Re: DNA help #dna

Bob Smiley

You may also want to join the Facebook group "Jewish DNA for Genetic Genealogy" at
Bob Smiley
Kirkland, Washington USA

ViewMate translation request - Polish #translation

Dror Bereznitsky


I've posted a marriage record in Polish for which I need a translation.
It is on ViewMate at the following address -

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

Thank you very much,
Dror Bereznitsky

Re: Seeking Friedman Descendants #usa

Awesome Properties

I'm also looking for Friedman family.
My GG grandfather was Alexander Zisha / Joszef Friedman. He was born in Sarcai / Sarbi Romania.4/25/1864.   His parents were Marton and Hinda. His first wife was Rose Ekker. Looking for his descendants . Family of his children with Wife #1:
Also Looking for Descendents of children of , Mili/ Mirl Leitman,Wife #2 
Levi and Ignac ( my ggrandfather was Eliyahu/ Andor)
I'd love to find my GGG father's family,
Information on burial spot for Alexander Zisha Friedman. . He died 4/28/1925 in Oradea, Romania.
Thank you for your help and input
Rachel Malik
FRIEDMAN Sarbi , Margareten and Oradea Romania
LEITMAN Saniob, Oradea Romania
TESZLER Barsana Romania
MOSKOVIC Hustkoz, Hungary now Nankovo Ukraine


Re: Chaim Moskovitc Hustkoz Hungary now Nankovo Ukraine #hungary #ukraine #records


Nankovo is in Transcarpathia, Huszt region, Ukraine. 
The records are stored in the state archive in Uzhgorod ( Ungvár).
I recommend to contact Mr Bela Huber, he is a local researcher and he has access to the archive. 
His contacts can be found on Jewishgen researchers list. 
Highly recommended

Mark Friedman . 

Re: Chaim Moskovitc Hustkoz Hungary now Nankovo Ukraine #hungary #ukraine #records

Sherri Bobish

Hi  Rachel,

Have you seen these records?
Chaje, born 12-Mar-1889
father - TESZLER, Majer / Leb from Barczanfalu
mother - MASKAVITS, Leja from Barczanfalu

Jakab, born 07-May-1897   (died 12-Oct-1898)
father - TESZLER, Leb from Barczanfalu
mother - MOSKOVICS, Leia from Huszt
Father butcher, age 42; mother age 36. Child died 1898

Paula, born 20-Jan-1899
father - TESZLER, Leb from Barczanfalva
mother - MOSKOVICS, Laja from Husztkoz
Father butcher, age 43; mother age 37

Amalia, born 25-Dec-1900 (died 31-Dec-1900)
father - TESZLER, Leb - from Barczanfalva
mother - MOSKOVITS, Laja from Husztkoz
Father butcher, age 45; mother age 39

Zsofia, born 23-Dec-1901 (died 28-Jan-1903)
father - TESZLER, Leb from Barczanfalva
mother - MOSKOVITS, Laja from Husztkoz
Father butcher, age 45; mother age 43

Szima, born 8-Mar-1904
father - TESZLER, Leb from Barczanfalva
mother - MOSKOVICS, Laje - Husztkoz
Father butcher, age 48; mother age 46.

Zseni, born 2-Jun-1906
father - TESZLER, Leb from Barczanfalva
mother - MOSKOVICS, Laje - Husztkoz
Father butcher, age 49; mother age 47
See above site for records of deaths of several of their children.

This may also refer to your Lea. 
CHAJMAVICS probably referring to her father being Chaim.
Seindel, born 1890, died 1891 in Barczanfalu
father - TESZLER, Majer / Leb - hometown Barczanfalu
mother - CHAJMAVICS, Lea - hometown Nankif [Nankovo]

Good luck in your search,

Sherri Bobish

RATOWSKY / CHAIMSON (Ariogala, Lith.); LEFFENFELD / FINK / KALTER (Daliowa & Jasliska, Pol.)
BOJDA / BLEIWEISS (Tarnow & Tarnobrzeg, Pol.); WALTZMAN / WALZMAN (Ustrzyki Dolne, Pol.)
LEVY (Tyrawa Woloska, Pol.); SOLON / SOLAN / SOKOLSKY (Grodek, Bialystok, Pol.)
BOBISH / BLUMENKRANZ / APPEL / WEINER / ROSENBERG (Vysoko-Litovsk, Brest, Biala Podlaska)

Re: DNA help #dna


Post your questions on this site, there are many people here who have plenty of experience with DNA.
Stephen Schmideg
Melbourne, Australia

Re: Searching for Riuva/Rivka/Sonia Levine or Levine #russia #belarus


She wasn't buried in a Jewish cemetery. She married a Protestant man before her death in 1958 and was buried with him in Omagh in Northern Ireland. I haven't been able to find any birth certificate, death certificate or marriage certificate for her. All I have is a photo of her headstone, my grandfather's birth certificate and some undated photos of her.

The headstone also says she was born in Goumin in Minsk. Someone from Belarus told me this could be because she was saying Humen (Yiddish for Ihumen - as it was known at the time) and was misunderstood by English speakers. 

I found a Rivka Levin who was born on the same day as her (June 6) in 1895 on but I don't know if this was her. I'm guessing her name was more likely Rivka or Rifka but the English person wrote her name as "Riuva" because she couldn't understand her accent. 
AC Calvert

Re: Alternates for first name Blimah #names


My wife was born in a DP camp after the war and was named Bluma after her late grandmother. When she migrated to Australia and went to school the other kids called her Bloomers so she anglicised her name to Betty.
Geoff Ackerman

USHMM Make Holocaust Related Ukrainian Archives Available Online #announcements #records #ukraine #usa

Jan Meisels Allen



The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) has made Holocaust-related Ukrainian Archives available on line with special permission from the Ukrainian State Archives. This results in 10 million pages of records that will be accessible online for the first time.

The first one million pages are now searchable at

Original URL:


These archives include historical materials from before, during and after the Holocaust. They include collections topics such as:


  • The activities of Jewish political, cultural, educational and philanthropic organizations;
  • information about individuals, census data, vital statistics, lists of names, personal files, etc.;
  • pogroms during the Russian civil war, closure of synagogues and dissolution of Jewish communities by the Soviet authorities, demographic and statistical information and other documentation;
  • the Nazi German administration in occupied Ukraine and Ukrainian auxiliary police;
  • Jewish ghettos;
  • postwar developments, such as Soviet investigations of war crimes committed by Germans and their allies on the occupied territories, return of evacuated populations, restitution of Jewish property and war crimes trials and Soviet antisemitism.


With one of Europe’s largest pre-war Jewish populations, Ukraine was the site of critical events in Holocaust history, including the beginning of Nazi Germany’s systematic mass killings of Jews after the invasion of the Soviet Union in 1941. At least 1.5 million Jews were killed within Ukraine’s current borders.


To read the press release see:


Thank you to Phil Goldfarb, President, JGS Tulsa, for sharing this information with us.


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee



Re: Alternates for first name Blimah #names

Helen Kon

As far as I know, Blima is a Yiddish name and not a Hebrew name. Blima means flower. Blanca as I know it means white.

Helen Kon
New York City, NY

JewishGen Course Announcement - Sharing Your Stories – Writing Short Family Narratives – July 2022 #announcements #education #JewishGenUpdates

Marion Werle

You’ve been working on your family history for years. Doing a complete family history can be overwhelming, so let’s start by writing a short family narrative. Your report can focus on an individual, a family story, your ancestral town, an immigration experience, a family photo, or other topic of your choosing. The objective of this class is to provide the opportunity to write a report of limited scope that you can complete within a short timeframe. The course will offer tips on how to add interest to your chosen story, using context and description, and will cover the mechanics of writing and genealogical best practices to create an effective report. This is a four-week class. The first week will be used to assist you plan and bring focus your story. Please have a topic in mind prior to registration, and be sure that your supporting research is as complete as possible. Spend some time reviewing and organizing your research before class starts. Please write a brief (1-2 paragraph) description of your project to discuss during our first session. 

We will meet weekly via Zoom to discuss the lessons and answer any questions. After you enroll, please email the instructor to indicate your time zone and the best time for class meetings. Enrollment is limited to ten (10) students. See the JewishGen Learning Center Schedule for a full description and enrollment instructions. Note that students are required to have completed at least one year of genealogical research.

The class begins on July 10, 2022 and final papers will be due on August 7. Please send any questions to course instructor Marion Werle, mwerle@....

Marion Werle

Re: Searching for Riuva/Rivka/Sonia Levine or Levine #russia #belarus

Odeda Zlotnick

On Wed, Jun 29, 2022 at 06:41 PM, Sherri Bobish wrote:
Her father's name could be on her tombstone, or on her marriage record or death record.
Reading Sherri's comment, I realize you haven't told us what type of cemetery she was buried in.
Tombstones in Jewish cemeteries will usuall have the father's name in the Hebrew text.
Odeda Zlotnick
Jerusalem, Israel.

DNA help #dna

Lee Jaffe

Can anyone recommend good sources for posing questions about DNA research?  I don't see a many DNA questions come through this group, so I wondered whether there was another, better, venue to address these issues.  I'm not a Facebook user so the resources there are not available to me.   

I found that JewishGen has a DNA Testing mailing list, to which I've subscribed.  But the link to the group's info page – where I'd hope to find instructions, perhaps the mailing address or the archives – looks to be an ad for FamilyTreeDNA.  If someone is familiar with that mailing list and can point me to a better source, that would be a helpful source.

Other suggestions about places i can post questions and hear back from interested and informed members would be appreciated.  


Lee David Jaffe
Surnames / Towns:  Jaffe / Suchowola, Poland ; Stein (Sztejnsapir) / Bialystok and Rajgrod ; Roterozen / Rajgrod ; Joroff (Jaroff, Zarov) / Chernigov, Ukraine ; Schwartz (Schwarzstein) / Ternivka, Ukraine ;  Weinblatt / Brooklyn, Perth Amboy, NJ ; Koshkin / Snovsk, Ukraine ; Rappoport / ? ; Braun / Wizajny, Suwalki,  Ludwinowski / Wizajny, Suwalki


Chaim Moskovitc Hustkoz Hungary now Nankovo Ukraine #hungary #ukraine #records

Awesome Properties

Dear researchers,
I am researching Chaim Moskovic/ Moshkowitz born c. 1845 ,from Husztkoz, Hungary now Nonkovo Ukraine.
His daughter was Leah , born c. 1865 . Leah married Mayer Leib  /Leb Teszler from Birsanif/ Barsana Romania. Leah is buried in Sighet, Romania.
I'd love to find more info on Chaim and Leah but can't find anything on Jewishgen other than Leah's burial record. Any ideas of where or how to find more info is appreciated.
Rachel Malik

LitvakSIG Ukmerge District Research Group Birds of a Feather (BOF) Zoom Meeting, July 10 #announcements #lithuania

Roy Ogus

The Birds of a Feather (BOF) session for the LitvakSIG Ukmerge District Research Group will be held over Zoom on Sunday, July 10, 2022, at 12:00 noon EST.

The Ukmerge district includes the following towns:   Alanta, Anyksciai, Baleliai, Balninkai, Bukonys, Debeikiai, Kavarskas, Kupiskis, Kurkliai, Leliunai, Pagiriai, Raguva, Seta, Siesikai, Simonys, Skiemonys, Subacius, Svedasai, Taujenai, Traupis, Troskunai, Ukmerge, Utena, Uzpaliai, Vidiskiai, Viesintos, Vyzuonos, and Zelva

BOF sessions will be recorded and made publicly available for a limited time.  After that, they will be available to qualified contributors to the LitvakSIG District Research Groups, for which contributions are made through the following page:

To register for the Ukmerge district BOF session, which is free to all, please click on the following link or copy and paste it in your browser:

(Make sure to paste the complete URL into your browser.)

You may also register using the tiny URL:

Roy Ogus
LitvakSIG Ukmerge District Research Group

Re: Searching for Riuva/Rivka/Sonia Levine or Levine #russia #belarus

Dan Nussbaum

DNA testing might help you determine if you have Jewish ancestry?

Daniel Nussbaum II, M.D., FAAP
Retired Developmental Pediatrician
Rochester, New York
xe, xem, xer
Tone can be misinterpreted in email. Please read my words with warmth, kindness, and good intentions.

Searching for;
Nussbaum, Katzenstein, Mannheimer and Goldschmidt; Rhina, Raboldshausen and Bad Hersfeld, Germany
Teplitzky, Bendersky and Kaszkiet; Uman, Ukraine
Rosenthal and S(c)henk(el)man; Zinkov, Ukraine
Bild and Kashlevsky; anywhere

How do I get original record image from JewishGen? #records #ukraine


I found a birth record listed in JwishGen that may be my grandfather, Jacob Brodetsky. The record is for Yakov Brudetsky.  Born 1886, Odessa, Ukraine. The only information is an image number: 2696 and a source SOAF. Is it possible to obtain an image of the original record? If so how do I go about doing that?
Thank you so much for your help,
Barbara Gilmore Silver
Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA
Goldstein, Schultz, Brodetsky

ViewMate translation request - Russian #bessarabia #russia #translation

david perkins

I've posted a vital record in Russian for which I need a translation. It is on ViewMate at the following address ...
Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page.
Thank you very much.

David L. Perkins
Perkin and Segan (Belarus, Grodno and Slonim)
Paris/Poris and Seigel (Ukraine/Poland, Bilozirka, Kupil)
Schneider Shnayder Goldstein Litwack (Bessarabia/Moldova, Teleneshty) 
Peterfreund Loeffelholtz  Pippersberg Federbush Englander (Galicia Nowy Sacz Krakow) 
Podolski Lauffer Wahl (Galicia Krakow Tarnobrzeg)

ViewMate Translation Request - Polish #translation

Howie Rotblatt

I've posted a birth record that is in Polish for which I need a translation. It is on ViewMate at the following address ...

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

Thank you,
Howard Rotblatt
New York City

Re: Help locating Great grandmother #austria-czech

Sherri Bobish


Therese Cejka arrived NYC 1889, age 20, from Austria, going to NY.  Manifests from that time frame given little info.

Do you know her married surname?  The name of her husband?  That info will help in finding other records for Therese.

If you find out the names of Therese's parents than that will help you in searching other records from her town of birth.

Good luck in your search,

Sherri Bobish

RATOWSKY / CHAIMSON (Ariogala, Lith.); LEFFENFELD / FINK / KALTER (Daliowa & Jasliska, Pol.)
BOJDA / BLEIWEISS (Tarnow & Tarnobrzeg, Pol.); WALTZMAN / WALZMAN (Ustrzyki Dolne, Pol.)
LEVY (Tyrawa Woloska, Pol.); SOLON / SOLAN / SOKOLSKY (Grodek, Bialystok, Pol.)
BOBISH / BLUMENKRANZ / APPEL / WEINER / ROSENBERG (Vysoko-Litovsk, Brest, Biala Podlaska)

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