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

Roy Ogus

A reminder that the Birds of a Feather (BOF) session for the 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, Zelva

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

JGS of Santa Cruz invites you- Researching Eastern European Jewish Surnames with Alexander Beider, PhD. Sunday, July 17, 1pm Pacific Time- #announcements #events #education

Leah Kushner

Santa Cruz Jewish Genealogy Society  invites you to  

 Speaker: Dr. Alexander Beider, PhD

 Researching Eastern European Jewish Surnames

Sunday July 17, 1pm Pacific Time/ 4pm Eastern

Guest RSVP:  Register here

Free to Members, $5.00 to Guests 

Description:   A large majority of Jews of the Russian Empire received their family names only about 200 years ago.  In contrast with many other Ashkenazim, the whole surnaming process was managed internally within Jewish communities, with marginal participation by Christian clerks. The names adopted in the Russian Empire reflect a panorama of Jewish life at the beginning of the 19th century including: languages used and their peculiarities, occupations, given names, and places of settlement.

Some surnames provide information about ancestors who lived well before the 19th century. This is the case of surnames revealing Jewish “castes” (Cohanim, Levites), those belonging to rabbinical dynasties, and those of other migrants from Central Europe, as well as a small group of names of Sephardic origin. Because of the Ashkenazic tradition of naming children after deceased close relatives , certain surnames based on given names (patronymics or matronymics) can provide information linking us to those who lived in the Middle Ages.

Bio: Alexander Beider holds one doctoral degree in applied mathematics (Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology) and another in Jewish Studies (Sorbonne, Paris). He uses onomastics and linguistics as tools to unravel the history of the Jewish people. He has written a series of reference books dealing with the etymology of Ashkenazic and Sephardic surnames and Ashkenazic given names, all published by Avotaynu Inc. (1993-2019). His book “Origins of Yiddish Dialects,” published by Oxford University Press (2015), sheds light on the early stages of the development of Yiddish. Beider was born in Moscow and currently lives in Paris.

Zoom link will be sent to your email the week of the event, please check your Spam folder.

For more information or membership information

co-sponsor- Chadeish Yameinu
Leah Kushner, President SCJGS


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Subscribers:  If you already registered for this event via PayPal, you are on our  RSVP list and will receive the Zoom link the week of the event.  

Re: MyHeritage Adds Historical Record Collection From Vienna Free Access to Search; #records

Deborah HOLMAN

Jan, I can't thank you enough for posting this! The discovery of my great-uncle's application added a very interesting facet to the family story. I always wondered why my great-grandfather, Sigmund LICHTENTHAL had no connection with his family. My mother alluded to some type of family rift. In Abraham LICHTENTHAL's application (his name was transcribed incorrectly as FICHTHENTHAL) he states he had worked in his brother's hat factory, LITAL until 1932 and had been unemployed since then. Now, if only I could find some document that explained what happened!! Sadly Abraham chose to go to NIsko in 1939 in search of a better life (as promised by the IKG under duress by the Nazis) never to be heard from again.

Deborah Samuel Holman
Woodbury, CT

Memorial Plaques Database Grows to More Than 230,000 Records. Please help us grow! #JewishGenUpdates

Nolan Altman

JewishGen is proud to announce its 2022 Summer update for the Memorial Plaques Database (MPD). The MPD database can be accessed at   The MPD database includes the data from plaques and Yizkor lists from synagogue and other organizations.  Many of these sources include patronymic information.


This update added approximately 4,600 records and 4,000 photos from 15 new organizations and 3 updated sets. This update brings the Memorial Plaques holdings to 230,400 records and 154,600 photos from 432 synagogues, institutions and memorials representing 43 countries. 


Additions during this period came from Brazil, Hungary, Romania and 8 states in the US; Florida, Illinois, Iowa, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Texas. Our thanks to volunteers from the Iowa Jewish Historical Society, the Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois, and the Jewish Genealogy Society of Long Island.


We believe that the MPD is a good example of how users of JewishGen’s databases can “give back”.  If you are a member of a synagogue or other organization with memorial plaques or Yizkor lists, please consider helping us to grow this database.  You can find more information on submitting data at   If you have additional questions, please contact me directly.


For a complete listing of the institutions currently in the database, please see



Nolan Altman


JewishGen Director for Special Projects – Memorial Plaques

July, 2022


JOWBR Grows to 4.25 Million Records! #JewishGenUpdates

Nolan Altman

     JewishGen is proud to announce its 2022 Summer update to the JOWBR (JewishGen’s Online Worldwide Burial Registry) database.


     Please visit to access the JOWBR database. If you’re a new JOWBR user, we recommend that you visit our screencast page at  and take a look at the first two explanatory screencasts.


     This update, adds approximately 73,500 new records and 51,000 new photos.  The database is adding and/or updating 437 cemeteries.  This update brings JOWBR’s holdings to 4.25 million records and 953,000 photos from approximately 10,000 cemeteries / cemetery sections representing 144 countries! 


     Once again, donors for this update include a mix of individuals, Jewish genealogical societies, historical societies and museums.  We appreciate all our donor’s submissions and the transliteration work done by a faithful group of JewishGen volunteers. 



     Significant additions to JOWBR by country include:


  • Australia – the Australian Jewish Genealogical Society (Victoria), Inc. submitted approximately 4,000 new records for 14 different existing and new JOWBR cemeteries, the majority from Karrakatta Cemetery in Perth.
  • Brazil – approximately 1,400 records, mostly from smaller cemeteries around Sao Paulo. More Sao Paulo records to come.
  • Canada – 1,700 new records and 10,100 photos from new and existing cemeteries submitted primarily from the JGS of Montreal and the JGS of Toronto.  In addition, a group of cemetery records from New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Saint John have been added.
  • Czech Republic – approximately 3,200 records and 1,600 photos from 6 new and updated cemeteries, the largest sets from Karlovy Vary and Golčŭv Jeníkov.
  • England – 7,800 records and 1,900 photos from 13 new and updated cemeteries, the majority of which are from Blackley Jewish Cemetery and Plashet Cemetery.
  • Morocco – 3,400 records from 3 cemeteries, including Marrakech and Tetouan.
  • Russia – added 3,300 records and 1,400 photographs from 16 new and 3 updated Russian cemeteries, the largest set from Nizhny Novgorod. 
  • United States - approximately 52,300 new records and 32,000 photos for 148 new and 47 updated cemeteries. Significant additions came from completing the Lasky Collection, volunteers from the San Francisco Bay Area Jewish Genealogical Society, Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Boston, and a number of dedicated individual volunteers and representatives of synagogues and historical societies.


     Please see for a complete listing of all cemeteries in JOWBR.


     I want to particularly thank Eric Feinstein who has been helping me to find and gain permission to add many US and non-US records, especially worldwide veteran burials.  Eric’s group of volunteers includes Sandra Bennett, Lineke Bos, Malka Chosnek, Ann Meddin Hellman, Maurice Kessler, Deborah Ross, Marylin Shalks, and Suzanne Tarica. In addition, a big thank you to our volunteer transliterators, led by Gilberto Jugend, Anya Givental, and Yuliana Murray, without whom we would not be able to add the information from some very difficult to read photos.


     We appreciate all the work our donors have done and encourage you to make additional submissions.  Whether you work on a cemetery / cemetery section individually or consider a group project for your local Society, temple or other group, it’s your submissions that help grow the JOWBR database and make it possible for researchers and family members to find answers they otherwise might not.  Please also consider other organizations you may be affiliated with that may already have done cemetery indexing that would consider having their records included in the JOWBR database.


     Our next update will include submissions received by November 30th for an update to be made by year-end.


Nolan Altman


JewishGen Director for Special Projects - JOWBR

July 2022


Re: Jacob Altman murder NYC #usa

Sherri Bobish


A Newsday article dated 10/21/1981 provides follow up information after the murder.  The article states that Dr. Jacob Altman had been investigated for "unlawful drug prescriptions."  The article says he had unlawfully prescribed controlled substances to two undercover agents posing as patients, according to court papers.

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 matches by country #dna

Linda Kelley

To search MyHeritage DNA matches by location:
Go to DNA Matches. Click on Filters, then click on Locations. Scroll down to find the appropriate location; they are not in alphabetical order.
Linda Wolfe Kelley
Portland, OR, USA

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

Adam Turner

My great-grandmother (from Podolia gubernia) went by Mollie on most official documents in the US. Within the family she was often referred to as Millie.

For a long time I thought this meant that her Hebrew name was probably Malka. But research has shown that her actual name was Mirel (aka Miriam or Masha).

Adam Turner

Chernivtsi or Chernivtsi? #russia #ukraine #austria-czech

Steve Stein

I’m revisiting a long-standing brick wall. My wife’s grandfather Harry/Hirsch Rosenthal was most likely from “Czernovitz.”


Unfortunately, there are two such places, both with Jewish communities, and they are not that far apart (less than 200 miles). There is the big city that before World War I was in Bukovina province of Austria-Hungary, 48°32' N 28°07' E , and there is the smaller town that was in Podolia Guberniya of the Russian Empire, 48°18' N 25°56' E. JewishGen indicates that the latter was known in Yiddish as “Kleyn-Tshernevits.” Since both are now in Ukraine, both are currently spelled the same way, Chernivtsi, according to the JG Communities Database.

If all the paper trail for Harry and his siblings - naturalizations, census records, etc. -  indicate that he was a subject of the Russian Empire before World War I, is there any reason not to believe that he was from the town, as opposed to the much larger city? According to the Communities Database, the city was in  Austria/Bukovina, then Romania, then the USSR after World War II, whereas the town was always Russia/USSR except for a brief period during World War II when it was part of Romania.

If anyone thinks they need the documents to decide, let me know.

Steve Stein
Highland Park, NJ USA

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

Myrna Slatnick Waters

My great grandmother's name was Malka.  My grandmother wrote the name Mollie on her New Jersey marriage application where it asked for her mother's name.   I was named after my great grandmother, Myrna (Malka).  
Myrna (Slatnick) Waters

Researching:  SLEPACK (or similar) Belarus/Bialystok area; SLATNICK/SLOTNIK (or similar) Minsk/Puchovichi area of Russia from 1905/1914 to NY & Newark, NJ and Canada; KURZMANN Jaslo, Poland and Drohobych, Ukraine area (both formerly in what was the Galician area of Austria prior to WWI), KURTZMAN in NY/Bronx and NJ/Newark from 1905/1910, SADOWSKY (or similar) from Belarus area of Russia/Bialystok 19th century to Newark, NJ 1905 or after.

Pre-Holocaust Family and Individuals' Photographs #holocaust #photographs

P. S. Wyant

I have a reference to a website: that has many pre-Shoah family photos, etc.


It used to be an open site, freely available. I haven’t used it for some time and now there’s a log-in and password required. There is, however, no indication of whom to contact to gain access.


Is anyone familiar with the owner/owners of this site and how one might contact them to gain access?


Thanks for any assistance!


Peter Wyant

Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada

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

Peggy Mosinger Freedman

My mother-in-law's (known as Mildred) Hebrew name was Matle (I think a feminine form of Matl).  It's also our daughter's Hebrew name.  I had never heard it before, but now have seen it several times including the young Jewish poet known as the Lithuanian Anne Frank whose name has been translated as Matilda Olkin. 

Peggy Freedman
Atlanta, GA USA

Boris Koltunovicz #lithuania


I am Looking for my uncle Boris Baruch Koltunovicz 
Born 1926 Vilnius Lithuania
His Last contact from Tashkent WW2 Red Army
Jewish Lithuanian squad
Please contact me directly
Thank you
Abraham Kolet

Moderator note: as requested, please contact Abraham directly as opposed to the entire JGDG

Viewmate Translation Request - German #translation

Deborah HOLMAN

I've posted a series of pages in German for which I need a translation. The document is an eight-page draft of a letter from my Great-grandfather, Sigmund LICHTENTHAL. I believe it is a mix of information about his attempts to gain reparations and some personal information. The first five pages are on ViewMate at the following addresses:
Thank you very much.

Deborah Samuel Holman
Woodbury, CT

Re: Shtetel Searching for Gribnetz, Belarus - Birth Place of Uncle #belarus


See Attached Google map with village Grebenets Belarus:,28.5043623,12.67z?hl=en
It's not far from Capital of Belarus - Minsk - 77 Km southeast direction.

Michael Ryabinky
Boynton Beach, FL

Re: Hebrew Translation #translation

Relly coleman

גדיל גדול can also come from גדליה 
Relly Coleman

Re: MyHeritage Adds Historical Record Collection From Vienna Free Access to Search; Adds 1 Million Norwegian Emigrant Registers Free to Search #announcements #austria-czech #records #scandinavia


I found records for my grandmother's uncle, Michael Rosenman, filling out paperwork for a branch of the family I know little about. The application was dated May 13, 1938; too late to be of much good, I'm afraid. I believe his son Egon was killed in the Holocaust a few years later. His wife was also dead by then, but I don't yet know how.

Thanks for sharing the word on this.
Joe Kraus

Thank you #general


I've been a member of this site for a while now and I want to say thank you. Sources of information mentioned by people in posts opened up new lines of enquiry for me.  This has resulted in us contacting descendants of family members we thought had been lost in the holocaust.  I'd prefer not to provide details other than to say, they all survived and we hope to meet the descendants.  Thank you again, your posts have great value to more people than just those who ask the questions you are answering.

Caroline Campbell

Re: Shtetel Searching for Gribnetz, Belarus - Birth Place of Uncle #belarus

Dr.Josef ASH

Bill, here it is:
village Grebenets
11 km to Cherven'
70 km to Minsk
GPS координаты: N 53° 37' 4.8" E 28° 29' 41.28" This site is in Russian, sorry

Josef Ash

Re: NOVOPOLTAVKA, Ukraine question from Asya Zlatina #ukraine


My great aunt's marriag ename s was Zlatin. Her husband was M.Zlatin and thier son Miron (Yoni) ZlatinThey lived in Orscha, near Vitebsk.Are they relatives of yours? Please reply to my email:  estherahr@...
Esther Rechtschafner

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