Bessarabia Group progress report for the month of July, 2022 #bessarabia #ukraine #JewishGenUpdates #records

Yefim Kogan

Dear friends, researchers, 

Here is an update for the Bessarabia SIG projects for the month of July 2022.   

See also at What's New at Bessarabia website.

Bessarabian Databases. Updates:

    • Revision Lists, plan to upload to JewishGen in December of 2022. We have records from following towns: Kishinev, Khotin, Brichany, Lipkany, Skulyany, Ataki, Akkerman, Kiliya, and others. See the progress.

  • Vital Records, upload in December of 2022. There are records from Soroki uezd birth records for several years, Kishinev Death records for several years.

Bessarabia SIG Winter Symposium:

  • History, Genealogy, Culture. 13-15 December 2022. The Bessarabia Special Interest Group (Bessarabia SIG) and JewishGen invite you to participate in a Virtual Winter Symposium, a series of live, online presentations to run from December 13 through 15, 2022.
    Sessions will explore historical experiences of our ancestors in Bessarabia, assist your family research, and expand your understanding and appreciation of their culture.

    You will meet presenters from Canada, Germany, France, Brazil, Moldova, Ukraine, the United States, and perhaps others. Presentations will delve into ideas and issues that are relevant not only to Bessarabia but also to other regions.

    If you would like to present a talk during the Symposium, please submit a proposal no later than September 1, 2022, to Yefim Kogan at yefimk@...

    The detailed schedule is going to be added in the end of September.

If you have questions about our group/website, please do not hesitate to email me.

Shabbat Shalom,
Yefim Kogan
JewishGen Bessarabia SIG Leader and Coordinator

Re: Jewish Convertions to Catholic in Austria before and during WW2 #austria-czech


A friend and former colleague did a great deal of research on Jewish conversions in Austria during the Nazi period.  Though she never completed the book project, she can answer many questions.  I'll be happy to put you in touch with her if you will private message me.

Tampa, FL   USA

Moderator note: please reply privately

Re: Consanguinity and stillbirths #general

EdrieAnne Broughton

This is not just in Jewish families.  My great great grandparents were double first cousins when they married in 1861.  This was 1 marriage of five marriages over a ten year period.  Four sisters and one brother married four brothers and one sister.  Their parents were one set of siblings and one set of 1st cousins, once removed.  In this case they had moved from the far north of Maine to the 'frontier' of Pennsylvania with a newly minted Methodist circuit rider.  This family had had previous cousin marriages for several generations back to 1776.  When you wanted to marry inside a 'new' religion sometimes you had to marry a cousin, marry outside your religion or not marry at all.  Not much of a choice really.  I have similar experience in several Quaker lines in the other branch of my family.  These families had a higher incidence of stillbirths, and early childhood deaths but it had more to do with TB coming back with soldiers of the Civil War and rigors of the frontier than genetic diseases rising to the front.  Makes DNA analysis a real adventure.  
EdrieAnne Broughton
Vacaville, California

Re: Translation and transcription request - German #translation #germany #austria-czech


Are you familiar with jewishgen's wonderful ViewMate feature?

You can post images of each separate page, up to 5 images per week.

I think that you are more likely to receive responses if each page is posted separately.

Here is a link with instructions: 
Fredel Fruhman
Brooklyn, New York, USA

Moderator note: We actually prefer that several ViewMart requests be in a single post in order to keep the number of messages into a member's inbox at a minimum.

This week's Yizkor book excerpt on the JewishGen Facebook page #JewishGenUpdates #yizkorbooks

Bruce Drake

“Jews and Christians — The Relationship between Neighbors” from the Yizkor book of Edineţ (Moldova) describes a kind of peaceful co-existence that lasted for a time between the two communities, although it was always an uneasy one for the Jews. For the Christians, it was another story: “When a Jew, whether a young boy or an adult wandered into the Christian quarter, he did not feel at ease. On the other hand, the Christians felt quite fine among the Jews.”
Part of the balance derived from what each side provided for the other. The food produced by the Christian farmers was a key element in the economy and Christians did a variety of tasks for the Jews. A Christian was postman; he was the one who heated the oven in the winter Sabbath early mornings in the Jewish homes; he was the guard of the Jewish cemetery; he would guard the memorial candles lit in the courtyards on Shabbat and the Jewish holidays; he was the cowherd for the herd of cows. As for the Christians, they had to come to the Jews to acquire clothing, shoes, haberdashery, baked goods, tobacco, and alcoholic drinks.
But this state of affairs was not to last because of the jealousy the Christians felt over the wealth, and the lifestyle of the Jews. “Many of them harbored evil plans in their hearts and waited for the day when they would be able to have a pogrom and steal all the Jewish possessions.”

Bruce Drake
Silver Spring, MD

Towns: Wojnilow, Kovel

Re: Consanguinity and stillbirths #general

Sarah L Meyer

Jews not only accept but condone first cousin marriages.  Last week's Parsha  Massei, which concludes the book of numbers ends with the discussion of the 5 daughters of Zelophaphad.  Their father died in the Wilderness and they had no brother.  They asked Moses for his share of inheritance in the land of Israel.  This was granted but male members of the tribe said that the land would pass out of the tribe if they married out of the tribe. during the Jubilee.  The conclusion was they must marry within the tribe.  The conclusion was that they married their father's brother's sons!   So they married their first cousins - and from that day forward Jews have married first cousins.  I have some of this in my family - similar to what others have seen but not a lot.  My mother told me that her father (my Zeidi) wanted me to marry my first cousin.  Fortunately - we did not.  
Sarah L Meyer
Georgetown TX
BIRGARDOVSKY, EDELBERG, HITE (CHAIT), PERCHIK Russia (southern Ukraine) and some Latvia or Lithuania

ViewMate translation request - Polish #translation


I've posted a vital 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.
Joan Silverman

ViewMate translation request - Polish #translation



I've posted a vital 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.
Joan Silverman

Warsaw Uprising and liberation of "Gęsiówka" concentration camp. #holocaust #poland

Krzysztof Witaszek


Exactly 78 years ago, on 5 August 1944, during the Warsaw Uprising, insurgents from Armia Krajowa batallion „Zoska” captured the Warsaw Concentration Camp (KL Warschau) called „Gęsiówka” in Warsaw and liberated remained 348 prisoners – Jews from Poland, Hungary, Norwey, Belgium, France, Greece and the Netherlands. Some of them have joined the Uprising, among them Henryk Ledeman, Józef Filar, Soltan Safijew, Henryk Poznański.

I think this fact is little known to the western public, so that is why I am giving  it here.

Maybe someone can say something about the later fate of anybody of the freed Jews..

Here is an article on it (in Polish):

Best regards

Krzysztof Witaszek


Re: Gottlieb - Przemysl #poland

David Birnbaum

Hi Peter

The Gesher Galicia Town Record Inventory has a large number of records from Przemysl, many linked to scans and relevant to the time period you are looking for. Have you tried scanning through these. For instance:

All the Best


Re: Looking for coordinates or information for the the town of Lubashow #belarus


The JewishGen page about the town is

Susan Slusky
Highland Park, NJ

Re: Pinchas Halevi Horowitz and Miriam Beyla Isserles #names

Sherri Bobish


Can you supply us all with a bit more background?  Timeframe that they lived?  Country or countries that they may have lived in?  Did they emigrate, and to where?

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: Looking for coordinates or information for the the town of Lubashow #belarus


Google maps says 52.78N 26.42E

Susan Slusky
Highland Park, NJ

Re: Finding history in Glasgow, Scotland and tracing un-named relative #unitedkingdom

Jill Whitehead

What was more likely to happen was that passengers who disembarked at Hull, or any other East Coast Port such as Grimsby or Leith (for Edinburgh) or Newcastle upon Tyne, may have found:

a) They had changed their minds, due to sea sickness across the Baltic and North Sea, and could not face another trip across the Atlantic (a story in my family), so stayed in Britain
b) Had only bought a ticket for Britain with the intention of buying another ticket to USA later on, either weeks, months or years later on. They stayed to work and save - some never went onto USA, but others did (usually those who had not naturalized British in my family)
c) Did not have enough money or had had their money stolen en route, so stayed in Britain. In the 19th century, the UK was a favoured migrant destination, especially its industrial areas in the North of England, Scotland round Glasgow, South Wales and the Midlands around Birmingham. 

 There have always been Scottish Jews - my family came to Edinburgh in waves in late 1860's and early 1870's from Baltic Poland/Lithuania, where there were already strong cross Baltic/North Sea trading routes. Many Jewish families in Edinburgh came from the same area, and they also settled in NE England where there were trading routes to Newcastle and other local ports. 

Jill Whitehead, Surrey, UK

New and Updated Databases on IGRA’s Website #announcements #jgs-iajgs #israel

Elena Bazes

The Israel Genealogy Research Association (IGRA) has just released new and updated databases on its website. There are now close to 2.5 million records available in our databases. With each release we provide a variety of records to our collection.

A preview of the databases is available at

New Databases

Jerusalem Voters for Candidates to 19th Zionist Congress 1935
11,765 listings
Private Collection

British Children Born in Palestine 1937-1940
42 listings
Israel State Archives

Riots’ Death Lists 1938-1939     292 listings
Israel State Archives

Government Staff 1949     561 listings
Israel State Archives

Additional Voters from Haifa – Knesset Israel 1944
7,865 listings
Israel State Archives

Conditional Divorce of Soldiers from Palestine in the British Army World War II
2,663 listings
Israel State Archives

Jewish Displaced Persons and Refugee Cards 1943 - 1959
3,875 listings
JDC Archives

Updated Databases

Marriages And Divorces 1929 – 1945      3,806 listings
Israel State Archives

Students of Alliance – Oued Zem, d’Oulad Berhil,
Casablanca & Inezgane     1917-1964
3,651 listings

Before viewing and searching the databases, please register for free on the IGRA website:

To view/search the databases, go to the database tab on the website.

Please note, the IGRA databases are now searchable to all registrants. The search results page is also available to all registrants. Additional details regarding most databases are available only to paid IGRA members. Certain exceptions exist due to requests of the specific archives.

Elena Biegel Bazes
IGRA Publicity Chair

Re: Identifying name of town #belarus #names #translation


My apologies, I mistranscribed the town name in my response. It is Pirjatin, which I believe is Pyryatin/Piryatin in now Ukraine. Do you have any other record that places Rose in Belarus?  Note also on the manifest line 16 and 17, Meyer and Shena Agranowicz from the same place going to see BIL Chaimowitz -- could be further clues. I see on Rose's headstone her father is listed as Mosche. Still looking for a town name that could be a match for the naturalization record.
Lee Goodman

Re: Jewish Convertions to Catholic in Austria before and during WW2 #austria-czech


Robert, I warmly recommend the book "Good Living Street" by a fellow Australian writer - Tim Bonyhady -

 about the life of a rich convert family in pre WW2 in Wien.
Though the book is focused more on their Art collection and their lifestyle,

and though the conversion took place much earlier, in the 19th century -
it will give you a glimpse on converts life in Wien pre WW2.

Melbourne, Australia

Researching (main surnames):

Pinchas Halevi Horowitz and Miriam Beyla Isserles #names

Melody Schloss

Does anyone know of a documented record of the children of Pinchas Halevi Horowitz and wife Miriam?  I can only find a couple of individuals' family trees with conflicting information.  In particular I am trying to determine if Yakov Yukil Halevi Horowitz was their son.

Thank you
Melody Bredbenner Schloss
Santa Barbara

Re: Consanguinity and stillbirths #general

Michele Lock

I just happen to have a measurement of the effect of having a set of grandparents who were first cousins, in my case the paternal set. 

From Ancestry DNA, I have a maternal first cousin once removed (i.e., a first cousin to my mother) - with this person, I share 468 cM of DNA over 25 segments, with the longest being 87 cM. Ancestry gives a 89% probability that this most likely is a first cousin once removed, which is accurate.

I also have a DNA match who is a paternal first cousin once removed (i.e., a first cousin to my father) - with this second person, I share 739 cM of DNA over 34 segments, with the longest being 63 cM. Ancestry gives a 87% chance of this being a first cousin. In fact, this paternal first cousin once removed is my highest DNA match. I share more DNA with him than with any other match that I have, including a maternal first cousin. It is as if we are of the same generation. 

One other oddity about my paternal grandparents - they both looked very unlike each other.  Interestingly, their 5 children all looked completely different from each other. Rather odd, considering the amount of DNA they all shared.
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

Re: Finding history in Glasgow, Scotland and tracing un-named relative #unitedkingdom

Michael Tobias

Re people sailing from England to a Scottish port and thinking they were in the USA - that is an old wives tale like names being changed at Ellis Island. It never happened.

Michael Tobias
Glasgow, Scotland

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