A town or region called Padlow (recorded in Hebrew as פדלוי? #bessarabia

Steve Low

My great-grandfather, David Landau, emigrated to Palestine in the 1890s from Bessarabia. His first two children were born in Kiliya, Ukraine (i.e., Chilia Nouă Bessarabia), and two later children were born in Kishinev, Moldova. I believe that David died in the late 1920s because my uncle recalled his father (my grandfather) making burial arrangements at that time. 

There is a grave on the Mt. of Olives for David Landa (a spelling variant for Landau) who died in 1929, and I suspect this might be my great-grandfather.

Other than the name and date of death, the Mt. of Olives record contains only one other piece of information about David Landa: that he was from "Padlow"—their English transliteration of the record that lists the place as 

If that’s Hebrew, Google translates that word into English as “Padaloi. If that was Yiddish, Google translates that word as “Padloy.”

Can anyone guess where this place--presumably either a town or a region--is? My closest guess is Podolia? Does that make sense?

Thanks for your suggestions.

Steve Low
Lincoln, MA  USA

LOW from Satu Mare/Seini, Romania  (i.e., Szatmar/Szinervaraljá, Hungary) to New York
SCHWARTZ from Halmeu, Romania (I.e., Halmi, Hungary) to New York
WITTNER from Iasi, Romania to New York; Manchester, England; Australia

LANDO/LANDr A/LANDAU from Kiliya, Ukraine (i.e., Chilia Nouă Bessarabia) and Kishinev, Moldova to New York and Palestine



Last residence in Belarus for Lampert siblings? #belarus

Steven Usdansky

Trying to identify the place of last residence of two of my father's first cousins, Hinda (line 2; 1906 manifest) and Abe (line 5; 1913 manifest) Lampert. If it helps, their younger sister emigrated with my grandfather and two of his siblings in 1903; on that manifest, the last residence for all four is given as Kapule

Steven Usdansky
USDANSKY (Узданский): Turec, Kapyl, Klyetsk, Nyasvizh, Slutsk, Grosovo
SINIENSKI: Karelichy, Lyubcha, Navahrudak
NAMENWIRTH: Bobowa, Rzepiennik
SIGLER: "Minsk"

Re: Request for anyone with the book "The Storyteller", by Rabbi Nissan Mindel #rabbinic


I remember that Rabbi Nissan Mindel  was Lubavitch.
Perhaps to should put this request also on a CHABAD site.

Esther Rechtschafner
Kibbutz Ein-Zurim,Israel

Filkovsky family routes from Klenzi #russia

Dima Filkovsky <dmitry@...>

Hi, I'm looking for Filkovsky family routes from Klenzi in Russia. 
My father name if Alfred and grandpa Zelik. My grandgrandpa name was Solomon.
I will be glad to hear any news.

Dima Filkovsky

Malka Weisberg - Kiryat Motzkin #israel

Shlomo Katz

I am looking for the family of Malka Weisberg, who was living on Sderot Weizman in Kiryat Motzkin, Israel in 1956.
Malka Weisberg apparently was a second-cousin of my grandfather Lazer Katz, both descendants of the MULLER family of Khust/Huszt.
Thank you,
Shlomo Katz
Silver Spring, Maryland USA

Re: Could a person named Akiho also be later called Jacob? #hungary #names

Odeda Zlotnick

Hebrew name Akiva עקיבא, Yiddish pronunciation Akivo, Latin writing transcribes the Hebrew ב into b, just like in Jacob.

And yes, it's reasonable that a person whose name sounded like Akivo would then use the more familiar Jacob. Akiva is actually the Aramaic form of Yaakov.

Odeda Zlotnick
Jerusalem, Israel.

Re: Could a person named Akiho also be later called Jacob? #hungary #names


Very difficult to read the handwriting.
My guess is that it could be 'Akiba' (=Akiva עקיבא).
Steve Goldberg
Jerusalem, Israel
Sagan/Shagan family from Veliuona (Velon), Lithuania
Goldberg family from Vidukle, Lithuania
Susselovitch/Zuselovitch family from Raseiniai (Rassein), Lithuania

Re: Travelling from Bessarabia to Argentina #bessarabia

Alan Levitt

It seems that a number of families from Bessarabia left for Argentina.
Although my grandfather left for Montreal, at least one of his
relatives also went to Argentina. I am interested in learning why
people from Bessarabia selected Argentina as a destination circa 1906.
Alan Levitt
Chevy Chase, Maryland

Could a person named Akiho also be later called Jacob? #hungary #names

Larry Briggs

A relative listed on later census and other documents as Jacob seems to be the same person who was named Akiho at birth. (Akiho Abramovits) Birth record is attached. To me, the name does look like Akiho, as it has been transcribed. Is there any relationship or translation that would tie the names Akiho and Jacob to the same person? I recognize that his parents might have just chosen to use another name -- I am trying to help establish that this is the same person.

Akiho was born in New York City. His parents (Nathan and Ester Rothbarth Abramovits.)  were born and married in Hungary and came to New York from Hungary just a few years prior to the birth.

Thank you!

Larry Briggs

(Vatican) Vatican Archives Opened: Desperate Letters from Jews During WWll Revealed #announcements #holocaust

Jan Meisels Allen


Vatican News reports, “At the request of Pope Francis, the virtual reproduction of a collection preserving the requests for help addressed to Pope Pius XII by Jews from all over Europe after the beginning of Nazi-Fascist persecution is now accessible to all. It consists of a total of 170 volumes, or nearly 40,000 files. Only 70% of the total material will be initially available, but will later be supplemented with the final volumes currently being prepared…


A special documentary heritage that distinguishes itself from other archival series, already from the name assigned to it: “Ebrei” (Jews). A heritage that is precious because it gathers the requests for help sent to Pope Pius XII by Jewish people, both the baptized and the non-baptized, after the beginning of Nazi and fascist persecution.


The “Ebrei” series of the Historical Archive of the Secretariat of State – Section for Relations with States and International Organizations (ASRS). The series of 170 volumes in total are part of the Extraordinary Ecclesiastical Affairs Collection (AA.EE.SS.) related to the Pontificate of Pius XII — Part 1 (1939-1948), and already available for consultation since 2 March 2020, in the Reading Room of the Historical Archive, by worldwide scholars.


The then Sacred Congregation for the Extraordinary Ecclesiastical Affairs (from which the archival Collection gets its name), equivalent to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, charged a diplomatic minutante (Msgr. Angelo Dell’Acqua) to manage the requests for help that were addressed to the Pope from all over Europe, with the aim of providing all the help possible.


Requests could be made to obtain visas or passports to expatriate, find asylum, reunify families, obtain liberation from detention and transfers from one concentration camp to another, receive news regarding deported people, supplies of food or clothing, financial support, spiritual support and much more.


Each of these requests constituted a case which, once processed, was destined for storage in a documentary series entitled “Ebrei”. It contains more than 2,700 cases with requests for help almost always for entire families or groups of people. Thousands of people persecuted for their membership to the Jewish religion, or for merely having “non-Aryan” ancestry, turned to the Vatican, in the knowledge that others had received help.


After the pontificate of Pius XII was opened to consultation in 2020, this special list of names was given the name, “Pacelli’s list, (Pope Pius XII), echoing the well-known “Schindler’s list”.

As of June 2022, the “Ebrei” series will be available for consultation on the internet in its virtual version, freely accessible to all on the website of the Historical Archive of the Secretariat of State – Section for Relations with States and International Organizations.


In the Moment article there is an example of the types of letters that are being addressed in the article.  To read the article see:


The Vatican’s Apostolic Archives are located at:


To access the previous postings about the Vatican Archives including Pope Pius Xll see the IAJGS Records Access Alert archives at:   You must be registered to access the archives. To register for the IAJGS Records Access Alert go to:  You will receive an email response that you have to reply to or the subscription will not be finalized. It is required to include your organization affiliation (genealogy organization, etc.)


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee





Re: Polish-speaking volunteer to check some entries for a list of Kolomyya survivors #galicia #holocaust

Julian Borger

I am very interested to see the list when its done. I have been trying to track a relative from Kolomyya/Kolomea who disappeared in the late 1920's.

Julian Borger
McLean, Virginia

JGS of Santa Cruz invites you to New Strategies in German Jewish Research with Karen Franklin : #education #records #dna #germany #announcements

Leah Kushner

Santa Cruz Jewish Genealogy Society

Events: New Strategies in German Jewish Research 

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Speaker: Karen Franklin, Professional Genealogist

Sunday, August 14, 2022 , 1 pm Pacific Time

Description:  In this talk, Karen identifies creative strategies for Jewish genealogical research that could be of interest to all genealogists regardless of the locations they are researching. She will describe how to utilize Leo Baeck Institute collections–including methodologies for exploring women’s stories — and will discuss the German Jewish DNA group, Facebook groups, the International German Genealogy Partnership (IGGP), databases on JewishGen, the Obermayer Awards, and many other resources.

About Karen Franklin

Karen S. Franklin is Director of Family History at Leo Baeck Institute and a Consultant for the Museum of Jewish Heritage — A Living Memorial to the Holocaust. She has served as chair of the Council of American Jewish Museums, the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies, the Memorial Museums Committee of the International Council of Museums (ICOM), and as co-chair of the Board of Governors of A co-founder of the Obermayer German Jewish History Awards, she is currently on the board of the Southern Jewish Historical Society and is co-editor of the Memoirs Section of Southern Jewish History. Karen is the recipient of the 2018 IAJGS Lifetime Achievement Award.

Non-Members pay $5, Zoom link will be sent the week of the event. Members automatically receive a free Zoom link.

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co-sponsor- Chadeish Yameinu
Leah Kushner, President SCJGS

Re: population registration office in Valea Lui Mihai #romania

Hello Rachel

Try this link:

Jacob Shayzaf, Israel

Painting of my 2x ggrandfather or 3x ggrandfather JARISLOWSKY ? #germany #photographs


Which ancestor of mine is this oil painting showing?
I think it is either Heimann JARISLOWSKY, born in Konigsberg in 1812 and died just short of his 100th birthday.  Or is it his father, Aaron JARISLOWSKY born in 1792?  
It is a small oil painting, with no indication of the artist's name.  

Any ideas where I could begin to identify the sitter and what was the occasion ?

Margaret Levin
London UK 

Re: Searching for Lewis STEIN, husband of the late Marie Lena STEIN #general #usa

Phil King

Hi Joyaa,
I'm based in the UK, my mother's  Aunt was the sister-in law to Leonie Ziff, her husband was Leonie's older brother. They didn't have any children neither did Leonie. Phil King. Leics, UK

Request for anyone with the book "The Storyteller", by Rabbi Nissan Mindel #rabbinic



I have been told that a story about my ancestor, Rabbi Bendet Podkover, is in volume three of the book "The Storyteller" by Rabbi Nissan Mindel. 

If anyone has the book, I would be most grateful if you could send me any photos/scans of the relevant pages. The story might be titled: "Horeshoe Bendet". 

Thank you very much indeed. 

Kol tuv, 

Yoav Aran 

Re: Place of Birth #poland

Sherri Bobish


In regards to finding a town named Posada Prersolie - 
Looking at nat papers & manifests for Nechowitz who settled in Illinois I see that the town was in Suwalki district.  A search at The JewishGen Gazetteer finds this possibility:

Przerośl [Pol], Psherosl' [Rus], Psherosla [Yid], Preraslia, Przerośl Osada

Region: Suwalki

Przerośl, Poland: 54°15' N, 22°39' E

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: Travelling from Bessarabia to Argentina #bessarabia

xan madera

hi sandra, did you check/ask the argentinian archives of amia ? 

i know some Wasserman from Israel and Berlin -:)

Jan Braunholz-Frankfurt/M

Re: Visit Portrait #photographs


These little photographs were called "Carte de Visite" which translates as Visiting Cards. They were of a standard size of 2.5" x 4". They were cheaply produced in quantities and the idea was to be able to give them to your friends, relatives or contacts in the same way as a visiting card would be presented.   They were introduced in the late 1850's and became popular from the 1860's to the end of the century.  The style of the 2 portrait cards shown dates them to the late 19th century.   Suitably sized Cartes de Visite albums were typically purchased so that people could exchange photos and keep them neatly together.  So "Visit card" doesn't mean the portrait was taken on a visit to a particular place but it is the style of the portrait photograph.

Lesley Edwards, Goostrey, Cheshire, UK

Place of Birth #poland

Barbara Kenzer

Hello Genners,


I am looking for my Grandmother,  Celia Schuster (Nathan-Nechowitz) place of Birth,  Posada Prersolie. Poland. Born in 1898. I have looked on a few websites, but nothing comes up. I can use your help. Immigrated in 1913, port in Baltimore, to Chicago.

Thank you,

Barbara Kenzer

Vernon Hills, IL



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