Re: Genealogy software? #general

Michael Herzlich

Family Tree Maker (2019 latest version) will allow you to sync your tree on Ancestry down to your computer, then you can make updates either on your computer and/or online and keep them in sync.  It will also allow you to load in a gedcom with a different tree name and if you wish sync it on line up to Ancestry.
Michael Herzlich
Delray Beach, Florida USA

Galicia (Poland, Ukraine) - HERZLICH, TREIBER

Re: Did you go to a Jewish summer camp? #usa

Sam Eneman

I attended Camp Young Judaea in Texas in the 60s and worked as a madrich there 1967-70. I also worked at Camp Tel Yehudah (Young Judaea’s National camp) in Barryville NY in 1971. 

Those experiences were so important in my life.

Sam Eneman
Charlotte NC

Genealogy software? #general

Diane Katz. SURNAMES/TOWNS: Laske/Ladyzhin;,Steinberg Kiev; Grunberg Rheinhorn/Iasi; Milston/Slutzk; Bicz/Mogilev; Glas/Varniai; Moskowitz/Nagy-Saros Klein/Eperjes; Hefliech/Hungary; Marks/Machester/Suwalki; Shedrofski/Suwalki

I currently keep my updated tree and most of my records on Ancentry.  What are recommended ways of keeping this information on my computer?  Looking for software that would allow me to upload a gedcom file.
Diane Katz

Re: deciphering a German ship manifest #records #translation


The twelfth passenger on the page is  Cohn, Baruch.    Are you trying to confirm the name as indexed by on the Hamburg Departure lists?

David Rosen
Boston, MA

On 5/17/2022 3:01 PM, Lynndumenil wrote:
Hello.  I am hoping someone can read a portion of the attached ship manifest.  The person I am interested in is Cohn Baruck, who is line 12.  I can't make out the handwriting for the names under Surname and Vername.  Anyone? Thanks.
Lynn Dumenil

deciphering a German ship manifest #records #translation


Hello.  I am hoping someone can read a portion of the attached ship manifest.  The person I am interested in is Cohn Baruck, who is line 12.  I can't make out the handwriting for the names under Surname and Vername.  Anyone? Thanks.
Lynn Dumenil

Re: Buenos Aires Cemeteries #general

Susan Steeble

You can try or the obituaries at
Susan Kahan Steeble
Baltimore, MD, USA
Researching: FRIDGANT/FRIEDHAND and variants from Bershad, Ukraine
                      KESSELMAN from Chorna/Okna, Ukraine
                      BUDIANSKY/BUDINOFF and SLUTSKY from Korsun and Zolotonosha, Ukraine
                      KAHANOWITZ/KAGANOVICH from Grodno and Masty, Belarus
                      STUCHINSKY from Jurbarkas/Yurburg, Lithuania

Re: Did you go to a Jewish summer camp? #usa

Adar Belinkoff

I attended (and was a madrich) at Habonim Camp Kvutza in Southern California in the 1940s.  My daughters also attended Habonim camps in the 1960s.  It was a life-changing experience.

Adar Belinkoff
Claremont, CA

Re: Did you go to a Jewish summer camp? #usa

Alan Reische

Myra: Young Judea still operates. As for the morning swims - IIRC, Lake Baboosic had occasional leeches, so perhaps you were wise to skip the dips.

Myra's email surfaced a question: Does Carol want responses only for camps with a specific Jewish focus and content - for instance, Young Judea has a kosher food program and conducts Friday night services, amongst others - or does she want to include also Jewish owned camps whose summer programs are otherwise indistinguishable from their non-Jewish peers? 

Alan Reische
Manchester NH

Re: Inhabitants Alt Schotland around 1891 #poland

Logan Kleinwaks

Thank you, Ron Peeters, for sharing this list of poor inhabitants of Altschottland c. 1891. I will be in contact with you privately about it.

For anyone interested in Altschottland residents from a little earlier time, note that census-like records ("Familienbuch") from Altschottland for 1880-1882 and 1850-1879 are searchable on JewishGen via the Unified Search, Germany Database, or Poland Database. These include entire families and were updated whenever major events occured during the indicated time period, such as births, marriages, deaths, or emigration. For more details, see the description of the "Danzig Database" at

For a list of censuses from Altschottland or other Danzig communities, and their indexing status (green = finished/online, yellow = in progress, cyan = partial name index online), scroll down to the Census section at Note especially the link to Danzig census-like records for 1843-1918 (APG 14/5), the residential registration cards, which are fairly easy to browse, as they are essentially alphabetized by surname (according to German alphabetization rules). The residential registration cards are quite extensive, but not 100% comprehensive, at least in their surviving state. We would like to add these to the searchable JewishGen databases, too, but such a task would require significant additional volunteer labor (skilled in reading old German writing).

For birth, marriage, and death records from c. 1891:

1) All civil marriage records including at least one Jewish partner have been transcribed and are currently being proofread before being added to JewishGen's searchable database. Additional proofreading volunteers who can read old German writing (Kurrent) would be welcome to speed this process.

2) Death records from the Jewish community have been transcribed and are currently being proofread before being added to JewishGen's searchable database. Additional volunteers who can read Hebrew would be welcome.

3) There is a finding aid to help you locate online scans of civil births, marriages, and deaths at This includes surnames for the marriages (useful before the proofreading in 1, above, is complete). However, note that the instructions and links are currently incorrect due to one of the external websites recently shutting down. There will be an announcement here when the instructions and links have been updated.

For any other questions about Danzig, or if you might like to volunteer as a transcriber or proofreader (German or Hebrew), feel free to contact me privately.

Logan Kleinwaks
JewishGen Research Director for Danzig/Gdańsk

Re: Did you go to a Jewish summer camp? #usa

Myra Fournier

Hi, Carol: I replied to you privately, but thought I'd share. My sister and I went to Camp Young Judaea in Amherst, NH in the mid to late 1950s. All the bunks were named after Jewish towns.  Mine was Petah Tikvah. We wore blue and white outfits on the Sabbath. I was a momma's girl, so didn't like being at camp, but did love taking archery and riflery and volleyball.  I always feigned a sore throat to get out of morning swim....brrrrr. For many years my mother kept my postcard home saying the camp was too cheap to give us milk with our meals.  I knew nothing about kosher!!!!  :-)
My sister will dig out photos to send to you. Can't wait to attend the program.
Myra Fournier (nee Woods)
Bedford, MA

"Deep in the hills of New Hampshire, under a moonlit sky.  Stands a Camp Young Judaea whose spirit will never die!..."  This song I still remember, but not what I had for breakfast. :-)

Re: What to do on Ancestry when the names change but the places don't? #general

Jill Whitehead

Emily, you list your families as coming from Suwalki gubernia. This was and still is a border area. All eight of my great grandparents were born there in the 1840s and 1850s. Then, it was all part of Poland (Russian Poland). In 1919 after WW1, the three northern Suwalki gminas went into Lithuania leaving the three southern ones in Poland. However, there were some other boundary changes, as a small part of Suwalki went into Belarus in the Lida/Olita area.  There may also have been some small changes on Suwalki's boundary with Konigsberg in East Prussia now the Russian Enclave of Kaliningrad. 

Many place names in Suwalki have German/Polish/Lithuanian/Yiddish versions due to the many different empires ruling over them over time. Suwalki was Lithuanian for centuries, then it became Polish, then it was ruled by Napoleon and so on through the Russian Tsarist empire and German incursions in 20th century, plus post war communist rule.

it was not until post 1945 that the idea of the Nation State took hold. You need to understand European history to understand family name changes, place name changes, migration patterns etc. 

Jill Whitehead, Surrey, UK

Buenos Aires Cemeteries #general

Shlomo Melchior

Locating German Passports that were surrendered to the British in Eretz-Yisrael (Palestine) #germany


Jan 9  

Hi fellow researchers, 

My grandfather, Siegfried (later Elieser) GOTTLIEB, surrendered his German passport when applying for naturalisation in Mandate Palestine in Nov 1934.
I have the request found in the Israeli Archive (גנזך המדינה).

I'm looking for the actual passport and information on what would have happened to it.
Would this have been sent back to Germany? If so where would it be (Lauterback or the state archive of Hesse)?
Held in the German embassy/Consulate in Mandate Palestine?
I did write to Lauterbach in Germany where it was issued in Aug 1934 but did not receive a reply.
I also had a reply that Germany destroys all passports older than 30 years.

I would welcome any insights on this matter.
Thank you. 

PS - I do have a copy of his mother's Reisepass issued 16 March 1937 also in Lauterbach.
She did not request naturalisation so did not need to hand it over.
Tamar AMIT

Re: Did you go to a Jewish summer camp? #usa

Mary D. Taffet

I never went to one as I converted as an adult, but my husband did. He
lived on Long Island at the time and went to Camp B'nai B'rith in
Starlight, PA for a number of years, and worked in the kitchen for a
while.  That experience is why he's the cook of our family.

-- Mary D. Taffet
     Syracuse, NY

Re: Ukraine-based genealogy, family trees and translation? #ukraine


I have also worked with Alex and was thoroughly impressed by the quality of his research. I would also recommend him unreservedly! 
David Zeidman
United Kingdom


Utah JGS Meeting - Deep Genetic Genealogy: A Survey for Researchers of All Levels by Adam Cherson #dna #events #rabbinic

Joshua Perlman

Utah Jewish Genealogical Society (UJGS) invites you to our May meeting, on May 23rd at 7pm MST
Title: Deep Genetic Genealogy: A Survey For Researchers of All Levels
Speaker: Adam Cherson, Author of Historicity of the Tribe of Levi: A Genetic Perspective (in print)

Part 1: Cultural Genography
Part 2: Rabbinical yDNA Lineages
Part 3: Levi-Cohen Tribal Tree
Part 4: Q & A

Description: In this first-ever presentation Adam will give an overview with illustrations of various unique approaches to genealogical research, including everything one needs to know to get started.

Joshua S. Perlman
Salt Lake City, Utah

The Jewish Genealogy Society of Pittsburgh Presents: “Jewish Given Names” with Warren Blatt #jgs-iajgs #education #events

Steve Jaron

Do you have questions about Jewish Given Names and the traditions behind them - then this is the presentation you MUST SEE!

Warren Blatt is the former Managing Director of JewishGen (, the primary Internet site for Jewish genealogy. Blatt has over 40 years of research experience with Russian and Polish Jewish records, and is the author of the JewishGen FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions about Jewish Genealogy, and many other JewishGen InfoFiles. He is the author of Resources for Jewish Genealogy in the Boston Area; and co-author (with Gary Mokotoff) of Getting Started in Jewish Genealogy. He was the Chair of the 15th International Seminar on Jewish Genealogy. In 2004, he was awarded the IAJGS’ Lifetime Achievement Award in Jerusalem.

Learn why “Mordechai Yehuda” is also “Mortka Leib” is also “Max.” An introduction to Jewish given names (first names), focusing on practical issues for genealogical research. Our ancestors each had many different given names and nicknames, in various languages and alphabets— this can make Jewish genealogical research difficult. This presentation will teach you about the history and patterns of Jewish first names, and how to recognize your ancestors’ names in genealogical sources.

Topics include: Religious and secular names; origins of given names; variants, nicknames and diminutives; double names (unrelated pairs, kinnui, Hebrew/Yiddish translations); patronymics; name equivalents; Ashkenazic naming traditions (naming of children); statistics on the distribution and popularity of given names in various regions and times; spelling issues; Polish and Russian declensions; interpretation of names in documents; and the Americanization of immigrant Jewish names: adaptations and transformations.

To register visit -

Date: May 22, 2022
Time: 1:00pm (US Eastern)

The cost for this program is $5 for the general public.
All programs are free for members of the JGS of Pittsburgh.
This virtual program will be presented via Zoom and recorded. After the program, the recording will be made available to JGS of Pittsburgh members who are current with their dues.

For information on membership and future programs please visit our website at

Steven Jaron
JGS President


Re: Any sources/people on the Ruzhiner Rebbe? #rabbinic

Adam Cherson

Looks like the word editor may have grabbed the comma as part of the URLs, here they are with out the commas
All four are maternal aunts and uncles of the Ruzhiner Rebbe and their children would also be the Rebbe's cousins.

Adam Cherson

Register for this week's free JewishGen Webinar: Jewish Surnames and Patronymics #JewishGenUpdates

Avraham Groll

The entire community is invited to join us for our next free JewishGen Talks webinar:

Topic: Jewish Surnames and Patronymics: Tracing Your Ancestors Before They Had Surnames
Date: Wednesday, May 18th, 2022
Time: 3:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time
Registration: Free with a suggested donation. Please click here to register now

About the Talk
Anyone researching their Jewish ancestry prior to the 18th century encounters the challenge of identifying Ashkenazi relatives with no family surnames. In this presentation, Dr. Thomas Fürth will demonstrate, using case studies, how these obstacles can be overcome.


About the Speaker
Dr. Thomas Fürth lives in Stockholm, Sweden and is the Associate Professor of History at Stockholm University. He serves as President of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Sweden (Judiska släktforskningsföreningen i Sverige) and the Genealogical Society of Sweden (Genealogiska föreningen) and is the Avotaynu Contributing Editor for Sweden.

Re: Unusual style of writing dates #ukraine


Just realized that the "2" at the end of both dates is really an "r," which stands for года" ("of the year" in Russian). So the first one is [19]69, and the second is [19]71.

Yehuda Altein
Brooklyn, NY

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