TAFLOWICZ, HERSZKOWICZ, & NUTKOWICZ: How to Access an Original Copy of an 1850 Tomaszow Maz. Birth Document for Hana Sura TAFLOWICZ #poland #records

Marilyn Robinson

Recently, I had an 1843 Jewish marriage record translated by the Facebook group, Genealogical Translations.
1.The groom was listed as Eyzeyk TAFLOWICZ &
2.the bride was listed as Esther Malka HERSZKOWICZ,
3.both from Tomazow Mazowiecki.
4.[LDS Film#747938, Akt# 5,(JRI-Poland)]; & Genbaza,detail,289965,35

An 1850 Tomaszow Maz. birth record for Hana Sura TAFLOWICZ, listed
1.the father as Ajzyk TAFLOWICZ &
2.the mother as Estera Malka, born NUTKOWICZ.
3.[Microfilm # 747939 (JRI-Poland) or 007954374 Image 181, Akt # 42].
This information was from a translation of the original document by FHL for me.

I don't know if Eyzeyk/Ajzyk was remarried to another Estera Malka (HERSZKOWICZ vs. NUTKOWICZ) or the translation of the mother's last name was faulty.

I tried to find the original document on the Polish site, GenBaza, in order to view the mother's maiden name, but was unable to find the document. I don't know if I was searching incorrectly or if it was simply unavailable.

Additionally, as I explained in another post, FHL Remote Access is no longer allowed to display original documents from some countries, so that resource is presently closed, as well.
Can anyone help me to find a copy of the original 1850 birth document for Hana Sura TAFLOWICZ??

Marilyn Robinson

Heads Up!!: FHLRemoteAccess Research Requests: Change of Rules #announcements

Marilyn Robinson

I recently requested copies of images from FHLRemoteAccess, the information for which I found on JRI-Poland [Tomaszow Mazowiecki]. Access was denied for the following reason: " Restrictions placed by the author/publishers/owners of the record do not allow us to provide the image that you requested".

When I questioned why, the response today was: "The restrictions have changed!! We are not happy with it either. You could possibly access it from a family history center near you. So many European countries we cannot do anymore."

Marilyn Robinson
Taflowicz, Reichman/Rajchman/Rejchman, Michalowicz, Zolna,Reinglas/Rejnglaz [Tomasow Maz.]; Yudin/Iudin/Judin, Shapiro [Belarus]

Re: Searching WEISSBURG #usa

Jay Hamburger

Interesting connection.  The name Billy rings a vague bell from somewhere.  Were they Texans?  I have found very few of same/similar names in TX.  There was a Gentile Hamburger family in Houston who were friends.  Phil Hamburger was a Member of Houston City Council in the '50-'60's and later worked in PR for NASA


Link to slides: Roger Lustig talk, 25 May #JewishGenUpdates

Roger Lustig

Apologies to all who got the wrong link to the slides from my talk
yesterday. This should work better:

All comments welcome, as before!

Roger Lustig

Re: British citizenship #unitedkingdom #poland

Evelyn and Christopher Wilcock

It is worth mentioning that not all UK naturalisation files have been preserved. 
My mother in law applied to see her father's file and it turned out that it no longer existed. In the immediate post war (post WW2) period  British nationality was offered to many people who had served in the UK Forces and we were told that not all the files had  been preserved.
Evelyn Wilcock

Corrected: Liberation from a Shoah Ghost: The Girl on the Wall #announcements #holocaust #jgs-iajgs

Linda Kelley

The Jewish Genealogical Society of Oregon invites you to a free Zoom program:
Liberation from a Shoah Ghost:  The Girl on the Wall, with Preeva Adler Tramiel
Sunday, June 26, 2022, 10:30 a.m. Pacific Time
Preeva is a second-generation Holocaust survivor; her father, Samuel Adler, also called Adler Hershi, was from Transcarpathia.
All of our programs feature automatically transcribed closed captions.
Register in advance. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Linda Wolfe Kelley,
JGSO Secretary
Portland, OR, USA

Argentina Ancestry Archive Permits Tracking of Ancestors' Arrival #announcements #records

Jan Meisels Allen



As reported by the Buenos Aires Times the Centre for Latin American Migration Studies (CEMLA) has created a database helping to discover how Argentine ancestors arrived in the country. It covers 160 years—1800 to 1960.

The database comprises over 4.4 million people in total, featuring information on 200 countries of origin, over 75 years of records up to 1960, and over 3,500 vessels where they travelled to settle in this country.


Go to:

You will be asked for the full name of the person whose history you are seeking.


You need to complete the CAPTCHA test (the alphanumerical code appearing in the screen) and click on “buscar” (search) to pick up your information.


The website is in Spanish. If you use Chrome as your browser it will automatically translate. If not using Chrome use a translation site such as DeepL translator  or Google translate















To read more see:


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee



Re: Seeking descendants of a Dr. Rachkovsky or Rotzkovski or Radkovski (or similar) of Haifa #holocaust



I want to thank all of the very helpful responders who took the time to help.

Only a few short days after posting my request, I am now in contact with the sons of Dr. Berthold Ratskovsky.

Thank you to all who responded!
Fredel Fruhman
Brooklyn, New York, USA

Re: Tordobis #ukraine

Paul Mayerowitz

This is one of the sources that indicated Morris was from Tordobis. I asked the author of the book he wrote on the Arsenic Gang for his source and he would not provide his source.

Paul Mayerowitz

Re: British citizenship #unitedkingdom #poland

Caroline Gurney <research@...>

Hi Odeda,

My answer was about Tony Allan's father, who he stated 'came to the UK at the age of 16 from Danzig Poland in 1936'. I therefore assumed his father was a Polish national. However, I now see that Danzig (Gdansk) in 1936 was neither in Poland nor Germany but was a Free City, under the protection of the League of Nations. The Free City was created on 15 November 1920 so, since Tony's father was 16 in 1936, he may have been born before the Free City was established. If his papers (and perhaps his native language) led to him being viewed as German by the British authorities, it's possible he could have been interned as an enemy alien. 
Caroline Gurney

Re: Searching WEISSBURG #usa


Jay - Thank you so much for your (interesting) reply, and the knowledge that there is an Israel connection, and I wonder where they fit on the family tree.  I also wonder if the Los Angeles branch ever learned of the murder of their (possible) relative in Auschwitz.

Additionally, it looks like we also have a HAMBURG(ER) connection: Sisters, Mae/May WEISSBURG and Sophie WEISSBURG were BOTH married to William ‘Billy’ HAMBURG(ER).  When May died very young, Billy married her sister, Sophie.  That story is a novella in itself that I won’t go into right now as it is very sad.  

Sandi, in Bulverde, Texas

GOLDMAN, Moshe ben David, Lublin, Poland #poland

Yale Reisner


Dear JewishGenners:


The May 25, 2022 edition of the Polish newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza carried a legal notice announcing that the Regional Court of Western Lublin [Sąd Rejonowy Lublin-Zachód], Eighth Civil Division, on behalf of the State Treasury as represented by the Mayor of Lublin, is seeking the heirs of


Mojżesz GOLDMAN, son of Dawid GOLDMAN of Lublin


in connection with settling the title of properties he owned located on ul. Krochmalna & ul. Betonowa in Lublin

registered as ”dz. nr 62/4, 62/5 and 62/6, obr. 0017 – Krochmalna” and consisting of 0.2153 hectares (0.532 acres).


Those with information regarding Mr. Goldman’s heirs are asked to contact the Court within three months of the publication of the notice; otherwise, the property will be granted to the Lublin municipality.


Anyone contacting the Court in this matter should make reference to Docket No. VIII Ns 569/21.


Best wishes,


Yale J. Reisner

Warsaw, Poland

JGFF #913980



Re: British citizenship #unitedkingdom #poland

Caroline Gurney <research@...>

HI Daniella,

There is a blanket 100 year closure rule on all the naturalisation application files in the series HO 405. Given that the files include police reports on individuals, that's understandable:

As Jill Whitehead has said, you can submit a Freedom of Information request to open this file - or at least obtain certain information from it, even if it cannot be fully opened. The link to do this is on the catalogue page you shared above.

These files were supposed to be closed when the person was either naturalised or died. So it's a mystery why a file on a person who died in 1978 remained open until 1996. You will not be able to find a naturalisation certificate if he was never naturalised. In submitting your FOI request, I suggest you specifically enquire whether the application resulted in his being naturalised. 

The United Kingdom Visa and Immigration Service has records of those who were given indefinite leave to remain in the country, at any date. You can email: subjectaccessrequest@... to enquire about records they may have for E Guttmann.

Best wishes,


Caroline Gurney
Bristol, UK

Re: agencies Aiding WW2 Survivors #records

Sherri Bobish

Re: Immigration from Palestine in the 19th C #israel

Sherri Bobish


Using the search tools at I see that ships did arriving at the port of NY from Jaffa.

Of course, he could have arrived at another U.S. port.

If you believe that he came in through the port of NY than try searching his name at:
Keep in mind that the name may be mispelled, as those old manifest are very hard to read and names often get transcribed differently than you would expect.

You can also search his name at 
They have many manifest databases for various ports in The U.S.

JGS Cleveland presents "Give Us Our Name: Genealogy and American Jewish Religion" with Rachel B. Gross, June 1st, 7 pm ET #education #jgs-iajgs #announcements


Join the Jewish Genealogy Society of Cleveland for our next Zoom program on Wednesday, June , 7-8:30 pm ET - Give Us Our Name: Genealogy and American Jewish Religion with Rachel B. Gross.


Program: In researching their family histories, many American Jewish genealogists engage in an emotional experience that intimately connects them to specific stories of immigration from Eastern Europe to the United States. In her book Beyond the Synagogue: Jewish Nostalgia as Religious Practice, Rachel B. Gross finds that, for some Jewish genealogists, pursuing this family history can become a form of religious practice. Through their research and commemorative activities, Jewish genealogists ask and answer powerful questions about who they are and about their place in the world—the very work of religion.  Join us to explore the powerful connection between genealogy and religious practice.


Speaker: Rachel B. Gross is Assistant Professor and John and Marcia Goldman Chair in American Jewish Studies in the Department of Jewish Studies at San Francisco State University. She is a religious studies scholar who studies twentieth- and twenty-first-century American Jews. Her book, Beyond the Synagogue: Jewish Nostalgia as Religious Practice, is a 2021 National Jewish Book Award finalist in American Jewish Studies. She is currently working on a religious biography of the twentieth-century immigration writer Mary Antin.


Registration: Required and free - Send an email to rsvp@... by 12 Noon EDT on June 1st to receive a Zoom link.  If you are NOT a JGS Cleveland member, please include your name, email, and complete mailing address.



Go to for more program, speaker, and membership information.




Contact: Deborah A. Katz, JD, PhD

Vice President, Programming

JGS Cleveland

Re: British citizenship #unitedkingdom #poland


Jill is absolutely correct.  I discovered my father's Home Office file at the National Archives in October 2006, marked "Secret - Sealed Until 2051". 

I made a Freedom of Information Act application, and got it opened 2-3 months later.  All I had to do was provide certified copies of Dad's Death Certificate, my parents' Marriage Certificate, and my Birth Certificate.

Best of luck!
Marc Stevens

Re: British citizenship #unitedkingdom #poland

Jill Whitehead

You can do a Freedom of Information request to the National Archives to open a naturalisation file that is currently closed. There is a form for this on their website. However, the onus is on you to say what you are looking for from these records e.g. names, addresses, places they were at before the UK, places they were living in in UK, occupations pre and post UK, names of family members etc. 

Jill Whitehead, Surrey, UK

The JGS Great Britain is holding a Leeds Regional Group Meeting by Zoom entitled ‘Mamaliga Blues’. #events

Peter Heilbrunn

The JGS Great Britain is holding a Leeds Regional Group Meeting by Zoom entitled ‘Mamaliga Blues’.

• Date: Sunday May 29th, 2022

• Time 14:00 London; 09:00 New York; 16:00 Jerusalem; 15:00 Switzerland

• Title: “Mamaliga Blues - a Brazilian man's J-Family search in Moldova”

• Speaker: Cassio Tolpolar

• Description: This is an award winning & interesting film "Mamaliga Blues" & the director Cassio Tolpolar is from Brazil; he travelled with his family to find his Jewish roots in Moldova. The film is in English and English subtitles.(Yiddish/Portuguese)

Following the showing will be Q&A after the talk.

About Cassio Tolpolar

Cassio Tolpolar was born in the south of Brazil. Cassio’s debut as a Director and Writer, the short Venus, was screened in a number of film festivals around the world and won several awards, including Best Director and Best Cinematography. It led him to direct for television and, ultimately, to move to the US and complete the MFA in Film at the San Francisco Art Institute. Upon his arrival in the US, he worked in a number of TV shows and documentaries. After 11 years in Los Angeles, Cassio returned to Brazil to promote his documentary, Mamaliga Blues, which was screened in Brazil, the US and Europe. In Brazil, Cassio worked for Sony Entertainment, finished a documentary about the first Jewish colony in Brazil, A trip to Philippson and a short about the life of a Dutch foreigner in Brazil, buitenlanders/foreigners. Currently he is preparing a short documentary about the Culture Club, a Jewish centre for culture established in the 1950's in Brazil.

To register as a non-member follow this link

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

If you have problems joining please email chairman@..., preferably in the 15 minutes before the meeting proper starts.

Peter Heilbrunn
Amersham, England

Re: British citizenship #unitedkingdom #poland

Odeda Zlotnick

On Wed, May 25, 2022 at 04:53 PM, Caroline Gurney wrote:
There are also records of enemy aliens who were interned: (unlikely to apply in your father's case).
Why is it not likely to apply in Daniella's father's case?

Odeda Zlotnick
Jerusalem, Israel.

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