Translation request #poland #translation

Lea Haber Gedalia

Shalom Friends
I would appreciate a translation for the birth record  (for Nachman Lisman) attached from the town of Ujed.
Important of all is parents names and such.
Thank you
Lea Haber Gedalia, Israel

Re: Car and Driver in Lithuania #lithuania

Gail H. Marcus

This is a followup to my last message.  I contacted the guide we used, Regina Kopilevich.  She says she knows many drivers and offered to let me give you her name.

BTW, it sounds like Barbara has already lined up a guide, but for anyone who hasn't and who is thinking about a trip to this area, she was fantastic.  We spent a couple of days with her, one in Vilnius and the other on the trip to Dvinsk.  She helped us search for some genealogical records, took us to a number of sites, was flexible about going to sites of particular interest to us, and even knew people in Dvinsk and helped us make some connections there.  I'd recommend her highly.  Her email address is:  regina.kopilevich@...

Gail Marcus
Bethesda, MD

Re: Car and Driver in Lithuania #lithuania


When we were in Lithuania, we used Viljamas Zitkauskas of Jerulita.

He took us around Vilnius and drove us to Panevezys where he took us to a site where my cousin's mother's family had perished. He also was a great "fixer" in translating for us when we met the Chairman of the Panevezys Jewish Community. 

Highly recommend.

Linda Epstein
Grodno and Sokolka: TIKOTZINSKI---> EPSTEIN
Minsk: SPUND

Translation request please- gravestone #translation


Hi- I am attempting to confirm the date of birth on a gravestone. There is conflicting information provided.   

If he was born in 1876 and died in 1939, he would have been 63 and not 83. So which is the typo, the age or the DOB? If he was actually born in 1876 then he is not the person I am looking for. I know the stone is difficult to read. Any help would be greatly appreciated!  Thank you very much.

Nancy Kleinrok

Re: information on Rabbi Dov Ber Burstein, Chief Rabbi of Botosani Romania in the 1940s #romania #rabbinic

Valentin Lupu

Ber (Dov) Burstein, the Cief Rabbi of Botosani was born  to Rabbi Yichiel  Michel, the Chief Rabbi of Yedinetz. More details you may find at, page 375. Ber immigrated to Israel in 1950 and became the Chief of the Rabbinical Court in Tel Aviv. Passed away on April 8, 1971.

Valentin Lupu

Re: Cause of Death for German Relatives During the Nazi Years #germany #records

Hans Blazejewski

Some recommendations if you want to get to the bottom of the cases mentioned:

1. Get in touch with Belit Onay, the mayor of the city of Hanover (oberbuergermeister@...).
If you can make it clear to him that it is not only humanly necessary, but also to come to terms with the persecution of the Jews in Hanover, then he will certainly react.

2. The Hanover newspaper from 1935 can be viewed in the State Library of Hanover. Unfortunately not online. So you would have to find someone who reads the newspapers of the time.

3. Several Jewish institutions in Hanover:

The Jewish Communitiy in Hanover

The Liberal Jewish community in Hanover

Jewish Library in Hanover

Kind regards and good luck in your research

Hans Blazejewski

Lehrte - Germany


Re: ViewMate Translation Request #translation


A clearer photograph would make a translation MUCH easier.
Steve Goldberg
Jerusalem, Israel
Sagan/Shagan family from Veliuona (Velon), Lithuania
Goldberg family from Vidukle, Lithuania
Susselovitch/Zuselovitch family from Raseiniai (Rassein), Lithuania

U.S. PBS Series Ridley Road #usa

Jan Meisels Allen



PBS started a new series that might be of interest. It is called “Ridley Road”. The first episode of aired on May 1. 9PM ET/Pacific and  8PM Central.. However, PBS does repeat their episodes. It is best to check with your cable provider for time and dates.

Ridley road is based on Jo Bloom’s novel about a young Jewish hairdresser who fits right into London’s mod scene, while secretly infiltration the British neo-Nazi hierarchy on behalf of Jewish antifascists.


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


Re: Viewmate-1930's Service Pin #usa

Brian Kerr

It appears to me that it's more like a pin upon completion of some sort of education (like a College Graduation or something).

-- ~Brian D. Kerr, Esq | SSG, U.S. Army (Retired) | SSA, Brigade G1, U.S. Army (Retired) |>>Known Family Surnames (Researching): Dessler, Walk(Valk), Mahler (Maler), Paradisgarten (Paradisegarten), Tomasy (Thomashy), Gluck, Preisz (Priess), Steinhardt (Steinhart), Grossman (Grosman), Sholtz (Shultz), Kaplan, Bloom, Fischer (Fisher), Levy, Baum, Duwidewic, Meisal (Maisel)<<|>>Known Family Locations/Regions (of Surnames): Poland, Ukraine, Russia, Hungary, Lithuania<<|

Re: Cause of Death for German Relatives During the Nazi Years #germany #records

Andreas Schwab

The contents of German civil records at various point in time are summarized in the following table:
According to this, the cause of death was only registered from 1937 to 1958.
Pre-1867 Jewish and parish records regularly showed the cause of death.
Andreas Schwab, Montreal, Canada

Re: Cause of Death for German Relatives During the Nazi Years #germany #records

Nicole Heymans


In Germany in this era it was exceptional for cause of death to be mentioned on the civil death registration form. In the past, for Berlin deaths I found a great deal of extra details in the burial files which were held at the time by Weissensee cemetary. I understand these files have been transferred to the Berlin Jewish Community, you might want to start here

Happy hunting,

Nicole Heymans, near Brussels, Belgium

Re: Car and Driver in Lithuania #lithuania

Gail H. Marcus

We were faced with the same problem 3 years ago.  We, too, had made arrangements with a local Jewish guide/genealogist, but she didn't have transportation, and her efforts to get a driver weren't successful.  When we arrived in Vilnius, we took an Uber from the airport to our hotel.  The Uber driver spoke some English, so we asked him if he could possibly drive us around 2 days later.  He said yes.  It worked out very well.  We paid him directly, not through Uber.  He drove us to Daugavpils (Dvinsk) in Latvia, which was our next stop, and dropped us off there with our guide (who hitchhiked back later in the day).  When we started our trip with the driver, we asked him to deviate from the most direct route to Dvinsk because I had identified some small towns a short way off the direct route where a couple of my ancestors came from.  He agreed to that readily, and he was a very safe and conscientious driver, so we were very pleased with him.  

Unfortunately, I can't find his contact information.  I've sent a note to our guide to ask her if she happens to have it.  All I recall was that his name was Mantis.  I don't know if that's a common name in Lithuania, and I have no idea if or how you could get to a particular driver through Uber.  If my guide responds and has the driver's contact information, I'll share it.  If not, I just thought my story might give you another way to find a driver.  If you are staying at a hotel, the hotel might also be able to help.  

Hope some of this helps.

Gail Marcus
Bethesda, MD 

Destruction of Quaker cemetery in Mansfield NJ #general

Professor Ryesky

As the Justice Michael Musmanno noted, in Kotal v. Goldberg, 375 Pa. 397, 405, 100 A.2d 630, 634 (1953):


"Those who have no respect for the dead can have but little appreciation of the dignity of man, either living or dead."



Some people in Mansfield, New Jersey have no respect for the dead!



If this is what is being done to Quaker cemeteries in the United States, then Jewish cemeteries are surely not safe:

-- Ken Ryesky

Ken Ryesky
Petach Tikva, ISRAEL


Viewmate-1930's Service Pin #usa

Rusty Wilson

The image on Viewmate is of a service pin. It's small and looks like
it might be worn on a collar or as a tie pin. It's diamond shaped,
has the words "Esther Margolis" and "1932" embossed on it, and the
central image appears to be of two hands shaking. It is likely from
the area around Newark, NJ.

Does anyone recognize this pin or know what organization it might be from?

The link is at:

Thank you.

Rusty Wilson

Re: Departure information? Immigrant returning from NY back to home country between 1904-1908 #records


Oh wow... .Nothing worse than a good mechanism to collect the data without a good mechanism to store the data!!!

Tracy Grigoriades
Wayne, PA

ViewMate - Tombstone translation request #translation


I've posted photos of two tombstones for which I would be grateful for English translations of the Hebrew inscriptions. They are on ViewMate at the following addresses...

Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page.
Thank you, 
Barbara Hind

ViewMate translation request - Lithuanian or Russian #lithuania

Barbara Horwitz

I've posted a document in Lithuanian or Russian for which I need a translation. I am interested in knowing anything the documents say about my ancestor, Mikhael son of Leib Gurvich. There are 3 pages to the document and they are on ViewMate at the following addresses:

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

Thank you very much, 
Barbara Horwitz

Translation request - Yiddish #translation


Hello, I am looking for help translating the Yiddish greeting on the back of a New Years card found in my grandparents picture box.  The picture itself is of a man and woman.  Thank you so much.

Mike Friedman

Seeking Family Information (Newman/Miller) #lithuania #russia


Israel Newman b. 1873 and Frieda (Schlaposchinck) Newman b. ~1876 
-> Children: Harry I Newman b. ~1900, Abraham (Al) Newman b. ~1901, Celia Newman b. ~1904, Rose Newman b. ~1905, and Leon Newman b. ~1906 
Israel immigrated first in 1910 and the rest of the family immigrated in 1911 
Cannot find any records of them prior to their arrival in the U.S. 
On Israel's naturalization records it says that his name on the ship manifest was Israel Neches/Neckes/Nechis
My grandfather Stanley has always said her last name was pronounced (shleperschnik/sleperschnik) but I have not been able to locate records with that last name. 
Any help/advice is appreciated 
Samuel Miller b. 1868 and Basha (Shlaposnik/Shloposnik) Miller b. 1875 (was told they are from Vilna, but have not been able to find any records of this)
-> Children: Anna (Miller) Shapiro b. Oct 15, 1899, Dora (Miller) Kantrowitz Maisey b. ~ 1900, Barney (Possibly born Binyamin) Miller b. 1902, and Sarah Miller b. 1904 
-> Basha (Shlaposnik/Shloposnik) Miller b. 1875 had a sister named Rachael (Shlaposnik/Shloposnik) Kopelenko b. 1873 and Rachael's daughter was named Celia (Kopelenko) Pologe. 
Barney Miller married Celia Newman 
-> Children: Stanely Allen Miller b. April 19, 1927, Bernice (Bunny) (Miller) Pollack, Carol (Miller) Barrocas, Edwin Miller, Rene Sydelle (Miller) Devine (not in order) 
Any help or information would be SO helpful! Thank you in advance <3 
Contact info: 
Name: Samantha Schwartz
email: sammi.schwartz@...
phone: 305-610-4571

Re: Cause of Death for German Relatives During the Nazi Years #germany #records

Sherri Bobish


I have read that during the 1930's when the Nazi's killed people they still attempted to make the deaths seem ordinary.  They would fill out a death cert and tell the family it was a "natural" death.  It is possible that the people you are researching were killed while in custody of the Nazi's.

You are totally correct to be suspicious of these deaths.

I do not know, however, how to uncover more facts of each person's case.  Perhaps another poster may have suggestions.

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