron Roetenberg for both towns.  To send a message
to Aaron, go to the Town Explorer page for each of the projects on

Stanley Diamond, M.S.M.  
Executive Director, Jewish Records Indexing - Poland, Inc.
Re: What became of the Suwalki-Lomza group run by Marilyn? #lithuania
From: Esther Brill
Date: Thu, 27 Jan 2022 12:31:12 EST
Does anyone know where we can buy these journals? or get online access -- 
most of the places having these journals in their library are not near me.   

My paternal gp's came from the Lomza area - specifically Grajewo and Szcucyn - 
names include Jablonski, Golberg, Grossman. 

Specific names can be found on Ancestry and My Heritage 

Esther Levine Brill 

Re: Book - list of Jewish military died 1ast WW #germany


Thank you kindly Irene, 
I hadn't looked into access about the Wuerttembergian and I will try again with the Grossenhain local newspapers and archives to see if they survived. Being so close to Dresden a surface level search made me have my doubts, but newspapers may be worth the effort! 
Thanks again, 
Theresa Koenigsknecht 

Re: Tulchyn, Vinnytsia, Ukraine #ukraine

Michele Lock

You can comb through US records to discover more about the ethnic background of the aunt Sophie, nephew Leonid, and other family members. Most of the census records for 1930 and earlier ask about the native language a person speaks, as well as the language of their parents (whether the parents immigrated to the US or not). For Eastern European Jews of that time period, the language would be Yiddish, rather than Russian or Polish, etc. On ship passenger lists, "Hebrew" was the ethnic classification for Jews (which was called 'race' at the time).

In the event that your nephew decides to go the DNA route, it's best to test the oldest descendents of the sisters Nadejda and Sophia, since those descendents will have more of their DNA. If you test at 23 and me, the Jewish DNA category is called by that company 'Ashkenazi Jewish'. On AncestryDNA, the Jewish DNA category is called 'European Jewish', and is basically equivalent to Ashkenazi Jewish.
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: Free fillms in honor of International Holocaust Remembrance Day #announcements #holocaust

jack nathanson

Actually, you don't have to register or pay to view the films. When you reach the page for the films, do not sign in or register! You will see an image of each of the six films available. Click on the image of the film you want to view, and you will be brought to the page for that film. When you reach the page for the film, scroll down a bit, and you will see an image of that film. Click on that image, and you will be brought to a third page where you will see the online player to watch the film. It's a bit complicated, but it works.

Jack Nathanson

6281 - 6300 of 671915