Seeking relatives of the late Barbara Tevis Meyers of Louisville, KY #lithuania #usa

Steve Stein

I met Barbara Tevis "Barbie" Meyers at the 2006 IAJGS Conference in New York, and we discovered a possible connection between our families - her grandfather Benjamin MEYERS ne LUBINSKY was most likely a first cousin to my wife's great-grandfather William LUBINSKY. She supplied me with a GEDCOM of her branch and I did similarly to her.

Sadly, Barbie passed away a couple of years ago, and some issues have come up regarding the Americanization of the name of her grandfather and his brother known as James. I'm wondering if any of her relatives have picked up her research and would be willing to exchange further information if known. Or perhaps another researcher was familiar with Barbie and can refer me. Contact me privately.

Steve Stein
Highland Park, NJ

Headstone translation request #translation

Richard Stower

Looking for someone to translate my great aunt.

Thank you.

Richard Stower
Yarmouth, Maine
Dobrowa Tarnowską: KANNER, SCHMIDT

Next Free JewishGen Webinar: Jewish Genealogy in the Germanies #JewishGenUpdates #germany

Avraham Groll

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

Topic: Jewish Genealogy in the Germanies
Date: Wednesday, May 25th, 2022
Time: 3:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time
Registration: Free with a suggested donation. Please click here to register now! 

About the Talk

The Germany where our ancestors lived is not the Germany of today. Its boundaries have changed several times. Before its unification in 1871 it was more a concept than a state, composed of dozens of kingdoms, duchies and principalities large and small. Each of these states had its own laws and attitudes toward Jews. 

To do research in “Germany” one must know which places belonged to which state at a given time, the legal status of Jews there, and the records that they kept. Germany has an enormous wealth of records pertaining to Jews, especially after 1800, but there are no simple, global rules for using them.  

This talk will work backwards from today’s Germany to the early 19th century. It will focus on key historical events, their impact on Jewish life and the way records were kept.

About the Speaker:

Roger Lustig is a genealogical researcher based in Princeton, NJ. Since 2002 he has specialized in the Jewish families of Prussian Poland, especially Upper Silesia and West Prussia. He has done research in archives in the US, Germany and Poland. 

As research coordinator for the JewishGen GerSIG (German Special Interest Group) he is developing databases, including NALDEX (Name-Adoption List index), Württemberg Family Registers and the Hessen-Gatermann database. He has also contributed over 25,000 Prussian records to the JRI-Poland database.

He has given presentations at 13 IAJGS conferences, scholarly conferences in Germany and Poland, and various genealogical societies in the US and Canada.

He moderates the GerSIG group on Facebook, and is one of 4 admins of the Tracing the Tribe group—one of the largest Jewish genealogy groups on Facebook.


Did you go to a Jewish summer camp? #usa

Nancy Reicher

I went to BUCK'S ROCK WORK CAMP In New Milford, Connecticut. It was not designated as a Jewish camp but it seemed as if everyone there was Jewish. It was owned by Ernst and Ilse Bulova. It is still in existence. I was there from 1948 to 1952, when I was a CIT. Buck's Rock   was built originally to house English children who were gong to be shipped there to get them away from the Blitz during WW II. That plan failed. Shortly after that Ernst and Ilse bought the campsite . They brought teenagers from the New York area to help man the farms in the area , as the farmers and their farm hands were all soldiering during WW  II. You had to be 14 to work on farms. The teens worked mornigs . They were transported by camp trucks to the farms and brought back in time for lunch. After lunch thay could pursue many of their interests in ceramics, photography, woodworking, jewlery making, and the usual camp ativities of swimming and sports. By the time I arrived in 1948 most of the farmwork outside of camp was at an end. The camp also had a farm and animals that we bought at an auction in the area . We had fields where we could work and raise crops which we sold, mostly to parents. The afore mentioned interest shops produced not only your own crative work but if it was deemed to be excellent and desireable for others. pieces could be mass produced and sold. If you worked on the farm you posted your hours each time. If you worked in production in any of the shops you posted your hours there. At the end of the summer, each camper received an amount from the profits earned. That never amounted to a lot of money but it taught us we had value and could be rewarded. One year on the farm we received $.05 per hour worked.
Buck's Rock also had an orchestra in which I played the flute. We gave concerts on the Tri-state radio station and also in New Milford's Park bandstand. I still play my flute weekly in a wind band in Kansas City, MO, sponsored and directed by the Conservatory of Music at the Univeristy of Missouri Kansas City. My interest in photography has never changed. My husband and I have taken workshops in photography all over the country. After turning a mahogany bowl, I still have and use, on a lathe at Bucks Rock  I went home and turned 8 large salad bowls for my mother on our home lathe. Since my parents passing those bowls now reside in our home where they are still in use. Buck's Rock was a life long learnnig experience for me and I'll bet for most of the campers who have spent their summers there.

Nancy Lyons Reicher
Kansas City, MO

Nancy L. Reicher
Kansas City MO

Re: Jewish Summer Camps #usa


Did you go to a Jewish Summer Camp #unitedkingdom

ronald Wallace

Hi all


My wife and I ran a two week summer camp in the UK for the Reform Synagogues over there back in the 60’s and 70’s. There were none like the American camps. Many of our kids came to the US to work at US camps.


Ronny Wallace




Important updates to the Gesher Galicia Map Room #galicia #poland #ukraine

Jay Osborn

A new look for the Gesher Galicia Map Room, and new information to help you use it!

We are proud that the Map Room has added many historical maps of Galicia over the past 10 years, but we recognize that the sheer number of maps has lately made it a bit harder to find the best ones applicable to your research. Now we've organized the maps into categories, simplified the finding tools, and started a series of reference articles and tutorials which can help you better appreciate and exploit the value of the maps. Each of the map sections and resource pages includes one or many excerpts from maps in our collection and elsewhere, to stimulate your curiosity and illustrate the topics discussed on the page.

We have also significantly expanded the linked list of map sources (archives, libraries, and other collections), as well as the bibliography of books, articles, web pages, and other resources relevant to historical maps of Galicia. We would like to thank the many volunteers and contractors who have contributed to the Map Room over the past decade and in this latest update, with map records research and sourcing, historical analysis, web management and programming, and tools development. Now we encourage everyone to explore the new Map Room and to spend time wandering the landscapes of the past!

Jay Osborn
Gesher Galicia Digital Maps Manager
Lviv, Ukraine

Re: Poland Business Directory 1929 #poland

Michael Tobias

You can find it here:

Michael Tobias
Glasgow, Scotland

Re: Gedcom no-nos? #general

Dahn Cukier

www dot gedcom dot org/gedcom.html

Each software can handle data differently regardless of what is passed
from the GED file.

Also the "options"  of some software packages may have ways to change standards.

I use Brother's Keeper and Agelong Tree software and have come on
data labels that were not transferable. The label is HUSB, WIFE etc.

Your problem seems to be the data. Data is handled by the software not by

Dahn Zukrowicz

When you start to read readin,
how do you know the fellow that
wrote the readin,
wrote the readin right?

Festus Hagen
Long Branch Saloon
Dodge City, Kansas

On Thursday, May 19, 2022, 06:05:12 PM GMT+3, suemo63141@... <suemo63141@...> wrote:

I fear that I have been self-sabotaging my gedcom-ability by putting punctuation like quotes and parens in some of the vital fields, or by using terms in dates like abt or aft. I also have some floating tree fragments that are not connected to my main tree. Is there a place to educate myself about how to ensure that gedcom files will work?  
Susan Cullen SCHWARTZ


Re: Jewish Summer Camps #usa


My parents owned a Jewish summer camp, Camp Shawnee in the Poconos in the late 1950’s & early 1960’s. It was located in Shawnee on the Delaware, Pa.
Not only was Kashrut observed, it was the first accredited summer school at a camp.
I along with my brothers, attended Camp Ramah in the Poconos in the 1960’s @ early 1970’s.
Daniel Redelheim 
Ventnor City, NJ

Re: Hebrew name translation on tombstone #translation


I am here in order to break the tie.

The name on the stone is nun-taf-nun sofit.  The Sephardic pronunciation would be Nahtan; the Ashkenazic pronunciation is Nohson.  The standard English equivalent is Nathan.

His father's name, Pinchas, is from the Bible.  An English version of this name is Phineas.  Of course, his father's secular name might have been any other name beginning with a P, or indeed any name at all, as -- although there are conventions for choosing names -- there are not any "rules".
Fredel Fruhman
Brooklyn, New York, USA

Karklinsky, Blumrosen, Rosenthal #lithuania #usa

Jonathan Naor

Looking for connections between my Karklinsky family (from Lithuania) to the Blumrosen and Rosenthal families in Texas. We know there was a close family relationship but it has been lost over the years.
Some names are below. I would be grateful for any information.
Thank you!
Jonathan Naor
Atlit, Israel

 Fagie/Fannie 1883-1955 and Abe/David(Joseph A) Rosenthal 1874-1944 from galveston texas 


 Fagie maiden name -Mayer

  Eva Rosenthal 1905-daughter

Abe Rosenthal 1907-son

Max Bernard Rosenthal 1902-1948- son

Ida Rosenthal 1903-2000- daughter

 Sophie Rosenthal 1897-daughter

Anna – Rose-Annie Roseenthal Felsen1901-1979- daughter

Irving Felsen 1930-2013- grandson


Esther/Molka/Rosie1862-1940 and Jacob/Yankel Blumrosen 1849-1893 from corsicana texas

Ester maiden name-Freedman

Alex Freedman-brother

Mose/Mosey Blumrosen 1886-1958 -son

Josephine 1897-1977-Mose first wife

JR Jake Rube Blumrosen 1925-1996- Esther's grand son,

Maxine blumrosen1921-Esther's grand daughter

Mabel Garonzik 1891-1974-daughter

Will Garoznik 1882-1938 husband

Re: Anglicising Czechoslovak forenames #names #austria-czech

Yehuda Berman

It might also have been William. I know someone born and living in France named William rather than the French equivalent Gillaume. In many countries English has the same prestige that French has or had in the U.S. Menachem Begin's wife Aliza was named Alice in Poland where she was born.
Yehuda Berman

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

Vivian Kahn

Surprised that no one else mentioned Camp Yavneh, in New Hampshire.  I went there for a couple of weeks or so one summer in late 1950s on a scholarship from Temple Beth El, New Rochelle, NY, where I was supposedly a "star pupil" in the Hebrew school. As I recall, emphasis was on Hebrew language classes. Although my grandmother was Orthodox and observant, our home wasn't and I disliked having to attend services on Monday, Thursday, and Saturday mornings. Loved the Hebrew songs and Israeli dancing and arts and crafts!

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: Genealogy software? #general


Margie Geiser: "I do also want to encourage you to download all your documents (birth, marriage, death certs, ship manifests, naturalization papers, passports, etc, etc, etc) onto your computer or external hard drive." 

Yes, great advice.  I'd go one step further. Regularly backup your data on a thumb drive or external hard drive to make sure you always have at least two current copies in case your hard drive crashes or there is some other data disaster. 
Barbara Sloan
Conway, SC

Gedcom no-nos? #general


I fear that I have been self-sabotaging my gedcom-ability by putting punctuation like quotes and parens in some of the vital fields, or by using terms in dates like abt or aft. I also have some floating tree fragments that are not connected to my main tree. Is there a place to educate myself about how to ensure that gedcom files will work?  
Susan Cullen SCHWARTZ

Re: Poland Business Directory 1929 #poland


you can see/download the 2708 pages document from

Meir Razy
Kisfan / Sfard / Rothenberg / Ruttenberg / Rojtenberg in Rovno,Volhynia
Ross in Dubno,Volhynia

gravestone translation request #translation #israel

Aline Petzold

Hello All;
 Can someone translate the Hebrew on this gravestone? It is the grave of the former rabbi of Botosani Romania, who immigrated to Tel Aviv and became a chief regional rabbi there in the 1950s.
Thanks, Aline Petzold St. Paul MN USA

Re: Jewish Summer Camps #usa

Werner Frank

I attach a newsletter issue of the Chicago Jewish Historical Society that deals with Jewish Summer Camps.  As a  camper and subsequent counselor, I cite Camp Avodah sponsored by the Chicago Jewish Community via the College of Jewish Studies. Camp Avodah was a unique project motivated by the Federal Government's WW2 need for Victory Farm Volunteers in order to fullfill the labor needs of farming communities due to the shortage of its manpower. Hence, the Jewish community's response in providing the labor of Jewish youth.  Camp Avodah added a rich Jewish program, resembling Kibbutz life, to the daily labor (at minimal wages) that the campers provided the local farming community near Buchanan, Michigan.
This experience over several years led to future Jewish community leaders including a half dozen Rabbis. It certainly laid the foundation to my own commitment to a rich Jewish life, all due to the Camp's leadersip headed by Samuel Kaminker (z"l).
Werner Frank
Thousand Oaks, CA

Re: Poland Business Directory 1929 #poland

Michael Hoffman

Good afternoon, Jacob,

Have you tried Logan Klienwaks Genealogy Indexer at 


Michael Hoffman

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