Re: Edward Drexler from Hungary #hungary


Hi Mr Drexler                                                                            22nd May 2022

I do not know, if Mr  Drexler  Bela--( Bela Drexler)
whom I happen to know personally as a child in Hungary
is a descendant of your Drexler Family or not.?

Mr Drexler Bela--was a Melamed, a Rabbi--? clean shaven after the war
Travelling around the  villages of the  'Tokaj Valley--and 
Teaching Hebrew--Alef-Beis etc--to children who had no alternative but to attend --mixed cultural schools.

To my knowledge: Mr Drexler Bela passed away in --around--1980--in Hungary
and was/is buried in MISKOLC Jewish Cemetery.

Mr Drexler Bela--May have had/has  a son.

Best wishes 
Veronika Pachtinger
London UK.

Camp Vosdowka #holocaust

Allan Bass

Looking for clarification on the name camp Vosdowka in reference to the attached Yiddish.
We are unable to locate this place in history.

Thank you.
Allan Bass

Re: Anglicising Czechoslovak forenames #names #austria-czech

Elana Broch

My grandmother, Rosa Broch, was listed on her Czech passport as Ruzena Brochova.  She was not Czech but married someone from Brno and was able to get a passports.  I do sometimes wonder if they were legit passports (my father and his brother were able to get them as well).  Their names were not changed.  All four of them were living in Cologne at the time.  

Elana Broch (thinking of changing it to Brochova)
Lawrenceville, NJ

JGASGP lecture free to the public on June 12th. Live and virtual #holocaust #records #jgs-iajgs

Marilyn Golden

We will be meeting in person and live streaming this lecture. More info to follow.
Please check our website for updates and link a few days prior to the meeting!


Jerry is very interesting and you will learn a lot!

Date:  Sunday, June 12, 2022.

Time: 3:00 PM check in, chat, and schmooze (Optional)

Official program starts promptly at 3:30 (NOTE LATER START TIME)

Speaker: Jerry Zaks, Child of Two Survivors

Topic: Recovering the Past: Researching the Fate of One’s Family in the Shoah

Location:  Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel

8339 Old York Rd, Elkins Park, PA 19027


Jerry Zaks is a 2nd Generation Survivor. After retiring in 2016 from a successful career in IT and computer programming, Jerry started a quest of researching and documenting the history of his parents’ experiences and hardships growing up in Poland in the 1930’s. Utilizing the computer and internet skills learned during his career he has spent over 4+ years assembling a detailed presentation which bears witness to his parents’ story.


Topic: Recovering the Past: Researching the Fate of One’s Family in the Shoah


Jerry will share the amazing details of his family’s Holocaust experiences and present his journey into personalized family Holocaust research, with strategies and suggestions for those who wish to dive into their own family histories.


*Guests are welcome at this meeting free of charge. Bring your teenager. School is out soon. Encourage them to get started on their own research! Invite your friends!


Go to our website for membership and detailed programming information. Contact me for any questions. New memberships run through December 31, 2022. We have a great free Beginners Guide on our website. We also have a member’s only portal that is more inclusive.  Check us out!


Marilyn Mazer Golden, Membership VP. membership@...

Jewish Genealogical and Archival Society of Greater Philadelphia

Marilyn Mazer Golden, Membership VP
Jewish Genealogical and Archival Society of Greater Philadelphia
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Netvision problems #israel

Linda Cantor

I am trying to contact Eitan Osnat and Eliahu Abram, both in Israel and both with Netvision emails.  I cannot get an email through to either of them.  
Please contact me at lincanfamily@... if you are Eitan or Eliahu or know them and can ask them to contact me.  This is for the Rokiskis SIG.
Linda Cantor

Moderator note: please respond privately to her e-mail address.

Request for Old Photos from Dubno #photographs #ukraine #poland


My name is Nina Schwartz. I am a volunteer graphic designer working with JewishGen on Yizkor books.

Do you have old family photos from when your relatives lived in Dubno (Dubno, Ukraine, formerly in Poland, earlier in the Russian Empire)? The English translation of the Memorial Book of Dubno will soon be ready to print. Photos are needed for the book cover. 

It is difficult to find good 1880-1947 photos online, and JewishGen cannot afford to license them from Getty Images, Alamy, USHMM, etc. 

I am looking for photos that show:
1. The Jewish part of town, with Jewish buildings such as synagogues, study houses, marketplace, shops, houses, schools, etc. Old postcards may be used. 
2. Non-family groups, such as a class, Zionist group, factory workers, professional group, or just people at work or play (outdoors if possible).
3. Single portraits and family groups, 1-20 people (outdoors if possible).
4. Modern photos of the old Jewish area, where some old structures remain, such as synagogues, cemetery headstones, houses or other Jewish buildings. Or a panorama or aerial view of the town.

Images must be in good focus, but do not have to be in perfect condition. I may even be able to repair fading, rips, blotches and other problems, making your photo more useful to you.

If you have old photos, please don’t send them yet. Write to me at artstop@... for instructions on how to scan them in high resolution, or re-photograph them. 

I look forward to hearing from you soon. Many thanks in advance for your kind help!

Nina Schwartz
Nina Schwartz

"Genealogy is Fun Video" - With Tips on How to Use the New Gesher Galicia Record Inventory Tool #education #galicia #ukraine

Steven Turner

Great discussion by Yonah on his family research and how to use our new Record Inventory tool (3:45) and how it helped him in his research. We at Gesher Galicia love to hear stories like this. Makes our hard work that much more rewarding. Thank you Yonah Paley for this.

Steven Turner
President, Gesher Galicia

Two lines of Russian from 1891 birth registration #translation


Hello Russian speakers,

I would be very grateful for a transcript (in Cyrillic letters) and a translation into English of the last two sentences of this birth record starting after Хая.
Khaya was born in Bedzin (at the time in Kielce gubernia) on 18th March 1891, but she wasn't presented to the registrar/official until 16th September. 

Many thanks,

Justin Levy
(Ware, UK)

Correction on translation #translation


Good morning,

I stand corrected –

The name is Yesha’ayahu and the date of death is the 13th.

Shalom, Malka Chosnek



St. Louis, MO cemetery help #usa

Trudy Barch


According to your website for B’nai Amoona Cemetery, Joseph and Kate FRIEDMAN are buried at this cemetery.   And their daughter Pauline and son-in-law Daniel ABRAMSKY.   But the death certificate for Pauline says she is buried at Sherith Israel.

Can you please explain this dilemma to me.   

Thank you,   

Trudy Barch,    Florida

Re: Edward Drexler from Hungary #hungary

Sherri Bobish

Hello again Tony,

On there is a 1922 U.S. passport application for a Harry DREXLER, born in Sulin in 1869.  Harry's father is listed as Solomon.  Harry's wife is Helene.

In 1924 when Harry extended his passport he gives his town of birth as Szuliny, Czechoslovakia. 

Since Judy posted "Szulin, which is in Szepes county," I would suggest doing soundex/ phonetic searches on surname DREXLER in Szulin at

This page about Szepes county mentions:
"The county became part of Czechoslovakia, apart from a very small area now in Poland, after World War I, and is now part of Slovakia (and Poland)."

Re: Edward Drexler from Hungary #hungary

Sherri Bobish

Hi Tony,

Here is a  September 28, 1928 article from The Brooklyn Daily Eagle.  Edward DREXLER attempted suicide and was rescued and taken to the hospital.  Article is in column four, second article from top.

And, here is his December 22, 1928 NYC death certificate.  He did commit suicide, and by the same manner (gas) that he had tried in September.

Edward's father's name is given as Samuel, his mother as Martha HEERENBERG or NEERENBERG (hard to read.)

Edward DREXLER is at Mt. Carmel Cem.
Section: 1
Block: E
Map: 17
Line: 5
Grave: 1

Here is a photo of Edward's stone from

Re: The name Ruda #names


I also have extended family with surname RUDA.  Henriette/Jette RUDA born 1856 married Israel RUDA born 1854 Germany/Prussia.
If this matches your family, please contact me at gaines_joyce@...  
Thank you.

Joyce Goldberg Gaines
Florida, USA

Re: Edward Drexler from Hungary #hungary

Judy Petersen

Dear Tony,
     My best guesses are as follows:

1) You are correct; Sulin is a town in the Presov region of northern Slovakia.
2) "Aparious" is probably a corruption of "Eperies", the German name for the town of Eperjes, now Presov, the administrative seat of Presov region.
3) "Flareous" may be a further corruption of "Fragopolis", the Latin version of the same town (Presov).
4) On the other hand, I checked JewishGen's All Hungary Database, and it's possible the town name may be Szulin, which is in Szepes county in Hungary, and for which there are a number of Drechsler/Drexler entries in JewishGen. 
5) In your search, remember to consider Hungarian/Yiddish versions of their Americanized names, though there are no rules and their original name could have been anything.  But in general,  Anna may be Netti; Edward may be Ede or Eduard, Henry may have been Chaim, or Henrik, or Heinrich, or Hanoch, Mor may have been Moses or Moric or Moritz, Cecilia may have been Tzilli or Cilli or Czaeczilia, etc. 
6) It sounds like you are working mostly off of oral histories, which is great, but you need to verify that information with documentation--death certificates, naturalizations, census records, etc.  There are a number of websites with searchable databases.  If you can tell us where you have already searched, we can make more focused suggestions for you. 
7) In your search, try "sideways" research.  If you can't find any documentation for Edward, try to find as much documentation as you can for his siblings. Their records may give you the information you need.

Best of luck,

Judy Petersen

Re: The Math Behind a Lack of Genetic Privacy #dna


I dunno about the “how easy” part when the individual is Ashkenazi Jewish.  I noted that on the Finding Your Roots episode with George R. R. Martin as a subject, they determined from his DNA that his grandfather wasn’t the Italian fellow expected, but some unknown Ashkenazi Jewish man. At that point in the program, with folks of English/German/random Western European descent, they usually whip out the other DNA relatives they’ve found and their determination of who the unknown ancestor really was. But here with presumably the resources to use the best DNA detectives, they couldn’t identify the grandfather.

Susan Slusky
Highland Park, NJ

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

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