Use of Names: Family Mystery Solved?? MICHALOVICH/MICHAELOVITZ vs. REICHMAN #records #names

Marilyn Robinson

For a long time I haven't been able to find marriage information for my maternal grandmother's older sister, Rose LURJA/LEVINE REICHMAN & Harry REICHMAN. The other day, while searching on FamilySearch I found a marriage record for a "Rosie MICHAELOWITZ" & "Herman REICHMAN" (married 30 Aug 1896, Manhattan. NY, NY City Marriage Records, 1829-1940).
Herman's parents' names were the same as those for my other relatives, but the name "Herman" wasn't familiar to me.
On the marriage certificate, Rosie's parents' names were listed as "Samuel MICHAELOWITZ" & "Rebecca REICHMAN".

Today, I had another thought: Herman REICHMAN was actually "my" Harry; and "Rosie MICHAELOWITZ" was "my" maternal great aunt, Rose LURJA/LEVINE (maiden name).

Originally, I thought that Herman was another brother to Max, Harry, & Lewis REICHMAN.
But, I knew that:
-The maiden name of Rose's mother was Rebecca REICHMAN.
-Her father was Solomon/Zalman Michalovich LURJA/LEVINE. (He would have used Michalovich as a patronym because his father was Michal.)

I checked Ancestry's "Jewish Name Variations": one of the "Zalman" secular variations is "Samuel" and one for "Herman" is "Harry". In the "old country," when asked for someone's name, I believe that they used a person's first & patronym (ex. Zalman Michalovich). 

So, when responding to requested information, Rose must have said that her father's name was "Samuel Michaelowitz", using the Russian style of a patronym usage, and not responding Zalman or Solomon Lurja/Levine, as would be common in the U.S. Thus, "Rosie MICHAELOWITZ" appears as her maiden name, on her marriage certificate (#13990).
Further, I think that "Herman" must have eventually changed his name to "Harry" to reflect the secular use of his first name in the U.S.

Does the above analysis seem possible to you?? If not, what are your thoughts?

Marilyn Robinson

Re: Hebrew name #names

Harry Auerbach

It is Ber, Yiddish for bear. The Hebrew would be Dov.
Harry Auerbach
Portland, OR

Vysni Hrabonice / Felso Gereben / Hrabonicza #ukraine #hungary #subcarpathia

Ozzy Bernstein

Hi all,

A large portion of my family comes from Vysni Hrabonice. It is now known, apparently as Felso Gereben. When I search for Felso Gereben I receive no results. All I know is that it was in then Bereg County in Hungary, is now in Ukraine and that it was nearby Mukacheve. Does anyone know what this town or, if it doesn't exist as a town anymore, what the area the town used to be in, is called now?

Thanks in advance.

Ozzy Bernstein

Re: Why was I told my mother's family were German Jews when they weren't? #austria-czech

Peter Lebensold

The non-fiction work Our Crowd, by Stephen Birmingham (published in the 1960s) remains a fascinating study of such German-Jewish New York families as the Lehmans, the Schiffs, the Loebs, the Warburgs, the Guggenheims, the Strauses, the Goldmans, and the Sachses - including their attitude towards the later Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe.  There was certainly no love lost between those already established on the Upper West Side and the "teeming masses" on the Lower East Side!

Peter Lebensold

Translation in Russian needed, 4 pp Viewmate #translation


Thank you
Louise Hajdenberg
New York

Polish translation #translation

Ellen Trencher

Subj: ViewMate translation request - Polish

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.

ellen trencher

Asking help with translation from Yiddish #translation #yiddish


This was on a postcard from Karlsbad to my great-grandfather (Juda/Julius) from his brother Benjamin, likely around 1910 plus or minus a decade..  Can anyone read it and let me know what it was about? 
Thanks in advance to all of you out there helping with these requests!!
Naomi Kleitman
Rockville, MD  

ViewMate translation request - Polish #translation

Sharon E Siegel



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.


Sharon E. Siegel 
Port Jervis, NY USA

Relative ages in picture on Viewmate #photographs

Paul Silverstone

I have posted a photograph taken about 1890 showing a couple with their
three daughters. I would like an idea of the approximate ages of the
three in the picture. This is a photo of my great-grandparents Ezra &
Chayaleah Chrzan who lived in Makow Mazowiecki, Russian Poland. One or
two of the older girls may be married.

It is on Viewmate at the following address;

Paul Silverstone
West Vancouver, BC


Re: Hebrew name #names


Yiddish name "Ber" (בער) was derived (cognate with "bear") which was common among East European Jews.

David Rosen
Boston, Mass

On 1/31/2021 2:56 PM, Rachelle Litt wrote:

Would anyone have a translation of the Hebrew name spelled Bet,Ayin, Resh. Thank you.
Rachelle Litt
PBG Florida

Rachelle Litt
Palm Beach Gardens, Florida

Why was I told my mother's family were German Jews when they weren't? #austria-czech

Judy Kaufman <judykaufman7@...>

Growing up, I was told repeatedly that my mother's family were German Jews and my father's were Russian Jews, with the clear implication always being that German Jews were higher class.   In my genealogical research, I have documented that: my mother's father came from Galicia/Austrian Empire - Sokolow Malopolski in current day Poland; my mother's maternal grandfather came from Brest in current day Belarus; I can't determine where her maternal grandmother came from but all census data says she's from Russia ("Russia Poland" in one case).

My grandfather (b. 1884) from Sokolow Malopolski is listed on all the censuses as born in "Austria"  - did that somehow mutate into being "German"?  Was this common?  Did Galician Jews feel superior to "Russian" Jews?

Judy Leiderman Kaufman
Irvine, CA

LEIDERMAN (Khashchuvatye)
WEINSTEIN (Sokolow-Malopolski)
RASKIN (Chernigor)

Seeking relative's U.S. naturalization record #usa



I'm trying to find the United States Naturalization document of a relative, Henry Lieberman, born around 1880. He may also have gone by Hillel. I have found many other documents linked to him, just not the naturalization paper. I found his wife Julia's naturalization document (attached) which says Henry was naturalized on June 9, 1925 in Bronx, NY, certificate number 2196827. I know he arrived in the U.S. in December 1904 (I've found his Ellis Island record). He was not married to Julia until 1928 so she wouldn't be listed on his naturalization paper.

Does anyone know how to find Henry's naturalization paper? I've thoroughly checked Ancestry and a couple of other sites with no success. 

Jason Lieberman

Re: More than 3700 new records added to the All Odessa Database #ukraine

Molly Staub

Hi, I was so excited to see the posting about the Ukraine marriage records, since I have been searching for my maternal great-grandmother's maiden name for 3 decades. However, no matter how I try to reach the All Odessa Database, I keep getting notices that it's dangerous to enter. Can someone see to this? Many thanks for all your work,
Molly Arost Staub
Boca Raton, FL

Searching in Ukraine:
Yishea/Ovshiy Berenson (son of Yechiel Berenson), his wife Riva ?
Their son ( my grandfather )Shmuel Berenson, born 1880, who later emigrated to London and married there in 1904.

JGSLI Virtual meeting on Wednesday February 10 at 7:00 PM Eastern #events #education

Bonnie Birns

Hello all! The Jewish Genealogy Society of Long Island is delighted to invite you to our bonus monthly meeting featuring our guest speaker, Chuck Weinstein, Past President of JGSLI.


JGSLI is extending the invitation to the broader genealogy community. We ask that you register in advance (see below). Please share with your friends!

Wednesday, February 10th, 7:00 PM, via Zoom

Speaker: Chuck Weinstein
Topic: Choosing Genealogy Software – A Comparison

There are several major software companies and each has slightly different strengths and weaknesses. This lecture will focus on MyHeritage/Family Tree Builder and Ancestry/Family Tree Maker as well as options for Macintosh. Chuck will build a small family tree, find relevant documents and images, attach these to the tree and build reports and charts. Chuck is a Past President of the JGS of Long Island and a family historian for over 25 years.

There are two ways to join our meeting:
Register for our Zoom meeting: this will allow you to join in so you can chat with others before and after the meeting (this will be limited to the first 100 people to join)


When: Feb 10, 2021 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Register in advance for this meeting:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.


Our meeting will be livestreamed on our YouTube channel. Please visit at the meeting start time and the meeting's video should be listed. No YouTube or other login is required, but if you are signed in you can ask questions in writing via the comment section under the video.


This webinar is free and open to the public.


I look forward to "seeing" you all then!


Bonnie Birns


President, Jewish Genealogy Society of Long Island
Jericho, Long Island, NY researcher #59766

Re: New facebook group: Jews from Pinczow #poland

Heshel Teitelbaum

Dear fellow Pinczowers:
Sorry about that:  The url for the Facebook page is:

Heshel Teitelbaum
Ottawa, Canada
Re: New facebook group: Jews from Pinczow #poland
From: Yossi Jalas
Date: Sun, 31 Jan 2021 15:51:04 EST

Can you please post the actual Facebook link?

Yossi Jalas



Re: Hebrew name #names




  בער     may not be a name.  Depending on the vowels, of course.  As is, it means illiterate, ignorant person.


Shalom, Malka Chosnek


Re: Towns in the region of Giessen, Germany #germany

Ralph Baer

Could היער be the word Hier indicating that the circumcision took place in the Mohel’s hometown?

Ralph N. Baer        RalphNBaer@...       Washington, DC

California Voter Registration - 1930s #usa

Roberta Berman

I have an aunt who moved from Brooklyn, New York to Los Angeles in the 1930’s. She is listed in the “California, U.S., Voter Registrations, 1900-1968" on Ancestry for 1934 and 1936 in Los Angeles County.
She moved back to New York and applied for Social Security Nov. 25, 1936 giving an address in Brooklyn, NY.

Questions: How did the California registration work at that time? Was it good for only two years? What was the cutoff date to register in order to vote in an upcoming election?

Roberta Berman
Southern California
Searching for: CHAMEIDES, anywhere; WEISBERG, Kiev; OPPENHEIM, Belarus

Re: Terkowsky, Russland on 1885 passenger manifest #general

Lee Jaffe

The Gazetteer is one of the "other lines of inquiry" I've pursued before bringing my question to the group.  (I didn't list all the nooks and crannies I'd already explored, as that would have been a much longer narrative.)  The soundex search retrieves 64 possible communities, none of which have the icon denoting a larger Jewish community with further information. And none standout otherwise as a possible "previous residence" for my great-grandfather.   

Did you find something there that I'm missing?  -- Lee Jaffe

Re: Question about funding Holocaust Documentaries #holocaust

Lisa Bracco

Try this site:

My grandmother's cousin's story is being produced as we speak.

Lisa Bracco

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