Re: reading census last name help #names


Hi Trudy,
People have forgotten how census records were researched before the Internet behemoths.

For ferreting out vague, ill-formed names on U.S. census records, nothing beats the Soundex system created by the WPA during the Great Depression. The Soundex name indices to U.S. census records held by NARA are far better, far more accurate, far more complete, and often far more fruitful than the everyname indices created for Ancestry (non-English-speaking foreign labor) and FamilySearch (Utah volunteers). Contact NARA or your local reference librarian to see how to access this microfilm collection.

Professional genealogy firms like Accelerated Indexing Systems (AIS) published volumes with indices to names in U.S. censuses. FamilySearch has an article in its Wiki. Again, speak to a reference librarian.

Check other online name indices to the U.S. census to see if their transcribers had better luck in reading names. Might provide a clue. One good feature of these online databases is the ease of searching by first names. Then look at records in other census years to identify a cluster containing the same or several of the first names you found.

Can you read the names of neighbors? Look them up in other census years. Chances are the families may still be neighbors and this time the handwritten names are legible.

Look at directories and other records of that era. City directories often enumerate all adults living at an address and usually offer a reverse street directory. Other sources you can cross-reference to the census include property records, voter rolls, school yearbooks, and state census records.

Don't forget, too, census records are frequently woefully inaccurate. It didn't matter if names were misspelled, relationships faulty, origins mis-identified, or that women lied about their ages. Didn't impact the legal purpose of the enumeration. Furthermore, records are sealed for 72 years.

So, in general, it's good practise to check whatever you find in a census record to other sources for confirmation.

- Pat Weinthal
Massachusetts, USA

Re: HUSI, ROMANIA #romania

Valentin Lupu

Hi Rennie,
Jewishgen has a KehilaLinks website for Husi and an English translation for Husi chapter of Pinkas Kehilot Romania.
Valentin Lupu

Re: Chicago landmanshaften information on JGS of Illinois website #usa

Mike Karsen


There is a book written by one of our past members, Sid Sorkin, on
most of the Chicago Landmanshaften.

Below you will find an extract from his book. If you write to me
privately I can help you find more information.

Mike Karsen
JGSI Help Desk

Page -207-

The Kishinover Relief Society was chartered April 9, 1951. The men
listed on that charter are Herman Isaacson, Maurice Isaacson, Ben
Rothberg, Paul Grosby and Morris Miller. The permits were issued by
Jacob Pitluk and the last correspondent with the State of Illinois was
David Jacobson. There is no date recorded for dissolution of the
Relief Society.age -207-

charter are Herman Isaacson, Maurice Isaacson, Ben Rothberg, Paul
Grosby and Morris Miller. The permits were issued by Jacob Pitluk and
the last correspondent with the State of Illinois was David Jacobson.
There is no date recorded for dissolution of the Relief Society.

Re: trying to get name of jewish dentist in zvolen 1944 #general


Dear Tzipporah,

I don't have a directory for Slovakia from 1944.
The closest I can get are the following:
  • The 1938 lists of doctors in Czechoslovakia which has a MUDr. Ladislav Kemeny listed as a dentist (stomatolog).
  • The 1940 telephone book for Slovakia also lists him with his practice's street address as Zochova 3.
Of course, something might have changed in the ensuing four years.

I also can't find a Zochova Street in Zvolen today. So, either it was destroyed or renamed.

I hope that helps.

Rick Pinard, Prague

Re: Volhynia Gubernia Revision Lists #ukraine #JewishGenUpdates

Jeffrey Herrmann

If they recorded arrivals and departures, was there also a list of people who had not moved?  It would not be a census if it only recorded changes of abode.
Jeffrey Herrmann

Translation: German shorthand #translation


I've posted two sides of a postcard written in German shorthand. It was sent by a woman in Berlin to her daughter in California shortly after the latter's immigration., and is dated June 1938. (The writer never made it out of Germany and was murdered in 1942 by the Nazis.)
Mother and daughter occasionally communicated in shorthand, sometimes inserting other characters or abbreviations that were part of their personal code. This particular card was among the daughter's paper's when she died in the U.S. at age 100+.
Both sides are available at    
and  respectively.
Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page.

Thank you very much,
Judith Lipmanson
Smyrna, Delaware, U.S.A.


Re: Help needed locating Żychlin Book of Residents scans #records #lodz #poland

Arlene Beare

Chloe You can find records for Zychlin online in the Polish Archives. I do not know where you can find  records for the Book of Residents as I too found  family indexed online at the jri-pl site.
You may also be interested in the Zychlin Memorial Book. I received this notification-

We are pleased to inform you that the translation of the Zychlin Yizkor book translation has been completed. All the chapters have now been posted online:

Arlene Beare UK

Scher (Lithuania Latvia) Berman (Lithuania Latvia) ) Blum Lithuania and Latvia)

Samuels (England and  Wales -name in Poland Trzmil from Zychlin) Kaplan (Latvia)  

Dembinski Zychlin Poland Kohn Zychlin



Kandava, Kurland, Latvia #latvia


I am seeking information on the town of Kandava, orcKandu in the Tukums region of Kurland, Latvia. Specifically the Moshe and Jenny Apflebaum family.
Janice Apple Malett

Trade and Persecution: Three merchants between Lisbon and London #events #sephardic #unitedkingdom


The trajectories of Gabriel Lopes Pinheiro, Diogo de Aguilar and Fernando
Dias Fernandes

In February 1723, thirteen New Christian/Jewish merchants and businesses
signed the paperwork of a ship transporting gold to the merchant John
Goodall in England. At the time, most of the gold entering the English
market came from Brazil via Lisbon. These merchants were part of a group of
56 businessmen involved in Anglo-Portuguese commerce. Looking at the
thirteen names, we find the Pereira & Lima and the Joseph & Daniel Viana
partnerships, as well as a merchant named Miguel Viana. Behind these names
are Diogo Lopes Pereira, alias Diego de Aguilar (later, Baron d'Aguilar),
Gabriel Lopes Pinheiro, and Fernando Dias Fernandes, three Iberian merchants
that had arrived in London a few years before.

The Portuguese Inquisition had caused them to leave Portugal and rebuild
their lives and businesses in London (and, in the case of Diego d'Aguilar,
also in Vienna). They were part of an influx that impacted the Jewish
community of London in the early 18th Century. Their lives reveal the
motivations, dynamics, and consequences of this migration. Carla Vieira will
discuss their crisscrossed trajectories, which illustrate the impact of the
Inquisition on this group of Lisbon merchants and the pattern of the
Sephardic 18th Century migration to London.

Carla Vieira is a senior researcher at the CHAM – Center for the Humanities,
FCSH, Universidade Nova de Lisboa. She is also a researcher at the Cátedra
de Estudos Sefarditas Alberto Benveniste (School of Arts and Humanities,
Universidade de Lisboa) and editor of the journal Cadernos de Estudos
Sefarditas. Her research has focused on the history of conversos in Portugal
and the Western Sephardic diaspora in the Atlantic space. At the moment, she
is developing the post-doctoral project "Nation between Empires. Sephardic
Diaspora and the Anglo-Portuguese alliance (first half of the 18th
century)", sponsored by Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia
(SFRH/BPD/109606/2015). She is also the principal investigator of the
project Western Sephardic Diaspora Roadmap.

The meeting is on Sunday 13 February 2022, at 11am in LA, 2pm NYC, 7pm
London, 8pm Paris/Amsterdam, and 9pm Jerusalem. Patrons can join us on Zoom.
The link is shared at our Patreon page at:

Everyone is invited to join us for free at: Please subscribe to
the YouTube channel. It helps us a lot and reminds you when we are going

Over the last two years, Sephardic World has become the leading forum for
learning about Sephardic history and genealogy. We have no commercial
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consider supporting our work:

Best wishes,

David Mendoza and Ton Tielen
Sephardic World
Sephardic Genealogical Society

Re: Holocaust Survivor Lists Digitized for the First Time #announcements #holocaust #records

Yossi Jalas

Indeed, this is confusing. This book was published in 1945 whereas the book in JewishGen's database seems to have been published in 1946. Also, the page numbers are not the same.

Is this book an earlier version of the one on JewishGen?

Hopefully someone here can clarify.

Yossi Jalas

Re: Har Jehuda Cemetery, Philadelphia, PA-Request for Headstone Photo #usa

Rebecca Parmet

Yes.  I can help you.  Going there soon.  Sending you a private message.

Rebecca Parmet
Havertown, PA

Re: Warsaw High School #poland

Frank Szmulowicz

Here is an example of high school no. 6 in Warsaw

I am not familiar with wearing school numbers (if that is what it is) on the caps, in particular for high schools. Caps like that I thought were associated with university students. After the war (my period), we wore school insignia on the upper arm, but that was for elementary schools and high schools. It was not an element of school pride but a means for ordinary citizens to identify a student and report him/her to the school in case of misbehavior in public.

What is the age of the people in the photo?

Frank Szmulowicz

Head of Jewish community? #poland #general

Helen Gottesman

Community? Grandfather  Aleksander Dobrin was head of the Jewish community in Tuchola Poland. He passed in 1928.
Does anyone know what that entailed?



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

Re: reading census last name help #names

EdrieAnne Broughton

One other note, Anna May Burge was married and it gave her husband's name (Amos Gritton) but the name on the stone is her maiden name for whatever reason.  Amos died in 1938.  He was a policeman and the death was accidental when cleaning a loaded gun.  In his short life he was married 4 times, divorced 3 times.
   EdrieAnne Broughton, Vacaville, California

Re: 19th C Vital Records From Galicia Located In Poland #poland #records #ukraine #galicia

Mark Halpern

Hi Scott:

All the towns you listed have records that have been indexed by JRI-Poland and some of those towns have records that have been indexed by Gesher Galicia. Both organizations are independent organizations not affiliated with JewishGen. 

If you are only interested in vital records, JRI-Poland and Gesher Galicia have you covered. Search JRI-Poland at and Gesher Galicia at

If you are interested in other types of records, Miriam Weiner's Routes to Roots Foundation has an Archival database reached by clicking on "Archive Documents." Also search the fairly new surnames database by clicking on "Search by surname." 

Please write to me privately for more information about the records of those towns. 

Mark Halpern
JRI-Poland Coordinator for Lwow, Stanislawow, and Tarnopol Areas

On 2022-02-09 4:58 pm, Scott Familant via wrote:

I am primarily looking for 19th C (or earlier) records on my family. I’ve listed the shtetls and surnames below. I understand that some records may be held in the Polish archives and not available on-line, e.g., JewishGen.
Can anyone tell me if it would be worth digging in deeper to see what there may be in Poland? Any recommendations on a researcher I could use to help me assess what there may be?
Gryzmolow, Kopychintski, Pidvolychsk, Zadniskowa – Dressler
Berezhany, Bolszowce, Rohatyn, Stratyn – Emmer, Spring

Many thx.

Scott Familant, NYC

Translation Needed - Yiddish #translation #yiddish

Larry Rosensweig <larry.rosensweig@...>

I request a translation of the Yiddish text on a letter. The letter is in two parts, accompanied by a photograph.  They are on ViewMate at the following addresses:  

Please respond using the online ViewMate form.

Thank you so much,


Larry Rosensweig

Reminder: Svencionys BOF Zoom Meeting February 13 #lithuania #events

Rhoda Miller

LitvakSIG is providing a series of online Birds of a Feather (BOF) sessions
for the various districts in Lithuania.  These informational sessions are
open to the public.  Some District Research Groups will also be holding
similar sessions at the annual IAJGS conference.

The BOF session for the Svencionys district will be held over Zoom on Sunday,
February 13, at 12:00 noon EST.

The Svencionys district includes the following towns:
Adutiškis, Ignalina, Kaltanenai, Kamelishki (Belarus), Kobylniki aka Naroch (Belarus), Komai (Belarus),
Linkmenys, Lyntupy (Belarus), Mielagėnai, Naujasis Daugeliškis, Pabrade,
Stajetiške, Švenčioneliai, Švenčionys, Svir (Belarus), and Zhodzishki (Belarus).

BOF sessions will be recorded and publicly available for a limited time.
After that, they will be available to qualified contributors to the District
Research Groups, for which contributions are made through the page

To register for the Svencionys district BOF session, which is free to all,
please click on the following link:
or use the tiny URL: 

Rhoda Miller
Svencionys District Research Coordinator

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

Marguerite Kealey

Sunday February 13, 2022

1-3 pm PT

Zoom Meeting


 Scandals, Shandehs, and Lies:The Stories Families Don't Tell
Renee Steinig

  •  1:00 PM - 3:00 PMRenee 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.     

This is a free event for members

Non-members: We ask for a small donation ($5In order to register for the presentations, go to our website Welcome to the San Diego Jewish Genealogy Website ( and follow the registration directions
Marguerite Kealey, Publicity Chair
San Diego Jewish Genealogical Society
San Diego County, CA

ViewMate translation request - Russian & Polish #translation

Terry Ashton

Dear Jenners,
I'm reposting 2 vital records which need translating and hopefully someone will be able to translate each record for me.

The Polish record is on ViewMate at the following address ...

The Russian record is on ViewMate at the following address ...

Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page.
Thank you very much.

Ms Terry Ashton, Australia

Re: Holocaust Survivor Lists Digitized for the First Time #announcements #holocaust #records

Miriam Bulwar David-Hay

I’m really confused by this announcement. Aren’t the Shearit Hapletah names already digitized and searchable in JewishGen’s own Holocaust database?
Miriam Bulwar David-Hay,
Raanana, Israel.
Professional journalist, writer, editor, proofreader.
Professional translator (Hebrew/Yiddish to English).
Certified guide, Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial and Museum.
Email: miriambdh@...

Researching: BULWA/BULWAR (Rawa Mazowiecka, Lodz, Paris); FRENKIEL/FRENKEL, FERLIPTER/VERLIEBTER (Belz); KALUSZYNER, KUSMIERSKI, KASZKIET, KUZKA, JABLONKA, RZETELNY, WROBEL (Kaluszyn, Lodz); KRYSKA/KRYSZKA, CHABIELSKI/HABELSKI (Sieradz, Lodz); LICHTENSZTAJN (Kiernozia, Wyszogrod, Lodz); ROZENBERG (Przedborz, Lodz); WAKS (Nowe Miasto nad Pilica, Lodz); PELCMAN, STORCZ (Rawa Mazowiecka); SOBEL (Paris); SAPIR/SZAFIR (Wyszogrod).  

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