Release of 1950 US Census Will Increase Access to Records #announcements #records #usa

Jan Meisels Allen


The National Archives News has released an article on the 1950 Census Will Increase Access to Records. The holdings at St. Louis include the military personnel records of individuals who separated from service more than 62 years ago, as well as the civilian personnel records of former federal employees who separated prior to 1952. Census records have long been an important resource for archives staff to help locate a requested individual’s record.


The National Archives and Records Administration has been seriously impacted by the pandemic, resulting in a large backlog of records requests and limited ability to permit researchers to use facilities.


The 1950 date is the first census following World War ll.  Additionally, in 1973 the sixth floor of the National Personnel Records Center burned for four and a half days, destroying some 16–18 million Official Military Personnel Records for the Army and Air Force. Army personnel in 1945 alone numbered over 8 million, and while the tragic loss covered a period from 1912 to 1960, the estimated loss of Army records is 80 percent. The 1950 census overlaps overlap with the service period of records affected by the fire. It’s because of the possibility that “service” is listed as the kind of work an individual is doing. the information found in the census could lead to other records that could list military service, such as Selective Service. NARA’s collection of Civilian Agency records run through 1951, which is an indication of government employment that could lead to an Official Personnel Folder.


The 1950 US Census will be released on April 1 2022, but it won’t be indexed. That will take some months for genealogy organizations such as FamilySearch and Ancestry to index the records and digitize them.


To read a series of questions and answers on how the upcoming 1950 census release might expand access, go to:


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: Marriage ceremonies in homes 19th century UK #unitedkingdom

Adelle Gloger

Here's my two cents for what it's worth.
The issue of marriage ceremonies in homes did not depend on the economics /finances of the families. Many families did not "belong" / were "members" of synagogues as they might be now.  Membership as we know it today includes tickets / seats for the High Holy Days, etc. Years ago the shuls sold seats for the holidays. Membership was not a requirement.
 Let's get back to home weddings. Not only were the ceremonies conducted in homes, but the receptions / parties were also at home. Not like today where thousands of dollars are spent on parties for both weddings and bar & bat mitzvahs. Years ago people had "open house" to celebrate such events.
Adelle Weintraub Gloger
Cleveland, Ohio

JGSCT Virtual Program, February 20, 2022, History and Geography--Tools for Eastern European Research #announcements #education #events


The Jewish Genealogical Society of Connecticut virtually presents History and Geography--Tools for Eastern European Reseach, given by Amy Wachs, on Sunday, February 20,2022, at 1:30 pm ET on Zoom.  Researching our Eastern European ancestry remains challenging in many countries, where missing records may lead to frustrating “brick walls”. This presentation will offer guidance for using the region’s historical events and geography to help fill in gaps and move past brick walls to aid in determining place of ancestry, trace migration, and identify ancestors.

Amy Wachs has been involved in Jewish genealogy for over 30 years. She is Past President of the Jewish Genealogy Society of Cleveland and served on the Board of LitvakSIG, Inc. from 2014 through 2020. Amy is a retired attorney and university instructor. She taught law in Latvia as a Fulbright Scholar and in Moldova as a Fulbright Senior Specialist. Amy often speaks about Eastern Europe and Jewish genealogy topics at conferences and to local audiences.

This program is free for JGSCT members. There is a $5 fee for non-JGSCT members.

To join JGSCT, click here.

To donate $5 and register for the program, click here or cut/paste the following link into your browser:
Gail K Reynolds, President and Publicity Chair, Jewish Genealogical Society of Connecticut

Re: 1974 Baltimore County Street Resident Search Request #usa

Nancy Seibert

Marbrook Road comes up as being part of Owings Mills on a current interactive map. It is close to Garrison.
You could try contacting the Owings Mills Branch of the Baltimore County Public Library for resource ideas. Their website does list some Baltimore County Directories and real estate transfers in their catalog.
The Historical Society of Baltimore County has an online contact form, on which you can ask your question. They will do research for a fee. They also list private researchers.
The Jewish Genealogy Society of Maryland is now meeting virtually, but I recall they used to meet at the Pikesville Library, so there would likely be members from that area of the county. I wouldn't be too surprised if someone remembers your Cohens, if they lived on Marbrook Road for any length of time.
I don't think this research would be too complicated. Marbrook Road still isn't densely populated. Most of the properties are estate-sized.

Nancy Seibert
Rhode Island

Re: New York City Death Records #usa #records

Ina Getzoff

I have not had any issues getting copies of death certificates from NY for my maternal grandmother who died in 1965 and my mother who died in 1967 but I would suggest that you try to get in touch with Brooke Ganz from Reclaim the Records and spell out the entire situation. Hopefully she can help you since she has been fighting states to release records and in most cases winning. The suggestion to also use Family Search is probably one that is better and less aggravation involved.
Good luck
Ina Getzoff
Delray Beach, Florida

Re: Marriage ceremonies in homes 19th century UK #unitedkingdom

Philip Freidenreich

My uncle had a Jewish wedding in our home because he was both a Kohen marrying a divorcee and because he was an atheist.

Phil Freidenreich
Yardley, PA

Re: Marriage ceremonies in homes 19th century UK #unitedkingdom

Dan Nussbaum

My parents, may they rest in peace, had a home wedding in my maternal grandparents', may they rest in peace, apartment in Brooklyn, New York in 1939, because nobody involved could afford anything else.

Daniel Nussbaum II, M.D., FAAP
Retired Developmental Pediatrician
Rochester, New York
Tone can be misinterpreted in email. Please read my words with warmth, kindness, and good intentions.

Jewish Genealogical Society of Montreal - Family Tree Workshop – February 20 #events #canada #announcements #education

Andreas Schwab

The next FAMILY TREE WORKSHOP of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Montreal, hosted by genealogy guru Stanley Diamond, will be held on February 20 from 10 am to noon. The workshop will feature another TOOL TIME mini-lesson, with our IAJGS award-winning webmaster Gary Perlman demonstrating how to use online tools to further your research.

The Zoom workshop, where you can ask your own question, will be limited to 25 people. The Zoom link and other details required for live participation will be sent exclusively to our Workshop Email List. To subscribe, write to workshop@....

Alternately, you can just watch a live stream of the workshop at:

We also plan to post a recording of the workshop at the same link on our You Tube channel for future viewing.

Visit our web site at

Andreas Schwab, Montreal, Canada

This week's Yizkor book excerpt on the JewishGen Facebook page #yizkorbooks #ukraine #JewishGenUpdates

Bruce Drake

This heartbreaking passage, “The Great Tragedy of Three Small Orphans,” is part of a long section in the Yizkor book of Kovel (Ukraine) titled “Thus the City Was Destroyed” by Ben-Zion Sher. The chapter revolves around the last days of life for the Jews were rounded up and held in the Great Synagogue before being taken to their deaths. This was the site of the well-known writings on the synagogue wall — the last laments and cries for vengeance penciled or scratched on the wall in Hebrew, Yiddish and Polish. (You can find the writings here:
The whole chapter from which I took this passage is a graphic account of those last days. Sher and several others managed to escape by jumping through a high window, cushioning their fall by first throwing 10 coats to the ground. The tragedy of the orphans begins when Sher encounters a woman who recognizes him and brings him to an attic where she is hiding with three children. They “lay on the floor, for they couldn't stand on their feet…they looked like living skeletons.” He managed to find and cook food for them. Four days later he returned to see if they had recovered but “When I saw them – my heart fell.”

Bruce Drake
Silver Spring, MD

Towns: Wojnilow, Kovel

Seeking help with handwriting and town name (Russian Empire) on manifest #poland #latvia #lithuania


In far right column near bottom, above "Sakolkey": Name of town looks like "Zelody" but I'm not sure. In what country would this town have been in 1908? Thanks.
Kathy Goldberg

Interpreting the Hebrew from my relative’s will #rabbinic #translation


Shalom friends,

 My relative writes the following in his will:

 ואבי זקני רבי שמואל מיום הולדו חכמתו האירה פניו ונבאו לו עתידות גדולות, כמה שהיו באמת בהגדלו. עודנו נער קטן היה כבר מתמיד ושוקד גדול בלמודו וכל רואיו התפלאו על חשקו העז בתורה. ובהגיעו לארבעה עשר שנה השיאו אביו אשה, כנהוג בימים ההם, בת איש נכבד ונשוא פנים רבי זאב וואלף ז"ל ממשפחת השל"ה הקדוש זי"ע.

Until today, I assumed this meant Rabbi Ze’ev Wolf was a direct descendant of the Shelah HaKadosh. However, it was pointed out to me that “משפחת” is technically “family of”.

Does this actually mean that Rabbi Ze’ev Wolf was not a direct descendant of the Shelah HaKadosh, but rather just related to the Horowitz family? Or am I overthinking this?

Shabbat shalom,

Yoav Aran

Re: need help with town name on passenger list #names

Steve Stein

Based on hits on Jewishgen and alternate spellings I have found, I would guess Mogilëv-Podol'skiy (Mohyliv-Podilskyy), Ukraine.

Steve Stein
Highland Park, NJ

Idea for sharing family history #photographs

Shlomo Katz

If you are like me, you have spent years, or even decades, assembling family history, only to discover that no one else in your family cares. I have learned that genealogy is either something you love, or something you think is an absolute waste of time. That can very frustrating for those of us who are in the former group.
About 9 months ago, my mother-in-law passed away. As the family genealogist, I began to sort through thousands of family pictures (my mother-in-law's, her mother's, and her grandmother's). I then started sending out a weekly WhatsApp message to the immediate family (my own immediate family and my wife's siblings and their children) entitled, "This Week in Family History." It might be about a birthday, a wedding anniversary, the day someone became an American citizen, a Holocaust related event, a Yahrzeit, etc. Each message includes a family photo, a document from JewishGen, or, etc. Previously disinterested relatives love it, and it justifies the fact that I helped myself to all those photos.
One lesson learned: Please, please, please label all your photos so that the next generation will know who these people are. I have a whole stack of photographs, in some cases more than 100 years old, whose identity is probably lost forever.
Shlomo Katz
Silver Spring, MD

Re: Request for someone with book יהדות ליטא #lithuania

Yehoshua Sivan

I seem to have a different edition of Yahadut Lita, from which I made these scans.  I don't know of they are helpful.  There is another Rabbi Ze'ev Wolf ben Rw Yizhak Eizik Avrech.  If you want I can scan that name, too.

Yehoshua Sivan

Facebook group Bessarabian/Moldavian Jewish Roots #bessarabia

Inna Vayner

I just wanted to share that our Bessarabian/Moldavian Jewish Roots group has now more than three thousand members, who are actively participating in every day discussions, share information, and assist each other with the research. If you haven't joined the group yet, here is the link

Inna Vayner

Kittsee, Austria Chevra Kadisha register #austria-czech #records


Hi all,
i recently read that the burial register (“pinkas”) of the burial society (Chevra Kadisha) of Kittsee, Austria, has been published in facsimile around 1990. Does anyone know where I may find a copy, or even what the title of the book might be?
several of my ancestors should be listed. 

thank you. 
David Dubin
Teaneck, NJ
researching WEISS Bratislava, Slovakia & Kittsee, Austria

Re: Marriage ceremonies in homes 19th century UK #unitedkingdom

Jill Whitehead

I have noticed a pattern in the incidence of home marriages as opposed to synagogue marriages in my family.  Home marriages seemed to occur under the following circumstances - 1) Poorer members of the family who were being funded by the more prosperous members 2) Family members who had been orphaned, and so did not have a parent to fund a synagogue marriage 3) Family members who had emigrated much later than the main part of the family, and so were not established in the areas they went to.  They also seemed to be more common in certain towns than others. Whether this was a reflection on the cost or availability of a synagogue wedding I do not know, but all my ancestors came over between 1865 and 1875 to Northern England or Scotland, when there were fewer synagogues to choose from.  As soon as they were established, the home weddings receded in favour of those in synagogues, until more secular choices in the 20th century, after WW2.

Jill Whitehead, Surrey, UK 

Re: Help needed understanding Hebrew text #records #translation


Hi Yoav, 

Rabbi Yehezkel Katzenellenbogen, of Altona, does not belong to this family. He is the author of Knesset Yehezkel where the grand father of the father in law of Rabbi Shmuel Chasdid is mentioned.

Best regards, 

Laurent Kassel 
Moreshet, Israel 

Marriage ceremonies in homes 19th century UK #unitedkingdom

Nettie Edwards

I’d like to know more about Jewish marriage ceremonies that took place in homes during the 18th and early 20th century. How was a location chosen? One of my family’s weddings took place in the home of the bride, another in the home id a person who appears to have been a family friend (currently doing research to ascertain if there was any closer relationship) Was there any protocol concerning choice of witnesses? Did the order of service the same form as in a Synagogue? 
thanks and best wishes,
Nettie Edwards,
Gloucestershire UK

JGS Toronto. Free Virtual Meeting. Jewish Emigration from Imperial Russia — the Forgotten Baltic Route. Sunday, 27 February 2022, at 10:30 a.m. ET. #announcements #events #russia

Jerry Scherer

Jewish Genealogical Society of Toronto



Jewish Emigration from Imperial Russia — the Forgotten Baltic Route


Dr. Nicholas Evans


Sunday, 27 February 2022, at 10:30 a.m. ET.


Virtual Meeting: Join from Home


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


This illustrated talk explores the often-forgotten port of Libau (Liepaja) enabling hundreds of thousands of Jews to flee Latvia and Lithuania between 1876 and 1917. The emergence of a major Baltic port with global shipping connections allowed Jewish refugees to bypass German ports — thereby reducing the cost of leaving imperial Russia. Jewish agents and middlemen stationed throughout their journey facilitated this mass migration, which resulted in Jews securing a home in far-flung destinations including Canada, America, Britain, Australia, and South Africa.


Our speaker is Dr. Nicholas Evans from the University of Hull. An authority on the global migration of Jews during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, he relishes sharing his knowledge with family historians on both sides of the Atlantic. He has regularly spoken at IAJGS conferences in America and Europe, and was added to the JGSGB's roll of honour for his work in tracing migrant ancestry. 



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