NOVOPOLTAVKA, Ukraine question from Asya Zlatina #ukraine

Asya Zlatina

Hello dear friends, 
Would you let me know how to learn more details about my search of Novopoltavka Ukraine? I found a revision list from 1858 that was updated in 2021 and I see my grandmothers surname- wondering how to get more information. I am looking specifically for any lists or documents that can show if indeed it is her family, for instance a census list with her name and her immediate family members. 
I have some leads, but no success yet so trying to get extra insight. 
Thank you for anything, 
Asya Zlatina from Philadelphia

Resource listing Jews worldwide who converted to Christianity over extended time period #general


Just stumbled on this e-book  which may be a good resource for those seeking information on relatives who converted to Christianity. He attempts to cover conversions of Jews from ancient times through the 20th century, both Sephardic and Ashkenazi.  Most Jewishgen readers will have little interest in the author’s theological ramblings and may be offended by his premise of creating this list to promote future conversions, but he does catalogue a wide variety of ordinary and everyday conversions, not just the elite or infamous ones, and the information may still be useful..

CAUTION: while he attempts to catalogue in alphabetical order, sometimes this is done through first names, other times surnames (sometimes  original other times acquired), and occasionally by title, event ot location. The best way to use this resource is likely via your own search function on your device, entering relatives by surname or other identifier e.g. unusual occupation, town etc. It’s a VERY long document and his sourcing isn’t great, but the info is eclectic and has a ring of truth to it. And in my case, the relative matches I found were also accurate. Perhaps it will provide you with some leads…

For a quick flavour, here are two shorter sample listings: 

FALK, Max, Hungarian statesman and journalist, born at Budapest in 1828, became a Christian as a student at the University. He displayed great talent as a writer and politician. In 1866 he was appointed as instructor of Hungarian to the Empress Elizabeth. The next year he became editor-in-chief to the "Pester Lloyd," raising that paper to a high level of excellence. In 1869 he was elected a member of the Hungarian House of Representatives. The Emperor of Austria decorated him with the Komthur Cross of the Order of St. Stephen.

HALBMILLION, Jacob, a convert of the L.J.S. at Jerusalem, was afterwards house-father of the Wanderers' Home in London, under Dr. Stern, and then one of the first missionaries of the Mildmay Mission, zealously
labouring in London and then in North Africa. He died in Morocco in 1888.
-- and please do note that I am not sharing this to promote evangelical conversions of any sort or faith in any way, but simply for possible genealogical value, 
Jan Lastman, Toronto ON CANADA  janllb@...
Researching: LASTMAN/N HOLLAND=>Lublin early 1700s; mid-1800s=>POLAND: Łódź, Radom, Warsaw, Szydlowiec, Ostrowiec; GERMANY: Leipzig, Breslau. Married KLAJMAN, KAUFMAN, LEDERMAN, KAC, CUKIER, MANDELSBERG (to DAVIDSON), STROSBERG, WAJCHANDLER, KUTNER/KUTCHINSKY=> Toronto, Philadelphia, Rio de Janeiro pre/post WWI. Survivors=> France, Israel, Australia, Sweden, USA
Also researching: SINGER/ZYNGIER POLAND: Janow Poldaski=>Toronto, ?Columbus OH? pre WW1 married SCHAFER/SHAFIR UKRAINE: Linitz/Illinits=>Toronto, Detroit, NYC 
See also: Rapoport-Quint Tree

ViewMate Translation Request - Hungarian to English #translation

Trudi Reisner

I posted the following 3 documents for translation from Hungarian to English on ViewMate. Please respond using the online ViewMate form.
Thank you very much.
Trudi Reisner


Yizkor Book Report for June 2022 #yizkorbooks #JewishGenUpdates




Over the last couple of months in my reports, I have been regularly able to announce the successful completion of quite a few projects. This month, I am unable to report such an event, however, I do know that during this past month quite a few projects have come within a hair's breadth of completion. As such, I am quite sure that in the coming months I will have the pleasure of announcing the completion of quite a large number of other projects. In short, please stay tuned…


One of the projects that is very close to completion is the Mizoch Yizkor book which is being translated into both English and Ukrainian. The reason I note this in particular, is that the Ukrainian translation of the book has gone on, virtually uninterrupted by the translators located in the Ukraine, despite the quite impossible situation they are enduring. As such, I am in awe of the dedication of these translators who continue to do their wonderful work for the YB Project and do wish that they and their families continue to remain safe.


While some projects come close to completion, others are just beginning and, in the near future, a number of new Translation Funds will be set up to help to financially support initiatives to translate Yizkor books. The reason we set up these funds is due to the fact that the professional translation of these very large volumes is quite considerable and generally, too much of a financial burden to be taken on by a single person. The dedicated translation funds enable all those people interested in seeing the translation of a particular Yizkor book to take their share and help to see the translation of the book become a reality.


As always, if there is a Yizkor/community book that you are interested in and see that there is no coordinator for or don’t see any progress in the translation project, I do encourage you to become involved in the project that you have connections with. If you would like to know what this involvement entails, I’d be more than very pleased to hear from you.


And now for the details from June 2022:

Yizkor Book updates

This past month, 28 existing projects were updated:

·  Augustów, Poland (Memorial Book of the Community of Augustow and Region)

·  Będzin, Poland (A Memorial to the Jewish Community of Bendin)

·  Belitsa, Belarus (The Belica Memorial Book)

·  Biała Podlaska, Poland (Book of Biala Podlaska)

·  Derechin, Belarus (The Dereczin Memorial Book)

·  Drogobych, Ukraine (Memorial to the Jews of Drohobycz, Boryslaw, and surroundings)

·  Edineţ, Moldova (Yad l'Yedinitz; memorial book for the Jewish community of Yedintzi, Bessarabia)

·  Hrubieszów, Poland (Memorial Book of Hrubieshov)

·  Krasnobród, Poland (Krasnobrod; a Memorial to the Jewish community)

·  Kuty, Ukraine (Kitever Memorial Book)

·  Kuty, Ukraine (Kitov my hometown: survivors of Kuty tell the story of their town)

·  Lida, Belarus (Book of Lida)

·  Mizoch, Ukraine (Memorial Book of Mizocz)

·  Mizoch, Ukraine (Memorial Book of Mizocz) [Ukrainian]

·  Przedecz, Poland (Memorial book to the Holocaust victims of the city of Pshaytsh)

·  Radomsko, Poland (Memorial book of the community of Radomsk and vicinity)

·  Sarny, Ukraine (Memorial Book of the Community of Sarny)

·  Shums'k, Ukraine (Szumsk, memorial book of the martyrs of Szumsk)

·  Sokołów Podlaski, Poland (Memorial Book Sokolow-Podlask)

·  Suceava, Romania (The Book of the Jews from Suceava (Shotz) and the Surrounding Communities)

·  Szydłowiec, Poland (Szydlowiec Memorial Book)

·  Tarnow, Poland (Tarnow; The Life and Destruction of a Jewish City)

·  Tomaszów Lubelski, Poland (The Tomaszow-Lubelski Memorial Book)

·  Valkininkai, Lithuania (Olkeniki in flames; a memorial book to the community of Olkenik in the Vilna district)

·  Volkovysk, Belarus (Wolkovisker Yizkor Book)

·  Warszawa, Poland (Wolkovisker Yizkor Book)

·  Zolochiv, Ukraine (The City of Zloczow)

·  Żychlin, Poland (The memorial book of Zychlin)

New Yizkor Books in Print

This past month, two new books were published that while they are not translations of Yizkor books, they do provide important new insights and information about the following communities:

  • Gąbin, Poland - The Will to Tell - Memoirs of a Gombiner Survivor
  • Kutno, Poland - Broken Memories - Remains from the Jewish cemetery in Kutno


If you are interested in purchasing one of these books or any of the others that have been made available, please go to the YBIP main page using the link shown below.

Important links

Before ending this report, here are some important links to note:

All the best,
Lance Ackerfeld

Director of Special Projects - Yizkor Books



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

Alan-Itsyk Harvey Silver

I have seen Menukhe become Mildred.

Alan-Itsyk Silver
Garb/Gorson - Plunge/Seredzius

JGASGP Meeting with guest Hal Bookbinder #announcements #jgs-iajgs

Marilyn Golden


Date: Sunday, July 10, 2022 

Time: 1:00 PM Eastern time (Canada and US) check in, chat, and schmooze (Optional)

Official program starts promptly at 1:30

Speaker: Hal Bookbinder, Genealogical Writer, and Lecturer

Topic: The Bookbinder Family of Philadelphia Restaurant Fame


Hal writes and lectures extensively on diverse genealogical topics, including border

changes, migration, citizenship, safe computing, Jewish culture, and Jewish history. He

has identified over 4,000 relatives reaching back to the mid-1700s in modern Ukraine.

Other roots reach into adjacent areas of Moldova, Poland, Belarus, and Russia. He has

served as president of the IAJGS and has been honored with its Lifetime Achievement


Topic: The Bookbinder Family of Philadelphia Restaurant Fame

The newspaper coverage of the bootlegging trial of Emanual Bookbinder during Prohibition is especially engaging, with lots of twists and turns. But, as Philadelphians, you may

be aware of this. The first Bookbinder, Levi, arrived on the Webster in June 1857. In October, his wife, daughter and 3-year-old son, Simeon, arrived on the Casilda. Simeon

would later be known as Samuel and start his oyster house in the 1890s.

We may leave this meeting hungry!
This virtual meeting is for paid members only.  The link is sent to members prior to each meeting.  Please go to our website for membership information.
We have a fabulous free access Beginners Guide to Jewish Genealogy on our website!

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

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

Bob Silverstein

I have the book and it is a wonderful and will-illustrated read.  Do consider buying it.  I manage the Krynki Virtual Verein which consists of descendants from this shtetl.  If you want to research ancestors from Krynki, please contact me.

Bob Silverstein
Elk Grove Village, IL

Researching Kaplan (Krynki, Poland) Tzipershteyn (Logishin, Pinsk, Belarus), Friedson/Fridzon (Pinsk, Cuba, Massachusetts), Israel and Goodman (Mishnitz, Warsaw, Manchester).

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


My great grandmother Millie was also originally Malka.
Sarah Silberston

Searching (Kohen) Shapiros from Minsk area. #belarus #rabbinic


Hello.  I am from the line of Kahana-Shapira (Shapiro) from the Minsk area. My GG Grandfather Yaakov (Yankef, Jacob) Shapiro emigrated to Buffalo, NY at the beginning of the 2oth Century.  His father's name was Eliezer (Lazer in Yiddish.)  I am trying to find out exactly where they were from and how they fall out on the Kahana-Shapira line.  Any help would be greatly appreciated! 

Thanks in advance,

Erik Shapiro

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

xan madera

I know the synagogues from Krynki and will be around in August again - mainly in Bialystok with our renovation projekt of Bagnowka Cemetery and
we check now new opportunities for a Jewish Museum ,16th August Ghetto Uprising Memorial Day.
Also i will be in Zamosc, Krasnik, Lublin, Lodz, Krakovia, Opole, Poznan, Wronki, Lviv, Chernovitsky,Warszawa
where parts of my family lived.
muito brigade
regards y a la prochaine from south of France
Shavua Tov
Jan Braunholz / Francfort s/M - Alemania

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


There is an article about the Jewish community of Altenschoenbach (1814-1942) in Yad Vashem's Pinkas Hakehillot - Germany - Bavaria, page 401.  It was in the district of Gerolzhofen,
Suzanne Erlanger
Petach Tikvah, Israel

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


My mother's sister, Mildred (1926-2022, b. NY, NY), was named for her maternal grandmother, Mollie (1860-1916, b. Dorohoi, Romania). Mollie was originally Malka, as shown on her ship's manifest in 1908. Mildred's Hebrew name was also Malka.

Felice Bogus
Raleigh, NC

BOGUS: Grajewo
SCHLOSSER: Bialystok
FEINER: Dorohoi, Pittsburgh
KARITSKY/COHEN: Vilnius, Norfolk VA, Omaha

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

Steven Usdansky

My grandmother's sister, Malka, became Mildred in the US.
Steven Usdansky
USDANSKY (Узданский): Turec, Kapyl, Klyetsk, Nyasvizh, Slutsk, Grosovo
SINIENSKI: Karelichy, Lyubcha, Navahrudak
NAMENWIRTH: Bobowa, Rzepiennik
SIGLER: "Minsk"

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

Norma Klein

I found a town named Altenschoenbach not far from Nuremberg. Maybe that’s the town you are looking for. Nowadays it is not in Bavaria but in Baden Wuerttemberg.

Norma Klein

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

Rodney Eisfelder

To find obscure German towns and villages, I use the late Dr Michael Rademacher's Ortsbuch which has been restored to the web at:
All the place names beginning with "Alt" are listed at:
and the best match for your "Altonshonbach" whould have to be Altenschönbach in kreis Gerolzhofen, Bavaria.
It is roughly midway between Wurzburg and Bamberg. You should be able to find it on google maps.
The village has its own web site, and even has several pages on its Jewish community:
There is brief mention of Kalmann Sandel Braun.

I hope this helps,
Rodney Eisfelder
Melbourne, Australia

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

W. Fritzsche

Dear Mr. Cherson,
probably Altenschönbach was meant
Here som notes about the Jewish life there
Best regards
Wolfgang Fritzsche, prof. Genealogist, Germany

IGRA Free Access Recordings Seminar Day “Aliyah From Far and Wide - Immigration Impacting Genealogy Research ” #announcements #israel

Elena Bazes

The Israel Genealogy Research Association (IGRA) held its annual All-Day Seminar, “Aliyah from Far and Wide - Immigration Impacting Genealogy Research” recently. The lectures were recorded and are now available to all for two weeks after which time the recordings will only be accessible to IGRA members. 

There are 3 lectures in Hebrew and 3 lectures in English. See poster below for the list of lectures. The Hebrew lectures can be accessed from the Hebrew homepage. 

To view the recordings, please register for free on the IGRA website:


After registering, go to  “Recent Posts”.


Elena Biegel Bazes

IGRA Publicity Chair


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


I can only speak for my family from Moravia and Hungary, but from about 1800 to 1930 the Hebrew names Jeremias and Aaron were used for father/ eldest son.
Thus the two names being used were Aharon ben Yermiyahu ; and Yermiyahu ben Aharon.
The Aarons used Adolf as a secular name until it became unfashionable so they switched to Andor, the Hungarian equivalent of Andrew.
The Yermiyahu were either Jeremias or Isador.

Tom Beer
Melbourne, Australia

Wanting to connect with Rachel Wolf, (researcher code 847818) #usa

Terry Ashton

Rachel Wolf recently emailed me about a family connection, in relation to my
great grandmother Pezza Malka Szumowski, from Lomza, Poland. Rachel's great
grandfather was Sam Osiej/"Shia" Shumovsky, from Lomza, very likely one of
Pezza Malka's brother.
I have emailed Rachel but have not heard from her and am hoping that if she
sees this message on the Jewish Gen Org. discussion group page, she will get
in touch with me.

Ms Terry Ashton, Australia

Re: Triangulated DNA matches and Pile-up Areas #dna

Adam Cherson

"The same question seems to come up over and over again among those new to autosomal DNA testing. If I match A and B on the same segment why is that not enough to prove they match each other and we have a common ancestor?

The reason the ancestor is not proven is that you have two strands of DNA on each chromosome (remember there are 23 pairs of chromosomes) and the testing mechanism cannot differentiate between the two of them. So A could match the piece from your mother and B could match the piece from your father or one of them could even be a false match to a mix of alleles from both parents (see my post on IBC for more on that concept)" from (this is an old post so ignore the techniques shown on the rest of the post)

In the first example, every member of the group matches you but not each other. In the second example the group matches you and they all match each other.

To do triangulation manually you need to see not only who matches you, but then also compare them to each other and see if they match at the same locations. The 3-D Chromosome Browser on Gedmatch gives you a table showing the internal matching of every kit you put into the group (note that the table duplicates each match by reversing the kit order). If you sort this output by chromosome number and then by location you can then see quickly whether there are any identical positions of internal matching between more than any one pair in the group. If you have Tier1 tools there is an automated triangulation app available, which is even faster, and safer. The MyHeritage triangulator also works well with up to seven. I'm not sure what the number limit is on Gedmatch. I do not believe FTDNA, Ancestry, or 23 have triangulation, although I am not up on the latest platform upgrades.
Adam Cherson

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