Re: U.S. PBS Series Ridley Road #usa

Alan Cohen

I haven't read the book or watched the series so don't know how true or not the story is but my mother-in-law used to go shopping in Ridley Road every week in the 1960s and I don't remember her ever talking about anti-semitic incidents.
Alan Cohen

Re: Artificial Intelligence Is Helping Make Arolsen Documents More Accessible #holocaust

Relly coleman

When/how often does Arolsen post newly indexed documents online?
Relly Coleman

Re: Translation request please- gravestone #translation

Valentin Lupu

The inscription on the bottom is clearly 20.11.1939, therefore the Hebrew date is correct.
Valentin Lupu

Santa Cruz JGS Invites you to Part 1: Updated: Help! I Just Got My DNA Results and I’m Confused with Gil Bardige #announcements #dna

beth lozano

Santa Cruz Jewish Genealogy Society 

Events:  Part 1: Updated: Help! I Just Got My DNA Results and I’m Confused-Prioritize your match list, get organized and reduce stress and confusion


Speaker: Gil Bardige

Sunday May 22, 1pm Pacific Time/ 4pm Eastern

Description: This first presentation in a two-part series is A MUST for the serious ancestral researcher.  This presentation, geared for the beginner through intermediate researcher, will provide specific guidance on how to use DNA/Genetic Genealogy as an effective tool in your genealogy tool belt.  Gil will review examples from the four major DNA testing companies to clarify ethnicity estimates and give a detailed review of the specific tools available with each testing company.  With these recommended formulas, data , you will learn to prioritize matches, despite endogamy with the end goal viewed in your family tree as you learn to connect with your matches. 

Watch for Gil’s second part of this series which teaches techniques to analyze your matches as you advance your genetic genealogy skills

Bio: Gil Bardige, recently retired, has been a genealogist for over 40 years, with over 10 years of experience in DNA/Genetic Genealogy.  He has been recognized as someone who can clarify ethnicity estimates and help you understand what matches mean and how to know which ones to respond to and what to expect. He has tested at all 4 major companies and is a Project Manager at FTDNA on 3 projects including Jewish R1b. Gil was Business Development Executive for Trane, traveling nationally for nearly 11 years making presentations to Fortune 250 corporations.  He understands the need for clear concise slides that build on the screens so as not to overwhelm the audience.  Gil is high energy, humorous, speaks clearly, and makes sure that the audience is engaged and participates.  

Gil has utilized DNA to confirm a family relationship on his family tree and even utilized it to prove no relations despite the same surname.

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



Subscribers:  If you already registered for this event via PayPal, you are on our  RSVP list and will receive the Zoom link the week of the event.  

Winterswick Cemetery, Moerser Straße, Rheinberg #germany #photographs


I would be grateful for help locating any images of individual gravestones from the cemetery in Winterswick, Rheinberg. I understand many stones were lost during WWII and another 20 stones were desecrated in 2006.
I am searching for images of stones for:
Leopold Gompertz born 26 May 1846, died 02 February 1933.
Sophie Gompertz, nee Heymann born 19 May 1852, died 07 June 1927.
Thank you. 
Laura Henley Harrison 
Jewish History Association of South Wales 
United Kingdom 

Włosczowa Book of Permanent Residents Index Online for Search #poland


As part of the JRI-Poland commitment to make available the genealogical-relevant data from all Kielce towns – town by town – resource by resource (Parish records, metric records, Books of Residents, school lists and more), I am pleased to announce that the index to the Włoszczowa Books of Permanent Residents (BoR) is now fully accessible for online search on the JRI-Poland website.


These Books of Residents include permanent residents of the town of Włoszczowa who were alive from about 1890, updated through about 1931. The index contains nearly 7,400 names with 318 unique surnames from 1,827 family households. A permanent resident and family were recorded in their town of permanent residence regardless in which town they resided or where the children were born.


The Polish index, likely prepared around 1928 from the Russian language volumes, only includes names of permanent residents still living that year; that is, there are many more residents entered in the BoR whose entries were crossed off when their deaths were recorded.


The information in the volumes is arranged by house number and household, and includes the resident’s parentage, date-of-birth (and date-of-death within this period), town of birth, last town of residence, occupation and relation to head-of-household. The data offer an invaluable supplement to metric records, since permanent residents are listed whose births may not have been registered in the civil records.


Nine out of ten of the Włoszczowa Book of Residents volumes survived.


The last few pages in the Polish Index file contain a list dated 20-Apr-1946 of 105 Jews shot by the Germans 1941-1942 in Krasocin and Włoszczowa. These are also searchable.


Włoszczowa had a large Jewish population (50% in 1925) resulting in family ties to many towns in the area.  It is a junction town about halfway between Kielce and Częstochowa (57 km west of Kielce).  Almost all Włoszczowa Jews were murdered in the Holocaust.


For additional BoR volume information and all Kielce-Radom-Sandomierz record extraction projects, please contact me directly through the JRI-Poland Town page for Kielce.

Judy Golan

JRI-Poland Kielce-Radom-Sandomierz Area Coordinator


Kfar Vradim, Israel

Looking for relatives on SHORE side #general #bessarabia

Sarah Lasry

Hello, I'm hoping for contact with relatives whose surname is SHORE.

My late paternal grandfather was Abraham (Avraham Hersh) SHORE, Of Bl=
essed Memory.

I was informed that his surname was SHOUR and was later changed to SHORE.

He was born in Bricena (aka Britchan), Moldova (Bessarabia) in 1908;
he in his 20s moved to Montreal, Canada.

He married Anne (Chanah) MAYEROVITCH, earlier MEIROVICI., Of Blessed Memory;(my late paternal grandmother.) She was from Botosani, Romania.

Please contact me if you ARE related, and/or if you know how/where/etc. I'd
find relatives who are related through the SHORE line.

Thank you.

Sarah Lasry


Re: Translation request #translation

Kris Murawski

Trahslation of the Polish (left) side of the postcard:
For you
i am sending my
photo for
Marjan Sardono…
from me Dora
Kris Murawski
Raleigh, North Carolina

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

Corinna Woehrl (nee Goslar)

Hello Marc and list readers,
You may be right with your suspicion:

Death certificates were issued upon presentation of a "medical death certificate" (ärztlicher Totenschein). These are still available in some archives (in Hamburg they were unfortunately shredded a few years ago...). In many archives, there are still so-called "collective files" (Sammelakten) on birth-, marriage, and death records, which with luck also contain such medical death certificates. 
Occasionally the official death certificate/registry (the documents shown here) contain a handwritten note in pencil (which was not official) about the cause of death.
However, the death certificate of Wolf Hein gives a clue, because the death was reported by the police commissioner. This is an indication of rather unnatural death, such as an accident or suicide.  In this respect, it makes sense to contact the archives from which the documents were requested, perhaps documents of the pathologist are available.
There are many associations in Germany that compile biographies of victims of National Socialism, e.g. to have Stolpersteine (memorial stones) laid. The locally responsible groups usually have excellent knowledge of the sources in the region and can often provide information. In this respect, it may be worthwhile in Hanover to contact the
ZeitZentrum Zivilcourage via
Good luck solving the riddle
Corinna Woehrl
PS. I am a little skeptical about Sherri's assumption that all the deaths at that time could already be murders; that could apply more to later deaths.
To check, it would also be advisable to research whether there are prisoner lists for pre-trial detention from the time.

Re: Translation request #poland #translation

Dr.Josef ASH

In settlement Uyazd 1885, Oct 6 at 5 afternoon
appeared Utsek Shmul LISMAN bookbinder 32 yo, resides in Uyazd
and show us the baby declaring he was born in Uyazd on Aug 1/13 1877 at 9 pm
from his legal wife Fejga nee DUTKEVICH 31 yo
the child named Nakhmen
the late registration caused by bad memory

Josef Ash

Boaz in Schwerin, Germany #germany #usa

Ted Kotzin

Looking for information on this family, especially Otillie Boaz, who  was born in Schwerin in about 1850, came to North Carolina about 1881,  and ultimately New York; husband was David Neumann of Frankfurt. Other Boaz relatives went to Atlanta.
Ted Kotzin
Torrance CA
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Morris Kasdan from #belarus #lithuania


Dear friends,

My grandfather, Morris (Mosche?) Kasdan was born in "Minsk" in 1881 and emigrated to NYC and lived in Cleveland and the Bronx until his death in 1955. He always referred to his home as Minsk but I have no verification that he actually came from there or the surrounding area. I have not been able to find any information about his life before emigration except possibly a ship record in Ancestry of a Mosche and Itte Kasdan, his putative sister, for passage from Antwerp. 

If anyone has any suggestions, I'd appreciate it. Thanks.

~~~~~~~~  __o       Robert Haas
~~~~~~~~ \  <         311 Rheem Blvd
_______(_)/(_)___  Moraga,CA 94556 

Re: Translation request please- gravestone #translation


Interesting. I wonder where the explanation came up with the year of birth and his age when he died. This is the link to that info. Thank you for looking at the gravestone.

Nancy Kleinrok

Re: U.S. PBS Series Ridley Road #usa

Shelley Mitchell

It’s amazing how much this group is educating us. I watched the first episode of Ridley Road. I’ve just read about the 1654 Jewish refugees. So much history waiting to have a light shined on it. 

Thank you for your diligence in sharing this with us. 

Shelley Mitchell, NYC

Re: Riverside Cemetery (Saddle Brook NJ) - Grave search tool now on website. #usa

Steve Stein


Great, thanks so much. Adding to your caveats - the deed click for me brings up some but not all of the people buried in the family plot. Remember you helped me locate Hyman Goldstein? His sister Laura Rosenberg was found on the same deed but not Laura's husband Elias. It turns out that there were two deeds, consecutively numbered, for the same family plot. Half the people on one, half on the other (plus, as you say, other unrelated people).

Steve Stein

JGS of Tampa Bay virtual meeting: New York Public Library Resources, Wednesday, May 18 #announcements #jgs-iajgs


Jewish Genealogical Society of Tampa Bay
New York Public Library Resources

Presentation by Amanda Seigel

Wednesday, May 18, 2022


The Jewish Genealogical Society of Tampa Bay will meet virtually on Wednesday, May 18, 2022, using Zoom.

·       Date:         Wednesday, May 18 

·       Time:        Zoom sign in – 2 pm; Program – 2:30 PM

·       Place:        Zoom website – RSVP to jgstb-res@... to receive sign-in instructions.

·       Program (Webinar):  Jewish Genealogy Collections in the New York Public Library

·       Speaker:   Amanda Seigel librarian, Dorot Jewish Division of The New York Public Library


The New York Public Library holds one of the largest and most publicly accessible Judaica and general research collections in the world. Amanda Seigel, a librarian for instruction and outreach in the Dorot Jewish Division of the library, will demonstrate how to find and use sources such as yizkor books, registers, family histories, historical newspapers and other biographical and genealogical materials in the collection. She will give participants the tools to begin or continue their genealogy research and share insider tips on how best to utilize the NYPL's collection, its staff expertise and other free resources, from afar.


As a veteran research librarian specializing in Yiddish Studies, Seigel has fielded countless genealogical inquiries and presented on genealogy topics for the Association of Jewish Libraries, JewishGen, and the Jewish Genealogical Society of Long Island. Seigel’s book projects include “Jews in New York: From New Amsterdam to the Yiddish Stage”, and the forthcoming “Women on the Yiddish Stage”, as well as several other scholarly articles on Yiddish theater and music research.


For further information about this program and how to attend, contact Chris Burklund by email at jgstb-res@...An RSVP is required for security purposes to receive sign-in instructions. For more information about the Jewish Genealogical Society of Tampa Bay, go to The program is free. A small donation by nonmembers is optional but appreciated.


Cheryl Segal,
JGSTB Publicity

Translation request #translation


Could anyone help me in translating this postal card written in polish and in yiddish?.
Many thanks in advance
Alejandro T. Rubinstein

Artificial Intelligence Is Helping Make Arolsen Documents More Accessible #holocaust


An interesting piece of information for the day:
Janice M. Sellers
Gresham, Oregon
BRAININ, JAFFE - Kreuzburg
Everything turns out all right in the end. If it's not all right, it's not the end.

Re: Translation request please- gravestone #translation

Odeda Zlotnick

No date of birth or age at death, but there are dates.
The Latin letters, on the bottom in say: "GEST 28 11 1939"  GEST is short for "Gestorben" the German word for died. I think 20 is an incorrect reading.
The Hebrew, though possible misspelled looks like Kislev 5700.  
Checking 28 November 1939 on Hebcal gets you the following Hebrew Date Converter - 16th of Kislev, 5700 - Hebcal
Could the Hebrew be read as 8 Kislev? Yes. 
No DOB, but there's hardly a way the year of death can be a typo.

Odeda Zlotnick
Jerusalem, Israel.

Re: May is Jewish American Heritage Month #announcements #usa

Laurie Budgar

This is the the first time I've read/heard about these 23 Jewish refugees. I'd love to know more. Who were they and where were they from? Is there a link where I can learn more?

Thanks very much,

Laurie Budgar
Longmont, CO USA

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