Fold3 Free Access to Civil War Collection Through July 17 #announcements #records #usa

Jan Meisels Allen


Fold3, a member of Ancestry family of companies, is offering free access to more than 100 million records from their Civil War Collection through July 17th                  

11:59 p.m. MT.   After the free access period ends, you will only be able to view the records using a paid Fold3 subscription. You can explore service records, pension files, casualty lists and more.

You will have to register with your name, email address and password, no credit card information is required.

If you are an Ancestry subscriber you can also sign in with your Ancestry password.

Go to:


I have no affiliation with Fold3 nor Ancestry and am sharing this solely for the information of the readers.


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee




Announcing the Publication of "Memorial Book of Krynki" #JewishGenUpdates #announcements #poland

Susan Rosin

JewishGen Press is proud to announce our 147th title: Memorial Book of Krynki (Krynki, Poland).
This is the English translation of Pinkas Krynki.

Hard Cover, 8.5” by 11”, 428 pages with original photographs


Original Yizkor Book Edited by: D. Rabin

Project Coordinator: Michael Palmer

Layout and Name Indexing: Jonathan Wind

Reproduction of Photographs: Sondra Ettlinger

Cover Design: Nina Schwartz


Krynki, located on an important route between Kraków and Grodno, had a significant Jewish presence since the 17th century. Josif Giel established a wool and flannel factory here in 1827; it was soon joined by other factories, including 14 leather tanneries and 8 leather works. By the end of the 19th century, Krynki had about 5,000 inhabitants, 88-90% Jewish. The community had five synagogues, two Hasidic prayer houses, over a dozen cheders, a yeshiva, a hospital and nursery, and social and aid organizations such as Linas Hatzedek and Bikkur Cholim. There were Jewish schools and sports clubs, Zionist organizations, and labor unions.


In June 1941 the Nazis occupied Krynki and began a reign of brutality and murder. In December 1941, a ghetto was set up where the entire Jewish population, as well as Jews from nearby areas, were forced to live.


Liquidation of the ghetto began in October 1942; 5,000 Jews were deported to the camp in Kolbassino. Some resisted, firing stolen rifles and revolvers; several escaped to the forest. The few Jews left after the deportation were finally sent to the extermination camp in Treblinka.


Today, no Jews live in Krynki, but the memory of them lives on. This book was written "to bring forth the history of this martyred community... its founding, industrial power, struggles, fights, and revolts."


For more details and how to order, please visit:


Susan Rosin

JG Press Publications Manager

Mildred/Milly/Millie: Equivalent Names #lodz #names

Marilyn Robinson

What would the Hebrew or Yiddish equivalent of Mildred/Milly/Millie be? I am searching for an older sister of my maternal grandmother. Gittel/Gus LEVINE/MICHALOWICZ.
According to Ancestry, Mildred was born in about 1880 and immigrated to the US in about 1888. I found my grandmother, her other siblings, and mother immigrating to the US in 1891 ( from port of Hamburg; arriving Aug 1891) under the last name of "MICHALOWICZ" the father's patronym ), but Mildred ( or other name) was not among them. Neither was her father, Zalman/Solomon. The family also used the name LEVINE & LURIE (or a version of it). The family was from Lodz/ Tomaszow Mazwiecki.

Marilyn Robinson

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

Michele Lock

From the posts for the woman Rebecca/Rivka/Sarah/Sonia, here’s what you’ve been able to tell us about her, along with several comments/questions from me:


June 6, 1895 – birthdate of Rivka Levin, according to – what is Ancestry’s source for this birthdate? And where does Ancestry say that this Rivka Levin was born? In the UK or in Russia? {Please note - Ancestry all too often mixes up persons, especially if they have a common surname like Levin}. This may be your Rivka Levin, or it may be an entirely different person.


June 6, 1894 – birthdate of Sarah/Sonia Levine McQuaid, from her 1958 gravestone in Northern Ireland.


Goumin, Minsk, Russia – birthplace of Sarah/Sonia Levine McQuaid, from her 1958 gravestone in Northern Ireland


1928 – Birth certificate of your father says that his mother’s name was Riuva Levine. Does this birth certificate give her age, or any other biographical information about her, such as town of residence at that time? Does the age match those for Rivka Levin above, or Sarah/Sonia Levine McQuaid?


1958  - year of death, burial in a Protestant cemetery in Omagh, North Ireland. Given name on gravestone is Sonia.


1958 – death certificate gives her maiden name as Sarah Rubimova Levin. What age does her death certificate give for her? Does the death certificate list her parents’ names? Place of birth?


Some more thoughts on her names – Sonia is often taken as the Russian form of the name Sarah, so that is not unusual to see. As for the surnames Rubimova and Levin – it is somewhat strange to see her listed with two surnames, with the first in the Russian female form of Rubinov. Possibly her original surname was Rubimov/Rubinov/Rubin, and Levin is a surname she began to use later. Or possibly the Rubimova was actually meant to be the Patronymic female form Rubimovna/Rubinovna, signaling that her father’s name was Reuben Levin.


She also may have had the original double given name of Sarah Rivka or Rivka Sarah. It was not uncommon for Jewish persons to be known by either individual name in different records.


My advice when there is conflicting information between various records – locate even more records, like census records, marriage certificates, city directories, or whatever records are available from the time in Northern Ireland and the UK. Those might help sort out the conflicts. Also, as much as feasible, get copies of the original images of these records – there could be transcription errors that occurred when the record information was extracted and put online.


This certainly seems like a solvable puzzle, given enough time and effort.

Michele Lock

Lak/Lok/Liak/Lock and Kalon/Kolon in Zagare/Joniskis/Gruzdziai, Lithuania
Lak/Lok/Liak/Lock in Plunge/Telsiai in Lithuania
Rabinowitz in Papile, Lithuania and Riga, Latvia
Trisinsky/Trushinsky/Sturisky and Leybman in Dotnuva, Lithuania
Olitsky in Alytus, Suwalki, Poland/Lithuania
Gutman/Goodman in Czestochowa, Poland
Lavine/Lev/Lew in Trenton, New Jersey and Lida/Vilna gub., Belarus

Finding information in British archives about the Etzel activity in Italy #unitedkingdom


My Grandfather was a member of the Etzel ("The National Military Organization") after ww2.
He was arrested by the British forces in Italy during 1946 and then imprisoned in the Milano and Lipary jails.
Which British archives are relevant for finding information about that event?
Thank you!!
Sharon Tal
Elyahin, Israel

Identification of Altonshonbach, Bavaria(?), Germany #germany

Adam Cherson


I am researching  a distant cousin, Samuel Brown (aka Braun) HaCohen who immigrated to the US circa 1846 from somewhere in Germany. I have only two pieces of evidence providing any detail on where in Germany he came from: 1) there is an 1870 US Census record showing his birthplace as "Bavaria, Germany", and 2) there is fact posted to Samuel's profile stating that his 'Residence' (no year given) was "Altonshonbach, Germany"; this was posted by a family genealogist who is now deceased and there is no source given for the Residence fact (NB: as shown on the attached, the Residence fact was added on the same day as information about Samuel's father "Kulman Braun", and mother, "Keyle or Kehla Reiss", so I presume the Residence fact was connected to the same source as the parent's names, which is also not cited). Samuel Brown's grave is known and has been photographed but there is no Hebrew writing on the grave and no information in English regarding his parents or birthplace on the monument.

The question I am posing is: does anyone know of an Altonshonbach in Bavaria, Germany? If so, could you please provide some frame of reference so I may find it on a map?

Thanks for your attention and help.

Adam Cherson
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ViewMate translations request - Polish #translation

Harry Moatz

I've posted a two birth records in Polish for which I need a translation. They are on ViewMate at the following addresses ...

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

Thank you very much.
Harry Moatz
Potomac, MD, USA

BRODESKY - Berdichev
GOLDMAN / PASNIKOW - Hadiach or Gadyach
KESSLER - Pruzhany
KLAUBER - Sambir or Sambor
SCHWARTZ / SCHWARZ / SZWARZ - Monasterzyska and Stanislawow
TEITELBAUM - Yazloweic or Yazlovets
WARECK and MEYER / MEER - Dembitz or Debica

Pre-WW1 and Earlier School Books from Husiatyn #galicia

Yaron Wolfsthal

Dear Group,
Gymnasium year books were published in Austrian empire during the 19th century. These are known to be genealogical resources of high value. They can be found in some of the the digital libraries of Poland.

Recently, I came across a high school book from Husiatyn, published for the year 1912/1913:

Sprawozdanie Dyrekcyi Polskiego Gimnazyum Prywatnego z prawem publiczności w Husiatynie za rok szkolny 1912/13

The form of the book suggests that it is one of many such books issued in Husiatyn (which was an important Jewish community before WW1).

Has anyone come across other/earlier annual school books from Husiatyn?  

Thank you - Yaron Wolfsthal, Israel

Re: Using given names to find populations of common descent #names


Hi Bob,

I have also noticed this and have been taking advantage of it in my own research. I’ve been following these patterns in families with the same surname using the same combinations of given names. I’ve also used it in examining unusual/unique given names and given name combinations to identify families from the same general region that may be related to one another in earlier generations. Interestingly, it has led me to the same cluster of towns, and to repeated marriages between the same group of families sharing unique given names.

Cary Pollack
Tamarac, Florida, USA

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

Sherri Bobish


Her name Rubimova may be Rubinov.
Rubimova probably being the feminized version of the name.

Try searching at The JewishGen Belarus Database:

Use a soundex search on surname Rubinov, as the vowels can shift, i.e. Rabinov.
Also could have an "f" or "w" at the end instead of "v," i.e. Rabinof, Rabinow.

I see the name Rubinov in records from Minsk, but also from Gomel in Belarus.  I wonder if the town Goumin on her stone could actually be Gomel?

Best regards,

Sherri Bobish

Re: Joseph Maneson town in Hungary #hungary

Marianna Toth

I see that Sherri Bobish was a minute quicker, and later I also found Biełaja Cerkow
Marianna Toth

Re: Using given names to find populations of common descent #names

Herb Weisberg

The Washington Post had an interesting article Friday July 1 by Andrew Van Dam on "How Amateur Genealogists Helped ShatterMyths about Immigrants."  Ran Abramitzky with Leah Boston analyzed US census data in which people and families could be traced across generations to look at how changes occur.  According to the article, their book "Streets of Gold" focuses particularly on economic change and adult success.  But near the end of the Washington Post article there are is an interesting discussion on first names:
"Given the limitations of census data, cultural assimilation is harder to measure. But Abramitzky, himself an immigrant from Israel, noticed something about his own family. When he was new to the United States, he gave his first son a typical Israeli name, Roee. Friends and teachers struggled to pronounce it. For each subsequent kid, Abramitzky and his spouse tried harder to find names that fit their culture but sounded more familiar to American ears — first Ido and, finally, Tom.

The economists found the same pattern in the census data. The longer they were here, the more likely immigrant parents were to pick less-foreign names for their children. That correlates closely with other measures of assimilation, such as intermarriage and proficiency in English.

By the time Ellis Island-era immigrants had been in the United States for 20 years, they already had closed half the “foreign name gap” with native residents. For today’s immigrants, birth records from California — one of the biggest modern name databases available — show an identical pattern."
Herb Weisberg


Re: Joseph Maneson town in Hungary #hungary

Marianna Toth

It is a Russian city, not Hungarian
(seems something like Belaja etc.)
best regards
Marianna  Toth

Looking for Joseph OBERMEYER Who Died In South Africa #southafrica #general

Abuwasta Abuwasta

Dear Genners,

Joseph OBERMEYER was born in Baghdad in 1871 to the scholar Jacob OBEMEYER who was teaching then at the Alliance school there. He returned with his father to Vienna around 1881

where his father started a new family in 1886. He was spotted in Antwerp in 1890 and the family lore(on the Baghdadi side)has it that he travelled to South Africa where he died quite young and

alone. Did not find anything in JOWBR or in the South African National Archives. Does it ring a bell? Thanks

Jacob Rosen


Re: Joseph Maneson town in Hungary #hungary

Sherri Bobish


Bila Tserkva, Ukraine is my guess, since the town on the nat looks like "Bulaja Cyertkow," note that two of the alternate names of this town are Belaja Zerkow & Biała Cerkiew:

Bila Tserkva [Ukr], Belaya Tserkov [Rus], Shvarts-Timeh [Yid], Bila Zerkwa [Ger], Biała Cerkiew [Pol], Sde Lavan [Heb], Shwartz Timme, Belaja Zerkow, Belaia Tserkov, Biala Tserkov

Region: Kiev

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


Thanks very much for flagging this Sherri. After a fair bit of trial and error I’ve managed to find her death certificate.

Seems her legal name was Sarah Rubimova Levin (married to a McQuaid) when she died (but has Sonia on her headstone?). They weren’t married in NI it seems so need to keep hunting for a marriage certificate.
AC Calvert

Re: Using given names to find populations of common descent #names

David Oseas

The Social Security Administration's website has a list of popular given names by decade.  However, it only starts in 1880:

David Oseas

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

Sherri Bobish


Have you seen this site regarding Northern Ireland civil registration records?

If you haven't yet, try searching for her marriage & death certs.

Best regards,

Sherri Bobish

Re: question regarding records #records

Sherri Bobish


I assume you are looking at this on-line scan of the marriage cert?

Looking at his mom's maiden (with a magnifying glass), to me it looks something like KOSOWITZ.  Even when names are easier to read on vital records I have seen names written with much more variation from the actual name.

Benjamin's 1922 marriage cert does not give mom's name.  Gives father as Samuel.

Another document that should have his mom's maiden name (although not 100% guaranteed) is Joseph's original SS5 (Social Security application.)  Joseph would have filled this out in the mid-1930's.  Some are transcribed on-line in this Ancestry database:
U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index

I don't see Joseph's name, but you can try searching the database yourself.  You can also request his SS5 (it is not free), instructions here:

You can also search for the SS5 of Benjamin.

On Joseph's WW11 card he lists his brother Benjamin at 623 Avenue S in Brooklyn. 
On the 1940 census Benjamin is at 619 Avenue S.
Benjamin COOK, born about 1894.  
wife - Sarah, born about 1900.
Seymour, born NY, about 1926.
Melvin, born NY, about 1930.

Benjamin's WW11 card gives his name as Benjamin KUCK, address 623 Avenue S, born Melnick (probably a mispelling of Chmielnik.)

Joseph's nat papers give his birthplace as Keltz (Kielce.)

Chmielnik, Sobkow & Kielce are all very close.  I'm sure there was a lot of back & forth between these towns.

I see that Joseph and Benjamin served in The U.S. military.  You might try obtaining their service records.  I do not know if parents names will be there, but you never know what clues you may find.

Death certificates should have mom's maiden name, but remember that is second hand information.

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: DP Camps in Cyrpus #holocaust


Hi Rose,

I have searched the IGEA collection (and I am a member).  It sent me to Bintivey Ha'apala. I am having trouble navigating that website. If you have any tips or tricks that would be great. I speak, read, and write Hebrew which might help.  I also need tips and tricks for the JDC collection. There is a possibility that my greataunt never went to a DP camp. It is not documented in her records from Arolsen Archive- any thoughts on that theory?


I am also wondering if there is a way to get her marriage and death certificates from Israel.

Elef Hodot- Shabbat Shalom
Deborah Barany
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