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

Bill Rubin

The South Street Seaport Museum in New York City had at least one steel-hulled sailing ship when I visited in the 1980s. These sailing ships had more room for goods, products, and passengers because they didn’t need the room or the weight for coal or later diesel fuel. There were also ships with sails and a steam engine as an auxiliary source of power. Even though a few steam-driven ships were starting to make the trans-Atlantic trip in the 1840s, it was many, many years before commercial sailing ships ceased operation.
I believe it is very possible that your grandfather traveled to the US aboard a vessel that had sails.  
This is what I found while searching the Internet.

-Bill Rubin
Belmont, MA

Rokiskis SIG members missing #lithuania

Linda Cantor

Please contact me at lincanfamily@... if you have an up-to--date email contact for the following members of the Rokiskis SIG.
  • Harley Felstein
  • Lawrence Sheftel
  • Eliahu Abram
My emails to them have been bouncing.
Thank you.
Linda Cantor

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

shaul berger

Hello Lorraine,

I sent you email directly on this issue hoping to resolve  the conflicts. You are right - Korn is "popular" name and there maybe more than one Louis  Korn family. I made one mistake in my post - the DNA match is with Norman Korn who is the son of Louis Korn.

On Mon, Jan 31, 2022 at 02:27 AM, <lorrainekorn@...> wrote:
Dear Shaul,

Louis Korn and his wife Rae Bram are my paternal uncle and aunt(by marriage). Myself and other close paternal relatives have tested on MyHeritage and when I checked matches for you there was no match with me of any cM. There was a a match with a Robert Greenwood with only a 55.1 cM match and longest segment of 12.1 cM . Do not know how Robert Greenwood has a strong match with Louis Korn; since he died before DNA matching started and he was never tested.  It appears that there is another Louis Korn that you are related to. Also note that a relative of Louis and Rae was tested. Cooper/Rettig tree on Ancestry is related to Louis and Rae; although I have never seen it.
Please note that Korn is not that an unusual surname. Have found people with that surname all over Poland, Ukraine and Germany that I am not related to. The 1940 Census is wrong, Louis Korn is not from Galicia but his wife is.
Lorraine Korn

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

Hallie Metzger

Good point! There may indeed have been a storm and a delay but the story got embellished. Thanks for a lively viewpoint.

Hallie Metzger,  halmetz@...

Free Virtual "Names" Program with Warren Blatt #announcements #jgs-iajgs #names


The Northeast Indiana Jewish Genealogy Society is excited to welcome genealogist, Warren Blatt, for two free virtual programs on Sunday, February 13th, beginning at 2:00 p.m. Eastern time.

The afternoon will begin with “Jewish Given Names,” an introduction to Jewish first names, focusing on practical issues for genealogical research.  Beginning at 3:30 p.m., Mr. Blatt will continue with “Jewish Surnames,” their origins, types, and etymologies. 

Much more information is available in the attached press release, on our website at, and on our Facebook page,   Registration can be found on our website at

We hope you can join us!


Betsy Thal Gephart, vp



Re: ViewMate translation request - Russian #translation


In Russian:


Состоялось в городе Калиш 18-го (31-го) июня 1912 года в 10 часов утра. Явились лично Герш Ленчицкий, торговец, 31-го года и Хаим Орлинский, религиознуй служитель, 50-и лет -  жители города Калиша, и объявили, что сего числа, в 5 часов утра умерла Фейга Зильберштейн, девочка в возврасте 6-и месяцев, дочь Абрама и Руды, урожденной Ленчицкой, супругов Зильберштейн, постоянных жителей города Калиша. Настоящим удостоверяю о кончине Фейги Зильберштейн. Акт сей прочитан и присутствующими подписан.

Г. Ленчитцкий

Х. Орлинский

Чиновник Гражданского Состояния Подпись


Translated into English:



It took place in the city of Kalisz on June 18 (31), 1912 at 10 am. Gersh Lenchitsky, a merchant, 31, and Chaim Orlinsky, a religious minister, 50 years old, residents of Kalisz, appeared in person and announced that Feiga Zilberstein, a 6-month-old girl, had died at 5 am this morning. Daughter of Abram and Ruda, born Lenchitskaya, Zilberstein couple, permanent residents of Kalisz. I hereby certify the death of Feiga Zilberstein. This act was read and signed by those present.

G. Lenchitsky

H. Orlinsky

Civil Status Official Signature

Translated by Michael Ryabinky
Boynton Beach, FL

Re: Surname request information #lithuania

Diane Jacobs

For over20 years I was unable to find my great grandfather’s family in Vilna or anything about them as I had found the Singman family in NYC and DC  who came here in 1888 under the name Shimkov from Vilna.  Then I mentioned this to a Russian speaking person who emigrated to the US and also may be related my husband’s family and sent him a copy of the 2 passenger manifests.  He told me to try Sinko.  Lo and behold I started finding my grandfather’s siblings and his father’s siblings
from Gelvonai, Sirvintos and Jonava.
The first 2 are in Vilna Gub. and the last in
Kuanas.  I have also found descendents all over the US and some in Yad Vashem.  It has been a fascinating trip.

So go over the original passenger manifest 
and be creative making new possible surnames and keep trying.  Don’t assume that they came from Vilna but perhaps it was just their last residence before emigrating. Who knew that Singman to Shimkov to Sinko would break a very hard brick wall.

Diane Jacobs

On Jan 30, 2022, at 7:13 PM, Phil Karlin <philk@...> wrote:

I had a similar problem. The answer was in the ships manifest. Do you have theirs?
Phil Karlin
Hartford, CT USA

Diane Jacobs, Somerset, New Jersey

Re: Research Advice- Yad VaShem and Salt Lake city #records


Also, if the icon on the right is a circular microfilm that means the item has not been digitized but is on microfilm. It might be there or at the Granite Mountain Vault, it will say. Additionally, if the item is a book and has not been digitized, it should be at the library if the catalog says it is there (giving the floor it is on or the collection it is with).
Larry Bassist

Re: Where is wola golego? #galicia

Alexander Sharon


Wola Golego name was changed In 1928 to Wola Baranowska.
in year 1900, village had 1,138 Roman Catholic residents plus 18 Jewish souls.
No Jewish residents are listed in 1921 census.

Alex Sharon

Re: Research Advice- Yad VaShem and Salt Lake city #records

Michaele Burris

For the Salt Lake records, go to, (free registration) / Search / Catalog.

In the Place field, enter the location of interest, and click Search. You will see the categories of record films available.  Click on a category and you will see the films. 

If there is a camera icon on the far right, the film has been digitized.  If there is a key icon above the camera, the film is locked and can only be seen in a Family History center. 

In the middle of the line is the location of the film in the library.  If it says Granite Mountain Vault, the film is stored offsite and you should contact the library, telling them what films you want and what day you will be there. 

Michaele Burris

Pilski Russia? #names

Steven Granek

Below is the entry for "last residence" on my Great Aunt’s ship manifest.  It appears to me to be “Pilski” or perhaps “Piloki" - Russia. But I am having no luck finding this place on Jewishgen - Gazetteer or or Town search.  No iuck with various other searches, either.   Just in case the following adds any additional clues - I had previously written that my Grandmother (this person’s sister) was - per her 1920 US Census - from “Grodno”, yet per her husband’s Petition for Naturalization, she was from “Niveravitzk, Russia” - a place that no one so far has been able to make any sense of.
So - Pilski Russia? Piloki Russia?
Thank you in advance.
Steve Granek

Sorting out Given Names #names

Brad Rubin


I have these two names from people who were born in Minsk about 1900.  Can you check my understanding of how to interpret them?

Chaim (Hebrew) Ber (Yiddish) ben reb (son of the honorable) Yehuda (Hebrew) Leib (Yiddish)

Sheina (Yiddish) Rochel (Hebrew) bat reb (daughter of the honorable) Hillel (Hebrew) HaLevi (not a name, but an indication of being a descendant of the Levite tribe)

Is there a "standard" ordering of Hebrew and Yiddish given names when both appear?  Is HaLevi here considered a name or a designation?

-- Brad Rubin

ViewMate translation request - headstones #translation




From: Malka
Sent: Monday, January 31, 2022 9:03 AM
To: laurackatz@...
Subject: Re: ViewMate translation request - headstones


Good morning,


Here lies or here is buried (abbreviation on top)

Our dear father our teache the rabbi

Baruch son of Ya’akov Lipitz

Passed 26 Tishrei 5682

May his soul be gathered in eternal life (abbreviation – last line)


Same abbreviation on top

Chaim Eli’ezer son of Baruch

Passed 12 Tevet 5719

May his soul….


Same abbreviation on top

Elia Moshe son of Baruch

May his soul….

Shalom, Malka Chosnek





Re: Israel Hupponen (1870) + Anna Kaiponen (1860) #russia

Roni Keini

Hello Anu;
I come from a Jewish family in Finland, and have researched my Jewish roots here. Many Jews were allowed to settle in Finland after having served in the Tsar army if and when their service ended in the Grand Duchery of Finland like my Grandfather did in the end of the 1800s´. I agree with mr. Seth Jacobsson, whose reply is very accurate and true regarding Jewish names in the Nordics. There are many Finnish Jewish families who changed family names or adopted Finnish sounding "look-a-like" family names in the 1930´s for obvious reasons, like my father did. 

I am happy to give you some tips of databases in Finland if you like. 

Kind regards;
Roni Keini, Helsinki, Finland  

Re: Was my father a Ritchie Boy? #general

Trudy Barch

Not surprising that you did not know.   About 15 years ago one of my genealogy members spoke about the Richie Boys.  He was part of this 'secret' group.  It was a group of German born boys - now Americans - who were trained to be American spies that spoke fluent German during WW2.  It was so private they were not allowed to speak about it (to anyone) until more recent times.  It was an extremely talk.   The book was probably written in the later 1900s with a lot of good research.

Trudy Barch,  FL

Document Translation Request - Polish #translation

Joyce Eastman

I've posted a document in Polish for which I need a translation. It is on ViewMate at the following address ...

Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page.

Thank you very much.

Joyce Eastman
Orange City, FL USA

Re: Searching for Schwiff family in Israel #israel


On Sun, Jan 30, 2022 at 06:04 AM, <ramot418@...> wrote:
I asked the archives of the city of Tel Aviv.  They have lists of the residents of Tel Aviv during the years before the establishment of the State of Israel. Unfortunately, they are not on-line. If they are anything like the Montreal directories (Lovell) during the first half of the 20th century, then I'm sure that, through them, you will be able to locate a living descendant.  Good luck!
Steve Goldberg
Jerusalem, Israel
Sagan/Shagan family from Veliuona (Velon), Lithuania
Goldberg family from Vidukle, Lithuania
Susselovitch/Zuselovitch family from Raseiniai (Rassein), Lithuania

 I found information about the Schwiff family that you are looking for, the Schwiff brothers left to Canada, Brazil and Australia
and one sister was in Israel.
They were relatives of the Shapira family but the connection to Gershon and Judith Shapira is unclear.

I added all I could find to the Geni tree in this link:

Asaf Feig

ViewMate transcript request German #germany

Reuven Stern

Subj: ViewMate transcript request German

I've posted a vital record in German for which I will appreciate a transcript (translation is NOT required). It is on ViewMate at the following address ...
Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page.
Thank you very much

Reuven Stern,
Kfar Vradim Israel ---
Reuven Stern, Kfar Vradim Israel

Re: Israel Hupponen (1870) + Anna Kaiponen (1860) #russia

Seth Jacobson

On Sun, Jan 30, 2022 at 12:07 PM, <info@...> wrote:
Anu, hi!

A check in a private database of Finnish Jews does not give any kind of hit for the names you listed. Non-Jewish families in the Nordic countries often gave Biblical names to their children, and even today names as Adam, Eva, David, Salomon, Sara and Jakob are not uncommon among non-Jews. This applies not less to family names. For example, although I am Jewish, born in Sweden and carry the name Jacobson, I had two classmates with the identical family name, none of them Jewish. If that was your indication of anything Jewish in your family roots, I think the idea can be negated.

Good luck,

Seth Jacobson

Re: Research Advice- Yad VaShem and Salt Lake city #records

Susan H. Sachs

Not all the full videos of Survivor Testimony from  (the Steven Spielberg Foundation) are available on-line - but they can be viewed at special sites, including Yad Vashem.  Also, I'm not sure that all of the videos from Yad Vashem's own research are on-line, but they can be viewed in their archives - and if you are related to the survivor who gave testimony to Yad Vashem's researchers, you could purchase the video and transcript for later viewing / reading at home.    At least that was the case just a few years ago.

Good luck in your research!
Susan H. Sachs, Israel

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