POZNIAK and KRUL families from Benitsa, Belarus / Lithuania #belarus #lithuania

Amit Gnatek

Hello all,
I'm looking for the (Abe) POZNIAK and (Chana) KRUL families from the town Benitsa, currently in Belarus (but also appears in LitvakSIG).
Are there any more sources available for this town?
Best Regards,
Amit Gnatek

Re: change of surname #names #romania


Thanks for all your answers. Thanks for your answer Sorin. 

I discovered that Cârpà means fabric in Romanian. As my ancestor was a tailor, maybe his new name comes from there...


US 2020 Census Over and Under Count Rates Released #usa #announcements

Jan Meisels Allen


The U.S. Census Bureau has released results on apportionment

and redistricting data


“Apportionment is the process of dividing the 435 memberships, or seats, in the U.S. House of Representatives among the 50 states. At the conclusion of each decennial census, the results are used to calculate the number of seats

to which each state is entitled. Each of the 50 states is entitled to a minimum of one seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.


The 2020 Census apportionment population includes the resident population of the 50 states, plus a count of the U.S. military personnel and federal civilian employees living outside the United States

(and their dependents living with them) who can be allocated to a home state. The populations of the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico are not included in the apportionment population because they do not have voting seats in the U.S. House of Representatives.”


“Public Law (P.L.) 94-171, enacted by Congress in December 1975, requires the Census Bureau to provide states the opportunity to identify the small area geography for which they need data in order to conduct legislative redistricting.

The law also requires the U.S. Census Bureau to furnish tabulations of population to each state, including for those small areas the states have identified, within one year of Census day.


Since the first Census Redistricting Data Program, conducted as part of the 1980 census, the U.S. Census Bureau has included summaries for the major race groups specified by the Statistical Programs and Standards Office of the

U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) in Directive 15 (as issued in 1977 and revised in 1997). Originally, the tabulation groups included White, Black, American Indian/Alaska Native, and Asian/Pacific Islander, plus “some other race.”

These race data were also cross-tabulated by Hispanic/Non-Hispanic origin. At the request of the state legislatures and the Department of Justice, for the 1990 Census Redistricting Data Program, voting age (18 years old and over)

was added to the cross-tabulation of race and Hispanic origin. For the 2000 Census, these categories were revised to the current categories used today.”


To read previous postings about the 2020 U.S. Census, and more, go to the archives of the IAJGS Records Access Alert at:

You must be registered to access the archives.  To register go to:  and follow the instructions to enter your email address, full name

and which genealogical  organization with whom you are affiliated   You will receive an email response that you have to reply to or the subscription will not be finalized.


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee



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

Jon Levinson

Camp Young Judea in New Hampshire, 1947, 48, 49  and 54  kitchen boy
Tel Yehudah in North Carolina 1952
Jon Levinson

Re: Gravestone Translation Requests #translation


I agree that the name is Yeshayahu, and that the date of death is the 13th.
Fredel Fruhman
Brooklyn, New York, USA

Edward Drexler from Hungary #hungary


Edward Drexler
I am trying to find the history and origins of my grandfather on my fathers side. My mothers side is very well documented and my wife and I were able even to find my great grandfathers grave and a few brothers marriage certificates in the town hall of Kaposvar in eastern Hungary, but that was because one of the sons, Jacob, immigrated to the USA in 1862 and eventually made his way to New York where he started an optical company and later wrote a letter to his children describing his life, many trials and failures and eventual success. 


On my fathers side, Edward Drexler seems to have appeared out of nowhere ran a laundry/clothes dying place, married my grandmother, had several children and eventually left them all and (I think) committed suicide in about 1928. He made a naturalization declaration in 1926, stating that he was born in 1874 in Sulin Hungary (that is now Slovakia and I think Sulin is now called Saros and is in what was the far northeast of Hungary). On the taped history that my father made he gave his birth town name as what sounds like “aparious” or “flareous” (not Sulin) - I have no idea what that is, possibly a village name. His naturalization declaration states that he arrived in the USA in 1899 in Baltimore from Bremen Germany on the ship Kaiser Wilhelm Der Grosse on 1 October 1899. In talks with my sister she says that our grandfather went to Pittsburgh where people from Austria/Hungary worked as laborers. Maybe he grew up in Pittsburg which is why he didn’t speak Hungarian. In his taped history he says that his father, Edward, came to the US in about 1890 and went to Pittsburg (maybe those dates are wrong). Edward Drexler had three siblings, Henry, Cecilia, and Esther. He married Anna Goldberg in 1899. Anna Goldberg was born in 1882/3 in Hungary, immigrated to the US in 1899. Her father was Mors Goldberg from Hungary, and her mother was also from Hungary. The family included Joseph, Adolf, Arthur, Henry, Anna (who married Edward Drexler), Antoinette and Rose-Kiah(?? - maybe wrong spelling) 


All of this seems very confused and I do not know how I can find the right birth area/place and how he got the to the usa where he went - I do know he ended up in Brooklyn and lived in Flatbush - and that my father had an unhappy childhood but won a scholarship to Cornell University, left home and never returned but met his future wife there and became almost a part of her family.


Anything you can do to help me track down my fathers father and the rest of his family I would greatly appreciate. 




Tony Drexler


Re: Genealogy software? #general

Brad Rubin

Doug and All,

For the iPad, try MobileFamilyTree.  The companion Mac program MacFamilyTree is my current desktop software, and they sync with each other but you can buy one or the other or both.  I moved to this software after 15 years of using Rootsmagic and love it.

Brad Rubin

The Math Behind a Lack of Genetic Privacy #dna

Jan Meisels Allen


The Wall Street Journal posted an article in their May 21-22, 2022 issue entitled, The Math Behind a Lack of Genetic Privacy. In the online edition it is called, Its too Late to Protect Your Genetic Privacy. The Math is Explaining Why.



While you personally may not have taken a DNA test, the article explains that they can track you down from a cousins’ DNA that was submitted to one of the genetic DNA testing companies.


The article explains, “people have about 6,800 cMs. A child inherits half their DNA—one set of chromosomes—from each biological parent. So child and parent will have around 3,400 cMs of DNA that match… For every “degree of relatedness,” the length of shared cMs halves. An uncle or grandparent, one degree removed from parents, shares half as much DNA on average. That is 25%, or about 1,700 cMs. One more degree removed: A first cousin or great-grandparent shares half again, or around 850 cMs. And so on.”


The article includes a graphic depicting how much DNA you share with distant relatives-going to the third great-grandparents. “Even with all these halvings, very distant relatives out to fifth cousins share so much identical DNA that a common ancestor is the only possible source.”


“It is easy to find distant relatives, because a typical individual has so many: according to various methods, around 200 third cousins, upward of 1,000 fourth cousins and anywhere from 5,000 to 15,000 fifth cousins… An adopted child who doesn’t know his biological parent still shares 3,400 cMs with that person, and hundreds of centiMorgans with numerous cousins from that parent’s family. The child, or generations from now that child’s descendants, could upload their DNA to a database and by looking for matches with others who have uploaded theirs, discover some of those distant cousins. That would be enough to reconstruct his family tree and identify the parent, even though the parent never uploaded their DNA—the exact same process used to identify DNA in cold cases.”


According to data from the International Society of Genetic Genealogy, the scale of testing is enormous: around 21 million samples on AncestryDNA, 12 million at 23andMe, 5.6 million at MyHeritage and 1.7 million at FamilyTreeDNA.


To read previous articles on genetic testing and more see the IAJGS Records Access Alert archives at:  You must be registered to access the archives. To register for the IAJGS Records Access Alert go to:  and follow the instructions to enter your email address, full name and which genealogical  organization with whom you are affiliated   You will receive an email response that you have to reply to or the subscription will not be finalized.


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee








Re: The name Ruda #names

Pieter Hoekstra

FWIW in 1947 there was one Ruda registered in Netherlands in the province of Gelderland (adjoins the German border). In 2007 there were <5 registered.
Pieter Hoekstra 
Moss / Moses, De Costa - London and Brighton
Barnett, Da Costa, Lazarus, Joseph, Judah, Solomon - London

Re: Gravestone Translation Requests #translation


H(ere) L(ies)

My ( dear) husband and our dear father

Avraham Chaim s(on of) M(r) Yeshayahu (not Yehoshua = Joshua, but Yeshayahu = Isaiah)

Died 5 Iyar (5)697

May his soul be bound in the bonds of (everlasting) life (abbreviation – last line)


H(ere) L (ies)

Our dear mother

Henke daughter of Mr Binyamin (=Benjamin)

Died 13 (not 3) Kislev 5711 (correlates to 1950)

Same boilerplate abbreviation in last line

David Dubin
Teaneck, NJ

JewishGen Press is looking for a volunteer to help with publicity #JewishGenUpdates

Susan Rosin

JewishGen Press is in need of a volunteer to help with publicity.


JewishGen Press published 142 books so far and the number is growing every month.  Most are Yizkor Books, written by survivors of the Holocaust and emigrees from the destroyed Jewish communities of Europe. The books were translated into English (mostly from Hebrew and Yiddish) and contain a wealth of information and lasting memories about the environment where our ancestors lived, worked, worshiped and dreamed.


Duties involve reaching out to our faithful purchasers and institutions such as Holocaust Memorials, museums, Universities and local libraries to inform them of new titles.


Researching to find other potential such customers and reaching out to them.  Researching potential social media outlets to increase exposure to this wealth of information for Genealogists and institutions.


If you are willing to devote a couple of hours a week to help with this important project, please contact:
Joel Alpert, Director of JewishGen Press at: jalp@...
Susan Rosin, JewishGen Press Publications Manager at: msrosin@... 

Jewish children aboard the ship Athos II #usa

Anne-Marie Engel

On August 25, 1946, the ship Athos II left Marseilles (France) and arrived in NY on September 8, 1946. On board was a group of about 50 Jewish children, all Holocaust orphans.Their trip had been organized by OSE.

Were you one of these children?

Anne- Marie Engel

Announcing the publication of Memorial Book of Kamenets Litovsk, Zastavye, and Colonies (Kamyanyets, Belarus) #belarus #JewishGenUpdates

Susan Rosin

JewishGen Press is proud to announce the publication of our 143rd title:  Memorial Book of Kamenets Litovsk, Zastavye, and Colonies (Kamyanyets, Belarus).
This is the translation of: Sefer Yizkor le-Kehilot Kamenets de-Lita.
Editors of Original Yizkor Book:  Prof. Shmuel Eisendstadt and Mordechai Gelbart
Project Coordinator and Translator: Allen Flusberg
Emerita Coordinator: Jenni Buch
Layout and Name Indexing: Jonathan Wind
Cover Design: Nina Schwartz
Reproduction of Photographs: Sondra Ettlinger
Hard Cover, 8.5” by 11”, 450 pages with original photographs

Kamenetz-Litowsk (now in Belarus) is situated on the banks of the Leshna River, in the shadow of a 14th-century fortress tower, the “Sloop”. Various essays in this Yizkor Book describe the thriving pre-1940 Jewish community: the vigorous religious life, various Zionist organizations, the hard-working communal volunteers, an amateur theatre, a self-trained orchestra, and nearby Jewish agricultural colonies. The Jews took great pride in the Kamenetz Yeshiva, a center of advanced Talmud study headed by the renowned Boruch-Ber Leibowitz…The Jewish presence was tragically obliterated by the Nazis during World War II. A necrology lists all the Kamenetz Jews—numbering more than 1700—who perished at their hand. Nothing remains of the centuries-old Jewish community—no living Jew, no trace of the Jewish cemetery. The Jews who had emigrated and the handful who survived the war joined together in the 1960s to memorialize their town and to write this Yizkor Book.

 For more information and how to order, please visit: https: //

Susan Rosin

JG Press Publications Manager



Re: Summer Camp #usa


My sister and I attended Camp Well-met in Narrowsburg, NY for several years.

Montclair, NJ

JGS Toronto. Virtual Meeting. DNA SIG Q&A Workshop. Gil Bardige and Arthur Sissman. Tuesday, 24 May 2022, 7:30 PM ET. #announcements #jgs-iajgs

Jerry Scherer





Featuring our new JGS Toronto members,

Gil Bardige and Arthur Sissman

Tuesday, 24 May 2022, 7:30 p.m. ET
Virtual meeting:  View from home 

We are pleased to welcome Gil Bardige and Arthur Sissman, both recognized as experts in Jewish DNA (see bios below), as new members of JGS Toronto. These two DNA mavens will answer your questions and provide general mentoring on your DNA brick walls. 

Here’s an opportunity to submit your DNA questions so that our mavens can try to provide you with guidance by directing you to specific methods and tips to further your research. By submitting your questions for this programme, you agree, if necessary, to give permission to share your screen and the names of DNA matches and family tree members. This will allow others to benefit from observing the techniques used by our experts. We ask that you include as much information as possible with your question and indicate what research you’ve done.

We are pleased to announce that this DNA Special Interest Group (SIG) programme will be open for both members and non-members.  The DNA SIG is scheduled to meet at least 4 times per year. Future DNA SIG programmes may be open only to JGS Toronto members to allow for the interactive presentations and discussions that are the hallmark of our SIG meetings.

Gil Bardige, originally from Chicago, has been a genealogist for over 40 years and a Genetic Genealogist since 2007.  He has tested at the 4 major testing companies and is the Co-Admininsitrator of 3 projects at FTDNA including Jewish R1B and R-A11711 Subclade Projects.  He is Chair of the Columbus Ohio JGS, a volunteer at IAJGS Conferences (including the Program Committee), and Director of the Mentoring Program.  Gil is a firm believer that you can use DNA results as a tool in your genealogy research.  Over the last five years, he has regularly helped people navigate their DNA matches by speaking at dozens of Jewish Genealogical Societies. After his presentations, people say: “Thank you, Gil, I am no longer confused!"

Arthur Sissman has been engaged in family history genealogy since 1999 and genetic genealogy (DNA) since 2015. Arthur has built over 25 family history trees for his various family surname lines. In addition he has tested his autosomal DNA at all the major DNA testing companies, and his Y-DNA and MtDNA at FamilyTreeDNA.  Using his methods in DNA matching, Arthur has found relatives previously unknown to him and has built out one family history tree by 150 persons in 10 days. For information on Arthur’s Jewish Genealogy SIG monthly meetings and scheduled workshops, email genresearch13@....

To register for the 24 May DNA SIG event , please go

You will then receive an immediate acknowledgement plus the link to access the event on 24 May.

Note: the video recording of this event will be available to JGS Toronto members only.

If you would like to ask our speakers one or more questions for this progamme, please complete this questionnaire formOur DNA mavens will try to get to as many questions as possible with priority given to JGS Toronto members.

To our guests: consider joining JGS Toronto for only $40.00 Canadian per year ($50 for couples) by Clicking Here, or consider a donation to JGS Toronto by Clicking Here to assist us in continuing our mission of providing a forum for the exchange of genealogical information. (Tax receipts are issued to Canadian donors.)




Tel 647-247-6414         twitter: jgsoftoronto

facebook: Jewish Genealogical Society of Toronto



Jerry Scherer

DNA SIG Co-Ordinator







Could I ask for a translation from Czech of this last letter? #translation


I found this letter among my late father's effects. He fled with his mother and brother from Czechoslovakia to the UK at the age of 15 years in 1939 - his uncle committed suicide and they lost everything.  This letter was kept carefully in a plastic folder with several copies and was clearly very precious.
I have no idea who Karel Bleier was or what the relationship was to my father. He was a few years older (born 1916, my father 1923). I have had it for a few years but, somehow I have always been, until now, reluctant to proceed further. I see the name "Hubert" in the post-script ... that was my grandmother's preferred name for him although he was actually Christened "Robert"
Jim Newmark

Re: BOMBLAT (Losice, Siedlce, Mordy) #poland

Barry Clarke

My great-grandmother MOLLY SZKLARKIEWICZ (from Jedwabne or Warsaw) was married to a STIGLITZ or similar (uncertain where he was from) who was in the military and died or was killed shortly after their son, SAMUEL, was born. Molly emigrated at that time around 1881 to the UK and on the ship met a man who she married. The only information we have about him is from his 1897 UK Naturalisation Certificate where it is written that he was born in "LESSITZ, SEDLIZ in Poland", which does not exist as written and I must presume to be LOSICE, SIEDLCE, as per in above message. His parents, according to the Certificate were HYMAN and BERTHA and his name JACOB CLARKE, obviously anglicised and possibly even taking his wife's maiden name of Clarke which we know was anglicised from Szklarkiewicz as her own brother was known as MAX CLARKE. Anyhow, if you or any reader has any information about them or life in Losice, Siedlce in the mid to late 1800s I'd be very grateful to hear more. Thank you,

Barry Clarke

Re: Gravestone Translation Requests #translation


Good morning,

On the right-

Here lies or here is buried (abbreviation on top)

My dear husband and our dear father

Avraham Chaim son of reb Yehoshu’ah

Passed 5 Iyar 5697

May his soul be gathered in eternal life (abbreviation – last line)

On the left-

Our dear mother

Henke daughter of reb Binyamin

Passed 3 Kislev 5711 ( date not entirely clear)

** Same abbreviations on top and in last line


Malka Chosnek



Re: Summer Camp #usa


I attended Camp Bauercrest, somewhere in Massachusetts i think in 1962 and 1963  and Stony Hollow in Bushkill Pa., 1965 - 1967.
Ed Rosenblatt
Plainfield, NY

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


My friend is collating a body of research on the Little Indian Day Camp run by Dr. Ron Cohen in Galloway NJ in the 1960s and 70s. He is putting together the history with photos, film clips and memorabilia from this beloved camp. If anyone on the thread has memories to share, please reach out.

Elizabeth Kaminsky
Ocean City, NJ

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