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

Howard Morris

Lee, nice detective work. Thanks.  I suppose  the name Kruglansky could have been changed to Krugloff?  .
I've  now looked on the JewishGen resources  for towns near Pirjatin that might match  the partially illegible "d" or "b"  town in the naturalization papers, but couldn't find any suspects.
"Derechn" in Belarus is a possible reading in the naturalization papers, and that is consistent with my family's belief that she came from Belarus and maybe Minsk there. But this is inconsistent with the evidence of Pirjatin,Ukraine per the ship manifest. I suppose she could have been born in one place and moved to another place, and used both place names.
Howard Morris
Needham, MA

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

Susan J. Gordon

Hi again,

My husband remembers our story a little differently, and I think he's correct -

The Scottish Jews we met in Barbados said in the late 19th century, their ancestors set sail for the US from an European port - maybe Hamburg - and sailed west. But when a big storm arose, making the trip hazardous, the captain made an unexpected stop at a port in Scotland. He ordered everyone off the ship to wait out the storm. This took a few days, and that's when the ancestors of the couples we met decided to stay in Scotland (which, they said, some people thought was the US.)

Susan J. Gordon
New York
ZBARAZH - Bialazurker
SKALAT - Schoenhaut, Lempert
LVOV - Lempert

<<Hi and this is just a side-bar but... about 20+ years ago, my husband and I were vacationing in Barbados when we started chatting with a few couples with Scottish accents. When we mentioned that we were Jews, they said they were, too! Until then, we had never met or even known about Scottish Jews, but their "history" was - some time in the late 19th century, their Galician ancestors boarded a ship in England (probably Southhampton) heading to America. When the ship docked in a busy harbor, they got off (!) People spoke English and the travelers thought they had arrived in the New World. Somewhat later, they figured out that they had not crossed the Atlantic, but since they liked Scotland, they stayed there. >>

Translator Sends News of Brave Jewish Professor #ukraine #education

Laurence Broun

My friend Dmytro Aladko, translator for the Ukrainian language version of Yizkor Book of Mizoch, sends news of his colleague Maksym Gon. Professor Gon has produced materials commemorating the Shoah in Rivne and teaching that dark history to the current generation of Ukrainian youth. Gon's story is told in the following article in the Forward and shed's light on the Jewish community of Ukraine and the war.  

Larry (Itzik Leib) Broun
Washington, DC | USA
e-mail: Laurencebroun@...

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

Frank Szmulowicz

Re: Pinchas Halevi Horowitz and Miriam Beyla Isserles #names


Hello for some reason these names were familiar and the data I have on them was sourced via:
The Freedmann files on Ancestry
Jewage web site
Loren family on

1. I have “Pinchas HaLevi (Bilof Rema) Horowitz” born ant 1490 Praha Bohemia, died 3 jan 1618 Krakow, Poland

married to
Miriam Baila Isserlis daughter of Rabbi Israel Joseph Isseries REMA and Malka bat Lipmann Elizer Shrentzel.

My grandfather Sigmund Louis Silber was born in Pryzemyl, Poland and died in Victoria Australia. There are many Silber there and would love to find out more information if anyone has any documents etc. I have a lot of Silber but unfortunately that because of the Holocaust I am unsure of what happened to some of the family members

hope this is of help
Judith Levron

Re: Minsk - historic city street names #belarus

Michael Paul

Hi Daniel,

Here's a couple of options from a friend in the Jewish Families from Belarus Circa 1330-1945 Facebook group. He sent me 3+ page street list which I've attached. 

Site have interesting service with four maps at screen (old+new)
And he mentioned the groups/myminskhistory on FB and you may find someone to help.
And the book "All Minsk. 1911" available at FamilySearch, there are all streets and crossroads. But the book in Russian
Good luck,
Michael Paul

Immigration/Emigration records sought #records


In the 1920s, Paul Seidner born in Hungary and Johanna Klein born in Romania sailed from Europe to Havana, Cuba, at a time when there was a large influx of Jews into the island. It is rumored they may have been married on the ship. They stayed in Havana where they raised a family until the Castro revolution prompted them to move to the United States where they eventually passed. I've been trying to find their dates of immigration into Havana. The web site Cubagenweb is in the process of transcribing passenger lists for online lookup but they've not gone beyond 1900 and it's a slow process.

I don't know from what European port they sailed. I'd like to know of resources, preferably online, where I might be able to find sailing in/out information. I've already searched Ellis Island records to see if they came through New York and, although there are people on there that match their names, the other data indicate it is not them. I've not found information on Ancestry, Family Search, etc. 

Does anyone have ideas for where else I may look for this information?  Maybe it's easier if I can find out the ports where they may have sailed out of?

Eugenia Bachert
New Jersey, USA

can anybody make sense of this document? it uses Hebrew characters, but what does it say. #israel #sephardic #translation

angel kosfiszer

Can anybody tell me the contents of the document. It may be a document from the Jews of Spain or Portugal, or their descendants.


Angel Kosfiszer

Richardson, Texas

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

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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)

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