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.

Search of Kamenetsky's from Bessarabia #bessarabia


Hello. My name is Katerina Kamenetsky.
I'm looking for information about my grandfather Kamenetsky Mark Pavlovich. He was born in 1913 in the village Tsaul (formerly called village Gorodichul) of the Tarnovo region of Moldova. Over the years, this village belonged to the Khotinsky, Yassky, Balti and Soroca counties.
His parents are Pavel Markovich Kamenetsky and Lyubov Gershonovna. Unfortunately, I only know these names as they appear on my grandfather's birth certificate.
My grandfather had three brothers, I don't know their names yet. My father worked at a sugar factory (sugar beet processing) as an agronomist (beet grower).

Mark Kamenetsky (my grandfather) graduated from the gymnasium in town Soroca in 1931. In 1940-41. worked as an elementary school teacher in the village of Denzhany, Oknitsa district. Their relatives, the Weisman family and the Perelman family, lived in the village of Zguritsa. We assume that the surname Perelman is the maiden name of Lyubov Gershonovna.
During the Holocaust, my grandfather's parents and brothers died in the Transnistrian ghetto or on the way there.
Since the Weissman and Perelman families were in the Bershad ghetto, I assume that the Kamenetsky family was also there. Mark Kamenetsky wasn't a ghetto prisoner. He was mobilized into the labor army, and in 1942 he was evacuated to the Sverdlovsk region. According to the stories of his relatives, he was an invalid from childhood, he limped.
After the war, he, his wife and children, returned to live in Moldova, maintained relations with the survived relatives Vaisman and Perelman. I also keep in touch with some of them now.
I would be grateful for any help and tips in finding information about our Kamenetskys. I also expect answers from the Red Cross organization and the Chisinau archive.

I am sending this photos of my grandfather Mark Kamenetsky and the Weissman family. Sheiva Weissman (Perelman) - the sister of Lyuba Kamenetskaya (Mark's mother)
Best regards, Katerina Kamenetsky

Re: Help interpreting info from all Galicia gatabase #galicia

Odeda Zlotnick

I always find it easy to remember the meaning of "tom" by thinking of the English word "tome".

TOME Synonyms: 14 Synonyms & Antonyms for TOME |
Odeda Zlotnick
Jerusalem, Israel.

MyHeritage Free Access to Military Records May 25-31, 2022 #records #announcements

Jan Meisels Allen


MyHeritage is celebrating those who served this Memorial day making their entire collection of military records available by free access from May 25-31, 2022. No time zone is listed so I am presuming Central Time for cutoff. 

To search their collection go to:

You will find a green “free” sign next to the collections that are being offered. 

You are required to register with name and email but no credit card information is required.


If you try to access records not included during the free access offer or after the promotion you will be invited to subscribe.


You can refine by location: Canada, Europe, Oceania and the United States.


MyHeritage is home to 694 collections of 74 million military records from all around the world — including draft, enlistment, and service records, pension records, and other military documents. Several important military record collections

have been added in the past few months, including collections from France, Germany, and the United States. The collections contain records going back as far as the mid-1700s, providing information on people across the globe who were

involved in the major armed conflicts of the past few centuries.


I have no affiliation with MyHeritage and am posting this solely for the information of the reader.


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee




ViewMate photo identification - Poland #translation


I've posted a photo taken in approximately 1916 in Kalisz, Poland, which
includes my father in the front row on the left hand side. I would be
interested to know what type of institution this was.

It is on ViewMate at the following address ...

Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page.

Thank you very much.

Best Wishes,

Rose Raymen

Perth, Western Australia

4521 - 4540 of 673462