ViewMate translation request - Hungarian Death Record #ukraine

Henry Schwartz

Hi All

I've posted a vital record in Hungarian for which I need a translation. It
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Help With Russian Translation Biala Rawska, Poland 4 documents #poland

Alan K'necht <alan@...>

I have 4 records that I need help with. All are >from the town of Biala
Rawska, Poland and involved the Knecht family.

ACT 10 Marriage Pessa Knecht 1885
Looking to confirm her age, her parents names, then name and age of
the groom and where they are from

Death Record ACT 11 1891 for Mirla Knech nee Percuk
Looking for her age, her husband's name and any other relevant genealogical info

Marriage Record ACT 8 of a Laja Knecht 1873
Looking for the brides age, parents names and the grooms age and parents names

Death Record ACT 3 1874 for Chana Knecht
Looking for exact date of death, husbands name and maiden name. If
present, parents names.

Thank you in advance for your help.

Alan K'necht

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A New and Interesting Book about the Bialystok Ghetto #poland

Mark Halpern

VOICES >from the BIALYSTOK GHETTO by Michael Nevins

For more than 70 years a diary that was written in Bialystok during
World War II was virtually unnoticed and about to be discarded with
trash when someone looked inside and discerned its historic value. It
was written between 1939 and 1943 by young David Spiro (in Polish Dawid
Szpiro) who probably died during his city's ghetto uprising against the

The diary described life in the city during Russian and then
German governance >from the perspective of an ordinary young man -
certainly not a charismatic leader. As David explained, "If someone
reads my diary in the future, will they be able to believe something
like that? Surely not, they will say poppycock and lies, but this is the
truth, disgusting and terrible; for me it's a reality." With permission
from the current owners, much of David Spiro's poignant first-hand
account is reproduced here along with memoirs written by other
Bialystokers who lived and mostly died during those terrible times.

Michael Nevins is a retired physician and medical historian who has been
studying his family's roots in Dabrowa Bialostocka for many years. In
1982, he published a memorial (Yizkor) book about his family's ancestral
shtetl. This new book was prompted by reading the Dawid Szpiro diary.

I highly recommend this new publication. It is readily available >from
most online book sellers in paper and e-book formats.

Mark Halpern
Avid Bialystok researcher and volunteer for Bialystok genealogical

Researching the GERSHENGAUZ family in Kobryn, Belarus #belarus

Roy Ogus

Is anyone researching the GERSHENGAUZ family >from Kobryn, Belarus? I would
love to make contact you to discuss whether we have any family in common.
Please send me a message if you have any information on this family.Thanks

Roy Ogus
Palo Alto, California
rogus at

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Looking for help please - searching great grandparents

Susan Millar

To the best of my knowledge, my great grandparents , Marks Albeitman and Esther M Pfeffer, left Poland and settled in London, UK , in the early 1900’s.   

They arrived with two children, Samuel Harry & Renee Rachel.  They went on to have three more children, Eva, Pauline. ( my grandmother) and Angel.

I have been told recently, that Albeitman would more likely have been Arbeitman.

My mother and I have recently taken Family Finder tests.  We both have a lot of matches.  I recognise none of the family names of my matches and those I contacted, do not recognise Albeitman or Pfeffer.

My great grandparents are buried together in a Jewish cemetery in London.  I have been told that the inscriptions on the headstone name both of their fathers ‘Abraham’.

I have no idea where to head next to establish my connections.

Any suggestions would be most welcome. 

Thanks in advance

ViewMate translation request - Hungarian Death Record

Henry Schwartz

Hi All

I've posted a vital record in Hungarian 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.



Linda Kelley

Jewish Genealogical Society of Oregon will have a Helping Hands meeting
Sunday, March 8 from 10:30-12:30 at the Hollywood branch library on NE 41st and NE Tillamook.  
Everyone is welcome! There is no fee. Please bring your genealogical and DNA questions and mysteries.
You can bring your laptop if you would like to. We promise excellent help, fellowship and fun!

help finding documents / relatives #bessarabia #latinamerica

Duda Felinkoski

I am looking for documents or relatives. My great-great-grandfather left Bessarabia towards Latin America in about 1913, he and two brothers arrived in Uruguay and then came to Brazil (he was 15 at the time). In 1925 he married my great-great-grandmother, also of Jewish origin, but from Poland. Between 1925 and 1927 there was a persecution movement and many documents were lost or burned. So there are no memories left of my family, all I have are some pictures and I recently found 2 rabbis with the same surname, born at around the same time: Rabbi Shmuel Filinkowski from Odessa (Ukraine) and Rabbi A. Filinkovski from Kishinev (Moldova). If anyone knows anything about my family please send me.

Re: Lodz Jewish voter list 1924

Russ Maurer

Regarding the Lodz voter list, I neglected to mention that the person's occupation is also given.

Russ Maurer
Pepper Pike, OH

Requesting help with Dutch translation

Rivka Horowitz

I would greatly appreciate help with translation of 3 Dutch documents
relating to my cousin Samuel BALIN's immigration papers processed in
Antwerp. These 3 documents (part handwritten and printed) were part
of an immigration packet I found for him from 1926 prior to his
immigration to the US. Here are the 3 links to the documents at

I would be very grateful for any help you can provide.
Thank you.
Rivka Horowitz
Niantic, CT

Re: הנושא: [] Who has access to the LDS library? (I need a microfilm)


Bob wrote: Everyone has access to the LDS library through their Family History Center.

Unfortunately this is no longer true.  Quite a number of films and scans are now accessible only at a Family History Library and some only in Salt Lake City.

Sherri Venditti

Re: Help in locating towns/cities/villages in Hungarian region of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and in Eastern Poland/Western Russia or Ukraine


FWIW, when my grandfather left his home in 1905, it was in Poland. By the time he was naturalized in the 1930s, he listed it as being in Russia.  In other words, it's entirely possible that your relative listed the current country, not the one it was when he was born.

Re: GERNSHEIM - is the name extinct? #germany

Peter Lobbenberg

Dear David

Does this help?

Best wishes, Peter Lobbenberg, London

David Lewin wrote:
I am researching a KAHN family, originally >from Heilbronn, Germany......<snip>

GERNSHEIM - is the name extinct? #germany

David Lewin

I am researching a KAHN family, originally >from Heilbronn, Germany

Hedwig Luise KAHN born 18 Jan 1907 married on 2 June 1943 a Johannes
Emmanuel Theophil GERNSHEIM in Munich. While the rest of her
siblings were all murdered by the Nazis, Hedwig and her husband
survived and in 1955 there was still a trace of them in Freiburg, Germany.

Data Protection laws have so far prevented me >from getting any
further information

GERNSHEIM is an old Jewish family name in Worms and Mainz,
Germany. The Nazis murdered many.

Try as I might I find no one with that surname today. Google brings
only the town of that name whence presumably the Jewish name was
taken originally when they adopted family names. Did the Nazis
succeed in eradicating this family?

Can anyone here elaborate on these findings and teach me further please?

David Lewin, London

ViewMate translation request - Hungarian Death Record #hungary

Henry Schwartz

Hi All

I've posted a vital record in Hungarian 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.


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ViewMate translation request - Hungarian Death Record #austria-czech

Henry Schwartz

Hi All

I've posted a vital record in Hungarian for which I need a translation. It
is on ViewMate at the following address ...

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Thank you very much.

Henry Schwartz

The Przemysl Identification Project: an update #austria-czech

Gesher Galicia SIG

This project, as announced earlier, aims to identify the town of
origin of 577 books of Jewish records held in the Przemysl State
Archive. Nearly all are index books of vital records, with most of
them presumed to be >from Galician towns. In some cases, the type of
book (of births, deaths, or marriages) is also not known.

Earlier this year, Gesher Galicia discussed with the Polish State
Archives and the Przemysl State Archive a possible project to identify
these books over two to three years, with Gesher Galicia members
making the identifications. An informal agreement was reached in
October and the project began at the end of that month. The formal
agreement was subsequently signed in Przemysl by Elzbieta Laska,
director of the Przemysl archive, and Piotr Gumola, Gesher Galicia's
representative in Poland. Under this agreement, the archive scanned
all 577 unknown books, and gave Gesher Galicia the scans.

The project, managed at the project secretariat in Warsaw by Piotr
Gumola and Pawel Malinowski, involves Gesher Galicia members who have
volunteered to be identifiers. To date, almost 30 members have offered
or inquired about taking part, and about half of these have become
regular identifiers. Another six people, including three Gesher
Galicia Board members, as well as Suzan Wynne, who founded Gesher
Galicia in 1993, act as verifiers, checking the evidence for the
identifications. See: .

In the almost two months the project has been running, the scans of 44
books, >from 21 towns, have been identified by volunteer members, and
around a third of these books have so far been verified. The 21 towns
include four >from western Galicia (present-day Poland), 15 from
eastern Galicia, and two (Lublin and Biala Podlaska) >from outside the
borders of the former Galicia. The towns, including those whose
identifications are still to be verified, are:
Biala Podlaska, Boryslaw (2), Bursztyn, Drohobycz (7), Kopyczynce,
Krakow (2), Lublin, Mikulince, Muszyna, Nadworna, Nowy Sacz (4),
Olesko (2), Pruchnik, Rohatyn (2), Rudki, Skole (2), Stanislawow (2),
Stryj (4), Tarnopol (5), Turka, and Zolkiew.

In some cases, the identified index books correspond with known books
of full records >from the same period, so that - while it is useful to
have the identification - these index books don't add much in the way
of previously unavailable information. However, there are also
instances where the full, original records are not known to exist, or,
if they do exist, have not yet been made accessible by civil
registration offices. In these cases, new genealogical information
will be revealed.

An example of this is >from one of the books - yet to be officially
verified - provisionally identified as the index book of Jewish
marriages >from Rohatyn, for the period 1914-1934. If verified, this
will shed new light on marriages in Rohatyn, as the full marriage
records >from the town are available for only a few of the years in
this period.

Gesher Galicia will provide updates to members, on a regular basis and
through the Members Portal, with details of the files identified. We
will also, at intervals, send batches of the verified identifications
to the Przemysl State Archive.

Non-members who would like to serve as identifiers are welcome to join
Gesher Galicia, at . All
existing members interested in helping are encouraged to write to
project secretariat.

For more information on the Przemysl ID Project, or to take part as an
identifier (members only), please contact: .

For general questions and information on Gesher Galicia, please write
to: .

Piotr Gumola, Pawel Malinowski: Gesher Galicia Secretariat for the
Przemysl Identification Project
Tony Kahane: Research Coordinator, Gesher Galicia

Send all inquiries to

Gesher Galicia Membership 2020 #austria-czech

Gesher Galicia SIG

Are you a current member of Gesher Galicia?

It is the Gesher Galicia 2020 membership season. You can become a
member or renew your membership by going to:

Bring more Galician-focused research to your home computer! We are the
premier resource for those investigating their Galician roots.

Gesher Galicia has accomplished its phenomenal growth and development
through the creative energies of our many volunteers, along with the
generous contributions of over 1,400 members worldwide. Annual dues,
which start at $36, and donations make it all possible.

The Members Portal provides all 27 years of the searchable Galitzianer
research journal and access to the GG Family Finder (also searchable).
Also included are the Przemysl Identification Project and Archival
Records available to members only. These special Galician archival
records consist of records of the Holocaust-period, of Jewish
Taxpayers >from the 1930s, of annotated Medical Students/Doctors
database, as well as material >from Fond 424 at AGAD, video and audio
programs >from conferences, and the Gesher Galicia electronic library.

More benefits of membership are at

If it has been a while since you have you looked at our databases,
please go to our website as we have recently added many new records
and do so regularly.

Our website now features over 639,000 records in the All Galicia
Database >from 500 different data sources, an award-winning Map Room,
and the Galician Archival Inventories. Gesher Galicia has researchers
working on our behalf throughout Poland and Ukraine, expanding our
research into some fascinating (and unique) document collections.

Join with us in the great adventure of discovering your Galician roots
by becoming a member or renewing your membership.

Shelley K. Pollero
Gesher Galicia Membership Chair


Send all inquiries to

New Global Search facility on Gesher Galicia's website #austria-czech

Gesher Galicia SIG

Since introducing our improved online inventories for individual
archives earlier this year, we have worked to upgrade their
functioning. These inventories can be found in the pull-down menu in
the horizontal bar on the Gesher Galicia home page, at: .

Our online inventories cover all known Jewish Galician vital records
from state archives, as well as some Jewish community records, held
at: AGAD, Warsaw; three state archives in western Ukraine (in Lviv,
Ivano-Frankivsk, and Ternopil); and the Polish state archives in
Przemysl, Rzeszow, Sanok, Nowy Sacz, Tarnow, and Bochnia.

The main archive missing >from this list is the National Archives in
Krakow. Once the new archive building in Krakow has opened in 2020,
reassembling the large number of archival files >from currently five
different locations around and outside the city, we will add a new
inventory to our website for the Krakow archive.

We maintain our existing online archival inventories on a regular
basis, adding new files to them as they are made available by an
archive, making necessary corrections to existing entries, and adding
new sets of scans. Part of this work involves being in contact with
the archivists, including sometimes making visits to the archives. One
of our staff will be in the Nowy Sacz archive in the next few days,
for this same purpose. Other visits are planned in 2020 to various
archives across southeastern Poland and western Ukraine.

The Global Search
A powerful new tool is now freely available with our inventories. This
is a "Global Search" facility, which searches all Gesher Galicia's
online inventories of Jewish vital records, censuses, Holocaust-period
records and community records. Please find it, and experiment with it,
at: .

Further refinements will be added to this facility, and it will also
be extended to cover those Josephine and Franciscan cadastral survey
records >from Galicia that we are aware of, as well as Jewish taxpayer
records and some other types of record.

For more information on Gesher Galicia's Global Search facility and
other online inventories, or for general questions or information
about Gesher Galicia, please contact: .

Pawel Malinowski
Inventories Manager, Gesher Galicia

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End-of-year update on recent records added to the All Galicia Database #austria-czech

Gesher Galicia SIG

Since the last update a few months ago, indexes of the following vital
records have been added to the All Galicia Database, at:

Vital records
- Podhajce (Pidhaitsi)
Jewish births 1853-1881, 1884, 1886-1889 (4,627 records)

- Stanislawow (Stanislav, Stanislau, Ivano-Frankivsk)
Jewish deaths 1845-1863 (4,790 records)
Jewish deaths 1927-1931 (1,626 records)

- Nowy Targ
Jewish births 1919-1926 (445 records)
Jewish marriages 1924-1927, 1930, 1934, 1936, 1937 (169 records)
Jewish deaths 1927, 1931, 1938 (95 records)
Jewish deaths (index book) 1937 (33 records)

- Mikulince (Mykulyntsi)
Jewish births 1901, 1926 (132 records)
Jewish marriages 1899, 1932, 1934-1936 (53 records)
Jewish changes of name 1905, 1926 (2 records)

- Lezajsk (updating of earlier records, already on the database)
Jewish births (index book) 1881-1890 (1,358 records)
Jewish marriages (index book, grooms only) 1877-1938 (1,239 records)

- Zborow (Zboriv)
Jewish marriages (supplementary records) 1921-1931 (71 records)

Earlier this year, as announced at the time, we finished indexing all
the Tarnopol vital records held in the Ukrainian state archives. As
regards records >from Stanislawow in the Ukrainian archives, we are not
quite at that point. In the past several years, we have indexed and
uploaded to the database almost 18,000 vital records >from this town.
There remain, though, some birth, marriage and death records >from the
1930s >from Stanislawow, which we will index in early 2020. In doing
this, we will have completed all the vital records >from Stanislawow
held in the Ukrainian archives.

Other vital records coming soon in 2020 include birth, death and
marriage records >from Kroscienko nad Dunajcem >from the 1920s and
1930s, and 19th-century birth records >from Kosow (Kosiv).

Jewish taxpayers project
The following record sets have been added to the All Galicia Database.
- Skala (Skala Podilska) 1936 (138 records)
- Trembowla (Terebovlya) 1936 (180 records)

Taxpayer records >from the 1930s coming early in 2020:
- Olesko, Podkamien (Pidkamin, Tarnopol province), and Sasow (Sasiv).

Thanks as always to Mark Jacobson and Eddy Mitelsbach for their
continuing work on the Taxpayers project.

Holocaust project
For Holocaust Memorial Day in January 2020, we plan to be able to
announce uploads to the All Galicia Database, including:
- some 7,000 records of Jewish residents in Stanislawow, 1941-1942
- death certificates >from Rzeszow and Tyczyn, >from 1942 and 1943.

For more information, please contact:
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Tony Kahane
Research Coordinator, Gesher Galicia

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