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

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

Lee Jaffe

I very much appreciate the suggestions and comments I've received here and privately.  I think I understand the approaches suggested, have looked at additional guides and sources, and have pivoted, I hope, to a better strategy. 

Before getting into the new approach, I wanted to respond to one note which posed whether this was the best use of my time and energy.  Honestly, I don't know and I hope that exchanges here can help me figure this out before I go to far.  My goal is to extend my family research beyond what I've been able to achieve so far through conventional or traditional methods.  I have a fairly well-developed tree,  which goes back in a couple of cases 9 generations.  But there are some mysteries therein, such as the parentage of my 3x great-grandmother or what happened to my great-grandparents' newly discovered siblings and their descendants. I am hoping that triangulation will help me distinguish DNA matches into groupings according to possible common ancestors with the goal of placing them in my family tree when I follow up with traditional methods.

Therefore, following new sources, I have downloaded my match data from FTDNA, 23andme, and MyHeritage.  I've started to filter and sort the entries by Chromosome number and starting position in order to identify potential triangulated matches.  But the number of entries (~150K lines) is cumbersome and daunting.  Just starting with the beginning of the MyHeritage data, I have more than 100 matches starting at the same position on Chromosome 1.  Given that MH allows you to compare only 7 matches at a time in its Chromosome Browser, I've been trying to find ways to prioritize which would be most likely and most useful.  It's not straightforward.  For instance, I've discovered that a batch of segments with the same beginning and ending location do not triangulate, at least not according to MyHeritage's Chromosome Browser even though it says it allows for segments as small as 2cM.
Chr# Start Location End Location Start RSID End RSID cMs SNPs
1 752,566 4,007,008 rs3094315 rs7519349 7.2 1920
1 752,566 4,007,008 rs3094315 rs7519349 7.2 1920
1 752,566 4,007,008 rs3094315 rs7519349 7.2 1920
1 752,566 4,007,008 rs3094315 rs7519349 7.2 1920
1 752,566 4,007,008 rs3094315 rs7519349 7.2 1920
1 752,566 4,007,008 rs3094315 rs7519349 7.2 1920
Plugging combinations of the above matches from MH into its Chromosome Browser gets a "no triangulated segments" result.  Note: all are above the 7.0 cM threshold recommended in the comments I received. 

Then I looked for other groupings featuring larger segments and had better success with those with segments larger than 10cM.  For instance, in the following batch, all but two of the matches triangulate with each other.  A and F are the exceptions, even though the numbers for A are identical to B, as is F to E.  

A 1 10,825,577 17,954,411 rs11121615 rs12060961 14.6 4096
B 1 10,825,577 17,954,411 rs11121615 rs12060961 14.6 4096
C 1 10,825,577 18,279,185 rs11121615 rs709362 15.3 4352
D 1 10,825,577 18,528,026 rs11121615 rs9725311 16.1 4608
E 1 10,825,577 18,528,026 rs11121615 rs9725311 16.1 4608
F 1 10,825,577 18,528,026 rs11121615 rs9725311 16.1 4608
G 1 10,825,577 19,022,911 rs11121615 rs12563055 17.7 4992
H 1 10,825,577 19,136,610 rs11121615 rs11261075 18.4 5120

I feel like I need to understand why I'm seeing results like this before going much further down this path.  As always, I appreciate your help.

Thank you,

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


Re: Sending payment to Zhytomyr State Archives #ukraine


Hi Lina  
I just found out a couple months ago that my grandmother Mary (or Marim) Swartz was born in Zhytomyr. I have no other information about her. 
If you know of any families named Swartz  from that area, that would be helpful.

Thank you
Deborah Stone

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

Eva Lawrence

The first place to look for any mysterious town, village or place in Germany is Meyers Gazeteer. 

Eva Lawrence

St Albans, UK.

Eva Lawrence
St Albans, UK.

Re: Sending payment to Zhytomyr State Archives #ukraine

Deb Katz

The war is making a mess of all financial transactions with the Ukraine.  I have a researcher who has banks closing on him regularly (sometimes suddenly re-opening for just a few days etc.)  I suggest you follow the lead of the Archives, i.e. let them tell you what will work and won't work at any given point and pay them any way that seems the least we can do given the situation in their country right now.

Deb Katz
Pacific Beach CA USA

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


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