Re: relocation in the North Pale in the late 19th century #belarus #lithuania

Adam Cherson

I found some info on the Ukrainian lines: "The first railroad in Russian-ruled Ukraine was built in 1865. It ran from Balta to Odesa. In 1868 it was extended to Yelysavethrad and from there through Kremenchuk to Kyiv (1872). By then Kyiv had been connected by rail to Moscow (1869)...In 1870 Kyiv was connected with Odesa through Zhmerynka and with Moscow through Konotop."
This Libau-Romny line just a few years later was more direct between Vilna and Romny (from Romny to Odessa pehaps involved a stage-coach to Konotop for connection to the above line to Odessa).

Anyhow, it seems that by the mid 1870s it would have been possible to travel by rail more or less directly to and from Vilna and Odessa. The mode of travel used in the earlier 19th Century (when the Jewish Agricultural Colonies first went into effect) may have been overland by horse driven carriage (ouch) and river between Kyiv and Odessa.

I'm sure there is much more to is than the surface I've scratched but at least I have a vague notion that my ggf could have travelled by train as a young man from Kherson to Vilna.

Thanks for the insights.
Adam Cherson

headstone/I.D. #israel

mike yesnes

From: Mike Yesnes
I.D. # 


Have person who died in 1963 in Israel.
Buried in the Har Hamechot Cemetery in Jerusalem,Israel.
Avraham Segal is buried next to his wife Roschele Segal.
She may have died in the mid 1970's.
Looking to obtain Avraham Segal's death certificate from the Ministry of Interior in Israel.
Looking for his headstone picture/information on the website.
Hoping to get his I.D. # that is listed with the information?,.......or maybe there is another way to get the I.D. #?
This information is required by the Ministry of Interior in order to obtain Avraham Segal's death certificate.
Would appreciate your help.
Thank you.


Mike Yesnes

Santa Cruz JGS Invites you to a Double Presentation with Speaker: Dr. Steve Morse, PhD.: #jgs-iajgs #announcements

beth lozano

Santa Cruz Jewish Genealogy Society  invites you to  

DOUBLE PRESENTATION with Speaker: Dr. Steve Morse, PhD.

One-Step Webpages: A Potpourri of Genealogical Search Tools 


Getting Ready For The 1950 Census

Sunday April 3, 1pm Pacific Time/ 4pm Eastern

Guest RSVP: 

Free to Members, $5.00 to Guests 

Description:  The One-Step website started out as an aid for finding passengers in the Ellis Island database.  Shortly afterwards it  was expanded to help with searching in the 1930 census.  Over the years it has continued to evolve and today includes  about 300 web-based tools divided into 16 separate categories ranging from genealogical searches to astronomical calculations to last-minute bidding on ebay.  This presentation will describe the range of tools available and give the highlights of each one. 

Description: When the 1950 census will be released in April 2022, it will not have a name index. So finding people in the census will involve searching by location instead. Even when a name index becomes available, there will still be many reasons for  doing locational searches.  The census is organized by Enumeration Districts (EDs), so the location needs to be converted  to an ED before the census can be accessed. The One-Step website contains numerous tools for obtaining EDs. This talk will present the various tools and show circumstances in which each can be use.

Bio: Dr. Steve Morse, PhD., creator of the “One-Step” web pages, has been a mainstay of genealogy research, inventing many tools that ease research work for both the novice and the experienced genealogist. He managed to get to use his approach in order to ease research on that site and has developed special tools that help handle data as each new U.S. census has been released. For details on his enormous number of research aids.

Zoom link will be sent to your email the week of the event, please check your Spam folder.

For more information or membership information membership.scjgs@...

co-sponsor- Chadeish Yameinu

Beth Lozano, Publicity SCJGS


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Beth Lozano

Winterswijk #holocaust #names #records


I am having difficulty confirming some information. I am looking for the grave of Lea (Leah) Moses, she died on 10 March 1940 in Winterswijk and is supposedly buried in the Jewish cemetery there according to a project undertaken by the Winterswijk Synagogue. Does anyone have any lists of names for this cemetery to confirm if she is there? Her husband Hermann Moses was deported to Auschwitz in January 1943. The Stolpersteine database state that there are no records as to what happened to Lea, so there is a discrepancy here. I am also looking for any information related to Sara Rath, who was also in Winterswijk and was the younger sister of Lea Moses (nee Rath). The family had fled here from Eschweiler in 1939, and it is believed Sara survived the war in hiding, but we have no further information. Any information gratefully received.

Laura Harrison
Wales, United Kingdom

Search based on Teplice, Czechoslovakia #austria-czech

David Lewin

Have you any information about any of the following who lived in
Teplice, Czechoslovakia ??

Husak Ladislav Teplice, CZ
Husak Olga - Teplice, CZ

Hypsova Marie - Teplice, CZ

Koehlerova Klara

Kolar Anna
Kolar Ondrej

Kunova Bedriska The Corso Venice, USA

Lederer Julius Tel Aviv, Israel
Ledererova Hedvika Tel Aviv, Israel

Lendl Jan Teplice, CZ

Loewyova Mariana

Tenopir Michal Teplice, CZ

Thank you

David Lewin

Re: Kindertransport Munich to Brussels #germany #holocaust

Lewis, Megan

Belgium had a Police for Foreigners.  Philip Trauring has information about their archives on his website  Gershon Lehrer provided information in this 2011 discussion list post.

Megan Lewis
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Re: Viewmate 97811 - Translation of Hebrew script on headstone #translation


Good  morning,

Here lies or here is buried (two letter abbreviation on top)

Nachum Aryeh son of reb Yesha’yahu Gavriel

Shalom, Malka Chosnek


Re: Reason for name change #usa #names

Judith Singer

Another motivation might have been that ROSEN sounded German-Jewish while JERUZALEMSKY was clearly Eastern European Jewish. German Jews , most of whom had emigrated earlier and were more assimilated, were regarded more highly i the U.S. and Engalnd than recemt Eastern European Jewish immigrants who retained many of their Old World customs. You didn't mention if the name change occurred in connection with or after emigration, but if so, the radical attitudes were likely a factor.

Rosen and related names (Rosenbefg, Rosenstein, etc.) were far more common than Jeruzalemsky.

Judith Singer

searching CHARNEY and variations in Lithuania, South Africa, and the  U.S.

Viewmate 97811 - Translation of Hebrew script on headstone #translation

Alan Reische

My paternal grandfather's headstone is pictured at I've
requested translation of the Hebrew script and have already received one
very helpful response. I look forward with interest to other thoughts
and comments as well.

Alan Reische

Manchester NH


Re: FRAGER, POLTORAK, and HAKMAN in Volhynia; looking for DOLGOSELIA (Long Village), RIVNE and RADYVYLIV #ukraine


I attached a record for Pinchas Poltorak who in 1939 lived at Hallera 67, Rovno.
The source is the 1939 City Tax Book: 1939_рік._Податковий_перепис_євреїв_міста_Рівне_з_адресою
See the URL attached as-well.

Thank you Alex Krakovsky for publishing this important document
Meir Razy
Kisfajn / Sfard / Rothenberg / Ruttenberg / Rojtenberg in Rovno,Volhynia
Ross in Dubno,Volhynia

Re: Russian Uniform #belarus


My Grandfather, Sender Levin, who lived in Vinnitsa, fought in the Russo-Japanese war in 1904 and likely wore a similar uniform. 
Gary E. Levin

Re: German Translation Request -- document relating to the Holocaust in Rezekne, Latvia #holocaust #translation

Reuven Mohr

on page 3, 4.) [38] there is a report of Aug 5, 1941 that in the early morning in Rositten 'several hundred' Jews where shot by the 'Lettischer Selbstschutz', based on an order by the 'SD'. 

on page 4. 6.) [37?] the same event might be reported, or another one, since no date is legible.
"in the morning 200 communists and Jews from the county of Rositten were shot by the 'Lettischer Selbstschutz', which caused some indignation."
it continues about the suffering of the locals from communist Jews, and that the Germans rescued the locals from them. But I don't understand the 'indigation', if the locals were 'rescued'. It seems the indignation was on the side of the Germans, who 'could not imagine the suffering of the locals before the rescuing Germans arrived'. 

Reuven Mohr

Re: Johann Ludwig Geldmacher #germany

Robert Weinberg

Dear Dennis, My grandfather, with whom I grew up, was from Wolfhagen as were his ancestors for the previous century.  There was a history of the Jews in W. (chapter in a history book of W.) and I'm almost positive that, among the lists of Jews in W., there was no Geldmacher, an unusual name to be sure.  I would also opine that J.L. Geldmacher was not a Jew, since the name "Johann" was never ever used by Jews in Germany, even in more modern times,; Ludwig was used in more modern times by Jews but never in 18th century W. by the Jews, who were religiously very very conservative and used at the time given names that were essential exclusively biblical or post-biblical Jewish  (Hebrew or Judeo-German) names. I fear that this website will not be of much use to you. Perhaps some Googling using the Wolfhagen term will turn something up, e.g., church baptismal records.   Good luck and best wishes, Bob Weinberg, Brookline MA

Translation request - Polish or Russian #translation

Ronen Laufer

I've posted a vital record in Polish or Russian (not sure) 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,
Ronen Laufer

Re: Advice on finding record for a Siegburg marriage in a cathedral? #germany

W. Fritzsche

Dear Michael,
in addition to what Andreas Schwab wrote: In Germany, church records are also available, mostly in the local parishes and/or in the higher-level church record archive.
Wolfgang Fritzsche, prof. genealogist, Germany, near to Mainz/Wiesbaden

Re: UK registration of Jewish births #unitedkingdom


Further to Harvey's suggestions, it maybe worthwhile to explore variations of Sapiere.  Freebmd ( has a very good free search of English birth indexes with very flexible wild card options.  For these early births, Freebmd does not give mother's maiden name but you can feed the information into the General Register Office (GRO) birth record search ( which does give mother's maiden name.  If you find a birth record on GRO you can order a pdf copy (for a fee).

The following births look promising Harris SAPIERE 1884 Leeds, Betsey SAPIERE 1886 Huddersfield, Jacob Wolf SAPPERI 1890 Leeds, Leah SAPPERI 1892 Leeds, Rachel SAPERIA 1894 Leeds.

I believe I have also found the family on Ancestry in the 1891 census under the name Saperia (transcribed by Ancestry as Saperid)
Marsha Rosenberg London UK

Viewmate #97815 - translation (? Polish) #translation

Robert Fraser

This is an inscription on the back of a family photo. I don't know the language; it may be Polish. The date is probably early 1900s. If it helps, the man was a bandsman in the Russian army.

A translation would be greatly appreciated.


Please respond via Viewmate application


Gina Fraser
Perth, Western Australia

Viewmate Translations from Cyrillic Russian requested - WAGNER (ZYLBERBERG) families #poland #translation


I posted 5 images on ViewMate for my WAGNER (Zylberberg) family from South-East Poland (Lublin/Zamosc).

The images are at :

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

JGS Great Britain Specialist Talk – “Digitising Your Archives” by Harry Sassoon #events #general

Peter Heilbrunn

JGS Great Britain  Specialist Talk – Sun Mar 27th 2022 2pm – “Digitising Your Archives” by Harry Sassoon

Our next Sunday meeting in the JGSGB Virtual Meeting Programme is a specialist talk on a digital theme by Zoom.
• Date: Sunday March 27th 2021
• Time: 14:00 London; 09:00 New York; 16:00 Jerusalem; 15:00 Switzerland
• Title: "Digitising Your Archives"
• Speaker: Harry Sassoon
• Description: Harry will be speaking on the importance of digitising your archives, including topics such as sharing, security and the age-old question - where do I begin?
In this discussion, we will be talking about different forms of archives, such as documents, photos, tapes and more, the processes for digitising and organising them, best practices as well as how to keep everything safe and future-proof.

About Harry Sassoon
Harry Sassoon lives in Harpenden, Hertfordshire, is 28 years old; a cyber security professional, co-founder of The Scannery and a self proclaimed advanced amateur genealogist since 2016.
After the talk, there will be an opportunity for Q& A on the talk.

The invitation for non-members to register is  The fee is £5
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.


Peter Heilbrunn
Amersham, England

Re: relocation in the North Pale in the late 19th century #belarus #lithuania

Yehuda Berman

My father was born in Tomashpol, Ukraine in 1885 but when he was 3 years old his parents moved 200 kilometers away to Kishinev, Bessarabia, presumably by train, in what is now Moldava. He was saved in the 1903 Kishinev Pogrom because he spent that Pesach with his paternal grandparents in Tomashpol.
Yehuda Berman

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