Ruble value value in 1900? #lithuania


Hello,  I have found a marriage record for 1898 in Lida, Vilnius that indicates that the couple (both widowed) gave 100 rubles each to the rabbis.  They were listed as petite bourgeois.  I think the man was a bookbinder.  So, was this a lot of money? I can find the exchange rate, but I hope someone knows enough about income for town Jews to know whether this was a lot of money. I appreciate it!
Lynn Dumenil

Dr. Neville Yosef Lamdan, z'l. #JewishGenUpdates

Avraham Groll

Dear JewishGen Community,
We were deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Dr. Neville Yosef Lamdan, z'l.

A career diplomat, he spoke multiple languages and became an active member of the Jewish genealogical community both as a participant, and active contributor of content, articles and records. In 2006, he helped establish the International Institute for Jewish Genealogy (IIJG) and Paul Jacobi Center in Israel, which aims to develop Jewish genealogy into a recognized field of academic pursuit. He served as the founding Director through 2012, and then as Chair until last year. 
He was an engaging speaker at various International Jewish Genealogical conferences over the years, and always accessible to talk in between sessions. For his many contributions, he was the recipient of the IAJGS Lifetime Achievement award in 2013.

We send our sincere condolences to Dr. Lamdan's family. He was a great friend of Jewish genealogy, and will be deeply missed. May his family be comforted amongst the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem.
Avraham Groll, Executive Director
on behalf of the JewishGen Team

Re: Genealogy Keepsake #general


I'd strongly caution against entering any family memorabilia, photographs and stories into any of these portals - or at least if you did get consent from every single person and their descendants (and they would be fools if they agreed). 
Nobody needs their private memories and photographs monetised (or to be baptised), and no matter how private they say it is, history shows that it would be a lie. 

Use proper typesetting software (Latex, or several others). 


Aubrey Blumson
Yorkshire, UK


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

Hallie Metzger

To all: Thank you so much for all these responses! It's incredible that this story actually has some truth The responses have given me a wealth of leads to follow up and the hope that I might even find my great-grandfather somewhere on a manifest. Hallie Metzger, 716198 halmetz@...

Re: Can someone show how our name MESCHMAR is written in Cyrillic? #ukraine #names

Denise Suttle

Mike Vayser--this is very helpful, and you have uncovered a completely new relative's name in your reply! I have not seen the 1900 marriage of Fanya Meshmar to Gershka Abrashkov, and need to find this data. It does not come up in my searches on Can you please direct me to your source? Yes, the other couple (Moysey to Dobrysh) are my paternal grandparents. I am so excited to learn of a new aunt & uncle!  Thank you.
Denise Suttle

Re: Somewhat crazy questions for this place #dna

Robert Hanna

I don't trust the information from MyHeritage.  In addition to Ashkenazi Jewish and North and West European, they have me as Italian 3.2% and Mesoamerican and Andean 1.7%.  I was willing to accept Italian (if it were a miniscule percent), but not 3.2%, and I don't know how Mesoamerican and Andean are at all possible.  My DNA is on several other sites and on those I am 100% Ashkenazi.  All I can figure is some distant relatives from my distant past moved to Italy or Medoamerica.

Robert Hanna


Svencionys BOF Recording #lithuania

Rhoda Miller

LitvakSIG's Svencionys District Research Group held a virtual program on
February 13.  The presentation provided background on Lithuania,
Svencionys, and the LitvakSIG organization and its website. There was also a case study in using the resources available through to make new discoveries about your Jewish ancestors in Svencionys and nearby towns.

A recording of the program, about one hour long, is available for 30 days.  You may access the recording on the LitvakSIG home page at

Qualified contributors to the Svencionys District Research Group will have continued access to the session recording and to a PDF file with the PowerPoint slides of the presentation, located on the News tab of the district website.

Rhoda Miller

Coordinator, LitvakSIG Svencionys 
District Research Group

Re: DNA for Horowitz to Barcelona and to Rabbi Yeshaya Halevi Horovitz - the Shela #dna

David Mendoza

Randy Schoenberg discussed the Horowitz family's Sephardic claims at a Sephardic World meeting last year,

Best wishes,

David Mendoza

Re: Montefiore Cemetery photos (Queens, NY) #photographs #usa

Robert Hanna

I have found that a lot of the graves at Old Montefiore Cemetery are not listed in the online database.  I was there last summer to photograph a particular gravestone.  There was one other grave listed in the database in that section with the same last name.  When I got there I searched through that section and found 4 or 5 other graves with the same last name.  I then checked another section where I have relatives buried and found other relatives who were not listed in the online database.  I don't know if the office has them listed; I didn't check.

Robert Hanna


Genealogy Keepsake #general

Carl Kaplan

I was wondering what Genealogy platforms and services offer something like a book (or other keepsake) of my family history. I tend to just print out whatever I find. I am looking for something more presentable at a family reunion. Thanks.
Carl Kaplan

KAPLAN Minsk, Belarus
EDELSON, EDINBURG Kovno, Lithuania

Re: Looking for info on BOROS family of Arad, Romania #hungary #romania

Vivian Kahn

JewishGen Hungary database includes records from two families from Arad who changed their surname. One was originally PFFERKORN and the other was HACKER. 
Vivian Kahn, Director
JewishGen Hungarian Division

Death Certificates from Palestine #israel


I have been trying (fruitlessly so far) to get two death certificates from Palestine from 1916 and 1928.  The first one is likely to be in Arabic characters, but that's OK.  There are online forms but they ask for identification numbers and do not seem to have any provision for non-Israelis ordering them.  These two people are buried on the Mount of Olives, where I have also struck out so far on pictures.

Any suggestions would be welcome.
Carol Isenberg Clingan
Dedham MA

Re: visa file:Uscis I ordered this record 3 years ago and still have not seen it. #records

Sarah L Meyer

While I appreciate the health of the federal employees has to come first, I believe that the issue is two fold:  First the lack of honesty about the timeline and second keeping the funds for 2+ years without any real indication of when the service can be provided.  I suggest that USCIS refund the funds for everyone whose request is indefinitely delayed.  At the point when the storage facilities re-open, they can email people and ask them if they are still interested in the document(s) and bill them then.
Sarah L Meyer
Georgetown TX
BIRGARDOVSKY, EDELBERG, HITE (CHAIT), PERCHIK Russia (southern Ukraine) and some Latvia or Lithuania

Re: Researching grandfather, Samuel GROSSMAN. born in Miskolc ? Hungary #hungary #general

Brian Kerr

I've got someone in my Family Tree (who's my 2x Great Grandfather) named "William Grossman".

He was was born on 15 Sep 1867 in Minsk Mazowiecki, Mazowieckie, Poland.

Hmmm... :-D

-- V/R, Brian D. Kerr, Esq SSG, U.S. Army (Retired) SSA, Brigade G1, U.S. Army (Retired)

Re: Recieving records from Romania #romania #israel

michele shari

Hi Shimi,
Contact Beth Long. She is a researcher who has a lot of Romanian records and someone who goes to the archive to photograph them. In the US we paid her via Zelle. Perhaps she can get you what you need. She was very reasonable and got me records that I would have never been able to get on my own.

Michele Farkas
Boynton Beach, FL (formerly NY)

researching Farkas in Transylvania/Hungary (Carei, Tasnad, Cluj, Kisvarda, Margitta, Satumare), Weiszhauz/Weisshaus (Vamospercs), Rosenfeld (Vamospercs), Isak/Izsak, Taussig/Tauszik, Schein, Pollak (married Farkas), Jakab (married Farkas)

Researching Stauber/Stober/Shtauber (Viseu and surrounding towns, Maramures, Romania), Deutsch, Malek/Malec, Fischman, Genud/Genuth, Apter, Herstik/Hershtik/Herstig, Teszler/Tessler, Davidovici, Ganz/Gancz, Paszternak, Feig, Pollak, Jakab

Researching Kaufman, Horowitz, Hurwitz/Gurevitz, Potashnik/Potasnik/Perlman, Perlmutter/Perelmutter, Lipsky, Leykin/Leikin, from Gomel, Minsk/Russia, Rosen and Resnick from Russia

Re: Somewhat crazy questions for this place #dna

Phil Karlin

Here's a blog post from MyHeritage on how they do it:
Basically they start with their users, pick some based on geographic information in their trees, and analyze from there.

Phil Karlin
Hartford, CT USA

Re: Somewhat crazy questions for this place #dna

r na

I think this article will answer all your questions:
DNA Explained is really interesting for all things genetic genealogy.

Rivka C Goldblatt, UK

Re: Identifying location of Zahack Bereg, Czechoslovakia #austria-czech

Vivian Kahn

Probably Hatmeg in Bereg megye (Hungary), which became part of the new nation of Czechoslovakia after World War I and is now Zahattya, Ukraine. 
Vivian Kahn, Santa Rosa, California
Researching families including:
BERKOVICS/BERKOWITZ/ROTH/GROSZ. Avas Ujvaros, Hungary/Orasu Nou, Romania
KAHAN/JOSIPOVITS/DUB, Sziget, Kabolacsarda, Nagyvarad, Hungary/Sighet, Ciarda, Oradea, Romania
KOHN/Zbegnyo/ Zbehnov, Tarnoka/Trnavka, Slovakia; Cleveland  LEFKOVITS/Kolbasa/Brezina, Slovakia
MOSKOVITS/Honkocz, Szobranc, Osztro, Kassa, Hungary/Chonkovce, Sobrance, Ostrov, Kosice, Slov., Nyiregyhaza, Hungary
ELOVITS/Hornya, Hungary/Horna, Slovakia
NEUMANN/Szeretva, Kereszt, Nagymihaly, Miskolc, Hung./Sobrance, Kristy, Stretavka, Michalovce, Slov. 
POLACSEK/Hunfalu, Hungary/Huncovce, Slovakia
SPITZ/Nikolsburg/Mikulov, Prosnitz/Prostejov, Moravia/Czech Republic; Kismarton/Eisenstadt, Hungary/Austria; Hunfalu,Hungary//Huncovce, Slovakia

Re: Researching grandfather, Samuel GROSSMAN. born in Miskolc ? Hungary #hungary #general


Hi Mr Grossman                                                                              16th February 2022

I happen to visit Miskolc --in Hungary  on countless occasions in my childhood/teenage years.
There was a beautiful vibrant Kehila  even after the war.

My late father--Moishe Friedman is buried in the Miskolc Orthodox Cemetery.

While I--VP--do not recall anybody with the Grossman name in Miskolc
I will try to reach a nee Feiga  Weisz who presently lives in the USA.

Feiga Weisz late father was the -Rosh Hakol--in Miskolc after the war. 

I also would like to mention: there was a Sandor Grossman in TARCAL Hungary--his wife--Piri neni ( Aunt Piri)
They like all Jewish Families had an 'open' welcoming door to All--after the war.

The word(s) Magyar--mean Hungarian --in Hungarian
The Word 'HUN'   might be the shorter version of the word Hungarian or from Hungary
I wonder, might be referring to the HUN-UGOR--origin of the Hungarian Tribe?

If you would like me to help you with translations--please e-mail me the original Hungarian cope

I also would like to mention that you can try to contact the Regional Archives in Miskolc and in Satoraljaujhely  -in Hungary.
Importantly ; I would like to mention to All  at Jewish Gen--
There is till an active Kehila in MISKOLC  today

Wishing you success in your research

Best wishes to All at Jewish Gen

Kind Regards
Veronika Pachtinger
London --UK: paveanyu@...

Re: town name Bresthy in Romania #romania #general


Could be Brestea.

David Rosen
Boston, MA

On 2/15/2022 11:49 PM, mike yesnes via wrote:


Being told town was Bresthy in Romania, don't see it. Near Bucharest.
What town might this be?
Would appreciate your help.
Thank you.

Mike Yesnes

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